Friday, December 31, 2010

Mainstream Press Journalism of Appeasement, Corruption, Smoke and Mirrors

The economy is propped up by smoke and mirrors and will inevitably collapse. Without immediately breaking up the banks and holding the thieves accountable, we will continue on our downward spiral with increasingly severe and devastating consequences.

If you are not calling for revolution or organizing, you are either unaware of what’s happening around you, horribly naïve or a fascist sympathizer.

In extreme times, telling the truth will make you sound extreme. The nightly electronic hallucination needs to be turned off, it is a journalism of appeasement

3 million families foreclosed upon;
30 million people in need of employment;
43 million people on food stamps
52 million people in poverty;
59 million people without healthcare;
239 million living paycheck to paycheck;
$144 billion in Wall Street bonuses;
$13 Trillion in investible wealth within 1% of US population.

We have the highest and most severe inequality of wealth in the history of the United States. It is an economic shock and awe campaign. It is acts of financial terrorism

We know who is responsible, yet nothing is done to hold them accountable. the people responsible are still in power. This is the largest criminal racket in world history. We need prosecutions under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, right now!

Obama is a puppet. What kind of president allows this to happen, allows our tax dollars to be taken and handed out as all-time record-breaking bonuses while we have an all-time record-breaking number of people living in poverty?. Puts career-long preeminent economic imperialists Tim Geithner and Larry Summers in charge of our economy, and supports Ben Bernanke’s reconfirmation as Fed Chairman? This is all absurd and inexcusable! These three people would be in prison if we lived in a nation ruled by law. Obama is a bullshit artist - Period, Full Stop

This is a quintessential banana republic ruled by a puppet president.

We can defer to Senator Bernie Sanders recent eight hour filibuster

“There is a war going on in this county. War being waged by some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in this country against the working families, against the disappearing and shrinking middle class of our country. The nation’s billionaires are on the war path. They want more, more, more. Their greed has no end

They have little concern for our country or for the people of this country. After we bailed them out, the CEOs today are now earning more money than they did before the bailout
The United States now has, by far, the most unequal distribution of income and wealth of any major country on earth. This is a war! This is a mass slaughter carried out by economic policy. This is the elimination of the existence of a middle class. These are financial terrorists committing crimes against humanity. Our country is being attacked! My family is under attack! My child is under attack! I am under attack

We are under attack! our nation has been taken over by a global banking cartel. Our future has gone up in flames. Both political parties have been paid off and don’t represent us. We have a duty, a Constitutional commitment and obligation to launch a revolution.

If you are not calling for revolution or organizing, you are either unaware of what’s happening around you, horribly naïve or a fascist sympathizer.

We are so overrun with corruption, we cannot remain passive, things are not going to get any better. Without immediately breaking up the banks and holding the thieves accountable, we will continue on our downward spiral with increasingly severe and devastating consequences.

The belief that giving trillions of dollars to the banks had to be done, is buying into a baseless propaganda line. What kind of fool would think that the best way to solve the economic crisis would be to give trillions of dollars to the people who are most responsible for causing it. Instead of holding them accountable for the crimes they committed, they were given trillions in taxpayer funds which they used to further consolidate power and give themselves all-time record-breaking bonuses - and they deliberately impoverished tens of millions of people in the process. People are either confused, in denial or afraid to confront the colossal crime committed. If you think it’s been bad over the past two years, get ready, you haven’t seen anything yet.

Many who understand our economic and political situation are now and contemplating moving outside the country

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A rapidly accelerating meltdown:

First this from Thomas Friedman

Then this from Jeffrey Goldberg

Then this from David Remnick

Jeffrey Goldberg is not finished yet

and finally this, from the funny papers


Here is a rare lesson on how thoroughly "crapped out" the US media is.

I would say this is the beginning round of Gleann Greenwald being flushed out of the media and joining the ranks of people like Ralph Nader, Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Robert Sheer and a host of others. I should start keeping a list.

Members of the US propaganda system frequestly defend themselves by declaring that they can say anything they want.

There is a long list of people who cant get on the the US media at all. Glenn is in the process of joining that group.

Sorry. I cant let this Greenwald video go (see below). It is one of the best in years and it is really making the rounds on the internet. This Greenwald/CNN video is almost a pure Chomsky demonstration.

Noam Chomsky wrote the manual on the US Corporate Media propaganda model/system. As Chomsky points out, the principle technique used by the corporate electronic hallucination is "hidden" or "assumed" or "subsumed" premises.

In the Greenwald/CNN video, at the 1:29 mark, Greenwald says “Well, I would contest the premise of your question”. Here, Greenwald makes a perfect Chomskyesque reaction. Greenwald spends almost the rest of the interview questioning the "hidden" premises made by the CNN newscaster, Fran Townsend.

Here is a recent video of Chomsky, himself, making this same type of demonstration in a well known interview with a newscaster from Israel Channel 2 News after the State of Israel refused to allow Chomsky to enter Palestine to speak at Bir Zeit University this past May. This interview is in two parts

It is for this reason that Chomsky is no longer on the media - any media, and it is for this reason that Greenwald will soon join him on that very long list of people who are banned from the corporate media.

Since I am at it, there are a couple of other things.

There are a couple of other tricks used by the corporate media hologram. One is "no-context". For the media, history started this morning. At the fall of the Berlin Wall Francis Fukuyama declared it to be the "end of history", and that the neoliberal economic model was the sole victor. Maggie Thatcher declared that now there "is no alternative" to this rapacious, laissez faire, supply side, trickle down, Reaganism.

But now, thirty years later laissez faire lies shattered, in a world-wide trillion dollar bankruptcy and shakedown, with the trillions provided by Keynesian public money and the only result for that public bailout is inescapable debt peonage. The only countries moving successfully forward are the countries that have rejected this economic model. Too bad Chou En-lai wasn’t around to comment on Fukuyama’s and Thatcher’s inanities. Toward the end of Chou En-lai’s life a reporter ask him what he thought about the French Revolution, to which he replied, “Too soon to tell”

Another media propaganda principle is it's use of the passive voice. For the media, “things just magically happen”. There is no personal agency. Well, s@#t doesn’t just happen, somebody did it. When someone makes this point, the media starts ridiculing and proclaims that person to be a crazed conspiracy theorist. Well, allow me, you’re god-damn right it’s a conspiracy, it's a criminal conspiracy. And we’re going to get out the RICO Act, hire a New York DA like Eliot Spitzer, start naming names and start frog marching these political and corporate mafiosos off to prison. One of the great things about Wiki-leaks is that there is no passive voice.

The Wiki-leaks dump is at a very low level of intelligence classification. Can you imagine what a top secret and above top secret dump would look like. Well, I can.

Monday, December 27, 2010

ROK President Lee heats up cold war on Korean peninsula

The ROK has 40 times the military weaponry

President Lee Myung-bak

There are three key facts that place the brinkmanship being played out on the Korean peninsula into perspective.

south Korea is revealed to be that of a local bully acting on behalf of a much larger global one.

first key fact: north Korea is a military pipsqueak. South Korea’s military budget is many times larger than north Korea’. south Korean military is integrated into the US 30,000 US troops on Korean, 40,000 in nearby Japan. US submarines lurk. US spy planes fly high. US strategic nuclear missiles are targeted. To think that north Korea poses a danger to south Korea is to think idiotically.

The north recognize the gross imbalance. They try to develop the most formidable deterrents it can while seeking peace. north Korean transformed by echo chamber from a non-threat into one where the leadership is mad and unpredictable. Only in this way can a weak country be turned into a danger

second key fact: United States has sought destruction of the north for 60 years
- Isolate diplomatically
- Subject to the longest campaign of economic warfare in modern history
- Continually threaten to place it on a constant war footing that depletes its resources and cripples its economy.

third key fact: right-wing Lee Myung-bak is more closely aligned with US policy on north Korea than two previous govt. Lee wants to see north Korea’s collapse and its absorption by the south, while two other favored detente. Lee was chairman and CEO of Hyundai. Goad is to save from “leftist, anti-U.S. and pro-north Korean elements included former presidents who pursued policies of coexistence and worked toward an eventual confederation. Lee is committed to a policy of confrontation, heightened tensions and subordination of the north to the south. Lee restored designation of north Korea as the ROK’s archenemy. Says expert Selig Harrison “south Korea is once again seeking the collapse of the North and its absorption by the South.

Lee’s local reputation is one of a US puppet betraying Korean interests. tens of thousands in central Seoul, 2008 largest antigovernment protest in 20 years, barricade with shipping containers. coated with oil, filled with sandbags, could not march on President Lee Myung-bak’s office. people placed this message on the shipping containers, ‘This is a new border for our country. From here starts the U.S. state of South Korea.’ Korea’s No. 1 national traitor. Lee has become ‘a Korean leader kowtowing to the Americans.’

the rising tensions re the outcome of the Lee government’s policy of seeking the collapse of north Korea in order to absorb it. Seoul has turned reality on its head and presented all its provocations as self-defense against north Korean aggression. the Cheonan was sunk in shallow waters. Lee quickly manoeuvred to blame. his own military initially denied a torpedo was involved. Lee said his intuition told him a north Korean torpedo was behind the sinking. Washington too exploited the tragedy.

In November north Korea shelled. Washington portrayed the shelling as an unprovoked act. south had fired live artillery into waters belong to north Korea. north Korean retaliation South Korean violation of north Korean territorial waters. Coincided with south Korean manoeuvres involving 70,000 ROK, backed by US Marines. For Pyongyang is could have been a rehearsal for an invasion. how could the DPRK generals distinguish a rehearsal for an invasion from preparation for a real one? south Korea’s live artillery fire was highly aggressive act. On top of that North Korea had to enforce its claim to sovereignty.

Just days ago, 24 December 2010, ROK repeated firing live, same island. US Marines to be present. Seoul warned that a north Korean response, US and south Korean air strikes on north Korean. Pyongyang wisely refrained.

Seoul’s alignment with Washington’s strategy of maintaining unceasing pressure on Pyongyang has been evident in other ways. Lee government has appointed a minister of unification, “south Korea to carve out...and market economy as values.” Imagine if Pyongyang said it was going to carve out. the word “tongil” was emblazoned on the headbands
south Korean marines. atest barrage. Tongil is the Korean word for reunification. reunification by force.

further, another live fire drill to the dozens it has already conducted this year. threateningly close near the land border. The biggest wintertime joint firing exercise the army and air force had staged, 800 troops, F-15K and KF-16 jet fighters, K-1 tanks, AH-1S attack helicopters and K-9. self-propelled guns. South Korea had planned 47 drills but one more owing to “tension with the North.”

Seoul’s goal is to heighten tension. “For the first time in seven years, South Korea has illuminated a 30m steel Christmas tree near the demilitarized zone.

old war against the north will continue, no matter what concessions Pyongyang makes. north Korea can hope for is a relaxation of pressure under another ROK president. Washington settle for is a peace on its own terms – one in which north Korea turns away from socialism and uncompromising commitment to anti-imperialism. north Korea carries on despite enormous imperialist pressure

Israel: The Alternative by Tony Judt

" 2003 he famously called Israel an anachronism and outlined the argument for a one state solution with Palestinians and Israelis living in a secular bi-national state..."

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Saturnalia To All!

The Saturnalia officially was celebrated on December 17 and, in Cicero's time, lasted seven days, from December 17-23. Augustus limited the holiday to three days, so the civil courts would not have to be closed any longer than necessary, and Caligula extended it to five which Claudius restored after it had been abolished. Still, everyone seems to have continued to celebrate for a full week, extended, by celebration of the Sigillaria, so named for the small earthenware figurines that were sold then.

Friday, December 24, 2010

19 Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Will Blow Your Mind

The United States is rapidly becoming the very first "post-industrial" nation on the globe. All great economic empires eventually become fat and lazy and squander the great wealth that their forefathers have left them, but the pace at which America is accomplishing this is absolutely amazing.

The following are 19 facts about the deindustrialization of America that will blow your mind....

#1 The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001.

#2 Dell Inc., one of America’s largest manufacturers of computers, has announced plans to dramatically expand its operations in China with an investment of over $100 billion over the next decade.

#3 Dell has announced that it will be closing its last large U.S. manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in November. Approximately 900 jobs will be lost.

#4 In 2008, 1.2 billion cellphones were sold worldwide. So how many of them were manufactured inside the United States? Zero.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Festivus

The Festivus

Communities in Resistance

The story of Kosovo and the 1999 war


The Propaganda Model (PM) was developed by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky in their classic book, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (Parthenon, 1988). They note that:

"The essential ingredients of our propaganda model, or set of news "filters," fall under the following headings: (1) the size, concentrated ownership, owner wealth, and profit orientation of the dominant mass-media firms; (2) advertising as the primary income source of the mass media; (3) the reliance of the media on information provided by government, business, and "experts" funded and approved by these primary sources and agents of power; (4) "flak" as a means of disciplining the media; and (5) "anticommunism" as a national religion and control mechanism. These elements interact with and reinforce one another. The raw material of news must pass through successive filters, leaving only the cleansed residue fit to print. They fix the premises of discourse and interpretation, and the definition of what is newsworthy in the first place, and they explain the basis and operations of what amount to propaganda campaigns." [1]

Monday, December 20, 2010

Taj Mahal - Cakewalk into town (original version, 1972, good quality)

Todd Rundgren & Taj Mahal - She Caught The Katy (Night Music 10-29-89)

The Blues Brothers - She caught the katy

Cakewalk Into Town (Taj Mahal) Giant Step

Taj Mahal - Fishing Blues

Taj Mahal - You Don't Miss Your Water

Taj Mahal / Corrina


clipped from:
Frank Rich made in his op-ed The Bipartisanship Racket

This "No Labels" group is nothing but a way to push more Republican and DLC policies that reward the rich at the expense of the working class. And it's also just more re-branding from Republicans who are still trying to distance themselves from the damage that George Bush inflicted on their party, even though they were willing participants in inflicting that damage. Frank Rich is exactly right that what Americans are sick of is the corruption in both parties, not whether corrupt politicians are going to play nice with each other. You'd never know what from listening to David Gregory and Mark McKinnon here.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Roy Orbison - I Can't Stop Loving You

Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey

Crying Parrot

[ORIGINAL] Parrot Sings Let the Bodies Hit the Floor

Righteous Brothers - (You're My) Soul & Inspiration (1966)

Righteous Brothers-Unchained Melody

Righteous Brothers You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (45 RPM)

Tom Jones - Green Green Grass Of Home 1968

Engelbert Humperdinck & Ray Charles - "Release Me"

Engelbert Humperdinck - Am I That Easy To Forget

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK "There Goes My Everything"

Engelbert Humperdinck - Please release me 1985

tom jones - please release me

Workers Seize a Factory

This is a factory occupation. At last, Argentina is finally here.

John Pilger - The War You Don't See (2010) 1/7

A new John Pilger documentary is always a media event. For over four decades he has set the bar for incisive and intrepid investigative journalism. In The War You Don’t See, his latest, Pilger indicts the mainstream media for its responsibility in enabling wars by sanitizing its image and glorifying its aims.

Since you have forgotten what real reporting looks like because of the corporate electronic hallucination

american soldiers no longer work for the american people. they work for the military industrial complex. the corporations. the banks. the federal government no longer operates under the control of the people. now the fed wants to control us all. call your senators. call your congress. yeah right. all to no avail. it is the duty of all these soldiers to refuse unconstitutional orders. i wonder if there is any illegal order they would not follow. it is sad what the usa has slowly become. fascist.

7 Arrested at Flashmob Protesting AIPAC

Neocons holding up START treaty

The neoconservatives promote the US as a unipolar world hegemon/empire and the Likud wing of the Israel lobby. In the 1970s the neocons joined the military-industrial complex and unreconstructed Cold Warriors to derail the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) and Nixon’s detente. The neocons still have an interest in maintaining a state of conflict. they are derailing a worthy arms control initiative. Here are some wise words from Ivan Eland as to why the neocons are so afraid of New START.

The START treaty, which would reduce the United States and Russia’s nuclear arsenals by 30%, has been held up in Congress for months by neoconservatives. Will the treaty gain any traction before more conservatives join Congress in January? RT’s Dina Gusovsky is joined by Jacob Hornberger from The Future of Freedom Foundation and Ivan Eland from the Independent Institute to discuss the START treaty.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Leaked documents reveal US and Afghan government collusion with major traffickers.

Documents made public by WikiLeaks' latest file drop show that Afghan President Hamid Karzai pulled strings several times throughout early 2009 to free numerous drug traffickers with whom he had political or economic ties.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Russia & China Powerhouse Pals

1. China and Russia are to dump the dollar.2. China and Russia have made important agreements on energy and trade.3. China is keen to get Russian oil and gas. 4. Russia has the nukes, China has the cash.

Monday, December 13, 2010

WikiRebels - The Documentary (1/4)

Derrick Jensen - Endgame part 1/7

Premises of Endgame

Premise One: Civilization is not and can never be sustainable. This is especially true for industrial civilization.

Premise Two: Traditional communities do not often voluntarily give up or sell the resources on which their communities are based until their communities have been destroyed. They also do not willingly allow their landbases to be damaged so that other resources—gold, oil, and so on—can be extracted. It follows that those who want the resources will do what they can to destroy traditional communities.

Premise Three: Our way of living—industrial civilization—is based on, requires, and would collapse very quickly without persistent and widespread violence.

Premise Four: Civilization is based on a clearly defined and widely accepted yet often unarticulated hierarchy. Violence done by those higher on the hierarchy to those lower is nearly always invisible, that is, unnoticed. When it is noticed, it is fully rationalized. Violence done by those lower on the hierarchy to those higher is unthinkable, and when it does occur is regarded with shock, horror, and the fetishization of the victims.

Premise Five: The property of those higher on the hierarchy is more valuable than the lives of those below. It is acceptable for those above to increase the amount of property they control—in everyday language, to make money—by destroying or taking the lives of those below. This is called production. If those below damage the property of those above, those above may kill or otherwise destroy the lives of those below. This is called justice.

Premise Six: Civilization is not redeemable. This culture will not undergo any sort of voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of living. If we do not put a halt to it, civilization will continue to immiserate the vast majority of humans and to degrade the planet until it (civilization, and probably the planet) collapses. The effects of this degradation will continue to harm humans and nonhumans for a very long time.

Premise Seven: The longer we wait for civilization to crash—or the longer we wait before we ourselves bring it down—the messier will be the crash, and the worse things will be for those humans and nonhumans who live during it, and for those who come after.

Premise Eight: The needs of the natural world are more important than the needs of the economic system.

Another way to put premise Eight: Any economic or social system that does not benefit the natural communities on which it is based is unsustainable, immoral, and stupid. Sustainability, morality, and intelligence (as well as justice) requires the dismantling of any such economic or social system, or at the very least disallowing it from damaging your landbase.

Premise Nine: Although there will clearly some day be far fewer humans than there are at present, there are many ways this reduction in population could occur (or be achieved, depending on the passivity or activity with which we choose to approach this transformation). Some of these ways would be characterized by extreme violence and privation: nuclear armageddon, for example, would reduce both population and consumption, yet do so horrifically; the same would be true for a continuation of overshoot, followed by crash. Other ways could be characterized by less violence. Given the current levels of violence by this culture against both humans and the natural world, however, it’s not possible to speak of reductions in population and consumption that do not involve violence and privation, not because the reductions themselves would necessarily involve violence, but because violence and privation have become the default. Yet some ways of reducing population and consumption, while still violent, would consist of decreasing the current levels of violence required, and caused by, the (often forced) movement of resources from the poor to the rich, and would of course be marked by a reduction in current violence against the natural world. Personally and collectively we may be able to both reduce the amount and soften the character of violence that occurs during this ongoing and perhaps longterm shift. Or we may not. But this much is certain: if we do not approach it actively—if we do not talk about our predicament and what we are going to do about it—the violence will almost undoubtedly be far more severe, the privation more extreme.

Premise Ten: The culture as a whole and most of its members are insane. The culture is driven by a death urge, an urge to destroy life.

Premise Eleven: From the beginning, this culture—civilization—has been a culture of occupation.

Premise Twelve: There are no rich people in the world, and there are no poor people. There are just people. The rich may have lots of pieces of green paper that many pretend are worth something—or their presumed riches may be even more abstract: numbers on hard drives at banks—and the poor may not. These “rich” claim they own land, and the “poor” are often denied the right to make that same claim. A primary purpose of the police is to enforce the delusions of those with lots of pieces of green paper. Those without the green papers generally buy into these delusions almost as quickly and completely as those with. These delusions carry with them extreme consequences in the real world.

Premise Thirteen: Those in power rule by force, and the sooner we break ourselves of illusions to the contrary, the sooner we can at least begin to make reasonable decisions about whether, when, and how we are going to resist.

Premise Fourteen: From birth on—and probably from conception, but I’m not sure how I’d make the case—we are individually and collectively enculturated to hate life, hate the natural world, hate the wild, hate wild animals, hate women, hate children, hate our bodies, hate and fear our emotions, hate ourselves. If we did not hate the world, we could not allow it to be destroyed before our eyes. If we did not hate ourselves, we could not allow our homes—and our bodies—to be poisoned.

Premise Fifteen: Love does not imply pacifism.

Premise Sixteen: The material world is primary. This does not mean that the spirit does not exist, nor that the material world is all there is. It means that spirit mixes with flesh. It means also that real world actions have real world consequences. It means we cannot rely on Jesus, Santa Claus, the Great Mother, or even the Easter Bunny to get us out of this mess. It means this mess really is a mess, and not just the movement of God’s eyebrows. It means we have to face this mess ourselves. It means that for the time we are here on Earth—whether or not we end up somewhere else after we die, and whether we are condemned or privileged to live here—the Earth is the point. It is primary. It is our home. It is everything. It is silly to think or act or be as though this world is not real and primary. It is silly and pathetic to not live our lives as though our lives are real.

Premise Seventeen: It is a mistake (or more likely, denial) to base our decisions on whether actions arising from these will or won’t frighten fence-sitters, or the mass of Americans.

Premise Eighteen: Our current sense of self is no more sustainable than our current use of energy or technology.

Premise Nineteen: The culture’s problem lies above all in the belief that controlling and abusing the natural world is justifiable.

Premise Twenty: Within this culture, economics—not community well-being, not morals, not ethics, not justice, not life itself—drives social decisions.

Modification of Premise Twenty: Social decisions are determined primarily (and often exclusively) on the basis of whether these decisions will increase the monetary fortunes of the decision-makers and those they serve.

Re-modification of Premise Twenty: Social decisions are determined primarily (and often exclusively) on the basis of whether these decisions will increase the power of the decision-makers and those they serve.

Re-modification of Premise Twenty: Social decisions are founded primarily (and often exclusively) on the almost entirely unexamined belief that the decision-makers and those they serve are entitled to magnify their power and/or financial fortunes at the expense of those below.

Re-modification of Premise Twenty: If you dig to the heart of it—if there were any heart left—you would find that social decisions are determined primarily on the basis of how well these decisions serve the ends of controlling or destroying wild nature.

Corporation will never voluntarily reign themselves in. A limited liability corporation exist to specifically to limit its liabilities and it functions is to privatized profits and socialize costs, that what they do,

Government won’t voluntarily reign in corporations; a primary function of government is to provide subsidies for these corporations and to provide muscle for privatization of profit and externalization of costs, and to contain public outrage. Corporations and governments are murdering the planet and they will not stop on their own, and so it is incumbent on us to stop them and to force accountability.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Huey P Long "Share the Wealth"

Huey Long on the $700 Billion Wall Street Bailout

They’ve got a set of Republican waiters on one side and a set of Democratic waiters on the other side, but no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, the legislative grub is all prepared in the same Wall Street kitchen.”
— Huey Long

There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party...and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt—until recently... and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties.
- Gore Vidal

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010


We've Let Corporations and Media Rob Our Souls

The most chilling accomplishment of American capitalist culture is that we have commodified our own consciousness.

At the Houston airport, where I spent two hours listening to a Christian religious fanatic tell about Obama running a worldwide child porn ring out of the White House. Entering the country shoeless through airport homeland security, holding up my pants because they don't let old men wear suspenders through security, well, I knew I was back home in the land of the free.

I am forced to talk about three things -- corporations, television and human spirituality.

World does not exist except through media. Is not a cultural history course. It is a real place with fast-developing disasters, economic and ecological collapse, cultural conditioning working against them. You are as conditioned as any trained chicken in a carnival. You have been generally indoctrinated and deeply conditioned to do -- mostly along class lines

20 percent coordinating and managing, the other 75 percent, the greater mass of working-class citizenry by the empire's approved methods, and toward the same end: Maximum profitability for a corporate-based state.

Seems so normal, psychologists have prescribed so much Prozac that it now shows up in the piss of penguins. A teacher has no objection to 20 percent of her fourth-graders being on Ritalin, in the name of "appropriate behavior," dupes or pawns of a corporate state a corporate-generated reality.

Financialization of all aspects of our culture and lives. True democracy is dead, and a corporate financial state has now arrived. An ever-merging global corporate system masquerading electronically and digitally as a nation called the United States. Or Japan

The corporation now animates us from within our very selves through management of the need hierarchy in goods and information. The American psycho-socio-medical complex, authorized to manage public consciousness. The entire pedagogy is itself immersed in a corporate financial state

This financialization of our consciousness under American-style capitalism has become all we know. We fear its loss. Hence the bailouts of the thousands of "zombie banks," dead but still walking, thanks to the people's taxpayer offerings to the money god so that banks will not die. We dare not let corporations die. Corporations feed us. They entertain us. They heal us when we are sick. Corporations feel like a friendly, benevolent entity in
American consciousness, are, of course, deathless and faceless machines and have no soul or human emotions
Makes us a corporate cult and makes corporations a fetish of our culture, like the weather -- just there. All of us live together in this corporate fetish cult. We agree upon and consent to its reality. Aztecs agreed upon Quetzalcoatl. Easter Island agreed that the great stone effigies had significance.

A population mass operating under unified corporate management machinery, most Americans believe they are unique individuals. Americans fear loss of uniqueness. Yet you and I are not unique in the least

Just because we come from the manufacturer equipped with individual consciousness, does not make us the center of any unique world, private or public, material, intellectual or spiritual.

We are all replaceable parts in the machinery of a capitalist economy. "Oh but we have unique feelings and emotions that are important," Psychologists specialize in this notion.
We are swimmers in an ancient rushing river of humanity, the child in Bangladesh, the millionaire frat boys who run our financial and governmental institutions with such adolescent carelessness. We will eventually be absorbed without leaving a trace.

We can meaningfully differentiate in the way we choose to employ our consciousness, to own our consciousness. We are either in charge of our own awareness, or we let someone else manage it. We nevertheless remain one of the most controlled peoples on the planet, especially regarding control of our consciousness, public and private. And the control is tightening. It doesn't feel like that, but therein rests the proof. Everything feels normal; everybody is doing the same things, so it must be OK. Stockholm Syndrome of the soul, the prisoner identifies with the values of his or her captors

In our case, the American corporate state and its manufactured popular culture. We feel life is normal and act accordingly, we become helpless. Learned helplessness. Americans believe there is little they can do in personally dealing with the most important moral and material crises ever faced, both in America and across the planet, beginning with ecocide, war making and the grotesque deformation of the democratic process we have settled for

Citizenship, simple consumer-group consciousness. 6 percent of the planet's population, we use 36 percent of the planet's resources, this we experience as normal and desirable, evidence of being the most-advanced nation in the world, reduced to a mere marketing demographic.

Digress outside the marketing demographic. Belize. True, it ain't Zimbabwe or the Sudan -- there are no dying people in the streets. But food security is easily the biggest problem, and growing by the day. Yet, despite much government corruption, people are still citizens, not marketing demographics

Citizens who struggle toward a just society, more progress than the United States, A level of free medical care for the poor. Maternity pay if either you or your spouse is employed. Retirement on Social Security at age 60. Worker rights, mandatory accrued severance pay, own their homes outright, entitled to a free piece of land upon which to build one. Employment is scarce, and that has a down side: Many folks waste a lot of valuable time having sex.

American and Canadian tourists drive by in their rented SUVs scared as hell of those barefooted black folks in the sand around them. A whole lot of very poor people trying to get by and make a decent society. North Americans live in a parallel universe conditioned to see everything in terms of consumer goods and "safety," as defined by police control. Outside of the parameters of the cultural hallucination they call "the First World" represents fear and psychological free fall.

Yet, America is a Second World nation

We have no universal free health care (don't kid yourself about the plan under way), no guarantee of anything really, except competitive struggle with one another for work and money and career status -- if you are one of those conditioned to think of your job and feudal debt enslavement as a "career" -- high infant-mortality rates, abysmal educational scores, poor diet, no national public transportation system, crumbling infrastructure, a collapsed economy. Even by our own definition we are a Second World nation.

But there is a shiny commercial skin that covers everything, a thin layer of glossy, throwaway technology that leads the citizenry to believe otherwise. The glossy branding of every item and experience, tangible evidence that the slick, conditioned illusion. The American Hologram. If it's bright and shiny and new, it must be better the complete opposite of tropical grunge.

So how is it that we Americans came to live in such a parallel universe? We prefer such things as Facebook, riding around the suburbs with an iPod plugged into our brain, looking for fried chicken in a Styrofoam box? Earth-destroying things over love and laughter with real people We suffer under a mass national hallucination. Now live in a culture entirely perceived inside a self-referential media hologram of a nation and world that does not exist. Our national reality is staged and held together by media, chiefly movie and television images. We live in a "theater state."

We know the world through media productions, which are edited and shaped to instruct us on how to look and behave and view the outside world. As in all staged productions and illusions, everyone we see is an actor. There are the television actors portraying what supposedly represents reality. Non-actors in Congress perform in front of the cameras as the American empire's cultural machinery weaves and spins out our cultural mythology.

Cultural myth production is an enormous industry in America. It is very similar to the national projects of pyramid building in Egypt or cathedral-building in medieval Europe. And in our obsession with violence and punishment, two characteristics of a consensual police state reality, we are certainly similar to prison-camp building in Stalinist Russia... one-fourth of all the incarcerated people on earth are in U.S. prisons -- U.S. citizens imprisoned by their own government.

The media culture's production of martyrs, good guys and bad guys, fallen heroes and concept outlaws, is not just big corporate business. It is the armature of our cultural behavior. It tells us who to fear (Middle Eastern terrorists, Mr. Chavez in Venezuela and foreign made pharmaceuticals), who to scorn (again, the same candidates, along with Britney Spears. Daily news is the modern version of Roman coliseum shows. Elections are personality combat, chariot races, not examinations of solutions being offered. None are offered. What are being offered are monkey models, mimics the behavior he sees around him. Real people or moving images of people, eye-to-brain to mimicry connection does not care. We know how to act and what things are because television and media tell us. Television is the software. Social realism for us is a television commercial for the American lifestyle: what's new to wear, what to eat, who's cool ([President Barack] Obama), what and whom to fear (that perennial evil booger, [Fidel] Castro) or who to admire (Bill Gates, pure American genius at work).

This societal media software tells us what music our digitized corporate complex is selling, but you never see images of ordinary families sitting around in the evenings making music together, because that music cannot be bought and sold and is not profitable

Managing mythology, so instead of a daily life in the flesh, we get 40-inch televisions, YouTube, cineplexes and the myths spun out by Hollywood

Now, for a national mythology to work it has to be accessible to everyone all the time, it has to be all in one bundle. In North Korea a single man, Kim. In America it is the media
Hollywood in particular accommodates imperial myths, melting-pot myths, hegemonic military masculinity myths and glamour myths. It articulates our culture's social imaginary: "the prevailing images a society needs to project about itself in order to maintain certain features of its organization." And the features of our media mythology are terrifying when you think about them. It is watching Man on Fire, with Denzel Washington's tragic pose, to protect us from The Evil. It is the absorption of that electronic mythology that allowed us to cosign the torture at Abu Ghraib. Abu Ghraib photos. Believe me; they picked the gentlest ones to release. Ray Hardy, lawyer. When the media and government people in power made that selection, they were managing your consciousness. Keeping you calmer by withholding the truth. Not upsetting little children so they will continue to quietly behave the way you want. Like children public got bored with the subject of torture. New evidence has been coming out for years short American attention span, created by our rapid-fire media, says, "Move on to the next hologram please
He result is that Americans cannot achieve the cathexis we need. Cathexis is the ground zero psychic and emotional attachment to the world that cannot be argued. It is "beyond ideological challenge, because it is called into existence affectively." Americans are conditioned to reject any affective attachment that does not have a happy ending. We remain mostly a nation of children. We never get to grow up. We tell ourselves that we are a great and compassionate people and that we are personally innocent of any of our government's horrific crimes abroad.
Guiltless as individuals. And we do remain innocent, in a sense, as long as we cannot see beyond the media hologram.

But it is a terrible kind of self-inflicted innocence that can come to no good. We are a nation of latchkey kids babysat by an electronic hallucination, the national hologram.

“Severance from the noise and electronic hallucinations of modern existence”.
They believe that this electronic hallucination of human society is the sum total of “life” and “the world”. They live according to the programming presented to them.

Most modern people are asleep... hypnotized by media. A sure way to wake up…
Into the wilderness. Unplug

Electronic hallucination and media hologram



About the Hack Thirty

We're listing the worst columnists and cable news commentators America has to offer. Think of this as our all-star team -- of the most predictable, dishonest and just plain stupid pundits in the media.

'Grace': PETA's Banned Thanksgiving Ad

Friday, November 26, 2010

The KTUU 2008 Sarah Palin turkey interview

Akin On Thanksgiving: Pilgrims Fled Socialism To Come To America

They came here with the idea that after trying socialism that it wasn’t going to work. They realized that it was unbiblical, that it was a form of theft, so they pitched socialism out. They learned that in the early 1620’s.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Broadways - Everything I ever wanted to know about genocide I ...

Third graders holding hands
Indians and Pilgrims celebrating new found lands
They tried to teach me that at school
Make the white man look superior, it's always been their rule
Now I can't believe we celebrate Thanksgiving as a holiday of unit...y and peace
If I had my way, we'd all dress in black
And Daddy would serve up the white meat
'Cause genocide is nothing to celebrate, extinction doesn't deserve a parade
And we perpetuate these lies with the turkeys that we buy
I tried explaining to my mom but she's too afraid to admit to herself
That her race is a killing machine
Take a look around your town and who do you see?
The Native American is surprisingly absent in his own indigenous land
Do you want to know why? It's 'cause we killed them all
It's not that hard to understand, yeah
So I go to college and you know what I learned?
That 80 million people were killed by my grandpa,
Your grandpa and all of their friends
They bleached out our continent but that's not the end
The last full blooded Aborigine died a century ago
If it's possible there's a place in the southern hemisphere
With a history even worse than our own
No one finds it peculiar
That a tropical island is full of people just like you and me
But Australia's a piece of shit floating in the Pacific
Buoyed by the blood of the Aborigine.
Buoyed by the blood of the Aborigine.

The REAL Thanksgiving Story!

Thanksgiving Prayer William S Burroughs

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

We are all Palestinians now - Interview - Jeff Halper - The Global Pacification Industry



Actually the terrorists are on the payroll and the authorities generally manage to let them through to conduct the false flag terror operations which then justify all these humiliating procedures and so much more. These unfortunate terrorist incident lapses are generally "regrettable" and typically caused by "human error," and also by the terrorists always being so incredibly wily -- you have no idea, so everyone understands and it's such a bummer and some flunkie might get fired somewhere, but then we all agree (well not all of us) that unfortunately they need to ratchet up the security as a result and we move on, SAFER. Phew.

But it would be unfriendly to call people ignorant on Facebook, your friendly social engineering laboratory, and at this point we think that anyone who is still so woefully confused at this late stage of the game can continue to be the government's monkey and knock yourself out.

If the terrorists do something, we follow. That's the game. Monkey see monkey do.

  • A terrorist tries to put a bomb in his shoe. So you take off your shoes now because you could be a terrorist like him.
  • There was a woman terrorist once, and she had explosives strapped under her breasts. So you let the TSA feel your breasts now because you could be a terrorist like her.
  • A terrorist once had explosives in his underpants. You let the TSA feel your underpants now because you could be a terrorist like him.

And so forth and so on. Powders and gels. Liquids. Nail scissors. Whatever. You are the monkey. The terrorists lead the game.

Imagine the possibilities! They only have to try something once and then you have to FOREVER MORE submit to a check for whatever they decided to try, no matter how humiliating or ridiculous. The government says so. And if you don't like it, you are a bad fucking monkey.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Chalmers Johnson on the Myth of Free Trade

a doctrine they call “neoliberalism is a rerun of what economists suffering from “historical amnesia” believe were the key characteristics of the international economy in the golden age of liberalism (1870-1913)

The complex includes privatizing state-owned enterprises, maintaining low inflation, shrinking the size of the state bureaucracy, balancing the national budget, liberalizing trade, deregulating foreign investment, making the currency freely convertible, reducing corruption, and privatizing pensions.

It is called neoliberalism because of its acceptance of rich-country monopolies over intellectual property rights (patents, copyrights, etc.); the granting to a country’s central bank of a monopoly to issue bank notes, and its assertion that political democracy is conducive to economic growth

Economist, Ha-Joon Chang, All of today’s rich countries used protection and subsidies to encourage their manufacturing industries, and they discriminated powerfully against foreign investors. More important than Adam Smith is Daniel Defoe, “A Plan of the English Commerce” (1728) which develops industrial policy of the woolen manufacturing industry which became the most important export industry. Robert Walpole, the chief architect of the mercantilist system. Protectionist policies with average tariff of 45 and 55 percent

By 1820 Hamilton’s 40 percent tariff on manufactured imports into the United States was an established fact. Hamilton provided the blueprint for U.S. economic policy until the end of the Second World War.

The U.S. abandonment of overt protectionism after it became the world’s richest nation still found measures to advance beyond what market forces could have achieved. U.S. government actually paid for 50 to 70 percent of the country’s total expenditures on research and development from the 1950s through the mid-1990s, usually under the cover of defense spending.

During the golden age of capitalism, from the Marshall Plan (1947) to the first oil shock (1973), the United States was a Good Samaritan and helped developing countries

In the 1970s, its position as global hegemon was being undermined and it turned decisively toward neoliberalism. This was to bring the developing countries to heel and slow down economic growth in the Third World. Third World countries were Forced to adopt neoliberal policies, open their economies to more powerful foreign competitors on unequal terms

Because of the shortcomings of neoliberalism it was necessary to find plausible scapegoats. Wolfowitz (now at the World Bank) put forward poor-country corruption
They failed because the didn’t take the good advice of the Washington Consensus

The problem with the explanation today’s rich public life was spectacularly corrupt were that conundrums encountered. Zaire under Gen. Mobutu and Indonesia under Gen. Suharto. Both were flagrantly corrupt. Zaire’s living standards fell. Indonesia’s rose. In Indonesia, the money from corruption mostly stayed inside the country

Free trade, privatization, and the rest of their policies are a historical, self-serving economic nonsense, apologists gave a neo-Nazi explanation, and it was culture. Samuel Huntington’s thesis, clash of civilizations. Francis Fukuyama no trust extending beyond family members, difficult for them to run large firms. It was reminiscent of Max Weber, who in 1904 stated that Confucian/Buddhist countries were backward because they lacked the Protestant ethic

Economically successful nations are almost pathologically afraid of competitors coming up from below.

“Level playing field”? United States and Honduras should compete economically on equal terms? European citizens support their dairy industry with subsidies and tariffs to the tune of 16 billion pounds sterling a year and a vast range of agricultural commodities.

U.S. subsidizes corn and exports it to Mexico. Bankrupt Mexican farmers, who immigrate to the US. Japan lavishly subsidizes its extremely inefficient rice growers and prevents the import of rice that could easily compete. This creates one-party rule by mobilizing rich, protected farmers, who vote for the conservatives.

This is some of the hypocrisy surrounding “free trade”

“Belief in the virtue of free trade is so central to the neo-liberal orthodoxy

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura, Season 2 Episode 5 (JFK) - PT 1 of 4

Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura, Season 2 Episode 5 (JFK) - PT 2 of 4

Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura, Season 2 Episode 5 (JFK) - PT 3 of 4

Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura, Season 2 Episode 5 (JFK) - PT 4 of 4


Rosen vs AIPAC

Declassified: Massive Israeli manipulation of US media exposed

These files are from a sealed Senate investigations senate which includes Foreign Relations Committee and the US Dep’t of Justice

Israel spent36 million dollars to plant stories in the us media, To promote Israeli foreign policy objectives in the US. One objective was to divert from Dimona and track result

Using outlets the Atlantic Monthly magazine to disrupt US peace proposals allowing Palestinian to return to their land

US media fell into line. The Senate Investigation was a failure, heavily censored senate transcript and then put all of the extremely damning files into sealed records.

One result was that Israeli Ops had to register as foreign so they Simply transferred the ops into AIPAC

The Atlantic is on the forefront of a drive to get us to attack Iran nuclear sights.

Important to see the influence and the mechanics, it has only gotten worse.

There is a heavy influence on the part of Israeli politicians that work tightly with Israel without disclosing those relationships

They have successfully built a campaign financing system within the United States that is extremely successful at pushing Israeli objectives by withholding or dispersing campaign funds to us politicians a high degree of control is in place but for the average American it is almost completely hidden

Institute for research Middle Eastern policy Grant F Smith

Ron Paul's What If ? Remastered

"Do You Doubt The Official Conclusion Of How Building 7 (WTC-7) Came Dow...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Gay activists chain selves to gate

If only people were chaining themselves to the White House fence to protest our outrageously extravagant military budget instead of demanding the right to join the armed forces of a country that spends more on “defense” than all other nations of the world combined.

Relics from the Dust - Exotic Weaponry and 9/11


Prosecutors announce charges against Bout -- Raw Footage

Poll: Most Republicans don’t believe in climate change, but the number has moved from 62 to 53 in three years

In the poll, 53 percent of Republicans said there is no evidence for climate change, when only three years ago 62 percent of GOPers said they did believe in global warming. Almost 80 percent of Democrats and a majority of independents said there is solid evidence for global warming.

Of course they're changing their opinion. Opinion manufactured just in time for the new bubble, the carbon trading bubble, another theft by Goldman Sachs, of course, who else?

Washington's regime change gets a makeover

US behind regime changes around the world

Ultimatum to Obama and all Hostiles, Surrender or Die!

TSA's enhanced security spurs US 'airport rage'

Chomsky on Post-Midterm America

Chomsky on Post-Midterm America

"Push Michael Moore Off a Cliff": Health Insurance Whistleblower Wendell Potter Details How the Industry Attacked Michael Moore’s Film Sicko

They are going to make more money by providing less care - Halderman

Quantitative Easing Explained

Spratly Islands

Beijing is encouraging Chinese firms to heavily invest in electricity, coal and gas-oil projects in Indonesia. CNOOC, China’s major offshore oil producer, has reported that its investment in the country will exceed $5.6 billion by 2011. In 2009, Chinese direct investment grew by 29 percent.

On the eve of Obama’s visit, a Chinese delegation led by National People’s Congress head Wu Bangguo pledged a further $6.6 billion of investments in infrastructure and development projects, outdoing the US financial commitments by a factor of 20-to-1.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Daniel Estulin: Bout just a pawn, endgame - to get at Russia

Even if Bout has done all he is accused of and more, and that's not likely, it's still small time. The real money is in state sanctioned 'legal' weapons of war where the U.S. is number one by far - it's the only industry left. Combat planes are the big seller (now we just give 'em away to certain clients). It makes the trade in AK47's and small missiles peanuts in comparison. The only comparable money maker is drugs and with the CIA having a hand in much of that trade in Afghanistan, Columbia and elsewhere, it's only logical that arms, dope and war will walk hand in hand. It makes the bankers smile. It's pretty plain to me that this is about FARC, anyway. I love the smell of napalm in the morning - in Caracas.


“Devil’s Game” by Robert Dreyfuss, which agrees 100% with the neocons on the ‘Nazi’ nature of ‘Islamism’, differing with them only on whether the solution is to
  • carpet-bomb the whole of south Asia, or to
  • subvert it with liberal ‘progress’ instead.
A simple indicator of this is the routine identification of Hezbollah and Hamas as ‘terrorists’

Saturday, November 13, 2010

9/11 Ad Campaign Asks NYC City Council To Investigate Collapse Of WTC-7 ...

What's going on? When Geraldo Rivera on Fox News has a feature on the controlled demolition of WTC 7 that's not a hit piece, it appears there's something stirring.

Rivera even says "It is an intriguing topic, I'm certainly much more open minded about it than I was and it is because of the involvement of the 9/11 families and all these engineers and architects, clearly they know more than I do."

"It is an intriguing topic. I certainly am much more open minded about it than I was, and it is because of the involvement of the 9/11 families and all these engineers and architects. CLEARLY THEY KNOW MORE THAN I DO." ~ Geraldo Rivera

Wow is right! But it is hard to believe that the TPTB would allow this kind of exposure unless they're planning something else. Why would they want this kind of exposure, Unless it a Hegelian move. This is an "END GAME" type of move.

I have always thought that 911 was more than just an excuse for WAR (and making money) for them. They left to many clues. They wanted this thing to get disclosed eventually. Its the next move in the Chess Match.

Check Mate SOON!!!!

He played the clips where the repoorters said "They pulled building 7."

I think Geraldo is waking up. Said he is more open to the idea that it was an inside job.

you can't wake up to something you already know. geraldo is just following the script laid out for him by his bosses.

he knows wtc7 was demo'd and had nothing to do with flying aye rabz. go watch jesse's show on goldman sachs, he spills the beans on that one...... but jesse works for truTV which is owned by TBS which is owned by time warner.

time warner is part of tptb. so why would they start exposing themselves. thats the trillion dollar question... geraldo works for murdoch.. another ptb.

my friends, they are going to blow the lid off 9/11. the american sheeple will be dumbfounded. the only problem is... who are they gonna blame? the spooky illuminati? the bildergers? skull and bones? knights templars.. jesuits.. the pope/vatican?

my point is.... we are seeing the final stages of pre war propaganda. when sean hannity finally looks in the camera and admits 9/11 was a false flag... you better hide the kids and yourself. (they are getting ready to go hot)

Friday, November 12, 2010


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Chinese Navy Jin class ballistic missile nuclear submarine
home base on the south coast of Hainan island, launched an intercontinental ballistic missile from international waters
intelligence sources in Asia, including Japan
capabilities on the eve of the G-20
The day after the missile firing, China’s leading credit rating agency, Dagong Global Credit Rating, downgraded sovereign debt rating of the United States to A-plus from AA
a military and financial show of force
Pentagon spin
condensation trail from a jet aircraft
amateur rocket or an optical illusion
There are no records of a plane in the area
The Navy and Air Force have said that they were not conducting any missile tests from submarines, ships, or Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Navy has also ruled out an accidental firing from one of its own submarines.
Missile experts, including those from Jane’s in London, say the plume was definitely from a missile, possibly launched from a submarine

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likely a JL-2 ICBM, which has a range of 7,000 miles, and was fired in a northwesterly direction over the Pacific and away from U.S. territory from a Jin class submarine. The Jin class can carry up to twelve such missiles
transited from its base on Hainan through South Pacific waters, where U.S. anti-submarine warfare detection capabilities are not as effective
The Pentagon, which has spent billions on ballistic missile defense systems
Beijing has been angry over United States and allied naval exercises in the South China and Yellow Seas
Is it a show of force by the Chinese or a false flag
Do the Chinese have an incentive to send a message, a show of force, to the US, given the economic warfare presently underway? Yes.
Do the Chinese want to play into the role of villain being thrust on them by the controlled US media? We would think the answer to that is NO.
Therefore, we are not convinced the Chinese would take this step.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

War is a Racket by Smedley Butler



Jacob George & Spence Hindmarsh of A RIDE TILL THE END from Bill Scheffel on Vimeo.

DN!!!! GW Bush - 'WAR IS GOP'S ECONOMIC STRATEGY' - Oliver Stone n Kirch...

Eisenhower Farewell Address -- Military Industrial Complex


Change the World Without Taking Power

you contend that the possibility of revolution resides not in the seizure of state apparatuses, but in day-to-day acts of abject refusal of capitalist society, the struggle against power, not for power.

the possibility of revolution resides not in the seizure of state apparatuses, but in day-to-day acts of abject refusal of capitalist society

struggle against power, not for power

create cracks in capitalist domination
  • The Zapatistas
  • movement in Argentina in 2001/2002
  • MST in Brazil

walking in the opposite direction

focus on social movements, not political parties

drive against the logic of capitalist society

The problem with political parties is that they channel anti-capitalist anger back into a capitalist form, the form of the state. We need to give this anti-capitalist anger an anti-capitalist form of organisation
  • Paris Commune,
  • the soviets in Russia,
  • the anarchist councils in Spain,
  • the asambleas barriales in Argentina,
  • the communal councils of the Zapatistas with their mandar obedeciendo,
  • the cabildos in Bolivia

the state is a form of organisation that was constructed to subordinate social conflict to the dynamic of capital, it separates leaders from led, and that excludes people
state. It can be used to bring change on behalf of the people, but it cannot be the organisational form of change by the people.

Zapatista was a new way of organising against capitalism, of talking against capitalism, a new grammar of anti-capitalist revolution. The argentinazo of 2001/2002 was urban zapatismo.

Your work has irked left-leaning governments like Chavez, Evo Morales, FMLN backed government of El Salvador. Is there a conflict of interest between social movements and political parties? Is the electoral victory of left parties impacting negatively on the grassroots social movements?

I would rather have Chávez or Evo or Dilma or Christina Kirchner to the right wing alternatives, and I think AMLO would have been less disastrous than Calderón here in Mexico, but with capitalist form of government there are too many forces that pull governments back in to the logic of capitalist accumulation.

Left-wing governments champion Progress, we are the anti-progressive left, opposed to the destructive Progress that is at the core of capitalism. The great struggles of recent years against Progress –
  • the extension of the línea 12 of the Metro in Mexico City
  • paper mills in Uruguay
  • Walmarts in Cuernavaca and Puebla
  • mining of lithium in Bolivia
  • destruction of the Amazon in Peru

Right-wing attacks on left-wing governments are very clearly attacks on the people those governments claim to (but do not) represent. CONAIE in Ecuador defence of the President to criticise his failure to really implement measures of change.

the Zapatista example of the impossibility of attempting to build a revolution without deposing the existing state power

yes, the resonance of the movement is not as strong as it used to be and yes there is a failure to expand and multiply. This can be explained in many ways –
  • the growth of a climate of fear in Mexico,
  • the impact of the narcos and the growing militarization of the country,
  • the ebb of the global anti-capitalist movement for the moment

Cultures of Resistance: A Look at Global Militarization

Cultures of Resistance: A Look at Global Militarization from Cultures of Resistance on Vimeo.

Of missiles & money - don’t ask, won’t tell

Of course its an aeroplane, just like the one that crashed into the pentagon.

And they're not dangerous unlike that guy over there with a beard and a pair of shoes in his underpants.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

US must begin criminal investigation of torture following Bush admission


The price for the Religious Right’s wholesale idolatry of private everything was that Christ’s reputation was tied to a cynical political party owned by billionaires from the fast-food industry, raping the earth (not to mention our health), to the oil companies destroying our climate. It only remained for a Far Right Republican-appointed majority on the Supreme Court to rule in 2010 (Citizens United V. The Federal Election Commission), that unlimited corporate money could pour into political campaigns – anonymously -- in a way that clearly favored corporate America and the super wealthy who long since were the only entities served by the Republican Party’s defense of the individual against the government. The “individuals” turned out to be Exxon, the Koch brothers, Rupert Murdoch, McDonald’s and Goldman Sachs et al.

Then the internet came along and Fox News came along and Rush Limbaugh, Michele Bachmann et all came along and no fiction was too fantastical to be believed as fact. We passed into a high tech stone age, myth superstition and outright lies gained a new currency.

This was the logical conclusion of the process of delegitimizing the Federal Government that was launched by the Reconstructionists, the anti-abortion movement and of course is fed by the “Left Behind”/Christian Zionist apocalyptic revenge fantasy.

The Billionaire Lynch Mob’s only sacrament is fear. Their reward for cashing in on white religiously-believing middle class American’s addiction to Bronze Age biblical mythology is to walk away with our country. And fear-filled white Americans don’t get anything in return, unless you count their fleeting visceral pleasure of putting “that uppity black man” in the White House in his place.
Frank Schaeffer is a writer and author of many books including Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back

Friday, November 05, 2010


More than 6 million civilians would later die under Bill Clinton’s eight-year reign – with American money, weapons and political support.

Bill Clinton is the one who established the stranglehold that the murderous gang of Gen. Kagame of Rwanda and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda have on the people of central Africa

In 1990, Gen. Kagame, who was the chief of military intelligence in Uganda, led a violent invasion of Rwanda from Uganda, with the approval and support – financial, military and political – of the United States government. This violent war changed the landscape of that region forever.

A Sept. 30, 2010, New York Times mentions how in the fall of 1994, a United Nations investigation discovered that Gen. Kagame’s forces had killed tens of thousands of innocent civilians that year. Under pressure from Bill Clinton’s government, the United Nations was forced not to publish that report

But that was 1994, a year that is famous for extremist Hutus who went on a rampage
after that

Gen. Kagame of Rwanda and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda used American money, American weapons and, with American political support, attacked neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, where their forces butchered so many millions of civilians

Bill Clinton said this about his buddy Gen. Kagame: “Right now I’m not going to pre-judge him because there’s this huge debate about what happened in the Congo and why, and I don’t know.” To which human rights researcher Carina Tertsakian responded to the Daily Beast: “It is not a matter of pre-judging. … The facts are well-established. … There is no doubt that Rwandan troops, together with their Congolese allies, committed large-scale massacres and other grave human-rights violations against Rwandan and Congolese civilians. The evidence is there for all to see. What more does Clinton need?”

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