Saturday, January 13, 2018

Imperialism + Colonialism = Shitehole countries

     You don't have to be Einstein to figure out this equation (not that anyone in Washington is these days).

    After being ruthlessly battered, plundered, sacked, assaulted and robbed for hundreds of years by heartless and unbelievably brutal European and American slave traders, imperialists, colonialists and neo-colonialists, it's a wonder that any countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America can even function at all.

     Never forget that the main reason that so many poor immigrants from other countries leave their homes and their loved ones behind to come to Europe and America is that they are simply following the trail of their stolen stuff.


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Sunday, January 07, 2018

Brainwashing, Paul Haggis, Scientology, you & me

     Here's a thing:  Professor Mazim Qumsiyeh just pointed out that America has vigorously supported the right of Iranians to protest their government but....  "When a reporter asked a US spokeswoman about the right to protest in Palestine against Israeli occupation, she was at a loss for words.  Land of hypocrisy indeed."

     Well, sure, America is the land of hypocrisy -- but mostly it is the land of brainwashing.

     For instance, I am currently reading Lawrence Wright's excellent book, "Going Clear".  It's about the various brainwashing techniques used in Scientology -- most of them are repetitious, dangerous and/or violent.  After over 30 years of faithful servitude, however, Paul Haggis finally decided to escape from this mess.  The result?  Suddenly a whole bunch of women showed up, suddenly accusing him of all kinds of sexual mayhem.  Bet every single one of those women is a brainwashed Scientologist.  Read Wright's book to find out why I should think that.

     Shame on Scientology if/when they used such a worthy cause as "Me Too" in order to bring down a whistle-blower.  As a woman (and one who has been a victim of attempted rape myself), I totally resent this evil use of such a just and noble cause.

     So what's my point?  Scientologists use brainwashing?  Well, duh, of course they do.  But who else uses it?  And why?  We Americans are constantly being brainwashed every waking hour of our lives.  Every single hour of the day and night there is a constant barrage of media telling us what to think and do.  "Go to war," they tell us. "Buy a car.  Take a drug.  Vote against your own best interests."

     According to Wright, Scientology apparently has a whole worldwide network of basements and "bases" where Scientologists are manipulated, beaten, starved and/or brainwashed until they submit to its version of the Stockholm syndrome.  When one is actually trapped inside the bubble of Scientology, it becomes increasingly difficult to see any other worldview -- because no other version is allowed inside.

    But that's just small potatoes compared to the whole worldwide network of basements and "bases" where America beats, starves, manipulates and/or brainwashes the minds of its Americans until they too submit to our very own version of the Stockholm syndrome.  And when one is actually trapped inside the bubble of American propaganda, it becomes increasingly difficult to see any other worldview -- because no other version is allowed inside.

        And as for why we are constantly being barraged by all this propaganda?  What is the end-game of all this constant brainwashing?  Money and power.  But mostly money.  Our money -- becoming theirs.

PS:  I just signed up to attend this year's BoucherCon event, being held in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater/Tampa area next September.  Such a deal!  Not only do I get to attend my favorite book convention but also St. Pete is famous for its historic Hotel Vinoy, 25% of Clearwater is owned by Scientology and Tampa is where Leonard Peltier is being held in federal prison for a crime he didn't commit -- but that we have been brainwashed into thinking that he did.

PPS:  And here's another thing:  Americans are some of the most materially resplendent and highly educated people in all of history -- and yet we continually fall prey to brainwashing by everything from Scientology to Fox News.  Wall Street and War Street hold us in the palm of their hands.  The Republi-Dems frame almost our every thought. Social media alerts us to what is really going on all over the world by eye-witness reports -- just like on "Wisdom of the Crowd".

     And yet we are all so easily brainwashed.  Why the freak is that?

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Thursday, January 04, 2018

Madam Jane predicts -- disaster ahead!
    "Let's face it," Madam Jane said to me as we strolled through thousands of white grave markers in the Golden Gate National Cemetery the other day.  "America just can't continue spending over 60% of its income on murdering people abroad.  It just can't.  No country can afford that kind of luxury item for long."

     Hmm.  She might have a point.

     "Just look at all these rows and rows and rows of dead people," she said.  "Lives wasted on trumped-up 'wars', sure, but mostly money wasted too.  It's like buying a new Cadillac in order to throw it in a trash compactor while your young children starve.  It's immoral.  It pisses me off."

      That could be true too.  You don't just run out and buy a Caddie when there's no food on the table and the rent's coming due.

     "And now America is trying to pick a fight with Russia, North Korea, Iran and probably China, while also carrying on 'wars' and proxy 'wars' in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Africa and Central and South America as well.  This is all going to end badly, mark my words.  You'd better start stocking up on toilet paper and soap."

     Actually I worry more about running out of food and not staying warm -- but then that's just me.

     "Just look at Israel," M.J. continued.  "it is a microcosm of the USA, sort of a mini-me.  it also spends most of its money on weapons too -- and 70 years later, it's still at 'war' with Palestinians who can only throw stones to fight back.  In the last month alone, nuclear-armed Israel has jailed over 400 children for throwing stones and having knives."

     I also know that 700,000 Palestinians have spent time in Israeli jails.   Don't Israelis have better things to spend their money on?  Apparently not.

     "And look at Saudi Arabia, yet another American mini-me.  It spends most of its money on supporting ISIS and al Qaeda and bombing defenseless Yemen, right?"

     I suppose so.

     "And 70 years from now, the Yemenis will still be fighting back to the last man -- and with stones too, if that's all they've got.  But by then the fabled Saudi oil wealth will have all run out.  The Saudis are just not planning ahead either.  Obviously they can't see into the future like I can."

     Apparently not.

     "And the same holds true for the American macrocosm.  We also have spent the last 70 years on murdering people in foreign lands instead of taking care of people at home.  And our time is almost up too."

     "Sounds like you're talking about moral proximity, " I replied.  "I just read something about that -- where it's your moral duty to take care of those around you first.  We Americans are not doing that. "

     "Damn straight," said Madam Jane.  And then she sighed.  "I truly wish that I could stave off the disaster that's coming our way.  But I can't."

PS:  Speaking of disasters and/or keeping warm, I am leaving for Charleston, South Carolina in a few days.  Why?  Because, silly me, last summer I thought Charleston would be a nice place to go and be warm during the winter of 2018.  And then the "Bomb Cyclone" hit.  Yikes!  It was 25 degrees in Charleston this morning.

     I don't need Madam Jane to tell me that my future ahead looks cold.

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