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Well, I’d like to give you an excerpt from the above linked-to show, but I don’t have the time or energy to sit through it again and jot down quotes. Nor is it really that vital, in my view. Of course, It’s possible that if enough viewers like me pitched in with donations, then maybe RT could afford transcripts of it’s shows. Yes, I really want to donate to an organization that disappears most of – maybe by now, ‘all’ of, my comments.
In lieu of an excerpt, I’ll just present the blurb attached to the show:
Thom talks with investigative reporter, author, and director Greg Palast about his new film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, and Jill Stein’s motivation for organizing an election recount.
My disappeared online response to the above linked-to show follows:
I find it interesting the way the video of this show is having a hard time playing on my pc. The image keeps freezing while the audio is fine. As I type this post, there’s a time lag. That may only be my pc. I don’t know. But the page keeps becoming active and I can hardly type.
I think Greg does fantastic work. I also have zero use for him and threw his book, “Vulture’s Picnic,” into the trash when he wrote “f*#k God,” which I read on page two I think it was. Greg isn’t confident that being useful and doing real journalism is enough to give you cred as a progressive. You have to talk (worse, ‘write’) like a toilet and diss God. Then you can be sure of that cred. As you wish Greg.
Thom and Greg are not talking about other matters related to Jill Stein’s efforts here, and they are not insignificant. Scott Creighton’s article titled “Jill Stein Parrots The Dem’s Discredited “The Russians Did It” Narrative In Her Official Petition To Recount Wisconsin Votes,” notes that, as the title says, Jill blames Russians instead of talking about other ‘known’ problems in the system (http://bit.ly/2fYhKNc). Why?
A poster at Off Guardian pointed out something to me that is worth thinking about here. If Hillary, due to an avalanche of revelations about her corrpution, has become damaged goods in the view of the clever (not wise) 1%, including George Soros, then why would the same 1%, notably George ‘deep pockets’ Soros be trying to undo Trump’s victory here? I can’t penetrate it.
Finally, All you RT lovers: How many of you know that RT is using nasty, censorious Spot IM? I’ve had plenty of my comments disappeared here and expect to one day be banned, as I have been on Common Dreams, for pointing out the fakery. When you don’t see me here again, it will probably be because RT or the Israelis, Nadav Shoval and Ishay Green, who they have allowed to run the commenting sections, have tired of me (http://bit.ly/2er8gG9).
See my previous blog post about RT titled “Irony And An Iron Grip.”
An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Toby Sanger follows:
Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth makes it look like match made in heaven…
The advisory council is calling on Ottawa to create a Canadian Infrastructure Development Bank and fund it with $40 billion. They suggest this would attract an additional $160 billion from private institutional investors to finance large public infrastructure projects, including toll highways and bridges, high-speed rail, ports, airports, power transmission, public transit, “smart-city”, broadband and natural resource infrastructure.
They say the arm’s-length bank should develop a “pipeline of scalable projects with reasonable certainty,” and revenue streams in the form of user fees, availability payments (public funding) and ancillary funding. It would review infrastructure projects over $100 million and select those with enough revenue potential—the cream of the crop—for private financing and investment.
They also recommend Canada “create a flywheel of investment in its infrastructure by catalyzing the participation of institutional capital in existing assets.” This simply means privatization, although they lack the courage to use that word, and say it doesn’t necessarily mean outright sale. Private finance could just suck money out with minority ownership. This “flywheel of investment” would become an endless cycle of privatization with private finance cannibalizing our public assets for private profit.
My online response to the above linked-to article follows:
I brought P3s up regularly in every online discussion I was in – that talked about the Liberals’ intention to do infrastructure spending – during the last election and was ignored. The media, Left and Right wouldn’t talk about it even though journos would have known this was in the works. The Council of Canadians, as I recall (Emma Lui) was one of about two sources that looked at Trudeau’s intention to go the P3 route (endorsing thereby Harper’s law requiring infrastructure spending above a certain amount to be done via P3s, because Trudeau’s such a change from Harper). Some journos who I expected to say something were quiet. A few of them may now be vocal, but where were they during the election? Was the priority to get rid of Harper? If that’s what they would claim, I’d have to say that their silence wasn’t about that priority. Do you know where we are when everyone jettisons principles? It’s called the end.
Since the election of the young, handsome, ‘sunny ways’ Justin Trudeau, I have been waiting for this trouble to come. I couldn’t discuss it with anyone because no one was talking about it. It forced me into silence. What can one lonely nobody Canadian citizen do about a government-created problem when politicians, who are already not accountable (just read the Toronto Star’s recent report about Canadian hostages doubly victimized, namely once by their kidnappers and again, by the captured Canadian government and it’s security agencies), just aren’t interested in anti-neoliberal ideas and talk and citizens have been deluded by the same politicians into thinking that they have their best interests at heart and those who disagree are extremists or troublemakers?
This is the article, a rare one, about P3s, that I came across recently on The Tyee when I was reading around on that site. It’s nice to see that I’m living in the real world afterall. After a so long, One wonders, “Is it just me?” I see though that there’s been a little more discussion of the P3 threat than I imagined, although The Tyee (or someone there) cut off discussion of this most important and too little, still, talked about topic. Jay’s links are most welcome also. They lead to some great info on the subject of private sector actors most willing and eager to steal from taxpayers. Jay’s article led me to the top of post article, and others.
An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Dru Oja Jay follows:
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The Trudeau Liberals’ promise to spend $120 billion on infrastructure was a centrepiece of their election campaign last fall.
But the party hasn’t been quite as eager to highlight the privatization plan at the heart of its infrastructure program.
Since at least 2014, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals have been signalling that public-private partnerships (P3s) will be a big part of their infrastructure strategy.
Last month, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the creation of the Canada Infrastructure Development Bank. But Morneau didn’t acknowledge that the bank is really part of an infrastructure privatization plan.
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It’s said that the finance minister is, arguably, as powerful as the prime minister. This P3 threat is not inexplicable. Look at who Bill Morneau is. He’s the former chief of the rightwing think tank that has been, possibly more so than any other, at the forefront of the push to bring Canada fully into neoliberalism. Even though we are seeing a smattering of articles dealing with this threat, which is going to become more than a threat soon, we are ‘not’, interestingly, seeing anyone talk about this. Why, for example, would Thomas Walkom, one of a handful of good journos who have looked at this P3 threat, care about what others might think or say if he points out this very relevant piece of information? (I guess that part of the answer is that Thomas works for a rightwing daily and has to be very, very circumspect in his approach to subjects like this, or else.)
“Canada’s Bold New Plan For Economic Growth Is Eerily Familiar” by Thomas Walkom
An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Thomas Walkom follows:
At its core, the federal government’s “bold” new plan for economic growth is strikingly familiar.
The scheme, worked out by Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s hand-picked advisory panel, relies on privatization, deregulation, public-private partnerships and user fees.
It would reserve profitable public infrastructure for the private sector but have governments alone foot the bill for those schemes — such as environmental remediation and First Nations projects — that are destined to lose money.
It would have the government set up a new agency to convince foreign investors that Canada is open for business.
An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Dru Oja Jay follows:
Finance Minister Bill Morneau went to the University of Western Ontario and the London School of Economics. He is the multi-millionaire founder of a company that provides “human resources services” and manages pension funds for companies and government agencies. (According to SEC filings, his net worth is north of $26 million; his annual salary before he left to run for the Liberals was $1 million.)
From 2010 to 2014, Morneau served as Chair of the C.D. Howe Institute, a nonpartisan, economically conservative think tank that credits itself with having an impact promoting continental “free trade,” lower corporate tax rates, and reducing inflation. As Finance Minister, we can expect him to wield nearly as much power as the Prime Minister — perhaps more.
Canadian values? What are they after our Benefactors in power have ruined Canadians spiritually and mentally with the example they set and the propaganda they and their think tank and media friends churn out?
“But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.””
The link in the above scripture, intended to look at who is meant by ‘nations’ (primarily: ‘Benefactors’ in power) is mine, obviously.
From here on, for a while (until I’m moved and settled), my posts will be semi drafts. I wouldn’t publish anything truly draft. I just mean to say that where I would ordinarily add more, often from my own library, for now I will not. And that’s only because my own library is packed away. Later, I very well may revisit these posts and beef them up.
I consider myself a progressive, if progressive means someone who believes there should be civilization in civilization. (And then there’s fair taxation, redistribution, a social safety net, free speech, human rights and a free electoral system. On some subjects, other progressives would vehemently disagree with me. I don’t believe in abortion on demand. And soon, Other progressives will reveal themselves when they join in the global pogrom to destroy organized religion, which God also wants to see, but for his own reasons.) It’s always been my view that a system works only when it works for all. The neocons and neolibs believe that a system works when 1% does okay and does so at the expense of the 99%.
“Hillary Clinton’s Neocon Resumé” by Paul Street
One might object that that’s certainly the neocons’ perverted position, but neoliberalism, while harsh, isn’t explicitly about harming the 99%. I would argue that that’s wrong for two reasons. What it’s salespersons say neoliberalism is and does is clearly not entirely what it is and does. And the difference is that they would have neoliberalism appear much more benign than it is. But because it simply isn’t benign, even a number of them are now acknowledging – after so much damage has been done and with no effort to meliorate it or change the neoliberal order – that neoliberalism is not benign. (And supporters of neoliberalism who acknowledge that it isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be never say exactly what the problem is. They exclude context, as Benjamin notes in the above link-to article.) There’s the IMF for example. Two, Neoliberals, like Hillary Clinton, are neoconservatives, whether or not they have ever attended a class teaching Leo Strauss’s ideas, for which reason a lot of folks have taken to calling her a liberal neocon. And, I might add, They are all Nazis. No, They aren’t followers of the actual person named Adolf Hitler nor are they members of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. But they are exactly like those people.
National Socialism (German: Nationalsozialismus), more commonly known as Nazism (/ˈnɑːtsɪzəm, ˈnæ-/), is the ideology and practice associated with the 20th-century German Nazi Party and Nazi state, as well as other far-right groups.
I’ve had some small mishaps in life. As I have said to those who I mention them to, If you live long enough, everything crappy will happen to you. Have you ever thought, as you walked down a menacing staircase, that “One day, I’m going to end up dead at the bottom of this evil thing”? That’s you recognizing that given time, the bad things that could happen to you probably will. What if you could live for 10 million years but nothing ever changed? If I asked you, Are you going to tell me that in 10 million years, you will not fall down those evil stairs that you use every day, Will you say “That’s right”? I don’t think so. You would more likely answer that “If I could live that long, and nothing else killed me, then those stairs would.” That would be a reasonable answer. Of course, As a certain kind of Christian, I do believe that there’s lots of change coming – to ourselves, to this world and to everything.
For now, We are experiencing the lesson/issue of universal sovereignty. Adam and Eve wanted to know what it would be like to exist independent of the Creator. They wanted to find out the hard way what that kind of independence involves. And here we are, existing – due partly to the imperfection (from God’s standpoint and design for us) that Adam and Eve acquired and passed on to us – in harsh conditions without God’s protection and blessing. “To the woman he said: “I will greatly increase the pain of your pregnancy; in pain you will give birth to children…” And to Adam he said: “Because you listened to your wife’s voice and ate from the tree concerning which I gave you this command, ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground on your account. In pain you will eat its produce all the days of your life. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, and you must eat the vegetation of the field. In the sweat of your face you will eat bread.”” (Genesis 3:16-19) But it’s his intention to save those loyal to him from this hell. While the lesson is on, however, he cannot protect his loyal people, directly. (We are certainly protected in the sense that following wise guidance is a protection. And also in the sense that our future eternal life is assured for deciding to remain loyal followers/ children.) God’s intervention into our affairs while the lesson is on, would nullify it. (Indeed, It’s precisely that factor that leads to the conclusion of this system of things and God’s rescuing both of loyal worshippers and innocents who have died and never had a real chance to respond to the lesson. Satan, since about 1919 CE, has been acting in his role of Gog of Magog. When the world, led by the agency of the (soon to be) temporarily empowered UN, sets out to destroy all religion, the crazies will not make any effort to separate God’s loyal followers from the fakes. And that’s the mistake they make that, due to other factors – those being, essentially, that the LOUS is over and all can see that the way of independence from the Creator doesn’t work – triggers God’s intervention.) The LOUS needs to run it’s course so that everything maY be made new, and safe, again.
“This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: “In that day thoughts will come into your heart, and you will devise an evil plan. You will say: ‘I will invade the land of unprotected settlements. I will come against those living in security, without disturbance, all of them living in settlements unprotected by walls, bars, or gates.'” It will be to take much spoil and plunder, to attack the devastated places that are now inhabited and a people regathered from the nations, who are accumulating wealth and property, those who are living in the center of the earth.” (Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39)
Those who actually desire law & order, on principle and not because they see it as a way to gain advantages – by strategically breaking rules and agreements – and haven’t taken the position that they are God and can make their own rules about right and wrong, changing them as they wish, who also don’t see their security as being dependent upon the barbaric, lawless, slave state, would be those who are dwelling without the wild beast of corporatocracy’s protection or blessing nor it’s slave’s mark of 666. Indeed, They would find themselves hated by that beast and it’s agents. In the eyes of the godless world and it’s plunderers, the dispossessed are poor and in need of re-education and punishment. But God’s view of those who look to him and his plan of salvation is different. They have security when taking the future into consideration. As the Christian Bible tells Christians, ‘Don’t fear those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul’. Holding to your view of lawlessness and plunder as being wrong makes you poor spiritually, to the wild beast of corporatocracy. You are viewed as a sucker sheep. To God, You have spiritual wealth. As Jesus said, “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither rust consumes nor thieves break in and steal.” Which won’t stop Gog from trying.
None are more defenseless, note, than those who possess principles and integrity and are loyal to Jehovah and are disagreed with by ‘all’, including victims of neoliberalism and neoconservative-inspired violence.
All within a few days, bad stuff has happened to me. All within a few years, bad stuff has happened to me. I’m fine mind you. But I’ve now got a small stroke under my belt, a benign brain tumor (which they found because they start looking closely at you after you have a stroke), and a permanently damaged (but usable) right hand (which is my fault). So I get to take pills every day for the rest of my life – in this system. Just last month, My landlord decided to renovate the part of the house I and two others were living in, and so I have to move. I didn’t even have two months notice. Let me tell you, Living in Toronto and working in security (G4S) as a low level guard is not easy. I work full time, in a permanent position, and I can’t afford the market rates for a bachelor apartment. If that wasn’t enough, All the training which I have to do yearly is due. Between working full time and the stress of needing to do those courses (which have just wound up, with my final course – I think – taking place on Nov 16, the day my father died) and needing to find an apartment and having no car (some of the time) to help with the time problem, I had a challenge. I almost ended up in a situation where I would have to move all of my possessions to my brother’s (where he has no place to store anything really), while I hung out in coffee shops in between shifts (12 hours long). I was seriously considering that scenario. That’s how hard it is to find an apartment, even something in a homeowner’s basement, here in Toronto, both because of the cost and because of the competition. At the last moment, I got lucky and, after responding quickly to a new ad in View It (a nasty online apartment search company that’s still better than the competition), I found a below market rate basement bachelor apartment. I still had competition, but the landlord, in his words, had a feeling that I was the one to go with and so he did. He has my eternal gratitude.
It’s been a difficult few months in other ways as well. I haven’t owned a television set in many years. It wasn’t worth the dime. I’ve also come to the conclusion that it’s not only overpriced (the cable), but it’s one of the neocon/neolib 1%’s most effective weapons in it’s war on the people and planet. How can you lose when you can get people to voluntarily turn that weapon, mixing entertainment with harmful (pro war, pro neoliberal capitalism) propaganda, on themselves? Together with brutal North American work culture, where people are working harder and longer hours for less, the Hollywood/Pentagon/CIA’s insidious influence through entertainment, and that component of the propaganda system that posits that capitalism and democracy are one and the same, the 1% has all but vanquished the light. The people are becoming, like their Benefactors in power, brutal, the way fascists are. They have become vampires and they need blood, namely the blood of the living.
In this world, I live on my computer. Oh, I get out enough. I don’t how much that will change when I move into my half decent bachelor apartment. But I like to socialize. For me that doesn’t mean bars or oodles of friends with nice houses and money. That would be nice too. But I hang out mostly in coffee shops and I don’t mind that. There’s a few places I do go to eat and after so many years, there are faces there that I know and it’s always nice to see those people and they treat me well. In the coffee shops, I’ve made friends over time with a few regulars, some whom I can talk politics with. I always enjoy it when I find that there’s sufficient interest and I can give a book or books to someone, as I did recently. John, a retired architect who I met at Rooster here in Toronto, liked Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History Of The United States” so much, he’s already re-reading it! I haven’t even started my own copy! (I have a huge pile of unread books.) But that’s one way I find that I can do my bit to push back against the darkness. When I’ve read a good books, making exceptions for books I know will be good even before reading them, I then look for them in the second hand book stores where I find them, and often they are dirt cheap and in new condition. So I load up on them and, in the way I described above, pass them on.
The deterioration of the online progressive community, a community that I discovered some years ago, has saddened me immensely. That was a big part of my small scale, but okay, life. Some of that community fell away long ago. That is, I learned long ago that not all of the progressive movement was truly progressive. (I recently had the ‘pleasure’ of reading an article by John Stauber that confirmed that it isn’t just me. His CounterPunch article is titled “The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats.”) The Nation, for example, was an early fail for me. It doesn’t take long for one to realize that what they’re all about is simply having ‘their’ player in the game of ‘riches for the strongest’ as it plays out in the political arena. They’re all about getting a Democrat into the White House instead of a Republican. For sure, These fake progressive organizations are not all bad, but one must be inoculated against their darkness when consuming their news and info, or else. But lately, in the last year, and increasingly within the last few months, I’ve been discovering that so many of my favorite progressive organizations are just not real. Rabble: fail. Mother Jones: fail. The Intercept: fail (The Intercept’s search feature has never worked. I guess the ‘hands on’ billionaire owner doesn’t see that as a priority.). Democracy Now: fail and fail. RT News: fail. Consortium News: fail. Add to that the number of progressive-looking petition generators like Avaaz that I am discovering are actually in the enemy’s camp. Then there’s organizations like Human Rights Watch for goodness sake! And then there’s my latest disappointment. I never thought I’d see the day when Common Dreams would ban me for speaking truth to power and for denouncing liars and their lies. But that day has arrived.
At first, I thought that my inability to access the CD site was technical or other. They’ve had their share of problems. But as I tried multiple times, and ways (using three different email addresses, including gmail, aol email and mail.com), to access the website it became pretty clear that the folks at CD, who endlessly plead for donations (as does every site I’m linked to) don’t like me. (I’ve been doing this post over the course of a few days. I’m finally finishing up. A last attempt today to get somewhere led nowhere. And even trying to use their search to find articles by Jeffrey Sachs was a bust as their search feature is suddenly unavailable. (*Today, Nov 18, that search feature seems fixed. Here’s one of many pro Sachs entries: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/02/12/who-endorsed-hillary-clinton-congressional-black-caucus-or-its-pac-filled-lobbyists) And that can only be for things I’ve said on their website that others would read. What might I say that they don’t like? I can guess. I’m quite critical when they blithely present articles by neocons and neoliberals. Jeffrey Sachs, who, with drunkard Boris Yeltsin’s help, all but destroyed Russia, should not get to pass himself off as a progressive. But there’s CD helping him to do so, no doubt because he has a huge following – many whom might want to donate to Common Dreams. Then there’s CD’s constant use of information from Politico, which I’ve complained about in the forums. Read Glen Greenwald’s revealing article on the Bush-connected Politico. It’s titled “Who funds and runs the Politico?” Then there’s CD’s acceptance of CIA asset Graham Fuller’s article, which I would have complained about if I had had a chance to. I believe I was already cut off by the time this was presented to readers/donors. And I just did a search and found a pro White Helmets article by Nadia Prupis. I don’t recall whether I have read this. If I did read it, then I complained about it. But I don’t recall complaining about it, so I most likely missed it.
Here is a blurb about Jeffrey Sachs attached to Verso’s advertisement of Japhy Wilson’s book titled “Jeffrey Sachs: The Strange Case Of Dr. Shock And Mr. Aid”:
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Jeffrey Sachs is a man with many faces. A celebrated economist and special advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, he is also no stranger to the world of celebrity, accompanying Bono, Madonna and Angelina Jolie on high-profile trips to Africa. Once notorious as the progenitor of a brutal form of free market engineering called “shock therapy,” Sachs now positions himself as a voice of progressivism, condemning the “1 per cent” and promoting his solution to extreme poverty through the Millennium Villages Project.
Appearances can be deceiving. Jeffrey Sachs: The Strange Case of Dr. Shock and Mr. Aid is the story of an evangelical development expert who poses as saviour of the Third World while opening vulnerable nations to economic exploitation. Based on documentary research and on-the-ground investigation, Jeffrey Sachs exposes Mr. Aid as no more than a new, more human face of Dr. Shock.
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Deniz Ülkütekin: As it’s a very conflicted subject, how do you certainly believe that Gülen and CIA work together?
F. William Engdahl: This is not merely my view but that of very knowledgeable Turkish analysts and even the former Turkish MIT senior figure, Osman Nuri Gundes, former FBI Turkish-American translator Sibel Edmonds, and others have documented his deep links to very senior CIA people such as Graham Fuller. When Gülen fled Turkey to avoid prosecution for treason in 1998, he chose not to go to any of perhaps a dozen Islamic countries which could have offered him asylum. He chose instead the United States. He did so with the help of the CIA. The US State Department tried to block a special “preference visa as an alien of extraordinary ability in the field of education” permanent visa status for Gülen, arguing he was basically a fraud with a fifth grade education and no special Islam scholar. Over the objections of the FBI, of the US State Department and of the US Department of Homeland Security, three former CIA operatives intervened and managed to secure a Green Card and permanent US residency for Gülen.
Intervention by three current or “former” CIA people–George Fidas, who was US Ambassador to Turkey and an ex CIA Deputy Director; Morton Abramowitz who was described as at least “informal” CIA, and CIA career man who spent time in Turkey, Graham E. Fuller. They got Gülen asylum in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. That certainly suggests a strong tie at the very least.
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The Corbett Report: “Who is Graham Fuller?”
I will provide the following link to a documentary (http://killinged.com/), produced by Mark S. Hall, which I bought and ripped, a no no I realize. For which reason I do urge any who might download the video to also consider buying it. Some cannot, I realize. I, at least, don’t expect those who are poor to be able to purchase the video. Others will be able to do so. To those who can afford to buy the video, I would urge that if you find the documentary worthwhile, then please consider purchasing it and thereby supporting those, like Mark, who care about the truth and about telling it. This is the only way I can justify ripping this, which the author no doubt would say no to. If Mark was to tell me that I shouldn’t do that, then I would have to forget about the documentary altogether. I’ve done that before. I’d do it again in a heartbeat. In the end, God, not progressives who can’t afford to do so, will save both loyal and innocent people. “Killing Ed”: http://bit.ly/2g2ousk
“SYRIA: The White Helmets, Their Backers and Their Many Shades of Grey” by Vanessa Beeley (re the White Helmets)
From Keith Harmon Snow’s article titled “White Slaughter In Black Africa: Genocide & Denialism,” the following:
Meet Dr. Gerald Caplan, a fine example of the worst kind of imperialist: one who works with the world’s worst dictators, peddles the racist propaganda at home and abroad, speaks at international conferences, collects a fine salary working for the misery industry in Africa, and one who ever believes that he is a force for good, and for ethics and truth, and who, therefore, is never, ever to be challenged by anyone.
Note that I am in the middle of moving. I’ve packed, too quickly, all of my books (read and unread) away and am awaiting an email or phone call from my new landlord who will give me a date when I can move, which will be soon. Therefore, Any blogging I do will be sort of skimpy.
An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Bernhard, aka moom of Alabama, follows:
My “not Hillary” hunch for the election was right. That is, I believe, how Trump won. No so much by gaining genuine votes but by taking them from the crappiest candidate the Democrats could send into the race. This was not a “white vote”. Trump did better with black (+5) and latino (+2) voters than Romney. Racism does not explain that. Clinton promised more wars. Those who would have to fight them on the ground rejected that position.
The people voted against corruption, against international warmongering, against attacks of the culture of their life and against Zionist and Arab potentate manipulation. In short – they voted against Hillary.
The media with their outright and widespread manipulation and one sided reporting against Trump and for Clinton lost too. People did not believe the partisan crap that fact-checked Trump on every minor issue but hardly reported on the huge, huge scandals and corruption Wikileaks revealed about the Clintons. Fact-checkers ain’t a good weapon in a culture war. The people want authenticity – lying is not seen as bad – if it is fairy open and authentic. Clinton is not authentic even when she tells the truth. The polls, but the one of the LA Times, turned out to be systematic manipulation [sic].
My not allowed to appear online response to the above linked-to article by moa follows. Yes, I’m sort of repeating myself:
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“The U.S. voters knocked over a chessboard that brought war and misery to many people. We do not know how the new game will look, but I think there is a fair chance now that it, in total, will be somewhat less devastating for the global good.”
There’s not much to argue with here. But I note that the Left and Right took the position that Trump was anti-establishment and the establishment, namely power centers in the US like Wall St, the Pentagon, large transnationals, was therefore against Trump. I wonder whether there wasn’t a lot of deception going on (on the Right within the camp called rightwing and within the camp called leftwing) about that.
Observe the rise of fascism globally, something that the Right has no problem with and therefore ignores, while the (mushy) Left can’t talk about it plainly and therefore in that way gives it a pass while it sweeps the planet. With this fake Left, it’s always, far right or fascistic or fascist-like or something anemic like that. It’s always, “We have to be careful” unless what has happened (fascism has arose) will happen. That’s awfully helpful, Isn’t it?
Where the fascists have established themselves, transnationals probably – and for sure where we are talking about weapons makers – breathe a sigh of relief. For one thing, This whipping up of ideas of racial purity and negative ‘hatred for the other’ nationalism allows for more profitable warmaking, where people are distracted from their own impoverishment and the neoliberal policies that create it, and more willing to see enemies where they are not. Look at India, whose (intellectually and spiritually) ruined people have elected an outright fascist (http://bit.ly/2eLtErl) leader in Nerendra Modi (http://bit.ly/1JPwrbX and http://bit.ly/d7DuAz). Corporatocracy, in which corporations in fact rule, with governments that they and rich capitalists have captured just ‘managing’ for them (which doesn’t exclude bumpiness due to pressures from below [we the people, hounding politicians]) is animated with a neoliberal / neoconservative spirit. Neoconservatism (deceit and violence) is the philosophy wedded to neoliberalism (the social economic system that has inequality at it’s core). Is the fascist Donald Trump really that big a problem for the anti-people establishment? Trump sounds like he’s solidly behind the working class, while he’s in fact solidly behind aspects of social and political life that that the establishment values as a pre-condition for it’s own existence and profitability. I don’t think it’s a stretch to believe that the establishment feels that Trump, the troublemaker, is just what they need, for which reason they will hide that fact in a manner that would make Leo Strauss grin from ear to ear. Let Trump make trouble, as long as it’s trouble for the people (who need to be distracted anyway) and not those – the 1% and it’s tools – who count. Seemingly, to leftwingers who couldn’t bring themselves to vote for her, Clinton was the bigger problem because her ‘policies’ (regime change etc) were more certain to lead to war than Trump’s ‘ficklessness’. However, His character is his character, which is fascist through and through. I would call Hillary fascist through and through as well, just to be clear. However, Trump doesn’t have to contort (change, even if not as a result of fickleness) to hide it. It’s out there. So, with Trump, there’s fickleness (borne of stupidity, ignorance, inexperience) and there isn’t.
Admittedly, Trump will have a hard time backtracking on his anti-free trade position, for the reason, in my opinion, that he and others will recall Obama’s position, pre election, on the same. What did Obama do? If Trump wants to really win the election (not just on election night), he will want to better Obama and Hillary here. He will ‘not’ backtrack on his anti-free trade position the way Obama did. But is such a thing possible? And, if it isn’t (remember toothpaste out of the tube) possible, which will see Trump in a constant state of (real or fake) war with capitalists and transnationals who don’t want to see their freedom (from democracy and rules, especially as they relate to the liveable earth’s, and people’s, needs and wants) [curtailed], Will people forgive Trump and be less likely to turn on his (fascist) politics?
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Note the wishy washy ‘proto fascist’ ‘not exactly fascist’ language employed by Chris. And this is someone who doesn’t pull his punches. Make of it what you will. I thought the video was interesting. They had this discussion before Trump triumphed and they speculated about what a Trump victory would mean under certain conditions; for example, should there be another financial meltdown.
I attached a comment to the video yesterday and see today that it’s been entirely disappeared. I’ve never had Google-owned YouTube do that to me before. But it may have nothing to do with YouTube. This is also RT’s YouTube channel, and RT has brought in a couple of sketchy Israeli fellows to manage their commenting on their website. Why do I say sketchy? Very quickly, I found my comments on RT’s website disappearing. I don’t do anything deserving of censorship. I don’t use foul language and I don’t engage in ad hominem attacks. Therefore, The problem must be my political views. If so, That would mean that this is an example of what I call gatekeeping.
My comment attached to the above linked-to video had to do with JFK. I said that Chris’s quoting of JFK, in a positive way, was a big fail. I tossed in a few additional comments tonight and I would say that if they disappear, then it’s simply the case that the Israelis, who the stinky RT folks allow to run their commenting features, have automated censoring me and, I’m sure, others. Otherwise, Are they interested in promoting the myth of Camelot? Why would they be?
See my previous post titled “Irony And An Iron Grip.”
Both the Left and the Right think that Donald Trump is disliked by the rightwing establishment. That contention may be true, but it’s problematic.
An excerpt from Jonathan Cook’s above linked-to article follows:
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Given that both Donald Trump and Clinton represent big money — and big money only — Clinton’s supporters have been forced to find another stick. And that has been the “lesser evil” argument. Clinton may be bad, but Trump would be far worse. Voting for a non-evil candidate like Jill Stein — who has no hope of winning — would split the progressive camp and ensure Trump, the more evil candidate, triumphs. Therefore, there is a moral obligation on progressive voters to back Clinton, however bad her track record as a senator and as secretary of state.
There is nothing new about this argument. It has been around for decades, and has been corralling progressives into voting for Democratic presidents who have consistently advanced US neoconservative policy goals abroad and neoliberal ones at home.
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My partial online response to the above linked-to article follows, which is to say that online you’ll see part of the below response. Below is the response I would have posted online were I allowed to. The stinky OpEd site disallows full online participation until you donate sufficiently:
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“Again, the Washington policy elites may force him to engage abroad in ways he would prefer not to, but his instincts to limit the projection of US military power on the international stage are likely to be an overall good for the world’s population outside the US. Any diminishment of US imperialism is going to have real practical benefits for billions of people around the globe. His refusal to demonize Vladimir Putin, for example, may be significant enough…”
Instincts? Is that what you call it when someone possess a serious fickleness? Trump’s vision, as far as I can tell, is to satisfy his ego, at any cost. Hide if he wins the election. Also, Hide if Clinton wins the election.
The fact is, We are confronted with the rise of fascism globally. Leaders, like Trump, all over the globe are whipping up nationalism and ideas about racial purity. Where that kind of leadership has been successful, you have ended up with peoples who are primed for violence and war, exactly what neoconservatism views as necessary, to the point, as Shadia Drury points out, where, if a nation doesn’t have external enemies to war with, then one or more should be created. (the lawless crazies in Washington think it will be cool to war with Russia.) The military intelligence industrial complex could only be pleased with the political successes of neocons and fascists, like Trump, who, if empowered and free to do so, will create the conditions for profitability for those who have self-modified themselves, as we are free to do (but not without consequences) from being believers in the golden rule to being believers in inequality who play a Darwinian game of ‘riches for the strongest’, so well expressed in the social economic system of neoliberalism and the philosophy of neoconservatism.
So tell me again how the establishment is ‘against’ this rep of the new rich. How is it that Trump would be problematic for the miic, or war-loving Pentagon or those behemoth transnationals whom Thomas Friedman is so happy to see protected by US military muscle (http://nyti.ms/1oxGkN7).
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