Monday, April 8, 2019

PEACE PIPE DREAM

I recall scenes of fighting in Vietnam on the evening news. At that time I preferred watching Captain Kirk or Batman, but at least the fact that we were bombing foreigners was considered newsworthy. Back then war was a big deal and war crimes were considered a bad thing, something to lie about. And there has always been plenty to lie about. But these days a history of war crimes will put you on the fast track to promotion [the list is too long to include here]. We (meaning U.S.) are currently bombing foreigners on a daily basis. And we're talking a lot of bombs. It's become "normal behavior."
 
Now, not bombing people seems inconceivable. We can thank our political whores and the overpaid mainstream spokes models pretending, often poorly, to be journalists for this management of our perception. Of course this demonic duo of talking heads and heads of state is propped up by corporate cash. They serve moneyed interests, e.g. profit, not the interests of life, including humans as a subset of living things. They should do away with the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, and just have a swim suit competition to help pick a lucky propagandists as Bullshitter of the Year. Years and years of steady propaganda has made peace unthinkable.
 
We in the U.S. tend to calculate the cost of war in dead American heroes. Even kids who laugh while they kill innocent and unarmed people by shooting machine guns from helicopters are heroes, especially if they eventually get blown up themselves. Better if they don't simply get injured, because then they'll require expensive medical assistance, and may become a veteran peace activist. Private Manning was tortured, imprisoned and is in prison again for exposing among other things video proof of U.S. war crimes. She's a "traitor," those mass murderers remain our heroes. Money is why as a species we are committing murder-suicide, but not before wiping out a significant percentage of wild bystanders, innocent organisms that don't pick sides or even listen to the news. The war machine is by design a destructive killer, it wastes unimaginable amounts of money, is the world's worst polluter, lays waste to people, property, and potentially the entire planet, yet it is the most trusted and respected branch of our government [odd that a "defense" department isn't in The Constitution].

A tiny fraction of all casualties in any conflict we are part of is us, or rather soldiers acting on behalf of the U.S. We can certainly dish it out, but have we ever really had to take it? Our response to a couple thousand deaths on 9-11 has resulted in at least a million deaths in Iraq, and millions of destroyed lives. Literally overkill! The devastation began in 2003 and is ongoing. I've heard many squawking heads claim Iraq was the right thing to do, despite the fact that Iraq posed no threat to our country, nor did it have ANYTHING to do with 9-11. Of course, it was the right thing if you ask a war profiteer.
 
Chelsea Manning is in jail, not the criminals that stole trillions of dollars, destroyed millions of lives, and caused incalculable environmental travesties. Even during World War II, the "good war," less than half a million Americans died, but about 24,000,000 Russians did. I think it's been estimated that 70 million people died in WWII. Here it was more about making millions. "War is a Racket" by Major General Smedley Butler is a very short book, the evidence that he was right fills the Library of Congress and is spread across the Intertubes.
 
Although the dollar cost of the war machine occasionally gets mentioned, it's never considered rationally. A rational cost-benefit analysis of our military would eliminate it virtually entirely. If the resources were used to help people, or simply pay countries for their resources, no one would wish do us harm. The decomposing elephant in the room is that our military actions have done far greater harm than doing nothing. Why do we support an organization that spends most of our tax money and gives us nothing back? As a nation we're brainwashed. We've been convinced that punching the world in the face over and over again will make us safer.
 
War destroys life indiscriminately. War is antithetical to civilization. During my [slightly more than] half century on this planet I've witnessed a never ending series of purposeless [and undeclared] wars. These corporate adventures are all cloaked in flimsy fabricated pretense, lies that sound and smell like bullshit. Shit that we slurp up like hot fudge sundaes. Unnecessary conflicts deflect funds from meaningful projects, they destroy everything in their path, including any resemblance our foreign policy has to credibility. Only two entities profit from war: plutocrats and pestilence. Whoops! Kinda redundant there.

Two recent among millions of related links:

(Chris Hedges at Truthdig.com)

"Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the presidency, as Max Blumenthal points out in his insightful book “The Management of Savagery: How America’s National Security State Fueled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump,” was made possible not only by massive social inequality and concentration of wealth and political power in the hands of the oligarchic elites but by the national security state’s disastrous and prolonged military interventions overseas."
 
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(The Last American Vagabond on YouTube.com)
 
 

Sunday, April 7, 2019

RON PLACONE

I like Ron, everyone should get their news on with him.

(Ron Placone on YouTube)

Sunday, March 31, 2019

MONOPOLIZING LIFE

(On Contact with Chris Hedges)

This week Monsanto/Bayer AG was ordered by a California federal court to pay $80 million to Edwin Hardeman after a jury found its weed killer, Roundup, caused his cancer. The case is just one of thousands of lawsuits filed against the company over plaintiffs’ use of the glyphosate-based herbicide. In 2015, the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as probably carcinogenic to humans. The Food and Drug Administration has concluded the herbicide is not likely carcinogenic to humans. In August 2018, a jury in California state court awarded a school’s groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson, nearly $289 million in damages. The verdict was later reduced to $78 million and is on appeal. In this conversation with Chris Hedges, environmental activist and author, Vandana Shiva, talks about Monsanto/Bayer AG and other big AG players' interests in India and her fight to protect life forms, seed varieties and farmers.

BONUS INTERVIEW

(Ralph Nader Radio Hour)

Toxic Avenger extraordinaire, Walter Hang, joins us to talk about how they outlawed fracking in New York State, why Big Green groups have failed to stop Donald Trump’s anti-environment agenda, and the most effective ways to generate lasting change. Plus, Ralph comments on the Mueller Report and the Boeing Max 8.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

THE REAL DEAL

This may not be a fair comparison, but they're both real politicians being paid to represent actual people. Which person do you find scary? I know who I think should be investigated for either fraud or mental incompetence.

(YouTube)

(The Humanist Report)

JIFFY COUP OIL CHANGE
 
 The U.S. is playing war-crime games again. While you sleep we destroy another country for its resources. Not for the good of their people, or our people, but so a couple billionaires can make a couple billion dollars. We really are ruled by a few short-sighted sociopaths.

Our official definition of "spreading democracy" should be: crushing millions of people around the world like a bug on the sidewalk, pressing our boots down until the dêmos are spread in a smear that fades quickly into forgotten history. Just sayin'.

There are many paths to the truth about this, my links are just a first look at many decades of salient facts about the oligarchs versus the people here and down there. We should all attempt to find alternative sources of information.

(Redacted Tonight on YouTube)
 
(Greg Palast on RT America)

 THE HAM BURGLAR NOTHING WHOPPER!

 Russiagate was a fraud!

The faux-Republicans commonly referred to as Democrats deflected attention away from their political loss, their myriad shortcomings, and their own election tampering by pointing incoherently and screaming, "The Russians shaked 'N' baked the 2016 election! And Trump helped!"

This modern Red Scare was tremendously harmful to the U.S., World Peace, Press Freedom, and what's left of our Pitiable Democracy. It was a scheme, an easily verifiable conspiracy to discredit Trump, as if you needed one, and avert attention away from more important and relevant issues. It was also an obvious attempt to reignite a new Cold War to justify our out-of-control Military and Intelligence Industrial Complex, the largest and most destructive entity this planet has ever known.

Of course our various departments of disinformation gave their full support, in yet another idiotic Intelligence effort. The same Spooks who helped establish a torture regime under W, and lie us into the catastrophic and illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and around the world, were ready to help with more deceptions. The alphabet soup of our national security state should rebrand under the banner Lies 'R' US.

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the US public believes is false”
* William J. Casey (1981) *

That it was a political scam, like the Ken Starr investigation of President Clinton, was abundantly clear if you ignored Main Stream Media. Both Clinton and Trump are horrible, but somehow lengthy and costly investigations of them didn't expose serious crimes or result in positive policy changes. Results that should have been very easy to accomplish, considering they were both crooks with bad ideas. Of course when the "cops" are also criminals, well...therein lies the rub. These probes only proved those supremely powerful men cheated on their wives. News Flash! That isn't a news flash.

I never considered Russiagate as anything other than a shallow ruse, with deeply grave consequences. Russiagate was the real crime. It wasted tax dollars on a trumped up conspiracy theory to entertain a blind electorate. It will result in harm to all of us, except oddly enough, President Trump. An intentional or unintended consequence? Probably another massive blunder among many perpetrated by the hand-picked stooges that run things for the one percent.

The Mueller nothing burger would have been no surprise to you, if instead of paying attention to the endless spew of nonsense that is Main Stream Journalism and god forbid Televised News, you paid attention to, among others, this short list:

Chris Hedges
Ralph Nader
Glenn Greenwald
Aaron Maté
Matt Taibbi
Caitlin Johnstone
Greg Palast

even
Lee Camp
Jimmy Dore

or
truthdig.com
truthout.org
therealnews.com
consortiumnews.com
see:

So, Trump wins and we all lose. Thanks for nothing Oligarchs and Corporate Media. If everyone stopped watching TV and never voted for another Democrat or Republican we'd still probably be doomed, but we might meet our fate with a little less suffering.

(Rolling Stone)

(Truthout.org)

And so it goes.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

GLENN "NAILED IT AGAIN" GREENWALD


Whatever David Cay Johnston's journalistic credibility might be, and the no doubt good work he's tried to do over the years, this "debate" with Glenn made him appear like a completely useful idiot.

(Democracy Now.org)

"GLENN GREENWALD: This is the saddest media spectacle I’ve ever seen, since I began practicing journalism in 2005. And what makes it even sadder is to watch all of the people who vested their journalistic credibility into what proved to be a complete and total fraud and scam continue to try and cling to some vestige of credibility by continuing to spin conspiracy theories that are even more reckless and more unhinged than the ones to which we’ve been subjected for three years. The great journalist and writer Matt Taibbi wrote in an article over the weekend, and I agree with him completely, that as humiliating as the media debacle was leading up to the Iraq War, what they did over the last three years in the Trump-Russia story makes all of that look like a pimple. Even though obviously the Iraq War was much more destructive because it led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, the errors and lies and falsehoods and recklessness and speculation that we’ve been subjected to, over and over and over, that Robert Mueller just definitively debunked, is far more humiliating journalistically, far more unjustifiable journalistically. And who knows where it will lead to? It’s ratcheted up tensions between the two most dangerous nuclear-armed powers in the world, Russia and the United States, that the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists says has brought us to two minutes before midnight on their Doomsday Clock. So it’s also been extremely dangerous in ways that we don’t yet know."

P.S.

The Sleazy Origins of Russia-gate
 (The late Robert Parry from March 29, 2017  -
Consortiumnews.com)

Three Lessons From ‘Failed’ Mueller Inquiry
(Jonathan Cook at Consortiumnews.com)

Trump Is Going to Thank MSNBC Until November 2020
(Caitlin Johnstone at Consortiumnews.com)
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Jimmy Dore and Aaron Maté on Russiagate BS via YouTube:

RussiaGate Skeptics Do Victory Lap w/Aaron Maté

Rachel Maddow Reacts To Collapse Of Russiagate

CNN Looks Humiliated On Russiagate While Backpedaling