the Unbearable Royal Lightness of Being…rising

‘Prince Charles sees ‘golden opportunity’ in Covid-19 pandemic as UK economy faces biggest recession in centuries’, Helen Buyniski, 4 Jun, 2020, RT.com

“The UK’s Prince Charles has said that the coronavirus crisis represents a global “reset moment” – one which seemingly allows leaders to ram through sustainability initiatives as cash-strapped citizens have no choice but to obey.
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Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge

 

An Op-ed by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, May 30, 2020, LA Times (a few outtakes; my bolds)

“What do you see when you see angry black protesters amassing outside police stations with raised fists? If you’re white, you may be thinking, “They certainly aren’t social distancing.” Then you notice the black faces looting Target and you think, “Well, that just hurts their cause.” Then you see the police station on fire and you wag a finger saying, “That’s putting the cause backward.”

You’re not wrong — but you’re not right, either. The black community is used to the institutional racism inherent in education, the justice system and jobs. And even though we do all the conventional things to raise public and political awareness — write articulate and insightful pieces in the Atlantic, explain the continued devastation on CNN, support candidates who promise change — the needle hardly budges.
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Why are so many US Kops Killers?

Ferguson PD

There are likely other reasons as well, especially psychological ones, including sociopathic levels of need for extreme control ‘the other’, even when ‘the other’ is the same color or ethnicity.  Of course black cops kill other blacks, including unarmed ones, and as an honest black Chief of Police had said a decade ago: ‘When a cop zips on the uniform of the security state, he becomes what the Police Chief demands’.  I wish I could remember his name; he’d not allowed his force to carry guns, and back then, it was working to cut down on actual  crime .
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The Murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin, MPD

‘As Chief Prosecutor, Klobuchar Declined to Bring Charges Against Cop that Killed George Floyd; While serving as Minnesota’s chief prosecutor between 1999 and 2007, Klobuchar declined to bring charges against more than two dozen officers who had killed citizens while on duty – including against the cop that killed George Floyd’, Alan Macleod, May 27, 2019
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Scorched Earth Evil in 2 Tweets

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Iranian Tankers Heading to Venezuela Threatened by US

On or about May 17, 5 Iranian tankers, the Clavel, the Forest, the Petunia, the Faxon, and the Fortune began a voyage from the Persian Gulf Star Refinery near Bandar Abbas, Iran, which makes gasoline. The ships then traveled around the Arabian Peninsula and through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea.  They’ve already passed through the Strait of Gibraltar and are nearing Venezuela. The tankers hold about 175,000 tons of gasoline, or 1.5 to 2 million gallons needed by Venezuela due to the egregious sanctions on the Bolivarian nation preventing them refining oil into gasoline.  The nation needs refinery parts and chemicals to make gasoline from oil that are not obtainable under Western sanctions.
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One More Time: Do Not Trust the Intercept

‘New NYPD press officer co-wrote The Intercept Russiagate story that landed source in prison; The Intercept published a story that landed Reality Winner in prison, burning its third source. That article was co-authored by Richard Esposito, an embedded police reporter who is now the NYPD’s top spokesperson’, Ben Norton, thegrayzone.com, May 20, 2020  (Note: no copyright, no republication guidelines, but a way to contribute.)

“A co-author of a controversial report at The Intercept that landed its source in prison now works as the head of the New York Police Department’s press office.
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the Incredible Royal Lightness of Being

 

‘Prince Charles encourages jobless people to ‘pick fruit and veg’ during pandemic; The Prince of Wales has issued a rallying cry on behalf of the ‘Pick for Britain’ campaign, which is hoping to fill some of the 80,000 fruit and vegetable picking jobs usually filled by EU workers;, mirror.co.uk, May 19, 2020

“The Prince of Wales has come out in support of the Pick for Britain campaign, which aims to get people toiling in Britain’s fields.
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mid-may open menu

my contribution:

 

 

the intrepid Whitney Webb on US coronavirus Techno-Tyrranny


‘Techno-Tyranny: How the U.S. National Security State is Using Coronavirus to Fulfill an Orwellian Vision’, Whitney Webb, May 16, 2020, strategic-culture.org.  (CC w/ attribution)  Given that this tome of an exposé (about 5700 words) is CC, and that the puzzle pieces are so inter-related, I’ll post it all, and thank Ms. Webb profusely for it.  I’ve added a few more bolds to hers.  The graphics didn’t come through, but Webb’s text explains them.

“Last year, a U.S. government body dedicated to examining how artificial intelligence can “address the national security and defense needs of the United States” discussed in detail the “structural” changes that the American economy and society must undergo in order to ensure a technological advantage over China, according to a recent document acquired through a FOIA request [124 pg. pdf ]. This document suggests that the U.S. follow China’s lead and even surpass them in many aspects related to AI-driven technologies, particularly their use of mass surveillance.
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what’s the difference between God and Bill Gates?

…God doesn’t think she’s Bill Gates

(6 minutes; but I admit to being ignorant on the science presented)

‘Here’s why Bill Gates wants indemnity… Are you willing to take the risk?’, R.F.Kenedy, Jr, childreshealthdefense.org, April 11, 2020
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US VE-day version: The Soviets did not help win WWII


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Freak V-Day glitch? Facebook engine CENSORS iconic photo with Soviet flag raised over Reichstag’, 9 May, 2020, RT.com

As I remember it, it was the same airbrushing under Barack Obomba, but I couldn’t easily find a citation, so…onward.
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a PSA: Green candidate Howie Hawkins has a running mate


Via email from his campaign yesterday:

As our movement continues to gain traction, we came to realize a few things:

  1. The evidence speaks for itself. People have grown tired of having their needs ignored by a corrupt establishment and are rallying to the Green Party to help build a fair and sustainable future for our country.
  2. The issues that our campaign is championing truly are the issues that resonate most with the American people. The support that we have received and the stories that you have shared with us only solidify that this movement towards an Ecosocialist Green New Deal is exactly what the country needs to navigate these trying times in our history.
  3. It was time to announce a running mate for Vice President.
    The ideal running mate had to be someone with experience on the front-lines of these issues. They had to be someone with the ability to communicate with language and conviction that others can understand and believe. Fortunately, she answered the call!

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beaming Bloomberg, Gates, & Schmidt walk into a bar…

…and the bartender throws his hands in the air and hollers: “Hands Up; Don’t Shoot!  I know a stick-up when I see one!”


‘Government by billionaires?
Cuomo names former Google CEO to join Gates & Bloomberg in drafting post-pandemic ‘reforms’, 6 May, 2020, RT.com

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Get Ready for the Next Game-Changer: the Digital Yuan

The title is a column from Pepe Escobar, strategic-culture.org, May 5, 2020 (Creative Commons w/ attribution) (h/t: open-thread commenters at MoA) Please consider this by way of a PSA, as my grasp of the subject is minimal.

A new, radical paradigm shift is in progress. The U.S. economy may shrink as much as 40% in the first semester of 2020. China, already the world’s largest economy by PPP for a few years now, may soon become the world’s largest economy even in exchange rate terms.
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today is the 50th commemoration of the Kent State Massacre

Some background from my life:

I went to Kent State as an early admissions high school student in 1967 and 1968, where I stood in vigils against the war as we were photographed us from the roof a building next to the student union.  We were a sure we had FBI files, but who knows? Paranoia strikes deep…

In 1968 I went to CU, Boulder, and when Nixon’s secret bombing of Cambodia was announced, at about noon the streets exploded with furious protestors: a motley crew, which included men and women in suits who’d walked off their jobs.  The rage was palpable: fists punching the air, chants of various kinds.  We marched to the city/county building, but to what effect?  None, really, save maybe a photo-op?  Later a Student Strike was called, and some of us later occupied a few seemingly relevant buildings (admin?; I’ve forgotten), but no one seemed to care.  No arrests, no notice, no nothing.  We all went home just before dawn feelin’ a bit let down, maybe even…silly.
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from Jeff Bezos’s Fishwrap News

Allegation against Biden prompts reexamination of “Believe women”, Annie Linskey, Sean Sullivan, May 2, 2020 (?), washingtonpost.com

“On Friday, facing his own accusations, he stressed on MSNBC [< Mika on Morning Joe] the importance of “taking the woman’s claims seriously when she steps forward — and then vet it, look into it.”
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Pompeo’s JCPOA Insanity


‘To Finally Kill The Nuclear Deal With Iran The U.S. Will Try To Rejoin It’, April 27, 2020, moonofalabama.org

“On May 8 2018 the U.S. ceased its participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or nuclear deal with Iran. The New York Times now reports that the U.S. wants to be back in for some nefarious reason:
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Fun with AOC, Sanders, & #Drop Out Biden


In my
April 20 diary concerning AOC endorsing and serving Biden on April 19, including being willing to attending rallies with him.  I’d added in comments:

AOC says she is ‘having conversations with Biden’s team’ over policyApril 16, 2020, nypost.com
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the $484 billion coronavirus 3.5 deal: what’s in it & what ain’t

by anthony freda

The House passed the Senate version last night; they’d already agreed to.  It’s long, but it needs to be, imo.  Consider it a a rage of fury on behalf of the underclass.

‘The bipartisan “small business” swindle: Billions for the banks and corporations, pennies for workers and shopkeepers’  Barry Grey, 23 April 2020, wsw.org
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