Sick Bastards Have to Go - It is Time for a Revolution

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"All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. (shouting) You’ve got to say: ‘I’m a human being, god-dammit! My life has value!"
Howard Beale

Prior to Little Hands Dictator Trump's unbearably chickenshit speech at the United Fraud, the Wall Street, I said WALL STREET, Journal made a proposal to solve the North Korea manufactured "crisis".

Starve the people.

"The North is especially vulnerable to pressure this year because a severe drought from April to June reduced the early grain harvest by 30%. If the main harvest is also affected, Pyongyang may need to import more food while sanctions restrict its ability to earn foreign currency….

While the regime survived a severe famine in the 1990s, today the political consequences of a failed harvest would be severe. …. The army was once the most desirable career path; now soldiers are underpaid and underfed. North Koreans will not simply accept starvation as they did two decades ago.

Withholding food aid to bring down a government would normally be unethical, but North Korea is an exceptional case. Past aid proved to be a mistake as it perpetuated one of the most evil regimes in history. The U.N. says some 40% of the population is undernourished, even as the Kims continue to spend huge sums on weapons. Ending the North Korean state as quickly as possible is the most humane course.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/options-for-removing-kim-jong-un-1504556500

As geopolitical writer/analyst Mike Whitney put it,

“Humane”?  The WSJ editors think that depriving people of enough food to stay alive is humane?

And look how cheery they sound about the fact that “40% of the population is (already) undernourished”, as if they’re already halfway towards their goal. Hurrah for the US embargo, still inflicting misery on innocent people some 6 decades after the war!

It’s sick!"

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47833.htm

He's damn right it's sick, way sick. These bastards in control of our countries and our fucking lives have effectively declared war on the rest of us, anyone who gets in their way to getting as much power and wealth as they can stuff in their greedy fucking heads.

Ya, we're going to vote our way out of this.

Or how about Venezuela:

"The United States is so determined to get their hands on Venezuela's oil, that with the latest sanctions Washington has threatened any country with dire consequences if they try to do any business with Venezuela, including selling them food and medicine.

In order to keep its economy somewhat stable due to its lack of US Dollars, Venezuela has had to resort to using short term loans to keep itself functioning—however, 4 weeks ago, the United States placed sanctions against them from being able to do any business by threatening any nation that would lend them money—and further ordering everyone in the world not to even pay the dividends they owed Venezuela.

With Venezuela having been prevented to receive payments with interest totaling more than $4 billion,  these new United States sanctions make this nation’s economy recovery all but impossible now—and whose only achievable goal is to worsen shortages and inflict as much suffering on the Venezuelan people as possible.

With neighboring countries Colombia and Brazil's officials on CIA's payroll, the people of Venezuela are being starved to death as no country is permitted by Washington to bring food, medicine or any supplies."

 

http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/32560/53/

They're trying to starve (most) of the Venezuelan people to death also!

As Whitney put it:

"Who are these people who grow up in our midst, attend our schools and universities, live in the same neighborhoods , and go to the same churches? Where do these monsters come from?"

I've often wondered the same thing. Where were these people in high school, which ones were they, how did they manage to hide among us until it was time to show their true colors? Or did they show them back then but we just didn't notice? Or were they all in private schools?

Either way, they're here, they're there, they're everywhere and it's time to take them down.

I was asked yesterday about a comment I made referring to "taking them down", as to whether I meant "kill them" or what. I replied no, I didn't mean that, I meant removing all these bastards from power, i.e., a revolution. I've long thought a revolution in the 21st century with all the communication options and other means with which to get a lot of people together (see the trillion dollar Presidential elections which manage to get over 100 million people to vote) would not have to be violent. We really wouldn't have to dust off the guillotines and pitchforks, we could think and strategize our way to freedom.

But now I don't know, these people are really, really sick, cruel and will do anything to keep their wealth and power. They've been doing it for a long time and they obviously are not going to stop. None of this will stop unless the normal people, the common people, we the peasants, the serfs, the forgotten, the throwaway people, step up to the plate and stop the bastards. It's that fucking simple.

How? I don't know. We, those of us who want to stop them, have to organize, we have to agree on what we want and how to get it. We're humans, it's not that fucking complicated. The only answer is an international, global mass people's movement against plutocracy, oligarchy, rule by the rich, imperialism, and all the other bad shit that comes with being slaves to those with power.

If not, millions more people are going to starve, like in Iraq in the nineties, and like North Korea, Venezuela, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, and Syria in the 21st century, and we'll be next. Everyone is next because they WILL NOT STOP.

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mhagle's picture

http://www.resilience.org/stories/2017-09-22/mitigation-adaptation-suffe...

I was encouraged to read this article and learn that it actually is being discussed somewhere. We need to live without the need for the oligarchy.

I am opposed to food embargoes, but the Russians have been able to turn it to their advantage.

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Marilyn

Let's save the planet for our kids. Tree Hugger to the end.

A national tax strike against a federal government so corrupt and so incompetent that they have put us on a nuclear war footing against governments we could be at peace with but instead we've allowed private industry to arm. Starving people to death has to be a line. Bombing people to death because we thought their governments might have WMDs, but didn't, should have been a line. Nailing us for the bailout of banks that stole from poor families should have been a line.

NOT IN MY NAME. Not in our name. No more signatures on blank checks for black holes of debt. There has to be a line at which we no longer sign off on their ruthlessness.

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Daenerys's picture

@Linda Wood I don't have a job right now, and I don't want one, at least it means president Dumpster Fire isn't getting any tax money from me. There's simply too much to do here at home (hence my not being around much since moving back). I want to work under the table, but I don't think I can get enough business to survive on. And just surviving is getting mighty expensive these days. And I'm only one person.

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Well-behaved women rarely make history.

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@Linda Wood I commented about needing a second Tea Party (in the original sense) a few days ago. But I have no idea how to accomplish one. Vermont, for instance, is already sending threatening letters to residents to "remind" us of the "use tax" -- something we're supposed to claim, and pay, every year based on products we purchase out of state and bring back into Vermont. (My personal favorite example is if, for instance, I buy a book in New York and pay sales tax of 5%, I'm supposed to note this, calculate the difference between NY and Vermont tax, and pay the difference in April).

I don't see how any tax strike would go over well. But it's an idea that makes total sense to me. I feel as if I have ZERO say, locally and nationally, over how my tax dollars are spent.

I'm partially self-employed and would also love to work under the table, but my clients insist on me providing a W4. Sigh.

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normally be unethical. Exceptions can be made.
[Well, that goes for us, too.]
Some get food. Others, ethically, don't.*
The US needs to be rendered unto history.
* this is something not quite snark, more like a dead panned reading of what the WSJ wrote.
We should pick a day, stay home. We should delay paying taxes.
We should form crowds at inconvenient places.

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@on the cusp

Just the Psychopaths and Parasites That Be need to go, together with all lackeys.

The US needs to get back to the true American dream of an egalitarian democracy with individual freedom to follow their own paths to happiness protected as long as the rights of others are not unduly impinged upon, and where maintaining and supporting the welfare of the country and people forms the government's main concern.

The only legitimate US government is of, by and for the people, with equal rights, treatment and opportunity for all - a country of laws not men, where no-one is 'above the law' and able to harm others with impunity.

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

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@on the cusp

insurance policies. There are many ideas for how we can do a general strike or rolling boycotts. TPTB are only going to take more and more from us and do horrible things to people in other countries.
Sanctions are war crimes and they never hurt the people in government.
There's a special place in hell for Albright. And too many others to count.

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good grief

Raggedy Ann's picture

@snoopydawg
don't pay any medical bills. That would be a good start to bring down the corrupt health industrial complex.

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"They'll say we're disturbing the peace, but there is no peace. What really bothers them is that we are disturbing the war." Howard Zinn

snoopydawg's picture

@Raggedy Ann

We can stop buying everything that isn't essential for living. How hard would it hit the oil companies' profits if people don't buy gas for as many weeks as possible? The number of ways that we can Stick it to the Man is countless. And who knows, if we are successful, we'll find out if the FEMA camps are true enough Smile

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good grief

@snoopydawg @snoopydawg

You could try - but a lot of people can no longer afford the things which are essential for relatively healthy living, and a drastic increase in this appears to have been factored into The Plans.

On the other hand, TPTB et al haven't yet drained everyone else of everything and they do want it all, before we go... anything that weakens them is, at the least, a bonus, and boycotts of the worst companies a lot sooner might have saved us some of what we face now.

'Doing it now' is always better late than never because too late, and might still produce quite useful results, even if there are efforts underway to make boycotts illegal, since this is best widely done before they do get any more powerful - with whatever remains of our stolen wealth and power on which they've battened - than they are.

Edited because I missed an 'of'. It's a knack...

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

@on the cusp

form crowds at inconvenient places

posted 8-04 with zero recs.

I have thought about it.

not an easy thing for me to do. (lol,col)

the line went this way-

in a city of 2 million, 1% is 20,000 people.
1/10th of that is 2000 people.

suppose that at a prearranged day & time those 2000 people stopped their cars in intersections and locked the doors, all over the city.

what would the effect be if this demonstration occurred across entire country at same time?
this is one thing that could be done if even .1% are willing to sacrifice.

I think the key is use of internet to coordinate our actions.
Beyond that,requires very little structure or leadership cadre.
(a good thing,imo)

"If you build it,they will come."

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national worker strike, or, global worker strike. For at least two weeks.

How do you fight a class war? Hit 'em where it hurts.

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@JtC Now who's going to organize it? Dang it, do I have to do everything around here.

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@Big Al
ain't easy, brother.

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snoopydawg's picture

@JtC

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good grief

@Big Al @Big Al

this is the question which shows how close we are.

really almost no "organization" is needed for a mass action.

what is needed, and what we lack, is a figure or group with the credibility to call for an action.

Sanders
could do it. What if Bernie got right on WAR & said take to the streets next Sunday?

What if the Pope said to the world that is a moral duty to oppose the war & take to the streets next Sunday?

The streets would be full
. mass strikes, too. yep.

But if you or I call for mass action?
lol deluded.

we are milling around.
the sound of thunder will get us rolling.

edit. clarity

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@irishking

I think that WAR is the issue. If we are to have a litmus test it must be the war.
We can see the Dems like Warren trying to co-opt MFA while feeding the war machine.
Just cannot accept that.

Anyway there is something obscene about letting war crimes pass as long as I get my health care. First things first.

We see the difference immediately. It is now safe to be for MFA (sort of),but how many will say-

"End the war now."

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@JtC
kneel for America like this good brother.

Stevie Wonder kneels as he leads anti-poverty concert - Shaun TANDON - AFP -September 24, 2017

May be kneeling strikers and resisters will be THE guesture that will resonate the most.

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"History is what the present chooses to remember" - Carl Becker

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@JtC

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A truth of the nuclear age/climate change: we can no longer have endless war and survive on this planet. Oh sh*t.

@divineorder I have been there twice. Seems the tour guides said most of the wealth is concentrated in the hands of 4 families.
Go, Guatemala!
Take it! Kick it!

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It's so sad that you're so very, very right...

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

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....certainly won't stop, you're right. I don't know how we can fight back either.

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From one of your links:

http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/32560/53/

Russia breaks US blockade aimed at starving Venezuelans to death
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The United States is so determined to get their hands on Venezuela's oil, that with the latest sanctions Washington has threatened any country with dire consequences if they try to do any business with Venezuela, including selling them food and medicine.

... Russia comes to the rescue (this was completely ignored by all major media)

Russia has been stunned by what Venezuela is going through and has warned that the United States was “setting the stage for an invasion of Venezuela”, and further stated that all US sanctions were not just highly illegal, but grotesque and inhumane.

As a result, Russia dispatched huge naval vessels who broke the American blockade of Venezuela by delivering 30,000 tonnes of wheat flour to feed this countries peoples being deliberately starved to death by the US Government. ...

...Venezuela is due to receive more than 600 thousand tons of wheat by the end of December, in addition to other products promised by Russia.

It will be delivered to mills for processing and before being sent to factories to supply over 10 thousand bakeries.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon and the CIA have sent over $150m to the fascist right wing opposition in Venezuela just this year alone to keep attempting to remove Maduro from power by any means necessary. Several opposition figures have been caught with actual crates full of cash given to them by US operatives in the country.

Russia is not run by psychopaths. Makes a difference, doesn't it?

So now we have to hope that 'SuperPutin' becomes a 'world leader'...

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@Ellen North

Meanwhile, the Pentagon and the CIA have sent over $150m to the fascist right wing opposition in Venezuela just this year alone to keep attempting to remove Maduro from power by any means necessary. Several opposition figures have been caught with actual crates full of cash given to them by US operatives in the country.

I bet that there is no record of how much money is given in foreign aid to countries that we want control over?
Again we see that the our money is given away with no input from us and then we're told that no we can't have our ponies.
How many years has Israel sucked off our teat while its citizens have universal health care or something close to it? And for what gawd damn reason do they get it?
In addition to this, we send our military into countries that they want regime changes in and we pay for that both monetarily and with our soldier's lives? Why the hell doesn't Israel make their soldiers put their lives on the line?

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good grief

@snoopydawg

I keep thinking that there must be blackmail, but it's likely only psychopaths hanging together for a common goal: global hegemony, when they then turn on each other to squabble over the smoking ruins.

So ironic when the refuge of escaping Israeli Jews has been turned into a Nazi-clone State by psychopaths within government without apparently even realizing it.

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A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

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@Ellen North

the other countries' leaders are in on the global hegemony plan. We watched as Obama became more of a republican than the democratic president as he portrayed all during his political career.
He backed the French president who came from the equivalent of Wall Street and other countries are also turning more to the right. Austerity policies are marching across the globe which started with Greece when its people couldn't access their money they had in the banks.

We started seeing the man behind the curtain during the Obama administration and now the curtain is being fully opened. He and congress transferred not only our money to the banks, they gave them $20 trillion for quantitative easing while mainstream Americans continued to get screwed. And it's not only the financial curtain opening, it's also the military curtain. Look at how many people have been bombed out of their homes and countries if they weren't outright killed by our bombs being dropped by drones in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. These are the countries that we are aware of. Who knows how many people have been killed by our special forces in over 134 countries in Africa according to Nick Turse?

Now we are doing this to the people in Venezuela who have no control over what their government is doing. This worked so well in Iraq during the Clinton administration, so let's do it again:

The United States is so determined to get their hands on Venezuela's oil, that with the latest sanctions Washington has threatened any country with dire consequences if they try to do any business with Venezuela, including selling them food and medicine.

This is a war crime because it is targeting the Venezuela people. The sanctions never hurt the leaders of the countries who we place them on.

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good grief

@snoopydawg

Psychopaths know that the very idea of the inflicted suffering of the vulnerable causes agony to the human people they despise and seek to control, that being why they do it to try to manipulate them - beyond the enjoyment causing such may bring them. ('We came, we saw, he died' a horrible death - how giggle-worthy for the psychopathic! A half-million children dead of US-PTB-created famine, due to slow starvation and lack of medical supplies? Well worth it for whatever payment received! But Hell is for children and women who don't vote for the Mad Bomber blowing up women and kids with cluster bombs as Secretary of State, for personal profit and power.)

Thing is, humans can't negotiate with such psychopathic terrorists as the US PTB because they'll never stop exploiting what they see as weakness - or keep agreements - anyway.

Humanity has to unite against the inhumane, or perish.

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

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@Ellen North

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A truth of the nuclear age/climate change: we can no longer have endless war and survive on this planet. Oh sh*t.

@divineorder @divineorder

That's wonderful! Humanity has to globally unite to stand together against The Psychopaths and Parasites That Be, wherever they influence policy and infiltrate government.

Humans cannot stand by and watch others suffer when they have the ability to help, which is how we can be told from the psychopathic, whether cold-bloodedly or delighting in causing such suffering.

Kinda sucks that we're in the psychopath-infested vicinity people have to stand against, but I'll continue to hope for charges pressed in an international court against these, rather than an all-out nuke war... we did manage to evade the President Clintons and are still not radioactive slag at this point, though, so there's that.

Edit: and noticed this listed on the page your link led to:

http://theduran.com/russia-releases-photos-proving-ussdfisis-collusion-d...

CONFIRMED: ISIS, the United States and SDF unite on the battle field against Syria and Russia
The Russian Defense Minsitry has released photos showing ISIS, the SDF and US special forces working side-by-side on the battlefield in Dier ez-Zor, Syria.

by Adam Garrie Adam Garrie
September 24, 2017, 18:21

It has long been thought that the US proxy militia SDF is operating in collusion with ISIS in various parts of Syria. This has especially been the case in respect of Deir ez-Zor. In Deir ez-Zor, the Russian Defense Ministry has previously stated that the Syrian Arab Army and their allies are fired on most intensely from positions known to be held by the SDF.

Furthermore, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov recently stated,

“SDF militants work to the same objectives as Daesh terrorists. Russian drones and intelligence have not recorded any confrontations between Daesh and the ‘third force’, SDF”.

He added that Russia will not hesitate to target SDF forces that threaten the battle field progress and personal safety of Russia’s allies, namely the Syrian Arab Army.

Other reports surfaced of US military helicopters airlifting known ISIS commanders to safety as the Syrian Arab Army made its advance on the former ISIS stronghold of Deir ez-Zor. All of this has happened as the US is moving its proxy Kurdish led SDF forces from Raqqa to Deir ez-Zor, in a move that appears to be an attempt to stop Syrian forces from liberating their own country’s legally recognised territory.

Now, the Russian Defense Ministry has released a statement followed by 12 photos showing how SDF forces work alongside US special forces in ISIS controlled areas without facing any resistance from ISIS. Furthermore, none of the US or Kurdish led forces even take defensive positions which indicate that they are cooperating with ISIS rather than engaging in a perverse truce. In other words, the SDF, US special forces and ISIS move among each other in the same manner as allies do. ...

... This demonstrates that in spite of Donald Trump’s apparent wiliness to abandon the policy of aiding jihadist groups, not only has this policy not changed, but such a reality now includes full scale battlefield collusion with ISIS.

This also helps explain why in June of this year, SDF forces allowed ISIS terrorists to peacefully leave Raqqa and head towards Deir ez-Zor, a place which is now unquestionably the largest remaining ISIS stronghold in east of Libya.

But now, not only are US proxies allowing ISIS to peacefully retreat but they are visibly coalescing on the battle field. These realities also corroborate the story of SDF fighters being wounded in a Syrian led strike on known ISIS targets. As I wrote previously in The Duran, this is because SDF militants are fighting beside ISIS. ...

... Most worryingly, both militant groups are clearly collaborating and colluding with each other and with the United States, in a proxy war against Syria and the interests and safety of her allies, including Russia and Iran.

What once was only partly clear, is now as clear as the following colour photographs from the Russian Defense Ministry. The SDF, ISIS and the United States are fighting on the same side of the conflict in Syria, it is the side of terrorism which seeks to destroy the secular, modern, pluralistic and independent Syrian Arab Republic. ...

Perhaps this flaunting of both international and US law will finally be addressed?

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

@Ellen North

running out of adjectives.

Bizarro world-

we are the bad guys!
russia the good guys! wtf

appears to be an attempt to stop Syrian forces from liberating their own country’s legally recognised territory.

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@Ellen North

why does it take a Russian to say it?

waiting ...

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@irishking

If you'll pardon my repeating myself, Russia is evidently not run by psychopaths. And that makes all of the difference...

Putin cut military spending in ensure that his people got their pensions. This with the armies of psychopath-run countries massing on his borders.

But Putin spends wisely and expects - and therefore gets - good results for his money and therefore has better defenses for far less money than

the psychopath-run US government more concerned with personal enrichment and empowerment,

pouring public money into corporations/billionaire bank accounts,

attacking and occupying other people's countries at American taxpayer expense to further expand corporate interest profits/further swell billionaire bank accounts,

stealing their resources and overthrowing even their democratically elected governments for maximized corporate/billionaire profiteering

and pushing corporate coups upon 'allies' and their own people under the guise of 'trade deals'

which effectively (and illegally) turn control of the people's delegated legislative powers over to corporate courts then determining domestic law

while bankrupting countries over any attempts to protect themselves from even fatal consequences and thereby reducing the potential all-important profits of these ruthless and polluting self-interests.

This is the looting phase, over the dying corpse of thwarted civilization and the natural life-support system being militarily and industrially murdered at a horrific rate.

All for The Right People's additional profit - and the world well lost.

We really need to weed out the psychopaths from policy/politics... they're also not real good at long-term thinking where consequences are concerned.

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A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

@Ellen North


really
impressive rant.

But Putin spends wisely and expects ...
...profits of these ruthless and polluting self-interests.

brought to mind the Kinison classic .
rip.

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@irishking @irishking

Lol, didn't make you cry, did it?

Edit: also, BernieBros don't really throw - or tear up - chairs.

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

@Ellen North

I like the way you think.

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@Ellen North I got emotionally stuck on this part:

'trade deals'

which effectively (and illegally) turn control of the people's delegated legislative powers over to corporate courts then determining domestic law

while bankrupting countries over any attempts to protect themselves from even fatal consequences and thereby reducing the potential all-important profits of these ruthless and polluting self-interests.

I'M SO ANGRY I COULD SCREAM

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The revolution will not be televised. Proceed anyway.

mimi's picture

were the most serious resisters to Hitler's regime in Germany, would help.

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"History is what the present chooses to remember" - Carl Becker

thanatokephaloides's picture

@mimi

may be a look into who were the most serious resisters to Hitler's regime in Germany, would help.

Two names come right to my mind: Claus von Stauffenberg and Wilhelm Canaris. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, too.

p.s. Thank you for not disappearing, mimi! Smile

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"Some members of the government are now investigating opioid pain killers but they are investigating the wrong thing. Despair-masking drugs are not the problem. Despair is."
-- featheredsprite

@thanatokephaloides

executed, executed, executed.

completes the picture.

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@mimi

Indeed, may I echo: Thank you for not disappearing, mimi!

You and your perspective matter very much! Perhaps, in a way, especially where viewpoints differ, due to different experiences, and breathe fresh air into what must never become a bubble! Plus, I know I'd miss you, yourself...

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A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

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@mimi

Mimi, I am aware of the White Rose and the Red Orchestra. Were they actually effective? Considering modern communications technology, would their methods be imitable today? You know much more about this than most of us here in the US. We know little beyond what is pumped out by Hollywood.

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@travelerxxx @travelerxxx @travelerxxx @travelerxxx (added thoughts)
you can read it online and make your own judgement.
German Resistance to Nazism

American journalist Howard K. Smith wrote in 1942 that of the three groups in opposition to Hitler, the military was more important than the churches and the Communists.[94]

Of course, Trump is no Hitler and the enemy is global corporatism. But it feels somewhat like the US is the 'evil empire' and not the "good guys". Whatever.

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Lookout's picture

promotes starvation to promote ever more profit for the fossil fuel industry that is creating climate chaos. Geez we are shameful!

I'm all for a global strike (but I'm in a privileged position of being able to lay by enough for two weeks). When is this going to happen JtC and Al?

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout killing them would be self-defense. They are starving us and denying us health care right here at home, have been for decades. I just don't know what it will take to get the ball rolling. My husband says people are still too comfortable.

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@Daenerys

I suspect that it's more likely that too many people are too broke, stressed, exhausted and feel too helpless to care - and/or full of the barrage of propaganda with which they're inundated.

If approximately 60% of Americans are considered to be poverty-level in a system where the definition of poverty has been artificially dropped to unacceptable levels in an affluent country, I rather doubt that all that many are too comfortable. Too weak from poor nutrition from eating insufficient/crappy 'cheap' food, perhaps, to walk to protests after that 2nd job when they lack bus-fare to get there.

Oh, good, racial disparity in poverty has decreased as people now starve more equally!

Now, that's incremental change you can honestly believe is happening!

...The gauge defines "economic insecurity" as a year or more of periodic joblessness, reliance on government aid such as food stamps or income below 150 percent of the poverty line. ...

Yet half again of the official 'poverty line' constitutes 'economic uncertainty'? Welcome to Dystopia, under the Vampire Overlords, where the life-blood of Non-Billionaire Americans is cheap but tasty, even if off-shored for bragging rights.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/80-percent-of-us-adults-face-near-poverty-u...

July 28, 2013, 6:26 PM
80 percent of U.S. adults face near-poverty, unemployment, survey finds

...While racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to live in poverty, race disparities in the poverty rate have narrowed substantially since the 1970s, census data show. Economic insecurity among whites also is more pervasive than is shown in the government's poverty data, engulfing more than 76 percent of white adults by the time they turn 60, according to a new economic gauge being published next year by the Oxford University Press.

The gauge defines "economic insecurity" as a year or more of periodic joblessness, reliance on government aid such as food stamps or income below 150 percent of the poverty line. Measured across all races, the risk of economic insecurity rises to 79 percent. ...

...Nationwide, the count of America's poor remains stuck at a record number: 46.2 million, or 15 percent of the population, due in part to lingering high unemployment following the recession. While poverty rates for blacks and Hispanics are nearly three times higher, by absolute numbers the predominant face of the poor is white.

More than 19 million whites fall below the poverty line of $23,021 for a family of four, accounting for more than 41 percent of the nation's destitute, nearly double the number of poor blacks.

So the answer, of course, was to cut food stamps... and keep the official poverty line set at a homeless and starvation level of presumably around $5000 per year per person, although unmentioned here for singles, with only a family of 4 given in example...

If you can't financially manage to live comfortably and healthily in the wealthiest country in the world, you're below the poverty line. And the pay rates, part-time service and 'gig economy' jobs forming virtually all that's available for many ensure that this will be impossible.

And I wonder, once the military also 'inevitably' becomes automated to save paying real people, once Americans are too poor to continue to pay trillions for the global military muggings of TPTB, what happens to the major job market there - dispossessing and killing people in their own countries to take their stuff for the further enrichment and empowerment of The Right Billionaires And Corporate Interests - and the desperate-for-employment who enlisted there? Soylent Green?

There is nothing I'd put past these psychopaths... anyone who would torture people for manufactured excuses for invading other people's counties to steal their resources has gone well over the limit where 'human' can be used to describe them. And they've stacked government with their own for quite a while now.

Regime change in America is desperately required... and so are brain scans during empathy tests to keep the psychopathic out of public office and policy-making forever afterward.

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

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Let's hit the defcon (defence contractors) hydra with visible protests in all the states at their plants. Draw attention to the waste of moral capital. Wait a minute folks, I don't wan't my tax dollars supporting this juggernaut. Make a sign, bring it to your local killing factory, and have your picture taken getting arrested. If twelve people come out to do the same, it will be a blip. If 1200 people do it, in every state, the resting protesters may wake up enough to join. It is a matter of public record which companies take money from the DOD. Hey, that's in my neighbourhood. I can get there and make a statement! Could be a spur under their saddle. Let's show the MSM that social media is more pertinent. The duopoly and their megaphone will be unable to disappear that showing if it continues beyond a week or two.

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The revolution will not be televised. Proceed anyway.

@QMS

That's a great idea. Dunno if the corporate media would carry it or, if they did, how they'd slant it, but if more people begin to understand what's going on, they can direct their outrage more appropriately than the 'divide and conquer' propagandists would like.

And that's precisely what's needed.

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A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

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@QMS . MSM is stunted, the idea will get out in spite of it.

Let's show the MSM that social media is more pertinent.

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us all down with them.

National Strike seems like it would require more unity than we have now in this country but probably what it will take. Then again, they have militarized the police so....

Thanks for this essay.

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A truth of the nuclear age/climate change: we can no longer have endless war and survive on this planet. Oh sh*t.

@divineorder

And I gather that that the militarized police can now have back the bayonets and grenade launchers Obama took away from them.

On the other hand, they're evidently going to kill us all anyway, whether we pacifically protest or not...

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.