Above: a project of mine that is almost finished. It may just come in handy…
Ever want to just get away from it all? Things just south of where I live seem to be getting a little dodgy. I’m not following it closely – bad for my health – but I get the impression that we (the entire Planet) are in for a frightening amusement park ride, kind of like being on a rickety contraption that has needed maintenance – no, out-and-out modification – for waaayyy too long. Circumstances beyond our control, such as locked iron bars across our laps, forbid escape, yet we might have avoided the crisis by Continue reading “A Voyage… Of Sorts”
It increasingly appears that the US, facing eventual economic decline, is desperate to consolidate its One Superpower Forever role, no matter what misery has to be inflicted on the rest of the world to do it.
Trade Deals, such as the TPP, with Investor-State Dispute Settlement Agreements (ISDS agreements) that allow corporations to sue governments, are one aspect of the American hegemony’s struggle. These have been encountering some difficulty in being ratified. And Donald Trump has threatened to tear up NAFTA, a trade agreement that already favours the U.S.A. over Canada. NAFTA’s ISDS agreement section is Chapter 11. Google that to see that the U.S.A. has never lost one of these dispute settlements.
World-Wide Military Goals:
There are three main military aspects to the ugly struggle to stay on top:
NATO: This European military tool, NATO, disguised as an international alliance of willing, like-minded states.
Levant: In their exploitation of the Levant the US partners with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel and jihadists it arms.
Its Pivot to Asia, which I will not address here.
Uncle Sam seems to me to be preparing for all-out war to consolidate its hold on the planet. I shall discuss NATO first.
The Syrians’ suffering is unspeakable and inflicted from without.
Mine is relatively puny and self-inflicted: isolation because none of the good folk close to me can tolerate my obsessive, and verbal, pessimism. In the grand theme of things this is pure self-pity caused by my depressing addiction to keeping track of what I believe are a myriad of clues all pointing to where the current world power struggles are dragging us, just as helpless as the Syrians, but still with our heads above water and distracted by our toys and stuff we have to manage and maintain, like the computer I’m using now.
This may be my last post on politics. The whole process is making me ill. I suppose all addicts have good intentions…
July 28 – Without real evidence (Ukraine Air-Traffic-Control records, black box contents unrevealed kept secret though in British possession, pilot autopsy results, Ukraine radar, USA satellite info they claim that they had but have never made public in the 26 months since MH17 was shot down) the Dutch-“led” JIT blamed Russia for the MH17 tragedy. Ukraine, one of the suspects, who has a veto over any statement the JIT makes, got to supply the JIT with most of the “data”: hand-picked, doubtful, imprecise voice intercepts and social media posts. Ukraine data came from their intelligence service, the SBU. The same SBU accused by the United Nations of torture and threats/attacks on families of people they don’t like. Continue reading “JIT: Dutch-“Led”, Ukraine-Fed”
Here is the latest addition to my long time post MH17 and Ukraine – A Continuing Study, begun in August 2014. If your curiosity is aroused by what you read below, you can find this page and much, much more, by going to the Continuing Study post (above link) and scrolling far down to the top of its lengthy “Chronological Notes” section.
September 26: Here is an excellent report by RT’s Nadira Tudor on the Russians’ presentation of raw radar data from July 17, 2014, discovered by Almaz-Antey, today to the supposedly Dutch-led JIT, who will bring out yet another suspiciously plodding report this week. The raw data allegedly proves that, if a Buk missile did bring down MH17, it could not have come from rebel-held territory. The Russians challenge the US and Ukraine to come up with the evidence that those two countries are obviously withholding that would cover attacks from the North or the West. To my understanding, the Almaz-Antey report, as described by all sources I’ve seen, does NOT eliminate the possibility of Ukraine jets being involved either alone (i.e. no Buk) or to clean up a disabled but flyable MH17 wounded by a “botched Buk” fired by Ukrainian-troops or a rogue Ukrainian paramilitary group. On-board witnesses that might describe events that would implicate a Ukrainian-fired Buk or fighter jet(s) would be an embarrassment worth committing mass-murder to conceal. The Alma-Antey information seems limited to proving that no Buk left rebel-held territory. So, folks, you can once again ignore the latest malignant BS coming from Bellingcat.com, a paid neocon obfuscation website run by Elliott Higgins. Higgins has been proved wrong on Syria and, of course, wrong also on MH17.
The RT interviewer talked with the distinguished British aircraft expert, Julian Bray, who explained why, for real reasons of military secrecy, a nation might not want to reveal part of its jig-saw puzzle (raw radar data, for example) for fear that the data could be reverse-engineered by an adversary to determine what that nation (in this case, Russia) has “on the ground, in the air and into outer space.”
Mr. Bray (of Lockerbie investigation fame) also said near the end:
I take my hats (sic) off to the Russians for what they’ve done so far and hope the other people (US and Ukraine) will bring their information to the table.
Russia’s delay in “finding” the above-mentioned raw data, given the above comments from Bray, may show how desperate a military risk they are prepared to take to eliminate the economic and political bashing to which they are being subjected by the US and its patsy, NATO.
In view of the enormous loss of face and world-class shame that the US and the Ukraine would face if what a growing number of people regard as the real facts behind this shoot-down were to become known, I’m not holding my breath. I’ve been watching the tragic MH17 show for over two years, now…
In view of the April resignation of sacrificial lamb, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, likely engineered by the U.S. State Department, the real ruler of the Ukraine (who put him in “power” in the first place more than two years ago in February, 2014) it seems timely to remind readers of my very detailed timeline on the tragic happenings there that began with the early pro-EU Maidan protests in November 2013.
Originally posted in August, 2014, and kept up to date:
A delightful, irreverent, Aussie phrase for unthinking submission to the status quo, blind faith in the “experts.” I got the expression from a great CBC Ideas Podcast called It’s the Economists, Stupid on the scary B.S. and hubris of this pseudo-science.
Sometimes I picture a worker bending over in a field… or something more bawdy… The powerful like us that way.
Come on folks! We owe some difficult work to our grandkids. We all must do more than trust the “news” fed to us by any mainstream paper, radio station or channel to be accurate. Should we trust respectable sources like the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, the Guardian? The CBC? PBS? BBC?
Hell, no! We need to use alternative sources of news.
Why alternatives? While the traditional sources will point out some negatives about political figures and policy through their token liberals, on some of the huge issues of geopolitics (like, for one, the US/NATO/Ukraine/Russia debacle) even the most respected media are presenting the neocon-approved side almost all the time. They were wrong in unison with Bush and Cheney on Iraq’s WMD; only Canada’s PM, Jean Chretien, was brave enough to disagree publicly in 2003. And there are many more abject failures that most of us aren’t aware of – Libya, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Honduras, etc.
Not to do some fact-checking as an elector is failing to fulfill your duty as a citizen – your duty to your grandchildren and future generations.This is because our democracy is on life support.
Never before in history has so much been asked of the average citizen.
Check my blogroll for some of the truly alternative news and opinion sources.
The respected MSM are all singing essentially the same tune as the tabloids – though the harmonies may be more complex – a few more flat 9ths and a smattering of augmented 5ths, perhaps. They distract us with cute human interest stories, advertising, endless repetition of items sanctioned by the powerful and not even daring to mention other key viewpoints on hugely important issues. They serve the tiniest fraction of the population: the 0.0001% who corporately control all US presidents and everything else on our planet.
Many billions are spent every year on false news to keep the corporate ball rolling.
In the U.S. they offer Americans the choice between Democrat and Republican, which really means “You can have your choice of two candidates in November, neither of whom will rock the deadly neocon destroyer skippered by the super rich.” Significant differences are basically imaginary. Neither the erratic Donald Trump nor the closet neocon, Hillary Clinton, will make the world a better place. You can have strawberry or vanilla, but it’s ice cream only, folks, and there are only two flavours.
And Justin Trudeau just may turn out to be on the wrong side of the two biggest issues, for me, in Canada: punitive trade deals like the TPP (bad) and true Proportional Representation (good).
What politics do I read?
Tweets and their linked articles. Following the Arab Spring got me started.
Following the farcical, phoney, Dutch-led, America-run (let’s face it), investigation into the MH17 incident devoured my time for over a year and still brings me back to Twitter. Ukraine, one suspect of the shoot-down, has a veto over what gets published!
Robert Parry, via consortium news.com. Parry won awards in the 80’s when he exposed Reagan’s Iran-Contra scandal and one in 2015 from Harvard for distinguished investigative journalism. He still has CIA contacts who give him the scoop on stuff.
John Kerry… just kidding…
Noam Chomsky. In the 80’s I discovered him on US exploitation of its Central and South American back yard.
Naomi Klein of no-logo and BDS fame, and a recent convert to environmentalism.
The New Republic, thought-provoking for more than century (since 1914).
Lots of other stuff.
To what do I listen? CBC podcasts, particularly three:
Writers and Company, the wonderful in-depth interview skills of Eleanor Wachtel interviewing so many of the great writers.
Ideas, on every night from 9 PM until 10, hosted by the great Paul Kennedy
The Sunday Edition, with its illustrious, long-time host Michael Enright.
These three, at their best, almost make me feel guilty, glancing sometimes over my shoulder in fear of the Orwellian thought police. Try them; you’ll like them. The link to CBC Podcasts is also in my blogroll.
What do I watch on TV?
Almost nothing. It is not the best, or the healthiest, use of my time (it makes me curse). Mainstream TV news is entertainment and, much worse, propaganda, increasingly styled à la WW II.
So for the sake of your grandchildren, get off your intellectual ass and find alternatives to the easy stuff. We OWE our descendants a better chance at survival.