GUTTER GOSPEL: GENERAL LABOR THINKING ABOUT RALPH NADER, I LOVE CUBA, SPIKE’S QUIREBOYS, CHEAP CASSETTES, OLD SUGARBUZZ, GOLDEN RAT, KILL FOR THRILLS, CHERRY BOMBZ, ELUSIVE NEW ROMANTIC MAG FROM UK….

⚠️ Massive country-wide blackout in #Cuba after the passing of #HurricaneIan.   Strong winds took down Cuba’s National Electric System, leaving the entire country in the dark. Cuba’s vast darkness is visible from space.” (-Alejandro Galiano)

“Love is now the law.” Communist Cuba approves same sex marriage law in historic referendum & allows surrogate pregnancies, broader rights for grandparents in regard to grandchildren, protection of the elderly & measures against gender violence. Revolutionary greetings CUBA.” (-Miyukh Biswas)

 “Sikorski was Polish Defense Minister when his govt took a $15 million payoff from the CIA to host a black site where suspects were brutally tortured. “We do not apologize” for hosting the black site, he said Roger Waters is a musician being cancelled for calling for negotiations.” (-Max Blumenthal)

“In 2020, ex CIA Director and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened that the US would “do everything” to stop the Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany. “Everything” sure does include a lot. I’m pretty sure sabotage falls under “everything” (-Ben Norton)

“The Nordstream 2 pipeline allows Russia to send gas to Western Europe without paying transit fees to Ukraine and Poland. Russia just completed it in the teeth of massive opposition from Ukraine, Poland and USA. Now they are trying to convince you it was Russia who blew it up”. (-Craig Murray)

“The Wolfowitz Doctrine, set up after the fall of the USSR, made it US policy to ensure no other superpower develops which can rival US supremacy. It’s important to understand that this wouldn’t just apply to nations like Russia and China, but to the EU as well.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

“Inflation is hitting working people hard. I’m the only US Senate candidate in NC supporting true living wages, as well as public systems to provide healthcare, housing, education, childcare, energy, and broadband.” (-Matt Hoh For Senate)

“Nobody falls harder for smooth-talking corporate politicians (like Barack Obama and Pete Buttigieg) than liberals.” (-Ryan Knight)

“The moment we stop hating each other is the moment we all turn our attention & our anger toward our true oppressors.” (-Lee Camp)

“Senator Bernie Sanders’ insurgent presidential campaign in 2016, sabotaged from victory for the nomination by Hillary Clinton’s Democratic Party apparatchiks, could be seen as a mass voter action. However, Sanders has yet to take this huge support and mailing list and convert it into a mass movement. And so, the painful years keep passing.

Other majoritarian reforms and redirections have similarly failed to coalesce into mass movements, as occurred for Civil Rights and environmental protection in the Sixties and early Seventies. Reforms such as living wage, to allowing workers to more easily form unions’ bargaining with big business, ending the student loan gouging and rackets, eliminating the huge tax escapes for the wealthy and corporations, investing in rebuilding communities’ public works all over the country, cracking down on the corporate crooks draining consumers’ pocketbooks, harming their safety and ending the corrosive impact of corporate campaign contributions. All these measures have broad public support.

What are some reasons for a sedentary citizenship in a country? Remember our Constitution starts and ends with “We the People,” not “We the Corporations.” You, the readers, know all the ways powerful forces keep people down, feeling powerless and distracted with 24/7 so-called entertainment, plus everything in between. Many aggrieved people have a hard time just getting through the day.

Imagine if, despite the obstacles to action, just one percent of the citizenry got knowledgeable and mobilized for Congressional reforms that have a quieter, large majority of the people behind them. One percent of adults is about 2.5 million Americans spread throughout 435 Congressional Districts. In the Sixties, it took a lot less than that level of organized and committed people.

Someday, some leaders will emerge in the above-noted fields and other crucial areas of injustice and practice this one percent theory.

I wrote a small book, Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think, to explain how optimistic critical masses throughout American history worked together to improve our society.  I described the kinds of changes that one percent of the people could advance to revolutionize politics for the common good and “the pursuit of happiness.” For that to happen, a sufficient number of people have to civically believe in themselves and lock arms together on actions for a change. (See, https://nader.org/breaking-through-power-to-do-list/).” (-Ralph Nader)

“BREAKING Guam District Court judge throws out @Earthjustice & @PrutehiLitekyan

 lawsuit against Air Force’s open burn pits & detonations causing environmental destruction of sacred lands. Once again the US military is deemed to be above the law.” (-Abby Martin)

Who is Raising Our Children? Liberating Tweens From Corporate Tentacles – Ralph Nader

What Would We Do Without Police, Prisons, Surveillance, Borders, Wars, Nukes, and Capitalism? Watch and See! – World BEYOND War

Failing to Count the Arabs: the Myth of the “Democratic” Jewish State (mintpressnews.com)

The Insanity That Grips Washington – Consortium News

14 Things We Know About The Mysterious “Explosions” That Severely Damaged The Nord Stream 1 And Nord Stream 2 Pipelines – Activist Post

“The loss of Barbara Ehrenreich to the many causes of justice in our country is evident in her many realistic writings. Her most famous book, Nickel and Dimed, represented reporting at its best—experiencing the lives of poor people, speaking with them, and then conveying their grim reality to millions of Americans who might take their critical services for granted. Her empirical writings about reality in America comprise an antidote to the escapism inside virtual reality. Her message for decades was: Face up to the realities and you can produce the face of justice.” (-Ralph Nader)

World BEYOND War (@WorldBeyondWar) / Twitter

The One Thing The Israeli Military Is Terrified Of (mintpressnews.com)

A New Doc Says Sinéad O’Connor Matters More Than You Think. It’s Right – Rolling Stone

SONS OF THE DOLLS: LITTLE BOB STORY – Too Young Too Love Me 

THIS SOCIETY HAS GONE TO SHIT SO FIVE GUYS CAN FEEL LIKE GAWDS

Aww, man, my nice neighbors down the block who love our loud kid and share their garden vegetables have had Covid for three days and need us to fetch cat food for them. Cuba has no electricty but I did not even know that because cable tv only covers Cuba when they wanna shit on them some more-even Sanders disgracefully slags Cuba and Venezuela all the time. I love the Cuban people and they are in my prayers. We got lotsa relatives in Florida which is also getting it’s ass kicked by the hurricanes. If we measure ourselves by what our loved ones think of us, what happens when they embrace the unrealistic media programmed false standards of the corporate fascist death machine? 

Been watching all the punk rock shit on Amazon Prime, I never used to watch tv and actually got angry when my former peers started talking about sit coms and so called “adult cartoons”, I was like, appalled. Back then I was kinda starring in my own show. My bartender brother Andy would try to turn on the Simpsons at the bar and I would raise hell, like fuck no, motherfucker. I could never stand the tv people. and here, now, I am finally succumbing-becoming one of ’em, but it’s like this. Aint nowhere to go no more. Deep state locked outta social media for anti war posting. I’m broke, there are only two bars in this town and I don’t frequent pubs anymore cause I can’t stand the drama, the price gouging, the yuppies, the really gross and obnoxious horny old men. Usually, I go on these long walks to burn off all this restless energy, and take breaks from my teenager’s non stop media blare, but man, between the nutty sadist lady in the convertible who uses her leashless pitbull to fuck with people outta some weird spiteful malice all day, everyday, and the nutjob property owners and nothing to lose crackpots, just looking for some kinda Hatfields & McCoys style feud over anything, I’m kinda inclined to stay put, even though I’m anxious, fretful, worried about money, loved one’s health, employment, the future, bureaucracy, hyper inflation, superiority complex bosses-landlords-former friends, the cold, cold hearts of ex loved ones, the total lockstep goosestepping conformity of professional class media, etc., etc. My family is preparing to move into a new place next month and after a lifetime of fucking crazy instability, insane poverty, and unreliable former associates, I don’t really like change no more. If you suffer from depression, the same lonesome hours of remembering all the bad memories and old traumas that drive you outside, will find you sitting yourself straight back in that uncomfortable chair again, when you meet the angry, impossibly propagandized and misinformed people, just eagerly spoiling for any kind of fight or conflict, out there. Everybody’s pissed off. All these retirement aged busybodies just look for somebody to have confrontation with-they’re pissed off they can’t get laid, they don’t like thee outtatown city slickers showing up and successfully lobbying city hall to hassle locals. They don’t like the fauxwoke gentrification people moving in and opening the new age aibandb’s or overpriced coffee shops or gourmet pizza places, attempting to change the desert southwest cowboy culture to conform to some Brooklyn Hipster Aesthetic. They don’t like kids, they don’t like cats. They don’t like anything. They are unwell old hermit loner loose cannons. Shit will shock you like a sucker punch when you encounter all these dead inside abuser motherfuckers with zero moral sensitivity or compassion who just gotta take the cheap shot, come for you AGAIN, they’ll send you fleeing right back to your lonely room when you remember how brutal the culture’s become out there. Ya know how maybe sometimes, you wanna use alcohol to self medicate and relax with, and maybe some consoling old rocknroll tunes that remind you of all your more innocent or victorious hours, just for some simple respite and escapism, a fleeting relief from the pain and futility of your sad existence, but it only lowers your inhibitions enough to make you drunk dial, foolishly still looking for some kinda long distance connection with some long gone ex friend, and upon talking to ’em you are horrified to remember you aint got nothing in common with ’em no more, that they’ve bought into the script, society, tv, the whole bamboozle. You find ’em quoting the adult cartoons or propaganda trope of the day? Heartbreaking shit aint it? Hard to get over all those callous rejections, casual rip-offs, and wounding betrayals, I know. You know man I can not stand how the evil mockingbird monopoly fake muzak industry makes all these old dinosaur stadium acts collaborate with their nobody little beta programmed puppets like Taylor Momsen and Miley Cyrus-that’s how they try to legitimize all those crappy One Direction-NSynch-Pink-182 robots at those stupid tribute concerts and fake awards shows. I don’t care for any of that fake music or Foo Fighter class clown joke show mediocrity. 

PSYCHOS IN THE DESERT 

So there is this really influential bureaucrat lady who lives behind us, she is one of those kinda animal lovers who have all five of her dogs names posted on wooden signs in her front yard. Somedays, she goes to work and leaves all five dogs in the backyard barking all day. This pisses off a lunatic neighbor of mine who hates animals. He yells at them, tries to scare ’em into silence with bottle rockets, cussing at them, shit like that. I think he caught one of our outdoor cats in a coon trap and relocated it, he did it before but, wherever he dropped the other cat off, she found her way home after my family mourned her absence, many months later. My kid posted missing cat photos all over the local social media pages. We are getting ready to move and I can’t wait. I see why everybody has the high fence compounds in the desert-it’s because there are way way way too many fuckedup psychos in the desert southwest. Mentally ill people. Seems like everytime I go for a simple walk around here there’s some kindof ridiculous conflict with unwell humans. Looking forward to fixing the fence at the new place and hunkering down and staying away from angry humanity. They are all so irrationally pissedoff and stressed out and looking for any excuse to make some kinda scene. I’m watching that Germs movie, “What We Do Is Secret”, it’s really good so far. I can’t wait to relocate deeper away from the gentrifier scumbags and McMansion building hot tub fuckers, retreat into some deep woodsy enclave. So sick of these awful money hipsters who wanna push us around everywhere we travel. Some rich artist dude has his Ludwig drums in a storefront for sale for $700. That’s way too much for me, but I want to buy some cheap drums so I can make some primitive music by myself, or maybe with my kid. I’d love to see him get into making music. Not the industry side or popularity hipster bullshit, but the creative get down part. For all the heartache and frustration, I’ve endured over all the brokeup bands and plagiarists and ripoff artists who steal my shit, it’s still provided me with a therapeutic outlet all these years, a creative and productive way to blow off steam. If you aint a yup yup joiner, growing up in the midwest, getting on the schoolbus, trudging into the locker room, having to walk into college bars full of grunge jocks who slept with your old girlfriend, it’s all like being a standup comedian bombing onstage, but like, 24/7. You just feel like you’re  falling. Forever. You have to leave. The midwest is permanent middle school. Nobody deserves that kinda Divided Slaves Of Gitmo fuckedup fast food job hairnet torment.

FUCK YOU AND YOUR STUPID FUCKING DOG, TOO

I used to think cat people were crazy. Man, now I live in the desert where every asshole property owner has the by-law, obligatory twin pitbulls. I’ve been attacked twice so I no longer think it’s cute and cuddly. Me n the kid are walking to the river this morning when a big dumb barking dog comes hollering at us. We bark back at him, “Woof, woof” and his psychopathic property owner fatfuck dickhead comes running out from behind the house, screaming at us, “don’t tease the dog!” To which I respond, “If he’s gonna say Good Morning to us, we’re gonna say hello back!” The nutcase who thinks he owns the street screams some bullshit threats back at us and I’m realizing this is about to go to guns or fisticuffs and my kid is with me, so I tried to let it go, deescalate, let the crazy fanatic feel l like he’s having the machoman propertarian last word, but he just keeps frothing at the mouth. Rabid, screaming some whackjob hostile hysterical nonsense at us. So I said something like, “Your dog is friendlier to his neighbors than you are!”, which sent him into a fuckedup tizzy. I kinda hate these fucking stupid ass property owners and their goddamn delusions of their weaponized pets being more entitled and privileged than us poor motherfuckers just walking down the street. Why do goddamn no brains Tarzans kid themselves that having a pitbull or a truck give them special rights over the whole street? Go fuck yourself, dog breath! He’s allowed to bark at us, but we’re not allowed to bark back at him? Pet owners are fucking insane man with their animal worship. Seriously out to fucking lunch.

CHEAP CASSETTES

Man Chaz has always been a pretty good singer/songwriter but it must be emphasized how good a guitar player he’s become, too. I’m happy for him. He has succeeded where I have failed. He’s become a really great songwriter/performer. Does music on his own terms, makes records, has a worldwide cult following and keeps getting better at all of it. Cheers!

Cheap Cassettes – Ever Since Ever Since – Power Pop News

“It shouldn’t be controversial to call for the abolition of the CIA. The CIA has destroyed dozens of countries and waged hundreds of covert operations to satisfy U.S. interests at the expense of everyone else. It needs to be scrapped, along with the rest of the war machine.” (-Danny Haiphong)

KILL FOR THRILLS & FUCK SCHOOL

If the person you had your longest term, sincere relationship with, suddenly, no longer has any credibility because they did not marry into wealth or get a ceramics degree or stay at the lightbulb changing janitor job working for his friend’s dad’s company back in Squaresville, USA, you might wanna look deeper into that. Just cause somebody did not get a hall pass from the ruling class, or suck up to the man, don’t make him crazy or stupid. ESPECIALLY if you still shell out untold thousands to go to so called punkque festivals and wear a blaque jacket and self identify as old school.

I never went to college or even finished high school. They gave me so much shit growing up, I had no fucking desire after that last time when I was about 17 and the weasel vice principal caught me hanging out with the downtown school dumbfuck headbangers who were smoking in the boy’s room and he singled me out to make an example of, as usual, after Ray Hughes handed me his lit Marloboro Lite before marrying a new wave chick that looked like Stacey Q who both me and my dead friend Jaysin had dated. Vice principal blackmailed me into letting the cosmetology teacher cut off my long hair-she cried, all the girls in vocational cried, he said he was gonna get the shithead corrupt juvie judge to send me to Toledo for more corrections if I didn’t consent to it and I’d already done three months in their abusive juvie jail. I looked so awful with that fuxcked up haircut, I never went back to school and make no apologies for it. Other ex friends of mine made it their whole identity forever-the college experience transformed them. I never thought I should like have to pay some asshole, or institution, I know how to read. I mean my wife n kid have watched “Dawson’s Creek” and I know some teachers who like R.E.M., and have brushed with millions of idiotic Beastie Boy frathouse types who I could never stand, and had to hear alot of Gender worship from various big city shitlibs, but that’s about as close to the college experience I ever got, you know aside from working at Tower Records Harvard Square and watching my loss prevention friends bust those Richie Rich Harvard motherfuckers for stealing cds everyday. I don’t think I could be friends with cops at this point but back then, I really kinda just got along with the Cambridge constables who busted Harvard motherfuckers with backpacks full of bad music everyday. Yo Yo Ma, Pearl Jam, Tuvan throat singers, Bare Naked Ladies, Presidents Of The United States, and Crash Test Dummies. I did however have some stages in my life where I had a party all the time communal dorm like existence, like when I had my series of bandhouses in Ohio and Boston. The first was the most fun because it was with my original friends from the teenage years ya know, and my first big major girlfriends. I mean I was single back then and dated five or six girls at once, but it was no secret or anything. They were all kinda there hangin’ out. Sometimes, together. I was into punk rock and glam and we were just learning how to write songs. We played alot of covers, people were still learning. We did a Dogs D’Amour like rendition of Janis Joplin’s “Piece Of My Heart”, Quireboys “Seven O’Clock”, Dogs D’Amour “Wait Until I’m Dead”, Alice Cooper’s “Be My Lover”, “Under My Wheels” and everybody’s favorite, “Is It My Body”. A bunch of Stiv Bators songs. Some Gun Club, Cramps, Misfits, Circus Of Power. My own songs kinda sucked back then, they all sounded like fake Dogs D’Amour. I was itchin’ to ecsape that town L.A.M.F. cause I’d been through the wringer with Catholic school wrestling team assholes, deep suburban preppie football motherfuckers, jealous shitkicker redneck hate mobs, and real asshole zero tolerance juvenile authorities who looked the other way when the rich kids did fucked up shit but really made it a personal crusade to torture working class weirdos for being into the Replacements and Deadboys rather than sports or acquiring the most golf shirts. Man it was some hellish bullshit tribulations for years on end back there. Scarred For Life shit. Some of the guys in my band though, ended up becoming real like popular with the mainstream crowd, so they weren’t in any hurry to get outta town, HELL A COUPLE OF THEM ARE STILL BACK THERE WITH THE SPORTOS DOING JAGER SHOTS RIGHT NOW-they came from preppie suburbs and were invested in that whole hierarch, they liked that quarterback and cheerleader suburban scene. Not me, all I could do is dream about leaving. I’m the black spot on their permanent record. We read “RIP” magazine every month and really devotedly followed the bands on the coasts. Oh yeah, and Kerrang! from the UK! We sometimes too these big road trips to NYC to record- shop and buy punk t shirts from Trash & Vaudeville or see the Ramones and shit. We saw Faster Pussycat a couple times, the rest of the kids from my Little Ceasars job and my baby mama all went to see Guns N Roses but I had to work that night. One of the “new bands” me and a couple pals were all ginned up about was called KILL FOR THRILLS-they kinda  had the image we were shooting for, some pretty good, well produced songs and they were better players than we were back then. I had already been a fan of Gilby’s old band, Candy for a number of years. I found my copy of “Whatever Happened To Fun” at a shortlived record store on Second Street in Maysville Kentucky! Believe it or not. But yeah, man, that was sorta my kinda thing back then, what me and at least a couple of my former gang were still setting out to do. My long gone Catholic school friend embezzled money from his fast food management job and wanted to invest it in our band having better clothes, relocating and recording. He was the first person to really sincerely believe in my songwriting. He died when I was 25 and I kinda never got over it. I co wrote a great song about him when I was about 27 called “Thick As Thieves”. I still stand by it. It belongs on a record. It’s a true story too. 

CHERRY BOMBZ

I remember goin’ through some hard times after a divorce years and years ago and living in a shithole $90 a week hotel next to the Squirty Worm Family Fun Plaza in Nowhere, USA. I was working at a friend’s record store in a drive through beer place with a pizza joint in the other tiny room. It was a startup venture. I was allowed to smoke, I think he paid $8 an hour cash for me to sell rocknroll records to fat rich kids from two honky suburban high schools I’d been kicked out of, tell ’em stories, teach ’em about punk rock, they’d play hooky to come spend their parent’s money in the shop cause I was there, and at least a couple of ’em went on to make records, open up for my heroes’ bands, and even sought out several of my own former bandmates from different cities to be in their well funded hipster garage bands. Another guy was stalking Mike Davis from the MC5 for awhile who he knew I was friendly with. So yeah man, I was drinking about a fifth of vodka a night, listening to Material Issue and 60 Ft Dolls and the Beasts Of Bourbon, selling lots of cd’s, sulking, chainsmoking, and feeling bad about my life. The Cherry Bombz bootleg VHS came in and I got real depressed because I had no VCR-the triple ex girlfriend’s bitchy popular gay friend had talked her into keeping, or shitcanning, all my stuff except a box of 45’s which was promptly stolen by a slacker grunge ex bassist friend of mine, who got an inheritance, and paid for my ex roommate to record covers of songs I’d written, at an expensive recording studio I, myself, could never afford. That was becoming a big trend back then-other people doing versions of my tunes. My life’s sorta been a comedy in that way. Even the day I was picking up my box of 45’s from the dumbfuck grunge bar, some dickhead beardo bartender hockey wannabe Soundgarden fan was giving me some senseless scenester grief cause he had the hots for my other ex’s sister with the big boobs and I guess he figured being a dick to me was just gonna make her hot n horny for his dumbfuck jock ass. Is there anything in the world worse than a dickhead bartender? 

So yeah I remember how excited we all were when we first started seeing those little pictures of the Cherry Bombz in the heavy metal magazines. I was not hip to Anita or her band that had the Cannibals song back then, but was dazzled by a band that co starred former members of Lords Of The New Church, Hanoi Rocks AND The Clash. When we finally got our dirty hands on the Cherry Bombz wax, we gawked for hours at the pix on the LP sleeve only DREAMING of someday owning our OWN blue leather pants and velveteen clad gypsy toubadour apparel. Back in Shmohio, Loverboy had always been a big radio band you could seldom avoid. I ended up really loving “Hot Girls In Love” AND “House Of Ecstasy”. Later on, we discovered Suicide Twins and loved those songs even more but never understood why anybody woulda lip synched a Rene Berg lead vocal when they both had voices just as likable. I’m having a bad day today, under a lotta stress so I probably got no business traipsing down the bottle strewn Memory Gutter again, it only makes you feel worse. Used to think me and this one cat were like a no name smalltime dirty dive  bar version of the Suicide Twins but we broke up a long time ago. Still wrote about fifty great songs together. Right now, my kid is attempting to make “Breaking Bad” inspired rock candy and is using blue food color but not wanting any supervision or assistance from me and it’s stressing me the fuck out. ‘Afraid he’s gonna stain the counter tops or floor tiles and I’m gonna take the blame. My life’s been a comedy that way.

BREAKING: The Cuban people voted Sunday to approve some of Latin America’s most progressive laws on family, women’s and LGBTIQ+ issues.

@Elecciones_Cuba

 reports 67% (4 million people) voted for the Families Code, revised 25 times based on citizen feedback. https://bit.ly/3SdMZC0

I’m Sorry, Biden’s *WHAT* Foreign Policy?? – Caitlin Johnstone

“Largest Armed Robbery in History”: FBI Robs 1400 Safety Deposit Boxes of $86 Million, Said Cash Smelled Like Drugs – Activist Post

unR̶A̶D̶A̶C̶K̶ted on Twitter: “BREAKING: Drone whistleblower, peace activist & war veteran #DanielHale has filed a Petition for Commutation. #ClemencyNOW https://t.co/kGPwizWlXo https://t.co/pSvDJNtgvk” / Twitter
Continuing Ed — with Edward Snowden | Substack

“People who want to quibble over whether or not Julian Assange is a “journalist” miss the point. The issue is his case (and other Espionage Act cases where the « espionage » is talking to media) has relevance to media either way, criminalizing mere knowledge/possession of secrets.” (-Matt Taibbi)

Who Controls the News Controls the World – Activist Post

ELUSIVE NEW ROMANTIC MAGAZINE FROM THE UK

I was back in my Kentucky hometown when my grandmother was getting older helping care for her when a record store called Sam Goody was going out of business and liquidating all their stock. They had all kindsa stuff I wanted. Ramones dolls, big cool Clash books and this New Romantics A-Z magazine. Me and my old lady, we were so poor back then, it was a hard struggle to pay heat in this drafty old historic building we lived in. She was a waitress and George Clooney’s parents were among her regulars. I was a dishwasher and was very unhappy cause my kids had been relocated across the country without my permission by their mother. I was really suffering over them being gone. Has not changed. Anyhow, it’s been about twenty years since then and I still aint got a copy of that magazine from England but I have not given up. I do not quit. I am still trying to find a new band. I am still trying to record my songs. I am still trying to find my long lost childern. Still hope to get a copy of that new romantics magazine someday. Adam Ant was on the cover.

SHIT IS FUCKED UP IN THE USA USA

They lie to us, they spy on us, grope your granny at the airport for security theater Chertoff/Kerry profits, training you to accept totalitarianism, they take away our rights and people are duped into believing they are somehow represented by some pro war, pro kkkop, token women of color (D) who vote with the Republikkkans like 95% of the time. Tweeting Orange Man Bad don’t help anybody at the bottom.

Watch Out for Big Corporations and Dangerous Politicians Breaking Our Established Norms – Ralph Nader

Bill Gates Pushes for “trusted sources,” Has a Group That Tracks What People Say About Him Online – Activist Post

The New Corporate Dictators – Super-Rich & Super-Immune – Ralph Nader

Cuba without electricity after hurricane hammers power grid | AP News

Senator Wyden: US Military Bought Mass Monitoring Tool that Includes Email and Browsing Data – Activist Post

(-Jory Micha

M.A. Christian Doctrine & History)

“Everything is “but Trump…” while we’re being gaslit by Dems telling us how much better the economy is when we’re worse off than before and they just act like they can’t hear us and don’t do any of the shit they said they’d do to get elected in the first damn place.” (-Comrade-Tron)

“I spoke with renowned journalist John Pilger about the US’s war on Julian Assange. Pilger called Assange’s torture by US and Western authorities a historic miscarriage of justice where journalism itself has been criminalized.” (-Danny Haiphong)

“Biden and the Democrats continue to gaslight the public about “how great the economy is” as we enter a recession.” (-Ryan Knight)

https://www.youtube.com/user/tytcomedy

Roger Waters Shows in Poland Canceled After Remarks About Ukraine (loudwire.com) I been cancelled since ’83!

“In the span of 1 week my comedy show of 8 yrs was canceled because of sanctions, my podcast of 12 yrs was banned by Spotify & my youtube is now banned across Europe. All in the name of US imperialism. ������If you want to keep supporting my work, check out http://Patreon.com/LeeCamp” (-Lee Camp)

“The United National Anti-war Coalition (UNAC) will be going to the streets the third week of October to oppose war in Ukraine & all of the never-ending U.S./NATO wars. Let’s see what kind of coverage we get from the U.S. “free press.” (-Ajama Baraka)

WORLDWIDE BUZZ! REMEMBERING THE SHUG:

Texacala Jones (sugarbuzzmagazine.com)

Danny Fury | SugarBuzz Magazine

Michael Rank and Stag | SugarBuzz Magazine

Pusherman of Love | SugarBuzz Magazine

Paul K. “Hollywood” | SugarBuzz Magazine

Captain Zapped / Alex Mitchell | SugarBuzz Magazine

Shiteland Ponies | SugarBuzz Magazine

http://www.sugarbuzzmagazine.com/?p=1552

Future Generations (If There Are Future Generations) (substack.com)

Get Mad About Nuclear Madness – Let’s Try Democracy (davidswanson.org)

“Why aren’t progressive Dems in Congress calling for ceasefire and negotiations in Ukraine instead of more weapons?” (-Medea Benjamin)

“None of them are really progressive or anti-war in any meaningful way, they are vetted and bribed and blackmailed controlled opposition. Warpigs in pink wigs.” (-General Labor)

Ajamu Baraka (@ajamubaraka) / Twitter

The Best Journalists Are Persecuted And Despised: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Listen to a reading of this article:

The best western journalists are overwhelmingly despised while the worst are acclaimed millionaires. Western civilization is built on lies, dependent on lies, powered by lies. Don’t seek widespread approval. It’s worthless.

Live long enough and you’ll learn that the people who’ll really hurt you and screw you over aren’t the obvious, overt monsters but the sly manipulators who smile to your face. The US empire is a sly manipulator smiling and posturing as the good guy by contrasting itself with overt monsters.

As our consciousness has expanded it’s become unacceptable to be seen as an overt tyrant by the public, but that just meant the emergence of a sneakier form of tyranny. The age of the brute gave way to the age of the manipulative bitch. This manipulative bitch of an empire has been instigating and orchestrating violence at mass scale and then using its unrivaled narrative control machine to blame the violence on other powers. And its provocations are only getting more and more aggressive and more and more dangerous.

If humanity meets its end, it will come not at the hands of the overt monsters but the sly manipulators. The trajectory toward the horrifying global conflict we appear to be fast approaching was set by the manipulative bitch of the US-centralized empire.

If there’s one thing sly manipulators hate, it’s people who continuously highlight whenever they are being manipulative. That’s what drives the ongoing push to silence, censor and marginalize critics of empire. Julian Assange is in prison because he spotlighted the manipulative bitch.

Manipulators can only manipulate when their manipulations are invisible to their subjects. A grassroots push to bring public awareness to the empire’s manipulations would hamstring the empire. The empire knows this, hence the push to neutralize empire critics in myriad ways.

Friendly reminder to the English-speaking world that Iran is none of your fucking business and any kind of intervention from your government literally always makes things worse.

Remember, it’s crazy and conspiratorial to say the CIA likely is involved or will soon become involved in domestic uprisings in a US-targeted nation. The sane position is to believe that the CIA never does anything, and its officers are all sitting in their Langley offices watching Netflix. The responsible, correct view is that the CIA’s extensively documented role in fomenting domestic uprisings around the world is strictly a thing of the past, and that the agency now receives billions and billions of dollars each year to do nothing whatsoever.

If you lived with someone who always steals things you’d suspect them anytime one of your valuables goes missing, but you’re a crazy conspiracy theorist if you think domestic uprisings in a US-targeted nation might involve the CIA. We learned the CIA was literally plotting to assassinate Julian Assange five years ago and people still act like it’s crazy and outlandish to suggest that they’re doing evil things in the world currently.

If you don’t want people speculating about CIA involvement whenever there’s unrest in a nation the US government doesn’t like, you should be calling for the dismantling of the CIA. Otherwise you’re just supporting the CIA as it works to foment those kinds of uprisings and yelling at people who don’t like it.

People don’t “serve” in the military, they work in the military. It’s a job. And if it’s a job with the US or any of its imperial member states, it is one of the most unethical jobs that anyone can possibly have.

People who defend the US empire from criticism aren’t actually defending the empire, they’re defending their worldview. They’re staving off the flood of cognitive dissonance they’d experience if they saw that everything they believe about the world is a propaganda-induced lie.

That’s why so many of them say things like “Of course our government does bad things BUT-” and then make up some nonsensical gibberish like “you think Putin is an innocent little flower” or whatever. They don’t love the empire, they’re just flailing around protecting their worldview. Their arguments consistently lack robustness because they’re not invested in defending some globe-spanning power structure (people don’t usually do that unless they’re paid to), they’re just throwing up any walls they can that will protect their worldview.

Still, though. Imagine being such an embarrassing, sycophantic bootlicker that you’re emotionally incapable of handling the fact that there are a few fringe people on the internet who spend their time criticizing the most powerful and destructive government on earth. Imagine actually seeing that as a problem. There are actual people who sincerely see the existence of empire critics anywhere online as a problem that needs to be solved. How far gone do you have to be to live like that? How much bullshit must you have poured over your mind and heart for that to seem sensible?

Most people get that you can’t win a nuclear war, but not enough people understand that you also can’t even remain fully in control in a nuclear standoff. There are too many small moving parts, too many things that can go wrong. Google “nuclear close calls” if you doubt this.

Our rulers are ushering us into a nuclear standoff of steadily increasing escalation, and they cannot, cannot, cannot control its outcome. They’re gambling everyone’s life hoping to win the prize of planetary domination, and their game is getting more dangerous by the day.(-Caitlin Johnstone)

Huracán Ian: Cuba se recupera lentamente del apagón total tras el ciclón, que dejó 2 muertos y graves daños – BBC News Mundo

Victory for Frontline Communities: Dirty Permitting Side Deal Stripped from Government Funding Bill | Sierra Club

Willie Burnley Jr �� on Twitter: “After a 10-day trip to Cuba w/ @WfPSolidCollect, the Somerville City Council has unanimously passed my & @BenForWard3’s resolution for @JoeBiden to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list & for Congress to end the blockade. Amazing that the Cuban ambassador RT’d it!” / Twitter

The U.S. government has become a master of deceit.

It’s all documented, too.

This is a government that lies, cheats, steals, spies, kills, maims, enslaves, breaks the laws, overreaches its authority, and abuses its power at almost every turn; treats its citizens like faceless statistics and economic units to be bought, sold, bartered, traded, and tracked; and wages wars for profit, jails its own people for profit, and has no qualms about spreading its reign of terror abroad.

Worse, this is a government that has become almost indistinguishable from the evil it claims to be fighting, whether that evil takes the form of terrorism, torture, drug traffickingsex trafficking, murder, violence, theft, pornography, scientific experimentations or some other diabolical means of inflicting pain, suffering and servitude on humanity.

With every passing day, it becomes painfully clear that this is not a government that can be trusted with your life, your loved ones, your livelihood or your freedoms.

Just recently, for example, the Pentagon was compelled to order a sweeping review of clandestine U.S. psychological warfare operations (psy ops) conducted through social media platforms. The investigation comes in response to reports suggesting that the U.S. military has been creating bogus personas with AI-generated profile pictures and fictitious media sites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in order to manipulate social media users.

Of the many weapons in the government’s vast arsenal, psychological warfare (or psy ops) can take many forms: mind control experiments, behavioral nudging, propaganda.

In the 1950s, MK-ULTRA, the mind control program developed under CIA director Allen Dulles as part of his brain warfare Cold War campaigns, subjected hundreds of unsuspecting American civilians and military personnel to doses of LSD, some having the hallucinogenic drug slipped into their drinks at the beach, in city bars, at restaurants.

As Brianna Nofil explains, “MK-Ultra’s ‘mind control’ experiments generally centered around behavior modification via electro-shock therapy, hypnosis, polygraphs, radiation, and a variety of drugs, toxins, and chemicals.”

The CIA spent nearly $20 million on its MKULTRA program, reportedly as a means of programming people to carry out assassinations and, to a lesser degree, inducing anxieties and erasing memories, before it was supposedly shut down. Yet as journalist Lorraine Boissoneault concludes, “Despite MK-ULTRA violating ethical norms for human experiments, the legacy of brainwashing experiments continued to live on in U.S. policy.”

Fast forward to the present day, and it’s clear that the government—aided and abetted by technological advances and scientific experimentation—has updated its psy ops warfare for a new era. For instance, the government has been empowered to use its ever-expanding arsenal of weapons and technologies to influence behaviors en masse and control the populace.

It’s a short hop, skip and a jump from a behavioral program that tries to influence how people respond to paperwork to a government program that tries to shape the public’s views about other, more consequential matters.

Add the government’s inclination to monitor online activity and police so-called “disinformation,” and you have the makings of a restructuring of reality straight out of Orwell’s 1984, where the Ministry of Truth polices speech and ensures that facts conform to whatever version of reality the government propagandists embrace.

We’ve already seen this play out on the state and federal level with hate crime legislation that cracks down on so-called “hateful” thoughts and expression, encourages self-censoring and reduces free debate on various subject matter.

The end goal of these mind-control campaigns—packaged in the guise of the greater good—is to see how far the American people will allow the government to go in re-shaping the country in the image of a totalitarian police state.

The government’s fear-mongering is yet another key element in its mind-control programming.

It’s a simple enough formula. National crises, global pandemics, reported terrorist attacks, and sporadic shootings leave us in a constant state of fear. The emotional panic that accompanies fear actually shuts down the prefrontal cortex or the rational thinking part of our brains. In other words, when we are consumed by fear, we stop thinking.

Fear not only increases the power of government, but it also divides the people into factions, persuades them to see each other as the enemy and keeps them screaming at each other so that they drown out all other sounds. In this way, they will never reach consensus about anything and will be too distracted to notice the police state closing in on them until the final crushing curtain falls.

This Machiavellian scheme has so ensnared the nation that few Americans even realize they are being brainwashed—manipulated—into adopting an “us” against “them” mindset. All the while, those in power—bought and paid for by lobbyists and corporations—move their costly agendas forward.

This unseen mechanism of society that manipulates us through fear into compliance is what American theorist Edward L. Bernays referred to as “an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”

It was almost 100 years ago when Bernays wrote his seminal work Propaganda:

“We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of… It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”

(- John & Nisha Whitehead)

“Obama, 2016, when neocon Jeffrey Goldberg demanded to know what he wouldn’t arm Ukraine: “Ukraine is a core Russian interest but not an American one.” Liberals and their neocon leaders, 2022: Why, yes, I do think Ukraine is important enough to risk nuclear war over.” (-Glenn Greenwald)

Politics is a Game of Fear: The Chris Hedges Interview – YouTube

Dan Denton on Twitter: “I wrote a book and it’s getting published and releases in November. Its my second book, and you could preorder a signed copy at the link #book #published #prose #poetry #writer https://t.co/danT4fT8zs https://t.co/pgXxMZnK15” / Twitter

“There should be a “Progressive Challenger” to Joe Biden in 2024 AND IT ABSOLUTELY SHOULDN’T COME FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY The Democratic Party IS NOT THE WAY TO GO!” (-Compton Jay)

Compton Jay on Twitter: “There should be a “Progressive Challenger” to Joe Biden in 2024 AND IT ABSOLUTELY SHOULDN’T COME FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY The Democratic Party IS NOT THE WAY TO GO! https://t.co/B28BeLsy0m” / Twitter

Bad Faith: Episode 164 Promo – The Progressive Misleadership Class (w/ Chris Hedges) on Apple Podcasts

“I stand with the people of Iran, Russia, and China against the predatory and murderous US regime seeking to destabilize them via sanctions, color revolutions, and war provocations. If you don’t, you cannot call yourself an anti-imperialist or even a proponent of peace.” (-Danny Haiphong)

“After Zelensky’s de facto call for the cleansing of ethnic Russians from Donetsk and Lugansk, his arrest of their political representatives, and the banning of their language, it’s really a mystery why they are voting the way they are in today’s referendum” (-Max Blumenthal)”Labour’s “antisemitism crisis” under Jeremy Corbyn was one of most intense propaganda campaigns ever fought in peacetime Britain. It was a fraud pushed by the Labour right, Israel lobby, mainstream media, among others. The truth is finally out. Watch:” (-Matt Kennard)

The War On Dissent – Bitcoin Magazine – Bitcoin News, Articles and Expert Insights

Ditch Google and Gmail Before It’s Too Late (substack.com)

Corporate Media Ignores Senate Hearing on Corporate Greed and Inflation – Ralph Nader

Don’t celebrate the Espionage Act — even applied to Donald Trump, it’s a dreadful law | Salon.com

QUIREBOYS

First thing I remember was the “Mayfair” E.P. I got it at Mind Dust Music, in Elida, Ohio. What a phenomenal band. Kinda saddens me when classic groups fracture over control of the band. As far as I’m concerned SPIKE is the heart n soul of that band and he will be the cat I follow. Those guys were so beautiful in the early days. I MUCH preferred them to the Black Crowes, they were soulful, heartfelt, but also had a pop the corks, all night, fun hog FACES party side. I saw ’em in Boston and their stage set looked like a brothel or some shit. They really knew how to get down. I always tried to have that same balance in all my own shortlived crash n burn trashy punk bands, soulful ballads and good time anthems. We even threw in some insurrectionist protest songs. Bands nowadays hardly say anything about anything, ya know? Where the fuck are all the rebels, all the wild rocknroll people at?Quireboys singer Spike – official site, news, tour dates & more. Welcome to the official site of Spike – founder of The Quireboys, solo artist, songwriter and storyteller. Explore this site for latest news on his solo acoustic dates and forthcoming news on his band The Quireboys. (spikequireboys.com)

HOME (thelondonquireboys.com)

Ukraine: where’s the diplomacy? | AM Live (callin.com)

How Covert British Information Wars Target Russia, Threatening Civilians and Journalists (mintpressnews.com)

Reports on the Media – The Grayzone

UHC2030: The United Nations’ Global Public-Private Partnership For Healthcare (unlimitedhangout.com)

One Nation Under Blackmail (unlimitedhangout.com)

DID YOU BUY A COPY OF THE GOLDEN RAT LP FROM VICIOUS KITTEN?

As a shut-in hermit, primary caregiver for a couple of years, it surprised some of my old goth gang when I got social media addicted, cos in the nineties I had been a total internet resistor. My way of communicating with folks was always via punk postcards we’d buy at new wave boutiques, mix-tapes, in your face basement shows, and D.I.Y. fanzines – which is how I became pen pals with ‘The Golden Arm’, Hiroshi Nakagome, aka ‘The Japanese Johnny Thunders’. If I remember correctly, he had an early band back then called The Remains that gradually changed into The Golden Arms. All his music was totally seventies influenced, and straight out of the Church Of Thunders. He really had the touch. Real rock ‘n’ roll is all about feel, and soul, and jungle instinct. Either you have it or you don’t. Hiroshi has it, in spades. He was also famous for cutting quite the dapper silhouette. Man, that courageous cat really knew how to send a vibe.

Motorcycle Boy from Hollywood were one of the most original sounding bands of their era. They might have been influenced by the New York Dolls, Iggy, the Cramps and Stray Cats, but they totally found their own sound. Their lyrics were unique, and they looked like all the greatest rock stars of every era. A little bit Elvis, a little Sputnik, a little bit Thunders, and a little bit Clash. Man were they cool. I found the band via the much missed newspaper print pages of Flipside magazine, the one true bible for the underground back in those years. In 89 they also released the immortal single, ‘Feel It’ b/w ‘One Punch’. Triple X Records (the label that first brought you bands like Jane’s Addiction and The Ultras) then released the classic, Sylvain Sylvain produced album ‘Popsicle’, and they became one of the most popular rock ‘n’ roll bands of their day. Back then the corporate media juggernaut was mostly emphasizing faux-alternative and gimmicky hipster bands, yet all my diehard underground rock ‘n’ roll friends were totally smitten with Motorcycle Boy. Everybody in my extended circle were trying to dress like them and covering their song ‘Get Around’. I always said they had the greatest haircuts in rock ‘n’ roll!

The ‘World Famous Mr Ratboy’, the innovative sonic architect behind Motorcycle Boy, took his big, hollow bodied guitars and red leather jackets to NYC, where he formed Pillbox with Canadian new wave pinup star, Chris Barry, previously with the 222’s and 39 Steps. Pillbox’s much beloved record, ‘Jimbo’s Clown Room’, was one of the only real standout rock ‘n’ roll masterpieces of its era and was recently re-released on vinyl. It was like a restless, sleazy, nocturnal collection of howling catcalls, moonlit rooftops and sultry swagger. Equal parts Birthday Party and Gun Club, all my close friends consider it one of their all-time favourite records. For years my old personal road buddy, notorious hellion, AC/DC bar brawling, degenerate hoodlum guitar player, NF Bastard, made careful study of that album’s hypnotic riffage, integrating a little of that circling cascade, sonic spiral into his own sound.

There is only one ‘World Famous Mr Ratboy’ though, who was probably the most distinctive stylist of his time, with a one in a million, signature sound as immediately recognizable as Brian James or Neal X. Pillbox were on Circumstantial Records, a cool label that was also home to the Road Vultures and the Trash Brats. Yet without the promo muscle of a major label, it was through word of mouth and homemade fanzines that made ‘Jimbo’s’ a cherished artefact, forever sought-after by punk ‘n’ roll record collectors and reckless rock ‘n’ roll hooligans all over the world. It was followed by ‘A Gift From Mr Ratboy, a solo album with some real standout hit songs like ‘Rocket To Reno’, and a class act, cover of the deadpan Lou Reed gem, ‘A Gift’.

In the early 00’s, the ever prolific Mr Ratboy assembled still another crack team of Stooges enthusiasts called Sour Jazz, releasing a steady succession of catchy and diverse albums that showed impressive range, and relentlessly reimagined rock ‘n’ roll, adding P-Funk and James Brown influences in their glittering Alphabet City gutter stomp. Mr Ratboy then relocated to Japan, where he has continued to tirelessly generate an inspired oeuvre, most recently collaborating with the mythic Golden Arm Hiroshi as The Golden Rat. In the death plague years, those rock ‘n’ roll perfectionists delved deep into their own favourite record crates to carefully curate a loving and surprising collection of heartfelt renditions of some of their most cherished tunes. From a soulfully sung ‘Dancing Barefoot’ to a snarky ‘Some Girls’, their exemplary version of Bowie’s ‘Pinups’ is certain to become a closely guarded favourite of real rock ‘n’ roll aficionados from here to Elvis Presley Boulevard. In the words of Lux Interior, they got good taste! 

https://australianrockshow.libsyn.com/episode-159-mr-ratboy-interview

WHERE DO WE GO NOW?

Opinion | A Welfare System Built to Exclude Will Never Reduce Poverty in the US | Olivier De Schutter (commondreams.org)

The Biden Administration Embraces Technocracy with Promise of $2 Billion in Funding for the “BioEconomy” – Activist Post

NO CHARGES Despite Video Showing Cop Dump 13 Rounds Into Unarmed Child—He Got a Bonus Instead – The Free Thought Project

Just Foreign Policy on Twitter: “”The first urgent need, for the Yemeni people, is that the restrictions on the import of essential goods be lifted immediately. This must not be a bargaining chip in talks between the parties for a cessation of hostilities” READ THE FULL 120+ PAGE REPORT: https://t.co/SRNIaeMZGE https://t.co/s5cwkkOGea” / Twitter

Kansas Cop Tased a 12yo Autistic Boy Who Was Handcuffed, Shackled, and Hogtied – Activist Post

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors Grants Police More Surveillance Powers – Activist PostFredric Jameson, Concerning Godard — Sidecar (newleftreview.org)

John Pilger’s 2014 Warning About Ukraine – Consortium News

Documents show Bill Gates has given $319 million to media outlets to promote his global agenda – The Grayzone

DOUBTFUL

Will the United Nations Finally Deliver Justice for Palestine? (mintpressnews.com)

Laith Marouf and the Struggle to Defend Palestine | Black Agenda Report

FLASHBACK: How Bill Gates Monopolized Global Health (2020) – Activist Post

The Last American Vagabond

DARLINGS OF THE UNDERGROUND PRESS:

And those Hollywood nights | Reviews (i94bar.com)

Meet the Boss: A Wild and Free chat with Godfathers mainman Peter Coyne | Interviews (i94bar.com)

L.A. survivors The Hangmen ride on | Reviews (i94bar.com)

Posthumous live album shines a light on a troubled star | Reviews (i94bar.com)

Rides don’t get much wilder and crazier than this | Reviews (i94bar.com)

A French kiss that will smear your lipstick | Reviews (i94bar.com)

Last of a dying breed: Junkyard’s David Roach | Interviews (i94bar.com)

A ’70s tale of tragic mis-steps | Reviews (i94bar.com)

WHO ARE THE ART POLICE? Garden Cops, Shadow-Bans, Gentrification Shit-Libs, and a Hot New 45 by MICHAEL MONROE! | Columns (i94bar.com)

THIS WORLD IS ONLY GOING TO BREAK YOUR HEART | Reviews (i94bar.com)

IF WARS CAN BE STARTED BY LIES, THEY CAN BE STOPPED BY TRUTH | Columns (i94bar.com)

An offer you can’t refuse | Reviews (i94bar.com)

Government Pushs A “Digital Dollar” So It Can Seize Assets At Will & Enslave Humanity – Activist Post

Paybee

From respect to resentment: My history with the CIA — RT World News

Cuba says US is acting immorally by keeping it on blacklist | AP News

https://worldbeyondwar.org/get-mad-about-nuclear-madness/

Cherry Bomz (guitarist Andy McCoy, guitarist Nasty Suicide, drummer Terry Chimes, bassist Dave Tregunna and singer Anita Chellemah), rock band, pose for a group portrait, in October 1985. Cherry Bomz were formed by Andy McCoy after the break-up of his former band, Hanoi Rocks. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images)

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