...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



our existing unbearable load

...a very quick explanation of the $700 billion bailout within the context of the mechanics of our monetary and banking system:

The taxpayers loan money to the banks. But the taxpayers do not have the money. So we have to borrow it from the banks to give it back to the banks. But the banks do not have the money to loan to the government. So they create it into existence (through a mechanism called fractional reserve) and then loan it to us, at interest, so we can then give it back to them.


This is the system.
Kucinich home


Interview With Sean Hannity of Fox News:

QUESTION: Let me ask this. I know a lot of Americans – and I include myself in this – have lost confidence. You’ve spent the better part of this week at the United Nations. You’ve met with many world leaders this week.


QUESTION: We’ve lost confidence in their ability to accomplish things of substance. You know, there has been much anti-American sentiment expressed there, anti-Semitic sentiment expressed at the United Nations. You know, and I’m thinking the United States, we’re about, what, 5 percent of the world’s population, we bear the burden of securing liberty and freedom for the other 95 percent. Has it lost its effectiveness and its ability to accomplish the task of peace and stability and the advancement of freedom in the world?

SECRETARY RICE: You know, Sean...
Scoop NZ 28.Sep.08



And that root cause is...
Now is the Time to Resist Wall Street's Shock Doctrine
What Gingrich's wish list tells us is that the dumping of private debt into the public coffers is only stage one of the current shock. The second comes when the debt crisis currently being created by this bailout becomes the excuse to privatize social security, lower corporate taxes and cut spending on the poor.


Sarah Palin was gagged at the United Nations when ready to deliver her speech. But her speech got out to the media, nevertheless.

Rally committees concluded they did not want a political venue for the appearance of Ahmadinejad at the UN; therefore, Sarah Palin was sidelined.

In her printed speech, she spoke not only as a Vice Presidential candidate but as a true feminist. She did not fear pointing out specific cruelties leveled against females by Islamic governments, Iran in particular.

She advocated for women everywhere—to be treated civilly—but especially for women in Muslim environs. That is something that the National Organization for Women has not done. That is something that politically liberal females are not noted for.

Sarah Palin speaks for Americans. She speaks especially for women for she has a conscience for women and their situations worldwide.

She stated per The New York Sun:
"It is said that the measure of a country is the treatment of its most vulnerable citizens. By that standard, the Iranian government is both oppressive and barbaric. Under Ahmadinejad's rule, Iranian women are some of the most vulnerable citizens.
If an Iranian woman shows too much hair in public, she risks being beaten or killed.
If she walks down a public street in clothing that violates the state dress code, she could be arrested.
But in the face of this harsh regime..."
Canadian Free Press 23.Sep.08
Four months ago in the middle of the night, six men dressed in wide-brimmed black hats, black coats, white shirts and black trousers burst into the Jerusalem apartment of a young Jewish woman and taught her a lesson.

Mikhail, who is reluctant to give her full name, had scandalised members of her ultra-orthodox Jewish community by leaving her husband and embracing a secular lifestyle. The men, all members of the theologically conservative Haredi branch of Judaism, tackled her to the ground, slammed her head against the floor and tied a rag around her mouth. One assailant sat on her head as the others kicked her while demanding to know the names of the men she was seeing.

They also threatened to kill her if she did not leave the neighbourhood, which contains many secular as well as religious residents.
Much of Kreus's time is spent checking out reports of illicit use of new technologies by members of the Haredi community. 'If we discover someone has a computer at home we throw the children out of school,' he said. Enforcing dictates on women's behaviour is another vital part of his brief.

He runs a library housing copies of the enormous notices pasted on the walls of Mea Shearim and other religious neighbourhoods berating women for wearing wigs instead of scarves and advertising appropriate dress on buses.

Signs warning women not to enter if they are wearing trousers, short sleeves or a skirt above the knees, hang in the neighbourhood. One is affixed outside Kreus's two-room house where he lives with his wife and 11 children. 'Every week there's a complaint about the way women dress,' said Kreus.

Extraordinarily, he admitted to slashing the tyres of women who have driven into the neighbourhood who, he said, were indecently dressed. 'There was a mess with the police,' he said. 'Now I'm trying new creative methods, not using violence. Now I make a small hole in their tyres and the air deflates slowly. I'm not destroying their car.'
Guardian 21.Sep.08


money matters:

China has over $900 billion of exposure/investment in US Treasury bills and in debt issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
As I noted here recently, the latest figure on the amount of T-bills Japan owes is $593 billion. That means it owns around $260 billion in other, quite possibly much more risky US investments.
Helena Cobban
Hank Paulson, CEO of Goldman Sachs on leave, has complete and total control over the nation's treasure. He would be unchecked by Congress, unchecked by the President. He will be king. Here's the text:
"The Secretary is authorized to take such actions as the Secretary deems necessary to carry out the authorities in this Act, including, without limitation"
Using this power, Hank Paulson of Goldman Sachs could pay Goldman Sachs anything he wanted for their mortgage assets. Let's say the market value was 20 cents on the dollar. Hank Paulson could pay them 100 cents on the dollar. Its his decision and his alone. No oversight. No limitations. Hank Paulson could simply give the nation's treasure to Goldman Sachs.
Get it now?
Housing Panic


more than the president of the United States:

During the last five years of his tenure as CEO of now-bankrupt Lehman Brothers, Richard Fuld's total take was $354 million. John Thain, the current chairman of Merrill Lynch, taken over this week by Bank of America, has been on the job for just nine months. He pocketed a $15 million signing bonus. His predecessor, Stan O'Neal, retired with a package valued at $161 million, after the company reported an $8 billion loss in a single quarter. And remember Bear Stearns's Chairman James Cayne? After the company collapsed earlier this year and was up for sale at bargain basement prices, he sold his stake for more than $60 million.

Daniel Mudd and Richard Syron, the former heads of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - aka the gods who failed - are fighting to keep severance packages of close to $24 million combined - on top of the millions in salary each earned last year while slaughtering the golden calf. As it is written...
Moyers-Winship/t r u t h o u t | Perspective 19.Sep.08

A Bailout Plan, but Will It All Work?
News Trust 21.Sep.08

If I say nothing, I have failed:

"It wasn't until after I'd been back that I tried to shut off my experiences in Iraq," Cameron told IPS. "I kept to myself, and was going through my memories and realised we'd destroyed their infrastructure and weren't there to help. I realised it wasn't about freedom and democracy, and the way we conducted ourselves, and the way we brutalised the people, made me against the occupation."

"We were trained to fight and win battles," he said. "I was in artillery, I was trained to blow shit up. We weren't there to rebuild anything or help the Iraqi people."
"It's been so's not an argument of being on the road to victory because the surge is working, but the fact is that the country has been totally devastated. We need to understand where these people are in just trying to survive on a daily basis."
 Dahr Jamail/IPS



see also:
Kid Charlemagne


security is a relative thing:

How does surveillance get naturalised? Mark Andrejevic, author of Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched, believes that reality TV has played a part in transforming American attitudes toward surveillance. Producers of early reality programs such as MTV’s The Real World (1992) had a hard time finding people willing to have their lives taped nearly 24 hours a day for several months. Now, thousands of young people form audition lines in college towns, ‘more people applying to The Real World each year than to Harvard.’ New generations, Andrejevic says, are growing up viewing television shows that let anyone see the lives of others recorded voluntarily. There are other reality shows too, like COPS, where police chases of criminals is filmed. Increasingly, he says, the results of surveillance are seen as `entertainment,’ as being within the realm of the public’s right to know.
ahmed/shahidul 15.Sep.08


Nazis>Bolivia>cocaine>?>CIA>1980>Bush's puppetmasters?

In case it's lost on the thought-disabled, the link in the post below goes to at the moment two hits with quotes from "State Department spokesman Sean McCormack" on the recent Bolivian outbreak of democracy and morality. The news confirms the sad truth, that the US is the enemy of democracy and morality in Latin America.
So screw democracy and morality, right? Go USA!
Another pertinent bit is The arrest today of opposition leader Leopoldo Fernandez
which is a line from this paragraph:

The arrest today of opposition leader Leopoldo Fernandez, governor of the remote Amazonian province of Pando, abruptly ended efforts by the president and opposition leaders to talk about compromises after anti-Morales protesters ransacked government offices in Pando and three other eastern provinces last week. It also prompted the United States to evacuate its Peace Corps volunteers...
Most pertinent of all is that he's been arrested for the massacre of unarmed poor people, 30 at last count, with more than a hundred still missing and unaccounted for, who had gathered and marched in protest at their treatment by the wealthy landowners in Fernandez's prefecture. They were attacked by armed men who had dump trucks ready to remove the expected bodies quickly.
Those unarmed poor people were shot down in cold blood by thugs acting at the indirect direction of the arrested Fernandez, who was acting at the indirect direction of the wealthy landowners in the states of Pando, Santa Cruz, Tarija and Beni, who were themselves acting like debutantes in a ballroom, waltzing in the arms of the US State Department.
The villains are all up and down the line, but the power's in Washington. If the US had said "Don't" those poor people, unarmed men women and children, would still be alive.
Instead the US, in the person of the most execrable and ignominiously banished Philip Goldberg, a man whose job it is to impersonate as best he can an international diplomat, while acting as the servile gofer-stooge for a criminal conspiracy as big and violently evil as, as, as, as - I don't know, the Roman Empire - encouraged, financed, armed, and instructed the would-be slave-owners of Bolivia's eastern states to do what they had to do to maintain control of...the oil.
The fucking oil.
And it is all as well also very much about slavery, make no mistake. Latin America's been a slave plantation in one form or another for the last 500 years.
And it's over now, that time, thanks to rock and roll and the internet - so the pigs are very excited and unhappy.
Which brings us to the real subject of today's address, the Rosenbergs.
Deathbed-like testimony by aging Morton Sobell puts paid to the question of the Rosenbergs' guilt or innocence in atomic spy case of early 50's.
The Rosenbergs, husband and wife Julius and Ethel, were executed at Sing-Sing. It was a pageant of anti-Communism and anti-Semitism, a celebration of blood lust and hysteria. The fact of their spying would seem to give a solidity to the moral stance taken by those who approve of their execution.
But it doesn't.
And it doesn't matter to whom they gave or sold whatever those secrets actually were.
What they worked against has proved itself evil, and that's never addressed, never will be, because evil is in charge of what gets debated, and debating whether or not the evil in charge is in fact evil is not allowed.
But it is, evil, wrong, whatever term your conscience uses to separate what should be from what shouldn't.
Finding out you've committed your life to the defense of something that by any accurate definition should have been your enemy is a dilemma faced by many military professionals.
It drives them to drink, suicide, madness, or small hobbies and retirement.
Any US military professional who's looking at the news today and not feeling soul-conflicted is a weak-minded pussy.
Which is for whom and why I wrote this.
Hey, soldier, wake up!

a prudent step based on the situation on the ground


Palin is a gateway drug to a back-alley brawl Obama can't win.
John Cusack/Huffington

Sarah Palin:

What is your take on global warming and how is it affecting our country?
A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.
Newsmax 29.Aug.08
via Rolling Stone
How is it affecting our country? It will affect Alaska more than any other state.
Sarah, how is it affecting our country?
Well it's the end-times, so it's okay.
But God still cares more about little babies than about old people, so there must be more time left.
Maybe we should start building rockets? Or giant crosses, really giant ones, like that could only be seen from space, like across Utah, the whole state from border to border.
As the economy starts eating people in droves, and the weather keeps shaking the whole thing silly, it would give us a project, something to do. 
Take our minds off the fact that driving cars, not Divine Will, is ruining the only home we'll ever have. The drug gasoline has wrecked our lives.
She's not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.
So it's either, what, God, the devil, or natural stuff like, you know, the sun and the moon.
No worries. Already prophesized.
We should now draft all the psychiatric professionals in the US into some great army and mandate them to confront and make clear and plain the insane unlogic Palin's affliction causes her to suffer under, plus all the other millions of like-minded idiots. Heal them before they kill us all.
But then that's sort of the point. She's not really suffering, we are.
 She's dim, and nuts, and cute. No worries.
The demi-urge gloats at the madness his faithful give voice to, because of what it does to the rest of us. 
How disheartening it is, if you're not stupid and crazy.

Courage, brothers and sisters, the end is not yet.

"Get a job," he replied.


UN Staff trapped in Kilinocchi:

I am sending this as im a little desperate but also as i believe this to be a big story. 10 UN internationals including myself have been trying to get out of the LTTE held territories since Friday last week. Due to rapid escalation of the security in the region and protests outside our offices to leave for the fears of the community that when we leave there will be an onslaught of the Sri Lankan army. we now feel that if we do not leave tomorrow Tuesday 16th it maybe too late and we will be trapped in here until the battle for Kilinocchi (LTTE capital) is finished.

the below statement was released to the media today by the UN in Colombo. basically the situation is that it is getting way too close here now.

Abiding in Bolivia
bolivia indigena:

En ese sentido, la delegada presidencial en esa región, Nancy Texeira, informó que los campesinos fueron atacados por los funcionarios prefecturales y cívicos pandinos con armamento bélico como ametralladoras.

...the NTSB confirmed the Metrolink engineer ran through a red signal, which led to the collision. The engineer was killed in the accident. The safety agency is investigating reports that in the minutes before the crash, the engineer was exchanging text messages with a few teenage railroad enthusiasts nearby.

inca kola:

“It’s not a movie, it’s the truth: there were children, women, we don’t know how many were killed, the attack, the ambush began at 10 and went on until 5 in the afternoon. I got away because I hid in the bushes,” a survivor of the Porvenir massacre told the Erbol Network.
Last Thursday, a thousand peasants marched toward Cobija to protest the violence driven by the Prefect Leopoldo Fernández, when they were ambushed on a bridge located 7 kilometers from the town of Porvenir, in the department of Pando. This was the scene of a massacre, executed by civilian groups who’d received weapons training by the government of Leopoldo Fernández.
The Peasant Workers’ Federation of Pando reported that there are 25 dead and 25 wounded as well as 106 people missing after last Thursday’s brutal massacre in the town of El Porvenir.

At the LHC we'll create tiny amounts of dark matter in a controlled way in the laboratory and see what happens


the magic laptop continues its revelation:

In accusing the three officials, Washington punctured Mr. Chávez’s inner circle.
Bolivia is grappling with violent, spreading protests in its increasingly ungovernable eastern lowlands.
The Treasury Department’s action on Friday was based on information gleaned from computers recovered in a raid on a FARC camp in Ecuador last March by Colombian security forces, as well as other intelligence sources, according to the second Bush administration official.
“Show respect, President,” said Miguel Henrique Otero, publisher of the newspaper El Nacional and a coordinator of a group opposing Mr. Chavez’s socialist-inspired policies. “The only coup plotter is you,” he continued, making a reference to Mr. Chávez’s failed attempt in 1992 to overthrow Venezuela’s government.
Romero/NYTimes 12.Sep.08
Mr. Romero is the Administration's mouthpiece at the NYTimes for all things Latin American. He is a liar, and an evil man. But that would be expected given his position and its duties.
The cynicism necessary to write those deceitful sentences and shape them into misleading paragraphs must be a dreadful burden, though the rest of his life is probably pretty awful, too.
Comfortable, but awful just the same.


cheap gas and retribution:

If, on the other hand, Russia defeated Georgia, it would re-emphasise to Eastern Europe the need for US security guarantees. Sure enough, within two days of the start of fighting in Tskhinvali, Poland and the US finally reached agreement on the missile shield.
Georgia itself appears all the more in need of US backing, and several politicians and commentators have suggested that the crisis is grounds for the country’s immediate admission to Nato. It could also justify the US increasing its military presence in Georgia, from a mere 100 Special Forces troops to, say, a long-term base.
Moreover, the war has created ample opportunity for ramping up the discourse of a New Cold War – considerably improving the electoral prospects of John McCain, whose foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann worked for Saakashvili until May this year. All this, in exchange for a short war the US didn’t have to fight.
Wood/LRB 11.Sep.08

With a two day visa:

The Norwegian ship UMA at Royal Shipyard. 
8th August 2008. Chittagong. Bangladesh


molten steel:

Perhaps the reason the image of WTC 7’s collapse has not been made more available on mainstream media (it is readily available on the Internet; a portion of the collapse is on YouTube) is because it looks exactly like a controlled demolition.
- Mark Phillips/TelegramTribune 11.Sep.08 link fixed
Until now I haven't had a formed opinion about the WTC 9-11 event. Lots of hinky stuff around it, for sure, but nothing really solid either way.
On the one hand you had Giuliani and Bush, untrustworthy scammers.
You had the linkage of the event's name with the emergency phone number every kid in the US is made to memorize.
You had the name of the buildings themselves, the World Trade Center.
World Trade being the cause of global warming, among other not so good things.
You have the seamless flow from 2001's now hard to imagine freedom and relative security to the locked down camp that the US has become.
People have been made to feel very insecure in the name of national security. Many billions of dollars have fallen into dark hands in the name of national security.
On the other hand you had internet weirdos with incomplete and hysterical fits of partial logic. People who can't spell, let alone write coherent sentences let alone paragraphs let alone theses.
Mark Phillips writes like a journeyman machinist.
Everything fits, the moving parts quietly perform, complete logic evident in both form and details.
So now the main resistance is to that old bogeyman, fear.
Because if WTC 7 was a controlled demo, whoever set it knew in advance when to take it down.
And they were on our side, or what's pretending to be our side.
Like a demolition itself, this takes all the support structure down.
Everything that's happened since - the invasion of Iraq, the invasion of Afghanistan, rests on lies.
Not mistakes and bad information. Lies.

The Sorrows of Empire:

There are 194 countries on the planet (more or less), and officially 39 of them have American "facilities," large and/or small. But those are only the bases the Pentagon officially acknowledges. Others simply aren't counted, either because, as in the case of Jordan, a country finds it politically preferable not to acknowledge such bases; because, as in the case of Pakistan, the American military shares bases that are officially Pakistani; or because bases in war zones, no matter how elaborate, somehow don't count. In other words, that 39 figure doesn't even include Iraq or Afghanistan. By 2005, according to the Washington Post, there were 106 American bases in Iraq, ranging from tiny outposts to mega-bases like Balad Air Base and the ill-named Camp Victory
Not that you're likely to hear much about this in the run-up to November 4th in the U.S. Here, fantasy reigns in both parties where a relatively upbeat view of our globally dominant future is a given, and will remain so, no matter who enters the White House in January 2009. After all, who's going to run for president not on the idea that "it's morning again in America," but on the recognition that it's the wee small hours of the morning, the bender is ending, and the hangover Well, it's going to be a doozy.

Better take some B vitamins and get a little sleep.
Tom Engelhardt/Tomdispatch/Alternet 08.Sep.08

We are not East Germany, but we are well on our way


using tiny animals like worms:

The Food and Drug Administration, which is often criticized for its lack of attention to the risks of widespread use of antibiotics, offers recommended, non-binding guidelines for these drugs but has rarely withdrawn approval for their application. A spokesman for the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the F.D.A. told me that the center “believes that prudent drug-use principles are essential to the control of antimicrobial resistance.”



The starting pay is over $100,00:

Nearly five and a half years on, the invasion and occupation of Iraq has resulted in 1,255,026 Iraqi deaths (, 3.4 million internally displaced Iraqi refugees, 2.2 to 2.4 million Iraqi refugees living abroad. The number of Iraqi refugees admitted to the US is 3,222.

US military casualties number 4,150. Other coalition troops 314. Iraqi Security Force deaths number 7,924. Contractor deaths have reached 444. Three hundred and twenty thousand American veterans of the Iraq war have brain injuries. According to internal e-mails written by Dr Ira Katz, the Department of Veteran Affairs head of mental health, suicide attempts among Iraqi war vets are about a thousand per month.

According to March 2008 estimates, the invasion and occupation has so far cost $526 billion. The estimated long-term bill is $3 trillion (Foreign Policy In Focus).

And the damage done to imperialist souls? It is beyond reckoning. It continues unabated.
Rahnuma Ahmed/New Age/shahidul 06.Sep.08

2 hours, 1 minute ago
Caracas (Reuters):

Several Russian ships and 1,000 soldiers will take part in joint naval maneuvers with Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea later this year, exercises likely to increase diplomatic tensions with Washington, a pro-government newspaper reported on Saturday.
Reuters (Caracas)
That Reuters stringer should be edited a little more carefully. The phrase "pro-government newspaper" there probably means pro-Venezuelan-government newspaper. Probably for sure.
When I saw that I had this weirdly recursive flash on the Reuters pro-goverment newspaperishness, but American.
So the one pro-government newspaper reports what another pro-a-different-government newspaper said about something.
Except I think the delusion is American newspapers are independent, and free.
Except I think we saw freedom of the press at St. Paul during the RNC. Face down on the asphalt with its hands behind its back.
Then I realized I was losing myself in the grammar and typography because the news had so much gravity.
Dude. Russians in the Carribean.


radioactive tobacco

St. Daniel's 17 bells

Probably not the best time just now to be vague and poetic.
By "Withdraw. Reject. Disengage" I meant from the minds of the oppressing force. Their mouthpieces, their p.r. androids. Like that.
But rereading it it's not carrying that too obviously, and could be seen as directly counter to exactly what Goodman and I-Witness and the people on the street in St. Paul are doing.
There's a psychic or spiritual or non-material aspect to all this, and in that realm engagement gives substance to things created by circumstance, so that concentrating on evil gives it weight and power.
A difficult task to ignore them when they're coming down on you on horses with shields and guns and pepper spray, large faceless creatures armed to the teeth.
I see now that the exhortation is holding a much larger and more complicated thing, a mantra whose purpose and meaning are clear to me but not to anyone else without explanation, which this is trying to be.
There's a seductive aspect to interrogation - power and authority in a relaxed confident mode, the vulnerable prisoner exposed, open to the whims of the uniform and the badge.
Withdraw from that, reject its authority, disengage from the logic traps it offers.
The processes of sanctioned governmental redress appear to be entirely compromised.
The party conventions were seamlessly woven into the same tapestry as the Super Bowl, run by the same people toward the same end. These were commercial enterprises, profitable circuses.
The goals behind them have nothing to do with democracy or human progress or any ideal abstraction.
It's survival, for the men/spirits behind the events, with the promise of technologically-granted immortality and cosmic wealth and power. As science-fictiony as it sounds I think that's what's driving it all.
Apotheosis of the swine.
Meanwhile back on the sidewalk...
We - and I say that even though I'm alone at home sitting on my ass and not out in the street getting beat up by the real neo-Nazis in their black vehicles and dark-blue uniforms - are not trying to get the troops out of Iraq, and end wars for oil - these are symptoms - we're trying to get the pigs off our backs and out of our neighborhoods - that's the disease.
Like everything else "pigs" can be defined out of existence.
I don't mean police, or the invisible cabal behind the Bush Administration. It doesn't have an ethnic specificity.
It's that thing, and all its little constituent members, that's out there doing all this, pulsating, gloating, sneering, lying and stealing and killing people all over the world. The assertion that each constituent of the pigocracy is simply a confused and bent human being, as capable of redemption as anyone else, is true enough, but that's for afterward.
Now it's time to give them nothing.
They have negative energy dynamos, that run on resistance and argument. So those things have to be carefully selected and employed with subtlety. Which is why humor, and music, can be so uplifting and confirming in the face of armed to the teeth phalanxes of demonic looking cops. Because they transcend logic
Because humor and music come from what we are that they aren't.
The assertion of tenderness and light in the face of cruelty and death.


came as a shock to many:

“Since my video was shown, the soldiers shoot at our house all the time,” she said. The shattered and cracked windows at the front of the building confirm her story. “When we leave the windows open, they fire tear gas inside too.”
Lenin's Tomb

Oddly disjunct but related thoughts and notes:
Amy Goodman shines brightly - watching the couple of minutes she had to question the St. Paul etc. police official Commander Captain General Whatever Acceptable Forgetableface, her tone was impeccable, not a trace til the very end of deep distrust and revulsion at the cynicism and professional horseshit she was being offered in response to her righteous testifying, and even when it showed it was restrained, dignified - what powerful self-discipline she showed by that.
This via Free Speech TV, where also Scott Ritter and Ray McGovern were seen. McGovern doing a great George Carlin delivery, Ritter a little slick a little over-ego'd.
Scary thought when one of them talked about the unlikeliness of the pigs opening another front, this time against Iran, that the Marines are already over-committed, the Army's stretched too thin as it is, and Obama's promised to pull them out of Iraq and at the DNC the interviewees were all "redeploy" "redeployment" "the need to redeploy" "need for redeployment". The US Air Force under its born-again leadership is still pretty capable of mass-murder on a grand scale though.
So heads up Afghanistan.
Except - enter scary thought here - how easy it will be to gear up for that, get the rubes ready for it, then have some false flag event in the Gulf, loss of life destruction of ship, like the USS Liberty only without the obviousness of who's behind it, so it can be repurposed as trigger. Then the pull-out continues and the redeployment continues, except that it involves a simple redirection of that "redeployment".
Troops already leaving Iraq sent, instead of to Afghanistan, south and east to the Straits of Hormuz and southern Iran.
Once you've got your proxy army on the march it's a lot easier to shift them quickly to a different objective, much easier than getting them rolling from a standing start.
Afghanistan or Iran, or even southern Russia come to that.
The American people consumers are so browbeaten now they'll accept anything that promises to quiet things down, OR heat things up to the break.
There's that itching painful tension like a massive zit or a boil or something, all that pressure and the wrongness of it wanting release, the squeeze and pop.
The pigs are ready, the people consumers are ready, all that's left is the removal, or neutralization by more complex means of conscience-driven pains-in-the-ass like Amy Goodman and the kids on the street in St. Paul.
How to combat the rabidly contagious cynicism of the pigocracy?
Everybody knows there has to be a big reduction in human biomass, yet nobody sane wants to engage the process out front.
Behind the scenes it's all prionic half-logic and delusional rationality.
The spirits that drive these creeps are themselves delusional.
A fracturing of the paradigm, that spirits can be ill, tricked, mad, filled with wound-hormones and bad ideas, even suicidal.
Suicide-prone immortals would be a subset of the higher entities that little humans might best avoid.



Amy Goodman arrested
That does it for me.
Amy Goodman is the Betsy Ross of right now.
Amy Goodman is not arrestable, not unless evil is running things.
In which case you would expect it.
Amy Goodman really is the Betsy Ross of right now, the flag she's sewing a contemporary one, made of light and sound.
Evil is running things.
And all those erstwhile Christians sitting around with their thumbs up their asses, cheering it on.

Jane Hamsher on being welcome in Minneapolis
Lindsay Beyerstein on same
Greenwald on same
Uptake on same

McCain’s record on veterans’ issues is shocking and awful

it could be wrong to wait:

Climate change is not just a phenomenon. It is developing into a large scale crisis that threatens large spheres of human development...
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week part III

an uproar in Swiss watchmaking circles

on the theme of wolves:

Wolves, which have returned to Switzerland after more than a century's absence, have had a bad press, especially over their attacks on sheep.

But experts say that the wolf is still largely misunderstood and - unlike in stories - poses no danger to humans. A special project has been launched to counter the public's fears.

Wolves were driven to extinction in Switzerland in the 19th century. They started to reappear in small numbers in 1995, having wandered in from neighbouring France, Italy and Austria...
The use of aircraft to shoot or harass animals from the air is illegal under the US Airborne Hunting Act, enacted in 1972. The act was passed after a nationwide outcry against the aerial hunting of wolves in Alaska.
In June of this year Sarah Palin sanctioned the Alaska Fish and Game helicopter killing of fourteen adult wolves unwilling to leave their dens, and the subsequent “denning” that resulted in the illegal slaughter of fourteen pups the adults had tried to protect. As Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin is answerable for these crimes.
For more than 30 years, the state of Alaska has attempted to circumvent the intent of the Airborne Hunting Act by exploiting a loophole in the law allowing states to “administer” wildlife using aircraft. Under the guise of wildlife management, Alaska contends its current aerial hunting program is not hunting at all but constitutes legitimate wildlife management that artificially boosts wild moose and caribou populations.
The circumstances surrounding Alaska’s program make it clear that the state is allowing aerial hunting, which is banned by federal law.

Sarah Palin, answering a 2006 policy questionnaire:

Q: Are you offended by the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?

Palin: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance


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