LUMPENPROLETARIAT—[Thursday, 14 APR 2022] EULOGY A friend asked me about the death of a bodybuilder this morning. I hadn’t heard the news. Depending on the report, some say the cause was COVID-19, others say a heart attack. This was breaking news. So, of course, I turned to Nick’s Strength and Power to corroborate the news. Damn. It’s true. Life is too short.
According to The New York Post: “Generation Iron and RXMuscle both reported McMillan’s death. According to Generation Iron, McMillan suffered a heart attack while he was working out on a treadmill.” Conversely, the BBC has reported: “American bodybuilder Cedric McMillan has died at the age of 44, after health complications caused by Covid-19, and a road accident.” Cedric’s death was confirmed on Tuesday. But specific details remain unclear.
Cedric McMillan was a champion bodybuilder, a world-class bodybuilder. (cf. Greatest Physiques) As Nick said, Cedric delivered one of the best Arnold Classic victory speeches. And he developed one of the most impressive physiques on a huge frame, combining mass with aesthetics. By most accounts, he stood over six feet tall (6 ft 1 in (185 cm)). The man was an artist at his craft of bodybuilding, of physique development. Rest in peace, rest in power Cedric McMillan (17 AUG 1977 – c. 12 APR 2022).
“He lived and died, catch sight, cover me with earth…”
Other salient observations:
- “WHO Director General Should Respect Vow to Political Neutrality: Ann Garrison”, ENA, 14 APR 2022.
- “Bodybuilding champion Cedric McMillan dead at 44” by staff, BBC News, 13 APR 2022.
- “Bodybuilding champion Cedric McMillan dead at 44” by, BBC News, Yahoo!, 14 APR 2022.
- The price of gas continues to soar, price-gouging working class families and individuals during this ongoing controlled demolition of the economy. For example, a Chevron on the outskirts of Modesto in the California Central Valley advertised gasoline at $5.99 (low octane), $6.19 (mid octane), and $6.29 (high octane). To put things into context, working class families were already struggling with the price of petrol hovering around $3 before the plandemic.
@LumpenProles, last modified/edited/updated on 15 APR 2022 at 16:52 PDT
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[Notes will be modified/edited/updated as time and labor constraints allow. Working class solidarity. ✊🏽✊🏼✊🏿✊]
08:00 PDT, WBAI > Health Program > 0842 ‘olive oil’, ‘our olive oil is special’
09:00 PDT, WBAI > The Gary Null Show > Delay. Archival Gary Null documentary on cancer. … | Gary Null gets on air, but it sounds like a rerun. Health & Healing Information. | ‘the stem cell theory of cancer’
1000 WBAI Lopate lib on mass shooters. 1018 cc
1000 KPFA autism pro vax
11:00 PDT, KPFA > Talkies with Kris Welch > Kris Welch’s liberal headlines: Elon Musk postures as pro-free speech, as he seeks to increase his stake in Twitter stock, ostensibly to liberate it as a bastion of free speech. | liberal guest with some simplistic Putin-bashing, letting US/NATO imperialism off the hook… 1117 KW ‘Tom Dispatch’ … This is deliberately bad analysis. (cf. Medhurst, et al.) … | Nat Turner 1150 NT jabbed Dem Party. KW sighed… 1151
12:00 PDT, KPFA > Behind the News with Doug Henwood > “Prisoners, cash bail, and postliberalism” | Wanda Bertram of the Prison Policy Initiative on the demographics of the million people in state prisons (with a coda on the fight around ending cash bail in New York State) | Historian James Chappel, author of this article, on postliberalism, notably the reactionary Catholic law prof Adrian Vermeule (a contributing editor of the would-be left–right hybrid magazine, Compact) | Wanda Bertram on prisons, jails, juvenile detention centers. Worthy topic, but beware of subtle bullshitting from the liberal (i.e., pro-capitalist or non-anti-capitalist) host. … At one point, toward the last quarter, Mr. Henwood threw a sidebust jab at Matt Taibbi and Glenn Greenwald, as if they’re ‘anti-Big Tech’ because they’ve called out censorship and conflicts of interest. It seemed like liberal gaslighting, especially because Glenn Greenwald covers topics Mr. Henwood and his liberal allies avoid at Pacifica Radio (e.g., Sasha Lilley, et al) at KPFA. But most likely it’s a reflection of Democrat resentment over the ‘Hunter Biden laptop’ scandal during Biden’s presidential campaign. The libs have it in for Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi and Joe Rogan and anybody with an audience, who opposes establishment narratives. We can’t let the Republican Party off the hook. They’re no better than the Democrat Party, particularly with their agenda of voter suppression legislation
13:00 PDT, KPFA > Bookwaves with Richard Wolinsky > author of perestroika in paris. … ‘It’s about a horse, not perestroika in history.’ (13:04 PDT) [CC]
“Noam Chomsky and Jeremy Scahill on the Russia-Ukraine War, the Media, Propaganda, and Accountability” by The Intercept [via YouTube], 14 APR 2022.
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“Property: Domination and Exclusion” by Alison McDowell [via YouTube], 14 APR 2022.
Quotation from video description: “Site visits to Baca Land Grant in Crestone Colorado and Marshall Fire location in Louisville Colorado.”
NOTES/COMMENTS: Compelling analysis of 21st century capitalist colonialism and a poignant and relevant reading of famous speech attributed to Chief Joseph. Plus, a look at suspicious wildfires. Alison McDowell doesn’t mention it; but in California we remember the wildfires circa 2020. In 2020, a childhood friend of mine on Facebook shared YouTube videos from “Dutchsinse”, which featured public livestreamed satellite imagery of California during the wildfires. Suspicious images were caught by Dutchsinse of laser beams being emitted from space, presumably from a satellite, directly at the locations, which burned. Some of us shared this information before the videos were censored/removed by YouTube. It seemed like small fires were being exacerbated by the laser beams. But it seemed so outlandish, and I lacked the time and will to investigate further at the time. After all, 2020 was a crazy year. And many of us ended up losing a lot between the divisiveness of Mr. Trump’s racist and fascist tendencies and the divisiveness of the police state response to the COVID-19 outbreak and hysteria. Many of us lost relationships with friends, family members, even spouses in all of this madness, this controlled demolition of the economy. So, at the time, I did my best to ignore the bullshit in society because nobody around me was willing to face it head on. I tried to conform to the reality consensus of my loved ones. But we cannot outsource our perception or interpretation of reality to others. Wilful ignorance becomes an effort to maintain a false sense of security around others, who are not yet willing to face the full reality of things. (cf. “Evidence that California’s wildfires have been fed by laser beams” by Marc Crispin Miller, 15 SEP 2020.) In a Max Blumenthal interview (via Rokfin), Prof. Christian Parenti described the state of intellectual fear among so-called professionals these days, post-plandemic, when he would bring compelling facts and information to his colleagues. Some of his colleagues would say things like, I won’t read that because I don’t like the implications. That seemed like such cowardice. Then, I remembered I had behaved the same way because I didn’t want to rock the boat at home. In the end, when you try to conform to the values of others, they never respect you anyway. So, I may as well should have started speaking out two years ago. We live and learn, that is if we pay attention and reflect. If not, we simply live and grow older, not wiser.
“The Free Speech Oligarch?” by Slow News Day, 14 APR 2022.
NOTES: [L7] Music (instrumental) … | (c. 9:30) Start of livestream, two video podcasters. “AMWakeUp” (caption) … ‘hang-out banter’ ‘COVID’ ‘You can manipulate numbers very easily to bamboozle people…’ (c. 14:00) …
16:00 PDT, KPFA > Hard Knock Radio > [notes pending; haven’t listened yet]
17:00 PDT, KPFA > Flashpoints > [notes pending; haven’t listened yet]
“Unregistered 206: Max Blumenthal” by Unregistered Podcast, 14 APR 2022.
NOTES: [L5] … ‘Twitter’ | (c. 7:00) ‘Elon Musk purchasing 10% of Twitter’ | MB. | (c. 8:15) TR: ‘I want to talk about a lot of things. But, first, Ukraine…
[14 APR 2022]
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