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00h UTC; FRIDAY, 16 NOVEMBER 2012: It appears as if BP AmeriKKKa's attempt at "spin" vis-a-vis the Unfortunate Events surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, fire and leakage of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico for about a year and a half previous may have backfired upon them: In a settlement with the United States Justice Department announced just hours ago, BP has agreed to settle 15 counts against them of manslaughter, pollution of air and water and workplace safety violations ... pay criminal damages totalling US$4.3 billion ... plead guilty as charged to all counts ... and accept five years of Federal watch-and-ward over all its operations.

(Settlement of civil charges filed against BP by Gulf Coast business owners who saw deprivation of income and loss of livelihood therefrom, prolefeed notwithstanding, remains pending.)

So what do we learn from this, boys and girls?

Remember the name: Xi Jinpeng. As in the new Premier of the so-called "People's Republic of China," not to mention First Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and secretary of the nine-member Standing Committee of the Politburo, his "appointment" having been confirmed at the closing session of the 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress in Beijing, reiterating the same broken-record platitudes and memes about dealing with official corruption, bribery, socioeconomic inequality, mismanagement of the economy, &c., &c., as his predecessor, Hu Jintao, pledged to deal with last time around. (Especially so among such specimens of "AmeriKKKa Should Be More Like China" Zealotry and True Belief, unaware of what such may really entail in the bargain ... and all the while insisting upon the implied existance of a natural interconnexion between ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe and Our National Character and Identity as a Sovereign Peculiar Among the Nations. Provided, of course, that their interpretation of "nation" is that of the White Supremacist trope ORION, "Our Race Is Our Nation"--itself reinforced by the Christian Nationalist trope that "every Nation is founded upon a Country endowed unto it solely by the will of Yahweh God.")

Speaking of the implied defence of ekonomesie vryheid, &c.,
as is popular among the Elmer Gantryite crowd, one Christian Right prolefeeder is insisting that State Social Security is nothing more than the Ruin of the Traditional Family as unwittingly Promotes Homosexuality in the process. Which makes you wonder if we may be seeing in the Christian Right some unlikely allies with the likes of the Cato Institute's Social Security Project and the Heritage Foundation whose articles of faith call for, inter alii, the "complete and final" denationalisation of State Social Security in favour of Latinoamericano-model pension funds controlled by the equities markets for the most part--and, unfortunately, manipulated for the sole benefit of the fund managers notwithstanding "born out of the Volk to serve the Volk" tropes expected to sell such to the "REAL AmeriKKKan."

(Personally, though, I would rather prefer, if privatisation of State Social Security were to be seen as a Lesser Evil to Save Our Dear Lovely Nation from Plunder by the "New World Order," embracing mutually-driven friendly societies on the British model as can be truly "born out of the Volk," usw. And to push the concept, may I be the first to call for the British Council to partner with the Association of Financial Mutuals, as successor to the Association of Friendly Societies, in promoting the concept by viable example and demonstration.)

Who said mobile telephony was a pain-in-the-butt probably has yet to hear of a newly-released study by the University of Auckland down New Zealand way, which revealed that smokers seeking to give up their habit as received daily motivational text messages and advice on their mobile phones were actually able to kick the cravings in significant measure.

Perhaps one of the more amusing analogies Your Correspondent has found vis-a-vis conservatives' issues with President Obama on tax policy towards "the Four Hundred" is that which has fighting parents blaming their kid for being the trigger therefor. No wonder certain parental units would just love to ask their kids to "do us a favour" by getting them to leave the house after breakfast on weekends and during school breaks, not returning until around the supper hour, so as to "give [the parents] some rest," especially when reinforced by giving them lunch money and bus fare--and carefully-memorised tropes about "nervous breakdowns" or some such in case store personnel, security staff, &c., start asking questions about their being seen unaccompanied and in potentially suspicious circumstances.

For all the Mickey Mouse that the Christian Right loves to push about "protecting and defending Our Dear Lovely Nation" and "preserving liberty" when, in fact, it's been suggested that they share common ideological ground with the same Islamic extremists they see as Public Enemy #1, they'd just love to see the ilk of legislation such as this which may actually have the reverse effect.

(As if that weren't awful enow, it's emerged that the weird and unwholesome element is getting involved in a number of potentially star-crossed online petitions seeking the seccession from the Union of several states as a supposed show of protest against President Obama's late reelection. Which calls to mind President Andrew Jackson's toast at a state dinner: "Our Federal Union--it MUST be preserved!")

As if Walmart's facing Industrial Action on "Black Friday" (reinforced with calls for a Consumer Boycott thereof) wasn't enough for bicarbonate sales in Bentonville, AR to skyrocket of late, declining third-quarter earnings and same-store sales reports and analysts' dismal fourth-quarter estimates thereforr caused Walmart shares to lose 3.6% in Wall Street on Thursday. (Another unlikely factor as may be hurting Walmart: The emergence of discount chains as specialise in smaller-sized, mostly storefront and strip-mall, stores, especially in so-called "REAL AmeriKKKan" [as in small-town/rural] markets, among them ALCO, Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Shopko Hometown, with a basic and limited range of essentials at value-for-money prices designed for a quick in-and-out run.)

'Till next go-round--


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