Archive for November 2017

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: EUROPE’S EVER-BUOYANT PROPAGANDIST NATALIE NOUGAYREDE IS AT IT AGAIN ON RUSSIA – GUARDIAN’S EDITORS ARE AT IT AGAIN DELETING CRITICAL COMMENTS ON HER

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY NATALIE NOUGAYREDE IN THE GUARDIAN AND DELETED BY BUSY GUARDIAN EDITORS

“The US sanctions bill is a timebomb for Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin”

A genuinely obnoxious piece of Russia-phobia.

“In Russia, propaganda-generated hope springs eternal, and no more so than at the news agency Tass”

Sorry, but I look at Tass each morning, and I recognize no such thing.

The remarks of some Russians quoted are in no way more out of touch than remarks you may easily find from American politicians, American politics at this time actually resembling a form of barely organized insanity.

‘Europe is wising up to the fact that its sanctions policy against Russia is “senseless and futile”’

Well, first that quote is simply right. There is a long list of major figures in Europe who have spoken out against the aggression of sanctions, including major figures in Germany and Italy.

Second, sanctions are senseless.

Europe and the entire Western world are threatened by economic problems. Does any thinking person believe that it makes sense to cut down trade at such times?

The Great Depression was in part induced by American legislation, the Smoot-Haley Bill, which cut into trade out of American protectionist sentiment.

Today, America’s insane protectionist legislation takes a different perspective. It is designed to sever as much as possible the natural economic relationship between resource-rich Russia and industrial Europe, especially Germany.

The truth is that from a long-term economic perspective, this much resembles peeing against the wind.

Europe is effectively occupied by the US, and the US establishment very much wants to keep it that way.

American sanctions have nothing to do with Russian aggression, although that is the pretense. The simple fact is that there has been none. But America’s $5 billion coup in Ukraine against an elected government, including support for hideous fascist groups like the Azov Battalion, is genuine aggression.

Russia’s entire response has been calm and reasonable in response to an act which was the equivalent of Russia’s creating a coup in Mexico. And we know the exact amount spent owing to the State Department’s big-mouthed Victoria Nuland being overheard.

America has willing helpers in its new aggressive effort, helpers in the form of NATO bureaucrats and writers like Ms. Nougayrede.

But in the end, they will fail because economic rationality prevails.

Nevertheless, they can cause a lot of trouble in the meantime. And writers like Ms. Nougayrede will applaud them every step of the way.

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Posted November 28, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ONCE AGAIN THE MUCH-REPEATED FALSE ARGUMENT ABOUT “THE PROPORTION” OF YOUNG BLACK MEN ARRESTED – IN PROPORTION TO WHAT? IS THE ISSUE

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY MAY BULMAN IN THE INDEPENDENT

“‘appallingly disproportionate’ number of black and minority ethnic children being arrested”

Please, this is a classic non-argument.

Disproportionate to what?

The author claims, as a hundred others have, disproportionate to share of population.

But that simplistic idea can never be our guiding principle.

Arrests and punishment must be proportionate to overall real criminal activity.

And, I’m sorry, but the stats – and not just the stats for Britain – just couldn’t be clearer.

Young black males commit a hugely disproportionate share of crimes, especially violent crimes.

This is true in every country for which I’ve seen stats. You may check them from countries as diverse as America, Jamaica, and South Africa.

But take the United States as an example since its black population is roughly equal to half of Britain’s entire population.

The millions of stats over many decades just could not be clearer: young black males commit violent crimes at about 8 times the rate of the rest of the population.

It has been suggested, and I think not without merit, that it is this very same propensity which has long driven young black males into such extremely physical sports as boxing or American football, sports in which they absolutely dominate, “out of all proportion.”

Readers may be interested in stats for just one large city. You find the same thing, in proportion to percentage of population in every American city, Baltimore at present being perhaps the most violent. But illustrated and well- maintained official stats, so far as I know, are only found for Chicago:

http://heyjackass.com/

Posted November 27, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: IF AMERICA STARTED ADMITTING ITS CRIMES AS IN SYRIA WHERE WOULD IT STOP? – THE NATURE OF IMPERIAL GOVERNMENT

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

“the US Should Admit Its Crime [in Syria], Face Punishment”

While I agree completely with the sentiment, the words do not reflect reality.

The essence of imperial government is non-responsiveness to the mass of people.

Were the United States to accept the author’s view, where would it stop?

Vietnam? Cambodia? Iran? Guatemala? Panama? Somalia? Bahrain? Afghanistan? Cuba? Venezuela? Iraq? Libya? Palestine? Chile? Ukraine? the Philippines? Etc., etc.

A brutal imperial power that never looks back and never apologizes, and it is really little more responsive to its own people than to those in the foreign lands it abuses.

Although it certainly has a very great deal for which it should apologize, a vast trail of death and broken lives and broken countries over decades.

Posted November 27, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TITLE OF A COLUMN “AMERICAN MIND MELTS AWAY” IS FUNNY IN LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS BUT IT MISSES REALITY

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

“The American Mind Melts Away”

Despite being an amusing line, I am not sure that “melts away” is the right verb.

Something more along the lines of “The American Mind Was Never There,” better fits the facts.

Americans are navel-gazers. Big kids who, for the most part, find anything outside the United States boring.

They are, as a whole, about as unsuited to the role of directing or governing world affairs as any people you could find.

That being said, however, the truth is that Americans do not direct anything.

The American power establishment very much does.

A plutocracy and some major lobbies supported by the massive resources of CIA and the Pentagon.

That’s who runs the world.

And the attitudes of ordinary Americans, certainly not discouraged by the establishment running their education and politics and entertainment, have nicely served the few in America who really do matter and who really do run things.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: BRITISH WRITER ASKS DO WE WANT MARK ZUCKERBERG RUNNING THE WORLD? – OF COURSE NOT, BUT THE QUESTION HIDES A GREAT MANY TRUTHS

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY JOHN HARRIS IN THE GUARDIAN

“Do we really want Mark Zuckerberg to run the world?”

I think the answer is obvious to all but a few senior people at The Guardian who push his name and presence relentlessly.

The plain truth is that thoughtful people don’t even want him running Facebook, one of the most abusive and dishonest mass sites on the Internet.

And what a tiresome shtick he has with the gray t-shirts and the imploring hands, almost like a tent-preacher or carnival pitchman.

The very fact that this man of such limited achievements – limited, of course, not in monetary terms but in absence of meaningful contribution and downright honesty – is talked up as presidential material should tell us what a sad state American politics have reached.

But I suppose that it would make little real difference.

It is clear, from the examples of two extremes of temperament and political inclination, Obama and Trump, how insignificant is the person sitting in the Oval Office when it comes to “running the world.”

American policy is on a kind of automatic pilot run by the power establishment in Washington – American plutocrats and major lobbies assisted by CIA and the Pentagon.

No one can turn that around in our lifetime, but sometimes it is nice to have fantasies, fantasies like Obama’s first days or Bernie Sanders.

But Zuckerberg doesn’t even offer that. It’s like pretending a cartoon character can pose as a hero, a cartoon character, moreover, who is proved a shady one.

Posted November 27, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WORLD’S MOST BORING COMING EVENT BEING HYPED IN BRITAIN – LOOPY PRINCE THICK AS A TREE TO MARRY INSANELY AMBITIOUS AMERICAN WHO HAS BEEN AROUND THE BLOCK MORE THAN A FEW TIMES

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry engagement – live updates

She’s pretty, but so what?

There are tens of thousands of pretty women.

He is handsome, but he is as thick as tree.

This is a hyped non-event.

I really do think the time has come, with Elizabeth’s passing, to pension-off this tiresome bunch.

Few even want Charles, but if the ancient idea of monarchy means anything, it must include the concept of succession.

Diana’s two boys are neither of them interesting in the least. The one is a pleasant smiling boring man, and the other, Harry, is clearly mentally off-balance as he has demonstrated so many times.

Why go on with a charade in the 21st century?

Pension the lot of them off, turn the palaces into public museums, and put in place a President in the fashion of many European parliamentary governments.

Readers may enjoy:

http://chuckmangrotesques.blogspot.ca/2013/01/harry-is-prince-mad-he-does-have.html

http://chuckmangrotesques.blogspot.ca/2015/08/john-chuckman-grotesques-royal-family.html

Posted November 27, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE ABSOLUTE NONSENSE OF SUGGESTING THAT 54 YEARS AFTER KENNEDY’S ASSASSINATION SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES NOW WORK AGAINST TRUMP – WHY KENNEDY ACTUALLY DIED – WHY TRUMP WON’T

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN GOV’T SLAVES

54 Years Later, the Same Reasons to Assassinate a President Remain the Same

Nonsense.

Kennedy was assassinated for a series of acts extremely hostile to the CIA and related power establishment interests.

He fired three top CIA officials, including the top of the house, a man regarded as a demi-god. He threatened further action against CIA. He compromised with Khrushchev on the Cuban Missile Crisis, promising not to invade Cuba and removing missiles from Turkey, and indeed established backchannel communications with him. He also began to establish backchannel communications with Castro. He also did not listen to Pentagon and CIA on immediately invading Cuba at the time of the Crisis, and a damned good thing since the Russian troops had armed Luna tactical nuclear missiles to protect themselves. Kennedy offended the Pentagon in these acts and further offended them when he signed executive orders the Pentagon did not agree with concerning Vietnam. Quite an anti-establishment load in 3 years.

Absolutely nothing of that kind is coming from Trump who, indeed, has demonstrated himself a coward when it comes to dealing with powerful elements of the establishment. You can’t name one act of his which in any serious way opposes those interests.

He has backed off time and time again, if indeed he was ever genuinely opposed in some matters as he suggested in his campaign that he was.

The CIA gets everything it wants. The Pentagon gets everything it wants. Israel, Washington’s most influential lobby, gets everything it wants.

Where’s the motive for his assassination? There is none.

He has proved an embarrassment to many with loud mouth and buffoonish behavior, but that isn’t the kind of thing which motivates powerful people to extreme measures.

Posted November 26, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized