“A Chicken In Every Pot”

Where have you heard that statement, right?  Well back in the 1920’s it was a political campaign slogan for the “Kingfish”, Huey Long…..(your history lesson for the day)…..

But chickens made another entry into the dialog somewhere…..Libya of the 1960’s when Mr. Qaddafi came to power….he built roads, water systems, housing, education to improve the lives of ALL Libyans…..but when he is mentioned the most predominant ideas was his support for international terrorism (think Lockerbie–Pan Am 103)…….but when he is analyzed they call him crazy, mad, insane, do-dah….and the one thing they point to was his insistence that All Libyans…be given the hardware to raise chickens in their homes….crazy idea right?

Like everything else…crazy ideas are just recycled under another label and passed onto the people….

Bill Gates recently offered to donate 100,000 hens to poor countries around the world, but one South American nation looked his gift chickens in the mouth and began squawking. “How can he think we are living 500 years ago, in the middle of the jungle not knowing how to produce?” Cesar Cocarico, Bolivia’s development minister, told reporters, per Reuters. “Respectfully, he should stop talking about Bolivia.” Cocarico also described Gates’ poultry philanthropy—mainly extended to impoverished nations in sub-Saharan Africa—as “offensive,” saying Gates should “apologize” once he’s done a little more research into how well Bolivia does on the chicken front by itself, the Financial Times reports, via the Verge. He has a point: The country produces about 197 million chickens annually, with the ability to ship about 36 million of them to other nations, a local poultry group says. And data from the Bolivian Institute of Foreign Trade notes the country saw a significant increase in the production of chicken meat and eggs from 2008 to 2013.

Gates announced his “Coop Dreams” program earlier this month, noting he’d met, through his work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, plenty of poor people who raised the birds and that “it’s pretty clear to me that just about anyone who’s living in extreme poverty is better off if they have chickens.” He goes on to say that chickens are a cheap investment with easy maintenance and decent ROI, the eggs they pop out help keep kids healthy, and they “empower women” (a belief his wife apparently shares). “It sounds funny, but I mean it when I say that I am excited about chickens,” his post concludes. An enthusiasm obviously not shared (at least when it comes to his donation) by what Gizmodo labels Bolivia’s “leftist, anti-imperialist government.” Bolivians “do not need any gifted chicks in order to live—we have dignity,” Cocarico sniffed.

So a bad idea in the 60’s is now a good idea because some pampered tool comes up with it?

At least the people of Bolivia put this wealthy dick in his place……finally someone that will stand up to this type of idiot….kudos to them.

What Would It Take For A Retaliation?

You know that every action has a reaction……every wrong needs to be set right….but what would it take for NATO to retaliate?

We have an agreement with all the signees of the NATO charter that we will protect in case of and attack….but how is the word “attack” defined that it would take retaliation?

I understand the ramifications if say Russia fires a missile at say Poland…..or a plane attacks a bridge…..but what about if there is a cyber attack (we call that a “hack”)?

NATO Secretary General has weighed in on the subject…..

Just days after NATO declared “cyberspace” a formal military zone, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned that major cyber attacks might now be classified as a “case for the alliance” which NATO as a whole would respond to militarily, with conventional warfare.

Though Stoltenberg insisted doing so would depend heavily on the severity of the attacks, he said to establishment of cyberspace as a military zone meant NATO would react to attacks there the same as attacks in air, sea, land, or space.

In theory, this would mean that NATO member nations could invoke Article 4 of the alliance, obliging meetings to discuss mutual military defense if a member nation is “attacked,” simply on the grounds of them being hacked.

Individual NATO member states have also made similar statements over the past years.

The US acknowledged the notion of cyberspace being a new war dimension years ago, enacting the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) on June 23, 2009, to fulfill tasks related to cyber combat.

In 2011 Washington said it regards cyberspace as an operational domain of war, equating digital attacks to those in the real world, and preparing to respond to them as it does to other threats to national security and wellbeing.

In Moscow, officials have long been concerned about the threat of cyber-warfare against Russia. In March, Communications Minister Nikolay Nikiforov told RT that the US government and a handful of corporations working under US jurisdiction have a disproportionately strong influence on the internet.

Think about what has been said!

It is as if we are looking for any reason to start another conflict….if sso then I ask what constitutes a “cyber attack”?

What actually constitutes an act of cyber warfare? There’s a Republican senator who wants to figure that out.

Everyone knows hackers are breaking into networks quite regularly, whether they be hacktivists, criminals, or foreign intelligence services. But there’s never been a clear definition of “cyber war,” even if that term is thrown around often by cybersecurity experts and politicians alike.

“More or less, we all engage in some manner of [cyber] warfare these days, we just don’t go to ‘war’ over it,” Bradley Moss, a national security lawyer, told Tech Insider last month.

Source: What constitutes an ‘act of cyber war’? – Tech Insider

None of this sounds like a recipe for a safer internet or world……also sounds like that some look for any excuse to use American force…..

Thoughts?

The History of Privatization

The previous post was about the profits that are being made from the M-IC….but they are not alone….and thanx to privatization many folk are getting rich….

Since the election of Reagan in 1980 I have been bitching about privatization of the government….it has invaded all parts of the government….intel gathering is the most scary for me…..since profits are everything to these contractors….. is it more important than the protection of the people?

I mean even the military is partially privatized…..that alone is another scary idea…..

Privatization is killing this country slowly but slowly….

The post-WWII era was a tough time for conservative economists, academics, intellectuals, and business leaders. Social Security, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Securities and Exchange Act, and other New Deal programs represented a dangerous expansion of government’s role in the economy and society – nothing short of a frontal assault on freedom and the beginnings of socialism in the U.S.

Today, after 50 years of attack on government, privatization is a standard conservative response to tight public budgets, a key pillar of attacks on government, and a lucrative market opportunity for domestic and global corporations. Large corporations operate virtually every type of public service including prisons, welfare systems, infrastructure, water and sewer, trash, and schools

Source: The History of Privatization

Another “conservative” program that is biting the country in the ass….again.

Endless War, Endless Greed

Anyone that visits this site already knows just how much I dislike the M-IC….these toads start wars for one reason only….profits.  I know…I know most of this post is common knowledge….but we Americans need things hammered into our minds before we grasp it.

After reading this piece my hatred is just strengthened…….shameful to use the violence of war to make a buck…..and pathetic to use American lives as their cash account……

These days, lamenting the apparently aimless character of Washington’s military operations in the Greater Middle East has become conventional wisdom among administration critics of every sort. Senator John McCain thunders that “this president has no strategy to successfully reverse the tide of slaughter and mayhem” in that region. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies bemoans the “lack of a viable and public strategy.” Andrew Bacevich suggests that “there is no strategy. None. Zilch.”

After 15 years of grinding war with no obvious end in sight, U.S. military operations certainly deserve such obloquy. But the pundit outrage may be misplaced. Focusing on Washington rather than on distant war zones, it becomes clear that the military establishment does indeed have a strategy, a highly successful one, which is to protect and enhance its own prosperity.

Source: Endless War, Endless Greed: The Pentagon Is Lining Its Pockets with Taxpayer Dollars | Alternet

Where does this all end?

I apologize if I sound like a stuck record…but I will continue this pursuit as long as the American public turns a blind eye to the real reasons for all these conflicts that the government feels we MUST fight.

Declaring War on “Islamist Extremism” Is Nonsense

Another attack and another round of fights over terminology……most of it is NOTHING new…most of it should be just re-blogged and save what limited mental facilities that some have…I mean the lack of brain power it takes to say the same thing over and over is just amazing…..

But because there is NOTHING new in the words of the illiterate…..they are becoming a one theme post prodigy…….I need to post this piece written in the the National Interests……BTW not a liberal publication….just in case one wants to start the lame name calling…..it is one of you guys….

What matters is not whether a group is Islamist, but whether it endangers America.

It is news to no one that Congress is filled with cowards.

The Constitution places the power to declare war with the legislative branch. This does not mean simply taking note that the president has bombed or invaded another nation. Congress decides whether there will be a war to fight. Constitutional Convention delegate James Wilson explained: “It will not be in the power of a single man, or a single body of men, to involve us in such distress; for the important power of declaring war is in the legislature at large.”

Source: Declaring War on “Islamist Extremism” Is Nonsense | The National Interest Blog

Arguing and debating over terminology takes valuable time and thought away from eliminating the culprit….but then if we do that then these one trick ponies will have NOTHING to write about…now would they?