We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
America, the Pathological-Lying, Pyromaniac, Faux-Firefighter
I want to introduce to you another online alternative website where you can find real news, information, and analysis that you will not find on corporate media outlets. If you are getting fed up with all the disinformation from the latter that is only designed to fool you and distract you, then you must find other sources of information that attempt to provide you with the real stories behind the issues. I recommend, as I did, to cut the cord to corporate media by cancelling your cable subscription and keeping internet service--preferably high speed. This will not only save you money, but it will help restore your sanity.
However you must go a step further to find alternative, genuine sources of news, information, and analysis. I have not found them all and new ones are appearing everyday on the internet. Unfortunately most of the sources are operating on a shoe-string budget and begging for money from their followers, and I fervently hope that they will start co-operating and merging to create a more solid financial base so that they can hire excellent journalists and media technicians.
What struck me this evening as I was surfing the many links related to Rhymes Media Group is their widespread connections to other media outlets such as TeleSur, PressTV, Blog Talk Radio, and others. They are demonstrating that they know how to cooperate and collaborate--a lost skill in the USA, a skill that I observed in my youth when visiting my uncle's farm in North Dakota.
The farmers in the area especially at harvest time would bring their harvesting equipment together, mostly tractors, combines, and trucks, in order to harvest all their crops before bad weather set in. The summers in this area were short and the harvest period was short, and they needed to harvest when weather permitted. They solved this dilemma by combining resources. Dr. Edward Rhymes, a retired sociology professor, is doing precisely that using several forms of alternative media.
This piece is mostly a rant, but who doesn't need to rant and rave occasionally in the face of such insane actions that our ruling class directorate are imposing on the rest of world while lying to us about what they are doing. So, when he says "America" is doing this or that, which are likely war crimes, you must realize that he is referring to the directorate of the ruling capitalist class, also known as the "Deep State". They are the real government, and are located in "think tanks" such as the Council on Foreign Relations and their action-executors in the many secret (secret to us) agencies like the CIA, NSA, and 15 other such agencies; top Pentagon officials; and where they all meet, the National Security Council. The democratic facades in the forms of Congress, the judicial system, and even the presidency are mere puppets of this Deep State. Corporate-owned media likewise.
In the last election the Deep State's choice for president, Hillary Clinton, was not elected; and they are furious with the maverick Donald Trump who is by nature a boss--not anyone's puppet. Hence the ongoing fictitious attacks on Trump. There is much to be critical of Trump, but the Deep State through their media corporations are trying to get rid of him on more substantial grounds by concocting fake stories that he is serving Putin and Russia.