Blackwater mercenaries are going to Southern California. WoC PhD writes [I’ve edited her paragraph slightly, and added emphasis to fit my purposes here, but go read her whole piece, it is very interesting]:
Blackwater claims that the facility will be used solely for ‘border related training’ and that their goal is to strengthen the border against ‘illegals.’ [As if this were not bad enough] the scope of the facility and its location would leave a deployable, heavily armed, well-trained, private army poised at two major North American arteries. They could easily be deployed into anyone’s communities and take any actions they could get away with or be covertly sanctioned to do. Their impunity would be enhanced by changes in federal law last year to allow the deployment of the army or contracted paramilitaries on U.S. soil by the Federal Government and its branches.
My major research insight, out of field and from the very early 1980s, was that “we” were acting as we were in Central and South America so as to then bring not only the human rights policies, but also the economic policies then being imposed there, here. I wish I had written an article on it then. Perhaps I should even now, although it is late:
And the reason I should write that piece is that the game is not yet up. As the Hedonistic Pleasureseeker reminds us, the Blackwaterization of the United States via economic shock therapy is still incomplete and Hillary Clinton is poised to pound the nails into our respective coffins.
Since none of my acceptable Democratic candidates, Kucinich
, Richardson, and [Dodd], are likely to win the nomination, I am wondering whether I should re-register as a Republican so as to vote for Ron Paul in the primary. If he – with whom I do not agree on most matters, of course, but who is at least a traditional conservative – were to win the Republican nomination, then it might be possible to defeat the neocons-in-sheep’s-clothing Clinton, [Edwards], and [Obama] and Richardson. Please explain to me any logical problems in this rationale, or any facts I may have failed to take into account.
The Blacksmith Institute has placed La Oroya, Peru, on its 2007 list of the ten most polluted places in the world. Not in the top ten, but in the next twenty, are Mexico City, Mexico, Bajos de Haina, Dominican Republic, Huancavelica, Peru, and the Matanza-Riachuelo River Basin, Argentina. All of the other most polluted places, both in the top ten and in the next twenty, are in the former Soviet Union, Africa, and Asia. No place in the Global North is among the most polluted, of course. Read all about it and look at the very interesting map.
Some travelers say that the train trip from Lima to La Oroya is the most spectacular in the Andes. If I go to Peru this summer perhaps I will take it. I never did before because it seemed so touristy and La Oroya sounded so depressing. I am, however, very fond of the train trip from Puno to Cusco, and my favorite route, when it was still functioning, was from Quito to Guayaquil. You could ride on top with the baggage, and look the volcanoes in the eye, as it were.