Listen to a reading of this article:
There’s a lot going on in America and the people are very stressed out and frightened, but don’t worry, there’s nothing the US government won’t do to make sure more High Mobility Artillery Rocket systems get to Ukraine.
Rest assured Americans: no matter how dark things may seem right now, no matter how insecure and uncertain you may feel, you can sleep soundly knowing your government is moving mountains around the clock to make sure the Ukraine war becomes a strategic quagmire for Moscow.
The Ukraine war is the single most aggressively trolled issue I’ve ever witnessed. As soon as it started, Twitter was full of brand new accounts swarming anyone who uttered wrongthink about Ukraine, and now there are entire extremely coordinated troll factions working to scare people away from criticizing empire narratives about this war. It’s plainly very inorganic, so it’s good to recall what we know about the trolling operations of western militaries.
Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media | Hacking | The Guardian https://t.co/IFH9KsXTxa
— Abbas (@Abbas_Muntaqim) July 11, 2021
How did we miss this year-old Newsweek report about a secret and unaccountable Pentagon "undercover force" which "carries out domestic and foreign assignments" that include "campaigns to influence and manipulate social media"? https://t.co/zo7liETtnn pic.twitter.com/nTibeLpZxH
— Caitlin Johnstone ⏳ (@caitoz) April 13, 2022
British Army unveils ‘Twitter troops’ for social media fight – Channel 4 News https://t.co/OZbpqIOmUj
— Patricia Dowling (@ketchmeifucan) June 29, 2022
We're used to hearing about state-backed Twitter campaigns from the likes of Iran and Russia, but why do we never hear about US and UK social media ops? (Spoiler: it's not because they don't exist) https://t.co/Aj7i3LNAZD
— WIRED UK (@WiredUK) October 8, 2019
So the western empire is responding to a war that was caused by NATO expansion by greatly expanding NATO, at the same time we learn that the Biden administration doesn’t even believe Ukraine has any chance of winning that war. This is going great, guys. Good job everyone.
Sure the worst case scenario of all this brinkmanship with Russia is nuclear war, but on the other hand the best case scenario is securing planetary domination for an empire that has spent the 21st century killing people by the millions in wars of aggression for power and profit. Totally worth the risk!
When you realize the US really only has one political party, you cease seeing one good party protecting people from a bad party and start seeing one giant party threatening to take away people’s civil rights if they don’t obey and submit. You suddenly understand that saying one party is a “lesser evil” is like saying a boxer should want to get hit by his opponent’s left hand because his right cross hurts more. It’s two arms on the same boxer, and they’re both working together to knock you out.
A boxer doesn’t go into a match planning to get punched in the face by his opponent’s left hand while avoiding the right, he goes in planning to defeat his opponent. The opponent is the uniparty and the oligarchic empire which controls it.
It is true that each hand is used differently in boxing, with the lead used mostly for jabs and hooks and the rear hand mostly for crosses, but they’re both used together to set up a knockout blow. The fact that the parties are used differently doesn’t mean they’re not working together.
Most good boxers will tell you they’d rather fight someone with a solid cross than someone with a solid jab. Sure the jab does less damage at first, but it’s such an effective strike that it can nullify your entire offense and grind you down until you can’t continue. In exactly the same way, the Democratic Party is far more effective in shutting down revolutionary movements and stagnating progress than the Republicans, and, just like a jab-cross combination in boxing, is used to set up the Republicans to deliver the knockout blow.
What is the correct response to this? Is it to say “Hmm, I’d better let him punch me with his left hand, because if I don’t he’ll hit me with his right and it’ll hurt more”? Or is it to bite down on your mouthpiece and start throwing heavy leather until you knock his ass out?
It’s just a cold hard fact that no matter how strong and independent a woman you think you are, your quality of life will be severely affected by the quality of the person you have babies with. Abortion is the final safeguard against giving birth to the child of an unworthy man. And no matter who you are reading this, you personally know women who’ve been temporarily deceived into thinking they were having sex with a worthy man.
Forced birthers in the US are like, “We’ll adopt your baby! Okay actually we’ll probably just let them fall through the cracks of a grossly inadequate foster care system leading to a childhood of trauma and neglect, but after that we’ve got a very well-funded prison system that can take care of them.”
One thing we learned from Covid is that being stuck inside sucks. Space colonization would be like being in permanent lockdown with no windows, no Uber Eats, no birdsong or rain on the roof and no chance of ever going home. Even if it somehow became possible, it’s a dumb idea and I hate it.
And there’s no reason to believe it will ever become possible. Science is nowhere near finished learning about all the countless ways the human organism is inseparably intertwined with Earth. The belief that we can solve our problems with space colonization is unscientific. We’re just going to have to change how we function as a species.
Astronauts lose decades' worth of bone mass in space that many do not recover even after a year back on Earth, researchers said Thursday, warning that it could be a "big concern" for future missions to Marshttps://t.co/p7Mp9deDih
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) June 30, 2022
The biggest obstacle remains the fact that science has no idea how to sustain human life in a way that is separate from earth’s ecosystem. We don’t even have any evidence that it’s possible. We’re no closer to being able to do it than we were a thousand years ago; today’s space stations are not independent of Earth’s ecosystem in even the tiniest way. They’re still 100 percent dependent on terrestrial supplies, which is an unsustainable model if you’re talking about actual colonization.
The idea of space colonization appeals to the capitalist mentality because it means we can keep expanding our population and keep expanding the economy and keep harvesting and consuming resources in the way we have been. But there’s literally zero scientific evidence that it’s feasible.
A future of space colonization is a fairy tale we tell ourselves so that we won’t have to change. So we can keep up our egocentric way of functioning without adapting and transcending our self-destructive patterns. We’re like a slacker who refuses to get off their parents’ couch and get their shit together who babbles made-up nonsense about NFT get-rich-quick schemes when asked about their plans for the future.
Collective extinction is easier to imagine than collective ego death.
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Lez / July 4, 2022
Indeed is the US-NATO-UK Ukraine Proxy War on Russia highly propagandized.
A high degree of Cognitive Dissonance on the part of Western audiences is the other admixture in this toxic recipe.
Example: President Zelensky comes with zero experience, is not a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, has not spent twenty years in the parliament as a minister before a run for president, has not had intelligence agency experience, has not had armed forces battlefield experience, has no experience in country economics, foreign policy nor diplomacy.
The Cognitive Dissonance arises as no-one in The West would vote for a candidate who came with no credentials other than show business credentials. Zelensky – the perfect stooge for Washington-London-Brussels interests.
The West has now enabled The Russian Armed Forces to now become the most battle field experienced and the most fearsome army in the world! The entire Russian War Machine – the world’s best.
Examined here in detail . . . https://les7eb.substack.com/p/ukraine-notes-the-long-proxy-war-b15
BTW – No peace settlement for The Ukraine. This war belongs to The Russian Armed Forces. It finishes when they decide to finish it and it will be finished on Russia’s terms. The winner decides the outcome, as discussed.
Nobody / July 4, 2022
“The Cognitive Dissonance arises as no-one in The West would vote for a candidate who came with no credentials other than show business credentials. ”
Hmm….I assume you’re being ironic?
Markos / July 6, 2022
..because being laughed at is obviously the primary requisite for becoming “leader” of a NATO country ? Or maybe this is a reference to Regan and Trump ? If the latter, its hardly ironic, even if it is true
K-Dog / July 3, 2022
Women who’ve been temporarily deceived into thinking they were having sex with a worthy man.
The definition being subjective and emotionally arrived at. All women make this mistake.-
As do all men.
About the troll army. We can’t talk about that much. You have a website and I have a website and as needed the troll army calls for black suited assistance as you know.
When just changing links on your website to messages they want to send you is not enough. Homeland security is there to help.
Emphasis on SECURITY. Their operation defended.
John Day / July 2, 2022
The second day of the Ukraine war, my blog http://www.johndayblog.com and personal email were taken away by Google, for some content violation, which was never clarified. We eventually got them back, but the post remained censored, as has another since then.
I am having none of this on drjohnsblog.substack.com and I see that you also have a substack blog now, Sister Caitlin.
I also agree with the imperitive to give women recourse against male-sexual-opportunists.
The morning after pill is not quite enough. Sometimes the charade can be maintained longer than that.
Pascal / July 1, 2022
And who’s the star of the Jimmy Dore show with today’s article?
Ted Christian / July 1, 2022
Why are the flags on the shoulder patches backwards? So they look right in a mirror? Was there a typo? Is it a Masonic thing? What’s the deal?
Caitlin and the rest of you need to get an aerospace engineering degree and work in manned spaceflight awhile and then I’ll critically analyze your pronouncements on the subject, but in the meantime maybe somebody can tell me why any of you think you have an opinion about it. Ever hear “it doesn’t take a rocket scientist”? Where do you think they got that, and what particular thing does it clearly not apply to?
John Knox / July 1, 2022
The flag is an army thing, the idea is that’s how a flag would look on a pole if you were carrying it and charging towards the enemy. It looks stupid, just like the berets.
Ted Christian / July 1, 2022
Sounds plausibly stupid.
The military needs to hurry up with AI.
Pascal / July 2, 2022
Your above comments remind me of that theatre critic who was attacked by a playwright for panning one his plays on account that he was incapable of writing a play himself and who replied: “Sir, I can’t lay eggs but I deem myself a better judge of an omelette than a hen”. Except that nobody attacked you here, so one may wonder why you felt threatened and why the entitlement?
Markos / July 6, 2022
LOL WTF ?
Levi Tate / July 1, 2022
Caitlin wrote: “When you realize the US really only has one political party, you cease seeing one good party protecting people from a bad party and start seeing one giant party threatening to take away people’s civil rights if they don’t obey and submit. You suddenly understand that saying one party is a “lesser evil” is like saying a boxer should want to get hit by his opponent’s left hand because his right cross hurts more. It’s two arms on the same boxer, and they’re both working together to knock you out.”
On his way out the door (Oct 21, 2020) Trump threw a haymaker at the Deep State.
The election was then stolen and
one of Biden’s first acts as faux-Prez (January 21, 2021, the day after the “Inauguration”)
was to intercept that haymaker mid-flight.
Democrats: corrupt, totalitarian, defenders of the Deep State.
One of the biggest haymakers you never heard of:
Levi Tate / July 1, 2022
The administrative state [Deep State] for the better part of a century, and really dating back to the Pendleton Act of 1883, has designed policy, made policy, structured policy, implemented policy, and interpreted policy while operating outside the control of Congress, the president, and the judiciary.
The gradual rise of this 4th branch of government – which is very much the most powerful branch – has reduced the American political process to mere theater as compared with the real activity of government, which rests with the permanent bureaucracy.
Pascal / July 1, 2022
Levi Tate / July 1, 2022
Your first response: “Hey Jarhead Troll, you hate us for our freedoms.”
“Hey Jarhead Troll, you volunteered away your rights in order to attack our freedoms.”
“Hey Jarhead troll, you aren’t permitted a conscience, but we know the value of ours.”
“Hey Jarhead Troll, we forgive you for you know not what you do.”
Bob H / July 1, 2022
The notion of colonizing other planets is not unscientific, it is ludicrous. The predicament we face as a species is ecological overshoot. The time bomb is already ticking. It’s set to go off, not in millennia or centuries, but in decades. Some people alive today will be dealing with that predicament.
You can educate yourself here:(https://problemspredicamentsandtechnology.blogspot.com/2020/12/welcome-to-problems-predicaments-and.html)
or just read the book by William R. Catton, Jr., “OVERSHOOT: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change”
Glenn / July 1, 2022
Astronauts experience ‘space anemia’ when they leave Earth
James / July 1, 2022
The idea of space exploration didn’t originate in this time of overpopulation and resource depletion, but at a time of great optimism. Oligarchs interested in it now are optimistic that they can influence the future. Does science know more than the pre-science era of a thousand years ago? Of course. Would orbiting habitats need to be completely cut off from the surface? Probably not, unless the planet became uninhabitable. Can tech like spinning habitats provide artificial gravity? Likely. Your concern about escaping to space in lieu of sane political economy is spot on; however, going to the moon was thought impossible, yet it was done. The human spirit and it’s relatively new scientific method will always want to explore and go further. That said, there should be no oligarchs and our desire to move ahead should be from a sustainable, enlightened foundation, not from our primitive fears.
Pascal / July 1, 2022
“Going to the moon was thought impossible, yet it was done”.
At least Nasa said it was. I’m no expert but I’ve wondered for a long time why they didn’t colonize the moon back then – and that’s 53 years ago now – and called it a day without exploring any more than a few square miles. It’s like exploring a few spots in the Saudi desert and saying: “Alright folks, let’s go! There’s definitely no oil on this planet!”
I did some research and I must say I find some merit to the explanation of some scientists that no human could cross the van Allen radiation belt and come back alive in the kind of vessels they had and that all this was a PR stunt started by JFK to restore American pride after the Russian Gagarin mission.
This theory claims that the whole shebang was filmed and recorded in studio and in Arizona for the outdoors scenes – with or without the help of Stanley Kubrick, which is entirely possible. It made all Americans happy and optimistic which was essentially Kennedy’s New Frontier idea.
Why didn’t the Russians call that bluff? Because everybody would have said it was Russian propaganda and they thought it cleverer to cut a deal for the joint ISS experiment… that’s been lasting for 31 years now and we don’t even know what the fuck they’re doing up there – except that they’re not going anywhere near the moon, that’s for sure!
And now Musk wants to go to Mars because he’s got a space ship allegedly capable of flying 330 miles (!) above your breakfast table? Isn’t that a bit of a stretch?
Max424 / July 1, 2022
” … I must say I find some merit to the explanation of some scientists that no human could cross the van Allen radiation belt and come back alive in the kind of vessels they had … ”
Hardy spacecraft made out of tinfoil and duct tape Pascal!
Lmao … A friend of mine that I respect, he too does his “research,” told me all my talk of “intellectual courage” was horseshit if I wasn’t willing to look into the lunar landings. And so I did, albeit VERY reluctantly, and I admit, little of it added up.
Neil Armstrong taking hundreds of flawlessly lit and centered photos while bouncing around on the Moon with a chest cam?
Neil was no doubt a fine and courageous pilot, but to suddenly tap his inner Eisenstadt while in a space suit in low G thousands of miles from home? I don’t know. Seems slightly dubious.
Yeah the Russian angle was one of my go to arguments for “crushing” those Moon Fake Conspirators, but the killer argument I always thought was simply pointing out that all the stuff we left up there can be seen through telescopes here on Earth.
But this not true, the Moon is acually quite far away it turns out, and the only “physical evidence” we have of those landings is a few suspect photos of some lunar footprints that Hubble took in a pass-by.
And what really got my Conspiracy Antenna tingling, is China’s space program offered to land at the site of one the Apollo lunar touchdowns, and the US forbid them from considering any such idea, under the premise that China would be defiling sacred American ground!
Too funny. Really, it is. I am of the position now, that until someone lands on the Moon (again?), and lights a superflare of some kind that I can see from my backyard, I will remain skeptical that any human ever has, or ever will, gone beyond Earth’s orbit.
Note: I almost forgot. We have more than a half dozen interviews with Shuttle commanders and specialists where they explain why they are endlessly circling the Earth to no important purpose; it is for the simple reason that to go out there into the darker reaches is to immediately die.
One, if I remember correcly, bitterly complained that the technology for getting through the Van Allen Belt had been lost!
Some bumbler at NASA misplaced it apparently, and that was that, no more space travel.
So for humankind, it looks like it’s just gonna be some quick up and downs and circlings from here on out, the former mostly billionaire funded.
Pascal / July 1, 2022
Yeah, I do remember Nasa losing shit. Here it is:
As Sinead O’Connor was singing though, nothing compares…
… to the $2,3 trillion lost by the Pentagon on 9/10/01 :o)
Pascal / July 1, 2022
PS: About China, last I heard, they landed a probe on the dark side of the moon – like the Pink Floyd – because of the US pressure you mention.
Max424 / July 1, 2022
Reply to Pascal:
“… to the $2,3 trillion lost by the Pentagon on 9/10/01 :o)”
Even though Wedge One of the Pentagon – where the crack ONI investigation team into missing trillions had gathered – getting eviscerated the next day by an airplae is to be considered 4 Sigma level coincidence, it is NOT in my top 20 reasons for the believing the Official Narrative of 9/11 is beyond utter poppycock.
Ain’t that something?
Might not be in my top 50, there are so many. Hani Hanjoor, the pilot of the deadly Boeing 757, the one who performed the greatest acrobatic “feats of flying” in the history of aviation, despite not being able to drive a car, let alone fly a Cessna, now he’s a 10 Sigma man.
In other words, the Universe produces a Hani Hanjoor once every 5 Bing Bang cycles or so, or roughly once every 60 billion years.
And Hani is not my number one! I have four ahead of him.
Lmao … The dumbest shit ever, 9/11. At least the Kennedy assassination has some seemingly unsolvable mysteries attached to it.
Pascal / July 1, 2022
There too I think the Russians cut a deal with the US to go along with it because Putin is bound to know.
Anyway my favorite 9/11 pearl has always been the passport found in pristine order on the smouldering rubble after falling from the pocket of a guy inside a plane on fire on the 93rd floor of a tower which then itself folded at freefall speed reducing said plane to fine dust. But not the passport. That should be in the Guinness Book of Records where it would remain unchallenged for centuries :o)
Max424 / July 2, 2022
” … Putin is bound to know.”
Agree and yes, “the pristine passport” is also a 10 Sigma event.
Atta rolled down the cockpit window and tossed it out he did, just before he steered the plane into the tower.
A plane, btw, that was doing more than 500 mph! Lmao …
Tony Kaku / July 10, 2022
Dov Zakheim! Sticky fingers all over the Pentagon, but especially in the accounting section, where the missile hit. AND he had an office in the Twin Towers, flogging remocons for airplanes.
Markos / July 6, 2022
you are living proof that the internet makes people more stupid
Jim Thomas / July 1, 2022
OK, I get it. “Fake News” and “misinformation” is good as long as the right government (the US and its allies) is disseminating it. Any news/information which disputes or contradicts the official narrative is bad and subject to censorship. Those who accept this arrangement are “patriots”. Those who do not are “traitors” and do not “support the troops” (whoever those “troops” are, including, apparently terrorists, Nazis, head choppers, mercenaries, etc.). Thanks for clearing this up Caitlin. As usual, you do so with enviable clarity and focus.
Jabba / July 1, 2022
Why the Homo sapiens will not succeed implementing Space colonization:
1) As in today July 1st 2022, we don’t have the knowledge-technology to terraform a one square feet garden from the scratch in a new planet unless we can transport a whole garden to the new planet. But the great problem is that our lifeforms on earth are adapted to survive in Earth’s biosphere. No one can predict how bacterias, virus, algae, fungi, vegetables from home will survive in a new environment full of native microorganisms “sleeping” waiting for the right conditions to flourish.
2) Our digestive system is intrinsically intertwined with our earth’s environment. A new alien environment will be a scientific challenge in the optimistic perspective or a sentence of death in the worst scenario. It is not just arriving in Mars and eating, ordering, cooking whatever shows up in our new controlled artificial environment.
3) Isolation perhaps will the most challenging problem to be solved. Human beings are social animals.
In space no one can hear you scream but definitely everybody can smell. Stuck inside of spaceship coffin breathing recycled air forever smelling farts not mentioning stuck forever with space buddies which you can never disagree otherwise mutiny is always an option but never mind, you cannot pull over neither go back home.
4) A lot of people will die by accidents, stupidity before arriving at the destination just to realize that Earth still the most reliable option. Perhaps some thought will pop up about our true origins after realizing how we could succeed without some help from outsiders. Watson and Crick already thought about that back in the 60s after extensive conclusions about the origins of our DNA.
Apiarian / July 2, 2022
Maybe we wind up getting to Mars only to find a few golf balls and some leftover asphalt. Realizing, oh shit, we already ruined Mars long ago and escaped to Earth…
Pascal / July 1, 2022
With all due respect, you’re wrong about human life in space because you forgot about God. He obviously made man to live in space. A simple look at the science will suffice to prove it. Where did archangel Gabriel come from to tell Mary she shouldn’t worry about the bump on her navel because it was called Jesus? Space! Where did the putative father – God for the ladies – live? In space. Where did Jesus go when he was finally discovered by two angels after playing hide and seek for three days? Space! And what did he do there? He sat at the right of God!
They’ve got all the comfort up there! Armchairs (cos’ you don’t sit for eternity on a simple chair), TVs (cos’ what’s the use of having an armchair if you don’t have TV?) etc.
It’s like a holiday resort as proves this true story told by a direct eyewitness called Cassidy Hutchinson, who’s been up there and back and reported under oath to the January 6 panel. According to her bombshell testimony, one day the hundred-dollar bill and the little nickel coin, who’d just died in the same financial crash, showed up at Saint Peter’s door and declined their respective identities. Saint Peter looked at his register (which proves they have registers too, which is as indispensable as bureaucrats to life in space) and gave them each a key to a bungalow (cos’ they have bungalows with kitchens to multiply bread and fish and change water into wine if you want to take a shower).
All this is operated by s*xually fluid (I’m tr*ing to l*arn to wr*te Am*rican) angels. Why do you think there are angels? Just to hang on top of the Christmas tree? No Ma’am! To work in Saint Peter’s resort while God and Jesus watch on TV the wars happening on Earth cos’ this action stuff is livelier than the corny love stories on the other channels.
To make a long story short, the hundred-dollar bill arrived at his bungalow and lo and behold, a shithole!
He went back to the reception to complain and while walking there, saw the little nickel basking in the sun on a deck chair by the swimming pool of a superb beach house with wisteria over the porch and hibiscuses all over the garden.
He turned crimson, narrowly escaped a stroke and zeroed in on the reception desk where he yelled to Saint Peter: “What the fuck is this shit? I am the hundred-dollar bill for Chrissakes! You gave me a dump to stay in while the little nickel is basking in the sun by the swimming pool of a superb beach house? What’s become of merit in this joint?
“Precisely”, replied Saint Peter after checking with his register, “it seems they haven’t seen much of you at mass down there…”
So according to Cassidy Hutchinson, fully backed by Liz Cheney, there is definitely life in space and they seem to be doing quite well too!
grimm / July 1, 2022
The end of history has been a total shit show. Historically speaking.
Giants vs Gods / July 1, 2022
Capitalism is about ownership and that’s why we’re supposed to think it’s the best system ever. But it’s really just concerned with Big Capital Ownership. Property value OVER human value. Privatization is at the core of fascism. Fascism is at the core of Egoism.
It’s the 40 years of neoliberalism’s “self-interest” dogma. It’s the left hemisphere of the brain on steroids while completely neglecting the cultivation of the right, to the point that they’ve convinced themselves that only machine enhancement will make us better. Creativity, brilliant inventions that would improve society are suppressed, the inventors killed, because true progress is a threat to the status quo. So our innate creativity isn’t reinforced in schools. (Though I did see a STEAM school recently. Imagine – science, technology, engineering, ART and math! So there is hope.)
The race to own everything, including making all of nature an asset class now, is the trajectory of fascism. This is the status quo train that will not stop. It’s not our consumption problem, it’s the capitalists’ consumption problem. You can’t even expect to own your own body. Individual and national sovereignty stand in the way of global governance, which is why democratic freedom and the nation-state are under assault. The only freedom that’s increased these past 40 years is unfettered capitalism, or aristocratic fascism.
“Just renaming fascism as “libertarianism” or “neo-liberalism,” has fooled the masses to think that it’s pro-democratic. “Capitalism” has thus come to be re-defined to refer to only the aristocratically controlled form of capitalism: fascism.” https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/28/privatization-is-at-the-core-of-facsism/
“In a libertarian society, there is no commons or public space. There are property lines, not borders. When it comes to real property and physical movement across such real property, there are owners, guests, licensees, business invitees, and trespassers — not legal and illegal immigrants.”
~ Jeff Deist, president of the Mises Institute
“The core of fascism is the idea that there is some elite, whether ‘Aryan’ or ‘chosen by God,’ or otherwise, who should run things, and that everyone else exists in order to serve that elite.
Inevitably, this official elite consists of the people whom the powers-that-be assign as constituting the owners of almost everything that’s valuable. Increasingly, things become those people’s private possession — even what was formerly a public asset becomes now private. Beaches become private. Schools become private. Natural resources become private.
It’s not just the art that was stolen by the Nazis and privatized to them and/or shown at museums that they control, which becomes private; it’s whatever the elite want to have, and to control: it’s all now private. That’s the fascist ideal.”
“What you have today is the economy imagines that the financial sector, the real estate speculators are part of the economy and part of GDP instead of being an overhead, a tumor.”
~ Michael Hudson
Maybe the truth is that those who have the smallest sense of self-worth need to own the most. Every purchase a constant reassurance to the fragile ego. Maybe fascism, like the ego,
isn’t so hard to break after all.
Max424 / July 1, 2022
“Privatization is at the core of fascism.”
Michael Hudson: “… what was formerly a public asset becomes now private. Beaches become private. Schools become private. Natural resources become private.”
And that’s why China is the threat. I’m not joking when I write, “if you are walking and take a wrong turn in any Chinese city, you will find yourself in a large public park, and to get out of it, you will probably have to traverse several other large public parks and sundry public spaces, in order to reach your final destination.”
“Unless you decide to exercise your option as a citizen to take one of the various modes of public transportation which are always at your beck and call. Then you can safely and conveniently ride your way out of your situation, and mostly at the government’s expense.”
China is one big commons, and that’s why our skimmers and parasites at the top, the “tumor” of Western societies as Hudson calls them, will stop at nothing to kill the Chinese idea that almost everything should be in the public domain.
Including exercising the nuclear option.
imaginarybrain / July 1, 2022
It is essential that we colonize Mars.
Once that has been achieved, we will finally have a group that we as Earthlings can hate together.
It will go something like this- “Hell no, I will not let my daughter marry that scum. If she does I will disown her.
I will not allow any Martian lovers in this family!”
Or perhaps- “These damn Martians are coming to this planet and taking our jobs!” Derp.
John Knox / July 1, 2022
It’s tempting to believe that someone is at the helm.
Tubularsock / July 1, 2022
Now John. Don’t get carried away.
Max424 / July 1, 2022
Will Schryver on Twitter (via Naked Capitalims). An anti-narrative take on the proxy war:
“I’ve watched a LOT of drone footage from this war. I’ve seen, from a bird’s eye view, the construction and logic of the field fortifications Ukraine constructed, with US guidance, over the course of eight years.”
“The logic of these ubiquitous pre-prepared fortifications harkens back to the 1864-65 Battle of Petersburg (US Civil War) …”
Yeah, that is exactly what I’ve been looking at. I see definite similiarities with the genius Robert E. Lee in his final days in command, attempting to defend increasingly streched lines using shallow trench systems, and he lasted what, 6 months? Before he was finally roused from his makeshift fortifications and forced to make a run for the hills with the bedraggled remnants of an army.
At which point his tiny band of starving survivors were immediately surrouned and forced to ignominously and unconditionally surrender.
The BIG DIFFERENCE though, between the situation the Rebs faced then and the Ukies face now, is the force on the other side didn’t have the technology to completely control of the skies above the battlefield1865, nor did they have stand-off precision munitions – modern fucking firepower – with which they could remorsely attrit the enemy day and night without having to waste men and matieral in costly physical assaults.
“And why, for months, the Russians have suffered very few casualties – at least a 1 to 10 ratio. Probably much lower.”
Yup. The final ratio will be whatever the Russians want it to be. If they want to be 20 to 1, then will be 20 to 1.
WillD / July 1, 2022
I heard an amusing joke a few days ago about people defecting to Russia from the West. While it was just a joke, I suspect that there are increasing numbers of people in the West who genuinely fear for their safety and wellbeing because of their anti-empire narrative understanding. After all, Edward Snowden did in effect defect to Russia – because it was one of the few countries where he could be safe from the long and vindictive arm of the US.
The West is rapidly becoming just like we all are told the ‘evil’ Russian and Chinese countries are like. Increasing censorship and propaganda, coupled with diminished human and civil rights is reducing the differences between us and them.
Pascal / July 1, 2022
The Empire of Lies! And talking about jokes, I read one the other day which sums it up quite well. A politician on election tour stops at a little village and asks the first villager he sees if he’s got any complaints. “We haven’t got a doctor” the guys replies. The politician barks a couple of sentences into his mobile phone and says: “You’ll have one tomorrow. Anything else?” – “Yes, we don’t have mobile phone coverage either…”
Richard Knapp / July 1, 2022
Perhaps only an unworthy woman would consider murdering her unborn child.
Christoph / July 1, 2022
If you can take it out and it breathes on its own, it’s a child. If it doesn’, it isn’t.
Do you also believe, that every cancer should grow inside the human body until we can figure out whether it develops a conscience?
I wonder how you would feel if a guy overwhelmed you, inseminated you and law forced you to keep his semen inside your body, while it slowly started to swell and extract energy from you. Forcing you to eat more and more while reducing your mobility. Growing in your bowels to the size of a melon. Eventually being pulled from your inside, to continue as a constant reminder of what happened to you.
Maybe at that point, you might agree, that it would have been better to just remove that semen once you noticed it started to swell.
Antisandman / July 1, 2022
Yes. Finally my sperm has the same rights as corporations. They cannot be refused their free speech, which in this case means speaking louder than the voice of the person who grew the womb and produced the ovum. Equal protection under the law has been upheld for sperm.
Jane / July 1, 2022
Nope, only a desperate woman would want the pregnancy to end. Our culture ignores the serious consequences of the abuses women face and blithely thinks “it’ll work out somehow if she has the kid”. The Victorian New Yorkers could not figure out how to keep prostitutes from murdering their babies and dumping them in the East River except to legalize abortion. It never occurred to them to make womens’ lives better so they did not HAVE to murder their own babies.
Jerry Fischer / July 1, 2022
In a showdown between Russia and NATO, the ‘Suwałki Gap’ would likely be the first point of contact
THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH
“…standing in Vladimir Putin’s crosshairs.Nestled on Lithuania’s southeastern border, Druskininkai opens onto a narrow notch of strategic territory known as the Suwałki Gap. Stretching about 100 kilometers along the Lithuanian-Polish frontier, between Belarus in the east and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad to the west, Western military planners warn the area would likely be one of the Russian president’s first targets were he ever to choose to escalate the war in Ukraine into a kinetic confrontation with NATO.”
“…calling the the Suwałki Gap Lithuania’s “Achilles heel.” “The worry is that in a conflict with the West, Russia could sweep into the corridor simultaneously from the east and the west, severing the European Union’s Baltic countries from their allies to the south. “It’s a huge vulnerability because an invasion would cut off Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia from the rest of NATO,” said Ilves.Such a move would also result in an immediate faceoff between Moscow and NATO’s nuclear-armed members, pushing the world to the brink of world-ending confrontation.“
LISTEN 13:03 https://www.politico.eu/article/suwalki-gap-russia-war-nato-lithuania-poland-border/?utm_source=WhoWhatWhy+Now&utm_campaign=3c754ddab4-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2_1_2021_16_41_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6b3f79a618-3c754ddab4-251584333
Brent Raycroft / July 1, 2022
Re your first note—aggressively trolled, yes. I will take your word for it, and it’s an important point. But as someone whose only social medium is YouTube, what I find encouraging/odd is that the YT algorithm (I’m in Canada) has been very useful in keeping me posted on the alt story. Eve Bartlett, Patrick Lancaster, Alexander Mercouris, Aaron Mate Anne-Laure Bonnel, the rogue US retired generals, the expat Brits in Russia etc.. YT does dangle MSM warmongering, but they have not cut me off.
Love your work. Thanks for persisting!
Maeve / July 1, 2022
I’m so very grateful for your writing. Thank you.
Jerry Fischer / July 1, 2022
A Peace Settlement in Ukraine
If the war is to ever end, it will have to do so through some form of pragmatic
AMY GOODMAN: We want to thank you, Anatol Lieven, for joining us, senior fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. We’ll link to your piece in The Nation headlined “A Peace Settlement in Ukraine.”
John J. Mearsheimer on the Causes and Consequences of the Ukraine War
by Eric Garris Posted on June 20, 2022