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Thoughts of an Injured, Jobless G20 Protester

Posted by msrb on September 26, 2009

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MR Obama, We Need Jobs in the US, NOT War in Afghanistan!

‘GOD!’ How could this happen? How could it all go so horribly wrong?

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wait for leaders as they arrive at the Phipps Conservatory for an opening reception and working dinner for heads of delegation at the Pittsburgh G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 24, 2009.  REUTERS/Jim Young. Image may be subject to copyright.

Lord, I don’t want you to think that I’m ungrateful for being born here instead of Afghanistan!

A demonstrator kicks a tear gas canister fired by police
I mean this is just a
teargas canister, and people get worse things thrown at them every day. [A demonstrator kicks a tear gas canister fired by police. Photo: Reuters. Image may be subject to copyright.

When people of Afghanistan asked for more food, the President sent more soldiers with rockets and bombs to silence them!

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Local villagers in Afghanistan bury some of the victims of an airstrike in a mass grave near Kunduz. Scores of people were feared killed in northern Afghanistan when NATO aircraft struck hijacked fuel tankers as villagers came to collect fuel, Afghan officials said. Photograph by: Stringer, Reuters. Image may be subject to copyright

When people of Pittsburgh asked for more jobs, the President sent them more policemen armed with teargas and smoke to shut them up!

Police threw canisters of pepper spray and smoke at marchers- ap
I’ve gotta a job and you don’t. And my CIC says I can throw
at you all the sh*t that you see on me! [Policeman smiles sheepishly as he prepares more canisters of pepper spray and smoke to throw at the jobless marchers. Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.]

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It wasn’t long before police decided to fire the real stuff, teargas, at the marchers. Photo: GETTY IMAGES. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Porky Pies President

Posted by msrb on May 15, 2009

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Backtrack Barack Nixes Own Decision, Again!

President Obama halted the military trials at Guantanamo Bay as a matter of respect for human rights during the first few days after taking office in January. He signed a presidential decree with his left hand.

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Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz has accused Barack Obama of  “siding with terrorists” by showing the U.S. in a bad light. The “spineless” President is of course scared witless of the criticism even from a woman like her.

Then the President’s right hand, which was totally unaware,  found out and complained.

Now, the President has decided to revive military trials for some of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, with the proviso that they would get “improved rights.”

He promised to his right hand this time it could sign the order. The left hand may not be aware.

This is a major let-down by any unscrupulous presidential standard. President Obama severely criticized the military commission system at Guantanamo Bay military prison during his election campaign, calling it as “an enormous failure.”

Currently 241 detainees remain at the prison camp in the US military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The President had pledged to close down the camp by January 2010.

This decision comes shortly after another announcement when the President vowed to fight the release of dozens of the “old but classified” photos of  torture and prisoner abuse by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. After a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Pentagon had agreed to release the photos, most of which have already leaked out.

Mr Obama declared that it would be like “putting automatic firearms in the hands of our enemies.”

That, of course, is another porky pie. There’s very little that “our enemies” haven’t experienced first hand. There’s little secret outside the US about the atrocities “we” have committed lately in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Our government has killed a million and half people in Iraq. Another few million have been maimed or sustained serious physical and mental injuries. Uop to five million people have lost their homes.

Is there a single family or individual who remains unaffected after a six-year [and continuing] war of aggression and illegal occupation by the US in Iraq, or in Afghanistan? Who’s is the president kidding?

Does he really think a few more photos, which the CIA has already leaked on its disinformation sites, will change the friendly attitude of Iraqis and Afghans toward us?

The fact is that the President is too afraid of the “Bush-Cheney Gang.” He lacks the moral courage to do the right thing. He is failing America every time he backtracks.

Are you also beginning to seriously doubt whether the President is capable of making sound decisions under duress?

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May you find what you are looking for

Posted by msrb on March 7, 2009

The Triumvirate Chinese ‘Curse’

  • May You Live in Interesting Times
  • May you come to the attention of those in authority
  • May you find what you are looking for

The Bottomless Bailout

by Ralph Nader

Does anybody in the federal government know or could know “who, what, where and when” of the massive, complex, vertical, horizontal, global collapse of Wall Street and its planetary tentacles in over 100 countries abroad? Step forward if you exist! Uncle Sam needs you!

Is the multi-million dollar bailout of this financial mess and house of cards, this phantom wealth mummy hitting air beyond the federal governments’ salvage capability?

It is relatively easy to announce hundreds of billions of dollars of corporate rescue programs here and hundreds of billions of dollars of guarantees of corporate recklessness there and trillions of dollars of assorted stimulus, loan availabilities and foreclosure prevention initiatives in all directions. Now comes the rubber hitting the road.

Where are the skilled people to be hired by the federal agencies—the administrators, field implementers, auditors, financial whizzes able to understand the complexity of greed and over-reach; the inspectors, prosecutors and contract negotiators to name a few categories?

In other words, how are a hurried President Obama and his deputies going to rapidly build up the infrastructure of the federal government itself to advance all these “public works” efficiently and to avoid expenditure disasters amidst a potential orgy of waste, fraud and abuse by the coast to coast recipients?

So many of the federal government’s functions have been contracted out to corporations and consulting firms under Clinton and the Bushes that there is a serious dearth of skilled civil servants. Moreover, Obama has indicated he wants this work done by an accountable government and not by Halliburton-type outside contractors at greater expense to taxpayers.

Knowing and doing have to go hand in hand. Some Congressional Committees have finally gotten around to asking the basic questions about what is actually going on inside companies like the giant financial conglomerate AIG. Since the Goliath’s near collapse in September, the federal government has committed $160 billion to keep it from splattering its reckless red ink over small businesses, municipalities, 401(k) plans, policyholders and of course the Fortune 500 big companies led by the omnipresent Goldman Sachs bank.

At a Senate hearing on March 5, 2009 to review yet another $30 billion in rescue funds, Senators from both parties demanded that the Federal Reserve make public the names of the parties benefiting from all this taxpayer largesse. These include the derivatives trading partners (eg credit default swappers) who have received tens of billions of these dollars passing from Washington through AIG to them.

Senators Chris Dodd, Richard Shelby and Jim Bunning went after Donald L. Kohn, the vice-chairman of the Fed board of governors who finally promised he would ask the other governors to reconsider their corporate privacy policy under these megabailouts. Don’t hold your breath!

Surprisingly, the Wall Street Journal editorial writers weighed in three days earlier about this fourth ever-sweeter rescue of AIG. in six months. In an editorial titled “AIG’s Black Box” the Journal thundered: “Perhaps someday the feds will even explain to taxpayers which AIG creditors had to be rescued and why…..try figuring out exactly who benefits when taxpayer money arrives at the insurance giant.”

Besides rebuilding the federal workforce and finding out what is going on inside casino capitalism begging for bailouts, the Obama Administration is wading into an administrative nightmare that could run through trillions of mis-directed dollars and not turn around a deep Recession plunging toward Depression.

When dealing with esoteric gambling chips called “derivatives” that are bets on bets on debts on debts, more than astute regulations and prosecutions are needed to punish, disgorge and deter present and future self-paid corporate crooks looting and draining other people’s pensions and savings. What is essential is that the federal surgeons have to know just where to apply their scalpel on the continuum spanning the big predators to the millions of direct and indirect victims.

So, during the next Congressional hearings featuring government witnesses from the Federal Reserve, the Treasury Department and the securities, insurance and banking regulatory agencies, the Senators should start with four direct questions:

1.Just what is it that you do NOT understand about what is going on inside this widening Wall Street mess?
2.Why don’t you understand what you need to know?
3.How are you going to use your powers to achieve such understanding?
4.Finally, if these corporations like AIG are too big to fail, too secret to fail and overwhelmingly global in structure and operations, why aren’t you asking other governments to pitch in with their own rescue packages and tell you what they know?

As one solid small town banker in Indiana put it recently: “If these big companies are too big to fail, then they’re too big.”

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