Life in these United States

A quick review of news at Huffington Post:

  • Israel announces new land grab. U.S., which could stop it with a phone call, instead just denounces it.
  • Trove of nude celebrity pictures released. LAPD will be brought into this one. It is, after all, serious business. They couldn’t really figure out the RFK think or the Manson thing, or even the OJ thing (honestly, that glove should have fit him folks) … but trust me, they will get to the bottom of the great nude celebrity photo heist of 2014.

Warren is both thoughtful and bemused about atrocities against civilians.

Warren is both thoughtful and bemused about atrocities against civilians.

In other news, liberal darling Elizabeth Warren announced that she supports Israel’s bombing of schools and hospitals in Gaza. If there is one thing our liberals and conservatives agree on (there are many, actually), it is the righteousness of carnage against innocents. When done by U.S. and allies, it’s always a good thing. Always.

Another day under the bubble. I’ll be in my garage. Call me if anything unusual happens.

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Fog of news

“From a marketing point of view, you don’t introduce new products in August.”
(Andrew H. Card Jr., White House chief of staff, on why the Bush administration waited until September of 2002 to press for public support of its Iraq policy.

It takes some intelligence, depth and insight to see through the fog of American propaganda. It is, as CIA’s Frank Wisner, one of the men behind Operation Mockingbird, a “Mighty Wurlitzer” than can play any propaganda tune it wants. That tune resonates throughout the country, in every bar, social gathering, church service, and now, Facebook pages.
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The creepiness of the British aristocracy

Bertrand Russell had some nasty things to say about the British aristocracy, saying they were responsible for as much human suffering in the world as Joe Stalin. I wonder sometimes if it just the fact that we have common language with them that creates our affinity, and making their shittiness look like Shinola to us. (Stalin told FDR’s son Elliot that his dad had been murdered, poisoned, by “that Churchill gang.”) When they ruled the waves they were no more than drug runners, slavers and pirates. Their bankers dragged the US into the First World War to bail their sorry asses out.
imageAnd then there is … Prince Charles. Good grief, what an imbecile, soon enough to be king, would also like to be our tampon. The guy gives me the creeps. Don’t get me going in that jackass.

Anyway, I repeat here two passages from a couple of books I read recently. The first, Puzzling People, The Labyrinth of the Psychopath, is a light treatment of a broad topic and is hardly worth mention. The author, Thomas Sheridan, however, does touch on a facet of the basic sadistic nature of the ruling class on that island.

During my late teens I was heavily involved in the animal rights movement, and among the activities we took part in was to protest fox hunting among the gentry and well-to-do. After witnessing these appalling and sadistic escapades close up, it soon dawned on me that the ‘sport’ of fox hunting is actually a psychological operation to mind-control young aristocrats and elites into a proto-psychopathic Dissociative Identity mindset.

The hunt would take place all day long and between the hounds barking constantly, the endless testosterone-fueled blood lust, the intense movement of the hunt party through the countryside to the din of wailing horns, even down to the riders dressed in almost day-glow red velvet finery – the visual and sensual impact of experiencing these hunts is overwhelming.

Now put yourself in the place of a ten-year old boy or girl who is on these hunts with their parents for the first time. Not only is the intense sensory-overload of the day-long event a visceral assault in your psyche and senses. At the end of it all you witness an exhausted and terrified fox torn to pieces by frenzied dogs while still alive and howling in agony. Your father lifts you down from your horse and retrieving a piece of adrenaline-infused fox flesh, he then ‘bloods’ you with the still warm flesh by wiping it on your face.

I imagine Charles was blooded by Philip, and that he has blooded his two sons. There is madness in that bloodline, I tell you. Madness!

imageThis passage is from Critical Path, by Buckminster Fuller. (Who names their son “Buckminster?”) Fuller was a renaissance man, a man of noble mind who peered behind the curtain of power often enough to understand history better than most. He talked about secret power, tried to trace its origins.

Indeed such power exists, as any fool can see with our dead presidents and controlled media. It is a nameless force that holds away over all of us. (You just felt the power of that force when you read the words “dead presidents,” knowing you are not supposed to think about that subject. The words “conspiracy theory” immediately entered your mind. That’s a power hold on you, dear reader.)

Here he is suggesting that the colonies never really broke free of the mother country, as the British Empire was not the island, but rather the British East India Company.

George Washington took command of the Continental Army under the elm tree in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The flag used for that occasion was the East India Company’s flag, which by pure coincidence had thirteen red and white stripes. Though it was only a coincidence most of those present thought that the thirteen red and white stripes did represent the thirteen American colonies – ergo, was very appropriate – but they complained about the included British flag’s superimposed crosses on the blue rectangle in the top corner. George Washington conferred with Betsy Ross, after which came thirteen white five-pointed stars in the blue field with the thirteen red and white horizontal stripes. While the British government lost the 1776 war, the East India’s Company’s owners who constituted the invisible power structure behind the British government not only did not lose but moved right in to the new U.S.A. economy along with the latter’s most powerful landowners.

By pure chance I happened to discover this popularly unknown episode of American history. Commissioned in 1970 by the Indian government to design new airports in Bombay, New Delhi and Madras, I was visiting the grand palace of the British fortress in Madras, where the British first established themselves in India in 1600. There I saw a picture of Queen Elizabeth I and a picture of the flag of the East India Company of 1600 A.D., with its thirteen red and white horizontal stripes and its superimposed crosses in the upper corner. What astonished me was that this flag (which seemed to be the American flag) was apparently being used in 1600 A.D., 175 years before the American Revolution.

Fuller is suggesting that the power behind the throne became the power behind the people in the grove of elm trees, that there was no revolution from East India’s standpoint, but rather a new vehicle for expansion of its power.

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A win!!!

imageWe do a lot of hiking in Colorado, and it is a beautiful state. Two things stand out, however:

  • 1): Everything has been deeply affected by mining and logging. Most areas were logged over at least once. The remnants of old mines are everywhere. Cleanup costs were socialized as our commons were privatized.
  • 2): There is no danger from predators. There’s no need for precautions, as the grizzly bears are gone. Once logged, roaded, mined, the bears have to leave. The wolves were long ago eradicated. There are rumors surfacing now and then of a grizzly or two in the San Juan area. Coyotes are sometimes called wolves. Harsh reality is that Colorado is officially a “safe for sheep” state.

Conservationists won a lawsuit. In a scripted PR gesture, F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber fired some employees. That is cynical beyond the pale.

Chomsky noticed years ago that the public relations industry used coded words, short and pithy phrases like “death panel,” “support the troops,” “freedom,” … all devoid of meaning but having emotional impact. Another of those dog whistle words, “jobs*,” is used when they mean “profit.”

In reading the link above to the Missoulian article on the lawsuit, merely substitute “profits” whenever Stoltze talks about its employees, and your job as vigilant citizen will be done for today.
*As in “Forest Jobs and Recreation Act,” not a word about logging in the title of the bill, though that is the substance of it.

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The bubble

The best way to make communists is to put the Americans into a place where there were no Communists before. (Norodom [Prince] Sihanouk of Cambodia)

“Whoever has the Americans as allies does not need enemies” (Madame Nhu, wife of assassinated South Vietnamese leader.)

Americans often feel snubbed when they learn that they are not liked abroad. From a typical dis-informed viewpoint, we Yanks imagine we have been giving foreign aid and rebuilding places, sending food to places where they have earthquakes and tsunamis and are also busy liberating slaves. All we get in return in disrespect.

“So screw the world,” is the attitude that naturally follows.

Photos like this are not staged. No sireee ... not staged. No way.

Photos like this are not staged. No sireee … not staged. No way.

What Americans do not know, of course, is that we live in a huge disinformation enterprise known as the United States Mainstream Media (MSM). Even so, if it were only “news” given to us, its range would be limited. But it also extends to entertainment media. It repeats the message and helps us in the illusion that our foreign policy is all about do-goodiness. In movies and on TV, our terrorists (called “Special Forces,” Seals” and “Green Berets”) are big burly men with guns protecting children from thugs. They even hand out candy. Our military adventures are designed to “rescue” people and install democracy rather than merely keep the path clear for control of resources by America’s giant corporations. Getting hold of those resources usually involves removal of democratic governments and installation of thugs and terror regimes.

It’s simply failure to communicate. The rest of the world is very well-informed about who we are and what we do. American tourists are readily accepted (so long as we are not boorish and overbearing, like the guy our daughter told us about – wearing a cowboy hat, he stood up in a British pub and sang the Star Spangled Banner). But it is the typical American ignorance of the behavior of our CIA and special forces, our military, “our” corporations’ that creates a gulf between us and people abroad. They don’t like “us” for good reason, and we don’t know about it because we never see that face of “us.” We only see what we are meant to see, and so live in what is often referred to abroad as the American bubble.

It’s merely ignorance, easily remedied by expanded knowledge.

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(If that is what really happened)

Reagan shotWith the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri and subsequent fallout, there is a lot of second guessing going on. For myself, I am quick to forgive individual failings, and look to institutional biases to explain gross injustice, as the Brown shooting appears to be.

In this case, I look at a white police force in a black community, and hatred between the police and the people they are charged to serve and protect. Blacks are not innocent victims, as they are just people. Nor are the police free of guilt, as their culture supports violence. So when there is a naked confrontation, the officer has a choice: Shoot, knowing that he’ll likely get off, or back down, not knowing what will happen. Seeing a large angry man coming at me, and having only the basics of training in handling weapons, I assume I too would have shot and then hoped that my brother police officers would have my back.

For the black community, it is hard to watch one of their own gunned down, but more so knowing that it can be done with impunity; that the only justice will likely come from mob violence. They come from a culture that has endured untold indignity. This was best expressed in a Wayans Brothers movie I saw where, trying to get police to respond to a crime the only thing the black guy could think to do was to call 911 and say “White girl in trouble!” Numerous police cars responded instantly.

Being black in a society dominated by whites is hard to endure, which is why they have developed their own means of communicating. This is reflected especially in their music. They can dog whistle one another while we whites assume it’s just a tribal beat. But it is a bubbling cauldron, and it only takes one flagrant abuse of white power for the community to erupt. When that happens, the cops drop the public service masks and go on the offensive. Pictures of cops brandishing weapons at innocent civilians are disgusting, but the rage is mutual.

I didn’t sit down to write all of that. I was only curious about the fact that the Officer Daren Wilson, the man who shot Michael Brown, emptied his weapon. I was reminded of a shooting in Billings, Montana where the assailant’s weapon was a motor vehicle. There too the officer emptied his weapon into the driver. He was immediately suspended pending investigation, and a spokesperson at that time said that officers were trained to empty weapons in potentially fatal confrontations.

Why, I thought? The answer is obvious, but not if we are TV drama viewers. There, when people get shot they immediately drop, and are dead unless they have more than an extra role in the presentation. I put up the picture of Reagan above because, contrary to the official story, he has already been shot and does not know it. People do not drop when they are shot, and usually don’t even realize it for a period of time. The head shot is the best way to disable a victim, but cops are not that well trained in firearms. Anyway, who can say where to shoot when an officer is in panic mode? A large man presents a good target, and the torso is the best sure hit, the head a little more iffy. But it takes quite a few shots to disable an assailant, more so a large man.

If that is what happened.

So officers are trained to empty their weapons, create as many wounds as possible so that the victim will bleed out and lose consciousness as soon as possible. One shot will not do. In the meantime even if already hit, he is still a threat. The officer is in survival mode, and training allows him, even instructs him, to shoot, shoot shoot until out of bullets.

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Reading American news: This one is easy to unravel

State Department admits that there might be “dozens” of Americans fighting in Syria and Iraq, and that they are “disaffected,” possibly posing a ” threat to national security” when they return home. This is in response to an American turning up dead fighting for “ISIS” in Syria.

As American news goes, this one is easy to unravel. “Dozens” means hundreds, and as fighting intensifies, more of them will be killed, captured or otherwise exposed. They are not expatriates, they are not fighting for the other side. Their histories are wiped clean, they seem to randomly up and leave and go fight in strange lands. They are American agents, provocateurs, part of ISIS and under US control, and subject to the following dictum, taken from a popular TV show back in the sixties:

If killed or captured, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your activity.

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American political parties are far more right-wing than the American public

Americans are perhaps the most heavily polled people on the planet. If that suggests that American public opinion matters to our leadership, well, think again.

American leadership fears public opinion and so manages it without heeding it. Consequentially, Americans are up to their eyeballs in polls, propaganda and disinformation. We can think whatever we want in our isolated existences, but should we organize around an ideal, leadership goes apoplectic. It is the threat of a bad example, and the reason why Wal-Mart will even go to the extreme of closing a store where there is the threat of a union. The violence of the Obama Administration against Occupy Wall Street was meant to send us a message – think what you want, but stay home.

The period 1965-1975 represented a flowering of American democracy, with students, women, minorities and environmentalists all getting busy. To the oligarchs, this was a crisis, and the Powell Memo signaled the beginning to the clampdown that has led to our current dark climate of ignorance and isolation.

But American public opinion is studied. Truly informative polls are kept quiet, that is, are not broadcast. Obama’s personal approval rating, Hillary’s ranking in the polls – are matters of little consequence but which garner headlines in the news.

But people do study our moods and attitudes. The place to go for surveys on American public opinion is the Council on Foreign Relations. This group was set up to mimic British Round Tables, and are meant to be a place where elites can gather and talk turkey. Their polling data is meant to keep them informed on American attitudes, nothing more.

This link will take you to a set of polls of American public opinion taken over time. I will offer just a few nuggets.

  • A majority of Americans believe in international law and that our own laws ought to be subordinate to them.
  • A majority of Americans believe the United Nations should be the arbiter of international disputes, with the United States merely contributing to its efforts.
  • A majority of Americans believe that the CIA should abide by the Geneva Conventions.
  • A majority of Americans believe that military force should be used only for self-defense or for that of an ally.
  • Americans are hugely supportive of International agreements like the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
  • Americans mostly believe that the U.S. should participate and be subject to international courts.
  • The vast majority of Americans support nuclear disarmament.

There’s much more to this of course, and CFR pollsters do try to educate respondents to bring their opinions around on matters like, say, U.S. intervention in other countries’ affairs, a CFR avocation.

Polish Wolf was just another blogger who left the kitchen, but I had arguments with him about the fact, demonstrated here, that the leadership of both of our political parties exists far to the right of public opinion. His attitude (just youthful naiveté I suppose) was that politicians merely reflect that opinion. His and my (former) home state of Montana has in it a well of progressive attitudes and ideals, and any worthy leader could tap that well and make a career. But the key to understanding our politics is this: The majority of public opinion is represented by those who do not vote, perhaps half of us. That segment has the makeup of a labor party, and could be a powerful force if mobilized. Leadership knows this.

But the parties are not constructed to reflect public opinion. Rather, they reflect their sponsors, their financiers, and so have to studiously avoid getting into debates on issues where real public opinion might be exposed. This situation could be easily remedied if Americans knew how to organize. So it is the mission of the two political parties in the United States to prevent organization of the public behind its own ideals, instead shepherding it to act in favor of the oligarchy.

In the near future I intend to visit CFR polls on economics and domestic policy, equally enlightening.

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Election whores

41801_214754565188_8024957_nHere are a few comments from around the web:

Well done!

That was DJ Flightrisk at Pogie’s regarding a post on Ryan Zinke. It appears that Pogie has gotten the comment section of his blogged tamed and under control. No more loose cannons or off-topic comments.

It’s the Putin pose.

That was James Conner, whom Cowgirl often refers to as “The Flathead Memo” when seeking to give his opinion more weight than it warrants. Here he is heaping scorn on Ryan Zinke. This scorn, oddly, is reflective of the official position of Mainstream Media regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin. It’s a two-step process: First MSM prints it, talking heads repeat it on air, and then Conner thinks it and even offers it up as his own original opinion.

I could easily have grabbed two other comments, such low-hanging fruit is this subject. Just two observations:

  • Amanda Curtis might as well be tending to her tomatoes. These people don’t care about that race now that the dullard, the poster child for mediocrity, John Walsh, has been taken down. Democratic leadership must be pissed that their appointed successor to the poster child for corruption, Max Baucus, was shot down. They are readily conceding the seat to Republican Steve Daines. Democrat followship ought to be upset about that, but they are not. That is why I call them followhsip.
  • There is not much left in this country in the way of representative government, often referred to as “democracy.” As I look about the world situation, there is a monstrous attack on the Mideast via an outfit known as “ISIS,” known to be formed and back by the Americans with assistance from other client states. The Ukrainian putsch is waging war on its own people, driving them to flee to Russia, shooting down airliners, shelling cities ad towns and killing hundreds of innocent civilians. The object here is painfully obvious, to draw Russia into a border war. It ain’t working. Russia’s only public response has been humanitarian aid. (This would be Conner’s bare-chested Putin doing that.) There are wars going on in Congo killing thousands each month, while CIA is busy trying to undermine the elected government of Venezuela, a place where they actually seem to know a thing or two about democracy.

I could go on. Point is, Democrats are clueless about such matters.

My first deep involvement with Democrats was in 1996 when I ran for legislature, and I won’t rehash that experience. My second was 2000 when I campaigned for Nader. Both experiences left me with a low opinion of the nature of the typical Democrat: Not a very smart person. A Democrat typically will not know any issues well other than those used to drive voters to the polls, the wedges like abortion and gun control. The typical Democrat will suffer low awareness of world events. The typical Democrat will point his finger at Republicans and say they are “low-information voters”, but the slogan better reflects Democrats than the other party. Republicans, at least, put up candidates reflective of their own proclaimed philosophy. Democrats have to resort to cloaked right wingers like Walsh.

The whole of the Democrat operation is seedy and cynical, and leaves me wanting to breathe fresh air and avoid politics in total. Democrats like Conner and Pogie will run around claiming to be “progressives,” an insult to thinking people. They haven’t a clue what that is about.

I have a better word for them: Election whores.

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Putting lipstick on a pig

…the same individuals were to be presented as allies yesterday and must be as enemies today, even if they are still on orders from Washington.

imageIt is difficult have an understanding of international terrorism as sponsored by the United States, and at the same time watch the U.S. state-controlled media twist that same information into a fairy tale. ISIS is nothing more than a terrorist organization, and when it was doing Washington’s work in Libya and Syria, was presented as a pro-democratic force.

Defeated in Syria, armed to the teeth by the U.S., Turkey, France and Saudi Arabia (acting as a conduit for Ukrainian weapons), ISIS is now presented as a scourge that is forcing Washington’s hand, perhaps triggering another intervention in Iraq.

What changed? Words changed. That’s all. Al Qaeda, Syrian Emergency Task Force, Al-Nosra, Northern Storm Brigade … ISIS. All Washington employees, all the time. Sometimes a friend, sometimes an enemy, always on the payroll. Terrorists, saboteurs, beheaders, eaters of intestines, human scourge … these are our guys. They are drenched in American weapons and money.

I have long regarded John McCain as a terrorist. Sent on a mission to bomb a light bulb factory in north Vietnam, he was shot down, could have been left to drown but was instead rescued and imprisoned for five years. He was tortured, and broke. He’s not a sane man now, but I had no idea that he is, as Thierry Meyssan claims, an agent behind so much illegal U.S. activity these last decades, from the ouster of president Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti, the attempt to overthrow President Mwai Kibaki in Kenya, the attempted overthrow of president Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, and most recently, the ousting of the constitutional president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. These are all democratically elected governments, and the U.S. attacked them, probably for that reason.

Who knew? Such a man, rightly imprisoned in Vietnam, is behind international terrorism. He is presented as a hero here in the Empire of Lies. That’s why I said at the outset here that it is difficult to watch U.S. state-controlled media twist all of this around, lying about everything everywhere all the time and taking a man like McCain, a deranged terrorist, and making him seem something better than that.

I call that putting lipstick on a pig.

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