…2014, the hapless empire, little venice and human rights?…

…The Brigade of Bumblers is on a roll as it revels in the derision its infantile, churlish but dangerous policies provoke…

Chancellor Merkel of Germany and President Putin of Russia must be rolling on the floor in laughter (ROFL?) at the churlish ineptitude of the Sole Superpower, none of whose officials seem to want to take just one day off from exposing themselves in print or in the electronic media.

The continuing chaos, always chaos, in the Ukraine from the now comical but increasingly expensive overthrow of the Ukrainian government is curiously insufficient to keep the brigade busy. The bunch has now ‘pivoted’ to one country where its supported coup in 2002  had collapsed, and for which there has been no hint of embarrassment. Failure is no deterrent as the brigade, to garner more votes in upcoming elections than its corporate rival, has hit upon another ‘brilliant’ idea. Read the rest of this entry »

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…corporate msm mischief; so, parry, thrust, touché in ukraine…

 …I am in blood
Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o’er.
[Macbeth, Act 3 Scene 4]

…ah, but for the human cost of such mischief…

Robert Parry again unsheathes his rapier-like quill. And as with a previous post, he provides a lucid (and damning) analysis of the imperial predisposition of the corporate US MSM. Here again, Ukraine, he uses the reflexive bias of the NYT in its coverage of the events that continue to unfold there, and NYT’s cynical omission of the catalytic factors that now account for the ongoing instability, chaos and death. Over at common dreams his article,  Another NYT ‘Sort of’ Retraction on Ukraine, touches on some egregious lapses in journalistic responsibilities. One earlier observation to demonstrate the pattern, Read the rest of this entry »


…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 »


…’free’ trade, ‘full’ employment…only wapo…

…the perils of tardiness – the ever vigilant and acerbic Dean Baker has just done his bit…

Really, now. We would think that with all the analysis done on the thing and voluminous comments, with the leak from WikiLeaks on couple chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, we would think prudence, that caution would prevail before even daring putting ink to the paper, digits to the keyboard. But no. That thing about ‘fools rush in’. And that, even after the NYT editorial on the TPP that even the casually attentive econ. 101 would have said, ‘Ehn?’. Yes, WaPo is at it again.

This time WaPo uses the very recent dismal US economic news on unemployment as its launchpad into lunacy or to bamboozle a totally disengaged readership – support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Most on the planet who are informed by other than US cable news and its other corporate MSM would have long known that things were already not so hot, since they would have read Dean Baker, Joe Stiglitz and Yves Smith among many other luminaries – not that lesser luminaries had not weighed in, but that thing about ‘commanding presence’, ‘authority’. So where do we begin? Read the rest of this entry »