In today's episode:
- 1. Syria - Syrian suffering: 'Rebels armed with US-made missiles'
- 2. Turkey - Turkey seeks NATO deployment of Patriot missiles on Syria border
- 3. Pakistan - Obama victory infuriates Pakistani drone victims
- 4. China - Hu Jintao dashes hope for political reform
- 5. Under the Radar - Putin ousts defense chief, longtime ally
Brilliant as usual Eric. Notice your viewership is going up almost exponentially. It’s not a coincidence.
Tarpley has become a detriment to the Freedom Movement. He is resorting to flat out lying, he has been caught, and he continues to lie.
Just letting you know.
Hi Eric, I haven’t gotten round to this one yet, sort of skipped over it to episode 47 by error. But I will listen tomorrow and provide some commentary if I may.
By the way, please contact the UFAA folks to see if they can update their youtube channel with some video of the event two weeks ago. Up to now, there are a few video greetings messages and that’s all.
Completely off topic of Stop Imperialism (well, maybe not, actually), is something that came to mind when I accidently watched a trailer to the new Brad Pitt film “World War Z.”
Anyone else seen the trailer to the upcoming Brad Pitt film, “World War Z”? So far,, Ten million have.
Its Another big budget Hollywood praise-and-worship piece dedicated to all the police and paramilitary personnel who might pump a person’s head full of lead.
Army violence films are nothing new, and it looks like plenty more are on the way for 2013.
What IS new is this Zombie kick everyone’s on. From hollywood to Department of Homeland Security, mowing down zombies is all the rage.
But, what exactly ARE zombies?
In most films, they are friends and neighbours turned into raving maniacs. The only way to deal with them is kill them — by the thousands.
Or in the case of World War Z, by the billions!
Now, Zombies in Pitt’s film aren’t vomiting, rotting corpses like in other films. No, these are are poor looking, dirty, unwashed, angry, violent. But still very human-like, rather normal.
In fact, they look a bit like protesters.
Call me crazy, call me zombified. But it is my contention that zombies are an allegory for the disaffected, someone who might try to use a mass strike action, such as in Spain or Greece, against the authorities.
Of course, in Spain or Greece, the police do not mow down the rioting protesters. Unless they are under the impression the dirty, angry violent people chanting in front of them are brain-chewing zombies who have to be murdered en masse to save humanity.
So: is Brad Pitt’s latest cinematic creation an allegory for the global police state dealing justified death to the anti-austerity Occupy mobs? Or is it just a message that eugenics — killing off five out of six people on earth — somehow makes for a killer movie?
I’m not certain. But I am possessed of certain concerns!
Great program, Eric, especially the last part where you related conditions on the ground in Far Rockaway, Long Island.
It was heartening to hear about the troops helping people. Those are the National Guard, doing what they were supposed to so: helping civilian Americans in times of emergency. It was President Bush who ordered them into combat on foreign soil, violating a long-standing tradition of the Guard. Its good they are back where they should be!
On FEMA, I have had discussions with libertarians on the agency and the universal opinion is that it should be dissolved — but not necessarily for the reasons you might think.
The truth is, as you have witnessed: FEMA is welfare for the wealthy, while it focuses on taking control of damaged yet valuable assets and bidding them off to select investors.
Look at the case of Fire Island. How many times has that island been rebuilt? We ought to send archaeologists there to find out. I bet it has more ruined layers than Troy or Babylon!
And Hurricane Sandy added another couple dozen structures on Fire Island to the very top of FEMA’s to-fix list. All of them are multimillion-dollar mansions, and FEMA cuts checks to rebuild every one of them, even though no flood insurance company would dare touch those houses!
That’s why our coastlines up here are crammed elbow-to-elbow with pricey pads. What was to be found here in the days before FEMA? Flimsy summer shacks nobody would call home except for weekenders or the occasional beach bum.
As I wrote in an earlier comment, people used to not live on the coastlines for a host of reasons — but the cost of repairing storm damage was very high on the list.
FEMA’s welfare for the very wealthy is the prime reason it has to go, along with a raft of suspicious missions it has been awarded ever since it was taken over by DHS, including isolation and quarantine camps in cases of pandemics.
Once again, the mission of coordinating emergency response has been handled far more admirably by state, municipal, and neighbor resources. Word has it over and over: when FEMA arrived, progress ground to a halt.
The President has the authority to declare a region a disaster area and ask for resources to help respond and rebuild. Congress can also act on matter of funds. But we do not need asset-stripping wealth allocators at FEMA to stick their oar any longer.
After all, “enough damage has been done.”
On the incompetence of the Red Cross, I do not know anything of their operations but I can share impressions I got from my great-uncle, who surprised me by cursing at a Red Cross commercial on television when I was young.
He worked in the Quartermaster office of the U.S. Army during World War II, and according to him, the org consisted of denigrating secretaries at the bottom, arrogant management in the middle, and avaricious mafia-like executives at the top.
He insisted that the Red Cross were a bunch of corporate thieves who diverted supplies from American soldiers in the field and from refugees and civilians trapped in war zones, and instead sold them off to the black market.
His experiences dealing with the Red Cross during the war were so atrocious, he would never forgive them for it.
And that’s good enough for me, especially as these reports suggest the Red Cross hasn’t changed much in 70 years!