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Forum Post: The Personal and The Political: A brief Manifesto for a Beautiful World, through a Revolution of Everyday Living for USA's 99%..

Posted 4 months ago on Feb. 11, 2018, 1:34 a.m. EST by ImNotMe (1488)
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It is the very ethos of American society that has to change. I agree with you. It is a very tall order and sometimes, I think, not very possible. But if we really think it is not possible - we wouldn't be here talking about it, right?

A long program of Neoliberalism, Capitalism, Consumerism, Advertising, brain washing, etc., has got us to this place. Love of stuff. Love of winning, as you say. And all so that the rich can get richer while the wannabe masses drool in admiration. It's just sickening.

I watched the Olympics last night, you know the bit when the teams march into the stadium and honestly, I felt embarrassed for how arrogant the Americans seemed. No humility.

We have to teach manners, humility, morals, tolerance, generosity, philosophy, poetry even and from an early age, so that people learn that life is not just about how much stuff you can acquire, it is about something much deeper.

We can actually create a society where people care about one another rather than constantly competing with one another. This is NOT the goal of the Oligarchy however, and yes .. at the moment they seem to be winning. "Seem to" being the critical words because ... is it actually sustainable? Life expectancy in USA is falling & suicides and drug use are up. Why? Because the psychological poison that the masses have been fed, is finally starting to kill them!

I have to believe in better and that the revolution is around the corner....


From a reply comment by bw to elf here: http://occupywallst.org/forum/for-those-of-the-99-truly-serious-about-non-violen/#comment-1075033 .... where the replies had reached the 15 comment limit of the mini-thread. Re.''Neoliberalism'' - please consider the following links:

per aspera ad astra ...

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[-] 2 points by agkaiser (2095) from Fredericksburg, TX 4 months ago

"... the extensiveness of privatisation and, even more, the recourse to outsourcing, makes these twin manifestations even much more difficult to evaluate. This is the reason why the near-uncritical acceptance of the “private=good/public=bad” consensus has held sway for so long and is only now being questioned ...

"... At the recent Davos conference, it was reported that there was a general feeling among corporate participants that ethical behaviour needed much improvement; though don’t bet on anything happening very quickly. Another, slightly more tangible cause for a measure of optimism is that a handful of large enterprises are beginning to announce measures aimed at improving their behaviour. We can but hope but time is not on anyone’s side and by default Karl Marx may be allowed to have the last word."

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/02/carillion-can-capitalism-clean-act-will-marx-final-word.html

[-] 3 points by elf3 (3900) 1 month ago

BOYCOTT...the mere whisper makes Wallstreet tremble. It is the most powerful weapon of the underclass. Forget everything else. Boycott holds an intense amount of power. If Americans want power back stop shopping and tell the company why. Hey Walmart I have not shopped once in your stores in my adult life because you piss on your workers like dogs and your products are madeby slaves in a Communist Regime where they have no voice standing in front of poisonous plastic ovens all day to make stuff that will turn around and pollute our planet in the next month after it breaks or is no longer in season. And it's true. Macdonalds I piss on your healthfood offerings (same tune here) torture animals ...slave wages. America we have power. Power isn't the problem it is the failure to realize it. Put away your Wallet shrink corporations down to size. Buy only things you absolutely need. And really think about need. Buy only from companies with ethics. As far as monopolies and such shrink down their subsidiaries partnerships and holdings in WS and they will also lose power. Trickle up is a bitch. Oh and their favorite rhetoric " we are the job creators"...The jobs they privide arent real jobs you arent supportinng families when you shop there you are supporting indentured servitude and a system that wont change anything for workers as well as cuts off other would be employers and competative labor. Spread the joy of not shopping!

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33496) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 month ago

"Our Friends @ Wallmart" as stated on 5/03/2018 on @TheEllenShow! PEOPLE BOYCOTT THIS SHOW - as Wallmart uses it as a platform 2 get shoppers! Wallmart = 1 of the nations largest ABUSIVE employers = billions in profits/yr & will not pay a minimum "living" wage 2 it's employees!

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

''The world-wide 2008 financial crisis specifically engulfed the banks and the financial sector more generally. For the most part, governments bailed them out with vows of “never again”. Numerous enquiries followed proposals for reform implemented to a greater or lesser extent aimed at securing this desired outcome. While many have questioned their practical efficacy, the problems shifted but did not go away. This is because they are clearly systemic and call for much wider and more far-reaching approaches.

''Despite some increase in shareholder activity since 2008, particularly over the remuneration packages senior corporation executives award themselves, these are now showing evidence of diminishing. The position of shareholders has also been further weakened by the recourse to Electronically Traded Funds (ETFs) whereby large tranches of shares are traded in nanoseconds having been triggered algorithmically. ETF shareholders can have no role to play in corporate governance. This new situation has not been adequately addressed by any of the numerous corporate reviews of the past two decades.''


From your long but interesting link above.Thanx. Yves Smith's blog https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/ is very insightful which is of course why not many in US/UK have heard of it - as ANY critiques of The Late Stage Crapitalism that is Neoliberalism - is verboten by the MSM. We struggle on, knowing that a mass intellectual insurrection is needed IF Outright Fascism is to be avoided! Finally, fyi ...

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 2 points by gsw (3144) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 4 months ago
[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (22871) 4 months ago

40 year long GOP con of the American people, the tactic of two Santa Clauses laid it out in simple summary:

"First, when Republicans control the federal government, and particularly the White House, spend money like a drunken sailor and run up the US debt as far and as fast as possible. This produces three results – it stimulates the economy thus making people think that the GOP can produce a good economy, it raises the debt dramatically, and it makes people think that Republicans are the “tax-cut Santa Claus.”

Second, when a Democrat is in the White House, scream about the national debt as loudly and frantically as possible, freaking out about how “our children will have to pay for it!” and “we have to cut spending to solve the crisis!” This will force the Democrats in power to cut their own social safety net programs, thus shooting their welfare-of-the-American-people Santa Claus."

From: https://www.salon.com/2018/02/12/thom-hartmann-how-the-gop-used-a-two-santa-clauses-tactic-to-con-america-for-nearly-40-years_partner/

[-] 1 points by grapes (5173) 4 months ago

The American people do have a knack for confusing concurrency for causality.

The Orangutan is NOT responsible for the economic recovery -- Obama's economic policy was, eight years in the making, much slower than usual because of the Stehlenist Retards who recently sang the Keynesian paean when they wanted to cut taxes for the rich folks who had donated to the Retards' political campaigns.

On the other hand, the Orangutan is NOT responsible for the crux of the whitehead pimple eruption problem. It has been brewing for decades with no one in authority having the gumption to take out the garbage. Appeasement was simply easier to live with. The time to minimize the carnage will run out in a matter of months. Monkeying around even with showy orange fanfares will likely not deflect from the bloody rendézvous with Destiny.

There are two parts of any potential threat to consider: the means and the intent. Only when both are apparent and definite should one take drastic actions to create one's desired future, hopefully not this one though. Prepare for the worst @31:38. Hope for the best -- when sandwiching Poker FACE.. Every Good Bitch Does Fine. A young child said, "I am going to eat you up!" There's stated intent but there's not much means for committing cannibalism so hahaha! A security guard walks by with a lethal weapon on his belt. There's the means but there's most likely no intent if the security guard is working for you. However, if that person with the weapon is not your security guard and says, "I am going to eat you up!" it's definitely time to consider taking drastic actions.

Well, on Valentine's Day, Grace applies because "All women in Russia are beautiful!" They absolutely "sing" beautifully on social media! Now Pootin demands YouTube and Instagram to squelch Navalny's pointer video and the "song" within three days. The Orangutan is also singing, "The World is closing in. Did you ever think that we could be so close like brothers?"

Yeah, Pootin and Orangutan should "testify" together as brothers so that we can all watch. "Make America Zilth Again." - MAZA Nostra.

"A squirrel scented with manafort can lure a pussy up this tree."

Like China, Russia needs to build its own Great Firewall of Russia and watch it incessantly. I frankly think that our infrastructure plan needs to have provisions for "a video camera lurking in every toilet bowl," just like "a cannibus plant in every pot" espoused in some states already, or like China's initiative for "a chicken in every pot" ( I frankly got sick of more than enough chicken at every meal already but fortunately, I still have my free choice, unlike the food stamps recipients who may well lose that soon to the overbearing, swaggering, knuckle-dragging, and green-mouthing Orangutan; our Retards used to complain incessantly about the government overreaching and being far too overbearing but now I only hear crickets from the Retards. ) I recommend Russia's consulting with our NSA for pornographic guidance from an experienced hand. Everybody craves the big 'O'.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5173) 4 months ago

Hmm, how did Russia know more than two weeks ago to warn its citizens against U.S. 'hunt' [perhaps for meddling in 2016 U.S. Presidential Election]?

Did we have collusion from the U.S.A. to tip off Russia before the U.S. Department of Justice's indictment of the Russian nationals has become public? Who's the mole [in the U.S.]?

If it was a "continued hunt," why did Russia issue the travel warning? What's special at that time?

[-] 1 points by grapes (5173) 4 months ago
  1. The Demonkrapts don't really understand the economy. If they do, they would have made so much money already that they would have become the Retard-I-Can'ts who subscribe to Stehlenist policies. Most Demonkrapts who got rich joined the Retards. Just look at the Raygun and the Orangutan.

  2. Reagan was so much off of the mental deep end ( he probably had Alzheimer's disease already while in office ) that he had actually convinced the Soviet Union that the U.S. would make all of the Soviet nuclear missiles "impotent and obsolete." The Soviet Union had no choice but to double-down, triple-down, etc. to maintain its military supremacy. That eventually led to the demise of the Soviet Union. The CIA was telling Reagan very scary stories about the Soviet military strength but Reagan instinctively believed in the greatness of the American Economy, overruled the CIA's assessment, and just went for broke, going head-to-head against the "Evil Empire" worldwide ( 600-ship Navy, Sidewinder heat-seeking missiles for the mujahideen to shoot down Soviet helicopters in Afghanistan, short-range nuclear-tipped Pershing II missiles in West Germany, Strategic Defense Initiative, etc.) He was correct and it did take the True believer ( "Trust your feelings." "The Force will Always be with you." ) to convince others of a questionable proposition that many thousands of hypersonic nuclear missiles can be detected and shot down in minutes worldwide. I'm not saying that it cannot be done ( since it was being tried by the "The impossible takes a little while longer" Americans ) but we have better usage for the resources required if we just mothball nuclear arms, don't we? Reagan and Gorbachev saw the light together in Reykjavik, Iceland. The resulting peace due to ending the Soviet phase of the Cold War spawned the internet by demilitarizing the ARPAnet (which dated back decades to the 1960s as a defense, industry, and academia research and collaboration network developed in response to the extremely near but missed global nuclear catastrophe of the Cuban Missile Crisis { which we'll relive or likelier die with Korean substituting for Cuban in a few months } ). "In 1983, the GPS ceased being solely a military system and was made available for public use. President Ronald Reagan declassified the GPS system in response to a tragedy involving a civilian airplane. Korean Airline flight 007 got lost over Soviet territory and was shot down by Soviet fighters." Korean Air Lines flight 007's pilots' navigational error triggered the process through the former lifeguard Reagan's grief over the lost lives ( Cold War tensions and uncertainties had probably caused the Soviets to kill regardless of whether it was a civilian airplane or not ) that eventually led to the end of the Soviet phase of the Cold War via the hitherto unnamed and schizophrenic Strategic "Peace" Initiative winding through Reykjavik, Iceland. We can all see that the peace dividend resulting in the internet has been all important to the most significant four new U.S. companies of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google. The U.S. winning the Soviet phase of the Cold War improved many lives worldwide through the internet and GPS so it was worthwhile despite its huge price tag. The Soviet system should be commended for having produced such a great reform-minded ruler as Mikhail Gorbachev without whom the demilitarization would have been impossible. I think that the U.S. had messed up integrating the former Soviet Union with the West. However, I very much doubt that a benevolent military dictatorship by the U.S. would have been palatable ( the U.S. did charge huge numbers of troops into both Japan and Germany after the war. Yes, the troops at that time were indeed issued condoms as confirmed by my Dad who was present there in Greater Yokohama/Kamakura, Japan. Men dominate societies because they can trust each other for coöperation -- they can grab each other's EXTERNAL testicles and 'testify'! It's been suggested that the Japanese people gained body heights postwar because the Japanese women had received inseminations of tallness-related genes from the American G.I.s of Occupation Force { viz., the conquering-hero sandwiches, "Trust your feelings." "May the Force be with you." Advocating for the future taller stature of the Yamato race, Yoda implored the Yamato women, "Do. Or do not. There's no try." After more than six centuries of samurai-enforced Shogunate military dictatorships, the Yamato race understands well ( "the American Caesar" was just the latest yet another Shogun so few adjustments were needed ) that the warrior code says: To the Hero goes the Beauty. Maybe not quite a "battle-hardened[-by-a-golf-club]" Tiger Woods can result from that but a forked-hero sandwich has Double the efficiency of a "strait"-one in golfing which is the kingty sport the powerful Orangutan ( who mandates precoital HIV tests for his trivial pursuits - absolutely a germophobe and believer in preventive healthcare for himself only but not others because he had his mind's "eyes torn out" -- he'll become the "blind man looking for a shadow of doubt," the "rich man sleeping on a golden bed," and a "skeleton choking on a crust of bread" ) enthusiastically promotes and supports, yeah, such as the Brownx links ( what was there before? a hazardous waste dump, burial plots, a forgotten royalty burial site converted to a parking lot, or a landfill? ) next to a cemetery for efficiency; "we dig diverse Hoes!" } ) Imagine how life would be with NO internet and NO GPS, no Facebook, little Amazon, zombie Apple, and minuscule Google. NO Big Data. Little long-distance anything.

  3. There IS a limit on how high the U.S. debt can go. It's ill-defined but it must be there. The U.S. is extremely special but it still cannot defy universal gravitation. All we can say for sure is that there are countries which got into terrible economic distress after their national-debt-to-GDP ratio had exceeded 100%. The U.S. has already gone past that threshold. It's one reason that I was opposed to adding trillions of dollars worth of new debt onto the existing debt. There's such a thing as "upsetting the apple cart" in Economics. Recent volatilities in the financial markets indicate that the cart is rather wobbly. The Orangutan probably went for the wrong fruit. He should have grabbed the one from South Carolina, juicier anyway.

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

''We Live in a Country That Has a Totally Corrupted Political System'' by Thom Hartmann:

I really like Thom Hartmann. I really do & we follow each other on Twitter but even as he writes excellent & insightful pieces like your link & the link above ... his attachment to the Democratic Party is what stops him going from well meaning progressive to an actual radical. Radical & Revolutionaries need to lead us into the Promised Land of All That We Can Be - individually & societally if our myriad problems are to be solved. That requires a rejection of a 'Duopoly = Democracy Delusion', that too many people suffer from.

Private Bankers corrupt & control both sides and then occupy & own a demoCRAZY deMOCKERYcy! It doesn't have to be like this. True Democracy & PUBLICLY OWNED BANKS can liberate us all from The Tyranny of Double Entry Bookkeeping & Compound Interest! We can engineer & create, better systems.

radix omnium malorum est cupiditas ...

[-] 1 points by grapes (5173) 3 weeks ago

Yes, of course, with the help from the allies in "the joint study group." Don't hang oneself before it's time. Have a joint first before we blow this joint. What's the proper response to "a chicken in every pot?" "A cannabis in every pot" comes close, according to Kali. "A starving child in every family" seems more apt, according to the Retards.

Why are so many Red states starring in the top-ten list of the ones with the highest rates of food insecurity? And yet the Red states support the Retards who want to cut their federal food aid. The Red states are masochists and the Retards are sadists (BDSM practitioners)!

They don't hang loose like "Aloha Ke Akua, Aloha Kuleana, Kuleana..."

[-] 0 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 weeks ago

''Kelton’s core idea ― that the government can’t run out of money or go bankrupt, no matter how much it spends ― hasn’t really changed since the days when Buiter and Krugman were trashing her thinking. But it seems the world has. Today she is a full-fledged member of the American power elite, juggling television bookings with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Bloomberg TV’s Joe Wiesenthal, writing op-eds for The New York Times and being quoted in The Wall Street Journal.'' & ...

''In one of her most important academic papers, published in 2000, Kelton maintains that government doesn’t actually finance its activity by levying taxes or issuing bonds. Instead, it creates money by spending it into existence. If a government wants to build a road, it calls some contractors and puts money in their bank accounts to pay for it. Where does this money come from? The same place all money comes from: thin air.'' - from your XCLLNT link re. Stephanie Kelton & MMT. Thanx & fyi...

commune bonum est summum bonum ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22871) 4 months ago

Monbiot describes Neoliberalism:

"Attempts to limit competition are treated as inimical to liberty. Tax and regulation should be minimised, public services should be privatised. The organisation of labour and collective bargaining by trade unions are portrayed as market distortions that impede the formation of a natural hierarchy of winners and losers. Inequality is recast as virtuous: a reward for utility and a generator of wealth, which trickles down to enrich everyone. Efforts to create a more equal society are both counterproductive and morally corrosive. The market ensures that everyone gets what they deserve.

We internalise and reproduce its creeds. The rich persuade themselves that they acquired their wealth through merit, ignoring the advantages -- such as education, inheritance and class -- that may have helped to secure it. The poor begin to blame themselves for their failures, even when they can do little to change their circumstances.

Never mind structural unemployment: if you don't have a job it's because you are unenterprising. Never mind the impossible costs of housing: if your credit card is maxed out, you're feckless and improvident. Never mind that your children no longer have a school playing field: if they get fat, it's your fault. In a world governed by competition, those who fall behind become defined and self-defined as losers."

The key there, for me, is "the poor begin to blame themselves...." The shaming of the masses, ahhh, such a success for the oligarchs. Get the little people to blame themselves for their lowly economic position and their shame will cause them not to ask for a bloody thing. Too embarrassing for them, since, of course, it's all their fault for not being hard-working, entrepreneurial, and as Monbiot says, "feckless and improvident," ultimately, those lazy sons of bitches!

This is the primary job of the activist right now. To convince the masses that a. there is a problem, b. it is not their fault at all, and, c. they can do something about it.

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

''Neoliberalism: The Idea That Swallowed The World'', by Stephen Metcalf:

Thanx for your excerpt from Monbiot. Your point about 'Poor Shaming' is fundamental & that is part of the process that leads to the Stockholm Syndrome necessary to keep The 99% complicit in their own servitude!

''This is the primary job of the activist right now. To convince the masses that a. there is a problem, b. it is not their fault at all, and, c. they can do something about it.'' Or otherwise..

respice, adspice, prospice ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22871) 2 months ago

How the Fed will Trigger the Next Crash by Stephanie Pomboy. A killer article. A must read.

We have a Fed and a government that clearly doesn't give a sh-t about the American people. Beware.

https://www.barrons.com/articles/stephanie-pomboy-how-the-fed-will-trigger-the-next-crash-1521737213

She says: "The problem is that nobody is looking at: A) what’s driving that consumer spending, and B) how consumers are funding it. When you go through that kind of detail, you discover that they are buying more because they have to. They are spending more on food, energy, health care, housing, all the nondiscretionary stuff, and relying on credit and dis-saving [to pay for it]. Total retail numbers have done nothing but go down. We’ve seen the biggest increase in food and energy outlays since 2011, accounting for 30% of the increase in consumer spending in the past six months, up from 11% in the two years prior. Consumers have had to draw down whatever savings they amassed after the crisis and run up credit-card debt to keep up with the basic necessities of life."

We all feel that right? If you live in the Northeast you can hardly afford to pay your home heating bills, right? Food prices up, right? Car insurance up, right? Rents and homeowner taxes and insurance all up, right? College tuition up, right? Healthcare costs up, right?

How long does this government think the American people can sustain this, even in debt?

[-] 0 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

Solidarity For May Day! With ref. to your powerful link, excerpt and comment, consider, Prof.R.D.Wolff in conversation w/Chris Hedges ...

respice, adspice, prospice ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22871) 1 month ago

Marx predicted correctly what we are living with today.

"Marx Was Right: Five Surprising Ways Karl Marx Predicted 2014"

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/marx-was-right-five-surprising-ways-karl-marx-predicted-2014-20140130

"Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out"

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/apr/20/yanis-varoufakis-marx-crisis-communist-manifesto

Solidarity to you and workers everywhere this May Day!

[-] 2 points by agkaiser (2095) from Fredericksburg, TX 1 month ago

Marx predicted correctly what we are living with today.

Marx didn't think it would be this bad.

Michael Hudson: “Creating Wealth” Through Debt: The West’s Finance-Capitalist Road

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/05/michael-hudson-creating-wealth-debt-wests-finance-capitalist-road.html

[-] 0 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

200 years after Marx's birth & from your excellent "Rolling Stone" link ...

  • "Marx's ideas about overproduction led him to predict what is now called globalization – the spread of capitalism across the planet in search of new markets. "The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the entire surface of the globe," he wrote. "It must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, establish connections everywhere." While this may seem like an obvious point now, Marx wrote those words in 1848, when globalization was over a century away. And he wasn't just right about what ended up happening in the late 20th century – he was right about why it happened: The relentless search for new markets and cheap labor, as well as the incessant demand for more natural resources, are beasts that demand constant feeding.''

From Yanis Varoufakis ...

  • ''When everything is said and done, then, what is the bottom line of the manifesto? And why should anyone, especially young people today, care about history, politics and the like? Marx and Engels based their manifesto on a touchingly simple answer: authentic human happiness and the genuine freedom that must accompany it. For them, these are the only things that truly matter. Their manifesto does not rely on strict Germanic invocations of duty, or appeals to historic responsibilities to inspire us to act. It does not moralise, or point its finger. Marx and Engels attempted to overcome the fixations of German moral philosophy and capitalist profit motives, with a rational, yet rousing appeal to the very basics of our shared human nature.''

Finally, from agk's long but very good link by Dr. Hudson ...

  • ''Volumes II and III of Marx’s Capitaldescribe how debt grows exponentially, burdening the economy with carrying charges. This overhead is subjecting today’s Western finance-capitalist economies to austerity, shrinking living standards and capital investment while increasing their cost of living and doing business. That is the main reason why they are losing their export markets and becoming de-industrialized.''

  • ''In Volume I of Capital, Marx described the dynamics and “law of motion” of industrial capitalism and its periodic crises. The basic internal contradiction that capitalism has to solve is the inability of wage earners to be paid enough to buy the commodities they produce. This has been called overproduction or underconsumption, but Marx believed that the problem was in principle only temporary, not permanent.''

  • ''Marx’sTheories of Surplus Value(German Mehrwert), his history of classical political economy, poked fun at David Ricardo’s warning of economic Armageddon if economies let landlords siphon off of all industrial profits to pay land rent. Profits and hence capital investment would grind to a halt. But as matters have turned out, Ricardo’s rentierArmageddon is being created by his own banking class. Corporate profits are being devoured by interest payments for corporate takeover debts and related financial charges to reward bondholders and raiders, and by financial engineering using stock buybacks and higher dividend payouts to create “capital” gains at the expense of tangible capital formation. Profits also are reduced by firms having to pay higher wages to cover the cost of debt-financed housing, education and other basic expenses for workers.''

Also fyi ...

''Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains ...''

[-] 1 points by grapes (5173) 1 month ago

Whence comes all this talk of German, German, German..? Marx is a Chinese comedian with Jewish characteristics.

Oh, that P=russian! "There's Gelding in them Pis." He probably mixed in his dad's wine to make the silky smooth golden polyurethane.

Meanwhile, there's action in Russia. I was frankly impressed by the Red Army being the people's army in 1989 refusing to slaughter its own people ( or was it Mikhail Gorbachev's order restraining the soldiers? Egypt's army also stood down when Mubarak was deposed; maybe it was the conscript nature of these armies making them closer to the people but how does this hypothesis explain the Chinese failure? ) unlike that People's Liberation Army which "liberated" TianAnMen Square with bullets and its people's blood, sweat, and tears leaving behind tank tracks and bullet holes despite assiduously scrubbing the aftermath in overtime. Censorship may fool people for a while but the truth leaks out in time.

Tank Man is known all around the world. He's the most courageous man I'd ever watched on television standing up to a column of tanks holding what looked like a shopping bag and his coat. Where's he now? Have his human rights been violated?

[-] 1 points by grapes (5173) 1 month ago

Bush-it invaded Iraq despite the advice of the Saudis being against it. Let's take a look at the blooming star of human rights and democracy there fifteen years after Bush-it's invasion. Aside from oil companies having made some money from the Kurds' oilfields, what have we gained?

The U.S. strengthened Iran greatly by taking out both of its enemies in Afghanistan and Iraq. Additionally, the U.S. just let Syria fester and kept on shrinking back from what it had said it would do and let Assad grow into a monster. Geoduck drew many redlines in Syria with NO consequences meted out when Assad trespassed them. Assad got the message alright that he could get away with using artillery shellings, aircraft bombings, chemical weapons, etc. against Syrians, all of which geoduck had prohibited.

Now Rustia got its wish conflagrating the Middle East with Iran as the pawn. What can I say for the Palestinians? Only Israel and Saudi Arabia together has a chance of stopping Iran's expansion into Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen. If the Palestinians had read the news that Israel had expelled Human Rights Watch, they might have acted more circumspect, having known Israel's intention.

Palestinians of Hamas are the rare Sunnis supported by Shia Iran. Israel could see that Iran's proxies are closing in all around it. A Shia land bridge from Iran through Iraq through Syria through Lebanon is nearing completion so Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and western Syria, a terrorist group recognized as such by Israel, the U.S., and Saudi Arabia in common is about to be easily supplied by Iran with weapons (U.S. troops had experienced these while being in Iraq; yep, Iran was meddling and killing U.S. soldiers even when they were killing Iran's enemies for Iran under Bush-it's command.) Iran also supplies Hamas in Gaza on the southern flank of Israel with weapons (if Gaza is in such dire conditions, why does it still have rockets to shoot at Israel?) Hamas is on our terrorist list, too. What do you expect Israel to do when the Palestinians agitate? Iran is closing in on Israel on multiple fronts. Israel had even attacked its powerful ally, the U.S., when it felt greatly threatened by the mobilizations near its borders in 1967's Six-Day War. Thanks to Bush-it's effort in Iraq and geoduck's non-effort in Syria, a fistula is developing next to Lebanon and Syria. Another one is developing next to the Gaza Strip. Israel has a record of poking at unwelcomed eyes when it plans to do things which might be deemed to be unbecoming. It's why the U.S.S. Liberty was attacked. It's also why Human Rights Watch had been expelled before the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Hamas learnt from Israel what the U.S. had learnt in 1967. Hamas may benefit from studying history.

I admit that our Orangutan was fuckingly idiotic in moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem igniting the long-simmering issue of the capitals of the states of Palestine and Israel. However, who chose the Orangutan? Rustia certainly had a preference for it and Orangutan has a business interest for it, too, generally as well as specifically relating to Rustia. Now the U.S. government is truly being run like a corrupt business. My young kid spinning around on the big tall-back black-leather executive chair pointing index finger at us and the store clerk, shouting, "You are fired! And you. And you!" aptly portended the state of our union.

Our Retards have been clamoring for the U.S. Government to be run efficiently like a business. Now their wish is being fulfilled. By not staffing the administration and centralizing power to Orangutan, it's being run economically (but ineffectively so efficiency is moot) and highly profitably for the gravy-train-linked businesses of Orangutan's but it's very much like the Harvard MBA who was running Apple, Inc. into the dirt.

Hey, the guy came with the experience of running a sugar-water company. Transitioning from corn chips to silicon chips is supposedly a cinch for him! Crunch, crunch. Is it Apple or silicon chips? It's both but not Frito-horn chips. It sounds like silicone ships--"though I had sailed through the Valley of Boobs, the Lord was with me..." Yikes! I guess six bankruptcies are also great experience qualifying Orangutan for running the U.S. but where is the International Bankruptcy Court in which it can exercise its "Great expertise?" It doesn't exist--wars "settle" disputes.

Yeah, living through the Kultural Re-voluption, our doughnut Emperor knows the classics of Confuse-us, "Fried-rich Angels," and Groucho Marx. Rus Amerika has lost its moral Kultur.

[-] 0 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

''On U.S. Imperialism, Capitalism and Fascism" by David William Pear:

From which ... ''U.S. foreign policy is the domain of the elites. The public busies itself with domestic issues, just trying to make a living and raise a family. Sometimes the elites of foreign policy let their masks slip to reveal their true nature. When Zbigniew Brzezinski said in 2009 that “today it is infinitely easier to kill a million people than to control a million people” he was not just intellectualizing, as if teaching a Harvard course on political science. Brzezinski was admitting to his personal responsibility for policies that have killed millions of people.


A fantastic article - that totally warrants reading more than once & placed here in reply to your US Exceptionalism oozing & Imperialism accepting hubris above that I may (or may not) have time to deconstruct paragraph by paragraph later. Also fyi, a 4m vid. that explains much more than I can!

e tenebris, lux?

[-] 1 points by grapes (5173) 4 weeks ago

The U.S. is definitely exceptional! Nikki Haley is surely future Presidential material. She, representing the U.S. single-handedly pushed through at the U.N., with a resounding vote count that will resonate through the ages, for an investigation of the alleged human rights abuses in Gaza by Israel. The U.S. is the Star of Freedom for the World. Our children and our children's children will stand up in awe whenever "Nikki Haley" is uttered anywhere.

Ascrew Jerksome was absolutely a great Presidential model for Nikki Haley. Her Indian heritage surely contributed the great success of her leadership of her Indian tribes to resettle in "The Promised Land" of global connections. Umm, it should be "The Wall of Tears," NOT "The Trail of Tears."

The U.S. is winning bigly, greatly, and repeatedly. Orangutan swinging out of the jungles of Queens ( "though I've sailed through the Valley of Boobs, the Lord {Shiva?} was with me" ) to the Whitewash Haus seeking holes to hide in ( from press covfefe and probes; yeah, brother, is there any urinal nearby? I told you that it's absolutely stupid to break away from the BoBBie jewisdickzion of the only-insane-for-a-little-while British Empire { which generally only leaves if and only if the people (such as of Northern Ireland, Scotland, Falklands, and Brexit) vote for it to go away } ) and whores to make it whole creates moans and groans never ever heard before in these united states.

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

''Orientalism: An Exchange'' by Edward W. Said and Oleg Grabar, reply by Bernard Lewis - who just died & who was a malign influence on US/UK Foreign Policy, disguised in the guise of a doyen & sage:

respice, adspice, prospice ...

[-] 1 points by grapes (5173) 4 weeks ago

All foreign policy is domestic in our age of connectedness. Ashes/soot will be a great future (after nuclear detonations, such as those at Hiroshima and Nagasaki that had licensed the Japanese Miracle stimulated by the mayhem of the Korean Conflict close-by). Having lived through the shithole inflationary 1970's decade, I'm just one who was woken up earlier than others by this sequence: orange juice, Tang, and then no more Sunday family brunches (initially with Both milk and orange juice.)

WTF did Israel, Saudi Arabia, and later on Iran have to do with me being many thousands of miles away? Via addiction to oil, Everything! Elohim, Jews, Allah, Arabs, Sunnis, Shah, Shias, Ayatollahs, etc. are still here fighting, raping, and killing every day even after millennia. They can endure because they live in and through us who fuck each other for immortality. Christianity's persecutions silenced the worship of the Olympian gods. Weren't they gruesome?

Where are you located? No matter, the contagions ( reruns of the 1918 influenza pandemic, 1929 Great Panic, 2008-2011 Great Recession, West-Nile Disease, Zika virus, Ebola, .. ) will be there for you. Reportedly after @21:28, Tom Bodett promised, "we'll leave the lights on for you," so that you can see the cockroaches and do a "Michael Jordan."

I had once walked through a graveyard near a tailing pile on a flattened mountaintop before a winter storm came through, thinking of the ages of the deceased and buried--"geez, people died young back then," I thought. Only much later did I make the connection: they ALL ended in 1917, 1918, and 1919 !

WTF happened? Where were all of my uncles and aunts? As titled, "Angela's Ashes."

When will they ever learn?

[-] 1 points by elf3 (3900) 2 months ago

Agreed it is Stockholm Syndrome with an abusive husband. This economy is abusive....And the name of the game is to convince people they are crazy for feeling it is like this (Gaslighting). "It is you who has the problem...if you aren't doin well it is your own problem so suck it up whiners we provide you with everything you need so if you fail to take the brass ring the fault lays with you snowflake". The work environment reiterates this theme...status quo more work and micromanaging longer hours no raises even as the company profits and ceo pay skyrockets on our labor and support and productivity. We are supposed to forget about the last meltdown and hits and abuses like robo signing...inaccurate forclosures...excessive bank fees, school closures, cutting of college aid and sky high loan rates, outsourcing, insourcing, job loss while prices still soared and rents didn't budge, stresses and inadequate or no healthcare, 30 job interviews and hundreds of resumes (call backs and actual group tryouts and interviews (to cashier petfoood) yes that actually happened, massive oil spills and polluted drinking water. It all did happen, we are not crazy and life isn't fun anymore...the struggles aren't being caused by our own failures and stupidity. They constructed a lack of upward mobility to keep us frozen in place in our station of serving wallstreet, building their wealth while they build massive extreme mansions in New Zealand and buy flashy toys and golden wall outlets and hideous architectural add ons ( like plane wings hauled by helicopter to remote locations to make a patio) just sick obsessing to extremely sick degree on things that don't matter and can't take with you while children around the world go hungry and BLIND from malnourishment. Planning all the while to bail in next time stealing our bank accounts outright then abandoning us to ...destitution (and probably takeover by another country). When we let narcissists run our country...we get narc abuse. Pretty simple. The people ( mostly men) running our country and jobs are mentally ill. The only life purpose they have is to subserviate all others and flaunt that in our faces. A steak dinner in front of a starving man...and that gives them a sick little thrill. Trump, Putin, the majority of Congressmen. Wallstreet and most every CEO.

[-] 0 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 months ago

Chris Hedges & Prof. R. D. Wolff ...

Thanx for your strong and heartfelt reply. Try to link up with locals who are organized.

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 1 points by TIOUAISE (2526) 3 months ago

Brilliant!

[-] 0 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 months ago

Thanx & long time no see. Come visit occasionally & help to contribute to the spread of news, views & info for The 99%, US & Global. Please consider the video in reply to elf above + FYI:

Solidarity!