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, August 7, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Saturday, August 7, 2021

On July 28, CNN reported that Pfizer, one of the primary issuers of the coronavirus vaccine, indicated that they believed that a third vaccine dose would be beneficial. For context, two doses are considered a full vaccination. Pfizer cited its own data, which have yet to be peer-reviewed, stating that a third dose increases the number of antibodies in the recipient’s system. Of course, that begs the question, if you really want to supercharge your immune system, with this sort of logic, why not take four? Or heck, get one every two weeks!

In all seriousness, and I’m not saying this because I got the Moderna vaccine, but this seems to be a slick attempt at leveraging the hysteria and fear that has been so embedded in every inch of society regarding Covid-19 for profit.
Imagine a country where there’s no separation between the government, the military, and the media. A lot of Americans would think of China, Russia or North Korea, but it’s a perfect description of the United States today. And here in Washington, the think tank inside this nondescript building – Center For A New American Security (CNAS) – is the clearest example of just that.

CNAS is a premier militarist think tank in the nation’s capital, especially for Democratic Party administrations. It is funded by the State Department and Pentagon and has taken more money from weapons companies over the last several years than any other think tank. On top of that, it’s funded by oil companies, big banks, and right wing governments – basically the most destructive forces on the planet.
  • New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato featuring James Corbett (and from his website) and Pilato discussing the following issues: Story #1: Bank of America Calls CBDCs ‘More Effective’ Than Cash In Research Note; Story #2: Whistleblowers Expose Corruption in EPA Chemical Safety Office; Story #3: “Punk” Band The Offspring Fires Drummer for Refusing to Take COVID Vaccine. 
  • Denmark: Bernie Sanders’ Socialist Utopia Functions as Banana Spy Kingdom for U.S. Empire by Ron Ridenour from CovertAction Magazine. (Note: This article reveals the collusion between the spy services in Denmark with the de-facto US/Anglo/Zionist Empire by an independent American journalist currently living in Denmark.) My reaction: The much touted social democrats of Scandinavia by "leftists" in the USA collaborates with the spy services of the Empire proving once again which side they are on. The governments in all these social-democratic nations in Scandinavia serve the Empire because they are part of the capitalist Empire.
ASEAN nations have increasingly turned to Russia and China to meet more traditional national security threats, purchasing military equipment like tanks, warplanes, helicopters, and naval vessels. However, Russia and China – who have successfully defended their own respective information spaces – have the human and technical resources to potentially “export” the means for ASEAN states to defend their information space as well – not only in the form of “information warfare,” but also in the form of helping build local social media alternatives to US-based corporations – breaking the monopoly these foreign corporations hold over ASEAN’s information space, and giving the power to governor and protect it back to the region itself. [I think this last clause contains some kind of typo error--RH]
Capitalism is a roadblock on the path to mitigating this huge crisis for humankind. It will take a global environmental movement that is revolutionary — conscious of the need to eradicate imperialism — to stop the crisis of global warming and climate change.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Friday, August 6, 2021

  • The Panic Pandemic by John Tierney, a former NY Times journalist, from City Journal (CJ), a New York City publication. (Note: I recommend Still Panicking, a 28:25m audio interview with Tierney from the same source.) My reaction: Tierney doesn't question that there was a ruling class conspiracy a la the Great Reset behind the severe restrictions of our liberties, but he refers to some of the censorship of well-qualified experts.
  • The Boiling Frog Effect featuring Dave Cullen, an Irishman, from his channel Computing Forever with Bitchute (23:53m). 
A settlement close to being finalized in a bankruptcy case would provide a shield from civil litigation to the members of the Sackler family who own OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma. The development means that family members will be significantly less likely to be questioned under oath about their role in the marketing of the potent prescription painkiller blamed for fueling a nationwide opioid epidemic.

Despite years of litigation alleging some Sacklers pushed Purdue to aggressively and inappropriately market OxyContin, members of the family successfully avoided most attempts to force them to answer questions about their stewardship of Purdue or the multibillion-dollar fortune they amassed as OxyContin became a bestselling pain medicine.

  • 💥Spy Cops: How UK Police Infiltrated Over 1,000 Political Groups by "Lowkey" interviewing Tom Fowler of Spy Cops (58:18m) from Mint Press News. This is a best post. (Note: The script serves as an introduction.) My reaction: There is much to be learned from this video (and audio) in order to prevent infiltrators hired by Deep State government agencies from corrupting protest organizations.
The new MintPress podcast, “The Watchdog,” hosted by British-Iraqi hip-hop artist Lowkey, closely examines organizations about which it is in the public interest to know — including intelligence, lobby and special-interest groups influencing policies that infringe on free speech and target dissent. The Watchdog goes against the grain by casting a light on stories largely ignored by the mainstream, corporate media.

Since the 1960s, the U.K. police have been charged with surveilling and infiltrating some 1,000 political, environmental or social justice organizations. Much of this involved undercover work. As part of their false personas, many officers entered romantic relationships with activists, leading to the births of a number of children whose mothers were completely unaware of their partners’ double lives. More than 20 women have come forward to claim they were “raped by the state” in such a way.
Today, The Watchdog is talking to Tom Fowler about the so-called “Spycops” scandal in the United Kingdom.
  • New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato from Corbett's website via audio and visual videos (22:55m). (Note: This article brings us up-to-date on the introduction of digital money as mostly described by central banks of the de-facto US/Anglo/Zionist Empire, and other topics.)
  • Richard Trumka 1949–2021 by Jerry White from World Socialist Web Site. My reaction: With friends like this, who can trust labor leaders?
  • Red Menace # ? Joseph McCarthy 2.0 by Philip A Farruggio from Global Research. (Note: This is essentially a book review reporting on the classic and horrible McCarthy period entitled A Conspiracy so Immense by David Oshinsky which is missing from your schooling. It is not dissimilar to the present time when corporate media spreads fear and corresponding government threats to enforce restrictions among the US population regarding the Covid pandemic if they do not get vaccinated.)
What many do not understand about Sen. McCarthy was that he was not the first or the only force in this movement to uncover this ‘Red Menace’.

In 1950, state and local governments actually competed to see who would ‘crack down hardest’ on this Communist threat.

What I am about to repeat from Oshinsky’s book is not satire or any sort of humor… though it can be construed as such.

  • Western Media Sleuths PROBABLY Show Dangerous Symptoms by Phil Butler from New Eastern Outlook. My reaction: Butler engages in ridicule of an article published by The Guardian which is appropriate given that similar Western publications are prime sources of propaganda to create "realities" in the minds of their obedient subjects.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Thursday, August 5, 2021

Has the flu and the majority of colds been eradicated from society because of mask wearing and social distancing as the so called experts contend or is it more plausible that every case of the sniffles for the past year and a half have been wrongfully diagnosed as Covid-19(84)? Are the current PCR tests reliable and what does the FDA, WHO and CDC say about its use today and in the near future? In this video [18:03m] Dan Dicks of Press For Truth covers the latest controversial announcement from the CDC which states that the “CDC encourages laboratories to consider adoption of a multiplexed method that can facilitate detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses”. Dan also proves that the “fact checkers” can simply not be trusted. [my insertion]
In the global war on national and individual sovereignty — for which COVID-19 has been serving as the unlawful casus belli — two tactics long favored by tyrants have been deployed by government officials and mainstream media to utmost effect, successfully distracting many citizens from the increasingly aggressive attacks on their civil and human rights and livelihoods.

The first tactic — the sophisticated mobilization of appeals to fear — has steered many individuals into unquestioning compliance with harsh public health authoritarianism. The second — the promotion of divide-and-conquer theatrics — has been instrumental in helping build public support for coercion, including vaccine mandates.

After a brief summer respite, fear-mongering is once again in full swing, with headlines screaming about a “highly contagious mutant version of the coronavirus” (dubbed the “delta variant”) and yet another seeming rise in “cases.” 
Imagine a country where there’s no separation between the government, the military, and the media. A lot of Americans would think of China, Russia or North Korea, but it’s a perfect description of the United States today. And here in Washington, the think tank inside this nondescript building – Center For A New American Security (CNAS) – is the clearest example of just that.

CNAS is a premier militarist think tank in the nation’s capital, especially for Democratic Party administrations. It is funded by the State Department and Pentagon and has taken more money from weapons companies over the last several years than any other think tank. On top of that, it’s funded by oil companies, big banks, and right wing governments – basically the most destructive forces on the planet.

With ominous music in the background, young people are asking, “What can businesses do to help fight the climate crisis?” before adding, “I’ve got a few ideas…” Kids from around the world, variously earnest, funny, hip and cute, chip in with their concerns and their suggestions. We finally cut to an idyllic lake scene, with a young man diving off a boat, and we are left feeling reassured that everything will be ok after all, because: “108 businesses have accepted the challenge, The Climate Pledge, Paris, 10 years early, Paid for by Amazon, co-founder of the Climate Pledge.”
He introduces Christiana Figueres, former UN Climate Chief and now Head of Global Optimism (I kid you not), who reassures us that all of this is “science driven.”
  • 💥Arctic Apocalypse featuring Patrick Hogan, an earth scientist; Mark Anderson, CEO of Strategic News Service; asking questions of Peter Wadhams, introduced as one of the world's leading polar scientists--from the YouTube channel of Facing Future (31:51m). This is a best post. My reaction: I can't understand why Wadhams appears to be much of the time smiling and even chuckling over his dire answers. I guess it is better to laugh than to cry over a major disaster facing all life on Earth, including humans, and not in the distant future.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Tuesday and Wednesday, August 3 and 4, 2021

  • The Big Syria Lie Falls Apart EVEN MORE! featuring Lee Camp from his channel Redacted Tonight on YouTube (06:00m) protesting and defending corporate media in a "tongue in cheek" (def.) style in contrast to solid evidence reported by UN and other independent agencies. It is clear (once again) that corporate media has for many years been "messing with our minds" with their 24/7, Syrian "poison-gate" propaganda. 
Colombia is the first supplier of cocaine to the United States, every year it beats its own record as a producer of the narcotic, and this fact is closely linked to two aspects in which its coincidence with Israel is absolute: war as a permanent mechanism of an elite to exercise supremacy and the paramilitarization of this mechanism.

However, in the area of drug trafficking, which today is vital to the capitalist economy, the two imperial enclaves are not similar. In this “division of labor” they do not play the same role because Colombia provides the raw material while Israel provides the weapons and genocidal strategies to protect production.
Some of their scenarios have up to 50% of primary energy coming from fossil fuels by 2050! Others rely on technologies not yet deployed at scale, such as BECCS, for 20% of energy by 2050. The scenarios are a veritable show bag of technocratic dreaming, gas expansion and assumptions about economic growth unconcerned by material resource limits.

NZ2050 also lacks short-term ambition. Despite the growing enthusiasm for this seemingly positive development, a global stocktake of net zero plans finds 80% fail to meet a minimum set of robustness criteria and lack substance and short-term ambition, leading to greenwashing and marketing deception, says Ketan Joshi, writing for Renew Economy, and a catastrophic failure to form action that will provide meaningful protection.
... mainstream media rarely point out that climate change is getting worse and even more so due to feedbacks that can amplify extreme weather events and can further speed up how climate change unfolds.
  • Science Update: Shifting the Baseline featuring the views of Prof. (retired) Guy McPherson, an independent scientist (via his YouTube channel--06:31m), who has fearlessly focused his attention throughout his career on the climate crisis.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Monday, August 2, 2021

  • August Will Be A Real Turning Point – Welcome To The Biggest Eviction Horror Show In U.S. History by Michael Snyder from Activist Post. My reaction: I agree with the author regarding his statement: "We are moving into deeply troubled times, and this wave of evictions has the potential to be a huge destabilizing force in our society." It will be interesting, to say the least, how the ruling class will handle this. It could cause further divisions among Americans, and I'm not sure our masters in the ruling class are ready for that.
  • 💥YouTube Pirate Streams featuring James Corbett, from his channel at Odysee, and Ryan Cristián of The Last American Vagabond discussing (25:41m) the various methods they have used to cope with censorship problems particularly from YouTube. Because alternative websites, independent journalists, and independent medical specialists have been experiencing severe censorship, this is a best post.
  • JCPOA: A Catalogue of Moving Goalposts by Alastair Crooke from Strategic Culture Foundation. My reaction: This former member of MI-6 (counterpart of Britain's CIA) argues that the Empire's strategy is "old hat" (def.), and he concludes with this insightful paragraph:
Iran will not ‘wait us out’, the U.S. official thunders. Really? Perhaps Iran will take a sojourn in the East, for a while, until America takes leave of the Middle East. The U.S. eventually will go ‘yes’, but Israel can’t. What happens there? Now that is a question …
My reaction: Right-wing Jews have flocked to the banner of Israel believing that the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire was invulnerable. Maybe they were wrong. 
  • Bioengineering Pathogens for Warfare Is Illegal — But Absent Enforcement, Nations Do It Anyway by Gary Samore from Children's Health Defense. My reaction: The author leaves out the history of US use of biological weapons in the Korean War. This was very well documented in the ignored book entitled This Must Be the Place by Dave Chaddock and by scores of US military prisoners who refused repatriation after the final ceasefire. I have no doubt that the US continues to do research on these weapons because of their record of subversive activities after the conclusion of WWII which include assassinations, the overthrow of governments (Chile and Ukraine are the worst examples), 9/11, phony wars on terror and drugs, the Covid pandemic, censorship, pervasive propaganda, etc. The amoral ruling capitalist class would murder their own mothers if they thought that it might lead to more profits and power.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Sunday, August 1, 2021

The Chinese Foreign Ministry urged the US to take four steps on COVID-19 origins tracing if it wants to show transparency, including disclosing data on early COVID-19 cases, inviting the World Health Organization (WHO) to probe Fort Detrick and the University of North Carolina, and publishing data on sick soldiers who attended the Wuhan Military World Games, amid mounting calls from China and the international community to investigate the US on COVID-19 origins and growing outrage on the Biden administration’s political maneuver which severely hampered the global virus tracing task.
  • The Road to Totalitarianism by CJ Hopkins, an American satirical comedian currently living in Berlin, seriously commenting on the trend of our times--from his weblog Consent Factory, Inc.
We have watched as the New Normal has done precisely what every totalitarian movement in history has done before it, right by the numbers. We pointed all this out, each step of the way. I’m not going to reiterate all that again.

I am, however, going to document where we are at the moment, and how we got here … for the record, so that the people who will tell you later that they “had no clue where the trains were going” will understand why we no longer trust them, and why we regard them as cowards and collaborators, or worse.
Yes, that’s harsh, but this is not a game. It isn’t a difference of opinion. The global-capitalist ruling establishment is implementing a new, more openly totalitarian structure of society and method of rule. 
  • The Trial of Ghislaine Maxwell featuring Chris Hedges interviewing investigative journalist Nick Bryant, via Hedges' RT channel on YouTube (26:42m), regarding the corruption of justice regarding the Jeffrey Epstein case (Maxwell is involved as a supplier of adolescent girls to the rich and powerful). My reaction: While visiting my sister in Florida in the late 1990s, I asked her to take me on a tour of the rich people in Florida. She took me to Palm Beach, Florida where I viewed the huge mansions of the rich and powerful ruling class, not only in the USA, but throughout the de-facto US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. I have since learned that the owners of these mansions have multiple homes throughout their vast Empire. From Bryant's remarks I learned many facts about the Epstein case, but the one overwhelming fact is that the ruling capitalist class has always been protected from prosecution from the inception of the USA.
  • Massive Worker Strike On Wall Street featuring Jimmy Dore (via his YouTube channel--05:49m) reporting and commenting on (Ron Placone also comments) on the protests outside of Black Rock headquarters in New York City. My reaction: Dore has obviously not been informed by the real history of the workers in the previous eras because the earlier history of worker struggles was censored, suppressed, or re-interpreted in the curriculum of our public schools: the numerous massacres by private armies and public militias of union organizers, 12 hour days that workers were forced to work, the cheap child labor employed by capitalists, the history of slavery, Native American massacres, etc. all of which to build their fortunes and power.
  • The Real, Untold Story of Roth IRAs by Gerald E. Scorse from Dissident Voice. Back in 1998, when I was working as a bookkeeper for a construction company, I learned of this new payroll plan. Because it was widely promoted in mainstream media, I knew instantly that it was favoring the owners of businesses; but I didn't know in detail how it benefited them. This is a long-overdue explanation.
  • Australia: A Laboratory of Empire with Lowkey & Aamer Rahman featuring a video (55:21m) discussion by the two members of minorities: the one a British-Iraqi hip hop artist Lowkey and the other an Australian comedian and activist Aamer Rahman correcting for Americans some of the outrageous lies that have been provided us by US propaganda, and followed by a text that serves as an introduction to the video and posted on Mint Press News.
  • News on China in 2 minutes from Dongsheng. (Note: This was a bit too fast for me. I needed to slow it down by re-setting the speed to .75 of normal.)
  • China Floods, Brazil Freezes, US Dry – Top Exporters Lose Crops as Grains Crisis Accelerates featuring Christian reporting and commenting upon the crop failures all over the world and their effects of meat production from his weblog Ice Age Farmer. (Note: I am posting this only to criticize it.) My reaction: I have a problem with Christian's argument: this is all due to Big Tech and its engineering of these food shortages, not due to climate destabilization that was largely caused by capitalism's obsessive pursuit of profitable production. If his view is representative of the younger generations, we humans are a hopeless case.