November 14, 2009
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June 1, 2009
May 17, 2009
A wise man once said that The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
Gil Scott-Heron was correct.
Here’s the outline of this story: Shortly before committing suicide, a lawyer in Guatemala made a Youtube video explaining that he was about to be assassinated by the government. So maybe not suicide, eh? Subsequently, a guy sent out a tweet on Twitter about it, and was arrested and put in jail. Now the whole nation is in demonstration against the government, using social networks to organize.
It is a beautiful thing to behold.
Did you see it on TV?
Dick Cheney tortured a guy in hopes that the guy would lie about there being an al-Qaeda/Iraq connection. Tortured a bunch of guys, in fact.
Dick Cheney, who famously shot a guy in the face, and then the guy apologized for having been shot in the face.
Dick Cheney, who really ran the country during the so-called Bush Years.
Ticking time bombs? Forget it. That’s all bullshit. Dick Cheney ordered a guy to be drowned under controlled circumstances, just shy of a couple hundred times in one month, in hopes that the guy would lie and tell what Dick Cheney wanted to hear.
And why did Dick Cheney want this? He wanted it so he could tell *you* that a ‘high-ranking al Qaeda operative’ admitted that al Qaeda had an operational connection to Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi government.
Dick Cheney didn’t want to find out if there was a connection. Dick Cheney knew there wasn’t a connection. But he wanted a terrorist to lie, and say there was, so he could then lie to *you* about it.
And so, he found a terrorist and drowned him a couple hundred times in one month.
Dick Cheney is depraved.
But for most of 2002 and into 2003, Cheney and Rumsfeld, especially, were also demanding proof of the links between al Qaida and Iraq that (former Iraqi exile leader Ahmed) Chalabi and others had told them were there.”
It was during this period that CIA interrogators waterboarded two alleged top al Qaida detainees repeatedly — Abu Zubaydah at least 83 times in August 2002 and Khalid Sheik Muhammed 183 times in March 2003 — according to a newly released Justice Department document.
Also: This guy is right.
April 29, 2009
April 24, 2009
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April 15, 2009
…if by ‘great’ we mean ‘somewhat worrying.’
TREASURY CALLS 12–1/2 PERCENT BONDS OF 2009-14
The Treasury today announced the call for redemption at par on August 15, 2009, of the
12-1/2 % Treasury Bonds of 2009-14, originally issued August 15, 1984, due August 15, 2014
(CUSIP No. 912810 DL 9). There are $4,388 million of these bonds outstanding, of which
$3,381 million are held by private investors. Securities not redeemed on August 15, 2009, will
stop earning interest.
These bonds are being called to reduce the cost of debt financing. The 12-1/2% interest rate is
significantly above the current cost of securing financing for the five years remaining to their
maturity. Using current market projections, Treasury estimates gross savings from the call to be
about $2,000 million.
Sorry, investors. The Treasury isn’t giving you any more interest on those 12.5% 30-year bonds. You got 25 years, what are you complaining about?