Saturday, December 25, 2021



1942 was the first time I started to think something was wrong. That year, my godmother lived next door to a single mother who served as a WAVE during the war years.  (That was WWII, not any of the endless wars since the munitions industry captured our government). My godmother told me that every day her neighbor had to be away from home, she chained her child to the bed during the entire time of her absence, leaving the door to her apartment slightly ajar. My godmother was not one to intervene in any way that would cause family separation, but she sang so that the child would at least know there was anther human being within calling distance. The child never called.


It is now going on 2022, 80 years later.  Americans still don’t have universal childcare for working mothers. If a single mother is caught leaving a child alone in a car while she hunts for work, she is certain to be charged with a criminal offence.  But who is the criminal here?


During the Middle Ages, numerous hapless souls were burned at the stake, among them, a great number of women. Although most were accused of witchcraft, many were women of means who lived economically self-sufficient lives.  Therefore, they lived beyond the reach of male control, whether of husbands, or civic authorities.

In the present day, the pattern seems to replicate itself.  By the time I established my own experimental theater company in 1969, I already knew of at least two women in the San Francisco Bay Area who had started non-profit businesses in very modest circumstances only to be replaced by male dominated board trustees when their budgets reached a figure of one million or more.  For that same reason, when it became clear, if my company were to qualify for the 501c3 non profit status that would allow us to raise funds with a tax write-off  for the donor, I made sure that mine would always remain a rubber stamp board. 


White, male supremacy has its roots way back in 3000 BC when  the Yamnaya herders (sometimes called Kurgans)  from the Russian steppe (the area between the Caspian and Black Seas) invaded Europe, massacring what had been a peaceful, egalitarian civilization, bringing with them weapons, warfare, hierarchy, misogyny, sky gods, a notion of the life cycle ending in death, and worst of all (because language is the generation-to-generation vessel of culture) the proto-Indo-European which is the root of all but 4 of Europe’s languages. Sweeping across the face of Europe in less than 1000 years, the Kurgans either killed or castrated men, and enslaved women, forcing them to bear their children, corroborated today by the science of genetics. To this day, the chromosomes of all white, European males carry the Y chromosome of the Kurgans. Navigational technology would allow white Europeans to extend their genocide to the New World only much later, in 1492.


In the present political era, women’s bodies are still under male control.  In Texas, with the recent 6-week abortion cut-off law, the state sees to it that women’s bodies are still up for grabs.  Although the Supreme Court left the law in place, it allowed a legal challenge to proceed. Notwithstanding, already a likely 26 states are  planning on copy-cat laws. One member of Congress even referred, handmaiden style, to women as “vessels.”


In Manhattan, the Ghislaine Maxwell trial has made public the achievements of a 21st Century bawd: young girls procured and deflowered as young as 13 for the delectation of middle aged men of power, one of them a British crown prince, two of them U.S. presidents eager to parade their genitalia before admiring voters.  “Vessels” indeed.


To say that  women have come a long way, baby, is at best a way to dull our perceptions that matters have not advanced very much since the Kurgan invasion of 3000 B.C. or that a thing called “progress” is at best a self-congratulatory bromide dangled before our still enslaved eyes by the chieftainship of the powerful, and greedy. And it sells cancer-causing cigarettes.





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Belgium to close all existing nuclear power plants.


European supermarkets pull beef products linked to Brazil deforestation.


Europe finally recognizes platform workers are not self employed.


Peru ratifies UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.


Lawsuit filed in Peru with indigenous ownership of millions of acres on the line.


Canada’s Wet’suwet’en retake checkpoint a month after police crackdown.


Stoney Nakoda language resources launched to preserve language.


Despite refusal by China, Russia and India, 100 nations ledge to cut 30% of methane emissions by 2030.


Egypt  to build $20K electric vehicles with Chinese firms.


China to help build 1,000 schools in US war-torn Iraq


China and Nicaragua to collaborate in New multipolar world.


South Korea declares multilateral agreement to end Korean war.


In UK Assange appeals his extradition to US.


Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says Assange should not be extradited to the US.


Change is coming to UK schools taking up the racist schools system and adding Black history to the curriculum.


UK’s Boorish Johnson suffers massive Shropshire by-election upset.


300 doctors implore Australia to bring Assange home.


In Glasgow Extinction Rebellion blocks Home Office to protest nationality and borders bill.


Anti-Nazi, Israel critic Gabriel Boric vows to be president of all Chileans as Nazi Kast concedes defeat by wide margin.


Latin America hails Boric’s victory in Chilean elections


Honduras defeats US-backed narco-dictatorship of Juan Orlando Fernandez at the ballot box, electing Xiomara Castro, its first female president.


At its meeting in Cuba, Bolivarian Alliance – People’s Trade Treaty renews its commitment to strengthen political coordination based on solidarity, social justice, cooperation and economic complementarity.


Corbyn receives award for supporting Palestinians amid UK Labor debate on BDS.


Prior to Brazil elections Lula returns in broad alliance.


More than 120 nations with 90% of world’s forests  agreed to halt and reverse deforestation by 2030; 450 financial institutions overseeing $130 trillion in assets align portfolios seeking net zero emissions by 2050.


Ethiopian TPLF announces retreat to “give peace  a chance.”


Ethiopians, Eritreans hold #NoMore march outside U.S. State Department.


Palestine hails UN resolutions against illegal Israeli settlements.


Venezuelan envoy, Alex Saab’s diplomatic immunity freezes his court case.


Three UK activists defacing Israeli drones engines factory acquitted.


U.S. fully prepared to lift Iran sanctions, allowing Iran to receive economic benefits of the 2015 nuclear deal.


Iran threatens sanctions against US over treatment of Black Americans.


Biden commits federal government to 100% zero emission vehicle purchases by 2035.


Biden demures sending US troops to the Ukraine.


CIA chief says intelligence (?) agencies haven’t concluded Russia will invade Ukraine.


Biden blasts Kellogg’s plan to replace striking workers.


Biden endorses filibuster carve-out for voting rights and election reform.


Biden extends pause on student loan payments through May 1.


After blocking idea, Biden administration  to distribute 500 million free COVID tests.


Giving finger to anti-choicers, Biden administration FDA allows abortion pills by mail.


Senate told to act on voting rights bills after Biden backs filibuster exception.


House passes Protecting Our Democracy Act to prevent presidential abuse of power.


Progressive Caucus urges Biden to wield executive action as agenda stalls


AOC leads demand for Biden to work on ending Saudi blockade of Yemen airport


Warren endorses Judiciary Act.


114 Reps sign letter urging  Biden to engage with Cuba.


US issues ‘broad authorization’ to enable aid to Afghanistan.


Garland sues Texas Republicans for redistricting maps discriminating against Black and  Latino voters.


Poor People’s Campaign target corporate Dems at DC rally ‘this is Manchin against us.’


Whistle blower Daniel Hale receives award for drone leak.


Federal class-action suit filed over Haitian migrants’ abused and dehumanized at US border.


Slavery by another name: Court rejects GEO Group’s efforts to reduce settlement won by immigrants forced to work for $1 a day.


Erie PA cement workers strike for better raises, and a dental plan.


Kellogg workers reject temporary agreement.


Amazon warehouse workers in Chicago walk off job.


Amazon workers organize for cellphone access.


Unions, workers call out backroom deal to sneak Amazon into Newark airport.


Pharmacists walkout in early unionization effort to restore -hour day and appropriate breaks.


In solidarity with trucker accused of manslaughter, no trucks enter Colorado.


Buffalo Starbucks workers vote to form chain’s first union in U.S.


N.Y. AG seeks #45’s testimony in civil frau probe.


Oregon plans to build natural gas export facility have been  cancelled.


Grape pickers crash lavish Sonoma winery banquet demanding better wildfire protections.


Apple workers organize Christmas Eve walkout, demanding  respectful workplace, frontline protection, and mental health care.


New York City’s Home care workers protest 24-hour work day.


Oregon decriminalizes personal use of all illicit drugs with impressive results.


Louisiana’s Midwest energy company Tallgrass cancels plans to build massive oil terminal off Louisiana’s coast.


Progressives sweep 2021 municipal elections across Georgia.


Auto workers vote to move to direct voting system for choosing leadership.


Kentucky candle factory workers sue  company, alleging ‘flagrant indifference’ to their safety.


Workers at Activision  Blizzard lead week-long work stoppage.


Penn East cancels New Jersey pipeline.


Yurok tribe uses California carbon offset to buy back its land.


Central California’s Tribal communities to stop Sites Reservoir.


Soledad prisoners sue prison system following targeted raid against Black people.


Innocence Project petitions Court allowing Rodney Reed to file new petition based on evidence disproving states theory and demonstrating prosecutorial misconduct that sent innocent man to death row.


U. C. recognizes student researchers united union of 17,000 workers.


Columbia University student workers defy university’s strikebreaking threats.


Indiana University  graduate workers submit cards, seek union election.


Smith College students rally to support prison moratorium.


California’s Gov. Newsom won’t order Diablo Canyon nuclear plant to stay open.


Washington  State’s governor pushes big state EV credit.


San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point activists take  air pollution monitoring into their own hands.


Fun news:  bugs eat plastic.






Saturday, December 4, 2021

There's More to Vax Than Meets the Eye

We’ve been immersed in our COVID  world now for nearly two years, with a new “variant,” Omicron, raising its spikey head, fomenting press and panic in the Big Pharma racket, and causing a new wave of pain emblemized for me by seeing another man sleeping on the same sloped lawn outside the university student housing, that I first saw more than a year ago. 


Somewhat removed from the American vaxxer vs. anti vaxxer tug of war, I still receive screeds from a few colleagues who pepper my inbox with their cries of outrage, outrage mostly at finding their personal liberty infringed upon. But just yesterday, one whose mind I have found sound and reliable sent a barrage of articles and youtubes, including a transcript of an address Giorgio Agamben gave before an Italian parliamentary body as recently as last month. Giorgio Agamben is a noted Italian philosopher whose name is typical of the Veneto, one of Italy’s northern regions. He first came to my attention through the work of Mau, a Polynesian dance company whose high concept production, Tempest Without a Body, probably the most profound piece of theater I will ever have viewed in a long life-time of theater viewing, was grounded in his work.


Giorgio Agamben

His address is devoid of fluff, a scant few paragraphs really, entirely lazer focused on its two points The first addresses the proposed Italian Parliamentary Decree that all citizens must now be obliged to carry a “green pass” (the Italian equivalent of our vaccination card) which implies that the government accepts no responsibility for any damage brought about by Big Pharma’s un-fully-tested vaccine.


His second point addresses the political problem of the “green pass,” which forces people to get vaccinated if they want to eat, have a social life, work a job, or generally try surviving.  The over-all picture he paints is of a society based on control-as-the-accepted norm. He further elaborates his point by drawing parallels with the Soviet and the Italian Fascist models.


Now imagine the U.S. congress inviting a philosopher to address one of its august bodies. What public intellectual might be considered worthy of such a summons let alone listened to? What hoodlum of greed, of financially stratospheric kleptitude would have to fit the bill?


In other pandemic news, one headline reads “Moderna  refuses to share vaccine recipe with all of Africa as Omicron rises.”  Another reads “First U.S. case confirmed as WHO chief decries failure to share vaccines globally.” Profits for Big Pharma come first over kicking the pandemic habit; greed will guarantee that people of the world continue to suffer until the entire world is immunized—which at the rate we are going will take the next forty years.. The other very significant article reports publication of Robert Kennedy’s new book, The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health. The link worth a read. A brief précis for folks with shorter attention spans can be found here.


Kennedy has chosen to  expose the Byzantine machinations undergirding the U.S. approach to immunology.  He has this to say: “For five decades Tony Fauci has been essentially a Big Pharma agent, nurturing a complex web of financial entanglements among pharmaceutical companies and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and its employees that have transformed NIAID into a seamless subsidiary of the pharmaceutical industry…. [He] does not do public health; he is a businessman, who has used his office to enrich his pharmaceutical partners and expand the reach of influence that has made him the most powerful – and despotic – doctor in human history.”


Prior to all publication, the book industry in the U.S. makes sure to review all copy with a fine-toothed comb to guard against any liable suit.  You can be sure that Kennedy’s book is vermin-free.


Hope from the ground up


In all the dithering and delay by the WTO which postponed their latest scheduled meeting—a meeting which to consider a temporary waiver— owing to the emergence the Omicron variant. Some time ago, Senator Paulo Paim of Brazil proposed a bill that allows Brazil to bypass the barriers originally erected by TRIPS (Agreement of Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) which according to its Article 73 allows each government to take whatever action it considers necessary to address the pandemic, including suspending property rights.  Paim‘s bill, which passed both Brazil’s House and Senate, provides  a permanent provision for overriding IP monopolies on essential technologies needed to address such health emergencies as the current pandemic.


This development had the potential of providing the entire Third World with a viable alternative model, had not Bolsonaro vetoed many of its provisions, resulting in the Senate charging him with “crimes against humanity.”  At present, because the Senate missed is deadlines restoring the bill’s original provisions following Bolsonaro’s mangling, it must now act quickly to eliminate Bolsonaro’s cuts.


Tune in next week.



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WHO chief urges pandemic treaty to avoid another ‘crisis of sharing and solidarity.’


2.5 million nurses demand UN probe into ‘COVID criminals’ blocking patent waiver.


Xi announces supplying Africa with additional 1 billion COVID vaccine doses.


UNESCO members adopt first global AI ethics agreement ‘to benefit humanity.’


NATO parliamentarians send letter to Biden for no firth-use policies.


Germany to get Green Ministry of Economy, Energy, and Climate in boost for President Biden.


‘Triumph for Democracy as socialist candidate takes commanding lead in Honduran election.


Massive turnout in favor of leftists in Honduras repudiate U.S. backed coup.


Honduras National Party recognizes Xiomara Castro’s win.


Honduras set for first female president as Castro holds wide lead.


Castro’s victory spells end of U.S. backed ‘narco-politics, neoliberalism.”


International community recognizes victory of Xiomara Castro.


Venezuela’s socialists win election in landslide as U.S. tries to discredit them.


Venezuela’s mega-elections: despite U.S. sanctions, COVID, an d economic crisis, Chavismo wins majority of states.


What a concept department: Despite over 60 year old U.S. blockade, Cuba develops its own two highly effective vaccines, immunizes 80% of its population and is on the verge of sharing its vaccines with impoverished nations abandoned by Big Parma and wealthy countries.  


In Nicaragua, Sandinistas win landslide victory because they uplifted the poor. 


Seven-day march of over a million people in defense of democracy concludes in La Paz, Bolivia.


Mexico increases workers’ minimum wage by 22 percent.


In Argentina Macri indicted and banned from leaving country.


Indonesian unions celebrate critical omnibus law victory regaining rights, entitlements, as well as environmental protections.


Majority of world’s oil and gas workers want to seek employment in renewable energy industry.


Shell slammed for plan to last South African coastline for oil and gas during whale mating season.


For the sake of peace, anti war groups demand Biden return to nuclear deal with Iran.


Informal group of Northwest indigenous tribes announce they’ll join Southern California march to demand release of indigenous children from immigration detention facilities, signaling hemispheric indigenous solidarity. 


Biden commits to North Korea peace as U.S. and South Korea talk end-of-war declaration.


Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping agree that nuclear-armed countries should not be able to gain decisive advantage over one another.


Protests demanding affordable housing surge in the Netherlands.


Massive protests in Niger, Burkina Faso demand French military get out.


Putin calls for release of Afghan financial assets.


Amnesty’s General Secretary calls for Assange’s immediate release because is detention is arbitrary.


Norway calls on  NATO to stay away from its border with Russia.


In Winnipeg, free bus rides offer environmentally sound transportation model.


Battle over Canada’s Jordan Cove Energy Project is over after developers pull plug.


Nearly 300 artists, celebrities demand Hollywood end ‘disturbing’ support for Big Pharma’s vaccine monopolies.


Extractive Industries everywhere are watching as 9 Democrats urge DOJ to free Steven Donziger.


Biden to create panel to study expanding “Supreme”  Court.


Durbin introduces amendment to end ‘legacy of cruelty’ by closing Guantanamo.


‘Congress must act’: Sanders demands end of filibuster to codify abortion rights.


New report urges Biden to stop arms sales fueling Saudi ‘devastation’ of Yemen.


47 groups urge Congress to avert ‘human rights failure’ by blocking Biden’s Saudi arms sale.


Shutdown averted as Congress passes short-term funding bill.


200+ groups to Democrats in Congress: No holiday recess until you pass voting rights.


Amid overdose  crisis, public health groups urge Congress to pass live-saving bills.


Activists make last-minute bid to stop blasting in whale breeding grounds.


‘For profit healthcare hurts all of us”: Sacramento, CA approves single-payer resolution.


SCOTUS upholds Oklahoma’s McGirt Decision guaranteeing tribal sovereignty as Governor and big oil lose.


Nevada’s Democratic governor apologizes for state’s abuses of Native Americans.


Stacey Abrams runs for governor of Georgia.


Union  and Kellogg reach tentative deal to end strike.


Win for Alabama Amazon workers after NLRB orders new union vote after corporation ‘s misconduct.


Chicago tortilla workers walk out and win day off work.


After Long Island farmworkers unionize, organizers hope to see others follow.


N.Y.C. opens nation’s first overdose prevention centers.


Dozens more N.Y.C. convictions tossed because of three dirty former ‘top’ cops.


Food banks distributed 1.1 billion pounds of food in the first quarter of 2020. By fall, 2020, they were handing out 1/7 billion pounds.