Saturday, December 17, 2016

 

Killing Hope

It is amusing to witness the media obsession with election hacking allegedly conducted by Russia. Did it affect the outcome? Probably not.

Certainly not like the US-sponsored coups that have taken place worldwide since 1945. I mean, those alone could fill a book. As a matter of fact, they have.

It's titled Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II.

Friday, December 16, 2016

 

The Old Days

As Slim Charles remarked in the Shakespearean HBO crime series The Wire, “The thing about the old days is that they’re the old days.” The current liberal media fascination with conflicts of interest of the incoming Presidential Cabinet members is based on perspectives of the old days. Starting January 20, there will no longer be conflicts of interest between government and industry; rather, their interests will be one and the same.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

 

Hooker Couture to Soft Porn

With the election of a ‘pussy-grabbing’ President of the United States of America, The Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood is a timely topic. This cultural phenomenon didn’t just begin, but it has escalated from First Lady Michelle Obama celebrating the hooker couture of Beyonce, to the soft porn of former nude pin-up model Melania Trump.

As Melissa Farley of Prostitution Research and Education observes, “Media literacy resource material must include resources on sex stereotyping and also specific education on the damaging effects of the media’s sexualization of children, with recommendations for ways to discuss these issues with children of different ages.”

“These resources,” she says, “can decrease the toxic media sexualization of girls, encouraging them to grow up with a sexuality that is not imposed on them by pimp and pornography-dominated cultures.”

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

 

Fresh Air

As noted in Out in the Open: Remarks on the Trump Election, published November 16, 2016 at the Bureau of Public Secrets,
Powerful though they may be, irrational popular tendencies are not irresistible forces. They contain their own contradictions. … In the long run the only way to defeat reaction is to present more forthright expressions of these aspirations, and more authentic opportunities to fulfill them. When basic issues are forced into the open, irrationalities that flourished under the cover of psychological repression tend to be weakened, like disease germs exposed to sunlight and fresh air.
Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

 

Pacifying Resistance

In Celebrity Fetish As A Tool Of Empire, the blatant paternalism of NGOs that exploit indigenous peoples is examined within the framework of pacifying indigenous resistance.

Monday, December 12, 2016

 

The Beautiful People

Like his accomplice Naomi Klein, Tom Goldtooth was once a principled and articulate spokesman in opposition to Wall Street, until he was seduced by the dark money flowing from the oil industry into the non-profit industrial complex. Now, like Klein, he is a caricature of his former self, hobnobbing with the elite of the NGO champagne circuit. Reduced in his role to the status of token indigenous front for the pseudo left — living out their psychodrama as Wall Street dependents in the toy revolution entertainment sector — Goldtooth has become co-opted, or as Chief George Manuel described the phenomenon — assimilated.

Always present in media events where Fourth World nations are fighting Wall Street, Goldtooth and Klein bolster the credibility of Wall Street-funded con artists like Bill McKibben, thus leading social media followers astray. Although Goldtooth is a charming speaker, he only speaks half-truths, otherwise known as whole lies. Having accepted more than half a million dollars over the years from the Tides Foundation oil industry money laundry, his organization Indigenous Environmental Network — like its partner 350 — promotes consumerism as activism. This, in turn, inhibits recruitment by authentic grassroots organizations.

Instead of taking on the formidable tasks of stopping fracking of the Bakken Shale formation in North Dakota, or ending the laying waste to the Athabaskan watershed at the Alberta Tar Sands, ‘the beautiful people’ merely travel from one photo-op to the next — between pit-stops where they replenish their coffers with ill-gotten gains from the financial elite. Vanity arrests and airtime on ‘toy Che’ media like Democracy Now! help to maintain their celebrity status; as Cory Morningstar and Forrest Palmer observe, “There is no better way to launder corporate multinational largesse than giving it to the movement that is protecting it.”

Sunday, December 11, 2016

 

The Goldman Rule

In case there was any doubt, power in the modern world is contingent upon control of oil. It was that way when Nazi Germany invaded North Africa, and when the United States invaded Iraq.

Consequently, investors who control oil also control modern states, in Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the USA. They bankroll politicians, media, and social movements--both overtly and clandestinely. They choose who to depose, where to invade, and what is known.

In the United States, the epitome of oil investors is Goldman Sachs, which prospers from fracking and offshore drilling, and was bailed out by US taxpayers--along with the rest of Wall Street--when they lost their shirt gambling on market speculation in 2008-2009.

Trump's choice to lead the National Economic Council is from Goldman Sachs, as is his pick for Treasury Secretary, and for the chief White House strategist.

Goldman Sachs financed both presidential campaigns for Obama, and supplied his Treasury Secretary as well. Obama's Justice Department quashed the investigation of Goldman Sachs' criminal violations when the Treasury Secretary under George W. Bush (also from Goldman Sachs) oversaw the Wall Street bailout.

Under President Clinton, his Treasury Secretary from Goldman Sachs manipulated banking laws that made it all possible.

As reported at The Intercept, "Goldman Sachs always wins."

Saturday, December 10, 2016

 

Apartheid Approval

The U.S. Senate vote to suppress campus criticism of Israel passed unanimously on December 1. Responding to pro-Zionist organizations like AIPAC and ADL, the Senate attack on free speech seeks to use the Department of Education and Department of Justice to punish proponents of equal civil rights for Palestinians in Israel, and those advocating for a human rights boycott against the Israeli Apartheid State.

Friday, December 09, 2016

 

A Clear Agenda

As Cory Morningstar and Forrest Palmer report, the corporations that fund the non-profit industrial complex through tax-exempt foundations have a clear agenda, even though that agenda is obscured by the much-hyped show business of the so-called ‘activists’ on their payroll. For corporations like Unilever–owner of Ben & Jerry’s, as well as the “Fair and Lovely” line of products for people of color to whiten their skin–funding foundations run by sellout NGO elites in service to Wall Street is just part of doing business.

When these co-opted NGOs, i.e. Greenpeace USA and Earth Economics, partner with Wall Street fronts such as 350, Avaaz and Ceres, they function as well-heeled pied pipers that distract concerned people from more serious and effective political engagement. To call this aspect of the thoroughly-corrupted, non-profit industry serious fraud is an understatement. When this complex exploits indigenous peoples fighting for their lives against Wall Street, it becomes an exercise in Orwellian doublespeak.

As a result, caring but naive followers of these pied pipers are led into “consumer activism” and other infantile civic roles, where they are easily manipulated by public relations firms such as Agit-Pop Communications (formerly Ruckus Productions). These PR firms, in turn, promote fascist enterprises such as The New Economy.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

 

Tea Party Triumph

As evidence of the Tea Party triumph, American Freedom Party white separatists, Ku Klux Klan white supremacists, and the pro-white American Nazi Party all agree that President Trump is the great white hope.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

 

Week in Review-3

The Presidential Inaugural Committee advertised two tickets to an “intimate policy discussion” with Cabinet members for between $100,000 and $249,000, and, for more than a million dollars, eight tickets to a “candlelight” dinner with an appearance by the president-elect.--Harper's

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

 

Fracking Bakken

The moral theatre at Standing Rock has been inspirational, but it all could have been avoided had Obama not approved fracking millions of acres of Bakken Shale in North Dakota. The pipelines and bomb trains emanating from that disastrous decision will haunt us for generations.

Monday, December 05, 2016

 

Privatizing Reservations

Oil industry members of the Native American Affairs Coalition advising President Trump proposes making Indian Reservations private property. As noted at Reuter's, "The plan dovetails with Trump’s larger aim of slashing regulation to boost energy production."

Friday, December 02, 2016

 

As Dawn Rises

No plan of battle survives contact with the opposition.
--Editor's forward, Black Flag Over Seattle, Albion Monitor

Thursday, December 01, 2016

 

Racial Feudalism

The wisdom of the Founding Fathers of America was institutionalizing safeguards against tyranny. Knowing first-hand that theirs was a society in which human beings could be bought and sold, they established a system of governance commensurate with such moral depravity. As the maverick GOP takes the reins of all branches of the U.S. Government on January 20, this pattern of malign neglect in search of return to the promised land of racial feudalism becomes ever clearer.

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