Friday, June 10, 2011

The Virgin MOMCOM - 3

The subtitle of this post could be "The Offensive Foreign Policy of MOMCOM".

The photo to the left is a wedding photo of a newly wed whose husband adores her.

He says he is looking past the outside to the inside where there is a wonderful person dwelling.

In The Virgin MOMCOM - 2 we point out that MOMCOM replicates, that is, does not use "normal" reproductive ways and means like the virgin woman in the photo will.

In The Virgin MOMCOM, we began to use a metaphorical technique which we now use for analysis of the broad picture of US government.

We get behind the front, and look inside via the Jabber The Whut? metaphor in another post.

In those two series we show the broad and broader (dumb and dumber) aspects of government, of MOMCOM,

We likewise show that along with a narcissistic, Baghdad Bob bent, government only sees itself in its own propaganda's "exceptionalist" mirror device.

As an example, on Morning Joe on MSNBC today Joe stated that "we spend more per capita on education" than any other comparable nation.

The stealth narcissism within that statement comes into play when we remember that the military portion of MOMCOM is so sacred, in the government's view, that even the Department of Education has SWAT teams who break down the doors of those students who don't repay student loans:
The Department of Education is disputing a local news report that it sent a S.W.A.T. team to knock down the door and search the house of an individual because he defaulted on student loans.

Stockton, Calif. resident Kenneth Wright told the local ABC affiliate that on Tuesday, approximately 15 officers stormed into his home at 6 a.m., placed him in handcuffs and kept him in a squad car for nearly six hours while his three young children remained inside the house.

Wright said one of the individuals grabbed him by the neck and led him outside to his front lawn.

"He had his knee on my back and I had no idea why they were there," Wright said.

The initial report said the U.S. Department of Education "issued the search and called in the S.W.A.T for his wife's defaulted student loans," although that story has since been taken down and replaced with an updated version that did not contain the claim about the raid being connected to student loans.
(Educational SWAT Team). Do we consider SWAT team costs "educational" or is that part of The Keystone Komplex?

If we conflate "das homeland sekurity" costs with educational costs, then we are not being honest about what we spend on education, nor honest about the results.

What is wrong with this picture of an utterly piercing attitude, invading and piercing the sovereignty of other countries, as well as invading the homes of Americans over a late payment?

The USA sees its foreign policy one way, the nations of the world see it another way.

The toxins of power induced narcissism of this magnitude leads to national dementia, and a demise of the empire.

The next post in this series is here, the previous post is here.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Baghdad Bobs of The United States

The competition for the "Baghdad Bob Moment Of The Year Awards" gets more difficult as time goes on.

We are talking the big league Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf (Baghdad Bob) moments here folks.

Who would have thought that Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, or Anthony Weiner would lose out in the preliminaries, like The Los Angeles Lakers and Tiger Woods did this year?

This is not a contest fit for your everyday buffoon, no, this requires a world class dose of buffoonery on steroids to make it to the finals in the Dredd Blog Baghdad Bob Moment of The Year Awards.

To illustrate the point, check out the graphic of Baghdad Bob at the Alamo to the right.

Then check out many more such moments at this Link, remembering that the denialists from all around the globe are in shock and awe at the spectacle of Baghdad Bob's performances, knowing that when the chips are down in the dumps, the Baghdad Bob competition finalists will lift your hopes all the way into the dizzying heights of the denial stratosphere.

Regular Dredd Blog readers will probably compare him to The Black Knight we refer to on the Dredd Blog About Page, which led to the Dredd Blog motto "Never Give Up ... In Moderation".

Enough about the legends of the game, let's get to the real nitty gritty, let's move on to those folks in today's world who are reaching for the top, climbing into the sky, and pushing the envelope all the way to the stars of deep, spacey denial.

First up is Ben Bernanke:
Indeed, the Fed chairman's much anticipated remarks on Tuesday take one back to the contemptuous indifference of a Herbert Hoover to the public's suffering: Bernanke dismissed the wobbly economy with its anemic 1.8 percent first-quarter growth as merely "somewhat slower than expected." The rise in unemployment to 9.1 percent was "some loss of momentum."

The problem with Bernanke is that he is utterly clueless as to the stark pain and fear endured by the 50 million Americans who have experienced, or face the prospect of, losing their homes. His remarks reflected the insularity of a ruling-power elite that is magnificently impervious to the damage that Bernanke's policies in the current and past administration helped inflict on what used to be called the American way of life. This is a man who assured us there was no housing crisis, while his policies at the Fed encouraged the mortgage securitization swindles that caused the meltdown of the economy.
(Robert Scheer). Like John "What Economic Problems?" McCain, Bernanke is in deep denial and is a contender for first place.

We are working on a composite mosaic that shows Ben Bernanke on the decks of the Titanic saying: "Yes, the president has said the economy was hit by a truck, but this ship is bigger than any truck. These icebergs will not prevail, we still have some brave people on board, and I have ordered full steam ahead for the fed".

Next in contention is the venerable Senator "Climate Change Is A Hoax" James M. ("Mountain") Inhofe.

Inhofe believes that all climate is local, so when he heard of the Joplin, Missouri and Alabama disasters, he exclaimed "A link between climate change and weather disasters? Never!"

The first video below is a synopsis of the Inhofe situation, so that is why the video is linked (the rest of them are attached to this video (by who knows) to slander the climate change scientists and activists). Focus on the first one.

Even though scientists have been warning of these upset conditions in scientific papers since at least 1959, as the games proceed, Inhofe is sure to give any other denier still standing a run for his money.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Lifting The Government Surplus Ceiling - 2

The painting by Turner is called "The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons" (1835).

When the economy tanks, but the government nevertheless increases the war sickness, and then oppresses the populace, there was a time in England when fires would tend to break out.

In the first post of this series we pointed out that this nation should raise the government budget surplus ceiling, also pointing out:
It was the Bush II regime that lowered the government budget surplus ceiling that the Bill Clinton Administration had raised.

In fact, Bush II lowered it so low they had to dig a deeper hole for the new basement to hold all the war debt.
(Lifting The Government Surplus Ceiling). The government studies hard to talk a good line, but the result of spending the people's money on war in order to satiate the filthy war barons' lust for filthy lucre can't be hidden with those words.

In the USA we hear all the time that we have the best economy, living, and working conditions since we are the richest nation in the history of the Earth.

The graphic to the right shows where we rank in health matters, compared to other industrial nations.

I will mention two Dredd Blog posts US vs. World (Healthcare), and Terrorism We Can Believe In? which go into more detail concerning those health system statistics depicted in the graphic.

The facts are that this government propaganda story about the economy is true only if we do not compare ourselves with any other countries:
Human Poverty Index

The Human Poverty Index is an indication of the standard of living in a country, developed by the United Nations (UN) ... The ranking is as follows (with the country with the lowest amount of poverty at the top):
1 Sweden
2 Norway
3 Netherlands
4 Finland
5 Denmark
6 Germany
7 Switzerland
8 Canada
9 Luxembourg
10 Austria
11 France
12 Japan
13 Australia
14 Belgium
15 Spain
16 United Kingdom
17 United States
18 Ireland
19 Italy
(Human Poverty Index, Wikipedia). There is one area where the USA by far exceeds all other nations, in fact, the argument has been made that the USA outperforms all other nations put together in this one field: military expenditures.

This planetary problem, which the USA is leading, controlling, and has no peers in, influences the warlords of the nations to not seem to care that war impoverishes any nation that embraces it, because war is a disease.

The way to stop the plunder of the American people is to stop the wars so that the treasury stops being plundered by the elite folk who are too big to jail in our current banana republic conditions.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Which Came First - Cyborg Or Robot? - 2

On this date in 2009 we first asked this question in the post Which Came First - Cyborg Or Robot?.

It is not as easy to answer as it appears to be at first blush.

So, the Ecocosmology Blog, using that Dredd Blog post as a springboard, took it a bit further in the post there entitled Putting A Face on Machine Mutation.

To complicate matters, in the post Will Humans Evolve Into Machines? the Ecocosmology Blog pointed out that there is a principle called Dollo's Law which says that evolution has only one direction, meaning there can be no "un-evolution", or reversal of the process.

So we must know which came first, the biological or the machine, because that determines the direction in which things must go.

Some scientists seem to think that money will solve the mystery, indicating that only the rich will have the money it takes to evolve into robots (Will Humans Evolve Into Machines?).

As we were wondering if it would help to ask "which came first machines or sex?", along came the post The Virgin MOMCOM - 2, setting forth leiolepis ngovantrii, a virgin lizard that gives birth without sexual encounter (leiolepis are all virgin females).

Is it any wonder that Dredd Blog then posted Absolutism: Pabulum For The Insecure?, a post questioning those who embrace absolutism like a clingy kid grasping his mother, or those "embracers" we wondered about in Thumb Sucking For Power And Pleasure who can't seem to give up thumb sucking?

Who knows, let's ask The 9/11 Commission of Bush II, since everyone knows that era was The Peak of Truth, and thus everyone in the MOMCOM media believes what they said. No? Or perhaps we could consider the journal American Behavioral Journal to beef up on some of the psychological manifestations in this tug-of-war involving a notion of human vs. machine?

The previous post in this series is here.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

SCAD: The Four Illegal Wars

On the Dredd Blog Series: Multiple Posts Page (see Tabs at top of page) under the heading "SCAD (State Crimes Against Democracy)", we list various Dredd Blog posts that chronicle scholarly works which cover the SCAD subject in comprehensive detail.

A more recent Dredd Blog post covers "scientific" endeavors in this subject matter area, specifically, the horror that has happened in the USA under the power of the state misguided by pseudo science (see The Criminally Insane Epoch Arises - 2).

Before we turn to the specifics of today's post, think about the difference between State Crimes Against Democracy (SCAD) and Individual Crimes Against Democracy (ICAD).

The rare case where an individual votes twice, once in her assigned precinct then in another precinct, is an example of an ICAD.

An ICAD in a democracy calls for a criminal charge.

In the case where the state commits crimes against democracy, likewise in a democracy, that also calls for a criminal charge.

We can logically deduce then: when there is no criminal charge for ICAD or SCAD, there is no democracy, there is instead the illusion of democracy.

The term sometimes applied to any such scenario, "banana republic", has nothing to do with the size or location of any such nation, it has to do with how that nation handles state crimes (see Democracy School & Too Big To Jail).

The ongoing four illegal USA wars (Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya), which is the subject of today's post, are by definition, then, State Crimes Against Democracy (SCAD):

The first lecture in the video, concerning the illegality of the Afghanistan War, is given by a professor who wrote what was awarded Publisher's Weekly "book of the week", which only 51 books a year receive (out of tens of thousands):
Web Pick of the Week The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Exposé David Ray Griffin. Interlink/Olive Branch, $20 (386p) ISBN 9781566567299 Author and professor Griffin (9/11 Contradictions: An Open Letter to Congress and the Press) knows his work is referred to by officials and the media as conspiracy theory, and he has a rebuttal: "the official theory is itself a conspiracy theory." In this companion volume to 2004's The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11, Griffin provides corrections, raises new issues and discusses "the two most important official reports about 9/11," the 9/11 Commission Report and the National Institute of Standards and Technology report on the Twin Towers, both "prepared by people highly responsive to the wishes of the White House" and riddled with "omission and distortion from beginning to end." Griffin addresses many points in exhaustive detail, from the physical impossibility of the official explanation of the towers' collapse to the Commission's failure to scrutinize the administration to the NIST's contradiction of its own scientists to the scads of eyewitness and scientific testimony in direct opposition to official claims. Citing hundreds, if not thousands, of sources, Griffin's detailed analysis is far from reactionary or delusional, building a case that, though not conclusive, raises enough valid and disturbing questions to make his call for a new investigation more convincing than ever. (Oct.)
(Publishers Weekly, 11/24/2008). On page two of that book, professor Howard Zinn, an American historian who wrote A People's History of The United States, is quoted:
David Ray Griffin has done admirable and painstaking research in reviewing the mysteries surrounding the 9-11 attacks. It is the most persuasive argument I have seen for further investigation of the Bush administration's relationship to that historic and troubling event.
(The New Pearl Harbor). The forward to the book was written by Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law and Practice at Princeton University and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara. The professor and professional author, Griffin, goes on to point out in later sections of the video lecture, that the media portion of MOMCOM never did any reviews of the book nor any interviews of him, which clearly shows their fear based allegiance to the propaganda of MOMCOM. The video is in eight or so parts, so that when one part ends you can click on the message that indicates and commences the next section. For those interested in the reason for the illegal wars, check out the series The Peak of The Oil Wars.