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

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Saturday, October 3, 2020

  • Giorgio Agamben and the Biopolitics of COVID-19 by Simon Elmer from Architects for Social Housing, a British website. (Note: Although this post is past my informal rule of limiting posts to one month, I will post it anyway because of its startling clarity about the dangers of the "new normal" which is being promoted by all authorities of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. (Note: This article is about the writings of an Italian philosopher, Giorgio Agamben, but applies to the political scene in Britain. It is a rather lengthy article, but one that should be read to understand the nature of the "Great Reset" project, a bio-politics that the Empire is promoting with the covid-19 pandemic. It is a best post. 
  • Big Business Is Swallowing the World, Thanks to Lockdowns and Bailouts by Austan Goolsbee and posted on Anti-Empire. (Note: the original source was NY Times, but in this post I have detoured a bit from my usual practice of posting only from original source. I have my personal limits, and in this example I will not post to a source that has been engaging in disinformation almost continuously. But like a broken clock, they sometimes give the time accurately--twice a day.)
I did not get through all of my credible websites to pursue articles that may be of your special interest before I ran out of time and energy.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Friday, October 2, 2020

There is a conspiracy, but not of the Pizzagate variety. It is an ideological conspiracy, of at least two centuries’ duration, by a tiny and ever more fabulously wealth elite to further enrich themselves and to maintain their power, their dominance, at all costs.

There is a reason why, as Harvard business professor Shoshana Zuboff points out, social media corporations are the most fantastically wealthy in human history. And that reason is also why we are reaching the human “event horizon” these Silicon Valley luminaries all fear, one where our societies, our economies, the planet’s life-support systems are all on the brink of collapse together.

The cause of that full-spectrum, systemic crisis is not named, but it has a name. Its name is the ideology that has become a black box, a mental prison, in which we have become incapable of imagining any other way of organising our lives, any other future than the one we are destined for at the moment. That ideology’s name is capitalism.
This writer, like most American intellectuals, slides sideways into blaming capitalism and the "PMC". Because I read this article rather rapidly, I couldn't figure out what this writer meant by the "PMC". Perhaps the "Political Media Complex"? A pet peeve of mine are writers using acronyms carelessly.
I agree with the author that this election is an "Election to Nowhere". Have you noticed that more and more announcements on TV are urging you to vote? The Deep State, essentially the board of directors of the capitalist ruling class, is holding an election where they control both parties, and your vote legitimatizes their contrived elections. So, why vote for whom you think are the lessor-evil candidates--except for candidates in local elections who you know?

(Note: I later received an email (from the author?) claiming that "PMC" refers to "Profession/Managerial Class".)

Because I have plans to travel today, this is a shortened version of my usual posts. I'll return tomorrow. 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

  • The Establishment’s Plan to Divide Part 2: COVID-19, Election 2020, and The Great Reset by Derrick Broze from The Last American Vagabond. My reaction: I think Broze spends too much time on how Trump functions to divide Americans, and not enough time devoted to exposing the carefully designed ruling class agenda of fomenting fear and chaos among ordinary Americans. Trump is a natural-born American capitalist of a nationalist variety, but the transnational ("neoliberal") ruling class intentionally creates chaos among ordinary Americans as a method to install more authoritarian measures. They want to do this as a part of their global domination project that I have exposed numerous times. Transnational capitalists see Trump, who unconsciously stirs up conflict, as an upstart who is detracting from their finely honed control methods, and as such, they are greatly irritated by him. They only included the clownish Trump on the 2016 ballot to ensure the victory of their chosen candidate Hillary Clinton; but they were surprised, as I was, that many voters simply withheld their votes with disgust from Clinton, and as a result, Trump was elected (by the electoral college but not by popular vote).
  • Brave New Money, part 1 and part 2 of a 2-part series. By Norbert Häring, a German blogger and economist, from his weblog Money and more. (Note: I think that this is a summary of his book by the same title.) My reaction: I think that digital money is a part of the The Great Reset project that the Empire wishes to accomplish with the pandemic. I assume that if they are successful, this will give them ever greater control (domination) over their populations. Control and domination is what the Empire and capitalism are all about.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020

  • Gates, Kissinger and Our Dystopian Future by Mike Whitney from The Unz Review. My reaction: Could the pandemic be promoted by the Empire's ruling class of transnational capitalists in order to cope with the looming climate crisis? Whitney persuasively puts together an argument to support the affirmative to this question. I've previously argued that the pandemic serves a variety of purposes to promote the interests of this ruling class. Among them were the sowing of chaos (in addition to stirring up racial hatred) before the election to instill fear about Trump in the electorate, as well as a project to cope with the destabilization of our climate. If the intentional campaign of panic lasts beyond the election of Biden, you can be sure that the latter reason is primary.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020

This is posted late, that is, on Monday morning. For some reason after I did some minor editing (some time) after publishing this set of posts, but I forgot to press the "update" button on the new weblog software, and as a result I noticed on Monday morning that the Sundays' posts were not published. I apologize. Because of this mistake I'll not publish any posts on Monday. But not to worry: today (Monday) I will scan my 50 credible websites for posts and include them with other posts tomorrow.
From her research Webb uncovers some odd and suspicious facts in US corporations' pursuit of a vaccine to prevent covid-19. For example:
Such experiments, like this study by Duprex, involved the genetic engineering of three viral pathogen strains and then seeing which would become most transmissible and virulent in an animal host. Such studies are often referred to as gain-of-function (GOF) research and are incredibly controversial given that they often create pathogens that are more virulent and/or transmissible than they otherwise would be. It is also worth noting that UPMC, before Duprex joined the center, had also received millions in funding from DARPA’s Prophecy program “to develop in vitro and computational models for predicting viral evolution under selection pressure from multiple evolutionary stressors.”
  • Development banks must be held accountable for their disastrous oil palm plantation investments in the Congo from GRAIN. (My reaction: But they won't be held accountable because they as transnational capitalist corporations are too powerful for ordinary people to challenge. This is true throughout the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. This is the sad reality of advanced capitalism. Only a thoroughly democratic organization of ordinary people can challenge and topple them in the time remaining before climate deterioration really sets in and puts the end of humans and most other species.)
Cook, unlike most other thoroughly brainwashed critics nowadays, names the system--capitalism. Here are excerpts from the article: 
The cause of that full-spectrum, systemic crisis is not named, but it has a name. Its name is the ideology that has become a black box, a mental prison, in which we have become incapable of imagining any other way of organising our lives, any other future than the one we are destined for at the moment. That ideology’s name is capitalism.
... “evilness” – the psychopathic pursuit of profit above all other values – is the business model for all corporations, not just the digital ones.
The Social Dilemma offers us an opportunity to sense the ugly, psychopathic face shielding behind the mask of social media’s affability. But for those watching carefully the film offers more: a chance to grasp the pathology of the system itself that pushed these destructive social media giants into our lives.
Even in the dark age in which we are currently living, naming the system is, sadly, a revolutionary act. It will take vastly much more to change the deadly system that we are under.
  • What OBAMA Got Away With. This features Jimmy Dore (via a YouTube video) describing himself as a "dumb", but independent, comedian demonstrating what independence of thought can lead one to think critically about their "bought" government. But this comes at a price--he's losing his comedic take on life. In another video, he rants about the suicidal destruction of the ecology which supports human along with many others species--because of corporate pursuit of profits (under the capitalist system).
  • Climate Disruption Is Now Locked In. The Next Moves Will Be Crucial by John Branch and Brad Plumer from The NY Times. (Note: If you are not registered with this source, you can access the article here.) My reaction: This source is like a broken clock that registers the time correctly two times a day. This is one of those times. But, after they shock ordinary Americans with this headline, they, as a propaganda rag for the capitalist ruling class, must sprinkle their reporting with more positive statements so that we can go back to sleep--and, of course, they blame it on the government which is owned and controlled by the ruling class. But it shows that our masters are aware of this looming threat. Could the covid-19 pandemic be their desperate means to cope with the abrupt deterioration of our climate?