The New World Order

2013-04-08 Halloween to Bogota 237

While hanging out with some compadres in Colombia we got to talking politics and policy and we came to the mutual conclusion that the real heart of darkness beats within the banking system.  I explained my viewpoint to my friends, that even the U.S. government is a powerless little cabin boy beside the international banks.  The powerlessness of governments raises an interesting question of what government is.  Most people probably believe the government is composed of elected politicians, appointees, judges and agency employees.  However, if none of these people, not a single one, feels they can hold the banks accountable, then the banks hold a surfeit of power, and need to fear no government.  At this point, are the banks the actual and true seat of power?  It feels odd to call banks the government, but perhaps that is what they now are.

For some real perspective please read everything written by Matt Taibbi, because he continues to report it better than anyone.

Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever

The subheading of the article is: “The Illuminati were amateurs. The second huge financial scandal of the year reveals the real international conspiracy: There’s no price the big banks can’t fix”

Thank goodness Taibbi is out there putting these scandals and cabals into language that is honest and understandable.

Enemy Combatant

When some bloodthirsty jackass comes along and suggests that U.S. should chuck the 4th and 5th amendments to the Bill of Rights and Habeas Corpus and that the only sane thing to do is to reinvent the justice system along the lines of the Spanish Inquisition, they should be reminded of their handywork and asked to explaint it.  Thankfully, we may not have to listen to Republicans who hate justice, this time, but here is a link and a little quote to get the blood boling – link:

WASHINGTON — Some Republican lawmakers want President Obama to declare the surviving Boston bombing suspect an enemy combatant in order to question him without a lawyer and other protections of the criminal justice system, intensifying a recurring debate over how to handle terrorism cases arising inside the United States

If you can remember 9/11, then you can’t pretend not to know that there are dozens and dozens of poor souls rotting in a prison in Cuba who were labeled “enemy combatants.”  How has this concept of “enemy combatants” been working?  Well, check this link and quote from the linked article:

A week after a raid that put Guantanamo Bay’s largest and most communal prison camp under lockdown, the number of detainees the U.S. military says are participating in a 10-week-long hunger strike has grown to 63 of the 166 men held at the camp — more than one-third of the men incarcerated there, according to the Defense Department.

If you read the linked article you will get more information on suicide attempts, forced feedings, prison raids and emaciated prisoners.  This is literally the “enemy combatant” system at work.  Anyone who wants to argue that tossing the Consititution and the Bill of Rights overboard in order to carry out this method of ‘justice’ is a black-hearted fiend.

nervous oil

tesla is facing some underhanded criticism lately.

let’s look at three examples.

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caribou barbie says that tesla is a loser. tesla is already one of the great technology success stories of the twenty first century. but palin is supportive of the oil industry, which is starting to see a threat from solar and electric. so now the powers that be are attacking electric cars no matter what happens. it’s a full assault. i’m sure if it were 1920, she would be denouncing the wright brothers and these newfangled ‘bricks’ called airplanes.

Picture 2
billo throws a sideways jab at a company he should like. but is o’reilly just hitting as part of a concerted effort? is big oil just scared and nervous, deciding to hit all at once from every angle? he has long been a right-wing hatchet man who probably doesn’t even believe the opinions he parrots. he recently flipped on gay marriage, so who knows? maybe he will embrace electric cars one day.

Picture 3
headlines had nothing to do with the story. even responsible newspapers like the los angeles times fell for this. it really implies that the fact the car was a tesla has some material connection to the crash. when you read the actual reporting in other publications, the tesla driver had to swerve to avoid getting hit by another driver. if he were driving any type of car, the accident would have proceeded the same way. but those that only read headlines will get the idea that tesla cars are dangerous.

So the question is, when it comes to a great new technology that could replace the internal combustion engine, why is the resistance so furious? we’re talking about a charging network all over the world which will only continue to grow and be more accessible. who are these dinosaurs who want to defend a dirty and outdated technology like the (over a hundred years old) gasoline powered engine? i guess we know exactly who they are.

first they ignore you,
then they laugh at you,
then they fight you,
then you win.

I’ve had the time of my life

Colombian flag, Carribean sunset

It isn’t that hard to take a nice picture in Cartagena, especially on the old city wall (murallas) at sunset (puesta del sol).

Modern CartagenaEven from a distance it isn’t that hard, even when you are looking at the modern side of Cartagena.

Arte de Rodez - BogotaAnd when you are in Bogota you will find it easy to take nice pictures of art out on the streets.

Camera guyGood times for a goofball with a camera.

Freak power Bogota¡Qué chévere!

hakeem jeffries

Picture 5

i like his style:

“Part of the difficulty with the landscape we face right now is because the Tea Party wave—I know there’s cameras here, so I’m going to try to be kind, but they really are in need of some adult supervision the Tea Party,” Jeffries said.