Man is born free yet everywhere he is in chains.
Our best theories are not only truer than common sense, they make far more sense than common sense does. We must take them seriously, not merely as pragmatic foundations for their respective fields but as explanations of the world.
==The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes–and Its Implications (Deutsch, David)
Were the Soviet Union to sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean, the American military-industrial complex would have to remain, substantially unchanged, until some other adversary could be invented. Anything else would be an unacceptable shock to the American economy.
== George Kennan, 1987
Optimism, especially the naive optimism fed to us by the corporate state, engenders self-delusion and passivity and is the opposite of hope. Rebels who are self-aware, who are possessed of sublime madness, are also often plagued by a gnawing despair.
==Wages of Rebellion (Hedges, Chris)
Defenseless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.
“September 1, 1939.”-W.H. Auden
I have been frozen by the absurdity of it all. Our civilization, humanity itself is under assault everywhere, but especially where the transnational capitalist fascist socialists control the agenda and virtually dictate the very thoughts within the peoples minds. Which, unfortunately, represents almost all of the “West” and those many subjugated states that are truly nothing more than economic and cultural vassals.
There is so much chaos being unleashed on the world it boggles the mind. It is so overwhelming, so rapid in its global destruction that it is virtually impossible to mentally comprehend it all and as a result it is pushed into our minds as unplanned, chaotic happenstance under the guidance of ignorance and anachronistic thinking. Nothing could be further from the truth, with the exception being the lies and propaganda spewing forth from the American and global elites. and their corporate media.
This is not the case, however, but it is what we are guided to believe. Virtually nothing we are force fed from our media, our governments and almost all of our “thought” leaders is truth. It is propaganda. We are meant to be disoriented and unbalanced, for as such, we are condemned to more readily acquiesce to our approaching slavery. Stupidity, foolhardiness and mistaken policies in the leadership of the American and global elites can always be corrected, or so we believe, but intentionally subversive, civilizationally destructive and well planned and supported actions can not.
These events, no matter how they are attacked by either side of the political spectrum are far more mutually agreed to than the political theater created to make us believe there is democracy, there is dissent.There is no democracy in America, their is no real dissent on the political or the public stage and any resemblance of such is all an illusion. Our frustrations, anxieties and doubts, along with any hint of revolutionary fervor is effectively sublimated by the power elites to flail against the specter of Potemkin evils. These absurdist issues are created, propagated and fanned for only one purpose and that is to eliminate the risk that any real voice for change will erupt from the herded, manipulated masses.
The totally opportunistic, if not planned and covertly executed, rise in the race issue is nothing but a diversion, a shell game that unfortunately, given the brainwashed compliant sponge for propaganda and lies that has become the American public has been more than successful. This is not to deny that police tactics, in particular, in the age of the militarized police state has not resulted in egregious acts of violence against blacks, but the media is being utilized as they always have in the past, at least since J.P. Morgan and finance capital took them over in 1915, to fan the flames of racial hatred and violence far beyond what is justified.
For what purpose? Clearly, not to bring about a peaceful conclusion to the process now unfolding. From the brainwashing in our nations schools comes the mantra of “white guilt” designed to turn inward the gaze of the white youth and divert their justified frustrations over the collapse in the optimism about the economic and social prospects facing them in the years ahead. The demise of the American dream and the desecration of the once ubiquitous and true national religion of the United States, the religion of progress, for much of white American youth from the policies that the American transnational elites have imposed on the nation is the real threat to be contained.
Dashed expectations and the sense of hopelessness that this engenders amongst the white middle class and the ragged remnants of the predominantly white working classes is the volcanic eruption the entire structure of the wealth and power elites fear the most. Thus they emasculate them with “white guilt”, they refocus energies towards transgender issues, as if a .02-.03% of the nations population should absorb so much attention, gay marriage and other inanities while every day our individual and national sovereignty is stolen from us and our children, perhaps for generations.
Excellent and poignant video
A bulletproof vest likely saved the officer’s life, officials said; the search was on for the gunman. (Obviously, not racist! Why? Because blacks ambushing white policemen in a well planned attack are not racists, they are just expressing themselves in a different way! They are not domestic terrorists because they are not white right-wing “extremists”, you know, the kind of folks that what to defend the American Constitution against the full on assault on our freedoms and liberties by the transnational fascist State.)
The Barbary slave trade refers to the white slave markets that flourished on the Barbary Coast of North Africa, or modern-day Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and western Libya, between the 16th and 19th centuries. These markets prospered while the states were nominally under Ottoman suzerainty, but in reality they were mostly autonomous. The North African slave markets traded in European slaves. The European slaves were acquired by Barbary pirates in slave raids on ships and by raids on coastal towns from Italy to Spain, Portugal, France, England, the Netherlands, and as far afield as Iceland. Men, women, and children were captured, to such a devastating extent that vast numbers of sea coast towns were abandoned.
Ohio State University history Professor Robert Davis describes the white slave trade as minimized by most modern historians in his book Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast and Italy, 1500–1800 (Palgrave Macmillan). Davis estimates that 1 million to 1.25 million white Christian Europeans were enslaved in North Africa, from the beginning of the 16th century to the middle of the 18th, by slave traders from Tunis, Algiers, and Tripoli alone (these numbers do not include the European people which were enslaved by Morocco and by other raiders and traders of theMediterranean Sea coast), and roughly 700 Americans were held captive in this region as slaves between 1785 and 1815. 16th- and 17th-century customs statistics suggest that Istanbul’s additional slave import from the Black Sea may have totaled around 2.5 million from 1450 to 1700. The markets declined after the loss of the Barbary Wars and finally ended in the 1830s, when the region was conquered by France.–Wiki
Let’s start with this.
There are at least 27 million slaves worldwide. That’s roughly the combined population of Australia and New Zealand.
In parts of Africa, still haunted by the 19th Century trans-Atlantic slave trade, new forms of slavery are thriving. According to the 2013 Global Slavery Index, four of the world’s worst 10 countries are in west Africa. In this film, CNN reporters examine why slavery still exists, including among children. They talk to victims, activists and politicians accountable for stamping it out.
This Freedom Project film aired on CNN International TV in January. Now you can see it here in its entirety without commercial breaks.
CNN Correspondent Vlad Duthiers starts in Ghana, where many of the trans-Atlantic slaves were captured and where slavery now has its roots in different forms. The film also includes reports from Ivory Coast, The Gambia and Mauritania, the last country in the world to make slavery illegal, but where many people remain in servitude.
Satire from News Machete:
Have you ever gone to a national park, and noticed that minorities are not represented in the exact proportions to the general population?
Well, the New York Times certainly has! (Can’t you imagine a Times reporter getting out of his car in Yosemite, and the first thing he notices is not the breathless beauty around him but the race of the other people in the parking lot?) The national parks attracted a record 292.8 million visitors in 2014, but a vast majority were white and aging. The most recent survey… found that 22 percent of visitors were minorities, though they make up some 37 percent of the population. That’s a gap of 15%!
If there is a racial disparity in any education, job function or even hobby, racism must be involved, says the New York Times. (Not including, of course, racial disparity in the reporting staff, editorial staff, or owners of the New York Times.)
A neighbor, Carla DeRise, has been to Mount Rainier and other parks, and is game to go again. She just can’t get any of her friends to come along. They are worried about unfriendly white people, hungry critters and insects, and unforgiving landscapes, said Ms. DeRise, 51, an African-American. So she mainly hikes alone, albeit with some anxiety. “I don’t have a weapon,” she quipped. “Yet.” You see? Black people don’t go to national parks for fear of white people.
The liberal’s racism in this is double fold. First, for caricaturing blacks as being fearful of whites (most aren’t). And secondly, by perpetuating racial resentment and hatred by writing about one paranoid black woman who feels she needs a weapon to be safe around white people. We know, of course, statistically speaking, that black people are much safer living among white people than other black people. Jeff Cheatham grew up in southeast Seattle, and still lives in Mount Rainier’s shadow. Yet, he said of Mount Rainier and other national parks, “I’ve never been, and never thought about going.”
A 29-year-old African-American writer, Mr. Cheatham said he didn’t even know what a national park was, or what he would be likely to find at one. “As far as I know, it’s a big field of grass,” he said. Oh, now we have another reason: blacks simply don’t know what national parks are! These must be the same blacks for whom voter ID laws would be racist because they have no idea how to get an ID. Liberals are saying that blacks are so dumb, so ignorant, that they don’t know what national parks are. And they claim conservatives are racist!
The author of the article talks about the fears he and black people felt going to national parks: There was always nervous banter as we cruised through small rural towns on our way to a park. And there were jokes about finding a “Whites Only” sign at the entrance to our destination or the perils of being lynched or attacked while collecting firewood after the sun went down. Our cultural history taught us what to expect.
America cultural history=racist. White people=racist. In the 2011 park service survey, nonwhites were more than three times as likely as whites to say that the parks provided poor service and were not safe to visit. So now the park service is racist too? Who is in charge of the park service? Who runs the executive branch? Wouldn’t that be Obama? How about an alternate explanation: maybe whites aren’t racist. Maybe blacks don’t fear going to national parks and encountering white people. Maybe blacks simply don’t like national parks as much as white people.
Why must all races do everything in the exact same proportion to their numbers in the population? And as long as no one is being excluded from the national parks, why does anyone care? This is what liberals think about when it comes to black problems: not the huge out of wedlock problem, the failing public schools, blacks killing other blacks, or jobs being gobbled up by illegal aliens. When liberals think about black people’s problems, they think about attendance at national parks. And the Confederate flag. And blacks who get shot attacking cops. And so on and so on.