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Climate Change Protest a Success!, Peace and Antiwar Not So Much.

By: Big Al Sunday September 21, 2014 8:37 pm

Here we have Obama restarting the war in Iraq, escalating his proxy war in Syria, while threatening WWIII with Russia, and we’re having a climate change protest march. A protest march led by corporate interests. Sure, the people mean well, but the thing is led by the damn establishment man.

These paid activists on the left are starting to annoy me. They think that in order to fight the system they need to use the system, and they end up being dependent on the system. Here’s my PayPal account, thank you very much. That simply won’t work. We knew that back in the sixties, those of us that took it seriously. The counterculture, the radicals, the real hippies, the ones who had it right. We railed against the “establishment” back then. You rarely hear that anymore. Now they want to work within the establishment.  You want to really change what we’re doing on this planet, you are just going to have to be radical, anti-establishment. Anything less is nothing, it’s just perpetuation.

I saw how this played out. It was billed as a “Peace and Climate Movement”. Exactly what happened with the Occupy movement which started out with ending the Afghanistan war as a centerpiece.  Never heard much of that after the 99% thing became the narrative.

http://peoplesclimate.org/peace/appeal/

“But the developing climate emergency does not exist in isolation. And we must understand and confront the social and economic context that produced and accompanies it: war and unlimited military expenditures, corporate globalization, vast social inequality and racism.”

Most everything I’ve read since then reporting on this “event” has nary a word about Peace. It’s all climate change. There’s no big clamoring to stop Obama from bombing in Iraq and Syria, it’s all about the CO2 levels that purportedly are going to kill all of us before those darn nuclear weapons kill us. Don’t worry about the wars, imperialism, militarism, nuclear weapons, millions being killed, displaced, subjugated and hegemonized right now.  The very actions that are driving the use of more oil, more diamonds, more zirconium and natural gas.  There will be billions killed very soon if we don’t stop driving cars and shopping at Walmart! We must warn the people, they have to change! Let’s have another Earth Day!

There have been many before us that have warned us about war and imperialism. War and imperialism have always been the most insidious evil humans perpetrate on each other. After WWI, an especially ugly and brutal war, the world was so aghast that it tried to abolish war and imperialism. That effort culminated in the Kellogg-Briand Pact, eventually signed by 62 countries including the United States. It’s actually still in effect, but like treaties and laws regarding war, it means nothing to the western ruling class.

Evidently the “establishment” took hold of this event and steered it in the moderate, sanitized direction the ruling class prefers. The radicals were dispensed with, the moderates were paid off and the event proceeded with the usual “smell of cooptation in the morning”. Everybody goes home, a certain segment pledge to carry on, then the next climate change conference is arranged so everybody can get paid and books can get signed.

I saw where many were proclaiming this event a success because it is “creating awareness” about climate change. Again nothing about War and imperialism. The wars will go on, Obama will go bombs away in the MIddle East/North Africa region, but more people will have their eyes on that new Prius in the window. Hey it’s powered by electric batteries, that’s better isn’t it?

Many have lamented the antiwar movement since Obama took office. They say Obama killed it. The allegience of the mainstream left, which was instrumental during protests against the Bush wars and imperialism, was too tied into the lesser evil democratic party and it’s new savior Obama, the newest Presidential war criminal. They’re so freaked out by the republican party that they will allow their own to do things even worse. Quite the human social phenomena.

Everybody has an opinion, you know what they say about that. In my opinion we need to stop the ruling class from conducting wars and imperialism NOW. We need a national and international citizens revolution against the imperialism and militarism that is rotting this earth. We need to stop the western ruling elite from seeking their insane New World Order, their utterly delusional human belief that they can rule the world.  We can combine that with the demand for a new way of living that will address climate change. I believe if we can do that, we CAN address climate change in the way it should be addressed. I believe if we don’t, we can’t.

There’s no solution, but revolution.

 

A Bottom-Up Solution to the Global Democracy Crisis

By: letsgetitdone Sunday September 21, 2014 7:38 pm

Before the “no” vote on Scotland’s independence, The New York Times, carried a post by Neil Irwin in the Upshot making the point that the then upcoming vote “shows a global crisis of the elites.” He argues that the independence drive reflects “. . . a conviction — one not ungrounded in reality — that the British ruling class has blundered through the last couple of decades.” He also thinks that this applies to the Eurozone and the United States to varying degrees, and is “. . . a defining feature of our time.”

Irwin then updated his first post last night, expanding it and recognizing the victory of the “no” votes in the referendum. His new post did not add anything essential to his “global crisis of the elites” diagnosis, so the references and quotations below come solely from his pre-vote post. But the points made apply equally well to his update.

To summarize his argument, for decades now, the elites in major modern, industrial nations have committed leadership blunders and created great discontent among the citizens of their nations, to the point where their polices have contributed to damaging their economies seriously, and the rise of popular resistance embodied in extremist parties and independence movements. Elites have had vast power, but have not lived up to their responsibilities to serve the people of their nations. Discontent with their actions and results is so high that many are questioning the legitimacy of the very governing institutions that claim to serve them, and are exhibiting a greater and greater willingness to do something about these institutions and the policies that they and the elites are generating. Scotland is but one example of that, and his implication is that more examples are in the offing.

It’s significant, some might say even remarkable, that Irwin’s article appeared in The New York Times, since it is a flat out criticism of elite leadership over a number of decades and a warning to elites to improve their performance or deal with the consequences. But I think it still misses the most important question. That question is whether there is a global crisis of elites or a global crisis of democracies? I’m afraid I think that the crisis of elite leadership is only a symptom of the underlying cause of a broader global crisis of democracy.

Video: Rand Paul Impressive on Syria, ISIS

By: jbade Sunday September 21, 2014 9:58 am

Not a Rand Paul supporter but his citation of the facts demonstrating why it is insane to send more arms to the Syrian moderates/ISIS. The Senate chamber is empty, they are only debating war-making.

Livestream and Live Tweeting From the Peoples Climate March

By: BrandonJ Sunday September 21, 2014 7:59 am

Live tweeting from the People’s Climate March.


Turn Left for Earth

By: David Swanson Sunday September 21, 2014 4:56 am

I appreciate that there’s more happening than just a march for the climate today on the International Day of Peace, and I get the idea that keeping the safe and obedient march-to-nowhere separate from protests actually at the United Nations where our corporate overlords are determining the rate of the earth’s demise is intended to please all of the people some of the time, but I can’t help wishing that the march would just turn left instead of right when it reaches 42nd Street, in order to march to the United Nations rather than to nowhere.

This is not a radical idea. A nonviolent protest march expressing popular opinion should be allowed to march to the place it is protesting. The idea that insisting on that constitutes something radical or extremist bewilders me. The New York Times refers to “protest or terror groups” as a category of people, but has a protest group ever engaged in terrorizing and has a terrorist ever joined a protest? Would protesting the United Nations at the United Nations somehow be an act of violence, perhaps purely because it would be an act of disobedience? You’ve got to be kidding me.

I’m in favor of mixed-use protests, not just urban developments. Don’t just let the conservative marchers know about opportunities for more direct protest, but get them involved. Take a safe march to a resistance action, where its size will keep it safe and its members will be energized. Let the crowd demonstrate within sight and sound of the people it is petitioning for a redress of grievances, and let those who are ready join in disruptive protest actions.

Of course turning left in order to go where needed makes a nice metaphor for what our whole culture must do if it is to cease destroying the earth’s climate. Paul Krugman figured out this week that green energy pays for itself, but he seems to imagine that therefore it will be created, as if the corrupting influence of the fossil fuel profiteers just doesn’t exist. We need to turn so far left that we abandon such naiveté, stop yammering about transition fuels, abandon all talk of “peak oil” as if existing oil isn’t sufficient to kill us all, and forswear all pointless pursuit of the political “center.”

Naomi Klein’s new book does a much better job of identifying the corrupting influence of profiteers.

Sunday Food: Pickles

By: Ruth Calvo Sunday September 21, 2014 2:51 am

 

Basic pickles in jars.

(Picture courtesy of christine at flickr.com.)

Since we’ve talked about the various relishes for sandwich making, it seems only natural that we conclude with a mention of the many added tangy pickles that make a sandwich more interesting yet.  There are so many varieties, I doubt any of us like them all, particularly all at once, but without the pickles many of us would find our munchies a bit dull.

I was happy to find a review of every kind I know of, all in one publication here, and encourage you to add your own if you think of any others.  For my taste, sweet dill is the perfection of a ham sandwich, and sour goes best with burgers.  Pickle relish makes a hot dog more bearable, and no, I’m not a fan of hotdogs:

Sunday Talking Heads: September 21, 2014

By: Elliott Sunday September 21, 2014 12:05 am

A Survey of Open Space, Movie Night Monday

Brisk is upon us, good morning.

Today it’s ISIS, with a dash of Ebola. Bob Schieffer’s broadcasting live from under the covers with Joe Lieberman, Jane Harman, Robert Kagan, and Mike Morell, so now I’m under the bed.

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:45am – Arab States Coalition Against ISIS. Middle East Institute Adjunct Scholar Thomas Lippman discusses the Obama administration’s efforts to build an international coalition to fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq. They also talk about what the coalition’s role would be in the region. 8:30am – CDC Report on Affordable Care Act. Bloomberg News Health Policy Reporter Alex Wayne discusses a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, which finds that the Affordable Care Act cut the share of people without health insurance by two percent in 2014. 9:15am – Arkansas Governor’s and Senate Races. 9:30am – Pennsylvania Governor’s Race. 9:45am – Kentucky Senate Race.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: ISIS. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Then, Iraq war veterans Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) Roundtable: James Carville, Ana Navarro, Bret Stephens, Katrina vanden Heuvel. Also, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel on dying and getting out of the way. Plus, Rory Kennedy on her documentary “Last Days in Vietnam.”

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: ISIS. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI). Ebola. CBS News’ Dr. Jonathan LaPook, and Dr. William Schaffner, chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. War Party Roundtable: Joe Lieberman, Jane Harman, Robert Kagan, Mike Morell.

CNN’S RELIABLE SOURCES:

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: ISIS. Tony Blair. Then, the NFL with Shannon Sharpe, Izell Reese and Christine Brennan. Roundtable: Newt Gingrich, Donna Brazile, Marc Lamont Hill, Tara Wall.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: ISIS. Rep. Pete King (R-NY) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). Midterm elections with Karl Rove and Joe Trippi. Roundtable: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, George Will, Juan Williams. Plus, Daniel Silva on his latest book, “The Heist.”

KORNACKI’S UP:

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: The Syllabus.

MOYERS & COMPANY: Climate Change: The Next Generation. Kelsey Juliana, an 18-year-old activist, is fighting climate change in the courts and walking across the country to spread the word on global warming.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: ISIS. Mike Breen, Truman National Security Project) and Steven Bucci, Allison Center for Foreign & National Security Policy. Roundtable: Village People.

Thrawn Janet

By: Elliott Saturday September 20, 2014 8:03 pm

Exorcising Thrawn Janet

Dakine featured Robert Louis Stevenson today and in comments Jon73 told us he thought Stevenson’s “Thrawn Janet” was one of the best horror stories ever written. Unfamiliar with it (and with Hallowe’en drifting closer), I went in search of “Thrawn Janet.” I was thinking Janet gets thrawn off a cliff or something, but “thrawn” is (chiefly) Scottish for twisted or crooked (also perverse or ill-tempered).

To set it up:

“Thrawn Janet” is actually Janet M’Clour, an “auld limmer” (“A light woman; a strumpet; in weaker sense: A jade, hussy, minx.”) who marries the Reverend Murdoch Soulis. The locals distrust Janet, however, thinking that she’s a witch, and they finally throw her in “the water o’Dule, to see if she were a witch or no, soum or droun.”

I easily found the text online and surprisingly came upon this narration by Scottish playwright Alan Bissett. Listen carefully, it is very Scotsy which takes some getting used to unless your a verry auld Scot.