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

Thursday, April 15, 2021

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

Within three months of the ascendancy of Joseph Biden to the presidency of the United States, the world teeters on the edge of nuclear war, whether by design or accident, as Russia reports that the U.S. is placing considerable pressure on Ukraine to attack the independent republics of the Donbass for which Russia provides logistical support. The U.S. European Command has raised its alert status to the highest level and warned of a “potential imminent crisis.” 
  • Putin’s Ukrainian Judo by Dmitry Orlov from "The Saker" weblog. (Note: I hesitate to use Wikipedia regarding Orlov anymore since I gradually observed their corruption by other operatives (2nd article and commentary). My reaction: I think Orlov's assessment is quite accurate, and I miss his clear voice and acute judgement since he put his articles behind a paywall. However, I don't always agree with his commentaries that he is always rather too willing to share with the public. He often expresses opinions without supporting documentation. In this article he demonstrates a startling amount information regarding both Ukraine, Europe, and Putin. I thank an activist who sent me this article.
  • China’s Deep Dark Secrets featuring Lee Camp reporting articles on horrendous human rights practices by China's government, but he "discovers" they are all about the USA (for comedic effect) in his (4:08m) YouTube channel. 
  • Biden Declares Afghan War To End On 9/11 -- For Reals! featuring Jimmy Dore (from his YouTube channel) doing his comedic commentary regarding our fake democracy and Aaron Maté (The Grayzone) commenting on the announcement by Pres. Biden that the US will withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
  • Australia’s Self-Inflicted Economic Woes Continue by Joseph Thomas from New Eastern Outlook. My reaction: Of course Australia is very much a part of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire, The same applies to Europe and NATO, but European capitalists are looking at all the profits they are missing from playing along with the Empire, and may decide to no longer go along with Empire directives. Then it's game over for the Empire, and the directors of the Empire know it.