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Dec 2016

December 29, 2016

Russia and Turkey Sponsor “Fragile” New Attempt at Syrian Ceasefire Starting Midnight Thursday Local Time; Damascus Government Plus Seven Largest Rebel Groups Claimed to Be On Board; Turkey Wants Valiant YPG Kurds Excluded as “Terrorists”; Kremlin Announces Goal of Peace Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan to Which Trump, Not Obama, Would Be Invited; Citing Murky Cyber-Attacks on Democratic Party Groups, Obama Expels 35 Russian Diplomats and Closes Compounds; Retaliation from Moscow is Sure To Follow; House GOP Readies Sneak Attack on Medicaid and Medicare for Early 2017; School Vouchers Siphon Taxpayer Money Out of Public Schools and Into the Pockets of the Rich

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Dec 2016

December 28, 2016

Russia and Turkey Announce Syrian Ceasefire for 12 Midnight Local Time Wednesday; “Recognized Terrorist Groups” Not Included, But Erdogan Insists on Overthrow of Assad; Kerry Warns Israelis That “Occupation [Is] Destroying Hopes for Peace” With Palestinians; Netanyahu Government Approves More Settlements, Labels Kerry as “Pathetic”; White House Signals that Reprisals against Russia over Hacking Charges Are Imminent; Moscow Promises Prompt Riposte; Possible Solution: If U.S. Drops Economic Sanctions, Would Russia Swear Off Hybrid Warfare?; Postmodernist Leftists and Ayn Rand Devotees United in Nihilism

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Dec 2016

December 27, 2016

Erdogan Accuses U.S. of Supporting ISIS; Turkish President Repeats Old Trick of Equating Islamic State with YPG and PYD Kurds; Russia Says U.S. Transfer of Portable Anti-Aircraft Missiles to Syrian Terrorist Rebels Will Cause Needless Deaths, Amounting to “Hostile Act”; Money for These MANPADS Authorized in NDAA Already Signed into Law by Obama; Delivery Can Still Be Blocked in Appropriations Process, or Else by New Administration; Iraqi Prime Minister Says ISIS Can Be Finished off in Three Months; In Gesture of Reconciliation, Japan’s Abe Visits Pearl Harbor; New Nihilism is Implicit in Denial of Truth, Reality, and Facts

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Dec 2016

December 26, 2016

Russian Airliner Crashes into Black Sea Off Sochi; Can Terrorism Be Excluded?; UN Resolution Calling for End to Israeli Settlements in Occupied Territories Is Soundly Based in International Law, and Advances Hope of Middle East Peace; In Urbi et Orbi Greetings, Pope Francis Condemns Needless Suffering Caused by the “Ambitions of a Few, … Sheer Greed and the Idolatry of Money”; Pontiff Calls for Settlement of Armed Conflicts in Syria, Israel and Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan, DR Congo, Donetsk/Lugansk, Colombia, Myanmar, and the Korean Peninsula; Fake News Item Triggers Nuclear Tensions Between Pakistan and Israel; Introduction to Hybrid Warfare, which Should Be Banned along with Color Revolutions; Best Wishes for Kwanzaa, Hanukah, and the Feast of St. Stephen

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Dec 2016

December 24, 2016

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A Bout of Nuclear Rocket Rattling in East and West; In UN Security Council, U.S. Abstains on Vote to Condemn Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories, Which Passes 14-0; Berlin Christmas Market Suspect Killed by Police Near Milan, Italy After Passing Through France; Amri Had Landed at Italian Island of Lampedusa in 2011; Convicted of Arson, He Spent Four Years in Italian Jails; German Police Allegedly Did Not Find His ID Until 48 Hours After Slaughter; Berlin Officials Knew of Amri’s Contacts with an ISIS Recruiter; Morocco Had Warned Berlin Amri was Preparing Attack; Entire Story is Beyond Belief, with Evidence Strongly Suggesting That Incident Was Designed to Destabilize Merkel; Reading for the Season: Thomas Sackville’s 1563 “Induction” to the Mirror for Magistrates; Holiday Wishes for Peace on Earth and Good Will Towards All People

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Dec 2016

December 22, 2016

Long Agony of Aleppo Finally Drawing to a Close; Berlin Christmas Market Suspect Had Been Investigated by Police for His Contacts with ISIS Recruiter, Raising Grave Suspicions About Political Targeting of Chancellor Merkel; Pope Francis Slams Vatican “Legalists,” Sees “Malevolent Resistance” to Reforms in Roman Curia; Americans Scramble to Get Obamacare Before It May Be Too Late: HHS Announces 6.4 Million Recent Signups, Well Above Last Year; A Possible Solution for the U.S. Miners: Use Coal as Feedstock for the Petrochemical Industry; Holiday Wishes to Our Listeners: Peace on Earth, and Good Will to All People!

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Dec 2016

December 21, 2016

U.S. Exclusion From Moscow Talks on Syria Reflect Washington’s Folly in Supporting Anti-Assad Rebels in the First Place; It’s Still Not Too Late to Dump the Jihadis and Cooperate with the Legal Syrian Government; Erdogan Appears Less and Less as a Reliable Ally; Diseases of Despair: U.S. Opioid Deaths Have Exceeded 30,000 for the First Time Ever; Victims Concentrated in Areas of Worst Unemployment and Exclusion; Bitter Fruits of Cultural Populism: Appalachian Poor Grapple with Looming Demolition of Obamacare and Loss of Coverage which Their Own Unwise Choices Have Helped to Bring Closer; Dickens’ Christmas Carol Is Call for Humanitarianism and Charity, not Neoliberal Free-Market Cruelty

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Dec 2016

December 20, 2016

Obama Reportedly Warned Russian Government on October 31 Over Hotline Not to Interfere in Vote Counts of U.S. Election; President Wisely Refrained from “Act of War” Rhetorical Posturing; Demagogic Anti-Merkel Propaganda Campaign Escalates Using Pretext of Berlin Christmas Market Terror Attack; Target is Stable Government in the Heart of Europe; No Monetarists in Santa’s Sleigh: Exploring the Frontal Assault on Liberal Economics and Malthusian Demography in Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol (1843)

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Dec 2016

December 19, 2016

Trump Gets Majority in Electoral College; Terror Attack on Berlin Christmas Market Near Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Appears Calculated to Destabilize Chancellor Merkel as German Elections Loom; Russian Ambassador to Turkey Slain By Riot Policeman; Aleppo Evacuation Disrupted Again as “Moderate” Jihadis Burn Busses; Alexander Hamilton’s Explanation of Electoral College in Federalist 68; 40 Million New Productive Jobs Needed to Stabilize US Political System; Nihilism of Despair Seen as Organic Ideology of Right-Wing Cultural Populism

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Dec 2016

December 17, 2016

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Aleppo Evacuation Proceeding by Fits and Starts; Many Refugees Tragically Headed Back Into War Zone in Idlib, Which Is Still Held By Terrorist Rebels; Gulf Monarchies Vow Syria Conflict Will Continue; Three More War Dangers for 2017: Iran, China, and Israel-Palestine; Beijing Rashly Seizes US Submersible in International Waters; German Intelligence Blames Russia in Internet Disruptions; With 4,000 NATO Troops in Defensive Deployments Coexisting With 330,000 Russian Forces, Buildup in Eastern Europe is Not Massive, But Symbolic; Baltic Politicians Should Cool It; War-Avoidance Solution Is UN-Backed International Treaty to Simultaneously Ban Color Revolutions and Hybrid Warfare in Favor of UN Charter’s Rule of Non-Interference in Internal Affairs of Sovereign States

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Dec 2016

December 15, 2016

Red Crescent-Red Cross Humanitarian Convoys Remove Several Thousand From Aleppo, Where Terrorist Rebel Resistance Has Virtually Ceased; A Cruel Betrayal for the Refugees if They Are Returned to al Qaeda Control in Idlib, Where Fighting Still Rages; The Age of Oligarchy: The Problem of the Nomenklatura in Recent Russia History; Roots of Current Tensions in the U.S.-Backed Shock Therapy of the 1990s; Today Marks 225th Anniversary of the Enactment of the Bill of Rights, Proclaimed An Official Federal Commemoration by Franklin D. Roosevelt Just After Pearl Harbor in 1941

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Dec 2016

December 14, 2016

Aleppo Surrender and Evacuation Disrupted by Shelling of Exit Corridors; Cui Bono Analysis Points to Terrorist Rebels Themselves as Likely Culprits, But Western Media Blame Iran; Last-Gasp Efforts by Humanitarian Bombers Persist; Essential Cooperation with Russia in Middle East Does Not Contradict Efforts to Stop Foreign Meddling and Enhance Cybersecurity on Internet; Need International Convention to Ban Hacking, Color Revolutions, and Hybrid Warfare; Obama Administration Too Slow in Countering Cyber Attacks on DNC and DCCC; American News Media Focused on Prurient Gossip in Podesta and DNC Emails, Thus Becoming Useful Idiots for Meddlers

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Dec 2016

December 13, 2016

Holiday Gift to the World: Terrorist Rebel Resistance Against Syrian Arab Army in Aleppo Has Virtually Ceased; 5,000 Jihadis with Families Will Start Departing in Bus Convoy Headed for Idlib at 10pm Eastern Tonight (03:00 GMT Wednesday), According to Evacuation Agreement Between Russia and Turkey; Qatar Foreign Minister Promises Syrian War Will Continue; Ban Ki Moon and Samantha Power Shed Crocodile Tears and Recriminations at UN Security Council; US Should Offer Assad Government Massive Assistance for Short-Term Humanitarian Operations, Followed by Conference for Marshall Plan for Entire Middle East Financed by Central Banks; FBI and CIA Still Disagree on Russian Role in November Election; Rick Perry Nominated for Secretary of Energy

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Dec 2016

December 12, 2016

13 OPEC Member States Plus 11 Others Including Russia Form Expanded Cartel to Cut Production, Increase World Price of Oil; Expect Gasoline Price Surge in U.S. During First Half of 2017; Obama Should Take Measures Against This Collusion, Including Using Strategic Petroleum Reserve to Punish Longs; Exxon-Mobil’s Tillerson Not the Right Choice to Face This Challenge; FBI and CIA Split Over Russia’s Role in 2016 Election; Need International Convention to Ban Color Revolutions, Hybrid Warfare, Cyber-Meddling and Similar Interference; Short Critique of British Philosophical Radicalism: The Blind Watchmaker of Darwinian Lore is Bankrupt; The Universe Displays an Inherent Bias in Favor of Development

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Dec 2016

December 10, 2016

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Syrian Arab Army Now Controls More Than 93% of Aleppo; Final Collapse of Terrorist Rebel Resistance in City Likely This Week; With Call for Truce, NATO and GCC Powers Cry Crocodile Tears for Victims of the al Qaeda Forces They Have Sponsored in Aleppo; “Moderate” Rebels Face Their Greatest Defeat in Over Five Years of Syrian War; U.S. Must Jettison These Treacherous Clients and Deal Honestly With Assad Government; Iraq Army Pushes ISIS Back in House to House Fighting in Mosul; American System of Protectionism and Protective Tariffs as Exemplified by Hamilton, Friedrich List, and Andrew Stewart

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Dec 2016

December 8, 2016

Austerity Kills: U.S. Life Expectancy Declines in 2015, With Rising Death Rate and Increased Mortality from Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Overdoses, and the Diseases of Despair -- Making This No Time for GOP Scheming to Loot and Dismantle Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare; No More Privatizations; Postscripts to Pearl Harbor: Wake Island and the Early 1942 “Golden Time” for U-Boats in the North Atlantic Convoys, When the U.S. Underwent a Strategic Defeat Far Worse than Pearl Harbor For Want of Convoys; Introduction to the American System of Permanent Protective Tariffs

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Dec 2016

December 7, 2016

Only True Humanitarian Policy for Aleppo Is Not Yet Another Truce, But Rather Final Liberation of City from Terrorist Rebels and End of Syrian War; Misguided Humanitarian Proposals Will Only Prolong Conflict; Lavrov and Kerry Should Arrange Speedy Departure of Rebels from City; In Iraq, Mosul Now Completely Encircled by anti-ISIS Forces; On Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack, Defending Franklin D. Roosevelt From Absurd Partisan Claims that He Provoked Japan or Kept Hawaii Commanders in the Dark; Heraclitus Presides Over Political Life, Where Shifting Coalitions and Alliances Often Occur; Avoid Relativism by Keeping Great Issues of Human Progress, Not Contingent Personalities, Steadily in Focus

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Dec 2016

December 6, 2016

Cross Seven Centuries, the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri Helps Us Understand Fake News: According to Dante, Falsifiers, Imposters, Counterfeiters, Disinformers and Con Artists Are Destined for the Lowest Part of the Eighth Circle (Fraud) of the Inferno, Where They are Tormented By Thirst, Fever, and Violent Attacks; Vergil Admonishes Dante For Paying Any Attention to Quarrels Among the Fakers, and Advises: “To Want to Hear That is a Wretched Desire” – Good Advice for Today

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Dec 2016

December 5, 2016

Italian Voters Reject Renzi’s Dubious Constitutional Reform in Referendum; Rollback of Monti’s Brutal Austerity and Renzi’s Anti-Worker Measures Is Real Issue; Beppe Grillo Forces Want Power Grab, But Offer No Reliable Alternative; Lesson is that Mere Process Reforms Cannot Gain Mass Traction; In Austria, Van der Bellen Win Over Hofer Shows That Robust Negative Campaigning Can Indeed Be Effective; After Months of Provocative Actions and Diplomatic Affronts to U.S., China Proves Hypersensitive About Taiwan; “Pizzagate” Campaign of Mass Distraction Erupts into Shooting in NW Washington DC Neighborhood; Time to ask yourself what you are not paying attention to?

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Dec 2016

December 3, 2016

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Obsession of Sectors of Public Opinion With Manufactured Fake News and Baseless Conspiracy Theories Raises Urgent Issues of Mass Brainwashing, False Consciousness, and Alienation; Democratic Representative Government Requires Modicum of Rational Behavior by Voters; Rationality Can Be Found Through Participation in Class-Wide Efforts for Mass Traction Economic Demands; In Reality, Roosevelt was Most Consistent Anti-Fascist Among All Major World Leaders; One Fountainhead of Present-Day Conspiracy Outlook is Reactionary Tradition that Attempts to Blame FDR for Pearl Harbor Debacle 75 Years Ago This Week

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Dec 2016

December 1, 2016

Seventy-Five Years After Pearl Harbor, Absurd Conspiracy Theories Still Proliferate Accusing Franklin. D. Roosevelt of Betrayal, While Absolving U.S. Hawaii Commanders Who Failed to Search and Defend Despite Explicit War Warning; GOP Plotted to Blame FDR During Dewey’s 1944 Presidential Campaign; Many Roots of Today’s Irrationalist “Pizza” Obsession and Gullibility for Fake News Are Planted in Roosevelt-Hating Tradition; Common Basis is Class Hatred and Rejection of Reality in Favor of Myth

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Dec 2016

November 30, 2016

Beware Crocodile Tears of Anti-Assad Pro-Regime Change Forces Who Want to Preserve Their Terrorist Assets in Aleppo and Mosul Using Fake Humanitarian Cover; Pelosi Re-Elected Leader of House Democrats Despite Opposition of Fully One Third of Her Caucus Who Prefer Rep. Ryan of Ohio; But Handwriting Is On the Wall for Pelosi’s Obsolete Brand of Complacent Identity Politics; Waves of Freakish Paranoia Are Roiling Libertarian Conspiracy Buffs; Late Imperialism Cannot Tolerate Social Realism, and Takes Refuge in Irrational Magic, Wagnerian Myth, Mysticism, and Mysterious Forces; Realism by Contrast Is Indispensable Basis of Art: The Examples of Schiller and Verdi