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January 31, 2012: In 2010, as the result of a banking crisis in Germany, the government requested that the Bundestag (parliament) authorize a rescue package for the German banks. With the banking crisis continuing, in 2012 the government was requesting an additional 480 billion euros in the rescue package. In the course of the debate on this authorization, on January 26, 2012, Sarah Wagenknecht of the Left Party made an interesting reference to a statement by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
To view the video clip click here.
January 15, 2011: On December 16, 1960, two airliners, TWA 266 and UAL 826 collided over Staten Island in New York City. The United Airlines airplane, a DC-8 jet, crashed into a populated area of Brooklyn, killing 6 people on the ground. All occupants of both airplanes, 128 people, were killed. The US Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) released its official report of the accident on June 18, 1962. My analysis of the report shows that the CAB whitewashed the Air Traffic Control system. The NY Times, on the 50th anniversary of the accident, did a retrospective review of the accident. It missed the logical error in the CAB report which invalidates it's conclusion and perpetuates the CAB's whitewash.
To read my analysis of the accident click here.
January 12, 2011: On January 11, 2011, US Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates met with China's President Hu Jintao. The spin on the New York Times report of the meeting was that the US feels threatened by North Korea and needs China's help. This "pitiful giant" pose of the world's only super power which, in its version of history, single-handedly defeated Japanese and German imperialism and the Soviet Union is hardly believable. Is the US playing a game with this act?
To read my interpretation of this game click here.
August 26, 2010: Grete Wittkowski's 100th Birthday: Grete Wittkowski (1910 - 1974), a German communist, was born in Posen, Prussia on August 18, 1910, In its edition of August 14, 2010, the German Left newspaper, Neues Deutschland, published a short biography of her by Dr. Hans Coppi. The author himself has an interesting history which I discovered in the background research for my translation of the article.
To read my English translation and extensive notes, click here.
March 19, 2010: Obama Is Outraged: On March 15, 2010 the NY Times reported two kinds of killings. Mass murder by the Pentagon and the killing of two persons from the US embassy in Mexico City. Obama, in a perfect demonstration of hypocrisy, expressed outrage at the second but not the first.
To see this hypocrisy demonstrated graphically click here.
June 11, 2009: US Interstate Route 87: US Interstate Route 87 is a 333.49 mile (536.70 km) long highway that begins at the Bronx end of the Triboro Bridge in New York City and ends at the US-Canadian border about 20 miles (32 km.) south of Montreal. Construction began in the late 1950's and was completed in 1968. Most of it was ready in time to carry New Yorkers to the Worlds Fair, called Expo 67, in Montreal in 1967. It was designated America's most scenic highway in 1967.
To view my drawing of a small part of it in the Adirondack Park Preserve click here.
Feb. 16, 2009: NY Times Invents Missile Test: With a heavier-than-normal propaganda burden of destroying the US public's expectation of change in the wake of the inauguration of a new president, the Times went to work on covering for the Obama regime's no-change policy with respect to the DPRK. The Times used the occasion of the arrival of the new US Secretary of State in Tokyo to publish the latest installment of undoing "Change You Can Believe In."
To read my analysis of it click here.
Feb. 04, 2009: From 'Murder' to Mere 'Sore Point': The thumbnail picture to the left is a portrait of Lieutenant Walter Schwieger, a German submarine commander, Schwieger was born in Berlin on April 5, 1885 and was killed on Sept. 5, 1917 when the U-88, which he then commanded, struck a British mine and was lost with all hands. On May 7, 1915, as commander of the U-20, Schwieger sank the British passenger liner Lusitania with the loss of 1,198 lives. The reaction of the American press, generally calling it murder, provides an interesting contrast to their reaction to the deaths of civilians in the US war in Afghanistan and Israel's recent military action in Gaza and allows us to draw a conclusion about the "patriotic" press and the states they serve.
To read the details click here.
Jan. 22, 2009: Satirizing the NY Times: The thumbnail picture to the left looks like a scene from the Paramount movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It is and it isn't. I used it as part of a satire of the front page of the NY Times for this date. The Times is in love with Obama and it shows. This is probably because they are relieved at no longer having to shill for the Bush Crime Syndicate which just left town. But all their gushing makes them ripe for satire. After having finished the job, I know how the forger who created the perfect $20 bill felt. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did making it.
To look at it click here.
Jan. 17, 2009: Keeping Bush Out of Jail: Contrary to the party line that the new administration's first priority is saving the capitalist economy, Obama's first task is to keep the war criminals of the Bush regime out of jail. Because the popular perception is that they are war criminals, no less than the Nazi leadership was judged to be in Nuremberg in 1945, this is no easy task. Yesterday, US Airways flight 1545 out of Laguardia Airport in New York had to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River. It seemed to me that pilot Sullenberger's task of making a soft landing for his airplane was a metaphor for Obama's job in relation to the Bush criminals.
To read my comparison click here.
Jan. 12, 2009: Bank Bail-Outs, A Marxist View: The German government last week announced the bail-out of Commerzbank. Unlike the US, the German government partially nationalized the beneficiary of its largesse, albeit reluctantly. Germany, also in contrast to the US, has an opposition political party. A member of this party, Sahra Wagenknecht, issued a press release on January 9, criticizing the government's half-hearted nationalization of the Commerzbank. Its critique is a refreshing alternative to the slavish capitalist press worship of the US policy of throwing money at its troubled banks.
To read my introduction and translation of the press release click here.
Jan. 12, 2009: Bush Gang Makes its Getaway: The preparation for a soft landing of Change-You-Can-Believe-In pie-in-the-sky to Business-As-Usual on the ground of reality was begun today by the New York Times' publication of an article entitled, "Obama Signals His Reluctance to Look Into Bush Policies." I've entitled my commentary on this process and what it suggests about the US government, "As War Criminal Bush and His Gang Disappear Over The Horizon, Sheriff Obama Decides to Obey The Speed Limit." The title appears flippant, but the content is not.
To read it click here.
Jan. 11, 2009: Change You Can Believe In? While researching the German government's bailout of the Commerzbank, I discovered an interesting link all the way back to Rahm I. Emanuel, Obama's Whitehouse Chief of Staff. The information strongly suggests continuity rather than change in two important policy areas: Bank bailouts and the Middle East.
To read what I found out click here.
Jan. 8, 2009: The Zionist Project in Palestine: The US media are creating a cone of silence for Obama, the man of change, by downplaying the latest phase in Zionism's campaign to break the Palestinian resistance. Into this eerie silence, Obama inanely calls for quick action to rescue the economy. As if $700 billion in a week for Wall Street wasn't quick enough. What is important is Obama's silence on the important issue of Palestine which means a continuation of a policy that has remained unchanged for more than half a century. It is on this rock that Obama's campaign rhetoric will founder and which will expose him as just another ambitious ninny.
To view a cartoon on Obama's non-engagement with the issues and my view of the Zionist Project in Palestine click here.
Jan. 7, 2009: Jobs at the CIA: The NY Times is helping the CIA recruit "Business Professionals." Does this mean the CIA has a make-work program for Wall Streeters made homeless by the collapse or are they trying to help out the NYT with a little ad revenue, or both?
To read my brief commentary click here.
Jan. 4, 2009: An American Assassin: In December 1944 Morris Berg, a professional baseball player, was sent on a mission to neutral Switzerland to determine if German physicist Werner Heisenberg was working on an atomic bomb and if Berg thought he was, he was to assassinate him.
To read the story click here.
Dec. 26, 2008: Obama: A Style Change Bailing out the banks with $700 billion of taxpayer's money is change. So is raising the minimum wage. Which change you can get in a week and which one you can't get in a lifetime allows you to draw an important conclusion about the system you live in. What will change and what will not in the Obama presidency?
To read my thoughts on the subject Click here.
Sept. 21, 2008: Privatize Profits, Socialize Losses It is characteristic of capitalist dictatorships (e.g. Tojo's Japan, Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy, Pinochet's Chile) that they destroy the Communist parties in their countries and any country they occupy. This is soundly pragmatic because Communists are whistleblowers par excellence when it comes to Capitalist hypocrisy. Perhaps, the three greatest Capitalist hypocrisies are imperialist wars justified by lies, human rights violations justified by dangers to public safety, and bailouts of the richest capitalists justified by their essentiality to the economy. It should be remembered that the Cold War, which probably cost $200 trillion, was fought because the Soviet Union did not recognize the primacy of the Capitalist "Free Market" and yet, at this very moment, the US is ditching this same concept when it is in the interest of its biggest Capitalists to do so. The US' anti-Communism is thus not driven by a defense of "Free Market Capitalism", but rather by the need of a kleptocracy to eliminate its critics. Klaus Stuttmann, has captured the irony in this massive hypocrisy in a cartoon.
To view it Click here.
Sept. 8, 2008: Medvedev on NATO Russia kicked the US and Israeli-trained and equipped Georgian forces out of South Ossetia on August 8th after they destroyed the province's capitol on August 7th. Subsequently, on August 26th, Russia recognized the independence of S. Ossetia and Abkhazia. This first post-Soviet assertion of Russian power opened a new chapter in US-Russian relations with NATO on the front line, again. Medvedev took the occasion of a Kremlin meeting with his representative to NATO to make a statement about NATO. It was captured on a 59 second video clip.
To watch it Click here.
Sept. 8, 2008: NATO Part 1 The key statement in Medvedev's video above is, "When we are surrounded on all sides and all kinds of countries are drawn into NATO and we are told, don't worry, then that is a problem. Seriously." Are "all kinds of countries" being drawn into NATO? I've constructed an animation showing NATO's growth from 1949 to the present.
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Sept. 8, 2008: NATO Part 2 More background information on NATO.
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Sept. 8, 2008: NATO Part 3 On May 8, 2003, the US Senate voted to approve the addition of seven states to NATO: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania. The NY Times reported the unanimous vote in favor. No senator was indelicate enough to recall that the last four of the named states were allied with Nazi Germany during World War 2. The wording of the resolution asks NATO to consider suspending "members that no longer adhere to democratic principles." With the US and its coalition having just invaded Iraq on a fabricated excuse, this hypoocrisy is particularly blatant.
To read the Times report Click here.
Sept. 4, 2008: Putin-Bush Deal In The Works? The Russian news service, Novosti, reports two Estonian farms are declaring their independence from Estonia. Their leader is quoted as saying "We no longer want to live in bourgeois Estonia... with raging unemployment and corruption, and where everything depends on NATO and the Americans."
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August 16, 2008: The Early History of Television Part 1
A good place to start this story is to understand the remarkably simple and ingenious technology upon which the early television systems were based.
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August 16, 2008: The Early History of Television Part 2
These two girls were models for the early German television experiments beginning in 1928. The history of the girl on the left, Imogen Orkutt, has been researched.
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August 16, 2008: The Early History of Television Part 3
In the mid 1920's, John Baird began his television experiments in London. By July 1930, he had gotten far enough to do a live broadcast of a very short play, Luigi Pirandello's The Man With The Flower In His Mouth (1923).
We are extremely fortunate that a film recording of a 1967 remake of that broadcast was made on Baird's original equipment. Watching it is an eerie experience.
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August 16, 2008: The Early History of Television Part 4
John Baird first publicly demonstrated his television apparatus in London on Tuesday, January 26, 1926. The London Times reported on it two days later, on page 9, next to an ad for Chivers' raspberry jam.
Thanks to the new public access to the Times' archive we can present their original report.
Click here to read it.