Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Armada That Wasn't



This week, the media is piling onto Donald Trump, ridiculing him for saying that he was sending an "armada" to North Korea, to threaten that country. (More than the usual military exercises on its borders, and threats of assassination of its leader.)

It took me a couple of days to realize "this seems odd". It was only a week ago, but the media controls the discussion so thoroughly that it seems far down the Memory Hole.

So I checked the Oracle (google) and got this...."Last week, the armada was diverted to a new mission.
"U.S. Pacific Command ordered the Carl Vinson Strike Group north as a prudent measure to maintain readiness and presence in the Western Pacific," Cmdr. David Benham, a spokesman for the command, said in a statement on Sunday.
"Third Fleet ships operate forward with a purpose: to safeguard U.S. interests in the Western Pacific,” he said. “The number one threat in the region continues to be North Korea, due to its reckless, irresponsible, and destabilizing program of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability,” the spokesman added.
President Trump’s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster said on Fox News Sunday that the ships were being redirected toward the Korean Peninsula as a “prudent” measure, because “North Korea has been engaged in a pattern of provocative behavior.” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/11/us-navy-carrier-strike-group-sets-its-sights-on-north-korea.html

That seems pretty official.

Then, on April 14th, Trump told Fox News...."President Donald Trump on Wednesday told the Fox Business Network, “We are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier.”

On April 17th, Christopher P. Cavas, reporting in Defense News, gave a bizarre mishmash of statements, in which anonymous sources denied that the ships were heading to North Korea.
"Off the record, several officials expressed wonderment at the persistent reports that the Vinson was already nearing Korea. “We’ve made no such statement,” said one official.
But, a couple of paragraphs later, he reports..."The Vinson’s return to Korea was ordered on April 8 by Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command. On April 11, Defense Secretary James Mattis – having just met with Harris in Washington – noted that no specific incident prompted the order to curtail the exercise program and head north."

So, according to this article, anonymous sources "express wonderment" and deny that Adm. Harry Harris had ordered the ships to return to Korea. Who are these officials, who have their uncredited claims put forward against official spokesmen?

What kind of reporting is that?

However, if you peruse the mainstream media and the blogosphere, you will find endless articles snarkily ridiculing Pres. Trump for "not knowing where his warships are".

So, what is going on? I did find a CNN article, from last week, clumsily trying to explain it all off as "miscommunication" and "confusion". http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/18/politics/carl-vinson-korea-trump/

However, there is no more mention of that, in the constant barrage of attack articles now. It seems that Trump is being portrayed as an incompetent commander in chief. Why? Is it to mold American public opinion into accepting open military rule, with no pretense of civilian oversight?

I find this ominous.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

The Great Mystery of Heroin



After the USA invaded and occupied Afghanistan, the production of heroin increased exponentially. They now provide 95% of the world's heroin, all under the noses (and watchful eyes) of the US military.
Then, thousands of tons of heroin is shipped all over the world, including the USA, where it is distributed in every city and every small town in America. But....no one makes the connection.
No one asks why our 17 spy agencies can't see the thousands of tons of heroin moving across the world and to every town. The only blame placed is on the street level distributors in the inner cities, and when they fight over market share (as low level salesmen tend to do under capitalism), we are told that we just can't understand why there are so many gun deaths in our cities.
And we just can't understand why there are so many heroin overdoses in our country. And we are told that the answer is not to stop the production and distribution of heroin, but to provide Narcan to every small town in America.
Why would that be? Would it be that drug sales are so very, very lucrative to our Deep State?
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Will Sucker Punching Someone You Don't Like Stop Fascism?


I can't believe that I even have to address this issue. The answer to the title question is "No".

Someone attired in black came up and sucker punched a man speaking in the street. A video was taken and has gone viral. I am amazed that some of my friends seem to think that if you punch enough people, you can prevent fascism.

Fascism is not a white supremacist spouting off on the street. Fascism is the end result of capitalism, where it seizes control of the state apparatus, and uses it to further loot and enrich the capitalist class. It relies on nationalism, militarism and division of the working class. It cannot be stopped by punching an individual in the face. That is absurd. Fascism relies on the acquiescence and compliance, or, at least, the apathy of the majority of the working class. That is why the spectacles are provided, from the glorification of the military in the movies and at the mass meetings such as football games, or the mass demonstrations of the women. The right wing who blames immigrants or black people for their falling living standards are delusional, but so are the people who march around the White House waving signs, who go home feeling warm and fuzzy and very proud that they sure showed Trump who is boss. Sadly, you have dug up another entire section of deluded Americans, who think that you can stop an entire system of oppression and war by punching a guy in the mouth. Do you not realize how that plays on TV? Do you not realize that the majority of Americans get all their opinions from TV? Do you not realize that most Americans firmly believe in the right of free speech, although most of them are very shaky on the concept? If you are really serious about fighting fascism you have to know that only a united working class can succeed. And that punching someone in the face for speaking just lost you a shitload of support.
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Your Fear Proves Nothing


If a child is told there is a boogeyman out to get him, and he fervently takes it to heart, that is not proof of boogeymen. Even if the child is absolutely terrified, and has to have a nightlight, and won't go outside at night, and sleeps with a teddy bear....still Not Proof.

Americans on the Blue Team sneered for 8 years at members of the Red Team, holed up in their houses, clutching their guns, waiting for Sharia Law to be imposed, and the Blue Helmets to come snatch their guns and children away.

Yesterday, we had the spectacle of millions of women, terrified that their birth control would be snatched, and their pussies grabbed, marching all over the USA. And, even more bizarrely, around the world. Really? Do the women of London and Paris really think that Donald Trump is a threat to their birth control?

Since the election, we have been sternly told that, if people are afraid, then that is proof that there is reason to be afraid.

I have seen reports that someone's Muslim neighbor had to go to the ER, because she had an anxiety attack when Trump was elected. The Mexican classmates of another's high school student were crying that their parents would be deported. OK, as a bleeding heart myself, I am truly sorry that these people are so afraid. However, I refuse to take their fear as some sort of evidence based reality.

Same with your cousins in Latvia. I understand that, after years of propaganda about the imminent Russian invasion, your cousins are convinced that the Russians are out to get them. This, however, is not proof of anything. It just means that your cousins are susceptible to fear mongering.

Remember when we were told that the Iraqis were spreading anthrax through the mail? Remember the guy who took it to heart and wrapped his entire house in plastic and duct tape? How'd that work out for him? Remember how quickly the fear mongering was dropped when it turned out to be American anthrax, and not from Iraq at all? Was fear of Iraqi anthrax evidence that it was Iraq?

Remember, 2 years ago, how we were all going to die from Ebola? It was spreading exponentially, and it was a horrible, painful death. But, not enough to like, put up a quarantine, or anything. We were all going to die, but we didn't want to be non-inclusive or bigoted before we went.

Out here in Deplorable Land, (as the tolerant, inclusive Blue Team lovingly calls us), people were all riled up against al Qadeda, 15 years ago. They were ready to kill every Muslim in the world, all one billion of them. (Seriously, I was told that).

But, two days ago, our local paper printed an AP article about how horrible it was that the Russians insisted that al Qaeda in Syria not be part of the ceasefire. Yep, out here in Deplorable Land, we were told that the renamed al Qaeda Syrian branch was the best fighting force trying to overthrow the government in Syria, so it was absolutely outrageous that Russia was still targeting them.


See? People can believe anything, and then they can believe anything else. Before you get too worked up about what Fox News OR NPR tells you, step back and think about it. Watch what they do, not what they say.




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Thursday, October 6, 2016

ISIS is US


Two years ago, ISIS was rolled out as the new scariest terrorist group, ever.

Oddly enough, though, the Obamba regime refused to attack them, as they left Mosul with US tanks, weapons and ammo, and headed towards Syria. Obama informed us that the reason was that " al Maliki is not inclusive enough". Well, that was bizarre.

A few months later, we were treated to stories about how the US needed to go into Syria and start bombing ISIS, although aggressive invasions of another country are against international law.

From a Facebook post two years ago....Interesting report from Syria, from a commenter on another thread...."ISIL continues to attack Kobane with 15.000 militias, 40 tanks, 30 artillery and other modern weaponry provided by wealthy donors from Qatar, Kuwait, Turkey, UAE, Saudi Arabia and other countries. And the YPG-YPJ guerrillas defend the city with AK47 and improvised and YPG-YPJ made weaponry for 3 years now. And the world does nothing, while desperate supporters and friends of humanity all over the world desperately seek ways to reach Kobane or to send supplies and support. Locals also report that ISIL heavy weapons and tanks are out in the open but not yet targeted by air strikes, and mortars are falling like rain on Kobane. Witnesses are saying dozens of ISIL tanks are in plain sight but the coalition forces are not hitting them. Immense anger and confusion over this. If they wanted to hit the tanks they are there in PLAIN sight!!!! Resistance appears almost impossible, which is leading to more desperate moves and immense sacrifices by the YPG-YPJ forces. A YPG soldier says: " Tonight the jets of the international coalition hit 4 empty positions of ISIS."

Here we are, two years later, in 2016. A little over 2 weeks ago, USAF war planes attacked Syrian soldiers defending the town of Deir Ez-zor, killing 62 immediately and wounding another 100, (20 of whom later died). Immediately after the attack, ISIS overran the airport. Only Russian intervention prevented them from stopping the nightly humanitarian aid supplies being flown in.

Two days ago, USAF war planes "accidentally" attacked Iraqi forces who had just driven ISIS from their town near Mosul, killing 20, and allowing ISIS to retake the town.

This, plus numerous documented cases of the USAF "accidentally" dropping weapons and supplies to ISIS makes it clear to me that the Obama regime has no intention of harming its death squads on the ground in Syria. Now that Russia has openly pointed this out, and refused to allow any more "ceasefires" that allow the terrorists to regroup and rearm, we wait to see what Obama's reaction will be. Is he really ready to potentially start World War Three, just to overthrow Assad?
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Friday, January 29, 2016

American Exceptionalism

Americans do not feel entitled to food, shelter, pensions or health care. Citizens of other countries may be entitled to such things, but, by God, not us! Eat your bootstraps, if you're hungry. Sleep under a bridge, unless the Super Bowl is coming to your town, then get the hell out of there.
Americans DO, however, feel entitled to tell other people how to run their countries, and Americans DO feel entitled to overthrow other people's government, bomb them, and invade them and Americans DO feel entitled to taking over countries resources and seizing their assets.

Most Americans do not even realize that attacking other countries is a war crime. This article, from last year, is well worth reading again.

And this is a relevant quote...."To initiate a war of aggression...," said the Nuremberg Tribunal judges in 1946, "is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole."

And another thing. Americans supported the attacks on countless countries after WW2 because....''communism''.
But after the USSR was destroyed in 1991, they no longer had that excuse, so they switched to ''humanitarian intervention''.
They bombed Yugoslavia because ''Milosevich is killing his own people''.
They bombed Iraq because ''Saddam is killing his own people''.
They bombed Libya because "Ghaddafi is killing his own people''.
They are bombing Syria because ''Assad is killing his own people''.
Yet 1204 Americans were shot dead last year, summarily executed, usually on the streets, or in their own homes. Even children were shot or wounded.
Yet, I have not heard one American call for another country to bomb us, to protect us from the government. Not one.
And now we see that the people of Flint are being poisoned, yet I have not heard one American call for the bombing of Michigan, in order to ''save them''.
Why not?
Wouldn't it be ''humanitarian intervention''?


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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Under Our Thumb



Around Sept 14th,2015....''Germany surprisingly left the alliance formed together with the United States which intended to block Russia’s entry into the Syrian conflict.

Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen told Der Spiegel that she welcomed president Putin’s intentions of joining the fight against the extremist organization “Islamic State”. It would be a matter of mutual interests, she said.''

Around Sept. 18th,2015...''Volkswagen's emissions scandal could be far more painful for investors than BP's disastrous 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Credit Suisse (CS) estimates that the total cost to the company could hit 78 billion euros ($87 billion) in a worst case scenario. That's about 60% more than the cost of the Deepwater Horizon spill to BP (BP). ''

Oct. 2,2015....''We express our deep concern with regard to the Russian military build-up in Syria and especially the attacks by the Russian Air Force on Hama, Homs and Idlib since yesterday which led to civilian casualties and did not target [ISIS],” read a statement from the governments of the U.S., United Kingdom, France, Germany, Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. “These military actions constitute a further escalation and will only fuel more extremism and radicalization.”
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