Gadaffi To Try Hand At Feudalism, Will Announce Power-Sharing Arrangement With Libyan Provinces

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Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:46 | 985003 slow_roast
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Rock the Vote bitchez!

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:47 | 985006 MsCreant
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Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:49 | 985016 Confused
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Thanks for the laugh. Everyone is on the ball today. 

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:05 | 985098 Cognitive Dissonance
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MsCreant is rarely off her game. I suspect that comes from crossing swords with smart (relatively) young full-of-themselves whipper snappers in her classroom every day. They help keep her on her toes and it shows.

Personally I don't if I would have the courage to walk into that classroom every day. It must be exhausting.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:35 | 985233 Terminus C
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You need to enjoy the sparring.  That and messing with their heads everyday ;)  Had my senior (grade 12 in my world) social studies in a near panic when I told them there would be a major financial clusterfuck as early as the spring.

"What can we do?" they asked.

"Buy silver and stay out of debt."

Already had some students buying silver coins.  It is good to teach the young what money is and how it works.  That and showing them how to parse through the curtain of propaganda bs they get dumped on them every day.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:05 | 985099 TomJoad
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Can't believe I haven't seen anyone post this one yet.

Drop your bombs between the minarets, down the casbah way.


Jump Gaddafi, You Fucker!

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 13:33 | 985784 Hephasteus
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LOL. That's the main system of governement we've been operating under for the last 15 years.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:47 | 985008 Haywood Jablowme
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Power-sharing arrangement?  Hello Iraq Part Deux...


Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:48 | 985009 Ragnarok
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Next thing you know, some Sahara warlord will be forced to explain to his people how $10 trillion in budget deficits over the next decade is an incremental positive for regional employment trends.


High speed camel caravans! LOL.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:47 | 985010 tmosley
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Let's hope an all out civil war breaks out, lest other governments attempt this in times of crisis.

Feudalism is stable enough to last for centuries, but produces hugely perverse incentives, such that it will eat up any and all capital that is available until we devolve back into the dark ages.  I don't know if our modern level of knowledge and technology could fall to such backward governance, but I personally don't care to try.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:50 | 985019 John Law Lives
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Gadaffi is not likely to survive.  This will embolden the people to keep protesting until he is gone.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:50 | 985020 the not so migh...
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He is a war criminal now.   He must be treated as such.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:55 | 985044 Libertine
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Just now, huh? A coup and 40 years of brutal rule was just the warmup act.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:59 | 985076 the not so migh...
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He was the poster child for the "reformed dictator" .   He had high hopes for the Africa Union.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 12:36 | 985526 TBT or not TBT
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An alliance of the world's most egregious clusterfrack places was going to be greater than the sum of its parts!  

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 12:37 | 985528 TBT or not TBT
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And they are a full member of the UN "Human Rights" commission.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 23:40 | 987457 StychoKiller
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United Nations -- united in one huge clusterfsck, like a giant ball of snakes!

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:51 | 985026 stoneman sacked
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And next thing you know, Gadaffi will be living in Paris with his voluptuous Ukrainian blonds. 

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:52 | 985028 Oh regional Indian
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Hahafi. What a joke, hmmmm? For decades they'll plunder their land and people without shame. And then beg like dogs to stay in power when push-back comes.

never mind that this whole push-back is being masterfully engineered. 

A decadent ruling class is very much a sign of end-ish times.

As is a dumb populace.

Batting 2-for-2 here.


Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:57 | 985060 ronin12
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Can you name a specific time and place in history where there wasn't a decadent ruling class and dumb populace?

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:37 | 985236 Oh regional Indian
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History had some phases in places. Mostly under Philosopher Kings.

The reign of Ashoka is one such Indian example:


Another one that comes to mind is the reign of the Emperor Akbar:


Older history speaks of such times also. Always with soem enlightened monarchy.


Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:52 | 985029 serotonindumptruck
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This will be viewed by the protesters as a sign of weakness.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:52 | 985032 Josh Randall
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This might have worked before he air raided his people; memo to self - negotiate first then air raid...

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:55 | 985052 jus_lite_reading
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Resistance is futile. One more major natural disaster (ie 8+ earthquake) in a major city and then we will see the emperor in his naked glory.

Breaking news that revolt is on the rise in China.

The EU is literally in its last few minutes of survival.

WTI oil has exceeded the important threshold of $88; Brent exceeded the $108 marker.

Things are heating up boys. As I said over a week ago, buy silver and gold. "Silver will be $40 within 3-4 weeks," and so I say, so it shall be done.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:57 | 985058 Crassus
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All US citizens should leave Libya now.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:57 | 985068 Apostle of Unknown
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So the libyan pomo desk will be ran out of the tents of the most prestigious clan?

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:58 | 985071 Ferg .
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This sort of desperate haggling didn't help Ben Ali or Mubarak and it certainly won't help Gaddafi . Things have progressed too far , and besides , who would trust that these reforms would be implemented ? A lull now would simply provide Gaddafi and his supporters an oppurtunity to regroup and reassert control .

Persistence , even in the face of bullets and death , was what won the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia ( and what is currently winning the one in Bahrain ) and it will likely triumph in Libya as well .

I feel sorry for the protesters throughout the entire region though because , apart from seeing their fellow citizens beaten and murdered , they're soon going to discover that democracy won't solve the problems of high energy costs and surging food prices that are an integral part of many of these revolutions .

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:11 | 985127 MsCreant
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Thing is, these poor countries' citizens may be poor, but all their leaders seem to have access to incredible loot. Whose loot? Keeping it in reserve for exactly what? 

There has got to be a way to deploy that capital that does not feed people for a day, but helps them learn to feed themselves for a lifetime. 

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:36 | 985235 tonyw
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Yes miss and another common thing is that they have been in power for longer then most of "their" citizens have been alive and have put forward their relatives to succeed them so very difficult for the people to even look forward to better times.

In all these Magrabian countries it is usual for lots of permits to be required for the simplest thing, no chance of setting up a company online or buying one "off-the shelf" so this difficulty encourages corruption at all levels.


How long has Biden been inpower:-)

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 12:40 | 985534 TBT or not TBT
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How long has Biden been inpower:-)

Two solid years of Benny Hill panty chasing music is torture now that you mention it.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:40 | 985249 Ferg .
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That's true but I'd imagine a string of asset transfers is currently taking place so that when these despots and their supporters eventually flee , they'll have taken much of their wealth with them .

I sort of have concerns about how the next batch rulers will employ their respective countries' resources . Democracy sadly does not ensure fiscal honesty . I mean look at many of the democracies in sub-Saharan Africa , Kenya for example . Huge misappropriation of public funds and much of the nation lies in squalor and poverty . I've seen it myself , was over there about 2 years ago . Beautiful place but when you take a look around the cities and compare what you see with the pervasive greed in Kenyan politics ( spouse allowances are among the highest in the world ) you can't help but feel depressed .

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:59 | 985075 arkady
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This is a good sign for the Libyan people, when tyrants start making concessions it suggests their days may be numbered.  Mubarak threw quite a few bones at the protesters,but ultimately it just pissed them off further and like ZH correctly points out - after murdering 300+ Libyans in cold blood...there is no room to negotiate.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:03 | 985091 gwar5
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Muammar is really desperate now. He just wants to split up the opposition and make them fight amongst themselves so he can pick up the pieces in short order.

Won't work. 

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:06 | 985103 Cognitive Dissonance
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I think he's just stalling for more time until he can move more assets out of the country. That Gold is really heavy.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 21:09 | 985288 Ferg .
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Certainly possible . Mubarak did the same thing . Once he had left it was revealed that all throughout the protests assets were being transfered abroad .

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:09 | 985114 Caviar Emptor
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Enlightened despotism! He's trying to move from the  middle ages to the enlightenment. 

Hey, being 5 centuries behind is better than 8 !

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:37 | 985240 arkady
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He is also a Socialist, so he is not *that* behind.  

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:39 | 985246 bunkermeatheadp...
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He should let his wife run Libya so he can shuffle about mumbling without a care in the world just like Ozzy did with Sharon.

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:50 | 985282 Temporalist
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Gadaffi is going to address Lybian people once again soon.  This time he's not just going to give a weather report he's going to read a "Green Eggs and Ham."


Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:52 | 985290 bunkermeatheadp...
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On a boat or in a tree?

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 11:52 | 985292 Temporalist
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Gadaffi is on right now.  It looks like he's wearing part of a couch from 1975. 

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 12:21 | 985433 savagegoose
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he seemed pretty pissed off to me

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 13:22 | 985744 SwapThis
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There is a Libyan Royal Family in excile who are friends with the House of Saud, and through them the US Gov, [or one might assume so since the Crown Prince in excile has been living in DC], Since our 'soft power' 'big stick' diplomacy seems to favor benevolent despotic royalty in the mid-east [Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, KSA etc] over commoners like Gadaffi, might be interesting to see if the Al-Senussi family makes a sudden re-emergence...

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 13:27 | 985763 animal
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Brother Leader, your efforts are feudal!

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