So, good friend, Madu, who I met decades ago, at UT-El Paso. He was coming through buildings where part-time English faculty had offices. That big smile, that large voice, and an open hand. He was working the used/discount book gig: going to colleges to get books from faculty and bookstores that might have been extra copies from the respective publishers called review copies.
So, part-time faculty like myself, in the 1980s, would order tons of these reviewer’s copies of grammar, lit, and survey collections. Then fellows like Madu might come by with hard cold cash to buy them up.
The old days when students could find alternative prices (lower) than what college bookstores would charge. Madu has that service.
We talked, and his Nigerian love, his Nigerian spirit, the fact he was in Houston, with a wife and three children, all of that, made the chats open and real. I had just had a baby girl, so we talked about her.
Then politics, Africa, my own activism around Central America, the US-Mexico border, the environment, twin plants, militarization of campuses and the border, and my own work trying to unionize part-time exploited faculty.
Global politics. Nigeria, Africa, Diasporas, evil US-backed dictators, colonialism, post-colonialism, the trauma, the long-term biopiracy of Africa, the theft of resources, and alas, imagine, 30 years later, almost, and African countries are in the grips of AFRICOM, the US vassals, the exploiters, the mining, ag, and oil thieves. Until, 2022, many are becoming failed states, famines, the entire world of data mining, Zuckerberg encircling the continent with his Metaverse, and on and on. The story of United Fruit Company, Coca Cola, Monsanto, Big Pharma, Hearts and Minds USA special forces, and proxy wars and Nationa ENdowmenr for Democracy/CIA fomenting hell.
Oh, this devil USA:
Phoenix Express 2021, the AFRICOM-sponsored military exercise involving 13 countries in the Mediterranean Sea region, concluded last week. While its stated aim was to combat “irregular migration” and trafficking, the U.S. record in the region indicates more nefarious interests. “AFRICOM military’s exercise: The art of creating new pretexts for propagating U.S. interests” (source)
Go to MR Online, and then put in AFRICOM. Or, AFRICOM and Nigeria, or pick your country. Mark my words: Everything, I say EVERYTHING, tied to the USA and UK and EU when involving African nations now, well, pure evil:
This is recent, as in Oct. 2021:
Please join us for the launch of the international month of action by attending a webinar on October 1st, titled “AFRICOM at 13: Building the Popular Movement for Demilitarization and Anti-Imperialism in Africa.” Speakers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, and the African diaspora will discuss AFRICOM and what we can do to expel imperialist forces from the continent. Following the webinar, events will take place throughout October organized by various organizations on the African continent, in the U.S., and around the world to demand an end to the U.S. and western invasion and occupation of Africa.
The complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Africa,
The demilitarization of the African continent,
The closure of U.S. bases throughout the world, and
That the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) oppose U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and conduct hearings on AFRICOM’s impact on the African continent, with the full participation of members of U.S. and African civil society.
Written by Tunde Osazua, a member of the Black Alliance for Peace’s Africa Team and the coordinator of the U.S. Out of Africa Network.
So, I was on Madu’s radio show, and he has run for Senate in Nigeria, and he wants to run for president. However, as he clearly states: “You have to have millions of dollars and militias to buy the votes.”
This is his organization:
Here’s a statement from Madu:
Not rising up by Nigerians from within Nigeria and around the world beyond ethnic, regional, religious and partisan political boundaries to save Nigeria from the hands of her mostly visionless, ignorant, insensitive, inhumane, squandermanic and most painfully, corrupt and morally bankrupt drivers of government at all levels whose actions have significantly weakened her sovereignty and territorial integrity, and made her peoples so poor and vulnerable , is a sin against God and a grave infraction against humanity for which history and unborn generations of Nigerians will judge us all harshly if we fail today to act unconditionally to save the country from an imminent collapse.
….Smart Madu Ajaja
This is a serious and long-term project, the decolonizing of the world, including all those countries’ economies, the land, the people, the cultures and the individuals:
This Special Issue aims to explore the complex and contested relationship between trauma studies and postcolonial criticism, focusing on the ongoing project to create a decolonized trauma theory that attends to and accounts for the suffering of minority groups and non-Western cultures, broadly defined as cultures beyond Western Europe and North America. The issue builds on the insights of, inter alia, Stef Craps’s book, Postcolonial Witnessing, and responds to his challenge to interrogate and move beyond a Eurocentric trauma paradigm. Authors were invited to submit papers on the theorization and representation of any aspect of postcolonial, non-Western and/or minority cultural trauma with a focus predominately, but not exclusively, on literature. (Source= Decolonizing Trauma Studies: Trauma and Postcolonialism … 200+ pages!)
I talked with Madu on his radio show, and below, the show. I do cover a lot of philosophical territory, and alas, this is about Madu and his love of his country and how quickly the country of his birth has spiraled into a country of selling people as slaves, kidnapping people for organs, murder, rape, theft.
So under the cover of counterterrorism, AFRICOM is beefing up Nigeria’s military to ensure the free flow of oil to the West, and using the country as a proxy against China’s influence on the continent. And that is the issue, too, that Madu is not happy with his country being exploited by anyone, including China. I explained to him that the USA has the military bases, the guns, and China has the contracts, the builders. In fact, Madu is spiritually exasperated at how his own countrymen turn against their own countrymen, and how there is a overlay of trauma and laziness and desperation and inflicted PTSD, including the post-colonial trauma referenced above.
USA is like a storm of ticks, locusts, mosquitos, viruses, as the syphilitic notions of Neocon and Neoliberal anti-diplomacy hits country after country like disease. A plague.
The greatest threat looming over our planet, the hegemonistic pretentions of the American Empire are placing at risk the very survival of the human species. We continue to warn you about this danger, and we appeal to the people of the United States and the world to halt this threat, which is like a sword hanging over our heads.
The United States Military is arguably the largest force of ecological devastation the world has ever known.
Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, and fulfill it or betray it.
William Blum wrote about the illegality of the USA’s direct and indirect bombing and invasions.
Here, a bit of an update:
The Death Toll of U.S. Imperialism Since World War 2
A critical disclaimer: Figures relating to the death toll of U.S. Imperialism are often grossly underestimated due to the U.S. government’s lack of transparency and often purposeful coverup and miscounts of death tolls. In some cases, this can lead to ranges of figures that include millions of human lives–as in the figure for Indonesia below with estimates of 500,000 to 3 million people. We have tried to provide the upward ranges in these cases since we suspect the upward ranges to be more accurate if not still significantly underestimated. These figures were obtained from multiple sources including but not limited to indigenous scholar Ward Churchill’s Pacifism as Pathology as well as Countercurrents’ article Deaths in Other Nations Since WWII Due to U.S. Interventions (please note that use of Countercurrents’ statistics isn’t an endorsement of the site’s politics).
Afghanistan: at least 176,000 people
Bosnia: 20,000 to 30,000 people
Bosnia and Krajina: 250,000 people
Cambodia: 2-3 million people
Chad: 40,000 people and as many as 200,000 tortured
Chile: 10,000 people (the U.S. sponsored Pinochet coup in Chile)
Colombia: 60,000 people
Congo: 10 million people (Belgian imperialism supported by U.S. corporations and the U.S. sponsored assassination of Patrice Lumumba)
Croatia: 15,000 people
Cuba: 1,800 people
Dominican Republic: at least 3,000 people
East Timor: 200,000 people
El Salvador: More than 75,000 people (U.S. support of the Salvadoran oligarchy and death squads)
Greece: More than 50,000 people
Grenada: 277 people
Guatemala: 140,000 to 200,000 people killed or forcefully disappeared (U.S. support of the Guatemalan junta)
Haiti: 100,000 people
Honduras: hundreds of people (CIA supported Battalion kidnapped, tortured and killed at least 316 people)
Indonesia: Estimates of 500,000 to 3 million people
Iran: 262,000 people
Iraq: 2.4 million people in Iraq war, 576, 000 Iraqi children by U.S. sanctions, and over 100,000 people in Gulf War
Japan: 2.6-3.1 million people
Korea: 5 million people
Kosovo: 500 to 5,000
Laos: 50,000 people
Libya: at least 2500 people
Nicaragua: at least 30,000 people (U.S. backed Contras’ destabilization of the Sandinista government in Nicaragua)
Operation Condor: at least 10,000 people (By governments of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru. U.S. govt/CIA coordinated training on torture, technical support, and supplied military aid to the Juntas)
Pakistan: at least 1.5 million people
Palestine: estimated more than 200,000 people killed by military but this does not include death from blockade/siege/settler violence
Panama: between 500 and 4000 people
Philippines: over 100,000 people executed or disappeared
Puerto Rico: 4,645-8,000 people
Somalia: at least 2,000 people
Sudan: 2 million people
Syria: at least 350,000 people
Vietnam: 3 million people
Yemen: over 377,000 people
Yugoslavia: 107,000 people (Source: The Mapping Project is a multi-generational collective of activists and organizers in the Boston area who are deeply engaged in Palestine solidarity / BDS work. For over a year, we’ve been tracing Greater Boston’s networks of support for the colonization of Palestine–and how these networks participate in other forms of oppression, from policing to U.S. imperialism to medical apartheid and privatization.)
Madu and most activist Nigerians know these facts. Big global facts. The vices the United States of America has put the world in. The dirty Empire. The global cop. And, so, Nigerians in the USA number around two million, with a few hundred thousand in Houston. Now, of course, off camera, I repeated to Madu that most Americans, oh, 90 percent of the 355 million currently residing (most illegally) here do not care about Blacks, Africans, Chinese, and again one American is worth a million Nigerians. It is a juggling act, being part of the Diaspora, and Madu is a nurse, and he, like I said, ran for Senate, and lost, and he has been inspired by some youth, but again, youth are being colonized by the ticks of data. Read below the YouTube window.
So, Alison McDowell at Wrench in the Gears, and then Silicon Icarus and others are talking about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the next colonialization of Africa. Coltan and gold may be like gold to the Wall Streeters and Transnationalists, and water and food and good land may be like platinum to the same group of thieves, but data is worth its gigabytes/terabytes in emeralds. “French Imperialism vs. Crypto Colonialism: The Central African Republic Experiment” & “Blockchain Technology & Coercive Surveillance of the Global South” both by Sebs Solomon.
So, Madu, and great honorable youth in Nigeria who want to have a free, open, clean, sustainable, cultural-centric, food security, self-imposing, country of healthy bodies, minds and ecosystems, I am sorry to report the devils wear skinny jeans, and many come to the USA from India with work permits to work and live in Seattle/Redmond to work for Microsoft/Google/Facebook and all the other devils helping put these systems in place:
There will never be enough money allocated in the budget, qualified teachers, or places in schools for the population we have; therefore, emerging technologies like Virtual Reality allow us to leapfrog these problems and offer the hope of more affordable, scalable and better quality education.
It is striking to read that UNICEF doesn’t believe there will ever be enough money to help all of the children in the world receive a traditional, classroom, education; therefore, it’s better to invest and scale Virtual Reality education — a rather pessimistic take from the “children’s fund” arm of the UN. UNICEF Innovation Fund, has virtual reality education programs in Chile, India, Nigeria, and Ghana. In Ghana, they noted there are “challenges to accessing the necessary teaching and learning resources for students to receive quality education; which is compounded by the lack of necessary and up-to-date education materials, huge class sizes and the lack of necessary infrastructural facilities.” (source)
How many more battlefields shall honorable people like Madu enter into with no money, no militias and the kings of capital weilding more powerful digital bombs than hydrogen bombs?
For a rabbit hole or warren, go to: Silicon Icarus and see Alison McDowell’s work on the following: Alison McDowell. Or over at her blog: Wrench in the Gears. She’s expending lifetime hours looking into this evil web of Davos, WEF, the billionaires’ club, the taking over of humanity through transhumanism, blockchain, Singularity, and all the other topics the mainstream and leftstream media and blogs just won’t tackle.
This is what the Fourth Industrialization devils want for all children on earth (minus their kids and their sychophants’ kids). Soylent Green be damned!
hands fold masa harina dried husks, softened in pots of water, sweat-love, pull-push ancient cereal, stone over stone, mother plants tomato holds chili pods into sun like Nudibranchia, colors of land mountain jungle plain mother holds caloric history secretive recipes, honey dabbed on tongue of child eyes open as mother mashes herbs, chocolaty foam
water-air-bowl-seed-bread-tamale like birthing, she holds a child nine months, inside, flowing energy, womb and home but children flail gravity cleaves them to earth, floor, ground mother holds child up until culture, patriarchy, decides futures, have’s and have’s not, child taken like calf, lamb husbandry for humanity
she questions why how lifting heart and fever of labor turn into shadows over and over mother is there forever not perfection, not a Virgin Mary but she’s embodied with wit, song warmth, strong hands, holds child, gives up child, to broken world
a tear for daughter chili del arbol trees filled with avocado, banana-large blood red skins seeds like volcanoes mother soaks, pulls heat away from pulp chili fills, bright orange-earth-wet clay color of love for family ajo and onion tamales steaming children waiting dogs and cats leaping into air mother holds food and child, hums words mother never learned until she carried baby
These Op-Ed’s I pen in Newport News Timesare my reckoning with loads of travel, plethora of spiritual work, and in-the-trenches journalistic forays dredging unimaginable but potent “land.”
I muck around with smalltown newspapers, even when the gig pays zero shekels, because I have a thing for smalltown newspapers staying in business. REALLY. So here you go:
I ended up in Spokane, years ago, near or around Father’s Day, 2001. Lo and behold, the story of the celebration is rooted there. A Spokane woman, Sonora Smart Dodd (man, I spent a lot of time in the Sonora – as diver, hiker, journalist), wanted to honor her Civil War vet father, who ended up raising her and five siblings after their mother died in childbirth.
June 19, 1910 was the “first” father’s day (Spokane, WA). The official national holiday designation came from a very odd father indeed, Richard Nixon, as the third Sunday in June (1972).
Much philosophical, political, sociological, and psychological territory has been traversed covering what it means to be a father, a son, an uncle, and a man. Oh, the dissertations that have been festooned dissecting intersections of American life with “the father.” We even have a bifurcation in politics around the father figure.–
I had my college students look at narrative framing around Democrats and Republicans when it comes to the strict father ideology (conservatives) and the nurturing father (progressives).
Two worldviews clash, as the strict father assumes that the world is inherently dangerous and difficult so children, who are born bad, must be made good. Whereas, the progressives see children born good, and parents can make them better.
Lessons in right versus wrong and a moral authority – George H W Bush and Ronald Reagan – define the conservative father. Contrastingly, nurturing empathy and responsibility for oneself and taking care of others – Jimmy Carter or Barak Obama – are characteristics of the liberal father. George Lakoff looked at this, as well as how conservatives use language to dominate politics.
Here I was teaching at a university and community college in El Paso and adult professionals in Juarez, guiding them to consider the many sides of the male coin: Texas, a macho state governed by George W. Bush, and then for one term, Ann Richards. The town was more than 85 percent Latino, and my students (parents or grandparents from Mexico) were navigating what it means to be not just a college-educated person, but a high school graduate.
I also had many artist friends, and others, like masons and auto body guys, on both sides of the border, who were products of gangs. Many an out-of-town intellectual or journalist has ventured to this bi-national area to study gangs.
Many of my homies in and out of gang-life inked giant images of the Virgin de Guadalupe tattoos on their skin.
Many of the gangs in LA were rooted first in El Paso. I worked in Segundo Barrio, with youth who were in gangs like Los Aztecas and Los Fatherless. I worked in prisons as a college teacher where gangs influenced each writing session.
I worked on military compounds – Fort Bliss, White Sands, even at the United Sergeants Major Academy. Back then, very few women came through the Academy to get their last stripe, E-9. Many units were men’s clubs. Gangs, or sort.
Even in that setting, I pushed combat-toughened students to think about the role of fathers now (1986 to 2000) and back in their grandfathers’ days.
What is it to be a man in America? What is it to be a son or daughter in America? We went into the how’s and why’s of deadly violence in gang life, and we talked about the deadlier violence perpetrated by US military.
Men are from Mars (Roman god of war, Ares) and women are from Venus (beauty, love and relationships, as it represents the sentimental, affective and sensitive side of the heart). Right? Hard versus soft, right? Should we allow females in combat? And, then shelves of books on rape culture and toxic masculinity.
The landscape was mined with explosive topics from the get-go for me, as I got my classes rolling on debates and research projects around those controversial topics.
What does it mean to be father? Definitions have morphed foundationally since I started journalism and teaching at age 21.
I taught poet Robert Bly’s Iron John, and I had to defend that action since teaching “men to be men” in English departments seemed anathema to the “woke world.”
In ordinary life, a mentor can guide a young man through various disciplines, helping to bring him out of boyhood into manhood; and that in turn is associated not with body building, but with building an emotional body capable of containing more than one sort of ecstasy.
― Robert Bly, Iron John: A Book About Men
I taught the Fight Club, too, and had to defend that book choice as well. However, my reading list included Alice Walker (The Color Purple), Sapphire (Black Wings & Blind Angels), Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) and so many others.
I worked into syllabi Charles Bowden’s Juarez: The Laboratory of Our Future and Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family to some consternation from female faculty in El Paso and Spokane.
As a case manager for the houseless, just-out-of-prison, struggling with addiction, I found many a male figure, for sure, was either absent from the men and women’s lives, or that father was someone who’d easily occupy Dante’s Seventh circle of hell.
There are many good men. Last month, I met a fellow who lives and works in Waldport. Eight years in the Marine Corps. He’s forty-five, and has 9 “kids” living with him: His own biological children, and those he has taken in from family members who have run away from their duties, to include mothers and fathers.
He’s a living lesson for any man – he teaches respect for all people, including those living in vans or tents. He gives back to Waldport community with free clothes and furniture. He is navigating all the attention needed from those 9 youth, ranging from toddlers to 18 years old.
Happy Father’s Day!
In ordinary life, a mentor can guide a young man through various disciplines, helping to bring him out of boyhood into manhood; and that in turn is associated not with body building, but with building and emotional body capable of containing more than one sort of ecstasy.
The Wild Man doesn’t come to full life through being “natural,” going with the flow, smoking weed, reading nothing, and being generally groovy. Ecstasy amounts to living within reach of the high voltage of the golden gifts. The ecstasy comes after thought, after discipline imposed on ourselves, after grief.
Not Just One of those Tales of Another Dead Indian
Amanda, the woman whose ghost holds Yachats
by Paul Haeder / June 5th, 2022
bloody feet dampen soil her DNA cleaved to earth, forced blind trek called “a march” yet she sees through darkness, earth torn for steel guns, rusty crosses, parchment proof of broken treaties tears bleeding into wind signatures of unholy men worth the indigo nothing more, promises, lies
before US Military kidnapping, white mountain man grabbed her fornicated, child from uncommon law, but mother thrives until march of tears from beachhead south into basalt canyons toes bound by scars stumbling, old blind woman disappeared, or bones to dust
reality: Amanda De-Cuys was a blind Native American woman of the Coos tribe who traversed coastal trail 158 years ago, but not by choice. she fled to Coos Bay, but designated runaway she was tagged like elk, as US army men carried-out forced march seventy-five miles north daughter left behind with common law gringo, 12 of them prodded by uniformed glory now a land of colonization a continent crying slow death
in 2022 mostly gray heads gather at the grotto rededication of new bridge, Amanda’s Trail statue of blind Indian these people hold court listen to speakers the mulch of Oregon forest like fungi on tongues
Yachats, hippie town tears of Umpqua, Coos, Siletz, Alsi forever there, a mist a new rainbow each time a new visitor hikes hoping Amanda’s song is caught in kingfisher or murre or guillemot transmigration of natives’ souls
Right after Malcolm X’s death, The New York Times editorialized that “The world he saw through those horn-rimmed glasses of his was distorted and dark. But he made it darker still with his exaltation of fanaticism. Yesterday someone came out of that darkness that he spawned, and killed him.” Who would’ve thunk the outré woke Times cancelled Malcolm X on his deathbed?
–Excerpt from Norman Finkelstein’s forthcoming book on Cancel Culture and Academic Freedom
One man’s fanaticism is another man’s capitalism. Fanatics are defined by their times? Are Israeli mercenary military fanatics when they murder children, wheelchair bound old men, or journalists? This is the coin of the realm — who defines us, the 80 Percent? We can be self-described dissidents, but if that dissent is directed at capital, banks, USA, Western Deformed Culture, Racists, the entire project to hem in “the other” while the great white hoards in NZ, Australia, EU, Klanada, USA, UK live off the blood-sweat-tears and stolen food, resources and land of “the other,” who in the eyes of the West, are undeserving.
What is the form of fanatcism of your enemy, or religious bodies, or laws?
“The Jews are called human beings, but the non-Jews are not humans. They are beasts.” –Talmud: Baba mezia, 114b
“Every Jew, who spills the blood of the godless (non-Jews), is doing the same as making a sacrifice to God.” –Talmud: Bammidber raba c 21 & Jalkut 772
I could go on and on, into “that” religion, or the other two in the triad of Judeo-Christian-Abrahamic fanaticism.
There’s much now about the Russians, and then the Ukranians, and then Latvia, and Poland, and the Finns and Swedes and that entire project of hating Russia, hating Slavs, hating USSR, hating Soviets.
It’s madness, but we’ve seen it many many times before. And, back to canceling:
Sure, the Red Army won the war, but at a huge cost. And, fanatics in Germany and in Japan, they are right at it again. Arming themselves. What lunacy is that. And, who did the Russians defeat? Oh, they defeated Hungarians, Danes, Swedes, Finns, Germans, Austrians, Poles, Ukrainians, and others who aligned with the Nazis. Fanatics, those Nazis, but not for long since they came to the USA and helped build the space-missile program, and seed the CIA. Fanatics, right, CIA?
Right off the bat, though, today, I have to see the war criminal Kissinger, at the table, interviewd and consulted again and again, and here he is with that bastion of MI6, Financial Times: video.
So this billionaire, this chugging-along Zionist, this profoundly perverse human (sic) gets the stage, but a youth in Latvia, who is memorializing the millions of Russians dead and killed in WWII to defeat the Nazis, faces five years in prison for, a Russian flag? See Mickey Z, “Henry Kissinger, the World Economic Forum and Population Control.”
The mother of a young Latvian man, who is facing charges for brandishing a Russian flag during World War Two Victory Day celebrations in the EU country’s capital, has insisted that his arrest was groundless.
Alexander Stefanov was detained by police on May 10 near a monument commemorating Soviet soldiers in Riga. He had a Russian national flag with him, and was charged with justifying genocide, crimes against humanity, crimes against peace and war crimes.
The Latvian authorities said that this year, instead of celebrating Victory Day, the country would mourn those who died or were wounded in Russia’s ongoing military operation in Ukraine. They banned the display of any Russian or Soviet symbols, warning that it would be considered glorification of “aggression,” and could lead to criminal and administrative liability.
Alexander’s mother Svetlana Stefanova told RT that her son could face up to five years in prison if convicted, but a lighter punishment like probation or a fine was also possible.
Her son’s treatment by the Latvian police was totally unexpected, the woman said, especially considering that, according to her, Alexander did nothing wrong.
The young man had engaged with police about the display of Russian symbols during Victory Day celebrations on Monday, with officers telling him that they were only banned on May 8 and May 9, she said.
Alexander returned to the memorial on Tuesday, May 10, together with many other people, who were shocked and angered after learning that thousands of flowers they had laid at the foot of the monument a day before had been removed by a bulldozer.
This time, he was bearing a Russian flag, confident that he wasn’t violating any rules, but was still approached by officers.
Fanatics, no? Again, valorizing war criminals is a big deal, and anything Russia is a bad deal. It is more than just “cancel” culture. It is running through the veins of youth, in their DNA, especially Western Youth, in the USA, in those fascist Democratic Party and liberal mentality circles. Young people are cancelling professors, teachers, wait staff, anyone they come in contact with who do not align with their putrid belief system, that I-Me-Us are right, and any deviation is WRONG.
There are thousands of Facebook groups and Meet-up organizations dedicated to the loss of a child — adult children who have stopped talking with parents. Cancelled. Persona non grata. This is the estrangement principle of AmeriKKKa, and the family, that is, THE Family, for so many in the USA, is not a core protector or refuge. The cancelling of our own blood based on so many flimsy and pathetically psycho-babbling rationales is at an epidemic level.
Daughter deciding that a single mother was too, well, too stressed at work, too involved in the child’s success at school, and too ornery when coming off of despicable work conditions into the home. Controlling, too controlling, that’s one cancellation. Then, a grandmother who has been frozen out of seeing her grandchildren becauce she and her immune compromised husband did not get the jab? The daughter cancels the grandparents, no if’s or and’s or but’s. No compromise. No mediation. Hell, just like that — we can’t even have anything to do with you because of not just not having the SARS-CoV2 jab (sic), but the fact that you would take that medical decision stand on your own without consideration of us, the parents of your grandchildren.
A mother who hasn’t seen or spoken with a son and his kids for years, decades, because the son decided to cut ties, stop any dialogue, and blatantly stated years ago — “I want nothing to do with you.”
Oh, look at this vapidity:
Throwaway society, shallow, me-myself-and-I:
We wouldn’t have cut our parent out of our lives if we didn’t genuinely feel a threat to our emotional wellbeing.
It is no one’s fault—miscommunication happens in almost any relationship at some point. But there is no joy in it for anyone, estrangement was done out of extreme necessity and we wish it could be different.
It means that we also love ourselves enough to not force something that will disrupt our lives moving forward with our spouses, children, our just ourselves. But what is good for us is also good for you. Live your best life without us as well.
There are all sorts of rationales, around “toxic relationships, a difference of opinions, difference in values” and on and on. The default is for many, “I can’t talk to you because this conversation — YOU — is becoming toxic.” It is a virus, no, debating the issues of the day, tied to, well, any number of topics that end up on Facebook, in MSM, on TikTok, what have you? These interactions between people of different minds are becoming a thing of the past. So, it makes sense that adult grown children would want to ditch a relationship with a parent or two. End of discussion. This is not just with youth, or within families. Try arguing about a bill, or about a tax, or a fine or anything dealing with the government or a corporation. Try getting your elected officials to talk about anything outside their frame or silo. Try and talk about the murder of JFK, Malcolm X or MLK, Jr. Talk about SARS-CoV2? CIA training Azov Nazis? But killing family ties? Where does this come from? Some Sam Shepherd True West game? Netflix? All the perversions in the media about toxic this and toxic that, with no mediation and direct support to heal and make amends? In fact, psychologists say that the parent-child relationship is typically more important to the parent—and that’s a perfectly normal part of human psychological development. But it also means that absence is often felt more strongly by the parents than by the adult children. Imagine that, assisted care, memory care, old folks home, poor house, the streets, the van, whatever, as long as I do not have to deal with Dad or Mom. I have my own Private Idaho!
People I know who are 60, women, and they time and time again, when they are in line at a store, or in other situations, they feel as if they are unseen, an treated as non-human. Gray hair, a little pudgy, and that woman is persona non grata. Again, just three examples close to my circle, and not one example involves any shit like abusive parents, drugs, bizarre men coming into the house, etc.
I have had many clients over the years whose parents were despicable, whose parents dealt drugs, were running and gunning in the community, were allowing despicable people into the home, all of that, and more, including introducing a young child to drugs, booze, porn and violence. And yet, these folk still want something to do with their parents. Not a complete cutting off at the knees with this yammering, “I never want to speak to you or see you again.”
Oh, and those Star Chamber folk like Kissinger? He has two children who fawn over his 98-year-old self.
But, the Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper for the same school Kissigner attended, had this to say about a Kissinger “talk” at the elite criminal-producing college:
On Thursday February 2nd, the Institute of Politics will host “A Conversation with Henry Kissinger.” On its website, the IOP describes the controversial statesman with two titles:
“Henry A. Kissinger
Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
56th United States Secretary of State”
They neglect a third, more accurate label: War Criminal.
During his brief tenure at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy, Kissinger got a lot done. In his first two years in office, he helped Richard Nixon sabotage Vietnamese peace talks for his own political gain, expanded that war into Laos and Cambodia (the destabilizing effects of which would pave the way for the rise of the Khmer Rouge and the death of up to two million people), and advocated the bombing of, in his own words, “anything that moves.”
In 1971, Kissinger backed Pakistan in its war against Bangladesh despite evidence of massacre and rape. In ‘73, he orchestrated a military coup against the democratically elected Allende regime of Chile, installing in its stead the violently oppressive Pinochet dictatorship. And in ‘75, the then-Secretary of State lent his tacit support to President Suharto of Indonesia―himself a despot already responsible for the mass killings of hundreds of thousands―in the deadly conquest of East Timor. Kissinger himself, in proposing an intervention in Cyprus, summed up his philosophy best: “The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.”
Appalling though this all may be, Kissinger’s most enduring legacy is subtler in its malignance. The foreign policy of Henry Kissinger is defined, above all, by an utter contempt for human life and absolute pursuit of “American interests.” For every one of Kissinger’s crimes that goes unpunished and for every bit of praise he receives, the belief that the United States can do whatever it wants with the rest of the world is further concretized. Behind every thoughtless, disastrous intervention since then―behind the mujahideen and the Contras, behind the Iraq war and the El Mozote Massacre―is the work of Henry Kissinger.
Now, what prompts me to start off big, with Kissinger that is and then move into Cancel Culture and that includes Canceling All Things Russian? Well, wise Edward Curtain lays out the dillema in a nutshell:
While the so-called liberal and conservative corporate mainstream media – all stenographers for the intelligence agencies – pour forth the most blatant propaganda about Russia and Ukraine that is so conspicuous that it is comedic if it weren’t so dangerous, the self-depicted cognoscenti also ingest subtler messages, often from the alternative media.
A woman I know and who knows my sociological analyses of propaganda contacted me to tell me there was an excellent article about the war in Ukraine at The Intercept, an on-line publication funded by billionaire Pierre Omidyar I have long considered a leading example of much deceptive reporting wherein truth is mixed with falsehoods to convey a “liberal” narrative that fundamentally supports the ruling elites while seeming to oppose them.
This, of course, is nothing new since it’s been the modus operandi of all corporate media in their own ideological and disingenuous ways, such as The New York Times, CBS, the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, Fox News, CNN, NBC, etc. for a very long time.
In other words, the article, couched in anti-war rhetoric, was anti-Russia propaganda. When I told my friend my analysis, she refused to discuss it and got angry with me, as if I therefore were a proponent of war I have found this is a common response. — “The Subtleties of Anti-Russia Leftist Rhetoric” by Edward Curtin
There you have it, for Curtain, who is in his 70s, at least, and how his small world is being framed through the cancel culture he is faced with, in these friendships (air quotes). No discussion, no mediated discussion, no looking at many sides to an issue or argument. No considering the gray areas of the topic or issue. Like my friends’ daughters and sons and grandchildren canceling them out so do the people in our lives we call friends. End of discussion, and you and your ideas do not exist!!
So, we are pro-war if you are against all the war-prepping and war-arming and war-manuevering of USA and Nato. But then, support for ZioLensky is somehow not supporting war? Look at what this subhuman is doing, and he is doing it rather well from a Zionist perspective. He is sucking up to and into Nato, Europe, USA and others. He is demanding billions in arms. He is overseeing (sic) a government that is made up of people from outside the country of Ukraine. He is amassing tens of millions of bucks (look at the Pandora Papers), and he is demanding “they” fight while “he/us” pontificates. There is not a single anti-war bone in Zelensky’s body, yet if you dare question the guy, dare question his background and his actions leading up to the Russian Special Military Operation, you will be cancelled and called a nut job.
Now, leaked documents prove that Zelensky and his inner circle have had their own network of offshore companies. Two belonging to the president’s partners were used to buy expensive property in London.
The revelations come from documents in the Pandora Papers, millions of files from 14 offshore service providers leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and shared with partners around the world including OCCRP.
The documents show that Zelensky and his partners in a television production company, Kvartal 95, set up a network of offshore firms dating back to at least 2012, the year the company began making regular content for TV stations owned by Ihor Kolomoisky, an oligarch dogged by allegations of multi-billion-dollar fraud. The offshores were also used by Zelensky associates to purchase and own three prime properties in the center of London.
The documents also show that just before he was elected, he gifted his stake in a key offshore company, the British Virgin Islands-registered Maltex Multicapital Corp., to his business partner — soon to be his top presidential aide. And in spite of giving up his shares, the documents show that an arrangement was soon made that would allow the offshore to keep paying dividends to a company that now belongs to his wife. (Source)
Oh, the fanatical Zelenksy and his Jewish Fanatical Friends and his Kolomoisky, the fraudster of the billion dollar variety. And, yet, if you bring this up, if you tell people, Hell no, no arms and stuff or anything for ZioLensky, or his government.” Hell no, he has zero right to cry. He has to go. He has to be dragged to the negotiating table. He is killing his people, killing Russians, killing others. He must GO NOW.”
You know, just get that other fanatic, Joe Biden, to call up the young comic billionaire, ZioLensky, and say, “Nyet means no. No more bombs, bullets, weaponry. Get your ass to the table and save Ukraine by talking to Putin. Nyet.”
Fanaticism is Nato, is the leaders of EU, those messed up women leaders, those messed up male leaders. They are fanatics, and they must go.
So, the choice is, do you take out the guy holding the gun to your family’s heads? Do you take out a gang raping and pilaging group of guys? Do you just do what you have to do, and let the fanatics call it war, and just do it, period?
Of course, Russia should have done this years ago. Really. They’ve worked too long hoping for EU, Nato, the Jewish oligarchs, the Israelis, the Turks, the Americans, the Klanadians, all of them, to understand sanity, understand diplomacy, understand their perspective. Who are the fanastics? Not the Russians. Purely fanatical, those, the Wester, USA-UK, from Reagan, Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton, Biden, Thather, Blair, Johnson, and all points in between.
It all begs the question, (Sanhedrin 57a) “When a Jew murders a gentile (“Cuthean”), there will be no death penalty. What a Jew steals from a gentile he may keep?”
And what is fanatical when it comes to someone from Crimea who questions the oligarchs?
Alex Ladov, born and raised in Crimea and worked abroad.
I can tell you the story about so-called “Russian oligarchs”, this new batch of billionaires who are mostly Jewish. The main reason they became super-rich while contributing nothing to our society is very simple – Jews help Jews and money makes money. Many Soviet people started enriching themselves by stealing Soviet state assets when it became possible, but only those who managed to establish special relations with western banks and companies managed to become super-rich because they could get large credits, avoid taxes, channel money into offshores, etc. Soviet Jews were much more likely to connect with Western Jews to create schemes to pump oil abroad and return almost no money into Russian budget. Only after Putin scared them enough by sending to jail the boldest among them (Khodorkovsky) they started to pay taxes and now try to be useful for our country.
Also, their morale, or rather absence of morale, helped them to become billionaires a lot. A Russian man who makes 10 million dollars often stops working or works for his country and people around him. For a typical Jew he will make more money indefinitely, he will maximize profits and minimize taxes and other expenses as long as they can do that. Of course, some of them, after they become billionaires engage into philanthropy (just to improve their own image), but most of them will rather donate to Jewish organisations.
As for such reasons like love of education, etc. – in USSR we had universal free education and we all were studying together in the same schools; for example, we had 5 Jews in my class and they were no different from other children during socialism. However, they all got immigration advantage when Soviet Union collapsed; they all now live in US, and one of them invested money he made in America into buying apartments in my Crimea. As I know he bought several apartments for 5-10 thousand 30 years ago, now their cost is at least 10 times more. Guess why this not very clever guy was able to make so much money practically from thin air? Well, because western Jewish community helped Soviet Jews to immigrate, that’s all. Jews help Jews and money makes money.
Fanatical, off-base, prejudiced, biased, antisemitic? Or, a nuaned perspective. And what does this blog do with that perspective? Well, there are so many ways to look at the Soviet union’s collapse and gutting of resources and human and other capital. Austerity and the rich and super-rich. Who is to blame? Is there a conspiracy among the rich to stay rich, protect those riches, hide those riches, grow those riches, utilize those riches in a form of synicate? Fanatical?
Finally, a few other people I know who are facing this country’s barbarism. Again, I like to put in these screeds, the ground truth, and while this piece is spot on — “Booming” Economy Leaves Millions Behind: Part Four” by Shawgi Tell — how these criminal economic and political times hit us closely, from friend to family to acquaintance, tells the real story.
One woman, from Montreal, who came to this country with a man she met in Guatemala, an American, who she married, and he, being who he is, fanatical macho guy, abused her. It went on for five years. Why? That’s very complicated tied to spousal abuse syndrome and other lovely things.
She got out of here with a bunch of support. She is in Prescot, AZ. She is with her big lab, 85 pound puppy. That’s all she took with her besides the clothes on her back. She has gotten support from my sister and from a counselor she knows in Prescott. But she is also looking for a green card, and that process is almost done. Divorce is another step. This guy is from Arizona, and a bad character all around. Booze, and then, the bad bad seed of a father, and a mother who took the abuse, and so, the man and his brother have taken out their hate of the old man, and his physical abuse, onto the mother. Why would she every stay with this guy?
In the end, my friend from Canada is having a difficult time recovering. There are not a lot of battered women services in Prescott. She sees the redneck Trump angle of things there, and a lot of money floats around these retirement and second home and Zoom ranch house locales, and then the service economy where she works, full of the same shit — making due, or, if she was in 1970 USA, those tips and wages would get her a nice place, a car and some savings. She works at a high end private bar-club, and she gets tips, but she has to keep her mouth shut and listen to their pro-Ukraine crap, their talk about flipping house number five or number ten. Lots of money to throw around.
She’s trying to establish credit, and a small apartment, studio, is $1400 a month plus first and last and other deposits, but they do not take large dogs. It’s a pro-dog country, if you look at the commercials, but not in the rental house or apartment realm. The dog is her emotional support, getting through the shit of abuse from the husband.
Housing is shot through here, and most of Arizona, to include Prescott is smokey from the fires; the rich have gated homes and gated minds; the old time funky feel of the town is turning into entitled money hoarders who may complain about Roe-v. Wage floundering, but they are far from critics of the rest of this shit hole.
Another example, here a woman working on fighting the vaccination mandates, and the mask madness, etc. Her perspective about Hawaii:
This is to reiterate what we had the pleasure of talking about on the phone the other day. Things that still drive me crazy about this place. Yes, kids still have to wear their masks at school & for any school activities. All adults on the island are pretty much mask free, for the moment, will get to that in a sec.
So, school kids get to hang out maskless while playing with their friends at home, and they also happen to be in their class. They get to ride the school bus maskless, sitting inches away from other kids. But, by God, once they step foot off that bus, the masks go on. The unions have the teachers sooooo paranoid of catching “the virus”, from the kids, the governor has mandated this. And they even believe this shit as the teachers’ own kids run around at home & on the bus maskless, but the mean virus is just waiting as soon as they enter the school. For smart people, they sure don’t follow the science.
Then, they had this play for the community, everyone, except kids, were maskless, & had to perform, with masks on, OUTSIDE, with strong trade winds blowing. SMH! Then, the seniors, had their first prom in 2 years, outside at a nice resort area. It was reported that 6, yes 6 of them tested positive. Who the F—k cares? Were they hospitalized? Were they symptomatic? The government will continue to strike fear for as long as they can. It’s pathetic.
Then, news flash this week. The island of Kauai has decided to go back to the masks for the whole island, because there was a “small” increase in positive cases. No one hospitalized, but they want to control. I predict Oahu will be the next island to fall, followed by Maui (they have more California rejects), so slower to follow course. Lastly, the Big island, more rebels with common sense here.
Inflation has taken a heavy toll in Hawaii, where residences are stacking 3-4 family groups up in a home. Just no place to rent, and if you do find something, it is $3000+/month. Cost of average 3bd/2bath entry homes, now start at $1.1 million, that’s if you can beat out the Californians that buy sight unseen. Apparently they want to get out of California badly. So many families homeless & displaced. We need new home starts badly, but guess what I found out. The federal & state government own 65% of all the land, and they could certainly open up some, but won’t. The Kameamea schools own 30%, but won’t help out their own kind. Some big cops private investors, maybe 3%, saving for hotels, and just a measly 2% left for homes on the island. The government ownership is probably pretty standard all over the U.S. I’m guessing.
Speaking of inflation, 1 gal of REG at Costco is $5.50/gal, waiting in long lines, like in the ‘70s. If you go to a regular station, it is well over $7. Doesn’t have to be this way, But Hawaii got its gas from Russia, Biden took care of that, without finding a solution, of which there is. The temporary 1921 Jones Act could remedy that, so that we could buy gas from Indonesia, which is closer, but Biden wants all to suffer, and the unions seem to back that up.
Still, no workers here, rather, no one wants to work. They are still being paid a type of stipend out of Covid money, so, why work when you have sun & surf. Electricians/plumbers 6 months out. Been trying to finish an Ohana since last July, that coupled with supply chain crisis. Hospital bugging me when I will have it done. THEY HAVE NURSES READY TO TRAVEL HERE. But we found out just about 10 days ago, that human trafficking and indentured servants are alive and well, a growing $$ adventure for the bad people. They have been flying people from the southern border to Kona. They make them do hard labor, building heavy rock walls, they provide a place to house them, but I can only imagine what that looks like, as there are just NO rentals to be had. Bet they set up tents for them. They of course pay them very minimally, because they have to pay off their airplane ticket. How do I know this? My neighbor behind me has them working building a wall. He didn’t even know the full background of this business till he started talking to the workers, otherwise he wouldn’t have hired them. But- they do a damn good job.
Shelves go half empty. You can make a grocery list, and only come out with 1/2 of your list. One week, no cat food, next week, its the dog food, TP, and formula has been out for quite a long time. Don’t know what it took so long to make national headlined. Probably, because Hawaii doesn’t have enough count worthy votes to do anything about it.
So, paradise is not so paradise, unless you are land locked at your resort, then you would never know. I hope to be back by September, have to see the projects thru. Have a good summer Common Sense people.
These stories after more stories NEVER hit the Netflix, never get the airtime on legacy and MSM news. There are no huge debates or townhalls set up to fight this sort of theft on a very grand scale. This is the facts of life, and the facts like these are going to get worse and worse, yet, the concept is the frog on the lukewarm water, with the burner barely even on, until, a day later, boiling water, floating dead frog (frogs actually do get out before the water gets too hot, but you know humans and their ability to put every rotten human trait onto an animal — Dirty as a dog. A loan shark. Lizard brain. Gorilla in the Mists. Sheep, lemmings, apes, baboons. Any manner of epithet, well, use an animal to convey the human traits.
We know who the fanatics are:
And, this is what they do, murdering journalists!
But when you are attempting to just make ends meet in a Capitalism Criminal System, where the contract always holds sway, and any nuance or apology for a late payment or anything of the sort, gets you, nothing, you will face off many cancellation, economically, physically, eduationally, workwise. Cancelled.
SARS-CoV2? Take a look at this story, and there were hundreds like it during the last two years, plus:
ACADEMIA: “Ingestion of Cyanogens from Cassava Generates Disinfectant Hypothiocyanite That May Decrease theTransmissibility of SARS-CoV-2”
By Jonathan Kaunitz, Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare SystemAngela Leung, Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare SystemYasutada Akiba, Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System
Introduction: The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is currently responsible for over 3.4 million deaths worldwide. Although vaccines have been remarkably effective in curbing the spread of the disease, the recent spike in India underscores the increased susceptibility of populations of countries with limited access to healthcare and uneven public health measures. Notable exceptions to this observation are the countries in Western and sub-Saharan Africa,where COVID deaths rates remain low despite these countries being ravaged in the past and present by pandemics such as cholera and Ebola.In this perspective, we develop the novel testable hypothesis that the apparent protection of these African populations from COVID-19 infection may stem from a diet enrichedin cyanogenic glucosides primarily from cassava which yields thiocyanate anion (SCN-).We support this hypothesis by detailing its biologic plausibility and by demonstrating that a separate population with documented high SCN- exposure, chronic smokers, are also protected from infection with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). Since exogenous SCN- is safe and inexpensive in modest doses, we propose that dietary supplementation with SCN- may be an inexpensive and effective means to control viral pan-demics, in particular in the developing world. (Source)
All of these sorts of inquiries and studies, cancelled. Taken down from Facebook, YouTube, etc., etc. Cancelled!
And, the big story of the decade, EDC’s, and kforever chemicals: Shanna H. Swan, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologists and a professor of environmental medicine and public health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. An award-winning scientist, her work examines the impact of environmental exposures, including chemicals such as phthalates and Bisphenol A, on men’s and women’s reproductive health and the neurodevelopment of children. Please check out Dr. Swan’s new book, “Count Down” – How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.”
Classically the EDCs bind to the androgen or estrogen receptor triggering an agonist or antagonist action. These in turn lead to increased or decreased gene expression of sex-specific genes.
In addition, EDCs act on steroidogenic enzymes and the metabolism of hormones, for example, inhibit the activity of 5-α reductase, which is the most important enzyme in the production of dihydrotestosterone and hence the regulation of the masculinization of the external genitalia and the prostate.
Furthermore, P450 enzymes in the liver that metabolize steroid hormones may be affected. In animal models EDCs affect hormone receptor levels. In addition to the effect on hormone action, animal experiments suggest that EDCs may also result in epigenetic changes and miRNA levels.
Swan suspects EDCs are a primary culprit in infertility, in part because we’re surrounded by them every day of our lives. We’re exposed to them through our food, water, personal care products, furniture, building materials, plastics and much more.
We can yammer on and on about these perversions — money, entertainment, politics, war — but the world is going to shit in a sludge basket. Forget about the warming ice caps. We are talkiing about major changes in how humans, mammals, other animals, develop. Or maldevelop. A new documentary uncovers the astonishing science fraud being carried out by the EPA to legalize the mass pollution of America’s farm lands, school playgrounds and city parks with heavily contaminated industrial waste and human sewage.
But we have trillion$ for Ukraine, for EU saber rattling, for all of that, now, as these human stains, globally, so called leaders, are not in this for US, the 80 Percent, but only for them, the point zero zero one percent and their colonels and captains and enforcers. Sperm counts cut in half in thrity years? Chemicals and lifestyles, and the inflammatory disease that is dog eat dog capitalism. Yet we have millions of armchair warriors writing about Ukraine, about who is winning, if Russia should or should not have carried through on their special military operation. Well well well. Money money money for THEM, but not for US.
In a case of life imitating art, Zelensky ended up winning the real-world Ukrainian presidency just three-and-a-half years after the show’s launch, with more than 73 percent of the vote.
Zelensky capitalized on widespread public anger at corruption, but his 2019 campaign was dogged by doubts over his anti-graft bona fides, given that his campaign was boosted by media belonging to Kolomoisky — who is accused of stealing US$5.5 billion from his own bank and funneling it offshore in concert with his partner, Hennadiy Boholiubov.
In the heat of the campaign, a political ally of incumbent President Petro Poroshenko published a chart on Facebook purporting to show that Zelensky and his television production partners were beneficiaries of a web of offshore firms that allegedly received $41 million in funds from Kolomoisky’s Privatbank.
Even as Zelensky pushes his anti-oligarch campaign, some continue to doubt his sincerity. Among them is Ruslan Ryaboshapka, who was picked by Zelensky as the country’s top prosecutor in 2019, but ousted from the role in early 2020. He told OCCRP he believes this was due to pressure from the oligarch Kolomoisky.
“A president shouldn’t own offshore companies. In general offshore companies are bad, whether they’re owned by a president or not,” Ryaboshapka said.
He called moving money offshore “an old tradition” in Ukraine, because the country was perceived as a dangerous place with “no rule of law.” But still, the use of such companies today raises red flags of “tax evasion or the legalization of dirty money,” he said.
“That’s the essence of offshore companies.”
So, we get these Jewish nightmares, and then the rest of us get, well, biological nukes, daily, every part of our lives, from clothes to calories ingested to calories used to move us and heat us and cool us. So is it difficult to understand how Ukraine Nazis and then ZioLenskey and Company, they are involved in killing people in eastern Ukraine? Is it difficult to understand the bioweapons labs in Ukraine? Hunter Biden in Ukraine? Oh, the evil of these people.
Today, half-mast for a milion Amerikkkans who have died of Covid-19 related compliations?
This is it for unified, universal, affordable preventable and hands on medicine? A flag, a pole, a dome?
The World Health Organization, ever that herald of dark news, has offered a revised assessment across of the SARS-CoV-2 death toll associated either directly or indirectly with the pandemic. Between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021, the global health body suggests that the mortality figure is closer to 14.9 million, with a range of 13.3 million to 16.6 million.
The number considers excess mortality, the figure reached after accounting for the difference between the number of deaths that have occurred, and the number expected in the absence of the pandemic. It also accounts for deaths occasioned directly by COVID-19, or indirectly (for instance, the pandemic’s disruption of society and health systems).
The impact, as expected, has been disproportionate in terms of which countries have suffered more. Of the excess deaths, 68% were concentrated in 10 countries – Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, and the United States. Middle-income countries accounted for 81% of excess deaths; high-income countries, for 15%, and low-income countries, 4%.
The United States, if only for being ascendant in terms of power, wealth, and incompetence in dealing with the virus, finds itself in the undistinguished position of having lost a million people. “Today,” remarked President Joe Biden, “we mark a tragic milestone here in the United States, one million COVID deaths, one million empty chairs around the family dinner table, each irreplaceable, irreplaceable losses, each leaving behind a family, a community forever changed because of this pandemic.” (source)
You don’t need old episodes of F-Troop to let you know how rotten a country is that utilizes death machines, mercenaries in uniform, entire budgets for bullets and bombs to annilihate people.
We are talking about total integration of the war machine, war mentality, war budgeting, war propaganda, war mentality, war products/by-products into American, that is, AmeriKKKan, culture and society.
NFL or NCAA:
There is a short piece over at MintPress News on the great female-mother led General Dynamics. The piece is about how GD is in total control of the narrative, and even has ways to shunt the true debates around just how much taxpayer money goes to these Angels and Devils of Death.
“General Dynamics recently rejected a human rights proposal on the grounds that it would “undermine shareholder value and more notably, “embed radical skepticism toward U.S. foreign policy.” by Shea Leibow. Here, a pulled quote from Leibow:
That is why now is a critical time to focus on pulling money away from these weapon-manufacturing corporate behemoths. Divesting money from weapons manufacturers, whether that is through divesting your church, university, or city budget, not only pulls financial resources from these death-dealing corporations but also demonstrates to them that there are dissenting communities across the U.S. who do not believe their lies about “just doing their jobs.” Pushing your Congressional representative to divest from war by refusing to take campaign contributions from weapons manufacturers is another powerful way to disrupt weapon manufacturers’ manipulation of U.S. policy for their own profit.
I then followed up in the comments section, since Mint Press News seems to be on the outs, censored to death, and PayPal crushed. I wake up with coffee, orange, and a couple of hours of slamming Big Brother and the Agnotologists. Here, comments from me, as pablosharkman:
Divesting from military industrial complex, these weapons manufacturers, these offensive military billion-dollar publicly traded outfits means the end of capitalism. The “complex” is a many rooted toxic tree. Any college that runs an engineering department, runs a drone program, runs communications classes, that runs arts and sciences and liberal arts, all of it, that college has blood on its hands, of course. Teaching young people to go out there and get good paying jobs, well, that’s the cost of killing.
They learn how to game the world, with lies, legal gymnastics, propaganda, business tricks. All those football fields and game days with US military units bringing up the flag. All those ROTC programs. All the junk in video games that teach younger and younger folk to shoot-shoot-shoot. All the investment portfolios that are tied to seemingly green and innocuous companies, like battery manufacturing. One side of the company makes batters for cardic pacemakers, but the real profits comes from batteries in guided missiles and other such maiming and murdering junk.
Then, we have all these Woke companies hiring on women, he-she-they pronoun holders, all the daycare centers and bring a dog to work fun and games. Again, welfare for the rich, for the companies, and savagery for the 80 percent.
Remember, it is not the point zero-zero one percent. It is the 19.999 percent of Americans who are the Eichmann’s, the woke abusers and murder incorporated soldiers and captains and colonels making a killing off of death.
Militaries need cities to run, so, every A/C unit, every roll of toilet paper, every floor of a hospital, every hamburger fried, every school room staffed, well, you get it. The military, the tech companies, the surveillance state, the entire mess of USA Capitalism are enbedded in every breath every single American takes.
Copper, coal, colbalt, cotton, carbs, crime, colleges — that is the system, so pulling any one part from the whole would be like taking one cardiac artery out of old Uncle Joe’s heart. He ain’t gonna live!
And, then following up my follow up, I look at the systems of oppression, the systems that keep those planes, jets, helicopters and drones afloat:
And, just coursing through this P.O.S. outfit’s bizarre writing style and focus points,
Annals of War: May 16, 2022 Issue, New Yorker — “The Turkish Drone That Changed the Nature of Warfare. The Bayraktar TB2 has brought precision air-strike capabilities to Ukraine and other countries. It’s also a diplomatic tool, enabling Turkey’s rise.” By Stephen Witt
You will see how the systems of education, religion, money, power, inventiveness, war, fun and game are all wrapped up to get us here. Yes, Turkey, and Islam. But, remember, many of the war manufacturers, the diode and drone behemoths, they are in the land of apartheid, Israel.
…I spoke with Bayraktar in March, via video. He was in Istanbul, at the headquarters of his company, Baykar Technologies, which employs more than two thousand people. When I asked him about the use of his drones in Ukraine, he told me, “They’re doing what they’re supposed to do—taking out some of the most advanced air-defense systems and armored vehicles in the world.” Bayraktar, who is forty-two years old, has a widow’s peak, soft eyes, and a slightly off-center nose. He was flanked by scale models of new drones, mounted on clear plastic stands, which he displayed to me with the unconcealed pride of an aviation geek. “Any U.A.V. built today to fly, I pilot it myself, because I, like, love it,” he told me. Bayraktar, who has more than two million Twitter followers, uses his account to promote youth-education initiatives, celebrate Turkish martyrs, and post pictures of new aircraft designs. “Some people here consider him like Elon Musk,” Federico Donelli, an international-relations researcher at the University of Genoa, told me.
In May, 2016, Bayraktar married Sümeyye Erdoğan, the youngest daughter of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s President. Erdoğan is the leader of a political Islamist movement that, the analyst Svante Cornell has written, wishes “to build a powerful, industrialized Turkey that serves as the natural leader of the Muslim world.” Turkey’s arms industry has grown tenfold in the past twenty years, and most of the country’s military equipment is now manufactured locally. “The Bayraktars, and particularly the TB2s, have turned into the flagship of the Turkish defense industry,” Alper Coşkun, a former Turkish diplomat, told me….
Then, of course, the Jews, working with the CryptoChristians: How would Moses bomb? What Would Jesus Invest In?
“How Israel became a leader in drone technology: Israel did what it generally does best – to innovate using existing technology to solve a problem that Israel faces.”
Israel’s drone pioneers not only built the IAI Scout, which was active in 1982 and after, they had also developed the Tadiran Mastiff in the 1970s. IAI and Tadiran would work together in the 1980s when the US took interest in Israeli drones. Eventually Israel’s innovations led to the development of the AAI RQ-2 Pioneer, which was introduced in 1986 and developed through American and Israeli cooperation between AAI and IAI’s Malat or “drone” division. These technological innovations would help the US in the 1991 Gulf War.
Drones wouldn’t find their full calling until 2001 when one of the first drone strikes would be carried out by the US General Atomics MQ-1 Predator. The innovations that led to the Predator also had Israeli origins in Abraham Kerem, an aeronautical engineer born in Iraq who moved to Israel as a teenager and eventually founded a company in the US. Using experience gained as a designed for the Israel Air Force, he designed Amber, a drone forerunner of the Predator.
If Israel was there at the beginning of the drone revolution, like the Wright brothers, it is also there at the cutting edge of the current wave of drone wars. The country became a “superpower” in UAVs. Globes said in 2011: “At a base in central Israel, an even more advanced UAV is in operation. It is the cutting edge in IDF unmanned vehicles, capable of reaching any place that the Israeli intelligence community might want to go. Even Iran.” That was eight years ago. Iran is thinking the same thing. In March 2019 it launched dozens of drones during an exercise titled “toward Jerusalem 1.” An Iranian drone even penetrated Israeli airspace in February 2018. In response, Israel struck the T-4 base the drone came from and other areas in Syria.
So, ALL the railing against the system (sic) gets us just more digital ink, but no change. And to completely depress my readers, take a look at the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Education:
“How Education International is Pushing Teachers’ Unions into the 4th Industrial Revolution/ Why have teachers’ unions been pushing ed-tech that is driving schools into the 4IR?
Look no further than Education International, a global federation tied to UNESCO & the WEF that dominates most teachers’ unions in the US and beyond.”
This is the brave new world these college grads and investment funds and globalists are creating in their sleep. And the unions? The leadership? They are all in on it.
….To put it all together, Fred Van Leeuwen, who is Education International’s General Secretary Emeritus, and Jelmer Evers, who is an activist member of EI, have been organizing unionized teachers in coordination with the public-private world governance stratagems of UNESCO, the WEF, and Big Tech. These efforts are aimed at micromanaging technocratic schooling in a transhumanist Fourth Industrial Revolution that is superintended by a Global Union Federation of educators bundled together under the umbrella of Education International. Of course, the transhumanist bent of EI’s UNESCO-WEF collaborations can be traced back to the eugenic histories of UNESCO and the World Economic Forum. Indeed, the first Director-General of UNESCO, Julian Huxley, coined the concept of transhumanism as the next phase of eugenics after he served as the President of the British Eugenics Society. Similarly, the World Economic Forum, which has advocated for Malthusian-eugenic population control since the WEF’s inception, was founded by transhumanist Klaus Schwab, whose family tree has roots connected to the eugenic regime of Adolph Hitler. (For a deep dive into the Schwab family’s Nazi-eugenic legacy, read Johnny Vedmore’s “Schwab Family Values”)…..
Remember, these drone folk, these military mercenaries, these grand schemers of the AI-VR-Robotic-UAV war games come from USA colleges, many of which are state college, not just the rotten MIT’s of the world. These people go to them, maybe take a philosophy course, or political science course, or see political actions on campus, but in the end, it is all about the billions. And, with the Zoomification of Education (sic), there will be no on-campus rallies, romps, rowdy students doing any street theater or big protests. That’s exactly the point in nanny nation. It’s all going to be at home, with old fido at your feet while wearing the Marvel comic book PJs and sipping the sugar-free Pepsi:
Fuck teachers. Fuck debate. Fuck liberal arts. Fuck a broad swath of exposure to a broad range of ideas. Fuck people. Fuck bricks and mortar. This world will be in an 8 by 10 room, with all the digital implants, the AI and AR and VR. You can be living in the fucking Taj Mahal. With a click of a switch. And, alas, it’s also about sending a Tweet via a brain implant. And, this is not some Phillip Dick book. This is now.
And this is science. Follow the science. Like all things in the world, the space programs, the pharmacy programs, the ag programs, the education programs, the law programs, the sociology programs, the psychology programs, the communication programs, the art programs, the writing programs, the anthropology programs, the chemistry programs, and on and on (just think of all the departments on a big campus) they are all connected to and embedded with the military machine that is the United States of Arms. All of them are in the service of the military industrial complex in some way or form. Looking at an innovation with water shortage mitigation, using drones and satellites to assess the drought, well, that will be used by the various Satans of the world for economic, food, water, bomb blasting warfare. And, do not be fooled. It is a small elite of folk doing the messing around on a large scale. That elite’s backgrounds and upbringings and politics and family tied and religious indoctrination, all of it, very important to understand and detail out.
Interesting story here, but first the image,
A new study shows that young women with a Jewish upbringing are 23 percentage points more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than non-Jewish young women of similar socioeconomic status. Jewish women also attend more selective universities than women from other religions in the United States.
Ahh, the implications are enormous. Truly tribal. Truly connected to the families, especially now, who are rally connected. The Jewish connections are immense, for such a minority among minorities. And, I know for a fact, that the study above will not look at what becomes of these great performing women. Will they team up with a spouse later in life? And, that spouse . . . hmmm . . . so you are a superstar female nonprofit ED, but you end up with, a superstar MBA or tax lawyer.? You get it. What are their values when it comes to empire, the apartheid mothership Israel, war, investing, and, domination? The study (aove) looks at a happiness index for them, as if balancing high octane education and machinations with sousehood and motherhood is really a question.
It’s always amazing to get books, reports, education platforms, documentaries, white papers, et al given/delivered by Jewish women and men about, well, all things not white or Jewish. You know, millions of “things” about Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, the Poor White Trash, Muslims, Christians, et al, those are delivered to us, even those of us in post graduate land, by a chosen few. The power of the brain. The power of the Jewish minority. What are the implications of an elite coming from elites in their bubble of elites giving the world their two cents and their massive control systems?
Back to the Turk:
Özdemir set out to secure government support for Selçuk’s drones. Özdemir was friendly with Necmettin Erbakan, an Islamic nationalist and a vitriolic critic of Western culture. Turkey had been a secular republic since the nineteen-twenties, but Erbakan, a professor of mechanical engineering, believed that by investing in industry and grooming technological talent the country could become a prosperous Islamic nation. In 1996, Erbakan had been elected Turkey’s Prime Minister, but he resigned from the post under pressure from the armed forces, and was banned from politics for threatening to violate Turkey’s constitutional separation of religion and the state. (Erbakan, who had developed connections with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, blamed his ouster on “Zionists.”)
Bayraktar briefed Erbakan on his work, and by the mid-two-thousands Bayraktar was spending his school breaks embedded with the Turkish military. The Bayraktar family also had ties to Erbakan’s protégé, Erdoğan, who was elected Prime Minister in 2002. Bayraktar’s father had been an adviser to Erdoğan when he was a local politician in Istanbul, and Bayraktar recalled Erdoğan visiting the family house.
Bayraktar’s first drone, the hand-launched Mini U.A.V., weighed about twenty pounds. In early tests, it flew about ten feet, but Bayraktar refined the design, and soon the Mini could stay aloft for more than an hour. Bayraktar tested it in the snowy mountains of southeastern Anatolia, surveilling the armed rebels of the P.K.K., a Kurdish separatist movement. Feron recalled his astonishment when he contacted Bayraktar in the mountains. “He has no hesitation to go to the front lines, to really the worst conditions that the Turkish military can go into, and basically be with them, and live with them, and learn directly from the user,” he said. Bayraktar told me he prefers to field-test a drone in an active combat theatre. “It needs to be battle-hardened and robust,” he said. “If this doesn’t work at ten-thousand-feet elevation, at minus-thirty-degrees temperature, then this is just another item that you have to carry in your backpack.”
Bayraktar began developing a larger drone. In 2014, he débuted a prototype of the TB2, a propeller-driven fixed-wing aircraft large enough to carry munitions. That year, Erdoğan, who was facing term limits as Prime Minister, won the Presidential election. A popular referendum had given him control of the courts as well, and he began using his powers to prosecute political enemies. “They arrested not only a quarter of active-duty admirals and generals but also many of Erdoğan’s civil-society opponents,” Soner Cagaptay, who has written four biographies of Erdoğan, told me. Bayraktar dedicated his prototype to the memory of Erdoğan’s mentor, Erbakan. “He gave all his life’s work to changing the culture,” Bayraktar said. (In his posthumously published memoirs, Erbakan asserted that, for the past four hundred years, the world has secretly been governed by a coalition of Jews and Freemasons.)
Oh, come on, that bold last few words are not so unusual, now, and will these be picked out of Word Press as antisemitic, and, alas, will the algorithm either black the words out like all those trillions of pages of government documents, or will the site be hacked, or closed, or . . . . ?
Back to the 25th mosgt powerful woman in the world, Phoebe of General Dynamics: Wikipedia,
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Phebe Nevenka Novakovic
Born November 1957
Education Smith College (BA)
University of Pennsylvania (MBA)
Spouse(s) David Morrison
Phebe Novakovic (Serbian Cyrillic: Фиби Новаковић) is an American businesswoman and former intelligence officer. She serves as the Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of General Dynamics. As of 2018, she is listed as the world’s 25th most powerful woman in business by Forbes.
Novakovic is of Serbian descent. Phebe Novakovic graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1979 and received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1988.
She worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. From 1997 to 2001, she worked for the United States Department of Defense.
She joined General Dynamics in 2001.She became president and Chief Operation Officer in 2012. She has served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of General Dynamics since January 2013.
She has sat on the Board of Directors of Abbott Laboratories since 2010. As of 2018, she is listed as the 25th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, rising from 56th in 2015 and 65th in 2014. In 2020 she was appointed a director of J. P. Morgan Chase.
Here we go, the Hillary Pant Suit brigade:
A picture is not worth a few words because the few words count more than all the depleted uranium projectiles in the world:
metaverse, global brain, social impact investing, your digital self
You can go through life with a thousand epigrams or deep quotes that you might come back to over two, four, six decades. Then, the disrupters pop up, those techno fascists, the tinkers and culture blasters.
These sociopaths who get the limelight then become part of a new set of epigrams, but not grand ones, but totally emblematic of a new normal of Triple Speak, Capitalism Porn, and the Stiff Arm to the Coders and their Masters.
It’s sad, really. Here, quality ones of very different and varied origins:
Timothy 6:10 “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”
Pierre Joseph-Proudhon: “Property is Theft.”
Karl Marx: “Private property has made us so stupid and one-sided that an object is only ours when we have it – when it exists for us as capital.”
“It is capitalism, not Marxism, that trades in futures.” ― Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right
We don’t think you fight fire with fire best; we think you fight fire with water best. We’re going to fight racism not with racism, but we’re going to fight with solidarity. We say we’re not going to fight capitalism with black capitalism, but we’re going to fight it with socialism. We’re stood up and said we’re not going to fight reactionary pigs and reactionary state’s attorneys like this and reactionary state’s attorneys like Hanrahan with any other reactions on our part. We’re going to fight their reactions with all of us people getting together and having an international proletarian revolution. ― Fred Hampton
One might wake up after two decades of capitalist slumber and feel like Rip Van Winkle while observing how deep the slide into those circles of capitalist hell we have all ended up. Exhumed from the grave all the felons, high and midddling, and then see that the world is still valorizing . . . Kissinger, Albright, Bush, Trump, Biden, Obama, et al. Shocks to the system every nano second. Capitalism with a gun, with a drug, with a bank.
Once we have surrendered our senses and nervous systems to the private manipulation of those who would try to benefit from taking a lease on our eyes and ears and nerves, we don’t really have any rights left. Leasing our eyes and ears and nerves to commercial interests is like handing over the common speech to a private corporation, or like giving the earth’s atmosphere to a company as a monopoly. (Marshall McLuhan rocketed from an unknown academic to rockstar with the publication of Understanding Media: The Extensions of Manin 1964.)
Concentrated power — information age, and now, it’s even so much worse, 60 years later.
Get these people’s aims and goals. These are the powerful, work with the powerful, are armies unto themselves, and they take no prisoners. We are all Luddites if we resist their machinations, their totalitarianism in skinny jeans, on the spectrum, vegan and all.
I’ll let the guy’s words flow here, longish. Monsters, really:
Marc Andreessen (“The Internet King on why the Internet is a force for good, on media conformity, the inevitable triumph of the WEIRD, Crypto, ‘Retards,’ etc. — Source) breaks down Reality Privilege:
Your question is a great example of what I call Reality Privilege. This is a paraphrase of a concept articulated by Beau Cronin: “Consider the possibility that a visceral defense of the physical, and an accompanying dismissal of the virtual as inferior or escapist, is a result of superuser privileges.” A small percent of people live in a real-world environment that is rich, even overflowing, with glorious substance, beautiful settings, plentiful stimulation, and many fascinating people to talk to, and to work with, and to date. These are also *all* of the people who get to ask probing questions like yours. Everyone else, the vast majority of humanity, lacks Reality Privilege—their online world is, or will be, immeasurably richer and more fulfilling than most of the physical and social environment around them in the quote-unquote real world.
The Reality Privileged, of course, call this conclusion dystopian, and demand that we prioritize improvements in reality over improvements in virtuality. To which I say: reality has had 5,000 years to get good, and is clearly still woefully lacking for most people; I don’t think we should wait another 5,000 years to see if it eventually closes the gap. We should build—and we are building—online worlds that make life and work and love wonderful for everyone, no matter what level of reality deprivation they find themselves in.
Here’s a thought experiment for the counterfactual. Suppose we had all just spent the last 15 months of COVID lockdowns *without* the Internet, without the virtual world. As bad as the lockdowns have been for people’s well-being—and they’ve been bad—how much worse would they have been without the Internet? I think the answer is clear: profoundly, terribly worse. (Of course, pandemic lockdowns are not the norm—for that, we’ll have to wait for the climate lockdowns.)
Is this an easy target? Am I just poking fun at culture, the new masters of the metaverse? Are we speaking two very “man who fell to earth” languages? Or, is this fellow above, misanthrope on a very pathetic scale? We know he’s got hundreds of millions, and he is the guru, and governments and the Titans of Media all have his ear.
Oh, I have old people whispering how they feel for today’s kids, how they feel for the young adults who are stuck in this bubble inside a bubble. I hear them while they have grand machinations of flipping a home into a bank account and some smaller home. Too expensive in Pacific Northwest or California? Then, sell sell sell, and end up in Appalachia. Lewisburg. Get a home and two acres for $250K, and bank the rest, and be damned, the rest of the world.
Me-myself-I, that’s the reptilian brain angle these Titans of the Screen/Black Mirror in the Hand have going for them (not a great term, really, repitilian, but you get the picture — food, sex, water, fight or flight, flash, rest, run, jump, gobble, hump).
Get these stats, mom and pop, uncle and aunt, cuz:
Every minute. American adults spend over 11 hours interacting with digital media every day. Daily media consumption on mobile has grown 6x from 45 minutes in 2011 to 4 hours and 12 minutes in 2021.
The “entire world is a stage” is played out minute by minute, in Ukraine by the Zionist Comic Nazi-loving Jew (not-not), or the charades of Biden and the gang (media). Now? Every man, woman, child is an island — connected to the WWW — unto him-her-them SELF:
This is it, while the crocodile tears are spewing for the poor Ukrainians, and the trillion$ soon for guns, nukes, these idtiots try a Jon Leibowitz Stewart thing: White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on Saturday night. The dinner was shunned by Trump and canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But then, they all are misanthropes, and again, the optics, man, the optics of the USA decaying while Biden shits his pants: “I’m really excited to be here with the only group of Americans with a lower approval rating than I have,” Biden joked to the Washington, DC crowd, referring to his own sub-40% polling and to surveys showing just 36% of Americans trust the mass media.
This is insane, of course, on many levels. It is the inside joke, and the giant overt joke. This is the spokesperson for the free world, and these are the minutes they spend in their spare time. All puppets, all wind-up dolls, and the media, they are the lever pullers. Behind the media? Oh, man, you don’t need a recap on who the monster men (a few women, too) are?
Okay, now down the other rabbit hole: Go to Alison McDowell’s work (Wrench in the Gears (dot) com) recently in Salt Lake City, following the LDS/Mormons capitalization of transhumanism, blockchain, social impact investing, cyber everything, internet of bodies, brains, babies. Slide show/stack here, Ignorance is Bliss?
Check out 36 videos looking into this dispicable system of mind-matter-money control: Transhumanism, CIA Enslavement, Faith and Technology, Digital Education. YouTube.
I have those discussions now, with former students, who want to know from me, what I think of Zoom Doom Rooms, or where I think education, both K12 and higher (sic), is going. Of course, the language we use is not always in synch, since I think the systems of education were flawed from the beginning, and that capitalism and fascism as it is delineated by GloboCap, set people up to accept lies, and the systems of oppression are about getting people to learn how to lie to themselves.
I’ve noticed a fascinating phenomenon in my thirty years of teaching: schools and schooling are increasingly irrelevant to the great enterprises of the planet. No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes. The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders. This is a great mystery to me because thousands of humane, caring people work in schools as teachers and aides and administrators, but the abstract logic of the institution overwhelms their individual contributions. Although teachers do care and do work very, very hard, the institution is psychopathic — it has no conscience. It rings a bell and the young man in the middle of writing a poem must close his notebook and move to a different cell where he must memorize that humans and monkeys derive from a common ancestor. ― John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
I talked recently with a teacher who knew me, and wondered where I was, in the substitute teacher stable. I informed her that this county, the school district, has banned me for pushing high school students to think about their own lives tied to stories like Of Mice and Men and Animal Farm, two books the teacher of record was having me, the substitute of record, work with. Amazing, I was frog marched out of the classroom and school, and there was zero recourse, no audience to be gained, and alas, I couldn’t defend myself: this is how one system of oppression works.
This fourth grade teacher went on and on about how oppressive it is to be that elementary grade teacher in this district, and how the higher ups, the school board, they have scorn for the teachers, the paraeducators, the staff.
Hell, I was teaching a community education class, and it took me more than a month and a half to be paid by the community college. This is the new normal, but not so new. This is the mentality whichruns the world. And, more and more people want to be their own boss, but their options are limited — really, a cinnamon roll shop, beads, candles, more deep fried oysters?
Capitalism is lovely, so creative, open, available for smart small and tiny entrepeneurs. Wrong!
Disdain, just like the fellow announcing that Reality Privilege is dead. The world of games, the world of on-line shopping, dating, hunting, driving, hiking, that is it for the world from here on in. Get on the phone, six hours a day, at least. Plug in.
Zoom Zelensky from Britain or Poland. Watch Sean Penn or Pelosi fly into some staged area, then, long-live the ZioLenksy Nazi, and then, more dialing for dollars. Stage left, masks on, start themusic, do the edits, cut cut cut, and then let the lies fly.
“A new medium is never an addition to an old one, nor does it leave the old one in peace. It never ceases to oppress the older media until it finds new shapes and positions for them.”
We see this today as newspapers transition to a digital world and how the medium—the internet—remakes the papers to fit its own standards. Not only have newspapers moved from physical to virtual but now they are hyperlinked, chunked, and embedded within noise. If he were alive (and healthy) McLuhan would argue these changes impact the way we understand the content.
McLuhan foresaw how all mass media would eventually be used for commercialization and consumerism:
“Once we have surrendered our senses and nervous systems to the private manipulation of those who would try to benefit by taking a lease on our eyes and ears and nerves, we don’t really have any rights left.”
And, finally, reality is reality, all those down-home chemicals, cancers, catastrophies. A new outfit with the Environmental Working Group, The New Lede. PFAS, Monsanto, other pesticides, all covered by investigative journalists. You can attempt to “virtual reality” away the reality world. These are freaks! However, a hero like Carey Gillam has spent more than 25 years reporting on corporate America. She is the managing editor at The New Lede. Watch her over at RFK Jr’s site!
Reality for Us, the Unprivileged.
For a visitor to this rural part of eastern Nebraska, the crisp air, blue skies and stretch of seemingly endless farm fields appear as unspoiled landscape. For the people who live here, however, there is no denying that they are immersed in an environmental catastrophe researchers fear may impact the area for generations to come.
The signs of a silent poisoning are everywhere: A farmhouse has been abandoned by its owners after their young children experienced health problems; a pond once filled with fish and frogs is now barren of all life; university researchers are collecting blood and urine from residents to analyze them for contaminants; and a local family now drinks water only from plastic bottles because tests show chemical contamination of their drinking well. — Source, Carey Gillam
No matter how many hours you might be connected to a gamefied world, virtual and augemented, the chemicals will still bore their toxins into your cells until no amount of AI-VR-AR can save you!
Listen to these monsters . . .
And then, four hours learning about this global brain mentality. Good work by Wrench In the Gears:
And how many people are willing to go down these blockchain, decentralized technologies, social impact and reality priviledge and digital ID and crypo-funding? The Church of LDS is into Transhumanism. Keep your eye close on these folk, synthetic biology eugenics freaks.
‘For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,’ Joe Biden told a crowd in Warsaw after condemning the Russian president
Been missing Democracy Now (intentionally), Been Listening to Faux Left, and Seeing the House of Mirrors and Cities of Cards that Are the USA-UK-EU-Klanada-Israel-et al
I have a friend who is into Jesus. He’s so into Jesus, that he even pisses off the traditional Jesus folk by challenging their doctrines (he cites the hypocrisy and lies of the Pharisees), and he likes to talk to Mormons (LDS) to question their “weird” religion, and he likes to say how Christ is the original son of god, and that all other religions have stolen from Christianity. He knows I am more than just an atheist, and he says that’s what he likes about me, that I am passionate about helping people, that I know a lot and that I can at least listen to him.
He’s all about how the bible is all the (the only) news fit to print, from above, both literal and predictive. You know, Ukraine and Russia, all in the bible. You know, the war will be China-Iran-Russia-Syria against Jerusulem. It all gets rather comic book-like, but then, people who have gone 67 years living in the USA, like he has, in a scattered life, with a childhood full of ADHD, and he has had years of depression, and years of anger, and years of working in used car sales, well, the time is now where he believes he has a calling to serve the poor. But through JESUS!
Except he thinks he is immune from politics, immune from the world, and he has it all down, like most fundemental and simplistic Christians do — the earth will end, by god’s will, prophisized in the bible, before climate change will do any destruction.
He’s a white Southern guy who ended up in New York, and worked with a lot of Black musicians, and he likes that music, jazz and all of that, but he gets really hateful when talking about Black Lives Matter. He says all news is fake, that “they” are all liars, but then in the same breath, he tells me about the person who started BLM and how she has several million dollar homes somewhere as if that news is somehow going to sink why black lives matter as a movement is real and righteous. I tell him that capitalism corrupts all, and the intent of BLM was and is good, but the leadership, like ALL leaderships, are corruptable, and they love the luxuries, man. In fact, my Jesus Man loves his nice house, though he has been homeless, and he says, if it weren’t for his spouse, he’d just pick up and go, live out of a van, if necessary, and serve the poor. Maybe, or maybe not. Yet, he is so tone deaf to movements, to the racism of this society, that he is an injured conservative, leaning for Christ, but not understanding that there a millions of other Christians who have nuanced and looked at the teachings and the Bible and all of that, well, err, mostly crap. He believes that Christ existed/exists. Oh well.
Here, from USA Today, looking at the dirt on this BLM co-founder,
Khan-Cullors also noted that she is a public speaker, owns a gallery, has a deal with YouTube and teaches at a private liberal arts college in Arizona.
The claim that Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors bought four luxury homes is MISSING CONTEXT, because without additional information it could be misleading. While some social media users suggested that the purchases were evidence that Khan-Cullors had been enriched by the movement, our research revealed no evidence that Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation funds were used to purchase property. Khan-Cullors has held several other jobs in addition to her work as the organization’s volunteer executive director, including writing a memoir and developing content for Warner Brothers. (Source)
This is how people in the USA fly. My friend may want a life as simple as possible, but he has a home on the coast, purchased two years ago with the sale of an over-priced Calif. home (What Would Jesus Say About Housing Flippers?) which got he and his wife, both on Social Security, a house with a million dollar view of the Pacific. However, their savings are going, they paid full price on the house, a new roof might be upwards of $20K, and the regressive property taxes in this shit-hole county are going up and up and up.
So, the Jesus-Is-My-Friend guy is looking to sell the place for a profit (he got it for $425K and now they, the realtor, say $560K is easily one first offer possibility). He’s looking in Washington, around Gig Harbor and Port Angeles, but the prices are way too high. He’s looking to go back to country southern roots, Lewisburg, where he says that cool $600 K in cash can get he and his wife a home of $200K or so, and then the rest will be in the bank.
The point is, that, even a communist like myself can sit down and have a beer with a fellow who believes in a second coming, believes in the literal translation of the bible, believes in a holy war a’comin’, and this is someone who professes he is not concerned about the worldly things, yet, he gets checked up by the VA, he does like to drink beer, he also likes to comment on a few things he says he somehow gets from that news he says is all lies.
Trying to talk to someone who believes that nothing counts but the holy ghost is problematic. How can I point out, that, a, yes, BLM has an impetus that was spot on, and that, yes, BLM leadership supports Democrats with a big “D.” It’s as if we have three different languages utilized in our discourse. He can swoop down and attack BLM leadership, based on a faulty story, and then, a, I have to defend the priniciple of the matter, but then, b, I also am a communist who despises capitalism coming from the right and the center right, and now, of course, I despise the left and its rah-rah for Goldman Sachs, Raytheon, Mercenaries ‘R Us.
I try and discuss what White Lives Matter is, but then he deferes to, “Yes, White lives do matter.” Then, the issue of, Blue Lives Matter comes up, and he then comes back with, “Yes, our policemen do matter.” Tone deaf. Broken thinker. Misunderstanding culture!
This is the blockheadedness of the American, even for some guy who wants to feed the poor and help the homeless, though he is still in that period of his life of, “Well, when we get settled, I want to do the work of Jesus . . . buy an old warehouse . . . get clothes and food in it . . . have the poor and homeless come in and help them. Turn it into a Christian Center for the Homeless.” He’s turning 68 soon.
He believes if there is a will, there is a way. I attempt to inform him that it takes codes, legal advice, a non-profit status, or a religous status, political connections, and, well, there has to be some training of both he and whomever he wants to help give “mutual aid.” Again, in principle, we should be able to do all sorts of things in this country without the code and law and financial enforcers interferring, but alas, we have allowed the country to turn into mush, where every aspect of our lives is controlled by fines-penalties-contracts-taxes-tolls-add-ons-tickets-fees-licenses-certifications-control boards-enforcement agencies. And more. He believes god and Jesus will take care of us.
Why was there a movement for black lives? Hell, the Jesus Freak thinks they got it wrong, and that Jesus-thinking people know the lo down: Jesus is All-Knowing.
And, of course, my friend would never understand the movement against racism and overt hatred of Blacks and the dirty DNA of the USA’s white class in killing Indians, Mexicans, Africans here on Turtle Island.
A very schizophrenic or bipolar or simplistic way of seeing the world, looking to Jesus in/of/for the bible, and even calling me ‘Paul,’ like Paul of the bible. Bizarre. Here you go, Jesus freak, nuanced stuff about BLM —
We speak often about Cointelpro, the FBI’s CounterIntelligence Program. We must also study COIN, the US government’s program on Counter Insurgency. You know the difference between covert racism and overt racism? That’s the difference between Counterinsurgency and Cointelpro. Rather than an extreme violence that creates martyrs, the “Host Government,” as they referred to themselves in their own manual, uses methods of cooptation. Their approach is to take revolutionary forces, deradicalize them, and reroute them from a force against governmental violence and oppression into a force for the government. They gain “the support of that relevant population through political, psychological, and economic methods.”
When we examine the actions of the so-called “founders” of the “BLM Movement” we must also identify the ways those actions were supported and elevated by media and social media applications (tools of the government). We should remember that there has never been a time when there weren’t protests against their actions by organizers on the ground in all the communities they swooped into including Ferguson and Los Angeles, the very first city they received national recognition through and the city they operated from, respectively. There is a common theme in the narrative of organizers in cities across the country and in other countries: the streets were hot, the “founders” showed up and redirected attention from the organizers on the ground, they left and took the visibility with them, the streets cooled down. Subversion. Counterinsurgency. They practiced it at the local level repeatedly and had perfected it by the time the state murdered our siblings George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. They took over every moment of deep, passionate, fearless, heartfelt radicalization and used it to transform the primary, mainstream “liberation” narrative into one that is focused on registering voters and winning seats for the democratic party. Our radical, abolitionist, revolutionary response to them killing our family in the streets on behalf of the state is to vote. It’s Black Votes that now Matter to Black Lives Matter. Except, only, actually, to a small few. Minority rule. Very radical.
The rest of us now had another entity to protest and organize against. As we wrestled with the question: reform or abolish this entity, we had the responsibility, also, to not undermine the movement with public facing critique. This is why we worked so hard, quietly for years. When we spoke out, we had to. Not because of the money. Because of the deradicalization of one of the most revolutionary moments in generations. Because while people were setting police stations on fire, BLM was sending newsletters that said we’re moving from Protests to the Polls.
Yet, well, I can’t put the onus just on a Jesus Freak, because at the core, he is following a white man’s stuck-in-the-USA version of the Golden Rule, for sure, and he does decry the false prophets, all the hypocrisy of organized religions and churches, but he is still trapped in Capitalism, though he says he hates any “ism”! We can argue about my work with Catholic priests and nuns fighting and dying for the poor in Central America, or my work with ministers in Arizona to give sanctuary to undocumented immigrants from Central America, and in the end, he can’t just let it go and insists that “their” religion is not the “true” religion of Christ. I say that those friends of old were amazing people, and alas, I was the atheist, but it didn’t matter to them.
He’s in a gotcha world, for sure, and he continues to state there are no truths except Christ’s truths. A most dispicable patronizing of the rest of us in the world who work on social-environmental-cultural-gender-arts justice. It’s as if all the work we do is for naught, since the second coming will be the lifting of the holy and the believers. However, he states my heart is in the right place, vis-a-vis the Golden Rule of the bible.
The maxim — Golden Rule — may appear as a positive or negative injunction governing conduct:
Treat others as you would like others to treat you (positive or directive form)
Do not treat others in ways that you would not like to be treated (negative or prohibitive form)
What you wish upon others, you wish upon yourself (empathetic or responsive form)
The idea dates at least to the early Confucian times (551–479 BCE), according to Rushworth Kidder, who identifies the concept appearing prominently in Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, and “the rest of the world’s major religions.” 143 leaders of the world’s major faiths endorsed the Golden Rule as part of the 1993 “Declaration Toward a Global Ethic.” According to Greg M. Epstein, it is “a concept that essentially no religion misses entirely,” but belief in God is not necessary to endorse it. Simon Blackburn also states that the Golden Rule can be “found in some form in almost every ethical tradition.”
Forget about talking about Ukraine and the Nazis there, and the unholy war of military financial AI thieving industrial complex leading the charge, leading the Biden Bumblers, leading the mental hijacking of the average American and average white European. My Jesus is My Friend, friend, wants nothing of this earthly world (except jazz, dance, beer, good food, art). But, the profits of real estate, banks, and where that “In God We Trust Money” goes, both and all vitally important to Jesus is the Only Path, friends, how do the holy ones square investing in any Fortune 5000 company? Or this now money money money, taxes for, military murdering madness:
In introducing the Volunteer Fighters Exemption Act, Markwayne Mullin, featured above, ludicrously claimed that “what we are seeing from former KGB officer and Russian President Vladimir Putin is an attempt to spread communism throughout the world and bring back the Soviet Union.” (Source)
The Biden administration has allegedly launched a campaign to recruit private military outfits such as Academi, Cubic, and DynCorp. This is part of an effort to keep a “light American footprint” while trying to bog down the Russians in a quagmire. (Source)
This is the Empire of Lies and Chaos. This is the Country of the Chosen Few, the ones who have the shekels and dollars entwined in dirty and perverse legalistic mumbo-jumbo ways . . . a world of dirty arts and entertainment, a world of sexually rotten psychology, a world of racism against brown-yellow-Slav-black. At the top of the pyramid in almost every sector, the Brother and Sisters of Elites, the ugly purity of chosenness.
For now, we have the Jewish Chancey Gardiner, ZioLensky, using his thespian skills (billions and billions of shekels behind him) to pull the wool over Goyim and Gaul.
Take a look at the optics, the video-making style:
The news not fit for Jesus Freaks or for the mainstream blob? — “’One less traitor’: Zelensky oversees campaign of assassination, kidnapping and torture of political opposition’ by Max Blumenthal, Esha Krishnaswam
Oh, that Middle East, the middle world of Zion:
Cycle of Violence: Israeli Authorities Prod Extremist Militias into Seeking ‘Vigilante Justice’: “All of this is part of the Jewish-supremacy ecosystem — the pro-occupation, pro-settlement, xenophobic hate, and violent right wing in Israel.” – Eran Nissan, Mehazkim COO by Jessica Buxbaum
It is the constant discussion with my Jesus Friend about the rich, and he believes there are good rich people. He talks of friends in California who buy clothes at Walmart and drink cheap wine out of jelly jars. They’ve got tens of millions. Inherited. And, we talk about how that money, which is about buying homes for relatives, in California, in the millions of dollars each, is not exactly what his Jesus had in mind.
This is how the rich get rich and stay rich — investment portfolios. Which dirty industry, or rotten offensive military corporation, or thieving war profiteering company do they invest in? They leave matters to the men and women in Dante’s fifth circle of Hell, investors, money makers:
Barton Biggs, the well-known former Morgan Stanley strategist, who sadly passed in 2012, asks an interesting question at the beginning of his book, Wealth, War & Wisdom: “How do you preserve wealth in times when the Four Horsemen are on the loose?” (By Four Horsemen, Biggs refers to “pestilence, war, famine and death.” See also Revelation 6:8.)
Would my friend’s Jesus like the concept of “gales of creative destruction” these various residents of those Circles of Hell profess are great opportunities during war?
Some advantages last longer than others, but all are temporary. Furthermore, there is overwhelming evidence that the duration of corporate competitive advantages has shortened, which is not surprising in a world where the rate of change is accelerating. It’s the nature of business evolution. Also bear in mind that wars, as Joseph Schumpeter might have said, are “gales of creative destruction” and in the aftermath lead to accelerated technological progress.
In the end, living and dying by the credo of “Christ is the Center of My Life/My Universe” is a tough one when a person still navigates quite profoundly in the real world of governments, corporations, taxation, price gouging and entitlement programs. (source)
Yep, which country would Jesus Bomb or Invest In or Invade?
Sure, we can have any number of slides down the relativism scale, but in the end, the Prince of Peace that fellow is called, would indeed, I think, if real, be out hammering the words — “No More Bombs-Bullets-Bodies for Capitalism’s Wars.”
Shit, it’s now Biblically Responsible Investing! “The whole concept behind BRI is this is God’s money and we’re only using God’s money to own businesses in our portfolios,” Ben Malick said. “I haven’t gotten any, ‘Whoa, that’s crazy!’” (source)
Oh, the hypocrisy of the entire investing spectrum. Socially Responsible Investing, Faith Based Investing, Green Investing! Oh, well, I think what Jesus Would Do is all up to the relative nature of this or that religion or this or that screening, as these bible investors mostly look at LGBTQA rights and abortion and pornography and fetal cells as their big screens to NOT invest in that fund or corporation. War or military or policing and surveillance? Despicable corporations for which there are literally hundreds of thousands? The Bible Thumpers are okay with them.
Investing in any company on a stock exchange is investing in people who believe in those who have and those who do not have. Dog eat dog. Survival of the fittest. Come on, they — Faith Based Investors — are not screening out the real culprits of capitalism.
And, so that axiom, How Would Jesus Invest His/Her/Their Money, hmm, maybe invest in all the technologies that help with the lifting up of drones?
Israeli forces used remote-controlled drones to drop dozens of tear gas canisters on crowds of worshipers, including women and young children. Video footage taken at the scene showed a number of worshipers being carried off in stretchers by medics. (Source)
Well, Would Jesus Go to a Xmas Party During Covid Lockdown?
Well, wondering if “Jesus Would Go With BDS, All the Way, Moses!”
“Over the past eight days, Israel has stormed the holy site seven times, injuring dozens of worshipers and arresting hundreds of Palestinians in the process. Meanwhile Israel has facilitated the entrance of thousands of Jewish settlers for the Passover holiday.” (Source)
But whatever you say about WWJD, the fact is that almost every nut-washer-bolt, wire, capacitor, motherboard, optic, ounce of paint, PR brochure, uniform, tire, belt buckle, rucksack, meal ready to eat, house, tent, A/C unit, all of that, all part of the Military Industrial Complex, and yes, a millionaire here and a millionaire there, he/she/they will invest in whichever mutual fund or ETF or what-have-you to keep those millions sparkling. Jesus or not, Bible or Naught.
And, to put a bow on this screed, how can I NOT discuss the continual destruction of, well, those of us who play outside the sandbox, who blur those comic book lines, who are willing to look into the belly of the beast without being consumed by the beast’s bile.
It goes without saying, Alice Walker is remarkable on so many levels. Her work has inspired millions of young writers. Her story, “Beauty: When the Other Dancer is Self,” is a touchstone for many young women looking at themselves through their own deep “other” self while pushing through the ugly reality of cultural marketing of what it means to be a pretty or beautiful girl/woman/elder.
Alas, Alice has been yet again cancelled. Read Chris Hedges’ latest piece, “Alice Walker was disinvited to the Bay Area Book Festival after Zionist groups threatened to carry out protests. The public and presenters are complicit in her blacklisting if they attend” in Scheer Post.
Hedges interviewed Alice via phone. Her words at the end of this quote are profound:
The Bay Area Book festival delivered the latest salvo against Walker. The organizers disinvited her from the event because she praised the writings of the New Age author David Icke and called his book And the Truth Shall Set You Free “brave.” Icke has denied critics’ charges of anti-Semitism. The festival organizers twisted themselves into contortions to say they were not charging Walker with anti-Semitism. She was banned because she lauded a controversial writer, who I suspect few members of the committee have read. The poet and writer Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, who Walker was to interview, withdrew from the festival in protest.
Walker, a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, has been a very public advocate for Palestinian rights and a critic of Israel for many years. Her friendship with Icke has long been part of the public record. She hid nothing. It is not as if the festival organizers suddenly discovered a dark secret about Walker. They sought to capitalize on her celebrity and then, when they felt the heat from the Israel lobby, capitulated to the mob to humiliate her.
“I don’t know these people,” Walker said of the festival organizers who disinvited her. “It feels like the south. You know they are out there in the community, and they have their positions, but all you see are sheets. That’s what this is. It’s like being back in the south.”
This is the never-ending story with Neocons and Neoliberals. We have so many elephants in the room when it comes to the chosen people, now, or throughout history. To bring to the attention their words and their rule books and their own very racist DNA is to be labeled anti-Semetic goyim:
Hedges goes for the throat here, and Chris is already in the drain spiral in his own world of cancel culture and retribution from the higher ups, the chosen ones.
I worked for two years as a reporter in Jerusalem. I listened to the daily filth spewed out by Israelis about Arabs and Palestinians, who used racist tropes to sanctify Israeli apartheid and gratuitous violence against Palestinians. Israel routinely orders air strikes, targeted assassinations, drone attacks, artillery strikes, tank assaults and naval bombardments on the largely defenseless population in Gaza. Israel blithely dismisses those it murders, including children, as unworthy of life, drawing on poisonous religious edicts. It is risible that Israel and its US supporters can posit themselves as anti-racists, abrogating the right to cancel Walker. It is the equivalent of allowing the Klan to vet speakers lists. (Source)
I have a friend who I helped extracate herself from an abusive marriage. She’s in New Mexico, living in a shit-kicker town. Luckily, her former counselor and his wife took her in and she’s in the back mother-in-law’s unit recovering. Good of them to assist her.
Both are Israeli, living in New Mexico. They are liberals in the Harris-Hillary sense, which means, they are conservative. They consider Israel their mother-ship, even though their are in their forties.
Around the fire, drinking wine, my friend says they speak Hebrew a lot, around her, a woman who speaks three languages, but not Hebrew. They go into Hebrew when the topic of Ukraine and that murderer Zelensky come up (they do not see Zelensky as a murderer, but rather a hero).
My friend is learning what it means to be a real socialist, and she sees how a narrow group of people have controlled her life on many financial and cultural levels. But she is healing, and the counselor is giving her the advice he should to keep her on an even keel to not return to the abuse.
But it is indeed ironic that Ukraine and all topics about the Middle East are coded in Hebrew.
Hedges writes (Source) , “Walker excoriates this religious chauvinism and mythology. She warns that theocracies, which sacralize state power, are dangerous. In the poem, she highlights passages in the Talmud used to condemn those outside the faith. Jews must repudiate these sections in the Talmud and the Old Testament, as those of us who are Christians must repudiate the hateful passages in the Bible. When these religious screeds are weaponized by zealots —Christian, Muslim or Jewish — they propagate evil.” Walker writes:
Is Jesus boiling eternally in hot excrement,
For his “crime” of throwing the bankers
Out of the Temple? For loving, standing with,
The poor? Was his mother, Mary,
Are Goyim (us) meant to be slaves of Jews, and not only
That, but to enjoy it?
Are three year old (and a day) girls eligible for marriage and intercourse?
Are young boys fair game for rape?
Must even the best of the Goyim (us, again) be killed?
Pause a moment and think what this could mean
Or already has meant
In our own lifetime.
My own situation has put me in disagreement with a writing community on the voracity of their crocodile tears for “Ukraine.” I have poet friends writing poems with lines like, “one day we shall be pissing on Putin’s grave . . . .” That’s fine and dandy; however, when another poet, me, who happens to be highly actualized in politics as a systems approach to the world, my own beingness, pushes back a bit, then the poets just say, “well, I am not fully versed on the entire situation in Ukraine . . . how could anyone be . . . ”
The very act of using poetry to make a political point is great but tricky. My poem, “Tears of Rage Captured in a Poem and Harmonica Riff,” published here at Dissident Voice will not make it into the next issue of the journal for which the editors say they have a “special section on Ukraine . . . to give voice to their plight.”
Another form of cancel culture — just not publishing. For Alice, she has been banned from the Bay Area Book Festival. For god’s sake, boycott these Zionists’ projects.
The Impunity of War Lords, Financial Thieves, Israel, Mercenaries, Mindlessness
“The United States, mainly by European forces, is implementing a large-scale rearmament project for Ukraine.”
by Paul Haeder / April 19th, 2022
These are not good people, those in charge of the military blast-them-all-away-but charge-citizens-hard-on-the-back-end complexes. Here, below, and I have seen a lot, but I shudder just looking at these, well, misanthropes: Biden, Blinken and Austin, a trio of despicable fellows. All the years Austin worked as a mercenary in uniform, and then the offensive weapons companies he protected in that racket. Biden? Over fifty years of destroying Democracy. Blinken? The 71st United States secretary of state since January 26, 2021. He was deputy national security advisor from 2013 to 2015 and deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017 under Obama.
More space junk, leaks, and the moon shot of Artemis. Think about that — billions for that endeavor and it is not one step for man, but rather one giant leap for Lords of War 3.0, and the war merchants and the FIRE branding thugs of billions. And we have teacher shortages, teacher burnout, prescriptions (necessary) for anyone’s serious diseases out the roof. All of that crisis after crisis, and the inflation, and the housing market on steroids/lack of affordable housing rising, and the suicide rates, and the lost and lost generations, now, and those unborn. All that infrastructure collapsing, all those homes leaking, all those fields and crops dessicating, all the wind and rain and heat, all the lack of decent living conditions. All of the decay and the rising number of aging people who do/barely live without . . . WITHOUT decent food, health care, denistry, safe and creative activities of daily living. We do without, man, while we arm Nazis and a billionaire boy Being There schmuk. This is the West, the USA under these felons’ leadership (sic) . . . these thieves, these elites and these Ivy Leaguers. Mainstream Media doesn’t just fawn over them; the MSM pimps for them. But pimps in MSM are, well, a dual-use sort of profession — pimping and prostituting. We the people, we the youth, we the students, we the uninformed, are being screwed, blued and tattooed.**
**(The phrase has always had a very definite negative connotation, and means to be supremely screwed, screwed beyond all comprehension. The original phrase was “screwed, blewed and tattooed”.
“Screwed” essentially means “cheated” here, much as it does today.
“Blewed” meant “lost or been robbed of”. The word’s origin is from the German “blauen” so it’s actually related to “blue”, not “blew”, and meant that something had vanished (into the blue). (According to “A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant” by Charles Godfrey Leland, published in 1889.)
“Tattooed” refers here to a beating with very rapid blows, in the same sense as a military tattoo, which is a rapid pattern on a drum.
So, the phrase literally meant “cheated, robbed and beaten.”)
The dance with the devil is us, we the people, The Eighty Percent, dancing to our graves while paying for the sins of the rich, the millionaires and the billionaires.
Gouging, and shortages, death in a corner of an unheated home: the new Cormac McCarthy script (The Road).
Entire regions of the country where homes are unaffordable to most, but where the house flippers get to bid on anything to drive up the cost of a roof over the poorhouse’s head. Meth heads and booze drinkers. So many people guzzling drugs and insane ideas to stave off the pain, the suicidal ideation, the drip-drip-drip of death by a thousand neocon/neoliberal/celebrity culture cuts.
Rural hospitals short-staffed/not staffed. Urban hospitals short staffed/not staffed. Massive quits for many professions. Then, the doom of Zoom, all those students in college demanding teachers turn their world in hybrid worlds of students sitting at home, sipping drinks, playing Nerf ball, while getting the classes delivered via internet connection. More of the same nothingness, dead-head dumb thinking, and no conversing.
[Artemis shut down for leaking — more misappropriated junk voted on by NOT you and I!]
Truly, the blashpemy of the media is their collusion with the ZioLensky thief, the Thiefs of Israel, and their collusion with the orgasmic military murdering machine, all the hardware and equipment produced, hawked, sold, used. Imagine, EU throwing weapons at Ukraine, while that perversion of a human, ZioLensky hides in Poland. Imagine all the surrendering of Ukrainian Military to the Russians. Imagine his home in Florida, a cool $28 million worth, the Panama Papers reported.
Imagine Blinken, Biden and Austin in Ukraine. Legitimate targets in my mind. Of course, Ukraine has so much to do with You and I, USA. You know, the ZioLensky amassing $billion$, as the Panama Papers revealed. Well, Pandora Papers, that is! (Panama Papers reveals other thieves and money laundering whores) Imagine, all the things this society, USA, goes without, and all the sliding systems decaying, and the fraying of social safety nets, all of that, yet, we have Save a ZioLensky Day (daily) at the grocery store, and at the military hardware bargain basement. Easter rotten eggs for the Nazis of Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his partners in comedy production owned a network of offshore companies related to their business based in the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, and Belize.
Zelensky’s current chief aide, Serhiy Shefir, as well as the head of the country’s Security Service, were part of the offshore network.
Offshore companies were used by Shefir and another business partner to buy pricey London real estate.
Around the time of his 2019 election, Zelensky handed his shares in a key offshore company over to Shefir, but the two appear to have made an arrangement for Zelensky’s family to continue receiving money from the offshore. (Source)
Billions while the heart medicines and diabetes drugs are unaffordable for many. Then, think of Blinken, Biden and Austin. Think of all the fools in the media who make millions a year. All those in the offensive weapons industries. All the governmental workers and all the politicos. Those tanks and “war things” from EU, Germany, hell, ZioLensky is making out like a true war bandit, but in skinny jeans and Gucci shoes).
Look at this fool, this Brit, captured by Russia and then his family pleads for “fair” treatment of this guy. He’s a soldier for hire, a mercenary, and the British Family wants their son to be treated like what? A criminal, which he is. I can’t image this fellow making it on a 20 click hike with a 60 pound rucksack and thrity pounds of weaponry. But this is it for the Western mind and body!
Then these headlines surround this illegality. “Israel has dropped repeated hints at a major strike on Iranian nuclear facilities in the near future”. This is kosher? Under world order? Hmm. So, dropping bombs on nuclear facilities is fair game? All over the world? This is why the Jewish Project is a Jaded Project, one geared toward murder and theft. Impunity. Killing Iranians. Blasting nuclear plants? So, how is it Russia doesn’t just ka-boom those bioweapons labs in Ukraine? (Do a Google Gulag search on, “Ukraine biolabs” and you get a thousand hits on why that story is fake!) This is the new abnormal — quash any story that goes outside the neoliberal-rah-rah USA bold coloring lines!
War in Ukraine turns people’s lives and affairs upside down. Dirty laundry, previously hidden, is on display. A Russian communication on March 6 mentions “evidence of an emergency clean-up performed by the Kyiv regime was found—aimed at eradicating traces of the military-biological program in Ukraine, financed by @DeptofDefense.”
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson two days later spoke of “26 [U.S.] bio-labs and other related facilities in Ukraine.” (Source)
“Germany involved in ‘military biological activities’ in Ukraine – Russia” (Source)
Bernie’s F-35’s, man, the Bernie Bro Most Expensive Offensive Weapon
NATO planners are updating the US “nuclear sharing” program to account for most European allies planning to buy F-35 joint strike fighter jets, the alliance’s director of nuclear policy said this week. Lockheed Martin’s fifth-generation fighter has been embraced by multiple US allies, including most recently Germany, despite the Pentagon’s own misgivings about the program.
“We’re moving fast and furiously towards F-35 modernization and incorporating those into our planning and into our exercising and things like that as those capabilities come online,” Jessica Cox, director of the NATO nuclear policy directorate in Brussels, said on Wednesday, adding that “By the end of the decade, most if not all of our allies will have transitioned” to the F-35. (Source)
Bernie Sanderssupports the basing of the F-35s in Vermont. He said, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, that it would be a “major blow” if the weapons program did not come to Vermont. Referring to the Vermont National Guard, Sen. Sanders stated, “If they don’t have planes to fly, there ain’t going to be too much for them to do.”
If they don’t have nukes to fire, then what are they going to do with themselves? If they don’t have frigates to sail, what will they do on the water? If they don’t have missiles to launch, then what will they do in the air?
And this guy was what? An alternative? What? He’s as insane as Trump as Bush as Obama. As Elizabeth Warren reiterated, she is a capitalist . . . “capitalist to my bones…” Sanders is one too.
But we have the beasts of this nation, Israel, all those in Europe, Australia, everywhere the US not only wags the tail but bites with rabid glee. Yet, we have pundits and great intellectuals covering up the tracks of history. All the hatefulness of the Anglo Saxons, the British Isle, all the Euro-Trash, so much, that speaks to that hatred of Slavs, Russians, the Chinese Peril, all those “Orientals,” and, alas, the Muslims, we have that elephant in the room of these traitors of humankind. And, yet, Russia, and Syria, and, well, USSR did support many movements, many revolutions, and those in countries considered black and brown. To be honest, the Russians were asked (USSR) to get involved with Afghanistan by the Afghans.
As is the case with the Anglo-American-Canadian-New Zealand-Australia-UK world, there will be blood, in every imaginable way. From birth to death, from the village, to the great cities, the Anglo-American-Canadian-New Zealand-Australia-UK is like a termite of galactic proportions, drilling into all cultures, all tribes, all people of the land, people of seas and mountains and forests. The munching mandibles of that “race” of people. Imagine, calling Russians orcs, subhuman.
The reality is the full force of these demonic masters of slavery — EU, Nato, USA-Israel-UK-ETC. will make Ukraine the killing fields.
They are hoping for a nuclear strike.
And, alas, this is the reality the leftists who support Russia’s goals in de-Nazification. The end goal has been shifted. With the full force of the military industrial complex.
While the armies of Ukraine and Russia are preparing for the upcoming battle for Donbass, Kiev’s allies are increasing arms supply shipments to Ukraine. The United States, mainly by European forces, is implementing a large-scale rearmament project for Ukraine.
Heavy offensive systems are being transferred to the disposal of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which will open a new stage of military confrontation.
The delivery of about three hundred modernized Soviet-made tanks to Ukraine was confirmed. According to various reports, Poland transfers the upgraded T-72M1R as the Czech Republic removes its T-72s from storage. The AFU also has 170 Polish BMP-1s at its disposal. Echelons with M109 howitzers and M113 armored personnel carriers are already on the Ukrainian border.
High-precision ammunition is also being transferred to Ukraine, including the M982 Excalibur with GPS guidance and anti-tank SMArt 155 munitions. Ukraine has also been provided with Switchblade mobile barrage ammunition.
Ukrainian troops are being saturated with modern air defense systems including British Starstreak MANPADS and American Stingers.
During a recent briefing, the Pentagon said that a batch of 1,000 ATGMs has already been delivered to Ukraine.
It is reported that Norwegian Naval Strike Missiles are planned to be transferred to Ukraine. According to some reports, the MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System will be also transferred from Europe. The range of these complexes reaches 300 km, which makes it possible to strike deep into the territory of Russia.
At the same time, mercenaries and military personnel of NATO countries are deployed along with the AFU in Ukraine under the guise of foreign volunteers. The foreign fighters in Ukraine are led by US officers. It has become obvious that the whole command of the AFU is concentrated mainly in the hands of the United States.
On April 14, Russian missile forces eliminated another detachment of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine. As a result of the strike, up to 30 mercenaries of the Polish private military campaign were killed in the settlement of Izyumskoye in the Kharkiv region.
According to unconfirmed reports from local sources, about 2,000 foreign mercenaries, including fighters from Turkey and Azerbaijan, arrived on the territory of the Zaporozhye region. Most likely, foreigners will be deployed on the Avdiivka front lines, since the Russian forces have already begun assault and offensive operations in the area.
In the political arena, the United States openly issues an ultimatum to all countries that are not ready to sacrifice their own interests and stop cooperation with Russia.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has issued threats to those countries that see an opportunity to benefit by maintaining their relations with Russia and filling the void left by others.
“Let’s be clear, the united coalition will not be indifferent to actions that undermine the sanctions we have imposed.” – she claimed. (Source)
No highly trained and experienced special forces Russian brigade has anything on this whiz woman, Yellen. These are natural born killers, of the massive variety.
The chosen few, those Star Chamber Elite, the veritable unholiest criminals of FIRE — finance insurance real estate — with their weapons of mass destruction — algorithms, Wall Street, Deep State, Shallow State, Sanctions, and, well, we now know, DARPA Bat Virus, et al — they are unbeatable!
Finally, the ZioLensky is looking for his own Ten Year War. Talk about the obscene oligarch:
Ukraine is not prepared to give up its territories and is ready, if needed, to fight with Russia “for ten years,” the country’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has said.
In an interview with CNN, Zelensky said that for Ukraine “the battle for Donbass is very important” for a number of reasons. He explained that this battle might influence “the course of the whole war.” However, the president stressed that the preferable solution of the conflict is the diplomatic one.
“We cannot give up our territory, but we must find some kind of dialogue with Russia,” Zelensky said, underlining that no talks could be conducted “on the basis of the Russian ultimatum.”
He stressed that a dialogue is needed to prevent more deaths but he hasn’t ruled out another option.
“We can fight the Russian Federation for 10 years,” Zelensky said.
Those mighty billionaires and multimillionaires will be laughing all the way to the bank, or gold markets.
Tears of Rage Captured in a Poem and Harmonica Riff
You think dark is just one color, but it ain’t. There’re five or six kinds of black. Some silky, some woolly. Some just empty. Some like fingers. And it don’t stay still. It moves and changes from one kind of black to another. Saying something is pitch black is like saying something is green.
— Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon, Chapter 2, Page 40
‘A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness.’
we (they) came, we (USA) laughed they (Libyans) died, then Yemeni babies those children of Venezuela collateral damage, Libya immolated by Democrat with an H Clinton laughs when leaders are raped with blade, but we are the voice of hypocrisy, Iran, and Brown places or Black haunts, those Congo tykes pulling up coltan/iPhones/ Chrome books for all we dance in our cancel culture….
‘And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea.’
talking heads paid for stupidity millionaires chant to teens and grannies– ‘Russia is an enemy, we are at war’ even those puttering PhD fools learn to forget Yankee damage to Cuban babies, the kindness of Norte Americanos holding death court on Afghanis, millions will suffer Goldman JP Morgan Sachs lords of financial war….
‘Thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears.’
yet Safeway plies me when I buy tofu and butter leaf lettuce ‘give money for Ukraine’ that fascist Comic ZioLenskyy trickster of thespian rouse he dances with billionaires….
‘Who more than self their country loved, And mercy more than life.’
I have friends who dig deep, journalists where truth is core principle, where all sides are facets of complicated stories, now, tomorrow history redefined is scooped up pulled apart, a place of discovery but Americanos can’t take nuance the white is against black pro versus con, enemy or foe….
‘For purple mountain majesties.’
we’ve been Wobblies for one century, THEY/USA jailing speakers we, organizers against capital shot down by Pinkerton and Police….
‘O beautiful for pilgrim feet.’…
today mainstream is extreme squashing out common sense old retirees chanting, ‘treason . . . never pro-Russia . . . block anyone shouting Donbas crimes Crimea crimes . . . ‘ these old mothball ideas are tools of CIA, tools of VOA, tools of withering politicos, plagiarist-rapist VP now POTUS
the digital demigods have it shutting down free speech zones closing minds, corralling those of us called fringe, in their minds fanatical, gleeful donating one dollar to a Nazi regime the optics of Jew with Azov oh the Congressional dimwits zoomed comic boy caught money hiding in Panama Papers…
‘Till all success be nobleness, And ev’ry gain divine.’
how many Safeway campaigns ask money for Afghanistan billions stolen from treasury how many pleas by Walgreens beg for dollars to stave off Yemen famine . . . how many d’s with Democrat shouting ‘bomb apartheid Israel fabricated stolen land of a military industrial complex stamped with Star of David’?….
‘For amber waves of grain.’
those star spangled sycophants they draw cartoons of their hero as Europeans shut down stars and stripes infirm old men, young Ivy League demons, telling world– tighten belts, shower less yet Safeway and Walgreens want my shekels for bombs bullets brigades of mercenaries yet we hear in all circles of Dante’s hell, screams of ‘hate 139 million Russians . . . death to Slavs . . . sanction heroes of world war two . . . eviscerate good people who plowed over Nazi’s . . . donate to Ukraine.’
old and young tongues tied to propagandists chanting homilies from mainstream media, minds blended into mush the hubris and greed and power Yankee Doodle Dandy eyeing China, wanting every dead Taiwanese as the price of red white and blue sanctions –unilateral murder until Safeway and Walgreens plead for dollars for Taiwan- Ukraine as USA/RoboCop stuffs trillions into war machine oil machine retail machine….
‘O beautiful for spacious skies.’
Brother, sister will you spare a billion for big bad bombs?
Behold, you are beautiful, my love; behold, you are beautiful; your eyes are doves.
Interesting Teach-in, well, discussion, with the speakers below. You will hear Scott Ritter divert from some of these speakers saying that the actions by Russia in Ukraine are legal, ethical and necessary.
While one may be able to mount a legal challenge to Russia’s contention that its joint operation with Russia’s newly recognized independent nations of Lugansk and Donetsk constitutes a “regional security or self-defense organization” as regards “anticipatory collective self-defense actions” under Article 51, there can be no doubt as to the legitimacy of Russia’s contention that the Russian-speaking population of the Donbass had been subjected to a brutal eight-year-long bombardment that had killed thousands of people.
Moreover, Russia claims to have documentary proof that the Ukrainian Army was preparing for a massive military incursion into the Donbass which was pre-empted by the Russian-led “special military operation.” [OSCE figures show an increase of government shelling of the area in the days before Russia moved in.]
Finally, Russia has articulated claims about Ukraine’s intent regarding nuclear weapons, and in particular efforts to manufacture a so-called “dirty bomb”, which have yet to be proven or disproven. [Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a reference to seeking a nuclear weapon in February at the Munich Security Conference.]
The bottom line is that Russia has set forth a cognizable claim under the doctrine of anticipatory collective self defense, devised originally by the U.S. and NATO, as it applies to Article 51 which is predicated on fact, not fiction. (Ritter, Russia, Ukraine & the Law of War: Crime of Aggression)
All the speakers, except maybe excluding John Kiriakou, have great points to make: Andrei Martyanov, expert on Russian military affairs, author The Real Revolution in Military Affairs; Chris Kaspar de Ploeg, author Ukraine in the Crossfire; James Carden, Adviser U.S.-Russia bilateral commission during the Obama administration & Ex. Editor of The American Committee for East-West accord; Scott Ritter, former U.S. Marine Intelligence officer, UN Arms Inspector, exposed WMD lie in U.S. push to invade Iraq; John Kiriakou, CIA whistleblower and Radio Sputnik host; Ron Ridenour, peace activist, author The Russian Peace Threat; Gerald Horne, historian, author, Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston; Jeremy Kuzmarov, CAM Managing Editor and author of The Russians Are Coming, Again: The First Cold War as Tragedy, the Second as Farce.
Imagine, the provocations.
The US government invoked self-defense as a legal justification for its invasion of Panama. Several scholars and observers have opined that the invasion was illegal under international law.
Oh, those Freedom Fighters, the back-shooting, civilian killing, village burning Contras:
Appendix A: Background on United States Funding of the Contras
In examining the allegations in the Mercury News and elsewhere, it is important to understand the timing of funding of the Contras by the United States. The following dates explain the periods during which the United States government provided funding to the Contras or cut off such funding.
Anastasio Somoza Debayle was the leader of Nicaragua from 1967 until July 1979, when he was overthrown by the Sandinistas. When President Ronald Reagan took office in January 1981, he promptly canceled the final $15 million payment of a $75 million aid package to Nicaragua, reversing the Carter administration’s policy towards Nicaragua. On November 17, 1981, President Reagan signed National Security Directive 17, authorizing provision of covert support to anti-Sandinista forces. On December 1, 1981, Reagan signed a document intending to conceal the November 17 authorization of anti-Sandinista operations. The document characterized the United States’ goal in Nicaragua as that of interdicting the flow of arms from Nicaragua to El Salvador, where leftist guerrillas were receiving aid from Sandinista forces.
In late 1982, Edward P. Boland, Chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, introduced an amendment to the Fiscal Year 1983 Defense Appropriations bill that prohibited the CIA, the principal conduit of covert American support for the Contras, from spending funds “for the purpose of overthrowing the government of Nicaragua.” However, the CIA could continue to support the Contras if it claimed that the purpose was something other than to overthrow the government. In December 1983, a compromise was reached and Congress passed a funding cap for fiscal year 1984 of $24 million for aid to the Contras, an amount significantly lower than what the Reagan administration wanted, with the possibility that the Administration could seek supplemental funds later.
This funding was insufficient to support the Administration’s “Contra program” and the decision was made to approach other countries for monetary support. In April 1984, Robert McFarlane convinced Saudi Arabia to contribute $1 million per month to the Contras through a secret bank account set up by Lt. Col. Oliver North.
In October 1984, the second Boland amendment took effect. It prohibited any military or paramilitary support for the Contras from October 3, 1984, through December 19, 1985. As a result, the CIA and Department of Defense (DOD) began withdrawing personnel from Central America. During this time, however, the National Security Council continued to provide support to the Contras.
In August 1985, Congress approved $25 million in humanitarian aid to the Contras, with the proviso that the State Department, and not the CIA or the DOD, administer the aid. President Reagan created the Nicaraguan Humanitarian Assistance Office (NHAO) to supply the humanitarian aid. In September 1985, Oliver North began using the Salvadoran air base at Ilopango for Contra resupply efforts.
On October 5, 1986, a plane loaded with supplies for the Contras, financed by private benefactors, was shot down by Nicaraguan soldiers. On board were weapons and other lethal supplies and three Americans. One American, Eugene Hasenfus, claimed while in custody that he worked for the CIA. The Reagan Administration denied any knowledge of the private resupply efforts.
On October 17, 1986, Congress approved $100 million in funds for the Contras. In 1987, after the discovery of private resupply efforts orchestrated by the National Security Council and Oliver North, Congress ceased all but “non-lethal” aid in 1987. The war between the Sandinistas and the Contras ended with a cease-fire in 1990.
Although the Contras were often referred to as one group, several distinct factions made up the Contras.
In August 1980, Colonel Enrique Bermudez, a former Colonel in Somoza’s National Guard, united other former National Guard officers and anti-Sandinista civilians to form the Fuerza Democratica Nicaraguense (FDN). This group was known as the Northern Front because it was based in Honduras. In February 1983, Adolfo Calero became the head of the FDN.
In April 1982, Eden Pastora split from the Sandinista regime and organized the Democratic Revolutionary Alliance (ARDE) and the Sandinista Revolutionary Front (FRS), which declared war on the Sandinista regime. Pastora’s group was based in Costa Rica and along the southern border of Nicaragua, and therefore became known as the Southern Front. Pastora refused to work with Bermudez, claiming that Bermudez, as a member of the former Somoza regime, was politically tainted. The CIA decided to support the FDN and generally declined to support the ARDE.
Again, let’s think about what is actually happening in Ukraine, and where the country is, and what the Russians in that country are facing, and, gulp, where is Ukraine? Thousands of miles away, like Panama and Nicaragua are from USA?
Here, a Dutch journalist:
Read her work:
As the war in Ukraine rages on, I visited the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk as an embedded reporter with the Russian army.
Both of the republics are the trigger of the current conflict.
Russian President Vladimir Putin declared their independence on February 24, 2022, something a lot of people were waiting for since the CIA backed coup in Ukraine of February 2014. That coup had resulted in the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and new laws forcing the Ukrainian language on Russian-speaking residents. Luhansk and Donetsk consequently voted on their independence and Ukraine attacked them, precipitating the war.
European support for the so-called Maidan coup was considerable: the Dutch MP Hans van Baalen from the ruling Dutch VVD party (Mark Rutte), for example, was at the protests that helped trigger the coup, as was the former Prime Minister of Belgium Guy Verhofstadt. Both were seen cheering on the crowds, surrounded by right-extremists on the stage, shouting “democracy.”
So what is preemptive defense? Right to Protect? What is big ugly history of Nazi’s in Poland and Ukraine? What is that all about, uh, Americanum?
So, plans by ZioLensky for Dirty Bombs from the wasteland of Chernobyl, not a provocation?
How many were immolated in Waco? Why? Mount Carmel Center became engulfed in flames. The fire resulted in the deaths of 76 Branch Davidians, including 25 children, two pregnant women, and David Koresh himself.
Oh, the impatience of the USA, FBI, ATF.
Or, dropping bombs on Philly, to kill, well, black people:
How many died, and what happened to the city block? Bombs dropped on our own people, again! Police dropped a bomb on a West Philly house in 1985. The fire caused by the explosion killed 11 people, an atrocity that Philadelphia still grapples with today.
Oh, the irony. Black Lives Do Not Matter, here, or in Ukraine.
Oh, being black in Ukraine:
Yes, the first casualty of war is truth, and with the USA as the Empire of Lies and Hate, the casualty is now a larger framework of a Zombie Nation of virtue signalers and those who want the fake news to be real, please!\
So far as I know, this is the first war in modern history with no objective, principled coverage in mainstream media of day-to-day events and their context. None. It is morn-to-night propaganda, disinformation and lies of omission — most of it fashioned by the Nazi-infested Zelensky regime in Kiev and repeated uncritically as fact.
There is one thing worse than this degenerate state of affairs. It is the extent to which the media’s malpractice is perfectly fine to most Americans. Tell us what to think and believe no matter if it is true, they say, and we will think and believe it. Show us some pictures, for images are all.
There are larger implications to consider here. Critical as it is that we understand this conflict, Ukraine is a mirror in which we see ourselves as we have become. For more Americans than I wish were so, reality forms only in images. These Americans are no longer occupants of their own lives. Risking a paradox, what they take to be reality is detached from reality.
This majority — and it is almost certainly a majority — has no thoughts or views except those first verified through the machinery of manufactured images and “facts.” Television screens, the pages of purportedly authoritative newspapers, the air waves of government-funded radio stations — NPR, the BBC — serve to certify realities that do not have to be real, truths that do not have to be true.
Before proceeding to Bucha, the outrage of the moment, I must reproduce a quotation from that propaganda-is-O.K. piece The Times published in its March 3 editions. It is from a Twitter user who was distressed that it became public that the Ghost of Kiev turned out to be a ghost and the Snake Island heroes didn’t do much by way of holding the fort.
“Why can’t we just let people believe some things?” this thoughtful man or woman wanted to know. What is wrong, in other words, if thinking and believing nice things that aren’t true makes people feel better? (Patrick Lawrence, Special to Consortium News)
Daniel Boorstin’s The Image: Or, What happened to the American Dream, has been cited by yours truly several times. It is a completely work.
“I describe the world of our making, how we have used our wealth, our literacy, our technology, and our progress to create the thicket of unreality which stands between us and the facts of life. …. The reporter’s task,” he wrote memorably, “is to find a way to weave these threads of unreality into a fabric the reader will not recognize as entirely unreal.”