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This site's purpose is to discuss politics, economics, philosophy and blogger Billmon's Whiskey Bar writings. Some time ago, the commenting at Billmon's Whiskey Bar became a bit excessive. Billmon therefore closed the comments at his place on June 29, 2004. The community of commentators was left behind to search for a new place. Moon Of Alabama was opened as an independent, open forum for members of the Whiskey Bar community.Source
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MoA - A Ukrainian/CIA Plot To Incite Belarus Against Russia Unraveled - The NYT Story Thereof Is Hiding The Failure

MoA - A Ukrainian/CIA Plot To Incite Belarus Against Russia Unraveled - The NYT Story Thereof Is Hiding The Failure

||September 21, 2020Just yesterday we flogged the reports in the New York Times about Russia's Covid-19 vaccine. Today a different New York Times report by Ivan Nechepurenko, who is also with its bureau in Moscow, proves to be of similar shoddy quality:President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko accused Russia of sending a group of mercenaries to disrupt his re-election. With mass protests consuming the country after the vote, he briskly changed his tune.Diligent readers of Moon of Alabama will remember what the story is about. On August 7 how the Ukrainian intelligence service SBU, in the guise of a...

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MoA - NYT First Reinforces, Then Silently Debunks Its False Claims About Russia's Covid-19 Vaccine

MoA - NYT First Reinforces, Then Silently Debunks Its False Claims About Russia's Covid-19 Vaccine

||September 20, 2020Western reporters do not like to correct their own false reporting. They rather reinforce it as much as possible. Only when overwhelmed by the facts will they silently admit that they were wrong in the first place. Here is a prime example of how that's done.In mid-August we exposed how 'western' media lied about the approval for phase-3 testing of the Russian Sputnik vaccine against Covid-19. They said that Russia claimed the vaccine was ready to go population wide. That never was the case.Russia has not approved a vaccine against Covid-19 and it is not skipping...

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MoA - Fake News About Iran, Russia, China Is U.S. Journalism's Daily Bread

MoA - Fake News About Iran, Russia, China Is U.S. Journalism's Daily Bread

|September 15, 2020Every few days U.S. 'intelligence' and 'officials' produce fake claims about this or that 'hostile' country. U.S. media continue to reproduce those claims even ife the bare any logic and do not make any sense.On June 27 the New York Times and the Washington Post published fake news about to the Taliban for killing U.S. troops.The stories ran on the outlets' front pages.Two week later the story was shown :[T]hat the story was obviously bullshit did not prevent Democrats in Congress, including 'Russiagate' swindler Adam Schiff, to bluster about it and to call for immediate...

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MoA - Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman Infects Readers With 9/11 Dementia

MoA - Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman Infects Readers With 9/11 Dementia

|September 11, 2020The price for the worst tweet of the year goes to .In the real world the U.S. reacted to 9/11 by doing and things as well as :In the days, weeks, and months immediately following the 9/11 attacks, Arab-Americans, South Asian-Americans, Muslim-Americans, and Sikh-Americans were the targets of widespread hate violence. Many of the perpetrators of these acts of hate violence claimed they were acting patriotically by retaliating against those responsible for 9/11. ...Just after September 11, numerous Arabs, Muslims, and individuals perceived to be Arab or Muslim were...

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MoA - U.S. War On Journalism - Assange Fights Extradition In British Court

MoA - U.S. War On Journalism - Assange Fights Extradition In British Court

|September 07, 2020Today the London show trial over the extradition of Wikileaks editor Julian Assange to the U.S. has begun. U.S. prosecutors claim that Assange's publishing of evidence of U.S. war crimes has violated the U.S. Espionage Act.Why an Australian publisher who worked from Europe and evidently published truthful evidence of war crimes should by guilty under a political U.S. law is beyond me.The trial in front of the British court is nominally public. But access to it has been :The public gallery of 80 has been reduced to 9 “due to Covid”. 5 seats are reserved for Julian’s family...

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MoA - How Attacks On Trump Help Him To Make His Case

MoA - How Attacks On Trump Help Him To Make His Case

||September 05, 2020In 2016 the Democrats lost the election despite their constant attacks on Donald Trump's personality. Over the last four years they continued those attacks with Russiagate and impeachment nonsense. Trump turned each of the attacks into a win for himself. Unfortunately that pattern continues.Over the last two days the Joe Biden campaign made a rather hapless attempt to smear President Donald Trump over allegedly negative comments about previous wars and dead soldiers. The attack was launched with a Jeffrey Goldberg piece in the Atlantic headlined:When President Donald...

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MoA - DHS: Russia Will Interfere With U.S. Elections By Promoting Alleged Russian Interference With U.S. Elections

MoA - DHS: Russia Will Interfere With U.S. Elections By Promoting Alleged Russian Interference With U.S. Elections

|September 04, 2020The Hill (emphasis added):Russian media and other groups are intentionally “amplifying” concerns around mail-in voting in order to undermine the 2020 U.S. elections, a report compiled by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made public Thursday found. ...“Russian state media, proxies, and Russian-controlled social media trolls are likely to promote allegations of corruption, system failure, and foreign malign interference to sow distrust in democratic institutions and election outcomes,” the Office of Intelligence and Analysis wrote.Do these DHS folks ever look into...

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MoA - Belarus - This Color Revolution Is Already Dead. The Union State Has Killed It.

MoA - Belarus - This Color Revolution Is Already Dead. The Union State Has Killed It.

||August 15, 2020The color revolution attempt in Belarus, which we in June, . But today's events tell us that it will soon be over.While President Alexander Lukashenko claimed to have won 80% of the votes during last Sunday's election, the 'western' candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya claimed that she had won. (While the 80% is certainly too high it is most likely that Lukashenko was the real winner.) Protests and riots ensued. On Tuesday Tikhanovskaya was told in no uncertain terms to leave the country. She ended up in Lithuania.During the week several nightly riots were shut down by the...

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MoA - 'Western' Media Falsely Claim That Russia's Covid-19 Vaccine Is Ready To Go

MoA - 'Western' Media Falsely Claim That Russia's Covid-19 Vaccine Is Ready To Go

|August 12, 2020After President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia's Covid-19 vaccine candidate had gained an approval from its regulator, 'western' media went into a anti-Russian frenzy to sow fear and doubt about it.All the above, just as , are based on a willful misinterpretation of the Russian announcement:Russia has become the first country in the world to approve a vaccine for the coronavirus, President Vladimir V. Putin announced on Tuesday, though global health authorities say the vaccine has yet to complete critical, late-stage clinical trials to determine its safety and...

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MoA - Beirut Blast Wrap-up

MoA - Beirut Blast Wrap-up

|August 05, 2020Updated below:Yesterday 2.750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, . The blast killed more than 100 people and wounded more than 4,000. Many buildings in Beirut were severely damaged. The pressure wave broke windows as far 10 miles away. Beirut's port is mostly destroyed. Lebanon's national grain reserve, stored in grain silos next to the explosion, is gone.This comes on top of an economic and currency meltdown in Lebanon and during a exponential growth phase of the Coronovirus epidemic.In 2013 Lebanese authorities (pdf) that had...

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MoA - Another 'Russian Hacker' Story Debunks Itself

MoA - Another 'Russian Hacker' Story Debunks Itself

||August 03, 2020The British news agency Reuters is again distributing false claims about 'Russian hacking':Classified U.S.-UK trade documents leaked ahead of Britain’s 2019 election were stolen from the email account of former trade minister Liam Fox by suspected Russian hackers, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because a law enforcement investigation is underway, said the hackers accessed the account multiple times between July 12 and Oct. 21 last year.They declined to name which Russian group or organisation...

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MoA - The Latest 'Russiagate' BOMBSHELL Took Just One Week To Be Exposed As Dud. Who Was Its Source?

MoA - The Latest 'Russiagate' BOMBSHELL Took Just One Week To Be Exposed As Dud. Who Was Its Source?

||July 07, 2020Within just one week the recent attempt to revive 'Russiagate' has failed. It was an embarrassing failure for the media who pushed it. Their 'journalists' fell for obvious nonsense. They let their sources abuse them for political purposes. On June 27 the New York Times and the Washington Post which claimed that Trump was informed about alleged Russian bounty payments to the Taliban for killing U.S. soldiers and did nothing about it:A Russian military spy unit offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to attack coalition forces in Afghanistan, including U.S. and British...

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Coronavirus - How A German City Proved That Wearing Masks Works

Coronavirus - How A German City Proved That Wearing Masks Works

A new study shows that mandatory mask wearing is the most effective measure during the Covid-19 epidemic. On March 23 we started to urge everyone to wear masks during the Covid-19 pandemic: Wearing a mask helps with protecting oneself but even more importantly helps to protect others. One might be carrying and spreading the disease without knowing it. We all release fine droplets when we speak, sneeze or cough. Masks prevent one's droplets from spreading out. There was and still is a lot of cultural resistance in 'western' societies to wearing masks even as it seem obvious that masks help...

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CNBC Makes Up V-Shaped Charts To Support False Claims Of Economic Recovery

CNBC Makes Up V-Shaped Charts To Support False Claims Of Economic Recovery

After the announcement of less-bad-than-expected (un-)employment numbers yesterday CNBC headlined: The recovery from the coronavirus sure looks V-shaped, going by these charts A better headline would have been: Can you believe that we could make up charts that show a V-shape? The piece starts: The U.S. economy added a record number of jobs in May as it appeared to bounce off the bottom of the coronavirus recession, and now the chart of jobs gains and losses is starting to look like a “V.” bigger That graph is straight out of How to Lie With Charts or similar books and pieces. A huge...

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MoA - NYT Writeup Of U.S. War On Afghanistan Ignores U.S. Atrocities

MoA - NYT Writeup Of U.S. War On Afghanistan Ignores U.S. Atrocities

||May 26, 2020The New York Times has a 4,000 words long piece about the war on Afghanistan. It tries to explain why the Taliban won the war.It is also a remarkable attempt to ignore the factual history:[The Taliban] have outlasted a superpower through nearly 19 years of grinding war. And dozens of interviews with Taliban officials and fighters in three countries, as well as with Afghan and Western officials, illuminated the melding of old and new approaches and generations that helped them do it.After 2001, the Taliban reorganized as a decentralized network of fighters and low-level...

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MoA - Begun The Civil Wars Of 2020 Have

MoA - Begun The Civil Wars Of 2020 Have

|May 29, 2020Two days ago a policeman in Minnesota, who was well , murdered a black man, George Floyd, by suffocating him during an arrest for allegedly paying with a fake $20 bill. (, ) It was one of .Spontaneous peaceful protests against the regime ensued.Yesterday afternoon the regime sent in its provocateurs. One of allegedly six was a white man in black cloths, masked with a professional gas mask and carrying a black umbrella. He was filmed as he started to smash shop windows even while protesters told him not do do that. (). When people got suspicious of him the man walked away, his...

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MoA - NYT Falsely Blames Russia For Cyberattack Committed By British Hacker

MoA - NYT Falsely Blames Russia For Cyberattack Committed By British Hacker

||May 14, 2020The New York Times continues its anti-Russia campaign with a report about an old cyberattack on German parliament which also targeted the parliament office of Chancellor Angela Merkel.Patience with President Vladimir Putin is running thin in Berlin. But Germany needs Russia’s help on several geopolitical fronts from Syria to Ukraine.NYT Berlin correspondent Katrin Bennhold writes:Chancellor Angela Merkel used strong words on Wednesday condemning an “outrageous” cyberattack by Russia’s foreign intelligence service on the German Parliament, her personal email account included....

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MoA - The Blog Crossed A Remarkable Milestone

MoA - The Blog Crossed A Remarkable Milestone

||March 20, 2020At about 13:00 UTC/GMT today traffic to this blog crossed the line of 50,000,000 pageviews.Moon of Alabama was created on June 30 2004 after Billmon's legendary Whiskey Bar closed its public comments sections. This site was not supposed to be a blogging outlet for me but over the years developed into its current form.At the beginning the pageviews were in the 10nth per day. The current baseline is about 45,000 pageviews per day depending on the news situation and the quality of the posts. A lot of traffic is also created by the comments which are mostly valuable. Please keep...

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MoA - Note To Journos - When Pompeo Doubles Down On A Lie He Does Not "Confirm" It

MoA - Note To Journos - When Pompeo Doubles Down On A Lie He Does Not "Confirm" It

||September 27, 2019Some people can't think but tweet anyway:The isn't the only one who fell for Pompeo's nonsense.To claim that the man who (vid) "We lied, we cheated, we stole" and continues to lie every time he opens his mouth can "confirm" anything is lunatic. What Pompeo falsely claimed 'confirmed' only a false claim his department had earlier made.The NYT headlined more truthfully - :The United States has concluded that Syria used chlorine gas in an last May, saying Thursday that it was the latest use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad’s government in the eight-year...

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MoA - How The BBC's Quentin Sommerville Created Fairytales Of Underground Hospitals In Syria

MoA - How The BBC's Quentin Sommerville Created Fairytales Of Underground Hospitals In Syria

||September 13, 2019In August 2013 the BBC headlined "Saving Syria’s Children" about an alleged chemical weapon attack in Syria which it claimed was caused by the Syrian government. Robert Stuart has since pressed the BBC to admit the obvious fabrication of .Today the BBC posted on its website another Syria clip under the title :Air strikes have been targeting hospitals in the rebel-held province of Idlib, Syria, despite the fact that it is a war crime. Medics have been forced underground in order to survive.The UN accuses the Syrian government and allied Russian warplanes of conducting a...

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MoA - 14,000 Words Of "Blame The Pilots" That Whitewash Boeing Of 737 MAX Failure

MoA - 14,000 Words Of "Blame The Pilots" That Whitewash Boeing Of 737 MAX Failure

||September 18, 2019The New York Times Magazine just published a 14,000 words piece about the Boeing 737 MAX accidents. It is headlined:But the piece does not really say what brought the Boeing 737 MAX down. It does not explain the basic engineering errors Boeing made. It does not explain its lack of safety analysis. It does not mention the irresponsible delegation of certification authority from the Federal Aviation Administration to Boeing. There is no mention of the corporate greed that is the root cause of those failures.Instead the piece is full of slandering accusations against the...

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MoA - The MoA Year In Review

MoA - The MoA Year In Review

||December 31, 2019The big stories of 2019 which Moon of Alabama covered were:My predictions on these issue for next year are: May all of you have a happy new year!Posted by b on December 31, 2019 at 15:45 UTC |CommentsThanks b and have safe and happy new year b and all commenters. CheersPosted by: jo6pac | Dec 31 2019 15:55 utc |I will assume this should be treated like an open thread and post this:About the myth of South Korea, I recommend to readBut here's the interesting part of the article:Some say it is far from unique to Korea. “I think there is a middle class crisis in all wealthy...

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MoA - Violent Death Of Journalist - Blamed On Russia - Was Assault By Ukrainian Fascists

MoA - Violent Death Of Journalist - Blamed On Russia - Was Assault By Ukrainian Fascists

||December 14, 2019On Thursday the notorious Steele dossier about alleged Russian influence on President Donald Trump as unverified "internet rumor". On the very same day another case, in which Russia was accused of being behind a murder in Ukraine, fell apart.On July 20 2016 a remote controlled bomb was used to in Kiev and to kill its driver:The blast threw the driver, Pavel G. Sheremet, a prominent journalist, into the back seat. The vehicle stopped then rolled backward, and for a moment, he seemed to be struggling to crawl free of the wreckage, closed circuit video showed. ...Mr....

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MoA - Associated Press Sees "Hundreds" Where Pictures Show Millions

MoA - Associated Press Sees "Hundreds" Where Pictures Show Millions

||January 24, 2020At 10:01 UTC today the Associated Press that "hundreds" gather in central Baghdad to demand that American troops leave the country.Thirty eight minutes earlier CNN had already that "hundreds of thousands" are protesting in Baghdad against the U.S. troop presence in Iraq.When AP sent the misleading tweet the commander of the Iraqi Federal Police Forces Jaffar al-Batat had already that the number of demonstrators exceeds one million.That number may well be correct. Reports said that the column of protesters was already eight kilometers long even while many were still...

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MoA - U.S. Media Bias Creates False Pictures Of Russia

MoA - U.S. Media Bias Creates False Pictures Of Russia

||December 23, 2019The latest Putin bashing piece in the New York Times is headlined:Its economy is sputtering and its young are frustrated, but with America and Europe in tumult, Russia and its leader of two decades are on a roll.Its first sentence already includes two falsehoods:Its economy, already smaller than Italy’s, may be sputtering but, two decades after a virtually unknown former K.G.B. spy took power in the Kremlin on Dec. 31, 1999, Russia and its president, Vladimir V. Putin, have just had what could be their best year yet.The NYT can claim that Russia's GDP is smaller than...

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