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]

[Last modified on 28 MAR 2021 at 20:01 PDT]

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Plandemic Dystopia #540 | 2022 Critical Media Literacy Conference of the Americas

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LUMPENPROLETARIAT[Friday, 21 OCT 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, including inverted totalitarianism, medical authoritarianism, medical apartheid, the post-COVID-19 controlled demolition of the global economy, the rise of neo-feudalism, houseless encampments of the neo-peasantry, nuclear danger, creeping WWIII provoked by US/NATO/AUKUS imperialism against the BRICS nations and the global south, and human-induced greenhouse-effect climate change leading to a climate crisis of melting ice caps, record heatwaves, tornadoes, floods, drought, drying rivers, and other extreme weather events, which threaten life on Earth. Let’s learn together and find solutions together. Let’s build working class solidarity. Let’s build human solidarity.  Siempre hay esperanza…  (Please see below, after this commentary and after today’s salient observations, for samples of today’s news cycle.) 

On today’s edition of The Gary Null Show, listeners were presented with some more hard-hitting COVID-19 truth, including a critique of the real Anthony Fauci

And, on this week’s edition of Project Censored, listeners were presented with an excellent hour of critique of social media and a discussion of critical media literacy, including a discussion of the Critical Media Literacy Conference taking place this weekend in Oakland, California and online via Zoom. 

Also, on this week’s edition of On the Ground: Voices of Resistance from the Nation’s Capitol, host Esther Iverem delivered “Headlines & Happenings” that really matter, and also featured more excerpts from Ukraine On Fire (2016).  Esther Iverem:  “As regions that recently voted to join Russia come under fresh attacks from Kiev, we air two more excerpts from Ukraine On Fire, the Oliver Stone-produced movie about the 2014 US-backed coup in Ukraine. […] And, for this month’s episode of “The F-Word” on fascism, I asked Jackie Luqman, if Americans would recognize, or do recognize, that the United States is devolving into a fascist state.”  Jackie Luqman:  “Curtailing of the actual freedom of the press, curtailing of rights to assembly, curtailing of the ability to express opposition to the government or the state, those things are already happening in this country.”

Those are just a few highlights from todays news cycle.

Other salient observations:

  • China plans ‘new era’ of revolution in 20th CPC national congress” by Multipolarista [via YouTube], 21 OCT 2022[1hr 27min 13sec] (Additional notes on this topic below.)
  • Here’s How Spike Protein Causes Vascular Damage” by Drbeen Medical Lectures [via YouTube], 21 OCT 2022[47min 20sec]  N.B.:  Spike protein can enter the human body, either, by infection or injection.   (Additional notes on this topic below.)
  • Chelsea Manning: Why I risked prison to expose the US military” by  The Real News Network [via YouTube], 21 OCT 2022. [1hr 35min 19sec]
  • Katie Halper: The Hill TV fired for defending critics of Israel” by The Real News Network [via YouTube], 21 OCT 2022[34min 15sec]  [L24
    • Left-Wing Journalist Katie Halper Has Been Fired for Calling Israel an Apartheid State” by Branko Marcetic, Jacobin, 1 OCT 2022[R0]
    • Jewish American Journalist Fired for Calling Israel ‘Apartheid’ State” by staff, The Palestine Chronicle, 3 OCT 2022. [R0] 
    • Journalist Katie Halper censored and fired for telling the truth about Israeli apartheid” by Kevin Reed, World Socialist Web Site, 5 OCT 2022[R0] 
    • Podcast Ep 67: Katie Halper fired over Israel criticism” by Nora Barrows-Friedman, Electronic Intifada, 25 OCT 2022[L0]  [R0] 
  • The Chris Hedges Report: Noam Chomsky, Pt 1” by The Real News Network [via YouTube], 21 OCT 2022[30min 7sec]  [L0] 
  • Neil Oliver-‘…something bad’s coming & it might be coming for you’” by Neil Oliver [via YouTube], 21 OCT 2022[16min 12sec] 
  • Nina Turner’s UNBOSSED Premieres | Analysis: DeSantis vs Biden | Nina Turner 2024?” by Revolutionary Blackout [via YouTube], 21 OCT 2022. [1hr 51min 29sec]  [L0] 

@LumpenProles, last modified/edited/updated on 5 NOV 2022 at 10:34 PDT.


MEDIA/PRESS 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. ✊🏽✊🏼✊🏿✊]

Friday, 21 October 2022

The Psychology of Totalitarianism is still one of the most relevant books to the plight of the USA and the contemporary so-called western world.  Most of the USA is still in the grips of the mass psychology dynamic known as mass formation, still buying into the absurd COVID-19 narratives. The virus is real, a chimeric, man-made virus, the product of illegal, reckless gain of function bioweapons/bio-defense research.  But the statistics were fraudulent or exaggerated for fearmongering and big pharma drug-pushing purposes, to justify lockdowns and mandates, an authoritarian march towards totalitarianism under a false pretext of public health.  Also, (re)read RFK’s The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy to get past the false image of Anthony Fauci, which is pushed by the establishment.  The man should be behind bars.  Also (re)read COVID-19 and the Global Predators: We Are the Prey by Dr. Peter R. Breggin, MD and Ginger Ross Breggin, with introductions by leading COVID-19 physicians: Dr. Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH; Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet, MD; and Dr. Vladimir “Zev” Zelenko, MD.  There’s tons of information corroborating your author’s critical perspective…  Let’s wake the folk up!

21:00 PDT / 00:00 EDT, WBAI > The Jimmy Dore Show [60min]

NOTES:  [listener notes pending; scribe hasn’t listened yet] 

05:00 PDT, KPFA > Rising Up with Sonali Kolhatkar  |  “A daily digest of independent news analysis, investigation, education, artistic expression, and activism in the public interest, emphasizing the connection between global issues and those in local communities. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.”

NOTES:  [listener notes pending; scribe hasn’t listened yet] 

COMMENTS:  This program, Rising Up with Sonali Kolhatkar, suffers from the same “liberal bias”, which Dr. Noam Chomsky has warned about since at least the 1990s, the same liberal bias as UpFront with Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman & co., Letters and Politics with Mitch Jeserich, Leonard Lopate at Large, Talkies with Kris Welch, et al.  Dr. Chomsky’s critique of the liberal establishment press now applies to most of the public affairs and news departments across the national Pacifica Radio Network.  Democrat Party apologism and a refusal to critique or interrogate the two-party dictatorship is the common thread…

[See voicenotes…]

Top U.S. & World Headlines – October 21, 2022 by Democracy Now!, 21 OCT 2022.

06:00 PDT, KPFA > Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman & company | “Democracy Now! is a daily independent award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.”

COMMENTS: Democracy Now! used to be a hard-hitting, adversarial newscast. Now, Amy Goodman is a millionaire and Democracy Now! is no longer willing to be honest about various things, including the two-party dictatorship, 9/11, COVID-19, and US/NATO imperialism. As Danny Haiphong wrote in 2021, “[Democracy Now!] has become a reliable platform for uncritical regime change propaganda, demonizing targets of US empire from Syria to Nicaragua.” [ 1 ]

BOOK STUDY NOTES:

  • The Gulag Archipelago: 1918 – 1956 (Abridged) > Scribd audiobook (for commuting, exercising, multitasking, etc): Chapter 13 of 77 > “Chapter Eight [2min 35sec]
  • The Gulag Archipelago: 1918 – 1956 (Abridged) > Scribd audiobook (for commuting, exercising, multitasking, etc): Chapter 14 of 77 >  [0min 41sec]
  • The Gulag Archipelago: 1918 – 1956 (Abridged) > Scribd audiobook (for commuting, exercising, multitasking, etc): Chapter 15 of 77 > “Chapter Ten – The Law Matures” [15min 39sec]

07:00 PDT / 10:00 EDT, WBAI > Heart of Mind with Kathryn Davis pre-empted > On the Ground (see notes below)

07:00 PDT / 10:00 EDT, WPFW & WBAI [simulcast] > On The Ground: Voices of Resistance from the Nation’s Capitol with Esther Iverem

NOTES (re: WBAI audio archive):  Esther Iverem: (c. 0min 45sec) “From Washington D.C., this is On the Ground. As regions that recently voted to join Russia come under fresh attacks from Kiev, we air two more excerpts from Ukraine On Fire [2016], the Oliver Stone-produced movie about the 2014 US-backed coup in Ukraine.” Audio excerpt from Ukraine On Fire: “The situation in Crimea is being presented as a Russian invasion. And, again, anybody, who looks at this seriously and looks at the poll numbers, some of the poll numbers done by U.S. agencies, themselves, showing that the people of Crimea preferred being part of Russia.” Esther Iverem: “And, for this month’s episode of “The F-Word” on fascism, I asked Jackie Luqman, if Americans would recognize, or do recognize that the United States is devolving into a fascist state.” Jackie Luqman: “Curtailing of the actual freedom of the press, curtailing of rights to assembly, curtailing of the ability to express opposition to the government or the state, those things are already happening in this country.” Esther Iverem: “All that and much more, coming up.” (c. 1min 52sec) … | music break: piano/chill hop | (c. 35min 50sec) Esther Iverem: … ‘This is the third week for the show in this month, where we present “The F-Word” on fascism. And, as our listeners know, our original touchstone for this series is the statement by 1960s revolutionary George Jackson, who defined fascism as the complete control of the state by monopoly capital. He said that fascism is the last stage of capitalism, at the heart of the imperial center where the relationship between the state and the corporation becomes indiscernable.’ (c. 36min 26sec) … |  No direct link to WPFW radio archive. To access the audio archive, search WPFW by scrolling down to find the archives for Friday, 21 OCT 2022 (10:00 EDT) and clicking on the audio stream for On The Ground. Also see On the Ground website for broadcast archives.

COMMENTS: On the Ground is one of the best programs on the free speech Pacifica Radio Network, or anywhere for that matter. On the Ground deserves a timeslot on prime time mass media more than any corporate talking heads. What have we allowed our government to do to our media in the USA? It seems very few of us have actually read Manufacturing Consent, like very few of us have actually read Das Kapital.

07:00 PDT, KPFA > UpFront with Brian Edwards-Tiekert

Quotations from radio archive description:  “Algorithmic price fixing on apartment rentals; Plus” | “On today’s show: | 0:08 – Heather Vogell (@hvogell), who is currently investigating the rental housing market for ProPublica discusses her recent investigation of YieldStar, the algorithmic software developed by RealPage to help landlords set rental prices on apartments. | 0:33 – Dr. John Maa, a longtime volunteer physician with the American Heart Association discusses Prop 31, the referendum on the flavored tobacco ban. | 0:44 – Alexis Petrakis, a psychologist for Kaiser in Petaluma and a member of the NUHW bargaining committee discusses the new 4-year contract that they just successfully bargained with Kaiser and that the union voted to ratify on Thursday evening.”

NOTES:  [listener notes pending; scribe hasn’t listened yet]

COMMENTS: UpFront is some of the worst Machiavellian perception management, which will never inform the working class, which is oppressed by the power elite, nor help them connect the dots between issues to help the public see the larger truths to be able to learn from past experience. This is liberal [i.e., pro-capitalist or non-anti-capitalist] entertainment and Democrat Party apologism masquerading as critical leftist [i.e., anti-capitalist] journalism and analysis. [ 2 ]

08:00 PDT, KPFA > A Rude Awakening with Sabrina Jacobs

Quotations from radio archive description: “On today’s show, I’ll speak to documentary filmmaker Susan Kucera on her latest entitled, “The 12th Hour” which will be screened at the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) on October 26 @ the Eastside College Preparatory School’s Eastside Theater, 1041 Myrtle Street, at 3:15PM | Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be | and an excerpt from my conversation with Project Drawdown‘s Director of Storytelling and Engagement, Matt Scott on his latest project, Drawdown Neighborhood: Atlanta | [drawdown dot org link]”

NOTES:  [listener notes pending; scribe hasn’t listened yet] 

08:00 PDT / 11:00 EDT, WPFW > Community Watch & Comment – Friday with Ron Pinchback(sp?), Tom Williams(sp?), and Chip Jones

NOTES:  [listener notes pending; scribe hasn’t listened yet] 

08:00 PDT / 11:00 EDT, WBAI > Special [60min]

NOTES:  […]  (08:42 PDT) underway:  audio of Slavery By Another Name  …  |  [rerun]  (08:51 PDT) ‘CPB funding has been cut for public radio, is under attack…’  THIS IS A FUNDRAISING BROADCAST. PLEASE SUPPORT LISTENER-SPONSORED, LISTENER-OWNED FREE SPEECH PACIFICA RADIO WBAI.   …  Sounds like Christine Blosdale.  ‘Call 212.209.2950 to donate to free speech Pacifica Radio WBAI.’  … 

09:00 PDT / 12:00 EDT, PRN.Live & WBAI [simulcast] > The Gary Null Show

NOTES/COMMENTS (re: WBAI broadcast of The Gary Null Show for 22 OCT 2022):  Health & Healing Information … (09:02 PDT) [offline] (09:12 PDT) [online] underway: Health & Healing Information … | (09:21 PDT) music break. | 0922 on the Real Anthony Fauci. c0939 PDT archival audio of Null TV segment from back in the day, challenging establishment narratives around AIDS

09:00 PDT, KPFA > Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman & company | “Democracy Now! is a daily independent award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.”

NOTES:  (See earlier broadcast above for additional notes.)

10:00 PDT / 13:00 EDT, PRN.Live > Leid Stories with Eutrice Leid

NOTES: As of Saturday, 22 OCT 2022, there is no radio/podcast archive available at PRN.Live for this particular broadcast. (It’s possible an archive may be posted at PRN.Live as time and labor constraints allow.) | ‘Free Your Mind Fridays’, free form call-ins [i.e., Free Speech Fridays, your author called in once and attempted to explain the political spectrum, referencing the Second Thought video on that topic. But I failed to come across clearly, as I was on a job site, unprepared, etc. Haha, oh, well. But Eutrice Leid was cool (‘you seem to be presenting a high level presentation’) and instructed me to “work on your presentation” and then call back.] … (10:16 PDT) [CC]

10:00 PDT, WBAI > Leonard Lopate at Large

Quotations from radio archive description: “According to Thomas B. Pepinsky, COVID-19 has killed more people than any war or public health crisis in American history, but the scale and grim human toll of the pandemic were not inevitable. “Pandemic Politics” examines how Donald Trump politicized COVID-19, shedding new light on how his administration tied the pandemic to the president’s political fate in an election year and chose partisanship over public health, with disastrous consequences for all. At a time when solidarity and bipartisan unity were sorely needed, Americans came to see the pandemic in partisan terms, adopting behaviors and attitudes that continue to divide us today. | Listen to the archive when Professor of Government and Public Policy at Cornell University, Thomas B. Pepinsky shared a uniquely American tragedy, in which Pandemic Politics reveals how the politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic had profound and troubling implications for public health and the future of democracy itself on this installment of Leonard Lopate at Large”

NOTES:  [listener notes pending; scribe hasn’t listened yet, but from reading the radio archive description (or “synopsis”), it sounds like listeners will be subjected to more uncritical amplification of establishment narratives regarding the police state psyop response to COVID-19.] 

COMMENTS: This program, Leonard Lopate at Large, suffers from the same “liberal bias”, which Dr. Noam Chomsky has warned about since at least the 1990s, as UpFront, Democracy Now!, Letters and Politics, Talkies, et al. Democrat Party apologism and a refusal to critique or interrogate the two-party dictatorship is the common thread…

10:00 PDT, KPFA > Economic Update with Prof. Richard Wolff

NOTES:  […]  1016 PDT KPFA  … 1017 ‘I would say that we’re anti-capitalist in the following ways…’  Economic Update. …
Means(sp?) TV, an anti-capitalist TV network… | No radio/podcast archive available at KPFA.org. But archives of Economic Update with Richard Wolff are available at FreeSpeech.org and other podcast providers, such as Apple Podcasts.

10:00 PDT, KPFK > The Michael Slate Show with Sunsara Taylor

NOTES: 1038 kpfk Sunsara Taylor tw with guest fundraiser Gary G Spot Baca reproductive rights

10:30 PDT, KPFA > Terra Verde

NOTES: 1030 PDT, KPFA random host?  Terra verde 2019 anniversary of Chile uprising  …  guest is suspicious  1038 cc. | KPFA has been mislabeling Terra Verde as El Show de Andres Soto ever since Andres Soto quit producing El Show. (Andres Soto announced on air that he was quitting his KPFA program because he is moving with his family out of the USA, to a socialist nation, he said.)

COMMENTS: This program, Terra Verde, suffers from the same “liberal bias”, as UpFront, Democracy Now!, Letters and Politics, Talkies, Leonard Lopate at Large, et al., which Dr. Noam Chomsky has warned about since at least the 1990s. Democrat Party apologism and a refusal to critique or interrogate the two-party dictatorship is the common thread…

11:00 PDT, KPFK > music … (11:01 PDT) [CC]

11:00 PDT, KPFA > Voices of the Middle East and North Africa (VOMENA) | “The richly diverse and fascinating world of culture and politics of the Middle East and North Africa, co-hosted by Khalil and Malihe.”

NOTES:  […]  1101 KPFA VOMENA > Iran uprising, reproductive rights | 1125 author, Neither Settler, Nor Immigrant tw

China plans ‘new era’ of revolution in 20th CPC national congress” by Multipolarista [via YouTube], 21 OCT 2022[1hr 27min 13sec] 

NOTES: [c. 11:26 PDT]  [L1] 

COMMENTS: Multipolarista is explicitly anti-colonial, anti-imperialist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, and pro-socialist.

11:00 PDT / 14:00 EDT, WPFW > Resistance Radio with John Kane and Regan de Loggans

NOTES:  [listener notes pending; scribe hasn’t listened yet]  No direct link to WPFW radio archive. To access the audio archive, search WPFW by scrolling down to find the archives for Friday, October 21, 2022 2pm [14:00 EDT] and clicking on the audio stream for Resistance Radio.

COMMENTS: Resistance Radio is explicitly anti-colonial, anti-imperialist, and focuses on Native American/indigenous issues, rights, and justice.

12:00 PDT, KPFA > It’s Going Down with anonymous male-sounding host

Quotations from radio archive description: “Building Autonomous Space and Mutual Aid in Oakland with Omni Commons” | “On this episode of It’s Going Down, we speak with two people involved in the Omni Commons, a massive autonomous community center located in North Oakland. Born out of Occupy Oakland, over the past ten years, the space has grown to include many collectives, projects, and hold many community events. Join us as we speak about what goes into keep such a space open, and how you can help the Omni stay open and support their current fundraising campaign.”

NOTES: 1200 KPFA news Mericle , yellow journalism, uncritical amplification of establishment narratives | (c. 5min 0sec)  It’s Going Down with anonymous, male-sounding host. |  Anonymous/cowardly host:  ‘On today’s episode, we speak with two collective members of the Omni Commons, a large autonomous community center located in Oakland, California [i.e., a multi-million dollar building purchased by liberals with help of a large donation of at least a million dollars followed by philanthropic fundraising, i.e., property owners].’  …  ‘We talk about the group’s latest fundraiser and its struggle to save the space [i.e., protect their property and mortgage with appeals to the public to support their private property].’  …  This is cultural content not political.  Don’t get me wrong, communal living and intentional communities are fine.  But let’s be clear about how this ‘space’ is ‘property’, which is being accommodated by capitalism, not a subversive ‘space’, which challenges capitalist logic.  Philanthropy is not subversive.  …  [Thumbs down…]  …  1248 offline (tuned out).

COMMENTS: It’s Going Down is usually a disappointing program for leftists, as it functions as a synthetic left shill for the establishment by perpetuating the false left-right paradigm whereby the Republican Party and the ‘far-right’ are usually framed as the bogeymen, of which listeners must be wary.  Meanwhile, the Democrat Party is usually let off the hook, usually not critiqued as sharply as the Republican Party.  [ 3 ]

13:00 PDT, KPFA > Project Censored with Mickey Huff | “The News That Didn’t Make the News. Each week, co-hosts Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips conduct in depth interviews with their guests and offer hard hitting commentary on the key political, social, and economic issues of the day with an emphasis on critical media literacy.”

NOTES: a critique of social media + critical media literacy [TW]  …  (c. 25min 51sec) [TW] MH: ‘for more info also see critical media project dot org‘ … ‘Allison Butler(sp?), University of Massachusetts-Amherst aka U-Mass Amherst’ … | (c. 44min 14sec) Up next, her co-author, Dr. Nolan Higdon’ No mp3 download option provided at KPFA.org; but there is an audiostream playback option.  

COMMENTS: This is such a good episode, or edition, of Project Censored. Please listen to this broadcast mindfully, carefully, closely. Mickey Huff and producer Anthony Fest are absolutely brilliant. They literally shine light, where there is darkness. Some people, who shall remain nameless, shine fancy lights, but only to distract with sophistry. | This particular broadcast, like most broadcasts, of Project Censored, deserves a transcript and detailed notes highlighting, unpacking, and expanding on all of the brilliant and insightful observations and conclusions. | Project Censored is one of the best programs on the free speech Pacifica Radio Network, or anywhere for that matter. Project Censored deserves a timeslot on prime time mass media more than any corporate talking heads. What have we allowed our government to do to our media in the USA? It seems very few of us have actually read Manufacturing Consent, like very few of us have actually read Das Kapital. We need to wake the folk up!

13:00 PDT / 16:00 EDT, WBAI > Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod

NOTES[L1] anonymous announcer: “The following program is pre-recorded [i.e., a rerun].” | Margaret Prescod: ‘Today, we remember and lift up Fred Hampton, who was the head of the Black Panther Party in Chicago and was assassinated by the FBI in a COINTELPRO operation. […]’

14:00 PDT / 17:00 EDT, WPFW > Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod

NOTES[L3] End of News Headlines with Sue Goodwin | (c. 0min 39sec) Begin program. Margaret Prescod: ‘Today, we are continuing our seven part series on the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (known as SNiCC). Today, we are going to hear from the late civil rights activist, comedian, and social critic, Dick Gregory.’

14:00 PDT / 17:00 EDT, WBAI > Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley cancelled? > Max Politics with Ben Max pre-empted > Special [i.e., The Gary Null Show (rerun)]

NOTES:  WBAI board operator mentioned that Max Politics, which is the regularly scheduled program, will return next week. Sadly, that means Black Agenda Radio has been cancelled… And Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley was already a downgrade from Black Agenda Report with Glen Ford and Bruce Dixon. | (rerun) Dr. Gary Null program on junk food, the one where Dr. Null talks about covering a table with junk food in a studio of some sort… … ‘super foods’ and ‘vegan foods’ … (c. 38:00) ‘Reversing Heart Disease and Stroke Naturally’ … (c. 38:45) …

COMMENTS: Black Agenda Report was revolutionary, especially as led by Bruce Dixon, Glen Ford, and Margaret Kimberley. Lately, Margaret Kimberley has been hosting Black Agenda Radio. But, for some unfortunate reason, listeners must now listen to establishment politics and Democrat Party apologism with Ben Max. It appears Black Agenda Radio has been cancelled. The Pacifica Radio Network is being completely colonized by establishment liberals (i.e., pro-capitalists or non-anti-capitalists).

14:00 PDT, KPFA > Terra Verde with random hosts connected to the Democrat partisan faction at KPFA; today’s random host is somebody named Gary Hughes, who does not sound familiar, even to someone, who has been disappointed episode after episode of Terra Verde since the mid- to early-2000s, back when Brian Edwards-Tiekert used to host this show, before he left it to his bourgeois, liberal friends…

Quotations from radio archive description: “Terra Verde host and producer Gary Hughes is joined by reporter and foreign correspondent Boris van der Spek, founder of Chile Today, the only independent English language news platform in Chile. Boris shares insights about the current situation in Chile on the third anniversary of the historic October 2019 social rebellion and recounts his ground breaking work reporting on the land conflicts between the forestry sector and autonomous indigenous Mapuche communities demanding accountability.”

NOTES: Terra Verde (rerun, from morning broadcast, liberal, Dem apologist, deflection from domestic political issues.  Pacifica Radio liberals, in order to avoid confronting the reality of domestic politics, whilst posturing as free speech radio, love to focus on critiquing foreign governments.  But what can I, or anyone, do as an American?  Philanthropy?  Meanwhile, the status quo remains the same.  Capitalist imperialism and domestic police state abuses and class warfare from above continue unchecked, if all we do is listen to liberal distraction/deflection like this…  It’s good to have solidarity with foreign struggles, but not at the expense of ignoring our own struggles at home.  … uncritical mention of ‘the pandemic’  …  1413 [CC] | KPFA has been mislabeling the 10:30 PDT broadcast of Terra Verde as El Show de Andres Soto ever since Andres Soto quit producing El Show. (Andres Soto announced on air that he was quitting his KPFA program because he is moving with his family out of the USA, to a socialist nation, he said.)

COMMENTS: This program, Terra Verde, suffers from the same “liberal bias”, as UpFront, Democracy Now!, Letters and Politics, Talkies, Leonard Lopate at Large, et al., which Dr. Noam Chomsky has warned about since at least the 1990s. Democrat Party apologism and a refusal to critique or interrogate the two-party dictatorship is the common thread…

Nina Turner’s UNBOSSED Premieres | Analysis: DeSantis vs Biden | Nina Turner 2024?” by Revolutionary Blackout [via YouTube], 21 OCT 2022. [1hr 51min 29sec]

NOTES: [L1] Program begins at circa 1min 25sec. … (c. 14:14 PDT) thumbnail quotation:  ‘Nina Turner Unbossed’ [a corruption of the well-known PBS documentary title Chisholm ’72 – Unbought and Unbossed, a PBS documentary film. Presumably, Nina Turner is being honest by not claiming to be unbought, she only claims to be “Unbossed”, i.e., no one is bossing her, she is willingly selling out the working class and people of color to the corporate Democrat Party and the two-party dictatorship…] |  Revolutionary Blackout Network (RBN) critique of Democrat Party establishment and two-party dictatorship  …  PMC scholar lady. … Kshama Sawant(sp?) 

15:00 PDT / 18:00 EDT, WPFW > News Views with Garland Nixon

NOTES:  [listener notes pending; scribe hasn’t listened yet] 

COMMENTS: Garland Nixon is, explicitly, anti-racist, anti-colonial, and anti-imperialist.

16:00 PDT, KPFA > Hard Knock Radio | “Hard Knock Radio is a drive-time Hip-Hop talk show on KPFA (94.1fm @ 4-5 pm Monday-Friday), a community radio station without corporate underwriting, hosted by Davey D and Anita Johnson.”

NOTES:  [listener notes pending; scribe hasn’t listened yet]  | No download option provided at KPFA radio archive. But an audiostream playback option is available, at least temporarily, perhaps a fortnight. Unfortunately, Hard Knock Radio archives are often removed from the public radio archives, for some unfortunate reason.

17:00 PDT, KPFA & KPFK [simulcast] > Flashpoints with Dennis Bernstein

Quotations from KPFA radio archive description: “The Battle To Save City College of San Francisco” | “Today on the Show: The National Day-Laborer Organizing Network also known as NDLON, on the march for the rights of day laborers. Also, the battle to save City College of San Francisco from being gobbled up by corporate interests in a city greedy for high-end real estate”

NOTES:  [listener notes pending; scribe hasn’t listened yet] 

COMMENTS: Flashpoints is one of the best programs on the free speech Pacifica Radio Network, or anywhere for that matter. Flashpoints deserves a timeslot on prime time mass media more than any corporate talking heads. What have we allowed our government to do to our media in the USA? It seems very few of us have actually read Manufacturing Consent, like very few of us have actually read Das Kapital. We need to wake the folk up!

18:00 PDT, KPFA > The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays | “Comprehensive coverage of the day’s news with a focus on war and peace; social, environmental and economic justice.”

NOTES:  [listener notes pending; scribe hasn’t listened yet] 

COMMENTS: Usually, honest on basic social justice issues, but KPFA newscast bosses tend to gaslight listeners on COVID-19 (never mention VAERS data, VAERS deaths, assaults on informed consent, assaults on parental consent, no mention of litigation in India against the World Health Organization, etc.) and also gaslight listeners regarding establishment Democrat Party politics (i.e., usually engaging in Democrat Party apologia and perception management to keep people within the Democrat Party imaginary and away from the third-party politics imaginary, in the sociology sense of the term, ‘imaginary’). I.e., in other words, ‘it’s all good, just don’t question 9/11, COVID-19, US/NATO/AUKUS imperialism, nor establishment electoral politics.’ KPFA news bosses are, basically, stenographers for the establishment and US state power. Having said all that, this is still a better nightly newscast than most. I’m hard-pressed to think of a better one, especially since the demise of Free Speech Radio News (FSRN), particularly regarding local news coverage. But that doesn’t excuse the KPFA news bosses’ intellectual dishonesty, lying by omission, and other deficiencies of journalistic integrity, including uncritical amplification of imperialist and pro-war narratives, such as the presupposition that funding for US/NATO proxy war and imperialist war in Ukraine is reasonable and requires no critique. WION is pretty good on global news; but there, too, one can detect the liberal bias, which Dr. Noam Chomsky has warned about since at least the 1990s.

20:00 PDT,  KPFA > La Onda Bajita | “Lowrider soul, with a mix of barrio oldies and raza knowledge.”

NOTES:  [listener notes pending; scribe hasn’t listened yet] 

22:00 PDT, KPFA > The History of Funk | “Two hours of the strongest, stankiest, uncut fonk anywhere on the airwaves, hosted by Rickey Vincent.”

NOTES:  [listener notes pending; scribe hasn’t listened yet] 

COMMENTS: The History of Funk is one of your author’s favorite music programs on the Pacifica Radio Network, next to The Reggae Express with Spliff Skankin’ (KPFA) and Jazz and Justice with Bobby Rox (WPFW). It’s hard to think of a better host for a funk program than Dr. Rickey Vincent, “a scholar, educator, radio host and author”, who “lectures on black music history, black power and social movements, the cultural politics of Hip Hop, and issues of African American culture and globalization” in the African American Studies and African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley. [ 4 ]

Here’s How Spike Protein Causes Vascular Damage” by Drbeen Medical Lectures [via YouTube], 21 OCT 2022[47min 20sec]

Quotation from video description: “Spike and Vascular Damage | Let’s review the literature and studies demonstrating spike induced vascular damage. [… ] URL list from Friday, Oct. 21, 2022:

  • [pending]

NOTES: N.B.:  Spike protein can enter the human body, either, by infection or injection. … | … | (c. 31min 40sec)Nuclear factor-kappa B (NFkappa B), this is another important molecule present almost in every cells. And this molecule’s function is to cause inflammation. Normally, we keep it under check. There’s a drug called ivermectin, that also manipulates this. And that manipulation of keeping nuclear factor-kappa B under check is used for ivermectin’s function on skin and other such inflammatory diseases, for example, even in rheumatology. That has nothing to do with the worms and others. That is just CDC making bullshit things to cause ivermectin to have a bad name.” [Indeed. N.B.: Moreover, the fraudulent and corrupt denial of Ivermectin and other pre-existing safe and effective medications, is the reason emergency use authorization was granted to the spike protein COVID-19 injectable drug products. Emergency Use Authorization is only valid if no other alternative treatments were available. Existing medications, like ivermectin can be repurposed to treat early symptoms of COVID-19 and prevent hospitalizations and serious illness. And such treatments were used, until big-pharma-captured authorities began persecuting doctors, such as Dr. Peter McCullough and Dr. Mary Bowden and tens of thousands of doctors, who have dissented from the medical authoritarianism and spoken out, and many more, who were too afraid to speak out…] … (c. 32min 24sec) “So, nuclear factor-kappa B signaling is changed when there is less nitric oxide production, or when there is ace-2 [receptor] binding with the spike protein. What is a signaling change? (c. 32min 40sec)


[ 1 ]  Democracy Now!… Your author will never forget the day Amy Goodman interviewed former President Bill Clinton. He got his comeuppance. And we got to hear Mr. Clinton’s true personality, his bullying nature. I never understood people, who interview people in positions of power, but then ask softball questions. People called it an ambush interview. Pfft. After 9/11, many of us were disappointed by the dishonesty of Democracy Now!, the lying by omission, the gaslighting. After COVID-19, it was clearer than ever that Democracy Now! (DN!) has been compromised, or has sold out. As Lewis Lapham said about reading The New York Times, ‘I still read it,’ he said, ‘But, when I do, I know they’re lying to me.’ The same thing goes for DN! Like the KPFA news bosses and most of the Pacifica Radio news bosses, DN! suffers from what Dr. Noam Chomsky called the “liberal bias” back in the day, when he was critiquing corporate media. Now, Dr. Chomsky’s critique also applies to most of the Pacifica Radio Network newscast bosses, who must make U.S. spooks proud for providing synthetic left programming, if the news bosses aren’t in fact on some spook payroll.

[ 2 ] UpFront is some of the worst kind of Machiavellian gaslighting in radio. This type of Machiavellian talk radio hides its lack of concern for the suffering of others behind a veneer of journalistic objectivity or journalistic professionalism—professionalism, the journalistic refuge of scoundrels.  Liberals (i.e., pro-capitalists or non-anti-capitalists), like this host, appear to be professional amnesiacs, conveniently forgetting lessons from their own past interviews, if such lessons threaten the status quo, not to mention other common sense lessons from the broader society.  There are so many examples of when listeners can remember a key piece of information, which can help an interview reach deeper conclusions or attain new insights, but the liberal host feigns ignorance or simply failed to make the connection.  And listeners are given the mushroom treatment, as Nicole Sawaya used to say (former KPFA manager, described the long-standing culture behind the scenes at Pacifica Radio):  ‘keep them in the dark and feed them bullshit.’  At any rate, the listeners, who listen because they care about social justice, are the losers because these liberal hosts force each conversation to start at square one.  Important insights culled from interview A will never show up on interview B or C.  Sure, such liberals will go into meticulous and sophisticated detail. But only when it doesn’t impact the status quo. Of course, there are exceptions at Pacifica Radio, such as Flashpoints and Guns and Butter (which was forced off the air at KPFA), but they are viewed as the black sheep by the bosses, not supported or embraced as allies. Oddly, during the first quarter of 2022, Mickey Huff was on Letters and Politics. I’ll have to relisten, if possible.  It’s plausible Mickey Huff is open to collaboration and cooperation.  But it’s not plausible entertainers, like Mitch Jeserich, would ever do anything with sincere educators and truth-seekers, like Mickey Huff, without an ulterior motive, such as reputational rehabilitation.  Examples of established ideas and conclusions, which can help liberate the working class, but which are marginalized or ignored by such liberals, as the hosts of UpFront, Letters and Politics, Talkies, etc., include modern monetary theory, the job guarantee program, the two-party dictatorship, the fact that two-party systems are polarizing, benefits of ranked-choice voting, proportional representation, the incompatibility between democracy and capitalism, and so on. And these are not partisan issues.  They’re only partisan issues, if you’re an antidemocratic partisan, a fascist, or an authoritarian.  Otherwise, we all have the common sense to identify basic democratizing features of a healthy democracy.  These are undisputable conclusions about a healthy democracy versus a diseased democracy, which have been accumulated after listening to voices advocating for social justice for decades.  When you listen to voices for peace and justice for years and decades, it’s hard not to learn basic truths over time.  Yet, somehow, some people never learn anything.  They still haven’t grasped the fundamental contradictions within capitalism, for example.  Only willful ignorance seems adequate to explain this.  The underlying presuppositions of such liberals deny all of these realities and begin with the false left-right paradigm, in which the Democrat Party is assumed to be a sincere opposition party, when, in fact, as Chris Hedges, Ralph Nader, et al, have long admitted, we have a two-party dictatorship because America has undergone a corporate coup d’etat decades ago. But you’d never know any of this from listening to liberals, such as this particular host.

[ 3 ] It’s Going Down is usually a disappointing program for leftists, as it functions as a synthetic left shill for the establishment by perpetuating the false left-right paradigm whereby the Republican Party and the ‘far-right’ are usually framed as the bogeymen, of which listeners must be wary.  Meanwhile, the Democrat Party is usually let off the hook, usually not critiqued as sharply as the Republican Party.  It’s usually (and insidiously) implied that the Democrat Party is some sort of opposition party to the Republican Party.  Of course, this implicit framing is absurd.  So, occasionally, a word or two of critique of the Democrat Party is allowed to allow for plausible deniability, if publicly challenged on this point.  But the critique of the Democrat Party is usually lopsided enough to frame rightists as the only political villains, when most Democrats, if not all, are also rightists, if not centrists.  Democrat Party operatives are not leftists (i.e, anti-capitalists or non-anti-capitalists).  (Two-party systems are polarizing and anti-democratic. Cf. “America’s Stunted Political Spectrum” by Second Thought [via YouTube], 24 APR 2020; “America’s Corporate Two-Party Duopoly [Two-Party Dictatorship]” by Second Thought [via YouTube], 25 SEP 2020.) This subtle and insidious style of Democrat Party apologism, exemplified by It’s Going Down, which perpetuates a false left-right paradigm, is aided by the anonymous host and recurring interview guests (presumably the host’s friends or political allies, usually the same few people) posturing as “anarchists”, which ostensibly means electoral politics are a low priority in an anarchist discourse, which shuns the state. (Notably, guests are often also anonymous or merely identified by a first name or a nickname. Hiding behind anonymity is bullshit, as sharp observers, such as Chris Hedges have acknowledged.)  Anarchist posturing is convenient for Democrat Party shills because it allows them to focus their discourse on anything but challenging the two-party dictatorship in the USA, prevents working class listeners from thinking about and contributing to meaningful third-party politics, ranked-choice voting, a national popular vote interstate compact, or viable electoral reforms. Anarchist posturing redirects social justice critique and political critique away from the Democrat Party, away from the two-party dictatorship (as Ralph Nader described it), and narrowly towards the Republican Party.  If listeners listen to It’s Going Down regularly, they will be led to believe that ignoring the federal government, ignoring electoral politics, refusing to build a viable opposition party for the working class, picking fights with rightist protesters on the streets, and simply squatting in abandoned buildings to engage in mutual aid and cultural activities will lead social justice warriors to some panacea or utopia. This is naïve, as the Occupy Wall Street movement learned during President Obama’s nationwide crackdown on Occupy movement encampments, in a coordinated operation involving many of the nation’s big city mayors. Unless ostensible anarchists buy property and buy into the capitalist system, the Feds will come sooner or later to infiltrate and/or clean house, until NATSEC goons are put out of business by an enlightened populace. But don’t expect It’s Going Down to challenge NATSEC, the CIA, the Democrat Party, the two-party dictatorship, or the status quo any time soon, as the program appears to be part of the Democrat Party apologist faction at KPFA, which includes the KPFA news bosses, Aileen Alfandary and Mark Mericle, as well as most of the public affairs programmers, including Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Mitch Jeserich, Kris Welch, Sasha Lilley, C.S. Soong, and their ideological allies across the Pacifica Radio Network, such as Leonard Lopate (WBAI), Sonali Kolhatkar (KPFK), Stephanie Miller (KPFK), Amy Goodman (ex-WBAI), et al. Amy Goodman is like the patron saint of such liberals (i.e., pro-capitalists or non-anti-capitalists) and wannabe sellouts. Democracy Now! used to be a hard-hitting, adversarial newscast. Now, Amy Goodman is a millionaire and Democracy Now! is no longer willing to be honest about various things, including the two-party dictatorship, 9/11, COVID-19, and US/NATO imperialism. As Danny Haiphong wrote in 2021, “[Democracy Now!] has become a reliable platform for uncritical regime change propaganda, demonizing targets of US empire from Syria to Nicaragua.” Amy Goodman, now a millionaire associated with the Ford Foundation and the establishment, is clearly compromised, a class traitor, who has betrayed the original mission of Democracy Now!, betrayed the Pacifica Mission Statement, and betrayed the working class, yet represents the aspirations of the cynical liberals (i.e., pro-capitalists or non-anti-capitalists), who are transforming the Pacifica Radio Network into a propaganda vehicle for the Democrat Party. Shame on all of them. And shame on us listeners, who have abandoned the Pacifica Radio Local Station Boards (LSB) and allowed democratic governance of KPFA and all Pacifica Radio stations to be dominated by liberals, like Brian Edwards-Tiekert abusing Robert’s Rules of Order and parliamentary procedures at the Local Station Board meetings and the Pacifica National Board meetings. Your author sat through many LSB meetings and even ran for the KPFA LSB in 2010, so this perspective comes from direct experience, observation, and research. If you care about free speech radio, please form groups or join others in the struggle to take back KPFA and the Pacifica Radio Network from establishment shills, who only perpetuate or amplify establishment narratives. These partisans, as Bob Marley sang in “Babylon System”, are “deceiving the people continually…” Once free speech advocates expose and shun establishment shills from free speech radio, who undermine free speech and stifle dissent, the task will be to expand free speech radio across the nation and the world, terrestrial radio and digital radio. Pacifica Radio programs, like Project Censored; Guns and Butter (censored by Pacifica); Flashpoints; On the Ground; The Gary Null Show; Covid, Race & Democracy; Sojourner Truth; and What’s The Verdict with Wendell Harper (retired, ex-KPFA) are examples of the best of honest, hard-hitting, yet compassionate free speech radio, truly honoring the Pacifica Radio Mission Statement.

[ 4 ] The History of FunkMusic of the World (KPFA) was also a valuable music discovery resource on weekdays with alternating hosts focusing on different musical genres from 10:00 am until noon, when Against the Grain or Living Room with Larry Bensky would come on the air.  Then, in the 2000s in the early years of the so-called War on Terror, when it seemed KPFA listeners demanded more political programming, Music of the World was cut back to a one hour broadcast, if memory serves, when Letters to Washington (now called Letters and Politics) was added to the KPFA program schedule weekdys at 10:00 am.  Later, Music of the World was cut back further to a single hour on Saturdays, when Kris Welch took up an hour of airtime each weekday at 11:00 am, if memory serves, first as a replacement on Living Room for an aging Larry Bensky, then as host of The Talkies.


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