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

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Sixth Mass Extinction Ushers In Record-Breaking Wildfires and Heat

Click here to access article by Dahr Jamail from Truthout. (Thanks again goes to an activist in northwest Oregon for alerting me to this article.)
In our current mass extinction event ... rather than the CO2-caused warming coming from a volcano, it is anthropogenic (human-caused), and the climate is not just warming, it is disrupted. And this time, rather than the process taking tens of thousands of years as it did during the Permian mass extinction, humans are increasing atmospheric CO2 levels far, far more rapidly.

Whether or not humans go extinct remains to be seen ....

Project Due Diligence

Click here to access introductory remarks (which I've supplied below) and 79 minute video sponsored by the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.
Project Due Diligence is a coordinated effort by a team of engineers around the world to engage the profession in performing its due diligence regarding the official reports on the three catastrophic building failures that occurred on September 11, 2001.

As engineers, we have a legal responsibility to guard the public’s safety. Given the magnitude of the building failures at the World Trade Center, which resulted in greater loss of life than any other building failure in history, it is our duty to understand the official reports and to call for further investigation if those reports are not satisfactory.

To facilitate this process of due diligence, we are giving our presentation to groups all over the world. At the conclusion of each presentation, we invite engineers to sign our petition and to join the effort to present this information to the entire engineering profession.
Nearly 17 years after the 9/11 tragedy more and more architects and engineers are coming together to challenge the official government reports (from FEMA and especially National Institute of Standards and Technology) about the collapse to the twin towers and Building 7 of the World Trade Center. 

It has been clear to me from the beginning that this was a history-making false-flag event that set in motion all the military actions of the US Empire since: the invasion of Iraq, our 17 year long military engagement in Afghanistan, the bombing and subsequent collapse of the Libyan government, the US Empire's military attempts at overthrowing the Syrian government, etc.

If you don't have the time or inclination to view/listen to all of the video presentation, I advise you to view/listen to the first 2:50 minutes, then a summary of their challenges to government issued reports about Building 7 between 36:00m and 40:25m, and finally the summary of their findings (at 72:05m till the end) that challenge the official reports about the collapse of the twin towers.

Brave New Money: PayPal, WeChat, Amazon Go - A Totalitarian World Currency in the Making

Click here to access article by Norbert Häring, a German economist, from his blog. 

This article illustrates how an old-fashioned conservative views the increasing digitization of money that is slowly creeping into our lives. Don't misunderstand me: I am also concerned about this, but I come from a different point of view. Häring, as a well-educated, well-paid upper-middle class German, has served capitalism well (which he still refers to as a "democracy"). He also has a fetish for gold which (not incidentally) started us on the path toward the promotion of privately owned banks (see video at 4:13m) together with private ownership and/or control of all of the economy, has led to widespread inequality, never-ending wars, widespread suffering, etc. 

Digitization of money, as a sub-system, can offer us a most convenient way to exchange our productivity for goods and services that we need. But when this sub-system and a general social-economic system permits not only money, but the entire economy to be owned and controlled by a tiny minority (today they are capitalists), we see the results in extreme inequality. 

On the other hand, what if we, the people, controlled the digitization of money through a general system that we created, a general system that promotes widespread participation in decision-making? We could have convenience without inequality along with many other benefits such as peace, economic security, real education (instead of indoctrination), an economy that wouldn't pose a threat to our ecosystem, leisure time to spend with others we love, boundless creativity, etc.

However, he is right when he warns us about the increasing control of money by our ruling capitalist class. This trend is another indication of their compulsive drive for total control over our lives. 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Take unprecedented action or bear the consequences, says eminent scientist and advisor

Click here to access article by David Spratt and Ian Dunlop from Climate Code Red (Australia).
“Climate change is now reaching the end-game, where very soon humanity must choose between taking unprecedented action, or accepting that it has been left too late and bear the consequences.”

Those are the challenging words from Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, for twenty years the head of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and a senior advisor to Pope Francis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the European Union.
Looking to the government "leaders" to take effective action to counter the now obvious threat of global warming is like looking to a factory foreman to reorganize the factory. Unfortunately for most Americans, the latter is how they view decision-making by the government. The capitalist ruling class has fooled most Americans into thinking that the government puppet show, which they control behind the scenes that are constructed by them, is reality.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

OMG This This This This!

Click here to access article by Caitlin Johnstone from her website. (My gratitude goes to another activist for alerting me to this fine article.)

Johnstone is one of the relatively few people in the world who sees the urgency of the situation in which we find ourselves. Her promotion of truth-telling journalism is a sound one, but it urgently needs to be supported by an organized movement committed to truth-telling. Nothing less will be sufficient to counter the power of a tiny class who are desperately acting to prevent the truth from reaching the overwhelming majority of people on our planet.

The fires this time: Implications for ecosocialist strategy

Click here to access article by Richard Smith from Climate & Capitalism.

The author has contributed so much to alerting the public to the death trajectory that capitalism is taking all of us. His strength is his study of economics which has informed his view that the capitalist system and a habitable planet are on a collision course

However, I think his present weakness is promoting the Democratic Socialists of America as offering a solution. I've always found the latter to be an inconsistent critic of capitalism and often willing to offer only token actions to counter its influence. I think that nothing less than an organized revolutionary movement can put a stop to this death spiral. The time to offer only individualistic passive solutions is at an end (for example, see this). It's time to get serious. That is why I have proposed one.

The rule of capitalist ruling classes, especially under the leadership of the US-led Empire, is built upon a mountain of lies. I have noticed an increasing frequency of deceptive reports spread by their corporate media, and likewise, an increase of efforts to censor information that expose their lies. It appears that they are desperate to protect their mountain of lies, deceptions, false-flags, psyops, etc. I am convinced that the most effective way to weaken and ultimately destroy that mountain is a movement committed to telling the truth. This will have to be organized from the ground up by people who see the urgency of taking effective action. 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Carbon Monoxide from California Wildfires Drifts East

Click here to access report from NASA

My curiosity was piqued yesterday by weather reports on area (Minneapolis) weather reports that it was unhealthy to exercise outside because of the smoke from Canadian wildfires. (I wanted to ride my bicycle on a route through my town as a routine exercise.) Scanning several weather broadcasts from other channels, I found the same reports, that is, that wildfires in Canada were the cause of the darkened sky. Because I was skeptical that the smoky skies were all caused by Canadian wildfires, this morning I decided to scan reports from the web. Guess what?

There are fires reported across the globe from Siberia to Greece to Portugal as well as the west coasts of USA and Canada (see also this, this, this, and this). The Guardian even announced that it was time to do something about climate change! But "not to worry" because the Secretary of the Interior says that it's all the fault of environmentalists! (sarcasm)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Other recommended articles for Thursday, August 16. 2018

  • Taibbi: Censorship Does Not End Well from Rolling Stone.
  • Why Are ATMs Disappearing at an Alarming Rate after a Wave of Branch Closures? by Don Quijones (a Brit who lives mostly in Spain) from Wolf Street.

Climate change in the Anthropocene: An unstoppable drive to Hothouse Earth?

Click here to access this review by Ian Angus of a report entitled Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene by Will Steffen and other scientists posted on Climate & Capitalism

Corporate media has given such unusual coverage to a report published in a subscription-only scientific journal that the editors have since removed it from a paywall. Could it be that this was caused by concern about feedback loops reported by the scientists in addition to the extreme weather that nearly everyone is experiencing?
As the Earth warms, positive (amplifying) feedbacks are becoming stronger: the authors identify ten that have global impacts and that could be radically accelerated by relatively small temperature increases, including thawing permafrost, release of ocean floor methane hydrates, weakened land and oceanic CO2 absorption, increasing bacterial respiration in the oceans, dieback of Amazon and/or boreal forests, reduced northern snow cover, loss of Arctic and/or Antarctic sea ice, and melting of polar ice sheets.

Any one of these could substantially accelerate global warming, and if one passes a tipping point, it may trigger a “tipping cascade,” permanently accelerating others.
Angus quotes their conclusions:
“Incremental linear changes to the present socioeconomic system are not enough to stabilize the Earth System. Widespread, rapid, and fundamental transformations will likely be required to reduce the risk of crossing the threshold and locking in the Hothouse Earth pathway....

“The contemporary way of guiding development founded on theories, tools, and beliefs of gradual or incremental change, with a focus on economy efficiency, will likely not be adequate to cope with this trajectory. …

“To avoid crossing a planetary threshold … a deep transformation based on a fundamental reorientation of human values, equity, behavior, institutions, economies, and technologies is required.”
 And then states the following: 
Although stated in very general terms, these points have deeply radical implications.
Do you think that our masters who are addicted to profit and power supplied by their system of capitalism can even consider such changes? If not, then who? (The revolutionary question of our time.)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Minority

Click here if you wish to access this post from the website of Ghada Chehade, a very talented Palestinian Canadian, who sent me this post from her website:

         The Minority

This white man is not my enemy
No, this white man hasn’t done shit to me

Let’s talk about the E-C-O-N-O-M-Y
That’s the real issue here

Don’t. You. See.

It’s not just about race,
but economic d-i-s-p-a-r-i-t-y

Most white men today are suffering just like me

You see, the problem aint with the majority
But a tiny little minority:

The Uber Wealthy Authority
That enslave us through financial s-u-p-e-r-i-o-r-i-t-y

Black and brown do have it worse

But economic suffering is a global curse
Orchestrated by and for the globalists’ purse

And when we turn on each other
We. Make. The. Situation. Worse

For divide and conquer is an age old trick

It makes the majority weaker
And the rich more slick

Able to stop us from seeing our common plight
And prevent us from waging a common fight

Against the ones with all the Authority…
That. Uber. Wealthy. Minority. 

Climate Change Bites Big Business

Click here to access article by Manuel García, Jr. from CounterPunch
... climate change denialism was heavily promoted by corporate and partisan (right wing) media, and by legions of corporate agents, flacks and factotums masquerading as elected representatives in federal and state governments. That has now changed.

Climate change is now all over the front pages of the newspapers and is the headline story of the mainstream mass media ....
What is the likely response by our masters' bought-and-paid-for government? 
Big Capital is now openly scared about climate change, and that is what we are now seeing as headline news.
We will also be seeing urgent promotions – presented as mass media news and commentary – for varieties of government subsidized protection for those sectors of Big Business that feel most financially threatened by the biting furies of climate change.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Target Is Assange and Wikileaks, and the Role of Australia

Click here to access a 38:50m interview with John Pilger conducted by Dennis Bernstein of KPFA FM radio (a listener sponsored radio station) in Berkeley, CA posted on Pilger's website.

You will learn about Assange's health, the legal aspects of his case, the significance of his ongoing persecution by agents of the US Empire, among other topics related to Julian Assange, the renowned activist who has led the effort in countering the Empire's dirty secrets. 

Articles I found on 8/12/2018 that may be of special interest to readers of my website

It’s time to stop acting like children and face an ugly truth: our current materialistic lifestyles are not sustainable in the long-term, and probably not in the short term either. Our incredible level of wastefulness, compounded by Earth’s finite resources, guarantees that the planet’s 7 billion people are living on borrowed time. Exactly what ‘short-term’ means, however, is a question none of us can really answer. It may mean the day after tomorrow or another 500 years. Again, nobody can say. But given the upsurge of interest, for example, in “doomsday prepping” among people of average means (a topic that even the high-brow Financial Times reported on), to the construction of sprawling underground bunkers for the elite, there is a growing consensus among many people that it is time to start taking back some control of our lives.
While racism plays a role in some police killings, and in the brutal measures directed against immigrants, this is entirely subordinate to the role of the state as an instrument of class rule. It is not a matter of making the police more racially diverse or electing more African American prosecutors. Decades of racially integrated police forces have illustrated quite starkly that black cops can be just as vicious, corrupt and murderous as their white counterparts.

The fight against police violence is a class question.

What If There Were No Official Narratives?

Click here to access article by Caitlin Johnstone from her website. (I thank an activist for alerting me to this excellent article.)

This Australian wonder woman strikes again with this brilliant essay about how our masters thoroughly manipulate the news about major events in order to control us for their benefit of power and profits. In this essay her remarkable imagination takes us into a world where we are only fed raw material about events across the world, and what that would be like. Unfortunately, most people already believe what they are fed by mainstream sources is raw material instead of fabricated stories. But there are increasing numbers who believe the exact opposite, and someday maybe they will prevail. She imagines that someday.