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Posted by b on August 1, 2008 at 19:16 UTC | Permalink

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As others have written, I have come to appreciate your writings, insight, and "place" more than I did Billmon's.

Don't get me wrong, I still have fond memories of reading his stuff but this is the place to be. Sorry that I have not said that to you over this long, long time you have been doing what you do for all of us. I did not even take the time to comment here for a long time, and then I only comment once in a while. I will try harder.

Please keep up the good work, you have many fans!

Posted by: Buckaroo | Aug 1 2008 19:47 utc | 1

Bhadrakumar on the Gazprom/Turkmenistan deal. Big implications for Europe, but it's been almost totally unreported.

Posted by: Dick Durata | Aug 1 2008 20:57 utc | 2

Posted by: Dr. Wellington Yueh | Aug 1 2008 21:33 utc | 3

thanks Dr. Yueh #3 on high temps Baffin Island, link has link to this:>central european flooding

Posted by: plushtown | Aug 1 2008 23:06 utc | 4

@ Dr. Yueh & plushtown,

From an engineer’s but wannabe atmospheric scientist's viewpoint, these event are but additional datapoints in an eighteen year history of interest in global climate changes. For one more data reference, our county here in Vermont has experienced the wettest summer in my eighteen years here. Our gardens are totally saturated and my chili peppers are wilting like they are in a 2 week drought.

Doesn’t prove anything but these data follow and support my contention that climate change will occur at first as more extreme weather events happening more often and more geographically widespread.

We live in probably the most interesting times in the history of our species and are witnessing the slow motion occurrences of the results of our folly. But that is of course just an opinion.

I’ve stopped trying to follow all of the data but appreciate your pointing out what has been and still is of interest to me. Thanks. I would have missed both data points on my own.

Posted by: Juannie | Aug 2 2008 1:28 utc | 5

A thousands deaths is not good enough for Yueh!. Not really. Just a Herbert fan. Is Cheney a Harkonnen? Just bite the tooth, my Condelezza!!

Posted by: Diogenes | Aug 2 2008 1:30 utc | 6

#5 Juannie: slow motion so far, and not from folly as usually understood.

Posted by: plushtown | Aug 2 2008 1:50 utc | 7

On a serious note, in northern Maine we're seeing parasitic diseases in pets (such as heartworm) migrate north a little more each year due to warmer winters. Larger ourbreaks of bark beetles are killing pines up here as well, including a few on my property.

Posted by: Diogenes | Aug 2 2008 2:02 utc | 8

Thanks, plushtown...I think I was supposed to 'dedicate' the post to you, if you're the one with the standing wager about climate change. Was reading my program upside-down! :)

Here's another interesting one:

dust in the air - Christina Hulbe is a climatologist and has been posting a series of excellent articles at TLC.

Also, a bit more anectdotal, we've been having a very mild summer here in SoCal. While I've grown up (over 40 yrs) expecting July/Aug daytime temps to be in the 100-110F/37-43C range, most days this summer have barely cracked 90F/32C. Thunderstorm activity in the Sierra Nevada, though, has increased.

@Diogenes - Heh...Cheney...there's one heart plug I'd like to pull!!!

Posted by: Dr. Wellington Yueh | Aug 2 2008 2:12 utc | 9

Very cool summer here as well. Hottest summer in 30 years in Pac NW was in the mid-1990's, we had two garden cycles that year, more ripe tomatoes than we could eat. This year, might not even ripen. Winter rainy season hasn't changed much, other than being shorter and rotated around seasonally from when they used to start ~Halloween. It's not uncommon now to have 50º days and balmy weather in January, but that's entirely the ocean cyclic. This year the Humboldt current is much colder (-10º's) than usual. The summer after the 2005 tsunami, the Humboldt current was much warmer (+10º's) than usual.

Since we have only rudimentary knowledge of ocean thermal cyclonics, it's not only premature, but anti-scientific druidism to jump to any conclusions based on one atmospheric gas. None of this proves anything about global warming, however, rather than dance on the head of a pin, 'global warming' might better be viewed as a mnemonic for human impact in general.

The famous Antarctic ozone hole hasn't changed in a decade, and may actually shrink, once the solar sunspot cycle of increased activity starts up again. The Artic is a different story, but human history already records habitation on Greenland, followed by a little ice age, during the Middle Ages, so it may just be the Gulf Stream has a ultra-low frequency 1000-years long cyclic.

Carbon credits and nuclear power can then be viewed for what they are, a socialist
redistribution of public wealth to corporate-government elites on a global scale, when what Gaia really needs is for everyone to live lighter, and slaughter less, in a "trickle up" butterfly in Brazil effect, rather than Godzilla in Brussels.

Of course, elites rule, so 'Go, go, Godzilla!'

Posted by: Gogo Godzilla | Aug 2 2008 5:14 utc | 10

well, you can't say that the u.n. isn't doing something about global warming

UNITED NATIONS, August 1 -- Television camera crews were waiting for the UN's Ban Ki-moon on Friday morning; he showed off for them a short sleeved shirt and lack of tie. To set an example, he said, of action for climate change, the UN will raise the temperature in the building by five degrees.

Posted by: b real | Aug 2 2008 5:57 utc | 11

wow. it's getting more and more like pravda around here.

NYT Changes Anthrax Story…As I Was Reading It!

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Aug 2 2008 6:04 utc | 12

When Chavez does a bank rescue, it is bad socialism and "an effort to intensify state control over the economy through takeovers of private companies."

When the FDIC does the same, all is fine ....

Bank Tries to Allay Fears of Instability in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela — The central bank sought on Friday to calm fears of faltering banks a day after President Hugo Chávez unexpectedly announced the nationalization of a large Spanish-owned bank, his latest effort to intensify state control over the economy through takeovers of private companies.

The nationalization of the bank would extend to the financial sector a series of takeovers, which Mr. Chávez initiated last year, in industries including oil, telecommunications, electricity and steel-making.
Indeed, fears recently arose over the possible collapse of several banks because of rules forcing them to sell $5 billion of complex securities called structured notes. Banks bought the notes last year at values tied to high black-market rates of the dollar, exposing some of them to huge losses after the local currency, the bolívar, strengthened this year.

SunTrust Bank Acquires the Insured Deposits of First Priority Bank, Bradenton, Florida

First Priority Bank, Bradenton, Florida, was closed today by the Commissioner of the Florida Office of Financial Regulation, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with SunTrust Bank, Atlanta, Georgia, to assume the insured deposits of First Priority.
The cost to the FDIC's Deposit Insurance Fund is estimated to be $72 million. First Priority is the first bank to fail in Florida since Guaranty National Bank, Tallahassee, on March 12, 2004. This year, a total of eight FDIC-insured institutions have been closed.

Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore public confidence in the nation's banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at the nation's 8,494 banks and savings associations and it promotes the safety and soundness of these institutions by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to which they are exposed. The FDIC receives no federal tax dollars – insured financial institutions fund its operations.

Posted by: b | Aug 2 2008 6:35 utc | 13

Jewish Internet Defense Force 'seizes control' of anti-Israel Facebook group

In the JIDF's latest efforts, the group has been working around the clock to dismantle the group on Facebook titled, "Israel is not a country! Delist it from Facebook as a country." That group had tens of thousands of members.
The JIDF said its efforts are not limited to Facebook, but extend to anti-Semitism and anti-Israel posts found throughout the Internet, including on sites such as Google, Google Earth, YouTube and Wikipedia.

Posted by: b | Aug 2 2008 11:09 utc | 14

Just a reminder that this isn't the first suspicious death of a microbiologist. I wish I knew how much paranoia is justified.

Toronto Globe & Mail:

Scientists' deaths are under the microscope
Saturday, May 4, 2002

Eleven microbiologists mysteriously dead over the span of just five months. Some of them world leaders in developing weapons-grade biological plagues. Others the best in figuring out how to stop millions from dying because of biological weapons. Still others, experts in the theory of bioterrorism....

Who they were:

1. Nov. 12, 2001:
Benito Que was said to have been beaten in a Miami parking lot and died later.

2. Nov. 16, 2001:
Don C. Wiley went missing. Was found Dec. 20. Investigators said he got dizzy on a Memphis bridge and fell to his death in a river.

3. Nov. 21, 2001:
Vladimir Pasechnik, former high-level Russian microbiologist who defected in 1989 to the U.K. apparently died from a stroke.

4. Dec. 10, 2001:
Robert M. Schwartz was stabbed to death in Leesberg, Va. Three Satanists have been arrested.

5. Dec. 14, 2001:
Nguyen Van Set died in an airlock filled with nitrogen in his lab in Geelong, Australia.

6. Feb. 9, 2002:
Victor Korshunov had his head bashed in near his home in Moscow.

7. Feb. 14, 2002:
Ian Langford was found partially naked and wedged under a chair in Norwich, England.

8. 9. Feb. 28, 2002:
San Francisco resident Tanya Holzmayer was killed by a microbiologist colleague, Guyang Huang, who shot her as she took delivery of a pizza and then apparently shot himself.

10. March 24, 2002:
David Wynn-Williams died in a road accident near his home in Cambridge, England.

11. March 25, 2002:
Steven Mostow of the Colorado Health Sciences Centre, killed in a plane he was flying near Denver.

Posted by: VC | Aug 2 2008 14:35 utc | 16

"What to make of this astonishing sentence in the Republican plan for "Rebuilding America's Defenses? "Advanced forms of biological warfare that can 'target' specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool."

Posted by: denk | Aug 2 2008 15:24 utc | 17

"Advanced forms of biological warfare that can 'target' specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool."

Republicans are throwing aside all language in code, and even their ineffective cloak of hypocrisy, to directly advocate for genocide as an instrument of public policy...

This reflects the new frontier of state terror.

Posted by: Copeland | Aug 2 2008 16:37 utc | 18

Uncle Scam at 12 and ff., so Ivins suicided, who knows exactly what it means.

He may be a convenient culprit to put the whole story to rest.

The US public will never demand any evidence of his culpability, forensic or other, request any investigation, justification, motive will not be adressed - money? sex? blackmail? Patriotism? Organized how? Why? By whom?

The evidence against him seems to be post hoc, or only inducing stress on him as he was being investigated, it is reported, but who knows if that is true after the fact. (I only read 2-3 news articles.)

sing along: It happened, it was a scary time! Get over it already.

At least Hatfill got fair compensation. Red herrings and scapegoats cashing in is rare, and Hatfill’s determination is an extrordinary example to many of us. Yes.>NY times

best blog, factual and scientific, on this matter, goes to 2003 only:>link

Posted by: Tangerine | Aug 2 2008 16:50 utc | 19

Jim Kunstler reviews the new>Batman. Not exactly you're garden variety ordinary movie review.

Posted by: anna missed | Aug 2 2008 18:07 utc | 20

here's an unexpectedly interesting NYT article on trolls

Posted by: Lizard | Aug 2 2008 18:50 utc | 21

#21 thanks lizard troll article, have made usual $1000 offer to weez (not a wager, as no way I can win unless someone collects). His comments have reference to giant asian hornet, wikipedia entry includes this hopeful datum:

When a hornet scout locates and approaches a Japanese honey bee hive it will emit specific pheromonal hunting signals. When the honey bees detect these pheromones, a hundred or so will gather near the entrance of the nest and keep it open, apparently to draw the hornet further into the hive or allow it to enter on its own. As the hornet enters the nest, a large mob of about five hundred honey bees surrounds it, completely covering it and preventing it from moving, and begin quickly vibrating their flight muscles. This has the effect of raising the temperature of the honey bee mass to 47 °C (117 °F). The honey bees can just about tolerate this temperature, but the hornet cannot survive more than 45 °C (113 °F), so it dies. Often several bees perish along with the intruder, but the death of the hornet scout prevents it from summoning reinforcements which would wipe out the colony.[8]

Posted by: plushtown | Aug 3 2008 2:08 utc | 22

thanks anna missed #20, link re Joker: "He represents himself simply as an agent of "chaos." " Bingo.

David Berkowitz (from prison, "born again", and I probably despise "born again" as much as anyone here) claimed he and others' orders were to spread chaos. Chaos produces contracts for the tippy-top.

Posted by: plushtown | Aug 3 2008 2:41 utc | 23

#23: yes, should be "his and others' orders". What does one expect during stimulated chaos?

Posted by: plushtown | Aug 3 2008 2:50 utc | 24

the most intriguing philosopher of the latter half of the 20th century? philip k. dick

Posted by: Lizard | Aug 3 2008 3:23 utc | 25

plushtown @22: very interesting, and you are certainly welcome. the information in the NYT article was all new to me, as i am an online amateur.

...and thank you, anna missed, for the link to the batman review. it gelled perfectly with the troll article.

Posted by: Lizard | Aug 3 2008 3:29 utc | 26

We could go back to sleep, or we could keep jabbing at Achilles's heel.

When the Sun published these photos, the left wing online erupted into merriment and mockery. We had tremendous fun with the photos and this was tremendously embarrassing to the drunken sots within the Bush clan. Bush Sr. spoke darkly about how the Sun would be punished and how everyone else better watch out or they might also be punished. On the left, we took note of this growl about revenge and danger.

Intereting take here.

The clue as to who the assassin was lay in the nature of the very first victim: the photo editor of the Sun, a gossip rag. He was given the Jenna drunk photos and published them. All the Bushes were outraged.

.. but I suppose we could all go back to sleep. Yah! A few unsolved murders. Who gives a rat's, eh?

I figured, the important murder was the first one. All the others were to make it look 'random' and this is classic in murder cases.

US Government Secret Anthrax Assassin Commits Suicide

Posted by: DM | Aug 3 2008 4:00 utc | 27

The Dark Knight is a disturbing work of art, or so it seems to me. The darkest part is not the nihilistic will to power that seems to have hypnotized the people of Gotham City, but the reflection that some men are driven to action because "they just want to watch the world burn".

There is a crucial scene in the movie that demonstrates that the city folk are not yet damned but still capable of the movement toward redemption. An unmistakable flicker of human solidarity appears at the same moment when a basic kind of class prejudice is overcome. Passengers on 2 ferries crossing the harbor at night are told by The Joker that both ships are wired to explode. A hand-held detonator is available to each group and they are told if they are the first to press the button the other ferry will blow up and their own lives will be spared.

Kunstler makes some good points about this flic: rampant almost toxic individualism and the elixir of the will to power transforms Gotham, flattening the spiritual into a paper thin layer. Societal corruption has reached the saturation point. For The Joker it's not about the money: he burns a pile of money the size of a small hill just to disabuse his partners in crime of the idea that it means anything to him.

Gotham City is a society at the brink, pre-fascist, the thread of the polity slipping away, the police and jurisprudence overwhelmed, vigilantes (copycat batmen) doing their own thing muddling the moral climate, and the viral scourge of sado-masochism epitomised by The Joker making a firestorm out of all the sundry little fires.

This is the kind place where a Julius Caesar is handed his emblems of his office by a nervous Senate.

Posted by: Copeland | Aug 3 2008 4:04 utc | 28

Heh, but the depressing thing about the two-ferries scene was that it was utterly unbelievable. Two individuals might behave so, but the idea of hundreds of people sitting and taking a paper vote, instead of the detonators being mobbed instantly ... God, it punched a giant hole through the suspension of disbelief that I mustered in order to enjoy the rest of the pop-mythos.

Posted by: Cloud | Aug 3 2008 4:51 utc | 29

the "dark knight" is a carefully packaged suppository the masses are encouraged to stuff their rectums with. that we are compelled to waste precious time deconstructing this blatant propaganda is unfortunate.

Posted by: Lizard | Aug 3 2008 6:17 utc | 30


Posted by: Lizard | Aug 3 2008 6:31 utc | 31

16 Horsepower

Posted by: Lizard | Aug 3 2008 6:37 utc | 32

Examining FARC Resistance in Colombia: Not the end of Guerrilla Warfare

While it cannot be dismissed that in the past few months the FARC has experienced unprecedented difficulties, it must also be understood that, as long as inequitable socio-cultural and political-economic conditions pervade Colombian society, there will exist a population base from which the guerrilla group can recruit. The FARC remain the longest running and most powerful political-military movement in contemporary Latin America with numbers still ranging in the thousands, arguably tens of thousands. Therefore, to buy into any suggestion that Colombia finds itself in a period of increased stability or that the FARC has passed into the annals of history is to adopt a false consciousness of the realities that exist within this Andean country.

As the nation witnesses accelerated levels of inequality, displacement and exploitation, so too will the levels of opposition continue to increase. These are the consequences of instability and the true forum through which people become aware of their class positioning; hence, their subsequent engagement in acts of resistance through more extreme measures. According to political scientist Peter Calvert, political-economic disparity provides “insurgent movements a ready-made mass of disaffected supporters.”

It is accurate to suggest that the FARC is experiencing a period of tactical reformation and withdrawal. But to assess that the insurgency is over lacks an understanding of both guerrilla warfare and the material conditions that pervade Colombian society and its class struggle. To suggest that the FARC has experienced defeat illustrates a failure to understand the right of self-determination through an internal interpretation of revolutionary emancipation. The internal struggle within Colombia is far from over. It will continue to be waged through radical and antagonistic forms. As the United States and the Uribe administration continue to engage in a war against the poor, so too will they, as Hugh O’Shaughnessy and Sue Branford have pointed out, exacerbate and intensify “Colombia’s internal conflict by robbing families of their livelihoods and leaving them with little option but to join the left-wing guerrillas, particularly the FARC.”

One more gruesome month under Colombia's Alvaro Uribe


For more than six years, from 1997 to February 2004, Chiquita Brands International, through its subsidiary in Colombia, Banadex S.A., made monthly payments to the paramilitary structures in the regions of Urabá and Santa Marta, which resulted in more than 100 payments for more than $1.7 million dollars. Chiquita Brands began to make these payments in 1997, following a meeting between then paramilitary chief Carlos Castaño and the then Banadex general manager. The payments were transferred in part through the Papagayo Convivir. It should be recalled the US Secretary of State designated the AUC paramilitary structure as a foreign terrorist organization on September 10, 2001, which made it a crime according to US law for any citizen to knowingly provide material support and resources to said organization. This financing, which turns Chiquita Brands into one of the founders of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC by its initials in the Spanish language), propelled the massive commission of crimes against humanity and grave human rights violations committed by paramilitary organizations in these two regions, including forced displacement, homicide, torture, and forced disappearance, among other crimes.

Within this context, on November 5, 2001, 3,000 AK-47 assault rifles and 5 million 5.62 mm caliber rounds of ammunition were unloaded and entered into Colombia from the ship named Otterloo. These weapons were unloaded in the port of Zungo, specifically on the docks of Banadex S.A., from where the weapons were taken on 14 trucks to paramilitary organizations in Córdoba and Urabá. Then paramilitary chief Carlos Castaño publicly admitted that this incident consisted in “his best goal.” Most of these weapons were also never surrendered as part of the paramilitary demobilization process undertaken between 2003 and 2006. On January 16, 2008, the continuation of these crimes sponsored and encouraged by Chiquita Brands was exposed when 47 AK-47 assault rifles -apparently from the very same Otterloo- were confiscated by the Colombian national police from the paramilitary organization led by the “demobilized” Daniel Rendón Herrera, aka Don Mario, older brother of the former paramilitary chief Freddy Rendón Herrera, aka El Alemán.

In addition to being sustained in both the Colombian and US judicial systems, the relationship between Chiquita Brands International and the paramilitary structure in Colombia -and therefore the responsibility of this enterprise in the commission of multiple crimes against humanity and grave human rights violations- has been further corroborated over the last year by such paramilitary chiefs as Salvatore Mancuso Gómez, aka Santander Lozada, Freddy Rendón Herrera, aka El Alemán, Rodrigo Tovar Pupo, aka Jorge 40, Nodier Giraldo Giraldo, aka El Cabezón or Jota, and Éver Veloza García, aka HH.
... April 2008 attorney general Mario Iguaran Arana alleged that the extradition process could not yet be carried out due to not having “identified and charged” the implicated persons. “There are indeed some Chiquita Brands directors, but we are not able to ask for them in extradition, rather we have to have some information contained in the agreement reached with the US court that includes a confidentiality agreement,” asserted Iguarán.

This last statement is even more surprising when it is taken into account that since the beginning of January 2008 Case Number No. 63.625 was filed before the Attorney General’s Office, which provides specific information on the identities of the Chiquita directors, executives, and senior employees implicated in this case as the responible parties for the payments or the provision of weapons to paramilitary organizations, and as the alleged instigators and sponsors of crimes against humanity and grave human rights violations committed by these same organizations.
..we demand the Attorney General Mario Igaurán carry out the corresponding legal proceedings to bring about the prosecution, capture, and extradition of the previously mentioned persons from Chiquita Brands International for the crimes committed in Colombia due to their involvement in the financing of the paramilitary structure and the introduction of weapons.

The Attorney General’s Office clearly does not need to wait for the United States to respond to its request in order to make progress in the investigation of the persons most responsible for the crimes committed. The Attorney General’s Office should take effective and timely measures that reflect its will in the fight against impunity; these actions should be supported by the respective administrative and judicial functionaries from both countries.

The following is each one of the implicated persons from Chiquita Brands:

Posted by: b real | Aug 3 2008 6:38 utc | 33

I remember the comic book conspiracy theory of the 50's: that communists were encouraging America's children to ruin their minds by reading trashy comics.

Now we make Hollywood blockbusters out of them - or even better - movies based on television series based on comics. Or kiddie toys, or Disney World attractions.

When are they going to do "The Green Hornet"?

Posted by: ralphieboy | Aug 3 2008 7:28 utc | 34

I'm in favor of deconstructing pop culture in these threads and don't find it any more of a time waster than some of our enlightened, but ultimately impotent, screeds about economics, political theory or transnational policies. It's useful as a supplement to a larger picture, accessible to most and, above all, interesting.

I think pop culture is a fairly accurate barometer of the mentality of the consuming public (that is to say, the governed). Whether the pop culture in question is the embodiment of an existing sentiment of the governed or the wishes of the governors being fed to the masses to be internalized is of secondary importance. There are messages to be divined from these sources if you can condescend to do so.

Posted by: Monolycus | Aug 3 2008 11:42 utc | 35

addendum: As far as propaganda goes, the Bush administration made no secret of enlisting "Hollywood" to further their agendae as far back as 2001. More than 9/11 or any other single event, stories like these sent my red flags flying about the breadth and scope of what this administration had planned.

Of course, now that the big ball has been fumbled, Bush is throwing his erstwhile allies to the wolves... as he has become famous for doing. So much for the Mighty Wurlitzer.

Posted by: Monolycus | Aug 3 2008 11:58 utc | 36

Nearly everything that we get bombarded with in the media, from news to entertainment, is run by several big megaglomerate corporations.

They were seriously cowed into supporting or at least going along with the Bush foreign policy agenda after 9/11 - out of fear of seeming less than patriotic.

Now that they have become aware of how greviously they were lead astray, they have started to turn on Bush. I see Obamamania as part of that payback.

Posted by: ralphieboy | Aug 3 2008 13:06 utc | 37

re pop culture as oracle and influencer, esp #'s 34-5, have in my 35 years in used book business looked in titles of 20's and 30's for evidence authors unconsciously anticipated holocaust etc, found much. (Also talked with sellers, on house calls, who left Europe in 30's about why they left and neighbors/friends/relatives didn't.) Nowadays find possible references many places to coastal deluges, inland cullings and current human sacrifices, but of course will seem significant only after the facts, if then.

re DM's #27, thanks for link, knew she was interesting on her mountain, will now read more.

Posted by: plushtown | Aug 3 2008 15:01 utc | 38

ghwawahahawawhhahaho!: US Government Secret Anthrax Assassin Commits Suicide, a bullshit conspiricy truther link supplied by DM. Right on cue.


Posted by: slothrop | Aug 3 2008 15:13 utc | 39

@ #25 Lizard, thanks much for that PkD essay. I felt a sort of gnostic rapture myself while reading it last night at midnight, listening to Japanese symphonic-techno, the air 25 degrees C and filled with the smoke and glow of wildfire...

Posted by: Cloud | Aug 3 2008 15:17 utc | 40

@Monolycus et al..

Indeed, the anthropological study of pop culture and kitsch, can give very interesting insights in to the American nuerosis, or any culture for that matter. And the complete inundation and take over of psyops in television, and the influence thereof can not be stated enough.

Television, Theater, Cinema, even Broadway, are but a few of the many forms of control of the population. Where theater, plays, etc use to be a valid forms of public service and education, thinking fellers entertainment, and parody, to relieve the stresses of a hard life. Not mention the German use of T.V. during WWII. I could add more, but have house guests and need to get back to them, but wanted to acknowledge mono's always welcome and pithy comments.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Aug 3 2008 15:24 utc | 41

@ plushtown 38: Interesting. Frank Herbert's theme of prophecies acting via populations to fulfill themselves, with little or no need for supernatural assistance, comes to mind.

Speaking of sealevel rise, you never responded to my question on furrylogick.blogspot, perhaps you don't have email notifications turned on. I only persist because I'm intrigued by all discussion of the ghosts of science fiction past.

Posted by: Cloud | Aug 3 2008 15:53 utc | 42

are you a troll?

Glenn Greenwald discusses the anthrax case in a far more logical way than does Ms Supkis. perhaps you should check that out.

what exactly is it that drives you to be offensive here? and you are offensive in case you haven't realized that by yourself.

Posted by: dan of steele | Aug 3 2008 16:07 utc | 43

asaik, I've never attacked a person here. I just respond to ad hominems directed at me. DM: pathetic "truther" paranoiac.

Thanks for the chuckles, DM.

Posted by: | Aug 3 2008 16:17 utc | 44

Watching Dark Knight, and watching my kid's reaction to it, reminded me of that Texas Hold'em joke, if you look around the room and can't tell who the sucker is, it's you. It reminded me more than anything of those mind-control stories from the 60's, reverting the viewers to a reptilian brain, Manchurian Candidate.
God help us if the NeoZi.con's broadcast the key word we've been programmed with!

Speaking of dark nights...

America these last two weeks just had its "Apollo 13" moment, for those who heard the "bang", (hey, G-d even had Qantas contribute the reality check!), now we're lost, drifting away towards a dark moon, away from life, away from home, shutting down the air and heat systems, one by one, Houston, we cry, can you hear me? But they don't give a fark, they're busy pimping oil and sucking blood with the prols.

What if you gave a moon launch, but nobody could afford this winter's heating oil?

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Posted by: Big Bang | Aug 3 2008 16:37 utc | 45

#42 Cloud, correct, e-mail notifications not turned on, will do so, thanks for response. Reference by bear is to tea/ganja taxation, which would be profitable and sensible but of course not produce so much taxpayer subsidized prison labor and might engender more anti-MICFiC thought. Reference to Heinlein by frog is because the ex-Navy man believed in practical solutions to obvious problems (ie dikes won't work if must be ever higher, digging inland seas was doable and potentially profitable).

Thought balloons are because ceramic frog smoking joint can't have speech balloon same time, and indeed speaking (beyond "don't Bogart") in 2 beast smoking session very wasteful.

Re Herbert, have only read Dune, and 40 years ago. Recommend Cordwainer Smith, William Tenn, Spider Robinson.

Posted by: plushtown | Aug 3 2008 16:46 utc | 46

an interesting interview with Peter Lamborn Wilson, aka Hakim Bey

Posted by: Lizard | Aug 3 2008 18:21 utc | 47

Israel's secret police pressuring sick Gazans to spy for them, says report

Israel's secret police are pressuring Palestinians in Gaza to spy on their community in exchange for urgent medical treatment, according to a report released today by an Israeli human rights organisation.
Typically, patients are taken to a small, windowless room, underground, beneath the security terminal at Erez, the only passenger crossing that remains open between Gaza and Israel, where they are questioned by Shin Bet agents for hours, the report says.

Refusal to cooperate often results in the denial of medical treatment. Based on the testimonies of more than 30 Palestinians - 11 of which are published - the report says the Shin Bet is using coercion and extortion to force patients to collaborate.

Posted by: b | Aug 4 2008 7:30 utc | 48

Solzhenitsyn dead at 89 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn has died. ( BBC ) The great author and opponent of totalitarianism lived to see the end of Communism in the Soviet Union and almost everywhere else. He survived WWII as a commander in the Soviet army before being put into gulags where he spent 20 years. He went on to write the Gulag Archipelago and win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970.

Words can't express how this news effects me, however, it is akin to having my favorite author die, one whose life work has predicted, wrote & railed against the calculated dehumanization of humanity, only to watch with their dying breath as their worst fears come true about humanity.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Aug 4 2008 9:38 utc | 49>the new cold fusion?

Posted by: anna missed | Aug 4 2008 18:20 utc | 50

i'm left unmoved by the death of mr solzhenitsyn - - his was antisemitism as ancient as the pale & the pogroms of the 19th century. so too was his mysticism

& i can think of many many other russsian writers this century who i prefer - bulgakov, singer, pasternak - all the poets mayakovsky, blok, yessenin, ahktamova - even voyzenevsky & yevtushenko - especially his magisterial 'babi yar'

there are many many memoirs of simple zeks from the gulag who who have written testimonies rich in both history & an understanding of humanity

i think i need to make another point here - a point made in the beautiful books of george jackson - soledad brother & blood in my eye - a history which gives us an inight into the american gulag - & gulag is the appropriate word for angola or marian or rikers where for this century alone black men have perished for nothing more than being different

Posted by: remembereringgiap | Aug 4 2008 18:52 utc | 51

@anna missed - that piece is complete nonsense.

To make hydrogen and oxygen by applying electricity is very old tech. To have a new catalyst for that happens every year or so. The question is how much more effective that catalyst is. The piece and other circulating around that press release do not tell how much that could/would be.

The usual catalysts give a 30% or so energy efficiency for electricity to hydrogen. Have the Harvard guys reached 31%? We don't know. Maybe they did. But why don't they tell us?

Posted by: b | Aug 4 2008 18:59 utc | 52

remembereringgiap, I value your thoughts commrade, and am greatful for the heads up as well as fist full of poets and authors you share above, I had no ideal solzhenitsyn was antisemitic, I have only read, 'One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich' for a gulag and concentration camp class and have not yet read anything else by him, though would still like to. I guess I perhaps foolishly, but certainly naively, lumped him into the bracket of other authors such as Gustaw Herling, (of which I have spoken of and posted about here many times) among other authors/survivors of totalitarian regimes and 'total institutions'. Lastly, I hope that my bumbling post hasn't made you see me in a darkened light.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Aug 4 2008 19:50 utc | 53

b - Apparently "the researchers claim" the efficiency with the new catalyst to be close to 100%

Posted by: Cloud | Aug 4 2008 20:07 utc | 54


far from it. i am in your debt for the fruits you give here & i have profited from them almost without exception

my dislike of solzhenitsn has nothing to do with a support for stalin or the stultification of the system - sovietisation was quite capable of freeing people instead of imprisoning them

i just never liked his writing very much - tho like a lot of russians - he has not been served well by translators - i think there are those who are more perceptive of the soviet reality, the russian reality

& the politics he articulated were truly terrible - on a par with his pal, zhirinovsky

Posted by: remembereringgiap | Aug 4 2008 20:08 utc | 55

chomsky on solzhenitsyn, from language and responsibility

QUESTION: What was the reaction of Americans to the statements of Solzhenitsyn?

CHOMSKY: Very interesting -- at least in the liberal press, which is what primarily concerns me. Some criticized his extravagances. He went well beyond what they could tolerate. For example, he called for direct intervention by the United States in the USSR -- of a sort that could very well lead to war and, far short of that, is likely to harm the Russian dissidents themselves. Also, he denounced American weakness in abandoning the struggle to subdue the Vietnamese resistance, publicly opposed democratic reforms in Spain, supported a journal that called for censorship in the United States, and so on. Nonetheless, the press never ceased marveling at what an absolute moral giant this man was. In our petty lives, we can barely imagine such heights of moral grandeur.

In fact, the "moral level" of Solzhenitsyn is quite comparable to that of many American Communists who have fought courageously for civil liberties here in their own country, while at the same time defending, or refusing to criticize, the purges and labor camps in the Soviet Union. Sakharov is not as outlandish in his views as Solzhenitsyn, certainly, but he too says that it was a great setback for the West not to have pursued the Vietnam war to an American victory. The United States did not act with sufficient resolution, and delayed too long in sending a large expeditionary force, he complains. Every fabrication of the U.S. propaganda apparatus is repeated, just as American Communists who have struggled for civil rights here parrot Russian propaganda. The easily documented fact of American aggression in South Vietnam is not part of history, for example. One must admire Sakharov's great courage and his fine work in defense of human rights in the Soviet Union. But to refer to such people as "moral giants" is quite remarkable.

Why do they do this? Because it is extremely important for mainstream American intellectuals to make people believe that the United States does not confront any real moral problems. Such problems only arise in the Soviet Union, and the "moral giants" are there to respond to them.

Compare Solzhenitsyn to many thousands of Vietnam war resisters and deserters; many of them acted at a moral level that is incomparably superior to his. Solzhenitsyn resolutely defends his own rights and those of people like him -- which is certainly admirable. The resisters and many deserters defended the rights of others -- namely, the victims of American aggression and terror. Their actions were on a much higher moral plane. Furthermore, their actions were not merely a response to their own persecution; for the most part they undertook these actions, which led to imprisonment or exile, of their own free will, when they could have easily lived in comfort. Yet we read in the American liberal journals that we can hardly conceive of the moral grandeur of Solzhenitsyn in our society, and surely can find no one like him. A very interesting pretense, with many implications.

It is quite generally claimed now that the American resistance had as its cause the young men's fear of being drafted; that's a very convenient belief for the intellectuals who confined themselves to "pragmatic" opposition to the war. But it is an enormous lie. For most of those who were in the resistance from its origins, nothing would have been easier than to escape the draft, with its class bias, as many others actually did. In fact, many of the activists already had deferments. Many of the deserters too chose a difficult and painful course for reasons of principle. But for those who supported the war initially, and who only raised their whisper of protest when the costs became too great, it is impossible to admit the existence of a courageous and principled resistance, largely on the part of youth, to the atrocities which they themselves had readily tolerated. The mainstream of American liberalism does not wish to hear anything about all that. It would raise too many embarrassing questions: What were they doing when the war resisters were facing prison or exile? And so on. So Solzhenitsyn comes to them as a gift of God, which permits them to evade moral questions, "exporting them," so to speak, and to conceal their own role as people who remained silent for so many years, or finally objected on narrow and morally repugnant grounds of cost and U.S. government interest.

Moynihan, when he was ambassador to the United Nations, produced the same effect when he attacked the Third World. These attacks aroused great admiration here; for example, when he denounced Idi Amin of Uganda as a "racist murderer." The question is not whether Idi Amin is a racist murderer. No doubt the appellation is correct. The question is, what does it mean for Moynihan to make this accusation and for others to applaud his honesty and courage in doing so? Who is Moynihan? He served in four administrations, those of Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford -- that is to say, administrations that were guilty of racist murder on a scale undreamed of by Idi Amin. Imagine that some minor functionary of the Third Reich had correctly accused someone of being a racist murderer. This manner of shifting moral issues to others is one of the ways to reconstruct the foundations of moral legitimacy for the exercise of American power, shaken during the Vietnam war. Solzhenitsyn is exploited to this end in a natural and predictable way, though of course one cannot on those grounds draw any conclusions in regard to his charges against the Soviet system of oppression and violence.

Think of someone like Angela Davis: she defends the rights of American blacks with great courage and conviction. At the same time she refused to defend Czech dissidents or to criticize the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia. Is she regarded as a "moral giant"? Hardly. Yet I believe she is superior to Solzhenitsyn on the moral level. At least she did not reproach the Soviet Union for not having conducted its atrocities with sufficient vigor.

Posted by: b real | Aug 4 2008 20:19 utc | 56

dissident voice: Colombia as a Model for Latin America

hrw: Colombia: Proposal Threatens ‘Parapolitics’ Investigations

(Washington, DC, August 4, 2008) — President Álvaro Uribe’s proposal to amend Colombia’s constitution would hurt accountability for politicians who collaborated with paramilitary death squads, Human Rights Watch said today.

One of the Uribe administration’s proposed amendments would remove all investigations of members of Congress from the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, which now has exclusive authority to try sitting congressmen. Instead, trials would be conducted before a local court in Bogotá, and the Supreme Court would only hear appeals. The text of the amendment is unclear as to whether prosecutors from the Attorney General’s office or judges from the Bogota court would conduct investigations.

Uribe’s proposal would undermine a series of ground-breaking investigations by the criminal chamber of the Supreme Court into the infiltration of paramilitaries in the Colombian Congress, which have come to be known as the “parapolitics” cases. More than 60 congressmen from Uribe’s coalition have come under investigation, and more than 30 of them are in prison for collaborating with the paramilitaries.

“Uribe is brazenly trying to take the power to investigate congressmen away from the one institution that has done the most to uncover and break paramilitary influence in the congress,” said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch. “This proposal serves no real purpose, other than to help members of Uribe’s coalition get off the hook.”

coha: After the Lease on the Ecuadorian Military Base at Manta Expires, Where Will the U.S. Turn Next?

On July 29, the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry officially notified the U.S. Embassy that Washington’s ten-year lease on the Ecuadorian military base at Manta would not be renewed after it expires in November 2009. The statement, which declared that U.S. military aircraft and personnel must vacate the Manta air base starting in August 2009, echoed a recent revision of the nation’s constitution, which bans foreign military bases in the country. The declaration released by Ecuadorian officials has recently revived speculation over the future of U.S. military presence in Latin America as a number of progressive regional leaders continue to distance themselves from any form of U.S. military presence on their territory.

The U.S. recently denied that it was pursuing any alternative to Manta, specifically referring to rumors of deals with neighboring allies like Colombia, Panama and Peru. Yet Admiral James Stavridis, the Commander of U.S. Southern Command, stated in April 2008 that if the Manta lease was not renewed, the U.S. military would replace Manta with another drug-surveillance facility, known as “Forward Operating Locations” (FOLs). On that occasion, Stavridis added that both Colombia and Peru had expressed some interest in housing a future U.S. base. During recent negotiations between the U.S. and the aforementioned countries, local authorities disclosed that such facilities were not on the agenda, which contradicted some U.S. officials’ statements.

On July 25, Colombian defense minister Juan Manuel Santos traveled to Washington to engage in talks with the U.S., purportedly to discuss the possibility of a U.S. military base on Colombian territory, an allegation Santos has since denied. In June, the well-known Buenos Aires daily, Página 12, claimed that, despite Peruvian President Alan Garcia’s denial of negotiations with the U.S., a representative of the country’s armed forces stated that the construction of a facility was being negotiated for the area of Ayacucho. Panama also recently has expressed interest in welcoming a U.S. military base in the country as part of a broader remilitarization effort now under way. On May 6, Panamanian President Martin Torrijos traveled to Washington to meet with President Bush, allegedly to discuss increasing U.S. military presence in Panama in order to fight drug trafficking in the region.


ips: Q&A: 'All Political Violence Is Not Terrorism': Interview with Gustavo Gorriti, author of The Shining Path

Posted by: b real | Aug 5 2008 4:47 utc | 57

@Monolycus #35:

I can understand (and sympathize with) your frustration with the timescale of change, but sites like MoA are certainly far from impotent. They educate and agitate, and are changing peoples' minds. I am not the same person I was before finding Whiskey Bar and MoA, and all the other sites I regularly visit or have worn out. Even if we in our time only have the power to be vessels of information, is that not important? Not honorable? I do not have the economic wherewithal to go to protests and take hard action and risk losing my job. And I have a responsibility to my dear wife. But I can certainly remember what happened as I pass through life, and I can take that knowledge and put it to good use.

You're a valuable contributor here, Mono, please don't burn out or fade away! We are all victims and perpetrators of the Unbroken's up to us whether the links we forge are beautiful or ugly.

Posted by: Dr. Wellington Yueh | Aug 5 2008 5:26 utc | 58

@Cloud, #42:

I read the Dune series (repeating a couple volumes) beginning in high school, and didn't get around to Herbert's other works until I recently read The Eyes of Heisenberg. This work seemed like the birthplace (forgive the pun) of many of the themes in the Dune series. Genetic manipulation, the Long Project, 'hydraulic despotism' (though in "Eyes" it may be unintentional). Also in "Eyes" are heavy treatments of powerful elites, the panopticon, extreme stratification of society, and an utterly disposable proletariat - so disposable the elites decide to wipe out a whole populated region so they could 'start with a clean slate.' (Sound familiar?)

My former boss (who turned me on to Niven) had recommended The White Plague, so that's probably the next Herbert work I will read.

Could rattle on about SF all day, but I'll stop now and relinquish the mic...

Posted by: Dr. Wellington Yueh | Aug 5 2008 6:20 utc | 59

Cloud @40: i somehow missed that--the beautiful scene you set...

Dr. WY: good to see a fellow SFer. and i agree with all of #58

Posted by: Lizard | Aug 5 2008 6:32 utc | 60

This summer fantasy may be pure disinformation, but at least it does tickle many of the right keys, including the still popular (and still in Thailand "fighting extradition" with a smile) Viktor Bout.
The Belgian case against Bout was dropped on May 29, 2007
by reason of a 10 year statute of limitations on prosecution: one can only wonder what prevented the Belgian investigators from producing a convincing case. Was it lack of evidence, or lack of political will to prosecute and dredge up tawdry affairs involving local potentates?

Of course, stories like this, or this too , or all those involving compromised U.S. telecommunications security at the hands of the unmentionable ally rapidly slip into the memory hole for all except the inveterate conspiracy theorist.

Question in passing raised by the second link: can anyone document the assertion that Urban Moving Systems was involved in the Zim American-Israeli Shipping Co. transfer from the World Trade Center to Norfolk, Virginia between April 25 and September 1, 2001?

I find this unlikely for various reasons, including simple good business sense and (alternatively) poor tradecraft. The main firm handling details of the transfer was Hunter Management Corp.

Posted by: Hannah K. O'Luthon | Aug 5 2008 8:42 utc | 61

@cloud - b - Apparently "the researchers claim" the efficiency with the new catalyst to be close to 100%

I wonder why the original MIT article made no mention of that ...


Thanks to all for the valuable links and opinions.

Posted by: b | Aug 5 2008 12:30 utc | 62

monolycus @35: yes! though i often get scoffs from people who claim to have cut the cord of pop culture, but i still find value in keeping up with how the majority of the population is mentally sculpted (though often stare blankly when someone tries to bring analyses to the product they've lazily consumed).

batman broke 300 million the fastest, so is like the bestest ever, right!, and then you've got this quickly perceived weirdness?">">weirdness? sprouting up, thanks to the speed our drivel can travel, like in JUMPER with Hayden whatever who was only partly responsible for killing star wars

i'm sure there are many different levels of, what is it? gullability? when it comes to acknowledging superstitions, curses, and other unprovable phenomena. like election results and free markets and stuff.


thanks b, although felt sort of guilty with that last link, since you just "gave props" for the valuable ones (giving "props" is what white suburban kids trying to mimic the gangsta' culture big media coopted from hip hop say)

Posted by: Lizard | Aug 6 2008 3:03 utc | 63

Via John Young's Cryptome site, this discussion of the Litvinenko case by
arch-conspiracy-theorist Trowbridge Ford.

Posted by: Hannah K. O'Luthon | Aug 6 2008 7:14 utc | 64

thanks HKOL #64 for link, looking at what he had on Illuminati connected to this>Rothschild timeline, though I think he shouldn't be calling this family or allies "Jews" (also would like footnotes, not just bibliography.)

These people are enemies of Jews as they are of everybody else, as made clear from "1897" Herzl quote below. The other quotes add up to Luciferianism, not Jewishness, Protestantism, Catholicity or anything else. (Actually, think Christianity is a setup from the get-go whose major purpose is to engender anti-Semitism, a very useful tool as Herzl says.)

1881: President James A. Garfield (The 20th President of the United States who lasted only 100 Days) states two weeks before he is assassinated,

“Whoever controls the volume of money in our country is absolute master of all industry and commerce…and when you realize that the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.”

1897: The Rothschilds found the Zionist Congress to promote Zionism (a political movement with the sole aim of moving all Jews into a singularly Jewish nation state) and arrange its first meeting in Munich. However due to extreme opposition from local Jews, who are quite happy where they are, this meeting has to be moved to Basle, Switzerland and takes place on 29 August. The meeting is chaired by Ashkenazi Jew, Theodor Herzl, who would state in his diaries,

"It is essential that the sufferings of Jews….become worse….this will assist in realization of our plans….I have an excellent idea….I shall induce anti-Semites to liquidate Jewish wealth….The anti-Semites will assist us thereby in that they will strengthen the persecution and oppression of Jews. The anti-Semites shall be our best friends."

Herzl is subsequently elected President of the Zionist Organisation which adopts the, "Rothschild Red Hexagram or Sign," as the Zionist flag which 51 years later will end up as the flag of Israel.

1920: Winston Churchill (whose mother, Jenny (Jacobson) Jerome, was Jewish – meaning he is Jewish under Ashkenazi law as he was born of a Jewish mother) writes in an article in the Illustrated Sunday Herald, dated February 8th,

"From the days of Illuminati leader Weishaupt, to those of Karl Marx, to those of Trotsky, this worldwide conspiracy has been steadily growing.

And now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America, have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads and become the undisputed masters of that enormous empire."

1948: In the Spring of this year, the Rothschilds bribe President Harry S. Truman (33rd President of the United States 1945 – 1953) to recognise Israel (Rothschild owned Zionist not Jewish territory) as a sovereign state with $2,000,000 which they give to him on his campaign train.

They then declare Israel to be a sovereign Jewish state in Palestine and within half an hour President Truman declared the United States to be the first foreign nation to recognise it.

The Flag of Israel is unveiled. Despite tremendous opposition the emblem on the flag is a blue coloured version of the Rothschild, "Red Hexagram or Sign."

This angers many Jews who realise this Hexagram was used in the ancient mystery religions as the symbol of, "Moloch," (described as a demon of unwilling sacrifice and is also interestingly the name of the stone owl the elite worship at Bohemian Grove), and, "Astaroth," (described as the Lord Treasurer of Hell).

The Hexagram was also used to represent Saturn, which has been identified as the esoteric name for, "Satan." This indicates that anyone killed in the name of Israel is actually a sacrifice to Satan. These dissenting Jews believe the, "Menorah," the oldest Jewish symbol should be used and pointed out that the Hexagram is not even a Jewish symbol, but of course as the Rothschild Zionists use it that is what ends up on the Rothschild, I mean Zionist, I mean Israeli flag.

And now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America, have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads and become the undisputed masters of that enormous empire."

1948: In the Spring of this year, the Rothschilds bribe President Harry S. Truman (33rd President of the United States 1945 – 1953) to recognise Israel (Rothschild owned Zionist not Jewish territory) as a sovereign state with $2,000,000 which they give to him on his campaign train.

They then declare Israel to be a sovereign Jewish state in Palestine and within half an hour President Truman declared the United States to be the first foreign nation to recognise it.

The Flag of Israel is unveiled. Despite tremendous opposition the emblem on the flag is a blue coloured version of the Rothschild, "Red Hexagram or Sign."

This angers many Jews who realise this Hexagram was used in the ancient mystery religions as the symbol of, "Moloch," (described as a demon of unwilling sacrifice and is also interestingly the name of the stone owl the elite worship at Bohemian Grove), and, "Astaroth," (described as the Lord Treasurer of Hell).

The Hexagram was also used to represent Saturn, which has been identified as the esoteric name for, "Satan." This indicates that anyone killed in the name of Israel is actually a sacrifice to Satan. These dissenting Jews believe the, "Menorah," the oldest Jewish symbol should be used and pointed out that the Hexagram is not even a Jewish symbol,

Posted by: plushtown | Aug 6 2008 15:26 utc | 65

sorry duplication above, squirelly.

Posted by: plushtown | Aug 6 2008 15:28 utc | 66

Squirelly indeed, am now worrying that timing of Olympic beginning for 8:08 pm Beijing time 8/8/08 (8:08 am NY time) because Chinese consider 8 lucky because pronounced it sounds like "wealth" (other numbers similarly ranked, "4" sounds like "death") may not prove fortuitous for Chinese, or in fact anyone but those with the most wealth.

Evangelicals may not be pleased either, though 888 in Greek apparently equals Jesus:

Each letter of the Greek and Hebrew alphabets has a numeric value. Click here to see a table listing these letter-number equivalents. The numeric sum of the letters spelling Jesus in Greek is 888.

Iesous = I (10) + e (8) + s (200) + o (70) + u (400) + s (200) = 888>link

But back to China, from>article after the 5/12/08 earthquake.

In China, it's about numbers: add up the dates of the snowstorm (1-25), the Tibet riots (3-14) and the earthquake (5-12) individually and you get "8" normally an unusually auspicious number and the reason the Olympics will kick off on 8-8-08 (and why it costs significantly more to get a phone number with multiple 8's).

Anyway don't know if what I expect sometime soon (coasts gone etc.)will happen then, have been publicly wrong twice before, but am definitely in squirelly mode.

Posted by: plushtown | Aug 6 2008 16:04 utc | 67

glimpse of truth.wapo

But the Ministry of Defence statement said: "The only limit on our involvement was Prime Minister Maliki's rightful concern that the operation was seen by the people of Basra to be Iraqi-led."

was 'seen' as iraqi led? lol what happened to the official line at the time "Maliki decided to launch the offensive without consulting his U.S. allies.. and that they were all arguing over "who's got the best conspiracy theory about why Maliki decided to act now". bla bla bla

Posted by: annie | Aug 6 2008 16:27 utc | 68


the link re the rothschilds is anti semitism of the vilest kind

shit like that makes anti zionist critique almost impossible & a real critique of zionism, of the state of israel is required. conspiracies are for the large part criminal therefore, simple

it is far more important to use the methodologies of history - to see how the state of israel has in fact dishonoured jewish history rather than celebrate it. how everything from roman catholicisms edict against the jewish people for centuries, the pogroms of the poles & the russians, the exterminatory anti semitism of the baltic countries & ukraine, how western europe initiated & allowed an exterminatory anti-semitism to take place - how all these factors have been transformed into a policy towards the arab people in general & the palestinians in particular which are - genocidal

to me that is far more useful to understand the parallels between how a victim becomes the master

for example, in russia where the russian who were jewish were the most courageous of bolsheviks but were also represented in what was called the 'vor' - the criminal gangs that preceded the revolution, function under soviet russia & transformed in one way or other into the post soviet oligarchy in either form or fact. & how the state of israel has instrumentalised the oligarchs as they have instrumentalised the state of israel. they represent the most extreme right positions in israeli politics. a study of that reality needs to be absolutely free of anti semitism & requires a close reading of history

jewish mysticism probably represents one of the highest aspects of specultive thinking - why has it become brutalised by a politics that is brutal, simple & cruel

the ruling classes in most societies are just another form of criminal gangs & their 'conspiracies' are usually of a short term benfit - based on getting the result in the quickest time imaginable

but any critique which implies 500 years, 100 years of planning is ahistorical & is quite simply stupid

i would rathe understand wy at the end of the 2nd world - southern germany, bavaria for example & parts of austria was not transfromed into a jewish state - that for me appears on the surface far more logical

what i am saying - is that today the state of israel represents a critical problem for humanity & not the jewish people, not even the jewish elites (who are in fact intermingled with other elites) &that any critique must be free of even the hint of anti semitism

Posted by: remembereringgiap | Aug 6 2008 17:17 utc | 69

adding to a topic that i've been updating occasionally (last entry on june 18th) on what u.s. marines are really doing in east africa under the pretext of drilling boreholes & other faux-humanitarian missions, in an article posted thursday on security activities along kenya's border w/ somalia in nairobi's east african standard one can read the following:

"We are keeping vigil and our usual border patrol to curb infiltration of would be criminals into our borders. However, we are faced with the challenges of the porous border that stretches over 1,200km," [North Eastern Provincial police boss Stephen] Chelimo said.

The security personnel are also using local peace elders to feed them with information on suspicious people in their amidst. There has been an increase in spot checks of public transport vehicles, and commuters are being asked to identify themselves.

The surveillance has been boosted with the presence of US marines on humanitarian mission of drilling boreholes and rehabilitating learning and health facilities.

The marines, who are in their sixth year in this tail part of Kenya, have reportedly planted surveillance gadgets to be picked by satellite along the border. Based on this surveillance, early this year the US launched an attack in Dobley a small town along the Kenya/Somalia border. The target was Hassan Turki believed to be another mastermind of the 1998 attacks and Sheikh Aweys, the leader of the deposed of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) linked with Al-qaeda.

Posted by: b real | Aug 7 2008 3:20 utc | 70

HIV, AIDS & Gallo’s Egg

Filed Under: Academia, Science, Health Care, Race, Author: Clark Baker, Corruption

Last June, I posted this report about US hospitals and how many rely on fraud, preventable injuries and infections to patients to compensate for losses due to our government’s insistence that private hospitals treat and care for uninsured and underinsured citizens, indigents, and illegal aliens.

I learned how hospitals destroy good physicians and how predatory hospital chains like Tenet, Kaiser Permanente, and Adventist pressure local physicians already in successful private practice to join their groups. Those who refuse are targeted for sham peer review by corporate administrators and MDs who accuse non-compliant physicians as dangerous, incompetent, or disruptive.

Posted by: jony_b_cool | Aug 7 2008 3:27 utc | 71

u.s. ambassador to kenya ranneberger makes himself an easy target for hypocrisy awards in this quote

Q - What can America tell Kenyans, 10 years after the attack on the US Embassy in Nairobi?

A - The best way to make a country even safer is to strengthen the democratic institutions. The progress Kenya has made so far is commendable


Posted by: b real | Aug 7 2008 3:33 utc | 72

MIT catalyst breakthrough debunked at the Oil Drum...

Posted by: biklett | Aug 7 2008 4:33 utc | 73

yo, patricia...

ips: COLOMBIA: Video Raises Numerous Questions About Rescue Mission

BOGOTA, Aug 6 (IPS) - "It is a serious matter that members of the armed forces clandestinely leaked news without coordination with their superiors," says a presidential communiqué issued in Colombia after a local TV station broadcast a video on the operation in which Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages held by the FARC guerrillas were rescued last month.
The video clearly shows that at least one U.S. military cargo plane was involved in the rescue operation.

The broadcast by RCN, a station close to the government, also shows that the military helmets used by the intelligence team that carried out the rescue mission, which had been painted red and white, were carrying microphones, reportedly connected to the Defence Ministry and the U.S. cargo plane.

Thus, the Colombian military forces and the U.S. army Southern Command directly received coded messages from the officers taking part in the operation: "Fuel Ok" meant that everything was going as planned, and "Takeoff Ok" meant that the helicopter was taking off with the 15 hostages.

Gerardo Aguilar, alias "César", the head of the FARC unit that was holding the hostages, who was captured in the operation, said the first thing he saw when the helicopter rose above the jungle were two planes flying high overhead in a wide circle.

The Colombian government has not yet acknowledged the U.S. Southern Command’s active participation in planning and implementing the mission, although Colombian generals who said they commanded Operation Check admitted that there was a "button" installed by the United States in the helicopters.

The "button" was to be pushed if the guerrilla unit guarding the hostages did not fall for the ruse, which would have activated an unprecedented all-out military attack by the Colombian air force.

According to a so far unconfirmed version obtained by IPS, the Southern Command headed the operation from the very start, a year earlier.

where is pat, anyway?

also, that report also has more information on the use of red cross symbols and phony journalists

Posted by: b real | Aug 7 2008 4:50 utc | 74

fair's extra: Selling the Colombia Trade Pact: Papers spin deal into a ‘no-brainer’


coha: The “Bridge” in the Coup: the IRI in Venezuela

• Senator McCain’s “hands on” chairmanship; IRI President calls organization the “bridge” in April 11, 2002 coup
• NED and IRI exert conservative influence in Venezuela
• The Bush Administration’s limited commitment to democratic legitimacy


john pilger: The lies of Hiroshima live on, props in the war crimes of the 20th century
The 1945 attack was murder on an epic scale. In its victims' names, we must not allow a nuclear repeat in the Middle East

The question begs: are the rest of us to be mere bystanders, claiming, as good Germans did, that "we did not know"? Do we hide ever more behind what Richard Falk has called "a self-righteous, one-way, legal/moral screen [with] positive images of western values and innocence portrayed as threatened, validating a campaign of unrestricted violence"? Catching war criminals is fashionable again. Radovan Karadzic stands in the dock, but Sharon and Olmert, Bush and Blair do not. Why not? The memory of Hiroshima requires an answer.


The two earliest justifications for the European presence in North America were materialism and idealism. And the marriage of capitalism and democracy is a way to bring those two conflicting impulses together and ignore their inherent contradictions. ... ..that age-old conflict between our material goals and our spiritual justifications ... lie[s] at the heart of the American Dream, and also now at the heart of American history. That conflict has made us murderers over and over again. Thus the true American is a killer. The true American is a cynical, materialistic grabber on the one hand, reaching for gold, yet he has an idealistic, even religious, sense of mission. When you tell yourself that big a lie and you call it a dream, you're going to end up committing acts of violence. It's the nature of human psychology. If it's part of our mythology as a people, then as a people we're going to act violently. And we have historically done exactly that...
-- russell banks, dreaming up america

Posted by: b real | Aug 7 2008 5:10 utc | 75

McCain ad depicts Obama as anti-christ by using associations with the Left-Behind series

Posted by: b | Aug 7 2008 5:48 utc | 76

thanks Biklett @73 - anna missed, who I first didn't get, was right: "cold fusion II"

Posted by: b | Aug 7 2008 5:56 utc | 77

imho, its a weak theme and a weak ad. But if all else fails, Diebold

Posted by: jony_b_cool | Aug 7 2008 6:38 utc | 78

and to tell it like it is, McCain so far is still a babe in the woods wrt employing race, compared to the Clintons

Posted by: jony_b_cool | Aug 7 2008 6:51 utc | 79

@b real - any ideas about the coup in Mauritania - there are some 200+ U.S. marines there.


Posted by: b | Aug 7 2008 6:54 utc | 80

Another success for the Surge: Iraqi parliament adjourns without setting elections

After weeks of late-night negotiations and under intense U.S. pressure, Iraqi lawmakers failed to pass a much-debated provincial elections law Wednesday before adjourning for the month.

The failure to pass the law, which would govern elections in provinces across the country, may push the elections into next year. If elections don't happen by the end of this year, it could be July before the balloting could be carried out, U.N. spokesman Said Arikat said.

Posted by: b | Aug 7 2008 8:18 utc | 81

The land of unchecked settler harassment

Since mid-June, the human rights group Yesh Din registered at least nine attacks on Palestinian families living in Burin, carried out by settlers living in outposts near Yitzhar or the settlement of Bracha, which is situated on the mountain across from the Palestinian village.

The repertoire of settler attacks includes burning down groves and other agricultural produce, killing livestock, setting homes and cars alight, and incidents like the one that took place last Friday, when a settler youth threw a rock on a Palestinian vehicle driving near Route 60, injuring a pregnant mother and her daughter.

Three days after the killing of the donkey, what has come to be called the "Great Blaze" took place in Burin, which is situated in a wadi, between two settlements.

Posted by: b | Aug 7 2008 8:27 utc | 82

@80 -

i really don't know much about mauritania. waded through some of the coverage yesterday. the only blog that really seemed to be covering it is western sahara info, but there was no info to bring in the role of u.s. & mauritania military-to-military relations

during the 2005 coup i remember that wayne madsen was writing alot on the u.s. involvement there - August 4, 2005 -- Mauritanian coup has Bush adminstration/Big Oil fingerprints (scroll down)

the notion that there was a democracy in mauritania is considered a joke, as one paragraph in an IRIN article yesterday alludes

Mauritanian graduate student Boubacar Datt, studying in neighbouring Dakar, Senegal, says some in Mauritania might feel relief in the wake of the coup, because they are eager for change. “What they don’t see is that Sidi [Mohamed ould Cheikh Abdallahi] was only a mascot and never had power. People talk about Mauritania being a democracy, but Mauritania has always been led by military. This [coup] comes as no surprise. Democracy does not exist. It is only on papers. In daily life, Sidi [Mohamed ould Cheikh Abdallahi] could not realise his campaign promises.”

saw similar opinions yesterday (e.g., follow links & coverage @ western sahara blog link above)

inner city press reported that news on mauritania was being downplayed at the u.n. yesterday

The echo of the coup d'etat in Mauritania was faint indeed at the UN. At Wednesday's noon briefing, Spokesperson Michele Montas read out a statement beginning that "the Secretary-General deeply regrets the overthrow on 6 August 2008 of the Government of President Sidi Mohamed Ould Chiekh Abdallahi." Why, she was asked, did Ban Ki-moon not "deplore" the coup?

U.S. Ambassador Alejandro Wolff raised the stakes at the stakeout in front of the Security Council, stating that "coups against democratically elected constitutional governments are to be deplored." But when asked if the U.S. would raise the matter in the Council, he said "we are looking into the matter and assessing its implications for international peace and security... we'll be able to give you further details as the day progresses."

Later in the day, an African diplomat coming out of the Council told Inner City Press that the issue still hadn't been raised. Some wondered, with the Council's recent interest in elections, why nothing was yet said about an outright coup d'etat.

haven't started reading today's news yet. would also help to review oil & u.s. military activities/assistance/funding in the region

Posted by: b real | Aug 7 2008 15:01 utc | 83



not likely AFRICOM, per se. it's still a subcommand under EUCOM & hasn't assumed responsibility for all of the EUCOM & CENTCOM programs on the continent yet. and the new command has been running into all kinds of problems trying to get started, not the least of which is public relations. madsen's info points to a history of u.s. involvement in previous coups/attempts in mauritania. if anyone from AFRICOM was involved & that info got out, it'd be a PR nightmare for them.

Posted by: b real | Aug 7 2008 15:18 utc | 84

also, the story @ #74 about u.s. involvement in the colombia rescue operation would make a great front page story - every wire service yesterday only picked up on the red cross angle & entirely left out the part about the u.s. role revealed so far. i don't have time to write up anything coherent, but we've documented alot of it already in various threads here

Posted by: b real | Aug 7 2008 15:26 utc | 85

McCain Fund-Raiser Has Ties to Equatorial Guinea

Mary Jacoby reports on political fund-raising.

Charlie Black, a senior adviser to Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign, has drawn a lot of attention for his past lobbying for foreign governments with records of human rights abuses. Earlier this year, he severed all lobbying ties. But it turns out that one of his former firm’s controversial clients from the mid 1990s has connections to the McCain network.

Oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, is represented in Washington by Juan Carlos Benitez, a top McCain fund-raiser.

Security forces have tortured prisoners, elections are “seriously flawed,” and corruption is endemic in the West African nation, according to the State Department’s annual report on human rights around the world. In 2004, top officials were implicated in a money-laundering scandal involving the former Riggs Bank in Washington.

By then, Black’s old firm, Black Manafort Stone & Kelly, had stopped representing the country.

In 2004, Equatorial Guinea entered into a $120,000-a-month contract with Benitez’s firm, Cassidy & Associates, records at the Justice Department show. The contract, which calls for “enhancing the United States’ understanding of Equatorial Guinea’s history, culture and strategic goals,” remains active, DOJ records show.

Cassidy & Associates spokesman Tom Alexander said Black had nothing to do Equatorial Guinea’s decision to hire Cassidy in 2004. And Benitez has bipartisan company on the account: The lead Cassidy lobbyist for the country is Amos Hochstein, who served as deputy campaign manager for Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut in his failed bid for the presidential nomination.

Benitez has committed to raise between $50,000 and $100,000 for the Arizona Republican, according to McCain’s Web site.

Posted by: DB | Aug 7 2008 16:04 utc | 86

b real

the boats have landed. merci

Posted by: remembereringgiap | Aug 7 2008 18:07 utc | 87

@ rgiap #69, did preface said link w/ this: "Rothschild timeline, though I think he shouldn't be calling this family or allies "Jews" (also would like footnotes, not just bibliography.)

These people are enemies of Jews as they are of everybody else, as made clear from "1897" Herzl quote below. The other quotes add up to Luciferianism, not Jewishness, Protestantism, Catholicity or anything else. (Actually, think Christianity is a setup from the get-go whose major purpose is to engender anti-Semitism, a very useful tool as Herzl says.)"

Personally, think being anti-top-Rothschilds/Rockefellers/Morgans/Duponts etc. is philo-Semitism.

In any case, searching the Herzl diaries quote, found this anti-Zionist site>jewsagainstzionism

Searching "Rothschild" on it gets only 2 very minor references, so like everyone else not polluted by idiotic anti-Semitism they must act as though Rothschild's and allies are not important. (If money rules, how can those who rule money not be important?)

Anyway, 1 is this>primary source re founding of Israel, but the Rothschild mention is not the interesting part.

Functionaries are forced/paid to think short term. Owners and business associations think long term.

Re corporations becoming persons under 1868 U.S. 14th amendment (and now "corporations = persons" is forced internationally) :

Beginning in the 1870's corporate lawyers began asserting that corporations were persons with many of the rights of natural persons. It should be understood that the term "artificial person" was already in long use, with no mistake that corporations were claiming to have the rights of natural persons. "Artificial person" was used because there were certain resemblances, in law, between a natural person and corporations. Both could be parties in a lawsuit; both could be taxed; both could be constrained by law. In fact the corporations had been called artificial persons by courts in England as early as the 16th century because lawyers for the corporations had asserted they could not be convicted under the English laws of the time because the laws were worded "No person shall..."

The need to be freed from legislative and judicial constraints, combined with the use of the word "person" in the U.S. Constitution and the concept of the "artificial person," led to the argument that these "artificial persons" were "persons" with an inconsequential "artificial" adjective appended. If it could be made so, if the courts would accept that corporations were among the "persons" talked about by the U.S. Constitution, then the corporations would gain considerably more leverage against legal restraint.

These arguments were made by corporate lawyers at the State level, in court after court, and many judges, being former corporate attorneys and usually at least moderately wealthy themselves, were sympathetic to any argument that would strengthen corporations. There was a national campaign to get the legal establishment to accept that corporations were persons. This cumulated in the Santa Clara decision of 1886, which has been used as the precedent for all rulings about corporate personhood since then.

Though it is not yet clear who hatched this plan or where the campaign began, the early cases mainly concerned railroads. In the late 1800's railroads were the most powerful corporations in the country. Most of the nation's farmers were dependent on them to haul their produce; even the manufacturing corporations were at their mercy when they needed coal, iron ore, finished iron, or any other materials transported. That the lawyers for the railway corporations had planned a national campaign to make corporations full, unqualified legal persons is demonstrated by the Supreme Court making several decisions in which this was an issue in 1877. In four cases that reached the Supreme Court [94 U.S. 155, 94 U.S. 164, 94 U.S. 179, 94 U.S. 180 (1877)] it was argued by the railroads that they were protected by the 14th Amendment from states regulating the maximum rates they could charge. In each case the Court did not render an opinion as to whether corporations were persons covered by the 14th Amendment. Bypassing that issue, they said that the 14th Amendment was not meant to prevent states from regulating commerce.

Similarly, in 1877, in Munn v. Illinois [94 U.S. 113 (1876)], the Supreme Court decided that the 14th Amendment did not prevent the State of Illinois from regulating charges for use of a business's grain elevators, ignoring the question of whether Munn & Scott was a person. Later, in Northwestern Nat Life Ins. Co. v. Riggs [203 U.S. 243 (1906)], having accepted that corporations are people, the court still ruled that the 14th Amendment was not a bar to many state laws that effectively limited a corporations right to contract business as it pleases.

Calling silence a victory, from 1877 to 1886 corporate lawyers assumed that corporations were persons, and their opponents argued that they were not. In Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company [118 U.S. 394 (1886)], at the lower court levels the question of whether corporations were persons had been argued, and these arguments were submitted in writing to the Court. However, before oral argument took place, Chief Justice Waite announced: "The court does not wish to hear argument on the question whether the provision in the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which forbids a State to deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws, applies to these corporations. We are all of the opinion that it does."

It is not half as strange that the Supreme Court judges would render such an opinion, given their allegiance to the propertied class, as the way that they rendered it. These guys loved to write long-winded, complex opinions; look at any Supreme Court opinion of the time (or any time) and you'll see that. This question had never been covered in a Supreme Court decision; it had been avoided. Here was the perfect chance for any of nine Supreme Court judges to make his place in history. All declined. No one wanted to explain how an amendment about ex-slaves had converted artificial entities into the legal equivalent of natural persons.

This opinion without explanation, given before argument had even been heard, became the law of the United States of America. No state or federal legislature passed it or even discussed; no Amendment to the Constitution was deemed necessary; the citizens were simply informed that they had a mistaken view about corporations, if they were informed at all. Future Supreme Courts refused to even consider the question, preferring to build on it, though occasionally future justices would try to raise the question again.

Was the 14th Amendment about corporations? One of the 1886 judges, Samuel F. Miller, had not thought so in 1872, only 6 years after the Amendment had become law, when the court was "called upon for the first time to give construction to these articles." In the Slaughterhouse Cases [83 U.S. 36 (1872)], he stated (and I quote at length because it is important not only to the question of corporate personhood, but to the question of civil rights):

The most cursory glance at these articles discloses a unity of purpose, when taken in connection with the history of the times, which cannot fail to have an important bearing on any question of doubt concerning their true meaning. Nor can such doubts, when any reasonably exist, be safely and rationally solved without a reference to that history, for in it is found the occasion and the necessity for recurring again to the great source of power in this country, the people of the States, for additional guarantees of human rights, additional powers to the Federal government; additional restraints upon those of the States. Fortunately, that history is fresh within the memory of us all, and its leading features, as they bear upon the matter before us, free from doubt.

The institution of African slavery, as it existed in about half the States of the Union, and the contests pervading the public mind for many years between those who desired its curtailment and ultimate extinction and those who desired additional safeguards for its security and perpetuation, culminated in the effort, on the part of most of the States in which slavery existed, to separate from the Federal government and to resist its authority. This constituted the war of the rebellion, and whatever auxiliary causes may have contributed to bring about this war, undoubtedly the overshadowing and efficient cause was African slavery.

They [Negroes] were in some States forbidden to appear in the towns in any other character than menial servants. They were required to reside on and cultivate the soil without the right to purchase or own it. They were excluded from many occupations of gain, and were not permitted to give testimony in the courts in any case where a white man was a party. It was said that their lives were at the mercy of bad men, either because the laws for their protection were insufficient or were not enforced.

These circumstances, whatever of falsehood or misconception may have been mingled with their presentation, forced upon the statesmen who had conducted the Federal government in safety through the crisis of the rebellion, and who supposed that, by the thirteenth article of amendment, they had secured the result of their labors, the conviction that something more was necessary in the way of constitutional protection to the unfortunate race who had suffered so much. They accordingly passed through Congress the proposition for the fourteenth amendment, and they declined to treat as restored to their full participation in the government of the Union the States which had been in insurrection until they ratified that article by a formal vote of their legislative bodies.

. . .

We repeat, then, in the light of this recapitulation of events, almost too recent to be called history, but which are familiar to us all, and on the most casual examination of the language of these amendments, no one can fail to be impressed with the one pervading purpose found in them all, lying at the foundation of each, and without which none of them would have been even suggested; we mean the freedom of the slave race, the security and firm establishment of that freedom, and the protection of the newly made freeman and citizen from the oppressions of those who had formerly exercised unlimited dominion over him.

It has been argued that the men who wrote the 14th Amendment specifically meant for the word person to be a loophole which you could drive a giant corporation through. Apparently in one of the railroad cases an attorney who had been on the committee that drafted the amendment waived a paper before the court claiming that it documented such; but the paper was not entered as evidence, nor apparently was it shown to anyone, nor was it saved. However, careful research has shown that, John A. Bingham the member of Congress who is known to have been chiefly responsible for the phraseology of Section One when it was drafted by the Joint Committee in 1866, had, during the previous decade and as early as 1856-1859, employed not one but all three of the same clauses and concepts he later used in Section One. More important still, Bingham employed these guarantees specifically and in a context which suggested that free Negroes and mulattoes rather than corporations and business enterprise unquestionably were the persons' to which he then referred. [Graham, Howard Jay, Everyman's Constitution, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1968][See also Graham, Howard Jay, AThe Conspiracy Theory of the Fourteenth Amendment,@ The Yale Law Journal, Vol. 47: 341, 1938]

Before the Supreme Court determined that corporations were persons and hence had constitutional rights female citizens had decided that the Fourteenth Amendment should be interpreted to give them the right to vote. In Minor v. Happersett the Supreme Court ruled that "women" were not persons for the purposes of the Fourteenth Amendment.>Thom Hartmann link

Posted by: plushtown | Aug 7 2008 18:14 utc | 88

some more on (moron?) mccain

narcosphere article by bill conroy on mccain, freedom house & kyrgyzstan -- Beware of politicians bearing gifts for the Cold War Hydra

pepe escobar on Old Wrinkly's Roverian cancer

Posted by: b real | Aug 7 2008 19:01 utc | 89

my #88, what I called "Thom Hartmann" link I found through one of his websites (it was a big subject of his a few years ago, before radio show)but is by William Meyers. Sorry.

Anti-Semitism and other conflicts are like cord around Brahma bull's testicles in a rodeo, there only to incite chaos, contracts and entertainment to the less involved.

Posted by: plushtown | Aug 7 2008 19:15 utc | 90

she is reallly one vicious piece of work - not mixing politics & commerce???????

really they act like proconsuls - they ought to wear togas

Posted by: remembereringgiap | Aug 7 2008 20:51 utc | 92

it's not quite the w/e yet, so...

entirely gratuitous musical interludes
telepathique - eu gosto
samba mapalanga & l'ochestre virunga - malako

Posted by: b real | Aug 7 2008 22:19 utc | 93

nothing gratuitous about musical interludes in these dismal times comrade.

here's Dead can Dance

Posted by: ran | Aug 7 2008 22:32 utc | 94

is it just me or is it more than a little infuriating to listen the mass-murdering, torturing, global gulag creating War Criminal in Chief lecturing other countries about "human rights"? what utter horseshit.

Posted by: ran | Aug 7 2008 22:35 utc | 95

thanks for 88

Posted by: jony_b_cool | Aug 8 2008 0:20 utc | 96

while his goons put Iraqis in upright coffins

Posted by: ran | Aug 8 2008 1:13 utc | 97

ran - the cnn article doesn't give him credit (it just refers to "a blogger"), but it was russ kirk @ the memory hole who first published the pix of those boxes last month after a foia request was granted. what goes unexplained though, from what i've read, is why the foia response is dated nov 2005 but it's just being released now. or was the memory hole already on hiatus by that time?

that dcd was great, as usual, btw

Posted by: b real | Aug 8 2008 3:50 utc | 98

michael weinstein's latest analysis on the cyclical phases of political affairs in somalia sees that nation now back in a state of political entropy. it would appear that as the imposed TFG is finally collapsing beyond salvation while its external supporters are giving up on the ex-warlord yusuf, further decentralization provides new opportunities for somalis to determine their own future.

Somalia's Transitional Institutions Snap

it's a good analysis, w/ the most objective overview of the past two years i've seen from weinstein, who no longer hesitates to point out the u.s. role, and while i agree w/ most of it, observing the rhetoric of the pending dem admin in the u.s., taking into consideration their history wrt somalia & the HOA, and given the geostrategic importance of somalia on the regional stage, which it has suffered from throughout its history, i'm not ready to concede that outside intervention will play a diminished role anytime soon, allowing somalia enough breathing space to recover. attrition may be setting in on some now, but the new admin will bring new (& some not-so-new) faces w/ new solutions or motives to try out

Posted by: b real | Aug 8 2008 5:08 utc | 99

Some of you guys are prolly thinking, this isn't related to this... or b's link here.

Silly uncle!

And whilst I'm here, and so as to not waste bandwidth w/ my tomfoolery, I'll match your DCD at #94 by ran and raise you an Forty Thieves Orkestar.

"The question aint who killed JFK, but where are they now?"

~Jello Biafra

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Aug 8 2008 7:40 utc | 100

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