Archive for March, 2009

Journalistic Bulimia

I bet Jeffrey Goldberg got paid a lot of money to puke this into the mainstream media. They flew him into Israel, set him up to interview that psychopathic nutjob Bibi, and he greedily swallowed everything Bibi said and wrote it all down so that supposedly smart liberal people in America would pay to read it and pat themselves on the back for being thoughtful and following foreign policy. Tell me something, o wise editors of The Atlantic, why don’t you send someone who isn’t a lickspittle for Israel next time? Just a thought.

Netanyahu to Obama: Stop Iran — Or I Will

Huzzah!

In an interview conducted shortly before he was sworn in today as prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu laid down a challenge for Barack Obama. The American president, he said, must stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons—and quickly—or an imperiled Israel may be forced to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities itself. [Does the American president report to Bibi?]

“The Obama presidency has two great missions: fixing the economy, and preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu told me. [Bibi sets our national priorities evidently.] He said the Iranian nuclear challenge represents a “hinge of history” and added that “Western civilization” will have failed if Iran is allowed to develop nuclear weapons. [Ohh. Drama.]

In unusually blunt language, [Actually, there's absolutely nothing unusual about it.] Netanyahu said of the Iranian leadership, “You don’t want a messianic apocalyptic cult controlling atomic bombs. When the wide-eyed believer gets hold of the reins of power and the weapons of mass death, then the entire world should start worrying, and that is what is happening in Iran.”

Pure projection. Israelis are the “messianic apocalyptic cult” controlling undisclosed nuclear weapons, the weapons of mass death. Will Jeffrey notice? Let’s see what he writes next….

History teaches Jews that threats against their collective existence should be taken seriously, and, if possible, preempted, he suggested. [And surely Jeffrey agrees!] In recent years, the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has regularly called for Israel to be “wiped off the map,” and the supreme Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, this month called Israel a “cancerous tumor.”[And no, Jeffrey has never heard or read anything to debunk these scandalous claims, like this.]

But Netanyahu also said that Iran threatens many other countries apart from Israel, and so his mission over the next several months is to convince the world of the broad danger posed by Iran. [And Jeffrey is there to help!] One of his chief security advisers, Moshe Ya’alon, told me that a nuclear Iran could mean the end of American influence in the Middle East. “This is an existential threat for Israel, but it will be a blow for American interests, especially on the energy front. Who will dominate the oil in the region—Washington or Tehran?” [Is that a threat or a promise?]

And it goes on and on like this. Bibi says of Iran:

“Since the dawn of the nuclear age, we have not had a fanatic regime that might put its zealotry above its self-interest. People say that they’ll behave like any other nuclear power. Can you take the risk? Can you assume that?”

and,

“You see a country that glorifies blood and death, including its own self-immolation.”

These statements go unchallenged. Projection? What is that?

Neither Netanyahu nor his principal military advisers would suggest a deadline for American progress on the Iran nuclear program, though one aide said pointedly that Israeli time lines are now drawn in months, “not years.” These same military advisers told me that they believe Iran’s defenses remain penetrable, and that Israel would not necessarily need American approval to launch an attack. “The problem is not military capability, the problem is whether you have the stomach, the political will, to take action,” one of his advisers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told me.

Why do Bibi and his military advisors think they are in a position to “suggest a deadline for American progress” on Iran’s nuclear program? Oh that’s because they are!!! But it’s rude to notice, and anti-semitic besides, so Jeffrey helpfully didn’t notice, because Jeffrey in all likelihood puts Israel’s interests above America’s interests, too, and he’s certainly no anti-semite or self-hating Jew. So you see, there’s nothing wrong with Bibi’s statements whatsoever. Some people find them very tasty.

Retribalizing and the Remnant

There’s a counter-wisdom running against the Summer of Hell/Inevitable Riots/Martial Law meme being pushed on us like Ecstasy manufactured in Israel. It’s gaining traction. To wit:

The solution is to re-scale and make your world small but still extensible. The technologies are already there. Grow vegetables and swap them with your neighbors. Get your ass on facebook your face on assbook on Twitter and introduce the transgender girl you met in Thailand to Louie up the street and share pics of kohlrabi. Invest in good things near you like a brewery or a share in a farm’s crop. A cow’s milk. You’ve heard how it was the Vandals and Visigoths who took down Rome but that’s not the big history. It was Christ took Rome because he took down their puppets. Thing was the Romans built great roads and couldn’t close the Appian Way to Christians. Close the roads and close the commerce so the Christians used their roads and brought in a stronger network. Like the internetz are now. Emperor Constantine in the East converted and his empire lasted another century. Only thing matters in the end is what your family your friends and neighbors think of you. They are your credit score.

And look, here’s another one, a week later, different smart guy:

Because the best protection isn’t owning 30 guns; it’s having 30 people who care about you. Since those 30 have other people who care about them, you actually have 300 people who are looking out for each other, including you. The second best protection isn’t a big stash of stuff others want to steal; it’s sharing what you have and owning little of value. That’s being flexible, and common, the very opposite of creating a big fat highly visible, high-value target and trying to defend it yourself in a remote setting.

That is retribalizing. Charles Hugh Smith goes on in the next post to talk about the Remnant, the tiny slice of people who with their individually miniscule but mysteriously coordinated behavior will swing the door on the hinges of history and get this retribalizing going. Well worth reading. I’ll cut to the chase.

Note that the Remnant is not engaged in any one pursuit; smart people are just doing what they think is right and good, which includes being skeptical of the received “wisdom” of the media and government pronouncements/propaganda, trying to avoid the financial vortex which is pulling down the non-elites (and maybe a few elites, too), living lighter, cheaper, better lifestyles away from the stomping masses of the Consumption Is Our True God mainstream, working to improve the soil of a patch of earth, and a thousand other projects and interests.

If anything characterizes the Remnant, it is skepticism, a disdain for pomp and aggrandizement, and an awareness that doing with less is actually a happier, more fulfilling life than Always Chasing Bigger and More in the Public Eye.

It’s the same thing you can read about daily at Urban Survival, Cryptogon when he gets personal, and a few other places. This is the way forward. Find your people, hook up with them, and take care of each other. The mystery ingredient that coordinates the Remnant’s behavior is also known as love in the agape sense.

Agape has been expounded on by many Christian writers in a specifically Christian context. Thomas Jay Oord has defined agape as “an intentional response to promote well-being when responding to that which has generated ill-being.”

We are here now, in exactly that predicament. The correct response is to make the social connections rich and complex and the material requirements simple, and that will maximize the survival of people who are not sociopathic.

Ask not what the bankers can do for you, ask what you can do for the bankers.

“To get through this, governments need to act. Great obligation, responsibility for governments to act to solve these things. The market will not solve this, and the great risk for us is we do too little, not that we do too much.” - ‘Tiny’ Tim Geithner

You are SO generous. Thank your congresspeople. They represent you.

Michael Hudson explains why the banks are buying up the junk mortgages. It’s because the whole thing is a wink and a nod, and we will be left holding the bag of course. What else is new?

Cutting to the chase:

The more the banks holding junk mortgages pay for this toxic waste, the more the government [that means US] will pay as part of its 85 per cent. So the strategy is to overpay, overpay, and overpay. Paying 15 per cent is a small price to pay for getting the government [US] to put in 85 per cent to take the most toxic waste off your books.

But how can they get away with this? It’s an outrage. SURELY congress will not let this stand!?! (Snort.) Here’s Mike Whitney asking some silly questions: I don’t know. Maybe he’s joking. I always thought he had a better handle on things.

How is it that industry rep Geithner couldn’t see that his latest round of corporate welfare would create incentives for the bank scoundrels to game the system again? [Actually, he can see that. That is the WHOLE POINT.] Naturally, if the government goes into the business of buying crap-loans from teetering financial institutions, the speculators and snake oil salesmen will follow. And so they have. Citi and B of A are just the first to respond to Geithner’s pigwhistle. Next will be the hedgies and the Private Equity porkers, all nuzzling up to the Treasury’s feedbin. [Yes, naturally. Exactly as intended.]

[snip]

Prediction: If [WHEN] Geithner is granted these special powers by the braindead Congress, the country will undergo the greatest period of bank consolidation in its 230 year history. [AS INTENDED] This is a blatant power grab by a shifty character [REPRESENTING THE NWO] who has risen to his present pay-grade by nosing his way up the political stepladder [AND DOING WHAT HE'S TOLD, AND HAVING THAT STUPID 'INNOCENT' LOOK ON HIS FACE]. Congress had better get its act together and put an end to this nonsense [HAH HHA HAHAHA! THEY'RE PAID OFF TO PLAY MAN, JUST LIKE TINY TIM] or the nation will continue its fast-paced metamorphosis into a feudal oligarchy run by the Bank Mafia and Wall Street racketeers. [YEAH. THAT IS THE GOAL.] The first step, is to give Geithner, Summers and any other of the Rubin-clones a full-body bacon-rub followed by a few brisk dunks in the shark tank. Then, hose down Treasury and bring in a whole new team. [SOUNDS GREAT. NO CONNECTION TO REALITY HOWEVER.]

Congress is not going to do shit to stop this. It will all go down because they’re all in on the game. Whether they are bought off or threatened doesn’t matter anymore. If anything were going to be different, we would have already seen many high profile people hauled off to jail in front of teevee cameras. Somehow I missed that news cycle. It didn’t happen. So many people belong in jail — basically the entire ruling class — that none of the dominoes can be allowed to fall. And that’s why this keeps going on and on, and we keep paying and paying. These people are all corrupt to the bone. Again, whether they started out that way or got sucked in incrementally makes no difference to me. People justify things to themselves all the time. Maybe they told themselves they could do some good with the power we invested them. Maybe they wanted to “help people.” Maybe they thought looking the other way was the price they had to pay to bring the bacon home to the district. I do not know, and I do not care, because they’ve done nothing but screw us in the end. They can all rot in hell, along with their masters.

It should come as no surprise that Zionists exercise great control on the availability of money through their control of the central banks and are thereby in a position to control the legislations that get passed in the various governments. It all goes back to Amschel Rothschild’s comment about controlling a nation’s money supply.

This is the essence of the beast and the lever of control. You don’t need hidden nukes or Samson options. This is what is happening and this is why the bank bailouts are taking place to ensure a greater consolidation and control of the destiny of planet Earth.

Man cannot serve two masters. They made their pick. What is yours? As this goes down, don’t say “I have no choice.” We always have a choice. It may not be pleasant, this is true, but nobody promised us a lifetime of pleasant choices; and if they did, you should have known better.

What a kook, huh?

Unbelievable how they fret about the political cost. Who is afraid of the political cost? Only the fucking politicians!!! The American people can handle it you pin-headed morons.

You pay, they play

Another version of what is going on here…

The Fed has even decided to buy treasuries, which is the absolute definition of “printing money” since it amounts to one part of the government funding the other part of the government.

Um, except the Fed is not part of the government. The Fed is privately owned. So our Treasury, the part of this equation that IS part of the government, the part that WE own, is selling US to the privately owned Fed. That is closer to the definition of PROSTITUTION, actually.

All of this money is going to land somewhere. What we are going to see is another bout of riptide inflation, where some parts of the economy (such as wages and housing prices) are in deflation, while other parts are inflating. My guess where the money is going to land? Oil prices again. It’s already begun. Put all that money into the hands of speculators and they have to park it somewhere.

Inflation, commodities bubble. That seems to be the consensus around these parts.

The key difference here is between “paid off” and “wiped out”. “Paid off” means the full value gets paid back (minus whatever inflation the US has, which may be a lot). ” Wiped out”, on the other hand, is what would occur if private banks, firms and investors were forced to take their own losses. In that case, when the full value of the investor or firm was gone, any remaining value would simply disappear. If a bank goes bankrupt owing $200 billion, and the bankruptcy windups leave only $100 billion of proceeds, then the remaining $100 billion goes away. Yes, that $100 billion may wipe out some other people, but it’s done. It’s over with. It’s finished. You can’t get blood out of a stone, and when a firm or person is wiped out, they’re wiped out.

Paid off being contrary to public policy, which is of course exactly why our leaders have chosen this route. Because it enriches the Fed, which is privately owned.

As Christopher Story covers in his latest report, the primary motive here is to prevent — evidently at ALL COSTS — these corrupt institutions from going into bankruptcy, which is what would happen if they were forced to wipe out their losses. No wipe outs. Because once in bankruptcy, the Bankruptcy Trustee would have unlimited powers to investigate what’s been going on. This would expose hundreds, perhaps thousands of unseemly arrangements like this:

Dodd’s wife a former director of Bermuda-based IPC Holdings, an AIG controlled company

From 2001-2004, Jackie Clegg Dodd served as an “outside” director of IPC Holdings, Ltd., a Bermuda-based company controlled by AIG. IPC, which provides property casualty catastrophe insurance coverage, was formed in 1993 and currently has a market cap of $1.4 billion and trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol IPCR. In 2001, in addition to a public offering of 15 million shares of stock that raised $380 million, IPC raised more than $109 million through a simultaneous private placement sale of 5.6 million shares of stock to AIG - giving AIG a 20% stake in IPC. (AIG sold its 13.397 million shares in IPC in August, 2006.)

Clegg was compensated for her duties to the company, which was managed by a subsidiary of AIG. In 2003, according to a proxy statement, Clegg received $12,000 per year and an additional $1,000 for each Directors’ and committee meeting she attended. Clegg served on the Audit and Investment committees during her final year on the board.

IPC paid millions each year to other AIG-related companies for administrative and other services. Clegg was a diligent director. In 2003, the proxy statement report, she attended more than 75% of board and committee meetings. This while she served as the managing partner of Clegg International Consultants, LLC, which she created in 2001, the year she joined the board of IPC. (See Dodd’s public financial disclosure reports with the Senate from 2001-2004 here.)

How cozy. Surely our good congress people, their spouses and friends, the Clintons, the Bushes, etc. etc. do not want see each other harmed by having all their corruption exposed to the sunlight. So they’re busy scratching each others’ backs with our money. Anything to keep the lid on another day.

Contrary to Public Policy

It is so easy to get distracted, especially when people in trouble want you to be distracted. George Washington gets back to the important question: What ARE the toxic assets everyone is talking about?

The answer is that the toxic assets include:
  • Credit default swaps (CDS)
  • Collateral debt obligations (CDOs)
  • Mortgage backed securities

In fact, these different classes of toxic assets are related. [He goes on to outline them briefly. - Ed.]

But what people should be discussing is cancelling the toxic CDS and CDOs. As I have written repeatedly over many months in different ways, the American people should demand that the government rescind the CDS and CDOs.

The government has that power. Indeed, the same arguments which have been made for the government’s authority to cancel AIG’s bonus contracts can be used to cancel CDS and CDO contracts. In order to receive any more bailout money (or to keep the money they already received), the CDS counterparties and CDO holders need to cancel their contracts. And for foreign CDS counterparties and CDO holders, the government could simply say “we will not loan your central banks any more money unless you cancel the contracts”.

George Washington is correct, but you’re not hearing talk like this coming out of DC. But these things need to be cancelled as being contrary to public policy. Meaning, since they threaten to collapse the world economy, they meet the criteria of being contrary to public policy.

The best explanation I ever read of this whole mess can be found at the Geronimo Manifesto.

First, a simple definition. A credit default swap is a form of insurance. A variant of mortgage insurance required of many home purchasers. An insurance policy that requires a company with financial strength to step up to the plate and pay the mortgage if for some reason the home buyer defaults.

A credit default swap is similar: If default occurs, an insurance company pays the income stream of the mortgage.

With one extremely important difference: Payments are made to the owner of the policy, not to the financial institution that stands to suffer a loss.

Financial institutions are allowed, through total lack of regulation, to buy and sell credit default swaps, or insurance they will be paid in event of default, on financial instruments in which they have no financial interest.

Start with a simple example. Assume I know the young son of the couple next door likes to crawl into closets and play with matches. I therefore see a reasonably good shot at “winning the disaster lottery” so to speak, by buying fire insurance on their $200,000 house.

In simple terms, I now have a financial interest is seeing that disaster occurs. If the house, for whatever mysterious reason, burns down an insurance company will pay me the insured value of the house - even though I suffered no loss, financial or otherwise. My neighbor’s misfortune is thus magically transformed into my good fortune. A polite way of saying I was paid $200,000, the insured value of my next-door neighbor’s house, after I paid the $400 insurance premium.

Being bright and suitably equipped with an MBA from a prestigious eastern university, I well and fully understand the desirable objective of maximizing my return on investment. I can accomplish this in one or both of two ways - increasing the return or decreasing the investment. [Aside, see here for where these clowns get their MBAs. - Ed.]

I can increase the return by artificially increasing the value of the house - say from $200,000 to $400,000. This will allow me to collect twice as much for suffering no personal loss. The easiest way to accomplish this would be to hire one of my buddies, who happens to be a real estate appraiser, to “document” the higher value.

I could also decrease my investment - meaning the premium I paid for the insurance, say from $400 to $200. The easiest way to do this would be to hire a widely acclaimed “fire risk rating agency” to send out an inspector who will look around (or perhaps only drive by without stopping) and then solemnly declare: “This house is fireproof”.

Poors and Standard Fire Rating Company and Doomys Fire Rating Agency would be excellent choices, based on their prior experience.

In the real world, meaning Main Street as opposed to Wall Street, this would be illegal. Against the public interest, because it encourages houses to mysteriously burn down. The insurance policies owned by people without a financial stake in the fire would be declared null and void because they are contrary to public policy, which sees minimizing the number of mysterious house fires as a good thing.

Ding.

Rather than a bad thing, as now occurs under America’s predatory capitalist system.

Now change an assumption. Assume I tell 99 of my poker-playing gambler friends about the boy’s strange and dangerous interest. Starting with my appraiser buddy, who’s predatory income as a result of a mysterious fire will double, as a direct result of his appraisal.

Now assume the $400,000 house burns to the ground. One hundred or so insurance companies will collectively pay $40 million in claims on the loss of a single $400,000 house. The benefits of a $400,000 disaster are magically multiplied by a factor of 100 and transformed into a $40 million disaster - with one family suffering a loss and 100 families experiencing a gain.

That is what we are paying for. That is what we are bailing out with our hard-earned money. And everyone involved knows it. So somebody tell me, why hasn’t anyone in power said this entire casino is contrary to public policy and therefore these contracts are Null and Void?

The Summer of Love

This is what we saw last week:

We are being deliberately flooded with perpetually morphing variables amidst a sea of information that is at best sketchy and at worst plain lies. Amidst the confusion, the media and politicians pump just one or two “stories” so focusing the public mind exactly where they want it; this week it’s AIG bonuses.

…The apparent confusion generated by the speed and magnitude of events is a symptom of the manipulation being perpetrated upon us, the moves upon the Grand Chessboard, the aim being to move faster than people can assimilate the changes, track the moves and analyse the variables and possible outcomes. The details of the events do, however, give the discerning the clues as to the direction in which the world is being taken through the actions of the Puppets at the command of the Managers.

They want you pissed off. They continually do more and more outrageous things, right in our faces, in the hopes that we will react a certain way. Tiny Tim Geithner’s people have been working with AIG on bonus and compensation issues for months, and then he turns around and acts like he was broadsided in early March. Sure, Tim. Whatever you say. Meanwhile, Congress leads the charge of phony outrage.

“People are disgusted and outraged, as they should be. [hint hint hint] But let’s not overreact in a way that basically has the Congress grabbing its pitchforks, and charging up the hill, and abusing what is a core authority of a government, which is the authority to tax its people.” Sen. Judd Gregg R-NH [Oh right, because CONGRESS is so angry on our behalf that they will grab pitchforks, even though they probably don't know a pitchfork from a snow shovel, and charge up the hill and ABUSE A CORE AUTHORITY of the government, which is to TAX IT'S PEOPLE, in this case the poor greedy financial executives. Let nobody say that Congress ABUSES its core authority, OK? **eyeroll** He got all the right suggestive language in there. It makes no fucking sense, but it sounds great if you read it real fast!]
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/03/22/administration-changes-needed-percent-tax-aig-bonuses/

Make no mistake, we do need to react. They gave us a problem. Do we want a solution? Yes. Do we want their solution? No. They want to drive a specific reaction, riots and the summer of hell, to midwife their NWO police state. It is a trap, and we must avoid it.

Mainstream media throughout the US and Europe are busy peddling a line of propaganda which seeks to place into the common consciousness the notion that violence this summer is the inevitable consequence of the social pressures arising from the financial crisis. This is an outright lie, a lie told for a very clear and specific purpose. The Managers and the Puppets are terrified of the masses for they know that should the masses rise up against them in a coordinated, coherent and peaceful manner then the Chessboard will be overturned, they will fall and their empires, economic, financial and military, crumble into the dust. They cannot risk the rise of a genuine social movement based on coordinated action, a coherent and truthful understanding of reality and a peaceful means for political and social change.

The best way to prevent such a movement arising is to pre-empt through destruction of credibility, criminalisation and the creation of false-flag counter movements, a process otherwise known as COINTELPRO. Much of the domestic modern history of Western Europe and the US is the history of the Managers and Puppets fighting the rise of mass social movements that threatened the status quo. It is taken for granted by the ruling elites and their supporters in the US and the UK that the current forms of government and social structure are definitively the best available and that anything that even remotely challenges those structures is evil and has to be destroyed. Movements that challenge the power and privileges of the established order are then seen as threats to national security rather than for what they are - which is threats to wealth, privilege and power of long established elites.

…We have warned repeatedly that the laws enacted against Muslims were really being put in place to be used against YOU, the public! These laws are being used against ordinary citizens as they seek to exercise their freedoms and their disgust with the way our countries are being run, with the wars, with the banking bailouts and the general inequality. There has never been a real Muslim terror threat - that was fabricated to get the Police State and laws of repression in place, a system that is now ready and waiting for the next phase in the plan which clearly envisages the need for extreme political and social controls in all the developed nations of the world.

Look at the different angles they work. There’s always al-Qaida to kick around. Gordon Brown has that one covered.

“We should be under no illusion that the biggest security threat to our country and other countries is the murderous agents of hate that work under the banner of al-Qaida,” he said. [al-Qaida = CIA; CIA = Wall St; Wall St = Zionist Bankers; Zionist Bankers = "the murderous agents of hate that work under the banner of al-Qaida"]

Some 60,000 civilians, including shop managers and council workers, have been trained to cope with the threat.

“Today, not only the police and security and intelligence officers and our armed forces, but also the emergency services, local councils, businesses and community groups are involved in state-of-the-art civil contingency planning,” Brown said.

“Tens of thousands of men and women throughout Britain – from security guards to store managers – have now been trained and equipped to deal with an incident and know what to watch for as people go about their daily business in crowded places such as stations, airports, shopping centres and sports grounds.”

Militarize the police. Militarize the population, particularly the business community, to “cope” with the “threat” of “murderous agents of hate” working under the “banner of al-Qaida.” It is to laugh. You can see how this dovetails into suspecting brown people, Muslims, anyone who might be sort of angry, like the growing legions of newly poor people. After all, the financial crisis is all their fault, too.

Financiers are trying to blame the current depression on poor people who acquired properties with the help of subprime mortgages, and then defaulted, thus ­ it is alleged — bringing down the entire world banking system! This is a fantastic and reactionary myth. The cause of the depression is derivatives, and this means that the perpetrators to be held responsible are not poor mortgage holders, but rather globalized investment bankers and hedge fund operators, the derivatives merchants.

But it’s rude to notice things like that. Speaking of rude, there’s always Israel crying and shooting, Pakistan and Afghanistan ready to boil over, and various “natural” disasters to worry about. It’s just a matter of time, but time is not on their side. The longer we can hold out and subvert the current failing system, the better. The elites fear subversion and promote insurgency. Insurgency is simply subversion plus weapons, and they prefer it because citizens using weapons ushers in the Hegelian solution: a formal police state. Please don’t misunderstand. By all means have your weapons. Just don’t let them bait you into using them with some false flag attack, agents provocateurs, or any other counterintelligence scheme.

This is the mindset of the ruling elite throughout the world; a mindset so narrow, so parochial, that any challenge to it, even peaceful and law abiding is seen as Subversion. Add armed struggle to the attempts of people to get those governing them to take different actions or change their mode of governing, and you have Insurgency. Subversion is greatly feared by ruling elites because of its peaceful nature and because it is often widely supported. Insurgency, on the other hand, is not feared nearly so much because they have more firepower. Once the ruling elite can unleash extreme violence in real or imaginary reaction to any form of armed struggle then they have the upper hand, they have control and control is what “ruling” is all about. Insurgency is therefore preferred over Subversion by ruling elites.

So what does subversion look like? It’s actually very simple. You can do it. You’re probably already doing it. Do more of it.

The solution is to re-scale and make your world small but still extensible. The technologies are already there. Grow vegetables and swap them with your neighbors. Get your ass on facebook your face on assbook on Twitter and introduce the transgender girl you met in Thailand to Louie up the street and share pics of kohlrabi. Invest in good things near you like a brewery or a share in a farm’s crop. A cow’s milk. You’ve heard how it was the Vandals and Visigoths who took down Rome but that’s not the big history. It was Christ took Rome because he took down their puppets. Thing was the Romans built great roads and couldn’t close the Appian Way to Christians. Close the roads and close the commerce so the Christians used their roads and brought in a stronger network. Like the internetz are now. Emperor Constantine in the East converted and his empire lasted another century.

Only thing matters in the end is what your family your friends and neighbors think of you. They are your credit score. My grandfather Karl Elzenbeck died and a quarter of the city showed up for his funeral because he spread good will. The world’s going to start looking a lot like how it used to only bigger better and far far more interesting. That’s our Future and I can hardly wait. Now is the time to discredit the people we’re bailing out with their electronic bonuses to hire protective armies. The people we can’t know. There are The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas. There are They Who Are Too Big to Fail. Let’s do this thing.

That’s right. It is not illegal to love one another. In fact, it is a commandment.

Playing the WW III Lottery

What are the odds?

US Vessels Collide in Strait of Hormuz, Navy Says

Military analyst Loren Thompson of the U.S.-based Lexington Institute said a collision between two vessels in the world’s most sophisticated navy is nearly unheard of.

Oh ho ho. Not this week.

Hiding in Plain Sight

Looks like a little crack here in the Zionist armor. Hopefully somebody will drive a tank through it.

The Israeli army has been forced to open an investigation into the conduct of its troops in Gaza after damning testimony from its own front line soldiers revealed the killing of civilians and rules of engagement so lax that one combatant said that they amounted on occasion to “cold-blooded murder”.

Forced. Because this is all so shocking, evidently. To some people at least.

The revelations, compiled by the head of an Israel military academy who declared that he was “shocked” at the findings, come as international rights groups are calling for independent inquiries into the conduct of both sides in the three-week Israeli offensive against Palestinian Islamists.

How can the head of anything in Israel profess to be shocked at brutality toward the Palestinians? It has been institutionalized since Israel’s formation. (Also notice also how the Israeli offensive is now framed as being against “Palestinian Islamists.” What happened to Hamas? Too narrow a definition when over 900 of the 1400+ victims were civilians, perhaps?)

“That’s the beauty of Gaza. You see a man walking, he doesn’t have to have a weapon, and you can shoot him,” one soldier told Danny Zamir, the head of the Rabin pre-military academy, who asked him why a company commander ordered an elderly woman to be shot.

Okay then. Some people have a pretty twisted idea of beauty.

“I gathered the graduate students of the course who fought in Gaza, to hear their impressions from the fighting. I wasn’t prepared for any of the stuff I heard there. I was shocked,” Mr Zamir said. “I think that the writing was on the wall, but we just didn’t want to see it, we didn’t want to face it.”

One non-commissioned officer told Mr Zamir, himself a deputy battalion commander in the reserves, that the army “fired a lot of rounds and killed a lot of people in order for us not to be injured or shot at.

“When we entered a house, we were supposed to bust down the door and start shooting inside and just go up storey by storey… I call that murder. Each storey, if we identify a person, we shoot them. I asked myself – how is this reasonable?”

There appears to be a little confusion or cognitive dissonance brewing in the minds of some Israelis. They seem to realize that something has gone wrong, but what could it be? Here’s a hint.

Another disturbing element reported by the soldiers was the role of military rabbis in distributing booklets that framed the fighting as a religious war. “All these articles had a clear message: we are the Jewish people, we have come to the land by miraculous means, and now we have to fight to remove the Gentiles who are getting in our way and preventing us from occupying the Holy Land… a great many soldiers had a feeling throughout this operation of a religious war,” said one soldier.

There it is, that charming Zionist narrative, cherished and coddled in the minds of “a great many soldiers” with the help of military rabbis. This narrative is so very helpful because it allows the soldiers to murder the Palestinians willy nilly. That’s the “beauty” of it, see?

So it’s kind of like this…Zionism leads to violence against Gentiles. And since the Palestinians are the handiest Gentiles around Israel, they are always first in line to receive. But all Gentiles who “get in the way” of the Jewish people occupying the Holy Land, which they arrived at by the “miraculous means” of the Balfour Declaration and ethnic cleansing, well they could come in for some violence, too.