cyprus catastrophe

the online wall street journal has an article up describing in detail the lead-up last week and the final day of “bail-out” negotiations sunday between the “troika” (the european central bank, the international monetary fund, and the european commission) and cyprus: it was brutal! german chancellor angela merkel was described as absolutely inflexible. cyprus was given the choice of letting all it’s banks go completely bankrupt and have its economy utterly collapse or accept harsh austerity terms which will still kill its economy, but will prolong the agony. cyprus nearly left the eurozone: was this living death really better?

(i would post a link but i’m pretty sure it wouldn’t work — wsj online is a subscription service and i think i only got a chance to look at it through one of my google accounts…)


death squads in iraq

remember el salvador? the death squads? the systematic torture? the “school of the americas” at ft benning that trained central and south american right-wing strongmen in the dark arts of torture? yeah, maybe you didn’t hear about all that… turns out that one guy – just one guy – was the author of all the carnage in el salvador.  he was the man gen george patton jr called his “most effective” subordinate commander in vietnam: col james “jim” steele.  col steele was also one of six key players in the iran-contra scandal (col oliver north was another).  so when things got ugly in iraq, dick cheney knew whom to call.

if you happen to live in europe you can watch your news programming to learn about this. if you live in america — forget about it!  mainstream media won’t touch this news!  the british newspaper the guardian and the bbc-arabic used leaked wikileaks documents (thanks, bradley manning – hero!) to show how the us command brought col steele out of retirement back into iraq to set up the same type of systematic torture centers throughout iraq as he had set up in el salvador, run by iraqis, advised and trained by americans.  american military personnel were explicitly ordered to ignore iraqi on iraqi torture (frag order 242).  in all fairness to col steele, most of the killings started after he left iraq…

here’s a link to the story:    iraq torture centers courtesy of us command

volcano lightning

Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Rietze (Alien Landscapes on Planet Earth)

Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Rietze (Alien Landscapes on Planet Earth)


Sakurajima Volcano with Lightning

Astronomy Picture of the Day

2013 March 11

milky way scientists
Why does a volcanic eruption sometimes create lightning? Pictured above, the Sakurajima volcano in southern Japan was caught erupting in early January. Magma bubbles so hot they glow shoot away as liquid rock bursts through the Earth’s surface from below. The above image is particularly notable, however, for the lightning bolts caught near the volcano’s summit. Why lightning occurs even in common thunderstorms remains a topic of research, and the cause of volcanic lightning is even less clear. Surely, lightning bolts help quench areas of opposite but separated electric charges. One hypothesis holds that catapulting magma bubbles or volcanic ash are themselves electrically charged, and by their motion create these separated areas. Other volcanic lightning episodes may be facilitated by charge-inducing collisions in volcanic dust. Lightning is usually occurring somewhere on Earth, typically over 40 times each second.
another cut and paste from milky way scientists fb page…

thor’s helmet

Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Rusterholz (CXIELO Observatory)

Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Rusterholz (CXIELO Observatory)


Astronomy Picture of the Day
This helmet-shaped cosmic cloud with wing-like appendages is popularly called Thor’s Helmet. Heroically sized even for a Norse god, Thor’s Helmet is about 30 light-years across. In fact, the helmet is actually more like an interstellar bubble, blown as a fast wind from the bright, massive star near the bubble’s center sweeps through a surrounding molecular cloud. Known as a Wolf-Rayet star, the central star is an extremely hot giant thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova stage of evolution. Cataloged as NGC 2359, the nebula is located about 15,000 light-years away in the constellation Canis Major. The sharp image, made using broadband and narrowband filters, captures striking details of the nebula’s filamentary structures. It shows off a blue-green color from strong emission due to oxygen atoms in the glowing gas.
lifted in toto  from the facebook page of


war on drugs

we incarcerate a greater percentage of our population than any other country on earth… why?

to keep folks “occupied” while their jobs are being outsourced or “off-shored” so that private corporations make the profits and the public supports the unemployed… the greatest single outcome of the “war on drugs” has NOT been less drug use: it’s been higher incarceration rates — and secondarily more power in government hands. 

remember who declared the war on drugs? ronald reagan gets credit, but he already had alzheimer’s when he was in office — used to sleep through national security council meetings (they would wake him up to sign presidential findings and directives and such, then let him go back to sleep) and he would say such things as “80% of air pollution comes from trees!”  remember all the disinformation about how nancy reagan had so much influence over the gipper? or was it her astrologer? no, just as when the younger bush was president, the country was being run from the ovp — the office of the vice president: george herbert walker bush was calling the shots.  and george the first, a member of skull and bones, is an active member (or at least an agent) of the real government of the world (not just america), controlled by the ultra-rich banking elite — the rothschilds, rockefellers, warburgs, european nobles, and others. there are in all about 145 members of the group and they control about 32 trillion dollars of capital among them. for comparison, the united states gdp is about 15 trillion usd and the national debt is about 16 trillion usd. they could buy us outright — but why? they already own us!

this “high cabal” as winston churchill called them has existed for a long time — theirs is “old money” — and the plans they lay are scheduled not in years or even decades, but in centuries… and as noam chomsky said, “the general public doesn’t know what’s really going on, and they don’t even know that they don’t know.”  why was hemp, grown by george washington and a world-wide cash crop for millennia, suddenly demonized in the 1930s in the “reefer madness” propaganda campaign and outlawed in america? it simply made no sense — until the war on drugs, declared in 1980, half a century later, started scooping up people who would otherwise be unemployed and might become a threat to civil society as their poverty and desperation increased.  think in long timelines! and expect worse to come…