My god, would you look at this backwards savage!

(Will you? We’ve only killed 500,000 of his country’s citizens. Will you give him the time of day?)

Left, right, and center, we Americans all “know” what a tin-pot dictator Bashar al-Assad is. We all “know” the monstrous things he’s done… At least we think we know, because that’s what all the Very Serious People are saying, ad infinitum, citing sources like Netflix, the al-Nusra Front’s front organization the White Helmets, that guy in England, aka “The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights,” lil’ Bana, and the ever-progressive Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The corporate media and politicians constantly remind us what a horrible man Bashar Assad is, and the only people who seem to disagree are the vast majority of Syrians — and the few Western journalists who have actually spent time ON THE GROUND in Syria. (Vanessa Beeley and Eva Bartlett come to mind.)

Since 9/11, at least, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has bent over backwards to appease the genocidal invaders of Iraq (and recidivist sponsors of al Qaeda). He simply won’t surrender his country outright to ethnosectarian maniacs, regional enemies, and a spiraling, flailing, increasingly fascist empire hellbent on world domination as its superpower status is collapsing (the people behind the false-flag chemical-weapons attacks, at least 52 of which have been conducted by ISIS, in Iraq and Syria, per The New York Times).

I know it’s unfashionable/forbidden to contradict the propaganda of our nation’s masters, but I’ve been closely following developments in the Middle East for some time. The truth is that Bashar al-Assad met the Arab Spring in his country — and the indigenous Syrian resistance — with immediate concessions and constitutional reforms, including term limits and multi-party elections.

Compared to the U.S.-sanctioned massacres of civilians in Egypt (and mass-arrests of political dissidents), Assad was goddamned Jeffersonian.

Only that wasn’t enough. Apparently, Assad was supposed to do what the FBI was urging Marlin Luther King to do in the 1960s — commit suicide. Nothing less would satisfy. Damascus is, after all, providing a naval port to Russia, aka The Great Satan.

What a jerk, thinking Syria can be a sovereign, independent nation, free to honor its longstanding geopolitical alliances — just when we Americans are frantically demanding that all opposition and non-aligned dissenters DIE, DIE, DIE!

What a barbarian. (Western officials and the six Rupert Murdochs who control 90% of the media told me so.)

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Black Lives Matter… even more than idol worship and RussiaGate.

Black History Month is over, but the harassment and beatings apparently never end, as evidenced by this North Carolina man’s story.

“Walking while black” remains an unforgivable, even capital offense in the eyes of many U.S. police officers, their institutionally bigoted departments militarized under previous U.S. presidents birthing the national security state… while eviscerating the Bill of Rights.

If President Obama were still in office — helping Wall Street plunder the wealth of black Americans and ignoring the gutting of the Voting Rights Act — I have no doubt that he would bravely host another “Beer Summit” indicating that “both sides” are to blame. (Or was that his successor, re: Charlottesville?)

If President Obama were still in office — letting Sec. Clinton and the genocidal neocons run away with his foreign policy — AG Holder would be preparing to issue another bracing “racism is bad” statement, a la the Ferguson report (such strong leadership, emboldening racists across America, as when Obama condemned Colin Kaepernick for respectfully protesting this kind of normalized, racially-motivated, police violence in the first place).

Is anybody else sick to death of this heinous brutality and rampant injustice? Or are we still chasing, doglike, the stalled jalopy that is RussiaGate? (I guess hating Trump, demonizing Putin, and warmongering on behalf of the “Iraq WMD” crew, is a lot more fun and easy than confronting white supremacy in our institutions, huh?)

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Regarding the carnage in Syria…

From the article appearing at the ever-reliable

“I harbor no illusions about the (Syrian) regime’s motives, and I can only imagine the anguish of those living under daily bombardment, trying to care for the wounded while wondering if and when they will join the many who have already died.

“But the recent situation in Eastern Ghouta is unfortunately not as unique as recent media accounts suggest. Just last month, the respected, independent monitoring group Airwars reminded us that U.S.-led Coalition air strikes on the Syrian city of Raqqa created many more victims with the same destructive tactics of ‘siege, bomb and evacuate.’

“In just one incident in March 2017, Coalition bombers killed as many as 400 civilians at a school near Raqqa, where hundreds of women and children were taking shelter from the war.”

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As the article notes, per the BBC, the same U.S.-led Coalition that laid Raqqa to waste also made a secret deal with ISIS to allow hundreds of ISIS fighters to slip quietly away from the devastated city. Because this war has always been about regime-change-from-without, and radical Salafist terrorists have been Washington’s chief proxies on the ground since Day 1.

There’s a reason that most Syrians have rallied around their frequently brutal government: Damascus has been defending them from foreign imperialists and the likes of al Qaeda (THE factions who have repeatedly used chemical weapons against civilians in this conflict).

And that is why the rest of the world cannot take us seriously when we profess to care about human rights or civilian casualties in war.

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And now, a Black History Month reminder…


In 1994, President Nixon’s aide, John Ehrlichman, put the matter succinctly and in crystal-clear terms: The War on Drugs was conceived by Richard Nixon and the GOP — not in response to any rising crisis in drug use — but specifically to criminalize and break up whole, politically unruly, communities.

BLACK communities, first and foremost.

(Because, as Ehrlichman observed, they couldn’t make simply being black illegal and needed any excuse to devastate those strongly anti-war, anti-fascist communities.)

In 2018, America’s white-supremacist essence has been exposed many times over, surely, but Nixon’s former adviser confessed a rare, unvarnished truth: Conceived by Republicans, metastasized and normalized under Democrats, RACE-BASED mass-incarceration (the “Drug War”) was literally designed to disenfranchise and enslave millions of black Americans.

And that’s exactly what it has done.

That’s why it’s called The New Jim Crow — with respect to Michelle Alexander, whose book should be considered essential reading for any self-respecting American.

One form of slavery replaces another. It’s the American way.

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With respect to the 17 victims in Florida and their surviving loved ones…

Regarding gun violence in America, THE DIAGNOSIS of this societal sickness was laid out perfectly in Michael Moore’s (totally f’g brilliant) “Bowling for Columbine” –

(As in his films “Roger & Me,” “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “Sicko,” and “Capitalism: A Love Story,” the MSM-maligned progressive filmmaker demonstrated a firm grasp on the dire trends that were shaping America’s future when he made that devastating documentary, shortly after the mass-shooting event in Littleton, Colorado, that left 14 high school students and one teacher dead.)

And THE PRESCRIPTION for addressing this horrific crisis has been pretty well mapped out, too:…/20/if_australia_can_do_it_why

And THE PRESCRIPTION FOR MAKING “THE PRESCRIPTION” A REMOTE POSSIBILITY? Replace the duopoly by never voting D or R again.

It’s common sense.

(Because who would vote for serial mass-murdering psychopaths who clearly loathe democracy, at home and abroad — the two parties that have worked overtime to destroy the planet and reduce the U.S. to banana republic status in a matter of a few short, drunken-financialized, corporatocracy-enshrining, Constitution-shredding decades?)

(Only everyone I know, that’s who…)

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SO, since the notion of the American electorate abandoning its lifelong (institutional) mortal enemies is “not realistic,” maybe we should at least try pushing like mad for ELECTION/CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM (rather than sleepwalking into a world war with Russia and China over a bunch of unsubstantiated — largely debunked — intelligence agency drivel).

Election/campaign finance reform (perhaps along the lines prescribed by Prof. Lawrence Lessig in his excellent book, Republic, Lost) is the only hope we have, at least as long as we insist on voting for our evil overlords’ official courtesans.

Get the Democrats and Republicans out of the NRA’s pocket (and the MIC’s, Wall Street’s, etc), and we might actually accomplish something.

We might even make our schools and society safer for children and other living things.

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Don’t know much about history?

[The subject of HISTORY and the whitewashing of American textbooks was recently broached on my Facebook home thread, and I decided to respond. Needless to say, there went my morning... but I've decided to spare Facebook and my innocent friend, rightfully concerned about the expurgation of the Trail of Tears from an unnamed middle-school textbook. IOW, this diatribe is for you, faithful reader...]

If Americans had been taught HISTORY over the last several decades, Allen Dulles’ name would be a household word — and everyday Americans would know that Germany and Hitler lost WWII, but fascism won, hands down, with the Nazis’ best allies subverting FDR and Truman and launching the Cold War, because they adamantly refused to accept the Russian victory and the war’s end.

Eisenhower blamed Dulles for dominating his time in office, leaving him with “a legacy of ashes.” (No doubt: One fine speech about the tyranny he facilitated does not a good presidency make — and many CIA/deep state horrors were unleashed by the golfing, aloof, patrician Ike.)

Can most Americans name the last actual U.S. president — before the oligarchs and spooks took over, lock, stock, and barrel? His name was John F. Kennedy, and, whatever his imperfections and moral transgressions, the plain truth is he was assassinated for defying America’s unelected power establishment and seeking détente: an end to the rapacious, global neo-fascist agenda.

No holder of the office has disobeyed the corporatocracy since that bloody murder of a sitting president — and subsequent demonstration of impunity (with the murderers put in charge of the “investigation”).

No American institution or high elected official has meaningfully opposed America’s descent into neo-fascism since the 1960s, including: the blatant hijacking of our elections and campaign finance laws; the privatization of the commons; Washington’s endlessly genocidal actions targeting Arab Muslims, primarily (killing millions outright); the eradication of hundreds of vital regulations thanks to “trade” pacts and a deregulatory frenzy; the legalization of government propaganda aimed at citizens; the end of Posse Comitatus; the elimination of habeas corpus and the Bill of Rights; the normalization of institutionally racist military/secret police; the normalization of torture, vacuum surveillance, and journalist/whistleblower persecution; the unimpeded destruction of the climate and natural world…

It’s horrifying, but true. In recent years, one book after another (critically acclaimed, mainstream books* by award winning authors and journalists) has convinced me of this reality: The Nazis and their ideological heirs have run the table — and the U.S. — since before WWII’s close.

Thanks to a bunch of untouchable Wall Street a-holes who hated and defied FDR at every turn — and generations of corrupt, careerist, and craven American leaders — they now administer history’s most powerful and destructive empire (fittingly, the one that has ushered in the Sixth Mass Extinction event and Western civilization’s collapse… taking who knows how much of humanity with it, by the time this cataclysm is over?).

* The Anatomy of Fascism (Robert O. Paxton); The Family (Jeff Sharlet); America’s Nazi Secret (John Loftus); The Nazis Next Door (Eric Lichtblau); The Devil’s Chessboard (David Talbot)

(This list is limited to books dealing specifically with the Nazi pedigree and ideology of our country’s core leadership and institutions. It’s fair to say that thousands of articles and dozens of other critically acclaimed, mainstream books about Washington’s fascist, lawless, mass-murdering actions — before and after 9/11 — have also informed my judgment. Fascists, after all, comport themselves in a certain way, as Robert O. Paxton has described — and Sheldon Wolin, too — in their essential books.)

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Giving up…

Great conversation with the love of my life, Jennifer Teguia, last night — totally done with activism, now that it’s clear that the right and “left” are interchangeable, identical, equally fascist. Enjoy your McCarthyism, you hate-filled dupes. Keep overlooking the genocide of Arab Muslims perpetrated by Bill Clinton, “Dubya,” and Barack Obama.

To date, George W. Bush is the all-time champ of OVERT fascism, but the false friend “Democrats” have proven positively deadly to the real left… and murderous to the unrepresented millions.

President Obama’s legacy is the death of the left, the ascension of Trump.

Chris Hedges is right.

Caitlin Johnstone is right.

Cornel West is right.

Glenn Greenwald is right.

Ray McGovern is right.

Katie Halper is right.

Glen Ford is right.

Tulsi Gabbard is right.

The corporatists and liars steering the masses toward World War III are not only wrong, they are evil.

(And I positively hate that fucking word.)

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Childless by choice

Last month, my niece (27) asked me why I never had children of my own, since I obviously love kids and have made a priority of involving myself in the lives of my sisters’ children.

Aside from dumb luck — and a lot of birth control — in the early goings, I’ve allowed my fears about the future, ultimately, to make my decision for me.

(And, yes, I feel a tiny bit cheated and sad, but I could not, in good conscience, bring human beings into the world that’s coming.)

In short, this is the latest dire bulletin from the collapsing natural world to keep me up at night:…/global-warming-stirs-the-me…/

Is the end nigh? Obviously, no one knows for certain, but my god, this doesn’t look good!

(It’s enough to make a person wish we had some sort of society or government, willing to take its most grave responsibilities the least bit seriously. Instead, I have to reconcile myself to the sad fact that it’s primarily my nation’s government and institutions that have brought the species to the precipice of an Earthbound hell.)

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The Caterpillar from “Alice in Wonderland” Confronts America


Over the three presidencies before Trump’s (two of them Democratic) MILLIONS of Arab Muslims — and millions of mostly unmentioned others — were wittingly sacrificed on the altar of Shock Doctrine (neo-fascist) economics, led aggressively (and largely unilaterally) by the United States of America, which has been swinging its muscular arms at the world like an enraged silverback gorilla since the fall of the Soviet Union… and acting like a chainsaw-wielding maniac at an outdoor slumber party since 9/11.

Washington’s cynical exploitation of that monstrous terrorist act gave some of history’s greatest criminals and profiteers – still in business today — license to torture, listen-in, assassinate, and commit mass-murder anywhere, with no declaration of war or pretense of legality (nothing that would pass the laugh test, anyway, back when America’s leadership thought it was important to distinguish themselves from the Third Reich, Stalin, or the Stasi; back when they at least pretended to respect habeas corpus, the Nuremberg Principles, the Magna Carta, and our Constitution).

Today, the war machine that President Eisenhower tried to warn us about IS the government, every bit as much as Exxon and Goldman Sachs IS the government (it sure as hell isn’t us, We the SHEEPLE…).

The genocidal war machine that’s replaced the U.S. government — and extinguished anything resembling democracy, here — does whatever it wants, while Americans argue about which duopoly party’s candidate is more corrupt and generally revolting:

“Yours is an ignorant, sexist racist, who’s said and done a TON of bigoted things!”

“Are you kidding me?! Yours has made a career out of incarcerating minorities and making offensive and dishonest racial slurs — including against your party’s last president!”

(Two scummy, racist, obviously criminal elites, neither with any principles — and in 2016 the whole nation was wetting itself that its Darth Sidious might not be the one to take the helm of the empire, delivering us, personally, to the next level of hell. “It should be a woman! Darth Sidi-ess!”)

Meanwhile, bee colonies and other pollinators disappear, the Great Barrier Reef perishes, and, as ever, the genocide train rolls on: in Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, and beyond (wherever there are brown people, wherever there’s oil, wherever a political leader won’t allow their nation to be enslaved by Western corporations; wherever it helps Washington outmaneuver its geopolitical rivals — with over 1,000 military bases in the world, dozens of dictators, and millions of myrmidons at DC’s disposal, the genocide train rolls on and on.).


Most of us have been grappling with our friends and families on the other side of the (largely imaginary) aisle, with great vehemence – LONG BEFORE TRUMP WAS PIED PIPER’d INTO OFFICE – for not agreeing with us about the alleged chasm of difference between death by arsenic and death by cyanide.

Meanwhile, in lock-step behind the curtain (despite all the noisy bickering on the front pages) the political and institutional leadership of the United States has:

1) radically increased the exploitation of fossil-fuels (including tar sands, deep-water and Arctic drilling, fracking, mountaintop removal for coal, etc.) — even as the world’s climatological systems are in unprecedented jeopardy, with the Sixth Mass Extinction event underway (50% of living things gone in 40 years; the oceans signaling collapse; glaciers, ice caps, and permafrost melting; events fast outpacing the most dire computer modelling);

2) created a world with more refugees than at any time in recorded history;

3) eviscerated the Bill of Rights, nullifying one Amendment after another;

4) hunted like an animal every journalist and whistleblower who dared to expose the criminality of our government — which has given itself, with the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act, signed by Barack Obama, the right to propagandize citizens of the United States, on U.S. soil;

5) created a cruelly oppressive global economic system that utilizes more SLAVES than at any point in recorded history; and

6) allowed our elections to be turned into opaque, easily manipulated, unverifiable farces, where millions of voters are routinely disenfranchised (with the blatantly stolen presidential elections of 2000 and 2004, and the brazenly rigged Democratic Primary of 2016, the entire world has seen the “Emperor’s New Clothes” attire of Uncle Sam — who generally SELECTS, rather than ELECTS, these days… even if fluky things, like Bernie Sanders filling stadiums or Donald J. Drumpfuck beating Secretary Blood-n-Guts, occasionally happen).


Your children are growing up and growing old in an increasingly violent, water-scarce cauldron that generations of Americans cultivated and ignored: fat, smug, and comfortable (we apparently enjoyed arguing and being entertained more than working together to confront EXISTENTIAL THREATS TO OUR SPECIES).

You call yourselves Christians? You call yourselves Liberals?

You’ve let your elections and government become utterly defiled.

You’ve let corporate P.T. Barnums distract and divide you, lying to you again and again and again… and yet you stick to them like Othello to Iago. (Is Putin also responsible for your blinkered devotion to inveterate propagandists? That would be a convenient — and trendy – excuse.).

You’re World Wrestling Federation fans. You’re Nero, fiddling with personality politics while modern day Rome — THE WORLD — burns; while your nation becomes the most hated and feared entity in the world, regardless of which party holds the White House.

You refuse to question your masters, swallowing their nonsensical, ahistorical framing of issues and their bogus, xenophobic, self-flattering narratives.

You are told that you have only two options come Election Day.

You obey. You obey. You obey.

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A forgotten “Me, Too” tale of the 1990s…

When Prof. Anita Hill was slandered with misogynist, racially loaded slurs for coming forward with her story — involving years of sexual harassment and unwelcome advances from Judge Clarence Thomas — three other women bravely stepped forward and said “ME, TOO!”

Only that’s when Joe Biden stepped in.

In a lesser known chapter of the former VP’s sordid political history, Delaware Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr, made sure that the trio of other women saying “Me, too!” about Judge Thomas never got to share their stories.

Sen. Biden ensured that Prof. Anita Hill stood alone.

Did those three other women’s stories also involve years of unrelenting sexual harassment? Were they also subjected to Judge Thomas’s frequent lewd suggestions involving porno movies, orgies, and bestiality? Were there more strategically placed pubic hairs on these underlings’ beverages?

Thanks to Sen. Joe Biden, we’ll never know.

As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, “Cup of Joe” Biden acted with ruthless zeal and efficiency to seat Clarence Thomas, ideological radical and alleged serial workplace harasser, on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Because Joe Biden didn’t just run with David Brock’s “a little bit nutty, a little bit slutty” character-assassination of Prof. Hill, grilling her like the rest of the Republicans. He made sure that the stories of those three other victims — corroborating Hill’s grim experience with predatory Clarence Thomas — would never see the light of day, so far as that confirmation process was concerned.

With Biden running the show, Prof. Anita Hill was hung out to dry.

Thanks to Joe’s tireless efforts, Clarence Thomas was elevated to the highest court in the land, where he would proceed to give us “President” George W. Bush (in a 5-4 affair which makes the 2016 general election result look like an immaculate exercise in democracy).

“Justice” Thomas also helped give us the dark money bonanza that is Citizens United — and a host of other really swell jurisprudential developments, leading to the situation we Americans enjoy today.

Thanks heaps, Joe. (Please go away now.)

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