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USA's Middle East policy in a nutshell.

Basically arming all sides to gin-up sectarian violence, destabilizing the ME immeasurably.

And of course, we're expected to believe this has "nothing to do" with oil.

McCain: “Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar" who lavished funding to make ISIS "unstoppable"

Tell me again, why exactly does our US gov't still regard Saudi Arabia an "ally"?

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now threatening Baghdad, was funded for years by wealthy donors in Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, three U.S. allies that have dual agendas in the war on terror.

The extremist group that is threatening the existence of the Iraqi state was built and grown for years with the help of elite donors from American supposed allies in the Persian Gulf region. There, the threat of Iran, Assad, and the Sunni-Shiite sectarian war trumps the U.S. goal of stability and moderation in the region.

“Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar,” John McCain told CNN’s Candy Crowley in January 2014. “Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar, and for our Qatari friends,” the senator said once again a month later, at the Munich Security Conference.

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, once the powerful Saudi ambassador in Washington and head of Saudi intelligence until a few months ago, had a revealing and ominous conversation with the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove. Prince Bandar told him: "The time is not far off in the Middle East, Richard, when it will be literally 'God help the Shia'. More than a billion Sunnis have simply had enough of them."

The fatal moment predicted by Prince Bandar may now have come for many Shia, with Saudi Arabia playing an important role in bringing it about by supporting the anti-Shia jihad in Iraq and Syria.

The governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar are very loudly blaming the “sectarian and exclusionary policies” of Nouri al-Maliki for the violence in Iraq. They’re not wrong, but this also deflects from an issue they’d rather not discuss—the role of wealthy funders in the Gulf in helping ISIS rise to prominence.

Qatar has officially stopped giving aid to more radical groups under U.S. pressure, and Saudi Arabia has also backed off its support of the rebels, a process the culminated in the removal of spy chief and Syria point man Prince Bandar bin Sultan earlier this year, but private donations from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states—notably Kuwait—have likely continued.

Militarizating US Police is NO accident: "I can hire half the working class to kill the other half"

"Frequently attributed to RR Baron Jay Gould, in the context of strikebreaking activities during the Great Southwest Railroad Strike of 1886." http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Jay_Gould

Apparently nothing much has changed since 1886.

How much more obvious could this be? Not much IMHO. Greedy over-weened capitalists have been working pretty much openly for over a hundred years towards the gradual enslavement of We the People.

This is nothing other than highway robbery of an entire nation in broad daylight via the creeping incremental hyper-militarization of local police forces to the point of absurdity, all pointing towards the gruesome end result articulated by Mr. Gould 128 years ago -- all in service to the 1%.

This ^^ ruthless ^^ heartless ^^ strategy ^^ by our super-wealthy uber-greedy Oligarchs has not changed one whit in the last 128 years, only the means have been exponentially expanded & heightened by many technological advances in weaponry and such.

Much more here:

Is it possible to upload a pic directly from my computer to post on DU?

or does it need to be a pic hosted by Photobucket or some such website?

Thanks for any help doing this, as I'm trying to post an OP, but want to include a pic and can't remember my photobucket password.

"We are KOCH" OMFG!

On Edit: Here's link to actual ad I saw.

Just saw mind-blowing freeking commercial by and for the Koch Brothers evil corporatocracy.

a freaking shwarmy commercial, warm & fuzzy music, saying how awesome Koch Industries is, making better food, better housing, for all of us ... blah blah blah.

They are not just "coming out" as capitalist fascists, they are stampeding out, to try to turn themselves -- and fascism -- into a fucking BRAND.


This is totally nuts man.

Capt. Johnson live on CNN saying "this has to stop!"

WTF? peaceful protests have to stop?


Got LIVE LINKS to the shit that's going down in Ferguson?

My GF just took over the TV for her soaps,

Did anyone else hear that female CNN anchor say "Michael Brown was MURDERED ...

... AHH I mean killed by Ferguson police officer"??????

I would LOVE to see that 10 second clip go totally VIRAL.

Did anyone on DU see that who have ability to capture that clip and
post on YouTube?

Ferguson's burning on live TV

Holy Crap. All Hell's breaking loose in Ferguson on live TV.

This is totally nuts.

"There's no curfew but you must keep moving' (where do I find that in the First Amendment?)

"National Guard's taking over now" ... except not really, they're just pilling onto the already over-militarized situation.

The authority's seeming intent is to keep ratcheting up the intensity and abuse of people constitutional rights, and to deliberately provoke peaceful protesters to become violent.


Woo v. Science: A DU Tempest in a Teapot

About 50 years ago, I took my first LSD trip. Together with the wondrous colors, hyper aliveness of trees, clouds, people, rocks, was a new awareness that took several days to come fully into focus. Undergirding the sensory tsunami of dancing energy patterns was some new piece of important information that would profoundly change how I viewed my world. In my "new" world the jig was up, there was an inherent sense of knowing that all things are intricately and delicately connected and inter-related somehow. Spirit and matter were no longer at odds with one another, and truth could take me wherever it led without my "science v. spirit" blinders.

This new insight, simply stated, was this: That there is nothing inherently oppositional or problematic about the seeming dichotomy of "science v. spirituality", because they are ultimately one in the same thing. The endless war of words about "science v. spirituality" is nothing more than a proxy war for those at the top of their respective authority structures seeking personal/professional advantage. Truth does not oppose itself, but humans -- when possessed by greed and avarice -- have an unfortunate habit of misusing truth to abuse one another.

During the intervening 50 years, advances in the field of quantum physics and string theory have pretty much confirmed the voracity of my experience on acid: i.e. that all things are alive and somehow interconnected in ways that cannot be adequately explained with the Newtonian mechanistic worldview, that there is life-force energy permeating everything, etc.

So please forgive me if I find this "woo v. science" kerfuffle on DU 50 years later to be downright laughable.
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