I like lancer1969's new tattoo — it's a mix of a BME logo and a Detroit Red Wings logo! I always like it when people take the logos and modify them to suit their own personality (not that I don't also like the ones that are done as-is — especially as neck pieces).
The US has also recently hassled Russia over “democracy”, and told Canada that it has no sovereignty over its own airspace. What's strange to me about all these actions is that they are fundamentally self-destructive. They are very hard on the economy, international relations, the US's military power, and most of all the average person. They don't make sense. Again, I point out that this is one of two things. Either the US is playing out a doomsday scenario, or it's a land grab.
The US is the richest country in the world. Thus, if you want to become the richest person in the world, the best target in the world is America. If you want to do it legally, America is also a great choice because it's a credit culture, and it's very easy to manipulate a credit culture to move money upward (which I've written on in the past). When you destabilize the US economy, you don't end up with less money in the system — you simply move it upward into fewer hands.
The war on terror and the violence that surrounds it around the world is nothing but a way of moving money from the lower and middle — and even upper — classes into the hands of a tiny percentage of people, and the mechanisms that move that money are perfectly legal and consentual. The magic question is whether their greed is so overwhelming that it pushes us down a course that destroys us, either on its own, or because we miss the obvious.
Well, I'm off.
PS. If this story is true, it's proof that the art world is full of idiots.