by idiosynchronic | 11/25/2008 11:00:00 AM
Amazon's reported Top Sellers this morning when I added something else to my Christmas list:

Here's the link to Team of Rivals. To my knowledge, a 2 year-old paperback rarely makes the Top Sellers list. I thought it was a static database query, but unless everyone online is buying this thing, Top Sellers must also be influenced by purchase and gift history.

What are you thankful for, and reflecting that dissatisfaction (*grin*), what are you asking for this Christmas?

Labels: ,



Anonymous Anonymous on 11/26/2008 10:34 AM:

Dubai is well documented as one of the main finance centers for the alleged 9/11 plot see references below. That being said if Citibank is writing loans in Dubai and the funds are from the United States Taxpayers Under the direction of George W. Bush on or after November 23, 2008. What controls does Citibank employ to make sure United States taxpayers dollars from the bailout are not getting in the hands of terrorists it would be impossible for Citibank to control that. That would be in violation of international financing of terrorism laws and indirect violation of the United States Patriot Act.

Boom turns to gloom as crisis hits Dubai

Published on 25-11-2008

Source: Reuters

DUBAI - The seaside emirate of Dubai shifted into crisis mode this week as its breakneck building boom stalled, its lending bonanza evaporated and the government pondered wider steps to rescue banks.

"It's gotten pretty ugly out there," analysts at Nomura Investment Banking wrote in a note this week, describing Dubai's property market as "a full-scale frenzy in which speculation went largely unchecked until it was very late."

"Dubai is the most vulnerable, as it has little oil and has been booming on the oil surpluses from the GCC, Iran and Russia," said analysts at Citibank this week.

"The solution is a comprehensive effort to consolidate the myriad of companies that make up Dubai Inc.," Citibank said.

"We believe Dubai will pull through with some help," Citibank said.


Prior to 9/11 Dubai

Bin Laden's operatives still using freewheeling Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Osama bin Laden's operatives still use this freewheeling city as a logistical hub three years after more than half the Sept. 11 hijackers flew directly from Dubai to the United States in the final preparatory stages for the attack.

"United Arab Emirates Central Bank & 9/11 Financing"

The Financing of the 9/11 Plot page 4 last line References Citibank


Blogger Ahistoricality on 11/26/2008 5:44 PM:

Jesse's wishing for aggressive Congressional inquriries, apparently.

I'm struggling with book choices for next semester (grossly overdue with my orders, actually) and wishing that there were more cheap but high quality translations of early modern Japanese and Chinese social commentary and literature. Also, I'm wishing that my enrollments will reflect the actual importance of history in human wisdom and Asia in the world. It would be nice if my students could read and write with some fluency, so I could spend my time teaching them how to think.


Blogger nickname on 11/27/2008 8:16 PM:

Based on the first comment posted, it appears that the U.S. has decided to downplay the term "al Qaeda" in favor of the more subtle "OBL's operatives".

Since there is no such thing as a terrorist group that calls itself "al Qaeda" and since more and more people around the world have learned the "al Qaeda" is simply the name of a computer file (listing fighters who fought against Russian forces in Afghanistan) created by the CIA back in the early 1980's.

Anyone who studies the facts about 9/11 will quickly come to realize that a sick man living in a cave could not have possibly had the resources and intelligence needed in order to even think about being able to carry out a plan that could defeat the entire U.S. national defense system.

OBL was only GWB's petscapegoat. 9/11 was an inside job.


Blogger Unknown on 11/27/2008 11:14 PM:

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Because before the European settlers exterminated the Native Americans -- they did at least sit down and enjoy a decent meal.


Blogger idiosynchronic on 11/28/2008 12:33 PM:

I'm trying to decide if I want to take a class on the design of the city, including historical analysis, that's being offered by the Design college this spring. I think I've already missed the boat on the tuition grants for staff though . . so I'd have to pony up $900! And then I remind myself how the last class went where I fell behind after midterms when my concentration went to hell.


Anonymous Anonymous on 12/01/2008 9:49 AM:

Let's see 17 months of decline world wide, decline decline decline and we got unmercifully screwed on the cost of oil for the most part of that time. Sorry, wake the F up, hello, there is a vast difference between speculation and manipulation if the world economies are shrinking demand parallels that movement so the basic foundation of saying speculation was driving up the cost of oil is total bull CHT!!! How about manipulation camouflaged as speculation; oh I get it NOW and to even think 9/11 is what they said it was, now that is effing crazy.

Read this very carefully the George W. Bush administration, all the leaders in the congress, and the media are deliberately engaging in economic warfare against all the people or slaves of the world. So let?s all get off the political high horses and understand both political parties have sold us all out. If we do not all act like Americans NOW and demand accountability then what choice will President Barack Obama have other then travel the path of least resistance and build his donor list.

When you see the Clintons list of donors you will understand why Bill Clinton ridicules any one requesting a new 9/11 investigation he was bought off.

Industry Shrinks From Asia to EU as Crisis Enters 17th Month
By Simon Kennedy

Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Manufacturing shrank around the world as the financial crisis enters its 17th month, providing fresh evidence that the global economy is in recession and intensifying pressure on policy makers to respond.

Purchasing managers? indexes in Europe, Russia, China and South Africa today showed record contractions in production as the persistent lack of credit hammers demand from companies and consumers.