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Friday, November 16, 2018

Nader: During the late Forties, few Americans chose to call themselves "conservatives." "Liberals" were ascendant, coming out of the FDR years. Under incessant associational attack on the word "liberal," few politicians now brandish their beliefs as "liberals," while many tout some of their views as "conservative." Given American history, this is quite a twisted linguistic victory. Tories (the conservatives of the Revolutionary era) sided with King George III against the American Revolution. Conservatives supported slavery, women's disenfranchisement, and stood against the great progressive reforms by farmers and industrial workers in the late 19th and early 20th century. Conservatives opposed progressive taxation, social security, Medicare, labor union rights, and more recently, the civil rights, consumer rights, and environmental protections. Liberals led in support of these expansions of justice in our country. Yet liberals are timid about using the liberal label. read more


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal, prosecutors inadvertently revealed in a recently unsealed court filing -- a development that could significantly advance the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and have major implications for those who publish government secrets. The disclosure came in a filing in a case unrelated to Assange. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer, urging a judge to keep the matter sealed, wrote that "due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged." Later, Dwyer wrote the charges would "need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested." read more


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

When it comes to the ruling elite's corporate plunder and crimes against humanity, the U.S. memory is short and there is no accountability. The Rockefeller clan are ExxonMobil's longest continuous shareholders. In Iraq, ExxonMobil hold a 60% share in a $50 billion contract to develop a 9-billion-barrel southern West Qurna Phase I field. ExxonMobil is expanding its oil & gas holdings into the Kurdish region in Northern Iraq. The enemy is the ruling elite that own and control the means of production. If people of conscience don't hold them accountable for their crimes, they will continue to commit them in Venezuela and Iran. While henchmen change, the ruling elite remains. Why should the U.S. allow its military and secret service to be pimped out as corporate stooges and glorified security guards? The wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq cost $4.4 trillion. By 2053, interest payments on the debt alone could reach $7 trillion. Then there's Libya and Syria. read more


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

She can't remember what the Republican did to Obama for eight years or, the Democrat Party and the American public. Pelosi announced, "We will strive for bipartisanship, with fairness on all sides. We must try to find common ground with President Donald Trump and the Republican Party", at a rally in Washington, D.C. "We'll have a bipartisan marketplace of ideas that makes our democracy strong." Either Pelosi has no idea who she is dealing with, or she is in bed with them.. read more


Monday, November 12, 2018

Europe has a privacy law which Americans lack. It says each individual owns their own personal data which cannot be sold or exploited by Corporations. Google and Facebook realize they must now comply. California is moving towards a law similar to the EU, while Google and Facebook lobbyists swarm Sacramento. Of course, no one in DC's Trumpland cares. read more


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The end of WWII created the fear of a return to the Great Depression if government spending levels were reduced. The pragmatic solution was continuous military production because supply chains and workers were already in place. Thus began the cold war .

This same static economic logic applies to looming environmental crises. Since the mid-nineteenth century the U.S. economy has been organized around dirty capitalist production. This includes the U.S. military, which is the largest single user of fossil fuels on earth.

Nuclear weapons are attractive because they kill the most people for the least amount of money, another Capitalist triumph. So now we're going to drop a trillion dollars into upgrading our nuclear annihilation capacity. It was possible that the fission-fusion process in the first hydrogen bomb might not be contained and that all life on the planet could be instantly annihilated. This fear was in part why Adolf Hitler abandoned the German effort. Americans moved forward with the test despite that risk.

By the late 1950s the U.S. military had a plan to launch a first-strike nuclear war against Russia that would encompass most of the known world and would ultimately kill, by the military's own estimates, 600 million human beings. Only 100–200 million would be Russian civilians. The rest would be collateral damage. The equivalent of one hundred holocausts. As long as more Americans survived than Russians, that ongoing plan is considered a military success.

excerpted from Rob Urie @ counterpunch

Its ridiculous to watch Trump beg Russia to print 30,000 Clinton emails and then seek to investigate and prosecute Assange as the sole agent for this partisan behavior when the NY Times, Washington Post and hundreds of other newspapers published the same stuff. Newspapers print partisan and CIA inspired and financed BS constantly. We should all recognize that the un-elected Deep State( aka military industrial complex (MIC)) (aka Pentagon, State Department, CIA, NSA) has a vested interest in creating enemies and exaggerating their strength and have engaged in those activities throughout our lifetimes. It doesn't take a 25 page thesis to surmise that Putin and Russia favored Trump since Putin has publicly admitted as much. There is little reason to believe that the Russian propaganda team is within an order of magnitude of US partisan propaganda machines, let alone the national mass media system. It is impossible to exaggerate the overwhelming power of US TV in particular and those Madmen working in the background designing opinion shaping on Madison Avenue. While Facebook has added additional complexity to this situation I doubt its influence is as great as the TV.

Russia has a stake in increasing trade with the West, particularly Germany. The USA has openly and vigorously fought against this development. That is the most rational context for interpretation of Russian interference. Most conflict on our planet is instigated by the USA and involves the control of the flow of oil in Africa, the Middle East, through Afghanistan, and with Russia. Americans do not benefit from these conflicts, but the Rockefeller family and a few others with large oil holdings certainly do.

We still live under the evil influence of Dr Kissinger whose philosophy is simple: control of oil and you control countries, control food and you control people. Meanwhile the endless growth/profit demands of capitalism coupled with population growth spell disaster for mankind from global warming or nuclear annihilation if war cries get out of control.

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