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Re: Empire - America and the future
« Reply #1300 on: February 05, 2020, 09:08:42 AM »
Hedges at truthdig: United States of delusion

"The rhetoric we use to describe ourselves is so disconnected from reality that it has induced collective schizophrenia. "

"The embrace of collective self-delusion marks the death spasms of all civilizations. We are in the terminal stage. We no longer know who we are, what we have become or how those on the outside see us. "

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/america-land-of-make-believe/

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« Reply #1301 on: February 05, 2020, 01:57:05 PM »

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« Reply #1302 on: February 06, 2020, 06:27:14 AM »
Monroe ascendant: Both wings of the same bird of prey applaud Venezuela coup

"congressional Democrats applauded along with their Republican colleagues after President Donald Trump used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to praise Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who headed a failed U.S-backed coup against his country’s elected president last year."

“Guaidó received an extended bipartisan standing ovation. It was one of the few times that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats stood to applaud during Trump’s speech.”

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-most-appalling-moment-from-trumps-state-of-the-union/

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« Reply #1303 on: February 06, 2020, 07:20:01 AM »
^^
Very apt: "Both wings of the same bird of prey applaud Venezuela coup"
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« Reply #1304 on: February 06, 2020, 08:16:06 AM »
Re: "two wings of the same bird of prey"

I like the phrase, but i did not compose it. I first came across it in Upton Sinclair's representation of Eugene Debs in "The Jungle." It is originally from a Debs speech in 1902:

"You cannot expect any help from either of the two old parties. They are simply the two wings to the same foul bird of prey."

That speech may be found at:

https://www.marxists.org/archive/debs/works/1902/0616-debs-mustgainpossession.pdf

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« Reply #1305 on: February 06, 2020, 11:01:17 AM »
Thanks for the link sidd.

A two-party system cannot be a democracy I think. In a functioning democracy, a wide range of choices represents the diversity of voters.
Truth and Integrity are paramount to combat corruption for personal gain. All doors must be open with everything 'visible'.
Once the political leaders tilt to non-truth and non-integrity, the system will fall over to that side and stay there until revolution. A lie is much more powerful than the truth in modern times. The mounting temptation to lie will override all truths.

The U.S.A. is run by morally empty vessels-of-destruction. Proud of their vitiating deviousness. The top of the empire.
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« Reply #1306 on: February 07, 2020, 01:36:33 AM »
"congressional Democrats applauded along with their Republican colleagues after President Donald Trump used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to praise Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who headed a failed U.S-backed coup against his country’s elected president last year."

“Guaidó received an extended bipartisan standing ovation. It was one of the few times that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats stood to applaud during Trump’s speech.”

Sick. Sociopathic.
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« Reply #1307 on: February 07, 2020, 02:32:48 PM »


Sick. Sociopathic.

Two words that describe every empire in Earth's history.

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« Reply #1308 on: February 08, 2020, 08:49:29 AM »
Former US drone operator recalls dropping a missile on Afghanistan children and says military is ‘worse than the Nazis’

Link >> https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-military-drone-nazis-brandon-bryant-a9324011.html
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« Reply #1309 on: February 23, 2020, 12:33:00 AM »
China  down on US treasuries:

https://ticdata.treasury.gov/Publish/mfh.txt

Japan up ...

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« Reply #1310 on: February 24, 2020, 02:57:03 AM »
Freeman on decline:

"Washington has given up on diplomacy and turned to aggressive reliance on exclusively coercive means"

"the United States has lost or is clearly losing every conflict it has fought in this century. With no fixed objectives or termination strategies for any of these wars, they go on forever.  And history strongly suggests that once American troops establish a presence in a country, they do not withdraw.  "

"friends and foes alike are considering how best to end the dollar’s central role in global trade settlement.  "

"ability to adapt to change is severely constrained by fiscal incapacity ... The federal revenue shortfall (i.e. the budget deficit) is now about $1 trillion annually – about the same size as overall military spending "

"The Russian “System for Transfer of Financial Messages” (STFS) has already de-dollarized 70 percent of trade within the Eurasian Economic Union ... later this year, Beijing is expected to expand its Cross-Border International Payments System (CIPS) to connect some twenty banks in a worldwide payments superhighway for clearing and settling transactions in yuan.  It will link up with the Russian STFS and an Indian system now being designed.  Earlier, the EU established a “special vehicle” to conduct trade with Iran outside SWIFT.  The BRICS group of countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) is joining forces to create a single payment system – BRICS Pay."

"the main driver of this and other new clearance mechanisms is the desire to evade the extraterritorial enforcement of U.S. policies that most of the world considers both illegal and obnoxious."

" America could no longer run persistent balance of trade and payments deficits. The overvaluation of the dollar that its primacy has sustained would end.  The American standard of living would plunge. "

https://chasfreeman.net/america-in-distress-the-challenges-of-disadvantageous-change/

He still thinks in the terms of a representative of Empire. But he is waking up.

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« Reply #1311 on: February 25, 2020, 12:10:42 PM »
‘I gotta stay strong’: the Native American families with a legacy of violent deaths

   An untracked number of Indigenous people have more than one relative missing or murdered in unexplained circumstances

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/25/native-americans-families-missing-murdered-indigenous
  by Hallie Golden in Seattle


 Some quotes:
When HighWolf saw her daughter’s body, she said there was a dent on her forehead, bruising on her nose and hands, scraped knees and red around her neck.

“What’s going on with my family?” HighWolf, 60, asked. “There’s times when I just want to cry and scream, but I gotta stay strong.”

Native Americans disappear at twice the per capita rate of white Americans, despite comprising a far smaller population, according to FBI figures. In 2008, research funded by the Department of Justice found Indigenous women who are living on tribal lands are murdered at more than 10 times the national average in some places.

they documented more than 50 instances in the US and Canada in which a missing or murdered Indigenous woman or girl (MMIWG) had a similar case in their immediate family. Many of these cases included daughters and granddaughters of a MMIWG, according to the report.

Annita Lucchesi, a Southern Cheyenne descendant and the executive director of the Sovereign Bodies Institute, said the number is surely much higher.


They noticed that most of the people living on the streets were direct descendants of those who had been most severely physically and sexually abused at residential schools.


seems kind of parallel story to the native Australians. Are they perceived as dangerous? No. It is something else. Please think about it.
>much more in the linked article
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