Strategic Manipulation

•July 20, 2017 • Leave a Comment

As noted at INSURGE INTELLIGENCE,  a report published in June by the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute calls for the U.S. government to invest in more surveillance, better propaganda through “strategic manipulation” of public opinion, and a “wider and more flexible” U.S. military.

Accepted Truth

•January 30, 2017 • 2 Comments

In a culture of imbeciles, consumers will believe anything. In the age of social media, lies are repeated until they become accepted truth.

–Poet Garcia Madero

The DAPL Fantasy

•December 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment

When reality is too much to bear, we turn to fantasies to keep from losing our mind. When fantasies become our reality, we are liable to believe just about anything.

One fantasy currently circulating online is that Obama halted DAPL because he has strong emotional ties to American Indians. While he has helped tribes with issues like domestic violence and education, his strong financial ties to oil industry investors like Goldman Sachs have created a nightmare for many tribes across the country.

Standing Rock could have been avoided, had Obama not approved fracking millions of acres of Bakken Shale in North Dakota. The pipelines and bomb trains emanating from that disastrous decision alone will haunt us for generations. In the Gulf of Mexico, Obama’s executive order waiving environmental restrictions on risky deep-sea oil drilling resulted in the largest oil spill in history.

While it is a relief that the stand-off at Standing Rock avoided a showdown, by delaying the pipeline over Christmas, the fact that it progressed to this point without interference from the White House suggests Obama’s interest is in his perceived legacy, since Trump is almost certain to forge ahead with its completion in January.

Meanwhile, oil industry members of the Native American Affairs Coalition advising President Trump propose making Indian Reservations private property. As noted at Reuter’s, “The plan dovetails with Trump’s larger aim of slashing regulation to boost energy production.”

Coming Home

•November 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Rupa Marya, MD and professor of medicine at UCSF, says veterans who served in the oil wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are supporting the Lakota at Standing Rock, and are ready to serve the people now, rather than the corporations. “These oil wars,” she says, “have come home.”

Pentecostals Not Welcome

•November 26, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Indigenous leaders in northern Colombia expelled a group of evangelical Christians from their community recently, saying the missionaries were contributing to the “physical, cultural and spiritual extermination of our ethnic group” according to a press statement.

Read more here.

 

The Grand Collusion

•November 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment

As reported by Matthew Dodrill at Religion Dispatches,

The election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States is a moment of reckoning for white Christianity. According to the exit polls, approximately 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for a man whose campaign was fueled by demagoguery, Islamaphobia, the exploitation of racial animus, and the criminalization of his political opponent.

In this important article, Dodrill observes that Trump’s “expressed desire to commit war crimes” and his running mate’s “hostility toward the LGBTQ community is stunning.” The “grand collusion between Christianity and the powers of darkness,” he says, “will require, at minimum, a public repudiation of the false gospels that bolster violence, racism, ableism, misogyny, Islamophobia, homophobia and transphobia.”

Lest We Forget

•November 23, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Lest we forget, the reason we have a redneck president with a white trash following is because the Democratic National Committee pulled out all the stops to run a career crook who abused the power of her office as Secretary of State to enrich herself and her family.