Sunday, April 22, 2018

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ABOUT JOHN CHUCKMAN

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.

John may be reached directly at:  formersouthsideboy@gmail.com

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: RUSSIA'S ANTI-SHIP MISSILES AND AIRCRAFT CARRIERS - THINGS HAVE INDEED CHANGED BUT SINKING AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER OUTSIDE OF A LARGER WAR WOULD ONLY START A WAR - AMERICA'S PROBLEM IS UNEQUALED CORRUPTION AND ARROGANCE - BUT EVENTS ARE CATCHING-UP - THEN WE'LL SEE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS START TO DISAPPEAR

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY DMITRY ORLOVE IN RUSSIA INSIDER



“Russian Missile Tech has Made America's Trillion Dollar Navy Obsolete

“Times have changed and America can no longer project its military power like it did in Iraq. Those days are over.”



Good piece, and I agree with much of its logic.

But when it comes to the headline, I completely disagree: "Russian Missile Tech has Made America's Trillion Dollar Navy Obsolete"

Yes, that would be true to a great degree in actual conditions of war. The "flattops" would be going down like Manhattan buildings during 9/11.

But we are not at war, and even the US is not keen to start one with Russia, as we saw with the (extremely careful) missile attack in Syria.

Sink a "flattop," however, with its crew of five thousand or so, and you start a war, a war presumably Russia has no interest in starting. Any such war today could quickly escalate to the use of nuclear weapons. After all, the United States has not only actually used such weapons, it has planned or threatened to use them a number of times. Against North Korea. Against North Vietnam. Against Russia and China in the 1950s and again in the 1960s.

A well-known national political figure such as Hillary Clinton thought nothing of frantically shrieking, on camera, about obliterating Iran – a county of maybe 80 million – in recent years. Of course, she was working to pump up more campaign funds from the Israel Lobby, but what a level in politics to have reached, screaming about obliterating whole countries.

The author's analysis of the historical use of navies in the modern era is accurate.

What is going to destroy the flattops, and a whole lot else in contemporary America, is its outrageously out-of-control management of resources. The United States is run today by politicians and the institutional forces of the Deep State in a manner resembling the proverbial drunken sailors on leave.

It spends horrific amounts of money it does not have. It’s new flattops and everything else it commissions are paid with borrowing. The attitude here – “I want it all and I want it now!” has been a feature of American society at least since WWII.

Only today, it moves at “warp speed.” Vast new weapons system, all of them costly to run and maintain, a galaxy of costly-to-maintain overseas bases, and high-tech gear for every soldier. Just each helmet for an F-35 fighter plane costs a year’s wages or more for a middle-class American, and all of the supposedly marvelous stealth planes are unbelievably costly to service and maintain. My God, B-2 bombers must have their own air-conditioned hangers wherever they are located, and they consume many hours and millions of dollars in maintenance for every single hour in the air. Truly, drunken-sailor spending.

Did you know that during some of America’s wars in the Middle East, they supply troops with air-conditioned tents on the dessert? I read one item some years ago that the United States had spent 20 billion dollars on just doing that. Well, you can just imagine supplying all the gear and electricity-generation out in the middle of nowhere, on a desert. The stuff of hallucinations, surely.

And America now has 17 different national security agencies, all staffed with high-price personal who are equipped with the highest-cost equipment. America boasts a security service system which makes the old East German Stasi resemble amateurs. America spends countless billions – again, which it does not have – to know everything about the private lives of its own citizens as well as about people abroad.

America’s new NSA centers, alone, cost billions to build and billions more to keep running well, packed as they are with super hi-tech equipment and with bright minds expecting rewards commensurate with what they could command in Silicon Valley.

Of course, in the mad spending rush, we have immense waste, too. Isn’t that how it always is with profligate, gambling-casino spending? So, we have the costly jokes of many of America’s new ships which do not operate well and planes like the F-35, a plane which operates impressively when all conditions are just right and none of its costly equipment is “on the fritz,” as it so often is.

And just so with many of America’s “advanced” weapons, especially several types of the Navy’s latest fighting ships, which at times when they are running – the Zumwalt 4 billion-dollar destroyer or the new Littoral Combat ships or new super-flattops like the Gerald Ford which cost 13 billion dollars plus 5 billion is development - resemble a Monty Python comedy skit with break-downs and embarrassment.

The attitudes required for such insane spending now permeate deeply into American society. The Congress can no more balance a budget than it can say “no” to money from big lobby groups. The financial rules for Congress are absurd and should have been totally changed years, especially with regard to individual member’s campaign-financing costs and the practices permitted for lobby groups, which in Washington function like a chain of high-cost call girl rings. You cannot expect good laws or oversight from such people, and, of course, you don’t get them, at all.

The State Department equivalent of all this is the unremitting attitude of entitlement and arrogance in everything it touches. You can see it in the smug faces of the very people in recent years acting as its spokespeople. Truly, faces communicating an almost unbelievable sense of entitlement and arrogance.

Again, the State Department is something costly to maintain along with its twisted half-brother, the CIA (who are stationed in every embassy under State Department identity), dishing out millions here and billions there in subsidies, in rewards, in pay-offs, in incentives, and in bribes, year after year. Virtually every international organization has been compromised or suppressed in the process. And, of course, when you effectively lift the controls or oversight, you open things up to an even greater avalanche of corrupt spending with foreign states.

The attitude sinks down into the general society, too, and into the financial system serving them and business. That’s precisely why the United States gave the world its 2008 financial crisis, and that’s why it will give the world another financial crisis before too long.

It is this mountain of excess and waste and terrible management that will sink the flattops and a whole lot more in the Pentagon’s outrageous seven-hundred-billion-dollar budget, more than the rest of the planet spends on military.

A very wise man summed it up perfectly many years ago, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

America today is close to absolute corruption, and I think all of its institutions are far too weak and buried in the same mire to do anything about it.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: RESPONSE TO FAIRLY BACKWARD RELIGIOUS VIEW OF HOMOSEXUALITY - WOULD YOU HAVE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TEAR DOWN THE SISTINE CHAPEL BECAUSE MICHELANGELO WAS HOMOSEXUAL?

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY A RUSSIAN CLERGYMAN IN RUSSIA INSIDER



“Your Church Accepts Homosexuals? - Time to Find a New One

“Some Protestant churches, where it is now common to have pastors that identify as gay or rewrite prayers to insert 'gender-neutral pronouns' are gradually losing all semblance of traditional Christianity”



I cannot accept such views.

If you believe in God, then God is responsible for all the world's creatures with all their many differences in everything from looks and intelligence to size and likes and dislikes.

Of course, that includes homosexuals. It is easily observed that homosexuality is fairly wide-spread, and you can even observe such behavior in dogs and other creatures. Something between ten and four percent of any human population is estimated to be homosexual. That compares with about two percent of world population who are red-headed. Homosexuality is neither perverted nor abnormal. Despite being unattractive to some others, homosexuals are different and nothing more.

Some very great historical figures are known to have been homosexual, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, just for starters. Should we abhor their art? My God, they better tear down the Sistine Chapel.

If you pause to think a moment, instead of reacting from attitudes of repulsion, you will realize how meaningless these kinds of views are. Would you, assuming you are a regular heterosexual person, be the least interested in homosexual activity? If you view it as a “sin,” is it a sin which holds any temptation for you?

I wouldn't be interested, but that certainly doesn't mean I condemn those who are or even those, another class of people who are attracted sexually to both sexes. It is a matter of their personal lives. And it is the product of their brains, those portions of them responsible for sexual drives and attractions.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER USES YET ANOTHER "PUSH POLL" TO INDIRECTLY ATTACK JEREMY CORBYN

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT



“Millions of voters feel politically homeless and would back new centre-ground party, finds poll

“An exclusive survey for The Independent suggests people do not feel represented by the established political parties”



Oh, please, not another meaningless "push poll?"

You use them quite often, and they are meaningless in terms of enlightening people.

Their whole purpose is to push or influence people’s attitudes. Such polls reflect techniques in method which are not orthodox nor supportable for accurate results. Another word for doing this is propaganda.

Of course, the drive here comes from the lying, murderous Tony Blair and his still-considerable band of  devotees.

You know, the very same ones who've been conducting McCarthyite attacks about "anti-Semitism" and anything else they can think of to throw mud at Corbyn, whom they hate for quite other reasons, especially his generous and humane views on Israel-Palestine and the use of military power where it does not belong?

Saturday, April 21, 2018

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: IS SALISBURY SAFE AFTER SKRIPAL AFFAIR? - OF COURSE - U. K. GOVERNMENT BEHAVIOR PARALLELS AMERICA'S FOLLOWING THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION - A COMMENTER RAISES THE CASE OF DR. KELLY'S KILLING BACK AT THE TIME OF THE IRAQ INVASION

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT



“Salisbury attack: Authorities deny giving mixed messages after official says 'toxic' nerve agent still present

“'City is safe for residents and visitors,' officials say amid preparations for decontamination”



Of course, Salisbury is safe.

It was never in danger from this fraud.

Had there been any genuine nerve agent discovered in a public place, the entire area would have been promptly evacuated and cordoned off.

This was done in a British town in recent memory over an anthrax scare.

Well, anthrax is nasty, but real nerve agents are 100% fatal.

And, please, where did the antidote to this supposed nerve agent come from? How was it administered? It absolutely must be administered within minutes to those exposed. Yet again, how was the nerve agent identified without a reference sample in Britain? That’s the way labs work. So, if the material existed in Britain, and who knows where else, why is Russia the certain suspect?

The fact that the Skripals survived tells us either they were not exposed to nerve agent or that they were quickly given an antidote, but the time-line of events and the place where the Skripals were found a considerable time after supposed exposure does not fit in with that last possibility at all.

I can accept anything, so long as we’re talking about facts, not government’s unsupported claims. You know those high-power public relations agencies which are sometimes called upon by corporations when there is a disaster, such as the Tylenol poisonings of the 1980s. Well, one of their first pieces of advice to senior executives always is to own up to what has happened. Credibility with, and future trust by, the public is built on freely offering truth from the start.

It is no different for the affairs of governments. The approach of Theresa May and Boris Johnson has been precisely the opposite.

My God, on a very small scale, this whole Skripal Affair reminds me of the blind insistence by official America that Oswald - a man with past intelligence associations, a poor shot in the Marines, someone who expressed admiration for the President, a man associated with a cheap rifle from hell - killed John Kennedy. And, of course, all that always ignores the numerous bits of powerful evidence we have for shots from the front, "the grassy knoll."

American officials even built a legend around Oswald’s supposed communism – of course, this was at a time in America when being labelled a communist was received the same way as being labelled a witch in 1600. If you study even a few facts of his life, the claim is preposterous. He did do some posing as a communist sympathizer while working with right-wing groups, but it was a pretty obvious pose, perhaps part of his role as a paid FBI informant (we even have his FBI informant number and there was an uncashed FBI voucher in his belongings). But, no, America officially asserts always that he was a communist, and a communist who hated something about America and President Kennedy.

Thinking people will recognize in that, the pattern of the old witch trials. It’s an ancient gimmick, but it still works on many human minds, at times, quite powerfully. The boys at MI6 and CIA understand that perfectly.

All of this is ridiculous, but it does show what governments can achieve if they lie and manipulate in a determined way and stick to the same implausible story over and over.

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Response to another comment, addressing events around Dr Kelly’s death in Britain near the invasion of Iraq:

Well said, and it is virtually certain Kelly was killed.

Perhaps not by British agents but others who feared that this international weapons expert had become a "loose cannon"

Kelly knew where a lot of "bodies" were buried, including the destination of the former Nationalist South Africa's nuclear fissile material (they had at least half-a-dozen nuclear warheads at the time of the apartheid government's collapse).

Kelly's public comments about claims of Tony Blair’s government concerning Iraq’s weapons had made him a threat for disclosure, at the very least, to the recipient of that South African fissile material. At least, that's my best guess. Of course, perhaps equally, a party who was desperate not to see the Iraq invasion derailed through expert testimony about what was really going on, had strong motives for killing him. It does just happen that there was a party matching both those criteria.

Again, in the Kelly case, there were all kinds of bits of evidence which render the verdict of suicide extremely unlikely.

You may enjoy:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/john-chuckman-comment-revelation-of-tony-blairs-bloody-pact-with-bush-a-full-year-before-iraq-invasion-dr-kellys-murder-the-nightmare-toll-of-the-iraq-invasion-like-nothing-saddam-did/

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE INDEPENDENT SAYS SOME OF THE THINGS IN THE STEELE DOSSIER HAVE TURNED OUT TRUE - BUT THAT'S ALWAYS TRUE OF PROPAGANDA - EVERYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS JUST STINKS

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT



“Steele dossier: Donald Trump denounced the document as fake, but some of its contents have turned out to be true”



Undoubtedly, the dossier contains some truths.

That is the way all the best propaganda is constructed.

Always the things the creators want to plant in public consciousness are blanketed in some true things, like seeds wrapped in a growth-nurturing material.

However, even in the unlikely case that this dossier could ever be proved to be completely accurate, that does not change one of the most fundamental issues in the whole matter.

Hillary Clinton and top Democratic Party officials paid the hefty costs of Mr. Steele's agency to produce the dossier. Now, that's some respect for democracy and fair play.

That dossier also became part of an application to the FISA Court - a special court which can authorize spying on political figures in the US.

Even if the court was made aware of the political origins of the dossier material, as we now believe was the case, just the submission by Obama's administration of this as supporting material for a warrant surely was highly questionable.

It all stinks, and none of those involved in producing, commissioning, or using this thing come out smelling sweet. Perhaps, that’s the real story here.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE COMEY -TRUMP MEMOS - A GUARDIAN EDITOR SAYS THEY SHOW COMEY NO BETTER THAN TRUMP - NO THEY SHOW WHAT IT IS ALWAYS LIKE AT THE CENTER OF A HUGE THROBBING EMPIRE - A SUBTLE EFFORT TO SOFTEN WORDS ABOUT TRUMP

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY JILL ABRAMSON IN THE GUARDIAN (AND SURPRISINGLY NOT TAKEN DOWN BY EDITORS)



“Comey's wish for a leaker's 'head on a pike'? Proof he's no better than Trump”



"Our founding freedom”?

"It shows a shared indifference to the first amendment"?

Rather reads as though Ms. Abramson hasn't left behind her American origins, even when addressing British readers.

I also find a touch of, "my, my, how terrible," here that doesn't sit well with this boy who was born, and spent nearly half his life, in America, a boy who takes an interest in important affairs.

These Comey-Trump recorded comments are absolutely no different to many conversations held by Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon and Hillary Clinton ("Can't we just drone him or something?" speaking of the honorable Julian Assange) and others, including, I strongly suspect, Barrack Obama, who is known to have abhorred leaks and embraced secrecy of every kind.

That's the ugly nature of things at the center of a great, throbbing empire. It, as Americans are fond of saying, "comes with the territory." They are also fond of saying, "Shit happens."

I also find in these words an interesting softening, a relative softening, of expressions concerning Donald Trump, certainly compared to past extreme statements in The Guardian. Just comparing Comey and Trump implicitly does this.



AFTERWORD:

Regarding the last point, readers may be interested in:

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2017/12/06/what-trump-is-doing-in-jerusalem-and-why-he-is-doing-it/



Friday, April 20, 2018

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AMERICA'S DEMOCRATS LAUNCH LAWSUIT AGAINST TRUMP AND RUSSIA AND WIKI-LEAKS OVER ELECTION - HILARIOUS - THIS IS A COUNTRY FIT TO DOMINATE THE EARTH? THEY CAN'T MANAGE THEIR OWN AFFAIRS - A FEW FACTS

John Chuckman


COMMENT TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT



“Democratic Party sues Trump, Russia government and Wikileaks alleging they conspired to disrupt the 2016 presidential election.”

 'The Democratic Party has filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the campaign of Donald Trump, the Russian government and Wikileaks, alleging all three conspired to swing the 2016 presidential election and saying the former reality television star did so “gleefully”.'



This is positively hilarious.

We know that it was Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party who paid large amounts of money for the phony Steele Dossier, trying to discredit Trump and swing the election.

We also know, from many small bits of information, that Hillary and fellow senior Democrats put the fix in on a number of the Democratic primaries in order to steal them from Bernie Sanders.

Some of it was just the most old-fashioned, Chicago-ward-heeler election corruption.

And we have Julian Assange's word - and there is no more honorable man among us today - that it most definitely was not Russians who "hacked" the DNC computers.

He also has made it clear, as have several experts, that it was not a hack at all that produced that material.

It was a leak, and I think we can all guess the name of the responsible party. Unfortunately, he just no longer happens to be alive.

I do think the old saying about "Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad," applies here as few other places I can think of.

Good God, this is a country fit to dominate the earth? It isn’t capable of running its own affairs.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ABBY MARTIN'S INTERVIEW WITH MAX BLUMENTHAL THAT GOOGLE BLOCKED IN 28 COUNTRIES - SEARING TRUTHS ABOUT ISRAEL'S TREATMENT OF PALESTINIANS PRESENTED CALMLY AND WITH GREAT COMMAND OF FACTS

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED ON AN ARTICLE WITH VIDEO IN RUSSIA INSIDER



Abby Martin Interview Critical of Israel Blocked by YouTube in 28 Countries



https://russia-insider.com/en/abby-martin-interview-critical-israel-blocked-youtube-28-countries/ri23002

My God, what a powerful interview.

Abby Martin does a fine job as interviewer.

Max Blumenthal is - I don't really like this much-used American term, but it is accurate here – “mind-blowing.”

Always calm, always careful in the words he chooses, and amazingly well-informed on details. I'm sure there are few American diplomats or scholars for the region who have an equal grasp of details.

And just in a careful, methodical recitation of the facts, what a powerful image he creates of what is actually going on, of the incredible bravery of Palestinians and of the genuine and increasing horrors of Israel's responses to their courage.

No wonder that YouTube has blocked this in 28 countries, YouTube of course being owned by Google which has become an integral part of American power establishment. Google's senior management is totally in what you might call the Hillary Clinton-Israel Lobby Camp.

A brave soul, Max Blumenthal. I am sure he is showered with hate mail and threats.

We receive so very little reportage, in “the West," from our corporate press about affairs in and around Israel. Just photo-ops and images of Netanyahu making speeches or threatening "terrorists.”

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE INCOMPARABLE FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEY LAVROV GIVES A LENGTHY INTERVIEW BREATHTAKING IN ITS DISPLAY OF KNOWLEDGE AND TOUCHING ON MANY ISSUES

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA TODAY



“Putin & Trump will not allow armed confrontation between Russia, US – Lavrov”



Lavrov is the Incomparable Foreign Minister. The breadth of his knowledge and understanding have no match in any of the foreign ministries of today's world

He has a breathtaking, long interview, touching on many current issues, published in Sputnik today.

Here it is:

https://sputniknews.com/russia/201804201063740052-putin-trump-wont-allow-conflict-lavrov-interview/





JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHAT THE REAL DANGER OF IRAN IS FOR ISRAEL - BUT WOULD NEVER KNOW IT FROM ALL THE STORM OF FALSE CLAIMS IN ISRAEL

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER



“Hillary's Sociopathic Wikileaks Emails: Kill Assad, Destroy Syria - Deep State Goal for 10 Years

________________________

‘Response to a comment, ‘"For Israeli leaders, the real threat from a nuclear-armed Iran is not the prospect of an insane Iranian leader launching an unprovoked Iranian nuclear attack on Israel that would lead to the annihilation of both countries. What Israeli military leaders really worry about -- but cannot talk about -- is losing their nuclear monopoly:"’ 



Yes, and all of Israel's whining and threats about Iran are related.

Israel sees itself as the central state of the Middle East Region, a miniature replica of what the United States is in the world in general.

Iran's size – with a population close to Germany's - and its vast economic potential, in fact, make it the "natural" dominant state of the region.

Israel cannot stand the thought. Israel’s leaders expect their tiny state - about 10% of Iran's population and almost no potential for significant growth in size - to be the region's directing power.

It all speaks to immense, unwarranted arrogance.

Iran is no threat to Israel, but Israel never stops playing that tune for all its loyal Congressional followers, the same people whose skirts Israel hides behind for money, back-up protection, and the waging of genuinely aggressive wars throughout the Middle East on its behalf.

The whole business creates almost a kind of surrealistic world of foreign affairs where almost nothing is what it seems to be, and almost nothing makes any sense in logic or in terms of principles or human values.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: SOME SENSE FROM BRITAIN - LORD GREEN SAYS BRITAIN SHOULD MOVE TOWARDS FRIENDSHIP WITH ASSAD - NOTE ON ASSAD'S FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR IN RESPONSE TO AN OBTUSE COMMENT

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT



“Britain should 'move in the direction of friendship' with Bashar al-Assad, former UK ambassador to Syria says

“Lord Green says Britain must 'swallow our pride' and build relationship with Syrian dictator”

___________________________

Response to a comment saying, among other things, that Assad is being stripped of his Legion of Honor by France



Wrong.

Assad is not being "stripped" of his Legion of Honor, although there was discussion of that in France.

You are, of course, behind on the news, but that tends to be a hazard for propagandists.

Assad has already returned it to French officials, explaining he cannot wear an honor from people attacking Syria.

Macron, by the way, is immensely under the thumb of his country's Israel Lobby as well as serving as a French doormat for America.

He has shown that reality in many acts and statements.

A rather pathetic little man from the point of view of independent views and policies for France.

By the way, the Legion of Honor, like all such awards everywhere, serves only political and propaganda purposes.

Benito Mussolini was awarded one, and his name still remains on the list. Some honor.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE "RUSSIAN THREAT" NONSENSE RESEMBLES A MOVIE MONSTER THAT WON'T DIE - MORE THIRD-RATE ACTING PERFORMANCES FROM THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT



“Senior MPs join forces to counter Russian threat

“Powerful committees to look at 'Russian malign influence, including dirty money and propaganda”



What threat?

This is ridiculous.

The only "threat" Russia poses is a threat to British and American unchallenged manipulation of truth.

It's unbelievable, just on the basis of facts we already know, that the press and governments are pressing the "Russian threat" scenario.

I feel infinitely more threatened by high officials who feel free to lie and distort even in the face of contradictory evidence, who feel free to launch missiles before there is a scrap of evidence, who have felt free, covertly, to work for the destruction of Syria for a half dozen years, and who support mercenary thugs abroad.

And every time I hear the word, "oligarchs" from America or Britain, I can only think of the heads of Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, the Gates' Foundation, Apple, Soros, and quite a number of others. The effort to use this term as a pejorative one for Russia is joke, a not very funny joke.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AN AMAZING SEGMENT OF A SHOW I HAD NOT HEARD OF CALLED THE JIMMY DORE SHOW - FEATURING A PROFESSOR JEFFREY SACHS I HAD NEVER HEARD OF SPEAKING ON MSNBC THE PLAIN TRUTHS ON SYRIA - I'M STUNNED IT EVER GOT ON AIR

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO A VIDEO ON INVESTMENTWATCH



"THE JIMMY DORE SHOW: Professor Stuns MSNBC Panel On Syria. Prof Jeffery D Sachs contradicts US war propaganda live on air, leaves MSNBC muppets in embarrassed silence.'


http://www.investmentwatchblog.com/the-jimmy-dore-show-professor-stuns-msnbc-panel-on-syria-prof-jeffery-d-sachs-contradicts-us-war-propaganda-live-on-air-leaves-msnbc-muppets-in-embarrassed-silence/



Absolutely brilliant!

Professor Jeffrey Sachs is simply wonderful - calm, informed, well-spoken, not at all argumentative. I actually didn't realize there were any people like him left in the United States, people willing to give an honest view of something terrible America has done.

Jimmy Dore does a great job here of tearing the establishment shit apart in stand-up comedic style. He leaves the calm facts to Professor Sachs, while he, with amazing skill, attacks the words of a hack admiral defending mass murder.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: DO NOT CANCEL IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT - EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARIANS SEND AN OPEN LETTER TO CONGRESS - INDEED AND THERE IS ONLY ONE COUNTRY PUSHING HARD FOR THE CANCELLATION - THE SAME ONE SHOOTING UNARMED DEMONSTRATORS IN GAZA

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN (AND QUICKLY REMOVED BY EDITORS)



“An open letter to the US Congress: don’t let Trump rip up the Iran deal

“It was a major breakthrough, drastically reducing the risk of a nuclear arms race. Abandoning it now will do lasting damage”



My God, yes.

Iran has scrupulously adhered to the treaty.

Every expert knows that.

Only a warmonger like Netanyahu wants things otherwise, and he has been ceaselessly pressuring Trump and his officials and influential Congressmen on this.

Yes, that's the same Netanyahu of the Passover Massacre of unarmed Palestinians demonstrating against their imprisonment, as well as of two previous massacres.

Abrogating the treaty opens a Pandora's box of ugly possibilities.

Who can have faith in the future negotiating with a nation, the US, that acts in this way?

Iran also has alternative avenues concerning nuclear weapons it could pursue if pushed, very much including working with China.

This idea is just brutally stupid, but being brutally stupid hasn't stopped a set of wars, the Neocon Wars, which have killed about two million people, sent millions fleeing as refugees, and achieved very little that is meaningful.

And those wars, intended to give "birth to a new Middle East," are very much the love children of Netanyahu and his predecessor Ariel Sharon.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: IS SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM BEING BLACKMAILED? VERY LIKELY CONSIDERING HIS EXTREME AND ALMOST LAUGHABLE BEHAVIOR - SOME HISTORY OF "HONEY TRAPS"

John Chuckman



COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY WAYNE MADSEN IN RUSSIA INSIDER



“Israel Is Blackmailing Lindsey Graham Over His Homosexual Lifestyle”



Of course, they are. But not just about his lifestyle, which is known in Washington but not back home with conservative Southern Baptist types in his constituency.

Undoubtedly, Mossad caught him in a "honey trap" years ago, got high resolution photos, and quietly advised Lindsey Graham.

This has happened before. The Mafia is said to have had photos of J.Edgar Hoover. Hoover privately was a homosexual and cross-dresser, as a reputable biography tells us.

That fact explains why Hoover did not go after the Mafia in the post-Prohibition era. He wasted vast resources going after almost non-existent Communists. It was said at one time, a third of America's small Communist Party consisted of FBI Agents or informers.

Hoover, and his boyfriend, Senior FBI Agent Clyde Toland, used to vacation at Mob resorts regularly, never having to pay for a room or their racetrack bets on horses.

Lindsey Graham is undoubtedly operating under the same kind of guidance.

How else does one explain Graham's extraordinary behavior for years? A heart just gushing with love for this one little country?

Israel is known to conduct such operations. Tzipi Livni, a high-ranking politician, served years ago in Mossad and did honey traps, although her variety resulted in the deaths of the victim.

Former Israeli nuclear technician and whistleblower, on the subject of Israel’s nuclear arsenal, Mordechai Vanunu, was captured and bundled off to Israeli prison after a honey-trap encounter.

When Israel's name is mentioned anytime in the halls of Congress, Graham is on his feet immediately, jumping up down.

When funds for anything for Israel are mentioned, Graham again leaps up and starts bellowing about "It's not enough!"

He resembles a monkey-on-a-stick at times. Quite laughable.







JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AGE OF MASS MIGRATIONS - INDEED IT IS AND HERE'S WHY - AMERICA'S REACTION ONLY ENHANCES ITS REPUTATION FOR BRUTALITY

John Chuckman



COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN INVESTMENTWATCH



“French President Macron: Europe Entering the Age of ‘Unprecedented’ Mass Migration”



This is just a fact, although there are few things Macron says with which I can agree.

But it is not just Europe. It is the world.

Population growths and declines, climate changes, wars, and other huge matters drive this.

Indeed, for "Western" countries with low birth rates - that's all of them, a natural side-effect of relative prosperity - flows of migration are essential to avoid declining population size and all that entails for economies.

In the future, "Western" countries will have to accept migrant flows, or they will decline in size and keep declining.

Recent, much-publicized large migration in Europe has been due to one thing only, and that is America's unconscionable wars in the Middle East. Millions driven from their homes in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and more.

Americans sit back and pooh-pooh Europe's problem, but that reaction only adds to the general impression of America today as a brutal place that kills people abroad on a massive scale, and then refuses to even help with the horror they create for millions of desperate refugees.

Mrs. Merkel made the error of accepting too many refugees at once, and that naturally hurt her politically. But she really was, I believe, acting out of some appropriate compassion. She has supported, at least tacitly, America's mass-killing Neocon Wars. She undoubtedly feels guilt over it, as everyone involved rightly should.

It would appear Americans are free of such decent feelings, even though it is their government and their tax dollars doing all the killing.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: DEATH OF BARBARA BUSH - I AGREE WITH ROGER STONE THAT SHE WAS ONE NASTY PIECE OF WORK - IT DOES RUN IN THE FAMILY THAT CLAWED ITS WAY TO THE TOP

John Chuckman



COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY ROGER STONE IN INTELLIHUB



Roger Stone: ‘Barbara Bush was a mean-spirited vindictive drunk’



I couldn't agree more.

She actually left a record of appalling quotes.

There was the one about not troubling "her beautiful mind" with ugly stuff like body bags coming home. Coming home from her son’s war.

There was the one disparaging and almost pinching her nose over the unfortunates from the New Orleans disaster who were being temporarily housed in Houston. It literally was the equivalent of Marie Antoinette and letting peasants eat cake.

The woman was just plain ugly, right down to the bone.

Never understood the general public embrace of her as a "dear old granny" type.

But the entire Bush family features ugly traits, going back three generations. That is, after all, how they clawed their way to top.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: UPCOMING NASTY ONTARIO ELECTION - RUN TRULY BAD CANDIDATES AND THIS IS WHAT YOU GET - IN FORMER YEARS THIS KIND OF STUFF DID NOT HAPPEN IN CANADA

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS



“Wynne, Ford 'throwing punches at each other' as tone of Ontario election campaign turns nasty

“Even the premier is warning voters to expect a 'vicious' battle”



Well, if you have unpleasant (or worse) candidates, I think a nasty campaign is predictable.

Doug Ford strikes many as not much better than a thug. Indeed, a Globe and Mail extensive investigation a few years ago documented his history as a drug dealer. One man who was remiss in his bill was kidnapped and kept somewhere unknown for a considerable period of time.

He was also a big supporter of his late brother, perhaps the most appalling, law-breaking personality in the history of Canadian politics. If you have any doubt of that, read this article documenting the claim:

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/time-wounds-all-heels-what-torontos-rob-ford-fiasco-is-about-and-what-we-can-learn-from-it/

As for Kathleen Wynne, her record in terms of good government is pretty appalling. She's a continuation of Dalton McGuinty, not a nasty man at all, but the most incompetent premier the province has ever had. He made a "train wreck" of the province's energy supply.

He squandered billions on inappropriate programs or programs which didn't work. He virtually bought his re-election with giving away a holiday which cost the province half a billion dollars, and I have never seen such abusive use of the advertising budgets of provincial agencies as in that campaign. There was a flurry of costly taxpayer-paid ads for virtually every agency of government.

Of course. there was the billion-dollar burial of the gas-fired generating station strictly for political reasons.

Wynne isn't McGuinty, but you could be forgiven for thinking she was a close relative. No effective apology for king-sized disasters. No basic turn in direction.

So, the province is very much ready for fresh government, but all the PCs have offered is a thug.

As for the NDP's Andrea Horwath, she, unfortunately, is a past-proven mediocrity with poor political judgment.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: COMEY'S BOOK A PLEA FOR DECENCY? - A SIMPLISTIC STATEMENT - NATURE OF AMERICA'S POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT ALLOWS LITTLE OF THAT - WHAT COMEY REVEALS ABOUT HIMSELF - ALL WRAPPED UP IN THE GUARDIAN'S USUAL CENSORSHIP AND ITS OWN BAD TASTE


John Chuckman


EXPANSION OF A COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY JILL ABRAMSON IN THE GUARDIAN (AND PROMPTLY REMOVED BY EDITORS)



"James Comey has issued a plea for decency. When will Republicans listen?"



First, I'm not sure that James Comey is, or has ever been, in a position to plea for decency.

He's a political animal, a Washington operator, and former head of an agency with a terrible record, quite literally, America's Stasi.

I don’t like Trump’s comic-book term for Washington, the swamp, but there is, undeniably, a big truth in it. People who’ve made their careers there, really should be assumed as not being able to pass the smell test. It is that bad.

If you doubt that statement about the history of the FBI, read this essay:

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2009/05/26/the-dreadful-record-of-the-fbi/

But even in Comey’s book, where he does strive to give an overall impression of being a Sunday School teacher, we find some remarkably petty, ugly observations. As of Trump’s hair or the size of Trump’s hands. That last is in almost unbelievably bad taste, but I’m a reader who recalls The Guardian, during Trump’s campaign, running a number of ugly, suggestive articles on that very topic. Anything to stop someone you didn’t like. So perhaps back in your shop, that is regarded as decent?

Second, why would you ask about Republicans listening, as though Democrats were free of any nastiness you can cite for Republicans?

I won't go through the long list, but, believe me, as a lifelong follower of events, there is not a lot good to say along the lines of decency for the Democrats.

The progressive world - especially outside the United States - likes to believe that America's Democrats still have real values. But that view is simply not accurate.

FDR, a gigantic figure, still colors memories, but his legacy in America disappeared decades ago.

And even his legacy had its dark areas, as in his refusing to speak out against lynchings in the South - where families sometimes organized picnics to watch a lynching still in the 1930s - for fear of losing the support of Southern Democrats. Eleanor even pleaded with him, but he disagreed with her.

FDR also was a pretty big consumer of the political dirt J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI used to collect voluminously. It could be used to twist the arms of opponents, whether in his own party or the opposition.

Both the major parties of the United States are in fact branches of the same American Imperial Party. They differ only with regard to a limited number domestic social issues, things the Deep State could care less about, but when it comes to wars and the military and the 17 national security agencies and major lobbying groups, they are as one.

Most of the awful wars in which America has involved itself since WWII were with Democrats in the driver's seat, and none of those wars had anything to do with national threats or even matters of principle, although they were all lied about to justify them to ordinary Americans. They were all wars of aggression. Imperial wars, and, maybe, it’s only me, but imperial wars are about as far as you can get from decency.

A conservative estimate for the United States in the post WWII period would be killing 8 million people. I’m pretty sure it’s higher than that, but when you add in all the destruction and refugees and wounded left behind, it is a massive horror.

And, what few realize, is that because the poorer societies who have been targets of these wars have younger age structures - higher numbers of children in proportion to adults than found in advanced societies – a great fraction of that awful toll has been children. You can’t carpet bomb or cluster bomb or napalm such countries without killing many, many children.

Democrats also have a long history of fairly cozy relations with the American Mafia. That is not an accusation, it is simply a fact. Hardly a decent association. Even John Kennedy was contaminated with that. There have been many other genuinely sleazy associations for Democrats, as that of Bill Clinton with a notorious convicted pedophile billionaire who helped him set up the Clinton Foundation, itself a subject of many legitimate questions around corruption. There are 26 logged trips aboard that man’s private airplane, widely referred to as ‘the Lolita Express.”

The bottom line, as Americans are quite fond of saying, is that America’s leadership, virtually all of it, is corrupt, as corrupt as a literally money-drenched political system can make them. Ever see a modern President not leave office as a multi-multi-millionaire, even if he entered in somewhat humble circumstances?  Obama very much comes to mind. A second-tier university lecturer and a junior United States Senator for half a term left the Presidency with a vast fortune.

As a very wise man said, “Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ROBERT FISK CHECKS OUT FACTS AT DOUMA SYRIA - MAINLINE JOURNALISM'S COMPLETE IRRESPONSIBILITY - PHONY WHITE HELMETS - BOMBING WITH NO PROOF - I OFFER A BRIEF RECORD OF "THE WEST'S" RUN-UP TO PAST WARS - LIES NEVER DIE AND ARE RECYCLED

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY ROBERT FISK IN THE INDEPENDENT



“The search for truth in the rubble of Douma – and one doctor’s doubts over the chemical attack

“Exclusive: Robert Fisk visits the Syria clinic at the centre of a global”



https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/syria-chemical-attack-gas-douma-robert-fisk-ghouta-damascus-a8307726.html



Thank you, Robert Fisk.

It is always nice to have additional evidence to support one's strong and logical suspicions, strong suspicions concerning all the past claims of gas attacks and strong suspicions based on the records of the US and UK governments in the run-ups to past wars and conflicts.

The White Helmets, it has been shown by both independent reporters – a couple of them who have actually spent time in Syria and observed first-hand as well as spoken with large random samples of people about the matter - and some Russian sources, are little more than a film-production company which uses resources supplied by both the US and UK governments to generate such propaganda material. Many of them are actually al Qaeda affiliates, as they have been photographed with guns in areas they could not be located otherwise.

Hollywood, too, undoubtedly plays a consultation role for the film production since the White Helmets are treated in Hollywood as though they were genuine heroes, humanitarian royalty, as it were. But, if you give that a moment’s thought, you will know that it is Hollywood which holds an annual fund-raising dinner each year to honor and give millions of dollars to the Israeli Army, that outfit Netanyahu always describes as ‘the world’s most moral army,’ even when, as now, they ambush and shoot literally hundreds of unarmed Palestinians protesting the ugly conditions in which they have been kept for long years.

Mr. Fisk does not go that far, but he simply does what reporters are supposed to do before they write a story. Go visit and observe and ask informed people on location about their insights. Such a simple approach to classical journalism, but it is one completely ignored by “the West’s” corporate and state press. He sees the nasty tunnels why people stayed, the tunnels which produced oxygen deprivation and produced the stressed people photographed by the White Helmets, and he talks to a local doctor treating people, a doctor who doubts any stories of gas attack.

And we have a rich history of the US and UK preparing the public dishonestly for a coming war the establishments have settled on starting. Everyone still remembers Tony Blair’s faked-up dossier about Iraq’s weapons capabilities and his countless lies at the time, all to justify an invasion which would lead to the deaths of a million people, make refugees of several million, and destroy for a generation the most advanced society in the Arab world at that time.

And many surely recall the baritone voice of General Colin Powell at the UN, a voice used by the Bush government along with some faked-up photos and diagrams about thing like mobile chemical weapons labs, to instill public confidence in totally fraudulent claims, claims intended only to set the stage for invasion.

Some will, remember, too, the intensely acted and seemingly sincere claims which preceded the First Gulf War at the time Iraq had invaded Kuwait about baby cribs and respirators being ripped from the birth wards of Kuwaiti hospitals by savage Iraqi troops to send back for use in Iraq. In highly emotionally-acted testimony to the American Congress a young woman named Nayirah told the story, treated then by the press and politicians, as an authentic atrocity. Trouble is Nayirah proved later to be the daughter of Kuwait’s Ambassador to the United States and she was coached, and her words scripted, by the American high-end public relations firm of Hill and Knowlton.

By the way, that whole fraud was later investigated and revealed by a CBC program. That is unlikely to happen today because today’s CBC, much like today’s BBC and corporate press, never stops generating articles and broadcasts supporting the White Helmet claims from Syria. Images of the dusty children on respirators taken from the White Helmet video are repeated countless times, in the classic style of a propaganda campaign. They repeated, too, in British papers like The Guardian.

It is interesting to note that the images from the White Helmet in Syria include foam around the mouths of children. Some ideas never die, being used over and over again with a little rework. It was often said by critics that the Hill and Knowlton fraud of the early 1990s was itself just a rework of the widely repeated sensational claim from the start of WWI that German soldiers (“the Bosch” as Churchill was so fond of calling them) were bayoneting babies as they marched across Europe.

Virtually every story I’ve seen in the corporate press is based on the White Helmets claims. Often included, too, are the claims of a British organization, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, cited over and over as expert in Syrian affairs, which consists pretty much of a man in a bed-sit somewhere in Britain with a bank of telephones. He offers no first-hand information and consistently supports the anti-government narrative.

The missile attack took place exactly as the investigators of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical weapons (OPCW) – an arm of the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1997 -  were arriving to offer a first-hand and authoritative investigation of events. They are the true experts and have pretty well kept their reputation for honest analysis.

But the bombing happened before they could look at anything. So, even, if they are able to confirm what both Syria and Russia say, “the West” will have had the satisfaction of once more bombing Assad and will undoubtedly claim the site has been disturbed. It is very much like the invasion of Iraq, a far larger enterprise, before international experts, including Sweden’s Hans Blix, former UN Chief Weapons Inspector, working feverishly in Iraq, were able to complete their work. They completed about 700 inspections to find nothing, but their efforts were cut short by American and British bombing.

Well, as the French say, “Plus ça change plus c’est la même chose.”

When powerful people are intent on destroying someone or something, facts will never be allowed to stand in their way, and that’s just what has been going on in Syria with all the cutthroat mercenaries posing as jihadis, paid and supported by “the West” and its Middle Eastern allies, to de-stabilize Syria and destroy its popular and legitimate government.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE GREAT ORANGE ONE'S "LOCKED AND LOADED" AMOUNTS TO AN INVITATION FOR TERRORISTS TO STAGE MORE FAKE GAS ATTACKS - IF SO RUSSIA MAY HAVE TO CHANGE ITS POSITION IN SYRIA - ISRAEL'S GAZA MASSACRE IGNORED?

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT



“Syria air strikes: US is 'locked and loaded' if poison gas is used again, Donald Trump says’



He should address Israel's public ambush of hundreds of unarmed Palestinians who only protest their imprisonment.

It is the clearest possible case of a state atrocity we have before our eyes.

But why do I know he'll never say a word, apart from the fact he is a proven coward?

No, he'll bomb people in Syria for supposedly doing something that very much appears to have never happened.

Why? Because the swell guys shooting hundreds of unarmed Palestinians want it that way.

Does that sound like a fit or even sane way to run the world's affairs?

Readers may enjoy:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/john-chuckman-comment-the-missile-attack-on-syria-more-on-the-related-skripal-poisoning-affair-in-britain-and-reflections-on-the-kind-of-world-into-which-we-have-been-thrust-no-rule-of-law-no/

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Response to another comment:

Yes, yours is an important observation. Trump’s pathetic words are an open invitation to all the mercenary fake-jihadis killing and raping their way through Syria to try the “poison gas” stunt again.

This may even represent a new American approach. Keep the fake gas stunts coming to keep the American attacks going. I am sure he’s under immense pressure from bloody Netanyahu and the Israel Lobby for a lot more killing.

If so, Russia may have to adjust its position in Syria. Already, Russia has referred to the possibility of supplying Syria with the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system, far superior equipment to the Soviet era equipment Syria now uses.

Neither the United States nor Israel are going to like that a bit. Air superiority will definitely be challenged in areas without Russian forces.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CBC NEWS SWIMS IN THE MUCK WITH THE CORPORATE PRESS - IDIOT ARTICLE ON A "SUSTAINED RESPONSE" TO SYRIA - THE NEOCON GOAL GIFTED TO AMERICA - 9/11 QUESTIONS AS PERTINENT AS EVER

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY MATT KWONG ON CBC NEWS



“One-time shot' or 'sustained response'? Seeking a Trump Syria strategy post-missile strike

“1 year after strikes on Syria for use of chemical weapons, Trump could 'take us down the same path'”



'Sustained response'?



What on earth is this gentleman talking about?

I am very tired of the question-begging in all such pieces in the corporate press, to say nothing of the just plain dishonesty of a great many.

The only thing Assad has done is defend his country against packs of paid mercenaries from abroad.

He has never used poison gas. Never. There is not a scrap of proof.

However, we've seen several efforts at false flags to say he did so that America can bomb a country which has never attacked it.

Now, there's some dirty work for you - setting up people so you can bomb them. How admirable.

By the way, Assad is still embraced by a majority of Syrians.

All of its Christians embrace him because he has always defended their interests. The mercenary cutthroats dumped into the country greatly threatened the Christians.

The army, after years of hard fighting, remains loyal.

When America and Britain illegally invaded Iraq, they not only killed an awful lot of people, they created a couple of million refugees.

Guess who took them in?

Oh, my God, that Assad is a terrible man.

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Response to a comment about the American Neocons:

America’s power establishment has adopted the slogan, "Full-spectrum dominance everywhere."

It sure does sound like a peaceful, life-respecting goal, doesn't it?

That is precisely the influence of the Neocons.

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Response to a comment about all the lies now making the person question 9/11:

Yes, it is a serious question.

I don't pretend to know the answer, but I know to a certainty we have not been told the truth.

Nowhere near it.

And I do know the questions that need answering.

You and others might enjoy this analysis of issues around 9/11:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2016/09/11/john-chuckman-comment-a-survivor-says-even-the-simplest-questions-around-911-have-not-been-answered-by-government-yes-and-some-disturbing-truths-around-those-events-the-saudi-arabian-nonsense/

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Response to a comment about Putin and Assad never changing:


Just uninformed. You repeat inaccurate generalizations from biased news media who themselves know nothing beyond what government tells them.

I certainly hope Putin doesn't change.

He's the finest statesman of our generation.

He offers rational consideration versus America's impulsive outbursts.

Or how about Netanyahu's ambushing hundreds and hundreds of unarmed people demonstrating against their imprisonment? That’s beyond impulsive. It’s totally criminal.

We need more of what Putin has to offer.

A world where every leader behaved like Trump, or especially one where every leader behaved like Netanyahu, would be chaos, just chaos and death. Actually, the word which comes to mind is Götterdämmerung.

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Response to another comment:

You and other readers may enjoy this just-published analysis:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/john-chuckman-comment-the-missile-attack-on-syria-more-on-the-related-skripal-poisoning-affair-in-britain-and-reflections-on-the-kind-of-world-into-which-we-have-been-thrust-no-rule-of-law-no/



JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: OUR LAD SEEMS TO BE GETTING IT - THE ALBERTA-BC PIPELINE IS IN CANADA'S NATIONAL INTEREST - THAT SAYS IT ALL - NOTELY ACTS LIKE A LEADER - RESPONSE TO A COMMENT: HOW ABOUT GOING BACK TO THE 18TH CENTURY?

John Chuckman


COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE ON CBC NEWS



"Pipeline isn't about 'punishing' B.C., it's about what's in the national interest, Trudeau says"



My, how clever of the lad to have finally understood that.

The first part of the sentence is still a pointless bunch of words.

"Punishment" has no more to do with this project than the phase of the moon.

"National interest" says it all.

It's your job, Mr. Prime Minister, to act as though those words meant something.

Selling what we produce is how we make our nation's livelihood.

Here is a vast resource which has a vast market just waiting for Canada to make it available.

Of course, it should be done in the best, safest fashion - that goes without saying - but it should be done, full stop.

I'm beginning to really admire Premier Notley. God, you have to love her saying Alberta would buy the pipeline.

If she ever runs nationally, she's got my vote. That's how a leader should sound. Like Pierre.

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Response to a comment about keeping your dirty oil in the ground:



That's a child's language, and a not well-informed child.

How about dirty old batteries?

How about dirty used electronic components?

How about dirty chemicals?

How about dirty agricultural practices?

How about dirty roads?

How about going back to the 18th century?

Saturday, April 14, 2018

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE MISSILE ATTACK ON SYRIA - MORE ON THE RELATED SKRIPAL POISONING AFFAIR IN BRITAIN - AND REFLECTIONS ON THE KIND OF WORLD INTO WHICH WE HAVE BEEN THRUST - NO RULE OF LAW - NO ETHICS OR MORALITY - JUST MIGHT MAKES RIGHT

John Chuckman


EXPANSION OF COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT



‘Russia has been spying on the Skripals for at least five years, Britain claims”



That is hardly any logical person's idea of proof.

Just one more government spokesperson, in effect, saying the same thing but using some embroidered details to make it interesting for the press.

And, of course, the press happily complies in publicizing it.

By the way, the claim that Russia took an active interest in the Skripals for five years is close to laughable. He was never a truly important spy, and his active service goes back too many years to make him of the least threat to Russia.

Not one of the real and hard questions about this matter has been answered. Not one. Such as how you can touch nerve gas but walk around for a considerable length of time before collapsing? Or why the doctor, who first treated the daughter on an emergency basis where she was discovered collapsed on a bench, was wholly unaffected? Or why Salisbury was not immediately evacuated and cordoned off upon the poison’s "discovery"? Or why no one can speak to the Skripals? All those questions and many more.

This then seems to have become the standard of British justice, at least in all matters involving Russia: accuse and punish before proving anything. And Theresa May and Company have now proved they can get away with doing so.

The same standard was applied to the missile strike in Syria. The international chemical weapons investigators, the OPCW, who are to closely examine the area where it is claimed the Syrian government used poison gas, had not even yet fully deployed to begin their work before the attack. Why the rush?

This is just sick, and anyone supporting such a standard deserves the contempt of all honest thinking people.

What could drive Britain - with the United States and France, as though three bullies somehow made an assertion into hard proof and made their acts just - to behave in this extraordinary way?

The answer is clear for those who follow events closely, but of course most people have neither the time nor inclination to do so, making it easy for governments  like Britain’s to behave in such awful ways.  The war in Syria is basically lost. A six-year investment in recruitment, training, paying, supplying, and covertly assisting gangs of mercenaries posing as jihadi types is pretty much down the drain.

The goal was the destruction of Syria and its effective Balkanization, exactly the same fate imposed upon Libya and Iraq. All part of a long-term American-Israeli plan for the “birth of a new Middle East,” a “birth” which so far has cost about two million lives and millions of desperate refugees with the promise of yet more ahead.

Only in Iraq, national armies were openly used. Here, in Syria, the effort was to avoid having to do that and yet achieve the same result.

Of course, the use of national armies - U S and British - had many disadvantages in the Iraq War, from being accused of illegal invasion - exactly what Iraq was - to having leaders like Blair and Bush end up publicly disgraced.

Besides, that cost a great deal of money. This phony-jihadi approach has been largely financed by Saudi Arabia’s princes - people, by the way, for whom the presence of large foreign armies in the Middle East becomes a serious domestic political liability. The Saudi princes are also people who have worked for years trying to regain the good will of America after 9/11. They are willing to do almost anything which doesn’t generate instability at home.

So, America teamed up with Saudi Arabia, Israel, Britain, France, and originally Turkey to launch and sustain a six-year work of destruction in Syria. Because the actors employed were "rag-heads," it was possible to sit back and pooh-pooh the horrors you were in fact assisting.

Britain and America pretended to bomb outfits like ISIS while largely in fact destroying Syrian infrastructure, thus providing ISIS and other ugly mobs like al-Nusrah effectively with an air force. All of the above-named countries supplied weapons to the mercenaries - many caches have been discovered by advancing Syrian forces with the countries of manufacture clearly stamped on them - and they periodically sent in covert special forces to assist them. British and Americans have been spotted there in the past, and, of course, now France openly moves troops illegally into the Kurdish region.

But the effort in Syria has largely failed, and the Israel Lobby is very unhappy about the fact. The evidence for that is seen in a score of little clues - Israel is hardly going to publicly "own" the Syrian horror although it always verbally attacks Assad, even while its own army is busy slaughtering unarmed Palestinians - clues from renewed attacks on Jeremy Corbyn - whose true glaring fault is that he does not support this kind of nasty stuff - to calls by various Israelis and Israeli apologists in the United States openly calling for Assad's assassination.

Only the other day, an apologist at the American Enterprise Institute, one of America's privately-endowed "think-tanks" which basically serve as academic-looking propaganda mills, Michael Rubin, openly suggested that it was time to kill Assad.

His call just mimicked the recent words of an Israeli minister, almost like an effort to give a public call for state murder some respectability. That's sure my idea of a principled approach, but that is just a part of the ugly realities of the Syrian War – so often deliberately misrepresented as a civil war.

After all, with the disappearance of the Syria we know, Israel hoped not only to further legitimize its illegal occupation of Syria's Golan Heights but to grab still another slice of Syrian property for its Greater Israel project. It also would see a neighbor who did not agree with all its illegal and unethical behavior swept conveniently away.

Well, now with all the missile explosions in Syria - again, all completely illegal under international law - Trump and May and Macron can crow and boast and thump their chests like the apes they imitate. They get to strut around and tell their people what strong leaders they are. Maybe get a little adulation and support, all of them being unpopular in their own countries. After all, it is well-known effect on the psychology of populations that they tend to close ranks in conflicts.

And they want to be seen as leaders of such high principles as that no injured child could possibly go unrevenged. America should try telling that to the parents of the vast pile of child corpses which it left in Vietnam, in Cambodia, in Somalia, in Afghanistan, in Libya, in Iraq, and in still other places.

A million children killed by this wonderful country would be an extremely conservative estimate. You see, in poorer countries, populations are very young with a high proportion of children compared to adults, and when you bomb such places, you absolutely kill vast numbers of children. And, boy, does the United States like bombing such places.

Even were the United States not in fact what it is – the world’s greatest killer of children over the last half century or so – who or what appointed them to revenge events in other places, even were the events genuine, as they very much are not Syria? America completely ignored many genuine mass murders – in Rwanda, in Indonesia, in Cambodia, in the Iraq-Iran War, in Chile, in Palestine. Why? Because there was nothing politically to be gained. America’s self-appointed role as “punisher of injustice” seems limited only to countries where it is politically engaged and has something to gain.

The attack was carefully planned not to affect Russia, who had made it very clear what the consequences of doing so would be, and, in truth, it accomplished little. The dirty foreign-inspired Syrian War is mainly over, and the bad guys lost.



FURTHER THOUGHTS ON AMERICAN AND BRITISH ACCUSATIONS OF SYRIA’S USING CHEMICAL WEAPONS:

The authorities responsible for what is virtually certain to have been a staged false gas attack in Syria have little regard for the intelligence of their citizens.

Why would Syria, which has pretty close to won its war against foreign terrorists, even think of doing this at this time in this place? And for so little advantage to themselves?

If Syria still had chemical weapons, why confine their use to this little patch?

At this moment when a whole renewed public controversy had been raised in Britain with the questionable Skripal affair?

It makes no sense. Syria could have used such weapons in multiple areas, saving some hard street fighting in many instances, but it did not.

Further, even were the attack genuine, using real chemical weapon, why would the cutthroats trying to destroy Syria not be the likely candidates?

Why is Assad automatically accused? And without a bit of evidence?

Absolutely none of our corporate press, despite running story after story with glaring accusatory headlines, has even a single reporter on the spot. They’ve questioned no real authorities either. There is zero journalism behind those headlines, such as we’ve seen in The Guardian for days.

In all such matters, whose word do you give more weight to? Russia, which has destroyed its stocks under the international chemical weapons treaty or the United States, which still has not done so?

Remember, the greatest independent investigative reporter on the planet, Sy Hersh, told us clearly a while back that the United States ran an operation out of Gadhafi’s smashed Libya, an operation supervised by Hillary Clinton, transferring quantities of the murdered Gadhafi’s stocks of nerve agent to the mercenaries in Syria so that a “red-line” event could occur, allowing Obama to freely and self-righteously bomb Syria and reduce it to the chaos that had been made of Libya?

And remember, only a major Russian diplomatic effort prevented the fraud at that time. Syria surrendered, under international supervision, its existing stocks of chemicals for destruction by Russian experts. Syria, like Libya, had maintained such weapons as a counter to Israel’s unacknowledged and totally illegal nuclear arsenal.

Remember also, in the run-up to America’s illegal invasion of Iraq, America and Britain lied day after day about Saddam having such weapons? We had foolish scenes at the UN and foolish dossiers published, all created as part of a stage play to tell the world that Saddam had what he did not have at the time, chemical weapons.

Remember further, in the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s, a terribly bloody war secretly encouraged by the United States to weaken revolutionary Iran, chemical weapons were used heavily by Iraq to slaughter many thousands of Iranians who seemed about to prevail.

Where did those weapons suddenly come from? And did you hear any great outcry over that genuine atrocity at the time?

No, in these matters, people who follow events understand that the unsubstantiated word of the United States or Britain is proven worthless by recent history.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: RUSSIA TODAY SIMPLY HAS MORE CREDIBILITY THAN BRITAIN IN AFFAIRS LIKE SYRIA - HERE'S WHY - SOME HISTORY OF LYING ABOUT CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND NOT EVEN INCLUDING OUR IRAQ EXPERIENCE

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT



“Russia-US tensions — latest updates: Moscow claims chemical attack in Syria was 'staged and directed by UK'”



Frankly, given all that we've seen and experienced in recent years, Russia simply has more credibility in such a matter than Britain. Far more.

It was Russia, after all, that a few years ago, when Obama threatened to bomb over another phony "red line" event, that saw to the organized and internationally-overseen destruction of Syria's chemical stocks.

And it was, after all, Hillary Clinton that Sy Hersh - the world's greatest investigative reporter - told us supervised a plan to remove some of the dead Qaddafi's chemical stocks for shipment to the mercenary thugs wrecking Syria.

Her intention was to provide Obama with an incident so that he could then openly bomb.

The intention has always been to bomb with attempt after attempt made to create an excuse.

Nothing has changed. They are still trying.

Quite unimaginative of the security services, actually.

And the danger is to the whole of humanity who have a mighty good excuse for being angry with America and Britain.

My own view of the Skripal Affair - which I also very much regard as phony because there's not a scrap of real proof - was that it was intended as part of a "one-two" punch against Russia in the planned effort to bomb Syria.

All gross and unethical beyond words.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE GUARDIAN'S WORST PROPAGANDIST AT IT AGAIN - JONATHAN FREEDLAND SAYS WE SHOULD MAKE SYRIA'S ASSAD PAY - PAY FOR WHAT? - GUARDIAN EDITORS HAVE NO TOLERANCE FOR SUCH HONEST RESPONSES

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY JONATHAN FREEDLAND IN THE GUARDIAN (AND PROMPTLY REMOVED BY EDITORS)



"There’s no good option in Syria. But there’s a way to make Assad pay"



Pay for what?

The only thing he has done is defend his country against packs of paid mercenaries from abroad.

He has never used poison gas. Never. There is not a scrap of proof.

However, we've seen several efforts at false flags to say he did so that America can bomb a country which has never attacked it.

Now, there's some dirty work for you - setting up people so you can bomb them.

By the way, Assad is still embraced by a majority of Syrians.

All of its Christians embrace him because he has always defended their interests. The mercenary cutthroats dumped into the country greatly threatened the Christians.

The army, after years of hard fighting, remains loyal.

By the way, when America and Britain illegally invaded Iraq, they not only killed an awful lot of people, they created a couple of million refugees.

Guess who took them in?

Oh, that Assad is a terrible man.

Oh, and by the way, who appointed America the God-like judge and executioner of others in world affairs? This is a country which, since WWII, has killed something on the order of 8 million people, perhaps more, and that would include vast numbers of children. All of it in imperial wars involving absolutely no threats to America.

AFTERWORD:

On all matters concerning the Middle East. Jonathan Freedland, in the contemporary Guardian, plays a role identical to that of Thomas Friedman in the New York Times. He makes sweeping assumptions, makes ridiculous and unsubstantiated claims, and is always doggedly loyal to Israel’s point of view. That’s some of what The Guardian calls its “quality journalism” we are all regularly exhorted to support.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE ROT IN AMERICA CONTINUES - THINK-TANK HACK MICHAEL RUBIN SAYS IT'S TIME TO ASSASSINATE SYRIA'S ASSAD - HERE'S ADVOCACY OF MURDER POSING AS SCHOLARSHIP - ANYTHING FOR ISRAEL

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN INFORMATION LIBERATION



"It's Time to Assassinate Assad": Michael Rubin



Another arrogant American openly advocating someone’s murder. It's becoming a national occupation. America, literally, has become Israelized.

This man, Michael Rubin, is of course serving Israel's interests. Indeed, his public call for murder literally mimics some recent words by one of Israel’s unethical cabinet ministers. Nothing like a so-called scholar echoing the words of a Mafia Don.

Of course, Israel is what the whole filthy proxy war in Syria is about in the first place. Nearly half-a-million people have been slaughtered for Israel, using paid and supplied mercenaries who are disguised as jihadis, with millions more sent flying as hopeless refugees as this beautiful land is destroyed.

The American Enterprise Institute is one of America's "think tanks," where Michael Rubin now sits ensconced in a leather chair behind an oak desk, the standard props provided to bolster the opinions of hacks who have been granted some form of residency or distinguished fellowship.

Boy, they do love those high-blown, academic-sounding titles at America’s privately-subsidized propaganda mills which pose as academic institutions. Their fellows and residents act as though they were legitimate independent scholars instead of paid flunkies. They remind me very much of cheap television actors in white lab coats trying to look like doctors in annoying commercials for this or that headache remedy.

Needless to say, a so-called scholar calling for murder deserves our contempt. Appalling.

However, such ugly stuff is only to be expected when you advocate for the Mideast's Murder Incorporated, otherwise known as Israel.

A recently published book with information from some former Israeli assassins tells us that Israel has assassinated 2,700 people.

2,700 murders. Now, that's quite a record. Really, a distinguished achievement.

And that comes on top of many other gruesome activities. Just in Gaza, we have had three massacres in the last decade under Netanyahu.

Israel, of course, has Invaded every neighbor that it has, some, like Lebanon, several times.

Israel has conducted countless atrocities, including shelling the city of Beirut, dropping a million cluster-bomb bomblets along the Lebanese border, and slaughtering several thousand people in refugee camps.

And then there's all the ugly stuff the US has been pushed into doing so that Israel does not take the international blame for all its horrors. If it actually did all of its own dirty work, it would plainly be seen by the whole world for the violent pariah state that it is. So, the United States is regularly pushed into bloody horrors on its behalf, thinly disguised as American – or, better still, NATO - interests.

The invasion of Iraq was a dream project of Ariel Sharon’s. A million people were slaughtered, and the Mideast’s most advanced Arab state was crushed and pretty well broken into pieces.

Libya, a peaceful and well-run country, was bombed into chaos, and its leader was murdered. Amongst the participants in the destruction was France’s President Sarkozy who had previously secretly taken twenty million Euros towards his election expenses from Gadhafi. Gadhafi was thanked with a bullet to the head.

Syria also is just another project of that old mass killer, Ariel Sharon. Of course, Netanyahu embraces it just as warmly. The Syrian government regularly finds Israeli weapons in areas they have liberated from the terrorist mercenaries.

Here, proxies were used instead of American and British troops as in Iraq. Both Israel and the United States avoid blame with this method. But the proxies are recruited, paid, armed, trained and assisted by America, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France, and, originally, Turkey.

Saudi Arabia, by the way, has worked now for years as a covert partner in Israeli projects. Decades ago, it was a sworn enemy of Israel, but all that has changed. This is how it earned its way back into America’s good graces following events of 9/11. Besides, the Saudis and Israelis share many common interests, including American big-money interests and ambitions to dominate the Middle East.

And we had a coup in Egypt to remove its short-lived first elected government, which came after thirty years of the tyrant, Mubarak, someone with whom Israel was very comfortable. Whatever it says in public, Israel actually cannot tolerate other democracies in its region, democracies representing the interests of all those tens of millions of Arabs. Israel always wants tyrants or kings, tyrants loyal to American policy. So, a coup was arranged with CIA help, and eighty million Egyptians face an unlimited future under another dictator to keep Israel happy.

Today, yet more dark plans are underway, these against Iran, a country which has attacked no one. There is nothing Netanyahu would like better than seeing either a coup or a war in Iran. Israel hates having competition for the Middle East’s most important country. Never mind that Iran has ten times the number of people that Israel has, Israel should be preeminent.

All of that, to say nothing of what appears to be the perpetual enslavement of millions of Palestinians who have no rights, no freedom, no hopes, terrible conditions imposed on them, with their very homes and farms not safe from theft. They have spent half a century in a human squalor of Israel’s invention.

The re-created Israel, as a state, has an almost non-stop record of killing, war, oppression and not much of a record of anything else, setting apart the clear achievements of gifted individuals whose creative work might just as well have been done anywhere else. So, Israel’s apologists in the United States, as this so-called scholar, are pretty much in the business of defending and advocating killing, abuse, and oppression.

The America, we all grew up thinking we knew, simply no longer exists.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MACRON HAS PROOF - FRANCE'S SECOND-WORST PRESIDENT EVER ASKS FOR OUR TRUST ON SYRIA - MACRON FORGETS WE ALL HAVE PROOF OF HIS OWN LAW-BREAKING

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN LIZZ NEWS



“French president Macron says he has PROOF that Assad launched horrifying gas attack in Syria” 



If you have proof, Macron, publish it.

We can all understand real proof.

Right now, Assad is guilty of nothing, and it is close to certain no such attack even occurred.

But what Macron really has is undoubtedly bullshit.

After all, look at the terrible record of this man as President of France for only a short time.

I doubt he has uttered a true word once. Few French people have much respect left for him.

There is no independent thinking to be found in Macron.

France even now is putting troops in the Kurdish region of Syria, a clear violation of international law.

So, we indeed have proof, with our own eyes, of law-breaking and aggression, Macron’s own.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CANADA'S BOY-WONDER PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU BACK IN ACTION - FLYING FROM PERU AND BACK ON A BIZARRE CONTINENTAL ODYSSEY TO SAY A FEW WORDS BACK HOME

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS


“Trudeau to interrupt foreign trip to meet with Notley, Horgan on pipeline impasse
“PM will return to Ottawa from Peru on Sunday to meet with premiers of Alberta, B.C.”

Of course, it's a no-win situation politically for Trudeau.

But that is what national leadership is about.

We have a national leader to make decisions for the good of the country as a whole.

The basic situation here is clear.

We have a vast and valuable resource. There is a vast market for it in the Pacific. Putting them together is unquestionably in the national interest. It’s how Canada earns its way in the world.

It goes without saying that the pipeline should be constructed to be as safe and secure as possible, but built it should be.

Nimbyism by an entire province is the opposite of the national interest. Pipelines are like roads and railroad tracks and communications infrastructure – they are essential. Chaotic conduct undertaken in the name of greenness and some indefinable notions of precious unchangeable earth is religion, not rational government.

By the way, is he wearing his serape on this continental odyssey?



Thursday, April 12, 2018

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TODAY'S INFORMATION WARS? FAR WORSE THAN THAT - WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR ANYONE WANTING TO BE INFORMED IN THIS CHAOS - GUARDIAN'S UNBLINKING CENSORSHIP AND PROTECTION OF HOBBY HORSE NEWS TOPICS LIKE SYRIA AND THE SKRIPAL AFFAIR

John Chuckman


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

“The Facebook hearings remind us: information warfare is here to stay”

Information warfare?

That's putting a nice face on something far more insidious and dangerous.

Almost nothing in print or broadcast can be trusted anymore by people who admire logic and like to consider facts.

On all sides, it is chaotic.

Someone who cares can only be informed, to any extent, by checking and cross-checking the various claims and judging by the known motivations of the writers or speakers. The Internet makes this possible now to a limited extent, which is perhaps why many have suggested a role for Internet censorship, including, if I’m not mistaken, The Guardian.

It's almost like being on a jury for every major international development we have. Listen to the cross examination, look for any hard evidence, and evaluate the trustworthiness of the various testimonies.

There is little honesty or directness anywhere to be found.

This paper, for example, has run day after day stories on either the Skripal Affair or what many regard as a staged gas attack in Syria. Almost invariably, these top-of-the-page stories offer no opportunity to comment. Nor are there stories giving alternative views. Nor, still, are there stories, as about Syria, with any real reportage. No one on site asking questions, ever.

A former British Ambassador only the other day on Scottish television reiterated the view held by many that the so-called White Helmets are not to be trusted, yet they are the main source for all the unsupported headlines. That group is subsidized by the American and British governments and by George Soros, a man whose NGOs have a history of relationships with CIA.

Also, Russians on the site in East Ghouta have said there are no corpses. None. The  local Red Crescent Society and local hospitals say the same. Are all such people persona non-grata to the press?

They cannot be interviewed? Apparently so.

But the notorious (for many) White Helmets are quoted daily. As is a man in a London bed-sit who styles himself as an organization with expert information on Syrian affairs, none of it, first-hand or supported by other sources.

In the Skripal Affair, we have the strangest official statements that go completely unquestioned. The daughter doesn’t want to talk to her relative in Russia? Virtually all the relatives of the Skripals live together in Russia, but they aren’t going to talk after all this dramatic public noise?

It is preposterous on its face, but where is the press investigating? They are not. They just dutifully publicize the official statements.

I think what we are experiencing goes far beyond “information warfare.” It is dangerous beyond telling in the times in which we live.

Putin has said recently that the world seems to be descending into chaos. I think he is very right and makes one of the only honest statements we have from any leader in “the west.”

There are reasons why this is so, but they have nothing to do with what we read and hear from the press. The press only echoes the chaos. It is a dangerous world indeed.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: PUTIN SAYS WORLD IS PLUNGING INTO CHAOS - IT COULDN'T BE BETTER SAID

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN PRAVDA

“Putin: The world is plunging into chaos’

Exactly my view of the way world affairs are going.

In "the West" government actions are hidden or incorrectly explained by a very compliant corporate press, both in print and broadcast.

Many, many people in "the West" truly do not know much about what is actually going on.

Many of them cannot take the time to find out, to do a little investigating, so the old tricks of the press and official spokespeople still retain some of their effectiveness.

There is an important set of motives for "Western" government action never explained to the people.

It is a very dangerous time indeed. And in "the West" we do not have a single statesman of the caliber of Putin. We have clowns like Trump or May and compliant mediocrities like Macron or Merkel or Trudeau - all combined in a devilish brew of America’s Deep State drive for "full-spectrum dominance, everywhere" and its submissiveness to the demands of a colony which never stops demanding and whining, Israel.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AMERICA'S IMBECILIC FRONT MAN FOR THE DEEP STATE - OTHERWISE KNOWN AS DONALD TRUMP

John Chuckman

COMMENT TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

“The Washington Madhouse and Its Imbecilic Front Man Take Us to the Very Edge”
"Not only is America run by fanatical ideologues with a messianic complex, the front man for the whole show is an imbecile and a sociopath of the very highest order who thinks bringing the world to the brink of war is like the games he probably plays on his XBox" 

"Imbecilic Front Man”

That exactly describes Trump today.

In these matters, he is no more in charge than the first certified moron President, Bush, was ever in charge.

But Trump does make a lot more noise and only adds to the confusion.

What a truly ridiculous country to regard itself as running the planet.

Ridiculous, yes, but extremely dangerous, having calculations and intentions in some things not unlike Hitler.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: RUSSIA'S LITTLE REMINDER TO ALL THOSE AMERICAN SHIPS LOADED WITH CRUISE MISSILES HEADING TOWARDS SYRIA

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO A VIDEO ON YOUTUBE


“Syrian War Report – April 11, 2018: US Destroyers, Subs With Hundreds Of Missiles Near Syria”

Yes, and Russia, just the other day made a point of flying one of their fighters, clearly loaded with a KH-35 anti-ship missile, over their base at Tartus, Syria.

It was photographed.

It was a word to the wise.

That missile can sink any of these American ships. And Russia's Chief of Staff has stated that an American missile attack on Russian areas of Syria will be answered with a return attack against the points of launch.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ISRAELI SNIPERS SHOOTING UNARMED PEOPLE IN GAZA IS NOT A "CLASH" OR ANYTHING ELSE OUR BIASED PRESS CALLS IT - IT IS MURDER BY AMBUSH

John Chuckman




COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY ADAM JOHNSON IN FAIR



"Israeli Snipers Shooting Unarmed People at 100 Meters Isn’t a ‘Clash’"


It is always this way with Israeli affairs.

People are shot. They were “militants,” whatever that contrived, vaguely dangerous-sounding word means.

Here, people are clearly ambushed by trained military, and yet there is a “clash.”

Actually, Orwell said it all a long time ago in his “Politics and the English Language.”

The extent of this nonsense, from and about Israel, tells astute readers of the immense abuse going on.

Of course, it is the same with Israel’s godawful project in Syria.

Gangs of paid and supplied mercenaries are termed jihadis or some such irrelevant term.

They are paid, trained, supplied, and encouraged by a little club consisting of America, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Britain, France, and originally Turkey, but not a word of that is in our press.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CANADA'S CBC NO BETTER THAN THE CORPORATE PRESS AT TELLING US ABOUT WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING IN THE WORLD

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE ON CBC NEWS



“Trump's foreign policy approach with Syria, Russia is a 'blunt tool'

“President's tweets contradict his own 'Trump Doctrine' on telegraphing military moves”



"Trump's way of approach to foreign policy carries risks"?


My, my, now who would ever have guessed that?

We need an "expert" to say that?

Anyway, I think you have things quite wrong.

This man isn't merely taking risks, calculated or not.

He is impulsive by nature, as we see in many examples - from his language habits to his known private behavior or to an extreme and impulsive policy step like moving America's embassy in Israel or hurling missiles into Syria - and he is not a man grounded either in knowledge or in principles.

And I do very much wish CBC would stop running things like the videos manufactured by the White Helmets. We have many reasons to believe they are carrying out a fraud. the former British Ambassador to Syria said so in an interview just recently on Radio Scotland. They are funded by Britain and the US and George Soros, whose NGOs appear to have often worked with CIA.

If you want to really know what is happening or has happened, you could try some old-fashioned on-the-spot reporting, something you simply do not do anymore.

Our press and broadcasting, in covering matters like this, are the ones taking risks, leaving all their readers or listeners uninformed about what is going on.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MY CORRECTION TO A GUARDIAN EDITORIAL ABOUT CHERISHING AND DEFENDING THE BBC - NEWS AT BBC NO LONGER WORTH READING

John Chuckman


COMMENT POSTED TO AN EDITORIAL IN THE GUARDIAN



“The Guardian view on the BBC: we should cherish and defend it”



"We should cherish and defend it”

Correction, if I may, you should cherish and change it.It has done some terrific things, although they are not mainly associated with its news function.

Since Tony Blair's time and the murky events around the death of Dr. Kelly, BBC News (on the Internet) has been very perceptibly diminished. I recall clearly its changing tone.

In this, as in so many things, Tony Blair proved a lamentable national leader.

News at the BBC site really isn't worth looking at except to study the twists and turns of journalistic word games.