Manjaro, Antix, and 32 bit


Net Neutrality

As net neutrality looks to be in a dire situation, you would think that the Democrats would focus on that. No. They would rather go on about Russia non-stop 24/7. It is almost like they want to lose.

Meanwhile, I think it is time for the tech gurus (especially the politically aware ones) to show us the way to the next technology. There has to develop another medium for the people, because the internet is slowly being turned into corporatized garbage, along the lines of what happened to radio and then TV. Although, I don’t want to be too hard on radio which glimmers with hope occasionally, and there still is shortwave radio – even in spite of the fact that shortwave isn’t what it used to be.

Alright, rant over for now….


The World is a Mess

One hundred years on from WWI, and it would seem that the great powers haven’t learned a thing. In fact, some believe there could easily be war in Europe again. And unlike the US led attack on Yugoslavia a few decades ago, this will not be without reprisal. Russia is now quite capable and willing to defend what she sees as her interests.  Currently, the war between the perhaps not so legitimate Ukrainian government and the rebels to the east of that country continues, and worsens.

Many of the original government to take over in Kiev have already resigned, including the infamous “Yats,” of course who was of the choosing of Victoria Nuland herself. One can only wonder about the inside politics that allowed this to take place. Did “Yats” know something divined through tea leaves about the immediate future of the region?

Meanwhile, from the Levant to Iraq, the Middle East (a misnomer of sorts, as there are Asia, Africa, and Europe – but truly no “Middle East” ) is suffering disaster compounded by catastrophe. The so-called IS fighters have swept through much of the region, establishing a “Caliphate” in their wake. There are some, especially in the region, who are quite certain IS are not who they claim to be. Who really is ISIS and how could they take so much territory in so little time? Notice how their fighters drive the same white pick-up trucks seen in Libya during the “uprising” against Qaddafi? Yes, one could easily speculate that this is a CIA (and perhaps other Intelligence Agency) front group. And the whole thing becomes nonsensical when one considers the effort put into backing similar groups to overthrow Assad, while claiming an offshoot of these groups must be stopped in Kurdistan. (Keep in mind that the Washington Post article linked above is actually a whitewash, and the situation is and was much worse than they describe.)  American foreign policy is strange stuff. 

And of course, in the middle of all of the misery, a “war” (more like one-sided imposed destruction) breaks out between Israel and Hamas based in Gaza. One must remember that Hamas was created as a more radical counterweight to the PLO. If Israel was prepared to deal with the PLO in the early 80s along the lines of a two-state solution, then likely a lot of bad history would never have happened. But they weren’t. And they aren’t. It is now more likely, in the long term, that a one-state solution will emerge, something which Israel would probably like even less than the two-state approach.

Yet, none of this current misery could continue without the ignorant support of the American fundamentalist Christian right wing. Their ignorant hatred of Islam, and relentless support of Israel right or wrong, enables the continuation of such policies – which don’t even benefit the US at this point. Something is very wrong when 100 Senators agree on something, and this is what they agree on. Of course, some of the Senators claim this wasn’t a formal vote. This is but a technicality. 

There are various theories as to why these events are converging upon us now. Some believe it is all being done for the sake of Israel. But I have contended on this blog before that the US is in the process of a shift away from Israel, and perhaps even an accommodation with Iran – something Israel may or may not like. (See this post.) So, I don’t fully accept that theory as valid. As well, there are many other theories – too many to go into.

For me, at this moment, the most viable theory is the one that puts oil and gas interests front and center. Of course, at times I’m often more willing to accept theories that seem further out as well. So, I’ll end with a link to an article that explains the oil and gas connection theory better than I could myself.

Syria and the Media

Of course, as always, the media in the US, Britain, and parts of Europe, are lying about the situation in Syria, as they’ve done with other countries before, to justify their war aims. Nothing new, and very predictable. Except, now there are other powers rising with their own media reaching who knows how many for the moment. And, it is a different story when the Russians and the Chinese actually say no, and veto things at the UN, and then back it up with action – like arming and supporting the Syrian government. I’ve talked about this too much already, but we can see the American Empire is acting in desperation, with the phony revolutions. Since when are activists heavily armed. And look at how they got heavily armed. This is all coming in from outside of the country. Look, Libya was a bridge too far for them. Why didn’t the Russians make a bigger deal of that.

Of course, the icon of the left, Noam Chomsky was no help, when he first supported the UN “No Fly Zone” resolution, something Bob Gates wasn’t even fond of..

But I’ve had my doubts about Chomsky’s usefulness as a spokesperson for the so-called left for some time now. I wrote an article that I meant to save before I re-arranged some blogs that detailed all of the problems with blindly following him. But just briefly, he seems to accept the official version of 9/11 a little too much. He won’t admit that, yes, the government (or factions within) do go after people who are “privileged” as he thinks he is. The most obvious case is that of the DC madame, who was going to expose the politicians (and others?) who visited her house of ill repute. She went on an alternative radio show, and proclaimed never believe it if they say she committed suicide, because she would never do that. And then, of course, the news media told us that is exactly what she did. Really? He thought Obama (and Kerry before that) would be slightly better than Bush, and that justified a vote for them. He’s always quoting these western NGOs as they have any credibility anymore.And he believed all we were told about the “Arab Spring” when it is obvious that in Libya and Syria the revolts were straight out manufactured, while in Egypt they were co-opted.

There was at least one more point, but enough about Chomsky. The whole concept is don’t blindly accept what he or anyone says. It was, I believe, William Cooper that said, and this a paraphrase, listen to everybody, do research, and then make up your own mind. Chomsky and the so-called left can only take us so far. Then the rabbit hole gets deeper.

So, here we are again, with more fake news, like WMD in Iraq, which I’m told some still believe. But this time, the reality on the ground is too distant from the manufactured news. This is a dangerous situation, because what will they try? What do they have up their sleeve?

We can complain about Putin all we want, but right now he, and the Russian and Chinese establishment, are all that stands in the way of a general conflagration that could turn into a larger war. That is not a exaggeration.

So, this video is from Morris 108 YouTube, who is the best video source for what is happening in our world right now, as far as I can tell. Keep up the good work Morris..