October 4, 2010 archive

$378 Billion for Drug Cartels from Wachovia, and No Charges!

Now isn’t that a deceptive headline!

Because of course Wachovia charged the drug cartels a lot of money to launder $378 billion for them.

“No charges” only applies to the legal consequences of laundering $378 billion for drug-lords.

Wachovia admitted it didn’t do enough to spot illicit funds in handling $378.4 billion for Mexican-currency-exchange houses from 2004 to 2007. That’s the largest violation of the Bank Secrecy Act, an anti-money-laundering law, in U.S. history — a sum equal to one-third of Mexico’s current gross domestic product.

“Wachovia’s blatant disregard for our banking laws gave international cocaine cartels a virtual carte blanche to finance their operations,” says Jeffrey Sloman, the federal prosecutor who handled the case.

That sounds like a very serious crime to me, especially when you consider that…

S01E06 – Debt, Deficits & Defense: A Way Forward

cross-posted from Main Street Insider

This week, we’ve decided to branch out a bit. In Episode 6, we are looking at a report by the Sustainable Defense Task Force, convened earlier this year at the request of several Congresspeople led by Barney Frank and Ron Paul. The commission, whose members range across the ideological spectrum, have examined the defense budget in depth and issued recommendations for savings.

We decided this report would make for a good summary because it:

is directly relevant to a politically charged topic,

is directly associated with certain members of Congress in a way that resembles the sponsors of a bill, and

contains concrete policy prescriptions.

Expect to see more outside reports of a similar nature in the future. In the meantime, here’s Episode 6: Debt, Deficits and Defense!

boom shaka laka

Okay, see, this is what I love about Docudharma. And this comment, and this one too. Lively discussion.  … and, of course, this.

There’ve been so many different comment tracks recently, man! I could go off in nineteen different directions, but… I’ll hold off on that temptation and see if I can go with this Hedges piece instead. He pretty much cuts to the chase (below the click).

Meanwhile, while all this was rattling around, I had this tune come to mind this morning. Heh.

Open Dandy


you mean if the republicans win

.. dems won’t have any chance of passing their progressive agenda?????

is that what you’re all going on about? if the dems lose… the rethugs are gonna do what?

ladies and gentlemen, i propose the following:

we have all, from tea parties to progressive, been David Kuo’d.

cross posted at dKos

The CIA’s War on ALBA is a War on YOU!

It never ceases to amaze me how little attention North American’s pay to the CIA-backed gunboat diplomacy attacks on our South American neighbor’s Democracies.

“Another year, another South American coup!” Are we naive enough here to just think “those people are violent and unable to govern themselves peacefully…”?

Sorry, not so. It is our neo-liberals attacking people who want the best for themselves, so that our businesses can exploit them unencumbered by a government that has their People’s interests at heart.

The latest attack was on Ecuador. Remember last years Honduran Coup, where the US backed a right-wing ousting of an ELECTED leftist President? No worries, I will remind you below the fold.

Forgive me for taking it down to basics here, but I fear half of the US is not even aware what the acronym ALBA stands for. This coalition of self-determination, people’s power against US hegemony and imperialist exploitation is always our targets.

The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (Spanish: Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América, or ALBA) is an international cooperation organization based on the idea of social, political, and economic integration between the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. It is associated with socialist and social democratic governments and is an attempt at regional economic integration based on a vision of social welfare, bartering and mutual economic aid, rather than trade liberalization as with free trade agreements. ALBA nations are in the process of introducing a new regional currency, the SUCRE. It is intended to be the common virtual currency by 2010 and eventually a hard currency. On Tuesday, July 6, 2010, Venezuela and Ecuador conducted the first bilateral trade deal between two ALBA countries using the new trading currency, the Sucre, instead of the US dollar.

Members are Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Venezuala. Observer states of the organisation are Grenada, Haiti, Paraguay and Uruguay.


The Guatemalan Syphilis Experiments Reflect on Everyone

When news broke last week about how the United States government funded and carried out syphilis experiments in Guatemala that had absolutely no scientific value whatsoever, the response was swift.  A tone of harsh, unforgiving condemnation characterized nearly every media story, along with a punitive desire to punish those actively involved in the process.  As is often true, we wished to wax indignantly about it and vent our frustration.  What we might not have wanted to contemplate is our own individual role in the entire sordid mess.  

Public Lands, the Solar Fast Track, and a Greener Future … hopefully

In case you didn’t know, Solar, Wind, Geothermal Projects, are being “Fast Track” by the Obama Administration.

Fast Tracking attempts to minimize the red tape, in order to get the boots on the ground as soon as feasible.

They are OUR Public lands by the way.  We should use them to secure our Energy Future while protecting our wonderful Natural Heritage.

Here are the highlights:

BLM> California> California Desert District> Alternative Energy> Fast-Track Projects

Fast-Track Renewable Energy Projects


Ivanpah BrightSource Solar Project

The 400-megwatt project would incorporate seven 459-foot tall power towers and 214,000 heliostats (each holding two flat mirrors).

The project’s power plants would share an administrative complex/construction logistics area on approximately 4,073 acres of public land.

“Even Jesus couldn’t save their souls”

BP and the Feds have fooled America and the entire world into thinking the BP Gulf Oil Spill is over, that the beaches are clean and that the seafood is safe, and everything is OK.

Titled “The Gulf Oil Spill isn’t over!” here’s a little bit of mournful Louisiana blues to tell the real story.

Uploaded to YouTube Oct. 02, 2010 by:

Holt Webb – writer/photographer & publisher of

The Vanishing America Project


a multi-year journey I’ve undertaken to use my skill as a photographer and a writer to promote conservation and raise awareness about what we are losing – our culture, our wildlife, and our landscape – in hopes that some of it will still be around for future generations to enjoy.

Hat tip to Alexander Higgins who for months on his blog has been collecting every bit of news you can imagine about the BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil catastrophe.


Exploding school children over AGW!


European response to America’s latest al-CIA-duh hype!

They actually attack one of those Google data mining cars!

Excellent Excellent Excellent!

Carbon exempt swine flu eugenics victims of the world unite!

Hearts and minds huh.


Docudharma Times Monday October 4

Monday’s Headlines:

Vagueness of alert leaves travelers frustrated

Biodiversity 100: actions for the Americas


Parties’ economic plans: Blame the other guys

Interest-group spending for midterm up fivefold from 2006; many sources secret


Outsiders: The trouble with the Roma

Preliminary results show Bosnians divided on vote

Middle East

Israeli PM ignoring all real issues in talks, sources say


Ahmed Wali Karzai: ‘The stories are very hurtful. The only thing I haven’t been accused of is prostitution’

Maoists on the rise in lopsided economy


All is not fair on the rocky road to the DRC

Latin America

Brazil presidential elections head for second-round

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An Opened Mind XXXVIII

If you want to look like the people next door, you’re probably smothering yourself and your dreams.

–Clive Barker

Film at 11


Deep down below

past even the words

are ideas and concepts

normally unthought

except by the weird

unkempt minds

of those who dare

to be different

Whipped creaminess

of dangerous notions,

syllables expressed

too rarely

and more seldom heard,

whizzes by faster

than can normally

be sensed

Grabbing on

to a possibility

I was taken downward

further than


could conceive

There is truth here

There is more

wherever I look

And who wanted

to be normal


–Robyn Elaine Serven

–December 28, 2007

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