Wednesday, May 18, 2011
May 18 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Auric Goldfinger Was Wrong - Who Would Steal Fort Knox' Gold? Why Pay For The Security?
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May 18 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Auric Goldfinger Was Wrong - Who Would Be Able To Steal Fort Knox' Gold? Why Pay For The Security?
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[After the commentary...Webb Wilder (recently inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall Of Fame), Goldfinger. Then Jim Lauderdale and Robert Hunter go looking for "El Dorado". Courtesy of the respective artists and KPIG Radio Freedom California, Earth]
» The Mississippi River closure near Natchez due to high water levels shut down maritime shipping yesterday and now they are backed up for miles while the authorities let ships through one at a time to avoid their wakes weakening or swamping the levee's walls. Those ships carry most of America's agricultural exports.
» In the shooting wars... the Pakistani government has killed someone they claim is a mid-level al Qaeda operative in Karachi even as a NATO helicopter attacks a Pakistani military outpost in revenge for the outpost having opened fire on them when they apparently violated Pakistani airspace. From Foreign Policy magazine's AfPak 'channel':
After receiving fire from the Pakistani side of the border early this morning, two NATO helicopters reportedly flew into Pakistani airspace in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan and fired on a Pakistani Army post, injuring two Pakistani paramilitary soldiers... In full with more and lots of linkageMeanwhile The Taliban attacked a post in Peshawar with 100 fighters. The gun battle lasted three hours.
More mayhem below the fold in the "OTHER News"
» Because they are all millionaires and investors no doubt - The Senate has blocked any efforts to take back $2 billion dollars over the next year from oil company subsidies and incentives.
» Just because I thought about it means they're effective. al Qaeda, believed to be planning attacks on US transport may not have done this but a cross-U.S. AMTRAK train in the desert got stuck for hours after both of it's power units blew up.
» The Space Shuttle Endeavor has successfully docked at the International Space Station without damage. It carries a BILLION DOLLAR magnet to collect space particles.
» Rain in California has caused the dams to begin dumping water. No flooding yet, but when the snow pack in the mountains begins melting it may be problematic.
In OTHER News:
America, The ANTI-Democracy. Before the US invasion there were unions in Iraq, and the oil workers union was one of the strongest.
Wildcat oilfield strikes spread in IraqGood to see they're 'getting their legs'. With a little luck on their part the price of gas in the US will be $6 by the 4th of July. A general oil strike would also make it almost impossible for the US to continue it's occupation of the country as almost all of the fuel used by the US military in Iraq come from Iraq. Can you say Khyber Pass, Iraq edition... as they attempt to transport the fuel from Kuwait?
The threat of wildcat strikes engulfing Iraq's oil industry spread to BP's Rumaila field on Tuesday on the day that the British energy major got its first payment for boosting production at the site... [More @ The Telegraph UK]
AAMOF, Steve Earle, country musician, wrote a song EXACTLY about that a few years ago. It's sadly funny, but reality for the 'contractors' you don't hear about too much... The U.S. worker in Iraq.
Juan Cole headlined "Arabs: 90% say Qaddafi illegitimate, 75% Want him Forcibly Removed" on his site yesterday (with the comments closed)
My reply to him, on his Informed Comment Facebook page:
Let me know when 90% of the tribal groups IN LIBYA, which I belive make up 90% of the Libyan population, want him gone. Until then, I STILL think you are terminally misled, and misleading your readers as a result, about the motivation of NATO's CIA army popularly known as "The Libyan Rebels".
The CIA hasn't learned a F*cking thing since the Bay of Pigs, which this is, like Deja Vu all over again.
If the Bay of Pigs happened now, and Cuba had MASSIVE quantities of oil and a large number of refineries... Something the US oil cos have categorically refused to build, we WOULD NOT have abandoned THOSE CIA soldiers on that Caribbean beach and would have simply invaded Cuba illegally much as NATO is currently doing in Libya.
From the Foreign Policy AfPak 'Channel', a dissuasion from thinking that our War On Afghanistan is ANYWHERE near over:
Mission Re-DefinedTwo more about al Qaeda and Osama's death:
The death of Osama bin Laden will raise the inevitable question: What are we still doing in Afghanistan? The answer, of course, is that the mission in Afghanistan is about something bigger and more ambitious than eliminating Al Qaeda's leaders-most of whom, in any event, are probably living in Pakistan, as bin Laden was when the United States finally tracked him down. No, the mission in Afghanistan isn't about killing Al Qaeda members. It's about stabilizing the country so that it can never again serve as the hotbed of extremism that it was until 2001, with all of the attendant national security and human rights problems that resulted.... [More]
America Needs Osama Again
Leonid Ivashov, Strategic Culture Foundation
Both the US and European public fails to realize the objective of the Afghan war. The US-led NATO force invaded Afghanistan to allegedly track down and arrest Osama bin Laden, who managed to launch the horrific 9/11 terrorist attack on the US from his Tora Bora cave.
Almost 10 years have elapsed since, but the US still has no evidence of his guilt to offer but the killed NATO servicemen and Afghan civilians. There are, of course, the flow of drugs that has grown dozens of times and the killing of Muammar Gaddafi's son and underage grandchildren... [In Full]
Finally, Andre Fomine at the Oriental Review posts a piece by Bill Van Auken about the extralegal assassination attempt on a US citizen who has never even been accused of a crime no less charged with one:
In Wake of Bin Laden Killing: US Targets American Citizen in Yemen
Barely five days after the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the US launched a Predator drone strike aimed at assassinating an American citizen in Yemen.
The May 5 drone attack, which took place in Yemen's Shabwa province, was planned as a targeted assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, a New Mexico-born Islamic cleric with US citizenship, according to US and Yemeni officials cited Friday evening by the Wall Street Journal.
According to media reports last year, Obama placed Al-Awlaki on a targeting list after his administration asserted a right not even claimed by the Bush White House to carry out the extra-judicial execution of any US citizen deemed by the president to be a specially designated global terrorist , without presenting any evidence or securing any judicial sanction. Al-Awlaki who has made anti-American videos and tapes justifying Islamist terrorism has never been indicted for any crime in the United States.
The missile fired with the intent of killing Al-Awlaki instead took the lives of two brothers, identified by the Yemeni defense ministry as Musaid Mubarak and Abdullah al Daghari. The car they were driving was struck by a Hellfire missile, killing them instantly and wounding a bystander... [In Full]
(...and try not to let your government kill too many 'dusky natives' in the process OK?)
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