The Weekly Watch

Censored, Canceled, Incarcerated, and Controlled

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Across the media platforms TPTB are controlling the narrative. You will be banned if you color outside the lines. Even the president of the United States (who as Dylan says must sometimes have to stand naked) was canceled. Despite eliminating Trump from the social media platforms, MSM can't resist continuing to use him for click bait just as they did in 2016 and through his presidency. Several things happened this week which led to this topic today. Donziger was convicted and sentenced to about four years of prison for winning a judgement against Chevron. Hale was also sentenced for about four years for revealing US droning of primarily innocent civilians. Julian sits in a maximum security prison for daring to expose US war crimes....And there's much more below the fold.

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JFK's assassination is often cited as the source of the term "conspiracy theory" because it is an expression of dismissal to use against anyone who questions the accepted narrative.
https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/08/24/the-term-conspiracy-theory-w...

In 2013 Professor Lance Dehaven-Smith in a peer-reviewed book published by the University of Texas Press showed that the term “conspiracy theory” was developed by the CIA as a means of undercutting critics of the Warren Commission’s report that President Kennedy was killed by Oswald.

Oliver Stone has a new documentary which premiered last week at Cannes that looks at the facts and supplements his movie, JFK.

When ‘JFK: Revisited’ premiered on Monday, July 12, the mainstream media didn’t praise it or pan it. They pretended it didn’t exist.

The New York Times’ vast coverage of Cannes consisted of 11 articles, most focusing on the more salacious content, such as ‘Benedetta’, a steamy story about lesbian nuns, ‘Annette’, a musical where Adam Driver sings while performing oral sex on Marion Cotillard, and ‘Titane’, where a woman has sex with a car and lactates oil. But not once has ‘JFK Revisited’ been mentioned in the supposed ‘paper of record’.

The same is true of the Washington Post, Boston Globe, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, the Guardian, the Atlantic, the New Yorker and every mainstream outlet I searched, as none of them acknowledge ‘JFK Revisited’ exists at all.

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/529754-stone-documentary-jfk-cuba/

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Oliver discusses the documentary and its larger implications

Film director Oliver Stone talks about his new film ‘JFK: Revisited: Through The Looking Glass’. He discusses JFK’s often over-looked campaigns for peace with the Soviet Union and Cuba prior to his assassination as well as work furthering civil rights, the details exposing an alleged cover-up of the assassination of JFK including rapid policy changes from the successor LBJ administration and alleged CIA involvement in the assassination, why larger powers wanted John F. Kennedy dead, JFK’s preparations to shatter the CIA and his belief that the war in Vietnam was a mistake, how the events leading up to the assassination of JFK were meticulously planned and the CIA’s involvement on the day, Lee Harvey-Oswald’s supervision by the CIA and much more!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVso_wpata4 (28 min)

Perhaps to best way to censor and cancel information is simply to refuse to talk or write about it. TPTB have been very effective in suppressing all conversation and labeling those who explore to possibility the CIA killed JFK as out of touch. Discussion still isn't allowed.

I also suspect CIA/FBI involvement in MLK, RFK and Malcolm X assassinations as well as 9/11. People are not even aware of cointelpro nor operation mockingbird. I do not doubt the continuation of these programs today.
JFK to 9/11 Everything Is A Rich Man s Trick (Documentary)

How about a more contemporary example? One like Jeffery Epstein, who to my mind was clearly murdered while in custody because he had the goods on so many powerful people. We know the CIA/FBI or some intelligence agency claimed him as an asset. In fact the CIA is involved in more than one child trafficking operation as well as the drug trade.

This week Chris Hedges talks to investigative journalist Nick Bryant about the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxkztQ0of8k (26 min)

It isn't just the suppression of revelations of politics and spooks, but also science. As many of you know I'm a scientist. It blows my mind that scientific debate isn't allowed (especially on certain subjects which might disrupt profit streams). Science requires debate and alternate hypothesis to progress. Persecuting scientists for developing new and novel ideas is probably as old as science. Galileo comes to mind. Dr Paul Mason talks about eminence versus evidence based nutrition science. However in the case of the censoring and canceling of the FLCCC there are no more eminent critical care doctors than these folks. They wrote the textbooks, yet none the less are silenced across many media platforms.

Watch as long as you find it interesting. I found this week's FLCCC weekly update with Dr. Merik intriguing as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsijRWgi6NE&t=3m

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Jimmy Dore had adverse reaction to his vaccines. He tweeted about it and has been attacked. Jimmy and Joe Rogan discussed it this week.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiLGSVH_UPA (13 min)

Jimmy also talked with Matt Orfalea about his YouTube censorship this week
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd3MYme6Gjc (25 min)
Matt Taibbi also talked with Matt and wrote more generally about the new restrictive media landscape. https://taibbi.substack.com/p/meet-the-censored-matt-orfalea

Jordan Chariton is also being censored for playing actual footage from the 1/6 capitol riot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBkpKcC_aco (9 min)

Bret Weinstein was surprised that Wikipedia altered his page.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyy71TOFNg8 (10 min)
He should read the Grayzone.
https://thegrayzone.com/2020/06/10/wikipedia-formally-censors-the-grayzo...
https://thegrayzone.com/2020/06/11/meet-wikipedias-ayn-rand-loving-found...
I once heard Jimmy and Max discuss their wiki pages. Jimmy Dore has also been falsely edited and will not allow him to edit his own page. Max was simply disappeared...they just eliminated his wiki page. Jimmy said he preferred that over telling blatant lies about him.

I find Max and the Grayzone journalists some of the most trustworthy...Here he is explaining how the CIA et.al. politicizes art and music, in this example regarding Cuba.

Max Blumenthal rips the cover off the San Isidro Movement, a group of Cuban dissidents credited in US media with providing the "catalyst" for recent protests, revealing their extensive backing from Washington's regime change networks and their vitriolic right-wing politics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTXNJ4CyY9g (11.5 min)

Max Blumenthal discuss Congressional Democrats, the Israel lobby, and the weaponization of antisemitism to silence Palestine solidarity activism.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnDzsbA5aOQ (10 min)

Max is moving to Rokfin and Bret and the Dark horse podcast (as well as the FLCCC) are moving to Odysee

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Information that has been crucial to understanding and opposing US imperialism has long been blacked out from the corporate media. However, with the emergence of online media, or “new” media, previously hard to find information is more readily accessible for many more people. Jackson Hinkle often highlights issues of war in peace and has recently discussed Cuba, Palestine, Syria, and more.

Jackson Hinkle is the host of The Dive with Jackson Hinkle, self described as a, “populist-left perspective on news and political commentary. We are the leftist independent media that CNN doesn’t want you to hear.”

Worse than suppression and canceling is imprisonment. There are currently several on going examples.

Perhaps the most blatant is Julian Assange's case. I fear he is being slowly executed.

Doctors for Assange began writing to governments in late 2019 warning that imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was in a fragile state of health, and could die in prison. The doctors have repeatedly called for his release on urgent medical grounds. Since then, medical experts who examined Assange testified in court to the seriousness of his medical condition. They explained that he would not survive oppressive prison conditions, and his extradition to the United States was denied on those grounds.

The High Court in London subsequently stood by the medical findings, and ruled that the medical evidence could not be challenged. Meanwhile, having won his case, Assange remains in the very conditions that caused and perpetuated his precarious state of health in the first place. With appeals set to drag on for years, unless Assange is released from prison, there is every reason to expect his condition to deteriorate, potentially dramatically so.

Given the medical evidence that is openly on the table now, Doctors for Assange warns that Julian Assange may not survive the appeal process.”

https://consortiumnews.com/2021/07/30/watch-cn-live-doctors-warn-assange...

There is no rule of law, just the power of the oligarchs to maximize profit at the expense of anyone who dares to question the system or reveal its underbelly of state sanctioned corruption and violence.

In fact, Craig Murray is being imprisoned in part for his public support of Julian.
https://thegrayzone.com/2021/07/31/craig-murrays-jailing-national-securi...

Former British diplomat and independent journalist Craig Murray is the first person imprisoned in the UK over media contempt in 50 years.
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he embarrassed the British state in the early 2000s by becoming that rarest of things: a whistleblowing diplomat. He exposed the British government’s collusion, along with the US, in Uzbekistan’s torture regime.
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Murray has embarrassed the British state more recently by reporting the woeful and continuing legal abuses in a London courtroom as Washington seeks to extradite Wikileaks’ founder, Julian Assange, and lock him away for life in a maximum security prison.
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the contempt proceedings against him allowed the Scottish court to deprive him of his passport so that he could not travel to Spain and testify in a related Assange case that is severely embarrassing Britain and the US.
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his embarrassing the Scottish political and legal establishments by reporting, almost single-handedly, the defense case in the trial of Scotland’s former First Minister, Alex Salmond. Unreported by the corporate media, the evidence submitted by Salmond’s lawyers led a jury dominated by women to acquit him of a raft of sexual assault charges. It is Murray’s reporting of Salmond’s defense that has been the source of his current troubles.

How about the prosecution and now conviction of environmental lawyer Steve Donziger for winning his case against Exxon? Talk about a set up...

Donziger Slams Criminal Contempt Ruling as 'Message of Intimidation' to Human Rights Lawyers "The United States has now become one of those countries where environmental advocates are attacked, put in jail, or even murdered for doing their jobs successfully."

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/07/26/donziger-slams-criminal-con...

In his statement this week he explains:

• In 2011, Ecuador ruled in favor of Indigenous groups on their pollution claims and ordered Chevron to pay $9.5b in damages. Chevron refused to pay, threatened our team with a “lifetime of litigation”, and promised to adopt a “demonize Donziger” strategy.
• Judge Preska was not randomly selected to preside in the case but was hand-picked by Judge Kaplan in violation of local rules.
• The U.S. Attorney refused to prosecute the charges.
• In response, Judge Kaplan invoked an arcane rule for the first time in the court’s history to appoint a private lawyer to prosecute me. The appointment was flagrantly unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution, for reasons that were essentially ignored by Judge Preska.
• Shockingly, Judge Kaplan selected my private “prosecutor” from a Chevron law firm. At my trial it was revealed that the private prosecutor has worked hand-in-glove with Chevron’s lawyers from the first days of the case.
• At trial, Judge Preska invoked the “collateral bar rule” to prevent the defense from submitting evidence on the main issue in the case -- that is why I chose to voluntarily and temporarily go into civil contempt to protect my clients and my own constitutional rights pending appeal.
• In March 2021, I prevailed in the key issue in that appeal, but the court and private prosecutor adamantly refused to let that impact the criminal contempt case.

Then there was the conviction this week of Daniel Hale for revealing that 90% of US drone bomb victims were innocent civilians. Can't have that an we?

Daniel Hale, a former intelligence analyst in the drone program for the Air Force who as a private contractor in 2013 leaked some 17 classified documents about drone strikes to the press, was sentenced today to 45 months in prison.

The documents, published by The Intercept on October 15, 2015, exposed that between January 2012 and February 2013, US special operations airstrikes killed more than 200 people. Of those, only 35 were the intended targets. For one five-month period of the operation, according to the documents, nearly 90 percent of the people killed in airstrikes were not the intended targets. The civilian dead, usually innocent bystanders, were routinely classified as “enemies killed in action.”

https://scheerpost.com/2021/07/27/hedges-the-price-of-conscience/
Chris continues...

The sentencing of Hale is one more potentially mortal blow to the freedom of the press. It follows in the wake of the prosecutions and imprisonment of other whistleblowers under the Espionage Act including Chelsea Manning, Jeffrey Sterling, Thomas Drake and John Kiriakou, who spent two-and-a-half years in prison for exposing the routine torture of suspects held in black sites. Those charged under the act are treated as if they were spies. They are barred from explaining motivations and intent to the court. They cannot provide evidence to the court of the government lawlessness and war crimes they exposed. Prominent human rights organizations, such as the ACLU and PEN, along with mainstream publications, such as The New York Times and CNN, have largely remained silent about the prosecution of Hale.

Caity explains:

if you tell the public the truth about your government’s crimes, you will be made an example of so nobody else tries to do that. And then for that brave and selfless act, you’ll be smeared as doing it for “self-aggrandizement”.

She continues:

The US government makes no secret of the fact that it uses draconian prison sentencing to keep people from reporting the truth about its murderous behavior. It’s the same as the way kings would torture dissidents in the town square to show everyone what happens when you speak ill of your ruler, just dressed up in 21st-century language about “national security” (a claim that is itself nonsense because as Julian Assange said, the overwhelming majority of information is classified to protect political security, not national security).

The idea is that for every whistleblower you flog in the town square with harsh prison sentences, you deter a thousand other government insiders from ever picking up the whistle themselves. They’re not punishing anyone for endangering “national security”, or even necessarily for damaging or inconveniencing them in any real way; Reality Winner’s leaks were of no particular significance, yet she got more than five years just to make an example of her.

And it works. Of course it works. If you’ve witnessed your government doing something horrific, and you’ve got kids, or if you’re in love, or if you’ve got a loved one who needs care, or if you just really don’t want to go to prison, then you’re probably going to look at these whistleblowers being robbed of years of their lives and decide you can find a way to live with the psychological discomfort of knowing what you know without saying anything.

Daniel's handwritten letter to the judge is worth the read...
Typed transcript here: https://thegrayzone.com/2021/07/27/drone-whistleblower-daniel-hales-lett...
Here's a few excerpts...

I continue to recall several such scenes of graphic violence carried out from the cold comfort of a computer chair. Not a day goes by that I don’t question the justification for my actions. By the rules of engagement, It may have been permissible for me to have helped to kill those men—whose language I did not speak, customs I did not understand, and crimes I could not identify—in the gruesome manner that I did watch them die. But how could it be considered honorable of me to continuously have laid in wait for the next opportunity to kill unsuspecting persons, who more often than not, are posing no danger to me or any other person at the time. Never mind honorable, how could it be that any thinking person continued to believe that it was necessary for the protection of the United States of America to be in Afghanistan and killing people, not one of whom present was responsible for the September 11th attacks on our nation. Notwithstanding, in 2012, a full year after the demise of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, I was a part of killing misguided young men, who were but mere children on the day of 9/11.
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I continued to follow orders and obey my command for fear of repercussion. Yet, all the while, becoming increasingly aware that the war had very little to do with preventing terror from coming into the United States and a lot more to do with protecting the profits of weapons manufacturers and so-called defense contractors. The evidence of this fact was laid bare all around me. In the longest, most technologically advanced war in American history, contract mercenaries outnumbered uniform wearing soldiers 2-to-1 and earned as much as 10 times their salary.
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Your Honor, the truest truism that I’ve come to understand about the nature of war is that war is trauma. I believe that any person either called upon or coerced to participate in war against their fellow man is promised to be exposed to some form of trauma. In that way, no soldier blessed to have returned home from war does so uninjured.

Jimmy Dore also covered the story...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMlxz_nezZI (11.5 min)

"I'M WORRIED, They're Trying To Control Us!" | Edward Snowden (2021 WARNING) - 10 min

We are being misinformed, misled, and lied to about most everything. I feel fortunate to have this C99 community to help parse through the propaganda and try to get at the truth of our dire situation. Last week I focused a bit on the climate collapse which rarely makes the news other than as weather events and is never tied to the culprit of fossil fuel, over consumption, and capitalism. This week we have the persecution and actual imprisonment of truth tellers for correctly informing the populace. So what shall we do? Walt Whitman has some advice.

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“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”

― Walt Whitman

Have a great Sunday and a nice week as we move into the 8th month of the year. I look forward to your ideas, comments, and thoughts below.

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You have quite a talent for naming your WW!
Censored, Canceled, Incarcerated, and Controlled
pretty much wraps it up in newspaper Wink

One small item at the end of your essay ..
I get the feeling we are in an episode of Groundhogs Day.
If my math is right, we would be entering the eight month.
The 7th was OK, but maybe not so good as to re-live over again.
But if the past is better than the future, then turn back the pages.
Thanks for the OT and enjoy your Sunday.

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Yes, it is Augustus Caesar's month not Julius. The dog days...
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/150710-dog-days-summe...... have arrived!

Thanks, will edit.
Edit to add: Fixed it and want to add in both Caesars wanted the max days in the namesake month, hence the only back to back 31 day months.

Heard this the other day...
I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.
— Richard Feynman

Have a good one!

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

@Lookout

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I've seen lots of changes. What doesn't change is people. Same old hairless apes.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness

Our main fruit crop is blueberries, but a late freeze zapped 'em. Most of my other fruits are young and not yet producing. We do have lot of muscadines about ready. I'm going to try to make them into a dry wine.

Enjoy your pears!

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@Lookout
it was very good. and my baby grandson LOVED the muscadine grape juice.

My Canadian Apricot survived be half buried in snow and the -18 winter to bloom for the first time. GORGEOUS. Covered in white flowers. But two hard freezes during bloom. No apricots. Asian Pear came through, something I didn't expect from "Asian" in the name. But I think they are from Korea.
Peach trees damaged but still had to thin out at least 2/3 of the fruit.
Pears having bumper crop. Heading into two months of pears from four trees.
Least you get that wrong, all four are espaliered on the Western side of my garage. 20 feet. Don't use the Western side. The trees want to seek the light. Use an eastern or southern wall. I recommend Honeysweet if you only have one. self-fertile, prolific, very resistant to fireblight.
Fruit is small but very tasty. Americans tend to prefer large tasteless fruit. Europeans are smarter.

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I've seen lots of changes. What doesn't change is people. Same old hairless apes.

deletion(sp?) seem to be rampant.
People have lost their minds due to conflicting info. It’s about feelings, not facts.
A feature, not a bug.
The media broke the populace through dRumph derangement.
Humpty Dumpty would be easier to put back together.

Thanks JtC for letting me back in, I’ll try to police myself a little better.

High All! Don’t let the bastards turn you into one of them. Sound advice I’ll try to follow:

Live close to the earth
Sing close to the music
Love close to the body
That’s all I know. . .

If I can find the author, will attribute.

The hammer is coming, don’t be a nail

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Ya got to be a Spirit, cain't be no Ghost. . .

Explain Bldg #7. . .

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@Tall Bald and Ugly

Thanks for coming by. Your quote is similar to Whitman's thoughts in the last clip.

TDS (Trump derangement syndrome) removed all rational thought from once rational people. I like Jimmy's idea that it causes people to just use the lizard part of the brain stem.

Well take care and be well!

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Needed those thoughts to start my day. Am thankful to the many here at C99 that work to keep the fog lifted and for us to understand what is really going on daily.

Hope you have a great week ahead of you. Here in northern New Mexico we have had some nice rains and hopefully will help with the drought conditions. Off to do my morning chores but have many of your articles to go back and read.

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Life is what you make it, so make it something worthwhile.

This ain't no dress rehearsal!

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@jakkalbessie

...have an late 1800's vintage edition of "leaves of grass".

Glad to hear of your rain. Makes me feel better after a dry spell for the relief of rain.

Sounds like some folks are getting to much monsoon rain out that way. Saw that I-70 was shut down last week due to landslides in CO.
Denver, Colorado 2021-07-20 23:00:20 –

Glenwood Springs, Colorado — Both directions from Interstate 70 to Glenwood Canyon are closed. The Colorado Department of Transportation closed the interstate highway on Tuesday due to the potential for flash floods.

Flash flood warnings were issued in central Arizona on Friday, July 30, as severe thunderstorms hit the region.

It is the Goldilocks story, not too much, not too little, but just right!

Thanks for the visit and update. Hope all is going well. Have a good week!

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It has been quite a week and you've met the challenge to say what needs to be said. The destruction of the Press and the total suppression of opposing viewpoints is what's been on so many minds as the facts about Covid are coming into clearer focus.

First, I cannot wait to see Oliver Stone's latest work.

Second---Ed Snowden's clip gets what is so alarming and his calm presentation makes it easy to accept, even for doubters.

I also want to put in a word for Seth Rich and Michael Hastings. Two truthtellers who were murdered young to shut them up. Both murders were listed as robberies, even though nothing was missing from their bodies. The dark forces no longer care about credibility and that is very chilling.

My personal way to survive is going to be through my gardening interest. Two of my neighbors and I met yesterday to discuss how we can sustain our gardening pleasure during the long winter in NYC from our 20th floor perches. Like me, they have indoor plants, too, but not very many and in general, the same old reliable species. Our plan is to try to expand the scope of what is possible inside our homes. Just as we are amazed by the sunflowers now in full bloom on my balcony, what else can we grow inside? Daily misting to overcome heating systems that dry out our air will be key. Gardening makes the three of us happy and hopeful and learning so it's a sound plan for the short term. I think. or tell myself.

"Everything is a rich man's trick." TRUTH

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I was not familiar with Michael Hastings.
https://www.mintpressnews.com/michael-hastings-targeted-cia-wikileaks-re...
Now that I see the hacked car I remember. Thanks for renewed info.

So glad your gardening experience is meaningful and rich. Nice to have friends with similar interest too. Community is important. I'm getting close to exploring some animal production...at least hens and eggs next spring.

Wishing you and yours the best!

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@Lookout Please tell us all about how that goes.

Michael Hastings caused Obama to fire Stanley McCrystal who was Commander in Afghanistan? IraQ? who trash talked POTUS openly and Michael got it on tape when he was embedded with the troops.

Cannot cross a General and live. How is this not fascism?

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exposure with our sliding door onto the deck. So we bought a vintage wrought-iron baker’s rack, and we keep it filled to the max all winter with culinary herbs and smallish veg: we have an 8-season old rosemary bush that migrates in and out seasonally for the bottom, and we always grow chives, parsley, thyme, and basil all winter long. We’ve had some success keeping a small Serrano pepper, and mixed results with cilantro- it is very picky, and some years it just won’t play along. The rosemary, chives, and parsley are the easiest keepers, if that is of interest. The rosemary is dead easy, as long as you keep it moist: it likes some foliar watering, and rewards you by humidifying the kitchen a little bit. And chives are basically weeds, so they can be really rewarding. Just some food for thought, so to speak…

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Twice bitten, permanently shy.

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@usefewersyllables  
somehow a whole lotta aphids came outta nowhere and did them in.

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@lotlizard

...they really suck.

aphid guts convert the abundant simple sugars into long-chain oligosaccharides. Aphids then excrete the excess sugar-rich honeydew, which often attracts ants. The ants protect aphids from predators.
https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(08)00376-X

...aphids are parthenogenetic [- capable of asexual reproduction]
https://www.earthlife.net/insects/aphids.html

Use a mixture of soapy water and cayenne pepper spray to control them
https://homeguides.sfgate.com/kill-aphids-water-soap-pepper-91937.html

Don't let 'em suck you dry!

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@lotlizard
(tiny little black flies), it can be difficult- but that is true of all indoor plants. We user the Safer insecticidal soap with a little neem oil to control them, spraying early and often. We don't get aphids or fungus flies on the rosemary at all, for some reason- the local flies don't seem to like her. But they will definitely wreck parsley in very little time, and once they get into that, the other tougher plants can fall like dominoes.

The only plant we bring in and out is the rosemary for that reason. The rest, we start inside from seed with fresh soil every time, so that they haven't had a chance to get infested by being out in the world. The joy of indoor gardening and having fresh herbs within arm's reach can be a little frustrating because of those critters- but you can get there with a little perseverance.

One year we even kept a little bush grape tomato inside all winter. We didn't get many tomatoes from it, but it was a nice splash of color. Made it to early March, and just utterly keeled over overnight. Might have to try it again this winter...

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Twice bitten, permanently shy.

@usefewersyllables My balcony door faces East. Straight East. So it gets generous winter sun. I never thought of putting something directly in front of it but it just might work!!!!!!

Thank you.

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very strong evidence of the CIA involvement in the Kennedy assassination. I highly recommend both. One is Family of Secrets by Russ Baker. The other is The Devil's Chessboard by David Talbot.

I hope I get to see Stone's newest documentary.

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"Without the right to offend, freedom of speech does not exist." Taslima Nasrin

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@Fishtroller 02 .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZFcK0gCwm0

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"The “jumpers” reminded us that one day we will all face only one choice and that is how we will die, not how we will live." Chris Hedges on 9/11

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I didn't even think to look for it. I'll also look forward to watching it. Somehow I missed his movie JFK too.

Always nice to "see" you. Hope all is well and you've been getting needed rain.

Oops you've got to log in and register at a link below the youtube. Thanks though I'll catch it elsewhere.

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The message is that the video is unavailable because the account has been terminated.

I'm not kidding.

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"Without the right to offend, freedom of speech does not exist." Taslima Nasrin

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@Fishtroller 02

I was going to recommend his 10 episode series the untold history of the US which had been posted to YouTube, but I see it is now behind a pay wall. However, it is available on Netflix if you use them.

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Devil's Chessboard, but haven't seen Family of Secrets, the Bushes are quite the story. Thanks for the rec!

Have a good one!

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Lots for me to listen to and read - many thanks, as always, for your excellent compilation.

Enjoy the day! Pleasantry

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It is a truly delicious irony (and very nasty prank) that the oft repeated adage "and the truth shall set you free" is not accompanied by a disclaimer to the effect that "Telling it will get you incarcerated, fired, demoted, expelled, censured, censored, de-monetized and/or otherwise punished".

"Don't be that bothersome kid constantly asking "why", just take our/their word for it" evolves as one ages, but never really changes. You have two options; Galileo recanted and retracted, Bruno was burned at the stake. There is a reason that certain folk are said to be "blissfully ignorant". That first word is significant.

Good words from Whitman, but where to insert the phrase "but do not work with food not bombs"

The first of the month, break out the chore list, the things to do, another mini cycle begins but it is still not raining here, still sere and dry and dangerous. All the same, it is raining somewhere.

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@enhydra lutris

it hasn't done any good.

As to truth telling, you will indeed be punished. I like your realistic options...
recant or burn.

Thanks for the insight and song.

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All "Narrative" is a LIE.

Real life is not an epic Manichean drama like Lord of the Rings - it is a meandering farce like Monty Python's Flying Circus.

The world is not monolithic, nor even is any country upon it, especially not the "United" States.

Chaos is not the problem; Order is.

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS 'NORMAL'.

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We live in a society in which "we live in a society" is considered a subversive and vaguely-threatening statement.

In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.

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Find I agree with them all.

Thanks for the input. Viewing life as a farce sure makes it easier to swallow, and it is what it is no matter our approach.

Take care and be as happy as you can in the nuthouse.

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I'm awaiting the patent approval for a "Sheeple Actuator".

Say the wrong thing or type the wrong words and a ray will emanate from your device's (computer, phone, tablet, whatever) screen that will zap your ass into submission. Calibrated for the magnitude of the transgression, of course.

Bill Gates will surely want this so I expect to be the first to be zapped, you know how he is when it comes to stealing computer code.

You will own nothing, and be happy.

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@JtC

and will instead pull an Amazon, and steal and market your invention. BEWARE...lest you find yourself in a shocking situation.

At least I like the be happy idea.

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Build, Back, Better is off to a rough start, people aren't buying it

This is happening in Autralia

This in France

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/31/french-protests-grow-again...

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Prof. Feynman

Should Ivermectin work, you wouldn't need a vaccine passport or lockdowns, would you?

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@ggersh

...as well as Americans. From your link:

200,000 take to the streets to oppose proof-of-vaccination for hospitals, trains, and cultural and leisure centres

What happens in the US when it happens here? Most get vaccinated, carry their papers, and criticize anyone who doesn't. That's my bet anyway.

Thanks for the link and visit!

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Here's some stuff to read.
Caitlin Johnstone - Keith Olbermann Wants Jimmy Dore Banned From All Platforms
Whiskey & Gunpowder - “It Failed Miserably” – What If the US Lost a War and Nobody Noticed?
Maybe the best thing I've ever read in my local fishwrap - I'm a progressive but I embrace some of the right's populism

Have a nice day.

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@Azazello

Man at all the things they managed not to do!

Thanks for the link as usual. I'll check them out today.

Hope you haven't had any flooding, but are enjoying nice rains!

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@Lookout
as the wettest month ever in Tucson since record keeping began.
Arizona Daily Star
We got nearly 8 inches in my neighborhood. No problem with flooding in the city but one of our ceilings caved in. We'll have to get our roof redone and we're not the only ones. All the roofing companies are slammed right now. It's almost worth it, though, to see the hillsides green and the washes running.

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@Azazello

good luck ..

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With timbers falling down and the roof all caved in
Lets in the sunshine and the rain
But there's angels watching over me when I lay down to sleep
In my little old log cabin in the lane

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@Azazello

you're talking my language!

It is another advantage of living here...good and bad everywhere, we just need to focus on some of the good.

Thanks for the song.

From Arkansas Traveler...
Hey Farmer why don't you fix your roof?
Cause I can't get up there when it's rainin', and it don't leak when it ain't.

Pete plays it with a few of the jokes...

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@Azazello
from Peter D; should be on billboards all over the country.

Not sure about that right-wing populism portrayed; can't recall ever seeing any of that right wing which: wants to work for the cause of greater equality.

Great Whiskey and Gunpowder article, too bad nothing will change. We don't learn from history or real wars, and almost certainly won't from exercises and war games.

be well and have a good one.

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@enhydra lutris @enhydra lutris
Yes, they are misled but I believe that many of them can be reached.
Why would you want the 99% divided like that, 45% "left" vs. 45% "right" ?
Who is served by that division ?
Did you see this ? Who Will Pay To Protect Tech Giants From Rising Seas?

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@Azazello
rightwingers, I would have very few friends in my area. That is why I harp on policy not identity. Most people want the same things and you just have to frame it that way. They all know the system is fucked up.

I live where trump flags fly. I think they are terribly misguided.. as I do anyone who thinks Biden is doing a good job.

Glad to hear of your rain, but sorry about the ceiling! We now have a spray foam roof which is working well. Few people are aware of it as an option.

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@Azazello

Why would you want the 99% divided like that, 45% "left" vs. 45% "right" ?

Don't particularly want it, and don't particularly recall saying I did. I just don't recall any of the right wingers I've talked to about things being at all into equality. Maybe it's a difference in our definitions of right winger, I don't particularly see all Republicans as such, and maybe it's partly that I'm inclined to include what I know of how the specific individuals in question act in interpreting what they say. Perhaps just bad luck.

be well and have a good one

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@enhydra lutris
I could have phrased that better, sorry. I didn't mean to imply ...
I've been having this discussion a lot lately.
My own son, fer chrissakes, thinks I may be going Biden in my old age and that I've been influenced by "right-wingers" on YouTube.
But wait a minute.
What's a "right-winger" anyway, and why are they being demonized in the MSM ?
Aren't they just Americans ?
We've got to stop ridiculing them and find a way to reach them, as many as we can.

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@Azazello

What's a "right-winger" anyway, and why are they being demonized in the MSM ?
Aren't they just Americans ?
We've got to stop ridiculing them and find a way to reach them, as many as we can.

They are our allies if we would just frame it correctly.

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@Azazello

it hard to discuss. Rabid dominionists who are working toward armed insurrection to install "biblical law" and slaughter all the gays and, depending upon sect, Jews, non-believers, disbelievers, "mud people", wrong sects, and the like? I've given up trying to talk to them, we don't have any language in common. The "straight outta Turlock" crew? Well maybe, if you have the time. I know one I've been working on for maybe 25 years or so, I'm no longer evil incarnate, nor are gays, though certain ethnic groups are still beyond the pale and there's no way in hell I'll live long enough to sell him equality for all, let alone get him to affirmatively work toward bringing it about. Mere Republicans aren't per se right wingers, whatever that may be, but the two sets sure do intersect somewhere.

be well and have a good one

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@enhydra lutris
I can assure you these folks have our same interests... ending wars and spending that money at home, Medicare for all, jobs and decent pay. Color them red but we are on the same side. That is the purposeful divide IMO. Don't let the people unite so they can manipulate us against one another...

Sadly we don't have a platform through which we could unite...those too are designed to divide and separate. And so it goes....

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@Lookout

assure you that I know folks who support wars, oppose medicare for all and think a minmum wage isn't really necessary. In addition I have met but don't "know" many more of the same.

Be that as it may, that wasn't my point in the first place which was disagreeing with the assertion that some huge fraction of the so-called right wing wants to work for the cause of greater equality. I'm far from convinced that the majority of the left wing wants to work for greater equality, let along the right wing or, the total populace, since both wings are, arguably, the total populace.

Most people don't want full equality and certainly aren't willing to work for it. Most folks I've met see themselves and a select set of others as better and more entitled than one or more groups who they do not believe are or should be their equals and who they feel should not be treated as their equals in one or more regards. Most folks do not feel overly driven to be on top, but damn near nobody wants to be on the bottom simply cannot get egalitarianism through their heads. They know for certain that they are certainly better than those (insert one or more classes, categories or groups of people) and are entitled to more and better (anything and everything).

be well and have a good one

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@enhydra lutris

that you refer to is often a reflection of feeling victimised in some way, whether it is historically or personally so. Some can overcome that feeling while others bury themselves in it.

I get the feeling that Lookout feels defensive of his community. Regardless of their positions they share some similar sentiments. Seeking common ground is difficult, but if that is the intention then anything is possible, I think.

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@enhydra lutris
...and stop thinking of people as labels.
My community is poor. They understand the system is rigged against them. Most of them like most people in the US do want M4A, to end the wars, improve our infrastructure, and so on.

Yes there are unreachable individuals. Don't waste time with them. Go for the majority because I do think if we would get off this left right divide we would find we we have more in common than differences.

Your community may be vastly different, but that is my situation.

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@Lookout
as it is fractious, and about labels and stereotypes, which are generally oversimplified horsebleep. There are folks out on the fringe who might be "right" or "left", but most are in that vast middle that fears change and just wants things to go on in some established "safe mode".

Your community might actually be more egalitarian because it is more impecunious. Such groups and cultures, the ones that are stable and survive, are often more egalitarian in outlook and more charitable without being charitable and more likely to assist each other and rely on one another than is the norm.

AS to what most US persons want I am leeey of too much acceptance of polling results, because on many of those topics, in one on one situations, a lot of the "supporters" tend to tell me "oh yeah, I'm all for that, except ..." and then go on to qualify it into something less and different.

be well and have a good one

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@Lookout
as it is fractious, and about labels and stereotypes, which are generally oversimplified horsebleep. There are folks out on the fringe who might be "right" or "left", but most are in that vast middle that fears change and just wants things to go on in some established "safe mode".

Your community might actually be more egalitarian because it is more impecunious. Such groups and cultures, the ones that are stable and survive, are often more egalitarian in outlook and more charitable without being charitable and more likely to assist each other and rely on one another than is the norm.

AS to what most US persons want I am leeey of too much acceptance of polling results, because on many of those topics, in one on one situations, a lot of the "supporters" tend to tell me "oh yeah, I'm all for that, except ..." and then go on to qualify it into something less and different.

be well and have a good one

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@enhydra lutris

Rabid dominionists who are working toward armed insurrection to install "biblical law" and slaughter all the gays and, depending upon sect, Jews, non-believers, disbelievers, "mud people", wrong sects, and the like

You're right, these are probably unreachable.
Good thing their numbers are miniscule.
74 million people voted for Donald Trump and I'll bet 50 million of those are reachable.
This was in my Sunday fishwrap, got me off on the wrong foot this morning.

I'm pretty sure the cartoonist is a big D Dem, probably identifies as "progressive".
Note the ignorant, white male, right-winger in the red shirt and the enlightened, powerful woman of color in the blue shirt.
Why ? Who does this serve ?

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@Azazello

Use ID to keep us divided. It is page one of the dimwit play book. Didn't you get the memo?

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@Azazello

It has a picture of Che on it. "Straight out of Turlock" has even gotten used to seeing it and understands that I have no interest in flag day and can live with that, but it took many years to get there. Wink

That cartoon is just pointless.

be well and have a good one

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@Azazello

flood risks, but I've seen the idiocy. Used to drive by the site of facebook often, before it was the site of facebook and then later as it was developed. It was insane, it was already a flood zone and it was known that the waters would rise and keep doing so. Google is just as bad and you just know that they will try to blackmail the various governments into bailing them out and will probably succeed because we have a corporatocracy.

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@Azazello

...to radically divide the American people and set them against each other over international matters.
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Why would you want the 99% divided like that, 45% "left" vs. 45% "right" ?
Who is served by that division ?

It would serve all of humanity and save countless iives.

Our dirty wars and our destructive foreign policy are driven largely by a right-wing neoconservatives ideology — popular with morally stunted people who worship a psychopathic form of Christian superstition. There is no loyal opposition at home to the evil actions of the US abroad. But there is no other body the world — not even the UN — that has the standing that the American people have to put a stop to these unlawful and immoral atrocities.

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@Pluto's Republic

Our dirty wars and our destructive foreign policy are driven largely by a right-wing neoconservatives ideology — popular with morally stunted people who worship a psychopathic form of Christian superstition.

Biden is a good example. Illegally bombing Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, etc. Sanctioning anyone who doesn't toe the corporate line...Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Iran, China, etc. Aggressively prodding China and Russia. Both parties are complicit in the War State USA.

To my mind both sides of the aisle are warmongers.

Twain’s “War Prayer”
"O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle – be Thou near them! With them – in spirit – we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with hurricanes of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it – for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.”

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@Lookout

The legislators and the corporate donors of both sides profit massively from pushing war and other rigged industries. This is true.

However, the political ideology and twisted religion that motivates US global murder and mayhem is strictly Right Wing — and it is reflected in the neglectful passivity and denialism across the entire US population. There is no Left party in US politics; there never has been. There are only activists — and they have been crushed, silenced, and murdered for more than 250 years.

The two-party kabuki plays out in irrelevant domestic issues, mostly in catching each other in hypocrisies and sexual scandals. The Dems specialize in running a bait and switch grift on the worker class in order to win elections. This is why Democrats are sometimes described as Liberal. However, the US has the worst labor laws of the top 40 developed nations. That could not happen without the century-long collision between the two Right Wing political parties — and their corporate donors. The Obama years told us everything we need to know about the Dems lust for war.

ymmv

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@Pluto's Republic

The two parties are one right-wing party. That is certainly correct!

One plays on identity, and the other on "freedumb", but both are warmongering capitalists.

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Kudos, lo!
I have prepping on the brain this weekend. I am not talking about underground vaults with guns, ammo, and spam for a year, nor am I talking about canning and dehydrating enough food for a couple of years. (I didn't get my garden in this past year, but intend to have a modest sized garden in spring.)
Anyone who lives in a hurricane alley knows you need certain items for those 2 and 3 week stretches when you have no electricity, possibly no water, and the stores are not open. I have always stocked up enough food and fuel, and matches and lamps, to get me through it.
Now, I think about interruptions of the supply chain. If we have already seen a shortage of ppe's, of masks, of damn toilet paper,of basic food items on the shelves, I think it is appropriate to be prepared for a lack of food, clothing, cleaning supplies, and so forth. I am re-arranging closets and pantries to make room for storing necessities.
It is simple, and right now, most everything I stock is on sale. There is no reason to not believe the price of everything will one day shoot up to the sky.
Hey, it never hurts to have extra shoes, huh?
Take care, LO.

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@on the cusp

Up thread I said I was going to explore hens and eggs for the same reason. The freezer is almost full and we could coast on that for a while. It is a weird world into which we wander. Glad you've got your partner for companionship on the roller coaster ride.

Be well and good luck with your cases.

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@on the cusp were pretty bare this week, which tells me that you and I am not the only ones preparing to survive supply chain disruptions.

They had the toilet paper I prefer so I stocked up on that, but no decent paper towels and no Gulden's mustard. and yes, paper towels are very different. I bought some "bargain" brands last time there were supply chain problems and they are practically useless.

On the specific mustard, I am old and like what I like----Gulden's and Honeycup sharp mustard. The store brands are better than nothing but not by much.

Shopping and stocking up will be important now and having done that carefully before Hurricane Sandy left me without running water or heat or electricity for 5 1/2 days, I was grateful that I had everything I needed until a semblance of normal returned.

No running water in a highrise means no toilets that flush or elevators working. In general I came thru with minimum problems, having lived on a giant commune in TN without running water and electricity in the early seventies. Toughened me up in the best way possible.

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@NYCVG

shop towels are better and more efficacious than ordinary paper towels and cost less to boot. Haven't tested that idea myself, though I do have a box of quasi-fottom shelf shop towels in the truck. Maybe I need to devise some tests, but selling my wife on ugly blue towels in a large pop-up box might be more trouble than it is worth.

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@NYCVG Walmart on Saturday had exactly 1 tiny bottle of an off brand in their mustard section.
Strange.

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@on the cusp
Nothing else spells civilization than indoor plumbing and hygiene.

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I've seen lots of changes. What doesn't change is people. Same old hairless apes.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness

we need to make a clean wipe of it all!

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I will post a psa about any sale on any product that people on the site might need. The thing to do is buy necessities while they are affordable. I will stick to the stores that are nationwide, such as Target, or Kroger.

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I will stick to the stores that are nationwide, such as Target, or Kroger.

Kroger appears to existt in 35 states or so, mostly midwest & south. I went to their website looking to see if they had any nearby (can't recall seeing any) and up popped little picture of a truck and the words "Ship to 94546". Not one to quit too easily I poked a bit more and found that they own Ralphs(tm) which is a SoCal chain which, according to their webside, is also willing to ship up here.

Don't know if there are any completely nationwide grocery chains left anymore, long ago Piggly Wiggly might have been.

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@enhydra lutris But Walmart is everywhere, so is Academy Outdoors, Target, but I don't know of a food store chain that goes to the entire US.

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@on the cusp

as a grocery store, but I guess they are, at least in the same way that Target is.

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When Russiagate started seriously get pushed right after the 2016 election, I thought the flood gates of _mass_ censorship was truly born. The central compelling idea that came to be accepted by democrats, many republicans, and the media was that Russian use of social media was thee cause of Hillary's loss. By using social media the Russians took away people's agency and made them into Putin's zombies. We know that propaganda works but with social media, the effects were massive
and immediate.
Long haul propaganda was not effective as it took time. Social media propaganda could not resisted and could change the course of events in the here and now. And thus a vital and necessary need for censorship.

Thus was born the justifications and need for censorship which is now accepted by major private and public institutions over issues not having to do with traditional politics. (I read a headline in passing that some medical school instructors are afraid to teach that biological sex exists. You know some of us have x and some have y chromosomes.)

These notions have evolved to the point that the government can claim that unrestricted free speech on social media was murdering people in the actual flesh. And also if one follows Greenwald that criticizing reporters could be an actual of actual violence. Even the ACLU has given up free speech positions if the censorship involves going after "racial justice" claims.

So the White House, really the administrative deep state, wants to wipe out a person's total ability to participate in the Internet if the views are not sanctioned. The next logical step which I see some traction on is making unacceptable speech criminal as happened in UK with Craig Murray and Julian Assange. By this I mean that the jailing and retribution will be formalized in laws.

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@MrWebster

The law is what TPTB declare it to be. Julian is guilty of sedition for revealing war crimes? Same with Chelsea, Daniel, Kiriakou and so many more. Putin doesn't have ships in the gulf of Mexico nor bases in Canada...but they are the aggressor? Same with the UK, AU, and US in the S. China Sea, but China is the aggressor? It really is "How can any thinking person not see?"

I would add Israel's genocide policy, but Iran bad. We must protect Afghan women but the hell with females in Saudi. We are masters of hypocrisy and yet no one objects nor can see? I'm ashamed as a teacher that we didn't do a better job helping folks learn to think. I hope I helped my students.

Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

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@MrWebster

here comes the stick.

"The next logical step which I see some traction on is making unacceptable speech criminal as happened in UK with Craig Murray and Julian Assange. By this I mean that the jailing and retribution will be formalized in laws."

That's right - anyone straying off the narrative reservation is clearly a terrorist threat and should be dealt with accordingly.

According to Baylor U. vaccine proselytizer Dr. Peter Hotez, anyway.

Nature Magazine April 29, 2021

Anti-vaccine disinformation has turned reasonable questions and concerns over rare side effects into conspiracy worries, exaggerated fears, and outrage at being treated like ‘guinea pigs’.
Accurate, targeted counter-messaging from the global health community is important but insufficient, as is public pressure on social-media companies. The United Nations and the highest levels of governments must take direct, even confrontational, approaches with Russia, and move to dismantle anti-vaccine groups in the United States.
Efforts must expand into the realm of cyber security, law enforcement, public education and international relations. A high-level inter-agency task force reporting to the UN secretary-general could assess the full impact of anti-vaccine aggression, and propose tough, balanced measures. The task force should include experts who have tackled complex global threats such as terrorism, cyber attacks and nuclear armament, because anti-science is now approaching similar levels of peril. It is becoming increasingly clear that advancing immunization requires a counteroffensive.

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@Blue Republic

of this essay. I wish I saw a clear back door to escape the expanded censorship and tracking of people, but...

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your excellent WW always straightens me out and I try to behave better. Thank You so much for all the links.

I love the Walt Whitman quote at the end. I shall do as he said.

Our German TV has quite a bit of excellent documentaries. They help me getting distracted from the current realities.

I wish you all well and pray for less environmental (and political) disasters to hit us.

I want this device JtC got for us, but one that would work towards the authors of the main stream media, who lie to rip our hearts and souls apart. I think we have been ripped apart way too often and it looks as if we can't cobble each other together again.

Have a good one.

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@mimi

We face a crazy future. Enter the nuthouse at your own risk, but treasure the opportunity to challenge the system. Not that we can really do anything but be awake to the sickness of the system.

Hope your garden is growing and you are happy. All the best!

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...and you knew how to read history properly and could see the truth of what really happened?

What if you understood the way power works, and the way it has always worked?

What if you could grasp all the cruel injustices and dark karma woven into your society, but no one else seems troubled by the feverish violence just under the surface of our civilization. Muting your awareness is your responsibility. Bury the conflicts and the cognitive dissonance. and forget them. Every generation before you has done just that.

What if you were magically just twenty five years old? Again.

And, what if you retained just enough wisdom to know what is possible and what is not.

What would you do now if you were twenty-five?
What would you avoid?

Or was one roll of the dice enough for you?

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Add some Truth to your daily news. CGTN — See the difference!

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@Pluto's Republic
...I've played my part as a youngin'.
I tried, lord knows I tried to teach and enlighten. I don't go to my grave doubting my efforts. However, the system is too counterbalanced against any effort thinking people exert. The propaganda megaphone is too powerful and we lack the ability to think our way out of a wet paper bag. It is a hell of a mess but it is what we face. Better look with open eyes.

As I'm fond of saying...treasure everyday and love your friends and companions.

Thanks for the comment and visit!

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@Pluto's Republic

On when I was that mythical 25 again - when I was 25 (Carter years) or now?

Would much prefer the former. Would definitely make a point of getting laid more.

Beyond that, would want to be saving the world, of course. (or at least managing some damage control in that direction).

Think I'd recognize (with all that greater knowledge/understanding/insight) that greater concern and commitment to improving and changing myself would be of more use than trying to change other people.

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best essay(s) I've seen here. Thank you - the Walt Whitman alone is a gem, was not familiar with it.

Here's a further example of attempted erasure of history and stifling of scientific debate - case of Dr. Robert Malone, one of a handful of key figures in the development of mRNA therapeutics:

I hope, LO, that you will be consistent in also upholding the non-censorship/cancellation of those holding off-narrative views on climate change as well...

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@Blue Republic

...which is collected in a fair and consistent measure. However, anyone who can't see climate chaos is occurring is a bit naive in my book. Now causes can be debated, but Arctic melting and so on is undeniable.

To my mind questioning (especially accepted ideas) is a good thing. Thanks for your questions. I think they are valid. Many scientists turn their understanding into unshakable belief and that's when we get off track.

All the best!

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