Oppenheimer

(Directed by Christopher Nolan) (2023) On 16 July 1945, the first atomic bomb was detonated, at a test site named “Trinity”, in New Mexico, USA. It went so well that, on 6 August 1945 at 8.15 am, the US tried it on an actual city: Hiroshima. A blinding flash shot over the city, and then some 100,000 people were vapourised. The morning turned dark; a priest, Father Kleinsorge, wandered in the garden of his mission, dazed and bleeding, to see his housekeeper, Murata-san, crying out “Shu Jesusu, awaremi tamai!” (‘Our Lord Jesus, have pity on us!’).* Of course, President Truman’s…

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Classic Misdirection

August 2, 2023 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | American Politics, POLITICS |

Misdirection, in which the manipulator, by sleight of hand, draws a crowd’s attention to one thing to distract it from another, has an honourable place in the field of magic…. …and a dishonourable place in politics. Remember when political apparatchiks spread the word that 911 was a good day to put out bad news they’d been hiding? We’ve seen 4 inspired examples of misdirection just in the last few months, coming from Joe Biden‘s goons in the Department of Justice: MARCH 17, 2023: Hunter admits the Laptop from Hell is his. MARCH 18, 2023: Trump to be indicted in New…

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F.B.I. – Following Barack’s Instructions

May 29, 2023 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | American Politics, POLITICS, Ulalume |

The Durham Report drops (12 May 2023) On 6 May, 2016, George Papadopoulos, an unpaid foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign for the Presidency, indulged in bar talk with some Australian diplomats in London, to the effect that Russian operatives had supplied dirt on Hilary Clinton, to the Trump campaign. As if one couldn’t find enough Clinton dirt on one’s own. The diplomats passed that info to the Obama Administration, and Barry’s goons went to work immediately. All the odious apparatus of the Deep Swamp State went into overdrive, and as Durham concludes (in his truly stunning, and likely…

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“The Once and Future King”

April 7, 2023 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | American Politics, POLITICS, Ulalume |

Deep-Fake image of # 45, pursued by New York's finest

Donald Trump has been indicted on 34 counts. We don’t quite follow the charges – who does? As we understand it, Mr. Trump is accused of paying hush money to a lady who calls herself ‘Stormy Daniels’ stemming from an alleged assignation in 2007, which she later denied in a signed letter that she now renounces. Paying hush money is not a crime. But it can be a federal campaign violation. Only, it can’t be pursued on this indictment, as that is a federal offence, and out of the NYC District Attorney’s remit. The Federal Dept. of Justice, who would…

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Breaking History

By Jared Kushner (2022) Kushner is no prose stylist. But this tome is a valuable guide to the tour-of-duty of an outsider in a White House full of outsiders. It shows how a transactional background with amateur oversight, ego, and the Art of the Deal, can actually accomplish something in the Deep Swamp that is American federal executive governance. Take, for example, the Abraham Accords. The conventional wisdom, espoused by the likes of the never-right-but-never-in-doubt John Kerry, was that a Palestinian solution was a necessary pre-cursor to improvement of general Arab-Israeli relations. Yet the Trump administration, at Kushner’s suggestion, flipped…

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