Saturday, April 30, 2011

Superman Renounces US Citizenship

No joke! In Action Comics #900 the above panel appears. Apparently the comic book is trying to be morally responsible.

Perhaps you, like me, are thinking maybe he got fed up with the US' imperial designs. Far from it. This action is NOT in response to US policies of aggression and interventionism. It appears that Superman does this in order to act more globally, and to not appear as if acting under the US flag. Its a change of colors basically. From the article

Superman replies that it was foolish to think that his actions would not reflect politically on the American government, and that he therefore plans to renounce his American citizenship at the United Nations the next day -- and to continue working as a superhero from a more global than national perspective. From a "realistic" standpoint it makes sense; it would indeed be impossible for a nigh-omnipotent being ideologically aligned with America to intercede against injustice beyond American borders without creating enormous political fallout for the U.S. government.

Why is this important? Because children read comics. In the absence of a guiding society, children gain their morals from what they are exposed to. Now they're being led to believe that globalization is a good thing. Imagine that, popular comics supporting globalist agenda. Who'd have thought it possible. [end sarcasm]

Monday, April 25, 2011

First They Came...

Pastor Martin Niemoller lived in Germany during the Nazi regime. He was at first a supporter of the Nazi party, but later changed his position and actively opposed them. He had to spend some time in prison due to his anti-state activities.

He was frustrated with the complacent state of the German intelligentsia. He took his vexation out in the form of a poem, a translation of which appears below.

First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Perhaps we should learn something.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Libya, Bankers and the Gold Dinar

Ellen Brown, President of the Public Banking Institute writes the following article. Some interesting excerpts follow, while the whole article can be read here.

I have never before heard of a central bank being created in just a matter of weeks out of a popular uprising. This suggests we have a bit more than a rag tag bunch of rebels running around and that there are some pretty sophisticated influences.

As the United Nations works feverishly to condemn Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi for cracking down on protesters, the body's Human Rights Council is poised to adopt a report chock-full of praise for Libya's human rights record.

Another explanation for the assault on Libya is that it is “all about oil,” but that theory too is problematic. As noted in the National Journal, the country produces only about 2 percent of the world’s oil. Saudi Arabia alone has enough spare capacity to make up for any lost production if Libyan oil were to disappear from the market. And if it’s all about oil, why the rush to set up a new central bank?

According to a Russian article titled “Bombing of Lybia – Punishment for Ghaddafi for His Attempt to Refuse US Dollar,” Gadaffi made a similarly bold move: he initiated a movement to refuse the dollar and the euro, and called on Arab and African nations to use a new currency instead, the gold dinar. ... the idea was approved by many Arab countries and most African countries. The only opponents were the Republic of South Africa and the head of the League of Arab States. The initiative was viewed negatively by the USA and the European Union, with French president Nicolas Sarkozy calling Libya a threat to the financial security of mankind; but Gaddafi was not swayed and continued his push for the creation of a united Africa.

... taking down the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) may not appear in the speeches of Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy but this is certainly at the top of the globalist agenda for absorbing Libya into its hive of compliant nations.

So is this new war all about oil or all about banking? Maybe both – and water as well. With energy, water, and ample credit to develop the infrastructure to access them, a nation can be free of the grip of foreign creditors. And that may be the real threat of Libya: it could show the world what is possible.

If the Gaddafi government goes down, it will be interesting to watch whether the new central bank joins the BIS, whether the nationalized oil industry gets sold off to investors, and whether education and health care continue to be free.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Future Middle East

Michael Scheuer nails it in his article to be printed in the American Conservative. It is refreshing to finally read a Western view firmly grounded in reality. While the main article can be reached here, some tidbits follow.

A year from now, we will find that most Arab Muslims have neither embraced nor installed what they have long regarded as an irreligious and even pagan ideology—secular democracy. They will have instead adhered even more closely to the faith that has graced, ordered, and regulated their lives for more than 1400 years, and which helped them endure the oppressive rule of Western-supported tyrants and kleptocrats.

Fingers crossed now.

The West’s biggest surprise a year out may well lie in being forced to learn that Westernization, secularization, and modernization are not synonyms. The postwar West’s arrogance—dare I say hubris?—has long held as an article of its increasingly pagan faith that these concepts are identical, inseparable, and the proudest achievement of superior Western culture. Well, not so. Muslims make an absolute distinction among the concepts.

This is the point at which the West’s jejune expectations for secular democracy in the Muslim world will come dramatically a cropper in the years ahead. By willfully misinterpreting English-speaking, pro-democracy Egyptian, Libyan, and Tunisian Facebookers as representing the Arab world’s welcoming view of secularism, Western leaders, especially the media, have deluded one another into believing that Islam’s doors are open for women’s rights, pornography, blasphemy, man-made law, popular elections, and a host of the West’s other secular-pagan attributes.

Now isn't it about time our "dear leaders" opened their eyes?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hollow Victory

After the protests in Egypt, it was widely publicized that the people have achieved their goals. An interim government was setup to oversee the changes demanded. It seems however, that this is far from the truth. Perhaps it was merely a cover to appease the masses and to prevent more protests.

Yesterday we saw exactly how much freedom the Egyptians have earned when soldiers opened fire on protesting citizens in Tahrir Square.

The rally revealed the increasing impatience and mistrust that many Egyptians feel towards the military, which took over when Mubarak was forced out of office on 11 February. Some protesters accuse the top brass of protecting the former leader.

What the people of Egypt need to realize is that their fight needs to be against the system itself and not a figurehead, be that Mubarak or Army stooges. Otherwise their revolution is in the danger of being swept under the rug. They must fight to change the underlying system that puts these people in power in the first place. Then, and only then, will they have a successful revolution.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Rising India through an Indian's eyes

An excellent article by Pankaj Mishra tumbled through my aggregator today. At least some people in India have still got their eyes open. Here are some of the more juicier parts.

In 2008, the aide to an old courtier of the Nehru-Gandhi family showed a US diplomat two chests containing $25m in cash – money to bribe members of parliament into voting for an India-US nuclear deal, itself a prelude to massive US arms sales to India. Publicly opposed to the nuclear deal, the leaders of the Hindu nationalist BJP are at pains to reassure American diplomats of their pro-US credentials, even dissing their murderous Hindu nationalism as opportunistic, a mere "talking point".

Moral: Never trust a democrat.

... even the racketeers of Pakistani military and intelligence appear dignified when compared with the Indians stampeding to plant kisses on US behinds.

Nicely put, and true!

these are tense days and nights for many politicians, business people and journalists. They probably hope the bad news is buried by the cricket World Cup celebrations. They will also try to prove their fealty to the father of the Indian nation – last week politicians vied with each other to threaten a sensitive study of Gandhi by the American writer Joseph Lelyveld with proscription

A certain April 4 dog-and-pony show seems suspiciously similar.

... there is nothing more un-Gandhian than this supra-national elite's wild cravings for power and wealth, and its indifference to suffering – a pathology of economic globalisation that Egyptians and Tunisians will soon learn elected governments don't cure, and even help conceal.

See? People know democracy is not the answer. We should wake up too. Soon preferably.

David Cameron Now Wants Help

After setting off a row last year with his comments on Pakistan being involved in terrorism, David Cameron now wants to heal the rift and 'to seek a fresh start'. What makes a person, who constantly refused to apologize for his comments just a year ago, all of a sudden forgive and forget everything? More to the point, what makes the Pakistani leadership bend down and kiss his shiny boots?

Aah, here we go. The Guardian has the answer.
Cameron offered Zardari £650m in aid to spread education, extended unprecedented intelligence co-operation and set up a joint "centre of excellence" in Pakistan to exchange knowledge on how to counter improvised explosive devices, the weapon of choice of terrorists in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.(emphasis mine)

Ka Ching! Since British soldiers are dying, Cameron runs over to Pakistan to buy information. Don't worry about the small section on "spreading education". We all know that's never going to happen.