Archive for July 2017

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AMERICA’S ALMOST CONSTANT USE OF SANCTIONS HAS BECOME A KIND OF MENTAL ILLNESS – BEHAVING AS THE WORLD’S BULLY WITH LAWLESS DISREGARD FOR THE WELFARE OF OTHERS

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

The Real Reason for Sanctions? Stubborn Russia Won’t Surrender Its Sovereignty

Yes, and the regular resort to sanctions is surely a sign of criminal mentality, a form of mental illness.

In private life, if you are unhappy with the politics or attitudes of a neighbor or fellow worker, no sensible person would agree that you are entitled to sabotage their economic welfare, much less the welfare of all those living with or associated with that person.

This becomes even more true when we are dealing with millions of people in another land, most of whom have nothing to do with the imposing government’s demands.

Political arguments between countries should have nothing to do with the economy and trade. To get at the decisions of one or two or a dozen people you don’t like, you don’t decide to hurt millions, unless your thinking is criminal.

Note how the greatest use of economic sanctions is by the United States, the world’s most aggressive and demanding state, a state, which in virtually all of its international relations, tries to impose its way of looking at things, bend previously-negotiated rules to its own advantage, and just generally makes every effort to squeeze extra advantages or gains from its sheer size and power – a pattern which in everyday life we call bullying.

The greatest use of economic sanctions by a small country is likely that of Israel, America’s unofficial colony in the Middle East. The attitudes and motives behind their use are the same as those for its colossus mother country, to get your own way over others and having nothing to do with fairness or principles. In other words, bullying.

The act of imposing economic sanctions is simply a form of aggression, nothing else. They involve no ethics or morals or principles despite the advertising claims made for them. They do not serve democratic values or human rights or even demonstrate the simplest respect for other people and their institutions. They are used by the United States and Israel to force compliance from others without resorting to open warfare, something itself so extensively used by both countries that they stand in danger of revolting the world’s people.

In addition, sanctions just make the world a poorer place by shrinking trade and jobs. They are the opposite of free trade agreements. And today’s world already is regarded by many observers as being near the edge of a deep economic pit, so it hardly needs anti-trade and prosperity measures.

But the US has long indulged itself in using these measures against any country it doesn’t like, paying no attention to the consequences or to rational argument. Such is the distorting force on thought of mumbo-jumbo ideology and great wealth and power with no effective opposition.

Of course, the only possible exception to this way of looking at sanctions is when they are used to oppose genuine tyranny or abuse. That is virtually never the case with America’s many regular uses of them, but even in the case of tyranny or abuse, sanctions inevitably hurt many innocent people.

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Posted July 31, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THREAT POSED BY NORTH KOREA PUT INTO PERSPECTIVE – WHAT AMERICA DOES TOWARDS THEM AND OTHERS, EVEN ITS FRIENDS

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

Response to another reader’s comment about the threats made by North Korea:

Do you have no understanding?

The threats from North Korea are bravado stuff for their own population.

North Korea has no motive at all to attack the US.

Indeed, it has virtually no ability to do so despite the bravado and all the American propaganda to which we are subjected.

North Korea has no ICBMs, only moderate-range missiles. Russia’s ministry of defense has told us so precisely.

And North Korea feels highly threatened by America. Who wouldn’t, given America’s posture towards them?

Remember the US keeps a large, well-equipped army on its borders.

It puts on noisy war games regularly, including flights by nuclear bombers.

Keeps warships off the coasts.

Keeps atomic weapons at the ready in Japan.

Refuses to even talk to North Korea directly.

Refuses to recognize its government.

Refuses to sign a peace treaty more than half a century after a horrible war.

Maintains as many restrictions and sanctions against North Korea as it can.

Makes belligerent speeches regularly.

If you want to see what the North Koreans fear and what terrible acts the US is capable of, see:

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

The unpleasant children and violent lunatics running Washington – and that includes far more than Trump – just cannot stand the idea of someone not giving in to them.

There is nothing to fear from North Korea if it is just left alone.

Russia has a small regular ferry service from its far east, and a small number of Russians take vacations in North Korea regularly with nothing to be afraid of.

This is a manufactured crisis, manufactured by the same folks who are right now trying to topple the elected government of Venezuela, already toppled the elected government of Ukraine, bombs and pays rag-tag armies of mercenaries in half a dozen countries, threatens a law-abiding Iran, threatens Europe’s economy with more aggressive sanctions against Russia, keeps running up arms right at Russia’s border, threatens China, sells an unbelievable arsenal of weapons to godawful Saudi Arabia, supports Israel’s endless oppression of millions, and runs an industrial-scale murder program with its drones.

You think about it and tell me who is actually dangerous.

Posted July 31, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE LATEST IDIOCY FROM AMERICA’S DYSFUNCTIONAL GOVERNMENT – DANGEROUS NEW SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA AND IRAN – THERE WILL BE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES AND AN IMPORTANT PART OF WHY THIS GOES ON

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RINF

US Senate Approves Iran, Russia, North Korea Sanctions

The US government is entirely in the hands of unpleasant children and lunatics.

This bill is an appalling piece of proposed legislation.

It attacks countries who have not attacked the US.

It attacks German industry as well as industry in other EU countries.

It attacks a peaceful Russia that wants only to do business with the world.

In both cases, Russia and Europe, the bill invites counter-sanctions from countries concerned with interference in their internal affairs.

It attacks Iran which has attacked no one and has scrupulously followed its obligations under the nuclear agreement.

The U.S. government does all of this, too, at a time of great economic uncertainty in the world.

Does anyone sensible believe the world economy today needs more restrictions on trade?

The contemporary US now represents a serious set of threats to the entire planet with its idiotic restrictions, its induced-coups, and its military hyper-aggression.

One has a hard time hearing a single sensible sentence coming out of the United States.

Just sick childish fantasies about Russia and American elections.

Just demands for more stupid legislation, as though you don’t already have enough.

Of course, a major driving force in all of this is America’s unbelievably-cringing attitude towards Israel.

Israel likes an aggressive America because it makes them feel more secure in their garrison state.

It also covers-up their aggression towards all their neighbors as they attempt to secure complete dominance of the region.

Israel is virtually the sole cause for the continued hostility towards Iran which is pointless and destructive.

Israel sees Iran as a regional rival, and it keeps using its immense improper influence with American politicians (through campaign-financing and favorable publicity employed by the Israel Lobby) to hype aggression and opposition to Iran.

Israel influences the aggression against Russia too because Israel likes and wants a hyper-aggressive America. It wants that everywhere with no challengers.

Russia represents the most serious challenge to a hyper-aggressive US and that automatically means Israel has problems even though it keeps good relations on the surface with Russia.

Posted July 29, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: LATEST NONSENSE CLAIMS ABOUT NORTH KOREA FROM THE U.S. – COMMENT ALSO ON THE SAD STATE OF DEMOCRACY IN THE WEST

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

North Korea can now fire missiles at targets across the United States, experts say

You are quoting all kinds of misinformation and nonsense.

Jeffrey Lewis is a paid hack doing what paid hacks do in America all the time, much like the “experts” which appear on CNN regularly to confirm some questionable notion.

The North Korean missile was not an ICBM, not even close.

Just as was the case with the North Koreans’ previous test, the American government and its corporate press cheering section claimed it was an ICBM and made all kinds of ridiculous claims and noises.

But the Russian Ministry of Defense knows the missile and made it clear that it was an intermediate range one, not an ICBM.

As for quoting the threats of the Korean leader ever, that is just asinine.

His words are for local consumption and are as meaningless as many of Donald Trump’s or Nancy Pelosi’s outbursts.
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Response to a reader who wrote:
“Democracy is in peril in the West and events can make a huge difference as to in what form it survives.”

Democracy is in peril in the West?

And just where do you see democracy in the West?

Look at your own country. David Cameron ruled and did a whole lot of damage at home and abroad with the support of about 35% of the voters. Some democracy, that.

And the United States?

There is none. There is an elaborate, costly charade. America is totally run by money. It is a plutocracy.

Its elections are bought and paid for. Do you know that an American Senator, on average, spends two-thirds of his or her time raising money? Or that Congressmen spend hours every week working the phones for money?

Hillary spent somewhere in the range of 1.2 to 1.8 billion (yes, with a “b”) dollars, and she was defeated by a man said to be personally worth $8 billion dollars who spent a lot of his own money.

Decisions are made, just as in 18th century France, by an establishment of insiders who serve the plutocrats’ interests. You see this even with a political outsider like Trump.

He cannot make major decisions in that government. The establishment won’t let him. Outfits like the CIA have been particularly visible in opposing an elected leader, and they have succeeded to a great extent.

Obama was different in outward style, but exactly the same in substance. He played smiling liberal but did absolutely everything the Pentagon/CIA guys wanted done, none of it which America’s people wanted, all of it destructive.

He fought war after war and manufactured coups, killing at least half a million people and creating millions of refugees – all done while offering the public his boyish smile.

If that’s your idea of democracy, well, all I can say is that it’s as pathetic as calling Israel the Mideast’s only democracy and it’s a good thing there are not more such democracies.

Posted July 29, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE ODD CASE OF SCIENTIST RICHARD DAWKINS – HOW INTELLECTUAL ABILITY AND EMOTIONAL GOOD SENSE DO NOT ALWAYS GO TOGETHER – ANOTHER EXAMPLE IN STEPHEN HAWKING

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

If Richard Dawkins can’t understand why he was no-platformed, then maybe he’s not as smart as he thinks he is

Richard Dawkins is an odd case.

A very bright, articulate scientist, a man interesting to hear on some subjects.

But on religion, he has more than once proved himself an ignoramus.

No less with Christianity than Islam.

I read his book on atheism, and what a weak effort it proved.

I am not a religious person, but I always object to arguments which do not hold, and just so Dawkins’ book.

He completely missed some of the fundamental reasons many people are religious, as for example the cultural and communal aspects of religion, and those are very important.

A worthy scientist and writer has only badly damaged his reputation in old age under the illusion that he can convince people to believe as he believes.

A bad mistake.

In a way, it reminds me of another, even more famous, scientist, Stephen Hawking.

A truly important figure in modern cosmology has, in his declining years, made some ridiculous public statements on matters about which he has no more expertise than the local postman.

I refer to his fantasies about earth ceasing to be habitable and the “need” to fly off somewhere in the cosmos to find a new home.

Simply utter rubbish, influenced, just as Dawkins objectionable statements, by personal prejudice and/or fantasy wishes, not by science.

It all does prove once again – there being many examples in history – that even great intellects can completely flounder when they deal with the emotional rather than pure science.

Posted July 29, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE LATEST APPALLINGLY IGNORANT RAGE IN THE ALT PRESS – THE IDEA THAT ANTIDEPRESSANT SSRI DRUGS INDUCE MURDER – COMMENTS ON DOCTORS AND MALPRACTICE AND PATIENT DEATHS

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ITEM ON YOUTUBE

A Prescription for Murder

This is just appallingly ignorant.

SSRIs help millions with anxiety and certain kinds of depression. Millions.

As with any other medication, they can be wrongly prescribed and likely are.

And that is especially true when underqualified, and sometimes incompetent, general practitioners prescribe them where they are not indicated.

It is a matter of simple fact that medical malpractice in the US kills more people every year than all highway accidents and all murders combined.

Part of that malpractice is doing the wrong procedure or giving the wrong drug.

It happens daily somewhere.

One of the symptoms of terrible psychoses like Manic-Depression and Schizophrenia is depression. I have no doubt some under-qualified GPs prescribe the wrong medication. SSRIs work well for only for a limited range of anxieties and depressions – not all of them, not for psychoses.

I am also aware that some American GPs prescribe SSRIs on a temporary basis to patients feeling low. That is just plain wrong.

People who need SSRIs face the same kind of lifetime commitment as people using something like transplant-rejection suppressants or insulin for diabetics.

It is not a drug you take like aspirin for a temporary headache.

The limited number of cases – and the number is extremely small out of the many millions using these drugs – cited in the press about the danger of SSRIs are almost certainly patients who have been wrongly prescribed by not-well-informed GPS.

I am sure it happens often, just like a lot of GPs give people an antibiotic prescription for a cold, which of course is caused by a virus not germs. Inappropriate prescription of antibiotics has contributed to their declining effectiveness for life-saving cases.

Posted July 29, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: SOME PEOPLE FINALLY CRITICIZE THE GENUINELY WEIRD ANGELINA JOLIE FOR SOME OF HER LATEST TWISTED BEHAVIOR – THE “BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE” ARE SOMETIMES LESS THAN BEAUTIFUL

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

Angelina Jolie comes under fire for new film’s ‘cruel’ Cambodian orphan casting game

Amazing to learn someone is critical for once of this weird woman.

Despite her status as one of the world’s “beautiful people,” she has a long record of genuinely weird acts and claims.

Once she spoke idiotically but in all sincerity, with a glass of champagne and in a designer fashion at a UN celebrity-cause event, about banning rape in war – as if that were conceivably possible or enforceable.

And within days, she was blubbering again, this time about the West’s needing to do more against the government of Syria!

Advocating for more war and more killing and more rape in a place which has suffered terribly at the hands of the West!

Her words and behavior have always suggested to me that she is seriously mentally imbalanced.

And that’s on top of her obvious intellectual limits.

Posted July 29, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized