Saturday, April 30, 2016

 

The Twilight Zone

Zionists impersonating Palestinians. Where is Rod Serling?

Friday, April 29, 2016

 

Things Are Never What They Seem

The Collaborators
The Wise Use movement has taken over the United Nations.

 

This Changes Everything--Take Two

Next time you hear some Naomi Klein groupie repeat her idiotic mantra "This Changes Everything" regarding the 'clean energy/New Economy' scam, you might remind the gullible moron that the bank bailouts did, too.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

 

Time for American Regime Change

The American regime of two corrupt political parties that favor Wall Street over Main Street is the message young people need to carry with them into the California and Oregon primaries, as well as to the streets outside the DNC in July. As noted at Shadow Proof, this is a movement, not a cult.

Young people, fed up with the oligarchy that Clinton and Trump represent, voted overwhelmingly for Sanders in the primaries he lost, and they are by no means Democratic Party loyalists. And why should they be? They have been betrayed in every way possible by Obama and Clinton for eight straight years, and their future is bleak with either Clinton or Trump in the White House.

Whatever happens at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, or in the general election, the movement Sanders' campaign catalyzed is the only hope for democratic renewal in the US, and the only hope for humanity, that is suffering from relentless American aggression. A little creative anarchy and social organizing against what Clinton and Trump stand for couldn't hurt a bit.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

 

Just Say No to 350

Hijacking the Environmental Movement

Monday, April 25, 2016

 

Renewable Energy Unsustainable


Energy demand is much more than electricity. Electricity is only 18% of energy demand worldwide. 82% of energy demand is for manufacturing, transportation, housing and food production--using fossil fuels. 

Solar and wind energy currently provide 3% of total world energy demand. Switching to electric vehicles would double electrical demand, requiring burning more fossil fuels and mining of rare earth minerals for batteries, often in regions that are militantly resistant to having their homelands ravaged.

Electrical storage and grid infrastructure for solar and wind energy creates increased energy demand to mine minerals, as well as to manufacture and transport materials for this new infrastructure. Mining and manufacture of solar and wind infrastructure generates toxic waste, as well as polluted air and water.

Solar and wind energy systems have to be replaced every 30 years. It takes a ton of coal to make a dozen solar panels. Renewable energy without massive cuts in energy demand is thus unsustainable. With two million people born every week, consumerism and militarism are wasteful energy habits we can no longer afford.


 

REDACTED

Historian Jefferson Morley explains How the CIA Writes History--REDACTED.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

 

Hillary Goes Ballistic

Hillary goes ballistic in her campaign's netwar against Sanders. It's the equivalent of 'shock and awe' by the candidate of Wall Street, unnerved by the growing support for the voice of Main Street.

Friday, April 22, 2016

 

Googling the White House

In the ideal totalitarian state, the state knows everything about you, and you know nothing about it. When the state forms a partnership with corporations that control information, that makes it a lot easier--for them. When the state is reduced to a conduit for transferring public wealth (your tax dollars) to private parties (Wall Street), controlling information is essential to preventing public organizing against corruption. Read more in The Android Administration.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

 

Doing the Numbers

As of today, the numbers in the Democratic presidential primary are Clinton 1,442 and Sanders 1,209--a 233 lead for Clinton. There are 1,400 delegate pledges left, 475 in California alone.

In other words, it ain't over.

 

Cutting Pensions

True to form, Obama -- Son of Reagan -- bails out banks, then cuts worker pensions.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

 

Gates vs Democracy

A prima donna of the aristocracy as a social engineer vs the "nuisance of democracy".

Sunday, April 17, 2016

 

Grinding Grist

In case you were wondering why Grist magazine, based in Seattle, is pro-GMO and pro-Nukes (as is Bill Gates),  following the money is probably a good place to start. Funders of Grist include Tides Foundation (an oil industry money laundry), Ford Foundation (a partner of the World Bank in ethnic cleansing of Indigenous peoples worldwide), and the Rockefeller Brothers (inheritors of the Standard Oil fortune).

Enough said.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

 

A World of Make Believe



There are a number of threats to the future of humankind. The big bugaboo climate change doesn’t even make my top five. If I had to rank them, I’d say these would be it:


1.      Advertising

2.      Corruption

3.      Privatization

4.      Plague

5.      Religion

Climate changed can’t be stopped. All we can do is adapt to new and changing circumstances. 

Corruption in government institutions and economic markets that determine climate change initiatives, however, pretty much guarantees that public policies and plans will produce profitable but not effective adaptation. An example of this is the Breakthrough Energy Coalition plan to reduce fossil fuel burning by building more nuclear power plants, a plan supported by the United Nations and promoted by Bill Gates.

Another global initiative promoted by Gates and supported by the UN is the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), now rebranded as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that plan to use the power of UN agencies like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to convert the world’s remaining forests to plantations for growing such food products as GMO soybeans and palm oil. A key part of the SDGs, which is well underway, is building mega-dams in the Amazon River Basin and elsewhere to generate electrical power for the industrial development that is currently displacing Indigenous peoples and annihilating biodiversity. 

Privatization of all things public – land, water, nature, government – is the ultimate sustainable development goal. These fall under the much-hyped ‘New Economy’ that Gates and the UN rolled out at COP 21 in Paris. Major promoters of the New Economy include Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben, public relations puppets funded by fossil fuel magnates Warren Buffett and the Rockefeller Brothers to lead divestment campaigns that are working to privatize all aspects of ownership of the fossil fuel industry, including control of fossil fuel reserves on public lands.

Plague that results from the deforestation of Africa, Asia, and South America have already become a concern to the World Health Organization, and epidemics are forecast to increase exponentially as poverty resulting from ethnic cleansing of Indigenous peoples and the privatization of public wealth skyrockets, creating mega-slums in which public health programs are replaced by black market pharmaceuticals that are routinely misused, creating a globalized human petri dish for untreatable diseases, such as the ‘Nightmare Bacteria’ that forced the Center for Disease Control to quarantine an entire floor of a public hospital in Maryland—after three patients and a nurse succumbed.

Religion under these horrifying circumstances -- that are worsening by the day -- poses another serious problem. Religious hysteria, end-of-the-world stuff, generates all kinds of unreasonable behaviors. Religious panic -- particularly in fundamentalist, evangelical, and Pentecostal faiths -- produces widespread aggression toward scapegoats. Religious terrorism, i.e. Christian Identity, ISIS, and Zionism, leads to murder, massacres, and genocide.

Advertising – in the form of privatized mass communication and education – now dominates public opinion, to the point that controlling consciousness on a global scale is a prescribed art that integrates government propaganda with the news and social media, creating what has been described as a “discursive monoculture”. No matter what vital issue, crisis, or concern arises, public discussion is now choreographed by public relations firms, i.e. Purpose, that work in tandem with NGOs, e.g. Avaaz, and coordinate with government agencies.

Private equity media -- that now controls all broadcast, print, and digital news in the United States – has created a fixed mentality behind the ‘clean energy’ chimera, in which all public control of climate responses using public monies will be determined by elite private interests, i.e. Wall Street. Architects of the final solution, e.g. MDGs/SDGs, by pimping poverty and all other social ills that befall humankind, promote the false hope of privatization and the termination of collective ownership in exchange for totalitarian corporate control of the planet.

Global civil society – thanks to Wall Street controlled institutions, markets, and NGOs – is now “paralyzed in a collective hypnosis” that rejects universal social interests and “systematically favours corporate interests”. The art of social engineering in which Avaaz works with elites such as Rockefeller, Gates and Soros in shaping global society, by building upon strategic psychological marketing, relies on the non-profit industrial complex, i.e. 350.org, as the “foundation of imperial domination”.

The mystique of mass hypnosis that made Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben celebrities of the climate change movement could never have happened without the backing of Wall Street. With the advent of social media and the reign of the Internet, controlling consciousness is now child’s play. New world order—same old crimes.

Friday, April 15, 2016

 

Exploding Heads

Having inadvertently supplied ISIS with thousands of surface-to-air missiles during the Libya intervention, the US is now arming the Syrian Al-Qaeda affiliate Al Nusra with rocket-launcher systems. In case you've been in a coma for fifteen years, Al-Qaeda is the outfit that brought down the World Trade Center twin towers in New York City, and ISIS is the extended villain family on a holy murderous rampage from Tripoli to Baghdad. The one hitch in this, as noted at the Wall Street Journal, is that these guys might get it in their heads to do some target practice on commercial jetliners, which is potentially embarrassing to the CIA.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

 

That Human Rights Thing

As Holly Wood observes in her recent post:
Millions of Americans cannot tell you what is contained in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They could not tell you when it was signed. They cannot tell you why it was needed. I wager if you asked most Americans right now, they would not know this document exists.
Why does this matter, you might ask? Consider:
According to Article 5 of the UNDHR, torture is recognized as a human rights violation and proscribed by international law. However! America believes itself exempt from the Geneva Conventions. Many Americans plainly do not seem to give a fuck. In fact, consumers of conservative talk radio seem pretty into torture as a weapon in the War on Terror. Perhaps one of the most terrifying historical consequences of 9/11 is that it revealed to the rest of the world how eager and willing a great number of Americans are to disregard the United Nations Human Rights Declaration. And if that was the terrorists’ intention — to make the world see how inhumane we really are — the case could be made that they succeeded.
So what can we do? Well:
Today, millions are gleefully campaigning for Hillary Clinton without giving a second of critical thought as to her position as Secretary of State atop a multinational system of torture and state violence. She can run for President because millions of Americans think this is good foreign policy experience that qualifies her for the Presidency. Few Americans seem willing to engage with its objective reality: Hillary Clinton is a profiteer of state torture. Slay, queen.
Run that by me again? OK:
The logic of human rights agreements is that when we agree that under no circumstances should a human body be tortured, under no circumstances is the torture of a human body legitimate. No exceptions. Hard and fast. Black and white. Cross your heart and hope to die. This is a promise we make to the world and future generations that torture will be no more. The promise was to never again be as cavalier towards the sanctity of human life as were the Nazis. That was the point of the agreement. No hyperbole necessary.
But we freed the slaves, right? Jesus:
According to the UNDHR, “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude.” Yet, human trafficking persists all over the world. At no point has human slavery ended. At no point has there been a unified commitment to eradicating human slavery, either. Sure, people think human slavery is awful and shouldn’t happen, and yet still it does.
Surely, that can't happen here! Right:
As democracies, we could demand that our governments unite in eradicating slavery across the globe. And yet people hear about sex trafficking and child soldiers and somehow their existence doesn’t consume our media attention. We should be hearing stories about Boko Haram every fucking day. But we don’t have to go to Africa to see bondage. Our landscape is littered with cement boxes where the bodies of Blacks and Latinos are caged for years. And in many of these for-profit prisons, they are conscripted to work for corporations such as Microsoft, Quaker Oats and Victoria’s Secret in exchange for what amounts to a tube of toothpaste a week in their hyper-inflated prison economy.
At least we got Obamacare! Christ:
Right now, healthcare is run on a for-profit basis. Health insurance is privatized in America. It is illegal for the government to regulate drug prices. Even executives of ostensibly non-profit hospitals make millions of dollars a year in personal income, wildly stretching the meaning of nonprofit. To put it bluntly:
Until we come together to recognize healthcare as a right — not a financial privilege — we are violating a basic tenet of the UNDHR. Many people want to claim healthcare is not a human right but a commodity. But here’s the thing: in the same breath you are saying you don’t care that America is violating the human rights of its citizens to appease Capitalists. That’s what you’re saying. You’re saying Capitalism matters more than this basic human right. You can believe that, but just admit to yourself that you’re that kind of an asshole. Don’t sugar-coat it.
This is too complicated. Really:
America, the most radical thing we can do is go back and honor our agreements to the world in the UNDHR. They weren’t fancy. They weren’t complex. They were simple promises we made to a world in crisis the American government would be pioneers in modeling good governance for its own people. They were basic tenets of a good society.


 

Acknowledgement

Acknowledgement
Vi Hilbert (1918-2008) -- a Native American from the Upper Skagit tribe, and National Heritage Fellow of the National Endowment of the Arts -- once made the following observation:
The first psychiatrist of this land, our medicine men, used the simplest things. They realized how important acknowledgment was. If a person was to rise to the highest goal that their families expected them to practice and if their deeds and accomplishments went unnoticed, why should they try? Why should they do anything? Nobody paid any attention to that anyway.

Our medicine men knew that this was very important. If you could see somebody doing a great piece of work at great hardship to him or her, then you pointed that out. You paid attention in public for the great thing you had just seen accomplished by this person. What a wonderful job this person was able to do because somebody had taught them how to use their hands and their mind and their eyes in a good way.

They would give credit to the teacher and to the student. Everyone was acknowledged in having a part in this great work that was being done because this person had been able to learn about what was important. So this is acknowledgment. It's medicine used by the greatest of our medicine men, because if you sit in a roomful of people and you go unnoticed forever, why should you come to be with any of the people who are there. Nobody knows that you're there. Nobody cares that you're there. Why should you be there to learn anything?

So that person might have a medicine man sense the sadness in your heart that nobody ever paid any attention to. Nobody ever notices that you even exist. The moment a medicine man points out to the houseful of people that you are there and you have been seen to do this. You have been acknowledged for the gifts that you yourself have given and then you are known then you feel good about who you are because somebody has paid attention to what you do and who you are. Acknowledgement is the best medicine that could ever, ever be practiced.

 

Navajo Holocaust

Peabody Coal’s 40 Year Holocaust for Navajos, “a long mourning song in the land”.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

 

Crime and Pretense

Destroying Aboriginal self-determination in Australia is the subject of filmmaker John Pilger’s commentary Starvation of Australia’s Indigenous Peoples: Utopia’s Dirty Secret.

 

Ending Brothel Slavery

France joins Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Canada and Northern Ireland in adopting the “Nordic Model” of helping victims of sex-trafficking by criminalizing clients, not prostitutes, and by providing support and exit services for the 89% of prostitutes who are not prostitutes by choice. Recognizing the tremendous violence in prostitution, including assault, rape, physical and psychological torture, the French National Assembly on April 6, 2016 chose to protect prostitutes’ fundamental rights as human beings.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

 

Kelsey Cascade Rose Juliana v. United States of America

The April 8, 2016 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Coffin -- in Eugene, Oregon -- that 21 plaintiffs, ages 8-19, are entitled to be heard in their claim that the federal government has violated their constitutional rights by permitting, encouraging, and otherwise enabling continued exploitation, production and combustion of fossil fuels is unprecedented. As Judge Coffin wrote in his order denying the government's motion to dismiss:

The debate about climate change and its impact has been before various political bodies for some time now. Plaintiffs give this debate judiciability by asserting harms that befall or will befall them personally and to a greater extent than older segments of society. It may be that eventually the alleged harms, assuming the correctness of plaintiffs' analysis of the impacts of global climate change, will befall all of us. But the intractability of the debates before Congress and state legislatures and the alleged valuing of short term economic interest despite the cost to human life, necessitates a need for the courts to evaluate the constitutional parameters of the action or inaction taken by the government. This is especially true when such harms have an alleged disparate impact on a discrete class of society.

While the federal government denied any duty under the constitution to protect essential natural resources for the benefit of all present and future generations, the Court's decision upheld the plaintiffs' claims regarding the government "denying them protections afforded to previous generations and by favoring short term economic interests of certain citizens." The next step is a review of Judge Coffin's decision by another judge in the same court, Judge Ann Aiken.

As political theater designed to dramatize the conflict between Wall Street and main street, it is worth watching the public response to this decision. While it is unlikely to prevail in the federal courts, assuming it ever goes to trial, it is an important clarification of the power imbalance in American society, and a timely reminder that the rigged electoral system -- now frustrating US citizenry -- must be changed as a matter of human survival.

While it is a noble gesture of citizenship on the part of the plaintiffs, it is unfortunate that their legal counsel have chosen to promote icons of the non-profit industrial complex, i.e. 350, Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein -- all of whom are financed by the fossil fuel industry -- in their press release. As noted in Charms of Naomi: The Mystique of Mass Hypnosis, this social engineering by Wall Street has hijacked the energy of American youth, in order to prevent the effective political organizing required to combat the exorbitant power of the fossil fuel industry.

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