I’ve got some major messes going here, some of them even of my own making because my brain went AWOL again. I got nuttin’, or else too much to bring, but i need some time to sort things out here.
Updated July 8, 8 a.m. w/ offerings:
Star-Spangled Bigotry: The Hidden Racist History of the National Anthem’, Jason Johnson, theroot.com
After noting Keyes’ bigoted beliefs, he brings Key’s little-know third verse:
’And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave’
“In other words, Key was saying that the blood of all the former slaves and “hirelings” on the battlefield will wash away the pollution of the British invaders. With Key still bitter that some black soldiers got the best of him a few weeks earlier, “The Star-Spangled Banner” is as much a patriotic song as it is a diss track to black people who had the audacity to fight for their freedom. Perhaps that’s why it took almost 100 years for the song to become the national anthem.”
‘Treaty banning nuclear weapons approved at UN’; Supporters hail step towards nuclear-free world as treaty is backed by 122 countries, the Guardian (122 out of 195) Woot!
‘US Expands Military Footprint in Syria to EIGHT Bases, ‘Modifies’ Kobani Air Base’, July 5, 2017 by Vanessa Beeley
“In the North, we can speculate that the US is trying to create optimum conditions for an autonomous Kurdish region and the eventual partitioning of Syria, following the already skewed US road map. According to Gevorg Mirzayan, Associate Professor of Political Science at Russia’s Finance University, Kurds control 20% of Syrian territory, when ISIS is defeated the likelihood is that they will want to declare a “sovereign” state. This would play into, not only US, but primarily Israel’s hands.
The US/Israeli agenda has clearly been to form a buffer zone inside all Syrian borders from North to East to South preventing Syrian access to neighbouring country borders & territory and reducing Syria to a geopolitically isolated, internalized peninsular. This plan was discussed by Syriana Analysis:” (video)
And internal link to Sharmine Narwani’s June 28 Dispatch From the Middle East: U.S. Buildup All About Iran’, Requiring an American wedge between Syria and Iraq, the americanconservative.com
“It was agreed upon with the Russians that this was a deconfliction zone,” says CJTF spokesman Dillon.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov begs to differ: “I don’t know anything about such zones. This must be some territory, which the coalition unilaterally declared and where it probably believes to have a sole right to take action. We cannot recognize such zones.”
Since regime-change plans fell flat in Syria, Beltway hawks have been advocating for the partitioning of Syria into at least three zones of influence – a buffer zone for Israel and Jordan in the south, a pro-U.S. Kurdish entity along the north and north-east, and control over the Syrian-Iraqi border.”
Some charge that the YPG, ‘the sexy anarchist militants led by women’ are by way of one step in partitioning Syria. (David Graeber is one of their champions on TRNN.) Some of b at MOA’s commentariat believe that Putin has, or is in the process of, backing off his long dedication to a ‘free and whole Syria’.
I’d read this about Juan Cole of the cruise-missile left before, but given that ‘CIA-trained’ is big in the Twitterverse now, you decide:
‘Don’t Be Fooled by Rosy Renewables Projections’, Wenonah Hauter, July 3, ecowatch.com Creepy hidden faux metrics, but still I’d love to know what ‘renewables’ v. actual ‘sustainables’ are, including externalities of production of wind and solar, including battery storage, wars (?) for any required rare minerals, etc.