Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
February 04, 2013

Open Thread 2013-3

Bones Under Parking Lot Belonged to Richard III

Why did the Brits bury their king under a parking lot?

Posted by b on February 4, 2013 at 08:04 AM | Permalink


That's pretty funny, b. I asked myself the same question when I heard the parking lot angle on the news.
Could the burial detail have had a crystal ball or a Ouija Board?

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Feb 4, 2013 8:48:25 AM | 1

Why did the Brits bury their king under a parking lot?

Well, he was buried under the floor of a chapel, which was later demolished along with the rest of the priory.

I saw the photo of the skeleton. He really was a hunch-back, but he didn't have the withered arm and leg of Shakespeare's version. He also had an impressive number of battle injuries, and mutilations after death.

Posted by: alexno | Feb 4, 2013 8:51:50 AM | 2

The war in Mali against the usual non-existent "Al Qaeda" forces is going so well now, that the US and France are talking about definitely staying in that nation for at least the next 7 years. This time frame is exactly the amount of time necessary by these two criminal nations to extract the Gold out of Mali's vast deposits of ore to fill the requirements to meet Germany's demand for repatriation of their Gold Reserves out of America. There is also now the possibility that these two criminal nations may spread their phoney "War on Al Qaeda" into the nearby country of Ghana in West Africa.

Posted by: hans | Feb 4, 2013 8:58:53 AM | 3

"Now is the winter of our disinterment."

Posted by: Old Rebel | Feb 4, 2013 10:11:39 AM | 4

"Israel will regret its attack against Syria, a top Iranian official has warned during a visit to Damascus. The remarks come as Israel is reportedly planning to set up a buffer zone along its border with Syria to guard against Islamist fighters."

Posted by: ben | Feb 4, 2013 10:11:51 AM | 5

"...The remarks come as Israel is reportedly planning to set up a buffer zone along its border with Syria to guard against Islamist fighters."

The "border" in question being Syria's Golan whose seizure was justified on the basis that it would be a buffer zone to guard against enemies etc etc.

Israel is engaged in the biggest disinformation campaign in human history.

Posted by: bevin | Feb 4, 2013 10:28:58 AM | 6

And this discussion on Iraq...

Posted by: ben | Feb 4, 2013 10:48:39 AM | 7

Lump all the available info together and it's crystal clear. The West, headed by the US/Israel, are the worst modern day purveyors of criminality and terrorism in the world. All done for corporate hegemony IMO.

Posted by: ben | Feb 4, 2013 10:58:01 AM | 8

"As a nod to the French, the British finally decided to send 350 soldiers, but only to serve as instructors for the African troops. There is no way they’re going to be involved in ground combat."

Mmmmm. Heard this before?

Posted by: ben | Feb 4, 2013 11:31:29 AM | 9

Just to let you all know Abbas has formally informed the UN that from now on the Palestinian Authority is to be called the State of Palestine.

Posted by: Fernando | Feb 4, 2013 11:39:52 AM | 10

Quite a good reconstruction of where Richard III's skeleton was found, and why the site was lost.

Posted by: alexno | Feb 4, 2013 12:24:38 PM | 11

Israeli forces abduct 25 Palestinians in West Bank

"Palestinian lawmaker Hatim Qafisha from al-Khalil and another legislator Ahmad Attoun from al-Quds (Jerusalem) were among the abductees.

The administrative detention, often implemented by the Israeli regime against the Palestinian population, is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge, allowing regime forces to make arrests without formal charges for up to six months. However, the detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time."


Israeli army arrests Hamas members in West Bank, more arrests underway

"Two lawmakers of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) were seized in their homes in Hebron city and the third was arrested in the central city of Ramallah.

The Israeli forces also stormed two Hamas-run charities in Tulkarem and Hebron and confiscated computers and documents."

Posted by: вот так | Feb 4, 2013 12:37:44 PM | 12

Sellafield snafu: UK nuclear site shutdown totals $160bln amid cost overruns

"Sellafield, the nuclear reprocessing site in Cumbria, northwest England, stores 82 tons of plutonium waste. A plant director called one of the plant's buildings, B30, “the most hazardous industrial building in Western Europe.”

Hodge added that 12 of 14 major projects at the plant were behind schedule, and five are over budget, posing severe risks to both people in the area and the environment. “Basic project management failings continue to cause delays and increase costs,” the Commons Select Committee said.

The ‘Prospect’ trade union called for closer scrutiny of Sellafield's owners. The report said that nuclear executives from private companies have received a “reward for failure”, and are being paid “huge salaries”, averaging £690,000. One director was paid just over £1.2 million, according to the report."

Ah, so the money IS going to the right place, the "upper crust" of the corruption chain...

Posted by: вот так | Feb 4, 2013 12:56:19 PM | 13

@5 I was going to post a similar comment. Fishing for comments from the MOA readers on this.

How does this play out vis-a-vis Turkey and Iran? Turkey has been downright schizophrenic recently over this attack, while at the same time doing the same thing to Syria.

Posted by: Base | Feb 4, 2013 1:06:13 PM | 14

I don't know about what Iran plans to do about the "Turkish problem", but with regard to "HRH" Erdogan, I'm thinking it might be time for all the countries of the region to sit down and compose a new "letter to the Turkish Sultan".

Posted by: вот так | Feb 4, 2013 2:45:41 PM | 15

Alexno @ 2 -- Per Guardian quotes from archaeologists, Richard III did not have a hunchback, nor is there evidence of a "withered arm." But he did have scoliosis of the spine (the spine curves to the side).

Per the articles I read, the bend in the spine was increased due to the hole dug for Richard being too short for his body to lie straight, and they had to bend his back further to fit him into the hole. I don't know if the Franciscans had to rush his burial or not....

Posted by: jawbone | Feb 4, 2013 2:51:39 PM | 16

From SyrianPerspective

Lt. General Fahd Jassem Al-Fureij will be interviewed this evening on Syrian state television (Al-Ikhbariyya) and will discuss the Zionist attack on Jamraya, defeat of the FSA and its allies and new discoveries regarding foreign support for terrorism. We will be watching the interview to give our readers a synopsis tomorrow.

Posted by: hans | Feb 4, 2013 3:27:49 PM | 17

For more non-news: we've killed 4 of Bin Laden's number 3's!

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Feb 4, 2013 3:39:34 PM | 18

On Mali - All I've heard the last few weeks is how quickly France is liberating towns and cities and how the Jihadist-Tuareg insurgency is melting away (usually into the Texas-sized desert of the North). Its Iraq all over again.

Anyone remember George Bush with the Mission Accomplished banner two months into the war? Anyone remember the crowds cheering American troops (in fact now shown to have been PR stunts)? Iraq also had hostile forces melting away as the US convoys swept up from Kuwait. Baghdad fell in two days of the US ground troops getting there.

Like Iraq I think the French will learn pretty fast that "melting away" does not mean gone. It would have been Free Syrian Army levels of stupid if the Mali rebels had stood and tried to fight back the approaching French in the towns. Better to pull back let the French move in and then start the hit and runs attacks.

I imagine that the goodwill shown to the French will last as long as the goodwill shown to the Americans in Iraq. Likely it will last no longer than the first bomb accidentally dropped on a wedding or the first civilian car shot up. The invasion is going well but the real test will be once the invasion ends and the occupation starts.

On Syria - Israel threatening more strikes I think is designed to scare Assad into concessions. But its a ploy, one thing we know about Israel is that like all bullies it only attacks people weaker than themselves. It will attack Palestinians and Lebanon but never a nation like Iran or Syria. The very idea of Israel (population 6 million) attacking Syria (population 20 Million) in any major fashion would be crazy. The single airstrike was done to send a message but they only did it when they knew Syria would not risk an open war over 1 bombing.

Anyway on Syria the war is likely winding down and the negotiations will be starting up. My guess is that under a peace deal Assad will step down when his term ends in 2014 (the Americans and Europe can't lose face by having Assad stay). But the Baathist system will continue (America wouldn't want to dissolve the political/military system, Russia since it holds the cards will still want a Syrian ally). Maybe a few Muslim Brothers will be brought into the government and then all sides will join up to kick the Jihadists out.

Posted by: Colm O' Toole | Feb 4, 2013 3:45:17 PM | 19

Correction for 17 -- Richard was buried by the Grey Friars, not Franciscans.

Posted by: jawbone | Feb 4, 2013 3:51:20 PM | 20

@ Colm O'Toole,

Q: Like Iraq I think the French will learn pretty fast that "melting away" does not mean gone.

R: They still remember their heydays in 'Indo China.'

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Feb 4, 2013 4:09:49 PM | 21

The USA has gone so far rogue, I wonder if it is possible to bring that country back into realm of civilised nations?

"Hacker in chief: Obama given right to launch 'preemptive' cyberattacks

"A secret review has concluded that US President Obama has the authority to launch a preemptive cyber attack on any country on the basis that they are considered a ‘cyber threat’ – even if there is no concrete evidence of this threat...."

Posted by: вот так | Feb 4, 2013 4:11:56 PM | 22

A revealing list of the most-mentioned words at Hagel’s confirmation hearing, and the winner is ... Israel!!!

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Feb 4, 2013 4:13:06 PM | 23

Tsk, tsk. We warned you about being nice to Iran. Now look what we've, just found the other day.

IMF censures Argentina for dodgy economic data, threatens sanctions

And because of your disobedience regarding Iran, we also have decided that you wont be allowed any share of the energy resources off the Falklands. It will all go to, I mean, the British will get to decide who gets to play there.

Posted by: вот так | Feb 4, 2013 4:25:27 PM | 24

@ Colm O'Toole

"On Mali - All I've heard the last few weeks is how quickly France is liberating towns and cities and how the Jihadist-Tuareg insurgency is melting away (usually into the Texas-sized desert of the North). Its Iraq all over again."

I would argue it is worse. The Tuareg are *much* more predisposed to this melting away than the Iraqi Revolutionary Guard ever could be. They are very well established in the mountains and can hole up in there and defend it very well. By many accounts they are better armed than many African state armies, have huge stocks of weapons, food, fuel, and water.

The French, however, will not be going in there on their own, but rather the armies of some of the neighboring nations. The French will be offering air and logistics support (in other words, the US will be offering air and logistics support)

Posted by: Base | Feb 4, 2013 4:48:06 PM | 25

Follow up to #16

It looks like somebody has written that "letter to the Turkish sultan". And that somebody is a rival party and a writer in Turkey. Damning stuff. It makes Erdogan's posturing over the Israeli attack look particularly hypocritical and dishonest. A lot more than they did before - if that was possible.

Turkish Labor Party: JDP Government Cooperated with Israel in aggression on Syria

"Vice Chairman of Turkish Labor Party, Bulent Esinoglu, stressed on Monday that the government of the Justice and Development Party (JDP) in Turkey has cooperated with Israel in its aggression on a scientific center in Jamraya in Damascus Countryside, pointing out that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, turn a blind eye to what happened and works to mislead the public opinion.

In an article published on Ulusal Bakis website, Esinoglu pointed out that the vsist of U.S. and German senators to Turkish President, Abdullah Gul, before the Israeli aggression on Syria and then heading to Israel indicates that the Turkish Government was aware of the aggression in advance.

Meanwhile, Turkish writer, Ilker Bilek, said that Turkey and Israel are key players on which the US depends in the region.

He added that Israel entered the Syrian equation through its aggression on the scientific research in Damascus Countryside with acknowledge of the US and JDP government, pointing out that this aggression is evident of the intention of the imperialist countries to get instant results from the aggression."

Posted by: вот так | Feb 4, 2013 5:09:32 PM | 26

@ BOT TAK [#27],

The US doesn't give Israel the 'green light.' The 'only democracy in the ME' doesn't acknowledge the existence of cross lights, only cross dressers, because they fit in the 'open society' scam's picture and thus she rides, high on murder, without being held accountable by the 'international community' for all its misdeeds, murder and mayhem. Unfortunately, by now, there are very few countries left that have the moral right to utter cries of 'foul play.'

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Feb 4, 2013 7:35:46 PM | 27

41% of the labor force makes less than $20,000 a year - 2010 estimates.

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Feb 4, 2013 8:35:25 PM | 28

@ 29: And folks wonder why in a consumer driven economy, there is a economic downturn...Duh!

Thanks for the info.

Posted by: ben | Feb 4, 2013 10:13:52 PM | 29

Well... I am really interested in the subject and looking for people who could educate me. we go:
How would increasing the wages help the falling profits? In other words, does increasing the demand by increasing the wages you pay from your own pocket (at the expense of your profit) really help?
Is this not tantamount to a shoe factory owner saying that: "heck, I can't seem to sell more than 1/3 of the shoes that I produce. Let me donate the remaining 2/3 to my workers, that way I won't have gotten over the problem of 'effective demand'!!"??

Posted by: Pirouz_2 | Feb 4, 2013 10:29:20 PM | 30

I am sorry for the small semantic mistake in my previous message....
I said:

"...that way I won't have gotten over the problem of 'effective demand'!!"

I meant to say:"...that way I will have gotten over my problem of 'effective demand'!!"

Posted by: Pirouz_2 | Feb 4, 2013 10:42:14 PM | 31

@31:"How would increasing the wages help the falling profits?"

Working folks spend most of their income. By insuring they have money to spend, it creates demand for goods and services, and bingo, more profits. I believe it's called a demand economy. The factory owners may loose some short term profits, but, make it up by selling more product.

Posted by: ben | Feb 4, 2013 11:05:47 PM | 32

I hope you don't take this as an attempt to start a debate (I am really not in a position to start any advanced debate on political economy). I am just trying to ask people and hope to find answers to my questions.

The money for the wages comes from the capitalist pockets. How would the demand paid for by the capitalist himself (ie. purchases made by the workers) as wages, help increase profits? Isn't paying more wages, so that the workers could buy more of your products, would be tantamount to taking money from your left pocket and putting it in your right?

Posted by: Pirouz_2 | Feb 4, 2013 11:13:59 PM | 33

@ Ben and Pirouz_2

When I was in Malaysia [14 years ago] I read an article in an newspaper in which the question was raised how MJ could make more money as a single individual compared to all Malayan Nike workers combined. Big Bros run to cheap labor countries, not to give us way cheaper brand products, but to enlarge their profit margins and pepper us with deadly crap from China. If the governments would stop bailing out their bankster buddies and lock them up for their crimes against humanity, the governments could stimulate the economies by relaxing taxes for the 'soft underbelly' of their respective societies [of course not], and thus create demand, because people actually have money instead of being hooked up to Credit IVs. The paper only has value because it says so. The paper itself is worth nothing. It's an IOW. Banks have turned into 'Royal Casinos' with their the FHLBs, MBS, ABS, "repos", SPVs (special-purpose vehicles), "funding corps", derivatives, etc. If you're interested, here is a more detailed article about it.

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Feb 4, 2013 11:52:28 PM | 34

Daniel Rich - 29

Useful link. I'm not sure how those figures dovetail into the unemployment statistics. So this may be off, somewhat.

If one looks at the at the lowest income tier, the amount they make effectively puts them in the unemployed bracket, since it is so low, they cant support basic needs. If these people are not counted in the unemployment statistics, then they should be. Either way, it's 16% of the workforce making wages well below subsistence level.

The next 2 levels should be considered underemployed. They do not make enough money to support a healthy existence. Their percentage, combined with the 1st tier is now 33.5%.

One third of the working people in the USA according to those figures do not make enough to buy anything but the bare necessities. And a substantial number of those can not even do that.

Since I don't know if welfare and unemployment is taxable, I don't know if those people are included in those figure. I know some places in the country these are taxable, maybe all. But if not, one is looking a level of poverty in the USA approaching 50%.

Every once in a while one sees a more honest appraisal of the current depression in an article or commentary, but looking at those figure really hammers the point home that the current depression is every bit as deep as the 1930's one.

Posted by: вот так | Feb 5, 2013 12:42:58 AM | 35

Some rantings from the El Capo of arm chair revolutionaries the AngrArab

I am not making this up. The minister of defense of the Syrian regime came up with an original theory today: he said that there is no need to respond to Israeli attack on Syria because the attack itself was a "response". Response to what? To a poem against Israel by the Ba`thist poet, Sulayman Al-`Isa??

An foolish Iranian official said today that Israel will regret attacking Syria. Why? It did not regret taking over Palestine, and the lousy Syrian regime did not respond, why would the Israeli enemy regret its aggression? Because of a mild and belated Saudi official condemnation or due to Ahmadinejad stupid rhetoric?

More on request!

Posted by: hans | Feb 5, 2013 3:44:41 AM | 36

hans - 37

The more recent post he made about Syria was the vacuous nonsense of a salesman. But the top one you quoted cinches it for me. As'ad AbuKhalil's shilling for Israel is as pathetically shameless as Erdogan's latest. As'ad AbuKhalil is the "anti-Israeli" version of the Juan Cole insta-pundit computer program. An adaptation of the old pornolize program.

Posted by: вот так | Feb 5, 2013 4:40:10 AM | 37

Daniel Rich (#35);

"Big Bros run to cheap labor countries, not to give us way cheaper brand products, but to enlarge their profit margins and pepper us with deadly crap from China."

I completely agree with this statement. The reason for the migration of productive capital to the developing countries is dirt-cheap slave-labour (in China a worker receives 4% of the wage of his counter-part in US, and that is after the recent rises of wages in China).
However, to the best of my knowledge, the reason for the start of this trend when the cold war had still not been over (and the core capitalist countries still needed economic stability for their middle classes) was the fact rates of profit had started to run low. Cheap-labour was a remedy for that.

"If the governments would stop bailing out their bankster buddies and lock them up for their crimes against humanity, the governments could stimulate the economies by relaxing taxes for the 'soft underbelly' of their respective societies [of course not], and thus create demand, because people actually have money instead of being hooked up to Credit IVs."

There are people who try to explain the reason for the "financialization" of the economy by the falling profitability of the productive investments. So the growth in the real economy, is being said by this theory, to have been stagnant since 1970s, and this has been the result of the scarcity of profitable productive investments.
This in turn has resulted in less job opportunities, stagnation of wages in the Western countries, increasing debt to maintain the levels of demand etc. etc.

In my humble opinion the problem is systemic. It is a hell of a lot worse than a lot of people think and it is not about a bunch of corrupt officials (it is not like corrupt/criminal US presidents are peculiar to the era of neoliberalism), it is about the immanent tendency of the 'system of production motivated by profit' (ie. capitalism) to have crises as the capital accumulates.

Posted by: Pirouz_2 | Feb 5, 2013 11:30:43 AM | 38

Another twisted controversy. Ron Paul writes a common sense observation on twitter about a mass murderer.

Republicans lash out at Ron Paul for tweet regarding Navy SEAL’s death

"Rep. Paul, a veteran himself, openly responded to the news on Monday, tweeting that afternoon from his @RonPaul Twitter account.

“Chris Kyle's death seems to confirm that ‘he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.’ Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn't make sense,” he wrote."

Pretty mild in comparison to what I've heard said about that war criminal. The hype all around the death of this war criminal is sickening.

Posted by: вот так | Feb 6, 2013 12:29:44 AM | 39

daniel rich

[US goads Japan into China confrontation]

+A spokeswoman for the US embassy in Tokyo declined to comment on the allegations made in Magosaki’s book. +, hehehe

Posted by: denk | Feb 7, 2013 11:34:26 AM | 40

*hey julia
dont be a pussy, uncle sham need u !!*

check up the comments
the site is under saturation attack by fukus sock puppets

Posted by: denk | Feb 7, 2013 12:00:04 PM | 41

LAPD, Torrance Police Shot At Innocent People In Frenzied Hunt For Former Cop Christopher Dorner

I don't think I would like to be in southern California right now. LA cops have a well deserved reputation for being trigger happy.

Posted by: вот так | Feb 8, 2013 3:51:08 AM | 42


Fat pigs shoot, don't run.

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Feb 8, 2013 5:00:37 AM | 43

Flames of hate: Racist fans torch Israeli club’s office

"The headquarters of Israeli football club, Beitar Jerusalem, have been torched on Friday by a group of racist fans, protesting against the signing of two Muslim players from the Russian Republic of Chechnya.

­The arson attack occurred hours after prosecutors filed charges against four Beitar supporters accused of racist chants during their team’s league match on January 27."

Will the American msm even mention this story?

Posted by: вот так | Feb 8, 2013 6:42:54 AM | 44

And if it ain't people they shoot, they go after those who try to protect them.

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Feb 8, 2013 8:22:51 PM | 45

+ Japan is betting on the most dangerous, aggressive and destabilizing force in the world. It is hosting the army and the air force of the country that is seen, all over the world, as the main threat.

As my plane is ready to depart for Nagoya, I observe Japanese military jets ready for takeoff, landing, all over the sky. US air force uses Funtenma and Kadena, Japan’s air force uses Naha International Airport.

Of course, Japan does not have its own army or air force. Those latest and fully armed jets are nothing, just an illusion. And the US does not have any aggressive imperialist plans in this part of the world.

Let’s keep pretending. Until it is too late!

Posted by: denk | Feb 9, 2013 6:51:52 AM | 46

there is a new story going in the US now concerning a highly qualified commando going after what he considers corrupt and disgusting brass in the LAPD.

Faux news is all breathless about the atrocity of anyone targetting police, the other corporate media sources are working 2nd amendment rights into this.

problem is, a lot of people sympathise with the guy. His "rambling" manifesto lays out what he has endured and can easily be verified.

LA cops have responded true to form and shot up cars that looked like the one he had. they are truly rattled by this because this guy knows exactly what they can/will do.

maybe he will be our own Guy Fawkes

Posted by: dan of steele | Feb 9, 2013 6:56:27 AM | 47

b - it seems after you and your friends campaign to oust (former :) Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg in 2011, over plagiarism in his PhD dissertation, another bright light from Merkel's inner circle was recently outed by an 'unknown blogger' (is it you, MoB?).

The University of Dusseldorf stripped Education Minister Annette Schavan of her PhD for plagiarism in 65 out of 350 pages (probably a higher percentage, if one takes out the 50 plus pages of bibliography). She just tendered her disgraceful resignation, to focus on her ... PhD ... defense ... defense of her plagiarism that is!

Minister Resigns for Plagiarism

Posted by: thirsty | Feb 9, 2013 2:17:15 PM | 48

@thristy - the campaign is ongoing - this isn't the second case but the fourth so far. A neoliberal German member of the European Parliament was ousted the same way. Her specialty was science but her dissertation fake. A minister at the state level also stepped down after his dissertation was shown to have been plagiarized. There are more case that are being worked on :-)

Posted by: b | Feb 9, 2013 2:34:02 PM | 49

@ denk

Japan was to go commie after WWII [like Italy]. Couldn't have that now, could we? So, Japan got it's version of 'Gladio.' Attacks and bombs on trains were introduced so the 'commies' could be blamed. In all honesty though, the Japanese politicians [like most of their counterparts elsewhere] are a rot, a vile cancer that undermines the safety and well being of their respective citizens. I can't believe this once was the land of the samurai and their bushido. I have this real katana sitting right next to me, so it isn't a fable, but that spirit has been terminated, that's for sure.

Control your own skies? Hmmm On April 1, 1945 the United States military assumed control of Okinawa's airspace. On March, 30, 2010, control of the skies around this Pacific island officially returned to the Japanese government. Think about that the next time you take a flight out of Narita airport and wonder why the plane has to bank sharply...

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Feb 9, 2013 6:07:01 PM | 50

So b;
How come you are not commenting on the situation in Tunisia?

Posted by: Pirouz_2 | Feb 9, 2013 10:46:53 PM | 51

daniel rich 50

japan darent even wimper when it was forcibly *penetrated*

so much for an anti nuke, sovereign democracy !
their samurai forebears must be turning in their graves !!

then there's this biz of okinawa.....

Posted by: denk | Feb 10, 2013 1:08:41 AM | 52

update on *der diplomat*
in this thread
*Japan and China: Tensions Mounting* [sic]

i posted this comment...

+hmm, i wonder why ? +

in this thread

*India is a Eurasian power which shares more common goals with China and Russia than with the US-NATO in striving towards a Multi-Polar world. It knows that in future, the current containment of China will also happen to India as it rises in stature. Of course there are Western-addled sycophant Elite among the rulers of India, but real Indian politicians can see the parallels between treatment of China and what it means for future of India when the Unipolar World acts aggressively to beat back aspirations of rising powers. India will unite with the other powers, the BRICS, in ensuring that a more democratic global system emerges to its own benefits, understanding the transparent and stale strategy of Divide-and-Conquer.*

i posted this reply.....


both comments are still *under moderation* :-(

Posted by: denk | Feb 10, 2013 1:27:17 AM | 53

in this thread

Leonard R. [prolly a indian]
*Agree w/Professor Holmes, that base is a sitting duck for a first strike. In the event of war w/either Pakistan or China or both, it will be gone in a flash.*

i posted this reply

+who need a war when u already have those *freedom fighters*, much more cost effective !!

still under *moderation* :-(

Posted by: denk | Feb 10, 2013 5:43:06 AM | 54

chaos is their biz

Posted by: denk | Feb 11, 2013 1:11:16 PM | 55

Venezuela Donates Free Heating Oil to 100k Needy US Households

"For the eighth straight year, Venezuela's state oil company is donating free heating oil to hundreds of thousands of needy Americans.

The CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program has helped more than 1.7 million Americans in 25 states and the District of Columbia keep warm since it was launched back in 2005. The program is a partnership between the Venezuelan state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), its subsidiary CITGO and Citizens Energy Corporation, a nonprofit organization founded by former US Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II that provides discounted and free home heating services and supplies to needy households in the United States and abroad. It has been supported from the beginning by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

In 2005, a pair of devastating hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, led to dwindling oil supplies and skyrocketing fuel costs. Some of the poorest and most vulnerable Americans, including many elderly people on fixed incomes, found themselves having to choose between heating their homes or providing food, clothing or medicine for themselves and their families. Since that first winter, CITGO has provided 227 million gallons of free heating oil worth an estimated $465 million to an average of 153,000 US households each year. Some 252 Native American communities and 245 homeless shelters have also benefited from the program. This winter, more than 100,000 American families will receive Venezuelan aid. With the US government estimating that households heating primarily with oil will pay $407 (19 percent) more this year than last, the program remains an invaluable helping hand to many needy Americans..."

Posted by: вот так | Feb 11, 2013 9:18:47 PM | 56


Posted by: denk | Feb 11, 2013 11:33:18 PM | 57

how to be cool with a headscarf

No - Touaregs are not Islamists. What the hell are the French doing there.

Posted by: somebody | Feb 12, 2013 7:33:36 PM | 58

I had no idea the parasites sucked up this much. Nationalise the banks (but don't pay off any bankers to do it - instead, confiscate everything they own and give them a sack cloth to wear).

It’s the Interest, Stupid! Why Bankers Rule the World

"In the 2012 edition of Occupy Money released last week, Professor Margrit Kennedy writes that a stunning 35% to 40% of everything we buy goes to interest. This interest goes to bankers, financiers, and bondholders, who take a 35% to 40% cut of our GDP. That helps explain how wealth is systematically transferred from Main Street to Wall Street. The rich get progressively richer at the expense of the poor, not just because of “Wall Street greed” but because of the inexorable mathematics of our private banking system.

This hidden tribute to the banks will come as a surprise to most people, who think that if they pay their credit card bills on time and don’t take out loans, they aren’t paying interest. This, says Dr. Kennedy, is not true. Tradesmen, suppliers, wholesalers and retailers all along the chain of production rely on credit to pay their bills. They must pay for labor and materials before they have a product to sell and before the end buyer pays for the product 90 days later. Each supplier in the chain adds interest to its production costs, which are passed on to the ultimate consumer. Dr. Kennedy cites interest charges ranging from 12% for garbage collection, to 38% for drinking water to, 77% for rent in public housing in her native Germany.

Her figures are drawn from the research of economist Helmut Creutz, writing in German and interpreting Bundesbank publications. They apply to the expenditures of German households for everyday goods and services in 2006; but similar figures are seen in financial sector profits in the United States, where they composed a whopping 40% of U.S. business profits in 2006. That was five times the 7% made by the banking sector in 1980. Bank assets, financial profits, interest, and debt have all been growing exponentially..."

Posted by: вот так | Feb 14, 2013 10:24:25 PM | 59

God smites the Russians for jailing Pussy Riot:

Meteorite falls 80 kilometers from Satka town in Russia's Chelyabinsk region (VIDEO)

Posted by: вот так | Feb 15, 2013 12:59:52 AM | 60

Mark Ames: American Assassinations For Dummies

Las Vegas, NV: It’s hard to have a serious conversation about America’s drone assassination policy when no one seems to have a basic grasp of recent history. This cultural amnesia epidemic is starting to get me down— which is partly my fault for paying more than two minutes’ attention to Twitter at a single go.

The problem starts with Reagan, as problems so often do. Most people on the left take for granted that Reagan’s executive order 12333 "banned assassinations" — which is not just a false interpretation, but really awful mangling of one of the dark turning points in modern American history.

Posted by: b | Feb 16, 2013 12:00:32 PM | 61

Now it's Cuba's turn to be smitten by God:

Meteorite explodes over Cuba (VIDEO)

Fortunately much smaller than the one over Russia.

Follow up of the meteorite that hit Russia:

Chelyabinsk in the aftermath of meteor strike (VIDEO)

Posted by: вот так | Feb 17, 2013 12:56:58 PM | 62

The comments to this entry are closed.