Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Nazi Medical Science

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

A Question

Monday, July 30th, 2012

According to this story, the Koch brothers have given $61 million to people who deny climate change. How much will they give me to deny George W. Bush’s and Dick Cheney’s alcoholism?

Let’s Go Shopping to Fight Terrorism!

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Or go here.

“We’re not environmentalists . . . we’re citizens.”

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Or here.

Obama Likes Dirty Business

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Also seen here.

Bahrain Stands Firm

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Or here
Why can’t Uhmerikuhns do this?

Decoding Omar Suleiman

Monday, February 14th, 2011

From Jadiliyya:

Dedicated to those who resisted and paid with their lives. On YouTube should it fail to play here.

Jadaliyya also has the best write-up of the Revolution I’ve seen to date.

The “Conservative” Mind

Monday, August 9th, 2010

The “conservative” need never provide evidence to substantiate the rationalizations of his/her irresponsibility for any and all social ills. He does not have to prove that the homeless choose destitution, let alone provide us with the reasons that might provoke such a choice. Because this would entail, first, the real work of investigation and learning, and “conservatives” do not work, but only delegate work; and it would further entail a response to the problem. The “conservative” is not interested in responding to problems, only in dismissing them (unless, of course, he can “respond” to the problem with his “volunteer” army, which is to say, shrug the responsibility onto someone else’s shoulders).

The “conservative” conserves only his own energy, for his own private, selfish, narcissistic purposes. He claims to have “ideas,” but all his thought boils down to one pathetic proposition: “I am not responsible.”

Stolen Elections

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

In 2000, the Republicans stole the election, and the U.S. taxpayers rolled over.

In 2009, Ahmadinejad stole the election, and the Iranian citizens took to the streets, some giving their lives to the cause of a free and honest election:

And the U.S. government tells its taxpayers that they are going to teach the Middle East about democracy.

This is not just the difference between payers and doers.  U.S. taxpayers, who are so fond of calling themselves “Americans,” as if the entire hemisphere were not, in fact, America, are gutless, soulless, sexless, mindless consumers — contented cows giving milk to their moneyed class.

Unacceptable to Israel (How About to You?)

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

IPS: What about longer-term strategic issues that may not be getting enough attention?

Chas Freeeman: One is very apposite today, and that is the future of the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency. At Bretton Woods, the dollar became the global reserve currency, backed by gold. A quarter century later, Nixon eliminated the gold backing for our currency.

Dollar hegemony has been central to our ability to basically go off the tracks fiscally and financially here. It has enabled us to avoid addressing all sorts of problems with which we’re now afflicted, and it has enabled us to avoid having financial discipline being imposed on us of the sort we have insisted be imposed on every other country under IMF (International Monetary Fund) guidelines.

The role of the dollar as a universal currency for reserve and trade settlement purposes is absolutely central to our international power and reach. Furthermore, we have used the fact that the dollar is an extension of our sovereignty to impose unilateral sanctions all over the place and to manipulate the global banking sector to enforce our policies, even when those policies – say, with respect to Iran – are not supported by others.

So we have a big stake in this, and when we get the dollar into trouble, as we have done, this is very, very fundamental. We now have China, Russia, Brazil, India, South Korea, at least, and very likely others, calling for the gradual elimination of the dollar as a reserve currency and its replacement by stages with something else – in the case of the Chinese proposal, with special drawing rights under the IMF.

I’ve seen this coming for well over a year, and have been talking about it. It’s now upon us, and it is not a problem you can send the fleet to solve. In the end, if you create a situation where people don’t want dollars, there’s nothing you can do about that. So I think this is a strategic issue.

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