I meant for the trash bin story below to be about a number of topics, but got carried away on Henry Standing Bear. One other topic I wanted to let our commenters tear apart was New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft getting caught up in a prostitution and human trafficking scandal. His only offense is using the services of a prostitute, a misdemenaor. (That’s yet another topic … men use prostitutes because they want sex without all of the accompanying nonsense like long-term commitment and profession of eternal love. In my perfect world, it would be legal.) Read about Mr. Kraft here.
I am currently working on an AIDS piece, and it is proving extremely difficult for me. It will be done in a few days I think, but in the meantime I am violating one of the core concepts of blogging, not putting up enough fresh material.
This piece is the result of a discussion I had a while back stemming from Facebook and politics. It goes off in an unplanned direction.
What I see going on, with Facebook as the prime mover, is an ongoing and fake investigation into Donald Trump and Russian influence in our elections in 2016. It portends to be another Watergate, that is, the landscape is seeded with new clues on a regular basis. This is done to keep the issue alive and front and center. The purpose is to keep people who do pay attention to politics fixated on the wrong subject and asking the wrong questions. That keeps them out of the hair of real power, which operates behind a veil of media indifference and silence.
Fiat money has been in existence in the U.S. of America since 1973, the year Pres. Nixon removed the nation from “the gold standard.”
So, why are we stuck in pre-1973 thinking about how the federal government spends money to achieve its political (foreign and domestic) agenda.
I have attempted to write about this topic, with little or no reaction from POM readers. Let me try another tact. How about another author with a similar message, and some examples that might awaken the hypno-ape masses? See: Mulga, Japanese artist; http://mulgatheartist.net/en/shop/?post=267.
Repetition is how apes learn. I repeat my(ape)self: “ ….there is no tax-payer money” in federal finance/appropriations. https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/09/21/taxpayer-money-threatens-medicare-for-all-and-every-other-social-program/
It’s never a matter of being able to “afford” health care or a “pay for” a retirement program that keeps us from eating out of dumpsters. It’s a matter of whether or not Congress can find it in its greedy, self-serving, soulless existence to give a shit or not. Obviously, we have a lot of work to do. Patience, grasshopper.
A short intermezzo from the peculiar plots, as I just saw this:
A large fire broke out at the Paço de São Cristóvão, which houses the 200-year-old National Museum of Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, on September 2, 2018, at around 19:30 local time (22:30 UTC September 2). Reaction to the cultural loss was swift, as the museum held over 20 million items — Brazil’s president Michel Temer called the loss of the historical and cultural heritage “incalculable”. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
A large fire breaking out last night in Rio de Janeiro, hmm, let’s look at this story…
Shortly after closing on September 2, 2018, a large fire broke out, reaching all three floors of the National Museum building. Firefighters were called at 19:30 local time, arriving quickly at the scene. Despite this, the fire chief reported that the two fire hydrants closest to the museum had no water.
As promised and mentioned in my introduction, I would like to treat 3 stories, narratives, -or rather plots- that caught my attention in recent months. The 3 peculiar plots, as I think is an appropriate title for the series, are related in a way, have similar features and were all happening in the same time frame; the early 20th century; pre-WWII.
Part 1 in this series is about the first plot, a strange story indeed, and though not as well known with the general public (especially outside of the US) as similar stories as Titanic or 9/11, it shares a lot with them.
Allegedly, in May 1915, a German submarine sank, in 18 minutes, a ship full of people, probable ammunition and according to some stories a huge amount of valuable materials on board. The story is surrounded by mystery, intrigue, “conspiracy theories” and doubt, which makes for a good case for us, truth seekers, to look into.
I realize for many POM readers this is nothing out of the ordinary. There is, however, the possibility that a little explaining may move others from their constant state of cognitive dissonance to a better understanding of the electoral fraud perpetuated every two years in the U.S. by an army of actors, “players” (and other predator types) and funders. Citizen-voters are the mark, always have been.
This particular example is being played out in Montana, USA. I will be short. Here https://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/2018/06/11/montana-senate-candidates-debate-forums/692623002/ we can see on public display another key element — media manipulation of political debates — of the anatomy of a “rigged election.” This element alone cannot sway an entire election, but helps enforce the myth that there’s an organic “two-party” system. No journalism, no democracy, no moral foundation, just power and money talking.
As a Green Party candidate, thousands of signatures of registered voters must be gathered just to qualify to appear on the ballot. Montana has cleverly created a petition deadline in March. I’m usually skiing from November through March. So, we can add the March (winter) deadline for third-party signature requirements to the other obstacles erected to eliminate competition. This year Greens qualified for the ballot.
Add the $1,750 filling fee for U.S. Senate and U.S. House candidates. In a state with a median annual income of less than $50,000, that can be a significant barrier to any prospective candidate.
Reacting to Greens qualifying for the November ballot, Democrats sued the Montana Secretary of State for certifying “irregular” signatures in key voting districts. Democrats are desperate to disqualify and remove the Green Party from the ballot. This lawsuit is pending in state district court, which effectively grinds any Green Party campaign to a halt because of the uncertainty it creates. Try fundraising in this atmosphere? Who wants to spend money promoting a Green candidate when it could all end tomorrow by judge’s order? There is a bit of irony to all this, of course. For decades Democrats have been screaming about voter suppression by Republicans. They even have an entire plank https://www.democrats.org/party-platform#voting-rights in the party platform on protecting voter’s rights. So, we can add the list Democrats suing to oust Greens from the ballot and suppress any possibility of voters choosing a Green Party candidate in November’s general election.
Now cometh the Montana Broadcasters Association, cheerfully putting its thumb on the scales of fair competition and open debate. Alone, this corporate meddling may not be a game-changer, but when added to the other obstacles thrown down to stop competition in American elections, it is significant. Rigging debates could be the final nail in Montana’s so-called “democratic-elections.”
The “our democracy” meme is a huge lie we all live with daily. Repeated ad nauseam in the mainstream media, we’re keeping the illusion alive for unsuspecting voters. This could be called the “Tinkerbell effect.” Clap if you want to keep democracy alive.
So, here in Montana, we’re working hard to make sure you cannot vote for the candidate of your choice (association and free speech). Third party candidates threaten the fake two-party system, and therefore cannot be treated equally under the law, or anywhere in the media either. The First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution have no real meaning in everyday American life. Free and fair elections simply do not exist today. And, yes, journalism is as rare as bird shit in a cuckoo clock.
It has only been a few years since I bought into this stuff, so I understand how people get sucked in. The JFK assassination was one of the most intensely rabbit-holed events of my lifetime, and the industry still thrives. There is one site in particular that seems to be charged with keeping the story alive, called Black Op Radio*. It has been going on going on 18 years now, and runs hours and hours of programming.