Ikea funds went to Romanian secret police in communist era

Secret police files reveal six-figure payments to Ceausescu’s henchmen, as retailer denies knowingly paying Securitate.

The Guardian, By Matei Rosca, July 4

Bucharest – Romania’s brutal communist-era secret police received covert six-figure payments from Ikea as part of the Swedish group’s deals with a local furniture manufacturer in the 1980s, according to documents obtained by [...]

“… even a dog knows the difference…,”

“between being stumbled over…, and being kicked.” Quote from Bill Hightower on Bill Moyers.

Some of the other animals among us aren’t that perceptive.

Unfortunately…, Hightower is also right about something else:

JIM HIGHTOWER: Well, as, there will be blood, I think. There will be heads bludgeoned.

Here’s the link: Jim Hightower – on Bill [...]

4th of July Essay by Bill Moyers

Well worth your time to read this one from Bill…, a look back at why we are celebrating today…, and what we need to do if we want to continue to celebrate it in the future.

No video…, just the essay at Celebrate the Revoulution–And Keep It Going

Here are a few teasers:

On this [...]

Belgian court rules that brothel can not be named after Dominique Strauss Kahn

AFP, June 30

Brussels – A Belgian court on Monday barred a renowned pimp from naming his latest venture “DSK”, the initials of disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn who filed the suit.

The pimp, Dominique Alderweireld or “Dodo la Saumure”, is linked to sex parties attended by Strauss-Kahn and dubbed his latest brothel [...]

‘Unprecedented’ disappearance of aircraft from radar screens in Europe

The Independent, By James Legge, June 13

For almost half an hour, 13 aircraft vanished from air traffic controllers’ radar screens as they flew at high altitude above Europe, it has been revealed.

The “undprecedented” disappearances happened on 5 June and 10 June, hitting control rooms in Austria and neighbouring countries.

The relevant EU agencies [...]

Friday Cat Blogging: Addictions and Attitudes

From SP…

Son claims Westboro preacher Fred Phelps is near death

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 16

According to a Facebook post from one of the estranged sons of Fred Phelps Sr., the anti-gay preacher who was the driving force behind Westboro Baptist Church is close to death. Nathan Phelps claims his father is on the “edge of death” at a hospice facility in Topeka, Kan.

Another estranged [...]

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El Jefe on the air.

A vast hidden surveillance network runs across America, powered by the repo industry

BetaBoston, By Shawn Musgrave, March 5

Few notice the “spotter car” from Manny Sousa’s repo company as it scours Massachusetts parking lots, looking for vehicles whose owners have defaulted on their loans. Sousa’s unmarked car is part of a technological revolution that goes well beyond the repossession business, transforming any ­industry that wants to check [...]

What if the moon were one pixel?

Then space would be filled with Burma Shave signs, apparently: What if the moon were one pixel?

Dumb Starbucks and the Art of the Hoax

The New Yorker, By Emily Greenhouse, February 15

Last weekend, a pop-up shop called Dumb Starbucks appeared in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, five miles east of the Hollywood Hills. It seemed like any other Starbucks store, but it gave away “dumb” versions of items sold by the Seattle-based coffee giant: Dumb Iced Vanilla Latte and [...]

Rough and Tumble Politics

  In February 1874, Colorado prospectors Alfred Packer, George Noon, Frank Miller, Israel Swan, James Humphreys and “Shannon” Bell left the Uncompahgre for Saguache, intending to go by way of the Ute Agency on Los Pinos. Packer appeared at the Agency alone, insisting that his companions had abandoned him while he was ill.

  Suspicions [...]

Choices – Wrong Forking Road

Having arrived at Agonist in December ’09, I missed the early years, so I’ve been reading a lot of the Random Posts that show up in the lower left sidebar. Given the incessant barrage of Newsertainment and Infomercials that inundate us daily, it’s remarkable we are able to turn it off long enough to [...]

How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk

What does the way you speak say about where you’re from? Answer all the questions below to see your personal dialect map. NYT

 

Just wondering how youse guys do.

More To Life Than Bacon – Fruitcake!

The Family Fruitcake (Recipe )

Okay, for those who are tired of rotating gift fruitcakes through your friend network or using them for doorstops, this is the reason they were really invented, before the commercial folks corrupted the process. If you’ve only eaten the commercial ones, you haven’t eaten fruitcake.

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