Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Putin on US Imperialism at the United Nations

Finally got around to reading Russian President Vladimir Putin's speech September 28th speech at the United Nations.  His analysis of US imperialism was spot on. That doesn't mean I necessarily support all actions of the Russian government, of course, which is just another state. But the world heard what Putin said - which is why the US is trying to figure out how to retire him next (aka "regime change"). Unfortunately tens of millions of Americans who need to hear it did not... Selected quotes below...

...When the U.N. was established, its founders did not in the least think that there would always be unanimity. The mission of the organization is to seek and reach compromises, and its strength comes from taking different views and opinions into consideration. Decisions debated within the U.N. are either taken as resolutions or not. As diplomats say, they either pass or do not pass.

Whatever actions any state might take bypassing this procedure are illegitimate. They run counter to the charter and defy international law. We all know that after the end of the Cold War — everyone is aware of that — a single center of domination emerged in the world, and then those who found themselves at the top of the pyramid were tempted to think that if they were strong and exceptional, they knew better and they did not have to reckon with the U.N., which, instead of [acting to] automatically authorize and legitimize the necessary decisions, often creates obstacles or, in other words, stands in the way...

... They could lead to a collapse of the entire architecture of international organizations, and then indeed there would be no other rules left but the rule of force.

We would get a world dominated by selfishness rather than collective work, a world increasingly characterized by dictate rather than equality. There would be less of a chain of democracy and freedom, and that would be a world where true independent states would be replaced by an ever-growing number of de facto protectorates and externally controlled territories.

What is the state sovereignty, after all, that has been mentioned by our colleagues here? It is basically about freedom and the right to choose freely one's own future for every person, nation and state. By the way, dear colleagues, the same holds true of the question of the so-called legitimacy of state authority. One should not play with or manipulate words.

Every term in international law and international affairs should be clear, transparent and have uniformly understood criteria. We are all different, and we should respect that. No one has to conform to a single development model that someone has once and for all recognized as the only right one. We should all remember what our past has taught us.

We also remember certain episodes from the history of the Soviet Union. Social experiments for export, attempts to push for changes within other countries based on ideological preferences, often led to tragic consequences and to degradation rather than progress.

It seemed, however, that far from learning from others' mistakes, everyone just keeps repeating them, and so the export of revolutions, this time of so-called democratic ones, continues. It would suffice to look at the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, as has been mentioned by previous speakers. Certainly political and social problems in this region have been piling up for a long time, and people there wish for changes naturally.

But how did it actually turn out? Rather than bringing about reforms, an aggressive foreign interference has resulted in a brazen destruction of national institutions and the lifestyle itself. Instead of the triumph of democracy and progress, we got violence, poverty and social disaster. Nobody cares a bit about human rights, including the right to life.

I cannot help asking those who have caused the situation, do you realize now what you've done? But I am afraid no one is going to answer that. Indeed, policies based on self-conceit and belief in one's exceptionality and impunity have never been abandoned.

It is now obvious that the power vacuum created in some countries of the Middle East and North Africa through the emergence of anarchy areas,  which immediately started to be filled with extremists and terrorists.

Tens of thousands of militants are fighting under the banners of the so-called Islamic State. Its ranks include former Iraqi servicemen who were thrown out into the street after the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Many recruits also come from Libya, a country whose statehood was destroyed as a result of a gross violation of the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973. And now, the ranks of radicals are being joined by the members of the so-called moderate Syrian opposition supported by the Western countries.

First, they are armed and trained and then they defect to the so-called Islamic State. Besides, the Islamic State itself did not just come from nowhere. It was also initially forged as a tool against undesirable secular regimes.

Having established a foothold in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State has begun actively expanding to other regions. It is seeking dominance in the Islamic world. And not only there, and its plans go further than that. The situation is more than dangerous.

In these circumstances, it is hypocritical and irresponsible to make loud declarations about the threat of international terrorism while turning a blind eye to the channels of financing and supporting terrorists, including the process of trafficking and illicit trade in oil and arms. It would be equally irresponsible to try to manipulate extremist groups and place them at one's service in order to achieve one's own political goals in the hope of later dealing with them or, in other words, liquidating them.

To those who do so, I would like to say — dear sirs, no doubt you are dealing with rough and cruel people, but they're in no way primitive or silly. They are just as clever as you are, and you never know who is manipulating whom. And the recent data on arms transferred to this most moderate opposition is the best proof of it.

We believe that any attempts to play games with terrorists, let alone to arm them, are not just short-sighted, but fire hazardous (ph). This may result in the global terrorist threat increasing dramatically and engulfing new regions, especially given that Islamic State camps train militants from many countries, including the European countries....

 Here's a good article linked from Antiwar.com. It's drawn from a new book about US funding of ISIS...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Police get armed drones in Nebraska!!

Geeez, writing about incipient fascism below, hardly did I expect to already see this in the news! Of course they only want to arm police drones with bean bags and tasers and gas now - as if those have not already killed a number of people worldwide when used by police on citizens!  It wasn't reported in too many mainstream media sources, but lots of alternative news sources!

* Washington Times: North Dakota cops can fire Tasers, tear gas from drones

* The Independent: North Dakota becomes first US state to legalise use of armed drones by police

* NPR: North Dakota Legalizes Armed Police Drones

* The Daily Beast: First State Legalizes Taser Drones for Cops, Thanks to a Lobbyist

* Indian Country: Moya-Smith: North Dakota Authorizes Use of Armed Police Drones ... Really.

* TruthDig.org: One Day Soon, That Drone Overhead May Be Pointing a Taser at You:

California police already are considering it.

When demagogues team up

Watched a bit of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz speaking at the Tea Party rally (on TV, of course, even though it was just a couple miles from my home).  How they yelped their lies about the Iran nuclear deal.  They won't admit the deal actually was forced on Iran with even Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama and Vietnam War protester Kerry threatening: "we won't bomb the heck out of you and kill a million plus of your people and starve the rest if you agree to a more strenuous oversight of your nuclear program than any other nation which has joined in International Atomic Agency regime. (Of course, we won't admit our buddies in Israel never joined it and have 400+ nukes that they've threatened to use against our other allies and Russia...)"

And of course how could any savvy person not see that two demagogues Cruz-Trump were slapping each others' backs at  the rally.  Must have been like when Stalin met Hitler in the late 1930s and agreed to carve up Poland, except they were doing it publicly on TV, not in a private room. (That's a Stalinist mustache, FYI.)

I'm happy to say that a quick search showed lots of bloggers and minor personalities have written about either or both being demagogues. Luckily Trump-Cruz are only part Irish, so their racist demagoguery can be blamed more on Cruz' white Latino heritage (which has oppressed black and native Indian peoples through out Central and South America for 500+ years) and Trump's inborn feelings of Germanic supremacy.

I read quite an interesting article on the topic that explained a lot about demagoguery. (Just ignore the stuff about neoliberalism, which is just the flip side of neoconservativism, in that the libertarian aspects of both philosophies have been co-opted by statists). Henry A. Giroux in Donald Trump and the Ghost of Totalitarianism at the Tikkun web site wrote:
Missing from the commentaries by most of the mainstream media regarding the current rise of Trumpism is any historical context that would offer a critical account of the ideological and political disorder plaguing the American society—personified by Trump’s popularity. A resurrection of historical memory in this moment could provide important lessons regarding the present crisis, particularly the long tradition of racism, white supremacy, exceptionalism, war mongering, and extended wars on youth, women, and immigrants. Calling Trump a fascist is not enough. What is necessary are analyses in which the seeds of totalitarianism are made visible in Trump’s discourse and policy measures...Few journalists have acknowledged the presence of  white militia and white supremacists groups at his rallies and almost none have acknowledged the chanting of “white power” at some of his rallies which would surely signal not only Trump’s connections to a racist past but also to the formative Nazi culture that gave rise to genocide....This is a discourse in which totalitarian images of the hero, fearless leader, and bold politicians get lost in the affective and ideological registers of what Hannah Arendt once called “the ruin of our categories of thought and standards of judgment.”[5]  Of course, there are many factors currently contributing to this production of ignorance and the lobotomizing of individual and collective agency.
Giroux refers to Randy Blazak's “Donald Trump is the New Face of White Supremacy” at Counter Punch. Blazak writes:
Trump represents a frightening trend of convenient racism rooted in a belief that America was great before ethnic and racial minorities, women, and sexual minorities wanted equal rights. (What Trump calls “political correctness.”)...in my research I have attended numerous Klan rallies, skinhead gatherings, and meetings of the Aryan Nations, and the rhetoric is almost exactly the same as Trump’s. I was at a Klan Rally in Covington, Georgia in 1991 in which a Klan leader told the small crowd the story of a white woman who had been raped and beaten by an “illegal Mexican.” As with Trump’s story, whether it was true or not didn’t matter. It served to whip the racists into a frenzy.
I remain confidant that Trump will implode at some point.  Someone important will stand up to him in such a way that even the media has to admit what Blazak writes: "Obviously, Trump is a clown who will say anything that feeds his narcissism."  And Trump will storm off the stage.  (Or maybe he'll have his Rick Perry gotcha moment on some factoid that even his bravado can't gloss over.) I'm quite sure Cruz hopes to pick up all those Trump voters.

Hopefully we will escape electing a true demagogue in 2016. But then George W. Bush was elected on a platform of more freedom, less government spending and a humble foreign policy and look what we got.  So even a saner seeming Kasich or whatever Democrat replaces the faltering Hillary may turn out to be the dictator so many of us have been expected will employ jack booted thugs to take us away to the camps.

In case you forget how far we've come since 2001 on the path to giving a warmongering dictator complete power, read  Tom Engelhardt’s “Mantra for 9/11: Exceptional Pain Dispensed by the Indispensable Nation." He writes:
Fourteen years of wars, interventions, assassinations, torture, kidnappings, black sites, the growth of the American national security state to monumental proportions, and the spread of Islamic extremism across much of the Greater Middle East and Africa. Fourteen years of astronomical expense, bombing campaigns galore, and a military-first foreign policy of repeated defeats, disappointments, and disasters. Fourteen years of a culture of fear in America, of endless alarms and warnings, as well as dire predictions of terrorist attacks. Fourteen years of the burial of American democracy (or rather its recreation as a billionaire’s playground and a source of spectacle and entertainment but not governance). Fourteen years of the spread of secrecy, the classification of every document in sight, the fierce prosecution of whistleblowers, and a faith-based urge to keep Americans “secure” by leaving them in the dark about what their government is doing. Fourteen years of the demobilization of the citizenry. Fourteen years of the rise of the warrior corporation, the transformation of war and intelligence gathering into profit-making activities, and the flocking of countless private contractors to the Pentagon, the NSA, the CIA, and too many other parts of the national security state to keep track of. Fourteen years of our wars coming home in the form of PTSD, the militarization of the police, and the spread of war-zone technology like drones and stingrays to the “homeland.” Fourteen years of that un-American word “homeland.” Fourteen years of the expansion of surveillance of every kind and of the development of a global surveillance system whose reach -- from foreign leaders to tribal groups in the backlands of the planet -- would have stunned those running the totalitarian states of the twentieth century. Fourteen years of the financial starvation of America’s infrastructure and still not a single mile of high-speed rail built anywhere in the country. Fourteen years in which to launch Afghan War 2.0, Iraq Wars 2.0 and 3.0, and Syria War 1.0. Fourteen years, that is, of the improbable made probable.
Well, enough. I'm focusing now on promoting specific political alternatives and spiritual views, if I can ever get Wordpress and my new html editor working right!  At least I have an easy new backup music program and have been whipping out new political songs to be put up soon at Youtube/Carolmooresongs.  But at 67 the old fingers and bones and brains just don't work as fast as they used to. But the voice is still strong!

Just one more note - on the new Steven Colbert show. I never was much into Steven Colbert or David Letterman (preferring the rambunctious Jay Leno who is closer to my personality type). However, I did watch his first show on CBS out of random curiosity.  Despite a few funny bits, I was not impressed.

However, I was impressed that Colbert actually DID seem nervous about the sight of CBS president Leslie Moonves sitting there with a button that would turn his 11:30 pm slot back to reruns of my favorite psychic detective "The Mentalist." And just now I've read in the sometimes accurate Wikipedia that Moonves is  "a great-nephew of David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel." So Colbert knows he better not do anything to rock the US/Israel imperialist boat.  I watched the second night to see if Colbert would rock any boats at all. I was mainly impressed that he was far less nervous and funnier on his secondnight. But his long story about all the technical difficulties that almost kept his show off the air the first night really makes one wonder just how much pressure he is getting.

At least Colbert did make the graphic dig at Trump below.  But he also interviewed the neocons' best hope, the incredibly naive Bush Boy II, "Jeb!" Seeing Jeb!'s list of foreign policy advisors, it's likely he too will be pushed into another horrific war - against Iran, of course.

Strangely, Colbert cut from his first show Jeb!'s rather amusing and mocking impressions of Trump. Other news outlets noted that and played them. (Will link if I find them.)  Colbert even sheepishly admitted it on his second show.  Yes, it's interesting to watch the dictatorship unfold by watching Steven Colbert squirm under the thumb of really big corporate state fascist imperialist America.  Maybe he too wonders when he'll get dragged off to the camps...
UPDATE 9/17/15:  I don't want to dignify Trump (or his also ran buddy Cruz) by writing much more about them. But I will quote what Rand Paul had to say, drawn from this NY Times Op-Ed written by a very disgusted Frank Bruni, "An Overdose of Donald Trump at the G.O.P. Debate":
...Rand Paul took the precise measure of — and raised the correct question about — the egomaniacal front-runner.

“Do we want someone with that kind of character, that kind of careless language, to be negotiating with Putin?” Paul asked.

“I think really there’s a sophomoric quality that is entertaining about Mr. Trump, but I am worried,” he added, and I nodded so vigorously at the “worried” part that I’m going to need balm and a neck brace tomorrow.

Paul went on to single out Trump’s “visceral response to attack people on their appearance — short, tall, fat, ugly. My goodness, that happened in junior high. Are we not way above that?”

No, we aren’t. Or at least Trump isn’t. And “junior high” is too easy on him, too kind. Trump comes from, and belongs in, the sandbox, as he demonstrated the second that Paul paused and Trump fired back: “I never attacked him on his look, and believe me, there’s plenty of subject matter right there.”
Several pundits have noted the similar facial features of the mostly Irish, part German, Senator Joseph McCarthy of 1950s infamy and the part Irish Ted Cruz.  McCarthy under took an unnecessarily persecutory jihad against suspected Communists and ex-Communists in government and other influential fields. And there were quite a few, given that the during the Great Depression many people foolishly thought Communism was the solution to poverty. (And he was right that there were lots of real live Soviet Firster infiltrators as well, as subsequent government releases and academic scholarship has shown.)  But even most anti-communists feel he hurt the cause of exposing the small number of truly dangerous individuals.  (And we're still waiting to see a polite bu thorough investigation of the undue influence of foreign governments in today's government!)

McCarthy was the Donald Trump of his age, gaining massive national attention with his hearings and allegations and obnoxious antics.  McCarthy at least had some minimal factual grounding to his overblown tirades.  With Trump it's all about purely subjective ego and narcissism and the deep need to persecute anyone who isn't good looking and rich enough - unless they adore and follow him unquestionably, that is.

We can only hope that Trump eventually earns the same reputation McCarthy earned for himself. He deserves it. If not, get ready for the demogogues who will take over in the future, be they named Trump or Cruz or Petraeus or some other minor character waiting in the wings with the flare for attention that makes people listen and obey.  Of course, if they listen and take only the most high consciousness suggestions and leave the rest, that's another story...

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

A few more memes of interest...

Just found them hiding in downloads...
Which is what Israel is aiming for, of course. The Syrian refugee crisis must be quite an inspiration for them. Now they know what to do with all those Palestinians, ship them off to Europe in leaky boats and sealed grocery trucks...

But for some lighter fare to escape our horrific reality...

And just in case you missed the poopouri advert, check it out...

Free speech and authoritarian states

From John Whitehead in "We don't need no stinkin' free speech":

      It may seem trivial to be debating the merits of free speech at a time when unarmed citizens are being shot, stripped, searched, choked, beaten and tasered by police for little more than daring to frown, smile, question, challenge an order, or just breathe.
      However, while the First Amendment provides no tangible protection against a gun wielded by a government agent, nor will it save you from being wrongly arrested or illegally searched, or having your property seized in order to fatten the wallets of government agencies, without the First Amendment, we are utterly helpless.

Whitehead - and Greg Lukianoff in the Atlantic writes about the absurd political correctness on college campuses now adays, with "trigger warnings" and "hate speech" making students fearful of what they say to or about anyone of a different religion, race, ethnicity and sex or sexual orientation (not to mention all that gender identity stuff).  And this even as the Supreme Court refuses to let even a single protester protest at its own offices when it is not in session and cops shoot people for asking what's going on, or giving them a dirty look.

In my own experience women still are on the bottom of the heap with insults, sexual assaults and males claiming to be females demanding to allow their balls and penises access to public and even private womens' toilets, locker rooms, shelters, prisons, etc.  After all it's a "trigger warning" to say HE doesn't belong in those spaces.  Threatening to kill women who don't want them there is just boys being boys, of course.

It makes me just want to pull those verbal triggers over and over again!! The good news is I finally found an easy computer program for producing background music for my dozens of "out there" songs and soon will be uploading a bunch more in the vein of - and even more outrageous than - the relatively tame ones at Youtube/CarolMooreSongs. In that vein, here's some of my favorite memes of the last lazy month of summer...


Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Nuclear war still inevitable or "When will Enola Gay get nuked?"

I just read a "Hiroshima Day"-related article about the restored air force bomber Enola Gay which dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. The purpose: to scare the heck of the Russians and, oh, yes, tell Japan it was ready to accept peace negotiations...

And looking at it parked all shiny there at the National Air & Space Museum at Washington Dulles International Airport, my first thought was: someday it's probably going to get nuked. Dulles is of course a prime nuclear target in case of nuclear war with Russia or China, the two nations with the most nuclear power to "knock us" (as one general once put it).
This video reminds us what it will be like.  Looks like scenes from the movie THE DAY AFTER.Of course, those living in a dream world will continue to deny the inevitable... But as long as there are patriarchal nation states fighting for territory, power and pride, it is inevitable. Check out Secession.net.

Update: For those who like to list to long discussions without photos, here's how US government covered up its crimes at Nagasaki and Hiroshima.  Lots of other relevant videos searchable on Youtube.

Two Iraqi depleted uranian babies grow up, make news

I happened upon the excruciatingly painful yet inspiring video of Emmanuel Kelly singing John Lennon's Imagine on a tv talent show.  He and his brother Ahmed are both "DU" babies deformed in the aftermath of the United States bombing Iraq from 1991 to 2003 using thousands of armor-piercing munitions reinforced with depleted uranium. (A topic I've covered before here, as well as here regarding US use against Libya in 2011.)  

Many such babies miscarry or die soon after birth, having deformities like hearts or brains growing outside their bodies. Many also live for years, severely deformed with missing limbs, mangled faces and even two heads.  Emmanuel an Ahmed were born with malformed limbs and hips. Their parents abandoned them and they were adopted from a Christian orphanage by an Australian humanitarian Moira Kelly.

Of course, except for the Daily Mail, most sources merely mention they were victims of "chemical warfare", the implication being that Saddam Hussein was responsible. (The fact he got his weapons from the US and used them on Iran, after the US encouraged him to attack that nation also is mentioned too rarely.)  Both boys have done their best to transcend their disabilities. Ahmed is a swimmer who participated in paralympic swimmers competitions.  Most surviving DU babies live in underfunded orphanages or, at best, are trapped with their families waiting to see who will be crippled and killed next, given the instability and violence caused by the United States attacks on that country and region.

I've been remembering lately that all this destabilization and destruction of the Arab world was engineered by neoconservatives and pro-Israel lobbyists in the United States. I remembered the 1996 report prepared for Benjamin Netanyahu called "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm".  In it neoconservatives - mostly also pro-Israel lobbyists - recommended Israel destabilize nearby nations to its own advantage. And let's not forget the 1997 Project for a New American Century and its "Rebuilding America's Defenses" which expanded on that and similar themes, mentioning in passing how the US needed a "Pearl Harbor" type episode to motivate it to join in destabilizing the region.

Here's one of many analysis of how damaging the "Clean Break" philosophy has been as it become to the American people and the world. It has harmed both the United States (costing 6 trillion or more dollars and thousands of lives) and the Arab world (costing trillions more and hundreds of thousand of lives).  Emmanuel and Ahmed were early victims, before its publication. But we've all been victims since.

In spring of 2014 the National Summit to reasses the U.S.-Israel "special relationship" took place at the National Press Club and aired on C-SPAN. "The nonpartisan symposium examined the impact of the U.S.-Israel relationship on Americans. Speakers and attendees included military, diplomatic, intelligence, academic, governmental, research organization and economic experts, as well as former and current members of Congress." You can see all the videos listed in order with brief intros at the If American's Knew Summit page.  Steven Sniegoski below talks about this issue. As he mentions, the neocons have not yet gotten the United States to fight Israel's war against Iran for it.  But they keep pushing it.  Sane Americans and people world wide have to push back against them, and hard.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Inspiring video against limitations on women

Incredible short video about limitations patriarchy places on women and about the girls who say NO! to those limitations. Made me cry to think how many years (67) I've been told to STOP doing whatever males don't like. And all the different ways I've rebelled against it.  Glad to see these younger women being encouraged early on to rebel since I wasn't much encouraged til I was past 20 years old... Yeah, women's lib! It's even gone commercial!!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Trump/Cosby/Clinton - Demagogue/Rapists/Hypocrite

Watching Fox's Media Buzz today and Trump, Cosby and Hillary Clinton dominated the discussion about news coverage.

And for the umpteenth time I thought:

* Trump is the demagogue I thought Ted Cruz would be.  Maybe he's the inevitable Hitlerian personality who will take power. (Someone else beat me to the morph to the left.) First he came for the Latinos...

* For the world to believe Cosby was a rapist, 30 women attesting to it was not good enough; only Cosby's testimony in a civil suit that he used drugs to get women to have sex with him (voluntarily he alleges) convinced the media and millions of others that it was true. WHAT THE HELL DO THE DOZEN PLUS WOMEN ASSAULTED AND RAPED BY BILL CLINTON HAVE TO PROVE FOR PEOPLE TO BELIEVE IT??
* Hillary, you hypocrite, you know you enabled your molesting/raping bastard husband. Juanita Broadderick feels you tried to intimidate her into silence about Bill raping her in the 1970s. You are no woman of courage... Just an egomaniacal manipulator... 

Two interesting updates: New York Post "Bill Cosby's wife says accusers consented to drugs and sex"  and Justin Raimondo writes Donald Trump: A False Flag Candidate? A warmongering racist lunatic lets loose – and he’s crazy like a fox.  So he is just as dangerous merely running as winning...

Friday, July 10, 2015

One Flag Down, Hundreds More to Go!

Speaking of flags, per the July 4th image below... Right now the confederate flag is coming down in South Carolina.  Good riddance.  As any good libertarian knows, that flag and all flags symbolize the RIGHTS of STATES to get away with as much oppression as they can fool or bully the people who live under them to accept.

The civil war was a war for states' rights, not individual rights, as slaves, Native Americans and women of the time could tell you. The states didn't want the federal government imposing those economic restrictions and tariffs either, they wanted the STATES to impose most laws and taxes.

Slave states that pushed that STATE RIGHT to the point of secession were dealt with harshly by the federal government.  Slave states that did not secede were allowed to keep their slaves a couple years longer than those that did.  So it was a war to free the slaves of SOME states...  It wasn't a war for individual rights, but what war ever really is?

War is about economic and political elites trying to control other peoples and territories, and kill or drive off those not willing to live under the yoke of the state and its by-the-elite-and-for-the-elite laws. As the Eastern Russian speaking Ukrainians, Palestinians concentrated in camps by Israel, Kurds suppressed by several states, Sunnis oppressed by Shiites and Shiites oppressed by Sunnis, Tibetans, Scotlanders, Catalandians in Spain, etc etc etc can tell you.

My two music videos below express my sentiments on the matter... Or see my sorely-needing-updating-revamping site Secession.Net!