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Excellent Analysis of The Alleged Sarin Gas Attack, Assad, & Trump’s Attack on Syria

With Syria Chemical attack still unconfirmed by UN, Trump lauches 50 missiles at Syria

With Syria Chemical attack still unconfirmed by UN, Trump lauches 50 missiles at Syria

Posted by Sane Progressive on Thursday, April 6, 2017

Unconfirmed Syria chemical weapons attack smells like Iraq WMDs part two:

 

Their STAR witness on the UNCONFIRMED chemical weapons attack (per head of UN disarmament affairs – yes, the chemical attack is UNCONFIRMED but you would NEVER know it listening the the propaganda puppets of the war machine):  https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2017/04/06/on-chemical-weapons-attack-international-media-turn-to-syrian-doctor-accused-of-kidnapping-journalists/

Will Voting for the “Lesser of Two Evils” Gradually Usher in Fascism? Yes.

clinton-isisAs it gets closer to the US election, I wish to share my thoughts.

I saw a rather sad video of someone I admire declaring that they are going to “hold their nose” and vote for Clinton. Why? Because Trump is so very scary. This is disturbing and very sad to say the least when intelligent thoughtful people spend the best part of their year exposing the corruption of US empire, but then at the 11th hour start encouraging people to vote for the “lesser evil”.

Every day the world suffers under the hubris, warmongering and corruption of US Empire. Every. Single. Day. We will all be effected by the outcome of this US election no matter where we live in the world. In my humble opinion, it is a HUGE mistake for US citizens to continue voting for the “lesser evil”. Why? Because the “lesser evil” is just PLAIN evil. And the DNC have had this planned all along – “elevating” the worst GOP candidate (read Wikileaks’ Podesta emails) so the public will vote in fear. The DNC stole the primary from Sanders and then Sanders started promoting Clinton. Now other “progressives” are dropping their bundle and are promoting this corrupt warmonger as well.

At this point I feel anyone trying to frighten US citizens into voting against the “greater evil” – Trump – is really unfortunate to say the least. What the DNC has been trying to do by elevating frightening candidates has worked for them so far. They have a fail-safe plan they put into action every election. This is an appalling manipulation of elections and of the public. And this is not all the DNC is doing to rig this election (Soros and Diebold voting machines, corporate-owned mainstream media etc).

ALL of this simply shows contempt for the public.

Why do I take such interest in US elections despite the fact that I am not a US citizen? Because all of us everywhere around the world as I mentioned, are paying for the two party stranglehold. And what the US oligarchs get away with or demonstrate that works in the US, is often adopted by other oligarchs worldwide. The US Empire is like a test case for how to usher in fascism with little resistance. Do it gradually and no one will make too much of a fuss right? The US Empire is by far, the greatest threat on this planet, not just in terms of threatening world peace with nuclear war (threatening Russia repeatedly and creating fear around them) but in terms of climate change and our species imminent extinction as a result.

We have more than two major parties here in Australia. The two major Australian parties are almost as bad as each other. There’s very little daylight between them. We have compulsory voting here and I’m glad that we do. We also have a preferential voting system which means that our vote is not “wasted” if we vote for a third party. However, even if we did not have this system, I would still reject either major Australian party.

Remember that Abraham Lincoln was a third party choice.

As I said, I’ve been saddened and somewhat annoyed that there continues to be some “progressives” who have decided recently to “hold their nose” and vote for Clinton. It’s really a matter of a slow ride to fascism or a slightly faster one voting for these two major party candidates. And Palestinians will most definitely pay the price no matter who of the two major party candidates gets elected. I think Chris Hedgesadvice is something that we should consider. He will vote and encourages others to vote for a third party like Stein and Baraka.

If we have learned anything from the release of the #Podesta emails, it is that the oligarchy look after their own and they think they are untouchable. And it would seem to a great extent that is true because as the years pass by their corruption increases and it goes unpunished.

 

The Podesta emails reveal what the oligarchy truly think when they believe no one to be watching. This is what they say to each other behind closed doors. To some this would not be a surprise, but to many it may well be. The Wikileaks release of these emails reveals the ruling class’ contempt for the public, their contempt for democracy, their contempt for the masses. It reveals that they view the world like a monopoly game, where a small few will eventually own everything. It reveals that they see the masses as just fodder for their wars, and whatever else they can use us for. So why prop them up? Why give them more airtime to continue on this dangerous path? Why threaten the world with possible nuclear war by giving sociopaths (yes both candidates) the nuclear codes?

 

IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS GOOD & JUST, please, if you haven’t voted yet, vote for values. Vote for a third party like Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka. Don’t fall for this dangerous and appalling manipulation any longer. If we never vote for what we want, we will never get it. The revolution will NEVER happen while people continue to fall for this manipulation. Fascism will be ushered in no matter which major party’s candidate is elected. One form may be slightly faster than the other but it’s coming and soon. And next election in four years time will be the same. The DNC will be elevating an even more scary candidate than Trump but you won’t get to see their private emails about it next time.Trump was just the rehearsal for someone who will be more cunning and who will exploit and take advantage of the angry and disenfranchised masses. It is in plain sight now. One thing we can never say is that we haven’t been told. We know that to be true, so why fall for this “lesser evil” insanity any longer?

For more information:

Jill Stein: ‘Voters Being Intimidated Into Voting for Corruption Queen or a Proto-Fascist’ (Video)

 

 

 

 

The Questions I Know will not be Asked in the US Presidential Debate Tonight

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“The questions I know will not be asked in the debate tonight

1) How would you end US Empire, stop US attacks on nations that have not attacked us, cut US military spending to something approaching that of other nations (say double that of China, which is the second biggest), and end the incestuous relationship between the Defense department and the Arms Industry?

2) How would you end corporate control of our politics, repeal Citizens United, restore real Antitrust laws, break up Monopoly Media, end the money-based electoral system, oppose TTP-style “Trade Agreements,” protect real citizens and the environment from corporate abuse, and see that high-level bankers and corporate executives are tried for crimes they commit?

3) How would you end the War on Whistle Blowers, attempts to evade FOIA, and the criminalization of protest, and see to it that government officials are held accountable for violations of transparency and accountability?

4) How would you hold our allies accountable for egregious human rights abuses, oppression of defenseless populations, attacks on sovereign nations, and institutionalized racism?

5) What actions would you take to prevent global climate and biosphere collapse and the destruction of the earth’s species and resources?

Until we can even begin to have a serious discussion on these issues, don’t expect things to get better in this country…” Peter Cohen

We Will Discover Just How Undemocratic Our Political Systems Have Become

passive chomsky“Just found the text of a post I wrote on November 7, 2012 that sums up my perspective on this election. Those of us seeking systemic change are now being told that we’ve been Trumped and have to just suck it up and vote for the corporate elite’s preselected choice despite the fact that their nomination may well be the result of legal or illegal subversion of the democratic process. Can’t wait to see what the billionaires will come up with in 2020 to keep us from voting against their interests…
 
“I did not vote yesterday, nor do I plan to again. I may make a protest vote, such as a write-in or third party, but I will no longer vote for any Democrat just because they are the only realistic alternative to a Republican.
 
It’s not just the candidates I refuse to support, but the entire system that produced them – and will continue to produce them, despite our passive dissatisfaction. If the system ever worked, it does no more. What Chris Hedges calls “the Corporate Coup” is a fait accompli. Policy in the US is controlled by money, not votes.
 
Studies show that US policy take little account of the electorate’s wishes. Some 95% of winners of Congressional elections are the ones with the most campaign contributions. “One dollar, one vote” is an understatement when, in the last $2-billion Presidential election, more than $1000 was spent per registered voter. And of course the vast majority of that money did not come from individuals, but from multinational corporations investing in policy via a vast apparatus of super-PACs, think tanks and other front organizations.
 
Of course, the Multinationals play both sides of the two-party system. Goldman-Sachs may have favored Obama and Exxon-Mobil Romney, but both still give about half as much to the other side, to make sure they’d have skin in the game either way. And they don’t just field, groom and support candidates and lobby legislators – they actually write the laws those legislators vote on. And today we’re seeing some of the most disturbing laws showing up, with almost identical language, in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and other countries.
 
But multinationals don’t just pick the candidates, write the laws and ensure their passage. They also directly control the very means by which most citizens learn about the issues they vote on – the mass media. Once again, we are expected to believe that MSNBC is better than FOX and that we are exercising our critical discretion by choosing one over the other. But when MNSBC is Comcast (the third-largest corporate lobbyist in dollars spent) and GE (which is involved in the oil and arms industries among others), how can we seriously take our news from them even as they spend millions to make government act in their interest?
 
To vote in such a system is to support the illusion that meaningful change is possible through the available mechanisms. It is to buy into the farce and embrace distraction from the great issues of our time. The system is broken to the point where it can no longer be fixed on its own terms. Our votes can only have meaning when the power of money is completely removed from the political process and the media is freed from control by those who already control the political system and the economy.
 
There are times when reform simply cannot come through the existing system; when enlightened citizens’ action, in defiance of constituted power and its entrenched mechanisms of self-perpetuation, is the only reasonable option; when instead of greasing the gears and oiling the wheels, one has to throw one’s body against them. We can no longer simply vote, donate, sign petitions, and then go back to our work and consumption as if our job as citizens were done: we have to completely rethink what it means to be a citizen.
 
They had votes and a press in the Soviet Union, but people recognized that these only served to perpetuate congealed power, not change it. The Ben Ali and Mubarak dictatorships did not fall through state-sanctioned citizens’ participation, but through popular action that questioned the existing social order.
 
We are running out of time to do even this. We are in the twilight of even feigned democracy, as the basic legal protections that once granted us free speech and protection against tyranny are being quickly eroded as the climate clock ticks ever louder. When the investment bubbles burst; when the oil, potable water and healthy soil run out; when the methane feedbacks start to kick in we will discover just how undemocratic our political systems have become, and just how strategic the corporate cartel has been in cornering every critical resource on the planet. But by then, it will be too late.” Peter Cohen

“I Refuse to Support U.S. Armed Drone Policy”: Army Chaplain Reads Resignation Letter to Obama

Dear Mr. President:

“I hereby resign my commission as an Officer in the United States Army.

“I resign because I refuse to support U.S. armed drone policy. The Executive Branch continues to claim the right to kill anyone, anywhere on earth, at any time, for secret reasons, based on secret evidence, in a secret process, undertaken by unidentified officials. I refuse to support this policy of unaccountable killing.

“I resign because I refuse to support U.S. nuclear weapons policy. The Executive Branch continues to invest billions of dollars into nuclear weapons, which threaten the existence of humankind and the earth. I refuse to support this policy of terror and mutually assured destruction.

“I resign because I refuse to support U.S. policy of preventive war, permanent military supremacy and global power projection. The Executive Branch continues to claim extra-constitutional authority and impunity from international law. I refuse to support this policy of imperial overstretch.

“I resign because I refuse to serve as an empire chaplain. I cannot reconcile these policies with either my sworn duty to protect and defend America and our constitutional democracy or my covenantal commitment to the core principles of my religion faith. These principles include: justice, equity and compassion in human relations, a free and responsible search for truth, a commitment to the democratic process, and the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

“Respectfully submitted,

“Christopher John Antal”

AMY GOODMAN: Reverend Chris Antal, minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation now at Rock Tavern, New York, founder of the Hudson Valley, New York, chapter of Veterans for Peace. He has served as a U.S. Army chaplain in Afghanistan, before publicly resigning over the Obama administration’s drone warfare program. He wrote that letter to President Obama in April.

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Patriarchy and Apocalyptic Capitalism have Won

If one has been following independent news over the last few years and the occasional mainstream report, it would appear at this point the oligarchy do not care at all how the masses perceive them. They know we know they are corrupt and they don’t care. The oligarchy no longer even feign interest in the masses.

The US political system is imploding. The US empire is in collapse and they are like an insatiable monster that now in its hubris intends to start wars with China and Russia and whomever else looks to be an obstacle in an attempt to control all resources. The scrabble for the most basic resources will be our future. They know it’s over for

our species (and most other species) with runaway global warming and an inevitable 6 degrees Celsius or higher on the not too distant horizon. They will exploit everything and it won’t end to its all used up.

Patriarchy has won.

Apocalyptic capitalism has won.

It’s end game now.

Their only interest at this point is who amongst them is going to control everything and what they need to do to achieve that aim. In other words, they must gain hegemony by any means necessary.

We can buckle our seat belts, but we are in a nose dive.

Protester Bob Bowes, of Somerville, Mass., displays an American flag featuring corporate logos, outside the location of a news conference by General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Boston. Bowes joined a protest with others outside the news conference to highlight the millions of dollars in tax breaks and public incentives used to lure the company. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Excellent read: A world war has begun. Break the silence by Australian Journalist John Pilger