…corporate msm, kunduz, and reality…

…just when you think that stark reality would provoke responsibility…

In the face of all evidence to the contrary, WaPo insists on finding its own truth, under the guise of quoting some ‘authority, Hospital in airstrike was ‘a Taliban base,’ Afghan official says

But Doctors Without Borders strongly disputed suggestions that any Taliban fighters were inside its hospital at the time of the attack, which killed at least 22 people and left 37 others critically hurt.

Yes, some ‘Afghan official says’, thereby implying complicity of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) with the Taliban. Read the rest of this entry »

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…more bite than bark, this dog…

…and certainly not that ‘obligatory’ us presidential dog of jaded myth…

The unimaginative flailing about that bespeaks US policy is well captured. Here we see how barking mad ‘policy makers’ can be, and who will just go on to greater wealth leaving chaos and death in their wake. Yet increasing ridicule will be to no avail, as the too slowly diminishing majority opts for acquiescence instead of adult inquisitiveness.

First Dog on the Moon on … Isis’ letter to the west

…that poverty in the US is worse than in most OECD countries should have registered so little in the US speaks volumes…

 


…of vice and virtue…

…to put life and laughter into proper context…

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) of the UK ventured into an area hitherto not considered in the national income accounts. The results of its efforts are interesting, as The Guardian reports, Drugs and prostitution contributed almost £10bn to the economy in 2009.

According to the report, for the base year of 2009, illegal activities (drugs and prostitution) contributed  an estimated £9.7b (0.7%) to the UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Of that figure, cannabis (‘ganja’) contributed approximately £0.83b, some 0.086% to the 2009 GDP. If that pattern of use and contribution were to continue for six years, ganja would have contributed some 0.51% to national output. (The Guardian’s datablog provides the data for the DIY-er.) So, 0.51%, an insignificant figure? Not if we head over to the Virtue section… Read the rest of this entry »


…equal opportunity for the more equal…

…talent and tenacity will always prevail?…

Chris Giles of the Financial Times (pay wall after a few views) in an article of 23 May had launched a broadside against Thomas Piketty’s book, where he sought to discredit Piketty’s work, in particular the data. In examining one element of Piketty’s argument, he would famously observe,  ‘…I discovered that his estimates of wealth inequality – the centrepiece of Capital in the 21st Century – are undercut by a series of problems and errors. Some issues concern sourcing and definitional problems. Some numbers appear simply to be constructed out of thin air.’

So then, a dishonest economist. An economist who, in collaboration with colleagues, has had all the data, code, and references readily available online? The issue? Basically, Piketty had asserted wealth in the US and the UK has been increasing for the tiny minority. But we leave the fine points aside to attend to some useful distractions. From the Independent, an observation, Britain’s land is still owned by an aristocratic elite – but it doesn’t have to be this way Read the rest of this entry »


…greatest novel of all time is?…

…that numbering thing can be ‘dangerous’…

The Guardian indulges us with some choices and room for ‘argument’, as it returns to its perennial List, The 100 best novels: No 32 – Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1899)

At least the bookshelf can be now less dusty. Or the public library more frequented.


…cuba atwitter, civilised world agog…

…civilised world? no, not the ‘international community’, that euphemism for…

If we recall the Associated Press (AP) did have some awkward moments from the beacon of liberty and democracy, as the US Government spied on the news agency and its contacts, and harried AP in some not-so-nice ways – all in good fun, and all. If we do recall these momentous events, we see one of the many to-be-seen reasons. And it further confirms what the civilised world has long concluded – the US as empire is at wit’s end, and reckless lunacy continues to define its foreign policy as other countries are no longer so easily overthrown, excepting the Ukraine of course.

The Guardian reports on the AP investigation. No, no, this is no April Fool’s joke, though the perpetrators do make fools seem like intellectuals, US secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest and undermine government

We get these nuggets, Read the rest of this entry »


…the arrogance of power…paging jw fulbright…

…how times have changed… J William Fulbright would have held seminars for and shamed not just dangerously uninformed and corporate legislators who have since followed him but also a corporate MSM hellbent on perpetual war and fabricated reality…

Yet again we see that effrontery knows no bounds. There seems to be some confident expectation that most US citizens  forever revel in inattentiveness to the continual ‘mischief’ their country wreaks abroad? 

Yes, it’s WaPo again. And they are again having another nostalgic look at ultimate US heroism that saved a city and a country, fiction gone totally berserk. We have the question, On Iraq: ‘Was it a complete failure?’ by its Ernesto Londoño

As they watch some areas fall to al-Qaeda, Americans who fought there ask painful questions about what their sacrifice was worth.

WaPo’s readers are asked to believe there was some unique sacrifice, US and only US, in the bloodbath and destruction that befell the people of Falluja; and predictably fails to provide a context. That word, context. Four among many murderous mercenaries wreaking havoc and mayhem murdered – but no bother. And then to ask paid US volunteer soldiers or far better paid ‘contractors’ (mercenaries), even if well-meaning in their nationalism, about another country, even Canada, and seriously expect an informed response? Now. Really! Read the rest of this entry »