Sunday, October 15, 2017

Externalizing Suffering For Profit

Pigs in a Poke,

Cat sends this story about 2 dying piglets, rescued from a Smithfield Farms horror factory, and their rehabilitation story. We are the same as these pigs to our corporate owners.
The Justice Department’s grave attention to a case of two missing piglets reflects how vigilantly the U.S. government uses extreme measures to protect the agricultural industry — not from unjust economic loss, violent crime, or theft, but from political embarrassment and accurate reporting that damages the industry’s reputation... As I described previously when reporting on the arrest of two young activists — who faced 10 years in prison for freeing minks from farm cages before the animals could be sliced to death and turned into luxury coats — nonviolent animal rights activists are often designated as “terrorists” under the AETA and are treated in the court system as such, even when no human beings are hurt and the economic loss is minimal... The primary purpose of the new 2006 law was to expand the scope of criminal offenses to include plainly protected forms of political protest, and to heighten the legal punishments and intensify social condemnation by literally labeling animal-rights activists as “domestic terrorists.”... Excessive, reckless use of antibiotics common at factory farms can create treatment-resistant bacterial strains capable of infecting and killing humans. There is also increasing awareness that industrial farming meaningfully exacerbates climate problems, with some research suggesting that it produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transportation combined... The irreconcilable contradiction of lavishing love and protection on dogs and cats, while torturing and slaughtering farm animals capable of a deep emotional life and great suffering, is becoming increasingly apparent... “Farm animals feel pleasure and sadness, excitement and resentment, depression, fear, and pain. They are far more aware and intelligent than we ever imagined … They are individuals in their own right.”... We consume the products of this barbaric and sociopathic industry.

Eleni sends ths article from Ellen Brown about Puerto Rican bond bankruptcy. The Fed can buy the useless paper at some deep discount. There. It's been done repeatedly in history, including when the Fed bought all the crap securitized mortgages for so many billions of bucks. Then Ellen goes on to make this Jab:  "If the Fed resists the QE alternative, here is another possibility: Congress can audit the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Defense, and retrieve some of the $21 trillion gone missing from their accountings. This massive black money hole, tracked by Dr. Mark Skidmore and Catherine Austin Fitts, former assistant secretary of HUD, is buried on the agencies’ books as “undocumented adjustments” – entries inserted without receipts or other documentary support just to balance the books. It represents money that rightfully belongs to the American people."

Weirdness around the Las Vegas shooting continues to boil. The timeline of when the hotel security guard got shot seems to be easily verified by his cellphone call and walkie talkie calls right afterward, but "these things take time to sort out", according to Police Chief (looking more and more rattled). Campos, the security guard, is hidden, not talking to anybody, nor is his family. This looks like a cover-up. Who shot Campos, and when? Stephen Paddock isn't talking. One plausible rumor is that Paddock was doing government gun-running, like "fast and furious", but to ISIS-USA, and that's where all his money came from. (Nobody can make money playing video poker, but it's a good way to LAUNDER money at a mild loss.)

North Korea is a "Death Ground", according to the classic "Art of War", by Sun Tzu. there is no retreat, only to fight and die and fail or prevail. The US is working to set up a real or "plausible" casus belli for massive military assault, and they know North Korea has had a chance to review some war scenarios and be on a hair trigger to respond.
“A plan to assassinate Kim Jong Un and preparations for a potential nuclear showdown with North Korea were among the trove of South Korean military documents reportedly stolen by Hermit Kingdom hackers.  South Korea’s Defense Ministry did not comment on the alleged hack, which reportedly occurred in September 2016 but was only revealed Tuesday. Rhee Cheol-hee, a lawmaker in South Korea, confirmed the data breach to the BBC. The hack consisted of 235 gigabytes of military documents and about 80 percent of what was stolen hasn’t been identified.

The World Trade Center as "Neutron Collimator", a Russian Nuclear Scientist lays out the physical evidence in support of mini-nuke controlled-demolition of the Twin Towers, including all the molten metal for many weeks later, and the underground "bathtub", melted smooth as glass, and photographed openly. Thanks Bill. Serious food for thought.

The Syrian War, How America Shot Itself In The Foot: Thanks Eleni (I think the point is that America shoots anybody anywhere, including itself, so don't become a target.)

Civilian Casualty

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