Links October 2015

October 7, 2015

This time only links, a few cat pictures, and nothing else.

The blog has seen an unexplainable surge in traffic which is now slowly receding. For a while there were hundreds of daily views instead of the normal average of 60 to 100. It doesn’t matter anyway, because compared to famous blogs, which have thousands of views, this will always be a tiny and insignificant voice in the deafening cacophony of the internet.

The blog was never meant to be more than just a communications vehicle to address friends and a few likeminded people who accidentally crossed my way, and yet, it is good to know that this website is part of a broader movement of critical and skeptical people who stopped to believe the lies of mainstream media and are questioning the dominant political, social, and cultural narratives.

Serious bloggers who strife for broader recognition have to work hard and they have to spend most of their time on the computer. This would be unhealthy and unfulfilling for me, I like to spend my time working in the garden and walking with the cat family in the surrounding forests.

I don’t follow the usual rules to increase web traffic: There are no regular postings, hot topics are missed, the posts support minority views, I don’t comment on other blogs. It is a miracle that the blog despite these shortcomings has still 95 subscribers.

Thank you to all readers and subscribers!

Here are a few collected links for people who have a little bit spare time to read a little bit more.

Environmental news:
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2015/09/1500-pound_rogue_cow_has_been_eluding_capture_for_months_in_central_ny.html Free the cows!

Economic news
http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/09/28/bubbles-always-burst-the-education-of-an-economist/ Must read!
https://consortiumnews.com/2015/10/03/us-tax-dollars-and-ukraines-finance-minister/ This article is informative and rich on details, but difficult to follow and exhausting to read. One can imagine that quit a few readers didn’t make it to the end. This is not the fault of author Robert Parry but the nature of the subject.

Articles about financial dealings are necessarily complicated because financial dealings themselves are complicated. Complicated purposely to make it impossible to find out who got money from whom for what kind of services or goods, complicated to conceal that US business culture is based on price gouging, theft, and fraud.

Successful businesses are those who can seduce or beguile customers to buy their overpriced products (Apple’s iWare), press their stuff to work for the most meager wages, and evade taxes.

Everything goes, (nearly) everything is allowed to increase profits, and the profits are channeled via a complicated and opaque financial network to the parasitic rentier class, thereby hiding the fact that this rentier class siphons off the wealth without any positive contribution to society in return.

Natalie Jaresko is not one of the big players, she is not in the same league as Gates, Slim, Buffet, Koch, Walton, Bezos, and all the others in the Forbes list. But she represents the core values of US capitalism as pure and authentic as the Forbes billionaires and to choose her as the Ukrainian finance minister is totally appropriate if the Ukraine wants to follow the US model.

The deployment of an army of lawyers, who reinterpret and explicate existing laws to persecute whistleblowers and other dissidents, will probably not be necessary in the Ukraine, because the authorities there deal with similar issues in a more direct way (Oleh Buzina).

Btw: John Helmer’s (Dancing with Bears) articles are even longer and more complicated, and yet his MH-17 series is a must read.

Imperial news:

monument to US war Hanoi

Imperial conquest news:
http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/10/02/southeast-asia-forgets-about-western-terror/ A superb article by a gifted writer.
http://carnegieendowment.org/syriaincrisis/?fa=61386 Interesting, how Western pundits try to construct a new narrative, which incorporates the Russian troop deployment against Islamic terrorists in Syria but doesn’t completely contradict the old propaganda lines.
http://europe.newsweek.com/isis-are-facing-cash-crunch-caliphate-333422 A report about IS and not one world about “butcher Assad.” New marching orders or just caution because of Russia’s appearance on the scene have made things more complicated?
https://gowans.wordpress.com/2015/09/26/avoiding-the-failure-of-libya-us-strategy-in-syria/ Great piece!
http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/09/23/yemen-as-laboratory-why-is-the-west-so-silent-about-this-savage-war/ Informative.
http://www.imemc.org/article/73165?utm A powerful illustration of an ongoing warcrime and genocide.

Everything else news:
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/sep/29/uk-and-saudi-arabia-in-secret-deal-over-human-rights-council-place How to misuse and pervert a noble idea.

Wendy computer DSCN3522

The cats are fine btw. It is raining heavily and they are all in the house sleeping. Two are on the windowsill on my right side, two are on the couch on my left side, one is on the couch behind me, Princess Min Ki is in the kitchen. Glad to have my dear feline friends around, they are brightening my life.

Linda Min Ki couch DSCN3539

Gandhi couch DSCN3501

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