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20 June 2012

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Clwydshire

A reporter for the German magazine Der Spiegel on the situation in Syria at http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/spiegel-reporter-describes-increasing-brutality-in-syria-a-839503.html.

William R. Cumming

Has anything in USA fundamentally changed since 9/11/01? One item I would argue as changed is the increased role in law enforcement by the federal government! If asked whether good or bad I conclude that the traditional role of the STATES and their local governments in policing functions should be maintained but has badly eroded because of erosion in federal funding and erosion of STATES and their local governments revenues. Don't have actual numbers but this is my surmise.

turcopolier

All

This is interesting on both crude prices and the dollar/Euro markets.

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/breakout/look-below-major-crude-oil-crash-coming-says-170127530.html?l=1

pl

Tyler

Issa charged Holder with contempt. About time!

r whitman

There are four important things happening on the crude oil market now:
1. Large increase in Continental US production.
2. Opening of the Seaway pipeline from Cushing to Houston market with initial 100K bbl/day creating a surplus of crude on the Gulf Coast leading to discounting on the spot market.
3. Failure to startup the 300k bbl/day addition to the Total refinery at PA, Tx. Saudi crude in tankers in the Gulf of Mexico and on the high seas with nowhere to go. Startup delayed 3-5 months. More spot market discounts.
4. Iranian oil in tankers offshore Iran being offered with big discounts FOB Persian Gulf with buyer arranging insurance and payment.

r whitman

Error in point 3 above. Should be Motiva refinery in Port Arthur not Total.

Fred

If true the next president looks like a hero, if it really happens in 2 months then Obama's re-election chances look brighter.

Tyler

Anyone else do kettlebell training?

JohnH

After exemplary elections in Egypt, Libya was set to vote...yesterday...except they had to postpone it until July 7.

Now you have to give Egyptians credit. They understood what elections were--exercises in fraud. Now they're just futile exercises, where the SCAF simply ignores the results and issues edicts countermanding whatever was voted on as soon as the results are in.

In Libya, no one even knows what an election is. And they don't know who the members of the NTC (the interim government) are. Or who the thuwwars (revolutionaries). Everybody's buying guns--the kind of place the NRA would love.

A fine place, that Libya! And kudos to America's democracy building nonsense!
http://merip.org/mero/mero060112

par4

Reuters: Sanford Police Chief fired over Trayvon Martin case.

Jonathan

With the headline:

Campbell: Israeli PM Sharon Threatened Bush with Nuking Iraq (Mearsheimber & Walt vindicated)

In his blog Juan Cole comments on and provides a link to Alastair Campbell’s serialized memoirs which

"Contain a bombshell that is largely being ignored in the Western press, the revelation that in conversations with President George W. Bush in late 2002, then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon threatened to nuke Baghdad if Saddam Hussein hit Israel with rockets again. (Campbell was then British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s communications director)."
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Link to Juan Cole's blog post: http://www.juancole.com/2012/06/campbell-israeli-pm-sharon-threatened-bush-with-nuking-iraq-mearsheimber-walt-vindicated.html

William R. Cumming

Full House will vote on Holder Contempt citation next week.

rjj du Nord

If Issa is involved, it is dodgy.

boindub

Ron Paul says it all. Will this not be reported??
http://runronpaul.com

Paul Deavereaux

Oil price collapse?

Yippee! Road trip to Canyonlands!

Paul Deavereaux

Recommended Reading:

"Live among The Apaches" by John C Cremony

"Originally published over 130 years ago, LATA is John C Cremony's absorbing eyewitness description of pre-reservation Apache life and culture. Through his years in the military Cremony fought in the war with Mexico and participated in many Indian campaigns in the southwest deserts. In 1848 he served as Spanish interpreter for the US/Mexico Boundary Commission where he learned to speak Apache and subsequently wrote a glossary and grammar of the language. Although he wrote this book with the intent to encourage more effective military suppression of the intimidating Apaches, this historical document has all of the fast-paced action and excitement of a Wild West novel."

Very hard to find. Well worth the search. Cremony had a superb eye for detail without a shred of 1860's or 2012 politically correct thinking.

Tyler

Based off of what?

Paul Deavereaux

ah rats... that's supposed to be "LIFE Among The Apaches"..

rjj du Nord


http://archive.org/details/lifeamongapaches00cremrich

There are recent reprints available at bookfinder.com - the 1868 editions are $400-500. Personally I prefer the pdf scans of old editions at archive.org to most reprints. The pdf files not scanned by Google have the added benefit of being searchable.

optimax

You can download the book at the California Digital Library. I went PDF.

http://archive.org/details/lifeamongapaches00cremrich

optimax

I should have checked du Nord's link.

Fred

I'm thinking of gettting a nice Scotch to celebrate the latest birthday. Any suggestions? I'm leaning towards a Macallan 18yo.

turcopolier

Fred

I used to be a Lagavulin guy. Maybe I should go back to that. I didn't have Bell's Palsy then. pl

Fred

I'll have to give Lagavulin a try. Is that a bit 'smokey' like other Islays?

r whitman

As a very experienced ex-drinker I have fond memories of Laphroaig.

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