Panic of Boris Johnson in Moscow – Agony of Rotting Empire

Andre Vltchek

Johnson and Lavrov at Moscow meeting

It has been all very ugly, aggressive and often distinctly vulgar: the way the British Foreign Secretary has behaved before and during his official visit to Moscow.

Mr. Johnson described Russia as “closed, nasty, militaristic and anti-democratic” concluding that it could not be “business as usual”.

He did not define what the UK has become, and the Russian hosts were too polite to explain. The “business as usual” it was not.

During the last few weeks, the behavior patterns of both the UK and US have began increasingly to resemble those of the badly brought up leadership of the provincial Italian mafia: “You do as we tell you, or we’ll poke out your eyes… or break your leg… or perhaps we’ll kidnap your daughter”.

It appears that there is absolutely no shame left in Washington, in London, and in several other ‘provincial capitals’ of the Empire. Insults are piling on insults and then shot to all corners of the globe. Lies are being spread barefacedly, and bizarre deceptions and fabrications have been manufactured with impressive speed.

It is clear that the Empire is now missing its composure, its nerve; that it is scared of losing its control over the world and its monopoly on deciding what should be universally accepted as the truth.

The more the world realizes that it has been controlled and brutalized by shameless neo-colonialist gangsters, the more the Empire says, indirectly but sometimes even straight into the faces of the international community: “Our interests are what really matter! You will behave and obey, or we will smash you to pieces, starve you to death, invade you and bathe your land in blood”.

It is nothing new, of course: the West has been doing all this for many decades and centuries. Hundreds of millions of Asians, Africans, South Americans, Middle Easterners and Russians lost their lives in the process. All non-white continents were occupied, plundered and enslaved; all, without a single exception. But it was always done “for the good of the victims”, or “in order to protect them” (most likely from themselves).

The Brits were at the forefront of the art of manipulating the brains of their ‘subjects’. Their propaganda used to be refined, effective, some would even say ‘brilliant’. For decades after the end of the Second World War, they used to teach its offspring in North America and Australia, how to lie elegantly and how to convince even those nations that were being barbarically raped, that they were actually being rescued, pampered and made love to, gently and respectfully.

Now the masks have fallen off, and the ugly, gangrenous face of imperialism has been clearly exposed. Britain is simply not in the mood for refinements. It is brutal. It was always brutal. Now it is also, finally, honest.

It is all absolutely frightening, but it is also good, truly significant, that the West is suddenly behaving with such clarity.

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What is it that Mr. Johnson is accusing Russia of? Of liberating Syria from those Western, Saudi, and Qatari backed terrorist groups? What else could be expected from the Foreign Secretary of the country that had been, for long centuries, the mightiest, ruthless and the most deceptive colonialist empire in the history of the mankind? Mr. Johnson is definitely not going to thank the liberator of the oppressed people, is it?

In his open letter to Boris Johnson, the British writer and journalist Neil Clark wrote:

“In April you canceled your planned visit to Moscow and traveled to the G7 talks instead, where you urged other countries to consider fresh sanctions against Russia (and Syria), saying that Vladimir Putin was “toxifying his image” by backing Assad.

But if Russia hadn’t supported the Syrian government, ISIS/Al-Qaeda affiliates would probably have taken control of the whole country. Is that what you wanted?”

Of course it was! More chaos, the better!

The UK has been playing appalling, truly Machiavellian games all over the Middle East, and it has been doing it for centuries – in Palestine, in what is now Iraq and Kuwait, and in many other areas. To borrow from the colorful lexicon of the Prime Minister Lloyd George, it was reserving rights “to bomb those niggers”, to bomb them and to fry them alive, to rob them of everything, even of the land itself. The UK, together with their close friends and allies such as Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, managed to manufacture the most conservative branch of Islam, just in order to keep the local population in fear and submission to its commercial and colonialist interests.

The country responsible for hundreds of millions of dead, for tens of millions of human beings who have been hunted down like animals and shipped to America as slaves, has been reserving the right to judge the world, to decide what is ‘free’ and what is not, what is ‘democratic’ and what is dictatorial, what is true and what is false or even ‘fake’.

‘Fake news’ – the latest invention of the crumbling, paranoid Western regime!

Now the Empire is hunting down almost all ‘alternative media’ outlets, including the highly successful and informative RT (Russia Today) international television channel. It is important to remember and to understand: only the official Western channels and press agencies are allowed to spread indoctrination all over the world. To broadcast or to print ‘counter-propaganda’ (or call it an intellectual detox) is considered an arch crime, and punished as such. The RT is now portrayed as a hive of ‘agents’, at least in both Washington and London.

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As the Syrian city of Aleppo was celebrating its first anniversary of liberation, grateful citizens were carrying, in reverent silence, portraits of Russian soldiers who spilled their blood for the liberation of their nation.

The Syrian people know, they clearly understand, who ignited the war, and who came to their rescue.

Boris Johnson can insult Russia as much as he desires, but one thing he cannot deny: there are no men, women and children carrying portraits of British soldiers, be it in Iraq or Afghanistan, in Syria, Libya or Yemen.

In Yemen, the UK talks peace but manufactures bombs that are enriching the already deadly Saudi arsenal of weapons, used to terrorize, and to murder thousands of defenseless Yemeni civilians.

Russian Foreign Secretary Sergei Lavrov said nothing about the crimes against humanity that are being committed by British troops in several parts of the world. I believe that he should have said something, that he should have said a lot, but Mr. Lavrov is a seasoned diplomat, and he knows perfectly well what is appropriate, what is effective and what is counter-productive.

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Yes, the Empire is evidently in panic.

It is scared of everything: of public opinion all over the world, of the great Chinese new Silk Road initiative which is gaining great popularity all over the Asian continent, of the Sino-Russian alliance, of the silent rebellion in the ranks of its former allies, particularly in Asia, of the undeniably increasing economic might of its adversaries, of the new ‘alternative media’, and even of its own tail lost somewhere in the darkness.

For many years, one effective way for the Empire to control the world was to spread dark cynicism and nihilism, in order to ‘pacify’, to immobilize its colonies and even its own people living in Europe and North America. Now this strategy is backfiring:

British and North American citizens are not only passive and unwilling to fight for the internationalist and left wing ideals, they are also unimpressed, even disgusted with their own rulers and regime. Yes, most of them are cynical about such countries like Russia, China or Venezuela, but they are also cynical about the corporatism, capitalism, as well as Western domestic and foreign policy. They are not willing to commit to anything. They trust nothing. They believe in very few things.

For the Empire, people like Boris Johnson are extremely useful buffoons: they offer cheap entertainment to the masses, and they deliver it with impeccable upper-class English accents (the BBC-style). They play it dirty, trying to smear, to humiliate their opponents. They try to bring back pride to their imperialist and white supremacist regime, by humiliating the victims, who are now finally standing on their feet and ready to fight for the right to be different.

People like Mr. Johnson turn reality upside down, and it is all done ‘spontaneously’, with a boyish, almost innocent grin. Except that there is actually absolutely nothing innocent in this entire charade. It is all perfectly choreographed, all extremely professional.

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The Empire is rotting and it is in agony. It panics. It fights for its life.

Peace is dangerous. If the world is at peace, it is indisputable that the Western Empire would lose, in no time. It would be defeated on social, moral, creative and even economic fronts.

That is why the Empire is spreading chaos, fear, war, perpetual conflicts and antagonism everywhere, all over the world: in Syria and Afghanistan, Libya, in all corners of Africa and parts of Southeast Asia, in Iran, Central and South America, even in the tiniest countries of Oceania.

It is challenging, provoking North Korea, it is insulting countries that have already suffered more than enough from Western terror and barbarism; countries like Russia, China and Iran.

It threatens those nations (and even some international organizations like UNESCO) that are supporting Palestine.

It essentially bullies all those who want to live their own lives, their own cultures, and their own economic and social systems. It punishes those countries that are refusing to plunder their own people and resources in order to support the high-life of the Western nations. It overthrows governments, and murders individuals.

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In Moscow, the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made a fool of himself. He did! With his unmistakable spineless jellyfish style, he tried but failed to humiliate the nation, which, for several centuries fought determinedly against Western imperialism and colonialism, and, on numerous occasions has already managed to save the world.

Mr. Johnson applied an old and rather disgusting approach: he came to Russia with spite and superiority complex, ready to preach, to insult, to scold those white-looking but essentially Asian people – to ‘show them their place’.

But this is 2017 now, not 1990. London is not the center of the universe, anymore, just the capital of a confused and rather aggressive and increasingly badly behaved nation.

The British bulldog came to Moscow. Frankly, it did not even look like a bulldog, anymore – it looked totally… weird: stoned and mentally unbalanced. It barked and barked, while the Russian bear was calm, maintaining its composure. It was clear who of the two has the upper hand, and who is provoking and who is refusing to fight. It was also obvious who of the two is really scared.
And, it was so apparent to whom belongs the past and to whom belongs the future!

Originally published by NEO (New Eastern Outlook)

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of his latest books are Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism, a revolutionary novel “Aurora” and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”. View his other books here. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On Western Terrorism”. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter.

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Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of his latest books are Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism, a revolutionary novel “Aurora” and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”. View his other books here. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On Western Terrorism”. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter.

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Jim
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Jim

Boris and Donald, they both dye their hair! Do we have to really think they have both natural beauty?

vierotchka
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Boris Johnson is a natural blonde, he doesn’t dye nor bleach his hair. Here he is as a child:comment image

Fair dinkum
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Fair dinkum

They would all be Gods if they could.
They can’t.
They’re all gonna die.
Justice, that.

Eric Blair
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A good piece by Vltchek. His best rants combine righteous fury and a keen insight into the cynical malaise inflicting the citizens of the moribund Anglo-American Empire and its vassal states. He is correct in pointing out that: For many years, one effective way for the Empire to control the world was to spread dark cynicism and nihilism, in order to ‘pacify’, to immobilize its colonies and even its own people living in Europe and North America. Now this strategy is backfiring: British and North American citizens are not only passive and unwilling to fight for the internationalist and left… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

Why Boris Johnson visited Moscow in the first place, if all he had to offer was his own ridiculous prejudices and beliefs gleaned from tabloid headlines about “Russiagate” and clearly wasn’t inclined to listen to Sergei Lavrov or his hosts, beats me. Was it to keep him as far away from British politics as much as possible so that the British public can’t see what a disaster he might be as PM in case Theresa May is forced to fall on her sword? Is there anyone else among the Tories who might qualify for her job?

Alan
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Alan

Taking a line from Back to the Future
So tell me future boy who is Foreign Secretary in 2017?
Boris Johnson
The comedian? and I suppose Jerry Lewis is Prime Minister!

kevin morris
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kevin morris

I too have a high regard for Russia, and lest we forget, it was the former Soviet Union that actually defeated the Nazis. If for that reason alone Boris Johnson should have demonstrated rather more gravitas when he met with Sergey Lavrov las week. But all this gleeful ‘end of empire’ talk I find very sad because as Pete Townshend said all these years ago, ‘meet the new boss- same as the old boss’. and it is not Russia but China who increasingly calls the shots nowadays. Anyone who studies China, knows that it is a country run by a… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

Are you able to put up links for your statements, especially the one about the hydroelectric scheme and the one about China’s “manifest destiny”?

kevin morris
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kevin morris

I do understand your difficulty. Like most people, you have little appreciation of the history of the nation and you therefore seek ‘links’ to the views I express. Could I suggest that rather than seeking ‘links’, you do a little old fashioned reading of Chinese history? For if you did, you would find that China has always held a chauvinistic view of its own place in the world. Please don’t get me wrong. I understand fully how appallingly China was treated by the west and particularly the British during the nineteenth century, but speaking frankly, there is much to fear… Read more »

Big B
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Big B

Kevin: as a long term follower of China’s morally bankrupt near total disregard for human, indigenous and biodiverse rights to life, I couldn’t agree with your last paragraph more. Especially on the scant regard and western liberal blindness to their economic anti-ecological hegemony. All the information is available: often from Chinese – and not neoliberal think tank or CIA – sources. China is the world leading ecocidal and hydrological terrorist nation – a fact that they are only on the cusp of recognising and (so far) paying lip service to ameliorating (13th Congress; cutting back on some large scale dam… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

Big B, Kevin Morris and others can argue all they like about which nation is the greatest threat to the world’s ecosystems but I prefer to believe that the world’s greatest environmental villain is the US Department of Defense. I will quote from one source (dated 2010) at this link: http://projectcensored.org/2-us-department-of-defense-is-the-worst-polluter-on-the-planet/ As it stands, the Department of Defense is the largest polluter in the world, producing more hazardous waste than the five largest US chemical companies combined. Depleted uranium, petroleum, oil, pesticides, defoliant agents such as Agent Orange, and lead, along with vast amounts of radiation from weaponry produced, tested,… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

Italics should have stopped before “Here’s another source …” – WordPress is so lousy at recognising end coding.

Big B
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Big B

Yes, I totally accept that – especially having made the point myself many a time. I was referencing the more parochial and hydrological impact that China is having …well, mainly in China, for the moment – although it is beginning to transfer across borders (China withheld hydrological data during the recent Doklam Standoff with India – or bunfight in the Himalayas. But imagine if that ever turned to war? China would have quite a strategic advantage?) Anyway, although I didn’t give a specific reference – I hope I gave some detail and a starting point for research into the environmental… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

I believe Turkey has a similar stranglehold over water supplies to Iraq and Syria by damming the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in its territory. Both Iraq and Syria have accused Turkey of causing water shortages in the past through its dam projects.
Count the number of dams Turkey has built in its Güneydoğu Anadolu Projesi (Southeastern Anatolia Project):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southeastern_Anatolia_Project#Dams
Plenty of potential for Turkey to turn off the tap and then accuse Iraq and Syria of mismanaging their water resources, don’t you think?

BigB
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BigB

Exactly so: Devil’s emissary John McCain went to Turkey …shortly after, the Euphrates ceased to flow.
http://www.mintpressnews.com/syrias-water-cut-off-by-turkey-following-mccain-erdogan-meeting/225483/
Fortunately for Syraq: whilst still maintaining a somewhat ambiguous role – Turkey seems to have switched sides since then. No doubt, they want to sell back all the machinery they stole from Aleppo? 😉

Admin
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fixed

Jen
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Jen

Thanks for doing that, much appreciated!

JTMcPhee
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JTMcPhee

The people who own and rule China aren’t much different from the people that own and rule “the West.” A bunch of self-serving looters. And the billions that provide the real wealth and “personpower” to undergird the world political economy with all its toxins and dysfunctions are likewise all too human. All this effort to demonize “yellow people” as a distraction from the looting that benefit (at a fast declining rate) us mopes and feed the insatiable greeds and hegemomania of the elite that own us is entertaining, in a sick sort of way — I imagine that politically aware… Read more »

George Cornell
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George Cornell

There are people and nations who are natively so aggressive they need to invent opponents and smear them, Having been to China several times over the last 20 years, their progress has been astounding. The pollution has spectacularly improved and I am confident that improvement dwarfs the lack of improvement in the US. And the plight of the average Chinese, which I am sure you fret about, has also improved dramatically. Left to the pillage mentality of the US and UK where would they be? “big” Bob eh? From the bigger is better walk of life? Short on outlets for… Read more »

Big B
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Big B

George: I think you are on the wrong site – such is your manifest deep love of globalist, neoliberal, exploitative, extractivist expansionist capitalism? Whether it is displayed by the ruling class of the US, UK, or China (or anyone else) bothers me not – I draw no distinction. Whether imperial or economic/trade based capitalism makes little difference either – it is the acculturated ethos of the ruling ‘upper one percent’ …unchecked exponential compound growth (capitalism) will destroy our planet. The only thing we get to decide is the timescale. China is decades behind America, but following the same pattern of… Read more »

George Cornell
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George Cornell

No progress at all? Really? You must go to China and soon. It has been near miraculous and it is time to give credit where it is due.
And it is what you hear from Chinese at all levels. Go see. True there are few murders and little violence, and their infrastructure is as healthy now as in the US, faint praise as that is, but they do have more than a billion people.
I am with you about the ubiquitous malevolence of the 1% . But America’s one percent whips the backsides of the others?

Big B
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Big B

George: I can’t argue in the slightest about the “ubiquitous malevolence of the 1%” …I’m just not sure you can distinguish them by country? They have developed a trans-national life-destroying self-multiplying money sequence – beyond borders or national allegiance. And for all the talk of the gold backed petro Yuan and ‘de-dollarisation’ – China has yet to end its export dependency. Until it does, the Yuan is a dollar vassal – to which it is pegged. To those to whom capital accrues – is there even a ‘China’ or ‘America’? Or is there is only money??? [I never made it… Read more »

Admin
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Surely the 1% have little interest in national borders?

George Cornell
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George Cornell

Hmm..
Not so sure. No interest in where the money comes from, that is sure but faux patriotism is firmly embraced and nations that cement the status and safeguard the rights of the 1% to serially screw their fellow citizens are pheromonal for them to take up residence..
Corruption has replaced disease and malnutrition as the leading plague of the world and the smiling grinning smirking faces of the 1% have become their poster effigies. Tax breaks make the recipients smile even more broadly.

George Cornell
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George Cornell

“Old fashioned reading”?
By that do you mean selective reading, uncritical reading, reading of edited material by CIA apologists? Or something else? Kevin, your posts do not suggest objectivity about China which you gratuitously inserted into this thread for reasons only you understand.
You do not give the impression of curiosity or of scholarship if you don’t mind me saying. So give links for us poor unwashed.

Jen
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Jen

Asking for links to (presumably credible and trustworthy) sources from which you obtained material to support your statements about China’s “manifest destiny” and its plans for a hydroelectric scheme using the headwaters of major Asian rivers in Tibet is not an indication in itself of one’s knowledge (or lack thereof) of the country’s history. I only ask for the links to your sources so I can read and judge the information, and ascertain if the sources are reliable. That Chinese people may have an inflated sense of their importance I do not dispute but to infer that they believe in… Read more »

Admin
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It’s not that your statements are being challenged as such, it’s just that we have a policy here of inviting people to source their facts as much as possible. If, as you say, all the info is in the public domain maybe you could share a couple of useful links here?

George Cornell
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George Cornell

Much worse? Really? You do sound like a graduate of one of those ubiquitous think tanks where the well educated are paid millions to come up with dirt on China and the best they can do are the Uighurs. See Frum. China has hardly been imperialist and so far what there is has been confined to former parts of China. The point of the article is that the West has obsessed on demonising Russia and you want tit for tat vis a vis China. Is that it? “time will tell” but from what I can see China holds some promise.… Read more »

kevin morris
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kevin morris

As a long time China watcher who predicted China’s rise as long ago as the mid 1970s, I am all too aware of the naievity of liberals in the west going back as far as the 1960sm even in the face of the war fought between China and India over borders that had been uncotroversial for many centuries. I have always wondered at that viewpoint that a country that has no civil society, very little by way pf rule of law, which executes more prisoners than anywhere else in the world, could be seen as offering ‘promise’ to the rest… Read more »

George Cornell
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George Cornell

Where do get your misinformation from, Kevin? CIA sources, Natinal Review? And how many military bases does China have in foreign lands ? Zero? And the US has 185 plus? Take a cold shower.

Big B
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Big B

One: in Djibouti.

George Cornell
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George Cornell

Ooh! Only 184 to go.

Big B
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Big B

Give them time; resource depletion; they’ve just passed peak oil; are on their way to peak coal and gas; are trying to coerce Saudi Arabia into accepting Yuan; are in Africa to secure material resources; AFRICOM and SOCOM (and soon the EU-NATO) are deployed to stop them; they are colonising the Spratly Isles to expand into the South China sea (for fish as much as anything else); the US 7th Fleet is deployed in “Freedom of Navigation” ops to prevent them; the Djibouti deployment and Myanmar oil and gas pipeline are to counter their Bab el-Mandeb and Malacca maritime chokepoint… Read more »

Moriartys Left Sock
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Moriartys Left Sock

peak oil/gas etc is of course only an issue if the biogenic theory of hydrocarbons is correct. There’s still interesting anomalies that might indicate the abiotic theory still has potential
Just sayin 🙂
http://www.rense.com/general58/biot.htm

BigB
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BigB

Admin: I’m well aware of the abiotic oil theory (re: my discussion with St Aug). If it did exist, we would have to drill nearly six miles into the mantle of the earth to retrieve it. If, and IF: that is ever commercially viable – what would be the cost at the wellhead? Upstream of that, producers need a capex return (reinvestment ) plus profit …or in the case of a nationalised producer: they need to add the cost of their social superstructure. But the price they can charge is demand restricted by what debt crippled “secularly stagnant” economies can… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

MLS: I had this conversation with St Aug a while back. Anomalies yes, even some replenishment – but oil as a renewable resource? It’s not that we don’t have enough oil (we have a surfeit ) – it’s that we don’t have enough HIGH QUALITY oil. The oil we have yet to find will be of decreasing quality (2nd Law.) That means (under the current mode of production – for profit ) the cost of extraction will rise: while the amount of societally available energy (exergy) will decline (EROI or EROEI – 2nd Law statement) The continued extractive hydrocarbon energetic… Read more »

Admin
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The abiotic theory which MLS refers to argues that oil is not a product of fossil life forms but is produced by actions within the earth’s crust, and is therefore constantly replenishing or potentially replenishing.
But yes, let’s try not to open up the AGW debate again!

Paul
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Paul

It’s a powerful argument. What is described can be seen on a daily basis. Tor example today the BBC leads with the release of the sick from the rebel enclave near Damascus; its a story they’ve been running for some days along the lines “Will evil Assad at least help this kid?” With a few exchanges yesterday the story became more nuanced; One baby was reported to have died before evacuation. Then there was the UN official who reported children were being used as “tickets” – Maybe Assad was actually up to no good? So it goes on. Not one… Read more »

George Cornell
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George Cornell

Yep, utter corruption says it well. Journalists for the MSM are often the counterparts of those who enabled the Weinstein, Toback Polanski, et al. abuses. All it takes for evil to triumph….

archie1954
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A very sad commentary of today’s Western culture. I have always considered Russia to be a Western nation but the US empire and its puppet allies do not believe so, or in the alternative use propaganda to make it seem like Russia isn’t part of Western culture. Forget its Christianity, its national ballet, its national composers, its capitalism, its nascent democracy and all other Western cultural icons. Both Washington and London have a major problem when it comes to accepting another Western nation into their private club. Why? Maybe because this potential new addition will not take second billing!

Michel Leigh
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Michel Leigh

Well ARCHIE1954 I suspect, it will be less than the year 2954 when you will have to use a microscope to find the USA on a map of the world, because it is obvious that when the North American nation of the USA is no longer united it current ruling oligarchs will have flown the proverbial nest.

Andrew Watson
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Andrew Watson

There is no question of the West’s hypocrisy with regard to Russia, but to portray Russia as simply a victim of imperialism like other downtrodden peoples of the earth is plainly nonsense. For centuries until 1991 Russia was one of the great European imperial powers and this reached its height in terms of size and tyranny in the Soviet years. To simply ignore this is to devalue anything worthwhile is this superficial and reactive article.

George Cornell
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George Cornell

No they are not choir boys, like I imagine you see the West? But they have been a victim of imperialism in the recent past, as in the meddling by the US in the Ukraine etc. The recorded phone call between Victoria Fuck the EU Nuland and the American ambassador said it all, attitude, hypocrisy, lying, cheating, manipulation, immorality, dishonesty etc. The fraud that is American foreign aid can now be seen for what it is. A sneaky attempt to subvert the will and interests of of the locals in many locales, and the support for innumerable dictators has been… Read more »

MichaelK
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MichaelK

Johnson reflects the almost total degeneracy of what passes for ‘British deplomacy’ these days. It’s become an embarrassing, grotesque, farce. Johnson makes Jeltsin and Berlusconi seem smooth, skilled and elegant master diplomats in comparison! I suppose this is what happens when a once powerful nation lurches towards terminal decline, like the US too, fools, knaves and charismatic charlatans push their way into positions of power and the old order cracks open an begins to fall apart. What once seemed solid and inspired awe begins to crumble and the imposing edifice of the state slips into a dangerous kind of pantomime.

Michel Leigh
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Michel Leigh

You would do well MIKAELK to remember Mr B Johnson own ethnic antecedents and note; How is it possible that a tax-resident USA citizen can hold the British Monarchs warrant, and, contrary to the USA law be allowed to owe allegiance to a State, other than the USA ?

John A
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John A

As I understand it, BJ gave up his US citizenship a few years ago because he refused to accept double taxation on his earnings. The US tax authorities had sent him a massive bill for capital gains and other tax claims which he was disinclined to pay and therefore shredded his US passport. Strange really, as only the little people famously pay taxes there.

vierotchka
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Johnson was born on 19 June 1964 at a hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, to British parents. His birth was registered with both the US authorities and the city’s British Consulate and he was granted both American and British citizenship.

MICHAEL LEIGH
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MICHAEL LEIGH

Well, VIEROTCHKA thank you for the biographic details. But, surely if Alexandra de Pfeffer Johnson still uses his USA passport in particularly to shelter his USA income based literary efforts to avoid UK taxation!
But presumably, ‘ Boris the Coke-Head ‘ could find his being required to re-state all income worldwide to the US Internal Revenue, based upon the ‘ actual percentage of the income ‘ being of US origination at some future date?

vierotchka
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His full name is Alexander (not Alexandra which is a feminine name) Boris de Pfeffel (not de Pfeffer) Johnson. 🙂

John A
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John A

In 1949, fresh from the trauma of Nazi occupation in WWII, the Norwegian government passed a declaration that no foreign power would be allowed to build a base in Norway. Every since the Nazi invasion, Norwegian resistance fighters bravely opposed the occupation. After those traumatic times, in 1949, the Norwegian government passed a declaration that no foreign power would be allowed to build a base in Norway. Now, the US is building a permanent base in Værnes, set to be home to 3,000 permanent US troops and ultimately the chief NATO base in Europe. Amazing how times and mindsets change… Read more »

vexarb
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Not only Norway. There’s something rotten in the state of Denmark and of Sweden. I think it may be the smell of Arctic oil; or a leak from their stocks of “stench agent” for adding to the Arctic gas which they hope to own when they help NATZO to conquer Russia. This time they are confident of succeeding where a Khan of the Tartars, a King of Sweden, an Emperor of France and a Leader of the Master Race failed in the past. Because they are part of NATZO — the largest, the most expensive and the loudest army on… Read more »

vierotchka
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The current population of the Russian Federation is 143,977,402 as of Thursday, December 28, 2017, based on the latest United Nations estimates.

vexarb
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@dave, michel and vera. Thanks for that correction: Russian pop. only half as large as I thought — so it ought to be twice as easy for NATZO.
“All we have to do is kick in the door …” (The Leader, 1940).
“I wish I had led the Russians …” (The Leader, 1945).

vexarb
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300M was the population of the USSR 1990. I seem to be living in the past.

vierotchka
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The 1989 Soviet census (Russian: Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989, “1989 All-Union Census”), conducted between 12-19 January of that year, was the last one that took place in the former USSR. The census found the total population to be 286,730,819 inhabitants.[1] In 1989, the Soviet Union ranked as the third most populous in the world, above the United States (with 248,709,873 inhabitants according to the 1 April 1990 census), although it was well behind China and India.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_Census_(1989)

Michel Leigh
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Michel Leigh

It looks as if you VEXARB have become blinded by your own wit, because a little verity: it should demonstrate to you that ‘ the richest gas station’ is also the largest and richest nation in the world, with only a mere population total 160 million people.
And that should explain to everybody why the reckless and criminal elements who control North America are prepared, in spite of the enormous nuclear casualties and deaths to steal by hook and crook the Russian Federation as soon as possible!

kweladave
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kweladave

@Vexarb
“True, Russia (pop. 300M) …”
2017 estimates, Russian population about 144.5 millions, USA around 325m
Russia’s national income lower than Italy’s but slightly more than Spain’s! California’s economy is greater than Russia’s.

rtj1211
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rtj1211

We cannot have Americans influencing politics or elections, that would be like the Russians!
So every American lobbyist overseas must be deported, every TV journalist prevented from opining about elections and every US diplomat declared free of CIA/NSA election-rigging illnesses….
Much less severe than stamping a Yankee signal on every US forehead overseas, is it not?! We must not be compared to nazis, after all….

George Cornell
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George Cornell

When last I looked the US already had bases in 185 countries and they started actually using this fact as a recruitment point in telly ads in NA. Until they realized most people had no idea how far the obsessive occupying disease had spread, many were appalled, and the ads were pulled. That’s right, they didn’t want others to know. The article makes several good points but after having lived in the UK for 15 years, the image of the average Brit, unable to name their own PM half the time, and sitting stuporously watching nightly WWII reruns and footie… Read more »

Michel Leigh
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Michel Leigh

I am most surprised GEORGECORNELL that your 15 year stay in the formerly ” Great Britain ” – was so “Mid Western ” ?

George Cornell
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George Cornell

I miss your meaning or intent Michael. Are your quotation marks in order?

MICHAEL LEIGH
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MICHAEL LEIGH

Greetings GEORGE while I do not question the validity of your observation of the UK during your residence.
But the quotation marks were intended to underline how ‘ a typically American ‘ some parts of GB have become ! ! !

George Cornell
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George Cornell

Fair enough Michael

vierotchka
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A while back I created a joke:
What is the difference betweenBoris Johnson and Donald Trump?
Boris Johnson is a natural blonde…