Category Archives: Politics

Prof. Edward Curtin ~ Lies, Propaganda And “Political Brainwashing”. Remembering And Forgetting

“For years we have been fed philosophical presuppositions smuggled in as fact. It’s an old trick, ever young. Tell people over and over and over again that life is in essence a mindless material/biological trap and over time they will believe it. Of course there are unspoken exceptions — those who are the masters of this con-game, . . . ” – E Curtin

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What is the explanation for the brainwashing of so many – Americans when it involves the nefarious, unspeakable deeds of their government? Why are so many so easily duped time and again? Why is there such a vast ignorance of the truth behind national and international affairs?

I would suggest that the answer lies not just with the specific issues themselves and the lies and propaganda used to befuddle the American people, but with the cultural and social background that frames Americans’ thinking. The latter serves to cut to the root people’s belief in their own power to think freely and clearly about the former. Invade people’s minds over many years with an ongoing series of interconnected memes, occupy their minds with alleged facts that induce a frenzied depression, and then fooling them on specific issues — e.g. Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, etc. – becomes much easier.

I am a sociology professor, and my students always laugh when during a discussion of memory, social and personal, I ask them about their forgetties (the actual word is forgetteries, but the shorter rhyme gets more laughs). They think I’m joking. Maybe you do, too. I’m not.

But when I suggest that if they “possess” the faculty to remember, then they must “possess” the faculty to forget, they are astonished. You can’t forget, they reply, you just don’t remember; you can’t retrieve the memories that are stored in your brain. In other words, there are no forgottens, just temporarily unavailable memories. From there we are onto a discussion of retrieving (I think of dogs), processing (their word for thinking and mine for making American cheese), and all the computer lingo that has been the surround of their lives. Like fish in water, the mechanistic computer memes have been their environment since birth. They are shocked at the suggestion that there might be more outside the cultural water, and that they could go there.

And they have a lot of company.

This may sound flippant, but it’s crucial for understanding why so many Americans can’t comprehend and pay attention to the ways their minds are scrambled and confused about life and death issues, how their country has fallen victim to the military-industrial-intelligence apparatus that operates deep in the shadows, and oftentimes right in the open. Continue reading

Jonathan Turley ~ Obama Administration To Spend $1.7 Billion On Healthcare.gov

“I am less concerned over the personal relationship allegations (which seen speculative at this point) as with the simple question of how a company (one of a number of companies) could continue to produce subpar work on a major federal project and still receive massive overrun payments.” J Turley

HealthcareGovThe latest figures are in on the seemingly bottomless hole that is healthcare.gov, the troubled federal insurance marketplace web site. By any measure, the Obama Administration was grossly negligent in the creation of the system, which ultimately failed on its rollout despite numerous warnings of substandard work, overruns, and major technical problems. It appears that we are not done with bill for the program. A new Inspector General report stated that the Obama Administration issued sixty contracts from 2009 to 2014 to build Healthcare.gov, which had already cost roughly a half a billion dollars by February 2014. However, the Administration has signed new contracts that obligate the taxpayer to cover an addition $300 million, and the estimated value of the sixty contracts totals $1.7 billion. Despite numerous accounts and reports on the mismanagement of this program, there appears to be little real effort to hold anyone accountable as we continue to pour hundreds of millions into this system. The contracts include money to CGI Federal, the well-connected company that was partially response for the disaster in October as well as other controversies in large contracts.

With some contracts obligating as much as $200 million, healthcare.gov has become a major cash cow for some companies like Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and HP Enterprise Services. Of the 60 contracts, nearly $800 million has been committed for the development of the Federal Marketplace as of February 2014. Continue reading

Steve Pieczenik ~ Israel And Pakistan: Doppelgangers! Jewish/Muslim Identical Twins!

“At their current rate,  both countries are on a path of self-destruction. Wars do not progress civil societies.  In fact, both Judaic and Islamic extremism will dominate the fate of both Pakistan and Israel;  and in my humble opinion will eventually seal their respective destinies into a ‘back to the future mode’ where civil society will be dominated by ersatz religious diktats.” – S Pieczenik

IsraelPakistanAs I receive the constant entrails of vitriolic letters from ‘ex-friends’, ‘acquaintances’ and  so-called, “Jewish supporters of Israel,”  who found my comparison between Israel’s incessant bombing of Gaza’s innocent civilians as comparable to the Nazis Blitzkrieg “terror bombing” of  Guernica, ‘appalling’ , I began to realize that none of them really had any idea how the Zionist state came about.

I thought hard and long about this subject and came up with a profound insight.

Israel was created by the British at about the same time and for the same reason as Pakistan was.  Next I delved further into that insight and realized that both countries possessed nuclear weapons. The Israelis had close to 200 plus nuclear weapons and the Pakistanis had about 150 plus.  Both countries were continuously obsessed with fighting real, imaginary or more importantly,  self-created enemies, usually terrorist groups like Hamas for Israel and Haqqani Network for the Pakistanis.

There’s more.  Let’s not forget that both countries relied heavily on American military and CIA support and funding to the tune of 3.5 billon a year for Israel and 26 Billion for Pakistan over ten years [in order to bribe them to fight al-Qaeda].  Both countries are dependent on a military industrial complex and a political elite which controls, dominates and determines civilian life. Continue reading

Carl Herman ~ UN ‘Leaders’ As Corrupt As US/UK/Israel: We The People Must Demand Arrests Or Suffer Endless War

“The United Nations is the creation of the winners for the Second World War of Colonial Empire (WW2). This followed wars for hundreds of years among “developed nations” to steal as much of the world as possible.” C Herman

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s official statements about Israel’s most recent armed attack upon Gaza are Orwellian lies of omission because they fail to uphold the one and only legal authority of the UN: to stop Wars of Aggression.

Allowing “developed nations” to have unlawful wars is consistent with UN history. A recent example is Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s silence for 18 months in official statements over the US/UK’s armed attacks and invasion of Iraq, to finally admit in 2004 when directly asked if that war is illegal:

“Yes, if you wish. I have indicated it was not in conformity with the UN Charter. From our point of view and from the Charter point of view it was illegal.”

Please note Anan’s timidity of language, failure to act as Chief Administrator in his only area of legal authority, and pretense that clear violation of law is somehow a “point of view” rather than obvious assertion of objective facts. One of the only insights we have of government assessment of Iraq war illegality is the still-unpublished UK report that disclosed in public testimony in 2010:

All the lawyers in the UK’s Foreign Affairs Department concluded the US/UK invasion of Iraq was an unlawful War of Aggression. Their expert advice is the most qualified to make that legal determination; all 27 of them were in agreement. This powerful judgment of unlawful war followed the Dutch government’s recent unanimous report.

The UN Charter makes all armed attacks by government illegal unless in response to attack by another nation’s government. Continue reading

Stephen Lendman ~ Irresponsible Putin Bashing Escalates

“Be careful what you wish for. Confronting Russia belligerently is madness. It risks the unthinkable.” S Lendman

steveLendmanWar without mercy in Ukraine rages. Washington offers full support and encouragement.

Obama’s new friends are ruthless. They’re illegitimate neo-Nazi infested fascists.

They’re murdering their own citizens. Donbass region residents face daily bombing and shelling.

Over 2,000 were killed. Many others were injured. Hundreds of thousands are internally or externally displaced.

Conditions are dire. A humanitarian crisis persists. Things go from bad to worse.

Lugansk residents have no electricity or running water. Food, medical supplies and other essentials to life are in short supply.

Kiev wants area residents denied them altogether. It obstructed, delayed, and blocked Russian humanitarian aid for days.

Moscow “met all conceivable and inconceivable” Ukrainian demands and then some. It didn’t matter.

It called “endless artificial demands and pretexts…unconscionable.”

“It is no longer possible to tolerate this lawlessness, outright lies and inability to reach agreements,” its Foreign Ministry said.

Enough is enough. Russia had to act. It did so justifiably. Its convoy headed for Lugansk. It delivered vitally needed humanitarian aid. Perhaps more will follow.

A Foreign Ministry statement said:

“We express our satisfaction that the Russian humanitarian aid for those in need in southeastern Ukrainian south-east has been delivered as intended.”

“We were motivated only by the goal of helping civilian citizens in need.”

Doing so elicited “a lot of feedback from the residents of Lugansk, who were thankful for such a good attitude from the Russian part.” Continue reading

Simon Black ~ Congress Proposes New Law Prohibiting Body Armor In The Land Of The Free

“It’s time to look at the objective evidence all around you. They spy. They steal. They wage illegal wars. They authorize military detention of civilians. They assassinate citizens. They intimidate. They terrorize. They torture. They suspend due process when it suits. They destroy anyone who challenges them. And now they want to take away a non-violent means of protecting yourself.” S Black

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ~ By the late 1920s, Joseph Stalin became the unchallenged leader of the Soviet Union after having eliminated his opposition.

He topped it off in 1929 by serving a decisive blow to anyone that would dare to oppose him by outlawing private gun ownership in the country.

From that year on until 1953 when Stalin died, it’s estimated that more than 20 million Soviet citizens that were seen as a threat to the country’s leadership.

People were rounded up and either murdered outright, or sent to infamous gulag labor camps.

Stalin is an extreme case. But history is ripe with examples of governments which disarm their citizens, only to engage in serious oppression afterwards. Continue reading

Stephen Lendman ~ Western Leaders Support Israeli Genocide

“Israel’s genocidal war murdered over 2,065 Palestinians so far. It injured over 10,300 others. Many seriously. Some will die. Others will be maimed for life. Over 80% are civilians. Over 550 are children.” S Lendman

steveLendmanLongstanding US-led Western support lets Israel get away with genocidal mass murder and destruction. More on this below.

Israel’s Operation Protective Edge is the latest example of well planned, premeditated Israeli aggression on Palestine.

It has nothing to do with Hamas rocket attacks, self-defense or security.

It has everything to do with maintaining occupation harshness, assuring unchallenged control of all valued parts of Judea and Samaria, denying Palestinians self-determination, stealing their land and resources, as well as pursuing a longstanding Greater Israel objective.

Israel believes its “promised land” extends from the Nile Valley to the Euphrates. It includes parts of Syria, Jordan and Lebanon at least to the Litani River.

It lawlessly occupies Syria’s Golan Heights, as well as Lebanon’s Ghajar village and 14-square mile water-rich Sheba Farms.

In 1982, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs senior adviser Oded Yinon published “A Strategy for Israel in the 1980s.” It’s a regional conquest and dominance plan. Continue reading

Paul Craig Roberts ~ Ferguson: No Justice In The American Police State

Today Americans have no more protection against state violence than Germans had under National Socialism. Far from being a “light unto the world,” America is descending into cold hard tyranny. Who will liberate us?”

PaulCraigRobertsThere are reports that American police kill 500 or more Americans every year. Few of these murdered Americans posed a threat to police. https://www.dojmedia.com/u-s-police-have-killed-over-5000-civilians-since-911/ Police murder Americans for totally implausible reasons. For example, a few days before Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, John Crawford picked up a toy gun from a WalMart shelf in the toy department and was shot and killed on the spot by police goons. http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/family-man-killed-cops-walmart-demands-surveillance-video Less than four miles from Ferguson, goon thugs murdered another black man on August 19. The police claims of “threat” are disproved by the video of the murder released by the police. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/20/kajieme-powell-shooting_n_5696546.html

Five hundred is more than one killing by police per day. Yet the reports of the shootings seldom get beyond the local news. Why then has the Ferguson, Missouri, police killing of Michael Brown gone international?

Probably the answer is the large multi-day protests of the black community in Ferguson that led to the state police being sent to Ferguson and now the National Guard. Also, domestic police in full military combat gear with armored personnel carriers and tanks pointing numerous rifles in the faces of unarmed civilians and arresting and threatening journalists make good video copy. The “land of the free” looks like a Gestapo Nazi state. To much of the world, which has grown to hate American bullying, the bullying of Americans by their own police is poetic justice.

For those who have long protested racial profiling and police brutality toward racial minorities, the police murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson is just another in a history of racists murders. http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/20/racial-repression-and-the-murder-of-mike-brown/print Rob Urie is correct that blacks receive disproportionate punishment from the white criminal justice (sic) system. See, for example: http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/08/william-norman-grigg/mother-faces-11-years-in-prison/ Continue reading