DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 10, 2010, 12:33 PM (GMT+02:00)
The low deterrent effect of the sanctions against
US and French bombers took off from each other's aircraft carriers, the USS Harry S. Truman and the Charles de Gaulle, while the British planes flew in from their bases in England. Together, they practiced their strike capabilities in a real war. The Caniuers training facility near
Rear Admiral Henri Bobin, commander of the French Fleet Air Arm, said the Charles de Gaulle is seen as a potential deterrent to
Thursday June 10, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and French Defense Minister Hervé Morin were scheduled to visit the French carrier just after it had spent 15 months in dry dock having its nuclear propulsion system refitted and other upgrades performed. French officers say the Charles de Gaulle' is now "more compatible" with US carriers the adaptation of its steam catapult launch and other systems for take-off and landing.
And indeed, debkafile's military sources report, French Navy F3 Rafale fighters capable of carrying nuclear-tipped ASMP/A missiles flew in from the French carrier and performed touch-and-go landings on the vast deck of the Truman, while American F/A 18/FSuper Hornets performed the same exercises on the French carrier.
In another part of the exercise, American crews for the first time flew French Super Etendard fighters, taking off and landing on the Charles de Gaulle, while French pilots landed American Super Hornets on the decks of the Truman before taking off again.
They also flew "intercepts" against each to test their systems and diversify their pilots' skills.
The simulated landing of a French Rafale F3 landing minus one engine on the Truman deck Friday, June 4, was a dramatic moment: the US carrier's workshops handled the replacement of the "damaged" engine with a new one - the first time that American mechanics had performed a job this complicated on a foreign aircraft, using tools sent over from the Charles de Gaulle.
The Rafele F3 with its nuclear-tipped ASMP/A is due to be declared operational by the first of July.
As part of the refitting of the US and French carriers for greater compatibility, debkafile's sources report three French E2C Hawkeye spy planes on the Charles de Gaulle were upgraded to the level of the radar aircraft of the same model carried by the Truman, including the replacement of their four-bladed propellers with a more reliable eight-blade version.
Our sources report that from its joint exercise with the French Fleet and the British air force, the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group was due to leave French waters and head for the Arabian Sea opposite
The Indenture's Life - Modern Feudalism
Slavery was officially abolished in the US back in the Civil War era; or was it? To my way of thinking, any time a man or woman is placed in a position of impossible debt, that's the functional equivalent of slavery. Or, as one of my friends calls it cheerfully, "the new Corporate Feudalism".
A couple of definitions of feudalism to roll around. One is that it's "the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th century; vassals were protected by lords who they had to serve in war" while another offers that "Feudalism is a decentralized sociopolitical structure in which a weak monarchy attempts to control the lands of the realm through reciprocal agreements with regional leaders. ..."
Since we live in a world of corpgov warfare (which is what all those wars in the sandbox are really about) and since reciprocal agreements with regional leaders is what the EU zone, the Asian trading blocks, OPEC, and the infamous New World Order are analogs, seems feudalism is a good fit.
Wasn't trying to do anything revolutionary in my remarks about indentures to government debts for things like student loans yesterday, but apparently that resonates at some level:
Love you man.
I just found it amusing that you would pose the question, "Should the student (who's given four years of life to school) additionally be held to indenture to a student loan based on government missing its marks?"
Personally, I gave many more years than that. But that's beside the point. The real question to ask is:
Wait a minute. Wasn't this sort of concept supposed to have died in the 1800s? In my youth, I thought I was living in the land of the free. In a society with human rights, the creditor should have equal or more responsibility to determine the likelihood of repayment. In a society with human rights, there should be no such concept as a loan that the debtor cannot default on. But that's exactly what we have with student loans. We have a gravy train of cash funneled to universities while millions of bright young people enslave themselves for life.
Or now, there's an option to get out after making "minimal" payments for 20 years. Of thank you, master. I have the dream of one day being free. I promise to be a good slave until then and give you what little money I can spare. (Never mind the fact that at the end of the 20 years I will have spent ALL the productive years of my adulthood in slavery.)
Even if there were plenty of great jobs waiting for every graduate, the concept of the indentured servant is abhorrent.
Thanks for bringing up the topic George. :)
As I said, not trying to be revolutionary here, but if the FTC was really protecting people, they could be thinking of anti-screw-job legislation to regulate payday loans (another reason I am voting against my incumbent congressman this fall - he's on the wrong side of that one) and in addition, there should maybe be federal guidelines that would prohibit a lender from loaning a person more than one year's worth of after-tax income to buy a car. Or, no more than 4-times annual household income after tax to buy a home...and so forth.
Radical talk? Not really. The government already makes recommendations about food and nutrition with the RDA (recommended daily allowances) for vitamins (which they undershoot on some key ones, but that's another rant), so why not debt? It's a lot more dangerous to your long term health (stress, etc.).
My point is "Where has been the quid pro quo (something in return for) participation in the debt system as an indenture? Think back on how much junk you bought and were still - thanks to easy credit - still paying for when it stopped working.
Yet governments worldwide seem ready to shirk this responsibility to curb cannibal corporatism's predatory product quality/lending mess. instead, they focus on the tasks of feudal management: making up wars to fight and cutting deals with foreign interests often to the detriment of its subjects.