June Open Menu for just about anything….except the electoral circus, please :-)

frosted dunes mars
A few wd contributions:

NASA gives sneak peak at impressive frosted dunes on Mars’; RT, June 7, 2016

 May 31, 2016, ‘A Russian Warning’ ClubOrlov

“We, the undersigned, are Russians living and working in the USA. We have been watching with increasing anxiety as the current US and NATO policies have set us on an extremely dangerous collision course with the Russian Federation, as well as with China. Many respected, patriotic Americans, such as Paul Craig Roberts, Stephen Cohen, Philip Giraldi, Ray McGovern and many others have been issuing warnings of a looming a Third World War. But their voices have been all but lost among the din of a mass media that is full of deceptive and inaccurate stories that characterize the Russian economy as being in shambles and the Russian military as weak—all based on no evidence. But we—knowing both Russian history and the current state of Russian society and the Russian military, cannot swallow these lies. We now feel that it is our duty, as Russians living in the US, to warn the American people that they are being lied to, and to tell them the truth. And the truth is simply this:

If there is going to be a war with Russia, then the United States will most certainly be destroyed, and most of us will end up dead.”

 You may remember that some time ago I’d had my knickers in a not about BLM activist Jasmine Richards having been hauled off to jail, charged with terrorism, disappeared for days or weeks…  She’d resurfaced sometime later after comrades had crowd-sourced her whopping bail, but as it turned out:

Antimedia Pasadena, June 2 ‘Black Lives Matter leader Jasmine Abdullah, better known as Jasmine Richards, was convicted of felony lynching on Wednesday after a jury deliberated for just two hours. Anti-Media was in the courtroom covering the trial, in which Richards became the first black person in the U.S. to be convicted of lynching.’

It’s an ugly story.  No: check that: a hideous story of racist police state political prosecution.  Undeterred by the verdict, she chanted Assata’s prayer.  Yes, we love you indeed, amiga.  She was later sentenced to 90 days in jail, and three years probation.  Cold comfort alert: she could have received four years in jail.

What the Donbass Rebels Are Really Fighting For’, morningstaronline; ‘PIERRE MARSHALL speaks to those on the front lines of the anti-fascist war in the east of Ukraine’

Two essays on the limits of nonviolence:

‘The Ugly American Goes to Chiapas: Correcting Hedges on the Zapatistas’ by Lorenzo Raymond, wrongkindofgreen

Via orchestratedpulse.com: ‘You Call This an Uprising?’, deconstructing Erica Chenowith, Gene Sharp, Kai Newkirk’s sorta silly vaguely reformist ‘Democracy Spring, and Mark and Paul Englers’ ‘Momentum’ (media attention empathy) school of thought, and funding sources.

“What’s missing here is any theory of class, or really of any other kind of structural system of power reproduced in everyday social relations. The Englers see civil society as a public debate about collective values, not as a sphere of class struggle where ruling groups materially dominate and organize social life. This means that for them, an uprising is a spectacle, a method to change hearts and minds, not a society-wide struggle to overturn deeply material structures of repression and exploitation. In this vision, people are recruited to movements on the basis of their values, not the ability of the movement to deliver concrete gains.”  It’s really very good.

Roar Magazine: ‘Europe’s solidarity crisis: a perspective from Greece’; Refugees are not a cause but a symptom of a broader European political crisis, which a leading Greek scholar argues might well end up with Europe in ruins.

“A clear manifestation of this new dystopia is the EU-Turkey agreement of March 18, which ordains that all refugees and immigrants arriving in Europe via “irregular” routes will be deported to Turkey. The Greek government followed the European lead and signed this shameful agreement.”

21 responses to “June Open Menu for just about anything….except the electoral circus, please :-)

  1. from club orlov: There is no objective reason why US and Russia should consider each other adversaries.

    not so sure about that. the letter didn’t mention the White Russians and the invasion of R. after WW1. if there is no objective reason why the West & R. can’t play nice, why was there a Russian Revolution? why was Western policy after the collapse of the USSR, if not the dismemberment of R, at least its crushing despoliation? Policy is made by human beings but the relentless pursuit of confrontation w/R-USSR…something else going on beyond the policy positions of neo-con/lib a-holes? an “objective logic to the events of history,” as the wsws gang would say? the owners of a society organized around the profit motive (the boojoisie) can’t not engage in the competition leading to militarism? anyway, cold comfort that, yeah, probably, a lot of that US defense budget is wasted on largely worthless pieces of crap (missile defense? snort. the “defense” part of it anyway.) or that no one will want to live in a world where russia “wins” a war w/the west, assuming anyone is left alive to want anything. all that braying & chest-thumping at c. orlov on behalf of Putin & mother russia seems rather silly.

    ahhh…mars. photos as fake as the moon landing!

    from the “life on titan” wiki article:
    Titan may become warmer in the future.[13] Five to six billion years from now, as the Sun becomes a red giant, surface temperatures could rise to ~200 K (−70 °C), high enough for stable oceans of a water–ammonia mixture to exist on its surface. As the Sun’s ultraviolet output decreases, the haze in Titan’s upper atmosphere will be depleted, lessening the anti-greenhouse effect on its surface and enabling the greenhouse effect created by atmospheric methane to play a far greater role. These conditions together could create an environment agreeable to exotic forms of life, and will persist for several hundred million years.[13] This was sufficient time for simple life to evolve on Earth, although the presence of ammonia on Titan could cause the same chemical reactions to proceed more slowly.[13]

    so hey if we blow ourselves, the cosmos may just shrug & start over. as the good book says, comfort one another w/these words.

    • i think the letter signers were maintaining that as they know russia, if provoked into a war, russia would wage a no-holds-barred campaign. the equivalent of our chickens coming home to roost from one quarter.

      but given that i’m working on something else, please don’t give me homework to do on the white russian invasion. but yes, to prove your point as i understand it, ukraine and nato are all about stalin’s having purged millions of tatars, and that in russia: “it’s still going on. wider view: “Crimea River: Decades after Tatar deportation, situation is far from black & white’

      (the twittersphere was laffing that post-jamala win, nato had gone into the music business on their twit account. embarrassing.

      but dayum: how’d you twig that i created those fake mars dunes with satin and glitter paint?

      • you & stanley kubrick, using the massive innovations revealed in “2001,” incl. obelisk, painful humming noise, and interminable psychedelic landscape perfection. “space baby…finally. he’ll tell us what to do.”

        crimea river. megalol.

  2. The Hegemonic Constabulary: “La Raza” Law Society Equals the National Council of “La Raza”

    For these past several days, I have been following this discourse among the many since a federal judge has been espoused as “biased” when supervising a legal dispute in federal court. And now, this contentious dispute by the “bias” supporters, have taken their argument a step too far and subsequently, coinage of this realm is now all about the interpretation of “La Raza.”

    And into this obvious void of our public discourse, the ‘up with it’ fellow, Andres Garcia, addresses the subject matter quite well. As such, the following:

    “It is interesting to see how the lack of context can make a person think that he or she knows the meaning of a word in another language and culture just because a similar word has a specific meaning in his or her native language and culture. The term “La Raza” (very popular in all kind of Hispanic associations) comes from a book by the Mexican author Jose Vasconcelos titled “La Raza Cosmica,” (The Cosmic Race) written in 1925. The essay basically says that most Mexicans are already racially mixed, and claims that in the future there will be a “fifth race” in all the Americas, due to long term mixing of people with European, African, Native American and Asian ancestries. Furthermore, Vasconcelos believed that one day there will be new civilization, Universopolis, where the common ideas of race and nationality will be transcended in the name of humanity’s common destiny and common good. So is it the term of “La Raza” an expression of racism or exactly the opposite? Even when I believe there are many things to criticize in Vasconcelos work (particularly toward the end of his life, when he became the Mexican “Cultural Caudillo). I believe the second possibility is the right one in the case of the term ‘La Raza.’”

    Of course, an intrepid investigative anthropologist would eventually arrive at the conclusion that some 500 years ago, the then newly formed Society of Jesuits, performed their form and function as the hegemonic constabulary and Supreme Confidant to then “Ambassador” Hernan Cortez, as well as for Europe’s nobility. To wit, the ‘long reach’ of this Rhetorical Flourish continues to confound.

    Jaango

    • thanks, jaango, and ¡viva la raza! here is one righteous-as-all-giddy-up multi-ethnic/racial la raza member; i expect the same’s true for the members of mana.

      i wouldn’t mind hearing more on your final paragraph, though.

  3. I’m sorta breaking your above rule, wendye, but I’ll keep it short. I say ‘sorta’ because the trigger article isn’t electoral, only my conclusion is. Here’s the great piece that deserves attention:

    https://www.rt.com/usa/346156-stanford-rapist-judge-jurors/

    I was blown away reading this today. Potential jurors said “No, we won’t serve.”

    It’s just a short step from this to the ballot box, in my opinion. I advocate “No, we won’t serve” for President of this United States. (I’d love to see reporters interviewing voters as they leave the polling places and hearing “I voted for No, we won’t serve.” – but of course, the revolution won’t be televised.)

    Sorry to break the rules, but that’s what it’s going to take.

    • not at all, ww; your comment is actually anti-electoral circus, instead a principled and moral construction. i applaud it highly.

      white nationalist judge, white privileged cretin of a father: ’20 minutes of action’? fancy what that judge would have given a person of color.

      i really have no right to deflect from the seriousness of this with one of the most accidentally satirical headlines i’ve ever seen, but also at RT: ‘‘Top ‘1 percent’ in US blooms as income inequality grows, despite Obama’s efforts – report’ morning coffee spit-take worthy; my cup was empty, thank goodness.

      best to you, and thanks for that. hope persky goes down. good to see the rapist won’t ever compete in olympic trials.

  4. http://www.rense.com/general96/fukunucpacific.html
    i know this is from rense, so…
    “we still have one last chance to revive the waters and land given to our care before the sand slips through our fingers and humankind, too, disappears.” fukushima. yes, he’s saying it is an extinction level event. there’s plenty of (non-msm) very alarming info about fukushima (cf hunziker at counterpunch regularly), but this guy is asserting there is a gigantic cover up going on. not having any expertise in these areas (nuclear radiation, marine biology) and not being able to say anything more than, “that doesn’t sound good,” i poked around a little on other stuff he wrote, to see how credible he is. like this:
    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/10/30/fukushima-sabotage-japanese-journalist-accuses-israel/
    he asserts that there is illegal shipping of nuke materials going on out of houston, tx via israel and that israel released the stuxnet virus into the fukushima nuke complex shortly after the tsunami hit so that japan could not shut it down. why? revenge for japan’s support for palestinian statehood. (doing some google-izing on japan/palestine…eh, maybe.)

    no idea whether any of the latter is true. as i read the latter piece, i’m thinking this is conspiratorial nonsense but that israel/us would do something so deliriously stupid as releasing a virus into a nuclear complex is imo beyond dispute.

    i started poking around on this subject due to frank hilaire’s article up on counterpunch today. of course it’s possible yoichi is right or more accurate on some things than others.

  5. Given the braindead siting at Fukushima, the earthquake and tidal net would be sufficient.

    Besides, as I remember, StuxNet was tailored to a very particular SCADA system that controlled uranium processing centrifuges. Unless there were SCADA systems in Fukushima that were exactly the same as those in Iran’s centrifuges, it likely would take too much effort to repurpose the malware for Fukushima.

    The coincidence of the events in the early part of 2011 is likely the only connection that could prompt that line of thought.

    BTW, did Fukushima have any Siemens equipment? That likely would be the SCADA system if there was any basis to this connection.

    • thanks. the whole thing sounded too crazy even for israel. given the location, the force of the tsunami, etc., such theories are not necessary to explain the meltdown. and there is the issue of timing, perfect timing to good to be true. the info you provided would be a good, fairly simple place to start investigating.

      any tho’ts on his comments on the devastation to the pacific by the fukushima reactors?

  6. John Michael Greer, The Archdruid Report: They Died of Progress
    http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/2016/06/they-died-of-progress.html

    He says this one was forced into being by the muse.

    • that’s a great article. it’s fashionable among leftoids, myself incl., to talk about the US as “the greatest military in history.” i’ve always known that’s kind of BS, but maybe “greatest at wasting money in history”?

  7. Thank you, thank you, five to seven thousand German people, and in the rain too!

    http://commondreams.org/news/2016/06/11/germany-thousands-surround-us-air-base-protest-use-drones

    • ain’t that fine, juliania? we’ve been speaking of drone assassinations on the
      new Orlando thread. yes: and in the rain! great art, eh? bless their big hearts. big protests going on in okinawa, too: get out! (rapes by ‘bored’ GIs, especially egregious). ya get the feeling that the Imperial war machine has worn out its welcome in some places?

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