“I think one of the many reasons a certain type of person reflexively defends police brutality is because they were physically abused as kids and/or physically abuse their own kids for being disobedient and haven’t psychologically processed how fucked up that is.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)
“On this day in 1998, Bill Clinton ordered a cruise missile attack on Sudan’s Al Shifa factory, which produced 90% of the country’s pharmaceuticals. The loss of the factory resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands from treatable diseases.” (-Friendly Neighborhood Comrade)
“Until a few years ago, “Russian propaganda” meant media created by the Russian government to facilitate the information interests of the Kremlin. Now it just means any media that criticizes the foreign policy of the most powerful empire that has ever existed.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)
(RIP) Eve Lee & Martin Truther
“The “left” in the west is entirely co-opted and what’s left are a bunch of egos vying for control of the co-opted orgs. There’s no left in the states or the west for that matter. They use their own against each other to destroy any oppositional organization or movement.” (-Fiorella Isabel)
“Dems have given lip service to M4A for decades, as they caved over & over to big donors. If you EVER want HC as a human right, don’t waste your time on candidates/parties corrupted by HC $$$. Seize the moment with @MatthewPHoh.” (-Dr. Jill Stein)
“While the Daily Beast regularly smears antiwar public figures as Russian puppets and conspiracy theorists, it is running a fawning and apparently paid promotion for the George W. Bush “Authentic Leadership Masterclass” (-Max Blumenthal)
“Democrats when they’re in front of the cameras pandering for your votes: “We need to get money out of politics.” Democrats when nobody’s watching: *Take more dark money than the GOP*” (-Ryan Knight)
“Leftists aren’t Democrats. Democrats cheat leftists. Progressives don’t support mandates or identity politics. Maybe there’s some differences in opinion about how to solve problems, but be honest, or you’re no better than the stupid cancel culture you’re supposedly fighting.” (-John Dissed)
“The other population outside of Black and Latino people murdered and beaten by police every year are poor, working class white people. Black revolutionaries make no distinction in opposing the brutality of the capitalist state.” (-Ajamu Baraka)
“The US police force has more funding than most countries’ militaries and Biden wants to add another 100,000 of these lovely gents to the streets.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)
MONARCH PROGRAMMED FAKE HEIRESS INFLUENCER CELEBS AND DARK MONEY DEMS STILL SUCK!
You gotta wonder what’s really up with those ghoulish deep state Cheneys goin’ after Annoying Orange Trump with so much gusto. He was a dutiful servant of his class and of his megadonors, droned that General who fought off Isis proxy armies in Iraq and Syria, he moved the embassy like Addelson and Kushner ordered ‘im to-his latest Qanon targeting thunderstorm (“storm is coming”) commercials have him all ginned up and gung ho for more wars with Russia and China and repeating the Likud narrative about how Iran is the country developing secret nukes-all that seems right on script with the usual corporate rightwing reublikkkan agenda. I gotta think the Lyn Cheney crusading against him has something to do with the extra scrutiny he has brought to corrupt elections, the hackable software and Diebold voting boxes-the war criminal torture gulag Cheneys probably jes mad ’cause that first Bush selection was obviously rigged in Florida, and Ohio and the Qanon maga KKKOp Lives Matter crowds were talking about election rigging in the USA USA. Remember Roger Stone’s Brooks Brothers Rioters and hanging chads, then old spook James Baker shows up and the Supremes neatly cancel any Gore recounts and shitlibs blamed it on RALPH NADER. James Baker’s the dude who signed the promise that USA USA would stop with the Nato expansion into Russian territories. So yeah Republikkkan party divisions are peculiar, but from my perspective, the ruling class are still big picture united, and all the tiresome tv hoopla is designed to keep us little people a feuding while they prepare more pillaging campaigns, gigantic giveaways to big pharma, always inciting wars with China and Russia, and P.R. feathering the path for Davos techcreeps to phase out currency and take us all microchip hostage. These mostly boomer and genx aged shitlib tv believers have all been crowing obediently about how it’s all Ralph Nader or Susan Sarandon or Jill Stein’s fault for years now. Gaslighter Former Secretary Of State, Hillary “He Died Hee Hee Hee Hoo Ha” Clinton even called Tulsi Gabbard, a pro war member of the military, a double secret dirty commie Putin foreign agent and she breezily gets away with all that slander, sells merch gloating about how she has total impunity from the deep state-remember when she called for Assange to be droned? Pepperidge Motherfuckin farms remembers.
We used to get by with reselling second hand shit we bought cheap at thrift stores and junk shops and flea markets, until the Covid Clampdowns killed off all the little local businesses and swap meets and now there is only one remaining cheap donations store left, but since two or three different retiree boutique owners have been obnoxiously sourcing it daily for their two day a week tourist trap main drag operations, it’s become almost impossible to find much of any resell value and Ebay’s been gouging an ever bigger piece of the pie, so I’ve hadda sorta return to outdoor laboring and working as a mover. So many gnats swarming around your face post monsoons, I got nothing but dread anytime I walk outside, see the waist high desert weeds I gotta try and cut down with a halfassed broken jerryrigged old weed whacker. All that high price electric bill and grocery store pressure keeps us all in a collective state of anxiety-ya know? As somebody said online recently, you got Donald J. “Hit ‘Em Harder!” Trump and Crime Bill “Fund The Police!” Gropey Joe and Waterboarding and Blackwater regime change private army Mastermind, Dick “Shot His Lawyer In The Face” Cheney, all barking like fucking desert crack dogs about who is the most brutal and tyrannical jackboots gestapo pro kkkop superfunder.
Stubbornly blind shitlibs love every far right fascist policy s’long as they prop up a couple of token black or gay people behind some podiums politely saying pleasing sounding things like breaking up big tech monopolies, or getting money out of politics, or providing free healthcare for all, but it’s just empty word saying. They all vote with Republikkans ninety percent of the time. I complained about AOC breaking all her campaign promises and refusing to force the vote and helping manufacture consent for the cop state crying about feeling “traumatized”. All these old Clash fans came after me. All her online boyfriends. I used to be one of ’em, I loved that Footloose Dance she did at college and naturally wanted to believe all those photo ops were real, but nope. Just another phony Obama on the take. Shitlibs bitch about Trump’s kids and born into crooked billions Kushner corruption, but when Glenn Greenwald proved that all corporate media platforms including Twitter and Facebook were incorrectly branding any discussion of Hunter Biden corruption as being fake news or Russian propaganda, it was bullshit-the kid really was fuckedup and the story was state censored prior to the election. Some Bannon operatives on the right are making a movie about it called, “My Son Hunter” an expose about the big coverup on behalf of a politician’s fortunate son. If your kid gets busted for crack smoking, he’ll go to jail. Biden’s kid got promoted to vice presidency of Ukraine oil company. The ruling class all fall up.
Motherfuckers say I’m stuck in the eighties, that I never liked anything much in the nineties except for maybe Pillbox, Mother Love Bone, Manic Street Preachers, “Rent Party” and The Humpers. They are not wrong.
J EDGAR HOOVER IS ALIVE AND WELL BUT MOTHERFUCKIN SHITLIBS THINK THESE JUNIOR G MEN ARE THEIR SPECIAL FRIENDS FOR SCIENCE AND WOKENESS!
“In St. Louis and Florida, members of the African People’s Socialist Party had their homes raided by combat-clad FBI agents using flash grenades and drones. FBI told them they’re under suspicion of conspiring with Russia.” (-Aaron Mate’) FBI Raids St. Louis Black Liberation Group Alleging Russian Ties | St. Louis Metro News | St. Louis | St. Louis Riverfront Times
“August 8, 2014, the FBI raided Hale’s home. It was his last day of work for the private contractor. Two FBI agents, one male and one female, shoved their badges in his face when he opened the door. About two dozen agents, pistols drawn, many wearing body armor, followed behind. They photographed and ransacked every room. They confiscated all his electronics, including his phone.
He spent the next five years in limbo. He struggled to find work, fought off depression and contemplated suicide. In 2019, the Trump administration indicted Hale on four counts of violating the Espionage Act and one count of theft of government property. As part of a plea deal, he pled guilty to one count of violating the Espionage Act.
“I am here to answer for my own crimes and not that of another person,” he said at his sentencing. “And it would appear that I am here today to answer for the crime of stealing papers, for which I expect to spend some portion of my life in prison. But what I am really here for is having stolen something that was never mine to take: precious human life. For which I was well-compensated and given a medal. I couldn’t keep living in a world in which people pretended things weren’t happening that were. My consequential decision to share classified information about the drone program with the public was a gesture not taken lightly, nor one I would have taken at all if I believed such a decision had the possibility of harming anyone but myself. I acted not for the sake of self-aggrandizement but that I might some day humbly ask forgiveness.”
I know a few Daniel Hales. They made my most important reporting possible. They enabled truths to be told. They held the powerful accountable. They gave a voice to the victims. They informed the public. They called for the rule of law.
I sit across from Hale and wonder if this is the end, if he, and others like him, will be completely silenced.
Hale’s imprisonment is a microcosm of the vast gulag being constructed for all of us. ” (-Chris Hedges)
When the big 5 mockingbird corporations were first ushering in the propaganda media fixated religion of Gender and misusing identity politricks and p.c. ideaologies for devious divide and conquer purposes, I was really not buying in to much of the grunge/alternative/boybands fake music hoax, and I remember how every entertainment weekly seemed required by law to do an annual cover story about how impossibly hard it was for a girl band to ever, ever, ever get signed or make it big in show biz. I was not into many of the Lillith Fair fake folkies. I did love the record Elvis Costello and wife and friends wrote for Wendy James very, very much. Dynamite performances from Wendy and the band, wonderful songwriting from the Costellos. Get this cd if you don’t have it. Exceptionally well written rocknroll.
Never liked their name cause it reminded me of an old man who hated me in the smalltown Midwest, but I worked with Hilken and Thom Jones from the Hipster Suck podcast and the lads from Boston’s power pop sensations Young Love at Tower Records back in the day. Hilken used to count all the money. Powerman 5000 Spyder made in store displays of Evan Dando and shit. Me n Barrie Hanley steppin’ on Evan’s in store display was a cover of one of my old zeens, sorta parodying Stiv steppin’ on Shaun Cassidy, ya dig? Shaun Cassidy was my first 45 and my first concert, too.
Here’s one of those little underdog bands I put on the cover of my 20-Nothing glam zeen who became overnight famous with like Madonna threatening to sign ’em and shit. I never got to see ’em when my friend Gary was in the band, but I did see em with Danny Nordahl from The Throbs and Faster Pussycat.
THE GOOPS WERE PRETTY KOOL
“Big Pharma wants as many sick people as possible. Big oil wants as much fossil fuel use as possible. Big ag wants as much pesticide use as possible. Big banks want as much individual debt as possible. Our economic system is a death spiral.” (-Lee Camp)
“I covered the Nicaragua election last year. The journalists not allowed in were lying corporate stenographers like this one. The so-called “journalists” fleeing Nicaragua are the ones avoiding jail after spreading misinformation via their NED-funded “news outlets.” (-Julie Varughese)
“I’d much rather live in a society where everyone has healthcare, housing, and food than a society where 3 billionaires own more wealth than half the nation.” (-Ryan Knight)
“I don’t care if I’m called a Russian propagandist & haven’t cared since 2016. False words hold no effect on me. I’m here for truth, while others are here to divide, exploit & deceive. And I’m not about to let them have it easy. But fact is supporting NATO is supporting terrorism.” (-Fiorella Isabel)
jeremy scahill on Twitter: “Chomsky on media who used @wikileaks material: “Are they supporting Assange… who performed the honorable duty of a journalist & is now being tortured? Not that I’ve seen…We’ll use what he did, but then we’ll join the jackals who’re snapping at his feet.” https://t.co/7aFoQgPI73” / Twitter
“Thank you to Elie Yarden for a generous contribution in memory of Green Party US co-founder John Rensenbrink. John was a fellow Green candidate for Senate and a philosopher who put his values into action. I’m honored and humbled by this gift in his memory.” (-Matthew Hoh For Senate)
I always thought this garagey melodic punk band from Detroit were pretty cool in a Replacements, Soul Asylum, early Goo Goo Dolls sorta way. They covered The Mutants song “So American”.
Another cool cat from Detroit: Paul K Wilderness – Paul K and The Weathermen (RIP)
“Trump is an amateur whose supporters rioted in the Capitol but George W. Bush actually stole an election. He also killed 1 million Iraqis.” (-Margaret Kimberly on Bush-Cheney admin.)
“if the CDC under Trump were doing what they’re currently doing under Biden, “blue checks” and liberal Twitter would be in resistance mode and screaming at the top of their lungs to follow the science. instead nobody cares at all” (-Brett Redacted)
“The U.S has so far given total of 10.6 BILLION DOLLARS to Nazi factions, black market weapons dealers & the corporate defense industry or what they call, Ukraine.” (-Fiorella Isabel)
LET’S ALL HAVE A DRINK TO THE MEMORY OF GLAMTASTIC GUITAR GODDESS AMY WICHMANN FROM MINISKIRT MOB! (RIP)
She was one of my first friends in Hollywood and always put me on her guestlist cause she knew I was deadbroke and starving on the Sunset Strip. She was so talented. My friend Anthony sincerely believes she is related to Lisa Marie Presley. I think she may have jammed with some of my former bandmates in Ohio.
“U.S. politics under the duopoly is not about helping the people or planet. It’s about controlling the people and planet. And they control us by dividing us. They split the people into two teams (red vs. blue) while they are on the same team and serve the same corporate interests.” (-Ryan Knight)
“The CIA & operatives have infested every single facet of US/Western politics & orgs-especially the synthetic “left”. They’ve manipulated their own virtues against them, turned them on each other & ingeniously transformed them into the fascists they purport to call everyone else. The intelligence apparatus understood long ago that you don’t beat the enemy by simply hating it, but by studying & emulating it until you fully control it so much that it ceases to exist. Like a virus infecting the host, it becomes that virus & what’s left is but a carcass. It’s clear the fight against fascism is not only against the obvious neo Nazis like Azov & Bandera supporters, but also those who defend them by denying their existence, wrapping Ukraine in virtues, while vilifying Russia to justify & CHEER for the murder of innocent civilians.” (-Fiorella Isabel)
“The UK could have had Jeremy Corbyn. Instead they’re getting empty refrigerators and frozen homes.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)
Free The Truth: Free Assange – Documentary on Twitter: “A short clip from our interview with the wonderful John Pilger. He gives a very insightful answer to the question: “What does the retaliation of the U.S. and their persecution of Julian Assange reveal about them?” Support the film: https://t.co/pbzpxsliXK #FreeAssangeNOW https://t.co/pxLxJS9Ujq” / Twitter
NIGHTS OF THE IGUANA
My brother NEEN turned me on to these guys. So kool, I THINK they’re from New Zealand. Check ’em out!
Noam Chomsky: Propaganda Wars Are Raging as Russia’s War on Ukraine Expands http://dlvr.it/SSKVj6
“The CIA answers only to the wealthy ruling class, which is the Real Government of the USA.” (-Gregory Fegal)
“This is funniest thing SNL has done in years. Except it’s not SNL,it’s the actual MasterClass company. Which makes it even funnier. This is happening cuz he hates Trump,which wipes away all sins, & so the Democrats now love this guy, but still hate Ralph Nader. AMERICA FUCK YEAH!” (-Jimmy Dore) – American Exception
“- US gets power from the petrodollar, the fact that most oil is sold in $$ – When the petrodollar ends, US empire’s power goes with it – This means the most powerful empire/military in the world NEEDS everyone to keep using fossil fuels, which = climate breakdown” (-Lee Camp)
“There is not a single video coming out of Xinjiang that is as brutal and violent as the one going viral right now of the Arkansas cops beating a man nearly to death. The United States is the true threat to human rights and peace in the world.” (-Danny Haiphong)
“The bipartisan indifference to the recent FBI raid on a Black liberation organization, @APSPusa
, underscores that both parties are ultimately united in disdain for those outside of the establishment political spectrum.” In FBI vs. Trump, the people lose – by Aaron Maté (substack.com)
“You never talk about the GOOD things America gives the world!” Like what? $400 million superhero movies? (-Caitlin Johnstone)
“The further right someone is the less they have any clue what’s happening on the left. Past the Trump/Tucker Carlson point they can’t see the difference between Marxists and Democrats and think they’re the same; it’s just one distant, blurry blob to them.” (-Caitlin Johnstone on rightwing Maga kooks who think banker servants like Gropey Joe are leftist or that Bill Gates is somehow progressive)
All the cash I made by moving a house full of stuff has gone straight to the electric company, so if any of ya’all are wondering why I have not already acquired your latest book or cd or dvd, or whatever, that’s why. As Iggy Pop sang, “everything is really hard if you aint got that credit card…” Grocery prices have skyrocketed, gas prices, we are kinda struggling in the Biden Economy, so if you ever want me to review your thing, you gotta send me a promo copy. One cool thing about my teenage kid getting into all these appallingly violent tv shows, is he has discovered a lot of cool old music like Tommy James and shit. He is blasting Badfinger‘s “Baby Blue” as I type this on a rainy Monday afternoon and you know, I LOVE Badfinger! My wife is shopping and I know she’s gonna come home bummedout about the high costs of everything. We aint got no fancy stuff, or celebrity status or pay to pretend fame, but we chose Real Love and I am grateful and proud. I thought I’d found it long ago but I was wrong about somebody. I did not imagine I’d ever be able to sortof gradually pick myself back up and soldier forth and Try Again, but my old lady found me and stuck by me and I love her more than any worldly things. We are very blessed and even over twenty years in, it still feels new and exciting. You know that corny lyric, “cause we could never be wrong together”…that’s how it is. Real Love – song and lyrics by Tex Perkins | Spotify
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Ukrainian Regime Led by Media Darling Volodymyr Zelensky Kidnaps Student Dissidents, Bans Opposition Parties, Shuts Down Independent Media, Commits Egregious War Crimes and Imposes Regressive Labor Laws – CovertAction Magazine
I knew a couple of these guys, Jay Lewis and Ronnie Roze from the neighborhood in NY in my teens and early twenties. I got some candid photographs of them on the street somewheres. Probably in them two big scrapbooks somebody confiscated during an eviction. I think the drummer’s name was Brian Keats and he played with Misfits and Sylvain also. Ronnie Roze jammed with Thunders I’m pretty sure and worked at Bleecker Bobs. Jeni Foster played some metal festival recently. Pretty good little commercial hard rock band, I still dig ’em.