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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How India became Bill Gates' guinea pig: A conspiracy as recounted by the main actors

Click here to access article by Norbert Häring (Germany) from his website. 

First, by way of explanation, he uses extensive quotes from a forum organized by the US Treasury Department like the following:
Speaking for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at the “Financial Inclusion Forum” in Washington, organized by the Treasury Department and USAID on December 1, 2015, Bill Gates said (min 17):
"min 17" refers to roughly 17 minutes into the video recording of this extensive forum which he provides a link to.

I think Häring is being too cautious about being objective by labeling his views about the Gates driven "financial inclusion" system as a "conspiracy theory". As laid out in this detailed, compelling article, it seems obvious that our financial masters of the US-led Empire see in this new system a vast potential for tracking everybody via their transactions in that part of the world they control to serve their security and profit interests at the expense of our security and material needs. By tracking transactions through US banks and financial services companies, the system would also be accessible by US "security services" like the CIA, NSA, etc.

True to form in this age of public relations newspeak, they keep telling us ordinary people (and themselves) that it is for our own good. They use phrases like the following to describe the benefits of this system to us:
  • it makes financial services to the poor better
  • can furnish financial advice to the poor
  • financial empowerment for many people
  • expand affordable and safe access to financial services
  • to help people to a brighter and more secure future
  • getting the poor out of poverty 
Also, see Engdahl's take on the cash topic in my other post today. 

Washington's Dangerous War On Cash: What It's Really About

Click here to access a 57:05m interview with F. William Engdahl on Bonnie Faulner's Guns and Butter program posted on SoundCloud, a program from KPFA in Berkeley, California.

In the interview Engdahl, in addition to Häring in today's post, gives his views on India's withdrawal of some cash-notes from circulation, and then expands to other related topics that includes the following:
India withdraws 86% of the value of all currency in circulation; USAID; Project Catalyst; Global Innovation Exchange; Better Than Cash Alliance; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; UNICEF; UN Development Program; Mitre Corporation; the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA); Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); the larger global agenda of total control; ECB set up to favor Germany; Trade Czar Peter Navarro; US currency war aimed at destroying the Euro; US planned destruction of the Eurozone; glyphosate; fascism of EU bureaucracy in Brussels; assassination of Chairman of Deutsche Bank, Alfred Herrhausen; US emerging as the biggest tax haven in the world.
Engdahl gives some very important insights about how the leading US financial institutions are behind the drive to use economic weapons in order to maintain dominance over nations and people living in those nations controlled by the US-led Empire. It is important to understand that these financial institutions contain the most influential actors of the Empire's unaccountable and secretive deep state. They are sick people who are thoroughly addicted to profits and power, and unfortunately rule much of the world today. 

The Deep State Goes Shallow

Click here to access article by Edward Curtin from his blog. 
Trump’s fatal mistake was saying that he wanted to get along with Russia, that Putin was a good leader, and that he wanted to end the war against Syria and pull the U.S. back from foreign wars.  This was verboten.  And when he said nuclear war was absurd and would only result in nuclear conflagration, he had crossed the Rubicon.  That sealed his fate.  Misogyny, racism, support for Republican conservative positions on a host of issues – all fine.  Opposing foreign wars, especially with Russia – not fine.
Curtin sees liberals and conservatives coming together to denounce Trump for his heresy of wanting to get along with Russia. As such he sees only a unified deep state which may not be the case. Thus I think his "deep state" may be only scratching the surface of the real, very deep and secretive, deep state. But then, who knows at this time what reality really exists, and who and how many are really pulling the strings of the puppets on the "reality" show reported nightly over corporate media.

The bait and switch of public-private partnerships

Click here to access article by Pete Dolack from Systemic Disorder
This being the age of public relations, the genteel term “public-private partnership” is used instead of corporate plunder. A “partnership” such deals may be, but it isn’t the public who gets the benefits.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

US Meddling in Ecuador Likely to Continue if Left Wins Election

Click here to access article by Eirik Vold from TeleSur.
U.S. meddling in Ecuador's politics is likely to continue, especially if President Rafael Correa's ally and former vice president, Lenin Moreno, wins the upcoming presidential election, an expert on U.S. intervention in the South American country told teleSUR. 
The author's English as demonstrated in this article is rather inadequate, but I think one can rather easily comprehend most of the history he has provided of the interference of the US in Ecuadorian elections, and the obvious US's ruling class interest in interfering with this one given this history, that of US general relations with Ecuador, and all other countries who haven't demonstrated sufficient compliance with US ruling class interests. Also the ruling class has the special interest of causing Julian Assange to be ejected from the Ecuadorian embassy in London if the conservative candidate wins the election.

The latest news regarding the election suggests that there is a suspicious delay going on regarding the results and that many Ecuadorians are upset. See this article from a US expat online media source entitled "Country is in crisis mode as it awaits election results: rumors swirl as crowds gather at election headquarters in Quito, Guayaquil".

Tom Brokaw Unwittingly Reveals Whats Wrong With Corporate Journalists

Jimmy Dore gives his sarcastic take on one of corporate media's most useful idiot talking heads in its ignominious history.

Monday, February 20, 2017

China and Trumpism: The Political Contradictions of Global Capitalism

Click here to access article by William I. Robinson from TeleSur. (My interpretation and commentary was edited for clarity around 6:30 PM Seattle time.)

This sociology professor at UC Santa Barbara offers his explanation of a world crisis that is both economic and political. 
The U.S. and Chinese economies are inextricably interwoven. They are less autonomous national economies than two key constituent parts of an integrated global economy. Trump has accused China of manipulating its currency, threatened to levy a 45 percent tariff on certain Chinese goods, and suggested he would use the “one China” policy as a bargaining tool in trade negotiations. Yet the simple fact is the TCC [transnational capitalist class] in both China and the United States are dependent on their expanding economic ties.
I think that the most valuable insight that Robinson offers is that there is a clash of factions within the transnational capitalist class (TCC) that inextricably links all member of this emerging class across all borders against more nationally oriented capitalists. In addition he explains that there is a difference in the orientation of US capitalists who manage the US economy solely on the basis of profits über alles and world dominance in contrast to China in which the Communist Party guides capitalist decisions by invoking additional criteria that serves a more harmonious relationship with other states. The latter faction, consisting of the BRIC states, is increasingly challenging the US Empire's faction which has constructed the framework of the post WWII international capitalist institutions and insured the dominance of US capitalists.
Trumpism encapsulates the conflicting economic and political pressures on the U.S. state. The crisis of global capitalism has become more acute in the face of economic stagnation and the rise of anti-globalization populism on both the left and the right of the political spectrum. Trumpism does not represent a break with capitalist globalization as much as a conflictive recomposition of political forces and ideological discourse as the crisis deepens and as international tensions reach new depths.
Regardless of how these struggles among capitalist factions work out, and they can only work against the interests of workers, only workers organized across borders can defeat the TCC, avoid further wars, and construct a system that can serve the vast majority of the people and function in harmony with nature.   

Sunday, February 19, 2017

State Secrets: Sibel Edmonds Uncovers ‘The Untouchables’

In the nearly two hour video below Edmonds summarizes her journey from an FBI employee who had the highest security clearance, and who in the course of her work discovered many criminal activities of government officials; reported them to her superiors which resulted in becoming a target by the FBI to shut her up, then followed all the rules by reporting her findings to Congress--which failed, then pursuing her case against government corruption in the legal system--which failed, then being ignored by mainstream media and what posed as an independent alternative media, she finally ends up where she is today trying to organize her own independent media. Her video is an attempt to promote the support of her media organization.
Newsbud presents major new revelations by former FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds. Edmonds, known as the most classified and gagged person in US history, takes on the US Congress and the culprit media in one of the most significant and longest ongoing political/criminal cover-ups involving the FBI, a notorious political mob in Chicago, a well-known elected official and her convicted criminal spouse. Further, she renews her public call for joint testimony under oath before the US Congress. Do not miss this in-depth exposé shedding light on just how notoriously corrupt criminals are given immunity and untouchable status, not only by the US government, but also by the Deep-State collaborators- the US media.

Sibel Edmunds is a product of an education/indoctrination system that teaches how our nation's government and society supposedly functions: the three semi-independent branches of government, the constitution that lays down the rules, the electoral system that is supposed to place representatives of the people in power, and that there exists an independent media that serves to check on the government by reporting on their activities. She is now reeling from the shock that none of the above are true, that government is laced with corruption, that the three branches of government are thoroughly under the control of mysterious forces within the secret "intelligence" services, and the media likewise seems to be under their control because they have aided in the coverup of these criminal activities. 

What she doesn't yet realize is that a system that delivers so much wealth and power to a tiny class of people (capitalists) inevitably deteriorates into a self-serving ruling class of people who are addicted to power that the system's wealth provides them. To sustain their rule, they have had to create a massive network of indoctrination and propaganda to hide such illegitimate activities and the very system (capitalism) that makes such activities possible. Because she is so focused on the "trees" of her experience, she doesn't see the "forest" of the capitalist nightmare that we are all living in.

Thus, instead of being a revolutionary intent on overturning the system and creating a new system that serves all the people, she is a moral crusader trying to clean up the existing system that is designed to serve the few at the expense of the vast majority. Because these few are now in charge of a global empire, their activities are having global consequences: never-ending wars, masses of refugees trying to flee the wars of the Empire, rampant poverty, climate destabilization, etc.

In spite of her myopia, I thoroughly support her efforts to create a media organization dedicated to reporting the truth. However due to that fact that she doesn't see the bigger picture, I believe that she is trying to do too much with too little resources. What I believe is necessary to effectively challenge this huge evil monster is a coming together of many such independent journalists and organizations. To safeguard this new organization from subversive activities by this corrupt ruling class, they must be organized according to a bottom-up command structure which is the exact opposite of the hierarchical structure that is used (by necessity) of all ruling classes. Such a bottom-up ("subarchy"?) structure that is firmly rooted at the local level still needs to be created. This is a huge task, but I don't think we have any choice if we humans are going to have any hope of survival.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A valiant verbal warrior demythologizes the CIA

Click here to access the review by Edward Curtin of a recent book entitled The CIA as Organized Crime authored by Douglas Valentine.

I confess that I don't remember reading any of Valentine's books because I felt that I already knew much about what he was writing. But Curtin's outstanding review of his works explains that his books offer unrivaled depth and width to the subject of the CIA's subversion of the US and it's Empire in service to their masters in the ruling capitalist class. I'm convinced that Valentine' books have the key to an understanding of many of today's seemingly incomprehensible events. Here is only one such tidbit from Valentine's recent book that promises an intellectual feast that awaits your reading:
“Journalism in the US is a traditional cover for CIA officers. And when the owners of the media aren’t covering for the CIA, they’re selling commercial time slots to the multi-national corporations that in turn are selling you commodities made in sweatshops in foreign nations that have been subverted by the CIA. You could almost say there is no such thing as factual reporting. . . . The CIA and the media are part of the same criminal conspiracy. You’re never going to learn anything substantive by reading what mainstream reporters dish out about the CIA. You can’t take a journalism course in CIA Criminal Conspiracies 101.”

Political insanity

by "Polyp the cartoonist" from the British website Polyp.org.uk.

Friday, February 17, 2017

How the Trump regime was manufactured by a war inside the Deep State [Not only a must-read article, but a must-study article of political reality]

Click here to access this updated article by Nafeez Ahmed from INSURGE intelligence. (I am very grateful to Dave Ratcliffe of ratical.org for alerting me to this article.)

Wow! I am going through the throes of an intellectual type of orgasm after reading this lengthy, but all important article. Therefore I hope that my "high" is not distorting my perceptions when I think that this might be the most important article I've ever posted. It brings together so many insights from my previous posts and contributes even more to understanding our very troubled world. The only important thing lacking is a revolutionary solution to our dystopic future under capitalism. But that is our assignment.

Whereas I have seen the split between two ruling class factions as centered around strategies to cope with the power realities of Russia, China, and Iran, he sees this split as encompassing far more factors--and he may be right.
Both sides of the US Deep State blame each other for the system’s failures, neither wishing to admit their own complicity in driving the systems responsible for those failures.

One side wants to respond to the systemic crisis by accelerating market share of the old paradigm — extending the life of the fossil fuel system and deregulating predatory capital. While most are climate deniers, some even appear to recognize the dangers of environmental crisis and resource scarcity but wish to shore up the US Deep State against the crisis as a nationalist response: Fortress America.

The other side hold a deep faith that technological progress will save the day and permit business-as-usual and endless extraction-premised growth to continue — they believe that digitally-driven technological innovations will allow Wall Street to have its cake and eat it: we can grow the economy, and enrich a tiny number of financiers in the West exponentially, and the dividends will trickle down to the Rest with a bit of technocratic tinkering, selective regulation and generous philanthropy.

Neither side truly understands that they both remain locked into the old, dying industrial neoliberal paradigm.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Human Rights Industry Protects Imperialism

Click here to access article by Margaret Kimberley from Black Agenda Report

Because the Anglo-American ruling capitalist classes after WWII formed a new Empire after they defeated the Axis capitalist gang, we are now plagued with a global regime that relies heavily on deception to sustain their rule and their imperial policies. George Orwell's insightful statement that "telling the truth is a revolutionary act" is more true today that ever. Now we see more than ever before that our masters turn truth upside down and claim that the whistle-blowers and truth-tellers are engaging in fake news while their corporate media daily spews out lies about nearly everything. Likewise reputedly humanitarian organizations have been turned into mouthpieces in support of Empire policies.

In this article Kimberly offers her take on the use of "human rights" organizations to serve the US-led Empire's war crimes.
Beginning in 2011 the United States used a tried and true method of getting support for imperialism. A foreign leader is accused of being a tyrant who terrorizes his nation. The claims silence critics, get buy in from corporate media and cynical politicians and ultimately lead to death at the hands of the so-called saviors. There are 9 million Syrian refugees precisely because of collusion between the west and its gulf monarchy allies. The suffering of the civilian population is the fault of these parties and it is only the determination of the Syrians and help from their allies which prevented it from going the way of Libya.

Now that the jihadists are on the run and their one-time backer Turkey has switched sides, the jig is up. But the imperialists will not go away quietly. That is why Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International reappear at a crucial moment.

Former Senator at Plaintiff’s Table in 9/11 Case Against FBI

Click here to access article from 28Pages.org.

Quite often the truth of the Empire's crimes trickle out eventually, and this appears to be the case with the 9/11 event. Many architects and engineers after a decade got up the nerve to question the government's numerous deceptions about 9/11, and have accomplished much in poking holes in many of the original 9/11 Commission's findings. Now a lawsuit against the government has reached a federal court judge who has obtained many more FBI documents that were previously covered up. Already the court hearing have produce startling revelations regarding a more recent 9/11 Review Commission (aka "Meese Commission"), "not to be confused with the [original] 9/11 Commission".
As Christensen noted in his coverage of this week’s developments, “FBI Director James Comey picked the Meese Commission’s members, who operated in virtual secrecy, holding no public hearings and releasing no records about its work beyond its March 2015 final report.”

And, thanks to the Florida Bulldog suit, we now know the FBI paid the commissioners $80,000 each plus expenses.