Archive for June 2017

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: HERE WE GO AGAIN – PREPARATIONS FOR AN AMERICAN ATTACK ON SYRIA BASED ON FANTASY STORIES OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS’ USE – WHAT REALLY DRIVES THE ENTIRE HORROR IN SYRIA ARE ISRAEL’S DEMANDS ON COMPLIANT AMERICAN POLITICIANS

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Sir Michael Fallon says UK backs future military action in retaliation to Assad regime using chemical weapons”

 

Quite simply, the statement of a liar, a two-bit version of Tony Blair.

Syria has no chemical weapons.

None.

They were disposed of the last time this ruse was attempted by Obama, and they were disposed of under an international agreement signed by the US and Russia.

Isn’t it interesting that this comes not long after the world’s last great investigative reporter, Seymour Hersh, explained that the excuse for Trump’s missile attack on a Syrian airbase in April was totally a lie.

The supposed gas attack by Syrian forces on rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun was a fraud, and Trump’s own intelligence people told him so before he launched the missiles.

So, here we go again, American aggression in response to covert fantasies.

Never mind the principles involved in attacking a sovereign country that has not attacked or threatened you.

Never mind international law.

Never mind the serious risk of conflict with Russia, a country in Syria at the invitation of the government, its ally.

This is all about one thing: America’s deep government recognizes that its filthy, costly mercenary-terror war in Syria has failed, but it is not going to accept an outcome which allows Syria’s legitimate, and widely-supported, government to continue.

It knows, in its infinite arrogance, better than Syria’s own people how they should be ruled.

Why is that?

Very simply, this whole Syrian horror for years has represented nothing more than Israel’s demand to see Syria dismembered. It wants to keep its stolen Syrian property on the Golan Heights, property the world does not recognize as Israel’s, and it wants an independent-minded leader in the region, Assad, eliminated. It also wants to run a gas pipeline to Europe through someone else’s country, Syria, in order to sell gas stolen from Syria and Gaza.

And, of course, America’s bought-and-paid-for political establishment is ready to deliver what Israel wants, three bags full.

This is the kind of world in which we live, a world where two aggressive and powerful countries, one effectively the colony of the other and both always blubbering about democracy and ethics as they attack, steal, and pillage.

This is nothing less than fascism and aggressive war waged under a set of advertising slogans, but our corporate press, doggedly loyal to the power establishment, will never say so.

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Posted June 27, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AMERICA AND SYRIA’S KURDS – JUST SOME OF THE RECORD OF AMERICAN TREACHERY IN GETTING WHAT IT WANTS FROM GULLIBLE GROUPS ABROAD

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“If Russia-US Tensions in Syria Intensify the Biggest Losers Will Be the Kurds

 

It wouldn’t be the first time the US has exploited the Kurds, only to abandon them later.

Henry Kissinger secretly incited the Kurds of Iraq to revolt against Saddam.

They did. He slaughtered them. The US abandoned them.

No one should ever trust the US in such tricky matters. It is totally given over to exploiting people for its own dark purposes.

By the way, we have another example of this American behavior in Syria and Iraq with ISIS.

After long secretly exploiting ISIS for its purposes of removing the previous President of Iraq and attempting to remove Syria’s current one, the US ran into public backlash against its hired scum’s brutality, and, at least in limited instances, it appears to be helping kill them off.

Posted June 24, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AMERICA’S PERVASIVE AND ENDLESSLY REPEATED FALSE CLAIMS CONTAMINATE EVEN ALTERNATIVE COMMENTARY – THE TRUTH ABOUT SYRIA’S BASHAR AL-ASSAD AND HIS RIGHT TO GOVERN

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN TOTAL CONSERVATIVE

 

“While no one can be pleased to see Bashar al-Assad remain in power…”

 

That is quite an ignorant statement.

It sounds like one of Netanyahu’s house servants, John Kerry or Nikki Haley, talking. It certainly reflects the thinking of the West’s worst war criminal, abuser of millions, and outright thief, Netanyahu himself.

Perhaps it just shows the overwhelming influence of America’s corporate press in molding opinions based on nothing, even in alternative publications.

Lots of people in this world view Assad as a pretty decent leader in his part of the world.

Certainly, the Syrian people do. Assad maintains higher support numbers than Trump.

Minorities like Syrian Christians are overwhelmingly in his corner. Why? Because he protects them against abuse and maintains their freedom of religion.

Most of the important clan heads also support Assad.

As do, by the way, the armed forces. They have remained loyal through five years of American-Israeli induced hell.

Assad provides peace, stability, and religious freedom – that’s actually more than some in Israel receive.

And it is the Syrian people who matter here – not this silly author, not the criminal Netanyahu, not the CIA, but the people of Syria.

Posted June 24, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: SOME MAD DOGS OF AMERICAN TELEVISION JOURNALISM ATTACK ONE ANOTHER OVER ONE OF THE MAD DOGS OF ALTERNATIVE JOURNALISM – WHAT BILL O’REILLY AND MEGYN KELLY AND ALEX JONES REALLY REPRESENT

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN INVESTMENTWATCH

 

“Bill O’Reilly puts Megyn Kelly to shame in epic assault on former Fox host

over her interview with right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones”

 

Well, all three of these are pretty hateful people, so one of them calling another names is simply asinine, and calling what any of them says “epic” is more asinine still.

Bill O’Reilly is an intellectual pornographer, someone who only in America could pass for a thoughtful commentator. Vicious, prejudiced, and biased beyond telling – his job is to titillate while propagandizing, not inform.

Megyn Kelly is an American corporate press original, a life-size Barbie Doll with attitude and inflated journalistic pretensions, delivering pretty much the same old corporate blather in a fancy new wrapper.

And Alex Jones is a secular tent preacher, weeping and wailing and thumping his Bible for Jesus. He even does a Lindsey Graham imitation when the word “Israel” is mentioned.

But, in the end, no matter what kind of circus performers they all are, one has every right to interview another on air.

Or clearly should have, but in contemporary America every word which falls from anyone’s lips on air is twisted into something political and not judged simply as informative or uninformative.

Posted June 24, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ARE COLLEGE DEGREES BECOMING USELESS?

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN INVESTMENTWATCH

 

“Why College Degrees Are Becoming Useless”

 

It just ain’t so.

Some college degrees are useless for sure, but not degrees in general.

The useless ones, for the most part, are obvious, such as most BAs in English or journalism or history or education. They are useless simply because there are ten of them for every possible job, and the institutions use virtually no discretion in continuing to admit people to such programs.

Then there is that whole class of “created” subjects for which there is virtually no job market: women’s studies, black studies, aboriginal studies, film studies, etc. Perhaps, the first people “out of the gate” got jobs as some other institutions started up or experimented with such programs, but after that it is pretty much a dead end.

There is an old bit of economic analysis in education that is often forgotten. Education has both an investment component and a consumption component. Some courses and degrees are serious investments for the future (in what economists call human capital) while others are consumption, much the same as a watching a television show or reading a mystery. Perhaps enjoyable, but bringing no future returns.

American education has created an entire industry in manufacturing degrees to please young people’s egos and to fill their own coffers. The consumption component of education has been given a major role.

Grade inflation in public schools, vague parental dreams and expectations, over-generalized talk about the value of an education, truly second- and third-rate institutions created by state and local governments as political measures, and a kind of artificial democratization of the whole idea of higher education – these all contribute to the situation.

Hard-nosed academic studies have never been democratic. They are, if you will, just naturally the domain of the more able, although even our highest-quality institutions have always admitted and graduated some who do not belong,

George Bush being a perfect example. Such people are called “legacy” admissions because the whole cynical intention of admitting them is to earn the institution a nice pot of money in gratitude from a rich family. Of course, once you admit a George Bush, you must graduate him regardless of what he does. Ditto for the Royals in Britain at places like Cambridge.

Of course, the American tradition of sports being used as a financing tool by colleges is very corrupting to education. Young men with sports talent are given free places regardless of their academic ability because their contribution to the team will bring in alumni donations.

But that is a totally cynical practice. These young men should be paid money for their effort, not given admission. It is the pathetic “Hoop Dreams” phenomenon.The American military, too, plays a role with its education benefit there to entice a flow of recruits, who, in many, or even most, cases are not truly college or university material. It is a kind of force-feeding of colleges in order to fill uniforms.

Higher education today has a great deal of cynicism and corruption built into it, but it remains the responsibility of each potential student to exercise the old caution, “Buyer beware.”

Failure to do so yields a lot of debt, little or no prospects you could not have had otherwise, and a sense of frustration.

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 Response to another reader’s comment:

Some good points.

Trades for now remain good opportunities.

Yes, the trades are going to fade – some far quicker than others – but then so are many of the professions and higher-end careers.

Every career from financial advisor to engineer and even to doctor and lawyer is slowly on its way out with AI.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MORE TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN? – HERE IS WHY THAT IS JUST STUPID – INDEED WHY EVER SENDING ANY TROOPS THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE WAS STUPID

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO ARTICLE IN UNREPORTED TODAY

 

Sending more troops to Afghanistan isn’t the answer

 

Sending any troops to Afghanistan has never been an answer to anything. It is vicious lunacy at best.

The original invasion was a brainless response to something the country had nothing to do with.

Yes, as devout Muslims, the then-government of the country, the Taliban, had permitted bin Laden to reside there.

But when the US high-handedly demanded his extradition without providing a shred of evidence against him – quite simply, the normal procedure in all international extraditions – the Taliban refused, making it clear that they would extradite if provided evidence.

Well, the US never provided any evidence. And you know what? It has never provided any evidence to Americans either of bin Laden’s responsibility for 9/11. None. All we have is the corporate press making the same assertions that it made all those years ago without any real evidence.

So they invaded, and in truth achieved nothing.

American troops have behaved brutally there for years, creating many atrocities.

Their early approach involved going from village to village, using stun grenades, knocking down people’s doors, holding whole families at gunpoint, and taking away the men almost the way Stalin’s secret police did in the USSR. Can you imagine the fears and bad feelings this generated in an old-fashioned rural society?

That horrible behavior was compounded by a whole series of slaughters in villages as trigger-happy, nervous American kids who didn’t understand the language or the customs and who hated the heat and dust they were consigned to, kids with big guns decided they did not like something and simply blasted away. It happened dozens of times. The same for air attacks on some perfectly innocent villages by trigger-happy American pilots.

When you treat people horribly, you make enemies.

Another “benefit” of America’s shabby invasion was to release poor Afghanistan farmers from the strict prohibition the Taliban had imposed on growing poppies. Before long a flood of opium-based drugs was back on international markets. Prices fell, consumption increased, and local American street-gang violence grew. Truly wonderful result, don’t you think?

The Taliban is not and never has been a terrorist organization as it is widely misunderstood in the US.

It is simply one of the basic divisions of that society, as it were, Catholics versus Protestants. It is extremely old-fashioned and fundamentalist and unenlightened, but then so are a small host of clans or religious groups of every description in the world in many lands. You don’t invade people for that.

It is impossible to make them go away, unless of course you are prepared to slaughter people en masse.

The Northern Alliance – representing another basic tribal division in the society, it was an alliance formed long ago within the country to vie for power with the Taliban – that the US allied itself with in the original invasion, has always itself been an unattractive grouping too. It had some genuine monsters in it, including mass-murderer, General Dostum.

It never was the good guys versus the bad guys, a false idea that America’s government promoted. It always resembled a gigantic national feud between the Hatfields and McCoys in West Virginia and had nothing to do with issues Americans care about.

The Pentagon and CIA always like to promote simplistic explanations, providing sound-bite summaries for the nightly corporate news broadcasts, stuff for the soccer moms and others back home to accept readily.

In this case, it was the repression of women, something that in fact goes on still in Afghanistan as it does in every poor, rural place on earth, including Mexico, Brazil, India, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Turkey, and scores of other places.

No, the reality of the great swirling mass of humanity in no way resembles, or relates to, life in Celebration, Florida, or in Ozzie and Harriet’s fantasy suburb of the 1950s. The very essence of propaganda is to fix on a truth and treat it as though it were only a truth for the place you are discussing.

America’s phony efforts even on that front achieved nothing – the Burka is still worn widely and little girls are still not educated and people remain dirt-poor – but, while all the bloody stuff was going on, talk about it put America on the side of the angels in the eyes of the uninformed. The many, many killings of women and children by Americans received little press.

But the US didn’t care, just so that it could defeat the Taliban without sending in vast numbers of its own troops. Using air power with massive bombing above with local forces doing most of the fighting below, followed by a limited number of Americans to occupy, to torture, and to terrorize into submission

This is a poor, backward country, and its customs and social structures do not resemble Celebration, Florida, and they will not do so for centuries.

To expect that bombing and occupation would alter that is the very essence of arrogance and the blind brutality we see from America’s establishment today, working away in a half-dozen places to achieve nothing beyond death and dominance. It is a one-way trip to nowhere.

Afghanistan’s people pretty much mind their business, so why on earth the US thinks it must dominate and decide who governs is beyond me, and it is beyond reason.

It’s just part of a rather sick tendency we see in America’s Deep State, the need to control everyone.

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: BANK OF ENGLAND GOVERNOR SAYS BREXIT WILL MAKE BRITAIN WORSE OFF – YES BUT THE MATTER IS MORE COMPLEX THAN THAT STATEMENT IMPLIES

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Brexit will make Britain worse off, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney confirms”

 

Seems very unusual to hear such a direct, politically-touchy statement from a central bank head.

Of course, he is right, but in a narrow sense.

Brexit has social and political implications, not just economic.

In a way, what many said by their vote was that they were willing to pay a certain economic cost in exchange for non-monetary changes they favor.

Economic arrangements, especially in international trade of every kind, always involve such trade-offs, and, for that reason, you cannot say simply that a change of course is wrong because it comes with an economic cost.

Posted June 20, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized