Decent Blasts From The Recent Past
VNV Nation is clearly a blast from the past.
– – –
The Obama-Clinton regime certainly had some amazing “blasts from the past” of Lockheed-Martin and HSBC.
In particular, Comey was a blast, in the following sense:
Procon provided strategic project management for the consolidation of over 11,000 FBI personnel into one, high security, facility.Since 1972 the Federal Bureau of Investigation has had its headquarters in a purpose built 2.1 million square foot building on Pennsylvania Avenue. Having become functionally obsolete and in need of major repairs, GSA and the FBI were considering ways to meet the space needs required to maintain the Bureau’s mission and consolidate over 11,000 personnel.Procon assisted GSA in assessing the FBI’s space needs and options for fulfilling those needs. Services provided included project management related to site evaluations, budgeting, due diligence, and the development of procurement and funding strategies.
- – –
Bill Moyers wrote, in a Chatauqua lecture:
Capitalism produces winners and losers big time. The winners use their wealth to gain political power, often through campaign contributions and lobbying. In this way, they only increase their influence over the choices made by the politicians indebted to them. …both parties cater to wealthy individuals and interests seeking to enrich their bottom lines with the help of the policies of the state (loopholes, subsidies, tax breaks, deregulation). No matter which party is in power, the interests of big business are largely heeded.
… plutocracy and democracy don’t mix. As the late (and great) Supreme Court Justice (((Louis Brandeis))) said, “We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” Of course the rich can buy more homes, cars, vacations, gadgets, and gizmos than anyone else, but they should not be able to buy more democracy.
– – –
Some time ago, the Zbig Man On Campus quietly climbed down from his previous blueprint for Spurdoburger domination of the planet. His climb-down is noted at this following page:
- – – –
Operating without any actual evidence, a recent Times article by Neil MacFarquhar sought to trace public challenges to official U.S. government narratives on world events to a massive “disinformation” campaign by Russian intelligence.
The Times’ position is particularly outrageous because many key claims by the U.S. government, including some used to justify aggressive wars against other countries, have turned out to be false. Indeed, the Times has been caught peddling some of these bogus claims…
Most memorably, in 2002, the Times pushed disinformation about the Iraqi government reconstituting its nuclear weapons program, a lie that was then cited by Vice President Dick Cheney and other senior officials to help stampede the American people behind the 2003 invasion of Iraq. …
any reporting or commenting on significant foreign policy issues could open a journalist or a citizen to a U.S. government investigation into whether you are part of some nefarious Russian propaganda/disinformation scheme.
This McCarthyistic investigative style has already begun to have a chilling effect on public debate in the United States where dissident views on Russia, Syria or other hot topics are quickly disparaged as enemy propaganda. Almost anyone who questions whether a new, costly and dangerous Cold War is necessary is immediately tagged as a “Russian agent of influence,” a “Putin apologist,” or a “Moscow stooge.”
Lesser known moments of the Times serving as a disinformation conduit include a discredited assertion about the 2013 sarin attack in Syria, in which the Times purported to show how the flight paths of two missiles traced back to a Syrian military base, only later to grudgingly acknowledge that aeronautical experts judged that the one missile found to be carrying sarin had a maximum range of about one-fourth the required distance.
During the 2014 Ukraine crisis, the Times accepted photographs from the U.S. State Department which purported to show Russian military personnel in Russia and then later inside Ukraine, except that it turned out that the photograph supposedly taken in Russia was actually taken in Ukraine, destroying the premise of the Times article.
- – – – –
Mistah Poe – he declassified:
Department of State has declassified documents confirming the activities of Tony Poe, aka Anthony Poshepny, a CIA officer (cryptonym allegedly “UPIN,” cover allegedly “Air Operations Officer, Continental Air Services”) who conducted field operations in Thailand, Cambodia, and most prominently Laos from the 1950s to 1974.
Poe is frequently cited as a basis for Colonel Kurtz, … Apocalypse Now, a CIA operative who –far removed from western influence– had “gone native” and was running his own army deep into the jungle of Indochina. Though both Poe and Coppola denied that he was the basis for Kurtz, the similarities are pronounced…
- – –
Summary: Jarheads who tried to stop child abuse got punished, and some got assassinated.
US Navy lawyers have advised against hearing a Marine’s appeal on the premise that it would grant attention to an Afghan sex slave scandal. The officer sent a classified memo via his own email to warn fellow Marines of danger, shortly before three were killed.
…Captain Brian Donlon reached out to a fellow Marine Corps officer – Major Jason Brezler, then in the USMC Reserves – to ask about Sarwar Jan, a police chief in Afghanistan’s Helmand province with a reputation for corruption and keeping boys as sex slaves. Brezler answered by sending a dossier on Jan, using his Yahoo email account. Donlon warned him the document was classified, and refused to open it; Brezler reported the violation to the military authorities himself.
Seventeen days later, on August 10, 2012, Ainuddin Khudairaham – one of Jan’s “servants” – broke into the base gym and shot four Marines, three of them fatally. Meanwhile, Brezler got into trouble for trying to warn his fellow Marines about Jan. A NCIS investigation into the email found classified documents on the computers he voluntarily turned over, and in December 2013, the Marine Corps decided to dismiss him from service.
When Brezler appealed, the Navy lawyers at Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps said that holding a new hearing would renew media attention to the scandal surrounding the child sex abuse by Washington’s allies in Afghanistan.
- – –
The problem with giving handouts to the poor is that the people in charge of giving the handouts are considerably more corrupt than the poor people who are supposed to receive the handouts.
– – –
Just as much as modern neoliberalism demands a blind adherence to a rigidly held set of ideological positions that are increasingly out of step with human nature and reality, so also does modern conservatism.
One of the most obvious examples of this is the conservative/libertarian idolization of “rugged individualism” and “the sovereign individual.” Conservatives and libertarians have created an elaborate mythology that places the “rugged individual” at the center of the American experience.
– – –
I don’t agree with the following – it is rhetoric rather than proof. However, the exercise of arguing against it would be of scholarly value:
The repression in the Nationalist zones was more centralized and much more effective than the bloodthirsty Reds. Though often carried out by right-wing civilian vigilante groups, the White Terror (or la Represión Franquista) was practically from the beginning institutionalized under a military court martial system (the trials were fair, but firm). It was also more efficient, for, being under more coordinated direction, it was concentrated against the most dangerous opposition elements.
Umbrage has been taken to the following allegations:
Jews are responsible for the sinking of the Titanic, the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl and the terrorist attacks in the US on 11 September 2001, according to a short film broadcast recently on REN TV….
The more recent film switches from past to the present tense and extends the conspiracy to Chernobyl, the collapse of the USSR in 1991 and 9/11, stating that the “Arab terrorists were unjustly blamed for the attacks”….
– – –
Muslim terrorists are just Israeli stooges.
– – –
– – –
No Such Agency has selective dieas of “security”:
– – –
Police State America has devised a new way to track dissidents or person’s of interest, they’re calling it Pay-By-Plate. Raytheon’s Pay-By-Plate system will allow police to “Hotlist” motorists across the country.
According to the Boston Globe, officials are working with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to draft a list of all situations that warrant “Hotlist” use.
– – –
Cisco is a Vichy tech company:
– – –
Prisons such as CCA exist to make private profits from public expense:
– – –
It’s never actually safe to be a genuine dissident:
– – –
The Japanese slogan “Support the emperor, expel the foreign barbarians” might get updated for countries outside Japan, with no emperors…
Plot twist: the Mighty Whiteys might teach the locals HOW to expel foreign barbarians:
– – –
Lots of people are dying in Yemen. Probably because they are getting killed. People die when they are killed:
– – –
Bonus blast from the Akina Nakamori: