“I don’t trust billionaires or any person who got rich off exploitation. Trusting billionaires is for suckers.” (-Jay Befaunt)
“It’s a good thing—not a bad thing—to make specific demands of politicians who wield immense power. That is one of the only ways to make change in a system that is rigged to benefit large corporations. We were right to #ForceTheVote & @AOC and the squad are STILL feckless cowards.” (-Ryan Knight)
“AOC and the squad bragging about being good little bootlickers for the Democratic Party is not the flex she thinks it is” (-Revolutionary Blackout Network)
Jimmy Dore on Twitter: “HOLY SHIT! The Right Wing of the Republican party is further LEFT on war than @AOC & the entire Democratic party. The #FraudSquad & @BernieSanders are 100% WAR PIGS. THIS IS WHAT THE SQUAD WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DOING 2YEARS AGO BUT INSTEAD THEY LIED ABOUT HEALTHCARE ACTIVISTS #FTV” / Twitter
Dr. Jill Stein🌻 on Twitter: “The persecution of Julian Assange is a microcosm of the empire’s assault on democracy. The fight for his freedom is a fight for our own. Let this imperative close out 2022, and renew our struggle in 2023. #FreeAssange” / Twitter
Max Blumenthal on Twitter: “Listen to a preview of the upcoming Grayzone Show on @WBAI, broadcasting across New York City on 99.5 FM every Sunday at 6 PM EST This week, we cover armed resistance of the Lion’s Den in the occupied West Bank, new #TwitterFiles, and the tragic demise of the US antiwar left. https://t.co/sjEZW9zarS” / Twitter
“The Squad is controlled opposition and an extension of the Democratic Party establishment. The greatest country on earth has millions without healthcare.
The greatest country on earth has millions without a home. The greatest country on earth has half the population in or near poverty.
American exceptionalism is a lie, unless you’re rich that is. The cost of the US’s War on Terror alone has been:
Tens of millions displaced. Millions killed. Trillions of US tax dollars wasted.
But please do tell me about how scared of Russia and China you are. Hakeem Jeffries is a neoliberal.
Kevin McCarthy is a neoliberal.
Don’t be fooled by so-called “gridlock” in Congress. Both corporate parties walk in lock-step together when it comes to neoliberalism and war. Cuba helped South Africa defeat apartheid.
The U.S. labeled Nelson Mandela a terrorist and supported apartheid until its last day.” (-Danny Haiphong)
“As the United States and its Western allies go around sanctioning and stealing other countries money and assets do they ever think that just maybe the rest of the world will stop relying on the dollar and look to other currencies that are safer? Stop worrying about the citizens in countries like China, Russia and North Korea being victims of their Gov’ts propaganda, when the masters of brainwashing a society are right here in America. Remember when they had you all losing your minds over the Kurds and the women in Afghanistan and then it all went away when it was no longer useful to our Gov’t
Same thing is gonna happen when they’re done using Ukraine and they move us on to their next adventure to care about. Our Gov’t is gonna give Ukraine just enough weapons to keep this war going until they have no country or soldiers left and then they will abandon them like they do everybody else. So is everybody gonna keep pretending that the Pentagon didn’t “Lose” trillions of dollars again?” (-Black In The Empire)
“The neocon & now democrat party institute, the Institute for the Study of War, claimed the Russia Federation’s call for a Christmas truce was intended to undermine Ukraine’s international reputation. That is too late. Outside the West the people see Ukraine for what it is.” (-Ajamu Baraka)
WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer is assessing the health risks of exposure to 5G technologies, but critics accused the agency of ignoring already existing evidence + suggest the results could be tainted by industry partners.” (-Robert F. Kennedy Jr.)
THE USUAL WARCRIMES WHITEWASH IS A BIG BAMBOOZLE! NEVER AGAIN MEANS ANYBODY! EVERYBODY! HUMANS!
Robert F. Kennedy Jr on Twitter: “CDC analysis shows that the number of serious adverse events reported in less than two years for mRNA COVID-19 vaccines is 5.5 times greater than all serious reports for vaccines given to adults in the U.S. since 2009 (~73,000 vs. ~13,000). https://t.co/VAx9EiOhXH” / Twitter
Black in the Empire on Twitter: “I’m guessing nobody asked why he helped pass all those bills to mass incarcerate Black people, was he so close to Strom Thurmond that he gave the eulogy at his funeral or hasn’t done anything he promised to the Black community yet” / Twitter
SHITLIBS WATCH TV
BILLY IDOL GOT HIS STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
You know, he’s one of my all time heroes, favorite singers, a lightning bolt of personal inspiration and my teenage role model, so yeah, I’m into it. I love him, always have, always will. I woulda been there if I could. I like all his stuff. From Generation X to the Roadside and Cage ep’s. I love Derwood, and I love Steve Stevens, too. Rocknroll motherfuckers, about the best of the best! Rollins did a surprisingly great job talking about Idol’s legacy and especially emphasizing the crucial contributions of Generation X who never get enough credit.. “Decade after decade, he remains himself”. WELL SAID, Henry….Difference between Billy and almost everybody else is he STILL writes FANTASTIC songs. I really love him with all my heart, like somebody I know. Hell I think I know him better than the people from my past who changed until they were nigh unrecognizable. Billy has integrity, fire, sincerity, soulpower, unprecedented swagger and coolness, the whole thing, really. There are not a lotta days that go by in my lifetime when I aint listening to Idol. Thank you, Billy for all those life affirming, uplifting rocknroll anthems. I know it’s harder than you make it look cause I’ve spent about forty years trying to do my own version. Long Live Billy Idol! Bless him! return To Splendor! I’m with you, Billy!
“Western “liberal democracies” are just totalitarian regimes with more money and better narrative management. The US-centralized empire controls the global south with bombs, bullets and blockades and controls the rest of us with mass-scale psychological manipulation.
Sure it’s more pleasant to be sitting where we are rather than at the barrel of the gun, but don’t confuse pleasantness with freedom. It’s nice that here they let you criticize your government and buy whatever you can afford at the store. It would be pleasant to live in a vat with your brain plugged into a virtual world of endless pleasure, too, but it wouldn’t be freedom. Psychological tyranny is still tyranny.
You’ll never get change as long as propagandists are able to convince a critical mass of people not to push for change. You’ll never stop depraved agendas as long as propagandists can manipulate a critical mass of people into consenting to those agendas. Propaganda is enemy #1.
Every other solution people talk about is secondary to the problem of the empire being able to psychologically manipulate a critical majority of people. Voting strategies, organizing, activism, protests, none of these things will get off the ground as long as public perception is controlled.
The good news is that public trust in the mass media is at an all-time low while our ability to share unauthorized ideas and information with each other is at an all-time high. The bad news is it still hasn’t been enough, and online censorship is increasingly suppressing dissent.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)
Jimmy Dore on Twitter: “And there it is. #ForceTheVote was always just Politics 101. The #FraudSquad had the very same leverage as the right wingers do now, but the squad chose NOT to demand anything for their vote. They succeeded in electing an enemy of the left while getting nothing. #UniParty” / Twitter
ONE OF THOSE FUCKIN’ DAYS
where I got nowhere to go but my spirit gets seized by impulsive desire and the usual restlessness, that urgent throbbing pulse of life that put me on so many Grayhounds as a kid with just my Walkman and denim jacket and half crushed pack of Marlboro reds. “Pack It Up” by the Pretenders has been a big song of mine since I was about ten probably. Is that about forty years or some shit? Puttin’ some lyrics down on paper but I’ve said it all before. I wish my friend Dave Andra was still alive, he worked for decades at a hippie record store then when it was sold and became a guitar shop, they new owners hired him on even though he was not a guitarist, he was such a beloved figure in the destination record store tristate area, and an absolute expert on the blues and garage punk and old school scuzzy psychedelia, they just righteously kept him on, though I frequently badgered our mutual former co worker who’d opened his own sortof spinoff record store in the nu metal era, to hire him and pay him a proper wage, that never happened and he ought to regret that now. So I’d call him at the record store turned guitar shop on mornings like this one, and we’d chat about whatever fanciful band plans I was masterminding in my crazy head, or girlfriend problems that come from being perpetually poor and dedicated to your single minded punknroll records making dream, or he’d tell me about whatever ZZ Top were doing, and how I needed to listen to more Isaac Hayes and 13th Floor Elevators and the English version of “Aftermath”. He was the kindest soul I ever knew probably, we lived together for awhile when I was a teenager and that phase was one of my humiliating life’s rare highlights. He’d play me some old Johnny Winter record, John Lee Hooker, or Bo Diddley’s “Gladiator” and I’d try to get him to like Echo & The Bunnymen or “Head On The Door” or some shit like that. We were from two completely different generations, but we were both deeply devoted to rocknroll. He liked pot, I liked whiskey, we both liked beer and acid, the Doors, MC5 and Love. He’d come to my nowhere band’s little, poorly attended, ridiculous shows at some old man lodges or whatever, in his Ray Ban shades and Brill Creamed slickback hair, cause that’s what he thought high style was for a big night out on the town. I looked stupid in mime makeup and my second hand women’s floor length fur coats and colored tissue paper braided into my hair and fishnet stockings, and combat boots, but we attracted some fervent followers in surplus army coats and spiked Blackie Lawless leather bracelets from a nearby hardcore thrash and stoner scene. Plus all the delivery drivers from my pizza job, and some crazy “River’s Edge” Viet Nam vets, and about ten girls who liked the Cure and Gene Loves Jezebel. Some of our record store loitering punk friends became his backing band for awhile and he’d play some wild old “Nuggets” covers and open for my juvie goth gang, mainly at hog roasts, or backyard parties. Now he’s sadly dead and gone like all the rest, and I got no one to call. I still talk to all those dead people out loud cause I’m sortof nuts like that. Ralph Nader says we gotta organize to defy the WEF plans for cashless society. I remember knowing the Shitlibs of Occupy Eugene could not be trusted, fake resistance/controlled opposition, when they moved out of the banking zones as not to inconvenience rich people, already defeating the whole purpose of the occupation and changed the topic to Gender, and demonized Dr. Jill Stein for recognizing that the media is controlled and the colleges are compromised by their corporate partnerships. My thinking nowadays is it is best to organize resistance movements minus landlordly middle management type status quo preservers, already deeply invested in the permanent fix is in sham. They know deep down shit’s all fucked up, but they just don’t care. It’s all about their own comforts, delusions of popularity, convenience and consumerism. I love the freestyle DIY mf’s like Unholy Rom 3’s bunch up in Michigan, or the DeSpain Carry It Forward factions, who are more interested in building community, providing real emergency services, and helping people in need, than they are in scolding the poor. I wish my original record store guru, Dave Andra could have gotten in on all this legal white people reefer after about sixty five years of looking of his shoulder and having to fret like a character from the “Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers” comicbooks and worry the man was gonna kick down the door and shoot him in his bed for smoking a medicinal herb. I never liked weed, but have mad love for lots of people who it helps. I feel the same way about anybody needing a drink in this cruelty based fanatical prohibition culture. My man died alone in some outta town hospice after two strokes and a heart attack. I am lonesome in this life without him. I can’t stand sellout Sanders or any of the frauds in congress anymore. OBVIOUSLY the crooked billionaires, with the secret islands and super yachts, seed vaults, and bugout bunkers wanna kill off all us poor people and they’re using a lot of different strategies to accomplish that aim. Their politician puppets are all boughtoff or blackmailed into obedience. Jeffret Epstein did not kill himself. Who killed Seth Rich? Who killed Michael Hastings?
Dylan 🌹 on Twitter: “I will forever appreciate EVERYONE who pushed #ForceTheVote. The strategy wasn’t the problem. People deserve healthcare @briebriejoy @PatTheBerner @jimmy_dore @ProudSocialist @SabbySabs2 @RevBlackNetwork” / Twitter
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CATS WOKE ME UP TOO EARLY ALWAYS RUNNIN’ AROUND
So here I am again, with my coffee, cold hands, and only half remembered brittle pictures of my dreams about the long gone past. Dreading the work I gotta do today because it is out of my limited range of tool time blue collar home improver expertise, not only do I not know shit about tools and suck at numbers, but ya know like I got these weak Arthiritic can’t move hands and bad knees and bad back and I’m half blind and I shake, so yeah, being on ladders and holding expensive glass and measuring shit, I’m not great at any of that. We were gifted a firepit for the yard somebody made for us out of an old military drum, so I am pretty excited to have a bonfire soon, even if these bitter frosty days are too cold to be out there for long, I’m still part hillbilly and I still love me some bonfire jams. I watched that flick about old writer Ben Fong Torres and kinda felt like I missed the golden age of rocknroll my decades, they’d pretty much killed it dead by ’95. I skim the big music mags on line and it’s always such cynical, manipulative, horrible horse shit. Who’d wanna write about any of that even if they were getting paid? Not me, really. The big hype Spin magazine bands are all warmed over Smashing Pumpkins, just like hipsters moaning about being horny and wanting to be seen at the rich people bar. I’m always scrolling through the youtubes and the podcasts looking for something new that matters or might make a difference, or even has some point of view that ain’t just some top down propaganda agenda 21 mockingbird bullshit, on every platform, making a mockery of music, news, medicine, and truth. Where I live now, there’s just like loose cows roaming around at night. I watch the sunrise and sunset, take pictures, not much else to do. Lee Camp the whistle blower comedian complains about being kicked off of platforms by billionaire techlords in cahoots with the secret spy agencies mainly responsible for assassinating democratically elected heads of state, importing drugs to targeted communities, and organzing coups. Me, I never expected any of my platforms to be long lasting cause man, they started cancelling me in like the fourth grade, by the eighth grade, they were circulating illegal memoes about how my challenging the history teacher’s racist narratives and wearing makeup was a “disruption to the learning process” and the admin wanted teachers to paper trail my mildest indiscretions, ‘talking in class, wearing all the things that nobody wears, it’s always been like that. Some drunkass motherfucker would start shit with me for no reason at the bar but I’d be the one that the chickenshit asskissers would throw out. I was writing first hand boots on the ground, real time eye witnes reports from real life riots with racist cops spraying people with rubber bullets at a funeral and the punk guy whose whole mission statement was “free speech”, just like this MIC/diamond mine apartheid heir we have to hear about all day now, the free speech punk was censoring my columns about police abuse. I had a page in a big city news paper for awhile but ya know I ain’t much on Jack White or the Strokes and that fizzled out, too. I’m not an official narrative reciter or teleprompter reader. I don’t like Britney or Taylor or the Foo Fighters or Nsynch. If all media is focused on the royals or insisting something is fair and balanced or safe and effective, or some war was unprovoked-unprovoked-unprovoked, or some ho-hum rightwing thank a kkkop protest was an insurrection–insurrection-insurrection, I tend to instinctively look around to find out what they aint telling us over and over and over and over again on the tv. Whatever they said is good is usually not. And vice versa. They were saying this culture had gotten too Orwellian in the Reagan eighties, but holy fuck balls…everywhere you look, it’s absolute batshit now. Blame it all on a commie bat who was working double secret for Putin-Putin-Putin…The WEF is straight up saying they intend on elnslaving you and taking your shit cause most of you useless eaters are “not needed” but the tv people, they’re all excited cause Miley Cyrus’ new album is about to drop and they wanna have a party in the USA-USA-USA. “Everyone I thought was cool is six feet underground…” Just remembered I gotta go haul a dryer today and do some crazy window repairs.
“This is a war between the United States and Russia, make no mistake. Ukraine is the pawn that bleeds. We shall all join their suffering unless talking begins and wisdom prevails.” (-John Pilger)
AMERICAN JETSET AND LAST GREAT DREAMERS
Not bad, not bad. Here’s a newish band I’m just discovering, kindof like part pop and part sleaze, remind you of anyone? Ha, yeah, they got me right away with their melodic catchiness reminiscent of a UK band Three Colours Red, American Heartbreak, Sin City Sinners, and Last Great Dreamers. I guess they play the long decayed old Whiskey/Cathouse circuit with all the hairband last callers like Steven Adler and Steven Pearcy. They call themselves disillusioned descendants of the Sunset Strip and hey man that’s a description I can relate to. Hollywood’s a hard town, you can’t have real friends in Hollywood, everybody’s trying to get to the top of the pops, even when you think somebody gets you, can hear where you’re comin’ from, they can ghost you just like that, no goodbye, never said why. Even and especially the ones you helped. It’s a mercenary culture. A guy who kinda stole my whole bag sent me a postcard telling me to call him, like I got some overflowing warehouse of more stuff for him to take and integrate. That’s the Murkkkan way-ruthless explotation, shameless plaigirism, and keeping the dirty poors in their place. Boots on our necks.
Last Great Dreamers – Oblivion Kids (Official Music Video) – YouTube These cats reminded me of A Streetcar Named Disaster.
For me, it’s been a lonely time since the last little rocknroll scene existed. You know: the Ultras, Motorcycle Boy, Comatones, Nymphs, and Celebrity Skin. I mean nobody’s really come along since then that packed that kinda punch and made you feel it, they all had songs, style, and worked hard to entertain us. I mean what came after them? The Humpers and Electric Frankenstein I guess, but even that’s what, like, twenty five years ago. The pleasure’s kinda gone outta everything, it all just feels like work. Hard for me to wanna even apply myself, once you’ve been burned, ya can’t go back to the innocence. I got moments of self pity, regrets, resentments, but mostly it’s all dread. Desiring oblivion. I tried watching “True Romance” last night until it got too frigid in the garage hideout, I like when she said, “sometimes it goes the other way, too.” I would not be here were it not for my beautiful better half, I’ll tell ya that. This old world’s just lost all it’s fun and the Doctor Evil motherfuckers are intentionally killing off everything I ever liked or cared about. I keep talkin’ ’bout the same old artists I believe in, whether it’s Gunfire Dance or Billy Idol or Sinead O’Connor or Paul K, it’s cause those are artists I believe in. Joe Strummer sang about the importance of “Diggin’ The New”, right, so I keep lookin’ ’round, ear to the ground, squintin’ at the horizon. I tried to hear the current thing band over at Spin magazine today and I gotta say, it just seems so corny, put together. Faux shocking band name, diverse coalition of college-y, thirty something, being seen at the bar brunch hipsters, regurgitating old Hole and Bikini Kill ideas, I did not feel it. So I dive back into the long gone Raji’s/Al’s Bar/English Acid early nineties Tinseltown to get my rocknroll kicks. I think Alice the Galactic Kid was easily as good as Inger, and they both should have been much bigger, more famous. Courtney sabotoged Inger, I know that much. “Patron Saint Of Fucked Over Musicians” always spoke to me. Me, too, sister. They really did a number on me. it’s hard to even wanna start again.
NO FUTURE FOR ME
“Precrime. Under the pretext of helping overwhelmed government agencies work more efficiently, AI predictive and surveillance technologies are being used to classify, segregate and flag the populace with little concern for privacy rights or due process. All of this sorting, sifting and calculating is being done swiftly, secretly and incessantly with the help of AI technology and a surveillance state that monitors your every move. AI predictive tools are being deployed in almost every area of life.
Mandatory quarantines. Building on precedents established during the COVID-19 pandemic, government agents may be empowered to indefinitely detain anyone they suspect of posing a medical risk to others without providing an explanation, subject them to medical tests without their consent, and carry out such detentions and quarantines without any kind of due process or judicial review.
Mental health assessments by non-medical personnel. As a result of a nationwide push to train a broad spectrum of so-called gatekeepers in mental health first-aid training, more Americans are going to run the risk of being reported by non-medical personnel and detained for having mental health issues.
Tracking chips for citizens. Momentum is building for corporations and the government alike to be able to track the populace, whether through the use of RFID chips embedded in a national ID card, microscopic chips embedded in one’s skin, or tags in retail products.
Military involvement domestically. The future, according to a Pentagon training video, will be militaristic, dystopian and far from friendly to freedom. Indeed, all signs point to the battlefield of the future being the American home front. Anticipating this, the government plans to have the military work in conjunction with local police to quell civil unrest domestically.
Government censorship of anything it classifies as disinformation. In the government’s ongoing assault on those who criticize the government—whether that criticism manifests itself in word, deed or thought—government and corporate censors claiming to protect us from dangerous, disinformation campaigns are, in fact, laying the groundwork now to preempt any “dangerous” ideas that might challenge the power elite’s stranglehold over our lives.
Threat assessments. The government has a growing list—shared with fusion centers and law enforcement agencies—of ideologies, behaviors, affiliations and other characteristics that could flag someone as suspicious and result in their being labeled potential enemies of the state. Before long, every household in America will be flagged as a threat and assigned a threat score. It’s just a matter of time before you find yourself wrongly accused, investigated and confronted by police based on a data-driven algorithm or risk assessment culled together by a computer program run by artificial intelligence.
War on cash. The government and its corporate partners are engaged in a concerted campaign to shift consumers towards a digital mode of commerce that can easily be monitored, tracked, tabulated, mined for data, hacked, hijacked and confiscated when convenient. This push for a digital currency dovetails with the government’s war on cash, which it has been subtly waging for some time now. In recent years, just the mere possession of significant amounts of cash could implicate you in suspicious activity and label you a criminal.
Expansive surveillance. AI surveillance harnesses the power of artificial intelligence and widespread surveillance technology to do what the police state lacks the manpower and resources to do efficiently or effectively: be everywhere, watch everyone and everything, monitor, identify, catalogue, cross-check, cross-reference, and collude. Everything that was once private is now up for grabs to the right buyer. With every new AI surveillance technology that is adopted and deployed without any regard for privacy, Fourth Amendment rights and due process, the rights of the citizenry are being marginalized, undermined and eviscerated.
Militarized police. Having transformed local law enforcement into extensions of the military, the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the FBI are moving into the next phase of the transformation, turning the nation’s police officers into techno-warriors, complete with iris scanners, body scanners, thermal imaging Doppler radar devices, facial recognition programs, license plate readers, cell phone extraction software, Stingray devices and so much more.
Police shootings of unarmed citizens. Owing in large part to the militarization of local law enforcement agencies, not a week goes by without more reports of hair-raising incidents by police imbued with a take-no-prisoners attitude and a battlefield approach to the communities in which they serve. Police brutality and the use of excessive force continues unabated.
False flags and terrorist attacks. Almost every tyranny being perpetrated by the U.S. government against the citizenry—purportedly to keep us safe and the nation secure—has come about as a result of some threat manufactured in one way or another by our own government. This has become the shadow government’s modus operandi regardless of which party is in power: the government creates a menace—knowing full well the ramifications such a danger might pose to the public—then without ever owning up to the part it played in unleashing that particular menace on an unsuspecting populace, it demands additional powers in order to protect “we the people” from the threat.
Endless wars to keep America’s military’s empire employed. The military and security industrial complexes that have advocated that the U.S. remain at war, year after year, are the very entities that will continue to profit the most from America’s expanding military empire abroad and here at home.
Erosions of private property. Private property means little at a time when SWAT teams and other government agents can invade your home, break down your doors, kill your dog, wound or kill you, damage your furnishings and terrorize your family. Likewise, if government officials can fine and arrest you for growing vegetables in your front yard, praying with friends in your living room, installing solar panels on your roof, and raising chickens in your backyard, you’re no longer the owner of your property.
Overcriminalization. The government has increasingly adopted the authoritarian notion that it knows best and therefore must control, regulate and dictate almost everything about the citizenry’s public, private and professional lives. Overregulation and overcriminalization have been pushed to such outrageous limits that federal and state governments now require on penalty of a fine that individuals apply for permission before they can grow exotic orchids, host elaborate dinner parties, gather friends in one’s home for Bible studies, give coffee to the homeless, let their kids manage a lemonade stand, keep chickens as pets, or braid someone’s hair.
Strip searches and the denigration of bodily integrity. Court rulings undermining the Fourth Amendment and justifying invasive strip searches have left us powerless against police empowered to forcefully draw our blood, forcibly take our DNA, strip search us, and probe us intimately. Individuals—men and women alike—continue to be subjected to what is essentially government-sanctioned rape by police in the course of “routine” traffic stops.
Censorship. First Amendment activities are being pummeled, punched, kicked, choked, chained and generally gagged all across the country. Free speech zones, bubble zones, trespass zones, anti-bullying legislation, zero tolerance policies, hate crime laws and a host of other legalistic maladies dreamed up by politicians and prosecutors have conspired to corrode our core freedoms. The reasons for such censorship vary widely from political correctness, safety concerns and bullying to national security and hate crimes but the end result remains the same: the complete eradication of what Benjamin Franklin referred to as the “principal pillar of a free government.”
Taxation Without Any Real Representation. As a Princeton University survey indicates, our elected officials, especially those in the nation’s capital, represent the interests of the rich and powerful rather than the average citizen. We are no longer a representative republic. With Big Business and Big Government having fused into a corporate state, the president and his state counterparts—the governors—have become little more than CEOs of the Corporate State, which day by day is assuming more government control over our lives. Never before have average Americans had so little say in the workings of their government and even less access to their so-called representatives.
(-By John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead)
Useful Idiots on Twitter: “The US blamed the Maidan Massacre on President Yanukovich, triggering a coup and civil war. But when @I_Katchanovski revealed who really committed the massacre — including footage CNN tried to bury — he was ignored by mainstream media @aaronjmate @kthalps https://t.co/P0RBXUBdBG” / Twitter
So we need to get moving. What we need to do is work to exacerbate public distrust in imperial media and help people to see they’re being continually deceived about their nation, their government and their world by the powerful. Propaganda only works if people trust the source.
This is the front line of the revolution. Everything else comes second, because until you deal with the fact that our enemy has the most powerful narrative control machine in the history of civilization, none of your other revolutionary ideals will ever be able to manifest. The imperial spin machine should therefore be our primary target. Attack the empire’s news media and its manipulators in Hollywood and Silicon Valley, expose their lies, and weaken public trust in those institutions so that people can no longer be manipulated by them.
Every positive change in human behavior — whether individual or collective — is always preceded by an expansion of consciousness. All we need to do is expand public consciousness of what’s really happening. The more people wake up, the more people will be available to help us.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)BEAUTY SECRETS AND PRO TIPS FROM FITNESS EXPERT AND TOP BEAUTY INFLUENCER GENERAL LABOR:
Matt Taibbi on Twitter: “Capsule Summaries of all Twitter Files Threads to Date, With a Glossary: With links to work by @BariWeiss, @ShellenbergerMD, @Lhfang, and @davidzweig https://t.co/ENrLJSNtui” / Twitter
“Gotta hand it to the empire propagandists for convincing the “populist right” that 1980s-style moral panics and garden variety stuffy social conservatism are actually brave and revolutionary ways to fight the power. You won’t get healthy resistance movements as long as people are being psychologically manipulated into supporting the status quo at mass scale in various ways. The fight starts when we cripple their ability to exert this kind of psychological influence over the public. The imperial spin machine should be our primary target. Attack the empire’s news media and its manipulators in Hollywood and Silicon Valley, expose their lies and weaken public trust in those institutions, because propaganda only works if you trust the source it’s coming from. This is why I place so much emphasis on overthrowing imperial narrative control. The empire’s ability to manipulate the dominant narratives in our society is what keeps us ineffective and confused. Until we can crush their ability to twist perception of reality, they’ve got us. None of this means those healthy impulses are now unhealthy. Just because the narrative managers are twisting them toward sickness doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still want health. The problem isn’t social justice movements etc, it’s the manipulations that get placed overtop them. The healthy impulse for global worker solidarity sees imperialist narrative managers finger-wagging at leftists that they must display “solidarity” with protesters in empire-targeted nations and with Ukrainian soldiers fighting in a US proxy war. Everything healthy gets twisted. Every healthy impulse gets twisted by our rulers. The push toward equality for women got twisted into doubling the workforce and slashing worker pay. The push for racial equality and LGBT rights gets twisted into having to vote for abusive imperialist political parties.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)
“The U.S. Congress & both of its corporate parties are corrupt institutions that fund endless wars & Wall Street bailouts while everyday Americans fall further behind so no it is not “extreme” to oppose Congress. It is reasonable to oppose institutions that are rigged against you. The only “democracy” that takes place in Congress is democracy for the rich—which is not democracy at all. It’s oligarchy. Every American should oppose both of these corrupt parties so we can one day form a legislature that actually governs for the people instead of the powerful.” (-Ryan Knight)
George Galloway on Twitter: “INTERVIEW: The #US can find endless funds to pursue #Nato’s war in #Ukraine and it would rather spend it on weapons than feeding its starving people. #NickBrana Follow @MoatsTV https://t.co/TUDUza51T2” / Twitter
SLEAZY PUNKNROLL ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE
When I was talking about the cool as fuck L.A. glam scene in the twilight’s last gleamings, before the media consolidation act of 96 monopolized the public airwaves, and the inside job 9/11 anti war song bans on radio resulted in all of us having to hear way too much garbage like “Hit Me Baby”, “Livin La Vita Loca”, “Mambo #5”, “Bye Bye Bye”, “I Want It That Way”, and all that insufferable Three Doors Down and Bush and Creed fake as hell post grunge excrement for so many years, Matchbox 20 and Nickelback and Foo Fighters and here we are, still having to hear about facking Miley, Taylor, Dave Grohl and the Justins all day everyday, twentyfive years later. I’m remembering there was also still a neon throbbing nightlife happening in NYC around the same time until Giulliani and Chertoff decided to Palestine the Village, and drive out all the poor people with riot quads in Tompkins Square Park, and hardon overpolicin,g and using some ancient Footloose anti dance law to shutdown all the hard partying legit melting pot nightclubs like Limelite and later, Coney Island High, but there was a time right before D-Generation started rolling in the money and bigname producers and became the only game in town aside from the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion scene, when real rocknroll influenced little punk bands like the Phantoms and Fur and Piss Factory and Bebe Buell and the Waldos and the Lunachicks were still around, really makin’ it a fun scene in the Green Door party era. I got to see a lot of those bands and even jam with some of them. One night the Phantoms from New Orleans played one of the best shows I’d ever seen at the Continental. The Waldos, too, and of course, Pillbox! I love Phoebe Legere so much, too. Gentrification is a wokey Mcwoke realtor code word for getting rid of the poor people by jacking up rents so only trust fund nepo babes can be in certain zipcodes, and overpolicing people who do not present as sufficiently middle class, so that means me, it was perfected in Manhattan by Mossad peeps, then imported to like every medium sized city. The facist pigs and booj landlords called their strongarm tactics “Broken Window Theory” and started categorizing loitering, jaywalking, rough sleeping and panhandling “quality of life crimes”. Then, they easily convinced all the white property owning middle class college educated people that they were being infringed upon by the unsightly presence of all us dastardly poors, that the middle class owners and landlords were society’s real victims, so that helped ’em see us lower class artists and punks and less affluent people from all walks of life as “bums”, “winos”, or (this one kills me) “travelers”, making “lifestyle choices”, so when they’d see people shivering in the sleet, moms fleeing abuse or PTSD veterans, they could tell themselves they had made a “lifestyle choice”, or when they saw the cops kick people awake and steal their tarps or tents or backpacks and kidnap their companion animals, they told themselves it was to create a “vibrant and diverse” neighborhood. All those P.C. culture rollouts were weaponized against the left and against the poor. The oligarchy will use anything to justify keeping poor folks under their boot.
During Occupy Wall Street, cops started beating up NYU middle class people, too, and chemical spraying women, and media just ignored it and showed more footage of Obama being cool and wearing taupe and playing b-ball with Jay Z. He said we can’t look back at Bush/cheney crimes and we’re just gonna let it play out with brutes abusing water protectors at standing Rock, blowing girls arms off, and see no eveil feelgoodist NPR shitlibs just look the other way and pretend like it’s not happening. Then, they made an exaggerated big deal about a Maga protest at the Capital cause rich plane owning inside trading millionaire politicians do not like being held accountable or having to meet with their constituents. Racist rightwing politicians started writing laws during the Ferguson and Baltimore uprisings that it was legal for rightwingers to run demonstrators over with their cars if they disagreed with their messaging. They want most of us to die suddenly and the rest of us to stay in our tiny cells except when we ar making them money somehow, so I knew the whole gentrification shit was gonna be bad for everybody, a long time ago, when my old associates were first getting in bed with rich racist bar owners and sporto popular hometown coke dealers. So a whole generation shifted away from congregating in overpriced nightclubs for richies and got online, now, they’ve deployed a million spooks to eavesdrop on your phones via NSA, a million TSA spooks to fondle your private parts at the airport for Rapiscan and Chertoff profits, and a million more to police what you say online about how “WATER IS LIFE”, which I still believe but shitlibs don’t care cause Hillary got to be fracker in chief after Cheney and she is female. The man does not waunt us online organizing or talking to people about how these elections aren’t real-they are mostly staged and decided in smoky backrooms, or how we need to force the vote on healthcare if we have representation and house all the people and we need to make the politicians stop giving weapons and military power to lowbrow ape aggressors in the so called homeland-then, the Pandemic clampdowns with Brad Pitt being trotted out to play Fauchi on SNL, and Fauchi throwing out the first baseball and being characterized by shitlib media all around the clock for years as the GREATEST SAINT WHO EVER LIVED with all the pig media covering up his involvement with animal experimentation and funding gain of function bioweapon reearch, that’s when they really, really, successfully finally taught people to fear their neighbors might have the cooties of death, and divided everybody even more, over trite topics like do cloth masks prevent transmission. Democrat celebrities would be at champagne parties without masks, but the peasants, the servants, the second class citizens were required to wear masks and shitlibs who love their privileges more than truth, all co signed that fuckedup bullshit by just blindly and obediently repeating the trust science mantra. It aint science that rich people don’t have germs, only the second class servants. Wow that’s batshit, and how did one virus sick bat fly to 150 countries in a week? So yeah now things are permenently fucked and more NWO rollouts are underway while they keep the working class divided and quarreling over nickel and dime shit forever.
So I don’t think we’ll ever see a crazy cool hedonistic sparkling fun nightlife like we did when all the various tribes and subcultures mixed it up on the Lower East Side. They try pretending they still got it goin’ but without poor people, it’s just boomer aged kareoke-richies playing covers of songs that were written by poor people from the seventies. No motherfuckin born rich millionaire ever wrote “Chinese Rocks” or “Can’t Your Arms Around A Memory”, but here’s some old people with wealth doing more covers of the same ten songs til Doomsday. A lot of my fave rockers had to leave that town and most of ’em left the country. I’ll probably never get to see Jeff Ward or Chris Barry or Ratboy in real life again, all the cool people scattered to other freer and more affordable parts of the planet. I’ve never been cool with authoritarianism. Somehow, the powers that be have convinced a safespace generation and a half that like, bombing the shit out of Libya and bringing back slavery is okeydokey and wokey Mcwokeness as long as Hillary, a female, is giving the kill orders, or that torturing human beings cause you don’t like their religion is acceptable so long as Gina Haspel is giving the orders and she is female and some gay women are involved in the degrading and human experimentation of Muslim males. That droning a teenage citizen of our country is okay so long as the Prez is part black. The identity politricks is empty tokenism and if you were truly a critical thinker, you’d have principles, and not just obey tv models, or confuse body parts or skin tone for virtue or character. My town’s Wal Mart always hires gay females to be their loss prevention and I can never wrap my mind around their overeager wanting to bust poor people for shoplifting, I heard an obese lady probation officer on her cellphone yesterday and looked her in the eye, trying to find a streak of humanity in there, nothing. All these people have been programmed to want to be authority figures, controlling less powerful people, handcuffing motherfuckers, putting them in abuse gulags, and I think it’s sad and disgusting. But we got Democrats in bed with actual nazis, now, so ya know, people who “self identify” with this or that, frequently choose their identity labels or sports team uniform colors over doing what is righteous or kind or decent or humane.
MintPress News on Twitter: “During WWII, Stepan Bandera’s followers killed tens of thousands of Poles and Jews in an ethnic cleansing campaign. Ukrainian nationalists still see him as a wartime hero despite protests from anti-war campaigners. https://t.co/6uAX62km21” / Twitter
MintPress News on Twitter: “BREAKING: Iraq’s Supreme Court has issued an arrest warrant for former president Donald Trump for ordering the assassination of the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in 2020. https://t.co/pKccbPOijQ” / Twitter
“Reminder that the right gets fighters & the Left gets gaslighters for the Establishment.” (-Jimmy Dore)
“Gee, I wonder who blew up Nord Stream 2?” (-Garland Nixon)
“For all the public whining from Prince Harry and his wife, his admission that he slaughtered 25 people in Afghanistan, a country offering no threat to his own and left impoverished, offers us a glimpse of the ruthless system propped up by his family.” (-John Pilger)
MintPress News on Twitter: “”The Palestinians were always canceled.” Journalist and organizer Brian Becker discusses how the Western Left’s support for the movement for a #FreePalestine is growing. https://t.co/p1aaaD0bL6″ / Twitter
Garland Nixon on Twitter: “THE FBI IS ATTACKING THE UHURU MOVEMENT CALLING THEM ‘RUSSIAN STOOGES.” HERE IS ONE OF THEIR “EVIL” RUSSIAN PROJECTS. A NEIGHBORHOOD BASKETBALL COURT! https://t.co/WBroJoqlPl” / Twitter
Truth Ninja on Twitter: “I am white and stand 100% behind the Uhuru movement in this case. When the FBI indicts you for “spreading Russian disinformation”, we have a major fucking problem. I don’t agree with them politically but I will defend their right to freedom of beliefs and expression. https://t.co/quoFLYZv3j” / Twitter
Anthony Beckford ✊🏾 on Twitter: “A white male @NYPDnews officer brutally beat a Black Female child w/ hammer fists. She & other children try to stop his attack. Watch the look of horror on the Female Officer’s face at the action of her fellow officer. Fire Him & Release His Name!! #ProtectBlackChildren https://t.co/HJIlwdaCkX” / Twitter
Garland Nixon on Twitter: “@joebiden is looking to bring this brand of DEMOCRACY to the world. THIS IS WASHINGTON DC! His upcoming nuclear war will clean this right up with an 8,000 degree fire. @USrogressives https://t.co/UI5zI8JUOY” / Twitter
“We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”
(― Edward Bernays)
My neighbour and friend Vivienne Westwood, who has died, embodied the best of creative, optimistic, generous and eccentric Britain. She used her establishment fame to demand justice for Julian #Assange. She understood how important it was. I salute her.” (-John Pilger)
Caitlin Johnstone on Twitter: “The dark blue line after 1973 is theft. They stole that money from their workers. But nothing happened, because capitalism legalizes theft from the working class by the capitalist class. https://t.co/U0t3vQkrST” / Twitter
“I explain why Guaidó was a political disaster for Venezuela’s opposition & how his allies oversaw an international heist of the country’s assets” (-Anya Parampyl)
“*Some of those conspiracy theories, like the idea of a sprawling conspiracy between Trump and Russia, were of course invented before the election.” (-Aaron Mate’)
“The liberal/left in the U.S. doesn’t seem to have a clue about the ruthlessness of the ideological/informational war being waged by capitalists. The twitter files only provided some empirical evidence to the neoliberal totalitarianism that some of us have been warning.” (-Ajamu Baraka)
Lee Fang on Twitter: “Leighton Woodhouse @lwoodhouse and Michael Shellenberger @ShellenbergerMD are merging forces to create Public, a Substack. Absolutely worth a follow. They are tackling some of the most vexing issues issues, from the homeless crisis to crime and policing. https://t.co/x6l2wqIg0v” / Twitter
Lee Fang on Twitter: “Twitter quietly partnered with the U.S. intelligence community, allowing the IC to select which state-sponsored accounts/advertsting to take down/ban. Incredible screenshot below showing Twitter had a secret policy handing power to FBI/CIA etc. over content decisions.” / Twitter
COMBATE |🇵🇷 on Twitter: “MADURO: “The US has unfortunately been caught up in a nonsensical policy regarding Venezuela… hit, threaten invasions, extremist sanctions, try to break the country from within. And all those policies failed – they were defeated. Firstly by reality, secondly by strength.” https://t.co/47QbK5y1tn” / Twitter
Aaron Maté on Twitter: “Following their 2016 humiliation, Democratic operatives invented multiple Russia-related conspiracy theories. One was that Russia manipulated millions of Americans via social media. (https://t.co/GHcsYM1cY9) This thread details how Twitter was pressured to validate it:” / Twitter
Stephen McIntyre on Twitter: “Matt Taibbi’s recent and excellent thread picked up story of social media censorship in Sept 2017. But as early as July 2016, Facebook had initially blocked links to Wikileaks archive of DNC leak. https://t.co/eo2CZCDtvb” / Twitter
Mick Wallace on Twitter: “EU says ‘An Independent free media is vital to any Democracy’ but Mainstream Media in EU is not Independent, it’s controlled by vested interests. #EU says ‘A journalist shouldn’t be punished for doing his work’- But Julian #Assange is in prison for exposing #US #NATO War Crimes.. https://t.co/QfMwtrFyoa” / Twitter
Glenn Greenwald on Twitter: “The reason this matters – beyond the key role Obama and Pelosi played in preserving NSA domestic spying – is that a handful of establishment leaders in both parties agree on most things, and rule the country together as a club. Most members have no power: https://t.co/oele1St1yl” / Twitter
Glenn Greenwald on Twitter: “The incident Amash is referencing is amazing. In the wake of the Snowden reporting, there was huge bipartisan support for reining in the NSA’s domestic spying. Amash and John Conyers co-wrote a bill poised to pass. Then Obama got Nancy Peolsi to whip enough Dem votes to sink it👇 https://t.co/eG38KRO1pj” / Twitter
Ben Norton on Twitter: “This is how Peru’s unelected right-wing coup regime treats protesters who are demanding elections. (It has already killed around 30 activists.) Meanwhile, the US government 100% supports this regime and hasn’t uttered a word of criticism” / Twitter
“”In Congress, there are basically 3, 4, or 5 people deciding everything right now.” (-Justin Amash)
“CNN exec 1: “Let’s hire Kinzinger: he’s one of the good Republicans who says Trump is an Orange Hitler.”
Exec 2: “But we already hired 1,000 others exactly like this and nobody watches.” Exec 1: Maybe this time it will work?” (-Glenn Greenwald)
Glenn Greenwald on Twitter: “Read @davidsirota on how most of the corporate media — with the sole intention to protect @PeteButtigieg — completely distorted what caused the meltdown at Southwest Air that stranded a million passengers. His culpability is as clear as it was ignored: https://t.co/p1FktLrjit” / Twitter
Glenn Greenwald on Twitter: “This continues to be such an amazing part of all of this: how Dems – especially the Squad and other “progressives” – are so aggressively proud of how they obediently united behind a Leader who openly despises them, and are just unwilling ever to raise a ruckus about anything:” / Twitter
Prince Harry says he killed 25 people in Afghanistan | Middle East Eye but hulu/netflix/internet media won’t stop polishing his shoes. “royalty”.
“Venezuela’s right-wing opposition oligarch-controlled parallel “national assembly” voted to dissolve the imaginary “interim government” of US puppet Juan Guaidó.
But Washington still refuses to recognize Venezuela’s real, elected government, prolonging the endless coup attempt” (-Ben Norton)
MintPress News on Twitter: “WHAT IS NATO? The host of Declassified Palestine and former Labour Party MP Chris Williamson breaks down the roots of NATO, Britain’s role in its history, and what led to NATO’s current proxy war against Russia in Ukraine. https://t.co/UAi9vZik18” / Twitter
Max Blumenthal on Twitter: “Literally the only thing State Dept-backed mafiosi like @carlosvecchio did in or around Venezuela’s US embassy was usher a band of middle class emigre thugs to its gates to assault and harass activists defending its rightful, UN-recognized owners. Fail. https://t.co/GZMmWtB9vc” / Twitter
MintPress News on Twitter: “On Monday, the Ukrainian parliament released a (now-deleted) tweet quoting Ukrainian ultra-nationalist and antisemite Stepan Bandera: “The complete and supreme victory of Ukrainian nationalism will be when the Russian Empire ceases to exist.” https://t.co/FcGotJkR1r” / Twitter
And as the sun sinks slowly in the West, I bid you a fond farewell, all my Brothers & Sisters & Friends of the Revolution. Stay Wild! Stay Free!