General Labor, Of Gutter Gospel Is Anti-War: Hanoï Rocks Reunion Concert, Golden Rat Video, Whitney Webb, Billy Idol, Ozzy, Criminal Savior, Covert Action Magazine, Chrissie Hynde!

““Am I really relishing my time here on this earth? Appreciating the thunderous beauty which surrounds me? Treasuring my encounters with my loved ones? Cherishing the sensory kiss of each moment? Adoring this world while it lasts?” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

“Americans are conditioned to drop any leftist pretenses when the targeted country is one that the US government doesn’t like. Take Iran. US has been trying to overthrow that government since 1979 and now everyone is an expert. US imperialism is one big psyop.” (-Danny Haiphong)

“These people either live in another universe or they think everyone in the world is ignorant. Biden condemned everything that the U.S. has done to establish and maintain its empire. Crazy.” (-Ajamu Baraka)

“Imagine living in a country that was as anxious to fix the Flint water crisis as it is to spend billions on Ukraine.” (-Black In The Empire)

“Hey Gavin Newsom, 

Homelessness in California is even worse now than when you made this speech 14 years ago promising to end it. What’s sad is how many liberals continue to blindly support corrupt Democrats like you who pretend to care about the poor while you serve the rich.” (-Ryan Knight)

“The climate is not dying. It’s being killed, by fossil fuel tycoons, greedy developers, war profiteers etc – & the politicians they fund. Science clarifies the emergency & what we must demand of our elected officials. Join us!” (-Dr. Jill Stein)

“The US is occupying 1/3 of Syria, so invoking the UN charter is awkward. But White House speechwriters are crafty; they got around it by getting Biden to say that countries cannot take “territory *of their neighbors* by force.” (-Aaron Mate’)

“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 Langley watching Netflix.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

STOP SUPPORTING IMPERIALISM, COLNIAILISM, GENOCIDE AND WAR PROFITEERING!

www.antiwar.com

 Roger Waters added to Ukrainian govt-sponsored hit list – The Grayzone

“In nearly 200 years of genocidal colonialism, the British empire stole $45 trillion in wealth from India (17 times more than UK GDP), killing millions The UK monarchy, Queen Elizabeth, the royal family are simply symbols of murder, exploitation, and theft.” (-Ben Norton)

How Britain stole $45 trillion from India | Conflict | Al Jazeera

“People really need to stop whitewashing the British royal family. They oversaw genocidal colonialism around the world, killing millions. They loved fascism. As a child, Queen Elizabeth was taught to Nazi salute. The monarchy should be abolished asapPeople really need to stop whitewashing the British royal family. They oversaw genocidal colonialism around the world, killing millions. They loved fascism. As a child, Queen Elizabeth was taught to Nazi salute. The monarchy should be abolished asap” (-Ben Norton)

Palace defends footage of Queen’s Nazi salute – Channel 4 News

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

As We Move Closer To WW3, It’s A Good Time To Reassess Our Priorities In Life (substack.com)

A HEROINE WHO DON’T LOVE THE HERO IN THE END OF THE FILM

So yeah here I am looking out the window at the garbage truck and having some foo foo fancy coffee I pilloried from the wife, my nearest and dearest lifelong hombres and fellow travelers keep dropping dead in waves, or disappearing into the daytime control freak world of manipulative hustling and bullshit artistry and backstab competition, always racing to the next fuckin’ red light. They’ll kill ya for a drink ticket at the old people bar. While sorting through some boxes looking for long lost photographs of a bloved high school friend who died recently, I came across a cashe of old pix of another friend who died a couple years back, from when we were in the midst of our most devoted Dogs D’Amour years, he wore the dogstags, not I. We all wore the scarves and suitjackets and bone jewelry and cowboy shit, though. Hell, some of his still do, I’m all black flags and silver spurs until the bitter end, but an awful lot of white has started appearing in the beard which is weird as fuck for me, I’m starting to look like Uncle Motherfuckin Sam here. Tyla and Bam, Jo Dog and Steve meant everything to us at eighteen and nineteen and twenty and twenty one. Those songs never really faded too far from memory, either. Now who knows, what really goes on with bands, behind the scenes, behind clothes doors, it’s always something to do with control, or money-publishing, merchandise, usually someone’s wife is in control, just like in Spinal Tap: “my life was a cosmic shambles before I met…” whichever Nancy Spungon convinces whichever longhaired three chords knower that he no longer needs the original bandmates, that he is an island and an emperor and a merchandising empire unto himself, bands are like really complicated marriages, it was hard enough to get five people to agree to not grow mustaches or wear shorts or sweat pants onstage-next thing ya know, it’s ten people with opinions, now twenty. How did the big oaf flannel wearer with the pickup truck get a vote? I dunno what happened between the pirate king Tyla and all the other Dogs D’Amours, sometimes from afar it can be easy to conclude he just wants to hog the gold for himself like that shit hoarder dragon in those elf movies. We see a lot of shit hoarding nowadays-all the grasping gotmines certain they can take it ALL with them: “mine, mine, it’s mine, it’s all mine ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.” All I know is it’s not the same without the blokey blokes from way back when, man I miss the Dogs like hell somedays-that was our splendid time in the garden -our hour for magic-it was like recess all the time until the grunge was shoveled on us- but some of us still have those old albums and they were magical, wonderful, could take you away from the glum and dumb, the pain of the mundane. Jo Dog is a real extra exceptionally talented guitar player/artiste, Bam and Steve are all like the best of the best. It seems like no one told poor old Tyla, halfheartedly swashbuckling on sober stools with fill-in guys who do what he tells them. Just not the me, but I guess nothing will ever be the same, none of us can ever go back to our sunny youth when one lad shows up with his Marlboros and Mountain Dew, another comes by with his Cambridge Light 100’s and his Carling’s Black label 12 pack, then the lad with the Swisher sweets or New Coke or Jolt or whatevr the Latest Thang of the day is, here’s the day drunk sloshey guy already swingin’ the bottle and it’s not even three yet, here’s the kid with the two liter and the big box of cereal-and commence to get down like a crew of all for one yo ho ho, fill up your boots me hearties pirate lords. Can’t help it, I’m a diehard sucker for the happy ever after story, but it is seldom seen, ya know Izzy Stradlin said, “Bullshit. They don’t want to split the loot equally, moving on.” People who get assimilated by the sports bar popular kids rattrace forget how to share and play nice, a band is made of many different moving parts, without a committed dependable drummer, you aint goin’ nowhere no matter how good you think your songs or solos or dopey second hand Roy Rogers cowboy wardrobe might be, ya gott have all five guys willing to share the pie, rather than fucking hoard it all for themself, that is not easy to learn in a winner takes all brainwash culture. I myself have never had the leadership or people skills to effectively mitigate all those clashing agendas and ego trips and astologer girlfriends and desire to play ska. Greedhead culture kills rocknroll as frequently as any shadowy groomer horror story, anti rock secret society, Pussycat Doll explotation conspiracy. One of the best things about leaving the midwest back in the early nineties was escaping to a big town where they had like twenty five different Dogs D’Amour records and 12 inch singles always in stock, right there on the shelf! Posters! Fuckshit! Amazing! What bounty, what treasure-and then, some girl at Newbury Comics told us about the also marvelous Jacobites and Waterboys and Bounty Hunters! One of our lot got caught up going to the dark bar to get high and dance like Pan shirtlessly in  borrowed without permission, too small for him really leather pants surrounded by a pickup harem of enthusiastic nymphettes who all mistook him for an indian cause he dyed his hair black, he kept having to fight off jelaous gorillas. One guy met some disciplined nerd academics and rich girls who Wanted More Stuff and got seduced by the dark side of the force abandoning the rock brigade to pursue better homes and gardens in the nine to five capitalist society. Me, I got distracted by some boozy women and unreliable drummers and shoved off my soapbox in the grunge years by some Long Goateed Malibu Grunge Kens. Jo Dog went on to join the crash and burn superstars, Shooting Gallery, who were fucked over by a record producer and going on tour opening for KISS, before breaking up in shambolic acrimony. Let’s focus even for a few minutes on the past though, shall we? It was glorious back then and wonderful to be young with the Dogs putrid green vinyl spinning in the background. “As you are now, so once was I…As I am now, so you shall be….”

SEPTEMBER GURLS

I’ve been in love with Chrissie Hynde for a real long time, since the third grade, probably. I used to try for her bangs, I got her eyeliner down pretty good. Pretenders are still my fave band along with Hanoi, Clash, Gen X, the Spiders From Mars, and the Stones. First song I ever sang with a full band was “Message Of Love”! She dedicated a song to me once in Boston. She totally gave me the icy freezout cold shoulder on another occasion, but of course I get it, now. She is adept at drawing boundaries cause she’s been super famous since what? 78? She was not some posh snob or anything-in fact, the first time I met her, she was walkin’ around by herself in Kenmore Square. So yeah she is  my favorite female singer of all time followed by Sinead, Ronnie Spector, Patti Smith and Shangrillas-right? As a songwriter, she’s near the top of my list, with Stones, Easdale, Kristofferson, and Paul K . Farndon is my favorite bassplayer, along with Tregunna, James, Patricia Morrison and Yaffa. Martin’s my fave drummer besides Razzle, Nolan, Burke, and Ashton. Top 3 guitarists are Ronson, Honeyman Scott and Bob Derwood Andrews. Love Derwood like mad but he sez he does not like to jam or have any interest in discussing his old music, they cut him outta the publishing, so I can empathize. I’m also dead broke in the desert while other people are living at the top of ya know, neon lit eyeball pyramids and shit. Famous on the backs of complete unknown forgotten poors. So yeah it’s crazy that Chrissie turned 71 on September 6th, two of my three baby mamas have that same star sign, plus two of my favorite writers-John Easdale and Iris Berry. December Boy’s got it bad. Whenever I write songs I’m really just trying to capture some Polaroid from my own long gone past as vivid and alive as almost anything by John Easdale or Chrissie Hynde. They make it look alot easier than it is. I bled and bled for it and still dunno if I’ve really ever come close-certainly not in any kinda decent studio setting. “They just don’t make  ’em like they used to-you shoulda just stuck with me!”

OZZY

Best lyric of all time: “Finished with my woman cause she couldn’t help me with my mind”. The ugly blue dragon tattoo. Pissing on the Alamo. Ya know? Poor boy from factories of Birmingham. When I was in detention hall, my beautiful new wave girlfriend sent me the handwritten lyrics to “Goodby To Romance”. When I was at the Oneida Baptist Institute in deepest Southeastern Appalachia, the US FEST was happening and all the heavy metal kids from all over the world who’d been sent to that Hitlerian reform school for behavior modification abuses was coveting that forbidden music which the superstitious authoritarians were making money offa making it taboo. Turned out Ozzy was a lovable nut, maybe less dangerous than a drunken Ringo Starr. He’s moving back to England and I can’t say I blame him. Wish I had a bottle. This song is going out to you. 

“The “white lives matter more movement” co-directed by Zelensky & Joe Biden will be in high gear over next few days “whitewashing” history.” (-Ajamu Baraka)

OUR SEMI FERAL BOY CAT’S GONE MISSING

In the four or five years we’ve been here, multiple cat litters were birthed on our end of the street, in the back yard and “Cat Alley”, in between our street and our backyard neighbor’s since we lived here and we successfully homed about 14. The mama cat was captured by a grumpy old man and taken far away and we mourned her being gone for about five months and one day, she just reappeared-she had found her way home. My kid called her Mama Friday, and she was an expert mouser who kept our garage, trailer and porch area mostly free of mice and we fed her and got her one of those heated cat teepees for the porch in the winter, her last two kids were the runts nobody wanted so we named and kept them, got ’em all spayed and neutered and their ears are clipped, so local animal control can tell they are homed, too. My kid named the boy Skitzie and the girl Pepper. Pepper loves the porch and we keep a giant wooden painting up there so she can not bring dead birds and bunnies and leave them on the porch but at night she jumps the painting and sleeps on a wooden chair. Skitzie was the only outdoor cat you could really pet. Pepper and Friday stayed pretty feral, continued to eat lizards and birds and small snakes. Skizie got in fights with the neighborhood toms who’d showup to mooch off our cat’s food. Sometimes, they climb the tree and get on the roof at night. They are friends with a skunk who also eats summa their kibble and kinda hangs around. I don’t think thy get along with the raccoons but the racoons like the roofs according to a cowboy eccentric who lives in a hoarder trailer next door. Two days ago, my partner noted that Skitzie had gone missing and was absent from three meals straight. This morning marks his fourth meal when he is always here like clockwork, usually before the girls. He likes to hunt in the field across the street and the big machines have broken dirt to start building some development folly, sometimes he hangs out with the four indoor/outdoor cats that belong to the couple at the end of the street, three doors down, but I asked the lady and she has not seen him, either. So chances are coyotes got him, he got snakebit, or some asshole took him. It’s a bummer, all three of us feel a pang in our hearts. I also have an adult child I never hear from, so life is like a procession of insufferable losses, death, AWOL loved ones, cheap shot ripoffs, old pals who’d rather hang out with dumb, pretentious rich people, and we carry grief. I’ve been known to drink over that kindof stuff, but right now, I’m doing some part time ranch hand, jack of all odd jobs, outdoor laboring and I gotta stay wide awake and on call, between the work and parenting, there’s no time to cry. I can’t even tell you how bummed out I am, but I am endeavoring to keep my braveest grownup face on.

BILLY FUCKIN’ IDOL

In times of darkness, bullshit, deception, mass hypnotism and so much uncertainty, I still turn to rocknroll saints like Van Halen and Billy Idol for sustenance. I LAUGH at big city hipster mimosa dorks who think that having money or buying some nice shoes makes you somehow have even a glint of rocknroll authority or real genuine entertainer soulpower-these fucking gentrified cover band jokesters just get on my nerves, make me laugh almost, but these same fuckin dorks who can never shaddup about Johnny Thunders or some distant begrudging tie they have to somebody from D-Generation or Dictators or whoever, they can never recognize real rocknroll when it’s lookin’ ’em dead in the eye. BILLY FUCKIN’ IDOL is a punchline to those fakes and rubes and dorks and pay to play karaoke dorks because they find him threatening-not only is he pretty as a Presley, but  he still has the hardest rockin’ band in the business and he STILL writes great songs, which none of those rich people in the booj cities can do. That’s why all their bands predominantly covers. All they really ever do is glaot about their zipcodes, their money, their pay to play privilege-nobody cares about their dork bands. BILLY FUCKIN’ IDOL still has all the real stuff of the heart-the charisma, the poetry. Now I am running through streets that are frightening… that shit’s as real as “Untouchables” or “Stars Look Down”. He’s as good as it gets in the business of playing real rocknroll. The greasy come lately kid bands with the expensive hats and stripper tattoos don’t even come close. rocknroll is about playing SONGS, from the heart, from the heart, I couldn’t tell no lies. Thankful as fuck I can still turn to the important and life affirming punknsoul of Billy Fuckin Idol. I hope to see him live before I die. I think we’re all sick to death of all those instafame pig-media juggernaut overnight fake meta celeb-bots they force feed us nowadays and when you see or hear real authentic passionate rocknroll, you remember there’s no comparison, either you got it or you don’t, and just cause some mama’s boy dickhead can pay for a fancy costume don’t mean shit. You can’t buy real rocknroll and when you experience the real stuff, it’s impossible to play along with that middle school dork shit. BILLY FUCKIN’ IDOL‘S been saving my lifea gain and again since I was about thirteen or fourteen or some shit. Dunno if it was true but an old associate once claimed he played a song of mine for Thommy Price and the dude was said to have really liked it. I love Steve Stevens, as well! Derwood’s probably my third fave guitarist after Ronson and Honeyman Scott. I wish I could find a guy like that to make new rocknroll with. As Giovanni Vitanza from The Coma-Tones sang, aint gotta fake it cause I know how. In the punk days he was derided for being plastic punk poster pinup prettyboy danceable, but now when Strummer’s gone, Ari Up’s gone, all the crazy wild eyed beautiful outlaws are dying off one by one, he is a testament to staying wild and free. I love him like a forefather, my brethren, God Bless Him.

Billy Idol Juni 1984 in München | Verwendung weltweit
The Russian Voice: An Appreciation – by Celia Farber (substack.com)The Russian Voice: An AppreciationThe leaps, the rhythms, the humor–celiafarber.substack.com

Our Entire Civilization Is Fake And Stupid


❖You’re not jaded; everything really is just as phony and vapid as it looks.I say this because if you are reading this it’s likely the result of a personal quest for truth which has led to a gradual peeling away of the lies our society is made of. Your eyes probably found this text because you’re the sort of person who’s been trying to make sense of the world in a sea of propaganda and deception, which often results in a growing disgust not just with the power structures which oppress and tyrannize humanity, but with our entire civilization.This experience is very common for people like yourself, and it’s very common because it arises from a clear perception of reality. From the very beginning human civilization has been built around serving the interests of the powerful, from religion to philosophy to the arts to law. As the world has gotten smaller and it’s become possible to artificially manufacture culture with mass-distributed media, this has only become more the case.That’s why the more you learn about the world, the more fake and stupid our civilization looks. It’s because it is fake and stupid. Our news, our entertainment, our jobs, our legal systems, our political systems, our education systems, our financial, monetary, economic and commercial systems; the way our entire civilization is structured and organized has nothing to do with what’s true and good and everything to do with keeping human organisms compliantly turning the gears of capitalism and empire.#TheSimpsons #Simpsons #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/aWvgTUGJKP— The Simpsons (@TheSimpsons) February 26, 2022Mainstream culture is one giant psyop geared toward keeping people fueling the oppression machine. Not because of some grand conspiracy (though there’s plenty of that too), but because the manufacturers of culture have a vested interest in preserving our unwholesome status quo. The media are owned by plutocrats who have an interest in making sure everything they’re putting out sustains the imperial status quo upon which their kingdoms are built. The Pentagon has more influence over Hollywood than people like you or I ever will.Things get elevated to mainstream levels of attention and influence by the people with the wealth and power to elevate them, and they’re always going to elevate things which serve their interests by manufacturing consent for the status quo their wealth and power are premised upon, not things which harm their interests like material that expands class consciousness or highlights the depravity of the US-centralized empire.So mainstream culture presents a fraudulent image of reality. It’s written into the code of everything that’s mass produced — not just in Prager University lectures on the evils of socialism or propagandistic news stories about weapons of mass destruction, but in sitcoms, in advertisements, in clothing brands, in pop music, in textbooks, in trends. When it’s not constant messaging that capitalism is totally working and the world is ordered in a more or less sane and truth-based way, it’s manipulations designed to shape our values and measures of self-worth to make us into better gear-turners.If you’re noticing this ubiquitous fraudulence, it’s not because you’re becoming distant from the rest of society, it’s because you’re becoming more intimate with it. You’re getting in real close, so close you can see the nuts and bolts of it, see how the sausage is made.The Phoniest, Most PR-Intensive War Of All Time”Now, I know what you’re thinking: how is Zelensky making time for a Vogue photoshoot amidst his busy schedule of PR appearances for other major western institutions?”https://t.co/stflCQnrtw— Caitlin Johnstone (@caitoz) July 27, 2022So if this is happening to you, don’t worry. You’re not turning into some kind of jaded hipster who’s too cool for what everyone else is into, you’re just seeing the bullshit for what it is. Sure a rejection of mainstream culture can just be pure ego-driven “look at me I’m so special” crap, but it’s also what happens when you sincerely move in for a closer look at the mass-scale psychological fabric of human civilization.This is what Terence McKenna was talking about when he said “The cost of sanity in this society is a certain level of alienation.” And it’s what Jiddu Krishnamurti was pointing at when he said “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” A lucid perception of reality today will necessarily be accompanied by the ever-present smell of bullshit.And that’s not your fault. It’s not your fault that you were born into this world where so much of everything is fake and stupid. So be gentle with yourself in your sense of alienation. And take comfort in knowing that others see what you’re seeing too.But mainly learn to take comfort in the fact that, just underneath the logos and screens and suburbs and Hollywood actors pretending to be people, reality is roaring. There’s a whole world of wonder and authenticity shining ferociously from just beneath the surface. It’s just got nothing to do with the artificial culture that’s been mass-produced by the powerful and funneled into our minds.Zelensky rings New York Stock Exchange bell, launching campaign to entice foreign investors while crushing labor rights of Ukrainians.His appearance coincided with the Euro’s collapse and economic crisis fueled by the Ukraine proxy warBy @RealAlexRubi https://t.co/KAiwt94ECD— The Grayzone (@TheGrayzoneNews) September 7, 2022Underneath all the social engineering and power-serving control mechanisms, there’s a whole life of raw terrestriality that is much, much older and much, much stronger than the lies of the machine. You can see it crackling everywhere, even in the densest parts of the matrix.You can see it in the sky. You can see it in the bushes and the pigeons. But you can also see it in the bus billboards and skyscrapers, in the flashing signs and blaring screens. And you can see it in the giant-brained bipedal primates you’re surrounded by each day, hiding just behind the dance of imperial fraudulence in their heads. You can see it even in those who are most asleep at the wheel, the most enslaved to the mind viruses of the machine, if you look. Once you learn to see it, you can observe nature winking at you even from inside the most rage-faced pundits and most self-absorbed social natterers. It’s there.In reality this sense of alienation is just an awkward transition phase between buying into the imperial dreamworld and a deep, deep intimacy with humanity as it really is beneath all the obnoxious programming. Beyond the revulsion at the phony facepuppets, something ancient, authentic, and exuberant is dancing. And it is more real and more true than our disgust with this civilization.Look closer and you see the fraudulence. Look even closer and you see what’s real. Your sense of alienation is entirely valid and based in truth, but we’re not meant to stay there. Truth beckons us forward. Truth is beckoning us all forward. And these mind cages they have built for us aren’t real enough to hold us in for much longer.
(-Caitlin Johnstone)

Angela Davis – Portrait of a revolutionary – YouTube

Angela Davis – Portrait of a revolutionary

Angela: Angela Davis, that is. At the start of filming in 1969 she was an unknown philosophy professor at UCLA, but by the time the committed communist was imprisoned shortly thereafter, she was already an icon. The film shows Davis both in public and private: at seminars, at demonstrations for political prisoners and the Black Panthers and at …www.youtube.comThe Right to Be Left Alone – Activist PostABC Tried to Bury This James Baldwin Interview. Four Decades Later, It’s Blisteringly Relevant. – YouTube
ABC Tried to Bury This James Baldwin Interview. Four Decades Later, It’s Blisteringly Relevant.Buried by ABC at the time, the segment has resurfaced over four decades later, revealing a unique glimpse into Baldwin’s private life—as well as his resounding criticism about white fragility, as blisteringly relevant today as it was in 1979. Video Credit: Sylvia Chase: Writer, interviewer, Narrator Joseph Lovett: Producer, Director Richard …www.youtube.com“Hey, bet you forgot about the Afghans who worked for the U.S. & West still in limbo while the West went all out for Ukrainian refugees. Can anyone help me understand the difference in treatment?” (-Ajamu Baraka)

They Are Definitely Getting Prepared. Are You? – Activist Post

GOLDEN RAT 


Hiroshi Nakagome, the Japanese Johnny Thunders of the GOLDEN ARMS and World Famous Mister Ratboy from Pillbox, Motorcycle Boy and Sour Jazz have a cool new record out on Vicious Kitten, the Australian Label that used to be a fanzine in the early nineties. This is their new video!!!

NEWS SPORTS AND WEATHER DESK:

While U.S. Leaders Moralize About Alleged Human Rights Abuses in Russia and China To Justify Proxy Wars, Prisoners in the U.S. Routinely Suffer From Inhumane Treatment – CovertAction Magazine

Jackson Water Crisis: A legacy of environmental racism? and Justice for Jackson: Help Us Fix Jackson’s Water System | Black Agenda Report

The Chris Hedges Report Podcast with Historian Paul Street (substack.com)

The Corbett Report – Open Source Intelligence News 

We Need a New “Church Committee” to Curb Massive Intelligence Agency Criminality Ranging From Illegal Surveillance to Torture and Assassination – CovertAction Magazine


Thirty Six Percent of Mass Shooters Were Trained by the U.S. Military, But Few Americans Know This Because the Media Never Report It – CovertAction Magazine

Laundering Black Rage | Black Agenda Report

“Ukraine was ordered to launch an offensive even though the military thought it was unwise. The military leaders don’t understand this is a PR war. With the offensive, ruling class servants are able to steal more of the peoples resources for MIC.” (-Ajamu Baraka)

The trouble with ERIC | Greg Palast (podbean.com)

Classified | VAGUE SCARE (bandcamp.com)

“Democrats are favored to win the Senate. Republicans are favored to win the House. Working families are favored to lose both.” (-Dr. Jill Stein)

Top 10 Reasons Sweden and Finland Will Regret Joining NATO – scheerpost.com

“As Zelensky outlaws labor organizing, he appeared on Wall Street to launch #AdvantageUkraine, a shameless appeal for the corporate plunder of Ukraine which promises rapid deregulation and features the country’s arms industry at the top of its “investment menu” (-Max Blumenthal)

I LOVE NEW WAVE!

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

Sentient | Other-ed (bandcamp.com)

No Gods No Masters But Glitter | Other-ed (bandcamp.com)

MIKE’S SIXTIETH BIRTHDAY CONCERT IN FINLAND TO FEATURE HIS SOLO BAND, DEMOLITION 23, & A REUNION OF ORIGINAL ROCKS LINEUP! WOW!

One of the greatest bands of all time are reuniting the original lineup for One Night Only! Of course we all love and miss Razzle, but you know Gyp Casino played on the first three Hanoi Rocks classics and now they are getting back together! As my old pal Chaz Halo says, I also hope a lot of footage washes up on youtube since neither of us are in the money enough to fly to Finland, but this is real big news for all of us weirdo glitter/glam kids who grew up loving that band and their uniquely inimitable brand of original, amphetamine punk-rockabilly-ska-disco-psychedelic-honky tonkin-sleaze anthem, stardusted surf and scuzz, downtown gutter punknroll! Holy Smokes!! Ya know? I’ve been liking the Lordsy new MM group song, “Derelict Palace”, it’ a little post-punk or new wave. I’m pretty lit about the big show. History in the making. How awesome would it be if they came to the States? I know a Lords Of The New Church influenced guttersnipe goth gang that might be willing to reunite to open for ’em at the Whiskey or wherever. Lucky Sugarbuzz from the legendary Hollywood glam rag Sugarbuzz Magazine said: “WOW!!!!!!!” My new new wave starlet friend and idol Laurent Chopard from Other-ed, says, “I saw that earlier! Crazy and even crazier with Demolition 23 opening! I hope they’ll play at least one show in London on a weekend but I’m afraid it’s just going to be a one shot. This one is too short notice for me to go…” Evad Fromme from Moonchasers and 13 Knots said, “I saw this. I hope they play more shows. Would love to see them. I’d like it if they just played the Bangkok Shocks record front to back!” John Dissed, the free speech advocate and songwriting stalwart said, “That’s so cool. Mystery City is my fav too! Had that in high school and played the shit out of it. Great songs.” Brian Morgan NYC guitarist from The Carvels, Saviors, and Disruptors sez, “HA! I was gonna send this to you when I got home from work. Who’d have ever thought, yeah? So what HAS Gyp Casino been up to for, um, almost 40 years? I must say, Andy looks pretty bad. I keep seeing the rubber tip on his cane in this pic and thinking of puffy gray velcro tennis shoes and big visor sunglasses, a retirement community in Florida, yeesh. I guess a good reminder to at least try to keep up SOME sort of maintenance as we rock’n’roll into our dotage. Shame it’s in Finland, I’d go for sure. Then again, I’m planning to be up front center in Glasgow in November for the original Damned line-up’s gig. Bless ’em all! “

Original Hanoi Rocks lineup to reunite for Michael Monroe’s 60th birthday celebration – Metal Edge Magazine

REUNITED … Hanoi Rocks to Reunite Original Line-Up to Celebrate Michael Monroe’s 60th Birthday at Concert in Helsinki Finland – Metal Sludge

“Liberalism is counter-revolutionary”: An Interview with Kalonji Jama Changa | Black Agenda Report

NINE O’CLOCK DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR KIDS ARE?

Up early listening to the big machines outside-this used to be a quiet deadend street, mostly empty old trailers only inhabited by elderly people for about two or three months in the winters-second homes. One guy down the block died and they never cleaned up his debris or resold his place-another guy died and it looks like they might be preparing it for resell, but most people don’t wanna live in this part of town because of the holy shit high heat and two or three obvious drug dealer houses-you know the vibe-all night traffic, shady lady, high fences, shifty customers with broken windshields, barking twin pitbulls. Also, the stinky sewage treatment plant and the stinky river both smell like shit, however some gentrifying home builder has built three pop up McMansions down the road and there are plans to build 100 new apartments in the field across the swamp ditch. So yeah, we are kinda feeling the need to imminently relocate looming over us like a shadow. We had to scrap our plans to move to Joshua Tree during the grueling two year long Covid clampdowns and now they’ve jacked the rents up even higher in that whole region, two small mom n pop greasy spoon restaurants closed last week in my ‘ville, ya know I’m a dishwasher, so it’s not like we are as mobile as we once were-even the notoriously bullshit mainstream media is having to admit that millions of Murkkkans are being evicted or falling to houselessness while the government gives always mor billionaire handouts to their proxy forces in the Ukraine and Israel and the big propaganda unreality tv silences real journalists and doctors and intelligence experts and historians and focuses mostly on glamourizing cults, cannibals, models who only ever vote for endless wars, and handouts to their billionaire police-stat donor class bosses, and glorifying the oligarchy. I have anxiety, where we’re gonna live, how we’re gonna keep paying these outrageous Reset gouger electric-grocery-gas-and rent bills. Honestly, man, I could use a fucking drink. Alas, I have to work today, doing some landscaping for a land baroness who may or may not give us the privilege of becoming on call servants, laboring at her whim, in exchange for renting one of her prohibitively expensive, rundown properties she bought years and years ago at auction in this dead end desert, end of the road ghost town, where people come to die. I finally heard from one of my talented, beautiful, long absent children, who seems to be thriving in the Big City Of Hipsters. It was thrilling to hear his voice. I live for those kids. Sadly, it’s just not viable for us to live in those overpriced, urbanized, legal reefer, rich people zipcodes anymore. All these tech platform purges of left activists and dissident journalists should have everybody fretting, but so many of my former roll call just stay in that Netflix N Pharma, cozy, NPR hypnospell, I can’t reach ’em anymore. they all just wannabe faux woke and Tik Tok famous. My outdoor semi-feral boy cat buddy, “Skitzey”, has missed three meals and while I know the cats tend to go into hiding, like under the trailer and stuff, during heat waves or when all the noisy machines are growling, it’s not like that fella to skip any meals, and while it’s premature to mourn, there’s been talk of coyotes eating yard pets in this town, and we had a kind cowboy artist friend wrangle a rattlesnake who was having a reckoning with the missing cat’s sister about a week ago, so I’m kinda upset by the little boy’s disappearance, he’s lived in our carport/garage/porch area for about three years now and rids the area of rodents. I keep goin’ outside, searchin’ the alley and the trail for him. My disabled teenager outside in the rocks calling his name would break your heart.

The Historic Collapse of Journalism – Consortium News

Revealed: US & EU Plans To Plunder Ukraine (mintpressnews.com)

Kris Millegan on Twitter: “”Publisher Kris Millegan talks with Whitney Webb about her new book (in 2 volumes), ONE NATION UNDER BLACKMAIL: The Sordid Union between Intelligence and Organized Crime That Gave Rise to Jeffrey Epstein, and…” https://t.co/aeCEq7Lw9m” / Twitter

Intelligence Expert Believes CIA Behind Car Bomb Assassination of Daughter of Alexander Dugin – CovertAction Magazine

Biden’s MAGA Obsession Won’t Help Democrats | Black Agenda Report

MEDIA SUCKERS LOVE FAKE CELEBRITIES GLORIFYING WAR AND CARNAGEZelensky rings New York Stock Exchange bell as Euro dips below dollar – The Grayzone

“Senator Marco Rubio is despicable.” (-Medea Benjamin Code Pink)

Belly of the Beast on Twitter: “FL Sen @marcorubio takes sole credit for Cuba policy under Trump — and Biden — in a @Telemundo51 interview. The policy he boasts “directly designing” ended a historic U.S.-Cuba detente and has devastated Cuba’s economy, leading to widespread scarcities of food, fuel and medicine. https://t.co/h72nr4iuMx” / Twitter

“Just when we thought Israel couldn’t get any creepier, now they are policing Palestinian love, literally.” (-Ariel Gold)

Gaza Fights for Freedom | Means TV

The United States has many political prisoners. Here’s a list – Multipolarista

The little boat and the big idea | Local News | hometownsource.com

“Further escalation in Ukraine should be unthinkable, but so should endless warfare that slowly and agonizingly destroys Ukraine.” (-Medea Benjamin)

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/09/05/peace-talks-essential-war-rages-ukraine

“Cuba exports doctors while the US exports war. It’s beyond time to pressure Biden to drop this outrageous terrorist designation as well as end the criminal blockade once & for all. Stop punishing this small country for charting its own path. Let Cuba live!” (-Abby Martin)

Sanctions Fuel the Fire (letcubalive.info)

“When the U.S. & Europe finally decide to stop sacrificing Ukrainians & end the war Ukraine will have to be demilitarized & neutral. Yet, the psychos making decisions pretend that they will be able to avoid that inevitability.” 

(-Ajamu Baraka)

“The majority of people in the US and millions more are at risk of eviction in the next month.” (-Danny Haiphong)

“I don’t criticize Democrats cuz I side with Republicans, I criticize Democrats Cuz THEY side with Republicans. Our fight is not Left/Right anymore, it is Us vs.Them. We have 2 corporate party’s that serve Wall St/War Machine/Corporations & crush everyone else.” (-Jimmy Dore)

“Even mainstream media outlets in Brazil and the US have acknowledged that fascist leader Bolsonaro and his multimillionaire capitalist oligarch backers have been discussing launching a military coup if he loses the election.” (-Ben Norton)

“100,000 Czechs protest their government’s support of the NATO proxy war in Ukraine and the controlled demolition of Europe’s economy. The rally brought together Communist party activists with members of right-wing Freedom & Direct Democracy Party.” (-Max Blumenthal)

“The very fact that these neoliberal corporate hacks can say this and get away with it is a graphic example of the corruption of organized labor & lack of class consciousness among working class.” (-Ajamu Baraka scoffing at pants suit hack Kopmala bullshitting about Biden support for working people on Labor Day)

“President Joseph Biden: “This is a nation that rejects violence as a political tool. We do not encourage violence.” Senator Joseph Biden: “I was suggesting we bomb Belgrade. I was suggesting we send American pilots in and blow up all the bridges…” (-Max Blumenthal)

It’s Not Okay For Grown Adults To Say The Ukraine Invasion Was “Unprovoked”
On a recent interview with the Useful Idiots podcast, Noam Chomsky repeated his argument that the only reason we hear the word “unprovoked” every time anyone mentions Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the mainstream news media is because it absolutely was provoked, and they know it.”Right now if you’re a respectable writer and you want to write in the main journals, you talk about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, you have to call it ‘the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine,” Chomsky said. “It’s a very interesting phrase; it was never used before. You look back, you look at Iraq, which was totally unprovoked, nobody ever called it ‘the unprovoked invasion of Iraq.’ In fact I don’t know if the term was ever used — if it was it was very marginal. Now you look it up on Google, and hundreds of thousands of hits. Every article that comes out has to talk about the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.””Why? Because they know perfectly well it was provoked,” Chomsky said. “That doesn’t justify it, but it was massively provoked. Top US diplomats have been talking about this for 30 years, even the head of the CIA.”Chomsky is of course correct here. The imperial media and their brainwashed automatons have spent half a year mindlessly bleating the word “unprovoked” in relation to this war, but one question none of them ever have a straight answer for is this: if the invasion of Ukraine was unprovoked, how come so many western experts spent years warning that the actions of western governments would provoke an invasion of Ukraine?Because, as Chomsky notes, that is indeed the case. A few days after the invasion began this past February a guy named Arnaud Bertrand put together an extremely viral Twitter thread that just goes on and on and on about the various diplomats, analysts and academics in the west who have over the years been warning that a dangerous confrontation with Russia was coming because of NATO advancements toward its borders, interventionism in Ukraine, and various other aggressions. It contains examples like John Mearsheimer explicitly warning in 2015 that “the west is leading Ukraine down the primrose path, and the end result is that Ukraine is going to get wrecked,” and Pat Buchanan warning all the way back in 1999 that “By moving NATO onto Russia’s front porch, we have scheduled a twenty-first-century confrontation.”Empire apologists love claiming that the invasion of Ukraine had nothing to do with NATO expansionism (their claims generally based on brazen misrepresentations of what Vladimir Putin has said about Russia’s reasons for the war), but that’s silly. The US war machine was continuing to taunt the possibility of NATO membership for Ukraine right up until the invasion, a threat it refused to take off the table since placing it there in 2008 despite knowing full well that this threat was an incendiary provocation to Moscow.Most fascinating thing about the Ukraine war is the sheer number of top strategic thinkers who warned for years that it was coming if we continued down the same path.No-one listened to them and here we are.Small compilation �� of these warnings, from Kissinger to Mearsheimer.— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) March 1, 2022This is to say nothing of the US empire actively fomenting a violent uprising in 2014 which ousted Kyiv’s sitting government and fractured the nation between its more Moscow-loyal populations to the east and the more US/EU-friendly parts of the country. This led to the annexation of Crimea (overwhelmingly supported by the people who live there) and eight years of brutal warfare against Russia-backed separatists in the Donbas. Ukrainian attacks on those separatists are known to have increased exponentially in the days leading up to the invasion, and it has been argued that this is what provoked Putin’s final decision to commit to invading (which was a last-minute decision according to US intelligence).The US power alliance could very easily have prevented this war with a few low-cost concessions like enshrining Ukrainian neutrality, rolling back its war machinery from Russia’s borders and sincerely pursuing detente with Moscow instead of shredding treaties and ramping up cold war escalations. Hell, it could likely have prevented this war just by protecting President Zelensky from the anti-Moscow far right nationalists who were openly threatening to lynch him if he began honoring the Minsk agreements and pursuing peace with Russia, as he was originally elected to do.Instead it knowingly chose the opposite course: continuing to float the possibility of formal NATO membership for Ukraine while pouring weapons into the nation and making it more and more of a de facto NATO member with closer and closer intimacy with the US war machine, and then either ordering, encouraging or tolerating Ukraine’s aggressive assault on Donbas separatists.Why did the empire opt for provocation over peace? Congressman Adam Schiff gave a pretty good answer to that question in January of 2020 as the road to war was being paved: “so that we can fight Russia over there, and we don’t have to fight Russia here.” If you relinquish the infantile idea that the US empire is helping its good friend Ukraine because it loves the Ukrainian people and wants them to have freedom and democracy, it’s not hard to see that the US sparked a convenient proxy war because it was in its geostrategic interests to do so, and because it wouldn’t be their lives and property getting laid to waste.Brian Berletic put out a good video a few days ago about a Pentagon-funded 2019 Rand Corporation paper titled “Extending Russia – Competing from Advantageous Ground,” which is exactly what it sounds like. The US Army-commissioned paper details how the empire can use proxy warfare, economic warfare and other cold war tactics to push its longtime geopolitical foe to the brink without costing American lives or sparking a nuclear conflict. It mentions Ukraine hundreds of times, and it explicitly discusses the same economic warfare tactics we’re seeing today like sanctions and attacking Russia’s energy interests in Europe (the latter of which Berletic points out is also being used to bolster US dominance over its vassals in the EU).The paper even explicitly advocates continuing to threaten NATO membership with Ukraine to draw out an aggressive response from Moscow, saying, “While NATO’s requirement for unanimity makes it unlikely that Ukraine could gain membership in the foreseeable future, Washington’s pushing this possibility could boost Ukrainian resolve while leading Russia to redouble its efforts to forestall such a development.”President Biden has made calls for regime change in Moscow that can’t even really be called thinly disguised, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has openly said that the plan is to use this war to “weaken” Russia, which other US officials have told the press is indeed the policy. Comments from the Biden administration continually make it clear that the US alliance is buckling down to keep this war going for years to come, which would fit in nicely with Washington’s known track record of deliberately drawing Russia into military quagmires against US proxies in both Afghanistan and Syria.So make no mistake, behind all the phony hand-wringing and flag-waving, the US-centralized empire is getting exactly what it wants from this conflict. It gets to overextend Russia militarily and financially, promote its narratives around the world, rehabilitate the image of US interventionismexpand internet censorship, expand militarily, bolster control over its European client states, and all it costs is a little pretend empire money that gets funneled into the military-industrial complex anyway.Which is why when it looked like peace was at risk of breaking out in the early days of the conflict, the empire sent in Boris Johnson to tell Zelensky that even if he is ready for the war to end, his partners to the west were not.Russia and Ukraine agreed to a negotiated settlement to end the war in April, but British Prime Minister Boris Johnson intervened to stop the peace deal.The US and EU instead escalated the proxy war, as the Biden admin admitted, to try to “weaken” Moscowhttps://t.co/xsCvovq8Km— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) September 4, 2022So as you can see, the notion that this war is “unprovoked” is a fart-brained fairy tale for idiots and children; there’s no excuse for a grown adult with internet access and functioning brain matter to ever say such a thing. If China had backed a coup in Mexico and now had a loyal vassal in Mexico City who was letting Beijing distribute weapons along the US border while continually shelling English-speaking separatists in Baja California who are seeking US annexation, there’s no question that Washington would consider this a provocation and would respond accordingly. You can tell me that’s not true, but we’d both know you’re lying.But as Chomsky said, the press are still spouting this “unprovoked” nonsense anyway.”Russia is widely believed to have been taken aback by the West’s assertive and unified response to its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine,” reads a CNBC article published just minutes prior to this writing.”The diplomatic visit underlines the importance of the Russian relationship for China, even in the face of international blow back against Moscow after its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine earlier this year,” reads a new report from CNN hot off the presses.”It was an unprovoked attack on a sovereign country,” a source is quoted as saying in another CNN article published a few hours ago.It is, as Chomsky observed, really freaky how hard they’ve been hitting us with this line every time the invasion of Ukraine is mentioned. It seems like every time it comes up they’re obligated to say it, like how Michael Jackson had a quota for how often MTV hosts were obligated to refer to him as “The King of Pop Michael Jackson” when his name was mentioned.In the mass media you’re not allowed to talk about the known US/NATO/Ukraine actions which experts have been warning for many years would lead us to where we’re at. You’re only allowed to say Putin attacked Ukraine completely unprovoked, in a vacuum, solely because he is evil and hates freedom. And you have to do it while saying the word “unprovoked” at every opportunity.NATO chief admits that NATO allies have been training and arming Ukraine since 2014.Something to remember whenever Western media refers to an “unprovoked” invasion. pic.twitter.com/SGHF46yayz— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) August 29, 2022Empire apologists get upset when you talk about the fact that this war was provoked because a large amount of empire apologia in 2022 is built around pretending that provocation just isn’t a thing. By some trick of Orwellian doublethink, this concept we’ve all lived our entire lives knowing about and understanding is now suddenly a freakish and ridiculous invention of the Kremlin.We’re all guilty of doing the things we knowingly choose to do. If I choose to provoke someone into doing something bad, then they’re guilty of choosing to do the bad thing, but I am also guilty of provoking them. I’m not saying anything new here; this is the plot behind any movie or show with a sneaky or manipulative villain, and it’s been a part of our storytelling since ancient times. Nobody has ever walked out of Shakespeare’s Othello thinking that maybe Iago was just an innocent bystander who was trying to help out his friends.Most of us learn that provocation is real as children with siblings, kicking the other under the table or whatever to provoke a loud outburst, and we’ve understood it ever since. But in 2022 everyone’s pretending that this extremely basic, kindergarten-level concept is some kind of bizarre, alien gibberish. It’s intensely stupid, and it needs to stop.Empire apologists will also argue that saying Russia was provoked into invading by the US empire is like saying a rape victim provoked her rapist by wearing a tight skirt, or a battered wife provoked her abuser by disobeying him. And as a survivor of multiple rapes and an abusive relationship I must say I find it extremely offensive when people compare blaming the most powerful empire that has ever existed for its well-documented aggressions to blaming victims of rape and domestic violence. The poor widdle globe-spanning empire is not comparable to a rape victim, and if you find yourself thinking that it is it’s time to re-think your entire worldview.It’s not okay to be a grown adult in September of 2022 and still say the invasion of Ukraine was unprovoked. You’ve got a brain between your ears and an entire internet of information at your fingertips. Use them.”The US military budget was already more than three times more than the next-largest spender (China), more than the next 12 countries combined. Just randomly toss another $45 billion onto the pile. The excuses: inflation and Ukraine. What about the living standard of Americans?” (-Glenn Greenwald)Immobility Plan 2035 – Activist Post

“Liberalism is not leftism. Liberalism is reformism. And capitalism and imperialism cannot be reformed.” (-Danny Haiphong on the red carpet diversity muppets who pretend to care about healthcare, eviction moratorium, universal housing, student debt forgiveness, demilitarization of police during election, then vote for more war and giveaways for billionaires when Pelosi orders them to)

Autocracy, American-Style – Consortium News

“This monstrosity destroyed Libya”. (-Danny Haiphong on Hillary Clinton)

“Haiti and Honduras too.” (-Ahimsa Mediation)

“The U.S is not only waging a war on other nations via sanctions & interventions, it’s also waging an economic war on its own people. The sooner U.S Americans realize their enemy isn’t people in other nations but the fascists in power, the sooner they can begin to stop the empire.” (-Fiorella Isabel)

Maximillian Alvarez on Twitter: “Keeping the #LaborDay solidarity going, ICYMI on @WorkingPod I spoke with Amazon worker & union organizer @AmazonUnionofKY. Matt was fired in suspected retaliation for his organizing. Help spread the word & donate to his survival fund if you can ❤️ ✊🏾” / Twitter

Maximillian Alvarez on Twitter“Keeping the #LaborDay solidarity going, ICYMI on @WorkingPod I spoke with Amazon worker & union organizer @AmazonUnionofKY. Matt was fired in suspected retaliation for his organizing. Help spread the word & donate to his survival fund if you can ❤️ ✊🏾”twitter.com

“YouTube has censored

@Action4Assange’s latest panel raising awareness about the plight of political prisoner Julian Assange. Viewed must sign in then pass through two baseless warnings about “inappropriate”  content. https://youtu.be/acR0t6mjwAk” (-Max Blumenthal)

“Don’t let them fool you. The so-called richest nation in the world could fund healthcare and housing for all, but it doesn’t want to because then it couldn’t exploit poor and working class people.” (-Ryan Knight)

“If Julian Assange is silenced, others will also be gagged either directly or by the fear of persecution and prosecution.”—

@StefSimanowitz

@amnesty#FreeAssangeNOW#DropTheCharges

“Biden is literally to the right of Henry Kissinger and people are trying to say he is ‘the most progressive president in history’ lmao.” (-Benjamin Carollo)

Roger Waters begs Olena Zelenska to “stop the slaughter” (faroutmagazine.co.uk)

“Assange had a stroke in the courtroom and no court official even noticed. That tells you all you need to know: A victim of torture – suffering the  health consequences of torture – should not be extradited or even tried. He should be freed.” (-Dr. Jill Stein)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m97-oPi5_rI

FREE THE PRESS!!!

WikiLeaks

@wikileaks

Nelson Mandela:”No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails” Alleged #Vault7 source Joshua Schulte (whose retrial began on Tuesday), held in ‘barbaric conditions in US prison’, in an inhumane existence, “worse than death”

https://pix11.com/news/national-news/ex-cia-engineer-in-wikileaks-case-says-hes-incarcerated-like-an-animal/

In Vault 7 Leak Trial Schulte Crosses FBI Agent On How Secret CIA Site Has Visitors Center, Pompeo (substack.com)

Priti Patel, hear this loud and clear: Julian Assange must not be handed over to the US | Duncan Campbell | The Guardian

JOHN KIRIAKOU: A Whistleblower’s Agony – scheerpost.com

“Every person in the United States should be able to claim Raytheon as a dependent on their taxes.” (-Drop The MIC)

“The big winners of the Biden Presidency have been Pfizer, Moderna, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. If you think Biden is doing a good job you shouldn’t be mocking Trumpers”

(-Black In The Empire)

“At a Council on Foreign Relations forum about “fake news,” former Editor at Time Magazine Richard Stengel directly states that he supports the use of propaganda on American citizens – then shuts the session down when challenged about how propaganda is used against the third world…Ben Decker also labels the alleged leak of documents last year showing offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands associated with Emmanuel Macron as fake news, despite the fact that the leak’s authenticity has never been definitively confirmed or debunked.” (-William Craddick)

 “Biden is spending money, but he is not spending money on the people. He is spending on the military and proxy wars in order to expand U.S. imperialism and enrich U.S. oligarchs at our expense.” (-Ryan Knight)

“That Biden is credibly called a socialist by electorally viable congressional candidates who clearly have no idea what socialism actually is, to me indicates that our Overton window is now centered somewhere between Genghis Khan and Mussolini.” (-mousdrvr on Twitter)

You might even find that expanding consciousness in one way helps your ability to expand it in other ways. You might find for example that expanding your awareness of how your own mind operates gives you more awareness of how other people’s minds operate, and how they can be manipulated by powerful people using propaganda. You may also find for example that expanding your awareness of the plight of people less socioeconomically and geopolitically advantaged than yourself expands your own personal awareness of the various socioeconomic and geopolitical dynamics which have given rise to the way your life is right now. You may also find for example that expanding your consciousness of your own inner processes gives you a serenity which makes it easier to look squarely at the horrors you encounter when expanding your awareness of what’s going on in the world, and gives you the humility to see that you are not fully separate from those horrors.

The game of humanity will keep improving as long as our consciousness keeps expanding. I’d go so far as saying that’s the only thing that can cause things to get better, and that failing to do it guarantees things will get worse.

Like a video game, I believe we humans are free to either win this game or lose it. We will either keep expanding our awareness of what’s really going on in this weird universe our mothers birthed us into, or we will wipe ourselves out via nuclear war or ecocide.

Either way, if you choose to accept what’s being said here, we do each have the power to make things better by exactly one unit of human effort. We can help spread awareness of what’s going on in the world by fighting the lies we’ve been told by the powerful and drawing attention to things the powerful would rather keep hidden. We can help spread awareness of the human condition with art and with empathy. We can expand our own consciousness by getting very curious about how we operate and what makes us tick, and being very real with ourselves about what we find in that exploration.

Whatever you choose to believe about all this, it’s your adventure. I wish you the best in your travels.

(-Cait Johnstone) 

I think we are constantly faced with the same decision. The decision to be blindly obedient to authority versus the decision to try and change things by fighting the powers that be is always, throughout history, the only decision.Abbie Hoffman

Chris Hedges: Let’s Stop Pretending America Is a Functioning Democracy (mintpressnews.com)

” Here’s how the US government built a fake Ukrainian “resistance” funded thru the Nat’l Endowment for Democracy, Solidarity Ctr & other CIA-linked orgs, & here’s why DSA members are promoting this “resistance” to justify imperialist war vs Russia.” (-Eric London) The Democratic Socialists of America and the invention of the pro-imperialist “Ukrainian resistance” – World Socialist Web Site (wsws.org)

“Think about what scummy liars these Democrats are. They write books boasting about how they bullied Cuba not to let Snowden pass through, thus trapping him in Russia. Then they use his presence in Russia to imply he’s a spy: when they *know* he’s there because they forced that.” (-Glenn Greenwald)

“A virulent manipulator’s entire social existence revolves around influencing the narratives people have about what’s going on in their circle in a way that benefits the manipulator.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

“The censorship against me continues. It appears

@Spotify

 has not only deleted my podcast “Moment of Clarity,” they have now deleted my artist profile and my 2 comedy albums from years ago. I was given no warning or reason for this. I also learned recently that a writer for a mainstream outlet personally tried to include positive mentions of me & my work in multiple articles & had them yanked out by her editor. Even just a positive sentence about me is forbidden in mainstream outlets.

Simply for being anti-war and anti-imperialist, I am the most-censored comedian in America. You can keep supporting my work by becoming a member at LeeCamp dot net.” (-Lee Camp)

“Joe Biden, don’t come to Los Angeles like you’ve been some vanguard for human rights!”

@CornelWest goes off on the crimes of the U.S. empire, and calls for democracy from the bottom-up rather than neoliberal identity politics.

“Biden did not send $54 billion in military aid to help Ukraine. He sent it to fight a proxy war with Russia “down to the last Ukrainian.” (-Danny Haiphong)

“The two established wings of the oligarchy, the old Republican Party represented by politicians such as Liz Cheney, one of two Republicans on the committee, and the Bush family, are now united with the Democratic Party elite into one ruling political entity. The ruling parties were already in lock step for decades on the major issues, including: war, trade deals, austerity, the militarization of police, prisons, government surveillance and assaults on civil liberties. They worked in tandem to pervert and destroy democratic institutions on behalf of the rich and corporations. They desperately work together now to stave off the revolt by enraged and betrayed white working men and women… (-Chris Hedges)

Usually when you ask somebody in college why they are there, they’ll tell you it’s to get an education. The truth of it is, they are there to get the degree so that they can get ahead in the rat race. Too many college radicals are two-timing punks. The only reason you should be in college is to destroy it.Abbie Hoffman

“The US-centralized empire is a giant macrocosm of this entire dynamic. It pours vast amounts of energy into narrative control in the form of propagandacensorshipSilicon Valley algorithm manipulation, and the war on journalism. It weaves nonstop narratives about how great it is and how horrible its enemies are. And it fears being seen more than anything in the world.

The vast globe-spanning power structure that is loosely centralized around the United States is a powerful military force and a powerful economic force, but its most potent weapon by far is its ability to control the narrative about what’s happening in the world. The use of oligarchic media, Silicon Valley and Hollywood to manipulate public thought and thereby control the way people think, act and vote at mass scale all around the world is unlike anything ever seen in any empire in history.

Propaganda only works if you don’t know it’s happening. Censorship only works if it doesn’t draw attention to the information being censored. The US empire’s nonstop campaign to control the world’s dominant narratives only works if it isn’t in the spotlight of public scrutiny. This is why those who draw attention to these things are smeared, demonized, censored, marginalized, imprisoned and worse by the managers of empire.

Manipulators hate to be seen, but if you ever find yourself in a relationship with one, your ability to escape depends upon your seeing them. This extreme clash of interests often brings up white hot rage in the manipulator which can be frightening and dangerous.

And I think humanity is entering that stage of the relationship with the US empire. A manipulator who’s just beginning to be seen by a few more pairs of eyes than it would like, causing flickerings of panic to begin to surface. Because once those eyes see what’s hidden underneath the veil of narrative manipulation, they don’t often look away. If anything, they tend to point and draw more attention to it.

It’s a scary time to be alive. But it’s also fascinating. Unlike anything that has ever happened on this planet before.

I look forward to finding out if we escape.” (-Cait Johnstone)

You are talking to a leftist. I believe in the redistribution of wealth and power in the world. I believe in universal hospital care for everyone. I believe that we should not have a single homeless person in the richest country in the world. And I believe that we should not have a C.I.A. that goes around overwhelming governments and assassinating political leaders, working for tight oligarchies around the world to protect the tight oligarchy here at home.Abbie Hoffman

The inevitable end to global white world supremacy is driving some in the West mad. It is not enough that the people of Ukraine are being sacrificed, the U.S. is making dangerous moves with China & Taiwan. (-Ajamu Baraka)

Over centuries of dynasties, upheavals and revolutions, powerful people have learned that the best way to dominate a population is to manipulate them into serving your interests while giving them the illusion of freedom and control. The invention of mass media has facilitated this new form of tyranny, as has the emergence of psychology as a field of study. These two factors have combined together to give rise to the steadily advancing science of modern propaganda.

This is why the world is as it is: because the people have been psychologically manipulated at mass scale away from using the power of their numbers to create systems that benefit them instead of a few powerful sociopaths.

This is the source of all our major problems. Understanding it, and finding ways to overcome it, is the solution. The only reason they’ve been able to control us in this way is because they understand all the many ways our minds can be manipulated better than we do.(-Cait Johnstone)

Call ’em what you want-the deep state or powers that be or one percent or oligarchy or permanent ruling class, but you gotta start admitting the shadow government and it’s media are going to crazy lengths to control our communications whether that’s through outlawing assembly, censoring dissident journalists, spying on our electronic conversations and phonecalls, deplatforming and demonestizing us for straying off their preferred narrative, or trotting Disposition Matrix Millionaire Obama out to talk pretty about need to “detoxify” the internet discourse, which is coded newspeak for clampdowns on anybody opposed to endless war and panopticon corporate wiretaps. People who go to college never heard of Cointelpro nd if they have, they can not seem to remotely contemplate that it still exists, they think the SQUAD is gonna save ’em with pro noun preferences, happy slogans, and empty justice tweets. Russiagate serves as all purpose ruling class cover story now. Same way they blamed everything on boogeymen Hussian/Gaddafi/Bin Ladin/Assad/ISIS under Bush/Cheney/Obama. Just tell ’em a boogeyman is coming for their freedom fries.

The FBI knew RussiaGate was a lie — but hid that truth (nypost.com)

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If you start researching the Davos billionaires, Bilderberg, World Economic Forum and the Klaus Scwab-Kissinger-Bill Gates transhumanist agenda being openly promoted by John Kerry, Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau and many others, of course it is horrifying that the wealthiest one percent of the one percent plan on enslaving humanity with microchips and cashless society control grid, surveillance-tech capitalism authoritarian one world government shit, and that it’s not just some whackjob Alex Jones hysteria being used to sell rightwing militia survivalist swag and vitamins anymore, but I’ll tell ya, between you and me, just us kids here, all my ex associates ALREADY seem like unfeeling, programmed droid, dystopian, transhuman cyborgs. They just obey the fucking tv, they never think for themselves, or read, and slavishly imitate whatever they watch on TV. Whatever “The Latest Thang” is. Netflix, which Obama and Chelle are involved with, is all some creepy, sick secret society programming-you can confirm that just clicking through their “programs”. I don’t watch tv or believe very much of what is firehosed at us via the mockingbird monopoly media. I think the emperors are having fun at your expense-telling you to go buy duct tape and shit. For freedom. Everytime I turn on the computer or flip through the tv hypnoscreen, I see the propagandists are still eager beaver milking the whole hog fuck out of that bullshit Thank a KKKOP capital hill psy-op story designed to manufacture populist consent for outlawing protests. Man oh man, how can people pat themselves on the back all day for their critical thinking skills supposedly cultivated at the prestigious, prohibitively expensive. posh sports university in the Pacific Northwest, and then, immediately fall for this dummy Qshaman HYSTERIA? All you hear on Pig Media nowadays, is “Putin!!!” is somehow, other side of the world responsible, not only for people disliking Hillary Clinton, but also, now for Murkkkans corporations price gouging inflation ripoffs and greedhead jackedup rents, or that Trump’s maga protest was an “insurrection” so Murkkkans should just give up their rights to protest and stand in line at Best Buy for the next round of programming updates and gadgets and obey the Davos techlords for science. All your AOC worshipping shitlib friends even love openly evil Lyn Cheney now cause she said “Orange Man Bad” and “insurrection” one million times. I thought the George Floyd protests where the undercover proud boys burned down police stations looked more like proper insurrections than when some love a man in uniform hillbillies broke a window and climbed a wall, painted their chest and messed up Pelosi’s desk, but I believe in free speech. These illuminati puppets they got infiltrating all the governments worldwide were trained at the Kissinger/Schwab Fascist School but people with Ukraine flags on their falsebook profiles never even heard of any of that. Would not believe you even if you tried to tell ’em. They got some headline today about how useless pants suit, Kopmala is gonna be “TACKLING ONLINE ABUSE”. Of course as Bill Gates and his World Economic Forum secret society friends keep changing definitions of words in the dictionary to promote their Reset plan, the meaning of abuse will be efficiently altered. “ABUSE” is when no soul bureaucrats like Kopmala keep forced-labor slaving, non violent drug offenders in for profit prisons as long as possible, to increase shareholder value. “ABUSE” is when you incarcerate black parents for truant teenagers skipping schools that are fuckedup target ranges nowadays anyways. “ABUSE” is when you send mercenaries to kidnap a publisher from a foreign embassy and lock him up in a torture gulag for years, causing him to have a stroke, for embarrassing the criminal enterprise of murderous imperialism. These shitlibs gonna change the meaning of the word “ABUSE” so it becomes anybody speaking truth about power. This is the kind of bullshit you have to resist. NOT some college asshole disapproving of a comedian. That vote blue no matter who bullshit mighta worked out for some people who were already rich and just worried about poor people disobeying some authority figure, but the majority of us are falling deeper and deper into dangerous poverty while the middle class people keep watching tv. As Ryan knight said, “Biden’s approval rating keeps falling because the people aren’t buying his lies anymore about how “great the economy” is when they can’t afford housing, healthcare, and groceries.” Matzo Ball Dan adds, “The embarrassing attempt at spinning this economic catastrophe by calling it ‘Putin’s price hike’ isn’t convincing anyone.” THESE are the kinda discussions Obama and Kopmala’s billionaire bosses have ordered them to help eradicate.

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Canada’s now going fully BIO-FASCIST right before our eyes (substack.com)


On a recent interview with the Useful Idiots podcast, Noam Chomsky repeated his argument that the only reason we hear the word “unprovoked” every time anyone mentions Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the mainstream news media is because it absolutely was provoked, and they know it.”Right now if you’re a respectable writer and you want to write in the main journals, you talk about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, you have to call it ‘the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine,” Chomsky said. “It’s a very interesting phrase; it was never used before. You look back, you look at Iraq, which was totally unprovoked, nobody ever called it ‘the unprovoked invasion of Iraq.’ In fact I don’t know if the term was ever used — if it was it was very marginal. Now you look it up on Google, and hundreds of thousands of hits. Every article that comes out has to talk about the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.””Why? Because they know perfectly well it was provoked,” Chomsky said. “That doesn’t justify it, but it was massively provoked. Top US diplomats have been talking about this for 30 years, even the head of the CIA.”Chomsky is of course correct here. The imperial media and their brainwashed automatons have spent half a year mindlessly bleating the word “unprovoked” in relation to this war, but one question none of them ever have a straight answer for is this: if the invasion of Ukraine was unprovoked, how come so many western experts spent years warning that the actions of western governments would provoke an invasion of Ukraine?Because, as Chomsky notes, that is indeed the case. A few days after the invasion began this past February a guy named Arnaud Bertrand put together an extremely viral Twitter thread that just goes on and on and on about the various diplomats, analysts and academics in the west who have over the years been warning that a dangerous confrontation with Russia was coming because of NATO advancements toward its borders, interventionism in Ukraine, and various other aggressions. It contains examples like John Mearsheimer explicitly warning in 2015 that “the west is leading Ukraine down the primrose path, and the end result is that Ukraine is going to get wrecked,” and Pat Buchanan warning all the way back in 1999 that “By moving NATO onto Russia’s front porch, we have scheduled a twenty-first-century confrontation.”Empire apologists love claiming that the invasion of Ukraine had nothing to do with NATO expansionism (their claims generally based on brazen misrepresentations of what Vladimir Putin has said about Russia’s reasons for the war), but that’s silly. The US war machine was continuing to taunt the possibility of NATO membership for Ukraine right up until the invasion, a threat it refused to take off the table since placing it there in 2008 despite knowing full well that this threat was an incendiary provocation to Moscow.Most fascinating thing about the Ukraine war is the sheer number of top strategic thinkers who warned for years that it was coming if we continued down the same path.No-one listened to them and here we are.Small compilation �� of these warnings, from Kissinger to Mearsheimer.— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) March 1, 2022This is to say nothing of the US empire actively fomenting a violent uprising in 2014 which ousted Kyiv’s sitting government and fractured the nation between its more Moscow-loyal populations to the east and the more US/EU-friendly parts of the country. This led to the annexation of Crimea (overwhelmingly supported by the people who live there) and eight years of brutal warfare against Russia-backed separatists in the Donbas. Ukrainian attacks on those separatists are known to have increased exponentially in the days leading up to the invasion, and it has been argued that this is what provoked Putin’s final decision to commit to invading (which was a last-minute decision according to US intelligence).The US power alliance could very easily have prevented this war with a few low-cost concessions like enshrining Ukrainian neutrality, rolling back its war machinery from Russia’s borders and sincerely pursuing detente with Moscow instead of shredding treaties and ramping up cold war escalations. Hell, it could likely have prevented this war just by protecting President Zelensky from the anti-Moscow far right nationalists who were openly threatening to lynch him if he began honoring the Minsk agreements and pursuing peace with Russia, as he was originally elected to do.Instead it knowingly chose the opposite course: continuing to float the possibility of formal NATO membership for Ukraine while pouring weapons into the nation and making it more and more of a de facto NATO member with closer and closer intimacy with the US war machine, and then either ordering, encouraging or tolerating Ukraine’s aggressive assault on Donbas separatists.Why did the empire opt for provocation over peace? Congressman Adam Schiff gave a pretty good answer to that question in January of 2020 as the road to war was being paved: “so that we can fight Russia over there, and we don’t have to fight Russia here.” If you relinquish the infantile idea that the US empire is helping its good friend Ukraine because it loves the Ukrainian people and wants them to have freedom and democracy, it’s not hard to see that the US sparked a convenient proxy war because it was in its geostrategic interests to do so, and because it wouldn’t be their lives and property getting laid to waste.Brian Berletic put out a good video a few days ago about a Pentagon-funded 2019 Rand Corporation paper titled “Extending Russia – Competing from Advantageous Ground,” which is exactly what it sounds like. The US Army-commissioned paper details how the empire can use proxy warfare, economic warfare and other cold war tactics to push its longtime geopolitical foe to the brink without costing American lives or sparking a nuclear conflict. It mentions Ukraine hundreds of times, and it explicitly discusses the same economic warfare tactics we’re seeing today like sanctions and attacking Russia’s energy interests in Europe (the latter of which Berletic points out is also being used to bolster US dominance over its vassals in the EU).The paper even explicitly advocates continuing to threaten NATO membership with Ukraine to draw out an aggressive response from Moscow, saying, “While NATO’s requirement for unanimity makes it unlikely that Ukraine could gain membership in the foreseeable future, Washington’s pushing this possibility could boost Ukrainian resolve while leading Russia to redouble its efforts to forestall such a development.”President Biden has made calls for regime change in Moscow that can’t even really be called thinly disguised, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has openly said that the plan is to use this war to “weaken” Russia, which other US officials have told the press is indeed the policy. Comments from the Biden administration continually make it clear that the US alliance is buckling down to keep this war going for years to come, which would fit in nicely with Washington’s known track record of deliberately drawing Russia into military quagmires against US proxies in both Afghanistan and Syria.So make no mistake, behind all the phony hand-wringing and flag-waving, the US-centralized empire is getting exactly what it wants from this conflict. It gets to overextend Russia militarily and financially, promote its narratives around the world, rehabilitate the image of US interventionismexpand internet censorship, expand militarily, bolster control over its European client states, and all it costs is a little pretend empire money that gets funneled into the military-industrial complex anyway.Which is why when it looked like peace was at risk of breaking out in the early days of the conflict, the empire sent in Boris Johnson to tell Zelensky that even if he is ready for the war to end, his partners to the west were not.Russia and Ukraine agreed to a negotiated settlement to end the war in April, but British Prime Minister Boris Johnson intervened to stop the peace deal.The US and EU instead escalated the proxy war, as the Biden admin admitted, to try to “weaken” Moscowhttps://t.co/xsCvovq8Km— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) September 4, 2022So as you can see, the notion that this war is “unprovoked” is a fart-brained fairy tale for idiots and children; there’s no excuse for a grown adult with internet access and functioning brain matter to ever say such a thing. If China had backed a coup in Mexico and now had a loyal vassal in Mexico City who was letting Beijing distribute weapons along the US border while continually shelling English-speaking separatists in Baja California who are seeking US annexation, there’s no question that Washington would consider this a provocation and would respond accordingly. You can tell me that’s not true, but we’d both know you’re lying.But as Chomsky said, the press are still spouting this “unprovoked” nonsense anyway.”Russia is widely believed to have been taken aback by the West’s assertive and unified response to its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine,” reads a CNBC article published just minutes prior to this writing.”The diplomatic visit underlines the importance of the Russian relationship for China, even in the face of international blow back against Moscow after its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine earlier this year,” reads a new report from CNN hot off the presses.”It was an unprovoked attack on a sovereign country,” a source is quoted as saying in another CNN article published a few hours ago.It is, as Chomsky observed, really freaky how hard they’ve been hitting us with this line every time the invasion of Ukraine is mentioned. It seems like every time it comes up they’re obligated to say it, like how Michael Jackson had a quota for how often MTV hosts were obligated to refer to him as “The King of Pop Michael Jackson” when his name was mentioned.In the mass media you’re not allowed to talk about the known US/NATO/Ukraine actions which experts have been warning for many years would lead us to where we’re at. You’re only allowed to say Putin attacked Ukraine completely unprovoked, in a vacuum, solely because he is evil and hates freedom. And you have to do it while saying the word “unprovoked” at every opportunity.NATO chief admits that NATO allies have been training and arming Ukraine since 2014.Something to remember whenever Western media refers to an “unprovoked” invasion. pic.twitter.com/SGHF46yayz— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) August 29, 2022Empire apologists get upset when you talk about the fact that this war was provoked because a large amount of empire apologia in 2022 is built around pretending that provocation just isn’t a thing. By some trick of Orwellian doublethink, this concept we’ve all lived our entire lives knowing about and understanding is now suddenly a freakish and ridiculous invention of the Kremlin.We’re all guilty of doing the things we knowingly choose to do. If I choose to provoke someone into doing something bad, then they’re guilty of choosing to do the bad thing, but I am also guilty of provoking them. I’m not saying anything new here; this is the plot behind any movie or show with a sneaky or manipulative villain, and it’s been a part of our storytelling since ancient times. Nobody has ever walked out of Shakespeare’s Othello thinking that maybe Iago was just an innocent bystander who was trying to help out his friends.Most of us learn that provocation is real as children with siblings, kicking the other under the table or whatever to provoke a loud outburst, and we’ve understood it ever since. But in 2022 everyone’s pretending that this extremely basic, kindergarten-level concept is some kind of bizarre, alien gibberish. It’s intensely stupid, and it needs to stop.Empire apologists will also argue that saying Russia was provoked into invading by the US empire is like saying a rape victim provoked her rapist by wearing a tight skirt, or a battered wife provoked her abuser by disobeying him. And as a survivor of multiple rapes and an abusive relationship I must say I find it extremely offensive when people compare blaming the most powerful empire that has ever existed for its well-documented aggressions to blaming victims of rape and domestic violence. The poor widdle globe-spanning empire is not comparable to a rape victim, and if you find yourself thinking that it is it’s time to re-think your entire worldview.It’s not okay to be a grown adult in September of 2022 and still say the invasion of Ukraine was unprovoked. You’ve got a brain between your ears and an entire internet of information at your fingertips. Use them.”The US military budget was already more than three times more than the next-largest spender (China), more than the next 12 countries combined. Just randomly toss another $45 billion onto the pile. The excuses: inflation and Ukraine. What about the living standard of Americans?” (-Glenn Greenwald)Immobility Plan 2035 – Activist Post
Immobility Plan 2035 – Activist PostOp-Ed by Gary M. Galles. In 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced his Vision Zero plan to eliminate the more than 200 annual non-driver traffic fatalities by 2025. In concert, the City Council adopted Mobility Plan 2035, a 20-year initiative to remove automobile lanes and make more room for bus and bike lanes to upgrade pedestrian and cyclist safety.www.activistpost.comhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpASSqz1hGc
Ukrainegate impeachment saga worsens US-Russia Cold WarPushback with Aaron Maté As the House opens impeachment hearings for President Trump, Professor Stephen F. Cohen warns that the US military assistance at the heart of Ukrainegate escalates the US-Russia Cold War. Guest: Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies at New York University and Princeton University, contributing editor …www.youtube.com“Liberalism is not leftism. Liberalism is reformism. And capitalism and imperialism cannot be reformed.” (-Danny Haiphong on the red carpet diversity muppets who pretend to care about healthcare, eviction moratorium, universal housing, student debt forgiveness, demilitarization of police during election, then vote for more war and giveaways for billionaires when Pelosi orders them to)
Autocracy, American-Style – Consortium News
Autocracy, American-Style – Consortium NewsAs a deterrent threat and control it fails for two reasons. For one thing, the frivolous approach taken by many in Congress in recent years has tarnished its dignity and seriousness.consortiumnews.com“This monstrosity destroyed Libya”. (-Danny Haiphong on Hillary Clinton)
“Haiti and Honduras too.” (-Ahimsa Mediation)”The U.S is not only waging a war on other nations via sanctions & interventions, it’s also waging an economic war on its own people. The sooner U.S Americans realize their enemy isn’t people in other nations but the fascists in power, the sooner they can begin to stop the empire.” (-Fiorella Isabel)
Maximillian Alvarez on Twitter: “Keeping the #LaborDay solidarity going, ICYMI on @WorkingPod I spoke with Amazon worker & union organizer @AmazonUnionofKY. Matt was fired in suspected retaliation for his organizing. Help spread the word & donate to his survival fund if you can ❤️ ✊🏾” / Twitter
Maximillian Alvarez on Twitter“Keeping the #LaborDay solidarity going, ICYMI on @WorkingPod I spoke with Amazon worker & union organizer @AmazonUnionofKY. Matt was fired in suspected retaliation for his organizing. Help spread the word & donate to his survival fund if you can ❤️ ✊🏾”twitter.com
“YouTube has censored@Action4Assange’s latest panel raising awareness about the plight of political prisoner Julian Assange. Viewed must sign in then pass through two baseless warnings about “inappropriate”  content. https://youtu.be/acR0t6mjwAk” (-Max Blumenthal)
“Don’t let them fool you. The so-called richest nation in the world could fund healthcare and housing for all, but it doesn’t want to because then it couldn’t exploit poor and working class people.” (-Ryan Knight)
“If Julian Assange is silenced, others will also be gagged either directly or by the fear of persecution and prosecution.”—@StefSimanowitz @amnesty #FreeAssangeNOW #DropTheCharges
“Biden is literally to the right of Henry Kissinger and people are trying to say he is ‘the most progressive president in history’ lmao.” (-Benjamin Carollo)
Roger Waters begs Olena Zelenska to “stop the slaughter” (faroutmagazine.co.uk)
Roger Waters begs Olena Zelenska to “stop the slaughter” in new open letterfaroutmagazine.co.uk“Assange had a stroke in the courtroom and no court official even noticed. That tells you all you need to know: A victim of torture – suffering the  health consequences of torture – should not be extradited or even tried. He should be freed.” (-Dr. Jill Stein)
https://nclalegal.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Joint-Statement-on-Discovery-Disputes-Combined.pdf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m97-oPi5_rI
SND Live w/Whitney WebbPowered by Restream https://restream.io/ Buckle up for another high test, wide ranging interview with the one and only Whitney Webb! We open the show by discussing two of Whitney’s latest articles at Unlimited Hangout- while being interrupted by a potential intelligence contractor with a leafblower. Whitney Webb: https://unlimitedhangout.com/www.youtube.comFREE THE PRESS!!!WikiLeaks@wikileaksNelson Mandela:”No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails” Alleged #Vault7 source Joshua Schulte (whose retrial began on Tuesday), held in ‘barbaric conditions in US prison’, in an inhumane existence, “worse than death”https://pix11.com/news/national-news/ex-cia-engineer-in-wikileaks-case-says-hes-incarcerated-like-an-animal/Ex-CIA engineer in WikiLeaks case says he’s incarcerated like an animal – PIX11NEW YORK — A former CIA software engineer charged with leaking government secrets to WikiLeaks says it’s cruel and unusual punishment that he’s awaiting trial in solitary confinement, housed …pix11.comIn Vault 7 Leak Trial Schulte Crosses FBI Agent On How Secret CIA Site Has Visitors Center, Pompeo (substack.com)
In Vault 7 Leak Trial Schulte Crosses FBI Agent On How Secret CIA Site Has Visitors Center, PompeoBy Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Thread Song BBC – Decrypt – LightRead – Honduras – Pod Schulte Trial Tale on Patreon SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 15 – When jury selection was completed for the retrial of accused CIA Vault 7 leaker Joshua Schulte, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Jesse M. Furman told the jurors, Do not read or say anything about the case.matthewrussellleeicp.substack.comPriti Patel, hear this loud and clear: Julian Assange must not be handed over to the US | Duncan Campbell | The Guardian
Priti Patel, hear this loud and clear: Julian Assange must not be handed over to the US | Duncan Campbell – The GuardianA Julian Assange supporter outside Westminster magistrates’ court where an extradition order was made on 20 April. Photograph: Tayfun Salcı/Zuma Press Wire/Rex/Shutterstockwww.theguardian.comJOHN KIRIAKOU: A Whistleblower’s Agony – scheerpost.com
JOHN KIRIAKOU: A Whistleblower’s Agony – scheerpost.com(Vectorportal, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons) By John Kiriakou / Consortium News. A C.I.A. whistleblower languishes awaiting trial in a federal prison under inhumane conditions and almost nobody is paying attention.. Joshua Schulte is a former C.I.A. hacker, one of those computer geniuses whose job it is to work his way into the computer systems of our country’s enemies in support of some of …scheerpost.com“Every person in the United States should be able to claim Raytheon as a dependent on their taxes.” (-Drop The MIC)”The big winners of the Biden Presidency have been Pfizer, Moderna, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. If you think Biden is doing a good job you shouldn’t be mocking Trumpers”
(-Black In The Empire)”At a Council on Foreign Relations forum about “fake news,” former Editor at Time Magazine Richard Stengel directly states that he supports the use of propaganda on American citizens – then shuts the session down when challenged about how propaganda is used against the third world…Ben Decker also labels the alleged leak of documents last year showing offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands associated with Emmanuel Macron as fake news, despite the fact that the leak’s authenticity has never been definitively confirmed or debunked.” (-William Craddick) “Biden is spending money, but he is not spending money on the people. He is spending on the military and proxy wars in order to expand U.S. imperialism and enrich U.S. oligarchs at our expense.” (-Ryan Knight)”That Biden is credibly called a socialist by electorally viable congressional candidates who clearly have no idea what socialism actually is, to me indicates that our Overton window is now centered somewhere between Genghis Khan and Mussolini.” (-mousdrvr on Twitter)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eB3kQCETjU
‘Quiet Quitting’ Is Rocking Corporate AmericaThe corporate media have taken up a new narrative in their constant battle to protect the business world from the demands of workers. Quiet quitting is the act of doing exactly what you’ve been hired to do at work and no more. The rich hate it and that’s why the talking heads in the media are working overtime to let the public know that it …www.youtube.comYou might even find that expanding consciousness in one way helps your ability to expand it in other ways. You might find for example that expanding your awareness of how your own mind operates gives you more awareness of how other people’s minds operate, and how they can be manipulated by powerful people using propaganda. You may also find for example that expanding your awareness of the plight of people less socioeconomically and geopolitically advantaged than yourself expands your own personal awareness of the various socioeconomic and geopolitical dynamics which have given rise to the way your life is right now. You may also find for example that expanding your consciousness of your own inner processes gives you a serenity which makes it easier to look squarely at the horrors you encounter when expanding your awareness of what’s going on in the world, and gives you the humility to see that you are not fully separate from those horrors.The game of humanity will keep improving as long as our consciousness keeps expanding. I’d go so far as saying that’s the only thing that can cause things to get better, and that failing to do it guarantees things will get worse.Like a video game, I believe we humans are free to either win this game or lose it. We will either keep expanding our awareness of what’s really going on in this weird universe our mothers birthed us into, or we will wipe ourselves out via nuclear war or ecocide.Either way, if you choose to accept what’s being said here, we do each have the power to make things better by exactly one unit of human effort. We can help spread awareness of what’s going on in the world by fighting the lies we’ve been told by the powerful and drawing attention to things the powerful would rather keep hidden. We can help spread awareness of the human condition with art and with empathy. We can expand our own consciousness by getting very curious about how we operate and what makes us tick, and being very real with ourselves about what we find in that exploration.Whatever you choose to believe about all this, it’s your adventure. I wish you the best in your travels.(-Cait Johnstone) I think we are constantly faced with the same decision. The decision to be blindly obedient to authority versus the decision to try and change things by fighting the powers that be is always, throughout history, the only decision.Abbie Hoffman
Chris Hedges: Let’s Stop Pretending America Is a Functioning Democracy (mintpressnews.com)
Chris Hedges: Let’s Stop Pretending America Is a Functioning DemocracyP RINCETON, NEW JERSEY () — There is a fatal disconnect between a political system that promises democratic equality and freedom while carrying out socioeconomic injustices that result in …www.mintpressnews.com ” Here’s how the US government built a fake Ukrainian “resistance” funded thru the Nat’l Endowment for Democracy, Solidarity Ctr & other CIA-linked orgs, & here’s why DSA members are promoting this “resistance” to justify imperialist war vs Russia.” (-Eric London) The Democratic Socialists of America and the invention of the pro-imperialist “Ukrainian resistance” – World Socialist Web Site (wsws.org)The Democratic Socialists of America and the invention of the pro-imperialist “Ukrainian resistance” – World Socialist Web SiteAshley Smith (Twitter) The claim that Ukraine is a “colony” of Russian “imperialism” is an intentional historical slight-of-hand. It bypasses the Russian Revolution of 1917, which …www.wsws.org“Think about what scummy liars these Democrats are. They write books boasting about how they bullied Cuba not to let Snowden pass through, thus trapping him in Russia. Then they use his presence in Russia to imply he’s a spy: when they *know* he’s there because they forced that.” (-Glenn Greenwald)
“A virulent manipulator’s entire social existence revolves around influencing the narratives people have about what’s going on in their circle in a way that benefits the manipulator.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)
“The censorship against me continues. It appears@Spotify has not only deleted my podcast “Moment of Clarity,” they have now deleted my artist profile and my 2 comedy albums from years ago. I was given no warning or reason for this. I also learned recently that a writer for a mainstream outlet personally tried to include positive mentions of me & my work in multiple articles & had them yanked out by her editor. Even just a positive sentence about me is forbidden in mainstream outlets.
Simply for being anti-war and anti-imperialist, I am the most-censored comedian in America. You can keep supporting my work by becoming a member at LeeCamp dot net.” (-Lee Camp)

“Joe Biden, don’t come to Los Angeles like you’ve been some vanguard for human rights!”@CornelWest goes off on the crimes of the U.S. empire, and calls for democracy from the bottom-up rather than neoliberal identity politics.
“Biden did not send $54 billion in military aid to help Ukraine. He sent it to fight a proxy war with Russia “down to the last Ukrainian.” (-Danny Haiphong)”The two established wings of the oligarchy, the old Republican Party represented by politicians such as Liz Cheney, one of two Republicans on the committee, and the Bush family, are now united with the Democratic Party elite into one ruling political entity. The ruling parties were already in lock step for decades on the major issues, including: war, trade deals, austerity, the militarization of police, prisons, government surveillance and assaults on civil liberties. They worked in tandem to pervert and destroy democratic institutions on behalf of the rich and corporations. They desperately work together now to stave off the revolt by enraged and betrayed white working men and women… (-Chris Hedges)

Usually when you ask somebody in college why they are there, they’ll tell you it’s to get an education. The truth of it is, they are there to get the degree so that they can get ahead in the rat race. Too many college radicals are two-timing punks. The only reason you should be in college is to destroy it.Abbie Hoffman
“The US-centralized empire is a giant macrocosm of this entire dynamic. It pours vast amounts of energy into narrative control in the form of propagandacensorshipSilicon Valley algorithm manipulation, and the war on journalism. It weaves nonstop narratives about how great it is and how horrible its enemies are. And it fears being seen more than anything in the world.The vast globe-spanning power structure that is loosely centralized around the United States is a powerful military force and a powerful economic force, but its most potent weapon by far is its ability to control the narrative about what’s happening in the world. The use of oligarchic media, Silicon Valley and Hollywood to manipulate public thought and thereby control the way people think, act and vote at mass scale all around the world is unlike anything ever seen in any empire in history.Propaganda only works if you don’t know it’s happening. Censorship only works if it doesn’t draw attention to the information being censored. The US empire’s nonstop campaign to control the world’s dominant narratives only works if it isn’t in the spotlight of public scrutiny. This is why those who draw attention to these things are smeared, demonized, censored, marginalized, imprisoned and worse by the managers of empire.Manipulators hate to be seen, but if you ever find yourself in a relationship with one, your ability to escape depends upon your seeing them. This extreme clash of interests often brings up white hot rage in the manipulator which can be frightening and dangerous.And I think humanity is entering that stage of the relationship with the US empire. A manipulator who’s just beginning to be seen by a few more pairs of eyes than it would like, causing flickerings of panic to begin to surface. Because once those eyes see what’s hidden underneath the veil of narrative manipulation, they don’t often look away. If anything, they tend to point and draw more attention to it.It’s a scary time to be alive. But it’s also fascinating. Unlike anything that has ever happened on this planet before.I look forward to finding out if we escape.” (-Cait Johnstone)You are talking to a leftist. I believe in the redistribution of wealth and power in the world. I believe in universal hospital care for everyone. I believe that we should not have a single homeless person in the richest country in the world. And I believe that we should not have a C.I.A. that goes around overwhelming governments and assassinating political leaders, working for tight oligarchies around the world to protect the tight oligarchy here at home.Abbie Hoffman
The inevitable end to global white world supremacy is driving some in the West mad. It is not enough that the people of Ukraine are being sacrificed, the U.S. is making dangerous moves with China & Taiwan. (-Ajamu Baraka)Over centuries of dynasties, upheavals and revolutions, powerful people have learned that the best way to dominate a population is to manipulate them into serving your interests while giving them the illusion of freedom and control. The invention of mass media has facilitated this new form of tyranny, as has the emergence of psychology as a field of study. These two factors have combined together to give rise to the steadily advancing science of modern propaganda.This is why the world is as it is: because the people have been psychologically manipulated at mass scale away from using the power of their numbers to create systems that benefit them instead of a few powerful sociopaths.This is the source of all our major problems. Understanding it, and finding ways to overcome it, is the solution. The only reason they’ve been able to control us in this way is because they understand all the many ways our minds can be manipulated better than we do.(-Cait Johnstone)Call ’em what you want-the deep state or powers that be or one percent or oligarchy or permanent ruling class, but you gotta start admitting the shadow government and it’s media are going to crazy lengths to control our communications whether that’s through outlawing assembly, censoring dissident journalists, spying on our electronic conversations and phonecalls, deplatforming and demonestizing us for straying off their preferred narrative, or trotting Disposition Matrix Millionaire Obama out to talk pretty about need to “detoxify” the internet discourse, which is coded newspeak for clampdowns on anybody opposed to endless war and panopticon corporate wiretaps. People who go to college never heard of Cointelpro nd if they have, they can not seem to remotely contemplate that it still exists, they think the SQUAD is gonna save ’em with pro noun preferences, happy slogans, and empty justice tweets. Russiagate serves as all purpose ruling class cover story now. Same way they blamed everything on boogeymen Hussian/Gaddafi/Bin Ladin/Assad/ISIS under Bush/Cheney/Obama. Just tell ’em a boogeyman is coming for their freedom fries.The FBI knew RussiaGate was a lie — but hid that truth (nypost.com)
The FBI knew RussiaGate was a lie — but hid that truthThe FBI knew the Trump-Russia collusion narrative was utter bunk even as it suggested otherwise to Congress, the courts and the public early in 2017. Evidence revealed by special counsel John …nypost.comBats Should Not Be Blamed for COVID, Say Israeli Researchers + More • Children’s Health Defense (childrenshealthdefense.org)Bats Should Not Be Blamed for COVID, Say Israeli Researchers + MoreThe Defender’s COVID NewsWatch provides a roundup of the latest headlines related to the SARS CoV-2 virus, including its origins and COVID vaccines.childrenshealthdefense.orgIf you start researching the Davos billionaires, Bilderberg, World Economic Forum and the Klaus Scwab-Kissinger-Bill Gates transhumanist agenda being openly promoted by John Kerry, Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau and many others, of course it is horrifying that the wealthiest one percent of the one percent plan on enslaving humanity with microchips and cashless society control grid, surveillance-tech capitalism authoritarian one world government shit, and that it’s not just some whackjob Alex Jones hysteria being used to sell rightwing militia survivalist swag and vitamins anymore, but I’ll tell ya, between you and me, just us kids here, all my ex associates ALREADY seem like unfeeling, programmed droid, dystopian, transhuman cyborgs. They just obey the fucking tv, they never think for themselves, or read, and slavishly imitate whatever they watch on TV. Whatever “The Latest Thang” is. Netflix, which Obama and Chelle are involved with, is all some creepy, sick secret society programming-you can confirm that just clicking through their “programs”. I don’t watch tv or believe very much of what is firehosed at us via the mockingbird monopoly media. I think the emperors are having fun at your expense-telling you to go buy duct tape and shit. For freedom. Everytime I turn on the computer or flip through the tv hypnoscreen, I see the propagandists are still eager beaver milking the whole hog fuck out of that bullshit Thank a KKKOP capital hill psy-op story designed to manufacture populist consent for outlawing protests. Man oh man, how can people pat themselves on the back all day for their critical thinking skills supposedly cultivated at the prestigious, prohibitively expensive. posh sports university in the Pacific Northwest, and then, immediately fall for this dummy Qshaman HYSTERIA? All you hear on Pig Media nowadays, is “Putin!!!” is somehow, other side of the world responsible, not only for people disliking Hillary Clinton, but also, now for Murkkkans corporations price gouging inflation ripoffs and greedhead jackedup rents, or that Trump’s maga protest was an “insurrection” so Murkkkans should just give up their rights to protest and stand in line at Best Buy for the next round of programming updates and gadgets and obey the Davos techlords for science. All your AOC worshipping shitlib friends even love openly evil Lyn Cheney now cause she said “Orange Man Bad” and “insurrection” one million times. I thought the George Floyd protests where the undercover proud boys burned down police stations looked more like proper insurrections than when some love a man in uniform hillbillies broke a window and climbed a wall, painted their chest and messed up Pelosi’s desk, but I believe in free speech. These illuminati puppets they got infiltrating all the governments worldwide were trained at the Kissinger/Schwab Fascist School but people with Ukraine flags on their falsebook profiles never even heard of any of that. Would not believe you even if you tried to tell ’em. They got some headline today about how useless pants suit, Kopmala is gonna be “TACKLING ONLINE ABUSE”. Of course as Bill Gates and his World Economic Forum secret society friends keep changing definitions of words in the dictionary to promote their Reset plan, the meaning of abuse will be efficiently altered. “ABUSE” is when no soul bureaucrats like Kopmala keep forced-labor slaving, non violent drug offenders in for profit prisons as long as possible, to increase shareholder value. “ABUSE” is when you incarcerate black parents for truant teenagers skipping schools that are fuckedup target ranges nowadays anyways. “ABUSE” is when you send mercenaries to kidnap a publisher from a foreign embassy and lock him up in a torture gulag for years, causing him to have a stroke, for embarrassing the criminal enterprise of murderous imperialism. These shitlibs gonna change the meaning of the word “ABUSE” so it becomes anybody speaking truth about power. This is the kind of bullshit you have to resist. NOT some college asshole disapproving of a comedian. That vote blue no matter who bullshit mighta worked out for some people who were already rich and just worried about poor people disobeying some authority figure, but the majority of us are falling deeper and deper into dangerous poverty while the middle class people keep watching tv. As Ryan knight said, “Biden’s approval rating keeps falling because the people aren’t buying his lies anymore about how “great the economy” is when they can’t afford housing, healthcare, and groceries.” Matzo Ball Dan adds, “The embarrassing attempt at spinning this economic catastrophe by calling it ‘Putin’s price hike’ isn’t convincing anyone.” THESE are the kinda discussions Obama and Kopmala’s billionaire bosses have ordered them to help eradicate.Activism Derailed, Drugs As Weapons Against Us, With John Potash (rumble.com)
Punishing patients in pain won’t reduce opioid deaths – Chicago Sun-Times (suntimes.com)
Punishing patients in pain won’t reduce opioid deathsThe Trump administration wants to cut opioid prescriptions by another third in the next three years. What could go wrong? We already know.chicago.suntimes.comCanada’s now going fully BIO-FASCIST right before our eyes (substack.com)
Canada’s now going fully BIO-FASCIST right before our eyesThey’re vaccinating for monkeypox, phasing out free speech online, starving wayward doctors, and planning to impound the people’s guns (while making opiates, cocaine and MDMA readily available)markcrispinmiller.substack.comCanadians DON’T have an “absolute right to own private property,” says Fidelito’s Justice Minister (substack.com)
Canadians DON’T have an “absolute right to own private property,” says Fidelito’s Justice MinisterJustin “Trudeau” may worship Queen Elizabeth, but his heart belongs to Daddymarkcrispinmiller.substack.comajamu baraka – Twitter Search / Twitter

Ya know I reached out to some people who’d known my teenage best pal, HIS ALSO PURPLE BADNESS, COWBOY BOBBY CLOYD in more recent years cause he was just one of the real right-on, supportive, lovely ole homies I never, never expected to leave the planet before I did, no one seems to have any demos by his old bands SHINE or THE HEALERS which is a real drag, but I met one of his local midwestern colleagues online and liked his band and thought I’d share it with you. Dandy – YouTube

@DonDavies

The illegal and immoral US blockade of Cuba prevents food, medicine and essential goods from reaching the Cuban people. Canada should join Mexico and other states in calling for an end to this aggressive, unjustified violation of international law.

Doctors For Defunding Police

@DrsDefundPolice

Police have been cosplaying for years as the “thin line between safety and complete anarchy” when we have countless studies that show the safest communities are the ones with the most resources and not police.

Jo Dog & Paul Black’s… – Jo Dog & Paul Black’s SONIC BOOM | Facebook

The Top 10 Scariest Things to Come Out of the WEF (mercola.com)

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

SONS OF THE DOLLS: THE SAVIORS – Ruby Gloom


SAVIORS, THE: Ruby Gloom b/w Recipe for Disaster: 7″ – Razorcake

Mark Battelle – Part Duex on Vimeo

“Yeah I’m just starting to play again the had to move my ulnar nerve(funny bone) to the side of my arm and carpel tunnel procedure to unlock my right hand it has helped I can hold a pick again and my Rhythm generator is returning.    I’ve been playing a 5string guitar tuned to Keith G and am just to the point where I don’t sound like a stones song so when I get another amp I’ll send you nasty riffage 2.0 lol the last 2 years have been brutal I had to sell my yellow guitar and amp truck and everything else of value you know back to zero…again.” (-Nasty Bastard of The Bastards)

“It’s shocking that a U.S. president would involve the FBI and Homeland Security in efforts to quash dissent. Has no one in the White House read Thomas Paine or Orwell or Huxley or Heinlein or Arthur Koestler or Hannah Arendt or Solzhenitsyn? What do they think the lessons were that we were supposed to have learned from Watergate? From McCarthyism? From Vietnam?”

My Son Hunter | The Hunter Biden Movie

One of my old columns just posted and I find it interesting that Youtube has removed access to so many links since they were all visible just a few weeks back. Been reading about how new media is being as tightly controlled and carefully stage managed now as the big 5 pig-media monopolies owned by vanguard, it’s whackadoo. Establishment smear merchants The Daily Beast, Rolling Stone and their perceptible intelligence ties – The Grayzone

Sherrilyn Ifill on Twitter: “Look at this madness. Do you think that this is a scene that can routinely happen in a healthy democracy? Talk about this at your kitchen table. It’s a disgrace. @LAPDHQ is there an investigation? Has the young man be released? Are these ofcrs still armed & patrolling?” / Twitter

Conspiratainment Bingo! “New World Next Week” with James Corbett and James Evan Pilato – Activist Post

I used to communicate with Susan Sarandon on Fascist Book-she quit and I got froze out. She remains an inspiration. Brothers and Sisters and Friends Of The Revolution, Stay Wild! Stay Free!