Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Economia e Produzione Industriale, Ideologia liberal, Stati Uniti

Trump. Crollano le richieste dei sussidi di disoccupazione.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-08-08.

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Se non fosse cosa seria, sarebbe una farsa.

Da lunga pezza la quasi totalità delle rubriche economiche televisive è condotta da giornaliste. Più che di parità di gender si dovrebbe parlare di usbergo delle femmine. Talune sono state in passato anche belloccie.

Ma per disgrazia loro e degli utenti televisivi parlano, e lo fanno con il piglio di chi abbia la scienza infusa.

Adesso hanno capito anche il perché il mercato del lavoro americano stia tirando così bene.

Nonostante la immane iattura di avere per presidente – not my president – Mr Trump, del quale non si dice mai male a sufficienza, grazie alla strenua volontà di resistenza dei liberal democratici, l’economia sta andando più che bene. È grazie alle ferme prese di posizione a difesa dell’aborto, lgbt, etc, che i repubblicani sono quasi completamente scomparsi dai suburbi delle grandi metropoli, con grande sollievo dell’economia. Ma è stata la lotta alla disponibilità delle armi da fuoco a decretare la scomparsa politica di Mr Trump. Sarebbe moribondo.

Ad un Mr Trump calante corrisponderebbe sequenzialmente un’economia in ascesa.

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Questa è l’ultima teoria economica dei liberal, e le speakers di Bloomberg la declinano in tutte le salse. Lo dicono come se spiegassero la teoria dei gravi.

Si faccia presto ad assimilarla, perché domani potrebbero aver cambiato idea.

«femmina è bello se lavora nella dirigenza avversaria», diceva malignamente Mr Putin.

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Riportiamo quindi l’articolo di Reuters, non certo fan di Mr Trump, che sembrerebbe essere almeno decente nel riportare la notizia.

«U.S. weekly jobless claims unexpectedly fall»

«The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labor market remains strong even as the economy is slowing.»

«Concerns over the impact of the bitter trade war between Washington and Beijing on the U.S. economic expansion, the longest on record, prompted the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates last week for the first time since 2008»

«With tensions between the two economic giants escalating in recent days and recession risks rising, financial markets have fully priced in another rate cut next month»

«Expectations for a 50-basis-point cut at the Fed’s Sept. 17-18 policy meeting have also risen»

«While hiring has slowed, the pace of job gains remains well above the roughly 100,000 needed per month to keep up with growth in the working-age population»

«Nonfarm payrolls increased by 164,000 jobs in July, down from 193,000 in June. Job growth over the last three months averaged 140,000 per month, the lowest in nearly two years, compared to 223,000 in 2018. The moderation in employment growth partly reflects a shortage of workers»

«The economy grew at a 2.1% annualized rate in the second quarter, slowing from the first quarter’s brisk 3.1% pace. Growth is seen below a 2.0% rate in the July-September quarter.»

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Per un evidente refuso, è scappata anche una frase audace:

«The moderation in employment growth partly reflects a shortage of workers»

Quando una nazione è in regime di massima occupazione, più di tanto gli occupati non possono aumentare.


Reuters. 2019-08-08. U.S. weekly jobless claims unexpectedly fall

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labor market remains strong even as the economy is slowing.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 209,000 for the week ended Aug. 3, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Data for the prior week was revised to show 2,000 more applications received than previously reported.

Last week’s drop in claims pushed them to the lower end of their 193,000-244,000 range for this year. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims would be unchanged at 215,000 in the latest week. The Labor Department said only claims for Idaho were estimated last week.

The four-week moving average of initial claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends as it irons out week-to-week volatility, edged up 250 to 212,250 last week.

U.S. stock index futures held gains after the release of the data. Prices of U.S. Treasuries dipped while the dollar (DXY) was trading slightly higher.

Claims will be watched over the coming weeks for signs that deteriorating trade relations between the United States and China, which have dimmed the economy’s outlook and roiled financial markets, were spilling over to the labor market.

Concerns over the impact of the bitter trade war between Washington and Beijing on the U.S. economic expansion, the longest on record, prompted the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates last week for the first time since 2008.

With tensions between the two economic giants escalating in recent days and recession risks rising, financial markets have fully priced in another rate cut next month. Expectations for a 50-basis-point cut at the Fed’s Sept. 17-18 policy meeting have also risen.

While hiring has slowed, the pace of job gains remains well above the roughly 100,000 needed per month to keep up with growth in the working-age population.

Nonfarm payrolls increased by 164,000 jobs in July, down from 193,000 in June. Job growth over the last three months averaged 140,000 per month, the lowest in nearly two years, compared to 223,000 in 2018. The moderation in employment growth partly reflects a shortage of workers.

The economy grew at a 2.1% annualized rate in the second quarter, slowing from the first quarter’s brisk 3.1% pace. Growth is seen below a 2.0% rate in the July-September quarter.

Thursday’s claims report also showed the number of people receiving benefits after an initial week of aid dropped 15,000 to 1.68 million for the week ended July 27. The four-week moving average of the so-called continuing claims fell 11,000 to 1.69 million.

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Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Salvini. Bloomberg gli dedica un altro editoriale. Prospetta snap elections.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-04-16.

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Nei sondaggi elettorali la Lega di Mr Salvini è salita ad una quotazione oscillate tra il 32% ed il 34%.

Salvini ha perso uno dei suoi migliori alleati.

Bloomberg sospetta che Salvini sostituirà Merkel come riferimento europeo.

Salvini. Time lo incorona ‘Nuovo volto dell’Europa’.

Salvini il Grande. Lega 35.8%. – The New York Times.

Salvini incoronato leader degli identitari sovranisti europei.

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Al momento attuale Mr Salvini ha almeno due caratteristiche importanti per la gestione del potere.

È alla guida di un partito in continua crescita nei sondaggi nazionali, partito coeso e coerente, che per di più è al governo in Italia e che sta sistematicamente vincendo le elezioni regionali. Poi, con le prossime elezioni europee gli eurodeputati della Lega potrebbero costituire uno dei gruppi nazionali partitici più numeroso.

Salvini e la lunga marcia verso una nuova Europa. AfD.

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Piaccia o meno, si condivida o meno la sua linea politica, oramai tutti le grandi testate mondiali hanno dedicato a Mr Salvini almeno un editoriale. Stanno cercando di capir chi sia e cosa voglia, ma stranamente non si domandano, o almeno non lo scrivono, quali siano state le istanze politiche, sociali ed economiche che ne hanno determinato questa crescita che lo ha portato a raddoppiare le propensioni al voto.

E non è solo questione di sondaggi.

In tutte le otto elezioni regionali che si sono tenute dal 4 marzo 2018 la Lega ha conquistato il governatorato e la giunta, scalzando sistematicamente i pregressi governi del partito democratico. È un suggello elettorale di non poco conto: i sondaggi vanno e vengono, i risultati elettorali restano.

Trentino Alto Adige. Risultati definitivi.

Elezioni Abruzzo, i risultati: vince il centrodestra, Marsilio governatore. Lega primo partito, crollo M5s

Regione Basilicata. Elezioni Regionali. Risultati definitivi ufficiali.

Italia. Questo anno ancora cinque elezioni regionali.

Italia. Cd passa da 4 a 10 regioni, Cs da 15 a 9.

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Bloomberg dedica a Salvini un altro editoriale, in cui ne riconosce le caratteristiche e prognostica cosa potrebbe avvenire.

«Governing Italy with Five Star suits Salvini just fine and he’s aiming to keep the coalition alive for as long as he can»

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«With polls showing that voters would swing behind his anti-immigrant League if the administration collapsed, officials were pressuring Salvini to end his frustrating co-existence with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement. Heading into that meeting last month they thought his patience might be wearing thin»

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«They should have known better»

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« On Twitter, his 1 million followers can share everything from his latest pasta dinner to the frustrations of Valentine’s Day after breaking up with his girlfriend

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«The League needs more time to build up support in the south and if it ditched Five Star now»

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«Since forging an unlikely coalition with Di Maio in June last year, the 46-year-old firebrand has become the dominant force in Italian politics and the leading light among a new generation of nationalists from across the European Union who’ll meet in Milan on Monday»

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«They’ve targeted May’s EU parliamentary elections as a chance to tear up the bloc’s debt rules, get a grip on the European Central Bank and start a rapprochement with Russia»

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«Salvini has also won a string of regional elections in the center and the south as support for Five Star has crumbled.»

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«The League pushes tax cuts, Five Star welfare benefits.»

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«Analysts have warned for months that could trigger a snap election»

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«The longer Salvini holds out, the more he can steal voters from Five Star»

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Bloomberg è l’unico commentatore estero a capire l’importanza di certi fatti.

«Salvini has also won a string of regional elections in the center and the south»

Questa è la vera forza attuale della Lega.

Facile quindi il prognostico.

«Analysts have warned for months that could trigger a snap election»


Bloomberg. 2019-04-05. Don’t Be Fooled by the Salvini Show, This Populist Has a Plan

Governing Italy with Five Star suits Salvini just fine and he’s aiming to keep the coalition alive for as long as he can.

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Five days after threatening to pull the plug on Italy’s government, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini summoned his lieutenants to party headquarters on the edge of Milan.

With polls showing that voters would swing behind his anti-immigrant League if the administration collapsed, officials were pressuring Salvini to end his frustrating co-existence with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement. Heading into that meeting last month they thought his patience might be wearing thin.

They should have known better. This government will keep going, he told the group, according to two people who were present.

Watch him on the campaign trail – shaking hands, embracing supporters, chatting, posing for selfies – and it’s easy to be taken in by the spontaneous homespun Salvini persona. On Twitter, his 1 million followers can share everything from his latest pasta dinner to the frustrations of Valentine’s Day after breaking up with his girlfriend.

In private though, he is cautious and strategic, says one junior minister who’s worked alongside Salvini for some 20 years. A snap election might be tempting for the party, but  Salvini is playing the long game.

He is already in the box seat in the government and voters have so far blamed Five Star’s Luigi di Maio for most thing that go wrong. The League needs more time to build up support in the south and if it ditched Five Star now, it might end up reliant on former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for a majority. The last thing Salvini wants is to wind up associated with such an establishment figure.

That’s the vision. The next few weeks may test his resolve. 

Since forging an unlikely coalition with Di Maio in June last year, the 46-year-old firebrand has become the dominant force in Italian politics and the leading light among a new generation of nationalists from across the European Union who’ll meet in Milan on Monday. They’ve targeted May’s EU parliamentary elections as a chance to tear up the bloc’s debt rules, get a grip on the European Central Bank and start a rapprochement with Russia.

This account of how Salvini turned a moribund group into a new force in Europe is based on interviews with half a dozen senior government officials and party operatives over the past several weeks. They asked not to be named discussing private conversations and confidential meetings.

It’s not so much Salvini’s electoral prospects that make the EU establishment nervous – his nationalist alliance is projected to win less than a tenth of the seats in the next parliament. What sets him apart is his political chops.

Since he burst onto the scene a year ago, Salvini has hijacked an EU summit he didn’t even attend, faced off with the European Commission on the budget and consistently got under the skin of French President Emmanuel Macron. And whatever he does, his popularity in Italy continues to climb.

Salvini has been living and breathing politics since his teenage years. He started out as a communist, but at the age of 17 he joined the Northern League, a right-wing group that aimed to see the industrial heartlands around cities like Milan, Turin and Venice cut loose from Italy’s poorer south.

Many of those who now occupy senior party positions have been scrapping and pulling stunts for 20 years or more alongside the man they call ‘The Captain.’ Every summer many attend the party’s tradition gathering near the Italian Alps, where the diehards dress up as medieval knights to celebrate a 12th century alliance against the Holy Roman Emperor.

Salvini took over as leader of the Northern League at the end of 2013 with the party in disarray after slipping to 4 percent in that February’s election. Founder Umberto Bossi had resigned over a corruption scandal the previous year and his successors had struggled to steady the ship.

One of Salvini’s first moves was to ditch the party’s separatist tradition with a push to boost support in central and southern Italy – voters he’d previously insulted. For the March 2018 general election, he dropped the word “Northern” and rebranded his party as simply “The League.”

That proved a breakthrough moment for Salvini. The party jumped to 17 percent of the vote, displacing Berlusconi’s more moderate Forza Italia as the dominant force on the Italian right. And Salvini’s grip on the party was assured.

Sealing the alliance with Five Star meant disregarding the advice of several longtime advisers and jettisoning Berlusconi, for whom the Northern League had been a junior partner in four governments. But the turnaround in the party’s fortunes means no one in the League challenges Salvini.

“When Salvini took over, we were a dying party. So whatever he says is fine by us,” said Riccardo Molinari, who heads League lawmakers in the lower house.

“Whatever he says is fine by us”

Since then, his star has kept on rising.

The League trailed Five Star by 15 percentage points in last year’s general election. The latest polls show it leading by 10 points and on track to win a national election for the first time in May. Salvini has also won a string of regional elections in the center and the south as support for Five Star has crumbled.

The parties’ diverging fortunes are exacerbating the tensions in a coalition that was built across a tectonic faultline: The League’s base is in the wealthy north, Five Star’s in the depressed south. The League pushes tax cuts, Five Star welfare benefits.

Executives from the north remonstrated last month with one of Salvini’s advisers over a decree hurting their business. The adviser blamed Five Star.

League officials are sick of constant infighting and half of the party’s lawmakers in the lower house want to end the coalition, according to a senior member of parliament. And they expect the rough and tumble of an EU election campaign to make matters worse. Molinari this week said the party may seek to rewrite the terms of the coalition agreement if the EU vote confirms they have become the country’s biggest force.

Analysts have warned for months that could trigger a snap election. If the coalition gets past that hurdle, tensions could surface in the fall as the government will have to draw up a new budget at a time the cratering economy leaves it little room for maneuver, an adviser to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said.

Salvini is urging patience.

“The longer Salvini holds out, the more he can steal voters from Five Star”

At a closed-door meeting with some 180 parliamentarians at the lower house in February, Salvini called on his troops to stay calm and guard against overconfidence. He told them that the current coalition is the only one that’s possible at the moment, seeking to damp down the clamor for a snap election.

The League needs to have the same hunger this May as it did five years ago when its fortunes were at a low ebb, he said according to an official present.

Even with its recent surge in support, the League probably still couldn’t govern without Berlusconi and Salvini is wary of getting entangled with an unpredictable ally he sees as part of the discredited old guard. Instead, he’s targeting a new alliance with the far-right Brothers of Italy and potentially future defectors from Berlusconi’s group. But he needs the coalition with Five Star to hold up long enough for that new formation to build up its support.

“The longer Salvini holds out, the more he can steal voters from Five Star and from Berlusconi, and build up his support in the south,” said Roberto D’Alimonte, a political science professor at Rome’s Luiss University.

But Salvini’s resolve is being tested. In the weeks that followed the February pep talk, Di Maio doubled down on his opposition to a 9 billion-euro ($10 billion) Alpine rail project. Salvini and his industrial allies are backing the project which the government has already sunk some 2 billion euros into. Salvini threatened on March 7 that he could force the government to collapse “if there are too many noes.”

The following Monday some 40 League officials trailed into the former canteen that serves as a meeting room at the party’s Milan headquarters. They took their seats behind a row of desks – like schoolboys one of them joked later.

Things are tense, so don’t provoke Five Star, Salvini told them. Don’t attack the party or its ministers, he said. The League must not act like supermen.

The time will come when Salvini has to take another gamble. But the odds are shifting in his favor at the moment, and he aims to put it off as long as possible. 

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo

Il pollaio di Bloomberg aveva sentenziato ‘buy’. Apple -8.81%.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-01-03.

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Il pollaio di Bloomberg lo aveva sentenziato con il tono certo di chi sentenzia una solenne verità.

Per esempio: il triangolo ha tre lati ed il quadrato ne ha quattro.

Sublimi e sconvolgenti verità, alle quali approda solo un essere superiore con un cervello grosso così: deve essere sicuramente una femmina.

Orgogliose che delle loro ave avessero salvato il Campidoglio, il trio di commentatrici economiche di Bloomberg aveva constatato la lampante verità che i titoli tecnologici non avrebbero mai potuto fare altro che salire. Mica che erano il mefitico carbone o qualcosa di puzzolente come il petrolio oppure il gas.

Se volete rovinarvi seguite i consigli del pollaio di Bloomberg. 2018-12-27

Non sono malignità: sono solo argomenti da quelle brave figliette trattati e riportati. Acquisti caldeggiati.

I titoli Apple saliranno all’infinito. Saranno l’affare del secolo.

Mr Trump? Mr Xi?

Trump chi? Xi chi?

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Amici miei, fate seguire quell’alto consesso di femmine saccenti alla concorrenza.

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Accavallano le gambe e fanno vedere i cosciotti, che forse venti anni fa avrebbero potuto essere appetibili: è notorio che le femmine si valutano per la loro intelligenza e potenza mentale. Vista questa che non sembrerebbe consolare chi abbia acquistato delle azioni Apple.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Finanza e Sistema Bancario

Se volete rovinarvi seguite i consigli del pollaio di Bloomberg.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-12-27.

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Si constata in Bloomberg una eclatante differenza tra la sezione pubblica, gratuita, e quella a pagamento.

La parte accessibile senza oneri di Bloomberg pullula, in omaggio al dogma di fede liberal socialista che le femmine siano superiori ai maschi, di mezzi busti di femmine una volta in tiro ed ora ridotte a meste carampane in disarmo, ancorate ad una delle tante poltrone di Bloomberg. Equo guiderdone di meriti obsoleti.

Nella parte a pagamento, ove la gente spende cifre consistenti per avere in cambio informazioni almeno decentemente reali, le femmine quasi non si vedono. Forse ce ne sarà qualcuna a fare le pulizie, ma non è detto.

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Preveniamo immediatamente le critiche acefale: non siamo per nulla misogini, al contrario.

Siamo solo oltremodo preoccupati di poter almeno conservare il potere di acquisto di quel miserrimo gruzzolo che mettemmo da parte grondando sudore, lacrime e sangue.

Constatiamo come il pollaio sicuramente si rese benemerito quando salvò il Campidoglio, ma è un merito di cui non dovrebbe essere lecito abusare.

Quando si elargiscono posti critici sulla base della tessera di partito, dell’ideologia professata, ovvero su meriti di alcova, non sembrerebbe che si sia fatta una scelta meritocratica. Possibile che in tutta Bloomberg non vi sia una femmina con almeno l’intelligenza di un orango?

Almeno dessero loro da leggere delle veline.

Quelle invece parlano a ruota libera. Comprate, comprate, comprate….

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Tutti abbiamo sotto il naso il video ove si disegnano gli andamenti di borsa:mica che siano tempi belli.

Nikkei. -5.01%. Mala tempora currunt, sed peiora parantur. 2018-12-25

Borse Mondiali. Ore 17:15. L’euforia è durata ben poco. Dax -3.06%.

Pochi giorni or sono era uscita la notizia della chiusura di 174 hedge fund.

Hedge Funds. 174 hanno chiuso nel terzo trimestre 2018. – Bloomberg.

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Mo’ Bloomberg manda in onda l’approfondita discussione:

«Hedge Fund Graveyard»

Già il titolo avrebbe dovuto essere tutto un programma: il cimitero sembrerebbe  essere luogo di vita non particolarmente bella. Di norma, i morti non sono vivi, direbbero con saccenza le mezze busto in oggetto.

Ma queste tre galline sproloquiano sull’argomento come se fossero Mr Soros, elargendo consigli sugli investimenti a ritmo continuo, quasi fossero novelli ventilatori.

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Che si metta al loro posto anche un cipresso, ma che dica cosa reali e ragionevoli.

In tutta Bloomberg ci saranno bene dei commentatori seri!

Nota.

Guardando il filmato salta agli occhi un fenomeno, che potremmo definire effetto Bloomberg.

Tranne pochi casi, quasi tutte codeste signore hanno le tette asimmetriche: una più alta e l’altra più bassa.

Fatto che potrebbe trovare spiegazioni, ma non certo nelle problematiche finanziarie.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti, Unione Europea

Timeo Bloomberg et dona ferens. Un editoriale che lascia perplessi.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-10-03.

Cicerone denuncia Catilina in Senato

Bloomberg è stata fondata nel 1981 da Michael Bloomberg, Thomas Secunda, Duncan MacMilan e Charles Zegar, essendo Merrill Lynch comproprietaria al 30%. La società è crescita molto rapidamente, allargandosi alla gestione di media e ricomprando le quote della Merrill Lynch. Michael Bloomberg detiene l’85% del gruppo.

«L’azienda fornisce strumenti software di analisi dei dati finanziari come piattaforma di scambio e di equity, servizi di dati, e notizie per le società finanziarie e organizzazioni di tutto il mondo attraverso il terminale Bloomberg (Bloomberg Terminal), il suo prodotto principale. Molti clienti utilizzano solo una piccola frazione delle 30,146 funzioni offerte dal terminale».

Al momento, solo la Thomson Reuters può offrire strumenti di lavoro di eguale livello.

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Nato a Boston da immigrati russi, Michael Bloomberg si è formato dapprima alla Johns Hopkins University e dopo alla Harvard Business School.

Nel panorama politico americano rappresenta un caso anomalo, a sé stante. Non facile capirlo ed ancor più difficile prevederlo. Volta gualdrappa alla velocità di Fregoli. È un alleato infido.

Sindaco di New York dal 1° gennaio 2002 fino al 31 dicembre 2013, Bloomberrg inizia la carriera politica militando con i liberal democratici, è quindi passato ai repubblicani, ma il 19 giugno 2007 ha annunciato di averli abbandonati e di dichiararsi indipendente. È, se si cercasse di definirlo, un ‘repubblicano liberal‘, essendo un fautore dell’aborto, degli lgbt, e, più in generale, di gran parte della ideologia liberal. Accanito avversario del fumo di tabacco, ha istituito diverse ngo per combatterne l’uso e la diffusione. Intrattiene ottimi rapporti con il Clan dei Clinton.

Al momento attuale, forse la miglior definizione che se ne possa dare sarebbe quella di ‘peggior nemico di Mr Trump‘. Sicuramente vi è un’avversione personale epidermica, un’antipatia viscerale, ma vi è anche un’antitetica visione politica, sociale ed economica.

Citiamo solo perché ripetuto in continuazione con insistenza, ma che non siamo mai riusciti a verificare, che Michael Bloomberg sarebbe un Cavaliere del Sovrano Ordine Militare di Malta.

Mr Michael Bloomberg cambia idee politiche con la facilità con cui cambia la camicia.

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Di questi giorni Bloomberg è uscito con un editoriale redatto da tutti i membri della redazione, anche se gli estensori sarebbero solo tre. La lessicologia è particolarmente accurata, così come l’uso dei tempi verbali.

Italy Puts the European Project at Risk.

L’editoriale da per scontato che l’attuale assetto europeo sia il migliore possibile ed il più auspicabile: qualsiasi persona od evento lo mettano in discussione sarebbero un pericolo mortale da fronteggiare allo strenuo.

«Italy Puts the European Project at Risk»

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«Italy’s new populist leaders appear to be sticking to the program that brought them to power: In their budget plans, they’re charting a course that could ultimately put the entire European project at risk.»

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«After much deliberation, the government is aiming for a deficit of 2.4 percent of gross domestic product»

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«Although that stays within the EU’s 3 percent limit, it violates the further requirement that highly indebted nations make a genuine effort to shrink their burden»

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«Minor as the difference might seem, it could have big consequences for Europe»

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«Italy’s debt burden, at about 130 percent of GDP, is already the euro area’s highest after Greece»

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«If investors lose faith that the government can get it under control, Europe’s leaders could find themselves facing the awful options of trying to rescue Italy, overseeing an unprecedented debt restructuring, or allowing the euro’s third-largest economy to exit.»

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«All would endanger the common currency that is at the heart of Europe’s efforts to maintain a lasting union.»

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«These days, it’s not uncommon for populists to do a decent job of managing government finances»

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«Europe’s leaders should be accommodative …. They should also recognize the extent to which they have aggravated Italy’s predicament by leaving the country to bear the brunt of the region’s refugee crisis»

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Se sono importanti le cose che afferma, ancor più importanti sono gli argomenti che glissa.

Bloomberg sa più che bene come sia in corso la devoluzione delle ideologie liberal e socialista: ne prende atto, anche se non vuole ammetterlo apertamente. Comprende come Mr Trump stia per vincere la battaglia in Senato per la nomina di Sua Giustizia Kavanaugh. così come ha capito più che bene come Mr Macron in Francia e Frau Merkel in Germania stiano andando verso la loro fine: non oggi, non domani, ma di fine si tratta pur sempre. Prende altresì atto del fatto che i populisti conquisteranno molti altri stati europei e, verosimilmente, anche l’Unione Europea.

Sostanzialmente, Bloomberg vorrebbe un passaggio soft, senza scossoni economici. Questa è una inspiegabile caratteristica di tutti gli avversari dei populisti: sono convinti che tutti i problemi siano solo ed esclusivamente economici.

Per la prima volta comunque, almeno a nostra conoscenza, una testata di questo calibro ammette che

«it’s not uncommon for populists to do a decent job of managing government finances»

Una prima grande ammissione, ma la seconda ha un peso ancora maggiore:

«Europe’s leaders should be accommodative …. They should also recognize the extent to which they have aggravated Italy’s predicament by leaving the country to bear the brunt of the region’s refugee crisis»

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Già. I populisti sanno governare saggiamente ed i problemi dell’immigrazione sono reali: l’Elettore europeo non ne vuole più sapere.

Il grande Virgilio ci ha lasciato in eredità una frase lapidaria, che è tutta un programma, e che oggi vale più che mai.

«timeo danaos et dona ferentes».

Potremmo parafrasarla in questo modo:

«timeo Bloomberg et dona ferens».

Bloomberg. 2018-09-29. Italy Puts the European Project at Risk

Italy’s new populist leaders appear to be sticking to the program that brought them to power: In their budget plans, they’re charting a course that could ultimately put the entire European project at risk.

One can only hope that they will see reason.

Since forming a government last spring, the coalition of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and right-wing League has kept everyone guessing about its genuine intentions. Its leaders made expensive promises to Italians, including big tax cuts, a lower retirement age, and even a basic income. They also vowed to pass a prudent budget that wouldn’t run afoul of EU rules on government deficits and debt. Needless to say, these aims are not compatible.

Now comes a moment of truth, as the coalition sets out its budget for 2019. It’s not looking good. After much deliberation, the government is aiming for a deficit of 2.4 percent of gross domestic product, up from a projected target of 0.8 percent under the previous administration. Although that stays within the EU’s 3 percent limit, it violates the further requirement that highly indebted nations make a genuine effort to shrink their burden — which in Italy’s case would require a deficit significantly smaller than 2 percent.

Minor as the difference might seem, it could have big consequences for Europe. Italy’s debt burden, at about 130 percent of GDP, is already the euro area’s highest after Greece. If investors lose faith that the government can get it under control, Europe’s leaders could find themselves facing the awful options of trying to rescue Italy, overseeing an unprecedented debt restructuring, or allowing the euro’s third-largest economy to exit. All would endanger the common currency that is at the heart of Europe’s efforts to maintain a lasting union.

Harsh reality could yet force Italy toward the path of prudence. News of the government’s budget plans has already increased its borrowing costs, a dynamic that has proved sobering in the past. These days, it’s not uncommon for populists to do a decent job of managing government finances. Portugal, for example, has performed perfectly well under its nominally left-wing coalition.

If Italy pulls back from the brink, Europe’s leaders should be accommodative. They can, for example, focus less on budget rules and more on ensuring that Rome puts resources to better use — for example, by raising public investment, which has been squeezed since the start of the recession, rather than by giving more money to pensioners. They should also recognize the extent to which they have aggravated Italy’s predicament by leaving the country to bear the brunt of the region’s refugee crisis.

For now, though, it’s up to Italy’s leaders to demonstrate some responsibility.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Stati Uniti

Bloomberg accusato di stipendiare assistenti dei PG con fondi per il ‘clima’.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-09-05.

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L’accusa è particolarmente grave, ed arriva a poca distanza di tempo dalle dimissioni del procuratore generale di New York, un liberal democratico granitico.

Procuratore Generale NY, Schneiderman, dimissionario per abusi sessuali.

In quell’articolo avevamo preconizzato:

«E siamo solo agli inizi».

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«Bloomberg accused of hijacking justice system with donor-funded climate-change prosecutors»

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«With their busy schedules and tight state budgets, Democratic attorneys general have little in the way of time and resources to advance climate-change policies, which is where billionaire Michael Bloomberg comes in»

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«The former New York City mayor’s fortune has bankrolled a year-long effort to place privately funded lawyers as “special assistant attorneys general” in at least six states with specific instructions to work on “clean energy, climate change, and environmental interests.”»

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«The program, run through the New York University School of Law, comes as the most disturbing example of the “billion-dollar per year climate industry” gaining access to law-enforcement authority in pursuit of a political agenda, according to a report released Wednesday by the Competitive Enterprise Institute»

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«The scheme raises serious questions about special interests setting states’ policy and law enforcement agendas, without accountability to the taxpayers and voters whom these law enforcement officials supposedly serve,” said CEI senior fellow Chris Horner, who authored the report, “Law Enforcement for Rent: How Special Interests Fund Climate Policy Through State Attorneys General»

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«open-records requests and court orders, called for “prompt and serious legislative oversight” into the off-the-books infiltration of state law-enforcement offices by lawyers dedicated to the climate agenda»

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«It represents private interests commandeering the state’s police powers to target opponents of their policy agenda and to hijack the justice system as a way to overturn the democratic process’s rejection of a political agenda»

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«The State Energy and Environmental Impact Center at NYU, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, formed in response to the Trump administration to help attorneys general “fight regulatory roll-backs and other actions that undermine clean energy, climate change, and environmental values and protections»

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«Salaries for the “special assistant attorneys general,” or SAAGs, range from $75,000 to $149,483 annually for a two-year commitment»

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Ci sarebbe ben poco, oppure troppo tanto, da commentare.

I fondi elargiti dagli utili … pecoroni belanti erano usati per piazzare nelle procure personale non selezionato da pubblico concorso o vidimato dalle elezioni: ma questi “special assistant attorneys general” avevano tutti i poteri necessari per bloccare le iniziative del Governo federale e perseguitare i ‘negazionisti‘.

Ci sarebbe un termine specifico per indicare quando i giudici, che dovrebbero agire per nome e per conto del popolo sovrano, siano pagati da un privato per perseguire un determinato fine, ma non vogliamo usarlo.


The Washington Times. 2018-09-03. Bloomberg accused of hijacking justice system with donor-funded climate-change prosecutors

Critic: Plan raises alarm over special interests setting policy, law enforcement agendas, without accountability.

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With their busy schedules and tight state budgets, Democratic attorneys general have little in the way of time and resources to advance climate-change policies, which is where billionaire Michael Bloomberg comes in.

The former New York City mayor’s fortune has bankrolled a year-long effort to place privately funded lawyers as “special assistant attorneys general” in at least six states with specific instructions to work on “clean energy, climate change, and environmental interests.”

The program, run through the New York University School of Law, comes as the most disturbing example of the “billion-dollar per year climate industry” gaining access to law-enforcement authority in pursuit of a political agenda, according to a report released Wednesday by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

“The scheme raises serious questions about special interests setting states’ policy and law enforcement agendas, without accountability to the taxpayers and voters whom these law enforcement officials supposedly serve,” said CEI senior fellow Chris Horner, who authored the report, “Law Enforcement for Rent: How Special Interests Fund Climate Policy Through State Attorneys General.”

Mr. Horner, who spent two-and-a-half years collecting emails and documents through the open-records requests and court orders, called for “prompt and serious legislative oversight” into the off-the-books infiltration of state law-enforcement offices by lawyers dedicated to the climate agenda.

“It represents private interests commandeering the state’s police powers to target opponents of their policy agenda and to hijack the justice system as a way to overturn the democratic process’s rejection of a political agenda,” the report said.

State attorneys general have increasingly become political foils for the White House — Republican prosecutors challenged Obamacare and the Clean Power Plan, while Democrats have filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the Trump administration — but critics say the specter of donor-funded prosecutors rises to a new level.

The State Energy and Environmental Impact Center at NYU, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, formed in response to the Trump administration to help attorneys general “fight regulatory roll-backs and other actions that undermine clean energy, climate change, and environmental values and protections.”

The center accepts applications from state attorneys general who demonstrate “a need and a commitment to advancing clean energy matters.” Salaries for the “special assistant attorneys general,” or SAAGs, range from $75,000 to $149,483 annually for a two-year commitment, the report said.

Among the states that have taken on SAAGs is New York, but Amy Spitalnick, spokeswoman and senior policy adviser for New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, described the partnership as unexceptional.

“Climate deniers continue to find new and creative ways to distract from reality. All OAG employees are accountable to the AG, period — and we’re proud of the talented team of lawyers and staff members that are part of the AG’s successful fight to protect clean water, clean air, and New Yorkers’ health,” she said in an email.

Christopher Gray, SEEIC spokesman, pointed to application language affirming that “the SAAGs’ sole duty of loyalty is to the attorney general who hired them” and that noted that the program details are spelled out on the website.

“At no point has there been a concerted effort by the State Impact Center to hide anything that we have been working on,” Mr. Gray said.

As part of the application process, he said, attorneys general must demonstrate the need for additional legal resources, and that “having an NYU fellow is consistent with any applicable state law.”

Every attorney general was invited to apply for legal fellows, he said, although no Republican AG has done so.

Meanwhile, critics of the alliance have argued it would be akin to, for example, Republican attorneys general bringing on prosecutors funded by Americans United for Life to work on Planned Parenthood issues.

Zack Roday, spokesman for the Republican Attorneys General Association, said the report “sheds necessary light on how powerful special interests operate on the left.”

“Democrats have sold out their voters; instead, they are allowing activist lawyers directed by New York University Law School — paid for by Michael Bloomberg — to go after anyone opposing their extreme political agenda,” Mr. Roday said. “It’s wrong and these shameless AGs should be called out for deceiving the public.”

Educational institutions and other non-profits may partner with prosecutors on placing interns or providing grants, but “not for litigation,” Mr. Roday said.

“That’s why this is so unprecedented,” said Mr. Roday, adding that nothing of its kind exists on the GOP side.

The roots of the climate-prosecutorial nexus date back to a 2012 meeting of activist groups in La Jolla, California, followed by former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s 2015 lawsuit against ExxonMobil and AGs United for Clean Power, the 17-state coalition launched in 2016 to pursue the fossil-fuel industry.

The coalition has since all but disbanded, although lawsuits against Exxon filed by the Massachusetts and New York attorneys general are ongoing, despite Mr. Schneiderman’s abrupt resignation in May over allegations of physical abuse made by four women.

Cities and counties have since picked up the legal mantle. A dozen localities, as well as the state of Rhode Island, have sued oil-and-gas companies seeking compensation for damages allegedly caused by climate change, although federal judges recently threw out cases filed by New York City, San Francisco and Oakland.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Trump

America. Putin la deride perché insana mentalmente. – Bloomberg

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-05-22.

Russia's president Putin visits city of Yaroslavl

«Russian officials are laughing quite openly.»

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«Then, on Thursday, the Russian foreign ministry posted a short clip from Lavrov’s meeting with Thorbjorn Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe. As the two sat for photographers, the Norwegian politician quipped, “These pictures won’t cause any problems for you?” To this clear reference to the U.S. uproar following the Russian publication of pictures showing Trump and Lavrov acting friendly, the Russian foreign minister replies: “Depends on what kind of secrets you pass on to me.” There’s general laughter around the table: Clearly, this is the kind of Russian humor that travels well in Europe.»

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«You know what surprises me? They rock the domestic political situation in the U.S. under anti-Russian slogans, and they don’t understand that they’re harming their own country. Then they’re just dumb. Or they understand everything, and then they’re dangerous, dishonest people.» [Mr Putin]

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«At the same time, we see that a political schizophrenia is developing in the Us.» [Mr Putin]

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«Vladimir Putin can only laugh at the political chaos in Washington. One can see why. But damage to democratic institutions and the trivialization of the presidential office is not a laughing matter at all.»

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Saltuariamente, ed in modo impredicibile, Bloomberg pubblica un lavoro onesto. Non si riesce a capire come possa aver passato la censura interna, solitamente di efficienza pari a quella del Kgb di infausta memoria.

Cogliamo quindi al volo l’occasione di riportarlo e commentarlo.

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Per rendere più comprensibile il testo, proponiamo una premessa che sembrerebbe essere indispensabile.

La World Health Organization ha rilasciato il seguente Report “Mental Health”.

«Background

Mental health and mental disorders are one of the most significant public health challenges in the WHO European Region. Reduced opportunities to find employment, lack of control over one’s life and poor social relations affect people’s well-being.

About a quarter to a third of the population suffer from mental disorders every year, depending on what disorders are included (most commonly depression and anxiety). Only about 50% of people suffering from mental disorders receive professional help; far fewer receive adequate help. Mental disorders are more prevalent among the most deprived people. Their effects are magnified by the poor being the population group in which most risk factors cluster (tobacco and alcohol use, poor diet, obesity, physical inactivity, etc.) and with least access to good services. In addition, mental disorders affect men and women differently: depression is twice as common in women, while more men commit suicide. ….

– Mental disorders account for 44% of social welfare benefits and disability pensions ….

– Almost 9 out of 10 of people suffering from mental health problems say they have been affected by stigma and discrimination, and more than 7 out of 10 report that stigma and discrimination stopped them from doing things»

Queste statistiche sono approssimate per difetto, riferendosi alla casistica segnalata dal personale sanitario: molti pazienti cercano di non andare dal medico, sia per motivi sociali sia lavorativi. Secondo le statistiche, nei paesi occidentali circa il 40% della popolazione adulta (15-65) assume cronicamente psicofarmaci maggiori. Le femmine sono affette da patologie psichiatriche due volte i maschi.

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I sistemi politici basati sulla democrazia elettiva a suffragio universale, specie se diretto, si basano invariabilmente sul presupposto che gli Elettori siano in grado di intendere e volere, di discernere per lo meno quali siano i propri interessi a quale partito possa tutelarli. In linguaggio più adeguato, si dovrebbe dire che, in accordo al teorema di Gödel, la sanità mentale degli elettori è postulato implicito.

Questi dati smentiscono in modo clamoroso l’assunto di normalità della popolazione.

Se è vero che per la legge dei grandi numeri gli anormali psichicamente dovrebbero distribuirsi in modo equilibrato ed uniforme su tutte le componenti politiche, ciò non avviene nei fatti a causa della peculiarità di tali patologie.

Quando il 90% circa degli psicopatici percepisce la propria vita come discriminata, ostacolata, osteggiata in ogni modo e maniera, vero o presunto, tende in via del tutto sequenziale a militare in formazioni politiche fortemente petitive, massimamente quelle che si reggono sull’assioma che esista un nemico così malvagio e potente che nulla sarà mai sufficientemente perfido pur di eliminarlo. Chiari esempio storici sono l’ideologia nazionalsocialista ed il comunismo: il primo indicava il nemico da sterminare negli Ebrei, il secondo nella classe borghese. Per effetto devolutivo la posizione comunista è transitata pienamente nell’ideologia liberal democratica negli Stati Uniti ed in quella dei socialisti ideologici in Europa.

Un’ultima osservazione.

Tutti i tratti psichiatrici hanno in sé un ché di ridicolo, perché destituiti di razionale logico. Se i pochi normali rimasti cercano di pigliarsela in ridere, gli psichiatrici vanno su tutte le furie a sentirsi derisi, fatto questo che li incancrenisce nella loro situazione patologica.

Fateci caso: non esiste quasi nessuna persona liberal o socialista che abbia un minimo senso dello humor.

Un esempio per tutti. È un fatto vero, che potete controllare in un amen.

Emma Watson fu aspramente criticata dalla Bbc per aver posato lasciando intravedere una mammella. Far vedere una mammella sarebbe stato, a lor dire, un atteggiamento anti-femminista, ossia una terrificante eresia dal loro punto di vista. Il femminismo è un dogma dell’ideologia liberal e socialista.

Is Emma Watson anti-feminist for exposing her breasts?

Peccato però che detta Mrs Emma Watson abbia riempito internet di siti porno, molti dei quali a pagamento, dove il più casto dei reportage la riprende mentre sta masturbandosi freneticamente, fatto questo evidentemente considerato il clou del femminismo. Nessuna paura: é è piota piota. La si può osservare in ogni dettaglio anatomico.

È un’ipocrisia galattica.

Sarebbe da riderci sopra se la gente non pigliasse il femminismo sul serio. Ma lo pigliano sul serio perché psicopatici.

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Queste semplici considerazioni di dati di fatto rendono ragione dei comportamenti abnormi ai quali stiamo assistendo in Occidente. In Europa tutte le formazioni politiche che non condividano principi ispiratori ed operato dell’élite dominante  sono demonizzate quasi fossero demoni scatenati; negli Stati Uniti un simile processo sta coagulandosi attorno alla figura del Presidente Trump.

Il Presidente Putin ha sintetizzato il tutto in pochissime ma espressive parole:

«At the same time, we see that a political schizophrenia is developing in the Us.»

Nota.

Il testo dell’articolo allegato usa due volte di seguito, in modo proprio, un termine prima quasi introvabile degli articoli di Bloomberg.

Trump’s political enemies“: nemici, non avversari politici. Atteggiamento caratteristico delle anomalie psichiche.



Bloomberg. 2017-05-21. Russians Are Laughing at the U.S., Not Just at Trump

To many Americans, this is his mess. But to outsiders, it’s about America’s weakness.

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President Donald Trump was only half wrong when he tweeted last week that “Russia must be laughing up their sleeves watching as the U.S. tears itself apart.” Russian officials are laughing quite openly.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s trolling of FBI Director James Comey’s firing was relatively benign; ostensibly, Lavrov’s mock surprise at being told of the firing could be taken for a diplomat’s polite refusal to discuss the host country’s domestic politics. 

This week, however, the Russian jokes at the expense of the U.S. got positively unpleasant. First, President Vladimir Putin offered to provide the U.S. Congress with a recording of Lavrov’s conversation with Trump, in which the U.S. president allegedly revealed highly classified information (the word Putin used, zapis, cannot really be translated as “transcript”, as the Kremlin later claimed). The suggestion, of course, was sheer mockery — it’s impossible to imagine the Congress making such a request of Putin, and U.S. legislators tried to answer Putin in kind, Senator Marco Rubio suggesting that if Putin sent the information by email, he “wouldn’t click on the attachment.”

Then, on Thursday, the Russian foreign ministry posted a short clip from Lavrov’s meeting with Thorbjorn Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe. As the two sat for photographers, the Norwegian politician quipped, “These pictures won’t cause any problems for you?” To this clear reference to the U.S. uproar following the Russian publication of pictures showing Trump and Lavrov acting friendly, the Russian foreign minister replies: “Depends on what kind of secrets you pass on to me.” There’s general laughter around the table: Clearly, this is the kind of Russian humor that travels well in Europe. 

It’s clear why Putin and his underlings are amused. The mess of intersecting investigations, leaks, pained howls and invective from pro-Trump and anti-Trump politicians is, to Putin and Lavrov, something right out of 1990’s Moscow, in which President Boris Yeltsin — a big, clumsy populist not unlike Trump — battled the Soviet “deep state” as his family lined its pockets and tried to influence his decisions. Yeltsin, by the way, was nearly impeached for alleged “crimes” that included the Soviet Union’s breakup.

Putin, of course, is uncomfortable with the messiness of democracy. He has made sure since his rise in 2000 it never resurfaces in Russia. His take this week on what’s happening in the U.S. was especially revealing:

You know what surprises me? They rock the domestic political situation in the U.S. under anti-Russian slogans, and they don’t understand that they’re harming their own country. Then they’re just dumb. Or they understand everything, and then they’re dangerous, dishonest people.

But that doesn’t mean he’s entirely wrong about the effect the scandals are having on the ability of the U.S. to maintain its special place in the world. Headlines in the U.S. media scream that the Trump administration is falling apart; to Americans, this is Trump’s mess. But to outsiders, and not just to Russians, it’s an all-American mess; it’s about America’s weakness. 

Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger wrote in a commentary in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung:

Vladimir Putin can only laugh at the political chaos in Washington. One can see why. But damage to democratic institutions and the trivialization of the presidential office is not a laughing matter at all.

The current media circus, which amplifies every Trump misstep and forces him to stumble again and again, is different from a previous global spectacle of similarly epic proportions — President Bill Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky scandal. That one had to do with sexual indiscretions, something the world outside the U.S. doesn’t take as seriously as the American public. The current scandal is about constantly repeated allegations concerning U.S. politicians and officials doing the bidding of foreign powers. Trump’s enemies aren’t accusing him of being unfaithful to his wife — they’re calling him mentally impaired, unfit to govern, easily influenced by foreign masterminds such as Putin. Even though there’s still not a shred of public evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia last year, the constant airing of that accusation makes it look as though U.S. institutions have failed to stop a foreign incursion — and are still failing, because the noise around the investigations greatly exceeds anything they have unearthed. To outsiders, it looks as though people who are supposed to be stewarding the Western world are bickering among themselves instead, trying to create major problems for each other out of thin air.

As Trump prepares for its first foreign trip, that’s not the kind of advance publicity the U.S. — not Trump, but his country — really needs. On a visit to Washington on Thursday, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel made the point gently, in a far friendlier way than Russians have done. 

“You are citizens of a real superpower, and if America is too much engaged with its interior problems, there will be a vacuum in the international sphere,” Gabriel said

A report in The Washington Post offers a range of similar worries under a headline that, perhaps unsurprisingly, blames Trump and not the other powers involved: “European leaders fear Trump’s political chaos is undermining U.S. power“.

The U.S. midterm elections are still 17 months away. It’s too early for the campaign-like heat that’s being generated in Washington. Trump will be around for a while in any case. He needs a breathing space so his visible panic doesn’t damage U.S. interests any more than it has already done. Trump’s political enemies, too, must understand that they are hardly doing the country any favors by harping on yet-unproven but extremely serious accusations. Investigators need some quiet if they are to get anywhere. And the world needs the U.S. as something more reassuring than a soap opera that’s getting increasingly harder for outsiders to follow because of its descent into domestic political and legal trivia. More seriousness, more common sense and less screaming from all quarters is urgently required. 

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Politica Mondiale

La storia degli hacker russi sarebbe tutta una bufala. – Bloomberg.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-01-05.

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Tutti i salmi finiscono in gloria e tutto ciò che dice ed ha detto Mr Obama si rivelano essere menzogne o bufale. Pagliacciate, in poche parole.

L’ultima era stata quella di imputare alla Russia un hackeraggio che avrebbe addirittura condizionato il voto i 315 milioni di americani, facendo perdere ai liberals democratici sia la Casa Bianca, sia il Congresso, sia il Senato. Il tutto in un sol colpo. Senza i russi brutti e cattivi, Mrs Hillary Clinton avrebbe potuto diventare il primo Presidente americano femmina e Congresso e Senato sarebbero diventati templi di raduno dei framassoni americani: tutti omofili, si intende.

Ma se la bufala era sconcertante, ancor più stupefacente è stata la reazione da peripatetica isterica di dichiarare “persone non grate” trentacinque funzionari della Ambasciata russa a Washington.

Adesso inizia a trapelare che il fatto non sussisteva.

Frutto di una mente malvagiamente perversa e, verosimilmente, malata.

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«The “Russian hacking” story in the U.S. has gone too far»

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«That it’s not based on any solid public evidence, and that reports of it are often so overblown as to miss the mark, is only a problem to those who worry about disinformation campaigns, propaganda and journalistic standards — a small segment of the general public»

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«The joint report by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a catchy name for “Russian malicious cyber activity” — Grizzly Steppe — and creates infinite opportunities for false flag operations that the U.S. government all but promises to attribute to Russia»

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«The report’s goal is not to provide evidence of, say, Russian tampering with the U.S. presidential election, but ostensibly to enable U.S. organizations to detect Russian cyber-intelligence efforts and report incidents related to it to the U.S. government»

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«To that end, the report contains a specific YARA rule — a bit of code used for identifying a malware sample. The rule identifies software called the PAS Tool PHP Web Kit.»

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«Some inquisitive security researchers have googled the kit and found it easy to download from the profexer.name website. It was no longer available on Monday, but researchers at Feejit, the developer of WordPress security plugin Wordfence, took some screenshots of the site, which proudly declared the product was made in Ukraine»

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«The U.S. government didn’t help things by publishing a list of IP addresses associated with Russian attacks. Most of them have no obvious link to Russia, and a number are exit nodes on the anonymous Tor network, part of the infrastructure of the Dark Web. Anyone, anywhere could have used them.»

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«It’s impossible to attribute hacker attacks on the basis of publicly available software and IP addresses used»

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Queste frasi sono state estratte dall’articolo riportato in allegato e pubblicato su Bloomberg.

Da sempre questa testata ha pubblicato articoli fortemente ispirati ai liberals ed ai democratici americani.

Quasi di norma i giornalisti di Bloomberg sono stati più papisti del papa, più stalinisti di Stalin, anche a costo di negare le più lampanti evidenze.

Prendiamo atto del cambiamento ed auspichiamo che nel futuro possano diventare obiettivi: solo e solamente obiettivi. Questa sarebbe l’unica vera caratteristica di un giornalista.

Se cercassero di supportare il Presidente Trump come hanno fatto con Mr Obama, lo coprirebbero di ridicolo ed alla fine lo farebbero cadere.


Bloomberg. 2017-01-02. U.S. Intelligence Got the Wrong Cyber Bear.

The “Russian hacking” story in the U.S. has gone too far. That it’s not based on any solid public evidence, and that reports of it are often so overblown as to miss the mark, is only a problem to those who worry about disinformation campaigns, propaganda and journalistic standards — a small segment of the general public. But the recent U.S. government report that purports to substantiate technical details of recent hacks by Russian intelligence is off the mark and has the potential to do real damage to far more people and organizations.

The joint report by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a catchy name for “Russian malicious cyber activity” — Grizzly Steppe — and creates infinite opportunities for false flag operations that the U.S. government all but promises to attribute to Russia.

The report’s goal is not to provide evidence of, say, Russian tampering with the U.S. presidential election, but ostensibly to enable U.S. organizations to detect Russian cyber-intelligence efforts and report incidents related to it to the U.S. government. It’s supposed to tell network administrators what to look for. To that end, the report contains a specific YARA rule — a bit of code used for identifying a malware sample. The rule identifies software called the PAS Tool PHP Web Kit. Some inquisitive security researchers have googled the kit and found it easy to download from the profexer.name website. It was no longer available on Monday, but researchers at Feejit, the developer of WordPress security plugin Wordfence, took some screenshots of the site, which proudly declared the product was made in Ukraine. 

That, of course, isn’t necessarily to be believed — anyone can be from anywhere on the internet. The apparent developer of the malware is active on a Russian-language hacking forum under the nickname Profexer. He has advertised PAS, a free program, and thanked donors who have contributed anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred. The program is a so-called web shell — something a hacker will install on an infiltrated server to make file stealing and further hacking look legit. There are plenty of these in existence, and PAS is pretty common — “used by hundreds if not thousands of hackers, mostly associated with Russia, but also throughout the rest of the world (judging by hacker forum posts),” Robert Graham of Errata Security wrote in a blog post last week. 

The version of PAS identified in the U.S. government report is several versions behind the current one. 

“One might reasonably expect Russian intelligence operatives to develop their own tools or at least use current malicious tools from outside sources,” wrote Mark Maunder of Wordfence.

Again, that’s not necessarily a reasonable expectation. Any hacker, whether associated with Russian intelligence or not, can use any tools he or she might find convenient, including an old version of a free, Ukrainian-developed program. Even Xagent, a backdoor firmly associated with attacks by a hacker group linked to Russian intelligence — the one known as Advanced Persistent Threat 28 or Fancy Bear — could be used by pretty much anyone with the technical knowledge to do so. In October 2016, the cybersecurity firm ESET published a report claiming it had been able to retrieve the entire source code of that malicious software. If ESET could obtain it, others could have done it, too. 

Now that the U.S. government has firmly linked PAS to Russian government-sponsored hackers, it’s an invitation for any small-time malicious actor to use it (or Xagent, also mentioned in the DHS-FBI report) and pass off any mischief as Russian intelligence activity. The U.S. government didn’t help things by publishing a list of IP addresses associated with Russian attacks. Most of them have no obvious link to Russia, and a number are exit nodes on the anonymous Tor network, part of the infrastructure of the Dark Web. Anyone, anywhere could have used them. 

Microsoft Word is a U.S.-developed piece of software. Yet anyone can be found using it, even — gasp — a Russian intelligence operative! In the same way, a U.S.-based hacker aiming to get some passwords and credit card numbers or seeking bragging rights could use any piece of freely available malware, including Russian- and Ukrainian-developed products.

The confusion has already begun. Last Saturday, The Washington Post reported that “a code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe” was found on a computer at a Vermont utility, setting off a series of forceful comments by politicians about Russians trying to hack the U.S. power grid. It soon emerged that the laptop hadn’t been connected to the grid, but in any case, if PAS was the code found on it and duly reported to the government, it’s overwhelmingly likely to be a false alarm. Thousands of individual hackers and groups routinely send out millions of spearphishing emails, meant for an unsuspecting person to click on a link and thus let hackers into his computer. Now, they have a strong incentive to use Russian-made backdoor software for U.S. targets. 

For Russian intelligence operatives, this is an opportunity — unless they’re as lazy as the U.S. reports suggest. They, in turn, need to switch to malware developed by non-Russian-speaking software experts. Since their work tends to be attributed to the Russian government based on Russian-language comments in the code and other circumstantial evidence, and the cybersecurity community and the U.S. government are comfortable with the attribution, all they need is Chinese- or, say, German-language comments.

The U.S. intelligence community is making a spectacle of itself under political pressure from the outgoing administration and some Congress hawks. It ought to stop doing so. It’s impossible to attribute hacker attacks on the basis of publicly available software and IP addresses used. Moreover, it’s not even necessary: Organizations and private individuals should aim to prevent attacks, not to play blame games after the damage is done. The most useful part of the DHS-FBI report is, ironically, the most obvious and generic one — the one dealing with mitigation strategies. It tells managers to keep software up to date, train staff in cybersecurity, restrict their administrative privileges, use strong anti-virus protections and firewall configurations. In most cases, that should keep out the Russians, the Chinese and homegrown hackers. U.S. Democrats would have benefited from this advice before they were hacked; it’s sad that they either didn’t get it from anyone or ignored it.