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Fair and Imbalanced

From the moment Fox News was founded in 1996, its goal was to offer a partisan view of the news. Accordingly, Roger Ailes turned Fox into a propaganda machine.

Probably the single most important tool that brings polarization to the American people is Fox News, though progressive news has provided aftermarket contributions as well. Second in importance is the Republican Party. But the clout that lent support to these percussive tools of control and persuasion resides among us – though at a comfortable distance — in mansions, yachts, classy cars, and board rooms of our nation. They are the force …

Apocalyptic Meltdown Underway

It’s happening! Humanity’s greatest nightmare is already well underway.

Wherever ice is found, appreciable melt is deep-seated, out of control, cascading into the seas shore-to-shore all across the planet. It’s all about too much heat! The trend is in place, and it is accelerating. Global warming is very real.

Thus, the most pertinent questions going forward are: How fast it occurs, and when will coastal cities start erecting levees?

As for erecting levees, the sooner the better in order to keep water out of city streets. How high to build is impossible to answer but most likely, the higher the better. Three feet, …

The Limits of Ken Roth’s Criticism of Obama

In February 2015, the New York Review of Books published a piece by Ken Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, an organization often criticized for its close ties to the military and intelligence establishments. While he engages in moderate criticism of Obama, specifically his “ignored record,” my aim is to analyze Roth’s article and show that his criticism doesn’t go far enough.

While Roth’s argument is valid in its criticism of Obama for failing to: prosecute CIA torturers, end mass surveillance and drone warfare, and close Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo), it falls short. He claims that people, hoping …

From Transnationalism to Transhumanism

Perspectives from the Mont Order Club

The Mont Order Club’s first ever video conference in our society’s long existence was made in February, and saw spirited participation from our advisers. Foremost in importance were some of the wise judgments our advisers rendered on the ongoing crisis of the Westphalian nation-state. Namely, our advisers spoke of the challenges posed by the Internet and other new media to the archaic international system.

Arguably on the front line of the transition to a stateless society is the Zero State, a transnational collective and radical alternative community participating in the Mont Order. The Zero State was represented on our panel …

Nature’s Revenge

The Abstract for “Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate in the Anthropocene” (2014), by (Nobel prize-winner) Paul Crutzen and Stanisław Wacławek, begins this way:  “Humankind [’s] actions are exerting [an] increasing effect on the environment on all scales, in a lot of ways overcoming natural processes.”  The deep explanation for that “increasing effect,” I would argue, is that with the Agricultural Revolution (or Neolithic Revolution) of around 10,000 years ago, the adaptive mentality that characterized humans prior to that “event” became replaced (gradually, of course, and affecting some people more than others) with a control mentality.

Whether or …

BlackBloccupy! Barbarians Storm the ECB in Frankfurt

In this sedition, a round of the riots that rocked the European Central Bank’s inauguration in Frankfurt, plus a throw back from 1990’s German digital hardcore Atari Teenage Riot and an a double vegan cheeseburger worldwide exclusive interview with “Peter” from …ums Ganze! (which translates to “Crunch Time”) telling us about the coalition that fucked shit up for the EU technocrats this month.

This month we used these beats…

Lady gaga – Sheiß (Ievissa Remix)
Kreator – Radical Restistance
Rammstein – Du Hast (Instrumental)
Supermove – Oversee (Animatrix Soundtrack)
Mixla – Hard Agressive Motivational Hip Hip Instrumental

Connection Between Rigged Trade and Rigged Government

A week with Wyden shows a secret fundraiser for a secretly negotiated corporate agreement

Participating in US politics, as a citizen activist, puts you face-to-face with corruption and the ugliness of money-politics.

At least I find it ugly that a senator would be negotiating fast track legislation through Congress for secret corporate rigged trade deals while raising money from big business interests that would profit immensely from those deals. Taking money while negotiating legislation that benefits the donor should be illegal. It should be considered bribery or a pay-off, but the deep corruption of US politics has legalized that kind of bribery and made it the norm.

While this was occurring Wikileaks published the text

Arms to the Sadists

US Congress urges President Obama to provide Ukraine with More Torture Techniques

On Monday, March 23, the US House of Representatives adopted H. Res. 162 urging President Obama “to provide Ukraine with military assistance” in a dire attempt to reignite conflict in the East of Ukraine, mainly frozen as a result of the February 2015 Minsk agreements between Kiev and the outbreak Donetsk and Lugansk provinces with French, German and Russian mediation. The general presumptions of the resolution are as evident as false: it contains routine mantras about “Russian aggression”, “Crimea occupation”,  “violent separatist proxies” and “insurrection that has resulted in over 6,000 dead, 15,000 wounded, and more than a …

The Senselessness of Joining in a Sunni vs. Shiite War

"More than a billion Sunnis have simply had enough of [Shiites].” -- Bandar bin Sultan

What sense does this make? The U.S. is abetting Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Jordan, Morocco and Sudan–all ruled by Sunni Muslims many of whom despise Shiite Muslims–to attack and roll back advances by the Shiite Houthis of Yemen who are eager to fight al-Qaeda and ISIL in that impoverished, unstable nation.

Recall that shortly after 9/11, the George W. Bush administration declared that “he who is not for us is against us,” scaring the shit out of anyone hesitant to cooperate with U.S. war plans. Yemeni strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had come to power …

UK Green Party: Too Green for Government?

At the Green Party of England and Wales’ recent spring conference in Liverpool an item titled “Constitutional Reform” appeared about half way down the policy agenda. It had been proposed by a small group of Green Party members hailing mostly from the East Midlands. Its position on the agenda had been determined by a “prioritisation ballot” — a good device used by the Party whereby any Party member can vote for the order in which they think agenda items should be discussed. You might think that something that appears halfway down an agenda would definitely be heard, especially if the …

Violating International Law

The Canadian Recipe against ISIS

How is it possible to expand something that is, by definition, immeasurable? Such length of string arguments are bound to dog Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s opinion that the air campaign against ISIS needs expansion, lengthening, and deepening. “ISIL has made it clear that it targets, by name, Canada and Canadians.”

Earlier in the week, Harper told the House whilst announcing a one-year extension of its military mission against the Islamic State about his intention to avoid that stumbling block called sovereignty and the UN charter that acknowledges it with solemn clarity. Canada would “not seek …

Sanctions and the Fate of the Nuclear Talks

With the agreed deadline for reaching a “political framework” for a final comprehensive nuclear agreement only a few days away, the fate of the negotiations now hang on closing the gap between the P5+1 and Iran on removing sanctions.

The issues associated with Iran’s nuclear programme have now been pretty much resolved, except for limits on research and development. But on sanctions relief, all the evidence indicates that the two sides have not advanced beyond where they were last November, when they were very far apart.

Part of the problem is the West’s myopic perspective on the issues. The Obama administration clings …

Very Real Children, Not Synthetic, Are Being Denied their Rights

No doubt you’ve heard about the boycott of Dolce and Gabbana proposed by Elton John as a result of Domenic Dolce saying that In Vitro Fertilization (IFV) children, such as John’s, are “synthetic.”

The row created a great deal of discussion on social media and talk shows with parents who had utilized reproductive technologies defending IVF children with a knee jerk reaction from the left defending LGBTIQ rights without considering the rights of the children.

Domenic Dolce said that children are born to a mother and father, or should be. In fact, every human being is the progeny of a man …

Collaboration: Czech Style

The US military convoy will soon be passing through the Czech territory, from the Baltics and Poland, to its permanent base in Bavaria, Germany.

That is bad enough. The Czechs should not have allowed the convoy to pass. Provoking Russia and moving closer and closer to the fascist Empire is a shameless and cowardly act.

But they would not be Czechs, if they would not go that extra mile; if they would not take their collaboration with the present masters to an absolutely bizarre, ridiculous, and Kafkaesque extreme:

Several Czech groups are now using social media to organize in advance what is called

Do Away with Elections?

Do away with elections? To even think such a thought is treasonous. An election, or should I say a presidential election, is one of the few occasions, or should I say the only occasion, on which we take a genuine interest in government.  We are spectators at a sporting event, a mix of a bullfight, prizefight and a barroom brawl. We get into heated arguments about which team is “better” about who deserves to win, about which gladiator will be the best for the country. There is an uppercut, a right cross, a roundhouse and he or she (not too …

The Vicious Circle of U.S. Military Involvement in Africa

It seems that a day rarely passes without news of a new atrocity committed by an increasingly notorious terrorist group. And, without fail, this news is accompanied by an increase in U.S. military interventions around the world.

While for many Americans, supporting intervention may come from a laudable sentiment – the desire to ‘do something’ in the face of widespread suffering – the situation on the ground is always more complicated than it appears, with various powerful interests intersecting. Now, under the guise of counterterrorism efforts – the U.S. military’s alibi of choice since 9/11 – the Pentagon is spreading its …

Why Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovych Spurned EU’s Offer on 20 Nov. 2013

The $160 Billion Cost

“Burying the lede” is a way that ‘news’ professionals hide or “bury” things while ‘reporting’ on them; and the biggest example of this in modern times occurred when Germany’s Spiegel magazine headlined its cover story on 24 November 2014, “Summit of Failure: How the EU Lost Russia over Ukraine.” On the magazine’s front cover, it was instead bannered as “Kalte Krieger — Geschichte einer Machtprobe: Wie Merkel und Putin Europa an den Rand des Abgrunds brachten” which translates as: “Cold Warrior — History of a Showdown: How Merkel and Putin brought Europe to the Edge of the Abyss.” This …

Waiting for Television

World War Three Is Slow to Leave the Green Room

“Where’s the media,” she said.
“There’s no media in Iron City.”
“Then they went through all that for nothing?”

— Don DeLillo, White Noise

You’d think something as momentous as World War Three would snag some early coverage. They do it for the Olympics. So far, awareness of the war’s start has been an asynchronous affair. Most Americans remain oblivious. The same cannot be said for their Russian counterparts.

In June 2014, Putin adviser Sergei Glazyev got the jump on behalf of the Russian people (and for those who wished to listen in, thanks to youtube) by acknowledging the reality of a conflict

Utopias of Paradox: Humanity’s Technological Futures

For those of us who came of age sometime in the late 80s to early 90s the date October 21, 2015 has special significance in terms of both nostalgia and excitement. For those who don’t grasp the reference immediately this is the day that Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) travel to in the film Back to the Future 2. The purpose of the trip was to prevent Marty’s future son (also played by Fox) from taking part in an armed robbery that sends the McFly family on a downward spiral (Doc Brown having already taken …

Our Puzzling Nonchalance

Given the weather anomalies of the past few years (and the phenomena caused by them, such as wildfires), the methane “time bomb” in the Arctic (also this video), and the fact that the Arctic is our “canary in the coal mine,” one might think that our “leaders” in Washington would be preoccupied with the matter of global warming (or, as some prefer, “climate change”).  Especially given that the high degree of interdependence that exists in our society is a “recipe for disaster”:  It means that our society is extremely fragile, and in consequence could easily …