(how is this for a new thread?)
It is not the freshest news. But it is still breaking, people are still absorbing it ,and it all till needs context.
The filthy greedheads and the doomed can't have exclusive rights to this news territory. The insane and the loyal opposition must have their say as well.
My take - the Russian armada is going to bomb the living fuck out of Aleppo. Not so much to help Assad as to show they can still break shit, and still matter in one of their few areas of influence outside of Russia.
Maher calling himself a house nigger is revealing. He is "hip" and "edgy" in his efforts to further progressive causes....or at least that is his persona. But he knows that all his attacks on the plantation owners is just a sham because he belongs to the house.
When his master said, "We have good food," the house Negro would say, "Yes, we have plenty of good food." "We" have plenty of good food. When the master said that "we have a fine home here," the house Negro said, "Yes, we have a fine home here." When the master would be sick, the house Negro identified himself so much with his master he'd say, "What's the matter boss, we sick?" His master's pain was his pain. And it hurt him more for his master to be sick than for him to be sick himself. When the house started burning down, that type of Negro would fight harder to put the master's house out than the master himself would.
Any self-respecting Marixian would have spun out from under that "n-word" crap. House and field are just "class" distinctions and double-ironic since they were all slaves.
I think Neil Young blew it with this one:
"Stand up for what you believe
Resist the 'powers that be'
Preserve the land and save the seas
For the children of destiny
The children of you and me"
Bleah. Jean Rohe hits it out of the park with this:
I see the future in your eyes.
To a more perfect union we aspire
And lift our voices from the fire."
The difference is between destiny and aspiration. Drawing our next breath is not something "...that will necessarily happen." I had a strong sense of a battle not yet decided touched off by a dance that was done almost two centuries ago.
The second one has a bit of James Weldon Johnson to it:
Lift every voice and singTill earth and heaven ring,Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;Let our rejoicing riseHigh as the listening skies,Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us.Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.
A culture that devalues life... gins up phony wars for political/ financial gain. Drops cluster bombs/ white phosphorus on civilians. Spends almost as much on weaponry as the rest of the planet combined. Denies climate reality and its causes of famine, disease and war.
Deprives its most vulnerable citizens food, medicine and shelter. Has knowingly poured toxins in the environment for decades (for political/ financial gain). Imprisons more of its citizens than any other culture on earth. Still practices capital punishment. Still launches wars of aggression. Still practices torture at black sites all over the world. Still builds more nuclear weapons...
Most of all, a culture that devalues life uses an individual woman's intensely personal, private and difficult decision as a political football and distraction... while squandering its valuable resources to support the business of death... for political/ financial gain.
Those of us still faithful to the American self-government dream are still the majority. We will not be distracted by your superstition and monarchy. We Dance to Tom Paine's Bones!
The surge of homeless and desperate citizens into cities all over the country is largely a result of over 40 years of failed policy... most notably economic policy- the result of over 100 years of red-baiting propaganda. Americans have been taught to regard "free-market capitalism" (looting) as sacrosanct.
Adam Smith's original concept of capitalism has been forgotten. Any critiques or alternatives have been suppressed and demonized. Add a big dose of militarism and nationalism, and you have a corporate oligarchy... not a democratic republic. To distract from this fact: war on drugs... crime... terror... etc. etc.
Wealth inequality and its origins are mystified and taboo. Instead we blame the poor and powerless for the oligarchs' crimes, sell our civil rights and stuff our brains with empty-calorie celebrity gossip... thinking that it's "political discourse." We get a tale by an idiot... full of sound and fury.
Half are guards. Half are prisoners. Welcome to Trumpistan.
Just got involved in a rather nasty thread on FB that came from an article claiming that the author was facing all sorts of abuse from "Bernie Zombies" because she had come out as genuinely liking Hillary. I pointed out that I perceive a war for the the soul of the Democratic Party that was typified by ad hominem attacks, followed by noting that the Dems are the minority party in the majority of states as well as at the federal level. This led to some nasty trolling of me claiming that I was a whiney child and that the Clinton followers are the "adults" (hmmm....have heard that line about being the "adults in the room" not so long ago).
Then a guy claimed that anyone who didn't support the apparent anointing of Kamala as the Dem nominee for 2020 couldn't be actually from the Left because they wouldn't support anyone who wasn't an old, white guy. I replied that not supporting Condi Rice must have been racist and misogynistic then.... I wish I had pointed out that not supporting Sanders must stem from antisemitism then but Jo made me promise to avoid the thread as it is peopled by NYC dance scene folks and it would be best professionally not to stir up bad blood over their FB stupidity.
when you're retired you can say whatever you want!