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Visitors To Alternet Aren’t As Stupid As Steven Rosenfeld Seems To Believe They Are

Sibel Edmonds (http://bit.ly/2j06gpR) and Steven Rosenfeld (YouTube screen grab) and Kurt Nimmo (YouTube screen grab)

Sibel Edmonds (http://bit.ly/2j06gpR) and Steven Rosenfeld (YouTube screen grab) and Kurt Nimmo (YouTube screen grab)

“Latest Nonsense From Right-wing Fringe Trump Fanboy Alex Jones: Putin Is Listening To Me And Says Hi!”

An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Steven Rosenfeld follows:

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Alex Jones, the extremist right-wing conspiracy promoter, has either lost his mind entirely, is reading from a really bad political comedy script, or is telling his fans—many of whom voted for Donald Trump—that he not only loves Russia’s Vladimir Putin, but loves that Putin is telling others to say hi to Jones for him.

This banter is what passes for an inane mix of infotainment, dark messaging and pro-Putin propaganda earlier this week on Jones’ InfoWars show. His guest was a host from Russia Today, the Kremlin-funded TV network singled out by the White House’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election as a key propaganda venue, who laid it on thick, telling Jones how much Putin loves what he does—and by the way, Putin sends his regards.
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I guess ‘Kremlin funded’ is supposed to pack a punch that simply ‘state funded’ can’t. Is that pathetic or what? What is the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), the SBS (Australia’s Special Broadcasting Services)? They are all state funded media. The American Corpration of Public Broadcasting (CPB) funds numerous American local tv and radio stations, including NPR (National Public Radio) and PBS (Public Broadcasting Service). Here’s an RT article, “Is RT State-Run?” that addresses the charge. It’s like charging a human being with being an air-breather. The only reponse is, “Yes. What’s your point?”

My online response to the above linked-to post follows:

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Alternet: You may carry articles by Noam Chomsky, and harbor the indispensable Max Blumenthal, but you’re 100% establishment. It couldn’t be clearer if you had hung a hundred foot high neon light message on your building saying “ESTABLISHMENT.” Joining hands with the government (and it makes no difference whether it’s Obama, Trump or Hillary) to shut down real news makes you the enemy, clear as day.

I am saddened to see so many progressive orgs turn out to be fake. I’ve been following politics since the mid 80s and I learned after a couple of years that some were just not for real. I think the first fail that I realized, on my own, was The Nation. They are all about getting ‘their’ monster elected. And I got a much clearer idea about that when I stumbled upon John Stauber’s article laying it all out (http://bit.ly/2dkbE6V). And it’s only been relatively recently that I’ve watched them fail in relatively large numbers. Democracy Now and The Intercept’s pro White Helmets propaganda was hard to watch and hear. Before that, I had discovered that Canada’s leftwing org, Rabble, harbored a pro imperialist and Rwandan genocide propagandist in the person of Gerald Caplan. Common Dreams, a real faker, vacuuming up everything, left and very fake left (Jeffrey Sachs, CIA asset Graham Fuller), got tired of me pointing that out and banned me. Someone at Alternet is probably thinking to his- or herself “There’s a good idea.”

I actually figured you guys out a while back, but I keep my links. Not always, but often. For example, I recently discovered Newsbud, started by FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds. But it came to my attention that one of her editors, Kurt Nimmo, worked with Alex Jones. Kurt has his own website called Another Day in the Empire (ADE). It’s excellent, except for what appears to be an unbalanced, pro Trump attitude. I have no use for Hillary (whose allies are Alternet’s allies), Obama or Trump and I am not a fan of Putin, who’s got a lot more going for him than the psychos who want war with Russia, Syria, Iran and China. For one thing, he shows solidarity with his own people, as far as I can tell. And he certainly didn’t ‘hack’ the US election that was already hacked by both wings of the same bird of prey (Upton Sinclair), namely the Republican ‘Party’ and the Democratic Party. I deleted my link to ADE, but not Newsbud. I will monitor Newsbud and if it proves to be unbalanced the way ADE is (nothing critical of Trump) and the way Alternet is (pro establishment and anti real news), then I will address that by deleting my link and/or simply telling people. I do have my own (non celebrity) blog. And I can speak to people in my daily life. It’s not grand, but that’s because I’m nobody special. Jeffrey St. Clair made that clear to me when he responded to my email pointing out to him that a link on his site that was supposed to lead to a book he wrote and published led me to a site that had something to do with casinos. He emailed me back to spit in my face and call me Mr Deep Researcher. My jaw dropped to the floor. What the hell did I ever do to him besides buy his book and tell everyone what a great site CounterPunch is?

The darkness is spreading and deepening. And it’s worse than just class warfare. It’s like the 1% is composed of vampires and it’s victims just as often become vampires themselves.

*This site is so abusive. That’s one reason I never link to good articles I find here. I wouldn’t subject people to this horrible, busy site that you are invited to give feedback on only to be so bogged down with whatever it is that the site does that cuases your typing to take forever that you want to scream. Losers!
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I didn’t look at them all and in fact only glanced, but right away I saw posters, like myself, commenting on Steven’s article who weren’t buying his anti Putin crap. And like them, I won’t be buying the pro Trump crap wherever I find it, even if I otherwise find the information on those websites useful. Let’s stay sharp people. Betrayal is rampant.

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How (Good And Bad) People Spread Darkness

Daniel Lazare (http://bit.ly/2jQGPv1) scarlet colored beast of Revelation (http://bit.ly/2is9jWM) Seymour Hersh (http://bit.ly/2jvxzsV)

Daniel Lazare (http://bit.ly/2jQGPv1) scarlet colored beast of Revelation (http://bit.ly/2is9jWM) Seymour Hersh (http://bit.ly/2jvxzsV)

Source: How Obama Spread the Mideast Fires – Consortiumnews

It’s a free universe, truly. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t rules and there are no consequences to choices we make. I think that even rejectors of a Creator have that view.

If I choose to believe in an actual Creator God, that others choose to disbelieve in, then am I bad when that’s what I try to teach as fact? I will be honest with you. I don’t think people believe that I’m bad for trying to teach that there is a Creator God. But what people think, passively, is not always what they think actively. If someone has chosen to believe (or in his, or…, view, honestly believes) that there is no Creator and he finds me trying to convince others that there is, he will find himself in the position of having to resist me (publicly) even if he does not think he should. Logically, If I’m teaching what others (Your community?) consider to be darkness, then I’m evil or whatever term or terms you want to use (if you don’t want to use terms that you think may call into being a discussion of a non existent God and a non existent Satan).

You see, There’s a social dimension to it. As long as we don’t have a problem with the community we feel ourselves a part of, then we will endeavor to be accepted and approved by it. But how far will you go in trying to prove your truth, which I consider a Lie (1. force belief, which posits that everyone and everything is connected by radial energy [Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the Jesuit priest who taught biological evolution, gave it that term] and everyone, living and dead, has a good side and an evil side to them and 2. biological evolution), and in trying to get your community’s acceptance and approval? The Christian Bible reveals that soon, the secular realm of this dark world will turn upon the religious realm. And not just in disagreement. That offensive will be hostile and violent. For a brief period, the UN, depicted in the Bible as a scarlet colored (denoting war) beast, will be given full authority by the greater wild beast (that I call corporatocracy) to ‘deal with’ organized religion. Babylon the Great (harlot of global organized religion, all denominations) will be devastated (which is something that she does a great deal to bring upon herself with her violence and lies and irrationality). Then God himself, through his appointed representative, Jesus Christ, will finish off this dark world and usher in a new world. See Revelation chapter 17. (As an aside, I find the parts of the Christian Bible that use such incredible imagery as we see in Daniel and Revelation to be more revealing, trustworthy and persuasive than the bare words. I have problems with quite a bit of the written word. I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that. Make of that what you will.)

“Moreover, I say to you my friends, Do not fear those who kill the body and after that are not able to do anything more. But I will show you whom to fear: Fear the One who after killing has authority to throw into Gehenna… I say to you, Everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God… And everyone who says a word against the Son of man, it will be forgiven him, but whoever blasphemes against the holy spirit will not be forgiven.” (Luke 12:4-10)

An excerpt from the top of post linked-to article by Daniel Lazare follows:

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With President Obama down to less than two weeks in office, everyone is busy assessing his legacy. So let’s begin with the Arab world. Not since the Vietnam War, we can safely say, has an administration left a region in ruins the way Obama has left the Middle East (although it’s true that George W. Bush contributed mightily to the mess)…

How did someone so charming and seemingly so progressive wreak such havoc? The answer is through a combination of weakness, complacency, and taking the easy way out. Obama is the sort of cool and laid-back individual who adapts effortlessly to whatever institution he finds himself in, whether it’s the Harvard Law Review, the Illinois state legislature, the U.S. Senate or the White House.

The writer Edward L. Fox argues that, during his childhood in Indonesia, he soaked up the Javanese doctrine of halus in which a king “does not conquer opposing political forces, but absorbs them all under himself.”…

Yet, Obama – with his Javanese penchant for reconciling opposites – has shown a strange combination of vision and blindness throughout the debacle. He spoke up in favor of human rights. But at his first meeting with Saudi King Abdullah, he bowed deeply and apparently kissed his hand, a curious gesture for a young progressive encountering one of the world’s greatest despots but it was a sign of hypocrisies to come.
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My two online responses to the top of post linked-to article follow. The second comment was a response to a poster (Walt Miller) who said “Obama I would guess wouldn’t or couldn’t cross the Dark State. We have got [to] break it’s hold on this country. The DS loves the Saudis when they should be our number one enemy.” DS means dark state:

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I’m reading Seymour Hersh’s “The Killing Of Osama bin Laden” right now and in that book Hersh has a lot to say about those who cry “Fake news!” The Pakistanis were so miffed at Obama’s double dealing, in connection with the operation that saw Osama bin Laden murdered, primarily in order to boost Obama’s re-election prospects, that they turned their backs on the US for some time afterward. The fake heroics of mentally and spiritually ruined soldiers (Navy Seals) who slaughtered, with glee, a defenseless, crippled, old Osama bin Laden were bad enough. But the lies, beginning with Obama’s frantic efforts to capitalize on the premeditated murder of bin Laden multiplied rapidly and in pretty short order, it was impossible for the admin, and those hitching their wagons to it, to win over those they were lying to. For example, Obama promised to wait two weeks to announce to the American people that they had taken bin Laden and so the killer Seals, who didn’t expect a presidential address and a particular version of events, were bragging about shredding bin Laden. There was no body to bury at sea.

Anyway, The hiatus in American-Pakistani good relations led to a rise in (other) terrorist activities by assorted terrorists, including IS, to the point where Pakistanis feel so in danger that, despite their dislike of the Americans and Obama (who they are just like), they returned to cooperating with them.

As one informant Hersh talks to notes, the Obama admin knows how to kill and destroy and that’s all. There’s no vision.

What kind of vision does he suppose we might get from that neoliberal/neoconservative crowd? I think they are having tremendous success – by their standards. Destabilization is the name of the game, Isn’t it? Destabilize and appropriate.

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That’s it of course. No one who knows the score, who also lacks principles and therefore possesses a willingness to sell his services in return for personal gain, would, for no reason, cross the “dark state.” For others, who are principled and haven’t discarded their humanity and sense of justice and who therefore feel outraged by the exploitation and violence happening, not just because it’s a violent world but also because our ‘leaders’ are down with inequality and violence, They ‘have to’ speak truth to power, even when they know that it may cost them. That’s how it is, for now, in this dark, upside down world in which Obama, who is totally down with chaos, inequality and deceit (just read Seymour Hersh’s “The Killing Of Osama bin Laden” to get an idea about the level of deceit that that man is capable of) is president of the most powerful nation on earth and Julian Assange, who tells the people what those who purport to act in their name are doing is stuck in an embassy, without sunlight, that he can’t leave ever, or else.
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Both Daniel and Seymour look at Obama’s legacy and both, like countless other writers/investigative journalists/researchers, including (probably mostly) writers on the Left (or outside the Right), avoid references to evil, especially when the references might be to a person. Hersh, to my surprise, thinks that Obama’s Obamacare, from his first term, was “on the plus side” and will be part of his legacy. Why does Hersh think that praising single payer (which is Canada’s model, which is under siege) and then explicitly ruling it out, as part of his health care reform, is a good thing? What’s good about not only rejecting single payer, but pointing out beforehand that it’s the best? I call that perverse and evil. And I call Obamacare (which isn’t even original or Democratic Party, as others have noted) evil. US citizens who are not able to afford the health insurance that the law now says they MUST have, are not only out of health care, but they are penalized for it! Obama again (Remember the obscene Class Action Fairness Act of 2005?) pretends to be a friend of the people who he kicks in the teeth.

See “Obamacare And Single Payer” by Russell Mokhiber

Seymour Hersh (pgs 48 & 49 of “The Killing Of Osama bin Laden”):

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It was inevitable that the Obama administration’s lies, misstatements and betrayals would create a backlash. “We’ve had a four-year lapse in cooperation,” the retired official said. “It’s taken that long for the Pakistanis to trust us again in the military-to-military counterterrorism relationship – while terrorism was rising all over the world… They felt Obamad sold them down the river. They’re just now coming back because the threat from ISIS, which is now showing up there, is a lot greater and the bin Laden event is far enough away to enable someone like General Durrani to come out and talk about it.”
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Hersh, who does a lot of good work, is clearly establishment. Or at least his mind is not as independent of establishment thinking as much of his work would suggest it is. He makes no mention of the fact that the US, and it’s allies in the region (such as the Gulf Cooperation Council), are all funding terrorists who they think (like US planners think) can destabilize the region (outside of their borders and palaces) just enough for the Sunni forces throughout the region to dominate. They hope that the Sunni forces allied with Iran and Syria can be wiped out and rendered unable to resist the extremist Sunnis allied with Saudi Arabia and Israel and the US. Uncle Sam gets what he wants (more of the world), while those who (unwisely) work with him also get what they want. Of course, What monsters want doesn’t make sense. But then again, They’re monsters. Terrorism is bad no matter where it takes place. And the greatest source of terrorism in the world is the United States.

See also James Petras’s “Not By Terrorism Alone.” I have no idea about the title, but the article reviews how the US and other countries work with ISIS at times and attack ISIS at other times.

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What do ice shelves and great WordPress features have in common?

Ice shelf breaking off and crashing into the sea

Ice shelf breaking off and crashing into the sea

I hate WordPress! Yes, You read that right. I hate it the way I hate Google. Tax evader Google is too big to ingore. You can cut it out a little, but never completely. If you’re a serious – which doesn’t mean expert or celebrity status, although it can – blogger, and you have discovered and use WordPress, you will end up in a similar relationship with WP (although I know nothing about WP’s behavior when it comes to paying taxes). As the WordPress monkeys (which is what they called themselves whenever they emailed me their year-end overall assessment of my blog, which notification process has been muted in recent years) continue to dumb down WP, probably for less noble reasons even than what geeks think is the case, our hate for them increases. No, That’s not ‘love diminishes’. I lost my love for the WP monkeys and it’s top officers (where the buck stops) years ago, with their abandonment of the classic editor, which led to enormous outcry from the community, which didn’t budge the company one inch. See my blog post titled “Professional Scam Artists part 10” to get an idea what that was all about.

While I’m at it, I must give a shout out to the indomitable Pengltg, without whom serious WP bloggers would be lost. Peng was who I turned to when we lost the classic editor. He (?) provides a script that forces WP to revert to that more useful, robust classic editor. And sure enough, he was right on top of this nastiness with the stats page and the sparkline (graphic for stats, top of page, that shows vertical lines of varying heights). I seem to have dodged the stats page problem, maybe because my grease monkey is set to auto update it’s scripts. I can’t tell if it is. I had a look but the settings are not in plain English. I went ahead and installed the script for the sparkline though.

map-area-in-wp-stats-page

When I woke up this morning around 4am (because I work permanent nights and when I’m off, my sleep cycle goes haywire), I jumped on my laptop (for I will not turn a tv on myself) and that’s when I discovered this latest bit of WP abuse. I somehow landed on a page showing the new, mapless stats page and thought that that was my blog’s view. That’s when I knew something was up. I’m not at all tech savvy. So, to geeks reading this, I’m going to sound dumb. I am. In this area. Apologies! I immediately checked out the forums to get the skinny on it all and the rest is sad history, which would be sadder if it weren’t for tpengltg.

I tossed in the following comment, which I will typo-correct for you:

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Serious WP bloggers have the pleasure of living in fear of WP management. Thanks for your patience?! What patience? We’ve been using WP forever and watche[d] as bit by bit it’s been dumbed down. There’s that and just the simpl[e] fear of one day finding it so utterly kiddified that we ‘have to’ move. And that won’t be small potatoes. Whatever motivates you WP monkeys to do this crap, You most certainly aren’t dealing with appreciative, patient bloggers here. We are abused, period.

There’s two ways to get attention in this life, which is something everyone needs. You can attract people to you, by being friendly, helpful and beautiful. Or you can force attention from people by doing things that they can’t help but notice. When you’re willing to go that route, often it’s the case that the things you do [to get attention] will be annoying or hurtful, and that can range from simply being loud (in some fashion) and obnoxious to criminal, including seriously criminal.

We don’t know why, exactly, this gradual kiddification is happening, but it’s sure as heck annoying. It’s actually frightening. But I do not[e] that it comes at a time when the establishment (the enemy in the class war which rages against the people, who are losing) is taking steps to quash democracy and light itself. They have the power and so they use it to simply label real news ‘fake’, thereby sending journos, and bloggers, who are doing the job of speaking truth to power s[c]urrying. There’s the awful war on whistleblowers and journalists and, with big players like Facebook and (huge tax evader) Google jumping on the bandwagon, things are getting darker. I doubt if the establishment has ignored WP. I [doubt] if WP is not part of the establishment. For now, It looks [like] you folks are simply deciding what you can get away with, but along with the war on light, I and others have noticed [that] the tiresome pretense of democracy is slipping away. It’s just like we saw some time ago when Anderson Cooper was asking an immigration-related question to a presidential candidate and he didn’t respond to it. When Cooper pushed back on it, the candidate snapped and said ‘You ask the questions and I’ll answer them the way I want to’. The audience booed him.

You are almost telling us bluntly to take what we get whether we like it or not and even if it hurts us. Almost. Even if you’re not quite there, WP, hear my loud BOO!!!
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“Google’s Jigsaw Undermining Alternative Media” by Kurt Nimmo

“Facebook Plans To Bury Alternative News” by Kurt Nimmo

Tax Research UK/ Richard Murphy on Google

“Google Canada, Please Pay Your Taxes” – Canadians For Tax Fairness

Eclipsed

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Actually, The internet ‘is’ crashing!

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*edit, January 12, 2016 – I’ve got egg on my face. I am not observant. The name of the poster is not Justin Trudeau. It’s Trustin Judeau. My points about the need for attention are good though. In my case, I also need to pay closer attention.

Source: ‘The internet will shut down for 24 hours in 2017 causing financial markets to crash’ — RT Business

Now and then I pop into pseudo progressive sites to check things out. (There are still real progressive websites out there and I certainly visit them.) They are often still better (if you’re inoculated) than major media. RT – which, together with Spot.IM, and it’s owners, Nadav Shoval and Ishay Green, censors and abuses it’s visitors who post comments – has good content. But it’s management stinks, obviously. I think that the situation with the RT/Spot.IM partnership is probably as bad as the situation at First Look, where pro nazi billionaire owner, Pierre Omidyar, has brought together all these celebrity leftwing journos where, according to Jeremy Scahill (who did not mean to rat out his boss), he keeps a close eye on them. They too do some good work, except for deviations like 1. Murtaza Hussain’s pro USAID and pro White Helmets piece and 2. an article by Glenn Greenwald about the DNC hack that was a leak, where no mention is made of the crucial role played by Craig Murray. (There has been NO mea culpa or explanation for those two serious deviations by Omidyar’s boys.) Who is the billionaire owner of RT? As far as I know, that would be the Russian state. Which is fine. What country doesn’t have it’s state-owned media? In the case of some states, like Venezuela, They had better have state-owned media and good state-owned media. Or else. Actually, In the case of Venezuela, it’s too late.

Justin aka Trustin

Justin aka Trustin

We all need attention. We will get it either by attracting people to us, which can be done by being useful, helpful, friendly and kind, for example. Or, If we lack principles and good associations, we can force attention from others. (A post on RT by Justin Trudeau, attached to Justin Trudeau’s image, certainly drew my attention. A subsequent post by the same author tells me that, despite the brazenness of the author using Justin’s image and proper name, it’s not actually Justin. In his second post, he just notes that his name is Trustin. Right. Could this be someone at RT?) That involves behaving in such a way that others can’t help but notice you. And the range of behavior is wide, including everything from just being loud or obnoxious to being criminal, sometimes seriously criminal. And for those who already lack principles (unless you count negative principles like the main one that self-modified believers in inequality embrace, namely ‘sin and survive’) negative attention-getting is as ‘natural’ as farting. The way that the self-modified people get attention, in other words, may also involve their making a living. They survive by stealing the means of survival from others. They are very down with mafia capitalism, or neoliberalism (same thing) and the gangster corporatocracy that embraces that neoconservative, demonic approach. Those are people who eagerly play the godless game of ‘riches for the strongest’. They get a kick – and glory – when they take the means of survival from others. When you’re being robbed, you notice. True, you can be robbed and not know who robbed you. But we know who our mafia capitalists are in government (formally and not formally). That noticing of the powerful 1% as it robs us, mainly via neoliberalism, equals their glory. If we didn’t notice, they’d still have our means of survival, but they’d lack the glory.

“Do not love either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; because everything in the world — the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life — does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world.” – 1John 2:15 (my bolding)

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What does RT and/or Spot.IM get from regularly disappearing my, and others’, comments? Attention for sure. I suppose that, as with Common Dreams and other pseudo progressive sites, Informed visitors who post comments that don’t jibe with the doctrinally correct narrative that they want to push, and who might discourage less informed but principled people, who can think, from donating funds to their shady operation, are to be shooed away by simply disappearing their comments as fast as they appear (or banning outright, as happened to me on Common Dreams). So be it, except that in some cases, we whose views and influence are unwanted don’t disappear entirely. I have my own blog and a category called ‘Disappeared’ that the tag ‘censored’ will take readers to. There’s even the Off Guardian website, where people’s experience of being disappeared by the truly awful (now) Guardian led them to create a website and space for those who experience such abuse by pro corporatocracy, anti-democratic owners of websites who find it profitable, in various ways, to attack democracy and it’s defenders.

I’m not going to go overboard with this. I won’t be visiting and posting on RT (and the many sites that are pseudo progressive and behave similarly) – which they allow me to do – super frequently and blogging about it every time I comment and that comment is disappeared. That’s what I would do if ‘I’ was unhinged. That would only make me crazier and my perverted abusers happier. But I will be popping in regularly enough. Readers of my blog should know what all these pseudo progressive orgs are about.

Your move RT/Spot.IM!

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Never meet your heroes they say. Is this why?

Jeffrey St. Clair (YouTube screengrab)

Jeffrey St. Clair (YouTube screengrab)

I thought I was doing my part in pushing back against an internet that is getting dirtier by the minute when I emailed Jeffrey St. Clair to point out that a link on the CounterPunch website looks like it’s been hijacked. The email I wrote follows. I will not correct the one typo (‘read’ should have been ‘reading’):

“Hello. I’m reading around on the best alt media sites, and will be for a while, collecting articles and info on a few characters who I think progressives should take a second look at. Those individuals would be Robert Reich, Juan Cole and George Monbiot.

“I just did a search on your site and, after read the first return in the short list of returns, which happens to be an article about the origins of neoliberalism (an intensely interesting subject that I don’t think anyone has done a comprehensive examination of, for whatever reasons) and found, at the bottom of the article, a couple links to what I presume are good books. But I’m pretty sure the one link (I haven’t even got around to the second) has been hijacked. That’s the link to “A Dime’s Worth Of Difference.” – http://bit.ly/2jd1nt1

Thought you might like to know. Later…”

I couldn’t believe his response, which follows:

“Why would it be “hijacked,” Mister Deep Researcher, since it’s a book that we published and wrote?”

I responded with:

“The snark accompanying your nonsequiter is noted. I assume that you checked the link before you spit at me. So I have to assume that I am really, really dumb and can’t see, as in understand, what I’m looking at (which you can see here: http://bit.ly/2i1E0lm), or my own computer has been polluted. Easycartsecure.com, I grant you, looks like it could be a payment handling company, but I don’t see any sign of your book on the page that your link leads me to.

“You know, Your comment was very hurtful. What did I ever do to you, besides buy your book, “Hopeless – Barack Obama And The Politics Of Illusion,” co-edited with Joshua Frank, and tell everyone about it, as well as recommend CounterPunch to everyone who I talked to about politics?”

Easysecure.com’s website tab, and a line at the bottom of the page I landed on when I clicked the CounterPunch link, says “Easy and secure casino slot bonuses | Get your free casino bonuses here.”

I meant to check on the spelling of non sequitur before I hit send, but forgot to. And I did get it wrong. Presumably Mr Nice will still know what the word means. It means something that doesn’t logically follow from something else. When St. Clair pointed out to me what I alreay knew, which was that he was the author of a book I was interested in looking at, he went on to call me Mr Deep Researcher. I’ve never bragged to him, or anyone, about how great a researcher I am and I don’t see what that has to do with anything. Pointing out that you’ve got a link on your site that doesn’t lead to the intended content has nothing to do with research. In fact, I’m highly conscious of the fact that I am a permanent amateur in the area of research.

My job – and we all have something to contribute – is to ampflify the fantastic work that dedicated, skilled researchers like Jeffrey St Clair do. Or does he want me to quit my reading and blogging and watch CNN in my spare time and when I’m not working at my full time job which doesn’t pay me enough to rent a proper bachelor apartment here in Toronto. And if I can’t do that and Jeffrey did know me, Might he conclude that I have other disadvantages too? If I had the funds, I’d go crazy buying books, building a super study and paying people to teach me (research, internet, computer) skills I don’t have at present. I am very envious of people like St. Clair. Maybe I should solicit donations. St. Clair doesn’t know me and it sounds to me like he couldn’t care less if I got hit by a bus tomorrow and died. What a people’s champion!

Real people’s champions need our moral support, at a minimum. I can’t donate to everyone who has their hand out, as much as I’d like to. (I have donated to CounterPunch and other progressive organizations. The most I’ve given, though, isn’t to a progressive organization, but to help out Hassan Diab, the Canadian professor who has been a victim of abuse by both our Canadian government and the French government.) And I have endeavored to do that, not unconditionally or with the intention of never being critical where I thought it was necessary. Still…

Does this page look like it has anything to do with Mr Nice’s book, titled “A Dime’s Worth Of Difference”?:

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