…salome and the head of fifa?…

…that ‘white hat’ gunslinger, hero, who saunters into the bar and kills the ‘black hat’, and all others – just in case…

Or, as events unfold, the self-righteous ‘white hat’ US knows what it is doing (as usual) as it continues to score some curious own goooolssss…

The US corporate MSM, the US Stenographer Class, just loves the drama of corruption – only if outside the US. ‘World Cup of Fraud!’ ‘Red Card!’ ‘…bribe money takes soccer fields and balls away from kids…’ All this guff from exceptional US officials.

But not this, where half-million kids were deprived of the life needed to kick a football in a country that plays football and quite well? Nor this, for hundreds of thousands in, again, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria from wanton slaughter and destruction? (No need to touch Latin America and the Caribbean, overkill.) Read the rest of this entry »

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…sombre reading, as the condor flies…

…a cold look back to the scene of the crimes and the criminals…

The positive in all this, as truly heinous as it was, Operation Hades and Operation Phoenix were masterpieces of pure evil, with trademark deadly racism.

Operation Condor: Cross-Border Disappearance and Death

Operation Condor was a covert, multinational “black operations” program organized by six Latin American states (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay, later joined by Ecuador and Peru), with logistical, financial, and intelligence support from Washington.

And then began the horrific journey for many countries and their citizens.

With that background, and for comic relief, were the consequences not so tragic, we have the typical, inimitable showpiece of US foreign policy, sheer effrontery.


…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 »


…the cuba star shines brightly, and on a pariah state…

…tomorrow’s adults will recount with relief the final exposure of an unembarrassed rogue state…

On Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 188 countries of the UN rejected the US embargo against the small country of Cuba, an embargo that has cost the country upwards of an estimated US$1 trillion in today’s currency, and with savage human costs. Yet the country has survived and thrived, albeit not as well. Still in office is that President of the US, the one curiously awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009, despite not ever having accomplished anything remotely close to that of leaders such as Lula or Hugo Chávez or ‘Pepe’ Mujica. The two votes for the embargo came from the US and Israel, with abstentions from three tiny, tiny, tiny Pacific countries.

A Factual News Report from Reuters

We look at how the MSM reports this – here Reuters. For 23rd time, U.N. nations urge end to U.S. embargo on Cuba. Some snippets,

In the 193-nation assembly, 188 countries voted for the nonbinding resolution, titled “Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.”

As in previous years, the only countries that voted against the declaration were the United States and an ally, Israel. The Pacific island nations Palau, Marshall Islands and Micronesia abstained. The voting result was identical to last year’s.

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…ebola? cuba sends doctors, the us sends a phd – and troops?…

…with enough blather to drown that and other viruses in a tsunami?…

A media blitzkrieg. And ebola gone, whoosh. Dr Sam has fulminated. The hypocrisy continues to surpass all prior unsurpassable levels. Now that is exceptional, even in election season in the US. Good thing the ignored non-‘international community’ knows better, much better – after all, there still remains memory of the performance of the US and of Cuba in Haiti with that epidemic of cholera, a strain of cholera  introduced by the UN’s Nepalese soldiers.

So, the farce begins with the photo-op of an ever ‘pro-active’ US establishment that is immediately undone by reality. We have from The Guardian, Obama sends Power to west Africa on Ebola fact-finding mission,

As controversy over the US response to Ebola cases within its own shores continued, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, arrived in Guinea’s capital Conakry on Sunday to see first hand how the global response is failing to stop the deadly spread of Ebola in west Africa.

And no play on the word ‘power’: troops, just as the UK, to build hospitals and tents and ‘small footprints’? As with everything now, helpless but for violence, hopeless, and, hilarious but for the grim tragedy of it all. Read the rest of this entry »


…us inequality, preferable to socialism?…

… or, so it seems…

A recent post over at the lindau blog (linked at economist’s view blog)  is something of a headscratcher. Or is it?

Summary results of a study by Judith Niehues, Cross-Country Differences in Perceptions of Inequality. Couple excerpts that may define a national characteristic, one unique to the US.

Whereas Americans are not very concerned about the large income inequalities in their country, Germans view considerably smaller differences much more critically. Our newly developed indicator of perceived inequality – the ‘subjective Gini coefficient’ – can explain up to two-thirds of such cross-country differences in concerns about inequality and willingness to support policies to do something about it.

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…the us, sweet land of liberty, and, clearly, not socialist…

…of course, most would see only the hysterical rejection of any approximation to ‘socialist’ as true…

While the US and its allies are busy tracking down and destroying threats, known and unknown, to Western ‘civilisation’ and protecting individual rights to suffer from deprivation and even poverty for the sake of protecting liberty, another reality seems just to not exist. There seems a preference to not understand the message from some little known town of Ferguson, Missouri. So a stroll along a much trafficked but unnoticed route should provide fresh perspectives.

Warning. Viewers may find gruesome graphics disturbing…

Juan Cole reflects on information readily available, without dissembling, The New Jim Crow: Has the Right finally Repealed the Civil Rights Act? Of course, ‘the Right’ is not the sole player in this cynical game. Nice, illustrative charts.

And since overkill, in the informative sense, is the order of the day, we have from Robert Kuttner, Education Alone Is Not the Answer to Income Inequality and Slow Recovery. Excerpts to the point,

Our economy is now five years into an economic recovery, yet the wages of most Americans are flat. For the entire period between 1979 and 2013, median worker wages rose by just 7.9 percent while the economy’s growth and productivity rose 64.9 percent.

The top one percent has made off with nearly all of the economy’s gains since 2000.

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