Cooperation To Solve Free Market Competition’s Problems

Just wondering has anyone noticed members of the Church of the Free Market falling to their knees saying they are sorry, they are wrong and please please help ickle them? Because I don’t know about you but continued arrogance in the face of one’s own absolute failure is y’know just a tad unattractive (just a tip there oligarchs and masters of the universe). I mean at least Patrick Bateman has the excuse he is severely mentally ill (and fictional).

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, had earlier urged the EU to take co-ordinated action, saying the financial crisis was presenting Europe with a “trial by fire”.

Europe’s biggest economies have agreed to work together to support financial institutions – but without forming a joint bail-out fund. French President Nicolas Sarkozy hosted the meeting of the leaders of Britain, Germany and Italy in Paris.

Srsly dudes, are university courses right now being stopped and economics and business students told to go home while they figure out a new syllabus because all the made up shit they’ve been parroting for decades is demonstrably utter-fucking-bollocks. Because if that is happening (and it should) it’s failed to make it into the nooz meejah.

Of course my problem is a lack of the correct perspective…Oh noes, the system we used to get richer than ever has collapsed because no one trusts anyone anymore (who knew everyone lying and fucking each other over to get obscenely rich might have consequences, we’re not psychic for chrissakes!). Our assets are all completely made up! Quick, rescue the system before we stop getting richer than ever, give ’em some shit about small businesses not being able to get loans or making payrolls, all of which they managed to do for centuries before our system came into play (erm, don’t say that last bit). No keep telling them they need our unregulated untaxed shit, change isn’t the answer, mending the rails for our runaway train of our greed is. And don’t, do not let them get the idea we should be blamed we need to ensure that remains redirected towards workers, unions and the unemployed. Why the fuck do you think we own the fucking media? The world is failing us, we cannot fail, we are Teh Awesome. All Ur Kapital R Belong 2 Us.

Lifestyles of The Rich & Powerful

(ht2 the Guy James show) But rarely are their relationships as famous as they should be. An interesting article but if soft plays the class and power dynamics. Below are the filleted bites that detail just some of the intimate sexual relationships that form some of the media/political class of the Empire (a similar exercise would reveal the same results elsewhere). Why were the lies about Iraq’s WMD’s so successful? Because an establishment cannot credit fellow members with being utterly criminal. There will be no impeachment, no war crimes trials. A tribe will not threaten its own survival even if the cost is the values it likes to think it embodies. And a very wealthy tribe at that, we can be reasonably sure none work for minimum wage. Also this only deals in straight marriages, the gay relationships are still discreetly unmentioned as the ruling class is fundamentally conservative and not happy with basic human rights.

There was New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who’d once shared a home with the late Les Aspin, at various times a congressman, defense secretary, and Miller source. There was Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus, spouse of Ann Terry Pincus, a onetime director of the Office of Research at the United States Information Agency, a position to which she was appointed by Bill Clinton. There was John Dickerson of Time, married to Anne Dickerson, a onetime news producer who now specializes in media coaching for advocacy groups. And NBC’s David Gregory: he’s the husband of Beth Wilkinson, general counsel for Fannie Mae; they met when she was prosecuting Timothy McVeigh and Gregory was reporting on the case. And there was Time’s Matthew Cooper, married to Mandy Grunwald, onetime media specialist for Bill Clinton and current ad guru for Hillary Clinton. As for Bob Woodward, who’d learned about Plame several weeks earlier, he is married to New Yorker writer Elsa Walsh.

Some, like NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and former Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan, get lots of attention. Many, like Scooter Libby and Harriet Grant, onetime Democratic staff lawyer for the Senate Judiciary Committee, get something in between.

neoconservative scholar Robert Kagan, husband of Victoria Nuland, current ambassador to NATO.

Over here by the miniature quiches is Jim O’Beirne, who, as White House liaison to the Pentagon, according to the Washington Post, screened staff for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and here’s his wife, National Review writer Kate O’Beirne.

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Empire Negotiating Its Chinese Debt

The Pentagon notified Congress Friday of 6.5 billion dollars in possible arms sales to Taiwan that would include advanced interceptor missiles, Apache attack helicopters and submarine-launched missiles.

But war pimps are maybe hoping for more-

Jim Lobe– Just 15 months after being forced to resign as president of the World Bank over a conflict of interest regarding his professional and personal relationship with his girlfriend, former deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz may be involved in another, far more geostrategic conflict of interest.

It involves his dual roles as chairman of the State Department’s International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) and chairman of the US-Taiwan Business Council. Among the latter’s US members are military contractors who have been dying to get the George W Bush administration’s approval to sell about US$11 billion worth of arms to the island to protect it against the threat of an attack by the mainland.

Those Were The Days


This is the Wartime Broadcasting Service. This country has been attacked with nuclear weapons. Communications have been severely disrupted, and the number of casualties and the extent of the damage are not yet known. We shall bring you further information as soon as possible. Meanwhile, stay tuned to this wavelength, stay calm and stay in your own homes.

Remember there is nothing to be gained by trying to get away. By leaving your homes you could be exposing yourselves to greater danger.

If you leave, you may find yourself without food, without water, without accommodation and without protection. Radioactive fall-out, which followed a nuclear explosion, is many times more dangerous if you are directly exposed to it in the open. Roofs and walls offer substantial protection. The safest place is indoors.

Make sure gas and other fuel supplies are turned off and that all fires are extinguished. If mains water is available, this can be used for fire-fighting. You should also refill all your containers for drinking water after the fires have been put out, because the mains water supply may not be available for very long.

Water must not be used for flushing lavatories: until you are told that lavatories may be used again, other toilet arrangements must be made. Use your water only for essential drinking and cooking purposes. Water means life. Don’t waste it.

Make your food stocks last: ration your supply, because it may have to last for 14 days or more. If you have fresh food in the house, use this first to avoid wasting it: food in tins will keep.

If you live in an area where a fall-out warning has been given, stay in your fall-out room until you are told it is safe to come out. When the immediate danger has passed the sirens will sound a steady note. The “all clear” message will also be given on this wavelength. If you leave the fall-out room to go to the lavatory or replenish food or water supplies, do not remain outside the room for a minute longer than is necessary.

Do not, in any circumstances, go outside the house. Radioactive fall-out can kill. You cannot see it or fell it, but it is there. If you go outside, you will bring danger to your family and you may die. Stay in your fall-out room until you are told it is safe to come out or you hear the “all clear” on the sirens.

Here are the main points again:

Stay in your own homes, and if you live in an area where a fall-out warning has been given stay in your fall-out room, until you are told it is safe to come out. The message that the immediate danger has passed will be given by the sirens and repeated on this wavelength. Make sure that the gas and all fuel supplies are turned off and that all fires are extinguished. Water must be rationed, and used only for essential drinking and cooking purposes. It must not be used for flushing lavatories. Ration your food supply: it may have to last for 14 days or more. We shall repeat this broadcast in two hours’ time. Stay tuned to this wavelength, but switch your radios off now to save your batteries until we come on the air again. That is the end of this broadcast.

Haiti Toll 793

Four major storms that pounded Haiti in August and September killed 793 people and left more than 300 others missing, authorities said Friday.

Haitian Civil Protection announced the new figures in a dramatic surge upward from their previous estimate of 326 dead on September 11 after the passing of Tropical Storm Fay and hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike.

According to the new data, “793 people were killed 466 of them in the city of Gonaives alone, the hardest hit by the storms, while there are 310 people unaccounted for and 548 injured,” said civil protection spokeswoman Alta Jean-Baptiste

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