New Site Launch, Art Contest

This article is to announce the launch of the promised website intended to list protests and rallies nationwide. I had mentioned building this site not long ago. I just needed time to work on the back end functioning, which will be an ongoing project.

With this, I am asking for submission of original digital artwork to use for the banner on the website. I have a temporary banner in place, though when you see it, you’ll understand why I am seeking submissions from other people. lol! Unfortunately I cannot offer money or prizes for the winner. However, I will post the winner’s name on the main page winner announcement and permanently on the credits page. If the winner has their own web page, I will also link to their page.

This project, if successful, will wind up being the largest project of my life so far. Right now just the beginning stages are still a work in progress. Largest, not most difficult. Crap, I hope not!

The address of the new site is www.RallyAndProtest.com

Hope you join me there!

Nobody Is Trying To Turn Your Children (Or Frogs) Gay

I am a heterosexual male. I am also secure in who I am, so if someone else is LGBTQ it does not threaten my orientation or self image in any way. Over the years, I have had many friends who had other orientations than myself. I cared about them no differently than my straight friends. None of that matters because we are all human.

The literal fact of the matter is that most of the LGBTQ people I have known through my life have had more compassion for the oppressed across all racial, gender, religious and socioeconomic barriers than the average straight person. Probably because they know what oppression and judgment feel like from the other side.

Of course, this mystifies me even more when I encounter women and minorities who hold negative judgments and opinions regarding alternate sexual orientations or identities. They should have an understanding of oppression and false, unfair judgment.

The biggest factor affecting opinions about orientation is religion. Christians in this country (not all countries) are the most prevalent in number. Interesting how they tend to ignore the teachings regarding loving your neighbor, loving your enemy, treating others as you would wish to be treated and not judging others. No, just ignore all of that because it’s inconvenient to their own insecurities, prejudices and hatred. Because that’s what Jesus would do. Yes, I feel comfortable in judging their hypocrisy because I am not a religious person. I actually do treat others as I would wish to be treated, I do care about my neighbors, even if I don’t like them, even if I don’t know them. Cannot say I love my enemies but I do try and understand their perspective.

Take a step back and consider why religions teach against homosexuality. The purpose of such teachings is propagation of that religion. One religion attempting to expand the number of believers in that particular religion. Those religions also advocate teaching your own beliefs to your children from a very young age, indoctrination from birth onward. The same religions are also against abortion and birth control in modern times. This is social engineering in it’s most blatant form. It is mind control combined with actual control of your body. It is subjugating to women, who the religion basically teaches should be barefoot and pregnant. That a woman has virtually no purpose other than procreation. The more children your birth, the more “blessed” you are. Do you really think such teachings come from God? Or from the twisted minds of the interpreters of those teachings?

It is a fact that more young people are leaving churches. They may adopt other religions which are more accepting of who they are or eschew religion completely. In the process, many are becoming in their attitudes and behaviors more Christian than the Christians are. Loving their neighbors, less likely to judge, treating others as they wish to be treated. They are also more prone to Socialist ideals, such as healing the sick, helping the poor and opposing war. They are also tending to reject consumerism and materialism. Like it or not, Jesus was a Middle Eastern, dark skinned, anti-materialist Socialist. It is the ultimate in irony that to display Christian behavior, they must leave Christianity.

Some religious people bemoan that “alternative” sexual orientations and identities are becoming more common and openly displayed. They claim that children are being “taught” to be homosexual. No, this is not the case. These things have always been with us but hidden, kept secret, oppressed. Those that were “found out” were ostracized, rejected, isolated, punished harshly, killed.

What is happening today is that young people are more comfortable exploring their own personalities, choosing their paths, feeling more accepted, comfortable being who they really are. They have less fear of being judged or punished. It is easier to find caring, loving partners of the same orientation and friends who accept who they are without trying to change them.

Now, while I fully support anyone’s orientation, that does not mean I support graphic exhibitionism. That is a very different issue and is inappropriate for the general public. If you want to engage in exhibitionism, keep it in venues where consenting adults are your audience. Besides, exhibitionism is completely apart from gender identity or orientation. Straight people can be exhibitionists and probably are far more common. Think about all the nude scenes in movies, strippers, etc. Shock value does more harm than good, leading to negative and untrue stereotypes of the LGBTQ community.

Aside from that singular issue, do not try and convince me that the LGBTQ community is attempting to recruit or convert young people. You can suggest that when you see a large number of memes or statements which amount to “God hates straights”. Or when there are legal, state-approved programs to torture straight people to change their orientation. Maybe when you hear of churches evict members of their congregations because of straight orientation. Not before and not until these things become common will I listen to any of it.

Protecting “Our Way Of Life”?

In 2017, the Department of Defense released a revised mission statement which basically says the new role of the military is to preserve the American way of life. Not to defend against military threats. They were literally saying that our military is there to preserve the corporate profit system.

Think about this. Our military has not faced a single military threat in my lifetime. Not a single one. In the cases where our military has encountered an opposing military presence, it has been because of our presence in another country.

I’ve said many times that the draft is coming. Only this time, females as well as males can be drafted to combat roles. Consider the fact that we are bombing 7 countries and threatening 5 more militarily. Our direct military encounters with Russia and China become more frequent by the month and could be by the day, only we’re not allowed to hear about most encounters. Plus the fact that we are conducting aggressive cyber warfare against Russia.Though if you think we are not also conducting cyber warfare against China, you’re delusional. Plus we have combat troops in 50 of 54 African states.

Now we have the event regarding Iran, which I already wrote about and which I am guessing over 90% of Americans do not believe Iran is guilty of.

In the meantime, military recruitment has not met quota for years. The military has been involuntarily extending enlistments of more skilled positions such as fighter pilots for longer than you know. Experienced military members are growing older and ready to retire. The military has been ejecting anyone who cannot be deployed, which number in the tens of thousands. Then there is Trump’s war on transgender military members.

So, we have people leaving the military and inadequate new recruits to replace them at a time while we have active aggression against numerous countries, increased international tensions and probable invasions or attacks on multiple opponents. Though this time those countries are not weak, relatively defenseless countries with no allies. Most of the countries we are now threatening have alliances with one another.

When I think of protecting my way of life, the key part of that includes keeping my daughter safe. I really don’t GAF how old my daughter is at any point in my life and hers, she is still my daughter and I will always want her to be safe.

There is absolutely no part of me that understands or can relate to parents who are okay with sending their children to invade foreign countries for their way of life. Especially when what that means right now is preserving low cost gasoline and high profits for corporations.

What “way of life” is being protected for the general public in America today? Lack of affordable medical care, overpriced medications, low wages, struggling to make ends meet, credit card bills, student loan debt, homeless on the streets, systemic racism, being literally terrified of our own police, censorship, mass surveillance, social and political divisiveness, religious prejudice, sexism, increasing age of retirement, reduction in pensions, impending collapse of the dollar? WTF are we “defending”?

Though all the above really means that we have a de facto draft in a form already and have had for many years. Young people see these things and some will join the military to mitigate the fears they have of a future where they face these exact problems. At least in the military they have medical care, an income from which they cannot be laid off, a roof over their heads and tuition assistance. The fact that they are willing to risk PTSD, disability and death tells you exactly how truly afraid they are of the future created for them. This is excruciatingly true for young people from disadvantaged and rural areas.

These are our children, you bastards!!!!

You can talk about preserving your way of life but if that means sacrificing the future for your children and probably risking an actual war with an actual military opponent with the capability to bring that war back to our shores, you have nothing you are preserving.

It’s time to start questioning just what the hell you think we are defending. Define it. Not for me, for yourself. Really think about it.

Legalize Cannabis Already!!!

With nearly 70% (by numerous accounts) of Americans supporting legalization of marijuana, it would be hard to believe we are still having this discussion. Except for the obstruction of drug companies, alcohol companies and for-profit prison systems.

Make no mistake, all US prison systems make profits in some way. Someone is always getting paid and you are always the one paying in numerous ways. You pay for police, you pay for trials, you pay to keep people locked up because they cannot afford cash bail money, you pay for a public defender if they cannot afford a lawyer, you pay the six figure incomes of many thousands of judges. You pay when a person is convicted and imprisoned for years for non-violent drug possession charges.

You also pay by loss of your own civil rights. You pay in the form of increased social tensions, division, resentment and anger when specific minorities are accused and convicted at a rate 2.5–4 times higher than all other races.

You pay when a family must receive public assistance because the primary income earner is jailed or imprisoned for an offense less dangerous than your weekend beer binge.

You pay when children lack performance in school because they are distraught because their parent is absent from the home. More so if that parent is victimized while incarcerated with more violent offenders. Or when the parent is released, changed, unable to find adequate employment because of their prison record.

You pay when police plant evidence, point guns at non-violent, possibly innocent “suspects” and employ abusive tactics to gain a “confession”. You pay when a person is proven innocent after years in prison.

You pay for more expensive pharmaceutical medications, which are legal while less effective and carry side effects which can damage internal organs, cause addiction, cause depression and even kill.

An estimated 88,000 people a year die due to alcohol-related causes every single year in the US. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdose (combined legal and illegal). Know how many people have ever died as a result of cannabis (marijuana) overdose or organ damage? None. Absolutely zero.

Many people complain about the cost and political expediency of paying to treat an opiate overdose, which may include not only Narcan but being placed on a mechanical ventilator in ICU. Opiates are well know to cause intestinal blockage, which can result in intestinal rupture. These things can happen with normal prescription doses. Many elderly people with acute or chronic pain are hospitalized every year with these complications. Know how many people suffer these complications due to cannabis use? None. Absolutely zero.

Opiates are known to suppress respiratory function which can worsen medical condition and outcomes for those with acute or chronic respiratory disease (asthma, COPD, cancer). Research on cannabis shows evidence of improving lung function for those with chronic respiratory disease.

Opiates and pharmaceutical antidepressants are know to cause chronic fatigue and weight gain, even when they have not taken the medication for many hours. By contrast, cannabis has been proven to reduce body fat (not advised for weight loss) and unless a person is actively relaxed due to recent use, does not cause chronic fatigue. Some users of specific strains report increased energy and creativity.

Alcohol use results in known liver damage. So does high dose or chronic acetaminophen use. Multiple research studies have shown likely liver protection from damage for cannabis users.

Numerous drugs including opiates, alcohol, anti-inflammatory medications and others have shown a correlation to increased risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia. Cannabis research shows promise of decreasing risk of these conditions and Alzheimer’s patients have shown increased cognition with cannabis use.

A recent corporate news report has claimed increased traffic accidents in 4 states which have legalized cannabis use at some level. However, correlation is not causation. Even the biased report could not determine a direct relation. The report also did not specify other factors involved, such as concurrent cannabis and alcohol or other drug use. The report completely bypassed the fact that there has been no corresponding increase in traffic accidents in the other 26 states that have legalized cannabis at some level. So their statistics are completely against them.

You have probably seen reports which have shown documented clinical evidence that cannabis has multiple medical uses to treat seizures, cancer (at least as an adjunct), anorexia, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, PTSD, anxiety, depression and with other possibilities arising. Though even if cannabis was not shown to have so many direct treatment possibilities, it reduces risk of complications from so many other medications that legalization makes practical sense.

We have all heard the reports of police seizing property without even the need to press criminal charges. In many cases, that property is permanently seized and never returned if a person is found in possession of even minor amounts of cannabis, as little as one joint. This is not a new thing, it has been happening in some places as far back as the 1980’s and spread across the country. If it happened to you, they could take your house, your vehicles, jewelry, weapons, everything in your bank account, savings, retirement and stock portfolio. It would then be up to you to prove you are innocent of a crime which you have not been charged with. Who gets it? The police or sheriff’s department that seizes it.

You can easily see why police, prison corporations, pharmaceutical companies and alcohol companies very actively oppose cannabis legalization. Not to mention the politicians that are in their pockets. If a substance with so many medical and recreational uses could be grown in your own yard or as a house plant, they stand to lose many billions in revenue each and every year.

While some claim that this would cause a loss of jobs, sales and tax revenue, states which have legalized cannabis have shown the opposite to be true. New jobs and businesses have been created. Colorado just passed $1 trillion in tax revenue since legalizing cannabis, which then helps improve funding for education in that state. Meanwhile they are spending billions less per year on pursuing, arresting, jailing and incarcerating non-violent drug offenders. Overdose incidents have decreased, leaning less spent treating consequences of overdose. Violent crime rates have dropped. What should be obvious is that more families are staying together, rather than being separated by incarceration.

The only rationales being used to keep cannabis illegal are repeatedly debunked myths of it being a “gateway drug”, causing brain damage, irresponsible behavior, psychosis, cancer, lung damage, etc. Not only have these things been debunked but cannabis has, as noted above, been shown to have applications preventing or treating these conditions.

The time for nationwide legalization of cannabis is now. In all states and at the federal level. Should it be unrestricted access? No, common sense should absolutely apply. Common sense does not include assigning sole rights of production to corporations. It should allow for individuals to grow at home, with limits on production without a commercial license. It should be no different than growing your own tobacco or brewing your own beer for personal use. Some would claim a license should be required, yet do not insist in a license for the tobacco or beer as I just mentioned. It is literally less innocuous than either of those.

We talk about having freedom in this country. Yet we have laws restricting growing a weed. How free is that?

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I am an independent writer with no corporate sponsors or backing. The only income I make from my writing comes from views. At least I have reached the point where it makes more than it costs me! lol! (Not by much.)My writing is done in between full time (and overtime) nursing, shared custody of my brilliant daughter and mundane existence.

I am also working on building a central website for the purpose of listing any protests or political rallies from local to national, listed by city and state. This is a massive project which will take time and money, each of which I tend to be in short supply of for the project.

Please consider becoming a patron on Patreon. I try and average at least 20 articles a month, so a $1 a month donation would come down to 5¢ per article to support independent, non-corporate writing. My Patreon page is here.

If you care to share articles with those who do not have Medium or Patreon accounts, I also post most of my articles on my own website, which has no advertising and I pay for with income from writing. My website is at https://issuesunite.com/ and all articles can be shared freely. You can always quote me, no attribution required. My goal is spreading information and awareness. The whole point is building a better, more peaceful, more equitable world for us and future generations.

Anti-American?

Throughout social media, those of us who support knowledge about other countries, other cultures outside the control of the American Empire, hear it constantly, “America, love it or leave it.”

This is nothing new. Activists fighting for a broader view have heard these words for generations. In 1984, Jackson Browne published a song, “For America”. Part of the lyrics are-

“As if freedom was a question of might/As if loyalty was black and white/You hear people say it all the time/My country wrong or right/I want to know what that’s got to do/With what it takes to find out what’s true/With everyone from the president on down/Trying to keep it from you”

If you’ve never heard that song (or the entire album), I highly recommend it. It widened my vision at the time it came out and remains highly relevant today, if not more so.

So, what is it that makes so many of we activists anti-American?

Is it that we do not want conflict with a nuclear power? Be realistic. Let’s say the Russiagate BS turns out to have the slightest truth to it. Is that a rationale for warfare? Or is it a rationale for election reform? Paper trails, federally funded elections, ranked choice voting, eliminating superdelegates, open primaries, open debates? That would make a lot more sense and would not risk nuclear annihilation. Nor would it cost tens of billions of dollars every single year.

Is it opposing spending billions on weapons which pose no profit for the general public? That’s not even capitalism. It’s Socialism for the rich, capitalism for the rest of us who pay for it as social programs are gutted to pay for more wars.

Is it thinking that money would be far better spent building roads and bridges or investing in low interest small business loans? Guess what? That would create far more jobs than weapons contracts and many of those jobs would be at equal or higher pay, spread across the entire country instead of a few limited locales. Plus nobody would have to die for those jobs.

Is it thinking that all Americans deserve decent medical care? Other countries do it and have far higher quality of consistent medical care, higher quality of life and longer lifespans with less consumer debt. Universal healthcare would also create many thousands of jobs and save lives while preventing crushing debt from medical bills. It would also prevent the insidious rate of closure of hospitals, currently closing at a rate of 35 a year, mostly in rural and low income areas.

Is it actually speaking the words that our economy is not stable? Our national debt is now over $22 trillion and accounts for over 1/3 of all national debt globally.That is only mentioning the national debt. Consumer debt now tops $13 trillion in the US. Corporate debt is stated to be over $9 trillion before accounting for a record rate of retail closures which will lead to manufacturing failures very soon. Student loan debt is over $1.5 trillion. All told, that is a total of $44.5 trillion in US debt. Student loan defaults are at record highs, as are vehicle loan defaults. Nothing about this is stable and none of it indicates a strong economy.

Is it pointing out that our national debt has been rising unabated for 19 years with no signs of slowing down? Teenagers just entering the job market have never seen this country out of debt in their whole lives. They cannot even imagine it.

Is it opposing all the wars we are in, even if we don’t call them wars? We are bombing 7 countries, arming countries who are bombing more countries, while we are threatening even other countries. The entire planet is at risk of warfare and the US is the epicenter of that threat. The same teenagers I mentioned have never seen this country not at war even one minute of their lives. In just the past two days we have seen a fabricated event intended to drag us into war with Iran.

Is it comparing what other countries do to what our country does? Funny, the same people calling us un-American are probably envious of their neighbors in a nonstop game of “keeping up with the Jones’s.” Ask the ones who want no comparison made as to what they think of anyone on food stamps. Yet they will likely worship the rich who steal trillions from them, from the economy, every single year.

Is it that we endorse education and awareness, rather than blind faith and willful ignorance? Those who call us anti-American are constantly torn between, “get an education” (and incur debt) and “enter a trade”, so you will always work for those with higher education and always be at risk of layoff because of stock prices. You’ve seen it happen many times.

Is it being in favor of all religions being treated equally? Or even knowing what other religions believe in before criticizing? Not many Christians know that Jesus is mentioned in the Quran in a respectful way 25 times. Or that he is respected as a teacher by Buddhists.

Is it that we simply call into question the idea that the US is the center of everything? That we point out that other countries do trade with and even talk to each other peacefully without our approval? They do so quite effectively. So much so that China is the world leading consumer market and Russia is the world’s largest grain exporter. If you listen to corporate media, you will never know these things.

Is it that we value a woman’s right to decide what happens to her body?Pro-lifers are not pro-life, they are pro-forced-birth. They do not support universal healthcare, increased wages, ending wars or oppose the death penalty. Yet they think a rapist or molester should have parental visitation or even custody rights.

None of these things make us un-American. These things make us veryAmerican. I have said before that if you do not support the rights of the people of your country, you can not claim to be a patriot. If the only rights you support are your own, you are not loyal to your country, you are loyal to yourself. The same is true if you only support those who agree with you on every opinion, share the same race, same religion, etc. You’re nothing but a narcissist who doesn’t GAF about your country. Put down that flag and stop spouting some holier-than-thou nonsense of telling others to leave the country and the people that WE are defending while you offend everything that is TRULY American.

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I wrote this for the express purpose of posting it every time I encounter someone spout the claim that I am un-American. Feel free to save it and do the same when you encounter that behavior because we will be dealing with it more and more frequently from now through the end of 2020. You can post the link directly or, failing that, copy and paste the whole thing. No attribution required because we are all going to be facing the same challenge.

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I am an independent writer with no corporate sponsors or backing. The only income I make from my writing comes from views. At least I have reached the point where it makes more than it costs me! lol! (Not by much.)My writing is done in between full time (and overtime) nursing, shared custody of my brilliant daughter and mundane existence.

I am also working on building a central website for the purpose of listing any protests or political rallies from local to national, listed by city and state. This is a massive project which will take time and money, each of which I tend to be in short supply of for the project.

Please consider becoming a patron on Patreon. I try and average at least 20 articles a month, so a $1 a month donation would come down to 5¢ per article to support independent, non-corporate writing. My Patreon page is here.

If you care to share articles with those who do not have Medium or Patreon accounts, I also post most of my articles on my own website, which has no advertising and I pay for with income from writing. My website is at https://issuesunite.com/ and all articles can be shared freely. You can always quote me, no attribution required. My goal is spreading information and awareness. The whole point is building a better, more peaceful, more equitable world for us and future generations.

Biden’s Cure For Cancer

Joe Biden says if he is elected that we will find a cure for cancer. Really?

So, before making this announcement, he began with his own sob story. I do not demean his own past tragedy but I do demean his using that loss as a political manipulation. His sob story was intended to make you feel sorry for Biden. Then he follows up with the announcement that we will find a cure for cancer if he is elected. That part was intended to make you feel empowered, like he will be a savior against something fearful.

As many have pointed out, cancer is an umbrella term. There are numerous types of cancer but the umbrella term indicates abnormal cell growth somewhere in the body. Small cell lung cancer is different from non-small cell lung cancer. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is different from non-Hodgkin’s, liver cancer is different from skin cancer and so on. Each type of cancer currently requires a different treatment method because one size does not fit all.

Still, let’s take a look at the implications of his statement.

On one hand, maybe he knows something we don’t. Maybe there is some secret cure for cancer which he knows about. In this case, that means he and others know about this cure and he will only allow that cure to be revealed if and when he is handed the title of the most powerful position in the world. So, this raises several questions. Such as, what happens if he does not win that title? Does he keep it secret? Seems so. Even if he does win, that means he will allow many thousands to suffer and die from cancer between now and next November, held hostage and literally killed so he can gain power.

The other implication is more likely. That no cure yet exists. So, what he is really saying is that he will increase funding for cancer research. Sounds noble except for one thing. Biden does not endorse universal healthcare. So he is literally saying he will hand large sums of money to drug companies. Your tax money will go to drug companies to find a cure for cancer. However, if they find a cure and then you get cancer, you will only have access to the cure that you already paid for if you have the means to give the drug companies even more money. If you do not have the means to do so, too bad so sad, you die a potentially very painful death.

Biden is doing two things with his statement-

First, he is publicly signalling to the drug companies what favors he is going to grant them and have the public fully behind those favors. The result is obvious. The drug companies will donate huge amounts to his campaign.

The other is that he is playing your emotions. First with his sob story, then to get you mindlessly cheering for something which he cannot promise. No political outcome and no amount of money can predict or insure that a cure for cancer will be found in a certain time frame or while a certain person is in office.

The fact is, if a potential cure exists in trials right this minute, those trials have to be completed before that cure will be released for public human use. There have been many “miracle” cures for different diseases over the years and many wound up causing worse problems. So if a cure were found during his time in office which is not currently in clinical trials, his term would likely be over before we could use that cure.

What Biden is doing here is despicable. Using the fear of many people to gain votes for his own selfish desire for power. He makes promises which he cannot deliver on, while refusing to endorse a universal healthcare system which would fund current cancer treatments which would save millions of lives without leading to financial distress or even bankruptcy. He is telling the drug companies he is on their side to whore himself and you out for their money.

Cancer treatment has improved so much over the years that cancer survival rates have increased by 27% in the last 25 years. Yet the cost has gone through the roof to access that treatment. We need universal healthcare so anyone that gets cancer can get treatment.

Tell Biden to screw himself.

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I am an independent writer with no corporate sponsors or backing. The only income I make from my writing comes from views. At least I have reached the point where it makes more than it costs me! lol! (Not by much.)My writing is done in between full time (and overtime) nursing, shared custody of my brilliant daughter and mundane existence.

I am also working on building a central website for the purpose of listing any protests or political rallies from local to national, listed by city and state. This is a massive project which will take time and money, each of which I tend to be in short supply of for the project.

Please consider becoming a patron on Patreon. I try and average at least 20 articles a month, so a $1 a month donation would come down to 5¢ per article to support independent, non-corporate writing. My Patreon page is here.

If you care to share articles with those who do not have Medium or Patreon accounts, I also post most of my articles on my own website, which has no advertising and I pay for with income from writing. My website is at https://issuesunite.com/ and all articles can be shared freely. You can always quote me, no attribution required. My goal is spreading information and awareness. The whole point is building a better, more peaceful, more equitable world for us and future generations.

US Cyber Attacks Against Russia

The NYT recently published an article stating that the US Cyber Command is conducting aggressive operations against the Russian power grid.

No, I’m not going to link to the article. I try to not promote corporate propaganda and that’s precisely what the NYT article is. Warmongering in the worst form. You want them to keep making money from garbage like this, then you actively promote them fabricating more of it. I will not help you with that.

One thing they state is that Trump gave authorization to conduct such operations without further authorization. Then they claim they are not keeping Trump informed because he may reveal the operation (while they are talking about it publicly) or that they fear he will order them to stop. That last part is why they are really doing this. Yet they think he will not learn of it when they talk openly to the press? Really? You believe that? Are you really that stupid? The NYT thinks you are.

The article goes on to state that they have inserted malicious code into the Russian power grid ever since 2012. So, was this a response to Crimea/Ukraine? No, that happened in 2014. Was it a response to what happened in Georgia? Hmm. That happened in 2008. In 2009 Obama/Hillary were promoting the “reset button” thing and it was after that when Hillary/Obama/Mueller approved selling 20% of our uranium processing ability to Russia in the Uranium One deal.

Now, they state clearly that their attacks are being done online via internet. However, Russia has already developed and deployed a separate internet system which currently interacts with the world wide web but can be disconnected from the WWW in the event of hostilities with another country which threatens their electronic security.

Russia has already conducted national drills simulating a nuclear attack. They have made it clear they can disconnect their power grid from the internet.

The article states that Russia has implanted code which can disrupt our power supply. Of course, the response is to do the same thing to them. Not to disconnect the power supply from the internet. That would make sense. Not to create a separate system of electronic communication running parallel to the internet but separate. That would make sense.

Cyber Command states that their goal is to be able to disable the Russian military. Hate to inform you but most militaries have a capability for power generation which is separate from the civilian power supply. Yes, that includes the US military. Ask any veteran about the power generators used for mobile operations and emergency generators on every base. That’s been a thing for generations now.

No, this would not cripple the Russian military. What it would stand to do is affect millions of civilians and possibly kill many sick and elderly people.

Of course, none of this is the goal here. The goal is for the Russian press to pick this up so it incites social fear and chaos. Incites social fear and chaos. Is that sounding familiar? Isn’t that precisely what they have accused Russia of doing? Isn’t that precisely what this article is likely to do to our own country? The entire article never says a single word about steps they have taken to nullify any alleged threat. It only details the threat we pose to other countries.

In addition, this article is intended to be a threat to countries other than Russia. Including our allies. Make no mistake, the message has not been lost on our allies. The timing of the article is suspicious, to say the least. Just as more countries turn away from the petrodollar, sell off US Treasuries, make peaceful arrangements with Russia and Iran, suddenly we are hearing of some clandestine cyber operation which can affect power supplies in other countries.

However, the ultimate goal of this announcement is to frighten YOU. To fill you with fear, dread and anger. To make you support the march to war against a nuclear power. To suspend your critical mind, so you never ask why they are not focusing their efforts on defense rather than offense. Eye for an eye. Yet if we suddenly suffered disruptions in our own power supply, how would we know if that was a natural event, caused by Russia or caused by our own government? Don’t worry, they will be sure and let you know what they want you to think caused it. Our government has never conducted any false flag attacks. (sic) Just keep being scared shitless and tune in tomorrow so they can tell you what else you should be petrified about.

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Russiagate Is More Dangerous Than Trump

For all the people still pushing, still believing the Russiagate hoax, even if you think there is anything to it, listen for once.

Yes, Trump sucks. Yes, he is dangerous (mostly for the power given him and renewed by both parties). He is unstable, crude and idiotic. He is helping to destroy the economy but did not do it on his own. You do remember why we were fighting for change in 2016, right? And 2012? And 2008? Remember the Obama promise of hope and change which never materialized?

Yet when it comes to international risk of warfare, Trump faces no “resistance”. No matter how lame or crooked his attempts at peace have been, they have been stronger attempts at peace than any administration in decades. It has been his peace efforts which have gotten actual resistance, pushing for conflict with Russia, maintaining tensions or worsening tensions with North Korea. When he bombed Syria, corporate media called him “presidential” and not a single opposing word was heard from Democrats. When he increased troops on the Russian border and sea lanes, complete silence. When he increased military presence in the South China Sea, he had complete support from both parties. When he imposed sanctions and talked about invading Venezuela, he again had complete support with no opposition.

The thing you absolutely must understand is that no matter what he has done or not done, Russiagate is still more dangerous than all of his actions/inactions or twitter tirades combined.

When you push the Russiagate propaganda, you are pushing ideas mostly created and endorsed by weapons manufacturers. In other words, warmongers. You are enabling this. Russiagate is the primary rationale for the never-ending increases in “defense” spending. You are doing this. Stop blaming anyone else.

Russiagate has led to increases in “defense” spending of more than $30 billion in the last two years, with another increase planned for next year. That’s just the increase. It is also what Obama used as a rationale for authorizing upgrading nuclear weapons at an estimate in 2016 of $1 trillion over 10 years. That’s $100 billion per year and it’s NOT included in the “defense” budget. In addition, in the 2 years since he signed that authorization, the cost estimate has already increased by $300 billion.

However, that’s not enough. Once that spending is increased, if the DoD does not use it for the intended purpose, they find other ways to justify having that large of a budget. That’s why we see increased military tensions with China, Iran, Venezuela and more. If they cannot justify invading and bombing Russia, they will divert your attention to other countries and keep right on spending your money, keep driving up the debt.

All that military spending is ripped from social programs while helping the non-stop drive toward the economic failure of this country. We keep printing money which dilutes the value of the dollar. We keep taking money from social programs which actually help the economy. Money is diverted year after year away from infrastructure repair and improvement.

I have made the statement many times and repeat it again. You endorse the idea of Medicare For All. Universal healthcare will not mean squat if your are a pile of radioactive ash.

However, let’s expand on this idea. If we suffer a nuclear war, how much good will increased wages be? Election reform? Higher taxes on the rich? Will any of that matter if our cities are in ruins, millions dead or dying and the rest have radiation poisoning? What are your environmental concerns worth at that point?

I know. You think I am exaggerating. I respond with saying you are complacent and naive.

Economics is not the only way in which Russiagate is dangerous and damaging. It has led to censorship of social media. I’ve shared many articles which have been removed from FB. Social media has censored nearly all anti-war voices. Nearly all voices bringing attention to police abuse. They label it as “Russian propaganda” and simply erase it and sometimes block the account. MSM pundits have actually used responses in interviews, accusing people who oppose the narrative of being Russian agents/trolls, etc.

Is this what you want? Do you want to go back to 1956 McCarthyism? Because that’s what you are promoting.

If you want changes, then focus on the policies which promote those changes. That is the only “resistance” which matters or will have any effect. Even if Russiagate were proven completely true today, would that change a single policy? Would it end a single conflict? Would it reduce military spending? Would it expand access to healthcare? The answer is NO.

So, now it is time for you to think about what you are doing. What changes do you want to see in this country? What are you personally doing to enact those changes? Are you doing more good or more harm by keeping this absolute BULLSHIT narrative going?

If you are not part of the solution, then YOU are the problem.

False Flag Attack To Incite War With Iran

This week, two oil tankers were attacked near the Strait of Hormuz. Within seeming minutes, US SoS Mike Pompeo was issuing a statement which blamed Iran for the attacks. No investigation, no evidence, no statements from any country or group that we know of. If any statements were made by another entity other than Iran, chances are we will never be allowed to know about it.

The Iranian government has denied any responsibility for the attack and there is no reason to doubt their innocence. There is every reason to disbelieve Pompeo.

Pompeo’s statement was, “This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high-degree of sophistication.

The United States will defend its forces, interests, and stand with our partners and allies to safeguard global commerce and regional stability. And we call upon all nations threatened by Iran’s provocative acts to join us in that endeavor.”

First thing to note is how precise his wording is. “no proxy group operating in the area” is far too specific. Perhaps there are no proxy groups with the capabilities to carry out such an attack in the area. However, there are several nations with the capabilities to carry out such an attack directly. Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US immediately come to mind.

He refers to recent Iranian attacks on shipping. That’s interesting because I don’t recall any attacks by Iran on any ships in decades, perhaps even in my lifetime. Do you?

Something else interesting is that he refers to “safeguard(ing) global commerce” and defending US forces and interests. That’s nice because nothing belonging to the US has been attacked.

There are a number of signs that this attack was a false flag operation. A video surfaced showing an Iranian vessel next to the ship after the attack. The US claims that the Iranian vessel was removing a mine from the ship which had not detonated. Thing to keep in mind about mines is that they will detonate against any ship that comes in contact with them. Besides, how would Iranians know there was a mine attached to the ship which had not detonated before they even got to the ship to see it?

The ship owners have objected to this claim for a number of reasons. First, the damage to the ships was above the water line, which completely negates the damage being done by a mine or torpedo. Then the crew on the ships saw something flying at the ship. Mines and torpedoes do not fly.

One of the ships attacked was a Japanese ship and the other was bound for Japan. Considering this, the timing of this attack makes absolutely no sense for Iran to have conducted the attack. At the exact moment of the attack, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was in Iran, conducting diplomatic talks to try and reduce tensions. So, even if Iran attacked any ship at all, ships connected to Japan would make the least sense of all.

What has been well documented is that Iran sent ships to rescue the crew members of both vessels. Saudi Arabia didn’t send rescue ships. The US didn’t send rescue ships. Israel didn’t send rescue ships. Only Iran did.

Iran would have nothing to gain by such an attack and much to potentially lose. While Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US would have much to “gain” (sic) by conducting an attack and blaming Iran.

Consider the history of each country named here:

Iran has not invaded another country since 1798. They openly give support to rebels in Yemen who are fighting against Saudi Arabia. They have supported Hezbollah for many years while Hezbollah has defended against Israeli invasions and terrorist groups in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Palestine. Iran has forces in Syria helping to fight against ISIS and Al Qaeda. In each of these cases, Iran has openly stated their support for proxy groups and are quite openly fighting in Syria.

Saudi Arabia is conducting what is globally recognized as genocide in Yemen, while they have funded and armed Al Qaeda and ISIS. They are opposed to any country in the Middle East which is Shia Muslim, especially Iran and Syria.

Israel has been illegally occupying Palestine and part of Syria for over 50 years while trying to completely eliminate the Palestinian people. They vehemently oppose Iranian military in Syria and have directly attacked Iranian military forces in Syria, which should be considered acts of direct aggression which would justify a declaration of war by both Syria and Iran against Israel. Israel has been proven and eventually admitted to giving aid and support to Al Qaeda attacking Syria. Israel has at some time claimed that every single country bordering them has attacked them, each time with no evidence, yet used the claim to attack each country. Plus countries that do not directly border Israel. Israel has been attempting to drag the US into a war with Iran for many years.

The US is documented to have manufactured events which have led to conflicts around the globe for over a century, from the Spanish-American War to the invasion of Iraq and the bombing of Syria. Bolton has been trying to manufacture an excuse to attack and invade Iran for decades. Pompeo seems to want war with any country not under our thumb.

Each of these countries governments would love nothing better than to invade Iran and remove the government. They believe this would also weaken Syria, which would come next, as Iran has been a major force strengthening the Syrian defense against terrorist proxy groups which have been backed by all three governments. Then cause both countries to fall, carve them up and commandeer the resources of both countries between them while making riches for the US military contractors who would supply the weapons for this endeavor.

One thing to keep in mind is that Russia, China, India and Europe conduct trade with Iran. None are going to sit idly by while all of this happens. For one thing, they are not going to sit on their hands as the US Empire stretches and tightens its iron fist over more of the planet, while they know full well that they will be next. US sanctions, tariffs and militaristic threats make it clear that they are on the list for future invasions.

So, if other countries are not going to simply allow this to happen, Iran could very well be what incites WWIII if the manufactured excuses for war continue. Americans cannot sit by blindly while this happens. It will be Americans paying for this war while corporations profit. It will be American citizens fighting, most likely drafted to fight this war. This would be a war like none we have fought before. We have seen that more countries are becoming more opposed to us on a daily basis. This could well be the last straw which turns most of the world against the US while mobilizing a large segment of the US population to finally stand up against our warmongering corporate government.

Who knows? Maybe even the media may finally say that enough is enough. Though I won’t be holding my breath.

Realistic Review of the Mueller Report, Pt 4, Conclusion

I am not going to copy over any more excerpts from the Mueller report. The remainder of the report which I have not quoted consists of repetition of things I have already noted, in longer form, opinions, appendices including a glossary of terms/names/abbreviations/etc and Trump’s response to questions, which even Mueller doesn’t bother to claim as evidence of wrongdoing.

So, if you really want to take issue with me not going through those things, then kindly read the entire report for yourself. It was never my goal to simply post the entire report or I would have done so.

Throughout the entire Mueller report, he repeatedly uses “media reporting” as alleged evidence of Russian hacking of the DNC. Since when did the media examine the DNC servers? Why did he never subpoena the servers? Why did he not summon the CEO’s of Crowdstrike? Why did he not summon the DNC elite? Why was there no questioning of Hillary, John Podesta, DWS, Donna Brazile?

It is known that FBI agents were called to testify. None of their testimony is included in the report. The report never mentions the necessity of firing Strzok from his probe. The text messages between Strzok and Page are never mentioned.

Mueller never examined or mentioned Uranium One, in which money actually changed hands to the Clintons and Clinton Foundation. Of course, if he did he would have had to recuse himself from his own probe because he was at the very top of the Uranium One deal. He approved the “intelligence” on it.

Of the entire report, my favorite quote is very early on, found on page 10, “ the investigation established that certain actions or events occurred. A statement that the investigation did not establish particular facts does not mean there was no evidence of those facts.”

If you are not presenting facts, then the entire report is nothing but opinions based on opinions. “Evidence” based on media reports which are based on opinions and unverified claims with nothing ever examined. Would you accept this from a legal investigation? Would you accept this from a lawyer? If you place any stock in the validity of the Mueller report, you just did exactly that. This is not justice.

This was never an investigation. An investigation begins at the scene of the alleged crime, in this case the DNC servers. That never happened. An investigation interviews all witnesses. That never happened.

An investigation does not issue indictments of foreign intelligence officials while offering no evidence, refuse discussion on the matter and then claim that their refusal to be tried in the US, known to use torture, is evidence of guilt. That happened.

This report offers no evidence where there should be evidence. It offers evidence which would fail any judicial precedent as evidence. It would not be allowed in a court of law because it relies entirely on hearsay and opinion.

Ultimately, the Mueller report is an absolute condemnation. Of Mueller. It is a condemnation for what is included and what is not. For who was included and who was not. It is a condemnation for investigatory and judicial misconduct. It is a condemnation for making inference of guilt yet coming to no conclusion, which was the entire point of his “investigation”. For making claims of influence without placing the claims in numerical context. Most of all, it is a condemnation for the social and political turmoil it has resulted in. Claims of American citizens being agents of a foreign power and that social movements were products of or influenced by a foreign power. For the consequences of tens of billions of dollars in increased “defense” spending in just two years and the very real risk of military conflict with a major nuclear power. Then he simply decides he will make no more public announcements on the subject and may not respond to summons to testify further to Congressional inquiries. He has known every risk involved along the way and did not care. He got paid and that’s all that matters to him. He is no better than Joseph McCarthy in my opinion.

Robert Mueller should be put on trial for this report and I seriously hope that happens at some point.

Until then, we all need to ignore any more talk of Russia and focus on actual issues and policies. If you see reports talking about Russia or Mueller, change the channel, click to the next page, block the person sharing it. Anything to shut it down and bring us back to what matters.

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