From the Washington Post:
The Defense Department will pay private U.S. contractors in Iraq up to $300 million over the next three years to produce news stories, entertainment programs and public service advertisements for the Iraqi media in an effort to “engage and inspire” the local population to support U.S. objectives and the Iraqi government.
Nothing inspires an occupied and brutalized populace like U.S.-generated conquered nation propaganda. If the “news on the ground” does not justify the ongoing genocidal destruction of a nation, sometimes you just got to make shit up. Consider your $1 contribution to the psy-op war effort an uplifting kick in the pants to those ungrateful Iraqis that have been “liberated”. Besides, we got to keep their spirits high to get those lucrative oil contracts.
Recent news of the NSA eavesdropping on American soldiers, journalists, and aid workers should be of little surprise. Two whistle-blowing NSA intercept operators detailed how recordings were made of intimate conversations and traded amongst their perverted peers for a good laugh. This revelation prompted the following from America’s number one journalist, Stephen Colbert.
This is exactly what the NSA should be monitoring. When people are having sex, they let their bar down. You can learn a lot about a person by which god’s name they cry out right before they visit the holy land. Besides, listening to phone sex is a valuable tool in the war on terror — if you know how to interpret it. Where does the government get off listening to my private conversations?’ You just got your answer. They’re getting off at the NSA.
According to Reuters, banks and dealers’ overall direct borrowings from the Fed averaged a record $437.53 billion per day in the week ended October 15, topping the previous week’s $420.16 billion per day. “The banking system is going to become addicted to this very cheap money. Unwinding it will be very difficult,” said Howard Simons, strategist with Bianco Research in Chicago.
The FED’s magical currency printing machine must be working overtime these days. I can’t think of a better way to restore investor and consumer confidence than an avalanche of fiat federal reserve notes flooding the market leading to rapid inflation. No wonder politicians cannot tell you the price of a gallon of milk, the damn prices keep shooting up.
On a more sorrowful note, the marriage of Madonna and Guy Ritchie seems to be in its final throes. During their courtship, I tried my best to contact Madge and warn her about the emotionally stunted and unsophisticated Brit. To the dismay of many, my numerous letters detailing Mr. Ritchie’s coarseness, homophobia, and spiritual immaturity were not enough to avert this marital disaster.
I pray that the international Qabbalistic community comforts and strengthens Madge in this time of not only great sorrow, but wondrous opportunity. May the Sephiroth of love (divine emanation of angels) guide and direct Madonna into the loving arms of a powerful, loving, and deserving Qabbalist in the days ahead.