What If The Kurds Were An American Ethnic Group? Like The KKK?

Lots of people are crying how we need to support the Kurds. Yet they do so without looking into the history of this conflict.

So, let me make a comparison for you. Let’s make a hypothetical comparison of the Kurds to the KKK of the southern US states.

Imagine that the KKK, a white ethic supremacy group with a history of violence, inhabited an area like Texas in a majority. They decide that they want to be autonomous from the state of Texas and claim the resources of the Texas oil fields. Rather than holding peaceful protests, they engage in terrorist activities, attacking the Texas government. At times they join forces with other terrorist groups.

Then the US government starts offering them arms and funding, as long as they keep attacking the Texas government in hopes of overthrowing the Texas government. However, the KKK has grander ideas and also starts attacking the northern Mexican government.

Then the US government places a moderate occupational force of US soldiers in Texas against international law, bombing the Texan forces on multiple occasions. Meanwhile the US government sells advanced arms to the Mexican government at the same time they are arming and funding the KKK with smaller weapons and vehicles.

Meanwhile the Texas government is busy fighting off a larger terrorist group. Both Texas and Mexico consider the KKK to be a terrorist organization. However, both offer to hold peace talks with the KKK. The KKK refuses.

Eventually the US government decides to withdraw support for the KKK. Mexico responds by crossing the border into Texas. This is also an unwelcome invasion in the view of the Texas government.

The KKK, being beaten back and knowing they have no chance of victory against the Mexican army, the KKK agrees to peace talks with the Texas government in return for assistance against Mexico. Texas agrees, as long as the KKK helps fight back the larger terrorist group.

Remember through all of this that the KKK is still the KKK. They still consider themselves superior. They still want to claim resources which do not belong to them. They are still racist and want to drive anyone out of their claimed territory who is not white, fanatical “Christian”, male dominant and anti-gay. They object to even occupying the region with partial autonomy while still being under the laws and government of Texas or Mexico. Any peace treaty they agree to would be highly in question whether they would comply with the terms. Even if more rational moderate leaders negotiate the terms of the agreement, more radical elements still exist in the KKK populace.

Even through the withdrawal of US forces, elements in the US government want to continue making profits from the war, in addition to still having the goal of overthrowing the Texas government. These elements will refuse to mention that the KKK is a known racist, terrorist organization. So they propose legislation to maintain the illegal US military presence and extend the war. There is no stated goal. There is no suggestion of an attempt at a peace process. There is no embargo of arms sales to Mexico.

So, when you view this as hypothetical conditions inside the US instead of in some foreign land, how do you think about it? Would these conditions be acceptable to you? Would you support the KKK?

Actually, The State Department Still Considers Kurdish Militants A Terrorist Group

I have made reference in recent days to the fact that the State Department previously considered the PKK (Kurdish militants) to be a terrorist organization.

In fact, when searching for the 2014 State Dept list of known terrorist organizations, I learned something fairly surprising. The PKK was never taken off the list of terrorist organizations.

Here is what the listing for the PKK says as of 01 March 2019:

State Department Maintains Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) Designation of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)

The Department of State has reviewed and maintained the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), pursuant to Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended (8 U.S.C. § 1189). The PKK was originally designated as an FTO in 1997.

Since designating the PKK over two decades ago, the United States has worked with Turkey and other Allies to counter the terrorist threat from the PKK. The United States maintains a strong commitment to our partnership with our NATO ally Turkey, including fighting PKK fundraising operations in Europe and elsewhere.

Today’s actions notify the U.S. public and the international community that the PKK remains a terrorist organization. In addition to its continued status as an FTO, the PKK has also been designated as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224 since 2001.

Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate them, and deny them access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement actions of other U.S. agencies and governments.

End quote.

The YPG is a subsection of the PKK. Amnesty International has this to say about the YPG:

In villages south of the town of Suluk, some residents said YPG fighters had accused them of supporting IS and threatened to shoot them if they did not leave. While in some cases residents acknowledged that there had been a handful of IS supporters in their villages the majority were not supporters of the group.

In other cases, villagers said YPG fighters had ordered them to leave threatening them with US coalition airstrikes if they failed to comply.

“They told us we had to leave or they would tell the US coalition that we were terrorists and their planes would hit us and our families,” said one resident, Safwan.

The YPG has justified the forced displacement of civilians by saying it was necessary for the civilians’ own protection or militarily necessary.

“It is critical that the US-led coalition fighting IS in Syria and all other states supporting the Autonomous Administration, or co-ordinating with it militarily, do not turn a blind eye to such abuses. They must take a public stand condemning forced displacement and unlawful demolitions and ensure their military assistance is not contributing to violations of international humanitarian law,” said Lama Fakih.

I also advise reading this piece: https://www.trtworld.com/middle-east/four-myths-about-the-pkk-ypg-terrorist-group-that-need-refuting-30457

Peace Is Not A Secondary Consideration

Many people who support certain candidates want to support universal healthcare and place peace as a secondary consideration or make peace completely optional.

The same people or many of them want to increase wages with the same view toward peace.

Peace is not a secondary consideration. Peace is not optional. This entire thought process brands the holder of these views as nothing better than an unethical capitalist. Right in line with weapons manufacturers and vulture capitalists.

When one is willing to place peace on a back burner while crying for universal healthcare and higher wages, allegedly socialist policies which benefit them, they are literally stating they do not care about the deaths and injuries our country inflicts upon brown-skinned people in other countries. Just as long as you are making a profit or reducing your costs, any atrocity done in your name is acceptable. Because that is all you are thinking of. Your bottom line.

It’s amusing (sic) when so-called “leftists” (sic) place themselves morally above WAR Street executives or candidates who pass tax cuts for the rich. Yet at the same time are willing to blind themselves to the warmongering policies or political double-speak of their preferred party or candidate. Double speak which includes phrases like, “(We will) Work with pro-democracy forces around the world to build societies that work for and protect all people.”

Never question what this means. Never ask who defines what is a “pro-democracy force”. Never ask why the use of the word “force” is necessary in such a statement. Never ask why the candidate who makes this statement has remained silent on election fraud in 2016 for three years, yet disparaged the Venezuelan election, which was monitored by observers from FORTY countries and deemed legitimate. Is the US the one to determine which countries are “pro-democracy”, while we still have gerrymandering, the Council on Presidential Debates and superdelegates? Never question how we will behave toward governments which are deemed NOT “pro-democracy”.

Just pay no attention to what is not said.

Domestic economic policy is continuously compromised by the expense of our foreign policy. The way we “support democracy” involves dropping over 120 bombs a day at an average cost of $80,000 each. The detainment, torture, dismemberment and slaughter of unknown millions of innocent civilians, including men, women and children. The starvation of millions more via sanctions we have no right to impose. Military and “intelligence” operations around the globe, overthrowing democratically elected governments that refuse to bow down to the US Empire. Over 1400 permanent military bases globally, an unknown number of black ops sites and temporary bases or encampments, mass surveillance of our own population, legalized propaganda and censorship domestically. All paid for with your tax dollars, past, present and for generations to come.

In other words, our “support of democracy” costs us well over $1 trillion a year.

Never mind that this expense is used as the primary excuse for saying “we cannot afford universal healthcare”, for reducing food stamps and housing benefits. Never mind any of that.

Focus instead on what this says about you, as a person. How much you are willing to place your own profit, your own benefit above the lives of those in other countries. Focus on the fact that you are you can be reading this right this second and are struggling to make excuses to defend it. Focus on the fact that you will be angry at me for saying these words, rather than awakening, realizing the truth or even considering the truth behind these words. You will be angry but not the least bit ashamed.

You’re no different from the worst capitalist you so disparage. You’re worse because you know what the truth is. You’re worse because you will not have a guaranteed bonus for your words and actions. Your stock package will not increase in value. You will not get a promotion. You will not have your image posted in some business magazine, praised as a “success” and a “leader”.

You’re worse because you tell yourself there is a choice between what you want and peace. Peace is the only choice we should even consider at all.

Know what else WAR Street capitalists do the same as you? Portray themselves as being concerned with others. Listen only to voices in their own circles and reject all others. Tell themselves they are “better than” and that they “deserve” their profits, even if someone else suffers.

So you can stop hating on those capitalists until you look in the mirror and can HONESTLY say you are different.

Syrian Kurdish Conflict- A Simplified Sequence Of Events- Past, Present, Future

Many Americans are raging against the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria, claiming that the US government is abandoning the Kurds to the Turkish invasion.

The biggest problem with this is that these Americans have not paid any attention to any part of this conflict except what corporate media has fed them. They are completely unaware of the sequence which led to this point.

So, this is a simplified review of events leading up to this point and where it is most likely to lead in the future.

2014- The YPK, PKK (Kurdish militant groups) and Al Qaeda are listed as extremist terrorist groups by the US government.

2015- All three groups engage in attacks against the Syrian government. This leads to the US State Department downgrading the terminology regarding all three groups from “terrorist organizations” to “moderate rebels”. The US military and CIA begin covertly funding and arming all three groups. This includes Al Qaeda, the leading alleged organization responsible for the attacks on the World trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11/01.

Each group maintains the same tactics and ideology which they adhered to before this change occurs with no changes other than to become more violent than ever.

These attacks lead to a massive refugee crisis out of Syria, overwhelming neighboring countries and Europe, with thousands dying in the attempt to reach a safe haven.

In response to the terrorist attacks, the Syrian government requests assistance from Russia to repel the attacks. Russia agrees, having a long history of alliance with Syria. Note that Russia has had a naval base in Syria for over 40 years.

Iran offers assistance to repel the terrorist attacks, an offer which is accepted by the Syrian government.

2016- The Syrian government asks the Kurds to participate in peace talks which include the Kurds, Syria, Russia and Iran. The US government discourages the Kurds from participating and refuses to participate as more than passive observer status.

Multiple meetings between Syria, Russia, Turkey and Iran will take place through 2016 through 2018.

Wikileaks releases Hillary Clinton’s emails documenting US funding and support for terrorist organizations. The media conducts a full court blackout on the documents. The revelation forces the Obama administration to end official arms supplies and funding to NGO (non-governmental organizations) militias.

2017/2018/2019- The Syrian Arab Army (official military of Syria), the Russian military and Hezbollah, backed by Iran, show tremendous success in defeating terrorist organizations in Syria, retaking most of the Syrian territories under control of the Syrian government.

2018- Assad wins democratic election as president of Syria.

The Turkish government still considers the Kurdish militia groups to be terrorist organizations. The Turkish military begins incursions into northern Syria to defeat Kurdish militant groups in addition to Al Qaeda and ISIS.

2019- Trump announces withdrawal of US forces from Syria. US forces have been present in Syrian territory illegally since 2015, according to the UN Security Council and UN Peace Council. US forces were never granted permission to be in Syria by the only entities with the authority to grant legality to their presence- The UN Security Council, the Syrian government or the Russian government.

The media portrays the withdrawal as an abandonment of the Kurds, still considered terrorists by Turkey and Syria. No mention of the illegal status of US forces is reported by corporate media. No mention of the previous designation as terrorist organizations is mentioned. No mention that Syria and Turkey consider them terrorist organizations at this time.

Turkey increases the intensity of the attacks on the Syrian Kurds.

The Kurdish militia requests assistance from the Syrian government and strike a deal with the Assad administration to participate in peace talks. The Syrian military mobilizes to assist the Kurds and drive the Turkish military out of Syria.

This brings us up to the present. So, what can we expect to happen in the future?

Most likely it can be expected that the Turkish government will withdraw from Syria, either before engaging the Syrian military or shortly after beginning to do so. Mention has been made of establishing a no fly zone over northern Syria. However, this would lead to a direct confrontation with Russian air forces, while Russia has not agreed to the no fly zone. Even if the US attempts to force the issue, expect Turkey to retreat from the suggestion, not wanting military confrontation with Russia.

Expect to hear more attempts at peace talks between the Kurds, Syria, Turkey, Russia and Iran. Without US intercession, these peace talks are highly likely to succeed, building a coalition between all countries involved. These peace talks will go unreported by corporate media.

In response, expect the US to intensify sanctions against Turkey, the member of the coalition with the current fewest sanctions imposed upon them.

All or part of the coalition will drive the remainder of terrorist forces from central and northern Syria.

Then expect the coalition governments to offer similar assistance to the Iraqi government, which will be accepted. Then the enlarged and strengthened coalition will set their sights on Yemen, driving out Saudi forces permanently.

By the end of all of this, expect all of the coalition countries to turn to attempts at peace efforts with Saudi Arabia and Israel, by willing invitation or by brute force. The US will likely be unwelcome to participate in these peace efforts.

The Empty Bubble- Administration Doesn’t Matter

This was posted to Medium on 10/9/19.

The Oil Crisis of the 70’s. The Iranian Oil Embargo of the 80’s. The S&L Crisis of the 80’s. The Dot Com Bubble. The Housing Bubble.

Are you seeing a trend here?

Every 7–10 years the US experiences a recession. Each time it has been a habit to name the recession by the alleged cause of the recession. Though the name is typically only applied retroactively. “Experts” during the Housing Crisis never said that the country was in a housing bubble until after the bubble burst. Same is true with the dot com bubble.

This time is different in several ways.

Longer period preceding a recession. At this point the last recession was 11 years ago and independent economists all agree that we are overdue for a recession. The longer we wait before it comes, the worse it will be when it gets here.

This bubble has no actual source which can be applied as a label. Where previous recessions had labels, this one truly cannot have an accurate label. The truth is that previous recessions may have had labels named after the trigger events but each recession was far more complex than any single trigger. Prior to the Oil Crisis of the 70’s, the auto manufacturing business had been in decline in the US, caused by a slowing economy leading to fewer vehicle sales. Prior to the Dot Com crash, employment in the non-tech sector was sluggish, partly (but not exclusively) caused by the Clinton welfare reform. The coming recession may ultimately be labeled as caused by the China Trade War Bubble or something similar, yet that will in no way be accurate because this recession would be coming even if no trade war were occurring now.

We never actually recovered from the last recession. With the 2008–2009 recession, we saw a dramatic decrease in wages across the country. Wages have never recovered since that time. People learning to adapt to lower incomes is not economic recovery. Jobs offer fewer benefits than prior to the recession, more jobs are part-time than ever. The combination has led many to working temporary (“gig”) positions or multiple part-time jobs. This results in workers paying more to replace benefits like health and life insurance than if they were subsidized by a full time employer. Even if subsidized, deductibles have increased along with premiums while wages have stagnated or declined. Once again, this is not recovery.

The stock market is not a reflection of the economy. I’ve pointed this out many times. The stock market is frequently a negative image of the health of the economy. When wages go up, stocks decline. Your wages are viewed by investors as a cost, a debt, a liability. Thus, an improved wage report will often be followed by mass layoffs to reduce costs. While in previous recessions the stock market did rise, it was typically accompanied by some events in the general economy which could be pointed to as causing that rise. Increased oil prices, home prices rising, expansive investment in internet startups. This time, none of that exists. The only justification for stock prices increasing at this time is stock buybacks by corporations, which is stock manipulation. By definition this is insider trading due to the fact that corporate executives profit from stock repurchases. Stock market rises do not improve the general economy at all. When most of the population is living paycheck to paycheck, stocks have no relation to the real world.

Personal and corporate debt and default are at record levels. One way Americans have been surviving since the last recession has been through incurring more debt than ever. This has been in the face of weak wages, often with the hopes of improving their condition through taking on student loans. It has not worked. Student loan defaults are at the highest rate in US history. We see mass layoffs of people with college/university degrees happening. The average vehicle payment exceeds $500 per month. Bankruptcy rates are rising, both personal and corporate. Corporate debt is at the highest rate in history, while consumer spending is down. Consumer confidence is down. Corporate confidence is down, as indicated by CEO polls and capital expenditures. Capital expenditures have been buoyed up to now by expenditures on contracts which have run their course.

The Fed is bailing out the banks, not the economy. Following the 2008 crash, the federal government bailed out the big banks. However, even that was a response after the crash had recurred. This time around, the Federal Reserve is pumping literally trillions of dollars into the banking and financial services industries to save them before the crash occurs.. Maybe. I’ll get to that. After the 2008 crash, Obama did do one of the few truly valid steps to stimulate the economy he performed during his administration. He increased funding for food stamps, which helped the economy slightly. We may see some similar steps after this crash occurs but only afterward and it is highly questionable it will happen at all with a GOP Senate in place.

Other countries cannot help. The economic contraction being seen in the US is not just here, it is global. Global manufacturing is down. Freight shipping is down. These lead to lower gas and oil requirements, bringing down oil production. It also drags down vehicle manufacturing and sales, fewer freight/shipping jobs, etc. More countries are investing in renewable energy, also impacting oil demand negatively. Numerous countries now have more debt than GDP earnings. Major banks are laying off tens of thousands of workers in all countries. Sociopolitical pressures are forcing more central banks to invest domestically in their home nations, rather than in US assets. US foreign policies are causing independent foreign investors to decrease funding for new US projects. Other countries are selling off US Treasuries, unsure if the US can or even will honor the debts.

Highly questionable rationale. I have been saying for quite some time that as the economy deteriorates, corporate profits based on sales will decline yet stocks will remain high. That is, until all liquidity has been squeezed out of each corporation and stocks are incapable of climbing higher. That is the point we are at right now. The highest valued stocks are for companies that produce nothing for trade. Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google lead, with financial services firms following. Now that liquidity is gone, what will follow will be the rich selling off stocks in massive amounts. That is happening now but will accelerate rapidly. They invest in stocks for the purpose of gaining a profit. Now that no more profit is possible, it’s time to sell.

Once they sell in large enough amounts, they will literally CAUSE the next crash, yet walk away with huge profits. (Smaller investors will lose everything, being last to know the sell off is even happening. The media will only report on it after the fact.) They will deposit those profits in offshore accounts, board their private jets and fly to their private islands or tax havens while the US economy collapses in their wake, causing double and triple digit inflation. The Federal Reserve is helping this process because they have no connection or commitment to anything but money. They will not be held to account because we have no laws holding them to account, no system to hold them to account. Remember the Federal Reserve is NOT a government entity, it is a private capitalist entity and functions in and of itself for profit.

This has all been planned for a very long time and most of it is highly intentional.

None of this means we are without hope. However, it will take some of the most radical steps ever taken by American society to rectify it. I’ll cover the options some other time.

Sanctions Won’t Help. Here’s What Would.

There is a bipartisan bill seeking to impose sanctions on Turkey in response to Trump’s withdrawal of US troops from Syria. In response to the US withdrawal, Turkey has planned a massive invasion of norther Syria, occupied by the Kurds.

So the question becomes, will sanctions help the situation? The answer is- It’s not that simple.

This move is really nothing but theater. Consider the fact that the US is still selling arms to Turkey. Remember (or did you even hear about) the arms deals to sell F35’s and Patriot missiles systems to Turkey? Nothing about the sanctions does anything to stop those deals.

What may actually help would be an arms embargo. Then again, an arms embargo would help Yemen, as well. You are not going to hear mention of the mere suggestion of an arms embargo because that would anger the weapons contractors who “donate” massive sums to political campaigns and spend fortunes lobbying. When arms manufacturers stand to lose money, you will not hear anything of that idea.

Have you noticed that the media never even mentions Yemen? Or the fact that our presence in Syria is still illegal under international law? They have not mentioned the Kurds at all unless there is the suggestion of ending one of our wars.

Turkey has had an ongoing attack against the Kurds for quite some time now. While US troops have been present in northern Syria. Has our presence helped the Kurds? Have we defended them? No, unless you consider that Turkish forces coordinated with US forces to avoid striking areas where US troops were present. Likewise, US troops moved so as to allow Turkish attacks to occur.

Peace talks could help. Notice that CONgress in no way suggests moderating and engaging in peace talks between all sides? Part of that is because if you involve all parties involved, that would include the Kurds, Turkey, Syria, Russia, Iran and the US. Yes, it would mean our government would have to sit down and speak rationally with Syria, Russia and Iran, all at the same time. Can you imagine a world where that would happen without the US being threatened with extinction?

Unequal armament. For years, the US has been supplying the Kurds with weapons while also selling weapons to Turkey. The difference is that we have supplied the Kurds with small to medium arms in relatively small amounts. To the Turks we have been selling massive amounts of smaller arms, moderate amounts of intermediate size weapons and systems while selling or trying to sell our largest weapons systems to the Turks. So, we have intentionally given an advantage to the Turks from day one.

US proxies, US puppets. The Kurds have been US proxies, allegedly to fight ISIS and Al Qaeda but in reality their purpose was opposition to Assad. Yet the Kurds have been clear all along that they want to carve an independent country out of northern Syria, norther Iraq and southern Turkey. In Iraq, they have an area which is largely self-governed yet still part of Iraq. Assad has suggested a similar arrangement in Syria, which the Kurds have refused, while Turkey and the US oppose the very idea.

Keep Israel out of this. Israel has stated they would offer shelter and assistance to any Kurds displaced by this conflict. If you want to see how Israel treats oppressed populations, look at Palestine. Israel has no respect for sovereignty, as they are illegally occupying Palestine and the Golan Heights in Syria. Israel has openly admitted to aiding and assisting Al Qaeda terrorists. What they are attempting to do is assist anyone who opposes Syria and Iran. Look at a map. Israel is at the southern edge of Syria, while the Kurds and Turkey are at the northern edge of Syria. To offer any direct assistance to the Kurds, Israel would have to illegally traverse part of Syria. Also take into consideration that, like all their neighboring countries, Israel does not get along well with Turkey. Neighboring countries in general hate Israel so much that even if they are adversarial against one another, they will unify against Israel. Have you ever had a neighbor like that?

I really don’t care how much you want to use this as yet again another reason to hate Trump. Withdrawing from Syria is the right thing to do. We never had any business there in the first place. We consistently make situations worse, not better.

However, withdrawing is not enough. The actions I mentioned which would actually help are things which you will not hear political parties, elected officials or corporate media make any suggestion of. If anyone does suggest these things, they will be silenced, censored, oppressed and attacked viciously.

Peace or supporting the Kurds has nothing to do with any of the opposition to withdrawal. The point is to keep our forever wars going and use this against Trump. As long as YOU keep focusing on just one name, you will NEVER understand what is actually happening. You will not even TRY. Throughout this affair, have you stopped to question and consider any of the actual SOLUTIONS I have suggested? Or have you just been reacting emotionally?

If YOU want change then YOU must change. If YOU want peace, then YOU must demand peace. That’s not what you’re doing. Is it?

Yes, Tulsi IS More Progressive Than Bernie

Yes, I did a video on this subject but it had very few views. So I guess I will put it in writing and bring in even more points to consider.

Many Bernie Sanders supporters absolutely insist that he is the most Progressive candidate. No, he is not. By a long shot. He is simply the only candidate they have paid any attention to. It is willful ignorance and cult mentality. The very thing they wish to criticize in others. They believe he can do no wrong or that any wrong he does has been forced on him.

I have said many times that if Bernie has been threatened or forced in some way, that means he was controlled, is currently controlled and will remain controlled. Even if elected.

None of this means I think Tulsi is perfect. My personal preference is Hunter of the Green Party. However, as far as the two major parties, Tulsi is absolutely the most Progressive candidate. You need only do two things to understand this:

1- Read their policies objectively.

2- Understand the difference between policies and talking points. The more vague any statement is, the more it is a talking point, not a policy. Both candidates have areas in which their policy pages could be far more specific, so they come across as talking points.

With this in mind, let’s take a comparative look at the policies between Bernie and Tulsi. Anywhere quotes are offered, the quotes stated are copied and pasted directly from their websites, so you can look these things up and confirm them as you go.

Healthcare. The one which most Bernie supporters focus on solely and all else is fluff. Universal healthcare.

Bernie: “ Joining every other major country on Earth and guaranteeing health care to all people as a right, not a privilege, through a Medicare-for-all, single-payer program.”

Tulsi: “Too many people in this country are getting sick without the care that they need. As president, I will work to ensure all Americans have quality healthcare incentivized to increase health and prevent and heal disease.”

Also Tulsi: “If you look at other countries in the world who have universal health care, every one of them has some form of a role for private insurance.”

BOTH are for universal healthcare. When you look at these two, many believe Tulsi does not endorse universal healthcare. She has made it clear since 2016 that she absolutely does. It is also believed that Bernie opposes supplemental health insurance. Yet there is no indication he would oppose such a thing.

Supplemental coverage is in all countries with universal healthcare. It is fact that nearly or all countries that utilize universal healthcare have some form of supplemental health insurance. Don’t believe me? Healthcare Triage on YouTube did an entire series comparing universal healthcare in the countries that offer it. The channel is very much favorable toward universal healthcare and the series is expertly, professionally, objectively done. https://www.youtube.com/user/thehealthcaretriage

Medications. Both candidates have virtually identical stances on medication prices.

Bernie: Allow Medicare to negotiate with the big drug companies to lower prescription drug prices with the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act.

  • Allow patients, pharmacists, and wholesalers to buy low-cost prescription drugs from Canada and other industrialized countries with the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act.
  • Cut prescription drug prices in half, with the Prescription Drug Price Relief Act, by pegging prices to the median drug price in five major countries: Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Japan.

Tulsi: “No one should be forced to choose between putting food on the table and paying for life-saving medication. But that’s exactly what’s happening to millions of Americans as a result of Big Pharma’s chokehold on Medicare. They’ve managed to buy access into Congress, barring the government from negotiating cheaper prices for consumers, so they can continue to price-gouge those trying to buy life-saving medication and rake in profits at the expense of the American people.”

Foreign Relations. This is where these two candidates part ways most severely. You can read their entire pages but here I will focus on the most crucial differences.

Bernie: Work with pro-democracy forces around the world to build societies that work for and protect all people. In the United States, Europe, and elsewhere, democracy is under threat by forces of intolerance, corruption, and authoritarianism.

Tulsi: I think it’s important, for the sake of our country’s national security, to keep the American people safe, and in the pursuit of peace, for our president and commander in chief to have the courage to meet with leaders of other countries — whether they be adversaries or potential adversaries — in order to achieve peace and security.

Why are these statements different? If you are old enough, think back. Matter of fact, think of now. What are the words, “pro-democracy forces” code for? Haven’t we heard these words before? What followed? What Bernie is saying is that he will work with countries that are already our allies, that bend to our will in worship of the American Empire. Otherwise, he will oppose them. Oppose how? Those options are really limited, aren’t they? Sanctions which kill or military force tend to be the only options available once you remove diplomatic relations with those you disagree with.

Tulsi has already clearly demonstrated that she is willing and ready to meet with foreign leaders with whom we do NOT agree for the purpose of diplomatic relations. Force and threat are used as final options. Bernie has not made any statements even alluding to such an approach.

Why is this important? If you want universal healthcare, improvements in the economy and social support programs, military spending MUST be reduced. The military budget is used as THE biggest excuse for ripping money away from or saying we cannot afford these programs. To reduce military spending, it is MANDATORY we strive for peace with other countries. Tulsi makes it clear that she would divert those funds from military spending to social spending.

“..democracy is under threat..” These are highly troubling words by Bernie. They indicate clearly that he is continuing to push Russiagate and will follow it right through with Ukrainegate, both of which are nothing but cover stories for corruption of DNC elite.

Elections. Both have similar policies regarding election rights. However, Tulsi is the only one who mentions implementing an auditable paper trail.

Criminal Justice Reform. Both have similar policies on criminal justice reform, including legalizing marijuana, ending for-profit prisons, stricter penalties for white collar crime and ending cash bail. (I have heard Sanders speak on these subjects but ending cash bail is not on his policy page.)

Wall Street Reform. Both have similar policies regarding reinstating Glass-Steagall and breaking up “too big to fail” banks. I will state Sanders has some more Progressive policies regarding public banking, capping interest rates and controlling ATM fees.

This guide is not meant to be comprehensive. It is intended to encourage voters to actually read the policy pages of the candidates and listen closely to what is being said and WHAT IS NOT BEING SAID. When I say “Do Your Research” I MEAN IT. I am telling you to go straight to the source, as you should be doing, any way.

In all cases, stop allowing corporate media or biased pundits tell you what to think. Get out of the echo chambers. If you want actual progress, you have to think critically about what that means.

Would I support a ballot that has both of them on it in the general election? Yes but ONLY with Tulsi as president and Bernie as VP. NOT the other way around.

About Those Text Messages..

Latest propaganda in the neoliberal media has to do with a series of text messages between Kurt Volker, former US special envoy to Ukraine; Bill Taylor, chief US diplomat to Ukraine and Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union.

The media and DNC are making this sound like corruption and attempts by the Trump administration to force a commitment by Ukraine to conduct an investigation into the Biden affair and Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election in favor of Hillary Clinton, while withholding monetary aid to Ukraine unless they comply.

Let me repeat part of that. Ukrainian interference in the 2016 US election in favor of Hillary Clinton.

These text messages are yet again an excellent example of why I constantly impress upon people to read the damn source material instead of allowing the media to read excerpts taken out of context or, as in this case, not even do that. They make up the meaning completely out of whole fabric with no relation to what was actually said!

The media will post images (too small to read) and/or links to source material, trusting that the average reader/viewer will never actually view the source material. They are 99.9% correct!!! That is what is pathetic!!! Just because they post a link does not mean more than the EXTREME minority will ever read anything but their false representation!!!

So I am posting the link to the text messages here. I literally encourage you to read the entire series of messages for yourself and fact check every word I say, then offer rational, valid counter-arguments IF AND ONLY IF YOU READ THE TEXT MESSAGES!!!! You can find them right here: https://www.scribd.com/document/428681046/Volker-Texts-on-Ukraine-Shared-With-Congress#from_embed

I do not make reference to materials which are available without actually reading them, usually posting links and quotes.

So, what will you find in these text messages when the DNC spin is removed? Let me show you, word for word. My only alterations are corrections of punctuation and such. Because this is my blog and it stresses my OCD side.

[9/9/19, 5:19:35 AM] Gordon Sondland: Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo of any kind. The President is trying to evaluate whether Ukraine is truly going to adopt the transparency and reforms that President Zelensky Promised during his campaign. I suggest we stop the back and forth by text. If you still have concerns, I recommend you give Lisa Kenna or S a call to discuss them directly. Thanks..

Read that again. Trump said “no quid pro quo of any kind.” This runs absolutely counter to what the media and DNC are claiming.

[8/13/19 10:26:44 AM] Kurt Volker: Special attention should be paid to the problem of interference in the political processes of the United States, especially with the alleged involvement of some Ukrainian politicians. I want to declare that this is unacceptable. We intend to initiate and complete a transparent and unbiased investigation of all available facts and episodes, including those involving Burisma and the 2016 U.S. elections, which in turn will prevent the recurrence of this problem in the future..

Seriously, does this sound like someone encouraging interference in US elections? Or more like an investigation into past interference by other parties? Because that is precisely what is occurring, an investigation into corruption.

Later, Sondland asks, “ Do we still want Ze (president Zelensky) to give us an unequivocal draft with 2016 and Boresma (sic)?”

Volker responded, “That’s the clear message so far.”

I’m going to stop with the quotes there. I know that most people are going to remain in their separate camps, never budge from their established views. Almost nobody reading this has or will read the text messages.

I also know many are going to claim more details will emerge. Just like they did with Russiagate. You know how that turned out. The ones who still believe Russiagate claim that no evidence IS the evidence. Like any religion.

The problem with more details emerging, just as with the transcript, is that the more details are revealed, the worse it looks for the Democrats. That is, to any objective observer.

One should truly be skeptical of the Democrats being so vehemently opposed to the Ukrainian investigation being reinstated and published, while concurrently wanting to use the suggestion of an investigation as grounds for impeachment. This is exactly what has led to Trump’s approval ratings escalating dramatically since this began. This process stands a very good chance of improving Trump’s chances for reelection. Meanwhile, the DNC moves ever further to the right.

US Presence In Syria Is Still Illegal

With Trump stating he wants to withdraw US forces from Syria, he is doing something surprising. Ending the ILLEGAL occupation of a foreign country by US forces.

Of course, the “resistance” is completely freaked out. What? END one of our forever wars? Unthinkable.

First, the illegal part. From the very first US tire track or footprint by US troops on Syrian soil, from the very first flyover by US jets, our presence in Syria has been in violation of international law. Our presence in Syria has NEVER been approved by the UN Security Council, the Syrian government (democratically elected) or the Russian government (legally present in Syria by invitation of the legal Syrian government to fight ISIS and Al Qaeda). These are the ONLY entities with the authority to grant legal permission for US military presence in Syria.

Why are we there? Have you noticed how many The claim being made by the “resistance” is that our purpose in Syria is to support the Kurds. Really? That comes as news to me. I could have sworn our presence in Syria was to fight against ISIS and Al Qaeda. Or is it to support the Syrian people against Assad? Or is it to protect Israel against Syria and Iran?

You’ll notice the rationale for our presence there keeps on changing. Yet none of those rationales make sense when examined.

Arming all sides. Turkey has had a long history of animosity toward the Kurds. It was only a few months ago that our government was arming the Kurds to assist in the fight against ISIS and also fight against Turkey. Thus our presence was needed for that reason. Meanwhile, our government was also arming Turkey and trying desperately to sell F35 fighter jets and Patriot missile systems to Turkey. Meanwhile, Wikileaks has shown conclusively that our government was funding ISIS and Al Qaeda. Without that evidence, as terrorists have withdrawn from geographic areas in Syria, the caches they have left behind have been documented to be over 70% American made weapons.

Israel helping terrorists. Israel admitted publicly to providing shelter and medical care to Al Qaeda terrorists.

What parts of Syria are we occupying? Notice that the areas that US forces have been occupying all have high concentrations of oil production facilities.

Both Turkey and Syria consider Kurdish extremists to be terrorists. It becomes deeply questioning when both countries that the Kurdish militia opposes consider them to be terrorists.

Safe zone? Turkey is claiming they wish to establish a “safe zone” to move immigrants from Syria back into Syria. Here is the problem with that. The people they are seeking to displace are not all from Syria. They are combatants from various countries who have fought for terrorist organizations. This is a clear attempt to implant known terrorists who fled Syria after being defeated right back into Syria.

Who has made attempts at peace? The Kurds have stated a desire to establish their own country and separate from Syria. That is, as long as they can claim oil rights in the northern Syrian territory. Assad has refused this idea yet has made numerous efforts to hold peace talks with the Kurds, while Russia offered to host the talks in neutral territory. The Kurds have refused. The Kurds were invited to take part in multiple peace talks which have taken place and involved Syria, Turkey, Iran and Russia. Each time the Kurds have refused. So has the US.

What happens now? If US forces withdraw from Syria, as they should, then certain events will take place which can be predicted. The Kurds will not have the resources to withstand the assault by Turkey. They will then have one choice. They will be forced to turn to Assad for assistance. This would then lead to direct talks between Assad (Syria) and Erogan (Turkey) in peace efforts. This time, the Kurds will have no other choice than to actively engage in peace talks with both countries. At this point, it will take huge efforts by the Kurds to prove that they are committed to any peace process. Which may well involve their complete voluntary disarmament.

Who is the warmonger? When all of this is taken into consideration, anyone opposing the withdrawal of US troops from Syria must consider themselves to be the true warmonger. Any continued occupation by US forces does nothing to help any party involved except the US Military Industrial Complex. Who do you really think is behind the opposition every single time our withdrawal is even suggested?

“But Trump” Yeah, go ahead and keep screaming at the top of your lungs how much you support peace, how Trump is a warmonger and monster. Then again, if you really support US military presence, sign up. Tell your children and grandchildren to sign up. Get a uniform on, put your life and their lives on the line. Admit you do not GAF how much these wars cost because YOU want them to continue and YOU want MORE wars. No matter WHAT it costs in money or lives. Even when that involvement is illegal.

Progressive my ass.

Don’t Silence New Voices

I had someone try to criticize my work a few days ago. Their criticism was something along the lines of, “We have other people already saying this! What is this, some kind of self promotion?”

Yes. As a matter of fact it is.

Here is my problem with that criticism. He is attempting to silence new voices on the Progressive Left. It is most likely that he never actually read the article he was commenting on, so he was intellectually lazy.

Each new voice makes us stronger. Each new voice adds new dimensions, new perspectives, new colors. It takes many voices to comprise a chorus. Each voice is not the same, yet ideally they are singing the same song.

Many of the voices on the Progressive Left are new voices. How long ago was it that you first heard of Jimmy Dore? Aaron Mate? Caitlyn Johnstone?

One problem with the Progressive Left is that often, the material can be based on the same source material. It becomes a matter of one original piece of material with each layer adding commentary. Sometimes it literally becomes a commentary on a commentary on an original piece.

Am I criticizing anyone? No, these are some of my favorite sources. Like I stated above, each voice adds to the chorus, lending depth, strength, volume, new notes. Each is valuable, each is beautiful. Is each voice perfect? Not always but they create beauty in their harmony. Listening and joining in is what strengthens us.

There is a difference in my own material, whether written or video. Most of my material is completely original. When I wrote a 4 part series explaining why and how universal healthcare is best, that was original. Nobody else had or has done that in such detail that I have seen. When I went through the Mueller Report line by line, all 448 pages and dismantled it, revealing flaw after flaw, deception after deception, the entire series was original. When I went through the Trump-Ukraine transcript with the actual transcript in the video, that was original. I may occasionally mention materials by other content producers but it tends to be a short mention with accreditation, not a commentary on that single piece.

Some things that I feel make my content valuable is my own knowledge. Beginning over 30 years ago, I have formally and informally studied economics, management, marketing, psychology, sociology and medicine. I have never really stopped studying any of them in some way. I am continuously trying to learn more on one subject or another. If any content producer claims to know everything (to a degree they no longer have to keep learning) on such complex and interconnected subjects, they are absolutely delusional and should not be trusted. Information and practices change over time. Economies, societies and cultures are evolving directly in front of and all around us on a daily basis as we adapt to a changing ecological environment and technological advances. Medical criteria changes over time while medical technology advances so quickly that medical professionals are mandated to continually take continuing education classes for license renewal. Oh, shit. That’s something I need to do.

One big thing about new voices is that new independent voices rarely have a budget for advertising. If they have financial backers before they gain any popularity, you cannot consider them independent, can you? So we are forced to promote ourselves. For some of us, that’s not how we want to spend our time and effort. It takes away from time for research and writing. Often while we have our own lives to attend to.

Independent content producers don’t mind and often enjoy interacting with our (polite) audience members. If you ask independent producers a question, you typically get a personal response in a short time frame. We recognize ourselves as part of a global community where thoughts, words and actions matter and can have drastic, life saving or life destroying consequences. It is not a matter of ego. We do what we do not for money but because we genuinely care and are committed to our causes.

Try that with corporate media. The most you will get will be a form response by a low level staffer. If you are not ignored completely and after you are attacked by the cultist hordes for questioning the absolute perfection and omniscience of the corporate propagandist who deigns to lower their spiritual standing enough to impart their wisdom through their benevolence to the soiled masses. How dare you imply that their wisdom is not complete and flawless? Be thankful for the improvement in your miserable existence which they bestow upon you from their corporate heavenly throne!

I and other independent content producers truly appreciate the quotes, shares and every single penny of donations which are afforded to us by our audience. We do not feel it is “owed” to us, as our corporate counterparts openly state. We do not feel we are above questioning, we simply insist on valid points being made when we are questioned. If you want to spew hate speech, take it to the corporate staffers. We independents have better things to do with our time and higher goals to reach for.

Seriously, if you don’t have a taste for my content, scroll past it. If you have valid and rational critiques to offer, I am all ears. If your complaint has it that I am exactly like other content producers, you have not read my content, this I absolutely know. If your complaint is that I am too different or not bowing down to the status quo, you are missing the entire point. If you complain that I am not predictable enough, that does not mean I am not consistent. If you wish to attempt to validate your existence through hate speech, I will definitely invalidate your existence when I block you. That’s one of my consistencies. I refuse to argue for the sake of argument.