Saturday, July 02, 2005

We must all sneer and scoff at the corrupt, cruel jackasses

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1065-1677350,00.html

"We must all sneer and scoff at the corrupt, cruel jackasses ..."
- Matthew Parris

"As leaders of the G8 gather to discuss aid, they should be pitiless in their resolve to make pariahs of ... cruel and rotten governments. A ruling class of greedy men, sheltered by a popular culture of gawping passivity in the face of political swagger, is suffocating the people ... and neither tears nor money nor rock music should be our first response. Rage, not rock, is called for...

"Swaggering ... tyrants stay in power because the small people ... passively tolerate, even in some cases sneakingly admire, their leader’s greed and rascality. The cult of the Big Man is the tap-root of ... suffering. That culture has to change. We can help it to change.

"... leaders should be the laughing stock of the world... Where is the satire, where the anger, where the mockery and derision, that these brutal boobies deserve? How many f***s has Bob Geldof directed at their heads rather than ours?

"... These criminals and crackpots ... should be exposed to universal hatred, contempt and ridicule. We should sneer, rail and scoff... The populaces before whom these jackasses puff themselves up should know... that they are led by outcasts."

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Kevin Phillips, in The Los Angeles Times, 8 February 2004, wrote about "Bush Family Values: War, Wealth, Oil."

The Bushes and the military-industrial complex:

"George H. Walker and Samuel Prescott Bush were the dynasty's founding fathers...

"Walker ... made his mark in corporate reorganizations and war contracts.

"Sam Bush, the current president's other great-grandfather, ran an Ohio company, Buckeye Steel Castings, that produced armaments...

"Both men were present at the emergence of what became the U.S. military-industrial complex.

"Prescott Bush, grandfather of the current president, had some German corporate ties at the outbreak of World War II.

He had directorships of companies involved in U.S. war production. "Dresser Industries, for example, produced the incendiary bombs dropped on Tokyo and made gaseous diffusion pumps for the atomic bomb project."

George H.W. Bush was linked to secret arms deals with Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the moujahedeen in Afghanistan.

Under George W. Bush there has been the post-9/11 expansion of the military.

Enron is another family connection. George H.W. Bush gave Lay the task of planning for a G-7 summit in Houston....

The intelligence community: A number of published sources suggest that Zapata Offshore was a CIA front...

With the Bush family, "investors and their inheritors are favored — a good explanation of why George W. Bush has cut taxes on both dividends and estates, where most of the benefit goes to the top 1%."

Debt and deficits: "Whenever a Bush is president, private debt and government deficits seem to grow..."

George W. Bush means "oil, crony capitalism, top 1% economics and military-industrial-establishment loyalties."

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1065-1677350_1,00.html

Matthew Parris, in The Times 2 July 2005, wrote: "We must all sneer and scoff at the corrupt, cruel jackasses of Africa."

Some quotes from Parris:

"God send Africa a little less of our charity and understanding, and a little more of our anger and disdain...

"As leaders of the G8 gather to discuss aid, they should be pitiless in their resolve to make pariahs of black Africa’s cruel and rotten governments. A ruling class of greedy men, sheltered by a popular culture of gawping passivity in the face of political swagger, is suffocating the people of Africa and neither tears nor money nor rock music should be our first response. Rage, not rock, is called for...

"Most of Africa is not anarchy; it is tyranny...

"The invading army of spanking new, top-of-the-range, white, air-conditioned Toyota Land Cruisers and their palefaced, safari-suited occupants sent in by aid agencies and non-governmental organisations, are not on the reformers’ side. NGOs and relief workers’ instructions are to keep out of politics and engage constructively with the political elite...

"I was in the Afar region of Ethiopia this New Year. It was seldom below 40C. At a godforsaken, wind-whipped, rubble-strewn village with no water but a dirty uncovered well where women walked with buckets and rope, I said to my Ethiopian guide: 'Why not cover the well, get a windmill and lay a pipe?'

"... Everybody wanted access to clean water. But someone would have to come forward and borrow money; rights of ownership and access would have to be settled; and a framework giving the investor confidence in a return from customers or (more likely) the regional authority was needed too. The windmill itself was secondary to all that: the easiest part.

"I am afraid the regional authority was more than a hundred miles away, building itself (with aid money) a huge multistorey office in the middle of a trackless desert."

"Peasants must become freehold owners of their land...

"Swaggering African tyrants stay in power because the small people in Africa passively tolerate, even in some cases sneakingly admire, their leader’s greed and rascality. The cult of the Big Man is the tap-root of Africa’s suffering. That culture has to change. We can help it to change.

"Africa’s leaders should be the laughing stock of the world, and ordinary Africans should know it. Where is the satire, where the anger, where the mockery and derision, that these brutal boobies deserve? How many f***s has Bob Geldof directed at their heads rather than ours?

"...But it is patronising to think these criminals and crackpots can’t help it because they are black. They should be exposed to universal hatred, contempt and ridicule. We should sneer, rail and scoff, as we did at the leaders of apartheid South Africa. The populaces before whom these jackasses puff themselves up should know — as every South African used to know — that they are led by outcasts."

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UK Labour Party corruption

http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2005/05/uk-labour-party-corruption.html

The Prime Minister made Paul Drayson a lord, six weeks before he gave the party £505,000, Electoral Commission accounts reveal.

Lord Drayson donated £100,000 while his firm Powderject made £20million as the Government's only supplier of the smallpox vaccine.

Powderject received a £32m contract for smallpox vaccine without normal competitive tendering, shortly after donating to Labour.

In the Steelgate affair it was revealed that billionaire Lakshmi Mittal had donated £125,000 to Labour party funds prior to receiving Mr Blair's backing for his takeover of the Romanian Sidex steel plant.

The Indian Hinduja brothers were allegedly involved in bribery in connection with defence contracts and applied for British passports in order to try and avoid extradition to India....

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