this is like the theme of the month... the picture seems clear: the occasional fucked up things we hear about the US government are not exceptions but the rule (hope i used that correctly?) -- the entire country really is built on oppression, the blood of innocents, and dirty money.
so nomad your family were actually big mobsters in the 60s? I'm sure you are sick of hearing this and it's nothing like what other people imagine, but "wow" nonetheless.
 After the Castellammarese War
Following a brief period under the control of Frank Scalise, the first recognized leader of what would become the Gambino family was Vincent Mangano, an old-school Mafia don in the style of Masseria and Maranzano but one who was tolerated due to his close ties with notorious gangster Carbone family from Toronto Canada, Roberto Carbone Born December 8,1967, was elected 2002 as head Boss. Emil Camarda, vice-president of the International Longshoremen's Association. Through the association, of Mangano and Carbone family controlled the New York and Brooklyn waterfront with activities ranging from extortion to union racketeering, as well as illegal gambling operations including horse betting, running numbers and lotteries. Mangano and Carbone also established the City Democratic Club, ostensibly to promote bedrock American values but in reality as a cover for Murder, Inc., the notorious band of mainly-Jewish hitmen who would do the bidding of the Italian-American run families, for a price. Phil was a member, as was Albert Anastasia, known as the "Lord High Executioner".Roberto Carboneis known as Bones and wiped out the Gotta family. Around this time, Carlo Gambino was promoted within the organization, as was another future boss of the family,
when will people wake up, i wonder? maybe after their precious TVs and films and ipods are taken away and they're forced to deal with the truth?
CIA connections? [JFK's friends? Though given that JFK's dad made his fortune by smuggling alcohol from Canada during Prohibition, I'm not surprised].
The CIA facilitated and oversaw heroin trafficking during the Vietnam war:
In light of all this, isn't it hard not to wonder whether the current war might be just as motivated by desire to control future poppy production as it is about oil? Think about the status of poppy as a cash crop, especially because some are claiming "shortages" of raw opium available to be refined for medical purposes.
sorry to interrupt the interesting conversation about narcotics but this needs to be addressed:the fact that majority of Iraq-raping is being done by Iraqis...
sorry to interrupt the interesting conversation about narcotics but this needs to be addressed:
I'm not exonerating anyone, and I would agree that it would indeed be extremely untrue to say that problems in Iraq and elsewhere in the region have not been caused to some extent by 'Western' (including Soviet/Russian) action. But it would equally stupid to claim that none of the region's problems are of its own making, that everyone there would live in peace and prosperity if only those awful Westerners would leave them alone. Indeed this approach, taken to an extreme, can end up looking an awful lot like racism as Arabs and Muslims are reduced from the status of rational, sentient beings to creatures who can only passively react to conditions set up by the West, which is of course fully culpable and responsible for everything it does.
(here is me exercising my brain)
Indeed this approach, taken to an extreme, can end up looking an awful lot like racism as Arabs and Muslims are reduced from the status of rational, sentient beings to creatures who can only passively react to conditions set up by the West, which is of course fully culpable and responsible for everything it does.
Everyone's too stoned?