Posted by: quiscus | August 21, 2011

August 21, 2011

1.  Ugh:

“Tiny Pocketbots Prepped for Combat”

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/08/pocketbots/

2.  “By Choosing The Big Banks Over The Little Guy, The Government Is Dooming BOTH

If the government is going to give anyone money, giving it to the little guy is arguably more fair than giving money to Wall Street fatcats.
Moreover, as Steve Keen demonstrated mathematically in 2009, giving money to the debtors is much better for stimulating the economy than giving it to the creditors.

Many of the world’s leading economists and financial experts say that by choosing creditors over debtors, the government is dooming the economy.
The big zombie banks can never come back to life, and – by trying to save them – the government is bleeding out the little guy.

By choosing the big banks over the little guy, the government is dooming both.”

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/08/government-didnt-temporarily-help-banks.html

3.  “One in Four California Families Can’t Afford Food for Their Kids”

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26107

4.  “Canada: Prevent A Tar Sands Disaster

Why developing the tarsands has been called “world’s most destructive project.”

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26089

5.  “U.S. Mideast policy in a single phrase

In that regard, consider this superbly (if unintentionally) revealing phrase from the NYT about this incident:

By removing Mr. Mubarak’s authoritarian but dependably loyal government, the revolution has stripped away a bulwark of Israel’s position in the region, unleashing the Egyptian public’s pent-up anger at Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians at a time when a transitional government is scrambling to maintain its own legitimacy in the streets.

That word “loyal” makes the phrase remarkable: to whom was Mubarak “loyal”?  Not to the Egyptian people whom he was governing or even to Egypt itself, but rather to Israel and the United States.  Thus, in the past, Egypt’s own government would have sided with a foreign nation to which it was “loyal” even when that foreign nation killed its own citizens and refused to apologize (exactly as the U.S. did when Israel killed one of its own citizens on the Mavi Marmara and then again over the prospect that Israel would do the same with the new flotilla: in contrast to Turkey which, acting like a normal government, was bitterly furious with Israel — and still is — over the wanton killing of its citizens; in that sense, the U.S. is just as “dependably loyal” as the Mubarak regime was).

But as remarkable as it is, that phrase — “authoritarian but dependably loyal” — captures the essence of (ongoing) American behavior in that region for decades: propping up the most heinous, tyrannical rulers who disregard and crush the views of their own people while remaining supremely “loyal” to foreign powers: the U.S. and Israel. ”

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/

6.  “Nancy Pelosi Reported Net Worth Triples in Last Two Years”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28896.htm

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