Monday, July 10, 2017

CawRANT Events #50

CawRANT Events #50


Good Morning Everybody!  It is an absolutely gorgeous summer day on the West Coast.  I just finished my morning walk with my dogs...before the heat of the day sets in.  Yesterday, it got quite muggy towards evening.  

First, a few housekeeping matters.  Like other bloggers, I will be taking a regular two week vacation shortly.  Weather permitting, we plan our usual sailing cruise in the Gulf Islands for the last week of July/First week of August.  As in recent years, I will take my laptop and may do a bit of blogging as time, opportunity and wifi permits.  We are looking forward to getting away after such a long and dreary winter.

In the meantime, it will be blogging as usual (actually there is no "usual" with blogging...it being controlled/inspired/motivated by the "blogging muse").  So, let's get started on this CawRANT  #50 which I note is somewhat of a milestone.  But not...because the more I blog the more I realize it's all just a drop in the bucket or a grain of sand on the blogging seashore.

G20 Fallout

Looking over this morning's headlines...I see there is still some fallout from the past week's G20 meeting in Germany.  The US, ever in contemplation of its own navel, is dissecting the meaning of Ivanka Trump (daughter of Donald) being allowed to sit in his seat at one of the committee meetings at the G20.  Here is a report on the controversy from the BBC.  

When I read about this a few days ago I concluded that it was a faux pas due to Trump's rookie status in international diplomacy.  That remains my conclusion.  It's the kind of mistake a narcissist makes because he doesn't/can't put himself into the place of the others at the meeting.  They earned their right to be sitting there and were genuine stakeholders in the matter under discussion.  Trump insulted them by putting someone unqualified in his seat...as if ANYONE could be a stakeholder...no qualifications required! 

Say, for instance you had a backyard barbecue and invited certain friends over.  Say the next door neighboUr was also invited and brought along his kids to eat the food as well.  It was kind of like that.  

Still on the topic of the G20 meeting...I was obviously wrong when I predicted there would be a "distraction" False Flag of some kind to detract from the public's ability to focus on the G20 events.  While there was no False Flag, there were a few distractions.  The neocon used the UN Security Council to beat the wardrums against enemy du jour, North Korea.  US UN Ambassador Nikki Haley did her usual court jester routine at the UNSC.  Here is a snippet from the CBC:

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Wednesday that North Korea's actions were "quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution" and the United States was prepared to defend itself and its allies.

"One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction," Haley told a UN Security Council meeting on Pyongyang's recent intercontinental ballistic missile launch.She said the United States would propose new UN sanctions on North Korea "in the coming days."  She also warned that Washington was prepared to cut off trade with countries trading with North Korea in violation of UN resolutions.

I have theorized that the serial appointments of ridiculous clowns to the position of US Ambassador to the UN is a USrael strategy to destroy an institution that supports: 1) the rule of International Law; and 2) the enemies of Israel.

Where does USrael find these people?  There must be a special clown college somewhere, where they receive their training.

Still on the fallout of the G20...today's legacy media (as the main$tream media is now being called) is reporting the shocking scandal that one of Trump's adult sons met with a Russian lawyer during the election campaign.  Here is a snippet, again from the CBC and I will have more thoughts in comments to follow:

'No further contact'
Trump Jr. said he was asked to attend the meeting "with an individual who I was told might have information helpful to the campaign" at the request of an acquaintance he knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant. The Times first reported on the meeting on Saturday, after which Trump Jr. issued a statement confirming that it took place, but made no mention of the Clinton aspect. "I asked Jared and Paul to attend, but told them nothing of the substance," he said. "The meeting lasted approximately 20 to 30 minutes," he said. "As it ended, my acquaintance apologized for taking up our time. That was the end of it and there was no further contact or follow-up of any kind. My father knew nothing of the meeting or these events." The New York Times report said Trump Jr. was promised damaging information about Clinton before agreeing to meet with the lawyer. It cited three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it.

They're scraping the bottom of the barrel with this one.  Desperate to re-focus the sheeple back to the lost Presidential electoral campaign...this only serves to support Putin's assessment (as stated several times in his interviews with Oliver Stone) that all the Russophobia/election campaign kerfuffle is sour grapes on the part of the losers who refuse to accept the fact that they ran a poor campaign and were rejected by the electorate. Moving on....

A good video on the Lunar Landings Hoax

Lunar Landing Hoax references on TV

I really do hope I live long enough to witness the look on America's collective face when this is finally accepted as fact.  The US DID NOT GO TO THE MOON IN 1969/70's.  How could they (and me, because I believed the lie for years) be so gullible!?  It really makes you doubt the survivability of the human species that so many of us are SO stupid!

Speaking of gullibility....don't look now but see who's inking a big military agreement with Russia!  

Encouraged With its Recent Victories Against ISIS, Iraq Strikes a Huge Military Deal With Russia
July 9th, 2017 - Fort Russ News

On Saturday, the day when the Iraqi forces finally liberated Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, from the grip of ISIS, the Iraqi Ministry of Defense made an official announcement, saying it has made a deal with Russia on delivering 73 T-90 tanks to Iraqi Army, following months of negotiations with Russian military officials. The T-90S MBT and T-90SK battle tanks will reportedly greatly improve the arsenal of the Iraqi Army, which has, until now, predominantly relied on T-72, T-55 and BMP-1 armored vehicles, as well as the American-made M1A1 Abrams, and which were also used in recent campaign against ISIS.


Despite the fact that the deal will obviously have a positive impact on relations between the two countries, there was nevertheless no agreement reached as regards the purchase of the S-300 air defense systems, with some sources blaming the payment-related issues.
Although Iraq started to use an increased number of US-made weapons and pieces of military equipment in recent years, it never really parted ways with the Russian military production. It is noteworthy that T-90 battle tanks are capable of confusing most guided missiles, in addition to being very powerful tanks when used in battles, a thing that will definitely come in handy during the forthcoming cleansing of remains of ISIS terrorists in Anbar and Tal Afar.

Gather around kiddies and I'll tell you a short story.  Before the invasion of Iraq, Saddam Hussein was just as cozy with Russia as Bashar al Assad is today.  Saddam got most of his military equipment from Russia and that was one reason for the invasion...to change the "military trade imbalance" with the US. So now Iraq is just returning to its pre-war stance.  All that effort for nothing????  The bigger question is...is the United States Military/Industrial Complex able to learn from its mistake?  And, even bigger than that...Is the United States government able to re-focus its energies on projects that are geared towards the betterment of its citizens.  To wit:  Universal Healthcare.

Universal Healthcare - Why is it denied to Americans?

Here's a fantastic recent post from Stephen Lendman which includes a lot of important data that I was unaware of and that should be common knowledge to every American:

America the Only Developed Country Without Universal Healthcare

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Nations providing universal coverage offer one of three forms for their people:

• government provided single-payer; 


• two-tier providing basic care, along with secondary coverage offering more services based on the ability to pay; and


• mandate insurance from an employer or individually purchased, supplementing national coverage.


Countries offering universal coverage by date established and type system are the following:

Norway, 1912, single payer

New Zealand, 1938, two tier

Japan, 1938, single payer

Germany, 1941, insurance mandate

Belgium,1945, insurance mandate

Britain, 1948, single payer

Kuwait, 1950, single payer

Sweden, 1955, single payer

Bahrain, 1957, single payer

Brunei,1958, single payer

Cuba, 1959, single payer (constitutionally mandated)

Canada, 1966, single payer

The Netherlands, 1966, two-tier

Austria, 1967, insurance mandate

United Arab Emirates, 1971, single payer

Finland, 1972, single payer

Slovenia, 1972, single payer

Denmark, 1973, two-tier

Luxembourg, 1973, insurance mandate

France, 1974, two-tier

Australia, 1975, two tier

Ireland, 1977, two-tier

Italy, 1978, single payer

Portugal, 1979, single payer

Cyprus, 1980, single payer

Greece, 1983, insurance mandate

Spain, 1986, single payer

South Korea, 1988, insurance mandate

Iceland, 1990, single payer

Hong Kong, 1993, two-tier

Taiwan, single payer
Nicaragua, single payer

Singapore, 1993, two-tier

Switzerland, 1994, insurance mandate

Israel, 1995, two-tier

Venezuela, 1999, single payer (constitutionally mandated)

Other Latin American countries with some form of government provided healthcare include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, and Peru.

Other countries with some type of universal coverage include Belarus, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Ghana, Hungary, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Latvia, single payer in Libya under Gaddafi, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, Panama, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uruguay.

The world’s richest country, America, lacks universal healthcare, millions of its citizens without coverage, most others way underinsured.

Under Trumpcare if enacted in either House or Senate form, conditions for most Americans will go from bad to worse. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), an explosion of “junk insurance” will occur in states opting out of Obamacare protections – leaving millions with worthless coverage in cases of serious illnesses, diseases or injuries, especially when involving surgery and/or expensive drugs.

Low premium junk insurance will cover only certain health problems, supplemental plans needed for other expenses, while fixed-dollar indemnity plans will provide a designated amount per day toward medical expenses, not nearly enough when high-cost.
The CBO considers individuals with this type coverage uninsured “because they do not have financial protection from major medical risks.” Minimal coverage plans in America have been around a long time. They work OK for healthy people, not sick ones, especially with expensive illnesses.

The cost of medical care in America is double the annual per capita amount in other developed countries, why it’s the leading cause of personal bankruptcies. If healthy individuals buy cheap junk insurance, others with health issues needing comprehensive coverage will end up paying much more than now – because insurers know people buying more expensive plans believe they’ll need them. Washington state insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler calls this arrangement “the worst scenario.”

Premiums will rise for fuller-coverage plans. Insurers will exit markets because “the only people you’re insuring are the” ones needing it to pay high medical expenses. “Giving people more choices always looks popular,” he explained. Below the surface, standards are lacking, so “you wind up (with) a race to the bottom.” Sick individuals end up needing high-cost plans they can’t afford. Healthy ones either buy junk insurance without catastrophic coverage or none at all. The solution not taken is obvious – government-provided universal coverage, everyone in, no one left out, the world’s richest nation failing to uphold a fundamental human right.

American readers can see from the above...how they have been screwed around by serial Federal Administrations.  Every dog and pony show country in the world has universal healthcare except the US.  I note that Canada, along with the majority of first world countries has adopted the "single payer" system...the system adopted by the majority of countries who more recently provided universal healthcare to their citizens.  Ipso facto, it must be the best system...as proved by years of testing the various formulas available for universal healthcare.

So why DOESN'T the United States of America give single payer Universal Healthcare to its Citizens?  There are two insurmountable hurdles:

1.  The Corporate Insurers have a stranglehold on the healthcare "market" and are too powerful to be given the boot by any government...much less the bought and paid for USrael representatives;

2.  The Military Industrial Complex wants to maintain the population in a state where it is financially dependant on the military for affordable health care.  Without the draft...it does not have many levers to force young citizens into its bloated military.  Getting good healthcare for yourself and your family by joining the armed forces is a very powerful motivator.

Again, most Americans are unaware of the reality of the dynamics rendering them third world status vis a vis healthcare.  They think it's a complicated array of "options" and "choices"-- with mind numbing names like "Obamacare" and now "Trumpcare".  They don't realize they're being subjected to extortion and enslavement into an army to fight wars for USrael through the health care racket.

Well, on that "light" note...not so much. In any case, I'm going to finish this post and go back out into the light of a beautiful day.  Bye for now...

5 comments:

Northerntruthseeker said...

The video of the fake moon landings that you present is from a known "flat earth" idiot calling himself O D D.... I have seen his videos and have dismissed them because of his harping on the flat earth bullshit...

greencrow said...

Okay, NTS...I didn't know that ODD was a flat earther. I don't follow that...it being too far beyond the pale and an obvious distraction/disinformation project. I did find the video well researched with a lot of references to the Lunar Hoaxes on TV. It got a bit redundant towards the end and I X'd out of it just a couple of minutes before.

Thanks for the heads up.

gc

BuelahMan said...

I am extremely interested in your (and NTS, for that matter) take on the Single payer system in Canada.

Generally speaking, my informal poll over the years shows me that most Canadians like it. Rich ones complain the most.

The biggest complaint I ever heard is waiting for crucial tests/services. Is this true? Its true with the great American system.

(snark)

I have been a long time supporter of Single payer, not-for-profit healthcare with the main goal of eliminating the bloated and worthless middle man... Big Health Insurance.

Your point about the military is a good one.

I would like to feature your work and ideas about this subject at my blog (it has been a long time focus point of my blog).

Could we do a written interview? I'd love to see where you stand on several of the crucial points.

BuelahMan said...

Also, (you don't have to publish this if you don't want) but thank you for linking to my blog.

I know we don't always see perfectly eye to eye, but you do good work, Crow. And the fact is that I don't see eye to eye with anyone. I am too skeptical of all things.

And please know that if I post something that may seem contrary, like the Black Pigeon video, its not that I am being contrary or disagreeing with you. I am simply offering another potential viewpoint. You were able to tear down that viewpoint, which only bolsters and secures your ideas.

If I disagree, I will say so in a way that no one can misunderstand.

I love hearing many/all sides and determining for myself.

Are we cool?

greencrow said...

Hi BuelahMan:

Thanks for your comments. I would be happy to do an interview with you. Just send your questions to my gmail address at the top of my blog. I would hope that there are a variety of views expressed in the alternate blogosphere and I do appreciate yours. Again, I don't always agree with you. I am concerned that there are no new up and coming alternative blogs (that I am aware of) while us older bloggers seem to be dwindling. So we need to support one another and encourage newer bloggers. Fire away!

gc