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US buying ISIS oil

"Russia strongly condemns any engagement in direct or indirect trade of oil from Syria" [1]

The US has been undermining the extent of Russia's legislation to this effect.[1][2] "We had bi-lateral negotiations with the United States and the American delegation did everything they could to dilute the wording of the document. We would have preferred a much stronger statement."[3]

The US supported Biafra in the south. Guess which part has all the oil?
Now they are trying again to take Nigeria
The US military is entering Nigeria, just as we predicted months ago in the "Why run the taphouse when you can just control the tap?" section below.[4] The Boko Haram are not conducting a false flag operation, they are a false flag. They are a convenient villain that the US can come in and gloriously slay. The rebellion may be the phoniest US pretext ever. Boko Haram means, "Western education is forbidden".[5] Why advertise what is opposed? BH is a Muslim group, but kills Muslims.[6][4] At one point in 2013, BH had gotten very close to taking over the country, but instead, their leaders met with government leaders and arranged a ceasefire, ensuring that BH could back off, start again, and keep the war an Endless War. Obama and Eric (what Geneva Conventions?) Holder have promised to intervene,[7] a handful of US troops "specializing in intelligence" have already arrived,[8] and the Voice of America Thinks You Should Know, the French have sent some troops too.[9] Former Nigeria owner, the UK, is surely not to be left out in this race to Berlin.[10] As with South Sudan, one of the Four Countries in Seven Years which has already fallen to US interests, all the oil is in the south. When the US intervened in Nigeria last, it goaded Biafra, in the south, into a war for independence that was doomed from the start; it was unnecessary, and Biafra was clearly not matched with its opponent. News outlets are quick to explain that the Delta region in the south has been placated by the government, but that does not explain the nationalistic fervor of Biafran nationalism, fifty years later-just search the hashtag #Biafra on Twitter for comments such as "Nigeria is a failed state" (#1 economy in Africa, remember?), It accounts for Boko Haram's came into being WITHOUT that fervor. Biafra would have been too obvious. The news of invasion follows months of news of the Boko Haram activity, and that Nigeria had suddenly leaped past South Africa to take the lead position as Africa's biggest economy.[11] The Left are ready to condemn the rebels; noble sentiments abound in the propaganda campaigns like the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag on Twitter,[12][13] But they are also ready to accept American invasion. The right will embrace Nigeria as a cause, because it is now rich enough to care about. The sudden leap is doubtless a result of another financial asset of intelligence services-just flat out stealing money from other countries. Pay off the right people, skim money off the top of their budget. Stop in time to make the "riches" announcement, and make the suddenly rich country a nice gift for whatever puppet will take over, and restart the skimming afterwards if desired.

UN: US laws violate human rights treaties
The U.N. Human Rights Committee in Geneva in March 2014 condemned the United States for criminalizing homelessness, calling it "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment". Many local ordinances have been created that are specifically targeted at activities that only homeless people engage in, such as sleeping in parks and sitting for an unspecified length of time ("too long") in public places. The UN found that such arrests of the homeless and tailoring of laws violate international human rights treaty obligations.[14]
Sure, maybe you always wanted to spray a cop-instead of them, you. But you are not a Neo-Nazi, and your cops are not pacifists, so you just hope for the best. The T-shirt reads "Svoboda" , the far-right Ukrainian nationalist party, with a three-finger salute that is obviously Nazi code of some kind, similar to the Serbian three-finger salute, only the Serbian one uses the thumb as one of the three fingers. Third Reich, maybe? See RT's "Nazi symbols" article for proof that actual Nazis are involved in Ukraine as well, and Dark Politics' article for a photo of ex-presidential hopeful John McCain at a political rally in Kiev's Independence Square. Standing on the same stage, close enough behind McCain to jostle his shoulder is Oleh Tyahnybok, the Svoboda leader

US coup plotters caught red-handed, media accuse them of being rude
America's media, it is widely understood, can make it so that at least some of America can ignore something hidden in plain sight. But Ukraine also proves that they can look at something, an ostrich, say, also widely known for hiding their heads in the sand, and decide that this ostrich (which also has to be an American ostrich to fit this increasingly lame analogy -sorry) is something completely different, like a Communist ostrich. So the coup, arranged by telephone[15][16] and carried out by Nazi boot boys and murderers,[17] becomes a foiled Communist intervention and a glorious welcoming of new Ukrainian friends into the generous fold of European capitalism. The /ignore switch was made instantly-all the stories were about how rude and irresponsible Nuland was for saying, "Fuck the EU". At least half of Ukraine had no intention of letting their country fall into the hands of the world's Corporatocracy by way of the country's Fascists if they could possibly help it, but they could not possibly help it. Let us hope the reported 50% who are manifestly good (it happened!) at deciding what is good for Ukraine are as good at sharing the collective pain of the EU's belt-tightening.
The map is clear: the US destroyed Ukraine's sovereignty to disrupt Russia's gas pipelines to Europe,[18][19] The PsyOps report intercepted by WikiLeaks is equally clear: NATO knew in advance that Russia would react militarily, thereby providing pretext forwards, to cover any actions, and backwards, in the event of discovery of the coup.[20]
Two other points should be noted here:
The same is true of Syria:[21] although no one should really want to make Syria a hero because they are victimized, it is important to remember who the victimizers are.
Russia's gas is important to Europe. Crushing Europe and the EU is as much a part of the US plan as crushing Russia and Ukraine. Whatever does not hurt the US is good for the US.

Fill 'er up with Yen
One of these is 250 times worse than the other: A rolling coffin that bursts into a fireball when you run into it from behind, and a car that accelerates instead of decelerates, forcing you to hit the handbrake. The first is the Pinto made by American car company Ford, the one that made Ralph Nader famous forty-some years ago, that resulted in the death of at least 27 people; the other is a car made by Japanese car company Toyota, that has scared many people to death in the past few years.[22] Ford was forced to pay $6 Million, and Toyota is being hit with $1.5 Billion in fines, after already paying 66 million. Attorney General Eric Holder is proving his versatility: not only is he prepared to hide the guilty, turning torture into normal procedure, but he is prepared to soak not-so-guilty foreign companies to fill up the US Treasury when it is running, hmm, maybe a little low. Apologies for the rhetorical comparison; to be fair, Toyota was as heinous in covering up the defects, and misleading the public, their customers, and even Congress. And their product even resulted in at least one death; a California Highway Patrolman.
But the kid glove treatment of The Homeland's criminals may not stop there. About the same time the brigands in the Justice Department made off with the loot from Japan, news surfaced of another defect, in another American car. Just as with the Pinto, General Motors executives knew for years (since 2006 or perhaps even earlier) that the ignition switches in over two and a half million of their cars were faulty, knew it could be fixed with 72 cents more spent on the part, and ignored the evidence of multiple deaths (thirteen revealed so far). They even designed a new part, with the flaws removed.[23] With a clear double standard already established, it does not seem likely that the American automaker will have to pay as much as a Billion as the Japanese company did, for a lesser defect; the question is, will GM even have to pay anything?

Special Valentine's Day message from the National Security Agency
The NSA loves your personal information very very much, precious. It wants to keep it close to them always, yes. But it would never ever look at it, precious, no. (

Spin-adjustable Treaties
Why a United Nations (WP) arms treaty that allows countries to control, or not, arms in their own countries?[24] Same reason you make a Chemical Weapons Convention with requirements the US has still not finished ten years later, but demanded that Syria comply with in ten months. It is not hard to abridge rights of or extend responsibilities to other states' actors if you spin their image hard enough.[25] And the fastest and hardest spin out there is against Muslim countries-just say terrorism a couple of times in every newspaper in the world and you can make the machineguns of flawed democracies like Iran illegal (let alone weapons belonging to countries whose presidents-for-life have outlived their usefulness, like Syria); say democracy enough times and you can keep the tanks and planes and almost every other weapon of war belonging to dictators you like (relatively nice presidents-for-life like Uganda's, or unequivocally evil ones like the Egyptian military dictatorship), protected. Handguns do not really come into it.[26]

Minitrue/Eternal War
False Handkerchief Operation?
The sinking of the USS Maine gave the US the former Spanish East Indies, including the Philippine Islands, Guam and the Mariana Islands, the Caroline Islands (Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia). The sinking of the Lusitania brought America into WWI. Pearl Harbor did the same in WWII. The Gulf of Tonkin incident was used to justify invading Viet Nam. Operation Sand Flea and the Hard Chargers that in the former case was meant to lead to and in the other case did actually lead to the US Invasion of Panama (WP). The Lockerbie bombing distracted the world from the Iran-Contra hearings, and killed two men who had the motivation and means to free the US prisoners in Lebanon two years earlier than when it proved to be a welcome distraction for George Bush Sr. in the second year of his presidency.[27] 9/11 began the second Great Game.

There are as many other justifications used for America breaking the peace decreed by Nuremberg and the UN Peace Accords of 1975 as there are US wars that the US conducted openly, and some for the wars and coups and manipulation of foreign governments that were hidden from the world (for a total of 33 between 1945 and 2000). But there are common threads linking these nine incidents. They all lead to worldwide sympathy for the US, and support for its policies that followed. And they were all made to happen (and in the case of Pearl Harbor alone, allowed to happen) by agents of the US government.

Sand Flea and the Hard Chargers are easy enough to link to the Panamanian invasion once you know what they are, but Lockerbie? Well, again, it takes some reading. In short, the article comes to the conclusion that it was the drug and gun smuggling stooges of the CIA that planted the bomb, to get rid of the two who wanted to release the Lebanon hostages. But the timing is pretty close, even if the CIA did it. Only the CIA had enough info on the two to mobilize that quickly.

"In December 1988 al-Kassar picked up some news that threatened to shut down his smuggling operation. Charles McKee's counterterrorist team in Beirut that was investigating the possible rescue of the nine American hostages had got wind of his CIA connection. The team was outraged that the COREA unit in Wiesbaden was doing business with a Syrian who had close terrorist connections and might endanger their planned rescue attempt...McKee and Gannon, joined by three other members of the team, decided to fly back to Virginia unannounced and expose the COREA unit's secret deal with al- Kassar. They packed $500,000 in cash provided for their rescue mission, as well as maps and photographs of the secret locations where the hostages were being held. Then the five-man team booked seats on Pan Am 103 out of London, arranging to fly there on a connecting flight from Cyprus."-Time, 1992

Eternal War

Exit Arab Spring, Enter, Four countries in five years
As the US prepares to create regime change in Syria for the second time (the first was in 1949), it is worthwhile considering the reasons why it has acted so coyly about invading. Obviously there is an advantage to its rare display of patience; if it can make the case that the entire world is begging it to invade, then it suffers less of a PR hit. But there is another reason: if the US loses it, temporarily, as a cheap source of oil, it still retains a torture state. According to a former CIA case officer, "If you want a serious interrogation, you send a prisoner to Jordan. If you want them to be tortured, you send them to Syria. If you want someone to disappear—never to see them again—you send them to Egypt." [28][29] And of course there is the fact that its oil production is #32 in the world and proven oil reserves are #35; to take control of ALL of the world's oil, it does not matter which oil producers to take over, but it does matter for in which ORDER you allocate resources towards taking them over.

It is obvious that the Arab Spring was contrived to take over Libya, make an unsuccessful grab for Syria, and set back the movements in Tunisia years and in Egypt decades, with tiny token gains. In fact, the result of the Egyptian revolution, a strong military government, was exactly the result that dictator Mubarek had asked the US for.[30][31][32] So what was Occupy's role in all this? From the puppet masters' perspective, to make the less savvy activists enjoy regime change. But it did not make a whole lot of difference to real activists, who cannot possibly miss the implications of thousands of dead in Egypt by the hands of a military government.

First and foremost, the proposed attack is not only immoral and in fact illegal, but useless at achieving anything other than the US' primary objective in world relations, the weakening of other countries. Even if you believe that Syria's Assad responded to the US' "red line" threat of military retaliation by crossing that line, it just proves how ineffective that retaliation would be at deterring him.

Invasions, coups, wars and other sustained military actions against states after 1945 without international mandate for exception are Acts of Aggression and illegal under the spirit of international law according to the precedent set by the Nuremberg trials Nuremberg Principles Principle VI (a) (i) : "War of aggression". The International Criminal Court's Crime of aggression statues apply, as does the precedent set by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3314

The US attack's opportunism is of course pathetically transparent: unfounded assurances and teams searching for weapons have all happened before, Russian inspectors found the rebels to be the cause,[33][34] UN inspectors initially reported, with evidence, that rebels had used chemical weapons,[35] the US is preparing for the attack before the UN inspectors get back, the UN's later factfinding mission only stayed a token few days, the US uses chemical weapons and has backed every regime that has ever used them, the US has enough WMDs in the form of nukes to blow up the whole world many times over, the US has used military interventions and other means to attempt regime change of countries unfriendly to US Capitalistic interests nearly a hundred times in the past two centuries, the UN inspectors are not given a mandate to determine the source of the chemical weapons, yet the US says it is waiting for the results of the inspection before making attack, therefore the US is currently planning to attack the government of Syria based on no evidence that it used chemical weapons, etc etc.

Secretary of State John Kerry defended a proposed US strike on Syria as "informed" by "first-hand accounts from humanitarian organizations on the ground, like Doctors Without Borders". Doctors Without Borders itself, under its French name Médecins Sans Frontières, said, "MSF is aware that incorrect, manipulated information about MSF and Syria is circulating on the internet and social media. ... MSF does not have the capacity to identify the cause of the neurotoxic symptoms of patients reported by three clinics supplied by MSF in Damascus governorate. ... MSF does not possess the capacity or ability to determine or assign responsibility for the event that caused these reported symptoms to occur. Any statement or story that asserts any of these things is false." Mark Seibel of McClatchy News said, "the secretary of state talks about it as first-hand observation by Doctors Without Borders, and Doctors Without Borders has been very clear that it’s too dangerous for their people to actually go in there. So it is not Doctors Without Borders’ first-hand observation."

Fire...Bad!!..Nrrgh!! Evil Frankenstein Muppet, John Kerry, patched together from pieces of Vietnam-era antiwar activism and very neo- liberalism. Here he is trying hard to pretend that the US, after ten years, is not still in violation of the same Chemical Weapons Convention he demanded Syria comply with in less than 10 months

Why run the taphouse when you can just control the tap?
Syria is #32 in the list of oil-producing nations (what they take out of the ground), and #35 by oil reserves (what is still left in the ground) but this is only part of the story. There are only six nations left in the top 32 that are not white European nations, or under the thumb of the US, or too large or heavily armed for the US to take over (Russia, number one in production, #8 in reserves; China, #4 in production, #12 in reserves; and India, #19 in reserves, #23 in production. All have nuclear weapons). Of these six, only two can not yet be shown to be in the process of regime change; it can only be assumed.

Azerbaijan, one of these six, is number 21 in both production and reserves. Its story shows an old wrinkle of Empire brought back in a new way: there is no need to control the whole country, when all you want is the oil. In 1998, Azerbaijan suffered an attempt to take over its nationally-owned oil company, and the man that attempted to blow the whistle on it is in jail, while the conspirators are free.[36]

Three of the six are poised for regime change: Iran is number four in both reserves and production. Nigeria is number 13 in production and #10 in reserves. Venezuela is #1 in reserves and #9 in production. They are being processed in the same propaganda+intelligence mill that paved the way for the US to invade, attack, conspire against and otherwise interfere with the governments of dozens of countries, despite a public weary of US interference. The media has been setting them up in the public eye as failed or rogue states.

Venezuela is, to the Wars on Oil, the most important of the potential regime change targets; its oil production is operating on the same principle as the USSR's economy (that had a GDP to national debt ratio fifty times higher than the US at the time of its "collapse"); be economical with your assets. Their production is #9, but their proven reserves are the largest in the world. They have already suffered an attempt at regime change, and Nigeria shows signs of being prepared for it, with the same mass incarceration of dissidents being covered as anti-terrorism.[37]

US regime change operations of propaganda and threats and bribing officials and paying demonstrators and all their other techniques may yet yield, or be yielding, or have already yielded, similar weaknesses in Kazakhstan, #10 in reserves and #17 in production, and Ecuador, #20 in reserves and #30 in production.

Recently brought under US control: Iraq, #5 in reserves and #7 in production; Egypt (brought back under control), #27 in reserves and #28 in production, and Libya, which like Venezuela used up its reserves (#9) at a lower rate than other countries (production #29). Coming soon, Syria, #32 in production and #35 in reserves. So much for the Arab Spring. Instead, it has only been part of Four countries in five years. Admittedly, this is three short of what was said to be planned, and one country that was not said to be planned. But after our suspicions about the Arab Spring have been borne out, it seems clear that what most of the world hoped was Freedom was in fact only Free Market. In the one tiny state that is still more free than it had been before the revolution, Tunisia, the embezzling rulers still got away with the cash. Tunisia is #51 in oil reserves, and #55 in production, and will eventually fall, as Egypt has. It may not be that long now; someone assassinated the opposition leader on 28 Aug 2013, and the party that took over after the revolution was unwise enough to dissolve itself and make new elections,[38] US puppets will eventually win the country with falsified elections or by whatever other means.

Afghanistan is the obvious exception to the oil rule, but this fact, rather than disproving US interests, in fact points to another interest, and the major reason why the US fought the USSR there. It was, of course, taken over to make secure the oil pipelines to the Caucasus (US army bases are situated directly on this line), but also for CIA drug trafficking, easy access to the opium poppies that the CIA has been turning into heroin since the 1940s. So do not be taken in by the characterization of this as a War for Oil. It is only a Battle for Oil, a minor if penultimate part of the War for Capitalism. Together with Afghanistan's and the Golden Triangle's Wars for Drugs, and the War On Communism, it has been going on since the Russian Revolution, and its prerequisite, the US Empire, goes back much further. The US has been declared to have been at times isolationist, by historians, but they are mistaken. The US has never paused in its grabbing of land and their resources; but it never once failed to fail to aid when aid was needed. In Rwanda, in Sudan, in Spain in 1936, in Europe against Hitler, in the Balkans until it realized there were mineral resources to be gained...none of the tragic massacres of the 20th Century were as much as avenged by the US. But what of the closing of the Nazi death camps, you ask? The US never fought against Fascism; Franco's Fascist Spain was allowed to not only take over, but rule Spain indefinitely; it only failed when Franco died in 1977. Not a single one of the soldiers deployed in WWII was ever told they were fighting genocide, and Jews fleeing the Nazis were forbidden sanctuary. Nazi scientists were recruited by the US, and Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon.

Wondered why there was so little coverage of the Arab Spring in these pages? Well, sure, we're lazy. But mostly it was because we saw Egypt coming, and we did not believe PBS (Proving We're Not Liberal Since 1989), when they (Gwen Ifil) called the anti-Libyan mercenaries armed with rocket launchers and with anti-aircraft guns mounted to the back of their pickup trucks, "demonstrators". Egypt has gained absolutely nothing from its revolution-the Wikileaks leak for Egypt included a memo from Mubarak asking the US to install the army in a coup, roughly for the principle that they were sons of bitches but they would be THEIR sons of bitches.[39][40][41] Always think in terms of this, and you will only be wrong a small percentage of the time: the US is trying to take over the world, but they will not merely settle for, but in fact prefer, puppet states-why bother with all the administrative tasks when you can merely syphon the cash out of the country? They are also patient and utterly ruthless; making enemy nations weak now, even if it means making allies fight a war of attrition, means it will be easier to take them over later. Three good examples of America using up other countries and discarding them after they are no longer useful: Iraq, which the US backed in a war against Iran, Syria, which the US used as a torture state for extrajudicial rendition, and Panama, whose invasion by the US was only the secondary objective; the primary one being removing from power Manuel Noriega. The US news told the world Noriega was the entire reason for invading Panama. And yet being brought to justice was of such pressing importance that he was held without trial for over a decade. By that time the publicity about his capture had died down enough to avoid not only embarrassing but actually legally threatening facts about his part in the CIA's Cocaine drug trade. Two less good examples: Cambodia; bad because the US backed the Khmer Rouge, less bad inasmuch as coming back and betraying the KR afterwards could be mistaken for doing the right thing, and Afghanistan, where it created and then attempted to destroy the Taliban, a less good example of betrayal for similar and obvious reasons.

Gadafi brought Libya wealth and prosperity enough to create educated and prosperous classes. Historically, they are propagandized by the part of the US regime change machine that comes after Economic Hitmen and before Invasion. Their greed and dissatisfaction is funded through their pundits and parties. And when that fails, or has reached its limit, Invasion. In this case, the very foreign mercenaries that Gadafi was accused of, and weapons to arm them. Look at the "rebels'" weapons; they are brand spanking new. Brand new anti-aircraft guns mounted to old pickup trucks.[42]

Nor is democracy more than gravy to this process. The denunciation of results of the Palestinian elections in 2006[43] and the slaughter of the elected and their entire party in Egypt in 2013 are only the two most recent proofs of US disregard for democracy, if its use of the word as a synonym for regime change were not enough. There is also the Iranian coup d'état of 1953 and the dozen US violations of the Geneva Conference of 1954, including most importantly its backing of the leader who refused to hold elections in Viet Nam. Of course, there has never been any such thing as a democracy of the people, but even in institutions which are touted as democratic, the US prefers control to freedom. The US held its breath and stomped its little feet at the League of Nations, which had a democratic vote, and established the United Nations in its stead, which is arguably the most undemocratic government institution in the world not vilified as a dictatorship. The US alone is guaranteed a vote in its Security Council, and there is always some nation the size of a large city, somewhere in the Pacific, like Nauru or Palau, who always casts the deciding vote in the US' favor...

The rule of thumb for regime change, then, is not that the US acts to spread its way of life throughout the world, or even that it focuses its military on regime change that is in its own interest. It is, quite simply, always and forever bent on controlling the entire planet, and everything that happens in the world should first be checked for this possibility.

And what of this Leviathan of lies, theft, and mugging on a global scale, when Cuba has "instituted economic reforms", or when the last drop has been drawn from Iraq's wells? We have been promised a "peace dividend" before, back when politicians cared enough about what the people thought to offer them promises they did not intend to keep, instead of just lying first and then lying some more. All we got was the opposite, escalation: a similar number of nuclear warheads, in a smaller number of more modern missiles. Nuclear weapons in the hands of Russia and China may be enough to keep them out of the US' grasp, but India's can not reach the US, and thus cannot be more of a threat against invasion than they are to India itself. And the US national interest, which was openly defied in the 60s and disdained in the 70s, is now taken for granted by the media and whoever believes them. All that is required is for the national interest to be redefined. It has been redefined already; bastions of progressivism like Democracy Now! warn of the dangers of China taking over US jobs-they do not sound very much different to the racists, and all because the political argument has been reframed as Globalism. "Think Globally, Act Locally" paved the way for Americans with tens or more as much income as the world average to imagine themselves saving the planet by buying things, and to a lesser extent, Europeans and activists from other countries as wel. The admitted success of boycotts against South Africa saw activists taking a good hard look at the moral dilemma of political action vs the needs of starving people and coming up on the side of activism. The arguments for ALL of America and the developed world as being inimical to the needs of the developing world and the moral interests of the entire world get weaker and more equivocal, but they go on and on, with the myriad of things that the American Way of Life simply must have, and the years in which nothing is done stretch onward.

Melting Snowman Cartoon.jpg

Perhaps at the heart of obstacle to change is the perception that no struggle can be allowed to be violent, and that radical change can only be achieved through violence, so compromise must be achieved. What follows is wishful thinking-we will make the politicians want to change. But they do not want to. It is really as simple as that. They hold sufficient power, as a continuum, to ensure they will never have to make any but the most minor changes, which they can later reverse when the heat is off, and the outrage dies down again. But there is another, third way. The Achilles heel of capitalism, is...capitalism. It not only allows but mandates theft. Capitalism can never advocate the removal of private property rights, and a nation indoctrinated into personal financial interest can never be told that they should not acquire things. So if we get together and tell the world to steal back the world, then the obvious superiority of cooperation to competition, especially once it grows sufficiently large to gain the greatest benefits of a computerized economy, will inexorably move the balance of ownership in favor of the people. There may not be much left of the world when the oil runs out, but at least the people will live in a 19th Century agrarian horse-powered world with cellphones. Call it science fiction if you must, but first think hard about either alternative. Does not the inevitability of an un-egalitarian world, the wreckage of capitalism, translate into this? Walled-off decaying cities with their slave factories to support an elite of what we would now call middle class means, surrounded by the farms that support them. And perhaps, but not certainly enough to count on or fruitful enough to hope for (yes, some of us were survivalists, once), a few hardcore survivors in the wastelands of countries too meager for the army to cleanse.

Playing, both sides (Puppet Power)
Steven Colbert says that Elmo's arabic-language program for kids was the US' most successful deployment of a puppet in the Afghanistan region since Hamid Karzai[44]

A Few Men Good at Baiting, A Few Men Good at being Bait

See Drop weapon

"We don't want you on the wall, we get that you don't care much for the parties you don't get invited to, you don't really know much about us, let alone anything 'secret', and those in the right need not "admit" to anything"

Ignorance is Strength

Trial of the Gateway Drug
Guilt by association

Marijuana vs the state of Thatstate
Prosecutor Noninhale: So you are here charged with being a Gateway Drug. Are you guilty of being a Gateway Drug?
Marijuana: Well, some people call me a Gateway Drug. But guilty...see, I think the problem is you have never actually proven that that is a crime
Prosecutor Noninhale: Well, everyone really likes you
Judge Appropos: raises one eyebrow
Marijuana: Yes. Yes they do.
Prosecutor Noninhale: And you hang around at parties with this bad, really bad, very bad guy
Judge Appropos: raises the other eyebrow
Marijuana: No
Prosecutor Noninhale: Alright then, you hang around at parties with some people who know people who know the, uh, bad guy
Judge Appropos: both eyebrows descend into a frown
Marijuana: Give or take an uncertain number of degrees of separation, yes
Prosecutor Noninhale: And...and he's really really bad...
Judge Appropos: lip curls into a sneer
Marijuana: So you claim
Prosecutor Noninhale: Well, then,
Judge Appropos: Case Dismissed!

Artificial Stupidity?
The US healthcare site's ills are in part due to procurement system, like the lobbying system, being a political-industrial complex. As Clay Johnson said on Democracy Now!, "the people who are building this stuff are the people with the best lawyers, not the people with the best programmers".[45] But surely the people with the best hackers, the NSA, have an interest in the downfall of a more socialistic system...

There is a misconception going around, that establishment figures do not have faith in science. So wrong! There is money in science! Like armaments, and the Nuclear Renaissance! bad science?
Is a Nuclear Renaisssance just the same as a regular Renaissance? Well, if Obama gets his way, we may find it is even better! Thanks to the mutating power of nuclear radiation, four arms! four legs! two heads, even! All you have to do is believe! The simple faith of captains of industry and their good friends in government will bring a very new future for us all!

"Those who ignore those who make history are doomed that they repeat it"
Propose a new hypothesis: Manifest SNAFU! The opposite of Manifest Destiny, which has made a wholly undeserved return to an undead halflife as a misinterpretation by the Wrong of a version of Exceptionalism (Howard Zinn on the myth of Exceptionalism). With no more chance than Manifest Destiny of being right, Manifest SNAFU! nonetheless COULD be more right, and is thought-provoking. It postulates that there must be some reason that things are, as is apparent, Situation Normal-All Fucked Up. As is equally apparent, this because the losers were always right, and the winners always mistaken. Or to put it another way, the reason why there are winners is that they are mistaken.

NRA Escapes Reality
NRA's Wayne LaPierre is having trouble distinguishing between real life and video games, while the players do not. Wayyne threw video gamers, among whom are surely a few staunch gun owners, to the wolves in the face of the reaction to Sandy Hook, along with at least nine other scapegoats.[46] Gamers have always included in their numbers those who are philosophical about game violence, pointing out that pixels are not people, so animated, computed violence is not comparable to real violence. Games, and any other activity that critics want an edge against, have been labelled an 'escape from reality' for quite some time,[47] but LaPierre was clearly on the run. What is amazing is how far everyone - left and right alike - was prepared to follow him. Arming school security guards became normality, and arming school children was discussed. They have to defend themselves against the children with videogames, after all.

Even adult Americans fall prey to illogical arguments that have immoral consequences, such as the notion that the interests of one nation can supersede another's, so there is little doubt that moral guidance is useful. But a moral center exists in some games themselves. Compare the US Army's 'America's Army', which bet of millions on the idea that teens and pre-teens will be more amenable to what they stand for if it is in game form, with story-driven roleplaying games, which often show war as an evil. The Final Fantasy series provides its own moral context, commonly placing soldiers as tools of the villains. Similarly, becoming innured to violence and injury is not a moral detriment to surgeons and nurses. Or games can take the other route, which is to avoid violence altogether.[48]

Capitalist Cloud Cuckoo Land
You probably know the Law of Supply and Demand as saying that the price of something goes up when the supply decreases, but knowledge of the Law itself has fed back into the loop, causing speculators to sell when the price goes up, and therefore the supply increases.

If it is Opposite Tuesday, then this not a Law, it is Fizzbin

Neurotics build castles in the sky. Psychotics live in them. Capitalists float a futures market on the expected returns of rent from them

This is either, a Fahrvergnügen Driving Excitement Moment (aka Traffic Jam), or lunch break at the Feed and Seed, depending on whether the guy is waiting for a line of cars in front of him or waiting for his burger and fries to digest. You decide. Kind of makes a mess of the argument that public transportation is lame because you have to wait for buses

Computerized economy
As there were factories and workers and raw materials and consumers who wanted products and services both before and after 2008, why were all of these things suddenly diminished? The answer is, the money men. They make it run, they just stopped. And whether one describes it as, they stopped because they wanted to, or they stopped because they had to, they are still the weak link. And they can be replaced by computers. Not only are they paid more than everyone else, and not only do they do their job poorly (allowing everything to collapse every couple of decades), but they are entirely expendable. Every transaction that takes place in our economy can be performed by the merest electronic blink of a computer program. All the salesman. All the financiers. All redundant. And what would these people do for a living, you ask? Why, what everyone else does. It is really that simple. Imagine it.


"...Packed like lemmings into shiny - metal - boxes / contestants in a suicidal race..." - The Police, Synchronicity II

Fully occupied buses get between 50%[49] and 125%[50] more miles per gallon per passenger than fully occupied cars. This model, of course, is not ideal;[51] car occupancy is an average of 1.5 passengers rather than four, and bus occupancy goes from nearly full occupancy at rush hour to almost empty at other times.[52] The problem of fractional use of large buses is to use a bus a fraction of the size. Minibuses.

Minibus and microbus routes have been used to great effect in Oxford England and other cities, often in developing nations, and achieve high levels of occupancy. With greater efficiency and smaller buses, the time between buses can also be reduced. But the key is public participation. The more people turn from private to public transportation, the lower the wait time, and the more expansion of bus routes.

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Special Forces do not merely carry out the increasingly criminal actions ordered by their superiors (eg the assassination of foreign leaders with drone strikes)-sometimes they go so far off the rails that they have to cover up the crimes (eg the killing and mass burial of 10 villagers in Wardak, Afghanistan--interview with Matthieu Aikins on Democracy Now!. Alteratively, the deaths could have been commanded, the soldiers truly guilty of participation but not instigation and then the coverup instigated to the seeming benefit of all but in the end, only to the benefit of command. There is something of a third stage attached to this incident as well. The first stage would be, the US acting atrociously, even criminally, in secret. The second, doing this openly, because they know they can mostly get away with it. And the third stage is utter immunity from prosecution. The US government is making immunity for the armed forces a condition of aiding Karzai's government, and immunity for international corporations a condition for trade, with the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Evidence of unusually dire extremes of criminal activity by command in Afghanistan is shown by torture on tape released by Rolling Stone in November 2013-Afghan security forces holding down and beating prisoners while Special Forces watch.[53]

Yassar Arafat's (WP) body had eighteen times the normal amount of radioactive Polonium-210 in it, enough to kill him. The Swiss team's findings contradict those of a Russian team. However, Russia is at pains to deny Polonium as a cause as it would point to them, however vaguely and incredibly, as per the results of Alexander Litvinenko's autopsy. Russia set up as a convenient patsy is a good reason to use Polonium, and its use points to the great likelihood of a government agency, as its short half-life makes it incredibly rare in nature.[54] 210Polonium has a half-life of 138.376 days.[55]

Bradley Manning's treatment was cruel and inhuman, UN torture chief rules-The Guardian. UN investigator found that Manning might also have been tortured.

Cast the net wide enough, and you will surely catch something: As a hunger strike begins, by prisoners in California against the practice of long-term solitary confinement, investigative journalist Shane Bauer appeared on Democracy Now!, showing that the rationale for treatment that the prisoners call torture is sometimes no better than 1.-almost- 2.thought crime to 3.associate with criminals who 4.again, -might- commit crimes. That is to say, they might be thinking about talking with people who fit a profile determined by their captors, of potential wrongdoers.

the criteria for determining whether somebody is a member or an associate of those gangs is kind of notoriously loose. I have seen cases of people who are put in the SHU and deemed gang members because they have academic books by the Black Panthers or journal writings about African-American history. Even the materials for gang investigators teach that the use of the words "tío" or "hermano," "uncle" or "brother" in Spanish, can indicate gang activity - Shane Bauer. Interview on Democracy Now!

This is a degree of separation that inspires one to think of words other than tenuous. Nebulous might be a better word. A rationale that rewards belief and confounds understanding.

Operation Pillar of Cloud: Palestine is a dog that Israel keeps starving and chained up in its back yard, and kicks nearly to death every four years. Less than four years after the Hypocrites of the Apocalypse used banned white phosphorus, and illegally used cluster bombs against civilians in the midst of a massive bombing campaign, in which even UN convoys and headquarters were hit with 'friendly fire', they are doing it all again. And let us not forget, partisans are not stationed in civilian areas because they want to use civilians as shields, but because they live there. And what gives Israel the right to complain of human shields, when they plan on killing the civilians standing in the way, in any case? Giving someone ten minutes to get out of their house does not excuse blowing it up. And the hypocrisy and war crimes go on and on.

Rebel suicide bomber kills top Syrian officials
It has been pretty hard to tell who the bad guys are in Syria, a regime used by the US to torture extrajudicial prisoners, that is now being double-crossed by the US, perhaps to the point of backing the rebels against them. Someone has been massacring civilians, and possibly both sides.

The grey area has grown and darkened now that the rebels have used assassinations, like the Obama administration's drone strikes...only with suicide bombers.[56] Like Al-Qaeda, the PLO, and almost every group on the US' terrorist list. So does that mean that the rebels supported by state leaders all around the world, in lockstep with the US, are terrorists? Or is suicide bombing now OK? Is this something the US opposes? Is there an outcry of "terrorist actions"? No. How about something like "brutal"? Well, no. In fact, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta used the same blaming the victim technique as was used on Haiti's Aristide, when rebels tried to take over his country; Assad will be held responsible if it does not safeguard its stockpile of chemical weapons.[57]

Does this utter absence of criticism means that suicide bombing is going to follow torture in the transition from a crime with which the US pot can call its enemies' kettles red, to just another military option? And if it does, then that means that the rest of the 'terrorists' are just irregular military with fewer military options than the US, as Anarchopedia has always contended.

Legislative coup d'état removes President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay
Lugo’s opponents’ had planned the coup, and U.S. officials had known about it, as early as 2009. "Capitalize on any Lugo missteps to break the political deadlock in Congress, impeach Lugo and assure their own political supremacy", reads a diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks.[58]

The announcement of Lugo's impeachment proceedings came just a day before he was given two hours to prepare his legal defense; Lugo declined to address the proceedings. Legislator's statements were long on quotes of constitutional rules and short on rationale. In particular, there were no concrete examples of his 'misconduct'. Lugo has strong support in the populace, but the legislature was filled with the same party as had ruled Paraguay for 61 years. On the 25th of June, 2012, Fernando Lugo said he would create a parallel cabinet, and bring his case before the coming week's summit of the Mercosur trade bloc in Mendoza, Argentina[59]

"The two things to look out for is, one if military aid to Paraguayan army will continue. The U.S. is a supplier of much material and financial support to the security forces in Paraguay, and two, if it will take advantage of the crisis to go forward with a long sought military base in the region, which the Pentagon, Southcom (WP), has wanted for a while"-Greg Grandin (WP)[60]

O, Drug War, where is thy Sting?..Really, where did it go, have you seen it around anywhere?
One of Project Gunrunner's (see Operation: IRONY) plans to deprive Mexican drug cartels of weaponry, the ATF's (WP) Operation Fast and Furious, gave them weapons instead. It thereby achieved optimum Oppositeness. Or did it? See CIA drug trafficking

Labor Day protests
International Workers' Day (WP) also known as May Day (also, outside of the US and UK, known as Labor Day) rallies and protests were a mix of the traditional yearly events and a resurgence of Occupy Movement (WP) events
Guardian full day listing of events , and in pictures
SFGate: 15 minutes, 30 people, 30 businesses trashed, no arrests

The Sacred Temple of the All-Seeing Eye, Bluffdale, Utah
During the Cold War, the National Security Agency intercepted the communications of Russia and China and a handful of communist states, while the US busied itself with taking over the world secretly. Now that other countries are fighting back, and the US does its regime changes largely in the open, the NSA has given itself the task of intercepting, decoding, and assessing ALL communications, EVERYWHERE, ALL THE TIME.

In order to do this, the NSA is building the largest intelligence complex ever; more than five times the size of the US Capitol, in Bluffdale, Utah, in the heart of Mormon country.

The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say), by James Bamford. James Bamford interview on Democracy Now!

Logo of Xe Watch, representing opposition to Blackwater Worldwide. Blackwater became Xe Services in October 2007
Logo of the Central Intelligence Agency; a large bureaucracy with many branches; these divisions do not necessarily reflect an operational separation of CIA activities (WP)

"Seven countries in five years"
Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran
See:Seven countries in five years
Seven government and countries, all of which have already been the targets of extra-diplomatic actions and military US action in past years, were overtly targeted for invasion and overthrow by the Bush administration in late 2000. This objective has been achieved in two, although resistance to foreign occupation of Iraq and Libya will continue for the foreseeable future.

General Wesley Clark, not the staunchest ally of human rights himself (authorizing the use of depleted uranium rounds and attacks on civilians in Yugoslavia, for example), was nonetheless moved for whatever reason to deplore this policy publicly. However, it was six years before he did so, in an interview with Democracy Now!, a conference at the Commonwealth Club of California, and elsewhere.

The third name for Blackwater, Academi

Blackwater is now Xe is now Academi

Blackwater Worldwide changed its name to Xe, and has most recently (better to not say now, as it could change again any day, it seems) changed it again to Academi. This was more than sufficient to get the Blackwater Watch article and its other two incarnations removed from Wikipedia entirely; see Xe Watch#Deletion from Wikipedia

Anarchopedia:Current events archive



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  4. 4.0 4.1 [ Dear Americans, Your Hashtags Won’t #BringBackOurGirls. You Might Actually Be Making Things Worse
  5. [ Waging War in Nigeria, and Seeking New Battlegrounds]
  6. Boko Haram appears to take new tactic: Kill Muslims as they pray (+video)
  7. Eric Holder offers to help
  8. US says to help search for abducted Nigerian girls
  9. US Forces in Nigeria to Aid Search for Kidnapped Girls
  10. Gordon Brown calls for UK military aid in hunt for abducted Nigerian girls-UN adviser also to visit Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, for talks on rescue of teenagers kidnapped by Boko Haram
  11. Nigeria overtakes South Africa to become Africa's largest economy
  12. Can A Social Media Campaign Really #BringBackOurGirls?
  13. Guinea girls in Nigerian sex slave campaign
  14. The UN Human Rights Committee says the U.S. should stop criminalizing homeless people for being homeless
  15. Ukraine crisis: Transcript of leaked Nuland-Pyatt call-BBC
  16. Video at YouTube Leak of Nuland - Pyatt call. U.S. top officials agreed to assign new Prime Minister of Ukraine
  17. Alarming trend in Ukraine: Historic monuments toppled, Nazi symbols spread
  18. Pipeline predicament: Ukraine-Syria-Russia-USA gas nexus -Press TV
  19. Ukraine's strategic importance Business Insider
  20. [ Nyet means Nyet: Russia's NATO enlargement redlines
  21. The Geopolitics of Gas and the Syrian Crisis: Syrian “Opposition” Armed to Thwart Construction of Iran-Iraq-Syria Gas Pipeline Global Research
  22. Toyota to pay $1.2B settlement in vehicle acceleration lawsuit New York Post, March 19, 2014
  23. Senators accuse GM of coverup in delayed ignition-switch recall LA Times, April 2, 2014
  24. Headlines April 03, 2014,Democracy Now!
  25. Arms Trade Treaty: Toothless and Harmless -Commentary online
  26. How The NRA Is Working To Gut The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty March 19, 2013
  27. stored article originally in Time magazine, 1992
  28. Lila Rajiva, "The CIA's Rendition Flights to Secret Prisons: The Torture-Go-Round", CounterPunch, 5 December 2005
  29. Ex-British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray -Democracy Now! report
  30. the US embassy cables Guardian
  31. [ The US embassy cables: The documents]-The Guardian
  32. Later, when the plan to install them was a go, and the WikiLeaks documents had been release, and it was more important to cover up the army's planned role, Mubarek was to say that the army would not stand in the way of the democratic process : The Wikileaks: The Egyptian Regime Chapter Wednesday, August 31, 2011 -Military will ensure smooth success to a civilian even if it's Gamal Mubarak
  33. "The results of the analysis clearly indicate that the ordnance used in Khan al-Assal was not industrially manufactured and was filled with sarin. The sarin technical specifications prove that it was not industrially manufactured either. The absence of chemical stabilizers in the samples of the detected toxic agents indicate the relatively recent production. The projectile involved is not a standard one for chemical use. Hexogen utilized as an opening charge is not used in standard ammunitions. Therefore, there is every reason to believe that it was the armed opposition fighters who used the chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal"-text of Vitaly Churkin's statement on Democracy Now!
  34. YouTube video of Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin reporting the findings of a Russian investigative team that found that both the Sarin and the delivery agent used were non-standard and of recent manufacture
  35. Britain's preplan to attack Syria The Monarchy on YouTube 11:05
  36. Another U.S. Whistleblower Behind Bars? Investor Jailed After Exposing Corrupt Azerbaijani Oil Deal - Democracy Now!
  37. Almost 1,000 have died in Nigerian jails this year, says Amnesty International
  38. Update: Tunisia to Dissolve Government After Assassination, Day of Mass Protests
  39. the US embassy cables Guardian
  40. [ The US embassy cables: The documents]-The Guardian
  41. Later, when the plan to install them was a go, and the WikiLeaks documents had been release, and it was more important to cover up the army's planned role, Mubarek was to say that the army would not stand in the way of the democratic process : The Wikileaks: The Egyptian Regime Chapter Wednesday, August 31, 2011 -Military will ensure smooth success to a civilian even if it's Gamal Mubarak
  42. Semantics - The Rise and Fall of Muammar al Gaddafi - YouTube
  43. Hamas Sweeps Palestinian Elections, Complicating Peace Efforts in Mideast "Complicating" in the title is the least of the words showing how little democracy was respected; one official quoted whines that it would be "hard" to make a coalition with the elected
  45. [ Diagnosing the Online Health Exchange Debacle: "Proprietary" Software Needs a Dose of Open Source]
  46. [ 10 Things The NRA Blamed For The Sandy Hook Massacre]
  47. For Some, Vampire Fantasy Can Be All Too Real-Some of the teens suspected in the death of a Eustis couple dabbled in role-playing games. The Orlando (Florida) Sentinel, 12/8/96
  48. Violence free video games Mother Jones
  49. Manufacturing Climate Solutions – Carbon-Reducing Technologies and U.S. Jobs Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC), an affiliate of the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University
  50. Demonstration of Caterpillar C-10 Duel-Fuel Engines in MCI 102DL3 Commuter Buses
  51. Thomas Rubin, in the "free minds and free markets" outlet Reason Foundation, criticized the report as being "far removed from actual “real world” experience." because the average occupancy of buses is so low. But it is Rubin who is not accurately portraying the real world, by using an average value, see main text
  52. Passenger Transport (Fuel Consumption). Hansard. UK House of Commons. URL accessed on 2008-03-25.
  53. Torture on Tape -Democracy Now!
  54. Arafat's death: what is Polonium-210? Al-Jazeera
  55. Al-Jazeera's compendium of sources