American Terrorism

Truthdig’s Paul Street: The United States and the Crucifixion of Yemen

“I do not share other world citizens’ willingness to pardon ordinary Americans from responsibility for U.S. government crimes, both direct and indirect, around the world and in Yemen. The real story of what the U.S. is doing globally is readily available for those willing to look beyond “mainstream” sources and doctrine. Most Americans remain willfully ignorant of terrible transgressions regularly committed in their name by Uncle Sam and his allies and clients abroad.

“This ugly indifference extends even to many on the nominal left, including Bernie Sanders fans who gave unconditional support to Sanders even after he told a peace activist in Iowa City in 2015 that the Saudis “are going to have to get their hands dirty” in the U.S-led “war on [of] terror.”

““For Bernie and his supporters,” 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka wrote two years ago in an essay titled “The Yemen Tragedy and the Crisis of the American Left,” “the mischief that the Saudi government and private individuals have been engaged in across the region financing groups like [Islamic State] wasn’t dirty enough.”

“Neither, apparently, was Riyadh’s U.S.-equipped campaign to bomb Yemen back to the 19th century—a campaign that has turned Yemen into a shameful humanitarian disaster of epic proportions.””

He’s right.  We are guilty.  All of us.  We let this happen through our apathy and our willful ignorance.

You can’t continue to wear rose-colored glasses when viewing our own history (past and currently making) and still call yourself an American. We have to stop our government’s continuing campaign of terror on the world at large. WE are the terrorists who have spawned other terrorist groups in retaliation for what we’ve done.

We were all so shocked by 9/11.  We’re thinking, “Why did they do this to us? What did we do to deserve this?”

THIS:  We have ignored what our government has been doing for a few centuries, and with our access to information for the last 80 years, we have no excuse.  We’ve been willing to accept lies and misinformation, all because we’ve been spoon-fed “patriotism” by our leaders whose sole mission is to rob us blind while they yell “squirrel” and point to carefully selected blame games.

We can’t afford to ignore our government’s war crimes and war-mongering behavior anymore.  We can’t.  If we continue on this road, we’re complicit in all war crimes our military and intelligence agencies commit in our name.

“The United States has killed, maimed, displaced and otherwise harmed an astonishing number of people in its 241-year record of murder and mayhem—including more than 20 million killed in 37 nations since 1945.”

Here ya go, Presidents (except Jimmy Carter), Congress, FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. One more goddamn fucking word about Russian meddling and the American people should kick your duplicitous, corrupted, evil asses.  Woodrow Wilson invaded Russia during their revolution because he hated communism, and began a campaign of interventionism, calling the action White Russian.  This action was the source of the upcoming Cold War and our rivalry with Russia.  We interfered in their elections, and Americans have been ignorant of this fact thanks to the government being in charge of the making of our history books.

This blatantly racist bastard (he held a private viewing of the hideous White Supremacist film “Birth of a Nation” and personally re-activated the KKK) was responsible for the murder of civilians in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatamala, Honduras, and other nations, thanks to his interference in their democratically-elected governments.  Why did he do this?  His belief that we were superior and had the right.  We aren’t and we never did.

“Hiroshima (146,000 killed with a single bomb—what President Harry Truman called “the greatest thing in history”) and Nagasaki (80,000): The arch-criminal atom bombings were unnecessary and savagely carried out even though the U.S. high command knew Japan was defeated and ready to accept U.S. surrender terms.”

What you should know, fellow Americans, is that dropping bombs on Japan was NOT due to winning the war or trying to stop more bloodshed (choke on that stupidity for a sec). It was to send a clear message to *Moscow*. All our military commanders told Truman it was unnecessary but he ignored them. The fucker should have been hung for war crimes.

We have to put a stop to this terrorism by our government, ladies and gentlemen.  We have no right to interfere with other nations, never mind declaring non-wars on their peoples.  No right whatsoever.

Patriarchal Hierarchy is Killing Us

(This isn’t a rant about being anti-male, anti-men, so get that out of your system right now and I’m not here to suggest that Matriarchy is the answer.)

Patriarchy:  A cultural structure that is male-dominated and patrilineal (inheritance through male lines) which appears to be predisposed to run in an hierarchical system.

Hierarchy:  a system that bases all movement through series of tiers.  It is not self-damaging in and of itself.  It depends on the method it uses in order to run smoothly, without corruption.

Nature is automatically hierarchical, but it’s not naturally patriarchal.  Within it, all systems are hierarchical.  However, nature’s system is different in that all of its tiers are interdependent.  They rely on each to survive.  Take one tier out and the entire system collapses.  I’d say it’s like a house of cards except the top cards don’t collapse the system when they’re taken away.

Let’s use a wolf pack as an example of natural, and perfectly run, hierarchy.  The alpha wolf pair rules.  Or ‘dominates’ the pack.  Notice I said pair.  Not male, not female.  Pair.  There are beta wolves and delta wolves.  All are required for the pack to exist as a cohesive unit.  For example, the delta’s role in the pack is “play”.  The delta initiates it, creating a “destresser”, if you will.  For a human, you could call them the comedian or class clown, except that they don’t get punished for “cutting up”.

Lone wolves are unnatural, but they exist.  Why?  Because the lone wolf is nature’s way of creating new packs or as a means to eliminate an unnatural threat.  They’re usually the loser of an alpha challenge that has dispatched the former alpha.  If they stay a lone wolf, they don’t survive long.  If a wolf pack kicks them out of the pack, the wolf tries to join another.  If another pack doesn’t accept them, they might be killed.  Or it will join with another lone wolf and eventually gather up more until they’ve formed their own pack.

Alpha males are constantly being challenged.  Not threatened.  Challenged.  This is to ensure the stability of the pack.  If they become too aggressive toward the entire pack, the alpha male is taken out and replaced, thereby ensuring the stability.  In a lesser way, dogs do this with their owners.  Smart owners understand (without cognitively recognizing it) this and they frequently reestablish dominance by letting their dogs know who’s the leader of the pack.  Like a wolf pack, this is done through non-damaging, non-lethal punishment.

In the wolf pack, you may have seen what looks like fighting.  This is “challenging” behavior.  When an alpha is challenged, the usual response is to firmly bite, but not puncture, the challenger’s muzzle and to hold them until the challenger meekly accepts the subservient role.  When the alpha becomes weak (by personality, not strength) and is no longer able to subdue the challenger, then the challenger wins and becomes the alpha.  When you have a dog that you allow to run the household (when you spoil it rotten, and that holds for children, too), then you as alpha are no longer pack leader.

This rarely happens to the female alpha.  She is the pack breeder.  The pack mother.  To maintain the equilibrium of the pack, only the alpha pair can breed.  This is to ensure that the pack doesn’t over-populate.  Over-population kills an ecological (and economical) system faster than sickness or disaster.  (This is why humans are a threat to this planet, by the way, but *only* due to religion.  Religion sets a “go forth and multiply” approach and that’s dangerous.)  And sickness and disaster are also nature’s means to thin the herd.  Or pack, in this case.  There are times when too many litters grow the pack too large and many of them may be booted out to form their own pack.  Most simply choose to leave to form their own packs.  There is no “allowance”.  The alpha pair just accept the migration.

As for patriarchy, the wolf pack isn’t patriarchal.  There isn’t a lone male wolf at the top of the pack that dictates its wishes down to the others.  This system is dysfunctional because it isn’t interdependent.  It creates a class system where all others suffer at the behest of the dictator.  This is why the wolf pack is run by the alpha pair.  All members of the pack have their purpose and sometimes they change roles.  A beta wolf can become a delta and vice-versa.  Likewise, an alpha can be replaced, but they rarely become a lower wolf within the same pack.  They are thrown out of the pack when they are challenged and replaced because the pack is purposely run that way.

Thousands of years ago, humans copied the wolf pack.  But that ended when certain types of religion were created that were a combination of patriarchal and hierarchical and they became, for all intents and purposes, a diseased system.  Romans were one such example.  But so were the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Hittites, Babylonians, Sumerians, Akkadians, Celts, Gauls, etc.  Their preferred method was aggression.  To war with others.  To enslave, dominate, subjugate, oppress, and repress.  This created a class system that was unbalanced and threatening to all natural systems.  There is a reason these nations are extinct.  They destroyed themselves.

In a patriarchal hierarchical system, everything becomes dependent on the top tier.  Not interdependent.  Dependent.  Dependency in and of itself is not damaging, but when it is unbalanced, when it is no longer part of the system but a *result* of the system, of the tiers above or below it, then it stagnates.  It’s like a pool of water.  If there is no natural runoff or replenishment, when the bodies inside it are no longer able to function as part of the whole, it “stagnates”, becomes corrupted, but that corruption stays and isn’t allowed to serve the whole.

It’s like throwing a corpse (of whatever kind of animal) into a pond but the pond isn’t allowed to remove it.

In a natural system, a dead animal infects the entire ecological “society” and the system is forced to attack it until it becomes inert and thus the body has been useful as it has fed the entire system.  Take a dead whale at the bottom of the ocean.  All surrounding life forms feed off it until it’s nothing but partial bone and eventually, the salt water will reduce that bone to its chemical components, which in turn feeds the entire ocean.

Humanity, in its current form, is a corpse that bloats and infects its surroudings and resists nature’s methods to reduce it to inert materials.  No surrounding life forms are able to do their job in bringing back balance.

Hierarchy is part of that imbalance.  Let’s use a patriarchal family that uses hierarchy as an example.  The father (and/or mother) are the top tier.  Their children grow up to be adults, but they are still treated as children, not grown members of the pack, and are dependent–not interdependent–on the teachings of the father no matter how old he gets.  The children aren’t taught to be stable members of the pack–society.  They’re simply taught to obey the father, to be productive only as the father sees fit.  To serve father.

When the father dies, the behavior is still there but passed down.  The dysfunction that has been created by the father remains, continues, and for the children, and their descendents after that, they are victims and slaves of a system they don’t understand is killing them.

When this family unit is copied to form a village (city, state, country), hierarchical class systems develop.

Class:  People who have been forced to live within the same social, economic, and/or educational status.  Upper class, Middle Class, Lower Class.

Class creates imbalance, by its very nature.  Periodically, members of other classes rise and fall, in the manner of a wolf pack, but the system itself is imbalanced because it doesn’t support the lower tiers, only the upper.  When class members change, the system stays in place, created that way by patriarchal hierarchy.

When that hierarchy is threatened (i.e. challenged by the lower classes), then the upper class members will demonize the attempt and convince the lower classes that their station in life is healthy and needs to stay in place–and they’re threatened to stay put or be destroyed.  This is done through misdirection.  For example, when the Us versus Them approach is used, and let’s use socialism as an example.

Socialism:  1.  A political theory advocating state ownership of industry.  2.  An economic system based on state ownership of capital.

Whether we realize it or not, we live in a socialist-based society, but it’s not a balanced form.  Only the upper tiers live on the results and the lower tiers are dependent–not interdependent–on the upper tiers *allowing* them to live.  The upper tiers are dependent–not interdependent–on the lower tiers staying where they are, using them as slaves to feed the upper tiers.

Socialism itself is not damaging.  It can be a healthy system when run correctly.  But like the dictator wolf who infects the pack until he is killed or ousted, socialism can become predatory, like it did in the country of Russia, which then spread its form of socialism to China and other nations.  The results there were corrupted and so the peoples of other nations automatically assumed socialism was a danger to society.  But eventually, some countries adopted it in a more balanced form and are able to run smoothly, creating happy citizens.

Still, “socialism” is a dog-whistle word that scares people–and it scares people who have been lied to about its usefulness, its purpose.  All they see instead is Us vs. Them and they have been taught that by the upper class, by those in charge of their lives.  Democracy is a form of socialism, whether you understand that or not.  But it too, like all societal systems, can be corrupted.

The danger, in its simplest form, is patriarchal hierarchy and religions based on that.  They are unbalanced and thus dysfunctional.  So what is the answer?  Well, basically:  the wolf pack.

Until we return to balance as nature requires, we will spiral out of control until we have destroyed ourselves and every living thing around us.  We need to change to survive.  I don’t expect us to change anytime soon.  Societal changes are slow to happen and the 60s decade was a very rare exception.  That collapsed because the predators who felt threatened–the upper class–took advantage of several events, large and small.  But we have to change our ways or we are just as doomed as the Romans.  And the dinosaurs.

Dear Trump Voter/Supporter, Your Dear Leader Hates You

BuzzFeed:  “More Foreign Workers Requested By Trump’s Mar-A-Lago

1. “It’s Made in America Week at the White House, but Mar-A-Lago and a nearby Trump National Golf Club have told the Department of Labor that there aren’t enough Americans to hire. These two Trump properties have now requested more than 230 foreign workers since he launched his presidential campaign.”

2. “Since Trump launched his presidential campaign in June 2015, businesses owned by him or bearing his name have sought to hire at least 370 foreign guest workers under H-2B program and a similar one called H-2A, including more than 230 for Mar-A-Lago and the Jupiter club.”

3. “The new cooking jobs — which, by applying for H-2 approval, the clubs are saying it cannot find Americans to fill — would pay $13.34 per hour. The servers would be paid $11.88 per hour, and the housekeepers $10.33 per hour. No one from the White House, the Trump Organization, Mar-A-Lago, or the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter immediately responded to a request for comment Thursday.”

Without benefits and protections.

4. “Since 2003, more than 100,000 foreigners have been brought in under the H-2A and H-2B programs each year.”

5. “Last year, a special envoy from the United Nations said the federal guest worker program puts workers at risk of exploitation and even trafficking. A 2015 BuzzFeed News investigation found that H-2 workers were often exploited, and sometimes raped or beaten.”

6. “BuzzFeed News also found that many Americans were denied jobs in favor of guest workers. Trump companies have not been accused of abusing H-2 workers. The Trump administration’s expansion of the H-2B program, billed as a “one-time increase,” raises the quota for this fiscal year, which ends in September, from 66,000 to 81,000 visas.”

*Presidential Privilege* :

***”Trump companies have not been accused of abusing H-2 workers.”***
This does not mean they haven’t been abused.

He said, on the campaign trail and in 60 minutes interviews and other “news” outlets, that he’d give Americans 100%-covered healthcare.  That he’d give them jobs.  He LIED.

The Evil That Men Do

The Guardian:  “How Trump signed a global death warrant for women.”

What is the Global Gag Rule?  The rule, otherwise known as the Mexico City policy, requires NGOs to certify that they will not perform or promote abortions anywhere in the world as a condition for receiving US family planning funds. Every Republican president since 1985 has implemented it. But Donald Trump has adopted a stringent version of the rule, under which NGOs that refuse to sign will be refused all health assistance, including for HIV, primary care, nutrition, tuberculosis and malaria programs. As much as $8bn in US funding could be affected – money that developing world health budgets can ill afford to do without.

 

Look at those callous, malicious faces in the picture from the article. You see, *this* is why each one of them deserves punishment. Whatever manner that takes, I’m good. Do evil, it will visit you in return.

Our Government Threatens Our Existence

Our own government is filled with corrupt bastards who jerk each other off as well as other nations’ corrupt bastards.  It seems to be their only aim, fueled by greed and a neurotic desire to control.

The only way to get rid of it all is to bring it all down and start over–and this time, learn from the past.  I’m not advocating any sort of violent coup.  I’m advocating that we try to root it out from within, not a baby/bathwater/antibiotic(kill healthy microbes/bacteria/tissue with the bad) approach.  In the meantime, they’ll bring it down for us.

While that’s being done, hunker down and prepare for disaster, assuming you live long enough to see it happen and survive the fallout.  These governments, like that of ancient Rome, will fall under the weight of their own corrupt flesh.  It’s inevitable and the corrupt leaders and the corporations who tell them what to do all *know* it and don’t care.  They’re taking whatever they can while they can and to hell with the rest of us.

Boycotting Israel Gets Protesters Punished

The Intercept:  U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel

What. The. Actual. Fuck.

“The criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the west.”

1. “In France, activists have been arrested and prosecuted for wearing t-shirts advocating a boycott of Israel.”

2. “The U.K. has enacted a series of measures designed to outlaw such activism.”

3. “In the U.S., governors compete with one another over who can implement the most extreme regulations to bar businesses from participating in any boycotts aimed even at Israeli settlements, which the world regards as illegal.”

4. “On U.S. campuses, punishment of pro-Palestinian students for expressing criticisms of Israel is so commonplace that the Center for Constitutional Rights refers to it as “the Palestine Exception” to free speech.”

Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Grimm, authors of The Intercept’s article, aren’t shouting hyperbole here.  It’s well-researched and factual.

The Answer:  Protest the shit out of all of these governments in whatever way you can.

He Chose His Daughter, Who Is No LESS Qualified Than Trump’s CEO Cabinet

The Intercept:  It Gets Worse: Ivanka Trump Takes Her Father’s Seat in Meeting of World Leaders

“President Donald Trump decided on Saturday to skip part of a discussion about what the leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies could do to help Africans improve their lives at home.”

He couldn’t be bothered, and frankly, couldn’t keep his attention focused on it. So he sent Ivanka.

Now, please understand something here.  Having Ivanka sit there in his place isn’t an example of bad leadership.  She’s got the same experience and qualifications as every single member of his cabinet:

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — former head of Exxon.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin — financier–someone who has a lot of money from questionable sources who funds things like Hollywood films and ads for Republican candidates.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — billionaire investor and giver of bribes to corporate-owned political candidates.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster — a military veteran who has no business at an economic summit never mind as a director of intelligence for the National Security Agency–aka, as a Spy.

They’re CEOs and Spies, not qualified science and humanitarian figures who know how to HELP people.