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Noam Chomsky — Who Rules the World ?

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From the Great Latuff

Who Rules the World?

Malaise is strong in our minds today and during the last few weeks. Few things seem amusing and the thin line between the ludicrous and the insane no longer exists. There is little point in talking about our election here when the future of the planet, much less individual nations, seems extremely grim.

There are a few encouraging signs, however. Since optimism is needed, we have the cheerful outlook of Noam Chomsky below, and we say this without any trace of scarcasm. Indeed, his outlook on what things are like is about as cheerful as possible these days.

He also mentions an article worth reading (see below). It discusses how Germany, at the pinnacle of cultural and intellectual history during the 1920s was able to descend into barbarism within a decade. While such comparisons are often disparaging to barbarians, it is probably time to accept the vulgate definition of this term as it is handy in describing activities we see all-too-often recently.

Some important points are the analysis of the Clinton/Sanders debate over whether Israel’s response was disproportional. Clinton essentially said “no” and Sanders “yes”. Corporate media frames the discussion in such a way that the reality, that there should have been no response, and that whatever the provocation was, it was driven by Israel in the first place, such a reality can not be acknowledged. The same applies to the settlements in the occupied territories. Are they expanding too rapidly or not, when the truth is that they are all illegal, the fact is that the occupations are all directly in violation of every conceivable law.

So, to stop the diatribe, here is Noam[1]:

President Obama has just passed a little-noticed milestone, according to The New York Times: Obama has now been at war longer than any president in U.S. history—longer than George W. Bush, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Obama has taken military action in at least seven countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Just last month, President Obama announced the deployment of 250 more Special Operations troops to Syria in a move that nearly doubles the official U.S. presence in the country. As war spreads across the globe, a record 60 million people were driven from their homes last year. Experts warn the refugee crisis may also worsen due to the impacts of global warming. Over the weekend, NASA released data showing 2016 is on pace to be by far the hottest year ever, breaking the 2015 record. Meanwhile, many fear a new nuclear arms race has quietly begun, as the United States, Russia and China race to build arsenals of smaller nuclear weapons. These multiple crises come as voters in the United States prepare to elect a new president. We speak with one of the world’s preeminent intellectuals, Noam Chomsky, institute professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught for more than 50 years. His latest book is titled “Who Rules the World?”

Noam Chomsky — Who Rules the World ?

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From the Great Latuff

Who Rules the World?

Malaise is strong in our minds today and during the last few weeks. Few things seem amusing and the thin line between the ludicrous and the insane no longer exists. There is little point in talking about our election here when the future of the planet, much less individual nations, seems extremely grim.

There are a few encouraging signs, however. Since optimism is needed, we have the cheerful outlook of Noam Chomsky below, and we say this without any trace of scarcasm. Indeed, his outlook on what things are like is about as cheerful as possible these days.

He also mentions an article worth reading (see below). It discusses how Germany, at the pinnacle of cultural and intellectual history during the 1920s was able to descend into barbarism within a decade. While such comparisons are often disparaging to barbarians, it is probably time to accept the vulgate definition of this term as it is handy in describing activities we see all-too-often recently.

Some important points are the analysis of the Clinton/Sanders debate over whether Israel’s response was disproportional. Clinton essentially said “no” and Sanders “yes”. Corporate media frames the discussion in such a way that the reality, that there should have been no response, and that whatever the provocation was, it was driven by Israel in the first place, such a reality can not be acknowledged. The same applies to the settlements in the occupied territories. Are they expanding too rapidly or not, when the truth is that they are all illegal, the fact is that the occupations are all directly in violation of every conceivable law.

So, to stop the diatribe, here is Noam[1]:

President Obama has just passed a little-noticed milestone, according to The New York Times: Obama has now been at war longer than any president in U.S. history—longer than George W. Bush, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Obama has taken military action in at least seven countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Just last month, President Obama announced the deployment of 250 more Special Operations troops to Syria in a move that nearly doubles the official U.S. presence in the country. As war spreads across the globe, a record 60 million people were driven from their homes last year. Experts warn the refugee crisis may also worsen due to the impacts of global warming. Over the weekend, NASA released data showing 2016 is on pace to be by far the hottest year ever, breaking the 2015 record. Meanwhile, many fear a new nuclear arms race has quietly begun, as the United States, Russia and China race to build arsenals of smaller nuclear weapons. These multiple crises come as voters in the United States prepare to elect a new president. We speak with one of the world’s preeminent intellectuals, Noam Chomsky, institute professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught for more than 50 years. His latest book is titled “Who Rules the World?”

DRONES AND ASSASSINATIONS

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Illustration: from Latuff. Seems Latuff can’t help calling it as he sees it. The only difference here is that the U.S. has absolutely NO legitimate role in Syria, Syria is a client state of Russia’s. Good or ill, that is the one main difference.

DRONES AND ASSASSINATIONS

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just a quick note: our media would have us believe that North Korea’s nuclear weapons would be used against us. How? Any idea of how many satellites we have focused on them? Whether they have one fusion bomb or not, how many would they have to launch at once to get even one through our massive defenses?

Perhaps Russia could accomplish it, but not North Korea.

While everybody worries about what would happen if a Republican, Trump, was elected, Jeremy gives us a great insight into what Obama, that peace-loving liberal has been up to with his drones and meetings.

Several years ago, in fact, one of Jeremy’s tweets mention that was was difficult to reconcile a Nobel Peace Laureate with his own “kill list,” but that is what Obama started. U.S. Citizens are not exempt from this list, either, unless, possibly, they are here in the US (but I wouldn’t bet on it).

He writes for a publication called the Intercept, a newer venture that seems to be pretty forward looking and dedicated to investigative reporting. He was originally a producer on Democracy Now.

Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald weigh in on comments from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her rival, Bernie Sanders, who have both supported the use of drones. Scahill notes that while Clinton is often portrayed as a more hawkish “cruise missile liberal,” Sanders also supported regime change in the 1990s. “Bernie Sanders signed onto neocon legislation that made the Iraq invasion possible by codifying into U.S. law that Saddam Hussein’s regime must be overthrown,” Scahill says, and “then supported the most brutal regime of economic sanctions in world history, that killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.”

Could it be … Satan?

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John Boehner, former Speaker of the House and once third in line for the Presidency, let it be know that Ted Cruz, far right, is Lucifer incarnate. He is here with his Vice Presidential candidate, Carley Fiorana, I think, giving a new meaning to the word “Vice”. He also called him a “miserable son of a bitch,” which raises questions as to whether the bitch was born in America. One of you mentioned that we need the Long Form birth Certificate to nail this one down, or are nails appropriate in this context?

Right now, it seems that Donald Trump will win Indiana and eventually be the Republican candidate. It is not clear if Boehner know that when Lucifer was forced to vacate the premises that he was also obliged to change his name to Satan, Mephistopheles, etc. So, his Vice Presidential nominee recently fell down or, as it look on TV, simply fell downwards, perhaps to get a start of the Vice part of her role.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMFOfnuYuhM&feature=em-share_video_user

The Absurd Times Television Network Breaking News, above, covers this.

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Tom Lehrer explaining Math, link below.

Our Primaries

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Chicago Thought

There seems to be a great deal of confusion as to the “Democracy” pervading the United States. Now this can only be cleared up by realizing that when the political parties use the term democracy it does not mean “one man, one vote”. Once you get that absurd notion out of your head, things become more understandable.

Donald Trump (hey, a broken watch is right twice a day, eh?) is quite right when he says that the system is “rigged”. As a matter of fact, for you mariners out there, the rigging is as elaborate as you ever saw, and it is so rigged that the two-party system will protect its interests and keep sailing on as if the people have no power over it whatsoever.

Now, the Republican system is beyond description in its complexity. For example, you may hear about the delegates in Pennsylvania amounting to, say, 85 or thereabouts. However, not told is the fact that only 17 of them are chosen by the voters. The rest are just there and can do whatever they want. In addition, two of those 17 that are running against each other both are Cruz supporters. That really means 15 are left.

Enough of the Republicans as I have no intention of writing a 300 page book in two days. Let’s look at the Democrats.

Whenever you see the delegate count, it probably says, as of April 21, 2016, that Clinton has 1,930 delegates and Sanders 1,189. 2383 are needed to win. This means that Clinton only needs 453 while Sanders needs 1144. When those numbers are presented, it looks as if the primary is over.

However, 540 of those delegates are so-called “Super Delegates” (hereafter referred to as SD to distinguish from STD) and really have not been elected by anyone as a delegate. Now, Clinton has 502 SDs while Sanders has 38. Let us just take the whole population and see what happens.

If those 540 SDs were to all support Sanders, he would have 1691 and Clinton would have 1390. (The 540 is a fixed number and all will vote and not go away so if one person leave one and goes to the other, it makes a total difference of 2) Why not? Now Sanders is leading and on his way to victory.

I’ll tell you why not: “The system is rigged”. Where have I heard that before?

One final fact: many Democratic, not as many Republican, states hold primaries that EXCLUDE independents. In other words, unless you pledge allegiance to the Democratic Party, say in New York, 9 months before the election, you can’t vote. Of course, in the real election, once the parties decode on their nominees, Independents can vote. So, one man, one vote? Don’t be silly.

Here is a link that will help you understand how the math works:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIWaJ0sy03g&feature=em-share_video_user

Apologies for the commercial (something about divorce – just click the x in the upper right-hand corner of the insert).

CRITICISM OF ISRAEL ~~ WHAT’S ALLOWED? — WHAT’S NOT??

I’m not sure Glenn will live in peace after this reblogging, but if he is upset, write me — don’t make a big fuss. I’ll be glad to delete it.

Desertpeace

When Palestinians fight against occupying troops on their soil, they are denounced — and often killed — as “terrorists.” Meanwhile, nonviolent campaigns to end the occupation through a South Africa-style boycott are demonized as “anti-Semitism” and officially barred — censored — in all sorts of ways, in numerous countries around the world.

SO …

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Fighting Israeli Occupying Forces Is “Terrorism.” Boycotting Is “Anti-Semitism.” What’s Allowed?

By Glenn Greenwald FOR

THAT “TERRORISM” IS a malleable term of propaganda, with no fixed meaning or consistent application, is now quite well-established. Still, its recent application to a spate of violence targeting Israel’s occupying soldiers in the West Bank is so manipulative and extreme that it’s well worth highlighting.

Israel has militarily occupied the West Bank for decades (it’s also still functionally occupying Gaza, as this two-minute video proves). The West Bank “occupation is illegal under international law and the United Nations has…

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