Saturday, April 28, 2018

US Murder industry wants 5% annual growth rate

This is just crazy!

These guys want %5 more each year to be spent on killing equipment!!  Why not spend it on stem cell research, renewable energy, infrastructure, health care etc., etc.  

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018

A brief history of the 21st century ....

... or When The Assholes Took Over.

Monday, March 12, 2018

A great summary of the Horrific 21st century ...

... that was created by the US War on Terror:

Keep in mind the North American media outlets do not cover the deaths of non-North Americans.  We only hear about local events.  We cause far greater horrors overseas.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

World Domination concepts, China's plan

Found this in a article reviewing the rise and fall of empires: 

This paragraph is intriguing:

"China’s grand strategy certainly isn’t your typical imperial grand strategy, depending moreso on economic soft power than pure power projection through military might. Nevertheless the strategy, if implemented would clearly change the geopolitical power dynamics of the world, and that obviously has some policymakers concerned in Washington. One of the main post-World War II pillars of US empire is “The Washington Consensus”, a philosophical framework of global governance that emphasizes the primacy of western financial and governance institutions in conducting global politics. Institutions like the IMF, World Bank, and WTO are products of this framework, and these institutions, along with military alliances like NATO, have served to maintain a western-centric global supremacy with the US government at the helm. China’s strategy looks to reorient the entire landscape, shifting the epicenter of global governance from a “unipolar” model, which emphasizes the need for a single powerful hegemon, to a more “multipolar” model, which emphasizes regional hegemons. Halford Mackinder once wrote that “Trans-continental railways are now transmuting the conditions of land power,” and that “…the century will not be old before all Asia is covered with railways,”. He wrote this back in 1904, and due to the damage accumulated in the wake of two world wars, it wouldn’t be until the next century that his vision was realized. China by 2030 plans on linking all of their major cities by high speed rail, while simultaneously working with surrounding states to make the effort transcontinental. Plans on constructing a “Eurasian Land Bridge” or a high speed rail line that would go from Chongqing to Leipzig, Germany in 20 days is an example of one such ambitious project. Why is this significant? China being able to ship via high speed rail allows it to circumvent shipping lanes, most of which are patrolled by either the US navy or US allies. Circumventing these shipping lanes gives the Chinese ability to get around any obstacles that may arise if any diplomatic or geopolitical tensions arise between China and the US. Chinese grand strategy also involves the construction of a vast network of pipelines for the purpose of importing oil and gas. One of the most significant deals in this realm was between the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and Russian state owned Gazprom. The deal was worth $400 billion, and it came during a time where Russia was facing increased sanctions from the West due to its annexation of Crimea. Russia as a geostrategic partner is essential for China’s implementation of their grand strategy. As long as Russia is the primary boogeyman of the West, and keeping the West bogged down in a two front proxy war in Syria and Ukraine, China can simply step in strategically without getting their hands dirty while continuing to implement what some in the US media are beginning to refer to as China’s “manifest destiny”. China is also looking to end the monopoly on military alliances, security alliances, and international economic institutions through alliances such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organizations(SCO), functioning as a Asian security alliance, and the establishment of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), built in the likeness and image of the IMF, and already has support from many countries, including US allies like the UK, Australia, and South Korea"

It is also interesting to note that China is not wasting trillions on war-based adventures.  It is now on a path to become free of all dependence on non-renewable energy sources.  Pursuit of petroleum-based resources is what has fuelled most of the wars in the last 100 years, and is still at the heart of US foreign policy.  China does not want to emulate this folly, when there is a better way achieve its security and wealth.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Secret Government spying comes to its logical conclusion ...

... by destroying the government that allowed it to happen.  Check out this guy's analysis:

I really enjoyed the logic trail that was used to conclude that somebody is using all that collected spy data for his own personal gain.

We live in interesting times.  Will we survive?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

An important essay on a failing democracy ...

This is a long read, but important concepts are discussed:

Not exactly an optimistic view of the current world in which we live.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The "why" of empire

Global corporations have taken over as the excuse for empire-building.  Check this out:

It was, is, and always will be about rich guys trying to control all the world's wealth no matter what the cost in human lives.  How admirable is that?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Money and the military

Here is a great breakdown of the waste inherent in military spending.  Imagine what other useful projects could have been completed with this money.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Privacy redux

While we've been distracted by all the Trumpiness going on, the surveillance state has figured out how to get around all those annoying little laws about privacy rights. This article describes how it is being done:

Monday, June 26, 2017

Depraved-Heart Murder

This interesting concept is endorsed proudly by many of our politicians and governments.  This article explains it in the context of the current health care fight in the USA, but it is applicable to many of the actions our governments undertake in the name of austerity, fighting terror, creating jobs, etc.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

How the right insinuates its policies into liberal/left leaning political parties.

This is very instructive and explains a lot about recent activities by Canada's 'Liberal' government as well as the US Democratic party's behaviour.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Bye-bye privacy

It's official, you now have no expectation of privacy in the US:

Can Canada be far behind?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Obama's failings ..

... are outlined in stark detail in this article.

His reputation is only good in comparison to the republican horrors that bracketed his term of office.  

Friday, November 11, 2016

A great source of new ideas ...

... to think about:

A very new idea is that democracy has become 'corporatized' - ie it is being reshaped to serve only corporate goals, and 'we, the people' are now just in the way but necessary to fund the  activities that governments now undertake for the corporations.  A worthwhile read.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Secret Law explained.

This article show how secret interpretations of laws allow gov'ts to justify torturing prisoners, spying on all citizens, and starting wars without legislative approval.  It's the modern modus operandi, and avoids all that pesky public discussion that so often hinders dictators.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Posting New Secret Trade Docs, Wikileaks Further Exposes Corporate Plot

The ongoing effort to turn our democracy over to the control of corporations is clearly explained in this article:

Posting New Secret Trade Docs, Wikileaks Further Exposes Corporate Plot

Unfortunately, we place to much trust in the glib pretty faces of our politicians to be able to do much about it.  Our elections are never about the important ideas, they are always about trivial crap and red herrings placed into the corporate-controlled media to to make sure our attention never focuses on, indeed, never even notices, the behind the scenes deals that are in all these so-called trade deals.