…mack the knife? no, la vida te da sorpresas…

Life can be full of surprises, unwanted ones as well – les jeux sont faits…

…thorough excellence from violin to rhythm to vocal to chorus…


…prof cole is not amused…

…Prof Juan Cole is a tad bothered by the performance of the US President and his team. Devious, destructive, malevolent? Pas de tout! But we’ll get to that…

That all is well with US global spying, including on the German Chancellor and the German people, seems to have been accepted by the US MSM. RT, as well as others, does beg to differ, ‘Our views are far apart’: German chancellor slams US, UK over spying. A snippet,

Countries spying on their allies sow distrust that could result in less, rather than more security, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned. She particularly referred to the surveillance and spying activities by the US and the UK.

And, no, Chancellor Merkel is not amused. But that most US folk would never learn, if they still follow their corporate MSM.

Over at common dreams comes information on another leak from a true US and World Hero, Edward Snowden. ‘Insane, Disgusting’ and ‘Epic Treachery’: NSA Spied on Climate Talks. Couple excerpts, Read the rest of this entry »


…us voices of reason seldom heard…

…couple worthy news items that would hardly make the mainstream, and for obvious reasons. Very enlightening, and a further discrediting of the corporate, militaristic two-party system of the US…

And thanks for the link to this outstanding rebuttal. This Seattle City council member does demonstrate a clear understanding of the issues that is far beyond the posturing of most of those US legislators whom the US MSM incessantly inflict on its populace and the world. Read the rest of this entry »


…scripted ‘news’, and news…

…as the US and other dutiful Western MSM bombarded the world with the earthshaking irrelevance of poorly scripted theatrics called the State of the Union speech by its President, other more relevant and important events were taking place elsewhere in the region, sort of State of Latin America and the Caribbean, for starters…

In the US ‘backyard’. On Tuesday, 28 January, in Havana, Cuba there was the CELAC (Community of the Caribbean and Latin America States) meeting at which 33 countries of the Americas and the Caribbean were participants. Pointedly excluded from membership and participating was the US (along with Canada), as dictated by the judgement of history — the Organisation of American States was farcical anachronism enough, in company with the more recent comical Summit of the Americas, at which the incumbent US President had so amateurishly squandered the opportunity for better relations in the region.

The Associated Press did so, but briefly. The Guardian did give somewhat greater acknowledgement of the event with, Raúl Castro tells Celac summit: fight poverty and freeze out the US Read the rest of this entry »


…of course, ahmad…but…

Fully acknowledging Ahmad, we have another musical perspective. But that bass and piano introduction…


…gini in a bottle?…

…nothing like seeing the same, as well as other data and information better presented…

As the ‘mock shock’ of some US politicians at the declining fortunes of USans continues to amuse, we can have a look at more serious matters. Over at fdl, we have this from DS Wright,  Rich Paying Smaller Share Of Taxes Under Obama. And the table tells the tale from 2007 when the innocent ricachos saw their taxes peak in their highest income categories for that period. For them, by the year 2011 ‘Happy Days are here again‘ would be the joyous refrain. [Some taxes would subsequently go up, but not retroactively.] Read the rest of this entry »


…parade of the charade…

…How such a farcical event can continue does defy logic. However. viewing is unnecessary – there will be the  obligatory ‘props’, for each of whom there will be some ‘touching’  vignette; there will be the number of scripted standing ovations; there will be the number of scripted spontaneous applause. And the telling teleprompter. There, all of the ‘State of the Union’ that will capture TV screens. And since ‘vita brevis est’, we appreciate  more the value of some good music and, if no good conversation, a good book…

Inequality will be ‘front and centre’, since a minimum wage (of US$10.10!!!) will star – curiously, even the aristocratic government in the UK has recognised the need for a higher minimum wage there. Unmentioned will be the ‘agreed’ sizeable cut to one social programme.

As incentive to better appreciate one’s valuable time and one’s own ignored importance, we look at two posts. Over at truth-out, Dean Baker has observed in his post, President Obama’s Inequality Story, Read the rest of this entry »