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

Monday, January 10, 2022

Posts that I especially recommend for Monday, January 10, 2022

  • Fake Science, Invalid Data: There is No Such Thing as a “Confirmed Covid-19 Case”. There is No Pandemic by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky from Global Research. My reaction: I had an experience in my sophomore year at West coast university that is relevant to this article. My class was asked to design and carry out a research project in a psychology class. I came up with a research project that was designed to study data that would indicate whether creative students were more likely score higher on IQ tests. I designed the data derived from the research project to support positive outcomes. Lo and behold, the data supported a positive correlation! The Research Assistant assigned to the class was so impressed that he very enthusiastically complimented me on the conclusions of the project. I thought that he was being extremely naive.
On January 23, 2022, over 10,000 healthcare providers will, for the first time, speak freely about the COVID vaccines. SIMULTANEOUSLY.
  • American Pravda: Our Public Health Problems by Ron Unz from his weblog. (Note: This post has an audio recording of Unz remarks followed by a script.) My reaction: This post will be dismissed by most of the general public simply because he has racist views. But they will do so at the expense of truth which should be their only concern. Instead, we will follow their "truths" proclaimed by their media and educational institutions. The ruling capitalist class has so conditioned Americans, by many decades in power--power we have handed over to them--to control all of "our" social and economic institutions, that the general public will not take this post seriously. Yes, racism is bad, but the general American public has been so manipulated by the ruling class that the ruling class control has caused so much damage to our psyches, and one being racism. But, who among us is without damage? or without fault? Racism has also been one of the damages that they, our capitalist masters, have created to divide us. Haven't you heard the truthful saying that "the best way to control people is to divide them"? We even went to a devastating war (Civil War) over racism. Our masters have accomplished this by separating us into warring camps so that we always fight each other and not them. Meanwhile, most of us will ignore the truth that Unz reveals.
  • Five Companies Control The World. “Conspiracy Theory” or FACT? featuring Russell Brand interviewing Jacques Peretti using Brand's channel on YouTube (11:11). My reaction: I don't know what Peretti's qualifications are, but it is obvious what he describes the truth about our economy. Now that the transnational ruling capitalist class owns everything, they are cashing in on their overwhelming power. They have won the game of "Monopoly" (capitalism)--game over (for us)!
Although this was not a direct threat of Iran’s intent to launch similar strikes against US forces, as it did shortly after the drone strike assassination took place in 2020, most certainly it has made one thing abundantly clear, tensions will escalate. The US Biden administration has been responding with airstrikes against the PMU and Syrian militias, in North Eastern Syria since the third of January, after strikes on their forces. In Iraq, a number of rocket attacks have also targeted the US Embassy in Baghdad, as well as military facilities where American forces are based surrounding the Baghdad airport.

These attacks, in Syria and Iraq, have been brought on by a failed US policy in the region and will likely escalate given the hardline tactics of the Biden administration.