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If Russia had just done what Israel has just done, what would YOU be saying?

Silence of the UKIP publicists.

The problem with almost all people living in the west (and similar societies).

A lot of people who hate Corbyn are like very dumb pack animals.

Whom do British people like?

The mainstream western media may gain a tiny bit of credibility if it were to mention that the 'Russian spy nerve agent' incident took place only eight miles from the largest stock of nerve agent in western Europe.

A look at the word 'disinformation' and at the verb 'to disinform'.

Clarity vs 'persuasion'.

Adrian Bailey, Labour MP.

Genuine 'feminist' principles under heavy attack from 'consumer feminism' and those whom some label "feminazis". This is a TERRIBLE TRAGEDY - decades of good work are being undone by jumped up fuckheads from Hadley Freeman to Tony Blair and his posse of widow-maker 'female MPs'.

Kemi Badenoch, Conservative MP.

Homelessness and poverty are a predicament, not a choice.

Just what kind of democratic order is it to which we aspire?

The New Iraq War, a bad road to travel on.

"We must invade Iraq, they have weapons which could kill millions," Blair said.

"With us or against us" (where "us" means the 1%).

What is the USA best at really? And what is it officially shit at?

Would the BBC consider an ad hoc security force acceptable for British protesters too?

When neo nazis are "ad hoc security".

The NATO mainstream media bias is beyond the pale.

How quickly, it should be noted, they may tightly clench and make themselves into hard fists.

A culture which sees torture as a weapon for protecting the noble.

Apartheid apartheid apartheid.

Brand considers whether "the unions are hurting walmart".

The ugliest of the ugly, the sickest of the sick, masquerading as good. The 'foreign intervention' dignifier.

The last man.

Khrishnamourti, Khrishnamourti, Khrishnamourti.

Ionesco's most famous work is about the chasm between force and reason.

Alex Cockburn and Bérenger.

Malcolm Gladwell, a corporate shill.

There is no political solution. To our troubled evolution. Have no faith in constitution. There is no bloody revolution. We are spirits in the material world.

Some Guardian propaganda at work.

War criminal public relations is called propaganda.

Textbook example of barbarism - what 'the west' calls 'civilisation'.

"Speed and agility are key for the counterpuncher, as well as a willingness to patiently chase down every ball to frustrate opponents."

Defending soldiers against corporations.

12,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered with axes and bludgeons after Dutch Nato troops who were supposed to protect them simply moved away to allow Serbs to carry out their murderous work.

'Medieval religious ideas' and the 'USA'.

各 花 入 各 眼

The basic maths of a modern democratic way.

The far-right sees Islam as a more popular talking point than anti-Semitism, and seeks to rally supporters through the former while obscuring the latter in a Zionist position that seeks to keep Jews out of Europe.

The stale, smelly, fetid and diseased old west and its fetid old blindness.

The alternative to the UKIP-Murdoch-Daily-Mail axis.

Something disgusting for you to see.

Black people have had to live for generations under a system that is demonstrably unfair to them. There's plenty of documentation for that.

Private power directly makes public decisions.

Edward Bernays' claim that 'the very essence of the democratic process' is 'the freedom to persuade and suggest,' what he calls 'the engineering of consent' .

Low and high cancer risks?

Russell Brand's take on Ferguson is worth watching.

War crimes of the British Media.

Being an economic unit.

Beaten repeatedly by Alex Cockburn, legend among thinkers.

Democracy is a state of mind, not a way of doing paperwork.

We should be responsible for our own actions primarily.

The denial that individualism exists and is a positive force.

Hollywood's manipulative, backward, oppressive ideals in plain sight.

Why the Daily Mail and Sun and Mirror and Express are implicitly (and unknowingly) mocking their own readers 24/7/365.

The Guardian's Ghoulish faces.

Nick Cohen writes like an evangelist Christian or jihadi Muslim.

Nick Cohen should read everything about what happened in Iraq.

What actions could realistically lead society away from the problems I have been writing about?

Are you at war with China?

NATO contradicted itself over bombing Chinese journalists.

FIRE CHIEF [moving towards the door, then stopping]: Speaking of which - what of the bald soprano? [General silence, embarrassment.]

The industrial world, in places, does not appear to be interested in a completely open and transparent dialogue between society, corporations, science and state.

The European Food Safety Authority appears to be the European Corporate Profits for Frankenfood Producers Safety Authority.

The insertion of a novel gene into an organism is dangerous.

Ending violence in the USA.

The belief in the existence of 'race' is a delusion and shows the failure to distinguish nonsense from reality.

The crimes of the past cannot be forgotten, continued or repeated.

Some rear-guard action from frackers on the run.

The Israel debate.

Corporations treat all their workers as subhuman every day.

September 17, 2012 was the one-year anniversary of the Occupy movement, and sadly enough it was a sentimental fare illustrating not only the good intentions but also the enormous limitations of the movement.

'It is just a terrible joke, a nightmare, and an insult to the very essence of humanity.'

Revolution starts with yourself. It is an interior battle. If you cannot conquer yourself, you are already conquered by anyone who can. Give up or conquer yourself. There is no one else to beat.

'The world's leading liberal voice, since 1821'????????

Boris Johnson, Norman Tebbit, Nigel Farage and characters like that should be consigned Wodehouse novels and not exist as real characters in political affairs in this day and age.

Nuclear arms vs doctors and nurses.

Racism and humour.

I strongly believe that a fighter can win only while he is deeply, madly in love; never only because he hates!

China is not amused by Europe's 'extremist thinking'.

The first a priori of the enlightened person or society.

The 'allied forces' and their hired goon Klaus Barbie and his job to remove the anti-fascist resistance in France.

USA is turning into the world's prison country.

USA commits mass abuses of women and children every single day, according to China's government.

China attacks USA's racism.

Churchill tortured Obama's grandfather.

Israel as the death of everybody's children? Could it be so?

At the University of North Dakota, one-third of male college students surveyed asserted that they would rape a woman if they would face no repercussions.

Facebook makes millions of people think professional journalism is about public relations and graphic design.

Truth and lies about Gaddafi the anti-imperialist.

Blair allies himself to rampant sexist subjugation and abuse of women.

Handing 30% of Europe's arable land over to GMO monster companies.

The dishonesty of estate agents demonstrated rather shockingly.

Chomsky on concision.

Immoral (and in terms of the spirit of the law, CRIMINAL) behaviour against the people by local and national government in Britain.

Workers' rights are priority.

'One can be certain that Russians will not support the Middle Eastern crusade of NATO, as this military action was prepared at the Charlie demo in Paris. It is far from clear who killed the cartoonists, but Paris and Washington intend to use it for reigniting war in the Middle East. This time, Russia will be in opposition, and probably will use it as an opportunity to change the uncomfortable standoff in the Ukraine.'

'People own the public airwaves. Shouldn't they be pressing for broader and deeper uses of their property on television and radio?'

The western war against 'excessive democracy'.

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Point 1228: If Russia had just done what Israel has just done, what would YOU be saying?

Thrust: Al Jazeera reports: "The Palestinian Authority has declared Saturday a day of national mourning after 17 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces as thousands marched near Gaza's border with Israel in a major demonstration marking the 42nd anniversary of Land Day."


Direction of resistance: Al Jazeera mentions: "More than 1,400 others were wounded after Israeli forces fired live ammunition at protesters and used tear gas to push them back from a heavily fortified fence, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health."


Removal of resistance: Now just imagine that Putin had done that, not Israel, to Ukrainians, not Palestinians.


Unification: Imagine what the British media and figureheads would be saying. What double standards they have. In fact anyone who shows any concern about these actions by Israel is being labelled 'anti-semitic'. It's not really possible to have any intellectual respect for such people or institutions - in the end they have dug the grave of their own credibility and nothing more can be done to save that credibility. A month from now it seems probable that Jeremy Corbyn's Labour, unharmed by the latest absurd smear campaign against him, will trounce the other parties.


References: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/israeli-forces-kill-3-palestinians-land-day-protests-180330100034136.html

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Point 1227: Silence of the UKIP publicists.

Thrust: Racist Britain (ie UKIP, Tony Blair's followers, the majority of the Tory party) has really reduced the degree to which it is outrageously racist and islamophobic since Corbyn humiliated them about three times in a row (the leadership elections and then the general election).


Direction of resistance: UKIP has turned from lion to mouse. And the British press is far more concerned with demonising Russia than muslims at the moment, scared shitless of how badly wrong their decade of sick racism has gone for them - the diseased racism of Blair's followers (who called MOSHE MACHOVER anti-semitic - go look him up, check him out and feel horror at their actions towards him) and of Cameron's followers and Farage's followers caused much of Britain to unite behind Corbyn - and we will stay united for many elections to come.


Removal of resistance: To the racists I give this friendly advice: STOP BEING RACIST YOU FUCKING PATHETIC DICKHEADS.


Unification: They will never have any credibility until they completely purge themselves of their love of white supremacism. Blair is long gone, now, and his followers need to get over it. Too many people in Britain don't want his racist crap, nor the racist crap of May, nor that of Farage. That's why Corbyn currently has a majority and why it seems likely that at the coming local elections Labour will TROUNCE the rest. I will definitely be voting Labour myself. If any apathy had seized me, the latest round of smears against Corbyn has re-awakened my desire to vote.


References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXTRsd_zlYI
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/news-comment/2943-don-t-be-distracted-islamophobia-is-still-on-the-rise
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/news-comment/2957-daily-mail-s-dan-hodges-apologises-to-stop-the-war-for-spreading-fake-news
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/news-comment/2956-stop-the-war-statement-on-douma-attacks-the-war-in-syria-09-04-18
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/news-comment/2949-israel-kills-palestinians-and-western-liberals-shrug-their-humanitarianism-is-a-sham

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Point 1226: The problem with almost all people living in the west (and similar societies).

Thrust: Salesmanship.


Direction of resistance: Basically the one, single 'skill' almost all western people I meet believe in and possess, in varying degrees, to the exclusion of all else, is 'salesmanship'. It has become the meaning of the word 'intelligent' for most such people - real intelligence is often, meanwhile, seen as weak and foolish because it generally contradicts the requirements of salesmanship.


Removal of resistance: That's because real intelligence is founded on honesty and salesmanship is founded on deception.


Unification: Some advert for kick boxing on a video on Dailymotion in which (ie the advert) two relatively annoying women selling their wares was what, at this time, brought this problem to my attention.

Salesmanship is just a form of deception used for the purpose of exploiting others. There's nothing at all good about it.

Be real, be someone, don't be just another tool attempting to make everyone else into a tool too. Or you're not really living.


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Point 1225: A lot of people who hate Corbyn are like very dumb pack animals.

Thrust: In Wandsworth and no doubt in places like Kensington and Chelsea you meet people who are tories who really hate Corbyn - unlike the sensible tories like Giles Brandreth you'd meet in nicer places than Wandsworth or Kensington (nicer demographically I mean).


Direction of resistance: These Corbyn-haters are very simple beasts who have a few major beefs - (1) his attitude to genocide - they like it, he doesn't. They don't understand what 'mutually assured destruction' means, they love bombs, they hate what's different and they only feel safe if they are 'allowed' to bomb people. A 'leader' to them MUST be willing to kill 100s of 1000s of innocent people. Pretty fucking warped people, eh? But that's the smaller of their visible flaws.


Removal of resistance: The main one, ie item number (2) in their list of reasons to hate Corbyn, and what makes them pack animals, is that they justify their hatred of Corbyn by telling each other what's wrong with him - and never reading what he writes or listening to what he says. His clear arguments for MAKING CORPORATIONS PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THE QUEEN is ignored by these pack animals, these pack rats. They claim he wants to 'waste' money - and yet they are patently uninterested in getting OUR elected governments to make corporations stop ripping us off and stop stealing our tax money. They don't read what he says, they have no idea what his policies are - and so they are really just animals, not literate or informed or scientifically sound humans - just rats, interested in their bellies and somewhere to shit - and that's all they do - eat and shit.


Unification: These pathetic pack animals need to understand that the main reason they hate Corbyn is that he's kicking their arse and that he will be Prime Minister - if he wasn't going to be, if he wasn't a threat to their ignorant values - they wouldn't hate him, they'd laugh at him and forget about him. They don't remember Galloway - they forget him, they have no need to openly loudly hate him. He has lost power and can do nothing to them politically any more - other than, of course, draw much much support to Corbyn.

Another thing the pack animals don't get is how racist Britain is and how much of 'non white' Britain has been desperate for Corbyn for decades - if they don't want him to have so much support, these pathetic pack animals need to address the thing which nobody but Corbyn wants to address - Britain's ABSURD racism problems. So if you're one of the pack animals - grow a fucking brain you pathetic dumb creature. We have beaten you. May is a joke and most of the human race across the planet is laughing at her - because you and her are no longer a threat. Corbyn is going to trounce you, you pathetic, genocidal fuckwits and apologists for huge theft of YOUR resources and money by corporations - you're too stupid to make corporations pay the taxes which they owe you and me and everyone in this country, you useless losers.


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Point 1224: Whom do British people like?

Thrust: Okay, so many/most 'remain' voters hate Russia and also gladly bomb the shit out of millions of Asians, Arabs and Persians - effectively millions of 'remain' voters hate Russians and Asians and Arabs and Persians and Far Easterners - also known, thanks to the love of westerners of just massively generalising, as 'asians'.


Direction of resistance: Okay. Now we have the bulk of leave voters - who hate - muslims, migrants, Western Europeans, Eastern Europeans.


Removal of resistance: Whom does that leave? Hardly anyone in Britain doesn't hate millions of people outside Britain.


Unification: What a pathetic and fucked up mentally diseased bunch of fuckup bastards you are, Britons. You fucking pathetic bastards. How shameful you are.


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Point 1223: The mainstream western media may gain a tiny bit of credibility if it were to mention that the 'Russian spy nerve agent' incident took place only eight miles from the largest stock of nerve agent in western Europe.

Thrust: Craig Murray tells us: "Nerve agents including Sarin and VX are manufactured by the British Government in Porton Down, just 8 miles from where Sergei Skripal was attacked. The official British government story is that these nerve agents are only manufactured 'To help develop effective medical countermeasures and to test systems'."


Direction of resistance: How can any of you trust media who omit such a relevant and important fact?


Removal of resistance: I suggest you learn to ignore the bullshit coming out of places like the Guardian, BBC, Times, Telegraph, etc.


Unification: And if you work for those organisations - an intelligent honest man or woman can only pity you.


References: https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/03/the-elephant-in-the-room/

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Point 1222: A look at the word 'disinformation' and at the verb 'to disinform'.

Thrust: In America and its colonies, the definition of the 'English' word 'disinformation' is currently given as: "false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth" (see the link in the references below) - which is a fair enough definition.


Direction of resistance: Nonetheless, I think this fails to convey precisely what disinforming people really is and why it needs to be loathed (and not praised as some skilful way to get laid or steal people's oil, etc).


Removal of resistance: If people are informed (by fact, events, logic, etc) and come to conclusion x, naturally, that could be construed as, let us say, advantageous outcome (for those involved) y.

If someone wants to screw those people over and exploit the situation to that own someone's advantage, sucking it out of all involved, one method in the present day is to present information which draws people's attention and beliefs away from the information they would naturally establish as truth if left to their own devices. Thus such people are being 'dis-informed' - ie others are influencing such as to draw them away from being informed, causing them to be 'dis-informed'.


Unification: Understanding that aspect of it is crucial to undertanding how to counter it - whether in yourself of in others, in private or in public.

We also, tragically, live in an era of scientific revisionism and of blind elitism, generating not only a community of "mediocre elites" (a phrase I read in a Pepe Escobar item somewhere recently), but also armies of hyperconsumer minions. Idiots and their idiot armies, armed to the teeth with idiocy.

I suggest you read a bit of Chomsky's "Necessary Illusions" to begin with, and go from there. After that perhaps treat yourself to the wit of Alex Cockburn or the wisdom of P.G. Wodehouse.


References: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinformation
https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/02/99404/

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Point 1221: Clarity vs 'persuasion'.

Thrust: TVhobo's new, growing, browsable index of phrases and keywords which lead to urls which may be quite relevant to those words and to grid points which may also be quite relevant to those words is part of a scheme to provide more and more and more clarity to users worldwide - enabling them to pin down ideas, facts, etc etc - with reference to more and more existing information.


Direction of resistance: What the 'mainstream media' and corporate-captured 'establishment' (the unholy corporate-state nexus, in short) seeks to do is to persuade and never clarify - whether it is the advertiser who knows better than you, enough to not tell you that as well as getting lots of sex and cars you'll also get obese and maybe even get cancer, because of the thing they are 'persuading' you to do - or whether it is the nannying MP or journalist, or even your local nurse consultant standing in for a legitimate doctor at the walk-in center - holding back information from you which you are not 'responsible enough' to handle is common practise for these self-proclaimed ubermenschen.


Removal of resistance: TVhobo is trying to do the opposite - to show you what you need to see to go and find out the truth for yourself - whether about the idiocy of your daily hyperconsumerism or the genocidal evil of those people you have allowed, through your passivity, to be your masters.


Unification: Clarity, not persuasion, is the name of the policy. And it's not a game. So it's not the name of any game. Bernays-fed hierarchists are the ones who play games. We, here, need to deal in facts, reality, truth, really existing possibilities for progress, really existing progress.

The phrase 'really existing' which I have heard Chomsky use is a useful one - ie you can talk about 'science' vs 'really-existing science' (a discipline used to make people fat, diseased, likely to die from radiation - has a lot of cheek pretending it is a guardian of truth and progress!!!)


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Point 1220: Adrian Bailey, Labour MP.

Thrust: "Almost always voted for use of UK military forces in combat operations overseas"

"Consistently voted for the Iraq war Show votes

5 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2002-2003

Consistently voted against investigations into the Iraq war

1 vote for, 14 votes against, between 2006-2016".


Direction of resistance: Not good, really.


Removal of resistance: MPs in his situation need to make a huge public u-turn on this attitude towards what has clearly been a vast war crime which MPs should not be burdening the country's and world's children with the consequences of.


Unification: They must prove they are accountable. When they mess up badly, they need to admit this and address the problem.


References: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/10683/adrian_bailey/west_bromwich_west/votes

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Point 1219: Genuine 'feminist' principles under heavy attack from 'consumer feminism' and those whom some label "feminazis". This is a TERRIBLE TRAGEDY - decades of good work are being undone by jumped up fuckheads from Hadley Freeman to Tony Blair and his posse of widow-maker 'female MPs'.

Thrust: You do not have to go far to find men (and women) who have for decades very adamantly 'supported women's rights' - who have for decades acted in accordance with what decency requires of us when it comes to the contemporary problem of the oppression of women, whether in Washington, London or Berlin or whether in Kabul, Mexico City or Lagos - who have for decades supported this attitude and who live it and feel it - but who today dissociate themselves entirely from 'feminism' from today's 'feminists' and from the ignorant racist elitist power groups which claim to be feminists but which John Pilger labels 'consumer feminists'.

Some say, openly, that today feminism and gay rights movements are nothing more than an attempt by white women and white gay men to have 'their share' of the fascist, racist, imperialist pie - with no reference to values or decency, completely betraying their causes and selling out to the greatest ignorance of all.

Take a look at the article about Pussy Riot below in the references, for example, to be shocked by the kind of pure ignorance supported by 'Guardian feminists' - or read about the suicide of Cherice Morales - consider the impact of the vitriolic consumer feminist media and wonder how Hadley Freeman could sit there portraying the suicide as something caused by the trauma of rape - the behaviour of Cherice's English teacher does not appear to be in any way acceptable, but nor does Hadley Freeman's - and ignorant fuckheads like Freeman must take responsibility for what THEY do to young girls like Cherice.

In an article by Hadley I attacked a while ago, her pathetic, warped, ignorant and infantile prose style made it appear to readers, at first sight, that Cherice had been abducted and brutally raped and had thus committed suicide - in reality she 'loved' her English teacher, was underage by a year, had sex with him, confessed in a church, the news reached her mother, the man was arrested, the media witch hunted him and Cherice killed herself. Hadley Freeman needs to be ashamed of herself and should NEVER WRITE FOR THE PUBLIC AGAIN - what she owes Cherice is to shut the fuck up and stop being an evil fuck. What happened to Cherice is tragic. The judge's words about her were unacceptable. The English teacher's behaviour was absolutely irresponsible. And the press's response was totally unforgiveable.


Direction of resistance: The attitude of these mindless fuckwits who have hijacked feminism and turned it into a very genuinely imperialist and fascist movement is exemplified well by "Caity" Johnstone, a former Counterpunch writer, now firmly in bed with America's racist white right wing, who claims: "Men's sexuality is pretty simple: rub him the right way and he'll cum. Doesn't matter if he's got bills to pay or the hot water system just exploded or the in-laws will be here in twenty minutes and the house is still a mess - he's still good to go. Doesn't matter if he had too much to eat and feels bloated, or he hasn't had a shower in a while, or the kids are in the next room and could burst in at any moment - those are just more reasons to have sex." (If Caity raises her sons to be men who fit that description, somehow, then that is her sons - but as for how other women raise their kids, and as for the nature of men in general - of every last man - it is absurd for anyone to pretend that Johnstone's view is accurate in the slightest. She is a bitter, racist fuck who only seems to know dickheads - for like calls to like).

Such a warped view of men's sexuality sits side by side with the warped view of women's sexuality which sexist men take.

As one Counterpunch writer put it, Johnstone plays 'rhinemaiden' to some white supremacist American guy whose name I forget right now - she has no right to lecture men in general on anything. She should shut her stupid racist fucking mouth and learn to not be a sexist dickhead.


Removal of resistance: What a tragedy it is that soooo many people who have fought the fight of gender equality over the decades of my life are being thwarted by corporatism which has co-opted nasty racist little fucks like Freeman and Johnstone and uses fake feminism as a new way of vote-gathering and corporate-dominated populism.


Unification: Hillary Clinton's representing a man who raped a teenage girl was justified, yes JUSTIFIED, not only by Clinton but by much of the media, claiming she was just doing her job. For fuck's sake. How utterly disgusting. And how can one pretend therefore that Clinton could be a 'feminist' president? If her job as president is to make more widows, to thwart the rights of women to have abortions (how come the Democrats aren't fighting for abortion? Because it's not in their interests to do so - how feminist is THAT???) she will simply 'do her job'.

It is a real tragedy for women that feminism has been destroyed and that institutions like the Guardian and the Labour Party and the Democrats have become a new and sick face of corporate domination, one which represses the strength of that feminist movement through whose power alone writers like me were sheltered from the onslaught of racist fascism in our youths and were able to rise up and deliver to you what we deliver.

The word 'feminism' has lost all its meaning and is now merely a fig leaf used to cover more diseased crime.

Before Weinstein was outed as whatever the fuck he is - Freeman was attending his parties. Yes. She was WELL in bed with that sickness - and I am curious about how come Weinstein isn't in jail? Surely he's been accused of rape? Surely he needs to stand trial? Surely if convicted Weinstein must go to jail? What the fuck is going on here? And as for anyone who sits there reading the works of ignorant fuckheads like Hadley Freeman or Caitlin Johnstone - well done - YOU are killing the women's movement. YOU FUCKING IDIOTS.


References: https://www.counterpunch.org/2012/08/23/the-secret-history-of-pussy-riot/
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/03/06/topless-protesters-femen_n_4910812.html
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/apr/11/femen-nudity-racist-colonial-feminism
https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/27/silencing-america-as-it-prepares-for-war/
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/08/ghostbusters-remake-not-feminist-black-women
http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/14/hillary-clinton-doesnt-care-that-much-about-abortion-rights/
https://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2016-10-01/how-we-let-the-media-damage-our-psyches/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIIKTNPP5Ts

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Point 1218: Kemi Badenoch, Conservative MP.

Thrust: And so the list of alleged public servants goes on.


Direction of resistance: The plan is to cover every current MP and as much as possible of all potential candidates likely to oppose them at elections.


Removal of resistance: And then to examine the data and perhaps make a list of the 'best' and 'worst' MPs. Also the points in question will be given as many relevant and useful keywords as possible in the browsable index as the highest priority, before all other writing which is currently going on picks up any further pace.


Unification: So, who is Kemi Badenoch and what has she voted for and against? Let's take a look at this seemingly unheard-of MP with very little in the way of 'fame' - not a name which many would recognise as that of an MP, other than in her own constituency.

Well, let's go with these things which pop up before most other things, when researching her on the web: "Consistently voted against more EU integration" and "Kemi Badenoch has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament."

So a conformist.

Further on we find: "Consistently voted against UK membership of the EU"

and "Consistently voted against transferring more powers to the Scottish Parliament" (Scotland, you NEED Corbyn, your parties can't beat the tories, only Corbyn can).

Other than this there's nothing.

What if she were to vote against war and rebel against her party's genocidal backing for puppets of military dictators like Bush and Obama and Clinton and Trump? (Do I mean Bush and Obama etc are dictators or puppets of them? Well, whatever I mean, do any of us even know the precise truth? I mean ultimately it's one or the other, but seemingly weighted towards being the latter, and perhaps a bit of both, with a stronger element of the latter than the former - check that with Humphrey Appleby for accuracy if you like).

So what about the press?

This line is interesting: "As someone who experienced first-hand the inequities of corrupt, socialist regimes - having grown up in Nigeria often without water or electricity - she became a Conservative politician."

The jingoists at the Spectator hail her as an example of "The British Dream" - presumably some sort of white saviour view of the world, where all we non white barbarians need to be given opportunity by the benevolent white saviour and we can all thank God it's Christmas instead of you. And watch Friends on the telly. Badenoch's views on the tv show "Friends" are important to read, without a doubt.


References: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/25693/kemi_badenoch/saffron_walden/votes
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/kemi-badenoch-tory-mp-immigrant-africa-conservative-british-dream-interview-house-commons-a7911021.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/18/young-people-puritanical-on-sexual-harassment-tory-mp
https://www.conservativehome.com/highlights/2017/12/interview-kemi-badenoch-im-not-really-left-leaning-on-anything-i-always-lean-right-instinctively.html
https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2017/05/first-nigel-lawson-then-boris-now-kemi-badenoch-moves-from-the-spectator-to-politics/

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Point 1217: Homelessness and poverty are a predicament, not a choice.

Thrust: Everyone should be able to see the hygienist every six months, to have all their dental work done properly, to have doctors able to treat them freely and in a leisurely fashion when they're ill, no matter how small the ailment and no matter how big. Everyone should be able to eat enough, genuinely nutritious and unharmful food to maintain strong and healthy bodies. No hierarchy of 'work' nor claims about what they "deserve" has any place in that matter - everyone is entitled to eat enough healthy food and be strong. Everyone should have shelter fit for human habitation and deemed so by widespread evidence-backed consensus. This is a minimum requirement of an evolved human society.


Direction of resistance: The traditional "state"-based society divides humans up by material worth and thus can never ever deliver the ideal situation to us as a (unified) collective.


Removal of resistance: To seek a stateless society rashly and unscientifically, however, only entrenches the traditional state-based system - and creates a risk of regression instead of progress - as well as other calamities (relating to our habitat, primarily).


Unification: The traditional mechanisms are there in good faith and intrinsically the system has no objection, at its root, to using the mechanism to actually overpower the mechanism itself, and upgrade the situation to something provably better.

The process itself has to be carried out ingenuously, for 100s of years if necessary.

THIS, not facebook, not pictorial memes nor soundbites, is what "a new kind of politics" actually means. Evolution doesn't ever stop and say "okay, now it's okay to be ignorant for a while, because you've finished evolving". The lazy and infantile habits of humanity's past need to no longer be perpetuated casually by the many (not the few).


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Point 1216: Just what kind of democratic order is it to which we aspire?

Thrust: In Necessary Illusions, Noam Chomsky asks "Just what kind of democratic order is it to which we aspire?".


Direction of resistance: Chomsky is looking at the "question" of 'democratizing the media'.


Removal of resistance: Chomsky shows with unchallengeable evidence (go on, challenge it if you think you can) that "Across a broad spectrum of articulate opinion, the fact that the voice of the people is heard in democratic societies is considered a problem to be overcome by ensuring that the public voice speaks the right words".


Unification: For a minute stop caring about the pleasure and thrills you spend all your time making sure you have. Think about nature, living properly, your parents, if you have them your children.

Think about what you're doing. And maybe take some time out to read what Professor Chomsky is saying about all of this. You owe it to your children to do the intelligent thing.


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Point 1215: The New Iraq War, a bad road to travel on.

Thrust: Simon Jenkins writes in the Guardian "Islam's wars are not Britain's business. We owe their human victims all the aid we can to relieve suffering. We do not owe them our incompetence in trying to recast their politics. That is a task for the Arabs and their neighbours, not for Britain's soldiers and taxpayers".


Direction of resistance: Jenkins goes a little way towards admitting Britain and the west's guilt in destroying the middle east.


Removal of resistance: He mentions at least 2 centuries of Britain's crimes.


Unification: Of course Britain's crimes go back way further than just 2 centuries, but Jenkins was writing this pre-Corbyn, when the Guardian was still going all out to appease UKIP voters and bring those racist voters back to a Blair-backed Labour party.


References: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/25/britain-new-iraq-war-doomed-token-gesture

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Point 1214: "We must invade Iraq, they have weapons which could kill millions," Blair said.

Thrust: "WE" went in and killed millions. Iraq didn't have the weapons Blair claimed. Kofi Annan said Blair was breaking the law. The end result has been Iraq's being turned into a deadly wasteland, spawning 'Daesh' or 'Isil' or whatever and much more besides, causing major problems in the region and around the world.


Direction of resistance: This is pretty dark stuff.


Removal of resistance: Focus on that a minute.


Unification: Or more.


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Point 1213: "With us or against us" (where "us" means the 1%).

Thrust: F. Ivan Goldberg warns: "It is against this impending economic catastrophe, and the anticipated reaction of the American popular and working classes, that we need to understand something that has gone totally unreported in the mainstream press. The United States has for the first time in history established a Military Command ready to coordinate and carry out military operations in the heart of the American homeland. You’ve probably heard of Central Command (CENTCOM), located in Florida and coordinating U.S. military operations in the Middle East, and perhaps of the recently established Africa Command. There is now a Northern Command. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, it has its sights set squarely on the North American continent. In preparation for what it sees as the inevitable confrontation with the resistance of "its own" citizenry, "the U.S. government has gradually reduced long-standing legal barriers to military deployment within U.S. cities. Urban warfare training exercises now regularly take place in U.S. cities." (Robinson, Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity)

Along with contingency preparations to use military force against its own citizens, the U.S. government has recently passed legislation that gives legal cover to the use of such force. During the Congressional Christmas break in December of 2011 President Obama signed into law the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act authorizing the annual budget for the U.S. armed services. Embedded in the bill are provisions which gut our civil liberties as defined in the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution. In general, they define the entire world as a battlefield in the war on terror, with the implication that we are officially in a state of global civil war. As a practical matter it means that a person picked up anywhere, whether on the streets of New York or in the hills of Afghanistan, can be said to have been captured on a battlefield. In its specifics the provisions strip away the last line of defense between the coercive powers of the State and the protection of every American citizen from the arbitrary use of those powers.

The bill was passed with no congressional hearings, no public debate, and with hardly a mention in the mainstream media. The most relevant provisions in the bill for U.S. citizens are contained in Section 1021. It creates a federal statute to the effect that the government has the legal authority to arrest and place under military detention, indefinitely and without charges, any United States citizen, apprehended anywhere on earth, including on U.S. soil, who is suspected of participating in terrorist activities, or who is suspected of aiding or associating with any person or group intending to carry out terrorist activities. The statute authorizes legal detention "under the law of war without trial until the end of hostilities.". Since there is no end in sight to such hostilities, the statute in effect authorizes the military detention for life, without legal remedy, or even legal counsel, of any American citizen so much as suspected of terrorist associations. Mind you: not someone proved to have engaged in terrorist activities; but anyone suspected of having terrorist associations - however this may be construed."


Direction of resistance: If you are wondering why this is going on, the answer is not hard to find: "Which brings us back to Ferguson. What shocked the nation was not so much the shooting of an African-American teenager by a white police officer (people of color are shot by white policemen in American cities almost every day of every week), but rather the savagery of the police response to those protesting the killing. For several nights the television images coming out of Ferguson were such that one would be hard pressed to distinguish them from the images filmed during the second battle of Fallujah in Iraq. The militarization of local police departments, a phenomenon going on for years but given scant coverage by the corporate media, was on full display for all to see. What was not so clear was the reason behind this transformation of local police departments into urban security forces. However, the reason becomes apparent once we realize that there is just as much need for the containment and control of the American superfluous workforce as there is for its counterpart in Asia or Africa."


Removal of resistance: In the course of 30 years, during the time the children of today grow into adults with a bit of experience, we are likely to enter a period of history more painful than that of Nazism or the British Empire or Genghis Khan or anything grisly.


Unification: Unless we can do something intelligent about this. That means YOU making at least one decision today: not to be a sucker for consumerism any more. Consumerism is the lifeblood of the military industrial complex. Learning how to not just give into it is crucial. It can't save you. But it can cut the chains and give you some chance of saving yourself. More than you have now, anyway. If you're a consumer with no will of your own. Even that 1% which will enslave you is itself enslaved to the consumerism - nothing else drives any creature to turn away from their nature so far that they would do that to others just like them, on the whole, biologically speaking. Break the spell. Ignore the brands and the advertising. They are the cutting edge of barbarism and ignorance and they want to make you theirs.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/02/ferguson-evenings/

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Point 1212: What is the USA best at really? And what is it officially shit at?

Thrust: Lawrence Wittner writes "The United States has more guns and gun-related deaths than any other country. A study released in late 2013 reported that the United States had 88 guns for every 100 people, and 40 gun-related deaths for every 400,000 people-the most of any of the 27 economically developed countries surveyed. By contrast, in Britain there were 6 guns per 100 people and 1 gun-related death per 400,000 people.

Yet, in a great many other areas, the United States is not No. 1 at all.

Take education. In late 2013, the Program for International Student Assessment released a report on how 15-year old students from 65 nations performed on its tests. The report showed that U.S. students ranked 17th in reading and 21st in math. An international survey a bit earlier that year by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that the ranking was slightly worse for American adults. In 2014, Pearson, a multinational educational services company, placed the United States 20th in the world in 'educational attainment' - well behind Poland and the Slovak Republic."


Direction of resistance: Don't encourage your kids to Americanise and be carried away by America's great education project, ie hollywood and facebook.


Removal of resistance: They could end up as nothing more than brainless meatheas who love guns.


Unification: Tell yourself the truth. Raise your children to be evolved, progressive beings with much of real worth to contribute to life and to us all.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/13/the-united-states-is-no-1-but-in-what/

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Point 1211: Would the BBC consider an ad hoc security force acceptable for British protesters too?

Thrust: When neo nazis are "ad hoc security".

In 'Ukraine' when an armed coup involving neo nazis who openly support Hitler was launched with 'US' money and overthrew the democratically elected government, the BBC referred to armed rioters in Ukraine as "ad hoc security forces" of "protesters".

On the topic of the killing by neo nazi forces of Ukrainians' in 'Odesa'/'Odessa', Counterpunch writes "Photos of the victims of the Odessa fire which have been circulating on the Internet have cast doubt on the official version of events. It's now clear that many of the anti-junta activists who occupied the Trade Unions House were neither burned to death nor died of smoke inhalation, but were savagely shot at point-blank range by agents and thugs who had infiltrated the building to kill as many of the occupants as possible, burn the corpses, and then slip away without notice. Some of the victims - like a young woman who was eight months pregnant - were strangled with an electrical chord and left slumped backwards over her desk in a room that shows no sign of fire or smoke damage. In another case, a woman was stripped naked from the waste down, raped, killed, and set ablaze."

Tell your children why you and your mainstream media have just hidden from those facts, not faced up to them and are continuing to support the people who did that killing and who are killing every day - even today, even yesterday, even tomorrow.

What will you tell your children? When they ask why none of you stopped these crimes, why you were accessories? Who knows what future circumstances they will be asking in. History indicates that, as children of criminals, it will be from a vulnerable position. My sympathy is with them. For now they are innocent. Just like those people who died in 'Odesa' in the horrible ways described.


Direction of resistance: I'm interested to know what would be an ad hoc security force protecting democratic protestors standing up to NHS cuts, austerity and dodgy American trade deals in say London?


Removal of resistance: It's an interesting question.


Unification: The media, not I, has asked it - by using the term to describe the violent undemocratic thugs in 'Ukraine' who overthrew a majority-elected government using firebombs and rifles.


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Point 1210: When neo nazis are "ad hoc security".

Thrust: In 'Ukraine' when an armed coup involving neo nazis who openly support Hitler was launched with 'US' money and overthrew the democratically elected government, the BBC referred to armed rioters in Ukraine as "ad hoc security forces" of "protesters".


Direction of resistance: On the topic of the killing by neo nazi forces of Ukrainians' in 'Odesa'/'Odessa', Counterpunch writes "Photos of the victims of the Odessa fire which have been circulating on the Internet have cast doubt on the official version of events. It’s now clear that many of the anti-junta activists who occupied the Trade Unions House were neither burned to death nor died of smoke inhalation, but were savagely shot at point-blank range by agents and thugs who had infiltrated the building to kill as many of the occupants as possible, burn the corpses, and then slip away without notice. Some of the victims–like a young woman who was eight months pregnant –were strangled with an electrical chord and left slumped backwards over her desk in a room that shows no sign of fire or smoke damage. In another case, a woman was stripped naked from the waste down, raped, killed, and set ablaze."


Removal of resistance: Tell your children why you and your mainstream media have just hidden from those facts, not faced up to them and are continuing to support the people who did that killing and who are killing every day - even today, even yesterday, even tomorrow.


Unification: What will you tell your children? When they ask why none of you stopped these crimes, why you were accessories? Who knows what future circumstances they will be asking in. History indicates that, as children of criminals, it will be from a vulnerable position. My sympathy is with them. For now they are innocent. Just like those people who died in 'Odesa' in the horrible ways described.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/08/false-flag-in-odessa/

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Point 1209: The NATO mainstream media bias is beyond the pale.

Thrust: The BBC referred to armed rioters in Ukraine as "ad hoc security forces" of "protesters".


Direction of resistance: Out there, hundreds of years in the future, history is crying at how savage and idiotic the mainstream of our current society is.


Removal of resistance: Even the children of BBC staff, when they protest peacefully and are battered up by police, in London, are labelled 'violent' and 'rioters' very easily.


Unification: These double standards are the result of amazing dumbing down of the population over the last few decades: only someone very stupid could talk about a group of 'protestors' (who include many people who openly praise Hitler's SS and their killing of people by race) as having an 'ad hoc security service'.


References: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26215030
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/12/20/what-really-happened-in-ukraine/
http://attackthesystem.com/2014/02/24/ukraine-the-protest-movement-and-the-fascists/

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Point 1208: How quickly, it should be noted, they may tightly clench and make themselves into hard fists.

Thrust: Mateo Pimentel writes "Just as the alienated within our borders terrify the powers that be, the outside aggressors - the main opponents in the people's mind - loom on the horizon of our borders, waiting like god - awful harbingers of death who want to 'kill us for what we stand for..' Or so the rhetoric commonly goes. But if Americans stood in unison, looked the fascist, totalitarian, and domestic embedded power in the face and said, 'No more,' then would not the whole world have our true measure in an instant? Could we not count on them after this? Even if a threat should emerge, who could possibly stand to oppose our revolution, or our newfound sorority with other peoples, and expect to emerge victorious? The answer is 'none.'"


Direction of resistance: Bear this in mind, friends.


Removal of resistance: That's the way forwards.


Unification: "In a word".


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/27/in-the-shadow-of-repression-we-fear-no-evil/

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Point 1207: A culture which sees torture as a weapon for protecting the noble.

Thrust: Cesar Chelala writes "It is with this experience that we stand firmly with those Americans who are asking the US to bring its use of torture into the light of day, and for the United States to take the necessary steps to emerge from its dark period of its history, never to return."


Direction of resistance: So.


Removal of resistance: Is this okay with you reader?


Unification: ie torture and that kind of thing. What Chelala is talking about. Are you on board with the people who torture others, commit genocide, etc etc etc? Or not. Well? Make up your mind. Consider what you'd want others to decide if you were the victim of all this.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/28/a-failure-of-democracy-and-human-rights/

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Point 1206: Apartheid apartheid apartheid.

Thrust: Ben Norton writes "The new apartheid law dictates that Palestinians cannot take buses that go from central Israel to the West Bank."


Direction of resistance: Apartheid apartheid apartheid.


Removal of resistance: Apartheid apartheid apartheid.


Unification: Apartheid apartheid apartheid. I thought British and American people were claiming they are against apartheid and racist laws such as those of Apartheid South Africa, Hitler's Germany and present day Israel.

They need to clarify, I feel, asap, whether or not they oppose all those racist states or not. Thatcher I gather did not oppose South Africa's apartheid, but the Queen did/does. So I gather. It's therefore a crucial thing to look into on every level, everywhere in our society - for the problem persists in Israel and must be defeated by global democracy.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/28/under-israeli-apartheid-palestinians-cannot-ride-israeli-buses/

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Point 1205: Brand considers whether "the unions are hurting walmart".

Thrust: Check out this crucial Russell Brand video.


Direction of resistance: Have a gander.


Removal of resistance: Be amused.


Unification: And don't be amused.


References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PObwtaKXZYY

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Point 1204: The ugliest of the ugly, the sickest of the sick, masquerading as good. The 'foreign intervention' dignifier.

Thrust: Pale Riders writes "But my poor jaw had not yet done descending. For Digby, astonishingly, goes on to offer one of those arguments for state murder and the Nuremberg-level war crime of carrying out "dirty wars" on the sovereign territory of other nations: "One can, at least, say they represent some form of modern warfare and that the President of a military Empire is always going to be required to deal in such ugly matters."


Direction of resistance: Riders explains "Now, I'm sure we are all to understand that Digby herself wouldn't make that argument. But she does see its point. She thinks it's something that can be debated. She might not like it, she might even oppose it (while of course never opposing the continuation of its perpetrator in power). But from the gritty, savvy realpolitik perspective that our earnest progressive liberals are always so keen to show they understand and appreciate, you can certainly make that argument and remain within the bounds of respectable debate in Digby's eyes."


Removal of resistance: Let's make this easy for YOU to understand. Imagine you are about to be tortured or killed by a death squad or something - or by a drone. Is the debate "who is it fair to kill like that?" a 'debate' worthy of an ethical human society?????? Eh?


Unification: Riders points out "Wholesale murder, wanton destruction, untold - and unnecessary - anguish and grief and suffering and turmoil: these things can be borne, if reluctantly, by our liberal progressive peace--lovers. But torture - that, apparently, is the one thing that is beyond the pale. And in this particular case, it is not even torture being carried out by the Obama administration."


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/29/the-moral-blindness-of-our-leading-liberals/

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Point 1203: The last man.

Thrust: Susan Babbitt writes 'The question occurred to Eugéne Ionesco, concerned about fascism. His 1959 play Rhinoceros is about a small town where people turn into rhinoceroses. At first, everyone is horrified by the rhinoceroses but as more people become rhinos, the change is seductive. Even the town's logician becomes a rhinoceros, wanting to 'move with the times'. Finally, one man, Berenger, remains. Now he is the monster.

Ionesco said his play is about totalitarianism, but not political. Indeed, George Orwell wrote in the original preface to Animal Farm, lost for 25 years, that the greatest threat to freedom of thought and expression is not authoritarian government after all. Rather, it is a prevailing orthodoxy of beliefs: 'Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark,' not by official bans but because of 'an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right- thinking people will accept without question'.

This includes ways of identifying oneself and one's aspirations. Italian philosopher Antonio Gramsci commented that everyone is a philosopher, meaning that everyone, whatever their society or social role, deliberating daily about their lives, employs ideas about what it means to be human, usually without noticing. At each such moment, we bolster an existing conception or, by thinking differently, work toward a better one.

In the end, Berenger reminds himself that 'man's not ugly to look at, not ugly at all!''. However, a few sentences later he says 'I should have gone with them while there was still time. . . . Now I am a monster, just a monster'. Berenger's conviction about his humanity waivers. He might, after all, go with the rhinos without regret, suggesting that rhinoceritis is not as serious a problem as identifying it as a problem, once everyone is a monster.'.


Direction of resistance: She points out 'Cuba has quietly challenged European ideas for 200 years, especially the cherished liberal idea that we live best when we live 'from the inside', satisfying desires, following personal dreams. One reason the idea fails is that knowing one's desires is not automatic. If rhinoceritis threatens, and it does, Martí's 'revolution in thinking' is worth noting, in the North. We won't realize democracy if, aiming for freedom, we are unwittingly seeing an oyster's shell and believing in the darkness that it is the world.'


Removal of resistance: The play ends with a powerful monologue of which this is the most hard hitting line. "Oh well, too bad! I'll take on the whole lot of them! I'll put up a fight against the lot of them, the whole lot of them! I'm the last man left, and I'm staying that way until the end. I'm not capitulating" (translated out of French, obviously).


Unification: Ionesco's most famous work is about the chasm between force and reason.

'La cantatrice chauve' is a short absurd play which demonstrates clearly some of the problems associated with our current mainstream approach to reason and identity.

This is an amazing excerpt from it, I implore you to sit and enjoy for a moment, at least:

"Scène XI

A la suite de cette dernière réplique de M. Smith, les autres se taisent un instant, stupéfaits. On sent qu'il y a un certain énervement. Les coups que frappe la pendule sont plus nerveux aussi. Les répliques qui suivent doivent être dites, d'abord, sur un ton glacial, hostile. L'hostilité et Vénerve-ment iront en grandissant. A la fin de cette scène, les quatre personnages devront se trouver debout, tout près les uns des autres, criant leurs répliques, levant les poings, prêts à se jeter les uns sur les autres.

M. MARTIN

On ne fait pas briller ses lunettes avec du cirage noir.

Mme. SMITH

Oui, mais avec l'argent on peut acheter tout ce qu'on veut.

M. MARTIN

J'aime mieux tuer un lapin que de chanter dans le jardin.

M. SMITH

Kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès.

Mme. SMITH

Quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade.

M. MARTIN

Quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cas-cade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades.

M. SMITH

Les chiens ont des puces, les chiens ont des puces.

Mme. MARTIN

Cactus, Coccyx! coccus! cocardard! cochon!

Mme. SMITH

Encaqueur, tu nous encaques.

M. MARTIN

J'aime mieux pondre un oeuf que voler un boeuf.

Mme martin, ouvrant tout grand la bouche. Ah! oh! ah! oh! laissez-moi grincer des dents.

M. SMITH Caïman !

M. MARTIN

Allons gifler Ulysse.

M. SMITH

Je m'en vais habiter ma Cagna dans mes cacaoyers.

Mme. MARTIN

Les cacaoyers des cacaoyères donnent pas des cacahuètes, donnent du cacao! Les cacaoyers des cacaoyères donnent pas des cacahuètes, donnent du cacao! Les cacaoyers des cacao yères donnent pas des cacahuètes, donnent du cacao.

Mme. SMITH

Les souris ont des sourcils, les sourcils n'ont pas de souris.

Mme. MARTIN

Touche pas ma babouche!

M. MARTIN

Bouge pas la babouche!

M. SMITH

Touche la mouche, mouche pas la touche.

Mme. MARTIN

La mouche bouge.

Mme. SMITH Mouche ta bouche.

M. MARTIN

Mouche le chasse-mouche, mouche le chasse-mouche.

M. SMITH

Escarmoucheur escarmouche!

Mme. MARTIN Scaramouche!

Mme. SMITH Sainte-Nitouche!

M. MARTIN

T'en as une couche!

M. SMITH

Tu m'embouches.

Mme. MARTIN

Sainte Nitouche touche ma cartouche.

Mme. SMITH

N'y touchez pas, elle est brisée.

M. MARTIN Sully!

M. SMITH Prudhomme!

Mme. MARTIN, M. SMITH François.

Mme SMITH, M. MARTIN Coppée.

Mme. MARTIN, M. SMITH Coppée Sully!

Mme SMITH, M. MARTIN Prudhomme Fran¸ois.

Mme. MARTIN

Espèces de glouglouteurs, espèces de glouglouteuses.

M. MARTIN

Mariette, cul de marmite!

Mme. SMITH

Khrishnamourti, Khrishnamourti, Khrishnamourti I

M. SMITH

Le pape dérape! Le pape n'a pas de soupape. La soupape a un pape.

Mme. MARTIN

Bazar, Balzac, Bazaine!

M. MARTIN

Bizarre, beaux-arts, baisers!

M. SMITH

A, c, i, o, u, a, c, i, o, u, a, c, i, o, u, i!

Mme. MARTIN

B, c, d, f, g, 1, m, n, p, r, s, t, v, w, x, z!

M. MARTIN

De l'ail à l'eau, du lait à l'ail!

Mme smith, imitant le train.

Teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff!

M. SMITH C'est!

Mme. MARTIN Pas!

M. MARTIN Par!

Mme. SMITH Là!

M. SMITH C'est!

Mme. MARTIN Par!

M. MARTIN I!

Mme. SMITH Ci!

Tous ensemble, au comble de la fureur, hurlent les uns aux oreilles des autres. La lumière s'est éteinte. Dans l'obscurité on entend sur un rythme de plus en plus rapide :

TOUS ENSEMBLE

C'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici *!

Les paroles cessent brusquement. De nouveau, lumière. M. et Mme Martin sont assis comme les

Note : A la représentation certaines des répliques de cette dernière scène ont été supprimées ou interchangées. D'autre part le recommencement final - peut-on dire - se faisait toujours avec les Smith, l'auteur n'ayant eu l'idée lumineuse de substituer les Martin aux Smith qu'après la centième représentation.

Smith au début de la pièce. La pièce recommence avec les Martin, qui disent exactement les répliques des Smith dans la première scène, tandis que le rideau se ferme doucement.

RIDEAU"
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References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/21/democracy-for-cuba-it-could-be-so-much-more-interesting/

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Point 1202: Khrishnamourti, Khrishnamourti, Khrishnamourti.

Thrust: I am reminded of the ending of La Cantatrice Chauve.


Direction of resistance: Somewhat.


Removal of resistance: Take a look.


Unification: "Scène XI

A la suite de cette dernière réplique de M. Smith, les autres se taisent un instant, stupéfaits. On sent qu'il y a un certain énervement. Les coups que frappe la pendule sont plus nerveux aussi. Les répliques qui suivent doivent être dites, d'abord, sur un ton glacial, hostile. L'hostilité et Vénerve-ment iront en grandissant. A la fin de cette scène, les quatre personnages devront se trouver debout, tout près les uns des autres, criant leurs répliques, levant les poings, prêts à se jeter les uns sur les autres.

M. MARTIN

On ne fait pas briller ses lunettes avec du cirage noir.

Mme. SMITH

Oui, mais avec l'argent on peut acheter tout ce qu'on veut.

M. MARTIN

J'aime mieux tuer un lapin que de chanter dans le jardin.

M. SMITH

Kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès.

Mme. SMITH

Quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade.

M. MARTIN

Quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cas-cade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades.

M. SMITH

Les chiens ont des puces, les chiens ont des puces.

Mme. MARTIN

Cactus, Coccyx! coccus! cocardard! cochon!

Mme. SMITH

Encaqueur, tu nous encaques.

M. MARTIN

J'aime mieux pondre un œuf que voler un bœuf.

Mme martin, ouvrant tout grand la bouche. Ah! oh! ah! oh! laissez-moi grincer des dents.

M. SMITH Caïman !

M. MARTIN

Allons gifler Ulysse.

M. SMITH

Je m'en vais habiter ma Cagna dans mes cacaoyers.

Mme. MARTIN

Les cacaoyers des cacaoyères donnent pas des cacahuètes, donnent du cacao! Les cacaoyers des cacaoyères donnent pas des cacahuètes, donnent du cacao! Les cacaoyers des cacao yères donnent pas des cacahuètes, donnent du cacao.

Mme. SMITH

Les souris ont des sourcils, les sourcils n'ont pas de souris.

Mme. MARTIN

Touche pas ma babouche!

M. MARTIN

Bouge pas la babouche!

M. SMITH

Touche la mouche, mouche pas la touche.

Mme. MARTIN

La mouche bouge.

Mme. SMITH Mouche ta bouche.

M. MARTIN

Mouche le chasse-mouche, mouche le chasse-mouche.

M. SMITH

Escarmoucheur escarmouche!

Mme. MARTIN Scaramouche!

Mme. SMITH Sainte-Nitouche!

M. MARTIN

T'en as une couche!

M. SMITH

Tu m'embouches.

Mme. MARTIN

Sainte Nitouche touche ma cartouche.

Mme. SMITH

N'y touchez pas, elle est brisée.

M. MARTIN Sully!

M. SMITH Prudhomme!

Mme. MARTIN, M. SMITH François.

Mme SMITH, M. MARTIN Coppée.

Mme. MARTIN, M. SMITH Coppée Sully!

Mme SMITH, M. MARTIN Prudhomme François.

Mme. MARTIN

Espèces de glouglouteurs, espèces de glouglouteuses.

M. MARTIN

Mariette, cul de marmite!

Mme. SMITH

Khrishnamourti, Khrishnamourti, Khrishnamourti I

M. SMITH

Le pape dérape! Le pape n'a pas de soupape. La soupape a un pape.

Mme. MARTIN

Bazar, Balzac, Bazaine!

M. MARTIN

Bizarre, beaux-arts, baisers!

M. SMITH

A, c, i, o, u, a, c, i, o, u, a, c, i, o, u, i!

Mme. MARTIN

B, c, d, f, g, 1, m, n, p, r, s, t, v, w, x, z!

M. MARTIN

De l'ail à l'eau, du lait à l'ail!

Mme smith, imitant le train.

Teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff!

M. SMITH C'est!

Mme. MARTIN Pas!

M. MARTIN Par!

Mme. SMITH Là!

M. SMITH C'est!

Mme. MARTIN Par!

M. MARTIN I!

Mme. SMITH Ci!

Tous ensemble, au comble de la fureur, hurlent les uns aux oreilles des autres. La lumière s'est éteinte. Dans l'obscurité on entend sur un rythme de plus en plus rapide :

TOUS ENSEMBLE

C'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici *!

Les paroles cessent brusquement. De nouveau, lumière. M. et Mme Martin sont assis comme les

Note : A la représentation certaines des répliques de cette dernière scène ont été supprimées ou interchangées. D'autre part le recommencement final - peut-on dire - se faisait toujours avec les Smith, l'auteur n'ayant eu l'idée lumineuse de substituer les Martin aux Smith qu'après la centième représentation.

Smith au début de la pièce. La pièce recommence avec les Martin, qui disent exactement les répliques des Smith dans la première scène, tandis que le rideau se ferme doucement.

RIDEAU"


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Point 1201: Ionesco's most famous work is about the chasm between force and reason.

Thrust: La Cantatrice Chauve ends with the characters metaphorically beating each other up, a surreal act of violence led up to by a build up of tension and a breakdown of communication, from phatic to nonsensical to absurd to all-out destructive.


Direction of resistance: It starts with standard mindless phatic "civilised" conversation.


Removal of resistance: It is absurd the whole way through, grotesquely meaningless, and in the final sequence as they break down and beat the shit out of each other their exclamations become shorter, more emotional, more absurd and meaningless - and they descend, like crazy fools into a final crazy folly.


Unification: Tout cela mène au pire.


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Point 1200: Alex Cockburn and Bérenger.

Thrust: Jeffrey St Clair writes "When I met Alexander Cockburn, one of his first questions to me was: "Is your hate pure?" It was the question he asked most of the young writers he mentored. Cockburn's rules on how to write political polemics: write about what you care about, write with passion, go for the throat of your enemies and never back down. His admonitions remain the guiding stylesheet for our writers at CounterPunch."


Direction of resistance: If I were one day to be comparable to Alex Cockburn, it would be very hard to be humble and to avoid vanity.


Removal of resistance: My hate is pure. I will never give in.


Unification: A passage of literature I admire as much as the life and work of Alex Cockburn is the closing monologue of Ionesco's Rhinoceros:

"Oh well, too bad! I'll take on the whole lot of them! I'll put up a fight against the lot of them, the whole lot of them! I'm the last man left, and I'm staying that way until the end. I'm not capitulating" (translated out of French, obviously).


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Point 1199: Malcolm Gladwell, a corporate shill.

Thrust: Fred Gardner points at Malcolm Gladwell's "convoluted defense of Enron's management" and points out that "Gladwell derided Love's warning that HRT could cause breast cancer. (Love, a distinguished clinician and UCLA professor, had been publicizing The Nurse's Health Study finding that women taking Wyeth's Prempro had a higher rate of breast cancer.)"


Direction of resistance: For these reasons and others Gardner calls Gladwell a "corporate shill".


Removal of resistance: Gardner adds "Gladwell's defense of HRT is a textbook example of corporate damage control."


Unification: Stop being a shill, Gladwell. Seriously.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2007/04/01/how-corrupt-is-malcolm-gladwell/

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Point 1198: There is no political solution. To our troubled evolution. Have no faith in constitution. There is no bloody revolution. We are spirits in the material world.

Thrust: The example of the pretence that Russian planes entered British air space and threatened Britain is not alone and there are dozens of acts of British propaganda around you right now, all of which make a lot of you believe Russia is threatening and menacing, but in all cases it is entirely untrue and is pure propaganda as with the crystal clear act of propaganda shown in 1197.


Direction of resistance: According to Chomsky, "Reinhold Niebuhr argued that "rationality belongs to the cool observers," while "the proletarian" follows not reason but faith, based upon a crucial element of "necessary illusion." Without such illusion, the ordinary person will descend to "inertia." Then in his Marxist phase, Niebuhr urged that those he addressed - presumably, the cool observers - recognize "the stupidity of the average man" and provide the "emotionally potent oversimplifications" required to keep the proletarian on course to create a new society; the basic conceptions underwent little change as Niebuhr became "the official establishment theologian"."


Removal of resistance: This selection of quotes from "Necessary Illusions" by Noam Chomsky (1988) covers all protest and objection to my citation of Niebuhr as an example of the archetypal NATO bastard:

I "In accordance with the prevailing conceptions in the U.S., there is no infringement on democracy if a few corporations control the information system: in fact, that is the essence of democracy. In the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the leading figure of the public relations industry, Edward Bernays, explains that "the very essence of the democratic process" is "the freedom to persuade and suggest," what he calls "the engineering of consent." "A leader," he continues, "frequently cannot wait for the people to arrive at even general understanding ... Democratic leaders must play their part in ... engineering ... consent to socially constructive goals and values," applying "scientific principles and tried practices to the task of getting people to support ideas and programs"; and although it remains unsaid, it is evident enough that those who control resources will be in a position to judge what is "socially constructive," to engineer consent through the media, and to implement policy through the mechanisms of the state. If the freedom to persuade happens to be concentrated in a few hands, we must recognize that such is the nature of a free society. The public relations industry expends vast resources "educating the American people about the economic facts of life" to ensure a favorable climate for business. Its task is to control "the public mind," which is "the only serious danger confronting the company," an AT&T executive observed eighty years ago."

II "Despite the frank acknowledgment of the need to deceive the public, it would be an error to suppose that practitioners of the art are typically engaged in conscious deceit; few reach the level of sophistication of the Grand Inquisitor or maintain such insights for long. On the contrary, as the intellectuals pursue their grim and demanding vocation, they readily adopt beliefs that serve institutional needs; those who do not will have to seek employment elsewhere. The chairman of the board may sincerely believe that his every waking moment is dedicated to serving human needs. Were he to act on these delusions instead of pursuing profit and market share, he would no longer be chairman of the board. It is probable that the most inhuman monsters, even the Himmlers and the Mengeles, convince themselves that they are engaged in noble and courageous acts. The psychology of leaders is a topic of little interest. The institutional factors that constrain their actions and beliefs are what merit attention."

III Chomsky indicates support for Ginsberg's belief that "western governments have used market mechanisms to regulate popular perspectives and sentiments. The 'marketplace of ideas,' built during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, effectively disseminates the beliefs and ideas of the upper classes while subverting the ideological and cultural independence of the lower classes. Through the construction of this marketplace, western governments forged firm and enduring links between socioeconomic position and ideological power, permitting upper classes to use each to buttress the other ... In the United States, in particular, the ability of the upper and upper-middle classes to dominate the marketplace of ideas has generally allowed these strata to shape the entire society's perception of political reality and the range of realistic political and social possibilities. While westerners usually equate the marketplace with freedom of opinion, the hidden hand of the market can be almost as potent an instrument of control as the iron fist of the state."

One piece of evidence Chomsky presents is this: "The influence of advertisers is sometimes far more direct. 'Projects unsuitable for corporate sponsorship tend to die on the vine,' the London Economist observes, noting that 'stations have learned to be sympathetic to the most delicate sympathies of corporations.' The journal cites the case of public TV station WNET, which 'lost its corporate underwriting from Gulf+Western as a result of a documentary called 'Hunger for Profit', about multinationals buying up huge tracts of land in the third world.' These actions 'had not been those of a friend,' Gulf's chief executive wrote to the station, adding that the documentary was 'virulently anti-business, if not anti-American.' 'Most people believe that WNET would not make the same mistake today,' the Economist concludes. Nor would others. The warning need only be implicit."


IV "Another task was to overcome the dread “Vietnam syndrome,” which impeded the resort to forceful means to control the dependencies; as explained by Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz, the task was to overcome “the sickly inhibitions against the use of military force” that developed in revulsion against the Indochina wars, a problem that was resolved, he hoped, in the glorious conquest of Grenada, when 6,000 elite troops succeeded in overcoming the resistance of several dozen Cubans and some Grenadan militiamen, winning 8,000 medals of honor for their prowess."

V "The global planning undertaken by U.S. elites during and after World War II assumed that principles of liberal internationalism would generally serve to satisfy what had been described as the "requirement of the United States in a world in which it proposes to hold unquestioned power." The global policy goes under the name "containment." The manufacture of consent at home is its domestic counterpart. The two policies are, in fact, closely intertwined, since the domestic population must be mobilized to pay the costs of "containment," which may be severe - both material and moral costs.

The rhetoric of containment is designed to give a defensive cast to the project of global management, and it thus serves as part of the domestic system of thought control. It is remarkable that the terminology is so easily adopted, given the questions that it begs. Looking more closely, we find that the concept conceals a good deal. The underlying assumption is that there is a stable international order that the United States must defend. The general contours of this international order were developed by U.S. planners during and after World War II. Recognizing the extraordinary scale of U.S. power, they proposed to construct a global system that the United States would dominate and within which U.S. business interests would thrive. As much of the world as possible would constitute a Grand Area, as it was called, which would be subordinated to the needs of the U.S. economy. Within the Grand Area, other capitalist societies would be encouraged to develop, but without protective devices that would interfere with U.S. prerogatives. In particular, only the United States would be permitted to dominate regional systems. The United States moved to take effective control of world energy production and to organize a world system in which its various components would fulfill their functions as industrial centers, as markets and sources of raw materials, or as dependent states pursuing their "regional interests" within the "overall framework of order" managed by the United States (as Henry Kissinger was later to explain)."


Unification: According to Shams of Tabriz:

"The true Sufi is such that even when he is unjustly accused, attacked and condemned from all sides, he patiently endures, uttering not a single bad word about any of his critics. A Sufi never apportions blame. How can there be opponents or rivals or even “others” when there is no “self” in the first place? How can there be anyone to blame when there is only One?" and...

"Whatever you speak, good or evil, will somehow come back to you. Therefore, if there is someone who harbours ill thoughts about you, saying similarly bad things about him will only make matters worse. You will be locked in a vicious circle of malevolent energy. Instead for forty days and nights say and think nice things about that person. Everything will be different at the end of 40 days, because you will be different inside" and indeed...

"The universe is one being. Everything and everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all in a silent conversation. Do no harm. Practice compassion. And do not gossip behind anyone’s back – not even a seemingly innocent remark! The words that come out of our mouths do not vanish but are perpetually stored in infinite space and they will come back to us in due time. One man’s pain will hurt us all. One man’s joy will make everyone smile" and...

"If you want to change the ways others treat you, you should first change the way you treat yourself, fully and sincerely, there is no way you can be loved. Once you achieve that stage, however, be thankful for every thorn that others might throw at you. It is a sign that you will soon be showered in roses" and...

"Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighbourhood of despair. Even when all doors remain closed, God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful! It is easy to be thankful when all is well. A Sufi is thankful not only for what he has been given but also for all that he has been denied" and...

"Loneliness and solitude are two different things. When you are lonely, it is easy to delude yourself into believing that you are on the right path. Solitude is better for us, as it means being alone without feeling lonely. But eventually it is best to find a person who will be your mirror. Remember only in another person’s heart can you truly see yourself and the presence of God within you" and...

"Hell is in the here and now. So is heaven. Quit worrying about hell or dreaming about heaven, as they are both present inside this very moment. Every time we fall in love, we ascend to heaven. Every time we hate, envy or fight someone we tumble straight into the fires of hell".


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Point 1197: Some Guardian propaganda at work.

Thrust: Go to the link below.


Direction of resistance: Admit that the top of the page seems to tell you that Russian planes did something against international law and may have been preparing to nuke England. It gives you that kind of story, leaving it to your imagination - so the extremity of your assumption is down to you.


Removal of resistance: Then, near the end, where less than 10% of the readers reach, it tells you "The spokesman said there was no particular reason for concern over Russian warplanes flying in international air space, but that such exercises were shadowed by Nato aircraft as a precaution and to protect civil air traffic" - so basically there was no reason to do it other than to make a show of pretending Russia is dangerous and wasting money on prancing around with military toys like a bunch of dickheads (and Russia is no less guilty of THAT).

Who is "the spokesman"? They don't make it completely clear, but it is relatively clear - "Nato said". That's who. A NATO spokesman said pretty much that it wasn't actually illegal but we were a bit upset and so you should all consider it pretty much illegal. These are sick military fucks. Sickos. Such lies are a sick sick sick thing. And in broad daylight. Easy for even a 12 year old school child to spot, and many would, if shown the information, and many are.


Unification: The url is named "raf-russian-bomber-uk-airspace", the article is named "RAF intercepts Russian bomber approaching UK airspace" - it basically misinforms you by dancing close to a sensationalist lie without being detailed enough to tell you either the truth OR a lie. It is therefore deceptive and a lie in spirit - it embraces the spirit of lying. It is propaganda. Another example of the Guardian being a TOOL. That's right. A TOOL.


References: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/01/raf-russian-bomber-uk-airspace

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Point 1196: War criminal public relations is called propaganda.

Thrust: The Guardian's Nicholas Watt writes "The deputy prime minister insisted he was speaking in a personal capacity, as a leading international lawyer warned that the statement by a government minister in such a formal setting could increase the chances of charges against Britain in international courts."


Direction of resistance: In other words, Clegg feels that we have broken the law but is not allowed to say so when he was speaking in his capacity as deputy Prime Minister in case we are made to face justice.


Removal of resistance: In other words the British government opposes justice.


Unification: So, is this actually 'a democracy' which believes in 'rule of law'? I'd like to ask Clegg that personally, with reference to this material. I hope he's ready for my questions.


References: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2010/jul/21/nick-clegg-illegal-iraq-war-gaffe

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Point 1195: Textbook example of barbarism - what 'the west' calls 'civilisation'.

Thrust: Garry Leech writes "The consequences of prioritizing corporate profits and consumer lifestyles in wealthy nations have been devastating for many around the world. According to the World Health Organization, more than 10 million people die annually in Latin America, Africa and Asia due to a lack of access to adequate healthcare and medicines."


Direction of resistance: When you perpetuate consumerism that's what you are playing a role in.


Removal of resistance: No man or woman is an island.


Unification: It's up to you to take control of your own choices and make sensible intelligent decisions instead of being guided along by consumerism and the corporate and advertising media.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/07/revolution-in-the-united-states/

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Point 1194: "Speed and agility are key for the counterpuncher, as well as a willingness to patiently chase down every ball to frustrate opponents."

Thrust: Bits of truth can be like punches, to a weak or lost mind.


Direction of resistance: You have to make them leave an opening before the punch is likely to hit.


Removal of resistance: They will block a lot, so the art is to hammer and hammer and hammer until gaps open and you can punch and that makes them weaker and worse at blocking from that moment in the match - and your persistence will make the truth get through in the end.


Unification: I once read this about players in tennis who favour counterpunching - a bit like how Rumpole of the Bailey favours defense, not prosecution: 'Speed and agility are key for the counterpuncher, as well as a willingness to patiently chase down every ball to frustrate opponents.'

Floating around the internet, with that information, I also just dug this up: 'Counterpunchers also have a tendency to anticipate and are usually equipped with extremely good passing shots, thus enabling them to turn lots of defensive situations into offence. The game of the defensive counterpuncher has more to do with physical endurance and willingness to get every ball back in play as well as mental determination to keep from getting bored or trying for too much. Their game plan often involves moving their opponents to the back of the court and outmanoeuvring their opponents.'

Bear all this in mind, I suggest.

I'll add all the references asap, and find further sources on the same concepts.


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Point 1193: Defending soldiers against corporations.

Thrust: Eric Mann writes "There are at least three gifts we can give to the veterans and G.I.s on veterans day. One is to bring all the troops home, close down all 800 U.S. military bases, provide 'jobs or income now' and the most extensive program of medical and psychological support for the vets–and the entire working class–and to demand that our government apologize to the peoples and nations all over the world for its wars of aggression and apologize to the working class men and women it sent to kill and be killed to expand its empire."


Direction of resistance: When I worked at an unscrupulous conference sector marketing firm in the city, which is doing very well, and where insanely racist, sexist, homophobic and just plain illegal cold data gathering was used to pump big big 'pipelines' of sales full of cash, one of my more sordid and fucked up bastard peers, a senior runt, was mocking soldiers, saying they're all racist nuts who go off to do lots of killing. Meanwhile he sat there, powering the corporate pipelines with his professional deception and pure bastardy, he - and people like him - being the real culprits behind the military crimes of Britain and the USA.


Removal of resistance: Mann points out "One of the most cruel and vicious lies of the system is to claim that the G.I.s came home from Vietnam to derision and hatred from a hippy, Black militant, radical anti-war movement–when in fact just the opposite was true. The anti-war movement was deeply involved with the G.I.s themselves, lead by a broad united front including many G.I.s."


Unification: It is everybody's duty, even yours, to defend OUR soldiers - all soldiers - from the corporations - to do as Mann suggests.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/11/74430/

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Point 1192: 12,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered with axes and bludgeons after Dutch Nato troops who were supposed to protect them simply moved away to allow Serbs to carry out their murderous work.

Thrust: Dr Mahatir Mohamad wrote "In Bosnia Herzegovina 12,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered with axes and bludgeons after Dutch Nato troops who were supposed to protect them simply moved away to allow Serbs to carry out their murderous work."


Direction of resistance: Too few people are rounded enough to keep abreast of all sides of the 'big debates' on the world agenda.


Removal of resistance: Failure to do your homework results in being shit.


Unification: In the end, it is doing our homework which makes us out-survive the wild beasts.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/17/stop-postulating-the-clash-of-civilizations/

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Point 1191: 'Medieval religious ideas' and the 'USA'.

Thrust: Kirkpatrick Sale writes "when Americans nationwide were asked, 'Whom or what do you most thank for your good health?' 54 percent credited [..] God.

[..] this was the favorite choice among lifestyle (26 percent), genes (26 percent), and doctors (4 percent). [..] a majority of Americans believe that their health is more a result of the benevolent and regular intervention of the Deity than the way they live or the bodies they inherited or the medical profession. That is an abject admission that they don't believe that what they eat or ingest, or how much, or how often, or how much exercise they get if any, or what sanitary conditions they live under, or how often they see a doctor, or whether they access preventive medicine has any significant importance for their health."


Direction of resistance: Sale points out "Lifestyle was chosen as the entity to thank by 33 percent in the North, 28 percent in the Midwest, 31 percent in the West, and 14 percent in the South. Genes were chosen by 6 percent in the North, 16 percent in the Midwest, 18 percent in the West, and 13 percent in the South. Doctors rated 6 percent in the North, 5 percent in the Midwest, 4 percent in the West, and 2 percent in the South [..] And God was the choice of 48 percent of the North (which some had thought Godless), 51 percent in the Midwest, 46 percent in the West, and 70 percent in the South. Is it any wonder that the South is the unhealthiest region in the nation by almost all measures?"


Removal of resistance: This is a nation which calls itself 'exceptional'.


Unification: This is a nation which calls its leader 'the leader of the free world'.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/04/thank-god-were-healthy/

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Point 1190: 各 花 入 各 眼

Thrust: John V Walsh writes "The major adversaries of the U.S. Empire are China, Russia and Iran. Of the three, China is the greatest threat to U.S. hegemony since its economy has already surpassed that of the U.S. in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP) according to the IMF. And military power in the end is a function of economic power, as we have known at least since Thucydides."


Direction of resistance: Nonetheless the arrogance of white supremacism appears to be leading the 'west' into a war against China.


Removal of resistance: A war it surely cannot win.


Unification: A war which will harm us all, particularly here in 'the west'. A war we must STOP, right now, before it goes any further down the dark path it is taking us down.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/10/the-tar-baby-and-china/
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Point 1189: The basic maths of a modern democratic way.

Thrust: These days if you give people the material, time and motivation, the majority of people can make an intelligent assessment of what you show them.


Direction of resistance: Only a century ago, 'intellectuals' were evidently very convinced that they need to lead the 'masses', indeed through 'necessary illusions', people as recent as Edward Bernays and Reinhold Niebuhr have maintained.


Removal of resistance: Yet now it is far more plausible to far more people that all a person needs in order to come to intelligent conclusions is the right conditions and the right information.


Unification: If this is true, there is no chance for the Bernays way - and the shift of consciousness across the globe required for bringing about a restructuring of what we call society everywhere, from 'China' to 'the USA' and everywhere 'in between' - is an inevitability which is destined to stamp itself on our history very imminently. Some would say immanently, indeed.


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Point 1188: The far-right sees Islam as a more popular talking point than anti-Semitism, and seeks to rally supporters through the former while obscuring the latter in a Zionist position that seeks to keep Jews out of Europe.

Thrust: Alexander Reid Ross writes "The more that right-wing populism can obscure its racial ideology and fascist roots, the more of a mass appeal it has. While it gains mass appeal based on central talking points, its imagery and symbolism begins to proliferate. Hence, DIJ and their fans claim to be non-anti-Semitic, because they work with Jews sometimes, and support the State of Israel. Mass-murderer and white supremacist Anders Breivik also supports the State of Israel, as does the French National Front and countless far-right parties in Europe gaining international legitimacy from Zionist claims while retaining and supporting anti-Semitism in Europe. Indeed, this is precisely the 'Third Position' proposed by Strasser: fascism through pseudo-anticapitalist racial separatism rather than Imperialism.

The important German newspaper, Der Speigel, points to this trend, opining (correctly) that the far-right sees Islam as a more popular talking point than anti-Semitism, and seeks to rally supporters through the former while obscuring the latter in a Zionist position that seeks to keep Jews out of Europe."


Direction of resistance: Evidence Ross presents regarding 'DIJ' is very damning indeed: "I recalled my conversation with the band's promoter, who claimed that, just as Marilyn Manson and Slayer use Nazi imagery, so too should Death in June blur the lines of acceptable communication.

Neither Slayer nor Marilyn Manson contributes money to genocidal causes. On the other hand, the singer of Death in June visited a genocidal Croatian militia during the ethnic cleansing of Serbs in 1992, recorded an album called 'Something is Coming' from Croatia at that time, donated to a Croatian nationalist military hospital, and has reportedly called Serbs 'barbarians,' declaring his decision to give substantive support to the genocide to be a 'cultural' and 'Euro-socio' decision (I hardly think that this approach is defensible in terms of Guy Debord’s Situationist theory presented in Society of the Spectacle; in fact, it appears more like a reproduction of the spectacle of European nationalism and white pride). Slayer and Marilyn Manson also did not publish music on far-right-wing record labels, whereas DIJ has published songs on extreme- right wing compilations (such as one commemorating the Nazi propagandist and documentarian, Leni Reifenstahl, whom Susan Sontag wrote up as a fascist long after the end of the war in the essay 'Fascinating Fascism'); neither do they belabor Nazism as the principle aesthetic aspect of their approach. Slayer and Marilyn Manson also have not applauded atrocities against immigrants and people of color, whereas witnesses state that DIJ's lead singer once dedicated a song to the 'White Wolves' (who bombed two markets in England, killing 3 and injuring more than a hundred back in 1999)."


Removal of resistance: Ross adds "Among the greatest dilemmas for contemporary radical movements, such as the ecology movement, is how to deal with and identify reactionary tendencies, such as white nationalist claims to 'blood and soil,' which claim a hierarchy of national belonging based on the number of generations one's family has lived on 'the land.' (It apparently doesn't matter if someone's family moved to Wisconsin from Germany in the 1910s, and then to California in the 1990s; they are still more 'US American' than a Guatemalan or Chinese immigrant who moved to San Diego in the 1970s, even though they have relatively no 'connection to the native soil,' according to this position.) Even the most acceptable version of this tendency, which asserts that Indigenous peoples maintain true rights to the land, claims that there are still hierarchies promoted amongst white nationalists as to how US American they are, and this way of thinking seeps into the broader counterculture. For instance, I was recently told by a very well-respected and well-known 'radical' (who happens to be blonde) that I was less of a US American, because my parents are immigrants. When I told my very non-'radical' friends from Houston about this exchange during a recent trip to Texas, they were totally appalled by my 'radical' friend's pretense. It just goes to show that ostensibly non-'radical' people from the South can understand antifascism better than pretentious 'radicals' in Portland, Oregon."


Unification: More people in the 'British' establishment need to take all of this seriously. More people in 'Britain' on the whole need to. This is our problem. We need to provide some kind of educational solution which will undermine any tendency among anybody to veer in the direction of fascism, a very serious, a very dangerous, a very catastrophic problem we are facing in a worryingly accelerating fashion today in 2018.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/14/fighting-the-trojan-horse-of-hipster-fascism/

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Point 1187: The stale, smelly, fetid and diseased old west and its fetid old blindness.

Thrust: Andre Vltchek writes "Entire modern and ecological neighborhoods are growing up all over China; entire cities are being built, with enormous parks and public exercise grounds, with childcare centers and all the modern sanitation facilities, as well as wide sidewalks and incredibly cheap and super modern public transportation."


Direction of resistance: Vltchek points out "While China's transformation into a middle-class socialist society is clearly a miracle (but more than a miracle, it is actually proof of the superiority of central planning, and of the general excellence of the system), perhaps the single greatest success on our planet in the last 100 years, the Western Left mumbles something about what has happened is actually not pure, that it is not really Communist, and that in many ways it is all extremely sinister."


Removal of resistance: We should all be humbled by the example of 'China' and realise what "exceptionalism" really can mean, if we stop making it mean "white man and his token black friend".


Unification: This article by Mr Vltchek (see the references below) is a must-read for anyone who is not stupid.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/14/do-western-leftists-hate-socialist-countries/

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Point 1186: The alternative to the UKIP-Murdoch-Daily-Mail axis.

Thrust: To bring back the readership of the Daily Herald, but as readers and contributors on a new democratic website.


Direction of resistance: That would be the hobo.


Removal of resistance: Chomsky explains, in Necessary Illusions, what the Daily Herald was (as you are unlikely to know) "As for the media, in England a lively labor-oriented press reaching a broad public existed into the 1960s, when it was finally eliminated through the workings of the market. At the time of its demise in 1964, the Daily Herald had over five times as many readers as The Times and 'almost double the readership of The Times, the Financial Times and the Guardian combined,' James Curran observes, citing survey research showing that its readers 'were also exceptionally devoted to their paper.' But this journal, partially owned by the unions and reaching a largely working-class audience, 'appealed to the wrong people,' Curran continues. The same was true of other elements of the social democratic press that died at the same time, in large part because they were 'deprived of the same level of subsidy' through advertising and private capital as sustained 'the quality press,' which 'not only reflects the values and interests of its middle-class readers' but also 'gives them force, dainty and coherence' and 'plays an important ideological role in amplifying and renewing the dominant political consensus.'

The consequences are significant. For the media, Curran concludes, there is 'a remarkable growth in advertising-related editorial features' and a 'growing convergence between editorial and advertising content' reflecting 'the increasing accommodation of national newspaper managements to the selective needs of advertisers' and the business community generally; the same is likely true of news coverage and interpretation. For society at large, Curran continues, 'the loss of the only social democratic papers with a large readership which devoted serious attention to current affairs,' including sectors of the working class that had remained 'remarkably radical in their attitudes to a wide range of economic and political issues,' contributed to 'the progressive erosion in post-war Britain of a popular radical tradition' and to the disintegration of 'the cultural base that has sustained active participation within the Labour movement,' which 'has ceased to exist as a mass movement in most parts of the country.' The effects are readily apparent. With the elimination of the 'selection and treatment of news' and 'relatively detailed political commentary and analysis [that] helped daily to sustain a social democratic sub-culture within the working class,' there is no longer an articulate alternative to the picture of 'a world where the subordination of working people [is] accepted as natural and inevitable,' and no continuing expression of the view that working people are 'morally entitled to a greater share of the wealth they created and a greater say in its allocation.' The same tendencies are evident elsewhere in the industrial capitalist societies".


Unification: These are my notes on Necessary Illusions so far. I'm staying offline mostly and working through the said book, using 4 different formats of it simultaneously to work through it as though it is a lecture series and I am a student of it. Which is in fact accurate. That's what it is and that's what I am. I'll add to these notes later (i.e. I'll 'synchronise' them with my offline work at some stage soon):

CHAPTER ONE



- opening up the media to citizen participation



- US establishment reacted aggressively against UNESCO's enquiry into such possibilities

reason given for aggression: concern for "freedom of the press"

chomsky asks: "how serious is this concern? what is its substantive content?"

chomsky asks: "what would a democratic communications policy be? is it a good idea? if so is it an attainable concept? what kind of democratic order is it to which we aspire?"



- When Judge Gurfein rejected the US government's attempt to bar publication of the pentagon papers, he implied that the press was out of line for publishing it but that it was a sacrifice and that it needed to be made in order to not be totalitarian



chomsky and any interpretation of events based on common sense imply that this was unfair - and that it was completely legitimate to publish the pentagon papers and to attempt to make the US government accountable to the people of the USA. Gurfein said that the press had to be "suffered by those in authority" and failed to recognise any participation in public debate by the people as a legitimate thing, seeing it as something useless to be "suffered" and no doubt ignored, however that may be achieved. the 'right of the people to know', which Gurfein claims to believe in, does not seem to be anything but an endpoint for such knowledge. the idea that people could debate and make decisions about what they know seems to fall outside the capacity of gurfein and anyone who thinks like him.



- Anthony Lewis of the New York Times backs Gurfein, accusing the media of interfering irresponsibly in the vietnam and watergate eras

Chomsky says this is a commonly held belief



- there has been debate in this time about the media, but not about democratising the media and freeing them from the constraints of state and private power

rather, the debate has been about whether the media have not exceeded proper bounds in escaping such constraints, the question is whether they have threatened the existence of democratic institutions



- in 1975 the trilateral commission studied "the governability of democracies" and concluded that the media had become a new source of national power and the commission labelled this an "excess of democracy" and a "crisis of democracy"



- the commission blamed "previously marginalised" people who create an "overload" , aka "special interests" groups



- chomsky sums up the commissions position: "the general public must be reduced to their traditional apathy and obedience and driven from arena of political debate and action" to protect the elitist version of 'democracy' from being improved upon



- the concept of 'special interests' groups is used to suggest that disagreement with the elite's policies come from some small marginal group. it refers, chomsky explains, to: "workers, farmers, women, youths, the elderly, handicapped, ethnic minorities, in fact to the general population".



- the tacit assumption is that the 'national interest' is "corporations, financial institutions and other business elites"



- in the post vietnam era there was what chomsky calls 'a right turn' - this included the dismantling of the limited state programmes which were designed to protect the poor and deprived, the transfer of resources to the wealthy, the conversion of the state even more than before into a welfare state for the privileged and the expansion of state power and the protected state sector of the economy through the military system



- enter 'the reagan doctrine' (the rest of the 'right turn') - activist foreign policy, goal to extend US power through subversion, international terrorism and aggression (which the media characterised as the vigorous defence of democracy worldwide)





- polls in 1988 showed that almost half the US population believe the US constitution is the source of this Marx quote: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" (even Marx hadn't mastered gender equality, I'll contend).



- chomsky says that the reagan phenomenon offers a foretaste of where capitalist democracies have been moving in general, since - elimination of labour unions, elimination of independent media, elimination of political associations, elimination of forms of popular organisation which interfere with domination of the state by concentrated private power

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- the trilateral commission concludes that "broader interests of society and government require [..] regulation by the government (of the media)"



- Peter Braestrup's two-volume study, sponsored by Freedom House, of media coverage of the Tet Offensive of 1968 [..] was widely hailed as a landmark contribution, offering definitive proof of the irresponsibility of this 'notable new source of national power.'

- Chomsky explains "Until the TET offensive the media had reported the war as American command had wanted them to see it. Journalists were taken on guided tours. [..] But during the TET offensive that didn't work. The war was all around them. They could look out of the windows of their hotels and see fighting and they saw that it was a very different war to the one they had been programmed to present. In that respect coverage of the TET offensive was different but only in that respect."





- The basic question of fact is whether the media have been adversarial and threatened free institutions by being overly critical

-Chomsky says 'Some, however, have held that the factual premises are simply false.'



- Ginsberg maintains that 'western governments have used market mechanisms to regulate popular perspectives and sentiments. The 'marketplace of ideas,' built during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, effectively disseminates the beliefs and ideas of the upper classes while subverting the ideological and cultural independence of the lower classes. Through the construction of this marketplace, western governments forged firm and enduring links between socioeconomic position and ideological power, permitting upper classes to use each to buttress the other [..] In the United States, in particular, the ability of the upper and upper-middle classes to dominate the marketplace of ideas has generally allowed these strata to shape the entire society's perception of political reality and the range of realistic political and social possibilities. While westerners usually equate the marketplace with freedom of opinion, the hidden hand of the market can be almost as potent an instrument of control as the iron fist of the state.'





- Chomsky says 'Those segments of the media that can reach a substantial audience are major corporations and are closely integrated with even larger conglomerates. Like other businesses, they sell a product to buyers. Their market is advertisers, and the 'product' is audiences, with a bias towards more wealthy audiences, which improve advertising rates.'



- Chomsky goes on 'In short, the major media—particularly, the elite media that set the agenda that others generally follow—are corporations 'selling' privileged audiences to other businesses. It would hardly come as a surprise if the picture of the world they present were to reflect the perspectives and interests of the sellers, the buyers, and the product.'



- Chomsky argues 'those who occupy managerial positions in the media, or gain status within them as commentators, belong to the same privileged elites, and might be expected to share the perceptions, aspirations, and attitudes of their associates, reflecting their own class interests as well. Journalists entering the system are unlikely to make their way unless they conform to these ideological pressures, generally by internalizing the values [..] and those who fail to conform will tend to be weeded out by familiar mechanisms.'



- In the case of the TV station WNET which lost its corporate underwriting from Gulf and Western because it made a documentary called 'Hunger for profit' about 'multinationals buying up huge tracts of land in the third world.' Chomsky explains 'Gulf's chief executive wrote to the station, adding that the documentary was 'virulently anti-business, if not anti-American.' 'Most people believe that WNET would not make the same mistake today,' the Economist concludes. Nor would others. The warning need only be implicit.'





- Chomsky warns: 'To confront power is costly and difficult; high standards of evidence and argument are imposed, and critical analysis is naturally not be welcomed by those who are in a position to react vigorously and to determine the array of rewards and punishments. Conformity to a 'patriotic agenda,' in contrast, imposes no such costs. Charges against official enemies barely require substantiation; they are, furthermore, protected from correction, which can be dismissed as apologetics for the criminals or as missing the forest for the trees.'





- Chomsky gives examples - no argument is required in the western media when condemning Libya, Iran, Russia and others. Whilst intellectual opposition to US aggression, e.g. in Indochina, elicits "only horror and contempt" from these fakers who pretend to be empirical, modern thinkers. 'Evidence, no matter how compelling, is dismissed as irrelevant.' And attempts to present volumes of such evidence are portrayed as boring and somehow unacceptable (media culture teaches us to soundbite, to tweet, to Facebook, to be brief, to be perceived as cool).



- 'Conformity is the easy way'. The media is designed to induce conformity to established doctrine. Evidence for proving unfamiliar or new ideas has no place in the soundbite-oriented media.



- Herman and Chomsky have published extensive documentation about how the media actually functions. Their 'propaganda model' has been tested very openly and fully and shows how biased and corrupt our media in the UK and US are. It is very well confirmed and Chomsky is unaware of any serious challenge to his conclusions.



- standard model of the media (adversarial, cantankerous, confront private power too excessively)

- the propaganda model (the media are docile, submissive, serve interest of state corporate power)



-the propaganda model has extensive documentation to back it - that's what's going on

claims that the standard model is what's going on - cannot be proved, are patently false - can easily be disproved, obviously - by showing the propaganda model to be true





- Chomsky points out: 'Journalists often meet a high standard of professionalism in their work, exhibiting courage, integrity, and enterprise, including many of those who report for media that adhere closely to the predictions of the propaganda model. There is no contradiction here. What is at issue is not the honesty of the opinions expressed or the integrity of those who seek the facts but rather the choice of topics and highlighting of issues, the range of opinion permitted expression, the unquestioned premises that guide reporting and commentary, and the general framework imposed for the presentation of a certain view of the world. We need not, incidentally, tarry over such statements as the following, emblazoned on the cover of the New Republic during Israel's invasion of Lebanon: 'Much of what you have read in the newspapers and newsmagazines about the war in Lebanon—and even more of what you have seen and heard on television—is simply not true.' Such performances can be consigned to the dismal archives of apologetics for the atrocities of other favored states.'



- Debate by society about the media is today restricted as follows. it consists of:

critics of the adversarial stance of the media

responses by people who defend the media

it excludes any critique of the media for adhering to the predictions of the propaganda model

it excludes any recognition that this position might be a conceivable position



- Chomsky says that the media can be shown to perform the role of training the minds of the people to a virtuous attachment to their government whilst imaging that its role is to help the public assert meaningful control over the political process.



- The media are vigilant guardians protecting privilege from the threat of public understanding and participation.



- Democracy should mean that citizens should have the opportunity to inform themselves, to take part in enquiry and discussion and policy formation and to advance their programmes through political action. In the US and UK democracy is much more narrowly conceived. The citizen is a consumer, an observer, not a participant. The public has the right to ratify policies which originate elsewhere but if these limits are exceeded we have not democracy but a 'crisis of democracy' which must somehow be resolved.



- Democracy in the US and UK is today reduced to interactions among groups of investors who compete for control of the state.



- US foreign policy officially includes the stated belief that, internationally, 'nationalistic regimes' that respond to domestic pressures for improvement of living standards and social reform, with insufficient regard for the needs of US investors are perceived as a threat to US interests.



- Chomsky cites disparity between US media treatment of US client states vs its treatment of others. Some of those the US calls democratic find that only 10% of their population consider themselves to be living in a democracy. A pattern which is as true now in 2014 as it was in 1988 when Chomsky observed it about El Salvador. Today consider Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, etc.



- In accordance with the prevailing conceptions in the US, there is no infringement on democracy if a few corporations control the information system: in fact, that is the essence of democracy.



- In the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the leading figure of the public relations industry, Edward Bernays, explains that 'the very essence of the democratic process' is 'the freedom to persuade and suggest,' what he calls 'the engineering of consent.' 'A leader,' he continues, 'frequently cannot wait for the people to arrive at even general understanding [..] Democratic leaders must play their part in [..] engineering [..] consent to socially constructive goals and values,' applying 'scientific principles and tried practices to the task of getting people to support ideas and programs'; and although it remains unsaid, it is evident enough that those who control resources will be in a position to judge what is 'socially constructive,' to engineer consent through the media, and to implement policy through the mechanisms of the state. If the freedom to persuade happens to be concentrated in a few hands, we must recognize that such is the nature of a free society. The public relations industry expends vast resources 'educating the American people about the economic facts of life' to ensure a favorable climate for business. Its task is to control 'the public mind,' which is 'the only serious danger confronting the company,' an AT&T executive observed eighty years ago.





- Reinhold Niebuhr argued that 'rationality belongs to the cool observers,' while 'the proletarian' follows not reason but faith, based upon a crucial element of 'necessary illusion.' Without such illusion, the ordinary person will descend to 'inertia.' Then in his Marxist phase, Niebuhr urged that those he addressed - presumably, the cool observers - recognize 'the stupidity of the average man' and provide the 'emotionally potent oversimplifications' required to keep the proletarian on course to create a new society; the basic conceptions underwent little change as Niebuhr became 'the official establishment theologian' (Richard Rovere), offering counsel to those who 'face the responsibilities of power.'





- A Dutch Minister of Defense wrote 'whoever turns against manufacture of consent resists any form of effective authority.'





- The manufacture of consent rarely involves conscious deceit. So-called intellectuals and 'elites' readily adopt beliefs which serve institutional needs; The chairman of the board may sincerely believe he is serving human needs. Were he to act on these delusions he would no longer be chairman. It is probable that the Himmlers convince themselves that they are engaged in courageous acts.







CHAPTER TWO



- Chomsky says there are three possible types of media control system - corporate oligopoly, state controlled or democratic communications policy

- Chomsky says the latter has never been tried and thinks we should implement it

- the right of the public to shape their own affairs - this is a future possibility but not the status quo



- capitalist democracy, according to Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers, suffers from business control of political and other institutions because of



1. the demand constraint - imposes limits on what people are likely to demand - in a capitalist society profit is taken as the yardstick of a society's success above all else, at the expense of the more obvious and more real societal goals, such as high living standards for the vast majority or totality - as has been proved most abundantly our capitalist society causes an increasing majority to experience lessened living standards and the moral vacuum required for lording it over the majority is coupled with a propaganda mechanism which leaves those with good living standards trapped in a lifestyle leading to terminal conditions like cancer - so nobody's overall longterm living standards (not even those of the minority who take more than everyone else) ends up better off under this insanely materialistic scheme. the causal process which enables otherwise intelligent people to allow this to be done to them goes like this: failing to secure capitalists' interests leads to 'inadequate' profits, which leads to 'inadequate' investment, decline in production, decline in jobs and wages, decline in incomes, decline in tax, decline in government coffers and the wealth of the nation.



naturally it is easy to see the flaws in that fantasy view of society today - money printing is being used to pump investment in worthless markets, top heavy profits for the few, suffocation of all other industries, decline in jobs and wages, increase in political party wealth, increase in share prices, decrease in performance of companies whilst their share prices rise - what we have is a completely schizophrenic economic and social system which now serves no purpose other than, if you look closely, ensuring a minority with immense wealth and power increase the distance between themselves and the rest of the population all over the world, near to them and far from them. this somewhat destroys the idea that what they are doing is for the sake of jobs, wages and increasing taxes.



then, add specific new cruelties to your analysis (TTIP and much more besides), and you can see that we have an emergency, to quote Jamiroquai, on planet earth



2. the resource constraint - shapes what happens within those limits - different groups and different individuals have access to different resources which they can deploy to influence political outcomes; example resources: control over mass media instruments, campaign contributions and the impact of this on policies, high paying jobs for politicians after they leave office









- 'the political class and the cultural managers typically associate themselves with the sectors that dominate the private economy; they are either drawn directly from those sectors or expect to join them'

- 'it will never be a good world while knights and gentlemen make us laws, that are chosen for fear and do but oppress us, and do not know the people's sores. It will never be well with us till we have Parliaments of countrymen like ourselves, that know our wants.'





- 'With the rarest of exceptions, the representatives of the people do not come from or return to the workplace; rather, law offices catering to business interests, executive suites, and other places of privilege.'





- the daily herald: in the 1960s it had over 5 times as many readers as the Times and almost double the readership of the Times, Financial Times and Guardian combined.


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Point 1185: Something disgusting for you to see.

Thrust: Palestine Chronicle writes "In the three amateur videos released by the Yesh Din human rights group, the IDF soldiers appear to be protecting the masked Jewish settlers from Yitzhar during their confrontation with Palestinians in the village of Urif in the West Bank on Tuesday.".


Direction of resistance: When will the barbarism end?


Removal of resistance: When will sane and intelligent seeming people stop supporting Israel's never ending disgusting sick fucked up militant bastardy?


Unification: Alas. Oh Palestine, please accept my apology. I for one don't think that what you suffer is acceptable or reasonable, even though I can see so many people sitting there in various forms of consumer slavery doing nothing whilst their own friends abuse and murder you and your children. I'm sorry Palestine. I'm trying my hardest to teach them, but they just won't learn. I'll keep trying. What else can I do?


References: http://www.palestinechronicle.com/video-israeli-soldiers-protect-settlers-attacking-palestinian-villagers/

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Point 1184: Black people have had to live for generations under a system that is demonstrably unfair to them. There's plenty of documentation for that.

Thrust: M.G. Piety writes "As a white person, I have to say that I find this pathetic display of white entitlement disgusting."

She is referring to an incident where "23-year old Abigail Noel Fisher who charges that she was denied admission to the University of Texas at Austin because she was white. No matter that her GPA (3.59) and SAT scores (1180 out of 1600) were not particularly distinguished and that there were black and Latino applicants with even better SATs and GREs who were also denied admission."


Direction of resistance: Piety wonders "When did white people become so pathetic? Black people have had to live for generations under a system that is demonstrably unfair to them. There's plenty of documentation for that. Where do white people get off thinking that they are entitled to ask the government to redress a "wrong" done to them that would appear to be no more than a figment of their fevered imaginations?"

Piety questions "Where has this sense of white entitlement come from? When Jeil 2 Savings Bank of South Korea came under investigation for alleged irregularities by its executives and major shareholders, its president, Jeong Gu-Haeng, committed suicide. When white guys in the U.S. run their banks into the ground, not only do they take no responsibility, they expect the government bail them out. That is no more, nor less than they feel they are entitled to. White people can't handle having to deal with the consequences of our own actions. We can't handle anything that is really difficult. Difficulties are 'unfair'!"


Removal of resistance: Although it is a subtle point, too complex to be truly accepted by the bloody minded and by anyone unwilling to think about an argument for more than a few minutes, Piety is spot on (my experiences have proved beyond any kind of doubt), when insisting "White people have benefitted from the handicaps placed–both intentionally and unintentionally– on minorities for as long as the country has existed. Unfortunately, this is now coming back to bite us, and by that I'm not referring to reverse discrimination. You know how you make somebody strong, how you make them smart? You handicap them, put a lot of obstacles in their path. Many minorities have had so many obstacles in their paths for so long that they've become smarter and stronger than we are".


Unification: M.G. Piety is one of my favourite authors in the world.


References: http://mgpiety.org/2014/05/29/the-rhetoric-of-entitlement/

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Point 1183: Private power directly makes public decisions.

Thrust: Many decisions of momentous importance to society as a whole with deep public ramifications are made as 'private' decisions by corporations.


Direction of resistance: We are talking primarily about the USA and UK here, and their obvious allies (you can do the work, and understand which countries are and which are not steeped in these somewhat stupid ways).


Removal of resistance: Read Chomsky's Necessary Illusions, from 1988, which begins with a look at what Brazilian Bishops were doing, back then, to work towards a more democratic media.


Unification: 'And now, as twilight dims the skies above, recalling thrills of our love, there's one thing I am certain of: return I will to old Brazil' (as the song goes).


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Point 1182: Edward Bernays' claim that 'the very essence of the democratic process' is 'the freedom to persuade and suggest,' what he calls 'the engineering of consent' .

Thrust: Chomsky attacks Edward Bernays' claim that 'the very essence of the democratic process' is 'the freedom to persuade and suggest,' what he calls 'the engineering of consent' .


Direction of resistance: I would add that Bernays' method is like hen pecking.


Removal of resistance: Not to be confused with raining down with tonnes of precisely relevant evidence and allowing people to make up their mind at their own leisure, even if they want to spend a year thinking about it - or longer - when they have that data.


Unification: Chomsky's method is what intelligence, rationality and progress are all founded on - i.e. the same method, not on anything written by Chomsky himself, as reason significantly pre-dated Chomsky.


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Point 1181: Low and high cancer risks?

Thrust: Is the future of society a better place, upwardly mobile? Or downhill towards extinction?


Direction of resistance: So many products and services and events and lifestyles are very cancer-causing but hardly any are legally touted as such, yet.


Removal of resistance: In time the harm will be fully recognised by officialdom, there are only delays, there is no real way to stop the recognition coming. The deaths are mounting. These are sadly what humanity is waiting for before properly policing the cancer causers.


Unification: If we get in a rut, our cities will advertise 'low cancer risk' to us as an advantage, whether in products, locations or jobs.


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Point 1180: Russell Brand's take on Ferguson is worth watching.

Thrust: 'What Value Do Our Laws Have?' by Russell Brand is really important to watch.


Direction of resistance: Please watch it if you can.


Removal of resistance: Russell Brand is out there working hard for you and letting a lot of people mock him and treat him like crap because he clearly has the integrity to tell us what he has genuinely and sincerely seen to be the truth.


Unification: How come so many fools mock Brand whilst sitting like mugs swallowing the lies and bullshit of people who even openly admit that they believe in lying to us and who really are deluded? Russell Brand is on the case. Don't be too stupid to understand what he's doing for you, please. That's just my opinion, but please, listen to me. Have some respect for Russell Brand, he's a great soul.


References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr9E3UVaArU

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Point 1179: War crimes of the British Media.

Thrust: John Pilger writes "In 2003, I filmed an interview in Washington with Charles Lewis, the distinguished American investigative journalist. We discussed the invasion of Iraq a few months earlier. I asked him, 'What if the freest media in the world had seriously challenged George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld and investigated their claims, instead of channeling what turned out to be crude propaganda?'

He replied that if we journalists had done our job 'there is a very, very good chance we would have not gone to war in Iraq.'

That's a shocking statement, and one supported by other famous journalists to whom I put the same question. Dan Rather, formerly of CBS, gave me the same answer. David Rose of the Observer and senior journalists and producers in the BBC, who wished to remain anonymous, gave me the same answer.

In other words, had journalists done their job, had they questioned and investigated the propaganda instead of amplifying it, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children might be alive today; and millions might not have fled their homes; the sectarian war between Sunni and Shia might not have ignited, and the infamous Islamic State might not now exist".


Direction of resistance: It is unacceptable to sit there, responsible for so much death, and carry on shamelessly pretending to be a journalist.


Removal of resistance: Every pro war journalist needs to resign out of respect for their own ancestors and for the human race. It is the only respectable thing they can do and the only way to mitigate their hand in genocide.


Unification: Pilger points out "It's 100 years since the First World War. Reporters then were rewarded and knighted for their silence and collusion. At the height of the slaughter, British prime minister David Lloyd George confided in C.P. Scott, editor of the Manchester Guardian: 'If people really knew [the truth] the war would be stopped tomorrow, but of course they don't know and can't know.'"


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/05/war-by-media-and-the-triumph-of-propaganda/

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Point 1178: Being an economic unit.

Thrust: You and I tend to be coerced into being economic units.


Direction of resistance: Escape is hard and rare.


Removal of resistance: Keep trying.


Unification: Don't be an economic unit.


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Point 1177: Beaten repeatedly by Alex Cockburn, legend among thinkers.

Thrust: In the lifetime of the grid, I have come to see two debating positions of mine thwarted by the words of the late Alex Cockburn, about whom you can go and read.


Direction of resistance: What I read by Idries Shah taught me a great deal about what 'religion' really is but I omitted to follow Shah's humility towards religion until I watched a video of Cockburn talking lucidly about what's wrong with hating religions and with generalising about them in inaccurate ways.


Removal of resistance: Moreover, my belief that guns should not exist is slightly different to what it was thanks to Cockburn's strong case for self-defence.


Unification: I have recently bought 'A colossal wreck' by Alex Cockburn and will hopefully read it soon. Still working slowly through Necessary Illusions (by Chomsky) in various formats.

I loved hearing Noam Chomsky counterattack accusations against him - I must memorise and quote a lot of his statements in that argument.

So there you go. People who are from the right or far right, even neoliberals in all their forms, who universally pretend that I don't accept criticism or like to hear those who attack me, it's the complete opposite. My heroes are who they are because they are people I can learn from or have learned from.


References: https://www.c-span.org/video/?196500-1/depth-alexander-cockburn

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Point 1176: Democracy is a state of mind, not a way of doing paperwork.

Thrust: When individuals are, in the majority, self-determining, then what we pretend we can create with what we call 'democracy' will really be something it is possible for us to create.


Direction of resistance: Doing this requires, primarily, walking directly away from all the normal mainstream sources you habitually go to.


Removal of resistance: That is not to say that it requires a permanent flight from the material world.


Unification: What's required is moderation and perspective, amongst other things.


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Point 1175: We should be responsible for our own actions primarily.

Thrust: Facing a nasty, racist, self-righteous, Israel-flag-waving dickhead, long ago, Chomsky defended himself by saying 'we should be responsible for our own actions primarily'.


Direction of resistance: Chomsky then went on, in this recording, to say that 'we should give much more attention to one priest who we've killed than to a hundred priests that they've killed'.


Removal of resistance: When you do stuff, in life, what you do has repercussions.


Unification: You cannot see the future, but you can see the things coming at you. You cannot see what you don't know how to look at, but you can keep your eyes open and look at whatever you are able to see.

The absurd classicism and formalism which continues to haunt Britain is holding too many people back from accepting that they can think for themselves and be intelligent and do not need rigid ordained structures and concepts to build their lives around.

Hollywood's America is just as mad as the classicism of the Romans and the British Empire's.

Stop being mesmerised by it. It's an insanely backward con. Look at the world with open eyes instead and take responsibility for your actions. Don't hang your world on the shape created by Hollywood. It's your life, not theirs, and you pay for the mistakes they make, not them.


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Point 1174: The denial that individualism exists and is a positive force.

Thrust: One method of discouraging independent minds, creative behaviour, individualism etc - is to try and polarise people's view of their choices.


Direction of resistance: On the one hand is obedience, subservience and being given everything you want in exchange for agreeing to want whatever you are conditioned to want.


Removal of resistance: On the other hand, the false view maintains, is the extreme egotist, who disobeys to the extreme and must be reined in.


Unification: Groundhog Day is an example of this foolish view. It shows how the view is used to actually promote being a manipulative fuckwit.

Few portrayals exist in mainstream American film where individualism is celebrated. Rather, individuals are usually singled out in American films only to be scapegoated and demonised.

Examples where American films have done the opposite, have achieved amazing things, include Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel's version of Rhinoceros, as well as Catch 22 with Alan Arkin, and all of the seasons of the TV series MASH. Patrick McGoohan's masterpiece, The Prisoner, stands out as a fine example of the promotion of individualism. The episode called 'The General' is extremely important to know about and I'll write about it some time soon. First I'll sit back and re-watch it on DVD. One of the first DVDs I ever bought was a box set of The Prisoner and I still have it. It spent a long time in storage, curiously enough. A bit like Number Six.


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Point 1173: Hollywood's manipulative, backward, oppressive ideals in plain sight.

Thrust: I like Bill Murray in many films, including Groundhog day, but that film is full of crap.


Direction of resistance: A man repeatedly learns to parrot everything required to make a particular woman think she loves him, have sex with him and, it is implied, marry him in conclusion.


Removal of resistance: He learns French poetry to impress her - rather than to share anything of value with her.

That's just one example. There are others - e.g. he orders her favourite cocktail and does other things which are in fact just deceptive.


Unification: In other words Murray's character uses Niebuhrism to manipulate and control the woman he wants to take sexual control of. It is presented as acceptable and 'romantic'. Its makers and fans are oblivious to real love, which can only exist between two people who are not manipulating each other.


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Point 1172: Why the Daily Mail and Sun and Mirror and Express are implicitly (and unknowingly) mocking their own readers 24/7/365.

Thrust: Chomsky writes "Reinhold Niebuhr argued that "rationality belongs to the cool observers," while "the proletarian" follows not reason but faith, based upon a crucial element of "necessary illusion." Without such illusion, the ordinary person will descend to "inertia." Then in his Marxist phase, Niebuhr urged that those he addressed - presumably, the cool observers - recognize "the stupidity of the average man" and provide the "emotionally potent oversimplifications" required to keep the proletarian on course to create a new society; the basic conceptions underwent little change as Niebuhr became "the official establishment theologian"".


Direction of resistance: Today's governments subscribe to Niebuhr's views openly and officially.


Removal of resistance: It is time for the masses, the so-called "99%", to challenge the assumption.


Unification: All of us have a right to become cleverer every day. A situation which precludes that is unacceptable and those who can challenge it must and they must lead others to challenge it also, until eventually the entire 99% challenges this one basic principle on which tyranny is founded.


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Point 1171: The Guardian's Ghoulish faces.

Thrust: This line in the Guardian makes decent people shudder. It describes a recent US propaganda film which is the centre of more smear campaigns against 'non-white' people the world over: ' The Interview, a Seth Rogen flick in which dictator Kim Jong-un has his face melted off and his head blown up.'


Direction of resistance: The serious problem, the Guardian feels, is not that Americans and Europeans love to depict things like people's heads being blown off and are on the whole glorifying violence and disgusting behaviour more and more each year.


Removal of resistance: No.


Unification: Their concern is: 'And amid all the histrionics around cyber warfare and terrorism, and the dangerous accusations of North Korean involvement, the privacy of Sony’s workers and ex-employees has been obliterated.'

Fucking GHOULS.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/21/sony-propaganda/
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/21/sony-hacking-north-korea-cyber-security

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Point 1170: Nick Cohen writes like an evangelist Christian or jihadi Muslim.

Thrust: "Let us now praise" is the thrust of the opening (by means of the title, which may well be written by a Spectator editor of some sort, or lackey, whatever they call themselves, but which is there to reflect Cohen's voice so let's assume it reflects his voice and seek more evidence of this trend in his style later) of an article by Nick Cohen I looked at in the Spectator.


Direction of resistance: Cohen sees his audiences as a flock, his pen as a pulpit and his words as some kind of gospel.


Removal of resistance: People like that do not believe in worrying about presenting a great deal of evidence, if any at all. They tend to exaggerate a great deal and usually hate people of other religions to whatever theirs is, be that some kind of weird Tony Blair worship or whatever (in Cohen's case much must be read to get to the bottom of why his demons exist).


Unification: Evidence-based argument requires no leaders, demagogues or preachers. Thus I will have to suffer the intolerable fate of reading dozens of examples of this twit's "journalism" (it is a shame to insult men like Alex Cockburn by pretending that what Cohen writes is the same in any meaningful way to what he, or Klein, or countless nameable real journalists write). Otherwise how can I demonstrate to myself and you whether or not he uses this sort of preachy religious language often. "Let us praise" is almost a direct quote from numerous religious rituals and this sort of command to tell people to praise people is just not part of journalism.

My only instruction to people in my writing has been through being the programmer of the grid. As a result I wrote the instructions, which tell you to tell what you want, as well as possible, to contradict everyone, including me, ABOVE ALL me. Contradict me. If you're wrong, you'll learn. If I'm wrong, I'll learn. Either way we'll both learn something both times. What's to lose? So when a writer tells you what to feel, who to "praise", that's when you should start looking to see if they are doing it a lot and as for any instances of it: I will now look through all my writing and remove (transparently) all such cases, if there are any, and report on my findings either way, but if someone tells you who to like or not, my advice to you is to remember that it's up to you who to like or not.

When Clegg told Paxman off for not wanting to vote for any of the current parties, it was absurd: Paxman is not there to tell people who to vote for. Telling them that the parties do not appeal to he himself is not a way of promoting or unpromoting anything. Clegg wanted Paxman not to host debate but to preach partisanship. Paxman said that he didn't like any of the parties. This is not praise or attack. People may want to think it is "attack" but it isn't because he clearly feels that new parties, other parties, parties who change their behaviour, COULD be worth voting for. The sense is all there in what he said. So he dignifies voting itself all the more. He salutes the process and joins with it and celebrates his job in what he said. Clegg has it backwards. And Paxman never tells us what to think. He tells us to think. And helps us do it by giving us doors to debate and logic and reason.

Cohen tells us what to think. "Praise this man" he says. "This man is bad" he says of another. As a result of all this I have to go through all he writes and establish how much he does this and how bad he is as a writer. This does not make me guilty of what he has done. China has recently attacked the USA for a long history of interfering in other people's business on falsified grounds of humanitarian intervention and has warned that it is the duty of the globe to respect sovereignty and that the US's falsification of reasons to create violence in other people's countries is going to meet with international force sooner or later. My warning to Cohen is exactly the same as China's is to the USA.

It is time for Nick Cohen and those all too much like clones of him to stop being spoiled children.


References: http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/nick-cohen/2013/04/simon-singh-let-us-praise-a-bloody-minded-hero/

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Point 1169: Nick Cohen should read everything about what happened in Iraq.

Thrust: Since Spectator and Guardian's Nick Cohen (and possibly Polly Toynbee? Blair's biggest p.r. machine after Alistair Campbell, that is) supported 'British' war crimes, they'll need to bone up.


Direction of resistance: Erik Sommer writes in Counterpunch that 'In the Nuremberg trial of the Nazi war criminals at the end of WW II, the prosecution powerfully argued that those journalists who use propaganda to prepare the public to accept war crimes are themselves also guilty of those crimes.'


Removal of resistance: There were no WMDs. The descent of Iraq into a nighmare where between a few 100,000 and a million have died was easy to see coming. Causing it is a fucking war crime.


Unification: As Sommer puts it:

'During the run-up to the Iraq war - an unprovoked war of aggression - many of you endlessly repeated, without proper critique or doubt, the false Bush Administrations claims that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and that this somehow justified military invasion.

By helping to manufacture the consent of the public for that war, and by helping to intimidate opponents of the war, you were complict in sending thousands of young American men and women abroad to kill and be killed; thousands of them died, tens or hundreds of thousands were injured or mentally traumatized, not to mention up to a million Iraqis who died as a result of the war.

'In The Six Months Leading Up To The Invasion,' according to well-known social commentator Bill Moyers, 'the Washington Post would Editorialize In Favor Of The War At Least 27 Times.' Among the dozens of mass media news columists who prepared the public for the war were Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer, who even argued that an invasion of Iraq would bring democracy to the middle east; Post columnist Richard Cohen, who stated that U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell had proved that Iraq 'Still Retains [WMD]. Only A Fool-Or, Possibly, A Frenchman-Could Conclude Otherwise.'; Wall Street Journal vice-president and editorial page editor Paul Gigot, who told the public: 'The 'Coalition Will Find 'Nasty Weapons And The Cheering Iraqis … When It Liberates The Country.'; and Fred Barnes, Fox News contributor, who stated that Iraq has 'weapons of mass destruction, there is a delivery vehicle, and it's called terrorists, it's called al Qaeda.

Of course, there were no weapons of mass destruction or al Qaeda terrorists in Iraq; and the current presence of al Qaeda in Iraq was a *consequence* of the destruction and destabilization resulting from the invasion.'

Shame, shame, shame. What primitive, nasty pieces of work you are, Nick Cohen and friends.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/03/19/why-us-journalists-have-blood-on-their-hands/

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Point 1168: What actions could realistically lead society away from the problems I have been writing about?

Thrust: Chomsky has, amongst others, advocated that when one has a corrupted framework (e.g. a corrupted political and social system - and by social, I include industry and commerce etc) it is necessary to first dismantle and then rebuild from the ground up.


Direction of resistance: Anyone trying to protect a corrupted system will attempt to portray this not only as a wasted effort (since there is, they would assert, nothing to repair) but indeed as some sort of irrational and hateful and destructive aim.


Removal of resistance: At an individual level, in the cases of those who gain through one form of privilege or another over the many who are unprivileged - there is little or no evidence that most human beings in the same situation would not respond to the same inner calls of fear, greed, laziness and desire in the same way as today's privileged.


Unification: So we have to aim very high. We can't alter the future by shooting down too small a part of the framework. Whatever is holding the whole thing up needs to be the object of the prime target of our actions. That target needs to be removal. We have to point at what holds up the whole corrupted structure and just eradicate that support so that the entire structure crashes down and can be rebuilt, finally.

'I' have a thought which 'I' think must be remembered by everyone in every language, of every age and gender, indeed no matter what social constructions 'you' use to label 'yourself', even the word 'you', which differentiates 'you' from 'me' too much and makes 'us' divide into separated ideals, often clashing with each other foolishly, rather than finding the symbiosis which some may feel is more likely to lead to a safer future for everyone involved.

The thought is this: parents want their children to have stuff, when they die they leave their children stuff. When they are alive, they try hard to give stuff to their children, to have stuff so their children can have it - food, shelter, etc and anything else they can or need or want. Humanity together has to look at its future generations like that. Whether we die in nuclear war en masse and only a few survive, whether we are hit by a meteor and a few escape into space, whether the few or many survive, your children or mine, or theirs (the kids of you or I), or whosever, all that really matters is we leave all of them the best resources we can and that whoever it is who survives makes it, with those resources, and furthers the line of humanity as it spreads out into space. Once you see it like that, without taking any sides, without dividing the 'us' up into 'you' and 'me' and 'them' and 'us' - you really can do the best for the human race. The absolute best would certainly involve ending all forms of war immediately and preventing any future loss of anyone's children, yours or mine or theirs or whosever's.


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Point 1167: Are you at war with China?

Thrust: I wrote about events from years ago:

NATO contradicted itself over bombing Chinese journalists.

In 1998, Jared Israel explained in Counterpunch what NATO released to the press about why it killed Chinese civilians in the Chinese Embassy in Serbia.

From the outset NATO claimed to have been trying to hit a different building. Due to apparent inaccuracy they revised their statement several times.

The fact that NATO accounts were contradictory, unreasonable and in many ways unbelievable was not successfully covered up by NATO.

NATO admitted bombing Yugoslav journalists they accused of propaganda and China was sympathetic to Yugoslavia and was defying NATO.


Direction of resistance: That is clearly an act of war against China by NATO. So the question is whether you, if you call yourself a citizen of a 'NATO' country and willingly accept NATO as part of your identity, are happy that you have declared war on China and killed unarmed Chinese people, namely journalists, in order to silence them and show your strength?


Removal of resistance: If not, I'd tell NATO to disband. You can easily do that.


Unification: Do you REALLY want to be at war with China? Not just economic but military war, where you shoot their journalists dead using soldiers and then lie like children about it instead of apologising and changing your ways?

Read about China's economic status and position in the world and its defensibility against NATO before you make up your mind, I suggest.


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Point 1166: NATO contradicted itself over bombing Chinese journalists.

Thrust: In 1998, Jared Israel explained in Counterpunch what NATO released to the press about why it killed Chinese civilians in the Chinese Embassy in Serbia.


Direction of resistance: From the outset NATO claimed to have been trying to hit a different building. Due to apparent inaccuracy they revised their statement several times.


Removal of resistance: The fact that NATO accounts were contradictory, unreasonable and in many ways unbelievable was not successfully covered up by NATO.


Unification: NATO admitted bombing Yugoslav journalists they accused of propaganda and China was sympathetic to Yugoslavia and was defying NATO.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/1998/06/15/how-nato-the-media-misrepresented-the-chinese-embassy-bombing/

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Point 1165: FIRE CHIEF [moving towards the door, then stopping]: Speaking of which - what of the bald soprano? [General silence, embarrassment.]

Thrust: Ionesco's 'La cantatrice chauve' is a short absurd play which demonstrates clearly some of the problems associated with our current mainstream approach to reason and identity.


Direction of resistance: The only mention in the entire play of 'la cantatrice chauve' (translated as 'the bald soprano' or even 'the bald prima donna') is in the line cited in the title of this grid point.


Removal of resistance: The play opens with this line:

MRS. SMITH : There, it's nine o'clock. We've drunk the soup, and eaten the fish and chips, and the English salad. The children have drunk English water. We've eaten well this evening. That's because we live in the suburbs of London and because our name is Smith.


Unification: The play teaches a great deal about the real meaning of what is insane in the world of 'today'.

Ionesco's plays deal with the madness brought on by the rise of corporatism and fascism which today has 'blossomed' into a powerfully all-encompassing 'consumerist' reality for most people.


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Point 1164: The industrial world, in places, does not appear to be interested in a completely open and transparent dialogue between society, corporations, science and state.

Thrust: Jim Goodman writes 'When Genetically Modified (GM) crops were first planted commercially in 1996 they were just another technological innovation that fit well into the trend of larger farms and fewer farmers. Since weed control was a time consuming task, chemicals that killed the weeds without harming the crop struck farmers as a good idea.'


Direction of resistance: Goodman points out 'GM crops have changed agriculture, helping to advance the shift to more industrialized production, higher pesticide use, more land in corn and soy demanding more water and fertilizer, and less profit for farmers to name just a few of the connections that were never imagined when GM crops were commercialized in 1996.'


Removal of resistance: That the European Food Safety Authority appears to be the European Corporate Profits for Frankenfood Producers Safety Authority is a further and deadly ingredient in this recipe for extinction.


Unification: Furthermore: "Contrary to the claims of biotech advocates, humans have indeed been harmed by consuming the output of genetic engineering. In fact, the technology's first ingestible product (a food supplement of the essential amino acid, L-tryptophan) caused dozens of deaths and seriously sickened thousands of people (permanently disabling many of them). Moreover, the evidence points to the genetic alteration as the most likely cause of the unusual contamination that rendered the supplement toxic."

Sustainable Pulse writes 'In an acclaimed new book being launched Wednesday in London, American public interest attorney Steven Druker reveals how the US government and leading scientific institutions have systematically misrepresented the facts about GMOs and the scientific research that casts doubt on their safety.'

They quote the following crucial material from the book:

' - Many well-placed scientists have repeatedly issued misleading statements about GM foods, and so have leading scientific institutions such as the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the UK's Royal Society.

- Consequently, most people are unaware of the risks these foods entail and the manifold problems they have caused.

- Contrary to the claims of biotech advocates, humans have indeed been harmed by consuming the output of genetic engineering. In fact, the technology's first ingestible product (a food supplement of the essential amino acid, L-tryptophan) caused dozens of deaths and seriously sickened thousands of people (permanently disabling many of them). Moreover, the evidence points to the genetic alteration as the most likely cause of the unusual contamination that rendered the supplement toxic.

- Laboratory animals have also suffered from eating products of genetic engineering, and well-conducted tests with GM crops have yielded many troubling results, including intestinal abnormalities, liver disturbances, and impaired immune systems.

- Numerous scientists (including those on the FDA's Biotechnology Task Force) have concluded that the process of creating genetically modified food radically differs from conventional breeding and entails greater risk.

- There has never been a consensus within the scientific community that GM foods are safe, and many eminent experts have issued cautions - as have respected scientific organizations such as the Royal Society of Canada and the Public Health Association of Australia.'

I've met a GP, in Sainsbury's, who proudly said that GMOs are good - ie he's teaching his patients to embrace it - our conversation happened because I expressed sadness that a tasty roast beef sandwich at a low price was not accessible to me on account of how Sainsbury's could not guarantee that the cow involved wasn't fed GMOs. The GP relished it, took the sandwich and bought it and told me he loved it - and preferred to eat GM crops to other food - that's what he said - a fucking GP. It's very sad.

Monsanto has in fact alleged that The World Health Organisation "is corrupt" - in response to attacks on Monsanto's products by that organisation - and the links between at least one of its products and serious damage to human health.

This is the kind of world we live in - where idiots and sales people call themselves scientists and point at real scientists and call us 'corrupt'.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/27/will-gm-crops-collapse-the-food-system/
http://sustainablepulse.com/2015/03/04/jane-goodall-steven-druker-expose-us-government-fraud-gmos/

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Point 1163: The European Food Safety Authority appears to be the European Corporate Profits for Frankenfood Producers Safety Authority.

Thrust: In 2015 I discovered: The insertion of a novel gene into an organism is dangerous.

The University of Minnesota's School of Public Health website says that "all genetically modified foods that have been approved are considered by the government to be as safe as their traditional counterparts and are generally unregulated".

The site points out that "there are several types of potential health effects that could result from the insertion of a novel gene into an organism. Health effects of primary concern to safety assessors are production of new allergens, increased toxicity, decreased nutrition, and antibiotic resistance (Bernstein et al., 2003)".

A leading supermarket website says "Whilst the latest scientific research and current Government advice is that GM ingredients do not present any risks to human health, we acknowledge the concerns of our customers and do not permit the use of GM crops, ingredients, additives or derivatives in any [NAME]'s own label food, drink, pet food, dietary supplements or floral products, this remains the case".

The industrial world, in places, does not appear to be interested in a completely open and transparent dialogue between society, corporations, science and state regarding the ever more widely understood dangers of "the insertion of a novel gene into an organism".


Direction of resistance: GeneWatch UK recently wrote 'GM crops enter Europe mainly for use in animal feed, following an EU approvals process. Most UK supermarkets, except Waitrose, have back-tracked from commitments to avoid the use of GM animal feed (6). Meat, milk and eggs produced using GM feed are not labelled.'


Removal of resistance: MailOnline writes that the rejection of an 'application by Upper Austria to be declared a GM-free zone for all existing and planned GM crops or animals' by the EU watchdog known as the European Food Safety Authority, 'sets a precedent across Europe'.


Unification: This makes it all the more urgent that the ruling be legally overturned and corporate frankenfood monsters chased out of 'Upper Austria'.

With reference to corruption and corporate subservience on the part of EFSA in a different incident, Counterpunch writes 'The sedaxane saga illustrates that the standards applying on both sides of the Atlantic are already too low. Any attempt to lower them further must, therefore, be resisted.'


References: http://www.genewatch.org/article.shtml?als[cid]=568547&als[itemid]=575242
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-187781/New-watchdog-bans-EU-GM-free.html
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/01/21/a-farcical-approach-to-food-safety/

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Point 1162: The insertion of a novel gene into an organism is dangerous.

Thrust: The University of Minnesota's School of Public Health website says that "all genetically modified foods that have been approved are considered by the government to be as safe as their traditional counterparts and are generally unregulated".


Direction of resistance: The site points out that "there are several types of potential health effects that could result from the insertion of a novel gene into an organism. Health effects of primary concern to safety assessors are production of new allergens, increased toxicity, decreased nutrition, and antibiotic resistance (Bernstein et al., 2003)".


Removal of resistance: A leading supermarket website says "Whilst the latest scientific research and current Government advice is that GM ingredients do not present any risks to human health, we acknowledge the concerns of our customers and do not permit the use of GM crops, ingredients, additives or derivatives in any [NAME]'s own label food, drink, pet food, dietary supplements or floral products, this remains the case".


Unification: The industrial world, in places, does not appear to be interested in a completely open and transparent dialogue between society, corporations, science and state regarding the ever more widely understood dangers of "the insertion of a novel gene into an organism".


References: http://enhs.umn.edu/current/5103/gm/harmful.html

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Point 1161: Ending violence in the USA.

Thrust: Rob Urie writes 'Without disarming the police and changing their role from militarized guardians of ruling class interests to servants of all of the public it is difficult to see how opposing violence without opposing the existing role of the police is politically coherent?'


Direction of resistance: Urie shows us, amongst other things, a photo in which 'An NYPD motorcycle cop gratuitously rides his motorcycle over the leg of an NLG (National Lawyers Guild) legal observer at an Occupy Wall Street demonstration.'


Removal of resistance: In another photo shown, 'The NYPD applies an illegal choke hold in the murder of Eric Garner. The allegation against Mr. Garner was that he was selling 'loosey' cigarettes, individual cigarettes on which applicable taxes were not paid.'


Unification: Check out Urie's article via the link in the references below.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/26/police-violence-and-violence-against-the-police/

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Point 1160: The belief in the existence of 'race' is a delusion and shows the failure to distinguish nonsense from reality.

Thrust: Elliot Sperber writes 'Meaningfully dismantling racism, then, not to mention inequality and poverty, requires dismantling not the police so much as it requires dismantling property relations. This, in turn, requires dismantling property as such - not the concrete objects that are presently regarded as property so much as the very concept of property - and what this implies, the right to dominate in the first place.'


Direction of resistance: Indeed race is itself theft and fantasy.


Removal of resistance: Race is a social construct, it does not really exist, and it is constructed through and for the protection of property.


Unification: The nation state is an extension of property and is also a primary mechanism for the perpetuation of the myth of race and the ensuing 'racism' the belief in such nonsense brings about.

The belief in the existence of "race" is incredibly laughable and shallow.

Alan Goodman writes that "As an explanation for human variation, race is a tautology. It would be a shame to use the 18th century hammer of race when we have more useful tools: computers, multivariate statistics, and mounds of genetic data. This advance is significant because a more fine- grained analysis of human variation helps medicine and other efforts to understand human variation and can get at the actual cause of the variation."

Indeed, asking the question "where did white people come from", Gary Leupp finds that "until a few years ago most supposed that the appearance of white skin had occurred much earlier. The European gene pool with its light complexion was supposed to have decisively "split off" from the (also light-skinned) East Asian gene pool by around 50,000 years ago, after which homo sapiens first appeared in Europe, then in China.

But this timeline may need to be adjusted. It now looks like European whiteness may have appeared much more recently. Maybe there were no "white people" in Europe as recently as 7000 years ago, during the lifetime of the blue-eyed hunter-gatherer, whom the Guardian article calls "swarthy."".

Of course consumer-journalists such as the bulk of the Guardian's writers and editors will clearly be too proud and afraid to face the truth and stop trying to paint over it with public relations and words like "swarthy" (to try and maintain the idea of a separate "race" for themselves, considering their ancestors to be akin to "white people" with suntans, rather than just what they were - the same as all 'black', 'asian' and other people of the world, related as we all are).

I have added (to this pile of great new pathways science is taking), this question (and my answer)... "Why stop at deconstructing 'race'? All life is a family.

Multicellular life came from one specific unicellular life form which 'acquired' a nucleus.

Bison, daisies, all people who have ever existed and all those who ever will, even everything you eat, and even some of your ornaments (flowers, plants) are all a 'descendant' of that unicellular life form.

Backwards from multicellular, to unicellular, back to the source, to radiation, the sun: it is all still "life" and "energy".

All energy in the universe is clearly a single "life form" and we have to see our physical form in the context of that."


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/11/property-is-racist/

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Point 1159: The crimes of the past cannot be forgotten, continued or repeated.

Thrust: Andre Vltchek writes 'It is a deadly, shameful obsession; partially based on a desperate desire to maintain the belief that the West is not finished, yet, and that to a great extent it is still superior to the rest of the world. Europe is portrayed as 'unique', as different to the United States, as something that is worth admiring - or at least its past and its essence. It is never propounded or defined like that, of course, but this belief (and yes, it really resembles a religious faith) indirectly points out that it is quite legitimate that the West (or at least a big part of the West) continues its rule over our planet. It is obvious that many men and women from the Left, living in North America, actually believe in Western 'Exceptionalism'; not that of the United States, but that of Europe.'


Direction of resistance: Naturally if you are an 'outsider' living in the west the jarring disparity between the perceived exceptionalism and the widespread mediocrity cannot escape you.


Removal of resistance: Indeed for those who are not 'technically' outsiders, but who are also outsiders, whether artists like Hunter S Thompson or Eugène Ionesco or whether you are some Tony Benn or Alex Cockburn or Noam Chomsky or M.G. Piety - the horror is no doubt 'worse' in many ways.


Unification: There is no refuge. The thirst among such women and men for change is ever-present. It is an inherent part of one's own identity, or perceived identity, that one wishes to change.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/12/are-europes-horrid-crimes-forgiven/

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Point 1158: Some rear-guard action from frackers on the run.

Thrust: Paul A. Passavant writes 'A mixture of emotions is running through the Finger Lakes region of New York in the wake of Governor Cuomo's announcement on Wednesday, December 17 to ban hydraulic fracturing ('fracking') in the state. Residents are relieved to be protected from the health risks and environmental damage produced from fracking. Nevertheless, they are continuing their struggle to oppose the Texas-based Crestwood corporation's project to store volatile gases extracted from other states, such as Pennsylvania, in salt caverns along the shores of Seneca Lake, which provides drinking water for approximately 100,000 people.'


Direction of resistance: Passavant warns of 'the corruption of the Schuyler County legal system that has cast off impartiality in its determination to defeat the growing uprising against the Texas-based Crestwood corporation'.


Removal of resistance: It seems to me that fracking is a bit like part two of Tony Blair's famous WMD scare. Part three is close on its heels: genetically engineered 'food'.


Unification: Think about your kids. Shape the world to be their world, not that of corporate overlords.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/26/a-report-from-the-frontlines-in-the-war-against-fracking/

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Point 1157: The Israel debate.

Thrust: Salon reports 'The Times of Israel is under fire on Friday after publishing a blog post titled 'When Genocide Is Permissible.' The post, written by Yochanon Gordon, was quickly removed from the Times' website, but cached and screen-captured versions of the piece quickly proliferated on social media.'

The racist blogger wrote: 'Hamas has stated forthrightly that it idealizes death as much as Israel celebrates life. What other way then is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely?'

Finally this 'Israeli' then declares 'If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?'.'


Direction of resistance: To wonder If the Israeli state is guilty of war crimes visit third protocol point 4.


Removal of resistance: That point only covers a few items from the material about Israel on this grid, so browse and read more deeply for more of a picture.


Unification: I know what future generations will say about me. Have you thought, properly, truthfully, about what future generations will say about you?


References: https://www.salon.com/2014/08/01/genocide_is_permissible_according_to_insane_times_of_israel_op_ed/

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Point 1156: Corporations treat all their workers as subhuman every day.

Thrust: In turn, these workers treat everyone else as subhuman.


Direction of resistance: This is all very fucked up.


Removal of resistance: We must dismantle ALL corporations.


Unification: Now.


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Point 1155: September 17, 2012 was the one-year anniversary of the Occupy movement, and sadly enough it was a sentimental fare illustrating not only the good intentions but also the enormous limitations of the movement.

Thrust: Gilbert Mercier writes in Counterpunch that 'ultimately, what made the non-violent message of Jesus so powerful was his own sacrifice in the extremely violent act of the crucifixion. Martyrdom is what gave Christianity its political power, and how it eventually sapped the Roman empire.'


Direction of resistance: Non violence needs much more embracing. The films and tv which glorify it and make impressionable people find it 'cool' and use it and think it some superiority, some 'classy' thing - need to go.


Removal of resistance: Nonetheless, if Chomsky is right that stopping a child running into the street by force, to save them, is legitimate force, then why rule out the idea that Occupy is entitled to use legitimate force? And what could such force be, in the face of lawless violence levelled at them unimpeachably? Mercier argues 'Hedges, in particular, quickly made it his business to tell Occupiers what to do and think. Occupy was always a patchwork of different ideologies, from peace movement activists to neo-Marxists and Anarchists. By calling anarchists the 'cancer of Occupy', Hedges drove a wedge in the movement and did the bidding of the Obama administration. His action to drive the Black Bloc out of Occupy completely emasculated the movement in North-America.'

Chomsky and Naomi Klein he finds guilty also, of this.

Mercier goes on 'A great fear of the police state repression apparatus is a key ingredient in this. Sadly enough, I would say that, as opposed to the lofty non-violent credos, this fear is actually the main deterrent against Occupiers fighting back.'

And he adds 'It is time for Occupiers and Indignados worldwide to fight fear, and discover their backbones to become united in this global revolution. It is time to harvest the power of the mob, the power of the 99 percent. Revolutions have villains, heroes, martyrs and footnotes'.

If this is all so and true, then remember that there are many many ranks in the mechanisms of the military industrial complex. Financial war is in fact the main battlefield and the way everyone, from Trayvon Martin or Palestinians to you in Camden in your office job - are all contained and when required exterminated.

Guns and fists aren't by any means a 'powerful' or 'mighty' show of force.


Unification: Seven years on from September 17th 2011, perhaps a new effort needs to be made to help the state overthrow corporate power before its too late.

An Occupy movement worth its name would exist everywhere, in homes all over the planet, and start with escaping from hyperconsumerism. As the poet Sting sings: (people) go crazy in congregations, they only get better one by one.


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Point 1154: 'It is just a terrible joke, a nightmare, and an insult to the very essence of humanity.'

Thrust: Andre Vltchek writes 'Those who are now pushing the world to an irreversible disaster are clearly identifiable: they are market fundamentalists, conservative Christian dogmatists who believe in the superiority of their doctrine and of the ‘chosen nature’ of the Western people and culture, as well as the millions of their lackeys and minor cohorts: thousands of CEO's and deranged 'military strategists'.

If they are allowed to choose: to destroy the world or to lose control over it, they would opt for destruction. And they would have no regrets in ending billions of human lives, because their 'logic' and 'morality' have foundations in some bizarre and hazy 'holy righteous' dogmas, and because, during the long and dark centuries, they managed to cultivate countless arguments, designed to justify their lunacy.

The only circumstance, under which they would let the rest of us survive and exist, would be, if we were to become their unconditional slaves; not just servants, but slaves.'


Direction of resistance: Vltchek warns 'They want to rule over us and simultaneously they demand to be feared, admired and adored. Yes, the control, the submission, has to be total. And all those servile, shameful feelings we are expected to demonstrate have to be absolute, 'pure' and unconditional.'


Removal of resistance: On the banality, Vltchek teaches us 'In most of countries, medicine is nothing more than a well-remunerated business, while almost all pharmaceutical companies are busy plundering rainforests and registering their patents, instead of curing people.

Great science died, after being locked behind the doors of predominantly corporate laboratories or private universities and research centers. The best scientific brains are working for the military, or they are busy developing ‘products’ for markets, instead of advancing humanity.

The Arts, once the vanguard of human thought and progress, has been reduced to entertainment, into mainly indistinguishable mass of pop, as soulless and brainless, as the supermarkets or shopping malls. Instead of leading people to the barricades, instead of making them aim at something higher, artists have been reduced to the level of cheap entertainers.'


Unification: Rachel Corrie knew the truth of it when Vltchek says 'one truly lives only when he or she is upright, when marching forward and aiming at a better world, when keeping promises and pledges'.


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Point 1153: Revolution starts with yourself. It is an interior battle. If you cannot conquer yourself, you are already conquered by anyone who can. Give up or conquer yourself. There is no one else to beat.

Thrust: 1. The problem is a corrupt society.

2. Most people in it are mentally behind what they could be.

3. Most people in it are a mess and are ethically tampered with.


Direction of resistance: therefore

A. You cannot just overthrow power, give it arbitrarily to a large consensus, and expect anything different. You will see the same shit again and it is a pointless change.

B. No matter what you want in life, the most obvious thing to do is to stop being corrupted yourself - mental laziness must be fought first, then your desires and habits. You point at corporations gladly, or whoever, but you buy what they sell, you respond to their ads, you let yourself be controlled and though it's not your fault, it's up to YOU to fix it.

C. If we do not address the problem in a way which is checked in advanced (planned, precisely) for its integrity - then you will suffer even more, not less, and you will increase global suffering more, you won't fight it.


Removal of resistance: fortunately

Appendix I: It's okay, it's much easier to fix all this than you now think. In fact all you can ever control is your own integrity. But that is really all which needs controlling. When you do it, others who see you will include a minority who are inspired to do the same, and it knocks on from there. Always will. So it is true to say that if YOU have 100% integrity from now on, before long you'll have impacted a hell of a lot of people worldwide just by being yourself.


Unification: Some sources from whom you can read/watch more about this sort of thing include, I feel: Counterpunch, Chomsky, Idries Shah, Vltchek, MASH 4077, Catch 22.


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Point 1152: 'The world's leading liberal voice, since 1821'????????

Thrust: On its Facebook page the Guardian describes itself like this: 'The world's leading liberal voice, since 1821'.


Direction of resistance: Leading the way in humility.


Removal of resistance: And precision.


Unification: Such leadership.


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Point 1151: Boris Johnson, Norman Tebbit, Nigel Farage and characters like that should be consigned Wodehouse novels and not exist as real characters in political affairs in this day and age.

Thrust: The people of Britain, 'even' UKIP voters, need to take a good look at advanced societies such as a great deal of Chinese society and other people around the world.


Direction of resistance: They need to understand what modern humanity in the 21st century looks like.


Removal of resistance: Then they need to take a good look at Boris Johnson, Norman Tebbit, Nigel Farage and characters like that and consign them to Wodehouse novels.


Unification: We don't want to be the joke of humanity. Put the jokes in the books and make the real world sensible and intelligent.


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Point 1150: Nuclear arms vs doctors and nurses.

Thrust: Stop The War reports that 'Defence Secretary Michael Fallon casually announced that the Government was to spend an additional quarter of a billion pounds on nuclear weapons this year' whilst government cuts to the NHS (and attempts to sell it to industry) meant that 'In the week from 15 to 21 December 2014, emergency departments in England slumped to the worst waiting times since 2004. Just 83.1 per cent of patients were seen within four hours.'


Direction of resistance: Is the government mad?


Removal of resistance: Or is it incredibly greedy and stupid?


Unification: It's one or more of those three things. No sane, intelligent, decent government would behave like that.


References: http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/news/tony-blair-watch/1044-iraq-here-s-the-answer-to-tony-blair-s-insatiable-war-lust

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Point 1149: Racism and humour.

Thrust: Shailja Patel writes 'AIDS jokes are funny if you've never loved someone who died of AIDS. If you live in a bubble that allows you not to know that millions of Africans died, thousands of gay men died, of criminal state indifference and denialism. Because they were, after all, only blacks and queers. Comedy material, not lives worth grieving.

Ebola cartoons are funny. Unless your partner is a public health doctor, forced to choose every day between treating patients without protective clothing or abandoning them to save her own life.

Cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed naked, on all fours, anus presented as target, are anti-clerical snigger fodder. Unless you and half the men and boys and boy children and baby boys you know and love are named Mohammed.

Unless you and your brothers, cousins, fathers, sons, friends are at daily risk of random causeless stop-and-frisks, patdown-gropes, strip-searches, cavity-searches inside Enlightened Fortress Europe. Because they can.'


Direction of resistance: This is something the Guardian/Observer's owners must think about, with reference to their own attitude to Charlie Hebdo.


Removal of resistance: It doesn't do to be a neo-nazi - no matter how polite you are about it and how clean the luxury world you may use to hide the reality of the world from yourself.


Unification: I guess it's a question of learning.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/16/rape-cartoons-are-a-riot-arent-they/

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Point 1148: I strongly believe that a fighter can win only while he is deeply, madly in love; never only because he hates!

Thrust: Andre Vltchek writes 'Now Argentina is free, but in so many other parts of the world, little girls, Asian girls, Palestinian girls, African girls, Haitian girls, defenseless, gentle, stargazing young women, are suffering from a terrible fate, not unlike that which Anne Frank suffered in Europe, or others suffered in Argentina, Chile or Paraguay.

I saw them; I saw these girls, these women. I often wake up in the middle of the night, and I hear them screaming.

It is my duty, our duty to protect them, to fight for them.

It is our duty to defeat fascism.'


Direction of resistance: Vltchek warns us 'the world appears to be facing yet another calamity, another great onslaught of fascism, this time conducted by the increasingly mad and brutal leaders of the Empire'.


Removal of resistance: It's up to us to listen to what he says.


Unification: To listen to what the truth says, which we all can know with or without Vltchek, if we let go of a few artifices.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/16/art-has-the-fight-for-justice/

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Point 1147: China is not amused by Europe's 'extremist thinking'.

Thrust: Xinhua writes 'A civilized society should show inclusiveness, respect differences in culture and ideologies and know how to mediate societal gaps. And any civilization which tries to deal with cultural differences with defiance and confrontation can not find peace and security it seeks in the first place.

The Western world should reflect on its own ideologies and approaches instead of persisting in executing its confrontational and exclusive approaches when communicating with other civilisations'.


Direction of resistance: Referring to the infamous 'Charlie Hebdo' and their latest absurd cartoon involving Mohammed, China's mainstream says 'This is another defiant move by the satirical magazine, and also another reflection of bigotry and arrogance of on the part of the Western culture.'


Removal of resistance: This question is asked by China's populist voice: 'Someone in the West upholds standards for civilization which are recognized by themselves only in the style of religious zealots. Isn't this another form of 'extremist thinking'?'


Unification: It is asserted by China's cited analyst that 'it is a common belief of many that the magazine has blasphemed others' religious belief and stepped over the boundaries of freedom of expression'.


References: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/europe/europe/2015-01/17/c_133925820.htm

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Point 1146: The first a priori of the enlightened person or society.

Thrust: A decent modern intelligent and 'civilised' society would never take as an a priori that it is 100% right and that any other system, 'culture', approach, way of living (etc) in the world must, where different, change to be the same as the subject.


Direction of resistance: No.


Removal of resistance: And yet the USA certainly openly visibly and fully takes that a priori.


Unification: I was working my way through the second chapter of Necessary Illusions when it occurred to me that I should write this particular thought down. I will substantiate it later but of course it is fully substantiated on my grid and indeed in the second chapter (and other chapters) of Necessary Illusions (by Noam Chomsky, MIT). Chapter two of that book is called 'Containing the enemy', which should tell more intelligent readers roughly why it led me to the utterance above.


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Point 1145: The 'allied forces' and their hired goon Klaus Barbie and his job to remove the anti-fascist resistance in France.

Thrust: Chomsky points out: 'recruiting Nazi war criminals and saving them is bad enough, but imitating their activities is worse. So the first chapter would primarily describe US-and some British-operations throughout the world that aimed to destroy the anti-fascist resistance and restore the traditional, essentially fascist, order to power'.


Direction of resistance: The way the mainstream sells this sin is by labelling those they hired the Nazi to kill with the word 'communist'.


Removal of resistance: Not only is this a generalisation and no doubt inaccurate far too often for it to even be the right word, it is by no means a genuine justification (as if any exists) for nazism.


Unification: In fact as Necessary Illusions will help you discover (if you take the time to read it) the emotionally potent oversimplification, calling things 'communist', is used to stop you bothering to find out facts, rather than to give you any.


References: http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Chomsky/ChomskyOdonian_Nazis.html

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Point 1144: USA is turning into the world's prison country.

Thrust: China's Information Office of the State Council reports 'The United States has always called itself 'land of freedom,' but the number of inmates in the country is the world's largest. According to a report released by the Pew Center on the States' Public Safety Performance Project in 2008, one in every 100 adults in the U.S. are in jail and the figure was one in every 400 in 1970. By 2011, America will have more than 1.7 million men and women in prison, an increase of 13 percent over that of 2006. The sharp increase will lead to overcrowding prisons. California prisons now hold 164,000 inmates, double their intended capacity (The Wall Street Journal, December 1, 2010). In a New Beginnings facility for the worst juvenile offenders in Washington DC, only 60 beds are for 550 youths who in 2009 were charged with the most violent crimes. Many of them would violate the laws again without proper care or be subject to violent crimes (The Washington Post, August 28, 2010). Due to poor management and conditions, unrest frequently occurred in prisons. According to a report on Chicago Tribune on July 18, 2010, more than 20 former Cook County inmates filed suit saying they were handcuffed or shackled during labor while in the custody, leaving serious physical and psychological damage. On October 19, 2010, at least 129 inmates took part in a riot at Calipatria State Prison, leaving two dead and a dozen injured (China Press, October 20, 2010). In November, AP released a video showing an inmate, being beaten by a fellow inmate in an Idaho prison, managed to plead for help through a prison guard station window but officers looked on and no one intervened until he was knocked unconscious. The prison was dubbed 'gladiator school' (China Press, December 2, 2010)'.


Direction of resistance: The USA is exporting this prison culture worldwide, directly and indirectly.


Removal of resistance: These values are not the kind of values human society wants.


Unification: The people of the USA have to sort their corporate state rulers out, and we all have to help them, first and foremost.


References: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-04/10/c_13822287_3.htm

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Point 1143: USA commits mass abuses of women and children every single day, according to China's government.

Thrust: China's Information Office of the State Council reports 'Gender discrimination against women widely exists in the United States. According to a report released on August 11, 2010 by the Daily Mail, 90 percent of women have suffered some form of sexual discrimination in the workplace. Just 3 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. A report by the American Association of University Women released on March 22, 2010 showed that women earned only 21 percent of doctorate degrees in computer science, around one-third of the doctorates in earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences, chemistry, and math. Women doing the same work as men often get less payment in the United States. According to a report on September 17, 2010 by the Washington Post, in nearly 50 years, the wage gap has narrowed by only 18 cents. The census report released on September 16, 2010 showed that working women are paid only 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. The New York Times reported on April 26, 2010 that Wal-Mart was accused of systematically paying women less than men, giving them smaller raises and offering women fewer opportunities for promotion in the biggest employment discrimination case in the nation's history. The plaintiffs stressed that while 65 percent of Wal-Mart's hourly employees were women, only 33 percent of the company's managers were'.


Direction of resistance: Also that 'Women in the United States often experience sexual assault and violence. Statistics released in October 2010 by the National Institute of Justice show that some 20 million women are rape victims in the country'.

Also that 'About 60,000 female prisoners fall victims to sexual assault or violence every year. Some one fifth female students on campus are victims of sexual assault, and 60 percent of campus rape cases occurred in female students' dorms'.


Removal of resistance: They point out 'According to the Human Rights Watch report released in August last year, 50 detainees in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers have been alleged victims of sexual assault since 2003. Most of these victims were women, and some of the alleged assailants, including prison guards, were not prosecuted'.

And that 'Women are also victims of domestic violence. In the United States, some 1.3 million people fall victim to domestic violence every year, and women account for 92 percent. One in four women is a victim of domestic violence at some point during her life, and the violence kills three women each day in the United States by a current or former intimate partner'.

And that 'Women's health rights are not properly protected in the United States. According to the Amnesty International, more than two women die every day in the United States from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. African-American women are nearly four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women in the past 20 years. Native American and Alaska Native women are 3.6 times, African-American women 2.6 times and Latina women 2.5 times more likely than white women to receive no or late pre-natal care'.


Unification: China is concerned about the children in the USA and says 'Violence against children is very severe. Figures from the official website of Love Our Children USA show that every year over 3 million children are victims of violence reportedly and the actual number is 3 times greater. Almost 1.8 million are abducted and nearly 600,000 children live in foster care. Every day one out of seven kids and teens are approached online by predators, and one out of four kids are bullied and 43 percent of teens and 97 percent of middle schoolers are cyberbullied. Nine out of 10 LGBT students experienced harassment at school. As many as 160,000 students stay home on any given day because they' re afraid of being bullied'.


References: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-04/10/c_13822287_10.htm
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Point 1142: China attacks USA's racism.

Thrust: According to China's Information Office of the State Council, 'Poverty proportion for minorities is also high in the United States. The U.S. Census Bureau announced in September, 2010 that the poverty proportion of the black was 25.8 percent in 2009, and those of Hispanic origin and Asian were 25.3 percent and 12.5 percent respectively, much higher than that of the non-Hispanic white at 9.4 percent. The median household income for the black, Hispanic origin and non-Hispanic white were 32,584, 38,039 and 54,461 U.S. dollars respectively'.


Direction of resistance: They also point out that 'The U.S. minority groups face obvious inequality in education. A latest report released by America's Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University showed that 81 percent of white, 64 percent of Hispanic, and 62 percent of African-American students graduated from high schools in 2008 (The World Journal, December 2, 2010). As of 2008, among white men aged 55 to 64, the college completion rate was 43 percent, while 19 percent of Hispanics. Among white men aged 25 to 34, the completion rate was 39 percent, compared with 14 percent of Hispanics '.

And that 'The health care for African-American people is worrisome. Studies showed that nearly a third of ethnic minority families in the United States did not have health insurance. Life expectancy was lower and infant mortality higher than average'.

And that 'Mortality of African American children was two to three times higher than that of their white counterparts. African American children represented 71 percent of all pediatric HIV/AIDS cases. African American women and men were 17 times and 7 times, respectively, more likely to contract HIV/AIDS than white people, and twice more likely to develop cancer'.


Removal of resistance: They are horrified that 'Racial discrimination is evident in the law enforcement and judicial systems. The New York Times reported on May 13, 2010, that in 2009, African Americans and Latinos were 9 times more likely to be stopped by the police to receive stop-and-frisk searches than white people. Overall, 41 percent of the prison population was estimated to be African American. The rate of African Americans serving a life sentence was more than 10 times higher than that of whites. Males of African descent who dropped out of school had a 66 percent chance of ending up in jail or being processed by the criminal justice system'.


Unification: China's opinion on US racism is loud and clear. Wake up and listen. Most of the world does not appreciate the insane belief by the US corporate state body and its colonies in Europe that they have 'moral high ground'. We are dealing with some of the most immoral groups of people in all human history, at this time. And that is clearly China's view, and it's important that we all understand what that means for the future.


References: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-04/10/c_13822287_7.htm

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Point 1141: Churchill tortured Obama's grandfather.

Thrust: Michael Dickinson writes 'Suspected Mau Mau insurgents were subject to electric shock, whippings, burning and mutilation in order to crush the local drive for independence. Obama's grandfather was imprisoned without trial for two years and tortured for resisting Churchill's empire. He never truly recovered from the ordeal.'


Direction of resistance: He explains 'Hussein Onyango Obama, was one of 150,000 rebellious Kikuyu 'blackamoors' forced into detention camps during Churchill's postwar premiership, when the British governnment began its brutal campaign to suppress the alleged 'Mau Mau' uprising in Kenya, in order to protect the privileges of the white settler population at the expense of the indigenous people. About 11,000 Kenyans were killed and 81,000 detained during the British government's campaign to protect its imperialist heritage.'


Removal of resistance: This is the legacy of people like Winston Churchill.


Unification: Why the **** is he on our money? FFS. Such cognitive dissonance. Such lack of civilisation.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/28/winston-churchill-the-imperial-monster/

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Point 1140: Israel as the death of everybody's children? Could it be so?

Thrust: John Chuckman writes 'George Bush told us today's terrorists hate our freedom and democratic values, but like virtually every utterance of George Bush, that one was fatuous, explaining nothing. Nevertheless, his is the explanation pounded into public consciousness because governments and the corporate press never stop repeating versions of it, the Charlie Hebdo affair and its theatrical posturing over free speech being only the latest. Theatrical? Yes, when we know perfectly well that most of those who marched at the front of the parade in Paris are anything but friends of free speech.'


Direction of resistance: He warns you: 'Our press assiduously avoids much of the world's horrors as it focuses on 'Islamic extremism,' and politics are the only explanation for the bias. The press theme of Islamic terror and indeed real incidents of terror grow from a reality always taken for granted, never debated, and certainly never criticised: the elephant in the room, as it were, is Israel's illegal and agonizingly long occupation of the Palestinians.'


Removal of resistance: He doesn't need to warn me.


Unification: I already know. But do you?


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/27/the-origin-of-modern-terror-and-crumbling-western-values/

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Point 1139: At the University of North Dakota, one-third of male college students surveyed asserted that they would rape a woman if they would face no repercussions.

Thrust: Sara Phillips and others write 'We begin by recognizing that violence against women is rampant in our society, and that the narratives justifying it are structured by the idea that men are naturally more aggressive, more intelligent, and lead more important lives than women.

Men are told to be aggressive and talk more; women are told to be submissive and talk less. Men are trained to take up lots of space and be proud of everything they do; women are trained to feel guilty and apologize for taking what they need. The violation of women’s physical and emotional boundaries is the inevitable result of such social conditioning, and leads to the everyday practices that make rape and sexual assault commonplace.

The proportion of the violence is astounding. In a study recently conducted at the University of North Dakota, one-third of male college students surveyed asserted that they would rape a woman if they would face no repercussions.'


Direction of resistance: The writers want more 'community accountability'.


Removal of resistance: I'm sure there must be, whether it is concealed by corporate lobbies or not, an overwhelming majority who want to see these changes immediately.


Unification: There can be no higher priority for a Prime Minister in our times and at least Corbyn wants to do something about it - he may have to get past a lot of corporate-owned consumer 'feminists' (fake feminists) to get there, but he has the will and the drive.

Nonetheless, Labour remains firmly owned by corporations and Corbyn will have a tough time doing anything he wants to at all - he may only end up doing a few beneficial things in the areas of worker rights - that may be the most he'll 'get away with' - and not much either - no real attempt by the state to be in control of corporate ethics, rather than vice versa.

If we want Corbyn to do these things we have to stand right next to him, we have to go down and do the democratic thing - protest, lobby, petition, develop organisations which are parallel to the state's and work with them - we have to help him - he comes down to protests and it has to go both ways, we have to go to the front line where he fights and fight with him, at his side, against so many Labour stooges, Tory goons, UKIP eejuts, the DUP, all of these fools, this shower of corporate-owned mindless dinosaurs, young and old.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/23/77397/

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Point 1138: Facebook makes millions of people think professional journalism is about public relations and graphic design.

Thrust: Facebook is where not just one or a handful of individuals (with their little work forces) enforces the cultural models of 'the western world' - but where MILLIONS of people from 'every side' of 'political spectrums' enforce that regulation firmly, demeaning and atomising themselves and absolutely worshipping the 'western cultural model' of information dissemination, of what is deemed 'professional'.


Direction of resistance: In other words millions of nobodies gleefully, like smurfs, whether left or right wing, rich or poor, classist, anti classist, feminist, sexist, racist, anti-racist or whatever - leap onto the idea that if they can do up a front end which looks as 'professional' as 'the mainstream' - then whatever they output really is 'professional'.


Removal of resistance: The art of exhaustive rational analysis is lost. I know certainly. I practise it in painful detail. The general response of the 'new media' posses is to see the very idea of spending so much time on words and analysis to be a mark of stupidity.


Unification: Their soundbite ways are a tragedy and anyone with a mind can see that.


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Point 1137: Truth and lies about Gaddafi the anti-imperialist.

Thrust: Fawzia Afzal-Khan wrote 'Citizens had access to free health care and education and indeed, from having only one-fifth of its citizens able to read and write before he took power in 1969, at the time of his death, Gaddafi's policies could boast an 83% literacy rate. His government also handed out 50,000$ to every couple on their marriage to help them secure a home, and bank loans accumulated no interest'.


Direction of resistance: She writes 'So what do all these conflicting accounts add up to? What is the truth? Third world anti-imperialist hero and women's libber, or rabidly repressive tyrant with a rapacious lust for women?'


Removal of resistance: She concludes 'Yes, he died in a manner unbefitting a hero, but then, he had ceased being that to many in his country. But to others, both within Libya and elsewhere, he encapsulated the image of the resistance fighter, lobbing ill-advised and even insane comments and braggadocio at his militarily superior enemies, someone who some of the time at least, spoke truth to power. And perhaps for that, he paid the price.'


Unification: Alas for Gaddafi.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/10/24/muammar-gaddafi-in-memoriam/

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Point 1136: Blair allies himself to rampant sexist subjugation and abuse of women.

Thrust: Tony Blair labelled Saudi King Abdullah a champion of women's rights.


Direction of resistance: The Guardian has in fact labelled Blair a 'mystic'.


Removal of resistance: These are worrying facts.


Unification: There is a level of dishonesty in the world today which seems to have exceeded all the follies of the past - we are on the brink of seeing all of past human progress thrown away forever. It's time for people like Blair, the Guardian, etc - to start being honest. Without intellectual honesty, without a serious drive towards maximising it, the human race is particularly doomed.


References: http://www.stopwar.org.uk/[..]-says-tony-blair

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Point 1135: Handing 30% of Europe's arable land over to GMO monster companies.

Thrust: Frederic Mousseau writes 'The stakes around Ukraine's vast agricultural sector - the world's third-largest exporter of corn and fifth-largest exporter of wheat - could not be higher. Ukraine is known for its ample fields of rich black soil, and the country boasts more than 32 million hectares of fertile, arable land - the equivalent of one-third of the entire arable land in the European Union.'


Direction of resistance: You'd think that the Guardian would be standing up to speak out against this.


Removal of resistance: But they are not. They are so patriotic and zealous and anti-Russian that they are not bothering to tell you what Monsanto and others are going to do to that 30% of Europe's arable land.


Unification: Once it is destroyed, it's destroyed - you are unlikely to get it back Europe. If you value your children's future and the food they will need to eat - do something. Stand up to the corporations, idiots.


References: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/CEN-02-280115.html

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Point 1134: The dishonesty of estate agents demonstrated rather shockingly.

Thrust: I saw a property on Zoopla which I felt may be a good quality item - it's often hard to tell these days - agents seem to push a lot of properties which have very bad smells and according to shelter over 30% of privated rented accommodation in Britain is not fit for human habitation.


Direction of resistance: So this agency I went into - having seen a property I wanted them to show me, assigned some young naive girl to sit down and take my details and make an appointment for me to view stuff - when she asked me what my requirements were I told her forthrightly that it has to have an immaculate inside with no smells. I explained to her how many various agents had over time shown me flats which are unfit for humans, where smells from damp primarily are easy to detect.

She tried to claim this wasn't true - she said that some people are sensitive to smells but not most people - and that the properties in question are all okay (which contradicts what Shelter claims about the situation as well as the experiences of millions of tenants).


Removal of resistance: I told her that this was not so and that I could cite many many examples of agents who had shown me genuinely unfit properties. She then said I was insulting her industry and wasn't sure she wanted to show me any properties. But she decided to give me a 2pm appointment anyway.


Unification: Then when I had left her manager rang and told me that I had made her uncomfortable and that they didn't want to show me any properties.

This is how they react if you forthrightly insist they only show you properties which Shelter would consider fit for habitation.

I will not name them yet - but it does show what a serious problem Corbyn faces - dealing with the dishonest of most estate agents is a big big battle and their dishonesty is destroying the short term future of the property industry, perhaps much more.


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Point 1133: Chomsky on concision.

Thrust: Watch the vid below.


Direction of resistance: It's well concise.


Removal of resistance: Do it.


Unification: Now.


References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXX14aKNtJI

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Point 1132: Immoral (and in terms of the spirit of the law, CRIMINAL) behaviour against the people by local and national government in Britain.

Thrust: SaveOurHospitals (of which the legendary Bill Bailey is a member) writes 'On September 10th 2014 two A&Es in NW London, at Central Middlesex and Hammersmith Hospitals were prematurely closed – with the claim that each was 'unsafe'. Ironically, in the CQC inspection of NW London Hospitals Trust, it was Central Middlesex which obtained a 'good' rating while Northwick Park was found wanting! Since then there have been major consequences in the NW London area for A&E services with major failures at Northwick Park AND within Imperial College Healthcare Trust in meeting the 95% target for seeing patients in A&E. We assume that you have seen the figures for this, but it is worth noting that not only are there major failures in meeting the target but that both Trusts have fallen significantly in the league tables of hospitals meeting the target. (Even prior to the 2 closures, St Mary's was reported as being already in 'winter mode' in July 2014.) Any claims that there is a London- or country-wide increase in demand simply cannot explain the landing at the bottom of the league tables. Further, there seems little concern at the knock-on effects on ambulance services when ambulances are left queuing outside hospitals.'


Direction of resistance: We live in a society whose government, police and industry have become 'rogue' and are fucking the people.


Removal of resistance: We the people need to embrace DEMOCRACY and that means knowing our rights and TOGETHER using them.


Unification: They have no right to abuse us, beat us down, break the law in front of us, laugh at us, steal our hospitals, frack our land, cut our childrens' education and call this 'freedom', 'modernity' and 'democracy'. All of history, past and future, REQUIRES that we take these criminals to task.


References: http://www.saveourhospitals.net/index.php/evidence.html

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Point 1131: Workers' rights are priority.

Thrust: Work is the right to own the business you work for.


Direction of resistance: That is what work is in this day and age.


Removal of resistance: Unions have been (and continue to be) part of the journey bringing us (despite hindrances and Thatcherism and Reaganism) to where we are today.


Unification: Workers - you should own the company you work for. It does not matter which company. And don't let them con you with pretences of ownership. You must own it outright, between all workers, and you must have a complete say in what it does and how you work, ALWAYS. That is the modern day. Those who rebel against it will come to be known as 'criminals'. Not long now. Work hard. And own what you do.


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Point 1130: 'One can be certain that Russians will not support the Middle Eastern crusade of NATO, as this military action was prepared at the Charlie demo in Paris. It is far from clear who killed the cartoonists, but Paris and Washington intend to use it for reigniting war in the Middle East. This time, Russia will be in opposition, and probably will use it as an opportunity to change the uncomfortable standoff in the Ukraine.'

Thrust: Israel Shamir writes 'Auschwitz gathering is an annual Canossa of Western leaders where they bewail their historic failure to protect the Jews and swear their perennial obedience to them. This is a more important religious rite of our times, the One Ring to rule them all, established in 2001, when the Judeo-American empire had reached the pinnacle of its power.'


Direction of resistance: Shamir's description of Russia reminds me almost of myself: 'Until now, Russia, like a country bumpkin in Eton, tried to belong. It attended the gathering of the grandees where it was shunned, paid its dues to European bodies that condemned it, patiently suffered ceaseless hectoring of the great powers and irritating baiting of East European small-timers alike. But something broke down. The lad does not want to belong anymore; he picked up his stuff and went home – just when they needed him to knee in Auschwitz.'


Removal of resistance: In an aside, Shamir mentions 'For the Charlie Hebdo magazine was (and probably is) explicitly anti-Christian as well as anti-Muslim. One finds on its pages some very obnoxious cartoons offending the Virgin and Christ, as well as the pope and the Church. (They never offend Jews, somehow).'


Unification: It is also important to note 'The Russians don't comprehend the Western infatuation with Jews, for Russian Jews have been well assimilated and integrated in general society. The narrative of Holocaust is not popular in Russia for one simple reason: so many Russians from every ethnic background lost their lives in the war, that there is no reason to single out Jews as supreme victims.'

Shamir's full article is worth reading and is in the references below. I'm printing a pdf of it to read at my leisure, many times.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/21/trolling-russia/

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Point 1129: 'People own the public airwaves. Shouldn't they be pressing for broader and deeper uses of their property on television and radio?'

Thrust: Ralph Nader lists about two dozen 'knowledgeable, thoughtful, articulate Americans, mostly blocked out of the mainstream media and, for the most part, national public television and national public radio, [which state of affairs] demonstrate[s] the media's obsession with the tedious punditry of the well-connected corporatist and militaristic 'opinion oligopoly' in Washington and New York.'


Direction of resistance: So here are the names of those Mr Nader tells us about (he tells us much more than their names): Robert Fellmeth, Karen Ferguson, Jim Hightower, Edgar Cahn, S. David Freeman, Professor Rena Steinzor, Paul Hawken, Joel Rogers, Tom Devine, Robert McChesney, Bill Black, Lori Wallach, Danielle Brian, Colman McCarthy, Robert McIntyre, Lois Gibbs, Patrick Burns, Tom Geoghegan, Shelly Krimsky, Ramsey Clark, Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein, Ted Postol, Amory Lovins and Peter Bradford, Arthur Rosenfeld, Jerry Mander.


Removal of resistance: Abandon all those soundbite mongers whose news articles somehow just end up shown to you because of the channels you watch, because of your Facebook page or whatever. Go looking for useful intelligent stuff - you'll be surprised at how much you find it easy to find out there/here.


Unification: See the list via the link in the references below.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/30/mainstream-media-who-gets-on-and-who-does-not/

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Point 1128: The western war against 'excessive democracy'.

Thrust: 'Too much representation of the people' is a 'danger' which the western world has been struggling to face off for a long time, and some would not accept my opinion that it is losing that war very seriously and will soon be conquered absolutely by the people. Indeed there may not be much indication that hope in such a victory is warranted at this time. But then - maybe it is the innate decency of people I have faith in - the capacity for us to overthrow even the most sinister tyranny using nothing, in the end, but love and understanding - the grassroots of all 'democracy' (as we have labelled the notion of a society attempting to progress towards 'utopia').


Direction of resistance: The Trilateral Commission, as highlighted by Noam Chomsky in Necessary Illusions, indeed referred to this 'excess of democracy'.


Removal of resistance: Murray Dobbin was recently writing about it in Counterpunch: 'The TLC book concluded, in the words of its American co-author Samuel Huntington, that the industrial countries suffered from 'an excess of democracy.' He wrote 'the effective operation of a democratic political system usually requires some measure of apathy.. on the part of some individuals and groups.' He bemoaned the fact that 'Marginal groups, as in the case of blacks, are now becoming full participants in the political system'.


Unification: Dobbin warns us: 'Indeed inequality in particular has been a hot topic ever since the Occupy movement briefly swept the planet. Yet if you monitor the political debate in this country the two most important trends in our society and the world are virtually never mentioned except rhetorically. There are no serious policy prescriptions. Mass denial reigns.'


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/02/downsize-democracy-for-40-years-and-heres-what-you-get/

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