Thursday, January 3, 2019

Jan. 3: Still quiet -but this could well be our decisive year.

Some good news for a change.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/02/north-atlantic-right-whales-canadian-waters
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/03/jamal-khashoggi-suspects-appear-before-saudi-court

We will pass lightly over the fact that the Saudi prince who almost certainly ordered the killing is not being arrested. No. Let's take a look at the whole picture.

The world is in high moral dudgeon that a Saudi journalist was murdered (probably) by his own government. Okay. So why is it that nobody gives much of a damn that the U.S. has murdered thousands of children in Yemen?

Talk about selective indignation.....
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/03/trump-applauds-brazils-new-fascist-president-bolsonaro-wastes-no-time-attacking
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/01/it-was-christmas-all-year-gop-succeeded-making-2018-yet-another-year-rich-got-richer

This is going to be destructive over much of the world - and very soon. The greed of the rich will destroy economies (including the profits of the rich).
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The continuing destruction of all we said we fought for - and that so many died for - in World War 2.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/01/unesco-says-its-only-wish-2019-world-peace-us-and-israel-officially-ditch-un-body
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Americans have Christian values. Jesus was big on tear gas.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/02/cruel-and-inhumane-trump-border-patrol-hits-women-children-and-journalists-mexico
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http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/rabble-radio/2019/01/dry-corridor-links-between-climate-change-and-migration-central
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/01/saudi-arabias-request-netflix-censors-commentary-war-crimes-and-mass-starvation
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/01/03/10-worst-case-climate-predictions-if-we-dont-keep-global-temperatures-under-1-5-degrees-celsius/

The reality of the last 30 years and more is that our wealthy have not the slightest intention of taking any action that would limit their profits. And we have done very little to challenge that. We now have only a few years to get serious.
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The real Netanyahu of Israel; the man our western news media will never reveal to us.

https://countercurrents.org/2019/01/03/early-elections-who-will-dethrone-the-king-of-israel/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50865.htm
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In the view of Christian churches, God has always been on our side. So when both sides are Christian, God is on both sides.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50868.htm
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Betcha didn't hear or see this story in your local news media.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50856.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50864.htm
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/03/why-frances-yellow-vest-protests-have-been-ignored-by-the-resistance-in-the-u-s/
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The Guardian has been perhaps the best commercial newspaper there ever was. It still is far superior to most.  But, oh, it  has become inconsistent.

https://off-guardian.org/2019/01/02/the-guardians-reputation-in-tatters-after-forger-revealed-to-have-co-authored-assange-smear/
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https://theantimedia.com/reporter-quits-nbc/
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I don't quite know what to make of this following analysis. If true, it could be very good news. On the other hand, it's hard to get past the image of Trump as a severely self-absorbed, childish, frivolous, and socially disabled man.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article204453.html

Still, how else to explain his ending of interference in Syria? This is a reversal of every president since Clinton - and it's a sensible reversal. (It also deeply offends some powerful people - with dangerous consequences for Trump.)

But repeating the policies of Bush and Obama could lead to destruction of all  civilization on earth.
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And then, if the above is true, there's this very opposite behaviour.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article204400.html
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And then there's this one.

https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/trump-stuns-with-lies-rambles-and-nonsensical-rants-in-bizarre-cabinet-meeting-1.6806826
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It's very hard to see where we're going. Since 1945, we have abandoned all we said we were fighting for. Instead we went back many, many centuries to the world of at least several thousand years ago - a world of self-benefiting power for a few, and abuse for the rest. Capitalism fit very smoothly into that pattern, the same pattern that had shaped empires and mass  murder and mass poverty in the days of the Roman empire and all the empires before it. We fell into rule by a small class of people that we and they have regarded as being superior to us, to be be showered in   wealth and power.

It has never worked in the past. It's not working now. But now we are forcing this in a much, much smaller world. (China was a long way from Rome. But now it's next door.)

We have recreated a world of Empires - particularly the U.S. empire, but also the beginnings of Chinese and Russian empires - and the shabby one we used to call the British Empire. Given the weapons of today, we can no longer survive such empires.

This year might be the turning point.

Or, we may already have passed it.

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