corker trumps US arms sales to saudos

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

corker who chairs the US senate foreign relations committee has vowed to block trumps arms deal with saudi arabia until the standoff with the qatari government is over. saudi arabia along with a host of other near east countries such as egypt and bahrain instituted a blockade of qatar earlier this month and cut diplomatic ties. one of the saudis requirements for ending the blockade is to close down the public service news channel jazeera.

general david petraeus

Monday, June 26th, 2017

everytime general petraeus appears on a news broadcast, writes an op-ed piece about the US’s foreign policy or testifies before the US congress, a piece of america dies. the reality is that he should have been the next US president. could the US electorate find it in their hearts to forgive a man who made  the mistake of getting involved with his biographer given that loads of americans voted for a man wonder woman would beat to a pulp? or would someone call this white male privilege? given that petraeus is clearly a greek name, is he even white really? his balkan heritage (whose history is tied to turkey) could be why he seemingly has a grasp on the chaos of the near east. or are we just reaching?

in the video below petraeus talks about the US’s ongoing presence in Afghanistan. more recently he chastised the current US administration for cutting its state department budget as the trump administration favors more boots on the ground as opposed to preventative measures. who gains from the US putting more troops in subsaharan africa? if the administration fears corruption, nepotism, cronyism and clientelism well then maybe they have a point. but the bush journey into nation building did not make the US more safe. and a greater presence of US military will only aid those who work in the service sectors catering to the military. long-term investment in developing countries is a win-win situation for US businesses and the US and the western world’s longterm security. loads of men in their 20s with no hope and nothing to do surrounding by well armed foreigners doesn’t really seem like either a good short-term or long term solution. it looks more like occupying forces.

comey don’t play that

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

watch the james comey testimony live. we hope you brought lots of beer, coffee, or tea.

cspan.org

https://www.c-span.org/video/?429381-1/former-fbi-director-comey-set-testify-russia-probe

the genius of david lynch

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

last night the cannes film festival celebrated its 70th anniversary. the highlight of the oscar-like event was the redcarpet event. the finale being some of the greatest living filmmakers who have won the palm d’or. viewers got to watch roman polanski take selfies with his iphone. and get this, david lynch was the only american to turn up. copolla, the cohen brothers, tarantino, michael moore and scorsese were all MIA. photos are forever and in 50 years david lynch’s descendants will have photographic  proof that he was the greatest american filmmaker of the 20th century.

trump throws base under the bus

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

trump wants to cut loads of money from anti-poverty programs that many of the working poor and poor in rural areas rely on to subsist. In return his homies on wallstreet will get tax cuts and the elimination of inheritance tax. the poor always pay as they do not have the money to stay in trump tower and get a 200K membership to trump’s private club. they also paid in the usa under bill clinton when he signed the welfare reform bill setting a lifetime limit of 5 years on receiving social welfare.

marcon inauguration live

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

emmanuel macron becomes france’s president.  live on France 24 live in english:

renault affected by cyber attack

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

in france production sites had to be stopped today due to a cyber attack.

 

worldwide hack

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

everything has already been said about the worldwide ransomware hack. but this video says it best. why is the UK’s NHS running windows xp? why do large orgs take years to upgrade their operating systems? why are so many people who are adverse to change and do not believe in life long learning running IT departments? why are IT budgets continuously cut. i worked in an IT dept for a subsidiary of a well known multi-national. we had 4 people on helpdesk for 300 employees. and one office had 3 people for 500–one of whom worked part-time.

macron party suspends party member over tweets

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

according to la figaro, a center-right newspaper in france, the en marche party has suspended and decided not to run their candidate for a legislative position for charente-maritime’s 5th district after discovering his alleged anti-zionist tweets. christian gerin is (was) a television producer. according to la figaro someone pointed out gerin had tweeted and/or retweeted a tweet that supported BDS–an organization/movement that pushes divestment from israel.

comey testimony

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

last week former FBI director (now former FBI director) james comey, jr testified before congress. you can watch all 7 hours of the video on cspan.org.