A newspaper has printed a picture of Barack Obama which was doctored to make him look like an ape.
De Morgen, a Belgian title, published it days before the US president makes a visit to commemorate the start of World War I.
The feature - labelled as satire - also said Mr Obama began selling cannabis after becoming the first black president. The newspaper pretended the doctored photographs were sent in by Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Pictures of the section have circulated online with mixed opinions. Some have praised the freedom given to the Belgian press, while others called it racist.
Chomsky will make a rare trip to Tokyo in March, where he is scheduled to give two lectures at Sophia University. Among the themes he will discuss are conceptions of the common good, one deriving from classical liberalism, the other from neoliberal globalization that he predicts will lead to disaster very soon if not radically modified.
“That gives the answer to the question posed in the title of the talk: ‘Capitalist Democracy and the Prospects for Survival,’ ” he says. “The quick answer is ‘dim.’ “
Although the U.S. is a “declining power,” and has been since the late 1940s, it still has no remote competitor as a hegemonic power. Its military spending virtually matches the rest of the world combined, and it is far more technologically advanced. No other country could dream of having a network of hundreds of military bases all over the world, nor of carrying out the world’s most expansive campaign of terror — and that is exactly what (President Barack) Obama’s drone assassination campaign is. And the U.S., of course, has a brutal record of aggression and subversion.
These are the essential conditions within which political accommodation should be sought. In concrete terms, China’s interests should be recognized along with those of others in the region. But there is no justification for accepting the domination of a global hegemon.
It makes sense for Japan to pursue a more independent role in the world, following Latin America and others in freeing itself from U.S. domination. But it should do so in a manner that is virtually the opposite of Abe’s ultranationalism, a term that seems to me accurate. The pacifist Constitution, in particular, is one legacy of the occupation that should be vigorously defended.
On nuclear power:
More accurately, there would be if limited and short-term reliance on nuclear energy, with all of its extreme hazards and unsolved problems — like waste disposal — was taken as an opportunity for rapid and extensive development of sustainable energy. That should be the highest priority, and very quickly, because severe threats of environmental catastrophe are not remote.
This is hilarious. You just have to watch it.
Obama can meta almost as good as Galafianaikis.
Too many zingers to list.
Being the President is a much harder job than I CAN B PRESIDENT Barbie and the movie First Kid make it seem. In fact, one of the occupational hazards of the job are near-constant death threats. And — SURPRISE — the same President who inspires billboards more racist than a cartoon version of Birth of a Nation starring the cast of Loony Tunes has also moved tens of thousands of people to make threats against the First Family’s life. How many, you may ask? Try around 30 a day. Or about 40,000 since Barack Obama first began receiving death threats, back in 2007.
Pretty good article and overview of the problem. It’s NOT the same as when Bush was President, not by any stretch of the imagination. This is pretty much hard evidence that the right hates Obama with a passion and a level not found before.
Since Mr Obama took office, the rate of threats against the president has increased 400 per cent from the 3,000 a year or so under President George W. Bush, according to Ronald Kessler, author of In the President’s Secret Service.
This defines the problem. Of course, according to the TP, it’s the Liberals who are the haters, the Blacks who are the racists, and the Women who are the sexists. This disturbs my calm in a deep and profound way.
This is a must read in order to understand Putin’s motivations behind yesterday’s invasion of Crimea. If you remember anything about the Soviet mentality during the Cold War, a lot of this should ring very familiar.
In a recent Letter from Sochi, I tried to describe Putin’s motivations: his resentment of Western triumphalism and American power, after 1991; his paranoia that Washington is somehow behind every event in the world that he finds threatening, including the recent events in Kiev; his confidence that the U.S. and Europe are nonetheless weak, unlikely to respond to his swagger because they need his help in Syria and Iran; his increasingly vivid nationalist-conservative ideology, which relies, not least, on the elevation of the Russian Orthodox Church, which had been so brutally suppressed during most of the Soviet period, as a quasi-state religion supplying the government with its moral force.
The “Letter from Sochi” link is an important read, too.
Bottom line, Putin is playing hardball, and any counter threats from Obama or anyone else are going in one ear and out the other.
I’m not a fan of Barack Obama economic policies, but I’ve always tried to characterize them honestly. Too many who are right of center have made apocalyptic comments about “Obama’s Socialism”, so I think a reminder of what a nasty socialist regime actually looks like is in order. Unfortunately, Venezuela has just provided a good example:
Everyone the bill applies to (people or corporations, foreign or domestic, who do business in Venezuela) must submit all relevant information (costs, prices, production processes, etc.) that the government requires in order to set prices and margins.
The main regulatory arm of this mammoth law is the “National Superintendence for the Defense of Socio-Economic Rights,” known by its Spanish acronym of SUNDDE. Putting aside the fact that its enormous task will require tens of thousands of employees, the very name spells out just how the government views private businesses: as something people need to be “defended” from.
The gist of the law is precisely what it says: everyone must submit their costs so that the government can set their margins and their prices. Everyone can be audited at any point in time. The maximum margin allowed is 30 percent of costs.
How will the government determine what counts as costs? The law is purposefully vague about this.
For example, suppose you are an international airline operating in Venezuela. What’s your cost of production? Should you bill the cost of the plane? How do you account for depreciation? What about currency risk? Or say you’re a novelist. What’s the cost of writing your book? Suppose you’re doing research on a new anti-malarial drug: how could you account for your costs under the current law?
It doesn’t matter. The government will decide what your costs are, and only allow you to set prices up to a maximum of 30 percent above that. End of story.
Read the whole thing. Then be glad that the US doesn’t have an economically-crazy person at its helm.
Comments are welcome as always.
Some derp from The Great One:
There’s something the House of Representatives actually can do. …Congress is a co-equal branch of the federal government and the House of Representatives is a co-equal branch of the United States Senate. The House of Representatives should pass a resolution. If the president of the United States can unconstitutionally assert powers he is not granted under the Constitution and do so repeatedly and brazenly, and send his staff out to the mainstream media outlets to do the same thing, then one body of our government must act.
And as John Boehner is fond of saying…we’re only one half of one third of the federal government. And yet, you are part of a co-equal branch. And there is something you can do Mr. Boehner. And there is something you can do, Republicans in the House of Representatives.
I want to recommend, since you will not use the power of the purse -and even more you won’t use the power of impeachment— you pass a resolution that says something to this effect:
Whereas the president of the United States has asserted executive powers not granted to him under the United States Constitution, the United States House of Representatives hereby asserts, as an equal governing institution, that all such acts by the president of the United States are null and void. The House of Representatives further asserts that no federal department, federal official, or federal employee is authorized to appropriate any sum of taxpayer dollars in furtherance of any unconstitutional act by the president of the United States.
I will go out on the furthest limb: this will not apply to any executive action taken by George W. Bush, George HW Bush, or Ronald Reagan.
There is more than ten minutes of audio, where The Great One’s fingernails on a blackboard voice lays out his case.
I’m glad our President was at least somewhat forceful when he stated in his 2014 State of the Union that “climate change is real.” And to those fools who say “Nuh-uh! It’s snowing in Atlanta!”, record warm temperatures are occurring in Alaska and there may be a scientific explanation:
A good measure of the magnitude of jet stream irregularity is the Arctic Oscillation, an indicator of short-term climate variability that, roughly speaking, tracks the strength of the jet stream. In extreme cases, like this week, the circumpolar jet stream—which typically locks the coldest of the cold air up by the North Pole where it belongs—can slow down and spill Arctic frigidity southward. The current Arctic Oscillation is even more negative than during the first polar vortex cold snap, earlier this month.
Research hints that this type of pattern can be triggered by the recent massive loss in Arctic sea ice due to the effects of human-induced climate change. One recent study which attempted to explain this counterintuitive “Warm Arctic—Cold Continents” phenomenon during similar patterns in the 2009-‘10 and 2010-‘11 winters called it “a major challenge” to understand, though the pattern is “consistent with continued loss of sea ice over the next 40 years.” Bottom line: Something weird is going on, but scientists are still trying to nail down exactly what it is.
The Motor City Madman holds court before his adoring fans. The bad craziness begins at about the 6:00 mark.
I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist raised communist educated communist nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America. I am heartbroken but I am not giving up. I think America will be America again when Barack Obama, [Attorney General] Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, [Sen.] Dick Durbin, [former New York City Mayor] Michael Bloomberg and all of the liberal Democrats are in jail facing the just due punishment that their treasonous acts are clearly apparent.
So a lot of people would call that inflammatory speech. Well I would call it inflammatory speech when it’s your job to protect Americans and you look into the television camera and say what difference does it make that I failed in my job to provide security and we have four dead Americans. What difference does that make? Not to a chimpanzee or Hillary Clinton, I guess it doesn’t matter.
Hat Tip: Media Matters