Kambale Musavuli: Empire Feeds on Congo’s Treasure; AFRICOM’s increasing missions



‘Every drone flown by the U.S. military has inside a piece of the Democratic Republic of the Congo–a valuable mineral, of which the DRC has trillions of dollars worth buried underground. For five centuries, the continent of Africa has been ravaged by the world’s Empires for its vast untapped treasure. Today, the U.S. Empire is increasing it’s military role through their massive command network, AFRICOM, carrying out several missions a day. With the Congo being arguably the biggest prize for imperialist powers, Abby Martin is joined by Kambale Musavuli, spokesperson for Friends of the Congo, to look at Empire’s role in their history and current catastrophe.’

(Unfortunately, there is no transcript, and the interview was on April 12)

Best quote from Kambale Musavuli; Martin had asked him at the end of the interview how we can build solidarity within the Empire to help the Congolese.

Kambale Musavuli: “American people can help by having a true and real democracy…because the Empire has so many tentacles.  We can be successful in the Congo in having a revolution and changing the country, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be the same for Chad, for Afghanistan, and other places around the world who want to have a better life, better opportunity…it all starts here.”

For further reading referenced in the interview:

Re: former Africom commander Rick Cook, see: ‘AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly; an AFRICOM official says the U.S. has been “at war” in Africa for over two years’, by Nick Turse, April 15, 2014

Friends of the Congo’s website.

Report highlights plight of DRC’s ‘cobalt children’’; Western firms turn blind eye as child miners toil in dangerous conditions for precious “battery” mineral, Amnesty says.’

(Yeah, I know: ‘Amnesty’, but still worth reading);  AJEnglish.

‘Patrice Lumumba: Remembering ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’  It’s a crime that has haunted the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 1961 – the death of Patrice Lumumba, murdered with the help of the CIA and Belgium. To date no one has been punished for the crime.  dw.com

‘Obama’s young African leadership initiative (YALI)’, usaid.gov

“USAID is proud to be part of this presidential initiative and works closely with the Department of State and the U.S. African Development Bank (USADF) on program implementation.”

USAID Invests $38 Million in New YALI Centers to Support Young, Emerging Leaders in Africa’

“The Centers will focus on engaging leaders between the ages of 18 and 35 from a variety of backgrounds and a diversity of experience, providing accessible leadership training, incubating organizations and entrepreneurship, and supporting professional connections among African leaders. Based in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa, each center will be run as a public-private partnership, capitalizing on the ingenuity and dynamism of the private sector and the programmatic and educational resources of USAID. Ten private sector partners and foundations have joined USAID in supporting the effort.”

Ha ha ha: just look at the list of the ‘private sponsors’, ooh-la-la.

Yeah, among The Big Dawg & Miz Big Dawg, ‘Black African Lives Matter Too, But Not for Clinton‘(via HuffPo) and Obama, who needs the CIA to admit its role in destabilizing and re-colonizing Africa?  Gotta hand it to the insane power of the Clintons and their charitable Foundation.  Coltan is another crucial mineral Congo has plenty of, and their BFFs at the World Bank and IMF:

“As a consequence of the Congo War, Rwanda and Uganda’s economies boomed from coltan and cobalt, and Western corporations such as American Mineral Fields (AMF), headquartered in Hope, Arkansas (Clinton’s hometown) and Barrick Gold (whose board included George H.W. Bush and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney), received concessions for mining and mineral resources worth over $157 billion.” 

It’s long, perhaps almost exhaustive, but what monsters these folks are, and how the rubes love ‘em.

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From 2011, a long trailer to a feature film documentary: ‘Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth’

But let’s hear from Africom on Twitter:

(Tweeted by Africom) ‘Why the United States Needs AFRICOM: Terrorist threats have mushroomed across swaths of Africa, NationalInterest.org (no less).

‘The U.S. Marines have a new plan to prevent another Benghazi’;  And  not a moment too soon, either!  (won’t embed so far)
https://twitter.com/UTCheadle/status/712964170304647168

Africom and: Rwanda, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, New Guinea, ‘defensive equipment to Burundi, New partnership with Ethiopia, the Cape Verde Island nation, yadda, yada…  but most of the Tweets are incomprehensible word salad.

Wasn’t it the need for bauxite that really caused Clinton to wage war in Somalia?  Heart-rending Agitprop™:

‘AFRICOM: Keeping Africans Safe from Chaos…or Something’, wd, Café Babylon

‘Sincere Apologies to Africa: The West Needs to Save You from Their Propaganda’, wendydavis My.fdl, Feb. 3013

OTOH, speaking to ‘they taught us how to use forks, ‘civilized us’ trope-a-dope:  ;-)

41 responses to “Kambale Musavuli: Empire Feeds on Congo’s Treasure; AFRICOM’s increasing missions

  1. yass. ReTweeted by USAIDAfrica:

  2. Thank you, wendye, for a fascinating video and many links which I haven’t yet fully explored. I got sidetracked by the Patrice Lumumba story and duckduckwent to find out more about that.

    It startled me that he was assassinated three days before President Kennedy was inaugurated, so I looked at a few articles about that ‘coincidence’ and was confused to see a photo of Kennedy receiving the news, in February, thought it must be a mistake. (We are so accustomed to news at our fingertips.)

    Here is a link which I’ve only half explored that gives the context. I had forgotten why I loved Kennedy. Now I remember:

    https://consortiumnews.com/2013/11/25/jfks-embrace-of-third-world-nationalists/

    Not only the Congo lost a potentially great leader; America did as well.

    • fascinating, juliania, thanks. does it strike you as odd that a camera ‘caught’ him in that moment?

      at trnn, there were five comments, as i remember it. one said a bit about the US not always having been on the side of colonizers, and rec’d ‘‘JFK: Ordeal in Africa’, which i now see was written by Richard D. Mahoney, an author that your author mentioned.

      i only made it part of the way through, but i skipped to the comment section; sometimes jewels are hidden there, and sometimes rebuttals. both were, but no, history remembers kennedy for the bay of pigs, viet nam, robert macnamara, slow-walking black civil rights, and to a certain extent his bro bobby having to coerce him into sending the national guard to protect james meredith at ole miss, at least as i’ve heard the story.

      but yes, this understanding of his is magnificent. the section about stevenson’s team wiring him never to give any more FP speeches on his behalf: arrgh.

      but those days may have been the beginning of the US soft-power coups, come to think of it. those dulles brothers have been the cause of so much national and international darkness, no? thanks so much for making the time to watch, too. it’s important stuff to know, and i reckon very few do, and even fewer…want to know. including, or especially: the huffpo clinton and black lives exposé. (growl)

      • Kennedys were photo conscious for sure – but I think it’s genuine. I think I’ve told you I did a two week stint as a Kelly girl substituting in Clark Clifford’s office for vacationing secretary – my closest brush with power. Goofed up transferring Dupont call directly instead of informing Mr. Clifford of the call beforehand – college kid, what did I know from protocol? He was very nice about it, patted me on the head. (Secretary had a desk chockfull of paperbacks, I remember.) One other thing I remember was a genuine enemy-at-the-gates like attitude towards the huge medical group in upstairs offices (Big Pharma in infancy?) Clifford was a bigtime lawyer then, but it was mid Kennedy administration, as long as that was going on.

        Certainly was all way over my head, though.

        • nice clark clifford story. no, i’m not doubting it was genuine, but perhaps staged after the fact, not really a candid shot, unless he had a photographer capturing everything all the time. or someone in the room said: “grab this picture”. which photos make it out of the oval office are course…the photos an administration wants the world to see.

          now jackie, she had a lot to prove, and was filmed ad nauseum. but then the first catholic president’s wife had a lot to prove.

          obama seems to be the best example, and the worst example of that is undoubtedly the scene in which he, clinton, goddess knows who all…were watching ‘operation geronimo’ allegedly dispatching bin laden. imo, it’s another piece of history whose truth we will never know.

    • a few more noteworthy paragraphs among so many:

      ““At a key meeting in Hawaii in May 1963, McNamara was presented with an update on the planning for the withdrawal. He deemed the plans too slow and asked them to be speeded up. (James DiEugenio, Destiny Betrayed, pgs. 366-367) But the point was that the plan was in place. Kennedy activated it in October 1963 by signing National Security Action Memorandum 263, stating that the withdrawal would begin in December of 1963 and be completed in 1965.
      In other words, Kennedy’s plan for a military withdrawal wasn’t just some vague notion or, as New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson recently wrote, a belief among his admirers “rooted as much in the romance of ‘what might have been’ as in the documented record.”

      “In the Third World, the public seemed to instantly know what had really happened and what was about to occur. A progressive and humane foreign policy was about to revert back to something oppressive and profit-oriented. A brief three-year glow of hope was ending.
      Because of the laziness and corporate orientation of the mainstream media, it has taken many Americans 50 years to figure out what the rest of the world knew instantaneously. And despite today’s conventional wisdom obsessing on Kennedy’s “shallowness” and “celebrity” the discovery of what Kennedy truly represented to the rest of the world during his “thousand-day” presidency is beginning to register in America.”

      zo…who hired ‘the lone gunman on the grassy knoll’? love what he said about jill abramson’s ‘might have beens’. who knows what might have been had not MLK, bobby, and so many others been…’dispatched with extreme prejudice’?

      “if johnson wins the nomination, might as well elect dulles.” brrrr.

  3. that video was devastating. and the white savior barbie…funny & disturbing.

    i’m having trouble swallowing this kennedy thing. i’m not sure i’m right cuz i don’t know but statements like this:
    “This acute perception that America needed to do everything possible to moderate emerging Arab nationalism so that it did not degenerate into “feudalism and fanaticism” is something Kennedy would act upon once he gained the White House.” this is a startling statement of orientalist rubbish. what was the danger of this happening? none, zero. w/o anglo-american support for fanaticism, that is. seems to me more plausible that jfk (and bobby and co) made appeals to nationalism to counter the existing influence of european colonialism & the possible influence of the USSR. Making plans to withdraw troops from ‘nam in two years is the kind of crap the US does today in iraq & afghanistan. the author appeals to symbolic actions (like not visiting the saudi fellow in the hospital) to assert intentions that have never existed in any POTUS.

    in other words, he was just as imperialist as the rest. ahhhh, so why was he assassinated? don’t know. set an example for future prezzies?

    • and it smacks of desperate straw-grasping re liberal democrats.

    • i’m about played out, and will try to read this in the morn, jason. but i’d meant to come back to highlight the author’s contentions about “16,000 US ‘advisors only[, which is now code for pretending ‘they are not troops, special ops, mercenaries’, whatever.

      if after a rest and a scalding bath, the wind fills my sails again tonight , i’ll read again, okay? RL can sure take a toll, no? gotta call our one grandson on his birthday right now, bless his ♥.

    • argh, i’d thought the author did say that kennedy wanted to support african nationalism precisely because to do otherwise would drive them back into the cold war divisions. the USSR financing the aswan dam (iirc) for instance.

      but really, i regret that this might turn into a discussion on kennedy (my fault) rather than the neo-neo-colonialism afoot as we type. but oh, the white savior barbie account i scored from one of the most rigorous commie taskmasters i’ve seen: Club de Cordeliers, whose tag is: ‘Qui male agit odit lucem’ (the one who commits evil shuns the light) which i wish were more true, myself. but oy: hits on crabapple, zizek (i saw some weirdness at RT by him: ‘militarize the refugee crisis!’ as if it’s not hideously so already couched as ‘prevent human trafficking (now off the coast of libya, too, holy bejayzus.

      the huffpo exposé was fine, i think, not that their supporters will call it anything but yellow journalism. gawds, when will this election be over? almost all news is the circus… really. ‘will the bern’s revolution continue?!?! oh, my yes. you betcha.

      • couple of recent articles on Africa up at BAR.i haven’t looked at them. I heard a bit of a speech by Bobby K last Sunday on the local Pacifica station, addressing the world-wide student uprisings of…’68? he said some good things, but nothing that Ronny R or Obama couldn’t have said, starting w/the premise that the arc of history bending toward justice begins & ends w/the establishment politics of the US. snoooooooooooooze. maybe JFK had some Damascus moment and i’m happy to be agnostic on the subject, but these people can eat their own for very little.

        moving on…

        • grin on the RFK snooze speech. clearly there are authors who need to ‘set the record straight’ on JFK, and mebbe they’re cherry-picking the documents, but i’d sure never heard the ‘troops will be gone in two years’ history, even slow as that is. for me, he was brinksmanship with nuclear war with the soviets, and slow-walking civil rights, much like obama. well, no, obama’s worse, of course, fuck him.

          yes, the ‘i went golfing instead of meeting w/ king saud’ was a bit to me like the photo of him reacting to lumumba’s assassination. “hey, can ya get a photographer in here to record this for posterity?” but your critique is good, and your conclusions may be entirely just. public platitudes color over too many deeds. say, what was the stuff about castro not even knowing all the kennedy back-channel discussions over the revolution? oh well, as i sometimes do, the second or third times i clicked into the piece i read it from bottom to top.

          i’ll look at BAR in a bit; glen missed his day at trnn. mebbe he didn’t want to talk about the elections. heh, kimberly or another BAR author went on a week or two ago…and nuked both dems, and good on her.

        • the niger delta ecocide one is devastating, but iirc, one of the shell spills in the past dwarfed the BP blowout; the photos were grotesque.

          the rwanda genocide piece by anne garrison looks like tough *and* grim reading. she did one on burundi that i used in one of the ‘compromised NGO pieces, never got to Part III, even, other things snag my interest. toss up for next: libya or Obama in london? yeah, that one, i reckon.

          cool, though, one of the congolese twit accounts picked up the HuffPo ‘black lives don’t matter so much’ piece, and sighed with relief that it’s out there.

          • after the niger article at BAR i couldn’t take the rwanda one.

            i remember seeing a movie maybe 10 or so years ago about the coming of Big Oil to an african country. sigh, can’t remember the name or country it was set in. two peasant brothers, age 20 or so, each w/their homespun smock & staff for their possessions, spending the day wandering around their town w/their family’s lone cow. they didn’t do anything but walk w/their cow & talk to their fellow townspeople (where was their work ethic?) or roam the outskirts of town. very charming & romantic simplicity, clearly fiction(al) but still achingly beautiful.

            then comes big oil, the final scene of the movie. a pipe juts out of a pit & starts spewing black gold out. one arm is stuck out, presumably one of the brothers’, and out comes a machete to chop the hand off. a terrifying scream, a mutilated arm, and oil flowing out of the pipe. the end.

            Leopold is their tutor, esp. in the dept of message & image control back in the homeland. what’s the niger delta worth? or the gulf of mexico? the answer: nothing. and for what? so we can gas guzzle to work & sit in air-conditioned offices? and drop bombs all over the place? pretty much, yeah. quoth hamlet, ‘Sblood, there is something in this more than
            natural, if philosophy could find it out.

            • i couldn’t read it either, jason. too much abyss, plus what a fraught series of conflicting narratives. i do remember some photos of rice, general clinton, and kagame huddled togther as homies, don’t i? maybe power, i dunno.

              leopold’s object lessons, of course, were replicated by slave owners in the US, as well, only not for failure to make a quota, but for being uppity or close to that. sorry, i’m in the doldrums, just having read a boatload of comments under boots riley’s recent essay at the guardian on the fallacy of black on black crime statistically. (answering bubba C’s ‘predator’ remarks, or something.) i may use it in my next post, but by and large, none of the commenters seem able to get his drift; small wonder, i reckon.
              but the verbiage, my stars, and bell curve sort of stuff reminded me that there is no such thing as ‘post-racial’ in too many human hearts.

              the film, though: art imitating life; no wonder the writers and cinematographers portrayed such a contrast. makes one sick even imagining it.

              nope; i need some boots to defunkify a bit:

    • If he’d been just as imperialist as you say, Jason, your question does still need answering. Glad you asked it, thanks.

      • may have to remain one of those “known-unknowns” rummy advised us about. wouldn’t do too good for empire-building to have empire’s chief architect (or spokesperson, whichever POTUS is) revealed to be a “traitor” now, would it? the PTB’s might want to keep that under wraps, no?

  4. the public face of US diplomacy:
    ‘Kerry calls for timely election in meeting with Congo’s Kabila’, Reuters, Mon April 25, 2016

  5. Sorry, my reply to Jason’s comment and question is in the wrong place above. Should have nested closer to.

  6. I have enjoyed the comments to this thread.

    However, I have no serious comments concerning Africa and all that this entails, so I leave it to the “experts” with their high-walled security clearances “leaking” their opinions to the mass media outlets, since entertainment and scandal is sole or primary effort to influence public opinion.

    So, keeping hammering the inconsequential opinion “sleuths” with their wrong-headed approach for apparently “falsifying” our national history. As such, up id down and down is up!

    And Wendy keep up the good work.

    Jaango

    • mornin’, jaango. yep, all we need to know is that Africom’s stated mission is (or was) ‘to stabilize African nations’. what they left out is that their other duty is to de-stabilize them by various means, and either plant US-bidness-friendly rulers in order to ‘liberate’ the resources the Empire knows are really ‘theirs’. #MoreManifestDestiny

      and meanwhile, bill Gates, bono, and so many others are busy bio-wrecking the continent with transgenic seeds and all the related big ag agricultural poisons.

      come to think of it, most of what i’d learned about the horror that is africom came by way of the wonderful blogger Crossed Crocodiles, who suspended blogging to spend all his energy fighting GMOs in ghana, where he lives.

  7. The cobalt children article should be a wake-up to the fact that natural resources that are in demand (as oil is beginning not to be, outside military uses–too expensive for ordinary people anymore) are the next excuses for military action to just go take them. It is as if the one hundred years of political activism countering imperialism, advocating for human rights, and establishing global standards of behavior never happened. It is not a violation of principle, it as if those principles that were most hypocritically cited during the middle of the last century (the 20th, remember) no longer matter as even sticks to beat other nations with.

    And what resources will be valuable? Those that promise the high-tech renewable solution out of global climate change. And the scramble to corner those markets is exactly why we will never see those renewable solutions. The natural resources will be wasted on the world’s military hardware. Domestic infrastructure will be gradually eroded away in the perpetual conflict. What happens when the robotic security agents (see what China has just deployed) run out of the resources because they are all tied up in existing military hardware and difficult to recycle? Civilizational collapse would be the optimistic view of it.

    These resources are the only reason that any nation is interested in any area of Africa, a continent studiously avoided except for exploitation.

    In the era of JFK, we discovered the “Third World” because the dissolution of the British and French empires resulted in a rush of newly created nations for the United Nations and their immediate role in the global system as pawns in the Cold War between the USA and the Soviet Union, and the none-of-the-above movement led by India.

    JFK of course wanted all of those countries as diplomatic assets of the United States. To the extent that a Vietnam quagmire prevented that, he wanted to extricate the US from Vietnam “with honor”. But having created the narrative that Ngo Dinh Diem was under attack from “North Vietnam” instead of postponing a promised election for all of Vietnam, leaving looked to the public (recently emerged from McCarthyism) as surrender. And then there were the recently fired folks like Allen Dulles, fired for their failure to set up the Bay of Pigs properly and then manipulating Kennedy into having to say no to serious escalation. And the consequential missile crisis – President “Missile Gap” could not dare let the Soviet Union put missiles in Cuba on his watch. There are those who are venal and those who paint themselves into corners; Presidents are rarely around long enough to be venal. The national security establishment, however, outlasts any President an has gotten growing powers over the past 70 years.

    The current Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs is Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

    Thomas-Greenfield taught political science at Bucknell University before joining the Foreign Service in 1982. Her first assignment came that year as a consular officer in Kingston, Jamaica. In Africa, she has served in Nigeria (for two and a half years), Gambia (for three years) and Kenya.

    Her sojourn in Kenya was not without incident. After just nine months there, in 1995 she told Keith B. Richburg of The Washington Post, that her home in Nairobi had been burglarized five times. An electric fence failed to stop intruders so the local police agreed to station two officers on her grounds. But then the officers began demanding side money for their services. “I’ve gotten to the point where I’m more afraid not to give them money,” she said. “They’re sitting outside with automatic weapons.”

    In April 1994 she was sent to Rwanda on an official visit to assess refugee conditions, but two days after she arrived, the plane of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana was shot down, and the Rwandan genocide broke out. Six-feet tall and black, Thomas-Greenfield was mistaken for a Tutsi. Hutu soldiers held a machine gun to her head, while she begged for her life, emphasizing her Louisiana accent: “I don’t have anything to do with this. I’m not a Rwandan. I’m an American.” She then watched as the soldiers killed a Tutsi gardener. A few days later, she was allowed to leave Rwanda.

    Other overseas postings have included stints in Pakistan and Switzerland, where she served at the U.S. Mission to the many UN organizations that have their headquarters there.

    In Washington, Thomas-Greenfield served as a staff assistant in the Office of the Director General of the Foreign Service from 1991 to 1993; in the Bureau of Human Resources; as a deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration from 2004 to 2006; and as principal deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs from 2006 to 2008.

    From 2008 to 2012, Thomas-Greenfield served as ambassador to Liberia. In 2005, she had led a State Department delegation that observed the Liberian national elections.

    Linda Thomas-Greenfield and her husband, Lafayette, have two children, Lindsay and Lafayette II.

    Might this be the Lafayette Greenfield in question?

    Lafayette M. Greenfield, II is an associate in the Washington, DC office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and a member of the firm’s Transportation and Space Group.

    Amanda J. Dory is Thomas-Greenfield’s counterpart Assistant Secretary of Defense for African African Affairs.

    Another about Amanda J. Dory. Although the article is in Working Mother, there is no reference to either husband or children. One has the sense that she is another in Hillary’s network of national security operatives, along with Samantha Power and Susan Rice. And her ticket has been punched by all the right schools and resume-building experiences.

    In the Clinton administration, Susan Rice held the position that Thomas-Greenfield holds now.

    • thanks for all of this, thd. i’ll need to answer later, maybe ask a question or two. i’m not feelin’ quite up to snuff today; back in a bit.

    • it seems to me that the military (by way of Africom, NATO in the middle east NA, is pretty much doing that already in effect, although so ‘covertly’, few know. and that begs the question: would they care if they understood? yes, without some sort of reliable scorecard, it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys (see the Empire’s ‘partners in peace’)

      your links to those women’s CVs made me queasier than i was before. and i do trust your spidey senses on who would be (will be?) in a clinton administration.

      i’m not quite sure what your sentence on oil being to expensive for people other than the military; isn’t oil down to $40 a barrel now? last mr. wd had reported, that translated this time at the pump.

      “It is not a violation of principle, it as if those principles that were most hypocritically cited during the middle of the last century (the 20th, remember) no longer matter as even sticks to beat other nations with.” past bleak in itself, but add the MLK quote that mr. wd reminded me about this morning: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

      as far as minerals valuable to high-tech solutions to climate change, i will gladly be a purist on both counts, and $JustSayNo to both (if i’m catching your meaning on ‘high tech’, including geo-engineering). but as far as the collapse of civilization: not a deal-breaker, lol. (reminds me of the gandhi quote…)

      Heh; the CFR board of directors’ names appear on a hella lot of NGOs that ‘export democracy for some’, oh my. and ‘protecting human rights for some, as well.

      point taken on the security establishment outlasting presidents; who are the current iterations of the dulles brothers?

      might have to suck it up and read ann garrison’s essay on the Rwandan Genocide at BAR, too. eventually. ;-(

  8. i should have put this video into the OP as well, and i may. from 2011, a long trailer to a feature film documentary: Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth

  9. i’m sorry & kind of worse that i knew almost nothing about the ecocide going on in the congo/niger delta. i google-y-eyed images of “niger delta oil spill” yesterday. ecocide: cutting down/killing the home, the earth. since we are not allowed to see, i imagine something like the niger oil spill is the condition of the gulf of mexico.

    i think the oil price demonstrates that as a tool of warfare, artificial price deflation to disrupt the economies of russia, iran, venezuela, “economy”, management of the household, will never be anything more than ecocide.

    how can one look at those images & still believe capitalist horseshit? “put money in thy pocket,” that’s how.

    • pretty hard to know any of this given…well, everything, news monopolies included. i might not have known save for a blogging friend from toronto who was enraged at the verbiage about the deepwater horizon blowout being ‘the largest ever’ stuff back in the day. he brought photos, some of which you’ve likely seen. stomach churning i bingled as to the differentials in the barrels/gallons, stopped at this one. i didn’t finish it as i was already tummy wonky, but it’s the ongoing nature of the spills, constant leaks and the casual disregard that’s so ugly.

      who’s gonna call it capitalism at fault? ooof, not the ‘socialist’ bern. yeah, the oil price deflation just has to be contrived. pepé escobar had a piece about varying ‘analyses’ at RT that was just too complicated for me to follow.

      Nigeria’s Agony Dwarfs Gulf Oil Spill’, may 2010

      you might also like https://intercontinentalcry.org/

  10. To inform good readers and posters – wendye is having modem trouble today, which has to be extremely frustrating (my rat in apple tree pales in comparison.) I don’t know what can be done to help, especially as she can’t be online to figure it out with those of you savvy enough to have ideas – which I am not. I guess, just send good vibes!

    • better her modem than herself. thanks juliania

    • twas myself as well, as joss would hve it, jason, but thank you, and thank you so much juliania for posting the message.

      the qwest system went offline, but even once it went up, we were still dead in the water. hours of “expert help” by techies brought no resolution, but wd diligence and experimentation finally did…at least for now. even the new modem was crap, so i’m again on the oldie. mr. wd will try to score some parts tomorrow, and another modem is on a slow boat to us.

      srsly, the one techie in des moines would give me such illogical and bogus step-by-steps, it was all i could do to not get rude with her. “filin’ yer nails, honey?”

      tomorrow, if we’re still online. sleep well; i swear i will. ;-)

  11. “Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order, the burning of paper instead of children…” — Daniel Berrigan

    RIP

    • thank you, my friend. mr. wd had to remind me what part the berrigans played in moral history.

      not a eulogy, but a bit of his and his brother’s contributions to the anti-war effort.

      it’s not hard to imagine that he’s made the transition to another life…rather effortlessly, is it?

      Rest in Power, Daniel Berrigan; and ‘Dwell in Peace’.

  12. May Day

    • thank you, marym, and a good may day to you. also orthodox easter, i was reminded recently.

      i’d been about to fetch the RT version of the may day worker ‘riots’ in france against hollande’s labor ‘reforms’ to come, but then i figured there must be a may day hashtag. of course there is, both flowers and protests. look at cuba and a few others; my stars.

      nice to see you; i’ve missed you, and hope you’re doing well…or well enough. ;-)

      also, roar magazine has an essay wonderfully titled ‘The incomplete, true, and wonderful history of May Day’. long enough i backed out early on…for now.

  13. Flowers and protests

    I’m fine….disgruntled, but fine. Hope all is reasonably well with you too.

    • oh, thank you; i hadn’t thunk of it, even though i put this creative resistance painting on my desktop now and again. reasonably well here, if mostly sucky, or: good enough for who it’s for. ;-)

      here’s hoping you get re-gruntled soon. RL: they say it’ll kill ya, but…they won’t say when.

  14. for posterity (meaning to read at leisure later):

  15. Glad to see you are back, wendye!

    Christos Voskrese!

    I think you will enjoy the following (especially, “In the village of Omsk. . .” That one had me chuckling my head off.

    http://3saints.com/humor.html

  16. Good easter to you (from an apatheist). ;-) some of those made me laugh, but i reckon for the bumper stickers…ya hafta be orthodox. but yeppers: “THAT’S the tradition!” and the first ‘heretic!’ one…were great.

    i can’t tell you how many churches in this valley have ‘schismed’ over the past few decades over some point of dogma, and now there must be triple the amount of churches there used to be. ‘oy’.

    but oh…the icons…how gorgeous they are.

    thank you for the modem vibes, i may need them again. the parts mr. wd could find…won’t work. love tech when it works…but dagnabbit, how often it doesn’t. wouldn’t ya like to think that all etheret cables would have the same size male ends? nah, too easy….

  17. dream of a better world; g’night.

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