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

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Did Russia just “gently” threaten the USA?

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The heating up of US - Russian relations as most recently manifested in Syria may be heading for a nuclear conflagration as suggested by "The Saker" in this article. Putin and the Russian government appear to have exhausted all their patience with the increasing aggressiveness demonstrated by the directors of the Empire. It appears to me and experts of Russian matters like "The Saker" (and others) that Russia has drawn a red line beyond which the Empire dare not tread. So it appears that our survival depends of the good sense of the directors--which is very suspect.
The sad thing is that US analysts all fully understand that but they have no say in a fantastically corrupt Pentagon.  The real purpose of the US program is not to protect anybody against a non-existing Russian threat, but to dole out billions of dollars to US corporations and their shareholders.  And if in the process the US destabilizes the entire planet and threatens the Russians – then “to hell with ‘em Russikes!  We are the indispensable nation and f**k the rest of the planet!”
Meanwhile, back at the headquarters of the Empire's ranch, the US, most people appear to be completely passive and distracted by consuming the Empire's latest gadgets and entertainment. Perhaps ignorance is bliss. Or maybe not!