Friday, February 04, 2011

Images from Egypt's protests

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Major Lingo - "A Cowboy's Dream"


Laurie Anderson - "National Debt"

Monday, January 31, 2011

  •  (Above) Appears to be an older Patton tank, maybe from the 80s or early 1990s ... any better guesses?
    Big Boss Stores:
    Proxy Retail Nations as Arms Outlets
    Arms merchants have been using world power(s) like wholesaler to retail outlets for years, and the U.S. is not the only country that does this ... it has been the main industry for Russia, China, Great Britain and France for decades ...
    If this kind of conventional arms proliferation were reduced, then the world powers would have to use their own armies to fight their wars ... and the world might be a happier place, since most of these proxy/retail nations can't afford the hardware to begin with, hence the big dollar amounts, billion dollar loans (Okay, transnational bribes) for the aid ..
    Look at these wars: Iraq (U.S. armaments) vs. Iran (old Soviet), Israel vs. Palestine (U.S. vs. even older Soviet), Mujadeen in Afghanistan (80s era shoulder launched RPGs from the U.S.) vs. Spanking Brand New Soviet Tech: Priceless ...
    If you'll notice, that stuff in the streets of Cairo is pretty obsolete.  Versus U.S.-made Abrahms tanks, touted as the best in the world, which we have given to Israel ... which has kept that bastion of U.S. national security a pretty difficult to defeat ground force for decades, so it's not about just following the money, but also following the technology ...
    This was not the case during the Arab-Israeli wars of the late 60s and early 1970s, when Israel did such a heroic job fighting for its survival with somewhat more even-steven technology, but superior tactics and morale, including tank spotters willing to really stick their necks out to get better line-of-site. In fact, an awful lot of them died doing so.
    This is the way hegemony is fought and won in the real world. And there is nothing completely bad about keeping the meter tight on stability in these regions. I think that's called "peace." People prefer to simply work and consume themselves and educate themselves and worship as they choose to, or choose not to ...
    The real question is, who benefits from instability? Check your price tag at the gas station today ... in that case, you should follow the money ... and then ask yourself ... why am I paying for this, and at the expense to whom?

    ~ Douglas McDaniel