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18 October 2006


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The thing about Cheney that I really like is how popular he is on the Wall Street Journal editorial page. They refer to him reverently as "The Man From Oklahoma".

He is their God.

It is likely that the old Bush hands thought that Cheney would take care of the moron, make his Presidency a little smoother. They should have read up on pump heads.

Cloned Poster

Doesn't Tony Blair also have heart problems?

Ernest Jones, Freud's disciple and biographer, listed three senses in which things were out of synch in the physiology and psychology of anxiety reactions:

(1) a "disproportion between the external stimulus and the response"

(2) a "disharmony between bodily and mental manifestations" and

(3) an "internal disharmony" within the body or mind itself.


Thanks arbogast for the info about personality changes

i have written the definitive pumphead article in wikipedia. pumphead redirects you to postperfustion syndrome. I cite the Duke University Study, and a later Mayo study, the National Enquirer, and openly specualte about Deadeye Dick.

I couldn't get it Bruce's article but I never give up.

I"ll find corroboration for the personality changes and incoroporate. Better yet, why don't you join the WP fun! I already have

" Postperfusion syndrome (often called pumphead syndrome) describes a constellation of cognitive impairments associated with artificial perfusion during coronary bypass surgery. Side effects may include memory impairment, stilted speech, depression, confusion, and diminished hand-eye coordination. Patients may experience lessened sex drive. The condition is called postsurgical neurocognitive deficit, but care takers commonly refer to it as "pumphead" syndrome.

According to a study by Duke University Medical Center and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it affects more than half of bypass patients which of whom 42 percent are still impaired after five years and for whom there is no cure.

Physicians speculate it's caused by tiny debris and bubbles that get into the brain from the heart-lung pump which takes over the work of the heart and lungs during surgery.

Since that initial Duke University Study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing significant and widespread cognitive impairment [1] there has been a followup Mayo clinic study showing a lesser effect.[citation needed][2]

The syndrome has attracted some public notoriety with the bypasses of United States Vice-President Richard Bruce Cheney and former President William Jefferson Clinton. The issue is not without significant political relevance considering Cheney's considerable decision making authority. [3] "


WP needs non Kool Aid sipping editors to restore the balance

Best Wishes


Regarding Cheney and personality changes, Brent Scowcroft's article of about a year ago in the New Yorker about what a fiasco Iraq was and how he'd tried to warn Junior Bush but been shut out, Scowcroft observed, "Cheney, I always considered a friend, but I don't know him anymore." I seem to remember him being more cautious as SecDef under Daddy Bush and was one of those who was not for going on to Baghdad. I always wondered what the hell happened to him but had never heard of this side effect of bypass surgery. It's all starting to make sense....

Abu Sinan

Did you see where Bush admitted in an interview that the current state of events in Iraq could be compared to the Tet Offensive? Interesting.

I just wonder if Bush has any idea of what that admission really means?


Will: "...uranium but the bomb is easy to make though heavy" All that is needed is 2.43KG of enriched uranium in the correct geometric shape to achieve super criticality - that has been a simple matter of physics since 1945.

Green Zone, you make some good points about Iran's submarines, but they are only a platform to launch torpedoes - probably against tankers. There are plenty of other low cost platforms available- you just have to use your imagination and be willing to take losses.

Piotr Chmielarz

Here is link to book in polish language about judgement n huntington theory. I hope that these of you who knows polish language will read it




Off topic, appropos of your posts on Pope Benedict's claim to the mantle of reason for Catholicism.


No religion or civilization has a monopoly on reason.

By Asma Afsaruddin
Daily Star

"In the wake of Pope Benedict XVI's Regensburg address, it is useful to recapitulate the views of a 10th-century Muslim historian by the name of Al-Masudi (d. 956) on the relationship between faith and reason, which are particularly pertinent today.

In a famous historical work, Al-Masudi maintained that the Byzantine Christians of his time had gone into a civilizational decline because they had rejected the pagan Greek sciences as basically incompatible with Christianity, whereas Muslim civilization was prospering because it had successfully assimilated the learning of the ancients and continued to build on it. In other words, it was the Muslims who had successfully blended faith with reason and had thus left the Christians behind. As such, it is highly ironic that Pope Benedict would use the words of a 14th-century Byzantine emperor to redirect the same accusation at Muslims in the 21st century. "

priscianus jr

Amazing that anything could "give Bush pause." Let's face it, didn't just about all of us believe the dimwit was crazy enough to go ahead with this? I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when "the dimensions of the catastrophe finally sunk in." Let's hope they stay there... And who was it that finally succeeded in getting it through that moronic/narcissistic skull of his, and how did they do it? Did the generals and admirals just finally wear him down? Great story here...


Military question:

I am waiting for a Republican to say that the current increase in the number of American deaths in Iraq is intended to influence our election.

Isn't the correct response to say, "Look, the important point is that at this late date they can decide how many of us they are going to kill according to their needs."

W. Patrick Lang


At the beginning of the present period of high US casualtied I opined that American politics was one of the factors involved in enemy thinking.

Now many insurgents are saying it themselves.

Why this would be a surprise is odd. It has been the case in many other insurgencies that the poliics of the metropole were a major target for the insugents.

I caution you not to let your own politics afflict your thinking. pl


Another eye-popping asiatimes article, this one by a Philippine brigadier general, Victor Corpus, obviously has had U.S. training and knows the lingo, He explores a war China Vs US but China is allied with Iran and Russia. Which brings up the point, if Iran is so crucial to China and Russia, would stand still and allow it to be knocked off the chess board?


Just the parts that relate to Iran and some weapons you may not have heard about. He’s talking about war with China but parts may be applicable to Iran. Does Iran have these weapons?

“The second spike is an array of supersonic and highly accurate cruise missiles, some with range of 300km or more, that can be delivered by submarines, aircraft, surface ships or even common trucks (which are ideal for use in terrain like that of Iran along the Persian Gulf). ………..The Aegis missile defense system and the Phalanx Close-in Defense weapons of the US Navy are ineffective against these supersonic cruise missiles”.

.” But there is a third spike which is equally dreadful. This is the deadly SHKVAL or "Squall" rocket torpedo developed by Russia and passed on to China. It is like an under-water missile. It weighs 6,000lbs and travels at 200 knots or 230mph, with a range of 7,500 yards. It is guided by autopilot and with its high speed, makes evasive maneuvers by carriers or nuclear submarines highly difficult. It is truly a submarine and carrier buster; and again, the US and its allies have no known defense against such a supercavitating rocket torpedo. “

“The "assassin’s mace" has still more spikes. The fourth spike consists of extra-large, bottom-rising, rocket-propelled sea mines laid by submarines along the projected paths of advancing carrier battle groups. These sea mines are designed specifically for targeting aircraft carriers. They can be grouped in clusters so that they will hit the carriers in barrages. “

The last weapon is in keeping with Islamic martyrdom.

“The final spike of the mace is a fleet of old fighter aircraft (China has thousands of them) modified as unmanned [or manned] combat aerial vehicles fitted with extra fuel tanks and armed with stand-off anti-ship missiles. They are also packed with high explosives so that after firing off their precision-guided anti-ship missiles on the battle group, they will then finish their mission by dive-bombing "kamikaze" style into their targets. “

He also talks about “C4ISR,” knocking out or blinding satellites with lasers (in the news lately), This guy knows his stuff.

Best Wishes


I concur with greenzone regarding subs in the gulf. Shallow water sub hunting can be as tough or in some cases tougher than in 'blue' water. Good thing they are diesels, hopefully we are now and have been tracking every one of them.

Fred is also right about them using cheaper platforms to torpedo tankers. But IMHO if the subs survive they would be seeking bigger game than oil tankers.

My bigger concern would have been Iran's Shahab missiles:

I welcome Mr Baker and his reeling in of the prodigal son. Perhaps he and Poppa Bush are getting wise to Pumphead's problem; or more likely in my mind they are going to set up & frame Pumphead for Junior's derelictions.

Cloned Poster

Well Sadr has made his latest chess move.

The Shiite militia run by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr seized control of the southern Iraqi city of Amarah today in one of the boldest acts of defiance yet by the country’s powerful, unofficial armies.

Prime Minister Nouri Maliki dispatched an emergency security delegation that included the Minister of State for Security Affairs and top officials from the Interior and Defence ministries, said Yassin Majid, the prime minister’s media adviser.



Apparently Iran does have the "Squall" rocket torpedo. But w/o a nucleur warhead, one writer anyway thinks it's a dumb weapon and pretty easy to counter. Supercavitating means it travels in an air bubble.

Specualtion, that's what sunk the Kursk submarine, changing the fuel from solid to liquid for the Squall torpedo.

Best Wishes


"The United States is fast running out of natural gas" This is patently false and extremely off base. If they're this far off on something so easily checkable, what about the rest?

W. Patrick Lang


"Natural gas?" Who? What?


Different Clue

"Natural Gas Cliff". Some
people think the U.S. and
Canada are using their own
natural gas so fast that they don't have many more
year of natural gas left to
use. When natural gas in an
underground reserve runs out
the pressure falls to almost
zero almost immediately without the ahead-of-time
warning of steadily declining pressure and extraction rate. The production falls "off a cliff." That's the concept.
Here is a post about this
concept and its relevance to
North America. There are
other posts and articles findable about this. If it
really is true, and not just
a 'scare-theory', the problem would be that everything we use Natural
Gas to do would be harder to
do without Natural Gas.


A symbolic attack on Iran's nuclear program would have provided a boost to get the GOP though the midterms. An IAF USAF tag team punishing the Mullahs for flaunting their post-Saddam power would have mobilized the fundamentalist base. The GOP would have to balance this against the prospect of soaring oil prices in the wake of the attack. Anybody who watches US gas prices and the President's popularity figures would worry about the 2008 Presidential election result. That's the entirely cynical view of what was never a practical military option.

The Iraq war has been mismanaged and supported by people whose idea of war was shaped by the domestic US experience of Vietnam. There's a lesson from that war that the Whitehouse has absorbed. Public support for that more popular war surged every time the POTUS ordered spectacularly aggressive action. If he appeared to be on the defensive and showed doubt that the numbers fell. This is an administration that believes wars are lost through a failure of public will; they can't imagine defeat another way for their fantasy of American power is limitless. This view of the Vietnam war does of course have some basis. Sensible peoples do not fight distant wars of choice to the bitter end; to do so is decadent vanity.

There is little Bush can do in Iraq that can provide such gratifying spectacles as the M1As sprinting towards the center of Baghdad. Iran offered a chance to grandstand once more and sustain the will to war in Iraq.

On pumpheads: always thought Dick's dodgy ticker was a factor in the stampede to Baghdad. Beware of an old man in a hurry.


To add to this depressing thread.

Which will the world run out of first? Natural Gas, Oil, or Fresh Water?

By 2025, the demand for water around the world is expected to exceed supply by fifty-six per cent.

http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/020408fa_FACT1>New Yorker


Five million people die each year from waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and dysentery.


there are businessmen in Alaska who believe that the state's earnings from fresh water will eventually dwarf its earnings from oil.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/755497.stm>Dawn of a Thirsty Century

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines01/0812-04.htm>2001 US shortages of clean water


By bet is the effects of water shortages will be noticed well before natural gas and oil runs out.

Bush is an idiot

Well Bush did the exact opposite of drawing down troops so it's high likely he'll issue that strike against Iran.

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