30 July, 2007

ARMS SALES: Bush’s Final Betrayal:
I’m doomed, but hey, I’m a-gunna take a lotta dang Arabs down with me”

Sometimes the biggest News stories barely make it to air because there’s no dramatic footage to watch. International Arms Deals, for instance, never cut the mustard with TV ratings because they’re too remote from people’s everyday lives. Besides, the numbers are incomprehensibly huge.
"Ho-hum. Fifty Billion dollars, eh? Sure, dude [yawn]...
BUT HEY, me friggin' mortgage has gone up by $50 per month… how will I ever afford me beer AND petrol?”

1. This week, Bush announced his intention to sell TWENTY BILLION $$ of weapons to Saudi Arabi and other US-sympathetic Gulf nations (over a 10 year period]. They’re the allies Bush doesn’t particularly like because they're Muslim, but NEEDS to suck up to because dey got da good Oil, man. Bush can purchase their friendship – at least for the moment.
2. At the same time, he has promised to give [repeat: give] THIRTY BILLION $$ in military aid to Israel over the same period. They’re the allies Bush likes because they’re Jewish and therefore sworn enemies of Arabs. Bush gives free gifts to his real friends.

Bush runs with the foxes and hunts with the hounds. After buying Saudi Arabian co-operation, he'll zip over to Jerusalem and joins Jews praying at the Whispering Wall.
Hey, wait a sec - the guy’s supposed to be a CHRISTIAN, ain’t he?
But there is some opposition in the US Congress, as reported in the Jewish Ha'aretz website, about arming Sunnis in Saudi Arabia.

So Bush’s final and greatest act of betrayal to our planet is to arm BOTH sides to the teeth, while making sure he gives much more to the guys he likes best. This is the logical and considered act of someone who doesn’t want the Middle East conflict to end. It can only be the act of a person who thinks America stands to benefit by prolonging the conflict. Read Arming Israel to the Teeth, from GulfNews UAE (United Arab Republic).

Who benefits most from Jews and Arabs slugging at each other forever? The Christian Right in the USA, that's who. PLUS, in a single stroke, American Arms Sales soar even past previous record highs. And who owns the vast majority of the American weapons industry? Answer: the Christian right-wing of Bush’s own Republican Party. Bingo! .I wonder if their dark-skinned propaganda mascot Jesus would have agreed to all this violence:

Selling weapons to BOTH sides in conflicts is the perfect commercial coup for American armaments companies like Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, Bell Textron etc. They’re laughing all the way to the banks – the ones they already control. After all, if you assisted only ONE side in the conflict, the war might actually end sooner than you want. How unfortunate for your share portfolio, Dick.

.............................. The West’s Wicked Witch

So when you hear talk of American “peace missions” to the Middle East, Iraq, Lebanon or Syria, remember these “gifts”. Think of Condosleazy Rice as a charmingly poisoned chalice whenever she utters the word “Peace” or "Freedom". Be suspicious – very suspicious. How can a woman who can't even control her own cowlick ever hope to bring peace to the Middle East? Rice, Bush, and Tony “Peace Envoy” Blair, are trying to quell a fire by dousing it with petrol.

..................... Listening and hearing are two different things.

Is it any wonder that Vladmir Putin, Ahmadinejad, and others are reacting nervously to the bullying by the 600-lb US gorilla? FunkyPix2 blames the emergence of the New Cold War very largely on the US, its provocative EU Missile ‘Defence’ Shield, and its continued arming of Israel. I can do no better than to quote Putin’s words:

“We do not have the right to forget the causes of any war, which must be sought in the mistakes and errors of peacetime. Moreover, in our time, these threats are not diminishing. They are only transforming, changing their appearance. In these new threats, as during the time of the Third Rich, are the same contempt for human life and the same claims of exceptionality and diktat in the world."
............... Alter that to “New World Odour” (American: Odor)

Here's another interesting commentary from GulfNews. The author is suspicious of the USA's recent burst of apparent generosity towards Arab states. She suggests the weapons 'bonanza', revival of elements of the Roadmap, and [gentle] raps on Israel's knuckles about expansion of settlements, are little more than a bribe to form a Sunni buffer against Iran.

For more anti-Bush photos, click on any of these links to my previous posts. You're welcome to steal them all in the interests of minimising Bush's atrocities during his last days.

More anti-Bush photos
Iraq picture gallery
Iraq: Bowing out like Beckham, Bush and Blair
Adding more creates less?
Intelligence Test for George Bush
Give up surfing, Bush
It’s Iraq, Stupid

Click here if you'd like to know more detail about how the USA is the world's top arms supplier.

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29 July, 2007

Strange secret weapons being researched by the US Military

FunkyPix2 presents some rooly dumb weapons ideas from the US Military Research Branch:

  • The Gay Bombhormones to make enemy soldiers irresistable to each other in the trenches

  • The Bad Breath Bomb

  • The “Who, Me?” Fart Bomb

  • The "Sting-Me" Bomb - to enrage and attract wasps or rats to attack & bite enemy soldiers......
  • These weapons, of course, are totally ficticious.

    .................................Or ARE they?

    Just like cars and phones have become smaller, the US Military is beginning to recognize the practicality (and trendiness) of smaller, short-range nuclear missiles.

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    If you're interested in tattoos and creative body art, here's more eye-food.

    Try this ultraviolet tatt visible only in the dark. I found it, and much more, on the fabulous tattooblog.org.

    And if you missed FunkyPix2's previous post on unusual body art, you can view it here.

    (As always on FunkyPix2, links open in a new window so you can click out when you're finished and be right back here in your beloved FunkyPix2).

    28 July, 2007

    Australia-India uranium sales: Uranium is uranium, no matter which country supplies it.

    Hmm. The Howard government’s Resources Minister Ian Macfarlane is desperate to sell Australian uranium to India. Never mind that India is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NNPT). MacFarlane pledges he will not sell it if there is a possibility that India might use it for nuclear weapons. However, he neglects to point out some facts from the apathetic Australian public. The fact is that India’s purchase of Australian uranium for electricity will simply free up other countries’ uranium for its existing weapons programme. Uranium is uranium, be it from Australia or XYZistan. His proposed 'safeguard' pledge is meaningless.

    Was MacFarlane’s pledge core or non-core? …or is it simply another po-faced pre-election fact-overboard? Has he chosen to forget that India and Pakistan faced a scary nuclear standoff not too long ago while the rest of the world stood nervously by for Armageddon. Bay of Pigs showtime all over again. Has he conveniently overlooked the fact that Pakistan recently tested a long-range nuclear-capable missile which can reach New Delhi? How will he justify refusing uranium to Pakistan while selling it to India? Is the sub-continental arms race gearing up yet again? All the signs are there, Ian. Don’t lie to us, now. Don’t even feed us part-truths. We're the public ...you know, the dummies who elected you.

    As an analogy to nuclear power, consider PORNOGRAPHY. There is a huge world-wide demand for pornography and there’s BIG MONEY to be earned from manufacturing and selling it. But just because you CAN do it is not always a good reason to ACTUALLY do it ...yes?

    Pornography Minister Alexanduh Downer smugly points out that “India has an impeccable record in terms of [nuclear] non-proliferation”. Hey Mr Toadface, [a] it’s not true, and [b] it can all change in a heart-beat once the uranium is out of Australia’s hands. India, like any major power, will always make decisions in its own interests in disputes with neighbours, even if it has previously made promises to the contrary, or lets IAEA inspectors in as agreed. Why else would they refuse to sign the NNPT? The IAEA has no teeth, as Iraqis will bear witness. The absolute minimum starting point for uranium sales negotiations must be that India first sign the NNPT. To that extent, Kevin Rudd’s policy is safer than Howard’s.
    ......................But wait!! …...there’s LESS !

    Listen up, Australia. Even now, India won’t play by any rules but its own. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is still refusing to accept curbs on its re-processing of spent nuclear fuel. Shouldn’t that put an automatic end to any uranium discussions? Not only that, India wants assurances from its new best friend [George W. Bush] that Washington will continue to supply fuel for its atomic plants in the event New Delhi conducts further nuclear weapons tests!!!

    So India has admitted that further nuclear weapons tests are not ruled out. Truth is, nothing has changed - that’s precisely what they’ve always said. It’s Australia which has changed its tune from a mere 2 months ago. Australia’s new softness on Nuclear Proliferation will henceforth make it well nigh impossible for the world community to pursue a global NNPT. Why would any more countries sign up when a nation like India can get all it wants without having to sign up? Beware - Howard’s push to sell uranium will seriously de-stabalize the South Asian region and the world. It's lunatic that a weak squib like Howard can take a course of action which has the potential to tip the whole world into a nuclear spin-dive. Does Howard care? Not at all - he knows he's on his last lap.

    John Dubya Howard is still stubbornly tunnel-visioned about pumping steroids into Australia’s resource boom – at least until the election – even at the cost of over-riding the Queensland and WA state Labor governments’ ban on uranium mining. Stalinist? McCarthyist? or what? ...Hey, where's my country, dude?

    John Ducklips Howard is politically savvy enough to recognise that to the tame and blinkered Australian voting public pays more attention to domestic hip-pocket issues than to “irrelevant” international relations. Let’s see if that remains the case when the fallout cloud is drifting towards WA, or the old-growth forests of Tasmania are too radio-active to work in:

    ............Proposed cover for George W. Orwell’s Twenty-Eighty-Four

    PS: Alexanduh Downer tried to justify the nuclear deal by appealing to Green sentiment in the Australian electorate: “[India’s] going to be a massive consumer of energy, and we want to deal with the issue of Climate Change”. Words, words, words. I remind Alexanduh that regime change begins at home, and refer him respectfully to my nice photos of his handsome self swanning around his electorate of Mayo.

    PPS: Is anybody in Australia AWAKE?? Strayans didn’t come out of their collective coma when the recent meeting of the APEC Energy ministers
    ditched a plan to set up a regional nuclear safeguards authority. Did you also know that Vietnam has signalled that it wants to go nuclear within 10 years? Indonesia? Thailand? Russia is negotiating with the illegal Burmese military to install reactors in Burma. Does this all bother you, just a tiny bit? Never a murmur from Australia, and all happening at the precise time Howard government was standing behind GWBush and threatening Iran with sanctions because it, like everyone else, wants nuclear technology for its energy needs. Downer should write the textbook for Diplomatic Hypocrisy 101.

    Australia’s own plans for nuclear power are well-advanced, thanks to the Howard government’s secretiveness. When Howard was
    personally informed that a private company (Australian Nuclear Energy Pty Ltd) had been set up by business friends, he chose not to tell anyone – including parliament. Co-incidentally(?), just FIVE DAYS BEFORE that, Howard had announced the Switkowski review into Australia’s nuclear potential. Prepare to be dumbfounded by this reluctant radio interview with one of the company directors (Clarence Hardy), followed by Peter Garrett’s stock reply - like a hand-held puppet.

    Before you dash out to buy your own gasmask, listen to Howard’s Industry Minister Ian MacFarlane attempting to play down nuclear risks, then trying to emphasize the possibilities of Greenhouse gas reductions. Spot his flaws and sly omissions – switch on your Acme Crap Detector (supplied free to readers of FunkyPix2).

    Things are not always what they seem to be in the shadowy no-woman’s land between business and politics. A pile of rubbish can be given New Meaning under the bright lights of propaganda.
    To conclude, here are some pro-nuclear postcards from the 1950s. Even though the Big-Money was trying to promote nuclear power, the post-war generation would have nothing of it. You might guess why.

    London, 1958: This nuclear exhibition hall attracted far fewer visitors than the Home Economics Show next door.

    It would be interesting to know who bank-rolled this campaign back in the '50s.

    At the 1958 Brussells International Exposition, atomic energy supporters spent
    a great deal of money building the “Atomium”, with a restaurant at its apex.

    ................ This was a postcard advertising an anti-nuclear rally
    ..........................in London’s Hyde Park in the 1980s.

    And here's another animation by Nicholson [of the Australian newspaper]. It slyly reveals Howard's jaundiced purpose behind the resources boom.

    Lastly, here's FunkyPix2's glance into the future of nuclear power in Australia, in the days when Shane Warne becomes the premier of Queensland.

    27 July, 2007

    XXOS ambulances for XXOS patients?
    We survey some Melbourne punters

    Now, in Melbourne, it looks like there might have to be specialist large size ambulances for obese patients over 200 kilograms [er, sorry, read: lightness-challenged.]

    These ambulances would have to be supplied via private contractors who would charge a premium price for their specialist services. It's likely that Unions will not be happy.

    FunkyPix2 surveyed a random sample of Melbournites and asked for their opinions:

    Ms. Chlamidia Chunkster: "Don't really bother me no more, mite - I can't fit into me new car anyways. But I keep it to pose for photos".

    Mr Noel Nerdley, a former Mr Universe 1971: "I'd fork out more for a bigger ambulance, but I'd expect better services too ...like minibar, and free internet on the way to hospital".

    Mr H. T. Dumpty: "No point, buddy... I can't budge from my seat. I'd have to wait for a car to smash through the wall and hit me. Oi, pass the McNugget bucket, eh?

    Mr Jum Bojangles: "OK, but do I get a discount if I provide my own crane?"

    ...and to be fair, here's me during my recent Superbowl debut: "I can still get into a tuk-tuk ...just. Ask about ambulances again in a year or so."

    The Fastfood Industry is stepping up its anti-flab campaign in Oss-straya. There have even been reports of industrial espionage.

    It's all a very long way from the early days when Ronald McDonald's great-great-great-great-grandparents set up this shop in the Oklahoma backwoods. Little did they suspect their popular raccoon recipes would have such a weighty impact on world history. Read what Prince Charles thinks of McDonalds.

    Ambulance Centre snack bars will clearly have to cater for taller patients in future. Can't have discrimination against minority groups.

    ...and art galleries should be more understanding as well, providing seating at important places.

    ....... ...but at least biker clubs are taking, er, post-emptive action.