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, September 19, 2019

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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“911!” The Book Amazon May Not Want Americans to Read

Click here to access article by Gary Brumback from Dissident Voice.

During this year I've noticed more and more posts attacking Amazon for censorship of books. I've long wondered when their virtual monopoly on the sale of books would start censoring books, but only this year I've read online articles documenting this new reality. Now Brumback is also experiencing this sledgehammer by crushing political books that the ruling capitalist class doesn't want you to read. 

I took the author's challenge and looked for his book on Amazon's website. Sure enough, he is absolutely correct. Although they haven't banned the book, the corporation goes out of their way to make it impossible to find.

As you may know, I buy nearly all of my used books from Abebooks which is based in Victoria, Canada, and I've enjoyed supporting the company that markets books exclusively from independent booksellers. Although in 2008 Abebooks was purchased in 2008 by Amazon, I haven't experienced any problems with access to books from them. Now I am beginning to worry.

North Korean cyber-theft. If it’s really happening, it’s entirely defensible.

Click here to access article by Stephen Gowans from his weblog. 

Gowans examines a recent allegation by the Treasury Department that North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) stole from the USA huge amounts of money using cyber operations. There are both reasons to doubt this and reasons to believe this which he elaborates. Gowans lists both: given the US's record of lying, this is another lie; and given the US's record of starving nations that refuse to follow the diktats of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire, it is also may be true.
The US military budget is 18 times the size of North Korea’s entire GDP. Washington has threatened North Korea with total destruction on numerous occasions. Anyone who thinks the United States isn’t the aggressor, hasn’t been paying attention.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

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The New Cold War Against China

Click one of the following links to access an article by Fred Goldstein from either Low-Wage Capitalism or Online University of the Left: Changing Our Thinking, Changing Opinion, Changing the World. (Note: This is an exception to my policy to post articles that are published online within one month--this article is little over this time period. Also, I give two website postings--I normally attempt to give only one that is the source--because some of you, who have been conditioned by Empire propaganda, may be scared off the first website because of its revolutionary symbolism, but not, hopefully, the second website.)

I just discovered these two websites and the article by Goldstein who demonstrates an accurate understanding of China, the capitalist US/Anglo/Zionist Empire, their conflicts, and Chinese-American relations and history. Because the article is logically argued with sound references, it has a ring of authenticity to its explanation of the current economic war with China. See if you agree.
The Trump administration has opened up a tariff war against the PRC, imposing a 25-percent tariff on $250 billion worth of Chinese exports and threatening tariffs on another $300 billion. But there is much more to Washington’s campaign than just tariffs.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

First Responders Urge Congress to Reopen 9/11 Investigation — Sept. 11, 2019 News Conference [updated & corrected]

The press conference was held this morning. The post is from Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth via Youtube.  (Note:The actual press conference is about 56:50 minutes in length and begins at 4:30 minutes into the video. This was uploaded twice, but I only had the Youtube upload the earlier time.)

Although reporters from all major media corporations were invited, I am confident that none of this will be reported in their TV news programs or newspapers.

The Tragedy of 9/11: a ‘false flag’ operation?

Click here to access article from United World International, an independent website based in Turkey.
Since that day, however, inquiring minds have been haunted by questions about what really happened. Their questions are not a result of simple curiosity: the official version, according to data collected by independent researchers and the commission assigned to investigate the crime, hardly even corresponds to the laws of physics, and asks us to believe things that are patently absurd. Here are a few examples.

Dr. Peter Wadhams: Arctic Research & the Methane Risk

Click here to access a 27:58m video that features an astonishing interview with scientist Peter Wadams who reports, based on experience, that scientists and funders of research in general are in denial about the climate crisis.
Peter Wadhams is back on ScientistsWarning.TV with a comprehensive analysis of the reticent approach that part of the scientific community has been taking toward the potentially very dangerous methane hydrate situation in shallow Arctic sea waters, in this conversation recorded in March of 2019.

I brought to his attention a video that had been put together by Yale Climate Connections in January 2019, which took the position that there really wasn't too much to worry about in terms of a potential Arctic methane release.  Not fully trusting the video's assertions, I wanted Dr. Wadhams' take on it.  The conversation touched upon several areas where science and scientists are not as objective as they should be.

Apparently the situation with methane in the Arctic permafrost, both land based, and in this case sub-sea in the Arctic Ocean, is such an immense potential game-changer that it is provoking willful ignorance among many scientists and policy makers. 

Dr. Wadhams also notes that a proper risk analysis of methane outbreak at various levels has been missing so far, but should be conducted now as a high priority task. 
This, of course, is bad news. I think the explanation for this astonishing discovery is that humans have so long seen themselves as an exceptional species and protected by all kinds of imaginary gods that they simply can't wrap their head around (def.) the fact that their extinction is near.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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My interpretation of the film that Christopher Black condemned

By Ron Horn

Recall that I posted an article by Christopher Black, a noted international human rights attorney, on yesterday's recommended reading list. He condemned the film as a whitewash of Nazi crimes. Last night I viewed the film "My Honour Was My Glory" (Black is Canadian and what he saw via Neflix in Canada is for Americans "My Honor Was Loyalty"). My reaction was quite different which I will share with you. The difference is quite revealing about numerous differences that people who have been influenced by years of Marxist literature (like myself) they have acquired though independent study and those who have been thoroughly indoctrinated in schools where they received a bourgeois (capitalist) education. The latter is what the overwhelming majority of citizens of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire receive particularly, but not exclusively, in schools of  "higher" education. The latter students are exceptionally favored by such schools (and the ruling capitalist class) and often go on to attain advanced degrees and well-paying jobs in universities, government, and corporations. 

My take (def. #43 singular noun) on the film shows it to be highly representative of the consciousness of ordinary soldiers regardless of their national affiliation, and as such it is a very interesting film. Marxists have down through many decades have revealed the class nature of societies, and have illuminated how one's thinking is strongly influenced by the kind of ruling class currently in power, with particular emphasis on capitalist ruling classes. Thus, higher education schools throughout the Empire intentionally teach ideas and concepts that will prepare them to serve the capitalist ruling class. Likewise, education in capitalist countries obsessively exclude any serious Marxist studies from their curricula other than superficial and largely biased references to them. Although I majored in courses in political sociology, my "education" at a state university did precisely this. However unlike my fellow students, I read a prodigious amount of Marxist literature and perspectives on various subjects (obviously the early Marxists were wrong some things: example--the working class inevitably rising up against the capitalist class) that was available in the school's well stocked library. (To explain my different attitude is another long story and for another time.)

The characters in the film illustrate how the German soldiers naturally want to protect their families and loved ones, but were obviously indoctrinated in ideas of obedience, loyalty to authorities and country. In the film German soldiers were dimly aware that they were being used as "pawns", but because of this thorough indoctrination they committed all sorts of crimes during combat. But once combat soldiers see their adversaries as human beings like themselves, they experience a crisis of consciousness much like we see today among returning US veterans from combat as having some sort of mental disorder diagnosed by government authorities as  post-traumatic stress disorder.

Monday, September 9, 2019

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  • Exclusive: How the US is pushing protesters to attack China. Michele Greenstein of Rick Sanchez' program from RTAmerica (via YouTube) reports from Hong Kong on the ongoing protests and the key individuals and organizations giving the uprising its direction and examines their links to Washington and the US-based National Endowment for Democracy (NED). 

How Syria Defeated the 2012-2019 Invasion by US & Al-Qaeda

Click here to access article by Eric Zuesse from Strategic Culture Foundation.

"How" to me is not the important part of this article. Rather the well documented article is important because it lays out the realities of the war on Syria as planned mainly by the US, Saudia Arabia, and Turkey. It is a must read especially for people who have any doubts about the coverup of these realities by media corporations in the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. Only the 9/11 false-flag project was worse (for Americans) as a propaganda coverup to deceive Americans and others in the Empire in order to prepare them for regime change operations in the Middle East. His lead paragraph begins to describe this reality:
At long last, Syria’s army and Russia’s air force are no longer being threatened with World War III by the US and its allies if they proceed to destroy the tens of thousands of Al-Qaida-led jihadists whom the US had helped to train and arm (and had been protecting in Syria ever since December 2012) in order to overthrow Syria’s non-sectarian Government and replace it by a fundamentalist-Sunni Government which the royal Sauds who own Saudi Arabia would appoint. All throughout that war, those Al-Qaeda-led ‘moderate rebels’ had been organized from the governate or province of Idlib (or Idleb). But now, most (if not all) of their leadership are dead.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

The recent series of 9/11 whistleblowers posted by James Corbett

By Ron Horn

Although I made a special effort to expose Corbett's superficial analysis of political events in my commentary on 9/4/2019 regarding his post entitled "When is the News Not the News? – #PropagandaWatch", I wish to honor him for his investigative reporting as illustrated by his recent posts of 9/11 whistleblowers: "9/11 Whistleblowers: Kevin Ryan" and "9/11 Whistleblowers: Cate Jenkins". While these posts fit with his propensity to target only official government agencies with exposure of lying to the public, but it is invaluable work that points to the incredible extent that private capitalist interests will go to create a new "realities" that serves their interests of profit and power. Although he doesn't frame his exposure as being related to "capitalist interests", but he does expose major lies.

Perhaps I'm being unfair to his efforts at exposing lies, but I often have doubts. I want to share some of these doubts with you. To examine some of my doubts about his website, I did a search on the latter regarding Julian Assange as a whistleblower and the corporation Cambridge Analytica as representing a private corporation that engaged in nefarious projects. Regarding the former I felt that if he was truly interested in exposing lies that he would cover the Empire's obsession with capturing a major whistle blower and put him locked away in a cell indefinitely. What did I find? Only brief references, mostly tweets, regarding Assange; and in one rather brief post he ridiculed Assange as not as effective as he (Corbett) was in exposing lies.

Regarding Cambridge Analytica I found that Corbett did report on this organization when it broke into news in March 2018, but the reporting suggested that their activities only resulted in the election of Donald Trump and the passing of Brexit in Britain. Hmmm. Do not these results reflect the concerns of the US ruling class?  And there was no mention of this corporation influencing the outcomes of other elections in a number of other countries. And he takes another swipe at Julian Assange with this statement (2:04m): "... I find it interesting that Julian Assange seems to have discovered that (then laughs) Mark Zuckerberg is a bad person." He goes on in a self-serving manner to lampoon Assange because, as Corbett says, Assange is only repeating via tweets what Corbett reported years ago. Hmmm.

I have over the years often wondered if James Corbett was not serving as a kind of gatekeeper for the ruling class to divert suspicious or critical-thinking people to more harmless ideas about the operations of the government--in reality those of the ruling class. Then, I often wondered how he could do the prodigious research necessary to churn out such voluminous material that, it seemed to me, only a fully staffed research department could handle. Hmmm. Following this thought, I recalled the remarks I made in the first paragraph of this post, and wondered why only now (18 years later) that he gets around to posting some relatively minor stories about 9/11 whistleblowers in these posts. Could it be that because more and more people are questioning the official stories about 9/11, he wants to expose some lies to possibly head off more serious doubts the entire 9/11 false-flag project? Hmmm.

Because I am by nature a positive person, I will put these doubts to rest and hope that some day in the future he will look under the rock of government lies to see the true reality of private capitalist ruling class interests.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

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Will NPR Now Officially Change Its Name to National Propaganda Radio?

Click here to access article by Edward Curtin from his weblog. 

Curtin satirizes NPR whose board has selected its president with a background in propaganda.  This is not the first time that NPR has selected its president among people who have backgrounds in overt propaganda like Voice of America, Radio and Television Marti, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. This is a consistent policy throughout its history.

Worst of all, according to a Wikipedia statement: "A Harris telephone survey conducted in 2005 found that NPR was the most trusted news source in the United States." I don't doubt this. I think NPR, as a single propaganda media outlet, is responsible for the ignorance of US foreign policies and much of our domestic issues. It exists legally as a public-private corporation, but much like the Federal Reserve this arrangement also serves to fool the public with its public facade. 

The fascist Deep State using their secret organization, the CIA, has transformed nearly all major media corporations here and abroad into propaganda platforms to support the profit and power interests of the USA and US/Anglo/Zionist Empire.  As a major source of fake news and analysis, I have followed NPR over the past 10 years of my weblog and have posted numerous articles and commentaries about this nefarious organization. You can learn much about this propaganda agency by simply typing in "NPR" in any of the search boxes on my website to access them.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Robert Mugabe: The national liberation hero who was demonized for trying to make liberation meaningful

Click here to access article by Canadian Stephen Gowans from his weblog. 

Gowans points to Western corporate media coverage of the life of recently deceased Mugabe, leader of Zimbabwe's struggle to maintain economic independence from the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire, as another illustration of how such media corporations and capitalist interests of the Empire (profit & power) reports such efforts. He begins his essay this way:
It seemed almost inevitable six years ago that on the day Western newspapers were filled with encomia [def.] to the recently deceased South African national liberation hero, Nelson Mandela, that another southern African hero of national liberation, Robert Mugabe, would be vilified. “Nearly 90, Mugabe still driving Zimbabwe’s economy into the ground,” complained one Western newspaper. [my link insertion]

Mandela and Mugabe were key figures in the liberation of black southern Africa from white rule. So why did the West overflow with hosannas for Mandela and revile Mugabe? Why was Mandela the ‘good’ national liberation hero and Mugabe the ‘bad’?

Thursday, September 5, 2019

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WaPo Warns USA Needs More Narrative Control As Pentagon Ramps Up Narrative Control

Click here to access article by Caitlin Johnstone from her weblog. 
Power is being able to control what happens. Absolute power is being able to control what people think about what happens. If you can control what happens, you can have power until the public gets sick of your bullshit and tosses you out on your ass. If you can control what people think about what happens, you can have power forever. As long as you can control how people are interpreting circumstances and events, there’s no limit to the evils you can get away with.

Whoever controls the narrative controls the world.

A Persistent Misunderstanding of China’s Political Economy

Click here to access article by Christopher A. McNally (of Chaminade U.) from China-US Focus. (9/8/2019: Corrected version of the original post by substituting "multilateral" for "unilateral" in the first paragraph of my commentary. I wish that someone had earlier drawn my attention to this error.)

There is no misunderstanding by the US directors of the transnational US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. Any nation that pursues an independent course and tries to create a multilateral world is an enemy of the Empire. This Empire seeks world dominance much like the British Empire before it. That is why after WWII with its industry intact, the US Deep State saw their opportunity to establish an empire. It is in the very nature of capitalism to grow, and the US capitalists saw their opportunity to expand after the main belligerents of WWII, Great Britain, the Third Reich of Nazi Germany, and the Japanese Empire, were defeated or left in ruins. They united with British imperialists and what was left of the British Empire, and eventually allowed Zionists to join them after Israel proved its loyalty and effectiveness to the Empire.

Immediately after WWII US and British propaganda machinery went into action and started what became known as a "Cold War". Since then until 1989 the archenemy was the Soviet Union, which alone pursued a kind of socialist government, and other nations wishing to be independent: Indonesia, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Iran, Angola, Granada, etc. During this period nations were forced into two camps: that of the Empire or the Soviet Union. The latter nation eventually collapsed starting in 1989 under the weight of a self-serving bureaucracy.

To the consternation of the directors of the Empire, under the leadership of Putin Russia reestablished themselves with a mixed economy and pursued an independent course in international affairs. We have since seen other nations, most especially China and Iran, join them in challenging the Empire's control over the world, and together these nations have pursued a genuine multi-national world free of the domination of the Empire. As a result, currently we see the Empire's propaganda organs, media corporations, frame the latter nations as our enemies.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

When is the News Not the News? – #PropagandaWatch

Click here to access a nearly 16 minute video (and show notes) by James Corbett from his website.

Today I received this report via email from Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, a partner of the University of Alaska (Fairbanks), because I am on their email list. Because it is easiest to dispute of all the lies about the destruction of the World Trade Center (WTC) and the Pentagon, both organizations are challenging the official story of 9/11 regarding the collapse of building #7 of the WTC.

Corbett's limited perspective is a libertarian (American version of that term) which is somewhat different than what the term means in Europe and beyond. Consulting Wikepedia I discovered all kinds of libertarians. I think Corbett's view (even though he is Canadian--Canada is a part of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire) can be described accordingly as "Individualist anarchism in the United States". His "libertarian" views simply sees, and often reacts negatively to, official authorities which is a very superficial view of government authorities. Likewise his analysis of the banning of the U. of Alaska report by media corporations, is very limited. He can only see some hidden hand which he refers to as "propagandists" who decide on what news is suitable for us to consume. That's it!

I have tried, and largely failed, to influence those who I have personally associated with throughout my long life and those who have wandered onto my website. I have urged them to have a more in-depth view of things by considering a Marxist-influenced take on contemporary global politics. This means taking an historical class structure point of view which is so unfashionable in today's America and throughout much of the capitalist transnational Empire. 

I admit, along with many others, failing to raise the political consciousness of my fellow Americans because of the influence of the powerful and ubiquitous nature of propaganda under the control of our ruling capitalist class. Our masters in this class have thoroughly indoctrinated Americans and much of the world in their view of not only current events, but historical events as well. They have accomplished this with their methods of pervasive mind control, that is, through the use of comprehensive indoctrination, propaganda, fake news, false flags, etc, by agents of the capitalist ruling classes in the Empire.

Also, I dispute Corbett's use of "social construct" as describing the official lies spread by our masters and their corporations since 9/11/2001. The term is defined as "an idea that has been created and accepted by the people in a society". This official version is a private construct. Only a class structure point of view reveals this meaning. Even in his video, he strongly suggests that specific people such as corporate editors decide what is news, and elsewhere he identifies them as simply "propagandists".  But he fails to attribute this to a ruling class. I think Corbett is also a victim of the Empire's comprehensive use of indoctrination and propaganda.

Monday, September 2, 2019

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Is the Fed Preparing to Topple US Dollar?

Click here to access article by F. William Engdahl from New Eastern Outlook
"Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes it's laws"Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild
Who knows what our masters in the financial world have in store for us? Engdahl deciphers their oblique (def.#1) language which suggests a move to scrap the dollar, an increasingly shaky money, in favor of a transnational digital money--which would give them much greater control over us--supported by the central banks of their US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. A logical secondary benefit in the process would be a financial crisis that would put Trump's re-election in considerable difficulty. 

Justin Trudeau Needs a History Lesson

Click here to access article by Michael Jabara Carley from Voltaire Network (France) and Strategic Culture Foundation (independent weblog based in Russia). 

“History is written by the victors.”, a wise quote attributed to various people. But not only history, and not only victors in a classic war--a ruling class is also a kind of victor: over the other classes. A ruling class puts its stamp on everything: above all culture (art, literature, history), education, media, etc. 

Nowadays the power of the ruling capitalist class has such control of technology--they "own" all of it--that their control and influence shapes nearly everything in an unprecedented scale. Carley only takes issue with current "history" as recently expressed by Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. The latter's version of history is the history permitted in all parts of today's US/Anglo/Zionist Empire, and ordinary people in addition to our masters in the ruling class subscribe (def.#1) to it. It is a fake history. A true history can be re-constructed by reading reports of contemporaries (of that period of history) who did not identify with the ruling classes.

Carley, a Canadian intellectual and Marxist scholar, corrects only some of the history of WWII, an event that has had profound influence on world political affairs today. Because I have read considerable literature, reports, and research about what led to this major war, I thoroughly endorse Carley's version of this part of history. 

Because he couldn't write a comprehensive history of this war in a single article, I am concerned that his brief references to Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the British Empire during WWII, will lead people to believe positive feelings regarding his role. Churchill was a classic British imperialist. His only concern preceding and throughout the war was the preservation of the British Empire. Germany was a competitor. Immediately after the war, he led the efforts to gather support for his other obsession:  hostility to the Soviet Union. The Soviets tried to establish a non-capitalist nation.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Friday, August 30, 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019

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How the Alliance of Intelligence & Organized Crime Gave Rise to Jeffrey Epstein

Click here to access to a nearly one hour interview conducted by Bonnie Faulkner of Guns & Butter with Whitney Webb who has established credibility because of her investigative research published online by Mint Press News and other websites.

We get to hear the voice of Webb via Faulkner's program and learn so much about the complex web of criminal links among the capitalist ruling class. After listening to Webb, you will find it hard to argue that her information is an exaggeration that capitalism has evolved into organized crime in the USA and its associated empire, the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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“There Are Reasons for Optimism” – Chomsky on Brazil, Fascism, US Politics

Click here to access post in Defend Democracy Press in which John Nichols, mostly known as an editor at The Nation, interviews Noam Chomsky.

Because I have expressed my views in articles I have posted in the past, both positive (see this and this) and negative (see this, this, and this), regarding Noam Chomsky's role on the political left in US politics, I won't add much to the critique in this post except to argue that his legacy's influence as a left gatekeeper lives on in the thinking of John Nichols and apparently in the people at Defend Democracy Press

Chomsky's early life apparently had an indelible effect on his understanding of fascism. It appears that he doesn't recognize the upgraded version of fascism as fascism, but this is acceptable only if one takes a superficial of the concept. The central theme of fascism is control (of others, domination). The earlier version focused mainly on physical methods of intimidation and arbitrary authoritarian legal procedures that was typical of the Nazi's Third Reich. In contrast, the upgraded version relies heavily, but not exclusively, on methods of pervasive mind control, that is, through the use of comprehensive indoctrination, propaganda, fake news, false flags, etc, by agents of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. The difference is largely one of methods.

One of Chomsky's remarks in the interview elicited my close attention: his answer to the question "Was it clear to you that a greater war [WWII] was coming?" His mention of the "State Department" as one of the sites where discussions were commonly talked about regarding the coming war particularly drew my attention. While recently reading As He Saw It by Elliott Roosevelt (1946), he quoted his father's disparaging remarks about the State Department that suggested he didn't trust them based on his experience with members of this government department. This evoked a rather vague memory that I've gathered a number of years ago from readings that referred to the State Department as being militantly right-wing.

I have argued elsewhere in this blog that a largely secret resurgence of fascist-sympathetic capitalists came "out of the woodwork" (def.) following the article "American Century" published by Henry Luce of Time magazine in 1940. I have a hunch that they mostly ensconced themselves in this government department. The famous CIA director, Allen Dulles, was one of them. [If anyone reading this blog has sources which reveal any information about this, please let me know via email (goatmeal36@yahoo.com)]. I've also read some remarks in Bruce Cumings' The Origins of the Korean War (2 volumes) which stated that various figures in the State Department actively supported containment and rollback policies against Soviet Union and its satellites shortly after WWII. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

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Monday, August 26, 2019

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The Hitler-Stalin Pact of August 23, 1939: Myth and Reality

Click here to access article by Jacques R. Pauwells from CounterPunch.  (commentary updated at 12:08 CT)

Although born in Belgium, he emigrated to Canada in 1976 where he earned a doctorate degree in political science, taught as a professor at several universities in Canada, and has written numerous books mostly in European languages. I presume he is now retired. Because the name is only vaguely familiar to me, I did a search for more information on this author. Here is what I found. A translation of the Wikipedia entry on him (via DeepL translation) is as follows:
Jacques R. Pauwels (born in 1946 in Ghent) is a Belgian-Canadian historian, political scientist and essayist. He has authored a large number of books and articles analyzing modern history from a Marxist-Leninist perspective.
Born in Flemish Belgium, Jacques Pauwels studied history at Ghent University between 1965 and 1969, which he completed with a degree thesis entitled Werkstakingen in België, 1830-1880 (litt. Grèves ouvrières en Belgique, 1830-1880). After graduation, he emigrated to Canada and in 1976 defended a thesis at York University in Ontario on the theme of (female) students at Nazi German universities. He completed his training with a master's and doctoral degrees in political science at the University of Toronto. He has taught at various Ontario universities, including the Universities of Toronto, Waterloo and Guelph. He is also active as a tour operator and guide in a family business, Pauwels Travel Bureau, in Brantford, Ontario.
Jacques Pauwels, who has resided in Canada since 1969, is the author of several dozen books and articles in both English and his mother tongue, Dutch. Several of his books have been translated, particularly into French, German, Italian and Spanish.
And from an Amazon books search I found this one entry

Because Pauwels did not furnish any references to support his assertions and because of the lack of information regarding this author by CounterPunch, I had to waste precious time researching who this guy was and his qualifications (initially I thought this was only a review of historian Michael Jabara Carley's book). Clearly the post was about his very informed views about WWII and specifically the title of the article: The Hitler-Stalin Pact of August 23, 1939: Myth and Reality. 

Like many academics both in Western countries, Pauwels was aware of this true history that contradicted the many mythical histories that we ordinary people have been subject to in Western countries. These mythical histories were propagated through all institutions: press media, radio, TV, schools and universities, online media, and Hollywood films. But our ruling class discouraged academics and others telling what they knew by impeding their careers.  This was done overtly during the McCarthy period beginning with the House Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC) attacks on Hollywood producters. Then they went on to attack academics, writers, and others. Many lost their jobs or succumbed to this pressure by keeping their mouths shut. Public school teachers had to swear loyalty oaths.

I notice that Pauwels' books were originally published since 2005 and in foreign languages, and only one has been later published in English. The answer to why this is so and Counterpunch's scant coverage of his qualifications is part of the general cover-up on the true history of WWII by the ruling capitalist classes. The latter were so sympathetic to the Nazi regime to the extent that they initially very likely collaborated with the Nazi's and their plans to invade the Soviet Union. It was only after the phony war when Nazi Germany turned their weapons against Britain that the allies formed to prevent the German Empire's threat to the British Empire. 

In contrast to Counterpunch's careless posting of Pauwels' article, Global Research based in Canada, has posted numerous articles written by him.

Probably because I became aware as a young adult that authorities in my life had frequently lied to me about so many important subjects, I have since read many books by authors who knew first-hand about WWII. I can attest to the accuracy of nearly all statements made by Pauwels in this article. I say "nearly all" because some of the details he revealed, like Polish politics at the time, I have not covered in my readings.

Our masters in the current capitalist ruling class have gone on to give a completely fake reports of nearly every event that might impact their rule (even contrived false-flag events). This has resulted confusion, doubts, and ignorance in ordinary Americans about so many important contemporary issues.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

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Ruling class magazine censors all articles covering the Epstein scandals

By Ron Horn

While reading Whitney Webb's excellent article this morning, the thought occurred to me that I should look at the coverage of the Epstein scandals by Vanity Fair, the monthly magazine that the rich ruling class like to read because their coverage is largely devoted to flattering them, their culture, and the latest gossip among members of their class. 

Recall that I commented on the use of censorship to identify the coverage of events that our ruling capitalist class wants us to know (whether engineered or not). Also, in my post of Brenner's article he was astounded by the coverage provided by media corporations of the Epstein scandals:
Why have the howls of outrage not echoed through the media? Why has the trumpet’s call to action been silent?  Why haven’t the halls of Congress resounded with denunciation and the demands for justice.[?]
Then I read Elizabeth Voss's article. Ultimately these memories and Voss's article led me inexorably to examining Vanity Fair's coverage of this scandal. I looked first in their August online issue and then on their September issue which has just come out. Nada! (def.#4) It appears that because Epstein had so many friends in the ruling class that they chose not to embarrass them by (not) covering this major scandal. 

Friday, August 23, 2019

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The Missing Howls of Denunciation Over Major Sex Trafficking

Click here to access article by Michael Brenner from Consortium News.

Brenner is confused by the differential treatment in the Epstein affair, and has no answer for his own questions: 
Why have the howls of outrage not echoed through the media? Why has the trumpet’s call to action been silent?  Why haven’t the halls of Congress resounded with denunciation and the demands for justice.[?]
Well, let me offer a answer. Those of you who have been following my blog already know the answer, so my answer will be for all the others. 

My answer will provide a key answer to most of the world's problems, and the Epstein story, and the way it is being handled, will provide an excellent illustration of the primacy of social-economic class.

The factor of social-economic class determines so much of our existence, and accounts for so many problems we are faced with. That is precisely why ordinary people, after grasping the real nature of their problems, have gone on to organize revolutions against their ruling classes. And, this is the fundamental reason why academics, promoted by the ruling class, have frequently aided in the suppression of this factor.

The French Revolution and the Russian Revolution are prime examples. Both were ultimately contaminated within and destroyed from without. In the former case, the revolution was directed against the aristocracy and monarchy. The French Revolution contained the embryonic capitalist class of people who, with their superior education and skills, eventually dominated the revolution and took control of it. This class were also aided by Germany, who invaded France during the Revolution. In the case of the Russian Revolution, the new socialist revolutionaries were hampered by the necessity of relying upon educated/trained people, who had largely aristocratic and bourgeois class affiliations, in government positions. But a major factor in the ultimate deterioration of their Revolution was the constant opposition by the existing capitalist nations, including military invasions. This resulted in a deformed ruling class of bureaucrats, and eventually led to the collapse of the socialist experiment in the Soviet Union. To sum up, history during the past roughly 10,000 years has been overwhelmingly been determined by class struggles. This view is the contribution of Marxists whose teachings have been thoroughly suppressed contemporary capitalist societies for obvious reasons.  

This Epstein event furnishes us with a prime example of this phenomenon. Benner's exposes the startling inconsistency of treatment in this crime which involved members of the ruling class. The legitimate issue of inequality regarding certain segments (women, gender identity, etc.) of contemporary societies have been used by the ruling capitalist class primarily as distractions from the recent gross crimes committed by the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. Because Epstein served the ruling class by furnishing them with overt and virtual sex slaves, such crimes have been ignored in past; and if they succeed with the Epstein event, they will quash any substantive punishment for those members of the ruling class who participated in these crimes. 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

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  • A GI Rebellion: When Soldiers Said No to War by Steve Early from CounterPunch. (After WWII our ruling class masters accelerated the use of academics to re-write our history. This post represents an attempt to restore one segment of our history.)

House Niggers Mutiny

Click here to access article by Israel Shamir from The Unz Review.

Shamir uses the insightful concept invented by Malcolm X (Google which "owns" YouTube has removed a better video) to explain how and why ordinary people often identify with their oppressors. It's because it pays well in terms of wages, careers, perks, etc. I don't for a minute refuse to acknowledge that there are legitimate reasons that motivate some of the Hong Kong protesters (as the WSWS website has done); but if they think that aligning themselves with the powerful Hong Kong billionaires will ultimately be good for them, they are severely deluded. There are always legitimate reasons for some members of the working class to join these protests, and subversive agents of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire always cynically use such reasons to recruit people to participate in protests. 

Nowadays, one of the ways to identify such cynical actions by our masters is to notice which events their media corporations cover. When they provided so much coverage of the "color revolutions" in Egypt, Ukraine, and the rest, they did this because the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire's subversive organizations, like their CIA and NGOs, wanted to destabilize such countries and install more favorable regimes in terms of the geopolitical interests of the capitalist Empire. Hence there has been no coverage in major media (that I've seen) about the 40 weeks of ongoing protests in France against the austerity measures of that government, but there has been extensive coverage of the Hong Kong protests for obvious reasons. 

Monday, August 19, 2019

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Woodstock and the American counter-culture

Click here to access article by Philip Ferguson from Redline (New Zealand).  (updated to a limited extent)

I was astonished at the accuracy of the description of  the American counter-culture that grew out of the Beat culture of the 1950s and continued with the hippie culture throughout the 70s and a bit beyond. (I was near or in San Francisco for much of the hippie counter-culture scene.) I, who had been influenced by Marxist writers, often wondered about how this essentially cultural movement could be harnessed to challenge the existing class structure in the USA. As it turned out, the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements only radicalized some fringe movements like the Black Panthers and Weather Underground

It seems now, which I often suspected then, that the ruling capitalist class was sufficiently powerful to contain this counter-cultural rebellion within certain limits. Certainly the Anti-Vietnam War Movement was somewhat helpful in bringing the war to an end, but that is the extent that imperialist capitalist ruling class was thwarted in the USA. Most of the energy that fueled this movement was the draft which at that time required every young man to participate in the war, except for those with draft deferments. 

One must keep in mind that after WWII the very intact US economy was booming, and our ruling class shared its benefits, to a limited extent, with its worker wage-slaves. During the Vietnam War, in order to pacify US citizens, our masters sustained our economy with the Guns and Butter program. However, the Vietnam War nearly bankrupted the nation after our capitalist masters lost this costly effort to re-establish the US Empire's domination of southeast Asia. But under the growing US/Anglo/Zionist Empire and their neoliberal strategy, our masters survived and flourished, and went on to fill our atmosphere with carbon and commit many other crimes against humanity in their mad pursuit of profits and power.

Such a historical view influenced me recently to view the movement of human history as being primarily materialist in the philosophical sense (this was what Marx was trying to do). Over my lifetime I was primarily interested in determining the reality of our class system of capitalism in order to use it to attack the system and liberate a true democracy. But this was an idealist view of reality. Now using a materialist view of human events suggests that human extinction is the inevitable fate of humans. Because the operations of capitalist countries, mostly under the domination of the Empire, has so loaded the Earth's atmosphere with carbon that despite any efforts that humans might make in the future, I'm convinced this fate is now baked-in (def.). Fortunately, I won't be around to see most of the calamities that lie ahead.

At 4°C of warming, would a billion people survive? What scientists say.

Click here to access article by David Spratt from his weblog Climate Code Red (Australia).

Read the article, but I especially want to direct you attention to the video included in the article showing an interview with Roger Hallam, the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion that is so active in Britain, conducted by a talking head of the BBC, a major media corporation, that hires this person to suppress the messages of such people as Hallam simply because their messages might interfere with capitalist operations. You will automatically see that the talking head performs his assignment well by constantly asking red-baiting questions and interrupting Hallam who tries to answer them. 

The questions of BBC's talking head--it doesn't matter what is name is because there are thousands of working people who are willing to sell their soul and their children's future by taking his place in order to enjoy a decent salary and perks--are filled with all kinds of capitalist ruling class sorts of language in order to impose a false meaning on reality: "democracy" as the nature of our governance and leading questions which might provoke answers that will discredit Hallam in the eyes of people who have been thoroughly indoctrinated (inoculated) against any kind of ideas that might threaten capitalism. 

As an employee (wage slave of the ruling class) the talking head is directed to do this in defense of the ruling class's exclusive rights of ownership of economic property (capitalism) versus the survival needs of the powerless wage slaves. It is clear that our masters in the ruling class are so thoroughly addicted to power and wealth, which act like powerful drugs, that they must suppress such voices as Hallam in the ruling class's fake version of democracy (bourgeois democracy).

Sunday, August 18, 2019

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Friday, August 16, 2019

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Jeffrey Epstein and the Spectacle of Secrecy

Click here to access article by Edward Curtin from his weblog Behind the Curtin.

I love this article so much that I didn't want to merely include it on my "receommended" list where I usually put important articles. In this land of make-believe that is the USA, some articles have much more profound effects on me than others. This is one. 

Some of his concluding remarks especially resonate with me: 
Those of us who oppose these criminals – and there are growing numbers all over the world – must avoid being sucked into the establishment narratives and the counter-narratives they spawn or create.  We must refuse to get involved in pseudo-debates that are meant to lead nowhere.  We must reject the language created to confuse.
If revolutionary change is to come, we must learn to tell a new story in language so beautiful, illuminating, and heart-rending that no one will listen to the lying words of child molesters, mass murderers, and those who hate and persecute truth tellers.

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

Click here to access article by Norbert Häring (German economist) from his weblog. (Update: Because Part 2 enlarges the topic to digital money in general, I won't be posting Part 2.) 

I am only posting one of the two part articles today, and will be posting the second part tomorrow. I can't say I understood everything he writes, probably because English is a second language for him, but I think he is one of the few who are concerned about developments that already are underway using digital money plus surveillance technology.

Because I am on Häring's email list, I received this article and several others. I encourage others who are concerned about this issue to do likewise--and, in my opinion, every thinking person should be concerned. Because money in its current form in the USA has mostly enabled our capitalist ruling class to maintain control over it. Of course, because the latter have so obscured the meaning of money and issues concerned with it, much like all other similar issues, they want us to remain in ignorance. But Häring, who will not tolerate this ignorance, alerts us on how these new development using digital money and surveillance technology very likely will have negative consequences for ordinary people.

I think these developments are very much going on under the radar of ordinary people's consciousness. I rarely have seen it addressed elsewhere, and I think it clearly represents a dramatic move toward all the horrible futures scenarios imagined by George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, the Wachowskis and their film The Matrix, and similar science fiction works. Such scenarios are now on their way to being implemented in the leading capitalist nations as well as in China. 

Digitization of money combined with the recent technological advances in surveillance are making these nightmarish scenarios possible and so appealing to our ruling masters. Because this new money is so convenient for us, we like it. But it comes loaded with the convenience of capturing all sorts of information about us and several other abuses. It appears that it matters not whether ruling classes are capitalist or shortsighted Chinese Communists because the digitization of money has the potential of giving them overwhelming control over us. Control and domination seem to be the most sought after drugs by, and for, ruling classes to get "high" (def.). Häring seems to be one of the few who are concerned about the adverse consequences for us.

I am convinced that only a thoroughly democratic society could use this new digital money, and we are a long way from accomplishing that. But since "we're all gonna die anyway", why worry? We are all fucked (def.#2)! And, obviously I don't mean in Vietnam. The destabilization of the climate will soon do the job for us, and a short-time later, the ruling classes (their fantasies about escaping to another planet are simply that--fantasies). Unlike our present societies and all wars, climate destabilization and/or a global nuclear war, will not tolerate inequality.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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Corporate media after the latest shooting incidents is driving people nuts in the USA

By Ron Horn.

I gave up on media corporations quite some time ago after the 9/11 event. Before that there was an occasional useful interpretation of events, but now they cover events like the mass shooting incidents only superficially with instant, suspiciously fake interpretations. There have been many reports in alternative, independent media, mostly online, of CIA infiltration of media corporations (see for examples: this, this, this, and this) that suggest such coverage by media corporations is largely propaganda to serve the interests of the capitalist Deep State and/or their US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. I don't pay much attention to their coverage of these events, and I won't be commenting on them at the present time. 

In spite of polling data which seems to indicate that ordinary people view with disdain and skepticism news and analysis provided by media corporations, I still think that media corporations have a major influence on how ordinary people view such events. One only has to look at these current articles (see this, this, this, and thislargely from liberal-left online websites that take the coverage provided by media corporation of the shootings seriously, and try rather desperately to sort the wheat of truth from the chaff of deceptions (fake news and analysis).

My many years of activism has given me a rather cynical view of coverage by media corporations. For example, I knew instantly in 2001 when I saw on TV the collapsing of the twin towers of the World Trade Center that their coverage was designed as a major false-flag event in order to generate fear in Americans. However, I didn't know at the time the ultimate purpose of the event. Only later I became aware that our ruling class were preparing us for their agenda to re-shape the Middle East

This is the reaction I have now regarding the mass shootings: wait and see what solid evidence sheds light on what is truly going on. I'm not arguing that these were contrived events, but I view their coverage by media corporations with considerable skepticism. I think that more time is needed to uncover the true reasons behind their coverage and interpretations.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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