Saturday, April 15, 2006

Weekend Wackiness: "Most Politically Charged Comic Series Ever!," What's Really Up With Iran?, and More...

I love how mainstream comics publishers rev up the hyperbole, ignoring the entirity of comics history whenever they do so. Are there still Marvel zombies outside the pages of (gulp) Marvel Zombies (OK, not counting that mini-series's setup in Ultimate Fantastic Four)?? In yesterday's USA Today, Marvel's latest bombastic ballyhoo for the new series Marvel: Civil War quoted Marvel's cheatsheet press release, referring to the latest silliness from the House-Out-Of-Ideas (in which the superheroes are faced with the government Super Hero Registration Act, declaring all supes "weapons of mass destruction" and requiring they reveal their secret identities and register or resist and face prosecution) as "an allegory for the current American political landscape" and "the most politically charged comic series ever!"

Hmmmmmmmm, maybe if I completely forget Joe Sacco's entire body of work, underground comix series like Slow Death, Corporate Crime, Deviant Slice -- no, wait, that did it. I'm certain there's nothing in Marvel: Civil War to hold a candle to Tom Veitch/Greg Irons's iconic image of the then-current President Nixon naked and bestial, fighting over a dead dog's carcass with a member of his cabinet likewise naked and animalistic, reaping what they sowed in spades.
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Speaking of holy comics: Hey, it's Easter weekend.

Here's my sly way of getting you to some Easter imagery:

My constant compadre in Canada Bob Heer recently sent me some marvelous links to an amazing website dedicated specifically to the legacy of the Catholic Treasure Chest comics series. Now, there was "the most politicially charged comic series ever," packed to the opposing covers with anti-Communist wit and wisdom of the Eisenhower and Kennedy years (usually delineated by Reed Crandall, of EC Comics and Blackhawk fame).

Some of you may recall that it was Bob who steered me to the long-sought 1961 "dinosaur" issue of Treasure Chest I wrote about late last year (in the context of an overview of Christian and Creationist comics). Ever vigilant, Bob has just posted a 'new' Treasure Chest dinosaur page from a 1956 issue over at
  • Bob's excellent blog (with direct links to that '61 dino comic, too).
  • Ah, I might as well post the same links here, too, for you lazy folks:
  • Here's the official Treasure Chest link to the '61 dino issue,

  • and here's that page from 1956.
  • Oh, ya, you'll have to gander at that lovely March 22, 1956 Easter cover and leaf through the comics pages (what an amazing website!), getting more doses of Easter, to get to the dino page.

    HAPPY EASTER!

    Per usual, thanks for the amazing dinosaur comics material, Bob! Now I've got to track down that '56 comic for the ol' collection... Thanks, Bob!
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    In closing today, I've gotta touch on the more pressing matters facing us all: like, uh, another fucking war.

    Can you believe it??

    The drumbeat for war with Iran is sounding mightily these days, instilling a horrible sense of deja-vu for those of us who recall the late 1970s and early '80s when a certain Ayatollah was on the evening news amid the usual hyper-edited flurry of riots, burning American flags, mobilizing weaponary, and angry faces -- and an even more immediate association with the buildup to the Iraq War a little over three years ago. The by-now-obvious inherent flaws and corrosive danger of Bush's historically-unprecedented (for the US in the past century) "pre-emptive war" policies seem to be making not a dent in the war-mongering we're seeing and hearing this month, just as the zealous rhetoric of such propoganda have changed not a whit, nor has the vocabulary.

    What, exactly, could really be going on?

    While some journalists maintain
  • it'll be at least a decade before Iran has nuclear weapons capabilities,
  • others argue this is all happening because
  • the Republicans need another war --
  • -- whether the rest of the world (and America) does or not. After all, there's nothing like another war to distract even the neo-cons from the increasingly blatant erosion of their own power bases,
  • the smoke even they are smelling these days.
  • Smoke? Hell. And I do mean hell.

    While various online sites and email appeals are rallying against the call for war against Iran
  • (here's just one, from yesterday),
  • others are posting information and articles that seem to point to the possible/probable reality behind this. I've no idea, really, what this is all about, any more than you do -- our ability to form a consensus as a nation is as fragmented as it's ever been -- but the following recent (January 28th, long before the war rhetoric had been revved up like a Marvel press release) essay from
  • Ed Haas with NewsWithViews.com
  • is pretty persuasive and compelling (compliments of A.F. via Steve Perry:
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    THE IRAN BOURSE AND THE U.S. DOLLAR

    By Ed Haas
    January 28, 2006

    On November 10th 2005, the Muckraker Report published an article that described one of the unspoken reasons why the United States had to invade Iraq:

    To liberate the U.S. dollar in Iraq so that Iraqi oil could once again be purchased with the PetroDollar. 

    In November 2000, Iraq stopped accepting U.S. dollars for their oil. Counted as a purely political move, Saddam Hussein switched the currency required to purchase Iraqi oil to the Euro. Selling oil through the U.N. Oil for Food Program, Iraq converted all of its U.S. dollars in its U.N. account to the Euro. Shortly thereafter, Iraq converted $10 billion in their U.N. reserve fund to the Euro. By the end of 2000, Iraq had abandoned the U.S. dollar completely.

    Two months after the United States invaded Iraq, the Oil for Food Program was ended, the country’s accounts were switch back to dollars, and oil began to be sold once again for U.S. dollars. No longer could the world buy oil from Iraq with the Euro. Universal global dollar supremacy was restored. It is interesting to note that the latest recession that the United States endured began and ended within the same time frame as when Iraq was trading oil for Euros. Whether this is a coincidence or related, the American people may never know.

    In March 2006, Iran will take Iraq’s switch to the PetroEuro to new heights by launching a third oil exchange. The Iranians have developed a PetroEuro system for oil trade, which when enacted, will once again threaten U.S. dollar supremacy far greater than Iraq’s Euro conversion. Called the Iran Oil Bourse, an exchange that only accepts the Euro for oil sales would mean that the entire world could begin purchasing oil from any oil-producing nation with Euros instead of U.S. Dollars. The Iranian plan isn’t limited to purchasing one oil-producing country’s oil with Euros. Their plan will create a global alternative to the U.S. dollar. Come March 2006, the Iran Oil Bourse will further the momentum of OPEC to create an alternate currency for oil purchases worldwide. China, Russia, and the European Union are evaluating the Iranian plan to exchange oil for Euros, and giving the plan serious consideration.

    If you are skeptical regarding the meaning of oil being purchased with Euros versus Dollars, and the devastating impact it will have on the economy of the United States, consider the historic move by the Federal Reserve to begin hiding information pertaining to the U.S. dollar money supply, starting in March 2006. Since 1913, the year the abomination known as the Federal Reserve came to power, the supply of U.S. dollars was measured and publicly revealed through an index referred to as the "M-3." The M-3 has been the main stable of money supply measurement and transparent disclosure since the Fed was founded back in 1913. According to Robert McHugh, in his report (What’s the Fed up to with the money supply?), McHugh writes, “On November 10, 2005, shortly after appointing Bernanke to replace Greenbackspan, the Fed mysteriously announced with little comment and no palatable justification that they will hide M-3 effective March 2006.”

    Is it mere coincidence that the Fed will begin hiding M-3 the same month that Iran will launch its Iran Oil Bourse, or is there a direct threat to the stability of the U.S. dollar, the U.S. economy, and the U.S. standard of living? Are Americans being set up for a collapse in our economy that will make the Great Depression of the 1930’s look like a bounced check? If you cannot or will not make the value and stability of the U.S. currency of personal importance, if you are unwilling to demand from your elected officials, an immediate abolishment of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 and the fiat money scheme that the banking cartel has used for nearly a century now to keep our government and our people in a state of perpetual debt, than you are faced with but two alternatives: abject poverty... or invading Iran!

    The plans to invade Iran are unspoken, but unfolding before our very eyes. The media has been reporting on Iran more often, and increasingly harshly. For the U.S. government to justify invading Iran, it must first begin to phase out the War in Iraq, which it is already doing. Next, it must portray the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as a threat to the region and the world. Finally, once the naive American people are convinced that the “weapons of mass destruction” that were to be found in Iraq are actually in Iran ! , coupled with the almost daily media coverage of Iran’s nuclear power / weapons program aspirations, and what we will soon have on our hands is another fabricated war that will result in tens of thousands of civilian lives being lost, all because the political elected pawns in Washington DC lack the discipline to return our currency to a gold or silver standard, end the relationship with the foreign banking cartel called the Federal Reserve, and limit the activities of the U.S. government to those articulated in Article I Section 8 of the Constitution for the United States of America.

    When a wayward and corrupt fiscal policy and fiat currency, coupled with runaway government spending, forces a nation to only be able to sustain the value of its currency with bullets, the citizenry of the country involved in wars primarily to sustain its currency have historically first became slaves to their government, and then to the nations that finally conquer them. If you question the validity of such a premise, or whether it could happen to the United States of America, study the fall of the Roman Empire. If you read the right books on the subject, you’ll quickly discover that towards the end of the Roman reign, the Roman Empire was doing exactly what America is doing today; attempting to sustain a failed fiat money system with bullets.

    Understanding fiat money is not an easy task, and the Federal Reserve, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund have purposely made it that way. They do not want the American people to realize that the money in their wallet loses its value with each new dollar that they print. They do not want people to understand that our money does not become money until it is borrowed. When the Federal Reserve has money printed, when it is in uncut sheets of paper, it is not yet money. After it is cut, bundled, and placed into the Federal Reserve vaults, it still is not money. It only becomes money once it is borrowed.

    Consequently, if all debt were to be paid, if the United States didn’t have an $8 trillion national debt and the American people were debt free, and if all loans of U.S. dollars made to foreigners were paid in full, there would be exactly zero U.S. dollars in circulation because it will have all been returned to the vaults of the Federal Reserve. This might seem hard to fathom, but it is the gospel of fiat money.

    The major news media in the United States, fed by Washington DC which in turn is fed by the Federal Reserve, literally, has already begun conditioning the American people for invading Iran. Media accounts of Iran’s nuclear ambitions along with amplification of the potential instability and core evilness of Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is setting the stage to spring the invasion of Iran on the American people. There does appear to be a direct correlation between the winding down effort underway in Iraq and the increase of anti-Iran rhetoric.

    How American soldiers ultimately arrive in Tehran is uncertain at this time, but it is reasonable to expect that if the Iran Oil Bourse opens for business in March 2006 as planned, it will only be a matter of time before the United States will have to blow it up.

    If the United States invades Iran, or if Israel starts military actions by launches missiles at Iran’s nuclear power facilities, which then opens the door for the United States to intervene, most Americans will believe that our military actions in Iran will be to defend freedom and liberty while spreading democracy, when the truth is that we’ll be fighting a war in Iran because of our nation’s relationship with the Federal Reserve, a so-called bank that is not owned by the federal government, maintains no reserve, and isn’t a bank at all, but a cartel.

    Just like our war in Iraq, Americans and foreigners will die in battle so that the historical power bankers and brokers; cartel members such as Rothschild, Morgan, Lehman, Lizard, Schrader, Lobe, Kuhn, and Rockefeller to name a few, can continue collecting interest on every single U.S. coin and dollar bill in circulation, while controlling the U.S. Congress to the extent that the U.S. taxpayer becomes the collateral and lender of last resort to cover bad loans and unpaid debts that these institutions create by loaning money to third world countries, some of which are devout enemies of the United States. Remember the $400 billion Savings & Loan bailout approved by the U.S. Congress during the Reagan Administration? America is still paying for it – you and me, and so will our children and grandchildren.

    It is well overdue for Americans, every American, to do whatever it takes to fully understand the relationship between the United States and the Federal Reserve, along with the grave consequences of our current fiat money system; for even if the United States wanted to continue to sustain the supremacy of the U.S. dollar with bullets, it is historically, impossible. When bullets become the commodity to secure a currency, it is a clear sign of devastating calamity looming. To ignore the warning signs, is to suffer like you have never suffered before, or to die.
     
    Harsh words, but true.

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    Somehow, all that makes way more sense than what we're being spoon-fed, doesn't it?

    Again, though, I'm just a lowly backwoods ink-slinger -- what do I know?

    Have a great weekend, one and all.

    6 Comments:

    • Steve...lovely way to start the morning. though this is nothing new to me, i keep the thought foremost in my mind that we are wittnessing the fall of the dinosaurs. don't even get me started on the IRS....that is jury-rigged to keep independent, self employed people perpetually in debt and chaos.just "get a real job", get in line and shut up.

      boo-rah.

      this Iran thing scares the shit out of me.

      keep yer head down amigo.

      Zed.

      By Anonymous, at 4/15/2006  

    • Please share your solution for Iran. If you think there is a problem there. Them wanting to obliterate Zionists and all.

      What should we (meaning "we" the Superpower) do?

      By Marky Mark, at 4/15/2006  

    • simple......print lots more money rack up bigger deficits and buy 'em......like we did russia.

      mikial mouse anyone?

      Z.

      By Anonymous, at 4/15/2006  

    • Steve,

      Did you give up on trying to argue with that Truth fella on Al's boards? I'm still hanging in with him, though ignorance is apparently bliss for this poor soul. Anybody who is interested in comics creators rights or discussing Marvelman/Miracleman
      come on over. The link is in Steve's post before this one.

      Good day.

      By heath lail, at 4/17/2006  

    • Catching up on the blog today, so apologies for the late replies to the above:
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      Zed, check out today's blog post (Monday) -- more meat for YOU, my friend! Ah, if only your Sweeney had graced our lives -- you gave it your all, sorry the rest of us fell down so badly in the shadow of your commitment to that project.
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      Mark, my 'solution': before we render ourselves the third-superpower by 2030 (with China and India eclipsing us), I think we should keep the fuck out of the Middle East. We've no business there, whatever the insane neocon plans to the contrary, we've been far too secretive and Machiavellian in our alliance with Israel (which is part -- but only part -- of why we're so demonized by Islamic nations), and I'm sick to death of being a citizen pawn between theocracies bent on holy war. Religious intolerance and zealots with be the death of us all, and damn them ALL to their respective hells for fomenting all the rage, pain, death and destruction that they have ('they' including our Christian nation).

      I've been working on an intensive historical overview to lend context to the 'fear' used to rule by both sides (Christian and Islamic nations), and you'll read my thoughts in some depth there -- in short, the 'evolution' of neocon and Islamic extremism is strangely paralleled, rooted in post WW2 philosophies articulated by two men who planted the seeds for both neoconservative extremism here and Islamic extremism 'there' -- though this blog is a pretty pathetic platform for any such explorations, it's the best I've got.

      Thanks for asking, Mark.
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      Heath, time is tight of late. 'The Truth' refuses to identify himself, makes harsh absolutist statements without answering any points I've raised, and seems (I emphasize, 'seems') to be arguing it all belongs to Mick Anglo without substantiating any argument, save for more bluster and bullying rhetoric. I've little time to 'argue' with someone determined not to converse openly -- made my key points, and we'll see if the 'doomsday' for Todd and Neil he predicts so stridently comes to pass. For someone who says he works in IP -- implying a legal background -- his writing skills are pretty appalling and his ability to present a persuasive argument seems to be in the Bill O'Reilly school of 'debate' -- so, not much left to say there, I fear.

      By SRBissette, at 4/17/2006  

    • Howdy -- you'll note after reading your comment here, Heath, I checked the creator rights board anew and indeed posted. It's gotten lively over there -- which is a good thing!

      By SRBissette, at 4/17/2006  

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