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Huey Long; Hi Popalorum, Lo Popahirum

I need to learn not to fire my guns too soon.  I hit on this a while ago in a piece titled “Louisiana Oil; From The Kingfish to Deepwater Horizon” and then I thought, “No, more should be said about Huey Long.”

As a quick recap…  In our Public School System’s version of History class we, our parents, and our children are asked to memorize names, dates and places, but not the ones we should remember the most.  And never the ones whose memory will help us out.

Here is a clip which Ken Burns picked for the beginning of his Documentary on Huey Pierce Long, Jr. (August 30, 1893 – September 10, 1935)  I did not use Ken’s film for the source, but I highly recommend seeing it if you haven’t.

 

 

Many people don’t know it but Huey, as a Senator, came up with a Share The Wealth Program which featured the well known motto “Every Man A King”, though it is seldom remembered that it continued; “But No One Wears A Crown”.   The line was taken from a Williams Jennings Bryant speech.… Read the rest

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Louisiana Oil: From The Kingfish To Deepwater Horizon

The collapse of Deepwater HorizonThis is not just another article about Deepwater Horizon, but rather a short history lesson.  For instance, have  you, or do you…

…ever wonder where the New Deal came from and why?

…know who drew up the borders of Iran, and why?

…ever wonder why Huey P. Long is universally portrayed as a mere laughable Southern caricature, though he was a hero to the common people of Louisiana until his death?

…know which oil company is responsible for more oil spills than any other?

…ever met a real live Cajun?  (aahyee!)

…know very much at all about Louisiana?

Well, make some popcorn and sit back, here is a full length documentary.  Unlike the History lessons in school, you will not be asked to memorize any names, dates or places, nor will you be bored and watching the clock for the end of the period.

Note: The first five minutes told enough history – of which most Americans today are completely unaware – that I knew where this was going to end up.  It should be added though, that when Churchill drew a circle around the huge sea of oil that British engineers had discovered, and named it Iran, he made sure to include all the neighboring warring factions he could.  Many have been critical of him for this, saying it was a stupid thing to do, but in doing so he ensured instability in the region for the next 100 years to come.  He also referred to Iran as the British Empire’s refueling station for the next war.  This was shortly after World War I.… Read the rest

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Larry Summers: Goldman Sacked

Lawrence_Summers_2012Investigative journalist Greg Palast takes a good look at Goldman Sachs and Larry Summers:

Joseph Stiglitz couldn’t believe his ears.  Here they were in the White House, with President Bill Clinton asking the chiefs of the US Treasury for guidance on the life and death of America’s economy, when the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers turns to his boss, Secretary Robert Rubin, and says, “What would Goldman think of that?”

Huh?

Then, at another meeting, Summers said it again:  What would Goldman think?

A shocked Stiglitz, then Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, told me he’d turned to Summers, and asked if Summers thought it appropriate to decide US economic policy based on “what Goldman thought.”  As opposed to say, the facts, or say, the needs of the American public, you know, all that stuff that we heard in Cabinet meetings on The West Wing.

Summers looked at Stiglitz like Stiglitz was some kind of naive fool who’d read too many civics books.

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The 588th Night Witches of Russia: Female Aviators

Major_1012 writes at fiwclan.com

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Nadezhda Popova

 On July 8th of this year, 91 year old Nadezhda Popova passed away somewhere in what was formerly the Soviet Union.  Although

most of us have never heard of her, the President of the Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych issued a statement calling her life “an example of selfless service to Motherland.” and said her “feats in the course of the Great Patriotic War will never be forgotten.”

Ms. Popova was among the first female pilots to volunteer for service in the Soviet military during World War II and became a squadron commander in her swashbuckling all-female regiment. She flew 852 combat missions — including 18 during one night — and was honored as a Hero of the Soviet Union, one of the nation’s highest decorations.”  writes Emily Langer for the Washington Post.

In 1941, when the United States was experimenting with it’s first African American combat pilots, the Soviet Union did the same with female combat pilots.

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Marcus Miller: Jazz Legend

No jumping the shark here, but I have a deep and dark confession to make and felt I needed to do this to clear my conscience.  You see, for decades I earned my living as a DJ, and I thought I was good at it, until a few weeks ago.  That’s when I ran into this gentleman.  I had never even heard of Marcus Miller before I stumbled on these videos and I find that almost unforgivable.

Marcus was born in Brooklyn in 1959 and has been playing jazz professionally since he was 15.  He has been featured on over 500 albums by such artists as Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Grover Washington Jr. Donald Fagen, LL Cool J, Dr. John, Mariah Carey, Herbie Hancock, and Chaka Khan.  He was also a member of the eighties band Scritti Politti, and in 1997 shared the spotlight with Eric Clapton, and Joe Sample on an 11 stop tour of jazz festivals.… Read the rest

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Alan Watts Talks About The Upanishads

Many times in past comments here I have mentioned the Upanishads.  Today one of my Disinfonaut friends, Matt Prather, sent me this.  I hadn’t “seen” Matt here since February or so, but his reappearance was the end(?) of a chain of synchronicity filled events.  As I watched this film this morning, and thought about all this, I realized I should post it.

Alan Watts – Way Beyond Seeking

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The Drone Ranger: Obama’s Dirty Wars

Greg Palast writes at Vice Magazine:

About the time Barack Obama ordered the drone strike that killed Abdul-Rahman al-Awlaki, the 16-year-old American kid Facebooked his second-rate choice of hip-hop favorites. I say “second-rate,” because Abdul was my son’s age almost exactly, so I know the kind of crap they listen to.

Soldiers with the 25th Mechanised Brigade near the front lines in Zinjibar, Yemen. (Photo courtesy of Richard Rowley and Big Noise Films).

Soldiers with the 25th Mechanised Brigade near the front lines in Zinjibar, Yemen. (Photo courtesy of Richard Rowley and Big Noise Films).

Every Tuesday, President Obama personally checks off the names of people he wants killed.  George Bush, a bit more squeamish than Obama, never did that; but Mr. Obama felt those decisions were the president’s responsibility: he want[s] to keep his own finger on the trigger,” according to one report.  A tidy, scheduled man, the President only picks his victims once a week, now called “Terror Tuesday.”

On October 14, 2011, in Shabwah province, Yemen, Abdul, went out with his cousins and friends for a good old US-style barbecue, when Obama’s drone fired a rocket, blowing the teenager to pieces.  Or I should say “piece.”  All that was left of Abdul was a piece of skull with long curly hair that allowed his relatives to identify this hunk of his head by his US-type haircut.

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A Piece of History named Popcorn Sutton

Disinfonaut Echar and I were cutting up when I bumped into this and knew I had to share it. This is a few years old so you may have seen it. Since the film tells the story, I won’t.

My words fail me for a closing comment, but this lady said it rather well;

Popcorn, rest in peace. You and your kind are missed by some of us. (And I don’t drink!)… Read the rest

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Meet Anastasia Sokolova; Ukraine Sensation

Today we are hear rather frequently how we are exporting our “way of life” to the Mid East at the point of a gun. Less often do we hear how other country’s are eagerly importing our “way of life”. When you mention this to me China comes first to my mind, but so do the downsides of that eagerness, both for the people of the US and China.

A couple of months ago I bumped into this video by accident… Ok, I will make a clean confession. I was on YouTube and saw this video, the still of which is a shot of this young lady in the outfit she performs in, and I couldn’t resist. I have debated on whether or not to post this for the last couple months. Finally it occurred to me that the very reason I am hesitant is one of the very reasons that I should post it.… Read the rest

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U.S. News and World Reports Spins, Greg Palast Explains It Clearly: Who is Penny Pritzker?

FE_DA130502pritzker620x413These days there seems to be a trend for political heavyweights to seem to materialize out of thin air.  I mean, Bill Clinton was no one we knew about, then suddenly he was the Democratic candidate for our lands highest office.  Similarly, Barack Obama went from a no one in the Illinois State Senate, to the Illinois Senate – neat trick when you are from Chicago – to the Oval Office almost overnight.

In President Obama’s case now there is another example of this, his new tap for Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker.  (Who?)

Well, let’s take a little look, shall we?

First, we will go to the U.S. News and World Report website where Danielle Kurtzleben has been explaining just why Penny is so qualified.

Danielle first quotes the President;

“Penny is one of our country’s most distinguished business leaders,” Obama said on Thursday, speaking from the Rose Garden. “She knows that what we can do is to give every business and ever worker the best possible chance to succeed by making America a magnet for good jobs.”

After which she delineates some of Penny’s qualifications.  This one caught my eye.… Read the rest

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