Wednesday, June 22, 2016
If either of them is the answer, we're asking the wrong questions.
Trace Evidence: A Honduran unit trained by US Special Forces was given the names and photographs of dozens of social and environmental activists and told to kill them. Some members of the elite squad refused to do so and deserted, but those on the kill list have been systematically killed by Honduran troops. The US continues to fund the junta and Honduran military with hundreds of millions of dollars. (If US fruit companies and such come to mind, so be it.)
Top Down: The European Project has always been a mostly unexamined dream by the elite piled onto the backs of uninformed and unasked citizens. The distantly grasped ideal was a Unified Europe of integrated nations, economically strong yet culturally distinct even as the member nation-states dissolved into the ether. Didn't happen. Isn't going to. And the euro itself is but the most easily identifiable bad idea, along with the substitution of technocrats for citizens. It will not – no matter which way the British vote – not last forever, or even all that much longer.
The Tide Rolls On: DA Jerry Jones says he is not going to prosecute a couple of Alabama football players because they are Alabama football players, “who have spent their adolescence and their teenage years working and sweating while we were all home in the air conditioning."
Watching, Waiting: The Pentagon, through DARPA, wants to develop “tools” to use on the Internet to combat unspecified enemies through various social media platforms and websites to identify and counteract 'lone wolf' individuals who may at some point take up arms against imaginary evils. Soon it will be difficult to know if you are being mislead by ISIS or manipulated by the Pentagon. Since 9-11, and the introduction of numerous pieces of draconian legislation ostensibly aimed at combating terrorism, the agencies charged with surveillance and law enforcement have not managed to prevent any attacks. One could reasonably ask what exactly legislation such as the PATRIOT Act is really intended to accomplish, as it has done nothing for our safety.
Weakness Is Strength: Just as Congress decided after Saudi-financed young men flew airplanes into the World Trade Center that in order to prevent a repeat of that tragedy Americans had to give up most of their personal liberties, don't be real surprised when the aftermath of the Orlando tragedy will be the loss of even more privacy to the police surveillance state… for our own good. Not to mention NRA contributions. It does not matter who or what becomes President next, the march to total police state will continue.
The Arbiters: The Supreme Court, absent a vocal Justice Sotomayor, has decreed that the Constitution is null and void if violating its provisions can lead to a conviction.
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 6:58 AM