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Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday Morning News

Posted by on Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 8:27 AM

In Speech Today: Romney will promise to arm the Syrian rebels.

Meanwhile: Turkey retaliates against Syria for the sixth consecutive day.

Hugo Chavez Wins, Resisting His Strongest Opposition Yet: And vowing. "I promise you I'll be a better president."

A Robot Destroyed a Suspicious Object: On a downtown street early this morning.

This Watery Place: The story of a rescue at sea near Sitka. With video that makes you really not want to be floating at sea, stranded. Scroll all the way down, and consider all that cold gray.

Great Night for the Sounders: The defeat of Portland (with their own assist), plus tifo.

Behind 'Kony 2012': A psychotic break.

Stem Cell Researchers Are the First Winners, This Morning: Kicking off a week of Nobels.

The Corruption in Greece: Suicide, blackmail, the lost list of Swiss bank account holders.

Affirmative Action: Helping the white and the wealthy?

The Canadian Government Picking a Fight with the U.S.: Over the war of 1812.

Unsealing Lou Gehrig's Medical Records: Should they be made public if it can help folks?

Would This Be A Story If He Were Driving a Honda?: How to split a Lamborghini in half.

Twenty-five years ago this week, my hometown was declared a disaster area because of a wild early-season snowstorm that hit when the leaves were still all on the trees. Everything broke: the thick branches of the trees weighed down, the power lines in their way, all of our systems. I loved it. We trudged to find places connected to generators. I believe we ate at Wendy's.

Meanwhile, today is the 208th anniversary of the first recorded snowicane.

And meanwhile again, it is going to be 75 degrees today in Seattle, and it was like this all weekend:


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Will in Seattle 20
@8 is correct. No win, because nobody wins in the Middle East. Ever.
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 19
Hey, if you were Canada, and you had defeated the US in not just one but three wars, it might matter to you.

Here's a hint: don't start a land war in Asia, especially in Afghanistan, and don't invade Canada.

Neither ends well for Americans. Ever.
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 8, 2012 at 11:44 AM · Report this
Romney promises to arm Syrian rebels????? --- once again proving that debt queen, Willard Mitt Romney, doesn't understand jack about business, finance nor economics: the effing Saudis are already arming them, douchetard!!!!

The Lords of Debt

That recently televised travesty, the so-called presidential debate, was said to have been won by Romney because he appeared to be in "control" --- whatever that means?

The dictators of Myanmar were in control --- the banksters and hedge fund managers were in control when they crashed the economy.

Romney was in control at Bain Capital when he created enormous amounts of debt to profit himself and his cronies. (He was also in control when he took investment funds from they who directed death squads in El Salvador, and the several top executives of Monsanto, to start up Bain Capital funds.)

There wouldn't be so many billionaires today if there wasn't such a colossal national debt --- they created their fortunes by creating such debt --- the correlation between the consistent rise in "defense" spending and the national debt is one-to-one.

The idiot newsies prattle on about the subprime mortgage causing the economic meltdown --- what utter nonsense! For every $1 of mortgages sold, the banksters sold at least $1,000 worth of debt: financial instruments based upon layers of debt. That was the cause!

Occasionally one hears something factual on BBC, where their CEO also happens to sit on the boards of various Barclay's offshore financial structures, Barclay's being recently cited for massive LIBOR manipulation, and past money laundering involvement. The other day a BBC newsy said Americans are "staggeringly ignorant of their own politics" --- and I agree, but then so are the Brits and the Swedes.

One the same day, the BBC did on-the-spot interviews in Stockholm, suggesting WikiLeaks' Julian Assange was wanted for molesting two "girls" (actually the adult women, BTW). Completely false; Assange was supposedly wanted for questioning about a broken condom --- which, after examination by a Swedish government forensics lab --- showed no, I repeat NO sign of any DNA evidence!

As of today, at least 13 American ambassadors have been recalled due to their machinations on behalf of multinationals against the host countries they were posted to --- because they were exposed by some of those WikiLeaked US State Department cables --- these are positive outcomes.

Some of those cables further exposed the extravagantly corrupt lifestyles of the dictators of Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere, which may have provided some impetus for their eventual removal by the people.

The Swedish Foreign Affairs Minister, and former Prime Minister, Carl Bildt, may be nervous about the content of such cables; Bildt was a director at Lundin Petroleum when that corporation was part of a consortium involved in Sudanese oil drilling when Sudanese living on oil-rich lands were massacred by the thousands.

Carl Bildt was pivotal in the cabinet appointments of Beatrice Ask, the present Swedish Justice Minister, who reopened the Julian Assange case, originally dropped for lack of evidence and lack of substance.

(Minister Ask recently classified the budget of SAPO, the Swedish security service, after it was reported that SAPO used public funds for wildly extravagant private parties.)

Carl Bildt and Beatrice Ask appear to be in control --- like Mitt Romney in that debate; like the dictators were in Myanmar.

Control is being exerted in the privatization of townships, cities and educational systems from Michigan (USA) and Honduras to South Africa --- following the privatization/total corruption plan. A Honduran human rights attorney, investigating privatized cities in that country, was recently murdered --- another act of control!

If one subscribes to the domination/submission model of capitalism, totalitarianism and religion, then they might welcome and worship such control.

Miscreants like Willard Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should definitely never be in control.

Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming presidential elections in America, we know that Wall Street will still be in control!


“Just hours before his murder, Trejo had participated in a televised debate in which he accused congressional leaders of using the private city projects to raise campaign funds.”…

No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates, by George Farah
Posted by sgt_doom on October 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM · Report this
biffp 17
Syria is Sunni via Shite. Second, Saudi Arabia and Iran are fighting a proxy war in Syria. What Romney is proposing could draw in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Israel. Possibly even Russia. If you think Iraq was about oil, look at the particpants for this fiasco. Maybe we could ask Libya to participate.
Posted by biffp on October 8, 2012 at 10:42 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 16
@12: I don't disagree with you and Pope Peabrain about this. It's just terribly frustrating.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on October 8, 2012 at 10:23 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 15
@13 And it won't be him or his 1% pals that fight in the war or pay for it either.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on October 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM · Report this
On the Kony meltdown: Yes, doing copious amounts of drugs paid for by the people you duped into sending donations to you does that to a brain. You're still an idiot and you still deserve all the public shaming that you get dished.
Posted by suddenlyorcas on October 8, 2012 at 9:54 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 13
I am certain Romney would begin another war somewhere, very soon into his presidency if elected.

I think the reason he's being so malleable on his economic and social policies is because he intends to start a war that would completely deflect all public scrutiny away from them.

1) Start a war, 2) Give massive tax cuts to his wealthy friends, and 3) Cut social services to the bone.

It's exactly what G.W. Bush did. And he got elected twice! And we're STILL cleaning up his mess.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on October 8, 2012 at 9:50 AM · Report this
"I know, yet Assad even bombs civilian hospitals where no rebels are reported."

The question isn't whether Assad is bad.
The question is whether the people we'd be supporting are better.
For reference, look at Afghanistan and Iraq.
Instead of getting involved in ANOTHER multi-billion dollar war how about we funnel a few million into hospitals and schools and public works amongst groups that are the closest to us in ideology?
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on October 8, 2012 at 9:45 AM · Report this
Simone 11
Forget about the War of 1812. What about the war on wheat…

Oh, and there's SNOW in Winnipeg and parts of southern Manitoba.
Posted by Simone on October 8, 2012 at 9:38 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 10
@7 Better we should? There are plenty of countries in the middle east that can do a better job than we can in helping the rebels. They should get intelligence and medical aid fom us. We're still fighting the people we helped in Afghanistan when they threw out the Soviets. We don't help. We make things worse.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on October 8, 2012 at 9:25 AM · Report this
seatackled 9
Sending weapons to people fighting someone you don't like--what can go wrong with that?
Posted by seatackled on October 8, 2012 at 9:20 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 8
I guess Romney hasn't figured out that, the more we meddle in Middle Eastern countries' affairs, the more they hate us. Or maybe he has, and just thinks it will be good for business (if you're a defense contractor).
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on October 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 7
@5, I know, yet Assad even bombs civilian hospitals where no rebels are reported. But we don't want another Vietnam.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on October 8, 2012 at 9:04 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 6
I'd buy that for a dollar!
Posted by Theodore Gorath on October 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 5
Rmoney's aggressive approach to Syria will no doubt include American "advisers" and draw us into another civil war that will kill many more thousands of Americans. We've seen it before and it does not work. He clearly thinks we can install another puppet regime that we'll need to prop up with more trillions of tax dollars that we need here at home. This guy is wrong for our country in so many ways.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on October 8, 2012 at 8:58 AM · Report this
Posted by Jen Graves on October 8, 2012 at 8:44 AM · Report this
Posted by Adrian Ryan on October 8, 2012 at 8:41 AM · Report this
Enjoy this last week of great weather.
Posted by wxPDX on October 8, 2012 at 8:36 AM · Report this
Posted by MacCrocodile on October 8, 2012 at 8:34 AM · Report this

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