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"'All The Psychoses of US History' : How America is Victim-Blaming The Corona Virus Dead!" by Lois Beckett:

"As racism warps the US pandemic response, a health crisis has escalated into a Culture War."

Why do Americans represent less than 5% of the world’s population but nearly a third of the known coronavirus death toll? Not because of government incompetence, the Trump administration is arguing, but because Americans are very unhealthy.

The United States’ organized response to the pandemic had been “historic”, Trump’s health secretary, Alex Azar, told CNN on 17 May, but America “unfortunately” has a “very diverse” population, and black Americans and minorities “in particular” have “significant underlying disease”.

Jake Tapper, the CNN anchor interviewing Azar, paused and squinted. Surely, he asked, Azar was not arguing that “the reason that there were so many dead Americans is because we’re unhealthier than the rest of the world?”

Azar doubled down: “These are demonstrated facts.”

“That doesn’t mean it’s the fault of the American people that the government failed to take adequate steps in February …” Tapper said.

“This is not about fault. It’s about simple epidemiology,” Azar said, adding in a pious tone: “One doesn’t blame an individual for their health condition. That would be absurd.”

Blaming black Americans for dying from a novel virus because they had diabetes or high blood pressure was precisely what Azar was doing. Someone had to be held responsible for an American death toll approaching 100,000 people, worse than any other country’s reported deaths. In order for the Trump administration to remain blameless, someone else had to be blamed, and the administration was now blaming the dead.

It took less than a month after the first shelter-in-place orders to devolve into a full-blown partisan culture war, complete with armed protests egged on by the president; conservatives questioning or denying death numbers; pundits arguing against a continued lockdown with lines like, “You can call me a Grandma killer”; attempts by hair salons and barbers to stage acts of civil disobedience; and some states led by Republican governors moving to quickly reopen, even as other states with Democratic governors announced months of continued restrictions.

A majority of Americans remain supportive of public health restrictions, including nearly half of Republican voters and 68% of people who have lost a job or suffered a pay cut.

The anti-lockdown demonstrations at state capitols have attracted a messy jumble of protesters: anti-vaccine activists and other conspiracy theorists, rightwing provocateurs, members of known anti-government militias, gun rights advocates, established conservative groups backed by wealthy billionaire donors, Republican stalwarts and people who were actually out of work.

It would be wrong to argue that racism was the sole motivation for the protests, or even a decisive factor for the many different protesters who showed up.

But the moment when the US response to coronavirus escalated into a full culture war is revealing. The big protests at state capitols, with crowds of white Americans demanding their governors reopen the economy, started about a week after national news outlets began reporting in early April that black Americans made up a disproportionate number of the dead.

Systemic racism created the health disparities that made black and brown Americans more vulnerable to dying from coronavirus, public health experts say; and now the same racism is also shaping, and undermining, the country’s political response to the pandemic.

Back to the Puritans

It’s not surprising that Americans, who are used to tackling every problem through the lens of “individual rights”, would struggle with how to respond to the collective demands of a pandemic.

“It’s this mismatch in terms of a social problem, and the tools we have at our disposal to make sense of it,” the sociologist Jennifer Carlson said.

Americans don’t have much of a national vocabulary for talking about collective action and sacrifice. Jon Stokes, a gun rights activist from Austin, Texas, has strong opinions about tyranny and freedom. But he said he was frustrated that some of his usual allies did not seem to understand that dealing with a novel virus, in a country where no one has immunity, required a different kind of politics.

“Our rights are being violated. That is all actually real,” Stokes said. “But this is one of the few times when that’s OK. Pandemics – these call for a collectivist response. They don’t work without one.”

For some wealthy Americans eager to reopen the economy, the motivating fear may be the risk of social change, the historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz said.

“The capitalist class, those who benefit most from the unequal system, they know it’s not sustainable,” she said. “They’re desperate not to stay locked down too long, so people get used to fresh air, breathing air without carbon in it,” she said. “People might get ideas of a different kind of world.”

To Dunbar-Ortiz and other historians, Americans’ push to reopen the economy during a pandemic, and some Americans’ willingness to hold armed demonstrations in order to do so, looks like a case of almost psychotic repetition.

It’s not a new idea that thousands of people must die to preserve America’s “business as usual”. It’s not a new assumption many of those people will be brown or black.

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The Navajo Nation, where many families do not even have running water to wash their hands, has one of the highest rates of coronavirus in the country.

The coronavirus culture war is “kind of a petri dish of all the psychoses of US history”, as Dunbar-Ortiz, the author of An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, put it.

European colonists established their settlements in the midst of the mass death of indigenous people and opened the American market for business “at gunpoint, in the wake of that epidemic”, said Patrick Blanchfield, the author of a forthcoming 500-year history of American gun violence. Enslaved black people died performing the essential labor that kept the economy running. The smallpox virus the Europeans had brought to a new continent full of people with no immunity would leave tens of millions of people dead.

Today, “who is being asked to die for the market to be open?” Blanchfield said. “It’s black people. It’s Native American tribal communities.”

Early Puritan accounts of arriving in the New World and seeing indigenous people dying of illness are marked by a familiar self-righteousness. The Puritans look at an epidemic and “think it’s a divine dispensation”, Blanchfield said. “The very fact that people are dying is taken as both pragmatically offering market opportunities ... but also as a theological vindication of your own survivorship.”

That Puritan instinct to see infection as a sign of guilt, and health as a kind of vindication, is currently playing out across the political spectrum.

American liberals sometimes treat their belief in science as a kind of religion, Blanchfield argued, fetishizing technocrats and rejoicing when conservatives who do not “believe in science” are punished.

Some liberals have posted comments regretting that they could not wish that participants in “reopen” protests would get coronavirus, because they might infect other, innocent people, Adam Kotsko, a political theorist, said.

After Georgia decided to reopen businesses early, despite continued warnings from public health officials, one liberal activist with a large following tweeted “sips coffee” as her only comment on an article reporting that Georgia had seen 1,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.

Even as some leftists on Twitter were calling the GOP a “death cult”, other leftists were suggesting that the punishment for unbelievers should be death.

This impulse to blame other people for getting sick is rooted in fear, said Jonathan Metzl, a professor of sociology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University.

“Everyone wants some narrative, to explain the unimaginable level of illness and death and vulnerability that we’re all feeling,” he said. “Everyone wants there to be a logic to this.”

The victim-blaming on the left, though, has come from individuals’ Twitter accounts, not Democratic party leadership. The victim-blaming of black Americans has come from the highest levels of government.

CONTINUED BELOW IN COMMENTS ...

fiat justitia ruat caelum ...


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[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (23675) 1 year ago

Vaccines work. Masks work. Science proves these facts.

Empathy is what this country needs more of.

"The Crucial Vaccine Benefit We’re Not Talking about Enough. The vaccines not only prevent people from getting sick; they also cut down on transmission by those who get infected after immunization." From Scientific American.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-crucial-vaccine-benefit-were-not-talking-about-enough1/

"How the unvaccinated threaten the vaccinated for COVID-19: A Darwinian perspective" by Emanuel Goldman in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

https://www.pnas.org/content/118/39/e2114279118

And, from National Institutes of Health, "COVID-19 vaccines and decreased transmission of SARS-CoV-2"

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8287551/

"Conclusions: Current clinical evidence shows that COVID-19 vaccination protects against severe symptoms of the disease but is also an important tool to decrease the spread of the virus and the rate of infection At this point in time, the global COVID-19 pandemic is complex, some countries have vaccinated a large portion of their population, others have difficulty accessing vaccination, and there is a wide variety of measures put in place and closures between the countries. These discrepancies may bring out variants of the virus, and prolong the global pandemic phase. Vaccinated individuals are likely to be less likely to transmit the virus; however, it remains critical to continue to maintain responsible behaviors."

And, therefore, masks should be worn by all, vaccinated and unvaccinated.

Regarding masks, these lovely people amassed a total of 47 peer-reviewed studies, bless them:

https://www.kxan.com/news/coronavirus/do-face-masks-work-here-are-49-scientific-studies-that-explain-why-they-do/

This stuff is indisputable. It's science. It's having some faith in your government no matter how much you hate them. It's believing in your heart that your government is not out to kill the masses of people or is inserting chips via a vaccine needle in an attempt to control your life and every move (so silly really). It's having a little trust.

It's understanding that a virus can infect any form of life and that the particular virus we are dealing with, COVID-19, is airborne. Therefore, it floats through the air and stays in the air for a length of time. If you are not wearing a mask and you are infected (whether you know it or whether you are asymptomatic and don't know it) you are spreading the virus into the air for others to breathe in. Hence, "I wear a mask to protect you."

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/04/health/239-experts-with-one-big-claim-the-coronavirus-is-airborne.html

It is true that some people may have absolutely fantastic immune systems and they know they won't get sick but THEY CAN STILL SPREAD COVID asymptomatically to someone whose immune system may not be so fantastic so it's about EMPATHY. Wear your damn mask and get your damn vaccine.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

FANTASTIC AND IMPORTANT COMMENT^ and YES ..."Empathy is what this country needs more of"!

Further to which, please also try to consider:

BOTH by Jake Johnson, with whom U may share a real world friend. Thanx for your comment and links,

et fiat justitia - ruat caelum!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 1 year ago

The whole world should be vaccinated. It is the only way to end the pandemic and it is the moral, correct thing to do.

"Recognition as the vaccine's joint inventor can help the U.S. government finally responsibly steward the vaccine's use, including by helping secure access for the billions of people still awaiting a safe path out of the pandemic," Maybarduk said in a statement Wednesday. "We, the people, paid for its development. Federal scientists pioneered the understanding of coronaviruses and then worked in partnership with Moderna."

"But Moderna has turned this people's vaccine into a rich people's vaccine, refusing to share technology with WHO or developing country manufacturers and sharing very few doses with COVAX while overcharging poor nations," he added. "More than 10 million people have died from the pandemic so far. Humanity cannot afford the U.S. government's passivity. It is past time to share NIH-Moderna with the world."

From: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/11/11/nih-praised-finally-showing-modicum-verve-vaccine-patent-fight-moderna

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Sadly re. COVID19, there is just far too much ignorance around. As a wee corrective - please consider:

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 1 year ago

Best article on immunity and vaccination that I have read:

https://www.houstonmethodist.org/blog/articles/2021/sep/the-covid-19-immunity-spectrum-how-protected-are-you/

"Here's why immunity following infection isn't enough:

"The immunity that you get following infection and vaccination are not exactly the same. If you look at antibody levels, studies have shown that the levels in most people are higher following vaccination than after infection," explains Dr. Bernard. "Although infection does lead to the development of antibodies to different parts of the virus, most of these have not been shown to protect against reinfection. So, vaccination gives higher levels of the protective antibodies than infection does."

Plus, we don't have an easy way of assessing the immunity that follows infection out in the community.

"For instance, it's not feasible for us to know how robust of an immune response each person mounts during infection or how quickly a person's immunity wanes over time," adds Dr. Bernard.

Put another way: There's no way to say, 'Your immunity should protect you for about eight months,' to one person, and then say, 'Your immunity will only protect you for a few months,' to the next.

"On the other hand, the immunity acquired through vaccination is being actively studied in a controlled, detailed manner through the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine trials. It's information from these studies that's prompted the FDA to make third shots available to those who are immunocompromised and begin discussions about booster shots for everyone else," says Dr. Bernard.

Plus, there's still the risk of getting COVID-19 again.

"Reinfection with COVID-19 is somewhat rare, but it's likely to become more and more common over time and if more concerning COVID-19 variants arise," warns Dr. Bernard.

In fact, a recent study found that unvaccinated adults were twice as likely to get reinfected with COVID-19 than those who got vaccinated after they'd recovered from their illness. And even if your symptoms are more mild the second time around, you could pass the virus to someone who's higher risk.

The bottom line: The natural immunity that you get following infection isn't enough. Even if you've had COVID-19, it's important to get vaccinated once you've recovered."

The important takeaway here is that following science is the correct thing to do and that science has weaknesses, yes, but it always seeks the correct answer.

Science doesn't have all the answers with regard to Covid, immunity, vaccination, etc. but it is seeking them, and it certainly has more answers than just saying Covid is a hoax and energy and crystals and ivermectin will keep us safe ffs.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"The Evolution and Meanings of Human Skin Color"! by Nina Jablonski:

I think that the fascinating information in that^lecture, has COVID relevance.

Thanx for the excerpts from a very relevant article. Can we join more dots?!

e tenebris - lux?!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 1 year ago

The evolution of human skin color is closely tied to vitamin D and the rays of the sun. This is a fascinating lecture worth a watch to the end:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc4OFcT5m1Y

Here is a summary.

Humans need vitamin D to survive. The ancestors of humans, such as apes or Australopithicus Africanus, had light skin under a lot of hair so they were protected from the harmful ultraviolet rays they faced in equatorial Africa. As humans evolved from these ancestors, the hair disappeared leaving the light skin bare. This put humans at risk from the harmful UVB rays near the equator, so their skin became darker with eumelanin as a way to protect the skin, like a natural sunscreen. This process happened over hundreds of thousands of years.

Eventually, when humans migrated out of Africa to places with low UVB, their skin color had to change once again for survival. In climates where there is less UVB they did not absorb enough vitamin D with their dark skin, so the skin lightened or became de-pigmented over time in order to absorb the necessary vitamin D needed for survival. Again, this process took thousands of years.

I think you are right, Shadz, that this may have connections to Covid seeming to be worse for people of color. Pigmented skin absorbs less vitamin D then de-pigmented skin and vitamin D is important to the immune system.

Anyway, fascinating discussion about why we look different but how, in the end, we are all one race!

She also does a nice discussion of "the other" and how race in terms of skin color became a way of separating and dividing people. Really worth a watch.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 9 months ago

Your summary ... "Humans need Vitamin D to survive. The ancestors of humans, such as apes or Australopithicus Africanus,had light skin under a lot of hair so they were protected from the harmful ultraviolet rays they faced in equatorial Africa. As humans evolved from these ancestors - their hair disappeared leaving the light skin bare.This put humans at risk from the harmful UVB rays near the equator,so their skin became darker with eumelanin, as a way to protect the skin, like a natural sun screen. This process happened over hundreds of thousands of years.

"Eventually, when humans migrated out of Africa to places with low UVB, their skin color had to change once again for survival. In climates where there is less UVB, they did not absorb enough Vitamin D with their dark skin so the skin lightened or became depigmented over time in order to absorb the necessary Vitamin D needed for survival. Again, this process took thousands of years" .. is just simply excellent!

And furthermore - on a somewhat 'salient tangent', please also perhaps try to consider the info here:

adspice et prospice!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 9 months ago

Take Vitamin D for Covid protection!

"Vitamin D Deficiency Linked With Increased COVID-19 Severity and Mortality"

https://scitechdaily.com/vitamin-d-deficiency-linked-with-increased-covid-19-severity-and-mortality/

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 months ago

Note "Young Americans Who Go Hungry"! - by Sam Polzin, Ahmad Zia Wahdat and Jayson Lusk:

"The authors’ survey shows a significant portion of Gen Z – 30 percent – has relied on free groceries from a pantry, church or other charity."

fiat lux et fiat justitia!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 3 months ago

"Adult members of Generation Z are experiencing food insecurity at over twice the rate of the average American, according to our latest consumer food survey. In fact, about 1-in-3 Americans born from 1996-2004 have had trouble affording enough food in 2022.

That compares with fewer than 1-in-5 millennials and members of Generation X, and fewer than 1-in-10 baby boomers.

We run the Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability at Purdue University, and every month, through our Consumer Food Insights survey, we query over 1,200 Americans with the goal of tracking national food security as well as many other behaviors, attitudes and preferences related to food.

Food insecurity means having a lack of money or other resources for food. And when food insecurity surges, it can take a long time for affected populations to recover. After the Great Recession that ran from 2007 to 2009, food insecurity increased by 34 percent. It took a decade for food insecurity to drop to its pre-recession levels." From https://consortiumnews.com/2022/08/10/young-americans-who-go-hungry/.

All the more reason for Biden to cancel student debt. The burden is too much to bear for people whose lives are already too difficult.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 28 minutes ago

Gen Z has work demands that should be supported. It's not all about money though money is a big part of it.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/onemind/2022/07/22/the-future-of-work-depends-on-supporting-gen-z/?sh=347c999447af

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 9 months ago

This PFAs study result could be extremely significant because it might explain the precipitous decline of sperm count in Western men's semen. Not making enough kids explains a lot of the social dynamics of the Whites being replaced by the less polluted and more fecund peoples ( such as the fastest growing group of people: the Muslims; could it be that Muslims practice intermittent fasting which keeps them younger biologically and thus more fecund ? { Evolution shows that successful procreation requires health and health is better in biologically younger people who have already matured reproductively } Jews although being Semites as many Muslims are have been living in Western culture and thereby polluted so our neo-Nazis need have no fear of being replaced by Jews because Jews' AI translation regarding "a boundary problem" from a Russian proverb had become "the meat is willing but the liquor is rotten;" American Jews at least don't raise or are incapable of raising large number of rug rats anymore.)

White people homeland, Europe's destiny is to become Russia's bitch because Russia has access to readily available Siberian-reservation sperm as well as oil and natural gas Nord Streams. Russian products such as oil and natural gas are "cheap" and they prevent Europe from being beholden to America. Freedom isn't "cheap." Russia can sell the oil and gas to Red China instead if Europe becomes too uppity. Daffy Duck will learn the lesson from real life eventually. Germans say that they had won the Cold War to unify their country because of their trading ability with "the Evil Empire." It's true that a former German Chancellor sits on the board of Gazprom so all Germany needs to do to safeguard its homeland from the coldness of the stalling of the Gulf Stream is to raise the issue of insufficient gas supply in a board meeting of Gazprom, Russia's state-owned gas company. It's easy to get Europe warmed up. Pootin should get Angela Merkel onto the board, too, for reassurance to Germans that they'll stay warm in winter by two powerful Gazprom board members advocating and voting for Germany in Russia. My Dad ruled out my childish suggestion to emigrate to Germany partly because of his having experienced the brutally cold 1939-1940 winter in northwestern Germany as a POW or enemy alien as he was working for the British when his coal-powered and probably dual-use-Appalachian-coal-hauling ship was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat and he had got to Newport News at the time when Chiang Kai-Shek was switching Nationalist China from allying with Germany to America ( Hitler chose Imperial Japan for World Conquest as the Asian partner to start a war front on the U.S.S.R.'s Far East, as "China wasn't ready [militarily as Germany knew that very well because most Nationalist China's high-level military advisors were German and they trained and helped equip Chinese troops with German military equipment]." Taiwan had by now gotten out of the fascist tactics of Nationalist China { especially its secret policing and assassinations } and became democratic; I'm no fascist so I felt apprehensive about the Nationalist government on Taiwan although I believed that the heir of Ching/Qing dynasty subsequent to the Chinese Revolution of 1911 was the Republic of China governed by the Nationalists.) It seemed that my Dad had been at Sandbostel and was marched there from the ice-frozen Elbe river near Hamburg. That winter was the one during which Stalin bullied Finland to secure defense against the coming Nazi German onslaught and got his dumb ass ( Chipotle(R) wasn't there in the U.S.S.R. at that time, sorry, but we have Gazprom now, don't we ? ) handed back in that many pieces. He knew that he had hoodwinked Hitler into getting a piece of Poland for Russia without expending effort so he was expecting retribution from Hitler who got North Atlantic European powers into joint fight against Germany. It's a joy to be simple; it's a joy to be free. It's a joy to be all that you can be. Appalachian coal helped sustain Britain during WWII allowing it to become the springboard for the liberation of continental Europe ( supposedly well protected by the powerful continental force, France.) The moat of the English Channel mattered ( as did the connections between the British and the Germans through marriages and Anglo-Saxon ancestry which helped make Hitler hesitate because he thought that a British royalty was about to join and ally with Germany to purge the Bolsheviks led by Stalin who had just betrayed him as a fellow partner-in-crime by taking over Poland not as a fellow killer but as a scavenger; "noble wolf" was raging mad because the "hyena" which had duped him into being hounded by the canids was eating his kill, Poland.)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5598264/

Did Steve Jobs actually die of PFAs from his lifestyle of interacting with his chemical environment ? Was he a couch potato on PFAs-treated furnitures ? Did he eat a lot of takeout foods or baked goods in PFAs-coated containers ? Did he consume oily foods such as milk, yogurt, ice-cream, butter, etc. made from polluted areas or once held in PFAs-coated containers ?

The fluorine in PFAs replaced what is hydrogen in hydrocarbon-based chemicals. Once fluorine got into a bonding, its highly negative electronegativity prevents it from being dislodged, thus the "foreverness." Its unable to form additional bonds makes it slippery and stain proof. Anything that is forever is not recyclable by definition and ends up like sand grains in the chemo-machine mechanisms of a human body.

It's not good unless the chemo-machine mechanisms have already gone rogue such as churning out cancerous cells. Fluorinated chemical compounds can interfere with DNA production thereby suppressing cancerous growths.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 9 months ago

WTF is "White People Homeland" .. U race fixated fool?!!!

WhoTF d'U think is even reading your reactionary crap?!!

When is it be time to address your mental health issues?!

ad iudicium?

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 9 months ago

White people evolved their white skin in high-latitude Europe so Europe is White People Homeland. Black people evolved their black skin in low-latitude Africa so Africa is Black People Homeland. Isn't this obvious from the skin color video you wanted me to watch regarding vitamin-D's connection to skin color ?

As for the homeland part, Black people can live healthily and well in high-latitude areas if they behave in a certain way to acquire vitamin-D, likewise for White people. Just don't become "mad dogs or Englishmen" in low-latitude India.

The skin color to race connection was probably invented by the European Colonizers. You have obviously been "under European weather." I myself have probably been "under European weather" longer than you have ( considering the fact that the first two vocabulary words I had learnt in my first kindergarten were "apple" and "arm" in a British Crown Colony called Hong Kong and lived all my life hence in former British Colonies frequenttimes referred to as America by the Europeans ) but Hong Kong was a far-flung outpost of the British Commonwealth situated in overwhelmingly Chinese neighboring peoples and cultures, I hadn't even learnt the idea of race until I got into Queen Elisabeth School and discovered that the Principal and his son, the fellow student in a different grade, were "clearly different" in phenotype. Hong Kong had 99% Chinese people then so you should excuse my ignorance about race. It had never made any sense to me until I saw real samples. I had some earlier exposure to what you might call race because a brand of toothpaste my family had used had a picture of a black person with absolutely white teeth. It just didn't cross my mind at all why it should even be any significant at all ( it seemed to be an advertising character -- my Mom told me that people used the black person to highlight via the contrast how gleamingly white a user's teeth can get if they were brushed well with that brand; that explanation made sense to me because I had absolutely no emotional baggage about race or skin color; race and its associated emblem of cattle-prod-mark of skin color were an artificial societal construct to answer any question about superiority dogmatically; is having sickled-cell anemia gene superior or inferior ? it depends on the context; I see no reason whatsoever why the original, of ancient lineage, users of the swastika symbol should yield to the usurper's corrupt usage and the whole mess of induced emotional baggage.)

In the early-grade readers' pile of reading materials from my elementary/primary school, I indeed came across the picture of a naked black man with many many grooves etched upon his back. As I understand it by now, he was licked by whips and those were scars on his back. At the time, I didn't even imagine that people would do such things. It was definitely "over my head." Racial superiority or inferiority didn't register in my mind.

The book people had:

"God spoke all these words, saying, ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the 
land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.’”

- Exodus 20:13

American expatriates still in Ukraine, eat the unleavened bread and embark, now. Behold !

Cyberwar jamming ceasefire observations indicates a probable false-flag operation in progress. The first casualty of war is the truth. It's why Americans should get out of the way if possible at all. Ukraine got arms so they'll show their desire and courage to defend their homeland. Since Belarus' people wanted to be free, they can sabotage the Russian invaders' and their government's war-supporting capabilities. Ukraine can probably arm them well in a fight attacking the rear end of the stupid asses.

N.A.T.O. countries' volunteer citizens nearby should send in more arms if the war drags on. United Freedom Volunteer Space Force of Adriatic-Pacifica will sabotage Russian oil and gas pipelines supplying the war machines ( Ukraine should know where the ice-breaker idiot had failed and do better in cutting off Russia's access to its North Caucasus; in urban fighting, try and see whether lightpoles or street sign poles can be jammed into tank treads to immobilize them; steel chicken fencing may also gum up tank treads.) Germany mustn't ship steel pipes to Russia for pipeline repair as Russia doesn't know how to make them yet. ( Have you driven a Russia-manufactured car lately ? Not I. Ah know, ah know. Russia knows how to make ice-breakers, such as Nazi Germany's idiotic Hißler(R) brand.) After warring for a while with the oil and gas pipelines destroyed, Russia will learn its lesson not to be uppity -- it's quintessentially a European country. It will need to be protected by N.A.T.O. eventually because its nuclear weapons and stockpile haven't been kept up to date. Radioactive elements, especially the warm-to-the-gloved-hand ( Stalin's techies didn't even wear gloves, how callous, cynical, or stupid ! Ukraine may want to join the Global Plutonium Association and the Revolutionary Peoples' Liberation Front ) plutonium with much shorter half-life than highly enriched uranium, break down all the time unconditionally.

A little bit of acid or alkaline dropped over thousands of miles of pipelines can rust them through insidiously. Russia needs millions of surveillance cameras and miles and miles of wires to watch all those pipelines across no-man's land. This is how Pootin tries to assassinate people, by smearing poisons on objects such as novichok on door knobs and Po-210 on mini ball bearings. Russia can live up to its true name Rustia ( the bottom horizontal red strip of its flag was probably rust { the other two horizontal strips may be thought to represent white clouds on top and blue sky in the distance; Iraq-proven Javelins are great tank-killing weapons so use them well -- N.A.T.O. has the industrial capacity to make more supply available -- Russia's productive capacity is vastly outclassed by N.A.T.O. U.S. U.K. France Germany all either have vastly more or more economic power to sustain a long proxy war against Russia { yeah, after decades of the Afghapakistani War after 9/11, I pretty much forgot about that war as scoring 44-0 instead of 22-0 just mattered not to the U.S. because Osama bin Laden -- the one the [¿sunni-Islam-mind-blinded?] Taliban had refused to give up to be tried for terrorism charges -- had already been killed; Allahu Akbar ! } which has an economic output about the same as Italy's; N.A.T.O. citizens can field "Peoples' Voluntary Supplies" for an indefinitely long duration from the "arsenal for democracy" } -- I once wondered why crimson paint wasn't expensive at all; I then discovered that its redness came from the pigment called iron oxide; yep, it's "cheap" alright -- rust !)

It's easier to destroy than to build. Pipelines cannot be repaired at the same rates as they can be destroyed. Russia has very long pipelines so they cannot be guarded easily or cheaply. Russia has a few spines connecting its European from its Siberian Far Eastern parts. These can be severed in a war. Pootin is working as the ice-breaker to crunch the western front for Xi of Red China which will get Russia's stranded-from-export-to-Europe gas cheaply. Wooh, what a Big loss for German "trading acumen" to Red China ! When U.S. firms retreated their commitment of development to Red China, Germany rushed in to fill the gap. Did the Germans actually know that Red China had been boasting of and encouraging more "reverse engineering" of German products ? I guess few Germans understand Chinese language. Germans were great at creating "non-aggression and peace" pacts such as those with Stalin and also in Munich. Bloomingdale Insane Asylum is applying a straitjacket to the lunatic megalomaniac lashing out in upscale Maison Française. I wonder where his money is because he had shown his bank passbook before being admitted to join Chicken-7. Electroshock therapy applied to the straits on the jacket may help usher in the new world chaos. An alternative therapy may be to create resource-rich East Turkestan as an independent state to free it from time tyranny.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 9 months ago

a) Your Beardy Man In The Sky can just fk off with his patriarchal crap!

b) This is a genuine question grapes -- but are U actually mentally ill?!!

c) Just whoTF d'U think is actually reading your ever rambling crap?!!!

Meanwhile, see if U can grasp the significance of this link by Scott Klinger:

Now try to reply by staying on topic & by being concise,U annoying dingbat!

et "nosce te ipsum"!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 9 months ago

For grapes' sake, am now repeating this video here again:

It's still "Really worth a watch" & will be 'til this forum ends.

Solidarity & thanx for the ongoing support here for so long.

pax, amor et lux ...

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 9 months ago

Fixate upon skin color and become entrapped by the slave owners. Transcend skin colors and become free.

"God spoke all these words, saying, ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the 
land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.’”

- Exodus 20:13

Slavery evoked divine intervention to part Red Sea to make way for Freedom in Sinai Desert.

Baby was golden as were the Japs, same skin color. Chinese and Japanese are "one single people." Japan still shields their youngsters from learning of their elders' atrocities. Japs were editing history textbooks in order to gold-wash them in the typical tradition of the Communists (and also condoned by them.) Where did the Japs learn this bombing behavior ? From the U.S.A. for "opening up Japan" for trade, using steel-black gunboats and cannons. Hong Kong used to have a newspaper which ran articles describing Japs' atrocities in detail so I learnt for example how the Japs ( my Big Brother said that they might have been Koreans conscripted by the Japs because Korea was conquered by Japan ) tied Chinese women to chairs and raped them as their penile commodes in their quarters. It's why I suspect that the design of the bidét which baptized me might have been influenced by Japan. If every soldier shared the same vagina, they had got problens with venereal diseases galore despite their changes onto new vaginas at the penile "comfort station" for soothing the bulging-dicky boys. Hence, there were human vivisection, syphilis transmission, frostbite, weapon testing on prisoners, etc. done by Imperial Japanese Army Unit 731. The U.S. got these human-experiments' data from the Japs vivisectionists in exchange for non-prosecution of their war crimes. Japan and the U.S. have thus hush-hushed this. Besides the powerful in Japan were often "potential" war criminals. Kim Il-sung's invasion of South Korea cemented the relationship between Japan and the U.S. because neither wanted the Communists to take over globally. Red China also hush-hushed this because of Japanese investment money. Many Asian countries' elders still recall the horrors of the Japs but their youngsters don't know or don't want to know. A resurgent Japan still strikes fear in Asia though. Insular Japan hadn't learnt good governance from Chinese classics well. The Chinese Communists eviscerated much Chinese culture so I look to Taiwan as a place of refuge of the persecuted millennia-old Chinese culture. The Nationalists committed bad things in Taiwan, too, but Chinese culture wasn't snuffed out there as much as in the mainland. The CCP has realized that it needs Chinese culture to govern China well. It's not surprising given the fact that Communism is a foreign idea without millennia-old field testing in China. Communism was also being pursued in all of the wrong places, not in advanced industrialized societies such as the U.S.A. as Karl Marx had envisaged. The Commie dumb asses wanted the wealth be shared but there just wasn't much wealth to be shared in these wrong places so they could achieve "equally poor for all" alright by killing individual drive, thus leaving their countries developmentally retarded. Trump was Doö-tard but that's certainly better than striving-for-Communism Big-Wok-of-Rice-in-Communes Collectivist Re-tard. A trillion dollars here and a trillion dollars there and soon we'll eat multimillion-dollar shared meals. Why didn't government price controls didn't work to make things cheaper for folk ? They tended to dry up supplies. The Russians of the U.S.S.R. said, "you can buy your car at [government] price [years] later." Price control doesn't solve the lack of sufficient supply or excessive demand. It can be use momentarily to achieve short-term relief for folk but there must be a concurrent effort to solve the underlying imbalance problem. In capitalistic "free" markets, the buyer who pays ridiculously high prices may know why the prices are worthwhile ( as I had been such a buyer on multiple occasions [for transportation to rendézvous with life-changing-event juncture "as I will come to you in a dense cloud; and you shall walk upon it"] so I as a consumer preferred the lack of price control restricting supply.)

In the U.S. [largely the South and later the Southwest], the most progressive skin-color integrationists were the African-slave holders who wanted to breed native-born American slaves of African-slave descent for Africans' genetic superiority in resisting malaria etc. endemic in West Africa ( as a diseased and sick slave is useless labor -- no gain, just pain of the pocketbook; imported POW transoceanic-shipped African slaves cost too much -- "America First"; American jobs whether handy, blowy, pushy, dicey, or otherwise should go to native-native-bred Americans first, even those inside of Bloomingdale Lunatic Asylum to "seal the deal" with the "snapping-turtle deity pedaling at the surface of the murky pond water, searching for someone.") Despite the miscegenation laws, risks of damaged reputation, societal condemnations, as well as sexually transmitted infections, they bravely fulfilled their duties as masters, in secret, to propagate their slaves by bringing the females in for semen planting to fill in for their male mates who were too overworked and tired from their daytime field work to perform their holy life duty of propagating their genetic endowments to new native-born American slaves ( each "Other Person" being three-fifths representationally human { 2.5 fifths after discounting women who had no representation so 3 > 2.5 was sweetened for slave states } as enshrined in the pre-Emancipation U.S. Constitution for Electoral College representation enumeration purpose in order to appease the slavery states, mostly southern initially but slavery's extension into the new western states causing economic and then political disturbances eventually caused the American Civil War.) It's why the U.S. has many "Blacks" which the Africans said that they weren't really much black at all. On the average based upon DNA genetic evidence, every American Black had a purely Caucasian grandpa who had risked their societal status, health and lives with sexually transmitted infections, and reputation to pass on to them their massas' White genes. Blacks have on the average as much Caucasian genetic endowment as much as Hitler the non-German had his Jewish endowment because their grandma had spread her wings and been uplifted, taken to the sky in "legitimate political discourse" with Red Chinese characteristics.

Plantations planted many different seeds and crops such as tatoes -- among which, planting White semen proudly continued the widespread golden dismal-swamp tradition of creating native-borns in order to integrate the races at the most intimate level of entwining bodies, chromosomes, and their DNA, thereby exchanging genes as well as bodily fluids.

Regarding how to redress past racial wrongs, our judicial system has the current rule that law enforcement confiscate all suspected counterfeited properties. Since there was clearly White privilege coded into past laws, the redress is to confiscate for redistribution all White-owned properties suspected of having been counterfeited. As the choking death of Eric Gardner had proven, counterfeiting deserved the death penalty so confiscating suspected White-owned counterfeited properties is a very lenient sentencing, especially against cash-loaded German tourists who hog money so that their identities might remain incognito rather than being ama-zong-ed, goo-ogled, visor-ed or massa-care-ed for private client-banging program/programme. Who are the Whites for this confiscational redress ? One sixteenth of clearly non-White genes of an owner of the suspected counterfeited property exempts the property from confiscation. Generally, if a financial institution receives a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill, the institution simply seizes it. That's how the sick problem of counterfeiting has been solved. Another way for such a property to be exempt from confiscation is that such property was verifiably owned by three fifths of an "other person" as defined in the U.S. Constitution. Presumably, most currently White-owned properties are owned by more than three-fifths humans or someone who is purer than one-sixteenth tainted by non-White biological heritable endowment.

The Nazi German military officers had their bloodtypes tattooed to their underarms in case of their needing blood transfusions after being wounded. The U.S. Government's DARPA shall follow in the footsteps of that identification feat by developing a skin-tone-recognition intelligent unbiased AI engine ( a deus ex machina to be blessed by Maison Français in Bloomingdale Lunatic Asylum; if need be, the English Department housed in Hamilton Hall may guide the LaGrangian formulation of the action to arrive at the concise single equation of motion ) to scan the underarms of individuals to determine where they fit into the 16 categories of Whiteness as documented in legacy charts used in the past to decide the socio-racial class of an individual. As for the three-fifths demarcation, we can use the four limbs and the head for the fifth parts. It's easily determined how many such extended bodily parts a person has. When in doubt, we chop off any unclear stump exceeding six inches for the purpose of this determination, of course, while allowing the individual the choice of "fitting in and knowing their place." This algorithm will exempt many delimbed veterans and disabled people from confiscational redress.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 9 months ago

WHAT TF - is this ever expanding crap?!!! U are the one who wants to

"Fixate upon Skin Color and become entrapped by the Slave Owners"

U Christianistic Amero-Supremacist, Sinophobic - Reactionary Oaf?!!

et "temet nosce"!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 9 months ago

Do you agree that there are differences between individuals making them more suitable for resisting certain diseases than others ? My answer is: yes.

Why did the U.S. Southerners go to all the trouble of buying African-origin slaves to work their tobacco, cotton, tater/tato fields ? The European-origin settlers themselves or the American Natives couldn't handle malaria well and died like flies. Europe being located in high latitudes tends to have annual winter which kills off mosquitoes that transmit malaria so the Europeans or their workers who didn't have resistance to it died like flies when they or the American Natives worked the wet mosquito-infested U.S. South. The agrarian economy had to be sustained to produce food and cash crops to buy goods via a seaport such as Charleston so the land owners bought the expensive war-captured slave-ship-transported high-attrition-rate-during-transit African-origin slaves who could resist malaria because many of them have the sickled-cell anemia genetic mutation to hamper malaria's progression. Buy and enslave, the agrarians must or be starved. In those days, despite the help given to sailing ships by the [slave] trade winds near the Equator due to the Coriolus pseudo-force arising from the spheroidal surface of the spinning Earth interacting with heat-gradient-driven air convection, the transatlantic crossing wasn't cheap or safe so African-origin slaves were an expensive and sought-after commodity.

What do people do with their expensive properties from being stolen ? Or in case of being stolen, they can get them back if found or caught ? They label them with ownership marks. Cattle get glowing-hot iron prods pushed onto their hide to sear and scar them permanently. What did the U.S. slave owners do with their expensive Africa-origin slaves ? I don't know so I need to research that better. However, I do know that European Colonists in Africa had long figured out that dark skin color was a heritable trait for Black people. The U.S. slave owners used skin color as an analogue to cattle-prod-seared labels for their expensive properties. The idea of skin color thus became entrenched in agrarian European colonizers. It's not so as much for the primarily trading Europeans such as the Portuguese. In both Macau/Macao and Japan, they were confined to small beachhead landing areas. Not having farmland, they obviously didn't farm much. They wouldn't starve if the dark-skinned malaria-resistant folk couldn't farm. Of course, they did trade instead, at least in Macao and Japan. Well, I think fish was one commodity which had been traded because my paternal Grandpa was in that business trading with the northern Europeans, probably via the Peninsula & Oriental Steam Navigation Company. "Within the four oceans, all are brothers," says the classic ( my Grandpa's old-school patriarchic with matriarchic characteristics ) Chinese Law of the Sea. Peninsula referred to the Iberian Peninsula where Portugal ( and also Spain ) is located. The British were also present there in those olden days. The Portuguese invented the fish preservation technique which my Grandpa's Oriental Steam Navigation Company probably used for the shipments of dried and salted fish to Europe ( all the way around the entire continent of Africa near southern Africa's Cape of Good Hope or unloading onto a landed route in the Arabian Peninsula to go through a hot desert; either a long route or a shorter hot route makes non-preserved fish rot so fish trade required a preservation technique ) after having learnt the process via that '&' connection. One can see why Macao-Hong Kong was such an important trading hub: goods were sold and exchanged there between the East (Orient) and West (Occident). In a certain sense, I was born in Hong Kong because of the [now-lost 27th Roman alphabet] '&' -- it was still in use at the time of Newton's Principia with "&c" standing for "etc". It's what I meant when I said that I was born on the Silk Road which also had sea routes connecting my parents' birthplaces and mine. An ancient wisdom is: the bane of trade is diseases -- be hygienic. My paternal Grandpa traded a lot on the Oriental near-coast sea legs of the Silk Road, east of Macao-Hong Kong, while partnering with the Occidentals who had long-distance seafaring skills with their ocean-worthy ships in order to trade with northern Europe.

Later on, the U.S. slaveowners wanted to become self-sufficient in order to avoid paying for expensive African-origin slaves again and again so as to replenish the ones worked or diseased to death so they bought African female slaves, too, for breeding and raising babies to become slave workers.

If the male African field worker slaves were too tired to perform their breeding duties, the U.S. slave owners had to pitch in to perpetuate their labor force in order to keep the plantation going and having people being fed and clothed. On the average, every U.S. Black thereby acquired a perfectly White grandpa. I'm nowhere as well integrated on the genetic level as the Blacks and Whites are. In this country, I've had far more contact with the Whites than the Blacks because of the socioeconomic class I belong to. Let me be truthful about this: there are more wealthy Whites than wealthy Blacks in the U.S. ( Jews are counted as Whites primarily because of their European Ashkenazi cultural background and "Money whitens;" if they were counted as Asians, then Asians have been the highest income ethnic group for a very long time because Jews were rather literally "the book people" and many were professionals so high income over time without extravagant expenditures translated into wealth, the translation formula being the only one that works, no matter which fancy way one contemplates for attaining wealth.) Blacks are more decorative than substantive in the U.S. wealthy class. However, if one subscribes to the "Out of Africa" human origin theory, Africans are the wealthiest class of people all over the world, absolutely without any affirmative action having been taken. This theory holds much merit ( hot drying-up East Africa with its Rift Valley rain shadow stripped our ancestors largely naked to become sweaty hairless upright radiators with insulated vented hairy top which traps sweat but still allows evaporation; cooling was a major issue, with brain, armpits, chest, and gonadal area staying hairy in order to allow liquid evaporative cooling; this is a reason why I think that adapting to global warming isn't hard in my high-latitude area because I would simply take my clothes off to cool down faster or become nocturnal, mole-like subterranean, or wear a water-soaked Depend(R) pad on my forehead { prefrontal cortex has a lot of tissue and sits quite high up so heat tends to be generated and gathered by fluid up to there }; we'll find ways to adapt; wearing masks in public could get one arrested by the police before, but in recent years, not wearing masks in public could get one arrested by the police, right ? intelligent [understanding] police changed their behavior quickly even without any change in law.)

Net worth of a singleton at present = integral of net income from the implantation of zygote onto uterine wall to the present. Elderly people have longer integration interval so if they have net positive income, they get somewhat rich at least over time. Of course, long voyage incurs much potential danger such as inflation. Everyone conspires to take away other people's purchasing power through inflation which allows the redistribution of wealth so persistent inflation is favored by all until it cannot work anymore, due to the eventual lack of fools to be stolen from. It's like Communism, sharing wealth to eventual nothingness. "You can have goodies. Just wait in line ( for a very long time or eternity.)" If there were no revolutions, coups, or revolts, this is actually a very desirable state for the governors because they will be the only haves in a sea of all-else have-nots. They therefore fight tooth and nail to get to and stay in this state of affairs.

My Mom who had lived through hyperinflation said that everything storing value ( government force-purchased civilian gold with worthless paper currency or outright confiscated gold ) could become nearly worthless but good health and labor were valuable even after hyperinflation because no one might trust the numbers or mathematical accounting for depreciated currencies but people still trusted what good labor did or could do for their lives. Even before money had been invented, people lived. Hyperinflation is just due to the collapse of confidence in the "stored value" of the greatly produced currencies. Credibility is therefore of paramount importance in returning from hyperinflation to money-greased ( with "restored store-of-value currency" ) normalcy. This past year's inflation rate in the U.S. is probably around 15% without the underlying fudging. This is very good for shoring up the dwindling workforce because even retired well-off baby boomers must get a few more jobs to make ends meet. Jobs, jobs, jobs ! We need more jobs: blowy, sucky, fucky, ducky, bucky, cucky, or whatever pleases, we shall escort you and we shall overcome.

There are essentially four basic roads to wealth: inheritance, education, marriage, and own business ( "Ask not what others can do for you YET; Ask what you can do for others FIRST." Most people are of the reciprocating type so one should have the magnanimity to forgive the few who let one down by not reciprocating; even "poor people" have "wealth" of some kind; my Mom's "wealth" was her fear of mosquitoes; "Mom ! Aren't my pets beautiful ?" Me? dyslexic ? Well, I'm not the Buddha pest who had ripped three teabags in a row and had to pester the stewardess for a spoon to "sink the tea leaves" with.) Above all, gain wisdom to perceive. There are usually two sides. Choose the right side: 卍.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 9 months ago

So WTF is this^horse shit all about?!

Actually .. nobody really wants to know!

Your logorrhea is clear & without doubt,

Ergo temet nosce - et multum in parvo?

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 12 months ago

Recent decades' breakthroughs in biological science and nascent technology powered by the infusion of shotgun-approach computing technology revealed that the concept of races has no biological basis in human beings. When the idea of race encompasses every human being as belonging to the same race, it totally loses its relevance.

However, its legacy of phenotype dog-tagging the slaves still exists in most human institutions. "We are all one race," said the idealists, factualists, and the scientifically literate and openminded ones but "we are definitely not one race," said the ones who see our actual societal institutionalized racism.

Race is real in the sense that it has real-world consequences. It's as real as God, Mickey Mouse, Captain America, and Batman. Over centuries, the correlation of poverty, crimes, and skin colors strongly influences one's formed opinions about skin colors. Shortly after I had arrived on Morningside Heights and watched in those earliest-in-America days from Morningside Park's Carl Schurz monumental platform with my Big Brother the morning sunrise over East/South Harlem, he told me that the precipice in front of us was a racial divide and personal-safety boundary which I had to observe. There absolutely were dark-skinned people living down there (and indeed over decades, everyone who had robbed us and assaulted us had dark skin colors; as Tessa was, I was also robbed by a gang of three Blacks in NYC.) We went into East/South Harlem once for a government-related matter and I indeed saw a "war zone" there with its burnt-out buildings here and there.

It's why I was so heartbroken ( I could've ended up like her, Tessa Majors, if not for my Big Brother's so-called "racism" or actually more like prudence instilled into me which I had later confirmed to be condoned as a sound policy by a member of the NYPD; there are areas where even NYPD police are afraid to set foot in; Mom used to say, "One cymbal doesn't clang;" so in order to minimize conflicts, keep people apart { restraining orders are one form of this practiced in jurisprudence } -- in my case, I avoided going into East/South Harlem in my teenaged years; on the day when the number-one subway train was diverted to going express into East/South Harlem, I found a bag of cannabis lying on the sidewalk/pavement next to a playground while walking back up to home from the number-two subway train station I got off at ) thinking about the young Barnard student Tessa Majors being stabbed in and having died near Morningside Park (which was very near to our first home in America near to where I was first "plunked down"). I suspect that as a newbie to the neighborhood, she didn't receive my Big Brother's warning !

He told me to watch out for the sky's becoming dark at dusk, broken glass from car windows in street gutters, and bullet holes in large-paned plate-glass shop windows. Needless to say, I seldom set foot in East/South Harlem despite its proximity to our "White Harlem"/"Academic Acropolis" neighborhood ( dominated by Columbia University and Barnard College between Riverside Park with its fireflies/lightning-bugs and Morningside Park ) overlooking the precipice. In my opinion, Columbia University and its affiliated women's college Barnard { nicknamed by irreverent ¿frustrated? male ¿incels? as "barnyard" where the "farm animals" moo-moo and blyat-blyat ¿lesbians? lived } should teach this so-called "racism", prudence, or Voluntary Apartheid to all of their students for their personal safety. For preventing such an awful thing from happening again, Voluntary Apartheid is great ! It's why I value having my Big Brother around despite misgivings ( as he knew these societal things ) and yes, eating very sour kumquat kernels was a valuable life-saving lesson to me in due CoViD-19 times.

I was quite impressed by the Cathedral's artistic work and construction near the southern edge of our neighborhood. It was an inspiration after I had gained an artistic eye to appreciate it.

We have far too many structural unfounded racial divide insidiously operating in our institutions. White people often don't see them but I do. Why do students need to explain or regurgitate mathematical concepts in gobs of English prose using evolved-over-the-years vocabulary and terminologies ( carry, borrow, regrouping, trading, ... "Omicron { not omega yet... }, I couldn't even teach my own kids to do Arithmetics because they didn't know what carry and borrow are but they were taught regrouping or trading," parents complained ) ? Based upon my own experience, when compared with Hong Kong, the U.S. students are at least one school year of education behind.

My kids who were born and raised in the U.S. found this stupid Common Core thing to be extremely challenging and pointless ( they were indeed bored ), involving much drilling for better test scores ( no doubt yet another { aside from the Iraq debacle -- Bush Sr. halted and sidestepped the march of U.S. forces to Baghdad despite the obvious Israelis' preference so Shrub certainly had advisors such as Brent Scowcroft being available to him } stupid-drunkard Bushit excrement from Texass ! -- "Big But, Big Shi, Big Ass," Tex has a great megalomaniac ass shadow, for hiding under from the numerous enemies -- as there are many U.S. troops and huge military bases present there in the Texass Instrument ). My kids succeeded in their education in spite of Common Core, not because of it ! It took much time away from teaching for the pointless measurements which hadn't done much anyway due to the local resistance to shutting down schools (as far as parents were concerned, "no child left behind" became "everybody left behind" because teachers taught to the testing of Common Core). Teachers don't teach well under on-the-job stress. Why do assessments of students' understanding of scientific topics have to be shrouded in so much English prose? "Campaign with poetry; govern with prose" so "campaign with lies; discriminate with [verbose English] prose" makes sense, too.

Why do we have do-nothing White managers holding the power to hire and fire when their being incompetently conservative in clutching their money bags as tightly as Judas did should get them fired first? We have both shortages and excesses at the same time because of these highly paid do-nothing absentee "gate-keeping" so-called "managers."

If you wonder about what has set me off. It's that new energy-saving lightbulb with the flattened copper plate base-tip electrode. It's been made so flat that the plate doesn't touch the electrode in the socket so I'm "in the dark," all for one stupid manager's decision to save a little bit of "expensive" copper from making a slightly more curved for a protruding base tip. I also have a problem with a faucet's washer made a tiny bit too thin that water leaks if I should use the faucet. What the fuck ! What the hell is a faucet that cannot be used as such without its dripping afterwards ? A White manager's cock ? I could actually shut it off after many rounds and rounds of turnings, perhaps 30 times, but that's very irritating -- 0.1 mm of additional rubber thickness on the washer would have probably solved the leakage problem. Guess where these defective things were made. Hint: these were outsourced ( not made in the U.S.A. but "managed" ).

Whites have this very arrogant attitude of blowing their garbage off of their own lands which will eventually do us all in ( trillions of euros of aids didn't help Africa get out of poverty, partly because the Whites used Africa as their dumping ground of used goods, driving out many indigenous businesses so Africa couldn't even stand on its own feet after decades; aids need to be directed by the local people for their local purposes -- as a hand up { by a friend to a friend in need }, not a hand out; there are many university textbooks being dumped each year in the U.S. at the end of a school year; these can be most valuable in the hands of some curious and aspiring youngsters ). I knew some of this type of garbage from Colonial British Hong Kong. Omega...

"There is no certainty, no clarity about exactly what are the Russian intentions, and they may actually evolve and change,” the NATO chief continued. Referring to Russia's seizure in 2014 of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, Stoltenberg added: “They’ve done it before."

There is a possibility that Pootin wants to repeat Stalin's 1939 "Winter War" bravado of "securing Russia against { his-partner-in-crime-of-gobbling-up-nearby-"weaker"-nations-"Yikes! Finland"/Estonia } "Nazi-German" { read as NATO } invasion" in order to get water delivered through northern Ukraine to the grown-to-be very numerous Russians in WARM Crimea. He drove a cement truck across a NEW bridge to reach Crimea but he should have driven a water truck instead. Russians lacking water in THE nation with the most free-flowing freshwater in the world are a cruel joke played upon his Crimean misadventure. He needs a pair of briefs better than Fruit of the Boom's, through which his Eierpflanze often peeks out.

Hong Kong in the late 1960s had a severe lack of freshwater as Crimea does. Red China's weakness coming off of the disastrous Cultural Devolution and traditional Chinese family & $ values ( Red China considered Hong Kong folk to be Chinese despite being British-ruled for over a century already ) helped build a water pipe to deliver freshwater to Hong Kong.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 11 months ago

"Welfare Is So Hard to Get in Utah, Some Feel They Must Join LDS Church for Aid"! by Eli Hager:

"Utah’s safety net for the poor is so intertwined with the LDS Church that individual bishops often decide who receives assistance. Some deny help unless a person goes to services or gets baptized."Also note:

Nobody's reading your rambling crap gripes, so stay succinct & relevant or stayTF off my threads, U nut!

USA - respice, adspice et temet nosce!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 8 months ago

Omega is the nut, not I. Not everyone in Ukraine has their name written in the Book of Life. Faith in evidence saves ( though neither always nor never -- only fools demand certainties in our physical universe as uncertainty/Unbestimmtigkeit Prinzip having been well-borne out by quantum theory and the mass-action principle our electronic-choreography revolution/information age its understanding had engendered operates with.)

We'll see the rise of D.P.R.R. ( Democratic People's Republic of Rustia -- transgender motherland -> fatherland, gets banned for excessive cheating testosterone in "sports" -> popping to become neuterland via the "original, brilliant and revolutionary" Juche thought ) out of the rubbles coming from the drinking of Molotov cocktails soon. The probability is 1.0 that nuclear weapons will be used again in wrath eventually due to escalation seeing no ending in non-nuclear "special military operation." Pootin is a military stirgeon ( i.e. caviar emptier upping the ante on materiel resupplies for more fighting { the fierce hot war in the Taiwan Strait in the 1970s was much safer for all combatants and civilians because it had Chinese characteristics by using a schedule of bombardment and altenately hiding in bomb shelters } ). We Earthlings select, elect, keep for good, and admire nuts in power.

War makes war-supply businesses BOOM. WWII rescued the U.S. economy from the Great Depression for good. Pearl Harbor started the Great Boom. Even women and Negroes ( i.e. the traditional groups of people being discriminated against in the jobs area ) got fulltime employment ( fringe benefits were added to attract workers due to the severe labor shortage ) en masse outside of the kitchens.

https://zh.m.wikisource.org/zh-hans/佛學大辭典/空色

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 8 months ago

U have NOTHING to say that's either intelligible OR interesting for me to hear, U useless fkn dolt!

Furthermore, reread our exchange immediately below and per this OP .. also perhaps try to note:

ad iudicium?!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 8 months ago

Note "Chronicle of a War Foretold"! by Chris Hedges:

From which consider that ... "After the fall of the Soviet Union, there was a near universal understanding among political leaders that NATO expansion would be a foolish provocation against Russia. How naive we were to think the Military-Industrial Complex would allow such sanity to prevail."

respice et adspice!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 7 months ago

Consider how - "The United States Is Exceptional - Just Not in the Ways Any of Us Should Want"!

From which - "Bernie Sanders’s Green New Deal proposal adopted the concept of the “fair share.” True leadership in the global climate fight, Senator Sanders has argued - means recognizing that “the United States has for over a century ... spewed carbon pollution emissions into the atmosphere in order to gain economic standing in the world.Therefore, we have an outsized obligation to help the less industrialized nations meet their targets while improving quality of life.”

And, "On this subject, however, his voice and others like it sadly remain far outside the all-too-right-wing mainstream. (And if you doubt that, just check Joe Manchin’s recent voting record.)"!

et veritas vos liberabit!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 11 months ago

Show me how you measured my "rambling crap." Being American, not European, I'm bottom-oriented, not beauty-oriented, ( i.e. in high-energy particle physics, ) briefer than our bottom-lines-oriented Wall Street folk are. Only emasciated older folk should have "lines" of wrinkles there, Wal-dorf-ed between their Id-dish but-cheeks.

Taiwan which must not go independent is the standard bearer ( China Core ) of Chinese Civilization, nearest to achieving Doctor Sun Yat-sen's plan for "a New China." Red China's hypersensitivity about many seemingly minor issues proves that it's already almost ungovernable: far too big, too complicated, with its brittle Central Government trying to play catchup by using extreme coercive measures ( even the U.S.S.R. in its heydays didn't enforce a single time zone called "Moscow Standard Time"; I actually think that Russians have freer thoughts than the Red Chinese at this juncture because they are far more outspoken obliquely criticizing their oligarchic central government; Pootin isn't a person of fear but of jokes, not so with Shi who has no Fruit-of-the-Boom problem because Pooh exposes its yellow liberated bottom to the air all the time; as for America, I frankly miss Trump for his extremely high butt-of-the-jokes potential relative to Biden; Trump's Presidency' { "simple but not ingenious solutions to complicated problems" } was presaged obliquely in a Hollywood movie "Back to the Future" with the garrish "Pleasure Paradise" for billionaires and modern royalties ) because after its Cultural Devolution and Get-Rich-Quick-At-Any-Cost Adulteration Drive, there exists amongst the Mainlanders a moral vacuum.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 11 months ago

Your "rambling crap" was measured in words, sentences, lines of text & paragraphs,U dolt! And U seem to opine about China - with arrogance, anxiety & amnesia!! The Emperors & dynasties came & went but the sense of Collectivism Cradled by Confucianism runs very deep &, clearly deeper than U can fathom, as is the deep strength of the many, many centuries old Meritocratic Matriculation to the Mandarin Main Stream Civil Service!!! The Chinese Genius is 'Organisation'!! Get it? No,of course U fkn don't, U nutter!

But this thread is NOT about China, is it?! So much more in keeping with the core themes of this thread, consider:

or just fk off!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

OP Part 2/2 ''An acceptable sacrifice’'?

Just days after national news outlets first reported the emerging racial disparities in coronavirus deaths, Trump’s surgeon general, Jerome Adams, said at a White House briefing that communities of color needed to “step up” and advised them to “avoid alcohol, tobacco and drugs”.

“Do it for your Big Mama,” said Adams, who is black.

Lecturing individual black Americans about smoking, rather than talking about African Americans’ increased environmental exposure to air pollution, a demonstrated coronavirus risk, was classic “victim-blaming”, the Rev William J Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, and his son, William J Barber III, a climate activist, wrote in the Nation.

In early April, some black mayors told media outlets they were afraid that African Americans were not taking the pandemic seriously. Media reports described rumors that black people could not get coronavirus.

Ibram X Kendi, the director of the Anti-Racism Research Center at American University, said he was skeptical of these concerns, and of the implication that ignorance was the reason for the racial disparities in infection. Poll results from mid-March had shown black respondents were actually more likely than white respondents to see coronavirus as a serious threat to their own health, he said.

After crowds of mask-less white protesters had started showing up at state capitols, the claims that black people not taking the virus seriously vanished, Kendi said.

“It’s hard, when you have so many white people who are protesting and not social distancing, to argue that they are taking it more seriously and that’s why they are less likely to die,” he said.

But the same argument that black Americans were to blame for dying simply evolved, Kendi said, to focus more on their “pre-existing conditions”

In Louisiana, Senator Bill Cassidy, a white Republican and a medical doctor, had already cast doubt on whether inequities rooted in systemic racism were the reason so many black Louisiana citizens were dying of coronavirus. “That’s rhetoric,” he told NPR in early April. The real answer, the answer backed by science, was that “African Americans are 60% more likely to have diabetes” and that “we need to address the obesity epidemic”.

Addressing coronavirus disparities by suggesting that people lose weight did not actually make sense, said Finn Gardiner, an advocate at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University. On what time frame were at-risk Americans supposed to become thinner in order to protect themselves from a pandemic already in their communities?

But Cassidy’s fat-shaming was familiar, Gardiner said, a way for some Americans to watch the unfolding death while avoiding any responsibility. Americans of all races with larger bodies were left feeling “expendable”, that they were “an acceptable sacrifice”, he wrote.

Blaming the victims of American racial disparities for what they suffer has a reliable outcome: nothing is done. The deaths mount.

As southern states that have seen some of the starkest racial disparities reopen, “I feel like it’s only going to get worse,” Kendi said.

Recent polls of white Americans by a progressive polling firm found that certain white voters were more likely to endorse the idea of “personal responsibility” for health disparities when the people affected were black.

Ronald Reagan attacked America’s postwar investment in social programs, Kotsko said, “by pointing out that the generosity is now extending to black people” and suggesting that “it’s better to tear down the system of solidarity than to allow the wrong people to get the benefits”.

But the victim-blaming of black Americans may also have shaped how white Americans have estimated their own risk.

“If you really thought the coronavirus was going to be lethal to you and your family, would you rush in a big group of people to the statehouse without a mask?” Metzl said. “I think you would only do that if you thought you were somehow safe or immune.”

The problem, of course, is that death and life during a pandemic are not actually determined by moral righteousness. Blaming dead people of color for being sinful, rather than trying to fix underlying problems, only leads to many more people dying.

Metzl argued in his book Dying of Whiteness that the way racism has shaped gun policy and healthcare choices in this country has led to outcomes that hurt black and brown Americans, but that also led to measurable increases in the deaths of white Americans. Today, he’s afraid that same dynamic is playing out again.

But there has only been a “damning” silence from the White House, Metzl said, on any plan to fix the disparities that are leading to tens of thousands of deaths.

It’s not easy to describe what it’s like to be forced to witness the violent repetitions of American history. Listening to other Americans argue that you are responsible for your own death, that your body is inherently expendable, takes a particular toll, said Gardiner, the disability rights advocate, who is black.

The Puritans had a form of torture called “pressing”, used during the Salem witch trials. They made the accused person lie on the ground, and then very slowly, over many days, placed one rock on their chest, and then another.

The terror for Americans now is not that coronavirus is an unprecedented challenge: it’s that all this is so devastatingly familiar.

respice; adspice; prospice ...


[Article copied verbatim under 'Fair Use' from: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/all-the-psychoses-of-us-history-how-america-is-victim-blaming-the-coronavirus-dead & use this link in order to see illustrations & access embedded links.]

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 2 years ago

Excellent article above. Very important analysis of American history.

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

By Edward Curtin: "Drinking Coffee in the Early Morning Rain and Thinking of Donald Rumsfeld"

respice et adspice!

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Consider how "Rotten at the Core ... the US Appeal of the Assange Ruling" is!'' by Binoy Kampmark:

MULTUM in parvo!

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Don't You Know There's A War On?" - by Patrick Lawrence:

"This is the war some Americans, a few, wage against most Americans in the service of an empire that must be occluded so long as this is possible. This is how it is waged, and where. Understanding this is the first step out of our darkness and toward some flickering light."

e tenebris - lux?!

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8307) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

Are you dreaming about 2022 when you can help Moscow Mitch return to power?

[-] 3 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

I can go troll your Twitter account, IF U like - U Fkn Demented Democrap Asswipe!

Don't like Republicunts + Don't like RW Democraps =/= GOP Voter!! U fkn numpty!

ad iudicium?!

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Call Their Bluff Right Now"! by David Sirota:

"It’s time for Democratic leaders to make Manchin, Sinena and every other senator vote — and not on some gutted half measure, but on a real $3.5 trillion bill."

"In general, the Biden administration and much of the Professional Liberal Establishment in Washington have shown no appetite for any kind of intra-party conflict. In fact - Joe Biden’s political machine actually aired ads thanking Sinema for supporting a drug pricing policy she has been helping her pharmaceutical industry donors stymie."

"That kind of feeble obsequiousness reflects the modern Democratic Party’s - nihilistic culture of conflict avoidance."

I TOTALLY FKN DARE YOU TO READ THAT ARTICLE! REPLYING SENSIBLY - IS ALSO AN OPTION!

et veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (23675) 1 year ago

"As grotesque as they are, the gambits from Sinema and Manchin do at least give us a glimpse of their overall strategy. The pair is not only wagering that House Progressives will ultimately bail on their “no climate, no deal” pledge to hold out, but also that Democratic leaders will capitulate on anything and everything. More specifically, Sinema and Manchin are betting that concern trolling the bill in the press will prompt party leaders to once again hack away at the legislation before the two senators are ever put on the spot to vote yes or no."

This whole fiasco leaves me really wondering who's bidding Manchin and Sinema are really doing?

Are these 2 Senators really holding everything that can help the American people hostage all on their own? Or, are they doing the evil work of the Democratic Party power holders?

I personally think it's the latter. The Democrats don't really want to give the people anything much. Let's face it. 40 years of Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden et al, has gotten us nowhere. Why would they really want to start helping the people now?

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Chomsky: Build Back Better Fiasco .. Exposes How Both Parties Serve Corporate Power"! - by C.J. Polychroniou:

Re. "I personally think it's the latter. The Democrats don't really want to give the people anything much. Let's face it. 40 years of Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden et al, has gotten us nowhere (so) why would they really want to start helping the people now?" Yep!

quod erat demonstrandum?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 1 year ago

Chomsky: "Trump has been out of office for several months, yet his influence among Republican voters remains unwavering. What continues to drive the pro-Trump crowd?

We’ve often discussed it before, and there has been extensive investigation by social scientists — most convincingly, in my opinion, by Tony DiMaggio.

It’s not just Trump, though he has shown real genius in tapping poisons that run deep in U.S. history and contemporary culture, and in portraying himself as “your savior” — even “the chosen one” — while stabbing you in the back. That’s no small accomplishment for a person with few talents other than chicanery, fraud, and wielding the wrecking ball to destroy everything he can’t claim as his own.

But it’s not just Trump. We can also ask why Nixon’s racist Southern strategy succeeded, or Reagan’s quite overt racism — in his case, apparently sincerely held. We can ask why the abortion and gun frauds took hold, or why in the face of overwhelming evidence, segments of the left join the far right in anti-vax campaigns, at enormous human costs, or why “more than half of President Trump’s supporters [in 2020] embraced the QAnon conspiracy theory of a global satanic pedophile ring that was plotting against the 45th president of the United States,” who was valiantly trying to save the children from such “prominent pedophiles” as Biden, Hillary Clinton, and other “Deep State” suspects.

The signs of collapse of the social order are too numerous and familiar to review once again. To a large extent, it can be attributed to the impact of the one-sided and vicious class war of the past 40-plus years. There are deeper cultural and historical roots. It’s not just the U.S. European racism and xenophobia is even more malevolent in some respects. One sign is the corpses in the Mediterranean, victims of the frenzy of Europe’s dedication to torture the survivors of its centuries of destruction of Africa."

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

NEOLIBERALISM & 0.01%'s CLASS WAR against the rest of us - are inexorably linked but imagine living in the erstwhile Soviet Union .. yet having NO actual word for Totalitarian Communism & further realize that's exactly where we're at in "The Free West" right now!!!! Here's a definitive analysis of the matter of The Ruling Class doctrine of the last 45 years but which the US/UK MSM never mentions ...

I can never emphasize this^link enough .. as it is THE best short summary & analysis of what's been happening across especially the Anglophone world for 40+ years, about but which the Reaganites & Thatcherites have bleated "TINA" ie. "There Is No Alternative" for 50 years but oh yes - there fkn is!!!

e tenebris - lux?!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 11 months ago

"The privatisation or marketisation of public services – such as energy, water, trains, health, education, roads and prisons – has enabled corporations to set up tollbooths in front of essential assets and charge rent, either to citizens or to government, for their use. Rent is another term for unearned income. When you pay an inflated price for a train ticket, only part of the fare compensates the operators for the money they spend on fuel, wages, rolling stock and other outlays. The rest reflects the fact that they have you over a barrel." From Monbiot.

And, "Financialisation, as Andrew Sayer points out in Why We Can’t Afford the Rich, has had similar impacts. “Like rent,” he argues, “interest is … unearned income that accrues without any effort.” As the poor become poorer and the rich become richer, the rich acquire increasing control over another crucial asset: money. Interest payments, overwhelmingly, are a transfer of money from the poor to the rich. As property prices and the withdrawal of state funding load people with debt (think of the switch from student grants to student loans), the banks and their executives clean up."

This is why forgiving student debt is so important and why the establishment will fight doing so every step of the way. Bastards.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 10 months ago

"Why We Can’t Afford the Rich (w/Andrew Sayer)" - (Video)

et veritas vos liberabit!

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"In 1921, a white mob destroyed a black neighborhood in one of the country’s worst episodes of racial violence. A new film traces the echoes of violence, long whitewashed from textbooks, into the present."

Also ... "The film, as well as the numerous other tributes and investigations timed to the centennial but, said Silvers, hopefully not locked to it, is “just a reflection of a desperate need for truth to be told” + So, please NB "Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten",premiering on PBS across the USA on 31 May, 2021.

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Tulsa Race Massacre at 100: an act of terrorism America tried to forget" by Bayeté Ross Smith & Jimmie Briggs:

NB "It was among the worst acts of violence in US history and no one was held accountable; how much has changed in the last 100 years?"

et veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"The Confederacy was a con job on whites. And still is!" - by Frank Hyman:

respice et prospice ...

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Take Me to Your Leader: The Rot of the American Ruling Class" by Doug Henwood:

"For more than three centuries, something has been going horribly wrong at the top of our society & we're all suffering for it." - I recommend this excellent & insightful article to any and all readers here!

e tenebris, lux ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 1 year ago

Quit working for slave wages!

F-k the bosses. F-k empire. F-k capitalism.

Bo Burnham on the "Internet" which is ultimately "capitalism":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1BneeJTDcU

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"The Right’s War on History and Truth"! by Ben Jealous:

"The United States may be on the verge of an even greater historical cover-up than that of the Tulsa massacre." Nice tune per your link. btw, with some real food for thought, as "Apathy is a tragedy and boredom is a crime"!

From the link: "Until recent years, the Tulsa massacre had been largely hidden from history. The truth was systematically covered up and deliberately erased from our collective memory, by public officials, news media, and textbooks."

et nunc - fiat lux!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 1 year ago

"Apathy is a tragedy and boredom is a crime" from:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1BneeJTDcU

Therefore, we must fight back before it is too late! From your link above, https://www.thenation.com/article/society/systemic-racism-education/

"It is no coincidence that the right-wing war against history and truth is being waged at the same time that new voter suppression laws are being justified by false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump by Black and brown voters casting fraudulent ballots.

Today’s manipulators of history are pursuing a dangerous strategy. They want to weaponize fear and anger to help them win elections in 2022 and 2024. But once fomented, hatred is difficult to control.

Witness the rise of overt white nationalism and hate crimes that accompanied Trump’s intentionally inflammatory rhetoric.

America is on the cusp of something new. We are becoming a democratic society in which no one ethnic or religious group makes up a majority of the country. Some see that as a threat. I see it as an opportunity to fulfill Frederick Douglass’s vision of the destiny of the United States to be “the perfect national illustration of the unity and dignity of the human family.”

The Human Family. I like that. That sounds just about right. No apathy or boredom until we get there!

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

NB: "Why We Need to Democratize Wealth ... the U.S. Capitalist Model Breeds Selfishness and Resentment"! by Prof. R.D.Wolff:

ad iudicium?

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (23675) 1 year ago

Basic Universal Income would really help to eliminate greed imho.

Greed comes from fear. If we took away the fear of possibly becoming penniless and homeless by ensuring that everyone is guaranteed a basic income that provides for all basic necessities, greed would diminish.

Of course, you'd still have those that want to be rich and powerful etc. But, I think most people would enjoy their lives much more, they'd find meaning in things other than earning money. And, those who find meaning in garnering money could do so.

Here's what Prof. Wolf says from your article above:

"To avoid divisive social conflict over redistribution, the solution is not to distribute unequally in the first place. That can remove the cause and impetus for redistributive struggles and thus the need for endless and so far fruitless efforts to find the “right” redistribution formula or mechanism. The way forward is to democratize the decision about distributing wealth as it emerges from production. This can be accomplished by democratizing the enterprise, converting workplaces from their current capitalist organization (i.e., hierarchical divisions into employers—public or private—and employees) into worker cooperatives. In the latter, each worker has one vote, and all basic workplace issues are decided by majority vote after a free and open debate. That is when different views on what distribution of output should occur are articulated and democratically decided."

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Also consider "How The Reagan Revolution - Collapsed America and the Florida Condo"!

"The 40-year con ... by wealthy developers, fossil fuel companies and, morbidly rich billionaires,

who’d rather shoot up into outer space than pay their taxes, has to end or more people will die!"

et veritas vos liberabit!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Tucker Carlson and RW American TV Poison! (25m vid)

respice, prospice; veritas vos liberabit ... et spero meliora!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Josh Hawley’s 'Love America Act' is about Protecting Racism"! (TH)

ecce - anguis in herba!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 1 year ago

Solidarity with all the Winter Springs people of the Deep South. Sometimes, we grow more than MoscowMitch potholes from Obomber's being "Black" blocking JCPOA from becoming a treaty to avoid CoViDio-T ripping it apart so Israel might unilaterally destroy Iran: "Join the Club ! Get into This !" MoscowMitch cares about GOOPy Doos' wind, wind, wind, Trumpery wind, but not about a Middle-East conflagration. Santa Ana said something about history repeating itself. It applies to me-Thane.

It's true that one has more chances to make much more money if one lives in a country with millions upon millions of "Astor Park or Stuyvesant Place" millionaires. Wherever labor is highly valued, wage slavery tends not to exist because the millionaires compete against each other for the labor they need. Our American South is economically retarded [and therefore constipated] due to the lack of this Enlightenment which my Dad had attained quite literally ( everyone had to poo ! My Dad was never a Kimmy god riding a White horse; he might have been a golden god riding a Japanese horse while he was hauling supplies between Hawaii and New Orleans, as I remember having a few U.S. [Panama] Canal Zone postage stamps in our stamp collection which had been stolen by thiefs ) in a public bathroom/lavatory with running hot water in a U.S. port city.

In American terminologies, it's, "Creature comfort is both good and desirable." In British terminologies, it's, "These mongrel people of our former rebellious North American colonies live rather comfortably well ! " Technological capabilities are built up level by level: clean air, water, food, sewage treatment, clothing, shelter, electricity, books, education, library, trade or industry, livelihood, and ability to handle well life's challenges ( sometimes, a bit of extra effort or yet another attempt is all one needs; I call this the assembly-line worker's gung-ho "oomph" which is the secret sauce of success often denied to the more wildly successful workers who gain a "digital-make-it-or-break-it just get it exactly right" mindset; by the time all conditions are exactly right, the opportunity has disappeared; people who have grown wise can sense whether a situation demands just "big-data/machine-learning" large quantity or high quality -- to shove it a little more or "not shoot till one sees the whites of their eyes;" quantity is usually much simpler to achieve by replication but confusing having high quantity with being able to achieve high quality may lead to dead ends; my Mom having come from a Red-China background favored quantity as expected, but a fast-as-a-tornado cleaner threw my laptop [computer] aside to clean the furniture underneath it killed its hard disk -- Yikes ! some software might be worth far more than the hardware -- I wished that I had stronger border control; any country has critical processes going on so I don't want any newcomer who doesn't observe Star Fleet's prime directive regarding non-interference with indigenous or native civilizations until one has accumulated sufficient and relevant knowledge to do good instead of harm.) The U.S. has a persistent bent towards applied sciences aiming towards improving creature comfort and convenience.

It's okay to fail more by increasing the number of attempts because once one has done all one can, it's all up to "the gods." If there's a certain probability of success imposed by them, having more attempts increases the number of successes as well as "the exhaust" of failures. Of course, try to avoid unrecoverable failures and make sure each new attempt doesn't just repeat the same old approach of a previously failed attempt unless one wants to confirm or estimate probabilities using relative frequencies of the occurrence of events.

When the ancestral stone lion bleeds blood from its eyes as foretold in a dream and subsequently explained by an oracle, it doesn't cost much to run for the hills before the predicted deluge arrives to kill. One may lose face by following the village "fool" and also lose a day of productive work but... the sleep-in-and-late-to-emerge worms don't get eaten by the birds because the early birds get the [early] worms and have been stuffed. 向天安门大屠杀致敬。 ( Tribute to the Tiananmen Massacre on June 4th, 1989 from BBC ) U.S. Public Broadcasting Service's Frontline documentary.

Per Douglas MacArthur, the U.S. doesn't care for having a fight in a land war with Red China as Imperialist Japan did ( it's why Hong Kong's Red-China-guaranteed freedoms were lost -- no U.S. appetite to invade Red China over Hong Kong which doesn't stand a chance, due to water and food issues, without Guangdong or Guangxi's help to eat the man-eaters, 岭南: 山高皇帝远。; I find it perfectly acceptable for people to call it "Cultural Devolution" if it involved cannibalism, even if it's truly "revolutionary"; WWII Imperial Japanese troops ate fresh-live-cut prisoners of war and my Dad, who might have got this information from the Imperialist Japanese 《or the later Nationalist Chinese》 occupying forces { both tried to ban cannibalism even if it's a "cultural difference," yeah, not all Japanese or Chinese viewed cannibalism in the same way } told me that there were indigenous-tribal cannibals living in Formosa/Taiwan; Hong Kong under WWII austere Japanese occupation had human<long-porcine>-flesh steamed dumplings, 人肉烧卖, for sale; some Leningrad residents also ate people during Nazi siege, so Red China wasn't alone eating people but eating political opponents en masse was both rare and shocking; U.S. did and still does fight to protect its nationals -- it was the reason why the U.S. had invaded czarist Russian Far East during Bolshevik Revolution [to fight on land the Bolshevik Russians, probably; regardless of whether Bolshevik or not, they were likely Russians there] and also allied with the Nationalist Chinese government to fight Imperialist Japan ) so it's best to short-circuit all of our 401(k) and IRA retirement money funneled into Hong Kong via the MSCI financial index ( for all you great financial people who only know "great" investment returns -- you'll learn that the World consists of more than the unaccounted-for-due-to-"cultural-and-jurisdictional-difference" financial numbers; to all those people with retirement money invested, know that the money may be sitting on the economic battlefield of Chimerica being cleaved apart so it may be caught up in the crossfire conflagration and be burnt up ) and trade with the Russian Far East ( e.g. with Khabarovsk, which may well connect to Europe soon via the Northern Sea Route in summers as Anthropogenic Climate Change melts the Arctic ice blockage in the coming years ) instead. Khabarovsk is even closer to the U.S. Alaska and West-Coast states than the ports of Ningbo's off-mainland deeper water and Hong Kong's. China wasn't Red but was united when it became a U.S. ally, or more accurately, after the Pearl Harbor attack, the U.S. allied with China in the several-years-old-already ongoing war against Japan in which China had been fighting alone by itself.

Note that Douglas MacArthur warned against U.S. getting involved in a land war in Asia, largely due to logistics issues. He didn't warn against fighting an air war or a sea war in Asia. For either one or both, the U.S. is extremely well suited due to its possessing the U.S. Airforce, the largest and most capable one in the world as well as the U.S. Navy, the second largest airforce in the world and often nearly as capable if not more, due to its ability to project massive power worldwide. Both are very experienced in fighting because of their almost continuous overseas war engagements. Overwhelming chances are that at any time somewhere somehow, U.S. Military is fighting. Of course, the tip of the spearhead of the U.S. Military is the U.S. Marines. "Semper Fidelis."

The coming war over Taiwan will be both an air and sea war as long as Taiwan can beat back the amphibious landing forces and hold off for a sufficiently long while for the U.S. to marshal war materiel and assemble for a counter-offensive. Some people may wonder why the U.S. doesn't just pre-stage the war materiel into Taiwan. That is due to U.S. One-China policy ( China tolerates no military bases on Chinese soil which includes both Red China and Taiwan; U.S. didn't deliberately encircle China with bases because peppering the world with bases to safeguard U.S. interests is the default, same as other countries'; both Russia and Red China are doing that right now ) but U.S. doesn't countenance any armed reunification of China.

Red extremists making Molotov cocktails shouldn't gripe that the oxygen in the air ( which other people need; people should learn why people ate people but postwar East Asia greatly improved, except for Cultural Devolution, an over-politicized power struggle spilled over to Hong Kong so I knew of roadside "canned pineapples" and beachside "salty fish" ) encircles their operations, making them very dangerous.

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"The Tulsa Race Massacre went way beyond “Black Wall Street”: Robin D.G.Kelley" by George Yancy:

From which consider: "In this moment of collective remembrance of the Tulsa Race Massacre, I asked the brilliant scholar Robin D.G.Kelley to provide his reflections. He offers deep analysis that provides a counternarrative(a powerful X-ray) of the massacre that allows us to see deep issues embedded within racial capitalism .. that impacted poor working-class Black people and sustained Indigenous suffering."

e tenebris, lux?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"A Series of Slave Revolts .. terrified white residents and helped fuel the rationale for gun ownership"! from ...

respice; adspice; prospice!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 1 year ago

Now that is connecting the dots!

"America’s Gun Obsession Is Rooted In Slavery"! ... by Carol Anderson

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/04/america-gun-obsession-slavery

"...where the militia had been steadfast was in controlling the enslaved Black population. Access to guns for white people was essential for this function."

"In 1788, at the constitutional ratification convention in Virginia, a major source of contention was that the draft constitution had placed the training and arming of the states’ militia under federal control. Virginians Patrick Henry and George Mason balked, and raised the specter of a massive slave revolt left unchecked because Congress could not be trusted to summon the forces to protect the plantation owners. Mason warned that if and when Virginia’s enslaved rose up (as they had before), whites would be left “defenseless”. Patrick Henry explained that white plantation owners would be abandoned because “the north detests slavery”. In short, Black people had to be subjugated and contained and state control of the militia was the way to do that."

"The sheer brutality of human bondage, where plantation owners were notorious for “barbarities such as scalding, burning, castrating and extracting the tongues or eyes of slaves”, had created an overwhelming fear among whites of the enslaved’s capacity and desire for retribution."

It also makes sense how so many gun lovers are also racists, not all, but many!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"The Invention of Whiteness: the long history of a dangerous idea"! ... by Robert P. Baird:

"Before the 17th century - people did not think of themselves as belonging to something called

the white race but once the idea was invented it quickly began to reshape the modern world" &

From which - "With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but

how best to use the news to deceive the public - into giving the fascist & his group more money

or more power.”

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 1 year ago

Throughout most of human history until just prior to the Atlantic Slave Trade, slaves were enslaved by people of the same color skin, for the most part.

Greeks enslaved other Greeks. Romans enslaved other Romans. Africans enslaved other Africans. Muslims enslaved other Muslims. Etc. Europeans, too, enslaved other Europeans, consider indentured servants.

The Plantation Complex and the ensuing Atlantic Slave Trade in the 17th century changed all of that making it become racial and skin color based.

White indentured servants couldn't be officially enslaved because they were fellow "Christians." Native Americans, tragically, were wiped out because of small pox and therefore, were not a supply for labor.

So, the labor supply left were the excellent African farmers who were immune to small pox.

Once you had an enslaved group of people of a different color skin, it became easy to view skin color as a thing like it never was before.

So, as the article above, "The Invention of Whiteness: the long history of a dangerous idea" by Robert P. Baird outlines:

"In the early 17th century, plantation owners in the West Indies and in the American colonies largely depended on the labour of European indentured servants. These servants were considered chattel and were often treated brutally – the conditions on Barbados, England’s wealthiest colony, were notorious – but they were fortunate in at least one respect: because they were Christian, by law they could not be held in lifetime captivity unless they were criminals or prisoners of war.

Africans enjoyed no such privilege. They were understood to be infidels, and thus the “perpetual enemies” of Christian nations, which made it legal to hold them as slaves. By 1640 or so, the rough treatment of indentured servants had started to diminish the supply of Europeans willing to work on the sugar and tobacco plantations, and so the colonists looked increasingly to slavery, and the Atlantic-sized loophole that enabled it, to keep their fantastically profitable operations supplied with labour."

So, it does naturally follow that after the cruel and horrible treatment of the African slaves by whites, that, after their emancipation, whites would become worried about retaliation and hence, create myths to suppress blacks and elevate whiteness. Hence, white supremacy and racism is born.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 1 year ago

So, "How do you tell a story that has been told the wrong way for so long?’” I suppose you just start telling the truth. We as a society have an obligation to do so.

"Smith “had never been taught that the largest slave rebellion in US history happened just miles from the city that had raised me … that the Louisiana Purchase was a direct result of the Haitian Revolution”.

Colossal, sculpted to endow Robert E Lee with an appearance of valor no captioning could rectify, the ignoble commander’s New Orleans monument is gone now. But noting that “at least a hundred streets, statues, parks, and schools named after Confederate figures, slaveholders, and defenders of slavery remain”, Smith suggests the task of eliminating symbols which hurt and humiliate is only just beginning.

Thomas Jefferson’s aerie at Monticello, Virginia, attests to how those so invested in maintaining Confederate memorials might consider that even antebellum architecture or old silver can be imbued with the taint of slavery’s oppression."

From:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jun/12/how-the-word-is-passed-review-clint-smith-slavery-america?utm_term=Autofeed&CMP=twt_gu&utm_medium&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1623610455

and

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/apr/20/the-invention-of-whiteness-long-history-dangerous-idea

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"The Multiracial Democracy Ulysses Grant was willing to die for, is in danger"!

"The old Confederacy, like Freddy Krueger, is trying to rise from the dead and slash our nation with its “superstition, ambition and ignorance”

"Prior to 1965, the only American president to have both promoted and presided over a multiracial democracy was Ulysses Grant, the former general in Lincoln’s army who became president when impeached Southern slaveowner Andrew Johnson’s term expired on March 4, 1869.

"Grant (and Johnson - grudgingly) saw freed African Americans, not only voting but taking political office by the hundreds. It lasted until the day Grant left office, when the Tilden/Hayes election “compromise” of 1876 ended the period known as Radical Reconstruction the following year.

"During this brief time, more than 600 African Americans were elected to state legislatures (the majority in South Carolina and Louisiana) and 16 served in the US House of Representatives."

And ends with these words: "If America is to ever become a truly multiracial republic that fulfils the ideals of democracy, the Senate must end the filibuster now so they can reverse the egregious Supreme Court decisions and guarantee the right of all Americans to vote."

respice, adspice, prospice - et spero meliora!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"After his old master wanted him back, this freed slave’s response is a literary masterpiece" .. by Tod Perry:

"Anderson’s letter showed compassion, defiance & dignity." Thanx for strong excerpts & reply. Solidarity!

veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"The Attack on 'Critical Race Theory' Deploys a Dangerous Fiction of Neutrality"! .. by Elias Rodriques & Clinton Williamson:

MULTUM in parvo!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Consider how "Philanthropy Is a Scam"! ... by Julieta Caldas:

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 1 year ago

Philanthropy perpetuates all the problems with society. Charity is a band-aid, not a solution.

In the 21st century we should live in a society that has no need for charity. That should be the goal.

We shouldn't all be at the mercy of the benevolence of rich people. Rich people should not be deciding what our kids learn in school, what medical treatments are available to us, or if money should be spent on joyrides to space rather than feeding and housing our children.

The people, the masses of people, should be in charge of their own society. This can only happen when the people are in charge of all of the money that runs society.

The U.S. used to have a tax rate of 90% on extreme wealth as a way to redistribute wealth. If we don't go back to something like that soon, we are going to be fully controlled by these sicko rich people.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"David Graeber’s Final Challenge", by Giulio Ongaro:

As, "A new book by David Wengrow and the late David Graeber is a rejection of the fatalistic myths of human history – and a defence of our power to shape our own world." + ....

re."The people, the masses of people, should be in charge of their own society. This can only happen when the people are in charge of all of the money that runs society" ... BINGO!!! And so please see ...

ergo - spero meliora!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Our Future vs. Neoliberalism"! by Medea Benjamin & Nicolas J.S. Davies:

"As we reject the inevitability of Neoliberalism and Thatcher's lie that 'There Is No Alternative', we must also reject the lie that we are just passive, powerless consumers."

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"When Wall Street Came to My Mobile Home Park"! by Francine Townsend

"Mobile homes provide affordable housing for millions. But for private equity firms, they’re just another asset to squeeze for profit."

radix omnium malorum est cupiditas!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 1 year ago

A band-aid applied is better than just leaving a raw wound undressed to be infected and fester. We do need to redress systemic societal wrongs as quickly as possible without breakage.

The last election clearly showed what the electorate desired. The GOP is full of shit. The scumbags in that GOOPy doo with 白帶 cost taxpayers billions of dollars shutting down the federal government, to dupe the pee drinkers, eh ? Recently, they have tried to defer paying for the interest on the trillions of dollars of Trumpery tax cut incurred during boom times for Taj Mahal which took a decade to attain ( the longest-running and having the most meager rates of recovery for the U.S. economy ever -- it's terrible that Obama had a dark complexion so the GOP's top priority was to make him a "one-term president" instead of watching out for U.S. national interest; Obama was intimidated by the Wall Street crowd because he didn't have such background but what did the pee party offer ? 烏龍 pee ? ). The GOP squandered the opportunity for exercising fiscal restraint, instead lininig their own pockets, and stealing purchasing power from the honest-working-and-saving people's lifetime savings via inflation. If the U.S. doesn't get ahead of the paying of the interests in boom times, when will it get a handle on its debts ? ( There's no need to pay off the national debt because it was designed right from the start to be impossible as all U.S. dollars have been borrowed from privately owned banks and they charge interest on the total amount borrowed { e.g. 100 dollars borrowed after one year must be repaid with 103 dollars; where will these 3 dollars come from ? they must be borrowed from the privately owned banks which can create them "out of thin air," because the U.S. Treasury can only legally mint coins 《thus the crazy-sounding but legal scheme for the U.S. Mint to mint a U.S. 1-trillion-dollar-denomination platinum coin to solve the "do-nothing" problem of the legislative branch of the U.S. Government !》, but now the U.S. Government owes 103 dollars to these banks: 100 from the initial borrowng and 3 borrowed to pay the interest; do you see why the borrowing has to increase more and more to cover paying the compounding interest ? } so not paying the interests can collapse the whole Jew-Jerk "People's Bank" scheme which traced its roots to the harebrained Prohibition [of alcohol, the taxing of which was funding the U.S Federal Government]; I dislike seeing much innocent blood shed over this Original-Sin legislative fiasco -- no other major country had ever attempted to do what the U.S. had done with alcohol-bearing beverages which provided the government revenue source in the 1913 Federal Reserve Act to give away the monetary sovereignty of the U.S. Government to privately owned banks to entice their interest and participation in rescuing the country's economy as needed ) The GOP had no spending restraint when it itself was in power. The pee party could see Russia down his toilet throne for sure as it discovered Flushing, Queens, N.Y. Where does it go ? To a piece of Africa's foreskin in Covid-Duh !

Wealth isn't necessarily a curse. What purpose it serves matters. Some used it for buying a brand-new roadster for their child's sixteen-year-old birthday. The teenager promptly joined the "Eat, Sleep, Race" crowd and crashed it, killing himself and others ( while not wearing the proper protective gear, of course, to exercise freedumb in a breakthrough.) Great wealth -- White Supremacy and a curse !!!

Dewdrop-pure freshwater can be made near or in a sea by pumping water vapor evaporated from the hotter surface seawater to cool it down with colder deepwater in order to condense it to form distilled water. The pumping may be done with solar electricity in low-latitude regions with many sunny days such as near a desert. "Mine is the sunlight. Mine is the morning." A cigar has the shape for heat exchange in a sea. "Desert shall rejoice and blossom ( from being given life-sustaining freshwater )."

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

No one is reading your reactionary posts grapes & so keep it off my posts and threads!

Want an exchange over something? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kPLpZN3I3A

Watch this 42m documentary film about the Pandora Papers leak & revert & then see!

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

NB "The Age of Social Murder"! .. by Chris Lynn Hedges:

ipsa scientia potestas est!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Chris Hedges Speaks on ‘American Sadism’!" ...

et veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"“Germ-Ridden Masses”; How America’s wealthy elite describe the rest of us" by Alan MacLeod:

"Increasingly, journalists at establishment publications come from and represent The One Percent, that they claim to be holding to account."

contritium praecedit superbia!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 2 years ago

The rich get richer under lockdown.

"Since the lockdown began, America’s billionaires have seen their wealth balloon by $434 billion according to the Institute for Policy Studies, even as the economy crashes and nearly 40 million Americans have been made unemployed. Among the biggest winners from the worldwide suffering has been Michael Bloomberg himself, owner of the eponymous news network. The former Mayor of New York has added $12.3 billion to his net worth in the last two months, increasing his fortune by over 25 percent. Bloomberg spent around $1 billion on his recent failed presidential run, amassing only 43 delegates before pulling out. Regardless, his big money media campaign flop pales in comparison to the fortune he has reaped thanks to the Trump administration’s CARES Act, perhaps the largest wealth transfer in human history, in which 82 percent of the tax savings will be enjoyed by those who earn over $1 million per year."

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"The Ugly Terror of a Fascist Abyss Lurks in the Background of This Pandemic" by Henry A. Giroux:

caveat!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Centuries of Inequality in the US Laid The Groundwork for COVID-19 Devastation! - (video)

"Dr. Paul Farmer says the devastating U.S.A. death toll, reflects decades of under-investment and centuries of inequality."

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Consider "Deficit Hawk Joe Biden Sabotaged Pandemic Relief Efforts"! by 'Moon Of Alabama':

fiat lux et fiat justitia ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Consider that "In 2020, COVID Put a Mirror Up to Our Society" .. by William Rivers-Pitt:

this: "I am not going to try to make sense of this year, because there was no sense to this year. There was death, and fear, and pain and loss. There was rage, and greed, and deliberate cruelty and a new form of eugenics born of incompetence tied with a bow of hate." Note, it's a race based "bow of hate".

:-( hmmmmmm ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"An insurrection of Upper-Middle Class White People"! by Will Bunch &, in compliment of ^link^:

MULTUM in parvo!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 1 year ago

Protecting white privilege was the goal of the insurrection.

From: https://www.inquirer.com/columnists/attytood/capitol-breach-trump-insurrection-impeachment-white-privilege-20210112.html

"The main reason that so many reasonably well-off folks tried to shut down American democracy wasn’t because they feared losing their paycheck, but because they feared losing their white privilege."

"Yes, many of the 74 million citizens who voted for the guy who then incited an attempted coup do fit the stereotype of struggling or laid-off blue-collar worker in a rusted-out rural community. But those folks aren’t the ones who can take a Wednesday off and fly hundreds of miles, let alone plunk down hundreds of dollars, to get to the nation’s hub. While the Capitol mob was bulked up with other Trumpists — including an alarming number of off-duty police officers, as well as some neo-Nazi or KKK types who’ve been around forever — it was the 401(k) crowd that formed the front line of America’s first real putsch."

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"The Despair of the American Working Class is Real ... And It Is Sowing the Seeds of American Fascism"!

"Why did America’s working class take the perverse position that would lead to its own self-destruction — against any kind of social investment or public institution or collective insurance or action? Because that is what it was swindled into believing"!

WOW!!!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Carefully consider "The Confederacy was a Con Job on Whites. And still is"!

MULTUM in parvo!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Consider how: "Slave Rebellions and Mutinies Shaped the Age of Revolution." .. by Steven Hahn:

And note: "Several recent books offer a more complete, bottom-up picture of the role sailors and Black political actors played in making the Atlantic world."

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 1 year ago

The history of the Atlantic Slave Trade encompasses several continents and many centuries and we are still living with its legacy today.

From the excellent Boston Review article above:

"Enslavement, Brown reminds us, did not simply begin in West Africa and get redeployed in the Western Hemisphere. As a system it was in constant motion, embracing people and states on several continents, trade and commercial relations crisscrossing the Atlantic, and—notably in the eighteenth century—almost continuous warfare as well as brutal regimes of exploitation. Owing to Brown’s success at identifying many of the enslaved participants in the events he recounts, we are able to see how the rebellion in Jamaica was very much an extension of wars erupting in the West African interior, propelled in many cases by the demands of European trade, and involving Africans who went into battle in both places."

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"America has a serious fascism problem but it goes way beyond the kinds of authoritarianism displayed by people like Donald Trump. It goes deep, now - into the very structure of corporate America." ... taken

timeo 'corporati' et donna ferentes!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 1 year ago

"...the lure of fascism for a corporation is extraordinary.

The benefits of fascism include huge profits for the company and its stockholders; massive payouts to senior executives and members of the board of directors; not just tax breaks but actual subsidies with taxpayer’s dollars of a whole variety of activities including R&D and even free land; complete immunity for the executives when their decisions destroy communities or even kill people; and a steady flow, back-and-forth, between government regulatory agencies and the very corporations regulated by them.

It shouldn’t surprise us, therefore, that as long as Republicans are offering this fantastic dream world to America’s corporations, those companies might toss out a few news releases saying they’re not going to support fascistic Republican politicians, but that that seemingly moral stand would collapse almost instantly."

From the Hartmann piece "How Do We Stop Corporations From Shoving Fascism Down Our Throats?" above: https://hartmannreport.com/p/how-do-we-stop-corporations-from

Reading that makes it understandable why South Carolina has eliminated the pandemic top-up of $300 per week on Unemployment insurance. Fascism rules the day and they think people will work for their low shitty pay if they can't get the top up. Sickeningly greedy and deleterious for a functioning society.

No job should be considered a job nor a business a business if it doesn't pay a living wage! FFS!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

By Ed Curtin: "The Will to Believe: Americans and their Divine Masters."

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"The ‘Shared Psychosis’ of Donald Trump and His Loyalists"! by Tanya Lewis:

e tenebris, lux?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Consider - "The National Security State Doesn’t Protect Us. Let’s Redefine Security for All"! ... by Lindsay Koshgarian:

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"The Secret Papers of Lee Atwater, who invented the scurrilous tactics that Trump normalized"!

"The Republican Party, however, does not need to study Atwater’s lessons. It’s still using his playbook."

Lee Atwater was a "practitioner" of the GOP's "Southern Strategy" .. that's permeated US Politics for so long and which ultimately resulted in tRUMP's Koup Klutz Klown's Capitol Hill caper. Hear it for yourself

e tenebris, lux?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"The Alt-Right Is Now the Entire Right"! .. by Benjamin Parker:

"The voices of reason, reality, and responsibility are a cowering minority in the Republican party."

Great quote re. - "it was the 401(k) crowd that formed the front line of America’s first real putsch."

veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"America is at a Fascist turning point and only totally disempowering and humiliating Trump will stop it"! by Thom Hartmann:

"Will our leaders and media have the courage to do it?" Or will Democraps pander to the RW yet again?!

respice et prospice!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"50 Years Ago Today - Activists Burglarized the FBI ... and Exposed Its Undemocratic Abuses"!

A truly brilliant article, containing many real insights into the nature of repressive RW control in the US.

respice; adspice; prospice et fiat lux!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"The Occupation of the American Mind" - (1hr 24m vid.)

BUT ... DARE YOU WATCH THIS DOCUMENTARY FILM?

fiat lux?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago
[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23675) 2 years ago

"Trump’s authoritarian impulses and fascist politics took a dangerous turn when he authorized the use of unmarked, military-clad federal law enforcement shock troops to round up and detain protesters in Portland, Oregon. The troops offered no proof of identification, drove around in unmarked cars, pulled people off the streets with no probable cause, provided no sense of whose directives they were acting under, or who was to be held accountable for their actions. Ted Wheeler, the mayor of Portland, called such actions “an attack on our democracy.” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tweeted in reference to Portland that, “Trump and his storm troopers must be stopped.”

We have seen this before under Hitler, Augusto Pinochet in Chile, and in other dictatorships. When such actions appeared in the past, dissidents, demonstrators and intellectuals disappeared, were beaten, tortured and interrogated in undisclosed sites, and in the worse scenarios, were murdered. What has happened in Portland suggests that the “war on terror” has shifted from abroad to the homeland."

From: https://truthout.org/articles/the-ugly-terror-of-a-fascist-abyss-lurks-in-the-background-of-this-pandemic/

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

David Graeber re. Extreme 'Centre':

This is how Fascists arise & thrive, ffs!

Also thanx for an excellent excerpt bw.

et caveat emptor!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Trump Hates You Even If You Love Him"! by David S. Cohen:

“Maybe this Covid thing is a good thing. [Now] I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people”! The fact that so many Americans want to embrace this man is the real issue in the USA. Fundamental truths about Pre-POTUS tRUMP - are out there if U really want to know his nature!

ecce homo!

[-] 2 points by gsw (3400) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 2 years ago
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"FBI warned of White Supremacists in law enforcement 10 years ago. Has anything changed?"

From 2016 but sadly still highly relevant, given the infiltration of police and military by violent RWNJs.

Thanx for your link gsw .. it made for grim reading, as will the 4 links above. Solidarity to U and yours.

e tenebris, tenebris :-(

[-] 2 points by gsw (3400) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 2 years ago

And we see first hand how NAZISM thrived, when common man traded common sense for ? Someone like a trump

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Losing is 'like psychic death for Trump' .. Psychologists warn Trump may provoke violence after loss"! by Matthew Rozsa:

Alas, maybe "common man" was so sold out by RW Dems that they went for "Devil they didn't know" during the 2016 election but since then - 70m Americans have fallen for GOP's "Southern Strategy"!

caveat actor!

[-] 1 points by gsw (3400) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 2 years ago

It’s like doomsday Revelations ,... literally satanic https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/11/politics/donald-trump-joe-biden-transition/

[-] 2 points by gsw (3400) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 2 years ago

Eoin Higgins/November 11, 2o20 The Media Is Already Rehabilitating the GOP—and Walking America Into a Trap Maybe we need a greater effort to put realism in media for mass consumption, sugary but reality based, mAybe a pbs series examining this https://newrepublic.com/article/160160/neil-cavuto-trump-gop-rehabilitation

[-] 1 points by gsw (3400) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 2 years ago
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Donald Trump has lost the election – yet Trumpland is here to stay"! ... by Aditya Chakrabortty:

omnia causa fiunt et spero meliora!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"QAnon, the Proud Boys & White Nationalist groups flail around helplessly as twilight falls on the Trump era!" from ...

caveat!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"Power Comes From Class War, Not Biden"! - by Hamilton Nolan:

An essential read in these times of Class War waged by U$A's 0.1%!

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by gsw (3400) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 2 years ago

They have big media and small brain multitudes ready for violent action for the right to harbor conspiracy theories, and they have programmed themselves to live in a gulliani fantasy, and think dominion is coming for their bibles .... you can’t reason with this, Is it a religion? Cult crap of conspiracy from media that profits? Sounds like a terrorist network. Terror to imprison minds in histaria and fear of a dominion trump keeps talking about like is a real thing,,,,,, wtf is this dominion he keeps rambling on as if the COVID ate his brain even more https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2020-11-20/why-republican-voters-say-theres-no-way-in-hell-trump-lost

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Republicans closely resemble autocratic parties in Hungary and Turkey – study"! .... by Julian Borger:

As a - "Swedish university finds ‘dramatic shift’ in GOP under Trump, shunning democratic norms and encouraging violence."

e tenebris, lux?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"‘He was extremely radical’: MLK’s children on their father's life & George Floyd's death":

respice et prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

Please note "Trump’s destruction of America started with Reagan" by Thom Hartmann:

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

Furthermore, also consider "Telling the Truth about Slavery is NOT ‘Indoctrination’!" by Clint Smith:

"Our country is made better, not worse, by young people reckoning with the full legacy of the institution."

et fiat lux!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"New Jersey & 12 States Have Racist Laws Denying Cash Aid to Families Having Another Child!"

fiat lux et fiat justitia!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"The Treason of the Ruling Class", by Chris Hedges:

"They've destroyed our capitalist democracy and replaced it with a mafia state."

veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Racist Violence Can’t Be Separated From the Violence of Neoliberal Capitalism" by Henry A. Giroux:

multum in parvo!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Black Lives Matter is about Both Race and Class" ... by Rana Faroohar:

NB: "The death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter marches that have followed have made headlines the world over. But the longer-term political impact from these events could be more wide-ranging than anticipated ... these Protests over Racial Justice also have the potential to seed a new labour movement in the US."

To read the rest of this interesting article & avail the embedded links & video - pls use the link above.

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Report: Hundreds of Police Officers Belong to Racist Facebook Groups" by Michael Harriot

"Investigative journalists have discovered hundreds of law enforcement officers around the country

who are active in members-only Facebook groups that are based on racism, hate & .. well it would

be nice to add a third thing here, but that’s about it."

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"AMERICAN INDIAN PROTESTERS told to “GO HOME” by TRUMP SUPPORTERS at MOUNT RUSHMORE!", by Levi Rickert:

fkn idiots!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Flailing States: Anglo-America Loses its Grip" ... by Pankaj Mishra:

From which: "The abyss of history​ is deep enough to hold us all,’ Paul Valéry wrote in 1919, as Europe lay in ruins. The words resonate today as the coronavirus blows the roof off the world, most brutally exposing Britain and the United States, these prime movers of modern civilisation, which proudly claimed victory in two world wars, and in the Cold War, and which until recently held themselves up as exemplars of enlightened progress, economic and cultural models to be imitated across the globe. ‘The true test of a good government,’ Alexander Hamilton wrote, ‘is its aptitude and tendency to produce a good administration.’ It is a test the United States and Britain have failed ruinously during the current crisis. Both countries had weeks of warnings about the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan; strategies deployed by nations that responded early, such as South Korea and Taiwan, could have been adapted and implemented. But Donald Trump and Boris Johnson chose instead to claim immunity. ‘I think it’s going to work out fine,’ Trump announced on 19 February. On 3 March, the day the UK’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies warned against shaking hands, Johnson boasted after a visit to a hospital treating coronavirus patients: ‘I shook hands with everybody, you will be pleased to know, and I continue to shake hands.’

"Such tardy wokeness, unaccompanied by major economic and cultural shifts, invites scepticism – black lives, after all, have increasingly mattered to corporate balance sheets. The removal of memorials to slave-traders is likely only to deepen the culture wars if it is not accompanied by an extensive rewriting of the Anglo-American history and economics curriculum. Certainly, the new-fangled welfarism of Britain and the US will remain precarious without a full reckoning with the slavery, imperialism and racial capitalism that made some people in Britain and America uniquely wealthy and powerful, and plunged the great majority of the world’s population into a brutal struggle against scarcity and indignity.

"In The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin outlined the necessity of such a moral and intellectual revolution in the starkest terms, arguing that ‘in order to survive as a human, moving, moral weight in the world, America and all the Western nations will be forced to re-examine themselves,’ to ‘discard nearly all the assumptions’ used to ‘justify’ their ‘crimes’. The fire Baldwin imagined in 1962 is now raging across the US, and is being met with frantic appeals to white survivalism. ‘You must dominate,’ Trump told state governors on 1 June, threatening to unleash ‘vicious dogs’ and ‘ominous weapons’ on his political enemies. Understandably, people exalted for so long by the luck of birth, class and nation will find it difficult, even impossible, to discard their assumptions about themselves and the world. But success in this harsh self-education is imperative if the prime movers of modern civilisation are to prevent themselves from sliding helplessly into the abyss of history."

THE ABOVE ARE THE FIRST & LAST TWO PARAGRAPHS OF THIS FANTASTIC ARTICLE, WHICH I CAN'T RECOMMEND ENOUGH!

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"The Poetry of a Movement to Change This Country" by Liz Theoharis:

Which starts: "The word jubilee comes from the Hebrew “yovel,” meaning a “trumpet blast of liberty.” It was said that, on the day of liberation, the sound of a ram’s horn would ring through the land. These days, I hear the sound of that horn while walking with my kids through the streets of New York City, while protests continue here, even amid a pandemic, as they have since soon after May 25th when a police officer put his knee to George Floyd’s neck and robbed him of his life. I hear it when I speak with homeless leaders defending their encampments amid the nightmare of Covid-19. I hear it when I meet people who are tired, angry, and yet, miraculously enough, finding their political voices for the first time. I hear it when I read escaped slave and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass’s speech on the eve of the Emancipation Proclamation.

"I also feel Frederick Douglass’s sharp reminder, from that same speech, of the need for eternal vigilance when I learn of the death of leaders in the movement to transform this world of ours — like Pamela Rush, who lived in the Mississippi Delta with raw sewage in her yard and died from Covid-19 complications, the closest hospital being nearly an hour from her home. (She leaves behind a daughter who needs a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine to breathe and a son.) These are, after all, times of staggering danger, but also enormous possibility, moments that should be met with unbridled imagination, absolute seriousness, and the music of those jubilee horns. Above all, in a world distinctly stacked against us, we must believe that we can succeed."

Good Luck USA. You're redolent with good, intelligent, compassionate people. But you're led by SCUM!

veritas vos liberabit ....

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"White Supremacy Shaped American Christianity - Researcher Says"

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

"The Invention of Whiteness: the long history of a dangerous idea"! ... by Robert P. Baird:

"Before the 17th century - people did not think of themselves as belonging to something called

the white race. But once the idea was invented - it quickly began to reshape the modern world."

respice et prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

''From Trump to Johnson - Nationalists are on the rise – backed by Billionaire Oligarchs!'' .. by George Monbiot:

e tenebris, lux?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"Trump Defends Kyle Rittenhouse But Refuses to Meet Jacob Blake’s Family" by Chris Walker:

ecce homo!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

"'The United States Of War' .. US Military Bases - Are The Key Pieces of The Global War Machine"

"Review of The United States of War: A Global History of America’s Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State by David Vine (University of California Press, 2020)."

fiat lux; fiat justitia; fiat pax ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Consider "US "Super Imperialism" by Dr.Michael Hudson:

In this 90m video exchange - "Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton of 'Moderate Rebels' discuss with Economist Michael Hudson on new cold war, Super Imperialism, China & Russia, dedollarization."

et respice, adspice, prospice!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 years ago

Meanwhile "Palestine Slowly Strangulated", by 'Popular Resistance':

q.e.d.!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 2 years ago

Both Donald Trump and Boris Johnson know by now how real and terrible COVID-19 can be, with Boris on an intimate level ( with "every breath you take" ! ) and Donald on the "possibly being kicked in the butt from the White-porkelain pootinium-clad throne" level.

Both didn't have experience with how evil the Communist Party of China can be so they obviously didn't have immunity. On the other hand, South Korea and Taiwan which had tasted the evil brew, built up more defense than the faraway countries such as the U.S. and the U.K. I wouldn't be surprised that there was indeed a bit of White superiority complex, too, as it is rather evident in the U.S. [imo Reddish White] populace's resistance to wearing a mask in public places. I might have erred in thinking that the U.S. populace could turn on a dime such as it did with its intolerance of secondhand smoking in public places.

It's not my problem if I'm far away--only sociopaths knock down all walls. Globalists in quest of market expansion without adequate walls created the present doom. For great steering into a safe passage, we must see far ahead to learn what's coming ( recall using the field glass or spy glass in old warfare ) and prepare accordingly. New battlefields open up and engagement is mandatory, even for the reluctant ones.