Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

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All sorts of weird tidbits in the news to comment on today. So rather than write on some single topic, I’ll rant about several topics. That way no one gets left out. See, democracy still works!

Iran’s Missiles. Nothing much to say here. If one corners an animal, it’s going to hiss and spit and try to look scary. Trying to claim that Iran’s missile tests are “proof” of anything other than Iran’s determination to defend itself is silly, but many Americans fall for sillier stuff all the time. Israel and the USA outgun Iran by a factor of thousands to one, we have invaded and occupied two countries bordering Iran, and have strong-armed the UN into punishing Iran for doing what they have a legal right to do as a sovereign nation. Not to mention American battle fleets armed with hundreds of nuclear weapons are cruising within sight of Iran’s coast. Really now, who is threatening who? The idea that Iran is any sort of “threat” to the USA or Israel is beyond ludicrous, we are the ones threatening Iran, not vice versa.

Columbian hostages, ransom paid? Turns out the daring raid to free the hostages just in time for McCain’s visit to Columbia might not have been as daring and clever as reported. Millions of dollars may have been paid to FARC officials. There’s also reports that USA troops were present near the rescue site as a “precaution.” In Hollywood movies, USA troops can run around shooting people wherever they want. In real life American troops aiding Latin American despots is why they hate us. In any event, this is more and more looking like a campaign stunt for McCain by the Bush administration, paid for with our tax dollars. In fact the amount of money we have spent arming countries like Columbia is absurd, and not really in our best interests.

Obama. I hate to say it, but Obama is turning into entirely the sort of wolf-in-liberal-clothes that I suspected all along. Some of his recent statements have been more extreme than McCain’s for God’s sake. In almost every respect he appears to be “moving toward the middle” which is media speak for abandoning any pretencions of liberalism and joining the hog’s wallow that is Washington. He’s not of course becoming conservative, the real conservatives have been just as sidelined and disenfranchised as the liberals by the Neocon madness run amok in Washington. Oh well, my prediction of “President McCain” seems more likely than ever. I’m going to really hate myself if I called this election right.

In another case of “things are not what they seem” a famous statue in Rome depicting a she-wolf nursing Romulus and Remus (the founders of Rome) has turned out to be a 13th century work, and not a 5th century BC Etruscan work as was recently widely believed. Well, poot. Is nothing sacred? In fact, things are not as they seem appears to be the theme of the above stories. Hell, it’s a theme of Doug’s Darkworld. I may not know what the hell is going on, but I do know that almost everything politicians and the western mainstream media says is lies or propaganda. While millions of Americans fall for the comic book version of events spooned out to them, I still wonder, do some of our leaders buy these fairy tales? Scary thought.

Finally, in Japan a man has apparently died of overwork. Twenty hours of overtime a week. That would kill me pretty quick, at least at my age. Overwork has only been listed as a cause of death in Japan for a few years, but it makes sense to me. I know the Calvinist types will say “Well, he chose to work overtime, didn’t he?” Which is a false argument because while it’s easy to say, the reality might be much different. I hurt myself badly working on a corporate job once, the pressures of losing your job may outweigh the risks, and who thinks they are going to drop dead of overwork anyhow? Still, more proof of the adage that “no one ever lays on their death bed wishing they had spent more time in the office.”

And with that adage in mind, I’m off to work. Have a great day everyone.

(The above image of the Lupa Capitolina is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit, and is a low resolution reproduction of the original. Credit and copyright: Luis Alberto Lacuna. We have a fake within a fake here now, neither the origin of the statue nor the event it depicts are historically accurate. Lies within lies. Welcome to Earth.)

Written by unitedcats

July 10, 2008 at 9:30 am

Posted in Politics, World

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  1. What I want to know is, if Rove can refuse to honor a subpoena, then can we all do the same or is he above the law? That’s the only question I have for today.

    Hannah Stevens

    July 10, 2008 at 10:50 am

  2. Iran tests missiles…hmm.

    Let’s see, the dollar, for once in almost a year shows strength. Oil prices slip almost $10 in two days.

    Iran sells a lot of oil so it “test fires” missiles knowing that the specter of war will raise tensions.

    Prices go up again. Doesn’t take much to figure out that Iran may be playing on Western fears to line its Treasury.

    Mark Lemieux

    July 10, 2008 at 6:19 pm

  3. Well, the Rove thing is shocking, but the Bush Administration has claimed it was above the law since the first plane hit the towers, so it really shouldn’t surprise anyone. Getting upset about it is like poking an old wound.

    Well, Iran’s treasury is certainly benefiting from Bush’s sabre rattling, but I think it’s a stretch to think it works the other way. The Iranian government is much more stable and long term oriented than western governments, and based on an ideology radically opposed to profiteering. I don’t think they would take such a risk simply to temporarily pump up the price of oil, they are playing a more complex game than that.

    Strange days though, no doubt. God help us all.

    unitedcats

    July 10, 2008 at 9:49 pm

  4. Doug, take a look at my post on this Obama issue. I know you’ll get the gist (and maybe a few bitter laughs along the way, as fellow Berkeley rez ) … http://tinyurl.com/6jalnj

    Zo

    July 12, 2008 at 4:15 am


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