Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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John Chuckman is former chief economist for a large Canadian oil company. He has many interests and is a lifelong student of history. He writes with a passionate desire for honesty, the rule of reason, and concern for human decency. John regards it as a badge of honor to have left the United States as a poor young man from the South Side of Chicago when the country embarked on the pointless murder of something like 3 million Vietnamese in their own land because they embraced the wrong economic loyalties. He lives in Canada, which he is fond of calling “the peaceable kingdom.”

John’s writing appears regularly on many Internet sites. He has been translated into at least ten languages and has been regularly translated into Italian and Spanish. Several of his essays have been published in book collections, including two college texts. He has published a book, The Decline of the American Empire and the Rise of China as a Global Power, published by Constable and Robinson, London. John also writes book reviews.

Apart from his writing since retiring from the oil industry, John has taught university courses in economics, done a good deal of private tutoring, served as a professional newspaper restaurant reviewer (he likes cooking), followed his favorite hobby of photography, and created a popular family of image blogs on the Internet.

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ME, ROUGHLY: THE DECLINE IS RAPID NOW

AN UNPOPULAR BUT HONEST VIEW: FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, FRANCE'S CURRENT PATHETIC PRESIDENT, MISUSING THE LEGION OF HONOR AS A PERSONAL POPULARITY PROP - AND EXACTLY WHY THERE IS SO MUCH VIOLENCE NOW IN THE WORLD


COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN


Once again, France’s Hollande demonstrates the pathetic, almost comic, figure he is by awarding France’s highest honor to the American soldiers who stopped a gunman on a train.

The soldiers’ act was unquestionably a brave one, but no braver than a hundred others that must have happened during the year.

Previously Hollande, in an act which resembled parody, awarded the Legion of Honor to four victims of an attack on a Paris grocery store. His response came close to making the award meaningless: find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, get shot by mindless gunmen, and suddenly you are elevated to secular sainthood.

After all, violent acts and murders do happen regularly. I cannot recall another instance in which the corpses of a murderer’s victims were elevated to national heroes. If that were the practice in the United States, with 25,000 murders a year, the factory couldn’t keep up with minting medals.

Of course, in both these instances Hollande is playing up to the ridiculous, deliberately exaggerated fears of terror, relentlessly promoted by the United States, and that is their distinguishing, common feature.

In this last one, the train incident, he also flatters those whom he has served with such cringing, dog-like loyalty, the Americans.

My God, how low France has fallen from the days of de Gaulle.
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Response to a further comment about why there is so much violence:

 A certain percent of all human beings, everywhere and always, is mentally unbalanced, including such conditions as psychopathy. That's just a biological fact, much as saying a certain percent of any population is born blind or lame or with various degenerative diseases.

I suspect the proportion of such people is not wildly different over time, although, of course, the world’s ever-increasing population yields an ever-greater absolute number of mentally ill people.

What has changed in the contemporary world for sure are the unbelievable quantities of deadly weapons available. They are everywhere, in the millions. And why is that the case? Because the United States pushes them (yes, including AK-47s and other weapons not of American origin) out like products from an assembly line to destabilize places in dozens of locations where it is unhappy about either a government’s position on American policy or about a people trying to topple a tyrannical government that America just happens to favor. Examples of the former include Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, and dozens of others, while examples of the latter include Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, or Egypt.

Many of these weapons stay around for a lifetime. The most vivid case of this recently was perhaps in Libya. The CIA and others pumped weapons into the place to destabilize Gadhafi. When he was gone, the CIA was back trying to round up some of the vast quantities left in the chaotic country to ship to the madmen they had set up to topple still another government they dislike, that of Syria. It was in that covert operation that an American ambassador was killed at Benghazi, an example of intelligence blowback and an incident never explained because America didn’t want to advertise the facts behind it.

in the process of so much aggression and destabilization, the press is filled day after day with stories arousing all kinds of powerful emotions in millions of people. Just think of the people of Gaza being slaughtered by hi-tech American weapons supplied to Israel in fleet-loads, or of people of Yemen being slaughtered by the same American weapons supplied to the absolute kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a place where the ISIS scare tactic of public beheading is just the day-in, day-out normal practice of government. Just think of the madman running Turkey who secretly ships the same American weapons to terror groups destroying Syria while offering refuge to the cowardly monsters as may be required.

Just think of the horrors of millions of migrants in the press today - all of them a direct effect of America’s various acts in places from Syria to Libya. Those tidal waves of human suffering are tearing many societies apart as well as individuals.

You cannot expect an international society of laws unless you yourself are willing to respect the rule of law.

Nothing could be clearer than that the United States is not willing to live by the rule of law, although it unfailingly pays lip-service to it. In Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Ukraine, and a dozen other places, America is manufacturing misery and oppression on a gigantic scale. And all of the exaggerated stuff about terror keeps citizens intimidated from raising their voices. And of course some of that “terror” is just the legitimate response of oppressed and frustrated people made to appear mindless by America’s relentless propaganda.




Tuesday, August 18, 2015

STORIES OF JEFF BEZOS, AMAZON, AND OTHER TECH COMPANIES - HUMANS HAD NOT EVOLVED THE LAST TIME I LOOKED - WHY THE NEW YORK TIMES OWING TO ITS OWN BEHAVIOR CAN NEVER IMMEDIATELY BE TAKEN AT FACE VALUE ON ANY STORY


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN


The article's headline and photo suggest it is about Amazon, but it is not. It purports to explain why tech companies' behavior is much like that of older companies, giving a few anecdotes of interest but not much else.

Steve Jobs indeed had a long public record of behaving as a bastard, including in his private life. He once tried to disown in court his illegitimate daughter, trying to pay nothing for her support, then settling on what can only be called a token amount for a man of his then resources. His business practices with employees and customers did not depart from his personal behavior, although he liked to play the smiling guru, a little like the Ghandi parody done by Bill Gates in meetings.

Other companies the author mentions are also known for some unpleasant practices with their customers, most notably Facebook, a ruthless outfit in bed with the CIA from the start. The author left out the most egregious example, Microsoft, surely one of world's most disliked companies and deservedly so.

But I do not believe Jeff Bezos belongs in that crowd. I stand ready to be corrected by facts, but the author of this article provides none.

The article in The New York Times does not convince. Much of the public still seems to believe The New York Times is a voice of authority, but it is not, and it is not owing to its own shoddy practices over the years. It actually has a long record of dishonest journalism, favoritism to friends and associates, and a number of terrible with-hunts.

Its witch-hunts included, for example, investigation of a woman some years ago who said that a Kennedy cousin raped her at a Kennedy beach house. Not only was her testimony believable, but in trying to discredit her, The Times revealed her identity, something against court practice in such cases. It was a shameful example of pandering to a wealthy family with which it had connections. Another case involved the scientist Wen Ho Lee. The Times pursued him with a long series of articles for crimes of which he was never convicted because the FBI did not have evidence.

There have been many such cases in American domestic affairs, but The Times is just as guilty in foreign affairs. Several times it has been caught with CIA agents on the payroll. It has never once failed to beat the drums for war too. And it accepts and justifies every atrocity committed by Israel. It is hardly the voice of dispassionate journalism.

So an article by The Times should serve only as a starting point for an investigation, but the author of The Guardian article has done none.

I think the article he has written has an extremely naïve starting assumption, that tech industry somehow was thought to behave differently as an employer and supplier than traditional industries.

The last time I looked, humans had not shown any recent advance in evolution. We remain relatives of chimpanzees, only with larger brains capable of still more damage than those cute but nasty animals. So why would you be surprised human behavior in a newer industry hasn’t changed? It seems to me it was a false premise from which to start writing.

But even in older industries we do sometimes have enlightened and responsible owners, and until I am convinced otherwise by facts I regard Bezos not as Andrew Carnegie but as a decent and innovative businessman.


JUSTIN TRUDEAU KEEPS MAKING THE KIND OF BLUNDERS WHICH GIVE PEOPLE NO REASON TO VOTE FOR HIM - HIS LATEST ABOUT COALITIONS IS JUST IGNORANT AND STINKS OF HARPER-SPEAK


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I like Justin, but he keeps making serious errors, almost certainly under the advice of advisers he should have dumped.

You cannot be viewed as fresh and promising if you keep say some of the things he says, such as this about coalitions being back-room deals.

First, there was the disastrous press conference with Eve Adams, a genuinely unpleasant person whose past service-station idiocy was in a video online even as Justin spoke with her.

Then, he supported Harper’s ghastly Bill C-51. You don't support stupid and oppressive legislation just to differentiate yourself from the party to your left, but that is what Justin did.  Just dumb.

And now, he describes coalitions as "back room deals."

This last one is just ignorant. Half the parliamentary governments of the world rule by coalitions. The last government of Britain, the government of Germany, the government of Israel - and that's just for starters.

"Back room deals" is a pejorative phrase used to characterize something which is a normal and open in parliamentary democracies.

And that is precisely the kind of misleading expression which might well have been written by a Harper speechwriter.

I truly dislike that kind of language, which is part of the reason I find Stephen Harper so repellent a politician.


Sorry, Justin, but if you keep going down the road you are going down, people simply have no reason to vote for you. It makes you sound ideological, narrow, old-fashioned, and, yes, boring.

A WRITER ARGUES INCORRECTLY ON THE PARALLELS BETWEEN DONALD TRUMP AND RONALD REAGAN


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN OPED NEWS


The basic reasoning here is flawed.

Reagan always had an extremely likable personality which softened things even when he lied, which he not infrequently did.

Trump has no likable personality. He is a rude loud-mouth. The fact that a lot of people ignore this fact is the measure of how desperate Americans are about a political and election establishment which completely fails to deliver anything but two versions of party boilerplate.

But even a pushy, aggressive, and wealthy man like Trump, if he were elected, would soon find how little authority a President can really command.

The last President who challenged the military-intelligence-corporate establishment which actually runs America, John Kennedy, left part of his head scattered in the streets of Dallas.


Nothing has changed. Indeed things only have become worse.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

THE REAL REASON THERE IS SO MUCH NEGATIVE NOISE ABOUT JEREMY CORBYN BECOMING LEADER OF BRITAIN'S LABOUR PARTY - BEING INDEPENDENT-MINDED AND ETHICAL IN TODAY'S WORLD AFFAIRS IS REASON ENOUGH TO BE ATTACKED AND QUITE VICIOUSLY


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No wonder The Guardian keeps running the smarmy words of the world's greatest a$$hole, Tony Blair, against Corbyn. You really are trying to sink his candidacy.

By the way, it really is unfair for newspapers to make political recommendations.

It's not part of legitimate journalism, although I grant it has a long tradition.
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Israel is reported as not happy about the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn.

And it has nothing to do with "anti-Semitism," although without a doubt that now-tired canard will be used, or suggested subtly, yet again.

It has really to do with Corbyn’s independence of mind. And I would suggest The Guardian shares this view.

Right now, much of Europe marches in lockstep with America, and America's foreign policy allows for almost no independence of mind, especially when places like the Mideast are involved.

America's campaign contribution system - a disgrace which has close to eliminated effective democracy in the country - is at the root of the problem.

The American Lobby for Israel – not a figment of anyone’s fetid imagination but a hard reality documented by scholarly work - is the most well-organized and financed in the country, and Congressmen and Senators listen when it speaks.

Not only are substantial contributions at risk in opposing them, but there is always the threat of the major news sources going negative on such opponents in their local constituencies. Owing to unlimited corporate mergers, now only a half dozen mega-corporations control most of what Americans read and see on television. They are all friends of Israel if you judge by their words. The situation is very much like the Rupert Murdoch situation in Britain, only more so.

That is why freshmen Congressmen all dutifully attend the free trips for "information" Israel provides after every election. Declining to go is risky indeed, for you will be marked down as “not being a friend of Israel.”

That is why the American Congress today listens to the raging nonsense of Netanyahu's violent government against their own elected President over an important international agreement. It is a scandal almost beyond describing for the government of the world’s greatest power to behave in this way.

And that is why Jeremy Corbyn can expect some rough treatment ahead. There is no allowance for independence of mind or, for that matter, ethical standards.

Tony Blair, as most readers know, has zero independence of mind, and he appears to have been born and educated without any ethical compass. He’s proved that scores of times. And being so had its rewards: amongst other prizes that tumbled into his lap after he helped kill a million Iraqis was the Israel Peace Prize, a one million dollar thank you for a job well done.


THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT - THE EXAMPLE OF A GOOD POLITICIAN SUPPORTING IT YET NEEDING TO CRAWL AROUND A BIT IN SAYING SO - WHY IRAN CAN BE TRUSTED - AND THE PEOPLE SAYING THEY CAN'T BE TRUSTED ARE THE VERY ONES TO REGARD WITH EXTREME CAUTION



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This article by Kelly McParland is rubbish propaganda.

Bob Rae introduces his statement about why he supports the Iran agreement with words "conceding that Iran is a repressive regime that can’t be trusted, hates Jews, represents a threat to the very existence of Israel, encourages terrorism, destabilizes the region...."

That is not so much a statement of conviction, I believe, as it is what it is absolutely necessary to say if you don't want to be pilloried in the press and by many politicians for a view on an important issue which happens to be at odds with the one prevailing in Israel.

His “necessary” statement contains almost nothing but echoes of myths and propaganda repeated a thousand times in our corporate, and very biased, press.

Iran can't be trusted? Where's one scrap of evidence for that? So far as I am aware they keep all their agreements and obligations.

Iran hates Jews? There is nothing to support that. Tens of thousands of Jews live good lives in Iran. I guarantee that the Jews of Iran live far, far better lives than do the occupied Palestinians.

Iran encourages terrorism? I'm not aware of any such events. Iran lives at peace with its neighbors and has not started a single war in its modern history. Yes, it supports allies in the region, as do the United States and Israel, but I can’t accept they qualify as terrorists in quite the same fashion as America’s thuggish recruits now working to destroy Syria.

Contrast that with Israel whose brief modern history is one of continuous attacks on every neighbor it has, many more than once.

Indeed, the Six Day War was deliberately started by Israel to seize lands it still holds half a century later against the will of all those living on them.

It seized part of Lebanon too and occupied it for many years, until Hezbollah drove them out, Hezbollah receiving Iran’s assistance. But that was not terror, it was self-defence by any reasonable reckoning. Hezbollah, in contrast to Israel, never invaded and occupied any part of Israel.

If you want an example of genuine terror, look to the two recent invasions of that refugee camp called Gaza in which about a thousand children were killed, apart from thousands of adults. And look to an endless blockade of the same unfortunate people, a blockade which in its earlier days, before international intervention, actually included a calorie count for allowed imports just sufficient to keep the population alive. Even Gaza’s humble fishermen can only go a short distance into the sea before being shot at.

How about the Israeli bombings of Southern Lebanon in which a million horrible cluster bomblets were dropped where farmers and children could step on them?

Iran is a theocratic state, but it is not quite the miserable place so often glibly described in our corporate press. You may easily finds sites with lots of photos of these lovely people smiling huge smiles and doing a great variety of things you might expect to see in a free society.

Meanwhile Israel has not an imaginary but a genuine nuclear arsenal, something about which it daily lies. It is not a member of the nuclear proliferation treaty, as Iran is, and it allows no inspections around Dimona. And, speaking of proliferation, it is an historical fact that Israel conspired with apartheid South Africa to assist them in gaining nuclear weapons.


We are far, far freer of danger originating from Iran than we are from Israel.

THE TRUTH EMERGING FROM MIKE DUFFY'S TRIAL - THE STUNNING TRUTH ABOUT CORRUPTION AND COMPETENCE IN STEPHEN HARPER'S OFFICE - AND WORST OF ALL SHEER COWARDICE


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And in a very real sense, Mr. Duffy's lawyer is right.

All writers on this affair seem to forget Mr. Duffy had been on what can only be termed an extended Stephen Harper Conservative campaign tour.

That was literally his assignment from the PMO.

It was Harper & Co's decision - why, I can't imagine - not to directly pay Duffy's costs and conveniences for traveling around and speaking and glad-handing.

It was Harper & Co telling Duffy to bill the costs through Senate expenses.

That was completely wrong by any standard of business and government ethics.

Duffy gets no praise for his behavior, but he was serving the PMO directly and following what he had been told to do, full stop.

Then the PMO went into a panic because of an audit - simply put, their role in corrupt Senate practices would be documented.

So they also sought to go-around a proper audit.

And there was their loyal servant, Mr Duffy, perfectly reasonably saying he needed to be compensated for what he did for them and the party.

And they saw that he was, through a still more corrupt practice.

It is a shameful story from beginning to end.

A story of corrupt practices and true incompetence at the top.

And in the end it is a story of cowardice: Harper and Wright behaved, and behave to this day, as cowards trying avoid all responsibility for what they did and to pin it all on Mike Duffy.


It is the sheer cowardice perhaps that is most repellent.

A RIDICULOUS COLUMN TRYING TO EXCUSE NIGEL WRIGHT'S INEXCUSABLE BEHAVIOR BY CITING HIS REVULSION FOR "PORKERY"



COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE NATIONAL POST


Oh, please.

Nigel Wright’s “revulsion at porkery”? It's just one ridiculous fantasy notion after another in the National Post.

Men at Nigel Wright's level do not deal in fantasies and sentiment.

They deal in realpolitik or they wouldn't keep their posts.

The realpolitik here is simple enough for anyone to understand: Wright paid $90,000 to shut someone up who had damaging information, and that someone happened to be a Senator who happened to be appointed by Stephen Harper, and Wright's act is a crime, full stop.

And no one on this planet, knowing what a ferociously controlling person Stephen Harper is, can ever believe that he was not informed and had not approved beforehand. Saying anything else is perjury.


Harper is a man with a ferocious temper in private - he is known to have thrown a chair in one meeting - and no one would dare do what Wright claims he did.

"THE DEVIL YOU KNOW" AS A PATHETIC REASON FOR CASTING A BALLOT - A PHILOSOPHY NOT UNRELATED TO THAT OF THE LUDDITES



COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE NATIONAL POST


John Pepall offers a feeble argument for electing a national leader, very feeble indeed.

"The devil you know"?

While I readily grant the application of “devil” to Stephen Harper, I cannot accept such complete lack of reasoning.

Does the author follow this philosophy in other things?

Does he return to restaurant that gave him a miserable meal and poor service, rather than go to a new one?

Does he buy another book by an author so boring he couldn't finish the first one, rather than try a new author?

This philosophy is actually a somewhat disguised form of what the Luddites asserted.

We'd have no progress in anything if we embraced that philosophy.

The nature of our world today is one of constant change in almost everything, and that rate of change is only going to keep accelerating because it is driven by ever-changing technology.

It was an earlier stage of the same changing technology that the Luddites so feared and disliked and to which they reacted like thugs.



Tuesday, August 11, 2015

DUTCH INVESTIGATORS PUBLISH VAGUE INFORMATION ON MISSILE PARTS - THIS IS UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND THE LATEST IN UNHELPFUL FOOT-DRAGGING - SOME HARD OBSERVATIONS ABOUT MH-17 BEING SHOT-DOWN


COMMENT POSTED TO ARTICLES IN BOTH THE GUARDIAN AND RUSSIA TODAY


The fact is that most of the solid information we have and many suggestive bits point directly to Ukraine as responsible for downing the airliner. We do know to a certainty that some very important evidence has been suppressed.

Clearly, we all knew from day one that some form of anti-aircraft missile was used, so this discovery, vaguely described in the press, is not much of a discovery.

We need to know which kind of missile was used and from which source it came. The Russians have some pretty good leads suggesting a Ukrainian fighter was near the airliner. They also have the statement of a ground serviceman that a fighter took off loaded with air-to-air missiles – not an everyday event – and returned without them. We even have the name and a photo of the pilot said to be involved.

The Russian BUK ground-to-air missile system, an older version of it, was in the hands of the Ukrainian armed forces, and the design is significantly different to the design of the current BUK system.

But there are many good reasons to believe it was not this kind of missile that was used. There is a very revealing photograph of the pilot’s seat, only the metal frame left, on the ground after the crash. That photo clearly shows a couple of almost precisely round holes in the metal, not the kind that can be made by an exploding missile warhead, but the kind made from the standard cannon on a fighter jet. Importantly, the holes were roughly perpendicular to the seat’s side frame.

Of course, there are also many pictures of missile fragment rips in the plane’s body, so the strong hypothesis emerges of a fighter attack, using both canon and air-to-air missiles. By the way, the Dutch kept the Malaysian pilot’s body an unnecessarily long time, and when it was released to his family for burial, the widow was ordered by Malaysian authorities not to open the coffin. Why? Was the body full of bullet holes?

The Dutch investigators are lax beyond description. There are dozens of pieces from the crash still on the ground today, some being found quite regularly by locals. Yet the Dutch have shown virtually no interest in them when informed of them. Why, you have to ask?

The original site clean-up was positively careless, absolutely nothing like what we’ve come to expect in such investigations. Remember the infinitely patient search for the tiniest bits in Scotland? Remember the recent crash in the French Alps with stuff littered for a huge area, and it was patiently picked up.

The Dutch methods of operation suggest to me perhaps they already knew what happened and knew they had little to investigate. Indeed, this announcement of vague missile parts is highly unprofessional. Are such matters to be settled in the press? A trip to Russia’s manufacturer of BUK systems, a company which indicated its readiness to help, is what was called for. At least one of the things because a visit to Ukraine’s air force is also required and examination of pilot logs and armaments records, but, no, we have none of these.

But the Dutch sure have used an extraordinary amount of time so far, announcing virtually nothing of consequence yet. In such matters typically, especially where the black boxes have been found, it is a matter of a few weeks to come to a conclusion. At most, a few months. Why not in this case which actually seems fairly straightforward?

I am sure the Dutch are deliberately delaying, and they are doing so under the hot breath of the United States which has a lot it is hiding here. The United States is hoping that if enough time passes, people will forget their interest.

The United States has never produced its radar data for the area, radar data which must certainly exist in a region of such intense strategic interest to America. After all, here they are accusing the Russians of aggression and they do not even keep watch on them? Impossible.

Also, the United States has never produced any data from its Keyhole spy satellites, each of which has many sophisticated imaging capabilities, including cameras not unlike the Hubble Space Telescope. We know to a certainty that one of these was overhead at the time since the Russians naturally enough track them all and they have said that was the case.

Finally, Ukraine itself has made public none of its data from its own radars, and the same with recordings of conversations of aircraft control.


Monday, August 10, 2015

THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT ISIS - THE NEW FACE OF EVIL IS NO LONGER MERELY BANAL - THE DELIBERATE CREATION OF A TIDAL WAVE OF REFUGEES



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An organization, such as ISIS, can only rise out of nothing and literally change a region with a great deal of help.

It cannot be otherwise.

ISIS has been assisted, supplied, and, in some cases, trained by Western interests. We have had countless little revelations of these activities, although we never read about them in the corporate press.

ISIS was even supplied some while back by some of these interests with terrible things like small amounts of nerve gas to use on people so that the United States could blame Syrian forces. Acts just do not come any more cynical and evil than that.

ISIS serves the interest of assisting to bring down a legitimate state, Syria, a state, by the way, which attacks no one and which has never threatened legitimate American interests. They already served to eliminate a leader in Iraq, sending him running off in fear, whom the United States and Israel greatly disliked.

ISIS also serves to solidify the planned smashing of Iraq into mini-states. This was particularly clear in the case of the Kurds, who received great assistance in fighting ISIS, effectively defending their own part of the (former) country against those who now run other parts.

The public does not recognize what is happening because news coverage in our major corporate press is selective and always supports government policy, even black operations policy.

If the United States were serious about fighting ISIS, they could eliminate them in very short order, but they are not serious. They display only token efforts, and increasingly, the reality of these efforts is the destruction of Syrian lives and property – in effect, acting as air support for the terrorists.

Also, the United States appears gradually to be working its way towards direct intervention against the Syrian government, blubbering all along the way about the horrors of ISIS.

When ISIS has served its filthy purpose, maybe it will be seriously attacked. Who knows? But, for now, America’s attacks on ISIS are little more than show and perhaps curbing those who’ve exceeded their brief. After all, these terrorist groups – and there are several doing lots of killing in Syria - do contain some genuinely horrible people, even if they were assembled and assisted through American efforts. The American attacks really assist the terrorists in Syria by attacking Syrian infrastructure.

Turkey, with the blessings of the United States and Saudi Arabia, has given them shelter and border access to Syria, as well as arms shipments. Israel too is involved in surreptitious support, including hospital treatment for wounded fighters in the North and secret arms exports, as is the absolute monarchy of Qatar. And now that proud and fearless defender of American values, David Cameron, has joined the fray in the name of “fighting terror.” My, what a brave fellow he is.

The actual terror that is going on is the destruction of legitimate state, a beautiful and historic land. It is being carved into smaller entities, just as Iraq has been. This comes at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives and the creation of millions of refugees, but the states secretly working on this dirty project only cry crocodile tears over all the deliberately-induced horror.

It’s just one part of a savage scheme to “give birth to a new Middle East,” as former Secretary of State Condi Rice expressed it. So far we have seen a million die in Iraq, aerial bombardment of Yemen, Libya torn apart and reduced to chaos, and Egypt’s fledgling democracy destroyed with a return of dictatorship.

Now, all of this destruction does make people like Mr. Netanyahu very happy, but for countless millions, and for a generation to come, human misery is the chief product of the effort.

Of course, it is this very scheme producing the flood of refugees to Europe, refugees the United States refuses even to help and David Cameron treats as rabble and scum.

The whole business is a psychopathic politician’s dream: inflict all the killing and destruction you wish while condemning the hired help and posing as someone horrified at what they have done. Compared to this, the stunts of Hitler’s Germany to cover its bloody trail - as when it dressed prisoners in Polish uniforms and shot them at the border, claiming they were Polish soldiers attacking Germany – seem amateurish.

The face of evil is no longer merely banal, it is slick and sophisticated and leering at all we hold as values.



STEPHEN HARPER PROPOSES CRIMINALIZING THE TRAVEL OF SOME CANADIANS - A POINTLESS BIT OF REPRESSION IN KEEPING WITH HIS TEMPERAMENT AND HIS PANDERING FOR POLITICAL FUNDS



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The proposed measure to criminalize some travel by Canadians is totally in keeping with Stephen Harper's ferociously controlling, anti-democratic temperament.

It reminds me a great deal of repressive American measures during the Cold War, a time of genuine craziness and dark extremes.

Canada is not that kind of society. In a free society, and people travel where they wish.

Moreover, if you are the kind of person who wants such Stasi-like restrictions, then you should insist they be applied in all cases.

Without question, young Canadians who go to the United States or to Israel to join the armed forces are involved with the two greatest sources of official state terror on earth, at least as measured by the sheer number of people those countries kill, suppress, and abuse.

It is an easily-confirmed fact that no publicized terrorist organization on earth has a record of killing remotely similar to that of these two states over recent decades.

Yet, somehow, I can guarantee Harper’s law would not include those two jurisdictions.


It will include only those places deemed suitable by Stephen Harper, in consultation, of course, with his heavyweight political contributors for whom he works so hard to please with custom-made national policy.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

ARTICLE ABOUT "FOREVER CAMPAIGNS" RAISES THE ISSUE OF AMERICAN PLUTOCRACY REPLACING CANADA'S DEMOCRACY - AND ONLY STEPHEN HARPER IS RESPONSIBLE


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE NATIONAL POST


The article is technically well done, but it seems to me there is such an important set of facts understated in, or missing from, the article that, taken as a whole, it becomes inaccurate and misleading.

I might call it polished propaganda.

There is only one source for the election phenomenon we see now in Canada, and that source is Stephen Harper. It has little to do with "competition run amok."

Harper is on record for admiring the American system, a system which is so dominated by big money that many astute and knowledgeable observers have said America is no longer a democracy but a plutocratic oligarchy.

Harper is also on record as hating many of Canada’s traditions in politics. His past assertions are so unpleasant and “Canadian self-hating” one wonders why he did not long ago seek a career in the United States. His total set of views and attitudes would have done him well in a place like Texas. They are in perfect keeping with politicians of the quality of Dick Armey or Phil Gramm or Tom Delay.

His major obsession in his entire political career has been to destroy the Liberal Party, the institution he holds largely responsible for the Canada he dislikes so intensely.

His basic method has been simple. Remove as much government funding as possible. Remove as much quasi-judicial oversight and rules as possible. Bend national policy in the direction big contributors want to see. Collect as much money from these special interests as possible. Lengthen the election period so that you can spend more than ever under laws you yourself have created.

Added to those structural changes are changes in practice completely learned from America’s example. Throw lots of dirt through advertising, knowing that if you throw enough, some will stick. Use third-party organizations to fund these whenever possible. Avoid direct contacts with press and interviewers as much as possible, and never answer a question in an honest and straightforward way. Use any costly frat-boy trick – such as robo-calls to misdirect voters - which might make gains for you in a swing area. Afterward, sandbag government officials investigating such matters. These approaches take full advantage of having a treasure chest full of private funds with which to play.


It is a formula guaranteed over time to badly damage Canadian democracy, and it is a formula favored by no other party.

WRECKAGE FROM MALAYSIAN FLIGHT MH-370 MISSING IN INDIAN OCEAN FOUND WASHING UP ON FRENCH ISLAND OF REUNION


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN


I'm just waiting for the first piece of wreckage showing missile warhead fragments and holes.

It is a virtual certainty that the United States shot down this plane, either deliberately or accidentally, a matter perhaps related to its top secret base at Diego Garcia.

America has the world's best radars and spy satellites, yet has never released a scrap of data in this matter.

But unfortunately, the wreckage pieces are going into French hands, and France these days is almost as much an American lapdog under Hollande as Britain was and is under Tony and David.


The Dutch, also under American pressure, are holding the evidence on the crash of Flight MH-17 in Ukraine against all traditional practices, and that can only be because it demonstrates Ukraine shot it down by accident and the United States does not want its coup-created government destabilized. Such an investigation takes only a few weeks with the evidence they have. And, here again, the US has withheld all data from spy satellites and radars.

A BRITISH WRITER ASKS WHY NOT A LABOUR PARTY LED BY JEREMY CORBYN?


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN


Why not indeed?

Jeremy Corbyn says something intelligent almost every time he opens his mouth.

That fact alone - quite apart from whether you agree with him each time - puts him head and shoulders above the mealy-mouthed David Cameron.

There are aspects of Corbyn that remind me of the giants of Europe a couple of generations ago.


Today the political landscape of Europe is littered with sad mediocrities like Cameron and Hollande.

Monday, July 27, 2015

A GROTESQUE PIECE OF PROPAGANDA - COMPARING TRUMP'S PRINCELY LIFE DURING VIETNAM WAR TO JOHN MCCAIN'S BROKEN BONES - TRUE POLITICAL TRASH




COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE NATIONAL POST


This piece is uninformed trash. It tries to make a contrast in lives and character that simply does not exist.

The shabby stuff about Trump’s sexual voyeurism, juxtaposed to McCain’s broken bones in Vietnam, is grotesquely distorted. McCain’s record of sexual behavior is no more elevated than what the author asserts about Trump, and Mccain’s record as a soldier merits no praise.

McCain, when married or single, has a long reputation as a skirt-chasing reprobate. He is also an ugly bully who has always thrown around the weight of his family connections. McCain was a bully in school as a boy. He was a bully in the military. And is a bully as a senator.

The boyish smile, a gift of genes and having nothing to do with his actual character, easily deceives people.

His service in the military was in not one detail heroic. Having a father and grandfather who were senior admirals, this spoiled brat came under tremendous pressure to follow in their military footsteps even though he had neither their brains nor skills nor attitude.

He joined, making a muck of it all the way along including plenty of bullying and crashing five airplanes, but the pilot image also came with the traditional romantic image for women and earned him a good many opportunities for wild fun.

The simple fact is that neither of these men is in any way admirable, both being spoiled brats with lots of money and almost no ethics. They both have horrible, temperaments with ferociously maniacal anger, hardly suited to making calm decisions let alone having a finger on ‘the button.’

Trump is amusing right now because he saying things people instinctively know as true and are not used to hearing from public figures, something true of no other candidate. All of the candidates typically mouth slightly varied versions of the same official boilerplate rhetoric. Politics in America is no fun at all, so a tiny break is amusing.

But that doesn't mean he in any way merits being president. He would make a terrible president, resembling in many ways the recent loud-mouthed horror of Mayor Ford in Toronto, someone ordinary people voted for thinking he was one of them and also knowing they were tired of trite, thoughtless stuff delivered by the likes of Mayor David Miller. Neither Ford nor Miller were good mayors in reality.

And neither Trump nor McCain would be even half-adequate presidents.

If you want to know more about McCain’s background, see:

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/?s=John+McCain&searchsubmit=Find+%C2%BB

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2009/06/07/political-bits-and-pieces/


TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS - FUN TO WATCH - JEB BUSH AS EXCITING AS WARM OVALTINE




COMMENT POSTED TO THE GUARDIAN


Ya just gotta love Trump tossing hand grenades into the Republican headquarters.

The great irony is that it takes a nasty piece of work like Trump to speak truth to the other nasty pieces of work making up the party.

It all resembles a loony billionaire wearing a suicide vest to a high-end cocktail party.

Of course he leads Jeb Bush, a man who has all the appeal of a large glass of warm Ovaltine.

QUOTING TONY BLAIR ON LABOUR PARTY'S LEADERSHIP CONTEST - BLAIR'S CHARACTER - THE DEVIL'S BLOODIEST WORK - ALMOST CERTAIN PSYCHOPATHY




COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN


Well, when you interview someone who has done the Devil's bloodiest work, you surely cannot expect to get views that are generous or thoughtful or even worthwhile.

Featuring Tony Blair's opinions, as the Guardian did, truly is not far from featuring the views of a Grand Inquisitor holding a record of thousands of public executions to his credit.

Blair is quite simply a man who never did anything of significance good for anyone beyond his own career and is very likely, in a psychological test, to reveal serious traits of psychopathy, especially the Narcissism.

COMMENT ON A REPORT ABOUT THE CURRENT MISERABLE STATE OF GAZA - ISRAEL'S SAVAGERY IS GENERALLY IGNORED AND CANNOT BE EXCUSED BY WHAT HAPPENED IN A DIFFERENT PLACE AND TIME



COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN (AND PROMPTLY REMOVED)


It is a shame upon Europe and the United States that this savagery is allowed to continue.

What one group of fanatics in a different country in a different continent did to Jews three-quarters of a century ago cannot possibly excuse this ghastly behavior towards these people today.

Yet America and Europe behave as though it does.

Any government behaving in this fashion towards people who literally are their prisoners not only deserves severe condemnation but should be severely pressured to stop.

But, no, perhaps the worst human rights abuse on a per-capita basis by any government on the planet today is quietly allowed to continue with no real consequences.

And for the most part the mainstream press, serving the interests of indifferent governments, helps to keep it out of public awareness.

And the country carrying out these many barbarous acts is treated as though it were a worthy member of Western society.

It is not, full stop. Iran has a better human rights record, if truth be told.

IRAN ASSERTING ITSELF IN THE MIDDLE EAST - A WAY OF SAYING SOMETHING NEGATIVE ABOUT SOMETHING NORMAL



COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN


I think the headline is worded badly.

Iran has no need to "assert” its right to play a role in the Middle East. This is its neighborhood.

Iran has a role just naturally owing to its great size - more population than France or Britain - and to the fact it has many cultural and historic connections throughout the region.

Israel, for example, is a newcomer and its main population consists largely of Americans and Europeans. Many of its traditions and symbols and its culture are imports into the region from just decades ago.

Persia has an immense history, and it is even likely the place of origin for the biblical Hebrews - not the Ashkenazim who immigrated to modern Israel and almost certainly have no relationship other than religion with the ancient Hebrews.

America's deliberate destruction of Iraq - done largely for the geo-political benefit of Israel - has only opened up new opportunities for Iranian influence too. That invasion will surely prove to have been a vast mistake in the long run, and I don't mean just because of Iran's new opportunities.

But people addicted to war and using force in their affairs – America and Israel, modern Iran never having attacked anyone – just do not understand that they cannot remold societies with bombs.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

DONALD TRUMP ON JOHN MCCAIN - THE ONE TIME TRUMP ACTUALLY SAID SOMETHING TRUE - BUT THERE IS MORE: A BRIEF REVIEW OF MCCAIN'S SHABBY CHARACTER


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE NATIONAL POST


 Actually, this is one of the few times I find myself in at least some agreement with Trump.

Indeed, I'd go farther and say McCain never remotely qualified as a hero. By the time the Vietnam War was over, Americans were desperate for some kind of meaning in all those ghastly years of killing and destruction and defeat, so they fixed on the released POWs from Vietnam who received inordinate and undeserved attention.

When McCain was shot down, he had been bombing civilians around Hanoi. Heroes do not bomb civilians, unless the word hero has a new meaning I don't understand.

After he was shot down, a Vietnamese man saved his life because he landed in water. That decent, poor man never received any serious thanks from creepy McCain.

McCain made a big deal about his treatment in prison, but other American prisoners have said he received special treatment. After all, his father and grandfather were admirals, and the Vietnamese absolutely knew this.

All McCain's early years, whether in school or the military, were spent acting out the role of loud-mouthed bully, counting on his father's exalted position to intimidate people. He was a nasty piece of work and still is.

When he returned home, McCain discovered his wife had been in a serious car accident, and she was badly disfigured. He promptly divorced her and eventually married Cindy, an extremely wealthy woman whose chief hobby was making first-class shopping flights to New York. Again, his behavior was hardly the stuff of which heroes are made.

Later, Cindy developed a taste for hard drugs and was caught stealing from the organization for which she did some volunteer work.

Senator McCain disgracefully used his influence to get her off with virtually no consequences. I've never heard McCain speak up for the thousands of American blacks who've done hard prison time for being caught with the same drugs Cindy used. Again, hardly the class of heroes.


There is more, but McCain is just one of those charmed rich boys - not unlike Georgy Bush - who've gotten away with murder over and over and still manages to hang on to some public admiration.

YOUNG GIRL IN GERMANY FIRST REFUSED REFUGEE STATUS NOW RECEIVES IT - WHAT RARELY-DISCUSSED FACT IS BEHIND THE IMMENSE FLOOD OF REFUGEES TODAY? AMERICA'S SHAME



POSTED TO A STORY IN THE GUARDIAN


This was a disheartening story about a girl refused refugee status in Germany, and I am glad for one good outcome even if her changed status is just public relations to overcome bad press.

But what really is lurking behind all the stories today of millions of refugees?

The answer is pretty simple although almost never touched by our press: countless millions have been displaced during America's unprecedented rampage through the Middle East, destroying countries and people. Iraq, Syria, and Libya plus bombing in Yemen and revolution in Egypt. 

And does America do anything to take the unfortunate refugees it has created?

No, as is the case for David Cameron's nasty-spirited Britain and Stephen Harper's selfish Canada, not to mention the Australia of atrocious Tony Abbott.


Ms. Merkel's Germany, a pretty densely populated country, has taken hundreds of thousands of refugees, even though Germany is not part of the ignorant American-led terror creating them all.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ANALYSIS OF AN ARTICLE ASSERTING THAT PRESSURE ON ISRAEL DOES NOT HELP BECAUSE ISRAELIS WANT PEACE TOO



COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN


Well, there is peace, and there is peace.

What most of the earth's people instinctively understand as peace is not what most Israelis want, I am convinced, and I am convinced solely by the realities I see, not by beliefs or faith or any other quasi-religious stuff.

They want, as best we can judge, by a long series of leaders and the general behavior of its people, peace on their own terms, and that is not what peace ever really is. Unconditional surrender is not peace.

By "their terms" I mean they want much of the remaining territory they have illegally occupied for half a century, but they want it without the people who live there. Nothing else explains Israel’s history. Where are those people to go? Anywhere, who cares, everything from the Sinai to Jordan having been advocated.

Israel’s vision of Palestine is a kind of amorphous thing floating out there somewhere in space, a place with almost no rights or initiatives, a place that serves as a vast encampment for a reserve pool of manual labor, pretty much the way they have kept things for half a century.

I don't see how it can be otherwise, judging by actual behavior and leaders’ words.

It is either less than honest or rather foolish to say that pressure doesn't help in terrible situations like this. Is the author blind to history?

How was apartheid ended in South Africa? Relentless pressure.

How was the Jim Crow South in the United States brought around? Relentless pressure.

Israel itself is a great believer in pressure and sanctions as we can see from countless examples, the savage situation in Gaza being the most extreme, but this belief extends only so far as the things Israel wants, not to what others want or are entitled. Relentless pressure for whatever it wants, including the America’s invasion of Iraq, the invasion by a proxy army of Syria, the invasion of Lebanon, regime change in Egypt, and serious threats of attacking Iran, a totally peaceful country. Israel is also in bed with such absolute regimes as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Generalissimo-run Egypt, and others. Thus while it goes on in speeches about democracy, its best friends and workmates in the region are tyrants.

The author only offers one more instance of tiresome special pleading for Israel, as though it were somehow exempt from all the normal expectations and behaviors of human society.

Sadly, being exempt pretty much summarizes Israel’s entire brief history: constantly making demands and threats, unleashing extreme violence periodically, treating millions as rather less than human, a long series of black operations and assassinations, and just relentless pressure on everyone, including its chief benefactor, the United States.

But Israel is not exempt. If you want the rule of law, you must yourself abide by the law, the law being our only protection in the long-run against the baser instincts of humanity. If we want Israel to join the ranks of normal countries - instead of continuing as a rather brutal occupying power which stunts and abuses the lives of millions while periodically stealing their property, always mouthing empty platitudes about democracy and human rights - only pressure will achieve it.

The author’s argument is really for the status quo with words dolled up in attractive window dressing.
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A comment about Palestinians wanting only to destroy Israel:

Thanks for repeating the official boiler-plate.

We've likely heard that a thousand times in the last half century, and it is no truer now than it was at the beginning.

Now, if you really believe what you say, it follows logically that you might begin to ask, well, if that's the case, was putting Israel where it is a great mistake?

Is Israel's entire future to be nothing but a heavily armed garrison state? And who will want to live there in future? And is it even sustainable?


No matter what slogans you repeat over and over, in the end peace is the only meaningful choice.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

OBSERVATIONS ON THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT - FINALLY A REAL ACHIEVEMENT FOR OBAMA - IRAN AND HUMAN RIGHTS



COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN


The nuclear agreement with Iran is Obama's first serious achievement as President.

Everybody, except the madman running Israel, knows that it is important.

Virtually all intelligence services have agreed that Iran is not pursuing atomic weapons anyway, yet they had to be seriously punished with sanctions to please Israel and its lobby.

Of course, the question which always goes unasked and unanswered in the press is why Israel is free to sit on an atomic arsenal?

The real threat ahead is Netanyahu trying to do something really stupid to destroy the agreement.
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To a comment about Iran should be required now to work hard now on human rights:

Sorry, what's your point?

Look at the photos readily available on the Internet, and you will see a lot of happy, beautiful people in Iran.

No, they don't have every ideal of freedom, but what country does?

The United States is today one of the world's more repressive and unjust states, and the same certainly goes for its nasty little colony in the Mideast which holds half the people under its rule against their will.


We never, however, get a word about that in the mainstream press, only more cliches like yours about Iran.

COMMENTS TO AN ARTICLE ASKING WHETHER DONALD TRUMP WOULD BE A GOOD PRESIDENT




COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER


Not much to a reader’s observation about Putin and Trump being similar.

In fact, they are almost opposites in many ways.

Putin is soft-spoken, strategic in his thinking, and cunning.

Trump resembles nothing so much as a perpetual drunk shooting his mouth off at whatever crosses his path.

Trump is a walking emotional explosion.
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In response to a reader who thinks big businessmen make good leaders:

Big businessmen and generals virtually always make poor presidents.

They are used to barking out orders, but that does not work in the real political world.

Clever persuasion is what's needed, a quality Trump lacks utterly.
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To a reader who thinks I don’t realize the importance of the economy in the election:

Oh, I do think I ``realize.``

After all, I am a retired chief economist for a large Canadian company.

Anyone who understands classical economics knows that a government leader has very little to do with the performance of the real economy.

They do like to pose and strut around and take credit for what goes right, but it is mostly empty-headed nonsense.

The one way government can assist an economy is doing its basic job of providing essential infrastructure, avoiding wasteful spending like stupid wars, and seeing that the children receive good education. The United States has failed in every one of these essentials for decades, Republicans or Democrats making no difference.

You also fail to really comprehend Clinton`s election slogan. He was reminding himself of the importance of speaking on the campaign trail about what is important to ordinary people. In American politics, speaking about a subject is almost never the same thing as actually doing something about it if elected.

That was certainly true of Clinton, a pretty classless president who had not one admirable achievement.

As for Trump, he is a big-mouthed fraud, a confidence man, not an expert on economics, full stop.



IS NOW A GOOD TIME TO NUKE RUSSIA? IDIOT COMMENTS FROM AN AMERICAN ON THE MATTER - EXPLANATION OF AMERICA'S CHANGING ATTITUDES - ISRAEL TOO - DANGEROUS TIMES AHEAD




COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER


The quote from Ezra Kaplan reflects a kind of loose-lipped non-think now common in the United States, almost making a joke of mass-murder.

There was a time when most Americans regarded nuclear war as unthinkable.

But the public culture does seem to have changed, and I believe there are two key influences at work in changing it, and they are to a considerable extent interrelated.

First, is a growing sense of the relative decline of America is world affairs. This is something it is not easy for the average American to accept, raised as they were in the faith that America was king of all that it surveyed.

Yes, it has fearsome forces all over the world still, but, day by day, more countries reach a level where they can challenge America's bullying, and this is a phenomenon that will only continue as countries like the BRICS start reaching their full potential.

A world with a state behaving as an international bully is even more dangerous than an individual state run by a tyrant. A multi-polar world is the only structure to safeguard the future until the likely remote time that forms of proper international law and governance can evolve.

I think there is also a perception in America's establishment that it only has a limited time to use its current strength to re-inforce its geo-political domination before the relative decline becomes more apparent.

Thus, we have events like the coup in Ukraine and the reckless advance of NATO forces in Eastern Europe as well as America's dangerous moves in the South China Sea. America’s new military doctrine, sanctifying its right to invade any country but an ally, is the ultimate official document supporting the establishment’s fears. It is, in effect, a startling rejection of the Nuremberg Trials and of international laws and accords.

Second is the genuinely pernicious influence of Israel's government on public opinion in the US. Does a day pass that Netanyahu does not threaten someone, rage about something, demand something, or actually attack someone, generally killing many civilians, all the while claiming he stands for human values and democracy?

His outrages are not criticised from the US and its sadly obsequious partner, the EU, so that over time people begin to think of such behavior as in some way normal.

The two causes are related in that Israel has a special purpose in American geo-political thinking and enjoys an almost untouchable position in the US press, almost no matter how savagely it acts: Israel serves as an American quasi-colony in the Middle East.

That relationship too faces serious problems in the future with the relative decline of America and the general failure of Israel to become a self-sustaining entity. Israel is simply the most subsidized place on the planet and maintains a military-intelligence structure that is tremendously costly and out of all proportion to its economy, and that is not something which can go on indefinitely.

Israel, too, is keen to secure its dominance before it faces serious readjustments in its arrangements. This propels it do very dangerous acts with little regard for its neighbors.

So I do think there are very dangerous times ahead, perhaps the next couple of decades, and it is a good thing Russia has seriously re-invigorated its deterrent. It is important to the entire world that America's growing paranoia and uncertainty do not tempt to act as Israel does in its sphere.


ISRAEL ATTACKING THE USS LIBERTY IN THE SIX DAY WAR AND THE POSSIBLE SECRET ROLE OF LYNDON JOHNSON




COMMENT ON AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN


There is no question that Israel committed this crime.

The real question is why Lyndon Johnson tolerated its lies. He was not a patient man and certainly not a forgiving one.

I think it quite possible Johnson secretly cooperated with the Israelis on the attack and wanted that fact covered up. Perhaps he hoped to use it as an excuse to attack Russians?

Johnson was a vicious, murderous man, quite capable of anything.


Just as are the Israelis.

THE KLU KLUX KLAN - NASTY AND RIDICULOUS BUT NOT EVEN A REMOTE DANGER COMPARED TO SO MANY EVENTS IN OUR WORLD - TALKING ABOUT IT MIGHT BE UNDERSTOOD AS A DIVERSION FROM REAL HORRORS



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While the Klu Klux Klan is a nasty and rather ridiculous organization, as a source of evil in today's world it is minuscule, almost non-existent.

They were once a true national organization in America, as was the NAZI-like Bund organization, but today they are few in few places and virtually unseen.

It seems to me almost a distraction from our many far more terrible events in the world to spend time on what today is a kind of goofy club for people with various degrees of mental problems.

Actually, it might be said that the modern KKK almost serves a slightly beneficial purpose in bringing such people together into one organization rather than let them all go their various ways, and that organization today is thoroughly penetrated by government agents, a task the creepy FBI of J. Edgar Hoover in his heyday scrupulously avoided. After all, Hoover wouldn’t even employ black agents.

On the measure of threats, the KKK today is close to non-existent.

Hate and twisted minds will never cease to be until science either re-engineers the human brain or replaces it with robots.

You must always take account of perspective in such social phenomena. America's militarized local police alone kill between 1,000 and 1,500 citizens every year, injuring several times that number.

Americans murdering Americans has ranged over recent decades between 25 and 40 thousand each year. By the way, roughly half of that murder is black-on-black in America's dreadful ghettos.

The President of the United States signs off regularly now on death-squad killings. Thousands have died this way with no charges, no trial, and no voice, drones and computer operators being the only difference from the old Argentine junta dropping people out of helicopters.

America killed more than a million people in Iraq and pretty much destroyed one of the Mideast's most advanced and promising lands. It would have become a true democracy before too long under prosperity and a growing middle class. Today it is divided wreck.

America and its friends have created a living hell in Syria by supplying, training, and infiltrating lunatic factions into a beautiful and once relatively peaceful land, killing 200,000 and seeing millions of refugees created, refugees they do not even try to help.

Libya is a flaming wreckage today thanks to America and its spineless European associates.

And only four decades ago, America walked away from a true holocaust it created in Vietnam, 3 million dead from napalm and carpet bombing and fragment bombs and land mines and countless tons of Agent Orange.

Its blundering interference in Cambodia saw a neutral government fall and another million innocents die in the Killing Fields.

America’s quasi-colony in the Middle East just killed 2,200 people including about 500 children using American weapons, and that after a previous slaughter of about 1,200, and still they blockade the poor survivors and make weekly threats.


There are many more statistics I could cite, but truly the KKK is about as important as slipping on a banana peel as a source of genuine danger.

JEB BUSH'S GROTESQUE COMMENT ABOUT HOW AMERICANS SHOULD WORK HARDER - FACTS ABOUT HOW AMERICANS DO WORK - IGNORANCE OF AMERICAN OLIGARCHS - WORD ABOUT GUNS IN AMERICA



POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA TODAY


Americans are among the West's hardest-working people.

Those with good quality jobs - analysts, managers, specialists of every kind - often put in 12-hour days.

And America's great corporations expect this as a matter of course.

This class of Americans almost always have both husband and wife working to even be able to keep up a good, middle-class lifestyle.

It is a fact that per-capita, real earnings for America's middle class have fallen for decades.

Those without good jobs - and there are tens of millions - work 2 or 3 part-time jobs to make a living, and because their work is all part-time, they have no benefits at all.

In some companies who pay quite poorly - notably Wal-Mart or McDonald’s – workers are sometimes directed to social assistance agencies for a scrap of help.

The actual number of unemployed is tremendously understated in unemployment stats because those who have given up actively looking are not counted.

In general, workers' benefits - family leave, child care, holidays, sick days, vacation, and others - are pretty much the stingiest in the West.

In addition, in most poor areas of the country, the public schools are unbelievably poor in quality so that the young are not well-equipped for the future.

These words out of Bush's mouth show what a hopeless, uninformed clown he is. Remember, his rich daddy had never seen the inside of supermarket until he went to one on a campaign stop, and he just blubbered over the way groceries were checked out by bar code, something ordinary Americans had known for years.

What a pathetic group of candidates is running for this dumb-show election.

Rude loudmouths, crooks, ignorant, and privileged jerks – but all of them dedicated to a stronger America, endless mountains of spending on the military.

And all any of them will do to help their own people at home is preach to them.

America today is all about its gigantic military and intelligence apparatus and trying to undermine every state in the world who disagrees with its intentions. The only beneficiaries are those institutions and monstrously-greedy corporations they serve and protect.

Oligarchs in America? You bet, and probably more so than in any other country other than Israel, America’s miniature replica colony in the Middle East.

Working Americans get nothing, no government attention, no real help, no policies to improve things - just dumb, almost-mocking words like those of Jeb Bush.

It is a brutal place to live in many ways, a fact often under-appreciated by observers abroad.
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Response to a comment:

You are not thinking or have a very odd sense of humor.

Americans should make use of their guns? How?

Against the best-equipped armed forces on the planet?

Against a well-equipped secondary army called the National Guard based in every state?

Against a huge, belligerent and heavily-militarized police in every city? Police with an international reputation for violence who kill somewhere on the order of 1,000 to 1,500 citizens each year as it is?

Even the most cuckoo American must understand in private that all talk of "resistance” or “rebellion" or “demanding their rights” is stupidly naive.

The real, unspoken reason for America's high ownership of guns is fear of its black population, a group greater in size then the entire population of California. Just as slaveholders in 1850s went to bed each night with a gun and/or a dagger under the pillow, Americans today still do.

And vehicles like SUVs and massive pick-up trucks - fuel wasters all - owned in suburbia are psychologically about suburbanites having to drive through poor areas in something resembling an armored car.

It ain't pretty, but that is the hard truth of contemporary America, and no politician will touch any of it with a pole.

Friday, July 03, 2015

IRAN MUSEUM TO MURDERED NUCLEAR SCIENTISTS AND WHO KILLED THEM - NATURE OF ISRAEL'S SELF-PROCLAIMED DEMOCRACY MUCH LIKE THE OLD CONFEDERATE STATES - SIX-DAY WAR FACTS



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"...the state claims were murdered by Israeli spies."

Claims?

Are you kidding?

Who else but Israel - whose leaders have a long record of killing innocent people and launching weekly rants about non-existent Iranian nuclear weapons - has a motive to do these murders?

Only Saudi Arabia, but that is virtually the same thing as saying Israel.

The absolute monarchy and the one-kind-of-people-only "democracy" work hand-in-glove now on regional policy, as they do on supporting cutthroats like ISIS.

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Comment in response to another:

Yours is the silly repetition of official slogans, but then I don’t doubt you are one of the thousands of Israelis paid so much a word by the government to fill discussion sites with such “truths.” The purest dishonesty, surely.

Israel is a democracy only and exactly in the sense that the American Confederacy and apartheid South Africa were democracies. After all, the select or privileged population voted in both those historical places. But no one else voted and no one else had any rights.

You cannot meaningfully call a place a democracy where half the people living under its government have no votes.

Besides, genuine democracies have Bills or Charters of Rights to prevent a majority from tyrannizing minorities. After all, even genuine democracies are capable of evil behavior. That’s why there are Bills and Charters of Rights. Israel has none, and it cannot ever have one, a meaningful one, so long as it holds to its ugly Netanyahu-Sharon form of existence - that is, a garrison state holding millions of unwilling prisoners and attacking every neighbor that it has.

Yours is pure Ministry of Truth nonsense about being surrounded by tyrannies.

We see clearly that the tyrannies are Israel's best secret friends. Israel’s best secret partners in crime today are the tyrant now ruling in Egypt, the absolute Saudi Royal family, and ghastly Qatar. Israel loved Mubarak for thirty years, never mind the misery he inflicted upon Egyptians.

Israel loves having a Generalissimo in Egypt suppressing Egyptians, a Generalissimo quietly friendly to Israel to keep his American pay-offs. Israel hated the late elected government in Egypt simply because it knows that the people of Egypt do not agree with Israel's suppression of Palestinians, its piracy on the high seas, and, in general, its self-assumed role of Decider of Affairs in the Middle East, with all the costs paid by its American imperial sponsor.

If you examine Israel’s behaviors - ignoring empty, insincere words and slogans  - Israel is the de facto tyrant of the region - threatening everyone, assassinating, attacking, and demanding this and that through its entire brief existence.

Even the Six Day War was carefully engineered to make the Arabs look like bad guys while the entire point was to steal all the property of others it yet holds: Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Golan Heights. It was the very height of hypocrisy and blubbering about poor David fighting off Goliath.

It doesn't matter how many empty words you utter, in the end Israel's current situation is untenable. The world will not in the long run allow you to keep all the properties of others you stole in that war.

Israel is a great puffed-up presence in the area, puffed up by countless subsidies and allowances from others. Even Israel's many human rights crimes have been tolerated in view of guilt over what Germany did 70 years ago. But the realities are just too terrible now to keep suppressed. Millions as prisoners with no rights at all, and government after government attacks everyone they do not like. I do not detect an ounce of difference from the old South Africa, which, by the way was a great friend and trading partner of Israel’s too.

Even Israel's own people will not want to go on long as the world's greatest garrison state and, on per-capita basis, the world's greatest suppressor of human rights. After all, even the most repressive systems like the Soviets or Apartheid South Africa always collapse in the end.


And the Jewish people in Canada, America, or Britain lead infinitely richer lives than the ordinary ones in Israel who must fight, pay huge prices, live in a controlled environment, swallow endless nonsense, and often cannot even afford a home.