Monthly Archives: March 2011

“Please be assured that the full resource of the UNITE trade union will be put behind a strong campaign to ensure that workers in the banking sector are not forced to be the only ones to pay the price for management mistakes.”

The only ones, eh?

The ONLY ones.



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“In states lacking major hydrocarbon reserves, tactics vary, typically keeping to a standard game plan when a favored dictator is in trouble: support him as long as possible, and when that cannot be done, issue ringing declarations of love of democracy and human rights — and then try to salvage as much of the regime as possible.

The scenario is boringly familiar: Marcos, Duvalier, Chun, Ceasescu, Mobutu, Suharto, and many others.  And today, Tunisia and Egypt.  Syria is a tough nut to crack and there is no clear alternative to the dictatorship that would support U.S. goals.  Yemen is a morass where direct intervention would probably create even greater problems for Washington.  So there state violence elicits only pious declarations.

Libya is a different case.  Libya is rich in oil, and though the US and UK have often given quite remarkable support to its cruel dictator, right to the present, he is not reliable.  They would much prefer a more obedient client.  Furthermore, the vast territory of Libya is mostly unexplored, and oil specialists believe it may have rich untapped resources, which a more dependable government might open to Western exploitation.”

Chompsky’s near-namesake Noam Chomsky – unsurprisingly – casts doubt over Western intervention in Libya.

Chomsky: On Libya And The Unfolding Crises (ZCommunications)

Quentin Tarantino turned 48 last Sunday, celebrating the day by hosting the inaugural screening of Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair – both movies assembled to form one (as the director had always envisaged).

Since there’s still no DVD release date for the combined Kill Bill movie, artist, Tyler Stout created the rather excellent poster above for the cinema release.

awesomerobot via

“Let me say, it is my view that the kind of posturing that was taken up by the new leader of Fianna Fáil, Deputy Martin, em,  you know, with this clean-cut Steve Silvermint image. It won’t be long for the wraps to come offa that.

“I’m sure we won’t have to wait too long before there’ll be some other reports or issues before the House, and when the wraps come off, I don’t think it’ll be smelling of mint for Deputy Martin or any of his colleagues in the party who are so anxious to condemn me.”

Michael Lowry responding to Micheál Martin in Leinster House this morning

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