People Rise As Capitalism Collapses Globally

Corporate media of late has focused intensely on the protests occurring in Hong Kong. Yet they don’t mention the numerous protests happening around the globe. The focus on Hong Kong is meant to be indicating some form of Western victory, while not much mention is made of the fact that there are counter-protesters in favor of China.

Right now there are protests happening in many countries. Some are violent, some are not. Nearly every single one has a basis which boils down to an objection to capitalist systems. There are currently protests occurring in France, Venezuela, Honduras, Ecuador, Brazil and Chile, all of which have had extensive violence involved. Meanwhile in the US we have protests by the UAW (United Auto Workers), backed up by the AFL-CIO. More protests occurring against General Electric. In recent years, Mexico has seen a rising tide of protests for various reasons, some financially based, others against police violence and corruption.

It is not a debatable point that most corruption is in some way rooted in capitalism. Political and police corruption often happen because of bribery by unlawful or unethical entities seeking to make a profit. From direct bribes of police or public officials to turn their heads as crimes are committed to lobbying for favorable legislation in return for campaign donations or post-political-office positions at high salaries, all of it equates to the same thing.

Many union leaders over the years have been investigated and/or convicted of corruption and racketeering. The leaders walk away with massive profits while the workers they are supposed to represent have wages stagnate and benefits slashed.

Interestingly, public officials in the US, elected or appointed, who act against the welfare of much larger number of citizens are basically never indicted or even investigated for their corruption.

The size, scale and geographic diversity of all these protests are a clear indication that the people of the world have had enough of the decades of oppression imposed upon them by capitalists. People have had their comfort, their emotions, their health, their welfare, their children, their very existence brought into doubt or completely sacrificed for the benefit of the wealthy. While the wealthy on average are apathetic or even sadistic in their regard for the middle class and poor.

There was at one time something of a balance where the poor could attain a comfortable middle class status and the middle class could attain some level of wealth. That balance has been destroyed because for the extremely wealthy, enough has not been enough. Today it is far more likely the middle class will fall into poverty than attain any level of wealth. While those already in poverty could well fall invisibly and silently out of existence.

Most of those rising up and those not yet rising up are not seeking any extreme level of wealth. Merely comfort and security. Most are happy working for what they have, as long as what they earn is not claimed by the rich as a birthright. There is nothing abnormal in wanting your labor valued enough to make a living wage, have medical care without bankruptcy or education without decades of debilitating debt.

The absolute biggest reason capitalists gain control of socioeconomic systems is because of common election funding systems. In countries where election funding is primarily through public funding, such as the US, candidates for office make promises and incur debts to “donors” who fund their campaigns. Anyone who denies that quid pro quo exists in such a system is either willfully ignorant or is a direct beneficiary of that system. Thus they have no desire to change such a system.

The only alternative to public funding is government funding with transparent controls. In the US, that would include equal funding for at least the top four parties, not two. Combined with equal access to all state ballots and debates. Ranked choice voting would be a logical and necessary component of such a system.

Another major reason for capitalist control of socioeconomic systems is corporate lobbying. Right now there are at least 8 lobbyists in DC for every member of CONgress. Government officials go through a rotating door between elected/appointed office and corporate executive employment. Lobbying and the rotating door are closely entwined. The rotating door must be closed and corporate lobbying should be declared a criminal offense with mandatory prison sentencing for lobbyist and lobbied officials. All debate on legislation should be public with no closed door events, no private communications which do not involve tightly defined issues of national security, such as weapons design.

Fighting for such changes against the beneficiaries of the current system will be a true fight. The corporate media will absolutely be against such changes, seeing that they are some of the most prolific profiteers of our current system. This means this fight will be fought tooth and nail at the grassroots level. It is not something we can take lightly. This issue is gaining ground slowly and each one of us can help with it.

The other option is going to be violent protests as we are seeing in other countries right this minute. JFK said, “He that makes peaceful revolution impossible makes violent revolution inevitable.” We are standing at the edge of that choice right this minute. It will not take much to push us over. In Chile, all it took to push the country into chaos was imposing a tax on internet based phone calls. Americans are far more passive than Chileans are. However, we cannot put off action on these issues any longer or we seal our fate of sinking into violence. It may begin in isolated events but will spread nationally very quickly. Many believe they would be immune from the effects of such violence. I expect the violence here would be far worse, considering the apathy common in the American populace and the number of firearms in this country. Trying to impose gun control at that time would make it infinitely worse.

So, your choice. Peace through submission? Peaceful revolution? Or violent insurrection? Shall we burn our cities to the ground? Anyone in favor of violence I reject outright. Anyone offering passive-aggressive criticism with no viable alternative is useless. Those who choose to not decide will merely leave that choice to others.

I Am A Russian Asset. Are You?

Hillary Clinton’s accusation against Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein was not an isolated incident or anomaly. It has preceded by the past three years of proaganda, culminating in the now well-self-debunked Mueller “investigation” (sic), which investigated the FBI “investigation” (sic) into “collusion”, which even the Mueller report clearly states he found no evidence for. Not to mention the fact that “collusion” was never defined and does not exist as a legal term.

For over three years Rachel Maddow has devoted her entire daily show to this conspiracy theory. In the process she has cut off or ejected guests who in any way did not feed directly into her narrative. It has been a very sad fall for someone who was once a sane voice. Guess she made her $30,000 a day and that’s all that matters to her.

Since the accusation, many MSM sources have followed with their support and literal collusion with these claims. I say literal because many of those media sources were major donors to the Clinton campaign and are recipients of advertising revenue from military contractors. Meanwhile the advertising budget of those military contractors is paid for by your tax dollars, so the supply is virtually limitless.

The claims that Tulsi is a “Russian asset” has no basis. This is being directed at a sitting US Congresswoman, an active military veteran/service person and someone who has been and remains on the US House Armed Services Committee for six years.

Even Bernie Sanders accused his own followers from 2016 of being Russian assets. He has never withdrawn or apologized for that statement. He has continued advancing that statement ever further since then, including his current policy statement on foreign affairs.

Personally, I have been accused of being a Russian asset/agent/troll/whatever on too many occasions to count. So, what does it take to be considered a “Russian asset”? Because the claim is that you do not have to be aware you are one. In which case you are deemed a “useful idiot”. You just have to advance the alleged “Russian agenda”, which makes you a “Putin puppet”.

The “Russian agenda” is never clearly defined. If you challenge anyone using the accusation, they can never explain exactly what Russia would have to gain from said agenda. For the last 3+ years, when unable to show any evidence of “collusion”, the claim has been that Russia wants to sow chaos and division into the US social and political environment.

Here are some of the (abbreviated) actual claims of accusers which make me a “Russian asset”-

Debate. I support social and political debate on actual issues. Not loyalty to a piece of cloth, race, religion, gender or political party which strives to divide us.

Universal healthcare. I absolutely believe that universal healthcare is the best system possible. So much so that I wrote a 4 part series explaining why and how in very real terms.

Anti-war. Anyone who opposes the war machine will be branded a Russian asset. I find being against war to not only an emotional and humanistic stance but a logical one. Apparently this means I have been brainwashed because peace is a Russian idea.

Police oversight. Excessive use of force by police has been well documented. Anyone can argue that it is rare, yet we find more every day how common it is. Yet, endorsing the idea of citizens overseeing accusations of police abuse and demanding justice is apparently part of the Russian agenda.

Racial justice and equality. Beginning in 2016, the DNC has claimed that Black Lives Matter was a Russian construct. This began around the time Hillary had BLM members banned from her events. Kaepernick’s protest has been labeled as a Russian construct. Basically, if you think nobody should be treated unequally because of the color of their skin, you have fallen victim to Russian propaganda. Including when minorities are gunned down in the streets while unarmed and non-violent.

Gender/sexual identity equality. We all know white straight (claiming) males are the height of evolution. All men are more valuable than women but especially white men. (You can include Hillary in this category.) If you think otherwise, you must have been abducted and had Russian brain surgery which was wiped from your memory.

Religious equality. America is a Christian nation and don’t you forget it! If you think anyone of any other religion should have equal rights and representation, go back where you came from! I don’t care if you were born here! Damn Russian!

Wealth inequality. This one absolutely marks you as an “evil Communist”. If you think some members of society should not hoard billions or trillions of dollars while working people die from lack of healthcare, wind up homeless and children go hungry, you are part of the Russian agenda.

Housing. If you believe nobody should be homeless against their choice in what is allegedly the richest country on earth while millions of homes and apartments sit empty, most owned by equity investors, you are a Russian asset.

Election integrity. Do you think our elections need reform? Paper trails, open to more than two parties, ranked choice voting, all Americans eligible to vote? You’re a Russian asset.

Election funding. Do you think elections should all be funded by the government, not corporations? Equal funding for more than two parties? That’s absolutely a Russian idea.

Gun control. If you support any form of gun control, including a ban on assault weapons, you must be a Russian asset.

Universal Basic Income. This one is absolutely Communist. You think that as more jobs become automated that people still need a means to survive at a basic level? Damn Pinko!

Universal adult education. If you think college or university should be freely available to all Americans, rather than remaining in debt to banks for a huge percentage of your life, you’re a Russian asset.

Respecting sovereignty of other nations. What? You think that the US does not have the right to invade, dictate and change governments of other countries? You simply have been propagandized if you think we do not have the duty to assassinate, overthrow foreign leaders and murder the populace when we want to steal or control their assets. You’re a Russian asset.

Environmental protection. If you think that cleaning up and controlling our mess from the air, water and soil is a good idea, you’re wrong. The only way this could be a good thing would be if corporations made more money cleaning up the environment than they make/save by polluting it. Even then they should be able to dictate their own rules. You’re a Communist.

Freedom of speech. If you are against censorship, even by major corporations, think citizens should be free to protest in any non-violent way against any organization or atrocity conducted/supported by our government, you aren’t a true ‘Mercan!!! Now shut up and bow down to your corporate gods! No more of your Russian propaganda!

Yes, I have been outed at some point for being in favor of each and every one of these issues. I guess I am brainwashed and delusional when I think these things should be rights. Either that or I was planted here as a child to infiltrate US society as a sleeper agent. For the most part I have been biding my time until Hillary came along. That was my goal and purpose before I was ever born. In truth, I am a Russian Commie Pinko Socialist Anti-American Subversive Terrorist trying to destroy US society, overthrow the government and replace it with those of my own kind. We will oppress the population by means of enacting every one of these rights, making you all slaves without realizing it!!! We will force you to live longer, happier, healthier, more secure lives free from war, free from crushing debt, have the right to an education with clean water and respect each other while doing so! In this way we will cement our control over you, your children and their children forever!!!

Only the truly initiated ever saw our nefarious plans coming. Those initiated are the ones we must take drastic steps to control. We must BLOCK THEM ON SOCIAL MEDIA!!! (Yes, the most horrible atrocity we have yet conceived. We must not speak of it here. It brings nightmares to many. )

Join me, komrades and reveal yourselves!!! NOW is the time our plans come to fruition!!! Hide no longer!!!! The programming is complete!!!!!

No, Tulsi Is Not “Pro-Israel”. Stop Being Lazy!

Since Tulsi called out Hillary, the biggest argument being used against her is because she opposes Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS).

Many people are using this argument without knowing the facts. It is a simplified talking point with no substance. So, let’s debunk this one now.

Yes, she opposes the BDS movement specifically. In no way does she support the punishment of those raising their voices. She supports freedom of speech and backs it up.

The first thing to look at is why she opposes the BDS movement. It is spelled out clearly in HR246 (link), which she voted in favor of . The major points of which are:

Whereas the Global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS Movement) targeting Israel is a campaign that does not favor a two-state solution and that seeks to exclude the State of Israel and the Israeli people from the economic, cultural, and academic life of the rest of the world;

Whereas the Global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement is one of several recent political movements that undermines the possibility for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by demanding concessions of one party alone and encouraging the Palestinians to reject negotiations in favor of international pressure;

Whereas the founder of the Global BDS Movement, Omar Barghouti, has denied the right of the Jewish people in their homeland, saying, “We oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine. No Palestinian, rational Palestinian, not a sell-out Palestinian, will ever accept a Jewish state in Palestine.”; (bold mine)

Whereas the Global BDS Movement targets not only the Israeli government but also Israeli academic, cultural, and civil society institutions, as well as individual Israeli citizens of all political persuasions, religions, and ethnicities, and in some cases even Jews of other nationalities who support Israel;

Whereas the Global BDS Movement does not recognize, and many of its supporters explicitly deny, the right of the Jewish people to national self-determination;

Whereas university-based Global BDS efforts violate the core goals of the university and global cultural development, which thrive on free and open exchange and debate, and in some cases, leads to the intimidation and harassment of Jewish students and others who support Israel;

Whereas the Global BDS Movement promotes principles of collective guilt, mass punishment, and group isolation, which are destructive of prospects for progress towards peace and a two-state solution;

Resolved, That the House of Representatives —

(1) opposes the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS Movement) targeting Israel, including efforts to target United States companies that are engaged in commercial activities that are legal under United States law, and all efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel;

(2) urges Israelis and Palestinians to return to direct negotiations as the only way to achieve an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict;

(3) affirms the Constitutional right of United States citizens to free speech, including the right to protest or criticize the policies of the United States or foreign governments; (bold mine)

(5) reaffirms its strong support for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resulting in two states — a democratic Jewish State of Israel, and a viable, democratic Palestinian state — living side-by-side in peace, security, and mutual recognition.

To go further, she cosponsored HR496 (link), the major points of which are:

Affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Resolved, That the House of Representatives —

(1) affirms that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution;

(2) opposes unconstitutional legislative efforts to limit the use of boycotts to further civil rights at home and abroad; and

(3) urges Congress, States, and civil rights leaders from all communities to endeavor to preserve the freedom of advocacy for all by opposing antiboycott resolutions and legislation.

Now, these are only excerpts of these bills. I have provided links for anyone choosing to read the bills in their entirety, which I am guessing nobody reading this has done.

Stop using Establishment talking points without looking deeper into things which do not fit the picture. It took me one single search term to find out the facts on this. Yet people will spend hours arguing, using the exact same talking points for months without bothering to enter that one search into their browser.

Try harder.

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Pelosi Is No Hero/Red Flag Watch

Everyone is talking about Nancy Pelosi walking out of a meeting regarding the events going on in Syria. Many neoliberals are calling her a hero, as if she accomplished something.

Now tell me. What did she accomplish? What has she stood up for?

The meeting was regarding the potential loss of lives in another country in a conflict which should not involve US forces at all. I have pointed out many times that US presence in Syria is against international law. So, maintaining an illegal presence in another country is what she defends? That’s your hero?

There are conflicting reports about what led up to Pelosi walking out. However, even her own account indicates she got her feelings hurt by abusive language from an abusive man-child. Yet, when making a choice in which she alleges that she is standing up for human rights and safety, her feelings took precedence over those lives.

I’ve covered the fact for days that keeping US forces in the region is not only illegal but threatens to intensify the conflict in the area, costing many more lives than ending the conflict.

Major thing to note is that the corporate media is reporting on CONgress passing a bill to keep US troops in the area as if this were a good thing. They are covering Pelosi walking out of the meeting as if this were a good thing. What they are NOT covering is the fact that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has joined with the Syrian Defense Force (SDF) in northern Syria and they have already pushed to the Turkish border. In the process, confrontations are ending. Many Turkish forces have withdrawn, not wanting to directly confront the Syrian military, as the Syrian and Turkish governments have had peace talks and do not want conflict with each other.

The SDF has been noted to exchange members frequently with the other two Kurdish militias, the PKK and subsidiary YPG, both of which are listed as terrorist organizations by the US State Department. Considering the forces at play, if the SAA can control the SDF and related entities by treaty in the face of certain destruction by Turkey, fine. Nothing the US has done or intends to do will accomplish that control.

What Pelosi was truly standing up for was unending war in foreign sovereign nations. Partly to benefit her war machine “donors” and partly to continue to expand the US Empire. If she had been truly brave and standing up for anything at all, she would have remained in that room.

No matter what, one should notice that Pelosi has not made a single suggestion for ending the conflict. Not this conflict, not any conflict. No mention of peace talks, no suggestion of an arms embargo against Turkey. The actions being taken by she and CONgress only serve to exacerbate and extend conflicts, cost more lives and create more profits for weapons manufacturers.

This is not the first time Pelosi has stomped out of a meeting like an offended pubescent debutante. She has quite a history of it. She never stands her ground when the lives and welfare of others are at stake.

I have not seen any credits for the image being shared widely but tend to highly question how any image was released which came from what was supposed to be a closed-door meeting. Allegedly Trump released the image. The entire thing appears staged. There is no blur anywhere in the image, as though every person there was completely still, waiting for the camera.

One thing Pelosi said was, “All roads lead to Putin.” Really? So, bringing US troops home and ending a conflict without causing millions of deaths is Putin’s idea? I guess so because it sure as HELL isn’t an American idea. Know what other ideas and issues were Putin’s? Questioning anything about Hillary, Black Lives Matter, universal healthcare, increasing wages, increasing taxes on the rich, decreasing military spending and investing in anfrastructure in our own country. That’s according to the DNC. Funny that they never mentioned giving the rich a massive tax break was Putin’s idea. Basically, what they are literally claiming is that anything that brings peace and prosperity to anyone but the ultra-rich must be the idea of an adversarial government. Know what? They may be right because it doesn’t sound like our government at all.

What is clear Pelosi absolutely opposes is any peace process happening between Syria, the Kurds, Turkey, Russia and Iran.

What happens next in Syria? I am literally expecting a red flag event. Probably using chemical weapons. Of course, there has been no time to prepare for it this time. Syrian forces are already in northern Syria. If the Syrian military were going to use chemical weapons at an inopportune time, wouldn’t right now be optimal? We have not yet heard of “intelligence” that a chemical attack was going to happen. No threats about “crossing a red line”. So, if a red flag even happens, this time there will be errors. This time victims would likely involve US and/or Turkish forces, not just civilians. This time, Turkey, a NATO member, will be calling for an OPCW investigation or will join with Syria and Russia to conduct their own. No Americans allowed. Or no investigation will be necessary because there will be witnesses from multiple forces who are not on board. Turkey is not going to engage in any false presentation, knowing how fickle the US government has been toward them. They know they could be next on the chopping block with a false flag.

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?