Events That Were Current In 2013


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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/08/16/national/top-israeli-official-sick-of-commemorating-hiroshima-nagasaki-a-bomb-victims/#at_pco=tcb-1.0&at_ord=4

JERUSALEM – A senior Israeli government official has posted online comments on Facebook saying he is “sick” of commemorations for the victims of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, a local newspaper reported.

“I am sick of the Japanese, ‘Human rights’ and ‘Peace’ groups” over holding their “annual self-righteous commemorations for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims,” the Haaretz daily quoted Daniel Seaman, a deputy director general at the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, as writing in his Facebook post.

Seaman, a key Israeli online public relations official, also wrote on the social networking site: “(The bombings of) Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the consequence of Japanese aggression. You reap what you sow.

“Instead, they should be commemorating the estimated 50 million Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Malay, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Indonesian, Burmese and other victims of Japanese imperial aggression and genocide.”

The Japanese Embassy in Tel Aviv immediately lodged a protest with the Israeli Foreign Ministry about Seaman’s post, which has already been deleted from Facebook.

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his remarks do not reflect the government’s official view. Apparently taking this matter seriously, the office has suspended Seaman, according to a separate media report.

The Israeli government wants it both ways – they want to promote hatred of Japanese people, but they want to pretend that they treat all nations equally. Seaman is suspended for the moment, but it remains to be seen whether Israel will reform its habitual chauvinism.


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After Good Guy Putin bribed Cyprus with a little cash loan restructuring, Cyprus announced it wanted peace:

Cyprus Refuses To Allow Strikes From Its Territory against Syria (via Bloomberg)

Cyprus assured its territory won’t be used to launch military strikes against Syria, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said, according to a transcript of his comments posted on govt’s press-office website

Kasoulides commented that “Cyprus wants to live up to its responsibility as a shelter if needed for nationals of friendly countries who evacuate from Middle East”


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-08-31/russia-restructures-cyprus-debt-cyprus-prohibits-us-strikes-syria

Meanwhile, a wise jackass wrote:

Syria is about the last gasp for the Petro-Dollar, the emergence of energy pipeline geopolitics, the rise of the NatGas Coop, the new dominance of Russian Gazprom, the eclipse of OPEC, the fall of the house of Saud, and a grand adjustment process in global commerce and banking. Refer to trade settlement outside the USDollar and diversification away from USTreasury Bond reserves management. It took some time to realize it, but the Cyprus bank incident was a misdirected attack against Gazprom. It failed. The entire Arab Spring movement, an ambitious disruptive project waged with foolhardy ambitions, has turned on itself. Egypt fell, its US puppet discharged. The entire North African region will be in flames soon. The USGovt interfered with a grand industrialization project for European industry, to be placed on North Africa intended to take advantage of cheaper labor, available minerals, nearby resources, and easy shipping. The resentment of Europe will show up in the future. The Middle East and Persian Gulf region is shifting its salute to Russia & China, as the noisy sectarian battles have been a common fixture since long ago. Bahrain has erupted…. Chaos is the longstanding objective of the USGovt in foreign policy infection, no change in decades.

Syria is about a lot of things, most of which are volatile, many unsolvable. To be sure, the naval port of Tartus is valuable for the Russian Military, always eager to wrest a seaport. Like Lebanon, Syria is a hotbed stronghold for HezBollah, never to be taken lightly. They are mortal enemies to Israel, whose nations have exchanged covert violence for years. Syria might have tight relations with the Shiites of Iran, even some in Iraq. However, Syria represents the crossroads of many important shifting geopolitical roadways that pertain to the global financial structure and commercial systems. Syria is the tipping point for a Grand Global Paradigm Shift. It is the last stand for the Anglo Banker world. Syria will not go easily into the Russian camp, into the Gazprom fold, into the European energy market sphere. For if it does, the entire USDollar system of commerce and the USTreasury Bond system of reserves management will fall by the wayside and open a new era with Eastern dominance. But the Western powers cannot stop it. Clouds of whatever type do not halt pipeline flow, nor pipeline geopolitics.

WHAT SYRIA MEANS

Syria stands at the door to the emergence of the Eastern Alliance, the new dominant energy pipelines, a new payment system detached from the USDollar and Anglo banks. Syria stands at the door which controls some incremental European energy supply. Syria stands at the door to Gold Trade Settlement, with a transition step that brings more importance to commodity backed currencies and proper valid systems for trade. Syria means the pipelines strangle the USDollar. Syria means the end of the US system of IOU coupons that pollute the global banking system. Syria means the status quo is coming to an abrupt end. Syria represents a clash of East versus West, which has more commercial and bank significance than anything reported by the lapdog press. Notice the direct line from Iran through Iraq to Syria. The natgas of Iran reaches the Mediterranean Sea through Syria.

RISE OF PIPELINE POLITICS

Syria is the end port for … the Shiite Gas Pipeline. It begins in Iran and ends at the Mediterranean seaport in Syria. It was designed to terminate at a Shiite friendly nation. Thus …[the] informal name. Ironically, Qatar is fighting against the Syrian Assad loyalists, but the Qatari natural gas will be directed into the same pipeline. In the last year, a giant Persian Gulf gas discovery was made in a joint Iran-Qatar project. Syria is about the last gasp for the Petro-Dollar. It represents a climax in Energy Pipeline Politics. Quietly for the last 15 to 20 years, Russia has been building crude oil pipelines and natural gas pipelines from the Mother Russian lands to points in Europe and China and the Former Soviet Republics. They have been constructing modern LNG gas port facilities. They have been forging contracts to supply energy to countless nations. The US-led plans have been more interference than constructive. They have consistently attempted to obstruct, rather than to build with some justification of common benefit.

The US news networks cannot tell why or how Syria is important relative to the USDollar. Most Americans cannot define money, let alone conceive of a Petro-Dollar defacto standard. They do not comprehend the global banking system having practices as an extension of Saudi crude oil sales in USDollars. They remember nothing of the Kissinger Arab Oil Surplus Recycle Pact into USTreasury Bonds and US big bank stocks. The focus should be on Pipelines and the closely related geopolitics. The focus should be on the eclipse of OPEC. The focus should be on the loss of Western Europe to the Russian fold, where natural gas supply will alter decisions. Notice the UK Parliament did not offer military support for the USGovt in Syria. They might have received a phone call from either Putin at the Kremlin or the CEO of Gazprom. Coming to a world near you is the NatGas Coop led by Gazprom. A regular feature in geopolitical decisions will be the integration of natgas supply to Europe and Great Britain.

ECLIPSE OF OPEC

Clearly heading out is OPEC and its influence. The dirty secret for ten years has been the depletion and decline in Saudi oil reserves. The water cut has surpassed 80% on a regular basis at Saudi oilfields. It is the percentage of water in produced “oil” wells. The interior pressures are dissipated. The Saudis are suffering from lost oil surplus, rising government debt, higher domestic energy costs, higher food costs, internal strife, fascist islamic rule… The OPEC nations in the last several years have become a loud disorganized gaggle of devious dealers who discount prices and lie on output on a regular basis. The cartel has no unity anymore. Their honorable Saudi core is disintegrating. The Saudi OPEC core is precisely the foundation to the Petro-Dollar and the justification for global banking systems being based in USTreasury Bonds. Coming online is the NatGas Coop. Coming online is gold trade settlement. Coming online is the BRICS Bank. Coming into prominent view is Gazprom, the leader of the NatGas Coop. It has some powerful strange bedfellows who deal in one currency, natural gas.

CYPRUS INDIRECT ATTACK

The news networks told of Cyprus being the site of bank crisis, account confiscations, the bail-in procedures creating a Western model, and resolutions. [The financial attack on Cyprus] was a challenge to Gazprom and the Russian banking system, more than a Bail-in Model. It was an attempt to cut off the Russian encroachment into Europe with their Gazprom weapon, the most disruptive economic weapon seen in decades.

Cyprus used to serve as the primary window for the entire Russian banking system, and the central bank too. All bank transactions from Russia went through Cyprus. The conclusion could be that the Bail-in procedure is a suicide pact for the West. It is a declaration that if accounting rules are to be enforced, and capital requirements enforced, then the big Western banks would slit their throats and force the vanish of private bank accounts. Ditto if the legal prosecution of big bank were to begin in earnest. They cannot pull that switch unless major banks are all dead gone, from grotesque contagion. Since Lehman failed, all the big Western banks are lashed together, much like sailors at sea on deck during a nasty storm. If one goes, all go. The banker elite needed to disguise their attack of Gazprom in Cyprus. They wanted to interrupt the progress made by Russia in Pipeline Politics. The public bought the false story, again, like they always do. They do not think beyond the first visible layer.

FAILED USGOVT POLICY

The USGovt lost on disruptions to Iran internet and undersea communication lines between 2004 and 2007. To be sure, the planned Iranian island center for trade processing never occurred, a success of sorts. The USGovt lost on Iranian sanctions. The rise of Turkey, India, and Chinese deals with unique payment systems have come to the table. Even the Japanese and South Koreans refused to play along. The entire workaround process served as a training ground for gold trade settlement. It will have a certain blossom, with the full weight of the BRICS nations behind the current initiatives. The US lost on Iran-Pakistan Pipeline, since China stepped forward, guaranteed funding for its completion, and even worked to extend the connected pipelines to the Western border of China for supply. The USGovt lost with its puppet named Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted in Egypt. The unspoken cause was food price inflation, not political discord as reported by the US news network minions. The USGovt won the Qaddafi’s gold (144 tons) but with a grand backfire on the Libyan Embassy controversy. The Pentagon does not appreciate the sacrifice of Navy SEALS to deceit and hidden motives. The biggest failure by the USGovt could be the monetary policy at work by the US Federal Reserve. The QE bond purchase program has produced massive broad price inflation globally, in addition to rising energy costs, rising material costs, and rising related follow-on costs. It is difficult to find any USGovt or USFed policy of value, other than to serve the bank syndicate.

NATGAS COOP

The key to the future is seen on the margin of new power. It is the Natural Gas Coop. To date, it has no name. Curiously, its power might lie in the fact that it has no name, no central nexus. It is a de-centralized cooperative. But more accurately, it has a Russian core, a brain trust at Gazprom. It has a certain Kremlin command center, since a newfound strategic weapon. It is their greatest global weapon in decades. The strange bedfellows consist of Russia (home HQ of Gazprom), Turkmenistan (#2 natgas global producer), Iran (giant renegade producer), Qatar (biggest LNG star), and Israel (from Tamar Platform). The presence of Sunni Qatar from the Persian Gulf and US Fascist Ally Israel make for the odd mix. In June, the Israel Govt signed a deal with Russian Gazprom. It called for directing all surplus natgas output from Tamar to the Gazprom pipeline system, and the European market. The Israeli Economy will greatly benefit from the surplus revenue.

Game over for OPEC and a guaranteed demise of the Petro-Dollar. Simply stated, Saudi Arabia is to OPEC, what Russia is to NatGas Coop. The phase out of OPEC is in progress, without much recognition. The emergence of the NatGas Coop is to be better understood in the near future. A tremendously important shift is taking place in energy geopolitics. The consequences will be rapid diversification out of the USTreasury Bond, colossal Indirect Exchange in asset deals, and broad abandonment (aka dumping). In the process, almost no buyers of USGovt debt will be visible, and the USFed will be leaned upon more fully for bond purchases. The Weimar machinery will strain to the limit. The USGovt debt default will occur…

DEMISE OF PETRO-DOLLAR

Not 5% of Americans comprehend the defacto Petro-Dollar standard. They will when the Saudis must step aside and permit OPEC to be eclipsed by the NatGas Coop with its expansive global network of pipelines. The great USDollar devaluation will occur when the Petro-Dollar falls by the wayside. The result will be profound price inflation in the USEconomy. The fall of the Saudi regime is guaranteed eventually, and likely soon. The Saudis cannot play both sides (US & Russia) successfully. They will fail with both partners. The NatGas Pipelines are critical, as they wield enormous economic leverage and power. Together, the NatGas Coop phases out OPEC and assures the end of the USDollar as it is currently known and structured. Watch the Saudis soon indicate that non-USDollar payments are accepted for crude oil sales, like accepting GBPounds, Euros, Japanese Yen, even Swiss Francs. Watch the Saudis closely for various signals of impending doom, death signals. As energy sales move gradually, then rapidly, away from the USD settlement, the world will go through a transformation. The banking system will change in their foundations, one nation at a time, with diversification away from USTBonds. It is Game Over!!

Syria is the last line of defense for the USDollar and the exalted position of OPEC. Syria is the potential recognized debut of the NatGas Coop in significance.


http://news.goldseek.com/GoldenJackass/1377892800.php


Larry Summers
and the Secret “End-Game” Memo

Thursday, August 22, 2013

By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine

When a little birdie dropped the End Game memo through my window, its content was so explosive, so sick and plain evil, I just couldn’t believe it.

The Memo confirmed every conspiracy freak’s fantasy:  that in the late 1990s, the top US Treasury officials secretly conspired with a small cabal of banker big-shots to rip apart financial regulation across the planet.  When you see 26.3% unemployment in Spain, desperation and hunger in Greece, riots in Indonesia and Detroit in bankruptcy, go back to this End Game memo, the genesis of the blood and tears.

The Treasury official playing the bankers’ secret End Game was Larry Summers.  Today, Summers is Barack Obama’s leading choice for Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, the world’s central bank.  If the confidential memo is authentic, then Summers shouldn’t be serving on the Fed, he should be serving hard time in some dungeon reserved for the criminally insane of the finance world.

The memo is authentic.

To get that confirmation, I would have to fly to Geneva  and wangle a meeting with the Secretary General of the World Trade Organization, Pascal Lamy.  I did.  Lamy, the Generalissimo of Globalization, told me,

“The WTO was not created as some dark cabal of multinationals secretly cooking plots against the people…. We don’t have cigar-smoking, rich, crazy bankers negotiating.”

Then I showed him the memo.

It begins with Summers’ flunky, Timothy Geithner, reminding his boss to call the then most powerful CEOs on the planet and get them to order their lobbyist armies to march:

“As we enter the end-game of the WTO financial services negotiations, I believe it would be a good idea for you to touch base with the CEOs….”

To avoid Summers having to call his office to get the phone numbers (which, under US law, would have to appear on public logs), Geithner listed their private lines.  And here they are:

Goldman Sachs:  John Corzine (212)902-8281
Merrill Lynch:  David Kamanski (212)449-6868
Bank of America, David Coulter (415)622-2255
Citibank:  John Reed (212)559-2732
Chase Manhattan:  Walter Shipley (212)270-1380

Lamy was right: They don’t smoke cigars.  Go ahead and dial them.  I did, and sure enough, got a cheery personal hello from Reed–cheery until I revealed I wasn’t Larry Summers.  (Note:  The other numbers were swiftly disconnected. And Corzine can’t be reached while he faces criminal charges.)

It’s not the little cabal of confabs held by Summers and the banksters that’s so troubling. The horror is in the purpose of the “end game” itself.

Let me explain:
The year was 1997.  US Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin was pushing hard to de-regulate banks.  That required, first, repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act to dismantle the barrier between commercial banks and investment banks.  It was like replacing bank vaults with roulette wheels.

Second, the banks wanted the right to play a new high-risk game:  “derivatives trading.”  JP Morgan alone would soon carry $88 trillion of these pseudo-securities on its books as “assets.”

Deputy Treasury Secretary Summers (soon to replace Rubin as Secretary) body-blocked any attempt to control derivatives.

But what was the use of turning US banks into derivatives casinos if money would flee to nations with safer banking laws?

The answer conceived by the Big Bank Five:  eliminate controls on banks in every nation on the planet  in one single move.    It was as brilliant as it was insanely dangerous.

How could they pull off this mad caper?  The bankers’ and Summers’ game was to use the Financial Services Agreement, an abstruse and benign addendum to the international trade agreements policed by the World Trade Organization.

Until the bankers began their play, the WTO agreements dealt simply with trade in goods–that is, my cars for your bananas.  The new rules ginned-up by Summers and the banks would force all nations to accept trade in “bads” – toxic assets like financial derivatives.

Until the bankers’ re-draft of the FSA, each nation controlled and chartered the banks within their own borders.  The new rules of the game would force every nation to open their markets to Citibank, JP Morgan and their derivatives “products.”

And all 156 nations in the WTO would have to smash down their own Glass-Steagall divisions between commercial savings banks and the investment banks that gamble with derivatives.

The job of turning the FSA into the bankers’ battering ram was given to Geithner, who was named Ambassador to the World Trade Organization.

Bankers Go Bananas

Why in the world would any nation agree to let its banking system be boarded and seized by financial pirates like JP Morgan?

The answer, in the case of Ecuador, was bananas.   Ecuador was truly a banana republic.  The yellow fruit was that nation’s life-and-death source of hard currency.  If it refused to sign the new FSA, Ecuador could feed its bananas to the monkeys and go back into bankruptcy.  Ecuador signed.

And so on–with every single nation bullied into signing.  

Every nation but one, I should say.  Brazil’s new President, Inacio Lula da Silva, refused.  In retaliation, Brazil was threatened with a virtual embargo of its products by the European Union’s Trade Commissioner, one Peter Mandelson, according to another confidential memo I got my hands on.  But Lula’s refusenik stance paid off for Brazil which, alone among Western nations, survived and thrived during the 2007-9 bank crisis.

China signed–but got its pound of flesh in return.  It opened its banking sector a crack in return for access and control of the US auto parts and other markets.  (Swiftly, two million US jobs shifted to China.)

The new FSA pulled the lid off the Pandora’s box of worldwide derivatives trade.  Among the notorious transactions legalized: Goldman Sachs (where Treasury Secretary Rubin had been Co-Chairman) worked a secret euro-derivatives swap with Greece which, ultimately, destroyed that nation.  Ecuador, its own banking sector de-regulated and demolished, exploded into riots.  Argentina had to sell off its oil companies (to the Spanish) and water systems (to Enron) while its teachers hunted for food in garbage cans.  Then, Bankers Gone Wild in the Eurozone dove head-first into derivatives pools without knowing how to swim–and the continent is now being sold off in tiny, cheap pieces to Germany.

Of course, it was not just threats that sold the FSA, but temptation as well.  After all, every evil starts with one bite of an apple offered by a snake.  The apple:  The gleaming piles of lucre hidden in the FSA for local elites.  The snake was named Larry.

Does all this evil and pain flow from a single memo?  Of course not:  the evil was The Game itself, as played by the banker clique.  The memo only revealed their game-plan for checkmate.

And the memo reveals a lot about Summers and Obama.

While billions of sorry souls are still hurting from worldwide banker-made disaster, Rubin and Summers didn’t do too badly.  Rubin’s deregulation of banks had permitted the creation of a financial monstrosity called “Citigroup.”  Within weeks of leaving office, Rubin was named director, then Chairman of Citigroup—which went bankrupt while managing to pay Rubin a total of $126 million.

Then Rubin took on another post:  as key campaign benefactor to a young State Senator, Barack Obama.  Only days after his election as President, Obama, at Rubin’s insistence, gave Summers the odd post of US “Economics Tsar” and made Geithner his Tsarina (that is, Secretary of Treasury).  In 2010, Summers gave up his royalist robes to return to “consulting” for Citibank and other creatures of bank deregulation whose payments have raised Summers’ net worth by $31 million since the “end-game” memo.

That Obama would, at Robert Rubin’s demand, now choose Summers to run the Federal Reserve Board means that, unfortunately, we are far from the end of the game.

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http://www.gregpalast.com/larry-summers-and-the-secret-end-game-memo/

 


Brandon Smith is a pretty cool guy, writes web pages and doesn’t afraid of anything.

He thinks that a war in Syria would trigger World War III, and make the USA look like Grave of the Fireflies.

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Here’s the basic outline:

http://www.alt-market.com/articles/994-syria-and-iran-dominos-lead-to-world-war

 

 

Here is exactly what will happen if the U.S., NATO, or Israel, enter into a hot war with either Iran or Syria, and the results are not optimistic:

1) Syria And Iran Will Join Forces

In 2006, Iran and Syria signed a mutual defense treaty in response to the growing possibility of conflict with the West. Both countries are highly inclined to fulfill this treaty, and it would seem that Iran is already doing so, at least financially, as Syria spirals into civil war. In fact, the U.S. supported insurgency in Syria was likely developed in order to strain or test the mutual aid treaty. …

2) Iran Will Shut Down The Strait Of Hormuz
… The strait is around 21 miles wide at its narrowest point which lays right off the coast of Iran, however, of that 21 miles only two safe shipping lanes are available, each measuring a miniscule 2 miles across.

3) Israeli Action Will Draw In The U.S.

Forget what the U.S. Joint Chief of Staff General Martin Dempsey says; the U.S. will absolutely involve itself militarily in Iran or Syria following an Israeli strike. …

4) Syria Will Receive Support From Russia And China

The Russian government has clearly stated on numerous occasions that they will not step back during a strike against Syria, and has even begun positioning naval ships and extra troops at is permanent base off the coast of Tartus…

5) Economic Implosion Will Become “Secondary”…To The Banksters’ Benefit

In the minds of the general public, the economic distress that we will soon face regardless of whether or not there is ever a war with Iran and Syria will be an afterthought, at least for a time, if the threat of global combat becomes reality. The fog of war is a fantastic cover for all kind of crime, most especially the economic kind. Sizable wars naturally inhibit markets and cause erratic flux in capital flows. Anything, and I mean anything, can be blamed on a war, even the destruction of the U.S. economy and the dollar. Of course, the real culprits (international and central banks) which have been corrupting and dismantling the American fiscal structure for decades will benefit most from the distraction.

Syria and Iran are, in a way, the first dominos in a long chain of terrible events. This chain, as chaotic as it seems, leads to only one end result: Third world status for almost every country on the planet, including the U.S., leaving the financial institutions, like monetary grim reapers, to swoop in and gather up the pieces that remain to be fashioned into a kind of Frankenstein economy.

Let me throw a big, yellow-skinned, red-flagged 扳子 into the gears of the doomsaying. The People’s Republic of China keeps the USA stocked with second-rate Wal-mart merchandise. The PRC likewise owns a lot of US debt. The PRC does not want the US empire or its international banksters to screw up its (mostly) peaceful rise into places like Tibet, the Senkakus, and the border regions of India. The PRC could dump its US bonds suddenly, but it would lose a lot of money. It would prefer to buy up US land and assets – which means the PRC wants the US to continue as a viable nation-state, not as a burned-out shell.

So would Iran block Hormuz? Not if the PRC could lean on the US to back off.

Wouldn’t the PRC want to seize the central role on the world stage? Not if they would lose money, and not if they would suffer unnecessary stress.

Here’s part of Smith’s updated doomsaying:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-08-31/guest-post-what-expect-during-next-stage-collapse

1) Many U.S. allies will refrain from immediate participation in an attack on Syria. Obama will continue unilaterally (or with the continued support of Israel and Saudi Arabia), placing even more focus on the U.S. as the primary cause of the crisis.

2) Obama will attempt to mitigate public outcry by limiting attacks to missile strikes, but these strikes will be highly ineffective compared to previous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

3) A no fly zone will be established, but the U.S. navy will seek to stay out of range of high grade Russian missile technology in the hands of Syria, and this will make response time to the Syrian Air Force more difficult. Expect much higher American naval and air force casualties compared to Iraq and Afghanistan.

4) Iran will immediately launch troops and arms in support of Syria. Syria will become a bewildering combat soup of various fighting forces battling on ideological terms, rather than over pure politics and borders. Battles will spread into other countries, covertly and overtly, much like during Vietnam.

5) Israel will probably be the first nation to send official ground troops into Syria (and likely Iran), citing a lack of effectiveness of U.S. airstrikes. American troops will follow soon after.

6) Iran will shut down the Straight of Hormuz sinking multiple freighters in the narrow shipping lane and aiming ocean skimming missiles at any boats trying to clear the wreckage. Oil exports through the straight of Hormuz will stop for months, cutting 20% of the world’s oil supply overnight.

7) The Egyptian civil war, now underway but ignored by the mainstream, will explode due to increased anger over U.S. presence in Syria. The Suez Canal will become a dangerous shipping option for oil exporters. Many will opt to travel around the Horn of Africa, adding two weeks to shipping time and increasing the cost of the oil carried.

8) Saudi Arabia will see an uprising of insurgency that has been brewing under the surface for years.

9) Gasoline prices will skyrocket. I am predicting a 75%-100% increase in prices within two-three months of any strike on Syria.

11) Russia will threaten to limit or cut off all natural gas exports to the EU if they attempt to join with the U.S. in aggression against Syria. The EU will comply due to their dependency on Russian energy.

12) Russia will position naval forces in the Mediterranean to place pressure on the U.S. I feel the possibility of Russia initiating direct confrontation with the U.S. is limited, mainly because countries like Russia and China do not need to engage the U.S. through force of arms in order to strike a painful blow.

13) China and Russia will finally announce their decision to drop the dollar completely as the world reserve currency. A process which already began back in 2005, and which global banks have been fully aware of for years.

14) Because of China’s position as the number one exporter and importer in the world, many nations will follow suit in dumping the dollar in bilateral trade. The dollar’s value will implode. China, Russia, and the war in Syria will be blamed, and global banks including the Federal Reserve will be ignored as the true culprits.

Possibly the residents of the USA are misguided enough to blame China for the US dollar’s decline, but the Chinese are not arrogant enough to take delude themselves. The Chinese are wise enough to be aware of the international banksters.

Further – although it can be hard to keep sight of this – not all Americans are utter nincompoops.
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Many of them will refuse to cooperate with this travesty. If enough of them rain on this parade early enough, the war mongering faction may be forced to retreat for a time.

If nothing else, the lack of money will make it difficult:

The U.S. military, struggling after defense cuts of tens of billions of dollars, will be unable to pay for attacks on Syria from current operating funds and must seek additional money from Congress, according to congressional aides.


http://freebeacon.com/pentagon-cant-afford-syria-operation-must-seek-additional-funds/

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I don’t think Obama wants this war in particular – I think it’s being arranged by the same cabal of neocons that always tries to get the USA to Israel’s wars for it.


http://www.foreignpolicyi.org/content/foreign-policy-experts-urge-president-obama-respond-assads-chemical-attack

See if these names ring a bell:
Eliott Abrams, Max Boot, William Kristol, Robert Kagan – remember them?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_for_the_New_American_Century

See, there’s never a penalty to be paid for being a war hawk whose advice turns out to be tragically wrong, so these people litter our airwaves when any foreign conflict comes into view.


http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/return-neocon-war-hawks-who-want-attack


There will be somebody to do business with, and in doing business the target nation will be suborned.

http://deconstructingleftism.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/syria-progressivism-and-communism-and-jihadism/

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http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/09/05/making-the-world-safe-for-banksters/

 

 

In an August 2013 article titled “Larry Summers and the Secret ‘End-game’ Memo,” Greg Palast posted evidence of a secret late-1990s plan devised by Wall Street and U.S. Treasury officials to open banking to the lucrative derivatives business. To pull this off required the relaxation of banking regulations not just in the US but globally. The vehicle to be used was the Financial Services Agreement of the World Trade Organization.

The “end-game” would require not just coercing support among WTO members but taking down those countries refusing to join. Some key countries remained holdouts from the WTO, including Iraq, Libya, Iran and Syria.

 

Until the bankers began their play, the WTO agreements dealt simply with trade in goods–that is, my cars for your bananas.  The new rules ginned-up by Summers and the banks would force all nations to accept trade in “bads” – toxic assets like financial derivatives.

Until the bankers’ re-draft of the FSA, each nation controlled and chartered the banks within their own borders.  The new rules of the game would force every nation to open their markets to Citibank, JP Morgan and their derivatives “products.”

And all 156 nations in the WTO would have to smash down their own Glass-Steagall divisions between commercial savings banks and the investment banks that gamble with derivatives.

The job of turning the FSA into the bankers’ battering ram was given to Geithner, who was named Ambassador to the World Trade Organization.

WTO members were induced to sign the agreement by threatening their access to global markets if they refused; and they all did sign, except Brazil. Brazil was then threatened with an embargo; but its resistance paid off, since it alone among Western nations survived and thrived during the 2007-2009 crisis. As for the others:

The new FSA pulled the lid off the Pandora’s box of worldwide derivatives trade.  Among the notorious transactions legalized: Goldman Sachs (where Treasury Secretary Rubin had been Co-Chairman) worked a secret euro-derivatives swap with Greece which, ultimately, destroyed that nation.  Ecuador, its own banking sector de-regulated and demolished, exploded into riots.  Argentina had to sell off its oil companies (to the Spanish) and water systems (to Enron) while its teachers hunted for food in garbage cans.  Then, Bankers Gone Wild in the Eurozone dove head-first into derivatives pools without knowing how to swim–and the continent is now being sold off in tiny, cheap pieces to Germany.

The Holdouts

That was the fate of countries in the WTO, but Palast did not discuss those that were not in that organization at all, including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran. These seven countries were named by U.S. General Wesley Clark (Ret.) in a 2007 “Democracy Now” interview as the new “rogue states” being targeted for take down after September 11, 2001. He said that about 10 days after 9-11, he was told by a general that the decision had been made to go to war with Iraq. Later, the same general said they planned to take out seven countries in five years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

What did these countries have in common? Besides being Islamic, they were not members either of the WTO or of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). That left them outside the long regulatory arm of the central bankers’ central bank in Switzerland. Other countries later identified as “rogue states” that were also not members of the BIS included North Korea, Cuba, and Afghanistan.

The body regulating banks today is called the Financial Stability Board (FSB), and it is housed in the BIS in Switzerland. In 2009, the heads of the G20 nations agreed to be bound by rules imposed by the FSB, ostensibly to prevent another global banking crisis. Its regulations are not merely advisory but are binding, and they can make or break not just banks but whole nations. This was first demonstrated in 1989, when the Basel I Accord raised capital requirements a mere 2%, from 6% to 8%. The result was to force a drastic reduction in lending by major Japanese banks, which were then the world’s largest and most powerful creditors. They were undercapitalized, however, relative to other banks. The Japanese economy sank along with its banks and has yet to fully recover.

Among other game-changing regulations in play under the FSB are Basel III and the new bail-in rules. Basel III is slated to impose crippling capital requirements on public, cooperative and community banks, coercing their sale to large multinational banks.

The “bail-in” template was first tested in Cyprus and follows regulations imposed by the FSB in 2011. Too-big-to-fail banks are required to draft “living wills” setting forth how they will avoid insolvency in the absence of government bailouts. The FSB solution is to “bail in” creditors – including depositors – turning deposits into bank stock, effectively confiscating them.

The Public Bank Alternative

Countries laboring under the yoke of an extractive private banking system are being forced into “structural adjustment” and austerity by their unrepayable debt. But some countries have managed to escape. In the Middle East, these are the targeted “rogue nations.” Their state-owned banks can issue the credit of the state on behalf of the state, leveraging public funds for public use without paying a massive tribute to private middlemen. Generous state funding allows them to provide generously for their people.

Like Libya and Iraq before they were embroiled in war, Syria provides free education at all levels and free medical care. It also provides subsidized housing for everyone (although some of this has been compromised by adoption of an IMF structural adjustment program in 2006 and the presence of about 2 million Iraqi and Palestinian refugees). Iran too provides nearly free higher education and primary health care.

Like Libya and Iraq before takedown, Syria and Iran have state-owned central banks that issue the national currency and are under government control. Whether these countries will succeed in maintaining their financial sovereignty in the face of enormous economic, political and military pressure remains to be seen.

As for Larry Summers, after proceeding through the revolving door to head Citigroup, he became State Senator Barack Obama’s key campaign benefactor. He played a key role in the banking deregulation that brought on the current crisis, causing millions of US citizens to lose their jobs and their homes. Yet Summers is President Obama’s first choice to replace Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve Chairman. Why? He has proven he can manipulate the system to make the world safe for Wall Street…


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/11/nsa-americans-personal-data-israel-documents

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Here is what Steve Sailer is saying:

http://isteve.blogspot.tw/2013/09/greenwald-on-israels-spying-on-americans.html


http://hawaiianlibertarian.blogspot.tw/2013/09/the-bargain-of-millenium.html

They have grown confident as we have grown fat, lazy and indolent from feeding at the trough of entitlement and usurious-debt financed materialistic consumerism. They have occupied our minds with the endless variety of bread and circuses to keep us distracted and ignorant to their machinations.

There is a simple two-part solution to the anti-health conspiracy of modern diet.

Step 1) Eat high-protein, low-calorie foods. If your body fat percentage is high, eat many fewer calories than you need to maintain weight.

Step 2) Engage in frequent aerobic exercise.

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Unlike the Hawaiian Libertarian, I’m a fan of legumes, especially lentils. They are very affordable and relatively easy to prepare, even easier than eggs.

If you need more inspiration for breaking free of feedlot diets, try Gin No Saji:
http://myanimelist.net/anime/16918/Gin_no_Saji


http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2013/09/13/military-times-survey-75-of-troops-oppose-strikes-on-syria/

http://www.militarytimes.com/interactive/article/20130911/NEWS/309110009/Troops-oppose-strikes-Syria-by-3-1-margin

To the list of skeptics who question the need for air strikes against Syria, add an another unlikely group — many U.S. troops.

“I haven’t heard one single person be supportive of it,” said an Army staff sergeant at Fort Hood who asked not to be identified by name.

A Military Times survey of more than 750 active-duty troops this week found service members oppose military action in Syria by a margin of about three to one.

The survey conducted online Monday and Tuesday found that about 75 percent of troops are not in favor of air strikes in response to reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons to kill civilians in that country.

A higher percentage of troops, about 80 percent, say they do not believe getting involved in the two-year-old civil war is in the U.S. national interest.

The results suggest that opposition inside the military may be more intense than among the U.S. population at large. About 64 percent of Americans oppose air strikes, according to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll published Monday.

The Military Times survey is an unscientific sampling of Military Times readers and reflects the views of many career enlisted members and officers.

For many troops, money is a key consideration. Troops question the cost of bombing Syria at a time when budget cuts are shrinking their pay raises, putting their benefits package at risk and forcing some of their friends to separate involuntarily.

“We don’t have money for anything else but we have a couple hundred million dollars to lob some Tomahawks and mount an expensive campaign in Syria?” said Army Sgt. 1st Class Chris Larue, a 39-year-old maintenance expert at Fort Eustis, Va., referring to the precision-guided missiles that are likely to be used in any strike.

The debate about striking Syria is also revealing a strain of isolationism growing inside a battle-weary military that has spent more than a decade supporting high-tempo war operations overseas.

“People are just sick of it,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Harvey, a nuclear-trained officer who works at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia.

“It’s like the old pre-World War II isolationism, I hear grumblings of that. People would rather withdraw all our troops and let the rest of the world figure out what to do. I think there is a lot of credence to that argument.”

Among troops who do favor mounting strikes against Syria, moral and humanitarian concerns are a top consideration.

“It’s a moral issue. If we’re we are going to set ourselves up as the moral leaders in the world, then we have to act,” said Air Force Master Sgt. Noel Cumberland at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

Army Staff Sgt. Derek Harris agreed. “I’m not talking about it from a national security standpoint or a political standpoint. I’m talking about human rights,” Harris said.

Harris also said he is undaunted by the prospect of U.S. military involvement escalating beyond air strikes and requiring the Army to deploy ground troops.

“It doesn’t worry me. It’s not that I welcome it, but I definitely wouldn’t mind getting back to work,” he said.

Many troops have concerns about the strategic logic of striking the Syrian regime and implicitly helping the rebels where, which include some extremist groups linked to militants in Iraq who were killing U.S. troops just a few years ago.

“In my eyes, the rebels in Syria are the same as the insurgents in Iraq,” the staff sergeant from Fort Hood said.

Yet for now, he said he is benefiting from the uncertainty hanging over the U.S. military.

He said he’s facing administrative separation for repeatedly failing to meet the Army’s weight standards. But for now, that is on hold as his commanders brace for the possibility of a spike in operational tempo.

“They put a stop on my paperwork. They were, like, ‘Well, were going to keep you just to see what happens, in case there’s going to be deployments.’ ”


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http://rt.com/usa/navy-yard-shooter-washington-928/

DC Police say they have received reports that multiple people have been shot, according to CBS.

Police spokesman Officer Anthony Clay confirmed at least one person has been shot, but said that that person’s condition was not immediately available. FOX 5 DC later reported that at least five people have been shot at the Navy Yard.

The police say that at least three, possibly four, people were shot, with all of them being in critical condition, the Washington Post reports.

The DC Fire Fights wrote on Twitter than a policeman is down as more shots were fired at the Navy Yard. According to the police radio, the officer received two wounds on the leg and was removed from the scene.


A tragic murder, a distgusting plan, and a comment.

Golden Dawn, from the first moment the news were released, condemned in every way possible the tragic crime in Keratsini. But the puppet masters that control the public life of Greece have devoted themselves to a which hunt, to eradicate the ideas of the Greeks. The political parties should be ashamed, exploiting a tragic event to serve the interests of their bosses, assigning a political character to a tragic event.

–Golden Dawn’s press release regarding the murder.
 In the recent past, the State used random attacks on immigrants, even if those attacks were caused by immigrants, as a tool to put an end on the Golden Dawn. But their lies were transparent, Truth shined on, and the tactic was abandoned. Then they banned all our activities, but our will prevailed, we ignored the restrictions and the violence of the cops, and did everything to help our compatriots in need.
……….
But the elections are coming soon, Golden Dawn is poling around 15% (which we all know is smaller than the real percentages, as the elections of 2012 showed us), and the titans of international Capitalism must get their hands on the Greek mineral wealth. Golden Dawners, men and women, have embarked in a journey to liberate Greece from her oppressors, and unfortunately for them, we are successful. This troubles the ruling class. This provocation, that occurred few days ago, was a whole different plan that the usual. They claimed that we organized this attack, that more will follow suit, and that our end must come.
And now this murder, a murder committed during the viewing of a football match, that, like witnesses say, begun as a football related argument among fans, is being exploited in the worst of ways by the State, using the MSM to propagate the theory of an “assassination plan” Golden Dawn supposedly prepared and executed. A murder in the middle of the streets of Keratsini, on the eve of our victory over the municipalities and eventually Greece…
Distorting the events, they accuse all of our comrades as murderers, our Party as a terrorist organization. But actually, in the recent political history of the country, it was executives of the parties in the “constitutional alliance” that committed political assassinations. Of course the parties, pylons of today’s Regime, never got punished or persecuted. But this event that Golden Dawn condemned without hesitation is the reason for the Police to invade all our offices throughout Greece, harassing our comrades. We will sum up those assassinations.
  • The murder of leftist teacher Nikos Temponeras by members of the ruling right-wing New Democracy party
  • The murder of a PASOK supporter by the bodyguard of a New Democracy MP
  • The murder of a citizen with leftist beliefs by a member of the National Political Union (Whose leader was Mr. Voridis, currently an MP with New Democracy and supporting the ban on Golden Dawn’s)
  • The murder of a New Democracy Community Councilor by a PASOK supporter

The above parties that have been proven to have those murderers within their ranks, never got the same treatment as us. That is because they were the status quo, they were the untouchable elites. We, on the other hand, are the only immediate threat to their oppressive rule! The truth will shine!

But still, unfortunately his murder was bound to happen. These last years, division and civil war sentiments were propagated by the bourgeois parties and by the vast majority of people that were “worried for the future of society”. We didn’t forget how the Communists proclaimed that they will “impale our hearts with hammers and sickles”, all those years.

On the eve of strikes and demonstrations it’s profitable for everyone – and especially for the governments – to have people killed on either side, resulting in the radicalization of the “extremes” but leading to the rejuvenation of the Regime and its structure. If the murder in Keratsini isn’t yet another conflict between two football fans that happened to have political ideologies, like we have seen many times throughout the years, then it’s yet another conflict between two opposite ideologies that didn’t act like political beings, but like hooligans.

It’s not random that both the murderer and the victim decided to waste valuable time form their lives to observe the career of a shop that a football team is. So, in a poor neighborhood where young Greeks kill themselves and families destroyed because of financial difficulties or because they can’t find food to eat, a Greek worker stabs another Greek worker and the ruling class stands nearby, laughing at the sight of the internal strife of the Greek proletariat.

This tragedy was bread and butter for the Greek authority, that politicized it, exploited it and paves a new way to exterminate our Movement, few months before the Municipal and European elections that would solidify our place in Greece. The perfect excuse to destabilize Greece, few days after another “attack” that was never requested, never needed, that would only damage us if we did.

Yes, it’s true that the 34 year old leftist wouldn’t think much about doing the same thing to a Golden Dawner. But on the other hand, someone with 2 kids and a wife waiting him in his house and barely surviving with their wages chose to implicate himself to a situation that didn’t have a meaningful goal and risk everything to kill not the drug dealer that sells heroin below his house, not the politician that voted for the Memorandums, not for the uniformed Praetorians that guard the politicians and the capitalists, but a rapper he knew and could even drink his coffee with until yesterday.

It isn’t the first time there is a dead body among the so called “far Leftists” and “far Rightists”. Many were enraged from the murder and seek… revenge. But they forget that they themselves begun the vendetta, screaming “second round” “civil war now!” during a time in which those hypnotized by the propaganda of the System didn’t have answers to basic questions.

Their actions isn’t an attack against the Regime that oppress our People, but a provocation that keeps people with mutual heritage divided. We call our comrades to not fall victims to misinformation and to the plans of the political parties. They must realize that our enemies are on Syntagma Sq., driving expensive limos and eating in luxurious restaurants. As a great comrade once said: “We know who we fight for, who we fight against, because we fight, knowing that we have to fight!”

 

http://golden-dawn-international-newsroom.blogspot.gr/2013/09/a-tragic-murder-distgusting-plan-and.html


If you care about who is bribing USA office-holders, you should be reading websites that track corruption, like:

http://sunlightfoundation.com/

and

https://www.opensecrets.org/

and

http://www.theyrule.net/

It is boring and tedious to slog through jejune lists of bribes, but if you want to report on politics, you soon find that to report on politics is to report on bribery.

The present post will attempt to go over the fundamental facts of modern politics to drum them into the awareness of the manosphere.
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For the most part, I like reading Cygne Gris, but I get a bit frustrated when his chain of reasoning gets hung up on his inhibitions.

For example:

http://cygne-gris.blogspot.tw/2013/09/seriously-fuck-jews.html

You have total fucktard Lindsey Graham saying that we need to go to war with Iran to help Israel, and then we have the ambassador from Israel saying that Israel wants to see Syria toppled. Fucking seriously? What is the US, Israel’s bitch? The sad thing is, it’s hard to argue no.

Now, I don’t really have a problem … with Israel duking it out with its Middle Eastern enemies. I do, however, have a very huge problem with becoming a de facto debt slave that’s going to be on the hook to cover the massive debt that the US will undoubtedly incur by fighting Israel’s wars. I don’t want to pay those taxes, now or ever.

Apparently Cygne Gris missed this the first time I posted it, so I’ll repost the infographic here:
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It works like this:

Wealthy international criminals bribe USA congressmen.

The USA Congress follows the orders of the criminals who bribe the congressmen.

The decision-makers of both the White House and the USA media are intimately tied to those international criminals, and keeps the USA masses from rioting most of the time. (On rare occasions, when the 99% take over Zucotti Park, the wealthy give large “donations” to police retirement funds in order to guarantee extra police protection.)

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And as a result, if that international elite wants the USA to fight a war at Israel’s behest, then Israel’s government writes a memo to AIPAC, AIPAC writes a memo to Project for the New American Century (PNAC), and PNAC dictates policy to the USA war machine.

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Cygne Gris is apparently in denial of reality. He wrote:

If Jews in America want to send money to their compatriots in the motherland, more power to them. But if Jews want me to be forced to pay for their war, they can go fuck themselves.

That’s not how bribery works! Bribery is an investment! If you spend $10,000 buying a Congressman during his election campaign and wait for him to get elected, that same Congressman might be able to funnel $1,000,000 into your country! There are only two big parties in the USA, so at most you need to buy two candidates, one on each side! Buying a Congressman is one of the world’ most lucrative investments – so long as you don’t have any qualms about social responsibility.

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Ex-Army noticed the same story at:

http://ex-army.blogspot.tw/2013/09/war-what-is-it-good-for.html

but I am frustrated that he failed to comment on the obvious bribery angle. Apparently Americans have become so accustomed to egregious misconduct from their congressmen that any new outrages are ignored, just as city-dwellers learn to ignore the constant noise of automobile engines.

Don’t take my word for it, listen to Tavakoli:

I’ll say it again, but I direct my words specifically to the people of the USA this time:
you should be reading websites that track corruption, like:

http://sunlightfoundation.com/

and

https://www.opensecrets.org/

and

http://www.theyrule.net/


http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/09/5-years-after-the-financial-crisis-the-big-banks-are-committing-more-crimes-than-ever.html


http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/09/23056.html

The problem of war crimes committed by USA warfighters has long troubled me, but I find it’s very difficult getting Americans into conversations about this problem. There is little point shocking and alienating the people who need to be educated, so I don’t try to press the issue very frequently. Nonetheless, I’m glad to see that Washington’s Blog is reporting some of these war crime issues.


http://www.privacysurgeon.org/blog/incision/how-a-surprising-blog-post-helped-shift-japans-perception-of-civil-liberties/
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APTOPIX Japan Nuclear

By Simon Davies

In recent days a rather odd sequence of events has unfurled in Japan which has led some observers to speculate that this endlessly surprising nation is starting to wake from its 40-year slumber over privacy and civil liberties.

Over the past few decades the Japanese population has been ambivalent about rights issues, often accepting intrusion with barely a whisper of dissent. So when the government earlier this year introduced a draft law (roughly translated to the “protection of secrets act”) to mandate greater secrecy for public sector agencies, most people assumed that the public consultation on the legislation would pass unnoticed.

Norika Fujiwara

Norika Fujiwara

Indeed the consultation – which ends today – did almost escape without a hitch. Then last Friday, to the amazement of many, a famous actress – Norika Fujiwara – opened fire on the bill in her popular blog.

It’s rare enough for showbiz high-fliers in the West to turn political, but it is almost unheard of in Japan. Agents and managers ruthlessly enforce their clients’ neutrality on such matters. Although the former Miss Japan has a history of active engagement in international “good will” projects, this recent activism was a bolt out of the blue. Until that moment the Japanese population had been accustomed only to more predictable outpourings from the likes of legendary rock star Sugizo, who had also condemned the bill. Imagine, if you will, Bob Geldof, but with enhanced musical talent.

Fujiwara attacked the very integrity of the legislation, branding it as ambiguous, hostile and a threat to Japanese democracy. She urged her supporters to respond to the consultation in a similar vein. The moment was not lost on Japanese media.

This twist in the normally staid evolution of Japanese law is noteworthy for more than just its unique circumstances. It may signal a transition of conscience in Japan. While there have been mass demonstrations in recent months about nuclear safety, the somewhat abstract notion of “the right to know” has not until now permeated the public consciousness. According to the most recent information available, the government has now received an unprecedented 190,000 submissions to the consultation, not counting those sent through the post.

This twist in the normally staid evolution of Japanese law is noteworthy for more than just its unique circumstances. It may signal a transition of conscience in Japan.

While there are no hard and fast rules on such matters, populations historically have embraced “derogable” rights as a package, with awareness of one right leading inevitably to awareness of others. For example, during the 1960s and early 1970s protests in Japan against overseas military involvement quickly set the dynamics in place for equivalent protests against broader government policy, economic reform and free speech.

The right of free expression is often the first to be widely understood, while in many countries the right to privacy – being more conceptually complex – is amongst the last to find widespread public support. It may be that Japan is edging toward such awareness.

Gohsuke Takama, president of META consulting and one of the country’s foremost privacy experts, told the Privacy Surgeon that he believes prospects for the evolution of rights are healthy.

“I can’t say activism is strong. but it has become stronger especially after March 11, 2011 [the day of the giant tsunami which resulted in public condemnation of government over its failure to adequately respond to the tragedy].”

“From that day people started self-organizing large protest street demonstrations against the government’s nuclear power agenda. Such activities had not been seen since 1970 in Japan [a time of mass-protest over military engagement, environmental issues and economic reform]. People here have been quite sheepish.”

“I see that as a sign for democracy activism, particularly if compared to last 40 years.”

Gohsuke Takama

Gohsuke Takama

Those who oppose the reform of civil liberties and privacy are fond of arguing that some of those rights – particularly privacy – are “culturally relative” and are of interest only to western nations. This view is often perpetuated by western corporate lobbyists supported by the US and UK governments, all of which have been keen to inhibit the spread of privacy law – just as they have worked to undermine European privacy reform on the flawed premise of a threat to security and the economy. While it’s true that the Japanese people have been largely silent on rights issues for some decades, it is historically absurd to argue that an interest in rights is culturally alien to Japan. Even a brief look at the upheaval there during the 1960s and 1970s should put an end to such notions.

It would be equally absurd to dismiss the past with the declaration “that was just the aberration of the 1960s“. Thailand had been tarred with the ambivalence brush until the pro-democracy movement of very recent years – a political shift that had not been witnessed since the early 1970s. Australia too had been silent on the issue of rights – and particularly on the right to privacy – for more than a century until a campaign against a proposed national identity card in 1987 shifted the psyche of the nation toward an aggressive pro-rights position.

It would be folly to argue that any nation is culturally (even genetically) passive about rights. The “pressure valve” view that such a national pathology can be sustained every so often by a single moment of orchestrated protest – whether the 1960s or otherwise – is invariably wrong.

The popular Western view that the Chinese population is overwhelmingly passive (relieved every couple of generations by “isolated” events such as the Tiananmen Square protest), could not be further from the truth. Beijing, in particular, has enjoyed a long and rich history of protest, and Tiananmen Square was merely the bloody aftermath of years of such expression. The same is true of Hong Kong, which in recent years has witnessed some of the world’s largest public demonstrations in support of freedoms.

The first of Japan's mass demonstrations of the modern era (photo courtesy of Gohsuke Takama)

The first of Japan’s mass demonstrations of the modern era (photo courtesy of Gohsuke Takama)

Equally, the notion that the Indian population is ambivalent about rights and freedoms is simply wrong, and is no more relevant to the true history of India than it would be to Bangladesh or Pakistan. Mass protests in India on rights issues are commonplace. Those who believe the fallacy of cultural ambivalence have clearly been blind to the Arab Spring.

The resurgence of protest throughout Asia over the curtailment of rights is likely to have particular relevance to Japan, where decades of neglect of privacy has created a legacy of risk. For example, the true extent of the Snowden disclosures has yet to reach the general population. Takama believes popular media has intentionally misrepresented the situation, with potentially devastating political consequences.

“On the NSA and Snowden, Japanese news media have been very well controlled. There’s not much coverage – or very biased coverage.”

“News media – or their influencers – are using “Lost in Translation” tactics. The Japanese translation of the name FISA is “Foreign Information Monitoring Law”, which is totally misleading. And weirdly, Japanese media are calling Snowden a “former CIA employee”. it seems they intentionally try not to use the word NSA”.

Although Japan continues to be largely isolated from privacy trends in the West there are heartening indicators of a real shift toward greater awareness of rights. The apparent conspiracy of silence over the Snowden revelations may provide the necessary trigger for that transition.


 

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The accounts of their conquests are also oddly Brechtian, with fellow pick-up artists somehow able to communicate with the author while he is mid-conversation with some tart from Toledo, making me wonder if they aren’t a figment of his imagination.

Meanwhile, although there is a degree of human hacking and cod-psychology at work, their ideas for attracting women are absolutely bonkers, and seem to involve dressing up as WIZARDS, dripping with disposable costume jewellery (to give as “gifts”) and conversation-starting gewgaws, and carrying a man-bag full of Magic Circle paraphernalia in order to dazzle impressionable young dollymops. Forget the implied reader, I am more worried about the implied target — presumably an educationally sub-normal magpie who likes card tricks. By the end, despite supposedly being based on a true story, it turns into an obvious and deliberate pastiche of Fight Club, with the collected tools all living together in some awful Hollywood mansion with nothing but pillows on the floor and peanut butter in the fridge, fighting over women (and each other), and struggling with the realisation that they have become a bunch of “social robots”, obsessed with the appearance of being interesting, rather than actually being interesting for real. It’s like some massive, multi-venue, long-term Situationist art installation about being a total prick.


http://schoolgirlmilkycrisis.com/blog/2013/08/the-game/

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  1. AAB says:

    Wow, so the Jewish-Israeli desire for monopoly on victimhood stretches out to East Asia. That’s a new one on me. I guess that means that they don’t have it in for just the white race then, but hate all races equally.

    Plus, it should make for some interesting/entertaining international political exchanges. The last time I heard an amusing political comment was when a Japanese governnor said that French was a failed international language (http://www.antimoon.com/forum/t129.htm).

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