Friday, May 20, 2016

Sloppy Empire

Dancing Blindly,

"While the sun may never set on the empire, the emperors have lost their sight... So far, the empire project in the Middle East and North Africa has been the costliest and least successful for Western imperialism. First and foremost, responsibility for the current Middle East imperial debacle falls directly on the top tier political and military leaders who have pursued policies and strategies (regime change and national dismemberment) incompatible with imperial precepts that normally guide empires. The top tier of the US imperial-military elite follows Israeli military prerogatives, as dictated by the Zionist Power Configuration (ZPC) embedded within the US state apparatus. Their policy has been to destroy Islamic and Arab-nationalist structures and institutions of power - not conquer and reconfigure them to be absorbed into Western imperial institutions . . . as the US was able to do in Asia and Europe. This parrots the Israeli- settler policy of ‘erasure’ and has made the region totally unstable for imperial trade. The wanton dismemberment of the whole social-political-security institutional structure of Iraq is a prime example of the Israeli policy of ‘erasure’ promoted by US Zionist advisers on a grand scale. The same advisers remain within the top tier imperial decision-making apparatus despite 15 years of abject failure. Western empire’s multi-tier structure, from the US and Western Europe at the top to Kosovo at the bottom, have followed imperial imperatives. In contrast Israeli imperatives direct US military power into perpetual war in the Middle East through the influential ZPC."  Thanks Eleni

Israeli PM Netanyahu figures out how to get rid of top Generals who support the antisemitic Geneva Convention:   Netanyahu has now replaced Yaalon (a man of the right himself) with Avigdor Lieberman, who has been accused of racism. Lieberman once talked about destroying the Aswan Dam and sweeping 80 million Egyptians into the Mediterranean. He is in favor of expelling Palestinian-Israelis from Israel and taking away their citizenship unless they swear fealty to a Jewish state.   

US, Turkey, Qatar,  and Saudi Arabia are preparing to Invade northern Syria (end of May?) according to this Iranian report. Lots of "moderate rebels" will participate or lose funding.

US Army Chaplain resigns his commission, in protest of unrestrained killing by the empire. Thanks, Tom.
“I resign because I refuse to support U.S. armed drone policy. The Executive Branch continues to claim the right to kill anyone, anywhere on earth, at any time, for secret reasons, based on secret evidence, in a secret process, undertaken by unidentified officials. I refuse to support this policy of unaccountable killing.”

CIA "mistakenly destroys"  6700 page Torture Report. (The prisoner ate it.)

Clear Cutting Ukrainian Forests: Hurry Up, there's still some left! Thanks Eleni:
“There is a struggle for the checkpoint Tisa [west border], where there is a major flow of smuggled goods. Through this checkpoint the expensive timber is exported from Ukraine, which is illegally logged in the national parks across the Carpathians.”  Meanwhile, despite an official ban on exporting timber, dozens of trains with illegally logged wood daily cross Ukrainian west border – going to the EU.  
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It's weird that the US "missile-shield" against Iranian missiles that don't exist, is in a spot that could not intercept them if they did, and can incorporate nuclear armed cruise-missiles in Romania, an ideal first-striking point into the heart of Russia. Thanks again, Eleni:

Paul Craig Roberts asks if Russia can survive Washington's attack:

French Presidential front-runner, Marine Le Pen, says "Hillary Clinton as president is a danger to world peace". 
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(Whoa! How can this be?)  Hillary's Support Among Democrats Fades as Party Crisis Looms

Turkey-Greece-Italy gas pipeline is latest effort to weaken Russian bargaining leverage on EU/NATO countries, which makes war potentially awkward in winter.
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Memo: EU Stop Being Afraid, Refugees are Good for GDP (We'll tell you when to be afraid again.)

Morley Safer, who went into Vietnam and sent out a story depicting the destruction of a hamlet that was totally passive, burning all homes to the ground, has died at 84, a good foreign correspondent of the old school of American journalism, now successfully replaced by more coherent reporting. "You shat on the American flag", was Lyndon Johnson's angry response to CBS news after that story. Thanks Tom.

Facebook "apologizes" for secretly carrying out psychological testing on users, by eliminating certain critical words from posts that some people got, with the intent of seeing how this manipulation affected likes and dislikes. The same story went out to 2 large groups, tweaked a little, and perceptual shaping was carefully noted, again and again. Do we know ourselves this well?   Thanks again, Eleni.  
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"Bayer AG made an unsolicited takeover offer for Monsanto Co. in a bold attempt by the German company to snatch the last independent global seeds producer and become the world’s biggest supplier of farm chemicals." “It’s a relentless string of bad news,” Jonas Oxgaard, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein in New York, said. “It’s almost like they forgot to sacrifice a goat to the gods.”  (So which/what is worse. I can't figure it out.)  

EU declines to renew glyphosate/RoundUp license again, due to inadequate support. (It doesn't actually run out until end of June. Don't worry; blackmail and bribes just need to be stepped-up.)

G-7 countries are unable to agree upon any further coordinated fiscal economic stimulus. Do what'cha want...

"Saxo Bank chief economist Steen Jakobsen said that zero rates, zero growth, zero productivity, and zero reforms have left a great many countries adrift in a “new nothingness”.   "...apathy, stagnation and “an economic outlook based more in peoples’ heads than in reality. Central Banks are powerless now... No low-interest-rate "ammo" left. 

Another leading indicator of economic distress just hit "Lehman moment" levels. Don't worry; it's all been fixed...
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(Holly Day MD is 27 today, and hard at work, serving fellow humans.)

Becoming the Change...

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