Thursday, October 30, 2008

If You Have a Hammer, Everything Must Be a Nail

Chinese media is discussing a Rand Report which calls for another, bigger, better war to stave off the impending recession according to the Alex Jones radio show. Apparently, the Chinese feel they may be targets. I have felt the same thing for a while. Here we are, totally dependent on China for our trinkets and other, more necessary commodities, not to mention that their loans keep us financially afloat, and we're trash talking them like a pro wrestler before a match. That makes absolutely no sense, unless the US plans to pay back the loans with cruise missiles - delivered by air.

Or,maybe the potential target is Russia. The attack by Georgia on Russian peacekeeping troops in South Ossetia was a major provocation by any rational (that is, non-corporate media) standards. Russia made the connection, difficult as it was for American media, between US troops training Georgian troops in the use of American weapons in the months before the invasion, and the actual invasion.

Russian warships were then sent to Venezuela, home of Bush's arch-enemy, Hugo Chavez. What would President Diablo (as Hugo and I refer to Bush) do?

OIl prices have now dropped to new lows. They are spinning it as a reaction to the coming recession, but is that it? Russia AND Venezuela are dependent on oil for their balance of payments. Low oil prices in the 80s helped bring the USSR to an end. Could it bring down two of the Sulfur-Smelling One's enemies now?

The economic attack on Russia, plus the physical threats, the missiles on the borders, the addition of Soviet Bloc countries into NATO, the continual propaganda against Russia put out by the corporate media (supplied by the Pentagon?), all add up to serious provocation. Why?

Is it possible that the solution to hopeless debt and looming recession in the USA will be war? Well, 60 years of increasing militarization of our previously isolationist population, trillions of dollars spent on weapons of mass destruction, years of bellicose foreign policy and saber rattling, rather predispose us to killing our way out of problems.

Add to this Biden warning big money contributors to Obama that they will not like what Obama will do once in office, and I'd place a bet that the US is getting ready to blow up big chunks of our planet to avoid paying its debts.

But I don't personally bet. That is done for me by the Congress.
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Friday, October 24, 2008

Coming Soon? Watergate Redux

Those of us who have paid attention know that elections have been stolen since 2000, but there has been a corporate media blackout. Suddenly, the mainstream media has discovered that there is fraud, fraud! in our elections. What's going on?

In 1973-74, the East Coast media and the Congress went after Richard Nixon, who had won a landslide election the year before. Those of us who hated Tricky Dick were thrilled at the justice of it all. We were told that "the system worked", and that crimes of state would be punished, and that media was an alert watchdog keeping an eye on those in power. And for a while, I believed.

Now I believe that that scenario was a bunch of hooey. I think that Tricky Dick was right and "they" were after him. I don't know what he did, but he royally pissed off part of the ruling class, and they got rid of him. He had Spiro Agnew as his impeachment insurance, but that insurance was as good as flood insurance in New Orleans, when it was decided to dump him.
Sprio Agnew was gone in weeks, and Establishment favorite, Gerald Ford was placed in waiting.

Then I watched the media play up the hostages in Iran in 1979. Day after day, we were treated to updates and countdowns. There have never been, before or since, such important hostages. And so, bye-bye, Jimmy. Hello Ronald Reagan, the man the media tell us us to this day that "we" all loved. (Which sends me into sputtering fury whenever I am so informed.)

How will this election play out? It seems very clear to me that Obama is their man. But, apparently, there are rogue elements in the Republican Party apparatus who seem determined to steal another election, even though the ruling class wants to play Team B this time. The repubs are using the same dirty tricks that they used the last few times. Caging, voter suppression, voting machine tampering, etc.

Well. They weren't supposed to do that this time. So, here's my guess. If they manage to "elect" McCain, we will see a massive media "expose'" of voting fraud. All that has been ignored for the last 6 years will suddenly be discovered and uncovered. There will be Pulitizer Prize winning reporters who will be lauded for years to come, like Woodward. (But those reporters won't be the ones that have been on this story, like Bob Fritrakis, Brad Freeman and Bev Harris, of course.)
60 Minutes will be on it. It will even be on your local network station.

And the most disgusting part? The part where they congratulate the system for working!
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Monday, October 6, 2008