Posted by Martin C. Fox on October 21, 2014
The Department of Homeland Security was created in 2003 by former PA governor “two-face” Tom Ridge.
Cost as of 2011 runs to $645B.
Presumably that includes cost overruns.
This DHS is supposed to protect us against attack in all its forms including biological. Instead Washington has concentrated its efforts on preventing exposure of failure to you and me.
Big brother can find a telephone call we made five years ago or reserve us a FEMA camp cell but can’t deal with one victim of a communicable disease. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on October 20, 2014
War Street Journal red alert. Deflation is raising its ugly head.
We need 2% inflation. Why?
One of the basic tenets of free market economics is the market responds to demand by increasing production. This is accomplished by improving processes and efficiency. The end result is prices go down and more products are sold.
The WSJ via Paul Krugman, the New York Times resident Keynesian, says this is bad.
Krugman has three reasons to be wary of falling prices
Falling prices cause people to hold off on purchases, waiting for prices to further decrease.
Deflation makes the dollar worth more causing debtors to pay off debts with higher value dollars.
Wages decrease with prices.
Baloney. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on October 18, 2014
The New York Times recently had an article talking about how many coalition soldiers had been seriously hurt after discovering buried caches of old chemical weapons in 2003. The chemical weapons had been used against Iran by Iraq. The US government put a lid on these casualties.
Who supplied these chemical weapons? US, UK, Germany, France and Holland. The usual US sock-puppets.
I can recall, around this time, Rush Limbaugh screaming with delight after being told by Rick Santorum that chemical weapons had been found. One of these old chemical dumps was what Santorum was talking about. I knew at the time where these weapons came. I am betting Limbaugh and Santorum did too.
This article by Eric Margolis adds more detail to this story. Including how the UK sent scientists over to Iraq to help develop Saddam’s chemical stockpile.
The NYT article admits European countries and some US companies were involved. They don’t go so far as to explain the major sponsor for this was the Reagan administration.
The NYT was all for Hussein’s war against Iran. They got what they wanted.
All the news that fits.
Be seeing you
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on October 16, 2014
The PTA could likely take over Iraq. That ISIS has made inroads there should not be a shock. ISIS is made up mostly of feckless Iraqis we “trained” and equipped. There is little to fear from them.
We have no friends in the ME.
Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel have been taking us for a mug. Turkey, our NATO partner, is doing nothing to stop ISIS. Indeed Sunni Erdogan wants ISIS to defeat alawite Syria and the Kurds. Turkey’s border is porous to ISIS wannabes. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on October 13, 2014
We are sending up to 4000 US troops to Africa to build treatment centers primarily for health care workers. When the inevitable Ebola cases start showing up among the troops will they be sent home for treatment? How many non-symptomatic carriers will be sent home only to spread the disease in the US?
We have had an infectious disease research center in Sierra Leone since at least 2006. Why are we so in the dark?
The conflicting stories on how ebola is spread tells me we don’t know all the transmission vectors. It is obvious we are scrambling, know little about what we are dealing with and are shooting from the hip. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on October 13, 2014
I have wondered since fracking took hold how energy independence will affect our foreign policy. I think I have the answer.
We are back bombing Iraq to stave off ISIS. ISIS, the “moderates” we trained and armed to defeat the only stabilizing force in the Middle East, Bashar Assad.
If there were no ISIS the pentagon would just make up a terror group. Oh wait a minute. They already have.
One hundred “advisers” in Iraq has grown to several thousand in just a few weeks. (Don’t be fooled. Advisers don’t sit on the top of a hill smoking cigars and watching the action). Timelines for eliminating ISIS are now in the 10-20-30 year, “generation” range. Take your pick. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 29, 2014
The broad coalition of countries fighting ISIS with US sure aren’t shouldering much of the load. A few planes here and there and that is about it. Mostly the help amounts to cheer leading. But considering the integrity of our “friends” this comes as no surprise.
Take Turkey, please. Our NATO “partner” funds “moderate” rebels in Syria. They supply gas to the rebels and blame it on Syria hoping to suck the US in deeper. Thanks to Putin and some rare push back from the US citizenry we aren’t as deep as we could be.
Saudi Arabia funded the 9/11 attackers, most of them home-grown. SA does not want to become overtly seen as fighting fellow muslims and has only lately become a cheerleader. SA takes our money and what weapons they don’t get for free they get at bargain rates. Thank you Import-Export bank. SA knows it is next on ISIS list. But why put your own people at risk when you can throw your weight (spelled “oil”) around and intimidate Washington into sacrificing US bodies. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 23, 2014
We visited Tasmania a few years ago and I like to listen to the local station on line. 936 Hobart.
The item today was the police shooting of an ISIS flag waving youth that stabbed two officers.
Here is my comment to the station.
I was listening to your Wednesday morning show. The big news was the ISIS flag waving youth shot by police. It was really sad to hear some of the interviewees saying loss of rights was OK with them if the government made them safe. They will soon learn there is no correlation between government and safe. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 19, 2014
We will send as many 100 “advisers”, no make that 300, no 1000+ to fight the enemy.
The “advisors” are fully armed and accompany the locals to fight the enemy. But they will magically steer clear of the fighting. We will not mention the “specialists” nor the inevitable CIA presence.
The enemy can mutate into an unrecognizable form in an instant leaving us at a complete loss as how to fight it. Not that we knew how to fight it to begin with.
What DOES the enemy look like today?
We will no doubt end up helping to feed and spread the enemy even as we are battling it. Our lack of knowledge of even the most elementary aspects of the enemy will result in an epidemic of collateral damage and innocent lives lost. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 14, 2014
I must return to the original purpose of this blog, to circumvent the limitations imposed by my beloved local rag. The lamestream media has been really getting to me and I had to vent via a letter to the editor. Apparently it hit too close to home. Here goes.
We read about supposed Russian aggression next door to them in Ukraine. Yet we never hear how the State Department (search for assistant secretary Victoria Nuland’s “$%@& the EU” cell phone conversation), National Endowment for Democracy and CIA aided and abetted the overthrow of the previous government. All because Victor Yuschenko decided Billions in Russian bailout money trumped Millions from the EU. Food is big business in Ukraine. US agribusinesses that advertise on Sunday morning news shows have much to gain with a US sock puppet in charge. Read the rest of this entry »
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