Archive for May, 2011

We Are All Invaders

Posted in Uncategorized on May 28, 2011 by Jay Howard

… some more than others. But we have all invaded this earth without permission. We are forced into existence. Some cope better than others. Some have the guilt of existence. Others justify and rationalize themselves fully.

Black Budget: Can What We Don’t Know Kill Us?

Posted in Uncategorized on May 26, 2011 by Jay Howard

Christopher Weir of the blog Metroactive.com puts it,

The black budget operates without constitutional authority or broad congressional oversight and is a hive of absurdly speculative and astonishingly expensive hallucinations, including the notion of ‘winning’ a full-tilt, six-month nuclear war synchronized by a satellite network that charts the progress of the apocalypse. It is also the nerve center that allows us to sleep relatively peacefully in an unstable world increasingly plagued by the threats of nuclear and chemical terrorism. The black budget is, indeed, the good, the bad and the ugly of postmodern militarism.”

How much “good” has come of it compared to the “bad and ugly”?

Apparently, it’s unavoidable that the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK was not primarily destroyed by the truck bomb driven by Tim McVeigh. But this is not common knowledge by a long shot. Fortunately, there’s this new thing called the Internet. (It’s like a series of tubes.) So a Brigadier General from VA was inclined to write an explanation of how 4800 lbs of ammonium nitrate in a parked truck could not have caused the damage that occurred. The general put all his information out there for anyone to contact him–(I haven’t tried yet).

Bomb Damage Analysis Of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
July 30, 1995
by Benton K. Partin
Brigadier Gen. USAF (Ret.)
8908 Captains Row, Alexandria, Virginia 22308
703-780-7652

Gen. Partin wrote a quick paper about bomb blast radii and how the building wreckage was demonstrative of pre-planted explosives within the concrete structures. Having absolutely no experience with explosives or blast radii or demolition, I cannot speak to the quality of his work. But at the core of his explanation are a few unavoidable facts:
“…blast through air is a very inefficient energy coupling mechanism against heavily reinforced concrete beams and columns.”

and

“blast damage potential initially falls off more rapidly than an inverse function of the distance cubed. That is why in conventional weapons development, one seeks accuracy over yield for hard targets. That is also why in the World Trade Center bombing (where the only source of blast damage was a truck bomb) the column in the middle of the bombed-out cavity was relatively untouched, although reinforced concrete floors were completely stripped away for several floors above and below the point of the bomb’s detonation (see Time Magazine, 3-8-93, page 35).”

So, he concludes,

“heavily reinforced concrete structures can be destroyed effectively through detonation of explosives in contact with the reinforced concrete beams and columns. For example, the entire building remains in Oklahoma City were collapsed with 100-plus relatively small charges inserted into drilled holes in the columns. The total weight of all charges was on the order of 200 pounds.”

Ok. So that all seems fairly straight forward. Why have I never heard this before? Is he bullshitting us? Why would he? Why would anyone put all their information out there (much less a Brigadier General) and tell us that there’s no way we got the real story about the OK City bombing? What would be the point? Unless it was true.

But Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols were the lone bombmen. I guess they got into the building days or weeks before, drilled holes into the concrete columns and planted about 200 lbs of RDX, then wired them all together and hooked them to a radio operated detonation control box–which, of course, was activated simultaneously with the truck bomb.

Given the missing video evidence, (as FBI officials finally handed over the 4 surveillance tapes of the various cameras in the vicinity that had eyes on the Murrah destruction, Jesse Trentadue discovered all the tapes had the period before 9:02 missing for various technical reasons), it is clear that the pre-planted, interior explosives were either detonated first, or originated from the building regardless of sequence.  So here we have good reason to believe the truck was designed to look like the sole source of massive destruction, while the pre-planted explosives did the real damage.

At any rate, they didn’t catch everyone involved.  That’s a big deal in and of itself, but the history of quasi-military activity surrounding “terrorist” bomb plots seems to get lost in all mainstream explanations of this event and many others.

So, is it conceivable that black budget items support programs to carry out purposeful killing of American civilians?  Why would there be a project like that?  Well, yea, there’s the false flag angle, but OK City?  WTF?  That doesn’t make sense either.  What information is missing?  Was this a test run for false flag operations?

The Gilded Age of American Cleptocracy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2011 by Jay Howard

We are in flux.  As a nation, we are transitioning from the unqualified leading economic force on the planet to a nation living beyond its means, past its prime, giving way to a new global pecking order.  Many reports predict the leaders of the new global order to include China and India leading the way for Asia as well as with Brazil and Russia.  Together, these nations are predicted to match the original G7 GDP.

The post-WWII consolidation of the publicly subsidized military technology cycle begot both the greatest economic surge in human history and the fastest concentration of wealth.  The world that our parents grew up in, in which American-Soviet relations defined our identity and which resulted in the complete militarization of the planet and the atmosphere, has left in its wake an economic system struggling to realign itself.  Forces at the heart of the political system have long since combined the aims of national security with Wall Street profitability to a detrimental effect for the majority of Americans.  There is no change in sight.

1945 saw the peak tax rate of the highest income earners at 66.4% and it has since been on the decline.  And as expected, this high tax rate fell in relation to our national debt.  That is, until 1981, and the advent of “Reaganomics” when the word “trillion” found its way into the national discourse.

Compared with the 1950’s, as a percentage of total federal tax revenue, corporate taxes generated about 27%, with income tax and payroll taxes reeling in 39% and 11% respectively.  Income tax figures have remained relatively stable over this time, but payroll taxes have steadily filled in the gap left by the ever-dwindling corporate tax, with a sharp, reciprocal curve over the past 8 years.  This leaves corporate taxes at their lowest contribution to federal revenues (less than 10%) and, consequently, payroll taxes at their highest contribution level in US history (over 40%).

What is most disconcerting is the concentration of wealth over the last decade: from 2001-2011.  This period demonstrates a ludicrous concentration of wealth for the top-earning 1% of Americans (about 300,000 people or approximately 75K families).  The same period shows the other 90% of Americans with steady or decreasing real income compared to inflation.

It’s no mystery that our involvement in two public wars overseas has much to do with this vast accumulation of wealth, and it’s also not a surprise that the catalyst for these wars and the subsequent attack of civil liberties directly resulted from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  (Damn, I’m starting to sound like Guliani.)

What may come as a surprise is the sheer audacity of the cleptocracy–both civil and governmental as well as in the shifting boundaries between the private and public spheres.  The engines of political campaigns are becoming perpetual motion machines.  Their messages confining the boundaries of political thought–defining acceptable discourse.  These refinements of message represent a sharpening of control over public opinion.  As chart after chart demonstrates, the trend is undeniable in real terms, in inflation-adjusted terms, in terms of happiness and quality of life indices, and just about every conceivable metric, the rich are getting exceedingly rich at the expense of the rest of the population.

Knowing this, it’s easy to understand class resentment, I mean how many Bugattis does one guy need to own?  How many mansions is too many?  And it’s right at this point that it surfaces: I can’t blame these  people for being good at playing the game–or being born into a platinum palace.  Everyone plays as hard and smart as they can.  Everyone takes their opportunity.  Everyone has a price.  Who says I wouldn’t want one beater Maserati for the weekdays and a nice one for the weekends?  My imagination can’t even grasp the kind of wealth that’s being leveraged at this moment.  But it’s being wielded by an increasingly shrinking population.  The problem is that the financial parasites on Wall Street don’t care if they kill the host.  It makes for a short life-cycle of both the host and the parasite–unless that parasite makes Croesus look like a person of walmart.  In which case it will turn the host into a food machine–it farms us.  We are their chattel.

Consider what Mother Jones contributor, Andy Kroll unearthed in his rather concise article on income inequality:

…the number of Americans earning a steady income declined by 4.5 million between 2008 and 2009, and the average wage in the US dipped by 1.2%, to $39,055. On the other hand, the average wage among Americans earning more than $50 million per year was $91 million in 2008 and $84 million in 2009.

My emphasis.  I chalk it up to my rather modest upbringing that this is one of those statistics that takes some real concentration to grasp.  It seems common sense that the average wage among Americans earning more than $50 million per year would be about $51 or $52 million per year, but no.  Not even close.  The average wage of those earning more than $50 million/year was $91 million in ’08 and $84 million in ’09.  That bears repeating because it is so vastly outside the realm of any scale most people are familiar with.

What are these people doing that’s so profitable?