.. wo/men do not live by bread alone ...
.. (nor can any live 'for ever,' g*d or not) ...
.. but 'do unto others + do no harm' could do it
Thesis/Subtitle: condemning rip-offs
Concomitant: is not 'wealth-envy'
Corollary: but justice-seeking
My message is simple (but not simplistic), it is repeated often 'in here,' it is in fact my leitmotif; our so-called 'leaders' are a) not ours, b) not leaders, rather they are c) un- & anti-democratic tyrants and to boot d) are the puppets of some darker, hidden power. Proof:
«The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.»
Note 1: Although Bernays (as many others) alleges that our societies are 'democratic,' his own thesis totally contradicts this; no secretly manipulated society can in any way meet "of, by, for the people" etc. - except in 101% conflict. Our societies are name-only = sham democracies; 'proof by result' is what we can see = actual results.
Note 2: "Intelligent manipulation" is an oxymoron when the intent is criminal - where 'criminal' is defined as 'damaging to some 3rd, also if only by threat.'
Further: Bernays' so-called 'invisible government' = my 'darker, hidden power' is *not* in any way working *for* us, rather the exact opposite - and far, far worse, it is running the world over the climate-change cliff, heading us all straight down the gurgler.
Trigger article 1:
New York's mayor backs Obama on climate change
By Washington correspondent Kim Landers, wires
Updated November 02, 2012 15:08:57
«New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has endorsed the re-election of Barack Obama, citing the president's leadership on climate change.
Mr Bloomberg said the megastorm Sandy, which killed at least 80 people, had re-shaped his thinking about the presidential campaign.
He said the risk that the recent extreme weather was a result of climate change should compel all leaders to take action.»
[AusBC/'news' November 02]
Comment: Odd. Bloomberg is a Republican turned independent, but to endorse the other side = scab. Further, IF Obama has done anything anti-climate change THEN (apart from surprising me) ineffective. Tokenism will not, cannot help.
Trigger article 2:
US Elections: From the “Lesser to the Greater Evil”
The Demise of Critical Liberalism
By Prof. James Petras
November 03, 2012
«With or without the re-election of Obama, his regime and policies have laid the groundwork for an ever more regressive and reactionary social agenda: living standards including health, welfare, social security will be cut drastically. ... Death squads, proxy and drone wars will multiply to prop up a bankrupt US empire.»
Comment: Any 'lesser evil' is still evil. 'Balanced budgets' is a neoliberal disease; a) cut taxes (easy, off the rich easier), b) cut services (not so easy, therefore slower), c) WHEN budgets go into deficit THEN start screeching - and cut services *brutally*, citing 'hard decisions.' Then, there is the US/Zs' war on the world. Tumbrels.
«... more cuts in public spending and climate change will result in greater deterioration in everyday life and basic infrastructure; more floods, fires, plagues and blackouts. New Yorkers will learn to detox their toilet water; they might be drinking and bathing in it.»
Trigger article 3:
Nov 3, 2012
THE ROVING EYE
Visions make it all seem so cruel
By Pepe Escobar
«It was not exactly uplifting to learn that Navajo President Ben Shelly is now deeply into renewing the lease for a coal-burning, high-polluting Navajo Generation Station (NGS) without even talking to the Navajos themselves.»
Comment: I don't recommend this article at all [Escobar should stick to pipelinestan]; I quote it only to illustrate non-representing representatives - of whom there is an obscene, nearing exhaustive surplus. But note the nature of the non-representation, *for* a climate change contributing project. I once queried a representative directly: "How will you determine the electorate's will?" He replied: "I won't; I’ll vote precisely the way I want to." Says it all; thanks, but "No, thanks!" - to my non-representing representative = not so petty but *criminal* tyrant.
Trigger article 4:
Gillard rejects Greens advice on mining tax
Updated November 03, 2012 16:53:41
«"If we invested it wisely we could lift Newstart, we could make sure we ploughed that money into education," Ms Milne said.
But Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she will not be heeding the Greens advice.
"We have implemented the mining tax that we believe is the right one for the nation," she said.
Senator Milne says Ms Gillard's refusal proves she has caved in to the mining industry.
"At the moment the mining tax is securing zero, it's projected to secure $9 billion, well we could take that out to $26 billion," she said.
"So this goes to the heart of the Prime Minister's claims to be the great negotiator, she negotiated a tax that has resulted in zero in the first three months."»
[AusBC/'news' November 03]
Comment 1: A 'super-profit' (aka 'economic rent') is defined as being beyond all 'fair' profit. 83% of any after 'normal' = already depressed company tax, currently goes o/s = lost to Aus = we, the people. Rudd's MRRT was (presumably) designed to 'claw back' some of this lost wealth. But Rudd suffered a coup against him, and 'his' MRRT was changed, yielding 'zero in its 1st 3 mths.' Well, well, well. IF Gillard knackered the MRRT, reverting to 'giving away' the people's patrimony, THEN tumbrels.
Comment 2: Any elected politician who acts in direct violation of the electorate's interests (seems like a 'perfect' example here) - is a traitor. Q: Why do so many do exactly that = treachery? A: Can't be anything other than sheer, outright corruption. Which means gallows.
Trigger article 5 (long but important quote):
Nov 1, 2012
THE GULF'S BLACK TREASURE
Oil rulers toy with Armageddon
By Hossein Askari
«Let's briefly elaborate on what will be seen as naive and wishful thinking by any realist.
• Increase the price of all acts of aggression, political crimes, human rights abuses, plunder of national wealth, and more.
• The UN Security Council guarantees the borders of each and every country in the region. All acts of intrastate aggression are treated fairly and justly at the Security Council.
• If the US truly wants to practice what it preaches, it should join the International Criminal Court and expand the court's reach, powers and effectiveness; intrastate and interstate crimes - the price to be paid for aggression - can be best reduced through support for the ICC.
• International NGOs, along with Western governments, should expose the egregious acts of Persian Gulf rulers and their wrongfully acquired wealth (and that of their cronies). This should be much easier in an increasingly wired world. Rulers, without exception, must be convinced that they will be prosecuted at the ICC for their crimes with all illegally acquired wealth clawed back to their country, thus reducing the incentives for autocratic rule and plunder. NGOs, international institutions and Western governments should publicize the fact that oil belongs to the people and that elected accountable governments should be transparent and manage it a way to benefit members of all generations equitably and equally.
• The rest of the world can further support this transition to better governance and peace by placing a total embargo of weapons to the region. The US could push Israel to accept a nuclear-free Middle East. Yes, the drift towards the apocalypse could be avoided but it will take unprecedented vision, statesmanship and international cooperation. It is not the availability of oil at a reasonable price that matters, it is the survival of humanity that's at stake.»
Comment: Phew! - But not enough. You, dear reader, are invited to 'correct/extend' Askari's list. For example, it's no good looking to the UN (or many *corrupt* NGOs) unless *comprehensively* reformed; the UN itself has been corrupt ('proof by result') since passing UNGA181, at the very latest. "Wrongfully acquired wealth" is not at all restricted to oily Arabs (see Zs' theft of most of Palestine, Aus' MRRT etc., etc..)
Argument: The time for already obscenely rich fat-cats playing monopoly is gone - in fact, it should never have happened at all. That it did happen is more 'proof by result' - of a failing, immoral system, which is probably why trolls claim "one can't legislate morals." Oh, but one can, and it's easy - 'do unto others plus do no harm' can do it. It's also probably why 'the law is an ass' - as 'only just law may earn respect,' tyrants passing 'bad' law deserve to - and in a just society would - be hanged.
Fazit: Immediately the CO2 increase was seen, effective steps should have been taken. But it's the same story with "Limits to Growth;" the smart-arsed, psychopathic puppet-tyrants and their string-pullers thought that they could avoid all consequences. Wrong. Completely wrong; we'll all go together when we go. Gated communities will not, cannot survive without slaves - say.
What we can plainly see, with US' wars for spoil, Zs' wars for soil, capitalist 'accumulation' = largely 'economic rent' rip-offs - mostly at the direct cost to us, we the people, are all manifestations of filthy, extreme greed - backed up, when not directly implemented, by guns and bombs (Perkins' "Economic Hit Man").
Dire predictions are a bit pointless when not actually counter-productive. But given that everyone is presumed to want the best outcomes AND redirecting wealth cannot possibly affect those already wealthy beyond avarice, let alone capacity to spend even a tiny fraction, a shift from plunder to preservation probably wouldn't hurt a bit. Even psychopaths might get a buzz - currently and forever denied all Scrooges.
ELO/Os = hapless erstwhile legal owner/occupiers
I/J/Z-plex; illegitimate IL squats on genocidally ethnically-cleansed = improperly alienated, mainly Palestinian ELO/Os' land/property = IL is an un-remedied crime-scene and *all* I/J/Z-plex (except any actively opposing) are guilty; sole remedy = reparations = revest where possible, adequate = acceptable recompense where not + *sincere* apology
M/I/C/$4a†-plex = military, industrial, Congress (US-speak for parliament); $ = banksters, 4 = 4th estate = MSM+PFBCs, 'a' = academia incl. think-tanks, † = the churches.
MSM = mainstream media (print and broadcast), aka 'corrupt&venal'
neoliberalism = 'economic rationalism,' 'supply-side,' (wicked) privatisations, 'small govt.' = minimised to no égalité etc. + globalisation = wage arbitration etc. = <1% rips off 99%+
PFBCs = publicly-financed broadcasters, like the AusBC
ppp-dd'd = pushed propaganda paradigm dumbed-down
PRopaganda = PR + propaganda, usual qualifier: 'lying'
SQSHsO = snivelling quisling sycophantic hangers-on
the Enlightenment well summarised by liberté, égalité, fraternité
US-MMH = Media (aka press, radio + TV), Madison Ave., Hollywood
US&/Zs = the US of A and/or Zionists; sometimes indistinguishable
XS-CO2-CCC = excess CO2 climate-change catastrophe