In case anyone’s wondering why the US is fighting a war in Afghanistan when it was the Dick Cheney who blew up the World Trade Center, BT just gave you your answer.
Another country to rape. Why not, BP just got done raping ours.
Rape is the national pastime.
In God (Goldman Sachs) we rape. And torture. Also.
I’m looking forward to a sternly worded speech from O.
Good morning BT.
The Pentagon task force has already started trying to help the Afghans set up a system to deal with mineral development. International accounting firms that have expertise in mining contracts have been hired to consult with the Afghan Ministry of Mines, and technical data is being prepared to turn over to multinational mining companies and other potential foreign investors. The Pentagon is helping Afghan officials arrange to start seeking bids on mineral rights by next fall, officials said.
From BT’s first link. Haven’t read such a succinct definition of a colony in awhile.
And just when lithium is on the rise as a commodity. What a f*cking coincidence!
Another gift from Rand Paul. The Board that certified him isn’t recognized by the AMA.
Capt’n Kickass is in the building!
Perhaps it means that the U.S. won’t have to stage a coup in Bolivia or assassinated Morales. Oh noes, that would be too good to hope for. Gotta get rid of him because it will be too long before the Afghan source is on stream.
If mining becomes a viable economic base for Afghanistan isn’t this a good thing? Afghanistan has never offered it’s people any viable economy outside of the terrorist haven and heroin producing businesses.
Sarcasm aside, O’s speeches are often interesting because he usually does the opposite to what he sez. So if he sez he’s going to make BP pay into a fund, it probably means he’s gonna use taxpayers $$ to bail out BP.
I was thinking that the financial industry model is the perfect one. Use taxpayers $$ to bail out the industry, then don’t do anything to fix any problems.
Gives a new meaning to ‘tar beach.’ (For non-NYCers, tar beach used to refer to going up on the roof in the summer with a folding chair & a book.
It’s great for the multinational mining corps, just like poppy is good for the drug lords.
Nah. Regardless of lithium in Afghanistan, the military/industrials are too big to fail. There’s going to be hell to pay of those deposits are under poppy fields though. After all that effort to make sure that the opium harvest has reached new record highs. (Heh…”highs”…)
Looking forward to the U.S. being in the middle of the next civil war: between drug lords & mining corps. More fun that a truck full of …
O’s speeches are often interesting because he usually does the opposite to what he sez.
That’s what I’m afraid of. Especially in light of the fact that he’ll no doubt express a desire to help the poor and jobless. Here come new tax cuts for the wealthy!
Hear that Glen Beck is holding a rally on the same day, August 28, that MLK held his famous rally. He is going to be announcing his 100 Year Plan.
Yep. That’s about the size of it I’m afraid. But hey, that way CIA officers that couldn’t get in with the drug lords can have their chance at graft and corruption.
This quote was unintendedly funny.
“I see current approval about in line with the fluctuations we’ve seen all year for each pollster,” said Mr. Franklin, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin. “Little evidence of real change.”
Year 1: Write another insufferable, fact free book about something of which he knows nothing and whore it on the radio and tv
Year 2: Write another insufferable, fact free book about something of which he knows nothing and whore it on the radio and tv
Year 3: Write another insufferable, fact free book about something of which he knows nothing and whore it on the radio and tv
Year 4: Write another insufferable, fact free book about something of which he knows nothing and whore it on the radio and tv
Year 5: …….
Can’t decide which side to put my money on.
Mornin’, BT, pups
Conspiracy theorists and Somali nationalists so early in the mornin’? What a thrill.
RIP Jimmy Dean. In addition to playing the country music dives in deecee in the 40s and 50s he had a little teebee show on Sunday mornings. The guy who played the little portable organ on the show hated the organ and the show but when you’re a union musician in those days you didn’t turn down a gig. Jimmy was a nice guy, though, just tryin’ to make a livin’.
Christian Reconstructionist Rand Paul is just bearing in mind the Biblical instruction:
Let every valley be exalted and every mountaintop laid low.
Of course literalists never get a prophetic symbolism of the fates of rich and poor.
The above verse is better known as the “developer’s mantra”.
This speech is more about protecting the Obama brand than anything else. He will hope that yet another dog and pony show will change the growing perception that he is incompetent.
Scott Horton was guest on democracynow talking about the Krygyzstan-Uzbek situation. I tuned in late because I was having so much fun with the “newly” discovered Afghan minerals that I forgot.
Just bet against the U.S. taxpayer & you’ll be fine.
Ding ding ding! We have a winnah from the bible this morning!
Heroin is illegal and therefore not a viable base for a sustainable economy. A mining industry will create jobs that have value in a global economy and will give Afghanistan, a barren, god-forsaken place a chance to transform itself.
I was going to say to bet on the US wealthy but hey, it works out to be the same thing.
We enjoyed a Gay Pride Parade in Philly yesterday! Good times! The peace vets played a nice, prominent role.
Got that right. And because O has a softer demeanor, he can fool people longer. However, I was cheered to hear the first several callers on WJ this morning, both R & D lines, excoriating O (and all other pols) for being a corp sellout. So reality is permeating those who pay attention. Not that that will make a shithill of difference.
Perhaps you should read up on the ‘resource curse’ problem before opining.
Heroin is illegal and therefore not a viable base for a sustainable economy
It seems that somebody forgot to point that out to the military/industrials. That crop has only grown under American occupation and what a(nother) coincidence! Suddenly we were unable to advance any further after occupying most of the poppy growing territories!
Blood diamonds in Africa come to mind…
Now, now, can’t let reality interfere with ideology.
No reason for poppy to be illegal, anyhow. Western countries could buy it up & use it legally for pain management. But that would step on the toes of PhRMA and their expensive, patented painkillers that don’t work as well as heroine.
Don’t even have to go that far. How many oil producing countries have used the oil to benefit real people instead of the elite?
So what’s with this guy Greene in SC, who managed to get more votes in some districts than were cast?
Hillary would have made a better president. Joan Walsh is in a tizzy over at Salon.
Somebody’s growing legal poppy. Morphine’s gotta come from poppy. The synthetic stuff isn’t as effective.
Not to mention how using it for legal purposes would severely depress the price. Notice how every year or so, the US military makes a whole lot of noise about eradicating the poppy in Afghanistan and they may even torch a few fields but the farmers still manage to have a bumper crop. Chances are that the fields they torch are owned by people who crossed them or complained about having to pay an ever larger protection fee.
Not just for Dickens novels anymore: debtors’ prisons make a comeback. (Except for MOTU.)
With the incompetence and corruption of the Karzai “government” it can’t be that long before a coup is staged to replace one puppet with another more amendable to U.S. “interests.” The parallels to Vietnam are hard to miss but then the U.S. public isn’t known for their historical memory.
That would require me to give Salon traffic. That I won’t do except for Glen Greenwald.
Yes, I meant morphine not heroine. I’ve got a relative who’s on it for long-term pain management. She couldn’t take any of the synthetic stuff because of its side effects. She’s the entire source of my knowledge on the subject.
Just don’t buy into the ‘all business is bad’ meme that permeates this blog.
Chances are that the fields they torch are owned by people who crossed them or complained about having to pay an ever larger protection fee.
Not only that but he managed a $10,400 filing fee on unemployment compensation. I thought I was doing good to manage after cutting my expenses roughly in half.
When govt & biz combine against the public, it is bad, no matter how you slice it.
Off to swim in the great capitalist cesspool.
US KIA Irak: 4,405
US KIA Afghanistan: 1,114
Iraki and Afghan casualties: estimates vary to over 1.5M
US MBS 2010: 20,336 and counting
Be good to yourselves, and all other living things.
Yep. Karzai complaining about the US has probably signaled the end of his “reign”.
Beck’s 100 year plan? I’m gonna guess it includes lobotomies and armbands…
Nobody here is arguing that “all business is bad”. The businesses that we deplore as bad are bad. The ones we don’t deplore aren’t as bad. I’ve been in business as have many others.
Don’t forget Tom Tomorrow, certainly one of the best cartoons out there right now…
Yes, but who’s the replacement is what I want to know. Have you seen any names thrown around?
I learned a lot about the processing and distribution of opium while I was in Nam.
I can keep up with him on Crooks and Liars. :-)
Imagine that! *g* (Law of the unintended outcome strikes again. “I went to war in VN, and all I got was an education in drugs.”)
I knew better. Never wanted to get that high.
Don’t forget the segment of the population which gets made into the undesirable “other”. I’m guessing brown people. Gays and progressives can blend in too easily.
Sorry. Didn’t mean to imply the only way to get an ‘education’ was personal experimentation.
Something else we have in common. Out of all the substances I tried, heroin was not among them.
Steven Kinzer is guest on democracynow. Points out that the reason why U.S. is joined at the hip with Israel & Saudi Arabia is that they have both been willing agents of U.S. covert ops. Like duh! Now that he points it out, it’s sooo obvious. Love learning stuff like that.
Obama will use his speech on Tuesday night to pressure BP into creating an escrow fund but the federal response to cleaning up the coast seems wholly ineffective. The Coast Guard does not seem to have any plan of its own and all it can do is issues deadlines to BP for a better containment plan.
BP has spent $1 billion dollars thus far on cleanup efforts but the well is still leaking. During the weekend, Alabama saw the worst effects of the gusher yet on its coastal beaches, where waves of oil mixed with Sargasso seaweed up to 5 inches thick washed ashore. Crews in Gulf Shores, Ala., cleaned up much of it by Sunday morning, but tar balls remained on the sand and an oil sheen was visible on the water.
The federal government appears to be abdicating its responsibility: relying on BP to voluntarily set up an escrow fund and still looking to BP to lead the containment and clean up efforts.
Ah-ha! So that’s why we’re there.
NLLB: No Lithium Left Behind
You don’t say?? Why, I never… how amazing; didn’t know that… /s
I agree. But not all business is ‘against the public’ and further, this administration is in collusion with big business to preserve Wall Street ahead of Main Street. Obama is politically beholden to the very “Wall Street fat cats” he so often demonizes. He is powerless to do anything other than ‘pressure’ BP to voluntarily create an escrow fund for the Gulf disaster and his administration is still after almost 2 months looking to BP to lead the way on containment and cleanup efforts.
It doesn’t really matter who they replace him with. How many people knew “Big” Minh before he replaced Ngo Dinh Diem?
Try reading Adam Smith. It will clear it all up for you.
Hey BT: you’re up earlier than me (and I got up super early this am). Heard that bit on NPR about all those nicy juicy minerals, esp Lithium, just sitting there under than dirt in Afghanistan. As the Church Lady used to say on SNL: “Isn’t that Speeeeciialll????” Who’da thunk it?
Well, the CIA, et. al., will just have to make sure that all that mining ‘n stuff don’t interfere with the poppy harvests.
So, the penny and the other shoe drops, and we all have our: Aha! I just knew it! moment.
We also heard on NPR that China paid off someone-or-other in Afghanistan to start mining copper. And so, there you go, and: on it goes….
Typical right wing hypocrisy. Keep the federal government out of every aspect of life until some mega corporation creates a disaster so bad that even corporate defenders can’t ignore it, (except for people like Rush Limbaugh and Don Young), and then whine that the “government” isn’t doing more to clean it up. Then, when the taxpayers ultimately pick up the tab and demand regulation, we’re back to demanding small government. On top of all of that, the people who are most loudly demanding the government solve the problem are the very same people who whine about having to pay taxes. This disaster is providing such eloquent illustration just how delusional and unconnected with reality teabaggers and right wing “libertarians” are
and supplement that with Karl Marx.
“We also heard on NPR that China paid off someone-or-other in Afghanistan to start mining copper. “
…and US forces/contractors are providing security for the Chinese mines.
Orwell knew the syndrome well. How to have two contradictory ideas and be able to believe in and espouse both of them. Orwell called it “doublespeak.”
Yep. The date was the only thing Orwell got wrong.
Gotta be specific. Lot of our visitors only know, superficially, Marx for his writings on socialism/communism. Haven’t a clue about his economic critique of capitalism in Capital.
If you want a head exploding moment in this regard, watch a clip of the execrable Carly Fiorina wagging her finger and lecturing about how the Democrats (not that I’m a great defender of Dems, but please!) failed regulationg BigOil via MMS (true to an extent, but of course, Fiorina says nary a word about how Bush loaded it with BigOil cronies to begin with). And then she goes on to tout all of her vast skillz… She was on one of the Sunday talking headz shows; don’t know which one. My sweetie immediately turned it off as I was about to chuck my shoe at the tv machine.
It’s so infuriating how we get screwed in the same ways over and over. Not for lack of trying on our parts, but citizens get pushed around and buy the most amazing b.s.
Ah, well, no surprises there, esp because we the people owe our Chinese overlords so much money (seriously), so I guess that’s only fair enough -eh?
But not all business is ‘against the public’
There has never been a business in history that at some time wasn’t in some important way “against the public.” You need to do some reading.
Thanks. I have far too many of head exploding moments randomly in daily life to go seeking more of them out. And there’s something about Carly Fiorina that makes me want to shower.
It’s so infuriating how we get screwed in the same ways over and over. Not for lack of trying on our parts, but citizens get pushed around and buy the most amazing b.s.
And yep. It makes me want to take credulous consumers of traditional media and shake them until their little brains rattle.
There is a big difference between leading a government response to a multi-state federal diaster originating in waters under federal control and expansive government spending and programs that seek to limit our economic freedom by taxing us into serfdom and limiting our freedom to make choices about how we live day to day.
Spoken like a true Tea Partier.
…expansive government spending and programs that seek to limit our economic freedom by taxing us into serfdom and limiting our freedom to make choices about how we live day to day.
Rand, is that you?
I suggest you read the Rolling Stone expose on Obama and the spill. This administration is all about politics and not about governing. They have no interest in anything beyong preserving the Obama brand to help out their cronies.
The article lays out concrete problems with Obama’s response to the BP oil spill – from delays in cleaning up the Minerals Management Service, distrusting scientists who correctly reported the spill was much bigger than BP said, and waiting more than a week to declare the crisis “an Oil Spill of National Significance,” which corralled new services. Maybe the most damning section of Dickinson’s piece comes when he quotes the president proudly announcing he’d reversed his stand against offshore oil drilling. “It turns out, by the way, that oil rigs today generally don’t cause spills,” the president said. “They are technologically very advanced.” Dickenson notes: “Eighteen days later, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the Deepwater Horizon rig went off like a bomb.”
Best I remember the law of torts says that if you make the mess you clean up the mess and pay the damages. But IANAL. Why should BP be exempt from that liability for their own negligence?
Business is bad only to the extent they insist on privatizing the profits, ignoring taxes, buying the local, state, and federal legislative functions, and socializing the risks and adverse effects.
No just someone who posesses enough common sense to not become a blind ideologue.
You’re no “independent” but a far right winger trying to mass him/herself off as a moderate. Willful ignorance is a disease in the U.S. and you exhibit all the symptoms.
I suggest you read the Rolling Stone expose on Obama and the spill.
Uh, the RS piece is PRO government intervention and regulation. Chase your tail much?
Of course. And no doubt those outlines are subject to change, depending on how they affect you. Give me a break.
We now live in world where mulit-national corporations are deemed ‘too big too fail’ and our government colludes with these corporations to keep them afloat even in the face of their irresponsibility, greed and negligence in order to hold and consolidate power.
And somehow the answer to the corruption lies in growing and advancing the cause of bigger, more centralized government?!
Here’s a little Freidman for you:
The great advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science or literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government. Columbus did not set out to seek a new route to China in response to a majority directive of a parliament, though he was partly financed by an absolute monarch. Newton and Liebnitz; Einstein and Bohr; Shakespeare, Milton, and Pasternak; Whitney, McCormick, Edison, and Ford; Jane Addams, Florence Nightingale, and Albert Scweitzer; no one of these opened new frontiers in human knowledge and understanding, in literature, in technical possibilities, or in the relief of human misery in response to governmental directives. Their achievements were the product of individual genius, of strongly held minority views, of a social climate permitting variety and diversity.
Story 1, $1 trillion in mineral deposits in Afghanistan, significant amounts of lithium: with the long-standing dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, this news will raise tension.
Afghanistan has not got a chance in hell of “transforming itself.”It’s going to be transformed all right. Mountain tops cut off and toxic spills in its water supply all to the benefit of multinational corporations too big to fail. The people get the tailings.
And somehow the answer to the corruption lies in growing and advancing the cause of bigger, more centralized government?!
But that’s exactly what you’re demanding by criticizing the federal government for failing to clean up BP’s mess.
Look, discussing this with you is a fool’s errand. I don’t know what the exact statistic is, but there is one inspector for every, say, 300 oil wells. If you think adding a few more is going to curtail your freedom and drive you into serfdom, we have nothing more to say to one another.
Not so. Simply because I seek to refute the ideological assertions made here with a little common sense, that does not make me a ‘right-winger.’
Bigger government and centralized planning have proved to lead to the greed and corruption of the ruling elites, to the serfdom of the citizenry and yet you support an administration that seeks to collude with the very corporations you despise and the policies of a self-serving political party and baby boom generation that care only about taking and preserving as much as it can get from the pockets of the next generation. Those of us who are not fortunate to be part of the large and powerful baby boom generation can see our futures clearly and our economic opportuinity will be diminished because of the current generation in charge.
So you would prefer that they remain a war-torn, criminal economy. How very humane. Does no good reside your worldview? Have you no optimism or faith in your fellow man? How sad.
The government that provides for a modicum of safety, including economic, produces a level of contentment and protections from fear that is conducive to creativity. People scratching to live in competition with other frightened souls does not facilitate creativity or promote innovation. The US has produced no real innovations in the arts or the basic sciences for the past 30 years. Lots of tinkering and gadgets, nothing created.
It’s “Friedman.” And I’ve read — and dismissed — just about everything that Uncle Milty had to say.
What’s sad is how you will be when you discover your life savings are gone, victims of the machinations of tin man gods.
I think it’s time we stop assisting thread hijacking.
You make assumptions that are just that, assumptions. You’re a carrier of the virus.
I’m down with that. Feeding trolls is like feeding a tapeworm.
How do you hijack the early morning swim thread?
I see. So FDL exists to be an echo chamber for only like minded individuals, i.e. old hippies?
Reality bites, doesn’t it?
Ah yes, the ad hominem attacks have replaced coherent debate. I expected this.
Have a lovely day. :-)
“BP must identify in the next 48 hours additional leak containment capacity that could be operationalized and expedited to avoid the continued discharge of oil.”
Translated: You’re dragging your heels and aren’t even using all the equipment you have, damn it. You better, or I’ll … I’ll … .
BP spokesman Jon Pack said the company received Watson’s letter and would respond to it as soon as possible.
Translated: Too bad. Have a nice weekend.
The administration has not used legal authority to order BP to do a thing, because it hasn’t asserted any legal authority.”
Fines can already be legally levied against BP by law – fines under the Clean Water Act are $4,300 per barrel of oil released – and assets can be seized corresponding to this fine (let “fresh water versus salt water” be fought in the courts). We also have criminal charges for company policies that violate HS&E/OSHA standards, and indeed engineering standards to the point 11 deaths was a not unexpected outcome – criminal negligence. in the last three years, BP refineries in Ohio and Texas have accounted for 97 percent of the “egregious, willful” violations handed out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The violations are determined when an employer demonstrated either an “intentional disregard for the requirements of the [law], or showed plain indifference to employee safety and health.”
OSHA statistics show BP ran up 760 “egregious, willful” safety violations, while Sunoco and Conoco-Phillips each had eight, Citgo had two and Exxon had one comparable citation – 97% of the violations are BP.
BP started as the Anglo-Iranian oil company, securing drilling rights in Iran in 1908, keeping 84% of the profits, and giving 16% to the Iranian people, but they never opened its books to Iran to prove they were getting their “fair” share, leading to the nationalization movement which came to a head in 1951, when Iran voted to nationalize it, leading to BP getting IKE to do a successful Iranian oil embargo, and then our CIA’s deposing of the legitimate government and installing – AOIC became BP a year later.
Florida’s $60 billion annually tourist industry..hotels and restaurants will go into bankruptcy and we worry that investors in BP might take a loss?
The White House must assert that the Pollution Control Act of 1990 gives it authority to put BP’s American operations into temporary receivership – and then do so.
What does that even mean? Right now I have enough saved and invested to send my kids to college with out government assistance and am planning for a retirement that does NOT include social security. I will seek to navigate this challenging economic climate using my god-given talents and intelligence to preserve what I have EARNED through persistence and perseverence.
I will be just fine. But if YOU are looking for Uncle Sam to assist you in your golden years…oops.
basic rule of advancement – competition – and the only competition for multi-national corporations is the power of government.
“I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
It MUST…but WILL it? Don’t hold your breath.
You have “earned” nothing – if you have a few decades under your belt you know that merit is only one – and a minor one – of the markers for getting money in America. Congratulation on getting whatever you have saved – and being wise enough to save. But cut the nonsense that those that have less “deserve less because they do not work hard”.
America is better than other countries because it does have that modicum of reward for merit and hard work – right of birth, right of force, and prior wealth is stronger in other countries. But don’t pretend that someone that has paid Social Security taxes for 40 years is looking forward to being a leach on the government till that you so generously fill.
And what happens when an administration/federal government colludes with the ‘monied corporations’?
Well – here we agree – Obama has no backbone – and is a coward – fearful of the corporate leaders of America.
I can only fight against that collusion – and for 3 score and ten I have more at less lost that fight except in the 60′s. Not much more one can do.
I did not say that those who have less deserve less…only that they are foolish to believe that reliable assistance will come from the federal government.
Never did I use the word leach. Working hard is a significant American trait and in this country working hard can lead to great success. It depends or who your work for.
“The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”
Where have you been the last 2 years? On average every person holding private pension fund has lost 50% of the “earned” value. I am damned grateful I trusted the government with the roughly 15%-18% of my lifetime earnings.
Unless you have all that money in gold it is nothing more than numbers. Your money is being gambled by the masters of the universe as we speak and likely as not when you look for it will be gone.
Stop supporting big government agendas that consolidate power in DC, enabling corruption and collusion. In the 60s, the students were railing against the establishment, but now those student ARE the establishment.
The younger generations see how the boomers have enriched themselves without regard for future generations and when they begin to ask themselves “why am I working my ass off (if they have a job) to pay for the cushy benefits old public sector employees who retired at age 50 and I am taxed to pay for corporate bailouts of politically favored industries, this Ponzi scheme that has become the federal government behemoth will be starved.
Too true, but the stock market has always been risky. Shame on pensions who that promised lavish benefits and were forced to gamble for a greater return on investment to meet their burdensome obligations. Like I said, it depends on who you work for.
And BTW. I strive to be the Master of my own Universe, by the Grace of God.
You are dependent as we all are on other living things,, “the kindness of strangers,.” not God.
That is your opinion. I believe in God and His grace. If you do not, that is your choice and I respect that.
To your detriment to be sure.
Why is the government rejecting international help with the oil spill?
Ahhh. A new government agency I can support.
To paraphrase one of the baseball legends, I forgot who, when asked if crossing oneself when he comes to bat brought God’s help. Answer: “not if he can’t hit.”
Claims Adjuster in Chief?
Again, you are entitled to believe as you wish. Please allow me the same freedom.
Social Security Cash Flow Suddenly Negative
Oh, All of the sudden when I call you out, it’s just a matter of opinion, rather than correct or wrong,.
btw How much stock do you or your mutual fund hold in BP?
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