We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The latest cartoons by political cartoonist Stephanie McMillan, and her comments

Thanks go to an activist for this post.

When you come after their bottom line, capitalists freak out. 

Dedicated to ABF drivers who are currently being fed a shitty contract that puts them back to where they should have been 5 years ago. The CEO got a 31.9% increase in total compensation, while the company is offering its workers a measly $2/hr raise over the next 5 years. That doesn't even keep up with the cost of living. [my link]

Capitalism inherently involves imperialist wars, oppression, exploitation, and ecocide. Humanity can do better! We must overcome capitalism and move beyond it to a different kind of economy that allows for a classless and sustainable arrangement of society. The future of our species and the planet depend on it.

Recommended web posts for Tuesday, 4/24/2018

  • The West’s Trauma of its Dissolution by Alistair Crooke from Strategic Culture Foundation. This top geopolitical analyst summarizes what we know is happening regarding recent events with Russia and in Syria and tries to make sense of it all. Many questions remain. See how he reaches this conclusion:
The attack on Syria is not some 'bump in the road', easily passed, and after which, we may sigh, and slump back to business as usual.  The trauma generated by secular western utopianism (European Enlightenment) being in dissolution is not something to be passed through quite so easily.  'Otherness' - other cultures - are coalescing and taking us to different outcomes, albeit still in their latency.  We should expect more 'bumps in the road'.  We should expect surprise.  The next 'bumps’ might well be more dangerous.  The West's trauma of its dissolution will not be short or without its violence, particularly as the shock of finding that 'technology' is not somehow inherent to western culture, but that the 'other' can do it as well, or even better, strikes at the very core of the western 'myth' of its own exceptionalism.
  • The British Are Driving the West’s War Agenda—But Why? by Richard C. Cook from Global Research. This retired political analyst argues that the Privy Council of Britain is behind all the recent acts of war and false-flags against Russia. I doubt this. It seems like an attempt to excuse US agents from the recent provocative acts. What I, and others like Carroll Quigley, have argued all along that following WWII the British ruling class, which ruled over the nearly defunct British Empire, merged with the US ruling class and have since then co-opted many top capitalists from all over Europe and Japan that makes up the ruling class of US-led Empire. Nevertheless, Cook adds some very interesting information on the British section of the Empire's ruling class.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Recommended articles for 4/23/2018

  • US Decries Chinese High-Speed Rail in Laos by Joseph Thomas from New Eastern Outlook. I had to laugh over the allegations made in the Quartz article. It was another example of the psychological defense mechanism of projection, that is, attributing a characteristic to others that one uses so often. The ruling class of the USA is expert at using the "debt trap" to subjugate others after many years of practice. They have used this practice not only subjugate nations, but their own population as well. People in the USA have been thoroughly conditioned to accept debt, and there are very few without debt. I think that this is a prime method of control of dissidence.
  • Capitalism is not the problem by Cameron Pike from A bird's eye view of the Vineyard. This represents a desperate attempt to defend the system of capitalism. I think it represents the thinking of those who have been successful in lesser business enterprises, the current Russian ruling class, and the thinking of "The Saker" (Andrei Raevsky) at this website. Raevsky, by his own reporting, is a descendant of a military officer who was active in the Russian Revolution who fled to Switzerland when the opposition backed by many Western capitalist nations was defeated. This military officer, no doubt, was part of the opposition to the Bolsheviks and likely identified with the embryonic Russian capitalist class during the early 20th century. 
Pike's defense of capitalism is quite shallow, amateurish, and typical of most North American political liberals. I'm not sure it is worth the effort to criticize it. In any case, I don't have the time to do it now--maybe sometime in the future.
The lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), naming WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange as co-conspirators with Russia and the Trump campaign in a criminal effort to steal the 2016 US presidential election, is a frontal assault on democratic rights. It tramples on the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which establishes freedom of the press and freedom of speech as fundamental rights.

Neither the Democratic Party lawsuit nor the media commentaries on it acknowledge that WikiLeaks is engaged in journalism, not espionage.... 
Surprise, surprise! (sarcasm) 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Recommended articles for 4/22/2018

  • The End of Growth, Seven Years Later by Richard Heinberg from his website. (Note: Because I am thoroughly immersed in activities to look for another home, I only scanned this article, but found it very interesting. It was highly recommended by an activist who studied under Heinberg.)
  • The MoA Week In Review And Open Thread 2018-19 by Bernhard from Moon of Alabama. This is one of my favorite websites which is managed by an expert truth-teller. In this piece you learn about the color revolutions that agents of the Empire are promoting right now. The capitalist directors of the Empire never tire of creating chaos throughout the world in order to support their addiction to profits and power.
  • A false flag attack on a USN ship next? by Nick from A bird's eye view of the Vineyard. The author begins the article how a US aircraft carrier could be a prime victim of a false-flag attack that ruling class directors would use to declare war on their latest enemy. He then goes on to other prime examples of the use of false-flag attacks to fool citizens in rallying around the flag, and ordinary impressionable youth going off to foreign lands to kill other ordinary people. It seems this trick works every time. 
I personally have researched the attack on Pearl Harbor, and I believe that this attack qualifies as a false-flag excuse to get us into war with the ruling capitalist class of Japan who were on their way to create their own empire in Asia (the phrase "Empire of Japan" was often used). They along with German and Italian ruling capitalist classes threatened the Anglo-American capitalists and their allies for control of the world. These competitive enemies of the Anglo-American capitalists forced the latter into a repugnant alliance with the Soviet Union in order to defeat them, but shortly after the end of WWII the Anglo-American empire soon turned on the Soviet Union because they interfered with the predatory activities of their new victorious Empire. And, as they say, "the rest is history".

Saturday, April 21, 2018

An American Tradition

by cartoonist Jalal Hajir

Bombing covers up reality, MSNBC lies & more

Click here to directly access the post of this 28:34m video from RT (you should not watch this American satirist and comedian because his show appears on RT which is a Russian sponsored internet webcast, and they always lie. Also, NPR, America's premier reliable radio station, disapproves of it. Just kidding!)
Lee Camp runs through some of the important stories the US bombing of Damascus helped hide from public scrutiny, then lists all the times there have been chemical attacks by the US and its contractors... on US citizens. Natalie McGill explains how patient advocacy groups may be getting drug money and Naomi Caravan reports on how self-proclaimed bastion of liberalism MSNBC is moving further and further to the right.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Recommended articles for Friday 4/20/2018 to clear your brain of the "corporate gas attack"

 (An additional item was added at 2:10 PM Seattle time.)
The empire’s true signature: Dantesque scenes of unspeakable suffering, destruction and death in Syria. A truth too ghastly for the tender sensibilities of the American public and their European cousins, their minds cushioned by dishonest mythologies and whorish escapist entertainment. 
I ran out of time because I simply must deal with personal issues. I advise you to look at the websites I recommend (on the right hand side).
Because building a new politics and a new society means uncertainty, we need to embrace humility central to a radical politics, meaning that we don’t always know the answers and must mistrust dogma and instruction from above.

Emancipatory politics in rural South Africa is under-developed and rural struggles are largely defensive. But out of the old, there are embryonic forms of agrarian alternatives and emancipatory politics – of land redistribution, food sovereignty, participatory democracy and accountable rural governance – that are taking root.

Real Reporting on Syria by Publius Tacitus (updated with a disclaimer)

Click here to access article by Patrick Lang from his website Sic Semper Tyrannis.  (I added in the last paragraph a disclaimer after viewing this video produced by OANN. This was added at 8:50 AM Seattle time on 4/21/2018.) 

This is a perfect example of how ordinary people with their native honesty can produce authentic news reports. This is in stark contrast to what we are getting from the ruling capitalist class who are addicts to profits and power, and as such the media which they own can no longer report honest news. So, who are you going to pay attention to or believe? Media corporations under the control of addicts to power or those run on a shoestring by ordinary, healthy people? 
While the vast majority of the media--print and electronic--have been missing in action on the real story about what happened on the ground in Douma, Syria, the upstart, conservative One America News Network showed up. A OANN reporter went to Damascus and actually did some reporting. He found no evidence whatsoever that chemical weapons had been used. Please watch.

(With the posting of this video, I am not endorsing OANN as a general source of reliable news and progressive views. As indicated above, OANN is a conservative network. That means it is funded by rich, property-owning people who live off "their property" instead of their work. That, in turns, means that they are supporters of the present class structured, capitalist society that gives them so much power. This video could also be a part of the effort to discredit the Trump administration in a widely coordinated effort by neoliberal capitalists to get rid of Trump as I argued in this post.) 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Heat Storm

Click here to access article by Sam Carana from Arctic News. (Thanks go to an activist for alerting me to the article.)
Arctic sea ice extent has been at a record low for the time of year for most of 2018, as illustrated by above image. In 2012, extent went below 3.4 million km². The question is what minimum 2018 extent will be.

Arctic sea ice could disappear altogether in 2018.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Near Deadly Political Gas Attack On Americans

Excerpt from an article by Frank Scott posted in The Greanville Post.

I particularly was impressed by the last paragraph in this article which I am quoting below:
We need to learn more about the actual conditions in the lives of people in other places but we first need to fully understand our own homeland and what our rulers do to the rest of the world in our name, while keeping us in the dark about reality. As in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Palestine and Ukraine, to mention only a few places where we murder, maim and prevent social justice and democracy while piously extolling their virtues. They can only continue to do that if we continue to let them, and inspiration can come from actually learning what people in other nations have achieved, against seemingly impossible odds, to enable us to not only believe in creation of a better world, but actually bring it from theoretical dream to practical reality. That means clearing the poisoned political gas filling our heads and analyzing reactionary rule in order to replace it with revolutionary democracy. Soon. Like now.
Joseph Werner: Diana of Ephesus as allegory of Nature, c. 1680

To paraphrase a famous quote by American revolutionary Patrick Henry, now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country and humans throughout the world. To do this we must seek the truth which has become a monumental task in a world of lies and deceptions spread by our insane masters. The latter who control much of the world are headed for their demise and they are taking us with them. Shall we, their subjects, offer no resistance like sheep going to the slaughterhouse; or will we as thinking humans refuse to be guided by their fakery and poison gas filling our heads; and shall we take from them the reins of power and affirm life, and stop them from exploiting us and abusing other humans, and, most of all, our Mother Nature? You must make the most important decision of your life, a decision which is probably the most important that humans have ever been confronted with: "To be or not to be."