Archive for November 2016

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WE ENTER AN AGE OF DIGITAL BOOK-BURNING WITH ALL AMERICAN MAJOR HI-TECH INTERNET COMPANIES TRYING TO SUPPRESS FREE SPEECH – MY EXPERIENCE WITH GOOGLE

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RINF

 

For a while and on a number of occasions, when I went to the Sputnik site, I’ve received one of those warning pages from Google about a possibly unsafe site.

To proceed, you must press the “unsafe” link.

Well, that’s just the shabbiest crap.

If it is any consolation, they do the same thing at times for Yahoo mail.

So, it is both political opponents and competitors against whom they use this dirty trick.

Boy, long gone is Google’s original motto of “do no harm.”

But then the motto was in the days before Google became a massive, secret extension of the CIA.

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Posted November 30, 2016 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ON THE WASHINGTON POST’S SAD CLAIM THAT IT HAS DISCOVERED ABOUT 200 ALTERNATE-NEWS INTERNET SITES WORKING AS TOOLS OF RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA – MY GOD THAT NUMBER WAS USED BY SENATOR MCCARTHY

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RINF

 

It really is interesting with the number around 200.

It was a similar figure that old drunk Joe McCarthy, as he worked feverishly to revive a declining political career with explosive unproved claims, threw around as the number of Communists said to be infesting the State Department.

Ah, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Posted November 30, 2016 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A TRUMP TWEET ABOUT FLAG-BURNING PUNISHMENT HOPEFULLY CAN BE IGNORED – A DUMB AND HOPELESS OLD REPUBLICAN IDEA – AND HOW MANY AMERICANS JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY MUCH OF THE WORLD REGARDS THEIR FLAG ENTIRELY DIFFERENTLY THAN THEY DO

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

Well, I am sorry he’s recalled this tired old Republican idea of the 1980s.

It was one that went on and on in droning tedium, never going anywhere. I always understood it as a sign of a party with no real purpose trying to spark attention.

But Trump is a man who just bubbles over with concepts, good and bad, and most of the bubbles are allowed to harmlessly pop.

Of course, recalling this is also an effective way to float a notion and see how the public reacts, which will not be well for this one, at least with the great majority.

The dumber Republicans tried for years and got nowhere.

This is also a way to keep minority portions of his base happy with little periodic noises they like to hear.

I cannot believe he really means what he hurriedly typed at seven in the morning.

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Response to another reader’s comment:

Many simply do not understand that controversy and troubles around the American flag stem from the fact that it is no longer just an innocent national symbol.

For great numbers of people in the world, the same flag some Americans fly affectionately from a pole on their porch, represents aggression and bloodshed and grave injustice. The parallel with the Union Jack in 1776 is rough, although Britain’s imperial forces never killed and destroyed on the scale of America’s today.

I know that is hard for many naively-faithful American Patriot types to accept – thinking as they do that America is the fount of all that’s good and fair on the planet – but it is simply the truth.

There has not been a single American war since WWII that was about self-defense or, indeed, about any matter of principle beyond America’s self-assumed right to tell others what to do, and with deadly force. Although there was plenty of empty speechifying with slogans and empty words accompanying each bloody event.

Millions, literally millions, have died at America’s hands in Vietnam, Cambodia, Somalia, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and in a host of other places.

And they all died, with others wounded and vast amounts of property destroyed, at the hands of American forces waving the flag and mouthing slogans about democracy and rights. It is an appalling record.

All of them died for no good reason except that the American establishment wanted it that way. Now, wasn’t that kind of arrogance and indifference to people a major factor in Trump’s victory? Many Americans are simply sick of it because the establishment treats them the same way.

And how bitterly ironic it all is because America seems incapable of running its own affairs – from its titanic debts to its shabby third-world inner-cities.

 

Posted November 30, 2016 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: APOLOGIES TO RUSSIA FOR A NEW POINTLESS SANCTION IMPOSED BY CANADA – BUT IT MUST BE SEEN IN LIGHT OF THE HARSH TRUTH OF CANADA’S CIRCUMSTANCES VIS-A-VIS THE U.S.

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN SPUTNIK

 

As a Canadian, I am sorry for this.

But, in a way, such acts by our government are just public declarations of its weakness.

Canada is effectively a colony of the United States, and only a rare Canadian leader is able to work against America’s stupid pressures.

Such a leader was Pierre Trudeau, late father of our current Prime Minister.

Justin, for all his charm and apparent decency, is simply not made of the same stuff as his father.

But, then again, American demands today are being made by a Neocon-led government at such a pace and intensity that even Justin’s father would find himself in difficulty.

The world’s bully just seems to generate unhappiness in whatever it touches.

 

 

Posted November 30, 2016 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: BRITAIN’S NEWSPAPER THE INDEPENDENT CONTINUES ITS EFFORTS AT FEAR-MONGERING POST-BREXIT PIECES – ONE THAT TRULY REACHES THE RIDICULOUS

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY ZLATA RODIONOVA IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Brexit pound slump causes Christmas pudding prices to jump 21%”

Well, the author has done it.

I didn’t think it was possible, but Zlata Rodionova has managed to write the most ridiculous post-Brexit vote piece I have come across.

Christmas pudding prices, my God.

I think she should look into the price of coal because that is what Independent editors deserve in their stockings for publishing such utter rubbish.

Posted November 30, 2016 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: RUSSIA HOPING FOR FUTURE BETTER RELATIONS WITH EU – OLD GUARD IN TROUBLE IN A NUMBER OF EUROPEAN COUNTRIES – THE CASE OF GERMANY’S CHANCELLOR MERKEL AND HER ABSURD LETTER TO TRUMP

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

A catastrophe is precisely what Ms Merkel’s policies have been.

She will not be treated kindly by history, both for having supported America’s savagery in the Middle East and for doing bizarre things to deal with the domestic effects of that very savagery.

She fancies herself a decent, enlightened, democratic person yet supports the likes of Erdogan and mass killer Obama.

She has also been a serious supplier of modern weapons to Israel which continues with its horrible occupation, oppression, and theft of other people’s property.

You cannot have it both ways, although clearly Ms Merkel thinks you can.

That utter confusion of thought and principles is why the American establishment has taken a beating from Trump. Obama and Hillary think much like Merkel.

I am always a believer in what you actually do in international relations, not in the words you use.

Obama has never stopped blubbering about democracy and rights while killing hundreds of thousands of people and running a major extra-legal operation to make people “disappear.”

He is a total failure as a man of principle and a leader, and Ms Merkel very much resembles him, even down to the empty words about principles she writes in her letter to Trump.

 “Germany and America are united by shared values: through democracy, freedom, respect for the right and dignity of every individual, irrespective of origin, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or political attitude. On the basis of these values, I would like to offer you a close cooperation between the governments of our countries.”

 No clear-thinking person can accept those words from that leader as anything but an example hypocritical establishment “boilerplate” – the kind of phony stuff just rejected by the American people.

Trump will not do everything right, I know, but Merkel has done nothing right, just like her admired friend, Obama.

Posted November 30, 2016 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: IT IS CLAIMED TRUMP MAY ASK AMBASSADORS TO URGE FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS TO PROSECUTE HILLARY – IT WOULD NOT BE INAPPROPRIATE AT ALL FOR MANY CASES – THE HIDEOUS EXAMPLE OF HAITI AND THE CLINTON FOUNDATION

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

I’m sure this article is more of the usual Independent anti-Trump crap.

But, in fact, it would be only right for this outrageous international criminal to be prosecuted in other jurisdictions.

There are dozens of justified examples, including the matter of thousands of dead women and their families in Libya and Syria.

But perhaps the most touching example was the Clinton Foundation work in Haiti after the earthquake.

$30 million was collected by the Foundation for relief in that horror which killed about a quarter of a million people, but it just literally disappeared.

The Foundation’s own books say it spent $3 million, and they do not even specify on what.

Chartered air flights? Luxury hotel accommodation? Fees and expenses for photographers to do come-on advertising brochure pictures?

We do know there was no help of any substance to the poor people despite $30 million in the coffers.

Somehow, too, Chelsea, a woman who has never done an honest day’s work in her life, came up with $3 million for her wedding, almost as though she were a Royal.

Of course, Chelsea served as executive on the Clinton Foundation and, one way or another, that’s where the money likely came from.

A truly disgusting bunch, the Clintons.

America’s Ceausescus.

Posted November 30, 2016 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized