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“I’m voting Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka for educational purposes as much as anything”

Worth reading, putting aside the speciesist reference to sheep
 
“I think the fundamental problem is that the system is basically run by colonizing capitalists who don’t mind bombing and killing for profits. So the essential direction they follow domestically isn’t far from what they do to “others” overseas. They keep propping up proxy thug clowns called “Presidents” to sell their horrendous schemes for consumption, inhumanity and more profits. And of course that brings us back to what got this country started: slavery and settler colonialism against American Indians. Those things have slowly evolved into an invisible caste order that keeps us fighting among ourselves while begging for crumbs falling from criminal enterprises. If we don’t see this big picture, so called “reforms” keep turning out to be schemes to perpetuate their crimes like three strike law, crime bills, war on drugs, war on terror, big bank bailout and other neoliberal/neocolonizing schemes.” Hiroyuki Hamada
 
Anyway, here is John Steppling‘s eloquent Facebook update on where we are:
 
“One of the problems with US faux democracy is that it is coupled to an erosion of education. And in terms of electoral politics the binary world view is deeply embedded. So…for example…I read people posting memes that say oh this is an example of an overqualified women vs an under-qualified stupid white man. Someone else I just unfriended wrote…* I don’t think Jill Stein is qualified to run a bake sale*. These tropes are sold to a not very educated public. Of course what is missing in this mini theatre of reductive PR is both imperialism, and financial capital. And of course white privilege and institutional racism. Hillary Clinton has a horrid record, horrid. No sane person would point to her record as a means of arguing to vote for her. But its done anyway. And few in the US question how it is a system has arrived at an election which pits two sociopaths against each other. How and why did that happen? Well… Gore Vidal said long ago, the American public didn’t want the best and brightest. There is no meritocracy out there which processes potential candidates and arrives at the very best. We wouldn’t have had Gerald Ford or Spiro Agnew or Reagan or Dan Quayle. We wouldn’t have had Harry Truman or Nixon or LBJ for that matter. No US president has been actually a deep thinker. That’s not the job description. Bill Clinton, both Bushes, and Obama? Cunning perhaps, clever and Obama might actually be the highest IQ ever in the white house….and look how that’s working out. These are soulless methodical and ambitious men, but barely human. But its not really about the president in the end. Its about a system that is premised on exploitation. Capitalism manufactures poverty. When I was a boy 79% of the workers in the US belonged to a union. Today its 8%. The working class has been brutalized and abandoned. The black population in the US suffers a greater economic disparity than in apartheid South Africa. The US prison system has more prisoners than any country, per capita and real, in history. Police are militarized, racist, and hyper violent. Why do people think gun control is somehow the answer to that? The US is the worlds leading manufacturer of guns for Christ sake. How about shutting down the weapons industry? that would mean shutting down the biggest industry in the world (right ahead of prostitution/porn and packaging). Whoever is elected is allowed to sit in the white house. That’s it, really. They answer to a deep state of global banking interests, military contractors and the defense industry, and oil companies. Not to mention the ruling class zillionaires that make up that 1%. The US isn’t democratic. Is it even remotely possible for a poor man or women to be elected to even state wide office, let alone national? No. Are the rich in prison? No. Remember Hurricane Katrina…..where prisoners were left to drown in their cells. Where black men were shot on bridges by a racist white supremacist police force (and vigilantes). And where people suffered in the Astrodome for weeks. No sanitation. No food to speak of. Look at the US native American reservations. Look at Pine Ridge, look at Rosebud….and remember the US genocide against native Americans. Remember slavery. Look at the poverty of black communities. Look at the towns along the Mexican border where poverty has decimated the region from Arizona to Texas. Look at the so called rust belt… New York west through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and eastern Wisconsin. Once called the American heartland..now suffering radical population loss and infrastructure decay. A grim angry landscape of boarded up storefronts and desperation and absence of hope. So who the fuck really thinks Hillary Clinton OR Donald Trump gives a shit about any of this? Has either of them visited the rez? Gone to Fresno or El Paso or Brownsville, or Grants Pass or Valdosta, Georgia? The answer is no. They are members of the white elite. And in the case of Hillary, a rapacious delusional maniacal war lover who I believe actually wants war with Russia. She certainly wants to rain death down on Syria and Iran. She believe as fanatically as Netanyahu or Lieberman in the Greater Israel dream. Shit, she actually thought about *droning* #Assange. Her and Bill’s foundation has stolen millions from Haiti and left sweat shops in their wake. Bill wrote the crime bill that destroyed millions of lives. Hillary loved it. As for Trump…the son of a slum lord. A clown, a misogynistic and badly educated lounge act. This is where the long road of western imperialism has led. Manifest Destiny. Read Melville and Faulkner and Cain and Chandler and Hammett….Iceberg Slim and James Baldwin. And read Mailers one great book…Executioners Song. That’s America. Read Mike Davis, City of Quartz. Or hell, any of his books. This isn’t some pageant….where everything ends after the vote count. We have a winner !!! . But the fucking sheep march on… ear buds stuck in their ears, texting, eyes on that little screen as the world passes them by. Asleep. There cannot ever have been a society that so readily falls into a group-think. I read Denis Rancourt’s piece at Dissident Voice ..on the religion of climate change. And its worth reading. I think he might well be wrong, totally, on the science of environmental destruction, but he IS right about how it’s being sold to the public. It’s quickly starting to serve the interests of western capital. For the worlds biggest polluter is the US military, remember. So how does that work? Biggest weapons manufactures…and the worlds biggest military (by far) and yet we are to believe one or another of these white elites actually gives a shit about the working class, and the poor? About climate change? TPP and its sister agreements are about DEREGULATING industry. See??? LESS environmental protection. So no, they don’t. The answer to all this is to organize. But to do that, at least some modicum of education is in order. And that seems to be asking a lot these days. People believe…in this culture of individuality, that their opinions are valid just because they have them. Nobody wants to learn….they want to get back to texting and watching American idol…or whateverthefuckever./ So I’m voting Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka for educational purposes as much as anything. Only the very politically immature believe Hillary Clinton isn’t the next president. She is. And for that we should all be awake at night in a cold sweat.”

The BDS Movement with Mikod Peled and Chris Hedges

Image by Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr
Image by Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr

“On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement with Israeli human rights activist Miko Peled. They discuss the global campaign to economically and politically pressure Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian land, grant equality to Arab-Palestinian citizens and allow Palestinian refuges the right of return to their homes. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil examines the history and breadth of the BDS movement.”

Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement is so far effectively putting pressure on Israel. BDS brought down the apartheid regime in South Africa, and it will work against Israel to bring down their apartheid regime there.

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As Israel Prospers, Obama Set to Give Billions More in Aid While Netanyahu Demands Even More

Hillary Clinton
“All of this means that the U.S. generally, and Democrats specifically, bear direct responsibility for the hideous brutality and oppression imposed by Israel on Palestinians through decades of occupation. That’s because, as a 2012 Congressional Resources Service report documented, “almost all U.S. aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance. U.S. military aid has helped transform Israel’s armed forces into one of the most technologically sophisticated militaries in the world. U.S. military aid for Israel has been designed to maintain Israel’s ‘qualitative military edge’ over neighboring militaries.” And, of course, Clinton herself has vowed in a letter to Democratic Party billionaire funder Haim Saban and her speech to AIPAC to do everything possible to oppose a boycott of Israel in order to end the occupation.”

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Israel’s extermination of whole families in Gaza reflects genocidal impulse

Mourners carry the body of one of four Palestinians from the Juda family, whom medics said were killed in an Israeli air strike, during their funeral in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip August 24, 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians on Sunday to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after Israel took the Gaza war to a new level by flattening a 13-storey apartment tower. Palestinian health officials say 2,114 people, most of them civilians and more than 400 of them children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since July 8, when Israel launched an offensive with the declared aim of ending Palestinian rocket fire into its territory. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and four civilians in Israel have been killed.. Photo by Ashraf Amra
Mourners carry the body of one of four Palestinians from the Juda family, whom medics said were killed in an Israeli air strike, during their funeral in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip August 24, 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians on Sunday to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after Israel took the Gaza war to a new level by flattening a 13-storey apartment tower. Palestinian health officials say 2,114 people, most of them civilians and more than 400 of them children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since July 8, when Israel launched an offensive with the declared aim of ending Palestinian rocket fire into its territory. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and four civilians in Israel have been killed.. Photo by Ashraf Amra

 

Israel’s extermination of whole families in Gaza reflects genocidal impulse

Excerpt

“Eighty-nine families that existed seven weeks ago in Gaza have been exterminated by Israel.

On Sunday 24 August an Israeli missile tore through the home of Issam Jouda in Gaza’s Tal al-Zatar neighborhood east of Jabaliya without warning, killing Issam’s wife Rawiya and their four children—Taghrid, Tasnim, Usama and 
Muhammad.

According to the Palestinian health ministry , the Joudas were the eighty-ninth family wiped out in Gaza since the Israeli army started bombarding the besieged coastal enclave on 7 July.

A ceasefire that took effect on Tuesday evening may stop the flow of blood, but it will not heal the raw wounds of the families of more than 2,100 people killed, nor of the more than eleven thousand injured and 100,000 whose homes were destroyed.

Between 7 July and 21 August, the UN documented 140 families in Gaza partially or completely annihilated by Israeli attacks.

Many were crushed beneath the rubble of their homes. Eight members of the Wahdan family, for instance, were killed in their house in Jabaliya refugee camp after being instructed by Israeli forces to stay put.

Others were summarily executed in broad daylight by invading Israeli forces in the catastrophically devastated Shujaiya neighborhood. This was the fate of several members of the Shamaly and al-Areer families according to testimony collected by journalist Max Blumenthal.”

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Donald Trump Calls Hillary Clinton “Trigger Happy” as She Courts Neocons

“Donald Trump blasted Hillary Clinton as a warmonger and the Trump-obsessed media ignored it. “

Read full article : Donald Trump Calls Hillary Clinton “Trigger Happy” as She Courts Neocons | Rania Khalek | The Intercept

 

Excerpt:

“Clinton has made herself vulnerable to this kind of criticism. She did in fact enthusiastically vote for the Iraq War. She also spearheaded the Obama administration’s overthrow of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, now supports a “no-fly zone” in Syria, and has aligned herself with Gulf State monarchies and Israel’s extremist right-wing leadership.”

 

At least 78 per cent of humanitarian aid intended for Palestinians ends up in Israel’s coffers

Jonathan Cook: “at least 78 per cent of humanitarian aid intended for Palestinians ends up in Israel’s coffers. The sums involved are huge. The Palestinians under occupation are among the most aid-dependent in the world, receiving more than $2bn from the international community each year. According to [Shir] Hever, donors could be directly subsidising up to a third of the occupation’s costs.” Deeply shocking, and another proof that the money trail is at the heart of it all. (Hiding behind “security” or “religious issues” or even outside threats [Iran, Daesh…])

“Israel also tests weapons and surveillance systems on Palestinians – and then exports its expertise. Israel’s military and cyber industries generate many billions of dollars of income each year. A survey published last week found Israel to be the eighth most powerful country in the world.”

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