2018 Summarized In Two Photos

Nothing lasts forever...

And these two photos (no matter how coincidental or misconstrued), appear to sum up the quo's shifting status and the accelerating demise of the unipolar order (or at least that's the way Chinese state-owned media would prefer you think about it).

An editorial (link in Chinese) in state-owned tabloid Global Times published yesterday (June 10). proclaimed...

“Against the backdrop of the chaotic meetings of the G7 of the West..."

"the SCO summit in Qingdao was particularly fruitful, and caught the world’s attention..."

Unilateralism is strong on the surface, but in reality it’s difficult to sustain..."

Difficult indeed.

Comments

Escrava Isaura JimmyJones Mon, 06/11/2018 - 18:45 Permalink

Trump relies on personality and sound bites and not in content. Content is complex and requires intellectual curiosity. Trump doesn’t possess these skills.

Trump mastered TV personality and Twitter, because that who he is.

The current political liberal classes can only explain things in 1,000 words or more.

Even as a liberal is painful listening to them speaking. Political liberal classes are excessive caution when they speak. Trump is the opposite and it’s all that is needed for the general population, regular person.

Now when the regular person talk sports (man) and kid’s toys (woman) then you can be complex, meaning talk and repeat the same nonsense for hours.  

 

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ravolla wadalt Mon, 06/11/2018 - 19:23 Permalink

Good to see my man Wadalt and our newbies  ll951983  and  gzcekkyret back out from under the couch with  Hot Pockets and back on the threads SPAMMING like a Grease Fire!!!! 

Biblicism = TodaysFox ("I made $7000 sucking cock on the Internet")  SAME SPAMMER!

R.I.P.   "Mr Hankey" who has joined "The Fallen Spammers" -- banned for pathological over the top whackism.

THIS is an important week here in the SPAMMER's BUNKHOUSE.  You see, there are dozens of "personalities" living in this one single sad SPAMMER's sick little mind, which he calls "Spammer's Bunkhouse."  How sick is that?

This week I (we?) are celebrating SEVEN YEARS here on ZH, obsessively SPAMMING every thread we can with off-topic comments.

SAD BUT TRUE!!  I (we?) have wasted my (our) youth (or at least the last seven years) with at least one hand in my pants and the other hand SPAMMING ZH.  Yes, indeed.  DOZENS and DOZENS (maybe hundreds) of log-on's banned -- 
>>  "I made $7500 last week on the Internet sucking cock!": that's me.
>>  Biblicism: that's me.
>>  All the porn at Celebrity-leaks: that's me.
>>  Daily Westerner: that's me.

>>  "In the news....SPAMMER broomsticked by furious readers" -- registered in Nigeria) :: that's me TOO!! 

That's our life (all of us living in Master Spammer's Mind): mopping the floor at the Porn Cinema at 2am, working the drive-thru window at SONIC, sucking cock on the Internet, and spamming ZH with an enormous Excel spreadsheet of the log-on's of dozens of "digital friends" who upvote one another and virtually suck my little micro penis..

MEET my current imaginary friends.  We all live in one SPAMMER's HEAD but as for me, I have gone off the reservation.  These other "personalities" are pretty troubled.

ll951983  <<< NEWBIE  sucks cock on the Internet!
Wadalt
Leakanthrophy
PrivetHedge
bobcatz
Jumanji1959
Annunaki
Powow
  <<<  NEWBIE
Cheoll   <<<  NEWBIE

Mr Hankey    <<<  total utter WHACK JOB  -- joined "The Fallen"
gzcekkyret     <<<  NEWBIE

You know SPAMMERS never die on ZH -- here's just a sampling of the banned log-on's ("The Fallen Spammers") ---

 beepbop, pier, lloll, loebster, ergatz, armada, Mtnrunnr, Anonymous, luky luke, Cjgipper, winged, moimeme, macki mack, tchubby, sincerely_yours, HillaryOdor, winged, lexxus, kavlar, lhomme, letsit, tazs, techies-r-us, stizazz, lock-stock, beauticelli, Mano-A-Mano, mofio, santafe, Aristotle of Greece, Gargoyle, bleu, oops, lance-a-lot, Loftie, toro, Yippee Kiyay, lonnng, Nekoti, SumTing Wong, King Tut, Adullam, evoila, rp2016, alt right dude, altright-girl, alt-right girl, Blufin, Schlomo Scheklestein, BraveForce, Mr Hankey

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Escrava Isaura ravolla Mon, 06/11/2018 - 21:29 Permalink

Oh boy.

Neither "content" nor "curiosity" are skills.  They are traits. 

Traits are natural abilities.

Skills are things one can be taught.

 

The word skills can be used as a metaphor. I could say that you don’t have the skills to be a decent person, even that decency is an ability that you lack. However, everyone would know exactly what I meant.

 

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vato poco DownWithYogaPants Mon, 06/11/2018 - 19:11 Permalink

ah yes, ZH once again trots out the ol' 'Dolla as Reserve Currency goin' DOWN!!!' dodge. 

while the idiot bots and the even stupider leftoids and spammers all cheer on cue. "Yeah! just like they taught us in school! death to America!!"

and yet somehow, poor ol' Vato's simple, innocent question goes unanswered, just like it will this time too: Dollar stops being worldwide reserve currency, OK. fine. to be replaced with WHAT?? don't waste my time with breathless shouts of 'gold!' or a tiny little boutique currency, like Norway, Switzerland, Singapore. what major currency is out there, backed by a major world power, that a mistrusting, deeply cynical world would trust? 

the yuan? the ruble? LOL no one on Earth trusts a russian or a chinese, much less their weakass IOU notes. so WHO, motherfuckers? WHO?!? iran? turkey? nigeria? venezuela?

<crickets>

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nope-1004 vato poco Mon, 06/11/2018 - 20:21 Permalink

No crickets, dude.  Everyone agrees with you.  Problem that currently exists is that if there actually were a viable alternative to the USD as reserve, the USGOV (pentagon) would not "lose 1 trillion" and fly planes into buildings.  Nor, would they execute their own while serving in US consulates abroad, and invade other countries who just happen to be resource rich or pipeline-path relevant.

It is the sheer abuse by .gov that many here want the USD to go away.  No one that I have read, with the exception of some computer geeks, think there is an alternative.  What we want is a global change that probably includes the US to some extent, but removes the big banks and the Fed's ability to export inflation and enslave other nations and their people.

The Fed and the dollar is a major war weapon.  Look at the headlines today from other currencies hyper inflating.  Why are they?  And what are they hyper inflating against?

Doesn't take a genius to go cruze Walmart and see first-hand that there is a massive global imbalance at present only because of one thing:  USD dominance.  US citizens enjoy food stamps on the backs of the rest of the world.  It is a debt laden instrument currently run amuck!  It is constantly abused.  It is constantly manipulated.  It is used as much as a weapon of war as it is a medium of exchange.  It is used to buy favors.  It is used to sway political outcomes.  It needs to go.

 

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bshirley1968 nope-1004 Tue, 06/12/2018 - 01:05 Permalink

You are spot on. Let me add.....

If the dollar and other currencies were used as medium of exchange on a level playing field, things would be much different. The dollar is the currency of the biggest military gang on the planet; therefore, they get to bully the rest of the world into using the dollar, and the dollar gets to determine the value of everyone else currency....as measured in dollars.

The dollar use to control the world's energy supply. Now that is being challenged. The world can now buy oil and gas with their own currency. Technology has made all currency more liquid and accessible. Exchanges are seemless and immediate.

I believe the dollar will be replaced some day but in the meantime, it will lose its dominant, stranglehold on world finance as more countries do business without dollars. Why should they when they don't have to?

Loss of this dominance will lead to higher prices for US citizens as the dollar's true value begins to unfold, and it could cause major debt bubbles to burst as it will be harder to expand the debt bubble when countries no longer have to use dollars and lower their reserves. Treasury auctions will be hurt.

The problem most Americans, who actually realize the truth of the matter, have is that the dollar "igors" have turned on the American working populace. It has reached a point of zero sum return in one's efforts to chase dollars. The welfare state, the MIC, the bankster cartel, and corporate armies of MOAR have made it virtually impossible to stay ahead of the "man" and the debt monster. The average monthly car payment is now $562.00 on a six year note! The average house price is around $270,000.00. Taxes and insurance go higher, the dollar is devalued more with each passing quarter, wages are at 1984 levels, and "real" living wage jobs are few and far between. Small businesses are squeezed by corporate giants and their slave labor force.

Let's face it, the dollar is becoming too high maintenance. The cost are out weighing the benefits. That will get worse from here on out. No escaping the consequences of this beast we have created. It will eat until there is nothing left or somebody kills it. Many of us are hoping for the latter......but it doesn't mean we don't love our country....we are just sick of the psychopathic criminal bastards that have taken over and are using our good name to rape pillage and plunder financially the rest of the world.....and now those of us that live here. What we call "America" today is nothing like what is was ever intended to be nor has it any resemblance to the characteristics that made it great.....and it can all be traced back to the explosion of the debt market when every aspect of life was now about how to get moar dollars.

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Reichstag Fire Dept. Escrava Isaura Mon, 06/11/2018 - 18:53 Permalink

I think Trump is a Master of capturing the nuances of complex issues and introducing a "sound bite" that summarizes the complexity while preserving the context.

Dumb people can listen to Trump and feel smart (smarter?).

Not saying Trump supporters are dumb, I'm saying he has found a way to include them in the national dialogue.

Leftists lose their shit over it because it sounds like he is trivializing their "highly nuanced Counter-Reality" and it makes them look like dumb to dumb people.

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Hans-Zandvliet Escrava Isaura Mon, 06/11/2018 - 19:30 Permalink

You're right, to be sure.

But please have mercy on this poor chap that got into the White House against all odds.

I mean, the poor guy had one overarching good idea. Instead of Hitlery, who campaigned on establishing a no-fly-zone over Syria (which by now would have gotten us into WW-3 already, in which case we would likely not be arguing on ZH right now), Trump campaigned on normalizing relations with Russia. Whatever other ideas he may have, at least he postponed Armaghedon for a year or two and I dare say that's the most important thing (to be alive at all).

But it doesn't really matter anymore which figurehead sits in the White House. Whether it's Bill Clinton, George Bush, Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump: the wars continue, the hollowing out of civil rights and liberties continues and the plundering of the middle and lower classes (domestically and abroad) continues. Because that's what the Deep State wants for itself.

So it's no use to pick on the guy really. He's merely a ventriloquist puppet of the Deep State (they have a thousand ways to strongarm any POTUS into doing as he's been told). Now, why critisize a ventriloquist puppet? We should focus on who are making this puppet talk!

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MilwaukeeMark JimmyJones Mon, 06/11/2018 - 18:56 Permalink

Much as I know a unipolar world and the death of the petrodollar will have negative impacts on the future of our American lifestyle, this globalist thing cannot continue. The end game for the globalists is total subjugation of the masses and population reduction. In effect we are at best trading a few more good “beyond our means” years for decades or centuries perhaps of slavery, surveillance and repression. 

I'd rather take the medicine sooner than later.

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therover Albasti Mon, 06/11/2018 - 19:19 Permalink

There are some things I don't like about Trump, other things I do like.

I totally respect him and his decision not to drink due to his brothers problem and his brothers request for him not to. 

I sip on occasion, so I am not a non-alcohol preaching dude.  I admire Trump for sticking to his guns on that decision. 

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Rabbitnexus Mouldy Wed, 06/13/2018 - 05:30 Permalink

As if politicians who are in fact whores for big corporations, never dealt with businessmen before.  Funny.  They're both part of the same pool of crooks and shysters son, same as lawyers, the most common profession from which politicians come, except in the USA where increasingly the movies and TV seem to be the requirement.

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cougar_w Mon, 06/11/2018 - 18:41 Permalink

The schadenfreude is strong in that one.

This is where I encourage ZH readers to cuddle up tonight with a copy of Sun Tzu's The Art of War. That way you'll better understand what the foosh is going on here.

overmedicatedu… Mon, 06/11/2018 - 18:42 Permalink

fiat is not- nor is debt; currency..seems our terms are mixed up and confused by design ..so everything that  follows from the big lie.. any ridiculous conclusion, is drawn from the fruit of the poisoned tree.