Devizes Melting Pot
“Protection. Conservation. Restriction. Deep ecology. Give me deep technology any day. They don't scare me. "I'm damned if I'll crawl, my children's children crawl on the earth in some kind a fuckin' harmony with the environment. Yeah, till the next ice age or the next asteroid impact." (Moh Kohn, The Star Fraction)/ "This is the fight between God and the Devil. If His Grace is with God, he must join me, if he is for the Devil he must fight me. There is no third way" King Gustavus Adolphus
- Name: Moonbootica
- Location: Devizes, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
University graduate, currently working as an Information Assistant for the NHS. Interested in politics, history, sci fi etc.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I've always held the view that the uber rich should contribute more, but they have done their damn best to create a 'Nanny' state for themseleves, all the while putting the burden on the less well off.
Oh they and their enablers talk about 'marketisation' and 'lawyers in Tescos' and 'Polyclinics' but the uber wealthy will still go see their personal banker, personal doctor and retained lawyer and fob shitty services onto the poor.
Its got nothing to do with 'freeing the market', or 'worship the business model', its all about preserving their privileged position.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Paul Grignon's 47-minute animated presentation of "Money as Debt" tells in very simple and effective graphic terms what money is and how it is being created.
Labels: Money as Debt
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Mother Jones - Mission Creep: US Military Presence Worldwide
The map animation that opens this package uses Pentagon worldwide troop data from every half-decade since 1950, plus 2007, the latest year for which the data is available. These numbers are often fuzzy: Some deployments are classified, others are temporary, and just because the Defense Department claims 30 US troops in Indonesia last year doesn't mean 1,500 didn't pass through on training missions. Even so, the map, and the associated research, should give you a good feel for what the Pentagon is up to around the world.h/t Chicago Dyke
Friday, August 22, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
So I am watching a Newsnight segment on the resignation of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, and they are talking about 'building democracy' and so forth and all I could think was that in no period of history that I know of have Afghanistan or the volatile tribal areas of Pakistan like Baluchistan or North Waziristan have ever been successfully ruled by any form of central authority, you cannot create a country where there was none originally. Even when the British Raj was at its height it got chased out of Afghanistan, twice. The most they could do was pay off the tribes and their chiefs.
Even the geography of the area goes against it, deep valleys divided by high mountains, often cut off from each other during winter, hardly conducive to creating a country or democracy. The tribal bond goes deeper than any national bond as well.
Which is why the attempts by the UK, Canada and its NATO allies to impose some form of democracy or central control in Afghanistan will fail and the attempts by Pakistan to bring their tribal areas under central control also will end in failure and more bloodshed.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I have always been a huge fan of Ken MacLeod's novels and was excited when I heard he had a new novel coming out and I was not disappointed at all.
I really enjoyed it, was gripping from start to finish. I have always loved the way Ken MacLeod can deal with fantastic future ideas but grounds them in reality.
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Russia agrees to Georgia ceasefire
French president Nicolas Sarkozy brokers peace deal to end fighting in South Ossetia
Moscow today agreed to a peace deal brokered by French president Nicolas Sarkozy that could see an end to the fighting in Georgia.Georgia seems to of have bad tactics, for instance they could have blocked the Roki Tunnel (which is where the Russians entered)and made sure they had the ability to shoot down Russian aircraft
The ceasefire agreement calls for both Russian and Georgian troops to withdraw to the positions they held before hostilities began last week.
Sarkozy, who holds the European Union's rotating presidency, visited Moscow today for talks with the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev.
The six-point plan, endorsed by Medvedev, calls on Russia and Georgia to end the fighting and to allow access for humanitarian assistance. Sarkozy said the EU was ready to send peacekeepers to the area if all parties involved in the conflict agreed.
However, Medvedev said Russian troops would remain in Abkhazia and South Ossetia to "uphold security".
Its a mystery why Georgia would antagonize Russia, if they were not prepared for it, I find it hard to believe that they would be naive as to expect one of the Western powers to step in.
The Guardian has a good map of the area
David Osler - South Ossetia: the left doesn't have to take sides
Ken MacLeod - Guns of August
Chris Floyd - Marching Through Georgia III: Reality's Rout and Cheney's Viagra
Lenin's Tomb - Schisms and cataclyms of the new world order.
The ever excellent Billmon has made a reappearance on Daily Kos with a superb piece on the recent conflict in the Caucasus region - Anatomy of A(nother) Fiasco
Organised Rage - Russian armies can’t march into other peoples countries, whilst Russian shoppers march into Selfridges.