Friday, January 23, 2009

Odds and Sods

Today is Friday, 23 January 2009.

In testimony before Congress this week, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that Obama and he believe China is manipulating its currency for its own advantage and the disadvantage of the USA/USE.

Well, duh!, Tiny Tim. Both Obama and you know full well that every nation in history has done what it could toward such ends. It is repugnant that Obama and you jingoistically pretend that others who do it are dastardly, while we’re on the side of the angels. No change there. You sound precisely like W. and the slimy Lou Dobbs.

The entire issue would be small potatoes had not the American ruling elite chosen to pursue a policy of borrowing hundreds of billions of dollars from China, so American consumers could gorge on cheap Chinese exports, thus lining the pockets of such as Sam Walton, Commie China’s best friend.

To reply to a reader who asked what could be done about the pro-child-rape policies of Thailand and its king, other than “scolding”: alas, not much beyond insults and propaganda. Like Indonesia, Thailand is ruled by a corrupt oligarchy, buttressed by a military which terrorizes its own people. The officer corps’ loyalty is bought by a slice of the corruption. I doubt that even a complete tourism boycott (which ain’t gonna happen) could cause sufficient economic damage to create the conditions for revolution.

On this date in 1973, Richard Nixon announced that a "peace" accord had been reached in the Indochina War. However, formal hostilities would not cease until 30 April 1975. The effects ...

Truly it is said: wars cannot be ended, only never begun.


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