Alice X

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  • Obviously an advanced case of russophilia dementia.

    Powerfull States maintain themeselves through crime. – Mikail Bakunin.

    I do not, nor mean to, apologize for their crimes in history.

    Russia was a despotic empire dismembered by invasion and by treaties not of its own making. That it sought to reconstitute itself in history, even under different guises, should not be a surprise. But despotism was not the sole provence of Russia.

    These united states were formed on the basis of slavery and genocide.

    Choose your poison carefully.

    As Abraham Lincoln noted, at least in Russia, tyranny is un-alloyed.

    Since you bring it up, wasn’t the Ukraine also invaded in the three instances to which you refer, and didn’t millions of Ukrainians die in those conflicts?

    Indeed, but Ukraine as a State only existed briefly after Versailles, Extracted from territory held by Germany.

    Which crimes are greater? The occupation by Germany or the reoccupation by Russia?

    Ukriane has been contested, dismembered, re-formed and dismembered again for centuries.

    In 1991 it voted overwhelmingly to be sovereign.

    Given its catastrophic fall in the standard of living that idea is no doubt in question. Obviously in Novarusk.

    And that existence did not solve the geopolitical contest.

    That Viktor Yanukovitch was corrupt is hardly in dispute, in Ukraine corruption was a well established norm, but he was the duly constituted President.

    If the rule of law is to be established, it must be followed. .

    It was not.

    The present government in Kiev is the product of a coup d’état.

    In the linguistic and cultural realm, Ukraine is at least two nations. The post Maidan coup foisted by the West dissolved the tenuous equilibrium that had been delicately balanced since 1991.

    And since you fail to mention it, exactly how many countries has Russia invaded since Napoleon? Off the top of my head I can think of Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland (the parts annexed in 1939 as a result of its alliance with Nazi Germany are still part of its successor states), Germany (in 1914), Afghanistan, Georgia, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia. Clearly the Ruskies give at least as good as they take in that department.

    Ah, well you give yourself away with term ‘Ruskies’.

    The good news is that if you lay off the kool aid now the damage might not be irreversible.

    ‘kool aid’? – you give yourself away once again.

    Methinks he doth protest too much.

    Cold warrior anyone?

  • The facts on the ground I cannot know, even by those who tell me.

    The Red Cross backs out for security concerns?

    Of course that is because of Kiev and not Moscow.

    An invasion? Well, promoting as much is the point for the US/EU puppets in Kiev.

    Ukraine is bankrupt. Bombing their East, their manufacturing region with its coal production, this is a template short lived to economic implosion.

    How well would Ukraine do against an even measured force of the Russian military?

    Not well. And not for long.

    Which of course the Nato hawks (the US leads Nato) would relish.

    Putin is playing chess. The US/EU is playing checkers.

    Russia has as a stated military principle: that if confronted with overwhelming conventional military forces, they will use tactical nuclear weapons. They have lots of them for just that eventuality.

    They have been invaded three times in the last two centuries.

    There will be no Grand Army. There will be no Eastern Front. There will be no Stalingrad nouveau.

    There will be Hell to pay.

    Once that Genie is out of the bottle there will be no turning back.

    Are there any adults overseeing US Foreign Policy?

    I wonder.

  • Alice X commented on the blog post Late Night: Fascism for Dummies

    2014-08-22 07:47:54View | Delete

    Thank you Sarah B.

    I have come to count on you for well reasoned and fastidiously formatted comments.

    Often found as a closing to a thread.

    What I lack in well laid out paragraphs I mean, still, to express as of my thoughts.

    Market Watch, really? The Capitalists will sell you the rope to hang them by.

    I would not object to being called a communist (small ‘c’) if the Bolsheviks had not usurped the term, and the Reactionaries had not obliged them in destroying the concept.

    Unbanked? Well why not?

    Cash is legal tender.

    There is barter, but as David Graeber has so resoundly espoused, it is debt.

    But in the hands of the Capitalists, debt is peonage, not debt as moral persuasion.

    And debt put in the hands of that Crown Jewel of the Gilded Age: the Federal Reserve, one can always pay one’s taxes with cash.

    A dual Crown Jewel.

    If one has income.

    But the conveyance?

    And of course, a working person, long off the farm, needs employment, as wage slavery, whence taxes are with held automatically.

    A wage slave.

    Or if not a wage slave, then a slave to Public Assistance, such as that may be.

    And it grows worse.

    I live in the Michigan County with the highest per capita.

    But I live in the poorest district.

    There was a hospital. It long has closed.

    There was a Post Office branch. It long has closed.

    There were four automobile factories, three long have closed.

    There was a UAW Legal Aid office, no reason for that, it has closed.

    There are however several Rent to Own outfits.

    There are a number of Check Cashing/Payday Loan outfits.

    Ha! Look for that payday will you my brothers and sisters.

    There are three or four Pawn Shops, I’ve lost exact count.

    There was a Salvation Army store, long closed.

    There is public transport and it is to be expanded.

    I ride the bus. East of the divide, there a twenty Africans for one Euro (see Gerald Horne via TRNN in my comment above for the expanded definition of Whiteness).

    Sometimes there are no Euros. Need I elaborate?

    In this district there has been a surplus of foreclosures.

    All is not lost, Habitat For Humanity has and continues to have a robust presence.

    Dozens of homes have been renewed and the neighborhoods live on still.

    Each new occupant gets a whole hearted welcome from me.

    All are welcome.

    There is little Black Scare here. But there is some.

    Where would we go?

    Two miles east over the county line where DWB will get you abused, or worse?

    Not that it doesn’t happen here. It does. I am shocked when it does.

    But for me.

    I am old. I have Medicare and Medicaid. I perish at the thought of really needing them.

    Still:

    My large refrigerator was long dead. I had a one cubic foot backup from my earlier days.

    My hot water heater was long dead. I took showers at the Senior Center, once a week whether I needed them or not.

    My furnace was dead. Well, that was a problem. I used a space heater for my ‘living’ room.

    I have attic insulation of R46, good for Nome Al, I did that when I was working.

    Even so. The electric bills!

    This last Michigan winter was brutal, the temperature in my living room was only rarely above 58°.

    Somehow I managed to keep the pipes from freezing. But only just.

    Electric heat is at best 60% efficient, even worse than my dying 70% furnace.

    I lived in Santiago Chile in the early ’70s, I went to see Allende. We had no central heat as it was not so much needed.

    I then lived in London England for a while. In Dulwich, where we put coins in the gas meter to heat the kitchen, and the bathtub.

    Before the North Sea rebound, and alas later Margaret Thatcher, after her Chilean protégé Pinochet.

    Who am I to complain. I think of how my ancestors lived. Even those of my living memory.

    My father’s parents had no central heat. Only a wood, later replaced by gas, stove in the central kitchen.

    They cooked and they survived.

    Their brothers and sisters were still on the farm. They couldn’t make a go.

    But here and now, H4H has helped me.

    It was not a straight freebie but the terms, well I hope I can manage.

    And this winter? I will heat several rooms with 96% efficiency. As long as there is natural gas.

    With this Fracking Nation, I may have gas but the water could be poison.

    I sincerely am glad to be the age I am with what awaits us all.

    But alas, the poorest will fall first.

    I stand with the brave people of Ferguson.

    Their plight is my plight.

    What color am I?

    Color me human.

  • Alice X commented on the blog post Late Night: Fascism for Dummies

    2014-08-21 22:41:37View | Delete

    And now that I have read it all, kudos.

    Will someone who writes like this please marry me.

    I’m available, but discerning of concept.

  • Alice X commented on the blog post Late Night: Fascism for Dummies

    2014-08-21 22:31:59View | Delete

    Cocktail, amiga mia:

    Propaganda as History

    From the powers that be that control the official propaganda.

    And revise their History.

    But not here:

    The Real News Network (and they are, please donate, I do and I am poor).

    Paul Jay on the series ‘Reality Asserts Itself’ interviews Gerald Horne.

    The series predates Ferguson. Four of six segments aired as of this writing.

    Horne has considerable insight into a more fully considered American (in the broader meaning) history.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Horne

    Segment 1 – The Price of NAACP Compromise was Too High – Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself (1/6)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRe92G-acXg

    Segment 2 – The Black Scare and the Democratic Party – Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself (2/6)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0SjHQGZd1w

    Segment 3 -The Counter Revolution of 1776 and the Construction of Whiteness – Gerald Horne, (3/6)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Snzl41lX54

    Segment 4 – White Unity and American Propaganda History – Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself (4/6)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wevifsvKUG0

  • Propaganda as History

    The Real News Network (and they are, please donate, I do and I am poor).

    Paul Jay on the series ‘Reality Asserts Itself’ interviews Gerald Horne.

    The series predates Ferguson. Four of six segments aired as of this writing.

    Horne has considerable insight into a more fully considered American (in the broader meaning) history.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Horne

    Segment 1 – The Price of NAACP Compromise was Too High – Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself (1/6)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRe92G-acXg

    Segment 2 – The Black Scare and the Democratic Party – Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself (2/6)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0SjHQGZd1w

    Segment 3 -The Counter Revolution of 1776 and the Construction of Whiteness – Gerald Horne, (3/6)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Snzl41lX54

    Segment 4 – White Unity and American Propaganda History – Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself (4/6)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wevifsvKUG0

  • Vive le résistance.

    Bend but do not break…

    moi

  • Alice X commented on the blog post The Roundup for August 20th, 2014

    2014-08-21 05:56:34View | Delete

    Obama vowed to continue to go after Journalists ISIS.

  • Alleged robbery.

    And I understand the police officer was not investigating that alleged incident, when the murder was committed.

    Even if he were.

  • Alice X commented on the blog post Colombian President Endorses Medical Marijuana Bill

    2014-08-15 15:08:41View | Delete

    Columbia… !

    Reefer… ! … ?

    There is a joke in there somewhere.

    But more seriously…

    Wait, I’ll remember…

    … …

  • I have not read any comments, if I am redundant, my apologies.

    In the post I read as far as this:

    The reason the War On Terror led to local police becoming outright armies is a Department of Defense Program under the Defense Logistics Agency. The Defense Logistics Agency’s 1033 program allows local police to acquire military surplus weapons at the cost of transportation. Combine that with a culture of treating police work as counter-terrorism and suddenly police have the motive and the means to become merciless warriors.

    The fundamental reason for all of this is that privateers have overtaken the social organization, and moral conscience of our society.

    It goes back to Walter Lippman and his phrase ‘manufacturing consent’ found in his dark most landmark book ‘Public Opinion’.

    But the privateers have gone even beyond that. To maintain the obscenely bloated ‘Defence’ budget (broken as it is, and thus concealed amongst multiple agencies) they must use up their stock, or it will be seen languishing in ever expanding warehouses.

    Wars are perfect for relieving the excess, that is their point, but they come and go.

    Sometime the wars don’t come soon enough, so best find an internal relief valve: local law ‘enforcement’.

    And beside, with Posse Comitatus (an act which brought about the end of Federal oversight in the reconstructed Confederacy and ushered in Jim Crow), the need to crush any rebellion will need another avenue.

    Hence: local law ‘enforcement’.

    Who am I anyway.

  • Alice X commented on the blog post Late Night: Man vs. Machine

    2014-08-15 02:36:57View | Delete

    It also might be pointed out that since Peter the ‘Great’ Russia has sought to modernize. O

  • Alice X commented on the blog post Late Night: Man vs. Machine

    2014-08-14 23:44:58View | Delete

    cocktail…

    The worst offenders, the US, Russia, and Israel,

    You start with our Civil War, fair enough, but until the early oughts of the last century, Great Britain was the foremost industrial and perhaps military power, when the US overtook them. Germany overtook them shortly after.

    Russia was not so much in the game of the Western Imperial powers. And their collapse in the Great War illustrated as much. The Bolsheviks meant to keep the former empire but they gave up a huge amount of territory until Versailles. They were then freed to reclaim much of it and that held certainly with the Ribbentrop Molotov pact.

    As for Israel, the modern history is of atrocity. But of the founding, I won’t even make an attempt.

    Certainly the US is the greatest threat to world peace, the Brits still try as they may. The Germans have economic comfort in a Euro Zone Imperialism, doing what their armies could not.

    Putin today a militarist? He is an authoritarian, certainly, but I believe he means to modernize his economy. The military is certainly a component. But for the economy it is more along the German model. The arms race did the Soviets in and if he can avoid repeating that trajectory I can imagine he would.

    Of course the West doesn’t seem to want to let up on a Cold War Noveau. So…

    Oh lord, history is just one damn thing after another, n’est-ce pas?

    Anyway, who am I?

  • Alice X commented on the diary post Doing Nothing Is Making Progress by David Cox.

    2014-08-11 20:41:29View | Delete

    Erik! Have you been reading Michael Bakunin, the great anarchist! Bakunin, ironically (if you also followed the schism between Marx and Bakunin) found here: http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/bakunin/works/various/state-im.htm

    State Morality According to Machiavelli. The great Italian political philosopher, Machiavelli, was the first who gave currency to this phrase (reason of State), or at least he gave it its true [...]

  • Alice X commented on the blog post Late Night: Exhuming McCarthy

    2014-08-07 21:45:05View | Delete

    To quote the old blues song, something of an anthem in my district: Been down so long, it looks like up to me.

    And paraphrased from another song:

    I am already busted.

    It is easy to say but it is hard to live.Though not nearly so hard living as in the world’s largest open air prison.

    Q.V.

  • Alice X commented on the blog post Late Night: Exhuming McCarthy

    2014-08-07 21:29:39View | Delete

    I never use curlers, I tried but my hair is to my waist and it took a week to do one side.

    Such a vast and unnecessary luxury compared to those innocents who died in their sleep from the targeted shelling of the grotesquely misnamed IDF.

    I am ashamed.

  • Alice X commented on the blog post Late Night: Exhuming McCarthy

    2014-08-07 21:04:07View | Delete

    I try not speak of jews, or zionists. Or other commonly referred to groupings.

    I speak of principles, actions and humanity.

    Hag, if they (TPTB) put you before the firing squad, I will stand next to you.

    They can shoot me first.

  • Alice X commented on the diary post Jimmy Carter Demands “War Crimes” Be Investigated In Gaza by CTuttle.

    2014-08-07 17:50:22View | Delete

    As with all previous Presidents, at least since the apparatchik Harry Truman gained the DPOTUS nomination in the coup against Henry Wallace, Carter was captive of the Deep State. I won’t go back further here, but there is little grace to be bestowed even to the founding, with rare exceptions. Since then, for Carter, it [...]

  • Alice X commented on the diary post Jimmy Carter Demands “War Crimes” Be Investigated In Gaza by CTuttle.

    2014-08-07 01:09:00View | Delete

    It is very late, I will read your comment thoroughly as time permits tomorrow.

    The Finkelstein Democracy Now interview is shorter (see 32) and something of a subset of the RT interview.

    Interesting in the RT piece is his reference to the Ukrainian MH70 tragedy.

    Consider this if you will:

    http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/07/21/mh-17-beware-of-the-chameleon.html

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