…us msm football coverage, higher than that of brasil’s media?…

…curious minds do want to know…

Certainly, after such blanket coverage of FIFA, Sepp Blatter and corruption in world football, we knew follow up would follow. So said, so done.

Yesterday Barça defeated Athletic Bilbao. And those goals had the football world in stunned wonderment. One that has the world, and, especially the US (?), still talking is that dazzling performance of a goal in some 13 seconds by Lionel Messi, a household name in the US (???). In the FA Cup Final Arsenal defeated Aston-Villa, a defeat that featured a stunner of a goal by Alexis Sánchez. Similar coverage by the US MSM of the Arsenal match. No? Well, next time? Or the time after?

If ever evidence were needed that once the US declares anyone a demon, its media, on cue, sends out its lynch mobs… Read the rest of this entry »

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…comes the night, and warm colours of sound…

…from Segovia…


…a hearty brew, and awaiting the dawn…

…as the pilgrims progress…


…fifa to now reduce poverty and promote healthy living?…

…imagine the possibilities…

The news is that sponsors, all US, having suddenly discovered corruption and other naughty deeds at FIFA, and as the US also sees a very lucrative market it must control, are obliquely suggesting withdrawing their participation in FIFA.

But a brief digression. The traveler, as will be any de Tocqueville, to the US is struck – occasionally, physically; even occasionally, mortally, but not that – by some stark reality. On leaving the airport and arriving at one’s destination, the first thing strange, disquieting is the ‘locals’ – very many are, as clinically defined, obese. Not only that, since that last visit, economic well-being seems to have fallen, and drastically. A casual glance at US vital statistics would suggest that mortality rates are higher than in many a much less prosperous country. Despite that one is often subjected to lectures on the superiority of the US in all matters imaginable, clearly not by those who have traveled outside the US. Read the rest of this entry »


…fifa, fi-fum: blatter gets past the blather…

…fifa, hotbed of corruption and ‘bad, bad stuff’; blatter, new us ‘hitler’?…

Incumbent President Sepp Blatter’s victory, not even close to a drone-like US ‘bug splat’, albeit tainted, does send a message. Though no Prince Charming of World Football, not being the favourite of the US or the UK was sufficient for him to roll on: ‘Ils ne passeront pas!‘ The sole opponent, the Jordanian Prince? The football world can breathe easier. In essence, the vote was a ‘red card’ for the  West’s clumsy attempt at a putsch, aside the clear need for some ‘house cleaning’ at FIFA.

Great was the head scratching when the Attorney-General (AG) of the US launched her attack on FIFA, indicting some of its officials for alleged bribery and corruption. And the sums she listed amounted to an astronomic US$150m, a truly mind-boggling sum.  Read the rest of this entry »


…the congress, not of the us, of football – fifa…

…as the corporate us msm, with the obviousness of the name, football, insists pretzel-ianly on soccer….

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). So, the US DoJ has found the time from its hectic schedule to indict a bunch of officials in Zurich, Switzerland, for stuff like racketeering, conspiracy and corruption. And these are FIFA officials, most of whom reside in other independent countries. The sums? Some US$150m, and a decades long business, an ‘open’ secret.

Yes, but those sums, multiples upon multiples of US$150m, involved in LIBOR rigging, laundering drug money, and similar not so minor transgressions by officials of financial institutions who make US campaign contributions? And those charges laid against which officials, when, where? Curious business, corporate democracy. What next, the US DoJ confiscates FIFA and its funds? Read the rest of this entry »


…’free trade’, tpa, tpp, ttip – ahab and moby dick…

…is the us president now emulating ahab as role model?…

Clear inexperience is evident, even here. Obsessed with smiting his indomitable nemesis, the grandiloquent one has enlisted yet more allies to his cause. Unfortunately, these allies have demonstrated superb incompetence. Not only that, among the many, very experienced and well-known in the sphere of economics, are two who have rallied to the defence  of Senator Warren, the new Moby Dick of a floundering, foundering Ahab.

Paul Krugman who has to date expressed disappointment at the churlishness of the attacks against Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose education, experience and probity on the issue have caused such exasperation. This time he resorts to slight indirection to make his point. Instead of directly calling out the culprits, he takes on the messenger. with the implicit caution to the source on slavish stenography, ‘A word to the wise…’, Hypocritical SlothRead the rest of this entry »