August 3rd, 2024


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  • There is so much high level bullshit to rail against one scarcely knows where to start. When was the last time a country made a commitment and kept it past the next general election? Screw Israel and screw the Hezbollah. Screw Lebanon, screw Iraq, screw Saudi Arabia, screw Iran, screw North Korea, screw the nasty Bush oligarchy and their entire criminal conspiracy. Screw the ridiculously deluded millions of people who allow their metaphysics to cloud their reason, their religion to subvert their humanity, their own best interests to be dominated by charismatic and sexual pitches from polished marketing propagandists of all persuasions.

    Screw public relations. Screw marketing. Screw journalism and screw so called higher education, a window backwards into a medieval world so messed up that they still parade around in robes and issue credentials for thoughtfulness. Screw philosophy and philosophers of every type. Screw art and artists. Screw everyone whose pursuit makes them so special that the rest of us don’t get what they’re talking about. Screw everyone who doesn’t get what everyone else is talking about. Screw poets… strike that, the sick bastards will find some way to enjoy it and use it against you. Screw sexual politicians and screw nasty big-ass geeks who don’t know identity politics from authentication systems. Screw open source and all the open source-iacs. Screw the proprietary nonsense too. Screw everyone who doesn’t get that Sonny Bono gave us all a gift when he secured the mouse franchise for another hundred and fifty years. Screw Sonny Bono. Screw his widow too. Screw every rich and famous jerk who has a skiing accident. Screw anyone dumb enough to be both a Democrat and a flyer in light aircraft. Screw the assassins, the Mossad, the CIA, the RSVP and the rest of those degenerate assholes.

    That’s not the point. Those are some of the easy targets. The hard stuff is out there in Murry Gunty land, where there are children who will Google their dad someday and be not proud of him. The hard stuff is looking at Halley Suitt and telling her to back up, turn around, get straight and get real… look at her peers and find a better role model than Jack Welch. Telling her to write well or give it up for a while. Telling her that the CEO schtick is not that cool, that Bud’s Filling Station and Body Shop has just as big a payroll as she does, a lot heavier capitalization, and Bud doesn’t mess with the CEO shit even though he does great fender work. Telling her for god’s sake just go to North Beach and eat Italian. Don’t tart it up with cutesy-wootsy little cable car Tony Bennett bullshit.

    How many wikipedia links between Jack Welch and decimation as a practice of the ancient Roman Legions?

    August 3rd, 2024

    Well Done!

    Congratulations to Gillian Gunson and the Thunder Panties for a marvelous showing in this year’s Underwear Affair. Congratulations to everyone who contributed too. Sorry to have stiffed you, Gillian, but I’ll be a contributor next year for sure in the struggle to defeat all those cancers below the waist.

    August 3rd, 2024

    Heute Palestine and Iraq, morgen ganz der Welt

    Bulldozed crops, destroyed homes, constant threat of violence
    3 million people under the longest military occupation in modern history
    35 years of Israeli oppression
    IDF checkpoints
    miserable curfew horrible way to live life
    torture ill treatment detention without charge
    human rights violations by israeli forces
    war crimes

    That’s Palestine… what do the Israelis have in mind for Lebanon? What’s different this week in Lebanon from what has happened there since 1968? Why are media memories so short that the US and Israeli thugs are permitted one atrocity after another, in Palestine, in Iraq, in Lebanon with each vicious act reported fresh as if it wasn’t part of a mosaic of squalid oppression?

    Failed Israeli policy, impotent thrashing of a mindless brutish nation, global condemnation, their only friends Bolton and the Bush regime…

    Ten years ago…

    5. The law of state responsibility requires a state that has committed an internationally wrongful act to restore the status quo ante, if possible, or failing that, to make reparations. “The State responsible for an internationally wrongful act is under an obligation to compensate for the damage caused thereby, insofar as such damage is not made good by restitution.” Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts, art. 36, International Law Commission, Report of the International Law Commission on the Work of its Fifty-third Session , UN General Assembly, Official Records, 56th Session, Supplement No. 10, p. 43, UN Document A/56/10 (2001).

    6 A state’s obligation to make compensation when an obligation breached is ” owed to the international community as a whole.”

    7. Many official investigations of Israeli abuses found Israel guilty of extensive violations of international law, including the massacre of civilians, the illegal use of cluster bombs, and incendiary and fragmentation munitions, (phosphorous and flechette shells) as well as acts of violence directed against civilian objectives. Indeed, this very Commission made a finding in 1983 that Israel had committed genocide against hundreds of Palestinian Arabs in the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatilla in Lebanon. United Nations Commission on Human Rights Resolution 1983/3, 15 February 1983. In April 1996, the United Nations Secretary General ordered an official investigation into an incident in which Israeli gunners fired 36 rounds of proximity fused artillery into the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Headquarters and its immediate vicinity in Qana where over 800 civilians were taking refugee from massive and indiscriminate bombing of some 98 villages in southern Lebanon. 106 civilians were killed in the massacre, 52 of whom were children.

    8. Immediately after the attack on the UNIFIL base at Qana, the Secretary-General ordered an investigation to be conducted on an urgent basis. That investigation, completed 1 May 1996 stated: “while the possibility cannot be ruled out completely, the pattern of impacts in the Qana area makes it unlikely that the shelling of the United Nations compound was the result of technical and/or procedural errors.” Report of the Secretary General of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon , (UNIFIL Report) for the period 22 January 1996 to 22 July 1996 (UNIFIL 1996 Report

    9. According to UNIFIL officials, the IDF was repeatedly informed by telephone that it was shelling civilians. UNIFIL officials told the press that only one or two minutes into the barrage, they contacted Israel and informed it that its forces were shelling their base. For at least 11 to 12 minutes after the initial UNIFIL contact was made, the Israeli forces continued to fire artillery at the base despite continued frantic requests by UNIFIL to cease fire.

    10. The report by Major-General Franklin van Kappen confirms that the orders to fire came from Israeli officers of some level of seniority. Under intense political pressure, the United Nations dropped the investigation and never revealed to the public the underlying evidence and findings upon which the Van Kappen report was based. No final report on the Qana Massacre was ever published.

    11. The Qana Massacre is only one of a multitude of incidents constituting persistent and gross violations of the human rights of Lebanese civilians perpetrated by Israel. Between 1968 and 1997 the United Nations Security Council issued 25 resolutions (UNSC resolutions 262, 270, 279, 280, 285, 313, 316, 317, 332, 337, 347, 425, 427, 444, 450, 467, 498, 501, 509, 515, 517, 518, 520, 587, 1052) condemning Israeli military action and attacks on civilians in Lebanon, notwithstanding the many resolutions vetoed in the Council by the United States (e.g., 30 UNSC resolutions vetoed by the United States between September 1972 and May 1990). However, the Qana incident was one instance in which the UN possesses the evidence necessary to establish Israel’s clear legal, if not criminal, responsibility for these violations because they occurred while in the custody and under the protection of UNIFIL soldiers, on territory clearly demarcated as a United Nations base

    August 3rd, 2024


    How do we deal with matters of personal privacy when as public bloggers we are commited to honesty and transparency? Sometimes it works simply to step away from the keyboard for a while. Tom Shugart is back with further thoughts. It’s good to see you Tom!

    August 3rd, 2024

    Arianna Huffington talks like Zsa Zsa

    …and Ponzi’s got the look. See what happens when the spacebar breaks?





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