...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



Can't see what you can't see:

The security operation at this week’s G20 summit was thrown into chaos last night when it emerged that the entire network of central London’s wireless CCTV cameras will have to be turned off because of a legal ruling.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has ruled that Westminster council’s mobile road cameras - a third of the authority’s CCTV network - “do not fully meet the resolution standards required” and must be switched off by midnight tomorrow.

The blackout begins on the eve of the summit, when world leaders arrive in the capital and protesters take to the streets.

This should get things moving:

Americans may still may favor Bud Light, but it's no longer the top beer in the world. That distinction now belongs to a Chinese beer named Snow
FOXNews 31.Mar.09

What in tarnation is happening here:

Obama to Automakers: It's My Way or the Highway
Headline this morning from Reuters
Obama to Bankers: Hit Me Baby One More Time
Headline sort of burbling up from the under-people that hasn't appeared anywhere yet exactly.
Does God have a bailout plan for Detroit auto makers? Area churches, both Protestant and Catholic, are praying that God does. How about Jews?
Why are no synagogues mentioned in the coverage of religious institutions whose members are asking for God to help save the auto industry? Are Jews not participating in this new call upon the Almighty?
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, author of You Don’t Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism. Listed as one of the nation’s 50 most influential rabbis in Newsweek, and a regular commentator on Court TV
Because Jews were unable to own land in the Middle Ages, they became proficient in commerce and money changing, where literacy and knowledge of languages stood them in good stead. Therefore, some Jews were in a good position to benefit from the rise of commerce. Jews were excluded from leadership and even from employment in most of the major basic industries.
Zionism and Israel Web Log
Oh, Henry:
Ford’s attempt to prevent unionism at his plants produced strikes and violence, mostly provoked by Ford’s own strikebreakers. He opposed various symbols of social and cultural change around him, including Hollywood movies, out-of-home childcare, government regulation of business, Eastern European immigration and new styles in dress and music. His anti-Semitism reduced him in 1927, for one of the few times in his life, to the position of acknowledging error and asking publicly for forgiveness.
Henry Ford Invents a Jewish Conspiracy
Jewish Virtual Library/American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise

The social currents of the Age of Enlightenment were generally favorable to Jews. In France the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen granted equality to the Jews. Napoleon extended Jewish emancipation throughout much of Europe. From that time, many Jews began to shed their particularistic ways and adopt the norms of European culture. Jews of ability joined the elite of Europe and made numerous contributions to the arts, science and business. Yet anti-Semitism continued nonetheless. The visibility of wealthy Jews in the banking industry led to a resurgence of conspiracy theories about a Jewish plot to take over the world, including the fabrication and publication of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion by the Russian secret police. So this improvement in the status of Jews which enabled them to mix freely in society paradoxically led to modern anti-Semitism...
Anti-Semitism entry in the New World Encyclopedia
Google returns 250,000 252,000 hits for "Jews in the auto industry" without quotes

Google returns 224,000 hits for "Jews in the banking industry" without quotes


Ten years later, we remember those ordinary people:

...we have been inspired by their struggles and persistence against difficult odds in difficult conditions. They are the erased, the ignored, the missing and the forgotten of the NATO military campaign, the post-Yugoslav transition, and the intervention of the international community, and we name their situations and think of them today, and invite those who read this to join us in doing so.

loosely related, with inverted relative motion:

Hot on the heels of last week's FDA approval, on Monday PepsiCo subsidiary Taco Bell launched its controversial "morning after" burrito, a zesty, Mexican-style entree that prevents unwanted pregnancies if ingested within 36 hours following intercourse.
Developed by a team of top Taco Bell gynecologists, the $1.99 "ContraceptiMelt" burrito creates an inhospitable environment within the womb, causing fertilized ovum tissue to be flushed from the body.
President Obama likes to tease Larry Summers as a "propeller head" and a "numbers guy," shorthand for a policy wonk who relishes the kind of esoteric arguments that everyday people might find boring and incomprehensible. But Summers doesn't seem to mind. In fact, the former Harvard president takes the joking with good cheer, his White House associates say, because he is so pleased to be back in power at a historic time.


Significant risk to somebody, for sure:

Mondoweiss has had its Google Ads disabled.


I haven't read or seen Obama's response to his unfortunate simile, I imagine it's a fine example of what an articulate intelligent person with lots of good image advice would say.
What caught him is probably not some inherent bigotry or insensitivity, but his spontaneity, and maybe some leakage from the locker room, like that.
It testifies to how genuine he is, how freestyle he'll take it. Improvisation carries all the risk.
Most of the hollow suits in Washington are incapable of saying something like that, not because they're sensitive to the Special Olympics demographic, but because they're so intent on creating and maintaining an image that will sell, and have been for years. They're good at it, they're pros, but they're as genuine as masks. Obama the few times I've watched him speak was clearly winging it.
That business aside, some noise has been generated by the reversal of official US sentiment about the Armenian genocide. Hard to say from way out here but it's likely the same guys who had him bow to their collective majesty when he got the nomination. They were pretty active in the resistance to recognizing what happened in Armenia as Holocaust-level murder. Them, and the Turks of course. The Turks don't have quite as much power in the US though.
The Zionist cabal/whatever does, and they need the landscape free of all and any other victims of that stature. Can't have anyone watering down the awful.
They own genocide, it's their private copyright, no one uses the term without a license.
Thus Sudan/Darfur, genocide. Sri Lanka/Eelam, not genocide.
Because the Zionists have an active interest in what happens in Sudan/Darfur, and they could give a shit about the Tamils being wiped off the map, or driven into the sea.

Special Olympics bowler with a consistent near double score over Pres. Obama.



Mistakes are an unavoidable part of human history, but sometimes we have the opportunity to correct them.

This comment, from a thread called Seymour Hersh On Cheney's "Executive Assassination Ring" at A Tiny Revolution never appeared. There's a moderation filter called Akismet. The first attempt to post also disappeared. It had the word "shit" in it, so I took it out, rewrote the comment and resent it. Nothing so far.
It's something I believe happened, is happening, and also happened to me, as well as a whole lot of other sons and daughters of the USA. It's not all that happened, certainly not all that happened to me, not the defining presence it might be in someone else's life, but without some acknowledgement of forces like this at work in the world, no other description of things has enough solidity.
And there's been way too much gloating accusation of the crippled and incomplete public affairs of other countries where this stuff has been provably done.
What I'm saying here isn't about me, it's about us, about America.

What's near astonishing to me is the way all but the most paranoid conspiraphiles refuse to do the easy logical jump.
If these bloodsucking demons can do those things - have done them - that far outside their home boundaries, with impunity and resources and approval from above - what would they not be allowed to do at home? What wouldn't they be told to do here?
For the same reasons, to the same ends.
What would they not do here, where what they do out there has the center of its justification?
They're doing those heinous things to protect the interests of their masters, who live and who have families in the US.
Wouldn't the intensity of that protection increase the closer it got to the objects of its service?
How far back does this go?
Starting at least in the 1950's the US population was massively analyzed and cataloged, the data was being generated and collected everywhere, but especially in the public schools, and out of that data profiles were derived, and acted on.
Children with natural leadership especially marked out, and if they began to fit the wrong profile...
No Che, no Fidel, no Mao, no Garibaldi, no Bolivar, no Spartacus, no Luxemberg, no Villa, no Zapata, no Ghandi, no Wallace, no Jesus, no Luther, no Lorca, and ultimately, especially now when they're most needed, no Jefferson no Washington no Adams no Franklin no Paine.
The same attrition, but done cleaner and with fewer traces, before the problem arose.
Profiles mapped onto the up and coming and the full arsenal applied. And what an arsenal it is. So much easier to nip it in the bud than wait for the turmoil, and risk creating martyrs.
Martyrs last.


pig fallout lowers the tone everywhere:

In the wrong hands, technology -- like video cameras and high tech computer programs -- is making it easier for people to spy on -- and stalk -- others without them ever knowing.
"I felt completely violated. Every move I made was watched."
CBS 09.Mar.09


excitement to the east, excitement to the west:

JERUSALEM — Iran is now capable of producing atomic weapons, Israel's top military intelligence officer said Sunday, sounding the highest-level warning that Israel's arch-enemy has achieved independent nuclear capability.
FOXNews 08.Mar.09
SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea put its military on combat alert Monday as US and South Korean forces started a major joint exercise which the communist nation has branded as a prelude to invasion.
The North, which is preparing what it calls a satellite launch, also warned that any attempt to shoot down the rocket would be treated as an act of war.
Yahoo 08.Mar.09

Alpha Wolfram:

Stephen Wolfram is building something new -- and it is really impressive and significant. In fact it may be as important for the Web (and the world) as Google, but for a different purpose.
The most obvious and immediate difference between "Wolfram Alpha" and "Google" is Brin and Page didn't name Google after themselves.
Wolfram's made a major error there.
However wonderful the tool is or becomes, attaching his own name to it is ignoble.


their fate is intimately tied to ours

Just one blow for freedom, bro:

pummeling the rebel commandante into submission

The chiseled former U.S. Marine and self-described southern redneck reared back

the coup de grace in the three men’s action-packed new memoir

like a postcard from a rain forest gulag

and in the authors’ interview this week with TIME

Some of their more unpleasant memories are saved for fellow hostage Ingrid Betancourt

acting like a privileged blue-blood — “a frickin’ princess”

Asked to elaborate on Betancourt, Stansell told TIME: “That’s an infection I lived with for many years...

With all eyes on Baghdad and new war heroes like former POW Jessica Lynch

when bad things happen to hired guns

the three gringos admit that living alongside their fellow prisoners proved almost as challenging

Betancourt, who was nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize and whom other freed prisoners have praised for her courageous, selfless behavior in the jungle

By the end, those rats are eating each other

with the help of billions in U.S. military aid

Shortly after their rescue, Stansell, Gonsalves and Howes met their hero, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe...
John Otis!/Time! 01.Mar.09
Astonishing work from Mr. Otis.
One is saddened, some, gladdened, some, at the fall of once at least passably literate standards for direct CIA-to-TIME newsfeeds.
Yale graduates and everything. Once shining princes of manipulation, now anxious and hopeful as car-wash part-timers and cheap day-labor waiting in the lumberyard parking lot at dawn, as it were.
Come to this. A sad day for the invisible hands of skulduggery and deceit.
The Whore of Babylon(3rd letter down) has grown old, stuck like a piece of lettuce between the implacable grinding teeth of Oblivion.

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