Sunday, May 29, 2011

Технический сбой

Takimag's revue of the Presidential limo reminded me of a previous post, Technical Excellence*, as the rise of unarmored, but fast and cheap toyota-based weapons platforms intersects the falling benefit/cost of heavy armor, we descend into farce.

"The Beast’s first stop was Ireland, where it was secretly filled up by the Secret Service at a BP station. Its only job would be to take the Obamas from the US Embassy to Moneygall in County Offaly. Sadly, it was not up to the task."

*I recently saw the same truck in another video. It may have been from the same period as the RT video, but it makes me think the "rebels" don't have that many, that it hasn't seen much action and/or it's just a propaganda unit. Uh - what happened to that war anyway?

As the guy who got me started on google translate -"pervych" says,


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

RT просто здравый смысл

Growing up in the 50's. ducking under my desk, watching Khrushchev pounding his shoe at the UN, waiting for the inevitable mushroom cloud; ah, memories, pressed between the pages of my mind. No wonder it's still disconcerting to find more actual news and "truthiness" in the english versions of the Russian press than in the entire American MSM. It may be propaganda, holding up our hypocrisy and lies for geopolitical gain, but our resistance to the truth is so strong that I'm very thankful that RT provides the opportunity to see ourselves as most of the world surely must; naked, fat and ugly.

I've been meaning to write something about lying liars and the lies they spin, but I haven't figured out yet how to approach the subject, or get my mind around it. It's so vast and woven into the fabric of our lives, it's like writing about concrete or air, and you don't really want to tug on the loose thread that may hold the whole jacket together. I still intend to try, but I'm afraid it's just too big a task, like straightening out my Itunes libraries, and probably can't be done. One suspects the world is all illusion and lying is the way we try to make sense of our place in it, not only but especially politicians, WTEORP - with the exception of Ron Paul, the exception that proves the rule, the only politician to tell us the huge hairy wart on our lip is not a beauty mark, but likely melanoma. He IS a doctor, you know.

without further ado...

Doug Wead in RT - Ron Paul just makes good sense

"I like George Smiley, the old spy in the John LeCarre trilogy. He had to be called back to save the situation. That’s kinda how I see Congressman Ron Paul. If there was someone younger who was right on the issues, we wouldn’t need to bother him, but sorry, Ron, you are needed once again. Come back and save your country."

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dominique, nique, nique s'en allait tout simplement

I've heard that professional assassins prefer small-calibre, low-power .22 shots to the head because the bullet doesn't have enough energy to exit the cranium and bounces around in there causing more damage.

No idea if that's true, but  a commenter on (I think zerohedge) reminded us that Hilary had started a program to collect DNA on world leaders for unstated reasons... Little fuckers still bouncing around, turning my brain to oatmeal.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Ποτέ μην υποβάλει στο ΔΝΤ βιαστές

Okay, then, the Greeks probably won't ever get paid for their already stolen property*, plus 200 years of interest, plus pain, suffering and mental anguish;  Ελληνικό χρέος - πληρωθούν στο ακέραιο, και στη συνέχεια κάποιες!, so I went a googlin' to try and find someone with more credibility than I have trying to explain how and why the Hellenes are being "greeked" and of course the first hit is Alex Jones. I usually take his stuff with bags of salt - his shotgun approach usually puts a few pellets on the bird but you can almost hear the rest of the load rattling in the corn husks, but in this case, in this video, he is 100%.

I've been wondering why the vampires were so interested in all these small-potato economies, especially after they demonstrated their power in the Big Billionaire Bailout in America. Low-hanging fruit? Practice? I got sidetracked by the antiquities angle, and forgot about little things like shipbuilding, industry and good-paying, real jobs in Greece that would be more valuable.

Maybe AJ is a "conspiracy nut", but unless the Greeks want to live on picking olives and bussing tables for the tourists, they better listen up, and Americans better start paying more attention, too, because we don't even have any olive trees. 

* I was doing some more reading on the Elgin Marbles, and it's even worse than I thought; turns out that while the limey's were making off with the loot they dropped some giant equine statue down a 40' cliff and totally destroyed it! "Whoopsie, my bad, governor!" Why not just round up the damages to an even 700 million euros, and after that's paid, discuss further discussion.

Don't be a schmendrick, be a mensch!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ελληνικό χρέος - πληρωθούν στο ακέραιο, και στη συνέχεια κάποιες!

The Daily Bell has a good article - IMF Suggests Greece Sell the Parthenon -

"Explaining that Greece "has an extraordinary portfolio of assets" Borges estimates that there is about "€280 billion alone in real-estate assets," of which the Greek government could dispose. We mentioned that Greece could dispose of the Parthenon the other day in passing, but [IMF official Antonio] Borges sounds like this is just what he has in mind! Exactly what does he mean by an "extraordinary portfolio?"

I would seriously suggest that this has already been done with the so-called Elgin Marbles, stolen from the Parthenon by the British (with "permission" of the Turkish Sultan circa 1812). Valuation would be difficult, of course, but according to Wikipedia, the British Museum paid 35,000 pounds for them in 1816. I'll leave it to the more financially sophisticated to figure what 200 years of compounded interest might be on that 35,000*; otherwise "priceless", plus pain and mental anguish to the greek people should neatly balance that account. Britain is in the EU, non? 

It occurs to me that the Egyptians and Iraqis (and how may others?) might also be interested in the value of those antiquities stolen or destroyed by those nations that now constitute the EU and their colonial progeny. India, Congo, Vietnam, South Africa, China - Who's with me on this?

FV   =   P (1 + r)Y  

@5% per annum, much more if compounded quarterly...

35,000 x (1.05)200  
=605,240,328.53 pounds
=694,454,497.42 euro