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… And Goodbye To All That

April 15, 2016 6:08 am
Thanks for introducing me to Khalifé’s music. Listening to this now: "Marcel, Rami & Bachar Khalifé.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kdXeMGwzWM I must have lived in this world in other lifetimes. This shit talks to me like a lifeline wrapped around my inner core.
April 11, 2016 5:20 pm
Oh, jesus. Yeah, you need a break. But we’ll be waiting after you’ve had a chance to clear the airwaves. Meantime, enjoy yourself.

Why GOP Bigwigs Fear Trump – Paul R. Pillar/Consortiumnews

March 9, 2016 4:17 pm
Excellent analysis. But notice how Pillar, who lives in the DC area and therefore must protect himself, is using Kagan’s words to jump off of. Nonetheless, he is a clever man. And his observations of the economic situation in these two phrases tell me he is wiser than he lets on. The first phrase “In an era of secular stagnation with insufficient demand” you should read as “In a cold economy with insufficient sales.” The second phrase is "Most voters do not understand Keynesian economics, and the Republican establishment relies on the fact that they don’t." Keynesian economics has never been taught in American universities. 99.99% of Americans have never read his seminal book and probably wouldn’t understand it if they had. I can tell you that the first Nobel Prize winner in Economics, Paul Samuelson (Larry Summers’s uncle), didn’t. He admitted it in 1989 in a series of important interviews. But Samuelson is considered the keeper of the Keynesian flame. In fact, our own Marriner Eccles, a Republican Mormon banker and subsequent first Chairman of the Federal Reserve under FDR, came up with Keynes’ solution to the Great Depression three years before Keynes General Theory came out in 1936 and which ushered in the creation of the middle class and America’s great economic boom in its history. You really have to read between the lines of this excellent piece by Paul Pillar.

Why are so many smart people such idiots about philosophy? – Olivia Goldhill/Quartz

March 6, 2016 9:11 pm
Nye is just as stupid about the climate.

Jewish Controlled Opposition – Gilad Atzmon

Noam Chomsky Discusses BDS

Stephen Gets A Straight Answer Out Of Donald Rumsfeld

January 28, 2016 12:38 am
Nice thing about Lang's article is that it's the kind of thing you can show a true believer because of who Lang is. He was the fucking Military Liaison to the Middle East in addition to being in charge of the   DIA operatives worldwide. He speaks and writes Arabic, taught it at West Point and the Army War College. No small potatoes in the brain department.
January 26, 2016 9:22 pm
He's black. Nuff' said.
January 26, 2016 11:17 pm
I read this six years ago but didn't really finish it. Yesterday I read the whole thing, slowly: It's Colonel Lang's "Drinking the Koolaid," which Harper's Magazine commissioned in 2003 or 2004, then refused to print it. It is devastating. I slipped an OT comment to Lang about reading Politco's bombshell last Sunday:  http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/01/iraq-war-wmds-donald-rumsfeld-new-report-213530 He replied, "That is what the people who wrote the report told me at the time. They said their analytic work was being impeded by people in OSD [Office of the Secretary of Defense]. We did not discuss the report itself but they told me the subject was Iraq. It was clear to me that the IC [Intelligence Community] was being blocked from carrying out its statutory responsibility. That is why I researched and wrote 'Drinking the Koolaid'." Here is "Drinking the Koolaid."  http://www.mepc.org/journal/middle-east-policy-archives/drinking-kool-aid?print It's long, but worth every minute reading it. It was written in 2004, and had Harper's had the guts to print it, might have ended the war, and certainly affected the 2004 election. A keeper.  
January 28, 2016 12:32 am
It is difficult to believe that Donald Rumsfeld didn't fully grasp neocon motives and objectives all along — one doubts that he was fooled or manipulated by them.
Sean, Drinking the Koolaid makes clear he did know, and was part of the crew that helped mold that thought.

Syria: Obama’s Delusion Over Russian Retreat Continues – Moon Of Alabama

January 15, 2016 6:19 pm
Read this Colonel Lang entry, then read the debka report he links to. Amazing. http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2016/01/httpswwwdebkacomarticle25166putin-bypasses-israel-sets-up-joint-war-room-for-s-syria-with-jordan-.html#comments

BDS in the Crosshairs – Lawrence Davidson/CounterPunch

January 15, 2016 7:58 pm
Taxi, did you catch this? http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-said-scrambling-to-counter-new-eu-regulations-on-settlements/

An Open Letter To President Obama – Miko Peled/Desertpeace

January 14, 2016 1:26 pm
Part 3 is the killer part of the series.
January 14, 2016 1:27 pm
It was banned in the US.
January 14, 2016 1:25 pm
I make teenagers watch part 3 and they are shocked.