Seoul Rumination 2

My friend is right, she says the world has to raise the level of love. It has to be that this is done under the governmental level and by something akin to a show of hands. So who is with it? Who says if we all love each other we can end this stupid run of resource grabbing for profit, of 2% owning nearly everything, of hard workers ending up in debt, of university tuition enough to bankrupt a millionaire, of multiple wars at the same time, of a country with 5% of the people sucking up nearly 30% of the resources, of of non responsive governments, of wage slavery, of pollution royale, of violence-promoting PC games, movies, tv shows, novels, tv news. I mean 120 gun deaths a day no longer means jack diddly do to most Americans. OK so we all love each other. Jesus would be proud. WWJD Uh HUH, Jesus would not have been in favor of George W. Bush, or Barack Obama’s wars. not at all. Yet, many “Christian” churches all but beg their parishioners to vote Republican. HUH? Repeat: Who else could piss of left and right at the same time so completely as Obama? The idea that he’s too far left is scary. I mean drone attacks, wars or mini wars in Pakistan, Tunisia, Libya, now backing the Fascist pigs in Ukraine…war games coming in Poland in July (look on a map friends, this is nuts).. Go into archives and dig up “US Role In Globalization” for more on this.

Christmas 2006 (07,08,09…2012…)

Christmas 2006 (7?, 8?, 9?…2012….)

(All Together now, in Chipmunk-esque squeals, just like Alvin and the Chipmunks have sung it since the 60s)

Chorus:
Christmas comes but once a year,
soldiers bloodied, Mother’s tears,
bombs exploding in the air,
it’s Christmas everywhere!

Barons sipping booze or tea,
greed leads to frivolity,
one man’s toil is another-kids toy,
it’s Christmas in Hanoi.

Farm girls walk to city lights,
paddies shimmer by moonlight,
no one left to grow rice high,
it’s Christmas in Shanghai.

Now she sits at sewing machines,
making clothes for Wal-Mart Queens
she takes home a buck a day,
it’s Christmas in Bombay.

One hundred forty hour weeks,
raped and left no food to eat,
import maids, Sri Lanka’s poor,
it’s Christmas Singapore.

Catholic Mass in Spanish here,
Argentina has great fear
The IMF has had their say
Now who is going to pay?

Now the Dems have won their seats
still no nerve to scream “impeach,”
It seems they’re also on the take,
Which SUCKS for goodness sake!

Bush is set on World War three
claims tax cuts will set us free
Look, a tear in Laura’s eye
The Whitehouse is a sty.

Habeas Corpus is now gone
Now King George can have his fun
The law was passed here just in time
To root-out left-wing slime.

Osama thumbs his princely nose
Knowing Dad is Bush’s Bro,
The oil secured keeps China at bay
It’s Christmas all the way.

Barack Obama’s our new man
He spreads the war to Pakistan,
Drones are flying up above
Spreading Christmas love.

Now Osama’s dead and gone
No excuse for wars, prolonged,
Yet we aim at Kim Jung Eun,
(Iran, we’re coming soon!)

So go out and shop some more
Buy something from every store
The fascist status quo gains power
with every shopping hour.

Christmas comes but once a year,
Bloodied soldiers, Mother’s tears,
bombs exploding in the air
it’s Christmas everywhere!

Bombs exploding in the air
It’s Christmas everywhere!

 

 

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Fascism defined

“When big business and big government work together for the benefit of big business and big government,” paraphrase of original quote by Benito Mussolini. A further definition might be “all governments who participate in globalized free trade to the detriment of human and natural resources so that large corporations can prosper. This one includes both wage slavery in the less rich countries and the lowering of the value of labor in developed countries by shipping many jobs out and crushing labor unions. The results also include more carbon emissions via logistics and a permanent massive worldwide underclass known as factory workers.

The Success and Failures of Barack Obama

The Successes and Failures of Barack Obama
Posted on April 2, 2014 and May 8, 2014 by dougstuber
This will be the talk on Saturday May 10th at the Gwangju International Center, please attend, if you can.
Success #1, he beat Hillary Clinton in the Primaries before the 2008 US Presidential elections to become the Democrat Party Nominee. He did this with 62% of his campaign funding in the primary stage coming from registered Republicans. He succeeded again in defeating John McCain and his ill-thought-out running mate Sarah Palin. This pick was as if McCain did not want to win.
But the pick was not nearly as disturbing as Barack Obama’s pick of Joseph Biden. Why? Because Biden had been the MOST pro-War democrat in the house Foreign Affairs Committee ever. And he led that committee to steer votes in favor of huge military overspending and unwise and unnecessary wars throughout his career. *****
Failure 1) (F-1)Obama ran on a platform of “We’re Going To Change Washington” and he not only failed to change Washington, in most cases he did not even try, or caved in to Republican demands even when the House, Senate and White House were ALL in Democratic control. How is this possible? Because so many Democrats are owned by the same corporations that own Republicans, for one, and, all but two being millionaires themselves, are inclined to vote for bail-outs for the rich (most of which happened before Obama took office, right at the end of Bush Junior’s reign with Goldman Sachs President / Secretary of the Treasury Henry “Hank” Paulson jamming a bill through congress that handed the richest bankers in the world trillions of dollars [BERNANKE HANDS OUT $16+ TRILLION in ZERO% GIFTS TO BANKS…]http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/08/foreclosure-settlement-fails-mortgage_n_1754018.html) to clean up their own sickeningly bad investment choices that had, in turn, caused a meltdown in the US housing markets to the tune of 10,000 home foreclosures a day…The USA is now experiencing less foreclosures, at “only” 1,400 PER DAY. Mind you the daily foreclosure figures in the USA Depression of the 1930s were nowhere near as high as this six year low for the USA. This amounts to failure number 2. *****
1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Recession
2) http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/08/15/home-foreclosures-fall-end-year-6-year-low/
http://varbuzz.com/2012-02/foreclosures-2008-2012/
These are entire families financially ruined in numbers far worse, even on a per capita basis, than in the 1930s. Yet, no one seems to care in the USA, except maybe the families living in their cars under an overpass in, say Tampa, Florida.
Thus, Obama and his team have done precious little to stop home foreclosures, because to do so, for one, would include bringing jobs back form overseas. He promised to “put Americans back to work” and has failed on this issue too (Failure #3). *****Why can’t he bring back jobs that paid $15.00 to $30.00 an hour, from countries that received all these US labor jobs and pay .14 cents to .52 cents an hour in wages? The question answers itself. BUT Obama never even tried to halt the tax exemptions that give corporations a TAX BREAK for moving jobs overseas (F-4). *****Honestly, what kind of government would give companies a tax break for sinking their OWN PEOPLE’S jobs? A government controlled by the owners of the means of production. More proof of Obama’s failures (but only the workers and regular folks would call these failures. After all Obama was mostly elected by Republican money, hence for himself and his cronies, these are seen as successes!) Is that as far as one can ascertain ZERO jobs have moved back from
overseas.(F-5) *****Or, better put, if any have, the number exiting compared to the number coming back to the US must be a ratio exceeding 100,000 to one. A quick peak at Google finds headings like ”Can’t find a job? Move overseas” and “US Firms move abroad to cut taxes” *****
When Barack Obama was in the Illinois State Senate he said “In order to achieve single-payer health insurance all we have to do is have Democrats control the US House, Senate and White House at the same time. When he was elected President, that dream came true. All three areas of the US Government were controlled by “Democrats.” And when it came time to negotiate a better health care package for Americans Obama said “Single Payer Health Care is a non starter,” meaning he wouldn’t even fight for it. This means that he not only ran for office KNOWING he wasn’t going to change anything, but he also openly lied about where his positions were on dozens, nay hundreds of areas. (Failure # 6 through 600, but just #6 for our talk). *****
Failure number (are we up to seven now?) Obama was the ONLY African American to edit the Harvard Law Review. He was a top constitutional scholar. Yet, with all the constitution-busting aspects of Patriot Act One and Patriot Act Two, Obama never once brought up the idea of rescinding those laws, nor did he even offer any amendments to those laws based on, well, the constitution itself. The most egregious boo-boo? Abolishment of Habeas Corpus…this concept, in which anyone who is being arrested must, at the time of arrest, be TOLD WHY they are being arrested, disappeared when the Patriot Act passed under Bush 2. This precedent has been in western law since The Magna Carta was Presented to King John in England in 1215. Obama never tried to regain this vital concept, even though it is protected four different times in the constitution. Now a President and his minions can arrest anyone they want, and not tell them why. Furthermore, the person being arrested can be categorized an enemy combatant without judicial review. That means the detainee can then be moved offshore (a navy ship one mile out to sea is far enough) tried without access to defense, found guilty of any crime they care to dream up, and be executed and dumped in the ocean. Obama never changed this.
Failure is too kind a word for Obama’s dismal record in many cases:
The Obama cabinet was stacked with Hawks right from the beginning: Robert Gates continuing as Defense Secretary even after Bush/Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz were gone, Joseph Biden the most hawkish pro military-spending member of the Senate, when he was Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State who never once voted against a President Bush, Jr. request for more funding for the illegal and unwise wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (His initial Cabinet equals F-8) *****
Not only did he fail to rescind Patriot Act One and Two, Obama never once brought up the concept of trying to re-enact ANY of the 186 environmental laws that were scrapped under Bush Two. (F-9). *****He also pushed hard for the Keystone Pipeline, an environmental disaster (F-10) *****just in the building part, no less the carbons emitted once finished! He also favors fracking to discover more natural gas deposits (F-11) *****regardless of the horrid effects this has on the water supply, etcetera.
His approval rating is below 50%, but not surprisingly has dipped from 85% to under 50% among African Americans as well. Why? Perhaps this is because his wholesale pardon of illegal immigrants already in the USA, and inability to have a consistent immigration policy has lowered the value of labor so much, that it has put even menial jobs often done by African Americans in peril due to the fact the illegal immigrants are willing to work for half the minimum wage, or, many times, less than $2.00 an hour, or, 75% less than the minimum wage. This has also caused outright hatred and violence between Latinos and African Americans in many urban settings, notably Los Angeles and in three cities in North Carolina, which is now over 22% Hispanic. The irony is that Hispanics make great neighbors, are fun-loving, generally go to church every Sunday, and are happy, even when sending more than half their meager wages back to their home countries. This follows the pattern of the globalization efforts that have lowered the value of labor world wide.
Minutes after his 2014 State of the Union Address Obama continued to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership. IN his speech he said how much he was going to do for out of work manual laborers in the United States. So let’s look at what the “TPP” does: (F-12)
http://www.ustr.gov/tpp *****
We, the Ministers and Heads of Delegation for Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam, have just completed a four-day Ministerial meeting in Singapore where we have made substantial progress toward completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
For all TPP countries, an ambitious, comprehensive and high-standard agreement that achieves the goals established in Honolulu in 2011 is critical for creating jobs and promoting growth, providing opportunity for our citizens and contributing to regional integration and the strengthening of the multilateral trading system.
This is the official opening statement after the Singapore meeting. What it means is yet another “Free Trade” agreement in which developed countries ship off their labor jobs, even service jobs, to lower-wage countries, thus hurting the workers in the United States the most.
Obama is nowhere near a pro-labor President and has done the bidding of the big money on Wall Street, the money, you will recall, that got him past Hillary Clinton way back in 2007/8.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is among countries, half of which already have a free trade agreement with the USA. In countries with very small GDP per Capita, the USA will find cheaper labor than its own. The government’s own analysis (see web site below) shows
$49,922 per capita GDP in the united states, with TPP partners Chile at only $18,419; Malaysia $16,922; Mexico $15,312: Peru, $10,719 and Vietnam at $3,548 the USA has fashioned an extremely stringent agreement that will open up the USA to goods without Tariffs from countries whose per-hour factory wage are as low as 14 CENTS! (F-13) *****This will surely cause yet another flood of American labor jobs exiting to countries, that will in fact give those countries more wage-slave jobs, (F-14) lose hard-working American jobs, and once again lower the value of labor everywhere. No one or very few climb into the middle-class at 14 or even 52 Cents an hour wages. *****
This also fills the coffers of the top 2% of the world, the “already filthy rich.” (F-15)
*****Note the civil unrest in Greece and Spain, to name just two where people under 25 are facing 50% jobless rates due to work being sent to lower-wage countries from Europe, and Germany’s strict “austerity” demands, in order to keep lending them money. The USA is about to find out how strict our lenders can be, as we owe $17 Trillion + dollars now, and Obama has done NOTHING to bring down the US annual deficit or debt. (F-16) *****Even Clinton did better than that. https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R42344.pdf
Thus, Obama’s biggest failures: to spread unrest and war in the Middle East, and continuing the use of Drone Warfare, his continued backing of incipient free trade that only benefits the very upper class while decimating his own labor force, his inability to regain vital environmental protection laws, his unyielding support of illegal super-cheap labor within the USA, his failure to overturn the Patriot Acts, *****and tacit approval of the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling (F-17) that allows corporations to donate unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns ANNONYMOUSLY ranks Obama more God-Awful than Clinton was. Clinton, you will recall managed to start this free trade fiasco rolling with NAFTA, continued it in a massive way with the pushing and signing of GATT 2, which created the World Trade Organization, his 1995 Banking Reform Act, which allowed banks to lend out $30 for every $1 they had in the bank, thus causing the eventual sub-prime mortgage crisis of 2008, and worst of all, his 1995 Welfare Reform Act which began the decimation of support for America’s poor, which have been steadily growing since January 1993, when Bill took office. Prisoners rose from 1.2 million to 2 million under Clinton, and continue to move upward, mostly due to racist “Drug Wars” (F-18) that are little more than massive anti minority wars. *****Hence, Obama has done little or nothing to help African Americans. (F-19). *****
Has Obama done worse things than these? Overall, yes. Clinton killed 35,000 innocent people in Belgrade, while failing to hit the target, Slobodan Milosovic who later died in jail. Obama has killed and unknown number of people in Pakistan (a country Bush’s army never invaded other than by drone), also increasing drone attacks dramatically, and initiating them in at least three other countries (F-20). *****
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drone_attacks_in_Pakistan
He’s enraged Russia by backing the rebels against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, and added to the death count in Tunisia, Libya and possibly Egypt as well. Egypt receives
$1.3 billion in aid every year, which Obama has continued. His policy in Israel has been mixed and confusing, but has run counter to the US love affair with the blood-thirsty Israelis who generally kill 10 to 20 Palestinians for every one Israeli lost in conflicts. To his credit Obama, through emissaries has played an even hand in this ongoing struggle, which is stunning considering the messes he has created elsewhere in the Middle East.
*****Obama continues the annual Spring folly of war games with the South Korean Army. (F-21) I’m all in favor of being at-the-ready, but these practices could be done ANYWHERE, and need not be done right on the North Korean border. Especially the Naval borderline. Each year these war games are committed right on North Korea’s doorstep, when, in reality, they could be done ANYWHERE in the Pacific, a large ocean. It shouldn’t be a surprise then, that North Korea also practices firing its canon rounds at the same time. The Sinking of the Cheonan, and the bombing of Yeung Pyeung-do should have been ample evidence that continuing the war games on the border of North Korea was simply TOO MUCH of a PROVOCATION. *****
Obama never tried to REDUCE COSTS of health care, by forcing pharmaceutical companies, doctors, hospitals, medical schools, nursing home facilities, surgeons and other healthcare professionals and hospital corporations to lower their prices via the leverage that would have been created with a single-payer system like the ones South Korea, France, England, Germany and Canada have (and many more) (F-22). ***** All he tried to do was to get people who could not afford health insurance to somehow put together the money to buy it. about five million of the over 40 million Americans without health care insurance have bought in. (F-23) They shouldn’t have had to.
That’s 23 failures and two successes. (both electoral). How do such flops get re-elected, when such natural and human disasters, I mean Obama, Bush two, Clinton and Reagan, who have all stunk out loud? Via pure-blooded, old fashioned, very successful propaganda. The failure to investigate and report the facts by 99% of the media in the USA, and its complicity in reporting bold-faced lies has been pointed out by Senator Al Franken in “Lies, and the Lying Liars who tell them” a book now over 10 years old. The research for this book was done by 14 HARVARD graduate students, and it shows that Fox News and many others openly lied and KNEW they were lying at the time. Yet Americans soak the news up as gospel and have become so hoodwinked they are likely to vote for anyone. Wait, they already have! *****
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lies_and_the_Lying_Liars_Who_Tell_Them
Obama’s largest failure has been to continue and exacerbate Clinton’s immense move of the Democratic Party to the right. The US democracy, with no working watchdog press except on the internet, and no real choices, is a sham. FAILURE 24, the worst one of them all, to date.

PS If Hillary Clinton is the next US President, you can count on the Democratic party turning even further right. As a senator she never once voted against a single thing George Bush II wanted.

Follow Your dreams (with update)

My family lived in the Haudenosaunee “Chosen Place” in the summer. It is called Canandaigua. In that place many tales from the past continued. The tale of the Great White Snake, the Tales of Handsome Lake, the spiritual leader who preached a way for Natives and Europeans to get along, and some of the rules that were sacred to the Native Americans the French labeled Iroquois.

One rule was that all major decisions were “tossed across the fire” until everyone agreed that the right decision was made. It meant that a 12-year-old, lacrosse-playing novice could be the lone hold out about a major decision, and until his mind was swayed, the decision was on hold. This type of consensus may be impossible in today’s “democracy” but what’s going on in democracy in the USA is a long way from the Federalist Papers idea of democracy.

The US System of government, was, in fact modeled after the Iroquois version, in which tribes, clans and individuals could petition the decisions.

It’s been a long time since citizen Ralph Nader or anyone else, like Mr. Brady (see failed anti-gun legislation) was taken seriously by government, if their proposals meant even the slightest less profit, and even the slightest more sharing of wealth, or preserving the environment, or bringing back mass transportation in the 70 cities in which GM, Firestone and Standard Oil conspired to buy up the local trains and replace them with busses during the depression of the 1930s when they could also find cheap labor to tear up the tracks(eventually of course, cars became the nearly exclusive transportation vehicles).

Nader’s Environmental Protection Agency has become a politicized laboratory doing testing on animals. Ooops.

1) FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS : there was only one crime I know of that was punished by banishment from a tribe (a de facto death penalty) back in the day. And that was against those who failed to follow their dreams. Compare this to today’s corporate culture in which following your dreams (except in the most enlightened places) is pretty much disallowed. Why was this so important? Because those who do NOT follow their dreams become a drain on society. They are bitter, angry and maybe even become insane when their dreams are denied. And why would one deny their dreams in a culture that hardly had money at all? Who knows, maybe for love. Maybe they fell in love with someone who INSISTS that they follow not their own dream, but their lover’s dream. Well both could get kicked out then I guess.

We live in a time when from the first day of elementary school, students are taught to pass a test. A test developed by corporations who need people to think the way they do. And that means, be greedy, work for the profit on ONLY their company, do little to help others outside the company, etc. Which university you get into depends on how well you follow the edicts of THE CORPORATIONS’ tests, and then which university you graduate from has a lot to do with where you will work. and in the USA not even 30% of the people have a bachelor’s degree. And their job prospects have dimmed considerably since so many skilled and non skilled labor jobs have been shipped to low-paying countries, like China.

https://www.youtube.com/user/WhoPaysFilm

2) Making love is the highest homage to God. This is because to make a baby completes the Creators dream of seeing how well human beings will do with the earth he has given us. Oh? Then at least we are not doing very well. Unlike the Christians, who profited immensely by killing Islamists in the Crusades, and then quite a bit more so by creating genocide in North and South America (3000 cultures were wiped out, and many of the languages are gone now too) who felt that love making was not a holy experience (unless I guess you want to count the Catholic Priests who must believe homosexual rape of choir boys is holy, but since no baby-making is likely, then NO THIS IS NOT HOLY).

3) Make everyone in the tribe feel that their contribution is the MOST important thing for the tribe. The chief used to visit the lacrosse-stick makers every day. These were people who, though maybe not as smart, were gifted with their hands. Maybe not warrior material, but so so so important to the tribe. Without those sticks, how could men train for war? Without being ready for war, who knows when the next Mohawk attack could come. (Of Course the Peacemaker, a Huron, once came into Haudenosaunee lands and convince the five tribes, Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onandaga and Seneca, to create a peace, which they did, and it lasted 3500 years apparently).

So, when everyone feels like their contribution is equal and very important, they are happy.

4) Grow beans, corn and squash.

5) Never hide anything from children. Let them play and find out about nature on their own. They will learn what they need to learn by asking elders and by observing. Do not force one way of thinking on anyone.

6) Always learn from those who live life a different way. This is how the Natives were predisposed to helping the White Folks who showed up and would have certainly perished in the early winters.– hence Thanksgiving. Some thanks the tribes got later on.

Delight in the idiosyncrasies of others. Instead of being judgmental (we’ll leave that to the Creator) learn form the different ways people live their lives. Their is no reason to belittle someone just because they go through life a different way. In fact, delighting in, finding humor in, and learning from other people’s ways only increases your ability to follow your dreams. Having met an unusual person, you may realize that parts of their ways would improve your own way of doing things.

So, when you have a friend or meet someone who goes through life acting like a fool, take the time to find out WHY they are acting like a fool. You may soon realize they have a good reason for acting like a fool, and it may cause you to be more foolish yourself. Well, nothing like a fool to brighten up a meeting.

7) Always gives thanks to the creator when eating another animal or even dandelion leaves. THANKSGIVING for what we have. Without this, some will take advantage of this earth for their own profit.

8) People over profit.

9) Everything is its own God. The Creator gave each living thing, from a blade of grass to a human being, innate abilities to thrive, not thrive, or perish. If one Oak tree grows higher than another, it is a sign that the tree wanted to get more out of life, thus no two things are the same. This principle is vital to understanding Haudenosaunee culture, and that of many Native American tribes. If each thing has been given certain powers, some limited, others vast, then it is up to the individual to make the most of what the Creator gave them, and this leads to more principles.

10) Do not rely on others to solve your problems. Doing so is an afront to the Creator, and creates problems for the tribe. In certain situations of course, there must be a team effort to make the best of a bad problem.

11) There is no Hell.  Since the Creator created everything, everything goes back to meet the Creator when they die.  Some with heads held up, other in shame.  This concept opens the way for genuine rehabilitation of those acting in bad ways.  Even those who have committed the worst crimes, like murder, will end up slaves to the wronged family, and may, through their own hard work, be freed any time the family deems he or she is ready to have their own place in society.  In moderns terms, this boils down to “no jail.” Yes it puts a burden on tribe members to deal with the problems a person has created, but those same tribe members should have been supporting each human so that they would not turn to crime.  Thus, if the clans or tribes are small enough, supportive enough, following other rules of inclusion, crimes are rare.  Anyone thinking about a crime could always “through it over the fire’ and be told exactly why the abhorrent idea should not be carried out.

 

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How to Live a Happy Life Outside Globalization

How to live a happy life outside Globalization

Admittedly I have not achieved this goal in full, but as a professor, journalist, artist, musician and poet, I try to put on a good show that educates, entertains, and thrives while contributing as little as possible to the profit-lords that control the lives of so many, for the benefit of themselves only.

1) Try to pay as little taxes as possible. Especially in the USA, where tax money is NOT used to pay down the national debt, but used for further wars that benefit precious few, and outstrip the government’s ability to collect taxes, sometimes at a five to one ratio or more. Not paying taxes is easy, if you can live with being poor, or work abroad.
2) Don’t use fuel, use less fuel, save energy for those important ones: your children. Indeed we may not ever run out of energy if the price of oil stays high enough to afford the oil companies a profit on things as complicated to refine as Canadian sand oil. At over $100 per barrel (say $4.00 per gallon in terms of gasoline) profits can be made, hence the Albertan and other sand oil fields are already owned by profit mongers who intend on stripping more of the earth-that-was, in order to create a driver-happy earth-that-is. And the earth that is: it is so full of pollution it would bore you to tears just to list it all.
3) Protect and enhance the lives of wage-slaves and their families at all times. Volunteer.
4) Teach the illiterate how to read. This will be rewarding beyond anything outside child rearing. Literacy councils, and the like are almost everywhere, and they need our help.
5) Teach those who are incarcerated.
6) Befriend an inmate on death row. Some are not guilty.
7) Grow your own food if possible. In Durham, NC, a program called SEEDS allows urban dwellers to have a vegetable garden. The movement of food takes up over 20% of the fuel used every year. The average food item eaten in the USA moves over 1,500 miles to get to our plates. Stopping this absurdity would do great good. Join a food co-operative, and eat non-GMO foods. By this I DO NOT MEAN Whole Foods, who has worked tirelessly and kicked in millions of legislative bribe money to assure that GMO laws will not be passed at a national level. My guess is they will fight GMO labeling state by state now that states are taking up the charge the USA government should have had in place from the get go.
8) Instead, if possible, join the type of farm co-ops that deliver boxes of food once a month, and you pay a monthly fee. The vegetables change with the seasons, but in mid-Atlantic states (I live in North Carolina) you can get a box ten months a year, and it makes cooking fun, as new veggies you’ve never tried show up sometimes.
9) GMOs – Genetically Modified Organisms, not only wipe out neighboring organic farms, as the pernicious seeds made by Dow, Monsanto, and others fly in via wind and birds and who knows, and then take over fields. As you know, those farmers who are found to have Monsanto products without paying for them (or wanting them, frankly) are often sued for stealing seed and put out of business unless they are very rich farmers who can fend off Monsanto and others.
10) List of products with GMOs can be found here:
http://thegoldenlightchannel.com/gmo-food-list-to-avoid-monsanto-companies-the-dangers-of-gmo-food/
11) The above web site also provides this:
Doctors Warn About Dangers of
Genetically Modified Food
(NaturalNews) The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has warned that the public should avoid genetically modified (GM) foods, stating, “There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation.”
A large number of studies and incidents have implicated GM foods in a wide variety of health problems, including accelerated aging, immune dysfunction, insulin disorders, organ damage and reproductive disruption.
For more info, go to: http://www.naturalnews.com/035734_GMOs_foods_dangers.html

12) Then there’s this list of products that don’t contain GMOs:
13) http://www.fhfn.org/over-400-companies-providing-gmo-free-products/
The problem with the above list is right off the top it lists 365. This is Whole Foods brand name, and MANY of their products under the 365 label do, in fact have GMOs. Recent testing showed that 67% of food sold in Whole Foods can be found to have GMOs, which is EXACTLY why they don’t want GMO labeling. In Europe GMO labeling started nearly as soon as the products hit the shelves, and the result has been predictable. Europeans do not buy foods with GMOs, and companies generally stopped trying to sell them there as they were losing money at it.
14) Fully 59% of the United States farmland is growing GMO crops. These crops are patented, and famously DO NOT PRODUCE seeds that can be used for next year’s planting. For thousands of years farmers have collected seeds for the next year, of course. But now farmers, once infected by GMO crops, have to BUY SEEDS every year. A much higher percentage of farmland in India is full of GMOs, and the US Department of Agriculture has been aggressively trying to get African farms full-up with this junk. Here’s the part that’s scariest, even more scary than the reproductive damage and  cancer problems, that occur in laboratory animals, etc.: by controlling who gets to buy seeds, Dow, Monsanto and others can easily control the world’s population merely by NOT selling seeds to say African or Indian farmers.
15) Indian farmers: Since the onslaught of GMOs, over 54,000 farmers have committed suicide. Why? Well, imagine how poor a farmer in India might be, considering that food had better not cost much in India, or even more will be starving. Now take into account the horrors of farmers bankrupted by the GMO goons.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/03/201332813553729250.html

16) Try to go solar. Of course many states still offer amazing savings and tax write-offs for converting to solar. If solar is not feasible in your area, see if a windmill would work. The utility companies are one of the longest-standing abuses of the planet. And, as Ralph Nader and others have pointed out, why should humans pay for electricity, television, cellular phone service, once the towers are paid off? Why pay for airwaves? Of course many applications allow free use of the airwaves. Use them.
17) Live and work communally if possible. Urban Communes end up like roommates, but if people would simply LIVE CLOSER TO WORK, and take public transportation or bicycles when possible, a lot of carbon emissions would be reduced.
18) Try to work for a company that is NOT globalized, does NOT use wage slaves outside the US, or INSIDE the US, and definitely does not use PRISON LABOR.
19) Prison labor in the United States. We once got so enraged, as activists, that China used prisoners to make for-profit products (License plates are bad enough). More people need to start local protests about for-profit jails. And protests about the massive profits being made when jails get paid the minimum wage for labor, and then give the detainees such a tiny percentage of the $7.00 per hour. Like 22 cents! Note this web site:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-prison-industry-in-the-united-states-big-business-or-a-new-form-of-slavery/8289
Of course this stuff is hard to effectively protest about. It should be added to the list of the next occupy movement, if there ever is one.
20) Tune Out. As John Prine sings: “Eat a lot of peaches, throw away your TV…” Our media, and many around the world, is so packed with propaganda, in so many different forms, all of a sudden reality TV almost seems appealing (except singing shows which have eradicated protest songs from being produced by major labels). Support local musicians who have a conscience. We need about 850,000 Woodie Guthries, 400,000 Pete Seegers, 300,001 Bob Dylans, 300,000 Neil Youngs and 500,000 Billy Braggs to even put a dent in the right-winged lies that most people take as gospel.
21) Dang it the newspaper news, magazine “news” and especially TV news is just all wrong most of the time. Where is the truth? How many Blogs do you have to read, compile and refine in order to get at the truth? How many journalists, like Chris Hedges, still have the balls to investigate wrongdoings? Without those Molly Ivins of the world, the governments are getting away with murder. And wage slavery, and shipping US jobs, and fracking, and Keystone Pipelines, and writing their own laws, and Citizens United, allowing unlimited anonymous donations by corporations.
22) Corporations are not people. This precedent is way overdue to be overturned.
23) Every little step you take to conserve clothes not buy more, every step we take to lend a hand to those who need it, every step you take AWAY from indoctrinating religions (you know who you are), every hour you spend building local resistance to globalization will pay off for your children. Especially since they will see the amount of fun that can be had when MORE TIME is allowed to be with family and friends. Time earned via hard work in the fields, in the candle making, leather-smithing, cobbling, tanning, and outdoor games after school. Me, a luddite? Not at all, just saying that the more fun and work we can do close to our homes, the less we feed into the top 2% that control so many lives already.

The Successes and Failures of Barack Obama

Successes and failures of Barack Obama

Success #1, he beat Hillary Clinton in the Primaries before the 2008 US Presidential elections to become the Democrat Party Nominee. He did this with 62% of his campaign funding in the primary stage coming from registered Republicans. He succeeded again in defeating John McCain and his ill-thought-out running mate Sarah Palin. This pick was as if McCain did not want to win. Success #2.

But the pick was not nearly as disturbing as Barack Obama’s pick of Joseph Biden. Why? Because Biden had been the MOST pro-War democrat in the house Foreign Affairs Committee ever. And he led that committee to steer votes in favor of huge military overspending and unwise and unnecessary wars throughout his career.

Failure 1) (F-1)Obama ran on a platform of “We’re Going To Change Washington” and he not only failed to change Washington, in most cases he did not even try, or caved in to Republican demands even when the House, Senate and White house were ALL in Democratic control. How is this possible? Because so many Democrats are owned by the same corporations that own Republicans, for one, and, all but two being millionaires themselves, are inclined to vote for bail-outs for the rich (most of which happened before Obama took office, right at the end of Bush Junior’s reign with Goldman Sachs President / Secretary of the Treasury Henry “Hank” Paulson jamming a bill through congress that handed the richest bankers in the world trillions of dollars [BERNANKE HANDS OUT $16+ TRILLION in ZERO% GIFTS TO BANKS…] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/08/foreclosure-settlement-fails-mortgage_n_1754018.html) to clean up their own sickeningly bad investment choices that had, in turn, caused a meltdown in the US housing markets to the tune of 10,000 home foreclosures a day…The USA is now experiencing less foreclosures, at “only” 1,400 PER DAY. Mind you the daily foreclosure figures in the USA Depression of the 1930s were nowhere near as high as this six year low for the USA. This amounts to failure number 2.

1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Recession
2) http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/08/15/home-foreclosures-fall-end-year-6-year-low/

http://varbuzz.com/2012-02/foreclosures-2008-2012/

These are entire families financially ruined in numbers far worse, even on a per capita basis, than in the 1930s. Yet, no one seems to care in the USA, except maybe the families living in their cars under an overpass in, say Tampa, Florida.

Thus, Obama and his team have done precious little to stop home foreclosures, because to do so, for one, would include bringing jobs back from overseas. He promised to “put Americans back to work” and has failed on this issue too (Failure #3). Why can’t he bring back jobs that paid $15.00 to $30.00 an hour, from countries that received all these US labor jobs and pay .14 cents to .52 cents an hour in wages? The question answers itself. BUT Obama never even tried to halt the tax exemptions that give corporations a TAX BREAK for moving jobs overseas (F-4). Honestly, what kind of government would give companies a tax break for sinking their OWN PEOPLE’S jobs? A government controlled by the owners of the means of production. More proof of Obama’s failures (but only the workers and regular folks would call these failures. After all Obama was mostly elected by Republican money, hence for himself and his cronies, these are seen as successes!) Is that as far as one can ascertain ZERO jobs have moved back from

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Bob Dylan; 12 Years a Slave; THIS IS IT Copyright Doug Stuber, 2014

First, let’s all Thank Misters Zinn, Chomsky, Nader, Blum and the folks at Nation of Change, especially the lifelong work of Bill Moyers and Chris Hedges. Thank you.

Now…

Let’s not pussyfoot around: The earth’s natural and human resources are being raped at a clip that is going to make the earth unfit for human life in geological nanoseconds.

No One who has a job appears to care, as long as their families are OK, somewhat safe, cancer free, and Uh well, worked to death. How many hours per day, 10, 12, 14, more? how many days a week 6 or 7? IF YOU’RE HIGH ENOUGH UP THE LADDER SO YOU’RE NOT PULLING TWO OR THREE JOBS PER HOUSEHOLD THAT ADD UP TO TIME THEFT, then bully for you, but please take the time to see what the profit kings have done in:

Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines (well as farmers they are better off, as the Chinese were until they moved into town, and for all their work ENDED UP IN DEBT. Not debt to buy mommy the latest handbag (hello Korea) or daddy the latest car (hello USA) or for FASHION or the latest KPOP hit, or, for that matter, even three changes of clothes. No indeed, they are in debt to pay the light bill and to eat.

Food Stamps? If your in an already poor state that had the audacity to vote against the Republicans, then WHAMMO your food stamps will be cut. Medicaid? Florida says it won’t pay to expand it, so it loses A TON of Federal Money for medical support and the state (WTF!?) doesn’t care.

Poor, tough it out. Out of work, tough it out. HAD YOUR JOB SHIPPED TO CHEAPER LABOR? TOO BAD.

Living in Spain, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, now France, and under big fat government debt no one wants to finance anymore. Living under one or another version of the IMF’s austerity plans. TOO F***ing bad.  The USA gets refinanced DAILY because we still are a market folks can sell in…but for how long?

Is your country the “lucky” recipient of pollution-laden factory jobs that can come and go on a whim (note all the factories Disney closed in China) then you too can suffer as the women in Asia do from Thyroid cancer that comes on the specks of Yellow dust from the Gobi Desert, picking up NO2 along the way. (Nitrous Dioxide is caused by the emissions form coal-fired power plants, and there are many of these, sometimes one for each housing complex, scattered throughout Asia.)

TEPCO, Fukushima, Sendai…enough said? Not really, as the 2,500 plus fuel rods have needed to be moved for YEARS now and none of them have been moved due to the threat of a chain reaction explosion. UH HUH, meanwhile the buildings that house these rods (in wet storage not dry cask…uh…idiots!) are slowly crumbling. If you think this alone couldn’t mean the end of animal and plant life…look up more of the facts.

So here a protest, there a turned over government police bus, here a fire, there a Kiev, here an Arab Spring, there a CIA plot, and BINGO Mr. Obama President can’t for the life of him IMAGINE bringing the troops home now, and may yet delay the Afghan pull out, or, (this one is my personal guess) like Iraq, instead of HOME the hard fighting men and women will be further deployed to another “threat.”

It’s not every day I turn to the Jehova’s Witnesses for advice, but uh, WHEN IS JESUS DUE BACK ANYWAY?

You see, in “12 Years a Slave” we have the perfect movie, as the slave “owners” preach the bible and use it to justify….horrors beyond belief. Or beyond our ability to remember.  It was CHRISTIANS that wiped out 3000+ cultures in the “Americas,” and CHRISTIANS that cooked up slavery, and CHRISTIANS who use their religion to spread the concept that the rich shall, in fact underpay labor.   This is highly evident in South Korea, where the country is almost 40% “Christian” while one church alone (Seventh Day Adventists) own companies that control over 30% of its food supply.  Its stunning really, as Asia is only two percent Christian (see “No Man Shall Profit from Another Man’s Labor” right in these archives).  Oh the “Christians, who so desperately want to save my soul, have been busy contradicting their own book and specifically “Thou Shall Not Kill,” for so long, why should we believe a thing any Christian says until Jesus himself comes back to say it?

I’m confident he’d puke at what has become of the churches run in his name.  Imagine all the scandals if you can, that the Catholics, Baptists, George W. Bush Methodists and others have had to try to bury.  Kudos to the Quakers, and many many Catholics who lead the pro peace movements.  But far too many GREEDY Christians are not called out on the carpet publicly AND IN CHURCH, right?

Any reader care to guess when Iraq will forget what the Christians have done there in the last decade +?  Hmm, the crusades stunk.  The mass genocides in the Americas stunk.  Maybe the USA had glory days from 1950 to 1980.  OH?  but to assert this we have to ignor both the Korean and Vietnam wars.  OUCH…

Uh, “workers of the world unite?” is not enough these days, as the money that owns pretty much 90% of the governments around the world is NOT going to go down without a fight.  But if civil wars break out (again Ukraine is a piece of pie compared to what a civil war might look like in China or the USA) but Ukraine is instructive in that it took no time for Russia to reassert itself in what had been a sovereign state.  HA Sovereignty, long lost to GATT 2 and other trade treaties.

Privacy and other matters long lost in the USA which, has (ask any African American or Latino) for decades been a growing police state.  More whistle blowers may have the balls to stand up.  Some may land in “foreign” countries that are also (thanks Hedges)  controlled by thugs.

When countries sink to the point of selling off their resources RATHER than manufacturing products OTHER countries want to buy, they are perilously close to the edge of economic and social stability cliffs at the same time.

POINT: wage slavery is not much better than the USA slavery was.  The developed world offered corporations massive tax cuts FOR MOVING JOBS OFFSHORE.  The service jobs that were supposed to be what saved the USA, for instance, have quite regularly been shipped to India.

The saddest part, is that under the USA’s so-called democracy, there is no way to oust the politicians that are owned now that “Citizens United” allows unlimited and ANONYMOUS donations to political action committees.  This is wide open bribery season.  Before this things like “books” were used, as donors would simply, say purchase 112 million of New Gingrich’s book, and then he could….well….do with the winnings whatever he pleased. K Street lobbiest are the tip of the iceberg race fans.  But worth investigating.

TO investigate.  TO be an investigative reporter.  To win a Pulitzer Prize.  TO get fired for BEING AN INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER.   Which newspaper (Not Seymour Hirsch at the New Yorker, but OTHER THAN HE) now that Molly Ivins has passed, which newspaper is stock full of investigative reporters on the lookout for the next Watergate…ARE YOU KIDDING DOUG!?  Which TV newscaster other than the FIRED ones (ha CBS rid itself of Dan rather, a COMPANY MAN most of the time, over a real letter really written to really get George W. out of harms way in Vietnam (he was playing golf in Alabama and checking in once a week as I recall).

11 Editors fired by publishers for writing editorials against DESERT STORM mind you, so that by the time Shock and Awe comes along (yes people WERE shocked in Abu Graib and at the far end of “extraordinary renditions” — nice line Condy! — as well as waterboarded) nary a readable word against it and ONE count her as ONE vote against it out of what 585 or so in congress.  Shit Hitler never even had that type of mandate.

OH the list is large.  What of the Tower 7, 1 and 2 videos at the World Trade Center?  Anyone seen those?

I boiled it down for a large Green Party Convention in 2000 in Charlotte NC, USA (these views are mine not the Green’s) and the next poem I drag back up to the top here will be an addendum to this rant.

The US Role in Globalization

The State of Globalization as realized by the G-20 in the year 2012
The United States and its economic allies, as defined by countries subscribing to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Global Agreements on Tariffs and Trade (Gatt I and Gatt II)and other free trade agreements, have assured themselves their best possible corporate profits by moving manufacturing to countries with lowest possible factory-labor wages without regard for how this effects their own labor communities, or the horrific consequences of moving products so far in the face of global warming and myriad other pollution concerns.
Lee Jae Eui, the author of the Gwangju Diary, and editor of the Gwangju Uprising, and head Nano-technologist at GIST rightly points out that the best governments are those who create a burgeoning middle class. If the opposite is also true, that the worst governments are the ones who favor larger corporate profits by shrinking their own middle class, then the United States would be culprit number one, and countries like Vietnam, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Mexico, Argentina, (and too many more to list) who are being abused by this set-up are not to be blamed for allowing these pollution-heavy industries to move in and under-pay their workers, because by each country’s standards, the miniscule wages gives a large population of people just enough to get by on. Not what a South Korean would call a middle class existence, but enough to survive.
Benito Mussolini, himself a fascist, defined fascism as “big business and government working together to the benefit of only big business and government.” By this accurate account, the United States has been a purely fascist state since 1980, with plenty of on-and-off examples since its inception in 1776. The United States was founded on genocide, made rich by slavery and continues to feed its insatiable greed by dominating human and natural resources worldwide, at gunpoint, if necessary. Such openly American institutions like the World Bank and the IMF have ruined one economy after the other in order to retain control, drive unemployment up as high as 70% (see Argentina in the 1990s) and then move in manufacturing once free trade agreements are in place that improve profits by banning tariffs on products flowing back to the US. In Argentina, J.P Morgan and Fleet Bank went one step further and BOUGHT its central bank. Once accomplished, the IMF moved in and demanded austerity measures that would assure that JP Morgan and Fleet Bank were paid back their very stupid loans, not in Pesos that were valueless, but in Pesos that, after three years, were jiggered around to being one-to-one with the dollar. Two banks and a handful of manufacturing concerns benefitted, while an entire population was reduced to economic ruble.
This is not an isolated incident. Excellent research by my business English class at Chonnam National University discovered, that, of the 147 largest IMF loans since 1980, 144 countries economies suffered, some greatly, like Ghana and other African countries in which the leaders stole great hunks of the loans (as the IMF knew they would), one country managed to battle back and save themselves (South Korea) and two countries saw economic gains by such loans: Belarus and Costa Rica.
The US itself was not afraid to hand over its own sovereignty to the “trade is king” fascists that thought up the GATT treaties. Continued meetings of the G-7, G-8 and G-20 have been met by ineffective, thus useless protests from the very beginning. Protestors are cordoned off into “protest zones” so far away from the proceedings, the media won’t be tempted to cover them, and the head honchos can walk from limousines to pampered meeting rooms, guarded by expensive security forces without having to hear a single peep from the opposition. It is not hard to prove the globalization is in fact world-wide fascism on a scale Hitler could have only dreamed about.
Even relatively poor countries like Russia can’t help but join the fun, as they sell off their natural resources (mostly oil) so those at the top can have luxurious lifestyles, while the rest of the country languishes in poverty. Was it a coincidence that the US attacked Afghanistan, Iraq and now Pakistan even though 15 of the 19 bombers during 911 came from Saudi Arabia? Was it a coincidence that the very man (Osama Bin Laden) who helped us fend off Russia so it couldn’t build an oil pipeline in Afghanistan as head of the Mujahedeen was the one who created 911 which gave us an excuse to attack Afghanistan because that’s where he was hiding out? No. This was true, because, once in control of the pipeline that circumvents gnarly Iran by going hundreds of kilometers too far to get to the Indian Ocean, the US would also control a greater percentage of the Russian oil profits. As it is, Russia receives about 30% of the money generated by its own oil Wow, bad deal eh? But Amoco knows how to drill and Luk Oil does not, capiche?
The Iraq fiasco assured that Sunnis and Shia would be fighting ad infinitum. This is a replay of why the US was willing to tie the Korean War, not win it, and lose the Vietnam War badly. Why? Because by in effect losing both wars, Russia and China would forever remain un-allied. Or at least not allied until we could figure out which one would make the steadiest trading partner. Winner, China. The loser, by far, in all of this, has been humanity.
One definition of socialism is “from those according to ability, to those according to need.” China is living proof that communism as a governmental choice has never existed, and its version of socialism does not, in fact, share things equally amongst everyone. Yes, China is growing a middle class, but not at the expense of even an inkling of inflation. Why? Because, as the average factory worker in China makes 52 cents an hour, the Chinese government must control the price of food and rent with an iron fist, and too large a middle class would cause inflation, thus rioting among the factory workers. Lo and behold, over 40 cities in China have experienced such expressions of rage in the last two years alone. As the Chinese were lured off the fields and into the factories, they soon found out that what seemed like big money, came with the price of long hours, high rent, and many families ending up in debt who were NEVER in debt as farmers. Poor yes, but at least not worked to death. They are now working to fill the communist party coffers, while watching high rise luxury apartments go up, and spiffy Audi and Buick automobiles passing the standard VWs on clogged highways. Highways NOT clogged by factory workers, who jam like sardines into the subways, or walk or bike to work.
But if US manufacturing concerns are making so much money in Asia (the plastics industries in Vietnam pay an average of 14 cents an hour!) then why are Americans losing their homes to foreclosure at a 6,000 per day clip? Well, it goes back to 1995, a year in which Bill Clinton, coming off a stunning reversal in the Democratic Party by getting his fellow conservative democrats to usher in NAFTA, he added both the Welfare Reform act and the Banking Reform Act. What a trifecta for the rich! Ross Perot, for all his rotten ideas like surrounding drug-infested neighborhoods with swat teams and Marshall Law, was right about one thing: there was a giant sucking sound of American job being moved to Mexico as soon as the sizable tariffs on goods coming into the US were dropped. Winners: corporations, Losers, workers. Alva Crathey in her excellent book the Working Women of the Maquiladoras points out that those highly polluting companies also moved to Mexico to flee what was left of the anti-pollution laws in the US. This gave the hard working Mexicans exciting by heart rending experiences like still-births due to anencephaly, (babies born without brains). Mexicans did not protest, as one dollar per hour is an awfully high wage in Mexico. So the fate of American labor was set, and only got worse once tax breaks encouraged all companies to move to cheaper labor countries. Note: few moved to Africa. It has been Central and South America and mostly Asia that has been dominated by American and European firms and its own subordinated governments under these treaties that help mostly the famous ONE PERCENT that the US Occupy Movements keep screaming about.
But I digress: Clinton’s Welfare Reform did this: it codified and made legal the concept that anyone who receives government help can do so for 36 months per lifetime. Meaning, if you are a single mother who can’t find work, and have three or five children, after 36 months you are done. Couple this with NAFTA and later the effects of GATT one and two, and you have a recipe for disaster. Ice this sewer cake with national, corporate and individual debt, and the stench cannot be covered. Assure the next depression via the 1995 Banking Reform Act, and, Voila, you have the current mess in the US. You see, after the depression of the 1930s, smart legislators, who were NOT OWNED by corporations applied a four-to-one loan to deposit ratio, meaning banks could lend out four dollars for every one dollar they held in deposits. This is prudent. By the 1960s this was relaxed to a dangerous 12-to-1 ratio. Still, at 12-to-1 very few “subprime” loans were handed out because there were plenty of worthy customers who could afford to pay their mortgages backed. Then came Clinton’s law, I hope he is still happy about it, in which banks were allowed to lend out 30 dollars for every dollar in deposit. This 30-1 ratio made it hard for banks to maximize their profits by lending money only to those who could afford to pay it back. SO they devised pernicious loans that were “interest only” for 3 or 4 years, or the famous “reverse mortgages” which gave borrowers absurdly low payments at first, while ADDING to the amount of the loan in the process. European banks, envious of their counterparts in the US, requested this same absurd ratio. They did not get it, until one finance minister thought up this scheme: European banks were allowed ot lend more than the standard 10-to-one in place at the time, as long as every loan over the 10-to-onbe ratio was insured. This way if the shaky loans went bad it would fall on a private insurance company to bail out the banks, not the governments of Europe. Which insurance company was dumb enough to fall for this assignment? AIG.
So, in November of 2008, when Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Bank of America and, ahem, AIG were receiving, in total, trillions of bailout dollars, the biggest initial bailout was to AIG, and where did the US Taxpayer’s money go? To rich European bankers. CBS television News came close to asking the right questions about this, but stopped short of what they knew to be true, thus letting the US congress off the hook for bailing out European banks. Barak Obama was blamed for being the initiator of bail-outs the Republicans now claim never should have happened. In February, 2012 the Republican candidates stormed Michigan (where Auto manufacturers were, in fact, bailed out by Obama, thus saving hundreds of thousands of jobs) and said he never should have bailed out the car makers. Seems to me they do NOT want to win in 2012 if they are going to Michigan and saying the jobs should not have been saved. And holy canoli, the auto makers paid the money back and are reaping huge profits from the bailouts, which is far better than the banks have done. 2012 then is a repeat of 2008, when Republicans also threw the election by picking Sarah Palin as a VP running mate to John McCain.
If the Republicans should, however, gain control of both houses of our legislature, AND the White House, then they would be stuck holding the ball when the depression hits in earnest. And by golly, they were sitting in the White House (Herbert Hoover, a true market capitalist who refused to loosen the economic reigns, thus causing the crash of October 1929) the last time around, and would much rather kick back and sling arrows at Obama than to stand up and do what needs to be done to correct the errors that started in the 1980s when Ronald Reagan, the 8 short years, tripled the US National Debt. That “fiscal conservative” figured he could borrow his way into a good economy, and everyone since except (of all people) Bill Clinton has followed suit, to the detriment not just of the US economy, but every country that holds US dollars in reserve.
Ah, the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Sixty-seven percent of the world’s reserve currency is US dollars. Imagine how many China has! Russia is #2 (thanks to oil mostly) and then easy-to-guess countries like Japan, Saudi Arabia and Germany follow suit. But, due to a massive trade imbalance, the US itself ranks 22nd in foreign currencies held. Uh Oh. South Korea weighs in at about 5 or 6 depending on how well its cars and electronic gizmos are selling in the US, and back in 2006 when S. Korea announced it was going to switch its reserve currency form dollars to Euros, the US stock market dropped 600 points before noon. Even Bush II was smart enough to get on the horn and stop this from happening, because if it had, the entire world may have followed suit and the dollar would have traded one-to-one with the Won. In short, this reserve currency reality is what keeps the US afloat, via economic blackmail. Should the US dollar fail, then everyone will be stuck holding monopoly money in their central banks.
And the IMF has the Bancor1 waiting in just such a circumstance should occur. Indeed the Bancor is not a fictional currency made up by JM Keynes as it once was, it is already in place should the dollar fail. It will be traded by CENTRAL BANKS ONLY one-for-one with the failing dollars, but at considerably fluctuating rates for any other investors who want to trade in dollars after that initial deal. This means if your banker or broker is not prepared to get you your Bancors within minutes of their being available, you will have to give up more than one dollar to get one Bancor.
In 2009 the US averaged 6,600 foreclosures per day.2 In 2010 it jumped to 10,000+3 per day, in 2011 it was 9,000 per day4 and God only knows what the tally will be in 2012. The worst year for home foreclosures during the 1930s was 1933, which saw 1,000 home foreclosures per day. Sure there were less Americans then, but that does not mitigate the fact that hundreds of thousands of Americans are losing their main investments (the money they’ve put into paying back loans, and the equity on their homes). How dare Clinton write a book called “Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy” when his own idiotic government passed the two main laws that put us in this mess, then cut off funding for the gigantic rise in poverty. Now he wants Americans to get back to work, and back to work we have gone…in France, South Korea, China, anywhere that has work…but good luck finding a job in the USA! I wonder how much his advance was and what his total take will be on this book. I wonder, how much of that he will donate to charity!?
While in the US I filmed a documentary with the filmmaker Cristian Alva. We took in quite a charade by Senators Simpson (R. Wyoming) and Bowles (D. North Carolina) who run the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.5 They suggest that higher taxes and cuts to entitlements and defense spending are the only way to avoid the “Moment of Truth,” that is hitting the United States. But Washington is not about to implement their plan, as Republicans refuse to consider a dime in tax increases, and may well control the whole town again soon. Worse yet, even if taken at its word, the plan would wipe out “entitlements” in such draconian ways as to render the already-impoverished desperate, perhaps starving. Aha, just like Argentina, if enough Americans are so desperate, perhaps the Republicans can lower the minimum wage, thus giving small and large business owners incentives to hire more people. Ooops, bye-bye middle class. Already minimum wage earners are nowhere near the middle class which is disappearing rapidly in the US.
Grim realities are hitting the US, as fuel and food prices are skyrocketing, while wages are going down, and so many are unemployed. Ah, but the oil companies will be OK, oil spills or no oil spills.
Already the US pays a number of countries for GATT infractions rather than exposing the well-subsidized farmers of the US to free trade. European and US subsidies to farmers have made it impossible for Africa to strengthen their economies (corrupt governments in Africa have exacerbated this). But, for those who refuse to “play ball” the consequences of remaining outside globalization can be huge. Cuba, Iraq and North Korea are all one need to know about how bad things can get when economic sanctions are applied. Economic sanctions are often the precursors to war, thus, let’s see what happens in Iran.
Iran, Israel, the US and China could be at the tip of the spear should the world economy fail and another world war be required to help the rich stay rich. Note: the EXACT day that Iran had its first large oil auction (“burse”) in which their oil was sold for EUROS, instead of dollars Condoleezza Rice stood up and said Iran had nuclear capabilities. This was partly because, I am sure, that other than being a reserve currency, the only thing propping the value of the US dollar is that oil is traded in dollars.
Should Israel attack Iran, China will see this as an extension of the US attacking Iran. Israel, the US last ally, and well paid for at that, would be foolish to drop bombs in Iran without the back up of the US. China, however, gets about 30% of its imported oil from Iran. Uh oh. 50% of the US Navy is floating between Taiwan and China. Why? Worse yet, under Bush II the US stopped sending its annual letter to India reminding them that they are breaking the nuclear non-proliferation treaties they signed. Instead we sent over 300 scientists to India to teach them how to build MX missile-sized warheads, which they never had the capability of doing in the past. Why would the US do this for one of the least stable democracies in the world? Well, India sits just to the West of China, for one. And our Navy sits to the west. For those keeping score at home, the US navy can pinpoint and bomb a single building from 400 miles at sea.
William Blum accurately points out that the US has attacked 31 countries a total of 70+ times since the end of World War II.
“The engine of American foreign policy has been fueled not by a devotion to any kind of morality, but rather by the necessity to serve other imperatives, which can be summarized as follows:
* making the world safe for American corporations;
* enhancing the financial statements of defense contractors at home who have contributed generously to members of congress;
* preventing the rise of any society that might serve as a successful example of an alternative to the capitalist model;
* extending political and economic hegemony over as wide an area as possible, as befits a “great power.”
This in the name of fighting a supposed moral crusade against what cold warriors convinced themselves, and the American people, was the existence of an evil International Communist Conspiracy, which in fact never existed, evil or not.
The United States carried out extremely serious military interventions into more than 70 nations in this period.”6
For the record, I am an American Patriot who still believes the US has a chance to make amends for its egregious attacks on human liberty since 1492, when Columbus started murdering and enslaving Native Americans. It will not happen if we keep electing people like Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, that’s for sure.
Obama campaigned on “Change” but has not even fought to change the unconstitutional or unwise laws Bush II cooked up or repealed. Not once has he mentioned repealing Patriot Act I or II, not once has he asked congress to reinstate even one of the 186 environmental laws Bush II wiped out. His only change in the Middle East was to move troops from Iraq to Pakistan, where we caused 2 million refugees to flee their homes. Don’t forget, the last 200 miles of oil pipeline from the Caspian Sea to the Indian Ocean must flow through Pakistan. US citizens now live in a country where they can be arrested without habeas corpus (without being told why they are being arrested). At an Occupy Movement action in Chapel Hill, NC in January, a journalist was smashed to the ground and was told not to take any pictures of machine-gun toting police arresting 20 meek protesters. Caitlyn F. will never be the same, but the US may never be the same either.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is setting up camps in case of social disorder that will be able to house over 2 million “visitors” and the US jail population is over 2 million already. Thus US citizens themselves may be vulnerable to fascist attacks if they get upset about the economic disasters that could occur in the future.
“FEMA’s latest efforts to satisfy the demand for emergency camps represents a continuation of preparations on behalf of the federal government to prepare for civil emergencies and potential social disorder.”7
In order for the Occupy Movement, or any other (like the protests that toppled dictators in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt) to be successful, the replacements of the dictators will have to make life better for their people, without the help, nay under potential sanctions from the world powers. Thus, growing self-sustaining economies will be key. A country like South Korea that is 70% dependent on exports for its GDP and 67% dependent on imports for its food are extremely vulnerable in these circumstances. S> Korea has its ways too: companies pay workers by the month, and with no hourly wage, and no 1.5 or 2 times-the-rate for overtime, the bosses job is to get as many hours as he can out of the workers for the same base monthly pay. Thus, instead of a normal 40 hour week, workers work much longer, yet for no bonus pay once past 40 hours.
Perhaps NONE of the 175 demands the Occupy Movement has penned so far will be met with laws that meet those demands. Thus, they will have to come up with an electable candidate who is far to the left of Barack Obama, and who will bring home 100% of the American troops, reduce military spending at three times the rate the entitlements are reduced, and get the US to stop being a fascist bully in order to concentrate on national health care, like so many non-combative countries already have. If such a candidate were elected, she would have to also have her party in control of the Senate and House of Representatives. The US Electoral College and embedded, yet illegal “two party system” will surely see to it this never happens. Fascists don’t give up, they just die. Steve Jobs and his mega-profitable Apple Computer refused to shut down its repressive factory in China, due to profit demands from its shareholders. I see. A company as flush in cash as Apple won’t even hire Americans. Now Obama says he’s going to bring jobs back to the US. Since 1917 history shows that revolutions often make things WORSE than they were before. Wow, how can globalization be worse than it is now?
World War III that’s how. It’s been centuries since China was an imperialist country. Not true for the US. One suspects that China would be a tough country to conquer. Thus, like me, I am sure you are against World War III, since it could start in Iran, or right here, who knows. The question is, how do we, as citizens prevent it before it occurs?
Peace. What do we want? Peace. When do we want it? Now.
1. http://prosperityuk.com/2003/05/how-keynes-bancor-international-trade-currency-would-work/
2. .(http://www.onlineforextrading.com/blog/6600-foreclosures-per-day/)
3. http://charleslincoln3.com/2012/01/31/a-historical-perspective-on-foreclosure-1000-per-day-in-1933-vs-10000-per-day-in-2010/
4. http://gicjournal.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/the-morning-after-2/
5. http://www.fiscalcommission.gov/sites/fiscalcommission.gov/files/documents/TheMomentofTruth12_1_2010.pdf
6. http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Blum/US_Interventions_WBlumZ.html
7. http://www.prisonplanet.com/fema-puts-out-contract-for-emergency-camps-to-house-displaced-citizens.html

A Brief History of U.S. Interventions:
1945 to the Present
by William Blum
Z magazine , June 1999

The engine of American foreign policy has been fueled not by a devotion to any kind of morality, but rather by the necessity to serve other imperatives, which can be summarized as follows:
* making the world safe for American corporations;
* enhancing the financial statements of defense contractors at home who have contributed generously to members of congress;
* preventing the rise of any society that might serve as a successful example of an alternative to the capitalist model;
* extending political and economic hegemony over as wide an area as possible, as befits a “great power.”
This in the name of fighting a supposed moral crusade against what cold warriors convinced themselves, and the American people, was the existence of an evil International Communist Conspiracy, which in fact never existed, evil or not.
The United States carried out extremely serious interventions into more than 70 nations in this period.
China, 1945-49:
Intervened in a civil war, taking the side of Chiang Kai-shek against the Communists, even though the latter had been a much closer ally of the United States in the world war. The U.S. used defeated Japanese soldiers to fight for its side. The Communists forced Chiang to flee to Taiwan in 1949.
Italy, 1947-48:
Using every trick in the book, the U.S. interfered in the elections to prevent the Communist Party from coming to power legally and fairly. This perversion of democracy was done in the name of “saving democracy” in Italy. The Communists lost. For the next few decades, the CIA, along with American corporations, continued to intervene in Italian elections, pouring in hundreds of millions of dollars and much psychological warfare to block the specter that was haunting Europe.
Greece, 1947-49:
Intervened in a civil war, taking the side of the neo-fascists against the Greek left which had fought the Nazis courageously. The neo-fascists won and instituted a highly brutal regime, for which the CIA created a new internal security agency, KYP. Before long, KYP was carrying out all the endearing practices of secret police everywhere, including systematic torture.
Philippines, 1945-53:
U.S. military fought against leftist forces (Huks) even while the Huks were still fighting against the Japanese invaders. After the war, the U. S. continued its fight against the Huks, defeating them, and then installing a series of puppets as president, culminating in the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.
South Korea, 1945-53:
After World War II, the United States suppressed the popular progressive forces in favor of the conservatives who had collaborated with the Japanese. This led to a long era of corrupt, reactionary, and brutal governments.
Albania, 1949-53:
The U.S. and Britain tried unsuccessfully to overthrow the communist government and install a new one that would have been pro-Western and composed largely of monarchists and collaborators with Italian fascists and Nazis.
Germany, 1950s:
The CIA orchestrated a wide-ranging campaign of sabotage, terrorism, dirty tricks, and psychological warfare against East Germany. This was one of the factors which led to the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961.
Iran, 1953:
Prime Minister Mossadegh was overthrown in a joint U.S./British operation. Mossadegh had been elected to his position by a large majority of parliament, but he had made the fateful mistake of spearheading the movement to nationalize a British-owned oil company, the sole oil company operating in Iran. The coup restored the Shah to absolute power and began a period of 25 years of repression and torture, with the oil industry being restored to foreign ownership, as follows: Britain and the U.S., each 40 percent, other nations 20 percent.
Guatemala, 1953-1990s:
A CIA-organized coup overthrew the democratically-elected and progressive government of Jacobo Arbenz, initiating 40 years of death-squads, torture, disappearances, mass executions, and unimaginable cruelty, totaling well over 100,000 victims -indisputably one of the most inhuman chapters of the 20th century. Arbenz had nationalized the U.S. firm, United Fruit Company, which had extremely close ties to the American power elite. As justification for the coup, Washington declared that Guatemala had been on the verge of a Soviet takeover, when in fact the Russians had so little interest in the country that it didn’t even maintain diplomatic relations. The real problem in the eyes of Washington, in addition to United Fruit, was the danger of Guatemala’s social democracy spreading to other countries in Latin America.
Middle East, 1956-58:
The Eisenhower Doctrine stated that the United States “is prepared to use armed forces to assist” any Middle East country “requesting assistance against armed aggression from any country controlled by international communism.” The English translation of this was that no one would be allowed to dominate, or have excessive influence over, the middle east and its oil fields except the United States, and that anyone who tried would be, by definition, “Communist.” In keeping with this policy, the United States twice attempted to overthrow the Syrian government, staged several shows-of-force in the Mediterranean to intimidate movements opposed to U.S.-supported governments in Jordan and Lebanon, landed 14,000 troops in Lebanon, and conspired to overthrow or assassinate Nasser of Egypt and his troublesome middle-east nationalism.
Indonesia, 1957-58:
Sukarno, like Nasser, was the kind of Third World leader the United States could not abide. He took neutralism in the cold war seriously, making trips to the Soviet Union and China (though to the White House as well). He nationalized many private holdings of the Dutch, the former colonial power. He refused to crack down on the Indonesian Communist Party, which was walking the legal, peaceful road and making impressive gains electorally. Such policies could easily give other Third World leaders “wrong ideas.” The CIA began throwing money into the elections, plotted Sukarno’s assassination, tried to blackmail him with a phony sex film, and joined forces with dissident military officers to wage a full-scale war against the government. Sukarno survived it all.
British Guiana/Guyana, 1953-64:
For 11 years, two of the oldest democracies in the world, Great Britain and the United States, went to great lengths to prevent a democratically elected leader from occupying his office. Cheddi Jagan was another Third World leader who tried to remain neutral and independent. He was elected three times. Although a leftist-more so than Sukarno or Arbenz-his policies in office were not revolutionary. But he was still a marked man, for he represented Washington’s greatest fear: building a society that might be a successful example of an alternative to the capitalist model. Using a wide variety of tactics-from general strikes and disinformation to terrorism and British legalisms, the U. S. and Britain finally forced Jagan out in 1964. John F. Kennedy had given a direct order for his ouster, as, presumably, had Eisenhower.
One of the better-off countries in the region under Jagan, Guyana, by the 1980s, was one of the poorest. Its principal export became people.
Vietnam, 1950-73:
The slippery slope began with siding with ~ French, the former colonizers and collaborators with the Japanese, against Ho Chi Minh and his followers who had worked closely with the Allied war effort and admired all things American. Ho Chi Minh was, after all, some kind of Communist. He had written numerous letters to President Truman and the State Department asking for America’s help in winning Vietnamese independence from the French and finding a peaceful solution for his country. All his entreaties were ignored. Ho Chi Minh modeled the new Vietnamese declaration of independence on the American, beginning it with “All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with …” But this would count for nothing in Washington. Ho Chi Minh was some kind of Communist.
Twenty-three years and more than a million dead, later, the United States withdrew its military forces from Vietnam. Most people say that the U.S. lost the war. But by destroying Vietnam to its core, and poisoning the earth and the gene pool for generations, Washington had achieved its main purpose: preventing what might have been the rise of a good development option for Asia. Ho Chi Minh was, after all, some kind of communist.
Cambodia, 1955-73:
Prince Sihanouk was yet another leader who did not fancy being an American client. After many years of hostility towards his regime, including assassination plots and the infamous Nixon/Kissinger secret “carpet bombings” of 1969-70, Washington finally overthrew Sihanouk in a coup in 1970. This was all that was needed to impel Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge forces to enter the fray. Five years later, they took power. But five years of American bombing had caused Cambodia’s traditional economy to vanish. The old Cambodia had been destroyed forever.
Incredibly, the Khmer Rouge were to inflict even greater misery on this unhappy land. To add to the irony, the United States supported Pol Pot, militarily and diplomatically, after their subsequent defeat by the Vietnamese.
The Congo/Zaire, 1960-65:
In June 1960, Patrice Lumumba became the Congo’s first prime minister after independence from Belgium. But Belgium retained its vast mineral wealth in Katanga province, prominent Eisenhower administration officials had financial ties to the same wealth, and Lumumba, at Independence Day ceremonies before a host of foreign dignitaries, called for the nation’s economic as well as its political liberation, and recounted a list of injustices against the natives by the white owners of the country. The man was obviously a “Communist.” The poor man was obviously doomed.
Eleven days later, Katanga province seceded, in September, Lumumba was dismissed by the president at the instigation of the United States, and in January 1961 he was assassinated at the express request of Dwight Eisenhower. There followed several years of civil conflict and chaos and the rise to power of Mobutu Sese Seko, a man not a stranger to the CIA. Mobutu went on to rule the country for more than 30 years, with a level of corruption and cruelty that shocked even his CIA handlers. The Zairian people lived in abject poverty despite the plentiful natural wealth, while Mobutu became a multibillionaire.
Brazil, 1961-64:
President Joao Goulart was guilty of the usual crimes: He took an independent stand in foreign policy, resuming relations with socialist countries and opposing sanctions against Cuba; his administration passed a law limiting the amount of profits multinationals could transmit outside the country; a subsidiary of ITT was nationalized; he promoted economic and social reforms. And Attorney-General Robert Kennedy was uneasy about Goulart allowing “communists” to hold positions in government agencies. Yet the man was no radical. He was a millionaire land-owner and a Catholic who wore a medal of the Virgin around his neck. That, however, was not enough to save him. In 1964, he was overthrown in a military coup which had deep, covert American involvement. The official Washington line was…yes, it’s unfortunate that democracy has been overthrown in Brazil…but, still, the country has been saved from communism.
For the next 15 years, all the features of military dictatorship that Latin America has come to know were instituted: Congress was shut down, political opposition was reduced to virtual extinction, habeas corpus for “political crimes” was suspended, criticism of the president was forbidden by law, labor unions were taken over by government interveners, mounting protests were met by police and military firing into crowds, peasants’ homes were burned down, priests were brutalized…disappearances, death squads, a remarkable degree and depravity of torture…the government had a name for its program: the “moral rehabilitation” of Brazil.
Washington was very pleased. Brazil broke relations with Cuba and became one of the United States’ most reliable allies in Latin America.
Dominican Republic, 1963-66:
In February 1963, Juan Bosch took office as the first democratically elected president of the Dominican Republic since 1924. Here at last was John F. Kennedy’s liberal anti-Communist, to counter the charge that the U.S. supported only military dictatorships. Bosch’s government was to be the long sought ” showcase of democracy ” that would put the lie to Fidel Castro. He was given the grand treatment in Washington shortly before he took office.
Bosch was true to his beliefs. He called for land reform, low-rent housing, modest nationalization of business, and foreign investment provided it was not excessively exploitative of the country and other policies making up the program of any liberal Third World leader serious about social change. He was likewise serious about civil liberties: Communists, or those labeled as such, were not to be persecuted unless they actually violated the law.
A number of American officials and congresspeople expressed their discomfort with Bosch’s plans, as well as his stance of independence from the United States. Land reform and nationalization are always touchy issues in Washington, the stuff that “creeping socialism” is made of. In several quarters of the U.S. press Bosch was red-baited.
In September, the military boots marched. Bosch was out. The United States, which could discourage a military coup in Latin America with a frown, did nothing.
Nineteen months later, a revolt broke out which promised to put the exiled Bosch back into power. The United States sent 23,000 troops to help crush it.
Cuba, 1959 to present:
Fidel Castro came to power at the beginning of 1959. A U.S. National Security Council meeting of March 10, 1959 included on its agenda the feasibility of bringing “another government to power in Cuba.” There followed 40 years of terrorist attacks, bombings, full-scale military invasion, sanctions, embargoes, isolation, assassinations…Cuba had carried out The Unforgivable Revolution, a very serious threat of setting a “good example” in Latin America.
The saddest part of this is that the world will never know what kind of society Cuba could have produced if left alone, if not constantly under the gun and the threat of invasion, if allowed to relax its control at home. The idealism, the vision, the talent were all there. But we’ll never know. And that of course was the idea.
Indonesia, 1965:
A complex series of events, involving a supposed coup attempt, a counter-coup, and perhaps a counter-counter-coup, with American fingerprints apparent at various points, resulted in the ouster from power of Sukarno and his replacement by a military coup led by General Suharto. The massacre that began immediately-of Communists, Communist sympathizers, suspected Communists, suspected Communist sympathizers, and none of the above-was called by the New York Times “one of the most savage mass slayings of modern political history.” The estimates of the number killed in the course of a few years begin at half a million and go above a million.
It was later learned that the U.S. embassy had compiled lists of “Communist” operatives, from top echelons down to village cadres, as many as 5,000 names, and turned them over to the army, which then hunted those persons down and killed them. The Americans would then check off the names of those who had been killed or captured. “It really was a big help to the army. They probably killed a lot of people, and I probably have a lot of blood on my hands,” said one U.S. diplomat. “But that’s not all bad. There’s a time when you have to strike hard at a decisive moment. ”
Chile, 1964-73:
Salvador Allende was the worst possible scenario for a Washington imperialist. He could imagine only one thing worse than a Marxist in power-an elected Marxist in power, who honored the constitution, and became increasingly popular. This shook the very foundation stones on which the anti-Communist tower was built: the doctrine, painstakingly cultivated for decades, that “communists” can take power only through force and deception, that they can retain that power only through terrorizing and brainwashing the population.
After sabotaging Allende’s electoral endeavor in 1964, and failing to do so in 1970, despite their best efforts, the CIA and the rest of the American foreign policy machine left no stone unturned in their attempt to destabilize the Allende government over the next three years, paying particular attention to building up military hostility. Finally, in September 1973, the military overthrew the government, Allende dying in the process.
They closed the country to the outside world for a week, while the tanks rolled and the soldiers broke down doors; the stadiums rang with the sounds of execution and the bodies piled up along the streets and floated in the river; the torture centers opened for business; the subversive books were thrown into bonfires; soldiers slit the trouser legs of women, shouting that “In Chile women wear dresses!”; the poor returned to their natural state; and the men of the world in Washington and in the halls of international finance opened up their check- books. In the end, more than 3,000 had been executed, thousands more tortured or disappeared.
Greece, 1964-74:
The military coup took place in April 1967, just two days before the campaign for j national elections was to begin, elections which appeared certain to bring the veteran liberal leader George Papandreou back as prime minister. Papandreou had been elected in February 1964 with the only outright majority in the history of modern Greek elections. The successful machinations to unseat him had begun immediately, a joint effort of the Royal Court, the Greek military, and the American military and CIA stationed in Greece. The 1967 coup was followed immediately by the traditional martial law, censorship, arrests, beatings, torture, and killings, the victims totaling some 8,000 in the first month. This was accompanied by the equally traditional declaration that this was all being done to save the nation from a “Communist takeover.” Corrupting and subversive influences in Greek life were to be removed. Among these were miniskirts, long hair, and foreign newspapers; church attendance for the young would be compulsory.
It was torture, however, which most indelibly marked the seven-year Greek nightmare. James Becket, an American attorney sent to Greece by Amnesty International, wrote in December 1969 that “a conservative estimate would place at not less than two thousand” the number of people tortured, usually in the most gruesome of ways, often with equipment supplied by the United States.
Becket reported the following: Hundreds of prisoners have listened to the little speech given by Inspector Basil Lambrou, who sits behind his desk which displays the red, white, and blue clasped-hand symbol of American aid. He tries to show the prisoner the absolute futility of resistance: “You make yourself ridiculous by thinking you can do anything. The world is divided in two. There are the communists on that side and on this side the free world. The Russians and the Americans, no one else. What are we? Americans. Behind me there is the government, behind the government is NATO, behind NATO is the U.S. You can’t fight us, we are Americans.”
George Papandreou was not any kind of radical. He was a liberal anti-Communist type. But his son Andreas, the heir-apparent, while only a little to the left of his father had not disguised his wish to take Greece out of the Cold War, and had questioned remaining in NATO, or at least as a satellite of the United States.
East Timor, 1975 to present:
In December 1975, Indonesia invaded East Timor, which lies at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago, and which had proclaimed its independence after Portugal had relinquished control of it. The invasion was launched the day after U. S. President Gerald Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger had left Indonesia after giving Suharto permission to use American arms, which, under U.S. Iaw, could not be used for aggression. Indonesia was Washington’s most valuable tool in Southeast Asia.
Amnesty International estimated that by 1989, Indonesian troops, with the aim of forcibly annexing East Timor, had killed 200,000 people out of a population of between 600,000 and 700,000. The United States consistently supported Indonesia’s claim to East Timor (unlike the UN and the EU), and downplayed the slaughter to a remarkable degree, at the same time supplying Indonesia with all the military hardware and training it needed to carry out the job.
Nicaragua, 1978-89:
When the Sandinistas overthrew the Somoza dictatorship in 1978, it was clear to Washington that they might well be that long-dreaded beast-“another Cuba.” Under President Carter, attempts to sabotage the revolution took diplomatic and economic forms. Under Reagan, violence was the method of choice. For eight terribly long years, the people of Nicaragua were under attack by Washington’s proxy army, the Contras, formed from Somoza’s vicious National Guard and other supporters of the dictator. It was all-out war, aiming to destroy the progressive social and economic programs of the government, burning down schools and medical clinics, raping, torturing, mining harbors, bombing and strafing. These were Ronald Reagan’s “freedom fighters.” There would be no revolution in Nicaragua.
Grenada, 1979-84:
What would drive the most powerful nation in the world to invade a country of 110,000? Maurice Bishop and his followers had taken power in a 1979 coup, and though their actual policies were not as revolutionary as Castro’s, Washington was again driven by its fear of “another Cuba,” particularly when public appearances by the Grenadian leaders in other countries of the region met with great enthusiasm.
U. S. destabilization tactics against the Bishop government began soon after the coup and continued until 1983, featuring numerous acts of disinformation and dirty tricks. The American invasion in October 1983 met minimal resistance, although the U.S. suffered 135 killed or wounded; there were also some 400 Grenadian casualties, and 84 Cubans, mainly construction workers.
At the end of 1984, a questionable election was held which was won by a man supported by the Reagan administration. One year later, the human rights organization, Council on Hemispheric Affairs, reported that Grenada’s new U.S.-trained police force and counter-insurgency forces had acquired a reputation for brutality, arbitrary arrest, and abuse of authority, and were eroding civil rights.
In April 1989, the government issued a list of more than 80 books which were prohibited from being imported. Four months later, the prime minister suspended parliament to forestall a threatened no-confidence vote resulting from what his critics called “an increasingly authoritarian style.”
Libya, 1981-89:
Libya refused to be a proper Middle East client state of Washington. Its leader, Muammar el-Qaddafi, was uppity. He would have to be punished. U.S. planes shot down two Libyan planes in what Libya regarded as its air space. The U. S . also dropped bombs on the country, killing at least 40 people, including Qaddafi’s daughter. There were other attempts to assassinate the man, operations to overthrow him, a major disinformation campaign, economic sanctions, and blaming Libya for being behind the Pan Am 103 bombing without any good evidence.
Panama, 1989:
Washington’s bombers strike again. December 1989, a large tenement barrio in Panama City wiped out, 15,000 people left homeless. Counting several days of ground fighting against Panamanian forces, 500-something dead was the official body count, what the U.S. and the new U.S.-installed Panamanian government admitted to; other sources, with no less evidence, insisted that thousands had died; 3,000-something wounded. Twenty-three Americans dead, 324 wounded.
Question from reporter: “Was it really worth it to send people to their death for this? To get Noriega?”
George Bush: “Every human life is precious, and yet I have to answer, yes, it has been worth it.”
Manuel Noriega had been an American ally and informant for years until he outlived his usefulness. But getting him was not the only motive for the attack. Bush wanted to send a clear message to the people of Nicaragua, who had an election scheduled in two months, that this might be their fate if they reelected the Sandinistas. Bush also wanted to flex some military muscle to illustrate to Congress the need for a large combat-ready force even after the very recent dissolution of the “Soviet threat.” The official explanation for the American ouster was Noriega’s drug trafficking, which Washington had known about for years and had not been at all bothered by.
Iraq, 1990s:
Relentless bombing for more than 40 days and nights, against one of the most advanced nations in the Middle East, devastating its ancient and modern capital city; 177 million pounds of bombs falling on the people of Iraq, the most concentrated aerial onslaught in the history of the world; depleted uranium weapons incinerating people, causing cancer; blasting chemical and biological weapon storage and oil facilities; poisoning the atmosphere to a degree perhaps never matched anywhere; burying soldiers alive, deliberately; the infrastructure destroyed, with a terrible effect on health; sanctions continued to this day multiplying the health problems; perhaps a million children dead by now from all of these things, even more adults.
Iraq was the strongest military power among the Arab states. This may have been their crime. Noam Chomsky has written: “It’s been a leading, driving doctrine of U.S. foreign policy since the 1940s that the vast and unparalleled energy resources of the Gulf region will be effectively dominated by the United States and its clients, and, crucially, that no independent, indigenous force will be permitted to have a substantial influence on the administration of oil production and price. ”
Afghanistan, 1979-92:
Everyone knows of the unbelievable repression of women in Afghanistan, carried out by Islamic fundamentalists, even before the Taliban. But how many people know that during the late 1970s and most of the 1980s, Afghanistan had a government committed to bringing the incredibly backward nation into the 20th century, including giving women equal rights? What happened, however, is that the United States poured billions of dollars into waging a terrible war against this government, simply because it was supported by the Soviet Union. Prior to this, CIA operations had knowingly increased the probability of a Soviet intervention, which is what occurred. In the end, the United States won, and the women, and the rest of Afghanistan, lost. More than a million dead, three million disabled, five million refugees, in total about half the population.
El Salvador, 1980-92:
El Salvador’s dissidents tried to work within the system. But with U.S. support, the government made that impossible, using repeated electoral fraud and murdering hundreds of protesters and strikers. In 1980, the dissidents took to the gun, and civil war.
Officially, the U.S. military presence in El Salvador was limited to an advisory capacity. In actuality, military and CIA personnel played a more active role on a continuous basis. About 20 Americans were killed or wounded in helicopter and plane crashes while flying reconnaissance or other missions over combat areas, and considerable evidence surfaced of a U.S. role in the ground fighting as well. The war came to an official end in 1992; 75,000 civilian deaths and the U.S. Treasury depleted by six billion dollars. Meaningful social change has been largely thwarted. A handful of the wealthy still own the country, the poor remain as ever, and dissidents still have to fear right-wing death squads.
Haiti, 1987-94:
The U.S. supported the Duvalier family dictatorship for 30 years, then opposed the reformist priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Meanwhile, the CIA was working intimately with death squads, torturers, and drug traffickers. With this as background, the Clinton White House found itself in the awkward position of having to pretend-because of all their rhetoric about “democracy”-that they supported Aristide’s return to power in Haiti after he had been ousted in a 1991 military coup. After delaying his return for more than two years, Washington finally had its military restore Aristide to office, but only after obliging the priest to guarantee that he would not help the poor at the expense of the rich, and that he would stick closely to free-market economics. This meant that Haiti would continue to be the assembly plant of the Western Hemisphere, with its workers receiving literally starvation wages.
Yugoslavia, 1999:
The United States is bombing the country back to a pre-industrial era. It would like the world to believe that its intervention is motivated only by “humanitarian” impulses. Perhaps the above history of U.S. interventions can help one decide how much weight to place on this claim.
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William Blum is the author of Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II. Portions of the book can be read at: http://members.aol. com/bblum6/American holocaust.htm.
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