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7 May
Capitalism is a misanthropic, dystopian ideology. Its proponents always talk about "human nature" as greedy and selfish, which is complete bullshit that only feels true to a greedy, selfish person. But it's also a self-fulfilling prophecy that creates the world it describes.
Because capitalism cultists believe human nature is greedy and selfish, they cannot imagine any solutions to our world's problems that aren't driven by greed and selfishness. That's why they're holding out hope that we'll all be saved by greedy, selfish parasites like Elon Musk.
Someone who's always projecting their own greed and selfishness onto everyone else will scoff and dismiss the idea that we can transcend our self-destructive patterning and move into a collaborative relationship with each other and with our ecosystem. They see it as impossible.
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7 May
People believe we can just snip humans out of their ecosystemic context to colonize space for the same reason they believe in rugged individualism: they don't grasp how inseparably interconnected each human is. With our ecosystem, and with our society. Separation is an illusion.
We are not separable from our ecosystem. We ARE our ecosystem. We're so inseparably one with our ecosystem that, as Alan Watts once said, we need to send astronauts into space with a little box of it or else they will die. Space colonization will never happen.
People assume space colonization is part of our future primarily because science fiction takes this as a given. But science fiction is fiction, written to entertain and appeal to the same ego which imagines it is separate from the rest of the world. It's an illusory premise.
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6 May
Every positive change in human behavior, individually or collectively, has been preceded by an increase in awareness. Anything you can do toward this end makes a difference, whether it's spreading awareness through a conversation, a tweet, or street graffiti. Your efforts matter.
One doesn't end an addiction or self-destructive behavior until they become conscious of the inner dynamics feeding into it. Societal illnesses don't end until people become conscious of how wrong they are. Dysfunction and consciousness can't coexist. Your efforts matter.
All that is wrong with our world is the result of human unconsciousness. All that is good in our world is the result of an expansion of consciousness. Anything you can do to help make even a tiny part of humanity a tiny bit more conscious of the truth makes the world better.
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6 May
"It’s not surprising that Australians might look with horror on such a conflict. There’s no way for anyone to 'win' a war between America and China. A conventional clash could easily end up going nuclear, with the US still reserving its right to first use of these weapons"
Sometimes I think the Yanks would better understand why I write about their government's escalations against China if they lived a little closer to the front line.
"If China chose to retaliate to such an attack without directly attacking the American mainland, hitting a US ally like Australia would be an option."
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6 May
They still believe the Russian bounties story because they were told to believe it over and over again by the media outlets they trust, and were not told to STOP believing it over and over again by those same media outlets after it was completely discredited. As usual.
Same reason they still think they were vindicated for all that shrieking about Russian collusion. They were blasted in the face with it for years, and then the outlets which did this failed to sit them down and explain how completely discredited those claims turned out to be.
I still to this day get shitlibs telling me "Read the Mueller report!" even though the Mueller report completely discredits the Russian collusion narrative. Not one American was ever indicted for conspiracy with the Kremlin. They don't know this because no one told them.
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6 May
Kissinger years

noun

a metric which describes the increased lifespan of a sociopath due to lack of stress from empathy

"I know John Bolton is old but he's not that old in Kissinger years"
Sociopaths don't experience stress like we do. They actually seek out the sensation of stress. It's called "sensation seeking." They *enjoy* the chaos; it doesn't exhaust them or make them sick, it energizes them. Keep this in mind when thinking about US foreign policy.
This is why assholes like Kissinger live forever and the ones who care the most wear themselves out young.
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5 May
Detente: The Vital Word Missing From Discourse On Russia And China

A recent 60 Minutes interview with Tony Blinken illustrates the way the concept of detente (the easing of hostilities between nations) is being deliberately hidden from public awareness.
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On a recent 60 Minutes interview with Norah O'Donnell, US Secretary of State Tony Blinken talked about the United States as a defender of the rules-based international order and the importance of bringing Beijing into compliance with it.
"Our purpose is not to contain China, to hold it back, to keep it down: it is to uphold this rules-based order that China is posing a challenge to," Blinken said. "Anyone who poses a challenge to that order, we’re going to stand up and defend it."
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3 May
The CIA video is significant because it shows an agency staffed entirely by sociopaths using extremely manipulative language to advance its predatory agendas, not because it vindicates your dopey ideology. It's so dumb how everything real gets twisted into fake partisan bullshit.
The CIA can use, will use, and has used ANY ideological position to advance its agendas. That's what's so creepy about the video: it's a high-budget, in-your-face example of how predatory manipulators operate, and it sets off our predation alarms. It's not because "woke bad".
Sociopaths don't use language like normal human beings; normal people use language for connection and communication, while sociopaths use it for manipulation and control. Seeing it laid out openly, with language manipulated entirely divorced from human value, is shudder-inducing.
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3 May
Silicon Valley Algorithm Manipulation Is The Only Thing Keeping Mainstream Media Alive

Recent statements by YouTube's CEO highlight the way Silicon Valley tech giants use algorithms to boost mainstream media propaganda and suppress independent content.
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Last month a very informative interview saw the CEO of YouTube, which is owned by Google, candidly discussing the way the platform uses algorithms to elevate mainstream news outlets and suppress independent content.
At the World Economic Forum’s 2021 Global Technology Governance Summit, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told Atlantic CEO Nicholas Thompson that on important areas like news media the platform artificially elevates "authoritative sources".
linkedin.com/pulse/susan-wo…
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2 May
World's Most Tyrannical Regime Can't Stop Babbling About "Human Rights"

"Which is very silly, considering the fact that the US government is the single worst human rights abuser on planet Earth. And it's not even close."
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Like all US secretaries of state, Tony Blinken spends his time claiming that other nations abuse human rights, and that it is America's duty to defend those rights. Which is very silly, considering the fact that the US government is the single worst human rights abuser on earth.
There is no other government that is circling the planet with hundreds of military bases and working to destroy any nation which disobeys it via invasion, proxy wars, blockades, economic warfare, staged coups, and covert operations.
thenation.com/article/archiv…
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1 May
It's so weird how not being murdered by explosives dropped from the sky is never considered a human right. Image
Learner's guide to what "human rights" actually means in Imperialist Brainworms Land:
This is an open secret in the US foreign policy establishment. Sometimes you catch them spelling it out it for new members, and it's like watching the old veteran explaining the backstory to the new guy in the pilot episode of a new TV series.
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1 May
Oh wow. So we're at this stage already.
One under-appreciated part of this article is the bit where China spending little on its military is proof that it's a tyrannical horror in need of regime change.
The article, written by a former British diplomat, is essentially one long argument that China is evil and needs regime change because it refuses to act civilized and let billionaires take over the country.
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29 Apr
Hard to blame people for believing dumb conspiracy theories about the powerful, seeing how proven conspiracies by the powerful are far worse. The conspiracy of the US power alliance to slaughter children in Yemen (and lie about it) is far worse than the QAnon stuff, for example.
MSM propaganda is another example. Wealthy elites and government agencies are indeed conspiring to manipulate the thoughts of the entire population; this is a fact that has been studied and documented for decades. It happens in a mundane way, but it's a huge, creepy conspiracy.
I mean, just think about it: powerful elites are engaging in mass-scale mind control to justify murder and genocide around the world. This is a fact. The only reason it doesn't give people the thrill of 5G nanobot mind control conspiracies or whatever is because we're used to it.
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29 Apr
Biden Lied About Yemen

"We are being lied to about yet another US war by yet another US president."
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The Biden administration has finally admitted that the US is providing offensive material support to Saudi Arabia's genocidal assault on Yemen, directly contradicting Biden's February claim that it would no longer be providing offensive support in that war
aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/4/…
We are being lied to about yet another US war by yet another US president.
vox.com/2021/4/27/2240…
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28 Apr
It's not just mainstream politics and news media, it's the entirety of mainstream culture: all its movies, books, music, values systems, ideals. It's all inseparably intertwined with the sick status quo we now find ourselves in and the manufactured worldviews which consent to it.
Teenagers understand this better than adults. There's an intuitive rejection of mainstream culture; it feels weird and dissonant. Adults make fun of them for it; "Ooh, it's not alternative enough for you?", but that rejection is arising from a very healthy impulse.
Mainstream culture SHOULD be rejected, because it's what got us into this mess. It's sick. The instinct to reject it is as healthy as the immune system's instinct to attack a pathogen.
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27 Apr
The Day The World Ended

"Then it happened. A nuclear weapon was deployed by one side, setting off a chain reaction that had been set in place ready to be triggered long ago, from which there was no coming back.
And the funny thing is, it was an accident."
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The day the world ended began like any other day. People woke up, had their coffee, checked their social media, kissed their loved ones, went to work.
Nobody knew it was coming. The news reporters and pundits hadn't been informing them that the US and its allies had been simultaneously ramping up aggressions against two nuclear-armed nations in a way that could easily lead to something going catastrophically wrong.
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25 Apr
There's no point admonishing the mainstream press for the public's plummeting trust in it. It can't change. A thing that has only ever existed to administer propaganda can't suddenly become journalism, and humanity's relationship with narrative is going to continue to fall apart.
Don't tell the mainstream press to do their job. They ARE doing their job. They're doing it perfectly. It's just that their job isn't what you thought it was. Don't say "Do your job!" Say "It sucks that I used to think you tell us the truth about what's happening in our world."
The MSM are completely and utterly irredeemable, and always have been. It's a waste of energy to try and get plutocratic propaganda institutions to suddenly begin doing journalism; that's not what they're for. Instead, teach people to stop seeing them as journalistic outlets.
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23 Apr
The US didn't re-enter Iraq in 2014 to stop ISIS, they re-entered Iraq in 2014 to stop Soleimani from stopping ISIS.
The "war on terror" has never been about defeating violent extremist factions, it's been about keeping the nations in the region from relying on Iran to defeat them. It's been about ensuring the US power alliance, not Iran, is the dominant military force in the Middle East.
It's also used to justify endless military expansionism in a key geostrategic region, of course. Soleimani was the strongest argument that the "war on terror" isn't actually necessary. And that's essentially why he's dead now.
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22 Apr
There are mountains of evidence that the US and its allies bombed Syria on false grounds in 2018, and yet people who point this out get called "Assadists" and "atrocity deniers". For scrutinizing the most powerful and destructive government on earth using evidence and journalism.
The entire argument that the OPCW scandal is fake boils down to a bizarre conspiracy theory that OPCW investigators collaborated with Damascus and Moscow to spin Douma as a false flag for some reason. This would've been laughed out of the room if it weren't backed by the empire.
It's freakish that you get accused of war crimes denial when actually **trying to get a war crime solved**. The facts are in, the Douma incident needs to be ripped wide open, and @aaronjmate needs to be showered with awards for his excellent work exposing this scandal.
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21 Apr
The Rising Threat Of Nuclear War Is The Most Urgent Matter In The World

"This should be the main thing everyone talks about. There is literally no more urgent matter on earth than the looming possibility that everyone might die in a nuclear war."
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Check out this recent tweet by US Strategic Command, the branch of the US military responsible for America's nuclear arsenal:
This caused a lot of alarm, not because of any inaccuracy in STRATCOM's frank statement, but due to the bizarre fact that our world's increasing risk of nuclear war barely features in mainstream discourse.
newsweek.com/us-strategic-c…
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21 Apr
The US has killed millions and displaced tens of millions just since the turn of this century and its Secretary of State spends all day tweeting about how other countries are human rights abusers.
No other government has done this. No other government has killed millions and displaced tens of millions since the turn of this century. Yet when you say this, you get accused of "whataboutism". No, idiot, distracting from the world's very worst offender is the "whataboutism".
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