Thursday, September 29, 2011
September 29 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Ask Any Black Panther Or Krazie - It Isn't Easy Finding Military Grade Explosives
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September 29 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Ask Any Black Panther Or 'Krazie' - It Isn't Easy Finding Military Grade Explosives Unless You Call The FBI
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» A fine line between genius and stupidity - Balsa wood Razor blades, glue, and C4. That's what a Massachusetts physics graduate student was planning to use to attack the Pentagon and the Capitol. If you haven't guessed, that student was going to build LARGE radio controlled model airplanes, stuff them full of explosives, and... You get the picture? Unfortunately for him, he picked the wrong source to supply the explosives... The FBI, when he apparently talked with someone who claimed to be an al-Qaeda operative and told the gent he was looking for some assistance purchasing military grade explosives... instead of simply taking in a few lectures in organic chemistry and 'rolling his own'.
Much more in the commentary.
The reference to "Krazie" in the commentary title, as told in a first person narrative by Carola Von Hoffmannstahl-Solomonoff.
It's a short but substantive biography of a person recently passed, Robin Palmer... A close friend of the well-known American 'radical' Sam Melville. They were both imprisoned at Attica prison New York state at the time of the rebellion for the attempted bombing of a New York City armory in the early 70s. It's also a slice-of-history of the white anti-imperialist radical movement in the 1960s.
By Spring 1970, Weatherman was whirling in the vortex; they’d started bombing targets that to them, symbolized Pig Amerika. After several members blew themselves up while building an anti-personnel bomb (intended for an army dance at Fort Dix) in the basement of a West Village townhouse, Weatherman went fully underground. Becoming the Weather Underground. Robin and Sharon continued to be kept in the loop. Their bomb plot was not an official Weather Underground action, but leadership members knew about it beforehand. The bombing was set for December 4th, 1970 — in honor of Black Panther Fred Hampton, who’d been shot to death by Chicago police one year earlier.» The UN Security Council has passed the Palestinian statehood request off to the Admissions Committee which will begin holding hearings on Friday. Expect subcommittees to stall the Palestinian bid until the US can figure out how to keep the blowback from their veto vote under control.
Robin had allegedly participated in an earlier series of bombings that took place in 1969 under the aegis of Sam Melville and a group, or groups, of people loosely referred to as the New York Collective. Melville wasn’t a Weatherman. He was a middle-aged, profoundly alienated and unaffiliated radical who admired “Mad Bomber” George Metesky. Bombings ascribed by law enforcement to Sam Melville and the NY Collective were well executed. They employed dynamite and timers, and did major property damage to politically symbolic targets. (One also injured 16 office clerks working a night shift.) In conversations Robin had with me in later years, and in interviews with historian Jeremy Varon, he referred to his involvement in the Melville-connected bombings. The overall picture of Robin’s career as a bomber is murky (at least to me) but the one action of which I have clear knowledge is the bank job. Which played out like a black comedy of errors. No mission accomplished.
The cop I thought was a cop was a cop. His name was Steve. Apparently FBI. In the wee hours of December 4th, Robin and five others, including Sharon Krebs, were busted outside the First National City Bank at Madison Avenue and 91st Street. They’d just placed four, one gallon jugs of gasoline and benzene around the building when an army of cops descended. Several had been staked out on the sidewalk, convincingly posing as drunks. Robin and crew were planning to set the bank ablaze; the bomb plot was a burn plot. Other targets on their hit list including a building which housed a law firm where Richard Nixon once worked. Robin was the oldest in the group, which besides Sharon included a 19 year old man, two women in their early 20?s, and 25 year old Martin Balin (then Martin Lewis). Marty was a friend of mine. According to Robin, the night before the bust a Weather Underground leader called and said they believed Steve was a cop. Robin shared the warning with Marty, but not the rest of the group.
[Much More with links, "Robin Palmer: Weatherman Yippie Right Wing Rebel Forever"]
» The Yemeni 'rebels' ... IN THIS CASE meaning the people who DO represent almost the entire population of Yemen (unlike Libya), have managed to shoot down a fighter bomber that had been, or was going to be used in, strafing tens of thousands of demonstrators in Sanaa, the capital. As far as can be told all the tribal groups in Yemen are now united in opposition to the government, and they've brought in the heavy weapons. There is approximately 1.5 weapons per Yemeni household, NONE of them are BB guns, and there have been major battles with those weapons around the streets of the capital. No one expects Yemen's government to last much longer, and even fewer 'know what to do' about it.
» The #OccupyWallStreet demonstrations are growing and spreading across the country. At Wall Street the average is running about a thousand proteters a day but expect that number to swell over the weekend. SOME of the actions in other cities (Sarasota Florida is an instance yours truly was tipped about) seem to have been usurped by TeaBaggers, but they surely don't bring tents, nor do they share, and they CERTAINLY DON'T do this:
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...they're even less likely to consort with... UNIONS!
Wall Street saw yet another surge in protesters today - as hundreds of Continental and United Airlines pilots demonstrated in New York City's financial district.» Cuba has lifted the ban on the sale of new US automobiles in place since 1959. You MIGHT consider bidding on a new GM dealership in Havana but don't expect to get too many trade-ins of those classic immaculately maintained 50s vintage vehicles the Cubans currently drive.
Over 700 hundred activists, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) carriers, took their grievances to the streets as they protested for wages and benefits in light of a stalled merger between the airlines.
The demonstration coincided with the 11th straight day the Occupy Wall Street encampment, which has seen thousands of demonstrators descend onto downtown Manhattan - and hundreds arrested. [In Full]
» Congress gets something done - The House comes back into session for a voice vote tomorrow on a Continuing Resolution to run the government for one more week. See: House passes stopgap spending bill through Oct. 4 at The Hill.
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1 of my friends killed himself
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I can't sleep at night
I am the 99%
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