Friday, November 4, 2011
November 04 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: It Was Called 'Vietnamization' - The New Afghanistan Strategy 'Hunker & Bunker' Then Leave
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November 04 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: It Was Called 'Vietnamization' - The New Afghanistan Strategy 'Hunker & Bunker'... Then Leave
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«o» Whose behind the money in the Mediterranean? The prime minister of Greece has reneged his stated intention to have an early December referendum on austerity measures which would allow the money tap to open for a bailout by the euro-zone countries backed by money from the IMF.
o Further, President Obama says the US has already paid enough into the trillion dollar fund needed to set up a firewall to prevent a domino effect on banks throughout the region and will contribute no more funds.
Some details from Reuters:
Greek PM ready to go, dump referendum, for euro deal
ATHENS/CANNES, France (Reuters) - Intense European pressure forced debt-stricken Greece to seek political consensus on a new bailout plan instead of holding a referendum after EU leaders raised the prospect of a Greek exit from the euro to preserve the single currency.
Fast-moving events in Athens overshadowed the first day of a summit of the Group of 20 major economies on the French Riviera on Thursday, with anxious world leaders urging Europe to act to stop contagion from its sovereign debt crisis.
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou bowed to cabinet rebels and agreed to step down and make way for a negotiated coalition government if his Socialists back him in a confidence vote on Friday, government sources told Reuters. [More]
Exclusive: Greek PM ready to yield to coalition if vote wono Meanwhile, in US economic news... An American 'Austerity'. Uncontrolled, but not unnoticed:
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has struck a deal with ministers to step down and hand power to a negotiated coalition government if they help him win a confidence vote on Friday, government sources with knowledge of a cabinet meeting said... [In Full]
WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of America's poorest poor have climbed to a record high — 1 in 15 people — spread widely across metropolitan areas as the housing bust pushed many inner-city poor into suburbs and other outlying places and shriveled jobs and income.«o» The Pentagon is planning to revamp our strategy in Afghanistan and will begin eliminating our forward Operating Bases to concentrate on support and training... Perhaps in 2013. More in the commentary.
New census data paint a stark portrait of the nation's haves and have-nots at a time when unemployment remains persistently high. It comes a week before the government releases first-ever economic data that will show more Hispanics, elderly and working-age poor have fallen into poverty.
In all, the numbers underscore the breadth and scope by which the downturn has reached further into mainstream America.
"There now really is no unaffected group, except maybe the very top income earners," [Details]
o Afghani civilian body count time ... This count for a less that ten months period. Further according to recent studies out of every ten Afghanis interrogated for insurgent activities, nine of them go home to their family and friends REALLY PISSED OFF!
Official Data Shows Night Raids Killed More Than 1,500 Afghan Civilians
(...to kill 2,844 alleged 'insurgents' and 'leaders' in a total of 6,282 raids)
U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) killed well over 1,500 civilians in night raids in less than 10 months in 2010 and early 2011...«o» The senate will not begin to debate the transportation-related section of Obama's job bill because of a filibuster by the Republicans that garnered enough votes to at least table, if not kill the bill.
...The data on night raids, which were given to selected news media, cover three distinct 90-day night raid campaigns from May through July 2010, early August to early November, and mid-November to mid- February. The combined totals for the three periods indicate that a minimum of 2,599 rank and file insurgents were killed and an additional 723 "leaders" killed or captured in raids. [See Sidebar].
Assuming conservatively that one-third of the alleged leaders were killed, the total number of alleged insurgents killed in the raids was 2,844.
SOF night raids during the 10-month period totaled 6,282, according to the same ISAF data. [In Full]
«o» There is peace, more or less, in Oakland in the aftermath of General Strike related disturbances the other day, and there was a rather contentious city council meeting last night as well.
o S ome notes on the alleged "Violence by protesters" in Oakland during the November 02 General Strike:
"If you weren't in Oakland last night, weren't talking to people on the ground, and are getting your reports/media from afar, it may be hard to understand exactly what the police responded to in that fashion.A couple more sentiments noted:
It wasn't protester "violence." It was the reopening of a derelict building that had once housed the Travelers Aid Society, which had provided homeless and transient services until being shuttered.
The building, which was abandoned and filled with layers of dust, was re-opened as a site for the occupation and community to use and to restore it to its intended purpose. It was beautiful, non-violent, celebratory, and community-oriented.
But the interior of that building was all off-limits and shit, so the police had to come crack down in defense of property, against the people who were trying to make that property serve the needs of real, actual people." ~~K.Woolsey at OccupySantaCruz.org
This sort of thing is as inevitable as the monsoon season. Any mass movement will attract window-breakers. Worrying about them is a lot like being scared of your own shadow.More directly, with an analysis:
"If you are angry or afraid of the people dressed in black coats and burning cars, then you should know about the people dressed in suits and burning countries."To which yours truly can only say "Amen...".
Which all leads, perhaps tangentially, to something that was resolved at the #OccupyOakland GA, just a couple of days before the General Strike, that generally(sic) went unnoticed.
The Inevitable Has Happened: Occupy Foreclosures«o» The US Air Force is getting rid of thousands of civilian employees reversing the trend towards privatization and contractors.
November 01, 2011
Last night Occupy Oakland's General Assembly did something that is likely to catch on with occupations across the country. They voted to encourage the occupation of foreclosed properties across their city. After all, the bursting of the property bubble is part of why they're on the streets right now.
There is a movement similar to this under the overall Occupy umbrella, It's called Occupy Vacant Properties, and it has been most visible in San Francisco, where families are even reclaiming their old homes post-foreclosures... [More @ Business Insider]
In OTHER News:
Presidential contender and sexual harasser Herman Cain wants to "Move On" (down the road to obscurity would be a good start):
Herman Cain's campaign is backing off its claim that a political aide to Rick Perry's presidential campaign tipped off reporters about harassment claims against Cain when he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.The war of the Technocrats vs Tribes continues in Libya. But you won't read about it in the US press.
Mark Block, Cain's chief of staff, told Fox News that he accepts Curt Anderson's claim he didn't leak the story to Politico, which first reported the allegations against Cain on Sunday night.
"All the evidence we had pointed to Mr. Anderson being the source. We are absolutely thrilled that he came on your show said it wasn't him," Block said. "Mr. Cain has always had the utmost respect for him."
Block said Cain just wants to "move on with the campaign." [In Full]
Our job... Destabilizing and destroying societies, is finished... for now:
Clashes Between The Libyan Government and Tuareg
Tuareg tribes fought over the weekend in several skirmishes with armed groups loyal to the interim government of Libya, according to two sources told Reuters with local contacts, in a battle that underscores the challenges facing the new Libyan leaders in gaining the fragmented tribes... [Details]
I had a few words to Anonymous the other day in regard to targeting the Mexican drug gang "The Zetas" which is also the target of the US and Mexican government, while excluding from their intended cyber-attacks the other gangs said to be affiliated with the CIA.
More about the US government's recent rationale for allowing not only a war on the Zetas, but a new push for war on Iran, all on the basis of fraud.
Middle East Research and Information ProjectLet it be noted that the people claiming to be Anon who called the action against the Zetas have apparently called it off for unknown reasons, but further reports claim the attacks are still planned.
Debunking the Iran "Terror Plot"
At a press conference on October 11, the Obama administration unveiled a spectacular charge against the government of Iran: The Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had plotted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, right in Washington, DC... [More @ Merip]
Either way... My warning to Anonymous, or anyone seeking to act on an apparent attempt by the US government to utilize anon resources to attack Iran via a cyber-war on the Zetas is here.
Remember... "America should be afraid of it's children" (Abbie Hoffman):
(So PLEASE try to keep your government from killing all the dusky natives...)
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