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The World Is Buzzing

Hate to give tou a harsh fuzz buzz BUT:

Bees Who Work For the Police
www.npr.org

An artist dreams of turning social insects into police intelligent units — to help track illegal plants growing around town. Robert Krulwich is on the case.

And for many Americans thinking about eating their frozen catfoodcicles... They will not be happy about this:

Dear Poor People, Thank You for Going Without Heat So We Can Buy Another Week of War
fdlaction.firedoglake.com

It is important to put budget issues in perspective, so I have a simple request that President Obama, the top members of his administration, and his allies in Congress send a hand written version of this letter to constituents: Dear low-income American, I know times are tough.

But the buzz in Washington is that even the well known evul communist leftiest of the Senate leader, Harry Reid, has  got a problem with Obama outflanking the GOP on their right wing:

According to his spokesman, Reid requested the meeting with Obama — after Obama openly courted House and Senate Republicans at the White House last week.

They apparently discussed the House’s proposed cuts, “and what they mean to real people in their everyday lives,” according to Reid’s office — notable because many of the cuts overlap with Obama’s own budget recommendations, though the GOP’s dig deeper.

“Sen. Reid also reiterated his position on protecting Social Security,” the statement concludes.

Meanwhile, Matt Taiibi wants to give Wall St. a well deserverd pre-lockup buzzcut:

Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail?
www.rollingstone.com

over drinks at a bar on a dreary, snowy night in Washington this past month, a former Senate investigator laughed as he polished off his beer.

"Everything's fucked up, and nobody goes to jail," he said. "That's your whole story right there. Hell, you don't even have to write the rest of it. Just write that."

I put down my notebook. "Just that?"

"That's right," he said, signaling to the waitress for the check. "Everything's fucked up, and nobody goes to jail. You can end the piece right there."

Nobody goes to jail. This is the mantra of the financial-crisis era, one that saw virtually every major bank and financial company on Wall Street embroiled in obscene criminal scandals that impoverished millions and collectively destroyed hundreds of billions, in fact, trillions of dollars of the world's wealth — and nobody went to jail. Nobody, that is, except Bernie Madoff, a flamboyant and pathological celebrity con artist, whose victims happened to be other rich and famous people.

The rest of them, all of them, got off. Not a single executive who ran the companies that cooked up and cashed in on the phony financial boom — an industrywide scam that involved the mass sale of mismarked, fraudulent mortgage-backed securities — has ever been convicted.

You can go over and read the substantial piece, first get a six page coffee ready for the worthy read, but I can answer the titled question for you, "Why isn't Wall Street in Jail?", right now:

Because Wall Street owns the government. Lock, stock and over the barrel with all 3 branches of corporatism.

And, holy moly, Wisonsin is buzzing like the streets of Egypt with the news that the governor is ready to declare war, Natinal Guard and all, on the middle class with a manufactured budget crisis:

Capitalising on American Tear Gas Lobbed at Egyptian Protesters

Yes, you already knew our government was extremely supportive in propping up the corrupt Egyptian regime, mostly as a means of keeping their torture routes protected and the oil and military markets flowing profitably... And, no doubt, we will send more tear gas if they need it because there is a lot of money to be made in never ending wars:

“Made in the USA” Tear Gas Thrown at Protesters in Egypt

The United States has given billions of dollars in military aid to Egypt over the decades. The State Department approved the sale of tear gas to its police, despite its known history of brutality.

But the entire Arab world is starting to look like another neoconservative disaster as the lies and collusion between the USA, the UK, Israel and the supposed enemies of freedom - like the contorted and distorted "enemies" in Palestine, for example - come to light. It is another neoconservative contrived clusterfrack of foreign policy failure. But much like the Shock Doctrine delivered banking disaster is, the organized chaos the elite powers that be have preyed upon should be exposed for the Disaster Capitalism that has resulted.

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Egyptians are walking the razor's edge of social media

The rise of the revolution in Egypt can be attributed in large part to social media:

Inside Egypt's Facebook Revolt
www.newsweek.com

After hundreds of arrests in Cairo Wednesday, some protest organizers have gone missing and are presumed jailed. Now activists are using Egypt’s oldest social medium to keep up the fight.

In the days leading up to this week’s street protests in Egypt, the largest the country has seen since the 1970s, Ahmed Salah was busy spreading the word around Cairo—“in every possible way,” as he put it. A veteran activist who said agitation is his genes, Salah, 45, tapped into his usual network, called family and friends, hit the streets, and posted updates on the Web. “On the 25th, we are trying to give people a bit of hope, and a chance to express themselves,” he said in a phone interview last week. But he said the regime would fight back.

As this Egyptian woman seems to be attesting to, it starts small and can build from there. And it was not without its risks:

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Saturday Morning Open Thread: Explosive Happenings, Egyptian Edition

Via ABC News:

Gas pipeline blown up in Egypt

Unknown attackers have blown up an Egyptian terminal supplying gas to Israel near the Gaza Strip, amid raging protests against the regime of president Hosni Mubarak.

[...more...]

The riots continue apace.

In other news, former President George W. Bush had to cancel an appearance overseas, and it looks like it may have been due to the thread of protests coupled with a possibility that he may have been arrested for war crimes.

Today is Saturday, 5 February 2011, and this is an Open Thread.

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Revolutions Know No Color

By Michael Collins

The legitimate demands of the people everywhere have no color, nor do their revolutions.  These are not the revolutions arising from staged events by the White House, the National Endowment for Democracy, and other meddlers.  We are witnessing what Mark Levine called human nationalism.  The people of Tunisia, now Egypt, are, "taking control of their politics, economy and identity away from foreign interests and local elites alike in a manner that has not been seen in more than half a century." (Image)

Somehow, we are supposed to believe that the English speaking peoples have a corner on democracy.  The rest of the world is still learning.  When the oppressed of a nation, particularly of the third world, stage an uprising, it is neatly packaged and color coded.  That way it's easier to follow.  The Western leaders and press assume an avuncular pose and pass judgment on how the various colors pass along the path to self-determination -- not too fast, not to0 rowdy, and certainly not to0 disruptive to first world markets, especially oil.

Al Jazeera English: Iraqis flee Cairo for safety in Baghdad

Much of the world is absorbed in the transformative events taking place across Egypt, the 85 million-person leader of the Arab world.

So have we.  I have been unable to break away from the live stream video @ Al Jazeera English until I was forced to when the stream proved unavailable this morning and I had to search up an alternative real time source, at Youtube

I thought that it must be time to step back a bit, towards normalcy, and all of the things that pile up on top of the priority list which must come before volunteering effort here...until I saw the headline for this video, and found the need to post it.

Thank God for Al Jazeera English, I remember back when the US had such media!

Iraqis flee Cairo for safety in Baghdad

I hope for the best, safest outcome possible to the people of Egypt and Iraq, and one that leaves to people of each country a destiny they choose and make for themselves. 

Couple of things to help Egyptians use the Internet

Originally posted 2011-01-28 11:39:57 -0500. Bumped and promoted. -- GH

Just grabbing and posting a couple of things that might help Egyptians and increasing numbers of their neighbors use the Internet when it is turned on.

One item for us Arabic-challenged surfers, http://www.commondreams.org/uprising .

Help Egypt by Joining the TOR Cloud

Here's what you can do. Contributing to the Tor network requires a bit of technical savvy and a devotion of your time and your computer's resources. If that's you, and you're willing to learn about the Tor network, help reopen these channels of communication by joining the Global Proxy Cloud (instructions linked on the right). Through a download of Tor, a free anti-censorship program developed by The Tor Project, a computer running a Tor bridge over an extended period can help the network run faster.

Here are a couple of things I passed on to an Egypt-linked friend last night.

Sam Spade Network Information Tool

You might also pass on this tool for investigating network information, http://www.softpedia.com/get/Network-Tools/Network-Tools-Suites/Sam-Spade.shtml ,
It's what I used to ping hosts in dot eg.

Lastly, an article describing its use.
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/sam-spade-the-swiss-army-knife-of-network-analysis/1038366  

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Gaza Views, First hand report of conditions in Gaza -- Part IV

This is the final post of the four part series by Felice Gelman who writes about her recent trip to Gaza under the pen name rosahill. Here are links to the first three posts from her diary. Here are links to the first three posts, Part I, Part II,  Part III.


Sunday, June 7, 2009



A Detailed Account of the Impact of Israel's Attack


Our meeting with the Palestinian Center for Human Rights is the best orientation to the impact of the Israeli attack. PCHR meticulously documents everything, and deals quite fearlessly with both internal and external violations of human rights.

PCHR estimates that, during the Israeli attacks, 2,500 tons of explosives were dropped on Gaza. That equals 3 kilos of explosives per meter. (They have a massive display of weapons fragments in their office, with all too many bearing indications that they were made in the USA).

Swine Flu Nonsense Round Up

An amazing amount of gibberish has been uttered about swine flu 2009 H1N1 virus in recent days. I would like to share some highlights (including antics of Collins and Perry) along with links to one or two items that actually make sense.

Ellinorianne and Fish Out of Water have both written excellent diaries about Smithfield Farms possible involvement in the outbreak of flu in Mexico.

A number of organizations have been warning about the dangers of factory farming in the west, and the role farming may have played in the first outbreaks in Asia of Avian flu. The Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Production published a report a year ago warning of the environmental dangers of factory farms.  

Pandora's Pond detailed the role of contaminated water in the genesis of Asian bird flu. The gist of the article is that fish farms were located in close proximity to pigs and chickens, and human excrement was added to the water for enrichment. Humans, pigs and chickens can exchange the influenza virus. The excrement in the water spread a human strain of influenza to wild birds who then infected chickens. Pigs ate the chicken poop. The cycling of the virus between pigs, chickens and wild birds allowed an extremely virulent form of flu to pass from birds to humans. Fortunately, it was never easily spread from human to human.

Iran Ate My Caliphate

by Jeff Huber

 

Last week, at a meeting of his country's ruling party, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak accused Iran of "trying to devour the Arab states." Don't worry, Hosni. Iran won't eat you. It can't. It can't sit on you either. It's too far away.

What led Mubarak to say such a mean thing about Iran? Well, it seems that a bunch of Iranian students shouted a bunch of mean things at the Egyptian embassy in Tehran, including their apparently genuine wish that someone would hang Mubarak. The Iranian students shouted mean things about Mubarak because Egypt wouldn't let the Iranian Red Crescent sneak around Israel's blockade of the Gaza strip and deliver food and supplies to Palestinians, who have been reduced to eating grass.

So Iran wasn't trying to eat Arabs; it was trying to feed them. Gee, how did Mubarak get that story all backwards?

Abu Nidal on U.S. Payroll?

If Robert Fisk's reporting, and the files they are holding, are believable, apparently we had another of those Evil Terrorists People on our payroll, working and spying for us. It wouldn't surprise me. Things never seem to change especially when the names and faces of long time inner Washington keep popping up! I caught this Report: Notorious Palestinian Mercenary Was Hired by U.S. to Find Link Between Saddam and Al-Qaeda over at Alternet. But it can also be found at the original report in the Independant who have the files mentioned in Fisks writing.

Iraqi papers obtained by The Independent state that Abu Nidal was "colluding" with the U.S.

Many knew of, and tried to stop, the 'collusion' of the U.S. with Saddam, supplying him his wants of 'chemical' and 'biological' weapons, WMD's, in his war against Iran who were using this type of warfare arsenal.

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