Archive for April 2018

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MOST POWERFUL MANIAC ON THE PLANET MAKES OUTRAGEOUS NEW CHARGES AGAINST IRAN – NETANYAHU OF THE PASSOVER MASSACRE AND OF A HIDDEN NUCLEAR ARSENAL ACCUSES IRAN OF A NEW SIN – PRESIDENTS OF 2 COUNTRIES TOLD US WHAT A COMPLETE LIAR HE IS

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Iran nuclear deal: Benjamin Netanyahu claims Israel has obtained ‘secret files’ showing Tehran still trying to develop weapons”

 

Netanyahu literally is insane.

Every real expert in the world says Iran has been scrupulous in following the nuclear deal.

Suddenly, not a great many days before Trump announces possible formal change in America’s position on the nuclear agreement, along comes Netanyahu making outrageous new claims.

Netanyahu not only is an expert in nothing, he is a notorious bully and incessant liar.

Both Presidents Obama and Sarkozy were caught by reporters some while ago, with live mics they thought were off, telling each other that you cannot believe anything this man says.

That’s pretty impressive testimony, two major national leaders.

This madman literally has wet dreams about war against Iran. He spent a great deal of money some years ago planning and preparing an attack but realized Israel just couldn’t do it alone.

So, of course, now he undoubtedly wants America involved, and, who knows, maybe he’ll get what he wants with Trump, who has acted the part of a American doormat for Netanyahu.

So, here we have a man whose country has attacked every neighbor that it has, some multiple times, demanding violent action against a modern Iran that has attacked no one.

And, of course, this lunatic not only lies about Iran’s nuclear work (which, by the way, CIA said much earlier was not even aimed at weapons but instead more efficient nuclear power generation), his own country has about 150 nuclear bombs and warheads. We have that from a top authority, former President Carter.

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Response to a comment which said if Iran’s intentions were really peaceful, it would used a thorium reactor:

 

Pretty brainless comment.

Thorium reactors, while theoretically attractive, are still totally impractical.

And we might ask your question of Israel, why didn’t they use a thorium reactor?

There, the answer is clear. The Dimona facility has produced an estimated 150 nuclear warheads for Israel.

Against all international law.

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Posted April 30, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: SCATHING LINES FROM COMEDIAN MICHELLE WOLF AT THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS’ DINNER – SURPRISED SHE MADE IT TO THE PLATFORM – THE GREAT ORANGE ONE IS NOT PLEASED

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

 

“Michelle Wolf: the unstoppable rise of America’s provocative political comic”

 

She had some very funny lines. The best jokes are always highly-concise truths, and she had a number of them.

I was amazed though that she made it to that platform.

Political correctness and downright dishonesty characterize almost all political discourse in America today.

And it’s the same in the corporate press, very much so.

But in large populations of any kind, there always are outliers. Even in the old Soviet Union this was so.

Michelle Wolf is one of them, as are, very much, the people responsible for putting her on the platform.

Posted April 30, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AN INTERESTING ODDITY – THE DISCOVERY OF SOME PRIMITIVE ARTWORK FROM PRISONERS OF WAR DURING THE SEVEN YEARS WAR – FOUND IN A BRITISH CASTLE USED AS A PRISON

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Long lost art of first major global war discovered in Kent

“Exclusive: Largest selection of pre-19th century prisoner of war art ever found in Britain”

 

A really interesting item.

Especially in light of the treatment of captives recorded in histories of the American Revolution of just over a decade after the Seven Years War.

History books tell us about how captured enemy were released “on Parole” to return home and not return to the conflict.

It makes 18th century war sound rather humane compared to what we know.

But this story raises questions about that.

Perhaps the humane treatment was reserved for officers?

After all, officers in all armies of the 18th century were regarded and treated as being quite different than ordinary soldiers.

And, of course, they were. Officers in the British army were generally titled individuals. Sometimes others with very good connections and drive did make it. Commissions had to be purchased for significant amounts of money.

Ordinary soldiers, by comparison, were viewed as trash by society. None of the public attitudes we associate with soldiers, say, in WWII were in evidence. Sometimes soldiers were poor fellows “shanghaied” into service, just as a great many of the Royal Navy’s sailors were at the time.

But many were very poor men who joined for the very small King’s bounty offered. A few dollars look attractive to a dirt-poor man. Whatever their background, their treatment in the service was brutal. Floggings, hangings, poor food, poor lodging, and about every abuse you can imagine.

The prison from the Seven Year War appears from the materials to have been quite brutal, much like an American maximum-security prison of today. And the guards appear to have been terrible abusers and thieves. That also is a story we’ve had a lot of experience with in our time.

I do hope the material is preserved and housed somewhere suitable

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE KIND OF LAUGHABLE RUBBISH THE GUARDIAN FILLS SPACE WITH – ON PROSTITUTION: “THE INSIDE OF A WOMAN’S BODY IS NOT A WORKPLACE”

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

 

“Prostitution is not a job. The inside of a woman’s body is not a workplace”

 

“The inside of a woman’s body is not a workplace”

A remarkable statement, to say the least.

It argues against something no one is claiming.

The usual “workplace” for prostitution is a bed, although there are other places that sometimes do.

I do not like prostitution, but it is the right of every woman to choose it as employment if she wishes.

And there will always be large numbers who do so choose, just as there always have been. It is not called “the world’s oldest profession” for nothing.

And if large numbers choose it, there should be legal protections for them.

I don’t see how there is anything else sensible to say on that point.

Posted April 30, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: JUST WHO IS IT STRAINING TO REASSERT AMERICAN GLOBAL SUPREMACY EMPHASIZING THE MILITARY? – TRUMP’S ODD SET OF SKILLS CAUSED HIM TO JOIN THE CLUB BUT HE DID NOT START THIS – SOME HISTORY – THIS WILL NOT END WELL

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA TODAY

 

“US Hybrid War Arrives to Replace Cold War

“The One World of Pax Americana that has existed since the end of the Cold War is already history. US global dominance is still in place, but the peace – “pax” – has been shattered”

 

This analysis has a great many merits but misses important points.

It certainly isn’t just Trump who determined to reassert American global supremacy.

In fact, he could not do that alone. American Presidents simply do not have that much power on their own under the American Constitution.

The entire Washington establishment has been focused on reasserting American global supremacy for years. It reflects a combination of the establishment’s realization that with the growth of other nations abroad into competitors, America is in a relative decline. All the world’s trade statistics point to the fact.

After all, these people and their power flourished in a world where all their competitors were flattened by WWII. Every single one – Britain, France, Germany, Japan, et al. And countries which had not been competitors were destined to become new competitors – China, mainly – also were war-torn. Still other countries were not war-torn, but had yet to explode into modernity, something they are sure doing now – India, Brazil, Vietnam, etc.

America alone suffered no damage at home – even its war dead made the tiniest fraction of those of some other countries, leaving it with no huge unproductive burden of care for the badly injured and plenty of fresh manpower – and it was to enjoy the entire world as its market for industries which had been force-fed and had grown immensely in producing war supplies for itself and others.

The outcome of WWII literally put America on top of the world. But that was a position that absolutely could not be maintained indefinitely because it was based on transitory circumstances.

We have seen now through several presidencies an intense new effort to assert military power and influence. “Nobel Peace Prize winner’ Obama literally was bombing someone every day of his eight years. He once was reported to have said, jokingly, “I’m pretty good at this killing stuff!” While now the so-called National Defense Strategy document has been re-written to even more closely focus on Russia and China, it was under Obama that Russia gained the de facto status of pariah state, something Trump has made no effort to halt. So, he has just jumped on the anti-Russian bandwagon, so to speak, while always remaining careful not to speak directly against Putin, who, in my view, does likely hold compromising personal information on Trump.

America’s establishment has even busied itself creating a whole new vocabulary it now uses. We have terms like “strategic rivals” and “revisionist powers” used to describe Russia and China, terms in their vagueness much resembling Israel’s perennial use of “militant” to describe people it has shot. The Pentagon is calling Russia and China enemies in all but name.

The Chinese aptly describe these new Pentagon terms with, “If some people look at the world through a cold war, zero-sum game mindset, then they are destined to see only conflict and confrontation.”

Trump’s chief set of skills include an animal-like instinct for locating where power lies in any situation (almost like a dog immediately recognizing an alpha male) combined with an astonishing, plastic-like ability to quickly adapt to its needs and to gain politically (or economically) from them. Thus, we see all his campaign words versus his actions as President – on Russia, on Syria, on Israel, etc. We have close to a complete turnaround because this previous-non-politician has sniffed-out at close quarters just what the establishment wants.

America’s establishment has fixed on military power – of course, supported by economic, financial, and diplomatic power – as the route to maintaining dominance under all the evolutionary changes taking place in the world. Of course, a more intelligent and less aggressive response would have been to cut military spending drastically. Nothing is more resource-consuming and economically unproductive than the military. A certain amount is needed for genuine defense, of course. But spending seven hundred billion dollars a year, more than the rest of the planet together, is the opposite of what you do if concerned about relative economic decline.

The American establishment’s response is a kind of panic reaction to the changing situation in the world. And it has been happily encouraged, as by someone fanning a fire, by the influential group known as Neocons. They hold, as an article of faith, that America should use its great existing power to dominate and shape the world to its liking. Their primary interest is Israel, and they see an aggressive, massively-armed America as the best promoter of Israel’s interests. They also heavily push the anti-Russia campaign we see because Russia is viewed as standing in the way of their main goals.

This, of course, is just one additional avenue for Israeli influence on American government. America’s money-drenched campaign-financing and lobbying laws encourage huge influence from its home-grown Israel Lobby – perhaps the best organized and financed of all Washington many powerful lobbies. It literally can determine who is elected or not in many Congressional and Senate and even Presidential campaigns because it not only commands money, it commands all of America’s high-end press and broadcasting, which means they can make any candidate look good or bad, and it takes an awful lot of something else for any candidate to overcome that kind of opposition.

Interestingly, most of Trump’s latest appointments are Neocons, some of the most virulent in America. By comparison, in his first days, he tended to avoid such appointments, though even then some got in.

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: IMPLAUSIBLE SPECULATION AS MORE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION FILES (STILL INEXPLICABLY EXCLUDING MANY) ARE RELEASED – THE ABSURDITY OF POINTING TO OSWALD MAINTAINED

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“JFK assassination files: What does a diplomat’s suicide have to do with Lee Harvey Oswald?”

 

Interesting tid-bit, but that’s all, and I think the answer to your question is a resounding “nothing.”

Unfortunately, we have never been told the truth about an assassination which marked a watershed in American history, and we’ve never been told the truth for precisely the reason that it was such a watershed.

Only a poorly-informed person or a security-establishment disinformation professional or a fool believes that Oswald killed Kennedy.

American officials even built a legend around Oswald’s supposed communism – of course, this was at a time in America when being labelled a communist was received the same way as being labelled a witch in 1600.

If you study even a few facts of his life, the claim is preposterous. He did do some posing as a communist sympathizer while working with right-wing groups, but it was a pretty obvious pose, perhaps part of his role as a paid FBI informant (we even have his FBI informant number and there was an uncashed FBI voucher in his belongings).

But, no, America officially asserts always that he was a communist, and a communist who hated something about America and President Kennedy. His own words and acts give the lie to that. He expressed admiration for Kennedy. He volunteered for the Marines at 17 years old. He also did other patriotic services.

Nothing about that fit is right.

If you want to read some analysis:

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/1544/

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/reflections-on-how-little-is-revealed-by-just-released-jfk-assassination-documents-and-just-some-of-the-many-reasons-why-there-had-to-be-a-conspiracy/

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2017/12/14/john-chuckman-comment-further-thoughts-on-the-kennedy-assassination-someone-suggests-the-involvement-of-israel-a-real-possibility-but-cia-still-is-involved/

 

 

Posted April 29, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ISRAEL’S WEEK-LONG PASSOVER MASSACRE – VICTIM TOTAL IS STILL RISING – ISRAEL’S BRIEF HISTORY PROVES ONLY WHAT A GHASTLY FAILURE YOU GET WHEN YOU MADLY PURSUE THE WRONG OBJECTIVES

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Three dead and hundreds injured as protests on Gaza border turn violent

Total killed now stands at 41 since unrest started in March”

 

A ridiculous headline because of its ambiguity.

From the start, Israel’s response has been violence, extreme violence.

The protests are noisy and unpleasant, but they have not really “turned violent.”

The demonstrators are unarmed, but Israeli snipers keep shooting batches of them, killing, among others, two well-marked journalists and some children. Something in the neighborhood of a thousand have received wounds from guns.

Israel’s only real purpose here is not in protecting itself from violence but to make the demonstrators feel the utter futility of their efforts, to demonstrate, yet again, Israel’s overwhelming military strength and its readiness to kill on very little provocation and without compunction.

It’s all stuff we knew, but this brutal state never tires of showing us again.

This week-long event is only rightly termed the Passover Massacre.

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Response to a comment, “Israel was established largely to provide a safe haven for oppressed Jewish people”:

Yes, as to why, in part, Israel was re-created, but the great tragedy of it is that it was always something of an unrealistic project, bound to be a moral and ethical failure in the face of millions of Palestinians whose towns and farms were stolen as well as the notion that Israel must have only one kind of people. I know there are a fair number of non-Jewish citizens, but their presence was an accident of 1948, and important Israeli leaders do not regard them as either desirable or permanent. More than a few have advocated their expulsion.

As for the many more Palestinians in the occupied territories, they aren’t going anywhere, no matter what horrors Israel inflicts on them. And just where would they go anyway? Who in the region is offering to take millions of refugees? Who anywhere is ready to take millions of refugees? The United States, whose grotesquely unbalanced support of Israel prevents a decent solution, isn’t ready to take even a limited number of refugees from its own bombing campaigns in places like Libya and Syria.

General Dayan, back in the days of the 1967 War, said Israel would have to make the Palestinians miserable enough to want to leave. And that’s just what Israel has never stopped working toward, just with highs and lows in the harshness of the effort. But they are not leaving. The ugly sniper killings plus countless other incidents show Israel’s violent frustration with this reality.

In a way, the demonstrations and Israel’s extreme brutality towards them hide something far larger and more fundamental and ongoing: conditions in Gaza, home to 1.5 million, are approaching the level of not being able to sustain human life, and that’s entirely Israel’s doing, its deliberate and immoral doing.

It is stunning that the world can sit back and watch this all happening. Virtually all of our Western press and politicians just shut their eyes. And even the press that does cover it in the smallest degree, often uses euphemisms to describe things.

It is simply the greatest single shame on earth at this time.

The men who lead Israel seem to have learned, from the suffering of their European ancestors under the Nazis, only how to be extremely brutal and vile themselves.

 

 

NOTE: While the deaths in Gaza appear to be reasonably consistently reported, the wounded are not. It is difficult to get a fix on the number, which, in any case is very high. Looking at different sources, one finds different numbers. The UN, in its latest rather ineffectual call for an end to the violence, cited more than 5,500 having been injured by gun shots.

Posted April 28, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized