Thursday, August 17, 2006

More terror crap


How many of the twenty-odd "Muslims" arrested in the recent London terror plot have been charged with a crime?

That's right, none.

How much of the "liquid explosives", the wonderfully named "Mother of Satan" explosives, have been found?

That's right, none.

This is starting to remind me of the dreaded Miami Seven.

Craig Murray has the Brits' number:

This brings us to one particularly sinister aspect of the allegations - that the bombs were to be made on the plane. The idea that high explosive can be made quickly in a plane toilet by mixing at room temperature some nail polish remover, bleach, and Red Bull and giving it a quick stir, is nonsense. Yes, liquid explosives exist and are highly dangerous and yes, airports are ill equipped to detect them at present. Yes, it is true they have been used on planes before by terrorists. But can they be quickly manufactured on the plane? No. The sinister aspect is not that this is a real new threat. It is that the allegation may have been concocted in order to prepare us for arresting people without any actual bombs. Let me fess up here. I have just checked, and our flat contains nail polish remover, sports drinks, and a variety of household cleaning products. Also MP3 players and mobile phones. So the authorities could announce - as they have whispered to the media in this case - that potential ingredients of a liquid bomb, and potential timing devices, have been discovered. It rather lowers the bar, doesn't it?

I admit when I first heard of this plot I was chilled to the bone. Ten airliners blown up over the Atlantic? Horrible and highly ambitious.

Then, the news announced that the explosives to be used were liquids.

ding ding

Alarm bells

I have a working knowledge of explosives favored by various rebel groups, and as far as smuggled bombs go, liquid is the last thing you want.

Some form of plastique such as Semtex would be much better suited, but it's much easier to detect by airport security.

As Murray points out, you can't just whip this stuff up.

The odors of the mixing chemicals alone would give you away, and you would need a hell of a lot of the stuff to "blow up" an entire plane. Much more than could be carried in a sports drink bottle. The most you might be able to do with that amount is put a hole in the fuselage. More likely you would blow your hands off trying to mix the shit quickly.

I had all of these thoughts that first day, but I just assumed those ever-inventive "terrorists" had come up with some new toys to play with.

Now it seems as if they had not. The government wants us to believe that these folks were going to mix a highly unstable nitroglycerine explosive in the airplane restroom, and get it done so as to be able to blow up ten separate planes simultaneously.


I'm really getting tired of this bullshit.


Blogger Again said...

I admit when I first heard of this plot I was chilled to the bone. Ten airliners blown up over the Atlantic? Horrible and highly ambitious.

i guess, i'm more cynical than you - i admit that in the first second i heard about it (and the "amount") i just thought "surprise, surprise" - actually, i have to admit i never thought that anybody would be truly in danger - at least not the white people - i remember the poor South American(?) killed "by mistake" by the British police - "oooops, sorry, guy, just thought you might be a terrorist. Now you're dead?? Bad luck"

you know, Cui Bono - it's too convenient for all the politicians, talking with worried faces why they must "liberate" me of my freedoms and why they must spy on me because i could be a terrorist...

they are like hyeanas, can't wait to see democracy die...

Fri Aug 18, 06:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

[OT / FYI]: I have the utmost respect for Spike Lee's enormous talent as a film maker ("Malcolm X", "Do the Right Thing", etc.), and anticipate that this impassioned exploration of 2005's Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast's STILL largely unaddressed problems a whole YEAR later will prove a stunning achievment!: Lee's landmark 'Levees' debuts [AP] ==== Flashbulbs, bright lights and video cameras lined the red carpet outside the New Orleans Arena, where thousands sought to get the first look last night at director Spike Lee's film on Hurricane Katrina, "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts." ... ==== Lee has not tried to hide his anger about New Orleans' devastation by levee breaks and the government's slow response. He hopes his documentary on the subject will bring attention back to the region, where it's needed, he said yesterday. ==== "People are still in dire straits. We want to put the focus back here," Lee said at a news conference with historian Douglas Brinkley and HBO officials. ==== The film will air in two two-hour segments on HBO on Monday and Tuesday nights. It also will be shown in its entirety on Aug. 29, the one-year anniversary of Katrina's landfall. ==== For a more detailed review, see: Spike Lee Turns Cameras on New Orleans [The Guardian]

Fri Aug 18, 07:57:00 AM  
Blogger Again said...

Spike Lee Turns Cameras on New Orleans

good - injustice should never be forgotten - and what happened in New Orleans was pure Aristocracy: "don't care about the mass, just save the rich" - i guess, Louis XIV, Roi de Soleil, would ask the same as Mr. Neal Boortz - Louis XIV also thought of "his" peasants as "the great unwashed" and he also thought, that the rich are "better people" than the poor: "Who is a drag on society? The rich or the poor? Who provide the jobs out there? The rich or the poor? Who fuels -- you know, which group fuels our economy? Drives industry? The rich or the poor?" In the country of Louis XIV, poor people also "sit around all the time waiting for somebody else to take care of them. They have children they can't afford. They're uneducated. They can barely read." I guess, Louis XIV would have added just something, what Mr. Boortz forgot - that the Aristocrats have more soul, more dignity and simply more value - as the Brahmans in India also were "better people" than the Parias

so the French knew what to expect from the aristocrats - as i had to read about New Orleans, the heartless arrogance of the rich, the careless ignorance for the suffering, i knew that you can't divide humanity. You can't divide humans in "we" and "them" and you can't divide your soul in "a good part" and "a bad part" - you can't support a war, killing innocent people, without losing your own innocence - and once you start to ignore humanity, it doesn't matter, if you ignore foreigners or neigbors...

i never forget the bullies with the guns outside New Orleans - not waiting to help the "unwashed, vast sea of evacuees", but to kill them if they would try to survive in front of your house, if they would beg the "strong" for food and medicine for their children...

actually, i have more sympathy with terrorists than with greedy, egotistic bullies - both use brute force and create suffering, but the former you simply can stop by granting them justice. But what do you do with the latter?

there is a word in German, which i can't find an apt translation: "menschenverachtend" - the word "inhuman" is proposed, but i don't feel, that truly fits "Menschenverachtung", because this word simply means contempt for the human dignity, general lack of respect for fellow humans (with the consequence that you can make them suffer without bad conscience) - hard to describe, but, yes, i know: like Taliban feel for their women, when they even have no word for "wife", but call their married females simply "assets"...

Fri Aug 18, 09:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Further to my Katrina / New Orleans FYI (above): Big, Easy Money: Disaster Profiteering on the American Gulf Coast [] ==== ... "One year after disaster struck, the slow-motion rebuilding of the Gulf Coast region looks identical to what has happened to date in Afghanistan and Iraq. We see a pattern of profiteering, waste and failure - due to the same flawed contracting system and even many of the same players" says CorpWatch Director Pratap Chatterjee. "The process of getting Katrina-stricken areas back on their feet is needlessly behind schedule, in part, due to the shunning of local business people in favor of politically connected corporations from elsewhere in the U.S. that have used their clout to win lucrative no-bid contracts with little or no accountability and who have done little or no work while ripping off the taxpayer." ==== "Big, Easy Money" report author Rita J. King said: "The devastation of the Gulf Coast is tragic enough, but the scope of the corporate greed that followed, facilitated by government incompetence and complicity, is downright criminal. Sadly, disaster profiteering has become commonplace in America. Well connected corporations are growing rich off of no-bid contracts while the sub-contractors - the people who actually perform the work - often do so for peanuts, if they get paid at all." ... [Link to full report in original.]

Fri Aug 18, 10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

i remember the poor South American(?) killed "by mistake" by the British police ==== Again: As do I, along with the numerous "official lies" propagated by representatives of Scotland Yard to superficially "justify" what was strictly a massively incompetent case of "mistaken identity"! Brazilian electrician Jean-Charles de Menezes -- killed for the "crime" of going to work was senselessly sacrificed on the altar of incipient *British* Totalitarianism! (I have two stored references on that, and can try to re-locate the actual links if you want.) It consistently *astounds* me how seemingly "prophetic" George Orwell's ("1984") description of "Oceania" -- principally comprised of the US and Britain -- and its global "nemeses" now seems. ==== That inexcusible, brutal murder is also touched on in the following commendably outraged commentary, which deals principally with the most recent UK "terrorism" cock-up: Letter From Airstrip One: Fear Over Facts, By Chris Floyd [TruthOut] ==== ... The inherent schizophrenia of the "War on Terror" was everywhere in evidence. Britons were told they were facing the greatest threat to the life of the nation since World War II, requiring tireless vigilance, a "huge effort of will and courage" - but they should keep shopping, keep traveling, carry on with their normal lives (as their tanned and jaunty leader was doing). They were pipelined stories by an unquestioning media about the dazzling triumph of the super-efficient security services - the same services that had botched the Iraq WMD intelligence, shot dead a Brazilian carpenter they mistook for a terrorist last year and, just two months before, sent 250 heavily armed agents on a raid to seize two alleged "chemical bombers" (and shoot one of them) on the false word of a single informant. Britain has arrested more than 700 people on terrorism charges in the last five years; only 17 have been found guilty - and only three of these convictions were related to "Islamic terrorism" ...

Fri Aug 18, 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

Hey guys Blogger is seriously screwed up right now so I can't post a link but if you will check out The Rude Pundit in the links section, he has a great photo-story about Katrina one year later. His is also a Blogger site so if you have trouble with the display hit refresh and it may clear some of it up.

Fri Aug 18, 01:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Now, as for the "WHY" behind this incredible exaggeration of what basically amounted to a mere terrorism "pipe dream", this former (CIA) intelligence professional offers a fairly plausible explanation. It certainly wouldn't be the FIRST time our NeoConNazi "Masters of Misdirection" have pulled a blatantly counterfeit "rabbit" out of their hat: Bush's Weapon of Mass Deception, By Larry C. Johnson ==== It is a week since news broke in London about an alleged plot to blow up nine commercial jetliners, and there are emerging indicators that Bush and Blair exaggerated the truth about the actual readiness of the so-called plot. And yes, I mean so-called plot. Why would Bush and Blair hype a terrorist threat? A very simple answer. The White House was on notice that Seymour Hersh's story in the New Yorker claimed that the Bush administration encouraged Israel to invade Lebanon as part of a broader scheme to set the stage for war with Iran. Tony Blair, Bush's enabler, went along with the ruse. ... ==== And just to keep things in the "company", here's Ray McGovern's venerable take on the judicial slapping down of Bush's bogus, self-proclaimed eavesdropping "authority": The Constitution: Checking a Would-Be King, by Ray McGovern [TruthOut]. ==== [Naturally, the Bush Reich is already preparing its Appeal (and slinging the mud), further adding insult to injury by wasting OUR tax dollars to "defend" THEIR criminal acts against US.] ==== Robert: Thanks for the "heads up" on the Rude Pundit Katrina coverage. We haven't witnessed THIS level of unremedied devastation and brazenly opportunistic corruption in the South since perhaps the post-Civil War "Reconstruction" Era, so characterized by the Carpet Baggers and Scallywags! (Same old flim-flams, just "modernized" a bit.)

Fri Aug 18, 02:33:00 PM  
Blogger Robert said...


I see now what you mean now about Google and Blogger.



i guess, i'm more cynical than you - i admit that in the first second i heard about it (and the "amount") i just thought "surprise, surprise"

You know, it's really weird. I know how much of what is reported and what is "common knowledge" is bullshit but there is still this large part of me that always falls for the story at first.

I keep thinking of that poster in Mulder's office "I want to believe"

I think there is a large portion of my psyche that will never be de-programmed from the party line.

I will always want to believe.

Fri Aug 18, 03:33:00 PM  
Blogger politiques USA said...

Okey guys I am back. I missed you all, but I can't really take part into this blog. Besides my work and shooting some documentaries, I've been thinking alot. I had to be detached from this blog. I've been thinking about life. I've been thinking about this world. I've been thinking about this "war on terror". I've been thinking about the 911 attacks and why it happened.

911 happened because the towers of Lebanon were crushed by the CIA under terrorist attacks during the 80s. More than 20 years later, here we go again, we are under Israel commandment back to square one: we decided to finance Israel to attack Lebanon. We even defied the laws of Democracy in the Middle-East: Palestinians are being punished because they elected Hamas, and Lebanon has been attacked and bombed because Israel does not like Hezbollah. WHAT?

Houston, we got a problem. These wars in the Middle-East have nothing to do with Democracy. These wars have nothing to do with Freedom. These wars won't end other wars because the Middle-East is an invaded country first of all. I do understand there are radicals all over the place, but we can't take care of problems if we cannot take care of our own problem and they are numerous. Medias have been taken over by the 1%. Nowadays it became impossible to debate in the mainstream medias without being targeted under their scrutinity as a radical or a leftist or who knows what.

But you know what? We are guilty of our crimes. We have the same mentality than Israel. We think we are better than anybody else, and when someone else gives us the same taste of our own medicine, then we call them terrorists. There is obviously a big problem and this problem needs to be solved, and I'd like it to be solved but it will never be solved.

The US, all of the people in the US, lives again in an era of lies. It is always the same thing in this country: people from the US do think they are better than others. I've seen this behavior in their face. Of course it never happened to me, but I've seen this behavior against other people. This behavior happened during slavery times all the way through the 60s. Come on, we can't deny it. Anytime inside the american history, we came to a point where we had to oppose our values against other people. That is the pathetic pattern of this country. It happened since the creation of the US and while the US never resolved its own problems internally (look at the salary disparities between Mexicans and the White Americans for example), this country is reproducing its own ills outside its own world.

Look at what happened to Iraq in the name of Freedom. Iraqi women are not free anymore, there is sectarian tensions, and violence, and on the top of that the US gave eastern Iraq to Iran on a silver plate, thus endangering the US troops in Iraq. In the meantime, during this writing, I'm sure you forgot anything about hatred, but we'll be reminded anyway. When I look at Lebanon, this country never changed during the last 20 years. Nothing changed and we'll be reminded if we can't change it. BUT it has to be changed in the US first. It has not to be changed inside the Middle-East. As a matter of fact, I do predict that if Iran is going to be attacked, then the West is going to collapse within 10 years. The US will collapse only by the end of 2009. Do you know why? These wars in the middle-east have nothing to do with freedom, they are all intertwened with economics and US globalization. For example Iran is the last bastion that does not want to bend over the will of the US, and I do mean the US, whether they are Republicans or Liberals. Please count me out on this war in Iran, like you counted me out in the war of Iraq. We are using human rights to go to war, we are using our own values without respecting the values of other people. Who do we think we are? We are not alone in this world, we should never forget about that, there are other people, whose significance is as better as american lives.

Why are we opposing our own values against other people? These so-called "islamists" are secular governments first, but their politics is not always up-to-date with the will of the US. Of course we can't even see it because american wars are so one-sided that we forget that the reasons of other people and other nations.

Do you remember my essay about the american holocaust thinking? We are killing people in the name of freedom, we are killing people, and we are very okey about that, because we think we are better than these people. Why? Most of Americans never traveled inside the rest of the world. They don't know about Europe, they don't know about the middle-east, unless they are american militaries. Most of Americans, and God may forget the ones who agree with me, do not know about the rest of the world. As long as they are able to go shopping, they will refuse to go look further than there nose. It is a sham because we are opposing universal values. Yes we do.

We are opposing Islam and Western values, while they are exactly the same values, with some differences of course, because, none of them cannot be converted between each other, and this is why it clashed in terms of foreign politics. I've always been a partisan of the philosophy "know yourself first before you go to war against other people". Please mind my cartesian mind, cartesian philosophy that do not even exist anymore in the US. It does not exist at all in the US, but it does exist in the Middle-East before it does exist in the US. This is why my heart is with Hezbollah. Lebanon has been attacked and Israel had to retreat. The reason of people in Lebanon, the ones who resisted, was stronger than the ones who attacked Lebanon. For once we have a case that the weapons of the strongest (Israel) did not win other the weakest (Hezbollah). Hezbollah was able to get first the reason (they have been attacked), then the weapons. For the 1st time, in the Middle-East, there has been somebody whose reason was stronger than their weapons. Of course the West refuses to acknowlege that.

Anyway here we are in present time, and like I told you guys in the past.

I feel sorry for the US who thinks that it is in Heidegger time. I really feel sorry for your country, I really do. Sartres is alive.

In the meantime check this out:

Fri Aug 18, 07:40:00 PM  
Blogger politiques USA said...


Fri Aug 18, 10:42:00 PM  
Blogger politiques USA said...

Reverend, reverend,
Is this a conspiracy?
Crucified for no sins
No revenge... beneath me.
Lost within my plans for life,
It all seems so unreal.
Im a man cut in half in this world,
Left in my misery.


The reverend he turned to me
Without a tear in his eyes.
Its nothing new for him to see,
I didnt ask him why.
I will remember...
The love our souls had sworn to make.
Now I watch the falling rain
All my mind can see now is your (face).

Well I guess
You took my youth
And gave it all away.
Like the birth of a new found joy,
This love would end in rage...
And when she died
I couldnt cry,
The pride within my soul.
You left me incomplete
All alone as the memories now unfold.

Believe the word.
I will unlock my door...
And pass the cemetery gates.

Sometimes when Im alone,
I wonder aloud,
If youre watching over me
Some place far abound.
I must reverse my life
I cant live in the past.
Then set my soul free,
Belong to me at last.

Through all those complex years
I thought I was alone.
I didnt care to look around
And make this world my own...
And when she died
I shouldve cried and spared myself some pain.
You left me incomplete,
All alone as the memories still remain.

The way we were,
The chance to save my soul...
And my concern is now in vain.
Believe the word,
I will unlock my door...
And pass the cemetery... gates


The way we were,
The chance to save my soul...
And my concern is now in vain.
Believe the word,
I will unlock my door...
And pass the cemetery...




Fri Aug 18, 11:56:00 PM  
Blogger politiques USA said...

Gotta shoot up myself

Fri Aug 18, 11:57:00 PM  
Blogger politiques USA said...

You are my wonderwall.


Sat Aug 19, 12:11:00 AM  
Blogger Again said...

I keep thinking of that poster in Mulder's office "I want to believe"
I think there is a large portion of my psyche that will never be de-programmed from the party line.
I will always want to believe.

no, Robert, don't be so harsh to yourself: It's more than the "party line" what you want to protect by believing - it's the inner decision to believe in humankind or not

but as hard as i defend Mother Natures well-meaning programming, i guess, there is always the Point of No Return, the time when your "trust" breaks, when you understand that in most cases to consider the worst is not bad enough...

Mr. Bush was my PoNR - when i stopped to think that future will be better than the past was, when i start to realize, that Global Warming will not be stopped, just because "Superman", the current "beloved leader" can't stop true dangers and just because "Superman", the "Fuehrer" does love death and pain much more than the "weak" decency and justice, that well-protected Fuehrers always and ever will perform wars, neverending wars - just because of an unholy mixture of greed, selfishness and unbelievable stupidity especially by the slavish sheeps following each and every "leader" as long as he shouts, tortures, kills and preaches more than another...

Mr. Bush told me, that Hitler never "failed" in a historical sense - "just" as person, but his laws and rules and thinkings and strategies live vividly and highly "respected" until now. Mr. Bush told me, that the only thing doomed to death is Democracy, the dignity and value of the Have-Nots, of the faceless mass, the soil on which aristocracy grew since more than 5,000 years - Mr. Bush told me that i was right with the cost-gain-function of intelligence and that my bet is right, that the apex of this function was passed at the time, humankind invented agriculture, needing much too much intelligence from Joe Sixpack and Sally Soccermom, so that both started to prefer to "be ruled" than to rule themselves. Problem with the cost-gain-function? It is physically based, so you can't discuss it away with "fuehrer, wir folgen dir" or "right or wrong, my president" - there is only one way to overcome this apex: enhance the system by bettering information processing by bettering communication. So i thought the internet would be our last chance...

but i fear, Mr. Bush is faster than evolution - somewhat "easy to understand" that Mother Nature gets angry, i guess - imagine that! You protect a species for 800,000 years (the poles didn't switch according to the "usual" 200,000 year-cycle) with all the conclusions of a lesser cosmic radiation especially important regarding the risk of harmful mutations. You give the apes a brain, more complex than anything else in the whole wide universe, even able to create an Ego, an self-mapping of the own ressources to be positioned as a precise point in a nearly infinite reality, such being able to create a colorful, lively blueprint of a whole world. You give the apes language to adjust and fine-tune their blueprints - to create something like an Uber-Ego...

and then they know nothing else than whining for big daddy, longing for "paradise without the apple of knowledge(!)", prefering the life of apes, dependent on the lusts of alpha males instead of risking liberty and independence... (It is not inequality which is the real misfortune, it is dependence - Voltaire)

imagine that! And then try to put yourself in the place of Mother Nature: What would you do with such a child, spitting in your face, holding you in deep contempt and in the end going postal?

Sat Aug 19, 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

An excellent amalysis illustrating far better than I could why Bush's recent utilization of the totally assinine phrase, "Islamic fascism", is so (1) completely off the wall and (2) reflectively revealing of the would-be "accuser". Though I don't agree entirely with the the author's summary recommendations, his succinct, well-reasoned logic in describing "the smeller" as the actual Fascist in this case is pretty flawless. ==== Since the *originating* site currently yields only "Forbidden" errors, and since this TruthOut copy contains two (easily recognizable) truncated paragraphs, I've provided the full versions of those incomplete sentences, which I got previously from the original, below. The omitted portions are identified in bold: Welcome to Neo-Fascism 101, By Andrew Bosworth [] ==== ... The only ingredient of classical political fascism missing in the United States is a charismatic leader - but not for lack of trying. In Red States, billboards of George W. "Our Leader" arose, and fundamentalists synchronized Morning Prayer to those of the White House. ... ==== ... Second, always charge those who use the term "Islamo-fascism" with anti-Semitism (because Arabs -- most of whom are Muslims -- are technically "Semitic" too). ...

Sat Aug 19, 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

William Blum's "The Anti-Empire Report" this month features an appropriately cynical synopsis of ALL the would-be terrorism "plots" we've been "saved from" in recent years. And it's particularly intriguing to me to see Orwell's "1984" notion of "thoughtcrimes" becoming an increasingly common realization. One doesn't have to DO anything; Just THINK it, and the dominant Neo-Fascist governments will quickly move in their entrapment goons to "make* the thought a "reality"!: Saved again, thank the Lord, saved again ==== "Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear -- kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor -- with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant funds demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real." -General Douglas MacArthur, 1957[1] ==== So now we've (choke) just been (gasp) saved from the simultaneous blowing up of ten airplanes headed toward the United States from the UK. Wow, thank you Brits, thank you Homeland Security. Well done, lads. And thanks for preventing the destruction of the Sears Tower in Chicago, saving lower Manhattan from a terrorist-unleashed flood, smashing the frightful Canadian "terror plot" with 17 arrested, ditto the three Toledo terrorists, and squashing the Los Angeles al Qaeda plot to fly a hijacked airliner into a skyscraper. ...

Sat Aug 19, 03:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

THAT WAS THEN: Nearly half of New Orleans was still under water when President Bush stood in the Crescent City's historic Jackson Square and swore he would "do what it takes" to rebuild the communities and lives that had been laid to waste two weeks before by Hurricane Katrina. ==== "Our goal is to get the work done quickly," the president said. ... ==== THIS IS NOW: ... "This is not something that is going to be able to be accomplished in 365 days," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said. "The president has set the federal government on the course to fulfill its obligations." ==== The job of clearing debris left by the storm remains unfinished, and has been plagued by accusations of fraud and price gouging. Tens of thousands of families still live in trailers or mobile homes, with no indication of when or how they will be able to obtain permanent housing. Important decisions about rebuilding and improving flood defenses have been delayed. And little if anything has been done to ensure the welfare of the poor in a rebuilt New Orleans. ... (Source: Gov't Fulfills Few Katrina Promises [AP]) ==== SAME OLD LYING BUllSHit! ("FLIP ... FLOP")

Sun Aug 20, 01:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Well, Robert, it seems your analysis here was utterly flawless. (Hats off!) The truth regarding the feasibility of this alleged plot has finally come out for all to see. And it's absolutely just another case of the the same old BUllSHit from our loathesome, duplicitous, scheming Fascist-in-Chief (among others): Americans Shrug at Phony Binary Explosives Threat, by Ted Rall ==== Attention, citizens of the national community: stay tuned for a HomeSec alert! A fiendish plot has been uncovered! Terrorists loyal to the sinister forces of Eastasia have been apprehended! It is another glorious victory for the homeland! All hail Oceania! ==== It was hard not to suffer a 1984 flashback on August 10th, when UK authorities and their rhetorical American partners claimed to have rounded up more than two dozen British Muslims accused of -- or so they claimed -- participation in an elaborate plot to commit "mass murder on an unimaginable scale." According to Britain's national Crown Prosecution Service the suspects planned "to smuggle the component parts of improvised explosive devices onto aircraft and assemble and detonate them on board" as many as ten passenger jets bound for the United States from England. ... ==== According to the respected and irreverent British technology publication The Register, the plot -- if it existed -- was a joke. Smuggling the component parts of triacetone triperoxide (TATP) -- the liquid explosive we've been told was the object of the wannabe jihadis' vengeance fantasies -- and successfully mixing them into a brew powerful enough to bring down a plane would require skills far beyond the capabilities of, well, anyone. ...

Wed Aug 23, 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger Again said...

The Register, the plot -- if it existed -- was a joke.

thought so, you know - even if you think the worst, they top it (or should i say: "they bottom it"?)

reminds me of Lily Tomlins "No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up."

and another "Lily Tomlin": "Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then—we elected them."

btw: what do you think about Bush's attempt to look like a real human being, using his brain to understand written words?

In fact, Bush has entered a book-reading competition with Karl Rove, his political adviser. White House aides say the president has read 60 books so far this year (while the brainy Rove, to Bush’s competitive delight, has racked up only 50)

Thu Aug 24, 04:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Again: I couldn't quite get to the US News story, but I catch your drift. (My internet connectivity has been royally screwed the past few days by some changes made at my ISP that are wreaking *havoc* with my somewhat specialized browsing style.) ==== If anything, a BOOK-reading contest involving our Bonehead-in-Chief strikes me as another NeoConNazi cabal gimmick to keep him "out of the loop" insofar as *current* events are concerned. And who knows? He might have "threatened" to read an actual newspaper every now and then! Still, I have to wonder whether "The Little Dicatator that Could" ["I think I can, I think I can ..."] counts among Bush's long list of "challenging reads"? ;-) ==== Lily Tomlin's cynicism is especially pertinent these days. To think that such righteous indignation was freely directed at "Tricky Dick" Nixon -- whom Bush, by comparison, makes look like a Boy Scout -- I can only shake my head at how much times have changed. A president *remotely* this authoritarian back in the Sixties Era would have had constant civil unrest to contend with; come to think fo it, he did! Yet "domestic tranquility" seems to generally prevail for *this* utterly vile, Republikan junta. Go figure, eh? ==== "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." ~ V (Wie Vendetta)

Thu Aug 24, 07:07:00 PM  
Blogger Again said...

Again: I couldn't quite get to the US News story

alas, i can't find another source of the full text, but here's the title, so maybe you'll find it in some days: "A Humbled Presidency - After a series of setbacks, Bush tries a more thoughtful approach" By Kenneth T. Walsh

if anything, a BOOK-reading contest involving our Bonehead-in-Chief strikes me as another NeoConNazi cabal gimmick to keep him "out of the loop" insofar as *current* events are concerned.

yes - if you search for "Maybe it was the influence of his wife, Laura" (the first words of the article), you'll find some comments i'm sure, you'll enjoy!

something like

"Does it still count if Laura is reading the books to him before bedtime? What about pop-up books?", "When Bush “reads a book” he looks at the front cover, looks at the back cover, browses the picture, and Karl counts that as one book read for Georgie." or (my favorite): "You guys are so-o-o-o cynical. I happen to know he finished “My Pet Goat” in one sitting, because I watched it on videotape–and that was in the middle of a national emergency!"

Sat Aug 26, 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Again: Many thanks for that small summary. Indeed, I really DO appreciate those biting responses tremendously! [And they're SO completely deserved.) :-)

Sun Aug 27, 02:49:00 PM  

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