Friday, October 3, 2008

Can it get his bad?

Haunted by history

Some interesting observations on the parallels between 1929 and now. So much for civilisation.

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  • so much for civilization ?

    Invasion of the Sea-Smurfs
    by Amy Goodman

    A little-noticed story surfaced a couple of weeks ago in the Army Times newspaper about the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. “Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months,” reported Army Times staff writer Gina Cavallaro, “the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.” Disturbingly, she writes that “they may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control” as well.

    The force will be called the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive Consequence Management Response Force. Its acronym, CCMRF, is pronounced “sea-smurf.” These “sea-smurfs,” Cavallaro reports, have “spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle,” in a combat zone, and now will spend their 20-month “dwell time”-time troops are required to spend to “reset and regenerate after a deployment”-armed and ready to hit the U.S. streets.

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  • great post –

    ‘They have waited until something has cracked and then at the last moment have sought to prevent total collapse.” Those words, which could so easily have come from one of the congressional representatives who this week voted down the proposed federal bail-out of the American banking industry, were spoken by Franklin D Roosevelt in 1932.

    the conditioning of much of western society has been succesful

    sad

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