Archive for April, 2009

April 19th, 2009

Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth

The momentum seems to be growing, not diminishing, at Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.
Some six hundred engineers and architects, led by Richard Gage, of the American Institute of Architecture.

They put out a two-hour film last year.  Conclusion: Demolition of WTC 1, 2 and 7 beyond a reasonable doubt.  Here’s the trailer:

People able to believe their eyes.

Obama would be risking his life and administration to open a 9/11 investigation.  The Congress should do it.   But Congress … is dead.

April 14th, 2009

I Spy +
Heart of Darkness =
Apocalypse Now

Watch this episode — “The Warlord” — from I Spy, the late 60s show, then please comment as to whether it may have inspired (along with the Conrad) FF Coppola’s masterpiece a few years later.

The credits say that the episode was written by Robert Culp — the actor sharing the spotlight with Smokin’ Bill Cosby.

And at the very end one discovers the name of the actor playing the Warlord …

Also please comment on how it could be that television departed from this place circa 1969 (when The Name of the Game was airing “The White Birch” about the collapse of the Prague Spring) and ended up where it is today, where international affairs are treated in comic-book video-game fashion on the vile 24.


April 12th, 2009

Israel’s Wall & Lost Hippies

Posted in Israel by ed

From a piece in the New York Review of Books (our finest periodical):


And now I’m sitting having tea in the al-Kasaba cinema in Ramallah. It’s the only working cinema on the West Bank. Mostly it shows Egyptian comedies. It’s run by George Ibrahim, who’s laughing, as he usually is.

“At the moment we are all enjoying jokes about the Western economy going to pieces because we can laugh and say, ‘It won’t affect us because Palestine doesn’t have an economy….’”  His friend the playwright Salman Tamer joins in.

“What is so shocking about Israel is that these days it doesn’t even have a protest movement. In the old days, there were peaceniks on the streets and long-haired students. Now they have almost no peace movement at all. What can you say? A country which loses its hippies is in deep trouble.”

George drinks his tea and smiles. “The wall is not around us. It’s around them.”

April 11th, 2009

Confirmation? Thermite high explosive at the WTC on 9/11

From the Spring 2009 issue of a two-year old but peer-reviewed online chemistry journal.  The authors include Kevin Ryan and Steve Jones, the engineer and physicist (who announced other thermite results 2 years or so ago) behind the 9/11 Online Journal.

I guess they pub’d this here instead for the peer certification.  I hope the latter is genuine.

But all that aside, yes, bleed and peep, read and weep.

It’s hard to tolerate Obama’s concession of the National Security Apparat’s program in Afghanistan when the world knows that our invasion there was on the books by midsummer 2001 and that what happened on 9/11 is not what the MM say happened.

Most of this happened before, when JFK was shot.  It’s happening again.

April 11th, 2009

Local Color

Posted in Movies, New York City by ed


Dem wuz da daze …

April 11th, 2009

Ralph Nader’s
Recent History Reading List

Posted in Geopolitics, Money, Reading by ed

People who were on the money about big money.

April 11th, 2009

Daily Telly’s Pritchard
re IMF’s new (old) paper

Posted in China, Money by ed

Some call it a global currency.

On the heels of the recent Chinese call for something such.

I imagine Peking’s not thinking the IMF however.

April 11th, 2009

This is the War Room

You can’t fight in here …

I’ve been told this peek into the dungeon of the Obamarama is not visible.

Here’s the scorecard

And Neil Young’s parently permanently pissed.  Note the AP 4/9 piece about Army suicides continuing to spike.  General Freakley must be freakin’ out.

April 7th, 2009

Addington, Yoo,
Gonzalez, Feith …

The NYker reports stirrings overseas, where the only hope of prosecuting Bush-Cheney war criminals resides.

A friend here made the point, outlining possibilities, last year.

It seems all the more important given Obama’s unwillingness to release Justice Dept investigations re same.  He has been told (the old song) it would be bad for morale to prosecute the cops, and has punted.  It’s a universal political problem, which he seems to have decided, as most pols do, to Look Away From.

The march of the US from something like a republic to something like a police state has been stepwise and rather clear.  When opportunities present themselves to escort the monsters to the gallows, one must muster the will.

April 7th, 2009

Total Recall

Posted in Frankenstein's Monster by ed

A drug that effectively erases targeted memories.

April 4th, 2009

Coney Island not dead yet

Posted in Death, New York City by ed

The cruelest month:  Coney Island starts up for summer despite the death of Astroland, the prime kiddie amusement park.


“The thing is, we ain’t closed,” said Jimmy Carchiolo, an old salt with a pigskin voice who has run a dart game behind the Wonder Wheel for 43 years.

“Astroland went under, but everybody figures it’s the same. Astroland’s three acres. People don’t know how Coney Island works.”


Ever since the first carousel was installed on Surf Avenue in 1876, Coney Island has been a jumble of competing institutions, an amusement park cooperative of sorts. Today, there is the Cyclone, Nathan’s, the Wonder Wheel, KeySpan Park (where the Brooklyn Cyclones play), the New York Aquarium, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow and the Coney Island Museum.

The separate parts exist together, squabbling and sharing like a family, and giving off a tribal fractured energy, a mirror of New York’s.

“People think amusement parks are Disney World, where you pay one price and enter at the gate,” said Aaron Beebe, the director of the museum. “But Coney Island isn’t like that. It isn’t homogenized. It has lots of moving parts.”  …

“It always feels like New York is on the edge of losing its soul,” he said, “and Coney Island represents that. Coney dying — it’s kind of like a stand-in for everything else.”



April 4th, 2009

Times editorials
this weekend strong

An op-ed by an American law professor accuses Israel of war-crimes in Gaza.


And an editorial simple calls Obama for refusing to release Justice Dept documents on torture in the name of the war on terror.  Including the much-rumored investigation of tidbit lawyer John Yoo, who was used to give the green light on unrestricted wiretapping and also involved with authorizing torture.  Hang him high.

For a while I’ve been sensing a change in the Times coverage of Israel.  Axing Judith Miller was a big step.  But maybe something more basic is going on, as Israel veers toward a kind of suicide. Or maybe i’m imagining things …

April 4th, 2009

Obama in Europe
Orwellian on Pakghanistan


Memo to files re President Obama’s thunderous yet fruitless talk about Pakghanistan this week.

The aim of the American escalation, the leaders of Europe were instructed, is to “disrupt, dismantle, and defeat Al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

What’s interesting is not that he repeated the casus belli he’d been singing (often with McCain) for more than a year, but that he excluded — for the first time to my eye — mention of the Taliban.

Echoes of 1984: We are at war with Eurasia and we have always been at war with Eurasia!

But then, four weeks later: We are at war with East Asia and we have always been at war with East Asia!

Perhaps the message has gotten thru that (not only Osama but also) the Taliban doesn’t quite exist as something a Pentagon can disassemble.


He spent the week first at a G20 summit in London then, for the NATO bash, in Strasbourg, where today (Saturday) a hotel, a border police station and a grocery were torched by people protesting NATO’s participation in Afghanistan and the CIA bombing campaign in Pakistan.

Their leaders largely followed suit:

Britain pledged Gates-Mullen “up to a thousand” pairs of new boots.  Poland, Croatia and sister creatures of the Great Liberator — some hundreds each.  And France and Germany, pretty much nada. Niente. Nicht.

The US President, in short, was given the bird in Strasbourg, although the press as yet, esp the Brits, seem loathe to say so.


Even as the town was burning about his ears today the Prez made a last pitch.  From the NY Times:

“We want to do everything we can to encourage and promote rule of law, human rights, the education of women and girls in Afghanistan, economic development, infrastructure development. But I also want people to understand that the first reason we are there is to root out Al Qaeda, so that they cannot attack members of the alliance.”


Answering a … question about whether the … escalation would be contingent on whether the Afghan government rescinded a proposed family law that the UN has likened to legalizing rape within marriage, Mr. Obama replied that the law should not deter the United States from its military goal.

“I think this law is abhorrent. Certainly the views of this administration have been and will be communicated to the Karzai government,” he said.  But he added, repeating for emphasis: “I want everybody to understand that our focus is to defeat Al Qaeda.”

We are at war with East Asia and we have always been …

Most revealing of the administration’s mind on this is a transcript of two shadow-advisors trying to explain the President’s policy to the White House press corps after the formal speech.  The two murderous clowns who escort Joseph K to his death upon the dissolution of his Trial come to mind, and Brazil, and Robert Edwards’ recent Land of the Blind, rather than Nineteen Eighty-Four pure and simple.

Late in the script Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke pops in, terribly enthusiastic about the escalation.  (Happy to have a job, perhaps. Used to be a banker.)

I’ve watched him over the years, have spoken with him a few times about Yugoslavia.  He did not seem silly. (Maybe Bernie Madoff bit him.)

But now there he is, bubbling over at length about using the Pentagon to wipe out “corruption” in Afghanistan.  

?!? Corruption?!? In Afghanistan?!?

To become its FBI? Its local police? It’s judiciary?

Sniffs of Petraeus’s Community Policing in Iraq. But surely no one thinks the hard lands, many nations and turbulent tribes encompassed by Afghanistan’s borders are susceptible to such treatment? Let alone by Yanks & Brits? Surely…?


Sideshow:  A question in the transcript about Osama bin Laden gets a SOP robotic response (Can’t discuss intelligence) that doesn’t bother to even imply that Osama is alive.

Here are some peeps in Cleveland unhappy with the Obama speech.


And Mr Stewart in New York re the Obamarama’s new term of art for the War on Terror which even the OMB director (doesn’t he have enuf trouble?) is out there insistently singing:  “Contingency Operations Overseas.”


Finally, the day after the big speech, Viceroy Petraeus informed the Senate he would like another 10,000 pairs of boots — beyond the 21,000 Obama has already put on boats — by Christmas.

But awaits the President’s decision on this in the fall …