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

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Saturday, May 22, 2021

A Senate intelligence committee is to receive a report from the Department of Defense’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force next month. That has also raised public interest in the possibility of alien life breaching our skies equipped with physics-defying technology far superior to existing supersonic jets and surveillance systems.

Several other questions come to mind that beg skepticism. Why does the phenomenon of UFOs or UAP only seem to be associated with the American military? This goes back decades to the speculation during the 1950s about aliens crashing at Roswell in New Mexico. Why is it that only the American military seems privy to such strange encounters? Why not the Russian or Chinese military which would have comparable detection technology to the Americans but they don’t seem to have made any public disclosures on alien encounters? Such a discrepancy is implausible unless we believe that life-forms from lightyears away have a fixation solely on the United States. That’s intergalactic American “exceptionalism” for you!
It was the Americans under the George W Bush and Barack Obama administrations who developed and deployed the Stuxnet malware virus which crippled Iran’s nuclear industry over a decade ago. No other nation has been caught so red-handed in an act of cyber warfare.

The revelations in 2013 and later by former CIA contractor Edward Snowden documenting in devastating detail a global campaign of illegal surveillance covering the internet and telecommunications by the American National Security Agency is another astounding facet. Snowden provided the Wikileaks whistleblower site archives showing how the CIA and NSA worked with U.S. internet tech companies to illegally infiltrate the private communications of governments and citizens all around the world. Not only that but the CIA has developed techniques for falsely incriminating others with their cybercrimes.
  • YouTube Censoring Israel Coverage By Independent News featuring Jimmy Dore (from his YouTube channel) asking questions of Aaron Maté from The Grayzone regarding YouTube's rejection of an on-the-ground journalist's report from in Israel. YouTube threatens a total banishment of The Grayzone.
Selections from Godfree Roberts’ extensive weekly newsletter: Here Comes China. You can get it here: https://www.herecomeschina.com/#subscribe
Further selections and editorial commentary by Amarynth.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Friday, May 21, 2021

  • The Skew in Science That Feeds US EPA Regulation by S. Stanley Young and Warren Kindzierski from American Institute for Economic Research. (Note: John Ioannidis in the first paragraph is a top Stanford epidemiologist. Use my search engines to find out more about him.) My reaction: Science is skewed to favor the billionaire ruling class who are addicted to power and profits. They rule, and we suffer.
  • Wearable “Solutions” and the Internet of Incarceration by Jeremy Loffredo from Unlimited Hangout. My reaction: As technology, controlled by capitalists, discover more and more methods of population control and tracking you, you can expect that the methods will be designed for the greater panopticon (under the "Great Reset") to ensure the ruling class's access to profit and power. Of course, technology is neutral, but the way it is used can give the ruling billionaire class more power and control over you while amassing wealth for themselves. Everything about the capitalist system impels them to use technology in this way. Or it can be used to enhance and protect your health and welfare. Which do you see it used for under the current system?
  • New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato featuring the latest discussion (27:20m) by Corbett and Pilato regarding three subjects: 1) AT&T In ‘Advanced’ Talks To Combine HBO, CNN, Discovery And Other Media Assets; 2) Palestinians Stage Historic Strike Over Israeli Abuses, Gaza Bombing; 3) OSHA Tells Employers They May Be Liable For Adverse Reactions’ Over Vax Mandate from The Corbett Report.
  • 💥Propaganda and the Media — Part 3 – Establishing and Controlling the Narrative by Larry Romanoff from "The Saker Blog". This is a best post. The article represents a sophisticated exposure of the concentration of ownership (and wealth) occurring since WWII that has shaped mainstream news that most Americans follow. Because the latter have not been conscious of this concentration of wealth (mainstream media have long hidden information related to this fact), they have been so filled with propaganda that has served the wealthy instead of serving their own interests.
I stated earlier that the US media function as the microphone of the US State Department, full partners in scripting propaganda campaigns to achieve foreign policy objectives. But it is crucial to understand that the Americans are not leading these international geo-political, social, and moral assaults. They are merely functioning as the Bankers’ Private Army to accomplish the objectives of a group of European-UK elites who are always in the shadows and led by one who ... is “he who must not be named”.
I have described the slow and deliberate rise of fascist-capitalists and a summary of their efforts to groom the American population for their project to construct the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire since WWII.
  • Peasant mobilizations against backdrop of agrarian crisis by Sushovan Dhar from International Viewpoint. (Note: I need to magnify the text in order to read it, but if that doesn't help, you can read the article in its secondary source from CDTM.) My reaction: This is profoundly relevant for people who want to become informed about the farmer's massive protests against the government of India and their recent agricultural "reforms". Otherwise this post may interest you because it seems that the transnational capitalist frequently tests out their self-serving plans in foreign countries before they implement them here in the USA, the center of the reality of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire.
The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act allows farmers to sell their products outside the mandis (markets) of the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) without paying taxes. The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act allows farmers to sell their future products to agri-food companies at a predetermined price, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act eases the centre’s control over the production and sale of agricultural products.

The Indian government wants us to believe that these laws are a decisive moment for Indian agriculture because they free farmers from the influence of intermediaries. But farmers’ organizations see it as a measure that increases the level of participation of private companies. There are two concerns about the laws. First, their content is seen as a threat to small and marginal farmers. Second, the haste with which they were passed in parliament is seen as a threat by states and regional parties. Let’s examine why the laws have met with strong opposition from farmers’ associations, opposition political parties and state governments ....

  • Explained: Burke et al. 2018 featuring Prof. (retired) Guy McPherson, an independent scientist who has for many years focused on the climate crisis--from his YouTube channel (01:50m).

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Thursday, May 20, 2021

  • New Eastern Outlook: "Account was disabled or suspended by server administrator". I got this message this morning while trying to access this website. The ruling capitalist class is intent on narrowing the information and opinions you receive in order to better control you. They are afraid of you. They will do this as long as you remain quiet and remain "good Germans". 
A similar thing has happened to CGTN, China's major online news website. Although you can now access the website, you can't read any of the articles.
  • James Corbett on the Human Extinction Event featuring Corbett reporting his views on the coming attacks on our present systems on the way to the Great Reset, the grandiose plan by transnational billionaire capitalists, in a 57-minute interview from his weblog The Corbett Report. My reaction: Did you notice that sometime in the interview, Corbett uses the verboten words "ruling class"?

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Wednesday, May 19, 2021 (very abbreviated post)

I was totally "blown away" by the headline of this article. Although I consider myself as excelling at detecting propaganda, I was so influenced by major and other more independent media to believe their reports about what was purportedly Biden's statements against Putin in his recent meeting (March 10) with Putin. I even had sufficient doubts about Greenwald's article (he didn't provide confirming links). 
After two hours of research on the internet, I found some information about the actual meeting between Putin and Biden on March 10 as is stated in Greenwald's article (caption under the lead photo of their meeting), and I did find reports that partially confirmed his main allegation that Biden agreed to withdraw sanctions. Biden withdrew sanctions against some firms, mostly German firms, as reported in these articles: this, this, this, and this
Other than that I was only able to find future prospective meetings and current propaganda related to Biden's reference in 2014 that he told Putin to his face that he was a "killer" and that he didn't have a "soul". This was recently dredged up by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, the source of which was an interview by The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos in 2014 when Biden was Vice-President, in which he claims to have said these dramatic statements to Putin in the interview with Osnos. Was he telling the truth? There is no corroborating evidence. All the mainstream media played up this 2014 incident following the March 2021 meeting and many independent sources didn't question it.

After my research I again examined Greenwald's article. Too much of his article, in my opinion, makes Obama look like a good-guy. Wasn't the Ukraine coup engineered by the State Department not on his watch? Wasn't the Syrian project to overthrow the Assad government not on his watch?
I think I have learned my lesson to not trust any mainstream source for important news. And I think you can only trust thoroughly independent journalists like Glenn Greenwald, even though at times I disagree with him. I urge all of you to subscribe to his newsletter. 
  • Gaza Is Better Than Auschwitz by Israel Shamir from The Unz Review. (Note: Yes, I know this article with an ironic title is published by an old-fashioned conservative website representing an old capitalist ruling class that has been replaced by Zionist-conservatives, popularly known as "Neo-cons". The latter have taken direct control of the US and they have been since WWII stealthily building an empire. But, I don't care whose website speaks the truth! That said, I don't necessarily agree with all of his arguments.) 
Only a rabid antisemite would say Gaza is worse than Auschwitz. No, it is better, but only just. And it has gone on longer, year upon year, with no end in sight. 
  • The Suffering of the Palestinians Continues and the World Simply Watches by James O'Neil from New Eastern Outlook. My reaction: The suffering will continue because the new imperialist Empire is replacing the Third Reich which had produced so many "good Germans" with the "good Germans" of the 21st century. They are obediently following their new fuehrers in the same ruling class as the Third Reich in the same expansive adventures to rule the world. But this time the fascist-capitalists have a different brand: Made in America!

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Tuesday, May 18, 2021

  • Russell Brand: Is There a ‘Deliberate Attempt’ to Hide Origins of COVID? featuring a 17:32m video of British Russell Brand from Children's Health Defense asking all kinds of questions to unravel the mysteries of the origins of Covid-19 illness that has been used to rationalize a worldwide pandemic and health restrictions on our civil liberties of lock-downs, mask-wearing, and social distancing, all of which bankrupted an unknown number of small businesses and enriched billionaires. My brief commentary follows: 
I have been through all this before with the assassinations of the Kennedys, Malcolm X, Martin L. King, 9/11, the invasion of Iraq, etc. All the dissenting reports were heavily censored combined with media corporations promoting the official views. I have long concluded that these crimes were committed by a fascist clique in the US ruling capitalist class devoted to building a powerful, world-dominating, capitalist empire combining the military might of the USA with what was left of the British Empire following WWII. Israel, and Zionist financial power, was added later.
  • 💥Propaganda and the Media – Deception on a Grand Scale – Part 2 by Larry Romanoff from "The Saker Blog". This is a best post. (Note: Romanoff analyses Empire propaganda for what it is: another weapon in the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire's quest to dominate the world. First, he devotes considerable space to treat how the propaganda machine works against China, next in Mexico, and finally in the implied Empire's capture of the WHO and their sterilization efforts of the developing countries.) 
It is important to keep in mind that ‘the media’ is not some amorphous, inanimate object but a group of real people with names, who plan, script and conduct these propaganda campaigns. I have had encounters with some of these ‘reporters’ and ‘columnists’. Many of them qualify as gangsters, acting as front men for a criminal enterprise, using their public power to shield and defend those who should be imprisoned and trashing anyone who stands in their way.

In contrast to hearing much media noise on a topic, we sometimes have only a deafening silence which is equally a guarantee of propaganda, this time in the form of censorship. When the entire Western media unanimously have no comment on an important current topic, we can be certain that much has happened behind the scenes to ensure this result.

  • Sober-Minded Socialism by Devin Thomas O'Shea from Current Affairs. My reaction: Although I seem to be immune from any kind of addiction and I despise the established religions, I think that Alcoholics Anonymous is onto something.
  • Non-compliance at Travel Checkpoints featuring Dan Dicks in 13:21m interview from Corbett's website regarding an onerous encounter with the RCMP, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, while traveling in British Columbia. My reaction: I think we all must disturb and resist in any way we can. Mario Savio (of UC Berkeley) words expressed in 1964 seem relevant here:
There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part! You can't even passively take part! And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels ... upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop! And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!

Monday, May 17, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Monday, May 17, 2021

  • James Patrick with CJ Hopkins on the Covidian Cult featuring CJ Hopkins, who currently lives in Berlin, in interview (a little over an hour) from Ovalmedia's channel on YouTube. (Note: This starts at 1:06hr.) My reaction: I can't stand the smile on Patrick's face; but if you can get past this, I highly recommend listening to Hopkin's comments.
I love this author because he documents, which I can learn from, so many of his historical arguments, and because his understanding of history is most similar to mine compared to others identified currently identified as "investigative historians" (I've yet to find his credentials, but he clearly knows history). But we part company as to whether the Democratic and Republican parties matter in the fake democracy such as ours. Furthermore, Zuesse is an unapologetic devotee of FDR which I am decidedly not.
Roosevelt was a strange capitalist in that he didn't make his millions (today that would be billions) during his lifetime, but lived off of investments that he inherited from his early ancestors from Holland. He himself was an avid follower of ancestry, and he described an ancestor whose wealth was obtained through the China trade, or in other words, he may have engaged in drug trafficking
His neighbors, the Astors, Rockefellers, and Vanderbilts, were far richer. But he grew up with them and attended the same schools as them: Groton, a private prep school, and Harvard. However, possibly adding to his character was his coming down with polio just when started a career in politics. FDR later established the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation. Corporate media cooperated with him to ignore his affliction which confined him to a wheelchair.
Thus, when he was attacked by a political adversary because of his support for government programs to help the poor in the Great Depression, he once said that he was "saving capitalism". And, he did.
  • The Hidden History of Zionism by Ralph Schoenman, a book by this author presented online from Middle East Archive. (Note: Or you can buy this book for $15 or $16.)

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Sunday, May 16, 2021

How about considering real democracy? This would require a wholly novel plan rather than simply reciting a self-congratulatory word without substance upon examination.

Democracy is for psychologically mature adults. Citizen responsibility for self-governance must involve knowledge acquisition, sober reflection, evidence examination and reasoned discussion built into everyday public life. It must require sound collective judgment and moral responsibility for all local, regional and national decisions. To create a grown-up nation retrieved from the grip of ruling-class psychopaths who have long disempowered, neglected, exploited and abused us along with much of the world, we must mature into political grown-ups.

  • Dems Unhinged Attack On Rose McGowan For Telling Truth featuring Jimmy Dore and McGowan telling truth about our fake democracy, from Dore's channel (20:59m) on YouTube.  If you liked this, you may very well be interested in a later segment of this interview entitled Biden Is The End Of #MeToo of this interview. And also, you may be interested in this post entitled "Hillary Clinton's War Monger Appointed By Biden". My reaction to the latter post: Dore is discovering the real difference between the two parties governing our "democracy": the Democrats are cleverer at deception strategies whereas the Republicans act according to their beliefs that the rich should get richer and the poor be damn by ed.
  • Glenn Greenwald: Intercept Targets Journalists Of Color featuring Jimmy Dore and his guest Greenwald from Dore's YouTube channel. (Note: This piece covers the Intercept's distorted attacks on low-level journalists who report actual scenes. This report on the Intercept is typical of all mainstream journalists.) My reaction: Fortunately, Greenwald "wised up" (def.) about the Intercept and their billionaire owners in their efforts to use and co-opt him. But sadly, Greenwald is an exception among professional journalists "on the make" (def.)