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I started believing conspiracy theories in the early 2000s. Twenty years ago I discovered Linux. As a public school technology teacher I quickly recognized the hoards of educational applications in server systems and software packages. And it was all free to download. What more could a school want? Great educational tools that didn't cost anything. And the students could also download them at no cost.

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Issues First in a Decade National Defense Strategy



(Note: the map above is dated, and certainly doesn’t show the secret bases all over Africa.)

Here’s the report by the DoD media spokesman on Mad Dog’s Jan. 19 speech at Johns Hopkins University in Washington.  He says it’s a good fit with Herr Trump’s NSS (most said Mattis helped write that one, a well), but that this is rather an ‘American Strategy’ (a variant on #MAGA, or #MASA, Make Amerika Safe Again™, and even more of bombastic, especially: the warnings.  I’d call it a Declaration of War on any other nation on the planet that dares to defy Total US Imperial Command and Control coupled with paranoid projections onto his/their ‘enemies’.  No multipolar world is allowable, and it  sure has nothing to do with ‘Defense’. The hyperlinked document is a pdf, 14 pages.  I’ve bolded a few passages, and have reproduced portions of his Cliffs Notes.  Yep, it’s long, and you may not want to read it; neither did I, but it’s all stuff we need to know to move forward in any meaningful way.  If ending war happens to be your most important issue, I’d urge you to check into Ballotpedia to see how folks you’re considering voted for…voted on military and FP issues.  There are prizes for those who finish.  Wink

Obscene Wealth Inequality Calls for a Global People's Revolution

Let's see, how can I express my rage any differently than I already have?

According to a new Oxfam report, 82% of the wealth generated last year went to the richest 1 percent of the global population. The poorest half, that would be about 3.5 billion, saw no increase at all.

MMT and Debt Jubilees versus Bitcoins and the "Cashless Economy"

I just read two longish articles that everyone needs to add to their reference library: one by Michael Hudson that puts his Debt Jubilee work into today's context; and an amazing summary of how Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) actually explains today's economy, while neoclassical economics is utter bullshit that keeps the parasitic financial capitalists in charge.

How US went from supporting Syrian Kurds, to backing Turkey against them – in just 9 days

Hahahaha. This country is so weak! We’re going to take on RUSSIA! or China? We can’t do shit except fight drone wars. Long distance killings. Generally against innocent civilians.

And this is shameful. The US loved the Kurds when tjey were doing all the heavy lifting against ISIS. Now we betray them yet again. But then, that is what we do everytime we come in contact with the Kurdish people. We use them and then toss them in the trash.

"Bisbee '17" Debuts at Sundance

I wrote a story about the making of this movie, in Bisbee, several months ago. The movie tells the story of breaking a miner's strike in 1917, in Bisbee Arizona, "Queen of the Copper Camps". It was filmed 100 years to the day after the events, in the same locations, using local actors and extras to portray the story. Mostly local...Azazello came up from Tucson to give us a hand (on my neck). My partner, and her grand-daughter also took part.

“It takes just four days for a chief executive of one of the world's five biggest fashion retailers to earn as much as a Bangladeshi garment worker will earn in their entire lifetime, the charity said.”

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The Weekly Watch

Shut Down the Government, and Escalate the Wars

...sounds like a plan

It was a busy week like they all seem to be. Obviously they want to keep everyone preoccupied, distracted...you know shut down the government and accelerate disorder in the Middle East and around the world. Hold protest and marches against T-rump, but vote to give him increased surveillance powers. So we try to escape in our addictions to fossil fuels, opioids, meth, ...and entertainment.

It isn't just cartoonists that feel this way Mr. Fish
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Scandals Swirl Around Pope Francis: Sex Abuse, Child Porn, Cocaine and Corruption

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In just the latter half of 2017, over a dozen scandals - with hints of more to come - drew close to the pope but were mostly ignored by the U.S. media.

July 3 - Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer accused of sex abuse cover-up.

Tom Petty, Another Victim of the Opioid Crisis.

Was just forwarded this via NPR (apologies, I'm loathe to support those Neoliberal hucksters pretending to be journalists).

The death of rocker Tom Petty in October 2017 came as a result of an accidental drug overdose with a toxic mix of drugs taken for several ailments, including a fractured hip.

The results of an autopsy were released Friday by Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner Jonathan Lucas.

America's hilariously, criminally incompetent Syrian strategy

Imagine if you will, the Three Stooges, armed with machine guns, spraying bullets into a packed theater because they saw a bad guy in the crowd.
That's America's foreign policy in Syria.
We've accomplished nothing but getting hundreds of thousands of people killed, while undermining our own standing in the region.

JFK to 911 Everything Is A Rich Man's Trick

Hello Everyone,

Been quite a while. Taking a needed break. However, I ran into this video, and it made me think of all of you - Big Al in particular.

h/t to New Bohemian Media on Facebook for the link. I know many of you aren't on FB, so I won't leave a link. For those of you that do drop by FB, I think you would like New Bohemian Media's page.

Bids to build renewable energy in Colorado point to a bright future

Cross-posted from Real Economics.

In Colorado, an electric utility's request for proposals to build new generating capacity resulted in stunning evidence that renewables are now cheaper than fossil fuels--even with storage capacity included for when solar and wind are "down."

Midnight Special - Shutdown City

At this writing, it's still up in the air. I won't even guess. Well, I will. I think they'll miraculously come up with an agreement to avoid a shutdown and the serfs will heave a big sigh of relief and express gratitude that their political representatives running this country for them (right?) have done a solid for the U.S. of A.

USA! USA! USA! We're number One!

It's all a charade, a mockery, an act, a masquerade, a farce.

Native (Schuyler Lake) Memorial

Friends,

A brief announcement that Native's friends will gather here at our home for some sort of informal memorial and scattering of his ashes in the Pecos River we live next to. Weather permitting, of course, this being New Mexico in the winter.

All are welcome. Accommodations somewhat limited.

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Time to be determined.

Call for directions should you care to attend: 575-427-4202

Claude

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