1. “New airport pat-downs in the US like ‘foreplay’
‘Travellers are being asked to choose between being scanned ‘naked’ and exposed to radiation, or getting what people are describing as just a highly invasive search by hands of their entire bodies.”
Sometimes hearing something said in a foreign language can give some new perspective.
For example, the word for “war” in the ancient Sanskrit language (dating to 1200 BC) literally means:
A desire for more cows.
Simple. Your neighbor has more cows than you have, you want to take his resources, so you go to war.
Has anything changed in 3200 years?
Similarly, the French word for propaganda literally means:
People won’t go to war to steal more cows for you unless you stuff their brains full of crazy ideas and make up horror stories to demonize your enemies.”
3. “When we peel away all the layers of burning flesh, all the carefully constructed fiction of human progress and benefits of science and technology, we must face a reality perhaps even more grim. There simply is no ‘us versus them’. The side claiming to represent progress has done more and done worse, using as low-tech and brutal methods as any on either side of the technological and cultural divide.” (Daniel Patrick Welch)
October 30, 2010 “Redress” – -They behead – we do it with smart bombs. There is, of course, an ugly truth to this recently minted axiom: the horror of state terrorism is that the overwhelming machinery of death in the hands of all-powerful governments far outweighs individual atrocities by madmen, small groups and non-state entities. While, with their beheadings and murders of innocents, the heathen thugs and killers may indeed be barbarians, it is almost impossible to accomplish with their amateur methods the slaughter of half a million children, as did the Anglo-American/UN sanctions in Iraq.
This is the same reasoning that puts the lie to the sanitized concept of war and destruction which makes the self-satisfied “West” so smug and confident of its moral superiority. There is an underlying, and often overt, racism which allows so-called “modern” warmakers and their electorates to tolerate the huge disparities in casualties that have come to define modern conflict. In virtually every case, the brutal repression of movements that strive for greater human freedom, workers’ rights and a life worth living is ignored, while the “atrocities” of those trying to resist are seen as backward and evidence of cultural and moral inferiority.
However, one problem is not just that the disparity in terror torpedoes the moral superiority argument. It is true that the 20th century was indeed a most horrific one, unbeknownst to most lay observers: at its dawn, 90 per cent of war dead were combatants and 10 per cent non-combatants. By its end, the ratio was reversed, making it the most deadly and, arguably, least “advanced” century in human history. True also, the machinery of war, with its amoral measurements in “kilomorts”, its chemistry of napalm designed to stick to human skin and burn, its phosphorous and gas, its cluster munitions – not to mention the almost surreal evil of neutron bomb technology, which are meant to kill people while leaving buildings intact – shows that the actual brutality of burning flesh and exploding body parts is in no way less barbaric than other methods. The United States gets no props from the rest of the “civilized” world for instituting the pain-free technology of lethal injection to a practice most governments consider a barbarous anachronism.
When we peel away all the layers of burning flesh, all the carefully-constructed fiction of human progress and benefits of science and technology, we must face a reality perhaps even more grim. It is not merely us standing cynically by, wringing our hands while they hack each other to death with machetes, as when almost a million Tutsis died in Rwanda. There simply is no “us versus them”. The side claiming to represent progress, the “march of history” and the fulfilment of the human desire for freedom and self-rule, has done more and done worse, using as low-tech and brutal methods as any on either side of the technological and cultural divide.
As a young pupil celebrating America’s bicentennial, I remember being paraded in a choral production called “Our Country ’tis of thee”. One lyric still sticks in my mind and in my craw, sung by our chorus of mind-controlled, ignorant, chirpy sixth graders:
There’s a peaceful sky in my backyard
Far away from fear and doubt
But the whole wide world is my hometown
And I’ve gotta help my neighbour out
There’s a peaceful sky in my backyard
Far away from a far off land
But the whole wide world is my hometown
When freedom needs a helping hand
Thinking about it today still makes my skin crawl with embarrassment and self-loathing, even though I was only 11 years old. Sort of like a post-traumatic lapse for a former cult member. Lack of self-doubt combined with ignorance of one’s history is perhaps the most dangerous combination known to humankind. Torture at Abu Ghraib is not the tip of the iceberg; it is simply the latest link in the chain. Facing that history head on, with the disillusionment, fear and doubt that rationality and honesty implies, is the sobering task of those who would resist the current onslaught. It is the first step in a long, long road to sanity, and it is not a comfortable one. As Rosa Luxembourg famously remarked, “it will always be the most revolutionary act to say the truth out loud”.
4. “About Those Packages —
that “credible terrorist threat” — coming just before Election Day.
5. “2010 Election: Referendum on Reality, Racism, and Revisionist History
While the people were demanding 9/11 investigations and prosecutions for war crimes, Obama just let them go on their merry way with their power, influence, and corrupt institutions all in tact. Obama’s failure to seize the opportunity to hold those criminal elements responsible for their false flag operations, fabricated justifications for war, continuous election fraud, and virtual elimination of constitutional rights gave these criminals free reign to continue their takeover of government and alleviated their fear of repercussions for their actions.
Exponentially compounding this problem is Obama’s total denial of another fundamental reality in the United States – that being the foundational and institutionalized racism and ingrained fear of Black people. If there was ever any question about this country’s inherent racism, the last two years have erased all doubt, and the only remaining question is whether the perpetrators are more in denial about it, or if Obama is.
Since well before Obama was even elected while he was fantasizing about a post racial county, the soon-to-be Tea Party was depicting him as a Ubangi Witchdoctor with a bone through his nose and hanging him in effigy. From the moment Obama announced his candidacy a campaign of racist, ignorant and hateful disinformation was launched against him that made the lies of the Bush Administration look like a Truth Commission.
Black Menace fear is a wonderful motivator for ‘hard-working white people,’ but it doesn’t (by itself) explain what has happened in the political environment. Behind the ignorance and fear lies and extremely well organized, heavily funded, intricate campaign to capitalize on that hate and prevent any socioeconomic progress.
The four major components of this campaign (or operation) are as follows:
- Stoke Racism and fear of the Black Menace to start the ‘wave’ of outrage.
- Use Social Networking to spread the lies, disinformation, and fear born from it.
- Use MSM, skewed polling data, & unlimited corporate political ads to perpetuate the false narrative.
- Use GOP owned unverifiable Electronic Voting Machines to validate the false narrative – i.e. steal the election.
Finally (and most importantly as far as the election is concerned), how is it even possible that after a decade of suspect elections, the American people are forced to vote on GOP owned Electronic Voting Machines with proprietary software that no objective entity has ever examined? In the last year alone there have been at least three cases of unexplainable election outcomes that should have instantly called for a thorough Justice Department investigation into these machines, the companies that make them, and the political affiliations of the owners. Time after time they have proven to be easily hackable, but the much bigger concern is WHAT THEY ARE PROGRAMMED FOR.
Anyone with rudimentary programming or computer knowledge should be able to understand how easy it is to say – flip every nth vote for a certain candidate through very simple code, yet our faith-based voting system ‘assumes’ that the same people who would kill millions over lies wouldn’t cheat in an election. The voters in this country that yearn for relief from the mountainous injustice and corporate slavery that they suffer not only have to fight past racism, disinformation, and voter suppression, they have no guarantee their vote will be counted anyway.”