Nazi Rally in the Cathedral of Light, 1937
"If you were a US leader, or an official of the National Security State, or a beneficiary of the private military and surveillance industries, why would you possibly want the war on terror to end ? That would be the worst thing that could happen. It’s that war that generates limitless power, impenetrable secrecy, an unquestioning citizenry, and massive profit." .. (Glenn Greenwald)
Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.
Ephesians 4:29 (via thequeenmothershat)
The Return (2014)
oil on linen, 30x33.5 in.
Immersed in what some call “consensus reality,” one’s very sanity comes into question for believing the principles of interbeing. We are permitted to entertain them as a kind of spiritual philosophy, but when we start making choices from them, when we start living them even ten percent, people begin to question our sanity. We may even question our own. Alongside the self-doubt comes a profound feeling of alienation. Just this morning I heard ten seconds of a news segment on immigration reform. An image sprang to mind of a vast apparatus of fences, checkpoints, ID cards, paperwork, interviews, borders, security zones, and official “status,” and I thought, “Wait a minute - isn’t it obvious that Earth belongs to everyone and to no one, and that there should be no borders? Isn’t it hypocritical to make life unlivable somewhere through economic and political policies, and then to prevent people from leaving that place?” The two sides of the debate don’t even mention that viewpoint, so far outside the bounds of respectable thought it lies. The same is true of practically every issue of public controversy. Isn’t it insane to think that I am right and everyone else is wrong?
In a way, it is insane - insofar as sanity is a socially constructed category that serves the maintenance of dominant narratives and power structures. If so, it is time to be insane together! It is time to violate consensus reality.
Charles Eisenstein | The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible
The Geopolitics of World War III | The Real Reason Russia and Syria Are Being Targeted Right Now
[W]e cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity… To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming… We should cease to talk about vague and… unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization… [W]e are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.
If you have never read George Kennan's "The Long Telegram", do so — it’s crucial. I highly recommend it for those youth out there wanting to better grasp the driving rationality behind United States imperialism. Kennan’s telegram was and largely still is the intellectual bedrock of US foreign policy.
To lay some brief context: Post World War II the USSR emerged as a world superpower capable enough to challenge the emerging hegemony of the United States. Kennan outlined a need for the policy he called "containment," inevitably meaning the United States would by all means necessary seek to halt Soviet influence in the world. To do this, Kennan knew, like every President from Wilson onward, that America would on one hand need to appear as the shining example of democracy in the world, while on the other it meant overthrowing governments, wars by proxy, and ruthless, covert conspiracies, both domestically and abroad.
Kennan’s concern with maintaining America’s status and hegemony in the world are seen is his own callous realism. In the above quote he speaks to the fact that the United States held roughly 50% of the world’s wealth at the time with merely 6% of its population — a “position of disparity” that has been maintained.
This has been our government’s position for over 60 years.. So too has it threaded itself throughout our culture under the veneer of “American exceptionalism,” that we Americans, in the words of Peter Kuznick, must do bad things if but for good reasons.
It has been the justification, in some iteration or another, only now the containment of communism has morphed into the containment of “Islamic fundamentalism”, for the invasions in Iraq, Afghanistan, meddling in Syria, the tacit oppression of Palestinians, and again as the US gears up to go to war in Iraq.
Resolve economic problems, oppose all politics, engage in direct action, do not rely upon any party
Val d’aosta - John Brett
John McCain recently appeared on the corporate news to discuss ISIS with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren. The words that came out of his mouth were so shocking, I had to hit play a dozen times for it to fully sink in. Watch the clip here.
“Hillary Clinton has described already the meeting in the White House over 2 years ago, everyone on the National Security Team recommended arming ISIS.”
Uhhh… Freudian slip? Wait, does this mean there is little difference between the Syrian rebels and ISIS in John McCain’s mind?
If you were one of the millions of Americans warning against the arming of Syrian rebels last year, then yes, there is little difference between the two, and you probably already blame the U.S. for creating this mess.
Did he mean to say Syrian rebels? Maybe he meant the Free Syrian Army? Either way, what McCain said next is where things got really weird. According to John McCain, what went wrong with the ‘plan to arm ISIS’ in Syria is that Obama turned it down.
So let’s assume McCain made an honest mistake and meant to say ‘Syrian rebels‘. Well, that statement would simply not be true. Obama is still funding, arming, and training the Syrian rebels. I mean come on now, what reality is John McCain living in? Is he really so detached, or is there more to this picture than meets the eye?
‘The President, by himself turned it down, just like by himself, he decided not to strike Syria after he said that they’d crossed the red line,” explained McCain.
Dick Cheney was also caught on Fox News accidentally admitting that “One of the things we have going for us now” is a 58% rise in Jihadist organizations.
Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney was recently on Fox News and point blank admitted, “We helped build ISIS.” The audience of Fox certainly doesn’t give a damn if we helped build or arm ISIS, so it’s interesting this has been the corporate media outlet of choice to let this information out. The only thing that matters to their audience, thanks to their exposure to more than a decade of war propaganda, is seeing the entire region bombed for peace until everyone who looks like a terrorist is eliminated.
1) Would ISIS be the military power that it is today without the U.S invasion of Iraq, toppling of Saddam’s government, and arming of the Iraqi military with weapons now in possession of ISIS?
2) Would ISIS be the military power that it is today without the U.S. funding, training, and arming the Syrian rebels with weapons now in possession of ISIS?
President Obama and John McCain are both guilty of associating with and arming Al Qaeda. The awful U.S. foreign policy decisions over the last decade in Iraq, Libya, and Syria have led to the creation of ISIS. Sure, they don’t like to come right out and admit it… But, it’s true.
It’s always nice when one of these sociopaths accidentally comes right out and says what many of us already believe to be the truth. Sorry America. More than any other country, the United States is responsible for the creation of ISIS.
Mistake or not, have fun with this one. The truth is stranger than fiction and somehow McCain just stated the U.S. wanted to arm ISIS.
Collegehumors’ new video is on point as always
Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939)