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June 27, 2008

No Post Today

No post today. Well except this one, which has no real content/links because I am busy or whatever.

Seymour Hersh is said to have a piece out this weekend about U.S. clandestine operations in Iran. That might be interesting and we'll look at it when it appears.

In other news, casualties in Iraq are up, casualties in Afghanistan are up and the U.S. economy is tanking.

As GM reaches a new low let's remember "What is good for GM is good for America." 

  • GM has a problem funding health care for its workers. Universal health care would be good for GM and America.
  • GM has a problem with fuel efficiency. Better fuel efficiency standards would be good for GM and for America.
  • GM has a problem with defaults on unregulated loans. Regulated loans would be good for GM and for America.

So that phrase (which is false in its origin) still holds.

Posted by b on June 27, 2008 at 19:18 UTC | Permalink


* GM has a problem with incompetent management. Competent management would be good for GM and for America.

* GM has a problem with shortsighted goals. Thinking long-term would be good for GM and for America.

Posted by: EminenceGrise | Jun 27 2008 20:02 utc | 1

GM **is** America, at it's archetypal foundation.
America does not have the capability to self-correct.
America is the run-away end-game of Corporate-State fascism.
America is the NeoZi.con's NotGeld Two of Perpetual Anarchotopia,
drowning baby in bathwater, artificial flavors and preservatives.

Posted by: Perry Emptori | Jun 27 2008 20:22 utc | 2

Have good weekend everyone - here is some music from the ancient Beja people of Eastern Sudan.


Posted by: BenIAM | Jun 27 2008 20:42 utc | 3

What's been happening in Murka since Ought-One is a fire sale of the middle class, a last harvesting of assets and equities from the herds of consumers wandering around out there. The Exceptional Nation has gotten an exceptional shagging by FIRE - the Finance and Real Estate industries. They put the Murkans out on a branch called home ownership, and then they sawed the branch off. The bodies will still be hitting the ground for a couple of years to come.

Right now, they are putting the surviving Murkans out on a speculator's branch called Commodity Futures, and catching all the coin that falls from their pockets as they try to hold on. Who knows what comes next -- short of boiling them down for glue, there isn't a whole lot more profit to be reamed from these rubes.

The free range American is extinct, replaced by the consumer, whose patriotic duty is to shop, preferably on credit. Looking out at Murka from the Beltway, or from any boardroom, one sees only corporations striding the continent, freely driving and harvesting the millions upon millions of consumers, many of whom still consider themselves citizens. It's rich, I tell ya.

There are economic imperatives driving the upcoming Iran war, illustrated many times in human history. America as it has operated since 1980 cannot continue without becoming the sole global military hegemon, with no genuine competitors. We can hardly do otherwise than go for bust. Huge debts need to be paid back, and they cannot be. Huge disparities in education and productivity need to be overcome in order to compete with other nations, and they cannot be, not by this dumbed down semi-literate population.

So, severe change is inevitable. It is coming. The only question our economic elites ever needed to ask themselves was, "Shall we ride this economic and military behemoth roughshod over the lesser nations of the Earth, increasing our wealth and power all the while, or shall we dismantle it into a socialist regime, distributing our wealth unto the widows and orphans and morons stalking the streets, and go to live among them as equals?"

Iran has oil, yes. More important by far, Iran has direct physical access to the Caspian Basin, and Russia's soft belly.

Roughshod it shall be.

Posted by: Antifa | Jun 27 2008 23:56 utc | 4

Thanks for the Beja music. Some of my earliest grad school work was on their long, very interesting history.

Posted by: Diogenes | Jun 28 2008 1:54 utc | 5

So that phrase (which is false in its origin) still holds.
Hmmn, I must be cranky this morning -- how can a phrase's origin be false? That the statement itself is incorrect (which it is) or is attributed to someone other than who actually said it? Or something else? In any case, it is Conventional Wisdom among the rulers of Arrogance.

Posted by: Chuck Cliff | Jun 28 2008 4:23 utc | 6

Another>SPOONFULL of sugar from Africa.

Posted by: anna missed | Jun 28 2008 5:04 utc | 7

economic terrorism is what it is.... a shake down... Who is terrorizing whom? we were terrorized into being consumers ,terrorized into this war, terrorized into collective Stockholm home and abroad, indeed...Antifa .

"There are economic imperatives driving the upcoming Iran war, illustrated many times in human history. America as it has operated since 1980 cannot continue without becoming the sole global military hegemon...

Indeed, again, it's the Leviathan or tapeworm... We can not not do what we are doing... Collective addiction isn't always a choice; US psychiatrist says internet addiction should be included in a handbook of recognized psychiatric conditions, then why not resource addiction further, people see addiction as either a disease or as a failure of will. I see it as both. Just as b's resent post spoke of "the democrats caving on wiretapping", hell, that implies that they had some qualms about giving C+ Augustus, his cake. They had none. It's all part of the same bondage show over and over, a real "Theater of Blood" w/apologies to Vincent Price. And it's not over yet... no safe words, no signals to stop, just continued beatdown until we rise, and then, and then it gets worse...

Some say, if you can't win by the rules, bend them. if you can't bend them, break them. if you can't break the rules, ignore them altogether and make your own. and if none of that works, play a different game... That may have worked in the seventies, however, the incremental, and generational 'Ghoul Wars', continue, be it overt or covert.

The eagle suffers little birds to sing.-Titus Andronicus , 4. 4

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jun 28 2008 5:09 utc | 8

@7 - great pickin'! i see that it's spawned a trend ;-)

Posted by: b real | Jun 28 2008 5:23 utc | 9


for instance....

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jun 28 2008 5:44 utc | 10

Antifa: this last bid for the almighty spigot will probably fail, and amerika will fall to its knees--then what? with the US out of the picture, do you really think the scramble for resources will stop?

with amerika's impending failure abroad, will the rest of the world learn the tiring lessons of empire; of living beyond our means? or will the next super power glide seamlessly into position?

it's not nations, Antifa, it's class, and Amerika was a good racket while it lasted; its people diligent believers of the bedtime stories we tell our children at night to justify how and why we live the way we do. that indeed is coming to an end, but what will replace it?

i think BenIAM and anna missed unwittingly provide the counterpoint. as this unhealthy system collapses, maybe we'll get a chance to redirect our creative energies into more worthwhile endeavors, stuff that directly affects where we live and enriches the human spirit instead of slaving to achieve standards set by marketers selling crap we don't need that poisons us.

until then it seems we're all just sitting around waiting for a perfect day to chase tornadoes

Posted by: Lizard | Jun 28 2008 6:55 utc | 11

food banks go empty in red state Montana...

US Congress approves Israel aid increase

The US Congress has approved a 170 million dollar increase in security assistance to Israel as part of its new 10-year, 30 billion dollar defense aid commitment to the Jewish state.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jun 28 2008 7:42 utc | 12

Last call from me, in the words of the right Reverend Gary Davis singing>"If I Had My Way".

Posted by: anna missed | Jun 28 2008 8:08 utc | 13

My child came home with their first paycheck as a regular 40 working stiff, opened the envelope, and a horrified look came over their face. Two weeks of work but they only got paid for one, the union took 1/4 and uncle scam took another 1/4, of the 1/2 they paid them, so the weekend party was scotched. "Don't worry, kid", I said, "My first job I only made $1 a day, and here I'm still alive to tell you about it."

We made a bit more than $1 a day, although in the 1930's they made two bits a day, and that was enough for a steak and a coffee. My $1 was only enough for a couple of hamburgers and what passed for coffee. My kid's $40 a day, hey! He's back to steak, potatoes, coffee, and all the muffins he can eat! What the heck is going on here!?

Which only shows what you see in the little window of the envelope ain't the whole picture. There's lots of fluff and dander, and that brings me to the talking point.

Say you want to make $3/4B fast....

You cobble together a Scud knockoff, put a second stage on it, pretend that you put a nuke payload in that second stage, shoot it over Japan into the ocean, far short of any US landfall other than the Marianas, every aeronautical observer who knows rocketry says your Taipo Dong hasn't got the structural, hasn't got the thrust and hasn't got the guidance to carry a warhead, but there you go, you're front page now.

You cobble together a nuclear faux pas device, not a hydrogen bomb for cripes sake, you don't have the capability to precision machine or build electronics. So you fill a mining truck with a couple 1,000 pounds of high explosives, pretend it's shaped around a uranium core, announce to the world your thermonuclear test so they have all their seismic gear turned on, every nuclear observer who knows fission says your bomb isn't more than a high school science experiment, you light it off in some cave filled with ANFO, and they figure it was far less than a half-kiloton blast, but there you go, the papers scream "they're a newclur terrorist now!"

Then you toss 16,000 pages of high school science experiments into a diplomatic pouch, deliver it to the Chinese, before "blowing up" (after the cut-away shot), a 60-foot tall alleged nuclear plant cooling tower, when every nuclear power observer is scratching their head, nuclear cooling towers are 600-feet tall and you're looks like my backyard barbecue, but there you go, you're a Good Old Boy.

Pappy George welcomes you to the PNAC NeoZi.con club with 1,000,000 TONS of free distillates, at a time when his own citizens and airlines are starving for it.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!! When are they gonna finally audit them sumbitches in WADC?!

Like I said, you can't always see through that little window in the envelope. Maybe Haggee was over in Pyongyang and converted Emperor Kim Jong-il to US kleptocracy?

Say you want to make $3/4B fast....

You bow, bend the knee, kiss the ring, pay a tribute to GWOT, and get a kibble.
There's a good boy! And plenty more 1,000,000 TONS of oil where that came from.

You're in The Chosen of God's Army now!

Posted by: General Arnold Obermeyer | Jun 28 2008 8:16 utc | 14

Froomkin: on David Addington.

What an arrogant dick...

case in point..

I'm against the death penalty, however, both Yoo and this dink should swing from a rope for starters...

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jun 28 2008 8:17 utc | 15

Of course, I got to put my dollar in the juke box, before I go... night yall, and God bless America.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jun 28 2008 9:13 utc | 16

the question remains, who did it?

U.S. settles with anthrax mailings subject Steven Hatfill for $5.82 million

Posted by: dan of steele | Jun 28 2008 10:58 utc | 17

The most arrogant and aggravating thing about law enforcement when they bark up the wrong tree is their complate refusal to admit they were wrong because apart from the fact that the case never progresses, the victim of their incompetence never ever gets the feeling of vindication.
The judge who tried the case that Hatfill brought against FBI and justice delayed the case for nearly three years because she thought that they must have the goods on Hatfill and didn't want to ruin that case, however after the trial following the complete analysis of the investigation the judge said "There is not a scintilla of evidence that would indicate that Dr. Hatfill had anything to do with this,"

Yet Former federal prosecutors knowledgeable about the investigation said the government payout to Hatfill signified that, in all likelihood, he would never be charged.

Assholes - the subtext of that little statement appears to be "We can't charge him even though he's guilty because the courts screwed it up."

Posted by: Debs is dead | Jun 28 2008 12:34 utc | 18

for US political junkies, the Chicago Tribune has a couple of quizzes on McCain and Obama that tests your knowledge of trivial. I scored 60 and 55%.


Your McCain IQ
Your Obama IQ

Posted by: dan of steele | Jun 28 2008 13:17 utc | 19

hmm, what a choice

Posted by: dan of steele | Jun 28 2008 13:38 utc | 20

@Did #18

Did you see this?

Expert alleges Anthrax attacks covered up by FBI

The U.S. government's "growing bioterror programs represent a significant emerging danger to our own population."
-- Dr. Jonathan King, Professor of Molecular Biology at M.I.T. and a founder of the Council for Responsible Genetics

Dr. Francis A. Boyle is a scholar in the areas of international law and human rights whose distinguished career includes the drafting of the legislation for the Biological Weapons Convention, known as the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, that was approved unanimously by both Houses of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.

Here is what he is now saying:

"I believe the FBI knows exactly who was behind these terrorist anthrax attacks upon the U.S. Congress in the Fall of 2001, and that the culprits were US government-related scientists involved in a criminal US government biowarfare program," Boyle said.

Boyle is quoted in the article:

Although only a "handful" of scientists had the ability to perpetrate the crime, the culprit among them may never be identified as the FBI ordered the destruction of the anthrax culture collection at Ames, IA., from which the Ft. Detrick lab got its pathogens ...
and that destruction of the Ames anthrax "appears to be a cover-up orchestrated by the FBI.
These allegations are forthcoming in a new book by Boyle, Biowarfare and Terrorism, published by Clarity Press, Inc., of Atlanta, GA. His previously published titles include, Foundations of World Order, The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence, and Destroying World Order. Boyle holds a Doctor of Law Magna Cum Laude and a Ph.D. in political science, both from Harvard.

In googling around for this diary, I also found an article that Boyle wrote way back in 2003, where he seems to first make these allegations. This is a short but fascinating article summarizing the history of the United States' own biological weapons. He makes it clear that it was Ronald Reagan and his Republican cronies who facilitated the United States' plunge into this WMD-type of dangerous biological weapons-making, which quickly grew into an illegal operation:

The administration of President Ronald Reagan came to power in 1980. The Reagan administration took the position that the US was going to exploit its superior technology with regard to all types of weapons. This also included the new technologies of gene splicing and genetic engineering. Massive amounts of money, hundreds of millions of dollars, were poured into researching and developing what were claimed to be "defensive" biological agents.

The way the Reagan administration did this was by investigating every exotic disease one could imagine for the purpose of developing vaccines. In this way, the US operated within the exceptions of the BTWC. Of course, the technology used to get the vaccine is exactly the same technology used to create the agent. In fact, the agent is usually created first in order to then produce the vaccine. After one creates the agent, one creates the vaccine and then a delivery device. The result is a biological weapon.

The tip-off in many of these government contracts is that they call for the development of an aerosol delivery device.

Much of the research for these biological weapons was being done at universities around the country. The tip-off in many of these government contracts is that they call for the development of an aerosol delivery device. This is important because most biological warfare agents are delivered through the air.

Ultimately, Boyle's contention is that the cover-up is due to the fact that the entire R&D operation behind the development of these strains was, and still is, completely illegal, both domestically and internationally.

I can't help but wonder if the verdict wasn't a payoff to keep his mouth shut.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jun 28 2008 20:03 utc | 21

Saturday (beat the heat) matinee : Under Milk Wood (pt1).

Enjoy. Sodapop and popcorn Pocky and your choice of hot tea during

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jun 28 2008 22:24 utc | 22

link to NYTimes

I do not believe nation-building in Iraq is going to be the issue come November — whether things get better there or worse. If they get better, we’ll ignore Iraq more; if they get worse, the next president will be under pressure to get out quicker. I think nation-building in America is going to be the issue.

Q: If you're a pundit on foreign-affairs and your credibility tanks forever, what can you do as a pundit?

A: Switch to domestic affairs.

Posted by: alabama | Jun 29 2008 5:37 utc | 23

Here's some domestic affairs 4ya...

And Bob Dylan endorsed obomba? the times, they aint A-Changin...

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jun 29 2008 13:35 utc | 24

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