Monthly Archives: March 2011


What wondrous lies I heard them spin like music playing from a violin

reaching notes with grasping hands, sliding backs and sneaky grins.

The rising price of landed wealth belied the truth with crooked stealth.

The market rose, the price went up for fools who drank from sovereign’s cup.

But, there was a place that lay concealed – underwater and not revealed

There lived a truth that dare not speak; losses hidden from the balance sheet.

Checks and audits did not disclose, those reefs that shred the onward bow

And when the tide began to wane – ‘The Rock‘ exposed the financial drain.

Louis LeFronde, March 31, 2011.

Louis LeFronde


“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.

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