It was not even a year ago when we were bombarded with messaging that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a Supreme Evil and Grave Threat, and that military action against his regime was both a moral and strategic imperative. The standard cast of “liberal interventionists” – Tony Blair, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Nicholas Kristof and Samantha Power - issued stirring sermons on the duties of war against Assad. Secretary of State John Kerry actually compared Assad to (guess who?) Hitler, instructing the nation that “this is our Munich moment.” Striking Assad, he argued, “is a matter of national security. It’s a matter of the credibility of the United States of America. It’s a matter of upholding the interests of our allies and friends in the region.”
U.S. military action against the Assad regime was thwarted only by overwhelming American public opinion which opposed it and by a resounding rejection by the UK Parliament of Prime Minister David Cameron’s desire to assume the usual subservient British role in support of American wars.
Now the Obama administration and American political class is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the failed “Bomb Assad!” campaign by starting a new campaign to bomb those fighting against Assad – the very same side the U.S. has been arming over the last two years.
It’s as though the U.S. knew for certain all along that it wanted to fight in the war in Syria, and just needed a little time to figure out on which side it would fight. It switched sides virtually on a dime, and the standard Pentagon courtiers of the U.S. media and war-cheering foreign policy elites are dutifully following suit, mindlessly depicting ISIS as an unprecedented combination of military might and well-armed and well-funded savagery (where did they get those arms and funds?). Something very similar happened in Libya: the U.S. spent a decade insisting that a Global War on Terror – complete with full-scale dismantling of basic liberties and political values – was necessary to fight against the Unique Threat of Al Qaeda and “Jihadists”, only to then fight on the same side as them, and arming and empowering them. …
Two birds with one stone etc…
Jim Willie joined TFMetalsReport this weekend for a special holiday podcast. In this excellent report from the Hat Trick Letter editor, Willie discusses:
This week’s announcement by Gazprom that they will begin accepting payment in rubles and yuan
The escalation of US and EU sanctions against Russia and how they are failing/backfiring
Willie explains the US’ motives for provoking Russia via Ukraine: To entice Russia to prematurely move to place the Ruble into a reserve currency status, and ultimately, to blame Putin/Russia for the coming US dollar collapse!
The growing isolation of the US as a economic superpower
The eventual emergence of a new global currency regime & collapse of the dollar
9/11 Commission Chairs, Congressmen and Intelligence Officers All Call for Declassification …
I have an idea. Let’s go on pretending that we still live in a democracy! As long as they get to keep on the velvet glove we get to keep going to the movies and watching tv and buying cheap stuff at walmart. Let’s pretend that we don’t know that elements of the federal government were involved in 9/11. Let’s wait around and see if the people who are really in control of washington and the media allow their treason, mass murder and financial crimes to be exposed and prosecuted. They just need a little more time to start WWIII or do another terrorist or biowarfare attack so the sheep stampede into whatever hell they’ve prepared for us.
As long as we keep our end of the “bargain” they’ll let us stay in the matrix a little while longer, at least until the dollar is worthless. Then it’s the IMF and the military to the rescue! Yay! We can all eat mud pies and bullets until we just fade away, just like what has happened in every other country under bankster occupation.
Slightly more than one American household with children in every 25 is surviving on less than $2 per day of income from all sources. One quarter of that 4.3% (that’s 1% of all Americans with children) receive less than $1.25 per day. One third (that’s about 1.33% of all Americans) receive between $1.25 and $2. Another third of that 4.3% receive enough government benefits to be living on between $1.25 and $2 a day. A tiny 0.1% of that 4.3% are even surviving somehow on “Negative income & benefits.”
On 26 August 2014, the co-authors of a Brookings Institution paper published a chart of those findings (reproduced here below, courtesy of the Brookings Institution) that looks like it might be some painting at the Museum of Modern Art, though what it refers to isn’t nearly so pretty, and is actually quite miserable:
These findings were originally published in the June 2013 Social Science Review, but have not yet been reported in the mainstream press. That study’s co-authors are H. Luke Shaefer of the University of Michigan, and Kathryn Endin of Harvard. The study was posted online by its funding organization, the National Poverty Center.
Titled, “Rising Extreme Poverty in the United States and the Response of Federal Means-Tested Transfer Programs,” the researchers reported that there has been “an increase in the prevalence of extreme poverty among U.S. households with children between 1996 and 2011.” Furthermore, “The prevalence of extreme poverty has risen sharply since 1996, particularly among those most impacted by the 1996 welfare reform,” which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton and which embodied numerous elements of President Ronald Reagan’s views on poverty. It “replaced a need-based entitlement program, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), with a more restrictive federal block grant program called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).” The authors explain as follows the $2/day cutoff they’re focusing on:
The measure of “extreme poverty” used here is based on one of the World Bank’s key indicators of global poverty: $2 per person, per day. Tellingly, the World Bank does not release official estimates for the United States for this metric because it is meant to capture poverty based on “the standards of the poorest countries.” … Living below this metric is widely considered to be a marker of extreme destitution, which is assumed to be very uncommon among wealthy nations. …
All just a terrible mistake…. economics is SO very complicated, they just haven’t figured it out yet. But give them a few more years and it won’t matter.
In little-noticed news arising out of a recent Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease held by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the floodgates have opened for Gulf offshore hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).
With 21.6 million acres auctioned off by the Obama Administration and 433,822 acres receiving bids, some press accounts have declared BP America — of 2010 Gulf of Mexico offshore oil spill infamy — a big winner of the auction. If true, fracking and the oil and gas services companies who perform it like Halliburton, Baker Hughes and Schlumberger came in a close second.
On the day of the sale held at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, an Associated Press article explained that many of the purchased blocks sit in the Lower Tertiary basin, coined the “final frontier of oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico” by industry analysts.
“The Lower Tertiary is an ancient layer of the earth’s crust made of dense rock,” explained AP. ”To access the mineral resources trapped within it, hydraulic fracturing activity is projected to grow in the western Gulf of Mexico by more than 10 percent this year, according to Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc., which operates about a third of the world’s offshore fracking rigs.”
Just over a week before the lease, the Mexican government passed energy reform legislation that will prop open the barn door for international oil and gas companies to sign joint ventures with state-owned oil company Pemex, including in Mexico’s portion of the Gulf of Mexico. …
The US is to be turned into just another resource extraction zone to leverage the empire’s power past the collapse of the persian gulf petrodollar. The cost to the environment on and off land will be huge. When they say there are too many people in the world, who do you think is at the top of their list? There are far too many americans to fill jobs in the “new” economy and there won’t be enough untainted food to eat in any case. Democide is on the agenda. You could see it 20 years ago with the passage of NAFTA. We are worse than expendable. We are a threat. The undeclared war is being fought right now.
It appears the neocons are facing a military defeat in eastern Ukraine. But the empire will not be denied.
“We are currently witnessing an epic and historic event. The Ukrainian regular army and the punitive battalions are suffering a catastrophic defeat to the south of Donetsk…..It still is not quite clear how the Junta intends to avoid a complete defeat here…. By squandering the most combat-capable brigades in systematic offensive operations, the Junta sustained enormous losses and at the same time suffered a crushing, purely military defeat. The southern front has collapsed.” – The Southern Front Catastrophe – August 27, 2014″, Colonel Cassad, Military Briefing, Novorossiya, Ukraine …
NATO is reportedly working towards the creation of an expeditionary force composed of 10,000 troops from seven different member states as a result of escalating tensions with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.
According to the Financial Times, the force’s creation will be spearheaded by Britain and involve contributions from Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, and the Netherlands. Canada is also interested in joining the group, but it’s not known what its final decision will be.
Although no formal announcement has been made, British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to declare its formation at the upcoming NATO summit in Wales on September 4th.
Many specifics have yet to be worked out or announced, but planners are reportedly implementing ways to increase the number of soldiers involved even more if necessary. Air and naval units will be integrated into the group, as well as ground troops led by British commanders.
As noted by the Times, the creation of the force comes as a response to Russia’s involvement in the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, with the ultimate goal being to “create a fully functioning, division-sized force for rapid deployment and regular, frequent exercises.” NATO has accused Russia of deploying more than 1,000 troops into Ukraine to bolster separatists in the eastern part of the country.
Russia, however, insists that it does not have troops operating inside of Ukraine and has dismissed NATO’s assertions. …
It appears Obama’s coup machinations are backfiring.
This is basically an advertisement but still informative. The question does arise of why he’s not toeing the government line. Is he just trying to sell a book? In any case, yet more confirmation that we all need to prepare.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, the most powerful Muslim in the world, is warning IS, formerly ISIS, will soon attack the United States.
“If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” he told Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-owned pan-Arab Al-Arabiya television on Saturday.
“Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East,” he added.
“It is no secret to you, what they have done and what they have yet to do. I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: ‘Fight terrorism with force, reason and (necessary) speed’.”
ISIS and its predecessor, al-Qaeda, were financed by Saudi Arabia. The Saudis routinely denounce the terrorist groups they finance after the groups gain international notoriety. The Saudis are now engaged in a propaganda campaign designed to put distance between the monarchy and IS. …
He and his delusional neocon empire freaks in the US government would know wouldn’t they? But they’re already obsolete, they just don’t know it yet.
Do you remember that summer? Our children were all the same age. It was the summer of endless sun; lazy golden days spent under the dappled shelter of the huge tree in my garden. Can you recall how we picked daisies and made them into chains, placed them in our babies hands, and crowned their scented hair with their simple sweetness. We held our babies close and inhaled the milkiness of them hidden in necks and behind ears.
Baby breath kisses, sticky hands, little toes gently tickled. Laughter, first words, first steps, tears, smiles. These moments were so intoxicating so intense we became drunk on love. We thanked God for our blessings, for our womanhood our children. Heaven had briefly rested with us in that garden, it had become our very own Eden. We dared to dream our children’s futures, this would be a new world full of promise, a new generation to begin a new better world for all children. These were truly days of wonder and joy, we placed them in our hearts as all mothers do.
I saw you yesterday, one of those awful social occasions where people look through you as they speak, eyes constantly darting around the room, vacant smiles. A charity ‘do.’ I don’t know why I went but I’m glad I did.You were there, at the back of the room, you had your back to me, but, I recognized your long black hair, there were five other women standing with you. You would be my oasis in the strange desert I found myself in.
I heard you Alison, I heard you. You said those words, words I never thought I would hear you say.”Gods chosen, sacrifices must be made, these children will not have children, the end of a generation. Gods will. The new kingdom. Gods chosen.” Your voice was so steady, so calm, spoken with the conviction of one who feels righteous in that conviction. Sure. Determined.
I backed away, made my excuses and left. I lost the courage to face you, to question you. Now I have to ask you, what happened to you where did you go? What happened to the Christian warrior, woman of love, fighter for all that is good, advocate for all women everywhere. Mother, wife.
What about our sisters in Palestine? The mothers, the grandmothers. These creators of life, dreamers who, like us , sat under trees, had golden days, dared to dream dreams for their children; like us felt God move between and through them. The god of love and life and babies and mothers, our God, their God.
When did it become all right for their sticky fingered, sweetly scented babies, to lie bloodied and broken in a cold grave, to give no more kisses. No more softly spoken I love you’s.
There is nothing now for these women – these families, but broken shattered dreams. No more summers, just endless darkness even on the brightest day. All possibilities gone, dreams shattered. Nothing left.
When did you leave Eden behind and willingly walk towards the gates of hell? What made you choose death over life, hatred over love? When did suffer the little children turn into let the children suffer? When did the God we felt move between and through us in those golden days become the God of hatred, of bombs and the stench of bloodied bodies.
Do you remember these words? “Forgive them, they know what they do.” I hope it’s true, for you, please, let it be true.