Friday, November 27, 2015
This is huge! Truly global; absolutely populist.
GO HERE for all the info you need! And find the march nearest to you.
Say hi to people and network a little. We need to create sustained pressure to save the planet for future generations.
March for the future of the planet!
Thursday, November 26, 2015
|Great PR, but almost certainly didn't happen|
It's the biggest scam since the invention of god(s).
Well, one of them anyway. Thanksgiving. The celebration of our invading forebears -- the Pilgrims and Puritans -- goes back to Plymouth, Mass., 1621, and their giving thanks for a good harvest and all that bullshit. But nobody knows that now. Today it's thought of as a day of families getting together (a good thing), eating lots of food (okay), watching a shitload of football (yawn), and "giving thanks." Usually everyone has their own thing to give thanks for. And "everyone" is missing the point.
Instead of giving only thanks for what we have, how about sitting around the dinner table and also talking a little about those who don't have, and what we can do about it?
We know that many very decent, well-meaning people deliver food boxes, distribute Turkeys, etc. at this time of year. (Ditto all this for Christmas.) Media outlets, pro sports teams, and anyone else who wants some cheap, we're-beautiful-people publicity, have giveaways and trumpet their magnanimity hither and yon. All of this is good for the folks who really need a meal, and that shouldn't be undervalued. But when you look at the big picture, it's kinda fucking pathetic.
Having lived amid some pretty severe homelessness in the States, I can tell you that just about every other day of the year, most people aren't giving a fuck about the poor. Some people do. Granted. But the homeless sit there day after day, begging for change, wishing you a good day, and guess what: no media people show up in the WFYU van to anonymously give them a few bucks and have a chat. There's no publicity in that.
And note: That's not even touching on the massive underclass of poor who have some kind of a roof over their heads. Make not mistake, poverty is a national and international fucking plague.
|Easy enough to ignore if it's not your child|
If any of our institutions gave two shits about poverty, they would attack it on an institutional level. They would pressure the government to ERADICATE the scourge of poverty -- at home and abroad. They wouldn't advertise that they gave away a thousand turkeys, they'd give out the birds AND shout out that we are letting those who are less fortunate, down... miserably.
Enjoy the day for the good things. And yes, be thankful that you can fill your belly. If you've ever been really cold and hungry, you know how precious food and shelter and heat are -- and what a hard world it is without them. And when the day is over, flush your misplaced patriotism fairy tales down the shitter and fight for a new society free of poverty, even while you put a buck in the cup of a homeless person.
And fuck the Pilgrims and the boats they came in on.
And whatever you do, spare a thought for our Native American brothers and sisters.
Do the right thing... every day,
Monday, November 16, 2015
This is thanks to a century of propaganda that has gradually established certain points of view as "off the table," and loaded certain important words with powerfully negative (and unjustified) connotations. Chunks of the language have been co-opted.
So it's very hard to talk about anything tragic or challenging with any deviation from the officially accepted manner of discourse and have a huge chunk of the population hear you. They've been trained not to hear your point. They just react. And you are immediately cut off at the knees as someone who has a twisted and, of course, unpatriotic view.
It's the technique of repetition. Of damning someone or some words or ideas so often that they become sources of revulsion for much of the populace. And so, those brave enough to voice alternate views find themselves on the back foot from the start, justifying themselves like they really are outsiders.
Let's look at the terrorist attacks in Paris (there's an example off the bat: If THEY do it, it's terrorism; if WE do it, it's strategic warfare -- e.g. Obama's kill list and zone assassinations; U.S. torture in prison camps; the murder of civilians around the globe; etc.). Nobody in their right mind would think of what has taken place in Paris as anything other than horrific. It's so clear that it barely needs mention. But if you want to offer a point that's outside of the usual script, you'd better preface it, at the very least, with an acknowledgment of the horror.
With the Paris attacks, the political outrage by our Washington war criminals has already begun in earnest. Their own horrific deeds washed clean by the holy water of "look at what they did."
The question, then, is why isn't all horror seen for what it is.
Let's take a look at a few very significant examples of what should have been reported in the mainstream U.S. media at least as much as Paris, but has rarely raised a peep:
Approximately 3.3 million Iraqis, including 750,000 children, were “exterminated” by economic sanctions and/or illegal wars conducted by the U.S. and Great Britain between 1990 and 2012, an eminent international legal authority says. "The slaughter fits the classic definition of Genocide Convention Article II of, 'Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part,' says Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois, Champaign, and who in 1991 filed a class-action complaint with the UN against President George H.W. Bush. -- Source: globalresearch.ca or globalresearch.org
Half a million children have died in Iraq since UN sanctions were imposed -- most enthusiastically by Britain and the U.S. Three UN officials have resigned in despair. Meanwhile, bombing of Iraq continues almost daily. -- John Pilger in The Guardian (British newspaper)
Or this, in 1996 on "60 Minutes," when something "real" did slip into the mainstream media:
INTERVIEWER: We have heard that half a million children have died [in Iraq]. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. Is the price worth it?
THEN-SECRETARY OF STATE MADELEINE ALBRIGHT: I think this is a very hard choice. But we think the price is worth it.
And remember: The above examples relate to a single country and a reasonably short period of time. There are literally dozens of examples of U.S. interference (to put it mildly) in the affairs of other countries since WWII.
We have to look beyond the mainstream media for the truth. We have to open our eyes and our hearts and speak up. The best way to beat "their" terrorism is to stop inflicting mass terrorism ourselves.
Imagine if you were an Iraqi who had children blown to pieces or starved, for no good reason whatsoever.
That's Paris in context.
These photos may help drive home the point....
All children are precious. All lives matter.
Take care and get active,
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Here's a verse from the song "Powderworks" which opens Midnight Oil's eponymous debut album from 1978. Remind you of anything?...
There's a shit storm a'coming
They're getting in for one free bite
I was taken by surprise
By the glint in the eyes of a sweet campaign
Smelling strongly of lies
You're the original Mr. Clean
But the closeups make you look awful mean
You're just a con man raving
Saying nothing new
Usually voting is pointless and I still believe in dismantling the state. But a step at a time: I'm voting for Bernie Sanders for prez. Fuck the rest of 'em.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
|The nine people killed in the Oregon shooting -- and countless lives affected.|
The recent shooting spree at an Oregon community college will likely do nothing to change the gun culture in the U.S.
I do believe opposition to guns is growing in this country, but gun nuts and the NRA have Congress at the trough.
On conservative message threads after this most recent mass murder, the same old baseless arguments were rolled out: "It's not a gun problem, it's a [put your own fantasy cause in here]." "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." "It's probably a terrorist." "Liberals will be whining about gun control again." "This is about mental health."
The issue of mental health care and the lack thereof is actually a very serious issue. But it isn't the leading reason that we have so many shootings in this country. It's the availability of guns. There is a gun for almost every man, woman and child in the United States.
And countries with serious gun controls just don't have the glaring problem that we do here.
How can we just live with this? A few months from now, it will happen again. What action are YOU going to take?
Here's a LINK to a story that lists many of the mass shootings in the U.S. since 2007. It's a long list!
If you really want to be scared into action, check out the stats at THIS SITE.
So don't stay calm. Get mad and do something.
Monday, October 5, 2015
|Imagine the outrage if it happened here|
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
|Clowns at a clusterfuck|
The so-called "debates" are well underway as we continue the insanely, and insultingly, long run-up to next year's presidential (sic) election.
Just stop and think about this for a second. Never has so much fuss by so many people been showered on something so meaningless (well, maybe the conventions...). All these monkey candidates take the stage and field softball non-questions from softball non-journalists et al, and give non-specific, non-answers in a spectacle that is totally nauseating and non-informative.
And it's all picked over bit by ridiculous bit like there's a gold nugget in there somewhere but we're all just too fucking stupid to see it. The whole thing is pumped full of bullshit and foisted on us in what is actually a very serious bid to commit the greatest insult to our collective intelligence possible.
In the U.S., the quantity of "political analysis and coverage" and PR of any event is a pretty good indicator of the event's lack of substance. So here we have enormous time, energy, cash and hoopla dressing up this enormous joke so that we all bow our heads and weep at the sheer "importance" of it all.
To paraphrase the comedian Lewis Black, the whole tidal wave of "debates" would be just as informative if the candidates just took a shit on stage and then ran away. And that's the goddamn truth.
Here endeth the rant.