After watching US imperialism in action close up for the last thirty years I shouldn’t be surprised or shocked by anything any more.
It’s not about money or comfort. It’s about power. Some people are sociopathic and what they require from life is neither happiness or joy.
Talked to someone in North America this week: “Heard your friend Putin just poisoned another opposition politician.” Porton Down and the Skripals were part of a long game: events like this are is how you condition a population to respond like Pavlov’s dogs.
Images will no longer do. Too banal. The penetrating step is in words. To make us feel again the pulse of a mind.
Imagine what would happen if China arrested Tim Cook or Ivana Trump? That’s what the morons in Canada did when they snatched Meng Wanzhou.
There’s been another white phosphorus attack by the United States or allies in Syria, yesterday, on the town of Hajin. This was closely preceded by John Bolton’s announcement that the USA and its armed forces are immune to international law. An interesting co-incidence. Alas, it’s not the first or only US deployment of the illegal white phosphorus munition in Syria.
Given the lack of American respect for the rule of law, Thom Paine asks why Russia has not aided and abbeted Syria and/or Iran in the acquisition of nuclear weapons.
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I’ve been participating very actively in political conversations on various alternative sites for the last six months and recently over at MoonOfAlabama.org. I’ve also been involved in a very involved internal comments-or-not debate for a high profile and widely read international political site recently. Professionally at Foliovision, we develop what is the most powerful freestanding (software, not a service) comment moderation software, Thoughtful Comments1. Commenting has been on my mind would be an understatement.
MoonOfAlabama is not the only anti-Empire alternative media site who suffers from comment issues. Here’s a short list of some sites with whose comment sections I’m very familiar.