Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Blackouts in Brazil, is Yemen the Beginning of WW111?

Maureen Dowd
Dana Milbank

Changing Policy on Afghanistan
Mark Ambinder
Ashraf Ghani

Good News on Military Health
David Ignatius

"The gross thing about the Wall Street of the last decade is how much its success was not shared with society."  - Maureen Dowd
"America, if you believe this country is great but you're not really into that whole One World Government thing, watch out," - Glenn Beck
"The New World Order came into being at 4:25 Tuesday afternoon."  - Dana Milbank

Happy Veteran's Day...
I always say a prayer for the soldiers who are away fighting and the ones who have come back. I pray for their mental strength and spiritual resilience. I also force myself to read the names and biographies of the fallen whenever they are published in the newspaper, I don't want them to be abstract paragraphs, and my heart goes out to their families who will miss them for the remainder of their lives. David Ignatius writes a more positive outlook on the military's health after the tragedy at Fort Hood and is considered a must read for today.

The phrase New World Order that Dana Milbank refers to was originally coined by Annie Besant, who was a spiritual disciple of that wonderful old fraud, Madame Blavatsky, the founder of Theosophy. The phrase was popularized in the 70's by my old neighbor, Robert Anton Wilson in his Illuminatus Trilogy, and later by the writer David Icke.

Now I can tell about a weird incident on how I met RAW when we were both living in Santa Cruz. I had ordered a color inkjet printer from the company Damark. They sent it via UPS with my name on the shipping label, but with Wilson's address. His wife accepted the package, but they couldn't use it because it had specific drivers for a PC, and they had an Apple. She sent a postcard to my PO Box, and I went the three miles to their house to retrieve it. When I called Damark to inquire what happened, they said that they didn't have Robert Anton Wilson's name or address in their database at all, and they couldn't explain the mishap. He said that stuff like that happened all of the time... Since the 1970's, our society has come to take in much of what Wilson has written about the Illuminati as literal truth, but he wrote it as satire. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. His books are wonderful, they have such playfulness, and gives a prankster's view of physics and philosophy, something we could use today...

blackout in Brazil...

A short while ago CBS 60 Minutes had a report on the potential danger of cyber-terrorism to the world. What would happen if sophisticated hackers turned off parts of the power grid and you didn't have electricity? "Four months after taking office, Obama made those concerns part of our national defense policy, declaring the country's digital infrastructure a strategic asset, and confirming that cyber warfare had moved beyond theory.

"We know that cyber intruders have probed our electrical grid, and that in other countries cyber attacks have plunged entire cities into darkness," the president said. President Obama didn't say which country had been plunged into darkness, but a half a dozen sources in the military, intelligence, and private security communities have told us the president was referring to Brazil"

Brazil denied this story. Then, last night there was a mysterious huge blackout in Brazil that affected over 60 million people: "The outage on Tuesday evening began when the Itaipu hydroelectric dam, which supplies much of the country's electricity, suddenly went offline plunging parts of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and other Brazilian cities into darkness."
"In another sense, you talk to people in government who say that it could have been much worse - so there is definitely a sense of finger-pointing on who is to blame here... President Lula is demanding answers to how this happened and how to [prevent] it from happening again."

Sophisticated Hackers: 1
Government of Brazil: 0

ww 111 is about to begin...

Forget about the supposed was between Columbia and Venezuela, the conflict in Yemen is heating up and the big boys are about to step in. In response to Saudi Arabia's recent attacks on those sassy Houthis, who may or may not have crossed over into Saudi Arabia and beaten back. You started it first, no, you did... The Houthis are a Shia minority in a Sunni dominant Yemen, backed by a Sunni dominant Saudi Arabia. They originally wanted an area to themselves, but now want to dominate a weak Yemeni government, and things have been taken up a notch with the open involvement of the Saudi military.

The next move is now being taken by Iran: "Iran has said that it is ready to help restore security in Yemen, which is currently engaged in a deadly conflict with an armed Houthi opposition group. Manouchehr Mottaki, Iran's foreign minister, made the offer on Wednesday, a day after Tehran warned Middle Eastern governments against interfering in the affairs of the the Arab Peninsula country.

"Iran is prepared to co-operate with the government of Yemen and other nations in order to restore security [in Yemen]," Mottaki said at a news conference." The chilling part about this is that this is the same excuse that Hitler and Germany gave to invade most of Europe. Tehran is now exerting its influence in an overt manner, instead of its previous sneaky ways. As an example, the recent Israeli capture of a ship carrying arms to Syria. Most of the arms were made in Russia and China, so it shows the two-faced nature of these countries.

"The implications of Iran’s chicanery go far beyond the nuclear program. Tehran’s funding of insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan (see Bill’s recent post on the Qod’s Force), as well as its steady supply of arms to Hezbollah and Hamas, reveal that Iran is attempting to transform the geopolitical balance of the Middle East in subtle ways. UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei recognizes this fact, pointing out that one of the goals of Iran's nuclear program is to increase its prestige as a regional power.

There have already been many critiques of Iran’s meddling in Iraq and Afghanistan, so I will leave that task to those better informed. What must be discussed further, however, is the Islamic Republic’s funding of both the Shia Hezbollah and the Sunni Hamas. Prior to the seizure of weapons on Tuesday evening, Bloomberg reported that Hamas now possesses missile technology with a 60 km range—just long enough to reach the suburbs of Tel Aviv. These weapons—like the countless rockets seized in the Gaza Strip last winter—were purchased and delivered by Iran."

If a religious civil war breaks out between Iran and Saudi Arabia, it will encourage Iran-backed Hezbollah to attack Israel, and it has already been threatening to wage war in Lebanon again, with Syria's help. Israel will make good by bombing Iran's nuclear facilities, all of them, since Israeli intelligence is better than ours. This sets up a complete FUBAR taking place, where the US will become over-extended by stepping into an even worse scenario. Kinda makes the debates over health care reform seem small and trivial in comparison. Such a war will plunge the world into an economic depression that we won't be able to get out of for many years, leaving the few, rich profiteers to survive, and then they will be able impose a New World Order, or the rise of the Anti-Christ, take your pick..

The Second Coming

by William Butler Yeats 

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

Is moving its slow thighs, while all around it

Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again; but now I know

That twenty centuries of stony sleep

Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

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