Paul Craig Roberts: Iraq Invasion at 10 Years — The legacy of “the war on terror” is the death of liberty.

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Paul Craig Roberts

March 19, 2013. Ten years ago today the Bush regime invaded Iraq. It is known that the justification for the invasion was a packet of lies orchestrated by the neoconservative Bush regime in order to deceive the United Nations and the American people.

The US Secretary of State at that time, General Colin Powell, has expressed his regrets that he was used by the Bush regime to deceive the United Nations with fake intelligence that the Bush and Blair regimes knew to be fake. But the despicable presstitute media has not apologized to the American people for serving the corrupt Bush regime as its Ministry of Propaganda and Lies.

It is difficult to discern which is the most despicable, the corrupt Bush regime, the presstitutes that enabled it, or the corrupt Obama regime that refuses to prosecute the Bush regime for its unambiguous war crimes, crimes against the US Constitution, crimes against US statutory law, and crimes against humanity.

In his book, Cultures Of War, the distinguished historian John W. Dower observes that the concrete acts of war unleashed by the Japanese in the 20th century and the Bush imperial presidency in the 21st century “invite comparative analysis of outright war crimes like torture and other transgressions. Imperial Japan’s black deeds have left an indelible stain on the nation’s honor and good name, and it remains to be seen how lasting the damage to America’s reputation will be. In this regard, the Bush administration’s war planners are fortunate in having been able to evade formal and serious investigation remotely comparable to what the Allied powers pursued vis-a-vis Japan and Germany after World War II.”

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Mar 19

Paul Craig Roberts: When Truth is Suppressed Countries Die

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Paul Craig Roberts

Over a decade during which the US economy was decimated by jobs offshoring, economists and other PR shills for offshoring corporations said that the US did not need the millions of lost manufacturing jobs and should be glad that the “dirty fingernail” jobs were gone.

America, we were told, was moving upscale. Our new role in the world economy was to innovate and develop the new products that the dirty fingernail economies would produce. The money was in the innovation, they said, not in the simple task of production.

As I consistently warned, the “high-wage service economy based on imagination and ingenuity” that Harvard professor and offshoring advocate Michael Porter promised us as our reward for giving up dirty fingernail jobs was a figment of Porter’s imagination.

Over the decade I repeated myself many times: “Innovation takes place where things are made. Innovation will move abroad with the manufacturing.”

This is not what corporations or their shills such as Porter wanted to hear. Corporations were boosting their profits by getting rid of their American employees and replacing them with lowly paid foreigners. Porter’s job was to reassure the sheeple so that no outcry would materialize against the greed that was hollowing out the US economy.

Now comes a study conducted by 20 MIT professors and their graduate students that concludes on the basis of the facts that “the loss of companies that can make things will end up in the loss of research than can invent them.”

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Mar 15

Paul Craig Roberts: Huge Chavez – Challenging Imperialism

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Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His latest book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is now available.

Hugo Chavez — Challenging Imperialism

On March 5, 2013, Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela and world leader against imperialism, died. Washington imperialists and their media and think tank whores expressed gleeful sighs of relief as did the brainwashed US population. An “enemy of America” was gone.

Chavez was not an enemy of America. He was an enemy of Washington’s hegemony over other countries, an enemy of Washington’s alliance with elite ruling cliques who steal from the people they grind down and deny sustenance. He was an enemy of Washington’s injustice, of Washington’s foreign policy based on lies and military aggression, bombs and invasions.

Washington is not America. Washington is Satan’s home town.

Chavez was a friend of truth and justice, and this made him unpopular throughout the Western World where every political leader regards truth and justice as dire threats.

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Mar 12

Paul Craig Roberts: Government Lies on Unemployment — New Book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West

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Paul Craig Roberts

Phi Beta Iota:  In one sentence: unemployment is 23% (40% among recent college graduates and those well past mid-career); inflation is 9.1%.

Staring Armageddon In The Face But Hiding It With Official Lies

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US economy created 236,000 new jobs in February. If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I’ll let you have at a good price.

Where are these alleged jobs? The BLS says 48,000 were created in construction. That is possible, considering that revenue-starved real estate developers are misreading the housing situation.

Then there are 23,700 new jobs in retail trade, which is hard to believe considering the absence of consumer income growth and the empty parking lots at shopping malls.

This very readable book by a distinguished economist, Wall Street Journal editor, and Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury is a major challenge both to economic theory and to media explanations of the ongoing 21st century economic crisis. The one percent have pulled off an economic and political revolution. By offshoring manufacturing and professional service jobs, US corporations destroyed the growth of consumer income, the basis of the US economy, leaving the bulk of the population mired in debt. Deregulation was used to concentrate income and wealth in fewer hands and financial firms in corporations “too big to fail,” removing financial corporations from market discipline and forcing taxpayers in the US and Europe to cover bankster losses. Environmental destruction has accelerated as economists refuse to count the exhaustion of nature’s resources as a cost and as corporations impose the cost of their activities on the environment and on third parties who do not share in the profits. This is the book to read for those who want to understand the mistakes that are bringing the West to its knees.  Click for Amazon Page.

By offshoring manufacturing and professional service jobs, US corporations destroyed the growth of consumer income, the basis of the US economy, leaving the bulk of the population mired in debt. Deregulation was used to concentrate income and wealth in fewer hands and financial firms in corporations “too big to fail,” removing financial corporations from market discipline and forcing taxpayers in the US and Europe to cover bankster losses. Click for Amazon Page.

The real puzzle is 20,800 jobs in motion picture and sound recording industries. This is the first time in the years that I have been following the jobs reports that there has been enough employment for me to even notice this category.

The BLS lists 10,900 jobs in accounting and bookkeeping, which, as it is approaching income tax time, is probably correct; 21,000 jobs in temporary help and business support services; 39,000 jobs in health care and social assistance; and 18,800 jobs in the old standby–waitresses and bartenders.

That leaves about 50,000 jobs sprinkled around the various categories, but not in numbers large enough to notice.

The presstitute media attributed the drop in the headline unemployment rate (U3) to 7.7% from 7.9% to the happy jobs report. But Rex Nutting at Market Watch says that the unemployment rate fell because 130,000 unemployed people who have been unable to find a job and became discouraged were dropped out of the U3 measure of unemployment. The official U6 measure which counts some discouraged workers shows an unemployment rate of 14.3%. Statistician John Williams’ measure, which counts all discourage workers (people who have ceased looking for a job), is 23%.

In other words, the real rate of unemployment is 2 to 3 times the reported rate.

Nutting believes that the U3 unemployment rate has become too politicized to have any meaning. He suggests using instead the work force participation rate. This rate is falling substantially, reflecting the discouragement that occurs from inability to find jobs.

John Williams ( says that distortions in seasonal factor adjustments overstate monthly payroll employment by about 100,000 jobs. The jobs data that is not seasonally adjusted shows about 1.5 million fewer jobs in the economy.

In a recent communication, statistician John Williams ( reports that the rigged official annual rate of consumer inflation (CPI) of 1.6% is in fact, as measured by the official US government methodology of 1990, 9.2%. In other words, the rate of inflation is 5.75 times greater than the reported rate. If Williams is correct, the interest rate on bonds is extremely negative.

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Mar 11

Penguin: Truth Tellers versus Triumph of the Lie

Who, Me?

Found this while browing, in comments to Robert Ringer’s Triumph of the Lie, itself worth reading.

Doug Casey  .. Douglas “Doug” Casey is an American-born free market economist, best-selling financial author, and international investor and entrepreneur.

Gerald Celente  .. Gerald Celente is an American trend forecaster, publisher of the Trends Journal, business consultant and author who makes predictions about the global financial markets and other events of historical importance.

Bob Chapman  ..  Bob Chapman publishes International Forecaster, and brings to bear a lifetime of trading experience in gold and silver.

Bill Fleckenstein  .. William A. Fleckenstein is president of Fleckenstein Capital, a money management firm based in Seattle. He writes a daily Market Rap column for his Web site,, as well as the popular column Contrarian Chronicles for MSN Money.

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Oct 1

Review (Guest): Three Books on America Lost

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*Starred Review* Could the U.S. be on the brink of becoming a Third World nation? Syndicated columnist Huffington argues that overspending on war at the expense of domestic issues and the alarming decline of the middle class are troubling signals that the U.S. is losing its economic, political, and social stability—a stability that has always been maintained by the middle class. She pinpoints the beginning of the decline to the Reagan era, with its denigration of a government safety net. But she is nonpartisan in assigning responsibility to George W. Bush and Bill Clinton for supporting monied interests over those of the middle class; she then takes aim at Obama for expending more money to bail out Wall Street than Main Street. She also points to loss of manufacturing jobs, outsourcing, and globalization, all with emphasis on corporate profits at the expense of workers. Although the U.S. has faced similarly fearful times during the late 1800s and the Great Depression, the middle class was not threatened, as it is today. She offers possible solutions for the decline, including creating jobs to rebuild national infrastructure, reforms in home and credit lending, and tighter restrictions on Wall Street. An engaging analysis of troubling economic and political trends. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The Huffington Post founder is sure to get some media traction with her assertion that the American Dream is an outdated concept.  — Vanessa Bush

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The US economy has disintegrated, and with it into the abyss plummet the blueprints of neoliberal economists, whose theories about “the free market” have now gone the way of medieval alchemy. No voice has been stronger, no prose more forceful, than that of Paul Craig Roberts in predicting collapse. His weekly columns in CounterPunch have won an audience of millions around the world, grateful for a trained economist who can explain lucidly how the well-being of the planet has been held hostage by the gangster elite. Now Dr. Roberts has written the shortest, sharpest outline of economics for the twenty-first century ever put between book covers. He traces the path to ruin and lays out the choices that must be made. There is the “empty world” of corporate exploitation, abetted by the vast majority of economists; or the “full world” of responsible management and distribution of our resources. Amid crisis, this is the guide you’ve been waiting for.

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The authors of The New Color Line return with another libertarian polemic, this time taking aim at a justice system that has lost sight of its most important goals. Paul Craig Roberts and Lawrence M. Stratton warn of a “police state that is creeping up on us from many directions.” There’s the war on drugs, which makes it possible for federal agents to investigate people simply for carrying large amounts of cash. There’s the crusade against white-collar crime, which has turned the plea bargain into an enemy of the truth. And there’s outright misconduct, abetted by prosecutors more interested in compiling long lists of indictments than ensuring the fair treatment of all suspects. The Tyranny of Good Intentions is replete with examples of how government treads on freedom through ill-willed prosecution and faceless bureaucracy. The book’s overpowering sense of disaffection sometimes leads to alarmist prose: “We the People have vanished. Our place has been taken by wise men and anointed elites.” The authors are swift to suggest that America, barring “an intellectual rebirth,” may yet go the way of “German Nazis and Soviet communists.” Yet The Tyranny of Good Intentions is nothing if not well intended; it is full of passion and always on the attack, whether the writers are taking on racial quotas, wetland regulations, or any number of policies they find objectionable. In a jacket blurb, libertarian icon Milton Friedman calls it “a devastating indictment of our current system of justice.” Roberts and Stratton, although right-leaning in many of their political sympathies, will probably find plenty of fans on ACLU-left–and anybody who cringes at the thought of unbridled state power. If the road to hell is indeed paved with good intentions, consider this book an atlas

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Oct 10

Review: Corruption and Anti-Corruption–An Applied Philosophical Approach

5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Six Stars: Superb Foundation Work–Should Be Translated, May 5, 2010

Seumas Miller, Peter Roberts, Edward Spence

Corruption is the pervasive, pernicious, pathological, preemptory, and predatory commonality within the ten high level threats to humanity as identified by the United Nations High-Level Threat Panel and published in 2004 in A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility–Report of the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change; and is also responsible for between 20% and 40% of the lost resources of all kinds across the twelve core policy areas as inspired by the UN but identified by the Earth Intelligence Network (501c3) dedicated to creating public intelligence in the public interest-and especially “true cost” intelligence.  (E.g. Exxon did not make $40 billion in profit in its recent high year–that was stolen from current and future generations because Exxon externalized $12 in costs for every gallon of gas that it sells for $4). See INTELLIGENCE for EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability and also, for the underlying hope factor, Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace.

This book is beyond six stars–it is righteously constructive, useful, concise, focused, relevant, and despite some heavy trails in the middle, a joy to read for anyone who believes that there is plenty of wealth for all, we just need to stop corruption in all its forms. Lawrence Lessig, I have been told, is committing the rest of his life to eradicating corruption–his latest book Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy is particularly recommended because I am discovering, as he has, that HYBRID is going to be the core concept for the 21st Century. To take a very specific example, the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) has helped the Government of Guatemala put more people in jail (over 130) in relation to corruption and illegal armed groups, in four years, than the rest of the UN and I suspect INTERPOL and EUROPOL as well. It is a HYBRID organization with uniquely effective capabilities, a “son” of the United Nations but not part of “the” United Nations. I personally believe that it represents the future of multi-layered multi-stakeholder governance, still respecting the national government as the core actor, but bringing to bear transnational resources, autonomous investigative and analytic capabilities, and ultimately engaging all of the stakeholders including the oligarchs and the labor unions, so as to address the totality of a nation’s problems starting with poverty–what the UN is now calling “Deliver As One” integrated holistic mission analysis.

Here is my summary of this extraordinary book and I repeat, this needs to be translated into Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, and ideally Malay, Turkish, and several other languages as well. It is a completely different book from Overcoming Corruption [ISBN 0956478808 and strangely not coming up in the Link Feature.] I venture to suggest these two books as a starting point for a new wave of regionalization and transnationalization of anti-corruption campaigns.

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May 6

Review (DVD): Duplicity

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3.0 out of 5 stars Confused, Overly Complex, Badly Staged

February 15, 2010

Julia Roberts, Clive Own

As a former spy who has spent the last 21 years in commercial intelligence, i expected much more from this film with its great actors but I was very disappointed. Had it not been in front of me on background as I edit my new book I would have turned it off completely on more than one occasion.

The ending is sort of clever and I will not spoil it, but there are no clues at the beginning so the movie more or less ends with “fooled you, didn’t I, but your going to have to take my word for it.” And about that pink elephant that I am keeping away from your front lawn….

Over-all, this is a cluttered mess.

There are still no really great commercial intelligence films, nor should they be, because those who spend heavily on commercial espionage lack both ethics and brains. 95% of what you need to be a successful ethical commercial intelligence practioner is openly available and your customers should be providing you with the rest, i.e. what they want that no one else has thought to give them.

Other spy-type DVDs that I have enjoyed include
Breach (Widescreen Edition)
Firewall (Widescreen Edition)
The Departed (Widescreen Edition)
Live Free or Die Hard [Blu-ray]
U-571 (Collector’s Edition)
True Lies
Out of Sight (Collector’s Edition)

And of course the Bourne series and the new James Bond series and before that, everything featuring George Smiley.

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Feb 15

Reference: Scientific Journal Publishes Conclusive Evidence of Super-Thermite Across Multiple Samples of World Trade Center Dust

Concluding sentence:

Based on these observations, we conclude that the red layer of the red/gray chips we have discovered in the WTC dust is active, unreacted themite material, incorporating nanotechnology, and is a highly energetic pyrotechnic or explosive material.

Bentham Open Access 25 Pages with Full Photographic and Other Graphical and Electromagnetic Evidence

Bentham Open Access 25 Pages with Full Photographic and Other Graphical and Electromagnetic Evidence

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Sep 9

Review: Whores in History–Prositution in Western Society


Superb in All Respects–Should be Reprinted & Updated, July 31, 2008

Nickie Roberts

Let me start the review where the book ends, with a United Nations quote that says that women do two thirds of the world’s work, twice as much as the men, while receiving only 10% of the income. Bottom line: selling their bodies, on their terms, is the fastest, best route for women to what the author summarizes as better pay, easier working conditions, and greater autonomy than that achieved by most women as wives in captivity to one man, more often than not as property rather than as an equal.

I have a note to myself early on that in whoredom (harlot, coutesan–my preferred term) women are on a level playing field with men, unlike ANY other profession or calling.

The author, herself a Soho hooker who wrote The Front Line, has scoured English, French, and other sources, 154 of them to be exact, and I am enormously impressed by her combination of detailed historical review, personal insight, and gifted articulation.

Perhaps the most important point, both a thread across the book and a conclusion at the end, is that feminists have no clue–they have bought into the male condemnation of whores as “bad girls,” and do not realize that the self-directed whore is the ultimate winner across all fields, especially when they acquire enough in savings to retire to the profession or trade of their choice in their late twenties or early thirties–all without having to deal with drunken husbands, household slavery, or unwanted children–indeed, many retire into wifedom but on their terms, with their money, and the man of their choice.

Here are highlights from my flyleaf notes:

+ Whores defy control by males and chart their own course
+ Selling sex overtly equals economic independence
+ Author credits all others upon whose work she draws
+ This book restores the “hidden history” of the whore as courtesan and–until men overthrew matriarchial society–goddess and mother-figure
+ Margo St. James was the first whore to fight openly for prostitute rights (the book ends with a survey of 1970’s prostitute protection societies across US, Canada, Australia, and Europe)
+ Whores are *interesting*
+ Open discussion can–must–eradicate the false distinction of “good versus bad girls.”
+ 25,000 years of matriarchy were overturned by male force once
+ Women in history have provided 65% of the food gathering, and the related tools
+ Temple priestesses were first goddesses *and* the first whores
+ Author has a thread throughout that whores are compassionate and a civilizing influence on society, tempering the lust and healing the wounded (throughout, whores have also been nurses, actresses, and companions).
+ Double-standard has existed since time immemorial, and even great philosophers, including Rosseau, have treated women as property.
+ Jews and the Old Testament sought to place all women as the property of a man–the author is brutal on Jews, on the Catholic Church, on Protestants, and on Puritans, each in turn rising well beyond the previous in witch hunts, humiliations, and abuses against all women.
+ Dictators, especially Solon, turned “wives” into virtual slaves, under house arrest, with no education
+ Author draws the direct choice as between wife/slave and whore/equal and independent.
+ Author’s historical review stresses that the great whose of time have been courtesans who were an elite, the full companions of nobles and the wealthy, free, intellectual, witty, and good at business.
+ Whores have typically been TRAINED, not only in sex, but in the arts and sciences sufficient to thrust and parry with any educated man
+ Emperors and Kings overtime have been among the most depraved and libertine, many striken with syphillis, many with homosexual or pedophilic cravings
+ Mutual solidarity among whores is a recurring theme
+ Author states that the Catholic Church in particular set humanity back thousands of years in its ignorant and indiscriminate condemnation of all that it feared or did not understand
+ Page 93 is a lovely list of street names that represent the overt and broad influence of whores on society: Codpiece Alley, Gropecunt Street, Slut’s Hole, Cuckold Court, Whore’s Nest–all real streets in the history of London–similar names are provided for France and Germany.
+ The author excells at “naming names” of both nobles who consorted with whores, and of the “great” whores of all time, many of them naturally English
+ The author brings out a thread of middle-class wives taking up prostitution, generally part-time or occasional, as a means of gaining some form of independent means.
+ 17th Century introduced sadism, 18th Century brought forth all manner of specialty debauchery.
+ Throughout history, lesbianism, homosexuality, and bisexuality have been common and generally accepted
+ The criminalization of the sex trade dramatically increased the spread of disease, but the author notes that there is no record in modern history of a whore spreading a disease, that it is the customer who is ignorant and must be educated about the vital need for condoms
+ Extreme poverty inevitably increases the number of women (and sometimes children) who turn to prostitution
+ Police consistently blackmail and abuse whores and their madams
+ 18th Century math: whore earns $50 a week, working women $1 a week
+ 19th Century brought us the psychic castration of women, idea that women could not have sexuality
+ She blows away the white slave trade myth
+ 20th Century, Rockefeller and others, destroyed prospects for women who sought to be independent whores
+ Today 70% of the whores are middle class women declaring their independence from hypocritical or overly dominating structures, *and* escort services for women are increasing
+ Street whoring is antithetical to common crime

I end this review with a quote from page 339, citing Carol Leigh alias Scarlot Harlot, “Sex work is nurturing, healing work. It could be considered a high calling. Prostitutes are great women, veritable priestesses.”

There is a great deal to think about in this book. See also:

Improper behavior
Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom
Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage (Critical Perspectives Series)
Disturbing the Peace: A Conversation with Karel Huizdala
Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude

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Jul 31