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Joe Bageant - In Appreciation

Copied from Fred Reed's site

Bageant Moves On

We don't last, and there's no warranty.

March 27, 2011

This will mean little perhaps to those who do not know Joe Bageant, but I write it for those who do. Or want to, which makes sense.


Jocotepec, Mexico--Joe lived awhile down the lake. We would visit him of an afternoon, Vi and I, and find him, a bear of a man, bearded mountain Buddha, writing on the porch of his one-room place in Ajijic. Always he wore his old fishing vest, in which I suspect he was born, and sometimes he carried a small laptop in one of its pockets. Usually we adjourned to the living room, which was also the bedroom, dining room, and salon. He would fetch bottles of local red, or make the jalapeño martinis he invented—there was a bit of mad chemist in him—and we would talk for hours of art, music, the news, politics, and people. Especially people. Sometimes he grabbed one of the guitars from the wall and sang blues, at which he was good.. I guess growing up dirt poor in West Virginia puts that kind of music in you.

Open Letter of Russian Doctors in Libya to the President of the Russian Federation

Copied in full from Global Research

Global Research Editor's note

The account provided by the team of Russian Doctors constitutes an eyewitness account of what is happening on the ground in Libya. It contradicts the stream of media disinformation. It confirms that the coalition is routinely bombing civilian targets. For those progressives who have endorsed the US-NATO "humanitarian mandate", this account provides us with evidence of extensive war crimes by those you claim to be coming to the rescue of civilians. Residential buildings, hospital are being targeted by the coalition's smart bombs. The latter are extremely precise. The bombing of civilians is deliberate. These are so-called validated targets. they are part of a list of targets.

Michel Chossudovsky, March 28, 2011
emphasis added, minor editing

Open letter of Russian doctors in Libya to the President of the Russian Federation


Today, there is blatant external aggression of USA and NATO against a sovereign country - Libya. And if anyone can doubt this, then we say this obvious fact is well known, because all this is happening before our eyes, and the actions of U.S. and NATO threaten the lives of not only the citizens of Libya, but to us who are on its territory. We are outraged by the barbaric bombing of Libya, which is currently carried out by a coalition of U.S. and NATO.


Enough of this madness. Reading the news is becoming hair pulling stuff, isn't it? It feels like any reasonably competent twelve year old could run things in this world better than the psychopathic lot we have for leaders have been doing.

But that's it, isn't it? They're psychopaths and that's why every thing is turning to shit. None of them are the least bit concerned about the people they harm, injure and kill. War is an opportunity for Quislings to become statesmen. War is an opportunity for electorally spent politicians to get it up for one more election. And those that could have prevented the war and just stood by instead, can wring their hands with regret and utter their condolences on behalf of the disenfranchised to the families of the disembowelled.

Libya, Oil, Uranium and War

Keith Harmon Snow has written an important and far ranging article on the current situation in Libya and how it has come about entitled GENOCIDE IN LIBYA? NATO INVASION UNDER WAY. ITS THE OIL, STUPID..

It is a necessarily long article and well worth the effort taken to read it in full. But to give it some added coverage and to encourage others to read it, I have quoted extensively from it below and hope I haven't done Mr. Snow a disservice in the process.

Muammar Gaddafi Accused of Genocide? NATO Invasion Underway.

"Are events unfolding in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt more about petro-terrorism or about freedom and democracy? How much oil is there in North Africa? Who is in control of that oil? What is the relationship between the West and Muammar Gaddafi? Is he really the terrorist we've all been led to believe he is? Who is the Libyan "opposition" and who are the "rebels" we read about?" ......

How The Bankers Plan to Rule the World Part 3; The Strategy in Action

Part 1 can be found here and
Part 2 can be found here



"The United Nations Security Council has voted on a resolution authorising military intervention in Libya to protect Libyan citizens, including the enforcement of a no-fly zone." (Al Jazeera)

This is a declaration of war against Libya. It is beyond my comprehension why Russia and China abstained from this vote rather than vetoing it given the geopolitical ramifications outlined below. I carry no brief for Muammar Gaddafi and he has not handled the rebellion and the protests, such as they were, in an intelligent nor a humane way, it seems. But the alternative proposed by US, Britain and France will be far worse. No country that has had 'humanitarian' intervention by these military forces has benefited in any way from it. Violence only begets more violence and that is exactly the aim of these military invasions.

The “no-fly zone” is, and always has been, about destroying Libya's air-force in preparation of bombing and the strafing of their armed forces. This will pave the way for a full scale land invasion with all its death and destruction. Ask the Iraqis; ask the Afghanis; ask the Yugoslavs how they feel about being liberated from oppression and their cities being bombed and their children being killed.

How The Bankers Plan to Rule the World, Part 2; The Strategy

Part 1 can be found here


The Hebrew Bible makes repeated references to the Jews being God's chosen people. Therefore, by inference, the rest of humanity are not favoured by God. In fact, in the Talmud, non Jews are often referred to as being no better than cattle or a wild animal. Non Jewish peoples have been placed here by God to serve Jews in any way they see fit according to them.

(For some other selected quotes from the Talmud, see this post at the Church of Nobody. Then there's always the Talmud itself.)

It therefore follows in the minds of many Jews that they are the rightful rulers of the earth and anyone else seeking to rule themselves, or worse, to rule over Jews is an affront not only to Jews but to God himself. (“Israel may have the right to put others on trial, but certainly no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of Israel on trial.” -Ariel Sharon)

This same attitude has been expressed by many Rabbis in each generation down through history. This story of superiority has been used, as indeed it was meant to by the authors of the Torah, to hold the Jewish community together and therefore separate for the power designs of the Rabbis and other Jewish leaders. It has worked extremely well.

So well, that it was too hard to resist using it by a small group of Jewish families who gained control of national currencies and the international currency markets during the eighteenth century. Pre-eminent amongst these families are the Rothschilds.

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