Steve Vincent “Recovered From My Past”

This is the debut solo album of PARADISE ALLEY‘s frontman Steve Vincent. Steve is also the host of Steve Vincent’s Mystery City, a great radio show with lots of glam punk and sleaze rock. This album was recorded the DIY way from demos that could have been used for PARADISE ALLEY with the help of a few musician friends from around the world (Steve Conte, Ben Marsden, Andy Christie, Matthias Joannsen, Rhoades D’Ablo, Alex Holmes, Danny McCormack, Miqu December and Matt “JD” Connor”) “Yesterday’s Man” opens the album in a STIV BATORS way before “All I Wanna Do” delivers straight rock’n’roll with a cool catchy chorus. It sounds a bit like a heavier version of The QUIREBOYS. “Last Train To Babylon” is about Steve’s experiences in New York while touring in the US and it has a bit of a THROBS flavour and “Can’t Bring Me Down” is a dark rock’n’roll song about psychological and physical abuse. “Falling” reminds me of late 80s/early 90s British glam bands while “Life Ain’t No Bed Of Roses” brings HANOÏ ROCKS to mind. Miqu (PLASTIC TEARS) shares vocals on “Fortune Wheel”, one of the catchiest songs on the album and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Again)” is not a power ballad despite its title but a heartbroken heavy rock’n’roll song. The STIV BATORS influence is also obvious in “Sleepwalking” and the record ends with a beautiful heartfelt tribute to PARADISE ALLEY‘s first drummer Richie Hale who passed away in 2012. Sometimes solo albums are just ego trips but “Recovered From My Past” is the kind of solo album in which you’ll find lyrics and music from the heart, a real rock’n’roll therapy! /Laurent C.

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The Speedways release new video/single “Shoulda Known”

British power pop band The SPEEDWAYS have released a new video for their new song “Shoulda Known.” The video was shot & produced by Jez Leather and filmed on location at ‘The Lexington’ in London.

Taken from the forthcoming LP ‘Talk Of The Town’ available on Snap!!/Hurrah Musica & Beluga Records November 2022.
The single “Shoulda Known/A Drop In The Ocean” is available on Bandcamp.

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Gutter Gospel By General Labor: Caitlyn Johnstone, No Wars With Russia-China-Iran, Hands Off Cuba & Venezuela, Sputnik Nostalgia, Dramarama, David Lee, Big Star, Reject, Original Suffering Bastards.

“When I said that these politicians are a bunch of corrupt, lying, greedy, self serving criminals, I wasn’t separating them by Party” (-Black In The Empire)

“Military budget: $840 billion Semiconductors: $52 billion Police expansion: $37 billion Climate change: $2 billion” (-Adam Best)

“It was NATO and their allies that colonized and pillaged Africa. Not Russia If you are supportive of NATO you are supportive of white supremacy” (-Revolutionary Blackout Network)

“Gentlemen! Do not allow yourselves to be deluded by the abstract word freedom. Whose freedom? It is not the freedom of one individual in relation to another, but the freedom of capital to crush the worker.” (-Karl Marx)

“They’re not trying to protect us from misinformation, they’re trying to make it more difficult for us to find the information they don’t want us to know.” (-Black In The Empire)

“Russia on the verge of taking Donbas and then some. Russia economy ok but Europeans will freeze this winter. Billions of dollars going to Ukraine with no military victory. The people are told they can have nothing they want. Hence the war propaganda, I mean Vogue photo shoot.” (-Margaret Kimberly)

“We’ve watched members of the Squad vote to give more money to Israel, to police, to the military industrial complex to fund our proxy war, and to expand NATO. It’s not just that they refused to fight for us, it’s what they helped the Democrats do.” (-Black In The Empire)

“I can’t wait until Biden and Trump fight about who loves the cops more at the 2024 debates” (-La Befana)

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ALL US POOR PEOPLE

We already understand we got zero representation. No politicians fight for our rights, they do not care about our human rights or civil liberties, good health or quality of life, AT ALL. They’ve all surrendered to tech-surveillance/deep state, weapons manufacturers products, big pharma, and monolithic monopolies-Vanguard and Blackrock. They used to fool us into thinking some seemingly nice or well spoken Personality, like Obama, Bernie, and AOC were gonna come to our rescue, and protect us from those white haired old patriarchal, meanass money grubber, pro kkkop, racist and sexist Republikkkans, but then, we watched in horror as they broke every silvery tongued, pretty talkin’ promise and did even more rightwing shit than the Dick Cheneys and Mitch McConells so we undertsand now, with great clarity, that no bribe taking, blackmail compromised Murkkkan politicians give a flying fuck when we, the people get kicked out into the elements and wildfire smoke by greedhead developers or unscrupulous airbandb trendy hipster landlords, if we get laid off from our jobs because of Next Wave Death Plague clampdowns, or if we just up and mysteriously, “die suddenly”. They do not give a fuck. Media creates a manufactured meta unreality virtual world where middle class sheltered folks can cosplay as health and wellness fixating Kardashian-Jenners and are all free to worship and compliment Jay-Z and Beyonce, or Barack and Chelle Obama. That’s the modern idea of “freedom”. You are free to make believe you have representation and this is a democracy. Just don’t protest, OR ELSE. Ya know? Hillary will let you know when she says you can protest. You will need to bring your pink hat and suspend all critical thinking to the astro turf photo op event on the green.

“Hawks always say our geopolitical situation resembles that of 1938 so that any call for de-escalation, diplomacy or detente can be portrayed as “appeasement”. It’s never 1919, when the conditions which would give rise to World War Two were put in place, or any of the early 20th century years when the trajectory toward World War One could have easily been turned away from.

Our fetishization of World War Two has eclipsed from memory the fact that it was the single worst thing that ever happened on this planet. The trauma it inflicted upon our species still reverberates through our collective consciousness to this day, and avoiding it would have been objectively good.

Even if we fully espouse all the grandiose ego-stroking Anglo-American narratives about WWII, you don’t want to have a modern Churchill and FDR bravely standing against the forces of evil. What you want is for such a stand to be unnecessary, because the conflict was avoided.

But that’s not how you score political points in Washington and London. That’s not how you pull ratings as a news outlet. That’s not how you sell weapons as an arms manufacturer, and it’s not how you advance hegemonic agendas as an empire. That’s why peace doesn’t get a voice.

And, oh yeah, did I mention there are fucking nuclear weapons now? Even the dumbest of warmongers should want to postpone reenacting their favorite Hollywood WWII movies in the modern world, because it’s impossible to win a world war now. Stop buying this “it’s 1938” bullshit. It’s nothing like 1938, and a massive conflict can most definitely be avoided.

Like the Tao Te Ching says:

Prevent trouble before it arises.
Put things in order before they exist.
The giant pine tree
grows from a tiny sprout.
The journey of a thousand miles
starts from beneath your feet.

Or as we say in the west, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

The only thing dumber than the risks our leaders are taking with our world is the reasons why they are taking those risks. It’s not for anything more noble or righteous than the desire to rule the world. Just stupid, garden variety power hunger.

If Ukraine has taught us anything it’s that the US and its allies should definitely stage as many aggressive provocations as possible in Taiwan.

Russia: Don’t cross our red lines in Ukraine or we’ll take action.

US politicians: They’re bluffing. Cross those red lines.

[Russia invades.]

China: Don’t cross our red lines in Taiwan or we’ll take action.

US politicians: They’re bluffing. Cross those red lines.

Can’t believe we’re adding a whole new country to risk nuclear war with just because Nancy Pelosi’s too fucking old to care if she gets shot down over Taiwan.

So it looks like Ukraine has begun using US-made weapons to strike Russian territory. At a time when dangerous escalations between nuclear superpowers is an almost daily occurrence, this one stands head and shoulders above most of the others and deserves special attention. There are many, many potential scenarios which could spark a nuclear exchange, but the US/Ukraine/NATO alliance continually pursuing a line of attack into Russia is by far the most surefire way to get there. Let’s hope that option remains off the table.

Western powers aren’t censoring Russian media to protect our minds from Russian propaganda, they are censoring Russian media because it interferes with western propaganda.

If we were being told the truth about this war there wouldn’t be such a wildly unprecedented push to censor, intimidate, troll and silence anyone who asks if we’re being lied to.

People who are ideologically prohibited from seeing capitalism as the obvious source of society’s ills are forced to make up other things to blame those ills on like elite pedovore cabals, Jews, immigrants, the LGBT community, and Satan.

Vastly outnumbering your rulers but choosing not to overthrow them because you think the status quo might someday make you wealthy is the same as having all the power in the world and trading it away for a lottery ticket.

Love so hard it terrifies you.

Keep writing poetry after your twenties.

Dismiss anyone who tells you to get thick skin.

Master the art of seeing beauty in each moment.

Find enough inner stability to let life destroy you.

Learn that it’s safe to let go: there’s nowhere to fall to.(-Cait Johnstone)

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Remember growing up, before the Monopoly-Media/Netflix/I-Phone era, how all the moms used to get all misty eyed over the sixties? Martin Luther King Jr., the Beatles, and the Kennedys, and how all the older people just loved all the music from their time? Woodstock, “Freedom Rock”? Ha. “TURN IT UP!” That’s how I’ve become about the eighties new wave music era. It’s what I turn to when I need respite from this bogus meta unreality show. I can get lost in the ‘tubes, watching old Go Go’s and Fun Boy Three and Modern English and Sigue Sigue Sputnik vids for daze. I liked the clothes and hair and makeup and getting ready to go to the show, or the club in the nights before grunge killed glamour and frat dorks flooded back in with their ugly cargo shorts and baseball hats. I was just not into that moaning beagle grunge bullshit with the tribal tattoos and dumb goatees and carwash clothing, at all. I never got past Charlie Sexton and Hanoi Rocks and Generation X and Sputnik-ya know?  We Atari babies even had a song, “Suicide Au Go Go” that went somethin’ like, “Gimee sci-fi sex in thigh high boots I’m smitten with the kitten in the latex suit, is that Betty Page in the go go cage guzzling Absolut?” I remember performing a buncha songs like that in our pink creepers and silver leather pants and makeup for some wonky grunge squares all lined up in the front row with their arms crossed cause we weren’t Alternative TM at all, we were still glammed to the hilt and channeling “Dancing With Myself” when the normies were all like wearing the Mr. Rogers sweaters and intentionally playing outta tune trying to be artsy Sonic Youths. Me and this older punk guitar player I knew with a big oversized black mohawk used to make cassette tapes using his like toy drum machine from the Sears catalog and one stray Bolan lick for hours at night when I was about seventeen and hiding from the truant officers. We thought we were gonna be as big as Suicide!



HAVEN’T GOT A CLUE

“”We cannot be sure of having something to live for, unless we are willing to die for it.” (-Che Guevara)

Jimmy Dore said it: Bernie Sanders killed his own movement. By shamefully endorsing Gropey Joe, who had no following, no real base, or support until the special bean counters with the deep state affiliated software worked their bad magic in Mayo Pete country on Super Tuesday and suddenly, ta-daaa, the guy who only came out of hiding with his wife from covid in the basement to insult workers in the heartland and assure Goldman Sachs and Les Wexner types that “Nothing Will Change”, the marketing strategists said he won, that a million elderly black people put their shoes on, drove to polls and stood in long lines in the pandemic, because they were supposedly, so moved and touched when Gropey Joe said the bit about how, “if you don’t vote for me, the guy who eulogized Stom Thurmond and wrote the Crime Bill and helped author the Patriot Act, who viciously attacked Anita Hill insuring Bilderberg fave sexist Clarence Thomas be seated to the frat boy Supreme Court, you ain’t black, Jack!” Then, came a flood of slow-mo videos of Kamala and Gropey walking real slow on the tarmac like men In Black Marvel comics characters…while wearing sunglasses. Ala Nafta Bill and Droner In Chief Obama. I laughed and wrote a parody song called “Joe Is Really Popular” I posted on Fascist Book. Bernie kept getting dispatched by the powers that be here and there to undermine support for populist movements, much like Reaganite-Obama to say things like, “Hugo Chavez was a communist dictator” or if we vote Republikkkan, we’ll be “on the road to fascism”. With the deep state spook takeover of our media monopolies, all significant news platforms, the sham debates and dubious hackable voting box hanging chad elections, and all social media, the alphabet gang gropers warehousing humans in for profit gulags, the alphabet gang gropers fondling people non consensually in our airports for Chertoff/Kerry profits and security theater and conditioning the population to conform or die, and the secret police monitoring and recording all our electronic communications, and arresting whistle blower journalists from embassies and indefinitely detaining them for years without trial with false outdated charges, all while rewarding traitor marketing brand politicians with plantation houses and libraries and big lucrative book deals and paying puppet propagandists millions a year to launch New Cold War us against them hysteria, I’d say we are already deep in the fascism, Bernie. Safespace shitlibs act like the two worst things that ever, ever, ever happened was Trump bragging to a legacy media Bush brat about how supposedly women will even let you blah blah blah if you’re rich and famous, which is something we’d kinda heard berfore from an awful lot of rappers and shitty poof metal dudes in the eighties, or that some psy op shaman in a Burning Man costume cried “freedom”, while somebody in an SCTV McKenzie Brothers “Great White North” outfit dragged a podium around, and an old redneck put his feet on Madame Jetset’s desk. Ho-hum, big deal, we saw way wilder protests of kkkops killing black folks at a steady rate of about three a day that “fund the kkkops” Gropey joe and Kopmala basically ignored after Pelosi and Schumer did their tacky take a knee photo op in the kenta cloth and gave the booj people Juneteenth, a holiday where working class black folks can not take the day off. KKKops still killin’ folks, black males are still mass incarcerated. They shrug and give us new Beyonce songs glorifying secret societies and weird temple on Epstein Island occult rituals. 

 Millionaires on Pig-Media and diabolical devil’s daughter, Lyn Cheney, all insist for hours a day, that USA torturing human beings at gitmo was no big deal, that the panopticon surveillance NSA revelations via Snowden are just how it is now, that the poisoning of Flint water and government coverup, whitewash, and ONGOING brazen failure to fix it were yesterdays news, the BP oil spill poisoning of the Gulf, the mercenary armies attacking water protectors was just the new normal, post Rumsfeld/Cheney, that soldiers collecting fingers as souvenirs in Afghanistan, Daddy Cheney’s toxic burn pits making all those veterans sick, the epidemic of veteran suicides, the debunked Colin Powell lies for war, the Democrat coordinated crackdown on last 3 significant protest movements and surveillance of civil rights activists, that USA, USA sending Rambo’s into Venezuela and trying to drone Maduro, still trying to overthrow Cuba on behalf of exiled sugar plantation grandchildren of mobsters and slave owners, brutally killing Gaddafi and laughing about it, slavery markets in Libya, Saudi slaughter of Yemen, Isarael killing and kidnapping innocents and reporters, all that’s just okeydokey and woke pro noun gender studies vegan translicious, according to see no evil shitlib suburbanites and P.C. wokewashed gentrification hipsters, but they are all still “traumatized”, supposedly, by bawdy Trump talk and Qshaman in the rotunda. Like they never been to a football game in Les Wexner’s hometown. Whitney Webb’s shown how all these events are connected to a shady blackmail operation being run by old man Maxwell’s worldwide spy and human trafficking operations, but the haves with the Amazon boxes on the porch, and Teslas in the driveway, already standing in front of Best Buy eagerly awaiting their fourth Monkeypox Boosters, all assure us everything is woke and scientific for feminism, and our biggest problem is like, Putin manspreading when he met Hillary. These bullshit narratives are crazy as fuck and anybody in their correct mind knows we are drowning in advertising lies, identity politricks empty marketing strategies, censorship and extremist propaganda from the top down. Stop worrying about black comics not being genderfluid enough. Start worrying about how the whole media is controlled by a shady elite and these multi billion dollar regime change wars and provocations for always more wars are gonna get us all killed. Organize your peers.

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Problem with these boomers is almost none of ’em remember what it was like, to not live in their upperclass cloistered V.I.P. compounds. They all got some story about how they earned all their shit with their special expertise and sweat of their brow hardwork, so they got no compassion for the vast majority of human beings who are being grinded into dust by their Big Machine. A close friend of mine works for an idle heiress who inherited her many millions and the employer spends all her time buying more properties and decorating them. Nobody lives in five of them, so they are like, just tricked out storage spaces for all the Stuff she and her parents acquired on their overseas travels. Statues and shit. The crazy part is how this heiress is incapable of maintaining any kinda relationship, cause in her ego-trip, there are no equals, she can only hire employees who have to endure her longwinded boastings about how creative she is and how she is the world’s Greatest ARTISTE when it comes to her better homes and gardens and forever remodeling and shit. She can’t even have like a pet companion, requires too much service. Closest she can come to caring for anything other than her self is her gardening, which she pays her employees to do, all that weeding from the roots and plant watering, while she talks and talks and talks and talks about how she deserves all her shit for being such a creative genius. Now the friend she is telling all this to is in fact, probably a lot closer to being an ACTUAL genius-a painter, a writer, a great humorist philosopher theologian caregiver and someone who is extremely talented in five or six different areas, but the Boss is so self involved, she has NO IDEA who she is bragging to. If you get to ever go to work for one of these maniacs, that might pay you above minimum wage for all the relentlessly demanding hard labors, you’ll never be allowed to clock out on time, they always gotta keep you an extra hour, as a captive audience hostage, but you are really mainly getting paid to be a captive audience, a shrink/listener, while she rants on and on about how her siblings don’t deserve any share of the millions, only she does, see, deserve in the favorite word of the rich people, she deserves all this and much, much more because she’s the genius and virtuous Special One. Dad loved her best. The shit she picks out to purchase is the best stuff that only she has the extra special good taste to select. It takes a special genius to buy all that shit. They really believe that shopping outta catalogs or online is some kinda “ART”. They all really seem to believe this shit on some level, but then again, why do they need to say it all out loud to the Help each and every day? Over and over again like a mantra. Had a girlfriend like that once. A big DESERVE-r. She determined I was less deserving. I used to know some rich people’s moms who were rich divorcees who stayed cosmopolitan sophisticated posh people daytime drunk like those broads on that daffy “AB FAB” tv show from the UK and they always drunk dialed shitfaced and took hostages and meddled in their children’s lives, but summa these rich people are so control freak crazy, they can not even have relationships with their own kids.

While I was out walking in the baking hot 106 degree sun yesterday trying to walk off all the calories I consume since I quit smoking, you know from stress/anxiety related emotional overeating, I noticed how even the CHURCHES have all closed down under Covid and Biden’s great reset war on Russia, with media hammering us with fiction headlines about how Wal Mart mercilessly gouging all us slaves by raising their prices by thirty percent, and the monopolies buying up all the rental property, and Bill Gates buying up all the farmland and taking control of the supply chain infrastructure and regulatory agencies, is somehow supposedly, something to do with Putin pushing Nato expansionists off his front porch, everywhere you look, shit is drying up and dying in the escalating heat. People are all on edge, nobody really wants to share any of their shit with anybody else, they are all angry desert loners, cause even a $4 pint of rotgut vodka has gone up to $5.85 at the gas station, since Biden started giving the Ukraine another eight billion dollars for more guns every few days to slow bleed Russian resources while corporate media and Pelosi start manufacturing bullshit reasons to also, go to great reset war on Iran and/or China. There are almost no women where I live, so all the crazy old men all seem extra Weinstein, if ya know what I’m sayin’, extra depraved, horny, hardup, inappropriate and aggressive, whenever a female is present. Nobody seems to have spouses around here, they all just have two big pitbulls and big white oversized trucks, tall rusty fences, and it’s a total redneck Moose Lodge gun culture. People are pissedoff and paranoid, cause air conditioning costs alot of money, all these big trucks require gas, which is really expensive since “Nothing Will Change” Gropey Joe took office, and pro-war, fake progressives like AOC stopped fighting for universal housing, higher wages, or healthcare for all, pivoting instead to stock old culture war issues-guns and abortion, and the donor class desire to outlaw public protest. Hence, the shitlib’s singleminded, media driven focus on Maga protest from years ago. The deep state does not want the peasants assembling anymore, bad for business, makes elites feel ikky. Rich people do not like poor people gathering in public. In the Pacific Northwest, they already got all these laws against demonstrating, being outside, being downtown, unlawful camping, loitering, they wanna see your papers.

I used to live in the Karen Capital of the world, Honkytopia, Where Every Pedestrian Is A Suspect: Eugene, Oregon. We got the loss prevention aggressive hospitality and stop n frisk class kkkops following us around for failing to present as sufficiently middle class in their downtown gentrified, exclusion zone, everyday. It was not fun, Karens Kalling Kops everytime my son had any kind of mildly disruptive Autism behavior, or got loud cause it’s always sad to leave the park or pool or library, right? And since all those booj Judge Judy know it all rich people just go to college professionally their whole lives, they ALL think of themselves as child development experts, we’d get these appallingly adversarial Rainbow Family/Country Fair/Gender Studies hippie stoners approaching our family in public while THEY WERE CLEARLY HIGH, demanding I show them some proof that my loud son belonged to me, because he yelled or whined, which is what kids do. None of these experts have kids of their own apparently, or they would know that. These are just uncredentialed, entitled, awful shitlibs, acting like gentrification kkkops. It was madness, almost everyday. I’ll never forget the woman who lived next door to the boozy live music venue who used to Kall the kops on people for smoking cigarettes outside the venue. If you kall the kops, particularly as your go-to conflict resolution strategy, or just because you don’t think some male can be a competent parent if they aren’t a member of your posh upper-class, you suck, you are a ballsout class warrior, and are no ally of the poor. You might as well be Mitch McConell or Lindsey Graham, or even (GASP!) ORANGE MAN BAD, himself…No matter how many candlemaker, jingle jangly ankle bracelets,  tie-dye, patchouli, incense, reggae flags or pink triangles you layer on top of your privileged existence. I moved to an extremely poor place, after all that constant harassment in the booj-pig safe space collegetown, and I never get that treatment anymore, except at the town’s tourist trap gift shop where I buy cards for family on holidays, the owner oldsters never seem to remember me, always feel like they need to follow me ’round the shop while I look for the right card. I might have bought an additional object, a gift there today, had I found something affordable, before the old folks started getting in my space, giving me that “time’s up” energy. If you put the heat on people for shopping, they aint gonna give you as much money. Sometimes, they won’t come back. Not everybody is trying to rob you posh people. I can’t stand obnoxious “me, first”, entitled, know it all rich people. I just can’t stand ’em. I’m not impressed by any of their preferences, either: dietary, sexual, decorating, collecting, any of it. I avoid ’em as much as I can.

My friend Evad asked me if I heard the new Dramarama yet and the answer is no. I got nothin’. No record stores in a three hour radius from here. Extremely limited income streams and demanding kids wanting to purchase more stuff, that just ends up on the floor, everyday. We call it, “shit on floor”. I watched that “Reuniting The Bands” show on youtube with my computer screen headphones to block out some of the overwhelming sensory, loud teen media blare, and it almost made me cry a little. I guess it made me think of my old bandmates. I’m so glad Easdale got that group back together-they are this country’s last great uncorrupted institution, if you ask me, man can they play, and the songwriter is one of the alltime greatest, in my estimation. Cohen, Kristofferson, Chrissie Hynde, Paul K., John Easdale. When I went and looked for new songs by ’em on youtube, I discovered this one, “The Only Thing” and it reminded me, that all my messages to The People would probably be more potent and effective with a couple chords accompanying them. I wanna resume making music but where I live there are no punks, just me, and maybe like five or six money haver Faux hipster-bubble “alternative” musicians who are only into their own trip. If I ever do find some desert rat rocknroll collaborators, you’ll be hearing from me. Until then, enjoy some Easdale and his merry band of outstandingly talented and world class players, who never get enough credit for all their heartfelt pop and soul works of timeless value. Easdale’s the songwriter but man was he lucky to have found such stellar players, the guitarists are freakin AMAAAZING! Dramarama have so many fabulous glam and sixties psychedelic and seventies bubblegum pop and even punk influences, but there is something wonderfully heartlandish about John’s tunes. Little bit like Petty, Dylan, Seger, Mellencamp, Westerberg. All-Americana. He’s just flatout sensational. We used to argue about politics a bit but I get it, he lives with 5 women and Trump is an offensive oaf. I love the man Easdale and I know his heart is good, I’m just way more anti war radical leftist. Dramarama lived out a rare fairytale. Five lads from Wayne, New Jersey’s Looney Tunes record store basement ,who shook the world. They’re still at it, too! They’ve maybe even gotten better. I really like that drummer Tony Snow. They may have been one  of the last bands to make it big in show business without having to sell their souls to the evil corporations. I remember watching “Work For Food” at my friend Jenna’s house in Ft. Wayne Indiana when we were raccoon eyed bighaired kids watching MTV on a Sunday night and really being moved by their hooks, sensitivity, coolness, and observational lyrics. They have many, many good songs besides the big hits everybody’s moms are all hip to by now.”Box Office Bomb”, “Cinema Verite”, “Vinyl”, “Hi Fi Sci Fi”, “Bright Side”, they just have so many all the way through fabulous records and let us not forget their fantastic side project, Bentback Tulips. I’m always jealous of all those chubby tourist type people who can afford to take those fancy vacations to retro weekend new wave islands and shit to see bands like Dramarama and Duran Duran and Berlin playing on cruises, but I’ll admit I had to laugh a little when I watched a big audience of nostalgic cruise line folks bopping around to Modern English all garbed in these identical, corny, white and turquoise t shirts with the concert brand on them, that kinda was so antithetical to the whole spirit of the eighties express yourself weirdo individuality we all eminated.

REMEMBERING THE SHUG! ANTIQUATED GLORY! CLASSIC FANZINE KICKS GALORE!~

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COMING TO JESUS MOMENTS

It’s gotta be a bitch, even if just in the quiet hours, once you consciously decide to visit the proverbial crossroads and align your fortunes with people who seem to really, really like doing douchey things. Harder to ever admit wrong or walk away, or change directions on the road if you believe your special privileges all come directly from being in cahoots with the straight up evil nine to five, porky, dayjob bad guys, I dunno man, I got to a point where I had to distance myself from unrepentant, remorseless predators and even their suckup hangers on personal assistant entrouges. Every once in awhile, at least a couple times o’ year in a sentimental mood, like when David Lee Roth releases some unheard tracks about fun and friendship, growing up, having a ball all the time for years, loyalty or lack thereof, he’s writing those tunes about choices, about standing for something having character, courage and integrity, and almost involuntarily, I’ll find myself still sending the songs to my old sentimental favorite long lost cronies even though they made their bargain with the devil, some part of me’s always popping through a hole in the wall, maybe a little like Aerosmith in the RUN DMC video, peering in, hoping they might wanna change their mind. It’s just my teenage dreamer self always rushing out to meet the rejection. Well, even if those other guys can’t hear the message of these David Lee Roth songs, like “Low Rez Sunset” and “Damn Good”, you know I sure as fuck still can. All the way to my core. I think David writes songs at a Dylan level now. Don’t believe me, do ya? Listen to “Things Have Changed’ and “Not Dark Yet”, then go ahead and throw in some Leonard Chen “Closing Time” and “Boogie Street”, maybe even, “You Want It Darker”, THEN play some “Giddy Up” and “Pointing At The Moon” and “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us”. Me, I just ASPIRE to writing songs like all those cats, after all these years of trying and failing, squatting here in the wet, stinky basement of the “Tower Of Song”, I am pretty confident I have attained the acrobatic showmanship of Leonard Cohen along with a little bit of David Lee’s highbrow philosophical haiku religious prose. Some of those long gone cats these ancient pirate lords ole songs remind me of just continue to haunt me cause a couple of ’em really had something once, coulda been part of something greater than perpetual middle school high fiving of former sports assholes at the old man fratboy bar. I regret summa their poorer choices more than my own poor choices, which were notoriously, ridiculously bad, sometimes. “Wrong kind of non conformist”-that’s me. I’m just passing through this life, but man, the old times was good times, weren’t they!?! Aw well, see ya in the songs.

DON’T BE A STUPIDLY COMPLIANT PROPAGANDIZED SUCKER FOR WARS BASED ON LIES AND NEEDLESS WALL STREET GREEDHEAD RESOURCE PLUNDERING GLOBALIST AGGRESSIONS!

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has continued to pour gasoline on the foreign policy dumpster fire that is her planned visit to Taiwan next month, now reportedly encouraging other members of congress to come along for the ride.

“Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has invited a small group of lawmakers on her official trip to Taiwan, including the top Democrat and Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” NBC News reports.

This trip, which Beijing perceives as an egregious transgression of Washington’s longstanding one-China policy, is already so incendiary that the Pentagon is now planning to send in fighter jets and other war machinery to protect Pelosi’s plane in case of attacks by the Chinese military.

While already waging a war on Russia, the US empire is also really trying to start a war with China:

The US military is considering sending *fighter jets* to accompany a top US official as she meets with secessionists in China’s province of Taiwan, who are armed with US weapons. https://t.co/WV1azGMEdR

— Benjamin Norton (@BenjaminNorton) July 27, 2022

AP reports:

While U.S. officials say they have little fear that Beijing would attack the U.S. House speaker’s plane, they are aware that a mishap, misstep or misunderstanding could endanger her safety. So the Pentagon is developing plans for any contingency.

 

Officials told The Associated Press that if Pelosi goes to Taiwan — still an uncertainty — the military would increase its movement of forces and assets in the Indo-Pacific region. They declined to provide details, but said that fighter jets, ships, surveillance assets and other military systems would likely be used to provide overlapping rings of protection for her flight to Taiwan and any time on the ground there.

This risk alone would be reason enough to cancel the trip, but adding to the concern is the fact that the Chinese government has begun warning against it using the same “red line” language that Russia was using in the lead-up to its invasion of Ukraine.

“We have repeatedly made clear our our firm opposition to Speaker Pelosi’s potential visit to Taiwan. If the US side insists on making the visit and challenges China’s red line, it will be met with resolute countermeasures,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijiang said Wednesday. “The U.S. must assume full responsibility for any serious consequence arising thereof.”

“We have repeatedly made clear our firm opposition to speaker Pelosi’s…visit to Taiwan. If the US insists on…challenging china’s red line, it will be met with resolute countermeasures. The US must ensure full responsibility for any serious consequence arising thereof.” pic.twitter.com/1gV59GwRtF

— Fiorella Isabel (@FiorellaIsabelM) July 27, 2022

China has been using this same language since news first broke about Pelosi’s planned trip, with Chinese state media Global Times saying last week that “visiting Taiwan is definitely a red line that Pelosi must never cross.”

During the lead-up to the invasion of Ukraine, Russia was issuing similar warnings using the same phrase. Putin warned over and over again that the west was taking Moscow’s “red lines” on Ukrainian neutrality too lightly, and Washington brazenly dismissed those warnings while continuing to float the possibility of future NATO membership for Ukraine.

“I don’t accept anybody’s red lines,” President Biden told the press in December of last year when asked about the warnings.

Weeks later Putin made good on his threat, launching a horrific war that has killed thousands and which could easily have been prevented with a few low-cost concessions.

Was it worth it?

Of course not.

Joe Biden Tells Vladimir Putin Where to Shove His ‘Red Lines’ https://t.co/upLip4Sz9r

— Hal Sparks (@HalSparks) December 8, 2021

Failing to learn from history is one thing; failing to learn even from the last five months is quite another. Pelosi and whoever’s orchestrating her trip should abort those plans immediately, because the dangers that are being toyed with here are not worth the moral victory of being able to say that China didn’t make you swerve in the stupidest game of “chicken” that has ever been played.

And that’s exactly what’s happening here. China’s “red line” warnings make it clear that Pelosi landing in Taiwan will at best kick up brinkmanship between the two nations another notch, while Republicans are aggressively pushing the narrative that if the trip doesn’t happen it will mean that “Communist China is winning.” The political pressure is on the side of escalation, with even progressive Democrats supporting Pelosi’s move and calls for de-escalation and detente becoming increasingly relegated to the sidelines.

We shouldn’t have to deal with this. We shouldn’t be watching a whole new country added to the potential flashpoints for nuclear armageddon just because some octogenarian in congress is too old to care if her plane gets shot down. We shouldn’t be risking another deadly conflict which stands to benefit no ordinary person over what amounts to nothing more than petty egoic chest-pounding.

If Pelosi does not go to Taiwan, Communist China is winning.

— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) July 26, 2022

We shouldn’t have to hope that the world’s most powerful people don’t take some idiotic risks for no good reason which could hurt us all or even end up getting us all killed. We should not have systems in place which can allow the worst things imaginable to happen if the tyrants who rule over us don’t happen to make the wisest decision on any given day.

Our futures shouldn’t depend upon the better angels of the worst monsters. Those with power have far too much of it, and the ordinary people of this world have not nearly enough.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

“The pandemic era was the biggest money transfer scheme to the rich in history. And we are paying for it again with the cost of living crisis. It’s like a giant Ponzi scheme. And still millions of people appear to be either in denial or meekly accepting this gigantic swindle.” (-James Melville)

National Security Search Engine: Google’s Ranks are Filled with CIA Agents (mintpressnews.com)

“Still waiting for MSM to cover the clear evidence (which I put out 2 years ago) that Bill Gates’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein began before 2001, at least ten years earlier than Gates has claimed.” (-Whitney Webb)

An Interview With John Pilger: “Assange Is the Courageous Embodiment of a Struggle Against the Most Oppressive Forces in Our World” (mintpressnews.com)

Lee Camp [Redacted] on Twitter: “In a totally bizarre interview Bill Gates was asked about Epstein & said, “Well, he’s dead. So you have to be careful.” Be careful to what? Ask you questions about him? https://t.co/8iAageVVdi” / Twitter

Leaked Docs: Facebook ‘Bot’ Adviser Secretly in Pay of US Regime Change Agency (mintpressnews.com)

BIG STAR AND THE ORIGINAL SUFFERING BASTARDS

Man, I got to see that Big Star documentary and was so sad for Chris Bell, really. I grew up in Kentucky and Ohio and was bible school programmed with a lot of the same shame and fear and guilt, and fire and brimstone, uptight control theology, as he was. Hell, nowadays, it feels like corporate media has kinda even injected that same old intolerant judgment and fear mongering garbage into the wokewashed faux left. I always understood Alex Chilton. When everybody wanted him to just keep rewriting Beatles songs forever, he decided he wanted to get weird, instead. I kind of love that about him. My longtime friend and pen pal, Bobby Durango and Ringo Jukes from Rock City Angels, worked with Jim Dickinson and I wish I would have gotten a chance to. That was one guy who woulda understood what me and my old jungle-instinctive soulman rock savage guitar player Nasty Bastard were up to in those stinky basements and cold as fuck abandoned pool hall squats. At first we even had a Bobby Keyes style sax player roommate honkin’ on all our no budget garage raunch and some cool chicks shakin maracas and goin’ do da do da do ad do to all our Dogs D’Amour and Hollywood Brats derivative songs. It was hard to keep a steady lineup in those years because everybody was getting older and being squeezed to get careers and make money and our brand of Dollsy punk was just so NOT in style at all. We had a very charming Irish bassplayer for awhile but he could never be relied upon to show up for band practice because he was simply just too good looking and every girl in town stood in line to date him. We had just started writing good songs in a basement bunker of a rent controlled apartment where about eight adults lived and loudly sang and all night drank. When one of the guitarists was off chasing some foxy chick, me and the other one would sit there and write a catchy pop song that people still play covers of in more than one faraway city. For awhile In Allston, Ma, we had these brothers from Walden Pond who were like our very own backup musician studio whizkid Flo & Eddie-they’d lend their note perfect Crowded House/Everly Brothers harmony singing to our budget rock junk shop glam offerings and that would instantly elevate the whole show. We’d been fortunate to find them at my Tower Records job, having lost two lead guitarists in one year-our first, sadly, tragically fucked off to go to college and become a bigtime NYC doctor, God Bless ‘im, and the second one who Nasty had found at his telemarketing job, had fallen in lust with my ex girlfriend and gotten sloppy around her, so we had to give him the boot. Both losses were painful for me, cause the first guy, was my original guy, the metal head kid who Jaysin B., my poofy haired new wave keyboardist I met at bad kids school, when we were like 12, had introduced me to-we were both in a diversion program for wayward punk delinquents-me, for using too much styling product and defacing my history textbook-him, for stealing cars and goin’ to Los Vegas. Our metal head pal in the shorts and Iron Maiden t shirt had somehow managed to avoid getting put on juvie probation in spite of setting Faurot Park on fire with lawnmower gasoline, I love that kid and really, really wish we could all get it back together and like the Beachboys sang, “Do It Again”, but I fear we’ve lost him permanently. “I didn’t see the time and I waited half my life away”, in the immortal words of Leonard Cohen. I don’t think he’s gonna show. He was perfect for us, could conjure magic out of any old Casio. His name was Dave, he looked like an androgynous cross between Mick Jagger and Joe Perry. Could drink for days. Girls loved him. As kids, we’d both been sortof adopted by this straight up dangerous hillbilly biker gang of notoriously volatile Viet Nam vets, so we might have been a little rowdy as kids, we would trash our instruments like the Who at out little Boy’s Club punk shows, ‘were known to sortof outrage and offend the status quo. He had a whole cult following of girls from his senior year in Missouri, who would follow him all the way to our bandhouse in Ohio and our front yard was always full of cars with outta state plates-they were mostly all our lead guitarist’s many groupies. The other guy, his replacement, was a witchy warlock goth dude named Tony, Arthur Lee’s godson, played 12 string guitar, had a feel like James Calvin Wilsey, helped us co write some of our best songs and always made me laugh like when I play back this old cassette and he says, “we’re too high to record”. Our stuff from back then might remind you of that band, The Front, from the late eighties, or even Mother Love Bone, had we properly recorded those songs, but on my shitty cassette tapes, it’s all noisey and I’m still doing that abrasive Taime Downe caterwaul, cause I had not yet affirmed my own voice to sing from, ya know what I mean? The songs were good but I sound like a cackling witch. That guy Tony, who really was a witch, used to play the Middle East all the time with a drummer named Hector and they were totally like T. Rex. Black Snake Moon, brooding, exotic goths, with like India influenced rhythm instruments. I really actually miss him, too, don’t know if he’s dead or alive. We spent a weekend with Arthur Lee at his old place, used to do speedballs and trip on acid, drink, and write, and he was really talented, but I made the mistake of letting him move in to  a weird little room half way up the stairs and he put the moves on my ex old lady. He knew I really loved her back then, so that was not cool at all. I genuinely liked that cat, too. A shame. I can even forgive motherfuckers but they gotta be sorry, and none of ’em are. Man, I still play our old cassette demo tapes from that era. We were shaping up to become like our Australian torch n twang and blues punk idols, the Scientists and Beasts Of Bourbon, we just needed to get it on tape, preferably with some heavy Cramps echo, ya know? That was what I saw in the Big Star doc-that access to recordings studios offers a real potential for ageless, timeless magic to take place. I often blame my good buddy and longtime cohort, incorrigible and unruly all-night hellraiser and crowd pleaser, Nasty F.B.  for alienating collaborators with his reckless motorcycle crashing hypermasculinity and bar brawling fuck you authenticity, but really, most of our creative obstacles were just class based. When he came through the one time with some kinda meager ($200?) recording budget from a reefer sale once, we went into this country music dude’s studio. He was a crackhead, which was why he only charged us $25 an hour. We recorded our little hearts out, Big Star style. Just purged our pure emotion onto the tape, kept the first or second take. This is how it is supposed to be done. All emotion, not photo shop, auto tune, redub, asskiss, fake as fuck, sterilized, emotion free bullshit. You ever hear The Replacements? Yes, we’ve established I do not sound just like Robin Zander. Yes, you already said that. Fuckface. Neither does your rich friend, you asskissing, money worshipping, say nothing sycophant. Those original songs we laid down were oldies but goodies, people covered ’em. Fanzines loved ’em. One of your favorite band’s lead singer said he wanted to cover one of our songs, actually. True story. 

The crazy crackhead sound engineer even laid down some honky tonk piano on one of our pop tracks, really giving it a Jim Dickinson/Jimmy Miller kindof appeal. You could hear my lyrics, the snare was poppin’, the guitar was like all shiny Harley Davidson chrome and black leather. Everytime we get to do it, it always rocks like a motherfucker, we just never really get to do it. In our twenties, when people from all backgrounds are partying, having their last brief moment of freedom, wildness, slumming, cultural tourism, whatever, still willing to consort with us lowly peasants from the bad side of the tracks, we’d attracted a lot of way richer people into our all night rocker hedonism hell, yeahs, underground subculture. We coulda, woulda, shoulda done so much more, but I was always getting sucked into dysfunctional Sid N Nancy codependency’s and my main man was always being dragged off to jail every time I’d summon the poor sucker for another punishing go of it, one of our amigos would always die, or he’d get arrested, or the van would break down and his girlfriend would use that as an excuse to cheat on him, or whatever, some stupid tribulation would always ensue. I quit saying anything about putting the band back together cause it really felt like some evil gypsy put a curse on us, every time I started a band, somebody died or went to jail. That’s why I used to roll my eyes at all those Junk Records bands, cause man, oh man. They sang about fast times, but motherfuck, we lived ’em. We confused people back then cause we had our catchy summertime pop side, we loved stuff like Flesh For Lulu and The Pretenders, the alarm and even The Beachboys, We were perceived as a metal band cause we sorta dressed glam, but we were always more STOOGES derivative than anything like, you know-Poison. The Middle East told us, “try the Channel’ cause we wore makeup and red vinyl trousers. We were certainly not anything like the fucking Lemonheads. We were there to tear the place up, knock the tables over, make the old drunks cry, go home with the waitress, not everybody got it. We were a wild band outta time. In more ways than one.

The Original Suffering Bastards were legends in our own grime. Last time we went to record, for a compilation album tribute to one of our idol’s bands, Nasty the Bastard, the Steve Jones like riffmeister extraordinaire, our very own Malcolm Young figure,  got waylaid on the side of the highway, his came to the rescue associate put me on a bus a couple blocks from the famous Alice’s Restaurant, and I found our former backup bandmates playing a crummy show in a second floor bar in Harvard Square just like that. From the bus station to the subway to the payphone and somebody’s wife told me they were playing across the street from the payphone, so I went and sat at the bar right behind the lead guitarist and started drinking from his glass. Elbowed him all casually and he was shocked to see me after several years of being stuck in the hellish streets of the nineties grunge makeover, fratboy Midwest. Me and him immediately commenced making demos in his fancy recording studio and some of it sounded like the Beasts Of Bourbon. Ringo Kidd compared one of our tracks to Nikki Sudden. We wrote a tune that sounded like The Pretenders but my vocal was not good at all on that one, was still doing a cheeseball Ian Astbury impression outta simple lack of self worth, poor self esteem cowardice, unfortunately, if you wanna know the truth of it, so I seldom play it for anybody. We were waiting for homeboy to get his Sin-Mobile van repaired to join us in our recording endeavors, but he kinda took too long and after a couple weeks, I’d worn  out my welcome with our former collaborators. They were posh private school people and while we had bonded in our early twenties over our mutual love of pop songs and heavy drinking, they were sorta getting ready to get married and do the whole real estate and home improvement and culinary institute hokeypokey. They were good guys, fun when they were drinking, but also under incomprehensible pressure from their parents and wives to start bringing in A LOT MORE MONEY. When they said they were going to be gone for a few days, on their parent’s yacht, I took that as a message. It was kindof a bummer cause we had laid down about six songs working towards a releasable album. I still stand by two of the tunes from those sessions. 25 years later. I was stuck there in the drummer’s big empty house with a flash recording studio in the basement just sitting idle and alone and going through their ratty college dorm couches for quarters to buy malt liquor and calling my old hombres from Boston to come hangout. One was busy going to recovery meetings and getting ready to wed some chick from M.I.T. he never really wanted me to meet, cause everybody saw me and Nasty in our blue leather jackets and mirrored sunglasses as savage undesirables back then. One was busy working at a health food store, he’d been one of my best friends and contributed absolute genius writing to all my early fanzines, was roommates with Dave n Nasty on Park Drive. Only local I could really find, who was still in a punk rock mode of consciousness, was Jimmy Reject an author and wild boy and drummer of Dimestore Haloes. He never made it to the studio, but we stayed up all night drinking “together” and talking on the phone. I ended up loving that kid. (RIP) Jimmy Reject. Before he joined the Haloes, he wrote me a crazy letter on grocery bag paper with pink crayon once. Like I said, wild boy. Look for his book, “The Enemy Within”. It’s a classic. Those brothers we used to play with both became successful entrepreneurs and joined their retired college professor Dad’s alternative band, which is really pretty sweet and romantic, if you think about it. I got along good with that guytheir dad, -he was a big Pogues fan and had not always been rich, we’d drink and tell each other stories. Nasty had some hard times, I got broken up with by my baby mama. Killed me, went on the spiral for awhile. The track that came out on that compilation tribute sounds kinda forced and there was not enough cowbell. You can’t make this shit up. I still dream of reconvening with my Bastards brothers and making more music before we die. We’re pretty good songwriters and performers, really. I love all those former bandmates of mine. Well…most all of ’em. God bless us, everyone.

Biden Administration Expected to Soon Declare Monkeypox a Health Emergency

Politico reported:

The Biden administration is expected to declare monkeypox a public health emergency in the coming days, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

The declaration, which is made by the Department of Health and Human Services, would follow a similar decision made last weekend by the World Health Organization. By designating the outbreak an emergency, HHS could then take a slew of actions, including accessing new money and appointing new personnel, according to the law that dictates how and when the federal government can declare such an emergency.

The people with knowledge of the matter said the declaration is expected as soon as the end of the week. But the decision is not yet final, and a spokesperson for HHS said the agency “is continuing to explore options.”

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra is scheduled to hold a press conference on monkeypox Thursday morning.

Pfizer Quarterly Sales Surge to Record High, Driven by COVID Vaccine and Antiviral Treatment Paxlovid

CNBC reported:

Pfizer’s second-quarter revenue and profit beat Wall Street expectations, driven by sales of its COVID-19 vaccine and its antiviral treatment Paxlovid.

Pfizer booked $27.7 billion in revenue, a 47% increase over the same period last year and its largest quarterly sales on record. The pharmaceutical company reported $9.9 billion in net income, a 78% increase over the second quarter of 2021.

Pfizer’s COVID vaccine brought in $8.8 billion in revenue for the second quarter, while sales of Paxlovid totaled $8.1 billion. The company maintained its 2022 sales guidance for the vaccine of $32 billion and is still expecting $22 billion for Paxlovid.

The company also reiterated its overall 2022 revenue and earnings guidance. Pfizer is expecting $98 billion to $102 billion in sales this year and earnings per share of $6.30 to $6.45.

HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN….

Lorne Behrman releases new video/single “I Hope The Sun Doesn’t Catch Us”

NYC punk rock n’ roll singer-songwriter-guitarist LORNE BEHRMAN today (July 27) shines a light on the history of NYC rock with his Television-inspired song video, “I Hope The Sun Doesn’t Catch Us,” by sharing its video. This is the second single + video from his upcoming solo debut album A LITTLE MIDNIGHT due out September 16 on Spaghetty Town Records. It follows LORNE’s acclaimed 2021 four-song EP When I Hit The Floor, which prompted the esteemed Jesse Malin to note: “Real blood and guts rock and roll that bleeds with soul and redemption.” Watch the “I Hope The Sun Doesn’t Catch Us” video, directed by David J Barron and filmed in Manhattan, HERE. Also read a new Q&A below about the song that will be released digitally this Friday, July 29.

“I Hope The Sun Doesn’t Catch Us” is tough and tuneful NYC rock with a tender emotional heart that embraces the lyrical surrealism and guitar flights of pivotal band Television. The video by LORNE, who previously played in The Dimestore Haloes, L.E.S. Stitches, The Dead Tricks and most recently The Sweet Things, was premiered yesterday (July 26) by MXDWN, which noted the video: “…gives viewers an incredible sight of Behrman strumming his guitar with fantastic talent and singing about hoping that the sun doesn’t catch us, as we follow a man and woman on the streets of New York trying to get away from the sun that is blaring down on them.”

The 10-song A LITTLE MIDNIGHT is a series of New York City vignettes haunted by shadows but guided by light. The words here are literate and lacerating, recalling the street poetics of Lou Reed, Richard Hell, and Television. The songs feature stark and fluid guitar playing in the spirit of The Stooges’ James Williamson, Johnny Thunders, and Lou Reed.

“This album is about struggling to be reborn,” LORNE shares. “Wanting to run back to the arms of toxic people or the patterns of self-destruction. It’s about clawing your way to a new existence while acknowledging all the causalities, and all you’re letting go. You glimpse a new life, but you don’t feel it yet.”

The album’s raw but polished production aesthetic is courtesy of producer Matt Chiaravalle (Warren Zevon, Joe Bonamassa, Spacehog). A LITTLE MIDNIGHT was mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Joe Lambert. Wyldlife bassist Spencer Alexander designed the album artwork, and it is a subtly playful homage to the cover of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Damn the Torpedoes.

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Def Leppard “Hysteria” Track-By-Track Anniversary Review

“Hysteria” was released on this day in 1987! DEF LEPPARD wasn’t my favourite band in those days, I was more into sleaze rock and glam metal but there was something special about the band that was growing bigger and bigger while the world was patiently waiting for this promised “No filler” album. Indeed, “Hysteria” was a highly anticipated record since their previous and very successful (over 6 million copies sold !) album “Pyromania” was released in 1983. At that time, 4 years to make an album seemed like an eternity but drummer Rick Allen was involved in a car accident in 1984 and his arm was amputated shortly after due to an infection. He then decided that he could use his legs more than his arms and got a special electronic drum kit designed for him. The band never thought about replacing Allen and he had to practice his new drumming technique for months on his new Simmons kit before being able to play live again. “Hysteria” took over three years of recording and producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange had this idea of making a rock version of Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller” in mind.
The cover art by Satori seemed very modern in the 80s and the album had 12 tracks which was considered as quite long since most records had 10 songs (5 on each vinyl side) but CDs were starting to get very popular despite their high prices. 62 minutes might have seemed confusing for most hard rock fans in 1987 although it wouldn’t be anymore a few years later…

1. Women

This is a bit of a weird choice as an opener but when you think about it, it sets the mood for the whole album, the huge electronic snare drum, the melodies, Joe Elliot’s voice and the powerful computerized backing vocals.

2. Rocket

Staring with a Gary Glitter kind of drum sequence, this song is a tribute to 70s glam rock with modern arrangements. The long bridge in the song almost sounds industrial and hip-hop and it perfectly illustrates Lange’s ideas to borrow from many different genres. A crossover that will become the norm later in the 90s.

3. Animal

I had bought this single a couple of months before the album was released and couldn’t stop listening to it. Moreover, it was one of the rare hard rock songs to be featured in the Top 50 (French billboard)! Steve Clark and Phil Collen’s guitars work perfectly together in this song. A catchy chorus and a slight new wave touch that makes it unique.

4. Love Bites

In the 80s, hard rock bands had to write good power ballads if they wanted to have a chance to get on MTV and this song seems to be the perfect one to reach wider audiences especially in the United States. It definitely helped.

5. Pour Some Sugar On Me

The last song that was written for the album and now a hit in every strip club in America! The huge drums and the almost rap verses make it fit very well in the rap/hard rock crossover started by RUN DMC and AEROSMITH only a year before and the crowd-pleasing chorus makes it one of the bests selling singles of the band ever.

6. Armageddon It

Maybe the most “classic rock’n’roll” song on the album digging its influences in the 60s/early 70s and a very memorable chorus again. A lot of fun and a very good choice to end the side A of the vinyl since it definitely makes you want to listen to more!

7. Gods Of War

Probably my favourite song on the album. It was based on the opening riff by Steve Clark.The electronic drum sound coupled with Rick Savage’s bass line used to make me think of The SISTERS OF MERCY and it actually still does! Although this is not goth rock, this song definitely has a dark cold war atmosphere which is increased by the war samples and Margaret Thatcher’s/Ronald Reagan’s voice in the last part.

8. Don’t Shoot Shotgun

Your typical 80s hard rock song with a different approach to production. Probably designed for live shows.

9. Run Riot

Another classic hard rock song with lots of great guitar riffs and plenty of stadium energy. Joe Elliott’s voice gets closer to the AC/DC influenced songs from the previous albums on here.

10. Hysteria

One of the best songs on the album, mellow and emotional with a special atmosphere and Joe Elliot sounding amazing! The solos have a bit of a Bowie‘s “Heroes” mood. What a great song!

11. Excitable

A good rock song with a bit of an 80s disco new wave/new romantic vibe (Duran Duran…) and a sweet dance rock flavour.

12. Love and Affection

A moody midtempo song with a lovely chorus that puts an end to the album in an elegant way.

“Hysteria” sold over 20 million copies in the world which makes it not only the best-selling album of the band but also one of the best-selling hard rock albums ever! It is also the last album of the band to feature guitarist Steve Clark and there is no doubt that there was a before and an after “Hysteria” for the band as well as for the world. It also started a new approach to production: Recording “Hysteria” with modern technology would take much less time but the way it was made is probably part of the reason why it is still special nowadays. I still own my vinyl copy and still play it from time to time… /Laurent C.

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Gutter Gospel: End The Damn Wars, Your Purpose On The Planet, Paul K., Chuck D., “Constitution Says You Do…”, All The People Who Died, Bill Hicks, Jimmy Dore, Stokely Carmichael with your host, Amurkkka’s Favorite Dishwasher, The Flash Rebel, General Labor!!!!

“I don’t understand how people can recognize the rot, and not reject the bipartisan system enabling it.” (-Dr. Jill Stein)

“It’s pretty cool that most cities are becoming unlivable, billionaires got 700% wealthier during a global plague, the planet is literally cooking, and major political institutions are basically hardwired to neutralize leaders and movements who actually want to fix it.” (-Luke Savage)

“The US government has taken your student debt forgiveness, your healthcare money, your public school funding & sent it in the form of weapons to Ukraine. Billions of dollars. Now those weapons are ending up sold on the black market to terrorists.” (-Lee Camp)

“It is absolutely insane how many Americans worship the politicians and billionaires who are fucking us all over. You are not supposed to worship these greedy psychopaths. You are supposed to make them fear the people. That is the only way anything will ever change.” (-Ryan Knight)

“Y’all liberals can see the Democrats filling their coffers campaigning on the very rights you’ve lost *under their watch*. What makes you think Democrats have *any incentive at all* to actually protect your rights when it’s so lucrative for them not to?” (-Blue Check Beth)

I DON’T MISS FACEBOOK, FUCK THOSE FASCIST FUCKS! ALL THEY DID IS CENSOR US AND SELL OUR BIDNESS TO THE MAN! YES, IT IS CENSORSHIP, AND NO THEY AIN’T REALLY PRIVATE-THEY ARE THE MERGER OF CORPORATION & STATE! THEY EVEN FB JAILED ME FOR POSTING THAT MUSSOLINI QUOTE!

The whole sham, the whole shit show is designed to make some gullible middle management, clip-on tie, khaki clad, trains on time secretarial motherfuckers think that their complicity, lockstep obedience, conspicuous silence and sucking up to the bad guys is gonna somehow get ’em some extra special V.I.P. only badge, with deluxe privileges and a nicer parking spot outside of the tumor factory or torture gulag. Tuesdays are Ladies Night with special drink discounts at the bioterror weapons lab for feminist freedom.

Of course I always understood I’d eventually be lockedout of Fascist Book for my anti-war shit posting. How they supposed to manufacture consensus for always more Forever-War bombings and their NWO Gates Reset, if the loudmouth peasants keep cross talking and sharing off-script factual information with one another? I am shocked and awed by how savvy they’ve become with marketing and advertising strategies. Everytime they wanna conduct another regime change war or coup, the military industrial complex and it’s mockingbird big 5 media always insist now that it is for Wokeness, Feminism, Trans-Rights, and Science! Everytime they wanna superfund the domestic police state, they just trot AOC out on her red carpet to insist she was insulted or lied about or traumatized or offended by impolite sexists, again. So the racist cops are gonna need more weapons and surveillance tools to protect AOC from sexists! I remember Laura Bush on Oprah Winfrey’s show, telling all our former mother in laws and ex wives and their sisters that the reason Amurkkka had to occupy Afghanistan for all those years was not to slow bleed Russian resources, or plunder their minerals, and opium, but it was all for (drum roll…….) FEMINISM and Muslim women’s rights! Cause everybody knows women oppressed under the Taliban will become alot more liberal and educated as soon as Murkkkan soldiers invade and cut off their son’s fingers for trophies and bomb the nation back to the stone age. So isn’t that comforting to know? It wasn’t just that some Muslim boogeyman trained by our own secret police was supposedly hiding there, after masterminding the Pentagon accounting room being destroyed by a plane with no wingspan, passengers, or luggage, coincidentally the day after Rumsfeld gave a speech about missing trillions, but USA! USA! had to kill all those people for….FEMALE MUSLIM LITERACY. cause the Empire CARES! The woke, trans-friendly, trustworthy scientific, vibrant and diverse, black lives, feminist freedom fries empire is teaching women how to read by liberating them, ya know–with drones. This kinda grotesquely fake narrative is increasingly being met with collective incredulity and wariness which is why all the spooks are controlling Twitter and Facebook. Like Cait Johnstone says, though, all these General Dynamics bulletproof stormtrooper robots are gonna be used against us in the next few years. But it’s for Science! And your own protection! Jane Goodall and Greta Thunberg said so at the World Economic Forum! So it must be true. Unless you hate teenage girl power climate warriors and kindly old ladies who want to protect the monkeys! 

Meet the Ex-CIA Agents Deciding Facebook’s Content Policy (mintpressnews.com)

Chris Hedges: War With Iran – Consortium News

How the US Uses the NED to Export Obedience, with Matt Kennard (mintpressnews.com)

ESSAY: Negro Revolutionary Hero: Toussaint L’Ouverture, Cyril Briggs, 1929 | Black Agenda Report

Anomaly Six Demo’d Surveillance Powers by Spying on CIA (theintercept.com)

I STILL LOVE ROCKNROLL

Man, my old pal Brian got a song placed on the “Stranger Things” soundtrack, which means Winona Ryder has probably heard his music. How cool is that? 

WORK WILL NOT SET YOU FREE

Shit havers never like to talk that much about how they got their shit, the whole capitalist meritocracy pose is tedious as fuck, though, cause all of us who been around and seen some things, we all know that 95% of the wealth in this world is inherited or married into, and the rare and exceptional people who make it big with their unusual talent or good looks, sometimes they get killed by the establishment after generating profits for them and somebody decides they’re worth more dead, so shady attorneys can take control of their publishing and merchandising. I never worshipped the rich, always saw ’em as a criminal class of abusers and predators. Secret police have infiltrated and terrorized or exterminated every human rights activist, social justice movement leaders, or truth telling whistle blowers of the last sixty years, so when big media are all of a sudden hyping some outta proportion rap about how the system has decided this special interest group or that niche marketing pie chart demographic is gonna start receiving some all of a sudden special sensitivity treatment or protections from the good ole boy honky establishment, I always figure they making some money from it somehow, or manufacturing controlled opposition. The empire does not love you and did not develop a conscience just because they recognized your particular brand of special virtue. People who get privilege like to believe they earned it with their own uniqueness, karma, hard work, or special talents. They at the top, cause they so, special. Noblesse Oblige, if it ever existed in real life, ‘been dead for years now-these evil bloodsucking people just hire publicists to SAY they got some fake charity, or rescued a kitten from a tree or whatever. Gave money to the Innocence Project. Fake arrested at the pink hat astro turf protest for puppies rights. That kinda shit. Photo ops and empty staged, blue screen, p.r. smokescreens.

Beauty is an advantage in some ways, but it’s ephemeral as hell and I’ve seen many gorgeous people whose youthful physical beauty faded just go crazy over it-suicides and shit. Even murders. The prettiest girl in my girlfriend’s hometown highschool got stalker killed by her psycho obsessive boyfriend and his family who were friends with the cops got the cops to help feed her dead body to the lions. You know you can’t make this shit up. Other real breathtakingly gorgeous people got so cozy trading on their looks for easy jobs and shit, they failed to cultivate their other talents. I knew girls with artistic ability, actresses, songwriters, all those things, but they got comfortable and let it all slide. Why work hard on your paintings if everybody wants to give you pills afterhours and tell you how talented and pretty you are some more? Many hoped to marry into wealth and then got used to being used and settled for free drinks forever at somebody’s kid’s sports bar, or being a town bimbo, or whatever. So in that sense, beauty is a disadvantage, it attracts disingenuous predators and makes one a target. It seems to me like at some point, it would be hard to have any idea about what’s going on in the world, if everywhere you go, people are flattering, promoting, gifting, or free passing you for your beauty. One of my ex girlfriend’s sister was like in a crazy delusional bubble cause everywhere she went, she got upgraded, everything’s for free, she trusted all the worst people, probably still does. We all have our cross to bear, I suppose. Hers is like convertibles and compliments, massages, and alimony and plane tickets everywhere. I got famous female friends who are soughtafter beauties and mistakenly always think their Matt Sorum supergroup side project N.A. celebrity book signing author former rockstar buddies and producer suitors and shit are gonna discover or celebrate me, cause they so nice to THEM. It’s a crazy world. Fame people guard their turf. It’s a whole different trip for a gutter punk.

You ever have motherfuckers damn you with faint praise, like say you are a clever phrase chiseler or wordsmith, or “knows how to dress”? That’s how people who paid for a certain level of prestige on a bought platform assert their status as shit havers. They can’t be admitting you got any talent or formidable ability as a singer or frontman with an ability to connect to people and look ’em in the eye and transfer a whole vibe to lift a room, cause that would threaten their whole bullshit story about how you are just uneducated and lazy or drank too much, or whatever, always some bullshit about how you are undeserving of some shit, that you are preposterously less than them, “You just haven’t earned it yet, baby”. 

HERE AND GONE

    Really, what it’s all about, is mere access. It’s all class based. Some poor people can not afford to pay somebody $100 an hour to record their music. If I get my music recorded, it changes shit cause it’s hard for money having motherfuckers to control some false narrative among the haves on the hill being so extra talented if my work is ever preserved. So that’s what I really got get back to focusing on. Archiving the songs. Difference between me and the money having motherfuckers is they still cover shit I wrote when I was eighteen, and I got a lot better than that shit. Or the shit I done when I was 25-29. Some people liked the idea of me being found dead in a room somewhere so they can falsely claim they wrote all my shit and more than five people might pretend believe them. People who had girlfriends pay for them to have pay to play fame, or parents who superfund all their fucking ridiculous videos and shit don’t want me behind some microphone. I can still get down. It’s been fuckedup seeing so many bullshit mediocrity fakes on every billboard, while so, so many of my soulful and genius brothers and sisters died young and been forgotten by the mad herd in their rush to winner’s circle, finishing line, look at me, ma, in-law assimilation. My Pal Adam was a heart of gold comedian soulman street punk, funniest, most loving, affectionate, tragic, hilariously self destructive rockstar brother confidante mirror reflection you could ever meet. I wrote two or three books he’s a central character in. Midwesterners hated and feared the brother, went outta their way to expel him from bars, ban him from trendy places, hiss gossip about the dear sweetheart, he spooked the trendy hipsters. After I left town, he got tattoo shop popular. Like a mascot of the middle class, as tattoos came into the mainstream, he came to be embraced by the mainstream and I think he was happy about that. I loved him so much, I could not begrudge him that. Prior to the tattoo thing he was an outrageous punkrock impresario and member of several unforgivably, scandalously offensively named bands, including one of my own. That character was everything any legend was ever made of and more. Too spontaneous and lovable and sensitive and beautiful to live. A Real Rocknroll Motherfucker. I can feel him in my heart and with me even now. What’s up baby? AY! He used to get shitfaced and yell at me from across the divebar: “I’m IN YOUR BAND! I’M IN YOUR BAND!” Our bartender, a lively and boisterous son of Hunter S. Thompson named A-2, he and I had this shtick about roll call where we’d convene our divebar social club and read the minutes from our last meeting and name off all our friends, who’d all vanished in a rapid procession of sad and lonely deaths. Now HE’s gone, too. (RIP) A-2!

Even when my smart and talented friend King Corey from the famous hiphop pioneers DEE MOE FRESH CREW, was dying of lung cancer, he still felt obliged to take a job working at Bob Evans, ya know with the timeclock and the dirty mop and the polyester uniform and rude hick customers for minimum wage, that’s how strong the hicktown programming was where I came from. Even on his deathbed, he’s trying to get approval from his loveless fellow programmed workers by laboring for not even enough money to rent a one bedroom. He collapsed on the job and had to be ambulanced to an emergency room. His ex still did not come back to him, you dig? If somebody don’t love you, no amount of hairnet and floorscrubbing and wearing the wet bloody aprons is gonna change that, at all, ever, ever. Some rich motherfucker is having an open bar party paid for by his parents to celebrate his getting outta jail while you pick chicken upstairs for minimum wage in the rat infested kitchen. Which one of you is the popularity seeking female gonna leave with? Have some dignity, don’t make a fool of yourself, like I did. Walk away and never look back again. Some motherfuckers don’t love you, that’s just how it is. My friend, Austin, a lovely kid, funny, sweet, also stayed in that horrible town where it was always either fast food, factory, crackdealer or jail. He died of stab wounds during a domestic violence episode. My friend Kevin died of stab wounds, when some outta town drug dealers killed him, Jamaicans from Detroit according to one story. My friend Bobby H. died in a motorcycle wreck. Anthony got murdered with a gun in front of many witnesses but the killer only did like 30 days cause his drug dealer connections to corrupt politicians. Jen and Tracey killed themselves. Marc went to jail for murdering his wife’s boyfriend. Mitch o.d.’d when we were 25 on the verge of graduating from a prestigious engineering school in Seattle, nobody ever believed in me as much as he did, he was my Catholic school friend and first wouldbe rocknroll manager, he invested in my bands, and was actively making plans to REALLY invest a whole lot more, get us to that next platform where our songs could be heard and evaluated based on their actual merit-we’d just seen him and made plans to reconvene after his graduation, but poof! He was gone just like that. His friend Tracey brought me his leather jacket on a plane from Seattle. I don’t think he really wanted to be an engineer, that was all to please his mother. His mother told me he had left behind some intimate journals addressed to me, but his brother, a mainstream wannabe popular guy decided that since I dressed in black and wore makeup and shit, I must be somehow to blame for his brother’s overdose with rich helicopter owning millionaire drug people on the other side of the country. Everybody grieves in their own way, in these smalltown catholic school cliques and sportsbar popularity culture, blaming the symbolic others is always a big part of ALL their rituals. Preppie sportos blame the outsiders and punks. Democrats blame Republicans, Republicans blame Democrats. No one can blame the Rich, ’cause they have all been trained to “identify” as rich, to “self identify” with millionaires on the tv. If you aint born rich and famous, you must be a slave to the rich and famous, or what other value could your life possibly ever have, and how can you ever, ever, ever be worthy of any kind of love? “Is he on the clock or off the clock”? I used to get up at 5 in the morning, walk a mile in the dark, ride for an hour in the back of a truck with non English speaking paint crews who’d meet up in the parking lot of Sherwin Williams and work all day painting McMansions, come home ruined, exhausted, destroyed my knees for nothing-all for a rich, beautiful starlet chick who broke up with me anyway. Dumb midwestern males like me were taught we could “earn” love. That you needed alot of money, ya know, to buy a girl. That is a dastardly lie. That aint love, that’s bartering. Walk away and never look back . One of my former bandmates, K.M., abruptly met some speed freak chick and quit the group to wing off with her and some well connected math metal drummer who had like cheap access to fancy recording studios and smack and rose to imminent fame by riding the famous yokel band’s coattails which is why I never liked him, he just seemed like such a suckup in the pocket of the well to do status quo, well, they went out West with a couple other midwest transplants, really made a splash, seemed to be two steps from the move, recorded, played out, opened for shit tons of famous hipster bands, got written about glowingly in all the magazines and entertainment weeklies, one of our old originals has long since been recorded by famous people in NYC, my old bandmate became a popular vocalist doing a not entirely unfamiliar version of something I mighta seen before, but he’d become semi pseudo underground famous in San Francisco and L.A., but died, of drugs and brandy one night. Fun loving, Presley-charismatic, charming like a rattlesnake motherfucker. Beautiful, funny, alcoholic, drunk driving hillbilly kid from my homestate of Kentucky. People still write me letters asking me about him.

Back in my New Romantic/Rocky Horror daze, a couple of my best friends and former wouldbe sometimes bandmates were just so good looking, they ended up staying too busy to really make that much art-my original keyboardist, Jaysin B. loved to sing and play and dance and pose, he was instrumental in me meeting my other original punk and scrappy new wave cohorts and getting our early bands started, but he got slowly suckedin to the Dutiful Midwestern Workin’ Man Trap. Ended up killing himself cause no man’s ever a manly enough provider once they assimilate you to that whole worker bee circuit of assembly line, speed, come down weed, back to work speed, come down weed, DUI bust, thirty days in jail, that whole gauntlet, pinballing between church on time and Dr. Phil Hallelujah Sobriety Societies and GET BACK TO WORK, SLAVE! Sad he’s gone. My superstar DJ bassplayer was the King of the Midwest In the 80’s, only Ronald Koal might have enjoyed more money for nothing and your chicks for free, regional celebrity than that guy. When he lost his looks, it adversely impacted him, same as my former keyboard player. He’d always been the best looking blue eyed teen beat pinup star where we grew up. Women just threw themselves at him-one of my male bosses, where we all worked, did too! I think he got depressed when he no longer looked like Michael Hutchence, turned to drink, spent all his time in bars with preppie conservatives and businessmen golfers from our hometown highschool. They got him into the factory life, also. He died last year. I have my suspicions, but nobody really told me how or why he died. I’m still not over it, in our teens and into our late thirties, we were tight as hell, ya know, one of my whole lifetime’s dearest brothers, and I’ve known many cities filled with people, he was somebody special. Bobby. “Died Suddenly”. A girl I deeply loved named JP, but whom I was very foolishly, not nearly as devoted to as I shoulda been, cause I was in my mid to late 20’s, and still involved with some other stormy diva it took forever to escape, she worried she was losing her looks, too, I mean, she was still a bright, vivid vision that almost all men were instantly spellbound by, but she’d been a model in her youth and she was not twenty anymore, though she was a sensitive, soulful, sweet, good hearted heroine. A honky tonk hippie, hard drinkin’ good time girl bartender, she could throw dumb drunken apemen outta the bar, cut it up with the best of the town gutter poets, she was one of the real wildflower Good Ones, ya know? I messed up letting her date those dumb oversized Tarzan grunge dudes with the goatees and Lollapalooza tattoos and the “cruelty based sense of humor” and access to hard drugs, she killed herself on the same day and same age that her mom had. I never knew how haunted our poor girl really was, I miss her. Wrote summa my best songs about her. People should hear ’em, she had a real magical quality. She was a big star in a nowhere place. We all were. Now, so many of the Also-Rans married up or inherited houses and shit, you see ’em joining these high visibility tribute bands, playing covers, kinda corny, halfassed  imitator acts, but leaving behind 1000 mediocre cds in unsold boxes in the basements but at least I guess they got some low level namebrand recognition and maybe five dork fanboys each. Like I said, summa my favorite people already been here and gone and even my scrapbooks of pictures they were all in got stolen during some midnight eviction moves a couple decades ago. I still wake up thinking about ’em. Man, I dunno, free drinks popularity can be a real distraction. Some of my most talented friends like Mark and Robert who I considered real badass full fledged geniuses did not leave behind the body of work I expected them to, cause they got sidetracked by lifestyles, or needy women, and doing research studies to pay the rent at the Y and dying young as a result. I know you been programmed to worship the pharmaceutical industry but fuckedup side effects are real. You’ll find out.

 My friend Paul had almost zero commercial success whereas every bloated ego fratboy poser dick who ever covered one of his songs struts around like he’s Jay Z-Diddy-Kanye-Prince, just endlessly bragging about his famous grunge friends or 25 years ago mainstream tv appearances. Paul’s songs changed the lives of everybody who really got to soak in them. I think he was easily as good as Alex Chilton, Paul Westerberg and Lou Reed. I used to call on him whenever a woman was breaking my heart-they don’t let a woman kill you in the Tower Of Song. He’d always say to me, “are you doing the work, boy?” reminding me to write, and not just hammer myself to death with the liquor and drugs. Urging me to put it in the songs, he made me a better songwriter, for sure. “You been reading your Burroughs?” Paul was always telling me to read the Beats, but I think Herbert Huncke mighta been his favorite. He was like my priest. I know some other people felt that way, too. We might be few and far between, but the people he really touched, are permanently altered by his grace and friendship and genius, he was a lovely motherfucker, no matter what his stupid detractors might say. Jealous dogs. My brother, Dave A., who worked for thirty five years at the same record store, taking buses for minimum wage, going home and drinking malt liquor and listening to the old blues records and doing it again, his life really was like a blues song, man. He’s gone, too. A local dude sold his lp’s off for the widow, I did not even get one, kinda an extra heartbreak, man I love that guy, everyday he is in my head and in my heart. I had memorial buttons of him made and put ’em on all my hats and jackets. He’s who got me into the Stooges, Doors, and Stones when I was about 12. He had a rockabilly band that used to open for my group.

   It’s gotten so weird ya know, how all the good ones really are gone. I dream about them all. Famous actor I knew as a teenager in NYC, also named Mark, died from Covid.  Nice man-even when he was busy dating McDonna, I could call him up and bore him with all my angsty teen Smash Hits magazine bullshit. Everybody’s leaving. It’s been hard. My aunt, my grandparents, it’s just relentless. I had a perfect prettyboy drummer but he became a fucking cop. You can’t make this shit up. Aint that a shame?

Paul K Wilderness – Paul K and The Weathermen

Paul K, 1962-2020 – Rock and Roll Globe

Celebrating Revolution in Nicaragua | Black Agenda Report

Anomaly Six Accused of Selling Smartphone Tracking Data to US Government – VPNoverview.com

Digital Authoritarianism: AI Surveillance Signals the Death of Privacy – Activist Post

“180 Democrats and 149 Republicans just came together to pass an $840 billion war budget for 2023, which is the biggest in history. If you haven’t figured out that both parties exist to preserve our decrepit capitalist and imperialist system then you’re not paying attention.” (-Ryan Knight)

“The most obscene defense bill in history passed and earmarks made a triumphant return, but there was little outcry, thanks to a progressive rebrand of the war machine: The Great American Military Rebrand (substack.com) ” (-Matt Taibbi)

https://taibbi.substack.com/

Big Pharma Has Raised Drug Prices 1,186 Times This Year, Analysis Shows (commondreams.org) “SHE BLINDED ME!” DEPARTMENT: your trusted and ever benevolent “SCIENTISTS!”

You probably won’t see too many links to anything I ever write on Falsebook because of how the secret police control the algorithms and they lockedup my previously shadow banned account for antiwar posts and links to Jacobin magazine, Mint Press, Real News, Convo Couch, Gray Zone, Unlimited Hangout, Last American Vagabond, Chris Hedges, Glenn Greenwald, Abby Martin, Dr. Cornel West, Jeremy Scahill, Ray McGovren and Col. Ann Wright,  Scott Ritter, John Kirakou,  Project Censored, Code Pink, Wikileaks, Consortium News, Antiwar.com, David Swanson, Cindy Sheehan, Black Agenda Report, Last American Vagabond, Activist Post, etc. Assange called it the world’s most abusive spy machine.

“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” William Casey, CIA Director 1981

 “NEVER PUT ANYONE IN A CHOKEHOLD. THAT’S WHAT THE PIG DOES”. (-IAN ASTBURY)

HYPNOSPELL

“An unconscious human is one driven compulsively by deep-seated mental habits they don’t really see and can’t do much to control, so they’ll often find themselves engaged in unwholesome behavior patterns like addiction, unkindness, greed and neurosis, and making the same mistakes over and over for reasons they don’t quite understand.

A conscious human is one who doesn’t have unseen conditioning pulling the strings from behind the scenes in their subconscious mind, because they have done their work and drawn their inner demons into the light of consciousness where they can be healed. They are therefore able to move through life deliberately and in the interest of what’s best, rather than compulsively and in a way that spreads trauma to others.

A conscious humanity would mean that this way of functioning blossoms throughout the entire species.

Doesn’t it kind of look like that might be what’s happening? Like all the chaos and confusion of these strange times could simply be the birth pangs of a species whose relationship with consciousness is about to take a dramatic pivot? The increasingly shrill mass media narratives rapidly approaching white noise saturation? The increasingly widespread awareness that our society’s rules are made up and we can change them whenever we want? The mysterious increase in incidents of spiritual awakening as reported by teachers of enlightenment? Just how goddamn weird everything’s been getting these last few years?

I think it’s possible. I think it’s possible we are moving as a species toward an adaptation that will enable us to survive in a situation which is very different from the one we first emerged in, as every species eventually does if it doesn’t go extinct. If this is indeed what is happening, it stands to reason that it will be an adaptation that prevents us from wiping ourselves out via ecocide or nuclear war, and that a collective movement into consciousness is what that adaptation will look like.

A conscious species would be able to work in cooperation with its ecosystem, rather than compulsively consuming it due to primitive impulses to obtain and dominate and egoic impulses to be rich and have more. A conscious species would be able to convert civilization from competition-based models into collaboration-based models, where rather than trying to climb over each other to get ahead we all work together to make sure everyone has what they need to live. A conscious species would no longer see the sense in dividing itself up into separate competing nation-states which brandish armageddon weapons at each other out of fear and greed.

The more I learn about humanity, and the more I learn about myself, the more possible such a world appears to be. Sure the world’s a chaotic and distressing mess right now, but so is childbirth. However bad things get for us, as long as we’re still alive our problems are nothing that can’t be fixed with a collective movement into consciousness.

Anyway. That’s my pet theory right now. And the cool thing about my theory is that if you like it too, you don’t have to wait for it to come true. You can start becoming more conscious on your own right now and leading the charge for the rest of us. Investigate your true nature, heal your wounds, be responsible with your actions, and begin working to coax all your endarkened bits into the light.

And then hopefully the rest will follow. If they don’t, worst-case scenario is you wind up a lot more happy and functional than you otherwise would have been, because you brought so much more consciousness to your inner processes and your habits of perception and cognition.

This is where the real adventure is at, in my opinion. This is where the rubber meets the road.

I will meet you there.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

JUST GOT BACK FROM THE BEST CATHOUSE IN TOWN

George Michael and Duran Duran were big faves of mine growing up and I been reading articles about how Princess Diana naturally loved those bands, too. 

I went into detox back in the day, I dunno, I’d been drinking too much during a stupidly public breakup I did learn a lot from. Mostly, I think I just needed to retreat from all the voyeuristic local opinion havers who were rooting for my infinitely more popular faux moviestar richboy replacement. I just really needed a break, to get off the street. While I was in there meeting some beautiful girls and making friends with old dealers who knew rockstars and racked up federal charges, smoking too much, but enjoying the valium and mashed potatoes and naps, Princess Diana, who’d been dating a rich and famous billionaire Muslim and looking for protection from the crown and m16, kinda like Jackie O was able to find fleeing the USA deep state via Onassis, the mainstream tv story had it that the paparazzi just got carried away and chased her chauffer driven car into a tunnel where her car accidentally just crashed. People less trustful of official government narratives concerning royals and billionaires, particularly ones who seem to have almost certainly birthed two children by two different men, embarrassing Windsor, she knew too much, wronged the pompous blueblood bloodlines, and coincidentally according to many coincidence theorists just whoopsy daisy happened to die tragically young, Elton did that awful song forever. Coincidentally her now long grown sons, who look entirely different from one another are  no longer friends, coincidentally, and the one said to have been sired by the redhaired jockey, has left the royal family, just coincidentally. Around the same time, a guy we’ll call PJ, a sketchy dude who’d saved my life once was hanging out a car window, drunk, maybe high on crack, being wild and rowdy on his way home from seeing Hoodoo Wagon, our poet friend’s blues band somewhere in deep suburbia, when he fell out on the freeway and the people in the car saw his feet come off and his body splatter on the highway, driver faced homicide charges, the whole carload of witnesses were terribly traumatized by seeing our friend splattered all over the road, they all delved ever deeper into dope to help ’em cope. I also mourned, as I had gotten to know him over many long nights of card playing and hard partying while he anguished over losing access to his daughters who he loved. I lived with that guy for awhile-he had a bad reputation among the straights but we all did, we were the outsiders, but he was always right on to me. Righteous. A Diamond G. A Goodfella. 

A different rich drugdealer who was court ordered into rehab with me, came back from a three hour pass with a bunch of booze and drugs and shared ’em with me, so at that point, I kinda thought, well, I might as well split and I set off an alarm by going awol or whatever leaving out the side door against medical advice. I walked up the impossibly hot hill to my street musician friend’s third floor walkup dangerous ghetto dwelling and he started telling me all these wild stories about all the stuff that happened while I was in detox at the Cathouse, what they called the ghetto rehab I had been in. I liked summa the people I met there-Miss Betty, Capable Jesse. I think they’re all dead now. I learned some important stuff in that coocoo’s nest: “take what you need and leave the rest”. Also, “if nobody told you they love you today….love yourself”. I’m still workin’ on that one.  The dude who fell out the car window had the same first name as me, so while I’d been gone from the public eye for quite some time, some people who’d heard about the death of the regular from the notorious hoodlum bar we were both semi-permanent residents at, dying, some people thought they were talking about me. I ran into a former co worker who looked like he’d seen a ghost and the poor boy had actually spent time mourning me. I’m still here, like what? 23 years later, knocks wood. (RIP) PJ

Princess Diana’s crush on George Michael made Wham! star ‘uncomfortable’: ‘He didn’t want to exploit her’ (yahoo.com)

When I was a teenager, from ages like, 13 or 14 til at least 19 or 20, I loved an arty, beautiful, brainy, playful and wonderful new wave chick from the other side of the tracks and George Michael always makes me think of her.

“If the International Criminal Court was a real court, Blair will have already been convicted & serving time on the same tier with George W & Obama.” (-Ajamu Baraka)

“Democrats never deliver on their promises (even when they have a majority) because delivering for the people was never their objective in the first place. The DNC is a corporation whose sole function is to co-opt & destroy social movements that challenge the capitalist oligarchy.” (-Ryan Knight)

“We’re fighting back against the corrupt Democratic Party establishment’s coordinated campaign to deny our rightfully earned place on the ballot. If you want to stand with us and fight for real democracy, here’s how you can help! https://matthewhohforsenate.org/fightback/” (-Matthew Hoh For Senate)

Bodycam Footage Shows California Police Fatally Shooting A Black Man In The Back | HuffPost Latest News You mad at Joe Rogan and Dave Chappelle but not all these militarized jackbooted killers who take 3 lives a day in this country-WAY MORE than “lone nut” school shooters.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/robert-adams-san-bernardino-police-shooting_n_62d8419ce4b0a6852c32e8c4

“The land of the free” is just another capitalist lie. We are not free. We are owned and controlled by a handful of giant corporations and greedy billionaires who work in tandem with the capitalist state [the U.S. government] to exploit the people and planet for profit.” (-Ryan Knight)

WOKEWASHING FOREVER WARS….GENTRIFICATION BRUNCHERS ONLY IN REAL SOLIDARITY WITH OTHER RICH MOTHERFUCKERS

“Callin’ it your job, ole hoss, sure don’t make it right, but if you want me to, I’ll say a prayer for your soul tonight…” (-John Cougar)

These chain of command types, who come in big gang, power tripping, gratuitous overkill vulgar displays of overpowering force, the four cars fulla cops in bulletproof vests, the ten or so hillbillies in the white trucks and gigantic earth movers, and the bureaucratic rich women on the phones in their shiny new oversized Arnold Schwarzenegger like black vehicles, code enforcement paychecks and fancy government title havers, are some ugly sons a bitches who you wouldn’t want fucking waking up your sleeping family or tearing up your street, or bulldozing YOUR neighbor’s yard, just cause some corrupt local millionaires wanna remake and remodel the town, but if you are a middle class property owner, or genteel classed college educated capitalist, you probably think it’s all just golly gee willikers downright just okeydokey and fair is fair and by the textbook acceptable as long as they don’t say some kinda weekly updated “bad speech”. Or have a different diet, or like some comedian you were told is “objectionable”, all that matters to bipartisan haves is short term protecting their own professional class image, and eager-beaver reputation as go alongs, BUT if you are a member of a class that’s being pushed around with active violence and physical and legal intimidation and non stop class persecution, you would not find it oh so charming and progressive, that some fuckin’ token females are involved, with the push around, believe me. So what, big deal, there’s always been Uncle Tom tokens and high visibility status quo exploitation of brazen tokenism. Wrong is still wrong. The powers that be, scumbag billionaires and millionaires, have somehow rebranded their relentless nonstop worldwide war on the poor as somehow green, or LGBT friendly woke, or scientific, which is obviously nonsense. The shitlib booj people are all-in, though, for always more okey-dokey blame a boogeyman forever war bombings and inflated “defense budgets” and shady proxy war military contractors and total bullshit psy ops and black ops as long as media calls it “for democracy”–the usual, same ole same ole drones, plundering, mass murder and colonialism. Everyday booj safespace people wanna add more forbidden words to their naughty, naughty cancel culture list. Hey man, if you don’t wanna be called a groomer, don’t be creepy around kids, stop trying to help normalize the elite’s gross and inappropriate sexualization of children. Don’t like being called a Karen, you think that’s a mean ole hatespeech smear, well, imagine how poor people who you keep calling the cops on, for no reason, feel. Ya’all privileged people gotta cease with the fuckin double standards, and make-believe, SO & SO FIRST, protected class bullshit. The TV is not a gawd. (I know, I know). Gawdess. The TV is not a gawdess. Why would city hall dispatch 25 some city employees, sub-contractors, and police officers to spend 4 hours in the unforgiving hot sun, just removing some rock garden debris and old wood off a hill, next to a targeted geezers property? Because they can? I dunno, he musta pissed some insider off, there are cluttered properties on every street in this poor old town, but this guys’s gettin’ the business, and apparently the secretive developers think his property’s an eyesore and he’d built some rock steps up their embankment. Drunk on power bureaucrats are the worst. They defy all logic and they’re whole thing is punishing poor people. The way judges throw the book at poor people, that’s how voters should treat politicians, not all this worshipping and making excuses for ’em. I’ll tell ya, not just Obama, but Bernie and the Squad are all big betrayer, two faced, bullshit, lyin’ ass disappointments if you ask me. I was fooled by that bullshit AOC marketing. Bartender, working class, gonna make a ruckous, remember? But she did not force a vote on healthcare, she did not fight the real fight against the jet-set on behalf of us real life actual bartenders, and working class, she sat down when Pelosi told her to, makes excuses like all the rest, points her finger at Trump some more. Phony baloney, time wasting justice tweeters are meaningless controlled opposition.

Congresswoman Karen Bass and the Will to Intervene | Black Agenda Report

https://blackagendareport.com/congresswoman-karen-bass-and-will-intervene

REMEMBER THE LESSONS OF GANGSTA RAP AND THE GRUNGE/ALTERNATIVE HOAX?

Whenever I see old friends living out their Ultimate Cheers Fantasy where everybody knows their name and they’re always glad you came, ya know, it reminds me of all the times when I thought I’d also Arrived At Last. Every waitress waits for her chance to be discovered and even the ones who try to take the shortcuts to overnight celebrity, supermodel fame and fortune, on some level, gotta know deep down, that it’s a slippery slope, a devil’s bargain. The Smiths sang, “Fickle fame plays tricks on the brain” and I know that’s true, baby! Like all those Playboy chicks who write their me, too victim, tell all best sellers nowadays, when they were standing in line with hundreds of other topless g-stringed hopefuls and going though the bunny school orientations and creepy photographer groomer cult hazings and having to sleep with Hugh’s brother and told by the old secretaries they were gonna have to follow strict initiation rules and have curfews and sign non disclosure agreements and all that shit, weren’t they hip on some level that they weren’t really Marilyn Monroe? Even Marilyn found herself facedown on a dirty white bearskinned rug with a fat awful casting couch scumbag. More than twice. There is little in the way of authenticity, sincerity, redemption or real love in showbiz circles, it’s just horrible old men preying on young and desirable kid’s energy, creativity, vanity, a game of three card monte with the old shadow from the crossroads. My main man had his hour for magic, when he got to be smalltown famous and lord supreme over a white trash bar where he made the rules and got the girls and took all the glory, but ya know, what goes up must come down, those glory days really do zoom by in the blink of a young girl’s eye, leaving you with nothing. I think that’s what Sly was talkin’ bout when he said “Everybody’s A Star”. In a greedy, got mine, superstar celebrity V.I.P. culture, everybody thinks they are the one who deserves it, earned it, already paid their dues, it’s “because I’m WORTH IT!” Nobody thinks they just get to stay at the hotel with the creepy dayjob man ordering food service, and doing good drugs finally, for the weekend and then, they’ll have to return to their lowly stripper pole in Kentucky. A long long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, maybe somewhere on the East Coast, I knew a chick once who was smart and talented and she got alot of small pond overnight attention and celebrity and fanfare and TMZ tabloid paparazzi local Lindsey Lohan/Paris Hilton/Britney Spears special pass free drinks red carpet treatment, but if you watch how the cards all really fell, the vampire haves on the hill cut her off from her real friends, undermined her support systems, kept her away from her family of origin, exploited her ideas, sabotaged her art, used and abused her, filled her up with cupcakes and false praise, left her broken at a bar, fattened up, spat out, haggard. They Anna Nicole Smithed her! They can kill ya with Jagerbombs and on the house, insincere flattery bacon cheese potatos skins, too. One blearyeyed, brokenhearted morning, I came down to the dirty boulevard after sleeping over at a sadistic abuser dude’s photographer girlfriend’s house, she had pulled me up off the barroom floor the night before but gotten mad at me when I asked her if I could borrow some clean pants. I ran into a barefooted, shaven headed, beautiful Bambi eyed girl, ya know she had been taken home the night before and dumped off on the boulevard, our eyes met, she told me I was beautiful, we both recently shaved our heads as some kinda ridiculously misguided protest and were surprised to see someone else had also independently done that exact same thing, when we saw each other. I’m sure I was goin’ for a Richie Manic look but probably looked more like one of those crazy eyed Manson girls, now, I’d found a twin in Spacey Tracey! (RIP) She’s dead and gone now, killed herself in jail. She was a good chick but had been raised in a cult, had a mental illness, stole a car from my friend once, also robbed a bank. Some old man would pick her up from the bar, fill her head with big promises and ditch her in the morning. Happens everyday, they got a formula, a whole textbook for use and abuse and dangling false hope. Big Pimpin’, they call it. They find a runaway kid at the bus station and buy her some Denny’s. Ya gotta be careful with fame seeking and the ever promised illusions of arrival and belonging, highschool popularity, all too often, it’s fool’s gold. Just a handfull of pills and some fratboys and their groomer moms helping ’em, when they’re doing their dirty work. Nothing but a sign over a side door that says “V.I.P. ENTRANCE” and the local gentry rich as fuck junkie crackhead kids want you to wear this used thong for the night. You know how the Revolution only got like one or two lines a piece in “Purple Rain”? I’ve started to notice how everybody is Prince in their own Starring Role and people like me, we somehow gradually became, ya know, Bobby Z, one line sayers, background characters, distant echoes from a half forgotten rock dream, left in the dust, forgotten but not gone….But they kept the songs. Like Prince with Brown Mark’s “KISS”, actually.

Man, in the 90’s, Corporate Amurkkka made a billion by exploiting the Gangsta Rap movement, a buncha young rappers posed and flexed in front of their record executive’s mansions, flossing around like Diamond Jim, buying gold chains and quoting Scarface, Hootchie girls in the short shorts in their vice president’s hot tubs, rental cars. Most of ’em, the good ones usually, ended up dead after the record industry made money off ’em. Still happens thoday, these overnight face tattooed rappers all make their occult video and have a season of drugs and partying before they find ’em dead at 21. The list is long. A few convert to secret societies, capitalist hierarchies, are used to promote a diverse face of Corporate Honky Empire. Black Lives Matter slogan became a big money maker for two to three years, cover of every expensive coffeetable magazine and white pople media hook, two or three grifters at the top of a fake organization got overnight rich, live in mansions, but 100 real grass roots actual legit community organizers  we all recall from iconic photos during the Baltimore and Ferguson uprisings ended up dead. Prince wrote a song called “Baltimore” and went on BET talking about Bill Gates geoengineering, had just finally got his publishing back under his own control, was supposedly found dead with his clothes on inside out, in an elevator at Paisley Park and no doctors or bodyguards were really held accountable like when Michael Jackson died, they just cremated Prince, made the estranged sister into a showboat for a couple weeks, tied his fortune up in lawsuits for awhile, then, whoever controls the estate now, started selling highpriced merchandise, flung open the doors of Paisley for high priced tours and concert goers were served alcohol, and they did these sorta bogus tributes to Prince with jive ass industry caricatures who are in no way heirs to his legacy, though I would have loved to have seen the Revolution play with Dez and Andre. The lawyers who own the estate were even giving Morris Duff about using the name THE TIME again. I love Morris, but was not into his Santa song, and the Rhino reissue that came out without the Time’s consultation shoulda been a big ta-do with photos and extra tracks, a live dvd and liner notes and shit.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO WATCH DYNASTY

    You know I been thinkin’ alot about old Clash and Public Enemy songs, cause back then, those guys were really sayin’ somethin’, PRINCE (“When Will We Get Paid”, “Mister Man”, “Money Don’t Matter 2night”) and Michael (“They Don’t Care About Us”) were saying stuff, too. What do we got now? Buncha manufactured artificial hip-hop co-opted fakeass capitalist technopop bullshit, just a buncha fakes on puppet strings. Brothers and Sisters And Friends Of The Revolution, you gotta get extra attentive when The man starts telling you that you are the Bright Young Thing, Next Week’s Model, ya know? Since when have Black Lives Mattered to the racist kkkops or rich people running the show? They killed even MORE black folks since the George Floyd uprisings and all those sellout fraud squad celebrities send billions for guns to destabilize regions or start wars with Russia-China-Iran-Yemen-Palestine. Make laws against protest. I just don’t believe the media-whores or techlord secret police censors, red capet partisan celebrities, or anybody on television “represents” me, you, or our interests. Even the Gender Industry, after a lifetime of getting beaten in the streets, a lifetime of smear the queer, and countless horrible queer bashings, suddenly, EVERY macho hetero celebrity is in a dress and all the kids on Tik Tok are being peer pressured from the tower to be gender fluid this or somethin’ somethin’ that? Makes no sense to me, the corporate push for everybody to be on high alert extra extra pro noun fixated and in a dress. Like Chuck D. said, you “Can’t Truss It”. Why, after generations of churning out G.I. Joe armies of musclebound don’t ask/don’t tell arrow straight conformists have they suddenly switched the factory settings to making everybody into Gay Beachouse Malibu Kendolls? The social engineers do not love poor people, we know that much is true, and beyond a shadow of a doubt, so I fret for all my allies in every slice of the piechart, when they are suddenly invited to the head of the class and told that from now on they will be the teacher’s special privileges pets. I just don’t buy it, smells fishy to me. Gender is not an identity, my character is my identity, not my genitals or preferred sexual positions or partners parts, but yeah, I know, it’s become a gigantic INDUSTRY. Who are the major stockholders, moneymakers, qui bono? I remember the corporations just over saturating us with that garbage corporate punk in the nineties, they used it to kill off the real rebel underground. All the tiny radio stations, punk zines, college bars got Over Grunged and forcefed all that awful Blink 182 and Offspring and Green Day product until nobody wanted to ever hear anything like it again. They killed the real punks and gave you Avril Lavigne and Machinegun Kelly and Class Act. No thanks, ya know? You gotta think twice or fifty times before going mainstream, it’s a big mousetrap. The Capitalists just eat human beings and exploit rebellious subcultures, turn it all into advertisements for war and fascism. I loved RuPaul since early Wigstock and the Love Shack, but every show on Netflix or Hulu is suddenly drag obsessed? I dunno, man. can’t truss it. When there’s a sudden and unprecedented mandate to wear makeup and a dress, when it becomes compulsory, you ask questions. I would not WANT to sit with the jacks and fratboys at the lunchroom table, ya know what I’m sayin’? Don’t fall for it. Black comedians been complaining about it for years, how they can not get movie roles except as black men in a dress. What’s up with that? What happened at the end of the Alternative marketing hoax? Rich sado-preppies took over all the collegetown bar scenes and killed off live music. Turned it into gentrified cocaine crowd, Amurkkkan Psycho Urban Outfitters hipster posturing, backstab circle jerks and “me, first” rat race, ha ha we own all the shit culture. Some rich private school boys imitated Oasis poorly for a year. Kathleen Hannah married a Beastie Boy, they became mega rich for owning hip-hop and spinning off dumb white boyshit like Eminatti and richboy Beck. Kathleen always promoting imperialist war witch, Hillary Clinton. Just based on the new cult religion of Gender. Are you kidding me? Sonic Youth got rich, Courtney Love made a billion, and now we got Dave Grohl on every radio station, on every stage, by court order, forever. Makes me wonder. To me, Foo Fighters always felt like Mariah Carey, I know the Big Machine sez they’re “REALLY POPULAR”TM but they say that about GROPEY JOE and WAR WITH RUSSIA, and fourth booster for the Monkeypox making you sexy and popular forever, too. 

One big problem in seeing real life, on the ground, actual reality, versus the big bamboozle manufactured tv, fear based, divisive, unreality, is how the PARTISAN PROGRAMMING and corporate media preferred tv channel-identifying, has become so powerful and effective, that you never can have a peaceful encounter or brief conversation with a Democrat, ever, without them going into a big tv narrative, official sounding, authoritarian rap about how Trump is Hitler, or Putin is Hitler, everybody’s apparently, a nazi, except, of course, the white nationalist Azov Battalion in the Ukraine…or the kkkops all those middle class Karens call to push poor people outta view and neatly, without ever acknowledging ANY complicity on the part of their blue no matter who Democrat enablers, who basically co sign every bad thing the Republicans do, that adversely affects the poor-ya know? The rank n file Rachel Maddow Russiagate Dems can not even hear anything about how Biden, Hillary or Obama are directly first hand responsible for wars or warrantless mass surveillance of fracking, or that AOC and the Squad helped fund the police and the overthrow of other countries everyday, they just don’t want to know, all they care about is blaming some Republican patriarchal figurehead, “uneducated” voter, or foreign, external boogeyman scapegoat. www.opensecrets.org I just have to walk away, kick the dust off my winklepickers, and not even try to communicate with them, they really have become like impossible to reach-their whole social justice thing was just a big front, a parade float, a hollow sham. A bumper sticker on a Tesla. They care about their own position/property/prestige or political party, their precious preferred millionaire grifter celebrities, and do nothing red carpet tweeters, but millions of people being displaced by the bankers, murdered by cops, or military, or proxy mercenary armies?  People going broke from Wall Street greedy ripoffs and rent gouging? They do not give a rat’s ass, they can just blame somebody, Putin, McConell, Bin Ladin, whoever-“The Parliamentarian”, the bucks stops nowhere, so that’s why we on THE REAL LEFT say there is no real difference between Republicans who hate the poor, and Democrats who pretend to not hate the poor, but then always vote to help fund the Republican’s police state, military expansionism, Nato overthrows and the mass incarceration and mass warrantless techlord secret surveillance of the Murkkkan slave class. ‘Long as they get to keep their private pension, mimosa, and VIP backstage pass, ya know? I can’t even fathom any atrocity the shitlibs would stand up and fight for, or really legit stand in opposition to, s’long as they get to keep their red velvet ropes, scraps of privilege, and special V.I.P. class protections. And some bogus justifications were drummed up by marketing people and sold to them in soothing NPR dayspa tones. All they gotta do is tell ’em that defending Gitmo torture culture will make them sexy, scientific, genderfluid, and most importantly, POPULAR!

https://www.opensecrets.org/

The American Empire Has No Clothes | Black Agenda Report

Leaked Docs: Facebook ‘Bot’ Adviser Secretly in Pay of US Regime Change Agency (mintpressnews.com)

Government Officials Now Admit Remote Mind Control Technology Is Real – YouTube Some rightwingers are hip to the Gates Reset-NWO-Davos billionaire hustle even if they’re still fools for Trump and the whole Cointelpro Qanon psy op. They are no more foolish than the nutty Rachel Maddow, Russiagate believers.

Digital ID Closer to Becoming Reality in US as House and Senate Advance Bill – Activist Post

HERE COME THE ASSHOLES THEY CAN SMELL THE MONEY

Right now as I type this on a Wednesday morning, ’bout nine o ‘clock, four cop vehicles plus two or three code enforcement vehicles, plus city trucks, plus big machine bulldozers have all descended on my dead end street to earth move hermit neighbor’s eccentric rock garden and found object collections off the city property so called easement, to make way for creepy developer to build a big road to a new cul de sac the city hopes will attract some as yet unseen out of state people who want to reside across the street from the stinky waste disposal treatment center among a smattering of elderly loners and embittered, “don’t tread on me” hermits in disintegrating trailer homes, and small brick n mortar houses owned by snowbirds who are only here two months a year. It is an overwhelming show of force and it’s hard not to have contempt for the yuppie rich people, city lawyers, tourist gouging hipster coffeeshop and fake art gallery owners and second hand ripoff boutiques and stepford wives of city hall who gave the big okeydokey to all this negative destruction in the name of one dubious investor’s profits. My neighbors are all outside moving found objects and garden rock stuff from yard to yard, around in circles with wheel barrels, but I’m not doing that with them. I gotta teenager with autism I’m trying to protect from the confrontation seekers. It’s already in the high nineties and it aint gonna make a difference if we’re out there getting beaten, the man has decided the home owners on this street and their preferences are not as significant as the shady developer’s who is obviously in bed with some shadowy kahuna. I don’t wanna be involved with these show of force cops-one of ’em ya see around town, is always spoiling for a fight, she’s got that machismo provocateur swagger. You know the way a hateful redneck looks at a gay person? That’s her same energy. You should see how furious she gets about having to wait in line, like everybody else at the dollar store. She’s got that occupying army marine type of gun ho aggression just rollin’ off her. Can’t wait to nightstick or taser somebody for freedom or feminism or WHATEVER IT IS THAT MOTIVATES PEOPLE TO WANNA BECOME UNIFORMED THUGS FOR CAPITALISM, THAT “I’LL SHOW YOU” CHIP ON THEIR SHOULDER THING. Half the time they are on the job, they don’t even know what’s going on. They’re just sent to “protect” the agendas of the rich from the poor, or even just less rich. Guardians Of Property. Brutes, bullies, gangbangers, cops n robbers, military enforcers, rent a cops, even though they’re all seemingly former abused children, I never liked ’em. Bullies and goose-stepper not-sees have always sucked. 

Even still, right behind the armed aggressors are the etiquette oriented, always offended, cancel culture P.C.,  winebox Karens and smiley faced indie-martyr owner-operators downtown. Yuppies, lawyers, gentrification coffeehouse owners, moneymakers in solidarity with banks and developers are behind this big invasion. I’m laying low, they already don’t like the looks of me. They’d love to handcuff somebody, I’ll let the entitled, booj property owners deal with the city government clampdown. Rich college people like to pivot from every topic and change the discussion to talk more about my pale hue and penis having privilege or “heteronormative pass privilege”, but I am first and foremost predominantly perceived by most as a poor person, and that is how the always more powerful forces of capitalist hierarchy gentrification class preference people treat me. As someone to be stomped on, removed, exterminated, silenced and censored so the posh people on the legal white people reefer and big pharma happy pills who are all loving the removal of the poor from entire communities and profiteering from the overpriced hotels and airbandb’s and mass evil landlord evictions and prison profiteering and war machine investments don’t have to see my objectionable presence or hear my offensive anti imperialist ideologies. All that intimidation cause the rich wanna get the poor to leave town and apparently a grouchy hermit complained about some politician’s daughter’s barky FIVE DOGS. A big part of being a middle class shitlib is believing your middleclass shitlib dog’s feelings are more important than some lower class neighbors human rights. 

IF YOU WANT TO BE A HERO…

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GENTRIFIERS ARE VAMPIRES

The class police in my town, are all working for some McMansion builder who is coincidentally a repeat registered sex offender, who is remaking our humble neighborhood in his McMansion building sex offender image, he’s gonna put like 100 new houses across the swamp trail which means 200 cars and probably dogs and kids, and it’s very creepy,..how the cops and city hall are all in bed with this guy and his agenda of pushing the poor and old people off the street, cops with low i.q.’s and forearms like Popeye can be really menacing in groups. Packs of enforcers ready to inflict violence on any low rent hippies or hermit trailer dwellers who ask too many questions, or stand in their front yards watching the big machines, or who might be accused of signing some petition that might somehow interfere with the business of clearing the street for “progress and development”. The suckup gentrifiers on the main strip would not like this kindof intimidation being deployed towards themselves, or their elite loved ones-the goon squad giving us the stink eye, but they secretly self-identify as rich people, so they cheerfully look the other way, when it happens to some elderly eccentrics and low wage earners, “over there”. They tell themselves us unsightly poors deserve the push out, we got it comin’, the being bulldozed out of our neighborhood business-they all agree we shoulda gone to college and married up, then, we would deserve some kinda rights that only belong to Specials and a couple pet preferred minority group tokens. They do not have any compassion toward “THE OTHERS”. The yuppies are so baffled by Obama, “The Squad”TM, Capital Hill maga tantrum HYSTERIA, relentless next New Plague wave update Pfizer advertisements, NWO Forever-War Propaganda, and Netflix identity politics trickery, they foolishly PRESUME that all blue collar folks are “Trump Voters”, and therefore, deserve no quarter or mercy, or human rights. See-they’re the SMART, EDUCATED ONES(!!?) with the Tibetan prayer flags and OM mosaics and correct lexicon and obedience signals. The pro war feminist, Hillary Voters. In their middle class bubbles, the police men (and much more always most importantly) police women(!!!) are their SpecialsTM friends and protectors. I kinda get it. Ya see ’em leaning against their vehicles and talking on their cellphones and initially, they seem almost normal, human being like, but then, when they start to assertively move in as a pack, and kinda loom threateningly over the elderly property owners, or give the hostile staredown to us no real rights having, coffee sipping neighbors who should (theoretically) have a legal right to be outside, but don’t in real life, without risking harm or arrest to ourselves or vulnerable family members cause we aint got no Saul To Call, they all look like hulks or great apes. I have some kinda begrudging sympathy for the devils, they are all blue collar enforcers, from dumbfuck backgrounds of multi-generational abuse, probably can’t help it, don’t know better, but the smugly smirking, diabolical predator class gentrifiers over on Main Street and Broadway, I got a lot of resentment towards them…Those fakes and frauds, elitists and college manners shitlibs are only out for themselves, they stand for nothing but their own privilege, these new age selfish and greedy airbandb divorcee make a bucks, cause they decorate their tourist trap businesses with all the affectations of arty hipster bohemia-John Lennon psychedelic posters and reggae flags and shit while all 100% behind the creepy developers and in bed with the Mr. Burns shadowy financier forces that own the dimwitted winebox ladies of just for show city hall. They line these women up behind some table and make it look like the soccer moms are in charge, but nothing they do ever benefits the everyday people, the poor families from this side of the tracks–they are just teleprompter reciters, puppets, models of the honky old Mister-Man establishment, same as it ever was, and here come the armed goons and bulldozers. Only now in the bullshit fiction age of the BIG WOKEWASH some of the bruisers identify as female or blue no matter who Democrats, so that’s supposed to make some low information, gender identifying, college grad tv watcher feel better. Whatever, man. Sometimes THE MAN is just a collaborating WHOA-Man. People who just want a license to do violence and take up arms against the poor to please the rich are just gangsters for capitalism, him/her/they/them/anybody. I wanna ask my trans friends who’ve endured lifetimes of abuse, from the very same exact intolerant military culture and permanently entrenched corporate elite, why they think they are suddenly so obligatory en vogue among the oppressor classes. My theory is “vibrant and diverse” is just pie chart pinkwash/whitewash/wokewash/greenwash/gentrification real estate code for “have money”. You can self identify as whatever you want and own tiny increments of privilege, as long as you have money. The gougers and brunchers downtown all got rainbow flags and pink triangles out front like they are liberal and progressive, but they wanna get rid of the poor. I think it’s fuckin’ crazy. Ya know Malcolm X talked about the race hustlers, I think now they just market-weaponize everything, we got gender hustlers, still wolves. Capitalism even co-opted hippie movement’s paisley shirts and headbands, bellbottoms and acid as an advertising sales pitch in the sixties, don’t get too excited with the fake wokeness cults, they just use and abuse subcultures for evil marketing purposes. They don’t really love any of us.

“Marjorie Taylor Greene captures perfectly the question of our times- what if only the rude untutored characters express sane beliefs, and all the well schooled and well behaved people latch onto abusive, deranged insanity?” 

(-Spotted Toad on twitter)

“Friendly reminder that the prospect of revolution will become far more remote once there are bulletproof AI-guided robot armies who will fire upon locals without a moment’s hesitation. Revolution has a pretty definitive use-by date.” 

(-Caitlin Johnstone)

“Look at what these criminals are preparing for you. Don’t think this is just about “foreign” wars. The rulers are more concerned about domestic opposition as it becomes clear capitalism is untenable & has to be replaced.” (-Ajamu Baraka)

“Double boosted Biden announced he has Covid one day after announcing he has cancer.” (-Max Blumenthal)

Who is Biden Working For? On Israel Visit, “Zionist” Biden Whitewashes Israel’s Crimes (mintpressnews.com)

“American weapons of war kill far more people overseas than they do domestically, and those killings are done in wars of aggression for power and profit which are sold to the public with lies and propaganda. Every AR-15 mass shooting you get a bunch of Democrats falling all over themselves to say those weapons should only ever be used on impoverished foreigners. That unique brand of psychopathy that can posture and preen as a compassionate voice of sanity before the voting public, turn around and help gun down everyone in the Global South for crude oil and Raytheon profit margins, and then go to bed and not lose a wink’s sleep over it” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

Democrats Love Saying That AR-15s Should Only Be Used On Foreigners (substack.com)

“Once we were free the recipe for living is lost in memory.” (-Joe Strummer)

If Democrats Didn’t Suck – Let’s Try Democracy (davidswanson.org)

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How Spooks and Establishment Journalists Are Circling The Wagons (mintpressnews.com)

“ROGUE JOURNALIST 

Our civilization is built upon lies and obfuscation to such an extent that advocating for transparency and the democratization of information can be a complete political position, all by itself.

Rather than claiming to know what’s best for society (whether we should move left or right, whether we should espouse this model or that model), it is perfectly legitimate to simply support giving humanity the information tools necessary to know the truth about what’s happening so that they can collectively determine for themselves what direction to take.

This would mean supporting the end of the mass-scale manipulations and obfuscations used by the powerful to influence the way the public thinks, acts and votes, and it would mean giving them the democratic infrastructure to steer their civilization in response to the true information they’ve got access to.

It would mean supporting the end of government secrecy and advocating transparency for any institution with any degree of power over the people. The more power and influence they have, the more transparency should be required of them, whether they be governmental, corporate, or financial institutions.

It would mean supporting the democratization of information and the end of mass media propaganda. It would mean breaking up institutions which have too much information-sharing ability and giving more information-sharing ability to those who don’t have enough. Rather than a few plutocrats influencing the public, the public influences the public. The public can collectively uplift individual voices and ideas that they like, but no voice is given an unfair advantage in whether or not that will happen.

Imperial Narrative Control Has Five Distinct Elements

“The powerful manipulate the dominant narratives of our society in five major ways: propaganda, censorship, Silicon Valley algorithm manipulation, government secrecy, and the war on journalism.”https://t.co/ojJdjAJ11Z

— Caitlin Johnstone  (@caitoz) June 24, 2022

It would mean supporting the end of internet censorship and algorithm manipulation, so the information the public sees is determined not by billionaire megacorporations in Silicon Valley but by what’s in the zeitgeist and what the public finds interesting.

It would mean calling for an end to the war on journalism and opposing the persecution of publishers like Julian Assange and whistleblowers like Edward Snowden for exposing inconvenient truths about the powerful. All efforts to increase transparency for the powerful and share information in the public interest would be praised, not punished.

In my personal opinion it would also mean supporting the legalization of psychedelics, because giving people the tools to gain information about their inner dimensions is as important for helping them understand the direction society should take as giving them the tools to gain information about their external world.

It would mean the complete absence of any authority controlling people’s access to information or ideas in any way. Call it information anarchism, if you like.

Society Is Made Of Narrative. Realizing This Is Awakening From The Matrix.

Life in our society is like the movie The Matrix, except instead of AI keeping us asleep in an illusory world, it’s psychopathic oligarchs. And instead of code, it’s narrative.https://t.co/mkk41xhtZK

— Caitlin Johnstone  (@caitoz) July 13, 2021

Information anarchism is just as radical a goal as any other revolutionary ideology, because information control is so important to the continued existence of our status quo systems that it could never be achieved without drastic measures taken by the collective. The difference is that rather than claiming to know whether ideological models like communism or anarcho-capitalism would be better, for example, one only supports giving the people the means to collectively decide for themselves.

The idea of true information anarchy can be as frightening to the ego as the idea of total societal anarchy, because nobody being in control means there’s nobody to stop it from going in a frightening direction. What if ideas I don’t like gain popularity? What if people start thinking wrong thoughts and believing wrong beliefs?

But that’s kind of the appeal, in my opinion. Really taking the brakes off of the way information moves through our world and letting humanity take full unbridaled advantage of the interconnectedness of our brains at this unprecedented juncture in terrestrial history could lead somewhere very bad, but it could also lead somewhere very good. And whatever ends up happening would be because of our own decisions instead of the decisions of a few powerful manipulators.

And right now the latter is what’s happening. We’re on a collision course with extinction via environmental catastrophe or nuclear war, and it’s because of the decisions made by powerful people who are continuously working to control what ideas and information we consume. If information was really freed up, along with our ability to collectively control the direction humanity takes going forward, it’s hard to imagine we’d mess it up any worse than they have.

Ten Times Empire Managers Showed Us That They Want To Control Our Thoughts

The single most under-appreciated aspect of our society is the fact that immensely powerful people are continuously working to manipulate the thoughts we think about our world.https://t.co/s9gIfQGb39

— Caitlin Johnstone  (@caitoz) May 29, 2022

And whatever world we built together will have been by our own informed consent, instead of the manufactured consent of elite manipulators. If we’ve seen it all and we still choose our own destruction, then that will have been our choice. Whatever happens will be humanity showing the universe what it’s really made of. What we really are as a species.

And in my opinion, that’s what real freedom looks like. Giving humanity the tools to go whatever way it wants to go, even if it’s the way of the dinosaur. If you really, truly value freedom, in my opinion that’s the wisest place to take your stand.

Wanting the truth to be known whatever it may be is a standalone ideology, and it’s also a standalone personal philosophy. Wanting the truth to be known not just in the world but in your own life, even if it’s uncomfortable or embarrassing. Wanting unhealthy dynamics in your interpersonal relationships to come into awareness. Wanting your unhealed traumas to come into the light of consciousness where they can be healed. Wanting your delusions to be seen so they can be dispelled by truth. Wanting it all to come out into the light: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

It’s possible for an individual to live an entire life that is guided by truth and by the desire for truth, and I’m fairly certain it’s possible for all of humanity to live that way as well. We can all push for that, if we decide we want it. We can all decide that we’re sick of being lied to, sick of being manipulated, sick of the completely backward status quo of secrecy for the powerful and surveillance for everyone else, and we can use the power of our numbers to force it to change.

And from there we can sort out together what kind of world we want to live in, guided by the light of truth, whether toward harmony or oblivion, come what may.”

(-Caitlin Johnstone)

Bodycam Footage Shows Ohio Police Shooting Jayland Walker 60+ Times (commondreams.org)

Who is Biden Working For? On Israel Visit, “Zionist” Biden Whitewashes Israel’s Crimes (mintpressnews.com)

“Police in Ohio shot an unarmed man who was fleeing 60 times. US police kill over 1,000 ppl a year. Many countries in Europe for example average under 20 deaths a year (some average 0). The US is uniquely brutal.” (-Lee Camp)

“The tragedy of Uvalde is a microcosm of the US empire. Precious humanity is bleeding out while militarism – at home & abroad – consumes our resources & fails spectacularly in meeting our most dire needs.” (-Dr. Jill Stein)

“Hey Biden, if you are opposed to gun violence why are you sending guns to Ukraine? Look, if you can culturally accommodate the kind of warmongering that has gripped this country you are immersed in normalized violence so stop playing surprised when it blows back. No honest person really believes this is only about the availability of guns? People are not being honest. It is too much to admit the society is sick & produces sick individuals. Anger, alienation & violence is the “American” ethos & how they sell war. I guess they are catching on that the only place Europeans are winning the propaganda war against Russia is in the U.S. & Europe! Everyone not subjected to Western other-worldly propaganda knows sanctions are responsible for energy & food crisis!” (-Ajamu Baraka)

“Following a decree by Volodymyr Zelensky, the Communist Party of Ukraine was permanently banned by a Lviv court. As the party’s assets, buildings and funds were forcibly transferred to the state, Zelensky appealed for more weapons to defend democracy.” (-Max Blumenthal)

“Mexican President AMLO says he will raise the issue of the prosecution of journalist Julian Assange during his meeting with Joe Biden and campaign to have the Statue of Liberty dismantled if Assange is not freed.” (-Alex Rubeinstein)

More Americans Struggling; Inflation, Gas Prices Top Family Concerns | Monmouth University Polling Institute

Assange Makes Final Appeal Against US Extradition – Activist Post

The REAL (and EVIL) Agenda of the WEF: Great Reset 2030 – YouTube

Lina Hidalgo and the Arnolds: Billionaire Influence Network Crafts Lockdowns Across US (mintpressnews.com)

SPEECH: The Black Revolution is Part of World-wide Struggle, Malcolm X, 1964 | Black Agenda Report

Did the CIA kill JFK? Oliver Stone on his explosive new film – The Grayzone

“DEMOCRACY: Government is responsive to the people and adheres to a ‘rule of law.’ US GOVERNMENT: Government is responsive to the wealthy and “arbitrarily applies the law” on behalf of political allies.”

(-Garland Nixon)

“A major reason why mass shootings like Highland are happening so frequently is because the United States is at war with itself. And the United States is at war with itself because it is at war with the world.

MAGA: Democrats are agents of CHINA! Democrats: MAGA are agents of RUSSIA! Reality: Democrats and MAGA GOP are agents of CAPITALISTS and their monopolies.

Mexico has offered asylum to Julian Assange. Russia gave asylum to Edward Snowden. The United States hunts whistleblowers and refuses to free political prisoners such as Leonard Peltier until they are on their death bed.” (-Danny Haiphong)

“I save my empathy and love for my fellow working class, marginalized and oppressed communities. The ruling class, the bourgeoisie who fund them and the pigs who protect them get nothing from me. They are what’s standing between us and liberation.” (-MozFrame)

“Most Americans don’t realize that we live in the heart of the cruelest empire on earth because we are kept distracted with a heavy dose of mindless entertainment and fabricated tales of a democracy that has never existed here.” (-Ryan Knight)

“The stock market is a Ponzi scheme used to enrich the few at the expense of everyone else. 80% of stocks are owned by 10% of Americans.” (-Lee Camp)

“This is a day of mourning for the captors of this settler-colonial state. When the U.S. is freed from control of the white-male, colonial/capitalist 1% & finally de-colonized, July 4th will be a day of infamy. Do you not understand why non-European, colonized people historically subjected to the madness of violent white power would find the rehabilitation in the U.S. & Europe of crazed ultranationalist white supremacists & neo-Nazi’s in Ukraine an existential threat?” (-Ajamu Baraka)

“Akron Police just released the body camera footage of the killing of Jayland Walker. Jayland was unarmed and running away when police opened fire, firing 90 shots, hitting him 60. The Department of Justice needs to step in to investigate immediately. This is like Cleveland all over again, with the 137 shots fired at Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. Jayland’s family is urging protestors to remain peaceful. Something has to change.” (-Nina Turner)

“Stranger Things added a dull, lifeless, and unnecessary storyline set in the Soviet Union just so they could get some propaganda slights off against a republic that no longer exists.” (-Jody Roumain)

“If you buy the idea that we need to stop the flow of “misinformation”, you are a sucker of the highest order Who is the biggest spreader of Misinformation? –> Corporate Media = CNN MSNBC FOX NYT Bloomberg WashPo” (-Compton Jay)

“NATO is a legalized terrorist organization led by the empire of lies. U.S Americans must be the first to oppose its existence. Lovely how every U.S beltway politician & propagandist will celebrate July 4th, boasting of the “freedoms” they’ve increasingly robbed their people of, while Julian Assange spends his birthday in prison for exposing their war crimes against the world. The U.S American people are merely victims of their own government. The world, even those their government sanctions, coups & vilifies know this. But it is time to do more than just be complicit. You will have to help get rid of the imperialist predator class more than anyone.” (-Fiorella Isabel)

“The ruling class has mastered giving us shit to fight each other about, and ignoring the reasons we should be uniting to fight them.” (-Black In The Empire)

“July 4th is supposedly a celebration of “freedom.” Yet I see no freedom for Julian Assange or Jayland Walker. Yemen and millions more in nations terrorized by U.S. imperialism know nothing of this “freedom” either. The United States is a big lie. July 4th is a celebration of the fact that the United States is the most propagandized and historically illiterate country in the world.” (-Danny Haiphong)

More Americans Struggling; Inflation, Gas Prices Top Family Concerns | Monmouth University Polling Institute

Anatomy of a Coup: How CIA Front Laid Foundations for Ukraine War (substack.com)

Assange, Boebert, and the 4th of July (substack.com)

 “Calling it “defense” spending is propaganda. It’s wage endless wars to enrich the U.S. oligarchy spending.” 

(-Ryan Knight)

“The US is the only nation on earth whose entire economy is built on arms manufacturing and security guarantees to tyrannical Gulf states. It’s not just correct to call the US empire a uniquely evil power structure, it’s correct to say it’s impossible for it not to be.

Saudi Arabia’s destruction of Yemen and proxy warfare in Syria are many thousands of times more evil and horrific than the assassination of one Washington Post columnist, but because the empire is built on that kind of bloodshed it gets far less attention.

Biden continuing the unbroken presidential tradition of courting the Saudis is not a betrayal of US values but a very normal expression of them. You either want the complete dismantlement of the US empire or you don’t. If you don’t, quit bitching about how the sausage gets made.

New meme template just dropped. pic.twitter.com/CYcZgb5NIQ

— Caitlin Johnstone (@caitoz) July 16, 2022

The difference between Democrats and Republicans is that Republicans say they will do evil things and then do evil things, while Democrats say they will not do evil things and then do evil things.

On one hand polls say Americans don’t want Biden to run again, but on the other hand there’s zero chance Democrats put forward a different candidate who’s better than the rotbrained empire mummy.

Friendly reminder that Russiagate was a psyop which had its origins in the US intelligence cartel, was used to facilitate longstanding agendas of the US intelligence cartel, is the reason liberals are now cheerleading the US proxy war in Ukraine, and that only an idiot would call this a coincidence.

Anyone who still buys this schtick is a fucking moron:

19 year old “Zaporizhzhia Avenger” took down a Russian Su-25 plane with an Igla (Needle) man-portable-defense-system.

This is his sixth plane, and he also took down a cruise missile.

Superheroes do exist in real life. pic.twitter.com/bWd5TZ3EdW

— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) July 17, 2022

Current proxy warfare tactics in Ukraine have no chance of delivering a swift defeat to Russia. What they do have is a pretty good chance of creating a costly military quagmire for Russia and a 100 percent certainty of creating massive profits for the arms industry.

The biggest lie the hawks ever sold was that their militaristic policies prevent the problems they actually create. Militarizing against Russia caused this war. The war on terror created terror groups. Continuing the encirclement of China will likely lead to a nasty confrontation there. Etc.

Working to bring down Moscow and Beijing would be a great way to move toward securing unipolar planetary hegemony while simultaneously unleashing the kind of worldwide economic chaos and desperation that shock doctrine capitalism engineers have heretofore only ever dreamed of.

At the end of this clip Bolton cites “classified information” as the reason he won’t name the other US coups he’s helped orchestrate, calling to mind when Assange said “The overwhelming majority of information is classified to protect political security, not national security”:

John Bolton was asked to elaborate on his comment last weekend that he “planned coup d’etats” when in the WH: “This is something some of the snowflakes on the Left really were kind of shocked at, but when you’re looking out for America’s best interests, you do what’s necessary.” pic.twitter.com/7XC7xvRVuR

— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) July 16, 2022

The most important job of the western media right now is convincing the public that the world’s major powers splitting into two increasingly hostile alliances is probably nothing to worry about.

Celebrities “getting political” is not a problem in itself. The problem is that most of them don’t start growing their political awareness until they’re already famous, when they’re informing their worldview from inside an elite echo chamber that has a vested interest in preserving the status quo.

Believing there are good billionaires is even dumber than believing there are good US presidents, and believing there are good mainstream media pundits is even dumber than believing there are good billionaires.

The Guardian is the nastiest war propaganda rag in the world, and Simon Tisdall is the nastiest war propagandist at The Guardian.

Literally demanding the apocalypse. pic.twitter.com/4svR2XCYNA

— Alan MacLeod (@AlanRMacLeod) July 17, 2022

No one ever espouses a mainstream political worldview because they have thoroughly examined all the options and sincerely believe that one’s the best. It’s always because they don’t know other political worldviews exist, or aren’t sufficiently familiar with them, or have been propagandized into believing false things about them, or because they work in a career that is advanced by adhering to mainstream political perspectives.

This is true because mainstream political worldviews do not exist to help people and make good things happen, they exist to facilitate plutocracy and empire. Nobody who deeply investigates their nature and contrasts them with alternatives comes away thinking they’re the best, whether they’re someone with left-wing or right-wing sympathies or anywhere in between.

The only reason mainstream politics are mainstream is because powerful manipulators pour a tremendous amount of wealth and energy into making them mainstream. If there were actually a “marketplace of ideas” on that front, mainstream politics would die.

The empire still fears the public. If it didn’t it wouldn’t bother rolling out so much propaganda ahead of all its depraved actions — it would just act. They work so hard to manufacture our consent because they’re still afraid of what we’ll do to them if we decide we don’t consent.

Just something I think is worth calling to mind once in a while.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

Bin Salman to Biden: You Whitewashed Israeli Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh, so why are you so upset about Khashoggi? – Ray McGovern

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Covering the Waterfront with Randy Credico – Ray McGovern

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US intel officer targeted by John Bolton reacts to coup-plot confession – The Grayzone

#Scam with Ukraine? – by John Varoli – John’s Newsletter (substack.com)

Is Paul Mason’s parliamentary run a Trojan Horse for British intelligence? – The Grayzone

FIGHT THE POWER

A super hip school teacher from Missouri named Phil who was into Husker Du and The Replacements when I first met him turned me on to Public Enemy. I did not get it, at first, cause they were so noisy and shit and being hyped by Spin Magazine which I’ve always been distrustful of. Manic Street Preachers and Sinead kept pushing them, Sinead even shaved their logo onto the side of her head. Now I think they are one of the most important bands that ever came along and I spent a lot of time on social media fighting stupid boomers who wouldn’t shutup about how PUBLIC ENEMY did not belong in that sham Rocknroll Hall Of fame but I think they are way way way more important than Billy Joel, James Taylor, McDonna or a million other mean nothing mediocrity unit shifters. 

Most self proclaimed rocknroll people I know never done one thing in their whole lives even like one tenth as rocknroll as FIGHT THE POWER!

RESIST RESIST RESIST RESIST

 “No one ever espouses a mainstream political worldview because they thoroughly examined all the options and sincerely believe that one’s the best. It’s always because they aren’t familiar with other worldviews or because they know a mainstream worldview will advance their career. The only reason mainstream politics are mainstream is because a tremendous amount of wealth and energy are poured into MAKING them mainstream by power structures which benefit from them. If there were actually a “marketplace of ideas” on that front mainstream politics would die. This is true because mainstream political worldviews do not exist to help people and make good things happen, they exist to facilitate plutocracy and empire. Nobody who deeply investigates their nature and contrasts them with alternatives comes away thinking they’re the best.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

“I’d like to see them all run to the hills.” (-Singer-songwriter, guitarist. Co-host of the ‘Discontented’ and ‘Deep Politics and Rock ‘n’ Roll’ podcasts)

 It’s incredible to see Western media suddenly pretend to support “anti-war” journalists. These same outlets spent years viciously demonizing real anti-war journalists who exposed US/NATO wars on Libya, Syria, Yemen, etc., smearing us as “conspiracy theorists” spreading “disinfo” (-Benjamin Norton)

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We are turning into a nation of whimpering slaves to Fear — fear of war, fear of poverty, fear of random terrorism, fear of getting down-sized or fired because of the plunging economy, fear of getting evicted for bad debts, or suddenly getting locked up in a military detention camp on vague charges of being a Terrorist sympathizer. (-Hunter S. Thompson)

“The majority of people were always sitting in the stands. When I find people who are willing to go against the grain, who are willing to make tremendous sacrifices to change an unjust situation – that’s what blows my mind out.” (-Abbie Hoffman)

“Necessary reminder: Liz Cheney is not a hero.” (-Nina Turner)

“There is a higher law than the law of government. That’s the law of conscience.” (― Stokely Carmichael)

“Without Trump, liberal media personalities have no way to keep their rapidly dwindling flock sufficiently enraptured and excited — Biden, Kamala and Pete don’t quite do it — so their already miniscule audience is shrinking back to barely-extant pre-Trump levels.” (-Glenn Greenwald) 

This blizzard of mind-warping war propaganda out of Washington is building up steam. Monday is Anthrax, Tuesday is Bankruptcy, Friday is Child-Rape, Thursday is Bomb-scares, etc., etc., etc… If we believed all the brutal, frat-boy threats coming out of the White House, we would be dead before Sunday. It is pure and savage terrorism reminiscent of Nazi Germany. (-Hunter S. Thompson)

“Rachel Maddow peddled the Russiagate conspiracy for YEARS to boost ratings, helping raise anti-Russia and pro-war sentiments in the general public. That’s not journalism. It’s grifting and warmongering.” (-Danny Haiphong)

“Yes, but she told lies at the behest of the Establishment, those lies are NEVER punished, they’re rewarded, like she was with $30 million. It’s the TRUTH that gets you sent to prison, just ask Julian Assange.” (-Jimmy Dore)

 “Stop censoring independent journalists for exposing the truth about the security state and its media lackeys” (-Max Blumenthal)

“The empire still fears the public. If it didn’t it wouldn’t bother rolling out so much propaganda ahead of all its depraved actions—it would just act. They work so hard to manufacture our consent because they’re still afraid of what we’ll do to them if we decide we don’t consent.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

“As crazy as Bolton is he is not as silly as most liberals & some left forces to agree that whatever that thing was on Jan 6th the one thing it wasn’t was a coup. As he said, he knows what a coup is since the U.S. is the master at organizing them.” (-Ajamu Baraka)

“We’re fighting back against the corrupt Democratic Party establishment’s coordinated campaign to deny our rightfully earned place on the ballot. If you want to stand with us and fight for real democracy, here’s how you can help! https://matthewhohforsenate.org/fightback/ ” (-Matthew Hoh For Senate)”

It’s not possible to solve the climate crisis while we continue to expand fracking.
(-Jill Stein)

Unless we all rally together and fight this “Official Narrative”, last word always belongs to the secret police or richest person in the room bullshit, your kids will not even have the right to peacefully gather in public spaces without permission from some sinister techgeek surveillance capitalist in a creepy secret island cult robe. (-General Labor)

“Google and Facebook are trying hard to degrade the internet from its early promise (an unprecedented tool of liberation) into one of the most repressive weapons ruling class power centers ever had. Beyond left/right, Jackson is, above all, an anti-establishment critic. Thus…” (Jackson Hinkle’s censored and deplatformed by Youtube)

“When did people of the U.S. sign-up for war with Russia, China & Iran? Answer: when they elected democrats who represent the military/industrial/complex & energy interests – the most aggressive elements of the capitalist ruling class.” (-Ajamu Baraka)

“This proxy war has no exit strategy. There’s no plan to deliver Putin a swift defeat, there’s no diplomatic effort toward peace, there’s only a plan to keep pouring weapons into Ukraine (at immense profit to the military-industrial complex) to create a costly quagmire for Russia.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

“Joe Biden not only mispronounced slain journalist Shireen Abu-Akleh’s name but refused to complete the meeting request from her family. He then received a medal from Israel for his exemplary contributions, & now he’ll be meeting with the great democratic country of Saudi Arabia.” (-Fiorella Isabel)

“The arrogance of U.S. & Western leaders blinds them from seeing how non-white world sees them today. The naked, white supremacist appeals by Zelensky to a “Europeaness,” Biden’s declaration of his commitment to Zionism, confirms essential commitment to white world supremacy. The military/industrial/complex hustle continues as this sector of capital plunders public resources to tune of 840 billion for “defense.” And because the public has no representation in Congress there was no real resistance to this thief. The Biden administration is building off of the Trump initiated “Abraham Accords”with Israel, continues Trump’s dismantling of Iran agreement & aggression against nations in Latin America, forced workers back to work in unsafe conditions – so what is the difference again?” (-Ajamu Baraka)

BIG NEON GLITTERS

“Livin’ in a shack in a one-horse town
Trying to get to heaven ‘fore the sun goin’ down
Lizard in a bottle, yeah”

I live in the deadend desert where there ain’t nothing to do and it’s 101 degrees everyday and that means it’s like 120 in my garage. This hermit dropout life ain’t for everybody. I will say there are moments where it feels like paradise is now, you know, maybe at sunrise or sunset with the psychedelic pink streaky skies. I miss indian food and news stand access to my favorite print magazine “Vive Le Rock” from the UK, wish I had more record store access to like all those Easy Action reissues and shit. It gets real boring but man, it is still pretty gratifying to have some wide open spaces removed from all the rat race hustle and bustle and no mercy Murkkkan backstab greed and competition war-culture. I think it’s fantastic Ian Astbury is writing about mercy, you don’t see many people in the rocknroll community promoting ideas like love, empathy, solidarity, peace, or mutual aid no more, most of ’em are just trying to “get somewhere”, usually on the backs of the poor. It’s hard to overstate the affect Ian and Billy Duffy had on me and all my friends. I remember all those metalheads wanting to kill me and my small contingent of Indiana goths when we ventured into Detroit in all our black lace and pancake makeup, rosaries, and dried roses braided into my hair when they opened for Metallica! Metallica fans in Detroit, man. Tough crowd!

Southern Death Cult, “LOVE”, that MTV concert at the Ritz were life changers for eighties goth kids like me. The Cult were everything! So ya know, even in our elderly goth years, a new CULT album “UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN” and already underway “WE OWN THE NIGHT” big comeback tour is always a call for celebration! My old amigo, disreputable all night hellion and renowned motorcycle cowboy, NF Bastido he went to see ’em live the other night and was right in the front row and said they were still absolutely dynamite. I guess those love troopin’ geezers have been taking their vitamins cause they still throw down like the good old days. These perpetually high temperatures in the Desert Southwest where it’s always 100 degrees in the shade kinda been sapping my own super powers. Kid wants to have another Nerf war and I’m trying to caffeinate and psych myself up for it. I just wanna take a nap when it’s this scorching outside. “Texas sun makes my back burn.” 

GOLDEN RAT

 Real guitar-fuelled rock ‘n’ roll for unreal times….There is a lot of buzz and excitement about the GOLDEN RAT, the Japanese based glam punk super group co starring the one and only WORLD FAMOUS MISTER RATBOY of Motorcycle boy, Pillbox, and Sour Jazz and HIROSI THE GOLDEN ARM. Their Pinups-esque cover album is coming out on Australia’s legendary VICIOUS KITTEN underground record label and also features real boss Blue Note style classic sleeve artwork design by Cowboy from Sour Jazz. I’ve heard some tracks from it and it is a real classic. Ratboy and Hiroshi turn in really heartfelt slowburn covers of Brian James‘ “Aint That A Shame”, The Heartbreakers “It’s Not Enough”, Only Ones “Whole Of The Law”, Patti Smith‘s “Dancing Barefoot”, “Some Girls” by the Rolling Stones“and MORE! I remember being a shabby rehearsal space down in the ABC’s way back when and Ratboy reimagining “Play With Fire” as a doomy Smack ballad. He’s always been really imaginative, good at reinventing rocknroll.

https://viciouskittenrecords.bandcamp.com/artists

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MICHAEL MONROE

He’s obviously just about the best of the best, or certainly right up there with, you know-Jim Jones, Iggy Pop, Steven Leckie, Billy Idol, Tex Perkins, Tyler and Jagger and lovable old Alice. His band are all ace assassins, total professionals, a machine. I still miss Andy and Nasty, there was something magical about Hanoi Rocks, but Mike’s gang are real good. I don’t agree with all their politics but admire their energy and love for the stage. Mike never seems to age.

HAIRMETAL LINEUP CHANGES & WHOEVER OWNS THE NAME

    As an underground outcast death rock weirdo I always had some static and friction with the hickass white trash Beavis N Butthead heavymetal guys, the stoners in the bleached denim and Fake Spicoli voices would drive past my house and threaten to burn it down or showup when I was alone at my record store job, in packs of 5 or 7 telling me how I better stay away from this girl or that girl. Me and summa my friends were into you know the old punk and new wave and goth and subversive glam stuff like Bauhaus, Gun Club, Sisters Of Mercy, Stiv Bators and Hanoi Rocks and Dogs D’Amour and Disciples Of Soul, who the stupid Bon Jovi/Ozzy/Metallica dudes had just never heard of. I remember them telling us that Guns N Roses were “F***” at the lunch table that last year I briefly attended high school before the admin illegally forced cosmetology to cut my hair and I never returned. A year later, of course, they were all getting bandannas and going to fuckin Guns N Roses concerts. When I was I dunno 17, or 18, my black leather clad old hellraiser guitarist NF BASTIDO brought a bombshell blonde home on the back of his motorcycle from the preppie downtown dance club where my former bassplayer was the hometown heart throb DJ. She wanted to meet me and we commenced a whirlwind romance until she sorta ditched me for some more famous dudes, but when I hear that old hairmetal band, SKID ROW, I remember our times together fondly, not sure what happened to her, hope she’s still alive. I hope she’s okay, I cared about alot of those misfit midwestern heavy metal kids, as people, even if we could never keep it together. There were some saddening rumors she had a kid and disappeared in Mexico years ago. Ya know an awful lot of us so called bad kids kinda bonded together because we had come from such repressive, abusive, superstitious, military or evangelical religious backgrounds. Same way the phony techlord wokeness religion is being used as a club to beat poorer or “less educated” people with, nowadays. Back then, you had the PMRC Washington Wives and all these specialist grifter behavior modifying anti-rock crusaders going on a fanatical with hunt against any kid in a black t shirt. Now, the NEW AGE techlord wokeness religion seems to actually promote the occult and sexualizing children. I’m personally the farthest thing there is from a square or a conservative, but I do not believe it is acceptable or appropriate for corporate media to promote the occult or sexualize children. The faux-woke ideology is just more divide and conquer identity politics trickery of the rich. Poor people, in Real Life, do not think it’s somehow extra bitchen when they are being droned or evicted by mutigendered democrat-voting women of color, or that their authoritarian fascist captor assassins identify as this or that. Or that or this. Here or there or up or down. I do not like fascism with a chick, I do not like fascism with a dick, I do not like fascism with a hick, I think that Net-Flix shit is sick, etc., etc. I do not like fascism. So anyways, when the Skids were the biggest thing since I dunno Poison or the Crue or whatever, I was just so NOT into them at all, that guy seemed like such an idiot asshole and it made me mad some McGhee Mgt. metal wankers were wearing a LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH t shirt, like for punk rock street cred. Reminded me of the New Kids On The Block dude wearing Bauhaus. You’d think I’d side with the songwriters against the former pretty boy pinup star, especially since they keep trying to write like these Warrior Soul type rebel anthems, but call it nostalgia, or what you will, gradually, I just started having some mercy and compassion for perpetual nuisance and celebrity feud, tantrum and bottle throwing Sebastian. I mean, I done a lot of stupid foolish, belligerent, asinine, offensive stuff in my wild youth, too. Used to bum me out that so many people never let me forget any of that, or took a half a minute to find out what happened after that, they all got these revisionist whitewashed, photoshopped lives. So yeah call me crazy, I like Sebastian a little bit at this point, I can’t help it. 

 Back in the eighties, some stoner dickhead dude gave me a bunch of guff cause he liked summa my same girlfriends, dated some too and I think for like one brief season he bared a passing resemblance to Poor Dumb Bas and all the chicks were all over him like groupies in a Cinderella video. 

    I had some long lingering bad blood for like, my white trash burnout heavy metal wouldbe rivals who broke into my best friend’s house and stole his guitar cause they were mad some chick liked me. Now I see they all came from real bad, abusive smalltown evangelical trailer park cultures, also. One went on to become bassist in one of those semi famous Gwar like theatrical monster mask thrash bands in Arizona. I had TRIED to befriend him, way back in the day, but he was not ready for makeup wearing punk rockers who his black mini skirt and satin jacketed big hairsprayed haevy metal groupie blonde bombshell ultravixens crushes were in love with. They used to call me Boy George. I love Boy George though. In my elderly goth years, I got a heart full of forgiveness for almost everybody. Anyways. I liked the big, slick, formulaic Skid Row hits even though Sebastian was a bigmouth idiot always trying to impress Axl by being even more of a dumbfuck bullying, redneck wannabe, toughguy-saying stupid homophobic shit, throwing bottles, beating up fans or photographers, acting badly. So when he offended his High Holy Hairness, the great moneybags poster gawd, Bon Jovi, so the Skids songwriting duo, Snake n Rachel, who hired him to sing their songs and make them all bigshot mainstream stars, never forgave him for offending The Hair Emperor Who Seemed To Take That Guitar Mafia Shit A Bit Too Seriously Firing Almost Everybody, and it’s been sad to behold those guys so spitefully always rejecting all his heartfelt overtures to reunite the band for their army of sentimental fans. Those other guys got all the publishing money and boyhood connection to Bon Jovi Inc. and own the trademark so they’ve hired like 45 different coverband substitute dudes over the years and still get booked for festivals and shit by trading on the name. Sebastian still says and does stupid shit sometimes, but I’ve developed a strange compassion for him. He was THE YOUTH GONE WILD that sold all those records and magazines back in the day. Those are the facts. Some kids I lived with on the Sunset Strip at the end of the Metal Years were even photographed for the article about dead end rock dreams when Sebastian was on the cover of “Rolling Stone” in the silver pants. I lived out those dead end rock dreams. Three things I’ve come to understand about Sebastian-he had a big family of weirdo hippie creatives and an extra amount of enthusiastic yard dog energy, he really, really loves rocknroll, particularly KISS, corny cliche heavy “DUDE!” metal, and some awful progressive seventies bands, and it totally broke his heart to discover the whole shady, gotten even worse, corporate music industry was ran by mobsters, prissy primadonnas, connected creeps and drug smugglers only interested in hustling poor people, exploiting youth, and stealing all the publishing. That rock group show he did on tv 20 years ago kinda underscored how he looked up to dudes like the Nuge and Doc McGhee who just ain’t real nice fellas. It is quite sad when aging heavy metal honchos do those dumb commercials for predator lenders that target their fanbase for ripoffs. I’m always gonna advocate for the poor, I’m always gonna be working class. When the rich people have their highfalootin’ Eyes Wide Shut Fancy Galas, and “the help” all have to wear Covid masks, but not the rich elites, that is NOT Science. Nope, bullshit, nope, fuck you. Germs don’t know who is rich or who is poor. That is some elitist occult programming bullshit. Anyways….!

Overall,I don’t mind Sebastian anymore, the Metal Sludge website just seems to rake him over the coals so often, I ended up kinda feeling sorry for the guy. I don’t think he’s probably any less of a decent person than any of those other super famous mainstream hairspray dudes. Like Motley Crue members seem less likable than Sebastian, who’s just not that liberal or progressive. I don’t suspect he’s a big reader, ya know? He does like record shopping though. Our common friend, a Canadian punk legendary super hero, wanted to add him to our double secret underground music group on social media, and I never added him cause who wants to argue with big mouth spazwad fame-hag, Bas when he blurts out shit about how great Ronald Reagan Republikkkanism or Gene Simmons greed is good garbage is, or whatever, but when I see the Skid Row guys with their made for tv updated “Gangs All Here” group, even though their American idol replacement guy has a heart strings pulling backstory and a high pitched vocal range and the whole deal, I’m more inclined to stick with motormouth Sebastian, perpetual fuckup juvenile flaws and all. I’m not into Guns N Roses without Steve Adler and Izzy Stradlin, either. Sebastian was like, twenty when the super fame hit him, so ya know, I aint mad at him for saying or doing dumb shit when he was a kid. He aint no perfect saint, but the job description was wild and crazy rocknroller. He was good at that. Whatever the industry weasels and moneymakers got to say about the guy sounds like sour grapes to me, the bass is always jealous of the face. The copyright guys of this world whose rich parents trained ’em how to pay lawyers and own trademarks and do all the publishing paperwork always seem like failed frontmen to me, but the other side to that is an awful lot of frontmen end up being failed copyright owners who get ripped off and uncredited and our original works get stolen by unscrupulous business guys who don’t care if we are parents or struggling in deep poverty. They are just out for their selves, wanna be celebrities, have prestige, throw art they did not compose on to their property piles, probably impresses a few Kardashian like McDonna materialist woman, but not GOOD or honest women. Integrity matters to some people. There’s some guys from my long gone groups I would not reunite with to play music anymore because our values are completely oppositional, what they stand for and believe in and what I do are not the same anymore, at all, maybe never were, but I also did not sell ten zillion records to legions of pained teenagers with my old punk rock anthems or syrupy love ballads. Those guys soundtracked an awful lot of people’s anguished, stonewashed, detention halled adolescence and I like “I Remember You”, “18 & Life” and “Youth Gone Wild” in spite of all the reasons I should not. Come on back Sebastian Bach, all is forgiven. I Remember You. 

BROTHERS & SISTERS & FRIENDS OF THE REVOLUTION

If you find yourself feeling more paranoid, upset, distressed, anxious, or worried than usual, just be cool, try to keep a cool head, it’s a natural response to all the fictitious total bullshit the powers that be keep pummeling us all with-the bad tv, the lies for war, the shite corporate occult-pop and creepy-groomer Dizney technoslut artificial hip-pop, all their bogus, disingenuous, proxy provocateurs, mercenaries, pants suited teleprompter reciters mesmerizing middle class boomers with soothing voices into believing cheap excuses for all the ripoffs, and constant fear programming that’s SUPPOSED to keep us divided, distrustful, in a state of paranoia, and depression, so we all think we need more “protection” from THE MAN. If you find yourself feeling extra suspicious, judgmental, on high alert, or fraying some, around the edges, it’s probably just THE PROGRAMMING. Family, friends, relatives, co workers, the social engineers wanna keep the people arguing about all the culture war bullshit and wedge issues, so we never pause to take note of how badly the ruling class are screwing us all over, lying their asses off, and manufacturing consent for more stupid wars and intentionally devaluing the Yankee Dollar to prepare for ushering in their C3P0 protocol droid Gates Reset bullshit. I got relatives still fretting about “anti-maskers” and “Russian Trolls”! TV is designed to keep everybody in a perpetual Fear state so we will believe the secret societies and intelligence agencies should take away more rights, you know for one of their advertising slogans, everybody’s always in a USA! USA! good guys coming to the rescue Marvel comics propaganda spell. The narrative is always the same: the external boogeyman du jour is an evil killer on the loose, whereas Western oil company shareholders plundering oil is just okeydokey and apple pie and when Murkkkans bomb the piss outta poor countries they invade, it’s always for “democracy”. Democracy? we don’t even have nothin’ like that here-just some remnants from another time, media spectacles and some monopolies that own everything-Blackrock and Vanguard. Showbiz has been weaponized by the global elite Gates Reset tech creeps. Even Waxl Rose is goin’ on about “PUTIN!” I don’t know, man, I think Murkkkans are too gullible and always tend to support Nato/Pentagon propaganda talking points blindly, uncritically. They watch tv, repeat official narratives and want to help shitlib superstar celebrity torture-heiress, Lyn Cheney (D) stop all the “disinformation spreading on the internet”!

“Divide and conquer that’s their game beneath the hair and clothes we’re really all the same, threaten our lives with nuclear war gonna crucify us just once more…” (Lords Of The New Church)

DISGUSTING PROPAGANDA IS ALL THAT REMAINS IN THIS HOLOGRAM POLICE STATE NWO-VERSE

‘You Don’t Got This’: Peace Group Blasts NYC’s New Nuclear Survival PSA (commondreams.org)

Resetting Without Schwab: Russia & the Fourth Industrial Revolution (unlimitedhangout.com)

Does it feel drafty in here? Whatever Lola wants…

HEAT EXHAUSTION, DODGING DESERT DOGS, WRASSLIN’ WITH THE BOREDOM OF TOO MANY 100 DEGREE DAYS, AND ALWAYS WANTING VODKA, UNDER PRESSURE

Wowwee, this was a happy surprise I got from my wonderfully talented and thoughtful and ever so kind and considerate compadre, Evad the charismatic and original vocalist of Hollywood’s whizbang underground firecracker bands, FACTORY SUPERSTARS and MOONCHASERS-an old cassette demo-tape from 95(?) I think it said. This band from L.A., I’m assuming, were sunny pop heroes in the tradition of, oh, you know-Jellyfish, Tsar, Material Issue, Imperial Drag, Dramarama. Just exquisitely well played sunny pop with a limited recording budget but you can tell they would have been real formidable with any kinda support or backing. The singer’s great, has a voice somewhere along the lines of say, the Gin Blossoms guy, or Dave Pirner, maybe. Everybody knows that JIMMY JAMES (Coma-Tones, Rock City Angels, Barrio Tiger) is one of my very favorite guitarists on the planet, and that’s the reason Evad sent me the tape-he knew I’d love hearing this rare relic from a pretty marvelous pop group Jimmy Played for in the 90’s. “Og, Girl” the guitar playing almost reminds me just a little of Steve Stevens and I really love the singer’s voice. FAB were right up my alley, super sunshiny, silvery melodic with just the right touch of sleazy garage snarl. Aint no guitarists nothin’ like that where I been living these past twenty five years, I’ll tll ya that much. Maybe they don’t even exist no more. Certainly, a highly endangered species. Jimmy is what Hunter S. Thompson would’ve called a snow leopard. Elusive. Special. I know Bob “Derwood” Andrews moved somewhere nears Joshua Tree but does not frequently care to revisit the Generation X days and you know that was my fave band ever, he also says he “does not jam”. So there you have it. This guy K Bombay from Hollywood is real, real good, but he’s always in multiple bigtime local name act bands. JIMMY, of course, you know and love from THE HANGMEN and JUNKYARD, two of this tragically disintegrating, steadily decaying country’s Last Good Rocknroll bands. Evad knows what I like, we are both into alot of the same kinda music, like Rod Stewart and Dramarama. He was correctamundo that I thoroughly love this band FAB a whole lot-it’s just real punchy summertime pop like the ideal sonic accompaniment to a refreshingly fizzy bangin’ ice cold blender drink, like maybe say mango, cherry and vodka slurpeys or something like that. “Summer Caprice” reminded me, ya know, of all those Poptopia kinda bands. “Miserable” is reminiscent of me, Redd Kross, American Heartbreak, Beat Angels, or Celebrity Skin. I love it and every little thing Jimmy James does is magic, magic, magic, magic, magic, magic. I looked around online for more info about that band but nothing really surfaced, too many Beatle tribute bands with that name, but I’d love to know where the other guys from that group are now. Talented lot. Good singer!

GOTHS AGAINST FASCISM!
I dunno about you, but growing up, I was into like, new wave, ya know? New Order, all the Mute records stuff, The Normal, OMD, Human League, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Suicide, Berlin, all the synth duos. My friend and colleague Laur is making some really fantastic new music in that same spirit. Check ’em out~!

Classified | VAGUE SCARE (bandcamp.com)

THE TECHNOFASCISTS & THEIR PIG-MEDIA DECEIVERS ARE ALREADY HERE!

I do not know that much about what happened to all the other aging culture war survivors, we were just scraping by, with bare minimum dishwasher and caregiver salaries, BEFORE Superstar 16 Magazine Coverboy Ubiquitous Media Celeb Doc Fauchi Warns Us About Next Wave Of Monkeypox closed things down and the local indies all went outta business and now, with Biden’s war on Russia and nutty nonstop Nato saber rattling against China and Iran for Israel, ya know, it’s gettin’ really shaky out here in new normal nomad country! They arrest about ten people a day in these ghost towns and that’s a big number when there’s only about 3,000 year round residents. Where were you when they Kyrsten Sinema/identity politricks faux-woke/greenwashed/pinkwashed world war, censorship, fascism, and jailing all the real journalists? Mainstream Media bleats on about Biden’s perpetual unconditional love affair with the gruesome Saudis in spite of their savage dismemberment of Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi, but that’s no surprise to anybody who’s aware of how USA’s other “shared values” special friends Israel treats journalists, like the one they just assassinated: Shireen Abu Akleh, for the crime of reporting while being Palestinian-American. The Vault 7 whistleblower just got the book thrown at him and poor Julian Assange is still being tortured in Belmarsh. Michael Hastings embarrassed some generals and Democrat lady figureheads and next thing you know he was burned to death in a blazing ball of fire. (RIP) Of course, all your shitlibs look the other way and eagerly consume more crass ass propaganda about what a victory it is for “GIRL POWER” when Sinema kills the fight for fifteen while wearing a goofy backpack and Zinny glasses cosplay outfit, or Gina Haspel tortures people for feminism or drone operators are women, or self identify as women. Evil as evil, do the gender all ya want. Insanity! The shitlibs still ignore Tara Reade, too. FREE DANIEL HALE!

Imagine being so booj, you believe people like Lyn Cheney and Klaus Scwab and Bill Gates want to HELP you! If you are working class, you gotta count it as a big win when you stumble across something with any potential resell value at the second hand donations store, before it gets snatchedup by the boutique owning, high price tourist trap, gloating showoff, shit- hoarders. Kinda get mixed feelings when you find a t shirt or cd you deeply dig, but know you gotta fork it over for resell cause we are all scrounging to just barely even get by, in Biden’s Inflation. I know sucky shitlibs who are so baffled bi stubborn partisan blindness, they actually cheer when whistleblowers are locked for revealing the truth about what their corrupt government does behind their backs. “The ‘anti-disinfo’ industry has nothing to do with protecting a gullible public from info that might cause them to make bad or unhealthy choices — it’s about directing a narrative to control the population and promote a one-world govt.(-Children’s Health Defense) 

The guy who supposedly leaked the Vault 7 files is being portrayed by the government as a really unsympathetic and nefarious character, but when one considers all the dirty tricks and slanderous smears they heaped on Julian Assange and the way they covered up and failed to prosecute the Epstein/Maxwell client list, leaving a trail of bodies, the occult temple on Little Saint John’s Island, the Lolita Express logs, the rush to steamroll Epstein’s property, all that, it’s hard to take anything the government says that seriously. 

The Vault 7 release – a series of 24 documents which began to publish on March 7, 2017 – reveal that the CIA has a giant arsenal of tools to use against adversaries, including the ability to “spoof” its malware to appear as though it was created by a foreign intelligence agency, as well as the ability to take control of Samsung Smart TV’s and surveil a target using a “Fake Off” mode in which they appear to be powered down while eavesdropping.

The CIA’s toy chest also includes:

  • Tools code named “Marble” – which can misdirect forensic investigators from attributing viruses, trojans and hacking attacks to their agency by inserted code fragments in foreign languages.  The tool was in use as recently as 2016.  Per the WikiLeaks release:

“The source code shows that Marble has test examples not just in English but also in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and Farsi. This would permit a forensic attribution double game, for example by pretending that the spoken language of the malware creator was not American English, but Chinese, but then showing attempts to conceal the use of Chinese, drawing forensic investigators even more strongly to the wrong conclusion, — but there are other possibilities, such as hiding fake error messages.”

Source: ZeroHedge

 CIA leaker Joshua Schulte convicted on all counts in Manhattan retrial (nypost.com)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/former-cia-employee-convicted-of-massive-leak-11657745296 Vault 7 is how The Public learned how Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings (RIP) was most likely assassinated by remote control technology. Consumerist morons don’t wanna know the truth, though, they just wanna be told over and over, by confident sounding media pros, that everything is SWELL and WE ARE WINNING! YAAAAYYY! This morning’s headlines said that (slightly paraphrasing) “Caring philanthropic SCIENTIST, BILL GATES is going to invest more money in his own foundation to RESCUE US ALL, BECAUSE HE CARES SO MUCH ABOUT US! WHAT A GUY! That’s the kinda shit the haves on the hill like to hear. PRESIDENT BIDEN’S gonna show those Iranians who’s BOSS! WE’RE WINNING! FOR FREEDOM! GO TEAM ZELENSKY! AND KAMALA! DR. JILL! GAYLE KING! BEYONCE! WHOOO! YAAY! TEAM SPIRIT! YEARBOOK CLUB!!!BIDEN THREATENS TO BOMB IRAN FOR THE ISRAELIS”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/former-cia-employee-convicted-of-massive-leak-11657745296

The Biden admin got what, like nine billion a month for Ukraine to slow bleed Russia, but nothin’ for you, loser.

No, it’s NOT “fake news.” It’s Nazi propaganda. (substack.com)

https://worldbeyondwar.org/most-shocking-from-jan-6-hearings-u-s-comes-out-against-coups/

“Yeah that’s right! That stupid hospital was just OWNED by an epic Girlboss! ” (-Alan MacLeod)

This Girl Boss Propaganda Has Just Become A Bit Much Now, hasn’t It? Imperialism Is Not A Real Feminist Value. If the Empire cared about Women’s Rights, Or Mothers, they’d stop bombing, plundering, sending in killers to rape and pillage, in what? Twelve countries and counting….and mass incarcerating people for Wall Street profits. Mass Murder is not wokeness. Stop falling for this bullshit. Who cares what gender anybody is esp. if they harm other people for cash and prizes, that makes them evil-him/her/they/them, anybody. Same rules apply across the board. No specials.

“The Uvalde mayor calling journalists “chickenshit” for releasing the footage instead of criticizing all the outrageous stuff cops are doing in that footage is a masterclass in how politicians enable the police. Like politicians across the spectrum demanding we “fund the police” after countless murders and the largest popular uprising in recent history. Politicians will fund police and support them unless we literally force them to stop because cops protect the rich and powerful, not us.” (-Joshua Potash)

Big difference between me and most of my former associates is I never bowed to the capitalist high school hierarchy chains of command, or gave my consent to technofascist billionaires to incrementally enslave the rest of us, and I do not pray to the super rich billionaires. You have no duty or obligation to obey corrupt, sadistic, tyrannical motherfuckers. As a human being of conscience, you have a duty to challenge the assertions of known liars and undermine their new world order agendas and fight to protect the poor, the small, the people of Flint and all the innocent victims of these powerful forces of evil. This is a crazy time in Murkkkan history, when we are watching in real time, as the whole shebang is being eroded by just five or six unfathomably rich and evil billionaires in the shadows, as the billionaires and their monopolies are swallowing up everything, all the property, all the politicians, both parties, the whole corporate media, they own the cops and alphabet gangs and intelligence agencies, including like, Facebook and Twitter, ICE and NSA, DHS and TSA, and any last lingering remnants of anything even remotely like democracy or freedom are being erased by some arrogant aspirant gawd techlords with way too much money and worldly power. They piss on you and tell you it’s raining and you must learn new politeness lingo for their feelings. RESPECT THEIR CELEBRITIES FOR SCIENCE! That Capital Hill Endless Hearing is really appallingly, outrageously, insultingly fuckedup and full on fucking stupid, I thought it was ridiculous by the second day I heard EVERY millionaire media employee on tv hysterically repeat the phrase, “INSURRECTION!” ten thousand times a day. I remembered that line from the movie “Natural Born Killers”: “Repetition Works, David.” That whole shit show always felt like a psychological operation to me and I’ll tell you why. It was all cops and politicians opening doors and giving tours to outta state cops and politicians and a small handful of gullible follower future patsies. They do some of the same shit when the left protests-the undercover kkkop entrapment tactics. I’ve been to lots of protests that were at least as raucous as that one, where more than one window got broken. 

  All that bullshit talk about “desecrating the sacred halls of democracy”, what kinda bullshit robot would ever believe the temple where the money changer lobbyists bribe the bipartisan police state politicians is holy or sacred in any way? I don’t care if false hope supermodel on the red carpet, mimosa swilling Pelosi obeyer, AOC says she is miffed, still upset that some rightwingers held space in Washington for a few hours or mussed up Pelosi’s desk. They are not untouchable royals or infallible Olympian goddesses in my book. They are supposed to listen to us-we, the people, and do what is in our interest, not just the will of big cash grabbing, blackmailing, devious foreign governments, big corporations, Bill Gates, or the Military Industrial Complex. I WANT TO SEE MORE PEOPLE ON THE STREETS, taking action, PROTESTING INJUSTICE, not less. More love thy neighbor direct action and lend a hand activism, or volunteerism, no I don’t mean like when greedhead capitalists in Oregon instruct you to volunteer or intern (work for free) for their booj operations, I’m saying the people have got to look out for each other, cause pig media is trying to manufacture consent for even lower slave wages, even as the big shot billionaires quadruple their prices for everything we need to live. We gotta stop worrying about protecting the images of known liars and these phony baloney woke hustlers who pretended like they wanted to help us but then got right in bed with mama Pelosi and her private jet crowd. Shift our focus to the neighborhood, something we can positively affect. Look in on people. Do our part-we can’t wait for fake shitlib saviors, or cowardly uniformed enforcers to save any of us. Do it yourself, means you n me. Those rich people not only don’t give a fuck about us, it’s worse than that. They actively mean us harm and their bought and paid for, gaslight abuser controlled media will tell us they are doing us a favor, some kinda generous act of philanthropy, while we all get evicted, or water poisoned, or mysteriously get sick, or get hurt by agents of the state, or die suddenly. When they come for you, you’ll most likely be watching their unreality tv. 

SOME SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE….

 I thought Occupy Wall Street was on to something, when we were coming together, becoming grassroots organized on a very small, immediate, spontaneous local level and taking direct action, even though the thug kkkops came and chemical sprayed everybody and the pig-media tried to bury the message. Even though the middle class got mines tried to divert or undermine our actions for their own greedy, selfish, vampire/gentrifier landlordly benefit. Even though false hope Obama helped Mossad Rahm Emmanual and Wall Street Eric Holder coordinate a national crackdown on Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and impose curfews and attempt to thwart the will of the people. I liked how needs were being addressed almost instantly in the encampments. Somebody needed socks, or water, or boots, the call would go out, and the people would supply the needs of their brethren. Righteous.

     Ya’all suckup celebrity worshippers act like you don’t remember Obama letting Goldman Sachs handpick his cabinet, helping coverup the gratuitous human rights violations of Flint, or what BP allowed to happen in the Gulf, or how it was him who helped manufacture consent for overthrow of Libya, extrajudicial A.I. metadata based drone warfare, and all those Black Lives Matter uprising activists who were jailed or died mysteriously being under government surveillance. Now, the kkkop loving Republikkans are shocked that some of them are ALSO getting the bait n switch, entrapment, and agent provocateur, Cointelpro business. You gotta stand for PRINCIPLES, not just applaud unconditionally for celebrities or fake sports teams. Ya ever been wrong before? Does it hurt that bad to admit it? I mean I voted for Obama the first time, but he was speechifyin’ about CHANGE, not more drones and crony capitalism. We got hoodwinked by a slick taker in a shiny suit, is all. I knew when I saw Cheney upfront at the inauguration still runnin’ shit that we weren’t getting any real change, just an expansion of Cheney policies under the silvery tongued Obama Rebrand.

Dismantling the Constitution: Police No Longer Have to Honor the Right to Remain Silent – Activist Post

FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE DISSIDENT WHISTLEBLOWER HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATING TRUTH TELLER JOURNALISTS….BUT I WAS BUSY WATCHING FEELGOODIST P.R. ABOUT CHELLE AND MAYO PETE AND KAMALA AND DR. DR. DR. JILL ON NETFLIX WITH MY UKRAINE FLAG

The whole star spangled house of cards is built on the idea that we are allowed to protest-to peacefully assemble to redress our grievances and question official narratives and the hold the powerful to account. We’ve seen multiple administrations now violate our Constitution and Bill Of Rights by spying on us, making us piss in cups for minimum wage jobs, groping our loved ones at the airport, and outright inflicting permanent harm and abuse on citizen protestors at Standing Rock and Occupy Wall Street protests with chemical weapons, firehoses, non lethal ammunition, nightsticks, and now the full force of 24/7 propaganda being used to hammer some Maga protest that did not cause a fraction of the damage incurred by George Floyd uprisings that only resulted in politicians giving MORE MONEY TO SUPERFUND THE MILITARIZED JACBOOTED RACIST KKKOPS and KKKOPs killing more black people. Now pig-media, the Fraud Squad Fake Progressives & Halliburton/Blackwater Darling Lyn Cheney wanna make a big stink forever about some redhats throwing a tantrum on the steps of the Capital and use it as a justification to give MORE MONEY TO THE TECNOFASCIST POLICE STATE and create more laws against free speech. Who benefits? Lyn Cheney? That’s your silver knight coming to rescue you damsels in distress still offended by something Trump said to a legacy media Son Of A Bush? Lyn Cheney, daughter of deep state torture architect and false flag crony capitalist forever war profiteer DICK CHENEY? That’s your trust worthy female? You don’t think the Trump supporters had a legit beef with the notion that Gropey Joe, who nobody ever liked, just beat both Sanders and Trump, outta nowhere, just like that, without even campaigning or leaving his basement except to insult that worker in Michigan, and with promising the people exactly nothing, besides assuring his donor class Wall Street swells that “nothing will change”? But ya’all pink hats swore the ballot was easily flipped by RUSSIA!!! So how can you still believe these primary rigging DNC insiders who keep trying to sabotage and silence the whole left online and exclude the left from the fake debates and throw Green party candidates like Matthew Hoh off the ballot, why would you still imagine, the Bloomberg/Wasserman Schultz/Pelosi/Clinton factions are a friend to nurses or teachers or children or the elderly? The way that freedom works is if you want the right to march around your posh park with open containers and deli buffets protesting Trump telling Billy Bush that if you’re rich they’ll even let you grab their expletives deleted, or some frat boy fortunate son kangaroo court taking away YOUR RIGHTS, guess what, trigger warning, the scary lesser than bad and supposedly dangerous, “OTHERS” have the right to march around, and bellow into their bullhorns, about how wronged and cheated they feel, as well. Why would you ever put so much faith and blind trust in the hands of known liars and mass murderers? Who told you that cancel culture sets you free in your happy feelings aromatherapeutic gluten free safespace? Ommmm, my ass. P.S. The Gates-Meat is Soylent-Green.

We cannot simultaneously fight terrorism, we and our allies, while with the other hand we fund terrorism, arm terrorism and train terrorism.

(-Jill Stein)

Roger Waters Plays “Collateral Murder” Video During US Tour, Demands Julian Assange’s Freedom – Activist Post

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI4AuWlO9iA Jimmy Dore is one of the many comedians being censored by the corporate fascist security state and cancelled by tech-bot billionaires with dystopian police state agendas, and ties to the war machinery. Max Blumenthal writes for the Gray Zone. Youtube is censoring both of them and many others, basically everyone on the Left. Anyone questioning corporate profit narratives, or wars based on lies. Lee Camp, Chris Hedges, Abby Martin. I said a few years ago, it would end up just being, Rachel Maddow and Tucker Carlson the Vanguard owned Division Puppets on billboard sized hypnoscreens and everyone from indie-media being slagged, silenced, and McCarthyist smeared as agents of “RUSSIA! and now, China! NYC is showing a stupid what to do in a nuke strike commercial, a modern adaptation of hide under your school desk. “Go inside, stay inside, stay tuned, and follow media”. People I once knew, who used to read history books, who should know better, have all fallen for every transparent media hustle of the past twenty, twenty five years. 

“Because a bipartisan coalition of neocons and liberal interventionists successfully instigated a new Cold War by orchestrating a coup in Kiev, criminalized diplomacy with Moscow through the Russiagate hoax, and stoked a proxy war in Ukraine that could turn nuclear.” (-Max Blumenthal)

“Believing there are good billionaires is even dumber than believing there are good US presidents, and believing there are good mainstream media pundits is even dumber than believing there are good billionaires.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

“Never impose your language on people you wish to reach.”

Abbie Hoffman

The clock is ticking. It’s time to stand up. Reject the lesser evil and that propaganda. Reject the lesser evil. Fight for the greater good like our lives depend on it, because they do. We’re running out of time. It’s time to stand up.

(-Jill Stein)

“Let me say from the very beginning that we at Black Agenda Report do not think that Barack Obama is the Lesser Evil. He is the more Effective Evil.

He has been more effective in Evil-Doing than Bush in terms of protecting the citadels of corporate power, and advancing the imperial agenda. He has put both Wall Street and U.S. imperial power on new and more aggressive tracks – just as he hired himself out to do.

That was always Wall Street’s expectation of Obama, and his promise to them. That’s why they gave him far more money in 2008 than they gave John McCain. They were buying Obama futures on the electoral political market – and they made out like bandits.

They invested in Obama to protect them from harm, as a hedge against the risk of systemic disaster caused by their own predations. And, it was a good bet, a good deal. It paid out in the tens of trillions of dollars.

If you believe that what Wall Street does is Evil, then Obama’s service to Wall Street is Evil, and there is nothing lesser about it.

They had vetted Obama, thoroughly, before he even set foot in the U.S. Senate in 2004.

He protected their interests, there, helping shield corporations from class action suits, and voting against caps on credit card Interest. He was their guy back then – and some of us were saying so, back then.

He was the bankers’ guy in the Democratic presidential primary race. Among the last three standing in 2008, it was Obama who opposed any moratorium on home foreclosures. John Edwards supported a mandatory moratorium and Hillary Clinton said she wanted a voluntary halt to foreclosures. But Barack Obama opposed any moratorium. Let it run its course, said candidate Obama. And, true to his word, he has let the foreclosures run their catastrophic course.” (-Glen Ford)

“The “left” in the U.S is a running joke, nonexistent, regurgitating playbook NATO, state propaganda without even realizing it, lacking in an understanding of foreign policy & knowledge of the regime change playbook. This is why the left-right paradigm in the states is irrelevant.” (-Fiorella Isabel)

“Biden voted against the 1991 Gulf War, then quickly said he was mistaken. He transformed into a top Iraq war hawk. During nearly 50 years in public office, Biden has seldom seen a U.S. war he didn’t support or help facilitate.” (-Jeremy Scahill)

Empire Politician (theintercept.com)

Arizona signs law to limit filming of police officers (reclaimthenet.org)

The solution to a racist police state is not superfunding a racist police state. Most Shocking From Jan. 6 Hearings: U.S. Comes Out Against Coups – Let’s Try Democracy (davidswanson.org)
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/former-trump-adviser-john-bolton-admits-to-planning-foreign-coups/ar-AAZwrPO?OCID=ansmsnnews11

f Democrats Didn’t Suck – Let’s Try Democracy (davidswanson.org)

WHICH WING OF THE TWOFACED FUCKING CORPORATE DYSTOPIAN WAR HAWK IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE LESSER EVIL AGAIN?

    Like CLOCKWORK, pig-media headlines insist that We, The People, are JUST CLAMORING for NOTHING WILL CHANGE (BUT MORE INFLATION) AND ENDLESS WAR PREZ, GROPEY JOE to run for presidency again. You gotta be kidding me. What shameless lying assholes they are, but most of us at the bottom of the capitalist pyramid already knew that. In the USA!, USA!, nobody can speak out about anything, cause all those fake centrist shitlibs on like Huffpost and Salon controlled media, who get paid big salaries to lie, will attack them, so you know you never hear like say, any heavy metal dudes or punk rock celebrity types speaking out about JULIAN ASSANGE, except for ROGER WATERS! In the old times, rockstars like U2 and Jackson Browne and Lou Reed would go on Amnesty tours and shit, advocate for a free press, free speech, and freeing political prisonoers because jounralism is not a crime, of course, those were very different days. Back then, U2 had not yet sold their souls to become industry shills for bigtime money.  Sinead was one of the last real fiery truthtellers. Look what they done to her, just terrible. Poor thing. Dr. Phil is not a helpful person, he is an Inside Edition/TMZ sensationalist exploiter.

“This country is a nation of thieves. It stole everything it has, beginning with black people. The U.S. cannot justify its existence as the policeman of the world any longer. I do not want to be a part of the American pie. The American pie means raping South Africa, beating Vietnam, beating South America, raping the Philippines, raping every country you’ve been in. I don’t want any of your blood money. I don’t want to be part of that system. We must question whether or not we want this country to continue being the wealthiest country in the world at the price of raping everybody else.”

(― Stokely Carmichael)

Revolutionary Blackout – YouTube

As U.S. Funnels Money & Arms to Ukraine, Independent Media Faces Pressure to Parrot Official Narrative | Democracy Now!

“Our Gov’t, Corporate media and Big Tech have embarked on a crusade to make our citizens believe that they are the truth tellers and deciders of facts and any information that goes against what they tell us are propaganda, conspiracy theories or talking points from foreign agents.” (-Black In The Empire)

I worry about Sinead O’Connor, ya know, as someone who has always fought for social justice and equality, and struggled with family mental illness and never fitting in with the whole capitalist slavery bureaucrat mechanisms, I can’t even imagine what a horrid state she must be in, having lost one of her children. I struggle with not knowing where some of my kids are. I read her book and it was quite the gripping tale. I could feel her earnestness and torment, the whole way through it. When I unexpectedly came across a second hardback copy of her autobiography at a second hand donation store, I was mighty tempted to buy it just to have a spare copy on hand I might be able to gift a loved one with someday, but ever since Covid Clampdowns killed all the little shops, ya know the big box mega stores have been jacking all their prices up sky high, that low wage peasants like us can not afford to frivolous at all with what little money we make. We bought a weed whacker for $37 and after about fifteen minutes, the whole thing kinda blew apart in different directions, from hittin’ all them thick post monsoon desert weeds. Made cheap by Murkkkan corporations in China, what they call planned obsolescence. Hot day, almost 100, and my hands are still a little trembly from the yard work, that heat’ll take it out of ya. I feel sorry for anybody out there trying to hitchhike on the scorching hot highways today, bout three hours to the nearest Amtrak station, two to the Greyhound, probably. Our youngish doctor disappeared last year and now we’ve been seen just by these medical practitioners, our neighbor told us the guy had a stroke, in his forties, fine one day, now he is partially paralyzed. SUDDENLY. That’s a big word round these parts nowadays. Sudden paralysis, sudden deaths, ya know? Wonder what it is. Reading corporate media murmurs of a new plague mysteriously mutating, by the name of “The Ninja”. Now, that is not the least bit encouraging, the last two years just about wiped out my whole town, killedoff over fifty elderly folks, almost every mom n pop indie business, people got sick n died, and ever since shit opened back up, people still been droppin’ dead unexplained for “no reason”, just…”SUDDENLY”…middle agers just keelin’ over, droppin’ dead pretty frequently, mighty regular like-young man who worked in the local grocery store deli/meat department in his thirties, just up n died, family man, hard working black dude and everybody liked him, gosh, nobody wants to quarrel with any fanatics but “Died suddenly” has become the most frequent “cause of death”. Causation is not causality, I know them college people love to say that shit over and over, again, like it proves something, thought I’d say it, try it on for size. Yeah okay, feel SO SMART NOW~! Died suddenly describes the velocity someone died, not the cause of death-ya know? Every motherfucker just “dies suddenly”. For no reason. Don’t ask/don’t tell. One of my dearest pals. “Died Suddenly”. that was it, nothing more, they buried him behind a church in his hometown, sudden death, deal with it. “The New Normal”, they call it. Endless Censorship and War For Science & Diversity! Hut Two, motherfuckers, march or die. Read ’em and weep. Oh yeah nobody reads, we just supposed to stay inside with our hypnoscreens and await for orange alerts and follow orders and shit. “Own Nothing and Be Happy”. You, first, evil techlord occultist. These are undeniably some crazy times. 

“The”West” created this issue & this fraud & now have no clue how to exit out of this debacle. Zelensky, like Biden are not up for the moment & are in full meltdown now that they can no longer hide the reality of mess that is Ukraine.” (-Ajamu Baraka)

“FICTION: A third party can’t win. FACT: There’s currently 127 Green party candidates holding elected office in 19 states & since 1985 the @GreenPartyUS

 has won 1347 races. So please take your duopoly talking points & throw them in the trash where both corporate parties belong!” (-Ryan Knight)

How Close Are We To A War On Iran? – Activist Post

Wobblies and Zapatistas | The Anarchist Library

PAUL S. CUNNINGHAM 

   This guy is so distinctively unique and one in a million talented in my book, he don’t need no causes or slogans, cause all his works and songs and very existence are like gutsy political acts unto themselves. He makes very deep and soulful music for damaged people, outlaws, bandidos. One of the only rare and endangered, last standing, independent minded, authentic maverick, genuine article rocknroll outsiders still fighting for freedom in this shithole country. His song “Brothers To The Darkness” makes me think of my longtime mainman and rascally rollin’ buddy, the infamous El Bastido, in his hillbilly overalls and big black engineer boots, we shared a lotta adventures straight outta Paul’s lyric when we were in our twenties and thirties, and I sure do miss the good brother. Between his 100 mph recklessness and my bad taste in women back then, it is an unlikely wonder that me and him both still walk the earth in our fifties. Saw an old Skid Row video on Vevo that reminded me of a crazy blonde bombshell the Ole Dirty Bastard brought home on the back of his motorcycle one time, who I had some real cool times with. Me n the heavily scarred and road rashed rhythm guitarist NF Bastard wrote all my best songs together-some of ’em really stood the test of time. Imagine Stiv Bators singing for the Four Horsemen, that’ll give you some idea, but we could never keep a drummer and both suck at making money so we kinda never got too far past the basement. Now we can’t even afford a basement! “Brothers To The Darkness” takes me back to my own misspent youth! Rev. Paul’s stuff really resonates with me, it’s from a similar psychic terrain, but he’s miles better singer than I ever was, really an epic talent, AND a great guitarist AND a helluva good songwriter! Little bit of Steve Earle in there, some Kris Kristofferson, too. 

   I listen to Paul sing from his heart and always feel like deeply consoled by it, like he makes me feel less alone, the dude gets me, or at least, his songs do! Me n Paul don’t have to share all the exact same religious or political beliefs to show respect for one another or support each other’s rights and common struggles. Hard for you college people to imagine, huh?! He’s different from me, a carpenter kinda knowhow dude, a home improver, craftsman, a gothic homesteader, a hardworking great artist, a loving father, and one of the most talented people I know. Also he’s a survivor of unspeakable trauma and hardships most safespace civilians would not wanna imagine having to endure but he carries himself with consummate grace and generosity and seeks to protect the meek. Here’s to all the good hearted badass motherfuckers. SALUDE!

DAN DENTON

This hard living, hard working, podcasting community activist and factory laboror from Toledo, Ohio is one of my fave artists from this country. He’s got a book out on Punk Hostage, has all kindsa poems that are on fire works of genius. Look for him.  ‎Dan Denton on Apple Music

Dan Denton Poetry (facebook.com)

“I’m a nomad. A Jewish road warrior. I do not have a concept of home. I wish I did. But I live with the idea that we have to get out of town before dawn.”

(-Abbie Hoffman)

Three Illuminating Quotes About The War In Ukraine (substack.com)

“It’s quite interesting that in American discourse, it is almost obligatory to refer to the invasion as the ‘unprovoked invasion of Ukraine’. Look it up on Google, you will find hundreds of thousands of hits. Of course, it was provoked. Otherwise they wouldn’t refer to it all the time as an unprovoked invasion.” ~ Noam Chomsky

“The twerpiest, most cowardly people who never risked  or sacrificed for any cause — and never well, due to their cowardice — are always the ones leading the charge against those whose life is shaped by that courage, precisely because they feel shamed by such people.” (-Glenn Greenwald)

“Biden’s low poll numbers and failures among the youth brings laughs to CNN, with 94% Democrats under 30 wanting someone that’s not Biden for the 2024 ticket, & with more than 75% saying the U.S “is headed in the wrong direction.” (-Fiorella Isabel)

https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/three-illuminating-quotes-about-the

It Is True That This Civilization Is Made Of Lies (substack.com)

“On the one hand polls say Americans don’t want Biden to run again, but on the other hand there’s zero chance Democrats put forward a different candidate who’s better than the rotbrained empire mummy.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

“Dr. King’s policy was that nonviolence would achieve the gains for black people in the United States. His major assumption was that if you are nonviolent, if you suffer, your opponent will see your suffering and will be moved to change his heart. That’s very good. He only made one fallacious assumption: In order for nonviolence to work, your opponent must have a conscience. The United States has none.” (― Stokely Carmichael)

Take Action to protect whistleblowers (salsalabs.org)

“The Espionage Act, Patriot Act, FISA, NDAA indefinite detention, stop and frisk, federal no fly list, civil asset forfeiture, “quick take” condemnations, Title 42 “emergency” expulsions, and red flag laws are all egregious violations of due process and our rights as human beings.” (-Justin Amash)

“Each new day brings another $billion to Ukraine. There’s an unlimited supply of money for war.” (-Peter Daou)

“I’ve spent my career working in the mainstream, and I’ve covered probably seven, eight, nine shooting wars; I’ve never seen coverage so utterly consumed by a tsunami of jingoism, and of manipulative jingoism as this one.”(-John Pilger)

“Obama’s appeal depends on your ignoring virtually everything he’s ever done.” (-Gritty Is The Way)

“Political False Dichotomies “People aren’t grasping the significance of the fact that Silicon Valley is now shutting down content creators not because they allegedly harm the public good but because they disagree with the US government about a war.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

FREE ASSANGE!

Why Trump’s Next Pardon Should Be CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou – The American Conservative

“NY state is buying hundreds of robot “friends” to keep the elderly company. Nowhere in the articles about this do the reporters mention that it shows how companionship & community have been replaced in America by isolation, loneliness, & an individualistic quest for money.” (-Lee Camp)

The Espionage Act has become dangerous because we forgot its intention – The Washington Post

How CIA and Other Global Intelligence Agencies Use Media to Promote ‘The Great Reset’ • Children’s Health Defense (childrenshealthdefense.org)

Meet the Ex-CIA Agents Deciding Facebook’s Content Policy (mintpressnews.com)

Multipolarista – News for a multipolar world / Noticias para un mundo multipolar


Genocide walrus John Bolton outright admitted to planning foreign coups with the US government in conversation with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday. That’s coups, plural.

While arguing that the Capitol riot on January 6th of last year was not an attempted coup but rather just Trump stumbling around trying to look after his own interests, Bolton hastened to pull authority on the matter when Tapper suggested that he might not be correct about how coups work.

“I disagree with that,” Bolton said. “As somebody who has helped plan coups d’etat — not here, but, you know, other places — it takes a lot of work, and that’s not what [Trump] did.”

Places. Plural.

Tapper just let Bolton’s remark slide like he didn’t just admit to something extraordinarily fiendish, but did eventually follow up with a request that the former National Security Advisor elaborate.

“I do want to ask a follow up,” Tapper said. “When we were talking about what is capable, or what you need to do to be able to plan a coup, and you cited your expertise having planned coups.”

“I’m not going to get into the specifics,” replied Bolton with a chuckle.

“Successful coups?” Tapper asked.

“Well, I wrote about Venezuela in the book,” Bolton answered. “And it turned out not to be successful – not that we had all that much to do with it, but I saw what it took for an opposition to try and overturn an illegally elected president, and they failed. The notion that Donald Trump was half as competent as the Venezuelan opposition is laughable.”

“I feel like there’s other stuff you’re not telling me, though,” Tapper responded.

“I’m sure there is,” Bolton said, grinning like he just finished boiling a puppy.

Tapper pursued the matter no further, because he is a propagandist first and a journalist second, and he would be acutely aware that Bolton was saying things that you are not supposed to admit to on television.

Bolton’s sole admission to coup plotting runs counter to his comments about the US government’s failed attempt to oust President Nicolas Maduro while he was facilitating that bizarre operation under the Trump administration, telling reporters in 2019 that the empire’s Venezuela shenanigans were “clearly not a coup.”

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Facebook has hired DOZENS of ex-CIA + other govt agents to run its content moderation, security + trust & safety operations, meaning they affect what the world sees in their FB feeds.

Read my new @MintPressNews investigation into what this means https://t.co/7g43tywNgR

— Alan MacLeod (@AlanRMacLeod) July 12, 2022

In other examples of the US empire just rearing its ugly head right out in broad daylight, an excellent new report by Alan MacLeod with Mintpress News shows that Facebook/Instagram parent company Meta has been hiring dozens of people who previously worked in the US intelligence cartel to help regulate what content gets seen on the social media giant’s platforms. Some were hired from straight out of the CIA or had (officially) left the agency very recently.

The CIA used to infiltrate the media. Now the CIA is the media. This trend of openly hiring US intelligence veterans to help teach the public what thoughts to think about the world began a few years ago in the legacy media, and now we’re seeing it in the new media as well.

This is part of a broader trend in which many of the ugly things the US empire used to do in secret it now does openly with the aid of propaganda spin. In addition to attempting coups right out in the open as we saw in Venezuela and just giving intelligence insiders positions of influence within both new and old media institutions, you’ve got things like the US government-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which according to its own founding officials was set up to do overtly what the CIA used to do covertly.

We see NED’s fingerprints all over pretty much any situation where the western power alliance needs to manage public perception about a CIA-targeted government, from Ukraine to Russia to Hong Kong to Xinjiang, to the imperial propaganda firm known as Bellingcat. Rather than manipulate world narratives and foment discontent from behind the veil of hidden identities and cutouts as in CIA tactics of old, NED just manipulates them openly by pouring funds into narrative management operations which benefit the empire while framing it as promoting democracy and human rights.

To further #humanrights & human dignity for all people in China, the National Endowment for Democracy has funded Uyghur groups since 2004. #NEDemocracy #HumanRightsDay https://t.co/C0LJEyWxq1 pic.twitter.com/OqZdehdxXN

— NEDemocracy (@NEDemocracy) December 10, 2020

What the empire has found is that you don’t need to hide as much from public visibility as long as you can manipulate what people think they’re seeing. If the public is sufficiently propagandized and consent has been adequately manufactured, you can get away with just proclaiming some random guy the president of a foreign country and seeing if you can manipulate the rest of the world into playing along with you.

If your narrative control is strong enough, you can even keep the empire running smoothly when information gets out into the open that you’d rather stay hidden. Very often these days major stories about imperial malfeasance will come out that simply have no impact, either because the mainstream news media unite to ignore them or because they spin those revelations as coming from someone bad or not containing important information.

People tend to overrate the power of the US war machine and underrate the power of the US propaganda machine. While the US military finds itself losing a war to the Taliban, the awesome power of its propaganda engine has people marching in perfect alignment with the will of the oligarchic empire.

When I was in an abusive relationship, the more ground down and submitted I became the more my abuser would flaunt his abusiveness in the plain light of day. Toward the end he was just outright admitting he was a sociopath and a manipulator and openly telling me he was going to do monstrous things to me before he did them, because he was that confident that he had me wrapped around his finger.

Luckily, he was wrong. And hopefully the empire is wrong as it makes this same calculation with all of us.

(-Caitlin Johnstone)

The United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia are plotting a war with Iran. The 2015 Iranian nuclear arms accord, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which Donald Trump sabotaged, does not look like it will be revived.  U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) is reviewing options to attack if Teheran looks poised to obtain a nuclear weapon and Israel, which opposes U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations, carries out military strikes.

During his visit to Israel, Biden assured Prime Minister Yair Lapid that the U.S. is “prepared to use all elements of its national power,” including military force, to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon. 

Saudi Arabia, Israel and the U.S. function as a troika in the Middle East. The Israeli government has built a close alliance with Saudi Arabia, which produced 15 of the 19 hijackers in the September 11 attacks and has been a prolific sponsor of international terrorism, supporting Salafi jihadism, the basis of al-Qaeda, and such groups as the Afghanistan Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Al-Nusra Front.  

The three countries worked in tandem to back the 2013 military coup in Egypt, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew its first democratically elected government. He has imprisoned tens of thousands of government critics, including journalists and human rights defenders, on politically motivated charges. The Sisi regime collaborates with Israel by keeping its common border with Gaza closed to Palestinians, trapping them in the Gaza strip, one of the most densely populated and impoverished places on earth. 

Israel, the only nuclear power in the Middle East, has conducted an ongoing campaign of covert attacks on Iranian nuclear sites and nuclear scientists. Four Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated, presumably by Israel, between 2010 and 2012. In July 2020, a fire, attributed to an Israeli bomb, damaged Iran’s Natanz nuclear site. In November 2020, Israel used remote control machine guns to assassinate Iran’s top nuclear scientist.  In January 2020, the United States assassinated Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, along with nine other people including a key figure in the anti-ISIS coalition, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. It used an MQ-9 Reaper to fire missiles into his convoy, near Baghdad’s airport. 

If similar attacks had been carried out by Iranian operatives inside Israel, it would have triggered a war. Only Iran’s decision not to retaliate, beyond lobbing about a dozen ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq, prevented a conflagration. 

On July 7, Iran informed The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that  it is using IR-6 centrifuges with “modified subheaders.” The declared purpose of the enrichment process at its underground facility at Fordow is to create uranium isotope enriched up to 20 percent—far below the 90 percent enrichment levels necessary to create weapons-grade uranium. Under the JCPOA agreement, enrichment levels were capped at 3.67 percent.

Israel has allocated $1.5 billion for a potential strike against Iran and, during the first week of June, held large-scale military exercises, including one over the Mediterranean and in the Red Sea, in preparation to attack Iranian nuclear sites using dozens of fighter aircraft, including Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets.  

The 2016 Memorandum of Understanding  signed by President Barack Obama provides a 10-year, $38 billion military package for Israel. 

Israel and its lobby in the U.S. are working to scuttle  negotiations with Iran to monitor its nuclear program. The preparation for war mirrors the Israeli pressure on the U.S. to invade Iraq, one of the worst strategic decisions in U.S. history. 

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in testimony before the British Iraq war commission, offered this account of his discussions with George W. Bush in Crawford, Texas in April 2002:

As I recall that discussion, it was less to do with specifics about what we were going to do on Iraq or, indeed, the Middle East, because the Israel issue was a big, big issue at the time. I think, in fact, I remember, actually, there may have been conversations that we had even with Israelis, the two of us, whilst we were there. So that was a major part of all this.    

Saudi Arabia, which seeks to dominate the Arab world, severed ties with Iran in 2016 after its embassy in Tehran was stormed by protesters following Riyadh’s execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Saudi Arabia, with Chinese help, has built a plant to process uranium ore and acquired ballistic missiles. Saudi Arabia signed a series of letters in 2017 with the U.S. to purchase weapons totaling $110 billion immediately, and $ 350 billion over the next decade.

A war with Iran would be a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions.  It would spread swiftly throughout the region. The Shiites across the Middle East would see an attack on Iran as a religious war against Shiism. The two million Shiites in Saudi Arabia, concentrated in the oil-rich Eastern province; the Shiite majority in Iraq; and the Shiite communities in Bahrain, Pakistan and Turkey would join the fight against the U.S. and Israel. 

Iran would use its Chinese-supplied anti-ship missiles, rocket and bomb-equipped speedboats and submarines, mines, drones and coastal artillery to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, the corridor for 20 percent of the world’s oil and liquified gas supply. Oil production facilities in the Persian Gulf would be sabotaged. Iranian oil, which makes up 13 percent of the world’s energy supply, would be taken off the market. Oil would jump to over $500 a barrel and perhaps, as the conflict drags on, to over $750 a barrel. Our petroleum-based economy, already reeling under rising prices because of the sanctions on Russia, would grind to a halt.

Israel would be hit by Iranian Shahab-3 ballistic missiles. Hezbollah’s store of Iranian-supplied rockets that allegedly can reach any part of Israel, including Israel’s nuclear plant at Dimona, would also be deployed. Strikes by Iran and its allies on Israel, as well as on American military installations in the region, would leave hundreds, maybe thousands, dead.

In 2002, the U.S. military conducted its “most elaborate war game” ever, costing over $ 250 million. Known as the Millennium Challenge, the exercise was between a Blue Force (the U.S.) and the Red Force (widely considered as a stand-in for Iran). It was meant to validate America’s “modern, joint-service war-fighting concepts.” It did the opposite. The Red Force, led by retired Marine lieutenant general Paul Van Riper, conducted a swarm of kamikaze suicide boat attacks and destroyed 16 U.S. warships in under 20 minutes.

When the war game was reset, it was rigged in favor of the Blue Force. The Blue Force was given access to experimental technology – including that which doesn’t exist such as airborne laser weapons. Meanwhile, the Red Force was told they weren’t allowed to shoot down the Blue Team’s aircraft, had to keep their offensive weapons in the open and could not use chemical weapons. Even then, the Blue Force could not achieve all of its objectives as Riper unleashed a guerrilla insurgency on the occupying forces.

Why shouldn’t Joe Biden be feted by the murderous regime of Saudi Arabia and the apartheid state of Israel? He and the U.S. have as much blood on their hands as they do. Yes, in 2018 the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered the assassination and dismemberment of my friend and colleague Jamal Khashoggi. Yes, Israel assassinated Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. But Washington has more than matched the crimes carried out by Israel and the Saudis, including against journalists. 

The imprisonment of Julian Assange – who released the collateral murder video showing U.S. helicopter pilots laughing as they shot to death two Reuters journalists and a group of civilians in Iraq in 2007 – is designed to destroy Assange psychologically and physically. The corpses of civilians, including children, piled up by Israel and Saudi Arabia, who do much of their killing in Gaza and Yemen with U.S. weapons, don’t come close to the hundreds of thousands of dead we have left behind in the two decades of warfare we have perpetrated in the Middle East. 

In 1991, a U.S.-led coalition destroyed much of Iraq’s civilian infrastructure, including water treatment facilities resulting in sewage contaminating the country’s drinking water. Then followed years of U.S., U.K. and French airstrikes enforcing a “No Fly Zone” along with crushing sanctions they imposed via the U.N. From 1991 to 1998, these sanctions alone were estimated to have killed 100,000 to 227,000 Iraqi children under the age of five, although the exact figures have been the subject of much dispute. The U.S. “Shock and Awe” bombing campaign of Iraqi urban centers during its subsequent invasion of Iraq in 2003 dropped  3,000 bombs on civilian areas, killing over 7,000 noncombatants in the first two months of the war. 

By one estimate, the U.S. has been responsible for directly or indirectly killing nearly 20 million people since the end of the Second World War. 

Israel and Saudi Arabia are gangster states. But so is the United States.

“There are few of them,” Biden, reacting to Democratic lawmakers who have criticized Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, told Israel’s Channel 12 news. “I think they’re wrong. I think they’re making a mistake. Israel is a democracy. Israel is our ally. Israel is a friend and I make no apologies.”

The angst about Biden’s not holding the Saudis and the Israelis to account on this visit is risible, as if we have any credibility left that allows us to arbitrate between right and wrong. The idea that Biden and the U.S. are brokers for peace was eviscerated long ago. The U.S. offers shameless support for Israel’s right-wing government, including vetoing U.N. resolutions that censor Israel. It refuses to condition aid on a respect for human rights even as Israel launches repeated murderous assaults against the civilian population in Gaza, labels Palestinian NGOs as terror groups, expands illegal Jewish-only settlements, carries out aggressive housing evictions of Palestinian families and mistreats Palestinian and Arab-American citizens at points of entry and within the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The idea that we represent and promote virtue illustrates the self-delusion that accompanies our moral and physical degeneration. The rest of the world, which recoils in repugnance at whom we have become, does not take us seriously. They fear our bombs. But fear is not respect. They no longer envy our hedonistic mass culture, tarnished by mass shootings, social inequality, the decay of our infrastructure, dysfunction and a Grand Guignol-style of politics that has turned civil and political discourse into a tawdry burlesque. America is a grim joke, one about to be made worse when the Christian fascists, bigots and conspiracy theorists take control of the Congress in the fall, and I expect, the presidency two years later.

The U.S., along with Israel, makes war on Muslims who, with an estimated 1.9 billion adherents, comprise nearly 25 percent of the world population. We have turned many in the Muslim world into our enemies. The Muslim world does not hate us for our values. It hates our hypocrisy. It hates our racism, our refusal to honor their political aspirations, our lethal attacks and military occupations and our crippling sanctions. Muslims express the rage felt by Guatemalans, Cubans, Congolese, Brazilians, Argentines, Indonesians, Panamanians, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Filipinos, North and South Koreans, Chileans, Nicaraguans and Salvadorans – those Frantz Fanon called “the wretched of the earth.” They too were slaughtered by our high-tech military machine and subjugated, humiliated, forced to accept U.S. hegemony and killed in our clandestine torture centers or by CIA-backed assassins. 

No one is held accountable. The CIA blocked all investigations into its torture program, including destroying videotape evidence of interrogations involving torture and classifying nearly all of the 6,900-page report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that examined the CIA’s post-9/11 program of detention, torture and other abuse of detainees. 

Biden goes to Saudi Arabia and Israel as a supplicant. As a presidential candidate, he called Saudi Arabia a “pariah” and vowed to make it “pay the price” for Khashoggi’s murder. But with the rising price of oil, Biden is whitewashing the murder, along with the humanitarian disaster the Saudis have caused in Yemen, imploring the Saudis to increase output, a plea Prince Salman has rejected. Similarly, Biden is weak in Israel, powerless against the expansion of Jewish settlements and assaults on Palestinians, and unwilling to move the U.S. Embassy back to Tel Aviv from Jerusalem, a move by the Trump administration that violates international law. Biden’s staff was reduced to pleading with the Israelis not to embarrass him as they did during his 2010 visit as vice president. During his 2010 visit, Israel announced it was building 1,600 new Jewish-only houses in illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem. The Obama White House angrily condemned “the substance and timing of the announcement.”

How can the U.S. bar Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela from a summit of the Americas in Los Angeles and embrace the Saudi regime and the Israeli aparatheid state? How can it decry the war crimes of Russia and unleash industrial violence on the Mulism world? How can it plead for the 12 million Uyghurs, mostly Muslim, living in Xinjiang, and ignore the Palestinians? How can it justify another “preemptive war, this time against Iran? The duplicity is not lost on most of the world. They know who we are. They know that in our eyes they are unworthy. Our inevitable demise on the world stage is cheered by the majority of the planet. The tragedy is that, as we go down, we are determined to take so many others down with us.
(-CHRIS HEDGES)