Posted by: quiscus | August 20, 2011

August 20, 2011

1.  “Obama bans war criminals, except our own

By executive order on Aug. 4, President Barack Obama refused entry to the United States of war criminals and human-rights violators (, Aug. 4). He ignored, as he often does, the deeply documented factual evidence of war crimes committed by the Bush-Cheney administration along with grim proof that the Obama administration also violates our anti-torture laws and the U.N. Convention Against Torture we signed. Take, for example, right now under Obama, “The CIA Secret Sites in Somalia” (the, July 12).”

2.  A very ritzy area:

“Chemical munitions still plague DC neighorhood

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to tear down a $3.4 million home in northwest Washington, D.C., because it was built on a disposal pit for the Army’s World War I-era chemical weapons manufacturing plant.

Excavations at the house since 2000 have uncovered smoking canisters of arsenic trichloride, liquid mustard, munitions and hardware related to the Army’s chemical warfare program, which operated at nearby American University from 1917 to 1918.”

3.  “D.C. is Like a Separate Country … One Which Couldn’t Care Less About The American People

Yes, it seems that the one and only place in America where anyone has any confidence in the economy also happens to be Washington, D.C., home to political elites, the media that covers them, the people who win the relevant contracts and the people who feather their nests lobbying for the laws that impact the other United (in their lack of economic confidence) States Of America.

D.C. Residents Haven’t Done Anything to Help the American People

The folks in D.C. have done nothing to fix America’s economic problems. See this and this. They have paid lip service to fighting unemployment, but their policies have only made it worse. They have thrown trillions at the giant banks – many of them overseas – but said no to helping Main street. Their policies have led to greater inequality than we’ve had since years before the Great Depression – higher than in Egypt, Tunisia, or Yemen or third world banana republics. And they have helped Wall Street cover up its massive, economy-killing fraud. ”

4.  “Economic models are mere policy proposals; they are not the consequences of any economic system based on “natural law or even good theory,” they are not scientific; they are merely ad hoc. Furthermore, deleterious consequences often result from these models. Economists also routinely simplify things to a point that makes them even impossible to describe coherently. But there’s much more. Rodrik has posted two pieces  that imply that rather than bringing about a world in which everyone lives happily ever after, economic models result in a world in which everyone lives in perpetual conflict.

But there’s more, much more, but I’ll mention just one. Once the villages had established a trading system, the various village shamans would surely have begun thinking of their own village’s interests in the other villages, and their shamans would have begun to make suggestions about how to “protect” those interests. And when one village decided its interests required more of what the other village was willing to provide, some shaman would have suggested raising an army and merely taking what his village wanted. An army would have been raised by telling the young that they were going to be engaged in serving their village by protecting it and that it was noble to die for their village. They would all be honored as village heroes. But in truth, all they would be is canon fodder for the sake of plunder, and the shamans’ suggestions, rather than bringing about a world in which everyone lived happily ever after, result in a world in which everyone lives in perpetual conflict. Thank you Mr. Shaman Rodrik and your fellow shamans. You have made all of this perfectly clear. World trade leads to world war.”

5.  “Radiofrequency Radiation: The Invisible Hazards of “Smart” Meters”

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