The Clinton “Fluke” 300


Hillary Clinton only “won” Iowa because she won all six coin tosses in tied precincts. What are the odds against six successive coin toss wins? I calculate 1 in 64, or you have a 1.5% chance of pulling it off. If I am right, do we really believe it did happen? That question is posed without taking into account the indisputable bias for Clinton of the Democrat machine which was organising the vote, and other startling irregularities, including the falure of the organising committee to staff over sixty caucus meetings. It all stinks, frankly.

I have been trying to think up a word to describe the kind of society we have now, in which a tiny number of extremely wealthy people control the politicians and manipulate the public through the mass media. Then I realised we already have a perfectly adequate word for it – plutocracy.

It is a plutocracy where 85 people own the same wealth as the other 50% of the population of the entire world, and the wealth gap still grows at astonishing pace. A reaction from the people who actually create that wealth is inevitable. The extraordinary concentration of capital has only been possible because of the existence of state mechanisms designed to promote it, and a popular movement to end that state bias was bound to happen. It was also predictable that it would be dominated by the young. To see youth mobilise for Scottish independence, for Corbyn or for Sanders has been life-affirming for me.

I might wish the movement for change to be sometimes better directed. But there is now a generational shift, a desire of young people for fundamental change, resisted by their elders. This phenomenon has not been seen so strongly since the 60’s. In the battle between the growing and the dying, there is only one ultimate winner. A good time to be alive (again). Almost makes up for struggling on through Thatcher and Blair…


300 thoughts on “The Clinton “Fluke”

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  • fred

    “Whoops, sorry. Sutherland crofter fined. Another Sutherland crofter fined…”

    They’re a right load of bastards them Sutherland crofters.

  • fred

    “That’s better. Caithness crofter jailed for sheep crime…”

    In 1942?

    Probably an incomer from Sutherland.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Probably an incomer from Sutherland.

    MacLeod? Sgiathanach. Three things we fear, the heel of the cow, the tooth of the dog, the smile of the Sgiathanach…

    but they’d never met a Gunn.

  • fergus

    Craig, Always encouraging to see a positive outlook for the future and far be it for me to bring down the tone.

    BUT .. isn’t a coin toss always 50/50 irrespective of how many times it has come up heads/ tails .. ?

  • nevermind, Lord Feldmannn? RESIGN!

    Scotland Yard, the body that cooperated so well with multinational newspaper propriators, has decided, after wasting millions on policing Julian’s self imposed exile in the embassy, that they will still arrest him, regardless what the UN decides.

    hanks for the link Clark, sadly writing to my ‘leave’ supporting MP will do nothing.
    @ Ba’al, not surprised that Tory MP’s are urged to ignore their voters, soon only the establishment will make decisions and all others will pay taxes to keep their multinational friends happy.

    Smash those who work against decreasing the rich poor divide, I say, no more time to be nice and ask for a fair vote, these party politicians we talk our lips to shreds over, will never make this country free, they are all a bunch of self serving crooks keeping the medieval history of a pirate country alive and well.

    der Spiegel carries one single article on Cameron’s flayling arms, it deals with his own party’s lack of support for his ‘steaming pile of manure’, so, nothing to see here, carry on creating more refugees for other countries to deal with Mr. Cameron.

    Why is the UN not reprimand/berate/pissing on NATO from great height, for its headlong rush into more violent bombing actions in an already chaotic Lybia?

  • Professor, Dr. CEO of the World CFO of the Solar System aka Fedup

    Bless the hamburger munching jury, who has no idea about their vat calculations and accepts the bilge the gas bill and electricity bills convey, and sits on judgement on a bunch of slick criminals whose ponzi style dealings go way above their relevant blessed heads. That is of course complimented by a mi’lard Judge whose dyscalculia index was first checked and vetted before his appointment to the case.

    Result aquittal of the five out of six libor fixers!

    That is based on the fact that the serious fraud office (no convictions to date office) having fumbled around to find the most obvious chappies who were right at the epicentre of it all, leaving the ancillary parasites well alone and presenting a case that took four months to try!

    Not withstanding the costs of the investigation, the trial and the pernicious influence of the fairytale libor rates totalling umpteen millions and billions. The message is loud and clear to the banksters; boys you can get on with conning your way into millions and billions of profits, the working man will foot the bill!! Don’t you worry your little hearts over getting caught and facing any kind of retribution.

    These cretins are not any kind of threat to national or international security at all as the jury of their peers (my foot) has returned the verdict of “not guilty” and the oligarch owned media, as well as the state propaganda organ Bunkum Bullshit Corporation finding these acquittals a just and deliberated outcome, hence no song and dance or publicity at all!

    Now back to the drawing board to prove there exist law and order; in the other news a Muslim was taken to court for farting after hours of darkness and causing affray with his neighbours believing this terrorist had detonated a bomb! Jury have asked the judge to find out if they can pass a sentence of hanging by the neck until dead?

    Mrs Miggin’s whom wanted to remain anonymous in an interview with our reporter said;”Hanging is too good for these animals! they need to be pulled behind a speeding car through the streets until only bones is left of them!”

  • Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)

    Fedup

    “Mrs Miggin’s {sic} whom {sic}wanted to remain anonymous in an interview with our reporter said;”Hanging is too good for these animals! they need to be pulled behind a speeding car through the streets until only bones is left of them!”

    ______________________

    That sounds more like a Middle Eastern technique, applied to the previous Head of State or Government after a successful military coup.

    Are you sure it was Mrs Miggins who said that?

  • Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)

    When I say “Middle Eastern” I’m of course not referring to the State of Israel, where governments are changed in accordance with the outcome of free and democratic elections held on the basis of universal suffrage.

  • Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)

    re Mr Assange

    So, to be clear: Mr Assange holes up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid being arrested under a European Arrest Warrant issued by a competent judicial authority in Sweden and the UN panel is likely to find that Mr Assange has been “unlawfully detained”?

    Have I got that right?

  • Itsy

    “Mr Assange holes up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid being arrested under a European Arrest Warrant issued by a competent judicial authority in Sweden and the UN panel is likely to find that Mr Assange has been “unlawfully detained”?
    Have I got that right?”

    They DID find in favour of Mr Assange. That’s been known since 8.30 this morning.

  • nevermind, Lord Feldmannn? RESIGN!

    thanks for that valuable link fed up, once again we are shown what protection from the establishment law benders these pirates enjoy.

    mrs miggins will get a lot of support for her carcass race through Threadneedle street, make sure the cars are not going too fast.

  • Professor, Dr. CEO of the World CFO of the Solar System aka Fedup

    Never mind the libor scandal, scandal, three comment fired in succession to divert and obfuscate.

    Although evidently it hurts the genocide excuser {sic} to be taken the piss {sic} out of, and resorting to spelling bee techniques and grammar prefect {sic sic} role to get even!!!

    Apprently impossible as may seem to take the piss out of crap, the moniker has hit the mark, hence the retort! (I feel you pain) hahahahaha

    Needless to point out that bias galore this is “more like a Middle Eastern technique” retort from the wannabe DR. from Wolverhampton (fifth WORST city on the planet ) who is shadowing this blog 24/7 to supplement the doctoral{sic sic isc} income by tenner a day hasbara earnings. Has not been watching any Western movies and or the deep south lynchings! There again a zionist mind (there is a novelty) is only capable of pouring bile on Muslims and Palestinians.

  • Professor, Dr. CEO of the World CFO of the Solar System aka Fedup

    Thanks Nevermind it just shows the extent of corruption and the free for all, whilst the poor and destitute are being “sanctioned” by the Job Centre Plus or the disabled is declared fit to work and their benefits are cut pushing them into suicide, all in the name of austerity, whilst the vermin who caused it all, are walking away free without any hint of punishment!

    The simple fact that the tax payer bailed out the banksters, is now a distant memory but the debt remains to be paid by the poor, for the years to come. Pensions are cut, pensionable age is increased, services that we all use are cut and no longer available, these all are efforts to pay the debt that those vermin banksters got the funds for making good their gambling debts.

  • bevin

    “The Stern Gang, one of the ancestors of Netanyahu’s Likud Party, and led at the time by Yitzhak Shamir, who later became prime minister of Israel..
    ______________________

    “I suppose it would be fair to say that all political parties have their ancestry. And, as the saying goes (I think I’ve even seen it on CM), yesterday’s terrorist is today’s statesman.”

    Shamir was a fascist. Nobody doubted it at the time and he and his revisionist zionist friends were quite proud of being part of an international movement until it became unfashionable, even among Tories. And Shamir specialised, after terrorising Palestinians, in killing British conscript soldiers.

    “…the State of Israel, where governments are changed in accordance with the outcome of free and democratic elections held on the basis of universal suffrage.”
    That is Universal suffrage if you don’t count the millions of non -Jews living in the West Bank and Gaza as electors.
    What you have in Israel is what South Africa under Apartheid and Dixie had under Jim Crow: ‘Herrenvolk Democracy’ which excludes a race deemed inferior, from the franchise.

  • Republicofscotland

    Re the Assange saga, according to BBC news it’s cost the taxpayer a whopping £11million quid to keep him under surveillance.

    It shows one just how compliant and subservient Westminster has become to the whims of the USA, via Sweden, and the more than likely trumped up charges.

  • nevermind, Lord Feldmannn? RESIGN!

    Bevin, thanks for setting the record straight, seconded. Shamir and Ben Gurion wanted to extend the third Reich into Palestine, be the third Reich’s strong arm in Palestine and they said so in a letter to the Nazi’s in Germany.

    Can’t imagine what the reply must have been, but by the looks of it Bibi is on the same course, his Dachau is somewhat bigger and called Ghaza.

  • Laguerre

    You should read Tikun Olam, Richard Silverstein’s blog, for the dirt on the Israeli ambassador, carefully omitted by the Guardian article, which leaves the affair unexplained, indeed a mystery as to why such an honourable man should be sent home in a hurry.

  • Republicofscotland

    Closer to home the not so Priti Patel Tory employment minister has refused a invitation to come to Holyrood and explain her position on welfare. Miss Patel had previously intimated that she would attend the meeting.

    Alas she couldn’t find the backbone to attend, she’s the eleventh Westminster minister to dodge a Holyrood meeting.

  • lysias

    Israel ambassador Taub’s liaisons with minor boys at his embassy in London may have helped to ingratiate him with the pedophile powers that be in the UK.

  • lysias

    According to Silversein, Taub’s appointment as ambassador to the UK without any previous ambassadorial experience was highly unusual and aroused a lot of comment within Israel’s Foreign Ministry:

    Back in 2011, when then foreign minister appointed Taub, there was a furor among the ranks of the diplomatic corps, since he was a junior official who’d never served overseas in any capacity nor supervised a diplomatic staff. Critics of the appointment said that Lieberman ran his ministry as a local branch of Yisrael Beitenu, rewarding his cronies and pals. The appointment seems to have been blessed by Lieberman’s then number-two, Danny Ayalon. If only the complaints had been heeded, so much scandal and embarrassment could’ve been avoided.

    According to Silverstein, it was Taub’s political connections in Israel that played a role, but I wonder if his connections with influential people like Janner in Britain may not also have done so. Taub was an Oxford-educated international lawyer.

    Lord Janner’s contribution: Israel recognises Lord Janner’s unique contribution:

    H.E. Ambassador Daniel Taub has today honoured Lord Janner’s extraordinary and unique contribution to the State of Israel, by hosting a reception at the Residence. This event will be followed by a ceremony in Ma’a lot Tarshicha on the 29th of October, at which Israel will honour Lord Janner by naming an early-stage educational centre after him.

    Over 70 guests, including senior members of the Jewish community, supporters, family and friends have gathered to raise a “Lechayim” to Lord Janner.

    Ambassador Taub praised Greville for being a “strategic asset for the state of Israel”. Among other speakers were Mick Davis (chairman of UJIA), Gerald Ronson (founder of CST), Doug Krikler (former Chief Executive of UJIA), Jon Mendelsohn (Chairman of Kinloss), and Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner (Head of Reform Movement, and Lord Janner’s daughter). The Chief Rabbi also sent warm wishes and said that “Greville, throughout your career you have bought a light of hope to the world. We salute you. We admire you. We thank you.”

  • lysias

    I happen at the moment to be reading Ivan Maisky’s The Maisky Diaries: Red Ambassador to the Court of St James’s, 1932-1943. Maisky’s existing friendships with many influential people in Britain played a major role in his appointment as Soviet ambassador to Britain in 1932.

    A few months ago, I read a biography of Bernhard von Bülow, German Chancellor from 1900 to 1909, Reichskanzler Bernhard von Bülow: Mit Weltmachtphantasien in den Ersten Weltkrieg – Ein politische Biographie by Peter Winzen. Bülow’s family connections played a major role in his being appointed German ambassador to Italy early in his career.

  • lysias

    RT now reports as breaking news: “SWEDISH FM SAYS UN REPORT CONCLUDES JULIAN ASSANGE ARBITRARILY DETAINED”.

  • TonyB55

    Lysias and all readers:
    the best “independent” site for info on Middle-East especially Palestine/Lebanon/Syria is US based
    http://angryarab.blogspot.com.au/
    He mention Taub on the 3/2/16.
    Have read his blog for 2 years and sampled it’s archives. Like everyone he has an agenda but his analysis is open and he knows the followed him for over 2 years and he knows the ME beat and can evicerate the Western hacks Sly/Barnard who report for US majors on ME from Lebanon etc.

  • Professor, Dr. CEO of the World CFO of the Solar System aka Fedup

    Israel ambassador Taub’s liaisons with minor boys at his embassy in London may have helped to ingratiate him with the pedophile powers that be in the UK.

    Are you contending that paedophilia is a gateway to power politics in UK?

    Fair enough, you may have a point there.

    Mind as it is clearly manifest there is no song and dance about it in the oligarch owned medjia or Bunkum and Bullshit corporation. Although if a Muslims taxi driver accidentally had brushed a female passengers frock, we all would have been told there a grooming gang operating as taxi drivers who have become a menace to our way of life. Such is the quality and veracity of the “news” as in нет новости новости

  • lysias

    Sorry for the error in German above. “Ein politische Biographie” should of course have been “Eine politische Biographie”.

    That’s what comes from mechanically cutting and pasting what’s on a site, in this case amazon.de, which you would think would get the German right. But I’ve increasingly been noticing errors in such things as agreement of noun and adjective and use of the proper case of nouns in things recently published in German. Everybody knows proofreading has sadly deteriorated all over the world, but these errors seem to indicate that grammatical rules are breaking down in spoken and therefore written German.

  • lysias

    I misremembered. The site that had the error was amazon.com (which also lists the book). amazon.de gets it right.

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