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Perched… 22 December 2010

Posted by marisacat in Afghanistan War, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Pakistan, Paris, Total fucking lunatics, WAR!.

Pigeons in Paris as heavy snow shut Paris Charles de Gaulle-Roissy airport and forced the Eiffel Tower to be closed to tourists. [Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images]

I dropped in on Asia Times… and found a good piece by Pepe Escobar… I miss the old Pepe of years ago, especially the Pepe from before 2007, ’08, who had never sold Obama Brand Crap. 

But, one takes what one can get.

Just the last section…

It’s a gas, gas, gas

And here’s where The Year of the Drone merges with what the late, great deconstructionist Jacques Lacan would qualify as “the unsayable”: the invisible, dangerous liaisons between the “war on terror” and the energy war, as in the topography of the war on terror matching all the key 21st-century sources of energy from the Middle East to Central Asia.

This implies a key Pipelineistan chapter – the never-ending saga of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline, which has been at the very core of the troubled Washington-Kabul marriage since the mid-1990s.

The TAPI inter-government agreement was finally signed in mid-December. Make no mistake; this is Washington in overdrive. The Washington-backed Asian Development Bank is to come up with the bulk of the $7.6 billion (and counting) financial package. The 2,000 kilometer-long TAPI – to be built by an international consortium – should snake through a very dodgy 735 kilometers of Afghanistan and 800 kilometers of Pakistan.

Hype apart, there’s no hard evidence that TAPI will “stabilize” Afghanistan or contribute to India and Pakistan trading kisses instead of insults. AfPak in this case are both transit countries. Most of the Afghan stretch will be underground – much as the US-supported BTC from Baku in Azerbaijan to Ceyhan, Turkey. In theory, local villages will be paid to guard the pipeline. But that still does not guarantee security to a steel serpent crossing western Afghanistan and then going east through Kandahar.

Once again in theory, TAPI is indeed a steel Silk Road between Central and South Asia. If TAPI is ever built – and that’s still a big “if” – certainly it will mark a monster crossover of Pipelineistan with the US Empire of Bases. Because none other than the Pentagon and NATO will provide the overall security. And that means the Atlanticist West forever embedded in AfPak. One can imagine what the Taliban on both sides – not to mention disgruntled Pashtuns in general – will make of that.

And even if TAPI is built, this still does not mean that its key competitor, the $7.3 billion Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) pipeline, also known as the “peace pipeline”, has lost the battle – much to Washington’s horror. The Indians have said that much – they are now chasing insurance giants of the Lloyds variety. And Pakistan definitely wants both TAPI and IPI.

TAPI theoretically should be finished by 2014. Surprise! That’s exactly the deadline year (for now …) for American troops to exit Afghanistan. No one will be exiting anything. Finally, the whole AfPak imbroglio will be revealed for what it is; a Pipelineistan gambit.

Meanwhile, enjoy the Year of the Drone. And while we’re at it, here’s some breaking news. The 2011 Pentagon/NATO strategy for AfPak is already established: wait for the Taliban spring/summer offensive to see where they’re at. And then drone them to death. Call it Drone Eye for the Bad Guy.

Oh surely by now, for the numbers game of killing, we’ve surpassed Hitler.  Unless of course one shoves the Russian dead in his column.  Which I imagine we do….



1. dropout - 22 December 2010

For those interested in this sort of thing:

Ancient humans, dubbed ‘Denisovans’, interbred with us

A study in Nature journal shows that Denisovans co-existed with Neanderthals and interbred with our species – perhaps around 50,000 years ago.

An international group of researchers sequenced a complete genome from one of the ancient hominins (human-like creatures), based on nuclear DNA extracted from a finger bone.


“It is fascinating to see direct evidence that these archaic species did exist (alongside us) and it’s only for the last few tens of thousands of years that is unique in our history that we are alone on this planet and we have no close relatives with us anymore,” he said.

I’ll leave the commentary to others. Oh, and neanderthals were redheads.

marisacat - 22 December 2010

I’ve read versions of this in the past year, but not a report using “Denisovans”…

Oh, and neanderthals were redheads.

hahahah, loads of red heads, both sides of my family…. what a hoot!

dropout - 22 December 2010

The museums are going to have to change all their exhibits! Ha.

Our ancestors were busy beavers. No bun intended.

catnip - 22 December 2010

Does this mean we are all Denis now? (Who’s Denis?)

2. catnip - 22 December 2010

Congrats, brinn! I always knew you were certifiable. 😉

brinn - 22 December 2010

Thanks, catnip! I was always pretty certain of it myself! 😉

You staying warm up there? It was 83 yesterday.. *almost* broke a record!

We need to instigate an exchange program, and right quick!

catnip - 22 December 2010

83 what? Degrees?? Jeebus Cripes Almighty.

It’s been -10 to -15 C here but it’s supposed to warm up to 0 C for xmas day. I can’t complain though considering the crazy weather in so many other places. (Well, I CAN complain…but that wouldn’t be fair.) 😉

Hooray for winter solstice – the more daylight, the better.

Madman in the Marketplace - 22 December 2010

congrats Brinn!!!!!!!

brinn - 24 December 2010

Thanks madman! We’ll see where it goes from here!

lucid - 22 December 2010

Congrats Brinn. You still thinking of starting that charter school?

brinn - 24 December 2010

Thanks, lucid! And, yes, been thinking about it since I was 11! 😉

If it happens, it won’t be until my kids are older (my younger son who is 7 said he’s in! He wants to be a teacher, an artist and a scientist!).

You are on my list of people to contact to come and work with us! 🙂

3. catnip - 22 December 2010
4. catnip - 22 December 2010
5. marisacat - 22 December 2010

The news is saying we wil get a couple of dry days…

Thanks be to jeebus. or whoever….

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 December 2010
marisacat - 22 December 2010

I saw there was a “band aid” of supposedly allowing lawyers at hearings…

The whole thing is a huge ufcking mess and he is getting a big fat pass on this.

7. catnip - 22 December 2010

Somebody nail this guy to a cross: BAA boss refuses bonus over snow

8. catnip - 22 December 2010

CIA’s WikiLeaks Task Force: WTF, Indeed

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CIA’s WikiLeaks Task Force: WTF, Indeed

* By Spencer Ackerman Email Author
* December 22, 2010 |
* 9:33 am |
* Categories: Info War

It can set up mirrored sites. It can bounce from server to server. But whatever impact WikiLeaks continues to have on the U.S. government after dumping tens of thousands of military reports and diplomatic cables, the CIA’s WikiLeaks Task Force is watching, studying, learning. It’s literally a WTF operation.


marisacat - 22 December 2010

I have to think they intended the acronym….

BooHooHooMan - 23 December 2010

😆 CIA Project WTF…
Yeh too bad the US Government is staffed with,
ya know, PEOPLE..that their own motherfuckers and their kids like downloading music and porno and are propagating the mirrors with every tweek.

No, they fucked up big time in packing off production in this country while buying in to their own exceptionalism.

And they can neither fix that, intimidate, nor aresst everybody… any more than they can impose digital junk withdrawal on a cope-sick nation.

BooHooHooMan - 23 December 2010

So where’s that two faced BIATCH, ya know,

It so funny because the whole point of lightly armored adversaries is to make the top heavy dullards spend resources on the frivolous.

Of course everybody needs to know their role.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 December 2010

Barney Frank deals with a Catholic News Service “reporter” on DADT.

BooHooHooMan - 23 December 2010

Interesting, but a beat game. IMO.

I think the deal is this:
the US [ A Limited Liability Partnership] ..
with Barney most certainly among them, I think they are all quite happy to have Ratzy, Boy raping, Nazi skeleton dangling. from the unshutable Catholic closet door Ratzy..
as Pope. I think they are all cool with it.
Barney got his slot BTW…
after what happened to Drinan.
With no small help of Lawnorder Catlick Crossdressers who hated Drinan.
And not that any Congressman whether Roman Collar’d, dog collar’d or Barney collar’d is worth getting het up about.

Anyways. So despite the hardly~could~be~anymore~disingenuous State cable reporting shock at Ratzy’s arrival (kinda like the same weepy stuff over DADT amidst Imperial War collapse) the game IMO, is to keep this Catholic cretin (and the next one like him) around long enough for whatever services and ex-officio cover they may offer in South America.

Tho they seem to have had their prolems with this Holy Röhmer staying on point on keeping Turkey out of the EU..

Methinks with the PNAC financial warring targeting those recalcitrant Europeans, the last thing our overlords needed was any further reason for Turkey to rethink who, ultimately, they were dealing with.

So much bullshit floating around in the press
compared to what’s going on. Even from a lede to within a few grafs of content of what they cite.

As for Barney, and his predictable theatrics… Alongside any wincing Catholics,
its not too hard to put on a Liberal show.

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 December 2010

oh, sure … but it’s fun to watch the little bigot freak out at the thought of showering next to Teh Gay …

10. BooHooHooMan - 23 December 2010


Anti-Israel ads fuel controversy in Seattle


SEATTLE, Washington — Seattle peace activists are planning to post anti-Israel ads on the sides of local commuter buses protesting US support for the Jewish state, prompting outcry from Jewish groups.

The banners show Palestinian children standing around a demolished building, with the caption

“Israeli war crimes: your tax dollars at work.”

A group called the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign paid King County 1,794 dollars to plaster the ads on the sides of 12 buses starting Monday to coincide with the three-year anniversary of the start of Israel’s war with Gaza.

The ads are due to run for four weeks.

And with that, folks….
Feliz Samizdat

marisacat - 23 December 2010

Double slap, running at xmas time. What a hoot!!

11. BooHooHooMan - 23 December 2010

A couple more before the glowing shit hits the fan..

Swiss Judge Presses for Nuclear Trial Despite C.I.A. Link
Published: December 23, 2010

PARIS — Three engineers suspected of violating Switzerland’s nuclear nonproliferation laws should face charges in a case with national security implications for the United States, an investigating magistrate said on Thursday.

And the Swiss Embassy along with those of Chile the Ukraine..
just happens to have been bombed.

BooHooHooMan - 23 December 2010

I guess things didn’t work out as usual to kick off the SoutheEast Mediterranean Holiday Bash this year.

A Kazakh businessman has denied charges he financed a sex party on one of the world’s largest yachts.

Tevfik Arif went on trial with nine others in the Turkish Mediterranean city of Antalya. Charges against the other suspects include people smuggling and encouraging prostitution, the Anatolia news agency said.

Turkey deported nine Russian and Ukrainian women, including two under the legal age of consent, after authorities said they broke a prostitution ring aboard the Savarona in September.

Authorities said the yacht, once used by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, will be turned into a museum.

The agency reported that the indictment alleges that Arif bankrolled the party aboard the ship.

“He is someone who paid for all fees for the women, the agencies and men in the middle and the transfer of foreigners involved,” the Anatolia quoted the indictment as saying.

The businessman, who said he had partnerships in the United States, Britain and Turkey, denied the charges.

So the festivities are now centered back in Rome…

12. marisacat - 23 December 2010

Quigley has a piece up at Cpunch on this float the Obama admin is making on EO on indefinite detention.

Q needs to learn the word, OBAMA. And start using it.

The right to liberty is one of the foundation rights of a free people. The idea that any US President can bypass Congress and bypass the Courts by issuing an Executive Order setting up a new legal system for indefinite detention of people should rightfully scare the hell out of the American people. …

13. marisacat - 23 December 2010

Snicker: Operation Puff up Pretzel in full roll out.

All I can say is enjoy it while it lasts.

–WP 1-col. lead, “Obama exults as Congress adjourns,” by Peter Wallsten and Perry Bacon Jr.:

“Obama’s mood Wednesday contrasted sharply with his outlook at some of his public appearances after November’s midterm elections, in which he sometimes seemed irritated and deflated.” http://wapo.st/fKZun7

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 December 2010

Tweety’s all a-tingle tonight over him …

marisacat - 23 December 2010

I am pretty sure Tweety is peeing himself. That “tingle” is “tinkle”

What a laugh they all are.

14. marisacat - 23 December 2010

Still splainin’. I caught this from Brennan yesterday and was delighted at the use of au courant.

Good Luck! The three of them looked like dead dogs in the interview with Diane Sawyer.

“Au Courant”, indeed.

–JOHN BRENNAN, Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, defended Clapper during a briefing-room appearance with Gibbs:

“Jim Clapper is, I think, the consummate DNI. He was working on developments in the Korean Peninsula in terms of political and military developments. He was focused on trying to provide support to the Congress as far as the START treaty deliberations were concerned. … Should he have been briefed by his staff on those arrests? Yes. And I know there was breathless attention by the media about these arrests and it was constantly on the news networks. I’m glad that Jim Clapper is not sitting in front of the TV 24 hours a day and monitoring what’s coming out of the media [perhaps he could read a selection of the morning papers? That would do it!! — Mcat]. … And his not being briefed yesterday afternoon — this is something that they’ve acknowledged that he should have been briefed on. They’ve taken steps to correct that now, and

if that happens again I’m sure that he is going to be au courant as far as a takedown overseas.”

catnip - 23 December 2010

“au courant”? That’s some fancy French talk!

marisacat - 23 December 2010

Mais Oui!

Better: Mais Oui-sel!

we’ve been weaseled to death.

15. marisacat - 23 December 2010


What else is new?

Nestled among a string of improbable victories President Barack Obama racked up in the lame-duck congressional session is legislation containing the most debilitating setback to date to his plan to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay and send many of its detainees to trials in civilian courts in the U.S.

Language contained in the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act passed by the House and Senate on Wednesday bars the use of Pentagon funds to transfer any Guantanamo prisoner to the U.S. for any reason, including a trial. Some supporters of plan Obama announced on his first full day in office to close the prison said the passage of the legislation signals nearly complete capitulation by the president.

“Obama’s original plan is in shambles,” said David Remes, an attorney for 14 Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo.

“From the outside it appears to be in shambles because he was never sufficiently committed to the success of his own plan, and as a result, Republicans were able to mobilize to turn the issue against him, and he provided the congressional Democrats no leadership.”

Oh he’s committed alright, to being a windsock for the conservative factions. Just blow air into him and he’ll come to attention and Puff Right Up!

16. catnip - 23 December 2010

For any of you who have kids (or anyone you want Santa to deliver a message to), this service is awesome. I saw a video of it at a friend’s place today – a message from Santa for her 4 year old – and it really is something.

catnip - 23 December 2010

Oops. I tried making one for my female grandherb and I think I broke Santa.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 December 2010
marisacat - 23 December 2010

A few weeks ago I came across a anti-protest, quite derogatory remark from Ken Livingstone, the former mayor of inner London. He always painted himself as liberal, left of Labour…. or even “red” Ken.

such schmucks, all of them.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 December 2010
dropout - 24 December 2010

If only…

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 December 2010

Why Johnny Can’t Protest: Reflections on Dec. 16th

It should be noted in this connection that while failing to mention the Dec. 16th event, even when specifically requested to do so, Fletcher has been actively involved in Washington demonstrations since the Obama administration took office, most notably the union- sponsored One Nation rally on October 5.

The differences between the two protests could not be more stark and are highly revealing.

First, one was a rally held at the Lincoln Memorial some distance from the White House while the other centered around civil disobedience at the White House fence.

Secondly, more significantly, the Veterans directly and passionately criticized the Obama administration and its policies. In contrast, at the One Nation rally, according to Patrick Martin of the World Socialist website:

“Nearly every speaker combined warnings of the consequences of a Republican victory in the November 2 election with appeals to those attending the rally to spend the next month in all-out campaigning for a Democratic Party victory. There was no examination of the actual policies of the Democrats, still less of the relatively insignificant differences between the two big business parties.

There was no criticism of the Obama administration by name, even by speakers who criticized some of the policies for which the Democratic president is responsible.”

These two protests clearly display an unmistakeable and unbridgeable difference in perspective-between support (including highly critical support), on the one side and active dissent and militant opposition on the other.

This distinction, which has immediate practical consequences for how, or whether, a protest movement will develop and flourish, admits of an explanation: in the opinion of many, much of the left leadership played a role in fomenting unrealistic expectations with respect to the Obama presidency. Their investment in the Obama brand prevents them from endorsing and playing a role in organizing protests of sufficient vehemence and intensity as these would necessarily shine a light on their failure of judgement and lack of credibility.

Whatever the cause, the course of action is clear: the institutional left establishment must get off the fence and show which side they are on-critical support or active opposition.

If not, they will be, regrettably, but justly and decisively swept aside by the currents of protest which must inevitably now come into being.

marisacat - 23 December 2010

Their investment in the Obama brand prevents them from endorsing and playing a role in organizing protests of sufficient vehemence and intensity as these would necessarily shine a light on their failure of judgement and lack of credibility.


Madman in the Marketplace - 23 December 2010

and they continue to cover for him and fund raise on their support.

marisacat - 23 December 2010

They do… and all the major Democratic party aligned orgs that are supposed to exist for women, minoirities, children and so on.

Meanwhile the Big Black Birds in th WH do just as they please. And the powers behind them.

There are headlines tonight at Google News that the Hawai’ian governor is dedictated to fighting the “anti Obama birthers”.. and I am so fuckign sick of his complicated bullshit “stories”.

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 December 2010

US empire could collapse at any time, Pulitzer winner tells Raw Story

America’s military and economic empire could collapse at any time, but predicting the precise day, week or month of its potential demise is unattainable, according to a former New York Times war correspondent who spoke with Raw Story.

“The when and how is very dangerous to predict because there’s always some factor that blindsides you that you didn’t expect,” Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges said in an exclusive interview. “It doesn’t look good. But exactly how it plays out and when it plays out, having covered disintegrating societies, it’s impossible to tell.”

He explained that he learned this lesson as events unfolded around him in the fall of 1989. Then, members of the opposition to the Soviet Empire told him that they predicted travel across the Berlin Wall separating East from West Germany would open within the year.

“Within a few hours, the wall didn’t exist,” he said.

Hedges was one of the 131 activists were arrested in an act of civil disobedience outside the White House yesterday, even as Obama was unveiling a new report citing progress in the Afghanistan war.

Speaking to Raw Story on Wednesday night, he said the signs of US collapse are plain to see and compared the country’s course through Afghanistan to Soviet Russia’s.

“We’re losing [the war in Afghanistan] in the same way the Red Army lost it,” he said. “It’s exactly the same configuration where we sort of control the urban centers where 20 percent of the population lives. The rest of the country where 80 percent of the Afghans live is either in the hands of the Taliban or disputed.”

“Foreigners will not walk the streets of Kabul because of kidnapping, and journalists regularly meet Taliban officials in Kabul because the whole apparatus is so porous and corrupt,” he said.

One day after this interview was conducted, reports hit the global media noting the CIA’s warning to President Obama, that the Pakistan-supported Taliban could still regain control of the country.

Hedges predicted that President Obama’s war report released Thursday would “contradict not only [US] intelligence reports but everything else that is coming out of Afghanistan.”

His prediction came startlingly true: the CIA’s own assessment was said to stand in striking contrast with President Obama’s report.

21. catnip - 23 December 2010
marisacat - 23 December 2010

ugh.. he makes a lot of good points, about both the medical community and that bag of hags (no gender implied) at Dkos

Madman in the Marketplace - 23 December 2010

science is so tainted now by corporate interests and profits that it’s important to take nearly ANY news about it great skepticism.

marisacat - 23 December 2010

that’s true..

our lives are run by the insurance cos. One of th e biggest differences between this country and Western Europe, where they are tightly regulated.

catnip - 23 December 2010

I am shocked! Shocked, I tell ya.

lucid - 24 December 2010

So when are they going to finally release that paper wrt AIDS… hmmm?

“I don’t know much about retroviruses”!

No one does, beacuse they don’t friggin’ exist as exogenous entities. They’re cellular debris, that may or may not be indicative of clinical health issues. No one really knows… But we’ve sure as hell spent trillions of dollars trying to prove they are exogenous and cause disease, and made even more trillions designing drugs to ‘control’ them…

fuckin’ a…

22. Madman in the Marketplace - 23 December 2010
marisacat - 23 December 2010

oh yeah… the “sit / lie” law.

But don’t worry, Gavin is on to bigger and better things, even as he moves on to Lt Governor, there are plans afoot to REGULATE peoples’ front yards, hard scape, etc.

23. ts - 23 December 2010

Did I hear correctly? Is lipless leaving?

ts - 23 December 2010

Course, they’re gonna put in Biden’s guy, which is kinda like Scottie replacing Ari. You don’t think you’ll miss them til they’re gone…

ts - 23 December 2010

Then there was Dana replacing Scottie, which at the time began to remind me of Multiplicity.

marisacat - 23 December 2010

and the one who died of cancer.

marisacat - 24 December 2010

think his name was Tony Snow… he came over to the WH from Fox…..

marisacat - 23 December 2010

is he? the talk ws that he would move to be a Senior Advisor… with I forgt who, taking over. Bill Burton? Or one of the others.

So, New Lipless.

😆 … 🙄

catnip - 24 December 2010

Senior advisor? About what? More proof that it’s not about what you know. It’s about who you know.

24. catnip - 24 December 2010

Beware of the TerrorThermoses™!

marisacat - 24 December 2010

Isn’t that hilarious? I get the feeling TSA struggled to find something new to target.

What bullshite.

catnip - 24 December 2010

Clueless, really. After getting all hyped up about people taking liquids onto airplanes, you’d think one of those geniuses would have figured out that thermoses contain fluids too.

Checking out the news this am, I heard that personnel at the Calgary airport actually wrap presents after you’ve checked in since you’re not supposed to take wrapped gifts through security. Who knew?

marisacat - 24 December 2010

well the report I read said people travel with them empty…. what with the 3 oz limit. But still, TSA must be certain.

What is next? All clothing? Fly naked I guess.

SFO had a phalanx of volunteers to gift wrap or re wrap if you were forced to unwrap.

What a fucking mess it has all become.

25. marisacat - 24 December 2010

Perhaps something a little… untoward under the christmas tree…. ?

I see August Busch IV was found not culpable (dropped, “no evidece”)in a car crash 20 years ago in which his passenger died and he simply went home… so I guess a 27 year old, somehow or other!, dying in your home can be aced pretty easily.

26. marisacat - 24 December 2010



……………. 😯

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