The last thing I would want to see in Wal-Mart is Big Sister staring down from some Orwellian wall screen asking me to report any funny business I might spot in the car park. Does she mean a shifty figure eyeing an untended 4 x 4? Somebody loitering with an unspecified intent, like waiting for the wife to finish the boring chores of shopping? Littering maybe? Or was that a suicide bomber that you saw next to the fresh meat counter on your way in, fiddling with some nefarious wires in his trouser pocket to blow the entire mall to kingdom come?
Professor David Harvey’s rich fact-filled book The Enigma of Capital (2010) raises many interesting questions with his customary Marxist twist on the current global financial disorder. Not the least of these is a smoking gun which he implies points to some hidden hand directing events, rather than common or garden market turmoil Specifically: when Lehman Brothers was allowed to collapse in 2008, was that a deliberate act by the US authorities to spread the contagion of financial collapse around the globe, like some toxic treacle? And if so, why?
WW2 began when a bunch of storm troopers dressed in Polish uniforms attacked the radio station in the German-dominated Danzig Free State. It was the classic example of the False Flag suggesting Poland had attacked Germany.
The Alliance for Peace and Progress has finally marched into a landscape that might have been dreamt up by Salvadore Dali matched by a script more bizarre than James Joyce's Ulysses. Every ten years NATO's war chiefs gather somewhere relaxing to cook up the 'road map' for the next ten. This year it was Lisbon's turn, offering a temporary distraction from the huge incoming typhoon that threats to blow away the entire Portuguese economy. Some distraction too. NATO declared war. But not, however, on anybody in particular.
A recent news items tells of a Kissinger contingency plan to occupy the Azores should there be a Communist coalition government in Portugal.
Very much along the lines of what we know about Kissinger and Gladio -- both then and now:
AFP 19 Nov. Raw Story 20 Nov WASHINGTON — The Pentagon had contingency plans to "take over" the Azores archipelago in 1975 in the event of a possible communist takeover of Portugal, newly released US government documents showed Friday.
I have a sneaking suspicion that the aggravation and industrial molestation that has seized the US airport industry has much less to do with protecting travellers than dragooning Americans into a comatose state of obedience. The nation is being schooled into ever more pervasive inspections and examinations in the most sensitive regions conducted in the full glare and bustle of an airport’s daily activities. I am quite sure this will end up, and sooner rather than later, in random full strip downs and intimate and invariably protracted cavity searches.
For those who have not yet caught up with the news, he is the new British prime minister, six months into the job. What a difference an election makes. A man whose grandfather about 500 times removed was the 1st Tudor Henry VII (1485-1505) is suddenly Dave the Rave according to the swooning pundits of the British media. Whereas he once used to ride a bike to work, he now walks there on the grey waters of the Thames.
Submitted by Richard Cottrell on Fri, 2010-10-29 10:00
The Russians are coming, to paraphrase Paul Revere, or so we are told.
It is just the Great Game redux, of course. The Great Game, let us remember with profit in these confusing times, was a 19th century power struggle between the Russian Empire and the British one for control of Afghanistan, which both blocs saw as a buffer state – chronically poor, with no resources worth the name, populated by tribes living in the Middle Ages – but a strategically important pawn all the same.
Submitted by Richard Cottrell on Thu, 2010-10-28 20:48
Istanbul, or Constantinople as it was known, has been at the apex of many important incidents in world history. But when the Ottoman empire collapsed after WW1, a great power of centuries vanished from the world stage in the twinkling of an eye. The vastly scaled down Republic of Turkey, which took its place, began the long slide to a Third World state, lacking all the necessities of modern infrastructure, backward, isolated and weighed down by rural and urban poverty.