Friday, July 26, 2013

Snowden: What are they so scared of?

Something has Obama and the cabal that he's fronting for powerfully spooked by Edward Snowden's actions.
The campaign to capture and make an example of Snowden has led to an unprecedented demonstration of the sheer raw power of the US over nearly every country on Earth, even including China and Russia.  This campaign has not been cost-free. For example, the leaders of France, Spain, Italy and Portugal have been exposed as Washington's flunkeys in the eyes of their own people.  Thus the US response must have been strongly motivated.
Now they're moving to sanctions against any country that doesn't cooperate in capturing and rendering Snowden.
This is way out of proportion to Snowden's revelations about the NSA so far, much of which was already known or suspected. This US reaction looks like a fear reaction, even a survival response of a cornered beast.
So what are they so afraid of? Something more Snowden hasn't shared? Or something someone else must be deterred from sharing? If so, it must be some secret so catastrophic it could torpedo their empire. But what could that be?
Maybe it's just about Snowden revealing more names, more details about how, that will cause uproars in more countries like what happened in Brazil and Germany.  But maybe it's something more.  

Is it fear of someone leaking proof of the big lies they've been telling, about bin Laden and the War on Terror?  Details of their plans for taking full power over the world, or for a managed collapse of the world economy? Details of their plans for starting and winning World War III?  Or of horrible new weapons systems they've been developing in secret, to use against ... who?

All possibilities.  But here's another possibility:
Suppose some CIA agent - or some employee of a private contractor with access to CIA files - were thinking about blowing the whistle on the political leaders, politicians, military officers, journalists, religious and labor leaders around the globe who are on the CIA payroll?  The ones many people had always suspected but no one could prove it?  
Like maybe the ones who jumped to cooperate in turning back, grounding and searching the Bolivian Presidential Airplane, an utterly unprecedented act of international lawlessness? 

Obama and crew would no doubt consider that a threat to the Empire of the first order, a threat to their survival. That could detonate a popular rebellion in many of those countries, maybe a global popular rebellion.

That would b a threat to be deterred at any cost.

Education as just indoctrination - including Math!

Comment in response to article in Truthout:

What Passes for Education In America Is Often Just Indoctrination

The photo on the link to this article is of someone, perhaps a teacher, standing in front of a blackboard full of "heavy math". Is that an image of good education? Or of education as just indoctrination?
Actually, math at its root is the poster child, the hard kernel, of an education that makes no sense! Which is what my 9th grade students kept telling me: "Mister, this doesn't make any sense!"
Math, in our mixed-population public schools like the ones where I taught, is the ultimate separator of the winners - the kids that have been bullied and conned into swallowing anything to preserve or advance their future income and socioeconomic status - from the losers.
As Calvin put it to Hobbs in 1991:
"You know, I don't think math is a science. I think it's a religion."
"A religion"?
"Yeah. All these equations are like miracles. You take two numbers and when you add them, they magically become one NEW number! No one can say how it happens. You either believe it or you don't. This whole book is full of things that have to be accepted on faith! It's a religion!"
"And in the public schools no less. Call a lawyer."
"As a math atheist, I should be excused from this."
Often the most disruptive "losers" in my classes were the smart angry working-class kids who were tired of all the BS, who demanded that I show them how what I was teaching them make sense. I tried, but I couldn't.  At the time I had nothing else to offer them, and I was left feeling like a failure, like I had failed them. But I owe them all a debt of gratitude. They put me on the path of searching for a math that makes sense, and finally of helping invent one, CIMM, a math as it turns out that also helps develop critical thinking skills.

But so far, despite a few promising starts - fabulous results for failing students and hapless teachers as a matter of fact - it's a math that has been unable to survive in our schools.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Iron in the oceans: why should we care?

To a poster to TruthDig article

Ocean Iron Study Means Climate Rethink

who complained that we have more urgent problems to worry about than how iron gets into the ocean and its effect on CO2 levels in the atmosphere:

Purple Crab, there's no sense arguing do this first or do that first.  We're fighting back on all fronts.  We - the people - don't really have the power to win pretty much any of these battles now, but our day will come if we keep on fighting.  

Imagine it's 2023.  A massive global uprising of the people of the world has been met by a global wave of repression, which failed when rank and file troops and junior officers in every land refused to fire on the crowds.  Power over the Earth has thus passed decisively into the hands of the common people, and we are faced with all the problems of organizing our self-governance, surviving the coming years, but also salvaging the Earth and redirecting our activities - the activities of maybe 10 billion people - to solving the problems of production and distribution of wealth in a truly sustainable way.

We will have inherited one heck of a mess, and we'll need all the information science can provide, especially stuff like this.  It's not going to be simple, and there will be no magic key.  So thank you Drs. Homsky and Mills and all your colleagues for your work, and thank you TruthDig for sharing it.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Two responses to Zimmerman verdict

From the London Daily Mail, May 11:

"'Abused' Florida wife sentenced to 20 YEARS for firing warning shot at husband after Stand Your Ground defence fails"

So much for the claim that the Zimmerman verdict and the Stand Your Ground law aren't about race!  Or do we really need a case where an armed "black" man stalks, attacks and shoots a "white" teenager to test the theory that this was about race? 

By the way, why was Marissa Alexander's case news in London but (according to Google News Search) nowhere in the US (except the alternative online press?)   Why not in the Telegram?  What's up with that?  Yoo-hoo!  Editors!?  


Truther, is there really something sinister about the reactions to the Zimmerman verdict?

Perhaps the trap in being a "truther" could be in thinking that because the Powers that Be are constantly trying to turn every situation to their advantage, because their hand is often invisible or disguised behind their ubiquitous propaganda, that every response from the people, as seen through the media, is somehow orchestrated by them.

It ain't so.

The reality is that often they are struggling to respond to the people's moves, trying to get out in front of the herd and turn it.

A dramatic example is what happened in Egypt.  Yes, the CIA and the State Department almost certainly were behind the military coup, and had their hand in the people's uprising there too.  Does that make the whole thing a plot?  Is there any way in Heck that they would have wanted 30 million Egyptians in the streets demanding the government resign - and organizing and talking with each other about what kind of Egypt they wanted?   Heck no!  They're just trying to salvage what for them is a nightmare scenario!  The reality is that now the common people are driving the agenda and they're flailing, trying to save their tootsies.

The response of millions of people to Trevon's murder and the Zimmerman verdict is huge, visceral, dangerous to the Powers that Be.  They'll try to spin it, turn it, make it a wedge issue, true.  You're right there.  But they certainly didn't cause it.  More of us should have been at this event yesterday.  I wish someone had called me to say "Hey brother, what you're doing tonight can wait, you got to get down there for this."  Because more of us there would have been a little step toward Worcester slipping beyond their control.

There's the real Truth.  Your 2000 Architects are a part of it.  But it's all around you.  It's all of us.  Well, 99.5% of us. Some get one piece now, some another, but we're all finding our way in, issue by issue, fight by fight, discovering each other, slowly building the will and solidarity to rescue our land from the usurpers.