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So... all that Sturm und Drang, Trump summoning the entire US Senate to the White House so as to engage in Portentous Discussions on the subject of North Korea. Turns out nothing classified was discussed, at all. No plans. Rien. Nichts. Nada.

It's hard for an old shyster to give up his bullshit sales pitches. Trump Steaks, Trump University. Now it's Trump Intelligence Services. 

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( falsetto voice ) Em.. Bare Assing !

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“If my account of our moral condition is correct, we ought also to conclude that for some time now we too have reached that turning point. What matters at this stage is the construction of local forms of community within which civility and the intellectual and moral life can be sustained through the new dark ages which are already upon us.”
― Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory, Third Edition

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From a variety of sources, pieced together, I perceive the Kingdom of Jordan has reached the breaking point with Iran. Iranian flags and pictures of Ayatollah Ali Khameini are being burned in Mafraq, Jordan. WaPo's interview of Jordan's King Abdullah II says Israeli intransigence on settlements has put ammunition in the hands of Iran, to Daesh's Abu-Bakr alBaghdadi, ISIS.

You may well imagine how that went over in Tehran. Jordan is ready to expel Iran's ambassador. They're sick of IRGC operating on their borders. They're not alone, either: KSA - it's so hard to read KSA - they skulk around and say almost nothing, but they're engaged in a monumental fight with Iran and everyone knows it. Jordan's King Abdullah II is about as reasonable a guy as you'll find in the region, he needs to get along with KSA and the USA - with Israel too.

Israel just goes on taking land, Abdullah's right, all these settlements do is provide justification for the hardliners everywhere.

So what does this mean for the West? Jordan is about to go to war with Daesh and implant its own occupation forces in southern Syria. We're seeing what's come of pushing Daesh out of here 'n there: IRGC and the Shiite militias come in and perpetrate more atrocities. It means the battle lines are solidifying, Sunni versus Shiite. And it means the war is growing wider, it is assuming a different complexion, think the American Civil War after the battle of Gettysburg. The Confederates had failed but the Union had not won. The bitterest phase of the war was just beginning, the occupation of the South.

I foresee the rise of a new Sunni state, for better or worse, probably centred on Mosul. Assad will control a terribly foreshortened version of Syria, to the west - the Kurds will assume de-facto control of the north of Syria, they'll likely do a deal with both the USA and Turkey. 

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Trump gets Heavy Beatdown. This is what comes of not paying attention in civics class, Donny Boy.

NOTICE AND FAIR WARNING: Anyone citing RT will be blocked, summarily. 

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So Kenny G played on a Delta flight today. I remember when Smoove Jazz began. It started out innocently enough, Jan Garbarek, Klaus Doldinger, all that contemplative ECM stuff. Not very sophisticated, harmonically. Charlie Parker it wasn't. But it was high and lonely and wasn't terribly demanding of its listeners. And that was okay. I tired of it pretty quickly, but some of it was interesting.

Most of these Smoove Jazz guys (a few girls too) could actually play. Jan Garbarek, whom I blame for the entire genre, played with Charlie Haden and it was great. And at first, it wasn't so bad, Bob James and Earl Klugh, still like that stuff from time to time.

But then came George Benson and the rise of Baby Shit Jazz. Sounded just like an infant's bowel movement looks and smells. Smooth and creamy and eye-wateringly vile. And Kenny G was the worst of them. There were others, Najee and Dave Koz and a dozen other eminently forgettable Artistes of the genre.

If I was the pilot of that aircraft, it that Soulful Shithead Kenny G had played so much as an eighth note's worth of his bullshit, I'd have ordered the cabin crew to restrain and zip tie him to his seat. I'd have the copilot take over, come down the aisle and stomp all over his soprano sax - say I was trying to suppress a terrorist attack.

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