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Burns, Episode 6 - Phoenix Program, what Phoenix Program? (UPDATE: protestors)

Episode 6 continues the complete disappearence of the CIA from Viet Nam. There is also an almost complete minimization of the technological advantage the US had, via "electronic battlefield" programs, such as Arc Light B-52 strikes. To hear Mr. Burns's version it was merely our guys with machine guns and artillery and ordinary close air support versus VC/NVA guys with their machine guns and artillery and anti-aircraft guns.

The Weekly Watch

History is Written by the Victors
and
... the microbes will have the last word


(top line attributed to Walter Benjamin and the bottom one to Louis Pasteur.)

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Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.
African Proverb

Napoleon once said, "What is history, but a fable agreed upon?”
(paraphrasing ~François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694–1778), "Jeannot et Colin”)

People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.
James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

The obscurest epoch is today.
Robert Louis Stevenson, Across the Plains

Seven Rules for Running a Real Left-Wing Government

I have permission from Mr. Welsh to repost any of his material after a couple days have passed since he originally posted it.

Seven Rules for Running a Real Left-Wing Government

by Ian Welsh

So, we have had a right-wing coup in Brazil. In Venezuela, the left still controls the Presidency, but has lost control of parliament. In Argentina, the right has won the election.

Autumn Reading and Music selections from Alligator University

I've been missing the friendly confines of c99 for a while. As usual, wonderful, thoughtful essays have been consistently posted since my last visit. Now if you expect thoughtful from a reptile, think again. I left my swamp a few weeks ago to visit my sister Alice in Southern Florida. But, damn, this Harvey guy was the biggest blowhard I've ever come across outside of DJ Trump and HRC (aka HerM).

Sick Bastards Have to Go - It is Time for a Revolution

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"All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. (shouting) You’ve got to say: ‘I’m a human being, god-dammit! My life has value!"
Howard Beale

Prior to Little Hands Dictator Trump's unbearably chickenshit speech at the United Fraud, the Wall Street, I said WALL STREET, Journal made a proposal to solve the North Korea manufactured "crisis".

I'm tired of Dems like Rob Reiner crying Russia is at war with United States because Hillary lost

Rob Reiner is at it again. Not content to make specious videos, now he's pushing his unfounded conspiracy theory that Russia is at war with the USA because Hillary lost to the Donald on Twitter.

How to Become Speechless and Dumbfounded in One Sentence

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Donald Trump, President of the United States Empire, responsible for wars and abject poverty across the planet, in his U.N. speech on September, 19, 2017.

“When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.”

DPRK vs. Trump, no contest

North Korea is playing the Long Game and has scored a significant victory against the US. Trump is ill suited to be running US foreign policy at this time. Any competent leader would understand the situation and negotiate a face-saving long term treaty for peace on the Korean peninsula. Instead, Trump is blustering and threatening and in the long run will have to declare bankruptcy, screw his creditors and claim victory... as usual.

(US is still pushing its luck in Syria): Russia warns US it will strike back if militia attacks in Syria don’t end

Russia warns US it will strike back if militia attacks in Syria don’t end

Moscow has warned the US that if militias it supports in northeast Syria again attack positions of pro-government forces backed by Russia, the Russian military will use all its force to retaliate.

Montana Court forces revision of anti-transgender ballot statement

The Montana Supreme Court has ordered the Office of Attorney General Tim Fox (R) to rewrite language for the ballot statement and fiscal note associated with an anti-transgender ballot initiative that voters will decide on during the 2018 election.

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