US To Spend Another $59 Billion On Futile Wars

ΩΩEconomic hell is continuing and is connected directly to US imperial pretensions.  While we allow our industrial base and our international trading position to deteriorate to dreadful levels, our debts shooting upwards while our cohesion collapses, we roll merrily on based on our darling floating fiat currency which allows us to run on empty downhill for a long, long time.  Enough time to end up in hell.  The war spending is increasing even as the US pretends we must live within our means…someday.  Meanwhile, China issues an official warning to keep our noses out of Chinese spheres of influence in Asia.  


ΩΩFirst, the Gods and Goddesses who rule our fates decided to react to the closing of one gushing well destroying the Gulf of Mexico by random chance causing a tug boat to hit yet another well:  Oil spewing from well near La. marsh – U.S. news – Environment –

Adding insult to the Gulf’s injury, a wellhead hit by a tug boat is now spewing oil near a Louisiana marsh area, officials said Tuesday.  The oil is shooting up 20 feet into the air, the office of Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said.


From Sept. 15, 2005:  Culture of Life Financial News:  BAD NEWS BEARS

ΩΩA cartoon about hurricane Rita could be used to show how Mother Nature uses Gulf oil rigs to play bowling games.  Of course, in between violent storms, she gets some help from humans whose errors are legion.  It should be painfully obvious at this point, we are not capable of drilling for oil in the oceans without paying a very severe price in the long and even short run.


ΩΩThis present gusher isn’t a mile underwater, thank heavens, but at the surface.  But it is still terrible as well as stupid.   Note, in my cartoon, the pod of bond and oil futures traders…ahem.  This is great for them, they thrive on disasters as well as uncertainties that drive up the price of commodities due to natural or human destruction.


ΩΩN0w, on to totally human destruction, destruction that is utterly deliberate, planned out and pursued to the nth degree: war.  Humans are so talented.  Throughout history, even when using very primitive weapons made of stone and wood, humans manage to utterly destroy even the earliest cities.  Thanks to fire, it is rather easy.  Over the eons, we have found better and better fires to use in this destructive activity and now have such amazing fires, we can annihilate all living things for miles around and totally eliminate even traces of a city!


ΩΩThis fearful ability is abused by the empire responsible for using nuclear bombs on civilians to push for more wars against non-nuclear nations.  Going after weaker powers is how large empires stay alive.  Like sharks, they must continuously destroy other countries in order to keep alive.  Aside from that, they must destroy any attempts at creating a real democracy, only allowing corrupt rule to thrive while openly attacking democracies (Iran is a democracy, more or less whereas the Palestinian voting caused the US to put the people under severe embargo as punishment for voting wrong!).  Here is some interesting news I endorse wholeheartedly:  Nobel Peace Prizes ‘are being awarded illegally’ – Europe, World – The Independent

More than half the Nobel Peace Prizes awarded since 1946 have been awarded illegally, says Fredrik Heffermehl, a Norwegian lawyer and peace activist, because they do not follow the expressed will of the millionaire inventor of dynamite. He says all but one of 10 prizes awarded since 1999 are illegitimate under Norwegian and Swedish law.


ΩΩI will happily join such a lawsuit!  I think nearly ALL ‘peace prizes’ violate in spirit as well as hard facts, the desires of Alfred Nobel.  Giving it to war criminals like Kissinger, just for one very glaring example, is outright criminal.  And giving it to Obama when he stood idle while Palestinian children were used as shields or shot in the head for fun, well…once he got an award for that monstrosity, how hard was it for him to double the assassin robot rocket program?  Or double the war in Afghanistan?  Obama is furious that a brave citizen leaked the Pentagon Papers Part II to the public!  How dare we learn the truth?


Afghanistan war logs: our selection of significant incidents | World news |

ΩΩThis map shows the corridor of death in Afghanistan.  Butcher enough peasants and voila!  A peace prize if you stop!  That seems the game here.  Right now, the media is pooh-poohing the treasure trove of documentation that should be used in a grand Nüremberg Trial for the US and we can dig up past war criminals and put their raddled corpses on trial, too. Someone has to stop us.


ΩΩI remember the Pentagon Papers I.  I was pleased that my private information I got from boots on the ground in ‘Nam was totally correct.  Most of that information was secret in order to keep the populace of the US from knowing the truth.  So it is here: we have totally forgotten the truth and the truth is, not one Afghani attacked the US at any time in the last 100 years.  But plenty of Muslims have lots of anger aimed at us and it is obvious, why.


Afghanistan war logs: tensions increase after revelation of more leaked files | World news | The Guardian

Tensions between the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan were further strained today after the leak of thousands of military documents about the Afghan war.  As members of the US Congress raised questions about Pakistan’s alleged support for the Taliban, officials in Islamabad and Kabul also traded angry accusations on the same issue.


Further disclosures reveal more evidence of attempts by coalition commanders to cover up civilian casualties in the conflict.  The details emerge from more than 90,000 secret US military files, covering six years of the war, which caused a worldwide uproar when they were leaked yesterday.  The war logs show how a group of US marines who went on a shooting rampage after coming under attack near Jalalabad in 2007 recorded false information about the incident, in which they killed 19 unarmed civilians and wounded a further 50.


ΩΩLike Egypt, the government of Pakistan is in the pay of the US or rather AIPAC via the State Department.  So it is very, very unpopular at home which is why so many there are fighting their own government.  Like in any Muslim country occupied by the US and run by the CIA, our embassy is a huge armed fortress.  400 years ago, in The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli, he warns the Prince to never overextend oneself where one has to occupy a distant fortress that can be easily cut off by angry peasants.  So it is with not just our fortresses in Pakistan and Iraq, but also the entire Afghanistan war which is by definition, a massive fortress problem with very angry peasants trying very hard to cut our supply lines….and succeeding!


Pentagon can’t account for $8.7 billion in Iraqi funds | Raw Story

The U.S. Defense Department is unable to properly account for over 95 percent of $9.1 billion in Iraqi oil money tapped by the U.S. for rebuilding the war ravaged nation, according to an audit released Tuesday.


ΩΩThe financial horror show continues. The Pentagon is a gargantuan money eating entity that can’t figure out what is going on and doesn’t care since Congress rubber stamps spending sprees.


U.S. Congress passes Afghanistan war funding measure

(Xinhua) — The U.S. Congress on Tuesday approved a 59-billion-dollar funding measure that would pay for troop increase in Afghanistan, sending it for President Barack Obama’s signature.


The House of Representatives approved the measure with a 308 to 114 vote. It passed the Senate earlier. In the measure, about 33 billion is earmarked to pay for the 30,000 troops surge in Afghanistan and expenses in Iraq. Provisions not related to the war brought the bill total to nearly 59 billion.


The new funding is on top of the 130 billion Congress already approved for Afghanistan and Iraq this year. The Congress has appropriated over 1 trillion dollars for the two unpopular wars since 2001.


ΩΩThis is insane!  We will go bankrupt really fast at this rate!  I am flabbergasted by this.  Another $33 billion for killing the poorest peasants on earth????  As I said long ago during the Vietnam war, ‘Why don’t we just give them all the money and thank them for being our best friends?’  Well, it would have worked a lot cheaper than killing millions of Vietnamese peasants!  I seriously suggested we drop money bombs and then send in sales teams to sell them cars and refrigerators made in America back when we made these things for export.


ΩΩNow, it doesn’t matter.  None of the money will flow back home, it would float overseas and feed our trade deficit problems even more.  Which reminds me, Vietnam has a trade surplus with the US!  Hell’s bells.  And here is why our Congress and President think we can continue spending like fiends from hell:  Deficits Don’t Matter as Geithner Gets Lowest Yield (Update3) –

For all the criticism of record budget deficits, President Barack Obama can take comfort knowing that for the first time in half a century, government bond yields are declining during an economic expansion and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner is selling two-year notes with the lowest interest rates ever.


The combination of record-low yields on two-year notes, 10- year rates below 3 percent and a deficit projected to surpass $1.4 trillion for a second consecutive year is a signal that the bond market is less concerned with government spending than with getting the economy back on track.


ΩΩI grind my teeth every day over this issue!  These debts are mostly short-term at these low rates.  They have to be paid off pronto…or rolled over.  This immense ball of wax is growing at a huge rate and eventually the dark day will dawn when China will force us to roll over about 6 trillion dollars in debt at a 20% interest rate!  This is INEVITABLE.  It will happen.  I am assuming the Chinese will stick to their 50 Year Plan so it won’t come next year but if we push them very, very hard, they might be tempted to do it sooner than 2025.


ΩΩI am including a lot of this particular story from China for it is very strongly indicative of Chinese fury over our meddling in Chinese affairs: U.S. involvement will only complicate South China Sea issue

At the ASEAN Regional Forum Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Hanoi last week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked at length about U.S. “national interests” in the South China Sea.  Hinting there is what she called “coercion” in the region, Clinton called for consistence with customary international laws, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in particular.


It is ironic that the United States is asking others to abide by the UNCLOS while itself still shunning a UNCLOS full membership.  It is known to all that the U.S. Senate has not yet ratified the UNCLOS, as some U.S. politicians insist that the ratification would “diminish” U.S. “capacity for self-defense.”


While disputes remain between China and several countries around the South China Sea, they have already concluded the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in accordance with the UNCLOS.  Thanks to the DOC, the situation in the South China Sea remains peaceful, and no party has ever used “coercion” and posed any threat to regional peace or navigation security in the South China Sea.


Ignoring the advise of the Chinese delegation, Clinton, with a prepared script at hand, tried to make an issue of the South China Sea at the meeting, claiming she was objecting to the “use or threat of force” in this ocean area.  The question is: as the situation in the South China Sea is peaceful, what is the logic in Clinton’s “objection? ”


So her real intention is questionable.


History has repeatedly proven that the involvement of a superpower in disputed areas did, more often than not, complicate the situation and bring tragedy to parties concerned.  Superpowers often adopted the strategy of “divide and rule.” They stired up tensions, disputes and even conflicts, then set foot in to pose as a “mediator” or a “judge” in a bid to maximize their own interests.


In the 19th century, the British empire adopted the tactics of “divide and rule” to fight powers in the European continent.  Nowadays, the United States is resorting to the same old trick when dealing with some disputes and conflicts in the international arena.


ΩΩThis is an official position in the matter at hand: China will not tolerate any US meddling in Asia that is anti-Chinese.  The US smugly did this thinking that Japan, a country that is like a dying elephant that trumpets and thrashes but is bleeding to death, will be happy with the US challenging Chinese dynamics in Asia.  And of course, India is eager to have the US get punched in the nose on behalf of India’s desire for global power.  Power that is growing due to India raiding US jobs.


ΩΩAhem.  Where are our friends?  All of these nations, without exception, are running trade surpluses with us!  What on earth do we gain by taking any sides here when ALL are arrayed against us?  ALL of these countries are reaming us out!  All of them are destroying our jobs, wrecking our economy!  We are in deep, deep trouble because of ALL of them!!!!


ΩΩBack to the issue of our ‘allies’, Pakistan is furious that the Wikileak filed show they are playing footsie with the ‘terrorists’  (aka, peasants who are angry):  Files leaked to Wikileaks suggest Pakistan is aiding Afghan rebels.  And here is another story thanks to Wikileaks, long may Wikileaks sprinkle water on the fires of war and domination!  The Helpless Germans: War Logs Illustrate Lack of Progress in Bundeswehr Deployment – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

The German army was clueless and naïve when it stumbled into the conflict. The Germans had expected that the relatively calm northern provinces where their soldiers were stationed would remain peaceful. Moreover, they believed their reconstruction teams would provide a model for the other allies on how best to help this country ravaged by civil war.


The first true resistance to the international troop presence in Afghanistan only began to form in late 2005 and early 2006, and it only developed when the insurgents began offering money to people willing to join the resistance and threatening those who weren’t. Report after report in the raft of war logs note that the population was offered money in exchange for their active support of the insurgents.


For example, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan — a terrorist group supported by al-Qaida that operates in the north near the border with Tajikistan, an area that is under the command of Germany’s Bundeswehr — offered local residents in the Takhar Province $700 to help it place roadside bombs along the main logistical routes used by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).


ΩΩWe were supposed to crush the Taliban and then the Germans should goose step in behind us and relax and enjoy controlling angry peasants without sweat.  Didn’t work, of course, and who expected it to work???? Any review of history would show the Germans that this is the one place on earth they could not occupy while goofing off.  Might as well re-invade Stalingrad.  What amuses me is how the Germans are annoyed that the Taliban are paying soldiers on their own side!  DUH!  And pray tell, are the Germans trying to occupy a foreign country that they don’t belong in, are they doing this for free?


ΩΩOf course not.  They get paid…in kind…by the US.  That is, like all our rivals in Asia who use us very cynically, the Germans are only in Afghanistan so they can continue business as usual and here is a graph showing why:



ΩΩThey run a trade surplus with us!  A huge trade surplus.  Not as big as China’s surplus but as big as Japan’s surplus.  And it is one of the top trade surpluses we have with a foreign power, too!


ΩΩAs well as being one of the world’s top export powers, in general!  These poor German soldiers are pawns used to keep the US trade door as wide open as possible.  NATO would collapse in a minute if the US were to stop this totally unbalanced trade with these ‘allies’.


ΩΩNo war can possibly be won if everyone views this as a cynical looting expedition of the heart of the Empire.  And this happens to be why all empires die.  Every last one of them: bankruptcy due to this sort of power playing and money spending schemes.


Think Progress » Pipes: To Get Obama To Act, Netanyahu Should Threaten To Nuke Iran

In a recent interview with the right-wing Christian Zionist Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, neoconservative pundit Daniel Pipes shared his view that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should threaten to use nuclear weapons against Iran as a means of “applying pressure” on the United States.


“I think it’s realistic for the Israelis to attack and do real damage,” Pipes said. “Now, what constitutes success, I’m not exactly sure. There are many, many questions“:


ΩΩThe neo cons continue to demand WWIII.  Obama was totally defeated by AIPAC and is now a Ghost in the Shell of the White House.  And his former followers sense this which is why they are fading, fast.  No stomach for a real fight.  That is, the Netroots Nation meeting which I didn’t attend for obvious reasons, had a captive online audience listening to war criminals demanding more money and support and demanding these poor saps go back online and recruit more people to vote for outrageous war criminals!  GAH.  Once Obama decided to be a war criminal, I washed my hands of him. He can go to hell with Pelosi and Reid and all the rest.


.I felt this way about LBJ.  Can’t help it.  I have some principles left, I think.  I hope.  Well, I always hope for change and only get short changed.  But someone ought to warn the Democrats, this is no way to build a political party or a nation.  And the GOP seems bent on suicide.  Gah.  How wonderful. Let’s go motor boating in the Gulf of Mexico until a hurricane drowns us or we blow up an oil well.

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38 responses to “US To Spend Another $59 Billion On Futile Wars

  1. nah

    not one Afghani attacked the US at any time in the last 100 years. But plenty of Muslims have lots of anger aimed at us and it is obvious, why.
    excellent point… our ‘justice’ is more present than ever, thank you… even I assume intent
    oil is gaining a title of dictator, while we spin up the MSM to view things so 80’s… peak oil will not be a bargain
    the middle east is a turd smudge that wants to explode… i dont really understand why and the CIA is no excuse ‘just ask iran’ there is something about that place that has yet to see the present
    even if it will always be the petrodollar ‘and i believe it will be as the days are numbered anyways’… the economics of oil are very 3rd world and only getting more voilent…
    not that im saying BP is a saint, oil everywhere will become more difficult/violent as it also gains increasing ‘value’….
    a suitably liquid oil market may be as overpriced at the banks… or is really the same white knuckles already
    cheeseburger pie

  2. “I seriously suggested we drop money bombs and then send in sales teams to sell them cars and refrigerators”

    I’ve heard some crazy ideas EMS, but none as crazy as that. Uniquely crazy. What a hoot. How do you even think up stuff like that?

    Don’t feel too sorry for Obama. He and Rahm can go back to their Chicago bath house once this is all over.

  3. Chorddog

    ” ALL are arrayed against us? ALL of these countries are reaming us out! All of them are destroying our jobs, wrecking our economy! We are in deep, deep trouble because of ALL of them!!!!”

    Elaine, you’re kind of cute when you get so lathered up that you start talking like a NeoCon warmonger.


    ELAINE: I am a realist. What is an ‘ally’ is as important a topic as ‘what is a sovereign nation’ and ‘what is a citizen’. These three issues are very intertwined and immensely important. The weakness on the left is denial of all three in favor of this soupy sort of internationalist ‘we love each other’ childishness while the right pretends to understand this but actually is internationalist imperialism done the most expensive way possible.

    Since I am neither left nor right on these issues, I use only history as my guide, I sound ‘funny’. HAHAHA. Sad, isn’t it?

  4. Claire Voyant

    Pure insanity … the wealth of households stripped, infrastructure crumbling because of corruption at the top and an insatiable lust for war over more productive investment. Decades of war instead of investment in education, public health, sustainable energy and infrastructure maintenance is rapidly destroying us. We seem to be at a turning point in the business cycle. July saw strong declines in what’s left of the US manufacturing sector, with regional Feds reporting sharp drops in business activity (Texas business activity fell from -4 in June to -21 in July, for example; Texas New Orders went from +15.8 in May to -9.6 in July. Texas formerly being one of the few bright sports in the national economy). We’re in for more hard times thanks to lack of leadership and the election cycle. The Republicans actively encourage policies that will plunge us into deep recession, hoping the hard times will stir up rage and return them to power. The Dems, as always, are clueless, corrupt and cowardly. As you pointed out recently, Elaine, the choices given in our elections are between “Bad” and “Worse.” The country’s best hope is that we peasants will begin ignoring the distant Afghani bogeyman, and refuse further looting and abuse at the hands of our leaders.

  5. wb

    Mr. Guan, the head of China’s biggest credit rating agency :

    “The US is insolvent and faces bankruptcy as a pure debtor nation but the rating agencies still give it high rankings. Actually, the huge military expenditure of the US is not created by themselves but comes from borrowed money, which is not sustainable.”

  6. Wu Wei

    ” ALL are arrayed against us? ALL of these countries are reaming us out! All of them are destroying our jobs, wrecking our economy! We are in deep, deep trouble because of ALL of them!!!!”

    “We”? Oh, you mean the American people. “They”, the international elite, however are living large and busy concentrating more and more power in fewer and fewer hands. They are happy. We are crying.

    Time for we to wake up that they are kicking we ass.

  7. DrKrbyLuv

    US paying Pakistan to kill American troops?

    WASHINGTON: A treasure trove of US documents implicating Pakistan in its support for terrorism exploded in the public domain on Sunday, sending officials in both countries scurrying to defend a dubious alliance and straining a phony partnership based on a misreading of the ground sentiment and situation.

    In effect, the chronicles suggested that Washington was blindly paying Pakistan massive amounts of money for access to Afghanistan even as Islamabad uses its spy agency, ISI, to plot the death of American and Nato troops, allied Indian personnel, and undermines US policy. The most devastating leaks showed that Pakistan allows representatives of its spy service, ISI, to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to organize attacks against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders, including President Hamid Karzai.

    “Americans fighting the war in Afghanistan have long harboured strong suspicions that Pakistan’s military spy service has guided the Afghan insurgency with a hidden hand, even as Pakistan receives more than $1 billion a year from Washington for its help combating the militants,” the New York Times said in its assessment of the report. “The records also contain firsthand accounts of American anger at Pakistan’s unwillingness to confront insurgents who launched attacks near Pakistani border posts, moved openly by the truckload across the frontier and retreated to Pakistani territory for safety,” it continued.”

    It looks as though the same financiers are funding both sides in a war that has no identified conclusion – how will we ever know if we won when we don’t even know what we are fighting for.

    The war on terror is phony justification to attack whomever we deem is against us. We know that the U.S. was preparing to attack Afghanistan prior to 9/11:

    “A former Pakistani diplomat has told the BBC that the US was planning military action against Osama Bin Laden and the Taleban even before last week’s attacks. Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary, was told by senior American officials in mid-July that military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October.”


    “U.S. sought attack on al-Qaida White House given plan days before Sept. 11

    President Bush was expected to sign detailed plans for a worldwide war against al-Qaida two days before Sept. 11 but did not have the chance before the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, U.S. and foreign sources told NBC News.

    The document, a formal National Security Presidential Directive, amounted to a “game plan to remove al-Qaida from the face of the earth,” one of the sources told NBC News’ Jim Miklaszewski.

    The plans also called for a freeze on al-Qaida financial accounts worldwide and a drive to disrupt the group’s money laundering. The document mapped out covert operations aimed at al-Qaida cells in about 60 counties.

    In another striking parallel to the war plan adopted after Sept. 11, the security directive included efforts to persuade Afghanistan’s Taliban government to turn al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden over to the United States, with provisions to use military force if it refused.”

    “The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) was an American think tank based in Washington, D.C. that lasted from early 1997 to 2006. It was co-founded as a non-profit educational organization by neoconservatives William Kristol and Robert Kagan. The PNAC’s stated goal was “to promote American global leadership.”[1] Fundamental to the PNAC were the view that “American leadership is both good for America and good for the world” and support for “a Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity.”[2] The PNAC exerted influence on high-level U.S. government officials in the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush and affected the Bush Administration’s development of military and foreign policies, especially involving national security and the Iraq War.[3][4]

    Section V of Rebuilding America’s Defenses, entitled “Creating Tomorrow’s Dominant Force”, includes the sentence: “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor” (51).[13]”

    Will this herald the end of the war against Afghanistan or will it precipitate a war against Pakistan?

    It is important that we all remember that 9/11 was an inside job that gave the U.S. the “authority” to commit genocide against muslims while stripping it’s citizens of their civil liberties through draconian measures.

    And let me be clear on this – the United States is not an empire – it is being used as a war hound by the real empire (international banking cartel) while simultaneously being destroyed.

    In this age of treason, our politicians have sold us out. There is little left of America because the people are too stupid to figure it out.

  8. charlottemom

    Right on with all your points! So interesting and frustrating about the US media wikileaks coverage of war.

    Rather than examine the info is instead a constant drumbeat of how traitorous it is to the safety of the troops that this info was leaked. Media deliberately moving this issue from revelation of war lies to revenge against the leakers. All with minimum discussion of leaked material. Brilliantly evil.

    Of course, America will succomb to this headfake and war will continue as planned.

    How corrupt are we? So bad that US has moved from overspending and misappropriation of Iraqi billions of $ funds (i.e. $1000 toilets) to just simply the vanishing of money. It’s just gone – poof – disappeared. No accountability, no names. nothing.

  9. Chorddog

    ” ALL are arrayed against us? ALL of these countries are reaming us out! All of them are destroying our jobs, wrecking our economy! We are in deep, deep trouble because of ALL of them!!!!”

    Elaine, you’re kind of cute when you get so lathered up that you start talking like a NeoCon warmonger.

    A realist should realize that Great American Corporations destroyed American jobs buy moving entire manufacturing and service enterprises out of the U.S., to places with dirt-cheap labor, no workplace safety standards, no benefits, no job security.

    Who’s wrecking our economy?

    Gimme a break, Elaine!

    That kind of realism will get you some face time on Fox News.

    We live under a Corporate Oligarchy.

    Get real, Elaine.

  10. Wu Wei

    “Who’s wrecking our economy?

    The USA is being destroyed by white men who sacrificed their first born son to Moloch! Or just white men if you’re not into all that occult crap.

  11. Sun Z.i.

    see ” When corporations rule the world.’
    BP’s Tony H. leaves in Oct. to …
    work for a Rus. corp. Corps. relocate to
    tax havens, Brits leave UK to avoid tax,
    corps. and ‘sovereign funds,’ set rules,
    oft earn more $ outside of US than in.

  12. DeVaul

    In local news, several small cities here in Kentucky are selling their water towers. They are covered with rust and I guess the cities can no longer afford to maintain them.

    Selling off your emergency water supply. Hmmm…

    Our water supply is now owned by a German baron. The city wanted to buy the resevoir(?), but a city councilman who works for the Germans got everyone to “resist a government takeover”. Now, the lake we built belongs to a German baron/corporation, and we must pay higher rates for water.

    Also, I notice that BP will get a tax break for destroying an entire inland sea.

    I wonder if the Chinese will let all the rich traitors come live with them as a reward for gutting our country? Is that their plan? Will they protect Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, GS and JP and everyone else after our empire collapses?

    That would be the ultimate insult to us.

  13. wb

    Heard a fascinating piece on the radio, about the origins and history of the Yakuza gangs in Japan, their relationship to the LDP part and their present day grip on Japanese industry, the guy said,
    ‘Think of them like Goldman Sachs, but with guns ‘.

  14. zip

    Did someone ever read this book ‘Dying of Money: Lessons of the Great German and American Inflations’ by Jens Parsson 1974. (
    it’s a long read, but very interesting especially the effect of monetary inflation in the long run, and what the role of government should be…..or shouldn’t be.

  15. PLovering

    @DrKrbyLuv “US paying Pakistan to kill American troops?”

    Goddayum traitors are loose upon the land.

    Not much doubt as to which Amerikans decided to shoot our soldiers in the back?

  16. Aussie

    @ Elaine

    Re: Economic hell is continuing and is connected directly to US imperial pretensions.

    Another good article.

    We get your NPR News on our multicultural public TV in Australia.

    I watched with dismay US politicians and commentators downplaying the wikileaks an air of “contemplative deliberations”.

    It is sad to see intelligent people demean themselves with such nonsense.

    When an entire class of US ruling elites and media elite talk nonsense in the face of confronting reality ….their game is lost.

    The US is simply a king without clothes deluding themselves and demeaned in the eyes of the outside world.

    They are a cast of Monty Python actors that would be hillarous but for the bloody murder and carnage they have inflicted in the USA and the world generally.

    ….we used to laugh at the iron and bamboo curtain and North Korea doing the same agit-prop?

  17. larry, dfh

    …Might as well re-invade Stalingrad…
    No hashish in Stalingrad!

  18. Elaine,

    Between you dropping money bombs (after your takeover of the Feral Reserve money machines) and me making cheap refrigerators (I’m making a list of landfills now), we could rule the WORLD!


  19. nah

    July 28, 2010 at 7:48 am
    Elaine, you’re kind of cute when you get so lathered up that you start talking like a NeoCon warmonger.
    ya baby! fuck war! lets just kill as many afghans as it takes to save whats left of our allys in that mountain shit hole and then pillage the land in the name of jobs and education
    fuck reason, lets take out the garbage

  20. nah

    Wu Wei
    July 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm
    “Who’s wrecking our economy?
    the wealthy out of touch tax and spend elite grow powerful and its the ‘white people who grow weak’
    US freedom is guaranteed forever its the new normal… no-one will ever burn/berry the constitution of the us for their OWN aims… our armys occupy only heats and minds not land… we are the master victims
    or are we just lucky…. in the future the only things that will matter are borders, guns, and alliances
    till then the elite will continue to prepare a modern equality that entertains your view of pain and sacrafice

  21. nah

    July 28, 2010 at 7:55 pm
    Heard a fascinating piece on the radio, about the origins and history of the Yakuza gangs in Japan, their relationship to the LDP part and their present day grip on Japanese industry, the guy said,
    ‘Think of them like Goldman Sachs, but with guns ‘.
    how long ago the samurai suffered under the emperor… 17th century or so, and the bastards still have there claws in the beast

  22. nah

    Upon taking control, Hideyoshi decreed that all peasants be disarmed completely
    some shit there

  23. nah
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    post Jul 27 2010, 05:26 PM

    Funny how people will look everywhere else other than to a creator God. The thing that makes me wonder is that if I didn’t believe in God then I’d be living for the absolute maximum this world can offer, but I don’t see that in all these so called evolutionists, they’re wasting their life. If this life is all I’ve got then I’ve got about 20 good years to pack in the most fun I can imagine before I disappear, doesn’t matter about past, doesn’t matter about the future once I’m gone. Hell of a thought that between growing up, getting old and sleeping you’ve probably only really got 20 years max of actual worth while living before you disappear. I really feel sorry for anyone that believes that ‘cos it’s the most aweful hopelessness I could possibly imagine. Every relationship I form is worthless because one day neither of us will be here and quite frankly if there’s nothing after death then there’s no point in living. And even if I’m recognised in someone elses memory what does that do for me? Nothing, so doesn’t matter if I live like an angel or live like hell if I’m gonna one day disappear. Quite simply, if you think I’m mad now while I’m alive it doesn’t bother me, let alone if I’m dead and gone…

    Thankfully I’m fully convinced of God and His Son Jesus Christ. As Paul says, ‘In Him we live and move and have our being’. When I look at the amazing comlexity of creation I’m even more convinced of a creator God.

    God was invented by man – not the other way round. The pursuit of meaningless pleasure is not concomitant with a disbelief in a sky fairy. Great wisdom has been accrued over the millenia by exceptional men but most are not exposed to it because the evil cults of Christianity Judaism and Islam prohibit their adherents from open-minded thinking.

    It’s not all about you – you do not matter at all – none of us do – we are just part of nature.
    Im a God man… there is little random about our reality except perception… and i do believe that in order you will find an eternal loving god ‘that I absolutely have great respect for in lite of my every doubt’
    random is cheap… value has an inherent clarity of purpose that goes beyond simple
    Jesus IS the messiah… it is awesome to view meaning and how simple words get lost
    as i see it ours fate is the way of all power that we can imagine… until we seek only fear, hunger, want, trying, and sex like every other beast
    we need the stars else they exist in light of our own contempt

  24. JT

    How futile are the wars?
    You are keeping China away from Iraq´s oil and soon Iran´s oil.
    Afganistan is an important gateway/base and a buffer that keeps Russia away from Iran´s oil fields.

    Now what is that worth in dollars?
    Sometimes it is useful to look at the military perspective.

    Not that I accept that but still.
    Could you buy that oil cheaper through diplomacy?
    What about the effects on economy and jobs?

    There is a reason why you are in Iraq and Afganistan.
    Usually it is about money or power or both.

  25. Billibaldi

    The disaster that is Afghanistan is all about the Military Industrial Complex.

    “And here is the oddest thing of all, though no one even bothers to mention it in this context: the Taliban haven’t had tens of billions of dollars in foreign training funds; they haven’t had years of advice from the best US and NATO advisors that money can buy; they haven’t had private contractors like DynCorp teaching them how to fight and police, and strangely enough, they seem to have no problem fighting.

    They are not undermanned, infiltrated by followers of President Hamid Karzai, or particularly corrupt. They may be illiterate and may not be fluent in English, but they are ready, in up to platoon-sized units, to attack heavily fortified US military bases, Afghan prisons, a police headquarters and the like with hardly a foreign mentor in sight.”

    From Tom Engelhart in an article called “The Opposites Game”

  26. Billibaldi

    Dear JT,

    Afghanistan separates Russia from Iran about as well as Florida separates Texas from Mexico. 90% of the aid that the USA sent the USSR went via Iran.

  27. wb

    Gullible Americans keep electing war criminals… they don’t learn, they just believe the lies they are told, over and over again.

    Why the fuss about Pakistan receiving billions of dollars and then covertly helping the Taliban ? It’s great, it prolongs the war, and that means more big profits for big American corporations, and keeps all those jobs in the Pentagon…

    The British are just as bad, a huge highly profitable arms industry. The logic is that they need an army, for defense. But training all the time is boring, they like real wars so they can try out new weapons and techniques. The basic premise is that there will ALWAYS be another war. And that’s *good*, because it provides the guys with jobs, makes the investors rich. Just have a look who holds investments in Carlyle Group, it’s all the guys who start the wars, Bushes, John Major, etc. etc.

    They WANT constant war. It makes lots of money. Everything else is an excuse. Sure, they will choose to fight where there are additional strategic advantages, like to please Israel, or put pressure on China or Russia, or to gain access to some resource. But if those opportunities weren’t convenient, they’d start a war with Venezuela, or in Africa, or Indonesia, or wherever. The whole thing is a racket.

  28. wb

    I think I should qualify that first line I wrote,
    “Gullible Americans keep electing war criminals… ”
    because Americans don’t really have a choice, the folks who select the candidates make sure that only war criminals, who they’ve vetted and groomed, get to stand. So, really, whoever the citizens vote for, the result is always the same.

    If some third group, like the T Party, should gather sufficient power, then they’ll be used, just the same, the real powers in the background will just give them a figure head who says what they want to hear. And if that figure head, perhaps Palin, gets elected, she’ll do whatever Kissinger and the rest want her to do, not what her voters and supporters want. What will they be able to do about it ? Nothing.

    Just like war is a racket, so is so-called democracy. Like gambling in a casino, the house always wins.

  29. Matheus

    Hello Elaine, how is your finger ?
    Well, IMHO the China guys will only dump the dollar after getting taiwan. There is no how to do it before. And i think they will do it by blackmail the US in the future, i mean, the US will need money and the chinese will ask taiwan, maybe guam, hawaii and alaska. Otherwise, dumping the dollar without taiwan will make all the chinese plan to fail. Because taiwan will break the Chinese market.


    ELAINE: It was my toe. I can’t wear shoes. This has certain problems for me…! 😦

  30. PLovering

    Colombia Farc was blowing the Occidental Oil pipeline a dozen or so times a year.

    So, the US went to Colombia to fight drugs.

    Today, the Colombia drug business is flourishing and so is the pipeline.

    Complete success.

  31. wb


    Yup. Expecting USA or Britain to want to stop war-making, is like expecting Ford or GM to want to stop selling cars, or BP to give up the oil business.

    The same goes for the ‘war on drugs’. If they’re made legal, the price drops, profit margins crash, all that flow of big money that has to be laundered and shared out, would dry up.

    Oil, drugs, armaments, banking, everything is locked into the global capitalist system, and nobody has the power to break it up. Or at least, nobody with the power has the will to break it up.

    If they tried, they’d first be offered big money, which corrupts most of them, and if they don’t accept, well, simple, they sleep with the fishes, or in the foundations of a new tower block, or their plane crashes …

    Perhaps the only hope is that China might retain some wisdom and moral standards and force other countries to comply with a new standard of international law. USA seems unable to reform. EU won’t. Can’t see Russia doing it.

    Who else might rise to power ? India, Brazil ? They can’t keep order in their own countries.

    The only other scenario is for the whole system to collapse, which is probably inevitable now. Just a matter of time.

  32. Joseppi

    On the three important test questions Elaine asked…..

    The definition of an ally is a person, organization or nation state that is perceived to have the same goals and objectives while hiding their real self-interests.

    A sovereign nation is an independent central authority over a population in a geographical location that controls it’s sovereign currency and foreign policies.
    The US cannot be considered a sovereign nation because foreign international bankers issue it’s debt based currency, and US foreign policy is dictated by multi-national corporations and Israel.

    A citizen is a tax paying entity with rights and responsibilities living in a sovereign nation. The status of citizenship in the US has been expanded to include non tax paying multi-national corporations, to those who are also citizens of other countries, and to illegal emigrants who live within it’s borders paying taxes and receiving social services.

  33. PLovering

    @wb, “Perhaps the only hope is that China might retain some wisdom and moral standards”

    China and Russia are doing deals all the tine, deals we rarely hear about.

    Germany should join China and Russia.

    Germany has no future trading wide-ons for hard-ons on offer from Rocky Baby and The Infant Rothschild in wars against the Kingship of Christ.

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    See rocks. Glorious rocks. Tiny rocks, big rocks, rocks that sit on rocks. Small rocks, large rocks, rocks the size of tater tots.

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  36. wb


    Hahahahaha 🙂

    Hey, you forgot the pretty poppy flowers 🙂


    ELAINE: Yes, just follow the Yellow Brick Road through the Poppy fields and don’t fall asleep! 🙂

  37. Can I borrow your sparkly red slippers? I want to go home (if only this all was truly a dream).

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