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Harmoniously Denied: The Wider Implications of China’s Censorship on COVID-19

Yves here. This discussion of Chinese censorship about Covid-19, including the author’s own experience, is useful not simply for the insights into the workings of the Chinese system, but also for the similarities and differences to censorship in the West. Specifically, the author observes that formerly top-down censorship has become part of the “collective mentality”. By Joy Yueyue Zhang, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Kent. Her research investigates the transnational...

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Is the Tara Reade Story Approaching Critical Mass?

Yves here. Even though the press and Vichy Left treatment of Tara Reade’s allegations of rape by Joe Biden1 has been predictably disgraceful, we would normally regard this as a purely political story and hence more suited to Links/Water Cooler coverage. However, as Tom points out, l’affaire Tara Reade has also become a media story, as in providing yet more evidence of how the press covers for favored interests. The Dems are all in for Biden, the mainstream press is all in for the Dems, ergo,...

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Hissy Fit by CalPERS Board: Falsely Blames Margaret Brown for Staff Leaks of CIO Meng’s $1 Billion Giveup, Public Opposition to Staff Coup

The CalPERS board and staff need to take lessons from Donald Trump, the acknowledged master of factually challenged, emotional-laden personal attacks. The Investment Committee meeting’s amateurish imitation yesterday was painful to watch. Or is this a sign, as is true on so many other fronts, that CalPERS is unable to learn from the best? The triggers for the protracted, unseemly exhibition of impotent rage were frustration over things that any pol or seasoned professional ought to be able...

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DemocracyWatch: Global Pandemic Power Grabs

Yves here. Congratulations to openDemocracy, SourceMaterial and Privacy International for compiling this important information on how the pandemic is becoming a tool to justify oppression and increased surveillance. Originally published at openDemocracy The coronavirus does not discriminate. It can attack anyone, young or old, rich or poor. But when it comes to its wider effects, not everyone suffers the same. Around the world, women, minorities and other marginalised groups have often been...

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Some Comments on the Sanders Campaign

I’ve held off from saying much about Bernie Sanders’ decision to suspend his presidential campaign. In part that is because Naked Capitalism is a finance and economics site, not a political site. Nevertheless, the Sanders campaign was particularly important because he ran on a full-bore attack on neoliberalism. He not only made ideas heretofore regarded as political third rails, like wiping out the private health insurance industry, as proposals to be reckoned with, but also built funding,...

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The Catherine Principle for Negotiating With the Turks – Let Arms Do the Talking

Yves here. America lacks a sense of historical perspective in dealing with long-lived cultures, like that of the Turks. It’s also instructive to look at another not-aggreement-capable player. By John Helmer, Moscow. Twitter: @bears_with. Originally published at Dances With Bears Between 11:30 Moscow time on Thursday and 14:00,  President Vladimir Putin spent two and a half hours talking with the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with interpreters present but no one else, and including...

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Andrew Bacevich: Pseudo-Events as a New Normal

Yves here. Although, as Bacvich points out, pseudo-events, or the effort to create fake realities, are hardly new. But their frequency may be. I wonder if that is the result of the phenomenon Tom Frank skewered so adeptly in Listen, Liberal, that of members of the top 10% too often needing to believe that they and much of what goes on around them is special. By Andrew Bacevich, president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. His new book is The Age of Illusions: How America...

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Twitter Is Blocking My Tweets (Updated: Back to Normal)

I had tried tweeting on the Iowa Democrats refusing to announce caucus results and instead calling for an investigation. I tried tweeting this first as text, then as a screenshot. Neither went through: I then tried Tweeting this: I do not have any notices from Twitter either via e-mail or in my Twitter backstage about my account. Autotweets do appear to be going through but not new tweets I initiate from my account. It is also blocking retweets. I tried retweeting a Reuters tweet as an...

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#MeToo Shamefully Nowhere To Be Found as SEIU Not Only Refuses to Fire Staffers Charged With Multiple Instances of Sexual Misconduct, but Retaliates Against Press and Whistleblowers

One of my big beefs about #MeToo is that is the movement has been almost entirely about defending upper class/professionally accomplished women. No one has ridden in to demand the ouster of employees of the union Service Employees International, known as SEIU, who’ve been accused of sexual misconduct, nor has any prominent woman objected to the way SEIU has promoted some of the accused while targeting whistleblowers and intimidating reporters and media outlet who’ve covered the SEIU abuses....

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Thoughts on Warren, Sanders and the Convention: Warren’s Choice?

Yves here. An initial look at the longer-game implications of the Warren-Sanders dustup. By Thomas Neuburger. Originally published at DownWithTyranny! [embedded content]Elizabeth Warren talking at SXSW about the now-famous private conversation with Bernie Sanders Much has been written about the Warren-Sanders-CNN confrontation at the most recent debate, both the conflict at the debate itself and hot-mic conversation afterward (excellent contextual rundown here). For the record, here’s what...

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