News & Commentary (often Radical & Censored) for Sunday, May 15, 2022

Concerning "2 Pros and 3 Cons of Restricting Dog Breeds at Apartment Communities," I suggest you check the state and local laws about it, check your insurance coverage about it, require your tenants to have liability coverage if you allow all dog breeds or even any dogs, research dangerous breeds rather than just taking a "trainer's" word for it, consider the issue of dogs barking, and consider whether you're really missing out on not renting to pitbull owners. Perhaps advertising a dogless complex will attract those who don't want to contend with "dog litter," etc.

The housing market is not going to crash but correct?

For housing prices to decline, properties must sit on the market for long periods of time. Only once sellers see their property sit for a few weeks will they consider lowering prices. If that happens for a couple of months, sellers might adjust their expectations for sales prices, but that will take some time.

If inflation doesn't drop significantly, all bets are off. The Fed will continue raising rates. If the Ukraine War doesn't end soon enough, all bets are off. The costs of the war will continue rippling negatively throughout the global economy with few exceptions. If the COVID-19 lockdowns don't end within a reasonable time in China, all bets are off. Supplies will be crimped even more, and China and others will have to charge more. Of course, leadership could suddenly get a whiff of sanity and change directions on a whole host of issues, but I won't be holding my breath. Which leaders will tax back price-gouging gains of mega-corporations?

... as much as more hurricanes in the Atlantic can be a problem, the death from extra storms don’t compare to the seven million people a year globally who die from air pollution, said University of Washington public health professor Kristie Ebi, who studies health, climate and extreme weather.

“Air pollution is a major killer, so reducing emissions is critical no matter what happens with the number of cyclones,” said Ebi ....

Study Finds Cleaner Air Leads to More Atlantic Hurricanes

Igor "Strelkov" Girkin was in charge of the military of the Donetsk People's Republic in 2014 when the war there first broke out. I'm not clear on exactly why, but he returned to Russia shortly after. In Russia, he spoke openly and often about what he saw, and still sees, as the dangers arrayed against Russia and Russians. He was instrumental in Russia annexing Crimea and has recently spoken out strongly against Russia's military strategy and about its capabilities in Ukraine. He believes Russia has not brought enough force to bear, which is needlessly dragging out the conflict.

It is interesting that Foreign Minister Lavrov also recently announced that Russia will be sending in reinforcements. However, there has been a great deal of criticism that Russia really doesn't have enough additional troops trained, equipped, and ready.

Well, I'm not an insider in Russia at such levels, so I will just have to wait to see how all of this plays out. I had always assumed Russia hasn't even put in 30% of its total capable effort. That said, while I totally agree with avoiding civilian injuries and deaths (and I hate war in the first place), I think going in "soft" or "light" has been a mistake. It has afforded too much time and space for reactionary forces, fascist forces, neoliberal forces (the neocon regime) to get rolling in their pushback.

I am not endorsing the notion that Ukraine, with the aid of the West, will win the war against the Donbass People's Republics and Russia.

However, I do think China will have to get off the supply fence and drop it's zero-COVID policy. I'm surprised Russia and China haven't made a deal whereby China would manufacture all the Russia COVID vaccine it needs in return for supplying Russia with all the supplies Russia needs to prosecute it's fight in Ukraine, and beyond.

I don't like Xi's dictatorship, but I oppose the further fascistization of the USA and Europe. I'm more concerned with the further fascistization.

Excellent general assessment: A Manufactured Crisis in Ukraine is Victimizing the World’s Peoples

Another excellent general assessment: NY Times Shifts Prowar Narrative, Documents Failure Of US In Ukraine

I don’t know that’s where we are today, that the democratizing impulse, it seems to me, is not nearly as prominent in our politics. It hasn’t vanished, but it’s not as prominent. Nonetheless, the insistence upon the United States exercising global primacy of continuing to be number one, a position we’ve become accustomed to having ever since the end of World War II, I think that conviction remains. So it’s less about a mission to spread democracy. It’s more about a conviction of history having chosen the United States uniquely to preside over the future of humankind.

Chris Hedges: Although the Ukraine conflict, those are the words they use, a fight for democracy, a fight for liberty against tyranny.

Andrew Bacevich: Well, I think that’s fair enough. I think that it’s an absurd characterization, but it is a language that American politicians and public commentators reflexively return to, that whatever it is we’re doing in the world, somehow it connects to freedom, connects to our commitment to democracy. Any serious student, I think, of US foreign policy has long ago come to the conclusion that that’s all nonsense. But the vocabulary continues to resonate in a way, it’ll get your op-ed printed in the Washington Post or whatever. It’ll get you invited on the Sunday talk shows, even if it’s not to be taken very seriously. I would argue that if you want to know why we do what we do in the world, why we are intent on giving that additional $40 billion of support to Ukraine. Our belief in freedom and democracy, I think, is less important than the demands of the military-industrial complex. Or I should say the military-industrial-congressional complex.

Ukraine and the resurgence of American militarism

Agreed: US Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted, "The attack by Israeli forces against mourners at the funeral of Palestinian [American, Christian] journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is an outrage. The United States must condemn this, and demand an independent investigation into her killing."