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Thursday, May 24th, 2007
1:45 am
from the horses mouth

help the aged: 79p

i'd never heard of this autobiograpy before but
having read the opening ten pages i can see 'confessions of an economic hitman' is going to an auxhilerating, depressing, and motivating 'tell all' affair.

a cautionary tale of how the human soul is so easily sucked into the shiny black hole that is power.

here's a nice synopsis from someone that didn't particulary like the book:

'Aha, said the bad Westerners. Let’s invent a new way of colonization—one that doesn’t involve guns, administering messy countries and building highways for them that they will never maintain. What we will do instead is that we will extend to them so much debt, debt that they cannot possibly service, that they will be so hugely indebted that they will owe us big time. For collateral and payment, we will use their natural resources and we will expect them to provide us with military bases and vote as we instruct them. We won’t land marines to take their resources or re-build them, of course. We will use our companies—like Shell, American Food, Bechtel, Halliburton—to run them. Of course, it won’t make a difference whether they are private companies or the government because it is all a revolving door—two principals of Bechtel were cabinet members in the Reagan administration (Weinberger and Schultz) and Halliburton’s former CEO, as everybody knows, is the current US VP, Dick Cheney.'

see also: syriana, lord of war
Thursday, June 2nd, 2005
6:17 am
Anyone else getting sick of North Korea ?
I have a seething hatred for North Korea. I believe it must be liberated. It is the duty of the US government and American journalists alike to always and at every time maintain a threat of the evil rogue state so that we can eventually invade and topple the regime, convert the people to Christianity, and instate free market capitalism.

Maintaining a threat is extremely useful in terms of the continuance of U.S. hegemony in East Asia and, ultimately, the containment of China;--consistent with the project for a New American Century.

Anyone who speaks otherwise is un-American; he is a serpent, a deceiver, a betrayer, a communist: he speaks with a tongue of wanting, a tongue of jealousy, or a tongue of manipulation. But always he speaks with the tongue of anti-Americanism. To oppose US hegonomy in East Asia is to berate the American people, for American foreign policy is an avatar of the collective individuality of each and every American person. To berate American foreign policy is to curse the American people.
Saturday, March 26th, 2005
5:19 am
'the armed forces welcome your dissent'

this story sadly reminded me of an hilarious arrested development episode:

Lindsay having lost her stylist to the army reserve decides she must protest the war...

...protesters get off a bus and are herded into a 10ft square cage...

Military Official: This way, please. This way. Thank you. Right here. This way. I’d ask you to make sure you’re fully inside the free-speech zone before beginning your protest.

Lindsay: Free-speech zone? This is where we’re protesting? This isn’t right. Where are the cameras?

Military Official: They’re in the free-press zone. And, if you could save your comments until you’re completely loaded into the cage.

Lindsay: Well, at least the procession will come through here. They’ll see us protest.

Activist: Actually, they’re using their right to cut through the lemon grove.

Military Official: Okay, have fun. Enjoy your right to free speech. The armed forces welcome your dissent...

cracking double bill on bbc4 last night:
'baghdad or bust' and 'why we fight'.

'baghdad or bust' is a fascinating but somewhat depressing human study about the
humanshields.org project. a study of what happens when good intentions get subverted
by clashes of ego and a military dictatorship that can't believe it's luck...

even more enlightening is 'why we fight', a feature length documentary by eugene jarecki.
taking as it's starting point dwight eisenhower's farewell speech to the american public, why we fight admirably and forcefully shows how eisenhower's warnings about the rise of the military industrial complex have come true. old news perhaps, but skillful editing, excellent archive material and 5 or 6 poignant human interest strands make this film essential viewing.

'when war becomes a multi-billion profitable business, you can bet your bottom dollar they'll be more of it.'

'the federal defense budget is larger than all other federal spending combined'

'between 2002 and 2003 the US army spent $1.2bn on recruitment advertising'

Friday, October 29th, 2004
1:27 pm
neocons, islamic radicalism and the war on terror

adam curtis' documentary, the power of nightmares, is an intriguing
,fascinating and compelling series of political science history looking
at the seeds of 'the war on terror' and the rise of neo-conservatism.

not sure about his somewhat rosy view of henry kissinger as a peace
loving 'ruthless pragmatist' liberal (cambodia? chile? indonesia?) but
well worth a listen.

stream 63mins

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Saturday, October 23rd, 2004
11:56 am
Friday, April 30th, 2004
4:08 pm
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