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

Friday, June 26, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Friday, June 26, 2020

"Why is public health being turned on its head? REMAP-Covid is the third major multicenter clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine to give toxic doses to Covid patients. Who or what is behind this concerted effort to maim or kill patients in order to kill any appearance of benefit from hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of Covid-19?"
My reaction: Could it be that agents of Big Pharma have influence medical practioners to do so in order to discredit the cheaply produced hydroxychloroquine?
  • End It by an editor from Fever. (Note: I have now added this website to my list of roughly 50 sources after being notified by an activist that it contained articles of interest to me.) 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Because so many times during the last 10 years I've documented examples of authorities employed by the capitalist ruling class have lied (here's another current example), I have concluded that they rule by deception. Crowe has entitled his website after a book (which I've read) by a well-known 1920s sceptic and critical thinker, Upton Sinclair, who revealed so much corruption and lies during that period. I think that Crowe is another critical sceptic of our age.
I have been so troubled by the reports which take statistics and tests reported by corporate media TV as absolute facts without any nuances or details about how they could be misleading and problematic, I have looked around for critical analysts who do. I am convinced that David Crowe is such a person.
This post contains two videos by Crowe. The first one is where he critically analyzes health test results, and the second uses the same skills regarding Anthony Fauci who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984. You might also be interested in a recent post by another critical analyst, Kevin Barrett, entitled "Tony Fauci is Corrupt to the Core!"
  • Why an Arab-Israeli diplomat's assault is no surprise by Jonathan Cook from The National (Abu Dhabi). (My reaction: We are all Palestinians now! You see, it matters not that we are Americans--the Empire's transnational ruling class is at war with all workers. They dare to because they imagine that they "own" AI and robots that can replace most of us.)
An Israeli diplomat filed a complaint last week with police after he was pulled to the ground in Jerusalem by four security guards, who knelt on his neck for five minutes as he cried out: “I can’t breathe." 
There are obvious echoes of the treatment of George Floyd, an African-American killed by police in Minneapolis last month. His death triggered mass protests against police brutality and reinvigorated the Black Lives Matter movement. The incident in Jerusalem, by contrast, attracted only minor attention – even in Israel.
  • Suicidal Empire by Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh (Palestinian) from his weblog Popular Resistance

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

  • Meet BlackRock, the New Great Vampire Squid by Ellen Brown from The Unz Review. (My reaction: I believe this is a very important article on this private investment entity for, and by, the rich. I believe it is a very important component of what Brown refers to as an "almost a shadow government", or what I and others are now referring to as an existing "Deep State" that lies behind the facade of our "democratic" government.
Zuesse, a social-democratic indoctrinated historian, shows his alertness by recognizing this as a singular (def. #3) event by the Supreme Court, one of the fundamental branches of US government. Because of this, cops (and they know it) like Derek Chauvin have the Deep State's permission to kill citizens regardless of the circumstances. (See how the fascist faction of the ruling class after WWII purged all institutions of people who held any leftist views.)
But instead of sourcing this as rooted in the early US capitalist class whose "Founding Fathers" established their government of the USA, Zuesse implies that indecent people have been appointed in recent years to the Supreme Court. The latter has, starting in 1983 (of course cops killed people before then, but the people didn't have the courage, or were so foolish, to attempt to take legal actions against the police), ruled that killing people in the line of duty was okay, and the June 15th ruling confirms that. (Did you hear that from media corporations?)   Zuesse writes:
This isn’t a failure ONLY by the U.S. Supreme Court. It is instead an expression of the American system as it now exists, and which failure renders the U.S. Constitution itself almost meaningless, especially as regards the rights of the people and the obligations of federal officials at all levels in the government. There is no accountability; there is only blame. And, as in any authoritarian system, all blame goes downward, and all praise goes upward. That’s the reality. The U.S. Constitution is by now just a string of words. America’s Founders are dead, gone, and no longer really even an influence. That’s the reality. Pretending otherwise won’t fix anything. Drastic changes are needed. And the American public has proven itself not up to the challenge, still refuses to face the reality. This is system-failure. And the public refuses to face it.
And, he goes on to write that only a Constitutional Amendment can changes things. He's right, and Chauvin and other cops will keep on killing and protecting the ruling class.
America is a war machine on top of a police state on top of a mass media psyop. Only people who are willing to keep these psychopathic mechanisms in place are permitted to ascend to presidential candidacy. While all the news cameras focus on the relatively minor differences between presidents and presidential candidates, you can learn a lot more about America and what drives it by looking at their similarities.
  • Tensions in Lebanon are Rising by Vladimir Platov from New Eastern Outlook. (My reaction: Tensions are appearing all over the world as economies deteriorate, and violence appears as a result of the Empire's transnational capitalists who attempt to maintain their empire. This trend will only accelerate due to global warming.) 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Only notes today: Monday, June 22, 2020

  • I discovered while editing Elijah J. Magnier as a recommended weblog that I had never entered his exceptional weblog on my list. Generally, I think his is one of the best regarding the understanding of geopolitical interests of the Middle East. Sadly, he has had to put his weblog behind a paywall, and I will no longer be citing his articles. But, his weblog will remain on the recommended list.
  • Due to dental work, I will not attempt to post articles today.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Sunday, June 21, 2020

  • The Supreme Court’s Insidious Development of Qualified Immunity by Nimra Azmi from Just Security. (My reaction: This offers more proof that police forces in America have been used by the capitalist ruling class as a defense against workers. Destroying the immunity of police that permits them to commit outrageous acts against members of the wider public must be eliminated before the overthrow of capitalist ruling classes (as Colorada has recently done) is accomplished.