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, October 9, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Friday, October 9, 2020

  • Savior of Capitalism by Alan Johnstone from Dissident Voice. My reaction: This article rebuts all the liberals and social-democrats like Eric Zuesse who absolutely adore FDR's administrations which protected the capitalist system from itself.
  • Surviving the age of extreme heat by Alex Smith (a Canadian) from Climate Code Red (based in Australia). (Note: It seems to me that this is mostly about not surviving.)

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Thursday, October 8, 2020

Last evening I viewed a film produced by 7th Chakra Films entitled "1986 The Act". It is outstanding in its professional quality production and it offers documented illustrations for the most horrific crimes ever committed by a ruling class against the rest of society under the system of capitalism. I urge you to order it in one of their formats. If you have budget constraints which prevent you from purchasing it, notify me at goatmeal36@yahoo.com.
  • Protests & Provocateurs: Infiltrators are Disrupting BLM Protests by David Rfosen from CounterPunch. My reaction: Although the article starts out with statements disparaging Trump like all liberal media, it soon describes the infiltration tactics and agent provocateurs that are used by the capitalist class to manipulate protests. It focuses on lessons that have been learned by every generation since the Vietnam War, and must be relearned by current activists at an accelerated pace if the protests are to be effective.
  • How Exceptional America Is by Eric Zuesse from Strategic Culture Foundation. My reaction: Zuesse often uses the feudal word "aristocracy" for a ruling class partially in order to be published in liberal-left websites, but mostly because he was indoctrinated by many years of education in the USA to absolutely avoid any writing that is associated with Marxist thought. You see, Marxism is verboten in the USA and throughout most of the the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. "Marxian" can only be used by professors to indicate that they only have an academic interest in Marxist ideology. This is part of the Empire's indoctrination program to control and prevent thought that does not favor a capitalist system, a system founded on private ownership. Public ownership and control of an economy is blasphemous to this capitalist religion. Still, as a critic of US policies, his writings are valuable to read.
How to distinguish the authentic from the artificial, factitious (artificially created) and makeshift needs? The last ones are induced by mental manipulation, i.e. advertisement. The advertising system has invaded all spheres of human life in modern capitalist societies: not only food and clothing, but sports, culture, religion and politics are shaped according to its rules. It has invaded our streets, mail boxes, TV-screens, newspapers, landscapes, in a permanent, aggressive and insidious way, and it decisively contributes to habits of conspicuous and compulsive consumption. Moreover, it wastes an astronomical amount of oil, electricity, labour time, paper, chemicals, and other raw materials - all paid by the consumers - in a branch of “production” which is not only useless, from a human viewpoint, but directly in contradiction with real social needs. While advertisement is an indispensable dimension of the capitalist market economy, it would have no place in a society in transition to socialism, where it would be replaced by information on goods and services provided by consumer associations. The criteria for distinguishing an authentic from an artificial need, is its persistence after the suppression of advertisement (Coca Cola!). Of course, during some years, old habits of consumption would persist, and nobody has the right to tell the people what their needs are. The change in the patterns of consumption is a historical process, as well as an educational challenge.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Wednesday, October 7, 2020

  • How A Secret Society Created The Federal Reserve At Jekyll Island featuring G. Edward Griffin, author of book entitled The Creature from Jekyll Island, in a lengthy 1:24:22 interview. This post is from Valuetainment channel of YouTube. (Note: I have not posted an exposé of the Federal Reserve for sometime, but it is important that you know about the history of this essential capitalist ruling class organization because it is controlled by major private banking institutions that issues our money.) 
  • Nature Bats Last Show, October 6, 2020 from Arctic News. Note: I am posting this from Arctic News because a participant in the discussion is Sam Carana (SC), who is an editor of Arctic News, and the website supplies a transcript of the discussion which I recommend reading instead of viewing the lengthy 1:24:22 video. The discussion is led by retired Dr. Guy McPherson (GM):
GM: We are delighted to have the inimitable Sam Carana on today’s show. We submitted written questions to Carana and went back-and-forth a couple times to pursue follow-up questions. Our frequent guest, Pauline Schneider, will be supplying the voice of Dr. Carana. You can find Carana’s blog at Arctic hyphen news dot blogspot dot com. Dr. Carana posts anonymously about abrupt, irreversible climate change. To preserve her anonymity, we will refer to her as female, Sam, and Dr. Carana. A caveat is in order: In doing so, we are acknowledging our respect for Carana’s work, and we are not indicating Carana’s credentials or gender. Dr. Carana, welcome to Nature Bats Last on the Progressive Radio Network. 
SC: Pleasure to be with you.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Because domestic issues have predominated in the last six months, I've been concentrating on those subjects to the neglect of foreign events. In this post I hope to make up for that shortfall. 

Note: I updated today (Wednesday, Oct. 7) the article by Webb to link it to The Last American Vagabond for your convenience.)
There has been a great deal of controversy over claims that Kary Mullis, the creator of the PCR technology that is being widely used to test for so-called ‘cases’ of COVID-19, did not believe the technology was suitable for detecting a meaningful presence of a virus. 
Those making these assertions were attacked and ‘fact checked’ (deemed inappropriate by propagandists) by news outlets claiming that Mullis’ comments had been taken out of context. 
So when a video surfaces with Mullis talking about the efficacy of the technology it is worth paying close attention to what he is saying.
  • And a Plague Shall Cover the Land of Trump by Brendan O’Neill from Anti-Empire. My reaction: The author points to the dominant capitalist ruling class and its method derived from the Middle Ages to shape the views held by ordinary Americans via their media corporations:
And there you have it, in terrifying black and white, in explicit Biblical writ: if Trump stays in power, America will be visited by floods, fires and plagues; death will come to your door; pestilence will be visited upon the land. This pre-modernism among those who fancy themselves as modern – as enlightened and ‘woke’ – is striking. It speaks to their own profound inability to come up with a vision for the US that might inspire voters, so instead they must invoke a PC version of Leviticus and warn people that if you don’t choose us then you will be consumed by hellfire and disease. And it confirms what they find so distasteful about so-called Trumpworld – the fact that it has dared to question expert authority, pushed aside the liberal elites who believe that they are the only people sensible enough to rule, and propagated the apparently outrageous idea that ordinary people (eurgh) have something to contribute to the discussion about how we deal with Covid-19 and other crises. 
This is what lurks behind the irrational, anti-Enlightened treatment of Covid as a metaphor for the sicknesses of 21st-century America – the desperation of the bruised old elites to regain their authority over a people whom they view as too dumb, vulgar and destructive to govern their own lives. Now that’s sick.
  • The Battle for Hope in the Anthropocene by Jethro Gauld from Scientist Warning. (Note: For the record, I view the extinction of humans and most other species as inevitable. But, in the time remaining, I continue working on my weblog in the hope that humans will end the last stage of capitalism--transnational or neoliberal fascism.)

Monday, October 5, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Monday, October 5, 2020

  • How a Police State Starts by Scotsman Craig Murray, who has been reporting on the British kangaroo court trying Julian Assange, from his weblog.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Posts that I especially recommend today: Sunday, October 4, 2020

  • Truth Seeker by Jim Meehan MD from his website which apparently is being updated. (Note: Meehan's covid-19 website challenges many of the conventional beliefs about the pandemic spread by media corporations and supported by government health authorities such as the wearing of masks, lockdowns, vaccinations, etc. One thing he does agree with them regarding the prevention of covid-19 is the benefits of social distancing. Dr. Meehan often points to Big Pharma and their huge profits as the cause of their recommendations. Kate Porter of Children's Health Defense apparently agrees with him. I have no health credentials, but I find his assembling of scientific evidence compelling in support of his challenges. In the absence of reliable information regarding the illness, we as individuals must decide for ourselves regarding measures to maintain our health.)
  • We Are Being Lied To! Here Is How… by Spiro Skouras from Activist Post. (My reaction: I've read numerous articles that the PCR test produced a substantial number of false positives. Skouras provides details on the fallibility of PCR test. Listening to media corporations and government health authorities, the accuracy of the PCR test is a fact, and often the positive results are added to their reports on covid-19 "cases".)