Saturday, December 24, 2005

The Great 1914 Christmas Truce


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Just a mere four months after WWI began, the death grinding stalemate along the Western Front was suddenly and spontaneously broken on Christmas dawn when both sides set aside their weapons and exchanged greetings. "Peace on Earth" was shouted as well as carols sung. This disturbed the emperors and industrialists who feared workers uniting across imperial boundries more than anything on earth.

From the Independent:
Live-and-let-live accommodations occur in most wars. Chronicles since Troy record stops in fighting to bury the dead, to pray to the gods, to assuage a war-weariness, to offer signs of amity encouraging mutual respect. But none had happened on the scale or duration - or the potential for change - as when the shooting suddenly stopped on Christmas Eve 1914.
Imagine if the foot soldiers in any chronicle dared to defy the guys wearing all that armor and simply refuse to fight for several days! And partied with the "enemy"?

Of course, this is severely frowned upon! The rulers and leaders might arrange truces and then warily, the footsoldiers pick up the dead and injured and secure themselves jointly. But for the soldiers to drop arms themselves and do as they please?

No! Sehr verboten!

At first, the officers on the line, relieved at this pause in the killing which was decimating their own ranks pretty rapidly, breathed easily and let the men fraternize in the No Man's Zone. The soldiers, sensing this hesitation, began to play games and share booze and in general, humanize each other. They also began to discuss the stalemate and what that really meant for them.

This terrified the generals who began to demand fighting resume. Only it wasn't enthusiastically endorsed by the troops. The germs of insurrection and defiance began to set roots and in desperation, both side's leaders forced the issue, resuming fighting by using their long range guns which were staffed by soldiers who only heard rumors of what was transpiring.
General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien's order to II Corps from his cushy rear-area headquarters read: "On no account is intercourse to be allowed between opposing troops. To finish this war quickly we must keep up the fighting spirit."
I do recommend the famous Blackadder series. There are seveal hilarious and sad WWI episodes as Black Addar, a low ranking officer, schemes to get out of "goin over the top". In one scene, he is talking to a General who is in Paris, of course, they never spent any more hours in the front as Rummy and his gang spend in Iraq!---and the General explains his plan for victory. "Oh, so the plan is to have everyone die, right?" asks Blackadder with open disgust. "Why, yes! And how did YOU know this, Blackadder? Are you the secret German spy?" Blackadder rolls his eyes.

You see, the workers of the various nations were trying for at least 20 years to form an international. This was the most terrifying thing the imperialists could imagine and they were moving heaven and earth to prevent this. One of the biggest internationalist meetings was to happen on....just after the assassination of the Archduke of Austria. Needless to say, the meeting fell apart as representatives of various unions from several different empires retreated and declared alliegence to their respective governments (or face execution!) and since the communists managed to topple the aristocracy in Russia and found the Soviet state during this war, this hiked up the terror of the industrialists and capitalists who were making tons of money off of WWI.

The last thing they wanted was a "homebase" for the internationalists but then Stalin took care of that, didn't he? Bye, bye birdie.

Well, here we are, no peace on earth thanks to America, our empire doggedly trying to steal oil from a bear trap that has fastened its teeth firmly on our hand and we are chained to Iraq and can't escape and meanwhile, our government is less and less American and more and more Soviet/Hitlerian and we are felling really nasty about each other and of course, our rulers, rather than allowing a truce in the Kulture Kampf, are fighting us in bezerker mode now.

For example, from Americablog:
Seems that the official GOP homepage doesn't say "Jesus" or "Merry Christmas" anywhere. This is beyond moronic, it is ultimately a slap in all our faces. These irritable, irresponsible people are madly and desperately trying to drive us into disasterous wars so they can feel religious and quaint.

They are bankrupting America and this month, slicing off funds going to the poor, the destitute, the lame and halt and are in toto, acting like demons from hell. The true Christmas spirit which broke out in 1914 is absent in 2005 America. This is because a significant number of Americans hate their own people. This is so sad. One wonders why. After all, there is plenty of hate to go around in this world, why generate even more over stupid things like saying "Happy Holidays," especially since the haters don't even pretend to bother policing themselves.

So HAPPY HOLIDAYS, everyone. Wasshail.

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Friday, December 23, 2005

Right Wing "Christians" Force Doll Maker To Cut Off Funds To Charities


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The right wing Christian Taliban attempt at forcing Ford to cut off all contact with gay organizations and publications has failed but this doesn't stop them. Today, they managed to force a doll maker to cut off liberal donations. They are determined to prevent any and all money going to any liberal organization or event. This coincides with GOP attempts at punishing any corporation that gives support to Democrats.

From CBS News:
With $379 million in sales last year, the American Girl dolls are just like the girls who adore them — wholesome and sweet and rooted in American history.

They were a huge hit in the Wiesner household.

Claire Wiesner says, "They are so much fun to play with and they seem so real." Her sister Elena adds, "And they're really pretty."

Renee Wiesner, Claire's mom tells CBS News correspondent Mika Brzezinski, "Everything that they sold to us seemed very consistent with our values."

That was until the Wiesners found out that the American Girl company donates money to an organization called Girls Incorporated, which offers support to underprivileged girls. Girls Inc. also endorses Roe v. Wade — the right to abortion and it promotes acceptance of homosexuality. It's an association that families like the Wiesners are protesting with their wallets.
Give the little girls Eva Braun dolls! Hey! Of course, we can't prevent such boycotts. They are an American right which the right loves to wield themselves but if we do this, they scream that we are unamerican.

The neo-Nazi Pope is encouraging all this sort of thing. The lunatics who want the Apocalypse also want unfettered human reproduction because this is a race/religion war that is won using women's bodies to crank out cyphers for the churck and state. Namely, Muslim reactionaries are preventing birth control and encouraging population growth which is why their birth rate has been so high though, as they congregate into cities, the urge to have many children is dropping just like it does in any other part of the world, this ideological race is important to white, Christian racists.

Right wing Jews do this, too, for that matter. Have gigantic families so they can extend their little empires. Ditto the Mormons. All religious groups know that preaching converts few but raising children as captives of various ideologies is a great way to keep a religion or political organization expanding!

The other side of this dangerou coin is, rapidly growing populations then neeed "lebensraum" and this means killing as many people who are in the way as fast as possible. Millions and millions of people died during WWII in this race to kill off rival civilian populations. This is why all modern wars end up targetting women and babies.

Much of the planet uses English because with the industrial revolution and the introduction of the potato, the population of the British/Irish Isles exploded. The excess population was shipped out as fast as possible to the four corners. This also happened to Germany which sent so many to America, the chief language almost became German. Ich bin halb deutsch.

Emigraton was shut down in the twenties after WWI and Germans were not welcome thanks to that stupid, useless war so Hitler did two things: tried to force "Aryan" women to have lots of children and then use them as tools and an excuse to invade other people's countries and annihilate or enslave them. Kinder/Kuchen/Kirche ends in a bloodbath.

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NYC Police Deliberately Provoke Police Attacks on Demonstrators


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

This developing story from the time of the giant antiwar demonstrations in NYC and the GOP Conventions here continues to evolve just like the spying on Americans story. We live in a bonafide police state. The GOP, just like when they controlled events when Nixon was elected, allow the police and military and spy networks to run amok, infiltrating demonstrations in order to start a fake riot by pretending to attack the police or spying on little old Quaker ladies. This has to stop, now.

From the New York Times;
Undercover New York City police officers have conducted covert surveillance in the last 16 months of people protesting the Iraq war, bicycle riders taking part in mass rallies and even mourners at a street vigil for a cyclist killed in an accident, a series of videotapes show.
This is insanity. The bike riders who promote healthy living and better use of our public streets have always been totally peaceful. Their goals are totally laudable and completely legal. Their actions are legal, they simply pedal down various streets in a large enough group to force cars to yield the right of way which is totally legal.
Provided with images from the tape, the Police Department's chief spokesman, Paul J. Browne, did not dispute that they showed officers at work but said that disguised officers had always attended such gatherings - not to investigate political activities but to keep order and protect free speech. Activists, however, say that police officers masquerading as protesters and bicycle riders distort their messages and provoke trouble.
They are shameless. How dare they claim planting hostile police in peaceful demonstrations, police agents who hide their identity and then try to uge people do break the law or rush fellow officers and pretend to fight them aren't protecting free speech!

Far from it! Never ever in my life have I seen the police protect left wing demonstrators. They will surround blatant Nazis with cops so enraged residents and citizens can't hound them out of their own communities but lefties, well, we are on our own. We can't hold any demonstrations without the police being blatantly hostile. They won't protect us from violent rightwingers if we are outnumbered, for example.

I have been charged with riots that the police themselves deliberately started. One of the funniest attempts was when they blamed me for a riot I wasn't even aware of, being home, sick with the flue at the time. They had to apologize for that one and it was a turning point in my relations with them for they had to meet with me and listen to my good advice on how to prevent a riot, not start one.
Mr. Browne, the police spokesman, said the department did not increase its surveillance of political groups when the restrictions were eased. The powers obtained after Sept. 11 have been used exclusively "to investigate and thwart terrorists," Mr. Browne said. He would not answer specific questions about the disguised officers or describe any limits the department placed on surveillance at public events.

Jethro M. Eisenstein, one of the lawyers who brought the lawsuit 34 years ago, said: "This is a level-headed Police Department, led by a level-headed police commissioner. What in the world are they doing?"
What are they doing? What police always do, every time, since the beginning of time: abuse power. They can't help it. This is what they live for. This is why the overreaction to potential terrorism inevitably leads them into trying to destroy pesky citizens who are trying to change society peacefully. Their idea of order is Ordnung. Namely, everyone obeys authority without question and keeps their heads down, passive sheep herded in whatever direction the rulers capriciously wish.

Well, they herded us all into a fake war, an illegal war and this war was hatched by former Trotskyites who switched sides and decided to unleash the full power of the police state aparatus upon what used to be free Americans. Luring police into behaving like despots is easy. And allowing the military to bloat up and abuse the planet is easy. Undoing the disasterous results of all this is very difficult.

Today, Rummy and Bush are chiming in that we will now be withdrawing troops from Iraq and Afganistan. This is exactly what bin Laden and the Iranians want and it is a signal that we lost the war Bush launched and just like under Nixon and like with Nixon, as he withdrew troops, he attacked us lefties harder and harder.

Just like in Nam, we are replacing soldiers on the ground with aerial bombing which happen daily in Iraq. We are fighting peasants there as if this were WWII. The civilian bombings by all sides in WWII were war crimes. What we are doing now is a war crime. Like in Nam, when we at least had to contend with MIG flying North Vietnamese who also had ground fire to take us down, we bomb the very poorest people but unlike Vietnam and just like this whole stupid war from day one, we disarmed the Iraqis and then bombed and killed them making this a much more serious war crime!

The whole point of the UN investigations was to insure Iraq was truly disarmed so we could sweep in. The UN still hasn't dealt with their own complicity in this great crime. Historians will record it as such. A conspiracy to defillibrate a nation.

As usual in life, one crime leads to another and the criminal culture spreads like the Avian flu throughout the population, demoralizing and destroying it. We never learn. Our founding fathers understood that a police state is a bad thing. Why can't we figure this out?

Like, read the damn Constitution for once, guys! It ain't just no piece of paper.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Judge Posner Wants America To Become a Soviet-style State


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Richard Posner, a judge, tells Washington Post readers, he wants a 1984-style Big Brother spy program so "terrorists" can be found easily. This is very scary coming from a judge.

From the Washington Post:
Richard Posner , a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, was online Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. ET to discuss his op-ed, 'Our Domestic Intelligence Crisis' , ( Post, Dec. 21, 2005 ), and his contention that U.S. domestic intelligence operations are not a threat to civil liberties, but rather are filling in dangerous gaps in the country's defense against terrorism.
Our borders are completely porous and he evidently thinks the way to make us safe is to have Soviet-style spying on citizens. Of course, the Soviets also wanted impermeable borders which is why Churchill called Soviet controlled states, "The Iron Curtain".
(One of the people participating in the question and answer session) : More importantly, your discussion of the computer vs. human inspection of data is disingenuous. The criterion by which the computers sift the data is determined by humans, and we do not have distinct statutes for automated wholesale invasions of privacy as opposed to human, retail invasions of privacy, to my knowledge.

Next, you make the claim that "the only valid ground for forbidding human inspection of such data is fear that they might be used to ... intimidate the administration's political enemies." The constitution does not, I believe, address the motives associated with "unreasonable search and seizure". It simply prohibits them, so your argument has no bearing.

I could go on, but I will leave it there, and assume that you will let us know more if you feel that it will be necessary to find out if some us "innocent, unwitting" people have "valuable counterterrorist information".

Richard Posner: I did not offer a legal opinion. My concern was with issues of policy. Are you worried about having a conversation of yours (say this conversation) recorded in a government database? Suppose that unbeknownst to you your neighbor is a terrorist, and you happen to mention his name in the conversation. A government computer picks up the name and learning from your conversation where he lives, arrests him.
This sort of bland talk about spying on absolutely everyone just in case someone might inadvertently spill information useful for a government which is seeking someone, this is OK?

What the???? This judge should be impeached for even breaching this point of view in public! He obviously has absolutely no idea what is in our Constitution, what our revolution against England was all about, he is a danger to our democracy and Republic...Just like much of the Supreme Court and Congress which is why we are rapidly morphing into a clone of the former Soviet Union complete with the "going bankrupt fighting Muslim fundies" subheading.

So, this insane judge thinks computers should monitor any and ALL conversations so it can ferret out information it's masters might want for one reason or another? What? Why not put monitors in every home's rooms and track everyone every day. This way, no pedophiles, no druggies, no wife abuse, no tax cheating, no crimes at all. The perfect, safe society.

Sounds like North Korea! Geeze. What a wonder that is.

Why does the right wing which gets all batty over UN helicopters perfectly happy with Big Brother spying on everyone all the time? Here is the "judge" talking about the war on terror as if it is a real war:
...invasions are outside FISA's domain. The Administration position is that the joint resolution of Congress authorizing the use of force against al Qaeda is in effect a declaration of war, and that the activities that the non-FISA surveillance is aimed at thwarting is in effect an attempted invasion of the United States. If that is a sound position, it would justify the non-FISA surveillance that the National Security Agency has conducted, at least as that surveillance has been described by Administration officials.
This is the problem with rhetorical excess.

We are not at war. Just like in Nam, we are attacking people but this doesn't mean America is at war at home. This may sound old fashioned, but declarations of war are written out pretty specifically in that document Bush and his buddies despise so much, our Constitution. Namely, only CONGRESS can declare war and they haven't done this since 1941. So destroying our civil liberties because of the war on drugs or the war on terrorists isn't the same thing at all. These are not countries that can surrender.

These are individuals, often citizens, whose rights are covered by our Constitution. They can't surrender because "drugs" or "terror" aren't states, they are situations. Like declaring war until victory over jaywalkers or sidewalk spitters: it never ends because it is a behavior, not a territory or organization. The war on the Mafia is like that since it is crime spree stuff not Italy. We don't bomb Italy every time a Mafioso blows up a business here or murders an union boss.

This is like the Puritans wanting total power over people so long as "sin" existed. Since sinning never ends and can pop up any time and any place, this means hyper control over everyone all the time and no privacy since one might sin. This uneven human condition means iron controls.

In 1984, Orwell makes it very clear that the various states maintained a condition of permenant, sporatic warfare and terror bombings to keep everyone enslaved. So it is, here. Our policies provoke attacks and then our rulers scream that people are attacking us so they then provoke more attacks, the attacks happen and they scream again, and so on.

Here is the judge again, explaining how it won't harm us to be spied on all the time, the rulers will not notice what we say except when we say the wrong thing...Urg.
Richard Posner: I think it would be highly desirable to explain to the public the tradeoffs between security and privacy. Effective counterterrorism does entail some reduction in privacy. I don't think most people would mind the government's scrutinizing their conversations for information of potential intelligence value if they trusted the government not to misuse the information.
All governments misuse information. If it is OK to pop key words into a computer to monitor all conversations in places where one wants to know what is going on, like election plans at the Democratic Party Headquarter in the Watergate Hotel, what on earth is going to stop them from applying the code and then eavesdropping on important conversations?

Like the devil knows well, give someone the key to the bankvault and tell him no one is guarding it, he will loot it and run.

Always, every time our rulers slyly ask for extrordinary powers, they tell us, "We won't misuse it." And inevitably, they do. They can't help it. The lust to do it is too much to resist. Like putting donuts out and telling cops not to eat them, no?

When the Patriot Act was passed, many of us on the left with long memories of Nixon warned everyone that the assurances they wouldn't spy on Quaker ladies or Franciscan priests or kids checking books out in the library but then....They did. And this will never, ever change. This is why we have a Constitution. This maladministration has curtailed the ability to petition our rulers, to peacefull demonstrate in public, to talk back to our rulers in public, to travel in and out of America without being interrogated about what books we read as happened to this Antiwar.com editor. He went to a peace conference in Malaysia and on his return, was pulled from boarding his jet and interrogated and examined carefully over political matters, what books he was reading, etc.

All extremely unamerican and very Soviet. I remember how one had to be careful about what newspapers or books one carried overseas. One can't enter Saudi Arabia with a Bible, for example! We are supposed to be better than that! As night falls upon our great experiment with being a country and not a huge jail, as our dictator double talks about gulags and concentration camps and torture and how the Constitution and Geneva Conventions don't apply to the "war on terror", we have to strike back.

This means finding out where your politician's offices are and visiting it and telling them, we do not feel safe with a police state. Police states are alway bad, in movies, in books, in comic strips, the police state is the bad guy, never the good guy. Rocky and Bullwinkle were all American and Boris and Natasha were working for Fearless Leader. Bush isn't a Fearless Leader simply because he is a frightened rabbit, but nonetheless, he wants to be Fearless Leader.

Time to escort him off the plane. This judge can leave, too. Move them all to Bagdad and have them live under Sadr's rule.

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After Secret Trips, Cheney Emerges Into Daylight To Cut Funds To the Poor


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

I hope there is a baby Jesus who will do something about this! Cheney, our resident VP Vampire, sneaking home after sneaky trips to where we are spending over a billion dollars a week, killing Iraqis, comes home to cast the tiebreaking ballot on the budget that cuts funds that go only to Americans. Obviously, the plan is to spend all our money warmongering, eh? Kill Tiny Tim time!

From Yahoo:
The Republican-controlled Senate passed legislation to cut federal deficits by $39.7 billion on Wednesday by the narrowest of margins, 51-50, with Vice President Dick Cheney casting the deciding vote.

The measure, the product of a year's labors by the White House and the GOP in Congress, imposes the first restraints in nearly a decade in federal benefit programs such as Medicaid, Medicare and student loans.

"This is the one vote you'll have this year to reduce the rate of growth of the federal government," said Sen. Judd Gregg (news, bio, voting record), R-N.H., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, in a final plea for passage.
Cut our military budget by 50% and we won't see budget deficits. Heck, cut the funds to Congress and cut Bush and Cheney's aircraft and ground support. Make them fly in regular planes like the peons. And make them walk in public and use public transportation.

After all, if they are so honking popular, why all the troops and security and scrubbing away all real Americans whenever these bubble boy toys?

Our imperial empire is tremendously expensive to run and protecting the world's most unpopular emperor is ruinously expensive. Of course, like all cruel despots, to make the appearance of being fiscally responsible, has to attack the poorest, the weakest people in the empire! As Bush drapes himself with gold and purple cloth lined with ermine, he is telling the poor to go beg at someone else's palace, he hasn't a dime to spare for them!

Far from being a scrooge, he is proligfate in spreading the cheer for his fellow courtiers. More tax cuts, more spending on pork projects, the sky is the limit on seeking loans for one thing after another! To hell with the poor! Let them go to Venezuela for heat, for food! Are there no workhouses there? Ship them out!

Reminds me, Great Britain, when a vast empire, did exactly that. And this is how large parts of America were colonized! From Scotland, from Ireland, from the teeming cities in England itself, they were herded aboard ships and removed to where the Crown, living in palaces, didn't have to see or hear them except when they revolted or rioted.

The French tried this, too. Still didn't stop revolutions and insurrections from happening. The Russian empire shipped out the poor and troublemakers to Siberia and still were annihilated in the end.

Maybe Americans are happy with this Brave New Chickenhawk World. All I know is, I am not. And everyone who isn't must let their voices be heard, don't we? This is going to be one long, hard winter and is the beginning of other, harder winters. We can't just sit here.

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Honda Announces They Will Build New Tech Solar Panels


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Japanese company, Honda, announced they will begin production of a revolutionary new type of solar energy panel, the first factory will be built in Japan, of course, and sold only to Japanese first, of course. The Japanese always take care of home base first before reaching outwards. I explain why Japanese companies can afford to have many ventures and try new things.

From Yahoo:
Honda Motor Co. said on Monday it plans to start mass-producing solar cells in 2007, eyeing growing demand for environmentally friendly energy sources.

Japan's third-biggest automaker said in a statement it would build a new factory for solar cells on the site of a car plant in Kumamoto prefecture, on the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu.

The company aims to generate annual sales of 5 billion to 8 billion yen ($40 million to $70 million) from solar cells once the factory's output reaches full annual capacity of 27.5 megawatts, enough to power about 8,000 households.
Japan has to import much of its energy that isn't water power or nuclear power. So the government and the business consortium that runs Japan have a very strong self interest in making Japan as self sufficient vis a vis energy use as possible.

Why are all the Japanese corporations expanding and doing so much research? Let's visit Honda's world-wide research facilities. Honda's research facilities are in three major countries: the USA, Japan and Germany. Note the symmetry here. The USA defeated, temporarily, the Japanese and German empires and then, in a power struggle with the Russian empire, we rebuilt the rival empires and militarily secured them virtually for free. Instead of ending this over the years, we extended this fatally as all empires tend to do. When we "defeated" the Russian empire by bankrupting it with the help of bin Laden, we didn't immediately retract our own military obligations and resize ourselves so we could devote those wasted trillions for military occupations and instead, invest it all in business research projects, we handed the keys to the future to our former military rivals, Germany and Japan.

Germany has had to cope with absorbing the mess of East Germany which has been a huge financial drag on them but at least they don't have to invest vast sums in a military system. Japan has no such problem being unified in all ways possible.

The Japanese, since they process much of the American red ink, have been able to keep interest rates way below world levels. The super cheap loans plus direct government grants, give the Japanese companies room to experiment and play around with future technology. So they happily build robots and rockets, for example. Meanwhile, our businesses are collapsing, contracting and squeezing themselves to death, paying back loans at a ruinous rate vis a vis the rivals in Japan who have it extremely easy.

These super cheap loans aren't accessible to us. They exist only for Japanese nationals. This is because Japan actually has people running it who think preserving the protecting Japan is their number one priority! There is no way they will allow Japanese workers to become fatally discontented! This would mean riots in Tokyo and other things and could bring down the business/government duolopoly.
Honda has brought the world a myriad of leading-edge technologies, such as the CVCC (Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion), the first automobile engine to meet US Clean Air Act requirements. More recently, we led the world in bringing to market a fuel cell vehicle, the FCX.
Our ongoing efforts in research and development play a central role in helping us to create original, innovative products that meet both the expectations of our customers and the needs of society. The Wako Research Center focuses on fundamental research in such fields as electronics, biotechnology and new materials. Four facilities share the initiative in developing new products for tomorrow, with a focus on increased durability, reliability, and performance. The Asaka R&D Center handles motorcycle R&D; the Wako R&D Center is primarily responsible for automotive design development; the Tochigi R&D Center handles automobile R&D; and the Asaka Higashi R&D Center oversees power product R&D.
Note the directions Honda is moving in! They spend a lot on research so they can get patents and lock in control over future use of technology! Meanwhile, America tries to milk money from whatever we have left in our eternal fire sales. Company after company is trying desperately to raise stock value in the short run by cutting funds to research. Or farming research out to China or India.

As Americans get degrees in fields ripe for research, they can't find work here in America unless they hire themselves out to foreign competing companies. This means they end up with divided loyalties as our country fritters away its social base. Instead of protecting our shores, they must work at opening up our markets even more to foreign domination. As we give up being the inventors and become mere consumers, we lose in many ways down the line.

A dear friend of mine just earned his first patent for IBM this month. Congratulations, Van! He didn't get a degree in "Inventions" but we knew as he attended classes at the tech institute that he was a genius for figuring out ways of doing processes. We encouraged him to roam about freely, his tinkering we tried to reward. Verbally, we told him over and over that being able to see something new is a special talent and it was annoying, watching him try to build a career at first.

But then, when he got a temporary job at IBM, they began to relax the controls over him and allowed him to roam more and more and in less than five years, here he is, creating stuff! And I see many patents in his future. He is working for a company that is struggling to keep their research and development alive. It is very hard for them. Our government is handing out money for research but it is often for military stuff and can't be shared with anyone so it is like inventing inside a cave under a dragon's mountain.

Namely, only when the dragon emerges to kill do you get to see it.

Young inventors need to see each other and the work being done around the world. They need to chat, to look at blueprints (sic---now it is strictly CAD data!) and to muck around since creativity is very elusive, you need the right amount of sunshine and water and soil to get those blossoms to bloom.

Honda has announced they are developing robots to use at home. They have a light weight, inexpensive private jet ready for sale in the near future. They have so many things and what do we have?

General Motors.

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Toyota Races Towards Number One World Wide


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

For many, many years, Ford and GM and other American auto companies dominated the world. Thanks to domestic sales to unionized workers and white collar middle class, we sold more cars than the rest of the world put together. The sun is setting on American owned/American designed auto industry and Japan is colonizing our country, building assembly factories like crazy in North America.

From the New York Times:
Toyota and General Motors will be in a neck-and-neck battle for the title of the world's biggest carmaker in 2006, a race that will pit the industry's strongest company against a struggling giant.

Toyota announced in Japan today that it planned to produce 9.06 million cars worldwide in 2006, a 10 percent increase for a company whose plants are now spread across every major continent.

General Motors has not forecast its production for next year; it had planned to build 9.1 million cars in 2005. However, G.M. has announced it will shut three plants in North America next year, part of a plant to close all or part of 12 plants through 2008.
Toyota isn't closing plants in Japan. They are merely building more over here to secure the market here. They are increasing output worldwide while General Motors is shrinking rapidly in the USA. The plants GM is building overseas or in Mexico isn't a good sign, it is a very bad sign for, unlike Toyota, this means they are abandoning their country of origin in search of cheap labor and easy profits. There is no way Toyota would do this to Japan. At the very least, the Japanese insure that cars made for Japanese people are made at home, period.
And, indeed, some analysts said G.M. could stay ahead of Toyota, given the American company's expansion outside the United States. G.M., which now makes more vehicles overseas than at home, plans major investments in China, which it wants to make its second-largest market, behind the United States.
The pretense will be, these factories will make cars for sale to the Chinese by you and I know these cars will end up here in America. The cars made in Mexico are sent up north already.
During the third quarter, for example, Toyota earned a $2.6 billion net profit. G.M., weighed down by heavy pension and health car costs, lost $1.63 billion, and some analysts expect it to lose as much as $5 billion on its North American operations this year.

Toyota has long been coy about its ambitions to become No. 1, preferring to stay out of the spotlight as it grows.
Now why is that? Isn't that odd, not! The reason they don't want us to be aware of the growing power they wield is because they don't want us to do anything! Duh! Our industrial kingpinheads all do dumb things because they really don't understand or care to understand what is happening to the world. Efficient, well designed vehicles have been thrown to the wayside by many Americans who simply wanted fast, fat, gas guzzling monsters so they could feel like brutal bullies. Crowd everyone out, king of the road, me, number one dude, dude!

Our love affair with the gas guzzler/mega bubble lifestyle runs head long into reality and is crashing the planet earth. From the New York Times:
American emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming reached an all-time high in 2004, rising 2 percent from the year before, the Energy Department said, nearly double the average annual rate measured since 1990.
Great. Just great.

The Kyoto Accords negotiations just ended in Canada and we managed to mangle it all and even pretended we aren't so terrible, really, we have reduced pollution only this was all one big fat lie, as per usual these days under Republican controls. The Europeans and Asians want some sort of structure to cope with all this and we just want to guzzle to our heart's content. This is dumb because industries and countries that do curb pollution and prevent gas guzzling are flourishing and ours is dying.

The financial figures that has everyone so happy are dire. We now are in 100% deficit mode, running in the red within our companies, within our government, within trade. This troika usually ends up in causing a depression and this coming depression won't be a fun ride! The government, the financiers and industry owners all think breaking unions, dropping wages, suppressing or diluting labor will make them rich. This impulse to prevent workers from gaining any money or power always ends up in depressions when workers can't buy anything because they have no money.

Since Asia wants the American worker spending money, they lend it out to banks who then tack on a 21%+ interest and relend it to the fast fading workers who then go out shopping.

One reason the hurricanes didn't kill the economy....yet....is only because a boatload of money was lent to us to tide us over and some of this was handed out to the populace at large who then spent most of it on Christmas-style presents. Many of the people surviving the hurricane wanted to feel better so they bought inappropriate things. Now they need more money and it is getting harder and harder to get the government to give it to them. So that boost to the economy is about to end. Starting cold, hard January.

The budget cuts to aid programs set in after January. The money stream flowing to the lower classes is rapidly being shut off. And with the new bankruptcy bill, it will never open up again, either, since one can't "start over again" anymore except if one is very rich.

Then the government steps in and insures rebirth.

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Winter Solstice Madness: Bush Fends Off Impeachment Talk While Saddam Imitates Bush's Fake Piety


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The illegal and capricious spying on innocent Americans practicing their First Amendment rights is causing Bush endless headaches. His hit squad of right wing TV and print squawkers are busy yelling that this was neccessary to protect America from Vegans and little old Quaker ladies. Meanwhile, Saddam rips a page from the Bush satanic playbook and is pretending to be pious.

From Yahoo:

A noticeably calmer Saddam Hussein sat quietly in his defendant's chair at the resumption of his trial Wednesday, two weeks after he called the court "unjust" and boycotted a session. When the judge refused to let him take a break to pray, the former leader closed his eyes and appeared to pray from his seat.
Saddam is a much better actor than Bush. Bush has a very hard time sitting still in a church or at funerals. I have watched him crane his head as he looks all around, seeking something distracting to focus on, hoping for bananas, I assume. He squinches up his face when pretending to pray. At solemn occassions he smirks inappropriately. The full force of his right wing buddies in the media have to be applied to make him appear pious. These same idiots spend a lot of time attacking real Christians like President Carter. His piety annoyed Americans because it is sincere.

Humans absolutely love fake piety which is why this is the one thing that irritated Jesus the most and why the rich and the pretend pious, especially if they were both, were the ones doomed to hell.

Meanwhile, back at the homefront stormfront, Rumsfeld broke the ironclad Bush rule of never speaking about bin Laden, old family buddy. From Yahoo:
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden may no longer be able to run the militant network and has not been heard from for nearly a year, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Wednesday.
Um, the last time old bin spoke was just before the election where he taunted us to reinstall Bush and was looking forward to Bush bungling for four more years. I am assuming he laughed himself to death when we meekly obeyed and reinstalled the world's most inept leader.
Rumsfeld's comments echoed earlier assessments by the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Ryan Crocker, but contradicted the assertion of al Qaeda's deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, in a video interview this month that bin Laden's battle against the West was only just beginning.
Since al Qaeda has been a busy little bee for rather a while and seems pretty unstoppable despite every despot in the world focusing on stopping it, I wouldn't be crowing about bin Laden's silence. What does he have to say to anyone? "Bwahahaha"? Seriously. He has achieved a great thing: he is much bigger than he actually is, namely, he is now a symbol of anti-Americanism and that force is flowing stronger and stronger each day.

We should never forget bin Laden's ultimate game stategy: to tangle America up in a thousand small actions in Muslim lands whereby we must kill religious people with impunity and thus, by forcing us to spend an extra $200+ billion a year on security and an extra $200 billion for the Pentagon which, according to his and my calculations, will bankrupt us in about 5 more lousy years, and voila!

No more American empire. Note how swiftly Russia had to shrink when they went bankrupt! They not only lost all their provinces, Russia itself began to shatter! They are still fighting raging civil wars there.

Since both Rumsfeld and Bush seem to be operating as agents of the bin Laden bankruptcy plans aided and abetted by American capitalists and financiers in Asia, one is very puzzled about this "war on terror." Once the villain announces his nefarious plot, isn't one supposed to use that information to avoid falling into said villain's snares? So why are all our leaders falling into bin Laden's obvious trap?

Smells like traitors, doesn't it? Looting the treasury during wartime is, to me, the ultimate treason. Arrest them all. Sigh.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Bush Celebrates Handing Power in Bagdad Over to Sadr


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Once again, the American media and Bush celebrate drunkenly over events that presage disaster. This latest stupidity concerns the election in Iraq. Seems we just handed over Bagdad to Sadr and his merry band of religious lunatics! Way to go! Alarmed Iraqis cry foul but it won't work since Sadr won power via an election. Next: the civil war explodes in our face.

From Yahoo:
Sunni Arabs alleged Tuesday that last week's parliamentary elections were fraudulent, especially in Baghdad province, and they said if the irregularities are not corrected, new balloting must be held in Iraq's largest electoral district.

An electoral commission official said that while more than 1,000 complaints from the Dec. 15 vote had been received and were being investigated, only 20 were "very serious," and he didn't expect them to change the overall result, which will be announced in early January.

The United Iraqi Alliance — a Shiite party — won about 59 percent of the vote, according to returns from 89 percent of ballot boxes counted in Baghdad province. The Sunni Arab Iraqi Accordance Front received about 19 percent, and the Iraqi National List headed by Ayad Allawi, a secular-minded Shiite, got about 14 percent.

The Iraqi Accordance Front, a coalition of three major Sunni groups, rejected those results, warning of "grave repercussions on security and political stability" if the mistakes were not corrected.
Anyone who thinks the election in Iraq was the light at the end of the tunnel is stark raving mad. Even if Sadr and his militia can impose order on Bagdad, this won't mean we can pump all that oil in peace and leave Iraqis nothing. After all, they are in a close alliance with Iran next door who has gone bonkers, too.

If the Jews running Israel think this war is going to make them safe, they are bonkers, too.

So now instead of Saddam menacing Iran we have Iraq and Iran as one major nation with lots of oil who hate our guts and want to see us destroyed.

This is why Bush must be impeached. Not because he is a lying coward who spies on Americans who are peaceful and breaking no laws, he has not only allowed Atta and his gang unhindered passage to destroy parts of America and now he is setting up things so a tidalwave of America haters can now fight us! Every day he remains in power, he and Cheney and the GOP, we get closer to destruction.

From Yahoo:About 24 top former officials in Saddam Hussein's regime, including a biological weapons expert known as "Dr. Germ," have been released from jail, while a militant group released a video Monday of the purported killing of an American hostage.

The first results of Thursday's parliamentary election were released, with officials saying the Shiite religious bloc, the United Iraqi Alliance, got about 58 percent of the votes from 89 percent of ballot boxes counted in Baghdad province.

Across Iraq, meanwhile, demonstrations broke out to protest a government decision to raise the price of gasoline, heating and cooking fuel, and the oil minister threatened to resign over the development.
Gads. Are we insane or what? Not only are we pumping the oil, we want them to pay world prices for their own stuff from their own country! While living on third world wages! Exactly like Nigeria which is doing the same thing and contending daily with near riot conditions.

The trial of Saddam is collapsing just as I predicted a year ago. The release of these people shows that trying to try them for, say, wanting anthrax is insane since our own government refuses to even try to find our very real and very American anthrax murderer who is pretty high in the military/secret research accessibility complex. Only a tiny handful of people could have gotten and used the anthrax and of course, there is absolutely NO dragnet to find them. From the President on down, all who have access to this stuff should have been interrogated (heh, at Gitmo!) and examined.

But they weren't and so we can't prosecute them for thinking about using what someone here in America actually did use.

Here is a review of the not so distant past:
From China Daily:
Updated: 2004-04-06 13:48

US civil administrator in Iraq Paul Bremer on Monday declared Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as an "outlaw."
A bunch of Marines died trying to capture Sadr. Now we hand over the keys to the Iraqi National Government to him. Here is what he did us last year:
Although he is criticized by many people as too young, radical and inexperienced to lead, al-Sadr has gained support from the young seminary students and unemployed people. He advocated the application of strict Islamic law in Iraq.

Al-Sadr was firmly opposed to the presence of US troops in Iraq. He called on Shiite spiritual leaders to play an active role in shaping Iraq's political future.

Last June, al-Sadr established the Al-Mahdi's Army in spite of military control by the coalition forces.

He was held responsible for the assassination of Abdul Majid al- Khoei, a moderate Shiite leader who was stabbed to death by a mob at a Shiite shrine in the city of Najaf last April. An arrest warrant has been issued against him for murder.

Violent clashes broke out Sunday between al-Sadr's supporters and the US forces, leaving eight US soldiers and at least 28 Iraqis killed.

The events were ignited by the decision of the coalition provisional authority to close the Hawza newspaper that speaks for Sadr and the arrest of one of his top aides, Shaikh Mustafa Al Yaaqubi, last month.
This is a stunning reversal of all we wanted. This shows that the deaths of so many Americans and Iraqis was stupid. We have no idea of what we are doing, where we are going or what will happen next.

We only have hopes that oil will become very cheap again and we can continue to suck it down without hinderance and live riotous lives, goofing off and laughing ourselves silly.

This desire won't happen because the historic forces are gathering against us and will overwhelm us. Like the hurricanes, instead of doing sane things in preparation, we are throwing parties and hoping the storm will swerve at the last minute. There is nearly no time left to withdraw our troops and just leave this mess. We will stubbornly stay and force events. The day the last helicopter leaves from the roof of the last of Saddam's palaces, as he triumphantly drives us out or the Shiites shove us out, we will lust for victory.

The victory of fools. And like with Nam, we will make movies where we beat up the little brown people and strut around, chest out, snarling, "We're Number One!" Next: the bad news about our industrial base.

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New York Transit Strike Will Hit Business Hard


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

It is official: NYC most vital systems for moving people around that very dense city has been shut down. This is going to impact businesses in more than a few ways and will be an unfortunate hardship for workers who will find it very difficult to get to work. I will explain some of the forces at work here and what they mean.

Ever since the USA has chosen to destroy the relative power of unionized workers in pursuit of cheap prices (ie, to kill inflation caused by war and energy price hikes both of which go hand in glove), we have seen precious few strikes that affect the general public. The few exceptions are in service industries. The hotel unions in Las Vegas, for example, have had successful strikes and so have dock workers moving cheap goods from China and expensive goods from the citadel of protectionism, Japan, can effectively flex muscles.

In other industries that have gone from protected businesses to ruthless "free trade, no controls" businesses have seen their workers lose ground, lose benefits and lose power since the factory owners can either simply replace them with quasi-legal labor let in from our porous borders or move the factories to anti-union former slave states or to China, the favored destination.

So only a very few unions are left who can negotiate on level ground with management and of course, most of these are government related jobs such as transit workers.

The NYC transit workers have gone on strike before, I was there when it happened. It was very hot, in the middle of torrid summer. Since I worked in the neighborhood instead of Manhattan such as when I worked at 43rd and Park Ave, I wasn't hit directly by the strike but David, my husband at the time, had to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to the World Trade Center every day and it was a bit of a hike but not too bad in that weather, he packed a drink and wore comfortable shoes but of course, everyone who did this showed up at work pretty sweaty. We lived very near the Brooklyn Bridge so it was little problem for us.

But it was for others who walked from much further away. I could see them streaming home in the evening, tired from work and more tired from the looming hike so I set up a first aid station on Flatbush Ave in front of a store run by a Lebanonese merchant I was friendly with. Bandaids and drinks and a whole bunch of folding chairs and access to a telephone was what we offered. I connected this with fundraising for our Park Slope Day Care Collective and other parents and kids who were not commuting long walks joined in. We had a lot of customers. Just to sit down for a while, people were happy for the chairs. More than one lady had bleeding feet from wearing shoes not made for long hikes. So we did lots of first aid.

The NYC transit union has had a past of not being very effecient especially the ones working on cleaning and maintaining the cars who, long ago, spent much of their time without oversight thanks to the way the staffing hierarchy was set up. This is why that strike happened years ago, they wanted to keep the status quo which was unacceptable.

This strike is quite simple: they need a pay raise because living in NYC is very expensive and inflation is now raging as I keep pointing out. Our economic system can't rely on cheap loans below the rate of inflation forever so rates have been climbing and so have prices of all those things one can't escape or go to China for a cheaper version: health care, energy, education, food and housing.

There really should be a two-tier inflation index. One for people with "purchasing power" and one for people who don't have this. After all, the percentage of income going into various types of purchases makes a gigantic difference with the inflation rate. Our government has deliberately misalighned the inflation index by minimizing or even excluding exactly those items that have the highest percentage impact on fixed or low incomes!

NYC, like all great cities, has in inflation rate different from rural areas. Like all dynamic systems, pressure to raise prices is much greater in cities during times of accelerated economic activity so when brokers on Wall Street make lots of money, the price of everything shoots up in the city because everyone has more money to throw around so real estate prices shoot up, the price of entertainment jumps, all sorts of things suddenly go up and up. This internal inflation is actually healthy unlike external which is what we are going through right now, namely, huge jumps in energy costs.

The tendency is to fight energy costs by reducing money flowing to labor and we will see this at work with a vengence yet again. The joy our rulers take in announcing they have prevented inflation is only due to the sad fact that most workers are helpless to pass on the inflation in their own lives and are basically eating the inflation at their own level by increasing their debt loads and working more hours or doing without.

All of which are not good things at all. Of course, the few who can pass this on like transit workers will try their best and the best way to strike is to do it when it is most inconvenient. Just before Xmas is exactly that time frame. It hits businesses really hard, crimps Wall Street, plays havock with the flow of events by disrupting Xmas shopping the same week it is at its most intense. No one will want to carry an armload of presents, hiking home in the freezing cold, walking five or more miles each day.

Day one, it is an interesting challenge. Day five, exhaustion.

The unions have to play it this way for if the pain is great, the strike will end all the sooner. This also makes public employee strikes very unpopular since the public at large bears the brunt of the whole thing. It makes people irritable and then, even if they, themselves, belong to unions, they become hostile towards the union, not the management especially when the management is the government.

The Mayor of NYC won his recent election thanks to 100% support from all the major newsmedia owners who literally buried the opponent, a Hispanic from the Bronx, on the back pages as a nobody, no run candidate. The deadly blanket of silence fell up him and Bloomberg exhaulted in his lofty position by laughing as he trounced someone who was hogtied on the ground by Bloomberg's drinking buddies.

Bloated with pride, Bloomberg thought playing hardball with a pesky union would be fun and games. HE doesn't have to walk miles to work nor does he run a small business which will see Xmas drop off the cliff and never come back. HE doesn't have to freeze his nose off trying to huff his way through vast crowds of equally miserable workers. He, like his ilk, can avoid all this and play tough. And his media owning drinking buddies will join him in attacking the union for daring to strike, attacking them for not eating the bitter fruits of raging inflation, demanding they back down. The other public service unions are watching this dance of death with great interest because they have carved out a considerably nice niche in the middle ranks of the middle class and they don't want to fall down the pit of inflation, either. So there is a great deal of hidden tension here.

The mayor has to play tough so he can strongarm the other unions and the other unions have to support the transit workers since this is an inflation fight, not a fight over other unrelated issues.

Virtually all workers are being forced to the ground except for these few. Sometimes, when miserable, humans want others who are similar to be equally unhappy but not those who are above it all. This simple human formula is exploited carefully by the media who want us to worship wealth and celebrity while grinding fellow workers under our own boot heels. This is why Americans don't care how many people die making all the stuff being shipped over here. We just want it cheap and want it now.

This is also why few want to examine who is funding all this debit card shopping. The strings attached are carefully hidden by the traitors running America who know perfectly well what is going on and why. The dynamics of this out of control system have to keep on running because it is making the American elite very very rich. Even as workers suck out all the inflation caused by the runup to the Hubbert Oil Peak, their efforts are beginning to flag. This is why labor unrest in China is beginning and it rages in Europe. Here, in America, it is just beginning. Even up to this season, when factories suddenly closed and relocated you know where, workers simply hunched their shoulders and and took it on the chin and shuffled off to another Gold Rush City, in this case being Las Vegas and other gambling hubs. But the money flowing there is being tapped by too many and this is why the Abramoff scandal is so vital: using politicians, his job was to prevent the opening of more casinos which would compete with his clients. So he bribed the greedy Republican power bosses and manipulated Christian groups with the help of super cynic, Ralph Reed. Now that is being investigated and hopefully all the GOP leadership will go to prison.

And Bush.

Arrest them all.

Meanwhile, once workers begin to seriously push back and once they realize that tax cuts that allow executives to pocket all profits because it won't be taxed much, they will take serious political moves and begin the process of wrestling with our own government to fix things and fixing this mess won't be easy at all. We have to first solve the riddle of the Hubbert Oil Peak and begin to seriously reorganize the way we run our culture.

Meanwhile, to my fellow New Yorkers: if you are forced to go to work and have to walk far, dress with layers so you don't sweat and then chill and cover the face. This makes the entire body warmer. And stop frequently at small stores. Give them a little business. This will make a cheerier holiday season for them and one finds the most charming stuff this way. I always patronized the little stores that crowd around downtown Brooklyn and Chinatown on the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge.

And yes, that bridge is very beautiful on a winter's morn.

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Monday, December 19, 2005

Spying Illegally on Americans Has Been Near Continuous


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Looks like our little dictator has been caught doing the naughty-naughty: spying on citizens without warrant. Of course, since Bush's happy 9/11 Trifecta which he "won", we have lost all our civil liberties and live in a bonafide police state. This isn't the first time! We went through this stupidity before! I remember Nixon....

First, today's bloggers trying to figure out what is going on: From Americablog:
Did Bush domestic spy program eavesdrop on American journalists?
by John in DC - 12/19/2005 12:15:00 PM

I had an interesting discussion this morning with DC political consultant Marc Laitin. We both came to the conclusion that it sounds like Bush's super-secret illegal domestic spying program may be targeting US journalists and that may be why Bush never got it cleared by the court and is worried about it coming forward now.
The media has three classes of "reporters": those who work for the government secretly, those who are just plain stupid and lazy or venal and then real reporters.

Real reporters get murdered. Forget the spying, the spying is done not only by government agents BUT FELLOW REPORTERS! Isn't that cute? Real reporters get shot. "Accidents" happen or they commit suicide by flying through windows, shooting themselves repeatedly in the back of the head and other mischievious and devious ways. Oh, and falling off of bridges or plane crashes.

Never seems to happen to government tools or the fool reporters!

I have had alarming relations with doomed reporters. This always upsets me, seeing them die. But the spy issue takes me back in time to when I was a crazy teenager in Berkeley, California, just when Nixon took over America and instituted his lovely police state while we were "fighting for freedom in Vietnam" (sic). Of course, the CIA had to track me, I was a company brat who knew too much who had the interesting life of knowing more than quite a few stellar lights in the left wing firmament. So they tapped my phone.

Friends asked me about this and I said, "Of course, my phone is tapped. It is in my name. It goes without saying." But they wanted proof because I warned everyone to not say anything on my phone or else. So, being a crazy teen, I called a friend and told him Chairman Mao sent me $600.

Voila! The next day, the reporter tools working for the CIA had tucked it into a news story with a big headline!

I called and told them, "I wish he did give me the money but he didn't so my life still is crappy. Do you have an extra $600 you can give me? Heh."

Well, it seems only my blog talked about Anderson's death the other day and you know, Nixon tapped his phone. He tapped his own phone, for crying out loud! Our present dictator isn't that full of hubris but you can bet, he has tapped phones illegally....BEFORE 9/11! The minute he entered the White House, he conspired with his buddies who hold positions of power in the military and CIA as well as the FBI, to tap phones and do all sorts of nasties because he was running scared from day one and if you think Al Gore's phones weren't monitored, think again!

They always do this, you know. Spy on Americans. Look at the right wing! They consider enemy number one to be any liberal who can stand up to them and gets some press! Next is anyone overseas who gets in the way of corporate profits like South American leaders getting elected in fair elections! No way.

They always spy on those they fear and they fear us tremendously.

From SF Gate:
Civil rights groups said a teenager's free speech rights were violated when a suburban school district let the FBI question him for scribbling the initials "PLO" on a school binder two years ago.

The family of the boy, now 16, and the civil rights groups said Elk Grove School District officials violated their own policy by allowing the questioning Sept. 27 without informing his parents.
Lord help you if you wave a little red book! But wait, I read in the news that a student studying the history of China was interrogated for asking an University library for a copy of that little red book! And they told us they won't spy on the libraries except in very particular situations!

And the godless Chinese own us now so what the hey? Hell, they LIVED with me for several years way back in the mid eighties! I asked the State Department if they wanted to talk to me and they said no but the first day my visitors moved in, my phone went on the fritz and the phone company came and told me my line was tapped. HAHAHA. Well! Surprised, I am not!

This need to corner helpless, faceless citizens is illegal, frightful and just plain stupid! Staring at us in the face is the real dangers. I told the State Department they better chat with me about the Chinese leadership because they figured out how capitalism worked and I said, "We are f-ing doomed now!" But no one wanted to talk to me, certainly the CIA didn't want to hire me, they only want to tail after me and mess up my phone service. Rats.

From Editor and Publisher:
NEW YORK The expulsion by U.S. military officials of two embedded journalists in Kuwait, reportedly for photographing a shot-up military vehicle, has prompted outrage from Military Reporters and Editors (MRE), which is calling for a change in embed rules that apparently led to the action.

Sig Christenson, MRE president and a military writer with the San Antonio Express-News, said no rule barring photographs of damaged vehicles existed when he first embedded in 2003. He said the alleged rule is one of several that have been added to the embedding program since it first began nearly three years ago, and should be changed.

"This rule does not have any legitimate purpose in preventing future attacks," Christenson said. "I'm pretty sure the rule was not in the agreement I signed. I think the insurgents already know about the vulnerability of the vehicles."

MRE Vice President Jim Crawley, a military writer with MediaGeneral, cited the original embed rule list currently posted by Reporters Without Borders that does not include such a restriction. He also pointed to a number of photos on the U.S. Army and Marines official Web sites that clearly show damaged vehicles.
This is an example of "pesky reporters who want to know what the hell is going on." They are lucky to be alive. You can be sure, their future in reporting will be rapidly terminated as everyone stops asking them for stories and eventually they will be fired. They did the ultimate no-no, they interrupted the flow of propaganda. Imagine if they were there during the statue pulling down incident wherein our media pretended people were so pissed at Saddam, they spontaneously pulled down his statue when we took over Bagdad!

Like the Al Jazeera reporters, they would have been murdered.

And so it goes. Will Americans tire of dictators running around interrogating children about grafitti? Will we ever go looking for bin Laden and the anthrax killer? Hahaha. Guess what?

They are not being sought out. No way in hell. That is very verboten. Any sleuth who does dig them out will probably have an accident. Or commit suicide like all those officers sent to Iraq to investigate corruption. DOA. Dead. Suicidal. Yup. Seems to be an affliction strictly limited to muckrakers.

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Bad Santas in New Zealand--Born Again Santas Attack Walmart


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The war over Christmas rages on. It always was thus. Theft and riots, paganism vs puritanical aesthetes. This war is particularily pathetic since all one has to do is imitate Jesus if one wants to have that. Of course, this means acting like the original St. Nicholas which is boring since all he did was go to prison, starve himself and give away everything he owned. Sort of like a guy named "Jesus."

From Yahoo:
A group of religious protesters demonstrated outside a Wal-Mart superstore Saturday, hoping to turn away customers by calling attention to the retailer's decision to use "happy holidays" rather than "merry Christmas" in its seasonal advertising.

But even shoppers who agreed with the protesters weren't willing to interrupt their quest for holiday deals.

"I believe in Christ, and I don't like the use of 'xmas' or the use of 'happy holidays,'" said Steven Van Noy, 39, as he left the store loaded down with packages. "The bottom line is that they had what I needed at Wal-Mart, so I went to Wal-Mart to buy it."
The picuture here has to be seen to be believed:

Why is this man wearing a Santa suit and waving the "War on Christmas" book doing this? The red coated, fat, furry Santa has absolutely zero to do with the pro-Christian mythologically inspired but rather real person, St. Nicholas who gave away money to save people such as giving a father money so he wouldn't put his daughters in a whore house, for example. Unlike the present crop of Christians who seem to think Christmas is all about saying "Merry Christmas" while dropping bombs on Muslims! And shopping for one's own self and family.

According to the Catholic EnyclopediaSt. Nicholas was a thin aesthete who died in early December in the mid 350s and he lived in Lycia, Asia Minor, not the north pole. He was a thin, intense bishop, not a fat, jolly man hanging around elves churning out toys, indeed, he probably didn't approve of toys at all in any way, shape or form, much less eating candy canes and sugar plums. Indeed, the early Church was big on denial of comforts and fasting!

But in 1087, some wily Italian merchants stole his body (they took whatever wasn't nailed to the floor just like Norse traders who found it more lurcative to loot, too) and transplanted it into Italy where the much nicer incarnations of old Kris Kringle was created. The insane man demonstrating against Walmart should be screaming at the shoppers to not buy any presents but to give to the poor only that is who shops there, for the most part. Actually, he should be in front of the higher end stores doing that but he isn't and he won't and you can bet, he will be arrested and beaten into the ground if he did dare do that.

It is all fake. Now for the other half of the Santa yin/yang yazoo:

From Australia:

A group of 40 drunken people dressed in Santa Claus outfits went on a rampage through New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, robbing stores, assaulting security guards and urinating from highway overpasses.

The rampage, dubbed "Santarchy" by newspapers, began early yesterday afternoon when the men, wearing ill-fitting Santa costumes, threw beer bottles and urinated on cars from an overpass, said Auckland Central Police's Noreen Hegarty.

She said the men then rushed through a central city park, overturning garbage bins, throwing bottles at passing cars and spraying graffiti on office buildings.
These men are another manifestation of A Clockwork Orange ethos. Namely, disturbed, alienated, drunken louts roaming about in gangs, looking to mock the bourgoise pretentions of stuffy normality. This insane sort of behavior is rather amusing only if you are watching from afar, it is no fun to be the victim of such creepy men.

A number of countries that were part of the dead British Empire have problems with detached males running amok. In England itself, they plague football games and run around in public, harrassing and intimidating other residents. They hate foreigners yet haven't the faintest idea about how they were the foreigners who took over a number of countries to run them as they pleased. So, like all dying imperil powers, the populace becomes brutal and angry and takes things out on helpless victims rather than pull up and do something useful.

They won't be sent into imperial battles to kill off or tame the excess male population so the problem grows worse each generation.

In America, we are following the same path which is why we recruit more and more overseas, handing over our miltary to mercenaries just like England did in its final years. We fret about our comforts even as we show irritability about the whole thing and go more and more into thrill seeking that is aimless and painful. The riots wracking Australia this winter are due to the same sort of thing: the populations of previous imperial population flows clashing over receeding resources. Like in America, the social safety net is being withdrawn and instead of understanding why this is happening, the population joins the leaders on imperialist adventures they can't afford in places like Iraq and then recoil when the side effects of this cause malfunctions at home.

Both England and Australia couldn't wait to join in the imperial looting expedition in Iraq that has turned into a hyper expensive rout. They aren't paying even 1% of the burden of this mess in troop losses or money but they are shrunken artifacts and can't even sustain this miserable bit of imperial misadventuring without losing a lot at home.

If England and Australia chase out all immigrants, they won't be stronger, they will be weaker since the weakness is internal, the arrogance of imperialism has cause terminal mental rot as the populace is unable to understand, they no longer lead the world and can make the world work for them. Note how busy the Asians are in reorganizing themselves and taking over business and diplomatic affairs! Our adventures have turned us into beggars at Asia's gates.

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Citizens Seeking Information About Foreign Lobbyists Are Stopped By Justice Department Lies


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

As America becomes more and more unconstitutional and capricious, citizens who still believe in democracy struggle to force out vital information as per the Constitution. One group wants information about foreign lobbyists. The malfunctional Justice Department claims, copying the data from the computers will crash the system so it has to remain hidden.

From Fox News:


The Bush administration is offering a novel reason for denying a request seeking the Justice Department's database on foreign lobbyists (search): Copying the information would bring down the computer system.

"Implementing such a request risks a crash that cannot be fixed and could result in a major loss of data, which would be devastating," wrote Thomas J. McIntyre, chief in the Justice Department's (search) office for information requests.

Advocates for open government said the government's assertion that it could not copy data from its computers was unprecedented but representative of generally negative responses to Freedom of Information Act (search) requests.

"This was a new one on us. We weren't aware there were databases that could be destroyed just by copying them," Bob Williams of the Center for Public Integrity said Tuesday. The watchdog group in Washington made the request in January. He said the group expects to appeal the Justice Department's decision.
And the dog will eat it, too! Wah! Again and again, the Bubble Boy administration comes up with some of the oldest, tiredest excuses. Obviously, their mommies were monumentally dumb since they really believe such twaddle will pass muster.

This is an overall characteristic of the juvenile delinquents running our country. Of course, the real reason this data can't be accessed and I am very interested in it, is because our government is riddled with traitors. The entire Bush clan works for foreign govenments or people like the Korean tax dodger, Rev. Moon. Much of the Republican party salutes another flag and ditto many Democrats.

There are many countries that stand in line in front of Americans. Note how proud the Republicans are, cutting $45+billion from aid for Americans while voting over $250 billion in aid to Iraq! Our ambassador to Iraq isn't a native to America and just like so many people working in our government, he has other priorities. This whole system owned by outsiders and run by dual or hidden citizens of other nations, has taken over our country and the results are obvious.

Not one foreigner runs Japan and note that Japan has a trade surplus with the world and has many levels of support systems for their own people and very jealously guard the borders, not allowing much immigration or integration or anything to ooze past the vigilant guardians. They will conspire with the gan jin and do business with them but they always put Japan first.

The Chinese are struggling with double agents and corrupt officials and people selling China to the highest bidder and their tool is to execute by firing squad those who are caught. The country always teeters on the edge of violence due to this, the rulers know they have to patrol themselves or be killed by enraged mobs. So they keep a nervous eye on the greater masses who are just beginning to feel some sort of patriotism.

In America, it is rotted to the core by our donning of the British Imperial robes. We allow any and all to come here and then hand over our government to them and they, in turn, exclude Americans born of several generations. The Bushes have been here for a long time but they have opened the floodgates because they know these people will cling to them since the broader American public might rend them to shreds if they have any inkling about the depth and breadth of the external corruption.

Pictures of Bush and the Saudi Princes literally holding hands and kissing doesn't yet motivate the average "America First" right wingers into fury but then, they too, are traitors, eager to sell fellow Americans down the river. They and the Bushes have conspired to drive us all so deep into public debt that we must go to China and Japan for our money to run our goverment and if this isn't really the highest level of rank corruption, totally traitorous, I am puzzled.

Owing vast oceans of money to other imperial powers is no way for an empire to stay alive. And why is America an empire? And why do we financially support first world nations like all of Europe, much of the Middle East, Japan, Korea? If this isn't the definition of insane, I don't know what is!

Japan can't pay for our military simply because then they own it and by the way, they do own it just like Saudi Arabia owns part of our military and Israel does as well as all of the former Soviet States, we pay THEM to "protect" them and the question is, why and what?

Let's pretend there is a Muslim empire. Why would that harm us? We live over here, not there. Africa should stop being a collection of tiny, despotic states and be united as one empire, or two. Then they might have some clout! Instead of 50 or so states, they need to be turned into one if they want to compete for world resources and have some power over their own fates. Europe, belatedly, is trying this in a very inept way, this is why they are torn between sucking the American empire dry and trying to become a loose empire themselves.

Since America allows foreigners to run our affairs and slant our government into allowing parasitical relationships with a host of nations, we are going bankrupt. All our systems are now screaming in the red, the red zone is rapidly rising to full alarm status and this is because we have riddled our system with foreign influence to a degree it is becoming like New Orleans after the levees collapsed: even the cops are running into undefended stores and looting!

The loot is shared with our politicians who need endless money to pay foreign powers or people who have an agenda for other nations who have bought up and now run our media, to run lies and dirt for them. In other words, to collude with media owners who think America is Number Two, the politicians have to go to foreigners for money to hand over to the corrupt media owners.

And so the looting continues.

All this is being put on our tab. We will have to live in misery in the future to pay for all this. The red ink matters. Our trade deficit isn't due to business. Otherwise, Japan would have a huge trade deficit with places like China and they do not! Our entire mess is due to allowing money to corrupt democracy, to make people pay for appearing on TV and allowing hostile entities to dominate our airwaves.

Of course, fixing this will be hard. Anyone suggesting the media stop charging an arm and leg for commercials or to give equal time will cause them all to unite to attack whoever suggests this. They love McCain because he is a fake reformer who takes the heat off of them with his inept, remember he also took money from lobbyists who were corrupt!--Think "Japan"---and he is perfect for them, the fake reformer supporting inane reforms.

These people wave our flag in front of our faces whenever anyone questions them. But just like Homeland Security's boss, an Israeli Firster, they can't wait to drop the Stars and Stripes and don their much more beloved flags.

This has been a problem since the founding of America. We wanted immigration and we have it and it has made us very strong. But the danger of allowing foreigners to run our foreign affairs is now painfully obvious. I was trained in other languages and my parents lived abroad a lot over the years. They understood we needed to learn and understand other nations in order to work with them. But the lazy way is to simply hire foreigners and this is what our nation has been doing. Instead of encouraging people here to learn languages and expand horizons, we are doing the opposite. Language instruction is collapsing here. And when filling embassy positions, we simply hire foreigners to build them, run them and even be the ambassadors.

And so it goes. Like all other empires, we head down the same steep slope.

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Human Evolutionary Success Tied To Innate Need to Slavishly Imitate


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Scientists discover that chimps can rationally take short cuts while humans, once exposed to a time wasting methodology, will slavishly imitate this despite being able to see there is a short cut. This reveals how prone our minds are to imprinting. Ask any propagandist about this. Or Madison Avenue!

From the NYT:

Mr. Lyons explained how his study might shed light on human evolution. His study would build on a paper published in the July issue of the journal Animal Cognition by Victoria Horner and Andrew Whiten, two psychologists at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Dr. Horner and Dr. Whiten described the way they showed young chimps how to retrieve food from a box.

The box was painted black and had a door on one side and a bolt running across the top. The food was hidden in a tube behind the door. When they showed the chimpanzees how to retrieve the food, the researchers added some unnecessary steps. Before they opened the door, they pulled back the bolt and tapped the top of the box with a stick. Only after they had pushed the bolt back in place did they finally open the door and fish out the food.

Because the chimps could not see inside, they could not tell that the extra steps were unnecessary. As a result, when the chimps were given the box, two-thirds faithfully imitated the scientists to retrieve the food.

The team then used a box with transparent walls and found a strikingly different result. Those chimps could see that the scientists were wasting their time sliding the bolt and tapping the top. None followed suit. They all went straight for the door.

The researchers turned to humans. They showed the transparent box to 16 children from a Scottish nursery school. After putting a sticker in the box, they showed the children how to retrieve it. They included the unnecessary bolt pulling and box tapping.

The scientists placed the sticker back in the box and left the room, telling the children that they could do whatever they thought necessary to retrieve it.

The children could see just as easily as the chimps that it was pointless to slide open the bolt or tap on top of the box. Yet 80 percent did so anyway. "It seemed so spectacular to me," Mr. Lyons said. "It suggested something remarkable was going on."
I got to this article via Battlepanda. Although I comb the web for material, it is awfully easy to miss something which is why visits to other bloggers is most useful.

Humans are "crazy apes." Namely, our brains don't work like a monkey's brain in certain specific and unusual ways. One of the strongest forces in the human mind is the ability to ritualistically follow a set order of things but obvious and not so obvious. Namely, we do and learn many things reflexively and once learned, we tend to want to stick to it which is why changing one's habits is extremely troublesome and in many cases, impossible.

Ask any therapist!

Humans that imprinted swiftly and thoroughly had more survivors than those who had to rationalize and think through things all the time. But of course, as per always in evolution, the rationalizers were not eliminated, only marginalized. Less than a quarter of the population.

Now, quick, how many "original thinkers" pop up in our mass of humanity? See? Of them, a great number are "insane" because their rationalizations have no connection with any useful reality. Sometimes, the insane are successful due to historic forces. People like Jesus, for example. Anyone acting like him today would be shut up in an asylum.

Humans are so set on imprinting bizarre processes upon their own young they have managed to extend this deep into the animal world. I have spend rather a few hours making Sparky, my horse, do things he rationally knows are stupid, from his point of view. Carry a human on the back and turn when asked? Har! No way.

I have to use the old carrot/stick/voice/bit routine repeatedly to get him to conform. When training any animals, I use my voice, hand gestures and rewards as well as sharp "No"s.

The need to copy parental actions is a survival technique. When humans first walked this earth, there were no cribs nor fences or any restraining systems. All of the monkey and ape kingdoms have one thing humans don't have at all: lots of body hair which babies can clutch. I happen to believe that we evolved the no hair look because we lived mostly on the sea's edges and swam a great deal. Hair was in the way except for on top of the head. The underarm and pubic hair evolved as sexual transmitters of potent smells to either repulse or entice but baby couldn't clutch that!

To transport the young required carrying them in the arms or learning how to make slings to carry. And young females who watched mother's actions in seeking out materials to build a sling, weaving or shaping the materials or the sons watching fathers kill and skin animals and using the pelts to make slings by universally handing it over to the mothers to chew and pull and shape, all this learning was enabled by rank imitation. Since the art of speech grew slowly as the mouth and brain evolved to enable it, using imitation of actions was and still is the prefered way to communicate vital action information.

If the researchers took older children and instead of showing them how to get into the box, gave them written instructions or worse, verbal, most would skip many of the stages not because they can't follow instructions but because if the instructions are verbal, it is "in one ear and out the other." All teachers find that showing while talking has the maximum effect. This is because humans are hardwired to imitate. Processing things via reading means engaging the conscious mind which then begins the rationalization process which is why writing and rationalization walk hand in hand.

Often, when doing complicated to explain things like when I am building something that is easy for me to visualize but hard to explain technically, I just tell people working with me to "watch what I do and do the same," and while doing it, once they imitate me, I will explain the process and why we are doing something.

Whenever, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, I just explain before doing something odd, always the people trying it out will question my wisdom, methodology and process! Always. Then I waste hours trying to explain the rationale behind the process and in return, they will merely find rational objections to nearly every step! To nip this off at the bud, I found that making them imitate first eases the process considerably.

The military understands this very well which is why anyone who questions any process is immediately punished. Religions do this by various means often ending up with threats of eternal damnation or burning at the stake.

The mind often is used to rationalize memorized imitative processes. This mental activity is very creative. Like the earlier story here about how people rationalize their choices when researchers cheated and pretending the subjects chose a face they disliked and assured them the disliked faces were the choices! People would then set the brain in gear to justify this by deceiving themselves into believing they chose via free will instead of being grossly manipulated by the researchers.

So our brains exist mostly to lie to us. Far from being truth machines, the brain is a dangerous entity that strives to delude us. People who circumvent this set up either go insane or are geniuses. As a person who does this myself, namely, forcing the brain to think rather than rationalize, I can assure it, it is no way to win popularity contests or keep out of prison as a political prisoner or sleep well at night.

I subscribe my strange brain to being hit by lightning.

Anyway, the dangers of a thinking mind are many-fold. Scientists are trained to learn to think with the mind while not falling into rationalization traps yet it happens all the time. Like the rationalization that the universe is rapidly expanding clashes with the facts on the ground showing vast black holes sucking in other galaxies even now, not just in the "distant past." Since this means rethinking Einsteinian physics as taught, mostly through imitation, it baffles astronomers who just don't deal with it yet. But some smart aleck chimp-thinking astronomer will pull together a new theory of the cosmos and win everyone over to the new format.

Just a matter of time!

Criminals often are people who are outside the box, too. They look upon the whole human/learning process with a cold eye and are uninfluenced by it and are often willing to exploit other human's trusting learning process to manipulate them into doing things that are bad for themselves as well as others. Some of these criminals rise to the very top of many countries and wreck hideous damage and kill many humans.

Which is why understanding there are psychopaths out there who are not fettered by the limitations of the mind's desire to learn and please others is so important. They want to have us mislearn and mislead.

Monkeys are skeptics. Humans are believers.

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