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The Disaffected Lib: It’s Called "Blowback"

Our confused, incoherent, even knee-jerk response to ISIS appears to be backfiring on us, at least in Syria.  There, it’s reported, US air strikes are driving anti-Assad groups – outfits we’ve supported like the Free Syrian Army – into the arms of ISIS. 

US air strikes in Syria are encouraging anti-regime fighters to forge . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: It’s Called "Blowback"

The Disaffected Lib: There’s Nothing Magical to 2100

A clear and usually overlooked measure of the threat posed to our global civilization by climate change and how pathetic is our response is the timeline. That’s the giveaway.

We always frame the discussion in the context of the year 2100.  The target becomes to stay in existence over the remaining 85% of this . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: There’s Nothing Magical to 2100

The Disaffected Lib: If It’s Cold War You Want, It’s Cold War You’ll Get

Wasn’t one enough?  Really?

For almost a half century we, the West, and the Russians/Soviets poured mountains of money down the drain preparing for a war none of us would have survived had it come to that.

Underground missile batteries, fleets of nuclear missile submarines, strategic (nuclear) bombers, nuclear-capable strike fighters, mobile battlefield (tactical) . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: If It’s Cold War You Want, It’s Cold War You’ll Get

The Disaffected Lib: The Madness of King Stephen

As excuses for war go, claiming a conflict to be “noble” is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.  It’s something you resort to when there’s simply nothing left to pull out of your ass.  “Squires, attend your Lords.  Summon the Heralds. To the jousts! Ah, there’s a noble scent to the air.”Perhaps Harper . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Madness of King Stephen

drive-by planet: USA #1 when it comes to ‘violence and preparations for violence’

Interesting article on Stop the War coalition site this week entitled Yes it’s true, the United States really is the greatest country in the world – but in what? 

The article includes stats and links to demonstrate that when it comes to “violence and preparations for violence” the USA is indeed the undisputed global . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: USA #1 when it comes to ‘violence and preparations for violence’

Dead Wild Roses: Some Recent History in the Middle East – ISIS and US.

Fascinating reading about some of the circular nature of events that are playing out in the Middle East as of late. This excerpt from the Counterpunch article titled Once More, Into the Quagmire.

 

The Middle East Needs Our Military Might

One can hear, in the reverberating noise of mainstream justifications, a series of claims. . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Some Recent History in the Middle East – ISIS and US.

Left Over: The US Declares Permanent War in Arab Winter

How ISIS and Syria drove a stake through the Arab Spring The rise of ISIS is a setback for reform in a region that is crying out for it

By Nahlah Ayed, CBC News Posted: Oct 03, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 03, 2014 5:00 AM ET

The fact is . . . → Read More: Left Over: The US Declares Permanent War in Arab Winter

drive-by planet: New US-led Middle East war repeats old mistakes: fuels the cycle of violence

Airstrikes and rockets targeting sites in Syria and Iraq this week marks an escalation in the early stages of a war stamped with the trademark Made-in-the-USA. This misguided war is a continuation of earlier interventions and strategic errors that have fanned the flames of jihadist resistance around the globe.

The American hand is . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: New US-led Middle East war repeats old mistakes: fuels the cycle of violence

drive-by planet: Washington’s war to ‘destroy’ ISIL: what is ISIL and who is the real security threat?

In recent weeks Western media has been sounding the alarm over the speedy territorial gains made by the Islamic State – also known as ISIL and ISIS – with warnings of the threat it poses to the West. In some of the more alarmist commentary you would think  ISIL had arisen like a desert . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Washington’s war to ‘destroy’ ISIL: what is ISIL and who is the real security threat?

Left Over: Shakedown in Yankeeland

ANALYSIS

American shakedown: Police won’t charge you, but they’ll grab your money U.S. police are operating a co-ordinated scheme to seize as much of the public’s cash as they can

By Neil Macdonald, CBC News Posted: Sep 11, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Sep 11, 2014 5:00 AM ET

I . . . → Read More: Left Over: Shakedown in Yankeeland

drive-by planet: Obama’s Estonia claim that ‘Russia trying to reclaim lands lost in the 19th century’ funny and wrong

Since the crisis in Ukraine made the headlines Russia has been cast as the villain with predictable stereotypes and misconceptions about things Russian showing up on MSM. From a Russian perspective a lot of it must seem clueless, tiresome or outright offensive but such “insights” add to a tabloid narrative that gets very little . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Obama’s Estonia claim that ‘Russia trying to reclaim lands lost in the 19th century’ funny and wrong

drive-by planet: Fidel Castro compares NATO with Hitler’s SS: says US/Israel responsible for the creation of ISIS

 Below: Demo in Poland protesting this weeks NATO summit in Wales

In an article published in Cuban state media iconic revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, calls out NATO and imperialist war mongering. He compares statements by NATO representatives with Nazi SS talk.

Castro: “Many people are astonished when they hear the statements made by some . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Fidel Castro compares NATO with Hitler’s SS: says US/Israel responsible for the creation of ISIS

The Disaffected Lib: London Has Denounced It. So Has Washington. Why the Complicit Silence from Canada?

Israel has just taken another massive bite out of the Palestinian West Bank homeland.  Britain has condemned the land grab, so has Washington.

As for Canada, “what land grab?”  As Harper reminds us, we don’t practice sociology.  It took Mulcair and Trudeau to demonstrate that we don’t do integrity either, not when we’re suckholing for . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: London Has Denounced It. So Has Washington. Why the Complicit Silence from Canada?

The Disaffected Lib: Could America Break Its Own Bank on a Russian Anvil?

The sanctions being plastered on Russia by the US and her allies are already having a rebound effect, especially in Europe.  Russia is not only the major supplier of the natural gas the Europeans will need to get through this winter, it’s also a key market for their exports.  In these matters the EU . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Could America Break Its Own Bank on a Russian Anvil?

bastard.logic: “You can’t win a person’s heart and mind when you are pointing a rifle at his or her chest”

Afghanistan War veteran Paul Szoldra:

In Afghanistan, we patrolled in big, armored trucks. We wore uniforms that conveyed the message, “We are a military force, and we are in control right now.” Many Afghans saw us as occupiers.

And now we see some of our police officers in this same way. “The militarization of . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: “You can’t win a person’s heart and mind when you are pointing a rifle at his or her chest”

bastard.logic: Afro-Punk (AKA The Story of My Life)

Pretty much sums up my adolescence/early adulthood/current state of existence (I’m so old I remember when being black and playing rock/punk/metal was a radical, disruptive act, etc):

Bonus: Interview w/ James Spooner, director of Afro-Punk: The Movie:

Also, too: Live performances (because AGGRO):

 

Filed under: music, Uncategorized Tagged: Afro-Punk, music, punk, race, racial . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Afro-Punk (AKA The Story of My Life)

bastard.logic: The Murder of #MichaelBrown And Why ‘Black Rage’ Is Entirely Justified

MSNBC, quoting Dorian Johnson, eyewitness to the shooting by Ferguson, MO police of Michael Brown:

“There are two crowds. An older crowd that wants justice but there’s anger. Then it’s the younger crowd that wants revenge but there’s anger there, too… . What do you expect when something is steadily occurring and its hurting . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: The Murder of #MichaelBrown And Why ‘Black Rage’ Is Entirely Justified

Left Over: Telling It Like It Is……

When I served, the Israeli military was the most moral in the world. No more

Once there was widespread Israeli outrage over the bombing of homes in Gaza. Now there is just indifference

Yuli Novak, former Israeli air force officer The Guardian, Monday 28 July 2014 18.34 BST I have been waiting along time to . . . → Read More: Left Over: Telling It Like It Is……

Left Over: Corporate Bullies, Then and Now……

ANALYSIS

Big box bullies: Discount pricing squeezes small suppliers: Dianne Buckner Selling to big chains like Target, Wal-Mart a mixed blessing when they demand a discount

By Dianne Buckner, CBC News Posted: Jul 25, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 25, 2014 5:00 AM ET

Nothing new here, folks…you can . . . → Read More: Left Over: Corporate Bullies, Then and Now……

The Progressive Economics Forum: More People Chase Fewer Jobs

Further to Angella’s excellent analysis:

Statistics Canada reported today that unemployment jumped by 25,700 in June because of shrinking employment and a growing labour force. Canada’s labour force expanded because of population growth, even though the participation rate did not increase. The combination of less employment and a larger working-age population depressed the employment rate . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: More People Chase Fewer Jobs

Dead Wild Roses: John Pilger – A World War is Beckoning

I’m frightened for the wrong reasons.

 

If I listened and believed what I was supposed to believe I would be afraid that the Russians are provoking the West into military conflict in Ukraine. The problem is that I’m more of afraid of what We are doing to destabilize the situation. John Pilger is with . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: John Pilger – A World War is Beckoning

Dead Wild Roses: Tabacco Farming – Child Labour in the USA

The news: If you’re a 7-year-old in the U.S., you are by law too young to buy a cigarette at the counter — but you are old enough to work in the tobacco fields as a day laborer.

Human Rights Watched released a disturbing report Wednesday on child labor in America’s tobacco farms. The . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Tabacco Farming – Child Labour in the USA

Cowichan Conversations: Is The US Trying to Kick The ‘Cold War’ Back Into Play?

Dead Wild Roses: Death Panels. Stupid Ideas Conservatives Dream Up.

Reactionary commentators are famous for making up bullshit ideas designed to scare ignorant people. The American right has the trademark on this particular ploy as they fight to remain the last industrialized country without Universal Health care.

I bet they have contests to see how many poor people they can bamboozle to fight against their . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Death Panels. Stupid Ideas Conservatives Dream Up.

Dead Wild Roses: Death Panels. Stupid Ideas Conservatives Dream Up.

Reactionary commentators are famous for making up bullshit ideas designed to scare ignorant people. The American right has the trademark on this particular ploy as they fight to remain the last industrialized country without Universal Health care.

I bet they have contests to see how many poor people they can bamboozle to fight against their . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Death Panels. Stupid Ideas Conservatives Dream Up.