Sunday, December 21, 2008

Mike Connell, Karl Rove's email monkey, dies in mysterious plane crash

Michael Connell (Karl Rove's email scrubber and lately Larissa Alexandrovna's news source) died in a small plane crash PEOPLE2 Apparently Mr Connell's small self-piloted aircraft ran out of fuel and went down in flames. (out of gaswent down in flames) Will the Ohio 2004 election fraud continue? Will someone come forward with Connell's back-up data

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Peter Schiff Predicts Subprime Slime, Wall Street Crash, Vanishing Value, Unreal Estate Bust, Bust and Bust, Paper Wealth Plunge

Listen and watch Ben Stein and his ilk, includes Kudlowite Art Laffer, with his curvacious analysis, hear analysts tout Bear Sterns, Washington Mutual, Merrill Lynch, et. al. Watch cheeky panelists snicker as Peter Schiff buggers their claims that paper wealth is real wealth.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Third World Traveler

is an archive of articles and book excerpts that seek to tell the truth about the state of American democracy, media, and foreign policy, and about the impact of the actions of the United States government, transnational corporations, global trade and financial institutions, and the corporate media, on democracy, social and economic justice, human rights, and war and peace, in the Third World, and in the developed world.
THIRD WORLD TRAVELER also provides information and links to aid international travelers.

Monday, November 03, 2008

CREW Files FEC Complaint Against Palin and RNC over $150,000 Wardrobe Purchase

The $150,000 spent on clothing for the Palin clan is the equivalent of three Alaskan school teachers' salaries, health care premiums for 31 working Americans, flu vaccinations for over 6,000 people, or the winter heating bill for 131 low-income households.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Did You Know? 2.0 - Video

From Barry Ritholz's Blog - The Big Picture, Saturday, November 01, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Capitalism's Disaster - Naomi Klein Smacks Bailout With Shock Doctrine

"Author and activist Naomi Klein gives her take on the global economic meltdown,"
From the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC:

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Evil Wall Street Exports Boomed With `Fools' Born to Buy Debt

An excerpt from Mark Pittman's 10/27/2008 article in discussing securitization and the Wall Street house of cards, casino collapse:

Biggest U.S. Export

The bundling of consumer loans and home mortgages into packages of securities -- a process known as securitization -- was the biggest U.S. export business of the 21st century. More than $27 trillion of these securities have been sold since 2001, according to the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association, an industry trade group. That's almost twice last year's U.S. gross domestic product of $13.8 trillion.

The growth over the past decade was made possible by overseas banks, which saw the profits U.S. financial institutions were making and coveted the made-in-America technology, much as consumers around the world craved other emblems of American ingenuity from Coca-Cola to Hollywood movies. Wall Street obliged, with disastrous results: two-thirds of a trillion dollars in bank losses, about 40 percent of them outside the U.S.

``Securitization was based on the premise that a fool was born every minute,'' Joseph Stiglitz, a professor of economics at Columbia University in New York, told a congressional committee on Oct. 21. ``Globalization meant that there was a global landscape on which they could search for those fools -- and they found them everywhere.''

Friday, October 17, 2008

Dita Von Teese as the face of Wonderbra and Savior of Wall Street

Burlesque TV Spot Featuring Dita Von Tease as the Wonderbra Queen - Sexy lady ideed! Is this the boost the economy needs? Will something similar to wonderbra provide the uplifting momentum needed to loosen credit markets?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

1929 MovieTone News On The Stock Market Crash

From Barry Ritholz of The Big Picture blog:
"Take a tip from Margaret Shotwell who dispenses advice after losing 1 million dollars in the Wall Street stock market crash on Black Friday, October 28, 1929. Her only possessions are her piano and chinchilla fur."

Monday, October 06, 2008

KEATING ECONOMICS: John McCain & The Making of a Financial Crisis

Neel Kashkari on Home Mortgage Finance

Assistant Secretary of Treasury Neel Kashkari named "to oversee the U.S. government's $700 billion financial stabilization program, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter." -

Kashkari is a former assistant to Secretary of Treasury Henry Paulson when Paulson was the chairman of Goldman Sachs.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

McCains Economic Plan: 'Everyone Marry A Beer Heiress'

It helps if that heiress' wealth comes from a family that continues to profit from its connection to the mob and the assassination of Arizona journalist Don Bolles.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

The End Of Free-Market Fundamentalism?

The Usual Suspects In The Illusory Free Market's Illusionary Capitalism.

Greenspan, Milton Friedman, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Paulson, Bernanke, Federal Reserve, SEC, FDIC.

Bailout Economics removes the veil of Federal Government and Wall Street collusion.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Cafferty Report - Why Palin Should Withdraw After CBS Couric Interview

"Jack Cafferty: If Sarah Palin Being One Heartbeat Away "Doesn't Scare The Hell Out Of You, It Should"

Cafferty's concerns were echoed by "a growing number of Republicans," according to Politico's Alexander Burns and David Paul Kuhn: A growing number of Republicans are expressing concern about Sarah Palin's uneven -- and sometimes downright awkward -- performances in her limited media appearances.

Conservative columnists Kathleen Parker, a former Palin supporter, says the vice presidential nominee should step aside. Kathryn Jean Lopez, writing on the conservative National Review, says "that's not a crazy suggestion" and that "something's gotta change."

Tony Fabrizio, a GOP strategist, says Palin's recent CBS appearance isn't disqualifying but is certainly alarming. "You can't continue to have interviews like that and not take on water."

"I have not been blown away by the interviews from her, but at the same time I haven't come away from them thinking she doesn't know s--t," said Chris Lacivita, a GOP strategist. "But she ain't Dick Cheney, nor Joe Biden and definitely not Hillary Clinton."

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Thirty-Two Words That Kill Democracy in the United States


"Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency."

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Off to Work We Go


Flying Cat

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The REAL John McCain: McCain and Palin Double-Talk Express

McCain Double-Talk Express: McCain and Palin deliver deliberately evasive or ambiguous language: When you try to get a straight answer, they give you double-talk.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Jon Stewart hit Karl Rove and Bill O'Reilly with damning evidence of their hypocrisy regarding Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Wednesday night on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart hit Karl Rove and Bill O'Reilly with damning evidence of their hypocrisy regarding Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

While Rove recently praised Palin's experience as the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Stewart showed video of Rove trashing Virginia Governor — and former Richmond Mayor — Tim Kaine's executive experience, listing all the cities that are bigger than Richmond and calling such a pick "political."

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Bush Memorial Library

The GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY is now in the planning stages.
                      The Library will include: 

The Weapons of Mass Destruction Room, which no one has yet been able to find.

The Hurricane Katrina Room, which is still under construction.

The Alberto Gonzales Room, where you won't be able to remember anything.

The Texas Air National Guard Room, where you don't even have to show up.

The Walter Reed Hospital Room, where they don't let you in.

The Guantanamo Bay Room, where they don't let you out.

The National Debt Room, which is huge and has no ceiling.

The Tax Cut Room with entry restricted only to the wealthy.

The Airport Men's Room, where you can meet some of your favorite Republican Senators.

The Economy Room, which is in the toilet.

The Iraq War Room. After you complete your first tour, they make you to go back for a second, third, fourth, and sometimes fifth tour.

The Dick Cheney Room, in the famous undisclosed location, complete with shotgun gallery.

The Environmental Conservation Room, still empty, but very warm.

The Supreme Court Gift Shop, where you can buy an election.

The Decider Room complete with dart board, magic 8-ball, Ouija board , dice, coins, and straws.

Additionally, the museum will have an electron microscope to help you locate the President's accomplishments.��(and possibly, with luck, his brain )

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The George Bush Resume

Help this Man Find a Job
This individual seeks an executive position. He will
be available in January 2009, and is willing to relocate.
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue , Washington , DC 20520
Law Enforcement:
I was arrested in Kennebunkport , Maine , in 1976
for driving under the influence of alcohol. I pled guilty, paid a
fine, and had my driver's license suspended for 30 days. My Texas
driving record has been "lost" and is not available.
I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL.
I refused to take a drug test or answer any questions about my drug
use. By joining the Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat
duty in Vietnam
I graduated from Yale University with a low C average. I was a cheerleader.
I ran for U.S. Congress and lost. I began my career
in the oil business in Midland , Texas , in 1975. I bought an
oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas The company went
bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock. I bought the Texas
Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money.
With the help of my father and our friends in the oil industry
(including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was elected Governor of Texas.
I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and
oil companies, making Texas the most polluted state in the Union
During my tenure, Houston replaced Los Angeles as
the most smog-ridden city in America
I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the
tune of billions in borrowed money.
I set the record for the most executions by any
governor in American history.
With the help of my brother, the governor of Florida,
and my father's appointments to the Supreme Court, I became
President after losing by over 500,000 votes.
I am the first President in U.S. history to enter
office with a criminal record.
I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion
dollars per week.
I spent the U.S. surplus and effectively bankrupted
the U.S. Treasury.
I shattered the record for the largest annual
deficit in U.S. history.
I set an economic record for most private
bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.
I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a
12-month period.
I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in
the history of the U.S. stock market. In my first
year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their
jobs and that trend continues every month.
I'm proud that the members of my cabinet are the
richest of any administration in U.S. history. My "poorest
millionaire," Condoleeza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.
I set the record for most campaign fund-raising
trips by a U.S. President.
I am the all-time U.S. and world record-holder for
receiving the most corporate campaign donations.
My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of
my best friends, Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporate
bankruptcy fraud in U.S. History, Enron.
My political party used Enron private jets and
corporate attorneys to assure my success with the
U.S. Supreme Court during my election decision.
I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton
against investigation or prosecution. More time and money
was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has
been spent investigating one of the biggest corporate rip-offs
in history. I presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S.
history and refused to intervene when corruption involving the
oil industry was revealed.
Three times more money was spent on my second
inauguration parties than was spent to investigate the disaster of 9/11.
I presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S.
I changed the U.S. policy to allow convicted
criminals to be awarded government contracts.
I appointed more convicted criminals to
administration than any President in U.S. history.
I created the Ministry of Homeland Security, the
largest bureaucracy in the history of the United
States government.
I've broken more international treaties than any
President in U.S. history.
I am the first President in U.S. history to have the
United Nations remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission.
I withdrew the U.S. from the World Court of Law.
I refused to allow inspector's access to U.S.
"prisoners of war" detainees and thereby have
refused to abide by the Geneva Convention.
I am the first President in history to refuse United
Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 U.S. election).
I set the record for fewest numbers of press
conferences of any President since the advent of television.
I set the all-time record for most days on vacation
in any one- year period. After taking off the entire
month of August, I presided over the worst
security failure in U.S. history.
I garnered the most sympathy ever for the U.S. after
the World Trade Center attacks and less than a year later made the
U.S. the most hated country in the world, the largest failure of
diplomacy in world history.
I have set the all-time record for most people
worldwide to simultaneously protest me in public venues (15
million people), shattering the record for protests against any
person in the history of mankind.
I am the first President in U.S. history to order an
unprovoked, pre-emptive attack and the military occupation of a
sovereign nation. I did so against the will of the United Nations, the
majority of U.S. citizens, and the world community.
I have cut health care benefits for war veterans and
support a cut in duty benefits for active duty troops and their
families in wartime.
In my State of the Union Address, I lied about our reasons for
attacking Iraq and then blamed the lies on our British friends.
I am the first President in history to have a majority of Europeans
(71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and
I am supporting development of a nuclear "Tactical Bunker Buster," a WMD.
I have so far failed to fulfill my pledge to bring
Osama Bin Laden to justice. [he is probably dead, anyway...]
All records of my tenure as governor of Texas are
now in my father's library, sealed and unavailable for public view.
All records of SEC investigations into my insider
trading and my bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and
unavailable for public view.
All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my
Vice-President, attended regarding public energy policy are sealed
in secrecy and unavailable for public review
After reading this, I was so depressed I decided to
call the Mental Health Hot line.
I discovered they had outsourced their service to a
call center in Pakistan. When I told the guy who answered
that I was considering suicide, he got
all excited and asked if I could drive a truck.

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Impeach Bush, Impeach Cheney

Why I Believe Bush Must Go
Nixon Was Bad. These Guys Are Worse.

By George McGovern
Sunday, January 6, 2008; B01

As we enter the eighth year of the Bush-Cheney administration, I have belatedly and painfully concluded that the only honorable course for me is to urge the impeachment of the president and the vice president.

After the 1972 presidential election, I stood clear of calls to impeach President Richard M. Nixon for his misconduct during the campaign. I thought that my joining the impeachment effort would be seen as an expression of personal vengeance toward the president who had defeated me.

Today I have made a different choice.

Of course, there seems to be little bipartisan support for impeachment. The political scene is marked by narrow and sometimes superficial partisanship, especially among Republicans, and a lack of courage and statesmanship on the part of too many Democratic politicians. So the chances of a bipartisan impeachment and conviction are not promising.

But what are the facts?

Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses. They have repeatedly violated the Constitution. They have transgressed national and international law. They have lied to the American people time after time. Their conduct and their barbaric policies have reduced our beloved country to a historic low in the eyes of people around the world. These are truly "high crimes and misdemeanors," to use the constitutional standard.

From the beginning, the Bush-Cheney team's assumption of power was the product of questionable elections that probably should have been officially challenged -- perhaps even by a congressional investigation.

In a more fundamental sense, American democracy has been derailed throughout the Bush-Cheney regime. The dominant commitment of the administration has been a murderous, illegal, nonsensical war against Iraq. That irresponsible venture has killed almost 4,000 Americans, left many times that number mentally or physically crippled, claimed the lives of an estimated 600,000 Iraqis (according to a careful October 2006 study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) and laid waste their country. The financial cost to the United States is now $250 million a day and is expected to exceed a total of $1 trillion, most of which we have borrowed from the Chinese and others as our national debt has now climbed above $9 trillion -- by far the highest in our national history.

All of this has been done without the declaration of war from Congress that the Constitution clearly requires, in defiance of the U.N. Charter and in violation of international law. This reckless disregard for life and property, as well as constitutional law, has been accompanied by the abuse of prisoners, including systematic torture, in direct violation of the Geneva Conventions of 1949.

I have not been heavily involved in singing the praises of the Nixon administration. But the case for impeaching Bush and Cheney is far stronger than was the case against Nixon and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew after the 1972 election. The nation would be much more secure and productive under a Nixon presidency than with Bush. Indeed, has any administration in our national history been so damaging as the Bush-Cheney era?

How could a once-admired, great nation fall into such a quagmire of killing, immorality and lawlessness?

It happened in part because the Bush-Cheney team repeatedly deceived Congress, the press and the public into believing that Saddam Hussein had nuclear arms and other horrifying banned weapons that were an "imminent threat" to the United States. The administration also led the public to believe that Iraq was involved in the 9/11 attacks -- another blatant falsehood. Many times in recent years, I have recalled Jefferson's observation: "Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just."

The basic strategy of the administration has been to encourage a climate of fear, letting it exploit the 2001 al-Qaeda attacks not only to justify the invasion of Iraq but also to excuse such dangerous misbehavior as the illegal tapping of our telephones by government agents. The same fear-mongering has led government spokesmen and cooperative members of the press to imply that we are at war with the entire Arab and Muslim world -- more than a billion people.

Another shocking perversion has been the shipping of prisoners scooped off the streets of Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and other countries without benefit of our time-tested laws of habeas corpus.

Although the president was advised by the intelligence agencies last August that Iran had no program to develop nuclear weapons, he continued to lie to the country and the world. This is the same strategy of deception that brought us into war in the Arabian Desert and could lead us into an unjustified invasion of Iran. I can say with some professional knowledge and experience that if Bush invades yet another Muslim oil state, it would mark the end of U.S. influence in the crucial Middle East for decades.

Ironically, while Bush and Cheney made counterterrorism the battle cry of their administration, their policies -- especially the war in Iraq -- have increased the terrorist threat and reduced the security of the United States. Consider the difference between the policies of the first President Bush and those of his son. When the Iraqi army marched into Kuwait in August 1990, President George H.W. Bush gathered the support of the entire world, including the United Nations, the European Union and most of the Arab League, to quickly expel Iraqi forces from Kuwait. The Saudis and Japanese paid most of the cost. Instead of getting bogged down in a costly occupation, the administration established a policy of containing the Baathist regime with international arms inspectors, no-fly zones and economic sanctions. Iraq was left as a stable country with little or no capacity to threaten others.

Today, after five years of clumsy, mistaken policies and U.S. military occupation, Iraq has become a breeding ground of terrorism and bloody civil strife. It is no secret that former president Bush, his secretary of state, James A. Baker III, and his national security adviser, Gen. Brent Scowcroft, all opposed the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq.

In addition to the shocking breakdown of presidential legal and moral responsibility, there is the scandalous neglect and mishandling of the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe. The veteran CNN commentator Jack Cafferty condenses it to a sentence: "I have never ever seen anything as badly bungled and poorly handled as this situation in New Orleans." Any impeachment proceeding must include a careful and critical look at the collapse of presidential leadership in response to perhaps the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

Impeachment is unlikely, of course. But we must still urge Congress to act. Impeachment, quite simply, is the procedure written into the Constitution to deal with presidents who violate the Constitution and the laws of the land. It is also a way to signal to the American people and the world that some of us feel strongly enough about the present drift of our country to support the impeachment of the false prophets who have led us astray. This, I believe, is the rightful course for an American patriot.

As former representative Elizabeth Holtzman, who played a key role in the Nixon impeachment proceedings, wrote two years ago, "it wasn't until the most recent revelations that President Bush directed the wiretapping of hundreds, possibly thousands, of Americans, in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) -- and argued that, as Commander in Chief, he had the right in the interests of national security to override our country's laws -- that I felt the same sinking feeling in my stomach as I did during Watergate. . . . A President, any President, who maintains that he is above the law -- and repeatedly violates the law -- thereby commits high crimes and misdemeanors."

I believe we have a chance to heal the wounds the nation has suffered in the opening decade of the 21st century. This recovery may take a generation and will depend on the election of a series of rational presidents and Congresses. At age 85, I won't be around to witness the completion of the difficult rebuilding of our sorely damaged country, but I'd like to hold on long enough to see the healing begin.

There has never been a day in my adult life when I would not have sacrificed that life to save the United States from genuine danger, such as the ones we faced when I served as a bomber pilot in World War II. We must be a great nation because from time to time, we make gigantic blunders, but so far, we have survived and recovered.

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Friday, January 04, 2008

Spears Alba Hilton Lost Test NSA Terror watch Test CIA FBI Fighting Who 9/11 United Way Test Grateful Dead versus Bob Dylan versus jokester Rumsfeld

Rumsfeld spoke to the spooks in such a way that, like Powell, they sought solice in many escapist features of Powerpoint as Cheney goosed his heart beat and stepped over the fetally curled and thumb sucking president. New York Times timed all to coincide with power elite powerpointed presentation tools to Washington Post's babelocracy.
Do they read what it says or do they just color code everything that is sustainably colorful in the sense that color is color and therefore color is colorful except when color isn't colorful in which case colorful isn't color and therefore isn't colorful enough. And let's not get started on colour and its ilk.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Iconic Image of Social Networks

How many ways do I love you , , , I mean virtually , , , that is . . .

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