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07.21 Greta Thunberg: ‘They see us as a threat because we’re having an impact’ [We love a sane smarty-pants! Trump, you won't understand any of this, so just go off and tweet or chant, or whatever...]
07.20 Until Emissions Drop, Nothing Has Been Accomplished: The Climate Resistance Handbook Is Here. [Trump can't be bothered as the world turns into a large cinder. His laser focus is on personal greed.]
07.20 Cargo ships are emitting boatloads of carbon, and nobody wants to take the blame [1:19 video; Governments must commission to fight deadly shipping emissions, previously omitted in climate summit agreements....]
07.20 With Petition to Congress, 100,000+ People Demand Green New Deal 'That Fixes Our Food System' [Realtime proactive response to reality—now and threatening—doesn't get attention in this greed focused administration]
07.19 Trump administration won't ban pesticide tied to childhood brain damage [There is no truth to the persistent rumor that chlorpyrifos pesticide was heavily used at Trump's childhood home in Queens]
07.17 Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen forced out by board [Given that states have lost abortion rights on political grounds recently, Wen's philosophical approach to protect abortion rights based on ‘health care’ was smarter – therefore it was that smarter strategy that was killed at the secret meeting.]
07.17 What is happening in America's Cancertown is tragic, immoral and evil [Niggardly white government policies could change to produce better students, better jobs and net revenue instead of costs. But it seems they enjoy more cruelty—like Trump.]
07.15 Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities [Non-corporate human animals make their annoying bleating sounds...]
07.14 A Glacier the Size of Florida Is Becoming Unstable. It Has Dire Implications for Global Sea Levels [The willfully ignorant needn't read more, Trump]
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07.21 A court ruled it was legal for guards to strip search female inmates and force them to remove their tampons in front of male officers for a 'training exercise' [The frequency and degree of immorality and degradation being reported in the media is very disturbing, as if society has been reprogrammed overnight to be more like the worst behavior of Nazi Germany]
07.21 THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS GETTING CRUSHED IN FUNDRAISING: “THEY NEED TO GET THEIR SHIT TOGETHER” [Since so-called moderate Democrats will prostitute themselves in many conceivable ways (offering that special quid pro quo) they have effectively become competitively ANTI-PUBLIC, like Republicans. Whereas progressive Democrats must promise not to take corporate donations at all as an effective litmus-test. The DNC refuses to raise funds for moderate and progressives separately, and thus donations fall short. Which is it to be: 1) Will the DNC change? or 2) Must progressive Democrats become corporate whores too? or 3) Maybe you don't need corporate contributions at all if your policies are fantastic?]
07.21 We're no longer in Brave New World. We're back in 1984. [1:35 video; Our despicable President is at it again]
07.21 BALTIMORE'S FILTHIEST HOODS [7:38 video. Ask your governments, why are our cities so much worse than Europe's? Why is our healthcare worse and so much more expensive? And why are our Billionaires so much richer? Ask if those results of bad government are all related, and why? Are they all caused by a power-elite with greed-obsessed immorality?]
07.20 Fact check: Trump says Puerto Rico got $92 billion. They've seen only a fraction [If he opens his mouth, Trump's lying.]
07.20 Trump Denies Being at North Carolina Rally [Not sure if Trump supporters 'get' satire, but here goes....]
High Crimes vs. Human Rights
07.19 Conscientious objectors of first world war – their untold tales [The record proves they were morally right by avoiding violent early deaths of their cousins and themselves]
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International & Futurism
07.21 Spain set for socialist-led government after Iglesias deal [Some loaded drama going on here...]
07.20 US to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia in face of 'credible' regional threats [Working with Osama bin Laden's godfathers, Trump wants to profit like Erik Prince (for-profit education secretary Betsy DeVos' brother) of Blackwater infamy (hurriedly renamed ‘Academi’), the U.S. taxpayer to pay inflated costs while Trump siphons off long-term emolument largesse]
07.20 Iran on 'dangerous path' with seizure of Stena Impero, says UK [Which is this, a tit or a tat?]
07.20 'Dark satanic mills': Tony Abbott continues his crusade against wind turbines [Too much CO2 air pollution makes you stupid, and turns your country into an “Idiocracy” (1:36 video clip)]
07.20 Bolsonaro declares 'the Amazon is ours' and calls deforestation data 'lies' [Lazy and willfully stupid whenever it serves his purpose, just like Trump. “And the rest of you can all go to hell.” Again, just like Trump. Has your country turned into an “Idiocracy”? (1:36 video clip)]
07.19 Iran makes 'substantial' nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions [Was barbaric Saudi Arabia—whose citizens were more involved in the 9-11 attacks—the wrong ally all along?]
07.19 “The Task Ahead Is Enormous, and There Is Not Much Time” [Read this and learn. Or read Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) | Twitter and/or President Trump (@POTUS) | Twitter. Are you serious? Or are you in hideously criminal denial?]
AMERICA'S IMPERIAL OLIGARCHS ACT LIKE TALIBAN:
Hell is Murky: Lady MacBeth and the Evil Beyond Torture
Monday, 27 April 2009
Torture has been and remains an inevitable and necessary part of the American project as envisioned and directed by the ruling class. It was only that Bush-Cheney explicitly made it US "policy" which was too crude and cannot be allowed; "our" sort of people just don't do this sort of thing (wink wink).
Here's the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, oh, oh! -- Lady Macbeth
Arthur Silber is back, after another long, health-induced hiatus, and, as you might expect, he brings a unique and powerful perspective to bear on the "torture debate." (Yes, in some far-distant future our much-evolved descendants will marvel -- with wonder and revulsion -- that our species was once so primitive and barbaric that it actually had "debates" about the practice of inflicting pain and suffering on captive fellow creatures. Or perhaps this puzzled wonderment will come from alien visitors sorting through the lifeless rubble of our self-destroyed planet.)
In any case, Silber has launched what promises to be a landmark series examining the deeper impact and broader implications of the current brouhaha over America's most recent use of heinous atrocities to work the imperial will of its masters and managers. In the first part, he comes to what he acknowledges might seem a surprising and counterintuitive conclusion: that prosecuting the Bush Regime's admittedly "monstrous crimes" would not only be useless but also, ultimately, harmful. Why? Because even trials of the highest and mightiest perps would only paper over the fact that "torture is an inevitable and necessary part of the American project as envisioned and directed by the ruling class."
As usual, Silber brings in and links to a rich trove of supporting detail and analysis; excerpting the post risks reducing the full force of its argument. However, the passages below will give a taste of the essay, and bring out some important points. But do yourself a favor, and read the whole thing. (And while you're there, do us all a favor and contribute to Arthur's site, to help keep this important and powerful voice in play.)
From "Against Prosecution (I): A Vicious Fury -- With Nukes" [many more links in the original]:
[Silber's reference to InfraGard is indeed a pertinent one, and, as he notes, the rapacious growth of this sinister program has been almost entirely ignored. I urge you to read his earlier piece on the program, and its ramifications.]
Silber makes a very important point in his conclusion, one that is almost universally ignored. I often receive messages or comments to the effect that this or that development will force the American elite to mend their ways, or rein in their horns, or curtail in some way their relentless drive for domination. For some, it's the Chinese calling in their T-bills, or some alliance of world powers forming a bloc against American hegemony, or ignominious defeat in some imperial sortie, or economic collapse at home, or any number of scenarios, plausible or otherwise. And I am always surprised that people seem to forget that the American elite is backed by a fearsome, unstoppable arsenal whose global reach and destructive power are almost unimaginable. And equally unimaginable is the thought that the American elite would not -- if ultimate push came to ultimate shove -- use that arsenal rather than give up their dominance. As they have demonstrated time and again over the course of many decades, our elites are always willing to go to war if necessary to advance their agenda and protect their position. And as every American leader -- Republican, Democrat, conservative, progressive -- tells us repeatedly, "all options" are always "on the table" when it comes to imposing Washington's will.
As Silber notes, our well-mannered genocidists -- who can watch the murder of a million innocent people and call the operation "an extraordinary achievement" -- will never relinquish their dominance voluntarily. They will not bow to reason, to sympathy, to morality, to outside forces, to public opinion -- and certainly not to the "rule of law." And no power now on earth can force them to -- not as long as they possess the power to ravage the earth "even till destruction sicken."
Chris Floyd has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years, working in the United States, Great Britain and Russia for various newspapers, magazines, the U.S. government and Oxford University. Floyd co-founded the blog Empire Burlesque, and is also chief editor of Atlantic Free Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This story was published on April 27, 2009.
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