US Politics

White Cops: Do we really need 'em?

(Achtung! Sarcasm alert!)

There's been a lot of concern lately about police violence in the United States. Police kill over 1,000 people, mostly fellow Americans, every year.

Perhaps not surprisingly, in a country where race is at the root of so much of its history and culture, African-Americans are disproportionately the victims, astonishingly so.

Intercept in bed with the dark side: OMG! Russian hackers!

One of yesterday's big stories, at least on my Facebook wall, was a The Intercept big scoop. They published a story on a National Security Agency (NSA) document that had been leaked to them.

(The federal contractor employee involved has been arrested and charged with nefarious national security offences. But that's a tragic story I won't be able to deal with here.)

Putin not our "friend"? So what?

One of the big problems of today, as far as I'm concerned, is the staying power in the "West" of Russophobia, or, more specifically, Putin-phobia. Considering how close we are to nuclear war with Russia, for no really good reason, it seems to me a lot of people ought to smarten up.

One of my favourite internet authors, one Caitlin Johnstone, is a major critic of the current wave of Russophobia that's clearly driving otherwise sensible people in the United States, mostly Democrats, to lose their minds—the apparent belief that every major problem in the U.S. is Vladimir Putin's fault.

Bernie Sanders wants us to Drink the Kool-Aid

(Achtung! I despise Donald Trump. Maybe even more than you. I've despised him for many, many years, since long before he decided to run for POTUS. This is not a pro-Trump piece. I discuss here what I believe to be the actual situation.)

A couple days ago Bernie Sanders served us a great Big Gulp™ of kool-aid about Trump and Russia.

US State Dept WaPo on Viet Nam, 1965 (and now?)

(As the Democrat wing of the anti-Trump "movement" careens around, blathering on about Russian aggression in US elections, brandishing a "report" agreed to by all 17 "intelligence" agencies of the US Government, a "report" which even those agencies that "agreed" to it won't endorse as factual, I came across this article from the old IF Stone Weekly from 50+years ago. It's instructive to read now because it perhaps demonstrates why USG leaders no longer supply any evidence for their accusations against official enemies.

IF Stone: Nixon and the Arms Race

(This is a reprint from legendary journalist I.F. Stone's five-volume magnum opus, A Nonconformist History of our Times. I'm republishing it here because it exposes one of the major differences between the US's military procurement "system," and those of their "enemies," for example, Russia. The US system is there to make profits for the already-wealthy, while the, for example, Russians design and procure things they actually need.

The CIA’s Absence of Conviction

(This is a reprint from Craig Murray's own blog. I'm republishing it here at his invitation, due to his conviction that Facebook and Twitter are "ghost banning" the content from his site. If you'd rather read it on his site, and I wouldn't blame you if you did, feel free to use the link below. This is a very important article. It absolutely puts the boots to this year's most blatantly "false news" story—that the Russians hacked the DNC's computers, and then gave HRC campaign supremo John Podesta's e-mails to Wikileaks.)

Rescuing Boris—Hypocrisy, anyone?

(This is a reprint from an article in Time Magazine. I retrieved it from a Vietnamese Culture discussion group on Google Forums. I cannot verify that it's a totally accurate copy, because I didn't pay the $0.77 I would have had to give Time; besides, then I could have used theirs. It's intended as a counter to what is perhaps this year's biggest, dumbest false news story—that Russia (hyperventilating now) interfered in the POTUS 2016 election. Apparently, Americans don't think that would be fair.

Anti-war Movement Needed NOW!

If there's a peace movement out there, it's time to get up and howl. If there is not, it's time to get working on one. There isn't much time.

Absolutely the worst thing, in my opinion, that can happen in the POTUS election currently taking up way too much space, volume, and megabytes, is if Shillary were to win in a landslide.

Trump vs Clinton: What's important? (Besides everything)

Here's a moral compass-testing exercise.

Here are some questions abouth the Clinton vs Trump election. Please rank the following in terms of their importance (nb. Almost all of them are really, really important):

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