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What Are We Afraid Of?

I feel disgust every time I hear someone call Bernie Sanders a radical. Needless to say, I feel disgusted every day. It shows how far to the “right” of the political spectrum the people of the United States have been pushed by feamongering whores who are on the payroll of the parasitic executives who run this country.

Is slightly increasing taxes on wealthy people to help people who are dying from preventable deaths really a radical idea? How about asking people to stop mindlessly destroying our planet by reducing some of the pathetically self-absorbed behavior we’ve been conditioned to associate with success in recent decades? Is it crazy to want to move past the 19th century technology of burning fossil fuels and join the rest of the world in the entrepreneurial advancement of cleaner technologies that won’t drastically increase cancers and respiratory illnesses?

Anyone who’s read up on the subject knows Bernie Sanders can barely be considered a Socialist. He’s actually an extremely reasonable step in the proper direction toward a type of governing that can save us from ourselves.

People think Bernie Sanders is unelectable? What?? Donald trump is in the White House! Donald trump the racist, misogynist parasite. People who support corporate candidates say Bernie Sanders is mean and gruff? What’s meaner, speaking truths a lot of people don’t want to hear or allowing poor people to suffer needlessly? I think by “mean and gruff” corporate hacks mean honest. What’s going on here is that these people don’t want their friends to pay their fair share of taxes.

We’re listening to people who work extremely hard to reduce intelligence and increase mean and irrational behavior. How did that happen? Actually, a better question would be – why did we allow it to happen? I’ll leave that for people to ponder.

While I was sitting on a bench today a woman struck up a conversation with me. She told me how disgusted she was by how heartless so many people have become these days. I agreed and pointed to the powerful evidence that a heartless creep was our president. She then asked if I was a fan of Barack Obama and looked confused when I said I wasn’t. She mumbled something unintelligible, then told me she supports trump. Still?? 🤯 I asked how she could support someone who fights to give tax breaks to wealthy business executives while cutting benefits for disabled people. She said meekly, “he’s given us a good economy.”

That was it. Nothing more. I stared at her in disbelief. The irony could have leveled Brooklyn.

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Why This Election Is Different by David Swanson

The world is full of ugly truths and pretty lies. Honest, courageous people fear the potential destruction that can be wrought by the pretty lies while fearful, obedient people fear the ugly truths which could set them free.

It’s long, long, long past the time to step back and see not just what’s arrogantly pushed into our collective faces by despicably corrupt hack journalists in The Fear Industry but to see what’s possible.

If a majority of U.S. citizens won’t support Bernie Sanders over donald trump for president in 2020 then we don’t deserve to be a democracy. We don’t deserve anything. We’ve lost the battle for compassion, justice, decency and integrity as a nation. Seriously. Maybe this is the final test to determine whether or not the experiment of the United States of America has completely failed.

Think about it…

via Why This Election Is Different by David Swanson

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Happy New Year! Who Was The Radical MLK? by The Anti-Social Socialist

The world of the corporate executive in the U.S.: a “booming” stock market; “strong” economic growth; “America” (their version) is great again; an inordinate effect on elections – uh, make that selections; companies that destroy the environment while diverting billions of dollars from the working class to the parasitic class (like Chevron, Halliburton, Kinder Morgan, Duke Energy, Exxon-Mobil, Devon Energy, EOG Resources, Pioneer Natural Resources and Occidental Petroleum) and which do not pay federal income tax and some, amazingly, even profit from taxpayer money by receiving tax subsidies from their employees in Washington…

The world of the working class in the U.S.: tens of millions of people living paycheck to paycheck; approximately 600,000 homeless; approximately 200,000 people sleeping on the street, in abandoned buildings or other locations “not suitable for human habitation”; housing and food costs rising more rapidly than income; millions of people needing to choose between clothing and food; millions of children receiving a level of nutrition below accepted standards; millions of people insidiously prevented from voting…

Does anyone still believe democracy and Capitalism are compatible?

via Happy New Year! Who Was The Radical MLK? by The Anti-Social Socialist

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The Wisdom Of Master Po

The Wisdom Of Master Po

We can often find wisdom in unexpected places. Lessons not only come in the form of what to do in certain situations throughout life, but from making observations about what not to do.

I’ve noticed over the years that I’ve learned as much from foolish, reckless people as from wise people. We can also learn from children as there is often wisdom in their simple observations untainted by a judgemental mind.

Here is a nugget of wisdom from Master Po, via the amazing television show Kung Fu, which aired weekly from 1972 to 1975. The very talented actors in this scene are Keye Luke and David Carradine.

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Cop25: Never Have So Many Governments Done So Little For So Many by Pete Dolack + Chris Hedges: Sustained Civil Disobedience Necessary To Respond To The Climate Crisis

Suicide and murder?

via Cop25: Never Have So Many Governments Done So Little For So Many by Pete Dolack + Chris Hedges: Sustained Civil Disobedience Necessary To Respond To The Climate Crisis

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‘Tis the Season To Wage Boycotts!

How many of us have the courage to resist the pressures wealthy executives cruelly aim at our minds like weapons of psychological warfare? Do we dare appear cold, insensitive and selfish by not indulging in fundamentalist consumerism?

Do we dare stand up for our (forgotten?) principles and refuse to overindulge in our patriotic duty as consumption engines? Is it acceptable these days to make gifts with our own hands, simple things that have a different meaning other than one of how much hard-earned money was spent? Is it OK to purchase practical (or just fun), inexpensive items for a few loved ones or are we expected to show how good of a person we are by spending more money than we make? Does that indicate how much we care?

via ‘Tis the Season To Wage Boycotts!

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The Racist, Criminally Insane Fascist Takeover Must Be Stopped In Bolivia

Improved civil rights. Improved educational system. Improved infrastructure. Increased wages. Job growth. Booming economy. Decreases in poverty, crime, homelessness, serious illness, health care costs and preventable deaths. A level of inclusiveness that never existed under U.S. approved corporate puppets.

Bolivia had actually achieved democracy in recent years. They have gone in the opposite direction that the United States has taken, as we have allowed our former democracy to become a carcass on the side of the road called  progress.

Have the “powers that be” in the United States looked to Bolivia as a shining light of democracy – what can be accomplished when obscene personal greed is set aside for the well-being of all in a society? After all, isn’t that what democracy actually is about? (OK, we in the U.S. do have a large percentage of imbeciles who can’t differentiate between democracy and Capitalism. Or between needs and desires. But I digress…)

No, we instead decided that no one in this hemisphere can live in anything resembling a democracy since it might give people in other countries (especially here in the U.S.) ideas of actual (as opposed to perceived) freedom. Since you can’t kill an idea, Capitalists need to bury it under megatons of fear, ignorance and desperation.

For centuries, the Indigenous of Bolivia had been second class citizens. Ignored in the election booth, ignored in the corridors of power, ignored by the mainstream media – many relegated to inferior jobs for far too long. Yes, some progress had been made, but it was, as people in this country often say: too little, too late.

Finally, workers stood up and decided enough was enough. They united and organized themselves into a power to be reckoned with and Evo Morales became the first Indigenous person elected president of a South American country. The results have been a thing of beauty.

No, Bolivia did not become a utopia. As all thinking people understand, there is no such thing, at least not on this planet. Creating a just, viable democracy is a long, difficult process and in Bolivia it is still a work in progress – or, was a work in progress – until arrogant, parasitic, “holier than thou” corporate manipulators saw a huge potential for profit in this former “colony” of the United States.

We have allowed wealthy business executives to direct U.S. foreign policy for decades and have seen entire nations decimated to allow U.S. corporations to steal (or buy at a low, low price) the natural resources of sovereign nations. It has usually, though not always, been the governments of oil-producing nations we have invaded either covertly (Operation Condor in Latin America and Operation Ajax, the 1953 coup d’ètat in Iran are two examples) or overtly through actual war.

In Bolivia, it is lithium. What? Bring paid anarchy, death of innocent civilians and devastation to a country over lithium? Yes. Lithium is an extremely sought after material in this day of internet devices and new, improved batteries for the burgeoning electric vehicle industry. Wall Street predators – uh, speculators are drooling over the potential profits of this previously unknown commodity. And some “experts” believe Bolivia might have approximately half of the world’s known deposits of lithium. No wonder so many people around the world are suddenly interested in this sparsely populated Andean nation.

Corporate boot lickers have been writing and talking about how the Organization of American States (controlled mostly by the U.S.) declared there were “irregularities” in the Bolivian election on October 20th. They carefully inserted the term “election fraud” in its place. Clever. They were delighted to write and talk about protests against Evo Morales running for another term over the objections of 51% of the voters in a voter referendum in 2016. (Mind you, 51% of voters didn’t think it was proper for him to flout term limits in running again, it wasn’t a 51% disapproval rating. Evo Morales is much more highly regarded in his country than the current U.S. president is in his country.)

However, how many of those corporate hacks in the media were discussing the fact that the military and police mysteriously and very suddenly changed direction in backing a fascist coup d’ètat, forcing Morales (as well as the Vice President and the President of the Senate) to resign just days after a huge lithium deal between the Morales administration and a German corporation was canceled?

Hmmmm, interesting timing, no?

On December 7, 2018, the Bolivian government signed a deal with a German company, ACI Systems. The state company Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB) started a joint venture with ACI Systems to produce lithium hydroxide for use in the manufacture of batteries for electric vehicles. Not long after the disputed election, Bolivia pulled out of the deal. Was it because Morales wanted to extort the German firm? That’s the modus operandi for powerful people in Capitalist countries. That’s something we could believe the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue would do.

No, the Morales administration pulled out of the deal because of pressure from the people in the part of Bolivia who would be most affected by the mining of lithium.

What? People were willing to get in the way of corporate profits merely due to the potential destruction of a natural habitat and the addition of a few more manufacturing jobs? Yes. One of the stipulations in the deal was a guarantee that stringent environmental regulations would be adhered to. The people of Potosi wanted a better deal for Bolivia and the executives of the German firm decided that the regulations already agreed upon would take too much of the profits they wanted in their bank accounts.

Salar de Uyuni (pictured here), in Bolivia’s Potosi region, is one of the most serenely beautiful areas on the planet. Tourists from all around the world come to see this incredibly other-worldly paradise. It is one of the most photographed places on the planet. And it is an extremely delicate ecosystem. This is the area that holds the world’s largest deposits of lithium. Most Bolivians care enough to support protecting this amazing place.

Civic groups in Potosi protested against Morales for his re-election because they didn’t want this deal. The temporary fascists in charge want the deal to go through – against the wishes of those with the most at stake.

Now, Jeanine Añez, a right wing extremist, who’s party received just 4% of the vote in the latest election, is the acting president.

How?

The resignations of Evo Morales and Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and the forced decision by Senate President Adriana Salvatierra to keep her position in government but resign as President of the Senate came amid threats of violence against all top MAS officials unless they left office. The campaign of terror included the burning down of houses and the kidnapping of relatives of MAS officials. This placed Añez in a position to assume the presidency. And, this was after President Morales had agreed to hold new elections, but Gen. Williams Kaliman, Bolivia’s military chief, decided that didn’t matter. Obviously the financial backers of the coup had already made the decision to go all the way and try to eliminate the political party that represents the majority of the population. It was the only way these (mostly “Christian” European) wealthy people could take power, reduce the Indigenous majority to second class citizenship – again – and restore Bolivia to its former colony status.

Another interesting fact that highlights the illegitimacy of this administration is that Añez declared herself President while there were not enough senators present to legally vote on legislation since MAS members boycotted the Senate session due to fearing for their lives.

Any government that officially recognizes this illegal administration which took power through a military coup d’ètat condones violence and opposes democracy no matter how cleverly they use the language of politics. We need to urge our leaders, not only in the U.S., but across the world, to stand up for democracy, not bow down to fascism.

Sources:

https://www.expatica.com/de/bolivia-cancels-lithium-deal-with-german-firm/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/24/bolivia-anez-regime-violence?fbclid=IwAR0EHJlf_G26x2CEkmCApe3mKqYHc22N1lzABpKfAGxdl3lXC7sjcilvgHI