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, December 31, 2019

Posts that I especially recommend today: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

  • What we're told about ISIS is a lie (full show) reported by Michele Greenstein on the Rick Sanchez program from RT. Although guest-speakers on this program engage in rapid-fire delivery of their comments, Greenstein focuses on the Deep State and its propaganda organs, and as such I view the first 20:10 minutes as essential viewing.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Posts that I especially recommend today: Thursday, December 26, 2019

  • End-of-life anxiety and finding meaning in a collapsing climate by Leonie Joubert from Our Burning Planet (aka Daily Maverick--New Zealand) (Note: I didn't know what to do about this post because this website blocks access to those computers who block ads. Another website you can access the article is Living Resilience, but one can't access the links in the latter website. I have ad blocking software on my primary browser; so to access such articles from blocking sites, I have downloaded a second web browser which I use to access articles on such websites and don't load any ad blocking software to the browser. That way I don't have to remember to re-activate or mess with my ad blocking software on my primary browser. Incidentally, the ads on Our Burning Planet are not obnoxiously all over the article as in more commercial websites.)
  • Banking Nature, a 1:26:39 video posted on Thought Maybe. (I thank an activist, Caren, for this recommendation.) 

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Sanctions, Security and the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

Click here to access article by Binoy Kampmark from OffGuardian

This is huge. And I think it is the beginning of the end for the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. European politicos are logically adamant about securing cheaper energy from Russia to fuel its profit-making industries, and they don't mind smacking the Empire (see this and this) to secure this energy. US sanctions against Europe will only increase the independence of Europe from the core Empire which includes Britain. I also think that Eric Zuesse is correct when he argues that "UK’s Tory Victory Likely to Bind U.S. & UK against Europe & Asia". 

However I can't go along with his elaborate argument that racism which is in the history of the Britain Empire accounts for this. Zuesse is a social-democrat and must find a way to justify this turn of events--see his remarks related to his statement "That’s not what capitalism was supposed to be". Racism was very prevalent around the turn of the century till late 1930s. But it has been diminishing in the post-war era as a useful divide and conquer weapon of the Empire's capitalist ruling classes (against workers) as color minorities have increased in population (customers) throughout the Empire. Anti-immigrant sentiment is now used in place of racism or as a substitute for racism.

So, what comes next? Either the Empire will execute an all-out attack against Russia, China, and Iran or the Earth's habitat will no longer support human life, or both. We ordinary people are "screwed" one way or another.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

How the US Created the Cold War

Click here to access article by Eric Zuesse from Washington's Blog.

Unfortunately, the false history of WWII has been written by the ruling classes of the current US/Anglo/Zionist Empire through their well-paid propaganda agents throughout institutions of the Empire. In contrast, Zuesse offers a valuable source of the real truth, but his insights are limited by his social-democratic political orientation. 

This article (not the article posted in Strategic Culture Foundation--an edited version that left out his statement about "capitalism"--cleared up a number of questions I had about Eric Zuesse, the author. I have written several (at least) articles complaining about his use of the feudal term "aristocracy" instead of "ruling class" in his numerous articles. I saw this as reflecting his indoctrination in capitalist views mostly influenced by many years of education in US schools that he obviously had experienced. I was not wrong. In this article he clearly defines himself as a "progressive" by which he means his commitment to social democracy, a subset of capitalist ideologies, as illustrated by what has existed in the Scandinavian countries particularly after WWII when they had elaborate social welfare programs constructed on top of capitalist economies. Also, he is an admirer of FDR who saw the necessity of more elaborate welfare programs to preserve capitalism through the Great Depression. I gathered this from several paragraphs in the article such as:
Even other parts of that post-FDR system, such as the IMF, have served as siphons from publics around the world into the bank-accounts of the U.S. aristocracy and of its allied aristocracies. That’s not what capitalism was supposed to be. [Really?]
 And another quote:
Those weren’t “socialist” countries; they were dictatorial socialist (i.e., communist) countries, as opposed to democratic socialist (i.e., progressive) countries such as in Scandinavia — the proper term for what the Soviet alliance was is “communist,” not “socialist” — and there was a very big difference between the Scandinavian countries, versus the communist countries (though the U.S. regime wants to slur one by the other so as to sucker fools against democratic socialism — progressivism).
In other words, his "progressivism" is social democratic. He evidently believes that capitalism could be compatible with a sustainable Earth and that it could remain peaceful and just in spite of abundant contrary evidence throughout the relatively short history of capitalism.

Of further interest to me was a link in this article that brought me to an article in a publication that is followed by a section of the ruling class. This was published in Foreign Policy and entitled "The Bomb Didn’t Beat Japan … Stalin Did" that added a great deal of clarity regarding the use of atomic bombs on Japan as well as the budding Empire's intentions toward the Soviet Union.

Zuesse's contributions to the geopolitical realities of our world are essential, but what isn't essential is his left-liberal views (capitalism can be reformed, his use of "aristocracy" instead of "ruling class", etc.) about these realities. 

Friday, December 20, 2019

Posts that I especially recommend today: Friday, December 20, 2019

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Posts that I especially recommend today: Thursday, December 19, 2019

  • Washington’s Refined Art of Torturing China May Ignite a War by Andre Vltchek from New Eastern Outlook. (Note: I found striking similarities in travel experiences with that of the author who is nominally an American journalist (in essence a citizen of the world). I experienced the same phenomenon in my short trip to the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) in about 1983 that he experienced in his travels in Russia in the early years of Yeltsin rule and more recently in China: the notable effect of Western propaganda on the citizens of Russia and China.)

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Posts that I especially recommend today: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

  • The News Churn Memory Hole: How The MSM Lies Even When Telling The Truth by Caitlin Johnstone from her weblog. (Note: She sounds exasperated, but keeps plugging away at exposing the truth in the face off overwhelming presence of fake news and gaslighting (def.) furnished by corporate media. Other individual voices have tried to do the same--click on links to access their latest efforts: like satirist C.J. Hopkins and humorists like Lee Camp and Jimmy Dore; truth tellers like Bernard of Moon of Alabama, Eric Zuesse, Eva Bartlett, Vanessa Beeley, Abby Martin; whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, and persecuted whistleblowers like Julian Assange and Chelsea/Bradley Manning. But nothing seems to change.) 

Monday, December 16, 2019

Posts that I especially recommend today: Monday, December 16, 2019

Note to readers: Change of policy

Many times in the past I've made clear that humans face two fundamental threats to their existence: one from a catastrophic nuclear war brought on by mostly the transnational capitalist class in the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire; and two, a longer range problem due to the operations of the capitalist system which is well on its way to destroying our ecosystem that supports humans and so many other species. Previously I have limited all posts to one month from the current date, however because the second threat to our human existence moves more slowly (although it is picking up speed due to its accelerating momentum), I've decided to remove this requirement from posts related to this general subject.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Posts that I especially recommend today: Friday, December 13, 2019

Early news and commentary on yesterday's British elections
Other commentary and news:

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Posts that I especially recommend for yesterday and today: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

  • The Deep State by Alex Diaz from BSNews (Britain). (Note: More about smearing Corbin.)

Commentary regarding yesterday's post: Wikipedia Fraud EXPOSED

Click here to access article by the "administrator" of Disruptive Fare

First, I need to apologize to the activist who sent me this article. It was re-posted on Tyler Durden's Zerohedge which he sent me. I, out of habit, saw that the original post was from Disruptive Fare, and I gave them credit for the post. (Actually, as an aside comment, I have a strong suspicion that both websites are run by the same person or persons.)

I thought the post was very revealing to those who have over the years came to trust Wikipedia as an honest and independent source of information. It still is for many entries, but over the years the website has seen powerful/rich influences that have subverted many entries to serve their interests. All that they needed was a lot of money to hire people to do their subversive work by submitting 500 entries, following their rules of documenting, and qualifying as an "editor". It didn't matter that the documentation was from spurious or self-serving sources. Long ago I saw this weakness and knew that Wikipedia was eventually to succumb to those with vast amounts of money. But that's true of every institution in capitalist society. They and their supporters with their concentrated wealth/power have been harnessed to serve only the interests of the capitalist class: the preservation of their system, the accumulation of wealth, and power.

Fortunately, Karl Marx and his followers have long ago contributed to an understanding of classes and how societies are structured according to the needs of the dominant class. This class analysis is, in my opinion, the greatest of all of his gifts toward the understanding of social and historical development of societies. This commentary intends to use class analysis to understand why the website Disruptive Fare have used this issue of the corruption of Wikipedia.

While perusing the website of Disruptive Fare, I noticed several clues to its class identity: the sidebar that cited stock market data and the supportive passages of Trump's policies, in a addition to the incisive and thorough analysis of the Wikipedia issue. And the latter post attacks some main institutions of capitalist society: CIA and Big Pharma, an industry that has grown to be a self-serving behemoth that interferes with attempts to provide affordable healthcare for all Americans. This take on the issue of Wikipedia frames the issue much like left-wing analysts do--the corruption of a website due to the power and money of concentrated wealth. Yet the "administrator" as an author of the commentary is very supportive of Trump. What gives?

I've long ago pointed to the resentment of the older ruling capitalist class toward the neo-conservatives who have taken over the ruling capitalist class beginning most demonstrably with the Reagan administration. I pointed this out more than five years ago with my commentary to Amed's post "Who the hell are the Henry Jackson Society?" (now located here). I identified this new group of capitalists as neoconservatives who as transnational capitalists under the US Empire were taking over for the transnational ruling capitalist class of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. 

Since then there have been signs that the older ruling class, which I will identify as "old-fashioned capitalists", have terrifically resented this takeover. These latter people include Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan, Paul Craig Roberts (he served in the Reagan administration and his comments are always positive in relation to this administration which brought in the "neocons"), Tyler Durden, the Mises Institute, and a host of others. Ron Unz is the latest to establish a website to counter the influence of the neoconservatives by appealing to a variety of ruling class critics and posting their articles. But there is a whiff of antisemitism to his website with increasing references to "Jews" rather than Zionists. This trait, too, is common among old-fashioned conservatives.

What these two capitalist factions have in common is their basic contempt for working people who do not live off of Wall Street stocks and bonds, but instead live off of their labor producing actual goods and services. This theme runs like lace through all of their commentaries mostly by totally ignoring the contributions of working people, the overwhelming majority of people.

I won't belabor this commentary further, but will cite an obviously biased take on the Zerohedge website which can apply to all old-fashioned conservatives.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Two posts that an activist sent me to further your understanding of these difficult times

Monday, December 9, 2019

Posts that I especially recommend today: Monday, December 9, 2019

Friday, December 6, 2019

Posts that I especially recommend today: Friday, December 6, 2019

While waiting for the ecosystem to collapse, I'm hearing sounds that suggest the destructive iceberg of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire and its army, NATO, is breaking up. What do you think? Even Canada, the Empire's colony to the north, is part of this noisy background. 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

NATO summit dominated by growing inter-state conflicts

Click here to access article by Alex Lantier from World Socialist Web Site.

Lantier summarizes what I believe are the signs to the collapse of the capitalist US/Anglo/Zionist Empire which rose from the ashes of the German Nazi version of this capitalist Empire. WWII was not fought to end fascism as the Empire's propagandists want you to believe, but the ultimate contest between a German-capitalist led and a British-capitalist led fascist capitalism. The Nazi Empire was originally funded and supported by Western capitalists of all countries, but as soon as they saw Nazis stalled at the gates of Moscow, the capital of a first socialist experiment, they immediately allied themselves with the preservation of the British Empire. The current fascist Empire (in "democratic" clothes) has been the final result of the devastating conflict of WWII. 

But this Empire is seeing its end days. To revise a weather folklore, I believe that the Empire will not go out like a lamb, but like a wounded lion which thrashes around to impress his fellow lions (capitalists) that he is still dominant among the creatures of the earth--think Bolivia and Venezuela after the Syrian debacle. The Fed is stuffing our failing banks with their "printed" money to stave of the massive debts that the Empire has created to impose its dominance on the rest of world. The signs are everywhere.

But let me not assure you that we residents of the Empire will not suffer "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune". The ensuing series of catastrophes will soon engulf us and end in the extinction of humans. In contrast to this inspiring video we are doomed as a species. We might have changed things back in 2012, but we surely can't while approaching 2020. The artillery of our oceans and skies are so locked and loaded with capitalist-produced carbon that our fate is already decided. 

We are entering a new "brave world" in which our capitalist masters may still be brought to justice--hopefully! For us, this can only be a bitter-sweet reward to see that this class of sociopathic people, who have destroyed ours and so many other species, and whose exploitation of the Earth and all of its working people has brought them so much temporary wealth and power, will finally share in our fate--extinction.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Posts that I especially recommend today: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

(Blogger's note: I have been fighting influenza for nearly a week; so if the posts are not up to the standard of previous ones, I apologize.)

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Posts that I especially recommend today: Saturday, November 30, 2019

  • How the U.S. Caused the Breakup of the Soviet Union: after an introduction by Sean Gervasi and Dennis Riches, a Sean Gervasi 1992 lecture captured on 1:31:14 hour video (via YouTube) posted on Global Research. (I recommend following the transcript provided at the bottom of the article while listening to the lecture on YouTube.)

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Posts that I especially recommend today: Thursday, November 28, 2019

Bolivia:
Other articles:

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Posts that I especially recommend today: Saturday, November 23, 2019

  • Trump Is Appeasing the Wrong People by Steve Brown from The Duran. (Note: The author demonstrates an insightful understanding of the well-hidden forces (the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire's Deep State) at work to shape the world's most important economic and political events.)

Friday, November 22, 2019

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Posts I especially recommend for today: Thursday, November 21, 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Posts I especially recommend for today: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Bolivia:
Other posts:

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Posts I especially recommend for today: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Monday, November 18, 2019

Posts I especially recommend for today: Monday, November 18, 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Posts I especially recommend for today: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Bolivia:
Other posts:
  • US exports covert ‘Syria model’ of permanent war (Full show) from RT. "Rick Sanchez reports on the covert operations against Syrian President Bashar Assad, orchestrated by the CIA and Saudi Arabia, which led to the creation of Islamic State and caused 500,000 deaths and displaced 10 million people. He explains how the US government can maintain perpetual war only by routinely misinforming the public. Then RT America’s Michele Greenstein and RT producer Dr. Enrique Riviera join to discuss the US hand in fomenting unrest and upheaval in Hong Kong and Bolivia. The Federal Reserve has given another $112 billion to Wall Street. Hardly a sign of a 'thriving economy.' David Stockman, former budget director for President Ronald Reagan and author of 'Peak Trump: The Undrainable Swamp and the Fantasy of MAGA' joins Rick Sanchez to share his insights. [And] RT America's Faran Fronczak joins Rick Sanchez to discuss Project Nightingale, a secret project to give Google access to the medical records of millions." (To 24:27m)
  • David Stockman: True US economy about to be ‘revealed’. Rick Sanchez interviews David Stockman on his RT program. "The Federal Reserve has given another $112 billion to Wall Street. Hardly a sign of a 'thriving economy.' David Stockman, former budget director for President Ronald Reagan and author of 'Peak Trump: The Undrainable Swamp and the Fantasy of MAGA' joins Rick Sanchez to share his insights. He argues the market 'can’t digest' all the money flooding into Wall Street and that the Federal Reserve responded with panic.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Posts I especially recommend for today: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 (edited at 1:54 PM & 5:50 PM CT mainly to add one more entry & comments)

The Coup in Bolivia:
  • President Morales Calls Out U.S. Foreign Policy as Trump Listens in UN Security Council Meeting, uploaded onto YouTube by Representative Press. (Note: especially watch until 6:25m.) I have a hunch that this was when the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire decided to get rid of Morales because he spoke too much truth in front of the Security Council of the United Nations--they wouldn't want to be embarrassed any further by Morales or anybody who speaks the truth. The same applies to independent journalists and real whistleblowers.
Other posts:

Monday, November 11, 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Deep Adaptation Forum and Extinction Rebellion in Britain

I have received posts from a serious climate activist about the activities of what I refer to as upper-middle class activists in Britain who identify as Deep Adaptation Forum and associate themselves with Extinction Rebellion. (I have not re-posted all of them; and those I have posted, I didn't read all of them.) 

It is clear that the British are leading this embryonic movement that is growing worldwide. The posts should be regarded as the very beginning of the acknowledgement and confrontation concerning the climate crisis, and the threat of human species extinction. The posts feature Prof. Jem Bendell (in one post, also Matthew Slater) who has delivered a number of talks to Deep Adaptation groups associated with this movement. However, I think regarding this subject, there are no experts about what we should do or think about human extinction, which is becoming incontrovertible by the week. The Forum's concern is just a reflection of the advantages of membership in the upper-middle class in mainly capitalist Britain that has allowed this highly trained class of people to become informed about this subject.

These "experts" often glibly mention that dealing with this subject should somehow be liberating and even mention the rewards of joy, love, and healing to those willing to confront the subject. Some, like Bendell, even mention in passing that capitalism has some relation to our extinction, but that is as far as they go in exploring the subject. Bendell approves of the age-old religions such as Buddhism and Sufism, and suggests that they might be helpful. 

It is clear to me that many organizers and the leaders of Deep Adaptation groups are recommending only individualist solutions for dealing with the unthinkable and recommending that commiserating with other upper-middle class people will be helpful. And always added to that is the requirement of non-violence. We wouldn't want to upset our capitalist masters who fear violence, but never hesitate to use violence against others if they threaten their system that delivers to them so much wealth and power over the rest of us (sarcasm). But enough of my bias. Read his scripted and/or listen to his talks, which depart occasionally from his script with ad lib remarks, to see what you think.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Posts that I especially liked or enjoyed, and want to share them with you today: Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Monday, November 4, 2019

Today's posts (Monday, November 4, 2019) I think are especially important for activists

  • CrossTalk on Max Blumenthal: Arresting speech from RT. (Notes: it is clear that our ruling class is going after journalists who are not approved by them, and few people know about it--truth is dangerous! I thank an activist for alerting me to this post.)
  • “Robbing” Syria’s Oil to Thwart Syria’s Recovery by Salman Rafi Sheikh from New Eastern Outlook. (Note: Analysis of the Empire's latest move in Syria. Esper is the current Secretary of Defense. The sentence beginning with "It is obvious that the bid to control Syria’s oil has nothing with the fight against terrorism;" should read as "It is obvious that the bid to control Syria’s oil has nothing [to do] with the fight against terrorism;")

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Posts for today, Wednesday, October 30, 2019, that I especially recommend to people who want to know and understand how the ravages of capitalism are affecting the worldwide victims of the system.

  • Interview: Syrian Girl on Trump’s Latest U-Turn in Syria, a 44:17m in-depth interview with "Syrian Girl", who, I believe, is now residing in Australia having fled, like many Syrians, the dangers of living in her war-torn country. The interview is posted on 21st Century Wire (British based) and conducted by Patrick Henningsen, an American.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Posts I especially recommend to you for today: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Posts I especially recommend to you for today: Sunday, October 27, 2019

  • 'This Ship is Sinking' Says Former Bush Official - Empire Files. "Abby Martin interviews retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former national security advisor to the Reagan administration, who spent years as an assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell during both Bush administrations." From Telesur via YouTube.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Posts I especially recommend to you for today: Friday, October 25, 2019