Roaming Charges: Let’s Get Small
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+ One of the most useful things about Obama’s memoir is that he reminds who some of the people now being recycled into the Biden administration really are. John Kerry, for example, who Obama describes as working assiduously to convince greens to “offer up concessions on subsidies for nuclear power and the opening of addition US coastlines to offshore oil drilled.” Obama writes this with gratitude and admiration, naturally, and was probably all the recommendation Biden need to tap Kerry as his “climate czar.”
+ It gets worse. This week Biden picked Obama’s sidekick Brian Deese, a wheeler-dealer executive at BlackRock, to head his National Economic Council. Deese, a budget hawk, like many veterans of the Obama White House, handled the “climate portfolio” at BlackRock, the NY investment house with $168 billion in assets, many of them in environmentally hostile enterprises. In 2019, BlackRock was listed as one of the top three shareholders in every “supermajority” oil, except for Total. It was also among the top 10 shareholders in 7 of the 10 biggest coal producers in the world.
+ Obama defended his drone strikes to Stephen Colbert this week with this disgusting bit of sophistry: “The problem with the drone program was not that it caused an inordinate amount of civilian casualties, although even 1 civilian casualty is tragic. But the drones probably had less collateral damage.” In reality, the 542 drone strikes that Obama authorized killed an estimated 3,797 people, including 324 civilians.
+ According to Obama’s book, the breakdown on intervening in Libya was as follows: Against: Biden, Gates, Mullen, Daley. For: HRC, Rice, Powers, Blinken. He, of course, was conflicted, but bombed Libya anyway.
Lots of good stuff this week
December 4, 2020 at 3:08 PM #383218NV WinoModerator
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Biden is so eager to start compromising that he’d comprise with himself, if only he wasn’t already thoroughly compromised.
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