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 4, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Tuesday and Wednesday, August 3 and 4, 2021

  • The Big Syria Lie Falls Apart EVEN MORE! featuring Lee Camp from his channel Redacted Tonight on YouTube (06:00m) protesting and defending corporate media in a "tongue in cheek" (def.) style in contrast to solid evidence reported by UN and other independent agencies. It is clear (once again) that corporate media has for many years been "messing with our minds" with their 24/7, Syrian "poison-gate" propaganda. 
Colombia is the first supplier of cocaine to the United States, every year it beats its own record as a producer of the narcotic, and this fact is closely linked to two aspects in which its coincidence with Israel is absolute: war as a permanent mechanism of an elite to exercise supremacy and the paramilitarization of this mechanism.

However, in the area of drug trafficking, which today is vital to the capitalist economy, the two imperial enclaves are not similar. In this “division of labor” they do not play the same role because Colombia provides the raw material while Israel provides the weapons and genocidal strategies to protect production.
Some of their scenarios have up to 50% of primary energy coming from fossil fuels by 2050! Others rely on technologies not yet deployed at scale, such as BECCS, for 20% of energy by 2050. The scenarios are a veritable show bag of technocratic dreaming, gas expansion and assumptions about economic growth unconcerned by material resource limits.

NZ2050 also lacks short-term ambition. Despite the growing enthusiasm for this seemingly positive development, a global stocktake of net zero plans finds 80% fail to meet a minimum set of robustness criteria and lack substance and short-term ambition, leading to greenwashing and marketing deception, says Ketan Joshi, writing for Renew Economy, and a catastrophic failure to form action that will provide meaningful protection.
... mainstream media rarely point out that climate change is getting worse and even more so due to feedbacks that can amplify extreme weather events and can further speed up how climate change unfolds.
  • Science Update: Shifting the Baseline featuring the views of Prof. (retired) Guy McPherson, an independent scientist (via his YouTube channel--06:31m), who has fearlessly focused his attention throughout his career on the climate crisis.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Monday, August 2, 2021

  • August Will Be A Real Turning Point – Welcome To The Biggest Eviction Horror Show In U.S. History by Michael Snyder from Activist Post. My reaction: I agree with the author regarding his statement: "We are moving into deeply troubled times, and this wave of evictions has the potential to be a huge destabilizing force in our society." It will be interesting, to say the least, how the ruling class will handle this. It could cause further divisions among Americans, and I'm not sure our masters in the ruling class are ready for that.
  • 💥YouTube Pirate Streams featuring James Corbett, from his channel at Odysee, and Ryan Cristián of The Last American Vagabond discussing (25:41m) the various methods they have used to cope with censorship problems particularly from YouTube. Because alternative websites, independent journalists, and independent medical specialists have been experiencing severe censorship, this is a best post.
  • JCPOA: A Catalogue of Moving Goalposts by Alastair Crooke from Strategic Culture Foundation. My reaction: This former member of MI-6 (counterpart of Britain's CIA) argues that the Empire's strategy is "old hat" (def.), and he concludes with this insightful paragraph:
Iran will not ‘wait us out’, the U.S. official thunders. Really? Perhaps Iran will take a sojourn in the East, for a while, until America takes leave of the Middle East. The U.S. eventually will go ‘yes’, but Israel can’t. What happens there? Now that is a question …
 
My reaction: Right-wing Jews have flocked to the banner of Israel believing that the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire was invulnerable. Maybe they were wrong. 
  • Bioengineering Pathogens for Warfare Is Illegal — But Absent Enforcement, Nations Do It Anyway by Gary Samore from Children's Health Defense. My reaction: The author leaves out the history of US use of biological weapons in the Korean War. This was very well documented in the ignored book entitled This Must Be the Place by Dave Chaddock and by scores of US military prisoners who refused repatriation after the final ceasefire. I have no doubt that the US continues to do research on these weapons because of their record of subversive activities after the conclusion of WWII which include assassinations, the overthrow of governments (Chile and Ukraine are the worst examples), 9/11, phony wars on terror and drugs, the Covid pandemic, censorship, pervasive propaganda, etc. The amoral ruling capitalist class would murder their own mothers if they thought that it might lead to more profits and power.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Sunday, August 1, 2021

The Chinese Foreign Ministry urged the US to take four steps on COVID-19 origins tracing if it wants to show transparency, including disclosing data on early COVID-19 cases, inviting the World Health Organization (WHO) to probe Fort Detrick and the University of North Carolina, and publishing data on sick soldiers who attended the Wuhan Military World Games, amid mounting calls from China and the international community to investigate the US on COVID-19 origins and growing outrage on the Biden administration’s political maneuver which severely hampered the global virus tracing task.
  • The Road to Totalitarianism by CJ Hopkins, an American satirical comedian currently living in Berlin, seriously commenting on the trend of our times--from his weblog Consent Factory, Inc.
We have watched as the New Normal has done precisely what every totalitarian movement in history has done before it, right by the numbers. We pointed all this out, each step of the way. I’m not going to reiterate all that again.

I am, however, going to document where we are at the moment, and how we got here … for the record, so that the people who will tell you later that they “had no clue where the trains were going” will understand why we no longer trust them, and why we regard them as cowards and collaborators, or worse.
 
Yes, that’s harsh, but this is not a game. It isn’t a difference of opinion. The global-capitalist ruling establishment is implementing a new, more openly totalitarian structure of society and method of rule. 
  • The Trial of Ghislaine Maxwell featuring Chris Hedges interviewing investigative journalist Nick Bryant, via Hedges' RT channel on YouTube (26:42m), regarding the corruption of justice regarding the Jeffrey Epstein case (Maxwell is involved as a supplier of adolescent girls to the rich and powerful). My reaction: While visiting my sister in Florida in the late 1990s, I asked her to take me on a tour of the rich people in Florida. She took me to Palm Beach, Florida where I viewed the huge mansions of the rich and powerful ruling class, not only in the USA, but throughout the de-facto US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. I have since learned that the owners of these mansions have multiple homes throughout their vast Empire. From Bryant's remarks I learned many facts about the Epstein case, but the one overwhelming fact is that the ruling capitalist class has always been protected from prosecution from the inception of the USA.
  • Massive Worker Strike On Wall Street featuring Jimmy Dore (via his YouTube channel--05:49m) reporting and commenting on (Ron Placone also comments) on the protests outside of Black Rock headquarters in New York City. My reaction: Dore has obviously not been informed by the real history of the workers in the previous eras because the earlier history of worker struggles was censored, suppressed, or re-interpreted in the curriculum of our public schools: the numerous massacres by private armies and public militias of union organizers, 12 hour days that workers were forced to work, the cheap child labor employed by capitalists, the history of slavery, Native American massacres, etc. all of which to build their fortunes and power.
  • The Real, Untold Story of Roth IRAs by Gerald E. Scorse from Dissident Voice. Back in 1998, when I was working as a bookkeeper for a construction company, I learned of this new payroll plan. Because it was widely promoted in mainstream media, I knew instantly that it was favoring the owners of businesses; but I didn't know in detail how it benefited them. This is a long-overdue explanation.
  • Australia: A Laboratory of Empire with Lowkey & Aamer Rahman featuring a video (55:21m) discussion by the two members of minorities: the one a British-Iraqi hip hop artist Lowkey and the other an Australian comedian and activist Aamer Rahman correcting for Americans some of the outrageous lies that have been provided us by US propaganda, and followed by a text that serves as an introduction to the video and posted on Mint Press News.
  • News on China in 2 minutes from Dongsheng. (Note: This was a bit too fast for me. I needed to slow it down by re-setting the speed to .75 of normal.)
  • China Floods, Brazil Freezes, US Dry – Top Exporters Lose Crops as Grains Crisis Accelerates featuring Christian reporting and commenting upon the crop failures all over the world and their effects of meat production from his weblog Ice Age Farmer. (Note: I am posting this only to criticize it.) My reaction: I have a problem with Christian's argument: this is all due to Big Tech and its engineering of these food shortages, not due to climate destabilization that was largely caused by capitalism's obsessive pursuit of profitable production. If his view is representative of the younger generations, we humans are a hopeless case.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Saturday, July 31, 2021

  • Biden Evicting Millions THIS WEEKEND featuring Jimmy Dore with Ron Placone doing his cynical take on Biden's reluctance to extend the moratorium on evictions from his channel on YouTube (13:02m).

Friday, July 30, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Friday, July 30, 2021

  • Ivermectin (an update) from Pheme. (Highly recommended by staff-writer Brad Fredricks.)
How is a citizenry to respond to Evil, to publicly made threats that they are now in a period where novel viruses, cyberterrorism, and food shortages may strike at any moment?

What about the fact that making threats to achieve political or ideological aims is the very definition of terrorism itself, or the fact that using the internet to do this is the definition of cyberterrorism? When we look at those who have benefited politically and financially from the lockdowns, and who will undoubtedly do the same with the coming cyberterrorism seasons, we are reasonable in asking: Is the World Economic Forum website in fact a terrorist website?
  • New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato featuring James Corbett in addition to Pilato covering their interpretation (25:40m) of this week's news from Corbett's website, The Corbett Report. My reaction: Notice that Pilato uses words like "system" but he doesn't explain what the word refers to. This is typical of anarchists and American libertarians (as distinguished from European libertarians): they can't see beyond the government but use terms such as "establishment" (Corbett uses) and "system", a holdover from the anti-Vietnam war protests, without ever explaining what they mean. However, the trends they see happening by governments, all of which are controlled by an ever-decreasing capitalist ruling class, are real. The use of legally mandated vaccinations designed by the ruling capitalist classes is real (and coming to America) in order to divide people and stir up dissension (the old divide and conquer strategy).
  • Congressman Dennis Kucinich Joins Redacted Tonight! featuring Lee Camp interviewing former Congressman Kucinich from the channel of Redacted Tonight on YouTube (19:08m). My reaction: Kucinich describes how all governments in the USA really work: to serve corporate profits and the capitalists who own them whether legal or not. He also explains how they ran him out of Congress and censored journalists and shortened their careers. In spite of numerous defeats, he still hopes that things will get better.
  • Going Dark by Craig Murray, a British dissenter, from his weblog. My reaction: When all else fails, capitalist governments through the dissenters in prison or insane asylum.
  • The Taliban go to Tianjin by Pepe Escobar from "The Saker" weblog. (Note: Escobar provides a complicated analysis of Afghanistan and the response to it by Russia and China.)
... in response to a well-thought-out decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the days of the Olympics rallies, the Russians launched the not quite tolerant hashtag #wewillROCyou (according to the permitted name of the Russian team – Russian Olympic Committee). The anger of ordinary Russian citizens is reasonable if we keep in mind that never in history has any country been deprived of its flag and anthem.

So we have to ask ourselves, all of us who love sports but also basic human rights, is it right to try to humiliate a country of 147 million inhabitants? Especially having in mind how much that country has provided to the world in the field of sports, culture, science.
 
(Note: You may also be interested in an article entitled "Why Is the Top Chinese Swimmer Not at the Tokyo Olympics?" from Global Research.)

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Thursday, July 29, 2021

Hey, the CDC had to be consistent, even when the results were cray cray [def.], and therefore did not exempt children.

Well, how did vaccination rates respond? Far from incentivizing people to get the jab, everyone took off their masks and dared authorities to ask for their papers. This is because after a year and months of egregious restrictions on freedom, people were fed up and looking for some means by which they could pretend to go back to normal. Vaccination rates stayed stuck for the reason that everyone who wanted a vaccine already got it, while the rest possess natural immunity, are wary of the medicine, or were more than willing to accept the risks of exposure.

The answer to the question posed by the title is "none of the above". "The Squad and DSA" are both controlled by the capitalist ruling class.
 
There is much to learn for ordinary Americans from Stewart's personal experience with the machinery of political parties. But I have doubts that they will learn from his experience (and millions of others before him) in time to prevent the extinction of nearly all species on Earth including humans. To work through party machinery as a route to promote any kind of change that will result in lessening the power of the ruling class is totally futile because the capitalist ruling class has set up their government to function that way.

You see, the ruling class ever since its founding in the USA has consistently protected its real power of ownership of the economy, but ruling behind the facade of political party politics, not class politics. (The attempts of people to set up socialist governments have always been ferociously and consistently resisted by the capitalist nations.) This facade has given the ruling class a fake social legitimacy, but it is only a facade to fool ordinary Americans. Meanwhile, our masters used real economic power through their ownership of the economy to acquire the overwhelming real power and wealth that we see today.

Fortunately, Stewart has appeared to learned after decades of experience what real power is made of, but for his fellow Americans it appears too late for them to learn such a lesson now that the ruling class has consolidated and concentrated real power in their hands. The capitalist ruling class has used its overwhelming power to set up police and surveillance agencies to contain any opposition that might arise. They have control (via their ownership) of media corporations to create their self-serving "realities", and they don't hesitate to use censorship of views that are inconsistent with their rule. They have control of jobs and careers like never before through their concentration of ownership in an ever diminishing ruling class. And finally, they have extended their rule over a de-facto transnational empire--the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire.

But theirs is a pyrrhic victory because soon their destruction of habitat on our planet Earth, either through their economic activities or a global nuclear war, will end with the extinction of humans and most other species. The destruction of habitat is well advanced--we are seeing signs of this today through the destabilization of the climate. And when our ruling class is convinced that they are losing the war of global control, they might be tempted to launch a desperate last stand through a nuclear war.
Today, it’s not Germany-Japan but the specter of a Russia-China-Germany entente that terrorizes the Hegemon as the Eurasian trio capable of sending American global domination to the dustbin of History.
 
(Note: It is gradually getting harder for me to decipher Escobar's creative writing style. The above quotation is not representative of this, but much of the rest of the article is.) My reaction: He see the directors of the de-facto US/Anglo/Zionist Empire as selecting actions that will inevitably "dig their own grave". In this case, the grave is the Empire. Beginning in 1940, or thereabouts, they launched their empire project. Since then, the billionaire directors of the Empire had enjoyed so much power and wealth that they have become addicted to both. Only the people of the Empire can stop them, and I don't see that happening in this era of 24/7 surveillance, unaccountable secret agencies, and media corporations controlling what people think.
With barely a whisper of protest from either the media or the American people, Barack Obama and Joe Biden supported and empowered a group of far-right, Nazi-idolizing, Hitler-worshipping, anti-Semitic militias to fight against Russian-backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Wednesday, July 28, 2021

  • ALL News is Fake News by Mickey Z. from Dissident Voice. (Note: Of course, the author is referring to news that is provided by media corporations that are owned by billionaire capitalists.) My reaction: Karl Rove, Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, Jr., accidentally revealed how the capitalist ruling class referred to "reality", and news--indeed, all their programs--function as a creator of "reality" as reported by their media corporations for most people in the USA: 
That's not the way the world really works anymore. We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors ... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.
  • Science Update: Open Letter to the World featuring Prof. (retired) Guy McPherson, an independent scientist (via his YouTube channel--(05:28m), who has fearlessly focused his attention and career on the climate crisis.