Tuesday, February 14, 2017

THE GOOD NEWS THIS WEEK:



We have our brave new coup to thank. It has finally woken the American sleepwalking public to political reality, a reality that has overtaken us more than 46 years ago. The only difference is that now, even the blind can see. Our resistance is late; we should have been in the streets 46 years ago. But—as they say—better late…..


Nation-wide protest: Carl Jr. workers take fightfor15 to Secy of Labor nominee, CEO Andy Puzder’s headquarters.

Vets return to Standing Rock as human shields. National call for mass mobilization.


Whistleblower pay off: National Security Adviser Flynn quits three weeks into the job.



80,000 March in Raleigh for Voting Rights.









Tenants together battles California displacement.

Dems Take Aim at hedge funds. Slap them with a tax increase.




Governing a large country is like frying small fish. Too much poking spoils the meat.      
                                                                                                —Lao Tse


Trump’s  Corporate Enabler:  The Media & How to Deal with It

Twenty days after the arrival of our very own Big Daddy-T-bagger, a substantial portion of the corporate media's normalization agenda is rolling out and confronting us. The big question is how much of the “Swamp” will it succeed in draining and how can it be countered? And what can we do about it?
In view of most of the major issues this country faces, we must confront the fact that role of the corporate media is to legitimize Big Daddy T and the elites set to control our two party duopoly.
Oscar Wilde wrote:
In old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press. That is an improvement certainly. But still it is very bad, and wrong, and demoralizing. Somebody — was it Burke? — called journalism the fourth estate. That was true at the time no doubt. But at the present moment it is the only estate. It has eaten up the other three. The Lords Temporal say nothing, the Lords Spiritual have nothing to say, and the House of Commons has nothing to say and says it. We are dominated by Journalism.[source|
On the one hand, we might do well not to underestimate the current danger we face if it’s anything like what the authoritarian regime did to the secular media in Turkey after the 2016 coup as reported in this two part piece (Part I) - (Part II).  On the other hand, we could be facing a very different world if Big Daddy rips apart the internet and Network Neutrality, or the big media players try pulling off a sacrificial lamb attack like the Washington Post tried to do around Fake News. In themselves, these two events could launch a new level of oppression or result in a far bigger tent of ?neocon? allies. The question is how to sort out the media’s fake claim of “fair and balanced” vs. the unawareness—so far — of most people in this country as to  our present state of affairs, since so few of them are able to identify  the media as the single biggest lobbyist in D.C., a lobby that has long been against any attempt at election reform.

And why? Because the media make enormous sums from every election cycle, and they have no interest in reforming the way things operate.
For example, the media has routinely shown its power to distort perfectly legitimate protest, alienating public sympathy by foregrounding violence. And incidentally, particularly at this time, the Black Block issue should be resolved.  From U.C. To D.C., its subculture and violent public tactics must be addressed before the media manage to parlay them into a tragedy that will affect us all.
We have an urgent need to better understand and counter the media's unfair biases, less it assist this administration in avoiding coverage of any major issues from human rights, climate, environment, labor to local and international militarism
Bill Moyer's Movement Action Plan or the Eight Stages for a Successful Movement, offer an important tool, depending on the level of public awareness and support behind an issue, to help us determine what kind of tactics are appropriate. 
We need to counter corporate media's use of polls and focus groups as instruments of citizen manipulation, not so much with protest but with town hall forums and people-to-people organizing, online at home, or face-to-face. At the same time, if  the internet is still left to us as an organizing tool, we had better start understanding that the only global “one-to-many” news broadcasting tool we have is twitter – and we had better know how to use it to organize critical information and to put  our own set of news channels in place.






Sunday, February 5, 2017

THE GOOD NEWS THIS WEEK



California threatens to stop paying taxes to the Federal Govt. if funding for sanctuary cities is withdrawn. California takes in .73 cents for every dollar it disburses to the Federal Government.


Judge blocks Presidential ban to exclude immigrants nationwide.





Senators Collins & Murkowski will vote against DeVos  for Education BECAUSE OF PUBLIC PRESSURE.

Republicans back off giveaway of public land bill BECAUSE OF PUBLIC PRESSURE.



Defense of planet ruled no crime as activists are found not guilty.

and for what it’s worth





ORGANIZING


•Had it with DC? Calexit movement grows. Sign petition.

Groundgame: super example of tool for organizing nationwide



List of key words that trigger NSA’s prying eyes

Some



The  termites and the ship worms have bored into government riding Mr. Cheeto’s coattails. The Nazi playbook is to exhaust protest through shock and awe, and once the opposition calls it quits, move in for keeps.




HOW YOU CAN RIVAL THE NSA: keeping our eyes open

Monitoring the coup-masters’ strategy.



Regulatory freeze pending review, Office of Mgmt & Budget, page 8346


Sunday, January 29, 2017

ALERT: Global Airport Protests Right Now!



Over 100,000 people marched in Oakland in the Women’s March. Over 200,000 marched in San Francisco’s Streets, over 2.6 million nationwide. Last night spontaneous demonstrations were held in airports all over the country protesting Trump's racist, fascist Muslim refugee ban, and in support of refugees formally cleared for arrival, but now stuck indefinitely in America’s friendly airports, unable to come and unable to go. Thousands protested at JFK chanting “Let them in,” and “No hate, no fears, refugees are welcome here.” Hundreds more protested at Dulles, and at SFO, LAX, Denver, Miami, and Newark.

RT.Com JFK Airport Protest

Sign petition at Mpower change

After you get back, make sure to check out the incredible news summary at the bottom of this Newsletter on everything you may have missed in the past week! 


NPD (NO NOT THAT POLICE) NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER

A Daily Kos article this past Thursday tells us why Donald Trump can’t function. Although she’s not a mental health professional, Karen Wehrstein’s screed attracted over 500 comments last I looked.

Ms. Wehrstein opines the person named Donald Trump suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder. She gives us a run down of all the nine signs and symptoms listed in the Bible of Mental Illness, the so-called DSM (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)

Just for the sake of this little experiment, I list them here:
A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy.
1. An exaggerated sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
2. Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
3. Believes he, she or it is "special" and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
4. Requires excessive admiration
5. Shows a sense of entitlement
6. Selfishly takes advantage of others to achieve his her or its own ends
7. Lacks empathy
8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him, her or it.
9. Shows arrogant, haughty, patronizing, or contemptuous behaviors or attitudes

Over 500 comments keep pointing the finger at the poor person named Donald Trump, and miss the bigger picture altogether.

So here’s a little exercise: According to the UN, the world includes 193 countries.
What country exhibits all of the above 9 symptoms. Any idea?

Could it be the problem is larger than someone named Donald Trump? Amendment 25 section 4 notwithstanding, if it’s hard to impeach a poor person named Donald Trump who’s in the wrong place at the wrong time, think how hard it must be to impeach a nation.

TO DO’S:

 

1. Coalition building: the great majority of the hundreds of thousands who marched on Women’s Day and the hundreds of thousands all over the country flocking to the airports yesterday and today are folks who’ve never sampled the joy of the streets before. We need to organize across ideology, and across identity politics to find our commonalities, and never put anyone down because of opinions they hold contrary to ours. We are all in this together.
2. Organizing: A terrific example of internet organizing tool. Also see J Street’s 1.28.17 message
3. Reading between the lines: We need to learn to “read” MSM (Main Suppression Media) between the lines.
            Some reliable alternative newsfeeds to depend on:
            Global Research,
            Alternet,
            Popular Resistance     
            Common Dreams
            Information Clearing House
            Citizens for a Legitimate Government
            Truthout
            Brasscheck TV
4. Tweeting Made Easy: we need to learn the power of the tweet and why. When the marines invade other countries, their first act is to take down communications and the media.  The new FCC appointee could kill net neutrality within weeks. Each e-mail you send will cost. We have no time to lose.
Today, we face an unprecedented crisis of our national democracy. How we act in the next weeks, and how long before forces will be arrayed against us gives us a running start. We either let those in power dismantle the country or stand together in the thousand year war against humanity and the earth.
Social media and in particular Twitter helped initiate the velvet glove revolt in the Middle East. Twitter and people’s smart phones made the difference, because of their ability to go “viral.”
Twitter is currently the only “one to many” communications option available to us that can quickly scale up, especially when combined with resources like the J Street global Airport Immigration’s protests.
For the older generation reading this, it will be absolutely critical that we become familiar with how to use Twitter, whose computer learning curve is the easiest to master.
If you haven’t learned how to use Twitter, go here for the basics.  

This Week in the News:

Introductions

Raping Mother Earth - Energy & Environment

Human Rights

Ideological Warfare - Far Right Agenda

The Message? Censorship -  Fear & Loathing - The Media

Global Meltdown - International Perspectives

Organizing


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