Day 52 | The Condition for Truth is to Allow the Suffering to Speak

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LUMPENPROLETARIAT[Friday, 12 MAR 2021] Today is Day 52 of Mr. Biden’s first one hundred days in office. American liberals, centrists, had made a big deal about how Mr. Biden, they hoped, would usher in an FDR-like New Deal. But, back then, there was a robust political left, which has been smashed since then. Not only are there no active leftist political parties, but there is little to no militant labor movement anymore. Third parties have titillated American voters disillusioned with the two-party dictatorship for decades, but none have ever made it onto the Presidential Debate stage, since, what?, Ross Perot?

So, a robust left existed during the time of FDR, socialist and communist parties. What most pressured FDR to enact his New Deal was the wave of mass strikes across the nation. And, of course, we were reminded by various authors and experts on Pacifica Radio of how the New Deal was more of a congressional affair, than something, which came out of the White House, or God forbid, unstable and polarizing executive orders, which only lead to yo–yo policies.

Today, it is illegal to strike. The labor movement gave up its militancy in exchange for proximity to the Democrat Party long ago. But the Democrat Party, in return, has only betrayed the working class. And that betrayal has led to the lowest levels of union density, perhaps, in history. So, few labor organizers are willing to engage in wildcat strikes anymore. And that means the divided working class has no leverage.

So, it was pure Pollyannishness to believe or “hope” that Mr. Biden will represent the divided working class. As Dr. Richard Wolff has emphasized this week, the crumbs and scraps, which the divided working class will receive from the so-called Rescue Plan, will not change anything about the suffering of exploited and impoverished working class Americans. After the initial buzz of the temporary cash crumbs fade away, we will be back to the ongoing class warfare, which has kept wages stagnant since the 1970s, and which will continue to widen inequality, and continue to tighten police state controls over the poor and over black, brown, red, and, increasingly, yellow people, to use the Nixonian color coding language of Americans.

Post-Trump, the herd mentality continues to spread.

Dr. Cornel West, one of our favorite thinkers and activists, made many admirable and prescient points on Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now! this week. The most salient for us today is the following:

The Condition for Truth is to Allow the Suffering to Speak

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

Today’s other salient observations:

  • Pacifica Radio’s Askia Muhammad (WBAI & WPFW News) reported today that a new state law will make it illegal to talk to police officers. Protests have expressed public objection.
  • Pacifica Radio’s Askia Muhammad (WBAI & WPFW News) reported today that Mr. Biden gave his first major public address last night. Pacifica Radio’s Dr. Gary Null expressed concerns regarding Mr. Biden’s neurological health, detecting slurred speech or signs of dementia. A number of us have been thinking the same thing.
  • Margaret Prescod’s Sojourner Truth questioned the comparisons circulating among liberals between FDR’s New Deal and Mr. Biden’s Neoliberal Deal. As Dr. Richard Wolff argued recently on The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow, the divided U.S. working class has been pillaged since the 1970s with stagnant wages and dwindling benefits and job security. Mr. Biden’s so-called Rescue is nothing more than crumbs and scraps from the plates of the American Ruling Class because it is only a temporary fix. But the class exploitation and immiseration will continue unabated for the proletariat, the precariat.

Solidarity. Equanimity.

@LumpenProles, updated at 18:51 PDT, March 28, 2021.

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NOTES FROM A WORKING CLASS LEFT PERSPECTIVE

Friday, March 12, 2021

04:00 PST,

It’s Our Love” by Thee Sacred Souls, 2021.

“Professor Richard Wolff: Imagining a Real American Rescue” by The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow, 12 MAR 2021.

05:00 PST,

06:00 PST,

[English translation below]

Este canal de YouTube es uno de mis favoritos este año pasado porque nos expusieron a Lord Sumption, quien articuló claramente lo que muchos estavamos pensando sobre los bloqueos estatales de las sociedades, o sea la decision de encarcelar a toda la sociedad en sus casas. Además, hicieron muchas preguntas sobre lo que estaba pensando, pero nadie más parecía estar pensando, ni siquiera preocuparse.

Si escuchas atentamente, creo que encontrarás que este canal, o al menos Freddie Sayers, puede ubicarse a la derecha del espectro político. Nosotros nos posicionamos a la izquierda. Sin embargo, el año pasado, solo la derecha ha desafiado, o al menos cuestionado, los bloqueos, la encarcelada.

Lo importante para nosotros, como decía Albert Einstein, es no dejar de cuestionar.

Por lo tanto, nos comprometemos con toda investigación crítica, ya sea de izquierda o de derecha. No estamos de acuerdo con todo lo que dicen. Pero apreciamos su disposición a ir en contra de la mentalidad de rebaño predominante.

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This YouTube channel is one of my favorites this past year because they exposed us to Lord Sumption, who articulated clearly what many of us were thinking about the state lockdowns of societies. Also, they asked many questions I was thinking, but no one else seemed to be thinking about, or even care about.

If you listen closely, I think you’ll find that this channel, or at least Freddie Sayers, can be positioned on the right of the political spectrum. I position myself on the left. Yet, this past year, only the right has been challenging, or at least questioning the lockdowns.

The important thing for us, like Albert Einstein said, is to not stop questioning.

So, we engage with all critical inquiry, whether on the left, or right. We don’t agree with everything they say. But we appreciate their willingness to go against the grain of the prevailing herd mentality.

07:00 PST,

08:00 PST,

Music

09:00 PDT, WBAI > The Gary Null Show with Dr. Gary Null > […] 09:11 PDT, [TW] […] ‘fish oil: 3,000 mg’ Fish Oil is part of our daily stack. 09:15 PDT, on COVID-19 [TW] OPEN LETTER FROM DISSENTING DOCTORS HAS BEEN MADE PUBLIC AFTER GENE-BASED DRUG PUSHERS IGNORE CONCERNS FROM “50,000 scientists and MDs”. […] DR. NULL SEEMS TO BE SPEAKING PURE TRUTH HERE, VALID CONCERNS. PACIFICA RADIO’S LEONARD LOPATE SAID THIS WEEK PACIFICA DOESN’T NEED TO MOVE IN LOCKSTEP (ON WEDNESDAY, 10 MAR). MAYBE NOT, BUT PACIFICA BROADCASTERS MUST BE ALLOWED TO DEBATE EACH OTHER ON AIR. IF NOT, WE CALL BULLSHIT ON LOPATE AND OTHERS OF HIS GASLIGHTING ILK. PLEASE DEBATE PUBLICLY. IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY. WE REFUSE TO ACCEPT A FASCIST AMERICA. […] 09:32 PDT,

10:00 PST, WBAI > Leonard Lopate at Large > […] Lopate pushed the controversial zoonotic origins of COVID-19 myth again without qualification. We remind readers that this is an unresolved controversy, as acknowledged by Dr. Michio Kaku on Explorations earlier this week. The fact that Mr. Lopate is uncritically regurgitating the CDC’s dubious claims about a zoonotic origin of the SARS-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, is a red flag. We mustn’t forget the CDC is part of the U.S. military, which is to say part of the military-industrial complex. And let us not forget that their focus on the development of biological weapons, of which germ/microbe weaponization is a very real component. Either Mr. Lopate has an agenda to obfuscate controversy around the origins of the COVID-19, or he is uncritically and irresponsibly re: covid [] 10:17 carbs become glucose and glucose becomes lpyrovate goes jnto mitochondria […] 1024, doctor suggested interesting effects. But Lopate ignored him and instead moved to fear monger about obesity, only for the doctor to say that was wrong. […[ this chat is about weight loss, not body composition, sadly. Cf. Bikman, Why We get sick. Ben pakulski, et al. But we do concede that the more we eat, the faster our cells burn out, like Null said yesterday. […] “overtraining” […] 1046, The doctor just corroborated what we’ve been saying: fat does not make you fat. Your author practices carb cycling. Low carb days are high fat days. But be mindful of the triglyceride profiles. Beware of Omega-6 fats, which are estrogenic. Once I mastered the principles of natural bodybuilding, I always stay under 10% body fat, which is what we want to avoid various health issues associated with carrying excess fat. Of course, women’s healthy body fat percentiles are higher than men. And, ultimately, one’s ability to reduce body fat is a hormonal matter. If one hits a wall with fat reduction, the next step is to consider hormone function. But not everyone needs to be lean. And, we acknowledge, real women have curves. This doctor didn’t mention any of this. Oh, well. Again, all theory, no practice or experience. Pacifica’s Dr. Gary Null was a bodybuilder earlier in his life,270 lbs at about a 6 foot stature. Dr. Null knows from theory and from direct experience with body composition. “Weight loss” is a scam, dear readers. Please master your body composition: reduce your body fat and increase your body muscle, which will increase bone density and improve general health. […] 10:50 PST, ‘We actually produce more energy, pound for pound, than the sun does.’ Whoa. Cf. The Matrix, humans used as power cells for AI, which has plugged us into little bubbles of cognitive illusion, not unlike what society looks like today, perhaps. […] Our primary critique of Mr. Lopate is that he ignores alternative perspectives, such as his own colleague, Dr. Gary Null, who was on his own radio station WBAI in the very hour before his broadcast. This reminds us of what we have observed at other Pacifica Radio stations. It seems there are liberals within Pacifica Radio, who uncritically accept—is there any other way?—the notion of voting Democrat, which is antidemocratic because a two-party political cartel, whicy excludes alternative political parties from ballot access via Top-Two Primary laws and blocks alternative political parties from the presidential debates is antidemocratic. And it has created an acceptance in society of only two political choices, both neoliberal, both antilabor, both anti-working class. Also, two-party systems are polarizing, as we have been saying, and as must be patently clear to all by now. Yet, somehow, only Ralph Nader and a few other voices have acknowledged this reality on Pacifica Radio. And we recall when Ralph Nader was saying this, KPFA’s editorial consensus marginalized Ralph Nader, but championed the neoliberal Mr. Obama. Only people, like KPFA’s Davey D (Hard Knock Radio) aired critical voices, such as Mr. Carl Dix, who wasn’t afraid to go against the herd mentality and speak honestly about the two-party dictatorship.

Mr. Lopate, like his cognates at KPFA (e.g., Kris Welch, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Philip Maldari, et al) seem and at KPFK (Sonali Kolhatkar, et al.) and at WBAI (Kristine Blasdale(sp?), et al and her postmodern hyperrealism, pushing magical thinking towards “wealth and abundance“, neoliberal individualism instead of individual liberty; they seem to be brainwashing the youth, millennials and post-millenials against collective action, like the whole antidemocratic “New Day” Pacifica Bylaws Referendum, which seeks to disenfranchise the Pacifica Radio listeners, who are the legal and rightful owners of Pacifica), they all tend to avoid debate. We suspect these non-grassroots, non-activist types tend to avoid debate because, were they to attempt to debate their positions, they would be exposed as frauds. When I’ve called in to Pacifica Radio stations, management at all stations have censored me once I begin to question all of this, or raise difficult questions about the internal struggles within Pacifica Radio. But some of us have seen liberals, presumably Democrat Party partisans, who have been trying to NPR-ize, or corporatize Pacifica since the 1990s. We remember during the 1999 KPFA Lockout, when many of us camped out in front of our beloved KPFA/Pacifica National Office because we felt the state was trying to shut us down. Mr. Bill Clinton even hammered on Ms. Janet Reno because he felt she wasn’t cracking down hard enough on the protestors camped out in front of KPFA. So, when we hear Democrat partisans and apologists, who look down their noses at their colleagues to the left of them, or their colleagues willing to engage in more controversial questions than them, when we see such intellectual censorship, we must call it out.

On Wednesday, Mr. Lopate (like his cognates at KPFA often attempt to do) tried to claim that he doesn’t take a position, e.g. on controversial topics. Yet, his cheerleading guest said, I’m opinionated enough for the both of us. That underscored the reality that the very selection of guests is where Mr. Lopate and other broadcasters establish their position. It’s one’s bias which drives one to select a topic or guest to emphasize. Everyone is biased. The question is whether they are transparent, or secretive, about their biases. No one is neutral. As Dr. Howard Zinn said, You Can’t Be Neutral On a Moving Train. DON’T FALL FOR IT. Mr. Lopate invited listeners to email him with questions and comments at leonardlopate@wbai.org

Is This a Class Reductionist?” by Jacobin, 12 MAR 2021.

“On the Jacobin Show, Ariella Thornhill discusses why and how black civil rights and labor leaders, such as Martin Luther King and Bayard Rustin fought for the types of universal, redistributive programs that some liberals today consider ‘class reductionist’.”

Tune in to the Jacobin Show every Wednesday at 18:00 ET (i.e., 6 pm ET) on The Jacobin channel.

Wow. What a wonderful video. This analysis makes our hearts sing because it expands the lines of inquiry, which we have been pursuing here at Lumpenproletariat, especially since Epoch Philosophy opened up our eyes to the postmodern hyperrealism and revisionism, which has repurposed Dr. King’s true legacy in service of capital. Maybe it’s time for grad school.

10:55 PST, WBAI & WPFW > News Headlines with Askia Muhammad > […] ‘new law will make it a crime to taunt police officers‘?

11:00 PST, WBAI > Neurodiversity > topic: dyslexia, esp. in black and brown people

11:00 PST, KPFA > Voices of the Middle East and North Africa (VOMENA) > […] 11:07 PST, […] ‘the way Arab Jews were treated in Israel was terrible.’ […] 11:08 PST,

11:00 PST, KPFT [HD2] > […] 11:09 PST, [TW] ‘real romance means women matter’ […] On truth and reconciliation’, you can’t have reconciliation without truth. | ‘being angry at injustice doesn’t make you an angry person’ ‘censoring anger is a way to close a conversation’ | Next topic: Remembering Octavia Butler, super cool dystopian sci fi writer.

11:55 PST, new law could make it a crime to talk to police officers.

12:00 PST, KPFA > It’s Going Down > […] 12:12 PST, talk. sounds like the topic is gentrification in Houston. […] ‘mutual aid around the big Texas freeze’ due to what Dr. Michio Kaku described this week on Explorations as the wandering polar vortex, which has become destabilized due to human-induced climate change.

13:00 PST, KPFA > Project Censored with Mickey Huff > topic: big ag vs the environment […] Neoliberalism privatising the Point Reyes Seashore! […] 13:32 PST, Mickey Huff: “Local media matters.” ‘to fill the void of media deserts.’ […] One guest said he was going to be optimistic that Mr. Biden would do better than Mr. Trump. But we implore him to soul-search on that optimism. What is that optimism based upon, past political behavior of Mr. Biden, or a desire to be polite? We don’t think the man was a naive liberal. He seems more politically astute than us. When we listen to Project Censored, we listen like devoted students because they are the truth. But we are as frustrated as Dr. King by this uncritical support for Democrat Party politics, which, as Dr. Richard Wolff said recently on The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow is misguided.

14:00 PST, WPFW > Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod > Weekly Roundtable with Dr. Gerald Horne, et al. [TW]

The Resurgence of Race Reductionism – Touré Reed” by Jacobin, 12 MAR 2021.

14:00 PST, KPFA > Terra Verde > [TW] real talk. ‘Kern County, California fossil fuel industry plans fast-track drilling of many wells’ and privatize water? […] ‘grassroots’ ‘people of color’ […] ‘This struggle goes back to 2015.’ […] ‘That’s why a second lawsuit is being filed this week.’ […] ‘A single well can have many adverse side effects…’ […] ‘Most of the public comment was opposed to the well-drilling.’ […] ‘well-drilling ordinance will cause harm to rural, unincorporated areas and the local people, as the pollution worsens and the health problems worsen’ […] ‘30,000 premature deaths were due to fossil fuel emissions’ […] The New Republic article, “This is what..” ‘Hopefully, Newsom will do right,’ said the male guest interviewee. But what is that hope based upon, past political behavior or wishful thinking?’ […] 14:29 PST, ‘Ta-Nehisi Coates speech clip’. He seems to please white liberals. But does he challenge the two-party dictatorship, which white liberals support via the Democrat Party?

14:30 PST, KPFA > Pushing Limits > Host is interviewing Adrienne Lauby, a KPFA acquaintance of mine circa 2007-2010, when I ran for the KPFA Local Station Board. After 2011 to 2012, I worked with Abby Martin on MediaRoots.org. After 2013, I was at UMKC. Now, it’s time to reconnect with our peace and justice friends. […] ‘SuperFest’ disabilities film festival. […] 14:53 PST, ‘What’s next for the Longmore Institute?’

15:00 PST, KPFA > Rising Up with Sonali Kolhatkar > News with Sonali | Sonali reported on COVID-19 with an uncritical lense, smearing Robert Kennedy for spreading baseless ‘anti-vaxxe’ rumors. Yet, in her accusation of Robert Kennedy, who has been banned from Twitter, Kolhatkar presented no evidence in her baseless smear. What’s wrong with this picture? […] 15:09 PST, music break. | Next segment: ‘American Rescue Plan’ is a $1.9 Trillion. Billions are set aside for black farmers.’ Guest: ‘John’ ‘At the turn of the century 1 million, 14% of farmers. Now, numbers are down drastically due to discrimination, unfair land practices, lending programs, and migration northward of black people.’ […] 15:12 PST,

15:00 PST, WPFW > News Views with Garland Nixon > […] 15:13 PST, ‘What do we need to know about the Haitian Constitution and why Mr. Biden wants to change it?’ documentary film: Aristide and the Endless Revolution. […] ‘It was a dirty informational war against Aristide because he posed an existential threat to US imperialism because he refused to be a political puppet, or proxy, for US imperialism.’ […] ‘US imperialism works 25 hours a day to overthrow any government they can’t control.’ […] ‘We must connect all movements for racial justice around the world.’ cf. Black Alliance for Peace. cf. Dead Pres on dreaming. cf. Malcolm X talked about the house slave vs the field slave. Many colonized minds have a house slave mentality. [TW] ‘That’s why internationalism is important.’ An injury to one is an injury to all, as the Wobblies used to say. Dr. King said something similar, decades later. […] Follow guest Mr. Danny Shaw on Twitter for coverage of Haiti. […] cf. Haïti Liberté. […] @DannyShawCUNY. cf. CodePink. Ecuadorian military may intervene against elections. […] ‘The US will never overthrow Haiti because the last little old lady left will come down from the hills and throw a rock at the imperialists, if she must. But they will never stop fighting for independence because they are very revolutioary. They know that ‘Kidnapping is a political weapon now.’ […] ‘Like Che Guevara said…’ […] call-ins invited. 15:38 PST, unable to hear broadcast any longer, as I’m on hold with WPFW to join the discussion on Haiti and the global struggle against the three evils of society on an internationalist level. […] I called in, dear readers, but I went off-topic and lost my focus, it seems. Or maybe I was censored? Maybe the host didn’t want me to expose the forces within Pacifica Radio, who are opposed to the Pacifica Mission statement, who want to eliminate democratic governance of Pacifica, who have been seeking to corporatize Pacifica since the 1990s. Patience is a virtue, they say. But Dr. King also warned us about gradualism, which is what liberals/centrists at Pacifica are keen on maintaining. […] 1549, male caller just said, ‘I have to commiserate with the gentleman, who can’t get on KPFA,’ he said, referring to your author, ‘but we can always get on WPFW.’ We hope. But what is this hope based on, past behavior evidenced, or wishful thinking?

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Solidarity. Equanimity.

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[12 MAR 2021]

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Plandemic Dystopia #380 | US/NATO/AUKUS Imperialism Abroad + Racist, Theocratic, Patriarchal Class War From Above at Home

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LUMPENPROLETARIAT [Saturday, 14 MAY 2022]  Here are some of today’s media/press notes to help us track and make sense of this plandemic dystopia we all find ourselves living through in the 2020s.  (Please see below, after this commentary and after today’s salient observations, for samples of today’s news cycle.)  

China appears to now be cashing in its favor for abstaining and not voting against the Russian Federation at the United Nations Security Council’s Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly on Ukraine, which adopted Resolution 2623 (2022).  With China tacitly leading India and United Arab Emirates in a triad of abstentions, the Russian Federation won some leeway to defend the Donbas Region from neo-Nazi military battalions in a targeted “Special Military Operation”, not aimed at conquest of Kiev, as western pundits have framed it, but at ‘de-Nazification’.  After all, Ukraine has Europe’s second largest army.  It’s no joke that neo-Nazis and actual Nazis, followers of Stepan Bandera, have been engaging in a civil war against the Russian-speaking populations in Ukraine, particularly the Donbas region.  So, China became the voice of reason at the UN Security Council.  But, of course, nobody seems to do anything without some quid pro quo, including China.  So, now, China wants its leeway for its military to assert control over Taiwan.  As WION reported on Tuesday (10 MAY 2022), ‘Taiwan is now surrounded by warships and warplanes.’  “The PLA has carried out another round of drills near Taiwan.  Chinese warships and planes surrounded the island.  They conducted a partial rehearsal of “a possible reunification-by-force operation.””  WION’s Palki Sharma asked, Is China preparing to invade Taiwan?  One could argue the Russian Federation and China have been provoked into expanding their respective spheres of hegemonic influence to expand their safety buffer zones in the face of incessant US/NATO/AUKUS encroachment.

US/NATO/AUKUS imperialism has been encircling the Russian Federation and China, since the Obama era ‘Asia-Pacific Pivot’ and the implementation of the Air-Sea Battle Doctrine, which was outlined in a then-classified 2009 memo, which became official doctrine by 2010 [ 1 ].  As The Diplomat reported back in 2017, “From the beginning, it was an effort to develop an operational doctrine for a possible military confrontation with China and then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates openly discussed the need to counter China’s growing military capabilities. The signal received in Beijing was the United States had hostile intentions toward China and was trying to contain it militarily. The result was that the entire pivot was seen by Beijing as part of a broader effort to encircle China.” 

And US/NATO imperialism has also been provoking the Russian Federation, since at least the 2014 US-backed coup of Ukraine.  And the west has ignored the festering civil war in Ukraine since then.  After all, Clinton said no to Mr. Putin, when the Russian Federation asked to join NATO, in an attempt to avoid getting bullied by US/NATO imperialism.  NATO is an illegitimate institution, which should have dissolved itself when its raison d’être, it’s reason for being, ended after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  The US war economy always needs a bogeyman to justify its military defense industry.  So, no matter how hard they tried, Mr. Putin and the Russian Federation were never going to be considered friends of the United States.  Who is a friend of the United States?  Bullies don’t tend to have real friends.  And this American war profiteering being prioritized over people is happening against the backdrop of the ever-present threat of nuclear war and nuclear winter.  President Biden’s recent demonstration of prioritizing war profiteering over people was described by truth-seeker Caitlin Johnstone as “The Most American Thing That Has Ever Happened”.  “President Joe Biden and top Democrats have agreed to a GOP demand to disentangle a stalled COVID-19 response package from a separate supplemental request for military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine so the latter can move more quickly,” Roll Call reported.  We hear the perennial American song:  brutal imperialism (abroad) and totalitarian police state repression and control [domestically). 

The latest assault on the human rights of the American people comes in the guise of the unsurprising moves by the cultist Amy Coney Barrett and her allies, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanagh, et al. on the SCOTUS to undermine and destroy Roe v. Wade, by any means necessary.  Alito cited a ’17th century misogynist multiple times’ in his non-technical, non-scientific argumentation.  Our society is looking pretty dystopian, isn’t it?  It’s like we’re consciously striving to make our world into a hybrid version of all of the most horrifying dystopian cautionary tales, from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World of doped out and sedated hedonists (like our depoliticized and demobilized population), who lack empathy for others and do not care about the suffering of the world, the class oppression, to George Orwell’s 1984 dystopia, of a society under total surveillance, with a Ministry of Truth, like President Biden’s new Disinformation Governance Bureau, which monitors everyone’s thoughts and takes you to Room 101, if you do not comply.  Julian Assange and the Freedom of the Press are now languishing in Room 101, as of this writing, like many political prisoners, including journalist Mumia Abu Jamal. [ 2 ]  To add to the dystopian pastiche, which is becoming of our society, we can add a global fertility crisis, which Dr. Shanna H. Swan, Ph.D. has described, summarizing decades of research, in her book, co-authored with Stacey Colino, “Count Down” – How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors, leading to phthalate syndrome, a syndrome assigned at birth.  Endocrine disruptors are limiting testosterone production in genetic males.  Human embryos have precursors of male and female gonads.  Genetic males are “incompletely masculinized”, as Dr. Shanna H. Swan describes it, when endocrine disruptors, such as phthalates found in food and the environment, limit testosterone production in human development.  This was first found in rodents, then it was found in humans, in pregnant women.  The human children from the first study are now being tracked to monitor sperm count and fertility rates.  Phthalate syndrome appears to be correlated with a diminished anal-genital distance birth defect, which appears to be an indicator of various fertility problems.  Phthalate syndrome appears to be happening to many mammals.  Dr. Swan described studies, which found that when mothers were found with higher levels of certain phthalates, which lower testosterone, in their early urine samples, their male children would have genitals, which were less completely masculinized.  Why isn’t this headline news?  Phthalates are found in many products, from foods to clothing to pesticides.  But this is only one class of endocrine disruptors.  This should be on the front page of every news outlet, until this problem is solved.  This is absolutely horrifying.  Instead, the establishment media/press merely registered a single hysterical rant about “gay frogs” from Alex Jones.  How does the establishment media/press get from Dr. Swan’s compelling science around a global fertility crisis and incompletely masculinized males to “gay frogs”?  How does the public go along with such bad journalism?  Is this willful ignorance?  In the dystopian cautionary tales, Children of Men and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, humanity faces a global fertility crisis.  It’s tough not to connect these dots between empirical data showing a global fertility crisis, combined with a doubling down against reproductive rights by cultist Supreme Court activist Justices pursuing a Gilead future.  And we haven’t even mentioned human-induced climate change…  [ 3 ]

Other salient observations:

  • Sweden to join NATO with Finland as US-led war on Russia escalates” by Alex Lantier, World Socialist Web Site, 14 MAY 2022.  Article flagged by @JohnPilger.  I’m not a fan of Trotsky; and Stalin seems to have betrayed Marx.  This article and its Disqus (invasive app) comments section seem to be haunted, distracted, and at times possessed, by the ghosts of Stalin and Trotsky, instead of being inspired by the spirit of Marx.  Well, hell, the entire WSWS modus operandi is dedicated to the ghost of Trotsky, instead of the living workers of the world today.  Nevertheless, this is a worthwhile read.  And, of course, we must always read between the lines.
  • White supremacist, 18-year old Payton Gendron, committed a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. (cf. Revolutionary Blackout, WGRZ-TV, et al.
  • Mass shooting, 21 shot within two hours, in Milwaukee.  (cf. WISN 12 News, NPR, et al)
    • Assistant Chief Welder: ‘last night in downtown Milwaukee, circa 21:10 CDT at 1105 North MLK, 3 people were shot (i.e., three victims of non-fatal shootings). One person of interest is in custody; and a gun was recovered from that incident.  Later, at 1102 Northwater at 22:30 CDT one person was injured in an all-city request, which means any and all available officers were being called to assist with crowd control.’  ‘Another shooting occurred later, at 1154 Northwater at 23:09 CDT.  17 people were injured by gunfire.  Five of the injured people were armed and taken into custody.  There was also a shootout between two armed groups, in defiance of heavy police presence.’
    • “At least 21 people were injured in 3 shootings after a Bucks game in Milwaukee” by NPR [Associated Press], 14 MAY 2022.  NPR cited ‘stress’ and the ‘pandemic’ as explanatory factors. Ethnicities of shooters and the people shot was not reported.
  • The COVID-19 gaslighting, the deceptions, the absurd narrative, the injection mandates continue to violate human rights, assault informed consent, and assault parental consent, as wars overtake the headlines.
  • This morning, we saw an Instagram reel, shared by Talib Kweli, of brutes disrespecting the pallbearers carrying the casket of assassinated Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqla (Akleh).  “This is gross [and] anti human.  Rest in peace”
  • Political prisoner, Julian Assange, continues to languish in prison (in Room 101), facing an extradition to the United States, where he would most likely be treated worse, tortured, and/or assassinated.  Evidence already revealed past CIA and intelligence agency designs and plans to assassinate Assange, a hero of the people.
  • Gravitas Plus: Which countries could go the Sri Lanka way” by WION, 14 MAY 2022.
  • REMINDER > “Climate Change Will Accelerate Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction:  The pace at which species disappear is picking up as temperatures rise, and things are looking especially troubling in the tropics” by Sarah Zielinski, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 APR 2015.

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MEDIA NOTES, NEWS, VIEWS, WORKING CLASS BLUES, INFORMATION, INSPIRATION, PERSPIRATION, AND AGITATION FROM A WORKING CLASS PERSPECTIVE

[Notes will be modified/edited/updated as time and labor constraints allow.  Working class solidarity. ✊🏽✊🏼✊🏿✊]

Ruined in a Day” by New Order (1993)

“Listen, I may be wrong, but you’ll listen; there’s something wrong, you could say…”

Regret” by New Order (1993)

Gravitas Plus: Which countries could go the Sri Lanka way” by WION, 14 MAY 2022.

“Video: Mass shooting in Milwaukee” by WISN 12 News, 14 MAY 2022.

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2022 Indy Pro Prejudging : Blessing VS Charles Battle For the Win : Justin is Out” by Nick’s Strength and Power [via YouTube], 14 MAY 2022.

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“Abortion-rights groups rally across U.S.” by Reuters, 14 MAY 2022.

Quotation from video description:  “Thousands of abortion-rights supporters rallied across the United States, angered by the prospect that the Supreme Court may soon overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide a half century ago.”

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Mass Shooting in Buffalo | American-Born White Supremacy Continues to Murder Black People” by Revolutionary Blackout, 14 MAY 2022.

NOTES:  “10 People Killed – Buffalo, NY” | shooting livestreamed via Twitch | … 

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NOTES:  ‘This shooting comes in the wake of a shooting in Brooklyn’ 18 yr old

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Abortion Rights Supporters Demonstrate in San Francisco” by NBC Bay Area, 14 MAY 2022.

Quotation from video description: “Thousands of people took to the streets of San Francisco Saturday to demonstrate for abortion protection rights.  Thom Jensen reports.”

NOTES: ‘Massive rallies in Washington, D.C.; New York; Los Angeles; even St. Paul, Minnesota speak out in support of reproductive rights.  DC rally began at the National Mall and ended at the steps of the Supreme Court. |  In the Bay Area, rallies were held in San Jose and San Francisco.  Activists say bigger and bigger mobilizations are the key to success, no matter which of the two corporate political parties are in power.  Another activist called for work stoppages, walkouts, and wildcat strikes to disrupt business-as-usual.’

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Search ongoing for suspect wanted in connection with shooting outside Grand Central Market.

Suspect in Buffalo mass shooting charged with first-degree murder” by WGRZ-TV, 14 MAY 2022.

Quotation from video description: “Suspect in Buffalo mass shooting charged with first-degree murder. A shooting at Tops Market on Jefferson Avenue Saturday afternoon around 2:30 pm killed 10 people, Buffalo Police Department announced. A suspect was arrested at the scene. Buffalo police told 2 On Your Side that, in all, 13 people were shot. Eleven of the victims are African-American, two are white. Four of the victims were store employees, they said. A spokesperson for ECMC said they are treating the three survivors who are currently in stable condition.  The shooter, who has only been identified as an 18-year old white male, is in custody and is expected to be arraigned within the hour. |  “What started out as a beautiful day in the City of Buffalo turned into a terrible day, and one of tremendous heartbreak for every member of our community,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.  Brown said the shooter is not from Buffalo, and traveled several hours to the city for the shooting.  Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said the suspect drove to the Tops on Jefferson Avenue, exited his vehicle and engaged four people in the parking lot. He allegedly shot the four people, killing three. The other person was taken to the hospital to be treated.”


[ 1 ] RELATED READINGS/RESOURCES:

  • “The Legacy of Obama’s “Pivot” to Asia: The president’s Asia legacy is not worst in recent history. But it’s not the best either.” by Michael J. Green, Foreign Policy, 3 SEP 2016. N.B.: Establishment “liberal bias”; American exceptionalism; unilateral interventionism; no mention of United Nations.
  • “The Pivot to Asia Was Obama’s Biggest Mistake: The pivot failed to achieve key goals in Asia while inattention made matters worse in Europe and the Middle East.” by John Ford, The Diplomat, 21 JAN 2017. N.B.: Establishment “liberal bias”; American exceptionalism; unilateral interventionism; no mention of United Nations.

[ 2 ] 13 MAY 2022 was the 37th Anniversary of the helicopter bombing of a residential home in the middle of Philadelphia because the state disagreed with their politics. The fate of John Afrika, the MOVE organization and journalist and, now, political prisoner, Mumia Abu Jamal is all emblematic of the state’s contempt for liberty and participatory democracy, true democracy.

RELATED READING(S)/RESOURCE(S):

  • 35 YEARS LATER…HEALING?: The anniversary of MOVE should call for more than an apology. A forthcoming documentary points the way toward true reconciliation” by Larry Platt, The Philadelphia Citizen, 13 MAY 2020.

[ 3 ] On human-induced climate change… [additional notes pending]


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