The Might of American Empire

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Made in China at 3:01 pm by George Smith


The mightiest military in world history didn’t waste an instant, immediately flying B-52s over a couple worthless islands after China announced it was claiming the airspace over them.

Who is the Pentagon fooling? Itself.

War with China? Laughable. Not even the exchange of spitballs, Apple wouldn’t have it.

Who would make all the iStuff?

Keywords: General Jack Ripper, Lionel Mandrake, B-52s, Diaoyu, Senkaku, IOU.

The New York Times:

Defying China, two long-range American bombers flew through contested airspace over the East China Sea, days after the Chinese announced they were claiming the right to police the sky above a vast area that includes islands at the center of a simmering dispute with Japan.

Pentagon officials said Tuesday that the B-52s were on a routine training mission planned long in advance of the Chinese announcement on Saturday that it was establishing an “air defense identification zone” over the area. But the message was clear.

And what message was that?


  1. Tom Paterson said,

    November 27, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Of the Falklands/Malvinas conflict Jorge Luis Borges famously said that the UK and Argentina were two bald men fighting over a comb. A comb is useful if you still have hair.

    There may or may not be oil around the islands at the centre of this long-standing dispute between Japan, Taiwan and the PRC but on a planet whose surface is 66 % water there is no such thing as an unimportant piece of rock: if you can land a marine on it then it is strategically significant.

    I see (Wichita Eagle) that Tim Huelskamp wants everyone to go shopping at their local Mom & Pop store on the Saturday after the holiday. For a new China Toilet seat?

    Sterling Hayden … brilliant (remember Winter KIlls?).

  2. onthewaterfront said,

    November 27, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I was always a Colonel “Bat” Guano fan.

  3. George Smith said,

    November 28, 2013 at 10:51 am

    everyone to go shopping at their local Mom & Pop store on the Saturday after the holiday.

    I would think there are not many left in Kansas but that this has not occurred to him. Population of Kansas: 2.8 million. Population of LA County: 9.9 million. From our perspective that state doesn’t even exist. And it shows the distortion that’s arisen in US government. Kansas should have virtually no representation in the capitol by contrast. At one point a couple months ago I suggested that rogue states where the Tea Party legislatures start enacting laws that attack human rights, Kansas being an example, should be treated like South Africa during apartheid.

    And, yeah, Keenan Wynn played the great straight man part next to Peter Sellers. They must’ve had to do a lot of takes. Can’t imagine the actors not cracking up over some of the moments.

  4. George Smith said,

    November 29, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    WordPress ate your recent comment TP. It was held and I hit approve and then it disappeared into the oblivion.

  5. Tom Paterson said,

    November 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I also have a note:*This is the Bic that John Lennon dug it out with (see the brown encrustation). Bitcoin’s similarities with ceramic power-line insulators.* I think I’d like to see you comment on the bitcom lunacy (?) at some point.

    This was the lost rubbish:

    Elected London mayor Boris Johson (a son of immense privilege) says that people are poor because they have low IQs.


    Now, this is not a man to come up with a proof of P not equal to NP but as a classicist he will remember the story of Cadmus, Jason and the Dragon’s Teeth.

    If you don’t know the Greek myth you’ll surely know the Ray Harryhausen stop-frame animation: a thousand skeleton warriors rising up from the soil then cutting each other down until none remains. That’s how fascism always ends … everybody dead.

    Keep on culling the bottom 10 % of stupid folks and sooner or later you or I will find ourselves asking the way to the gas.


  6. George Smith said,

    November 29, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Bitcoin was at $1000 this week or something. Seems to me that translates as completely priced out of anything resembling normal currency, made for the top end, greed speculators and the heirs to the spirit of Nelson Bunker Hunt, the Winklevosses.

    I installed a Bitcoin wallet about two years ago. There was a Bitcoin-faucet advertised to go to get a sheckel or two to get you started. Advertised as working it was turned off every time I went to it.

    Bitcoin seems to be worse than gold and the likes Glenn Beck and Gordon Liddy advertising for it right now, but for the cutting edge freak crowd stockpiling what they see as an alternative to a coming crash in which everything disappears leaving only the people with peer-to-peer money to flourish in the ruins. Look at the ‘fiat money fear and loathers’ tab, there’s probably stuff on Bitcoin I scribbled down there.

  7. Tom Paterson said,

    November 29, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks. I’ll fossick around in the archives.

  8. George Smith said,

    November 29, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    As a matter for all things, the search bar works very well. That’s how I pull out my old links.

    Bitcoin is a bit of a natural for the fringe in America because we’ve always had a toxic libertarianism thing going on. So they think like the old and young Ron Paul crowd and are deeply aggrieved by US “fiat money,” so they have their own “fiat money.”. I’m sure there’s even some minor overlap.

    I’m almost tempted to post the video excerpt from the Treasure of the Sierra Madre in which Howard explains how the price is determined but it’s easy enough to find on YouTube. It’s, by far, the most popular segment that people have uploaded. Unsurprising in this culture.

  9. Tom Paterson said,

    November 29, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    God, it’s great when someone gets a reference. I’ll look through the original text.

  10. Tom Paterson said,

    November 29, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I’ve also got Blaise Cendrars’ *Gold* in front of me. The story of John Sutter.

  11. George Smith said,

    November 29, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I mean, bitcoin, let’s consider peer-to-peer money for an instant, equivalent to using gold as currency, only digital.

    With bitcoin, liquidity is a major problem although the tech savvy montebanks with large stores of “capital” in bitcoins don’t view it as such. Pasadena’s a modern city. There’s no place I’ve run into that takes bitcoin and no way to exchange it here except through peer-to-peer which makes location irrelevant.

    But location is not irrelevant to people.

    Let’s look at another form of “currency,” WIC ( or women, infant and children checks/vouchers) which are part of our tattered social safety net — but very effective and very liquid every day, in Pasadena. I see women using WIC every day. It’s not peer to peer, it’s not secret, it isn’t open to speculation, it’s money and it serves a daily social good. It makes business.

    You could write a book on social and community animosity shown by the development and use of bitcoins as we’ve seen so far. The bitcoin theology is money for the tech people, the wealthy and the haves and high button servants, a small number, who believe themselves superior and above what the constraints/environment of the US global capitalist economy. Bitcoin is still capitalist, only more micro-niche and even more exclusive — NOW — to those who own bitcoins.

    To which one says, “WTF?! Go to Hell.” A month or so ago there was the story of some anonymous bitcoin enthusiast on — wait for it, Reddit — philanthropically handing out bitcoins to various others on the system.

    Does one even believe it because it’s on the Reddit chat board? Or is it just apocryphal bullshit, hoaxing? It’s just like stories of unknown wealthy people handing out free money. How often does that happen in the US. Does it even happen at all? Or is it just mythology that winds up as four paragraph news nationwide on an irregular basis, like stuff about people with grandiose winning lottery tickets or someone who discovered gold bullion in their attic?

  12. Tom Paterson said,

    December 1, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Re Sierra Madre. If you meant Howard’s explanation of how gold acquires value from the labour expended searching for it, then that does not appear in the novel; it seems to be Robert Rossen’s work. Clearly, as gold cannot absorb this lost labour, the value is illusory.

    Howard/Traven makes a reference at the end of the novel which I did not get: 50,000 needlessly dead as a result of the failings of Mr. Wilson, Wall Street, and the munitions manufacturers’ greed. Some debacle of the Great War? But this is not a reading group.

    My interest in Bitcoin had been piqued by the barely plausible tale of 7,500 Bitcoins lost in a Welsh landfill.


    On the Guardian Ladies Field Hockey team, the left back, Lucy Mangan, has noticed vile Bezos, the Mechanical Turk & TaskRabbit, but then fails to attack with any great vigour.


  13. Tom Paterson said,

    December 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Oh, and the 50,00 dead? That would be the AEF, sent to fight in Europe without equipment.