October 11th, 2012


Foods are the new oil, land is the new gold

Food riots will become part of people's everyday life, environmental analyst Lester Brown says in his book Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity.

The UN Food & Agriculture Organization recently reported that the food prices have started rising again, now reaching a 6-month record. And they are approaching the levels last reached at the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis. And of course the high food prices were one of the main factors for the riots in the Middle East that caused the Arab spring. Sure, there are no indications for new mass riots because of the food prices for the time being, but Brown predicts that sooner or later this will happen.

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The media throw their weight around

I didn't watch more than the first two questions of tonight's debate. I didn't watch much of the first Obama/Romney debate either. So I sort of got an impression of the debate through the internet press reaction, and I think that impression was wrong. Really, really wrong:


The reporter goes to the R Bar in New Orleans (with an admittedly working-class Democrat kind of crowd) to watch the debate. The result?Collapse ) “Clearly Mittens lost.”

Such was the general consensus. Later on, I got back to the couch I’ve been sleeping on and logged onto the internet. According to “notable” websites like Huffington Post and Yahoo, Mitt had won big time.Collapse )


I suspect the media want to puff Mitt up so they have a story, or they want to knock Obama down. I remember watching the media deliberately torpedo Howard Dean's campaign in 2004--just because they could? who knows?

They're playing with history, and we could all lose.
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Syria and Turkey now in military confrontation

"Reuters is reporting that residents of Azmarin, a Turkish town on the border with Syria, are evacuating their homes amid a "military assault" by Syrian forces. More details to follow."

This was from Al-Jazeera about three minutes ago.

My apologies to the mods for not adding much commentary. I will say that turning the civil war into a regional war has been considered to be a viable strategy for the Assad government for a while now.

I guess now we get to see the inevitable results of such a desire. This will not be good.