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

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Wednesday, July 28, 2021

  • ALL News is Fake News by Mickey Z. from Dissident Voice. (Note: Of course, the author is referring to news that is provided by media corporations that are owned by billionaire capitalists.) My reaction: Karl Rove, Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, Jr., accidentally revealed how the capitalist ruling class referred to "reality", and news--indeed, all their programs--function as a creator of "reality" as reported by their media corporations for most people in the USA: 
That's not the way the world really works anymore. We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors ... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.
  • Science Update: Open Letter to the World featuring Prof. (retired) Guy McPherson, an independent scientist (via his YouTube channel--(05:28m), who has fearlessly focused his attention and career on the climate crisis.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Tuesday, July 27, 2021

  • 💥WATCH: Perspectives on the Pandemic (30:40m) featuring Prof. Mark Crispin Miller (via an interview) in effect giving a lecture to us on propaganda and the historical roots of using propaganda to wildly place fears of the Covid pandemic and other projects of the Deep State. The article is from Off-Guardian. This is a best post. My reaction: The Deep State is an informal board of directors of the ruling capitalist class who spread exaggerated fears of the pandemic by their ownership of media corporations.
US corporate media has seized on the images of Afro-Cuban protesters to paint the demonstrations as an expression of explicitly racialized discontent. In an article headlined, “Afro Cubans at forefront of [Cuba’s] unrest,” the Washington Post quoted anti-government NGO’s and activists associated with the San Isidro Movement denouncing Black Lives Matter for its statement of solidarity with the Cuban revolution.

Left unmentioned by the Washington Post was the role of the US government in backing many of these same NGO’s and activists in a bid to weaponize the Cuba’s underclass. At the forefront of Washington’s strategy are two traditional CIA fronts: the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Though little known, the Korean Armistice Agreement and the war it holds in abeyance are a “still-present-past.” Their grip on contemporary U.S. Korea policy remains virtually uncontested because the truths of American self interest in the country’s longest war have been largely erased from public memory. July 27, 2021 is not ‘just another day.’ The current administration and especially the public at large need to take note of this anniversary date and recognize that the tortured history it signifies persists to this day. In fact, the Armistice Agreement itself called for negotiations forthwith to achieve a peace settlement in recognition of the impermanence of a truce. That requisite has languished since 1953. The time to fully abide it is now.
  • Recent Geopolitical Developments Point to a Better Future by James O’Neill, a former Barrister at Law in Australia, from New Eastern Outlook. (Note: The author points to facts-on-the-ground that clearly indicate that the imperialists of the de-facto US/Anglo/Zionist Empire are losing.)

Monday, July 26, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Monday, July 26, 2021

  • The Covid lies, who is behind them and what do they want. By David Lawrenson from his website LettingFocus. (Note: Because Lawrenson is a British citizen, this article is about details in Britain regarding the Covid pandemic.) My reaction: Because Lawrenson is representative of most people in the de-facto US, Anglo, Zionist Empire, they have difficulty believing that the "authorities" would intentionally lie to them.
    To many people, who read only the main stream media, reading that many things stated as facts are in fact, lies, may come as something of a shock. Indeed, when many people see these described as lies, they may be tempted to dismiss them out of hand and stop reading.

    They often ask: Why would the government lie to me? Surely they would have my best interest and welfare at heart, as well as that of the welfare of all people, both here in the UK and in all countries. 
    However, Lawrenson, the author is among those who are slowly waking up.
    It may come as a shock to many people, but there is very strong evidence that their long term goal is to control national governments, democracies and individual freedoms and replace them with a global society in which every individual will be constantly controlled, monitored and assessed. 
    Because his rather lengthy article is jammed-packed with lies relating to the pandemic propaganda, it is very worth reading. Unfortunately, he misses the target by arguing that a technocratic elite is responsible for this.  
  • Ancient Wisdom: Paradise and Hell Entwined in Pulsating War by Alastair Crooke from Strategic Culture Foundation. My reaction: Crooke, who was a member of Britain's MI-6 (counterpart to America's CIA) engages in obscure arguments to gaslight us into thinking that we now have a post-capitalist system.
It is not market capitalism – that has long been strangled in the US by the Fed. The term ‘capitalism’ is used by today’s ideologues to maintain ideological continuity, rather than to stand as a plausible definition. The camouflaged aim however, under the sugar-coating, is to manage a strictly post-capitalist society.
This is a very simple principle: the more awareness there is, the more harmony there will be. But just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s easy.

The deck is stacked very aggressively against the collective expansion of consciousness. Government secrecy, propaganda, and systematic indoctrination from early childhood are all carefully engineered by the ruling class to ensure the continuation of their rule.

All we can do in response to this is help spread awareness as much as we can. Right now the number of people who understand what’s going on is very small, and the powerful aim to keep it that way; that’s why internet censorship campaigns are ramping up like never before and critical natsec
[national security] journalism is being aggressively attacked. But if we can be very clever and spread truthful information in a way that helps wake up even one person to what’s really going on, our numbers grow by that much, and then that’s one more person you have working to awaken the world.  [my insertion]
So-called anthropocentric morality is not the cause of environmental destruction—it is a justification for practices that inevitably occur in a society based on capital accumulation. As Michael Parenti explains:
The essence of capitalism, its raison d’être, is to convert nature into commodities and commodities into capital, transforming the living Earth into inanimate wealth. This capital accumulation process wreaks havoc upon the global ecological system.
This is why capitalism has not responded to decades of lectures about the immorality of environmental destruction. 
The article also contains an important insight which lies in this sentence: "White’s article offered the kind of ideological framework that careers are built on." In other words, those people who exhibit affinity to the morality of ecologism are rewarded in their careers, but those who dig deeper to realize that a system (of capitalism) inevitably leads to climate destabilization and environmental destruction are shunted off to live in relative poverty. 
This is precisely why the ruling class has adopted the Democratic Party and virtues favoring minorities: racial minorities, sexual minorities, women's opportunities, and even ecologism--because careers are built with people who advance such ideas. The ruling capitalist class has recognized that the high-tech industries that they rule over have been peopled who favor ideas, and they want to pretend to promote such morality in their 24/7 propaganda ("woke" strategy).  
Meanwhile capitalists do what capitalists always do: derive profits (and power) by exploiting both man and nature, and thereby destabilize the climate and the environment. But in the Great Reset there appears to be an active pursuit of high-tech measures to solve the growing crises. 
  • Fight the Banksters with Cash Friday featuring James Corbett from his weblog The Corbett Report, a video presentation (35:36m) of his discussion with Catherine Austin Fitts regarding the plans of the central bankers of the de-facto US, Anglo, Zionist Empire to introduce digitization of money. My reaction: Both Fitts and Corbett don't see the contradictions of capitalism based on the very real crises of debt and climate destabilization. They want a return to old-fashioned industrial capitalism.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Saturday and Sunday, July 24 & 25, 2021

  • InfoWars Steals/Alters TLAV Content, EUA & The Pandemic Of The Vaccinated featuring Ryan Cristián from The Last American Vagabond (video and audio are provided--approx. a little over an hour) mostly ranting about the alternation of his content and ascribed to other dubious websites--and then being banned. My reaction: This type of censorship is only to be expected of the "security" agents of the Deep State, an informal board of directors of the ruling capitalist class.
This dovetails nicely with my arguments that the US capitalist ruling class had profound sympathies with the German capitalist Nazis (the name for their party was literally "National Socialist German Workers Party" which was a typical capitalist lie) and their plans to go east and crush the Soviet Union. (See here and here.) As a propaganda weapon, the goy (def.) prejudice against Jews was resurrected and given capitalist energy following the Russian Revolution of 1917, in which the leaders were mostly Jewish. This revolution led to the first attempt to establish socialism in Russia as the Soviet Union. 
This event provoked various attempts by capitalist nations to remove this scar from world capitalism (see this, this, and this). This is typical as revealed in history with the attempts by US/Anglo/Zionist Empire to crush revolutions in Cuba, Chile, Nicaragua, Bolivia, etc., and to crush quasi-socialist governments wherever they existed. It seems that good examples of a socialist government severely threatens billionaire capitalists.
To be sure, most Americans know nothing about the real history of Japan and South Korea relations. This post will not make up for this deficit, but hopefully it will make a dent. Korea was an exploitative colony (is there any other kind?) of Japan, which tried to emulate Western capitalist nations for most of the first half of the 20th century. This has left a bitter taste in Koreans and well as old habits and memories of Japanese regarding their dominance of Korea and their residual colonial attitudes toward Koreans.
But this history didn't stop US aggressors after WWII--they simply replaced US dominance for Japanese dominance, and often used Japanese authorities to help them impose a US dominance and alliance in their new Cold War with the Soviet Union. Because the Korans of the north bitterly opposed US interference, the USA finally end up dividing Korea into two parts. (I recommend that you catch up on this history by reading at least the first of two volumes of books written by Bruce Cumings entitled The Origins of the Korean War regarding this history.)

Friday, July 23, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Friday, July 23, 2021

We continue to make efforts to remind people who are most concerned about the life and death issues regarding the SARS-2 pandemic that the ruling establishment keenly knows the average person’s weaknesses and the means to capitalize on those weaknesses to strengthen its control over the agenda. And control over the nation’s media is paramount for tightening its grip on our thoughts, emotions and beliefs.
We tend to believe journalists not because we expect them to accurately fact check their statements. More often than not the average person simply assumes the media source would not publish something that is untrue. However underneath these widespread assumptions there lurks this nefarious beast “calling the shots”.

  • Taking Education Back From Wall Street featuring Anders Lee from the channel of Redacted Tonight on YouTube (05:36m) commenting in a style of "tongue in cheek" (def.) on the change to elect the school board in Chicago.
Anders Lee reports on Chicago's school system. Chicago's school system is in the pockets of the school privatization movement and the results haven't been positive for most students. There's now push back from the public who want to return their education system into the hands of a public school board.
  • Two Things Matter featuring Prof. (retired) Guy McPherson, an independent scientist (via his YouTube channel--(04:00m), who has fearlessly focused his attention and career on the climate crisis.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Thursday, July 22, 2021

  • Fauci Accused Of Lying To Congress About Virus Research featuring Jimmy Dore of the Jimmy Dore Show (via its YouTube channel) exposing the lies of CDC head Tony Fauci and additional commentary by Graham Elwood. Fauci deliberately lies because he knows that he has the backing of the Deep State, the informal board of directors of the capitalist ruling class which controls Congress. So, he's invulnerable, and he behaves accordingly.
  • Doctor caught on video saying opioids are not addictive featuring Rick Sanchez of RT's channel on YouTube exposing the opioids' scam (0.00m to 11:25m, only) by pharmaceutical corporations in pursuit of profits and power under the capitalist system which has devastated working classes and brought untold riches to the already wealthy. (Note: I personally know of a former social worker whose daughter has that addiction. A year ago the mother was hopeful about her daughter's progress, but a month ago I learned that she was in prison. The prognosis generally is poor for the already addicted. Also, on the same subject I recommend that you view this video (about 6 minutes) from RT entitled "Four companies near $26 billion settlement over opioid crisis". My reaction: I suspect that opioids had been marketed so heavily by pharmaceutical corporations because of CIA trafficking of heroin from Afghanistan.
  • Billionaire Funded Reporter Attacks Grassroots Healthcare Organizers features Jimmy Dore (via his YouTube channel) illustrating how Ryan Grim of the Intercept uses gaslighting (to 13:52m) to confuse most Americans about universal Medicare. My reaction: I think that Jimmy Dore is not censored by YouTube because he is so popular, and there are alternative video sites available for him to use.
In real life, billionaires don’t bring any exceptional brilliance into the political process. They bring their billions. They bring outsized stashes of cash that can distort election outcomes and safeguard their fortunes. Witness the $200 million our tech giants spent this fall on a ballot initiative to kill protections for gig workers.

And these dollars, even worse, drop a suffocating ideological wet blanket over the campaigns that Democratic Party candidates run.
  • Banks and Wall Street oppose creation of digital dollar from BRICS. My reaction: The two set of capitalists are split on the issue of the digitization of money by the Federal Reserve. I tend to think as the US ruling class becomes more and more concentrated among the owners of the Federal Reserve that the latter will win out. However in either result, this will result in the impoverishment of workers who create real wealth. The ruling capitalist class will always win, but the numbers of "owners" will be less and will be increasingly confined to the owners of the Federal Reserve, the IMF, and the World Bank (the latter two will use the digital money of the Fed). It's like the game of Monopoly where only one participant wins in the end. But long before that happens, abrupt climate destabilization will end all (or most) life on Earth unless we, the people, intervene and try to forestall this from happening. 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Wednesday, July 21, 2021

If these trends continue, citizens could find themselves effectively exiled by order of corporate governors — unable to travel or go to school while also barred from espousing dissenting views on social media. They would, effectively, be “disappeared” within a shadow state that lacks any electoral or appellate process — a dystopian brave new world that could become all too real if we allow elected officials to use corporate surrogates to control the essential aspects of our lives.
There are two men named Klaus Schwab, no doubt.

One man named Klaus Schwab is seen by the true-believers, fachidiots, the liberal intelligentsia, the institutionally refined population, as a man who deeply cares about humanity. It seems they believe his warnings to be earnest even if uncannily and strikingly prescient. The World Economic Forum after all, must have been established out of great concern for humanity since it is propped up chiefly by the most humane institution in human history, the International Monetary Fund. This Klaus Schwab is a humanist.

So perhaps this is precisely the case for the true-believers; those who accept at face value the new Schwabian ‘distinction’ we are asked to appreciate between a shareholder capitalism and a capitalism 2.0, a stakeholder capitalism.

Then there is a second man named Klaus Schwab, who is seen by the rest of the world and the thinking people within it, for the monster that he is.
  • Research Tools You Should Know About featuring James Corbett from his weblog The Corbett Report, a video presentation (19:34m) of different applications you can use to download YouTube videos and many other tasks to make your online research more efficient. (Note: I don't use these "tricks" because my old brain can't digest them efficiently).
The new government—led by teacher, unionist and peasant farmer Castillo—is expected to make many social and economic reforms in keeping with their promises of putting the people before profiteering, and domination by the United States. This development, coupled with that of the Movement Toward Socialism landslide victory in Bolivia, last October, is expected to encourage like-minded peoples’ parties in many countries, especially in Latin America. 
  • Science Update: 2 C or not 2 C featuring Prof. (retired) Guy McPherson, an independent scientist (via his YouTube channel--(16:46m), who has fearlessly focused his attention and career on the climate crisis. (Note: McPherson surveys the latest articles he found regarding the destabilization of the climate.)

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Tuesday, July 20, 2021

  • WATCH: Perspectives on the Pandemic #16 from Off-Guardian, a British website, founded by people who have been censored by The Guardian, features a 50:47m interview with Dr Michael Yeadon conducted by John Kirby. Their bios are provided in the article. Note: From the bottom of this website, is the following statement:
OffGuardian was launched in February 2015 and takes its name from the fact its founders had all been censored on and/or banned from the Guardian’s ‘Comment is Free’ sections. Our editors & admins are based in the US, UK & Europe. 
  • White House Orders Censorship Of Social Media featuring Jimmy Dore via his channel of YouTube (17:14m) commenting on the government using social media corporations to censor views that they don't like. My reaction: Dore expresses important insights regarding censorship: he first gives a definition of fascism at 2:40m: "corporate and state power combined." At 13:30m he says that "Let's remember censorship is [a hallmark of] fascism and what is fascism is really about. Fascism is about propping up late stage capitalism." And at 16:46m he says "Okay, this is fascism ... late stage capitalism, this is how it goes."

Monday, July 19, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Monday, July 19, 2021 (I added a "best post" at approximately 3:00 PM CT)

  • Exposing the Technocratic-Transhumanist-CyberPandemic Agenda with Whitney Webb being interviewed by Derrick Broze (1:24:51hr) from The Conscious Resistance. (Note: This post offers both video and audio versions of the interview. Webb with encyclopedic knowledge from her extensive research covers a wide-range of topics besides those in the title. The website provides lists of research articles by Webb.)
  • The Propaganda War (And How to Fight It) by CJ Hopkins, a former satirist living in Berlin from his weblog Consent Factory, Inc., who knows that satire is no longer possible, is desperately trying to educate us to be conscious of propaganda, and in addition, he suggests a method of fighting back against the New Normal, a reality that the ruling class of the de-facto US/Anglo/Zionist Empire has created.
  • 💥Wikipedia co-founder: I no longer trust the website I created featuring an interview conducted by Freddie Sayers of Unherd, a British website, from their channel on YouTube, with Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales, co-founders of Wikipedia. This is a best post submitted by Brad Fredricks. (My note: Any topic that is remotely political on Wikipedia's website is to be distrusted.) Fredricks' commentary follows:

    Capitalism will always undermine a system, as its basic function is to obtain and retain control. The extent of this has not just polluted our rivers, destroyed our forests, and oiled our oceans, it has also corrupted our information sources, and our open voices.

    Wikipedia Co-Founder Larry Sanger, a vocal advocate of discussion, debate, and the variability of news and information. "What many of our media sources today, and Wikipedia included, seem to assume, is that there is only one legitimate, defensible version of the truth on any consequential question. Of course, that's now how Wikipedia use to be."

    Marketing, the bastard child of capitalism and consumption, make use of controlling narratives so as to direct consumers to preferred outcomes. So long as corporations and private individuals control the media mediums, be it hosting servers, advertising dollars, and even communications censorship, we will have one preferred narrative to push to the masses.

    Under a singular system that entrusts power to the few, the many will always suffer. Without a place for debate and dissent, there is no conversation, no progress, and only the inevitability of a dystopic world state controlled by the rich, who long ago decided it is the many who are to serve the few.

    This system of control has gone a step further to ensure narrative control for the elites only. The White House recently released National Strategy for Countering Domestic Violent Extremism, which specifically mentions anti-corporatists, anti-capitalists, and anti-globalists. While the statement is in relation to those willing to use violence, it only highlights the hypocrisy.

    The government controlled by the ruling class is the only one allowed to make the rules, questions the system, and back up their beliefs with the threat of force.

    You have the right to remain silent, no questions.
An anti-Yemeni coalition led by Saudi Arabia invaded Yemen in March 2015 to crush the revolution, and to prevent Ansarullah from coming to power. Great Britain, France, the United States, Germany, and some Arab countries all support the coalition militarily, and by delivering weapons to keep fanning the flames of an unequal war, which officials say has become the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, and the future of the beautiful country of Yemen remains, for now, painted in dark overtones.
  • A Plea for the MEER featuring Prof. (retired) Guy McPherson, an independent scientist (via his YouTube channel--(01:56m), who has fearlessly focused his attention and career on the climate crisis. (Note: McPherson pleads with us to support the Meer project that may yet save most species on planet Earth.) My reaction: What do you think the chances are for this project to be supported by capitalists, our masters, who are thoroughly addicted to profits and power, and the rest of us are too deceived by their propaganda? I think none.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Sunday, July 18, 2021

  • A New Variant of COVID-19 Propaganda from NewBraveWorld. My reaction: In this brave  new world it is not known who you can trust regarding accurate medical information. Too often we have been subject to fear propaganda my compromised media corporations, by those who would profit from vaccines, and even our personal physicians because they receive pressure from investors of their medical facilities. Because of these reasons, it is sad that we now have to do due diligence by informing ourselves of the best sources of medical information. I highly recommend Children's Health Defense, and tentatively recommend Physicians for Informed Consent. I do my best to post other reliable sources of information.
... to suggest that there was no evidence linking stress and economic uncertainty to suicides is shameful at best. The literature is nothing less than expansive [def. #1] At AIER, we have been tracking the costs of nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) [mainly opioids] since last fall.

(We also knew then and now know of the ICL
[Imperial College London] model’s ruinous deficiencies. That it became the primary evidence in favor of shutting down major economies and inducing a sudden, sharp recession should, given this information, see a handful of health technocrats hauled before the International Court of Justice or a similar body. But I’m not holding my breath.) [my insertions]
Earle later concludes:
... political decisions made during the early onset of the pandemic are the immediate, directly attributable causes of this nightmarish (and wholly predictable) burst in overdose fatalities. One would be well advised to expect that nary a single public official will be called to account for the mounting NPI death toll.
💥I was profoundly disturbed by this post because I held so much promise that Johnstone was becoming aware of a system that is responsible for most of our social-economic problems and threats to peace. I originally thought that she was going to finally recognize that the government and all institutions are controlled by a socioeconomic class of capitalists based, of course, on a system of capitalism. Thus, the system of capitalism was responsible for most of the ills that societies have been tormented with.
But, sadly, that was not the direction she was headed with this post. She insists that it is a given that all governments are not to be trusted without pointing to a system that promotes owners of economic property above all the rest of the population. I guess I assumed with all her diatribes against capitalism, the "empire", imperialism, "Silicon Valley plutocrats" and other plutocrats, mainstream media, etc., that she was headed in the direction of the system itself. But I was wrong.
It seems all along that her main thesis was the control of narratives. 
The ultimate factor in determining what will happen in our world is not control of capital, nor control of government, nor control of resources, nor control of weapons, but control of narrative. See this and you see why governments, plutocrats and media behave the way they do. 
It is becoming clear that Johnstone can't see the system that is responsible for all our ills. She can't see the system that enables a class of people to own everything and their control over narratives. I wonder why this is the case. Could it be that she, too, has been brainwashed to not see the system as the root cause of our main troubles: imperialism, empire, militarism, plutocrats, inequality, and narratives that are designed to support all the preceding? Could it be that she, too, along with her husband, are so handicapped by so many years of capitalist indoctrination that they are totally blind to see what is right in front them: a system of capitalism that promotes a tiny socioeconomic class of owners of economic property that gives them so much wealth and power? And, the power to control narratives. Apparently so.
The latter fact is so discouraging. I can only infer that the majority of humans on our unique planet Earth will be unable to see the system as the root cause of most of our problems before the capitalist system drives us to extinction. I fervently hope I am wrong. Maybe I have become too impatient.
  • CIA Considered Bombing Miami To Blame Cuba! featuring Max Blumenthal of The Grayzone and Jimmy Dore reporting on the reality of Cuba from his YouTube channel (34:14m) in contrast to the sensational coverage provided by media corporations.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Saturday, July 17, 2021

  • ‘Reality’ in the time of Covid: Actors appearing on Good Morning Britain, fake cleaners on the London Underground..is life becoming the Truman Show? by Kit Knightly from Off-Guardian, an online opinion weblog from former journalists of the Guardian, an international media corporation based in Britain. Knightly asks important questions in the last paragraph: "Is all the world becoming a movie set? And right now do most people even discern the difference?" My answer: No, "reality" is what the ruling class, using their control of media corporations, create for most of us. Most are like Truman Burbank who remains completely fooled throughout most of the movie into thinking "reality" is as presented--most of us are fooled by what "reality" is as portrayed by media corporations. Hopefully, most Americans like Truman will eventually wake up to the difference.
  • 'Civilized Nations' by Bernhard, an independent German blogger, from his weblog Moon of Alabama. My reaction: This blogger cites an article from one of two leading newspapers of the USA absurdly using the word "civilized" against the enemies of the ruling capitalist class. This is only one example of the insane coverage by major media corporations that poisons the minds of most Americans.
  • Global draught baking the world, likely to get worse from Rick Sanchez' RT channel on YouTube (06:17m). My reaction; This post reports only the beginning of the Earth's destabilizing climate due largely to the past excessive consumption of fossil fuels that has driven capitalists with their obsessive quest for profits and power.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Friday, July 16, 2021

As the 99.2 percent figure gets recycled in newspaper and magazine articles and on television, many Americans may come to accept it as a scientific fact. They will assume it is based on accurate data provided by the government or a peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal, rather than an article by a news agency that reads more like an opinion piece than anything else. ....
Boy, talk about a case of false advertising disguised as science-based journalism. It would be helpful if the CDC would publish the data to back up the AP analysis.
What, media corporations such as AP don't have fact-checkers? (cynical question)
A 20-YEAR trail of patent applications concerning the virus responsible for Covid-19 proves it is neither new nor the result of a jump from animals to humans, an inquiry has been told.

Instead, the patents show that a natural virus, harmless to humans, was subjected to numerous laboratory modifications which ‘weaponised’ it, such that it could become the basis of a marketing campaign for tests and vaccines which are of questionable value to the public health, but which have proved to be a financial bonanza for drug companies.
As early as 1993, US News & World Report was accurate in describing the Finders case as one viewed “through a glass, very darkly.” As I wrote in the introduction to this series, the more one peers into the Finders case, the more one sees that what we have available to us in terms of hard evidence is at best fragmentary; however, what evidence we do have available is damning enough that it deserves to be reckoned with.
CRT is now as informative a term as “family values” or “diversity” or “Black lives matter” or “socialism” or “common good” or “tolerance” or “social justice” or “freedom of speech” or… you get the idea. These terms are weapons. Whether you vibe with them or not, you use them as disingenuous weapons — without a hint of concern about the accuracy or deeper meaning. They are straw men in a bigger game of distraction and denial. While the Fake News swirls and mesmerizes, those in charge gain more power and more wealth. Same as it ever was.

Are there some on the Right who are using anti-CRT rhetoric to mask their racist tendencies? Of course. Are there some on the Left using their pro-CRT rhetoric to mask their fascist tendencies? Of course. But most of those talking about CRT right now are uninformed dupes. They’re regurgitating the talking points of their TV network or social media platform of choice — without a hint of concern about the accuracy or deeper meaning. It’s virtue signaling yet again. 
[my emphasis]
In today’s world, the principal contradiction is between imperialism and humanity. Giant multinational corporations are fleecing the globe for their own interests, forming international networks of monopoly capital through the geographic expansion of corporate power. This has involved transferring parts of production, commercial, and financial service to peripheral countries in search of cheap labor. Super-profits are being reaped through a production system based on the enormous wage differentials that persist between the Global North and the Global South. If these rules of exploitation are broken by any country, imperialist powers use a discourse of humanitarianism to justify: military buildups and threats of war; the carrying out of actual military interventions; economic sanctions and blockades; political interference in the elections of other countries; and the launching of “color revolutions”.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Thursday, July 15, 2021

  • Unvaccinated health workers are “unethical and appalling”—experts [administrative authorities] want mandates: Health organizations call for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers by Beth Mole from Ars Technica. My reaction: I personally know of one health professional who chooses not to have a Covid vaccination. But when I asked her recommendations for another primary care physician (my current doctor asked me if I had been vaccinated followed by a shaming lecture), she revealed her loyalty to her current employer by resisting to supply this information, and her reply exhibited fear characteristics. I think her answer was motivated by fear of losing her employment. My insertion in the title I think is more accurate. Medical doctors and other health professionals are no longer independent of medical facilities that are owned by investors and managed by administrators who are necessarily profit-oriented.
  • The Approaching Storm by CJ Hopkins, a wise former American satirist currently living in Germany, who, in this world of the New Normal (an open worldwide ward of delusional people who believe the Empire's current propagandists), is finding it hard to practice his craft of satire because the New Normal is beyond satire--from his weblog Consent Factory, Inc. He starts out with these comments and a warning that "GloboCap" (his word for the de-facto US/Anglo/Zionist Empire) has planned for us:
So, it looks like GloboCap isn’t going to be happy until they have fomented the widespread social unrest — or de facto global civil war — that they need as a pretext to lock in the new pathologized totalitarianism and remake whatever remains of society into a global pseudo-medicalized police state, or that appears to where we’re headed currently. We appear to be heading there at breakneck speed. I don’t have a crystal ball or anything, but I’m expecting things to get rather ugly this Autumn, and probably even uglier in the foreseeable future.

Yes, friends, a storm is coming. 
  • Cuba and Color Revolution: A Cautionary Tale of the Next Phase of Forever-War by Joaquin Flores from Strategic Culture Foundation. My reaction: The Author goes behind the headlines to explain the ongoing protests as inevitable due to Cuba's attempt to exist in the contradictions posed by living in a capitalist dominated world. Flores acknowledges the truth that "Color Revolution schemes cannot work unless there are real-existing grievances shared among large segments of the population." And he also acknowledges that the Cuban economy has been severely damaged by the Covid pandemic. Consequently, he also writes "... those harmed by the lockdowns were ordinary Cubans, not government officials or those with dollar accounts. And so the reaction we see today is a predictable one." The Cuban government is "caught between a rock and a hard place" (def.).
Legendary director Oliver Stone spoke with Afshin Rattansi about his new film, ‘JFK: Revisited: Through The Looking Glass’. The documentary delves deeply into inconsistencies in Kennedy’s autopsy, the handling of key pieces of evidence, and Lee Harvey Oswald’s alleged ties to the CIA.

‘We go into all the evidence on Oswald, all the original evidence, and we show that it’s a sham,’ Stone explains. ‘The autopsy, trajectories, bullet, rifle, fingerprints – above all, the autopsy – were a fraud.’

‘None of them hold up – they would’ve been thrown out of court on day one.’

  • Speaking of roads … by Philip Roddis, a Brit, from his weblog Steel City Scribblings. (Note: This article is about China's Belt and Road Initiative.)
  • The News Killed Satire by Patrick Armstrong from Strategic Culture Foundation. My reaction: Armstrong regards "news" as propaganda which it is throughout the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire:
A couple of years ago a colleague suggested the idea that a group of us attempt to counter the rising passion of anti-Russia propaganda by satirising it. My reaction was that that was probably going to be a waste of effort because – this was in Trump’s time with Rachel Maddow and the rest spewing ever more preposterous conspiracy notions 24/7 – they were already well past the point of even being capable of noticing satire.

Nothing has made me change my mind since.

AL-BAYDA, YEMEN — President Joe Biden gave a lot of people a sense of cautious optimism when he took to the campaign trail and promised to bring a swift end to the Saudi-led war on Yemen. The oil-rich monarchy, supported heavily by the United States, has been waging arguably the deadliest military campaign of the past decade on the forgotten country for over six years, exacting a brutal humanitarian toll on its civilian population. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Beyond derision across the Western media, Western governments have mobilised opposition groups in Thailand in a bid to oust the current government primarily because of its close and growing ties with China.

We can expect in the next several years for this opposition to intensify and for both them and their Western sponsors to resort to increasingly desperate tactics as these projects near completion.

If China’s regional ambitions are realised, this opposition along with Western condemnation will become irrelevant as the vast majority of people in the region will see with their own eyes the tangible benefits these projects afford them in their daily lives, rendering moot the well-funded propaganda campaign well underway trying to convince them otherwise.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Tuesday, July 13, 2021

I was under the impression that the global food supply has been taken over by Big Ag, that is, major corporations together with their financiers in the world's banks. However, this interviewee by the name of Pat Mooney, who poses as one expert on the global food supply, presents another picture. His qualifications are listed by Fries as the following:
Pat Mooney is leading IPES-Food’s ‘Long Food Movement’ project. He is the co-founder and executive director of ETC Group that has monitored corporate power in commercial food, farming and health for over four decades. He is an expert on agricultural diversity, biotechnology, corporate concentration and global governance. Pat Mooney was awarded the Pearson Peace Prize in Canada and received the Alternative Nobel Prize, The Right Livelihood Award. 
But I was skeptical. I noted his optimism based on "The reality still is that 70% of the world’s people are living from the bounty and the work of peasant producers, fishers and others around the world who are getting food on the table." But I read another report that states "By some counts 70 per cent of the world's food is grown by small-scale peasant farmers – but at the same time some 70 per cent of the world's poor live in the world's rural areas." Then I realized many of these poor farmers are under contract with major corporations. I found another report that stated: "The act of signing a contract in an agricultural transaction itself isn’t the problem. It’s the way the industry and the corporate monopsony (def.) powers have used these contracts to primarily benefit their bottom line, and shift production risks onto farmers, that is the real problem." I'm sure Big Ag operates this way in relation to poor peasant farmers. Finally, I read that India is having an epidemic of farmer suicides.
So, I don't share Mooney's optimism. Consider the following: poor farmers vs Big Ag, and on top of that is the climate crisis which promises extreme climate destabilization and threatens all species on Earth, including humans. 
We have to contribute as much as possible to enabling a powerful new social and political movement to bring together the social struggles around the world; we must take part in drawing up a programme to make a break from capitalism, by putting forward solutions that are anti-capitalist, anti-racist, ecological, feminist and socialist.
Faced with the multifaceted crisis of capitalism and its headlong rush towards environmental disaster, trying to fix or adapt capitalism is not really an option. It would merely be a lesser evil that would not bring the radical solutions that the situation demands.
  • Teaching Children About Liberty featuring James Corbett in an interview discussion with Connor Boyack (24:48m) from his website The Corbett Report. My commentary follows:
I decided to post this video in spite of the fact that I don't agree with it in order to emphasize the differences I have with Corbett. He and his guest regard capitalism as they regard nature or the sun--as a fixed entity. They regard capitalism as the capitalist ruling class propaganda defines it: as a system that promises liberty and justice for all. Neither one has a clue about the differences between this propaganda construct and the reality of a man-made system of capitalism which inevitably serves to enrich a tiny class of owners who enjoy overwhelming wealth and power.
Corbett and Bayack and others of the young generation have been thoroughly indoctrinated in the propaganda of capitalism that they are becoming aware that the system is currently radically diverging from what the self-serving propaganda defines it towards a coercive system where the overwhelming number of people "own nothing and be happy" but completely powerless
Thus, the post brings out in sharp relief the weaknesses of most of the younger generation to change anything. The Corbett Report is great to learn about this divergence from its propaganda, but totally off-base (def.) regarding solutions.