Friday, June 18, 2010

June 18 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Red Dogs And Old Dogs - The Rebellious Musical Spawn Of The Sixties May Be Old But...

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The Financial Reform Act continues to slog along as BP's CEO stalemated the congresscritters at the House Commerce Committee. No one got any answers of significance except the information that BP has already spent $2 billion dollars on the 'clean-up'. No breakdown of how that money was allocated has been tendered but it's notable that "BP’s first-quarter profits this year... rose to $6.1 billion from $2.6 billion in 2009."

The Arlington National Cemetery scandal continues as a number of old headstones were found in use reinforcing an eroding creek bank.

The rioting in Kyrgyzstan has killed 2000+ people with the city of Osh under siege and the UN blaming the interim government for fomenting or allowing the violence.

A late addition to yesterday's report, an analysis from Eric Wallenberg:
June 17, 2010

Kyrgyzstan: Eurasian geopolitics 101

The war in Afghanistan is officially spreading to the Central Asian republics.

KyrgyzstanFor the moment, the Pentagon is breathing a sigh of relief. Vital US fuel supply flights from its Manas base to Afghanistan resumed last week even as Kyrgyzstan slid into chaos. At least 171 and possibly as many as 500 have died in rioting in southern Kyrgyzstan this week, almost all ethnic Uzbeks, with thousands injured. More than 80,000 fled to neighbouring Uzbekistan, forcing it to close its borders as it cannot cope with more. On Monday, China began evacuating the majority of its 1000 nationals.

Armed Kyrgyz in Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s second largest city, Jalalabad and some villages targeted Uzbek neighbourhoods, burning and killing indiscriminately.

The Red Cross said 100 bodies were seen buried in just one cemetery. The chaos spread to the capital Bishkek but was brought under control when riot police fired tear gas and flash grenades.

Kyrgyzstan’s acting President Roza Otunbayeva declared a state of emergency in the south, ordered the mobilisation of military reservists, and issued a shoot to kill order after Russia refused her request Saturday to send in troops to quell the rioters. Defending her moves, said Sergei Abashin, senior researcher at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology in Moscow, “Local police would easily surrender their weapons to young Kyrgyz rioters as they have common relatives and friends in this clan, and they would never shoot at their own.”

After consulting on Monday with other members of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO, which also includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan), Russia decided to send helicopters, trucks and fuel in addition to humanitarian aid, though it ruled out sending troops. “Russia is unlikely to intervene unless it felt that the situation was going to make the region unstable or ethnic Russians were in danger,” analyst Asher Pirt told Deutsche Welle.

The unrest has been simmering since the interim government came to power on 7 April, when 81 protesters were killed by police and president Kurmanbek Bakiyev fled the capital to his home in the south. The new government quickly established control over the capital and the north of the country, but not in Bakiyev’s south, part of the Ferghana Valley where Kyrgyz, Uzbeks and Tajiks have been living side-by-side for centuries. Stalin divvied the valley up between ethnic republics in the 1920s, creating the basis for the current problems. Ethnicity, however, is really a cover for the underlying settler/ nomad distinction, the Uzbeks being more business-oriented and, in the current pro-market environment, richer, the Kyrgyz more pastoral. The People’s Friendship University was razed because it was funded by a wealthy Uzbek businessman.

Washington’s discrete silence except to condemn the violence suggests it realises it would only make matters worse by speaking up. As long as its base is allowed to function, it will stay in the background. The US base is highly unpopular with locals, and the resentment and instability it encourages prompted Otunbayeva initially to call for it to be closed for “security reasons”, though under intense US pressure, the contract for the base was renewed for another year. Kyrgyz authorities blocked the operations of the fuel sub-contractor Mina Corp, which is linked to Maksim Bakiyev, son of the disgraced president, accused of embezzling millions in “rent” and other service charges on the US base, but operations resumed even as the country unravelled... [In Full]
Also see: Kyrgyzstan: Another colour revolution bites the dust(April 12 2010) by Eric Wallenberg

As Below So Above - There is so much space junk in Low Earth Orbit that the International Space Station has had to take evasive actions four times this month.

If you are feeding your children canned food, like one might feed a dog, 15 MILLION POUND OF (Unh Oh!) SPAGETTI-Os have been recalled due to under-cooked 'meatballs' (quotes intentional).

In light of the commentary... I saw these guys play @ Gaelic Park, a small soccer park in Yonkers NY somewhere in 1971/72. They were opening for Jeff Beck, who, 'due to circumstances', never showed up.

They'll be playing at the beach in Santa Cruz on the 25th of June, and if you think they're just filling out their bank accounts on their way to retirement, check this( 2007, there's one from 2008 on Youtube, but the audio wasn't as good):

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