Posted by: quiscus | March 9, 2010

March 9, 2010

1.  “The Washington Post on “Lunatic” 9/11 “Conspiracy Theorists”

Yet while serving out a hit piece against the global “9/11 Truth” movement, it is in fact the editors of the Washington Post who are demonstrably “fact-averse”.

It happens to be an uncontroversial fact that in the days just prior to the attacks, there was a dramatic increase in trade on put options, and what made this unusual spike even more mysterious was that it was observed only in relation to companies directly affected by the attacks, including United Airlines, American Airlines, and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. (which occupied 22 floors of 2 World Trade Center).

That this occurred was, in fact, mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report, which reported that the federal investigations into the suspicious trading concluded that it was all “innocuous”. Many of the trades on the airline companies, for instance, were traced to a “single U.S.-based institutional investor with no conceivable ties to al Qaeda”.

In other words, the report acknowledges that the suspicious trades did, in fact, occur, but dismisses this as evidence of foreknowledge because the investigation didn’t lead to the proper predetermined culprits. This is illustrative of the kind of standard the 9/11 Commission employed throughout its so-called “investigation”.”

2.  “Fiction of Marjah as City Was US Misinformation

Marjah is not a city or even a real town, but either a few clusters of farmers’ homes or a large agricultural area covering much of the southern Helmand River Valley.

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of ISAF, was clearly preparing to wage such a war in advance of the Marjah operation. In remarks made just before the offensive began, McChrystal invoked the language of the counterinsurgency manual, saying, “This is all a war of perceptions.”

The Washington Post reported Feb. 22 that the decision to launch the offensive against Marjah was intended largely to impress U.S. public opinion with the effectiveness of the U.S. military in Afghanistan by showing that it could achieve a “large and loud victory.”

The false impression that Marjah was a significant city was an essential part of that message.”

3.  “Darfur: every celeb’s favourite African war

A new book reveals how celebrities’ and human rights activists’ simple-minded moral posturing on Darfur made the conflict even worse.

By exaggerating death tolls and depicting this ‘messy war’ as the ‘first genocide of the twenty-first century’, he argues, the activists and celebrities bear much of the responsibility for framing Darfur as a problem demanding drastic solutions – not quiet diplomacy but UN troops, not patient mediation but arrest warrants from the International Criminal Court (ICC). It is a timely point.”

4.  “Geithner: ‘We Saved the Economy, But We Kind of Lost the Public Doing It’ | Me: We Can Save the Economy, But Only If We Kind of Lose Geithner

Tim Geithner claims:

We saved the economy but kind of lost the public doing it.

Simon Johnson wrote: a more accurate essay entitled:

They Saved The Big Banks But Kind Of Lost The Economy Doing It.

My take on it is pretty straightforward:

We can save the economy, but only if we kind of lose Geithner.

As I have repeatedly pointed out, Geithner and Summers are the worst possible economic leaders for our country.”

5.  “Citizen’s Arrest of George W. Bush Justified, Court Hears”

6.  “Obama sabotages himself with fake “pragmatism”

It’s only natural that many people in the country say to themselves:  how bad could George Bush and Dick Cheney really have been in these areas if their core policies are being adopted by Obama?  Apparently, there must not be anything wrong with indefinite detention, military commissions, renditions, state secrets, etc. because Obama has embraced them as well. And once those conclusions are fostered, it’s hardly a surprise that Bush officials such as Dick Cheney will once again be listened to as a credible authority on such matters; if he, after all, had the basic approach right, why deviate from it at all?

There’s a difference — a fundamental one — between (a) being pragmatic in trying to implement one’s principles and (b) having no principles at all and and glorifying that unanchored emptiness as “pragmatism.”  Once you enter the realm of (b), you are not only guilty of having no principles (a sin in its own right), but you’re incapable of finding a way to effectively justify what you’re doing, because you have no coherent principles to which you can credibly appeal.   In virtually every realm (health care, financial reform, national security), and especially in Terrorism/civil liberties, that has been the great political failure of the Obama administration. ”

7.  “The New Jim Crow

How the War on Drugs Gave Birth to a Permanent American Undercaste

8.  “Equally essential, we must recognize and resist the racism pervading U.S. foreign policy. The Pentagon’s current military adventures – whether in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia — were foreshadowed, in the 19th century, by relentless Indian wars and by U.S. invasions of Mexico and the Philippines.

Financed by federal income taxes, this generations-old war machine has never had much use for the lives of peoples of color. It’s no accident that its numerous invasions and interventions invariably target non-white people.”


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