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

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Saturday & Sunday, May 8 & 9, 2021

  • Important Update by Whitney Webb from her channel at Rokfin. My reaction: I, too, have been an avid follower of Webb's contributions, and I am sorry to learn of this bad news. I know that we should not rely on one source, but she was a bright light that revealed so much about our reality.
  • Interview w/ Ryan Cristian of The Last American Vagabond by someone who has a channel at Rokfin. My reaction: I can't figure out who the interviewer is, but it is someone who is an ordinary uninformed American who has questions about media corporations and their messages related to the Coalvid-19 pandemic. This "someone" interviews Ryan Cristián, who has done extensive research into the pandemic and who has been censored by major platforms. The ruling class, the controllers of our mainstream culture, have devised a "cancel culture" to convince most Americans to not listen to people who question the details related to the pandemic. The interviewer is not afraid to listen to Cristián who has been a target to not listen to. Cristián patiently explains the sources of his doubts about the coverage of mainstream media. If you are someone who has listened to people like Cristián or have done your own research and have concluded that the "authorities" have no scientific basis for justifying their onerous restrictions on your freedom, then you can very well ignore this article.
  • US Troops Trying to Break Through from Afghanistan into Central Asia by Valery Kulikov from New Eastern Outlook. (Note: The author considers it too expensive for the USA and coalition forces to move their military equipment and supplies back to their home countries. But where will they go? The rest of his analysis is devoted to this question.)
  • Unmasking Myanmar's Racist Genocidal US-backed Opposition by Brian Berletic (formerly "Tony Cartalucci") from his weblog Land Destroyer Report. (Note: To watch the video that the article contains, you may need to reinstall this article. Then select YouTube's source for the video--YouTube is constantly playing games with us. Now it appears that they make it difficult to access their videos contained in articles.) My reaction: Berletic has settled in Thailand after serving in the US Marines. He has devoted himself to uncovering the lies of the US ruling class in that area. We are lucky to have him uncover some of the lies we are told by the ruling class's media corporations. Therefore, we need to support him.