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Disappeared By People Complaining About Being Disappeared, Again

*edit, January 20, 2018 – I popped in to 21st Century Wire again this morning and had a quick look. I don’t have much time between 12 hour shifts for anything. I read an article about vaccination and left a comment, which you can read at the bottom of this post. I can’t be the only progressive to find this subject interesting, important and something that one would want to discuss or comment on. But the website shows almost no activity. Additionally, my comment was disappeared, so either I am being banned (without being explicitly notified) or blocked. But what also strikes me here is the way 21st Century Wire seems to not care about visitors to the site who might want to leave comments (unless what I see on my screen, vis-à-vis activity on the 21st Century website, is false). I just don’t know what’s going on. I’ve emailed those people a few times, about my disappeared post and about their lack of a search feature and I’m met with only crickets. Good luck with the donations Patrick!

A comment I placed on 21st Century Wire, below, was disappeared twice. (I won’t post it a third time.) Was it 21st Century Wire? Or Disqus? I don’t know. But on the off chance that someday someone can tell me, I will publish this post, placing it in my Disappeared category, which will allow it to exist and exist therefore in a shareable form. Progressives (not meaning data tracker Disqus) can be such fakers! Or is it someone else? I’m just waiting for WordPress to be outed. One part of my stats show a 5 views per hour (always only looking at the last hour) hit rate, but, according to the graphic, I’ve had only one view the entire day at the time of publishing this (11:05 pm).

“Twitter Ramping Up ‘Shitty People’ Program, ‘Shadow Banning’ of Speech It Doesn’t Like” by 21st Century Wire and ZeroHedge

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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A new series of undercover video reports by Project Veritas, investigating wild and reckless mainstream media bias, suggests Twitter is ramping up development of a ‘shadow banning’ system with algorithms that will filter out the ‘shitty people’ and certain types of speech the social media bird doesn’t like…

For anyone who has been active on social media platforms, especially in the controversial field of trying to get the truth out, stories of being banned, posts disappearing, and selective censorship are nothing new. The only difference this year is that certain social media gatekeepers might genuinely believe they have been given some sort political mandate, or social license to carry out the routine task of shutting-up or disappearing political speech or challenging information which they believe is either ‘fake news,’ or ” Russian propaganda.”
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My online response to the above linked-to article follows:

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*Okay. This is the second time that I’ve attempted to post this here. I’m really scratching my head over this one. It didn’t just disappear from this site. It disappeared from Disqus too!
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Remember the excellent Jack The Ripper movie, starring Christopher Plumber, titled “Murder By Decree”? Same thing.

I knew nothing about Jack The Ripper when I first saw the movie, and was unpoliticized. But there was something about the movie. I couldn’t put my finger on it. It was super intelligent and seemed… true. Little did I know. It essentially is true. While there was no real Sherlock Holmes, all else in the movie was based on Stephen Knight’s research. A former BBC reporter who received an anonymous tip about Scotland Yard documents pertaining to the Ripper case that had been sealed and were now unsealed, or something, sent the intrepid Knight on his journey of investigation into the Ripper. So many others then, and since, have done the same, but Knight’s investigation was superior. He connected the Ripper murders to Royalty and Freemasonry. The ripper didn’t act alone. He had two assistants, namely coach driver John Netley and the artist Walter Sickert. If Knight didn’t completely unravel the mystery, he came close enough to earn the wrath of Masons worldwide.

The unhinged – no problem for his associates – personal physician to the Queen, Sir William Gull, was at a meeting (formal or informal, I forget), where a discussion took place involving Masons and government members, dealing with the subject of what to do about prince Edward’s secret marriage to a Catholic commoner (which would have been a political earthquake at this time) and their illegitimate child. In the movie someone says something offhand along the lines of ‘It would be best if this could all just go away’, which the unhinged William Gull, silently and in his own mind, took as a ‘decree’ to act to make the problem go away, by murdering everyone, except the prince, involved (the child and the Catholic commoner’s prostitute friends).

This is also an example of what I call self-appointed gatekeeping. Power employs gatekeepers, namely people who decide that they will survive by serving power, which involves pleasing power and hindering, in serious and not serious ways, those with the ‘wrong’ political views. The ‘right’ political views include the view that how you survive is not as important as simply surviving (which ‘believing’ that humankind is God – and can therefore decide for itself what is right and wrong – can help with), which leads you to conclude that you need to side with power. The ‘wrong’ political views are views which don’t demonstrate a worship of power and/or challenge the status quo. Appointed gatekeepers (police, judges, army officers, professors) are usually paid and understand their role in society, which is to keep the people distracted, in a state of chaos and off balance and therefore no threat to society’s deciders. Self-appointed gatekeepers are those (anyone at all) unprincipled (and easily seduced by political and other leaders with power) people who simply choose to side with power and then make a habit of opposing, in any big or small way, those who disagree with them.

Gatekeepers:
https://arrby.wordpress.com…
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William F. Buckley Jr. and James O’Keefe (both are screen grabs from YouTube)

The video embedded in the top of post article by James O’Keefe is a keeper. But James O’Keefe is a rightwinger who 21st Century Wire and ZeroHedge welcome with open arms. (Maybe I need a Buckley Award.) From his bio:

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O’Keefe is a graduate of Rutgers University. He founded an independent newspaper in College called The Centurion. He is a 2014 recipient of the Young Professional Conservative Leadership “Buckley Award” awarded to “young professionals in recognition of significant achievements in advancing the conservative cause.” He is the recipient of the Robert Novak Award for Journalistic Excellence (2011), has been named “Fox News Power Player of the Week” twice, and was on the Forbes “30 Under 30” for media moguls.
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Noam Chomsky (see the linked-to video in this post) and Stephen Knight (from the Pretty Sinister Books website [Blogger])

I’m not saying that we should ignore what James O’Keefe is saying and showing here. I believe in judging a book by its contents. But, looking at the contents of James O’Keefe’s alarming bio indicates, in my view, that he should be approached with caution. Buckley Award?!! Everyone has seen the infamous video in which William F. Buckley Jr. abuses Noam Chomsky. Hey 21st Century: Is Noam the danger here? Buckley worked for the CIA and while not everyone who has is a rabid dog, it’s just not a good thing.

I just stumbled upon this Thom Hartman show episode about James O’Keefe. It’s alarming. What I recall about ACORN is that it was not a good outfit. Setting that aside, the people and orgs that O’Keefe has worked with are enough for me. I’d stay away from this guy. (Thom Harman no longer hosts The Big Picture.) Consider:

*edit, January 18, 2018 – Below is the email I sent them (10:04am Jan 18, ’17), to which I have not received a reply. Is Google intercepting my email? Is my email in their trash? I’m beginning to think that I’m simply dealing with flaming hypocrites.

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Hello. I’m a regular reader of 21st Century Wire. I have some issues with you, as I do with pretty much every website out there, good and bad. But they have little to do with your politics (which you sometimes contradict). Yesterday though, my comment attached to your article, w ZeroHedge, about James O’Keefe’s Twitter gotcha was disappeared, twice. As was one other comment of mine about 21st Century needing a search feature, a not very spammy comment I think you’ll agree. It was like someone was just instructed to label every comment to that article as spam, although there was one comment, there before my being disappeared and after. I’d simply like to know whether 21st Century considered my comment as spam. I blogged about it afterward and you can examine my comment in the following blog post – if you can get through some sort of block on traffic to my website; down to 1 view per day (so far).

https://arrby.wordpress.com/2018/01/17/disappeared-by-people-complaining-about-being-disappeared-again/

Thanks
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disappeared comment I posted in regard to a vaccination article

As I was starting to say when I found that I had to say it on Twitter or Facebook (so much for ‘progressive’), Informed consent is a big reason I don’t agree with mandatory vaccination. Those who are informed know that Big Pharma’s motivation isn’t your health. Rather, It’s their profits. So they’ve taken what was probably a positive medical innovation, applied cost cutting and strong arm tactics to market and sell their product (by using governments, which are captured by powerful, capitalist interests like Big Pharma) and turned something arguable okay into something dangerous, like war. Aluminum and mercury are not good for you. That statement can’t be qualified. And combining shots (cost cutting) may seem smart, but something that the genome project taught us is that complexity can overwhelm certainty and control. They thought they were going to map genes and know what they all did (and profiteers couldn’t wait for the project to complete so that they could move in on it), but what they discovered is that different genes working in combination had unknown effects. The precautionary principle is all but dead, so the money makers in the health care biz are going to wreck it and our rights and our health along with it.

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The Avalanche – Snapshot 9 – Jan 14, ’18

“Assaults on Journalists in West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem” by Vanessa Beeley

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The Journalist Support Committee condemned the Israeli occupation forces’ attacks on Palestinian journalists who were carrying out their professional duty in covering rallies and protests in the West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem, in rejection to the US decision in appointing Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation on Thursday, 7 December 2017.

The committee confirmed that the Israeli occupation forces attacked the journalists who were covering demonstrations in the area of Beit El, Ramallah, among the attacked journalists was the crew of Al-Manar TV and BBC journalist Iman Oraykat who was carrying out a live coverage of the marches when she suffered from suffocation and found it difficult to complete coverage due to the density of the gas bombs launched by the Israeli forces.

In addition, the Israeli forces restricted and prevented journalists from coverage, as was the case with Palestine TV’s cameraman, Alaa Haddad in Hebron, and Al-Ghad TV channel which was prevented from completing its coverage and ordered to move to another place in an attempt to conceal the truth from the world.
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“What to Expect From BBC Panorama and Guardian’s Whitewash of UK Gov’t Funding Terrorists in Syria” by Vanessa Beeley

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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21st Century Wire predicts (although we’d love to be wrong on any of these) what the BBC will NOT cover in tonight’s Panorama report on the “Jihadis You Pay For” scandal:

1. BBC Panorama will not mention the connections between the White Helmets and the Free Syrian Police as detailed in Vanessa Beeley’s investigative article (see report link below).

2. BBC Panorama will not mention the actual terrorist leadership of many of these UK FCO financed organisations which include the Free Syrian Police, the White Helmets and the Local Councils.

3. BBC Panorama will not include evidence of recent atrocities committed by members of the Free Syrian Police or their White Helmet associates, they will focus on evidence of such collusion with terrorism in 2014. This will ensure that they can always say the protagonists have since been “sacked” or have repented their terrorist ways and joined the ranks of the saviours of all mankind.

4. BBC Panorama will not mention the rebranding of these many organisations that are working hand in hand with terrorism in Syria, in order to muddy the waters of UK FCO funding of terrorism & the dirty war against Syria that has been waged for 7 years.

5. BBC Panorama will not mention the £ 200m that has been used to finance the Syrian “opposition” via the Conflict Stability and Security Fund.

6. BBC Panorama will not mention the lack of freedom in the UK which means Freedom of Information requests in relation to the UK FCO funding of terrorism in Syria remain unanswered. Nor will the BBC mention that the UK Government is not being held accountable for its spending on such organisations.

In light of the BBC, The Times and The Guardian whitewash of this story, we are now calling for a PUBLIC ENQUIRY into the use of UK Overseas Aid money in Syria.
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“21WIRE Correctly Predicts UK Whitewash in BBC Panorama’s ‘Jihadists You Pay For’” Vanessa Beeley

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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This week, 21WIRE correctly predicted the BBC’s Panorama inevitable whitewash in their program entitled, “Jihadists You Pay For.”

Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi and political analyst Lembit Olpik featured a story by 21st Century Wire this week, asking why amidst this breaking scandal of British public funds being diverted to terrorists in Syria – why the BBC Panorama and The Guardian whitewash of this story fails to even once mention the UK Foreign Office’s prized public relations set-piece, the White Helmets, as well as their links to terrorist organisations operating in Syria. Watch:


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related:

“White Helmets & ‘Local Councils’ – Is the UK FCO Financing Terrorism in Syria with Taxpayer Funds?” by Vanessa Beeley

“Is BBC Panorama just a useful propaganda tool?” by Alison Banville

“Fabrication in BBC Panorama ‘Saving Syria’s Children'” by Robert Stuart

“MSM’s Lack of Interest in Saakashvili’s Jail-Busting Shenanings Does Not Bode Well for His Would-Be Maidan 2.0” by Bryan MacDonald

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s attempt to frame his political opponent Mikhail Saakashvili as a Kremlin agent is truly beyond parody.

However, the refusal of most prominent western media outlets to cover the breaking story from Kiev spells danger for “Mischa.”

As I write, on Tuesday afternoon, the dramatic events are completely absent from the front pages of America’s CNN, New York Times, and Washington Post. This stands in contrast to their often hysterical live coverage of far less dramatic protests by Russia’s small liberal opposition.
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“The Plutocrats Are Pursuing Internet Censorship And They’re Barely Even Hiding It” by Caitlin Johnstone

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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A few days ago Facebook blocked my account for posting an article about false flag operations around the world, then two days later unblocked me with an apology after I made a big stink about it, saying it was an accident. Things went back to normal, then yesterday something changed and now the only people seeing my posts on that account are Facebook friends I was interacting with back in 2012 and haven’t spoken with in years. A number of users have told me that their post visibility has been really weird there the last few days.

Facebook has just announced that it is creating a resource which shows users which Russian propaganda outlets they have liked or followed, in response to consumers’ newly manufactured demand to be protected from ideas and information that might make them less patriotic. It is unclear how “Russian propaganda” will be defined and how inaccurate classification will be avoided.
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Headquarters of the Department of Health and Human Services in From the Consortium News website:
Washington, DC. (Wikipedia Sarah Stierch (CC BY 4.0))

“Trump’s Seven Forbidden Words” by Lawrence Davidson

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Sometime in the month of December 2017, somewhere in the bowels of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, D.C., a high-level appointee of the Trump administration moved to take ideological control of the agency’s budget-writing process. This official presented a directive to the agency’s departments, such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), listing seven words that were not to be used in budget preparation. If they were, they would be flagged and the document sent back for “correction.” The seven “forbidden” words are: “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”
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“The New York Times tries to make the Ahed Tamimi story go away” by James North

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The New York Times ran a piece today on the very different ways that Israelis and Palestinians see the slapping incident involving 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi and an Israeli soldier. It is titled, “Acts of Resistance and Restraint Defy Easy Definition in the West Bank,” and is by David Halbfinger.

The article does everything it can to reduce the power of the case, in which a brave 16-year-old girl whose cousin was just shot stands for the inhumanity of the occupation. No, the whole point of the article is to make Israel supporters who may have heard about the incident shake their heads over Dual Narratives, and then move along…

2. State nowhere that Israelis are occupiers, and settlements (colonies) are illegal under international law…

4. Barely mention the fact that the illegal settlement/colony of Halamish has taken over the village of Nabi Saleh’s access to its spring, and make no effort to report on who is right. Instead treat the matter as On the One Hand/On the Other…

8. Leave till the 13th paragraph the information that hours before the encounter an Israeli soldier shot Ahed Tamimi’s cousin in the face. Leave out the cousin’s name, Mohammed, and the extent of his injuries. No, you have to go to al Jazeera for that…

9. Quote 6 Jewish Israelis, and only 4 Palestinians. But above all, don’t quote any member of the courageous Tamimi family, even though they were featured in Ben Ehrenreich’s landmark New York Times magazine piece on Nabi Saleh. And even though the slapping incident took place when the soldier had invaded their property.
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“The People of Venezuela Successfully Fight Regime Change” by Roger Annis

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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News reports in Western media about the municipal elections which took place in Venezuela on December 10, 2017 are hard to come by. No wonder: the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) of President Nicolas Maduro scored a huge victory, winning 300 of 335 mayoral contests, according to Associated Press and a report in Venezuela Analysis translated from the Venezuelan journal Supuesto Negado.

Such an election outcome casts a searing and condemning light on the outlandish claims by Western media and governments—accompanied by sanctions that hurt the Venezuelan people and echoed by some in the Western left–that Venezuela is descending into hunger, chaos and dictatorship.
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“Media Black-Out on Arab Journalists and Civilians Beheaded in Syria by Western-Backed Terrorists” by Eva Bartlett

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Who outside of Syria knows the names Yara Abbas, Maya Naser, Mohamed al-Saeed…? The corporate media has inundated us with news of the two American journalists allegedly beheaded, the first of whose execution video has been deemed faked. But what of the non-Western journalists and civilians beheaded and murdered by ISIS, al-Nusra, and associated terrorists in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, as well as the ruthless Zionists in Palestine?

Why didn’t the August 2012 execution (which some reported as a beheading) of TV presenter Mohamed al-Saeed, claimed by the Nusra gang, create the same outrage? Or the December 2013 kidnapping and point blank execution in Idlib by ISIS of Iraqi journalist Yasser al-Jumaili?

Why…
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From The Intercept:
James Risen, center, leaves the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, on Jan. 5, 2015. Photo: Cliff Owen/AP

“The Biggest Secret” by James Risen

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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I was sitting in the nearly empty restaurant of the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, getting ready for a showdown with the federal government that I had been trying to avoid for more than seven years. The Obama administration was demanding that I reveal the confidential sources I had relied on for a chapter about a botched CIA operation in my 2006 book, “State of War.” I had also written about the CIA operation for the New York Times, but the paper’s editors had suppressed the story at the government’s request. It wasn’t the only time they had done so.
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The above entry is not an endorsement of The Intercept, which is, as far as I am concerned, fully establishment.

Ben Norton

“MSNBC Ignores Catastrophic US-Backed War in Yemen” by Ben Norton

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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An analysis by FAIR has found that the leading liberal cable network did not run a single segment devoted specifically to Yemen in the second half of 2017.

And in these latter roughly six months of the year, MSNBC ran nearly 5,000 percent more segments that mentioned Russia than segments that mentioned Yemen.

Moreover, in all of 2017, MSNBC only aired one broadcast on the US-backed Saudi airstrikes that have killed thousands of Yemeni civilians. And it never mentioned the impoverished nation’s colossal cholera epidemic, which infected more than 1 million Yemenis in the largest outbreak in recorded history.

All of this is despite the fact that the US government has played a leading role in the 33-month war that has devastated Yemen…
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I have issues with FAIR’s funders and Alternet, with whom Ben Norton is affiliated. And Barbara Mckenzie has issues with Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton that I think are very worth considering. See her two part blog entry titled: “The Rebranding of the Anti-Syria Left”

FAIR’s funders, who you won’t find listed on FAIR’s website, include, according to Discover The Networks (a rightwing, ding dong bunch but put that aside for now): “FAIR has received financial support from a large number of sources, including the CarEth Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Park Foundation, the Rockefeller Family Fund, the Samuel Rubin Foundation, the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, the Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust, the Barbra Streisand Foundation, the Tides Foundation, Working Assets, and others.”

A Loud Whoompfing Sound

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Ruin

This was part of a longer post (titled “Those Who Rule Cause Ruin”) I have already published. Because I’m doing a series now dealing with ruined people, I will append a link to each entry that brings up this explanation for ‘ruined’.

Bible and other lessons

As recorded in chapter 22 of the Bible book of Luke (in the Christian Greek Scriptures aka the New Testament), Luke has this to say about Jesus’s view of this dark world’s rulers: “However, There also arose a heated dispute among them over which one of them was considered to be the greatest. But he said to them: “The kings of the heavens lord it over them, and those having authority over them are called Benefactors. You though are not to be that way.”

With the global pacification program in full swing, and the full measure of perversity of our Benefactors in power expressing itself regularly now all over the globe, including in the form of an embrace of those who have done such a good job of being evil and twisted, namely Hitler’s Nazis, we certainly see why the chief representative of the God of love and order would tell people to not be like them. The global pacification program that our “Benefactors” in power oversee is sometimes called, by them, Critical Infrastructure Protection. It’s sold to the abused public as something that’s both for purposes of national security and by extension for their (the public) security, when in fact it’s solely about protecting the global 1% and its tools from the responses or potential responses of the abused people. Securocratic warfare will never be debatable or challengable because elites have zero intention of doing scammy business in any way other than as usual. They’ve made that clear, in words and deeds, including inaction.

“…Kathy Jo Wetter and Sylvia Ribeiro of ETC group examine the corporate and military interests that promote geo-engineering of the climate to reduce temperatures and prevent their damaging impacts. The fact that these proposals are gathering momentum is a reflection of both the support of Big Oil and the influence of those in power who believe that bizarre experiments with sunshades in space is a more sensible course of action than confrontation of the fossil-fuel industry.” – page 13 of “The Secure And The Dispossessed – How The Military And Corporations Are Shaping A Climate-Changed World” edited by Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes w foreward by Susan George

From Christian Parenti’s entry in “The Secure And The Dispossessed” titled “The Catastrophic Convergence: Militarism, Neoliberalism And Climate Change,” the following:

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Societies, like people, deal with new challenges in ways that are conditioned by the traumas of their past. Thus damaged societies, like damaged people, often respond to new crises in ways that are irrational… In the case of climate change, the past traumas that set the stage for bad adaptation – a destructive social response – are Cold War-era militarism and the economic pathologies of neoliberal capitalism…

As a doctrine, counter-insurgency is the theory of internal warfare; it is the strategy of suppressing rebellions and revolution. Counter-insurgency mimics revolution: Its object is civilian society as a whole, and the social fabric of everyday life…

The anticipation of increased conflict in a world remade by climate change has led the militaries of the Global North toward an embrace of militarised adaptation…

The US’s overdeveloped military capacity – its military-industrial complex – has created powerful interests that are dependent on war and therefore promote it. Today, the old military-industrial complex – companies such as General Electric, Lockheed and Raytheon… are joined by a swarm of smaller security firms… Blackwater, DynCorp and Global come to mind, but private prison companies… are also involved. This new security-industrial complex offer an array of services…

As a politics of climate change begins to develop, this matrix of parasitic interests has begun to shape adaptation to the militarised management of civilization’s violent disintegration. Returning to the brutal legacy of the Cold War, they have also revived US commitment to strategies of counterinsurgency.”
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The enemy, in the eyes of the US-led Corporatocracy, is the internal enemy, namely the people, everywhere. Counterinsurgency targets not armies in any sense. Counterinsurgency (aka state terrorism, aka critical infrastructure protection) targets regular people. And today, those regular people are abused and desperate.

Nafeez Ahmed and Ben Hayes and Nick Buxton

From pages 93 & 98 of Nafeez Mossadeq, Ben Hayes and Nick Buxtons’ entry in “The Secure And The Dispossessed,” we get the following:

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…Rather than simply assuming that climate change means that the writing is on the wall for capitalism, or that the ongoing global depression makes ‘post-capitalism’ inevitable, we should be concerned with the way in which the elites are responding to the rise of complex emergencies…

‘Crisis management’ is shorthand for the way in which states deal with major events that cause or threaten to cause significant harm to the public. It is also used by businesses and other organisations to plan for events…

What has changed is the complexity of what planners call the ‘crisis cycle’… preparation, management and evalutation. Today, inspired first by the ‘homeland security’ strategies devised in the wake of 9/11… this crisis cycle has widened significantly. At the same time, the powers adopted in the name of emergency preparedness and management have become more coercive, with a much greater role envisaged for the military and private-security actors…

According to a 2015 market research report, the global market for security technologies that support Critical Infrastructure Protection is expected to grow from $72.3 billion in 2014 to $114.8 billion in 2019… But it is not just that CIP policies are providing new opportunities… it is the type of security that this market growth is delivering, and the place that are being ‘securitised’. Much of the physical controls and surveillance techology developed for the border… is now being deployed to protect public and private infrastructure… the rapid deployment of these technologies can have a profound impact on civil liberties – particularly those of ‘suspect communites’.
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“Along with police unions, private sector actors, and others, each of the organizations described here contribute to international networks and help to circulate and diffuse ideas of “best practices” within the global policing field. They do this through organizing conferences or conventions, producing publications, consulting with government, and training other officers and agencies. These activities are funded by membership fees, but, significantly, also by security and defense corporations.” – from page 116 of Leslie J. Wood’s “Crisis And Control – The Militarization Of Protest Policing”

From Jeff Halper’s “War Against The People,” we get the following:

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The Occupation represents a resource for Israel in two senses: economically, it provides a testing ground for the development of weapons, security systems, models of population control and tactics without which Israel would be unable to compete in the international arms and security markets, but no less important, being a major military power serving other militaries and security services the world over lends Israel an international status among the global hegemons it would not have otherwise. Israel is a small country scrambling to carve out a niche in the transnational military-industrial complex. Where would it be without the Occupation and the regional conflict in generates?…

…Because securitization represents the enforcement arm of transnational capitalism, ensuring the smooth flow of capital and resources while addressing “challenges” to its hegemony, I begin by placing the pacification industry in its global context, that of the capitalist world-system. Within that framework I examine how “hegemony,” a fluid, seemingly benign and unobtrusive form of domination, aspires to securitization and pacification. In order to “nail down” this slippery yet vital force at different levels of the world-system – the ruling “core,” a semi-periphery of relatively strong states and the peripheries – I identify several fundamental “hegemonic tasks,” each calling for a different constellation of military, security and police structures, together with appropriate weapons and systems of control. Since my analysis revolves around pacification, I focus in particular on “securocratic wars.”
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Jeff Halper’s book is a real eye-opener, in a good sense, marred however by his getting the Rwandan genocide wrong, as most do.

Christian Parenti

“The vulnerability of the Global South to climate change cannot be fully understood without noting that this region was also the frontline of the Cold War’s hot proxy battles and the laboratory for neoliberal, violent restructuring. The main pre-existing crisis of the catastrophic convergence is the legacy of Cold War militarism. In the Global South, the Cold War was hot. Revolution and counter-insurgency were its methods. Conventional warfare in which the military and infrastructure are targeted is, despite all its horrors, often associated with increased social solidarity, as witnessed in Britain during the Second World War, where Nazi bombardment was met with evacuation, rationing, conscription and an unprecedented levelling of class differences. Asymmetrical socio-military conflicts, such as those waged across the Global South at the height of the Cold War were quite different, eroding and destroying the social fabric. – Christian Parenti, “The Secure And The Dispossessed”

As long as we understand that the Cold War was less about a battle between the good capitalists and the evil Communists and more about violence, and the threat of violence, employed by capitalists and their political partners that they viewed as something that could protect and entrench their exploitative capitalist system, we will find our way and Christian Parenti’s reportage can help us. American leaders always viewed South and Central America as belonging to them. It was to be a source of raw materials, shut off to others (Monroe Doctrine).

“On Moscow’s side, the Cold War is illustrated by tanks in East Berlin, Budapest and Prague, and other coercive measures in the regions liberated by the Red Army from the Nazis, then held in thrall to the Kremlin; and the invasion of Afghanistan, the one case of Soviet military intervention well outside the historic invasion route from the West. Domestically, the Cold War served to entrench the power of the military-bureaucratic elite whose rule derives from the Bolshevik coup of October 1917.

“For the United States, the Cold War has been a history of worldwide subversion, aggression and state terrorism, with examples too numerous to mention. The domestic counterpart has been the entrenchment of Eisenhower’s “military-industrial complex” – in essence, a welfare state for the rich with a national security ideology for population control (to borrow some counterinsurgency jargon), following the prescriptions of NSC 68. The major institutional mechanism is a system of state-corporate industrial management to sustain high-technology industry, relying on the taxpayer to fund research and development and provide a guaranteed market for waste production, with the private sector taking over where there are profits to be made. This crucial gift to the corporate manager has been the domestic function of the Pentagon system (including NASA and the Department of Energy, which controls nuclear weapons production); benefits extend to the computer industry, electronics generally, and other sectors of the advanced industrial economy… that is proudly called Free Enterprise.” – pages 20 & 21 of “Deterring Democracy” by Noam Chomsky

The men are alleged members of the neo-Nazi group National Action, an organization that is outlawed in Britain. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Do you, my friends, feel secure? Do you feel like our Benefactors in power are actually our Benefactors? Or do they in some way, or ways, signal to us that perhaps they are not?

“4 neo-Nazi group members in British army arrested on terror charges” by The Associated Press via CBC

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Four serving members of the army were arrested under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of being members of a banned far-right group, British defence officials and police said Tuesday.

The West Midlands Counterterrorism Unit said officers had arrested four people in central England alleged to be members of the neo-Nazi group National Action.

The group is banned in the U.K., and an official list of banned groups describes it as “virulently racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic.”…

Britain’s Ministry of Defence confirmed that the four men are serving members of the army.
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Here’s what you have to understand, if you don’t already. It is that what major media, and government spokespersons, will say about this is one thing. What this particular transgression by a handful of Britain’s soldiers actually means is another. (It doesn’t mean a few bad apples. It means widespread mental and spiritual ruin. And authorities, everywhere, bear much responsibility for that.) In my previous blog post, I referred to Robert Parry’s article, titled “A Ukraine Link To North Korea’s Missiles,” in which he makes the point that major media reportage on Charlottesville is hypocritical. Spokespersons are perfectly willing to denounce the far Right in Charlottesville, where one murdered an anti-fascist protester, but when it comes to places like Ukraine (where the US government installed a neo-Nazi regime), where fascists are killing Russian-speaking people all over the country (including in Crimea before it voted to join Russia), they are silent. That is because major, corporate owned media, in all developed “democracies,” align with US foreign policy – or else. Well, with this Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) report, and other reports like it, you see exactly the same thing (except that the CBC isn’t privately owned, but it was compromised long ago and functions as a government/corporate propaganda channel where political news is concerned). The Trudeau government is completely down with what the U.S. did in Ukraine. It morally and materially supports the neo-Nazis (‘Nazis’ for short) in Ukraine. And major media everywhere, including national broadcasters (state-owned, in other words, but we avoid that term unless we are doing anti-Russia propaganda), will be found saying nothing about that, and other issues, that does not align with U.S. foreign policy. The U.S. runs the world.

“Five army men held over alleged membership of banned UK neo-Nazi group” by Jamie Grierson (The Guardian)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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National Action, an antisemitic, white supremacist group, was banned as a terrorist organisation in December by the home secretary. Amber Rudd said the group had no place in British society.
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“Ill-informed first words on Ukraine by Canada’s new prime minister” by Editors of New Cold War: Ukraine And Beyond

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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CBC cites Trudeau speaking of his exchange with Putin: “I pointed out that although Canada has shifted its approach on a broad range of multilateral and international issues, we remain committed to the fact that Russia’s interference in Ukraine must cease; that we stand with the Ukrainian people and expect the president to engage fully in the Minsk peace process.”

The reference to the Minsk ceasefire agreement of Feb 12, 2015 (‘Minsk-2’) is ill-informed or malevolent. Russia was a key international sponsor and negotiator of the agreement, along with Germany and France. Canada and the United States were nowhere to be seen or heard from…

Clause ten of Minsk-2 reads, “Pullout of all foreign armed formations, military equipment, and also mercenaries from the territory of Ukraine under OSCE supervision. Disarmament of all illegal groups.” Yet Canada, the U.S. and Britain dispatched soldiers to Ukraine in the months following February 12, under the guise of launching “training missions” of the Ukrainian army. And as for the disarming of “illegal groups” (referring to the extremist paramilitary battalions fighting alongside the Ukrainian army), Kyiv has solved that little problem by incorporating the battalions into its National Guard. This effectively worsens the situation by legitimizing the battalions and giving them more formal access to training and weaponry, including from the aforementioned NATO countries.
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The same Benefactors in power in the UK, who call peace-makers terrorists, have been spreading terror and funding terrorists in many places, including Syria and MENA. (Hopefully Syria has turned a corner. But uncle Sam doesn’t peacefully let people go their own way in a spirit of democracy, so we’ll see. Look at Venezuela.) It’s fine with the neo-Nazi regime in Ukraine as well. But Amber Rudd, et al, vigorously oppose any, such as Jeremy Corbyn, who oppose (partially or fully) Britain’s U.S.-aligned foreign policy, which is all about regime change for those who resist the global dictatorship of the United States. “Britain can expect more terrorist atrocities if Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime Minister, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has claimed.” (I am not a believer in Jeremy Corby. But I certainly think he’s far and away a better person and politician than those like hypocrite Amber Rudd who essentially calls him a terrorist.)

From the YouTube channel of ODN (On Demand News), the following:

“Ignoring the Human Disaster in Yemen” by Alon Ben-Meir

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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It is hard to imagine that along with the catastrophe that has been inflicted on Syria for the past six years, another calamity is unfolding in Yemen of damning proportions while the whole world looks on with indifference.

What is happening in Yemen is not merely a violent conflict between combating forces for power, but the willful subjugation of millions of innocent civilians to starvation, disease and ruin that transcends the human capacity to descend even below the lowest pit of darkness, from which there is no exit.

Seven million people face starvation, and 19 out of 28 million of Yemen’s population are in desperate need of humanitarian aid. Both the Saudis and the Houthis are restricting food and medicine supplies from reaching starving children; many of them are cholera-ridden, on the verge of joining the thousands who have already died from starvation and disease…

The U.S. along with the United Kingdom have for many years been selling offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia, which are now used to attack Houthi-held areas. The UAE, Kuwait, and Jordan received licenses to sell and service American-made military helicopters for Saudi Arabia, which sends a clear message to this unholy coalition that they can kill with impunity.

U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd shamelessly said [selling arms is] “good for our industry” — not an acceptable reason to sell offensive weapons that kill people indiscriminately. Nevertheless, the U.S. does have national security and economic interests in the Arabian Peninsula: particularly, it seeks to ensure free passage in the Bab al-Mandeb, through which 4.7 million barrels of oil pass each day; and the support of a government in Sana’a that would cooperate with US counter-terrorism battles. That said, the U.S.’ direct involvement in the conflict makes it complicit in the coalition’s violation of the laws of war, and top U.S. officials could be subjected to legal liability.

Sadly, the Trump administration has forfeited its moral responsibility by not insisting that Saudi Arabia, over which it exercises tremendous influence, open the ports to ensure that enough food and aid enters the country, without which millions will starve to death.
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The bolding in the above excerpt is mine.

“UK troops deployed in Estonia to ‘defend NATO’ from Russia” – from RT.com

“Saudi Arabia uses Scotland-made smart bombs in Yemen dropped by UK-trained air force” – from Press TV via The New Cold War

Howard Zinn demonstrates how duplicitous authorities can be when it comes to incidents like the above British soldiers who are also in National Action. As usual, the state and its media allies will always spin incidents like this as being a case of rotten apples. That’s what they said about the low level soldiers involved in (established) torture at Abu Ghraib. Remember Richard Nixon and Watergate? Nixon lied through his teeth to the end. The above soldiers were entirely honest about their values – at least when mingling with their Nazi friends – which you could ‘read’ on their National Action uniforms. But in both cases, the authorities covered up the deeper problems underlying the transgressions.

From pages 547 & 548 of Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History Of The United States, 1492-2001,” the following:

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No respectable American newspaper said what was said by Claude Julien, editor of Le Monde Diplomatique in September 1974. “The elmination of Mr. Richard Nixon leaves intact all the mechanisms and all the false values which permitted the Watergate scandal.” Julien noted that Nixon’s Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, would remain at his post – in other words, that Nixon’s foreign policy would continue. “That is to say,” Julien wrote, “that Washington will continue to support General Pinochet in Chile, General Geisel in Brazil, General Stroessner in Paraguay, etc….”…

The word was out: get rid of Nixon, but keep the system. Theodore Sorensen, who had been adviser to President Kennedy, wrote at the time of Watergate: “The underlying causes of the gross misconduct in our law-enforcement system now being revealed are largely personal, not institutional. Some structural changes are needed. All the rotten apples should be thrown out. But save the barrel.”

Indeed, the barrel was saved. Nixon’s foreign policy remained. The government’s connections to corporate interests remained. [Gerald] Ford’s closest friends in Washington were corporeate lobbyists. Alexander Haig, who had been one of Nixon’s closest advisers, who had helped in “processing” the tapes before turning them over to the public, and who gave the public misinformation about the tapes, was appointed by President Ford to be head of the armed forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. One of Ford’s first acts was to pardon Nixon, thus saving him from possible criminal proceedings and allowing him to retire with a huge pension in California.

The Establishment had cleansed itself of members of the club who had broken the rules – but it took pains not to treat them too harshly. Those few who received jail sentences got short terms, were sent to the most easygoing federal institutions available, and were given special privileges…

That Nixon would go, but that the power of the President to do anything he wanted in the name of “national security” would stay – this was underscored by a Supreme Court decision in July 1974. The Court said that Nixon had to turn over his White House tapes to the special Watergate prosecutor. But at the same time it affirmed “the confidentiality of Presidential communications,” which it could not uphold in Nixon’s case, but which remained as a general principle when the President made a “claim of need to protect military, diplomatic or sensitive national security secrets.”

The televised Senate Committee hearings on Watergate stopped suddenly before the subject of corporate connections was reached. It was typical of the selective coverage of important events by the television industry: bizarre shenanigans like the Watergate burglary were given full treatment, while instances of ongoing pratice – the My Lai massacre, the secret bombing of Cambodia, the work of the FBI and CIA – were given the most fleeting attention. Dirty tricks against the Socialist Workers party, the Black Panthers, other radical groups, had to be searched for in a few newspapers. The whole nation heard the details of the quick break-in at the Watergate apartment; there was never a similar television hearing on the long-term break-in in Vietnam.
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John Yoo and Amber Rudd

Sources for the images above include:
1. https://ricochet.com/podcast/smoke-fire-john-yoo/
2. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-home-secretary-amber-rudds-8972936

From chapter 5 of Alfred W. McCoy’s “A Question Of Torture – CIA Interrogation, From The Cold War To The War On Terror,” the following:

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The landmark political struggle sparked by the broadcast of photos from Abu Ghraib prison moved through two distinct phases marked by high political drama. During the first phase, from June to November 2004, the White House slowly ground down critics with its formidable powers of persuasion, moving the country, by degrees, toward a blanket “impunity” for all implicated in the torture scandal. Indeed, two months after the release of the Abu Ghraib images, an ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 35 percent of Americans felt that torture was acceptable in some circumstances. But in the second, more intense phase that followed the November presidential elections, an ad hoc civil-society coalition of courts, press, civil libertarians, and the Senate redoubled its efforts, scoring some surprising successes in slowing the county’s inexorable slide into impunity…

…While nations emerging from dictatorship can purge and punish perpetrators as part of a sweeping change of regime, democracies, by their nature, usually decorate the illegality of torture with a nominal legality from the start and have the continuity of governance that protects loyal perpetrators inside the national-security apparatus. In the months following the release of the prison photos, the United States moved quickly through the same stages, as defined by John Conroy, that the United Kingdom traversed after revelations of its torture in Northern Ireland during the early 1970s – first, minimizing the abuse with euphemisms such as “interrogation in depth”; next, justifying it on the grounds that it was necessary or effective; and, finally, burying the issue by blaming “a few bad apples.”…

Despite photos proving torture and documents identifying those responsible, the White House has denied culpability while protecting, even promoting, almost all the architects of its policy…

Even those who were not rewarded remained unrepentant. To cite the most prominent example, John Yoo, a former Justice Department lawyer who helped draft the interrogation memos, is back at the law school of the University of California Berkeley, where he waved away critics of the White House torture policy. “Why is it so hard for people to understand that there is a category of behavior not covered by the legal system?” Professor Yoo asked. “Historically, there were people so bad that they were not given protection of the laws.” In his view, the Geneva Conventions’ “simple binary classification of civilian or soldier isn’t accurate.” Arguing that Bush’s reelection had ended the discussion, he concluded: “The debate is over. The issue is dying out. The public has had its referendum.”

Indeed, as Yoo indicated, during the 2004 presidential elections, the Democratic candidate, the media, and the American public ignored the torture scandal.
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The bolding in the above quote is mine.

Whipped into an ideological fervor, the CIA’s political cadres were then sent into villages to spread democratic values and undermine the infrastructure.

“It’s a GVN [Government of Vietnam] presence that’s really comprised of your own people that have, by God, gone off and been washed in the blood of the lamb. They’ve been trained and they’ve seen the light,” [Tom] Donohue palavered. “They spoke the local dialect, and they’re there to defend and focus people on their own defense, to try to enlist the people into doing something positive. If the government can’t protect you, it ain’t no government.”

Of course, the GVN was not a government but a military dictatorship which was opposed to independence in the countryside. – pages 68 & 69 of “The Phoenix Program” by Douglas Valentine

I’ll tell you what’s easy for me to understand, Mr. Yoo: Leaders like you are reprehensible. As Jesus Christ said, “If the light that is in you is really darkness, then how great that darkness is.” (Matthew 6:23b) You are not uneducated or mentally handicapped, Mr. Yoo. And you set an example for others (like the young British soldiers, in the above CBC report, daring to honestly show the world their new warped values), who you want to view you as a Benefactor. You re-sell something I call ‘mysterious lawlessness’. You and your fellow Benefactors have been very successful in the mental and spiritual ruination of your fellow citizens, and others. As Alfred McCoy notes, Many Americans are down with torture. Those without a moral foundation observe what people like you do and say and they conclude “Those people are smart and yet they willingly and knowingly do evil things,” and they are mystified. Those with a functioning moral compass that they pay heed to are not mystified. But the mystified observers of your evil behavior conclude that “Bad must sometimes be good.” Jesus Christ prophesied about (Christian) evildoers that they would one day say to him “Lord, Lord, Did we not… perform many powerful works in your name?” and then I will declare to them: “I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:22)

I have no idea whether John Yoo is a Christian, but he’s definitely a worker of lawlessness and one needn’t be a Christian in order to be evil. Indeed, John Yoo is an American citizen and in league with the U.S. ruling class. And in the Christian Bible, the United States is singled out and identified as a False Prophet. Do American politicians, many whom claim to be Christian, think that God has commissioned them to preach the Gospel of torture that will make America safe and prosperous? Is torture, and the rest of that basket of state repression tools, part of God’s plan of salvation for Americans and humankind?

This stunned me when I came across it:

“Yes, Christians Can Support Torture” by D.C. McAllister

The false prophet (of Revelation chapter 13) is also depicted as a beast – part of the seven-headed wild beast of Revelation chapter 12 – that ascends out of the ‘earth’, having two horns like a lamb and a mouth like a dragon. (It ascend out of the ‘earth’ rather than the ‘sea’ because in later times, when the United States comes into being, the world’s national boundaries have become relatively firmer.) The US perversely pretends to be inoffensive and mild, like a lamb, and like the lamb of God, while in reality it goes about giving orders, mafia-style, to the rest of the world that those who receive them can’t refuse. And those orders have nothing to do with the benefit of others. They have everything to do with the benefit of the global 1%, but especially the American 1%. And that benefit is at the expense of the people. Neoliberal capitalism is forced on everyone, but at its center is inequality, which is fine by unprincipled exploiters. As self-modified persons – We are all free to self-modify, but not without consequences – whose values and desires come to be warped, they now view robbing others via the austerity of neoliberal capitalism, or bombs that deprive people of their physical lives (something good for business in UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s words), thrilling and proof that they, not God, are God. But they are not 100% convinced of that and they keep calling God to “Bring it if you’re there!” They can’t help themselves. And they will PAY for their crimes, for their sick embrace of the paradigm of ‘riches for the strongest’. They claim to be all about law & order. But God ‘is’ all about law & order.

“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.” – Revelation 11:18

“And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the one seated on the horse and against his army. And the wild beast was caught, and along with it, the false prophet that performed in front of it the signs with which he misled those who received the mark of the wild beast and those who worship its image. While still alive, they both were hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulphur. But the rest were killed off with the long sword that proceeded out of the mouth of the one seated on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.” – Revelation 19:19-21

I will offer a few words of explanation about a few of the words and phrases found in those Bible passages I quoted (for example: “ruin” and “while still alive” and “the long sword out of the one seated on the horse.”)

First, the “ruin.” It refers primarily to spiritual and mental ruin. Indeed, Jesus told his followers that “For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be. For as they were in those days before the Flood, eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and they took no note until the Flood came and swept them all away, so the presence of the Son of man will be.” – Matthew 24:37-39. The problem in those early times wasn’t the marrying, eating and drinking, which are all normal activities. They problem was that those living “took no note” of God. They took no note of his standards and his prophets. In other words, they had allowed themselves to become mentally and spiritually ruined. God didn’t simply choose Noah and slaughter everyone else, as Naomi Klein sneers in her book “This Changes Everything.” Noah also (freely) chose God, while others (freely) didn’t. (And, for a fact, physical death isn’t necessarily complete death. If there were innocents drowned in the Flood that their unblessed, by choice, community didn’t prepare for, they will experience a resurrection and be given their chance to live or die.) How is all of that possible you say? How could only Noah and his family out of all the world be good enough to get the necessary guidance to survive a flood that was coming (regardless, as part of Jehovah’s project earth)? Remember, the ‘world’ of that time was much smaller than our world of today. That might not be the whole explanation, but I think it’s part of it.

Taking no note, as did the Flood victims of Noah’s day, meant not just living and doing normal things only. We know that from the Genesis account itself:

“Now when men started to grow in number on the surface of the ground and daughters were born to them, the sons of the true God began to notice that the daughters of men were beautiful. So they began taking as wives all whom they chose…The Nephilim were on the earth in those days and afterward. During that time the sons of the true God continued to have relations with the daughters of men, and these bore sons to them. They were the mighty ones of old times, the men of fame.

“Consequently, Jehovah saw that man’s wickedness was great on the earth and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only bad all the time… This is the history of Noah. He proved himself faultless among his contemporaries… But the earth had become ruined in the sight of the true God, and the earth was filled with violence. Yes, God looked upon the earth, and it was ruined. All flesh had ruined its way on earth.” (Genesis chapter 6)

The phrase “sons of the true God” refers to angels. In this case, Those were angels who went their own way, abandoning God and his standards. After materializing human male bodies, they had relations with human females, which led to powerful offspring called Nephilim. Were they all male? We aren’t told. But we are told that the human community into which they entered went off the rails afterward. And the Bible notes that they were “mighty.” That tracks. And it was not likely that they were mighty solely in a physical sense. Being offspring of powerful angels, the Nephilim likely were mighty intellectually as well. And they evidently proceeded, like mighty (religious, political and other) leaders in our day, to pass on the gift of ‘mysterious lawlessness’ (sin and survive) to those around them. They spiritually and mentally ruined their human community, or communities, bringing God’s disapproval, with serious consequences. (As for Nephilim specifically, Were any innocent? God’s inspired Word omits mention of them for reasons only known to God. Perhaps there were no innocent Nephilim. But rules are rules. If there were and they died in the Flood, they will be resurrected and given the choice to serve God or die. None of us can do anything about who are parents were.)

From mentally and spiritually ruined people in authority today come the kinds of decisions that have given the world pollution, wars and destruction for profit, global warming, chemicals killing off the bees and making people sick, and more. The literal earth is being ruined and human beings are racked with all kinds of diseases and imperfections when they weren’t meant to even grow old and die. But the ruin that comes first and which that physical ruin depends on, is the spiritual and mental ruin.

“While still alive,” the wild beast of Revelation – which I call the wild beast of Corporatocracy, for that is what it is today – is destroyed. In other words, Just as Revelation points out how the world’s inhabitants are plagued by their knowledge, their self-awareness (in people’s private, silent moments) of their wrong choices (that God can’t approve of), out of which ruined mental state they utter blasphemies against God – What I label calling to God to “Bring it!” – so too will we see no change in most people’s behavior as they go off into destruction. (An angel told the apostle John to let those who are practicing righteousness continue to do so and let those practicing unrighteousness continue to do so.) People just won’t repent. Until the last moment they will be what they are, namely self-modified believers in inequality, deceit and violence (which some, who go by the label of ‘neoconservative’, openly champion). And so, while they are still calling to God to bring it, while ‘they’ are still alive, they will be destroyed, as Daniel points out, “not by hand,” which is to say not by human hand (Daniel 8:25). The false prophet, aka the United States, is the last head of the seven-headed wild beast of Revelation. There are no more. And that gives us a ballpark idea of ‘when’ Armageddon will come.

Interestingly, In a parable that Jesus gives about a rich man and a beggar, he makes a point that applies here. The beggar used to sit on the floor where the rich man feasted, hoping to get some fallen crumbs. They both eventually die and find themselves in a place where the rich man is in a condition of torment and needs water, but the beggar is now comfortable. The poor man is separated from the rich, uncomfortable man, by a chasm, and has Abraham, a man of God, at his side. This parable is meant to symbolize judgment (not indicate that there’s a hell). The rich man asks Abraham to let Lazarus, the beggar, to come to his aid with water, but Abraham tells him plainly that that isn’t possible. When the rich man begs Abraham to let Lazarus go to his brothers who are still living to warn them to behave, so that they don’t end up where he is, Abraham tells him that they have Moses and the prophets (the scriptures that had been written so far) and they can consult them and avoid adverse judgment if they so wish. The rich man believes that if someone from the dead, in this case Lazarus the beggar, goes to his brothers, then such a miracle would lead to them becoming good people. But Abraham sets the man straight: “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.” (Luke 16:19-31) In reality, the rich man doesn’t rationally discuss any of this with anyone. He makes his choices, embraces ‘riches for the strongest’ and is wrathful. We can also view the parable as reflecting thoughts that God-rejecters have in private and in silence.

People like that rich man, who is like our Benefactors in power today, are like the disloyal people of Nimrod’s day who built a tower in defiance of God. They are the same as those mentioned in Revelation chapter 13, who gaze upon the wild beast with admiration and exclaim “Who is like the wild beast and who can do battle with it?” Are they calling to God to “Bring it!” They clearly are.

As for the “long sword” that issues out of the mouth of the risen, glorified Jesus, that symbolizes authority. Details aren’t provided. What is clear is that he authorizes the destruction of the last remaining anti-God people on earth at the conclusion of Armageddon.

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Ruined – part 3

There’s two entries below about Donald Trump’s comment about craphole Africa. Why not? The second one, though, by Daniel Dale, adds some further interesting details illuminating the very ruined mind of this stinking swamp muck of a president.

Susann Senter

“Swedish Church Declares Jesus Christ ‘Gender Neutral’” by Ian Miles Cheong

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Back in November, the radical progressive activists finally managed to change clergy instructions for a Swedish Church, which will now advise officials to avoid terms like ‘Lord’ and ‘He’ when mentioning God or Jesus during church services.

Since then, a new politically correct religious guide has been issued on ‘how to conduct church services.’

Church official and feminist Susann Senter claims that making Jesus gender neutral is OK because some historical art depictions of “Jesus are quite feminine.”
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Jesus and Jehovah may not be males the way human beings are, but I think the issue is How do they represent themselves to us? That should determine how we view them. But as usual, in a world which ‘uses’ God, God’s wishes and standards are of no concern. And am I wrong, or don’t most people by now know that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th? Sheesh! Follow the blind guides if you must.

Ahed Tamimi

“Ahed Tamimi’s arrest sheds a disturbing light on how children are targeted by Israel” by Jonathan Cook

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Sixteen-year-old Ahed Tamimi may not be what Israelis had in mind when, over many years, they criticised Palestinians for not producing a Mahatma Gandhi or Nelson Mandela…

She was charged last week with assault and incitement after she slapped two heavily armed Israeli soldiers as they refused to leave the courtyard of her family home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah. Her mother, Nariman, is in detention for filming the incident. The video quickly went viral.

Ahed lashed out shortly after soldiers nearby shot her 15-year-old cousin in the face, seriously injuring him…

The video of Ahed, screened repeatedly on Israeli TV, has threatened to upturn Israel’s self-image as David fighting an Arab Goliath…

Predictably, Israeli politicians were incensed…

But more troubling is a media debate that has characterised the soldiers’ failure to beat Ahed in response to her slaps as a “national shame”.

The revered television host Yaron London expressed astonishment that the soldiers “refrained from using their weapons” against her, wondering whether they “hesitated out of cowardice”.

But far more sinister were the threats from Ben Caspit, a leading Israeli analyst. In a column, he said Ahed’s actions made “every Israeli’s blood boil”. He proposed subjecting her to retribution “in the dark, without witnesses and cameras”, adding that his own form of revenge would lead to his certain detention.

That fantasy – of cold-bloodedly violating an incarcerated child – should have sickened every Israeli. And yet Mr Caspit is still safely ensconced in his job.
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Most of Israeli society is ruined and ready for Armageddon.

“German teens enlist in record numbers thanks to social media drive” by RT News

An excerpt from the above linked-to report follows:

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Germany now has a record number of children registering to join its army following an intensive social media campaign. More than 2,000 soldiers under the age of 18 served in 2017, according to new figures.

The news has led to renewed calls for the practice to be abolished…

Left Party MP Evrin Sommer, who was behind the information request, told the Rheinische Post (RP) that Germany has no moral authority to criticize the use of child soldiers…

[Martin] Dolzer, a lawmaker from Hamburg, argued that the reason the army remains unattractive in the eyes of the general public, despite all its publicity campaigns, is that Germany’s foreign policy is “not peaceful enough.”

“The main problem is that if you do a foreign policy which is based on dialog you don’t need such a strong army or so many soldiers. I think this is the main problem behind it,” Dolzer told RT, noting that those who do opt for the army service in Germany mostly come from unprivileged backgrounds, being unable to find a job elsewhere or go to a university.
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Well, If it’s true that much of the general public is uninterested in joining the military because Germany’s foreign policy is war-minded, that’s good. That’s the opposite of ruin. But is it true? Or is it the case that Germans, who live in a first world society and are not being bombed or starved to death and can even enjoy themselves just don’t want to be a part of the dangerous, un-fun war-making they see their government doing on a regular basis?

If the latter is the case, then the war-minded – especially now that that’s the EU’s main focus – German ruling class needs to bamboozle easier to bamboozle German minds. And that means targetting kids via social networking. How many of the adults who get that war isn’t fun have kids? Because, While they may see fighting as no fun, they have failed to educate their children, by the look of it (which doesn’t prevent kids from caring, which we see, on a small scale, even in Israel). Handing them over to the police state for education doesn’t cut it. Adults failing to educate themselves, via active learning (that sets aside establishment media and the captured educational system) means, also, that such parents wouldn’t even have the ability to educate their children. They don’t even know that they and their children are uneducated! Which is another way of saying that many Germans just don’t care. Caring is knowing. When you care, you put your head up and look around you. You don’t ask for permission to do so. And you do that because you love your family and want to know what dangers are out there so that you can protect them. Looking is seeing is knowing. Hopefully, Those looking can recognize the dangers to their family’s spiritual and mental health that lie in wait. Social networking for example, is not all about fun and sharing pictures of good times, as Stephen Gowans and others have explained.

Ahed Tamimi confronts an Israeli soldier

“Michael Oren says Palestinian activists stage ‘kids in American clothes’ to provoke Israeli army” by Philip Weiss

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Last week, Mohammad Tamimi, 14, Ahed’s cousin, was shot in the face during a demonstration and left in a coma. Ahed is said to have responded to the shooting by slapping a soldier in this encounter with Israeli soldiers. The slapping incident was widely-circulated, and prompted calls in Israel for Ahed to be arrested, and evidently resulted in her arrest.

The case is sure to call more attention to Israel’s inhumane occupation and disgraceful and illegal treatment of children. Which is why–

Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador, tweeted today that the whole family is fake and the children are being dressed in American clothes, whatever that means, and paid to provoke the Israeli soldiers.
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From the CBC News website:
In bluntly vulgar language, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway, according to people briefed on the Oval Office conversation. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

“Trump asks why U.S. would want immigrants from ‘shithole countries'” by Thomson Reuters

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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In bluntly vulgar language, U.S. President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation.

Trump’s contemptuous description of an entire continent startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges that the president is racist. The White House did not deny his remark but…
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from Getty Images

“US Marines in hot water over pictures of ‘100s of naked recruits’ posted on secret FB page” by RT News

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The US Defense Department is investigating reports that dozens of US Marines shared “hundreds – possibly thousands” of naked photos of female recruits, veterans, and other women on a secret Facebook page, many of whom were unaware they had been photographed.

The photographs were reportedly shared on a page entitled ‘Marines United’, which boasted some 30,000 followers, triggering an avalanche of obscene comments, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).

The closed Facebook group’s membership allegedly consisted of active-duty and retired male Marines, Navy personnel, and British Royal Marines…

CIR reports that, in one case, a female corporal pictured in uniform had been followed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina by a fellow Marine who secretly photographed her. Rude comments reportedly burst through like a flood after the picture was posted to the ‘Marines United’ page.

One Facebook user allegedly wrote “Take her out back and pound her out,” adding “video it though… for science.”
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From the CBC website:
Sen. Lynn Beyak was removed from the Conservative caucus because of letters posted to her Senate website supporting her earlier defence of the residential school system. (CBC)

“Sen. Lynn Beyak kicked out of Conservative caucus after refusing to remove ‘racist’ comments online” by Catharine Tunney & Joe Lofaro

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Sen. Lynn Beyak, known for defending residential schools as “well-intentioned,” has been kicked out of the Conservative caucus after she refused to remove “racist” comments posted to her Senate website.

Beyak had posted roughly 100 letters in support of her earlier defence of residential schools — where some 6,000 Indigenous children died from malnutrition and disease — to her Senate website.
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It’s not a live Octopus but its freshly mutilated (animal not killed before its limbs lopped off) and the nerve endings are alive, causing the parts to squirm much to the delight of ruined minds.

“PETA complains about squirming octupus served at Toronto restaurants” by Lauren O’Neil

I don’t agree with PETA but I don’t completely disagree with them. God didn’t intend for humans to consume animals but allowed it after the flood. I believe that in the new world, maybe not right away – that world has to be built by us – but eventually, We will revert back to a plant diet. That’s only my belief though. That isn’t explicitly stated in the Christian Bible.

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Marado Sushi in Thornhill and Gal’s Sushi in Markham both feature a Korean octopus dish called sannakji on their menus…

“Only after chopping off each of the octopus’s tentacles—an act equivalent to chopping off a human being’s limbs—does the chef dice up the animal’s mantle, causing a slow, painful death,” it continues.

“The squirming tentacles—whose multiple nerve endings cause the animal to continue writhing—are then served to patrons…”

PETA says that this still “likely causes immense suffering” as chopping off an octopus’ head “does little to destroy the animal’s brain and organs.”
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Are the octopus’s organs in its head? I really don’t know. But the basic point is good. To kill the animal, directly kill (not lop off) its head. Pierce it, I imagine. Maybe you can still rush out to the customers’ tables some squirming arms, for those who require their food to move.

AFSC logo

“Quaker group honored by Yad Vashem for helping Jews during Holocaust is now banned from Israel” by Philip Weiss

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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One of the special ironies of the weekend’s news that Israel is barring 20 international organizations from entry because they support BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is the appearance on that list of the venerable American Friends Service Committee, or AFSC, which was founded 101 years ago as an antiwar organization.

AFSC earned distinction and a Nobel Prize for helping Jews and other refugees escape the Holocaust. Now it is on that list because it is helping Palestinians!
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Is Israel ruined or what?!

“Congress in Search of a Bordello (Make The Chumps Pay the Bill)” by James Petras

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The US taxpayers were made to pay millions of dollars in financial settlements for hundreds of incidents of Congressperson abuse, including gross sexual harassment, against interns, staff and office employees, of both sexes. This ‘slush and shush’ fund was hidden from the American people. Many abused victims were paid-off and intimidated into silently watching the elected officials parade themselves as paragons of virtue and champions of their voters.
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From The Toronto Star:
“If there were a definition of hell,” says Dr. Chetan Mehta, then the life of Sultan Khan was it. Mehta was Khan’s doctor for years and believes Ottawa behaved cruelly in rejecting Khan’s deathbed wish of seeing his son when it rejected the son’s visitor’s visa. (Andrew Francis Wallace)

“Sultan Khan’s dying wish was to see his son. But Canada denied the visitor’s visa” by Sandro Contenta

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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[Sultan] Khan was a month away from his 63rd birthday. He died Oct. 15 of a broken body and a broken heart…

He came to Canada as a victim of torture in 1990 and led a marginalized existence of extreme pain and suffering. “If there is a definition of hell,” Mehta says, “this guy’s life was it.”

He had no relatives in Canada. His dying wish — to see his son from Pakistan — was dashed when the son’s request for a visitor’s visa was denied, despite the support of Khan’s doctors, social workers and a local Liberal MP, Julie Dzerowicz. Dzerowicz has backed “multiple” applications for similar emergency visas from her Davenport constituents in the past two years.

Khan’s lonely death is not unique.

An agency that provides palliative care to marginalized Toronto residents, known by the acronym PEACH, has witnessed other patients condemned to face death without loved ones because of visa rejections. And Dzerowicz, who represents a riding where almost half of residents are foreign-born, is calling for a federal policy that facilitates such compassion-based visas.
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Good luck Julie Dzerowitz. The Liberal Party’s compassion (as is that of the other major parties) is with people like the Ukrainian Nazis murdering their fellow Ukrainians or mining, oil and gas company execs poisoning Canadians or the well being of tax-evading corporations, like Google. If you look at the article linked to there and scroll down to the comments, you’ll see I’ve added a few. One includes some links to info on Google’s tax evasion.

From The Toronto Star website:
U.S. President Donald Trump boards Marine One en route to Florida at the end a tumultuous week Friday. (AL DRAGO / NYT)

“Donald Trump tried to show you he’s sane and stable. His week became a running fiasco” by Daniel Dale

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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An explosive new book had called into question his mental fitness, so the president had a showman’s brainwave. He would throw open the doors to a private meeting on immigration, letting television cameras capture him in command, at length, at his familiar spot at the centre of a boardroom table.

The plan didn’t go perfectly. Trump was vague and contradictory. He did not seem to understand policy terminology, much less policy itself…

Within 60 hours of the Trump’s self-described “performance” at the immigration meeting, the wheels had fallen off…

There was the racism: Trump set off yet another international incident with yet another bigoted remark about immigrants. At a White House meeting on Thursday, he asked why the U.S. needs to take immigrants from “shithole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador and African nations. Though he issued a vague and narrow Friday denial, saying he had not been derogatory toward Haitians, senators in attendance confirmed the reports were correct…

There was the narcissism: Trump spent a startlingly large chunk of a Wall Street Journal interview lavishing over-the-top praise on himself — hailing his intelligence (“I’m smarter than all of them put together”), business acumen (“I created maybe the greatest brand”), debating record (“I don’t think you’ll find one poll that I ever lost in any of the 14, 15 debates”), even his athletic prowess (“I was always the best athlete, people don’t know that”).
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What do you get when your political, and other, leaders are ruined? It’s not pretty. There’s a mechanism (or whatever it is) that I call ‘mysterious lawlessness’. I take the phrase from the Christian Bible. It may mean something slightly different than I mean. Mysterious lawlessness obtains when leaders, who are usually educated, smart (which may be relative) and expected to at least know the difference between right and wrong, regularly break rules, written and unwritten. The segment of the public lacking a moral foundation – principles – observing this will by mystified, or lost – because they lack a moral compass. And they will rightly, unfortunately, conclude that “Badness must sometimes be good.” And the darkness spreads.

As Jesus Christ said long ago: “If the light that is in you is in fact darkness, then how great that darkness is!” (Matthew 6:23)

Ruined

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