After all the screaming headlines and hysterical talk of “treason,” the Russia-gate hoax was almost entirely absent from the midterms. One would think that the other party being in the hands of a ruthless foreign dictator who has it in for America would be a major campaign issue – that is, if the Democrats actually believed their own propaganda. However, we’ve seen neither hide nor hair of Putin in all those campaign ads, or at least hardly a glance: that’s because Russia-gate has always been a fraud, a setup, and really a criminal conspiracy to take down a sitting US President on the basis of a gigantic lie.
The con job is falling apart. As it should. They wasted our time for two years with that garbage. They destroyed whatever was left of their reputations with that hysteria.
Go read Justin, he's got a great column.
Carol e-mailed to note that Lambert Strether (sp?) is no longer around and CORRENTE is dead. Good. It should be. He was evil. There are women on the left who quit blogging because of him. He was evil. And I'm referring to 2008. He was evil.
And always begging for money. Always.
"I've just posted a photo from my garden and written three sentences so please send me money!"
He was the priss pot of all priss pots.
I liked Farmer and Leah at CORRENTE. But I couldn't stand Lambert. He never wrote about the Iraq War or anything that truly mattered. His brain couldn't comprehend big issues.
So he's write some embarrassing 'buzzword' piece (not too often) or he'd offer 2 to 3 sentences and call it a post.
He ran so many people off from CORRENTE (from writing pieces at it) and he ran so many people off from commenting at that site.
He was a drama queen. In the end, his 'work' matters not one bit. He never tackled anything truly important. He was the Chuck Todd of the online world -- a little pervy, a whole lot boring.
It's amazing how little the wars factor into most blogs today. But I guess some people are authoritarians and some just hate 'the other' so they're okay with never-ending wars and all the death and the destruction they bring about. But when CORRENTE was a blogspot blog, they had people like Leah and Farmer who wrote about things that mattered. That work is missed. The work of Lambert? Not one bit.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Children in schools have to worry. So many have to worry. Every day, the water crisis turns out to be much more than just Iraq's neighbors damning the rivers and preventing Iraq from access to them. For example, in the last days, the issue of the fish -- specifically, the issue of them dying -- has been noticed.
Grotesque fish find fuels fears over Iraq water quality (VIDEO) — RT World News
Grotesque fish find fuels fears over Iraq water quality (VIDEO) — RT World News rt.com/news/443110-ir…
Grotesque fish find fuels fears over Iraq water quality (VIDEO)
Even the fish can't seem to survive in Iraq!
Broken government agencies, corruption, pesticide use upriver, and massive pollution help contaminate the Tigris (and other) River(s) in Iraq, leading to events such as the large fish kill mentioned in the first post.
A joint mission with @MOHealth_Iraq, local health authorities,& politicians traveled to assess the situation and mobilize immediate support required. Public health experts are deployed to collect water and fish samples for further tests &institute other public health measures.
For those trying to keep track . . .
The low levels of water (due to Iraq's neighbors cutting off the rivers) led to the government requiring most farmers to forgo crops this summer and it also led to some of the most grotesque photos of livestock as they too suffered from the lack of water. Now the fish. What exactly are the people of Iraq supposed to be eating?
And they can't drink the water in Basra -- unless they want to risk being hospitalized -- as has happened to over 100,000 already. Ali Jabar (AP) notes, "Health officials said some 100,000 people were taken to hospital for stomach illnesses in the southern Basra province, where sludge and yellow water was recorded flowing out of the taps. Demonstrators rioted, demanding better services."
How big is the problem?
PM @AdilAbdAlMahdi chairs meeting of the Ministerial Council for National Security in Baghdad. The Council discussed food security including protecting Iraq’s strategic fish reserves, measures to reduce water pollution, border security and regional developments
Yes, that serious. The do-nothing government of the new prime minister has to hold a cabinet meeting to discuss the situation.
Despite it being that serious, the Iraqi government is denying speculation that there may be some form of poison in the water. RUDAW reports:
Iraq’s Ministry of Agriculture has ordered experts to take preventative measures to protect the fishing industry while refuting rumours that toxins had caused the mass fish die off.
“No poisonous material was found and this refutes any conspiracy theories as no case of fish death has been reported in the last 48 hours,” the ministry stated Saturday evening.
Thousands of fish died in Babylon province over the weekend. Fish farmers woke up to dead fish covering the surface of the Euphrates River and washing up on the banks.
The Ministry of Agriculture speaks very loudly for a ministry whose head did not attend the meeting that al-Mehdi called. To be clear, many ministries have no heads currently -- about eight of them. But that is not the case for Agriculture. The Minister of Agriculture is Falah Hassan al-Zidan, confirmed by Parliament. But while many managed to attend the Council's meeting earlier today, al-Zidan did not attend and sent an undersecretary instead. That's rather alarming. Agriculture is front and center on this issue but the head of the ministry does not attend the Council meeting?
On Sunday, surveying the partial Cabinet al-Mehdi has put together, Salah Nasrawi (AHRAM ONLINE) wondered, "Has Iraq missed its chance?" If we're to judge solely by the response (or non-response) of the Minister of Agriculture, then, yes, it has.
Sami Moubayed (GULF NEWS) offers:
Iraqi parliamentarians will vote Tuesday on the eight vacant posts in the cabinet of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mehdi. If he fails to come up with an acceptable assortment, Abdul Mehdi runs a high risk of early failure. He would have to either step down or continue with a lopsided and incomplete government, one in which he has to personally assume all vacant portfolios himself.
A French-trained economist and former communist, Abdul Mehdi managed to secure approval for 14 out of 22 ministers on October 25, becoming the 49th prime minister of Iraq — until further notice. He got filled politically nonsensitive posts, like agriculture, youth affairs, and labour, and left vacant “sovereignty portfolios”, like interior, defence, and education.
We're in for more rain
I could sure use some sunshine on my apple trees
It seems such a shame
We start out so kind and end so heartlessly
I couldn't take them all on then
With a headful of questions and hypes
So when the hopes got so slim
I just resigned
But I'd still like to see you sometime
I'd sure like to see you
-- "See You Sometime," written by Joni Mitchell, first appears on her FOR THE ROSES.
Last week, the Iraqi Red Crescent Society noted:
Lastly on Iraq, we'll note this:
Kat's "Kat's Korner: Barbra Streisand, the Ethel Merman of the 21st century" went up Sunday.