Archive for November, 2011

War Made Easy

Monday, November 7th, 2011

This is a must watch.

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War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose 50 years of government spin and media collusion that has dragged our country into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. With remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, the documentary exposes how presidential administrations of both parties have relied on a combination of deception and media complicity to sell one war after another to the American people.

Giving special attention to parallels between Vietnam and Iraq, War Made Easy sets government spin and media collusion from the present alongside virtually identical patterns from the past, guided by Solomon’s meticulous research and tough-minded analysis. Rare footage of political leaders and journalists from the past includes Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and news correspondents Walter Cronkite and Morley Safer.

Currency Devaluation and (the Illusion of) Economic Growth

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Two great graphs, courtesy of Artemis Capital:

German Stock Market during Wiemar Republic Hyperinflation

S&P 500 Adjusted Against Dollar-Index