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  • rogerglewis 6:58 am on August 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Transmission planning: wind and solar 

    Essential Reading for all those who are interested in EROI and Energy Based economics. http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/08/conquestofdough-squaring-energy-food.html

    Climate Etc.

    by Planning Engineer

    Some of the denizens have requested an introduction to transmission planning and a discussion of how the transmission system is impacted by renewable resources.

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  • rogerglewis 5:57 am on August 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Wag the Dog: but what if the Dog is a Lizard? 

    A witheringly concise exposition of the mendacity and Fickle hubris oif the US empires Power Elite. Soft Power to the left of him , Hard Power to the Right and Trump stuck in the middle( Far Right and out of sight) (sic) with Netanyahu.

    WiPoKuLi

    With astonishment the world is again and again looking at the servile attitude of US administrations giving the impression of permanently bowing to Israel´s prime minister and government as well as AIPAC, the Zionist lobby organization in the US. Simple minded Europeans still infected with underground stereotypes about Jewish conspiracies feel encouraged in their suspicions. Some hardcore Zionists do not regret such psychological disasters pushing Anti-Judaism (falsely dubbed Anti-Semitism, since the majority of Semites are Arabs) since it is seen as a help to encourage Jewish immigration into Israel. Not only anti-Zionist Jews (1) are suspecting this (2). But why does the single remaining empire (US) in the world pretend to dance to the tune of the government of a small country at the East of the Mediterranean Sea?

    Who rules America?

    Only people having their single source of information in commercial mainstream media will believe in the US American…

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  • rogerglewis 5:25 am on August 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    US Power Elite: at war among themselves? 

    Backing up to 2012 , this analysis is very applicable to the Trump Whitehouse, Those factions still at it and the Neo Cons seem to be making a comeback. The Kushner/Trump/Netenjahu, greater israel axis makes that part of the Neo-Con project that much easier Google Trump endorsement of Netenjahu for Trumps party political broadcasts in favour of Likud.

    WiPoKuLi

    bush-obama

    scource: down below article

    A lot has been written on this Internet Blog on the US Power Elite (1) and its power to decide even over life and death of the US President himself (2). The US Power Elite might count now 50 to 100 people as consequence of ongoing concentration so well described already by Karl Marx (3). But what if this elite is fractioned and at war with itself? It is not new to history that even in tight circles of power fierce fighting could break out and killing of competing members of that circle was common place in History. Especially when the power of the ruling circle is no more really challenged within its home society, as this is the case with the US and its extended system of manipulation of the masses, and when at the same time there´s much to win and much to lose…

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  • rogerglewis 1:06 pm on August 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Geo-Politics: The Core of Crisis and Chaos, the Nightmares of the US Power Elite! 

    This is a brilliant analysis. A must read! Linked from a comment in this very good OG Article.https://off-guardian.org/2017/08/25/why-trump-rolled-over-on-russia/

    WiPoKuLi

    I´ve written a lot about the US Power Elite and their internal divisions (http://tinyurl.com/zv32w7m), though they might only count about 100 people today. It appears that finally the Neocon faction of the Power Elite has taken control, especially since they took over the Democratic Party (http://tinyurl.com/zy4t6er), clearly signaled by the spearhead of the Neocons in that party: Hillary Clinton!

    Nightmare One:

    The Southern Hemisphere – the „Non-White World“ – Getting Independent

    The US Power Elite (predominantly WASP, White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) would be rightfully called the „Deep State“ of the USA (http://tinyurl.com/ho2nz87). And this Deep State has become more and more ruthless over the time. They have brought nightmares over the Southern Hemisphere by installing brutal dictatorships (http://tinyurl.com/kkpvcf7) in their interest and waging bloody colonial wars, in the last one and a half decades especially with their „War on Terror“ (http://tinyurl.com/nrxxej5)…

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  • rogerglewis 2:06 pm on August 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Six Ways to Sunday. Trump Sells out and why the Left still shoots wide of the target! 

    Readers who have been following the Six Ways to Sunday theme of the last two posts here
    May have been interested in What I made of the Suggested Reading from my Interlocutor, Angus
    I read the UNHCR report again read it before when it came out, the more interesting report was the second one.


    Angus Quoted from both documents thus.
    Some reading: 

    http://www.unhcr.org/576408cd7.pdf

    Where you will see that Sweden has always had a control over asylum claims unlike, say, Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon or Turkey, where they come flying across the borders and in quantities far outweighing the asylum claims Sweden receives. For example: 
    Turkey: 1.6 Million compared to Sweden: 169,500. 
    and given that the top ten hosting countries are all considered to be developing countries, where the refugee population are having a huge effect on the countries finances, the issue’s in Sweden again pale into white people bitching about long cues for kebabs irrelevance…. 

    https://www.icct.nl/…/Alex-P.-Schmid-Links-between…

    “Migration control for the control of terrorism is a widely used instrument. However, it might hurt bona fide migrants and legal foreign residents more than mala fide terrorists. It fosters xenophobia and deprives host countries, where and when it has the effect of reducing migration and hospitality to foreigners, of the many positive contributions (some types of) migrants can make to a society. There is the additional danger that instruments of migration control for counter-terrorism are, further down the line, also used for controlling native citizens [this last point should set off some alarms in you as an anarchist no?].” p5

    The second quote is from the Executive summary of a 60 page report the rest of the report has much that argues against Angus´s case. Angus seems to make the case, ..that The Main problem of the European Migrant Crisis is that there is only a problem in the minds of the Fascist populations of European Countries who have nothing to complain about.

    ” 

    I, despite living in Europe, have little sympathy, as I think internationally and from an internationalist perspective, what is happening in Europe is not a crisis if you compare it to what is happening in the rest of the world, it is an inconvenience that the most privileged population are having to deal with because they made some pledge sixty years ago after some dick killed six million Jews and nobody gave them asylum… “

    I think Angus´s analysis comes up way short of the problem as it stands which is actually a multi level problem

    1. one of Economic Migration within the EU.

    2. Economic Migration from liberalised economies in North Africa and Sub Saharan Africa

    3. Refugee Migration due to Regime Change wars led by NatoNations in the Washington Consensus.

    4. The EU establishment have undermined democracy and also imposed Austerity, effectively they have over egged their control freak pudding.

    I examine this in this blog here.

    http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/02/meet-fuggers-brexit-euro-and-clueless.html


    EU enlargement and The monetary union had already become a bridge too far for many British Voters by the time of the Maastricht treaty. The  Lisbon was a bridge too far. to mix a metaphor, The straw that broke the camels back. The Irish The Danes, The Swedes, The Dutch pretty much most populations consulted have not given the EU zealots the right answer the first time around and the EU elite simply refused to see the point and have now simply adopted the expediency of not asking.


    Two pieces of folk wisdom spring to mind.

    ´´Quit while you’re ahead´´anon.

    ´´If you love something, set it free; if it comes backs it’s yours, if it doesn’t, it never was ´´.

    Richard Bach.

    Having achieved the ultimate power through the ECB it seems that the EU Technocrats simply did not understand that they had already become the house, if they got out more instead of indulging in mutual backslapping, they would know that the house always wins in Casino Capitalism. What this paper will seek to do is show how the EU, in failing to quit while it was ahead, has proceeded with the inevitable process of being hoisted on its own petard of hubris and Elitist Know all knows bestedness.

    What follows is the proof that The ECB rules Europe with all the power of financialised capitalist Alchemy, the ECB and The Commission further choose to sacrifice national Governments to Market discipline and certain ruin at the hands of Private Bankers with the power to create money secured against the commonwealth and commons of its own Citizens. With National Governments forced to borrow in open markets without any legal recourse to the ECB as a lender of last resort. Latterly the Five presidents report seeks to justify More Europe in ´´Completing Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union´´



    The Schmid Report does focus just on Terrorism and its various species connected to Migration, this excludes the civilian aspects of trade liberalization , Debt and Political Economy of the Petro Dollar hegemony which necessitates alliance of the US to Saudi Arabia and Also to The Interests of the state of Israel and its current Arch Neo Con regime under Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The Real Politik and Geo Political / Geo/Political/Economic aspects of Global Capital become further confused in the distinctions between Globalisation and Internationalism and how Internationalism as a Benign Ideal can honour subsidiarity down to regional cultural sub divisions rather than the Globalist Highly Centralised Fascist Tyranny which has evolved over the past 40 years but really took root after the Fall of the soviet union , with the first Iraq war and the rise and rise of Neo Liberalism accelerated by the supposedly Leftist, Clinton and Blair regimes and of course the hugely over rated Obama Regime which Out Bushed Bush the second for extra judicial murders by drone and other Foreign policy howlers in Libya, Ukraine and Syria.

    With Trumps about turn on Afghanistan and The previous Tomahawk attack on Syria President Trump appears now to have completely caved to the Post 1990 Neo Con project for a new American century Agenda As Luke of We are change says in the last but one video this is very very bad news.

    Some snippets from suggested reading and also from some sources for the wider context and arguments in geo politics, Political Economy and Globalist liberalisation as a force to undercut the Social Contracts and Political settlements in national boundaries, which make the extreme Nations are the root of all conflict line which Angus argues and which I find un convincing.(YMMV)“Fascism is not something that lies dormant in a population, fascism is simple the logical conclusion of the Nation State, of all nation states.”



    The blind eye of many governments to state terrorism of allied regimes, combined with the general state fixation on non-state terrorist actors, has contributed to overlooking one of the most powerful drivers of forced migration – regime or state terrorism. Partly this has to do with the fact that countries experiencing state terrorism are also experiencing terrorism by non-state actors. In such cases cause and effect, action and reaction, are difficult to separate the longer the spiral of tit-for-tat violence continues, with false flag operations complicating matters further p.20

    For countries receiving large numbers of refugees, the risk of terrorist attacks by “refugee warriors” and, on the opposite side, by native xenophobic vigilantes targeting on refugee populations increases. A cross-national, time-series data analysis of 154 countries covering the period 1970–2007 found that countries with many refugees are more likely to experience both domestic and international terrorism.136 Another study found that “Refugee flows significantly increase the likelihood and counts of transnational terrorist attacks that occur in the host country, even when controlling for other variables”.137 p.37
    Many jihadists were groomed in London, so much so that the British capital was dubbed “Londonistan”. To quote from Petter Nesser’s history of Islamist Terrorism in Europe:
    London was at the heart of the jihadis sub-culture in Europe. From the British capital, a critical mass of radical preachers who had spent time in Af-Pak [Afghanistan-Pakistan], Bosnia and other conflict zones acted as leaders and recruiters within a growing jihadi scene. These veteran militants also acted as religious guides for foreign armed groups. French security officials invented the name “Londonistan” in part because of the many jihadis in London, and partly because the city became a transit station for recruits heading for training camps in Afghanistan.
    Londonistan “ became slang for the tendency of the British authorities to turn a blind eye to extremism and to offer sanctuary to terrorists. (…) However, while the significance of London cannot be overstated, jihadi networks also emerged all over Britain and the rest of Europe.141 p.39

    Neo Liberalism, Globalisation and undermining the collective bargaining and social contract settlement of Labour.

    Through interviews and on-the-spot reporting from both impoverished communities abroad and U.S. immigrant workplaces and neighborhoods, Bacon shows how the United States’ trade and economic policy creates conditions to displace communities and set migration into motion.
    In developing countries such as Mexico and Guatemala, economic restructuring plans imposed by the International Monetary Fund and trade policies of NAFTA , FTAA, and GATT have led to unemployment rates of over 25% producing a migration to the U.S. In the current era, the economic forces of global neo-liberal capitalism, are unrestrained by governments. In Mexico neo-liberal policies have devastated the countryside. Federal subsidies for corn, sugar and produce were ended and development projects stopped. The policies of the governments in Mexico and Central America have driven thousands off of their lands, many come to the U.S. looking for work. The impoverishment of the vast majority, in pursuit of profit for the minority, has pushed millions to migrate in search of food, and employment. Then, after creating migration, we make the immigrant worker “illegal” in order to provide more profits for corporations. Bacon argues, “In the global economy, people are displaced because the economies of their countries of origin are transformed, to enable corporations and national elites to transfer wealth out” (p. 69).Global capitalism produces global migration and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
    Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism is Robert Pape‘s analysis of suicide terrorism from a strategic, social, and psychological point of view. It is based on a database he has compiled at the University of Chicago, where he directs the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism. The book’s conclusions are based on data from 315 suicide terrorism attacks around the world from 1980 through 2003. Of these, 301 were classified into 18 different campaigns by 11 different groups; the remaining 14 appear to have been isolated. Published in May 2005, Pape’s volume has been widely noticed by the press, the public, and policymakers alike, and has earned praise from the likes of Peter Bergen, Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas),[1] and Michael Scheuer.[2]
    Dying to Win is divided into three parts, analyzing the strategic, social, and psychological dimension of suicide terrorism.
    Appendix III: Salafism in Major Sunni Muslim Majority Countries[edit]
    Thirty-four countries with Sunni majority populations of 1 m or more and the importance of Salafism in these countries are the subjects of brief commentaries. Salafism is defined as “the belief that society should be organized according to the Quran and Sunna only” (269). Sunni Countries with Salafi-Influenced PopulationsAfghanistan (10 m Pashtuns); Algeria (19 m/31m Sunni Muslims); Bangladesh(14 m/114m); Egypt (23 m/62m); Indonesia (26 m/185m); Jordan (2 m/6m); Nigeria (37 m/68m); Oman (2 m/2m); Pakistan (43 m/149m); Saudi Arabia (18 m/18m); Somalia (5 m/10m); Sudan (21 m/21m); Tunisia (5 m/10m); Yemen (8 m/11m) (270–74). Non-Salafi Sunni Countries: AlbaniaBurkina FasoChadGuineaKuwaitKyrgyzstanLibyaMalaysiaMaliMauritaniaMoroccoNigerSenegalSierra LeoneSyriaTajikistanTurkeyTurkmenistanUnited Arab EmiratesUzbekistan (274–77).
    Ch. 4: Targeting Democracies[edit]
    Pape claims that his research reveals that not religion but “to compel democracies to withdraw military forces from the terrorists’ national homeland” is the key to understanding the phenomenon of suicide attacks (38). Patterns of timing (39–41), nationalist goals (42–44), and the targeting of democracies (44–45) reveal its logical, not irrational, nature. “At bottom, suicide terrorism is a strategy for national liberation from foreign military occupation by a democratic state” (45). Foreign occupation is defined in terms of control of territory (not military occupation alone) (46). The targets selected by suicide terrorists suggests nationalist, not religious, aims (46–47). Hamas (47–51) and Al-Qaeda (51–58) are analyzed in some detail. In general, the harshness of occupation does not strongly correlate with suicide terrorism (58–60).


    http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/05/terrorism-rape-politics-and-religion.html

    So called Islamic State Daesh, formerly Al-Qaeda is a web of collective terrorist groups in which the CIA and MI6 have “assets”. These assets are of various types, sleepers, Double Agents, compromised or infiltrated cells
    and so forth. AL Queda grew out of a joint MI6/CIA promotion of Islamicist resistance to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan the recently decease Zbigniew Kazimierz “Zbig” Brzezinski was the architect of this aspect of Regime change destabilisation policy.

    Henry Kissinger, A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace, 1812-1822 (1957)
    Credit to A. Bradley Potter, Johns Hopkins University SAIS
     Meanwhile, Castlereagh was the “authentically tragic statesman” trying to get the best for his country abroad, but struggling all the same against timeless, confounding domestic forces (Ferguson 2015, 303). His long study of Metternich and Castlereagh must have affected Kissinger’s development as a policymaker, but what his dissertation really offered him was a laboratory to explore how these practitioners engaged in foreign policy realism. It would be as a realist that Kissinger would make his first-hand mark on the conduct of international affairs (Kaplan 1999).
    Realism certainly became his creed. Its counterpoint, idealism, in his view had failed repeatedly throughout American history and served only to cause an “inefficient cycle of intense hope and activity abroad followed by morose withdrawal once it became apparent that hope and activity were unlikely to remake the world” (Kaplan 1999).
    This is the original Post I did on Lance De Havens Work on State Crimes against democracy, they do happen and do get memory-holed. I make no comment on Sandy Hook, The murder of innocents is tragic and as an Allegory of the sickness of the political disrepute and moral degeneration of the political class within the Washington Consensus both sides of the Atlantic, Sandy Hook is a charge sheet against the failure of institutions much more than a reflection of the people. A fish rots from the head and the Picture of Sandy Hook which-ever way one wishes to interpret it paints how rotten the Head of our polity has become.
    Lance Dehaven calls Government Conspiracies when they are to be investigated State Crimes against democracy, Or SCADS.
    Article 21 of the United Nation’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that
    “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government”.
    No one has any business stealing elections. Shutting down minority voices or voices of dissent by the main Stream media is another not so subtle way of vote rigging. Rigging of the mechanical process and arithmetical integrity of votes actually cast has happened in recent US elections, it happened on a huge scale in the New York and California Democratic primaries this year, in the suppression of support for Bernie Sanders. If all is fair in love and war and if the Republican Tammany machine were at the disposal of Mr. Trump perhaps we could just enjoy the spectacle in World Wide Wrestlings best traditions of flouting the rules and blind siding the referee. Mr. Trump does not have the Republican machine in his corner, so has no one to tag? that’s, not a fair fight even a fight where the unwritten rule is that the rules are supposed to be broken?
    Domhoff.
    Who Rules America? is a book by research psychologist and sociologist, G. William Domhoff, Ph.D., first published in 1967 as a best-seller (#12), with six subsequent editions including Who Rules America Now? (1983, #43), Who Rules America? Challenges to Corporate and Class Dominance (2009), Who Rules America? Power and Politics (2013), Who Rules America? The Triumph of the Corporate Rich (2013), and the forthcoming, Studying the Power Elite: Fifty Years of Who Rules America (2017).[1]
    It is frequently assigned as a sociology textbook and argues against the concentration of power and wealth in the American upper class.[2] The 2010 edition[clarification needed] brings the discussion up to date and also includes the rise of Barack Obama, his campaign finance supporters, and the nature of his administration.
    Domhoff argues in the book that a power elite wields power in America through its support of think-tanks, foundations, commissions, and academic departments.[3] Additionally, he argues that the elite controls institutions through overt authority, not through covert influence.[4]
    In his introduction, Domhoff writes that the book was inspired by the work of four men: sociologists E. Digby BaltzellC. Wright Mills, economist Paul Sweezy, and political scientist Robert A. Dahl.[5]
    The University of California, Santa Cruz hosts his online summary collection, also titled “Who Rules America?”[6] .
    This is a very good report summarising the position of the so called insurgent anti-European Union, Anti Immigration parties in the EU area. Both from the left and the right of the political spectrum. Left and Right seems a weak measure these days the distinction, I would argue, is that of Centralised Globalist Command and control Corporate Fascism against a decentralised more federalist approach honoring the subsidiarity of National Social contracts and political settlements from the post Second World war era in Europe and the USA. The Horrors of Sykes Picot ( post 1st WW1 and the Stalin,  Roosevelt Churchill, carve ups of the world along colonial lines 
    4. Merkel’s ‘refugees welcome’ policy is not widely blamed as the cause of the migration crisis: only seven parties named it in their top two explanations for the Crisis. US strategy in the Middle East was the most popular answer, with President Assad’s regime sponsored violence in Syria in second place in the responses given.
    7. There is scepticism around future European or US interventionism generally, particularly in the Middle East, from Sinn Fein in Ireland, to UKIP in the UK, to the Front National and the Communist Party in France, to AFD and Die Linke in Germany, to Jobbik in Hungary and the Five Star Movement in Italy.  These parties are likely to bolster the intervention fatigue trend in EU foreign policy over coming years, making it even more difficult for national governments to sell the idea of future military deployment to their populations.
    8.  Despite differences between the parties, there was consensus in the external threats faced by the EU.  For 36 out of the 45 parties covered, the refugee crisis or the threat of terrorism and radical Islamism (these issues were inextricably linked in the responses that the majority of parties gave) represented the top or top two priorities for the EU. This response was not the preserve of the right wing: Die Linke in Germany; the French Communist Party, Podemos in Spain, and the Lithuanian Labour Party were also among those who voted in this way.
    9. Suspicions among these parties about the transatlantic relationship are partly fuelled by opposition to the Transatlantic Trade Treaty (TTIP), with 26 out of the parties arguing that the EU should not conclude a TTIP with the US at all. But there were some notable exceptions including the Sweden Democrats; Danish People’s Party, the Finns Party, Estonia Party of People’s Unity, ALFA in Germany, Syriza and Independent Greeks who saw the potential for it to be positive under the right conditions.

    Noam Chomsky: Antifa is a ‘major gift to the Right’

    Many activists affiliated with the loosely organized Antifa movement consider themselves anarchists or socialists. They often wear black and take measures to conceal their identity.
    Chomsky said, “what they do is often wrong in principle – like blocking talks – and [the movement] is generally self-destructive.”
    “When confrontation shifts to the arena of violence, it’s the toughest and most brutal who win – and we know who that is,” said Chomsky, a professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “That’s quite apart from the opportunity costs – the loss of the opportunity for education, organizing, and serious and constructive activism.”

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    P.50 of this climate change PDF on the Petro Dollar and the report drilling into Debt is very informative.
    http://priceofoil.org/content/uploads/2011/01/DrillingIntoDebt.pdf

    https://www.quora.com/Why-is-oil-priced-and-traded-in-U-S-dollars

    Robert Parker, CEO of Holborn Assets in Dubai

    123 I´m not sure who is digging this hole? I think it is Angry Angus, as I try desperately not to fall into the pit of confusion.

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    Angus Michael Mckenzie The EU is a lot of things, Fascist, it is not. Neo-Liberal, yes. You are conflating attributes of Fascism with the thing itself, and in fact only include attributes which it shares with most Western countries before and after the rise of Fascism in the 30’s. The only thing you miss is what the fascists themselves self identified with, which is National Socialism. It is at bottom a nationalistic and racist ideology. That you miss out the fact that fascism and Fascists are on the whole racist is also a glaring massive crater sized hole in your opinion, that highlights the fact that you so embedded in white culture and a white privileged perspective I’m literally choking on the fact. 

    It is amazing in fact to watch someone side step the issue of race and nationalism over and over again, ideology is a strong thing.

    The insistence of populations being a category has nothing to do with Marxism, and Marxism hasn’t necessarily got anything to do with communism and I’m neither a Marxist or a Communist, though I appreciate the ideals of Communism and the analysis of Marx, flawed though it is. 

    What that insistence on populations as analytical categories has to do with is the recognition that it is a term of governmentality, it is a term used by – and historically developed by – government institutions to understand large numbers of people at the same time. This is all I mean, there is no particularly political issue at stake, a little, in that I see it as an analytical tool that effects the thing that it studies. By this I mean that governments then use information they have developed with this analytical category to make policy decision. At bottom my point is that the understanding of and analysis of people as populations, no matter who does it – and this is my main problem with Marxism, though I notice that you do it too – assumes a uniformity that isn’t there and in turn produces, through coercion and normativity, this uniformity. In this sense it is simply an historical analysis of the term and a political analysis of its ramifications. It has nothing to do with Marxism, Marx used the concept for sure, but so do all political economists, it’s essential to epistemology of Political Economy to think in terms of populations; one of the many reasons why I am deeply suspicious of the concept. I believe this is the reason you use it and I would urge you to critically question the assumptions of that discipline, rather than using it to garner intellectual authority.

    I don’t Understand how you can quote Bakunin – violent, amoral atheist – and Proudhon – pacifist devoutly Christian and moralising – at the same time is a little beyond me, especially as you are doing it quiet out of context and randomly in some effort to prove your credentials. To then criticize Marxism outright shows that you have an elementary sectarian relationship with Anarchism. I would suggest to you that this isn’t how anarchists proceed. I don’t particularly like either Proudhon or Bakunin, but Kropotkin is really great, and at bottom theory is nothing compared with what you learn when you begin to actually practice anarchism and introduce it into all aspects of your life. I would sincerely encourage you to do so, I see you’ve got kids, but spending vacation times and farming collectives and going to anarchist meeting groups in your area is definitely possible. 

    I’d also advice you spend less time on the internet and only use your blog to post full articles rather than copying and pasting facebook posts, it really isn’t that important. 

    I’d suggest you read me more carefully.

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    Roger Lewis Angus, You have shown yourself to be both a dishonest and objectionable person. 
    You have failed to engage with Arguments and met contradictions of your strong claims with abuse against me, the arguer and not the argument.
    You are clearly some sort of 
    Fanatic. 
    The EU you claim is not Fascist. I disagree.
    National Socialism is a species of fascism but the definition I reference is Roosevelts, with Ecos and the List of metrics suggested on the things twice Blog.
    You initiated this discussion, it is of course quite irrelevant what I seek to show in my Blog is the possibility of Dialogue and tolerance in discussion. Your highly prescriptive style of Adversarial hectoring debate is in my opinion only effective in generating a lot more heat than light. 

    http://www.defenddemocracy.press/president-belgian…/

    The Eu falsifies your claim that All Nationalism is fascist eventually. And the claim you make that Nationalism is the root of all Fascism.
    Further Plaid Cymru, The SNP the PLO and PKK Arab and Kurdish Nationalists would also have something to say about that.

    Your analysis blames the People who make up the Communities or “populations” resident in geographic areas, your clumsy accusations of my attributing feelings to abstract constructs are just that lame rhetorical devices employed by an egotistical demagogue. In Short Angus I think you are a Fraud and you can save your condescending faux concern and suggestions on how I live my Life, I live according to my own Principles and quite frankly what your opinion is of absolutely no interest to me whatsoever.
    What is of concern to me is that you seem to be claiming some sort of Anarchist purity in your life choices and seek to impose them
    on to other people, this is a very big clue to the Deep fascist authoritarian streak lurking within your frantic seeking of meaning and status for your own dogmas, well that doesn´t wash with me you make poor arguments and the arguments you do make have been found wanting.

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  • rogerglewis 11:16 am on August 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Six Ways to Sunday, Deep State and Fake News ( More on Distorted Narratives, Divide and Rule) 

    A golden Rule in folklores Canon
    holds what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the Gander
    do unto others that which to you would be done
    thus applied in discussion, we should always avoid slander.
    Leave at the first introduction
    the habits of Authority and induction
    When those listening seem deaf to what you tell
    refrain if you please from poisoning the well
    if your working hypothesis requires certitude
    refrain from tailoring cloth that renders the emperor nude
    If to your point, you wish others to allude
    refrain from a hypocritical sneering attitude.
    When your correspondent appeals to evidence
    consider their sources, were they well meant?
    In all matters, skepticism will serve you with equivalence
    and always remember to mistrust the Government.

    A few more notes and themes for further development. (TBC)

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/08/25/agus-climate-change-believe-it-or-else-prize/

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    Heil KlimaFuehrer Rahmstorf!

    August 14, 2017

    The intended audience of this article is really Germans, who suffer from Stefan Rahmstorf, but I (Dr. Duane Thresher) think Americans and the rest of the world will find it fascinating as well.

    Full disclosure: Dr. Claudia Kubatzki is coauthor on several papers with Stefan Rahmstorf and was also at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) with him.

    Who is Stefan Rahmstorf? Aside from a few hacks at the New York Times, their witless readers, and the climate change cabal at the American Geophysical Union not many Americans have ever heard of him … and they should be thankful for that.

    https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Document:Some_Big_Lies_of_Science#endnote_6


    Some Big Lies of Science

    “The majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed.” – Harold Pinter, Nobel Prize Lecture (Literature), 2005
    The maintenance of the hierarchical structures that control our lives depends on Pinter’s “vast tapestry of lies upon which we feed.” Therefore the main institutions that embed us into the hierarchy, such as schools, universities, and mass media and entertainment corporations, have a primary function to create and maintain this tapestry. This includes establishment scientists and all service intellectuals in charge of “interpreting” reality.
    In fact, the scientists and “experts” define reality in order to bring it into conformation with the always-adapting dominant mental tapestry of the moment. They also invent and build new branches of the tapestry that serve specific power groups by providing new avenues of exploitation. These high priests are rewarded with high class status.

    Conclusion

    It just goes on and on. What is not a lie?
    Look at the recent H1N1 scam – another textbook example. It’s farcical how far these circuses go: Antiseptic gels in every doorway at the blink of an eye; high school students getting high from drinking the alcohol in the gels; out datedness of the viral strain before the pre-paid vaccine can be mass produced; unproven effectiveness; no requirement to prove effectiveness; government guarantees to corporate manufacturers against client lawsuits; university safety officers teaching students how to cough; etc.
    Pure madness. Has something triggered our genetically ingrained First World stupidity reflex? Is this part of our march towards fascism [8]?
    Here is another one. Educators promote the lie that we learn because we are taught. This lie of education is squarely denounced by radical educators [9][10].
    University professors design curricula as though the students actually learn every element that is delivered whereas the truth is that students don’t learn the delivered material and everyone only learns what they learn. One could dramatically change the order in which courses are delivered and it would make no measurable difference in how much students learn. Students deliver nonsense and professors don’t care. Obedience and indoctrination are all that matter so the only required skill is bluffing. Students know this and those that don’t don’t know what they know, don’t know themselves.
    Pick any expert opinion or dominant paradigm: It’s part of a racket.
    We can’t know the truth because the truth is brutal.

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    The tragi-comedy that is “Brown Moses”

    The Name Higgins and the claim of His discovery of Chemical Weapons proof in syria appeared on the BBC today.http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-41036631
    regarding Fake ANTIFA evidence planted by Alt – Right groups.
    “Eliot Higgins, who traced evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria, found evidence the anti-Antifa campaign was organised on 4Chan, which has a reputation for acting as a meeting place for alt-right groups, and runs a “politically incorrect” board with extreme racist and homophobic comments.
    Mr Higgins posted a screenshot of a call to action on the message board, which encouraged far-right sympathisers to search online for images of domestic violence, add their own slogan such as “She deserves it for being a Nazi,” then post them on social media using pre-determined hashtags.”

    by BlackCatte

    eliotsresearch
    The story of the unemployed office-worker, of strictly average abilities drawing lines on grainy photos with Paint and having the PTB hail him as a cyber-genius is the basis for a great unwritten novel. A bleak, black farce for our time. A modern-day “Our Man in Havana“, with screen caps from Google Earth replacing the sketches of vacuum cleaner parts.
    Bottom line is Eliot Higgins, aka BrownMoses, aka one-man ‘research group’ Bellingcat is funny. He just is. And there’s nothing much his would-be promoters can do about that. They try to sell him as a gritty ‘citizen journalist’, but he doesn’t have the face or the CV for it, and it always falls flat. Even casual conversation with him reveals the embarrassing truth that his “research”, so lauded in the popular media, consists of entry-level computer skills and an awful lot of smoke-blowing. You or…
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    Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat, Who is He? Everything You Need to Know…

    Fake News Trolls and AgitProp
    This is part of the series, Who’s Who in Ukraine Propaganda (#3) 
    Graham Phillips
    In 2016, I’ll be returning to my country of the UK, and there’s a man I’d certainly like to meet for an interview. While I was working on the scene from the war in Eliot Higgins 2Donbass, Eliot Higgins, of Bellingcat, was the man sitting on a sofa taking, and manipulating, YouTube videos (including my own) of Donbass, MH17, Syria, using them to disseminate misinformation, lies, to the world.
    However, he’s unlikely ever to agree to an interview with me, because, you see, Higgins, from the UK, born 1979, avoids sources who may raise uncomfortable questions much like critics have accused his work of avoiding basis in science, or fact (see below for more on that).
    So, who exactly is Eliot Higgins? The man western media fawn over to the extent you may think…
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    Social Conditioning

    Related very closely to the concept of Groupthink is a process called Social Conditioning .  However, where Groupthink relates to cognitive issues in a small group, Social Conditioning is concerned more with broad social implications – typically nationwide.
    Social conditioning is the sociological process of training individuals in a society to respond in a manner generally approved by the society in general and peer groups within society.
    Manifestations of social conditioning are vast, but they are generally categorized as social patterns and social structures including nationalism, education, employment, entertainment, popular culture, religion, spirituality and family life. The social structure in which an individual finds him or herself influences and can determine their social actions and responses.

    Helical Solar System Motion Through the Galaxy: Heretical Revelation or Well-known Fact? – Part 2

    Summary of Part 1

    So . . . . in a similar manner to my experience, we have someone (DjSadhu) discover a fact that:
    1. was never before shared with him in any form (school, documentaries, books, web sites, etc.), and
    2. was a revolutionary idea totally different from what he did learn, so he had to share his “aha” moment with others.
    Unlike me (no video animation expertise) DjSadhu produces a slick video to show this newfound perspective, since he can’t find anything like it elsewhere.
    What’s the response from the “interwebs”?    🙂

    Critic/Instructor – Rhys Taylor

    Here we have the rare individual who is both a scientist, critic and yet not above being an educator/instructor.  Mr. Smith and Mr. Plait could learn much from Mr. Taylor (post-doctorate in astrophysics).
    Mr. Taylor wrote a few articles herehere and here.  What sets him off from Mr. Plait and Mr. Smith is two-fold:
    1. He understands that DjSadhu’s first couple of videos have scientific errors, yet the basicpremise of the solar system moving through space in a helical motion is for the most part correct.
    2. He takes a constructive win-win approach and works in a positive manner with DjSadhu to fix the errors in an attempt to produce a more accurate video than the original two.
    The result?  A third video by DjSadhu that according to Mr. Taylor is “a million times better and has correct physics.”  Mr. Sadhu’s associated blog post to accompany that video is here.  Here’s that video:
    Mr. Taylor actually carried on a critical yet positive conversation with Mr. Sadhu – the ultimate intent towards a more accurate model.  He even developed his own version of the helical motion to show DjSadhu the correct motion and inclination:
    RhysNotVortex
    Bruce Charlton, In PC no one is ever safe.

     http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/06/professor-bruce-charlton-pc-playing-man.html
    http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/06/professor-bruce-charlton-pc-playing-man.html

    http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/04/timonism-calvanist-strain-in-neo.html

    http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/03/catch-up-democracypc-is-indifferent-to.htmlhttp://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2017/03/catch-up-democracypc-is-indifferent-to.html

    Is anybody safe?
    Under PC, whatever you do, whatever willing you show, status is contingent.
    There is no safety even for members of the ruling elite in a system of Political Correctness; anyone at all is susceptible to denunciation for any reason or no reason at any time.
    Since PC is a wave of moral ‘progress’ which leaves-behind all previous moral standards and behaviours – there can be no accumulation of moral capital.
    This applies to the ultra-PC just as much as to the openly reactionary.
    *
    (In this respect PC is more like communist than fascist totalitarianism: under fascism membership-of and courageous loyalty to the in-group usually brings safety from denunciation; but under communism anybody was vulnerable to denunciation – friends and enemies of the government alternated with bewildering rapidity: nobody was safe.)
    *
    Indeed, the PC elite seem especially vulnerable to denunciation – since they are under continuous scrutiny; it is hard to keep-up with the pace of change, and the change is so arbitrary; it is very difficult to suppress common sense 24/7.
    The highest member of the PC elite is only a single gaffe away from disaster.
    *
    (Note: A ‘gaffe’ is when an elite PC intellectual momentarily forgets to lie.)
    *
    Under political correctness, you are only as good as today’s match between your motivations and the ever-changing societal symbols of virtue.
    PC assumes that (as an elite intellectual) your motivations are bad unless proven good – and motivations cannot be proven.
    You may advertise your good motivations relentlessly – daily, hourly – but you cannot ever prove conclusively, against hostile skepticism, that you are deep-down and overall a fully PC (hence decent) person.
    (Not least because it is very unlikely that you are a decent person – after all, who is?).
    *
    All of this means that a politically correct social diktat can (from whatever cause – such as elite competition, the need for a scapegoat, or the whim of the media) arbitrarily decide at any time to stop giving you the benefit of the intrinsic doubt; and then you will be helpless, isolated, stripped of all moral status, a marked-man, a legitimate target of self-righteous aggression.
    *
    Because, after all, you are guilty – everybody is.
    And scapegoats are sometimes necessary: tough luck that it happened to be you.
    http://thoughtprison-pc.blogspot.se/



    • We must now take precautions to prevent you from being embarrassed by something in which the ignorant majority is at fault for lack of proper consideration, and so from supposing with them, that man has not been created truly good simply because he is able to do evil. … If you reconsider this matter carefully and force your mind to apply a more acute understanding to it, it will be revealed to you that man’s status is better and higher for the very reason for which it is thought to be inferior: it is on this choice between two ways, on this freedom to choose either alternative, that the glory of the rational mind is based, it is in this that the whole honor of our nature consists, it is from this that its dignity is derived.
    • Pelagius

      Pelagius (c. 390-418) was an Irish or British ascetic moralist, who became well known throughout the Roman Empire in Late Antiquity. He was declared a heretic by the Council of Carthage. His doctrine became known as Pelagianism.

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    My aim is not to provide excuses for black behavior or to absolve blacks of personal responsibility. But when the new black conservatives accent black behavior and responsibility in such a way that the cultural realities of black people are ignored, they are playing a deceptive and dangerous intellectual game with the lives and fortunes of disadvantaged people. We indeed must criticize and condemn immoral acts of black people, but we must do so cognizant of the circumstances into which people are born and under which they live. By overlooking these circumstances, the new black conservatives fall into the trap of blaming black poor people for their predicament. It is imperative to steer a course between the Scylla of environmental determinism and the Charybdis of a blaming-the-victims perspective.
    from Race Matters. Cornell West.

     
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    Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat, Who is He? Everything You Need to Know… 

    Fake News Trolls and AgitProp

    The Truth Speaker

    This is part of the series, Who’s Who in Ukraine Propaganda (#3) 

    Graham Phillips

    In 2016, I’ll be returning to my country of the UK, and there’s a man I’d certainly like to meet for an interview. While I was working on the scene from the war in Eliot Higgins 2Donbass, Eliot Higgins, of Bellingcat, was the man sitting on a sofa taking, and manipulating, YouTube videos (including my own) of Donbass, MH17, Syria, using them to disseminate misinformation, lies, to the world.

    However, he’s unlikely ever to agree to an interview with me, because, you see, Higgins, from the UK, born 1979, avoids sources who may raise uncomfortable questions much like critics have accused his work of avoiding basis in science, or fact (see below for more on that).

    So, who exactly is Eliot Higgins? The man western media fawn over to the extent you may think…

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    The tragi-comedy that is “Brown Moses” 

    The Name Higgins and the claim of His discovery of Chemical Weapons proof in syria appeared on the BBC today.http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-41036631
    regarding Fake ANTIFA evidence planted by Alt – Right groups.
    “Eliot Higgins, who traced evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria, found evidence the anti-Antifa campaign was organised on 4Chan, which has a reputation for acting as a meeting place for alt-right groups, and runs a “politically incorrect” board with extreme racist and homophobic comments.
    Mr Higgins posted a screenshot of a call to action on the message board, which encouraged far-right sympathisers to search online for images of domestic violence, add their own slogan such as “She deserves it for being a Nazi,” then post them on social media using pre-determined hashtags.”

    OffGuardian

    by BlackCatte

    eliotsresearch

    The story of the unemployed office-worker, of strictly average abilities drawing lines on grainy photos with Paint and having the PTB hail him as a cyber-genius is the basis for a great unwritten novel. A bleak, black farce for our time. A modern-day “Our Man in Havana“, with screen caps from Google Earth replacing the sketches of vacuum cleaner parts.

    Bottom line is Eliot Higgins, aka BrownMoses, aka one-man ‘research group’ Bellingcat is funny. He just is. And there’s nothing much his would-be promoters can do about that. They try to sell him as a gritty ‘citizen journalist’, but he doesn’t have the face or the CV for it, and it always falls flat. Even casual conversation with him reveals the embarrassing truth that his “research”, so lauded in the popular media, consists of entry-level computer skills and an awful lot of smoke-blowing. You or…

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    SIx Ways to Sunday, Trump and the Deep State. Schumer´s prediction. 

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    Roger Lewis Craig I get that you do not Like Pres. Trump Craig, Neither do I very much either. What is missed in much of this hype against Pres Trump is that the Deep State , controlled Obama and has Controlled every US president since Carter. ( The CIA only got going properly in the 50´s so it took 20 plus years to subvert the US republic. The Final Job was done by Bush The Second, and after 9/11 the US constitution was shredded more or less with the Patriot ACT etc, Of Course Clinton had trashed the Corporate Oversight brought in by Roosevelts New Dealers before Bush delivered the Coup de Grace.

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    Craig Crofton I’m aware there are other players behind the scenes but I’m only focusing in on one part of Trumps persona here

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    Craig Crofton And I will continue to

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    Roger Lewis Craig, unfortunately, The Presidency is compromised in the US system now regardless of which flavor of the Two Party pantomime has supposed control.
    https://twitter.com/RogerGLewis/status/899137317247606784
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    Craig Crofton Okay Roger Lewis. I respect your knowledge and opinion but it’s my fb page so I’ll post up what I want 😘

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    Roger Lewis Craig, Post away, I am not saying that you should not post anything people should post what they please , what is really important is that we all chat about these things and feel comfortable making our own observations asking what things mean and what is denoted, It may seem obvious to us when we post something but none of us are mind readers.
    I really enjoy seeing your posts and when I make comments it is just showing interest , i would not dream of censuring or sensoring anything or anyone.

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    Roger Lewis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Px0rxcU7XQ This video tells you all you really need to know why on this Trump business we all need to be really careful what we wish for. Watch Oliver Stones Ukraine in Flames also for some context.

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    Craig Crofton And I particularly think it’s a genius idea how you can send an image onto someone’s building without breaking the law to get a message across. I think those are the two reasons I put this post up Roger Lewis. Maybe you didn’t get that?

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    Roger Lewis Hi Craig, I think the crisis in US democracy is now so acute that my sense of humour has quit the building. I see very little to laugh about. Are you saying This post and all the other you have been making are Gallows Humour and just a bit of light relief ?

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    Craig Crofton Roger Lewis this one for sure. But again it’s my fb page so if you don’t like what I’m posting unfollow me mae

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    Roger Lewis Craig as I just posted about , Asking questions is not a sign of complaint, not in my own world anyway. Discussion is a great gift of free speech and democracy. political correctness really is an enemy of both free speech and democracy.

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    Craig Crofton Roger Lewis indeed. But my take from your response to my post is that I shouldn’t be posting anything negative about trump and that I should be dogging deeper and whilst I agree that Trump is a puppet ( with the puppet masters lurking in dark corners) this post in particular was more light hearted. Did you read or even look at it ?

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    Roger Lewis Yes, Craig, I did look at it I have posted a comment on the independent as well, the first one, cut5 and pastes from my comments here.
    I raised the question as I have also looked at and read many of your other Trump posts which are in the same vein. I 
    do wonder how many people see the posts funny or not in the context of the US constitution and the present danger to US democracy ( always a shaky concept and now perhaps an extinct one ( nothing to do with trump.
    Trump is a very easy target for comedy, and a lot of it is very funny, the wider context of the attack against the democratic process in the US ( yes I know he did not win the popular vote, but the electoral college is actually a very sound idea at the heart of its reasoning).
    If Trump is impeached, Is Mike Pence any better?, that is the choice, Pence in many respects is much worse than Mr Trump.
    In 2020WHo will the Democrats Field, It will not be Bernie, I think we can be sure, will the US conjure up an Emmanuel Macron ( The day democracy died in the French republic ).

    As I have explained I was not complaining about your post I merely raised the point that we should all be careful what we wished for, what next is a very interesting and important question, It is one that applies equally well to the Brexit question and the calls for Brexit to be stopped. Then what?

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    Craig Crofton Yes I’m very concerned about what is lurking behind the corner. Again this post wasn’t poking fun at trump. I found it genius that a visual artist was able to get their point across by a sort of “graffiti” street art style by putting a temporary image up on a building. That was why I shared this. It could’ve been a message posted on a building about anything and I would’ve enjoyed the whit behind it

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    Craig Crofton So you swamping me with other posts about the deep state isn’t applicable/ appropriate in my opinion. And as it’s my page not yours I think I have a right to say that

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    Roger Lewis Yes, Craig of course you do, I thought we were having a discussion and when posts appear in ones time line I thought the idea was to engage and comment when moved to do so.

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    Roger Lewis From 2013 one of my favourite Blogs ever.
    http://oestrem.com/thingstwice/2013/09/this-machine/

    “What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by…
    OESTREM.COM

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     at 21 secs, Hi Chuck, he used to love me when I was a democrat.

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    http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/2016/11/the-giant-sucking-sound-sharp-intake-of.html

    If we fast Forward to the 2016 Presidential Debate and the Al Smith Memorial Dinner. What we see is a GOP candidate who does not represent the GOP Establishment and Democratic Party candidate who does represent both the GOP and Democratic Party Establishment both having become Federalist, in the old sense of the original two party contextualising of what the Republic was to be.
    There are two striking factoids about the Al Smith Memorial Dinner and those are that 1948 and 1992 are the only two years in its 67-year history that the respective candidates for president did not address the dinner those years are 1948 and 1992.
    In 1948 A Democratic Candidate Truman was on the ticket that had been installed by the establishment against the popular choice Henry A Wallace had lost out to Truman for Vice president in 1944 and in 1948 ran as an independent.



    The 1992 Election had the third candidate Ross Perot and also Bill Clinton came from out of the blue to secure the Democratic Nomination and topple the incumbent George Herbert Walker Bush for the presidency.



    The other notable year is 1960 when Kennedy beat Nixon. Kennedy’s address to the Dinner in 1960 is instructive in its reference to the 1928 Election when Smith Lost to the Republicans 



    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=74114

    We need to wake up the young men who are born old, cowering in their ruts, afraid of the unknown worlds that lie beyond the map. We need to cut through the shibboleths of contentment and reassurance, and recognize, in John Boyle O’Reilly’s words, that:
    The world is large when its weary leagues two loving hears divide;
    But the world is small when your enemy is loose on the other side.”
    Al Smith himself warned: “In the height and glory of every nation, men are prone to forget their responsibilities.
    We dare no longer forget our responsibilities – to our nation and its heritage, to all the free word, to all the generations yet unborn. We dare no longer neglect the fact, as Charles Malik has put it, that “Communism cannot be met by a mere nay; it requires a mighty yea.” We dare no longer ignore the fact that the world is changing – our cities, our maps, our frontiers and even our adversaries – all are changing. And in this era of change and challenge, we need the hard, tough leadership and the frank, fresh call of Alfred Emanuel Smith.
    For legend has it that after the bloody battle of Thermopylae, the victor Xerxes prepared to spread a purple cloak over the body of his vanquished enemy Leonidas, out of admiration for his valor. But as he was about to lower the cloak, a strange voice out of nowhere called out: “No. Take that cloak from me. I will accept no favor from the Persians.” And Xerxes knew that it was Leonidas, speaking to him from the other world. And he called out into space: “But thou art dead, Leonidas. Why hate the Persians even in death?” And, according to the legend, back came the stirring reply: “The passion for freedom dieth not.”
    Al Smith’s passion for freedom did not die with him. It is ours to nurture today. May we all be true to that great legacy.”

    Nixons Response.To Kennedy.

    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=25404

    And, so, on this particular occasion, when we honor a man who was a great political leader, but a man also who had a great religious faith, America’s lesson from him is this: Keep America strong militarily. Be sure that we are also the strongest nation in the world economically. But also, above everything else, remember that America must present to the whole world the image of a people concerned about the problems of the world because if poverty and misery and disease and tyranny exist we would be concerned even if there were no communism.
    This is what we must convey, and this, through our religious faith, we will be able to convey much more effectively than simply through the actions of government or through what a President of the United States may be able to say.
    And, so, in conclusion, I would add only this last thought: Many years have passed since the year 1928. Many memories have become less bitter through the years. Three weeks from today either Senator Kennedy or I will be the President-elect of this country, and then we will go our separate courses in the years to come. I’ve been trying to think how I could best close my remarks and refer to him and refer to me, and I go back to the campaign of 1928. Herbert Hoover was elected. Al Smith lost. But both of them lived many, many years longer, and both of them, the longer they lived, gained love and affection from the American people – and I would only hope tonight that, however, this election turns out, Senator Kennedy and I in the years ahead will be able to conduct ourselves with the dignity, the decency which earned the esteem and the love of the American people for the two men who were engaged in that great campaign of 1928
    From these two speeches it is apparent that as Nixon himself noted Kennedy had the better Speech Writer, that His Father Joseph would not Pay for a Landslide is commented upon in the great book, Sins of the Father, He obviously did not see any merit in Skimping on the best Speech writers.

    Watch Hilary Clintons Speech in Response to trumps, She was a very bad candidate, this exchange shows it and also the Shumer Banter was Telling. Take some time and watch the Dias as the Guests are introduced by the Master of Ceremonies, There you will see how the President of the United States is really Elected and Donald Trump was not that Choice, he had a very tough Room that night as the cat calling during his speech showed.

    As Ray McGovern Says in the interview linked above, The choice was Plague or Cholera.

    Update 24th August.

    The curious sensation of being called a Fascist for pointing out the rhetorical excesses in the MSM against Donald Trump?

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    Angus Michael Mckenzie Roger, you need to work on your pat, you sound like a conspiracy theory version of the school therapist in south park, m’kay…

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    Roger Lewis Angus you might like this Post I did on Conspiracy Theory Snobbery.
    http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/…/complots…

    I am a Philosopher and a Poet , I am interested in Facts, Quite often Facts are hidden in plain view, we choose to see them or not.

    And on Truth.
    http://letthemconfectsweeterlies.blogspot.se/…/red…

    Authentic Discourses on Decisions to Act.

    A golden Rule in folklores Canon
    holds what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the Gander
    do unto others that which to you would be done
    thus applied in discussion, we should always avoid slander.

    Leave at the first introduction
    the habits of Authority and induction
    When those listening seem deaf to what you tell
    refrain if you please from poisoning the well

    if your working hypothesis requires certitude
    refrain from tailoring cloth that renders the emperor nude
    If to your point, you wish others to allude
    refrain from a hypocritical sneering attitude.

    When your correspondent appeals to evidence
    consider their sources, were they well meant?
    In all matters, skepticism will serve you with equivalence
    and always remember to mistrust the Government.
    Roger Lewis 2017.
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    Angus Michael Mckenzie I’m not saying that conspiracy theories are wrong, and I get that you are very aware of the bullshit that folk like the CIA do, I don’t like it much either. But, Roger, Presidents tacitly condoning fascism isn’t about the state it is about the population, a fascist state without a fascist population is one thing, but a fascist state with a fascist population, that is quiet a different thing all together….

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    Roger Lewis Hi Andy, The US population is highly propagandised perhaps more so than any of the countries in the Washington Consensus. All of our countries including my adopted home here in Sweden has a degree of Propaganda beyond which I would like to see.
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     long way from t6hose statements to claiming g that Fascism is wide spread even in the USA. I simply do not accept that either the US , The UK or Here in Sweden that Fascism is on the rise to any significant degree.
    Here in Sweden the Sweden Democrats(SD) who are a Swedish version of the BNP, not UKIP and some of whose leaders have been caught out as full blown Nazis in the Past is actually leading the opinion polls ahead of our Elections for the Swedish Parliament next year. The rise of support for the SD is not because all of a sudden some dormant Fascist sympathies have awoken in the Swedish people it is that the Swedish Governments across the political divide have all fallen prey to Political correctness and also towing the EU line of Immigration, beyond the Social infrastructure supported by the Swedish local and central government system. Ordinary people have lived with the consequences and as the SD have been very vocal and largely correct about a failing of Central and local government services due to immigration outpacing the ability of Local and central government services, particularly housing to keep up.
    The Problem in the UK and Sweden is partly national Government and partly EU policy.
    In the US , NAFTA has been a very bad outcome for all but large Corporations and this is what Trumps supporters realise and Trump to his credit, withdrew from NAFTA and that part of his agenda has gone OK. I think Trump is also right about making sure that people emigrating or even seeking asylum from the MENA conflicts or other conflict zones do need to be properly documented and screened against Jihadi sympathise, that’s just common sense.
    WIth respect to Charlottesville, it is also true that Agent Provocateurs have been deployed in protest movements, ( Occupy was heavily infiltrated by CIA/FBI, and there is no reason to suppose that BLM and other protest groups are free of infiltration now. Trump says these things which is not the Political thing to do but it does not make him Sympatico with White supremacists or Nazis or The KKK. Trump is clearly deeply flawed as a person but there is a huge degree of exaggeration regarding those flaws, Trump doesn´t get the same breaks as Obama and Clinton and Bush etc as quite simply he is not the Establishments Pick, Hilary was and for the Establishment Trumps policy on NAFTA alone runs contrary to the Establishments neo liberal and neo conservative agenda of the past 40 years. 
    Trump’s foreign policy is terrible but since 1990 and the fall of the Berlin Wall etc that has been the default setting.
    With respect to Fascist states, I would argue the US has been Fascist since 2001 when the Patriot act was passed, I also consider the EU to be a Fascist organisation, that is in the Definition of Roosevelt. I oppose fascism as an anarchist I reject the State full stop and feel Direct democracy is the best form of organisation for Political Economy.
    Not all Neo conservatives or Indeed Neo Liberals are Fascists some are actually Libertarian Conservatives, I suspect Donald Trump borders on the Fascist but not Nazism, which is the German Brand of Fascism and which Franco in Spain was closer to than say Mussolini. But that’s all hair splitting. Populations are by and large ignored and irrelevant under either the US or most G20 systems, the direction of travel has been further away from democracy rather than towards it for the past 40 years but populations are In my view generally small c conservative with a broad small l liberal streak, most folk understand the benefit of and seek out more of a balance where they can, the present system makes leading a balanced life more and more difficult, Trump, it seems does not have the solutions, neither did Hilary and Mike Pence almost certainly doesn´t and would in my view be worse than Trump.
    It is hard to see the possibility of Trump serving a second term, it would though be better for the US to get him to see out the 4 years he has been elected to, in 2020 if the Dems get their act together they should easily beat the Republicans on 2016 form they would likely lose again. WHy US liberal mionded folk do not turn their attention to sorting g out the Democrats and getting it to be a viable force to win the 2020 election is beyond me, is it really not so obvious that efforts would best be channelled into that?

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    Angus Michael Mckenzie
    Angus Michael Mckenzie So you just assume that whoever you are talking to knows less than you?

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    Angus Michael Mckenzie Okay, okay, I actually bothered reading through that scrawling, rambling of a mess… apart from the fact that my name isn’t Andy, You’re arguments and reasoning are actually quiet shocking. The idea that Fascism is on the rise because of an increase of immigrants and that this is just some objective fact – immigrants + existing population = Fascism – and that the way to undo this is to placate the static unthinking and unchanging population through policy is basically appeasement, we saw what happened with that last time… I assume you don’t thing that you are an immigrant and you don’t need vetting because you are in the white club and so can never be a muslamist… 

    Generally speaking, as far as I can discern you seem to be more on the fascist side than anything else, bigging up border control, excusing fascist governments. 

    Look, there isn’t a problem in the UK with immigration and I doubt that there is in Sweden either. However, in England – I ain’t got a clue about Sweden – there is definitely a problem with a widening gap between rich and poor and the poor in their state of impotence will get pulled into ideological scapegoating, I don’t deny that. I also know that the UK government policy with housing asylum seekers is that they are always placed in areas that are already in a state of social and economic degradation which again, is clearly going to push already disenfranchised people further towards the right.

    That said, I also know a lot of people that come from these places and have been involved in anti fascist actions in areas with large immigrant and Asian populations and what is clear as day is that the fascists don’t come from area’s with lots of immigrants, they come from areas that are dominantly white and fuck poor. 

    A good example of this is Bradford, where the EDL marchers got bused in from Oldham and most of the white residents from Bradford stood shoulder to shoulder with there Asian neighbors to fight them off.

    I don’t need schooling on the differences between different Fascist regimes, but the fact that you can see any good coming out of the Trump administration does mean that you need schooling of a very different sort.

    You say that you are anarchist, but I see no anarchist thinking in what you are saying, I guess there must be a form of Anarchism which believes in borders and protecting white populations from scary black people…

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    Roger Lewis
    Roger Lewis Angus, Starting with ad hominem and moving to a straw man, a un promising start. Perhaps if you read what I wrote and thought about that and then responded to that. What you have done is projected and responded to what you think I have written.
    If you wish to have a polite discussion I am happy to do that but I have no intention of responding to your screed of un thinking bile.

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    Angus Michael Mckenzie ” screed of un thinking bile” You can do better than that….

    I did read what you said, not sure where the straw man is and criticising someone’s writing does not constitute an ad hominem argument. But frankly I didn’t know where to begin and yes, quiet a lot of what you said made me quiet furious, not projection, for example: 

    You said: 
    “WIth respect to Charlottesville, it is also true that Agent Provocateurs have been deployed in protest movements, ( Occupy was heavily infiltrated by CIA/FBI, and there is no reason to suppose that BLM and other protest groups are free of infiltration now. Trump says these things which is not the Political thing to do but it does not make him Sympatico with White supremacists or Nazis or The KKK.”

    What the actual fuck? I really don’t know where to start with this bullshit, what has Agent Provocateurs got to do with Charlottesville and BLM and how could you possibly think that Trump hasn’t been courting the far right with all the bullshit over the Mexican population during the election? Literally dumb founded. 

    Did I read what you said? 

    You said this: ” The rise of support for the SD is not because all of a sudden some dormant Fascist sympathies have awoken in the Swedish people it is that the Swedish Governments across the political divide have all fallen prey to Political correctness and also towing the EU line of Immigration, beyond the Social infrastructure supported by the Swedish local and central government system. Ordinary people have lived with the consequences and as the SD have been very vocal and largely correct about a failing of Central and local government services due to immigration outpacing the ability of Local and central government services, particularly housing to keep up.”

    I said this: “Look, there isn’t a problem in the UK with immigration and I doubt that there is in Sweden either. However, in England – I ain’t got a clue about Sweden – there is definitely a problem with a widening gap between rich and poor and the poor in their state of impotence will get pulled into ideological scapegoating, I don’t deny that. I also know that the UK government policy with housing asylum seekers is that they are always placed in areas that are already in a state of social and economic degradation which again, is clearly going to push already disenfranchised people further towards the right.”

    Rather than latching on to aggravating philosophical terms – that, though having their uses, are abused a lot to avoid facing difficult problems when someone is faced with a limit point in their thinking – can you respond to my critic of your analysis that relies so heavily on the concept and assumption of the nation state and a population that has the right or natural inclination to become fascist when there are too many brown faces around? 

    I would like to say more on your analysis of populations, your understanding that they actually exist outside of an analytical setting – at one point you seemed to attribute feelings to them, very strange – and your idea that they are of no concern to certain governments. I may do if I have the patience and think that Craigmight be enjoying this in some way…

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    Roger Lewis
    Roger Lewis Angus, what you call a critique is nothing of the sort, terms like what the actual fuck are meaningless.
    I am simply not going to entertain your grandstanding and highly aggressive invective.
    I believe the comments I have made speak for themselves and 
    your interpretations are coloured by your own Egotistical needs.
    Projecting your own strawmen arguments and attributing them to me by your childish ad hominem adds absolutely nothing.
    The Narratives you are pushing are discredited and damaging to the interests of anyone that has democratic ideals.
    I have nothing to add, have a nice evening.

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    Social Conditioning

    Related very closely to the concept of Groupthink is a process called Social Conditioning .  However, where Groupthink relates to cognitive issues in a small group, Social Conditioning is concerned more with broad social implications – typically nationwide.