This is a fantastic, detailed piece by Matt Stoller about how elite deception about 9/11 has directly led to the current ISIL crisis.
In a nutshell: 28 classified pages in the 9/11 Commission Report concealed the direct involvement of Saudi elites in 9/11 as well as Bush family ties to a man—Ambassador Prince Bandar Bin Sultan—who was deeply involved in the attack. Concealing the Saudi connection helped preserve Saudi-U.S. relations, which was important for (somewhat obscure and nefarious) economic and geopolitical reasons. But now there is strong evidence that these same Saudi elites are funding and supporting ISIL’s attacks on westerners.
Some particularly damning passages (my emphasis):
Prince Bandar’s dazzling hosting abilities in the DC social scene were an important part of his geopolitical arsenal….It turns out that money for the 9/11 hijackers may have flowed through Bandar’s wife’s account at Riggs bank. Riggs was a haven for money launderers and dictators, and was controlled by the Allbritton family, “dear friends” of Ronald Reagan. It was also an instrument of CIA policy, “which included top current and former Riggs executives receiving U.S. government security clearances.” This relationship “could complicate any prosecution of the bank’s officials, according to private lawyers and former prosecutors.” The Albritton family later created Politico, which was arguably the most influential political publication in DC from 2008–2010.
In other words, the Saudi ambassador, who may have funneled money to 9/11 hijackers, also advised the Bush administration on U.S. foreign policy, and had deep and profitable relationships with U.S. media, banking, and political elites. He was also a social luminary in DC. This helped lay the foundation for the American foreign policy establishment consensus position, often forged at think tanks funded by foreign governments. From there, this consensus emanated outward into Politico-like publications, and then outward onto the television networks and into the homes of the remaining Americans will to pay attention to an infantilized deceptive version of American foreign policy.And so, almost immediately after the attacks, Saddam Hussein became the designated bad guy and the Bush administration, supported by the entire Republican Party, foreign policy establishment, and a substantial chunk of Democrats (Bill and Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, for starters), prepared for war in Iraq.
There are conspiracies by elites, but they do not involve UFOs, chemtrails, flouride, or other nonsense. They revolve around gaining and retaining wealth and power, as real conspiracies always have. And they are pursued through the invocation of “state secrets” and “national interests”, the enforced docility of the press, and the systemic duping of the public.
Writer guy sounds 100x as interesting as the first two. I hope you have a great time.
Someauthorgirl is 100% correct. Writer guy is a damned interesting person. He was mostly raised by a very liberal single mother. He played in thrash metal bands when he was younger, then realized he preferred writing to touring, went back to school, and then got into an MFA program. He’s currently working on his first novel and adjuncting. He power lifts, but threw his back out putting up curtains. He’s funny and seems like a straight shooter. He speaks with a soft southern drawl. None of his tattoos are objectionable.
And he is super-duper hot. That is, he’s one of the most classically handsome guys I’ve ever dated. The kinda hotness that gets hit on by random drunk ladies in the street.
There were zero dead spots in the conversation. Hours flew by like minutes.
I’m really curious as to how the dinner went with the writer who has a problem with romance.
We didn’t even get to dinner, you guys. We had drinks then went back to his place and screwed for hours. Holy shit—I’ve never felt this much chemistry with anyone right away. It was terrific.
There will be another date.
The Lexapro is still working. The only side effect I’ve noticed is that I can’t stop yawning, even when I’m not tired. Oddly, I’m finding it easier to get up in the morning.
I scheduled two OKC dates last Sunday (hey, I’m being efficient!). The first was with an attorney who turned out to be a smoker, a recovering alcoholic, and very recently separated. I can handle 1 & 2 maybe, but not 3.
It’s been so long since I’ve tried dating that I keep forgetting people in my age range can have major baggage. I have baggage too, so I’m looking for someone who only has a carry-on or maybe a medium-sized rolling suitcase.
The second date was with a software engineer who is working on “phablets” (phone-tablet hybrids). I immediately told him no one is going to call them that. No apparent issues, except he’s on the upper end of my age range and terribly dull. The conversation kept circling around to zoning ordinances?
It was a pretty day and I got coffee at my favorite cafe in the city and saw a juggler and a dreadlocked dog at the park, so it wasn’t a major loss.
Tonight I’m having dinner with a writer who is originally from Florida. He likes Skynard, bourbon, and has a major problem with romance. He’s also the most entertaining person I’ve exchanged messages and texts with. I’m just asking for trouble, aren’t I?
I fukin love 14th century art art because everyone looks so shady and suspicious of ppl around them its AMAZING
or just like they know something u dont and oh my gdfuck i cant
I believe the highest point is reached in Simone Martini’s Annunciation
and the look of absolute hatred Mary and Gabriel exchange.
"mary i know ur only half a virgin"
"fuck off gabriel"
he is a dick and killing him is on my list, but he’s attractive so i’m going to get one more kid out of him
i’m not sure on the ghost front, i guess we’ll find out after i kill my husband and put his gravestone in my backyard
YOU NEED TO MAKE IT MORE OBVIOUS THAT THIS IS ABOUT THE SIMS
The woman on the left is a mother from Miami who was so desperate to feed her hungry family that she was trying to steal a lot of food.
The woman on the right is Miami-Dade County Police Officer Vicki Thomas. Officer Thomas was about to arrest Jessica Robles but changed her mind at the last minute.
Instead of arresting her, she bought Robles $100 worth of groceries:
“I made the decision to buy her some groceries because arresting her wasn’t going to solve the problem with her children being hungry.”
And there’s no denying they were hungry. Robles’ 12 year old daughter started crying when she told local TV station WSVN about how dire their situation was:
“[It’s] not fun to see my brother in the dirt hungry, asking for food, and we have to tell him, ‘There is nothing here.’”
Officer Thomas says she has no question that what she did was right:
“To see them go through the bags when we brought them in, it was like Christmas. That $100 to me was worth it.”
But Officer Thomas did have one request:
“The only thing I asked of her is, when she gets on her feet, that she help someone else out. And she said she would.”
And guess what? The story gets even better.
After word got out about what happened people donated another $700 for Jessica Robles to spend at the grocery store.
And then best of all a local business owner invited her in for an interview and ended up hiring her on the spot as a customer service rep.
She started crying when he told her:
“There’s no words how grateful I am that you took your time and helped somebody out. Especially somebody like me.”
And to think it all started with one veteran police officer trusting her “instinct” instead of going “by the book”.
I N S T I N C T
It’s not really about instinct though. PLENTY of cops who shoot unarmed Black children are indeed acting on instinct—instinctual hatred.
No, this officer was acting on EMPATHY. This officer took the time and energy to think about the human being in front of her and react humanely. This officer was not acting on impulse—which is necessary when acting solely on instinct—but acting with rational assessment to the problem she was faced with. Empathy may be instinctual for her; but it has to be practiced that way, and what she really deserved praise for is the original step of extending thought and consideration to other people.
Empathy and logic too. Arresting this woman was only going to have the net effect of increasing misery in the world. The government would have spent thousands to process her, house her (if she can’t afford bail, which is likely) and her children. She gets a record and has an even harder time finding work with the possibility of losing her kids to a system that can’t take care of them. Both this family and society in general is worse off. This police officer made a wise as well as an empathetic decision.
I just call it Ayn Rand Paul Ryan.
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