Blimp deflator: Letting out the gas

Public discussion with Chomsky and Finkelstein

Posted in israel, united states by Blimp deflator on September 12, 2012

Not all Jews support Israel's actions

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200 people march on Fannie Mae’s Atlanta headquarters

Posted in united states by Blimp deflator on September 11, 2012

Atlanta march, Sept 10, 2012
I am on the mailing list of the Occupy Our Homes Atlanta movement, which sent me the above picture of its September 10 march on Fannie Mae’s Southeastern Hub demanding an end to abusive housing practices. The accompanying press release begins:

“ATLANTA — Today, September 10, 2012 at 11am, Occupy Our Homes Atlanta and people from all over the Southeast marched on Fannie Mae’s regional headquarters in the heart of Atlanta’s most affluent real estate, Buckhead.

“Today’s Southeastern action launched a national campaign aimed at highlighting and addressing the inhumane practices of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. People from Athens, Chattanooga, Miami, Orlando and Nashville joined Occupy Our Homes ATL organizers in holding Fannie and Freddie accountable for their abuse of our system and demand change.”

The organization’s list of demands: Reduce principal to real market values; stop conducting evictions; allow homeowners to rent after foreclosure; sell foreclosed properties back to occupants and non-profit developers, not out-of-state investors; turn over vacant properties to community-controlled entities to provide long-term affordable housing.

Vanity can blind us to our inconsequence

Posted in new zealand by Blimp deflator on September 11, 2012

I have just found the following on Karl du Fresne’s blog:

” . . . if I responded to every mendacious, cowardly and asinine commenter attacking me in the blogosphere, I’d have no time left for anything worthwhile.”

Worthwhile? He flatters himself.

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We’ve got growing poverty . . . without a ‘black’ government

Posted in new zealand, south africa by Blimp deflator on September 11, 2012

PutinHitsBack
So why, in the case of South Africa, do we focus on the color of the government, and imply that this is respon-
sible for the country’s “eco-
nomic apart-
heid”. The car-
toon is from the Manawatu Standard of September 10, 2012.

The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.

Colonel Blimp (Ret) says . . .

Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on September 10, 2012

Colonel Blimp

“You can’t expect blacks to run an effective government. Good Lord, you wouldn’t put chimpanzees in charge of a game park.”

Clinton tries to knock China off Pacific surfboard

Posted in china, united states by Blimp deflator on September 10, 2012

Clinton tries to knock China off Pacific surfboard
Does anyone doubt that China is the ultimate US enemy — to be dealt with after all the other enemies have been dispatched? The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of September 1, 2012. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.

Colonel Blimp (Ret) says . . .

Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on September 10, 2012

Colonel Blimp

“Du Fresne? Splendid fellow! He and I once bagged a tiger together, in the hills above Chittawallah.”

Karl du Fresne: Tedious voice of fascist New Zealand

Posted in new zealand by Blimp deflator on September 9, 2012

Fascist Karl
So John Minto is a “compulsive serial protester” and Julian Assange is a “thorough creep” who is backed only by the likes of the “sanctimonious” John Pilger.

Surely, there are a few more people who could be subjected to this sort of sneering, ad hominem attack. How about Noam Chomsky? He has been (compulsively?) campaigning against the wrongs of the world for even longer than Minto. Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine, who described Occupy Wall Street as a “beautiful movement”, is another candidate. Then there’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who also foolishly failed to see that the creation of a “black” South African government would, as a matter of course, lead to a worsening of the living conditions of the South African poor.

Du Fresne an idiot

And finally, there are people like silly me, who had been laboring under the illusion that the obscene gap between the rich and the poor in South Africa today was largely a result of the economic deal demanded by the white supremacists as the price for their surrender of power. But that deal aside, is there anywhere in the world, in this era of deregulation, privatization and outsourcing, where the poor have not become poorer? And let us not forget the middle class, which has struggled, in many countries, to avoid a precipitous slide into poverty.

Du Fresne likes to call himself a conservative. I think “fascist” would be a better word. Beside someone like John Pilger, he is a pedestrian writer, a mediocre intellect, who would presumably like those who wield political power to do so without scrutiny or challenge.

NOTE: In his new book, Lost in Transformation, South African economist Sampie Terreblanche argues that South Africa’s economy has now been “Americanized” and integrated into an American-led neo-liberal global order.

The article is from The Dominion Post of August 28, 2012.

Thanks to The Jackal for the picture of Du Fresne.

POSTSCRIPT: See “Apartheid never died in South Africa. It inspired a world order upheld by force and illusion”, by John Pilger, at Information Clearing House, September 21, 2012. The article begins: “The murder of 34 miners by the South African police, most of them shot in the back, puts paid to the illusion of post-apartheid democracy and illuminates the new worldwide apartheid of which South Africa is both an historic and contemporary model.”

The WMD bogey resurfaces

Posted in iraq, syria, united states by Blimp deflator on September 9, 2012

Chemical weapons in Syria
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of August 23, 2012. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.

US foreign policy: Creator of coffins

Posted in united states by Blimp deflator on September 9, 2012

US foreign policy: Coffin maker
“Evans”, the Manawatu Standard’s cartoonist, is exceptional, in the corporate New Zealand press, in that he doesn’t spout right-wing propaganda. This cartoon is from August 21, 2012. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.