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The right is — predictably and not surprisingly — verklempt that President Obama’s trying to work in some vacation time despite all the horrible things going on here in the U.S. and worldwide. Nevermind that he’s probably one of the most wired people in the world, undoubtedly followed to the bathroom and to the golf course by a phalinx of “advisers” and communication devices that feed him everything he needs to know, All. The. Time. He’s on call no matter where he is or what he’s doing and he has been since January 20, 2009.
So when a so-called “news” channel posts a headline like this I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Cry would be my preference because it isn’t informing, like a so-called “news” organization should, it’s propagandizing:
I read something a few weeks back about how ISIS in Iraq has commandeered a huge amount of military equipment we paid for with Our Tax Dollars during the 2013 invasion. The supposed “training” of the Iraqi army George W. and Co. said they were doing was a farce and when ISIS emerged, the so-called army cut and ran, leaving billions of dollars of weapons (like humvees at $200,000 a pop) lying around. So now we’re bombing Iraq again and the the billions of dollars of military equipment we paid for are being blowing up by the people we paid to build them in the first place.
Aye yie yie. I’m sure the military industrial complex is drinking up a storm tonight but I’m SMFDH. Our tax dollars down the shit hole, again:
When President Obama announced US airstrikes in Iraq, most observers understood that the US would be bombing members of ISIS. What many did not know was that, in a twist of such bitterly symbolic irony that it could only occur in the Middle East, the US would also be bombing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of American military equipment.
Here’s why: in the decade since the 2003 US-led Iraq invasion, the US has spent a fortune training and arming the Iraqi army in the hopes of readying it to secure the country once America left. That meant arming the Iraqi army with high-tech and extremely expensive American-made guns, tanks, jeeps, artillery, and more.
But the Iraqi army has been largely a failure. When ISIS invaded northern Iraq from Syria in June, the Iraqi forces deserted or retreated en masse. Many of them abandoned their American equipment. ISIS scooped it up themselves and are now using it to rampage across Iraq, seizing whole cities, terrorizing minorities, and finally pushing into even once-secure Kurdish territory. All with shiny American military equipment.
So the US air strikes against ISIS are in part to destroy US military equipment, such as the artillery ISIS has been using against Kurdish forces.
If it weren’t for the military equipment the U.S. walked away from, ISIS wouldn’t be near as powerful and we might not be re-inserting ourselves into that country 11 years after I stood on the protest line doing what I could to stop it because I knew it would be a disaster. But, voila, here we are.
That said, guess who’s on the corporate media? The people who want to make more war.
This is good, via Act.TV/Americans United:
The GOP may be a lot of things, but “climate scientists” is not one of them. But that won’t stop them from ignoring a 97% consensus among actual scientists, along with 7 out of 10 Americans, that climate change is man-made and needs to be dealt with.
Check out this article from Caty Enders at Esquire mag: Life at The Bundy Ranch, Uncensored.
At the Bundy camp last week, pundits and politicians descended on Bunkerville, Nevada, to throw in their American flag hats with the BLM protestors. A FOX news van had been parked by the side of the road for days. Up on the ridge, militia snipers kept a trained watch as Bundy held court, and disciples from far and wide came to share their personal theories as to why the government was enforcing a court order.
But on Thursday, we witnessed a mainstream exodus from Bundy’s flank. Sean Hannity, Bundy’s biggest booster, called his racist remarks “beyond despicable,” but maintained that they should not taint the supporters who “for the right reasons saw this case as government overreach.”
Exactly how difficult was it, though, to determine pretty early on that Bundy and his followers were using the threat of force to back up some terrifyingly misguided beliefs?
During the few hours I visited last week, this was what was said.
Here’s the condensed version:
I want to be like it was growing up in the 50s too Cliven: When the United Nations was the hope of the world. When my father supported he, my mother and my two brothers (on one salary). We had great public schools and California had essentially free universities. I trick-or-treated for UNICEF when I was nine-years-old and I thought I could make a difference. When my 14-year-old self and my girlfriend swooned over 20, 24-year-olds hunks who we saw in the Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado. That would be before Reagan and his predecessors decided we didn’t need them anymore … the Forest Service caretakers or the forests.
Back in the 50s I’d drink a Dr. Pepper and it had good ol’ sugar in it instead of high fructose corn syrup and it came in a glass bottle instead of one that leached BPA into my brain.
Here’s lookin’ at you Cliven. The 50s were great in so so many ways but lots has happened since. You might want to Google it.
Check out this chart:
The top, blue line is U.S. productivity/output per hour (1945 – 2013). The bottom red line is median family real income. Look at how productivity has kept going up but incomes have leveled off and then fallen since roughly 1980. Americans have kept working — hard — but the corporatocracy, again, in roughly 1980, stopped increasing wages commensurate with that level of production. The so-called trickle down stopped at just about the same time politicians started dangling that term in front of our face, like a carrot.
Interesting ahem, coincidence? No, in retrospect, I’d call it a rather obvious distraction.
Larger version and more here.
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