Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wikileaks on the real economy

I must say that so far, the Wikileaks releases of State Department cables have been as boringly predictable as they are depressing.

Anyone with a nodding acquaintance with the folks in the State Department cannot be even a little surprised at the revelations. I haven't read that many of the documents but can see already that they are infused with the official state religion which teaches that because we are #1 in all ways important, we don't have to know anything about anyone else because if they are worth knowing, they will be struggling to be ever more like US! 

Besides the outrage that comes from acute embarrassment, official Villager reaction to the WikiLeaks dump is, "Of course these assessments of others are blunt. We have to be like that in our back-channel communications--lives are at stake." What will not be talked about when this unprecedented document release is discussed is why we in USA feel entitled to treat the rest of the world so shamefully, a non-neglible fraction of the planet's youth want to kill as many of us as they can.

But aside from the routinely ignorant and self-important horseshit coming from our "diplomats," there really ARE interesting nuggets to be found.  My favorite is their assessment of critically important elements of the real global economy.  Given the overwhelmingly Predator Class bias of the diplomatic corps, their list of critical infrastructure around the world is only interesting to them for it's military and strategic value, whatever rents can be extracted from control of these industrial choke points, or whether they are potential targets for "terrorism."  The questions of how these industries came to be, whether they should be so important, their current state of repair, or their environment impact just don't much interest the Predator mind.

Wikileaks Unveils Over 300 Foreign Sites That Are Critical To U.S. National Interests
Gus Lubin | Dec. 6, 2010, 11:54 AM 
Wikileaks has published a list of America's "critical infrastructure and key resources located abroad" -- aka potential terrorism targets.
By exposing these targets, the list could be one of the most controversial leaks, even though it doesn't name any scandal or crime. more
Samples include:
  • Austria: Baxter AG, Vienna
  • Austria: Immune Globulin Intravenous (IGIV) Octapharma Pharmazeutika, Vienna
  • Austria: Immune Globulin Intravenous (IGIV) 
  • Azerbaijan: Sangachal Terminal Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline 
  • Belarus: Druzhba Oil Pipeline 
  • Belgium: Germanium Mine Baxter SA, Lessines
  • Belgium: Immune Globulin Intravenous (IGIV) Glaxo Smith Kline, Rixensart
  • Belgium: Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Component GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals SA, Wavre
  • Belgium: Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Component Port of Antwerp 
  • Denmark: TAT-14 undersea cable landing, Blaabjerg
  • Denmark Bavarian Nordic (BN), Hejreskovvej, Kvistgard
  • Denmark: Smallpox Vaccine Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Bagsvaerd
  • Denmark: Numerous formulations of insulin Novo Nordisk Insulin Manufacturer: Global insulin supplies Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen
  • Denmark: DTaP (including D and T components) pediatric version

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