In the land of democrazies a trooth fairy startled a herd of phejk gnus that stamped, peed and caused polytishans to take brides in the lobby. The present was dented. He cald an add wiser to count still. No cents said the pub licker. This D bait catchez the image in nation of the city zens, who buy duh weigh, B leave whatda maynstreem me duh ya rights all wrong.
“When reality travels faster than the speed of fiction
sanity spins out of a troll.”
The government that cannot care for the health of the citizens is incompetent.
The government that won’t care for the health of the citizens is corrupt.
The government that harms the health of the citizens is criminal.
The life expectancy of Americans is decreasing.
Medical treatment is the third cause of death.
One third of the citizens are obese (=unhealthy).
“Congress proposes making April Fools Day a national holiday.”
My friend Uncle S.A., hereafter referred to as Unc, prides himself on being well informed. He often dodges views contradicting his opinions by labeling them propaganda if they come from a source outside his American frame of reference.
Lunching with him the other day he defended his extensive reading of American news magazines such as Time, Atlantic, The New Yorker and such, by claiming that he had the ability to recognize real stories from suspicious ones and could pick useful information from many sources. Unc declared black-belt capability in defending himself against propaganda.
I promised to email an article by Andre Vitchek in order to get his take on it. He was immediately suspicious of Andre because he had never heard of him, but agreed to read the article and comment on it when I called the following evening. As soon as I got home I mailed Andre’s article, The West is Becoming Irrelevant, The World is Laughing.
When I called the following evening at 21.00, he eagerly spoke about an article in Time magazine that had arrived in his postbox earlier in the day. Many pensioners were selling their homes, buying mobile homes and settling them in gated communities in warm climate areas where everyone lived happily ever in the short time they had after. Unc found this article soooo interesting.
I listened bored but politely to Unc’s comprehensive account of the article. I’ve seen similar articles in the past 20 years. America’s Happy Pensioners is the real (unnamed) title forming a propaganda facade in front of the horrors of growing old in the USA. While less than 5% of Americans have the ability to choose the ”happy” gated trailer-community described in Time, the rest suffer a meager and precarious existence at best, often at the mercy of burdened families and loved ones, until their often long painful sicknesses, without adequate medical treatment, mercifully liberates them from life.
”What did you think of the article I sent?”
”I haven’t gotten to that yet,” replied black-belt in anti-propaganda Unc.
“95% beautiful ribbons around 5% shit
can’t hide the stink.”
The previous post dealt with the UN killing a report about Israeli apartheid thereby suppressing the truth. Nations however can neither support or suppress anything. People do. To be accurate, the representatives of the nations of the world chose to prevent the spread of truth. The people of the world want the truth. Consequently, the representatives of the world’s nations do not represent the people. Who do they represent? What are we to do about it?
We can start by discarding our illusions about the united truth deniers representing the nations of the world. Each and every one of them. Have you seen any head of state protesting the suppression of truth? Have you noticed any chains dangling from your mind?
“Truth comes in friendship.
We become our own enemy if we reject it.”
The UN has killed a report about Israeli apartheid. The people of the world are not entitled to truth deemed unsuitable by a few powerful people. As Rima Khalaf, executive secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), stated in her letter of resignation,
”The evidence provided in the report is incontrovertible, and here it is sufficient to point out that anyone who has attacked the report has been incapable of calling into question a single word of its actual content.”
That’s our world today, Dorothy. Truth may not be published if it disturbs the sensitivities of certain powerful people. Who is disturbed by the truth? Who indeed?
“The devil loves to appear in tailor-made clothes
and wear smiles that can make sulfur disappear.”
The US is experiencing an economic blitzkrieg; a smash and grab operation on the government store; a structural heist of enormous proportions transferring $billions from the public treasury into the accounts and secret piggy banks of giga-rich individuals; a tiny, vulgarly wealthy minority confiscating the money and resources of the great struggling and desperate majority.
Welcome to shock doctrine, Americans.
Naomi Klein’s book The Shock Doctrine came out 10 years ago. It’s subtitle, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, designates the increased application of a tactic that marches under the flag of austerity. Public expenditures and social services are cut while the fortunes of the rich are enhanced. The citizens are plagued with reductions. A tiny minority is awarded great increases.
Klein illustrates the use of the shock doctrine, SD, in many countries under different circumstances. The forms and extent vary. The essence remains the same. Instigated by a shock event, a disaster, whether a natural disaster or political turmoil, a series of policies are set in motion to privatize public resources, slash government spending to the citizens while providing tax breaks for the elite and budget increases to military and security forces.
The public, traumatized or confused by the extreme event, can barely gain equilibrium before the SD policies are implemented with shocking speed. By the time the public stops spinning, the new norm is in place. The rich have become much richer and the general public much poorer. SD has scored a KO. In simple terms it’s grand national theft, but because the thieves occupy the government and claim legitimacy, the theft wears a legal robe.
Trump is merely the recent shock event detonating the explosive politics ravaging the nation. He’s a fuse, a catalyst, an enzyme, a trigger of a gun. One example of the present SD demonstrates the absurdity—and criminality— of the present politics. Despite ”austerity” slashing government programs, the military, scandalized throughout the world by producing enemies instead of eliminating them, will receive, on an already obnoxiously bloated budget, an additonal $50+ billion. This absurdity should be squared by absurdity considering $trillions, TRILLIONS, missing and unaccounted for in years of budgets not audited. Who in their right mind, or any mind at all for that matter, gives and gives and gives without knowing where the money goes? A gram of sense would demand an explanation of the missing money before discussing additional allotments. But who makes demands on the boss of the gang?
Welcome to shock doctrine, Americans.
“Small thieves break the law.
Great thieves make the law.”
The organizations of destruction
and their tools of destruction
require so much
resources, energy, effort and time
that every individual on earth
fed, clothed, housed, educated and cared for
with a portion
of the resources, energy, effort and time
used for the organizations of destruction
and their tools of destruction.
If every individual on earth
in their basic needs of
food, clothing, housing, education and health care
their would be no need of
organizations of destruction
or tools of destruction.
Humanity however, the clever (sapiens) people,
don’t seem clever enough
to understand this simplicity.
We who are clever enough to understand this,
don’t seem clever enough
to do anything about it.
Let us at least try to understand
that the extinction of humanity
will be the result
getting what it deserves.
“We love the truth
as long as it’s about someone else,
doesn’t disturb our beliefs,
and doesn’t require us to do anything.”