Posted by Wavy McGrady on 8/1/2014
This is Tyler Cowen, an 'economist' at George Mason University. Cowen would just be another supply-side wanker if his small college wasn't in Washington, DC and a convenient place for plutocrats to park their feckless children for four-years of drinking and carousing with other rich-kids - and a guaranteed "diploma" - before they take-the-reigns of the family fortune. Cowen got points with our rulers when he wrote a vacuous critique of Thomas Piketty’s superb book on inequality, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century", easily the most important economics book of the year. Someone at the NY Times bothered to ask Cowen about his silly review and delusional theory that "cultural factors" are the sole cause for the widening income gap:
"Note that the observed stagnation in earnings has plagued male earners, not women. Women continue to do better in the work force and also in education, or if they choose not to advance this is often a voluntary decision, linked to childbearing.Got that?
"Men are perhaps better suited for old-style manufacturing jobs, and women are often better suited for service sector jobs. A lot of men seem to have problems with discipline and conscientiousness.
"If we are looking for a remedy, a greater interest in strict religions would help many of the poor a lot — how about Mormonism for a start? Just look at the data. Many other religions prohibit or severely limit alcohol, drugs and gambling ..."
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/31/2014
It's official, the United Snakes has now spent MORE MONEY fixing Afghanistan than George Marshall and his Marshall Plan spent fixing Europe after World War II:
KABUL, Afghanistan — By the time its combat troops depart at the end of 2014, the United States will have appropriated more money trying to fix Afghanistan than it did on the Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover economically after World War II, according to an analysis by a government watchdog ...George Marshall was the only FIVE-star General this country has ever produced. He was a brilliant military strategist, an extraordinarily intelligent and practical man who's common sense approach to leadership guided the United States to its position as the world's preeminent post-war power. He saved Europe. Period. Full stop. And the people of those war-torn countries, and the U.S., will be forever grateful to him.
“There are limits to the comparison between the Marshall Plan and Afghanistan, but there’s no question we’ve made a huge commitment and no question that the return on that investment might be less than we hoped for,” said Scott Smith, who directs the Afghanistan and Central Asia programs at the United States Institute of Peace. Still, he said, while most money and effort has been poured into the security side, that is perhaps the area where the least progress has been made.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/30/2014
Our rulers Lockheed stock hit another BIG payday. They've ordered the Pentagon to ship THOUSANDS of their Hellfire missiles to the morons who sorta run Iraq:
The State Department has approved the possible sale of 5,000 AGM-114K/N/R missiles and related parts and training ... The estimated cost of the deal would be about $700 million, and dwarf previous shipments of Hellfire missiles to Iraq ...Gee, what could possibly go wrong? If Iraqi forces abandoned their Hellfire missiles like they did all the other weapons the United Snakes has given them, you think ISIS would use them? Or just give them back to us so we could give them to the next puppet Iraqi government?
A former defense official with knowledge of the Hellfire program told Checkpoint earlier in July that while many reports have focused on the question of when Iraq will receive the first of the F-16 fighter jets it has ordered, it was the delivery of more Hellfire missiles that deserved closer attention and could have a more immediate impact in Iraq.
The Iraqi military burned through its inventory of about 300 Hellfire missiles in June as militants from the Islamic State seized territory in numerous parts of the country ...
Human rights advocates have accused Iraq of indiscriminate airstrikes in numerous areas, including some in the western city of Fallujah using controversial barrel bombs. Last week, Human Rights Watch urged the United States should stop sending weapons to Iraq until the Baghdad government adheres to international law.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/30/2014
The latest inhuman outrage from the Khazars in Occupied Palestine is the bombing of a U.N. girl's school and the murder of 20 people there:
Twenty people have been killed after a shell hit the UNRWA girls' school in Jabalia refugee camp, emergency services say. The UN condemned Israeli actions in the strongest possible terms, calling them a serious violation of international law ...Grady doesn't care how many bottle-rockets the Khazars pay their riff-raff in Gaza to plant in schools & hospitals, and how many times our lick-spittle media repeats their Khazarian propaganda talking points, this is genocide - pure and simple.
More than one shell hit the school. The first in the courtyard and the second a section primarily used by female pupils, RT contributor Harry Fear reported from the scene. Currently, over five UN schools are caught in the fighting, he added ...
The shelling came as a Palestinian delegation was preparing for a trip to Cairo to discuss a temporary humanitarian ceasefire.
The conflict, so far just over three weeks old, has seen over 1,260 people killed, according to figures provided by Gaza authorities.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/29/2014
The Khazars in Occupied Palestine who run our media just LUVs their 'Amerikan Exceptionalism' bullshit and blow smoke up the collective ass of the gullible chumps every chance they get - usually with some stupid version of the old soldier-worship cliché where G.I. Joe risks his life to give the little colored kids some Hershey bars and paint their schools for Jesus. And some of them die but that's just, ya' know, war. Our politicians use this idea to buy more weapons from our rulers' factories and distribute them throughout the world, causing even more mini-wars that require even more weapons, etc.etc. But the Khazars were SO successful at proliferating more wars-4-Isarel after 9-11 that the glut of weapons has backfired on them:
Over the past decade, the U.S. has poured unimaginable amounts of money into training and equipping Afghanistan’s army. Now, the Department of Defense ... is saying many of the 747,000 weapons given to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have gone missing and could end up fueling escalating attacks by Taliban insurgents ...The ReePub contingent of our rulers cares about only three things: 1. cutting rich people's taxes, 2. kicking the Olds, the Poors and any other group who's too weak to fight back, and 3. more free money for them and their crony-capitalist pals. That's it.
While the U.S. supplies huge amounts of military aid across the globe, it has been less keen on developing nonproliferation programs ... to stop the illicit trade in small arms. In 2001, the U.S. and a small group of states including China, Cuba, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and Russia voted to block the creation of a more comprehensive system for monitoring weapons proliferation. They argued that existing standards set up under international law were doing enough to check the illegal flow of weapons. But a look at the growing power of insurgencies over the past several years suggests otherwise. Infamous terrorist groups like ISIS have stunned the world by overpowering well equipped armies, often using illegally smuggled or captured weapons.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/28/2014
The Khazars in Occupied Palestine are losing the propaganda war because the pictures of genocide from Gaza are so horrific and, of course, because there are ABSOLUTELY NO pictures of suffering from Israel. So they've changed tactics, ordering their American media-whores to change the theme-line from "human shields" to "TUNNELS!"
The tunnels can be quite elaborate. The tunnel toured by journalists on Friday was reinforced with concrete and had a rack on the wall for electrical wiring. It also featured a metal track along the floor, used by carts that removed dirt during the tunnel’s construction, that could be used to ferry equipment and weapons, the Israeli military said.The tunnels are actually a logical and courageous response to the violent racial supremacy and genocide of the Khazars in Occupied Palestine and their American-supplied 300-billion-dollar military killing-machine - much like the tunnels the courageous Allied prisoners-of-war used against their fascist Nazi oppressors, documented in movies like "The Great Escape".
Ask yourself this question. If you were trapped in an open-air prison with violent oppressors constantly shelling and bombing you, at their whim, what would you do?
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/27/2014
The Farnborough Airshow is THE largest and most important venue for displaying new aircraft in the world. It is crucial for the development and marketing of a gigantic airplane program like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (so far, at $400-Billion, more than TWICE the original estimate) to make huge, positive impression with a showy, acrobatic display in the skies above Farnborough. Well, the little airplane that can't, FAILED again:
Airbus hogged the limelight at day one of the world’s biggest aviation trade fair Monday, taking advantage of the glitches that kept Lockheed Martin Corp. from showcasing its new F-35B fighter.The F-35 is an over-complicated, gadget-y loser that is never going to fly right, much like the useless F-22 that we wasted $68-Billion on that is basically no longer operational because it has a tendency to choke its pilots and can't fly in the rain. The F-35 has also been grounded by rain and now by the simple fact that we don't know when one will just spontaneously combust. And at a final projected cost of over 768-Million-dollars PER PLANE there's PROFITZ! in them-there bonfires that make our rulers smile.
The European consortium that is Boeing Corp.’s only real rival in the market for wide-bodied civil aircraft announced over 100 new orders for planes at the start of the U.K.’s Farnborough International Airshow, including for the twin-aisled A330neo model that it showcased for the first time ...
But this year’s show has suffered from the loss of its star attraction: the new F-35B Lightning, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, developed by Lockheed together with much of the U.K.’s defense industry. The F-35B is currently grounded after an unexplained engine fire last month ...
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/26/2014
One of the biggest stories in Israeli media about the Gaza Massacre is not the condition of babies like this who've been savagely murdered by 500-pound, "smart" Freedom Bombs™. After all, the most popular Israeli graffiti these days reads: "Hitler was a child once, too!" No, the big "human interest" story in Khazar Occupied Palestine is the fate of ... AN OWL, wounded by shrapnel in fighting near the border:
The young owl had been hit by shrapnel in an attack on Nirim, a kibbutz in the Eshkol Regional Council. He fell from the tree to the ground and coincidentally, was noticed lying there some minutes later by Ben Itay, a member of the kibbutz – and a veterinary student.This has become a huge story and Israelis are fascinated, not by the fate of the babies their army is slaughtering, but by ... an owl.
Not that Itay needed medical training to notice that the bird had suffered injuries to his face and to an eye ... he brought the injured owl ... to the Israeli Wildlife Hospital of the Safari and Israel's Nature and Parks Authority.
The doctors immediately evaluated the owl's condition with a series of x-rays and determined that there's a piece of shrapnel between the right ear and the eye ...
Still, his eye remains low priority compared with his other head injuries. At this point the hospital is waiting for his condition to stabilize further before operating to remove shrapnel. Until all that can happen, the vets covered his bad eye on Thursday. The concern is that the eye could become dehydrated and lead to irreversible damage, Horowitz explained ...
"It's true that his condition is bad but we've had badly injured animals, who've been shot, and who survive and manage to return to the wild," says Horowitz. "Here the starting point isn't good but we've had birds that, after long rehabilitation, suddenly start to pick up and come back to themselves."
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/25/2014
The "news" has been so horrible lately that it is a small pleasure to report something good. Today, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that he and President Barry are actually proposing cuts to our ridiculously bloated military!
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed shrinking the Army, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings Monday as part of a broad reshaping of priorities after more than a decade of war ...On December 7th, 1941 the United States, with the world's 8th largest military, was attacked by Japan which possessed the LARGEST navy in the world at the time. THREE-years-and-seven-months later that navy was at the bottom of the Pacific ocean.
Under the Hagel plan, which Congress could change, the active-duty Army would shrink from its current 522,000 soldiers to between 440,000 and 450,000. That would make it the smallest since just before the U.S. entered World War II ...
The last time the active-duty Army was below 500,000 was in 2005, when it stood at 492,000. Its post-World War II low was 480,000 in 2001, according to historical tables provided by the Army on Monday. In 1940 the Army had 267,000 active-duty members, and it surged to 1.46 million the following year as the U.S. approached entry into World War II.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/24/2014
The Khazars in Occupied Palestine lock civilians up in an outdoor prison, Freedom Bomb™ the shit outta them and - somehow - it is the fault of Hamas for using human shields? Really? The Khazars tell the Palestinian civilians where to take refuge, and then Freedom Bomb™ the shit outta the very refuge they told them to refuge to. They Freedom Bomb™ houses, apartment buildings, mosques, churches, hospitals and schools every day. Any type of place. It doesn't matter. Next time some foof on the Tee-vee blabbers about human shields? Just remember - this is a mass Khazarian murder spree in order to de-populate land that they're going to eventually steal. Period.
And, next time you hear a Tee-vee foof compare Gaza to Mexico? Remember, the U.S. did NOT whittle Mexico down to a 25-mile strip where the people are virtual prisoners, under siege, and the U.S. has not thoroughly blockaded Mexico from the rest of the world.
Also never forget that international law, which apparently does not apply to Khazars, prohibits - absolutely prohibits - any attacks on Gaza. Because, as sole occupier and siege-lord , Israel has a fiduciary duty to protect Gaza.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/23/2014
As our Khazar-controlled media spins itself inside-out, trying to blame Palestinians for the Freedom Bombs™ the Khazars in Occupied Palestine are dropping on them whilst simultaneously blaming their bogey-man of the year, Putin, for the destruction of Malaysian Air MH-17, let's take a look-back at the Ukraine in March of 2010. Back then, the Ukraine was governed by a DEMOCRATICALLY-elected government and was relatively peaceful. The Ukraine had had a taste of Western, IMF-style 'austerity' capitalism in 2004. It had been a disaster and the people weren't buying that Free Markets!™ bullshit anymore. So in February, 2010 they elected Viktor Yanukovych, a moderate who promised to try and reconcile the rich crony-capitalist Ukrainians' desire for Western-style vulture-capitalism with the people's traditional style of Russian dependency, particularly with regard to natural gas delivery to Europe. Later in 2013, Vladimir Putin was helping President Barry prevent the Khazars attempts to start two more phony wars in Syria and Iran. They prevented the wars and also got a sanction-lifting deal for Iran with new Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping. This made the warmongering, blood-dripping-from-fangs Khazars in Occupied Palestine bat-shit crazy so they dispatched their neocon operative in the U.S. State Department, Vicky Nuland, to start a war next door to Putin in the Ukraine. Vicky recruited eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar and together they shoved millions of dollars worth the weapons & bribes into the hands of the "Hard Men" of the Ukraine, and they got their "revolution" in January, 2014 - resulting in problems for Putin. The democratically-elected government was overthrown and replaced by a committee dictatorship controlled by the "Hard Men". This is a fact that you will never, EVER hear on the Khazar media that the current Ukrainian government is an appointed dictatorship that overthrew a democratically-elected government. Why? Because our rulers and their Khazar media HATE democracy.
The Ukraine is awash in uncontrolled, unregistered weapons, scary weapons like surface-to-air missiles. The United Snakes STARTED this weapons proliferation - NOT Putin. The Khazar media has NO IDEA who fired that missile at MH-17 but they will tell you, all-day-long, that Putin did it.
Don't believe any of the shit the Khazars tell you on their Tee-vee and in their NY Times unless you want more bullshit wars like the Six-Trillion-Dollar Afghan/Iraq mistakes.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/22/2014
We have this con-artist, Theodore Herzl, to thank as the death toll in Gaza rises above 600. In recognition of Mr. Herzl's mendacity, this blog has decided that it will no longer use the word 'Israel' to describe Occupied Palestine. The Eastern European immigrants who have invaded Palestine, stolen the land, water and dignity of the people there are actually, according to Shlomo Sand's superb book, The Invention of the Jewish People, Khazars from the Caucasus - an area North of the Black and Caspian Seas split by the Volga River Valley. What is now The Ukraine, Southern Russia and Georgia was known as Khazaria in the 8th Century CE when the nobility there converted to Judaism and the common people followed. These people have about as much connection to Palestine as Grady does, which is none at all. Yet because of a Hungarian journalist named Theodor Herzl, we had the invention 'Zionism' and 'Israel' in 1895. Herzl was an atheist who didn't believe in any of the nonsense in the Torah, or Old Testament, yet he cynically used these myths to fabricate a "Jewish Land" folklore. This lie was bolstered in 1907 when Samuel Untermeyer and some rich Zionists in New York City hired and patronized an ex-bank embezzler named Cyrus I. Scofield to re-write the Old Testament, renaming Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, 'Israel' and inserting that name into the exodus narrative where it had never existed before. Untermeyer used his influence to have the "American Subsidiary" of the Oxford Press publish Scofield's Bible and called it "The King James Version". It had about as much connection to England, King James and Oxford as gefilte fish does.
The Zionists killed truth in Occupied Palestine and got away with it. Now they're trying to use their Khazarian victimhood propaganda to kill Hamas.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/21/2014
As the slaughter and genocide continues, our Israeli-controlled media keeps trying to come up with reasons why it's SO good & just that Victim-Israel is Freedom Bombing™ the shit outta their open-air prison in Gaza. The Izzies dragged out there go-to girl, Hillary, to justify the slaughter - spreading the most rancid bullshit of how altruistic Israel was when they imprisoned Gaza because they left the greenhouses & stuff:
“You know, when Israel withdrew from Gaza … they left a lot of their businesses–there was a really very valuable horticultural business that was set up by the Israelis who had lived in Gaza. And the idea was that this would be literally turned over–money was provided, there would be a fund that would train Palestinians in Gaza to do this work. And basically the leadership said ‘we don’t want anything left from Israel’ [and] destroyed it all. That mentality to me is hard to deal with.”Suppose you'd had a little farm in Gaza in 1967. When Israel occupied, Eastern European settlers started coming in, pushing you around, trying to start fights. When you & other Gaza farmers tried to protect your land - the settlers screamed 'terrorists!" and the multi-Billion-Dollar Israeli army came in, bludgeoned you, leveled your farm and gave the land to the settlers. Gazans who'd owned the farmland were herded into small open-air ghetto/prisons called "refugee camps". American media ran stories of how brave the poor, ravaged settlers were, trying to start a new life as a farmer with Arab terrorists threatening them at every turn! This propaganda was designed to fund-raise. The American Congress voted HUGE subsidies for the settlers stolen farms. Billion$ for gigantic water projects were contributed by American taxpayers. The Eastern European land & water thieves used these lavish subsidies to build greenhouses and irrigation systems - and took ALL the profits for themselves. They never paid back a penny.
Back in 2000, deal was that the neocons and their media would fix the election for L'il Bushie and he would reciprocate by giving them the Iraq War - contingent on Israel getting the settlers out of Gaza and setting up the open-air prison.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/20/2014
More than 80% of California is in what the National Weather Service describes as "extreme drought":
California is probably headed into a deeper drought this summer, making it harder to escape in the future, an expert says.You want a "shovel-ready", HUGE infrastructure project to pull the United Snakes out of this economic morass? Desalination for California.
With more than 80% of the state in an extreme drought, dry conditions will probably continue and won't improve much in the next few months, said climatologist Brian Fuchs of the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska.
The prolonged statewide drought means it will be “harder to break the cycle,” much like some thirsty regions in Oklahoma and the entire state of Texas, which have been struggling with drought since 2010, he said.
A U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday showed 81% of California in the category of extreme drought or worse, up from 78%. Three months ago, it was 68%.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/19/2014
The blatant Israeli propaganda perpetrated by ABC News in the Diane Sawyer scandal, and the lack of outrage by the rest of our bullshit media (especially when you compare it to coverage of the Bush National Guard/Fake Memos story) is astonishing. But the manipulation of the tragic story of Malaysian Airlines MH17 downed by a missile over the Ukraine is even worse. The lick-spittle propagandists and PR hacks have lined up, striving to outdo each other to show their fealty to Israel and the neocon order that started this mess in the Ukraine. The amount of bullshit speculation and Putin degradation blabbered over the airwaves since Thursday is astounding, truly comparable to the Weapons-of-Mass-Bullshit hype before the phony Iraq War. These chicken-shit ghouls want war SO bad and can't wait to report about someone else fighting it. They are lower than dog-shit.
This media blathering about MH17 has a three-fold purpose for our rulers. One: it fortifies the Putin-hate thus weakening his position as a peace arbitrator in Syria. Two: it is an effective distraction away from the genocide Israelis robustly cheer while the death toll climbs in Gaza. And three: it energizes Likud's racist American Jewish base which leads to more donations to tough-guy Bibi and his gangsters for their upcoming elections. Winny-Win-WIN!
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/18/2014
Our chicken-shit media is afraid to show you Al Wafa Hospital in Gaza which looks significantly worse than this now. Israel's new genocide/terror tactic is threatening phone calls to the hospital in the middle of the night, telling staff the bombs are coming! FIRST-thing-in-the-morning!
After sustaining five missiles last Saturday, Al-Wafa Hospital in Gaza City received disturbing phone calls last night warning of a new round of bombings ...Those of you who've been in the hospital with a serious illness know well that a complete evacuation of a hospital, in the middle of the night, before 8:00am is ridiculous. What about the emergency operations, like the appendectomy Grady had at 1:00am? And people in critical condition?
International volunteers at the hospital report that someone claiming to be from the “Defense department of the Israeli forces” called at 23:05 (11:05pm), telling everyone to evacuate by morning.
Just a few minutes later, at 23:10, the hospital received a recorded message stating that the downtown neighborhood of Shajaia, with a population of approximately 100,000 people, should also evacuate by the following morning.
Then again, at 23:55, another call reiterated the request to leave, saying the hospital would be bombed by 08:00. “Because we don’t want innocent people to get hurt, we care about innocent people, [we] ask you to leave because we are doing a mass operation in your area,” the caller stated.
Hospital administrators sought the intervention of the World Health Organization, which contacted the Israel Defense Forces. The IDF reportedly contradicted their prior message to the hospital when speaking with the WHO. “It is a hospital, so we won’t bomb it,” the IDF reportedly told the WHO ...
Despite numerous phone calls, Israeli Defense Force spokespeople continue to ignore requests for justification for Saturday’s attack, and cannot offer any information about a potential attack in a few hours. “If they received a message to leave, they should leave,” said one spokesperson.
Well the ghouls in the IDF don't care. They shelled the hospital this morning:
- Al Wafa Hospital - damage on multiple floors - power has been cut -
shelling is on going - some patients cannot be evacuated - some can -
like i said - they probably will be there left to die - 6 staff members
have been injured -The media is too frightened of Israel to show the carnage at al Wafa and with good reason. NBC correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin actually tried to report some news from Gaza when an Israeli navy ship shelled some kids on a beach Tuesday, playing soccer, killing four of them. Mohyeldin, an experienced correspondent who knows Gaza well and speaks the local languages, was immediately pulled from the area by his bosses in Jerusalem. The message is crystal-clear to all the chicken-shit American "journalists": if you don't report EXACTLY what Israel wants - you're not going to be a "reporter" any more. Just ask Diane Sawyer.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/17/2014
This is Robert Rubin. He is a BIG, crooked Bankster. Robert Rubin did not get indicted but some banksters actually did - not BIG Banksters - but banksters nonetheless. There are indictments and even guilty pleas:
[A]nother former Wilmington Trust business lender has been indicted, by federal prosecutors in Wilmington, and charged with fraud for giving a developer millions more than he was authorized to lend in the years leading up to the collapse and forced sale of what used to be Delaware's dominant bank.But the kicker is that the guys, supposedly, watching these banksters - the Senior Management? The Big Boys? It's still non toucher pas when it comes to those guys:
The ex-lender, Peter W. Hayes, worked for the bank for 20 years until he left in 2011, the year the bank was taken over by M&T Bank, which cut more than 700 jobs. Hayes is accused of lending $195 million to a developer over several years, while he was secretly invested in the developer's properties, and using false and insufficient documents to justify loans that weren't repaid ...
Hayes faces 210 years in prison and $7
million in fines if convicted of all five counts of fraud and two of
bribery, according to US Attorney Charles Oberly ...
Hayes is the latest ex-Wilmington Trust lenders and customers to face federal charges for losses in the run-up to the bank's financial collapse. In February 2013, Kevin McAlllister was sentenced to 20 months for fraud, bribery and tax evasion for taking kickbacks from a Delaware County mortgage broker in exchange for loans that went unpaid.
Joseph Terranova, former vice president in the bank's commercial real estate unit, last year pleaded guilty of "conspiring to extend credit to customers of the Bank under terms inconsistent with those approved by the Bank's loan committee." His former boss, ex-Wilmington Trust Delaware banking chief Brian D. Bailey, was indicted last winter on bribery, fraud and money laundering charges for a string of illegally disguised loans to a lender at MidCoast Bank ...
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/16/2014
As Israel's image sinks to depths even South Africa never experienced, our Israeli controlled media becomes more & more desperate to find anything that could stem the tide. Their latest bullshit story is that Hamas "rejected" a negotiated ceasefire:
It’s the siege, stupid. Talk to virtually anyone in Gaza and they will tell you the same. The siege is living death, slowly crushing the life out of Gaza. It has to end.What "ceasefire" means to Israel? Palestinians in Gaza will cease fire while Israel will continue to attack, invade and kill Palestinians perpetuating a slow, genocidal siege.
This is a main reason why Hamas did not accede to the attempt by Israel, through its ally the Egyptian dictatorship, to impose a unilateral “ceasefire” about which Hamas says it was never even consulted, hearing about the initiative only through the media ...
But the fact remains: it is Israel that has rejected reasonable ceasefire conditions that have always been on the table.
Hamas’ conditions for a ceasefire have been clear. As the Guardian reported on 9 July, Hamas has:
asked for the ceasefire conditions from the last major round of fighting with Israel in [November] 2012 to be reinstated, for the re-release of prisoners freed by Israel in exchange for the kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, who were rounded up again by Israeli after the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers, later found murdered, and an end to what it says is Israeli meddling in the Palestinian unity government.In other words, Hamas mostly wants Israel to abide by agreements it has already made.
In November 2012, Israel agreed to “stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip [by] land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.”
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/15/2014
It's official. The technocrats and brainiacs at British Petroleum have probed, calibrated and analyzed ALL of the oil that's left on this little ol' planet - every-single-drop - and we've got ... 53.3 years left:
BP’s annual report on proved global oil reserves says that as of the end of 2013, Earth has nearly 1.688 trillion barrels of crude, which will last 53.3 years at current rates of extraction ...Okay? Got that? "Drill-Baby-Drill" - MAXIMUM extraction effort - is good for 53.3 years - until 2067. That's it.
The increased amount of oil in the report include 900 million barrels detected in Russia and 800 million barrels in Venezuela ...
As for the United States, which lately has been ramping up oil extraction through horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, BP says its proven oil reserves are 44.2 billion barrels ...
And while the amount of proven oil reserves, and their extraction, are rising each year, so is concern about how they're recovered. Not only do new extraction methods use huge amounts of energy to get even more energy, particularly from shale, they also use chemicals and metals that many fear poison nearby soil and groundwater, and generate huge amounts of toxic wastewater.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/14/2014
Israel's and the Texas war-profiteerin' crank billionaires' image consultants got together and decided that a pair of horn-rimmed glasses will make Americans forget how stupid Rick Perry is. Maybe the glasses will help this buffoon remember his debate talking points, or at least be able to read them off the notes they prepare for him, next time he cites the three government agencies he's a'gonna close down:
We never got that third agency's name out of Governor Shit-fer-Brains. How 'bout - the Department of Post-Modern Deconstructionism? Or The 50-lb Cheese-Wheel Agency? Main thing: millions & millions of Americans will go hungry and/or without crucial services if Israel and its enablers ever get this moron elected president - but - we'll get some MORE TROOPS and some brand-new wars in the Middle East. That's for sure. Ricky done LUVs him sendin' them soldier-boyz in there actin' all tough'n stuff. Wherever they tell him to.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/13/2014
In spite of what the bullshit merchants at the New York Times tell us, and remember, they were the ones who warned, without question, that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Bullshit - Israel has violated cease-fires WAY more often than Gaza has:
In an ongoing study of violence between Israel and Gaza, The Jerusalem Fund, a non-profit in Washington, D.C., has cataloged cease-fire violations on either side. The principal finding is as follows: “Palestinian launches have been rare and sporadic and occurred almost always after successive instances of Israeli cease-fire violations.” Despite this, in the diplomacy on Mid-East peace, we invariably hear about Israel’s security concerns, while that of the Palestinians’ is hardly mentioned ...
So how have these cease-fire dynamics been covered? We’ve tracked New York Times coverage of the cease-fire during this period. The New York Times is representative of the mainstream and extremely important for shaping public discourse ... The Times also has multiple reporters covering these events including a bureau in Jerusalem and a correspondent in Gaza ...
Of the nearly 120 Israeli cease-fire violations during this period the New York Times reported on 17 of them. Additionally, most of these stories (eleven) came either during the first week of the cease-fire ... That means for the bulk of this period, during which Israel committed 87 cease-fire violations and causing some 91 Palestinian casualties over nearly a one year period there were only six stories on the topic ... a systematic failure to cover Israeli cease-fire violations.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/12/2014
Our Israeli-controlled media is filled with lick-spittle politicians and pundits gravely declaring that "Israel has the right to defend itself!" over & over again. You hear it more than any other media theme-line these days - even more than other Israeli theme-line, "Obama Worst President Ever". In spite of the volume & frequency, this idea is false. Because? Simple. When you are an OCCUPYING POWER, inside a country, you most definitely do NOT have the right to "shoot fish in a barrel" indiscriminately:
A state cannot simultaneously exercise control over territory it occupies and militarily attack that territory on the claim that it is “foreign” and poses an exogenous (coming from the outside) national security threat. In doing precisely that, Israel is asserting rights that may be consistent with colonial domination but simply do not exist under international law.Remember, Israel started this genocide under the pretext that the people of Gaza had kidnapped three Israeli youths. It is important to realize, that from the moment this kidnapping was reported, the Netanyahu government has suppressed information about the kidnapping. There has been absolutely NO proof, NO evidence, that the people of Gaza, collectively, were responsible for this kidnapping. None. Nada. Zip.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/11/2014
As the Israeli genocide continues in Gaza, our Israeli-controlled, lick-spittle media continues, relentlessly, to frame this 'war' as a "fair fight". How come?
- The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) is a 234-Billion-Dollar behemoth, fully supported by U.S. taxpayers - including gold-plated IDF "Veteran's Administration" healthcare, also paid for by U.S. taxpayers, that makes the U.S. Veteran's Administration look like the joke that it is.
- Gaza has no formal military capability to speak of, in spite of what our lying media says. The Israelis have paid-off some riff-raff collaborators in Gaza to lob worthless fireworks in the general direction of Israel, and blame it all on Hamas, when Hamas - supposedly - has much more effective missiles available to it which - for some mysterious reason - it is NOT using. Gee. Wonder why?
- Not one-single-rocket has done ANY damage to Israel, because, of course, they're being fired by IDF employees, which is why the
lying Blonde Bimbo of ABC "News" had to use pictures - from Gaza - for her "Rockets Raining Down on Israel" bullshit.
Israel has stolen the people of Gaza's humanity, their rights, their land, their water and now - even their terror is being taken away from them and used by the Israel's ABC "News" in a pernicious attempt to cover-up the genocide.
We are ruled by truly despicable persons.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/10/2014
ABC "News" broadcast this bullshit about Israel's attack on Gaza, painting the picture as Israeli victimization ("we take you to the ROCKETS RAINING DOWN ON ISRAEL") - as our lick-spittle Israeli media always does. Here is a PERFECT example of their bullshit. The Blonde Bimbo FALSELY identifies the first two pictures as Israelis:
"And here an ISRAELI FAMILY trying to salvage what they can. One woman standing speechless - among the ruins"The truth is, of course, that these are Palestinians in Gaza "trying to salvage what they can" - NOT Israelis. I'm sure the ABC propaganda hacks tried their best to find AT LEAST two pictures of destruction that were actually IN ISRAEL - but, of course, they couldn't. Why? Because there hasn't BEEN any destruction in Israel AT ALL. None. Nada. Nothing.
ABC tweeted a retraction but you can bet their Israeli overlords will not allow them to say ANYTHING on the Tee-vee about this egregious mistake. Because? ABC "News" is not journalism - it's Israeli propaganda.
Posted by Wavy McGrady on 7/10/2014
As of July 09, 2014, 82 people in Gaza have been killed by the Israeli Defense Force who are basically "shooting fish in a barrel". 13 of these deaths, so far, have been identified as children.
NOT ONE Israeli has been killed by the, supposed, "hundreds of rockets" our Israeli-controlled, lick-spittle media keep screaming about. As a matter of fact, EXACTLY ONE Israeli has been, sadly, killed by Palestinian rockets since 2008.
And we Americans pay for this fucked-up bullshit.