Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tent cities spring up across the nation!

How about using $700 Billion for building homes for the homeless, plus safe schools, as well as replacing old water towers and sewer pipes. Labor free simply by bring troops back from Iraq to do the work. (Oops, I forgot we pay all those troops and their CEO generals, even if only the generals have post-mission medical benefits.)

The Pentagon Bailout Fraud

See http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174982/chalmers_johnson_the_pentagon_bailout_fraud

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Books and DVD's about the war in Iraq

Gladiator at Law by Fredrick Pohl. Its highly prophetic opening chapter describes the war in which the last country in the world, Uttar Pradesh if I remember correctly, agrees to accept U.S. advertising.

The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein details U.S. foreign policy from its undermining of democracy in the Congo to Hurrican Katrina and Iraq.

Nemesis by Chalmers Johnson describes the effect on other countries of the U.S. policy of establishing airbases and golf-courses in every nation in the world.

A Solitary War by Heraldo Munoz describes the pressures the US put on other UN nations to get them to join its war in Iraq.

The Fall of the House of Bush by Craig Unger details the lies the Bush administration told the US public (and General Powell) to get them to endorse the war in Iraq.

The film, Control Room, shows how the U.S, military retaliated against the Al-Jazeera network for putting pictures of dead civilians and g.i's on the air. "It gives the wrong picture of the war," one general said.

Which reminds me: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Good news for CEO wives

The recent 700 billion dollar bailout of the banking industry means your husband will get his golden parachute and you can keep your head up amid your Cayman neighbors.

Welcome to Zimbabwe

US plans to print 700 billion in additional currency in bank bailout. The resulting depreciation in the already depreciated US dollar will necessitate a rise in food prices and inflation at a record rate. In the worst case, senior can switch to dog food and those already eating dog food can die thus easing the burden on social security and Medicare which McCain plans to cut anyway.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Book Review: A Garden of Vipers

When I first read the description on its book jacket, "plunged into a world where truth is weakness, deception is admired, and death is just another cost of doing business," I thought, oh boy, another book about the Bush administration. But while the villians in this detective novel are spoiled rich psychotics, they live in Mobile Ala and generally only kill one person at a time. This is the Jack Kerley's third novel in the series and is every bit as exciting as its predecessors. Still, I kind of miss the political infighting which characterized The Hundredth Man, his first.