Friday, October 17, 2014

World War 1: Putin and Russia's New Perspective

I've been personally disappointed by the lack of recognition and public ceremony in the U.S. over the 100th anniversary of WWI, or "The Great War," as the Brits like to call it.  WWI is one of my favorite and most studied periods of world history and is still probably the seminal event of the last two centuries.  Obama and other European leaders gathered at the Menin Gate in Ypres earlier this year, but the even was largely ignored in America.  Russia had its own ceremony and the speech is really quite revealing of how Vladimir Putin and modern Russia and look back on its past.  Instead of venerating the Bolsheviks and murderers like Trotsky and Lenin, he calls them out for what they really were--not altruistic communists, but thieves who "sought only power for themselves."  Putin's view of the Russian Civil War of 1918, one can presume, is decidedly more White than Red.


Putin (6:22):  "Russia stayed true to its duties as an ally.  The Russian offensives in Prussia and Galicia upset the adversary's (Germany and Axis states) plans and made it possible for our allies to hold the front and defend Paris.  The enemy was forced to turn its attention east where Russian forces....put up the fiercest possible struggle...and was then able to launch an offensive.  The Brusilov offensive became famous throughout the world, but this victory was stolen from our country.  It was stolen by those who called for defeat of their homeland and army, who sowed division inside Russia, and sought only power for themselves, betraying the national interest."  (Turn on subtitles if you don't speak Russian)

Putin's candid insights into history explain much about the current tensions between Russia, the EU and US.  What he's saying is that in return for taking extraordinary losses to support the Western Front, Russia was betrayed by brutal revolutionaries who had been in exile (Lenin in Sweden and Trotsky in New York) and were assisted by the allies in their return to Russia.  The story of how the Bolshevik movement was supported by key western industrialists and government leaders is well documented in a book (available free online at this link) called Wall Street And The Bolshevik Revolution by Prof. Antony C. Sutton.  Sutton's work is often taken out of context by conspiracy theorists and it's not the most enjoyable reading, but it is dense with facts.  What can be said about this book is that it represents an important yet esoteric side of history from which it could be argued that the Cold War was one big case of blowback.  The people who lived in what became the USSR got the worst of it.  Naturally, Russia is suspicious of western leaders promoting globalism.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ebola: Did Dallas Nurse Have One of These?

The CDC is taking heat for blaming America's first case of ebola transmission on the Dallas nurse who caught it, saying it was a "protocol breach" of protective gear.  CDC Director Tom Friedman, might want to look in the mirror when it comes to protocol breaches.  Ebola is a  Bio-Safety Level 4 pathogen.  In addition to Dallas, hospitals in Seattle, Omaha, Washington, and Boston either have or are preparing to take ebola patients.  I don't think any of them look like this:  Popular Mechanics magazine took us inside a BSL4 facility in 2007 (notice PM in '07 mentions that ebola could even spread with a sneeze).
BSL4 protocol checklist....   Vacuum sealed suits?  Nope.  Building in a building?  Nope.  Compression chamber?  Nada.  Separate HEPA filter HVAC system that removes everything down to .0003 microns?  Nyet.  Separate water decon system?  Absent.  Okay...  So who's breaching protocol, Mr. Friedman?  According the CDC's own BSL standards checklist, it doesn't even appear that BSL2 was reached at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

The U.S. has on-base hospital facilities that are heavily defended with controlled entry and exit points.  Ebola cases from Africa need to be flown to a central location, preferably an airbase, where the best possible hospital conditions can be established.  Similarly, all passengers arriving in the U.S. from ebola affected regions in Africa should be routed through a single USAF base for screening.  Similar mothballed facilities outside the U.S. could be dedicated to implement a similar process for European countries.  Breaking the natural barriers of oceans to bring a BSL4 pathogen to unequipped hospitals is just plain stupid.  Read this scary interview with Dr. Peter Piot who discovered ebola.
As it is, the policy of the Obama Administration and the Center for Disease Control seems to be Spreading the Disease.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fukushima Radiation vs Ebola Outbreak

The contrast between news coming out on the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and the ebola outbreak could not be more stark.  The mainstream media is completely saturated with news of the ebola virus outbreak.  The Obama Administration's refusal to restrict air travel from Africa is already becoming an election issue in America.  This is as it should be, because ebola is a very scary disease.  It is overwhelming west-central Africa and kills about 70% of its victims in short order.  Now Europe and America are experiencing their first cases of ebola.

On the other hand, radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown is already in the U.S.  It's also been revealed that mixed oxide fuel rods were in use at Fukushima and we can count deadly plutonium among the radioactive isotopes released.  The Vancouver Sun reported that seaweed samples taken off British Columbia had tested at 4x safe limits for radiation.  The New York Times reports "low levels" of radiation in U.S. milk samples.  There has also been massive mortality among fish on the West Coast, including sardines, starfish, salmon, and other sea life.  Mainstream media won't speculate on radiation, though it's interesting that radiation from the Fukushima 3/11 event arrived on the West Coast in March 2014, about the time these anomalies in the coastal ecosystem became present.  And about 80,000 gallons of contaminated water from Fukushima continues to pour into the Pacific each day to bioaccumulate in the food chain.

Yet the average member of 50 million U.S. and B.C. residents who live on the west coast, remains blissfully unaware of the potential magnitude of the Fukushima disaster, though I bet practically all are concerned about ebola.  Did you know a study published in the International Journal of Health Services concluded that there have been approximately 14,000 deaths (mostly children) linked to radiation from Fukushima reaching the U.S.?  So far, one guy has died of ebola.  Ah well, who needs information?  What they're telling you about ebola might not be true anyway.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Naomi (Were)Wolf in London

I like Naomi Wolf now.  Like me, she's a reformed OTT Devil Dog for a progressive charge, who at some point realized after charging into some No Man's Land, that it was not all it was meant to be.  Eye deep in Hell, she began to see things more clearly.

Naomi has long been a leader of the feminist vangard.  I bought and read her 1997 book, "Promiscuities," and understood it's point, but felt it was extremely one-sided.  Was my experience as an awkward, young stud-supposed-to-be really so different from the pressures she described for young women?  In this scene from An American Werewolf In London, she (Nurse Alex) confronts the wolf of man and in his demise, sees his tragic vulnerability.  She realizes then that he was cursed and that she loves the beast being hunted.

Now Naomi is being crucified for thinking for herself--the very thing she gained fame for among feminists who saw her books as a catalyst for liberating causes--simply because she questions some of the developments taking place in the world.  Most recently for her observations on the strange details of ISIS's executions, but also (though it gained no press) the creeping fascism of the post-9/11 world and the true meaning of gun control.  That is a more libertarian perspective coming from somebody with a long history of non-libertarian thinking.  You don't have to agree with the conclusions, but feminists everywhere should at least respect her intelligence and take the time to consider what she's saying.  Unfortunately, the Thought Police are out to get her now.

Who'd have thunk that Naomi Wolf and W. Axl Rose have so much in common.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Cryogenic Future World?

A few weeks ago, the United States had rallies in many cities to draw attention to the threat of global warming, or more generally, climate change.  Now that is a subject itself, because what does one mean by "global warming?"  Does that mean "the earth's atmosphere is heating up and we need to understand and do something about it" or does it mean Al Gore's Imminent Apocalypse theory?  Might the reality of the situation lie somewhere in between?  My problem with such movements is when questioning the magnitude of the variables involved in climate change draws accusations of "global warming denial."  I didn't graduate with honors from a major research university for being a "blathering idiot," Congressman DeFazio.

Someday I'll go deeper into the global warming equation and models, but for now I'll go straight to the point that there's also significant evidence that the world is only a decade away from dipping into another Little Ice Age.
What I find interesting is that Russia is doing exactly the opposite of what the U.S. is doing and warning policy makers of the risk of another ice age.  Hmmm...  The West is worried about a global warming meltdown and Russia is worried about an approaching ice age.  It's like the Cold War all over again, isn't it?  Snow Miser vs Heat Miser.

That's really the the level of debate taking place on climate change, isn't it?  You're either a "denier" or an "alarmist."  This obscures the real issues and also takes public attention off of some of the most actionable countermeasures.  Regardless of whether people believe in Al Gore or think global warming is a hoax, they can probably agree that deforestation, industrial pollution, CFCs, etc, are problems that need to be mitigated.  If you present the debate in that context then you get people moving forward on very actionable and impactful measures.  This is where I think many well-meaning climate change activists are being misled, because it benefits the financial-industrial interests that profit from the status quo.  The powers that be seem to want the debate to remain polarized.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Stanley Kubrick - Too Fast For Love (Motley Crue cover)

Man, there's so much heavy shit to contemplate in the world...  Ebola, Fukushima, Charlie Sheen...  Not to mention my own personal problems.  So I'm going to go a little more fizzy rocka rolla on this post.

Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" came out in 1987.  Motley Crue (insert aumlauts) releasted Too Fast For Love on their own Lethur Records (insert aumlauts... yes really) label in 1981.  By the way, I once owned a copy of the original "Too Fast For Love" album, which I bought from a friend, who I believed purchased it at Beekman Bob's, which was the underground record shop on Melrose in LA in those days.  I bought it for $20 and sold it a few years later for $50.  I wish I still had it.

Anyway...  Bear with me here...  Motley Crue preceded Kubrick's film by like six years, okay?  So look at the cover of "Too Fast For Love" and then look at this scene from "Full Metal Jacket."

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Goldman Sachs Finger - In Your Face!

The latest revelation of just how corrupt the investment banking sector has become comes from another another Angel named Carmen Sagarra, one Federal Reserve Bank regulator embedded at Goldman Sachs who has revealed how Fed regulators look the other way when it comes to Wall Street corruption.  Like Sibel Edmonds, she's smart, sexy, honest, and being crucified for doing the right thing.  I wish I had a swimsuit calendar full of girls like this.

As Bloomberg and other financial news outlets report, Sagarra was alarmed at the level of collusion and lax regulation that Fed employees were giving Goldman Sachs.  So she went all Bond Girl on them and started recording the meetings, uncovering Enron-like soundbites such as, "Once clients are wealthy enough, certain consumer laws don't apply to them."  Instead of saying something like, Wait just a fucking minute, you hedge fund cunt, slime bag piece of shit, her fellow regulators would say to Carmen, "You didn't hear that."  Pulling a gig where acting like a regulatory whore meant one day swallowing some of the Goldman lucre, honesty only led to Carmen's termination and another nail in the coffin of market efficiency theory.