Canned Food & Shotguns

Blackwater (Xe) Scours War Torn Africa For New Hires
Kelley Vlahos

…yet another Blackwater — sorry Xe — exploit… the North Carolina-based private security enterprise is allegedly attempting to hire ex-fighters from the Liberian civil war to fulfill its U.S private security contracts. Who will it be tomorrow? Like a precious natural resource, there are enough scarecrows of war eager to escape the prison of poverty and the bloody politics of the battle-scarred African continent to fuel the mercenary machine… Five years ago, Blackwater’s President Gary Jackson boasted to The Guardian about the company’s recruitment of ex-Chilean commandos who had supposedly trained and served under the military dicatorship of Augusto Pinochet. “We scour the ends of the earth to find professionals — the Chilean commandos are very, very professional and they fit within the Blackwater system.”
Tuesday, 03 March 2009
John Robb

“…the economic deprivation necessary for a vibrant bazaar of violence — this is a marketplace that forms when, due to a need to purchase food and shelter, there is an endless pool of people willing to kill for a couple hundred bucks.”
Financial Times
The modest Marxist
By John Thornhill
Published: March 7 2009

“The alarming breakdown of society will lead to new forms of apartheid and emergency states. He highlights the growing militarisation of Italy, where the government has sent the army into Naples to deal with the mafia. He claims that São Paulo in Brazil is mutating into a real-life version of the film Blade Runner (1982). The city now has 70 heliports with the rich travelling on another level to the poor.”
Gremlin #1: [on telephone in stock exchange] “BUY! BUY! BUY!”
Gremlin #2: [also on telephone] “SELL! SELL! SELL!”
Brain Gremlin: “Well, it’s rather brutal here. Right now we are advising all our clients to put everything they’ve got into canned food and shotguns.”


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