Thursday, August 29, 2013

Obama's Kill List Expands

Obama’s Kill List Grows
Yes, Obama’s kill list is readying an expansion to include some sections of Syria.  A surgical strike(s) is what Obama is calling for.  Not to replace Assad, he claims.  That’s because the White House and Israel both fear the Muslim Brotherhood  with their Al Qaeda connections more than they do Assad.  So why is the US, Britain and Israel supporting the Syrian rebels at all?  Especially considering that according to some reports, the Syrian rebels now consist mostly of foreign fighters who are radical Islamists of one kind or another.
It’s all because the developed countries need energy.  Lots of it.  And certainly England knows the value of the fruits of invading energy rich countries as well as the US.  But Syria isn’t an energy rich country, you say?  True enough.  However, the goal for the US and Britain along with multinational banks and corporations has always been to use Syria as the means to bring Iran to heel. Iran is energy rich. Syria is the gateway to Iran’s oil and gas.  There is a lot of frustrated greed out there for the last of the earth’s easy energy and  this has reached new highs among the energy slurping nations when they learned of the new pipe line gearing up  to start in Iran’s South Pars gas field.
From The Vietnamese newspaper Thanh Nien News (8/10/13) we learn that the new 10 billion ($US) pipeline will run from Iran through Iraq and Syria. The article’s author (Pepe Escoba)r tells us: “…this prospective (pipeline) is one of the fundamental reasons for the proxy war in Syria.  Against the interests of Washington, for whom integrating Iran is anathema, the pipeline bypasses two crucial foreign actors in Syria…prime “rebel” weaponizer Qatar  (as a gas producer) and logistical “rebel” supporter Turkey…”
Again, for the Western powers, particularly the US and England, it’s all about confiscating easy energy resources. And the “shock and awe” of pillaging these foreign countries is also really good for US military weapons manufacturers along with replenishing US bases, and halfheartedly rebuilding bombed out cities. Lots of money to be made there, like in Libya and Iraq.  Only there may be more snags in shocking and awing Syria than Obama (nee Bush) and David Cameron may have anticipated.

For one thing, in an all-out attack on Syria the US would have to ratchet up the printing presses and try to sell inflated bonds to China.  China has been very quiet through this entire Syrian crisis.  Hardly saying anything, just a few words here and there in the China Daily newspaper.  But then maybe China doesn’t need to say much.  Why should she?  She holds most of the cards.  No UN resolution is going anywhere without her approval and if China refuses to buy bonds to furnish funds for a US invasion of Syria, well, where would the US look?  So the very most that Obama could possibly pull off at this time would be what he is now proposing…that is, some kind of a surgical strike.  Just enough to punish Assad for what Obama claims is proof that it was the Syrian government who launched the gas attack.  However, as yet Obama hasn’t produced any proof.
 The Obama administration and Britain’s conservative government are both claiming that it is enough that they are convinced that it was the Syrian government who made the gas attack and they don’t have to show any proof.  And Obama seems determined.  Assad must be punished.  Obama wants to expand his kill list to include hundreds, even thousands of innocent Syrian people. Something has to be done, Obama says, to punish Assad.  It’s as if they are saying they can’t think of any other punishment, so it’s time to go kill some more Syrian civilians.  But there may be lots of trouble with this.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


The world started to turn bad, really bad, with 9/11.  But why?  It’s good to know that when one comes to rather incredulous conclusions about such world shaking events as 9/11 that there are others out there, somewhere, who are coming to the same conclusions. This is a comfort, as it keeps one from doubting one’s credentials, at least as an observer.  And I fancy that I am a rather keen observer of humans on the political stage (a conceit I obviously share with many others).
I have recently posted two articles explaining why I think Edward Snowden, the whistle blower, may indeed have the “Crown Jewels” of information the US insists he didn’t gain access to. What kind of information would the US consider “Crown Jewels”?  Perhaps incriminating information on 9/11?  Incriminating for the US government?  If true, this might explain the absolutely nutty things the US is resorting to, like pretending the NSA info sweeps prevented massive Al-Qaida attacks last week end, etc.
Finian Cunningham is a recognized expert in international affairs, a prominent journalist, and scientist (a former scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry , Cambridge, England).  In a recent article (8/10/2013) reprinted in  Information Clearing House, Mr. Cunningham writes concerning what further information Snowden may have given over to others to be released:

“There is also the very real prospect that Snowden’s files may reveal explosive secrets going back to the 9/11 alleged terror attacks on New York and Washington in 2001. It has long been suspected by many analysts and experts that the official narrative on those purported attacks is a cover-up for something much more sinister, such as US government for secret strategic interests.”

Russia demanded that Snowden promise not to reveal any more information that might “harm” the US in order to be given asylum in Russia.   Snowden has evidentially complied.  However, it has been reported that Snowden gave over the rest of the files he had to other parties before he was given asylum by Russia.  So the files are still there but in other’s hands.  Certainly I would think that Julian Assange knows where the rest of Snowden’s files are, as well as Glenn Greenwald, the reporter for the Guardian who first released Snowden’s files.
 I believe that the remaining information in Snowden’s files may be so explosive that the US could become a global outcast (except for Israel of course, and Saudi Arabia)  if that information was actually revealed.  Even the European countries that have reacted so cravenly before US demands might be revolted.  Under the Harper government Canada has become almost a colony of the US. This means that whatever Snowden has given over to others that would “harm” the US if revealed will most certainly harm Canadians as well.
Still, I urge Julian Assange and Glenn Greenwald to release all of the tapes, especially those concerning  9/11.  We need to know exactly what 9/11 was about. We are grown-ups.  We can stand the truth.  All civilization seems at a stale mate, we can’t get on, can’t regroup, unless we know the truth.  All the horrific killing in US invaded countries can be contributed to 9/11, the demonic twisted meddling in other countries, all the massive destruction of democratic values at home and abroad, the decline of world economies due to military expansions, the retreat of democracy and rights of humans and the environment, all the way to the ever mounting suicides of US service men and women and the spread of drugs, both legal and illegal.  My God, let’s get on with it. Release the tapes. Please, you men who have them. Release the tapes.
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Wednesday, August 07, 2013


“Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice…”thus begins what is probably Robert Frost’s most memorable poem entitled Fire and Ice.  What makes a poem memorable?  When it speaks a truth.  The poem continues…
“From what I’ve tasted of desire, I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice is also great
And would suffice”.
This may seem an odd way to start an article about the plunging of human sperm count, but I see Robert Frost’s poem as extremely apropos.  Fire?  Desire?  The greedy, desirous people of the 1% are plunging all of us and the world into a fire pit.  I see Frost’s poem as both allegorical and literal.  In truth, we seem to be descending into a fire pit of global warming that includes increased potable water shortages along with carbon and methane gas emissions.  Deforestation, desertification in some parts of the world, increased flooding in others as the oceans rise and round out the picture.  But ice?
What is Robert Frost talking about when he says that ice would suffice?  After all, our problem is melting ice caps.  Not enough ice.  But again, Robert Frost’s poem is allegorical. I think he is talking about the icy indifference on the part of governments and institutions of the 1% in how they consider the lives of ordinary humans, then and now.  Now is worse.  So many industrial and chemical poisons have been spewed into the world in order to allow a few humans to wallow in wealth that the many are in the process of losing everything, including the ability to reproduce.
Don’t get me wrong.  I am a feminist and pro-choice.  I am also the mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother of males. And I worry about the falling sperm count.  Why, you may ask?  The world is over populated as it is.  However, it has been almost twenty years since a Danish scientist named Niels Skakkeback (U. of Copenhagen) at a WHO conference announced to the world that human sperm counts had fallen by half over the span of fifty years.  Other scientists found the same sperm decline for the last fifty years.  On top of these statistics, a recent French study has found there has been “a significant and continuous 32.2 per cent decrease in sperm concentration over 17 years” ( 7/31/2013).  Are the results of this study of the last 17 years added to the 50 per cent drop they must have started with?  Which would represent a 32.2 per cent drop added to the 50 per cent which would result in 82.2 per cent drop in sperm count altogether?  They don’t say.  But this seems too enormous of a drop to be true.  But maybe not.
In the book Our Stolen Future (Colborn, Dumanoski, Myers, 1996) the authors tell us that there are many endocrine-disrupting chemicals in public use that could also affect sperm count.  On page 120-121 we learn that “Humans, by comparison (to other animals) are inefficient breeders, who tend to produce barely the number of sperm required for successful fertilization.  Moore (Robert Moore,  toxicologist, US Environmental Toxicology Center) describes the human male sperm count as “borderline pathological” for many individuals even without the assault of endocrine-disrupting chemicals. If Moore is correct and if long term decline in human sperm count continues, our species faces a troubling prospect.  Such a drop could have a devastating impact on human fertility”.
This is already happening.  Decreases in many western countries’ populations are beginning to worry their heads of state.  It is the duty of capitalist governments to see that corporations continue to grow fat on low wage workers; that there are enough tax payers to keep things going without unduly bothering the 1% for anything like tax money on their investments, or clean up money if their investments leak or explode, and who understand they will always be given the helping hand of their fawning governments. And, of course, heads of state have to keep enough soldiers to be sent to countries to face the fire of people who hate them before they even get there, and the ice of federal indifference if they return.  Still, most industrial nations are getting at least somewhat worried about population decline.
The US, Canada, Japan, and most of Europe are showing population declines.  According to those who know, or think they know , or are supposed to know, this decline can be attributed to many things such as the recession that worries young people and causes them to postpone marriage and/or starting a family.  Some countries in population decline are discussing giving bonuses of sorts, or premiums for child care and the like, in an effort to assist women in making the decision to have more babies.
 Other countries, like the US, are taking the old road traveled; simply restrict abortion and even birth control and force women to have more babies.  Several US states have already made it practically impossible for women to have abortions while Viagra, but not birth control for women, are included in many health plans. This will insure that women are urged (or forced) to have sex more frequently, with fewer protections or resources. But forcing or inducing women to have more babies  may be much more difficult than even Nazi type heads of state imagine if the drop in population is caused by, or even affected by, a corresponding  drop in sperm count, regardless of the cause of the drop.
I think the decline in teen age pregnancies is the flag signaling that the decline in population in general is being driven, at least in part, by environmental poisoning.  What the sperm count studies have shown is that a young man today has a much lower sperm count than his grandfather had.  It is the young men of the industrial world that have lost much of their sperm count and sperm volume.  The rate by which sperm count is dropping is 2% a year; in Europe it is estimated to be 3%.  
I find it telling that the teen age pregnancy rate in the US has dropped 25% between 2007 and 2011.  Most of the credit for this has been claimed by operators of programs specifically designed for teen agers to lower the rates of teen pregnancies.  But I wonder.  Valuable as these programs may be, I suspect that young men’s lower sperm counts may have more to do with this dramatic drop in teen pregnancies than a sudden change of sexual behavior on the part of US teens.  Time will tell.  In the meantime it seems we are having both the fire and ice that Frost spoke of…environmental fire and icy government indifference to it all. 
However, there is this possible upside that others speak of…with many fewer babies being born in the future maybe all babies will be cherished and protected, not just the babies of parasitical monarchies and narcissistic celebrities.  With fewer soldiers to fight wars there may be fewer wars.  With fewer thieves, less thievery.  Fewer politicians, priests, police, pimps, porn and prostitution.  Fewer guns for fewer people.  Less drugs, less gangs.  Less depressions.  Less recessions. Dancing in the streets?  Maybe.
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