Today: Short Takes, 7–3-`18
I’m still trying different ways to disseminate what I consider important information so people don’t have to spend hours reading books or vet articles on the net for veracity. I have some time and(mostly) enjoy doing it. So today I’ll mention a few items that are worse than zombies because they can’t be killed with head shots. Russia is a biggie. Pundits and reporters won’t let go of the ‘Russia interfered in the ’16 elections’ narrative. Iran has garnered lots of news too of late. N Korea has a secret agenda to dupe Mr Trump. These are of the few of the (mis)information headlines in the news. Corporate news anyway also known as the maim stream media.(MSM) I use corporate news because corporations spread govt and capitalist propaganda with their control of these outlets. I’ll pick a few.
First Russia. I’m sick of hearing how Russia interfered in the last election.(’16) At best Russia spent a few thousand dollars on Facebook ads. Maybe, I stay off Facebook as much as I can, besides I never learned how to use it anyway. I did find Spotify from a band that I ‘liked’ when they sent me the info. I used Spotify to find new music which I then purchased and loaded on my PC. I pay my artists for their work. Spotify doesn’t, not much anyway. I digress.
So today I was seeing what Pocket was offering, sometimes there’s something good worth reading from their picks. Today wasn’t one of those days. They spotlighted two articles. One was from ‘The Atlantic’ by David Frum and you guessed it, he was talking about Russia’s influence of the US elections. The other was from ‘NY Magazine’ by Johnathan Chait; again Russia and their nefarious influence seemed to be this gist of his piece. I didn’t bother to read either piece as It’s all been said before. I just skimmed.
I will say is what actually influences the elections more than Russia or any other state other than Israel; big dollar donations/bribes by corporations, wealthy oligarchs such as the Koch’s, Murdock, Bezos or Adleson. The Israeli lobby AIPAC funds countless Congressional and presidential bids. The Roberts Supreme Court allowed corporations to buy elections with the Citizens United decision. This is what influences elections. To blame Russia are sour grapes from the DNC and the sore loser Hillery Clinton. Let it rest already.
Last I’ll mention an event that happened 30 years ago involving an Iranian civilian airliner. Yes, today is the 30 year anniversary of the tragedy that involved a US warship shooting down an Iranian airliner. 290 people were murdered in that infamous tragedy. The USS Vincennes with Captain William C. Rodgers III in command. There were also 66 children on the plane that were murdered in this action. The US finally agreed to pay out approx $213,000 per passenger for compensation. No apology was forthcoming. The US rarely if ever apologizes for murdering civilians. They did however honor Capt Rodgers with a medal for Exceptional Conduct. This fits with my premise the the US honors war criminals with medals, commissioned busts, state dinners, expressways, airports, all sorts of prestigious awards for heinous behavior. Astonishing that they can even sleep at night, to me anyway. Sometimes I can’t sleep thinking about these catastrophes. Go figure. For more see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_Air_Flight_655 .
So these days we are inundated with a dearth of misinformation meant to keep citizens in the dark about what the govt does in their name. I know the US does good things too but these criminal acts can’t be allowed to slip by unnoticed. We are far too apathetic these days and that’s exactly how the powers want it. They want nice compliant citizens working to make capitalists their profits. They want Wall Street and banks to enrich their offshore accounts by keeping Americans in debt up the wazoo for life. They don’t want anti-war protests. They manipulate fiat dollars to make capital grow, on paper anyway. Americans, the lower 50% anyway are working more shit jobs for less with no benefits just so their families can survive. Americans don’t go the the doctor just so they can feed their children. Healthcare is the highest priced system in the world. We hear loads of misinformation so they can continue to fund an out of control military while enacting austerity measures to afford what they don’t need. It needs to stop, I just don’t know how to do it today, I wish I did. Time to finish reading ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Joni Mitchell is playing.