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 LappĆ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Saturday, March 6, 2021

In the subtitle Greenwald asks a great question: "If the threat of "armed insurrectionists" and "domestic terrorists" is as great as some claim, why do they have to keep lying and peddling crude media fictions about it?" My answer: Because Congress serves the needs of the capitalist ruling class. It is this function for which they are rewarded by the ruling class in the form of campaign financing so that Congress-people can keep their well-paid jobs and enjoy free medical care. But, this accomplishment is the source of so many other lies: elections matter, the claim of democracy, etc. Our masters are so accustomed to lying that have become chronic liars. They couldn't tell the truth if their lives depended on it.
This phenomenon derives from the basic moral principle of capitalism with which you might be familiar: do what you have to do to please our masters in the ruling class (and their authorities and TV "talking heads") so that we can raise our families in security. The ruling class has gotten away with the most outrageous deceptions in the past (9/11, all the assassinations, the "War on Drugs", the "War on Terrorism", their many wars, etc. So why wouldn't the success of these deceptions (and the passive acceptance from most Americans) embolden them further with the grossly exaggerated pandemic and the implementation of the "Great Reset" (I strongly suspect that they are related)?

Friday, March 5, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Friday, March 5, 2021

  • šŸ’„GMO Soy, Popular Resistance, and Corporate Power, essentially a book review by Brian Tokar from Climate & Capitalism. This is a best post. (Note: It appears from reading this article that technically knowledgeable, ordinary people must learn about the genetic engineering methods to design seeds, foods, and even us humans in order to enhance corporate profits. Thus far, evidence suggests that corporations have obscured the introduction of these methods to hide their obsessive drive for ever greater profits despite their effects, potential and actual, on our health and well-being.)
I wish he had provided links to supporting documents for the arguments he made. He acknowledges that "his undergrads" have been taught false history lessons regarding WWII. Why, after a lifetime of indoctrination in false history, should the American people and "his undergrads" believe his undocumented history of WWII? Or, his later argument that (unspecified) people who lead the USA want full spectrum dominance of the world much like Nazi Germany and Japan. He seems to grant legitimacy to dominance in the early paragraphs, but then in the last paragraphs he seems to imply that such policies and motives threaten the extinction of humans. Which is it? I think this is a lame essay because of these faults and weaknesses. For these reasons, I question the motives that led him to write the article and the motives for CounterPunch to publish it online.
The above criticisms apply to nearly all of the articles published by CounterPunch. Perhaps Jimmy Dore's satirical arguments about the evasiveness of Democratic Party members of Congress describe the writers that CounterPunch chooses to publish. I haven't seen them posting articles that challenge the policies of Dr. Fauci and the actions of Bill Gates.  Perhaps they, too, as well as CounterPunch, only pretend to care about the issues of inequality and imperialist US policies that the rest of their writers of CounterPunch so incessantly address. Perhaps they, too, are in on the game of promoting themselves while pretending to care about important issues.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Thursday, March 4, 2021

  • Dr. James Lyons-Weiler PHD Interview – PEG, TEG & The Known Dangers Of The COVID Vaccines features Ryan CristiĆ”n, host from The Last American Vagabond, interviewing another medical scientist, Dr. James Lyons-Weiler PhD, who has challenged the government medical establishment over vaccine information that they have approved. The problems with this post are: Wieler's report is rather technical and the interview lasts 1:18:32m (it starts at about .50m). 
Joining me today is Dr. James Lyons-Weiler PhD, here to discuss the potential dangers of the mRNA COVID-19 injections. We will focus on how James called out the presence of unsafe epitopes as well as PEG within these injections, before they were being used, and how today the real-world data is verifying his claims. Finally, we go over TEG and the EPA’s newly authorized (for emergency use) ‘Chemical Air Treatment’ and how this only adds to the potential for damaging reactions. All of this was ignored, dismissed and disparaged by the very institutions charged with keeping you safe in exactly this way.
  • New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato from The Corbett Report and features the reporting of various topics, the first one is about what is a new "1984" policy from Los Angles public schools regarding a requirement for a "pass ap" to attend schools in a 24:56m video.
  • Skeletons in the Neoliberal Cupboard by Thomas Klikauer and Norman Simms from CounterPunch. My reaction: I can think of another skeleton: as the rich get richer and more powerful because they have mastered the game of capitalism aided by the wealth and power of their family and ancestors, they have also taken on an illusory omnipotent attitude. This neoliberal development is characterized by thinking that they, the rich and powerful transnational class of capitalists, are an exceptional race apart of the mass of humans; and because of the latter, they can dictate future societal arrangements (think the Great Reset) to the rest of us using mostly deceptive means. You see, the rest of us are too dumb to follow their commands so that they must deceive us into playing along with their plans by planting the idea that such plans are good for us and inevitable. And, they want us to love them while deceiving us.
  • Progressives Sell Out Workers on $15 Minimum Wage featuring Jimmy Dore exclaiming about the reluctance of the Democratic Party to push this legislation in Congress via a 24:15m video on his YouTube channel. My reaction: Dore is in the process of discovering how undemocratic Congress is and that both parties have to push policies that favor the capitalist ruling class. To do this, the Democrats, as a party supposedly favoring the working class, have to engage in deceptions far more than the Republicans.)
  • What Does An Ecological Civilization Look Like? by Jeremy Lent from Yes!. (Note: It should be obvious that I don't agree with any ancillary statements that authors make in my posts. An example for this post is the statement that Biden is saner than Trump--this is questionable.)

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Wednesday, March 3, 2021

  • Do As I Say, Not As I Do by Todd Hayen, PhD from Off-Guardian. (Note: This is regarding the infantilization of world societies following the World Health Organization's (of the UN) official declaration of the current pandemic.)
Greenwald argues that the myth of this administration opposing tyranny is just that--a myth. He discloses a secret that most Americans naively believe: that their government pursues moral objectives. This grand deception hides many truths that their government not only is immoral like any criminal gang, but a bigger insight that their government is only a facade behind which a tiny class of capitalists rules all the nation and transnational capitalists rule the nations of the Empire. Many activists are aware of the first deception, but fail to recognize the second. And virtually all Americans fail to know that their elections along with the complex of myths regarding democracy are all deceptions. They are living and working in a world much like that of the film The Truman Show
  • The Age of Social Murder by Chris Hedges from ScheerPost. My reaction: I am posting this article only to criticize it. I am turned off most of his writing by the moral denunciations of his targets in the government and oligarchy. His articles often read like sermons (he trained in a seminary to be a sermonizer) castigating sinners in the government and the rich for their sins. He seldom mentions the capitalist system which I firmly believe accounts for most of his "evil-doers". Besides this fundamental criticism, I don't accept his take on the current pandemic in which he largely accepts what the mainstream media report about the pandemic.
  • Big Oil Is Really Scared! w/ Steven Donziger (Web Exclusive) featuring an interview conducted by Lee Camp (via his Redacted Tonight channel on YouTube) with Steven Donziger, the lead attorney who won a court case in 2011 against Chevron for their harmful practices in Ecuador. Donziger, who is suffering from Chevron's backlash ("Then Chevron went after Donziger. He's currently one of the US's many political prisoners."), brings this forever case up-to-date.
  • Science Update: Backtracking on Geoengineering? a 6:25m video featuring Prof. (retired) Guy McPherson, a scientist who has specialized in the impending climate destabilization crisis, from his YouTube channel. He cites and clarifies important new research that has the potential to at least delay this crisis!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Tuesday, March 2, 2021

  • Real Reason CORNEL WEST Denied Tenure From Harvard. This post features Jimmy Dore and Max Blumenthal discussing (in a 20:19m video) the denial of tenure and other matters related to the "antisemitism" smear that Zionist figures use to attack anyone who criticizes Israeli discriminatory policies. You should start the video at 2:15m if you have already seen the prior video featuring Cornel West on the Jimmy Dore channel of YouTube.
By the early 1900s, Lippman and Bernays had learned from experience the methods of creating an extensive, false, and emotionally-provocative imagery and to use this fabricated mythology to control the perceptions and manipulate the opinions and behavior of the population of an entire nation. It had first been done for political purposes during wartime, to create immense racial hatred and push a nation into war, but was clearly just as applicable to political and commercial ambitions. At the same time, the wealthy elite of the nation created the higher echelons of an American educational system that would use essentially the same principles to entrench themselves in perpetuity by maintaining the bewildered herd as a kind of feudal colony of impoverished consumers. Those controlling the banks and large corporations were not content to stop with the educational system when they realised the broader possibilities of influencing the population through a nationwide scale of propaganda disguised as advertising, which led in turn to the creation and rapid development of the American advertising industry based almost entirely on the principles Lippman and Bernays identified. We then had the media, beginning with print and radio but rapidly including the movies and then television, being the vehicles through which this grand plan of population control would be executed.
  • The Western Propaganda War on Myanmar by Brian Berletic from his weblog Land Destroyer Report. (Note: Berletic, to his astonishment, reveals that the Thai government is funding pro-NATO propaganda. This post added to yesterday's Dore interview with Blumenthal of The Grayzone suggests that Western-based international news agencies are weapons used by Western governments' intelligence agencies to engage in psychological warfare in various countries.) My commentary follows: 
There are many indications that the CIA, NSA, etc. are engaging in influencing the minds of Americans within this country, and that news reporting is transformed into propaganda to promote capitalist ruling class interests here and abroad. I don't think it is an exaggeration to state that we in America, and many other places in the world, are living in a kind of "Truman Show", a programmed reality that was produced by our masters in the capitalist ruling class. Or, using the concept of Caitlin Johnstone, we are living in a "narrative matrix" to suggest that the ruling class's control of all ideological institutions is producing a fake reality for most of us. They do this by using fake news and propaganda, via their ownership and control of media corporations, that they spread throughout all the other ideological institutions (education, entertainment, etc.) in order to control people's minds, especially within the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. 
This practice is the essence of neo-fascism, an updated version of old-fashioned fascism, now used by our contemporary masters in the ruling class in contrast to the classic fascism of German and Italian history (reliance on police terror). To be sure, the latter used elements of fake news and propaganda, but they relied on hard fascist methods because of the underdevelopment of propaganda during their rule. However, whenever the methods of neofascism fail, our contemporary masters don't hesitate to use the police and military forces to put down opposition.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Monday, March 1, 2021

This powerful short film from British teenager Liv McNeil tells one story of millions, of how lockdown is punishing children by denying them education, social contact and generally a normal life.
Last Wednesday, the United States returned to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) after three years of absence, decided by the Donald Trump administration. The first speech of the new Secretary of State Antony Blinken, however, did not differ one iota from the reasons given by the Republican for leaving this multilateral institution.

In August 2020, the U.S. National Security Council (NSC) disseminated through the White House website the Western Hemisphere Strategic Framework, a document in which the objectives of the global strategy were adapted to the particularities of Latin America and the Caribbean. Both documents were removed from the official U.S. government website during the week following Joe Biden’s inauguration. According to accredited journalists in Washington, the underlying reason for the deletion is not due to any rectification or future mutation of the Doctrine, but to its necessary adaptation to a more diplomatic language.
By doing so, he also clarifies the difference between administration regarding internal policies of the USA. It is all about style and language to hide their real motives to promote policies that serve corporate interests but, at the same time, to wrap-up their policies in more appealing words in order to sell them to ordinary Americans. In other words, the core ruling capitalist class (Deep State) prefers to use more sophisticated methods of selling policies that corporations have developed to sell policies that result in greater profits and power for them--and frequently at the expense of ordinary Americans.
I agree with her use of the eye as a metaphor for seeing truth, but after she introduced god-stuff I lost her. I regard the need for truth another way. 
While the eye wants to see the truth, the brain often corrupts the truth-seeing eye by placing priorities on other material needs such as hunger, shelter, clothing, etc. If a human wants to raise a family, the eye and brain are brought into greater conflict. The brain often corrupts what the eye sees by the increased importance of sustaining longer-range fulfillment of the material needs spouse and children. Thus, humans often prefer the lies of people with more power to the truth that the eye sees; because powerful people can, in a class-structured society, often provides opportunities for this longer-range stability. 
What are class structured societies? They are societies in which some humans have more wealth, power, and opportunities than others. 
Because humans have always lived in class-structured societies since recorded history (roughly 10,000 years), such history is filled with stories about the conflicts between the eyes and brains of humans. Therefore, humans must decide to rid themselves of classes to form genuine classless societies and achieve equality in order to eliminate such conflicts and to be fully human.
  • How the CIA Helped to Crush Turkey’s Post-War Left by T.J. Coles from Internationalist 360°. My reaction: This is another accurate historical report on the efforts of the prime secretive agency of the Deep State, the CIA, to create a world safe for the creation of a combined US and British empire in order to promote the corporate interests of profit and power throughout the post-WWII world. It became obvious to many that there was little difference between policies pursued by fascist Germany, Italy, and Japan from that of the British Empire and their American cousins. It was all about style. Whereas the former frequently used authoritarian methods of force (police and military) to enforce their policies, the latter preferred, and often used, subtler methods of salesmanship (propaganda) and subversion (bribery)--although they didn't hesitate to use coercion when their preferred methods failed. In addition, the British and American capitalists also used their worldwide monopoly of "news" networks (Reuters, AP, BBC, etc.) to help sell their policies.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Sunday, February 28 , 2021

  • Socialism-in-Practice Was a Nightmare, Not Utopia by Richard M. Ebeling from American Institute for Economic Research. (Note: I am posting this as an example of an anti-socialist propaganda that is often used in various forms to put-down any hint of support of socialist aspirations reflected in the writings of mostly young people.) My commentary follows:
I was immediately turned-off when I read this post about the Soviet Union. It is a piece which illustrates anti-Russian propaganda and the way in which socialism is taught in US schools beginning in elementary school through major universities, throughout every other institution, and throughout much of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. It is almost impossible for students to escape being taught this history of the Soviet Union. I sensed this in my own education, and consequently I relied mostly on university libraries and from original writings about Russia’s Revolution of 1917 to obtain an accurate history about their revolution. Nowadays, writers about the subject, and even most radical activists, have a severely distorted history of this constantly maligned country by all the institutions of capitalism.

It obvious that education in capitalist countries must of necessity distort knowledge of this subject because the true history of this period reveals the most heinous acts of Western capitalist countries against the Soviet Union following their revolution. Socialism/communism is the direct opposite of capitalism. The former advocates public control and ownership of the economy whereas in the latter the economy is owned and controlled by private parties which inevitably results in what we have today: gross inequality of wealth, income, and opportunities, that is, a tiny class of powerful billionaires who control everything throughout the capitalist empire among an ocean of powerless, poverty stricken people and indebted nations to banks controlled by capitalists. Only a few nations have resisted this trend--Russia, China, and Iran. But to leaders of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire, any independence from their control of the world is unacceptable.

Eberling ignores, or is missing, the real history of these recalcitrant nations. Anywhere in the world where socialist-minded leaders have taken power, they were immediately met with powerful opposition from capitalist nations: in Cuba, Chile, Iran, Russia, China, etc. Lessor nations that evince any independence will be crushed in one way or another (debts to the IMF, sanctions, subversion, color revolutions), and failing all these methods—outright military invasions.

The Soviet Union was a first intentional socialist project that was attempted by dedicated revolutionaries. After their revolution in 1917 they we were met with invasions from 14 different capitalist nations, primarily Britain but including substantial military forces of the USA, Czechoslovakia, and Japan. Russia was already experiencing severe hardships from their participation in WWI, and following the revolution they had to deal with the White Army of the opposition that were mostly funded by the British. The revolutionaries had to contend with a civil war in an impoverished nation while fighting off the invasions of other countries.

The leaders, mainly Lenin and Trotsky, had no illusions about the prospects of victory. They saw that they needed revolutions in advanced capitalist countries, mainly Germany, to have a chance at all. But after the assassinations of Germany's radical leaders, Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebnecht, the German revolution was defeated. A few years after the successful Russian Revolution Lenin soon died after being wounded in an assassination attempt, and that left Trotsky as the only ideologically inspired leader of the government. Stalin managed to take control of the bureaucracy and, as they say, the rest is history. Stalin’s control of the Soviet Union was characterized by a ruthless, one man rule, and resulted in a gross distortion of socialism that relied on a bureaucracy inherited from Czarist Russia. Although the Russians in WWII broke the back of the invading Nazi armies and was responsible in large part for the defeat of Nazi Germany, after the war the bureaucracy evolved into a self-serving, privileged ruling class in control of workers and the rest of Russian society. An accurate history of the Russia revolution and subsequent events, which I, with difficulty, managed to obtain from original sources, supports this interpretation.
  • America Condemns Putin & Xi but Supports Gangsters by Eric Zuesse from Strategic Culture Foundation. (Note: Zuesse, like all writers for major online weblogs, have to use circumlocutions for the word ruling class. Here he uses the feudal term "aristocracy" which means ruling class. This is because the latter words are verboten in polite intellectual society, or any word that is in the Marxist lexicon. That is because Marxism is strictly verboten or any related concept like communism or "socialism" in the Marxist definition. Socialism is often currently used, but the ruling class authorities have redefined the concept from that of public ownership of the economy to the current meaning: a more generous capitalist ruling class that provide extra welfare support for the workers--the provision of nationalized medical benefits is the latest related concept. Such intentionally used Marxist words are thought-crimes in the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire.) 
My reaction: This an adult take on political reality. If you believe that "authorities" are good and you believe what they tell you to believe, you are indulging in childish fantasies. The reality is that we are being ruled by organized gangsters like Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud or prominent political friends of sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein. These gangsters, through their well-paid hacks (def--see nouns), go to great lengths to make you believe in their legitimacy or the legitimacy of their government or their social arrangements.
  • Precedent Trump from his weblog The Corbett Report featuring James Corbett (via a 47:32m video) making progress by piercing through political illusions that have been created by the ruling class for (at least) the last 75 years. (Note: If you want to learn about that large segment of the US population who are confused about political issues, you must listen to this post. At least Corbett has reached an understanding that voting is not a solution to our many problems. However, Corbett has not destroyed all illusions of capitalist rule to reach an understanding that capitalism is the problem, but he is making progress.)
  • Privatizing Emotions by John Steppling from his weblog. (Note: Steppling (who now lives in Norway) has had a long career in theater mostly as a playwright. He shares his insights, and those of others, about power and powerlessness.)
  • US NED 2021 - Thailand: More Money, More Sedition featuring Brian Berletic, an ex-Marine who is now living in Thailand, from his weblog Land Destroyer Report reporting in a 8:58m video on NED's funding of agencies interfering in Thailand politics. (Note: NED funds agencies in every nation that the Deep State, the secretive directorate of the capitalist ruling class, regards as important for their strategic interests. This is only one example. See the next example, Ecuador, in the post that follows this.)
  • How We Go Extinct, a 3:13m video (via YouTube) featuring retired scientist Guy McPherson from his channel on YouTube.