From here on, for a while (until I’m moved and settled), my posts will be semi drafts. I wouldn’t publish anything truly draft. I just mean to say that where I would ordinarily add more, often from my own library, for now I will not. And that’s only because my own library is packed away. Later, I very well may revisit these posts and beef them up.
I consider myself a progressive, if progressive means someone who believes there should be civilization in civilization. (And then there’s fair taxation, redistribution, a social safety net, free speech, human rights and a free electoral system. On some subjects, other progressives would vehemently disagree with me. I don’t believe in abortion on demand. And soon, Other progressives will reveal themselves when they join in the global pogrom to destroy organized religion, which God also wants to see, but for his own reasons.) It’s always been my view that a system works only when it works for all. The neocons and neolibs believe that a system works when 1% does okay and does so at the expense of the 99%.
“Hillary Clinton’s Neocon Resumé” by Paul Street
One might object that that’s certainly the neocons’ perverted position, but neoliberalism, while harsh, isn’t explicitly about harming the 99%. I would argue that that’s wrong for two reasons. What its salespersons say neoliberalism is and does is clearly not entirely what it is and does. And the difference is that they would have neoliberalism appear much more benign than it is. But because it simply isn’t benign, even a number of them are now acknowledging – after so much damage has been done and with no effort to meliorate it or change the neoliberal order – that neoliberalism is not benign. (And supporters of neoliberalism who acknowledge that it isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be never say exactly what the problem is. They exclude context, as Benjamin notes in the above link-to article.) There’s the IMF for example. Two, Neoliberals, like Hillary Clinton, are neoconservatives, whether or not they have ever attended a class teaching Leo Strauss’s ideas, for which reason a lot of folks have taken to calling her a liberal neocon. And, I might add, They are all Nazis. No, They aren’t followers of the actual person named Adolf Hitler nor are they members of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. But they are exactly like those people.
National Socialism (German: Nationalsozialismus), more commonly known as Nazism (/ˈnɑːtsɪzəm, ˈnæ-/), is the ideology and practice associated with the 20th-century German Nazi Party and Nazi state, as well as other far-right groups.
I’ve had some small mishaps in life. As I have said to those who I mention them to, If you live long enough, everything crappy will happen to you. Have you ever thought, as you walked down a menacing staircase, that “One day, I’m going to end up dead at the bottom of this evil thing”? That’s you recognizing that given time, the bad things that could happen to you probably will. What if you could live for 10 million years but nothing ever changed? If I asked you, Are you going to tell me that in 10 million years, you will not fall down those evil stairs that you use every day, Will you say “That’s right”? I don’t think so. You would more likely answer that “If I could live that long, and nothing else killed me, then those stairs would.” That would be a reasonable answer. Of course, As a certain kind of Christian, I do believe that there’s lots of change coming – to ourselves, to this world and to everything.
For now, We are experiencing the lesson/issue of universal sovereignty. Adam and Eve wanted to know what it would be like to exist independent of the Creator. They wanted to find out the hard way what that kind of independence involves. And here we are, existing – due partly to the imperfection (from God’s standpoint and design for us) that Adam and Eve acquired and passed on to us – in harsh conditions without God’s protection and blessing. “To the woman he said: “I will greatly increase the pain of your pregnancy; in pain you will give birth to children…” And to Adam he said: “Because you listened to your wife’s voice and ate from the tree concerning which I gave you this command, ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground on your account. In pain you will eat its produce all the days of your life. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, and you must eat the vegetation of the field. In the sweat of your face you will eat bread.”” (Genesis 3:16-19) But it’s his intention to save those loyal to him from this hell. While the lesson is on, however, he cannot protect his loyal people, directly. (We are certainly protected in the sense that following wise guidance is a protection. And also in the sense that our future eternal life is assured for deciding to remain loyal followers/ children.) God’s intervention into our affairs while the lesson is on, would nullify it. (Indeed, It’s precisely that factor that leads to the conclusion of this system of things and God’s rescuing both of loyal worshippers and innocents who have died and never had a real chance to respond to the lesson. Satan, since about 1919 CE, has been acting in his role of Gog of Magog. When the world, led by the agency of the (soon to be) temporarily empowered UN, sets out to destroy all religion, the crazies will not make any effort to separate God’s loyal followers from the fakes. And that’s the mistake they make that, due to other factors – those being, essentially, that the LOUS is over and all can see that the way of independence from the Creator doesn’t work – triggers God’s intervention. The LOUS needs to run it’s course so that everything may be made new, and safe, again.
“This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: “In that day thoughts will come into your heart, and you will devise an evil plan. You will say: ‘I will invade the land of unprotected settlements. I will come against those living in security, without disturbance, all of them living in settlements unprotected by walls, bars, or gates.'” It will be to take much spoil and plunder, to attack the devastated places that are now inhabited and a people regathered from the nations, who are accumulating wealth and property, those who are living in the center of the earth.” (Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39)
Those who actually desire law & order, on principle and not because they see it as a way to gain advantages – by strategically breaking rules and agreements – and haven’t taken the position that they are God and can make their own rules about right and wrong, changing them as they wish, who also don’t see their security as being dependent upon the barbaric, lawless, slave state, would be those who are dwelling without the wild beast of corporatocracy’s protection or blessing nor its slave’s mark of 666. Indeed, They would find themselves hated by that beast and its agents. In the eyes of the godless world and its plunderers, the dispossessed are poor and in need of re-education and punishment. But God’s view of those who look to him and his plan of salvation is different. They have security when taking the future into consideration. As the Christian Bible tells Christians, ‘Don’t fear those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul’. Holding to your view of lawlessness and plunder as being wrong makes you poor spiritually, to the wild beast of corporatocracy. You are viewed as a sucker sheep. To God, You have spiritual wealth. As Jesus said, “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither rust consumes nor thieves break in and steal.” Which won’t stop Gog from trying.
None are more defenseless, note, than those who possess principles and integrity and are loyal to Jehovah and are disagreed with by ‘all’, including victims of neoliberalism and neoconservative-inspired violence.
All within a few days, bad stuff has happened to me. All within a few years, bad stuff has happened to me. I’m fine mind you. But I’ve now got a small stroke under my belt, a benign brain tumor (which they found because they start looking closely at you after you have a stroke), and a permanently damaged (but usable) right hand (which is my fault). So I get to take pills every day for the rest of my life – in this system. Just last month, My landlord decided to renovate the part of the house I and two others were living in, and so I have to move. I didn’t even have two months notice. Let me tell you, Living in Toronto and working in security (G4S) as a low level guard is not easy. I work full time, in a permanent position, and I can’t afford the market rates for a bachelor apartment. If that wasn’t enough, All the training which I have to do yearly is due. Between working full time and the stress of needing to do those courses (which have just wound up, with my final course – I think – taking place on Nov 16, the day my father died) and needing to find an apartment and having no car (some of the time) to help with the time problem, I had a challenge. I almost ended up in a situation where I would have to move all of my possessions to my brother’s (where he has no place to store anything really), while I hung out in coffee shops in between shifts (12 hours long). I was seriously considering that scenario. That’s how hard it is to find an apartment, even something in a homeowner’s basement, here in Toronto, both because of the cost and because of the competition. At the last moment, I got lucky and, after responding quickly to a new ad in View It (a nasty online apartment search company that’s still better than the competition), I found a below market rate basement bachelor apartment. I still had competition, but the landlord, in his words, had a feeling that I was the one to go with and so he did. He has my eternal gratitude.
It’s been a difficult few months in other ways as well. I haven’t owned a television set in many years. It wasn’t worth the dime. I’ve also come to the conclusion that it’s not only overpriced (the cable), but it’s one of the neocon/neolib 1%’s most effective weapons in it’s war on the people and planet. How can you lose when you can get people to voluntarily turn that weapon, mixing entertainment with harmful (pro war, pro neoliberal capitalism) propaganda, on themselves? Together with brutal North American work culture, where people are working harder and longer hours for less, the Hollywood/Pentagon/CIA’s insidious influence through entertainment, and that component of the propaganda system that posits that capitalism and democracy are one and the same, the 1% has all but vanquished the light. The people are becoming, like their Benefactors in power, brutal, the way fascists are. They have become vampires and they need blood, namely the blood of the living.
In this world, I live on my computer. Oh, I get out enough. I don’t how much that will change when I move into my half decent bachelor apartment. But I like to socialize. For me that doesn’t mean bars or oodles of friends with nice houses and money. That would be nice too. But I hang out mostly in coffee shops and I don’t mind that. There’s a few places I do go to eat and after so many years, there are faces there that I know and it’s always nice to see those people and they treat me well. In the coffee shops, I’ve made friends over time with a few regulars, some whom I can talk politics with. I always enjoy it when I find that there’s sufficient interest and I can give a book or books to someone, as I did recently. David, a retired architect who I met at Rooster here in Toronto, liked Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History Of The United States” so much, he’s already re-reading it! I haven’t even started my own copy! (I have a huge pile of unread books.) But that’s one way I find that I can do my bit to push back against the darkness. When I’ve read a good book, making exceptions for books I know will be good even before reading them, I then look for them in the second hand book stores where I sometimes find them, and often they are dirt cheap and in new condition. So I load up on them and, in the way I described above, pass them on.
The deterioration of the online progressive community, a community that I discovered some years ago, has saddened me immensely. That was a big part of my small scale, but okay, life. Some of that community fell away long ago. That is, I learned long ago that not all of the progressive movement was truly progressive. (I recently had the ‘pleasure’ of reading an article by John Stauber that confirmed that it isn’t just me. His CounterPunch article is titled “The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats.”) The Nation, for example, was an early fail for me. It doesn’t take long for one to realize that what they’re all about is simply having ‘their’ player in the game of ‘riches for the strongest’ as it plays out in the political arena. They’re all about getting a Democrat into the White House instead of a Republican. For sure, These fake progressive organizations are not all bad, but one must be inoculated against their darkness when consuming their news and info, or else. But lately, in the last year, and increasingly within the last few months, I’ve been discovering that so many of my favorite progressive organizations are just not real. Rabble: fail. Mother Jones: fail. The Intercept: fail (The Intercept’s search feature has never worked. I guess the ‘hands on’ billionaire owner doesn’t see that as a priority.). Democracy Now: fail and fail. RT News: fail. Consortium News: fail. Add to that the number of progressive-looking petition generators like Avaaz that I am discovering are actually in the enemy’s camp. Then there’s organizations like Human Rights Watch for goodness sake! And then there’s my latest disappointment. I never thought I’d see the day when Common Dreams would ban me for speaking truth to power and for denouncing liars and their lies. But that day has arrived.
At first, I thought that my inability to access the CD site was technical or other. They’ve had their share of problems. But as I tried multiple times, and ways (using three different email addresses, including gmail, aol email and mail.com), to access the website it became pretty clear that the folks at CD, who endlessly plead for donations (as does every site I’m linked to) don’t like me. (I’ve been doing this post over the course of a few days. I’m finally finishing up. A last attempt today to get somewhere led nowhere. And even trying to use their search to find articles by Jeffrey Sachs was a bust as their search feature is suddenly unavailable. (*Today, Nov 18, that search feature seems fixed. Here’s one of many pro Sachs entries: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/02/12/who-endorsed-hillary-clinton-congressional-black-caucus-or-its-pac-filled-lobbyists) And that can only be for things I’ve said on their website that others would read. What might I say that they don’t like? I can guess. I’m quite critical when they blithely present articles by neocons and neoliberals. Jeffrey Sachs, who, with drunkard Boris Yeltsin’s help, all but destroyed Russia, should not get to pass himself off as a progressive. But there’s CD helping him to do so, no doubt because he has a huge following – many whom might want to donate to Common Dreams. Then there’s CD’s constant use of information from Politico, which I’ve complained about in the forums. Read Glen Greenwald’s revealing article on the Bush-connected Politico. It’s titled “Who funds and runs the Politico?” Then there’s CD’s acceptance of CIA asset Graham Fuller’s article, which I would have complained about if I had had a chance to. I believe I was already cut off by the time this was presented to readers/donors. And I just did a search and found a pro White Helmets article by Nadia Prupis. I don’t recall whether I have read this. If I did read it, then I complained about it. But I don’t recall complaining about it, so I most likely missed it.
Here is a blurb about Jeffrey Sachs attached to Verso’s advertisement of Japhy Wilson’s book titled “Jeffrey Sachs: The Strange Case Of Dr. Shock And Mr. Aid”:
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Jeffrey Sachs is a man with many faces. A celebrated economist and special advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, he is also no stranger to the world of celebrity, accompanying Bono, Madonna and Angelina Jolie on high-profile trips to Africa. Once notorious as the progenitor of a brutal form of free market engineering called “shock therapy,” Sachs now positions himself as a voice of progressivism, condemning the “1 per cent” and promoting his solution to extreme poverty through the Millennium Villages Project.
Appearances can be deceiving. Jeffrey Sachs: The Strange Case of Dr. Shock and Mr. Aid is the story of an evangelical development expert who poses as saviour of the Third World while opening vulnerable nations to economic exploitation. Based on documentary research and on-the-ground investigation, Jeffrey Sachs exposes Mr. Aid as no more than a new, more human face of Dr. Shock.
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Deniz Ülkütekin: As it’s a very conflicted subject, how do you certainly believe that Gülen and CIA work together?
F. William Engdahl: This is not merely my view but that of very knowledgeable Turkish analysts and even the former Turkish MIT senior figure, Osman Nuri Gundes, former FBI Turkish-American translator Sibel Edmonds, and others have documented his deep links to very senior CIA people such as Graham Fuller. When Gülen fled Turkey to avoid prosecution for treason in 1998, he chose not to go to any of perhaps a dozen Islamic countries which could have offered him asylum. He chose instead the United States. He did so with the help of the CIA. The US State Department tried to block a special “preference visa as an alien of extraordinary ability in the field of education” permanent visa status for Gülen, arguing he was basically a fraud with a fifth grade education and no special Islam scholar. Over the objections of the FBI, of the US State Department and of the US Department of Homeland Security, three former CIA operatives intervened and managed to secure a Green Card and permanent US residency for Gülen.
Intervention by three current or “former” CIA people–George Fidas, who was US Ambassador to Turkey and an ex CIA Deputy Director; Morton Abramowitz who was described as at least “informal” CIA, and CIA career man who spent time in Turkey, Graham E. Fuller. They got Gülen asylum in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. That certainly suggests a strong tie at the very least.
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The Corbett Report: “Who is Graham Fuller?”
I will provide the following link to a documentary (http://killinged.com/), produced by Mark S. Hall, which I bought and ripped, a no no I realize. For which reason I do urge any who might download the video to also consider buying it. Some cannot, I realize. I, at least, don’t expect those who are poor to be able to purchase the video. Others will be able to do so. To those who can afford to buy the video, I would urge that if you find the documentary worthwhile, then please consider purchasing it and thereby supporting those, like Mark, who care about the truth and about telling it. This is the only way I can justify ripping this, which the author no doubt would say no to. If Mark was to tell me that I shouldn’t do that, then I would have to forget about the documentary altogether. I’ve done that before. I’d do it again in a heartbeat. In the end, God, not progressives who can’t afford to do so, will save both loyal and innocent people. “Killing Ed”: http://bit.ly/2g2ousk
“SYRIA: The White Helmets, Their Backers and Their Many Shades of Grey” by Vanessa Beeley (re the White Helmets)
From Keith Harmon Snow’s article titled “White Slaughter In Black Africa: Genocide & Denialism,” the following:
Meet Dr. Gerald Caplan, a fine example of the worst kind of imperialist: one who works with the world’s worst dictators, peddles the racist propaganda at home and abroad, speaks at international conferences, collects a fine salary working for the misery industry in Africa, and one who ever believes that he is a force for good, and for ethics and truth, and who, therefore, is never, ever to be challenged by anyone.