Archive for August 1st, 2017

The rapid rise and even faster fall of the Mooch


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

So Anthony (‘the Mooch’) Scaramucci has been fired after just ten days on the job as White House communications director, apparently before he had even been sworn in. While he has revealed himself to be a connoisseur of colorful sexual imagery, he has also shown himself to be somewhat less than a tactical genius. Consider the facts. He comes in and then immediately sets about getting the firing of the chief of staff Reince Priebus who officially should have more power than him but in reality has less. He succeeds. But Priebus is replaced by someone who actually has more clout than the Mooch, and that person promptly gets him fired because his boss Donald Trump does not show loyalty to anyone. If the Mooch had let a weak Priebus keep his job, he could have kept his own job plus have more influnce. Bad-mouthing Trump’s close confidante Steve Bannon was also not a smart move since it left him without any powerful allies.

And the Mooch’s problems do not end there. The sale of his business SkyBridge Capital has hit a snag and his wife has also just filed for divorce, so it has clearly been a turbulent time. …

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Anthony Scaramucci


North Korea: Origin Story


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

The division of Korea ought to go down in history along with the other great “arbitrary lines drawn on a map” – every one of which has been a political and humanitarian disaster: the partition of Palestine, The partition of Germany, the partition of Vietnam and the partition of Korea. …

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1945 Potsdam Conference

What North Korea learned from Libya and Iraq


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

North Korea has fired off yet another missile, triggering another round of belligerent rhetoric from the US and more joint military exercises with South Korea with Donald Trump also castigating China for doing nothing. Why is North Korea doing this? It is because they have learned the lesson that has been painfully clear as even US intelligence chiefs recognize – that giving up your nuclear capability is an invitation for the US and its allies to invade you. …

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North-Korean ballistic missiles