What has been happening

January 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

From Sam Smiths Progressive review.

January 23, 2015
What’s new with me
From our overstocked archives

Sam Smith, 2011

One of the ways that bad policies, ideas, and values spread is because the system, especially the media, portrays them as normal. One of the ways one knows this to be untrue is to be old enough to remember when life was different.

I’ve been jotting down things of a political, social and economic nature that have been happening lately for the first time or in record quantity since I covered my first Washington story 54 years ago. Here are a few of the things that are new with me:

– The most radical and irrational Republican Party. To be sure, there had been Joe McCarthy but among those who eventually put him down were normal conservatives who found him embarrassing. Those people don’t seem to exist any more in…

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The Road From Paris to Damascus–and Back Again

January 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Here is a republish of a post on Counter Punch. In the wake of the Paris attacks the the response to the same, especially by the “Media”, I feel this needs to be restated and often. By AFSHIN RATTANSI.


The so-called West doesn’t like freedom of expression. When I began working at Al Jazeera, then investigating Al Qaeda, the Qatari company was violently targeted. When I was at the BBC, we had a source who was trying to tell the world that Tony Blair’s government was deceiving the public about evidence for an invasion of Iraq. The scientist David Kelly was allegedly driven to suicide. Afterwards, millions were made refugees, wounded or killed, in and around Iraq. Journalists who tried to be free to express themselves were driven out. The head of the BBC was removed.

When The Guardian tried to reveal the Edward Snowden revelations…

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Trains !

December 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Silver Meteor – flickr creative commons license

Passenger trains to be specific. A number of years ago, around 2009 I would say. I took an Amtrak train from Winter Park Florida to NYC. The Silver Meteor up and Silver Star back. The food was quite good and the sleeper nice and bed fairly comfortable. The ride however, was not so great. Because Amtrak rents the tracks from Washington DC south from CSX, the tracks are in horrid condition and the ride slow and bumpy.

Nearly all the train engines – if not ALL – are Diesel Electric or Electric. Here is a link to a video the does a fairly goo job of explaining how a Yard Engine Diesel works. Essentially a diesel electric locomotive has a huge diesel engine – usually a two stroke diesel – that is connected to a generator and the electric power from the…

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Funny, Girl

December 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Intimidation and Control

December 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Slave Revolt

What with the continued killing of people by the police and the militarization of the police, I then come across this article in The Guardian.

Two years later, the Department of Defense’s (DoD)Army Modernisation Strategydescribed the arrival of a new “era of persistent conflict” due to competition for “depleting natural resources and overseas markets” fuelling “future resource wars over water, food and energy.” The report predicted a resurgence of:

“… anti-government and radical ideologies that potentially threaten government stability.”

In the same year, areportby the US Army’s Strategic Studies Institute warned that a series of domestic crises could provoke large-scale civil unrest. The path to “disruptive domestic shock” could include traditional threats such as deployment of WMDs, alongside “catastrophic natural and human disasters” or “pervasive public health emergencies” coinciding with “unforeseen economic collapse.” Such crises could lead to “loss of functioning political…

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Democracy on the critical list: How do we escape this toxic political cycle?

November 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Democracy Flatline

This piece from Salon by is the best description or our present status and his thought on where we might be headed is the best I have read so far on the subject. However the “liberals”  and “progressives’ who may read this or Salon would disagree and not be terrible happy about his assessment of their delusions and fantasies. I will highlight those passages I feel are the most important.

Everyone understood that the Republicans would make substantial gains in the 2014 midterm elections. That’s business as usual in the dumbed-down Newtonian physics of American politics. Almost every midterm since the current two-party system began to take shape at the end of the 19th century has involved the president’s party losing seats in the House and Senate. But this week’s calamitous wipeout came as a surprise to everyone, Republicans included. Even GOP strategists cautioned that the…

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Slavery ….. Connecting the dots

November 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Hands Tied

After reading this piece in Alternet by Frank JoyceA Visit to the Slavery Museum: How the Legacy of Slavery Is Linked to White Racism Today,I felt I just had to write about it and what has been going through my mind. I know most would like me to get off of this subject but I cannot help but get the feeling that a lot of white folk – especially those who are on the political left – still do not get it. Joyce – who also writes for Salon and has done interviews with Thom Hartman – really does connect some dots that leads right to where we are right now.

He begins with his visit to Old Slave Market Museum in Charleston SC. That this was at one time the location of The Old Slave Market and then how the Slave Market did it’s best…

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