Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Russia Watch

Petr Akopov reminds that Great Britain is Russia's old enemy and that Russians need to wake up to the reality that they are now under attack again.

The Vineyard of the Saker
Russia is fighting a lethal enemy
Petr Akopov for Vzgliad
Translated by Edvin Buday


Peter Koenig makes a similar point about the West.

Russia’s Reaction to the Insults of the West is Political Suicide
Peter Koenig

Do the Russians fail to see this? I doubt it. It's been obvious for a long time and set forth in Western geopolitical and geostrategic analysis.

See also

On the Skripal affair.


A Curious Incident Part II

See also

Une parole franche
U.S. Raises the White Flag…at last!
Gilbert Doctorow | European Coordinator of The American Committee for East West Accord Ltd.


Voltaire Net
Under a false flag, UK attempts three chemical attacks in the Ghouta


The Unz Review
Maps of Russian Electoral Fraud

Crimeans Send Their Regards
Anatoly Karlin

Stephen S. Roach — China as Seen from a Glass House

Good analysis excepting this:
The plight of the US middle class has been framed as a blame game, with China and its alleged unfair trading practices singled out as the culprit. Yet the evidence points elsewhere: to a dramatic shortfall of domestic saving that leaves America dependent on surplus saving from abroad to fill the gap. The result is a multilateral trade deficit, with China and 101 other countries, required to provide the foreign capital needed for the balance of payments.
Project Syndicate
China as Seen from a Glass House
Stephen S. Roach, former Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and the firm's chief economist, now senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute of Global Affairs and a senior lecturer at Yale's School of Management

Moon of Alabama — Cambridge Analytica And The Manipulation Of People

MoA-ites correctly distrust every word emanating from the mealy mouthed Guardian because it has been used in a vicious campaign to advance the interests of Zionists to the point where the well being of Guardian readers has been relegated below the interests of apartheid Israel.
Nevertheless having a bit of a shufti at the loudly trumpeted Facebook-Cambridge Analytica expose is an essential act for anyone who wants to try to get a grip on how populations are being deliberately manipulated.
There is a relatively easy to digest video here where Christopher Wyllie, a computer scientist, outlines the birth of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, the CEO and the method used to sell the development of the corporation to Steve Bannon, CA's first customer and Robert Mercer, the Wall Street financier who underwrote the cost of setting up the corporation.
I recommend spending the 13 minutes required to watch the video because Wyllie's summation of what they did and why is horrifying. Lines such as "If you want to change the way a person votes you have to change the culture the person lives within." and "to change a culture, first you have to smash the existing one then grab the pieces and mold it into the shape you want the culture to be"....

Moon of Alabama
Cambridge Analytica And The Manipulation Of People

Tim Johnson — The Golden Rule

Finance and philosophy.

Money, Maths and Magic
The Golden Rule
Tim Johnson | Lecturer (associate professor) in the Department of Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

George Galloway delivers bombastic blast on Sergei Skripal

George Galloway knows how to drive home a point. Excellent!

PCR - Finally, Some Good News

Let's hope the movements, how ether small to expose the Deep State and Hilary Clinton for what they are continue. And Charles Ortel says he's really closing in on Clinton foundation scandal now. I would like to see Theresa May and Boris Johnson look stupid if Russiagate falls apart.


Washington’s gratuitous raising of tensions with Russia that we have been witnessing for many years is so reckless and irresponsible that we need some relief from the depression of it all. Perhaps I am grasping at straws, but here are some hopeful developments.
—An establishment journalist, Michael Goodwin, the chief political columnist for the New York Post and a former bureau chief for the New York Times, has blamed the New York Times and Washington Post for the destruction of journalistic standards in the United States. https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/2016-election-demise-journalistic-standards/
—James Kallstrom, an Assistant Director of the FBI, told Fox News that high-ranking people throughout the US government coordinated a plot to help Hillary Clinton avoid indictment:
“I think we have ample facts revealed to us during this last year and a half that high-ranking people throughout government, not just the FBI, high-ranking people had a plot to not have Hillary Clinton, you know, indicted. 
“I think it goes right to the top. And it involves that whole [Russiagate] strategy—they were gonna win, nobody would have known any of this stuff, and they just unleashed the intelligence community. Look at the unmaskings. We haven’t heard anything about that yet. Look at the way they violated the rights of all those American citizens.”
—Senator Rand Paul vows to block the appointments of Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel as Secretary of State and Director of the CIA. Read and rejoice: https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/18/politics/rand-paul-mike-pompeo-gina-haspel-cnntv/index.html
It is possible that the firing of Deputy FBI Director McCabe has opened for public exposure the plot hatched by the CIA, FBI, Departments of Justice and State, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee to cover up Hillary’s felonies and to falsely accuse Donald Trump of conspiring with Russian President Putin to steal the US presidential election. If Trump doesn’t chicken out, it is possible to put Brennan, Comey, McCabe, Hillary, and many others in prison for their egregious and bold assault on American democracy and the rule of law. These prosecutions would break the power, of much of it, of the secret national security state, and, thereby, make it possible for Trump to return to his campaign promise to normalize relations with Russia. If these relations are not normalized, war will be the result. But at least now there is a chance.
—British Ambassador Craig Murray has successfully exposed the deception practiced by the utter corrupt British government in its false allegation that the Russian government used a nerve agent to poison two people on a bench in England. The British government’s scientists have far more integrity than the British government and flatly refused to sanction the government’s claim about the nerve agent. This forced the corrupt May government to use the wording “of a type developed by Russia.” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49003.htm
Amb. Murray goes on to establish that there is no evidence that Russia ever developed such a nerve agent and that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) found no such agent when it oversaw and verified Russia’s destruction of Russian chemical weapons. Amb. Murray reports that the only known synthesis of what is being called “Novichok” occurred in 2016 by Iran in cooperation with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in order to test whether formulas published in a book many years ago could actually produce such an agent.
Amb. Murray exposes the utterly corrupt presstitutes that comprise the Western media for never once asking the corrupt UK government about its hedge words, “of a type developed by Russia” and for their efforts to silence him with libel and slander.
As important as Amb. Murray’s factually uncontested findings are, the main point is that no laboratory has reported any finding that such a nerve agent was used on Skirpal and his daughter. We don’t even know if any attack occurred on Skirpal. The corrupt British government has provided no evidence of any attack and no evidence of any nerve agent.
What is the real reason for the British government’s completely obvious blatant lies?
What is the real reason for the complete failure of the media to investigate and report an alleged event?

How much more evidence does the world need that the Western media is nothing but a collection of liars devoid of all integrity who serve as a Propaganda Ministry for undeclared government agendas? The Skirpal Affair is the final nail in the coffin of the Western media. 

RT - Trump to meet Putin to discuss ‘arms race that is getting out of control’

US President Donald Trump said he will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the not too distant future to discuss an arms race that Trump called “out of control.” He also congratulated Putin on his election victory.

Further details to follow.

That's all RT says. KV

Torture Watch

More denial that international law and the Nuremberg precedent apply to US officials "just carrying out orders."

International law only applies to "them" and not to US. (pun intended)

It's clear that the US intelligence services need to be purged of this rot.

Patrick Lawrence — Behind this week’s Russia headlines: A mystery, a leap to conclusions and a fateful turn

More pieces being moved on the grand chess board.

Behind this week’s Russia headlines: A mystery, a leap to conclusions and a fateful turn
Patrick Lawrence | Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Salon

Marshall Auerback — The Fed Is on the Verge of Making a Major Policy Error

Policymakers have helped to perpetuate an economic model that is ultimately unsustainable.
The article is based on Bill Mitchell's analysis of US unemployment.

The Fed Is on the Verge of Making a Major Policy Error
Marshall Auerback / AlterNet

Monmouth University Polling Institute — Public Troubled by ‘Deep State’

A majority of the American public believe that the U.S. government engages in widespread monitoring of its own citizens and worry that the U.S. government could be invading their own privacy. The Monmouth University Poll also finds a large bipartisan majority who feel that national policy is being manipulated or directed by a “Deep State” of unelected government officials. Americans of color on the center and left and NRA members on the right are among those most worried about the reach of government prying into average citizens’ lives.
Just over half of the public is either very worried (23%) or somewhat worried (30%) about the U.S. government monitoring their activities and invading their privacy. There are no significant partisan differences – 57% of independents, 51% of Republicans, and 50% of Democrats are at least somewhat worried the federal government is monitoring their activities. Another 24% of the American public are not too worried and 22% are not at all worried.
Fully 8-in-10 believe that the U.S. government currently monitors or spies on the activities of American citizens, including a majority (53%) who say this activity is widespread and another 29% who say such monitoring happens but is not widespread. Just 14% say this monitoring does not happen at all. There are no substantial partisan differences in these results.
“This is a worrisome finding. The strength of our government relies on public faith in protecting our freedoms, which is not particularly robust. And it’s not a Democratic or Republican issue. These concerns span the political spectrum,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute....
Few Americans (13%) are very familiar with the term “Deep State;” another 24% are somewhat familiar, while 63% say they are not familiar with this term. However, when the term is described as a group of unelected government and military officials who secretly manipulate or direct national policy, nearly 3-in-4 (74%) say they believe this type of apparatus exists in Washington. This includes 27% who say it definitely exists and 47% who say it probably exists. Only 1-in-5 say it does not exist (16% probably not and 5% definitely not). Belief in the probable existence of a Deep State comes from more than 7-in-10 Americans in each partisan group, although Republicans (31%) and independents (33%) are somewhat more likely than Democrats (19%) to say that the Deep State definitely exists. ...
Monmouth University Polling Institute
Public Troubled by ‘Deep State’

Bill Mitchell — Donald Trump’s tariff hikes are not good policy

I am generally not in favour of trade protection. I grew up in a country that had very extensive protection (tariffs, import quotas) on manufacturing goods, which was justified on a number of grounds – capacity to shift to defense industries; stable employment; and more abstractly, an expression of becoming a ‘modern’ nation, leaving our agrarian roots behind. The initial move to impose high tariffs was that a young industry would take time to develop – the so-called infant industry argument, which goes back to the 1790 Report on Manufactures written by American economist Alexander Hamilton. The problem is that the infant never really grew up and the tariffs just became a cosy rent-sharing margin for unions and multinational corporations. Meanwhile consumers paid excessive prices for deficient-quality motor vehicles (among other products). It is clear that as trade opens up there are workers and regions that lose – and lose badly. The answer is not try to reinvent the past through protection. Rather, it is to use the government’s fiscal capacity to create new opportunities in these regions to ensure that workers disadvantaged by import competition can transit into new jobs with stable incomes. That option is often overlooked because modern governments have become obsessed with austerity. And, as I argue below, that obsession will in the context of Donald Trump’s tariff hikes, work against the European nations that are running ridiculously large current account surpluses....

Bill Mitchell – billy blog
Donald Trump’s tariff hikes are not good policy
Bill Mitchell | Professor in Economics and Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), at University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Monday, March 19, 2018

Edward Harrison — Hyman Minsky And Asset Price Inflation Versus Consumer Price Inflation

Hyman Minsky’s financial theory of investment rests on a bifurcation of an economy’s price systems. On the one hand, there’s the price system for goods and services. And inflation here is what central banks look to hold in check. But at the same time, there is a wholly separate price system for assets. And it’s here where stability leads to asset price inflation, a build up in debt, instability, and, eventually, crisis.
Economics professor Randall Wray is a real Minsky scholar. He studied under Minsky at Washington University in St. Louis. And last year, he wrote a book “Why Minsky Matters: An Introduction to the Work of a Maverick Economist“. Here’s what Wray says about Minsky’s two price systems:
Credit Writedowns
Hyman Minsky And Asset Price Inflation Versus Consumer Price Inflation
Edward Harrison

Dean Baker — China as Number One: The Relative Size of the U.S. and Chinese Economies

PPP rather than GDP.
Purchasing power parity calculations of GDP attempt to measure all the goods and services produced by a country with a common set of prices. This means we add up all the cars, tables, haircuts, knee surgeries etc. produced in both the U.S. and China, and assume that each item costs the same in both countries.
According to the projections from the I.M.F. China's GDP is already 25 percent larger by this measure and will be almost 50 percent larger by the end of the projection period in 2022….
Beat the Press
China as Number One: The Relative Size of the U.S. and Chinese Economies
Dean Baker | Co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C.

What the media won't tell you about Eastern Ghouta by Treka

A young Syrian man telling the truth about Syria exposing Western lies. A really nice guy; see how easy going, friendly, and modern he is, just like most young people in the West? But his secular society is surrounded by the some of most evil people on the planet backed by even more of the most evil people on the planet, the criminals that run the US, Europe, and Israel.

And what's so strange is that hardly anyone in in the West knows the truth, or that our media is Orwellian spewing out 100% pure propaganda for a psychopathic, brutal ruling elite who just want money and glory, and that the nice middle class broadcasters and journalists on our TV's are complicit in some of the most evil crimes being done in their name.

Blogger can't find the video, so here's the link. Check it out, highly recommended!


And here's his Facebook page.


Robert Inlakesh - EXPOSED: Eastern Ghouta (Syria) dis-information and other lies...

I thought this is good. I like this guy, it's a shame that more ordinary people don't take an interest because if they did we could stop these wars. 

Robert Inlakesh says that Assad is not bombing his own people as our leaders and the media are saying, and that the video footage that is being shown is of Israel bombing Gaza. 

Robert Inlakesh has been receiving death threats.

This world is far more wicked than I ever realised. I thought there was at least good guys as well as bad guys, and that bad the really guys, like Hitler, only turned up occasionally, but it seems that the good guys are rare. Our leaders, including Theresa May and Boris Jonson, must be psychopaths because no one in their right mind would start WW3 unless they lacked all humanity, love, and compassion. These freaks of nature are in control of our governments.

Richie Allen - "Not A Single MP Had The Guts To Stand Up & Cry Bullshit Over Russia Poisoning Claims!"

Richie Allen, like me, was outraged at the UK Parliament Prime Minister Questions Time where Theresa May and Boris Johnson accused Russia of the Salisbury poisoning. Richie Allen says that the British parliament is full of traitors as 80% of them are Zionists and their allegiance is to Israel, not the British people. This broadcast is only 20 minutes wrong.

This is what I wrote in the comments section.

To see all these lies makes me feel sick. The British public must be stupid to think that if Russia wanted to get rid of a Russian double agent living in Britain they would use a nerve gas that was originally designed in Russia, and then spray two people sitting on a park bench with it just like something out of a James Bond movie, or a spy thriller. So, what's the first thing Theresa May and Boris Johnson do, accuse Russia, of course? So, why would Russian intelligence do such a stupid thing knowing full well they would get the blame, especially when the US has been blaming them for everything else? Well, because they didn't do it, that's why, it's a set up by a Western intelligence agency to blame Russia. 

Ginger Gibson — Large U.S. retailers urge Trump not to hit China with tariffs

“At the same time, we are concerned about the negative impact as you consider remedial actions under Section 301 of the Trade Act could have on America’s working families,” the letter stated. “Applying any additional broad-based tariff as part of a Section 301 action would worsen this inequity and punish American working families with higher prices on household basics like clothing, shoes, electronics, and home goods.”...
Large U.S. retailers urge Trump not to hit China with tariffs
Ginger Gibson

Claire Connelly — Neoliberal v Neoclassical economics – what’s the difference?

Bad title, which the author corrects in the article. Neoliberalism is a political theory rather than an economic theory. Neoclassical economics is an economic theory. The tile contains a category error.
The most important thing to understand is that neoliberalism is a post-war political movement that grew out of the Mont Pelerin Society, a thought collective that formed a consensus not to put the market at the centre of the state, but to take it over completely. Its entire objective is to co-opt economics and subvert the public interest to suit the needs of powerful capitalist institutions and the politicians, economists, financiers, philosophers, bankers, think-tanks and media organisations that support them.
Neoliberalism is associated with laissez-faire economic liberalism and was pioneered by economist Milton Friedman & Friedrich Hayeck, but as the economic historian, Philip Mirowski points out, this is a deliberate deception to trick people into thinking it is concerned about market equilibrium...
Renegade Inc
Neoliberal v Neoclassical economics – what’s the difference?
Claire Connelly | editor-in-chief of Renegade Inc.

Peter Van Buren — Gina Haspel: As If Nuremberg Never Happened

Nothing will say more about who we've become as a nation than if a torturer is allowed to head the CIA.
Sums it up. It's bad now, and her nomination makes it worse. But her confirmation and occupying office would be the icing on the cake.

Kills US soft power. It's a gift to enemies of America, too.

The American Conservative
Gina Haspel: As If Nuremberg Never Happened
Peter Van Buren, 24-year State Department veteran

Ray McGovern — Former CIA Chief Brennan Running Scared

In the crosshairs? Not just Brennan either.
None of the leaking, unmasking, surveillance, or other activities directed against the Trump campaign can be properly understood, if one does not bear in mind that it was considered a sure thing that Secretary Clinton would become President, at which point illegal and extralegal activities undertaken to help her win would garner praise, not prison.
But she lost.
The "perfect crime" that wasn't. Now "the gang that couldn't shoot straight" is running scared.

The lame street media is doing all it can to create the impression that it's Trump that is at fault.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post is dutifully playing its part in the deep-state game of intimidation. The following excerpt from Sunday’s lead article conveys the intended message: “Some Trump allies say they worry he is playing with fire by taunting the FBI. ‘This is open, all-out war. And guess what? The FBI’s going to win,’ said one ally, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candid. ‘You can’t fight the FBI. They’re going to torch him.’” [sic]
The Post, incidentally, waited until paragraph 41 of 44 to inform readers that it was the FBI’s own Office of Professional Responsibility and the Inspector General of the Department of Justice that found McCabe guilty, and that the charge was against McCabe, not the FBI. A quite different impression was conveyed by the large headline “Trump escalates attacks on FBI” as well as the first 40 paragraphs of Sunday’s lead article....
Most people don't realize it yet, but the US is in the midst of a constitutional crisis as the result of an attempted soft coup.

Consortium News
Former CIA Chief Brennan Running Scared
Ray McGovern, CIA analyst under seven Presidents and nine CIA directors and is now on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

Ousmène Jacques Mandeng and Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi — Cryptocurrencies challenge the status quo

Cryptocurrencies have been the subject of recent attacks by official sector representatives, and the G20 finance ministers will consider regulatory proposals at their next meeting in Buenos Aires. This column argues that while cryptocurrencies present certain risks, they also represent an important innovation that promises to enhance choice and efficiency in monetary transactions. A proportionate, risk-based regulatory approach is required to accommodate differential attitudes and experiences and to avoid stifling innovation and competition. This implies having an open debate before sweeping regulatory action....
Vox.eu — CEPR's Policy Portal
Cryptocurrencies challenge the status quo
Ousmène Jacques Mandeng, Visiting Fellow, LSE Institute of Global Affairs, and Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi, Programme Director, Institute For Global Affairs, London School of Economics

Washington tax authorities are treating crypto-currencies as properties and not money and this means US investors are starting to receive some unexpected and large tax demands.
"Prosecution futures." (ht Yves Smith)
Money laundering. Tick. Ponzi frauds and market manipulation. Tick. Terrorist financing and drug dealing. Tick. Tax evasion? Yes, that too can now get a tick on the checklist of supposed crypto crimes.

David F. Ruccio — Buyback this!

I have been arguing, since 2016 (e.g., here, here, and here), that one of the likely outcomes of the kind of corporate tax cuts Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans have supported—and, as we saw, eventually rammed through—would be an increase in inequality. That’s because corporations would likely use a portion of their higher profits to engage in stock buybacks, leading to an increase in stock prices. And stock ownership in the United States is already grotesquely unequal. Therefore, the rise in equity prices would disproportionately benefit the small group at the top of the wealth pyramid.
And that’s exactly what is happening. As CNN Money reports, U.S. corporations have showered Wall Street with $214 billion of stock buyback announcements so far this year....
Occasional Links & Commentary
Buyback this!
David F. Ruccio | Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame

Bill Mitchell — Eurozone policy failures laid bare

On March 13, 2018, the OECD released its latest Economic Outlook with accompanying “Interim projections” as at March 2018) suggesting that the current growth phase will continue through to next year as consumer and business confidence improves and translates in higher investment rates. The OECD, however, forecasts that growth in the Eurozone will decline over the next two years. The major Eurozone nations (France, Germany and Italy) are not witnessing the growing investment expenditure. The Eurozone might be seeing a little sunshine creeping out from the very dark clouds. But it is far from recovered and the future is ominously black. Key cyclical indicators remain at depressed levels, which means that when the next cycle hits, the Eurozone will be in a much worse position than before. And the reason: the fundamentally flawed design of the monetary system with its accompanying austerity bias. The reform required is root-and-branch rather than a prune here and there....
Bill Mitchell – billy blog
Eurozone policy failures laid bare
Bill Mitchell | Professor in Economics and Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), at University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Saker — The outcome of the election in Russia explained in simple, plain, English

Here are the preliminary results with only 76% of the votes counted (but the outcome is already obvious) explained in simple, plain English:
1) Putin easily wins by a landslide and is *more* popular than ever2) The Russian Communists and Zhirinovsky have reached terminal irrelevancy3) Only 2.6% of Russians are pro-USA and generally pro-West (Sobchak+Yavlinsky)4) The entire AngloZionist anti-Putin campaign has miserably failed5) The Empire has two choices left: go to war or fold6) If the Empire choses to to go war it will face a completely united Russia
The Vineyard of the Saker
The outcome of the election in Russia explained in simple, plain, English
The Saker

Speaking at his campaign headquarters, Putin discussed preliminary elections results, in which he leads with a huge margin, and disclosed views on key issues and his plans for the future.
Sputnik International
'We Need a Leap Forward': Putin Adresses Rally Amid Projected Landslide Win

From Soviet comparisons to accusations of authoritarianism, mainstream coverage of Russia’s presidential election has barely changed since 2004, though mentions of the UK spy poisoning scandal did add a fresh layer of insinuation.
Western media continue sounding like Pravda and Izvestia at the time of the Cold War.

‘Dictator’ Putin wins ‘fraud-tainted’ vote: Western media sticks to narrative on Russian election

Sputnik spoke to Vladimir Golstein, an associate professor of Slavic Studies, on challenges facing Russia economically and politically.
Sputnik International
Russians Agree with Putin Foreign Policy, Question Domestic Policy - Expert

The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman says attempts to influence the outcome of the Russian presidential vote were obvious and unprecedented
Diplomat calls West’s attempts to influence presidential election 'obvious'

Greg Palast — 3 Dangers In The Blow-Up Over Cambridge Analytica, Trump’s Computer Gurus

First, this is not a "bad apple" story. The dark art of dynamic psychometric manipulation in politics was not pioneered by Cambridge Analytica for Trump, but by i360 Themis, the operation founded by the Koch brothers.…
The second danger is to forget that the GOP has been using computer power to wipe away voting rights of Black and Hispanic voters for years — by "caging," "Crosscheck," citizenship challenges based on last name (Garcia? Not American!?!) and more — a far more effective use of cyberpower than unconsciously manipulating your behavior through Facebook ads.
The third danger is to overplay the importance of cyberwar techniques in elections. Cambridge Analytica worked for Ted Cruz in the GOP primary AGAINST Trump — and what happened. That Hillary Clinton arrogantly defended NAFTA in Michigan, did not deign to visit Wisconsin once during the campaign, never visited or met with jobless auto workers at a closed plant in Ohio, as Trump did — this had more to do with her loss than computer geeks playing mad scientist in Britain.…
Greg Palast
3 Dangers In The Blow-Up Over Cambridge Analytica, Trump’s Computer Gurus

See also

Zero Hedge
Edward Snowden: Facebook Is A Surveillance Company Rebranded As "Social Media"
Tyler Durden 

Jason Del Ray — Amazon is creating a health care company with the help of Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase are working with the e-commerce giant.

ht Brad DeLong at Grasping Reality

See also
The e-commerce giant is muscling its way into a number of businesses that banks have long dominated.
American Banker
How Amazon is shaking up financial services
Keven Wack

Coleen Rowley — McCabe: A War on (or in) the FBI?

Andrew McCabe’s claim that his firing amounts to a “war on the FBI” doesn’t make sense considering it was the FBI’s own internal affairs office that recommended he be fired, as FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley explains....
About more than just McCabe.
The real problem that most of the mainstream media don’t want to even mention is how unprecedented it was to have both Presidential campaigns under serious criminal investigation in the weeks before the 2016 election! In all fairness, even if these now-fired FBI Directors were trying to do the right thing – which would not be in line with their rather sordid track records – it wouldn’t really be possible to walk that political mine field without a faux pas one way or the other. Seen in that light, it’s possible to even sympathize a little with any FBI Director when the public corruption at the highest levels in Washington DC has become so bad (and fully bipartisan), that it’s hard to know where to start.
Consortium News
McCabe: A War on (or in) the FBI?
Coleen Rowley, retired FBI special agent, division legal counsel and law enforcement ethics instructor who testified in connection with the 9-11 Joint Intelligence Committee’s Inquiry, the Senate Judiciary Committee investigation and Department of Justice Inspector General’s investigation, exposing some of the FBI’s pre-9/11 failures

Todd Gitlin — The youngsters school the college kids: Last week’s gun protests were powerfully effective — older students should take notes

Young people getting up off their butts en masse, taking their eyeballs off their phone, and striking to protest gun violence in schools. 60's redux? Is activism on the rise again after Occupy?

New York Daily News — Opinion
The youngsters school the college kids: Last week’s gun protests were powerfully effective — older students should take notes
Todd Gitlin | professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University and the author of "Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street."

OAN — China To Appoint Yi Gang As New Central Bank Governor: WSJ

China has selected American-trained economist Yi Gang to become the country’s new central bank governor, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Sunday, citing unnamed people with knowledge of the matter.
"American-trained." Oh oh. Hope he is not as clueless as the US Fed and conventional US academics.