Trump's appointments a betrayal?
Newsletter published on 17 December 2016
(1) Trump's appointments a betrayal -
(2) Perfection is not one of the options; we can only choose
the Least Bad
(3) Trump appoints Goldman Sachs president as director of
(4) Progressive Education? Culture War in the
(5) John Podesta’s emails were not hacked. He fell for a
(1) Trump's appointments a betrayal - Troy
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:14:09 +0000 (UTC)
I said on my Facebook page recently:
Not content with appointing Goldman
Sachs banker Steven Mnuchin as
Secretary of the Treasury, fossil fuel pawn
Scott Pruitt to run the
Environmental Protection Agency, ExxonMobil CEO Rex
Secretary of State and Dakota-harassing scumbag Rick Perry as
of Energy, Donald Trump has now accepted into 'his' administration
D. Cohn, the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Goldman
Sachs itself. Cohn, who was earning an annual salary of US$22 million in
2014, will control the country's National Economic Council. When will
those who voted for this ignominious farce have the basic courage and
decency to admit that they have served as unwitting accomplices in the
reorganisation and strengthening of the plutocracy? The truth
This is what needs to be exposed.
(2) Perfection is not one
of the options; we can only choose the Least Bad
- Peter Myers, December 17,
James Morris says much the same as you do.
Hillary would have been worse. The smear campaign about Trump being
of Putin - aimed at the Electoral Council - shows clearly that
change in Foreign Policy is under way. Friendship with Russia
will lead to
fraternity rather than war in Europe. At the same time,
will be curtailed, and Russia will no longer be forced
to rely so heavily on
The US and its proxies will stop backing Islamic terrorists as agents
Regime Change. If Qatar and Saudi Arabia do continue such backing, Trump
is likely to front them publicly over it.
The end of the Culture War
will also ease the antagonisms in Western
Policy, the question is whether Trump's appointees will be
able to "do their
own thing", or forced to co-operate for the benefit of
all. One can only
On the Middle East, Trump may move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
symbolic gesture would please many Jews. But there must still be a
chance that he will also pursue his earlier plan of solving Mid-East
Trots and others on the Ultra Left constantly critique
comparing existing reality with a benchmark, which they present
goal. That amounts to aiming for Perfection. It's foolish, because
Perfection is never one of the options.
Equally, Trump's regime will
be far from perfect. Within a year or two,
many of us may be looking for
alternatives. But we should not forget
that Hillary would have pursued war
against Russaia, and even more
extremes of the Nanny State.
appoints Goldman Sachs president as director of National
Cohn will be bringing worries about Fed policy to Trump's White
Jeff Cox | @JeffCoxCNBCcom
Friday, 9 Dec 2016 | 3:16 PM
With Gary Cohn as one of his top economic advisors, Donald Trump can
expect to hear from an economic optimist leery of the role central banks
have taken on to try to engineer growth.
The Goldman Sachs president
and chief operating officer would bring yet
another insider's view to a
Trump White House as director of the
National Economic Council. The position
is central to generating a
unified economic message for the
In interviews over the past couple of years, Cohn, 56,
some confidence in the economy. Speaking to CNBC eight days
Trump's stunning upset of Hillary Clinton in the presidential race,
also was cautious on certain aspects.
"We're all giving
President-elect Trump and his transition team the
benefit of the doubt," he
said. "We're all listening to what he's
saying, we're all listening to what
he's doing. We're all cautiously
optimistic. We're waiting to see what
happens. As we get more clarity,
the markets will react."
markets have reacted, and quite positively.
The Dow industrials are up
about 7.5 percent since the day after the
election, and the KBW Nasdaq Bank
Index has soared more than 22 percent.
Cohn's Goldman Sachs has surged even
more, up close to 30 percent.
Still, few believe the road ahead will be
smooth as Trump's
unpredictability always looms.
Cohn has expressed
considerable worry over the past couple of years
about central bank policy.
He has recognized the need for the emergency
measures the Fed and others
have taken, but has wondered about the
ramifications further into the
When the discussion turned to bond rates, Cohn said: "I am
case for rates going up for the right reasons. That said, I am
how much U.S. rates can dislocate from the rest of the world, and
think that's a big issue."
Indeed, the U.S. central bank has been
talking about tightening policy
at a time when most of its global
counterparts are in loosening mode.
Cohn worries that will result in a
much stronger dollar that could slow
the U.S. recovery.
of the world is we have a soaring dollar and the effects on
dollar are just starting to be felt," he said during a
March 15, 2015,
interview. "It's going to make U.S. exports more
expensive. So what does
that mean for U.S. manufacturers and what does
that mean for U.S. jobs? It's
not going to be positive."
The market also has been impacted by low rates
and too much regulation
he said in another interview.
"I won't say
markets are broken. I think they're not as efficient as
they should be,"
Cohn told CNBC on June 23, 2015.
"It's the cumulative effect when you
look at regulation. No one
regulation by itself has had a bad effect. In
fact, many of the
regulations have had positive effects. It is the
cumulative effect of
many of the regulations that we put on the market
community that have
had an effect on the market."
Education? Culture War in the High Schools?
From: John Cameron <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 08:35:13 +1100
Peter, May I ask
have you read Anthony C Sutton booklet "How the Order
Relevant John Dewey the father of Progressive Education,
"The Naked Capitalist." By W.Cleon
Skousen.A review & commentary on
Dr.Carrol Quigley's book "Tragedy &
Hope." pp 68-72 The Subversion of
Wittmer "Conquest of the American Mind."
Dr.Geo.S.Coutts " Dare the
Schools Build a new Social Order ?
"Dr.E.Merril Root. "Brain Washing in
the High Schools." also "
Collectivism on the Campus." Augustin G.Rudd."
Bending the Twig."
Hegel,W.M.Wundt,G.Stanley Hall & or.
John Podesta’s emails were not hacked. He fell for a phishing scheme
of Putin as ‘Personally’ Behind Clinton Hack Is an Old
Posted on Dec 16, 2016
By Juan Cole
allegations supposedly from the CIA that Russian President
"personally" directed how hacked emails from the Clinton
campaign should be
used should be treated with a good deal of skepticism.
I have already
said that the allegations of effective Russian
interference in the US
election do not make any sense to me. There is no
point at which anything
Russia is said to have done can be shown to have
determined the election
The things that appear to have hurt Clinton late in the election
her "deplorables" comment about Trump supporters, and the Comey letter
about the new emails the FBI had found on Anthony Weiner’s computer.
Neither of these incidents had any Russian connection.
I don’t doubt
that Russian intelligence was interested in sowing discord
in the US around
its election. I am saying that there is no evidence
Moreover, John Podesta’s emails were not hacked. He fell for a
scheme in which he received a phony email asking for his login
information, which he answered after a technical assistant incorrectly
told him the email was legitimate (he meant to say illegitimate). The
phishing scheme could easily have failed (never click on a link in your
email and then enter sensitive information– open any login page you use
manually so as to make sure you aren’t going to a spoofed address; and,
first examine the address line from which the email originated; phonies
can be easily spotted. People you deal with legitimately aren’t going to
ask you for your login information–they already have that).
A phishing scheme is more the speed of that fabled Nigerian
prince-scammer than the president of the Russian Federation.
perpetrators of the phishing scheme, moreover, were not Russian FSB
intelligence. They were just a civilian gang that may or may not have
been employed by the Russian government.
Given that no one can point
to any specific incident or incidents in
which the Podesta emails had a
discernible effect on the election, there
is little reason to blame the
outcome of the election on Russia.
But the most recent psy-ops leaks,
allegedly from the CIA, speak in
loving detail of how Putin himself took
control of the operation, as
part of a longstanding vendetta against Sec.
No new information is added by such an allegation of Putin’s
involvement. If you said that the Russian government did it, you’d
saying Putin. The image being created, of Putin personally intervening
in an American election, is intended to pull at heartstrings. It is
propaganda via personalization and demonization.
demonization are well-known Washington propaganda
point George W. Bush maintained that he had been right to
Hussein of Iraq even though that country had not had
unconventional weapons. The reason? Saddam Hussein, he
The "evilness" of an opponent of US policy is metaphysical, and
used to justify almost anything.
Back in 1953, Iran had a
nationalist prime minister who wanted a fair
share from BP of the money from
sale of Iran’s own oil. His name,
Mohammad Mosaddegh, showed his
aristocratic lineage. The Eisenhower
administration and the compliant
Washington press corps waged a campaign
of personal vilification against
Mosaddegh, hinting around that he was a
communist and a puppet of the Soviet
Union. This was an aristocratic
Demonizing Mosaddegh was
a prelude to the CIA buying a crowd and
overthrowing the elected prime
minister of a major parliamentary
country. It has never to this day
recovered its democracy.
Hugo Chavez of Venezuela was also
So was Yasser Arafat. Salvador Allende of
Whenever the US intelligence agencies collaborate with mass media
throw up on the screen the face of a foreign leader, giving him devil’s
horns and making his face red with the flames of hell, we have to take
that depiction as a sign that they intend to do something to that
PBS NewsHour: "How Putin could
have been involved in U.S. election