Archive for May 2017

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AMERICA’S TOTAL POLITICAL PARALYSIS – BOTH PARTIES ARE SHIPWRECKS – POLITICS WITHOUT MEANING – BUT MAYBE THAT’S JUST WHAT THE UNELECTED GOVERNMENT WANTS – WAR LOOMS

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN ZERO HEDGE

 

‘Hillary Clinton: “The Right Is Afraid Of Me Because I Don’t Die” ‘

 

The woman has no shame.

And she likely has some cancer-like disease in whatever gland it is that is that controls human ambition.

And, yes, she is right, she doesn’t die, much the same as a vampire.

You do not have to be a follower of Trump’s to wince whenever you see this woman’s photo or read more words from her, and the photos and words just keep coming, as though she were running for office, which virtually certainly she is.

The stories tell us that only a stake through the heart stops a vampire. It appears that idealistic young Seth Rich tried delivering one and failed, losing his life in the effort.

It all reminds me of what a terrible, ghastly situation the Democratic Party is in.

This couple from hell, the Clintons, America’s version of the Borgias, just will not stop. They are out there prowling around, constantly making noises and false accusations – as about the Russians being responsible for her loss – and no thought is even given to the consequences of such dangerous accusations. All that matters is her winning, no matter how she does it.

They have controlled the Party for a very long time, courtesy mainly of their money connections, and they intend to keep going, and the Party is incapable of shaking them off. It is in the middle of a long nightmare in which a succubus has sunk claws into its back. It cannot even look for fresh talent because virtually all its chief operators are beholden to this relentless couple.

I am sure there are many decent Democrats, people like the late Seth Rich, who know what a poisonous legacy the Party is encumbered with, yet see no clear way around it.

The woman and the Party were responsible for their defeat, yet neither can admit it for even a moment.

Many knew she was a poisonous candidate last time, but seeing her try again? That must be hard to swallow.

Especially when you consider that Trump was in many ways a weak candidate himself. He is not a good public speaker, and many of his ideas are weak and not well-considered, yet he was able to win with her running.

Of course, Trump had a couple of good points in foreign affairs – points worth something for many – but he has abandoned those and effectively abandoned supporters who were deeply concerned on those issues. He is a dues-paying member of the blood-soaked imperial establishment now in good standing.

So, I suspect the Hillary crowd, like a school of piranha, smells blood in the water. Trump will be highly vulnerable next time with his terrible record now in domestic affairs and his now perhaps even more terrible record in foreign affairs.

He is a shipwreck waiting to be blown into shore, though I doubt anything like impeachment will be involved. That is a monumental political task no one really wants to undertake. No, he will die a quiet political death the next time out with a record of failures and disappointments and nothing fresh possible to offer.

He quite literally has nothing to offer the great mass of voters now.

We have the now pretty crummy-looking pair of Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, whom we know now is a sleazy operator who tries pitching American citizenships to Asian investors in his family enterprises and who doesn’t keep good faith with his own employees, who embraces the bloody Netanyahu, and makes blunder after blunder. As for Ivanka, we thought she was pretty smart, but her total effect on her father has been disastrous. She is clearly less clever than we thought – God, look at who she married! This pair begins to rival the Clintons for putrescence. Who’d want them back?

We have health legislation that will deprive millions of coverage after all the blubbering against the failings of Obamacare, and there are failings indeed, but they won’t be repaired by Trump.

And we have torn-up trade treaties as a supposed route to increased American jobs, a poor strategy which could end up creating trade wars, not jobs.

And we have a pretty smarmy and confused set of policies around immigrants and refugees.

And then we can add increased military activity in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Afghanistan, still more provocation against Russia, new provocations against China, idiotic threats against Iran, vast weapons sales for one of the world’s most backward governments, virtual compliance with all of Israel’s tyrannical acts and threats, and it is hard to see how he could even begin building a new constituency.

He will be completely vulnerable, and if there is anything a Clinton likes the smell of in the morning – after fresh napalm – it is vulnerability.

 

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Posted May 28, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AUTHORITIES TIPPED OFF NUMEROUS TIMES ABOUT MANCHESTER BOMBER – WHAT THIS EVENT REALLY TELLS US ABOUT POLICE AND THE MILITARY AND DEALING WITH VIOLENCE NOT JUST TERROR

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

“Salman Abedi wasn’t a lone wolf – he was a known wolf, and the Muslim community tried to warn us about him

Our Prime Minister was Home Secretary and in charge of MI5 when they were tipped off about Abedi – do the victims’ families have a right to an explanation of why the warnings were not heard?’

Of course, you are right.

The case only proves how pointless the “war on terror” is. Indeed, that very name is more of a theatrical slogan than a meaningful policy. It has been so since the beginning.

We’ve had many such examples over the last fifteen years or so, and if you look to the general record of criminality, you see the same thing.

There is a long record of police failing to deal with child molesters.

A long record of failing to deal with serial killers.

And how about massive fraudsters whose activities continue for years?

The truth is most traditional police and military are totally inept at preventing crime, even of the worst kind.

The average force member is not a bright light, and they are trained to follow orders, not to work cleverly in investigation.

That is just a fact, not an accusation.

So, any policy relating to large, international matters which depends upon them is guaranteed to fail.

But all the noise around their presence serves both as reassurance to the public (or is thought to do so) and as a visible advertisement telling people your government is at work for you.

Armed police or troops always dumped into the streets after an event are actually a symbol of how ineffective these organizations are at preventing anything. They are always reactive, always after-the-fact, and pretty much useless.

Just look at the current situation in Chicago with black gangs killing each other at alarming rates. Do you think Chicago has no police? Police just cannot stop this kind of anarchy.

Useless unless you are prepared to create military government.

But even then, police and military fail unless they are ruthless towards everyone. There was no terror in a place like Saddam’s Iraq or the old Soviet Union. And much the same for Crusader Fortress Israel.

Of course, the genuine root cause of virtually all contemporary terror is America’s abusive rampage through the Middle East and the terrible, yet always tolerated, terrors of Israel against millions of people. The US and Israel generate millions of victims and waves of anger and despair. Immense amounts, yet politicians like May or Hollande or Cameron or Blair never speak one word to the matter.

And that very rampage and organized oppression have been happily supported by the British and French governments.

All the nasty results we see in places from Manchester to Paris were in fact results of these very policies Theresa May supports. All of them.

Posted May 28, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AMERICA CREATES A PROBLEM IN EUROPE THEN IMPOSES ITS SERVICES AND DEMANDS BEING PAID FOR DOING SO – FORGOTTEN ARE 1775 AND BUNKER HILL AS AMERICA BECOMES THE NEW HESSIANS

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN SPUTNIK

 

“NATO Expansion Technique: First Create a Problem, Then Impose Your Services”

Exactly.

Europe’s leaders are truly hopeless if they accept these new demands for billions of dollars.

You know, one of the proximate causes of the American Revolt, 1775, against Great Britain was when the British sent troops to Boston and demanded that they be quartered in people’s homes. That led to the first conflicts at places like Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill.

Today, the US, effectively through NATO, occupies Europe, and now it wants the Europeans to pay for their own occupation.

This demand, of course, closely resembles the British demand to the people of Boston of about two hundred and forty years ago.

Well, we all know where that led.

My God, the United States is truly the world’s greatest, unapologetic hypocrite.

I’m just waiting for Nikki Haley – who is given to blurting out clichés from American history for the benefit of the other, unenlightened, 95% of humanity – to offer something from events in Boston. Maybe, “Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes”?

Somehow, I doubt she will, but it is certain that the more things change, the more they are the same.

 

 

Posted May 27, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: DIA CHIEF ASSERTS NORTH KOREAN MISSILE STRIKE ON AMERICAN MAINLAND IS INEVITABLE – IT’S REALLY CALLED TELLING OFFICIALS WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR SO YOU’LL KEEP YOUR JOB

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“North Korea nuclear missile strike on US mainland is ‘inevitable’, says Defence intelligence chief”

 

Simply the statement of an idiot.

We have no basis for believing that, and this silly man has no basis for saying it, other than hoping to please his audience and keep his job.

Indeed, North Korea has a solid basis for feeling it might be the target of an American strike, a first strike.

The US, many will not realize, in the past made detailed plans for a massive first strike on the USSR in Kennedy’s day. The Pentagon had it planned to the last detail.

It also made such plans for Mao’s China.

And, please, for those who have not seen this horror, here is what the US did to North Korea in the Korean War:

https://theintercept.com/2017/05/03/why-do-north-koreans-hate-us-one-reason-they-remember-the-korean-war/

 

Posted May 27, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: JAMES WATSON WILLIAM SHOCKLEY AND THE OLD IQ DEBATE – CALLING SOMEONE RACIST OR ANOTHER NAME WITHOUT BASIS IS AN AMERICAN TRADITION – TRUMP AND LINCOLN EXPERIENCED IT – WHAT GENUINE PREJUDICE IS

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN ZERO HEDGE

 

‘Discoverer Of DNA’s Double-Helix Banned From U of I For “Failing Test Of Decency” ‘

Well, this is an old controversy.

I don’t know that I’ve ever read a genuinely racist comment from James Watson, but he has made some extremely controversial comments, comments which anger many people, black people especially.

But saying something which angers some groups is not the same thing as being racist.

Racism is a kind of prejudice, and all prejudice is ignorance and superstition, whether religious or racial or political prejudices.

The opposite of prejudice is science, a method for discovering facts.

James Watson is criticized for exactly the same kind of statements made by William Shockley, another Nobel winner who helped discover the transistor.

Yet both these men read the literature of intelligence and its variations between groups, a literature informed by literally millions of IQ tests over decades, and drawn their conclusions from that. You may not like that, but it cannot accurately be called prejudice.

That literature of the distribution of intelligence is not a gutter or scurrilous literature, although, it arouses intense angers and controversies. It includes some pretty capable investigators and authors, such as Arthur Jensen, and their work is there to be scrutinized and criticized. It is not hidden away like secret nonsense or mumbo-jumbo.

I do not think that can fairly be called racist.

It could conceivably be incorrect, but it would need to be proven incorrect, and, so far as I am aware, it has not been proved incorrect, only discounted by social attitudes.

In general, that literature says Ashkenazi Jews and Asians have the highest average IQs, with Caucasian-type people second, and black people last. I stress that those data divisions are not just arbitrarily set by prejudiced views. Quite the opposite, they literally fall out of an immense body of data.

If we choose to ignore the data – as by saying the tests yielding the data were invalid or inaccurate measurements in some way, quite a common, though unproven, response by critics – we may examine instead some genuine intellectual successes in the world and see how they compare to the test results.

In the people who build businesses, the people who excel at science and math, and the people who invent complex new things both in technology and art – we do tend to see the same general groupings seen in the test data. That is a highly suggestive fact.

I don’t know, but I do know Americans are extremely ready to call people names like “racist,” and they do that at the drop of a hat when they do not like someone’s views. We see the same phenomenon at work regularly in America with other name-calling, as when people are called misogynists or anti-Semites or any other “-ist” or “-ite” you care to mention.

The current President of the United States – whether you like him or not, and I do not – has been at the receiving end of a storm of exactly such abusive name-calling, none of it with any basis in fact.

It does seem to be an American tradition, part, I think, of what critic Robert Hughes called America’s “culture of complaint.” Remember, in his day, that now most sainted of all American presidents, Abraham Lincoln, was often called “an obscene ape.”

When someone stops analyzing and criticizing facts and starts calling names, you can be sure, ipso facto, that you are dealing with another form of prejudice in the people calling the names, a genuine form of prejudice, and the very opposite of science, having nothing to do with facts.

 

 

 

Posted May 27, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CALL IT “THE DEEP STATE” OR SOMETHING ELSE THIS IS IN FACT WHAT AMERICA IS – YOU CANNOT DISTINGUISH THE TWO – NIKKI HALEY AND ORWELL – AMERICAN DOUBLETHINK AND AMERICAN HISTORY

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN GOVERNMENT SLAVES

 

GADDAFI PREDICTED AND TRIED TO STOP THIS TERROR WAVE IN UK, SO THE US MURDERED HIM

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Response to another reader who wrote:

“It was not the US that murdered him….it was the agents of the deep state”

 

But, my friend, that IS the United states.

There is no other, alternate United States out there somewhere, as floating in space.

Americans typically have not recognized a fundamental truth.

The “deep state” or whatever you choose to call it, grew out of the American system of politics and of empire-building abroad. It is an organic, natural outgrowth of what started a very long time ago.

It was not imposed by just a few in secret. It does indeed serve just a few, but it was not imposed by them in some kind of coup or plot.

The fact is that you can have either a world empire or a decent country.

You cannot have both.

But few Americans recognize that. It really means that when schoolkids recite stuff about Teddy Roosevelt and San Juan Hill or about James Monroe and the Monroe Doctrine, they are reciting from the origins, the early building blocks, of what we see today.

Every element of the world empire – the CIA and 16 other intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, the State Department (as constituted), the major lobby groups, the bought-and-paid elections – works against having a decent country.

And you, indeed, do not have one.

Today it is a giant, aggressive, murderous thing demanding its own way with the entire 95% of the world who are not Americans.

Yet it always pretends it has other values, deep principles, blubbering bromides about them as it burns, bombs, and slashes.

Just read the words of half-wit Nikki Haley appointed as UN Ambassador.

Unbelievable pretensions of special goodness and worth for Americans, quoting inappropriate nonsense like Lincoln’s words on the Union, while defending mass killing, massive induced migrations, theft, and injustice. It is laughable.

It truly is nothing more than Orwell’s: “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength.”

It involves what Orwell called doublethink, something extremely common in America.

You cannot console yourself with, “Oh, we’re good guys. It’s just all those bad guys of the deep state that are bad!”

That is utter nonsense.

Trump got elected playing with that same phony theme, and look at him now, a dues-paying member of the American imperial establishment. Threatening war in a number of places. Selling whole armaments industries to murderous thugs.

Truth is, you don’t have a democracy at all.

You have a plutocracy which carries out an election stage play every four years.

What the people want counts for close to nothing.

Posted May 26, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: SOMEONE ASKS WHAT IS WRONG WITH THERESA MAY’S STRATEGY ON TERROR – HERE IS THE SIMPLE AND HONEST ANSWER

John Chuckman

COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Theresa May cuts a reassuring figure – but her anti-terrorism plans for the future leave a lot to be desired”

 

What is wrong with Theresa May’s strategy on terror?

It’s actually blindingly simple.

You cannot solve a problem if you ignore its cause.

Thinking otherwise resembles the mumbo-jumbo of medicine men or snake-oil salesmen versus the honest truths of science.

And we get a lot of mumbo-jumbo from May as we very much did from Cameron and Blair.

Corbyn has touched on the root cause, but people like May will only ignore it.

Corbyn is that rarest of things, an honest politician.

From my point of view, he understates things, but, essentially, he is right.

May and Cameron and Blair have lied non-stop on this matter because they are defending what cannot really be defended.

Readers may enjoy:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/john-chuckman-comment-here-is-what-you-need-to-know-to-find-your-way-through-a-deliberately-constructed-maze-of-confusion-about-modern-terror/

 

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Response to another reader’s comment:

 

You are right, but I don’t know about a Corbyn victory.

I very much hope for it, but we all know that in real life the good guy, or the honest guy, does not always win. In fact, they rarely do.

The entrenched forces behind May – the corporate press, government and business elites, and very influential lobbies – cannot be underestimated.

We’ve all seen the way they have attacked Corbyn relentlessly since he first won the leadership, attacked both directly and indirectly, both fairly and unfairly, as with all that McCarthyite filth about non-existent anti-Semitism.

It is amazing how far he has come, as I always thought him capable of doing.

Yet he fights not just an ordinary political opponent but the representative of an immensely powerful establishment.

A cunning and quite dishonest opponent, ready to use whatever tools and tricks that establishment supplies her with.

Posted May 26, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized