Tulsi Can Unite The Country

With all the rhetoric of the last few years about unity, the same rhetoric has been concurrently divisive, incessant “us against them” mentality which does absolutely nothing to unite anyone outside specific echo chambers. US against Russia, China, Mexico, Turkey, Israel, Venezuela, Iran, Europe… Worse still, that rhetoric has divided American against American along party lines with no policies or issues being debated.

If you try and bring issues into the discussion, you will be ostracized by party or name loyalists. Yes, that absolutely includes Bernie supporters. It was once Bernie who claimed he was an Independent who could work with both major parties. He no longer even attempts to voice that claim and his followers, most of whom are new to the game, have not noticed the change. They just follow along, claiming he has a consistency which does not exist when viewed objectively.

Now we have a candidate who holds the potential to genuinely unite voters and possibly parties, at least on specific issues and policies. That candidate is Tulsi Gabbard.

Nobody paying attention can claim that the DNC is the party in favor of peace any more. They have raged in favor of every single war for decades. In 2016, it was the RNC convention which spoke of ending conflicts. It was Hillary’s DNC convention which was intensely militaristic, with uniform after uniform taking the stage and continuous talk of “a strong defense”. It has been the DNC pushing Russiagate, who increased the “defense” budget beyond what Trump had requested, who have objected to efforts of peace talks with Russia and North Korea. Who insisted that US military presence in Syria should continue.. illegally.

There is no question that there are fundamental differences between Democratic and Republican voters. However, that divide is not as deep as many convince themselves to believe. Republicans tend to prefer a more authoritarian president, while Democrats prefer a nice-speaking pretty face. Yet voters on both sides will completely close their eyes, ears and minds against the atrocities committed by their preferred cult leader, fully prepared to fight to the death it appears, to defend the same atrocities.

Can you imagine what the reaction would have been if millions of Americans lost their life savings and evicted from their homes under Trump, rather than Obama? If the big banks had grown bigger under him? The outcry would cause earthquakes and we would have more calls for impeachment which would go nowhere because it benefited corporations. How about if Trump refused to prosecute the banking elite and those guilty of torture? What would happen if Trump said in a folksy tone, “We tortured some folks”? How about if he expanded our bombing to add another 5 countries to the list of our victims?

Yet Republican voters and the majority of Independent voters oppose warfare. They want our troops out of other countries, want to end regime change wars, want our wars to be called wars. The majority of voters support universal healthcare and breaking up big banks. Most Americans support legalization of marijuana, at least for medical use. Most Americans support price reduction and controls on medications.

Every one of these things are policies expressly supported by Tulsi Gabbard.

In addition, many millions of Americans oppose the election fraud committed by the DNC in 2016. Tulsi is the one, single, only mainstream candidate who stood up against that fraud. She did not campaign for Hillary in 2016 and recently stood up against Hillary as nobody has done publicly in the Democratic Party.

On the left, Tulsi supports universal adult education and forgiving student loan debt.

On the right, being a veteran, supporting veteran support and being a strong leader definitely gains support by those who are disappointed in Trump’s performance.

If we truly want to solve our problems in this country, which affect all other countries in some ways, we absolutely need a president that garners popular support from voters of ALL parties.

Tulsi is young, strong, healthy, lucid, literate, ethical and professional. She has shown she will stand by her values in the face of an oppressive system, even when it is her own party in which she holds a high position and meets with vindictive actions in response. She will meet with leaders we do NOT agree with, not just slaves to the US Empire. She is able to openly state she has been convinced she held a view in error. She is disliked by the “liberal” media. Each and every one of these points SHOULD be held in her favor by any true American.

Or would you prefer to just keep going the way we have been going? Do you prefer solutions or mindless, endless, destructive hatred? Personally, I want solutions.

US Mercenary Forces

The following was reported on Yahoo News on 20/22/19-

“This withdrawal will take weeks, not days. Until that time our forces will remain in the towns that are located near the oil fields.”

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper in Kabul on Monday told reporters he’s considering keeping some U.S. troops in northeast Syria to protect oilfields from falling into the hands of Islamic State.

Trump: “I don’t want to leave troops there. It’s very dangerous… I don’t think it’s necessary other than that we secure the oil. It’s in a little different section, but we secure the oil.”

Esper, speaking in front of a Patriot missile battery where he was meeting U.S. troops, said Saudi Arabia had agreed to help underwrite the deployment to the kingdom. He did not provide details on what specifically Saudi Arabia had agreed to pay for.

Pentagon chief mulls keeping some troops in Syria(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, MARK ESPER, SAYING: “This withdrawal will take weeks, not days. Until…www.yahoo.com

This is not the first time that the Saudis have offered to pay the US for military servitude. We heard this before under Obama, through John Kerry. At that time the media reported on it as a positive. Remember that?

Of course, the thing which should be most obvious is that Trump and the US Secretary of Defense (sic) both literally admitted that US forces are in Syria not for the sake of the Kurds or any human beings at all. Our forces are there for oil. This is also not a new development. Since US forces entered Syria (and virtually any other Middle Eastern nation), our forces have done far more to defend oil fields than human beings. The administration doesn’t matter.

Of course, admitting this openly is why the media really hates Trump. He reveals the game. He also said very clearly that our government intends to keep Syria’s oil and hand it over to US oil companies. The fact that our government is doing this is no change from the Obama administration, it is only a change in that Trump openly admits to it.

If you were not aware of what was happening before Trump, that’s YOUR fault for not paying attention.

Whether taking money from Saudis for US military service or defending oil fields for the sake of oil corporation profits, the role of the US military should be obvious to any observer at this point. The US military are nothing more than paid mercenaries for hire.

As of 02 Jan 2018, the mission statement for the Department of Defense changed. Where the mission previously stated the mission was to deter war, the new mission statement reads, “The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide a lethal Joint Force to defend the security of our country and sustain American influence abroad.” However, there is no longer any mission statement at all listed on the official DoD website. This wording was the last publicly available version. With no mission statement now publicly available, we have no idea what the mission statement of our military is.

“Sustain American influence abroad.” These are disturbing words. It literally implies no limit to what powers our military can use or respond to and no limit to the excuses our government will claim to wield our military force against any nation that disagrees.

Of course, these words came just before the Nuclear Posture Review was changed to openly state that the US is willing to use nuclear weapons in response to conventional warfare. That’s not a change in practice, just a change in public admission. The truth is the US has never had a “no first strike” policy and we are the only nation to have ever used a nuclear weapon. That one instance was in response to conventional warfare.

Several pundits have stated that Trump is the most honest president we have ever had and I agree. Yes, he lies numerous times a day but he displays the agenda for all to see. Of course, he does this mindlessly, where previous administrations hid our machinations very purposefully. The only difference is whether YOU want the truth or the illusion.

The US has absolutely become a rogue state. Our military presence and actions in the Middle East have nothing to do with the security of the US. Our government supplies or sells weapons to aggressive actors, governmental or NGO. Our military states a mission to sustain American influence, which clearly means maintaining corporate economic dominance because we do not face any military threats from any other nation. We impose murderous sanctions on other nations and, when they violate those sanctions for nothing less than their own mere survival, we use that as an excuse for military aggression including mass murder. Then include the threat of using the most devastating form of weapon ever conceived.

No other nation in the history of mankind has ever waged war on as much of the planet, murdered as many people in cold blood as the US has.

If you read back through history, empire after empire has followed the same trajectory as we are near the end of right this moment. They pillaged, waged war against other nations, seizing resources as though it were a right, enslaving populations, decimating competing economies. That process continued until maintaining the empire became too costly. Lives lost was no problem. The process ended when there were no more resources to seize, no more riches to claim. The peoples of the empire would suffer as taxes increased, resources grew thin and the elitists , unhappy with not having more to grab greedily, took from the non-elite classes. The people were content to close their eyes to corruption as long as they profited. Once they no longer profited from the corruption, it became an issue to address. When profits collapsed, what has brought down nearly every empire in history was not external force, it was internal civil unrest. The citizens of Empire rising up and tearing down the ruling class.

We have the advantage. We have knowledge of history and can learn from it. We have communications which can allow us to form coalitions in short time frames. IF we turn off the propaganda machines. If you refuse, you’re useless. Just another puppet of one Royal House warring against another. We can, at this time, wage a peaceful revolution. Rebuild a nation based on peace, diplomacy, equality and prosperity.

Honestly, I don’t expect it to happen yet. Not until the economy collapses. As Caity Johnstone has pointed out, the largest part of social evolution must be an internal personal evolution. Greed must be silenced, which will only come from too few resources to fuel that greed. The American people have grown arrogant, soft, bloated, obese, privileged, apathetic, selfish, petty and superficial. As a people, we must be reminded of the things that matter as human beings. Call it Fate, Karma, The Hand of God or whatever you wish. I expect that the time of our economic collapse is very, very near.

Now the question becomes: What happens to mercenaries when there is nobody to pay them? Mercenaries know only two currencies- Money and blood.

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.

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?

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.

Peace Before Healthcare Is Mandatory

We keep hearing how we cannot afford universal healthcare because we “MUST” keep paying for bombs.

Then the bombs never stop. 

Which candidate is actually MOST in favor of real steps toward peace?

Look at policies and history. Not talking points.


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