The pressures of lockdowns seem to have been building over time, and while protestors seem to be attending for many different reasons and issues, what’s astonishing to me is the veritable seas of humanity in attendance, especially in Berlin and London. Somehow I’ve lost some of my links to Paris (going on for months) and an aerial view of Trafalgar Square, but the smaller one will give you the gist.
Are their governments failing to provide financial support for their joblessness, businesses shuttered, unable to feed their families while their Plutocrats make obscene amounts of filthy lucre as in the US? Do they fear forced fast tracked Covid-19 vaccinations, as well as in Australia, forced seasonal flu vaccinations? ‘No jab; No UBI!’ Do some believe that it’s all a techno-tyrannical Plandemic, as one sign I’d seen? Or that so many tests are showing both false negatives and positives for both Covid and its antibodies?
Or that King of the World Bill Gates essentially own the WHO (World Health organization and its New Head Tedros __ __, (not a doctor either) as well as stock in all the BigPharma vaccine developers?
…a column written by Jacob Crosse and Andre Damon, 28 August 2020, wsws.org
My apologies for featuring such electoral low-hanging fruit, but the authors do make their cases, but the surreal nature of it given the current police state background, including the ‘Opposition’s similar candidates… (with permission from their site to repost their content at will, I’ll paste in the key passages.)
“In a scene that looked like a theatrical rendition of Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here, US President Donald Trump delivered a fascistic tirade from the White House lawn Thursday night, painting his reelection as the last bastion against “agitators” and “socialists.”
Google suppresses ‘suspect websites, Twitter deletes accounts, Shadow Bans others, as does Instagram, but for now, mainly the following three (and all three links seem to be Creative Commons). My thanks go out to all of the following authors and organizations, as this information needs to be known far and wide. It’s a bit of a tome, but I’ve edited out all I can and still keep the key elements alive and burning.
‘Gates Foundation funds Facebook fact-checkers that defend it from allegations; It also provides funding to dozens of media organizations that regularly give Gates and the foundation favorable coverage’, August 21, 2020, Tom Parker, reclaimtheinternet.org
(joe and jill nite 4; they put on their masks when joined by kopmala)
Patrick Martin watched so we wouldn’t have to, and reported what he saw on August 21, 2020, bless his pea-pickin’ heart. (w/ the site’s permission) He likens it to a cliché-driven religious revival featuring ‘the Moral Superiority of Biden compared to Trump’, Biden’s ‘deep empathy for children and the downtrodden’ (add identity ___ at will). Hell, Bill Clinton was the master of fake empathy: biting one thumb with ‘sorrow’ in his eyes, and intoning: “I feel your pain.”
“The sheer contempt for the intelligence of the population and the viewing audience was summed up in Biden’s acceptance speech. His speechwriters appeared to have been trying to cram every possible trite phrase into a single 20-minute address.
A property near Queenstown, New Zealand, designed by Mason & Wales Architects.
‘How New Zealand became an apocalypse escape destination for Americans’, July 16, 2020, cnn.com
“In Queenstown — a picturesque ski spot that often attracts comparisons to Aspen, Colorado — rumors about foreigners investing in apocalypse-proof bunkers have been swirling for years.
Prop or Not? You decide. The story is everywhere, mainly reporting it like this:
‘DOJ confirms ‘largest-ever US seizure of Iranian fuel’ on 4 ships bound for Venezuela’, 14 Aug, 2020
“The US has seized some 1.116 mn barrels of Iranian fuel aboard 4 ships headed for Venezuela, the Justice Department has confirmed, hinting at “assistance” from “foreign partners” and declining to reveal where the grab took place.
The agency hailed what it called the largest-ever US seizure of Iranian fuel in a statement on Friday, revealing Washington had nabbed the sanctions-skirting cargo en route to Venezuela with the assistance of unspecified “foreign partners.”
(and hates the Post Office Bigly and wants it privatized) Let’s call this by it’s name: Catch-22
‘Trump holds up coronavirus aid to block Democrats’ bid for election funding’, msn.com, Aug 13, 2020
“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Thursday said his team was rejecting Democrats’ bid to include funds for the U.S. Postal Service and to shore up election infrastructure in a new coronavirus relief bill, as he vowed to block money to facilitate mail-in voting.
iranian safavid art
Note: The announcement comes on the day marking 75 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
From Iranian FM Javad Zarif, August 6: @JZarif
‘75 years ago today, the US gained the infamy of becoming the 1st and ONLY user of nuclear weapons. And against innocents. Today, US & Israeli nukes threaten our region. It’s long overdue to end nuclear nightmare & the #MAD doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction.’
Keep in mind that he and President Rouhani have stated unequivocally and repeatedly: ‘Nuclear Weapons are forbidden by our religion’. But Western Powers and media refuse to believe it, and have for a long time. Apparently at Bibi’s urging, the Pentagon under Shrub Bush had stocked up on bunker-busting bombs to use on various ‘underground’ nuclear facilities in Iran.
(a companion piece is this July 25, 2020 ‘Grim News’ that contains a lot of the history of privatization attempts, mass numbers of PO closures, suggestions by Save the Post Office, etc.)
First up: ‘Who decides the fate of the US Postal Service?’ Kayla Costa and Shuvu Batta, 4 August 2020, wsws.org (with permission)
“Workers have responded with outrage to the recent leaked memos detailing efforts to privatize the United States Postal Service (USPS) by implementing major cost-cutting measures, slowing down the mail delivery speed, and making the federal agency seem unreliable in the middle of an election year that will see an increase of mail-in voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The internal memo, released July 10, stated that mail deliveries would be delayed due to cost-cutting and prohibitions on overtime, with “more to come.”
‘Inhumane at Any Time,’ But During a Pandemic? House Approval of $740 Billion Pentagon Budget Condemned; “Once again, the House has voted to put the interests of weapons manufacturers and war hawks over the wellbeing of people here and abroad;; commondreamsorg, Eowin Higgins, July 31,2020 (Creative Commons)
“Win Without War was among the anti-war voices on Friday issuing blistering condemnations of the passage in the U.S. House of a $740 billion defense bill as part of the 2021 Appropriations Minibus.
for your consideration….
Excerpts from Robert Hunziker’s July 17, 2020 ‘The Sky Is Falling – Yes – No’, counterpunch.org
“The sky is falling is one of the more disturbing thoughts in society today, as to whether climate change is on a fast track collision course with doomsday amidst a collapsing society.
In that regard, according to the details of a scathing review by ScientistsWarning.org (“SW”) of Jem Bendell’s wildly popular “Deep Adaptation” the answer is no, not yet. Society is not ready to keel over, as postulated in Bendell’s paper.
(Pt I is here; Café version, C99% version); Pt II is here: (Café version; C99% version)
I’d been building balconies for faux-Tyrolean apartments in Breckenridge, Colorado, and once they were finished, my now-husband, our dog Lincoln and I embarked on a hitch-hiking odyssey. We first headed to Poland, Ohio to visit my mother, and to and ‘do something’ with my dad’s cremated remains. No one seemed to want to touch them; God knows why.
We drove to our old stomping-grounds near Kent; Twin Lakes really, walked to his favorite golf hole, and sprinkled his ashes and bone fragments at the edge of the fairway. Looking up, a huge, smiling papa-face filled my sky-mind; I imagined everyone could see his radiant smile as it seemed to fill the sky. Bye, pop; God, I love you. I do so wish you hadn’t been the sole child of such rotten parents; how different your life would have been.
‘US Postal Service takes major step toward privatization’, Shuvu Batta, 22 July 2020, wsws.org
“Management at the United States Postal Service (USPS) has taken a big step toward privatization with the July 10 release of an internal memo stating that mail deliveries would be delayed due to cost cutting and a subsequent directive prohibiting overtime and promising “more to come.”
(Pt. I is here; Café version, C99% version)
I went to visit my mother in the St. Joseph’s mental ward as often as I could, and met most of her fellow inmates in the commons area. Lady had taken on the informal role of ‘social worker’, a job she’d had for the county for a few years in Ohio.
Occupational therapy was the clay-ashtrays, potholders and leather-craft sort, and my mum wanted to make me some moccasins, much more preferable to a popsicle-stick jewelry box. We decided on the size, and over a couple weeks she finished them. They were the Tandy Leather Kit kind, remember them? Split-leather suede that tied just below the ankle, with three inches of machine-cut fringe around the collar; no hard sole, just the same suede—you could curl your toes in them. They were grand and pathetic all at once, and I loved them! And as it turned out, useful.
‘Police body camera footage of George Floyd murder released’, Kevin Martinez, wsws.org, 17 July 2020 (w/ permission)
“On Wednesday, a Hennepin County Judge allowed the public to view new video evidence in the May 25 police murder of George Floyd involving four Minneapolis, Minnesota police officers. According to various news outlets, the footage does not show Floyd acting aggressively toward officers or threatening them.
The footage comes from body cameras worn by officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, and shows officer Derek Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck for nine and a half minutes, a minute more than previously thought. Floyd struggled to breathe, and said “please” to officers 50 times before he died.
Lawfare in Bolivia: Añez wants to Jail the Favored Candidate in the Coming Elections’, resumen-english.org, Ernesto Reyes, June 30, 2020
“Bolivia’s de facto president, Jeanine Añez, is losing more and more of her mask obscuring democracy that, with the complicity of the United States and the European Union, she had to put on to justify the violent overthrow of Evo Morales in November of last year.
I was standing in the kitchen of a house in Boulder, Colorado, staring down at the letter on the counter, but no longer seeing it. The shock-waves in my mind seemed to come from the paper, and my eyes began to see planes of shadows and light, forms without meaning as the photons of sunlight coming through a nearby window rode the waves. They battered me and turned my brain to cellophane.
The letter that had arrived a few minutes earlier in the morning mail was from my mother, and it announced that by the time I got the letter, she would be dead. Dead. My mind careened with live-mother images from the past few weeks, months, years; then dead-mother flashes; I leaned on the counter to support my wobbly legs.