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Old 05-03-2018, 03:25 PM   #131 (permalink)
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Well it's a well-known fact, sonny-jim, that there's a secret society of the 5 wealthiest people in the world, known as The Pentavirate, who run everything in the world including the newspapers, and meet tri-annually in a secret country mansion in Colorado known as The Meadows. (So who's in this Pentavirate?) The Queen, the Vatican, the Gettys, the Rothschilds...and Colonel Sanders before he went tits up! Ooh I hated the Colonel, with his wee beady eyes and that smug look on his face! Ohh you're gonna buy my chicken! Ooh!
My grandfather actually knew him. Said he was a washed-up drunk.

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Old 05-03-2018, 03:33 PM   #132 (permalink)
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Iraq produced 10 metric tons of mustard blister agent in 1981; by 1987 its production had grown 90-fold, with late-war output aided by two American companies that provided hundreds of tons of thiodiglycol, a mustard agent precursor. Production of nerve agents also took off."
Precursor chemicals are usually quite innocuous. Even large shipments can be easily explained away as being used for legitimate purposes. I doubt that the German construction firm knew what the actual end use of the chemical plant was to be.

Thiodiglycol is not a controlled substance and would not have been on a customs watch list at that time.

Remember the Super-Gun? The "barrel" sections were nearly identical to what would be used in a refinery or chemical plant, and that was what was on the manifest.

The chemical weapons plant Bubba blew up in Sudan turned out to be a baby formula plant -- maybe, probably. You just don't know unless you have incontrovertible proof, which is usually unavailable within the timeframe allowed for decision-making.

It is easy to condemn in hindsight.

Here is a somewhat less sensationalist article on the matter: https://www.csmonitor.com/1988/1213/zchem1.html
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Old 05-03-2018, 03:45 PM   #133 (permalink)
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Did Colonel Sanders eat his own chicken?
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Old 05-03-2018, 03:47 PM   #134 (permalink)
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Well it's a well-known fact, sonny-jim, that there's a secret society of the 5 wealthiest people in the world, known as The Pentavirate, who run everything in the world including the newspapers, and meet tri-annually in a secret country mansion in Colorado known as The Meadows. (So who's in this Pentavirate?) The Queen, the Vatican, the Gettys, the Rothschilds...and Colonel Sanders before he went tits up! Ooh I hated the Colonel, with his wee beady eyes and that smug look on his face! Ohh you're gonna buy my chicken! Ooh!
Ah, the stuff of late-night talk radio. When I was but a lad, I drove delivery for a year, and back then, before the rise of Rush, it was daytime talk that fed the tin-foil hat wearers' angst and the techno-evangelists' dreams. Quite entertaining to listen to while driving.

So, who replaced the good Colonel? Oprah?

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CNN article I saw this morning: $3 gas coming to a station near you


Some day in the not too distant future we are going to look back on $3 gas as if were theft.
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Some day in the not too distant future we are going to look back on $3 gas as if were theft.
Like the $0.30/gallon gas my father filled our station wagon's enormous gas tank with? If so, I hope the timeframe is similar.
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When gas hit $2 a gallon I bought my bike.

I wonder how many cars I have bought since then.
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Old 05-03-2018, 06:17 PM   #138 (permalink)
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"With remarkable speed, Iraq built a program with equipment and precursor purchases from COMPANIES in an extraordinary array of countries, eventually including the United States, according to its confidential declarations."
You do understand the difference between a COUNTRY doing something, and a COMPANY that happens to be headquartered in a country doing it?
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And Wisconsin registered 8 plug ins in January up to a 90% drop depending on when your comparing to.
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Gas demand is inelastic due to the geography of housing, marriage pattern; and work locations.

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