Tucker Carlson: Putin’s Tool, Economic Fool

Source: EconLog
by Tyler Watts

“Russian history is filled with examples of credulous Westerners shilling for the Motherland. In the 1930s, New York Times columnist Walter Duranty praised Stalin’s regime, downplaying the political repression and murders, and staunchly denying the intentional starvation and pillaging of millions of Ukrainian farmers. … In the 1960s Paul Samuelson, dean of American economics, predicted in his widely-read college textbook that the Soviet economy would outgrow the USA within a generation. In the late 1980s, on the eve of Soviet collapse, Bernie Sanders played the commie stooge role, visiting Moscow and gushing about low housing costs and universal healthcare in the workers’ paradise. … despite the facts on the ground and the sordid history, there’s always another dupe from the West with another round of pro-Russia/ pro-Putin apologetics. Enter Tucker Carlson, who recently voyaged to the motherland to interview the thug dictator himself.” (02/29/24)


Trump’s Justice: Justice Delayed Is Democracy Denied

Source: TomDispatch
by Karen J Greenberg

“In 1868, British Prime Minister William Gladstone famously said, ‘Justice delayed is justice denied.’ The phrase has often been repeated here in the United States, most famously by the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., who echoed it in his 1963 ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’ …. Sadly enough, justice delayed (and possibly denied) is once again front and center in America as we face the specter of Donald Trump and his insistence on eternally evading the reach of the law. What’s at stake isn’t just the fate of the former president, but an essential aspect of democracy. Recently, the country was privy to attempts by Donald Trump’s lawyers to delay, if not completely derail, legal proceedings in a Georgia courtroom where Trump faces 13 felony counts for, in essence, trying to steal an election.” [editor’s note: The rhetoric tells you all you need to know about the writer – SAT] (02/29/24)


South Korea: Doctors on strike face arrest if they do not return to work

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“South Korea’s government is threatening to take legal action against thousands of striking junior doctors and revoke their medical licences if they do not return to work on Thursday. Around three quarters of the country’s junior doctors have walked out of their jobs over the past week, causing disruption and delays to surgeries at major teaching hospitals. The trainee doctors are protesting government plans to admit drastically more medical students to university each year, to increase the number of doctors in the system. South Korea has one of the lowest doctor-to-patient ratios among developed countries, and with a rapidly aging population, the government is warning there will be an acute shortage within a decade.” (02/29/24)


Both in Life and Death Navalny Was a Stinging Rebuke To Putin’s Totalitarianism

Source: The UnPopulist
by Robert Tracinski

“Navalny laid bare what students of authoritarianism will tell you is the real essence of an authoritarian regime: the looting of the country. Russia’s leaders crack down on political dissent so that no one can hold them to account for engorging themselves with billions of dollars siphoned from the nation’s mines and oil wells. This is a warning not just for Russia but for Europe, and especially for the places Russia is trying to bring under its control. It is a warning that they, too, are scheduled to be ruthlessly looted by a small political elite — and anyone who complains will be murdered. … In the latest iteration of its war on its citizens, the Russia government sent its goons to arrest people for laying flowers at a makeshift memorial to Navalny. That shows us why Navalny is a warning — but also a beacon.” (02/29/24)


Argentina’s Cautionary Tale for America

Source: Mindset Shifts
by Barry Brownstein

“Peronism is Argentina’s brand of authoritarian collectivism. Under primarily Peronist governments, the standard of living in Argentina took a precipitous fall that has lasted for almost 75 years. Argentinians went along with collectivists, who told them over and over if they stayed the course, collectivist policies would finally succeed. It took 75 years of suffering for Argentinians to consider that there had to be a better way than collectivism. Which brings us to the United States. Could what Milei did in Argentina happen in the United States? What would bureaucrats likely do if the administrative state were subject to huge budget cuts? Would they cut what little service they deliver and not their own bloat? … Are Americans adapting, like Argentinians did, to long-term suffering punctuated by short-lived signs of relief? Do we have 75 years of suffering ahead?” (02/29/24)


Methinks The Israel Apologist Doth Protest Too Much

Source: Caitlin Johnstone, Rogue Journalist
by Caitlin Johnstone

“If you’ve noticed Israel apologist trolls swarming all over the Aaron Bushnell story, it’s because they know how damaging a US airman self-immolating while screaming ‘Free Palestine’ is to US and Israeli information interests, and they’re scrambling to manipulate the narrative. Israel apologists are all over the internet swarming the comments of anyone discussing Aaron Bushnell going ‘No one cares! He died for nothing! He didn’t accomplish anything!’ Bitch, if he didn’t accomplish anything you wouldn’t be here in my notifications frantically telling me he didn’t accomplish anything.Aaron Bushnell wasn’t addressing the Israeli government with his soul-jarring message. He wasn’t even addressing his own government. He was addressing you. Each of us. His goal was to get us all to open our eyes to the horror of what’s happening, and spur us to action to end it.” (02/29/24)


TX: Wildfire becomes largest in state history, “critical” fire weather to return

Source: Axios

“The Smokehouse Creek Fire in Hutchinson County increased to a staggering 1.075,000 acres and was just 3% contained as of Thursday morning. The fire, which began as a fast-moving grass fire on Tuesday and exploded in size, is now the largest in state history. Another blaze, the much smaller 687 Reamer fire, had also spread into the footprint of the Smokehouse Creek fire, effectively merging the two blazes. The fire also has extended into Oklahoma. There has been one fatality associated with it, an 83-year-old grandmother that the AP reported was killed in Stinnett, Texas. … There are fears the fire could spread again at a rapid clip when warmer, windier conditions return this weekend.” (02/29/24)


California could see 10 feet of snow as Sierra Nevada braces for blizzard with up to 100 mph winds

Source: NBC News

“March will roar in like a lion for the West Coast, where the Sierra Nevada is about to be blasted by a multiday blizzard that begins Thursday night and will last until Sunday. At the peak of the storm, some locations — like Donner Pass in California and Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border — could experience snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour and ferocious wind gusts of 50 to 100 mph for 72 hours straight. Given this will be such a cold and windy storm, the blinding snow could snarl a large stretch of the heavily traveled I-80 corridor and greatly affect communities as low as the Sierra foothills.” (02/29/24)