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Posted by Martin C. Fox on March 1, 2014
Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 23, 2014
Like a lot of other places, the current Ukraine population evolved from the influx of various peoples. Most are of Slavic heritage. In the 30s and 40s the Russians added some of Poland and Romania to the mix. Not surprisingly they can have their differences. The Western half of the country leans towards the EU and the Eastern half looks to Russia. Ukraine is complex.
Ukraine needs help. The EU offered few hundred million dollars worth of loans and reform demands while Russia offered 15 billion dollars worth loans and discounted oil and gas.
Chaos has since ensued, with our helping hand. Our point person for government overthrow is Victoria Neuland, the FU lady. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 16, 2014
I just read an interesting comparison of prison life and life “outside” in the US. There is not much difference anymore. See here.
Cameras – tracking you in real-time, all the time, everywhere. Get used to it because that is the point.
Drug testing – your company may require drug testing to get that big government contract. The pressure on to implement drug testing everywhere. Get used to it because that is the point.
Metal detectors – Air travel, schools, sporting events are now places where your formerly private parts get the once over. Get used to it because that is the point. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 14, 2014
I have heard it said that Janet Yellen, new head of the federal print shop, is like Bernanke on steroids.
My take is she does what is expected, believes what she is expected to believe and won’t do anything that may cause her new power to be taken.
More like a submissive on a leash than on steroids. None the less her recent pronouncements are just so Bernanke.
Quantitative easing is such a success. Except at the mere utterance of the word “reduce” the stock market takes a 300 point dump. Oh ye of little faith. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 9, 2014
I was listening to a government worker bee on NPR tell us how medical costs are behind our federal debt. I can think of several other good candidates.
War on drugs
War on poverty
Department of education
Bridges to nowhere
My take is government is the reason government pays so much for health care.
Pick some industries that are not heavily regulated, if you can.
Televisions, telephones and computers come to mind. Aside from implanting spy ware in software, confiscating and selling electromagnetic spectra I don’t think government interferes with these industries, relatively. The end result of this non-interference is increasing quality and features and decreasing prices. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Martin C. Fox on January 18, 2014
The cancerous lump that is Congress gave away its power to declare war 60 years ago. It was given to President Truman. Now they are taking that the power away from the President and handing it to another country.
S 1881 The “Iran Nuclear Weapon Free Act of 2013” says in part:
If Israel is “compelled to take military action in legitimate self-defense against Iran’s nuclear weapons program,” the United States “should stand with Israel and provide … diplomatic, military and economic support to the Government of Israel in the defense of its territory, people and existence.”
Israel and (Saudi Arabia) would like nothing more than for the US to go to war for them in Iran. This law will make it happen. Benjamin Netanyahu can start a war with Iran and the US will be legally bound finish it. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Martin C. Fox on January 11, 2014
Desperate Deception by Thomas Mahl
Churchill, fearing Britain was on the losing end of the WW II stick, knew they would be home free with the US in the war. I am not entirely sure what FDR’s motives were but concern for Britain and later “Papa Joe” (FDR’s pet name) Stalin were high on his list.
There is a quote from C. Wright Mills’ “The Power Elite”
The United States…was controlled not by the mass of its citizens as described by democratic theory, but by a wealthy Anglo-Saxon Protestant elite from Ivy League schools…
Many of that elite Wright speaks of belonged to Skull and Bones. Many of the sir names will sound familiar even to todays low information voter.
British secret service ran a propaganda machine out of Rockefeller Center, rent free courtesy of Nelson Rockefeller, with the full knowledge and encouragement of FDR. Just a few of the willing accomplices were Drew Pearson, Walter Lippmann, Walter Winchell and the New York Herald Tribune. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Martin C. Fox on January 1, 2014
I have just finished “American Diplomacy” by George Kennan. Kennan joined the foreign service in 1925. After WW II Kennan became an advocate of containment over confrontation of communism. He was supposedly provided inspiration of the Trueman Doctrine. Economic and military aid to those subject to the threat of communist influence. Kennan is described as a realist and believed legalism and moralism were responsible for the foreign policy problems of the 1950s.
That realism is as missing today as it was in Kennan’s time.
Kennan could see in the 30’s that ignorance of “power realities” would lead toward war with Japan and ultimately end up with russia holding the cards in the far east. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Martin C. Fox on December 14, 2013
Here are more reasons to think twice before becoming involved with the military industrial complex.
The failure of the mission. The comments sum things up concisely.
Be seeing you
Posted by Martin C. Fox on December 7, 2013
I never was in the military. My draft lottery numbers were always good. I didn’t want to die in a snake infested rice paddy or in a tiger cage. My dad was in the Army Air Force during the so-called good war. The Air Force is probably where I would have gone if pressed. Cheap private pilot lessons!
My dad enlisted because his number was coming up. Why do people join today?
A sense of duty, not yet knowing their life plan, a job, free stuff thanks to the GI bill? I am sure there are many reasons.
But whom do today’s GIs serve? Whom are they really protecting? Do most know? I doubt it. Read the rest of this entry »