Friday, June 29, 2018

Rapid fire

"Footage shows cops waiting in hallway during Las Vegas massacre":  "Holy sh-t that’s rapid fire".  Another huge change to the Official Story, presumably held back for legal liability reasons.  Whether it is the Mandalay, that school in Florida, or numerous instances where cops shoot a suspect dead because they imagined there might have been the tiniest threat to themselves (needless to say, with the imagining usually fueled by racism), the obvious trend in modern policing is that the police won't assume even the smallest smidgen of perceived personal risk, or do what used to be called 'their job', even as people keep dying around them.  Policing, like firefighting, or even being a soldier, used to be one of those protecting jobs, usually attractive to a certain kind of men - part of the ideal of the manly man whose job it was to save others - who regarded the risk as a vital part of the job, but now see policing as just a paycheck.

"Trump Rapidly Expands Cold War-Era Footprint In Europe To Counter Russia" (Durden).  Trump is the Euro-runway President.  Make Airstrips Great Again.

"Why No Outrage Over US Killing of Children?" (Hornberger).  It is quite a striking dichotomy between the wailing over separated children, and the simultaneous mass slaughter of children all over the world by the same government.

"Lee Harvey Oswald and Spenser Rapone" (Hornberger).  More about the striking peculiarities of the Official Story of LHO, but a moral soldier reminds me of Stan Goff.

"Hate Hoaxer Convicted" (Sailer):
"Of course, there’s no coherent explanation in this article about how Mr. Kadar’s hate hoaxing vastly inflated ADL statistics about a supposedly Trump-caused rise in anti-Semitism."
"Israel's racial purists: United in fear of Jews who love non-Jews" (Sheen).  The most overtly - gleefully, proudly, and shameless! - racist people in the world get a complete pass.

"Venezuela – Towards an Economy of Resistance" (Koenig).  The thing that bothers me about Venezuela is that, while they mean well and have good ideas, they seem to lack the technical central banking expertise to fend off the constant opposition and American attacks.

"The U.S. is ruled by the worst among us" (Binion).  It remains an important issue how much public opinion really helps in social change.  One problem is that there is as often almost always an asshole group who are at least as big as the progressive group (and the assholes only grudgingly accept the wisdom of proposed change only decades later, if ever).  Also, of course, the (((media))) does everything it can to make it seem that there is only one public opinion.  We see over and over again, in places as disparate as the US and Turkey, that electoral systems are set up to give rural asshole voters a disproportionate voice in political decisions (and not forgetting the massively disproportionate voice of those who can bribe).  Other techniques of political change are based more strongly in insights from conspiracy theory, the idea that progress is achieved by pitting one group of oligarchs against the other and slipping up the middle.  I think there is evidence that this is what has facilitated most actual progressive social change, with public opinion almost irrelevant.  One of the biggest problems, which we see over and over again in The Clarification, is that 'progressive' groups are at least as big a group of assholes as everybody else.  Americans are still incapable of accepting that American public opinion, in particular, is often overwhelmingly mean, violent, and stupid.
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