We are turning into a nation of whimpering slaves to Fear — fear of war, fear of poverty, fear of random terrorism, fear of getting down-sized or fired because of the plunging economy, fear of getting evicted for bad debts, or suddenly getting locked up in a military detention camp on vague charges of being a Terrorist sympathizer. (-Hunter S. Thompson)
“The majority of people were always sitting in the stands. When I find people who are willing to go against the grain, who are willing to make tremendous sacrifices to change an unjust situation – that’s what blows my mind out.” (-Abbie Hoffman)
“Necessary reminder: Liz Cheney is not a hero.” (-Nina Turner)
“There is a higher law than the law of government. That’s the law of conscience.” (― Stokely Carmichael)
“Without Trump, liberal media personalities have no way to keep their rapidly dwindling flock sufficiently enraptured and excited — Biden, Kamala and Pete don’t quite do it — so their already miniscule audience is shrinking back to barely-extant pre-Trump levels.” (-Glenn Greenwald)
“This blizzard of mind-warping war propaganda out of Washington is building up steam. Monday is Anthrax, Tuesday is Bankruptcy, Friday is Child-Rape, Thursday is Bomb-scares, etc., etc., etc… If we believed all the brutal, frat-boy threats coming out of the White House, we would be dead before Sunday. It is pure and savage terrorism reminiscent of Nazi Germany. (-Hunter S. Thompson)
“Rachel Maddow peddled the Russiagate conspiracy for YEARS to boost ratings, helping raise anti-Russia and pro-war sentiments in the general public. That’s not journalism. It’s grifting and warmongering.” (-Danny Haiphong)
“Yes, but she told lies at the behest of the Establishment, those lies are NEVER punished, they’re rewarded, like she was with $30 million. It’s the TRUTH that gets you sent to prison, just ask Julian Assange.” (-Jimmy Dore)
“Stop censoring independent journalists for exposing the truth about the security state and its media lackeys” (-Max Blumenthal)
“The empire still fears the public. If it didn’t it wouldn’t bother rolling out so much propaganda ahead of all its depraved actions—it would just act. They work so hard to manufacture our consent because they’re still afraid of what we’ll do to them if we decide we don’t consent.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)
“As crazy as Bolton is he is not as silly as most liberals & some left forces to agree that whatever that thing was on Jan 6th the one thing it wasn’t was a coup. As he said, he knows what a coup is since the U.S. is the master at organizing them.” (-Ajamu Baraka)
“We’re fighting back against the corrupt Democratic Party establishment’s coordinated campaign to deny our rightfully earned place on the ballot. If you want to stand with us and fight for real democracy, here’s how you can help! https://matthewhohforsenate.org/fightback/ ” (-Matthew Hoh For Senate)”
It’s not possible to solve the climate crisis while we continue to expand fracking.“
Unless we all rally together and fight this “Official Narrative”, last word always belongs to the secret police or richest person in the room bullshit, your kids will not even have the right to peacefully gather in public spaces without permission from some sinister techgeek surveillance capitalist in a creepy secret island cult robe. (-General Labor)
“Google and Facebook are trying hard to degrade the internet from its early promise (an unprecedented tool of liberation) into one of the most repressive weapons ruling class power centers ever had. Beyond left/right, Jackson is, above all, an anti-establishment critic. Thus…” (Jackson Hinkle’s censored and deplatformed by Youtube)
“When did people of the U.S. sign-up for war with Russia, China & Iran? Answer: when they elected democrats who represent the military/industrial/complex & energy interests – the most aggressive elements of the capitalist ruling class.” (-Ajamu Baraka)
“This proxy war has no exit strategy. There’s no plan to deliver Putin a swift defeat, there’s no diplomatic effort toward peace, there’s only a plan to keep pouring weapons into Ukraine (at immense profit to the military-industrial complex) to create a costly quagmire for Russia.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)
“Joe Biden not only mispronounced slain journalist Shireen Abu-Akleh’s name but refused to complete the meeting request from her family. He then received a medal from Israel for his exemplary contributions, & now he’ll be meeting with the great democratic country of Saudi Arabia.” (-Fiorella Isabel)
“The arrogance of U.S. & Western leaders blinds them from seeing how non-white world sees them today. The naked, white supremacist appeals by Zelensky to a “Europeaness,” Biden’s declaration of his commitment to Zionism, confirms essential commitment to white world supremacy. The military/industrial/complex hustle continues as this sector of capital plunders public resources to tune of 840 billion for “defense.” And because the public has no representation in Congress there was no real resistance to this thief. The Biden administration is building off of the Trump initiated “Abraham Accords”with Israel, continues Trump’s dismantling of Iran agreement & aggression against nations in Latin America, forced workers back to work in unsafe conditions – so what is the difference again?” (-Ajamu Baraka)
BIG NEON GLITTERS
“Livin’ in a shack in a one-horse town
Trying to get to heaven ‘fore the sun goin’ down
Lizard in a bottle, yeah”
I live in the deadend desert where there ain’t nothing to do and it’s 101 degrees everyday and that means it’s like 120 in my garage. This hermit dropout life ain’t for everybody. I will say there are moments where it feels like paradise is now, you know, maybe at sunrise or sunset with the psychedelic pink streaky skies. I miss indian food and news stand access to my favorite print magazine “Vive Le Rock” from the UK, wish I had more record store access to like all those Easy Action reissues and shit. It gets real boring but man, it is still pretty gratifying to have some wide open spaces removed from all the rat race hustle and bustle and no mercy Murkkkan backstab greed and competition war-culture. I think it’s fantastic Ian Astbury is writing about mercy, you don’t see many people in the rocknroll community promoting ideas like love, empathy, solidarity, peace, or mutual aid no more, most of ’em are just trying to “get somewhere”, usually on the backs of the poor. It’s hard to overstate the affect Ian and Billy Duffy had on me and all my friends. I remember all those metalheads wanting to kill me and my small contingent of Indiana goths when we ventured into Detroit in all our black lace and pancake makeup, rosaries, and dried roses braided into my hair when they opened for Metallica! Metallica fans in Detroit, man. Tough crowd!
Southern Death Cult, “LOVE”, that MTV concert at the Ritz were life changers for eighties goth kids like me. The Cult were everything! So ya know, even in our elderly goth years, a new CULT album “UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN” and already underway “WE OWN THE NIGHT” big comeback tour is always a call for celebration! My old amigo, disreputable all night hellion and renowned motorcycle cowboy, NF Bastido he went to see ’em live the other night and was right in the front row and said they were still absolutely dynamite. I guess those love troopin’ geezers have been taking their vitamins cause they still throw down like the good old days. These perpetually high temperatures in the Desert Southwest where it’s always 100 degrees in the shade kinda been sapping my own super powers. Kid wants to have another Nerf war and I’m trying to caffeinate and psych myself up for it. I just wanna take a nap when it’s this scorching outside. “Texas sun makes my back burn.”
Real guitar-fuelled rock ‘n’ roll for unreal times….There is a lot of buzz and excitement about the GOLDEN RAT, the Japanese based glam punk super group co starring the one and only WORLD FAMOUS MISTER RATBOY of Motorcycle boy, Pillbox, and Sour Jazz and HIROSI THE GOLDEN ARM. Their Pinups-esque cover album is coming out on Australia’s legendary VICIOUS KITTEN underground record label and also features real boss Blue Note style classic sleeve artwork design by Cowboy from Sour Jazz. I’ve heard some tracks from it and it is a real classic. Ratboy and Hiroshi turn in really heartfelt slowburn covers of Brian James‘ “Aint That A Shame”, The Heartbreakers “It’s Not Enough”, Only Ones “Whole Of The Law”, Patti Smith‘s “Dancing Barefoot”, “Some Girls” by the Rolling Stones“and MORE! I remember being a shabby rehearsal space down in the ABC’s way back when and Ratboy reimagining “Play With Fire” as a doomy Smack ballad. He’s always been really imaginative, good at reinventing rocknroll.
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He’s obviously just about the best of the best, or certainly right up there with, you know-Jim Jones, Iggy Pop, Steven Leckie, Billy Idol, Tex Perkins, Tyler and Jagger and lovable old Alice. His band are all ace assassins, total professionals, a machine. I still miss Andy and Nasty, there was something magical about Hanoi Rocks, but Mike’s gang are real good. I don’t agree with all their politics but admire their energy and love for the stage. Mike never seems to age.
HAIRMETAL LINEUP CHANGES & WHOEVER OWNS THE NAME
As an underground outcast death rock weirdo I always had some static and friction with the hickass white trash Beavis N Butthead heavymetal guys, the stoners in the bleached denim and Fake Spicoli voices would drive past my house and threaten to burn it down or showup when I was alone at my record store job, in packs of 5 or 7 telling me how I better stay away from this girl or that girl. Me and summa my friends were into you know the old punk and new wave and goth and subversive glam stuff like Bauhaus, Gun Club, Sisters Of Mercy, Stiv Bators and Hanoi Rocks and Dogs D’Amour and Disciples Of Soul, who the stupid Bon Jovi/Ozzy/Metallica dudes had just never heard of. I remember them telling us that Guns N Roses were “F***” at the lunch table that last year I briefly attended high school before the admin illegally forced cosmetology to cut my hair and I never returned. A year later, of course, they were all getting bandannas and going to fuckin Guns N Roses concerts. When I was I dunno 17, or 18, my black leather clad old hellraiser guitarist NF BASTIDO brought a bombshell blonde home on the back of his motorcycle from the preppie downtown dance club where my former bassplayer was the hometown heart throb DJ. She wanted to meet me and we commenced a whirlwind romance until she sorta ditched me for some more famous dudes, but when I hear that old hairmetal band, SKID ROW, I remember our times together fondly, not sure what happened to her, hope she’s still alive. I hope she’s okay, I cared about alot of those misfit midwestern heavy metal kids, as people, even if we could never keep it together. There were some saddening rumors she had a kid and disappeared in Mexico years ago. Ya know an awful lot of us so called bad kids kinda bonded together because we had come from such repressive, abusive, superstitious, military or evangelical religious backgrounds. Same way the phony techlord wokeness religion is being used as a club to beat poorer or “less educated” people with, nowadays. Back then, you had the PMRC Washington Wives and all these specialist grifter behavior modifying anti-rock crusaders going on a fanatical with hunt against any kid in a black t shirt. Now, the NEW AGE techlord wokeness religion seems to actually promote the occult and sexualizing children. I’m personally the farthest thing there is from a square or a conservative, but I do not believe it is acceptable or appropriate for corporate media to promote the occult or sexualize children. The faux-woke ideology is just more divide and conquer identity politics trickery of the rich. Poor people, in Real Life, do not think it’s somehow extra bitchen when they are being droned or evicted by mutigendered democrat-voting women of color, or that their authoritarian fascist captor assassins identify as this or that. Or that or this. Here or there or up or down. I do not like fascism with a chick, I do not like fascism with a dick, I do not like fascism with a hick, I think that Net-Flix shit is sick, etc., etc. I do not like fascism. So anyways, when the Skids were the biggest thing since I dunno Poison or the Crue or whatever, I was just so NOT into them at all, that guy seemed like such an idiot asshole and it made me mad some McGhee Mgt. metal wankers were wearing a LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH t shirt, like for punk rock street cred. Reminded me of the New Kids On The Block dude wearing Bauhaus. You’d think I’d side with the songwriters against the former pretty boy pinup star, especially since they keep trying to write like these Warrior Soul type rebel anthems, but call it nostalgia, or what you will, gradually, I just started having some mercy and compassion for perpetual nuisance and celebrity feud, tantrum and bottle throwing Sebastian. I mean, I done a lot of stupid foolish, belligerent, asinine, offensive stuff in my wild youth, too. Used to bum me out that so many people never let me forget any of that, or took a half a minute to find out what happened after that, they all got these revisionist whitewashed, photoshopped lives. So yeah call me crazy, I like Sebastian a little bit at this point, I can’t help it.
Back in the eighties, some stoner dickhead dude gave me a bunch of guff cause he liked summa my same girlfriends, dated some too and I think for like one brief season he bared a passing resemblance to Poor Dumb Bas and all the chicks were all over him like groupies in a Cinderella video.
I had some long lingering bad blood for like, my white trash burnout heavy metal wouldbe rivals who broke into my best friend’s house and stole his guitar cause they were mad some chick liked me. Now I see they all came from real bad, abusive smalltown evangelical trailer park cultures, also. One went on to become bassist in one of those semi famous Gwar like theatrical monster mask thrash bands in Arizona. I had TRIED to befriend him, way back in the day, but he was not ready for makeup wearing punk rockers who his black mini skirt and satin jacketed big hairsprayed haevy metal groupie blonde bombshell ultravixens crushes were in love with. They used to call me Boy George. I love Boy George though. In my elderly goth years, I got a heart full of forgiveness for almost everybody. Anyways. I liked the big, slick, formulaic Skid Row hits even though Sebastian was a bigmouth idiot always trying to impress Axl by being even more of a dumbfuck bullying, redneck wannabe, toughguy-saying stupid homophobic shit, throwing bottles, beating up fans or photographers, acting badly. So when he offended his High Holy Hairness, the great moneybags poster gawd, Bon Jovi, so the Skids songwriting duo, Snake n Rachel, who hired him to sing their songs and make them all bigshot mainstream stars, never forgave him for offending The Hair Emperor Who Seemed To Take That Guitar Mafia Shit A Bit Too Seriously Firing Almost Everybody, and it’s been sad to behold those guys so spitefully always rejecting all his heartfelt overtures to reunite the band for their army of sentimental fans. Those other guys got all the publishing money and boyhood connection to Bon Jovi Inc. and own the trademark so they’ve hired like 45 different coverband substitute dudes over the years and still get booked for festivals and shit by trading on the name. Sebastian still says and does stupid shit sometimes, but I’ve developed a strange compassion for him. He was THE YOUTH GONE WILD that sold all those records and magazines back in the day. Those are the facts. Some kids I lived with on the Sunset Strip at the end of the Metal Years were even photographed for the article about dead end rock dreams when Sebastian was on the cover of “Rolling Stone” in the silver pants. I lived out those dead end rock dreams. Three things I’ve come to understand about Sebastian-he had a big family of weirdo hippie creatives and an extra amount of enthusiastic yard dog energy, he really, really loves rocknroll, particularly KISS, corny cliche heavy “DUDE!” metal, and some awful progressive seventies bands, and it totally broke his heart to discover the whole shady, gotten even worse, corporate music industry was ran by mobsters, prissy primadonnas, connected creeps and drug smugglers only interested in hustling poor people, exploiting youth, and stealing all the publishing. That rock group show he did on tv 20 years ago kinda underscored how he looked up to dudes like the Nuge and Doc McGhee who just ain’t real nice fellas. It is quite sad when aging heavy metal honchos do those dumb commercials for predator lenders that target their fanbase for ripoffs. I’m always gonna advocate for the poor, I’m always gonna be working class. When the rich people have their highfalootin’ Eyes Wide Shut Fancy Galas, and “the help” all have to wear Covid masks, but not the rich elites, that is NOT Science. Nope, bullshit, nope, fuck you. Germs don’t know who is rich or who is poor. That is some elitist occult programming bullshit. Anyways….!
Overall,I don’t mind Sebastian anymore, the Metal Sludge website just seems to rake him over the coals so often, I ended up kinda feeling sorry for the guy. I don’t think he’s probably any less of a decent person than any of those other super famous mainstream hairspray dudes. Like Motley Crue members seem less likable than Sebastian, who’s just not that liberal or progressive. I don’t suspect he’s a big reader, ya know? He does like record shopping though. Our common friend, a Canadian punk legendary super hero, wanted to add him to our double secret underground music group on social media, and I never added him cause who wants to argue with big mouth spazwad fame-hag, Bas when he blurts out shit about how great Ronald Reagan Republikkkanism or Gene Simmons greed is good garbage is, or whatever, but when I see the Skid Row guys with their made for tv updated “Gangs All Here” group, even though their American idol replacement guy has a heart strings pulling backstory and a high pitched vocal range and the whole deal, I’m more inclined to stick with motormouth Sebastian, perpetual fuckup juvenile flaws and all. I’m not into Guns N Roses without Steve Adler and Izzy Stradlin, either. Sebastian was like, twenty when the super fame hit him, so ya know, I aint mad at him for saying or doing dumb shit when he was a kid. He aint no perfect saint, but the job description was wild and crazy rocknroller. He was good at that. Whatever the industry weasels and moneymakers got to say about the guy sounds like sour grapes to me, the bass is always jealous of the face. The copyright guys of this world whose rich parents trained ’em how to pay lawyers and own trademarks and do all the publishing paperwork always seem like failed frontmen to me, but the other side to that is an awful lot of frontmen end up being failed copyright owners who get ripped off and uncredited and our original works get stolen by unscrupulous business guys who don’t care if we are parents or struggling in deep poverty. They are just out for their selves, wanna be celebrities, have prestige, throw art they did not compose on to their property piles, probably impresses a few Kardashian like McDonna materialist woman, but not GOOD or honest women. Integrity matters to some people. There’s some guys from my long gone groups I would not reunite with to play music anymore because our values are completely oppositional, what they stand for and believe in and what I do are not the same anymore, at all, maybe never were, but I also did not sell ten zillion records to legions of pained teenagers with my old punk rock anthems or syrupy love ballads. Those guys soundtracked an awful lot of people’s anguished, stonewashed, detention halled adolescence and I like “I Remember You”, “18 & Life” and “Youth Gone Wild” in spite of all the reasons I should not. Come on back Sebastian Bach, all is forgiven. I Remember You.
BROTHERS & SISTERS & FRIENDS OF THE REVOLUTION
If you find yourself feeling more paranoid, upset, distressed, anxious, or worried than usual, just be cool, try to keep a cool head, it’s a natural response to all the fictitious total bullshit the powers that be keep pummeling us all with-the bad tv, the lies for war, the shite corporate occult-pop and creepy-groomer Dizney technoslut artificial hip-pop, all their bogus, disingenuous, proxy provocateurs, mercenaries, pants suited teleprompter reciters mesmerizing middle class boomers with soothing voices into believing cheap excuses for all the ripoffs, and constant fear programming that’s SUPPOSED to keep us divided, distrustful, in a state of paranoia, and depression, so we all think we need more “protection” from THE MAN. If you find yourself feeling extra suspicious, judgmental, on high alert, or fraying some, around the edges, it’s probably just THE PROGRAMMING. Family, friends, relatives, co workers, the social engineers wanna keep the people arguing about all the culture war bullshit and wedge issues, so we never pause to take note of how badly the ruling class are screwing us all over, lying their asses off, and manufacturing consent for more stupid wars and intentionally devaluing the Yankee Dollar to prepare for ushering in their C3P0 protocol droid Gates Reset bullshit. I got relatives still fretting about “anti-maskers” and “Russian Trolls”! TV is designed to keep everybody in a perpetual Fear state so we will believe the secret societies and intelligence agencies should take away more rights, you know for one of their advertising slogans, everybody’s always in a USA! USA! good guys coming to the rescue Marvel comics propaganda spell. The narrative is always the same: the external boogeyman du jour is an evil killer on the loose, whereas Western oil company shareholders plundering oil is just okeydokey and apple pie and when Murkkkans bomb the piss outta poor countries they invade, it’s always for “democracy”. Democracy? we don’t even have nothin’ like that here-just some remnants from another time, media spectacles and some monopolies that own everything-Blackrock and Vanguard. Showbiz has been weaponized by the global elite Gates Reset tech creeps. Even Waxl Rose is goin’ on about “PUTIN!” I don’t know, man, I think Murkkkans are too gullible and always tend to support Nato/Pentagon propaganda talking points blindly, uncritically. They watch tv, repeat official narratives and want to help shitlib superstar celebrity torture-heiress, Lyn Cheney (D) stop all the “disinformation spreading on the internet”!
“Divide and conquer that’s their game beneath the hair and clothes we’re really all the same, threaten our lives with nuclear war gonna crucify us just once more…” (Lords Of The New Church)
DISGUSTING PROPAGANDA IS ALL THAT REMAINS IN THIS HOLOGRAM POLICE STATE NWO-VERSE
‘You Don’t Got This’: Peace Group Blasts NYC’s New Nuclear Survival PSA (commondreams.org)
Resetting Without Schwab: Russia & the Fourth Industrial Revolution (unlimitedhangout.com)
Does it feel drafty in here? Whatever Lola wants…
HEAT EXHAUSTION, DODGING DESERT DOGS, WRASSLIN’ WITH THE BOREDOM OF TOO MANY 100 DEGREE DAYS, AND ALWAYS WANTING VODKA, UNDER PRESSURE
Wowwee, this was a happy surprise I got from my wonderfully talented and thoughtful and ever so kind and considerate compadre, Evad the charismatic and original vocalist of Hollywood’s whizbang underground firecracker bands, FACTORY SUPERSTARS and MOONCHASERS-an old cassette demo-tape from 95(?) I think it said. This band from L.A., I’m assuming, were sunny pop heroes in the tradition of, oh, you know-Jellyfish, Tsar, Material Issue, Imperial Drag, Dramarama. Just exquisitely well played sunny pop with a limited recording budget but you can tell they would have been real formidable with any kinda support or backing. The singer’s great, has a voice somewhere along the lines of say, the Gin Blossoms guy, or Dave Pirner, maybe. Everybody knows that JIMMY JAMES (Coma-Tones, Rock City Angels, Barrio Tiger) is one of my very favorite guitarists on the planet, and that’s the reason Evad sent me the tape-he knew I’d love hearing this rare relic from a pretty marvelous pop group Jimmy Played for in the 90’s. “Og, Girl” the guitar playing almost reminds me just a little of Steve Stevens and I really love the singer’s voice. FAB were right up my alley, super sunshiny, silvery melodic with just the right touch of sleazy garage snarl. Aint no guitarists nothin’ like that where I been living these past twenty five years, I’ll tll ya that much. Maybe they don’t even exist no more. Certainly, a highly endangered species. Jimmy is what Hunter S. Thompson would’ve called a snow leopard. Elusive. Special. I know Bob “Derwood” Andrews moved somewhere nears Joshua Tree but does not frequently care to revisit the Generation X days and you know that was my fave band ever, he also says he “does not jam”. So there you have it. This guy K Bombay from Hollywood is real, real good, but he’s always in multiple bigtime local name act bands. JIMMY, of course, you know and love from THE HANGMEN and JUNKYARD, two of this tragically disintegrating, steadily decaying country’s Last Good Rocknroll bands. Evad knows what I like, we are both into alot of the same kinda music, like Rod Stewart and Dramarama. He was correctamundo that I thoroughly love this band FAB a whole lot-it’s just real punchy summertime pop like the ideal sonic accompaniment to a refreshingly fizzy bangin’ ice cold blender drink, like maybe say mango, cherry and vodka slurpeys or something like that. “Summer Caprice” reminded me, ya know, of all those Poptopia kinda bands. “Miserable” is reminiscent of me, Redd Kross, American Heartbreak, Beat Angels, or Celebrity Skin. I love it and every little thing Jimmy James does is magic, magic, magic, magic, magic, magic. I looked around online for more info about that band but nothing really surfaced, too many Beatle tribute bands with that name, but I’d love to know where the other guys from that group are now. Talented lot. Good singer!
GOTHS AGAINST FASCISM!
I dunno about you, but growing up, I was into like, new wave, ya know? New Order, all the Mute records stuff, The Normal, OMD, Human League, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Suicide, Berlin, all the synth duos. My friend and colleague Laur is making some really fantastic new music in that same spirit. Check ’em out~!
Classified | VAGUE SCARE (bandcamp.com)
THE TECHNOFASCISTS & THEIR PIG-MEDIA DECEIVERS ARE ALREADY HERE!
I do not know that much about what happened to all the other aging culture war survivors, we were just scraping by, with bare minimum dishwasher and caregiver salaries, BEFORE Superstar 16 Magazine Coverboy Ubiquitous Media Celeb Doc Fauchi Warns Us About Next Wave Of Monkeypox closed things down and the local indies all went outta business and now, with Biden’s war on Russia and nutty nonstop Nato saber rattling against China and Iran for Israel, ya know, it’s gettin’ really shaky out here in new normal nomad country! They arrest about ten people a day in these ghost towns and that’s a big number when there’s only about 3,000 year round residents. Where were you when they Kyrsten Sinema/identity politricks faux-woke/greenwashed/pinkwashed world war, censorship, fascism, and jailing all the real journalists? Mainstream Media bleats on about Biden’s perpetual unconditional love affair with the gruesome Saudis in spite of their savage dismemberment of Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi, but that’s no surprise to anybody who’s aware of how USA’s other “shared values” special friends Israel treats journalists, like the one they just assassinated: Shireen Abu Akleh, for the crime of reporting while being Palestinian-American. The Vault 7 whistleblower just got the book thrown at him and poor Julian Assange is still being tortured in Belmarsh. Michael Hastings embarrassed some generals and Democrat lady figureheads and next thing you know he was burned to death in a blazing ball of fire. (RIP) Of course, all your shitlibs look the other way and eagerly consume more crass ass propaganda about what a victory it is for “GIRL POWER” when Sinema kills the fight for fifteen while wearing a goofy backpack and Zinny glasses cosplay outfit, or Gina Haspel tortures people for feminism or drone operators are women, or self identify as women. Evil as evil, do the gender all ya want. Insanity! The shitlibs still ignore Tara Reade, too. FREE DANIEL HALE!
Imagine being so booj, you believe people like Lyn Cheney and Klaus Scwab and Bill Gates want to HELP you! If you are working class, you gotta count it as a big win when you stumble across something with any potential resell value at the second hand donations store, before it gets snatchedup by the boutique owning, high price tourist trap, gloating showoff, shit- hoarders. Kinda get mixed feelings when you find a t shirt or cd you deeply dig, but know you gotta fork it over for resell cause we are all scrounging to just barely even get by, in Biden’s Inflation. I know sucky shitlibs who are so baffled bi stubborn partisan blindness, they actually cheer when whistleblowers are locked for revealing the truth about what their corrupt government does behind their backs. “The ‘anti-disinfo’ industry has nothing to do with protecting a gullible public from info that might cause them to make bad or unhealthy choices — it’s about directing a narrative to control the population and promote a one-world govt.(-Children’s Health Defense)
The guy who supposedly leaked the Vault 7 files is being portrayed by the government as a really unsympathetic and nefarious character, but when one considers all the dirty tricks and slanderous smears they heaped on Julian Assange and the way they covered up and failed to prosecute the Epstein/Maxwell client list, leaving a trail of bodies, the occult temple on Little Saint John’s Island, the Lolita Express logs, the rush to steamroll Epstein’s property, all that, it’s hard to take anything the government says that seriously.
The Vault 7 release – a series of 24 documents which began to publish on March 7, 2017 – reveal that the CIA has a giant arsenal of tools to use against adversaries, including the ability to “spoof” its malware to appear as though it was created by a foreign intelligence agency, as well as the ability to take control of Samsung Smart TV’s and surveil a target using a “Fake Off” mode in which they appear to be powered down while eavesdropping.
The CIA’s toy chest also includes:
- Tools code named “Marble” – which can misdirect forensic investigators from attributing viruses, trojans and hacking attacks to their agency by inserted code fragments in foreign languages. The tool was in use as recently as 2016. Per the WikiLeaks release:
“The source code shows that Marble has test examples not just in English but also in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and Farsi. This would permit a forensic attribution double game, for example by pretending that the spoken language of the malware creator was not American English, but Chinese, but then showing attempts to conceal the use of Chinese, drawing forensic investigators even more strongly to the wrong conclusion, — but there are other possibilities, such as hiding fake error messages.”
CIA leaker Joshua Schulte convicted on all counts in Manhattan retrial (nypost.com)https://www.wsj.com/articles/former-cia-employee-convicted-of-massive-leak-11657745296 Vault 7 is how The Public learned how Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings (RIP) was most likely assassinated by remote control technology. Consumerist morons don’t wanna know the truth, though, they just wanna be told over and over, by confident sounding media pros, that everything is SWELL and WE ARE WINNING! YAAAAYYY! This morning’s headlines said that (slightly paraphrasing) “Caring philanthropic SCIENTIST, BILL GATES is going to invest more money in his own foundation to RESCUE US ALL, BECAUSE HE CARES SO MUCH ABOUT US! WHAT A GUY! That’s the kinda shit the haves on the hill like to hear. PRESIDENT BIDEN’S gonna show those Iranians who’s BOSS! WE’RE WINNING! FOR FREEDOM! GO TEAM ZELENSKY! AND KAMALA! DR. JILL! GAYLE KING! BEYONCE! WHOOO! YAAY! TEAM SPIRIT! YEARBOOK CLUB!!!BIDEN THREATENS TO BOMB IRAN FOR THE ISRAELIS”
The Biden admin got what, like nine billion a month for Ukraine to slow bleed Russia, but nothin’ for you, loser.
No, it’s NOT “fake news.” It’s Nazi propaganda. (substack.com)
“Yeah that’s right! That stupid hospital was just OWNED by an epic Girlboss! ” (-Alan MacLeod)
This Girl Boss Propaganda Has Just Become A Bit Much Now, hasn’t It? Imperialism Is Not A Real Feminist Value. If the Empire cared about Women’s Rights, Or Mothers, they’d stop bombing, plundering, sending in killers to rape and pillage, in what? Twelve countries and counting….and mass incarcerating people for Wall Street profits. Mass Murder is not wokeness. Stop falling for this bullshit. Who cares what gender anybody is esp. if they harm other people for cash and prizes, that makes them evil-him/her/they/them, anybody. Same rules apply across the board. No specials.
“The Uvalde mayor calling journalists “chickenshit” for releasing the footage instead of criticizing all the outrageous stuff cops are doing in that footage is a masterclass in how politicians enable the police. Like politicians across the spectrum demanding we “fund the police” after countless murders and the largest popular uprising in recent history. Politicians will fund police and support them unless we literally force them to stop because cops protect the rich and powerful, not us.” (-Joshua Potash)
Big difference between me and most of my former associates is I never bowed to the capitalist high school hierarchy chains of command, or gave my consent to technofascist billionaires to incrementally enslave the rest of us, and I do not pray to the super rich billionaires. You have no duty or obligation to obey corrupt, sadistic, tyrannical motherfuckers. As a human being of conscience, you have a duty to challenge the assertions of known liars and undermine their new world order agendas and fight to protect the poor, the small, the people of Flint and all the innocent victims of these powerful forces of evil. This is a crazy time in Murkkkan history, when we are watching in real time, as the whole shebang is being eroded by just five or six unfathomably rich and evil billionaires in the shadows, as the billionaires and their monopolies are swallowing up everything, all the property, all the politicians, both parties, the whole corporate media, they own the cops and alphabet gangs and intelligence agencies, including like, Facebook and Twitter, ICE and NSA, DHS and TSA, and any last lingering remnants of anything even remotely like democracy or freedom are being erased by some arrogant aspirant gawd techlords with way too much money and worldly power. They piss on you and tell you it’s raining and you must learn new politeness lingo for their feelings. RESPECT THEIR CELEBRITIES FOR SCIENCE! That Capital Hill Endless Hearing is really appallingly, outrageously, insultingly fuckedup and full on fucking stupid, I thought it was ridiculous by the second day I heard EVERY millionaire media employee on tv hysterically repeat the phrase, “INSURRECTION!” ten thousand times a day. I remembered that line from the movie “Natural Born Killers”: “Repetition Works, David.” That whole shit show always felt like a psychological operation to me and I’ll tell you why. It was all cops and politicians opening doors and giving tours to outta state cops and politicians and a small handful of gullible follower future patsies. They do some of the same shit when the left protests-the undercover kkkop entrapment tactics. I’ve been to lots of protests that were at least as raucous as that one, where more than one window got broken.
All that bullshit talk about “desecrating the sacred halls of democracy”, what kinda bullshit robot would ever believe the temple where the money changer lobbyists bribe the bipartisan police state politicians is holy or sacred in any way? I don’t care if false hope supermodel on the red carpet, mimosa swilling Pelosi obeyer, AOC says she is miffed, still upset that some rightwingers held space in Washington for a few hours or mussed up Pelosi’s desk. They are not untouchable royals or infallible Olympian goddesses in my book. They are supposed to listen to us-we, the people, and do what is in our interest, not just the will of big cash grabbing, blackmailing, devious foreign governments, big corporations, Bill Gates, or the Military Industrial Complex. I WANT TO SEE MORE PEOPLE ON THE STREETS, taking action, PROTESTING INJUSTICE, not less. More love thy neighbor direct action and lend a hand activism, or volunteerism, no I don’t mean like when greedhead capitalists in Oregon instruct you to volunteer or intern (work for free) for their booj operations, I’m saying the people have got to look out for each other, cause pig media is trying to manufacture consent for even lower slave wages, even as the big shot billionaires quadruple their prices for everything we need to live. We gotta stop worrying about protecting the images of known liars and these phony baloney woke hustlers who pretended like they wanted to help us but then got right in bed with mama Pelosi and her private jet crowd. Shift our focus to the neighborhood, something we can positively affect. Look in on people. Do our part-we can’t wait for fake shitlib saviors, or cowardly uniformed enforcers to save any of us. Do it yourself, means you n me. Those rich people not only don’t give a fuck about us, it’s worse than that. They actively mean us harm and their bought and paid for, gaslight abuser controlled media will tell us they are doing us a favor, some kinda generous act of philanthropy, while we all get evicted, or water poisoned, or mysteriously get sick, or get hurt by agents of the state, or die suddenly. When they come for you, you’ll most likely be watching their unreality tv.
SOME SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE….
I thought Occupy Wall Street was on to something, when we were coming together, becoming grassroots organized on a very small, immediate, spontaneous local level and taking direct action, even though the thug kkkops came and chemical sprayed everybody and the pig-media tried to bury the message. Even though the middle class got mines tried to divert or undermine our actions for their own greedy, selfish, vampire/gentrifier landlordly benefit. Even though false hope Obama helped Mossad Rahm Emmanual and Wall Street Eric Holder coordinate a national crackdown on Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and impose curfews and attempt to thwart the will of the people. I liked how needs were being addressed almost instantly in the encampments. Somebody needed socks, or water, or boots, the call would go out, and the people would supply the needs of their brethren. Righteous.
Ya’all suckup celebrity worshippers act like you don’t remember Obama letting Goldman Sachs handpick his cabinet, helping coverup the gratuitous human rights violations of Flint, or what BP allowed to happen in the Gulf, or how it was him who helped manufacture consent for overthrow of Libya, extrajudicial A.I. metadata based drone warfare, and all those Black Lives Matter uprising activists who were jailed or died mysteriously being under government surveillance. Now, the kkkop loving Republikkans are shocked that some of them are ALSO getting the bait n switch, entrapment, and agent provocateur, Cointelpro business. You gotta stand for PRINCIPLES, not just applaud unconditionally for celebrities or fake sports teams. Ya ever been wrong before? Does it hurt that bad to admit it? I mean I voted for Obama the first time, but he was speechifyin’ about CHANGE, not more drones and crony capitalism. We got hoodwinked by a slick taker in a shiny suit, is all. I knew when I saw Cheney upfront at the inauguration still runnin’ shit that we weren’t getting any real change, just an expansion of Cheney policies under the silvery tongued Obama Rebrand.
Dismantling the Constitution: Police No Longer Have to Honor the Right to Remain Silent – Activist Post
FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE DISSIDENT WHISTLEBLOWER HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATING TRUTH TELLER JOURNALISTS….BUT I WAS BUSY WATCHING FEELGOODIST P.R. ABOUT CHELLE AND MAYO PETE AND KAMALA AND DR. DR. DR. JILL ON NETFLIX WITH MY UKRAINE FLAG
The whole star spangled house of cards is built on the idea that we are allowed to protest-to peacefully assemble to redress our grievances and question official narratives and the hold the powerful to account. We’ve seen multiple administrations now violate our Constitution and Bill Of Rights by spying on us, making us piss in cups for minimum wage jobs, groping our loved ones at the airport, and outright inflicting permanent harm and abuse on citizen protestors at Standing Rock and Occupy Wall Street protests with chemical weapons, firehoses, non lethal ammunition, nightsticks, and now the full force of 24/7 propaganda being used to hammer some Maga protest that did not cause a fraction of the damage incurred by George Floyd uprisings that only resulted in politicians giving MORE MONEY TO SUPERFUND THE MILITARIZED JACBOOTED RACIST KKKOPS and KKKOPs killing more black people. Now pig-media, the Fraud Squad Fake Progressives & Halliburton/Blackwater Darling Lyn Cheney wanna make a big stink forever about some redhats throwing a tantrum on the steps of the Capital and use it as a justification to give MORE MONEY TO THE TECNOFASCIST POLICE STATE and create more laws against free speech. Who benefits? Lyn Cheney? That’s your silver knight coming to rescue you damsels in distress still offended by something Trump said to a legacy media Son Of A Bush? Lyn Cheney, daughter of deep state torture architect and false flag crony capitalist forever war profiteer DICK CHENEY? That’s your trust worthy female? You don’t think the Trump supporters had a legit beef with the notion that Gropey Joe, who nobody ever liked, just beat both Sanders and Trump, outta nowhere, just like that, without even campaigning or leaving his basement except to insult that worker in Michigan, and with promising the people exactly nothing, besides assuring his donor class Wall Street swells that “nothing will change”? But ya’all pink hats swore the ballot was easily flipped by RUSSIA!!! So how can you still believe these primary rigging DNC insiders who keep trying to sabotage and silence the whole left online and exclude the left from the fake debates and throw Green party candidates like Matthew Hoh off the ballot, why would you still imagine, the Bloomberg/Wasserman Schultz/Pelosi/Clinton factions are a friend to nurses or teachers or children or the elderly? The way that freedom works is if you want the right to march around your posh park with open containers and deli buffets protesting Trump telling Billy Bush that if you’re rich they’ll even let you grab their expletives deleted, or some frat boy fortunate son kangaroo court taking away YOUR RIGHTS, guess what, trigger warning, the scary lesser than bad and supposedly dangerous, “OTHERS” have the right to march around, and bellow into their bullhorns, about how wronged and cheated they feel, as well. Why would you ever put so much faith and blind trust in the hands of known liars and mass murderers? Who told you that cancel culture sets you free in your happy feelings aromatherapeutic gluten free safespace? Ommmm, my ass. P.S. The Gates-Meat is Soylent-Green.
We cannot simultaneously fight terrorism, we and our allies, while with the other hand we fund terrorism, arm terrorism and train terrorism.“
Roger Waters Plays “Collateral Murder” Video During US Tour, Demands Julian Assange’s Freedom – Activist Post
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI4AuWlO9iA Jimmy Dore is one of the many comedians being censored by the corporate fascist security state and cancelled by tech-bot billionaires with dystopian police state agendas, and ties to the war machinery. Max Blumenthal writes for the Gray Zone. Youtube is censoring both of them and many others, basically everyone on the Left. Anyone questioning corporate profit narratives, or wars based on lies. Lee Camp, Chris Hedges, Abby Martin. I said a few years ago, it would end up just being, Rachel Maddow and Tucker Carlson the Vanguard owned Division Puppets on billboard sized hypnoscreens and everyone from indie-media being slagged, silenced, and McCarthyist smeared as agents of “RUSSIA! and now, China! NYC is showing a stupid what to do in a nuke strike commercial, a modern adaptation of hide under your school desk. “Go inside, stay inside, stay tuned, and follow media”. People I once knew, who used to read history books, who should know better, have all fallen for every transparent media hustle of the past twenty, twenty five years.
“Because a bipartisan coalition of neocons and liberal interventionists successfully instigated a new Cold War by orchestrating a coup in Kiev, criminalized diplomacy with Moscow through the Russiagate hoax, and stoked a proxy war in Ukraine that could turn nuclear.” (-Max Blumenthal)
“Believing there are good billionaires is even dumber than believing there are good US presidents, and believing there are good mainstream media pundits is even dumber than believing there are good billionaires.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)
“Never impose your language on people you wish to reach.”
“The clock is ticking. It’s time to stand up. Reject the lesser evil and that propaganda. Reject the lesser evil. Fight for the greater good like our lives depend on it, because they do. We’re running out of time. It’s time to stand up.“
“Let me say from the very beginning that we at Black Agenda Report do not think that Barack Obama is the Lesser Evil. He is the more Effective Evil.
He has been more effective in Evil-Doing than Bush in terms of protecting the citadels of corporate power, and advancing the imperial agenda. He has put both Wall Street and U.S. imperial power on new and more aggressive tracks – just as he hired himself out to do.
That was always Wall Street’s expectation of Obama, and his promise to them. That’s why they gave him far more money in 2008 than they gave John McCain. They were buying Obama futures on the electoral political market – and they made out like bandits.
They invested in Obama to protect them from harm, as a hedge against the risk of systemic disaster caused by their own predations. And, it was a good bet, a good deal. It paid out in the tens of trillions of dollars.
If you believe that what Wall Street does is Evil, then Obama’s service to Wall Street is Evil, and there is nothing lesser about it.
They had vetted Obama, thoroughly, before he even set foot in the U.S. Senate in 2004.
He protected their interests, there, helping shield corporations from class action suits, and voting against caps on credit card Interest. He was their guy back then – and some of us were saying so, back then.
He was the bankers’ guy in the Democratic presidential primary race. Among the last three standing in 2008, it was Obama who opposed any moratorium on home foreclosures. John Edwards supported a mandatory moratorium and Hillary Clinton said she wanted a voluntary halt to foreclosures. But Barack Obama opposed any moratorium. Let it run its course, said candidate Obama. And, true to his word, he has let the foreclosures run their catastrophic course.” (-Glen Ford)
“The “left” in the U.S is a running joke, nonexistent, regurgitating playbook NATO, state propaganda without even realizing it, lacking in an understanding of foreign policy & knowledge of the regime change playbook. This is why the left-right paradigm in the states is irrelevant.” (-Fiorella Isabel)
“Biden voted against the 1991 Gulf War, then quickly said he was mistaken. He transformed into a top Iraq war hawk. During nearly 50 years in public office, Biden has seldom seen a U.S. war he didn’t support or help facilitate.” (-Jeremy Scahill)
Empire Politician (theintercept.com)
Arizona signs law to limit filming of police officers (reclaimthenet.org)
The solution to a racist police state is not superfunding a racist police state. Most Shocking From Jan. 6 Hearings: U.S. Comes Out Against Coups – Let’s Try Democracy (davidswanson.org)
f Democrats Didn’t Suck – Let’s Try Democracy (davidswanson.org)
WHICH WING OF THE TWOFACED FUCKING CORPORATE DYSTOPIAN WAR HAWK IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE LESSER EVIL AGAIN?
Like CLOCKWORK, pig-media headlines insist that We, The People, are JUST CLAMORING for NOTHING WILL CHANGE (BUT MORE INFLATION) AND ENDLESS WAR PREZ, GROPEY JOE to run for presidency again. You gotta be kidding me. What shameless lying assholes they are, but most of us at the bottom of the capitalist pyramid already knew that. In the USA!, USA!, nobody can speak out about anything, cause all those fake centrist shitlibs on like Huffpost and Salon controlled media, who get paid big salaries to lie, will attack them, so you know you never hear like say, any heavy metal dudes or punk rock celebrity types speaking out about JULIAN ASSANGE, except for ROGER WATERS! In the old times, rockstars like U2 and Jackson Browne and Lou Reed would go on Amnesty tours and shit, advocate for a free press, free speech, and freeing political prisonoers because jounralism is not a crime, of course, those were very different days. Back then, U2 had not yet sold their souls to become industry shills for bigtime money. Sinead was one of the last real fiery truthtellers. Look what they done to her, just terrible. Poor thing. Dr. Phil is not a helpful person, he is an Inside Edition/TMZ sensationalist exploiter.
“This country is a nation of thieves. It stole everything it has, beginning with black people. The U.S. cannot justify its existence as the policeman of the world any longer. I do not want to be a part of the American pie. The American pie means raping South Africa, beating Vietnam, beating South America, raping the Philippines, raping every country you’ve been in. I don’t want any of your blood money. I don’t want to be part of that system. We must question whether or not we want this country to continue being the wealthiest country in the world at the price of raping everybody else.”
(― Stokely Carmichael)
Revolutionary Blackout – YouTube
As U.S. Funnels Money & Arms to Ukraine, Independent Media Faces Pressure to Parrot Official Narrative | Democracy Now!
“Our Gov’t, Corporate media and Big Tech have embarked on a crusade to make our citizens believe that they are the truth tellers and deciders of facts and any information that goes against what they tell us are propaganda, conspiracy theories or talking points from foreign agents.” (-Black In The Empire)
I worry about Sinead O’Connor, ya know, as someone who has always fought for social justice and equality, and struggled with family mental illness and never fitting in with the whole capitalist slavery bureaucrat mechanisms, I can’t even imagine what a horrid state she must be in, having lost one of her children. I struggle with not knowing where some of my kids are. I read her book and it was quite the gripping tale. I could feel her earnestness and torment, the whole way through it. When I unexpectedly came across a second hardback copy of her autobiography at a second hand donation store, I was mighty tempted to buy it just to have a spare copy on hand I might be able to gift a loved one with someday, but ever since Covid Clampdowns killed all the little shops, ya know the big box mega stores have been jacking all their prices up sky high, that low wage peasants like us can not afford to frivolous at all with what little money we make. We bought a weed whacker for $37 and after about fifteen minutes, the whole thing kinda blew apart in different directions, from hittin’ all them thick post monsoon desert weeds. Made cheap by Murkkkan corporations in China, what they call planned obsolescence. Hot day, almost 100, and my hands are still a little trembly from the yard work, that heat’ll take it out of ya. I feel sorry for anybody out there trying to hitchhike on the scorching hot highways today, bout three hours to the nearest Amtrak station, two to the Greyhound, probably. Our youngish doctor disappeared last year and now we’ve been seen just by these medical practitioners, our neighbor told us the guy had a stroke, in his forties, fine one day, now he is partially paralyzed. SUDDENLY. That’s a big word round these parts nowadays. Sudden paralysis, sudden deaths, ya know? Wonder what it is. Reading corporate media murmurs of a new plague mysteriously mutating, by the name of “The Ninja”. Now, that is not the least bit encouraging, the last two years just about wiped out my whole town, killedoff over fifty elderly folks, almost every mom n pop indie business, people got sick n died, and ever since shit opened back up, people still been droppin’ dead unexplained for “no reason”, just…”SUDDENLY”…middle agers just keelin’ over, droppin’ dead pretty frequently, mighty regular like-young man who worked in the local grocery store deli/meat department in his thirties, just up n died, family man, hard working black dude and everybody liked him, gosh, nobody wants to quarrel with any fanatics but “Died suddenly” has become the most frequent “cause of death”. Causation is not causality, I know them college people love to say that shit over and over, again, like it proves something, thought I’d say it, try it on for size. Yeah okay, feel SO SMART NOW~! Died suddenly describes the velocity someone died, not the cause of death-ya know? Every motherfucker just “dies suddenly”. For no reason. Don’t ask/don’t tell. One of my dearest pals. “Died Suddenly”. that was it, nothing more, they buried him behind a church in his hometown, sudden death, deal with it. “The New Normal”, they call it. Endless Censorship and War For Science & Diversity! Hut Two, motherfuckers, march or die. Read ’em and weep. Oh yeah nobody reads, we just supposed to stay inside with our hypnoscreens and await for orange alerts and follow orders and shit. “Own Nothing and Be Happy”. You, first, evil techlord occultist. These are undeniably some crazy times.
“The”West” created this issue & this fraud & now have no clue how to exit out of this debacle. Zelensky, like Biden are not up for the moment & are in full meltdown now that they can no longer hide the reality of mess that is Ukraine.” (-Ajamu Baraka)
“FICTION: A third party can’t win. FACT: There’s currently 127 Green party candidates holding elected office in 19 states & since 1985 the @GreenPartyUS
has won 1347 races. So please take your duopoly talking points & throw them in the trash where both corporate parties belong!” (-Ryan Knight)
How Close Are We To A War On Iran? – Activist Post
Wobblies and Zapatistas | The Anarchist Library
PAUL S. CUNNINGHAM
This guy is so distinctively unique and one in a million talented in my book, he don’t need no causes or slogans, cause all his works and songs and very existence are like gutsy political acts unto themselves. He makes very deep and soulful music for damaged people, outlaws, bandidos. One of the only rare and endangered, last standing, independent minded, authentic maverick, genuine article rocknroll outsiders still fighting for freedom in this shithole country. His song “Brothers To The Darkness” makes me think of my longtime mainman and rascally rollin’ buddy, the infamous El Bastido, in his hillbilly overalls and big black engineer boots, we shared a lotta adventures straight outta Paul’s lyric when we were in our twenties and thirties, and I sure do miss the good brother. Between his 100 mph recklessness and my bad taste in women back then, it is an unlikely wonder that me and him both still walk the earth in our fifties. Saw an old Skid Row video on Vevo that reminded me of a crazy blonde bombshell the Ole Dirty Bastard brought home on the back of his motorcycle one time, who I had some real cool times with. Me n the heavily scarred and road rashed rhythm guitarist NF Bastard wrote all my best songs together-some of ’em really stood the test of time. Imagine Stiv Bators singing for the Four Horsemen, that’ll give you some idea, but we could never keep a drummer and both suck at making money so we kinda never got too far past the basement. Now we can’t even afford a basement! “Brothers To The Darkness” takes me back to my own misspent youth! Rev. Paul’s stuff really resonates with me, it’s from a similar psychic terrain, but he’s miles better singer than I ever was, really an epic talent, AND a great guitarist AND a helluva good songwriter! Little bit of Steve Earle in there, some Kris Kristofferson, too.
I listen to Paul sing from his heart and always feel like deeply consoled by it, like he makes me feel less alone, the dude gets me, or at least, his songs do! Me n Paul don’t have to share all the exact same religious or political beliefs to show respect for one another or support each other’s rights and common struggles. Hard for you college people to imagine, huh?! He’s different from me, a carpenter kinda knowhow dude, a home improver, craftsman, a gothic homesteader, a hardworking great artist, a loving father, and one of the most talented people I know. Also he’s a survivor of unspeakable trauma and hardships most safespace civilians would not wanna imagine having to endure but he carries himself with consummate grace and generosity and seeks to protect the meek. Here’s to all the good hearted badass motherfuckers. SALUDE!
This hard living, hard working, podcasting community activist and factory laboror from Toledo, Ohio is one of my fave artists from this country. He’s got a book out on Punk Hostage, has all kindsa poems that are on fire works of genius. Look for him. Dan Denton on Apple Music
Dan Denton Poetry (facebook.com)
“I’m a nomad. A Jewish road warrior. I do not have a concept of home. I wish I did. But I live with the idea that we have to get out of town before dawn.”
Three Illuminating Quotes About The War In Ukraine (substack.com)
“It’s quite interesting that in American discourse, it is almost obligatory to refer to the invasion as the ‘unprovoked invasion of Ukraine’. Look it up on Google, you will find hundreds of thousands of hits. Of course, it was provoked. Otherwise they wouldn’t refer to it all the time as an unprovoked invasion.” ~ Noam Chomsky
“The twerpiest, most cowardly people who never risked or sacrificed for any cause — and never well, due to their cowardice — are always the ones leading the charge against those whose life is shaped by that courage, precisely because they feel shamed by such people.” (-Glenn Greenwald)
“Biden’s low poll numbers and failures among the youth brings laughs to CNN, with 94% Democrats under 30 wanting someone that’s not Biden for the 2024 ticket, & with more than 75% saying the U.S “is headed in the wrong direction.” (-Fiorella Isabel)
It Is True That This Civilization Is Made Of Lies (substack.com)
“On the one hand polls say Americans don’t want Biden to run again, but on the other hand there’s zero chance Democrats put forward a different candidate who’s better than the rotbrained empire mummy.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)
“Dr. King’s policy was that nonviolence would achieve the gains for black people in the United States. His major assumption was that if you are nonviolent, if you suffer, your opponent will see your suffering and will be moved to change his heart. That’s very good. He only made one fallacious assumption: In order for nonviolence to work, your opponent must have a conscience. The United States has none.” (― Stokely Carmichael)
Take Action to protect whistleblowers (salsalabs.org)
“The Espionage Act, Patriot Act, FISA, NDAA indefinite detention, stop and frisk, federal no fly list, civil asset forfeiture, “quick take” condemnations, Title 42 “emergency” expulsions, and red flag laws are all egregious violations of due process and our rights as human beings.” (-Justin Amash)
“Each new day brings another $billion to Ukraine. There’s an unlimited supply of money for war.” (-Peter Daou)
“I’ve spent my career working in the mainstream, and I’ve covered probably seven, eight, nine shooting wars; I’ve never seen coverage so utterly consumed by a tsunami of jingoism, and of manipulative jingoism as this one.”(-John Pilger)
“Obama’s appeal depends on your ignoring virtually everything he’s ever done.” (-Gritty Is The Way)
“Political False Dichotomies “People aren’t grasping the significance of the fact that Silicon Valley is now shutting down content creators not because they allegedly harm the public good but because they disagree with the US government about a war.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)
Why Trump’s Next Pardon Should Be CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou – The American Conservative
“NY state is buying hundreds of robot “friends” to keep the elderly company. Nowhere in the articles about this do the reporters mention that it shows how companionship & community have been replaced in America by isolation, loneliness, & an individualistic quest for money.” (-Lee Camp)
The Espionage Act has become dangerous because we forgot its intention – The Washington Post
How CIA and Other Global Intelligence Agencies Use Media to Promote ‘The Great Reset’ • Children’s Health Defense (childrenshealthdefense.org)
Meet the Ex-CIA Agents Deciding Facebook’s Content Policy (mintpressnews.com)
Multipolarista – News for a multipolar world / Noticias para un mundo multipolar
Genocide walrus John Bolton outright admitted to planning foreign coups with the US government in conversation with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday. That’s coups, plural.
While arguing that the Capitol riot on January 6th of last year was not an attempted coup but rather just Trump stumbling around trying to look after his own interests, Bolton hastened to pull authority on the matter when Tapper suggested that he might not be correct about how coups work.
“I disagree with that,” Bolton said. “As somebody who has helped plan coups d’etat — not here, but, you know, other places — it takes a lot of work, and that’s not what [Trump] did.”
Tapper just let Bolton’s remark slide like he didn’t just admit to something extraordinarily fiendish, but did eventually follow up with a request that the former National Security Advisor elaborate.
“I do want to ask a follow up,” Tapper said. “When we were talking about what is capable, or what you need to do to be able to plan a coup, and you cited your expertise having planned coups.”
“I’m not going to get into the specifics,” replied Bolton with a chuckle.
“Successful coups?” Tapper asked.
“Well, I wrote about Venezuela in the book,” Bolton answered. “And it turned out not to be successful – not that we had all that much to do with it, but I saw what it took for an opposition to try and overturn an illegally elected president, and they failed. The notion that Donald Trump was half as competent as the Venezuelan opposition is laughable.”
“I feel like there’s other stuff you’re not telling me, though,” Tapper responded.
“I’m sure there is,” Bolton said, grinning like he just finished boiling a puppy.
Tapper pursued the matter no further, because he is a propagandist first and a journalist second, and he would be acutely aware that Bolton was saying things that you are not supposed to admit to on television.
Bolton’s sole admission to coup plotting runs counter to his comments about the US government’s failed attempt to oust President Nicolas Maduro while he was facilitating that bizarre operation under the Trump administration, telling reporters in 2019 that the empire’s Venezuela shenanigans were “clearly not a coup.”
Facebook has hired DOZENS of ex-CIA + other govt agents to run its content moderation, security + trust & safety operations, meaning they affect what the world sees in their FB feeds.
Read my new @MintPressNews investigation into what this means https://t.co/7g43tywNgR
— Alan MacLeod (@AlanRMacLeod) July 12, 2022
In other examples of the US empire just rearing its ugly head right out in broad daylight, an excellent new report by Alan MacLeod with Mintpress News shows that Facebook/Instagram parent company Meta has been hiring dozens of people who previously worked in the US intelligence cartel to help regulate what content gets seen on the social media giant’s platforms. Some were hired from straight out of the CIA or had (officially) left the agency very recently.
The CIA used to infiltrate the media. Now the CIA is the media. This trend of openly hiring US intelligence veterans to help teach the public what thoughts to think about the world began a few years ago in the legacy media, and now we’re seeing it in the new media as well.
This is part of a broader trend in which many of the ugly things the US empire used to do in secret it now does openly with the aid of propaganda spin. In addition to attempting coups right out in the open as we saw in Venezuela and just giving intelligence insiders positions of influence within both new and old media institutions, you’ve got things like the US government-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which according to its own founding officials was set up to do overtly what the CIA used to do covertly.
We see NED’s fingerprints all over pretty much any situation where the western power alliance needs to manage public perception about a CIA-targeted government, from Ukraine to Russia to Hong Kong to Xinjiang, to the imperial propaganda firm known as Bellingcat. Rather than manipulate world narratives and foment discontent from behind the veil of hidden identities and cutouts as in CIA tactics of old, NED just manipulates them openly by pouring funds into narrative management operations which benefit the empire while framing it as promoting democracy and human rights.
To further #humanrights & human dignity for all people in China, the National Endowment for Democracy has funded Uyghur groups since 2004. #NEDemocracy #HumanRightsDay https://t.co/C0LJEyWxq1 pic.twitter.com/OqZdehdxXN
— NEDemocracy (@NEDemocracy) December 10, 2020
What the empire has found is that you don’t need to hide as much from public visibility as long as you can manipulate what people think they’re seeing. If the public is sufficiently propagandized and consent has been adequately manufactured, you can get away with just proclaiming some random guy the president of a foreign country and seeing if you can manipulate the rest of the world into playing along with you.
If your narrative control is strong enough, you can even keep the empire running smoothly when information gets out into the open that you’d rather stay hidden. Very often these days major stories about imperial malfeasance will come out that simply have no impact, either because the mainstream news media unite to ignore them or because they spin those revelations as coming from someone bad or not containing important information.
People tend to overrate the power of the US war machine and underrate the power of the US propaganda machine. While the US military finds itself losing a war to the Taliban, the awesome power of its propaganda engine has people marching in perfect alignment with the will of the oligarchic empire.
When I was in an abusive relationship, the more ground down and submitted I became the more my abuser would flaunt his abusiveness in the plain light of day. Toward the end he was just outright admitting he was a sociopath and a manipulator and openly telling me he was going to do monstrous things to me before he did them, because he was that confident that he had me wrapped around his finger.
Luckily, he was wrong. And hopefully the empire is wrong as it makes this same calculation with all of us.
The United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia are plotting a war with Iran. The 2015 Iranian nuclear arms accord, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which Donald Trump sabotaged, does not look like it will be revived. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) is reviewing options to attack if Teheran looks poised to obtain a nuclear weapon and Israel, which opposes U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations, carries out military strikes.
During his visit to Israel, Biden assured Prime Minister Yair Lapid that the U.S. is “prepared to use all elements of its national power,” including military force, to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon.
Saudi Arabia, Israel and the U.S. function as a troika in the Middle East. The Israeli government has built a close alliance with Saudi Arabia, which produced 15 of the 19 hijackers in the September 11 attacks and has been a prolific sponsor of international terrorism, supporting Salafi jihadism, the basis of al-Qaeda, and such groups as the Afghanistan Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Al-Nusra Front.
The three countries worked in tandem to back the 2013 military coup in Egypt, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew its first democratically elected government. He has imprisoned tens of thousands of government critics, including journalists and human rights defenders, on politically motivated charges. The Sisi regime collaborates with Israel by keeping its common border with Gaza closed to Palestinians, trapping them in the Gaza strip, one of the most densely populated and impoverished places on earth.
Israel, the only nuclear power in the Middle East, has conducted an ongoing campaign of covert attacks on Iranian nuclear sites and nuclear scientists. Four Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated, presumably by Israel, between 2010 and 2012. In July 2020, a fire, attributed to an Israeli bomb, damaged Iran’s Natanz nuclear site. In November 2020, Israel used remote control machine guns to assassinate Iran’s top nuclear scientist. In January 2020, the United States assassinated Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, along with nine other people including a key figure in the anti-ISIS coalition, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. It used an MQ-9 Reaper to fire missiles into his convoy, near Baghdad’s airport.
If similar attacks had been carried out by Iranian operatives inside Israel, it would have triggered a war. Only Iran’s decision not to retaliate, beyond lobbing about a dozen ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq, prevented a conflagration.
On July 7, Iran informed The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it is using IR-6 centrifuges with “modified subheaders.” The declared purpose of the enrichment process at its underground facility at Fordow is to create uranium isotope enriched up to 20 percent—far below the 90 percent enrichment levels necessary to create weapons-grade uranium. Under the JCPOA agreement, enrichment levels were capped at 3.67 percent.
Israel has allocated $1.5 billion for a potential strike against Iran and, during the first week of June, held large-scale military exercises, including one over the Mediterranean and in the Red Sea, in preparation to attack Iranian nuclear sites using dozens of fighter aircraft, including Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets.
The 2016 Memorandum of Understanding signed by President Barack Obama provides a 10-year, $38 billion military package for Israel.
Israel and its lobby in the U.S. are working to scuttle negotiations with Iran to monitor its nuclear program. The preparation for war mirrors the Israeli pressure on the U.S. to invade Iraq, one of the worst strategic decisions in U.S. history.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in testimony before the British Iraq war commission, offered this account of his discussions with George W. Bush in Crawford, Texas in April 2002:
As I recall that discussion, it was less to do with specifics about what we were going to do on Iraq or, indeed, the Middle East, because the Israel issue was a big, big issue at the time. I think, in fact, I remember, actually, there may have been conversations that we had even with Israelis, the two of us, whilst we were there. So that was a major part of all this.
Saudi Arabia, which seeks to dominate the Arab world, severed ties with Iran in 2016 after its embassy in Tehran was stormed by protesters following Riyadh’s execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Saudi Arabia, with Chinese help, has built a plant to process uranium ore and acquired ballistic missiles. Saudi Arabia signed a series of letters in 2017 with the U.S. to purchase weapons totaling $110 billion immediately, and $ 350 billion over the next decade.
A war with Iran would be a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions. It would spread swiftly throughout the region. The Shiites across the Middle East would see an attack on Iran as a religious war against Shiism. The two million Shiites in Saudi Arabia, concentrated in the oil-rich Eastern province; the Shiite majority in Iraq; and the Shiite communities in Bahrain, Pakistan and Turkey would join the fight against the U.S. and Israel.
Iran would use its Chinese-supplied anti-ship missiles, rocket and bomb-equipped speedboats and submarines, mines, drones and coastal artillery to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, the corridor for 20 percent of the world’s oil and liquified gas supply. Oil production facilities in the Persian Gulf would be sabotaged. Iranian oil, which makes up 13 percent of the world’s energy supply, would be taken off the market. Oil would jump to over $500 a barrel and perhaps, as the conflict drags on, to over $750 a barrel. Our petroleum-based economy, already reeling under rising prices because of the sanctions on Russia, would grind to a halt.
Israel would be hit by Iranian Shahab-3 ballistic missiles. Hezbollah’s store of Iranian-supplied rockets that allegedly can reach any part of Israel, including Israel’s nuclear plant at Dimona, would also be deployed. Strikes by Iran and its allies on Israel, as well as on American military installations in the region, would leave hundreds, maybe thousands, dead.
In 2002, the U.S. military conducted its “most elaborate war game” ever, costing over $ 250 million. Known as the Millennium Challenge, the exercise was between a Blue Force (the U.S.) and the Red Force (widely considered as a stand-in for Iran). It was meant to validate America’s “modern, joint-service war-fighting concepts.” It did the opposite. The Red Force, led by retired Marine lieutenant general Paul Van Riper, conducted a swarm of kamikaze suicide boat attacks and destroyed 16 U.S. warships in under 20 minutes.
When the war game was reset, it was rigged in favor of the Blue Force. The Blue Force was given access to experimental technology – including that which doesn’t exist such as airborne laser weapons. Meanwhile, the Red Force was told they weren’t allowed to shoot down the Blue Team’s aircraft, had to keep their offensive weapons in the open and could not use chemical weapons. Even then, the Blue Force could not achieve all of its objectives as Riper unleashed a guerrilla insurgency on the occupying forces.
Why shouldn’t Joe Biden be feted by the murderous regime of Saudi Arabia and the apartheid state of Israel? He and the U.S. have as much blood on their hands as they do. Yes, in 2018 the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered the assassination and dismemberment of my friend and colleague Jamal Khashoggi. Yes, Israel assassinated Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. But Washington has more than matched the crimes carried out by Israel and the Saudis, including against journalists.
The imprisonment of Julian Assange – who released the collateral murder video showing U.S. helicopter pilots laughing as they shot to death two Reuters journalists and a group of civilians in Iraq in 2007 – is designed to destroy Assange psychologically and physically. The corpses of civilians, including children, piled up by Israel and Saudi Arabia, who do much of their killing in Gaza and Yemen with U.S. weapons, don’t come close to the hundreds of thousands of dead we have left behind in the two decades of warfare we have perpetrated in the Middle East.
In 1991, a U.S.-led coalition destroyed much of Iraq’s civilian infrastructure, including water treatment facilities resulting in sewage contaminating the country’s drinking water. Then followed years of U.S., U.K. and French airstrikes enforcing a “No Fly Zone” along with crushing sanctions they imposed via the U.N. From 1991 to 1998, these sanctions alone were estimated to have killed 100,000 to 227,000 Iraqi children under the age of five, although the exact figures have been the subject of much dispute. The U.S. “Shock and Awe” bombing campaign of Iraqi urban centers during its subsequent invasion of Iraq in 2003 dropped 3,000 bombs on civilian areas, killing over 7,000 noncombatants in the first two months of the war.
By one estimate, the U.S. has been responsible for directly or indirectly killing nearly 20 million people since the end of the Second World War.
Israel and Saudi Arabia are gangster states. But so is the United States.
“There are few of them,” Biden, reacting to Democratic lawmakers who have criticized Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, told Israel’s Channel 12 news. “I think they’re wrong. I think they’re making a mistake. Israel is a democracy. Israel is our ally. Israel is a friend and I make no apologies.”
The angst about Biden’s not holding the Saudis and the Israelis to account on this visit is risible, as if we have any credibility left that allows us to arbitrate between right and wrong. The idea that Biden and the U.S. are brokers for peace was eviscerated long ago. The U.S. offers shameless support for Israel’s right-wing government, including vetoing U.N. resolutions that censor Israel. It refuses to condition aid on a respect for human rights even as Israel launches repeated murderous assaults against the civilian population in Gaza, labels Palestinian NGOs as terror groups, expands illegal Jewish-only settlements, carries out aggressive housing evictions of Palestinian families and mistreats Palestinian and Arab-American citizens at points of entry and within the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
The idea that we represent and promote virtue illustrates the self-delusion that accompanies our moral and physical degeneration. The rest of the world, which recoils in repugnance at whom we have become, does not take us seriously. They fear our bombs. But fear is not respect. They no longer envy our hedonistic mass culture, tarnished by mass shootings, social inequality, the decay of our infrastructure, dysfunction and a Grand Guignol-style of politics that has turned civil and political discourse into a tawdry burlesque. America is a grim joke, one about to be made worse when the Christian fascists, bigots and conspiracy theorists take control of the Congress in the fall, and I expect, the presidency two years later.
The U.S., along with Israel, makes war on Muslims who, with an estimated 1.9 billion adherents, comprise nearly 25 percent of the world population. We have turned many in the Muslim world into our enemies. The Muslim world does not hate us for our values. It hates our hypocrisy. It hates our racism, our refusal to honor their political aspirations, our lethal attacks and military occupations and our crippling sanctions. Muslims express the rage felt by Guatemalans, Cubans, Congolese, Brazilians, Argentines, Indonesians, Panamanians, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Filipinos, North and South Koreans, Chileans, Nicaraguans and Salvadorans – those Frantz Fanon called “the wretched of the earth.” They too were slaughtered by our high-tech military machine and subjugated, humiliated, forced to accept U.S. hegemony and killed in our clandestine torture centers or by CIA-backed assassins.
No one is held accountable. The CIA blocked all investigations into its torture program, including destroying videotape evidence of interrogations involving torture and classifying nearly all of the 6,900-page report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that examined the CIA’s post-9/11 program of detention, torture and other abuse of detainees.
Biden goes to Saudi Arabia and Israel as a supplicant. As a presidential candidate, he called Saudi Arabia a “pariah” and vowed to make it “pay the price” for Khashoggi’s murder. But with the rising price of oil, Biden is whitewashing the murder, along with the humanitarian disaster the Saudis have caused in Yemen, imploring the Saudis to increase output, a plea Prince Salman has rejected. Similarly, Biden is weak in Israel, powerless against the expansion of Jewish settlements and assaults on Palestinians, and unwilling to move the U.S. Embassy back to Tel Aviv from Jerusalem, a move by the Trump administration that violates international law. Biden’s staff was reduced to pleading with the Israelis not to embarrass him as they did during his 2010 visit as vice president. During his 2010 visit, Israel announced it was building 1,600 new Jewish-only houses in illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem. The Obama White House angrily condemned “the substance and timing of the announcement.”
How can the U.S. bar Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela from a summit of the Americas in Los Angeles and embrace the Saudi regime and the Israeli aparatheid state? How can it decry the war crimes of Russia and unleash industrial violence on the Mulism world? How can it plead for the 12 million Uyghurs, mostly Muslim, living in Xinjiang, and ignore the Palestinians? How can it justify another “preemptive war, this time against Iran? The duplicity is not lost on most of the world. They know who we are. They know that in our eyes they are unworthy. Our inevitable demise on the world stage is cheered by the majority of the planet. The tragedy is that, as we go down, we are determined to take so many others down with us.