Friday, February 27, 2009

Shell Shock, Hero to Bum and other misc. thoughts

In these difficult times we are inundated with opinions, analysis, explanations from experts and heaping helpings of bad news and propaganda. It's tough to achieve firm understanding with so much conflicting information. Especially when one considers the very real aspect of disinformation that swirls about constantly. People like the Soro's and Mr. Rogers of the world may be very smart in their own right, but when it comes to delivering a convincing argument in support of their ambitions, they should farm that out to the PR guru's, because their motives are transparent . Some others, not so much. A good deal of the doom and gloom that is reported everyday needs to be taken with a huge dose of salt, as it is just as easily manipulation of investment buying and selling trends as it is sound and concerned efforts to inform. As my own personal level of shell shock has increased regarding the current scenario, I have come to be much more resistant to the gloomers prophecies, and more attuned to what I know, what I have experienced and what I hear in the streets.

Upon browsing Kinsella's site today I saw a video of some Wall St. guy ranting on about the travesties of bailing out dead beat homeowners. The irony of it all. In time many people will become conditioned to the arseholery, and self centred sales pitches, and develop something similar to shell shock. A layer of armor so to speak, that surrounds the senses and automatically tunes out much of the fear and grief and brings a settling into the parameters of a frame of mind that is comfortable for them. That can vary greatly, and I think we are seeing an amount of this already. On one side of the spectrum there are the forces of the weirdosphere squeaking ever louder and gaining legitimacy in some peoples minds. The counterbalance is the objective thinkers. There seems to be a growing firming up of the positions of the two. Which will emerge dominant, I can't say but I know it takes far less effort and ability to let others tell you what to think. Either way, in time the words from the other side become largely irrelevant to the chosen view.

Which brings me to Hero and Bum. I mentioned this in regards to Obama around the time of his election, and am watching this scenario and how it is being worked by various self interests. Like the Wall St. dude mentioned above. Those shell shocked into hearing only his rant without questioning his hypocracy are an ever growing number. The circle the wagons mentality people, who never bother to consider the consequences of their narrow views. The leaders of the Wagon people don't reflect upon the regular people whose money and futures they themselves, and their employers lost in their quests for self satisfaction. Unfortunately these types must be tolerated. These are the collective I refer to as Carpet Baggers. As things progress, we hear more and more from this group as they go about criticizing things such as the program to help homeowners while they stand measuring the porridge in their bowls and crying that it is not enough. Still, they take the porridge anyway. Thoughtful of them. Now we hear them screeching but do we hear real alternatives from them? I haven't. What I have heard is endless simplistic attacks, that appear intended simply to oppose Obama's administration, and cast negativity. Or more to my theme, turn Obama from Hero, to Bum in the minds of the people. Continuous politicking it would seem.

In the words of their fallen shiney face, "There's a time for politics".

If anyone thinks that fixing the monsterous mess that is the American economy is an easy task, then I suggest much more reading. If they think that waving a magic wand over the problems in the meddle east, (that's not a typo) is possible, then I suggest they are too dumb to reason with. The sheer complexity of the many issues that Obama is expected to address effectively is, beyond the level of most people's personal education, experiences and understanding.

I believe the World is the victim of a fraud the scale of which has never been seen before. Dealing with those who are complicit either wittingly or unwittingly is not something that can be accomplished in a matter of mere weeks, nor months for that matter. Undoing the structure that has been put in place to perpetrate this fraud will be an extraordinary battle, which will meet extraordinary resistance, and would require extraordinary determination.

Some monsterous battles will need to be fought, and not on a battlefield spilling the blood of boys, and non combatants but in the halls of Governments. The Regulatory bodies. The battle ground of common sense, and sense of purpose. Stock markets and investment vehicles have outgrown their original purposes, and have to be completely revamped. Companies who produce frankenseeds and prey upon the World's poor must be stopped dead in their tracks. Significant steps have to be taken to deal with intransigent States that depend on foreign aid. Huge Energy conglomorates have to be reined in and made to act as responsible citizens of the World, not merely self interested Corporate entities. Governments, such as our own must focus on setting an example of responsibility, instead of one of expedience.

In order to begin, perhaps someone could start an organization called Greedaholics Anonymous.

Hi, my name is _________, and I am a Greedaholic. I am prepared to embark on a 12 step program to cure my wanton soul.

That said, I have another bit of perspective to add. From an article about Latvia;

"In Latvia, people seem genuinely shocked at how quickly the rug was pulled out from under them and how hard their country is falling. But Vanags says Latvia has been through tough times before and will survive this crisis.

"If you take older generation people who lived through the Soviet Union, through the breakup of the Soviet Union, through the Russian financial crisis, I think they're very fatalistic about it."

For them, he says, "it is just another crisis."

But for younger people, who have never seen this, who have grown up in a market economy in Latvia, I think it is much more of a shock. They thought that wages would go on rising forever. Well, they're not."


  1. A message from Maxine (yes, she is still around) . . .

    "Life is all about ass. You're either covering it, laughing it off, kicking it, kissing it, busting it, trying to get a piece of it, behaving like one or you're living with one!"
    To begin the day, this is hairy's chain-saw massacre gone wrong, followed by a simple method of peeling hard-boiled eggs . . .
    Wasn't that fun?! Now to other trivial nonsense. Only a few scabs left from the flesh-eating disease, but still painful on the bone.

    OR -- could that be the secret location of what's left of my brain, and the formation of an idea is taking root?! Holy sheepshit!
    ". . . Or more to my theme, turn Obama from Hero, to Bum in the minds of the people."

    Very quickly, too. One should try to bear in mind that Obama, Brown, Merkel, Sarkozy, etc., are nothing more than hood ornaments, designed to put the final touches on the Christmas gift, make it look all nice and shiny.

    Remember The Who's song "Won't Get Fooled Again", and part of the lyrics to another -- "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss" -- well, plenty of sheeple have been fooled again by their own ignorance so yes, the new boss is the same as the old boss.

    The days of Abe Lincoln, Jefferson, Europe's heads of state who took their jobs seriously and acted responsibly, in the best interests of their countries and people are long gone.

    It's all power-hungry money brokers and lawyers who are in charge now. People have been shoved to the back room, where they can do little except survive.

    The gap between the haves and have-nots is growing ever wider. That may be one of the reasons for the sheer speed of this fiscal takedown -- a cooling off was expected, but not this size (worldwide) at this speed.
    No. 2 reiterates what I mentioned a day or two ago -- eastern Europe is sliding downhill as fast, if not faster than us.

    Despite what Garth says in his latest post, this may end up being the "Mother Of all Takedowns". --
    Curious. First link says Hong Kong's exports declined almost 22% from a year earlier; second speaks about "Asian Benevolence", so try and make head or tail of it!

    Further, a sentence from C.One's post above -- "It's tough to achieve firm understanding with so much conflicting information."

    The second has a good lead-in photo as well. --

  2. Charles, did you ever wonder what a Beaver in Ottawa looks like?

  3. From British Idol (Punjabi style), set to one of Michael Jackson's songs -- one of the best sketches by two English men in their mid-20s. Very funny. --
    Warning: These graphics are financially very stimulating and confusing! --
    At least there is one honest politician left! --
    Only now are columnists, editors and the like see how quickly this downturn is happening. Earlier, I mentioned that the former Iron Curtain countries were all but broke -- now it's spreading west. --

    Once the financial system is gone (very quickly), civil liberties -- such as in the UK -- will be eroded. --
    This link has nothing to do with the economy, but it does lend creedence to conspiracy theories being proven right on the 'net, but never reported in the msm.

    Benazir Bhutto was murdered a while back, and people generally say "Well, those extremists in Pakistan kill anyone who poses a threat to them", and most are happy with that.

    On YouTube, there is / was a clip of Ms. Bhutto giving a speech -- I watched it a couple of times -- and during the speech, she clearly stated that Osama bin Laden had been killed a couple of years earlier.

    If Ms. Bhutto had won the Pakistani elections (almost certainly), then she would have gone public with that info., and thus the US would have had no justification for invading Af'stan, then Iraq.

    Yet US politicians of all stripes -- including Ron Paul and Obama -- clearly say that ObL is still a major threat to them.

    How can dead people be threats?

  4. Had to chuckle over a statement from an investment guy in one of your links Charles. He complained about Government changing the rules and that he couldn't do his job. Re: Citi bank.

    Well, smack my nethers and call me horny toad! The government throw a curve? Of course they do it daily with ordinary people, but Wally St. types don't like it one bit when they are affected.

  5. Hello Comrades- One and All. Thanks for the excellent links and insight, Charles!(shiny hood ornaments? Oh yes...) Barb is posting some good info at Garth's,too. Every bit helps (a few). Seems to be a busy place there. Take care. Linda

  6. Hey Comrade One, what'd you think of Peter Mackay telling the Russian's to "Back off"? Now there's a diplomatic phrase...from grade four. What's the plan there? Take on all the countries who see the Arctic in a different legal light than Steve? ~linda

  7. Comrade? Can you reformat your page? That pic takes forever to download. The blog 'standard' is to have the larger margin on the right of the screen and a smaller margin on the left.


    First thing that came to mind about the Russia thing is they're trying to divert attention away from something else. What though? He's so bloody obvious. He's also an embarrassment. Putin mentioned Bush doing the same thing at Davos.

  8. Please be seated. The Very High and Most Revered Reverend I, Charlesius has signed in, so all is well in Lotusland. Howzabout you?
    Here are the winners of this year's Washington Post's Mensa Invitational which once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition:

    1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

    2. Ignoranus: A person who is both stupid and an asshole.

    3. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

    4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

    5. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

    6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

    7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

    8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

    9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

    10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. This one got extra credit.

    11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

    12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

    13. Glibido: All talk and no action.

    14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

    15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

    16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

    17. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.

    The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. And the winners are:

    1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.

    2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.

    3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

    4. Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.

    5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.

    6. Negligent, adj.. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.

    7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.

    8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.

    9. Flatulence, n.. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.

    10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.

    11. Testicle n. A humorous question on an exam.

    12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

    13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.

    14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with yiddishisms.

    15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

    16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.
    Enuf ov thys ed-yoo-kay-shun-al drivel. We're all too smart for that!

    I read about this a few months ago, and now it looks as if it is going ahead without any of us knowing anything about it. China will soon have control over the US; zionism will also be playing a major role in this.

    Two of the biggest zionists in Obama's govt.? Nancy Pelosi (recall she said on 60 Minutes that impeachment for dubya was off the table, not going to happen? dubya is pro-zionist too); Hillary Clinton is the other.

    Something is happening very quietly and quickly behind the scenes; three links go somewhat together.

    If there is any extra cash floating around, y'all may want to consider silver and / or gold coins (moreso silver, as it's easier to barter / trade). --

  9. ~Hey Dee! As you mentioned, what are they trying to deflect our attention from, maybe the numbers they did not release the other morning thereby breaking that law...Who knows what lies beneath the rocks Charles so aptly describes as 'shiny hood ornaments'? Mulroney comes to mind. How many boards and directorships from how many union-busting companies in despotic countries does he sit on? Barb-the proof-reader knows. Anyhoo, it's so yesterday, isn't it? But here it comes again. To me, ever since the days of kings and judges, man has proven beyond a shadow, he cannot govern his affairs. I read an article about how even our 'sacred' democracy has failed us in so many ways. C1 mentioned monstrous battles to be fought and I believe that to be true for each individual. Who can help us govern our appetites? ~ Blessed are those who hunger and thirst ~ I believe that, Dee. I sent a post to Poppa Vox and hope he got it before he left. I'm sure he'll be back!:)! Take care...linda.

  10. Hey Charles! ~ After I stop laughing at your posts and Maxine's message:) I want to tell you I hear you on the Zionist issue. Loud and clear. So much info out there and we're being propagandized to death. Keep it coming ok? I remember the link you gave with the actual translation of 'blowing Israel off the face of the earth' which is bogus what they bloody well tell us isn't it? Anyway, I'm about to have some lessons from a techno-guy and hope to learn how to get to the links here. Garth's point and click system was so easy for me but I'm committed to learning! Most times I just seem to discern that your insight is in line with what I've learned in life, so far. Thanks!

  11. There but for the grace of an Irishman go I . . .
    One day an Irishman, who had been stranded on a deserted island for over 10 years, saw a speck on the horizon.

    He thought to himself, "It's certainly not a ship."

    As the speck got closer and closer, he began to rule out even the possibilities of a small boat or a raft.

    Suddenly there strode from the surf a figure clad in a black wet suit.

    Putting aside the scuba tanks and mask and zipping down the top of the wet suit stood a drop-dead gorgeous blond!

    She walked up to the stunned Irishman and said to him, "Tell me, how long has it been since you've had a good cigar?"

    "Ten years," replied the amazed Irishman.

    With that, she reached over and unzipped a waterproof pocket on the left sleeve of her wet suit and pulled out a fresh package of cigars and a lighter.

    He took a cigar, slowly lit it, and took a long drag. "Faith and begorrah," said the castaway, "that is so good! I'd almost forgotten how great a smoke can be!"

    "And how long has it been since you've had a drop of good Bushmill's Irish Whiskey?" asked the blond.

    Trembling, the castaway replied, "Ten years."

    Hearing that, the blond reached over to her right sleeve, unzipped a pocket there and removed a flask and handed it to him.

    He opened the flask and took a long drink. " 'Tis nectar of the gods!" shouted the Irishman. " 'Tis truly fantastic!"

    At this point the gorgeous blond started to slowly unzip the long front of her wet suit, right down the middle.

    She looked at the trembling man and asked, "And how long has it been since you played around?"

    With tears in his eyes, the Irishman fell to his knees and sobbed,

    "Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Don' t tell me that you've got golf clubs in there too!"
    THOUGHT FOR THE DAY! (Courtesy

    "The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all." -- Thomas Jefferson, drafter of the Declaration of Independence and president of US from 1801-1809
    Most know that Warren Buffet's company, Berkshire Hathaway dropped 96% in profits, it's worst showing in four decades but none of the msm has bothered to report on this other Buffet story -- a possible onslaught of inflation, which has already started -- check out your grocery bills. --
    There is an extremely good possibility that a major war will occur from 2009 on. See below. --

    Crash of 1904 = WWI / Crash of 1929 = WWII / Crash of 2008 = WWIII

    Here is one place where NATO and the US can meddle and cause unrest / war. The fact it may bring Russia and China against them doesn't seem to matter anymore. --
    For those who are into science, this may be of interest especially with the following excerpt. --

    "If you were thinking that the only things we have to be concerned about include wars, famines, and economic crashes, think again."

  12. Hello Linda -- glad you enjoy the jokes and posts! I don't post very much on Garth's site now -- too serious; man, they have to learn to lighten up a little!
    Today, our group therapy consists of repeating one sentence to ourselves, to reinforce the fact that we already know this. So please say, in a quiet, yet firm Sherlock Homes-type voice,

    "I am not as nutty as hairy."

    Repeat as often as needed, and if anyone needs further support, just ask someone!
    11 Most Expensive Catastrophes in History

    #11. Titanic -- $150 Million

    The sinking of the Titanic is possibly the most famous accident in the world. But it barely makes our list of top 10 most expensive. On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage and was considered to be the most luxurious ocean liner ever built. Over 1,500 people lost their lives when the ship ran into an iceberg and sunk in frigid waters. The ship cost $7 million to build ($150 million in today's dollars).

    #10. Tanker Truck vs Bridge -- $358 million

    On August 26, 2004, a car collided with a tanker truck containing 32,000 liters of fuel on the Wiehltal Bridge in Germany. The tanker crashed through the guardrail and fell 90 feet off the A4 Autobahn resulting in a huge explosion and fire which destroyed the load-bearing ability of the bridge. Temporary repairs cost $40 million and the cost to replace the bridge is estimated at $318 million.

    #9. MetroLink Crash -- $500 Million

    On September 12, 2008, in what was one of the worst train crashes in California history, 25 people were killed when a Metrolink commuter train crashed head-on into a Union Pacific freight train in Los Angeles. It is thought that the Metrolink train may have run through a red signal while the conductor was busy text messaging. Wrongful death lawsuits are expected to cause $500 million in losses for Metrolink.

    #8. B-2 Bomber Crash -- $1.4 Billion

    Here we have our first billion dollar accident (and we're only #8 on the list). This B-2 stealth bomber crashed shortly after taking off from an air base in Guam on February 23, 2008. Investigators blamed distorted data in the flight control computers caused by moisture in the system. This resulted in the aircraft making a sudden nose-up move which made the B-2 stall and crash. This was 1 of only 21 ever built and was the most expensive aviation accident in history. Both pilots were able to eject to safety.

    #7. Exxon Valdez -- $2.5 Billion

    The Exxon Valdez oil spill was not a large one in relation to the world's biggest oil spills, but it was a costly one due to the remote location of Prince William Sound (accessible only by helicopter and boat). On March 24, 1989, 10.8 million gallons of oil was spilled when the ship's master, Joseph Hazelwood, left the controls and the ship crashed into a Reef. The cleanup cost Exxon $2.5 billion.

    #6. Piper Alpha Oil Rig -- $3.4 Billion

    The world's worst off-shore oil disaster. At one time, it was the world's single largest oil producer, spewing out 317,000 barrels of oil per day. On July 6, 1988, as part of routine maintenance, technicians removed and checked safety valves which were essential in preventing dangerous build-up of liquid gas. There were 100 identical safety valves which were checked. Unfortunately, the technicians made a mistake and forgot to replace one of them.

    At 10 PM that same night, a technician pressed a start button for the liquid gas pumps and the world ' s most expensive oil rig accident was set in motion. Within 2 hours, the 300 foot platform was engulfed in flames. It eventually collapsed, killing 167 workers and resulting in $3.4 Billion in damages.

    #5. Challenger Explosion -- $5.5 Billion

    The Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed 73 seconds after takeoff due on January 28, 1986 due to a faulty O-ring. It failed to seal one of the joints, allowing pressurized gas to reach the outside. This in turn caused the external tank to dump its payload of liquid hydrogen causing a massive explosion. The cost of replacing the Space Shuttle was $2 billion in 1986 ($4.5 billion in today's dollars). The cost of investigation, problem correction, and replacement of lost equipment cost $450 million from 1986-1987 ($1 Billion in today's dollars).

    #4. Prestige Oil Spill -- $12 Billion

    On November 13, 2002, the Prestige oil tanker was carrying 77,000 tons of heavy fuel oil when one of its twelve tanks burst during a storm off Galicia, Spain. Fearing that the ship would sink, the captain called for help from Spanish rescue workers, expecting them to take the ship into harbour. However, pressure from local authorities forced the captain to steer the ship away from the coast.

    The captain tried to get help from the French and Portuguese authorities, but they too ordered the ship away from their shores. The storm eventually took its toll on the ship resulting in the tanker splitting in half and releasing 20 million gallons of oil into the sea. According to a report by the Pontevedra Economist Board, the total cleanup cost $12 billion.

    #3. Space Shuttle Columbia -- $13 Billion

    The Space Shuttle Columbia was the first space worthy shuttle in NASA's orbital fleet. It was destroyed during re-entry over Texas on February 1, 2003 after a hole was punctured in one of the wings during launch 16 days earlier. The original cost of the shuttle was $2 Billion in 1978. That comes out to $6.3 Billion in today's dollars.

    $500 million was spent on the investigation, making it the costliest aircraft accident investigation in history. The search and recovery of debris cost $300 million. In the end, the total cost of the accident (not including replacement of the shuttle) came out to $13 Billion according to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

    #2. Chernobyl -- $200 Billion

    On April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the costliest accident in history. The Chernobyl disaster has been called the biggest socio-economic catastrophe in peacetime history. 50% of the area of Ukraine is in some way contaminated. Over 200,000 people had to be evacuated and resettled while 1.7 million people were directly affected by the disaster. The death toll attributed to Chernobyl, including people who died from cancer years later, is estimated at 125,000.

    The total costs including cleanup, resettlement, and compensation to victims has been estimated to be roughly $200 Billion. The cost of a new steel shelter for the Chernobyl nuclear plant will cost $2 billion alone. The accident was officially attributed to power plant operators who violated plant procedures and were ignorant of the safety requirements needed.

    #1. 2008 Presidential Election -- $800 Billion in the first month . . .
    P.S.: Obama is supposedly a zionist too; that is why Clinton, Rahm Emanuel and plenty of others have been given top jobs at the WH. Same as dubya -- all talk, no action.
    Question: Why is almost everything followed by a dollar figure? If money is eliminated, then this world would probably be a much better place to live!
    G'day y'all. It's good to be totally invested in Enron, World.Com, Nortel and Bre-X, 'coz I'm making gablillions of lolly and, you're not!

    This comes via MI5; guess they know more about what is really going on than we do.

    Other links look at the collapse of Ireland -- exactly the same as Iceland, Spain and almost all of the eastern European countries; next is how China is counterfeiting US gold coins. --

  13. From Maxine, this may be the best Living Will I've seen . . .
    I,__________________, being of sound mind and body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means.

    Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of pinhead politicians who couldn't pass ninth grade biology if their lives depended on it, or lawyers / doctors interested in simply running up the bills.

    If a reasonable amount of time passes and I fail to ask for at least one of the following:

    Glass of wine; Chocolate; Margarita; Sex; Martini; Cold Beer; Chocolate; Chicken fried steak; Creamy gravy; Sex; Mexican food; Chocolate; French fries; Chocolate; Pizza; Sex; Ice cream; Cup of tea; Chocolate; Chocolate; Sex; Chocolate,

    It should be presumed that I won't ever get better. When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my appointed person and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes, let the 'fat lady sing,' and call it a day!

    Have a Drink -- IT'S 5 O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE!
    A few days ago, I mentioned that the former Iron Curtain countries were in really rough shape, except the msm here ignored that news. Seems only blogs like this one is where the reality of life is found!

    Yesterday, Hungary said something to the effect of, "If you (the IMF) won't help us, then maybe it's the start of a new Iron Curtain". Well, the IMF / EU's answer is in the first link. --

    This applies to last link: "GE just announced a massive dividend cut. In fact, without large infusions of government bailout money, GE couldn't pay any dividend. GE would be forced into liquidating its holdings."

    Obama will withdraw troops from Iraq soon, then he wants to move those soldiers, plus add a few thousand more to fill up Pakistan and Af'stan. The pawns (troops) are being shifted from one area to another on the board, that's all.
    However, see the comment from following.--

    "The last man to conquer and actually hang onto Afghanistan was Alexander the Great, and he only kept it for three years." Simple fact is, this world is so financially bankrupt, and completely inept that nothing short of WW3 will restart the planet again.

  14. Dee, what picture? There are two. The right side of the page covers 2/3 overall, and the left approx. 1/3. I will remove the top pic, let me know if that fixes it for you. The page loads up fine for me too, so I don't know if your problem is ISP related or just one of those slow moments.

    Been sick, so am late getting to stuff.

  15. Just kind of freaky because the ole' eyes are used to reading from left to right. Slowing is probably my ISP, some good days, some bad.

    Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. Take care, 'k?

  16. I prefer left to right too Dee, I may play with some more templates soon.

    Linda, I didn't think the Russian bomber was a significant issue. The press played it up and gave McKay a John Wayne moment. Rooster Cogburn he ain't.

  17. Hey Comrade One, hope you're feeling better soon. I wonder who Mackay was trying to impress? His base? Hi Charles, I know what you mean about the serious tone at Garth's. Like, what IS better in crunch time- gold or silver? It's nice to read Garth and some of the originals, though. And there is a lot of information to link to there. Charles, when Obama moved the game to AF/PAK, Newsweek called it his 'Viet Nam'. The whole damn thing makes me sad. For all of us on the planet. So much for Hope. I think Stewart said that not long after inauguration. Oh well. Take care, all. Linda