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11.22 Hinkley Point C subsidy has dealt consumers 'a bad hand', say MPs [even ignoring the possibly huge costs of nuclear calamities in the future...]
11.22 Renewables will drive 'steep decline' in wholesale electricity price in Australia – report [with a steep decline in air pollution too!]
11.21 World’s Cheapest Solar Power in Mexico a Coal-Killer [Trump's obsession to help the coal industry and power plants is obviously stupid in many ways]
11.20 Keystone XL pipeline decision: what's at stake and what comes next? [the public's water is at risk]
11.19 'My eyes are burning': Delhi holds half marathon despite pollution warning [“Stupid is as stupid does.” –Forrest Gump]
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11.22 RIP net neutrality: FCC chair releases plan to deregulate ISPs [like the end of The Fairness Doctrine for the news media under Reagan, we expect content and practices to tilt further to favor monoplies and 'conservatives']
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11.20 Monaco builds into the Med to house new throng of super-rich [Can we ever have laws to fully prosecute $Billionaire tax dodgers if the courts and government are bribed? If not, can we have a civilized anarchy instead?]
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11.22 Vladimir Putin briefs Donald Trump on plan to end Syrian civil war [in the forthcoming agreement, we predict that all of the oil and gas profits (from pipeline decisions, etc.) will go to the oligarchs du jour, with only nice words for the people of the region who have suffered so much...]
11.20 Zimbabwe is not the banana republic of western fancy. After Mugabe, it can thrive [let's all pretend like he really did resign...] [when it's safe, create and grow a government sovereign wealth fund with national mineral wealth mining profits—like Norway did—to facilitate becoming a stronger society, improve public services and build a world-class economy]
The US Supreme Court: Vanguard of Friendly American Fascism?
The US Supreme Court has ignominiously promoted economic oppression against the poor, favoring inhuman and soulless corporate entities in a multitude of decisions that benefited their interests instead of what was best for humanity.
The US Supreme Court has finally, without any sign of shame, revealed to everybody its true anti-democracy/pro-corporate colors in their recent ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The granting of unlimited funding of elections to wealthy, highly political corporations, may be the death knell for true democracy. It was a giant step toward totalitarian control over what is already a corrupted electoral process. Pay no attention to the heavily advertised fact that the labor unions will have the same rights. The unions have already been virtually emasculated by corporatism. There is no money any more to compete against the 800-pound gorillas in the funding of political campaigns. Even Republican John McCain joins President Obama in expressing disgust with the Supreme Court ruling.
In what should be a clear rallying cry for massive protests in the streets, the corporate lapdog/cheerleader Chief Justice Roberts and his four fellow right-wingers (who are self-professed “Christians”) on the Court have made another giant stride toward achieving, through legal but unethical means, their corporate puppeteers' goal of what could accurately be described as an “American-style Friendly Fascist” national governing model. These five “friendlies” of the cunning, smiling “Captains of Industry” have been described by any number of democracy-loving observers as exhibiting characteristics of what could be described as having “Christofascist” traits.
The term “christofascism” seems an appropriate label for these five justices because of 1) their obvious belief in a vengeful, punitive god (as opposed to Jesus’ revelation of god as a merciful, compassionate, forgiving and all-loving deity); 2) their anti-democracy leanings; 3) their support of homicidal wars to defend their nation-state against those who have been fingered as enemies by the corporate elite; 4) their trust in totalitarian forms of religion and government; and 5) their far right-wing political and theological ideologies that meet most of the criteria of the definition of fascism (see summary below and also learn more at fascistic.net). Finally, 6) their theologies seem to be in total opposition to the highly ethical, non-punitive, compassionate teachings of the pacifist Jesus Christ.
The US judiciary (and not just Supreme Court justices) has been peopled throughout its history by professed Christians, and has a shameful history of those very "justices" being overt racists, slave-holders, segregationists, Ku Klux Klan supporters, sexists, imperialists, torturers, ruthless militarists, gun-runners and war-profiteers. These were courts that did nothing to overthrow slavery in a timely fashion; nor did it stop the genocide of the Native American population. It consistently allowed the US Congress to break the treaties of the few traumatized and sickened survivors of the Native American genocide. These pro-corporate Supreme Courts typically did whatever was good for business, even if the actions got America into messes that the government then “resolved” by compelling taxpayers to fund bailouts for the criminal companies that were “too big to fail."
The US Supreme Court has ignominiously promoted economic oppression against the poor, favoring inhuman and soulless corporate entities in a multitude of decisions that benefited their interests instead of what was best for humanity. Whatever shadow government makes Supreme Court nominations (usually not the president, with a few exceptions) have usually tried to stack it with anti-democratic pro-Big Business types who would have made the Founding Fathers, pretty pro-business themselves, blush.
There were a few exceptions to the courts' support for tyrants, and once in a while true democracy was upheld. Occasionally there would be a decision that reversed a monopoly or two, or a decision reluctantly giving women the right to vote, or reluctantly freeing the slaves, or reluctantly giving labor the power to negotiate with their Pinkerton thug-defended bosses. But the power to give also implies the power to take away, and the cunning corporate think tanks were always figuring out ways to subvert the court’s decisions—which they have invariably succeeded at doing.
The ideology of the Cheney/Bush-era Supreme Courts should have been obvious to every thinking person nine years ago, with the pre-Roberts court’s infamous anti-democratic 5-4 usurpation of the probably stolen presidential election of 2000.
The anti-democracy, pro-torture, obscenely wealthy and war-profiteering vice president, Dick Cheney, and his figurehead president both meet the criteria that demands that they be indicted as international war criminals for 1) their illegal invasion of Iraq, 2) the subsequent genocide of the Iraqi people and their homeland [90% of Iraqi casualties were unarmed civilians!] and 3) the war for oil in the mid-east. They shredded the US Constitution that they were sworn to uphold. They clearly met the criteria for high treason and should both have been impeached while in office, tried in a court of law and appropriately punished. Following that, they should have been placed on trial at the International Court of Justice for war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against the peace, the criteria for which are also met. None of this happened because the judicial branch of this nation is broken.
American Friendly Fascism is a critically important topic, but it is one that is outside the capacity of this single essay to deal with thoroughly. So, for educational purposes, I will end with a number of quotes from various famous fascists of history, preceded by scholar Lawrence Britt’s useful and eye-opening summary about fascism. Any similarity between what went on in other fascist societies and what has been creeping in on us—almost invisibly—in America over several decades, but with a rapid acceleration during the Cheney/Bush years, is not unintentional. It is a call to resistance.
(all regarded as heroes in their police state and corporate-controlled nations)
"Fascism should rightly be called corporatism, as it is a merger of state and corporate power"
Dr. Kohls is a physician who, before his retirement, provided holistic (non-drug) mental health care to his patients. He is also a student of the numerous crazy-making fascist political systems that seem to always be financed by major corporations.
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