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“War is the Health of the State”
-Randolph Bourne

‘Long-Term Blank Check for War Spending’

“$554 billion overall in Pentagon spending—in keeping with the trajectory of a country that spends more on the military than the next 11 countries combined…  Buried within the budget is $64 billion in military funding from what is called the Overseas Contingency Operations.”

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Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown

Anyone who is not them is now equated with a disease:

“Among the projects awarded for the period 2014-2017 is a Cornell University-led study managed by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research which aims to develop an empirical model “of the dynamics of social movement mobilisation and contagions.”

It never avoids my attention that this most politically violent institution on the planet is consumed with this idea of addressing “political violence.”

“This project is not about terrorists, but about supporters of political violence.”

That would be the entire Congress and a good percentage of the country that cheers on the US military’s so-called “adventures” around the globe. The hypocrisy is visible from orbit. The US military is all about “political violence,” and it is the main purpose for its existence. It’s what it does, day in and day out, with about 1,000 bases around the globe arming, training and meddling in the politics of other nations, violently.

This cognitive chasm is of Orwellian dimensions.

“Minerva-funded social scientists tied to Pentagon counterinsurgency operations are involved in the “study of emotions in stoking or quelling ideologically driven movements,” he said, including how ‘to counteract grassroots movements.'”

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Canadian ISIS member calls for attacks against his country
So how did we get to this fucked up state of the world?

It’s a long story, and you’re in it too. It’s the story of empires, oil barons, tolerating Wahabbi psychopaths, useful false flag terror, infinite war, control, surveillance and the death of morality. And I just don’t have time to do it justice right now.

When Ronald Ray-Gun ripped the solar panels off of the White House all of this became pre-ordained. It all became inevitable, collapse, industrial contamination of the ecosphere, the propping up of the oil sheikhs and the exploitation of cultural differences for the profits of warmongers.

Orwell called it.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.

That’s not just because of the scum in charge, but because of the rabble who cheer them on. That’s the system. How do you fit in?

They will always be able to find a handful of religious nut jobs to blow something up and to seize more power and control as a result. Even in Canada. The world is burning fast now, and there are no viable solutions to this atrocious state we find ourselves in. The neocon warmongers are winning. They have the world dancing to their tune.

It’s a dark fucking age, people. And growing darker.

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Russia invades Ukraine. Again. And again. And yet again … using Saddam’s WMD

by William Blum

“Russia reinforced what Western and Ukrainian officials described as a stealth invasion on Wednesday [August 27], sending armored troops across the border as it expanded the conflict to a new section of Ukrainian territory. The latest incursion, which Ukraine’s military said included five armored personnel carriers, was at least the third movement of troops and weapons from Russia across the southeast part of the border this week.”

None of the photos accompanying this New York Timesstory online showed any of these Russian troops or armored vehicles.

“The Obama administration,” the story continued, “has asserted over the past week that the Russians had moved artillery, air-defense systems and armor to help the separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk. ‘These incursions indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway’, Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, said. At the department’s daily briefing in Washington, Ms. Psaki also criticized what she called the Russian government’s ‘unwillingness to tell the truth’ that its military had sent soldiers as deep as 30 miles inside Ukraine territory.”

Thirty miles inside Ukraine territory and not a single satellite photo, not a camera anywhere around, not even a one-minute video to show for it. “Ms. Psaki apparently [sic] was referring to videos of captured Russian soldiers, distributed by the Ukrainian government.” The Times apparently forgot to inform its readers where they could see these videos.

“The Russian aim, one Western official said, may possibly be to seize an outlet to the sea in the event that Russia tries to establish a separatist enclave in eastern Ukraine.”

This of course hasn’t taken place. So what happened to all these Russian soldiers 30 miles inside Ukraine? What happened to all the armored vehicles, weapons, and equipment?

“The United States has photographs that show the Russian artillery moved into Ukraine, American officials say. One photo dated last Thursday, shown to a New York Times reporter, shows Russian military units moving self-propelled artillery into Ukraine. Another photo, dated Saturday, shows the artillery in firing positions in Ukraine.”

Where are these photographs? And how will we know that these are Russian soldiers? And how will we know that the photos were taken in Ukraine? But most importantly, where are the fucking photographs?



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North America is a Crime Scene

It is necessary, she argues, to start with the origin of the United States as a settler-state and its explicit intention to occupy the continent. These origins contain the historical seeds of genocide. Any true history of the United States must focus on what has happened to (and with) Indigenous peoples—and what still happens. It’s not just past colonialist actions but also “the continued colonization of American Indian nations, peoples, and lands” that allows the United States “to cast its imperialist gaze globally” with “what is essentially a settler colony’s national construction of itself as an ever more perfect multicultural, multiracial democracy,”

Kaplan goes on to ridicule “elites in New York and Washington” who debate imperialism in “grand, historical terms,” while individuals from all the armed services interpret policy according to the particular circumstances they face and are indifferent to or unaware of the fact that they are part of an imperialist project. This book shows how colonialism and imperialism work.

I see it’s Columbus Day again…

Columbus: Slavery, Rape and Genocide

There’s also this:

Genocide and the Native American Experience

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1. It is a waste of money.

2. There are no “moderates”

3. The truth is, we don’t know who we are training.

4. Those receiving U.S. money will turn on us.

5. Our troops would be in peril from the “rebels” we train, pay, and equip.

6. Congress is being kept in the dark.

7. A constitutional crisis is building.

8. Congress has it backwards.

8 Reasons Why Congress Should Vote No on Training and Funding Syrian Rebels

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