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Descanse en paz Hugo

In Polytricks on March 6, 2013 at 8:20 am

It hurt real bad to hear of Hugo Chavez’s untimely death yesterday.  It hurt worse to know that he was probably poisoned to death by the enemies of the people.  Like all populist revolutionary leaders he became a magnet for bogus criticism.

Hugo was the morning star of hope for all of South America, a sign that it was coming out of the nightmare-night of a hundred years of yankee colonialism.

My favourite speech of his was at the UN in 2006 where joked that “Yesterday the devil (Bush) came here.. and it still smells of sulphur.”  He cut Bush’s cynical lies and platitudes to pieces to overwhelming applause from the gathered UN delegates.

Hugo had the guts to tell truth to power.  He paid for that truth with his life.  In his speech to the UN he suggested that Americans need to read Noam Chomsky’s book “Hegemony or Survival”.

Hugo Chavez called his cancer ‘an attack’ from the US.  Very few south of the border would believe he died a natural death.  Here is a video explaining how his socialism and his oil led to his untimely death.

Descanse en paz Hugo.  We probably will not see your kind again for a very long time.

12-year-old girl critiques Canadian banking system

In Polytricks on March 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm

I dunno how I missed this last year but 12 year old Victoria Grant has been speaking out about the Canadian banking system and calling for important reforms.

She  knows that money is debt.  She also knows that the banksters have the national and personal debt in their grubby little pockets.  The indigo kids seem to be popping out of the woodwork these days… and telling truth to power.. ;o)

The money as debt scam is crashing the world economy and keeping the banksters in in their ridiculous pay bracket is an expense we can no longer afford. The longer we keep pumping up the bubble the harsher blowback is going to be.

Kim Dotcom selling membership in BitCoins now

In Nerds only on February 18, 2013 at 8:50 am

Bitcoins have been described as a pseudonymous cryptographic currency.  They have attained an unsavoury reputation as an underground currency from their use in online drug emporia like The Silk Road and in some BitCoin scams.

But despite BitCoin crashes and outright BitCoin heists, the currency is gaining more and more credibility with organizations like WordPress and now Kim Dotcom using the currency for Mega memberships.  I can’t say I have invested in them but I do like the concept.  I hope it succeeds.

Too big to Jail?

In Polytricks on February 11, 2013 at 8:20 am

Matt Taibbi has being relentlessly pursuing  the banksters.  He has been called the only honest financial reporter in the whole US.  Matt has called Goldman Sachs ‘too big to jail‘.

While the government saw fit to beat up, arrest and jail thousands of Occupy Wall St. protesters there has been no meaningful prosecution of the banksters who destroyed the whole economy of the nation.  Here is Matt explaining how the scam works.

Matt also wrote an article about Bank of America called ‘Too crooked to Fail‘.  So there is plenty of evidence of criminality and reckless lawlessness on Wall St, but there is deafening silence from the Justice Dept. when it comes to actually prosecuting the banksters.

Here is Matt explaining exactly how government corruption is creating an under-class of people who can be jailed and a financial elite who cannot be jailed despite how egregious their crimes are.

USG to sue Standard & Poors over rating fraud

In Polytricks on February 5, 2013 at 8:10 am

News that the USG ‘plans’ to sue rating agency Stardard & Poors for rating fraud connected to the 2008 crash made me smile.  Was it pay-back for S&P’s downgrading of US debt two years ago?  Or is the key word here ‘plans’.  There is more than enough hypocrisy to go around between these two corrupt institutions.

S&P along with all other rating agencies were eagerly bidding-up crap mortgage ‘instruments’, (aka criminal fraud).  The USG bailed these crooked banksters out.  Then S&P had the temerity to downgrade US debt.  Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

My guess is that the USG is looking to shake S&P down for some hard cash.  Rather like the slap on the wrist that HSBC got for laundering billions of dollars in drug money.  Nobody will go to jail but the fines will be hefty.  The USG is acting like  the local cops shaking down the local drug dealer for some protection money.

Its all about exercising power and raising more money for the clubhouse.  The corruption and criminality has seamlessly integrated government and business.

 

Silk Road, the anonymous marketplace

In Nerds only on February 4, 2013 at 6:54 am

The Silk Road, the online drug emporium was in the news again today.  The Aussie police arrested a dealer for “importing a marketable quantity of a border-controlled drug”, after he ordered some ecstasy and coke from the online drug market.

The guy had a ‘vendor’s account’ on Silk Road which I’m sure must have attracted some attention.  The Aussie police said that would-be dealers on the website “could be identified by police techniques”.

Silk Road uses online anonymizers like Tor and untraceable currency like BitCoins.  So its very hard to track.  Another website called Farmers Market got busted by the Feds because they were selling their drugs with PayPal.

Governments around the world look at the so-called ‘Dark Web’ with horror.  But as the Aussie police showed, they have their own (probably illegal) tools to crack into the layers of anonymity and bust people if they have been bad boys… ;o)

Facebook: The socially challenged network

In Humour on January 16, 2013 at 9:43 am

Just felt like ‘poking’ fun at Facebook today.  Facebook.. the social network that people are slowly realizing is going to steal their lives and destroy their privacy.. ;o)

And how is Facebook like a toilet?… ;o)

Then there is “A man without a Face(book) .. a tragic story about a guy who just won’t join the fun of Facebook.

What if Natives Stop Subsidizing Canada?

In Polytricks on January 11, 2013 at 9:06 am

Great article in The Dominion by Dru Oja Jay about how Canada’s native peoples have been subsidizing the wealth of Canada for generations.  And what do they get in return?  Racist abuse and contempt.  Simple facts are that Canadian per capita spending is $15,000 versus $7,200 for Native peoples.  The Canadian government collect $ billions a year in royalties from mining, forestry and oil and gas, mostly from unceeded Native lands.

In return Native reserves get no royalties at all from resource development in their unceeded lands and wallow in appalling neglect and misery.   A glaring example of this is the Attawapiskat reserve whose chief, Theresa Spence is on hunger strike in Ottawa.  The reserve was in such bad shape that its been called “Haiti at 40 below”.  The government response?  To try and fire Chief Spence and institute a vindictive ‘audit’ of the reserve finances to discredit the leadership and the band.

All the while, right next door the De Beers conglomerate has built the Victor Diamond mine and is bringing in $ billions but the native band receives zero royalties from the project. A tiny proportion of royalties could be given to the native band to acknowledge the wealth of the land that is being taken out.  That would solve all the reserve’s housing problems overnight, but instead the native peoples are hectored and bullied about their poor ‘finances’.. pfffttt!!.  Its a shameful deception, blaming the victim has been part and parcel of the outright theft of native lands since the beginnings of “Canada”.

FBI considers Occupy Movement a terrorist threat

In Polytricks on December 28, 2012 at 9:02 am

Despite their repeatedly stated non-violent stance, the FBI thinks of Occupy as a terrorist threat.  Kinda tells you all you need to know about the national security state thinking these days.  Even constitutionally protected protest is viewed as ‘terrorism’.  And what about all the resources put into spying on the Occupy movement?  Wouldn’t that be taking resources away from finding ‘real’ terrorists?

Turns out that the FBI was warning the Wall St. Stock Exchange a month before the Occupy movement even took place.  This shows that lawful civil movements are under surveillance on behalf of corporate interests.  It also shows that the national security state clearly sees its job as protecting banksters and corporate crooks from the legitimate outrage of the defrauded citizenry.

Interesting to note that thousands of Occupy protesters have been arrested, beaten up, jailed and traumatized while almost none of the banksters and corporate thieves have even been indicted let alone prosecuted for their theft on a grand scale.  Then there is the issue of the suspiciously coordinated police shut-down of all Occupy protest sites….

This is a classic example of lost opportunity.  A State could take heed of non-violent protest as a timely heads-up to bring justice to a badly corrupt government.  But instead governments invariably use violence and repression leading inevitably to violent resistance.  So who are the real ‘terrorists’ then?

 

 

Drug War benefits foreign corporate investment in Mexico and Columbia

In Polytricks on December 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Startling article by Dawn Paley about how the War on Drugs in Columbia and Mexico clearly appears to benefit foreign corporate investment.  Both Columbia and Mexico have a lot of oil and gas reserves.  Both countries had national control over their oil supplies and have indigenous groups living on those reserves.  Enter the War on Drugs in the form of Plan Columbia and the Mérida Initiative (aka, Plan Mexico).  In comes huge foreign corporate investment which undermines the national economy while simultaneously there suddenly is a staggering increase in violence resulting in the destabilization of civil society.

Sound familiar?  Well its the Shock Doctrine all over again.  In order to institute changes to national civil society a ‘crisis’ needs to be created in order to more easily ram unpopular neoliberal policies down the populations throat.  Its clear that the War on Drugs will help multi-national corporations get their hands on the national economies of Columbia and Mexico and all those lovely oil and gas reserves.  The violence is a key ingredient in the shock to civil society.  It also explains why the War on Drugs will never end.  Its a key ingredient in the Shock Doctrine.

 

 

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