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Reclaim MLK, yada yada. Yes, reclaim his radical persona from the academics and religious leaders who have painted his example to be an uncontroversial conformist. Commemorate MLK, reclaim him, fine. Wouldn’t that begin, at a minimum, by deligitimizing his assassins? How universal is recognition of Martin Luther King if the government agencies which killed him are unaccountable and still broadly in charge?
Barack Obama is an impressive speaker and a figurehead to make you proud –if you’re not listening or paying attention to what he’s doing. How sickening the fawning over his last addresses and his supposed legacy. Obama was the antithesis of Dubya, now Trump. Obama was probably the world’s most palatable politician in recent memory, but what he said and did was no less nauseating. And damnable. I can sympathize with onlookers mourning the loss of America’s gloss coat. Trump is the ugly face that is Obama unmasked. The king is dead, long live the ugly disreputable can’t-bear-to-listen-to-him king. Frankly, it wasn’t long into his doublespeak that I couldn’t stand listening to President Obama either.
“Why don’t we stand with Istanbul like we did Paris in the aftermath of their terrorist attack?” Because Western social media campaigns are orchestrated. Though built on outporings of sympathy, they are coordinated with NATO efforts to propagandize against perceived foes. The public’s failure to muster support for Turkish tragedies, like African or Asian or Balkan or other less-Western hosts, drawns criticism of racism. But it’s not YOUR racism, that’s blaming the victim. Your heartstrings are pulled by whatever photos the corportate media is pitching. Photos of Syrian children for the moment.
US Navy brass are upset that a Chinese vessel pulled a US unmanned submarine drone from the South China Sea and kept it. That’s against the rules apparently, Admiralty, whatever. They point out the drone belongs to the National Oceanographic Office, the information it gathers is unclassified, and it’s piloted by civilians. Sorry but “civilian” is synonymous with “contractor” and the Navy needs to rename its underwater glider drones if it wants to pretend their function is oceanic research. The drone fished out by the Chinese is called a “littoral battlespace sensing” vehicle. It may be unarmed, but there’s nothing environmental, humanitarian, collegiate, or goodwill-tourish about BATTLESPACE. China has been asserting territorial claims in the South China Sea, so whose “battlespace” is it?
While the president-elect is making cabinet appointments, careful to pick the best fox for every hen house, hopefully he won’t miss the obvious best choices. British Petrolium CEO to insure water quality at the EPA.
Vladimir Putin apparently hacked the presidential election. So say intelligence pundits estranged by Tump’s Washington brain-trust transplant. True or not, what they’re saying is that bringing transparency to the election process and the behind the scenes emails which affirm its undemocratic nature, is meddling. What a laugh to hear DNC operatives say they feel “sucker-punched” that their off-the-record slurs of condescention were made public. And of course how rich of the US regime to accuse anyone of meddling in another country’s elections.
The West’s covert proxy insurgency against Syria has suffered a major defeat in Aleppo. Social media is deluged now with cries for help, “this may be the last you hear from me” being the latest meme to drum up popular support for increased military intervention. Aleppo is being compared to Stalingrad. Funny, because the Nazis famously lost their attempt to take that from Russia. What a delicious bit of irony that. Cities ravaged by bitter urban warfare have plenty of antecedents. I suspect corporate journalists suppose their readers are as historically illiterate as they. Stalingrad was a reversal or fortune and that’s what the US war machine hopes to make of Aleppo. Our human shields are crying their hearts out online, stuck where we put them, on our firing line. As refugees, we don’t want them. The humanitarian disaster is our creation. US covert ops out of Syria! US covert bloggers out of Syria! You want to help the children of Aleppo? Adopt them. It’s the least you should do after getting their parents and siblings killed as your human shields.
Is makes a funny headline: “Donald Trump says he doesn’t need daily intelligence briefing, says he’s smart enough already.” Haha. What Trump may really be saying is that he knows enough not to be made to listen to what the CIA dictates to be his world view. The presidency is probably enough of a bubble without the added insulation of daily briefings from spooks giving you their unsubstantiated take on Yellow Cake, WMDs, which regime is using chemical weapons BESIDES US, and whose neodemocracy needs an infusion of covert activity.
Google, who invade every part of your computers and shopping and personal behavior and then sell it to whichever government or other corporation who has the bread to buy it, has a new version of Geany or Siri which controls Every FUCKING Bit Of Your Life if you buy it. It also costs you a hundred bux real yankee money. Say what? You don’t have any profit of your own for giving the data somebody sinister, anonymous far more efficiently than the Anonymous movement.. is PAYING Google for YOUR data which YOU not only provided for free but actually PAID Google for the privilege of Making More Money For Google?
If you’re especially wealthy and pay even more for Google to NOT sell your data to anybody except for some government or other corporation who can over-ride the agreement (hereafter referred to as “blackmail”) to just anybody Google decides is worthy of YOUR private information.
Sideways talking Yoda-wise am I, but surprised seriously sold life of yours has been by Google?
Yes America was never great for Native Americans, or slaves, or those without property. Indeed capitalism is ony great for those with capital. But I think the pride behind American Exceptionalism comes from more than nostalgia about 1950s prosperity as our mendatious corporate media would have Americans believe. And while its full privileges are enjoyed only by Anglo monied Americans, the promise of “America” as a land of justice, freedom and equality is not just an international delusion, it’s a universal hope.
I’m not saying Bob Dylan isn’t deserving of laurels, though one might consider Dylan to have been adequately lauded in his own century. When the Nobel Prize for literature goes to a songwriter, what does that say about the committee’s regard for contemporary literature?
I’m going to redo my operating system on my mobiles. Change it to Kali Linux They’ll still work as far as the phone company is concerned. Google has become megalomaniac on us. They act like they god-damn invented the internet, and have first dibs on every bit of data — every datum would be more accurate. They’re the ultimate snoops. Any measure of privacy flew out the Windows (had to pun that, sorry) years ago. In order to use the Android OS on my devices I would have to pay Google. Maybe not directly, but in bandwidth which is paid in my internet provider and the phone provider. Every time I take my phone out of airplane mode, Google has more than one “essential app” to update. Fuck that. Essential to whom, exactly? I don’t use Google + or youtube ultra-fantastic-consume-don’t ask, just consume, we’ll tell you what to consume and at what price consume consume resistance is futile you must be assimilated. It’s the “soft” Capitalist Dictatorship of Brave New World. I don’t use their products, but they get root access to all my communications devices and according to the phone manufacturers, rooting my own phone would void my non-existent warranty.
Ok that’s just stupid. But it’s his attack ad and I guess the scriptwriters for his campaign know what they’re doing. Polishing a turd, really. It starts with an attack on Hillary, good, she needs to be verbally slapped around a bit. NOTICE: I don’t advocate hitting people. Talking smack is way more effective and it’s also morally correct. Same with her declared opponent.
First off. it AIN’T Trumps america. He doesn’t own the place. Nor do his disciples. Then there’s the fact that America is actually two continents, and only one part of one continent is going to be represented by whichever morally corrupt power freak “wins”. and much as it upsets some citizens of the United States, the US doesn’t own even the U.S.
That should be “deportation IS ethnic cleansing” and it shouldn’t even be on the agenda in “the land of the free” like the lying song says. Nay, verily. But it is. The part about deporting anybody who is awaiting citizenship for even traffic violations has been kicked around, and really should be kicked out. It is in it’s entirety Racism. When people who chant loudly about deporting “aliens” the first image they put in each others stupid little pointy head is “Mexican”. Which to them means anybody who has a spanish surname and dark skin. Even the Native Americans who were bought and sold back and forth between Spain and French in what was later known as the Louisiana Purchase. When the U.S. racist government, at the time presided over by slave holding Plantation Aristocrats, it got the name Louisiana Purchase but there wasn’t any clear boundaries. This goes with my post that Zeb Pike was an Illegal Alien. European kings who had never set foot in America sold Euro-American dictators not only the land, but the people on the land. And sped up the already official policy of deporting Americans based on our ancestry. And religion.
The original Paleo diet included eating people. Neanderthals didn’t fade into extinction, we ate them.
First allow me to posit a few noticeable facts. Donald Trump is invested in the National Enquirer supermarket gossip rag. To the point they’ll publish any mouth-farts he wants. And he’s got some kind of teenage or toddler Persecution Complex. The daily/weekly/whenever they, unlike a real newspaper, decide to publish… is prominently displayed at (just an estimate) every grocery checkout counter in America. Even if you try you can’t ignore their bloviation.
It’s like those damned posters in the novel 1984 with a picture of Big Brother and the eyes having the effect of always looking at you, and the infamous quote Big Brother Is Watching You.
And yes, I am capable of visualization when I read. It’s a level of literacy that some people don’t feel the need to exercise. You know, the ones who trust their leaders to think for them. So you get a blast of Trumpista Propaganda every time you buy groceries. Which has some deep Freudian undertones.
Minutes after winning the first of his 2016 gold medals, Michael Phelps interjected into an interview of his teammates “this [victory] was to right a wrong” referencing a loss in 2012 in which he was robbed of a medal apparently. Not because somebody cheated, or a bad call was made, but because Michael Phelps had willed a win that he didn’t then earn. Being “wronged” by not being given a medal. Doesnt that pretty much illustrate American Exceptionalism?! As if the US sports media was interested in explaining such a thing. Last minute decisions to let Michael Phelps intercede in further relay teams, for the sake of breaking medal hording records, as opposed to physical feats, comes at a price obviously to the other relay swimmers. We’ve heard about the hopes of would-be Olympians dashed by the boycotts of 1980 and 1984. Add the Phelps-first priority of 2016.
Pardon? Donald Trump would be the “most reckless American president in history” say GOP people who know what they’re talking about. Trump would put our nation’s security at risk they say without a hint of irony.
White supremacist mass-shooter Dylann Roof was brutalized by a fellow inmate of the Charleston County Jail and social media is applauding the news. Some are even trying to raise money for his attacker, Dwayne Stafford, who breached Roof’s protective custody area, unquestionably with inside help. Do you see nothing wrong with encouraging extrajudicial retribution when the justice system fails to give you blood? This is the essence of what drove lynch mobs to storm jails and courthouses. Dylann Roof, like George Zimmerman, and fellow murderous racists, are products of systemic racism, they’re not driving it. They should bear the full brunt of legal remedies, no more. The people’s fight against racism and violence is against the system. If we are wishing for equitable treatment of white and black suspects under the law, let’s cheerlead for more humane treatment for all, not equitable brutality. Let’s propose that all suspects detained by police be served burgers instead of lead bullets. We don’t have to like Dylann Roof, very likely schitzophrenic, but while Roof is in the custody and at the mercy of our court system he is entrusted to our care, to be treated as we would wish to be treated. I believe violence is a prerogative of individual human beings, a right measured by social contract. But where the machinery of law enforcement is concerned, I favor it be held to strict adherence. Someone punched George Zimmerman in the face for bragging about killing Trayvon Martin? I’m okay with that.
OK so the silver lining to watching the Hillary – Trump prizefight is that those cheering and jeering are showing their colors. If they’re on either party bandwagon we can dismiss them out of hand, I’m talking about those pretending to be left of middle. Michael Moore is now out, as usual shepherding for the Dems. Buh-bye. Statistician Nate Sliver, expending his infallible credibility to scaremonger for Hillary, sorry no. Bernie Sanders, thanks for activating a leftist base, but you sold it up the river. Begone now and good riddance.
TRUE OR FALSE? SNOPES began as a website to debunk urban myths, but since being bought by a major internet conglomerate, Snopes acts as final word on which conspiracy theories have merit and which are too disruptive of the dominant narrative. As the internet grew, Snopes gathered geek cred to join National Geographic Magazine and the History Channel as de facto authoritive brands trusted to provide nonpartisan accounts of current and past events, except of course all three simply confirm the authorized story. Another would-be gatekeeper, on who says what’s what, is Wikipedea. Because the online encyclopaedia is crowd-sourced, its authority is regularly questioned, and Wikipedia entries on controversial issues are demonstraby slanted by editorial teams advancing agendas that mirror the fully funded propaganda campaigns dominating conventional media. While Snopes was great at arresting rumors about vanishing hitchhikers or microwaved babies, more and more we see Snopes consulted about news scoops and whistleblower revelations, and it’s no surprise that Snopes summarily dismisses incidiary exposees that threaten established power. Don’t take my word for it, let’s ask Snopes!
Alternative Title, Why there actually IS a Communist half of Korea. Probably more than half now.
NOW we’re told the ultimate reason to prevent a Trump presidency is because he’ll appoint Supreme Court judges who will set progressive movements back for generations. You forget that President Obama’s latest nomination put the lie to that bugaboo. Put it to bed and burned it. Upon the fortuitous demise of one of the most corrupt justices ever, Antonin Scalia, who died literally, in bed with a crony patron, President Obama submitted for consideration as his replacement the conservative jurist Merrick Garland. Garland’s most notable legal achievement was to indemnify the US regime from charges of torture. I’m sure voters in 2008 elected Obama to uphold Democratic ideals not scuttle them. We’re being sold the same pitch with Hillary, really without any basis in fact, that a democrat will attempt to curb the Supreme Court’s antisocial conduct, as exemplified by the Thomas, Alito, Kennedy, Roberts cabal. The Garland nomination has also exposed the other lie, that Trump’s appointments could not be opposed. As we see with Garland still, SCOTUS nominees can be embargoed indefinitely.
They’re funny, they’re clever, and their comedy can be dead serious, but it turns out when political comedians actually are dead serious they expect their audience to come to heel. Bernie Sanders was just a laugh, look at yourself, you fell for it. Court jesters pile on the ridicule of whoever’s the ruler, but when the diversion is over, the joke’s on you, now shut up. Said Sarah Silverman to heartbroken Bernie delegates: “Don’t be ridiculous.” Adds Seth Meyers: “We don’t have time for this.”