Category Archives: Commentary

This Thanksgiving, let’s say ‘no thanks’ to the tyranny of the American police state

Thanksgiving is not what it once was. Continue reading

’Twixt the cobwebs of Halloween and the lights of Christmas

At one time, people placed carved pumpkins with a candle inside on their front porches to announce the beginning of the Halloween season. Continue reading

Selling fear

Fear-mongering is longstanding US policy, facilitated by false flags—state-sponsored terrorism, 9/11 Exhibit A, perpetrated with an agenda in mind. Continue reading

Who started this ‘terrorist’ war? When?

After the latest tragedy in Paris, the outpouring of heartfelt sympathy from ordinary human beings and cynical posturing from political leadership, it is time for people to stop, think and take democratic action before it gets much worse. And in the short run it will get worse. Continue reading

More Paris puzzles

Some people who are not inclined to believe the official story of the Paris attack are troubled by the question why Muslim suicide bombers would blow themselves up for a false flag attack. The answer to this question is very simple. But first we should dispose of the question whether suicide bombers did blow themselves up. Is this something that we know, or is it part of the story that we are told? For example, we were told that during 9/11 passengers in hijacked airliners used their cell phones to call relatives, but experts have testified that the technology of the time did not permit cell phone calls from airliners at those altitudes. Continue reading

France’s response to Paris attacks encourages ISIS caliphate fantasy

France’s emotional response to the recent tragedy, devoid of reason and ignoring history, just makes matters worse. Continue reading

Rohingya and the Burmese generals: How to forge a democracy and get away with it

Writing in the New York Times, in an article headlined “Myanmar Generals Set the State for Their Own Exit,” Thomas Fuller expressed his and the media’s failure to recognize the total fraud that is Burmese democracy. Continue reading

What really happened on Friday the 13th?

On Friday, November 13, well over 100 people were killed in Paris. People around the world were rightfully devastated by this event. Continue reading

Every position on the spectrum supports the government’s propaganda

This excellent article by Glenn Greenwald reminded me that I have meant to write about how every sort of interest attaches to the government’s propaganda in order to make its point. Continue reading

A young Frenchman reflects

I gave a reading, slide talk in Leipzig. You can’t count on too many people coming to such an event. It is said that a favorite line at any poetry reading is, “And this is my last poem.” Around 40 people actually showed up, however, with some even having to sit on the floor. They were students, academics, American expats and at least one man who had seen me on Iran’s Press TV. Filmmaker Elisa Kotmair came down from Berlin. Continue reading

TSA blows it again, terrorizes passengers in Miami

On Monday, November 9, 2015—in other words, well before the attacks in Paris—the TSA, combined with the paramilitary forces of its parent agency DHS (Department of Homeland Security) did again what it does best: overreact, in an almost certifiably insane way, to a security “breach” at an airport, and then terrorize scores of ordinary passengers just trying to go about their business. Continue reading

Steering the masses towards total war

It goes without saying that the atrocities of Paris on November 13, 2015, were unspeakable and sickening. But what is not being said in the wake of the incident—what has been ignored by the mass media—is predictably telling and ominous. Continue reading

Washington refines its false flag operations

Washington and its French vassal have refined how they conduct their false flag operations. With the Charlie Hebdo operation, they knew to immediately set the story in stone in order to avoid any questions from the print and TV media and in order to use the set story to take the place of an investigation. Continue reading

Friday the 13th in Paris and the ugly truth of state terror

Mass murder, as that which just occurred in Paris, is always distressing, but that does not mean we should stop thinking. Continue reading

To France from a post-9/11 America: Lessons we learned too late

For those who remember when the first towers fell on 9/11, there is an unnerving feeling of déjà vu about the Paris attacks. Continue reading

The Republicans’ rhetoric of hate and fear

Fear, laced with paranoia, is driving the American response against allowing Syrian refugees into the United States. Continue reading

The way out of the trap

Here we are once again . . . it’s election season. Being a “democracy,” we the people have our opportunity to cast our votes for the man or woman who will be our president, the “leader of the “free” world.” Continue reading

The Deep State: The unelected shadow government is here to stay

America’s next president will inherit more than a bitterly divided nation teetering on the brink of financial catastrophe when he or she assumes office. He will also inherit a shadow government, one that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country. Continue reading

Remaking the Middle East: How the US grew tired and less relevant

US Secretary of State, John Kerry is often perceived as one of the ‘good ones’—the less hawkish of top American officials, who does not simply promote and defend his country’s military adventurism but reaches out to others, beyond polarizing rhetoric. Continue reading

The healthiest Americans are those who avoid TV drug ads

Americans should be the healthiest people in the world with our advanced medical care. But thanks to direct-to-consumer advertising, they are some of the sickest in the world suffering from seasonal allergies, depression, mood disorders, dry eye, GERD, perimenopause, adult ADHD, sleep/wake disorders, restless legs, high cholesterol, thinning bones and spectrum disorders which may or may not even have symptoms. (Like people with “epilepsy spectrum disorder” who never had a seizure). Continue reading

Gimme shelter . . . landlords need not apply!!

For those who have read my previous work you know how I feel about landlords, especially absentee ones . . . and most especially corporate ones! Continue reading

The re-enserfment of Western peoples

The re-enserfment of Western peoples is taking place on several levels. One about which I have been writing for more than a decade comes from the offshoring of jobs. Americans, for example, have a shrinking participation in the production of the goods and services that are marketed to them. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: The New York Times covers up American role in refugee suffering

The New York Times is called the newspaper of record for good reason. It chronicles what the powerful and well-connected think and do and it is able to because it colludes with them on a regular basis. The Times can boast of some good reporting, but it generally falls short when asked to take on the task of scrutinizing United States foreign policy. Continue reading

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

A terrible tragedy happened. Our hearts are with the victims’ families. Never mind the so-called terrorist chatter, as yet no one knows for sure what caused Metrojet Flight 9268 to crash in the Sinai desert but, because of Britain’s haste to reach conclusions even before the results of the investigation are known, the world has been indoctrinated with possibilities, probabilities and unproven theories. Continue reading

The creeping privatization of the U.S. Postal Service

One of the arguments against the Republican Party’s objective to privatize the U.S. Postal Service is that postal rates would skyrocket for those least able to afford them. The record has shown that in every country where the postal service has been privatized there has been the same result: increased prices and a decline in service. Continue reading

Democratic socialism

The candidacy of Bernie Sanders, a “democratic socialist”, for the US presidency has produced an unprecedented barrage of discussion in the American media about just what is this thing called “socialism”. Most of the discussion centers around the question of government ownership and control of the economy versus private ownership and control. This is, of course, a very old question; the meat and potatoes of the Cold War ideological competition. Continue reading

US increasing troop strength in Europe

US policies are consistent, the greatest ever threat to world peace and stability, verboten notions, endless wars prioritized. Continue reading

The ‘war on terror’ is the hoax foundation of the police/spy state

The “war on terror” was a hoax. Americans were deceived by policymakers, who are pursuing a hegemonic agenda. The American people were too trusting and too gullible and, consequently, Americans were easily betrayed by Washington and by the presstitute media. Continue reading

Deep State’s elephants in the sky

Seems amazing . . . then again, who wants to think about being sprayed with even more sinister pesticides than most bugs? Anyone cozy with thinking Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering (“chemtrails”) are simple water vapor (contrails), and brave enough to face potentially hazardous elevation of, primarily, aluminum and barium in their body . . . submit a hair sample for analysis. Micrograms of awareness are worth more than all the denial in the world. Continue reading

Nightmarish TPP text revealed

TPP now revealed in full is one of the latest examples of how fascists running things in Washington harm public welfare and safety—in bed with predatory monied interests exclusively. Theirs alone matter. Continue reading

The neoliberal engineering of gender and social acceptance

Culturally engineered humans are being produced to meet the design specifications of the neoliberal capitalist system. Those specifications call for the production of psychologically modified individuals to view human and non-human life like the stock that is traded on Japan’s Nikkei or the New York Stock Exchange. Concepts such as emotion, gender, ethics, morals, sex, religion, living, dying, war, soul, spirit or work are relevant only in as much as they have value to capital. More importantly, such individuals must be made to believe that their worth, and their “meaning in the universal scheme of things,” is as human capital, as living tradable stock, nothing more. Continue reading

‘We are a nation of laws!!’

Often, while scrolling through Facebook, I come upon comments made by well-meaning, caring people. “What they’re doing is illegal”; “They are breaking international law”; “They are creating a humanitarian crisis”; “Oh my God, they’re killing children,” etc. Continue reading