Well, well, interesting couple of weeks. There is an oft quoted saying by Mao: "There is great chaos under heaven, the situation is excellent!" - that I wish were true in our current unravelling but one wonders... I just wish there was a team I could root FOR! Ever since Tahrir Square it's been nothing but murky, shadowy, games within a game. I know what drives people out into the streets and into the square, they want a half-way decent, dignified life, if not for them, at least for their children. But once you get to the Streets or the Square, then the complications set in. The old archaic, medieval hatreds and prejudices, the nasty History and Identity and Ideology, and then mix in the covert psy-ops and propaganda of those hoping to manipulate and co-opt... Shit stew! Course we know about the Great Game scramble for spheres of influence and strategic interest, nothing mysterious there. And we know about the crisis of global capitalism, both it's diminishing legitimacy and the vicious scramble for energy and resources which is just a feedback loop for the Game. But what about the sheer scale of corruption on display! "Just as the scorpion threatened by fire shoots its own venom into itself, democracy encircled by the flames of free-market economics and the new world order pumps the searing venom of corruption into its veins." Jean Baudrillard It actually seems to be getting easier to oust governments (in the periphery), get the police and the military over to your side, turn the guns around, storm the palace and watch the oligarch flee. The tricky part is what to do next? Here, have a looted, broke, divided country, it's yours, good luck!