Friday! Jump You Fuckers!

Wherein I pay tribute to the best sign form the protests against the bailout scam. GodlessLiberalHomo went along to the New York demo and got a fuzzy snap of the best sign evah!

Jump You Fuckers

UPDATE: Non fuzzy version from evil corporate media (ht2 Dependable Renegade)-

Jump You Fuckers

Jump You Fuckers

Ok so the depression era stories are mostly apocryphal but the gag still works a dream (and I see Indian workers were even more pro-active ht2 James). Jotman went to the demo in DC and almost got arrested for the newly serious offence of photography! So c’mon let’s hold ‘Jump you Fuckers’ in our heart as we enjoy (what else) Jump by Van Halen-

War Pimps Broke

More good news, as the empire’s elite wrangle over how to fleece the public the blockade of Iran attempt looks to be dead. This combined with the gossip Bush actually chilled out on Israeli plans to attack Iran looks like imperial overstretch, reality and domestic greed have beaten out the bloodlust of the neocons/zionists for now. Also regarding the poo-pooing of the Israeli aggression Socialist Unity has good piece which discusses how this displays a power dynamic neatly summed up with-

Ultimately, then, a stronger case can be made that the nature of the relationship between the US and Israel is akin to that of a vicious bulldog and its master. Whilst the bulldog might be able to pull its master along on the leash for a while, all it takes is for the master to exert sufficient force on the leash to bring it back into line.

If the Guardian story is to be believed, it appears that Israel’s leash has just been pulled.

Update: Jim Lobe on the blockade resolution in detail.

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Slaughter

So according to the Pakistan Army they have killed ‘1,000 Islamist militants‘ this month… so the round number is obviously an estimate, as for the designation as the BBC report politely saysCorrespondents say that there is no way independently to verify the army’s claims.’ The army ‘said that 27 soldiers had been killed and 111 wounded in the operation‘. So 27 against 1,000 dead in a remote region with no independent verification. Yeah, nothing to see here, the war OF terror continues.

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1 Year On

Myanmar pro-democracy groups and activists are marking the first anniversary of a bloody crackdown on anti-government demonstrations by the country’s ruling military. The crackdown last September followed weeks of protests triggered by a sudden hike in fuel prices after the government slashed subsidies.

The price rises added massively to the hardships suffered by many of Myanmar’s people, millions of whom struggle with grinding poverty on a daily basis. But one year on from the protests Al Jazeera’s special correspondent in Myanmar said the situation in the country was, if anything, worse. Our correspondent, who we are not naming for safety reasons, says a noticeable rise in the number of street beggars indicates increased hunger while child labour remains commonplace.

More than 7,000 police were deployed throughout Rangoon on Thursday in a security clampdown that followed a bomb blast near the former capital’s City Hall.

A police source disclosed the extent of the clampdown to The Irrawaddy and said there were plans to raid the homes of dissidents, particularly youth members of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD). Travelers at Rangoon bus stations who could not provide identification documents in police checks were being arrested, said one source.

At least eight people were injured in Thursday morning’s bomb explosion, which occurred at a bus stop outside the Maha Bandoola Garden.

More later.

TAKE ACTION – FREE BURMA’S POLITICAL PRISONERS
Ban Ki-moon has said that he will go to Burma later this year, write to him now, tell him why he must secure the release of all of Burma’s political prisoners, email him here: http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/un_action.html

Political prisoners in Burma subjected to horrific torture, routinely denied medical treatment and survive on rotten food and dirty water. Prisoners like Mya Aye, who has been detained in Insein Prison, Rangoon, since August 2007 without charge. He has been imprisoned for 8 of the last 18 years and is denied medical treatment even though he has heart problems and has already suffered one heart attack.

Email Ban Ki-moon now and help us secure the release of all of Burma’s political prisoners: http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/un_action.html. Your email will be copied to all of the Security Council members, ensuring that the world doesn’t forget Burma’s political prisoners.

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Once In A Lifetime

Handel arranged the first performance of The Messiah as a benefit to raise money to bail debtors out of Irish debtors’ prisons, and every year the oratorio was repeated for that charitable purpose. Martin Luther warned about the mathematics of compound interest as the monster Cacus, devouring all. Yet Luther’s denunciations of usury are excluded from his collected works in English, and are available in this language only in Vol. III of Marx’s Capital and Book III of his Theories of Surplus Value. The discussion of interest and banking has become so marginalized that even when I taught money and banking at the New School in New York City in the late 1960s and early  ‘70s, it was not part of the core curriculum but treated as a special topic. (Fortunately, that is not the case where I am now happily situated at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. But it took a long time to get here.)

Behind this shift in legislative choice was the perception that no economy can keep up with the burden of debts growing at exponential rates faster than the economy itself is growing. No economy can grow at steady exponential rates; only debts can multiply in this way. That is why Mr. Paulson’s $700 billion giveaway to his Wall Street colleagues cannot work.

What it can do is provide a one-time transfer of wealth to insiders who already have been playing the debt-credit system and siphoning off its predatory financial proceeds to themselves. The Wall Street bankers, brokers and fund managers to whom I’ve been speaking for many decades all know this. That is why they pay themselves such large annual bonuses and large salaries each year. The idea is to take as much as you can. As the saying goes: “You only have to make a fortune once in a lifetime.” They have been salting away their fortunes year after year, mainly in hard assets: real estate (free of mortgages), fine furniture, boats and trophy art. One last $700 billion heist and they can make their getaway.

US Top 25 Censored Stories of The Year

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ID’s For Unpeople

The ID card came in for marriage visa holders and overseas students, as many have noted this is a way to introduce it with little opposition, the target demographic have little ability to resist and the racist media routinely ignore their rights anyway. Sold under the guise of cracking down on immigration (always popular with the hard of thinking) this is a classic manoeuvre from the State.

Meanwhile seeing this photo I just have to wonder why they smile while next to a woman who made rape victims pay to have their own rape investigated. Or is power all that matters?

Springtime For Santa Cruz

The fascists of Santa Cruz staged a little march and @ Down South via Abiding in Bolivia you can see their odd little demo. Wait ’til the 13 second mark and check those…erm salutes. Ring any bells?

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De Menezes- Cops Add Incompetency

Today at the inquest the cops were up and explained how really they shouldn’t have to actually properly identify someone before executing them-

Under cross-examination by Michael Mansfield QC, who is representing the De Menezes family, McDowall acknowledged the fact that some of the surveillance officers involved did not have a photograph of the terrorist suspect Hussein Osman, and had only seen a passport-sized image on a gym card found in the failed bomber’s rucksack.

Harpymarx has more with links to the Stockwell Inquest site where you can read the transcripts. Also the Justice 4 Jean blog has a response to the predictable shit from Nick Cohen who continues his job as attention seeking reactionary provocateur and rightist nutjob.

Bush Refused To Back Israeli Attack On Iran

Israel gave serious thought this spring to launching a military strike on Iran’s nuclear sites but was told by President George W Bush that he would not support it and did not expect to revise that view for the rest of his presidency, senior European diplomatic sources have told the Guardian.

The then prime minister, Ehud Olmert, used the occasion of Bush’s trip to Israel for the 60th anniversary of the state’s founding to raise the issue in a one-on-one meeting on May 14, the sources said. “He took it [the refusal of a US green light] as where they were at the moment, and that the US position was unlikely to change as long as Bush was in office”, they added.

The sources work for a European head of government who met the Israeli leader some time after the Bush visit. Their talks were so sensitive that no note-takers attended, but the European leader subsequently divulged to his officials the highly sensitive contents of what Olmert had told him of Bush’s position.

Bush’s decision to refuse to offer any support for a strike on Iran appeared to be based on two factors, the sources said. One was US concern over Iran’s likely retaliation, which would probably include a wave of attacks on US military and other personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as on shipping in the Persian Gulf.

The other was US anxiety that Israel would not succeed in disabling Iran’s nuclear facilities in a single assault even with the use of dozens of aircraft. It could not mount a series of attacks over several days without risking full-scale war. So the benefits would not outweigh the costs.

Jonathan Steele also mentions the possibilties that I too have pondered but now are we in the clear?

Bush’s refusal to support an attack, and the strong suggestion he would not change his mind, is likely to end speculation that Washington might be preparing an “October surprise” before the US presidential election. Some analysts have argued that Bush would back an Israeli attack in an effort to help John McCain’s campaign by creating an eve-of-poll security crisis.

Others have said that in the case of an Obama victory, the vice-president, Dick Cheney, the main White House hawk, would want to cripple Iran’s nuclear programme in the dying weeks of Bush’s term.

After all the Bush crime family seem to have settled for a huge robbery (and the 700 billion figure is made up, which means in the end it will be way fucking more) rather than another war…oh except for this-

(Reuters) – U.S. and Pakistani ground forces exchanged fire across the Afghanistan-Pakistan border on Thursday after two U.S. military helicopters were shot at from a Pakistani border post, U.S. officials said.