• lefttown commented on the diary post MH 17 – President Obama Lies by Omission by Synoia.

    2014-07-19 09:44:25View | Delete

    We’ll know in the next couple of days, and the information will come from Russia. Here’s Pepe Escobar:

    From now on, it all depends on Russian intelligence. They have been surveilling/tracking everything that happens in Ukraine 24/7. In the next 72 hours, after poring over a lot of tracking data, using telemetry, radar and satellite tracking, [...]

  • lefttown commented on the blog post Civilian Aircraft Shot Down In Ukraine War Zone

    2014-07-18 14:49:29View | Delete

    I’m truly on the fence that this incident deliberately *targeted* Malaysia, but of course, anything is possible.

    I feel the same way, but there’s this little voice in the back of my mind saying: “U.S.-supported Kiev junta government and Israel stand to gain from a downed airliner.” I wouldn’t put it pass them at all. The death of unipolar capitalism is going to take some strange and nasty turns, I think.

  • lefttown commented on the blog post Civilian Aircraft Shot Down In Ukraine War Zone

    2014-07-18 12:42:41View | Delete

    This is the second Malaysian jet liner lost in a few months. The odds that two large passenger airlines from the same country would be lost in such a short period are very low indee

    True. I read that Malaysia is straddling the fence between the East and the West. Here’s what Tony Gosling has written in the opinion section at RT:

    is it really pure coincidence that both this and the March ‘disappearance’ of MH370 have been with unfortunate Malaysian jets? Neither appears to have been an ‘accident’, so could both be acts of aggression, acts of war against Malaysia? If so why, and by whom?

    Malaysia is a genuinely independent nation torn between East and West. Like Ukraine and so many other medium-sized independent countries, Malaysia is finding it very difficult to stay independent.

    http://rt.com/op-edge/173788-malaysian-plane-crash-ukraine/

    Food for thought.

  • lefttown commented on the blog post Civilian Aircraft Shot Down In Ukraine War Zone

    2014-07-18 09:38:38View | Delete

    Never let a good crisis go to waste!

    Ain’t it the truth….Hey, they’re following Rahm’s advice!

  • lefttown commented on the blog post Civilian Aircraft Shot Down In Ukraine War Zone

    2014-07-18 09:18:18View | Delete

    I think we have to ask “who benefits?” whenever anything major happens in this world today. All U.S. and European leaders care about is making more and more money and accruing more and more power.

  • lefttown commented on the blog post Civilian Aircraft Shot Down In Ukraine War Zone

    2014-07-18 09:04:41View | Delete

    The Novorussians don’t have the means to down a commercial airliner flying at 33,000 feet. However, the Ukrainian BUK radar was operational at the time the Malaysian plane was shot down.
    You might perhaps want to stand back and reassess your view.
    @20, you wrote that that it’s the Ukrainian “separatists” who are at fault (or maybe Russia, you say).
    @26, you wrote that your money is on the “separatists.”
    Then @29 you wrote: “It was an accident.”
    Now want everyone to get past the “conspiracy theories,” shortly after you gave us your view that the Novorussians or Russia were responsible.
    It maybe time for you to pull your thoughts together.

  • lefttown commented on the blog post Civilian Aircraft Shot Down In Ukraine War Zone

    2014-07-18 08:43:59View | Delete

    I’m sorry, jedimsnbcko19. My comment @9 was in reply to your comment on Hillary.

  • lefttown commented on the blog post Civilian Aircraft Shot Down In Ukraine War Zone

    2014-07-18 08:27:36View | Delete

    it’s up to European countries to get tough on Russian President Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton said hours after the tragedy.

    First European leaders tell the U.S. they aren’t going along with U.S.-imposed sanctions. Next comes the crash, and that horrible opportunist Hillary tells Europe they have to get tough on Russia. What a terible president she’d make!
    Personally, I think the junta in Kiev, abetted by the U.S., is responsible, and there are many possible reasons why they did this horrible thing: the proximity of Putin’s plane to the shoot-down raises suspicion, and the timing–a day after he signed with China and other countries an agreement for the creation of a BRICS World Development Bank. I would never put it past Obama and his advisors, not after what happened to Gaddafi when he dared to cross the U.S.
    Also, it’s highly suspicious that Israel took advantage of the shoot-down and ordered a ground invasion in Gaza. How convenient that everyone was focused on the plane.
    Third, the Ukrainian military was surrounded and losing. Great time for a ceasefire. The Ukies have a time-out to gather U.S.-supported strength.
    So many reasons for Kiev, Israel, and the U.S. to shoot down the plane. Absolutely no reason for Russia or the Novorussian forces to do so.

  • conversation touching on art, architecture and literature…

    I can just imagine. Obama and his buddies must be real intellectuals when it comes to art, architecture, and literature. More than likely, they discussed “the art of claymation,” the architecture of straw versus brick in “The Three Little Pigs,” and the plot and theme of “The Captive Princess [...]

  • lefttown commented on the blog post A few people finally look at themselves in the mirror

    2014-07-17 07:21:11View | Delete

    Apparently there’s just enough shame on both sides…

    “Both sides,” my a**.

  • lefttown commented on the blog post You stay classy!

    2014-07-16 07:43:32View | Delete

    Too many people are too quick to place blame on regular citizens for the crimes of the few. The 1% and the political opportunists did this. “We” didn’t make it impossible for those to our south to make a living. Place the blame squarely in the laps of the people who planned and carried out the crimes in our names.
    Why is it so enticing to accuse everyone for the crimes of the privileged few? Don’t the “elites” have enough privileges? Do you also want to bear the blame for their crimes? They’re quite happy to have you do that.
    If you want to share the shame of what is happening with the 1%, then go ahead and place the blame on yourself. Quit including others in your guilt trip. I prefer to place it on the people who actually deserve the world’s hatred and scorn.

  • lefttown commented on the blog post As Israel’s Attacks On Gaza Intensify US Role Questioned

    2014-07-14 09:56:27View | Delete

    I read somewhere that all wars are energy wars. I think your buddy is right.

  • lefttown commented on the blog post As Israel’s Attacks On Gaza Intensify US Role Questioned

    2014-07-14 09:09:50View | Delete

    Israel wants to perpetuate this war so they can claim more lands.

    And more gas fields:

    It’s easy to forget that at the time of Israel’s previous invasion of Gaza – Operation Cast Lead – gas fields in Palestine were outright confiscated by Israel.

    Then there is the Bigger Picture – 122 trillion cubic feet of gas plus the potential 1.6 billion barrels of oil in the Levant Basin spread over the territorial waters of Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus and – of course – Gaza. These waters are as incandescently disputed as rocks and shoals in the South China Sea. Needless to say, Tel Aviv wants it all.

    http://rt.com/op-edge/172524-bibi-punishing-gaza-ethnic-cleansing/

  • lefttown commented on the blog post As Israel’s Attacks On Gaza Intensify US Role Questioned

    2014-07-14 08:16:27View | Delete

    Why must we see only the bad behavior of only one side?

    You’re kidding, right? In case you aren’t…well, let’s see:

    1. Israel has killed 167 people, mostly women and children. An Israeli asshole bragged that Gaza was being bombed every 41/2 minutes.
    2. Zero deaths in Israel.
    3. $100,000 Iron Dome missile interceptors to repel homemade rockets costing less than $1,000.

    And the numbers don’t begin to show the horror visited upon Palestinians trapped inside the open-air concentration camp that Israel has perpetrated. For the Zionists, it’s like (excuse the expression) shooting fish in a barrel.

    Talk about false equivalency.

  • It involves a lot more than the government opening up its checkbook. Our resources are scarce–water in particular comes to mind–and as climate change accelerates, there will be more problems. You’re very generous (with everyone’s share, I might add), but you have to think with more than your heart: if Russia, China, the BRICS countries–and eventually the EU–drop the dollar, the little we have will be worth even less. So please don’t tell me

    As for the plight of working people in this country, that is a totally unrelated matter. Our economic plight is entirely due to said austerity meme

    See Paul Craig Roberts’ take on our economy:

    How far down will US living standards fall for the 99% in order that the 1% can become ever more mega-rich while Washington wastes our diminishing substance exercising hegemony over the world?

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/07/07/virtual-economys-phantom-job-gains-based-statistical-fraud-paul-craig-roberts/

    We do have to think long term, not like the oafs in Washington.

  • Should we just continue the status quo with 10s of thousands showing up from various parts of the world?

    Well, see, psalongo, many people are so very generous with our slowly diminishing resources: capitalists, vote-hungry politicians, and Democratic Party liberals mostly come to mind. They all seem to be able to afford it, unlike working men and women scrambling for jobs and maybe a little bit of a safety net in this country.

  • I wish people would stop being so tribal. One party is not superior to another. Not anymore.

  • Bread and Circuses (FYI, polls like this are the “Circus” part; the Bread part has been cut due to “austerity”).

  • has anyone bothered to ask the Iraqi people what they want?

    When it comes to Kurdistan, it seems they mainly bother to ask the U.S. and Israel:

    What Big Oil in the US – and also Israel – sees, most of all, is the mirage of a Western-friendly major oil exporter in the long run. That’s why Balkanization sounds so juicy. This has nothing to do with the welfare of the historically wronged Kurdish people. It’s hardcore business. And yet another Divide and Rule power play. Expect plenty of hardcore moves ahead.

    http://rt.com/op-edge/169672-israel-kurdistan-conflict/

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