Tuesday, July 07, 2020

There may be an accurate number in there somewhere

BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX  -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

IF HE BECOMES PRESIDENT, JOE BIDEN CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS BECAUSE HE CLEARLY HAS NO GRIP ON REALITY.


NUMBERS ARE APPARENTLY WHATEVER HE SAYS THEY ARE.

120,000,000 OR 120,000 OR 2,000,000, JOE IS SENILE AND IF YOU PUT A SENILE PERSON IN THE WHITE HOUSE, THEY'RE GOING TO DO WHATEVER THEY WANT -- AND PROBABLY NOT EVEN REALIZE IT.




According to WORLD OMETERS INFO, Iraq has had 62,275 cases of coronavirus with 2,567 deaths.  The CIA estimates Iraq's population (no census has been done in decades) to be 38 million.



  U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic provides new opportunities for the Islamic State extremist group, al-Qaida and their affiliates as well as neo-Nazis, white supremacists and hate groups.
The U.N. chief said it's too early to fully assess the implications of the coronavirus pandemic on terrorism, but all these groups seek to exploit divisions, local conflicts, failures in governing, and other grievances to advance their aims.
Guterres told the launch of United Nations Counter-Terrorism Week that the Islamic State group, which once controlled a vast swath of Syria and Iraq, is trying to reassert itself in both countries, ``while thousands of foreign terrorist fighters battle in the region.''
In other news, AL-MONITOR notes:

Notable Iraqi security analyst Hisham al-Hashimi was assassinated in Baghdad today, according to multiple reports.
On Monday, Agence France Presse reported that Hashimi was walking out of his Baghdad home when three gunmen on two motorcycles shot and killed him at close range.
Hashimi was a known and respected commentator on Iraqi affairs who was particularly knowledgable on the Islamic State. Just about an hour before his death, he tweeted that division in Iraq was the result of the ethnic and religious quota system put in place following the 2003 US invasion. The tweet, which some shared after his death, has now been liked more than 11,500 times.


Horrifying video of the assassination today of #Iraq security expert Hisham al-Hashimi. Washington Post reports about threats al-Hashimi had received from #Iran-backed militia groups recently. 1/2
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These pictures today from the funeral of Hisham Al-hashimi in the city of Najaf in central Iraq - there was no official funeral by the Iraqi state, nor a military presence , these are bad signs of the performance of the new Iraqi government.
7:49 AM · Jul 7, 2020




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Monday, June 29, 2020

Joe's going places

BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX  -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

JOE BIDEN IS PREPARED TO GO TO THE WHITE HOUSE OR PRISON, HE TELLS THESE REPORTERS.

IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, MUST CREDIT BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIXSLEEPY JOE WOKE FROM HIS LONG SLUMBER TO EXPLAIN IT WAS STRAIGHT TO THE WHITE HOUSE . . . OR PRISON.

THESE REPORTERS ASKED JOE HIDIN' BIDEN ABOUT THIS REPORT:


Former Vice President Joe Biden appears to have “personally raised the idea” of investigating Michael Flynn for potentially having violated the obscure Logan Act during his phone calls with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, according to newly filed court papers Wednesday.
The previously sealed document also says that former President Barack Obama told top members of his administration that “the right people” should investigate Flynn.
But then-FBI Director James Comey acknowledged during the meeting — which also involved Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and possibly national security adviser Susan Rice — that Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak “appear legit,” according to the Washington, DC, federal court filing by Flynn’s defense lawyers.


"SEE, BOYS," JOE EXPLAINED, "I WASN'T JUST CUTTING RIBBONS AT SUPER MARKET OPENINGS FOR 8 YEARS.  I WASN'T.  I WAS PART OF THE DRAMA, PART OF THE ACTION.  IF IT WEREN'T FOR ME, WHO WOULD'VE COME UP WITH THE LOGAN ACT?  IF IT WEREN'T FOR ME, WOULD THE COUNTRY HAVE WASTED NEARLY 4 YEARS ON FALSE CHARGES ABOUT RUSSIA?  I AM A DOER.  I AM A DIDER.  I AM A DIDDLING.  AND NOW IT'S ON TO THE WHITE HOUSE! OR MAYBE PRISON.  BUT I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, JOE BIDEN IS GOING PLACES.  AND YOU CAN TELL AMERICA JOE BIDEN SAID SO!"




This morning Djhword Tweets:

Stop Turkey from bombing the Kurds in Iraq | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-
Lets get it to 100,00 signatures #TurkeyIsInvadingKurdistan


Yes, another problem the prime minister of Iraq should be addressing.  Turkey is in violation of international law and Iraq's sovereignty by bombing Iraq and by sending ground soldiers into Iraq. Seth J. Frantzman (JERUSALEM POST) reports:


There are growing concerns about Turkey’s military operations in northern Iraq, two weeks after Ankara began bombing areas of the country claiming it was “fighting terrorists.”Turkey began operation “Claw-Tiger” on June 17 and it seems to come in the context of Turkey launching new military attacks every month in different countries to distract from failures at home by Ankara’s leading party.
Turkey has had almost a year of near-constant new conflicts and militarist saber-rattling.Last spring and summer it threatened to invade eastern Syria, threatening US troops and the Trump administration in the process. The US tried to appease Turkey by having its anti-ISIS partners on the ground remove obstacles to Turkey’s invasion. It wasn’t enough, in October Turkey told Washington it would begin bombing the region and US troops must move.


That alone was already disturbing.  But now Orhan Coskun (REUTERS) is reporting:

Turkey plans to set up more temporary military bases in northern Iraq after stepping up its strikes against Kurdish militants there, a senior Turkish official told Reuters, saying the effort would ensure border security.
[. . .]
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said on Wednesday that Turkish and Iranian military interventions violated Iraqi sovereignty. The UAE and Turkey in opposition on several fronts, including in Libya where they back rival sides.  


The spokesperson for the Iraqi military laughably declared weeks ago that ISIS was vanquished.  That's never happened.  ISIS remains active in Iraq and continues to carry out attacks.  It's an issue the prime minister needs to seriously address.  THE NEW DELHI TIMES notes:

The resurgence of the Islamic State can be attributed to a weakened Iraqi government along with an administrative and security vacuum in the country.
The Islamic State (IS) has carried out a series of attacks in recent times which has led security studies analysts to take note of the resurgence of the terrorist and extremist groups in Iraq. According to a May 2020 report by the Combating Terrorism Centre (CTC), there has been a surge in attack activities in the second half of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020.
The number of reported Islamic State attacks increased from 1,470 in 2018 to 1,669 in 2019, with 566 reported attacks in the first quarter of 2020 alone. As per the CTC report, the number  of areas with active attack cells seems to nearly double, from an assessed 27 areas in December 2018 to an assessed 47 areas in May 2020. The IS attacks have taken place in the provinces of Anbar, Baghdad, Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salah al-Din. The IS has also plenty of fighters at its disposal.
In May 2020, assessments from the U.S. Central Command, the Defence Intelligence Agency and the U.S.-led coalition, shared in a report by the Defense Department Inspector General, claimed that the IS as a group was still operating mostly on the margins, both in Iraq and Syria and the terror group lacks the capabilities to sustain that pace over several months. However, many security experts contend that the U.S.-led coalition is unable to see key changes on the ground.
The most recent U.S. estimates put the terror group’s force strength in Iraq and Syria at anywhere from 14,000 to 18,000 fighters. Further, despite the U.S. raid that killed former IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October last year, IS has maintained command and control under new leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi.


"Nuts"
"Mars"






Monday, June 22, 2020

P!nk thinks it's still 2000 and that people still listen to her

BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX  -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

P!NK?  SHE'S KIND OF TRASHY AND THE LOOKS ARE GONE BUT WE STILL LIKE HER -- "JUST LIKE A PILL" WAS A GREAT SONG -- TOO BAD IT WAS HER LAST GREAT SONG AND IT'S NEARLY TWO DECADES OLD.

LIFE HASN'T BEEN GOOD FOR P!NK CAREER WISE.  IN FACT, YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TEN SINGLES AND FOR YEARS TO FIND A HIT SINGLE FOR PINK ("JUST LIKE FIRE" WHICH REACHED NUMBER TEN).

SHE RELEASED HER LAST ALBUM IN 2019 AND IT SOLD . . . 95,000 COPIES IN THE U.S. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS TO POP MUSIC FEMALES AS THEY AGE, THE AUDIENCE GROWS BORED WITH THEM.

SHE'S IN THE NEWS RIGHT NOW FOR LAUGHING THAT SHE SOLD OUT THE TULSA, O.K. VENUE DONALD TRUMP WAS AT ON SATURDAY.  DONALD DIDN'T FILL THE VENUE.  PINK WANTS YOU TO KNOW THAT SHE DID.  BACK IN 2018.  WHEN SHE STILL HAD SOMEWHAT OF A CAREER.  SHE WAS COMING OFF HER 2017 ALBUM WHICH MANAGED TO SELL OVER 600,000 COPIES -- AGAIN, SHE STILL HAD A CAREER THEN.  ALSO TRUE, THE EVENT WASN'T ABOUT HER -- THOUGH SHE TENDS TO FORGET THAT.  SHE WAS ONE OF TEN CONCERTS -- THEY CALLED IN "10 ON 10" -- THAT WERE CELEBRATING THE TULSA VENUES TENTH ANNIVERSARY.   WHEN SHE RETURNED, MONTHS LATER, FOR A SECOND SHOW, SHE DID NOT SELL OUT THE VENUE.

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

SHE MADE IT MATTER WITH HER STUPID TWEET -- SHE REALLY IS THE GUTTER TRASH WITHOUT AN EDUCATION.

DONALD TRUMP SHOULD NOT BE HOLDING RALLIES.  WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF A PANDEMIC.  INSTEAD OF PULLING OUT HER SCRAPBOOKS AND ACTING LIKE NORMA DESMOND, SHE SHOULD BE CALLING OUT DONALD FOR PUTTING PEOPLE'S LIVES AT RISK.

P!NK, YOU HAD A GREAT CAREER, NEARLY 20 YEARS AGO.  NOW TAKE YOUR HAGGERED AND SAGGY MIND OFF THE MAINSTAGE, YOU'RE DONE.




Where are the jobs?  In the global economy, that's a question for everyone but it's especially a question in Iraq where you graduate from a university only to find . . . no jobs.  This is one of the realities that put protesters in the street last fall.  

Months later -- three months shy of a year -- nothing has been done.

And now the economy is in ever more jeopardy.  AFP reports:

Iraq's economy could reach irreversible lows within the next year unless urgent reform measures are adopted, its finance minister warned in an exclusive interview with AFP on Monday.
"Reform is inevitable," said Ali Allawi, who has been tasked with stabilising Iraq's economy following an oil price crash that saw state revenues slashed by half.
"If we do not amend the situation throughout the next year, we may face shocks we cannot fix." 


Iraq's economy is projected to shrink by 10% in 2020 following a dramatic drop in oil prices from over $50 per barrel to about $20.
Opec's second-biggest oil producer relies almost exclusively on its crude exports to fund its budget, which includes a bloated public sector and broad state subsidies.

We'll note this thread.  Noor is a doctor who graduated last year:

when every nation and government salute their white army, we see the Iraqi government deprives the right of the newly graduated doctors! A year has passed without employment! And instead of supporting them, the government has asked them to volunteer! @leloveluck @SimonaFoltyn



Meanwhile, more than 2000 newly trained medics have been asked to volunteer their services until a state budget is approved for their labour. This at a time when infections among frontline doctors are rising fast.


So what can we do ?we are prisoners in our country we are doctors without jobs and documents We can not work out side Iraq because we don’t have documents and we can’t work in Iraq because the government can not hire us due to the financial problems


And the protest over the lack of jobs continues.  NRT Tweets:

Protesters briefly block major road in Sulaimani to demand KRG pay salaries, create job opportunities Security forces fire tear gas to disperse demonstrators nrttv.com/En/News.aspx?i
1:00 AM · Jun 22, 2020


The lack of jobs is only one of the many problems facing Iraq currently.  Among other problems?  Turkey is terrorizing the people of Iraq in the north.  They are bombing Iraq, they have sent soldiers on the ground into Iraq.  



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