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YouTube – Risk Strategy versus Tactics Part1

The US military is supposed to have the best military minds working for it. Yet, they seem utterly incapable of understanding the concept of ‘strategy’. They mix it up with ‘tactics’. Since our politicians have no clue about war strategy, either, we end up making the same mistakes all previous empires make: trying to hold as much land as possible, using military force. I use the 1957 edition of the game ‘Risk’ to explain how this works. Continue reading

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This is the latest IMF GDP growth graph.  The redder the country, the greater the growth rate.  The green parts are the slow or no growth parts.  Note that China is the biggest ‘fast growing’ portion.  Europe and the United Kingdom parts [Canada and Australia, for example] are all very slow growing as is Japan.  The US grew its GDP but did this via growing our debts.  Notice how the graph above shows a sudden surge from a bottom that is the beginning of 2009.  Right.  Also, the lines of the chart are, blue is the BRIC nations like China and India, grey is the world total and red is the G7 nations.  And guess what?  The differential in growth rates are supposed to remain?  In 1998, they were the same growth rate.  But even in this massive decline, are still nearly as wide apart as at the height of the credit bubble!  Not good news for us, in the US. Continue reading


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The paranoid business of the Air Force One terror photo op game gets more and more interesting as new details emerge.  For example, it turns out that the head of the Military Affairs in the White House wanted to keep this all top secret.  This has to be investigated because the entire business was totally insane.  How do you keep secret, an immense jet followed by two fighter jets, buzzing lower Manhattan and Jersey City?  The US government has gone stark, raving mad.  At least, at important junctures.

FAA Memo: Feds Knew NYC Flyover Would Cause Panic –

Federal officials knew that sending two fighter jets and Air Force One to buzz ground zero and Lady Liberty might set off nightmarish fears of a 9/11 replay, but they still ordered the photo-op kept secret from the public. 

In a memo obtained by CBS 2 HD the Federal Aviation Administration’s James Johnston said the agency was aware of “the possibility of public concern regarding DOD (Department of Defense) aircraft flying at low altitudes” in an around New York City. But they demanded total secrecy from the NYPD, the Secret Service, the FBI and even the mayor’s office and threatened federal sanctions if the secret got out….

Evidently, it was a drone deep inside of the FAA who unilaterally decided to make this air show secret. Here is Mr. Johnston’s employee information at the FAA:

Profile: James J Johnston/AWA/FAA
Functional Job Title: Manager National Capital Region Coordination Cente 
Service Unit: Operations 
Directorate: System Operations 
Routing Code: AJR-24 
Office Phone: (703) 563-3118 
Physical Address: Orville Wright Bldg. (FOB10A)
FAA National Headquarters
800 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC
Room Number:  
Desk Location:  
Mail Address: Orville Wright Bldg. (FOB10A)
FAA National Headquarters
800 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC

I’m certain Mr. Johnston is being deluged with phone calls this morning.  I tried calling his office but he is not responding.  It is baffling, why this drone persuaded other seeming adults to do something this insane and impossible.  Knowing, all along, this flight would cause mass mayhem and panic in Manhattan, he still persuaded everyone to keep this top secret????  What the hell?

The flyover — apparently ordered by the White House Office of Military Affairs so it would have souvenir photos of Air Force One with the Statue of Liberty in the background — had President Obama seeing red. He ordered a probe and apologized. 

“It was a mistake. It will never happen again,” President Obama said. 

The cost of the frivolous flight was about $60,000 an hour and that was just for Air Force One. That doesn’t include the cost of the two F-16s that came along. 

The flight by the VC-25, a modified Boeing Co. 747, and two F-16 fighter jets cost $328,835, Air Force spokeswoman Vicki Stein said. 

If some government goon were to tell me to keep something secret or they would punish me and then tell me, they were going to fly three jets, one of which is immense, very low over Manhattan at the same hour the 9/11 attacks happened, I would punch them out.  I would leave the office screaming, ‘Call the press!  I’m going on TV to tell everyone!’  Good barking grief!

Of course, since not one soul argued with this completely deranged FAA employee shows us clearly how the US military coup will happen: everyone will be told to keep it secret as jets, assassin robot flying machines, on the ground cops and paramilitary death squads roam the land, killing off anyone who might resist.

When people go to work, they are not supposed to park their brains in the parking lot.  They are supposed to do a thing we call ‘thinking’.  Since it was painfully obvious to even a three year old, that this secret mission would cease being secret at all the instant the jets flew over Manhattan, they should have told the FAA idiot to go hang.  

Instead, this is another page in the ‘paranoia chronicles’.  Is this guy someone who wanted to embarrass Obama?  Was he in cahoots with Caldera?

Louis Caldera – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Caldera, son of Mexican immigrants, Soledad and Benjamin Caldera,[1] was born on April 1, 1956 in El Paso, Texas.[3] His family left Texas for California when he was four, living briefly inpublic housing in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles before moving to the suburb of Whittier. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1978 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, then served on active duty from 1978 to 1983, mostly atFort DixNew Jersey. He went on to enroll at Harvard University and in 1987 earned both anMBA and a JD degree.

Mr. Caldera isn’t stupid. Was he the one who told the FAA guy to keep this secret?  Putting all these people under oath and getting to the bottom of this latest episode in US imperial mental health collapse is very important.  I would suggest to Obama that if he wants to regain sanity in DC, he should order no more secrecy.

That’s it!  Release all secret records from the CIA, the Pentagon, the military biowarfare labs, Homeland Security, the CDC, the FBI, everyone has to finally come clean.  We have to wash out this immense cesspool of accumulated secrets.  Starting with ‘Operation Paperclip’ from WWII which is still secret because it shows the US being complicit in crimes even while building a case for the Nüremberg Trials.

Caldera approved this secret/public mission and should be fired for wasting taxpayer money.  Johnston of the FAA should be fired and put in jail for endangering the public after he threatened everyone with dire consequences if they did the sane thing, that is, inform the public.

But above all, Obama MUST make a speech about how secrets are bad things and dark things grow in secret gardens and his own life depends on shedding light on these secrets, many of which are actually crimes!  There are lots and lots of crimes that have been covered over with the mantle of secrecy.  It doesn’t surprise me that so many people suffer from paranoia due to the obvious fact that we have to be paranoid since we live in a false system.

The fact that the military scheduled this ‘secret’ flight to exactly coincide with the hour the WTC was attacked is very significant.  I suppose, they will blubber about how this was pure accident.  But it is not.  It betrays secret thoughts and secret desires.  The hidden malice in the entire affair is most astonishing.  

The FAA is very concerned about its public image.  I remember 9/11. The FAA sat on its secretive ass during the entire attack.  So did the Pentagon.  And here we are, seeing the exact same people, pulling this nasty, ugly little stunt!  Arrest them all.





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While everyone is finger pointing at everything under the sun, trying to evade responsibility for causing the entire planet’s financial systems collapse, we can plainly see that there is a deeper and more distressing melt down underway: the end of the US control of world currency and world trade.  Like all previous empires, ours is collecting debt relentlessly and thoughtlessly.  And extending these roll-over debts into longer and longer bonds which is why we have opted for a zero-interest rate regime.  Which means, we are committed to a very long depression. Continue reading

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The deification of various hot-shot financial wizards is now coming to an end.  The very last ones, the Perot clan, Warren Buffett, the Donald Trumps of the high-flying super-rich are all going into the dustbin of history.  It was very easy to be fooled by these con men.  Buffett, for example, made a huge show of PRETENDING to be against the madcap derivatives market only to see his own ship begin to sink due to this exact same market.  And Perot, the guy with the charts and graphs who seemed to know what was going on, went piratical and ended up leveraging itself straight to the doors of bankruptcy.  And Trump is going bankrupt, yet again. Continue reading

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YouTube – Swine Flu Fear

The swine flu is a viral event very similar to the 1918 Spanish flu and the 1969 Hong Kong flu. It causes the immune system of very healthy people to go haywire. The lymph glands swell and the lungs fill with fluid and this is what makes this flu so deadly. I was one of the earliest victims of the Hong Kong flu and because I was an athlete and very healthy, it nearly killed me. Continue reading

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It turns out, the epicenter of this H1N1 outbreak might possibly have been connected to a huge agribusiness pig farm in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Smithfield denies they are the cause.  We won’t know unless there is an investigation.  Corporate pig farms are one of the top industrial-animal businesses that irritate neighbors and menace communities. For example, during hurricanes and floods, the pig feces ponds can overflow and the concentrations of nutrients kills plants and spreads diseases.

As usual, it pays to visit places via satellite photos.  In this case, the epicenter of the viral contagion is in the ridge of jungle-covered mountains that run like a squeezed ridge from central Mexico to the Panama Canal.  This ridge separates the Gulf of Mexico/Atlantic Ocean systems from the great Pacific Basin waters.  It is very wet in the higher elevations due to the air rising up from the two oceans.  The satellite photos show these clouds forming as we see below:

The Associated Press: Mexico says suspected swine flu deaths now at 149

picture-37Cordova also suggested an earlier timeline for documented swine flu cases inside Mexico. The first death confirmed by the government involved a woman who succumbed from swine flu on April 13 in southern Oaxaca state. But Cordova said tests now show that a 4-year-old boy contracted the disease at least two weeks earlier neighboring Veracruz state, where a community has been protesting pollution from a large pig farm.

The farm is run by Granjas Carroll de Mexico, a joint venture 50 percent owned by Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, Inc. Spokeswoman Keira Ullrich said the company has found no clinical signs or symptoms of the presence of swine influenza in its swine herd or its employees working at its joint ventures anywhere in Mexico.

Smithfield Foods Company Information | Investor Relations | Community Involvement | Pork and Turkey Brands and Recipes


  • Our Mission:  To be a trusted, respected and ethical food industry leader that excels at bringing delicious and nutritious meat and specialty food products to millions every day while setting industry standards for corporate social responsibility.Our Core Values:  We will constantly strive:
    1. To produce safe, high-quality, nutritious food.
    2. To be an employer of choice.
    3. To advance animal welfare.
    4. To protect the environment.
    5. To have a positive impact on our communities.

As usual, there is a lot of fine, fine talk but not much fine, fine actions.  It is easy to claim, one is responsible and careful but I know from close up, when running farms, they are not hospitals. They also have to make money and with commodity prices going to the moon and then crashing, it would not surprise anyone to see corners cut.  

Besides, the problem is one of human/animal interactions.  It is hard, keeping clean, especially while cleaning hogs.  Modern hog farms use lots and lots of water which is probably why this hog farm in Mexico is high up the mountainside where there is lots of rain water that can be tapped.  

To clean the hogs in their cement bunkers, water is hosed on everything in huge amounts.  This is where the human/viral intersection probably is: the hog waste water ponds leeching into the water table.

Article –

  • U.S. meat producers Smithfield Foods (SFD, $9.08, -$1.24, -12.02%) and Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN, $9.87, -$1.06, -9.70%) fell on concerns pork sales may be blunted by the swine flu outbreak, though Smithfield said it’s found no signs or symptoms of swine flu in the company’s herd or employees at its Mexican venture. The price of hogs were tumbling in trading despite authorities rushing to reassure consumers that it is safe to eat pork.

The pork isn’t diseased at all.  It is perfectly fine.  It is the FECES that is probably diseased.  Jungles also have lots and lots of birds since it is mainly a tree environment.  We know in Africa, human/ape/monkey/bird interactions can create really dangerous viral diseases that are particularly hard on humans.

This part of Mexico is very much like the ecosystem of the Congo River Basin’s surrounding mountains.  Human carelessness while concentrating animals in small areas create biogenetic breeding grounds much beloved by some of the oddest and oldest life forms on earth, the viral community. Diverse and devious, these things have no minds or sense of will but the awe-inspiring forces of evolution work very hard within this conglomeration of strange life forms that are not living but are living at the same time, a twilight zone in the biosphere.

But local residents are convinced they were sickened by air and water contamination from pig waste.

There was a widespread outbreak of a particularly powerful respiratory disease in the area early April, and some people reported being sick as early as February. Local health workers intervened in early April, sealing off the town of La Gloria and spraying to kill off flies they said were swarming through their homes.

Pig piss and poo ponds generate flies.  Flies are the insect equivalent of viral life forms. They love being a vector for bad stuff and wittingly or unwittingly, work hard on behalf of the viral Conquistadores.

Cordova said the community was suffering from ordinary influenza — not swine flu. But only one sample was preserved — that of the boy. It was only after U.S. and Canadian epidemiologists discovered the true nature of the virus that Mexico submitted the sample for international testing, and discovered what he suffered from.

This is why there is some reasonable alarm: the H1N1 viral group is, due probably to many thousands of years of human/pig evolution in tandem, is very dangerous for us.  Horses and cows, for example, must roam free in order to breed, raise their offspring and eat.  Only in recent human history, have humans been able to feed horses and cows while confining them to barns.

The same is even more true of sheep: they also can share unpleasant diseases with us [including, er, sexual diseases] but they have very clean droppings that are small, dark balls, like deer droppings.  But pigs are another matter.  From earliest times, they had to be confined.  Pigs, in the wild, are dangerous, even escaped domestic ones revert to their ancient prototype which are, to this day, fearful hunting opponents.  Calydonian Boar for example, was considered a terrible monster.  300px-regius_-_calydonian_boar1

Medieval boar spears were the most fearsome weapons a hunter could use.  For arrows didn’t bring down the wild boar.  The spears and swords that hacked down these boars show the degree of fear they inspired.  Penned up boars become, over time, pigs.

If you fall into a pig sty, you can get killed.  When I was young and saw ‘The Wizard of Oz’, the movie had Dorothy fall into a pig sty.  Modern watchers think, the only fear was, her dress might be dirtied.  I knew, as a child, how dangerous pigs were and the fear of the other characters as they risk their lives to save Dorothy, scared me.  

Pigs are DANGEROUS.  Yet, across the planet, they are kept in pens, close at hand, fed food wastes and are then eaten.  And unlike sheep, they are very messy.  So are cows, incidentally.  But we can turn the cows loose in pastures.  Not pigs.  For they can dig and dig deep.

Oaxaca – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Population (2005)
 – Total 3,506,821 (Ranked 10th)
 – Density 37/km2 (95.8/sq mi)

The accomplishments of these civilizations included the domestication of many plants and animals including maizebeans,cacaotomatoeschili pepperssquashpumpkin, andturkeys.[citation needed] Also available in the fertile region of Oaxaca were pineapplesavocados, zapotes, and maguey. In the south, the Pacific Ocean was an important food source. The civilizations built by these groups are reflected in important archaeological sites includingMonte AlbánMitlaGuiengola and Huijatzoo. Monte Albán was a great ceremonial center built on a flattened mountain top by the Zapotec people which reached its zenith between 600 and 900 AD The ancient Zapotec village of Teotitlán del Valle near the city of Oaxaca is one of the oldest human settlements in Mexico.[citation needed]

Dense populations are the other side of the disease vector.  The population in Oaxaca is quite dense if we leave out the uninhabitable mountain areas.  This state has seen a lot of native agitation since it has one of the biggest Indian mix populations in Mexico.

Tenochtitlan fell to the Spanish in August of 1521 and with it all of the Aztec empire. The Spanish crown granted Oaxaca to the conquistador Hernan Cortes as his prize for conquering New Spain. On November 25, 1521, Francisco de Orozco arrived in the central valley to claim it in the name of Cortes. Cortes was thereby named Marques del Valle de Oaxaca. The same year, the Spanish founded settlement Segura de la Frontera, later known as Nueva Antequera, and in 1532 it was officially raised to the category of a royal city by decree of Emperor Charles V(Carlos I) with the name of Antequera de Guaxaca.

Transformation was swift in the central valley; the Spanish introduced new food and new methods of cultivation. Cortes ordered the cultivation of wheat in the Valley of Etla and the construction of mills. The Spanish cultivated sugar cane and imported silkworms. Diseases introduced by the Spanish greatly diminished the native population of Oaxaca, as did the insatiable appetite for gold, which led more and more Oaxacans into the dangerous mines.

Gold, conquest and disease: the story of the last 500 years.  Now, let’s leave Oaxaca and go look some more at the viral world:

2009 swine flu outbreak – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dr. Anne Schuchat, interim Deputy Director for CDC Science and Public Health, said that the American cases were found to be made up of genetic elements from four different flu viruses – North American swine influenza, North American avian influenza, human influenza, and swine influenza virus typically found in Asia and Europe – “an unusually mongrelised mix of genetic sequences.”[64] Pigs have been shown to act as a potential “mixing vessel” in which reassortment can occur between flu viruses of several species.[65][66] This new strain appears to be a result of reassortment of human influenza and swine influenza viruses, presumably due to superinfection in an individual human. Influenza viruses readily undergo reassortment because their genome is packaged in 8 pieces (see Orthomyxoviridae).

Director Schuchat said that the virus was resistant to amantadine and rimantadine, but susceptible to oseltamivir(Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza).[67][68][69][70]

Cytokine storm – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The cytokine storm (hypercytokinemia) is the systemic expression of a healthy and vigorous immune system resulting in the release of more than 150 inflammatory mediators (cytokines, oxygen free radicals, and coagulation factors).[citation needed] Both pro-inflammatory cytokines (such as Tumor necrosis factor-alphaInterleukin-1, and Interleukin-6) and anti-inflammatory cytokines (such as interleukin 10 and interleukin 1 receptor antagonist) are elevated in the serum of patients experiencing a cytokine storm.[citation needed]

Cytokine storms can occur in a number of infectious and non-infectious diseases including graft versus host disease (GVHD), adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), sepsisavian influenzasmallpox, and systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS).[2]

The first reference to the term cytokine storm in the published medical literature appears to be by Ferrara et al.[3] in GVHD in February 1993.

[edit]Role in pandemic deaths

It is believed that cytokine storms were responsible for many of the deaths during the 1918 influenza pandemic, which killed a disproportionate number of young adults.[1] In this case, a healthy immune system may have been a liability rather than an asset. Preliminary research results from Hong Kong also indicated this as the probable reason for many deaths during the SARS epidemic in 2003.[citation needed] Human deaths from the bird flu H5N1 usually involve cytokine storms as well.[citation needed] Recent reports of high mortality among healthy young adults in the2009 swine flu outbreak point to cytokine storms as being responsible for these deaths.[4]

The Hong Kong flu was another form of the dreaded H1N1 family of viruses.  I remember very much how my lungs filled up and struggling to breathe.  Several things: one has to drink lots and lots of something and my Chinese friends gave me lots of ginger dark tea.  I couldn’t swallow well so I got it through a straw.  Every time I was awake, I sucked down this mixture that was made with ‘royal jelly’ which is a honey extract from China that came in these tiny glass tubes.

I also recommend not sleeping lying flat but when awake, lying on the stomach with some cushions that hold the chest higher than the bed and then leaning down, chocking up the debris in the lungs.  I did this for days and days.  I knew that it bothered people so I did it mostly alone.  It was a blessing that someone would come by and clean up the bowls and sterilize the place.  Of course, changing the bedding frequently and using plastic or rubber between sheets and mattress is also highly recommended.

Needing food and unable to eat, friends would give me eggs from our chickens [we all had them] and give me the yoke, raw, with coconut juice and banana all mushed up with a blender and I would drink this with a straw, too.  Feeding people when they are in bad shape is an art form.  My Hispanic and Chinese friends were endlessly useful when it came to figuring out how to feed me, etc.  I can’t thank them all enough. 

Here is a text book about the evolution of viruses:

Biology Direct | Full text | The ancient Virus World and evolution of cells

Viruses are ubiquitous companions of cellular life forms: it appears that every cellular organism studied has its own viruses or, at least, virus-like selfish genetic elements [1]. Recent environmental studies have shown that viruses, primarily, bacteriophages, are “most abundant biological entities on the planet” [2], with the total number of virus particles exceeding the number of cells by at least an order of magnitude [3,4]. Viruses actively move between biomes and are thought to be major agents of evolution by virtue of their capacity to operate as vehicles of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) [5].

A remarkable feature of viruses is the diversity of their genetic cycles, in a sharp contrast to the uniformity of the cellular genetic cycle [69] (Fig. 1). Viruses with different genome strategies span a vast range of genome sizes (the genomes of the largest known virus, the mimivirus, and the smallest viruses, e.g., circoviruses, differ by three orders of magnitude) and show a non-uniform and non-trivial distribution among the host taxa (Fig. 1). For example, the extraordinary diversity of double-stranded (ds) DNA bacteriophages is in a stark contrast to the absence of bona fide dsDNA viruses in plants. Conversely, RNA viruses are extremely abundant and diverse in plants and animals but are currently represented by only two compact families in bacteria, and so far have not been detected in archaea (Fig. 1).


Viruses and other selfish elements: the replication strategies, genome size distribution, global ecology, and hallmark proteins. For each class of viruses and related elements, the approximate range of genome sizes is indicated (kb, kilobases). ‘+’ denotes positive strand (same polarity as mRNA) and ‘-‘ denotes negative strand. Tr, transcription; T, translation; R, replication; E, encapsidation; A, archaea; B, bacteria; F, fungi; Mz, Metazoa; P, plants; UE, unicellular eukaryotes. For each class of viruses (elements), characteristic structures of hallmark proteins and characteristic electron-microscopic images of viruses are shown. RdRp, RNA-dependent RNA polymerase; JRC, jelly-roll capsid protein; RT, reverse transcriptase; RCRE, rolling-circle replication (initiating) endonuclease. The rightmost panel shows the host range, with the size of the respective image and acronym roughly proportionate to the abundance of the given virus class in the respective taxon.


Evolution of the virus world: origin of the main lineages from the primordial gene pool. Characteristic images of RNA and protein structures are shown for each postulated stage of evolution, and characteristic virion images are shown for the emerging classes of viruses. Thin arrows show the postulated movement of genetic pools between inorganic compartments. Block arrows show the origin of different classes of viruses at different stages of pre-cellular evolution.

On top of all this, we had  major earthquake near Oaxaca, Mexico, today!

IRIS – Seismic Monitor

picture-55And an aside: the Jews are not happy about Swine Flu getting Jews sick in Israel. It has already spread there via tourists:

‘Israel must call new disease Mexico Flu, as swine unkosher’ – Haaretz – Israel News

Ultra-Orthodox Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman on Monday declared that Israel would call the new potentially deadly disease that has already struck two continents ‘Mexico Flu,’ rather than ‘Swine Flu, as pigs are not kosher. 

“We will call it Mexico flu. We won’t call it swine flu,” Litzman told a news conference on Monday, assuring the Israeli public that authorities were prepared to handle any cases. 

I don’t think the Mexicans will appreciate this.  Why not a compromise?  Call it ‘The Smithfield Flu’?





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