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Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology uncovered this dragnet after filing over 200 Freedom of Information Act requests and reviewing ICE’s contracting records from 2008 to 2021.

In its report, released May 10, the Center found that ICE has spied on most Americans without a warrant and circumvented many state privacy laws, such as those in California. The authors conclude: “ICE now operates as a domestic surveillance agency.” (-Farrah Hassan)

“For instance, those who “violently oppose” “all forms of capitalism” or “corporate globalization” are listed under this less-discussed category of “domestic terrorist.” This highlights how people on the left, many of whom have called for capitalism to be dismantled or replaced in the US in recent years, could easily be targeted in this new “war” that many self-proclaimed leftists are currently supporting. Similarly, “environmentally-motivated extremists,” a category in which groups such as Extinction Rebellion could easily fall, are also included. 

In addition, the phrasing indicates that it could easily include as “terrorists” those who oppose the World Economic Forum’s vision for global “stakeholder capitalism,” as that form of “capitalism” involves corporations and their main “stakeholders” creating a new global economic and governance system. The WEF’s stakeholder capitalism thus involves both “capitalism” and “corporate globalization.” 

The strategy also includes those who “take steps to violently resist government authority . . . based on perceived overreach.” This, of course, creates a dangerous situation in which the government could, purposely or otherwise, implement a policy that is an obvious overreach and/or blatantly unconstitutional and then label those who resist it “domestic terrorists” and deal with them as such—well before the overreach can be challenged in court.

Another telling addition to this group of potential “terrorists” is “any other individual or group who engages in violence—or incites imminent violence—in opposition to legislative, regulatory or other actions taken by the government.” Thus, if the government implements a policy that a large swath of the population finds abhorrent, such as launching a new, unpopular war abroad, those deemed to be “inciting” resistance to the action online could be considered domestic terrorists. 

Such scenarios are not unrealistic, given the loose way in which the government and the media have defined things like “incitement” and even “violence” (e. g., “hate speech” is a form of violence) in the recent past. The situation is ripe for manipulation and abuse. To think the federal government (including the Biden administration and subsequent administrations) would not abuse such power reflects an ignorance of US political history, particularly when the main forces behind most terrorist incidents in the nation are actually US government institutions like the FBI (more FBI examples hereherehere, and here).

Furthermore, the original plans for the detention of American dissidents in the event of a national emergency, drawn up during the Reagan era as part of its “continuity of government” contingency, cited popular nonviolent opposition to US intervention in Latin America as a potential “emergency” that could trigger the activation of those plans. Many of those “continuity of government” protocols remain on the books today and can be triggered, depending on the whims of those in power. It is unlikely that this new domestic terror framework will be any different regarding nonviolent protest and demonstrations.

Yet another passage in this section of the strategy states that “domestic terrorists” can, “in some instances, connect and intersect with conspiracy theories and other forms of disinformation and misinformation.” It adds that the proliferation of such “dangerous” information “on Internet-based communications platforms such as social media, file-upload sites and end-to-end encrypted platforms, all of these elements can combine and amplify threats to public safety.” 

Thus, the presence of “conspiracy theories” and information deemed by the government to be “misinformation” online is itself framed as threatening public safety, a claim made more than once in this policy document. Given that a major “pillar” of the strategy involves eliminating online material that promotes “domestic terrorist” ideologies, it seems inevitable that such efforts will also “connect and intersect” with the censorship of “conspiracy theories” and narratives that the establishment finds inconvenient or threatening for any reason.” (-Whitney Webb, Last American Vagabond)

“The TV man is not your friend. I shouldn’t even have to say this. Do you know what happens to mainstream media figures who provide real resistance to empire agendas? They get fired. Ask Phil Donahue or Chris Hedges. The fact that Tucker Carlson is a top pundit on imperial media (Murdoch Media, no less) proves he’s an agent of the empire.” (-Cait Johnstone)

“There’s nothing remotely progressive, let alone ‘revolutionary’ in voting for $40 Billion dollars worth of funds for Ukraine, funds that end up in the hands of Neo-Nazis, especially while the economy is tanking. The left in U.S is dead.” (-Fiorella Isabel; the Convo-Couch)

“Fascism is a false revolution. It cultivates the appearance of popular politics and a revolutionary aura without offering a genuine revolutionary class content. It propagates a ‘New Order’ while serving the same old moneyed interests”. (-Michael Parenti, Blackshirts and Reds, 1997)

While the so-called liberal and conservative media – all stenographers for the intelligence agencies – pour forth the most blatant propaganda about Russia and Ukraine that is so conspicuous that it is comedic if it weren’t so dangerous, the self-depicted cognoscenti also ingest subtler messages, often from the alternative media.

A woman I know and who knows my sociological analyses of propaganda contacted me to tell me there was an excellent article about the war in Ukraine at The Intercept, an on-line publication funded by billionaire Pierre Omidyar I have long considered a leading example of much deceptive reporting wherein truth is mixed with falsehoods to convey a “liberal” narrative that fundamentally supports the ruling elites while seeming to oppose them.  This, of course, is nothing new since it’s been the modus operandi of all corporate media in their own ideological and disingenuous ways, such as The New York Times, CBS, the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, Fox News, CNN, NBC, etc. for a very long time.” (-Edward Curtain)

“The shuttering of RT America is devastating news. It was one of the only alternatives to US centric corporate domination of our airwaves & it gave unmatched platforms to consistent anti-war voices like Lee Camp, Chris Hedges & myself. Every country’s state media is biased for their government. RT is obvious but US has a much more sophisticated propaganda apparatus. 5 corporations that control almost all US news are dutiful stenographers for American exceptionalism, capitalism & imperialism. Dissent against US empire is not allowed on corporate media, and anchors & panelists becomes vociferous cheerleaders for US wars when they happen, but it would be totally unacceptable if every country shut suddenly down CNN. I was in Gitmo & had detainees lawyers tell me they all watched Breaking the Set every day & thanked me for telling their stories. In the West Bank, Palestinians told me they appreciated my coverage of their plight. That perspective matters to many & I’m so proud of my work there.” (-Abby Martin)
“We were right all along. Even the mainstream media and the two corporate-owned political parties now admit this is a proxy war.” (-Lee Camp)

“It is a contradiction Democrats are unable to reconcile so they will continue to rehabilitate or deny white supremacists in Ukraine. For some of us that has been even more dangerous because it disarms people from understanding scope & global reality of white supremacist movement. So Democrats with Republicans support send 40 billion worth of guns to Ukraine but are trying to take the moral high road on weapons & violence in the U.S.” (-Ajamu Baraka)

“This is a de facto proxy war between the West and Russia. The goal is to bleed Russia dry. Russia will destroy Finland before they allow Finland to join NATO. Ukraine is gone. There’s got to be an off-ramp.” (-Scott Ritter)

“So now right-wing war criminal Kissinger is an appeaser according to the Ukrainian actor president with his years of seasoned experience. The interesting thing about his remarks is it demonstrates how far to the right he & liberal/left who support him are.” (-Ajamu Baraka)

 “George W. Bush is a war criminal.” (-Nina Turner on Bono and Ellen and Chelle’s folksy, cuddly “partner in crime”, the Country Time lemonade sippin’, back porch sittin’, blue jeans wearin’ brush on the ranch a clearin’ “painter” who helped Uncle Dick destroy the Geneva Conventions and Fourth Amendment)

“This particular crisis will ease but it will be followed by more. There is still $1.9 trillion in student loan debt incurred by people who only wanted to improve their lives. After allocating $30 billion for policing, the Biden administration is telling states and localities to use unspent covid stimulus funding for the police, who apparently can’t get enough public money. Covid hasn’t disappeared and neither have any other health care needs that could sorely use this funding. Of course, the Ukraine cash cow has to be milked to the tune of an additional $40 billion.” (-Margaret Kimberly)

“Whatever one’s views on this war, it should be deeply concerning how little debate or scrutiny is being permitted as the Biden administration aggressively escalates the U.S. role in what is clearly its most dangerous war in decades. If Congress has no role in asking where these weapons are going or who is receiving these staggering sums of money, then it has no role at all.” (-Glenn Greenwald)

“Exciting new development in the struggle to defend democracy from autocracy: according to Forbes, an Expanded NATO Will Shoot Billions To US Defense Contractors. Forbes columnist: with NATO expansion, “the real winners are American defense companies.” Whereas misguided, elected EU leaders previously “spent lavishly on social safety nets” and “expedited pacifism,” the proxy war in Ukraine has, thankfully, “changed everything.” When US leaders and pundits pledge their love for NATO, they happen to never acknowledge what this Forbes columnist does: “aligning with NATO is a commitment to interoperability with the American defense ecosystem,” which “directly benefits the big U.S. contractors.” (-Aaron Mate’)

“It’s easy to understand the affinity from Davos for the Kiev regime when you consider how the US-directed Maidan coup opened Ukraine up to unprecedented pillaging by corporate multinationals like Monsanto and DuPont, which took over Ukrainian agro in 2014 as part of an IMF loan”. (-Max Blumenthal)

“Joe Manchin, one of the most powerful elected officials in Washington, tells the WEF that he opposes any kind of peace agreement in Ukraine and only wants total victory with the ultimate goal of regime change in Russia. In the next clip, he calls this war an ‘opportunity’.

All forward motion in this war has nothing but violence as far as the eye can see on its trajectory into the future. No matter how much wealth and war machinery you pour into this conflict, that trajectory of death and destruction will just keep stretching out to the horizon. As Chris Hedges recently explained, war is the only path the empire has left open to itself. I’ve seen some cute kids in my time, but nobody’s as adorable as people who think the US pours weapons into foreign nations in order to achieve peace.”  (-Cait Johnstone)

“BREAKING: Erdogan said Turkey will launch a “military operation” to create a 30-kilometer zone which will be under control of the Turkish army. I am looking forward to the Western world condemning a NATO member for invading even more Syrian land and violating its sovereignty.” (-Richard Medhurst)

“Actually, by voting blue no matter who, no matter what, you’re creating a lack of accountability for bad politicians.” (-Briahna Joy Gray)

“If Joe Biden were Donald Trump, he would have been impeached several times over for sending $40 billion to Ukraine amid food and baby formula shortages.” (-Danny Haiphong)

“Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) has an article out titled “‘Disinformation’ Label Serves to Marginalize Crucial Ukraine Facts” about the way the mass media have been spinning that label to mean not merely the knowing distribution of false information but also of information that is true but inconvenient to imperial narrative-weaving.

“In defense of the US narrative, corporate media have increasingly taken to branding realities inconvenient to US information goals as ‘disinformation’ spread by Russia or its proxies,” writes FAIR’s Luca Goldmansour.

Online platforms have been ramping up their censorship protocols under the banner of fighting disinformation and misinformation, and those escalations always align with narrative control agendas of the US-centralized empire. Just the other day we learned that Twitter has a new policy which expands its censorship practices to fight “misinformation” about wars and other crises, and the Ukraine war (surprise surprise) will be the first such situation about which it will be enforcing these new censorship policies.

Then there’s the recent controversy over the Department of Homeland Security’s “Disinformation Governance Board,” a mysterious institution ostensibly designed to protect the American people from wrongthink coming from Russia and elsewhere. The board’s operations (whatever they were) have been “paused” pending a review which will be led by Michael Chertoff, a virulent swamp monster and torture advocate. Its operations will likely be resumed in one form or another, probably under the leadership of someone with a low profile who doesn’t sing show tunes about disinformation.

And this all comes out after US officials straight up told the press that the Biden administration has been deliberately sowing disinformation to the public using the mainstream press in order to win an infowar against the Kremlin. They’ve literally just been circulating completely baseless stories about Russia and Ukraine, but nobody seems to be calling for the social media accounts of Biden administration officials to be banned.

Pressure Mounts on Patel Over Assange Decision

— Consortium News (@Consortiumnews) May 23, 2022

You see so many discrepancies between what the oligarchic empire says and what it actually does regarding the issue of disinformation because the empire has no problem with disinformation. The empire that is built on propaganda and lies has no problem with propaganda and lies. It has a problem with the truth.

They’re not worried about disinformation, they’re worried about information. They’re worried about journalists using the unprecedented information-sharing power of the internet to reveal inconvenient facts about the largest and most murderous power structure on earth. They’re worried about people finding out that they’ve been lied to their entire lives about their world, their nation and their government. They’re worried about people using their newly connected minds to decide together that they don’t much like the status quo as it’s been laid out for them, and deciding to build a new one.

All the safeguards they’re setting up now to manipulate the flow of information online are not there to eliminate lies, they’re there to eliminate truth. These people have a vested interest in keeping things dark and confused, and we the ordinary people of the world have a vested interest in shining a big inconvenient spotlight on everything. The elite agenda to keep things endarkened is at direct odds with the people’s agenda to get things enlightened.

We are not being protected by a compassionate alliance of corporations and governments who only want us to know the truth, we are being manipulated and oppressed by an oligarchic empire that wants us to believe lies. That’s why they’re locking up Assange, that’s why they’re censoring the internet, that’s why they’re filling our minds with propaganda, and that’s why we can’t let them win.” (-Cait Johnstone)

 “In December Socialist Alternative leader and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant defeated a well-funded campaign by the city’s business community to remove her in a recall vote. Since being elected to office in 2013 Sawant and her socialist party have been locked in a bitter battle against the city’s moneyed elites, which has poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into a corporate PAC called “A Better Seattle” and saturated television and digital platforms with negative advertising. She and her party have been denied ads by Google, YouTube, and Hulu. Amazon alone spent over $ 3 million to defeat her run for office in 2019. Sawant is hated because she is effective. She helped lead the fight in 2014 that made Seattle the first major American city to mandate a $ 15 dollar an hour minimum wage. Following a three-year struggle against the richest man in the world – Jeff Bezos – and his political establishment, she and her allies pushed through a tax on big business that increased city revenues by an estimated $210 to 240 million a year. She was part of the movement that led to Seattle’s successful ban on school-year evictions of schoolchildren, their families and school employees She was one of sponsors of a bill that protects tenants from being evicted at the end of their “term leases,” requiring landlords to provide tenants with the right to renew their leases and prohibiting landlords from evicting tenants for non-payment of rent if the rent was due during the COVID civil emergency and the renter could not pay due to financial hardship. Her leadership and her party provide an example of effective resistance to that war being waged on the working class and the poor. Joining me to discuss her nearly decade-long battle against the billionaire class and the lessons we can take from her successful struggle is Kshama Sawant. (-Chris Hedges)

 “The world – not the 10% of the population the U.S. & Europe that pretends to be the “world”- has long recognized the U.S. with its wars of aggression, violent coups, police violence, mass incarceration, rejection of Economic rights, as #1 human rights violator on the planet.” (-Ajamu Baraka)

“The lengths to which progressive media figures have gone to avoid having to directly criticize the Squad for unanimously voting for Biden’s $40b war package to Raytheon and CIA is amazing to behold. They will literally talk about anything to avoid having to address this. What makes this subject infinitely more uncomfortable for progressive media figures who say they’re against US involvement in Ukraine is the only elected officials willing to ask questions or dissent are right-wing members of the GOP. This fact is shattering to their world-view.” (-Glenn Greenwald)

“For a people who live off of Netflix, Amazon and Uber Eats, Americans sure are anxious to fight in wars they are never gonna get off their couch for. Hillary Clinton and the Democrats moved right from being caught rigging the 2016 Primary to creating Russiagate.  You might want to look somewhere else if you want to protect our make believe democracy.” (-Black In The Empire)


Three things I do not understand about middle class Vote Blue No Matter Whos: How they rationalize that mass murder is okeydoke s’long as some Dems tweet about justice, why they trust billionaire techlords to censor the internet when the real left have already almost all been purged, and why they so stubbornly cling to this policeman is your friend fucking fuckedup fantasy. Reading Mint Press, Gray Zone, Black Agenda Report, and Consortium News have become radical acts. When we were new wave and heavy metal loving weirdo teenagers, the school admin always sicced military recruiters on the working class and about ten of my former peers were browbeaten into joining the military. I had friends who were forbidden from hanging around me and my band, or from wearing rock t shirts, who were given weapons for Christmas. Beautiful girl I once loved-her dad was a detective, her kid brother picked up dad’s gun and killed his friend. The black side of town where I grew up was always kept flooded with crack and guns and many beloved friends of mine were murdered. One by bullet, two by knives. Just ugly, painful, traumatizing stuff that scarred everybody I knew. One of my friends killed himself after serving in the Bush war. “Somebody’s dead forever”.

Remember back in the Reagan 80’s, the mass-media was already selling a ludicrous, unattainable fantasy of shoulder padded glitz n glamour to all the drunken country club moms with shows like, “Dynasty”, “Dallas”, and “Lifestyles of The Rich & Famous”? Tom Cruise movies promoted getting rich, becoming a yuppie, flying around in air force jets, and fake news talking heads kept everybody busy debating wedge issues, abortion and gun control, while ignoring all the connections between John Hinckley and his cousins, the Bush family, or their Ollie North secret wars backroom double dealings with gun trading and hostages in Iraq and shit? They’re doing it all again, it’s how they keep us believing the “opposing” political parties are the problem, rather than the greedy oligarchical, Wall Street billionaires Davos set, who own the crooked bipartisan politicians and want wars. These oligarchs are to blame for keeping the country broke, sick, immobilized, only paid slave wages, and in a non stop fear state so we think they are doing us a favor by surrounding us with barbed wire and nationalist stormtroopers with military grade weapons and forbidding free speech in public spaces and censoring dissent online, like that’s gonna stop some future Kyle Rittenhouse militia groomed “gun show” kid from taking his cop dad’s gun somewhere, and imitating all the video games and war glorifying, flag waving, violence sensationalizing Democrats and Republicans bipartisan batshit stupid, violence is brave and noble narratives. I grew up jamming to all those new waveish gun control songs-Concrete Blonde’s “God Is A Bullet”, Billy Idol’s “Don’t Need A Gun”, Prince “Annie Christian”. You know what changed since then? More guns on the streets, more tanks in the hands of racist cops. The super rich just consolidated more power and unprecedented control of the media. The billionaires stole all our money, jackedup rents, refused to raise wages, broke up families, mass incarcerated targeted populations, normalized kidnapping and torture and separated families in border gulags, made it legal to spy on everybody without warrants, they consolidated the media into just 5 companies who program us with their parent company’s agendas. Dick Cheney started contracting shady mercenary groups like Blackwater/Academi/Xe to overthrow other countries whose governments are not compliant enough-they just send in the proxies, bribe some locals, commit warcrimes and blame the governments they wish to topple. Same playbook everytime. Now that Assange is in jail and Hastings was killed in a scary ball of fire, nobody in mass-media dares question any media narratives, ever. The panopticon tech surveillance minted many new techlords who spy on the people made triple profits under Covid, all those big money companies took big emergency handouts and still laid off people, ya know no one in Congress works for the serfs though a few do sometimes talk pretty. College people were conditioned to believe the tv unreality is what’s actually happening rather than paid advertisements for war and dystopian new world order. I can’t believe Andy Fletcher, one of the founders of Depeche Mode has gone. When I was growing up, those Smash Hits pinups of Depeche Mode and Adam Ant covered all my friends and my lockers and bedroom walls. Upon revisiting the hellhole town I grew up in about 20 years back, I was horrified to behold all the pudgy suburbans who gave me so much shit as a teenager were now, in their thirty something middle age, country line dancing at the sports bar to Depeche Mode‘s “Personal Jesus”, when me and my dead new wave pals listened to that band and The Cure and Gary Numan and Grace Jones, as styling gel and Aqua Net abusing goth teenagers, all those fake blonde sports bar people gave us so much shit, but now the fat spray tanned golf shirts and mall Barbies all act like they were also just totally new wave all along. “Some Great Reward” was one of the records I first fell in love to as a kid, and then, a few years later, “Black Celebration” became the soundtrack of another doomed teen love affair. I loved the band’s lyrics that were more vulnerable and intimate than anything I’d ever heard people say before. They were just achingly, embarrassingly sincere and kinda inspired me to write my own from the heart lyrics. Had a deeply felt, lifelong impact on myself and my diversion program friends I met in counseling for bad kids with funny haircuts. Also emboldened us to wear more leather and bondage type gear even though all that shit just used to irrationally ENRAGE the hicks, jocks, and juvenile authorities where we grew up. The bullshit Rock Hall inducted Depeche Mode a few years back- Dave Gahan and Martin Gore and Andy “Fletch” Fletcher, along with former members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder and me, I’m personally glad Duran Duran will be joining them this year. Those were my bands, ya know?


    A foxy chick at my school I sat next to in history class named Paulette, was who first got me into Duran Duran-she was a beautiful, coltish brunette, ‘told me I should get my haircut like Limahl. Closest I could come was your standard self cut Sid Vicious spiky top, but I really got into Duran Duran, and also Arcadia, and the Power Station. I remember being actually bummed out when Robert Palmer quit the Power Station. I liked his R&B cover of “I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On” a lot and thought he was a cool white soul crooner. As a pauper, I never got a tailored suit of my own, of course, ‘can’t even properly tie a tie, but back then, Bryan Ferry, David Bowie, Robert Palmer had these really fabulous suits, ya know? But me, I was really into the Andy Taylor/The Alarm/Steve Stevens big haired, silver spurs and gun belts, gypsy bandido look, and girls and makeup and hotel room debauchery and heavy drinking. I was not yet hip to Des Barre when he took over the vocal duties, and they started like appearing on “Miami Vice” and shit. Of course, we all loved Animotion, though I did not know he co wrote that “Obsession” song when it was the big smash radio hit but me and my synthpop friends all loved that song and would gleefully all sing along in our best fake English accents, which is the way we all sang along to anything, back then-even Murkkkan music, I dunno why but we all sang in fake English accents for our formative years-at least me, my Bono lookalike sidekick, JB, and the celebrity DJ, BC, who played bass in my second full fledged garage band with a real drummer. When I was two or three years older, I made friends with some way, way older guys already in their mid twenties who lived near a smalltown record store and had generous parents who gave them a real liberal beer-smokes-records-smut-amyl nitrates-gasoline-guitar string-concert tickets-travel allowance, and I remember discovering their scratchy copy of Checkered Past because ya know, I was into Blondie and the Sex Pistols. Fast forward a few more years and I was struggling to find a glam band on the Sunset Strip in the grunge era, it was all too late, I missed the whole shebang, but met another cool cat older guitarist with dynamite hair and shoes, and that fella got me into SILVERHEAD! He also taught me a whole lot about civil rights struggles. From, there, I secured a secondhand copy  from Aron’s Records of you know, Checkered Past, and was starting to really appreciate the Marquis Des Barres. Read Miss Pamela’s book. So yeah I been a casual fan for years. So I am pretty jazzed when I find out they made a movie about his lifestory. I mean he was lead singer of Scum Of The Earth on WKRP, ya know?  Dr. Johnny Fever was another childhood role model of mine. When Michael talks about abusers at boarding school, always being drawn to show-biz from a young age (he appeared in To Sir With Love) and the rocknroll lifestyle being more important to him than the actual music, I kinda smile, remembering my lost youth. I guess everybody gets into music for different reasons. I had a procession of really gifted Randy Rhoades style guitarists who spent all their time in their rooms, just studying tablature and practicing scales, I had a wouldbe keyboardist who shared my appreciation for bands like Duran Duran and Depeche Mode who’d been like, well funded art projects, rather than real disciplined, music school trained, technically proficient musicians. Both my early bassists were just naturals, a drummer we knew from catholic school marching band, he was brought in by my first grand love. So we started playing these real awkward, amateur hour attempts at original songs, usually based on somebody elses melody with my comic book heavy metal lyrics about crows and rattlesnakes. I had gone to a rich school in the deep burbs where the only two Madonna wannabe chicks who liked stuff like Billy Idol, “Pretty In Pink”, all that, just totally rejected me flatout, preferring the usual, much taller athletes and older guys with sports cars and shit, so when I started going to the downtown high school, I was super surprised all those girls with bleached blonde or blue/black hair all suddenly wanted to be around me. My friend, JB had hidden out for three or four months under a table in my basement in our teens, as he had been involved in a reckless cross country joyride to Vegas with his Chess King clad karate pals, and the cops were looking for him. “ARENA” had just come out and we were really into the Wild Boys song, cause that’s kinda what we were, ya know? “Always shine”. Eventually, he got bored and ventured out to see some girls and ended up being lockedup for ninety days. Couple years after that, I was also lockedup in the same cell as him for ninety days, for drawing Love & Rockets and Flesh for Lulu logos in my history book. My history teacher was also the school wrestling coach-man, he hated me as I’d always been kinda activist minded and challenged his racist history narratives, he used to put me in the classroom closet to scare the normal kids in line. Always left big bruises up and down my scrawny little arms-they don’t get away with that as often, anymore. After I got outta detention hall, I lived in an unheated garage for about a year unbeknownst to my friend’s mom. That’s where all these different girls started showing up and I started enjoying the hard partying, fulltime, around the clock, permanent rocknroll lifestyle, if ya know what I’m sayin’. 

Personally, I always liked Silverhead better than Detective, that was kinda the vibe I was going for too. When my band started playing little ramshackle shows, I was wearing the same kinda runny raccoon makeup as Cooper and Des Barres, the leather pants, no shirt,  or sparkly, see through girl’s blouses, I was about 120 lbs., we were attracting girls, my lead guitarist was much better looking and more androgynous than myself, so he had an even bigger circle of rotating girlfriends than me. Booze and girls and roadtrips and outta town concerts became my main concerns. Clothes, art, mixtapes, cutout bin records. You know: Bauhaus, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Cult! We all loved MTV and I was envisioning theatrical treatments to accompany the glammy little tunes I was writing. We were trying to make our own no budget, dumb little videos from day one. Everybody I knew drank all the time, so there was only maybe one adultish figure ever really admonishing me for being so completely hedonistic, all the time. I cut ties with all the authoritarian types who thought it was okey dokey for poorer kids to be singled out and rich jocks to run roughshod over the rest of us. I’d always had a bit of a social justice consciousness that put me at odds with authorities, and even other punks-ya know lotsa my pals wanted to wear Lewis leathers and new boots like The Clash, but almost none of them seemed to ever, ever even once really listen to the lyrics. I kept advertising for musicians influenced by The Godfathers and Lords Of The New Church, but it was the late eighties and almost everybody was just into Poison-stupid party rawk. Even us, really, we wanted to party all the time like Rick james and eddie Murphy, we’d grown up on Van Halen and the Blues Brothers, it was a long, slow fight, waiting to escape the truant officers by turning 18. Raising hell was what we specialized in, merry making, singing, performing, dressing up. Whenever these old rock docs get to the cleanup time, the recovery moral of the story, I am usually sorta noting how the music kinda sucked after that. They say Steve Tyler is back in rehab, I aint liked much of his songbook since maybe “What It Takes” and “Ragdoll” and “F.I.N.E.” I still love all his seventies records though, and never deny he was one of the best frontmen. I send him all my good vibrations. It’s sortof a shame that Des Barres only had commercial success with “Obsession” cause so many of his records rocked like fuck, “Checkered Past“, man. They did  a whiplash version of “Vacation”. They toured with Ratt and Billy Idol, but their record has a cheeseball KISS style production, formulaic hair metal, ya know? It’s hard to even truly love the Steve Jones solo hairmetal shit ya know? Just too shit-metal, canned drums, cheesy production values, half written songs. Kinda funny when Jones talks about cleaning up but only meaning no smack, he was still doing everything else. I was never personally all that impressed with like, the “Drugs Suck” commercials of the fake sober Doc McGhee anti drug concert in Russia. Anyways, the Des Barres story is a wildass rocknroll fairytale gone wrong again and again, and if you’re anything like me, you know that roller coaster firsthand. I wish Power Station woulda written some better material, ya know, they were fabulous in their own way, but needed better songs, besides “Some Like It Hot” and “Bang A Gong”. In more recent years, DES BARRES has continued acting and has also been releasing new solo tunes and they’ve all been very good. He knows how to rock. I’m still a big fan. He’s a real smart, entertaining, charming motherfucker. My kinda dude.

“White supremacy is as American as apple pie, as the latest killings in Buffalo show.”  (-Dr. Cornel West)

“They don’t censor lies. It’s the Truth that scares them. Remember: Assange is in prison for telling the Truth.” (-Jimmy Dore)2022/may/21/trump-bl


More military grade weaponry in the hands of overmilitarized, unaccountable, racist cops is never the answer. All cops are there for is to protect the property of the ruling class, the coercive arm of the billionaires total spectrum domination, homeland police state. Davos techlords are employing all their marketing people to create more consent for less civil liberties and more authoritarian military training. People want the same fools who don’t help when they’re supposed to, but kick down paramedics doors and shoot them in bed, to be the ones always being ever more heavily armed, while Democrat politicians drone on and on about the horrors of gun violence while giving fifty mill a day for regime change mercenaries in the Ukraine to commit gun violence. Myself, I’m not a textbook liberal, okay? I can’t stand Democrats or Republicans. All they do is blame the other team, worship the rich and give more powers to the gestapo to keep their boots on the necks of the poor. Malcolm X said, “that’s not a chip on my shoulder, that’s your boot on my neck”. I think it’s probably gotten worse, since then. Julian Sanchez said, “I suspect this is an underappreciated harm of police militarization: Now cops think it’s not their job to protect people, if it involves some risk and they don’t have a tank and a SWAT team.” Everytime there is a school shooting, everybody seems to fall right back into their standard programming, with people on the right insisting there are school shootings because unpatriotic poor people are insufficiently Caucasian or rightwing religious, and should pre-emptively be jailed as soon as they are identified as somehow less militarized than say, Kyle Rittenhouse, less than John Wayne gung ho “kill ’em all and let God sort em out”, and we just need more cops in schools and more people of color being feltup and patted down at Israeli style checkpoints. That will always be their position cause they are always rah rah pro military and cop oriented-at least their rank and file are. Why do Dems think the policeman is their fucking friend and that more profiling and spying and censorship and snitching is always the answer? I never get that bullshit, at all. They go right back around the Mulberry Bush from “defund the cops” to fucking “see something/say something”. Kalling the Kops Karens love dialing those three little numbers as their primary conflict resolution strategy, whenever they are offended or wish to speak to an always strangely absent but way overpaid manager. Since when does the establishment protect the little people, the kids, the elderly, or the most vulnerable? NEVER. They don’t care about teachers. Both Betsy Des Vos and Bill Gates have done everything in their power to fuck up public schools and usher in all their robot mind control, charter school and common core bullshit, armed goons in schools just hassle anybody who is different. I thought we knew this and understood that. Everytime the tv tells people they are supposed to get more involved with copping and snitching, and superfunding more jackbooted thugs who only ever end up targeting weird kids, latchkey children, children with disabilities, or on the spectrum, the shitlibs watch tv and all go right into their lifelong “I love a man in a uniform”, cop trusting. Where all the ACABS at? As Ajamu Baraka of Black Alliance For Peace reminds us everyday, “Democrat party opportunists are thinking they finally have an electoral issue, because they literally have nothing else. However, they don’t understand connection between social violence and pro-war legitimation that they helped to foster means the nation will quickly move on.” Shitlibs on the false left just automatically default back to their usual, “just trust Kopmala to superfund the cops and the IDF to train the hypermilitarized alphabet gangs and military and secret mercenary proxy army regime change contractors who we should all trust with guns”. Most of the time, the crazies with access to military grade weapons are members of military and cop families, and sometimes even ex cop or military themselves. That guy that killed all the people at the gay bar had been a military contractor. Dems never see any correlation, whatsoever, between their party promoting extrajudicial assassinations and drones, coups, and torture gulags, endless wars based on lies for corporate pillaging and land grabbing, the mass media glorifying violence all day, and these “lone shooters” who go postal after lifetimes of being taught that violence is somehow heroic and patriotic, as long as their preferred party is in office. POVERTY IS OUR MAIN PROBLEM. And mass media that gaslights us and helps keep us in a fearful, divided and traumatized state, at all times, where we think we need to be more “protected” by armed gangs of stormtrooper robo-cops, and new laws against free speech, and protests in public spaces and stuff. Your Republican friends think we should go to war with China, your Democrat friends are all still hopped up on blaming “RUSSIA!” for Hillary’s rigging the DNC primaries twice and even high rents and gas gouging, and “inflation and supply chain issues”. I asked the guy at the grocery when a certain product would be restocked and he belligerently screamed, “NOBODY WANTS TO WORK!” Margaret Kimberly from Black Agenda Report, opines: “This week was designated #NationalPoliceWeek. Congress picked the anniversary of George Floyd’s killing as a date. Yes they did. Of course, they didn’t know that cops would stand around letting kids get shot, even though that police department claimed to have a SWAT team.” I know shitlibs who still believe there are pornoscanners and TSA gropings in the airports to protect them from scary Muslims with boxcutters coming for their big box retail jobs and freedom fries and special preferences. “The proxy war in Ukraine provides an excellent “you’re either with us or against us” moment for US hegemonic power. US ruling elite are now viewing any country that doesn’t support endless war in Ukraine as the “bad guys” and have begun exerting heavy pressure against them. House bill H.R. 7311 states the US will hold accountable African governments the US feels are aiding Russia’s “malign influence.” But of course “aiding Russia” could be as simple as having economic ties to them. One can see how this quickly spirals into an economic World War.” (-Lee Camp)

Everybody I used to know in high school is deeply immersed in gun flooded Zelensky super hero narrative, and virtue signal by waving flags for Biden who cheerfully ignores all our suffering here in this so called homeland, while giving away unaccountable billions to proxy armies and psy op marketing and flooding Ukraine with weaponry, just like they did in Syria and Libya, it’s a batshit world we live in. Matt Taibbi from Rolling Stone’s Useful Idiot podcasts suggest reading Consortium News online: “Wow: YouTube removing Victoria Nuland-Geoffrey Pyatt call showing U.S. involvement in the Maidan coup – the “Yats is our guy” tape. This is how the alleged fight against “misinformation” will be used to cover up damaging truths.” I avoid mass media, cause I’d be as baffled as the rest of ’em, if I spent hours a day watching police state propaganda. Glen Greenwald nails it, again: “Cultural left-liberals really do believe that they have reached such a state of unprecedented enlightenment that all communities and discourse involving marginalized people — including ones to which they have zero connection in their lives — are theirs to control and dictate.” In the Midwest, they don’t really care for music-they even get drunk IN FRONT OF THEIR TV’s. Everyday, I have to see headlines about Elon Musk and the Kardashians, and all their fucking opinions. Who cares about those obnoxious rich people? Kardashian’s even promoting the Bill Gates Solylent Green brand of fake meat. She won’t eat it but she wants you to. They overnight put that shit in all the fast food places and that no one in the “news” mentions it, makes me wonder what kinda fuckedup shit the shareholders of Bayer/Monsanto got in store for us, now. I been vegetarian for about twenty years, but I have no faith or trust in any of these billionaires incessantly heralded in mass media as SUPER SCIENTIFIC SPACE SAVIORS FOR PROGRESS. It troubles me that Gates and Blackrock have taken control of the seeds, farmlands, and food supply. But what do the girls from Blackpink have to say about it? Just kidding-I’v never even heard that shit. I still mostly listen to eighties new wave. I don’t watch tv or believe in anything the politicians have to say about anything, anymore. I’m not one of those people who know the government lies about SOME topics but always tell the whole truth about others, because of “identifying” with some politician. Burroughs said, “everytime there’s a mass shooting they always want to take all the guns away from the people who did not do it”. I still think we need to keep talking about DEMILITARIZING THE POLICE. Your college friends never heard of a disposition matrix. I got no interest in hearing violence loving, gun crazy, drone giddy warpigs lecture anybody about gun violence. 

How Team Obama Justifies the Killing of a 16-Year-Old American – The Atlantic


As a prole and an antisocial glamarchist I ain’t one to shell out big money to be herded by gym hulks in staff t shirts into some sports arena with a buncha sunburnt idiots who might just trample each other to death to see a roster of hasbeen metal wankers, none of whom were able to keep their original lineup together. It’s just like Waxl and company dragging the brand through the money trenches without Izzy and Adler, they’re just superfame millionaires perpetually doing the cash grab victory lap without any real rocknroll soul, but they aint playing for rocknroll people anymore, they’re playing for like, rich as fuck techlord or vacationing hedge fund managers or attorneys, Hard Rock Cafe tourists. So yeah the idea of a QUIREBOYS who were already down to like only two charter members, playing metal shows with Enuff Z Nuff guys in the band, that’s just not probably gonna be my thing. Call me old fashioned, but I’ll probably be sticking with SPIKE, wherever he goes. Mary Ann, 7 O’Clock, yeah? I always preferred the Quireboys to The Black Crowes or any of those other eighties suitjacket bands.


Last night I had to take a break from parenting stresses and went on a walk right after dusk, tried to photograph a very strange beige sunset but doubt my cheap camera really captured the colors correctly. On my way home past a house the locals refer to as the stabbin’ cabin, I suddenly heard the sound from behind of a vicious barking dog, I started running forward at a breakneck pace, hoping to make it to my friend’s house who has a pickup truck in her driveway I was gonna jump up into, but I heard the animal right at my heels and turned around and hit the ground with my walking stick right in front of it’s face as a warning, yelling, “go home!” Now this is the third narrow escape from attack dogs in the four and a half years I been in the desert. There is a sick personality type who likes having their leashless pitbulls chasing strangers down the streets, as a way of sortof broadening their property, expanding their turf. One crazy new age monster loves letting her dog own the streets and just smiles smugly at passerby, it’s kinda like gun nuts, only they are double pitbull dog nuts. This is the only place I ever been where elderly people are too lazy to even walk their fucking dogs, so they let them run down the middle of the street and the, just follow them from behind, driving slowly in their big oversized fifty thousand dollar fucking white pickup trucks. The pitbull crazies are both men and women, it’s a freakish thing to me-weaponizing animals and refusing to obey local leash laws that can never be enforced because every single oldster who owns a big desert high fenced compound have the two obligatory, snarly pitbulls and the lady who owns the one chased that me last night, she’s been cited by cops before. One of her old pitbulls had to be put down after biting somebody. The animal control place made her post signs all around her compound that say dangerous animal, but I see she has been allowed to adopt another secondary pitbull, in spite of the fact that people have been harmed by her animals in the past, and hell, somebody was stabbed at her place a couple years ago, I think by her son, but somehow cops just let her remain there, letting the pitbulls out of her gate to roam the streets whenever she just feels like it, what a crazy freak, and ya know, let’s just say she has, “guests” visiting her place in different automobiles, all around the clock. So it’s always nuts to me how cops will target some random old hermit for harassment if they don’t particularly care for his taste in yard ornaments, but batshit crazy old women can dominate the entire neighborhood with vicious animals. Fuckin hell. Somedays, the thought comes-maybe I’LL get an animal and sic it on all these batshit old women and see how they like running from a big creature baring it’s fuckin’ teeth, but ya know, “revenge is mine sayeth the lord”, I try to give it up, to the God of my understanding. It’s tough, though. So much smalltown corruption. Couple years back attack dogs are said to have killed somebody who was riding a bicycle here. It’s a drag cause I gotta take walks to preserve what mirage of sanity I still got left, even in these horrible days of unbearable wildfire smoke and ninety seven degrees hetwaves where you can barely even breathe, but everywhere you go, there are some evil forces allowed by the establishment to operate right there in the open with full impunity. Those fucking people suck so bad. I don’t like wishin’ ill on animals-what the fuck is wrong with their fuckin’ sick, ghastly, evil owners? I will repeat again that I blame corporate media for keeping people in a perpetual state of fear that makes people think they need the ten foot high fences, doorbell cameras, oversized knives on their belts, the tank like vehicles, the guns and pitbulls. When you glorify war and conquering all day, it affects people. We all cope with trauma differently, some of us arm ourselves to the teeth and buy emergency supplies from Alex Jones, some of us drink and weep, others stay in a cozy prescription pill bubble in front of Netflix and focus on pop culture garbage, others get back to rigorous conformity believing obedience to authority is always the right thing to do. Even and especially totally corrupt authority. UGH! I’m told by many witnesses that one time when I was losing a street fight against nazi skinheads, two nazi sympathizing cops just sat in their cars and watched while I was stomped on for almost ten minutes by nine guys in steel toed boots. My life was saved by a crack dealer with an aluminum baseball bat. True story.

Mornings in the desert, moon is still in the smoky sky when the roosters wake me up, I go check on all the outdoor neighborhood feral cats we help take care of, put my outgoing stuff in the mailbox, make some coffee, start skimming the headlines, once you see the brazen police state war propaganda for what it is, you can’t stop seeing it. My neighbors say things like, “we have to support the real estate investors”. HUH? Whut? Not me, Jack. Affluent people all have some idea that it’s poor people’s patriotic duty to “support” the richer people. No, man. Not I. They are all fucking ugly, selfish, horrible, misguided, heavily propagandized warpigs. Not my scene, man, not my job. I scoff at the whole horror show, we don’t even know what’s going on. But you can bet it’s some crazy horrific shit. Like the headline where odious Kissinger is saying depraved occultist and techno-fascist Klaus Schwab’s Future Leader’s School Grad, the comedian/actor/millionaire/action star Zelensky is gonna have to give up territory and him saying, basically that Klaus and Nato and Davos predators will not allow that. The WEF billionaires are meeting at DAVOS and planning their “fourth industrial revolution” C3PO transhumanist, NWO wars in secret. I’m not privy to the specifics of how they plan on waging endless wars and redrawing maps and installing more puppet regimes and ultimately taking on China, but I understand it aint nothing pretty and it sure as hell in no way is at all intended to help out poor people-my ex associates though, are all media suckers-they’ll believe anything the tv says. So long as an official corporate network millionaire says it’s true, it’s gotta be the facts: Rachel Maddow can not tell a lie, they insist. She’s on the tv! Maybe those goshdarn Republikkans lied, but only about Trump electoral stuff, and some middle eastern war in Afghanistan they can barely remember, but the main thing is Biden/Zelensky is good and Trump/Putin is bad, and that’s all anybody in history will ever need to know, ya know, for science and feminism and woke, vegan, pro noun diversity. And AOC! And her feelings-that one blue lives matter/Maga protest at the capital “traumatized” her. The Thank Obamas cling desperately to their rigged primaries and gentrification mimosa bruncheons. I can’t even start to have any sort of real conversation with those people, they have just been hopelessly programmed to recite advertising slogans, like “standing with Ukraine”, “trust science”, “blue no matter who”, “just do it”, that kinda shit, and almost nothing else-maybe some Taylor Swift lyrics, “shake it off, shake it off, ooh hoo hoo.” It really is a Spice World, now. Boy bands and wealth worship, video games and product updates, and shit-libs celebrating that General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin and Dyncorp weapon manufacturers are creating robot armies for our health and the public good. And censoring the internet for freedom and ACADEMIA! Maybe if I’d inherited a house and a fake part time business and spent the past forty years watching television on mom’s couch, Bruce Willis action thrillers and such, I’d wanna believe that Oprah and Dr. Phil know what’s best for us. I can’t do it, I can’t even be around the shitlibs with their I-Phones and their know nothing paid for diplomas. They’re having debates about Amber Herd and Elon Musk and quoting the Simpsons. Fantasizing about being macho, unshaven, brave, zombie fighters with flat stomachs and big crossbows.  Get me outta here. Fucking Foo Fighters fans. Vaping for science and diversity. I can’t help ’em. Gotta use my walk away powers. I knew they were lost in 95. They kept talking to me about that tv show, “Friends”. Suckin’ up to the fortunate son drug dealers, hoping for a coveted ticket to the swimming pool party at the mama Mcmansion, waxin’ on and on about how they were fourth hand famous because their friend’s friends’s friend’s friend used to open up for the fat fratboy band who got five minutes of being grunge famous cause somebody’s dad was a media monolith CEO who bought ’em a recording studio and now they are all friends with the cops and somebody got to go with them to the stripjoint that plays Fiddy Cent and Lil Wayne, once. Ehhh. I’ll pass. I hate capitalist rappers. I don’t even like Eminem or Jay Z. They in bed with Masons. Gimme Boots Riley and Immortal Tech, anyday. Media is gonna scream about nothing but abortion, gun control and why Biden should kill always more social safety net programs to redirect funding to kkkops and proxy war regime change armies. I’m a keep talking about poverty and bullshit jacked up rents, slave wages and corporate media providing cover for all that chaicanery, mass murder, selective grieving, exploitation and quiet weapons for silent war. I remember when my old heavy metal guitar player gave me the book “They Rule By Secrecy” by Jim Marrs and not being ready for much of it. I gave all my kids books by Howard Zinn when they were growing up-I want them to know that things are never what the tv makes ’em seem. Like this rotating villain strategy, where the corporate puppet Dems blame all their own whitewashing and wrongdoings on some boogeyman du jour, usually an external villain, but sometimes a Republikkkan with the Big D in parentheses, so they can tweet all day about “taxing the rich” or “fake news” or “RUSSIAN! disinformation”, but never actually help anyone.

We can’t believe this really happened: last week George W. Bush took responsibility for being a war criminal.  While criticizing Russia for having rigged elections and shutting out political opposition (which would already be hilarious coming from any American in general and Bush in particular), the 43rd president made the following comment:

“The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq. I mean, of Ukraine.”

This was followed by him adding “and Iraq, too.”  To which the audience laughed.  

As Caitlin Johnstone so brilliantly commented: “The bullshit doesn’t get any more brightly illuminated than this, folks. While the western political/media class constantly rends its garments over “disinformation” about the Ukraine war even as US officials openly admit they’ve been using the media to circulate disinformation about that same war, and even as the Biden administration imprisons and persecutes a journalist for exposing US war crimes, we get a square admission that the US is no better than Russia and that the only thing obscuring this is the fact that we are all swimming in a sea of disinformation and propaganda provided by that same political/media class.”

The U.S. media is driving us to and keeping us at war. We saw the media drive us to war in Iraq and we saw the devastating consequences and now it is driving a U.S. proxy war with Russia in Ukraine.  It must stop!  

Where are the media calls for peace?  We must demand they stop cheering on the killing of people and publish and platform plans for peace.

The U.S. media drives us to war and fries our brains. This time the stakes are literally nuclear. Not one Democrat in Congress is opposing the tens of billions of weapons being sent to Ukraine to keep the war there going and last month, the Wall Street Journal published an article titled: ‘The U.S. Should Show it can Win a Nuclear War.’ What!?!?!?! This kind of dangerous thinking must be debunked, but the New York Times and Washington Post are too busy campaigning for more weapons for more war — all the way to nuclear apocalypse.

Contact The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and MSNBC and tell them to stop driving war.

 They must call for negotiations, not escalations, weapons and more hate.

Stop the lies and hate. Call for peace,

Jodie and the entire CODEPINK team: Ann, Ariel, Clay, Danaka, Emily, Farida, Justina, Jodie, Kelly, Leonardo, Lola, Marcy, Mark, Medea, Michelle, Nancy, Olivia, Paki,  Sam, Sophie, Sohpia, Samantha, Teri, Shea, and Suzie


“On your street they try to tell you ’bout the pain, in my streets, we try to do it all again…” (-Electric Frankenstein)

Sometimes, it’s best to lead from the back, wolf style–like Chappelle said, in this kinda culture you gonna need a pretty white girl to SING any true fact you wish to convey. I been busy fighting advanced periodontal disease, a city hall in bed with horrifyingly shady developers who seem to have boundless resources for destroying my part of town, the wildlife habitat, and hoping to erase the traditional, desert southwest cowboy culture and in it’s place, install a cul de sac of rich, suburbanized or gentrified, tech money, part time, two months a year, snowbird McMansions, exclusively for rich people. It’s fucked up. Talk about being replaced. When we were back in kindergarten and Sunday School, they taught us that the ruling class really cared about our suggestion box preferences, and petitions, that our wishes and interests would be “represented” by some pre vetted, rich brand models we got to choose from, but of course, it was all lies. The fix was probably always in. Smoky backrooms and secret societies. It’s really weird knowing people who still think the Democrat Party represents regular people and not just big pharma and the military industrial complex. I mean, I’ve known a lot of ignorant Republikkkans in my time, but now, they are ALL dumb Republikkkans only some have NAMASTE bumper stickers, know wot I mean? Warpigs-they are all warpigs. Ever since they consolidated the mass media back in 96 under Clinton’s Telecommunications Act, every fucking aspect of monopoly media has been weaponized-the bullshit news, the super hero movies, the mk ultra occult pop, it’s all bullshit, it’s gotten grim, Jim. I remember back in 95, me and my dead friend, Charlie Die from Margate, NJ, we used to exchange fanzines, we did not have the internet, we made fanzines and cassette compilations for one another. I couldn’t even type back then, had to get girls to type my little 45 record reviews for me. We were all really into like, the NY Loose, Mummies, Teengenerate, The Humpers, the R.A.F.R. compilations, and ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN who just flatout rocked so hard, man. Sal from Electric Frankenstein used to talk about The Anti-Rock Conspiracy and how the corporate powers that be wanted to remove rebellious rocknroll that provoked thought from the airwaves, or herd it into little ghettofied free speech zones, controlling when we were allowed to hear it-mostly just during sports or army commercials. After the war of terror started by Bush/Cheney on 9/11, Radio banned 900 some anti-war songs, ya know? Nobody gets to be heard, if they say any shit that is a problem for the billionaires and warpigs and surveillance tech-fascists. Where I live, the town print shop closed down during the Plague Years. Also, the book store. What remains? McDonalds, Wal-Mart, the legal reefer white people pot dispensaries and liquor stores. Couple of yuppie tourist traps where you can get your ten dollar beer, or eight dollar coffee, or fifteen dollar waffles. When I quit a record store job, because our rightwing dickhead boss was an all around uptight, predator, bully abuser, shit went bad for a couple years. Series of bad dishwashing jobs, breakups, lost my record collection, lost all my books and cool clothes, kinda went to drink for awhile until I met a woman who owned a trendy pizza place, who got me off the street and helped me clean up for awhile. I got a bookstore job in the rich suburbs, that kinda sucked, too, had to take shit from crazy new age Karens all day, but I did not have to pick chicken, or be around the post grunge, tattoo hot rod hipsters. I don’t remember liking much new music after that. The little labels I used to jam to like Sympathy all died. Flipside magazine went out of business. The bars were all overran with these big dumb mook sports people, who never really liked music to begin with. Those assholes put “The Simpsons” on TV, at the bar, preyed on drunk women, beatup smaller people to impress drunk women, sold drugs outta the back room, the baseball caps turned the music scene into a sports bar frathouse type environment, killing off old school punk people’s desire to wanna be involved in local music. It was all just sports dummies and pro war chanting: “USA! USA! USA! USA!”, after that. “Who Let The Dogs Out”, “American Idol”, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Been almost nothing but Foo Fighters, ever since. I’d visit big cities, and even there, the bars were too gentrified and overpriced and it was all just like cover bands and tribute nights. How many more times do I need to hear those same ten songs played badly? I did my part, I kept on writing and archiving songs from the heart about my life and this fuckedup crazy war world we live in, but my former collaborators all split to play with people who were richer and more famous. I almost never hear any new music I like anymore, that speaks at all to my reality. It’s all bullshit. Richard Duguay from Canada, he is great. It’s been a long time, really. Circus Of Power and Junkyard and The Hangmen are still good. The World Famous Mister Ratboy and Hiroshi the Golden Arm have a new band in Japan called THE GOLDEN RAT. I think Australia’s awesome VICIOUS KITTEN RECORDS Gray Brothers might be releasing their “PINUPS” style new LP! Anything by TEX PERKINS or any BEASTS affiliated side projects or spinoffs are always great. I been thinkin’ about Maria McKee lately. I think she left the country to escape all those evil producer predatory industry sleazebags. Same with Terrence Trent D’Arby-changed his name and got outta town. It’s probably a bad idea to go anywhere near the USA monopoly media record labels. TIM YO from “Maximum Rocknroll” tried to warn us over 25 years ago. It eats talent and shits war propaganda. Corporate Rawk still sucks. Now more than ever before. Where I live there aint no international newwsstands so ya can’t get import rock magazines and USA killed off the print media except for Spin and Rolling Stone which are literally, actually sickening. If you read that bullshit, it makes you physically sick. Mostly cause it’s all lies and promotes all those Disneyfied, fake Hip-hop, lapdancer/boyband monarch industry slaves.


“The United States, as the near unanimous vote to provide nearly $40 billion in aid to Ukraine illustrates, is trapped in the death spiral of unchecked militarism. No high speed trains. No universal health care. No viable Covid relief program. No respite from 8.3 percent inflation. No infrastructure programs to repair decaying roads and bridges, which require $41.8 billion to fix the 43,586 structurally deficient bridges, on average 68 years old. No forgiveness of $1.7 trillion in student debt. No addressing income inequality. No program to feed the 17 million children who go to bed each night hungry. No rational gun control or curbing of the epidemic of nihilistic violence and mass shootings. No help for the 100,000 Americans who die each year of drug overdoses. No minimum wage of $15 an hour to counter 44 years of wage stagnation. No respite from gas prices that are projected to hit $6 a gallon.

The permanent war economy, implanted since the end of World War II, has destroyed the private economy, bankrupted the nation, and squandered trillions of dollars of taxpayer money. The monopolization of capital by the military has driven the US debt to $30 trillion, $ 6 trillion more than the US GDP of $ 24 trillion. Servicing this debt costs $300 billion a year. We spent more on the military, $ 813 billion for fiscal year 2023, than the next nine countries, including China and Russia, combined.

We are paying a heavy social, political, and economic cost for our militarism. Washington watches passively as the U.S. rots, morally, politically, economically, and physically, while China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, and other countries extract themselves from the tyranny of the U.S. dollar and the international Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), a messaging network banks and other financial institutions use to send and receive information, such as money transfer instructions. Once the U.S. dollar is no longer the world’s reserve currency, once there is an alternative to SWIFT, it will precipitate an internal economic collapse. It will force the immediate contraction of the U.S. empire shuttering most of its nearly 800 overseas military installations. It will signal the death of Pax Americana.

Democrat or Republican. It does not matter. War is the raison d’état of the state. Extravagant military expenditures are justified in the name of “national security.” The nearly $40 billion allocated for Ukraine, most of it going into the hands of weapons manufacturers such as Raytheon Technologies, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing, is only the beginning. Military strategists, who say the war will be long and protracted, are talking about infusions of $4 or $5 billion in military aid a month to Ukraine. We face existential threats. But these do not count. The proposed budget for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in fiscal year 2023 is $10.675 billion. The proposed budget for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is $11.881 billion. Ukraine alone gets more than double that amount. Pandemics and the climate emergency are afterthoughts. War is all that matters. This is a recipe for collective suicide.

There were three restraints to the avarice and bloodlust of the permanent war economy that no longer exist. The first was the old liberal wing of the Democratic Party, led by politicians such as Senator George McGovern, Senator Eugene McCarthy, and Senator J. William Fulbright, who wrote The Pentagon Propaganda Machine. The self-identified progressives, a pitiful minority, in Congress today, from Barbara Lee, who was the single vote in the House and the Senate opposing a broad, open-ended authorization allowing the president to wage war in Afghanistan or anywhere else, to Ilhan Omar now dutifully line up to fund the latest proxy war. The second restraint was an independent media and academia, including journalists such as I.F Stone and Neil Sheehan along with scholars such as Seymour Melman, author of The Permanent War Economy and Pentagon Capitalism: The Political Economy of War. Third, and perhaps most important, was an organized anti-war movement, led by religious leaders such as Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr. and Phil and Dan Berrigan as well as groups such as Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). They understood that unchecked militarism was a fatal disease.

None of these opposition forces, which did not reverse the permanent war economy but curbed its excesses, now exist. The two ruling parties have been bought by corporations, especially military contractors. The press is anemic and obsequious to the war industry. Propagandists for permanent war, largely from right-wing think tanks lavishly funded by the war industry, along with former military and intelligence officials, are exclusively quoted or interviewed as military experts. NBC’s “Meet the Press” aired a segment May 13 where officials from Center for a New American Security (CNAS) simulated what a war with China over Taiwan might look like. The co-founder of CNAS, Michèle Flournoy, who appeared in the “Meet the Press” war games segment and was considered by Biden to run the Pentagon, wrote in 2020 in Foreign Affairs that the U.S. needs to develop “the capability to credibly threaten to sink all of China’s military vessels, submarines and merchant ships in the South China Sea within 72 hours.” 

The handful of anti-militarists and critics of empire from the left, such as Noam Chomsky, and the right, such as Ron Paul, have been declared persona non grata by a compliant media. The liberal class has retreated into boutique activism where issues of class, capitalism and militarism are jettisoned for “cancel culture,” multiculturalism and identity politics. Liberals are cheerleading the war in Ukraine. At least the inception of the war with Iraq saw them join significant street protests. Ukraine is embraced as the latest crusade for freedom and democracy against the new Hitler. There is little hope, I fear, of rolling back or restraining the disasters being orchestrated on a national and global level.  The neoconservatives and liberal interventionists chant in unison for war. Biden has appointed these war mongers, whose attitude to nuclear war is terrifyingly cavalier, to run the Pentagon, the National Security Council, and the State Department.

Since all we do is war, all proposed solutions are military. This war mongering accelerates the decline, as the military defeat in Vietnam and the squandering of $8 trillion in the futile wars in the Middle East illustrate. War and sanctions, it is believed, will cripple Russia, rich in gas and natural resources. War, or the threat of war, will curb the growing economic and 

military clout of China. These are demented and dangerous fantasies, perpetrated by a ruling class that has severed itself from reality. No longer able to salvage their own society and economy, they seek to destroy those of their global competitors, especially Russia and China. Once the militarists cripple Russia, the plan goes, they will focus military aggression on the Indo-Pacific, dominating what Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, referring to the Pacific, called “the American Sea.” 

You cannot talk about war without talking about markets. The U.S., whose growth rate has fallen to below 2 percent, while China’s growth rate is 8.1 percent, has turned to military aggression to bolster its sagging economy. If the U.S. can sever Russian gas supplies to Europe, it will force Europeans to buy from the United States. U.S. firms, at the same time, would be happy to replace the Chinese Communist Party, even if they must do it through the threat of war, to open unfettered access to Chinese markets. War, if it did break out with China, would devastate the Chinese, American, and global economies, destroying free trade between countries as in World War I. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

Washington is desperately trying to build military and economic alliances to ward off a rising China, whose economy is expected by 2028 to overtake that of the United States, according to the UK’s Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). The White House has said Biden’s current visit to Asia is about sending a “powerful message” to Beijing and others about what the world could look like if democracies “stand together to shape the rules of the road.” The Biden administration has invited South Korea and Japan to attend the NATO summit in Madrid.

But fewer and fewer nations, even among European allies, are willing to be dominated by the United States. Washington’s veneer of democracy and supposed respect for human rights and civil liberties is so badly tarnished as to be irrecoverable. Its economic decline, with China’s manufacturing 70 percent higher than that of the U.S., is irreversible. War is a desperate Hail Mary, one employed by dying empires throughout history with catastrophic consequences. “It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this instilled in Sparta that made war inevitable,” Thucydides noted in the History of the Peloponnesian War. 

A key component to the sustenance of the permanent war state was the creation of the All-Volunteer Force. Without conscripts, the burden of fighting wars falls to the poor, the working class, and military families. This All-Volunteer Force allows the children of the middle class, who led the Vietnam anti-war movement, to avoid service. It protects the military from internal revolts, carried out by troops during the Vietnam War, which jeopardized the cohesion of the armed forces. The All-Volunteer Force, by limiting the pool of available troops, also makes the global ambitions of the militarists impossible. Desperate to maintain or increase troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military instituted the stop-loss policy that arbitrarily extended active-duty contracts. Its slang term was the backdoor draft. The effort to bolster the number of troops by hiring private military contractors, as well, had a negligible effect. Increased troop levels would not have won the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but the tiny percentage of those willing to serve in the military (only 7 percent of the U.S. population are veterans) is an unacknowledged Achilles heel for the militarists.

“As a consequence, the problem of too much war and too few soldiers eludes serious scrutiny,” writes historian and retired Army Colonel Andrew Bacevich in After the Apocalypse: America’s Role in a World Transformed. “Expectations of technology bridging that gap provide an excuse to avoid asking the most fundamental questions: Does the United States possess the military wherewithal to oblige adversaries to endorse its claim of being history’s indispensable nation? And if the answer is no, as the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq suggest, wouldn’t it make sense for Washington to temper its ambitions accordingly?”

This question, as Bacevich points out, is an “anathema.” The military strategists work from the supposition that the coming wars won’t look anything like past wars. They invest in imaginary theories of future wars that ignore the lessons of the past, ensuring more fiascos. 

The political class is as self-deluded as the generals. It refuses to accept the emergence of a multi-polar world and the palpable decline of American power. It speaks in the outdated language of American exceptionalism and triumphalism, believing it has the right to impose its will as the leader of the “free world.” In his 1992 Defense Planning Guidance memorandum, U.S. Under Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz argued that the U.S. must ensure no rival superpower again arises. The U.S. should project its military strength to dominate a unipolar world in perpetuity. On February 19, 1998, on NBC’s “TodayShow”, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright gave the Democratic version of this doctrine of unipolarity. “If we have to use force it is because we are Americans; we are the indispensable nation,” she said. “We stand tall, and we see further than other countries into the future.”

This demented vision of unrivaled U.S. global supremacy, not to mention unrivaled goodness and virtue, blinds the establishment Republicans and Democrats. The military strikes they casually used to assert the doctrine of unipolarity, especially in the Middle East, swiftly spawned jihadist terror and prolonged warfare. None of them saw it coming until the hijacked jets slammed into the World Trade Center twin towers. That they cling to this absurd hallucination is the triumph of hope over experience.

There is a deep loathing among the public for these elitist Ivy League architects of American imperialism. Imperialism was tolerated when it was able to project power abroad and produce rising living standards at home. It was tolerated when it restrained itself to covert interventions in countries such as Iran, Guatemala, and Indonesia. It went off the rails in Vietnam. The military defeats that followed accompanied a steady decline in living standards, wage stagnation, a crumbling infrastructure and eventually a series of economic policies and trade deals, orchestrated by the same ruling class, which deindustrialized and impoverished the country.

The establishment oligarchs, now united in the Democratic Party, distrust Donald Trump. He commits the heresy of questioning the sanctity of the American empire. Trump derided the invasion of Iraq as a “big, fat mistake.” He promised “to keep us out of endless war.” Trump was repeatedly questioned about his relationship with Vladimir Putin. Putin was “a killer,” one interviewer told him. “There are a lot of killers,” Trump retorted. “You think our country’s so innocent?” Trump dared to speak a truth that was to be forever unspoken, the militarists had sold out the American people.

Noam Chomsky took some heat for pointing out, correctly, that Trumpis the “one statesman” who has laid out a “sensible” proposition to resolve the Russia-Ukraine crisis. The proposed solution included “facilitating negotiations instead of undermining them and moving toward establishing some kind of accommodation in Europe…in which there are no military alliances but just mutual accommodation.”

Trump is too unfocused and mercurial to offer serious policy solutions. He did set a timetable to withdraw from Afghanistan, but he also ratcheted up the economic war against Venezuela and reinstituted crushing sanctions against Cuba and Iran, the latter two of which the Obama administration had ended. He increased the military budget. He apparently flirted with carrying out a missile strike on Mexico to “destroy the drug labs.” But he acknowledges a distaste for imperial mismanagement that resonates with a disenfranchised public, one that has every right to loath the smug mandarins that plunge us into one war after another. Trump lies like he breathes. But so do they.

The 57 Republicans who refused to support the $40 billion aid package to Ukraine, along with many of the 19 bills that included an earlier $13.6 billion in aid for Ukraine, come out of the kooky conspiratorial world of Trump. They, like Trump, repeat this heresy. They too are attacked and censored. But the longer Biden and the ruling class continue to pour resources into war at our expense, the more these proto fascists, already set to wipe out Democratic gains in the House and the Senate this fall, will be ascendant. Marjorie Taylor Greene, during the debate on the aid package to Ukraine, which most members were not given time to closely examine, said: “$40 billion dollars but there’s no baby formula for American mothers and babies.”

“An unknown amount of money to the CIA and Ukraine supplemental bill but there’s no formula for American babies,” she added. “Stop funding regime change and money laundering scams. A US politician covers up their crimes in countries like Ukraine.”

Democrat Jamie Raskin immediately attacked Greene for parroting the propaganda of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Greene, like Trump, spoke a truth that resonates with a disenfranchised and impoverished working class. The opposition to permanent war should have come from the tiny progressive wing of the Democratic Party, which unfortunately sold out to the craven Democratic Party leadership to save their political careers. Greene is demented, but Raskin and the Democrats peddle their own brand of lunacy. We are going to pay a very steep price for this burlesque.” (-Chris Hedges)

“Justin Trudeau bans RT and then  whines when Russia bans Canadian media in retaliation. This is a perfect example of how the US empire and its vassals see the world.” (-Garland Nixon)

Torpedohead “TRPHD” EP

German rock’n’rollers TORPEDOHEAD are still rocking hard and this time they will make vintage lovers happy since they have released their new EP on cassette tape! The opening song is their single “One Step Ahead”, a punk rock’n’roll song in the vein of AMERICAN HEARTBREAK, powerful and full of melody and sing alongs. “Heartbleed” bring us some sunny hard rock with a catchy pop punk chorus while “Don’t Care About You” also has an angry heavy rock vibe. Side B (well H in this case) opens with “Ain’t Your Life” and its AC/DC influenced intro before heading to a more glam metal direction with another catchy chorus (seems like the band has such a facility to write good choruses!) “Candyhatefuel” dsiplays the powerpop side of the band while “Shot On Mars” ends this EP with some 70s influenced rock’n’roll full of energy mixed to a modern powerpop chorus. The perfect format for this EP and the perfect summer tape! /Laurent C.

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Pelazo “Carry On” 7″

So a few days ago I went to the “John Paul Keith” show here in Valencia. I usually go early to every show, so that I can get to see the opening band, I was surprised when I arrived there and Mr Keith started playing, I thought the opening band had cancelled or something. So after John finished his explosive show I went out for a beer and and some fresh air when suddenly I heard these catchy chords and melodies, I went in and there was this band from Asturias playing a mind blowing set. To make a long story short. I found traces of Cheap Trick, The Beat, The Raspberries, The Replacements, and Husker Du all mixed together. The band’s name was “Pelazo”, they are formed by : Adrián Cadaya : Lead guitar and vocals Vini Serrano: Bass and vocals Pibli Gonzalez Drums and vocals Pablo Alvarez Torre : Rhythm guitar and vocals First of all, they all sing!! Now that’s a weird thing in the year 2022, and they also do it well, which is even weirder. They played that gig like if it was their last, and so I decided to write a few lines about their latest release, a 2 song ep which consists of “Carry On”, a complete Power Pop gem. This is an original cut that sounds like The Who meets The Plimsouls, in your face Rock and Roll with a 70’s twist so this is probably why it is not a strange thing at all that the other song is no other than a cover of Todd Rundgren’s “Couldn’t I just Tell You” I’m in love with this band, I strongly suggest you guys listen to them You can do it here :

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Gutter Gospel by General Labor Amerikkka’s Favorite Dishwasher 

The passage of time and all of it’s sickening crimes is making me sad again…” (-The Smiths)

“Anybody that still believes the United States is fighting for Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights anywhere has been hopelessly brainwashed by America.” (-Black In The Empire)

“US politics are so fu@@ked up! @RepMTG has a more anti-war position on Ukraine than@AOC

!!??!! So shameful that the US, under Biden now, continues to link Cuba to terrorism.” (-Medea Benjamin Code Pink For Peace)

“Nobody is helping re-elect Trump more than the Democrats. Their failure to deliver for the people is paving the way for Republicans in 2022 and 2024. Americans are struggling to afford housing, healthcare, and groceries and instead of doing anything about it our government is sending troops to Somalia & $40 billion to Ukraine to fund a proxy war with Russia. Biden is expanding the wars abroad & neglecting our problems at home.” (-Ryan Knight)

“Can’t believe empire managers have the gall to keep babbling about “disinformation” even as they work to extradite a journalist to the United States to defend the empire’s right to lie to us about its war crimes.” (-Cait Johnstone)

“Youtube deleted hundreds of thousands of historical videos from prominent antiwar journalists and activists including Abby Martin, Chris Hedges, and Lee Camp, is demonetizing political content everywhere in an effort to defund antiwar efforts.” (-Suzanne Burrall)

The paternalism & outrageous attempts by big-tech aligned with the U.S. state (is this “disinformation or opinion?) to police speech & thought will forever undermine any critique by the “democratic” West against “communist or socialist” totalitarianism. (-Ajamu Baraka)

“The mass media have been cranking out atrocity propaganda about what’s happening in Ukraine since before the invasion even started, like when they reported in February that Russia has a list of dissidents, journalists and “vulnerable populations such as religious and ethnic minorities and LGBTQI+ persons” who it plans on rounding up and torturing when it invades. Funny how we just completely stopped hearing about that one.

And this is all happening at the same time the western political/media class continues to shriek about the dangers of “disinformation” and the urgent need to strictly regulate its circulation on the internet, even after US officials came right out and admitted that they’ve been circulating disinformation about Russia and Ukraine. I guarantee you none of these completely evidence-free claims will be subject to censorship by the “fact checkers” of social media platforms.

The fact that both Silicon Valley and the mainstream news media have accepted it as a given that it is their job to manipulate public thought about this war tells you everything you need to know about how free and truth-based the so-called liberal democracies of the western world really are. We are being deceived and confused into consenting to agendas that could very easily lead to nuclear armageddon, and if we ever raise our voices in objection to this we are branded Putin propagandists and disinformation agents.

It’s getting very, very bad. Turn around, people. Wrong way.” (-Cait Johnstone)

 “With US media now forced to tacitly admit that the Clinton camp was behind the demented Trump-Russia conspiracy theories they pushed for many years, they’re still downplaying it. The server allegation wasn’t “uncorroborated.” Like everything else Russiagate, it was *fabricated.*” (-Aaron Mate)

“Good morning. The Clinton campaign fabricated a completely false story about Trump having a secret server with a Russian bank. The 2 servile partisan “reporters” who most pushed it —

@FranklinFoer and @NatashaBertrand — have been repeatedly promoted. This has long been known but the proof is emerging now because Hillary’s lawyer is on trial for lying to FBI – ie, they not only planted this disinformation with the press but also with FBI. Hillary’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, says Hillary personally approved the press leak. Hillary’s campaign not only used the media and FBI to spread this lie (FBI investigated and quickly determined it was bullshit), but Hillary herself used Twitter to spread this disinformation in a viral tweet which (of course) remains up with no label. Maybe it’s naiveté, but I just can’t believe that the media outlets that spread all these lies — especially the CIA lie about Hunter Biden’s laptop being “Russian disinformation,” which even NYT/WP/NBC now say is false — just refuse to acknowledge this let alone retract it.” (-Glenn Greenwald)

“Assistant Special Counsel Deborah Shaw told jurors that Sussmann took advantage of his relationships with the FBI and its then-general counsel James Baker to plant data about a potential Trump tie to Russia while hiding the fact that Sussmann was acting on behalf of the Clinton campaign.

“This is a case about privilege … the privilege of a lawyer who thought that for the powerful the normal rules didn’t apply, that he could use the FBI as a political tool,” Shaw said in her opening statement in U.S. District Court. “The defendant lied to direct the power and resources of the FBI to his own ends and to serve the agendas of his clients.”

Shaw said Sussmann and the Clinton campaign hoped that the FBI would jump on Sussmann’s report and launch an investigation that would embarrass Trump as voters prepared to go to the polls.

“It was a plan to create an October Surprise on the eve of the presidential election — a plan that used and manipulated the FBI ……a plan that largely succeeded,” Shaw declared.” (-POLITICO)

 “George W. Bush – war criminal, killed thousands. Donald Trump – war criminal, killed thousands. Barack Obama – war criminal, killed thousands. Joe Biden – war criminal, killed thousands. Bill Clinton – war criminal, killed thousands. Any questions? It’s not that complicated.” (-Lee Camp)

 “In 2002, GW Bush signed into law the Hague Invasion Act. It states the US military can be authorized to literally conduct a military operation in the Netherlands to liberate any US personnel who are brought there on war crimes charges.” (-Lynn Keefe)

“You’re not welcome/To the gated community, We bought the block/But you gotta have cash/If you want one/You gotta bring your soul/You gotta pay the down the money…..

I’m a bit obsessed with what’s happening with these big financial corporations like Blackrock and Blackstone buying up houses, becoming landlords. They pay far beyond a house’s value, putting home ownership even out of the range of the middle class — much less working class.” (-Kim Gordon, one of the o.g. big city, middle class gentrification, brand building empire, altenative-hipsters I always blamed for helping make punk rock unaffordable to working class yobs like me. You should not have to have a college degree to be able to live in a city, or rent a downtown rehearsal space, or have a band. Seems like she gets it, now.)

“Imperialism is bi-partisan – there should be no ‘ifs, ‘ands’ or ‘buts’ to defend Assange!” (-Margaret Kimberly)

“While neglecting dire needs at home, our government is not only sending troops to Somalia & spending $40B on UKR proxy war, it’s also spent -$773 B for the pentagon this year -$21 T for militarization since 2001 In other words, “our” government is working for the MIC, not for us.” (-Dr. Jill Stein)

“For might makes right, until they see the light, they’ve got to be protected, all their rights respected, ’til someone we like can be elected”. (-Tom Lehrer, “Send the Marines”)

Yes, yes, everybody has some big know it all opinion about everything, everyone’s an expert, cause tv or Twitter, or their navel-studies class or whatevs, but I can’t help but notice how everybody thinks their own shit don’t stink, that their political party are the nice ones, and “the others” are the bad guys. Unforgivable if Trump has border kids in cages, totally woke and scientific and feminist, if Gropey Joe does the same, or doubles or triples the border gulag captive populations. It’s fuckedup when Trump wants to impress Netanyahu and Addelson, says, “hold my beer” and drone kills a general in Iran for kicking their black-ops proxy mercenaries asses outta Syria, but when Gropey Joe does all the same shit with even higher stakes, handing a trillion to the mercenary proxy armies and weapon makers to attempt to overthrow “RUSSIA”, ya’all cool with that, right? Is that one woke and scientific cause they cast a Marvel super hero actor in front of the blue screens? Trotted out fucking long gone over to the dark side, Bono? I’m different from that. First of all, I don’t believe anything I hear from your special tv friend, or tv friend’s special expert advisors, who are always coincidentally, from the CIA or MIC or big-profits pharmaceutical company, so I don’t cancel artists who said something offensive, I still Love Chrissie Hynde who many shitlibs slagged for writing to Trump politely asking him to free Assange. I got problems with all your pinup fakeass liberal postergirls who AIN’T  demanding freedom for Assange. See that? The way you still worship Hillary and Obama and AOC and her Fraud-Squad phonies even though they ALL co sign big bullshit wars based on lies, still complicity mass incarcerate poor people, separate immigrant border families, outright lie everyday, and abandoned every single issue they ever campaigned on? But they’re still your magic happy savior friends cause they in a pants suit? I don’t get that shit, at all. They aint never done anything for you, but look a certain way, or talk pretty, and then, Obey Pelosi AND pivot hard right.  The  shitlib dems are NOT ONLY, NOT PROGRESSIVE, but if you observe their actual voting records, you will see with crystal clear clarity how they are infinitely more aligned with Dick Cheney and yes, all purpose boogeyman Trump, when it comes to  imperialist wars based on lies, the blank check support of Israel to keep it’s boot on it’s neighbors, the KSA mass exterminating dissidents and torturing and killing journalists, the CIA coups of socialist democracies all over Latin Amerikkka and Africa, and superfunding the racist police state here, the squad applauds Gropey Joe saying “fund the police” after an unpopular protest occurred;  than any identity-politricks media paychecks will ever admit, even on their deathbeds. Obama drones teenagers and hospitals, and you thank him for keeping it classy. Obama helps cover up the crimes of BP and the poisoned water of Flint, and you say, well, he’s not Trump. Israel bombs the Associated Press or Al Jazeera building or guns down a universally known journalist and you say, well shucks, golly gosh, but they are “a democracy”. You just mad when some pop culture motherfucker goes off narrative. I still love Exene, Kat Williams, Chappelle, Morrissey. NOT SHOCKED when Lydon, the perpetual contrarian, steps out of his wife’s mansion to shock you. The pop culture mf’s at least all created works of lasting value that enhanced my life. Where is AOC’s or Chelle Obama’s courageous statement? MIA like when she refused to force the vote for universal healthcare but will always help fund iron domes and missles for Ukraine. Morrissey was correct about more shit when I was growing up, than all the headmasters and teachers or professors or experts everybody else trusts to be their conscience. More than anything else, he was right about the songs being the only ones that ever stood by me. Thanks, Morrissey. It was not the bomb, but your songs that brought me and many of my dearest, fondest, heartfelt loves together. He’s still got it.


“I’M OFFENDED” when Kamala Harris jails black parents for teenage truancy. I’m “offended” when she keeps non violent reefer prisoners incarcerated longer to benefit forced labor prison shareholders. That shit “OFFENDS” me. I’m “offended” when Democrats take money from murderous regimes that harm women and children. That “OFFENDS” me. Or how ’bout this one: it insults my intelligence when Jagger is promoting shit he knows is complete illumanati-pop garbage like Youngblud and Machine Gun Kelly as any kind of legitimate rocknroll-now that’s OFFENSIVE! But I probably ain’t ever gonna quit listening to “Beggar’s Banquet” or even, “Some Girls” because of it. I’m “OFFENDED” that Liz Warren called Bernie Sanders a sexist, but provides cover for gross as shit Uncle Gropey Joe. I’m offended the entire big paycheck mass media ignore Biden’s forty year record of supporting racist policing but now lets him lecture anybody about racism as if he’s some kinda civil rights beacon. If you want to be “woke”, you need to stop falling for identity politics bullshit or making excuses for Condoleeza Rice or Kamala Harris, and start paying attention to Margaret Kimberly at Black Agenda Report and Ajamu Baraka from Black Alliance For Peace-that’s genuine article civil rights and anti-imperialist consciousness, rather than bullshit Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima empty-suit tokenism. How you gonna let Uncle Gropey McFakeness bleat on and on about gun control AS IF all his wars all over this world aint involving gun violence and hate symbols and racist as hell? Also, evil, imperialist, and based 100% on total bullshit lies?! Libya provided their people with the highest standard of living on the continent of Africa, so Hillary and Barack killed their leader and called that woke and classy feminism or something. Gaddafi’s people lived better than many Murkkkans. How do college people just stubbornly ignore those irrefutable facts? If you’ve ever endured any kind of like behavior modification bootcamping, you know the screws are trained in not just standard carrot and stick techniques, but they also apply like invisible powers superstition pressuring and endless motherfucking gaslighting. Now when I was growing up, either that wasn’t the trendy self help buzzword it is now, or it was just something in the college textbooks, but nobody gaslights like the US government. Except their big 5 state media. It’s all abusive manipulations now, like Lucy stealing the ball from Charlie Brown. How do we fall for the same old bullshit, every fucking time? By picking teams and ignoring any fucked up shit our hometeam does, and blaming every fucking thing on “the others”. No principles, no conscience, just blindly loyal allegiance to the team you decided to “identify” with. I never seen no college educated property owners with health insurance unpacking no motherfucking privilege-rich white college people are just looking for some hardworking poor person they can berate with their “it’s all YOUR fault” college script, because it shifts attention away from the people really responsible for our collective oppression. THE RICH. You tell Nany Pelosi to unpack her motherfuckin’ privilege, please. Or Hillary “ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha” Clinton and her Saudi friends. If you mostly worry about gender issues, maybe suggest she give those billions she got from the depraved beheader Saudi kings back. No one is more fuckedup to women and poor people than those KSA fuckers, except maybe the US ruling class who hide behind identity politricks marketing models. Bottomline is majority of Murkkkans have been trained to agree with whoever has the most money and power. So when somebody with more money and power than you got, fucks you over, you’re just supposed to eat it, tell yourself it was for science or the public good  or you unpacked your privilege for wokeness and scientific one world government. It’s some fuckedup shit, everybody I know has trauma and Stockholm Syndrome. It’s like TMZ hot potato where we live. People are afraid to do what is right, they just don’t wanna be pummeled or Twitter mobbed for being off script. That fear got nothin’ to do with being woke or wokeness, that is just fear mongering, tyrannical, abuse.Ever feel like you been played, or notice that both the Republicans and Democrats are broadcasting a nearly identical narrative right now? The CNN and MSNBC media whores are still relentlessly hammering away about how Trump’s Qanons perpetuated a big lie by assembling on Capital Hill and breaking that window, while Fox and Breitbart headlines all emphasize how it’s been proven in a court of law that Hillary made up the whole “Russiagate” story, a big lie, if there ever was one. Our ruling class like to keep us focused on red versus blue, he said/she said, boys versus girls, Amber vs Johnny, left versus right ping-pong, so we don’t get wise to the REAL BAD, crooked shit the shady Davos billionaires been cookin’ up for this planet. Then, we might start prioritizing our little issues. Ya know we got big problems and little problems. Corporate police state all up in all our bidness, and non stop big tech censorship of the REAL LEFT? Big problem. Comedian say something we don’t find funny? Little problem. Shitlibs got it all turned around. Threat of WW3? Big problem. Morrissey say something cranky to the NME ten years ago? Not so much. I see you college people all disagreeing, cause you been bamboozled and hoodwinked. Same exact mf’s who we all know lied about Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, ya’all on the edge of yo seat watching their Disney made for tv bullshit about good guys vs badguys in the Ukraine. That’s why we don’t talk anymore. Ya’all invested in the sickfuck status quo forever wars, I’m a big-media boycotting conscientious objector. If you are ever confused about what’s going on, because you know you have been shamelessly lied to, for years, by every pig-media authority figure in the world, and you are mortified that all your so called peers are either oblivious to it all, or just flat-out so impressed with their own comfort and privileges they are plain okey-dokey with all the mass murder and corruption and think tank manufactured unreality pumped 24/7 into their devices by the military industrial complex/billionaire surveillance-tech propaganda juggernaut, just know it’s always money related. Always ask  “who benefits”. In my travels, I was often puzzled and horrified how “some people” were allowed to flagrantly commit these horrifying atrocities and be applauded for them, while less loved motherfuckers did some stupid shit like steal a bicycle when they were eighteen and got hounded for it and punished and excluded from jobs and renting apartments everytime they got background checked, all the way into their late fifties. You know you been brainwashed l.a.m.f. if you are certain that some un-woke speech was violence, but actual violence, real life slaughter of innocents is wokeydoke scientific and diverse, so long as the powers that be sat a row of people of color and diverse pro-nouns peeps behind the city hall conference table, or teleprompter podium. It started with the 700 Club seating women of color next to that old racist evangelical who’d nod along eagerly agreeing that it’s good to mass-incarcerate half the black male population of this country, fore Jesus, and nowadays, it’s full-on batshit crazy, all the time, everyday. Bruce Jenner was a rightwing, offensive, patriarchal oppressor, but TA-DAAA, Cait Jenner is a beautiful and courageous all knowing and all seeing woke scientific guru, or some shit. Nahh. Nothing to do with the Kardashians for me, ma’am. The way the college people feel about some mook comedian like Joe Rogan interviewing off script inventors and scientists, that’s maybe approximately how other people feel about their beloved shitlib politicians lying about healthcare, or all you rubes who praise their fucking holiday decorating wives for being so “educated” and photo op bullshitters who only ever hugged a military widow for the cameras, or posed with some fat kids in front of an organic garden, you gonna thank them for their brave service some more. And stan for sicko billionaires who wanna tear down the rain forest, buy up all the farmlands, occupy entire countries to steal their minerals and control their drug trade, or control your personal choices. What happened to my body/my rules? I knew shit was fucked when all those college gender-focused people agreed it was okay to be groped in the airport, jes cause Michael Chertoff and John Kerry said so. The World Economic Forum and Davos billionaires have admitted in public they plan to force a new world order upon you, but media has tricked you into presuming that’s gotta be a “conspiracy theory”, with all the “Men In Black” and “X Files” programming. Anyone who suggests that events take place beyond your knowledge of control must be a whackadoo conspiracy theorist-even people you trusted in the past like Oliver Stone, now pig-media had convinced you that Lyn Cheney is a sensitive feminist like Hillary, that W Bush is a folksy painter friend of Bono and Chelle’s, and Gropey Joe’s censorship-squad is protecting you from Maga conservative fake news, but this whole country has Stockholm Syndrome. Millionaires and billionaires are not there to help you stay healthy or inform you of world events from the perspective of their victims. Trump’s always been a fat oaf, where you been? So why you act like you STILL so shocked he told a Bush that women will even let him grope their bodies cause he’s rich, but NOT AT ALL, appalled at all the endless footage of videos where Gropey Joe NON-CONSENSUALLY gropes and sniffs all those UNDERAGE childen AND women? See if you really care about women, children, or marginalized  minorities, you’d care about ’em even if your sports-team is “winning”. K? If you love women and children, you can’t also love Madeline Albright who thinks it’s fine to mass murder a million for oil companies. You can’t be mad at Susan Sarandon who still fights to get us poor people access to dental and optical when your Fraud Squad Superstars abandon the cause. If you love poor people, you can’t be mad at Jimmy Dore, who keeps fighting the good fight for us, when Bernie totally capitulated to the corrupt Hillary and Podestas controlled DNC, and even motherfucking endorsed a Libya destroying sicko like Hillary and a Crimebill writing old racist like Gropey Joe. So yeah, I’m different from your Maddow watching shitlibs. I’ll tell you what happened to The Left in this country. People who have to pay to go to college get used to having to memorize official narrative for a grade from an authority figure, and when they leave college with their big debt, the TV becomes their trusted authority figure. They are all too terrified of ever being wrong, or getting a bad grade, or offending an authority figure, they just obey celebrities on tv, rather than follow their own principles. They never had any principles. Just the blind dummy worship of wealth and power. I would not bat an eye if the tv told me tomorrow that Kim Kardashian is running for president and her comedian boyfriend was to be known as the first lady. If Lyn Cheney runs as a Democrat you will probably vote for her. Bloomberg been an oligarchical rightwing prick all his life, but when he overnight put a big D in parentheses behind his bad name, all just to undermine primary support for Bernie Sander’s tax the rich platform, ya’all became Bloomberg Democrats with him. If politics was real, Sanders and the Fraud Squad would not be serving the same interests as the Republicans. Big pharma and weapon makers. And surveillance-tech overlords. I feel bad for the TIK TOK young people, they think this unreality-tv horrorshow is real. Sadly the show behind the show is even worse. Ever notice how all the good and righteous motherfuckers who make a difference for the majority are imprisoned, killed, or die young under mysterious circumstances, but every evil old cannibal s.o.b. gets to live to be 100? If you cared about REAL NEWS you’d be more concerned with FREEING ASSANGE than you are with censoring any motherfucker who said something you found “offensive” or that threatened your worldview. FREE ASSANGE.


SOURCE: John Kerry’s remarks at “The Great Reset: Building Future Resilience to Global Risks,” World Economic Forum,, November 17, 2020, (Remarks begin just before the 26-minute mark.)

“Professor Sheldon Krimsky was a leading critic of the corporate takeover of science. The commercialization of science, especially at the nation’s universities, led to bad and secret science for profit along with political manipulation…” (-Ralph Nader)

RALPH NADER SAID TO READ THIS: Sheldon Krimsky, Who Warned of Profit Motive in Science, Dies at 80 – The New York Times (

“Elon Musk is really doing an incredible job educating the public about how capitalists end up aligning with fascists to maintain their wealth and limit the power of the working classes.” (-Max Berger)


“Late last month, the Joe Biden administration publicly confirmed that a “Disinformation Governing Board” working group had been created within the Department of Homeland Security. The news prompted a flood of concern about the impact of such an Orwellian organ on America.

But there’s no need to engage in hypotheticals to understand the dangers. One has to only consider the past of Nina Jankowicz, the head of the new disinformation board.

Jankowicz’s experience as a disinformation warrior includes her work with StopFake, a US government-funded “anti-disinformation” organization founded in March 2014 and lauded as a model of how to combat Kremlin lies. Four years later, StopFake began aggressively whitewashing two Ukrainian neo-Nazi groups with a long track record of violence, including war crimes.” (-By Lev Golinkin The NATION magazine)

Meet the Head of Biden’s New “Disinformation Governing Board” | The Nation

“It’s catastrophic. While Zelensky is attending Klaus Swaub’s globalist affairs. Not even trying to hide the elitist strings anymore. This whole country needs to mesh itself in REALITY for a change and stand up for a global anti-war strategy. Or we’re going to COOK!” (-Lisa Lowell)

The most blatant and shameless liars from the first term of the Bush/Cheney administration have, revealingly, enjoyed great success in media and journalism. That is because serial deceit is not a liability for a thriving career in corporate journalism but rather a vital asset — provided that the lies are in service of ruling class policies. Tawdry propagandists who helped drive post-9/11 America into a bottomless pit of lies and self-destruction have become the most highly-paid and beloved stars of liberal media. They include:

  • Former Bush White House speechwriter David Frum of The Atlantic and CNN;
  • Bush/Cheney CIA and NSA Director Gen. Michael Hayden of CNN;
  • Ubiquitous amoral neocon warmonger Bill Kristol of MSNBC and various #NeverTrump groups;
  • Al-Qaeda/Saddam conspiracy theorist Jeffrey Goldberg, now editor-in-chief of The Atlantic;
  • The various scumbagscon artistspredator-protectors and fraudsters of the Lincoln Project, drowning in #Resistance cash and frequent MSNBC appearances;
  • Pro-war Florida GOP Congressman Joe Scarborough, now a multi-million host of MSNBC’s flagship morning show and anchor of its corporate brand; and,
  • Rep. Liz Cheney, long-time vocal supporter of her father and now a literal “hero” to American media liberals.

But few Bush-era propagandists have thrived more, made more money, and developed a more devoted and swooning liberal fan base than the official Communications Director of the Bush/Cheney White House and 2004 Bush/Cheney-reelection campaign, Nicolle Wallace. Having catapulted from her work as Jeb Bush’s Press Secretary to the White House to senior adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign (working for her close friend, Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt, who recently performed one of the most public and sustained nervous breakdowns in the history of the internet), Wallace was always beloved by the DC press corps.

In 2005, when she was named Bush White House Communications Director, The New York Times lavished her with praise, claiming that she “comes from a different mold than the small band of Texans who carry out the White House press policy” and admiringly noted that “she was once fired for being too nice to reporters.” She endeared herself further to corporate journalists by repeatedly sabotaging the McCain campaign from which she was collecting a paycheck, leaking negative stories about McCain and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (whose selection as Vice Presidential candidate was driven primarily by liberal icons Bill Kristol and Steve Schmidt).

As Wallace — seeing the media’s love affair with Obama — began shrewdly repositioning herself as a liberal, she claimed in 2010 that she did not even vote for McCain due to her misgivings about Palin (a claim which Schmidt repeated about himself for the first time last week during his multi-day psychological erosion). When Wallace published a self-glorifying novel about the first female chief of staff (modeled after herself) to the first female president in 2011, liberal corporate journalists including MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow gushed over it, while The New York Times’ reporter Ashley Parker, now of The Washington Postheralded her as “the tough, savvy and hard-charging conservative political operator” who enjoys a close friendship with CNN’s Dana Bash.

So beloved was Wallace by the corporate press that she was rewarded in 2014 with a highly lucrative contract to be a co-host on ABC’s The View. She then joined NBC News. Quickly adapting to her new role as a Republican who vehemently despised Donald Trump — easily the most lucrative Trump-era archetype —- MSNBC bestowed her with her own afternoon cable show in 2017. She quickly became one of Democratic viewers’ most popular hosts — constantly giving a platform to Schmidt and other Lincoln Project sleaze merchants as part of the #NeverTrump gang, a faction so beloved by corporate media employees that they filled cable green rooms and newspaper op-ed pages while having little to no representation among the actual voting populace. Liberals love Wallace so much that she was given a second hour to host in 2020.

But lurking beneath her perky smile, multi-million-dollar media contracts, gushing liberal fan base and a long list of media admirers is something extremely dark and pernicious. In a swamp of professional liars and sleaze merchants, Nicolle Wallace has distinguished herself easily as one of the most seamless and casual liars in the world of Washington politics and media. She thrived in the Bush/Cheney administration precisely because she was so adept at selling the White House’s deadly lies to liberal corporate media employees, dressing up those lies in a pleasing-to-liberals packaging that she learned from growing up in an extremely affluent Orange County, California neighborhood and then at Berkeley and Northwestern’s School of Journalism. She was the vintage conservative who liberals could love — a smiling sophisticate, someone willing to betray her GOP employers to impress liberal journalists, an amicable young woman touting degrees from the types of schools that impress coastal media elites — and it was virtually inevitable that she would thrive within media corporations that need women who can credibly claim to be conservatives yet appeal to liberal sensibilities and flatter liberal audiences.” (-Glenn Greenwald)

“Our ally Saudi Arabia dismembered a journalist, Israel shot a journalist in the face and attacked her casket and the US plotted to assassinate a journalist and instead kidnapped, jailed and tortured him I’m getting a feeling this talk about the US caring about the press is BS” (-Black In The Empire)

Twitter has published what it calls a “crisis misinformation policy” announcing that it will be actively reducing the visibility of content found to be false which pertains to “situations of armed conflict, public health emergencies, and large-scale natural disasters.”If you’ve been paying attention to the dramatic escalations in online censorship we’ve been seeing in 2022, it will not surprise you to learn that the Ukraine war is the first crisis to which this new censorship policy will be applied.Twitter says that it “won’t amplify or recommend content” found to violate its new policy, and will also attach warning labels to individual tweets and even hide offending content behind a warning label and disable the retweet function on particularly naughty posts.The problem here is of course the question of how to impartially establish whether something is objectively false without it turning into at best a flawed system guided by fallible human biases and perceptual filters and at worst a powerful institution shutting down unauthorized speech. Twitter says it formed its new policy with input from unnamed “global experts and human rights organizations,” and will be enforcing it with the help of “conflict monitoring groups, humanitarian organizations, open-source investigators, journalists, and more.” This will come as no comfort to anyone who’s familiar with the history of propaganda peddling that can be found in every single one of those respective categories.Twitter lists the following examples of the kind of content that will be found in violation of its crisis misinformation policy: False coverage or event reporting, or information that mischaracterizes conditions on the ground as a conflict evolves;False allegations regarding use of force, incursions on territorial sovereignty, or around the use of weapons;Demonstrably false or misleading allegations of war crimes or mass atrocities against specific populations;False information regarding international community response, sanctions, defensive actions, or humanitarian operations.Dorsey’s Twitter Resignation Sparks Fears Of More Internet CensorshipTwitter’s new CEO has given some indications that he has a lot less interest in free speech than his predecessor and is much more favorable to censorship via algorithm manipulation.— Caitlin Johnstone ⏳ (@caitoz) November 30, 2021When Jack Dorsey resigned as Twitter CEO last November, I noted the warning signs we were seeing that his replacement, Parag Agrawal, supported the use of measures which make unauthorized content much less visible than authorized content without eliminating the unauthorized content altogether.”There’s a lot of content out there,” Agrawal said in a 2020 interview. “A lot of tweets out there, not all of it gets attention, some subset of it gets attention. And so increasingly our role is moving towards how we recommend content and that sort of, is, is, a struggle that we’re working through in terms of how we make sure these recommendation systems that we’re building, how we direct people’s attention is leading to a healthy public conversation that is most participatory.”This agenda to “direct people’s attention” toward “healthy public conversation” by controlling how content is “recommended” to viewers echoes the censorship-by-algorithm tactics we’ve seen employed by Facebook, Google, and by Google-owned YouTube. Google has been hiding dissident media in its search results for years, and in 2020 the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet admitted to algorithmically throttling World Socialist Website. Last year the CEO of YouTube acknowledged that the platform uses algorithms to elevate “authoritative sources” while suppressing “borderline content” not considered authoritative. Facebook spokeswoman Lauren Svensson said in 2018 that if the platform’s fact-checkers (including the state-funded establishment narrative management firm Atlantic Council) rule that a Facebook user has been posting false news, moderators will “dramatically reduce the distribution of all of their Page-level or domain-level content on Facebook.”Twitter has generally been the most reluctant of the major platforms to exercise censorship on behalf of the empire, which is what has made it a better source of ideas and information than any other major platform. But now we’re seeing the most pernicious form of online censorship, censorship by manipulation of content visibility, take hold there as well.The examples given in Twitter’s new “crisis misinformation” policy sound like preparation for an escalated or wider war— Joanne Leon (@joanneleon) May 20, 2022Censorship by visibility manipulation is the most destructive form of online censorship that exists, because its consequences are both so much more far-reaching and so much less attention-grabbing than the controversial act of banning users from platforms or removing their posts. It’s a kind of censorship that people don’t even know is happening, and it’s happening all over the place.It is deeply disturbing that Silicon Valley megacorporations have simply accepted that it is their job to help the US win a propaganda war against Russia, and how everyone’s just going along with that like it’s fine and normal. Our ability to share ideas and information on the platforms where most people congregate is being increasingly restricted, not on the basis of whether our speech is harmful, or even whether it is true, but on whether it helps or hinders the US propaganda campaign against Russia.Silicon Valley censorship with the Ukraine war is an unprecedented escalation because they’re not pretending to be doing it to protect people from a virus or to safeguard elections or defend the public good in any way. It’s literally just “Well we can’t have people thinking wrong thoughts about a war,” without even really explaining why that’s important in any coherent and sensical fashion.There’s no longer any pretense that the internet is being censored to protect the public interest. It’s just open censorship of information about a war, solely because they take it as a given that it’s their job to control the things people think and say about that war. They’re coming right out and saying yes, we are the platforms you come to in order to share ideas and information with your fellow humans, and yes, we are agents of the US empire. This is a dramatic escalation.’Disinformation’ Label Serves to Marginalize Crucial Ukraine Facts— FAIR (@FAIRmediawatch) May 18, 2022All this public hand wringing about misinformation and disinformation is itself disinformation. They’re not worried about the spread of disinformation, they’re worried about the spread of information. Your rulers are not concerned that you’ll start learning false things about Covid or the war in Ukraine, they are worried you’ll start learning true things about your rulers. That’s what all this fuss is really about.They are locking down our minds and sanitizing our information ecosystem for the protection of the empire. I will keep saying this and saying this for as long as I am able: we’ve got to wake up and stop these bastards before it is too late.

(-Caitlyn Johnstone)

“Shireen Abu Akleh, the Al Jazeera reporter with more than two decades of experience covering armed conflicts, knew the protocol. She and other reporters remained last Wednesday in the open, clearly visible to Israeli snipers about 650 feet away in a building. Her flak jacket and helmet were emblazoned with the word “PRESS.”

There were three shots fired in her direction. The second bullet hit the Al Jazeera producer Ali al-Samoudi in the back. The third shot, al-Samoudi remembered, hit Abu Akleh in the face below the rim of her helmet.

There were a few seconds when the Israeli sniper saw profiled in his scope Abu Akleh, one of the most recognizable faces in the Middle East. The 5.56 mm bullet from the M-16, designed to spin end over end upon impact, would have obliterated most of Abu Akleh’s head. The accuracy of the M-16, especially the M16A4s equipped with the Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG), a prismatic telescopic sight, is very high. In the fighting in Fallujah so many dead insurgents were found with head wounds that observers at first thought they had been executed. The bullet that killed Abu Akleh was deftly placed between the very slim opening separating her helmet and the collar of her flak jacket.” (-Chris Hedges)

“The Essence of Capitalism Is to Turn Nature Into Commodities And Commodities Into Capital. The Live Green Earth…Into Dead Gold bricks…Luxury Items for the Few And Toxic Slag Heaps for the Many… Demoralized Humanity …Kept in Line With Drugs, TV, And Armed Force”. (-Michael Parenti)


Morrissey “L’insoumis” – Nicolas Sauvage (Camion Blanc)

Alors que la plupart des artistes pop cherchent à plaire au plus grand nombre sans jamais faire la moindre vague, Morrissey a toujours manié l’art de la provocation, de l’ambiguïté et du paradoxe avec brio réussissant ainsi au fil des années à attirer autant de fans que de détracteurs. Il existe même un club d’ “ex-fans”! Le titre du livre de Nicolas Sauvage semble alors pleinement justifié même si ces 600 et quelques pages s’attardent beaucoup moins sur les scandales et sur la vie personnelle du dandy vegan mancunien que sur son imposante carrière. Chaque album y est disséqué dans les moindres détails (un gros manque dans l’autobiographie parue en 2013!), les dates y sont précises, les différents line-ups étudiés à la loupe et les citations toujours bien choisies.

La fascination du personnage pour le glam rock y est aussi largement abordée, que ce soit en ce qui concerne la fameuse légende du fan club des NEW YORK DOLLS jusqu’à leur reformation (dont Morrissey est à l’origine), son amour de T-REX, BOWIE, SPARKS et du très sous-estimé JOBRIATH, mais aussi sa collaboration avec le regretté Mick Ronson.

L’auteur avoue : “Ecrire sur Morrissey est un exercice délicat. Plus qu’avec d’autres artistes, on s’autorise à être parfois sentencieux et à se montrer systématiquement exigeant. Cette exigence, c’est Morrissey lui-même qui l’a imposée par une règle fixée tacitement.” C’est cette exigence d’une précision chirurgicale qu’on ressent tout au long de cette lecture qui réussi tout de même à tempérer certains propos du chanteur sans forcément les excuser.

Fruit d’un travail de recherche impressionnant et d’une passion entretenue de longue date, cet ouvrage vous apprendra forcément quelquechose sur The SMITHS (mais bien entendu pas la date d’une hypothétique reformation !) ou sur la carrière solo de Steven Patrick Morrissey que vous soyez fan hardcore ou juste amateur de quelques albums. Ce livre vient également enfin combler un manque évident dans la littérature pop en France. /Laurent C.

General Labor Rants On EAT EM & SMILE Reunion, Censorship, Propaganda, and the Triumphant Return Of Paul Black & Jo Dog!

“Twitter and other Silicon Valley corporations are becoming more and more brazen in their political censorship of independent news outlets.” (-Ben Norton)

“The purpose of Homeland Security agents is to propagandize and deceive, not enlighten and inform.

From the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the Biden White House has repeatedly announced large and seemingly random amounts of money that it intends to send to fuel the war in Ukraine. The latest such dispatch of large amounts of U.S. funds, pursuant to an initial $3.5 billion fund authorized by Congress early on, was announced on Friday; “Biden says U.S. will send $1.3 billion in additional military and economic support to Ukraine,” read the CNBC headline. This was preceded by a series of new lavish spending packages for the war, unveiled every two to three weeks, starting on the third day of the war:

  • Feb. 26: “Biden approves $350 million in military aid for Ukraine”: Reuters;
  • Mar. 16: “Biden announces $800 million in military aid for Ukraine:” The New York Times;
  • Mar. 30: “Ukraine to receive additional $500 million in aid from U.S., Biden announces”: NBC News;
  • Apr. 12: “U.S. to announce $750 million more in weapons for Ukraine, officials say.” Reuters;
  • May 6: “Biden announces new $150 million weapons package for Ukraine”: Reuters.

Those amounts by themselves are in excess of $3 billion; by the end of April, the total U.S. expenditure on the war in Ukraine was close to $14 billion, drawn from the additional $13.5 billion Congress authorized in mid-March. While some of that is earmarked for economic and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine, most of it will go into the coffers of the weapons industry — including Raytheon, on whose Board of Directors the current Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, sat immediately before being chosen by Biden to run the Pentagon. As CNN put it: “about $6.5 billion, roughly half of the aid package, will go to the US Department of Defense so it can deploy troops to the region and send defense equipment to Ukraine.”

As enormous as those sums already are, they were dwarfed by the Biden administration’s announcement on April 28 that it “is asking Congress for $33 billion in funding to respond to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, more than double the $14 billion in support authorized so far.” The White House itself acknowledges that the vast majority of that new spending package will go to the purchase of weaponry and other military assets: “$20.4 billion in additional security and military assistance for Ukraine and for U.S. efforts to strengthen European security in cooperation with our NATO allies and other partners in the region.”

It is difficult to put into context how enormous these expenditures are — particularly since the war is only ten weeks old, and U.S. officials predict/hope that this war will last not months but years. That ensures that the ultimate amounts will be significantly higher still.

The amounts allocated thus far — the new Biden request of $33 billion combined with the $14 billion already spent — already exceed the average annual amount the U.S. spent for its own war in Afghanistan ($46 billion). In the twenty-year U.S. war in Afghanistan which ended just eight months ago, there was at least some pretense of a self-defense rationale given the claim that the Taliban had harbored Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda at the time of the 9/11 attack. Now the U.S. will spend more than that annual average after just ten weeks of a war in Ukraine that nobody claims has any remote connection to American self-defense.

Even more amazingly, the total amount spent by the U.S. on the Russia/Ukraine war in less than three months is close to the Russia’s total military budget for the entire year ($65.9 million). While Washington depicts Russia as some sort of grave and existential menace to the U.S., the reality is that the U.S. spends more than ten times on its military what Russia spends on its military each year; indeed, the U.S. spends three times more than the second-highest military spender, China, and more than the next twelve countries combined.

But as gargantuan as Biden’s already-spent and newly requested sums are — for a ten-week war in which the U.S. claims not to be a belligerent — it was apparently woefully inadequate in the eyes of the bipartisan establishment in Congress, who is ostensibly elected to serve the needs and interests of American citizens, not Ukrainians. Leaders of both parties instantly decreed that Biden’s $33 billion request was not enough. They thus raised it to $40 billion — a more than 20% increase over the White House’s request — and are now working together to create an accelerated procedure to ensure immediate passage and disbursement of these weapons and funds to the war zone in Ukraine.”  (-Glenn Greenwald)

“Censorship is the last resort of desperate and unpopular regimes. It magically appears to make a crisis go away. It comforts the powerful with the narrative they want to hear, one fed back to them by courtiers in the media, government agencies, think tanks, and academia.” ( – Chris Hedges)

“Capitalists are ripping public off left & right with artificially inflated food & gas prices with no response from democrats. And with billions going to the defense industry, the Biden war is paying off nicely. But hey, war has always been good for legitimation crisis & profits.” (-Ajamu Baraka)

“The wall between the intelligence community and law enforcement is gone.

Every member of Congress has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution, yet by repeated majority votes and the signatures of all pre-Biden presidents since 2008 continually reenacting Section 702, Congress has permitted the FBI to bypass the Constitution. Thus, FBI spying is lawful because a statute authorizes it, but unconstitutional because the statute violates the Fourth Amendment.

Last week, the Director of National Intelligence, who is required by Section 702 to report all FBI access to the raw intelligence data, did so. But her record keeping is as sloppy as her fidelity to the Constitution. Thus, she reported 3.4 million FBI searches of raw intelligence data on Americans in 2021.

You’d think that meant that 3.4 million Americans had their emails, text messages, phone calls, medical and legal and personal records surveilled by the FBI. You’d be incorrect. To the feds, the word “search” refers to the input of a search term, like “Jan. 6” or “local militia” or “small government.” One FBI search thus can lead to the records of thousands of Americans.

It is hard to believe that senior management of the CIA, NSA and FBI can perpetuate these egregious constitutional violations with straight faces. But they do. And Congress permits it. Why? Because the CIA, NSA, FBI and their collaborators have dirt on members of Congress. Dirt.

The federal government is rotten to the core. Its officers and employees don’t believe that the Constitution means what it says. They will lie, cheat, threaten, bribe and steal to cut constitutional corners and remain in power.

The Fourth Amendment was written to protect the quintessentially American right to privacy. It is a critical part of the structure of the Bill of Rights.

Rather, it was.

Today, in America, we have no rights. A right is an indefeasible claim against the whole world – to think as you wish, to say and publish what you think, to worship or not, to defend yourself, to experience your life and exercise your liberty and use your property without a government permission slip, and to be left alone.

The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, yet the rights it facially protects are now subject to government approval. The Bill of Rights is really a Bill of Temporary Privileges.”

(-Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey)

Daniel Hale, who currently resides in a federal penitentiary, stole and shared classified documents which confirmed, as other operators and analysts had already reported, that the exceptionally “low” rate of mistakes acknowledged publicly by the Obama administration was a result of the fact that the military-age males destroyed were defined as Enemy Killed in Action (EKIA). Any target eliminated was simply assumed to be guilty until proven innocent. This slick schema maximized the tally of “dead terrorists” reported to the populace while minimizing the possibility of any significant debate in the public sphere about the practice of so-called smart war. By inverting the burden of proof, the killers effectively (and absurdly) denied the very possibility of erroneously identifying as a terrorist any suspect in the specified age and gender cohort, most of whom, it is worth pointing out, have been persons of color. In “crowd killing” and signature strikes of entire groups of persons of unknown identity based on an assumed guilt by association, the targets executed were arguably victims of racial profiling.

Surely if more citizens understood the inherent evil being perpetrated with their tax dollars, there would be more pushback against the summary execution of suspects using lethal drones. But government-produced and mainstream media-promulgated disinformation have effectively squelched debate on the practice of remote-control killing and muted the voices of whistleblowers. Throughout the Global War on Terror, the major Western media outlets served as the functional equivalent of a Ministry of Propaganda in the tentacular military-industrial-congressional-media-academic-pharmaceutical-logistics banking complex. It should come as little surprise, then, that the drone program whistleblowers have been, at best, ignored and, at worst, discredited and criminalized.

Ominously, the Biden administration has announced the creation of a Disinformation Governance Board, to be headed up by Nina Jankowicz, a former adviser to the Ukrainian government and supporter of the current proxy war in Ukraine against Russia. Should this initiative succeed—it looks to be a violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution—we can look forward to even more suppression of dissent from pro-military narratives, which has always been depicted as conspiratorial misinformation or disinformation. This move will propel the killing machine forward as the perspectives of people on the ground and whistleblowers who attempt to reveal to taxpayers the truth and to warn future recruits about what they are being hoodwinked into doing are systematically erased. With the ongoing persecution of Julian Assange, the most effective transmitter of antiwar narratives in the first part of the twenty-first century, we are moving closer and closer to the point where what once was a democratic republic will be no more and no less than a dictatorial military state.

Critics on the right have identified the Biden administration’s formal erection of the functional equivalent of a Ministry of Truth as politically motivated, intended to provide the current office holders with the power to silence opposition to any and all official narratives. Given the reality of the war party duopoly, however, the gravest danger posed by a Disinformation Governance Board (or Ministry of Truth), to people the world over, will be its facilitation and support of the U.S. government’s hegemonic military interventions whenever and wherever the administrators please, and whoever they happen to be.

Should the elimination of citizens’ right to free speech by the government proceed, backed up by the threat of punishment, then no dissenter anywhere will be able to challenge official narratives without risking the fate suffered by U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. A formerly moderate Muslim cleric who spoke out publicly against the crimes of September 11, 2001, al-Awlaki was executed in 2011 without indictment or trial, having been put on the drone killers’ hit list when he began speaking out against the U.S. government’s own war crimes.” (-Laurie Calhoun)

A hostile military alliance expanding to Russia’s borders isn’t a provocation, sending weapons to be used by CIA-trained fighters backed by US intelligence isn’t a proxy war, those Nazis aren’t Nazis, you’re being censored for your own good, trust the media, the government is your friend.

It’s a good thing Trump lost because otherwise Roe v Wade would be on the chopping block and immigrants would still be getting mistreated and the Iran deal would still be dead and the military budget would keep inflating. That bastard would probably have us on the brink of World War 3 by now.

Joe Biden doing a live infomercial for Javelin missiles while everyone who voted for him worries about women’s reproductive rights is the most Joe Biden thing that has ever happened.

Once you see that both mainstream US parties are part of a single oligarchic power structure it stops looking like a battle between opposing parties and looks more like one giant bully standing in front of voters saying “Let me hit you with my left fist or I’ll hit you with my right.”

What is the correct response when that happens? What’s the correct response when a mainstream political party keeps communicating that they’ll never do anything to help you but you need to support them anyway or they’ll let their friends in the other mainstream political party take away your rights? Is it to say “Ah well the left fist won’t hurt as much so that’s clearly the lesser evil,” or is it to take on an oppositional relationship with the tyrant who keeps punching you with both fists year after year?

Learning about what’s wrong with the world is like watching a marathon of shitty Scooby Doo episodes from the sixties, except it’s way more repetitive and predictable, and the villain under the mask is always the US empire.

Western media keep shrieking about Russia’s nuclear threats as though it was some kind of secret that Russia will use nukes if it feels its existence is threatened, and as though western powers wouldn’t nuke Russia for the same reason.

This is the American way of life the US government spends so much effort starting wars and toppling governments to

— Caitlin Johnstone  (@caitoz) May 1, 2022

The only argument against the observation that the US/NATO/Ukraine power structure could easily have prevented this war with a few low-cost diplomatic concessions is “Actually Putin would have invaded anyway because he’s a cartoon supervillain who does evil things for no reason.”

War is all the worst things that can happen to a person multiplied by the population you target. When you refuse diplomacy, you are condemning whole cities to unimaginable suffering.

Nobody actually believes “tankies” are dangerous, some people just have a deep psychological need for the US empire’s fiercest critics to be wrong because it’s more comfortable than considering the possibility that everything you’ve been taught about the world is a lie.

There’s a lot in the news right now but none of it is as important as the fact that we’re being shoved toward nuclear war for no good reason by a few idiots who want to rule the world.

Again, the real risk of nuclear war is not that any side will deliberately start one but that the explicit agreement in “Mutually Assured Destruction” will be set into motion by a nuke being deployed by accident, miscommunication, miscalculation or malfunction as things escalate. During the last cold war such accidental nuclear exchanges came all too close to happening multiple times. The more tense the nuclear standoff gets, the greater the likelihood of such an event occurring:

We survived the last cold war not by skill or by competence, but by sheer dumb luck. There’s no logical reason to assume we’ll get lucky again.

So yeah, just so we’re clear, the US empire is rapidly restructuring the systems people look to for information about the world in order to ensure iron-fisted control over our dominant narratives while it scrambles to subvert its rivals in cold war maneuverings and secure unipolar planetary hegemony.

The primary purpose of expanding censorship and propaganda on subjects like Ukraine, Russia, Covid, extremism etc is not to control the narrative about those subjects specifically, but to expand and normalize censorship and propaganda. Narrative control is an end in itself, and it’s the absolute highest priority because all the empire’s power is built upon it.

Few seem to understand that the oligarchic empire seeks narrative control as an end in itself. They’re not always necessarily increasing censorship and propaganda about a given topic because of that topic; it’s often mainly because they want to normalize and expand censorship and propaganda. Certainly there are narratives right here and now that the empire would rather we believe, but that’s of secondary strategic importance to ensuring ongoing and continually expanding control over all narratives around the world into the future.

Not all powerful people support the same narratives, but all powerful people seek narrative control. Narrative control is power. Any manipulator understands this, from the most powerful oligarchs right down to the narcissistic gossip queen at the office.

Any manipulator of any level spends an extraordinary amount of energy working to dominate the stories people tell about them and about others. This is because they know humans are storytelling creatures, and if you can control the stories they tell, you control the humans. This is most especially true of the globe-spanning power structure loosely centralized around the United States; its narrative control via corporate news media, Hollywood and Silicon Valley is completely unparalleled and historically unprecedented.

Censorship, propaganda, and Silicon Valley algorithm manipulation are just different aspects of narrative control. Nobody does this as well as the US-centralized empire and its managers. Nobody ever has.” (-Caitlyn Johnstone)

“The U.S. is rife with propaganda emanating from the state and corporate media. What truths do Americans recognize and expose? Sadly, too many of them believe that their nation is superior to Russia while knowing very little about that country or how living standards there compare to theirs. Do Russian police kill three people every day? Do Russians have medical debt? Are they consigned to lifetime debt peonage after attending university? Military spending in their country is a fraction , less than 10%, of what the U.S. spends. Despite all the stories of Russian atrocities and human rights violations it is the U.S. which invaded and occupied Iraq and Afghanistan, destroyed Libya in a proxy war, and now is helping its ally Saudi Arabia practice a genocide in Yemen.

We cannot separate the treatment of the marginalized from the foundational inequities present in this country. 

(-Margaret Kimberley)

“Do you know who is the greatest propagator of disinformation in the history of the world?  U.S. government.” (-Rand Paul)

“The reason Democrats don’t do anything is because their donors don’t want them to do anything, and their liberal voters are content to be a cheering section for the Washington Generals as they get windmill dunked on.” (-David Sirota)

 “There are just too many rules now. I escaped my parents’ world because of the rules. Now the outsiders have more rules than my parents. But at least, that gives me new ones to break with my humor.” (-John Waters)

“Hula Girl Tattoo is still  the shit 25 years later. Should have been a hit, still could be actually.

Why don’t you try to release all this music you’ve done through the years? It does deserve exposure.”
(-The World Famous Mister Ratboy)


Remember when they were supposed to have a surprise reunion of the world renowned David Lee Roth “Eat ‘Em & Smile” band, but the club filled up with too many people and the fire marshal came and shut the whole place down and for no good reason, it was sadly never rescheduled or booked for Roth’s Covid cancelled Vegas farewell shows? I mean, I don’t get it. We’d all still love him to reunite the Eat ‘Em & Smile band. Eddie’s no longer with us, Alex does not seem to like Michael Anthony, and understandably does not wanna get involved with that Jimmy Buffet mook, Spammy Hagar. Now, there is all this outlandishly inappropriate yakking about the former Metallica bassist, Jason Newsted and Chickenfoot’s spacey deedler, Joe Satriani, doing some kind tribute show, but I just wanna go on the record here, stating that my preference would be #1) seeing Alex, Michael Anthony, Roth, and Steve Vai play a tribute concert or tour, certainly not fuckin ex Metallica Whatsisname or over soloing bizzy beaver guitar teacher Chickenfoot Satriani. 

#2) same lineup with John 5 on guitar, but you know, in spite of Dave’s high hopes of Alex joining him for some mighty farewell shows in Vegas, I just don’t think Alex wants to do any cheap bullshit thing that dishonors Edward in any way and he prefers living in seclusion, which you know, I can totally understand. The media, the music industry, it’s all evil and not in any kinda cool way, and basically, murderous, controlled, and fake as fuck. 

#3) a full on Yankee Rose era reunion of Vai, Sheehan, and Bissonette with Diamond Dave, but he sez he’s retired. We Van Halen diehards are legion and really wish Dave would release the rest of the record he made with John 5. For me, “Low Rez Sunset” was the song of the year. John 5 sez they got another song called “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us” that is one of the best songs he’s ever heard. I never understood why he did not continue to write with the Eat ‘Em & Smile lineup cause, they had hits, ya know and underrated deep tracks like “Big Trouble” and “Ladies Night In Buffalo”. “Damn Good” is one of the best songs our Diamond one ever sang, makes me miss my own ex punk rock and heavy metal ruffian former little rascals. When I do roll call here at the Honeycomb Hideout these days, I have to mark almost everyone absent in the flesh. I love DLR. Diamonds Are Forever! Come back baby, rocknroll never forgets!

David Lee Roth’s New Song ‘Lo-Rez Sunset’ – Full Animated Video (

David Lee Roth’s New Song ‘Lo-Rez Sunset’ – Full Animated VideoDavid Lee Roth debuted a new song at midnight. Have a listen!


Wow, I was just looking through some old keepsakes of long gone yesterdays in my boxes and milk crates and remembering the day when my old bassist and beat travelling road dog crosscountry singing companion, Cowboy Bobby Cloyd first brought home a copy of Dogs D’Amour‘s “In The Dynamite Jet Saloon” “on putrid green vinyl” to me and our other leather jacketed cronies up at my purple apartment that burned down a couple years ago, and we were all just mad for it. He used to get these cool promos from his job at an uptight chain record store in the mall where the Cheap Trick ladies would never give me a job because of my smalltown bad reputation. He got us all into so much good music and I kept holding on to the dream of reuniting with the brother to rekindle our creative spark and record some new music but he sadly passed away under mysterious circumstances last year. I’ve written a lot about our adventures together in my unpublished memoirs including the times when we met Dogs D’Amour and Mother Love Bone and Duran Duran and stuff, he is also in many of my own song lyrics, man oh man, did I ever love that good brother. We would empty many, many bottles on my old couch salvaged from some second hand source and stay up until the dawn’s early light howling along to the Dogs D’Amour‘s “How Come It Never Rains”, and reading all the hand scrawled lyrics and admiring Tyla’s artwork, and looking at ourselves in an old pink flamingo mirror in our matching cowboy ties and bolero hats, dreaming about finding other guys to join our band.

My guitar player with the black mohawk and I picked up a cut-out bin copy of “Keeping Up With The Joneses” by THE JONESES at Magnolia Thunderpussy record store at one of our twice a year roadtrips to the big city with our depressed goth keyboardist friend in the long gray trench coat and the Skinny Puppy obsessed kid who left our gang when he met an Indiana goth girl to become a gravedigger, and “She’s So Filthy” was briefly added to our repertoire of cover songs. For years, everybody on the Sunset Strip endeavored to imitate the Dogs D’Amour and Joneses, I met apartments overflowing with black haired glam-metal dudes who only had part time phone sex jobs and drank all day hoping to become the next big Dogsy Glamour Punks. Most of us rocknroll casualties had no idea how the music biz really worked back then, we did not know it was a pay to play pyramid scheme or anything about ripoff publishing deals, or how you had to know some insider sleazy manager to get a record deal with a major label that was just gonna sign 100 bands and only promote two and only make money offa one. It all got much worse during the major label consolidation that killed all the underground labels that used to sign unknown garage bands. Even in rightwing midwestern college towns, you had to be a rich person who attended a certain private school and have funding from family to really even participate in the tightly controlled fake indie, post-grunge, ever tightening muzak-biz. People whose parents owned nightclubs or publishing companies would just milk no name people for songs and ideas. I used to hear about Motley Crue lurking around the scuzzy rehearsal rooms ripping off names, titles, lyrics, styles from lesser known artists. If you were a Motorcycle Boy fan, you recognized how Sixx stole Francois’ whole look for that “Dr. Feelgood” music video. This goes on everywhere, I guess. Well connected haves stealing copyrights, publishing, songs, and imagery from nobody street punks, that’s just the way it’s always been since the birth of recorded music. All the bluesmen originators got ripped off and oftentimes even forgotten, died in the gutter, complete unknowns. Paul Anka and Harry Styles get trotted out to replace people who are saying anything provocative or meaningful. The Dogs D’Amour were so important to my generation of jetboys and jetgirls, we all copied their look and covered their tunes. Me and my lot, we did, “Heroine”, “She Thinks Too Much Of Me”, “Wait Until I’m Dead” and “Last Bandit”, probably another one I can’t think of right now. We were gonzo for the Dogs D’amOur!  Times changed, and the corporations started merging into one big media monopoly, so all the cool rocknroll was forced off the airwaves and replaced with moaning, wounded beagle, depressing grunge bullshit and then cornyass boyband commercial pop/punk garbage, and now techno-sell your soul-slutty-robot-fake pop and endless fifties DC comics style war propaganda punishingly eminating from every platform, around the clock, but about twenty three years ago, I discovered that first Jo Dog and Paul black album with “Sippin’ Away” on it and that song was so good, so heartfelt and dreamy, like Rod and the Faces! I was with a beautiful woman from outta my class back then, trying not to drink, doing A.A., working as a blue collar laborer on a five thirty in the morning Sherwin Williams parking lot paint crew of mostly Spanish speaking immigrants being underpaid under the table, it sucked so bad, that whole era of my life, ruined my knees and spent years either selling off all my books and records to keep the lights on, or walking around in the snow with a black eye, but the “Sonic Boom” album was always a consoling and uplifting soundtrack that could always brighten my flagging spirit in that suckass AlternativeTM era. I told all my friends about it and wrote about it with great enthusiasm for the national punk mag I used to write for, but they remained an obscure cult band, and Jo Dog went on to alot of other stuff including a shortlived Dogs reunion , Shooting Gallery, Borracho-a project with David Roach from Junkyard, and the Desperadoes. I did the usual pleading for a promo copy of the new disc starting several years back when I was consulting with Paul Black about my relocation plans to the Joshua Tree desert highlands. I have thusfar not succeeded at getting my arthritic old hands on a copy of his special record store release , ‘Everybody Rains On My Parade’ 180gm red vinyl edition, but

You can get a copy from a participating indie record shop near you.  JO DOG is one of rocknroll’s top shelf legendary guitar virtuosos and his solo performances got many of us glam kids through the death plague quarantine years. Paul Black, legendary original vocalist for L.A. Guns, leader of Black Cherry, and drummer of the Joneses is remarkably talented, a good songwriter, with a fine voice. You can’t go wrong with those cats.

Jo Dog & Paul Black’s SONIC BOOM | Facebook


In a time when all major media are liars promoting war, it’s probably a high compliment to be locked out of social media, or photo-shopped outta history by the godless winner take all, gravy train, huckster, grifter, confidence peddling vampires. If you were of their world, they would love you. If the got-mines and their fanclubs pour hatred upon your good name like they do Ralph Nader, Susan Sarandon, Jill Stein, Julian Assange, or any authentic, old fashioned, we mean it, maan advocates for coolness, realness, or soulfulness and truth, that’s validation. Be fearful when they wanna buy your merchandise and invite you to Sunday Brunch. Twain taught us to take a moment to reflect whenever we find ourselves somehow among the mad, obedient herd. Like Bukowski said, they are always wrong. RUN the other way! Mintpress, Gray Zone,, Russia Today which was shutdown entirely, these are some of the best homes to independent writing in the country and they are being attacked by techlords for violating their imperialist community standards. Mintpress is home to such stalwart real progressives as Chris Hedges and Daniel Kovalik, who wrote the book, “The Plot To Overthrow Venezuela: How The U.S. Is Orchestrating a Coup For Oil”. He teaches at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law. Mark Crispin Miller is a professor of media, culture, and communications at NYU and an expert on propaganda. These are the sort of voices being erased by controlled media. “Those who change history are always rejected in their own era”-  James Lee Burke. 

It ain’t just the billionaire overlords, big pharma, big insurance, private prison shareholders, and police state sympathizers who gaslight us, now, greed and bullshit wannabe barking belligerent bossman behaviors are all that ever trickled down from the Wall Street swells who piss on us peasants from the towers- nowadays it’s gotten so brainwashed crazy/dystopian that oftentimes it’s even our own former peers we grew up with who started wearing the blue and brown and working for the clampdown-they’ll all cheerfully lie straight to your face while sabotaging you from behind the scenes, all ’cause, to most “winning” capitalists raised in USA, USA, it’s all just a ratrace til the bitter end, and the haves on the hill seem pretty determined that they CAN take it with ’em. I got former associates who never, never really give a flying fuck when another one of our school friends turns up dead, but they can get real worked up over blue screened war propaganda or made for tv manufactured scandals like Will Smith or Amber Heard or Capital Hill Maga protests. I’m more affected by like, the sad deaths of Nick Cave and Sinead O’Connor ‘s children’s than I am by any bullshit I see on unreality tv where ALL the news is fake. I live in one of those hopelessly dried-up, end of the road, remote desert ghost towns where the people are all so poor you rarely see them, they’re mostly all shut-ins, tucked away in little boxes, they only come out like, four times a year. Today was one of those days where they have a parade for the town-every firetruck, police car, ambulance, big city operator/promotor/fast talkin’ business owner with some false bill of goods to sell, the school marching band, every local politician in a slick vintage convertible, the hardware store and tourist trap brewery have promotional floats, some crazy ladies with freaky umbrellas and oversized sunhats with their always leash less double pitbull protectors, all the sunburnt motorcyclists from the outskirts of town, the many retiree Maga ranchers with the offroad vehicles or golf carts, and more farmers, ranchers, Qanons with “Don’t Tread On Me” flags and a whole entire booth of Anti-Biden t shirts-if I had any money I mighta purchased the one that said, “I Violate Community Standards”, tis beyond peculiar when ya have any common agreements with militia gun nut types in pro cop “Punisher” logos, Future Farmers and ROTC groups, all love a man in a uniform, “thank you for your service”, military families pulling hitches with state flags and the star spangled banner and even a few random shit-lib CNN Ukraine flag waving, horn honking virtue signalers, on the back. Saucedup business owners carrying big gulps spiked with booze, the worst smalltown country band I ever saw and you know I spent a considerable amount of time in a couple of obscenely violent towns in Ohio well known for their horrible fucking suckshit, no soul bands. If I was to form a band, where I live now, it would have to be with some of the mediocre country music people. No drummers in a three hour radius. On my way home from the Big Event, fleeing the depressing, sad crowds and sky rocketing heat, I heard a sudden stomping, loudly echoing, noise loudly thundering that scared the piss outta me, it was an overheating horse who is waiting in his trailer for some cop with a flag to ride him down Main Street like an hour from now, pounding his hoof. I think he needs some water. All the people in tank tops and shorts you never see outside their deteriorating trailers behind big, rusting, silver metal fences are lined up on both sides of the street, all the babies, kids, and dogs, all the elders on the sidewalk in lawnchairs. Everybody seems poor, almost no one has teeth. That’s become a real sticking point for me this year-how Jimmy Dore and Susan Sarandon were absolutely right about how these diabolically shameless, lying and corrupt, fake liberal politicians like Hillary Clinton and AOC always help their donor class paymasters undermine free dental for dirt poor folks. “There will never be free healthcare in Amerikkka” says the Libya overthrowing, imperialist gloating, ghouslish former Secretary Of State who manufactured the whole Russia-gate fiction. Libya had free healthcare. I really wanna keep my teeth, ya know? Gonna cost thousands that I do not have. Fake politicians like AOC and sanders filled stadiums with the platform of providing free healthcare including optical and dental to all of us, but private plane Pelosi told the fraud squad to shatup and sit down and help fund more imperialist forever wars based on lies and they all got in line. Seven thousand to save three teeth, man. AOC does not believe lowly dishwashers deserve to keep our teeth-especially if we are anti-war. The whole rigged sham is a blue screened, teleprompter puppet show and no millionaires or billionaires are coming to our rescue. If I had thousands, I would have recorded my music a long time ago and you might be reading somebody else writing about rocknroll here rather than me cause I’d be somewhere playing out. Maybe be able to afford real healthcare, like all those elitist office pro, suckshit, upperclass propertarian, white liberal Hillary supporters. The crooked police state is bipartisan, in service to evil billionaires.

“Whatever else is true, the claim with which we are bombarded by the corporate press — the two parties agree on nothing; they are constantly at each other’s throats; they have radically different views of the world — is patently untrue, at least when it comes time for the U.S. to join in new wars. Typically, what we see in such situations is what we are seeing now: the establishment wings of both parties are in complete lockstep unity, always breathlessly supporting the new proposed U.S. role in any new war, eager to empty the coffers of the U.S. Treasury and transfer it to the weapons industry while their constituents suffer.

One can believe that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is profoundly unjust and has produced horrific outcomes while still questioning what legitimate interests the U.S. has in participating in this war to this extent. Even if one fervently believes that helping Ukrainians fight Russia is a moral good, surely the U.S. government should be prioritizing the ability of its own citizens to live above the poverty line, have health insurance, send their kids to college, and buy insulin and baby formula.

There are always horrific wars raging, typically with a clear aggressor, but that does not mean that the U.S. can or should assume responsibility for the war absent its own vital interests and the interests of its citizens being directly at stake. In what conceivable sense are American citizens benefiting from this enormous expenditure of their resources and the increasing energy and attention being devoted by their leaders to Ukraine rather than to their lives and the multi-pronged deprivations that define it?” (-Glenn Greenwald)


It’s often been noted that in this demonic world we’re traveling through, you don’t get to the top by ignoring bogus trends and corporate puppet influencers, by sticking with the good ones, or by being honorable, or original, or by having principles, or by being true to your own drumbeat, in style or not, or trying to fix it when you mess something up. Ever since the dawn of the rocknroll era, those wicked white devils have been ripping off no name songwriters, stealing their act, their royalties, their sound, it’s what they do. They are not sorry. It’s their calling, their purpose, their way of life. Hell is empty-they are all on Instagram. Man, I was rummaging around all my old junk in boxes this morning, just thinking about that old Hanoi Rockys lyric, “you said I was a born loser, ’cause losing is all I’ve ever done.” That’s been my experience in this world-the few friends who were honest and faithful to me, the house I was raised in, my old Kentucky home, you dig? The old record store, the first apartment, the bandhouse, both divebars where I was an artist in residence, my rocknroll heroes, my teeth and hair, my ramshackle garage gangs, my much cherished loved ones, the Bill Of Rights, real food and medicine, all the freedoms those lying fuckers told us we had, I’ve seen it all just disappear in front of me, before my horrified eyes. It’s hard to take, somedays. That’s why we take it personal-like when we get plagiarized, or uncredited or not paid, or elbowed outta line for our little record’s release. Anybody trying to do the next right thing in this darkening age is hassled, mocked, censored, demonetized, deplatformed for deviating from official narratives, blacklisted, intentionally excluded, and betrayed. I feel deeply for Daniel Hale, Julian Assange. Even comedians are being targeted for straying off script. Lee Camp, Danny Haiphong, Aaron Mate, Matt Taibbi who wrote “Hate Inc.”, the book about how tv watchers are manipulated by partisan Ping-Pong politics, Chris Hedges, Abby Martin, all the whistle blower journalists and ex military experts: Col. Ann Wright, Colleen Rowley,  and Ray McGovern who was savagely beaten by Hillary’s personal attack dogs, John Kirakou, Steve Donzinger, everybody who stands up for peace and truth and soul, rather than just empty slogans and same ole same ole bullshit being recycled and sold to us by This Year’s Models. The music is fake, the politicians are tyrannical, puppet whores; the billionaires are deranged predators, the cops are all too often racists, and the media loves war, plagues, mass-murder, textbook boogeyman WMD’s propaganda, police state injustice. The wildfires of the West are so intense right now, I can’t even go for a walk because the air quality is so bad in the morning from over the mountains and the smoke irritates my eyes. I been thinking about our ole pal Miniskirt Mob guitarist, Amy Wichmann (RIP) while watching some Lisa Marie Presley videos on Youtube, battling some depression, between you and me. Listening to some old Ronald Koal (RIP) and Bootsey X (RIP) on the youtube. Not sure I’m all that jazzed about Brother Wayne Kramer calling himself and assorted grunge friends the MC5, ya know? But as he repeats, he’s a doer, owns the brand, it adds value to his guarantee, and he does not care what people think. I read both his and Mike Davis’ books, I liked Mike’s better, honestly. He’s still a helluva songwriter-I thank him for HIS service.

Sorry to hear that Howie Pyro guy passed away at age 61, I interviewed D-Generation at the RAT in Kenmore Square which is a posh hotel for rich people now, back when it was a sticky dive bar, for the first ish of my old fanzine. I liked the Freaks. I used to hangout at the Rat with my long gone former bandmates, the Bastards, and those blonde-haired dudes from the Unattached. Just read that Jetboy are no longer really a thing unless they are offered an awful lot of money-the guy with the guitar company, Billy Rowe, plays in Buck Cherry now, after a stint with Chris Isaak according to a French drummer friend o mine, and Fernie Rod retired. I thought “Feel The Shake” was maybe overhyped more than a bit, but really liked that band they did, American Heartbreak-they reminded me of me. Shows how hard it is to keep an over fifty band together, EVEN IF you had big record deals and media hype in the eighties, or nineties. The evil muzak industry has just kinda been weaponized and hijacked by evil powers that be. Maybe it was always like that and I just did not know. Do you remember that cool animated movie, “ROCK & RULE”, with Blondie, Cheap Trick, Lou Reed, and Iggy Pop? Like they were tryin’ to tell us something. I got a dreaded dentist appointment I’m pretty anxious about-a dauntingly depressing referral to a big city specialist I have no money for, or transportation to, an imminent visit from the landlords to recknon with tomorrow, lots of parenting obligations this week that I am anxious ABOUT, mandating I appear among crowds, in public. A friend told me about some home software for recording I’m hoping to find time to experiment with in the near future. I no longer identify with any of my former peers who all kinda watch all the disturbingly sicko and depraved occultic bullshit on NetFlix and ignore the ongoing rollouts of tyranny and fascism all around them they feel so totally over-confident in just ignoring, because they all have Stockholm Syndrome and unconditionally still somehow trust Obama and Hillary and Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, ya know? It’s batshit, “16 Magazine” pinups crushing, willfully blind, fanclub worshipping. They only complain about gropey old men, kids in cages, or warpiggery when Trump does it. Like Iggy sang, “all roads lead to corruption”.

The censorship is unprecedented and all those “blue no matter who” people are ecstatic they are being protected from fake news by big-tech billionaires and the White House-they are all namaste cheering for it. They just want their corporate propaganda(D) straight from the Pentagon, Lockheed-Martin, Tel Aviv, or the spooks at Langley. That’s why we call them shitlibs-they namaste you all day long, but will never stand up for one single leftish value. Nothing. Just abortion and preferred pro nouns. That’s why the powers that be are gonna wag the dog with the same ole culture war, gender pro noun diversions, and Roe V Wade, again and again. Works everytime. Forget about poor people, or the Bill Of Rights. Keep it all LCD Blue Versus Red, Boy Versus Girl, Left Versus Right, Murkkka Versus Dem Dang Commies! Their made for tv, blue lives matter, Capital Hill psy-ops hysteria has fizzled out under Lyn Cheney’s evil eye and now deep state Dems got nothing to run on, except “RUSSIA!” AOC sucking back champagne with the occultist swells at the Met Gala, and Lyn Cheney repeating Orange Man Bad, are of little comfort to the vast majority of citizens in this country, while our fake representatives strip us of more rights and dispatch their Barbie tv teleprompter readers to proudly assure their booj Amazon box ordering office classers, how they plan to censor more indie media (“fake news”TM) for exposing the crimes of the empire and of the billionaire predators at the top. These ex punks I used to know do not give a fuck about free speech or freedom of the press. They just want to always feel comfortable and never be offended. That Dave Chappelle, he was OFFENSIVE! And what about that JOE ROGAN who keeps interviewing scientists and stuff who aren’t pimping product for big pharma? Mike Tyson talking about all the disappearing homeless people. They must all be SILENCED! Consortium News and Mintpress, two of the best sources of high quality investigative journalism have been demonetized by Pay-Pal. Big tech is going after every journalist who aint waving the big Ukraine flag for Eric Prince, Bill Gates, Dick Cheney, and Klaus Schwab. Yeehaw. Mark my word here-you sensitivity studies mimosa brunchers will be next. Did I mention how sick I am of all that Travis Barker-Yungblud creepy bloody nose fake debbil punque? That guy who attacked Chappelle is all gussied up just like all those Machine Gun Kelly/Lil Nas industry creeps-debbil horns, bloody nose, one eye, some real gnarly assholes pulling their puppet strings. It’s gross, this Charlie XCX chick-same shit, glorifying black magic, bloody death and devil worship for preteens-every video is some kinda dark ritual, every lapdance pop puppet sings about selling their soul. It’s a sick industry. I have less than zero desire to Keep Up With The Kardashians. Those chicks from Pussycat Dolls say they were all pimped out by their management to industry weasels. Weinstein-Epstein-R Kelly stuff. Ugh. Look for Whitney Webb’s “Unlimited Hangout” page online to learn how evil forces control your government by blackmailing politicians. Like in “Godfather 2”.

“Assange explained, the war on Afghanistan enabled the national security elite to extract money from the US taxpayer, wash it through Kabul and back into their own pockets. The $33 billion ‘aid’ package to Ukraine serves the same corrupt purpose.” (-Max Blumenthal)

Somebody online said it so eloquently: the squad are frauds and the fight for fifteen lasted so long that fifteen dollars is no longer anything near a living wage-you CAN NOT work forty hours a week for minimum wage anywhere in this NWO/Wall Street/Great Reset shithole country and pay that gentrification rent to your shit-liberal namaste landlords. People raised in this advertising culture, where even the landscape billboards are all owned by the same five billionaires, they just wanna feel good, get a lottta “likes”, ya know? Selfie with the replacement member of some gone slick rock brand. Pic of self looking anime at the gentrification lounge or comic-convention. They don’t wanna hear any bad news about false flag proxy army regime change wars, or big tech purge of all dissident journalists, even when everybody from the Old Guard Left sounds every alarm. Mike Gravel (RIP) and Glen Ford (RIP) were never mourned in the corporate media: only Iraq warmonger, EVIL Madeline Albright-ya know? That’s the kinda person celebrated by big 5 media. A known warmonger. Try to tell a gotmine shit-lib about Joe Laurie, Ben Norton, Jacobin magazine, Chris Hedges, The Convo-Couch, Consortium magazine, Mintpress, Black Agenda Report all being censored online, or how Tulsi gabbard and Jill Stein were slandered by Hillary Clinton, and they shrug their shoulders and tell you about some robot dog that will be delivering chemical weapons to protestors or dirty rebels in the near future, like it’s a good thing, or they repeat old wedge issue slogans from controlled opposition, farud-squad assets. I knew triangulating centrist, Bill Clinton was bad with Nafta, 3 Strikes laws, and handing airwaves to just 5 monopoly executives; but I never thought I’d see the day when rightwing leaning Rand Paul and Judge Napolitano would be fighting against big brother censorship and war propaganda, while soldout/fake progressive, feel goodist pinup faves, Obama and AOC and Bernie all obediently get in line with Gropey Joe and kiss, kiss, kissy, tipsy aunt Pelosi, parroting official establishment narratives. Feral cats left a dead baby bunny on my porch last night, my family woke me up horrified around one thirty in the morning before my spouse overcame her terror, and impulsively bagged it and disposed of it in outdoor garbage. Seems somehow metaphoric. Like we have arrived in Dead Bunny Land, USA, USA! When was the last time you heard any Democrat on television objecting to coups on Venezuela or Cuba or Libya, or superfunding the Ukraine to bait and battle Russia, just like they did in Afghanistan? Every single day, Biden pledges another 8 billion to his rightwing nationalist regime change proxy army in the Ukraine, and the shit-libs roar with approval, and fiercely OBJECT to the suggestion that they have been propagandized by Big-Media. They got Rainbow flags and diversity bumper stickers in their yard, but they love censorship and permanent war. It really is like that movie, “They Live!” or Sly Stallone’s “Demolition Man”. Everything on tv is wag the dog distraction theater or dead bunny consent manufacturing for creepy elites abusing poor people. In these tiresome days of manipulative headlines and relentless and exhausting bad news, you might draw some real consolation and sustenance from Jo Dog and Paul Black and their all star super group. In spite of the hurricane of unreality tv distortions and fabrications, the heart always yearns for something it can recgnize as holy and wholesome and righteous and real. Jo Dog and Paul Black make beautiful rocknroll music in the finest tradition of the Stones and Faces and vintage Dogs and Joneses. It’s like medicine.

Jo Dog & Paul Black’s Sonic Boom (

Hard Times “Little Satan” EP

Members of SUICIDE GENERATION, SICK BAGS and DESPERATE FÜN have united to bing us four songs out of Covid lockdown boredom. As you can guess, this is not a jazz record. “Little Satan” opens in a DEAD BOYS way, young, loud and snotty! Then “Oh Let It Go” brings us some trashy glam à la NEW YORK DOLLS. Speaking of The DOLLS, the JOHNNY THUNDERS influence can be heard in “She Ain’t Here No More” while “Do Ya Feel Like Lovin'” puts an end to this EP with some explosive punk rawk’n’roll.
Make London dirty again! /Laurent C.

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Torpedohead release video for new single “One Step Ahead

Torpedohead release video for new single “One Step Ahead”.

Rock n’ roll power trio Torpedohead are back with the brand new single “One Step Ahead”.

The video showcases the band performing in a no frills, let the music do the talkin’, sleazy bar room, delivering a stompin’ underground rock groove with a sticky chorus in classic Torpedohead style.

The new single “One Step Ahead” will be paired with the EP „Trphd“, released on 27th May and also serves as the first single from a new full length album to be released end of 2022 !

Combining a riff oriented hard edged sound with melodic supercatchy choruses and fast and furious punk n’ roll while transforming this into their own modern rock sound, Germany’s power trio Torpedohead lives the imagination of a 70s stadium rock n’ roll tape coming through a trashy 90s stereo, digitally remastered today for speeding down the autobahn !

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