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

Monday, October 18, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Monday, October 18, 2021

I have frequently used what I have gleaned from the study of Marxism: in particular, a class structure with a ruling class arising out of previous class structured societies, and a ruling class that always tries to maintain their rule by various methods that are in the past always associated with mostly violence against dissenters. This is what I find is valuable about Marxism. Karl Marx was a prolific writer, and he wrote about a variety of issues and concepts. But, his most important contribution to understanding societies remains that of identifying a class structure of societies and their resulting characteristics. 
 
Curtin, and most other educated in the USA, have been indoctrinated to avoid any hint of class analysis. In this essay, he is trying to use psychological concepts and simulacra to understand the coronavirus scam that the ruling capitalist class has used to create the adverse conditions that we see today in society. But these explanations are only derivatives of real understanding.
 
Neither Curtin nor his sources have been indoctrinated by ruling class authorities to not understand or explain the prior conditions of the monopoly of media and all other institutions that the ruling class enjoys today. This monopoly of influence is a natural evolution of capitalism. They don't understand how a small ruling class, who after centuries of consolidation and concentration of property and who today owns (and controls) just about everything, can have such a profound influence of society and the minds of college-educated people like himself.
 
Most American dissidents of the web today suffer from their many years of indoctrination in colleges and universities--in addition to just living in the USA where the ruling class has control of every institution--have carefully censored out the ideas of socioeconomic class analysis. Curtin becomes closest to this understanding when he references digital technology: He writes "It involves the entire spectrum of techniques of mind control and propaganda.  It includes politics, medicine, economics, Covid-19, the lockdowns and vaccines, etc. Everything." Instead of focusing on only one method, digital technology, he refuses to connect this with a ruling class that has nearly complete control over every institution including jobs, careers, grants, etc.
  • Was America’s Longest War for Opium, Oil and Propping up the Stock Market? by John Potash from Internationalist 360°. My reaction: In this well-documented research Potash produces considerable evidence to support the affirmative explanation. However, there were other reasons together with the reasons Potash cited that caused the invasion using 9/11 as a grand psy-op: like strategic reasons as a base to counter Soviet and Chinese influence in the area.
While organizations such as Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth’s nearly 3,500 industry professionals have provided a mass of evidence on the pre-planned demolition of the twin towers and World Trade Center 7,[1] Professor Peter Dale Scott and others unearthed evidence on the Bush administration’s real reason for invading Afghanistan. They say it was for access to its poppy fields and its proximity to oil resources.
  • The U.S. ‘Longer Telegram’ Is Hostile Interventionism in China, Posing as Competition by Alastair Crooke from Strategic Culture Foundation. My reaction: The editors of this journal recognize one of the basic theorems of class analysis with their introduction: "Incumbents of the White House come and go, but U.S. security objectives do not alter course so readily, Alastair Crooke writes." The ruling class appoints their main employees contrary to the conventional belief that we live in a democracy.
In light of the recent massacre of seven protesters and the wounding of dozens of others in a highly sensitive district of Beirut, senior political analyst Nasser Qandil argues that the US and Israel are seeking to drag Hezbollah into a new Lebanese civil war that would rob the movement from engaging in a decisive war with Israel while in its military prime. 
  • Climate Change Worse than Expected: A Conversation with Guy McPherson conducted by Michael Welch from Global Research. (Note: The "Conversation with Guy McPherson" begins at 08:00.) My reaction: The founder of Global Research, Michel Chossudovsky previously poo-pooed (def.) such climate change scientists and their work, but I haven't read such articles in recent years.)
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In 2020 the world's richest people got $1.9 Trillion Richer. In contrast to this is the growing reality that people are living with less, making less, and finding it increasingly harder to survive capitalism.

Last year, I made about $12,000 myself. As a father of two, living below the poverty line has been incredibly hard. I've had friends take their lives due to the pressure, and others have turned towards severe addiction.

The realities of the 5,000 year reign over the world by those that control money have brought free society to its knees. You're either enslaving others, or a slave in the capitalist system.

Nothing new to report here, just more absurd evidence that the system of capitalism is not working for the majority, and much less so for the planet itself.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Saturday, October 16, 2021

  • What Happens When Doctors Buck Government Narrative on COVID? from Children's Health Defense. (Note: A synopsis says the following: "On the latest episode of “Doctors and Scientists,” host Brian Hooker interviews Dr. Alvin Moss, director of the West Virginia University Center for Health Ethics and Law, on the threats medical professionals and scientists face when they stray from the mainstream narrative on COVID and vaccines.")
Frances Haugen, the Facebook whistleblower that mainstream media is fawning over, stands to earn millions of dollars for picking the 'right' side of the political establishment
  • Open mind more valuable than mere diploma, a cartoon and article published in Global Times, a major Chinese news publication. My reaction: Like my professor used to say, "you shouldn't have an open mind such that your brains fall out." I interpreted this to mean, based on his other statements, that he wanted us to question fundamental assumptions supporting any opinions.
  • The New American Leadership: Biden Tells the World What He Wants It to Know by Philip Giraldi from Strategic Culture Foundation. 💥My brief commentary follows: 
     
    I disagree with the conclusion of his article as expressed in the last paragraph:
     
    So, the myth of America trudges on with some new labels attached but otherwise pretty much the same. Many would argue that it is time for a reboot, to return to constitutionalism, small government and an end to pointless foreign wars and interventions. But to do that would pit individuals and small groups against some very powerful interests, i.e. the defense industry, big pharma, and government itself, which sees its natural role as one of growth. It is an unbalanced struggle, but it must be won if the United States of America is to survive with some basic freedoms intact into the 22nd century.
     
    It is in the nature of capitalism to grow small businesses into giant monopolies, and to evolve into imperialist nations like the formerly "Great" Britain, Nazi Germany, Italy, Japan, and the new de-facto US/British/Zionist Empire. Giraldi is reluctant to acknowledge this inherent historical tendency, but he seems to imply this fact in the second to the last sentence in this paragraph. However, in the following sentence he reaffirms his loyalty to capitalism and essentially negates the observation contained in the preceding sentence. The only antidote to the illness of capitalism is socialism.

    Perhaps the reason why the Strategic Culture Foundation publishes this article and a similar one is that their website is based in Russia and they have opted (like China) for historic and/or strategic reasons to have a mixed economy consisting of both private and public ownership of economic enterprises.
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Long ago I ran global marketing for VICE. While you won't read much about my brief period there, many of the modern portions of VICE came from my plans and strategy. VICE News, for instance, was the result of discovering that Wikipedia, at the time the largest free web traffic driver online, would only use VICE stories as reference links if VICE was a news media outlet.

Previous to this, I had been chatting about a news show with Trace Crutchfield, our infield reporter who was every-bit American Anchorman, about his ideas around creating a daily news show roundup, as well, it seemed like a great way to report on untold stories.

Moving forwards, VICE wholeheartedly embraced the direction when they realized the financial windfall to come of free web traffic by being a media reference source on Wikipedia. Previously, I had to pay for web traffic.

All of this to say, I decided to leave VICE after I sat in an editorial meeting with the now Chief Creative Officer, Eddy Moretti. In the meeting Eddy let it be known that we had to edit out comments from one of the shows due to it potentially offending a sponsor. One could understand not biting the hand that feeds them, but this was also a giant red flag.

VICE has a department called Virtue, founded by Spencer Baim, now VICE's Chief Brand Officer. Spencers department, Virtue, was tasked with taking the commercial wants of VICE advertisers and turning them into content. This was no big issue as VICE was not a news outlet at the time, just an influential magazine for irreverent youth (male skateboarders-bro types).

When you work in a media outlet you begin to see the relationship between the editorial department, marketing, and sales. The subtext should be clear, there is no magazine without the advertisers, who genuinely influenced the news and information released.

Knowing my history, it seems more than likely to me that CNN is engaged in undeclared brand-sponsored advertising hidden as news. It happens. It is how companies like VICE, and probably CNN, make money.

Fundamentally these are the same behaviors in two different media outlets, except that at least VICE was not slinging propaganda for a dictator, at least that I know of.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Friday, October 15, 2021

  • AOC's Ridiculous Word Salad Over Israel Funding Vote featuring Jimmy Dore, using Dore's on YouTube (08:47), and others comment regarding AOC's explanation of her vote regarding Israel. My reaction: Dore often exposes "progressive" sounding members of Congress to show how they serve the ruling class.
  • Kellogg's Workers Strike During Record-Breaking Profits featuring Jimmy Dore's channel on YouTube (13:07) explaining what corporate media omits: Kellogg corporation along with other corporations, are trying to use the "divide and conquer" strategy to crush worker protests. 
  • Did Nuland's trip to Russia do more harm than good? featuring Rick Sanchez via RT America's channel on YouTube (07:10) regarding Victoria Nuland's visit on the way to Russia coincident with snipers targeting Shia and Hezbollah protest demonstrators in the context of understanding US's foreign policy. My commentary follows:
The basic problem with Sanchez's (and others) understanding of the basic conflict between Russia and other nations (China, Iran, Venezuela, Nicaragua, et al) is that his understanding of history is limited to post-WWII history. He doesn't see what I see as I succinctly explained in a previous essay that a cabal of powerful capitalists (mostly in the State Department--FDR was especially worried about them) saw an opportunity starting in 1940 to link up with Great Britain's capitalists to rule the world. They saw the replacement of Nazi Germany, which they favored before WWII, and then set up to crush the bureaucratically-run economy (that outlawed private enterprise beyond family businesses) of the Soviet Union under Stalin. 
 
The transnational cabal of British and American capitalists saw that the monstrous and powerful regime, they caused to arise in Germany, as too powerful especially when Germany attacked (Great) Britain during the beginning of WWII. They foresaw a defeat of Britain. The only solution was a combined merger of Britain with the USA as I outlined in my essay. This dovetailed nicely with the views of FDR. 
 
This limited view of history is today true of most dissidents on the web and off. This is no accident. The capitalist ruling class has controlled colleges and universities, like all other institutions, to favor this limited interpretation. That was what the McCarthy period immediately after the war was essentially all about: via their pogroms during the McCarthy period to excise from intellectuals any hint of knowledge of this along with that of class warfare in a capitalist nation that necessarily has a class-structured society.

After faithfully serving the US and British combined Empire (which set them up as Israel in Palestine), right-wing Jewish internationals known as Zionists joined the Empire in 1967. Victoria Nuland, her husband, and other "neocons" are, and have been, serving the Empire ever since WWII and the Empire's de-facto acceptance of Israel to the Empire. 
 
Thus, I agree with Sanchez's suspicions, but not his limited understanding of history. I also suspect that Nuland's trip to Russia was only a ruse to cover for her trip to Lebanon.

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The unspoken ultimate goal is the creation of the totally subservient slave. Interestingly, the origin of the word Robot is from the Czech, Robota, or "forced labor". This comes from the Slavic root word, "Rab", which means slave.

The end of the game of Monopoly brings about one winner, this winner's goal is to keep the players interested as long as possible, as it is often clear who wins the game very early on. As the robots are created for governments who have long since been controlled by the Elites, one must ask how this game will end.

Where is the global cry for the immediate cessation of autonomous robotic weapons? Is it not obvious enough that this will not end well for anyone? Or, making this more practical, has anyone not realized that the privately owned corporations making these weapons are owned by a small hand of power that can just as easily program their death dogs to destroy anyone who stands in their way?
In what must be a surprise to some, and a cold slap of reality to others, Merck, who has panned the use of Ivermectin, yet copied its exact working mechanism to fight/ treat/ prevent SARS-COV2, all funded by the US Public, is now going to sell it back to the public, at 40x the cost of the drug they were already paid to make.

While the public is drunk on mass-psychosis narrative operations, it seems they're not paying attention to the evidence at hand. The Elites are running amok. Despite the suspicious nature of all the events surrounding COVID, one thing is crystal clear. The pandemic has made Big Pharma super-rich, and further cemented their cash on hand used to bribe the very politicians elected to protect the people.
 
The Man Who Knew Too Much! via Independent POV's channel on YouTube (1:08:02). My commentary follows:

Director Michael Oswald release his full-length documentary, a well-timed exposé on how the British Government ran domestic psychological operations on its own people, and immediately began to discredit those telling the truth. 

In time, people usually figure out the lies and the truth. Often, those that perpetrated them are long gone, turned to dust, but the fragments of their crimes remain a scar on the realities people live daily. 

Long ago the Elites discovered they can pretty much say and do anything, so long as they can re-enforce the narratives. Oswald's film highlights the importance of public vigilance, and to question everything.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Thursday, October 14, 2021

  • How Biden can save America by Marshall Auerback from Unherd, a British website. My reaction: This was a surprise to me in that he reviewed the post-war American corporation's short-term focus on profitability instead of more strategic thinking. The article was not devoted to the more realistic prospects for the capitalist directors of the de-facto US, Anglo, Zionist Empire to change their values and strategy. They are stuck with this short-term corporate thinking that drives their capitalist Empire. In addition, the author seems unaware that the US President is merely an employee of the capitalist ruling class, and as such, he takes orders from them.
  • U.S. Imperialism in Africa with Abayomi Azikiwe from Black Agenda Report. In this video report via YouTube (1:04:56) Danny Haiphong and Margaret Kimberley interview Azikiwe about African affairs. See if you can follow Azikiwe as he reports on various countries on this huge continent.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Wednesday, October 13, 2021

  • The Emerging Totalitarian Dystopia featuring an interview with Mattias Desmet, Psychotherapist and Professor of Clinical Psychology at Ghent University conducted by Patrick Dewals, a person identified in another post, as a political philosopher and author--from Internationalist 360°. (Note: This interview has been posted a number of times in various websites since it was conducted earlier this year. I always try to post an original post, but in this instance I felt I was taking too much time finding it.) My brief commentary follows: 
My view takes a sociological view of this phenomenon. In this view, I consider always a class structure influenced by my life experience and with Marxist literature. As I see it, the above psychologist takes an elaborate psychological explanation for a much simpler sociological event.
 
I see it, as my frequent followers might know, as a growing consciousness of ruling classes of major capitalists to the climate crisis that we have long entered. At some level they are aware that they have caused this crisis, but they will do everything they can to solve it for this class. This has caused our masters in the ruling classes to various acts of desperation as follows. 1) We see desperate attempts by billionaires to explore space leading to a desire to escape this planet and resettle on some other planet. 2) We see them engineering a virus that will result in a population reduction. 3) We see them coming up with fantasies like the Great Reset. 4) Meanwhile, we daily see them preparing for war against China and/or Russia in order to dominate their adversaries and rule (control) the world.
 
The first three are fantastic solutions that are desperate attempts to arrive at a solution for the ecological crisis that they have created by their system of capitalism. But, according to many scientists such as retired Professor Guy McPherson, it is too late to save life forms on our planet Earth. He and Dr. Tao have more recently found solutions that might save life on Earth, but their solutions are thoroughly incompatible with the interests of capitalist ruling classes and therefore the solutions won't be considered by them.
 
It is of critical importance that we recognize ruling classes. They are in varying control of every institution that exists in their societies. The current capitalist class has achieved the most control found in the history of humans. The ultimate solution is to eliminate ruling classes and replace them with socialist societies, and these two had been the objectives of this website from its origins. It appears that humans will accomplish neither.
  • Is the U.S. Justice System Taking a Back Seat to ‘Black Privilege? by Robert Bridges from Strategic Culture Foundation. My reaction: This post is tapping onto the latest effort by our masters in the ruling class to get behind what passes for left-wing culture in the USA. It is all fake. This post is remarking on the new fake "woke" culture (including critical race theory) that the ruling class has created, in addition to "cancel culture" (which tries to popularize censorship) in order to appeal to what constitutes nowadays the left-wing in the USA. I first noticed this in the frequent TV ads featuring African-Americans. The ruling capitalist class is trying to, and succeeding to a large extent, to seduce more educated Americans who have been subject to many years of indoctrination of anti-racism and anti-sexism in colleges and universities. In future postings, I will illustrate that this is a correct interpretation of what is currently occurring.
  • This ‘Critical Race Theory’ (CRT) is a subdivision of Critical Theory itself. By Joaquin Flores from Strategic Culture Foundation. My reaction: Although Flores overanalyzes this phenomenon, this is generally an example of critical race theory as an attempt to seduce more educated Americans. However, I particularly object to his analysis that sees the historical origins of this phenomenon as being in the far-left.
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  • Augason Farms to CEASE OPERATIONS for 90 Days from The Organic Prepper. My take: The growing crisis of severe food shortages is hitting all levels. The elites shut down the global supply chain they own, asking people to live with less while coupling the shutdown with an incredibly conveniently timed inflationary period. This means, oddly, they will be able to sell the public fewer food items, while keeping the same profits. The unfed masses will become unruly, and further radicalized, favoring the seeds of revolution further.
Chris Martenson reviews the history of mass psychosis, arguing that we are in one now. Cementing his position is the backdrop of people advocating for the restriction of work, travel, and even one's ability to get married, all based on unproven vaccines that are leaving a trail of dead victims from heart attacks and myocarditis. 
 
We are indeed in a global period of mass-psychosis where those countering the preferred narratives of big governments and their corporate overlords are made into social pariahs.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Tuesday, October 12, 2021 (Shortened collection of posts because I've run out of time & energy.)

While there is no doubt that the threat of Sars-CoV-2 is real, the greater threat is the covert military-intelligence psychological operation against humanity, driving people to act against their own best interests out of fear. These operations have taken firm root in all sides of the “covid debate”, pitting people against one another in ways that are so extreme, so devoid of humanity, that the destructive result has been shocking to witness. Most tragic is the fact that activists and human rights defenders have been caught in the psy-op, playing into the hands of empire and a global enslavement agenda, becoming agents of the status quo, repeaters of the dominant narrative, at a time when we most need revolutionary thought and action.
Only the Vaccine industry can afford to pay the very best vaccinologists, immunologists, epidemiologists and virologists on this planet and bring them together around one and the same table. I cannot rid myself of the impression that none of them is even allowed to speak or to even share any kind of comment on social media. So, I feel like I am wasting my time talking to scientific illiterate “fact-checkers” or people who have no hands-on experience in vaccinology. But no matter how hard the “fact-checkers” try to debunk my scientific arguments, all of them ended up retreating with tails tucked firmly between their legs.
  • 💥Below the Surface: An Interview with Whitney Webb (1:41:56) featuring the latter being interviewed by Chris Martenson, PhD, introducing Webb to the followers of his website Peak Prosperity. This is a best post. My reaction: A wide-ranging, fascinating interview in which Martenson joins in to discuss issues.
As we “paranoid conspiracy theorists” have been warning would happen for the past 18 months, people who refuse to convert to the new official ideology are now being segregated, stripped of their jobs, banned from attending schools, denied medical treatment, and otherwise persecuted. 
We live in a profoundly unfree society that is disguised as a free society. Western liberal democracy is just totalitarianism dressed in drag.

And it’s only getting worse. Propaganda is a still-developing science.

He traces the problem of energy shortage in Europe to be a consequence of their preparation to replace fossil fuel energy with renewable energy. Engdahl comes down hard on especially German efforts to replace fossil fuels with green energy, apparently wrongly believing that global warming is not a reality. 
 
The response from the EU Commission in Brussels, rather than admit the glaring flaws in their Green Energy agenda, has been to double down on it as if the problem were natural gas and coal. EU Climate Czar Frans Timmermans absurdly declared, “Had we had the green deal five years earlier, we would not be in this position because then we would have less dependency on fossil fuels and natural gas.”

If the EU continues with that suicidal agenda, it will find itself in a deindustrialized wasteland in a few short years. The problem is not gas, coal or nuclear. It is the inefficient Green Energy from solar and wind that will never be able to offer stable, reliable power.
 
On the other hand, he cites financial speculation as the cause of the dramatic price hikes.

Banks or others can speculate for pennies on the dollar, and when news broke on how low EU gas storage for the coming winter were, financial sharks went on a feeding frenzy. By early October futures prices for Dutch TTF gas had exploded by an unprecedented 300% in only days. Since February it is far worse, as a standard LNG cargo of 3.4 trillion BTU (British Thermal Units) now costs $100-120 million, while at the end of February its cost was less than $20 million. That’s a 500-600% rise in seven months.
 
I don't yet know if his allegations that the Davos crowd is responsible or if the dramatic prices hikes for energy are caused by normal capitalist practices, or both. At this time, I suspect both. The basic problem is that our real leaders of the de-facto US/Anglo/Zionist Empire, with their obsessive pursuit of profits and power, have too late realized that their exclusive pursuit is responsible for global warming. However, for them, this addiction to power and profits can be very profitable, and they don't regard an opportunity like this to go to waste.
  • Nuclear Weapons and Europe by Brian Cloughley from Strategic Culture Foundation. My reaction: I don't know if a nuclear war will break out; but if the directors of the Empire think that their continuation of power and profits is hopeless, I believe that they will use nuclear weapons as the last option. Otherwise, a nuclear war would result in the destruction of their assets.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Monday, October 11, 2021

Western governments in the NATO military alliance are developing tactics of “cognitive warfare,” using the supposed threats of China and Russia to justify waging a “battle for your brain” in the “human domain,” to “make everyone a weapon.” 
 
My reaction: It looks like our imperial masters and their Canadian sycophants are mostly engaging in wishful thinking, but this post reveals what their motives and intentions are: to control the minds of their subjects.
  • Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, Signaling Support for Free Press by David Marks from Children's Health Defense. My reaction: You, and others, might read this ambiguously title wrongly because the article correctly reports on the award to two journalists and the Nobel Committee 'signals support for "a precondition for democracy and lasting peace"'. The conjunction "and" does not suggest that their organization approves of the Nobel Committee's selection of the two journalists. Read the article and see if I'm right. You will find remarks like the following in the article.
Intolerance of ideas that don’t conform with government directives, mimicked by a compliant media, is not solely the domain of repressive regimes or fascist dictatorships. There isn’t a country today where freedom of expression has not been threatened.

This includes the United States, where any journalist or writer who contradicts the government injunctions concerning vaccines is deemed an outlaw. 
What the mainstream journalists and scientific studies omit is the weakness of capitalist government responses, the conspiracy of sabotage by big corporations and banks, and the meticulously concealed contribution of the imperialist U.S. military to pollution and climate change.

The fight against global warming is shackled by capitalists chasing down profits at all costs. That planet-threatening quest for markets and money isn’t a policy that can be changed by electoral politics. It’s an inherent trait of the capitalist system. The fight against climate change must be a revolutionary struggle against capitalism and imperialism.
Polls show that 72% of Californians want an end to off-shore drilling. But their voices are smothered by the filthy loot pumped into the coffers of the governments of many of the communities most victimized by the oil industry. The city of Long Beach, for example, banked more than $1.4 billion from the offshore oil operations between 2010 and 2014 alone.

The politicians, from Newsom to Biden (who just approved Enbridge’s ghastly Line 3 pipeline and opened 82 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to new drilling), haven’t merely turned a blind eye, they’ve been fully complicit in the ongoing mutilation of our coasts.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Saturday, October 9, 2021

Task force chair Jeffrey Sachs, economics professor at Columbia University in New York, told the Wall Street Journal that he had shut down the scientist led investigation into how the COVID-19 pandemic started because of concerns about its links to the EcoHealth Alliance, a non-profit organization run by task force member Peter Daszak.

“A lot is going on around the world that is not properly scrutinized or explained to the public,” Sachs told the newspaper, adding that the task force would broaden its scope to examine transparency and government regulation of risky laboratory research.
One of the worst consequences of converting the federal government to a national-security state has been the stultification or warping of the consciences of the American people. With unwavering allegiance to the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA, all too many Americans have sacrificed their sense of right and wrong at the altar of “national security,” the two-word term that has become the most important term in the political lexicon of the American people.
The Establishment-linked figure, George Friedman (of Stratfor fame), has outlined America’s new post-Afghan strategy on Polish TV. He said tartly: “When we looked for allies [for a maritime force in the Pacific] on which we could count – they were the British and the Australians. The French weren’t there”.
 
Crooke concludes his essay with these words:

Europe today is caught between a rock and a hard place. Does it possess the energy (and the humility) to look itself in the mirror, and re-position itself diplomatically? It would require altering its address to both Russia and China, in the light of a Realpolitik analysis of its interests and capabilities.
Instead of simply stopping its human rights abuses, the Israeli government has built an extensive and sophisticated public relations network across the West in order to protect itself from criticism.
 
Today, Lowkey speaks to one of the latest victims of that smear campaign, Professor David Miller. A prominent critic of the state of Israel’s policies, Miller was recently sacked from his position as Professor of Sociology at the University of Bristol, after a pressure campaign involving Zionist student groups and even members of parliament, who accused him of “inciting hatred against Jewish students.”
  • How to survive our tragedy by Terry Eagleton from Unherd (a British-based website). My reaction: To be clear, I disagree with Eagleton when he writes the following sentences:
... climate change, which nobody ever intended but which is the consequence of billions of individual acts. Nobody ever turned the ignition key in their car or heaped a shovelful of coal on the fire with the idea of wiping out the human race. As Inspector Clouseau might say, no-one is guilty and everyone is guilty.
 
I view the system of capitalism and its powerful socioeconomic ruling class as guilty of the disappearance of humans. If humans had succeeded in establishing participative governance under socialism, we likely would not be where we are now: facing extinction. Under the system of socialism, the concern of scientists about global warming would have been listened to more seriously by socialist governments than by the capitalist ruling classes (with their addiction to profits and power) that have ruled over humanity from the beginning of the industrial civilization.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Friday, October 8, 2021

You think you’ve got rights? Think again.

All of those freedoms we cherish—the ones enshrined in the Constitution, the ones that affirm our right to free speech and assembly, due process, privacy, bodily integrity, the right to not have police seize our property without a warrant, or search and detain us without probable cause—amount to nothing when the government and its agents are allowed to disregard those prohibitions on government overreach at will.

This is the grim reality of life in the American police state.

  • All Our Problems Are Built On Us-Vs-Them Propaganda by Caitlin Johnstone with her American husband, Tim Foley, also reading the script (but you may miss supporting examples, illustrations, etc.)--from her weblog. My reaction: This is propaganda 101, a beginning lesson of propaganda, in which most Americans need to enroll.
When you use the military to eliminate opposition, everyone knows it happened. When you use propaganda to eliminate opposition, people aren’t even aware you did it. They think it was their own idea to suddenly become super concerned about Saddam or Putin or Maduro or whomever or to go along with this or that power-serving agenda. Beyond the hard, concrete realities of war and militarism there’s a whole other war being fought on a far greater scale and of far greater consequence, and most people don’t even know it’s happening: the mass-scale psychological manipulation of the entire human species.
Here is a nice example how the U.S. keeps certain issues in the news and thereby propagandizes its people against its perceived enemies.
 
My reaction: Many ordinary people in the USA seem unaware that they are increasingly being targeted as "enemies".
  • The Anonymous Executioners of the Corporate State by Chris Hedges from Scheer Post. My reaction: In reference to the title, the corporate state, of course, refers to a fascist state according to Mussolini's definition of fascism, the ultimate evolutionary objective of capitalism. So far, the fascist-capitalist state is winning.
... they emphasize that the United States’ and its allies’ overseas military biological activities (over 200 US biological laboratories are deployed outside its national territory, which function in opaque and non-transparent manner) cause serious concerns and questions among the international community over its compliance with the BWC. The two sides share the view that such activities pose serious risks for the national security of the Russian Federation and China, and are detrimental to the security of relevant regions.

The Russian Federation and China further note that the United States’ and its allies’ military biological activities on their national territory also cause serious compliance concerns.

It appears that the de-facto US/Anglo/Zionist Empire is supporting another terrorist army to topple a government in Africa (Ethiopia) that is not to their liking. I previously have known little about the political situation in Ethiopia, but looking further I found a recent, interesting article entitled "Ethiopia: TPLF Terrorism Expands, Civilians Massacred" by Graham Peebles from Dissident Voice. I advise you to read it. 
 
I note that the TPLF is supported by nations of the Empire. My suspicion is that the directors of the Empire are using the TPLF, which in an elaborate post from the corrupted Wikipedia describes it as a left-wing oriented group, as a template (together with other of their terrorist organizations) for crushing the remaining disorganized opposition in the USA. If my suspicion is correct, it may be of more interest to left-wing Americans here in the USA.
  • From Russia Without Love - Mercenaries in Mali by Mark P. Fancher from Black Agenda Report. (Note: The title refers to this sentence: "The prospect of a Russian company with close ties to the Russian government playing a prominent role in Mali has generated extreme panic among western imperialist powers".) My reaction: The extent of knowledge about Africa from the disappearing members of my generation was limited to the Tarzan movies.
  • "IT'S ALRIGHT WHEN THEY DO IT!": Elites Worst Kept Secret Exposed featuring Russel Brand, a British comedian, rather sarcastically commenting on the Pandora Papers which revealed, once again, that the rich are not paying taxes and hiding their income in off-shore bank accounts via his channel on YouTube (15:03). (Note: You might also be interested in another article illustrating how mainstream media is framing this article for its usefulness as propaganda.)

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Thursday, October 7, 2021

1) There doesn't seem to be consensus about the risk/ benefit ratio of the COVID-19 vaccines to for younger age groups, so whey [sic] does there seem to be such certainty in the media? [my corrections]
 
2) If the vaccine trials were solid, why are certain brands of vaccine being put on hold almost a year after the vaccine roll out?
  • Moderna’s free ride by Vincent Kiezebrink from CADTM (Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt). My reaction: Kiezebrink's points are supported by 75 documents. Regard item number two below, some of their contracts require $22.50 per dose, but they pay costs for production and marketing around $.20 per dose.
Key issues are that: (1) the development of Covid-19 vaccines was heavily subsidised by public funding; (2) current vaccine prices are relatively high compared to costs, and appear set to rise significantly, leading to massive profits for company shareholders paid for largely with public funds; and (3) the large profits that vaccine producer Moderna will make are likely to end up in tax havens Delaware and Switzerland. There is tangible economic injustice involved when taxpayers finance the development of a product, only to have it sold back to them at a hefty margin. The fact that resulting profits end up in tax havens, where they will almost certainly be taxed at a very low rate, if at all, compounds this injustice.
  • Guterres and the Great Reset: How Capitalism Became a Time Bomb by Matthew Ehret from Strategic Culture Foundation. My reaction to Ehret's statement: "The period of chaos launched in 1971 with the floating of the dollar was never capitalism." Ehret, like Michael Hudson, James Corbett, Ryan Cristián, and others, was always fond of capitalism when it was smaller, but transnational capitalism (sometimes referred to as "neoliberalism") of today is what Ehret dislikes and tries, in vain, to differentiate it from the smaller, primarily nationally based capitalism. Also, he doesn't see the de-facto US/Anglo/Zionist Empire and its directors, major capitalists, and a relatively few financiers (the Deep State of the Empire), who are doing their utmost to control and dominate the world. Instead, he see these people as corrupting capitalism or causing a deviation from it. What is different about this new advanced version of capitalism? Does it rid itself of the profit motive? No. Does it dispense with private, self-serving ownership (instead of public ownership and control) of productive property? No. How is it radically different? He doesn't have an answer to the last question.
The insistence of native peoples on acquiring a semblance of political influence in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia – countries carved out by criollos after the collapse of the Spanish colonial empire, where descendants of the conquered Incas still constitute the decisive majority of the population – is anathema not just to the local white ruling class but also to its North American protectors.
Their sophistry begins with statement that this NATO backed tribunal is a “peoples’ tribunal. It is not. It is a British-US government propaganda operation. It was not created by a demand from the world’s people but by the CIA-funded World Uyghur Congress. And unlike other international ‘peoples tribunals’ it targets not a country that is attacking another country but accuses a national government of crimes against its own people. The organisers could have called a tribunal about the genocide against the indigenous peoples of Canada, now notorious, and not denied by the Canadian government, which has failed to bring anyone to account. But they are not interested in targeting other NATO allies, only the chosen enemy of the day, China.

They even claim to be cut of the same cloth as the Russell ‘Stockholm’ or Vietnam Tribunal and that when state actors do not act in the face of ‘crimes’ then the ‘people’ must. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Wednesday, October 6, 2021

  • Information Dystopia from the Cross Talk Show on RT. (Note: The participants discuss the censorship by Facebook, YouTube, etc.)
  • Picnic Protests Sweep the World! featuring Canadian James Corbett, who lives in Japan, from his website providing information of the "vaccine pandemic" and the mandates that are becoming more onerous. (Note: Corbett's title focuses on the type of protests that are occurring in parts of France, Switzerland, and Italy.) My reaction: But what if the capitalist ruling classes decide to mandate requiring vaccination documents to enter grocery stores? They seem to be desperate to have everyone under their control vaccinated.
  • The Great Barrington Declaration One Year On by Phillip W. Magness and James R. Harrigan from American Institute for Economic Research. My reaction: This article clearly shows how the ruling classes of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire are desperate in their drive to vaccinate everybody under their control.
The ... most pervasive myth regarding smallpox is that the disease was totally eradicated due to vaccination. In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth.
In a system of top-down surveillance capitalism with an increasing section of the population deemed ‘unproductive’ and ‘useless eaters’, notions of individualism, liberal democracy and the ideology of free choice and consumerism are regarded by the elite as ‘unnecessary luxuries’ along with political and civil rights and freedoms.
 
We need only look at the ongoing tyranny in Australia to see where other countries could be heading.