Afghanistan: US investigates civilian deaths in Kabul strike – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-58380791

… American commanders said there were “significant secondary explosions” after the drone strike – implying there were explosives at the scene – which may

have harmed people nearby.

… the family told the BBC.

“It’s wrong, it’s a brutal attack, and it’s happened based on wrong

information,” Ramin Yousufi, a relative of the victims, said.

… Another relative, Emal Ahmadi, told the BBC that it was his two-year-old daughter who was killed in the strike.

Vietnam lockdown adds to global coffee supply concerns – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-58380797

…The exporting hub of Ho Chi Minh has been kept under tough travel

restrictions after a surge in cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

Vietnam is a major producer of robusta, … Wholesale robusta bean prices have risen by about 50% so far this year.

Woke Capital | VikingLifeBlog

https://vikinglifeblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/30/woke-capital/

Woke capital or Woke capitalism are usually negative terms for “woke” for-profit individuals and organizations supporting political correctness. In addition, some of those who brand themselves as “non-profit” may in reality have for-profit motives, one argued example being the Southern Poverty Law Center.

There may be various motives for such support, including:

The owners or managers may promote political correctness for reasons other than profit.

  • They may actually believe that political correctness is correct.
  • As a form of virtue signalling beneficial for themselves, even if they covertly view the politically correctness as harmful for their organization and society more generally.
  • In order to support special interests, such as ethnic networking or minority groups believing mass immigration is beneficial for the own group, see for example Jews and immigration.
  • Managers may feel they have lower positions than they are entitled to and believe that this is due to some form of discrimination. See also Great Awokening on “elite overproduction”.
  • See also Managerial state.

Metapedia

Narcissists, Psychopaths, & Manipulators Are More Likely To Engage In “Virtuous Victim Signaling”, Study Finds.

Guideline to live inexpensively – Steven Li’s Personal Site

https://plutusmanagement.wordpress.com/2021/08/30/guideline-to-live-inexpensively/

  1. Reduce wants and needs from the marketplace to a minimum to decouple the buy-work connection.
  2. Decrease the volume and size but increase the sophistication of your activities and possessions.
  3. Measure prosperity by less activity, not more. Do fewer useless things
  4. Work for the purpose of earning money for no more than five hours a week.
  5. Avoid generating waste and find ways to use the waste of others.
  6. Learn to use the system to your advantage.
  7. Serve yourself rather than having others serve you.
  8. Keep running costs down buy(?) pay for value.
  9. Maintain health to avoid the personal and monetary cost of sickness.
  10. Build up the capital to live as a capitalist
  11. Focus on productive assets rather than stuff.
  12. Focus on developing skills rather than on passive entertainment.
  13. Gain the maximum in satisfaction with the minimum expenditure of money and energy.

The fall of Kabul: The fateful choices that led to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan – The Washington Post

Comment by tonytran2015: The Taliban did NOT want to be blamed for the chaos in Kabul.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/08/28/taliban-takeover-kabul/

…In a hastily arranged in-person meeting, senior U.S. military leaders in

Doha — including McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command — spoke
with Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban’s political wing.

“We have a problem,” Baradar said, according to the U.S. official. “We have
two options to deal with it: You [the United States military] take
responsibility for securing Kabul or you have to allow us to do it.”

“Interest Is Significant”: Cash Is Pouring Into Crypto Altcoins At Record Rates

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/08/30/interest-is-significant-cash-is-pouring-into-crypto-altcoins-at-record-rates/
It is the lesser known altcoins stealing the show from Bitcoin and Ethereum of late in the crypto world, according to a new report by Bloomberg. Altcoins like Cardano, Binance Coin and Avalanche have doubled (or, in the case of Avalanche, tripled) over…

Preview to Answering The Big Question, How Do We Fix This Mess? | Centinel2012

Comment by tonytran2015:

Hoover… directed the bureau into secret and illegal domestic
surveillance spurred on by his conservative patriotism and paranoia. His nefarious tactics had been suspected for decades by government
officials, but presidents from Truman to Nixon
seemed unable to fire him due to his popularity and the potentially high political cost. In 1975, the Church Committee… conducted a full investigation
of COINTELPRO’s operations and concluded that many of the agency’s
tactics were illegal and, in many, cases unconstitutional.
https://www.biography.com/law-figure/j-edgar-hoover

https://centinel2012.com/2021/08/30/preview-to-answering-the-big-question-how-do-we-fix-this-mess/

A Fourth Branch of Government was quietly created, and technology allowed the tentacles of the system to touch us. That’s the root of it, and if we take the time to understand how the Fourth Branch originated, questions about this perpetual angst start to make sense…

History provided enough warnings from Dwight D Eisenhower (military), to John F Kennedy (CIA), to Richard Nixon (FBI), to all modern versions of warnings and frustrations from HPSCI Devin Nunes and ODNI Ric Grenell.

The Intelligence Branch functions much like the State Dept, through a unique set of public-private partnerships that support it. Big Tech industry collaboration with intelligence operatives is part of that functioning; almost like an NGO. However, the process is much more important than most think. In this problematic perspective of a corrupt system of government, the process is the flaw – not the outcome.

… Many people say that congress is the solution to eliminating the fourth and superseding branch of government, The Intelligence Branch. This is an exercise in futility because the legislative branch, specifically the SSCI, facilitated the creation of the Intelligence Branch. The SSCI cannot put the genie they created back in the bottle without admitting they too are corrupt; and the background story of their corruption is way too intense to be exposed now.

Every member of the SSCI is compromised in some controlling manner. Those Senators who disliked the control over them; specifically disliked because the risk of sunlight was tenuous and, well, possible; have either left completely or stepped down from the committee. None of the SSCI members past or present would ever contemplate saying openly what their tenure involved….

Chase Bank Cancels General Mike Flynn’s Credit Cards

Comment by tonytran2015: Emergency Services may next refuse to attend to cases from political opponents.

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/08/30/chase-bank-cancels-general-mike-flynns-credit-cards/
Chase Bank has canceled General Mike Flynn’s personal credit card, citing “possible reputational risk to our company.” 🚨🚨BREAKING: Chase Bank cancels its credit card accounts with General Flynn citing possible “reputational risk” to their company. In case there was any doubt what is happening in this country. […]

(WASHINGTON D.C.) Afghanistan Financial Report: The World Bank announced it is halting financial support to Afghanistan amid worries about the fate of the country under #Taliban rule, CNN reported #AceNewsDesk report | Ace News Services

https://acenewsservices.com/2021/08/29/washington-d-c-afghanistan-financial-report-the-world-bank-announced-tuesday-it-is-halting-financial-support-to-afghanistan-amid-worries-about-the-fate-of-women-under-taliban-rule-cnn-reported/

#AceNewsReport – Aug.29: The Afghan economy relies heavily on foreign aid and now faces rising food prices. ……

#AceDailyNews ….World Bank is deeply concerned about the situation in Afghanistan and the impact on the country’s development prospects, especially for women,” World Bank spokesperson Marcela Sanchez-Bender said in a statement to CNN Business this followed the IMF’s decision on Thursday to prevent any furtherfunding beingprovided

‘I demand accountability’: US Marine relieved of duty after blasting ‘senior leaders’ for poorly planned Afghan exit in viral clip — RT USA News

https://www.rt.com/usa/533313-marine-dismissed-afghanistan-accountablity/

A lieutenant colonel in the US Marine Corps said he was relieved
of duty after voicing frustration with American leaders for the chaotic
withdrawal from Afghanistan, insisting officials take responsibility
for their failures.
In a video
posted to his Facebook account on Thursday night, Marine Lt. Col.
Stuart Scheller unloaded on the country’s military and political leaders
for their repeated blunders while exiting America’s longest war, saying
that “none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability or saying ‘We messed this up.’”



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Chaos, tears, and stampede: Witness of Kabul airport blast tells RT what he saw as he was trying to save his family members

“We have a secretary of defense that testified in Congress in
May that the Afghan national security force could withstand the Taliban
advance,” he said, citing a prediction that proved radically
mistaken after the militants overran all of Afghanistan in a matter of
days earlier this month.

I want to say
this very strongly. I have been fighting for 17 years. I am willing to
throw it all away to say to my senior leaders: I demand accountability

Scheller
argued that the evacuation from Bagram air base – once the US’ largest
military installation in Afghanistan – was a serious error, noting that
no high-level officials have acknowledged the premature pull-out.

“I’m
not saying we’ve got to be in Afghanistan forever, but I am saying: Did
any of you throw your rank on the table and say ‘Hey, it’s a bad idea
to evacuate Bagram Airfield, a strategic airbase, before we evacuate
everyone’? Did anyone do that?”

However, less than 24 hours
after the video went live – racking up tens of thousands of shares on
Facebook alone while going viral on other platforms – Scheller said the clip landed him in hot water, and that he had been “relieved for cause based on a lack of trust and confidence.”

“My chain of command is doing exactly what I would do… if I were in their shoes,” he wrote in a follow-up post, adding “I appreciate the opportunities AITB [Advanced Infantry Training Battalion] command provided.”

Commenting on the situation further in yet another Facebook missive, Scheller said he was contacted by fellow Marines who asked him to remove the post. “We all agree with you Stu, but nothing will change, and it will come at a huge personal cost to you,” he said, paraphrasing what colleagues said.

Obviously
I didn’t take it down. Now that I’ve had time to process… I’ll offer
this… we can’t ALL be wrong. If you all agree… then step up. They only
have the power because we allow it. What if we all demanded
accountability?

The Marine’s punishment
triggered outrage on social media, including among veterans’ groups,
with critics noting that Scheller is so far the “only person who’s been fired” since the fall of Kabul to Taliban fighters, despite the hasty and poorly planned US evacuation effort.

“Loss of confidence in him? For having a brain?” asked one bewildered observer.

Scheller’s
video was posted just hours after an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS)
suicide bomb erupted outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in
Kabul, killing scores of Afghan civilians, including 28 Taliban members,
two British nationals, and 13 American soldiers. The attack prompted
criticism of the Joe Biden administration and his military planners –
who had already taken heat over the disorderly evacuations – with the
Wall Street Journal’s editorial board accusing the president of attempting to “duck responsibility” in the wake of the bombing.



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US military says it carried out drone strike targeting ISIS-K member in eastern Afghanistan

On Friday evening, the Pentagon said it carried out a retaliatory
drone strike against the Afghan Islamic State affiliate known as
ISIS-K, claiming to have killed one militant planner. It is yet unclear
if the alleged ISIS member had any ties to Thursday’s suicide bombing,
however.