Tuesday, January 25, 2022
War is a Racket     Source
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Published in 1933 by retired Marine Major General Smedley Butler, War is a Racket is a classic exposé of the role of Wall Street profiteering in instigating war.

  • Butler’s book begins with the startling statistic that World War I created 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires.
  • President Woodrow Wilson borrowed (from Wall Street banks) the $50+ billion to pay for World War I, increasing the national debt from $1 billion to $52 billion.
  • Of this amount, $16 billion was pure profit.
  • Butler lists specific companies, starting with Du Pont and US Steel, and the obscene profits they made from World War I.
The Horrific Processes of Reciprocal Self Destruction   Source
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Guernica by Pablo Picasso

“… it was possible sometimes to observe very strange manifestations of theirs, that is, from time to time they did something which was never done by three-brained beings on other planets, namely, they would suddenly, without rhyme or reason, begin destroying one another’s existence. … from this horrible process of theirs their numbers rapidly diminished. …” (Beelzebub’s Tales, p. 91)

“I must tell you that the chief particularity of the psyche of your favorites, namely, the ‘periodic-need-to-destroy-the-existence-of-others-like-oneself,’ interested me more and more with every succeeding century of theirs, and side by side with it the irresistible desire increased in me to find out the exact causes of a particularity so phenomenal for three-brained beings.” (Beelzebub’s Tales, p. 318)

Generals live by Omerta   Various
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Nearly 100 retired generals and admirals are demanding that US Defense Secretary (and former Raytheon board member) Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley resign immediately over the botched Afghanistan withdrawal.