Forget the Russia Meddling Story

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If mockery is an art, here’s a fellow who calls out for the talents of a Leonardo: Mr. Robert Mueller.

Clean as a whistle. Hard as steel. Incorruptible. Unstoppable.

He just keeps going, hammering away…until he nails a dangerous felon.

Or railroads someone else…

Last week, Mr Mueller handed in his indictment.

After so many months of rumours…accusations…counter charges…and fake news, we now have a federal prosecutor who’s managed to collar a gang of real desperadoes.

Who are these hellish perps? What mayhem and murder have they committed?

Did they plant a charge of dynamite under the Capitol dome? Have they given the nation’s nuclear codes to our mortal enemies?

Stay tuned…more in a moment.

Back in Baltimore

We got back to Baltimore yesterday evening, after a long drive from Dulles International Airport.

It was bumper to bumper the entire way, adding an extra hour to the trip.

Even coming into Baltimore, where traffic is normally fairly light, the backup caused us to take a detour through the slums.

I hope you locked your doors,’ said a friend. ‘I don’t even stop for red lights in West Baltimore.

It was an unseasonably warm evening. People were out on the sidewalks, sitting on their front steps, or standing on street corners.

Here and there, junkies wobbled and shook. Mothers screamed at their children. Loud, boom-boom music came from parked cars.

Coming from Europe, the effect is shocking –— and not just the poverty.

We’ve never seen anything like it elsewhere. Every third house was boarded up. Trash was everywhere. Broken windows and doors…busted signs…burnt-out stores.

There was no new construction. No investment. No attempt to fix up or improve. No flower pots. No neighbourhood bars or restaurants. No theatres. No commerce or industry, except for the liquor stores and convenience stores run by Koreans.

This was a real ‘sh*thole’, right here in the USA.

What kind of society produces such a forlorn, degenerate place?

How could it exist just an hour away from the Washington Swamp, where dollars flow in by the trillions from all over the country?

Baltimore’s homicide rate hit a new high last year — 353 murders in 365 days. That’s almost one a day,’ our friend continued with mock pride.

There was some guy around your neighbourhood a few minutes ago. He looked crazy and he was carrying a gun. I called the police. By the time they got here, he had gone. Welcome home!’ 

Claptrap story

But thank God, we’ve got crime fighters like Robert Mueller on the job!

He’s assuring the safety of our citizens and the integrity of their institutions.

And at last, after months of following elusive clues and spending millions of dollars of other people’s money, he’s nabbed some fiendish criminals.


A retired St Petersburg police officer…a 31-year-old web designer…and various other big-time miscreants earning $4 to $6 an hour!

And what did they do?

We turn pale and recoil at the sheer horror of it: They were tweeting…blogging…and posting on Facebook…with messages such as, ‘Trump is our only hope for a better future’.

No kidding…

The Russian government wasn’t involved.

The meddlers spent a trivial amount of money putting out dumb messages, most of which were never delivered and never read.

They organised protest marches, to which no one showed up…and must have had zero impact on the election.

And now that Mr Mueller has brought the heavy hammer of justice down on their heads, we can all sleep more soundly.

Hopeless laughingstock

At least, that’s the spin from the mainstream media. They made Mr Mueller the Hero of the Hour…the pride of US legal system…proof that the judicial system works!

But just drive through West Baltimore; it doesn’t work at all.

A young man here is more likely to go the jail than to college. Children are lucky to have one parent. Many people can neither read nor write.

Few have jobs. What more damage could the Russians do to these people…to these neighbourhoods?

They are so unsafe, insalubrious, and ungenial that you can’t even give away a house in them.

And Mr Mueller. He is not a dumb man. What does he think…in the dark of night…without his suit and tie…without the media egging him on…

…when stark reality hits him like a recurring nightmare?

Does he realise that, by taking on such a silly, woebegone project — making a federal case out of nothing — future legal scholars will regard him as a hopeless laughingstock?

Donald Trump is right: The Russians must be laughing their a**es off.


Bill Bonner,
For Markets & Money

Bill Bonner

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Since founding Agora Inc. in 1979, Bill Bonner has found success and garnered camaraderie in numerous communities and industries. A man of many talents, his entrepreneurial savvy, unique writings, philanthropic undertakings, and preservationist activities have all been recognized and awarded by some of America's most respected authorities.

Along with Addison Wiggin, his friend and colleague, Bill has written two New York Times best-selling books, Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Both works have been critically acclaimed internationally. With political journalist Lila Rajiva, he wrote his third New York Times best-selling book, Mobs, Messiahs and Markets, which offers concrete advice on how to avoid the public spectacle of modern finance. Since 1999, Bill has been a daily contributor and the driving force behind Markets and MoneyDice Have No Memory: Big Bets & Bad Economics from Paris to the Pampas, the newest book from Bill Bonner, is the definitive compendium of Bill's daily reckonings from more than a decade: 1999-2010. 

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