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Title: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on October 27, 2013, 05:33:56 pm
(http://allart.biz/up/photos/album/B-C/Alexey_Bogolyubov/bogolyubov_alexey_377_russian_fleet_on_the_road_1863.jpg)
Civil War Era Russian Fleet
 
As we mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, commemorations of the mid-point year of that terrible conflict in 1863 are dominated by much-studied battles like Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Chickamauga. Often forgotten are events of perhaps even greater strategic importance – the arrival of the Russian Baltic Fleet in New York City on September 24, 1863, and of the Russian Pacific Squadron in San Francisco on October 12 of the same year. The two Russian admirals carried secret sealed orders they were instructed to open only if Great Britain and France declared war on Russia and/or the United States.

Any aggression by London and Paris against the Union in support of the Confederacy would have caused the Russian Empire to enter the war on the side of Lincoln. If war had come, the secret orders told the Russian admirals to cooperate with the Union Navy in attacking Anglo-French commerce on the high seas, in the manner of the highly successful Confederate raiders like the Alabama.

Napoleon III of France and Lord John Russell, Lord Palmerston, and William Gladstone of Britain had been threatening to intervene in favor of the Confederacy since 1861. They were deterred by the pro-Lincoln policy of the Imperial Court of St. Petersburg. With the arrival of the Russian fleets, consternation in London, Paris, and their partner Madrid was great. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/www_MyEmoticons_com__smokelots.gif)

In the North, still traumatized by losses at Gettysburg and Chickamauga, (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/tuzki-bunnys/tuzki-bunny-emoticon-052.gif)
and by the New York City draft riots, the Russian fleets were a decisive morale booster. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif) When a Confederate warship was feared to be approaching San Francisco, the Russian admiral cleared for action and prepared to defend the port. Russia was the only country to extend direct military support to the Lincoln government.

The Imperial Russian government had issued an ultimatum to Britain and France specifying that if those powers should intervene on the side of the Confederate States of America they would immediately find themselves at war with the Russian Empire. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/cowboypistol.gif)

Cassius Marcellus Clay of Kentucky, a cousin of the Great Compromiser who was Lincoln’s Ambassador to Russia, later claimed that he had done more than any person to save the Union by obtaining Russian help to keep the British and French out of the war. Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles summed up much Northern opinion when he observed: “God bless the Russians!”  But later, Anglophilia and the Cold War helped obscure these decisive facts >:(.

http://tarpley.net/2013/10/25/tarpleys-national-press-club-lecture-on-russian-fleets-of-1863-to-air-this-weekend-on-c-span3
Title: Debts to Russia for their part in the cause of World Peace and civil rights.
Post by: AGelbert on October 27, 2013, 09:39:35 pm

The Imperial Russian government had issued an ultimatum to Britain and France specifying that if those powers should intervene on the side of the Confederate States of America they would immediately find themselves at war with the Russian Empire.
Key Historical Events... that  you may have never heard of  :o (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/geopolitics/key-historical-events-that-you-may-have-never-heard-of/)

This is really quite remarkable. Read a lot about the civil War but can't remember learning this. Great find!


Surly,
Glad you found it informative. Webster Tarpley can be rather eccentric but he is a walking no holds barred history book of Western Civilization. The guy knows history and the nuts and bolts of empire power politics intimately.

But getting back to the Lincoln/Russian alliance, think about how things REALLY work in our government, especially after WWII when Russia became the "enemy du jour" to fatten up the military industrial complex, NOT for national security...

I ASKED MYSELF A SIMPLE QUESTION: Suppose NOBODY but us had nukes back then? Would we have done exactly what we DID (go on a world pillage rampage for big oil and other predatory corporate interests) after the Soviet Union collapsed?

YEP! And, OF COURSE, lacking a big boogeyman like Russia would not have been an impediment for our boogeyman inventing propagandists. The convenient perpetual swag for the military industrial complex called the "war on terror" would have been manufactured a lot sooner!

Russia ACTUALLY contributed to the advance of civil rights in our country (although they were rather effective in crushing civil rights in theirs  :P), not because our leaders gave a damn, but because we were trying to counter Russia's truths about how we mistreated minorities. So Russia was just keeping us towing our PR "freedom, democracy and pro-human rights" line for real! Anyone that doesn't agree with that hypothesis or the premise behind it need only observe what we did the INSTANT we didn't have a strong competitor for people's hearts and minds on the global stage (1990-2013  :P).

What went down after the Soviet collapse PROVES that our government NEVER had ANY OTHER GOAL but global domination, the very thing we, in true Orwellian   (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-devil19.gif)fashion, accused the Ruskies of going all out to do.

In the light of TRUE history after WWII, the Soviet "threat" ACTUALLY KEPT THE USA FROM GOING FULL FASCIST POLICE STATE UNTIL NOW! :o

So we OWE the Russians for two great historical achievements in the defense of democracy and freedom, not just one.

And with keeping the Israel firsters in Congress, our warmongering Secretary of State and the matrix media honest by exposing the false flag terror attack killing kids and fraudulent attempt to try to pin it on the Syrian Government, that makes THREE! :o :emthup: :icon_sunny: GOD BLESS THE RUSSIANS!




I have feeling Freedom and Democracy Debt Number FOUR to Russia is coming pretty soon... ;)
Title: 1993-2013: Is"pas de deux" of Russia and the USA coming to an END?
Post by: AGelbert on October 28, 2013, 02:25:17 am
Saturday, October 12, 2013
   
1993-2013: is the twenty years long "pas de deux" of Russia and the USA coming to an end?  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)
 

The latest tensions between the EU and Russia over Greenpeace's stunt in the Arctic only confirmed a fact which nobody really bothers denying anymore: Western political and financial elites absolutely hate Vladimir Putin and they are appalled at Russia's behavior, both inside Russia and on the international scene.  This tension was quite visible on the faces of Obama and Putin at the G8 summit in Lough Erne where both leaders looked absolutely disgusted with each other.  Things got even worse when Putin did something quite unheard of in the Russian diplomatic history: he publicly  said that Kerry was dishonest and even called him a liar.

 While tensions have reached some sort of climax over the Syrian issue, problems between Russia and the USA are really nothing new.  A quick look at the recent past will show that the western corporate media has been engaged in a sustained strategic campaign to identify and exploit any possible weaknesses in the Russian "political armor" and to paint Russia like a very nasty, undemocratic and authoritarian country, in other words a threat to the West.   Let me mention a few episodes of this Russia-bashing campaign (in no particular order):
•Berezovsky as a "persecuted" businessman
•Politkovskaya "murdered by KGB goons"
•Khodorkovsky jailed for his love of "liberty"
•Russia's "aggression" against Georgia
•The Russian "genocidal" wars against the Chechen people
•"**** Riot" as "prisoners of conscience"
•Litvinenko "murdered by Putin"
•Russian homosexuals "persecuted" and "mistreated" by the state
•Magnitsky and the subsequent "Magnitsky law"
•Snowden as a "traitor hiding in Russia"
•The "stolen elections" to the Duma and the Presidency
•The "White Revoluton" on the Bolotnaya square
•The "new Sakharov" - Alexei Navalnyi
•Russia's "support for Assad", the (Chemical) "Butcher of Baghdad"
•The Russian constant "intervention" in Ukrainian affairs
•The "complete control" of the Kremlin over the Russian media
This list is far from complete, but its sufficient for our purposes.  Let me also immediately add here that it is not my purpose today to debunk these allegations one by one.  I have done so in this blog many times the past, so anybody interested can look this up.  I will just state here one very important thing which I cannot prove, but of which I am absolutely certain: 90% or more of the Russian public believe that all these issues are absolute nonsense, completely overblown non-issues.  Furthermore, most Russians believe that the so-called "democratic forces" which the Western elites support in Russia (Iabloko, Parnas, Golos, etc.) are basically agents of influence for the West paid for by the CIA, MI6, Soros and exiled Jewish oligarchs.  What is certain is that besides these small liberal/democratic groups, nobody in Russia takes these accusations seriously.  Most people see them exactly for what they are: a smear campaign.

 In many ways, this is rather reminiscent of how things stood during the Cold War where the West used its immense propaganda resources to demonize the Soviet Union and to support anti-Soviet forces worldwide, including inside the USSR itself.  I would argue that these efforts were, by and large, very successful and that by 1990s the vast majority of Soviets, including Russians, were rather disgusted with their leaders.  So why the big difference today?

 To answer that question, we need to look back at the processes which took place in Russia in the last 20 years or so because only a look at what happened during these two decades will allows us to get to the root of the current problem(s) between the USA and Russia.

 When did the Soviet Union truly disappear?

 The official date of the end of the Soviet Union is 26 December 1991, the day of the adoption by the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union of the  Declaration № 142-Н which officially recognized dissolution of the Soviet Union as a state and subject of international law.  But that is a very superficial, formal, view of things.  One could argue that even though the Soviet Union had shrunk to the size of the Russian Federation it still survived within these smaller borders.  After all, the laws did not change overnight, neither did most of the bureaucracy, and even though the Communist Party itself had been banned following the August 1991 coup, the rest of the state apparatus still continued to exist.

 For Eltsin and his supporters this reality created a very difficult situation.  Having banned the CPUS and dismantled the KGB, Eltsin's  liberals still face a formidable adversary: the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation, the Parliament of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, elected by the Congress of People's Deputies of the Russian Federation.  Nobody had abolished this *very* Soviet institution which rapidly became the center of almost all of the anti-Eltsin and pro-Soviet forces in the country.  I cannot go in all the details of this legal nightmare, suffice to say that the Supreme Soviet presented itself as the "Russian Parliament" (which is not quite true) and that its members engaged in a systematic campaign to prevent Eltsin to implement his "reforms" (in hindsight, one could say that they tried to prevent Eltsin from ruining the country).  One could say that the "new Russia" and the "old USSR" were fighting each other for the future of the country.  Predictably, the Supreme Soviet wanted a parliamentary democracy while Eltsin and his liberals wanted a presidential democracy.  The two sides presented what appeared to be a stark contrast to most Russians:

 
 1) The Russian President Eltsin: officially he represented Russia, as opposed to the Soviet Union; he presented himself as an anti-Communist and as a democrat (nevermind that he himself had been a high ranking member of the CPSU and even a non-voting member to the Politburo!).  Eltsin was also clearly the darling of the West and he promised to integrate Russia into the western world.

 2) The Supreme Soviet: headed by Ruslan Khasbulatov with the support of the Vice-President of Russia, Alexander Rutskoi, the Supreme Soviet became the rallying point of all those who believed that the Soviet Union had been dissolved illegally (which is true) and against the will of the majority of its people (which is also true).  Most, though not all, the supporters of the Supreme Soviet were if not outright Communists, then at least socialists and anti-capitalists.  A good part of the rather disorganized Russian nationalist movement also supported the Supreme Soviet.

 We all know what eventually happened: Eltsin crushed the opposition in a huge bloodbath, far worse than what was reported in the Western (or even Russian) media.  I write that with a high degree of confidence because I have personally received this information from a very good source: it so happens that I was in Moscow during those tragic days and that and I was in constant contact with a Colonel of a rather secretive special forces unit of the KGB called "Vympel" (more about that below) who told me that the internal KGB estimate of the number of people killed in the Moscow Oblast was close to 3'000 people.  I can also personally attest that the combats lasted for far longer than the official narrative clams: I witnessed a very sustained machine gun battle right under my windows a full 5 days after the Supreme Soviet had surrendered.  I want to stress this here because I think that this illustrates an often overlooked reality: the so-called "constitutional crisis of 1993" was really a mini civil war for the fate of the Soviet Union and only by the end of this crisis did the Soviet Union really truly disappear.

Full story here:

http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2013/10/1993-2013-is-twenty-years-long-pas-de.html
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on October 29, 2013, 01:45:20 am
Surly,
Saker knocked it out of the park with the 
1993-2013: is the twenty years long "pas de deux" of Russia and the USA coming to an end (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/geopolitics/key-historical-events-that-you-may-have-never-heard-of/msg184/#new) article!

SO many keeper quotes!:

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So let's add it all up:

Money+violence+illegality+arrogance+deception+Messianism equals what?

Does that not all look very, very familiar? Is that not a perfect description of Zionism and Israel?

No wonder the Neocons flocked in greater and greater number to this new GOP! Reagan's GOP was the perfect Petri dish for the Zionist bacteria to grow, and grow it really did. A lot.

Exactly! And the bacteria has reached the edge of the dish and is trying to ring circle as RE once talked about but it's NOT WORKING because the whole predatory capitalist machine has ALWAYS been a fraud! There is nothing to keep these bastards going but illusion and propaganda. And them ore they push the fascist police state crap, the sooner it all falls apart. Greedy, evil IDIOTS, all of them.

Are you aware that what happened to the Soviet Union and what is happening to us is PROOF that the Wall Street and Pentagon worshipped Game Theory is an illusion of "winning" that guarantees Failure? The whole modern mindset in Game Theory that morals are a hindrance and a stumbling block to gaining an advantage over your competition is EXACTLY BACKWARDS. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/ugly004.gif)

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The USSR and the USA - back to the future?

It is quite amazing for those who remember the Soviet Union of the late 1980 how much the US under Obama has become similar to the USSR under Brezhnev: internally it is characterized by a general sense of disgust and alienation of the people triggered by the undeniable stagnation of a system rotten to its very core. A bloated military and police state with uniforms everywhere, while more and more people live in abject poverty. A public propaganda machine which, like in Orwell's 1984, constantly boasts of successes everywhere while everybody knows that these are all lies. Externally, the US is hopelessly overstretched and either hated and mocked abroad. Just as in the Soviet days, the US leaders are clearly afraid of their own people so they protect themselves by a immense and costly global network of spies and propagandists who are terrified of dissent and who see the main enemy in their own people.

Bingo!

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And above it all, a terminally sclerotic public discourse, full of ideological clichés an completely disconnected from reality.

I will never forget the words of a Pakistani Ambassador to the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva in 1992 who, addressing an assembly of smug western diplomats, said the following words:

"you seem to believe that you won the Cold War, but did you ever consider the possibility that what has really happened is that the internal contradictions of communism caught up with communism before the internal contradictions of capitalism could catch up with capitalism?!".



DOUBLE Bingo!


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A new teacher comes into the class:
- My name is Abram Davidovich, I'm a liberal. And now all stand up and introduce yourself like I did ...
- My name is Masha I liberal ...
- My name is Petia, I'm a liberal ...
- My Little Johnny, I'm a Stalinist.
- Little Johnny, why are you a Stalinist? !
- My mom is a Stalinist, my dad is a Stalinist, my friends are Stalinists and I too am a Stalinist.
- Little Johnny, and if your mother was a ****, your father - a drug addict, your friends - homos, what would you be then in that case? !
- Then I would be a liberal.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/funny.gif)

In the USA the Russian "liberal" above translates to a predatory capitalist neocon Israel Firster!

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First, since more and more people in the West realize that they are not living in a democracy, but in a plutocracy of the 1%, they tend to take the official propaganda line with more than a grain of salt (which, by the way, is exactly what was happening to most Soviet people in the 1980s). Furthermore, more and more people in the West who oppose the plutocratic imperial order which impoverishes and disenfranchises them into corporate serfs are quite sympathetic to Russia and Putin for "standing up to the bastards in Washington". But even more fundamentally, there is the fact that in a bizarre twist of history Russia today stands for the values of the West of yesterday: international law, pluralism, freedom of speech, social rights, anti-imperialism, opposition to intervention inside sovereign states, rejection of wars as a means to settle disputes, etc.


TRIPLE Bingo!

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When I say the hungry should have food
I speak for many
When I say no one should have seven homes
While some don't have any
Though I may find myself stranded in some strange place
With naught but a vapid stare
I remember the world and I know
We are everywhere

When I say the time for the rich, it will come
Let me count the ways
Victories or hints of the future
Havana, Caracas, Chiapas, Buenos Aires
How many people are wanting and waiting
And fighting for their share
They hide in their ivory towers
But we are everywhere

Religions and prisons and races
Borders and nations
FBI agents and congressmen
And corporate radio stations
They try to keep us apart, but we find each other
And the rulers are always aware
That they're a tiny minority
And we are everywhere

With every bomb that they drop, every home they destroy
Every land they invade
Comes a new generation from under the rubble
Saying "we are not afraid"
They will pretend we are few
But with each child that a billion mothers bear
Comes the next demonstration
That we are everywhere.
(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/47b20s0.gif)



The verses above brought tears to my eyes.

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As David Rovic's puts it so well, the big weakness of the 1% which rule the US-Ziocon Empire is that "they are a tiny minority and we are everywhere".(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/128fs318181.gif)


Russian leaders could repeat the words of the English rapper Lowkey and declare "I'm not anti-America, America is anti-me!" and they could potentially be joined by 99% of Americans who, whether they already realize it or not, are also the victims of the US-Ziocon Empire.

The 99% of America ARE Americans. The propagandist neocon liars, thieves, predatory, conscieless capitalist crooks and warmongers are the one who are ANTI-AMERICAN! Like Saker says, Putin is more PRO-AMERICAN than most of our politicians!

Thank you Surly, fro this stimulating and hope inspiring article.

Webster Tarpley has a theory that after a series of historical idiot leaders lead most of civilization to ruin (as has happened in the past 50 years or so), a new epoch of honest leaders who are trustworthy and have a high level of integrity come on the scene. He sees the new pope and Putin as two examples of this. I hope he is right.  God help us. 


Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on November 03, 2013, 05:33:22 pm
Russia's Participation in the U.S. Civil War (VIDEO SPEECH)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013     

Historian Webster Griffin Tarpley talked about the contribution of Russian Tsar Alexander II to a northern victory in the U.S. Civil War. He said that the Imperial Russian government had issued an ultimatum to Britain and France specifying that if those powers should intervene on the side of the Confederate States of America they would immediately find themselves at war with the Russian Empire.

Mr. Tarpley marked the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Russian Baltic Fleet in New York City on September 24, 1863, and of the Russian Pacific Squadron in San Francisco on October 12, 1863. He argued that it was the presence of those fleets that provided the final deterrence. Russia was the only country to extend direct military support to the Lincoln government. "Commemorating the Russian Fleets of Autumn 1863" was an event of the McClendon Group, held in the Zenger Room of the National Press Club.




C-SPAN 3 Video: 1 hour, 23 minutes (http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/315198-1)
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on November 03, 2013, 07:13:12 pm
>:( Please observe the Reptilian Conscience Challenged Consistency of the Supreme Court during the 1920 - 1940 period. (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-devil19.gif)
 

When you look at the following timeline and compare it with the 1994 -2013 period, the later period of history LACKS ANY of the reforms that pulled us out of the earlier Depression even though the causes (Government blind eye to predatory business greedfest and human needs and dignity of the average worker) were EXACTLY THE SAME!  ??? :( :P >:(

TIMELINES OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION: 
 
1920s (Decade)

•During World War I, federal spending grows three times larger than tax collections. When the government cuts back spending to balance the budget in 1920, a severe recession results. However, the war economy invested heavily in the manufacturing sector, and the next decade will see an explosion of productivity... although only for certain sectors of the economy.

An average of 600 banks fail each year.  :o

•Organized labor declines throughout the decade. The United Mine Workers Union will see its membership fall from 500,000 in 1920 to 75,000 in 1928. The American Federation of Labor would fall from 5.1 million in 1920 to 3.4 million in 1929.

Over the decade, about 1,200 mergers will swallow up more than 6,000 previously independent companies; by 1929, only 200 corporations will control over half of all American industry.  

•By the end of the decade, the bottom 80 percent of all income-earners will be removed from the tax rolls completely. Taxes on the rich will fall throughout the decade.  >:(

•By 1929, the richest 1 percent will own 40 percent of the nation's wealth. The bottom 93 percent will have experienced a 4 percent drop in real disposable per-capita income between 1923 and 1929.  

Individual worker productivity rises an astonishing 43 percent from 1919 to 1929. But the rewards are being funneled to the top: the number of people reporting half-million dollar incomes grows from 156 to 1,489 between 1920 and 1929, a phenomenal rise compared to other decades. But that is still less than 1 percent of all income-earners.

1922

•The conservative Supreme Court strikes down federal child labor legislation.  >:(

1923

•President Warren Harding dies in office. Calvin Coolidge, becomes president. Coolidge is no less committed to laissez-faire and a non-interventionist government.

•Supreme Court nullifies minimum wage for women in District of Columbia.  >:(

1924

•The stock market begins its spectacular rise. Bears little relation to the rest of the economy.

1925

•The top tax rate is lowered to 25 percent   >:( - the lowest top rate in the eight decades since World War I.

1928

•Between May 1928 and September 1929, the average prices of stocks will rise 40 percent. The boom is largely artificial.

1929

•Herbert Hoover becomes President.

•Annual per-capita income is $750. More than half of all Americans are living below a minimum subsistence level.  

•Backlog of business inventories grows three times larger than the year before.

•Recession begins in August, two months before the stock market crash. During this two month period, production will decline at an annual rate of 20 percent, wholesale prices at 7.5 percent, and personal income at 5 percent.

•Stock market crash begins October 24. Investors call October 29 Black Tuesday. Losses for the month will total $16 billion, an astronomical sum in those days.

1930

•By February, the Federal Reserve has cut the prime interest rate from 6 to 4 percent. Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon announces that the Fed will stand by as the market works itself out: 'Liquidate labor, liquidate real estate... values will be adjusted, and enterprising people will pick up the wreck from less-competent people'.

•The Smoot-Hawley Tariff passes on June 17. With imports forming only 6 percent of the GNP, the 40 percent tariffs work out to an effective tax of only 2.4 percent per citizen. Even this is compensated for by the fact that American businesses are no longer investing in Europe, but keeping their money stateside. The consensus of modern economists is that the tariff made only a minor contribution to the Great Depression in the U.S., but a major one in Europe.

•Supreme Court rules that the monopoly U.S. Steel does not violate anti-trust laws as long as competition exists, no matter how negligible.  >:(  

•The GNP falls 9.4 percent from the year before. The unemployment rate climbs from 3.2 to 8.7 percent.

1931

•No major legislation is passed addressing the Depression.

•The GNP falls another 8.5 percent; unemployment rises to 15.9 percent.

1932

•This and the next year are the worst years of the Great Depression. For 1932, GNP falls a record 13.4 percent; unemployment rises to 23.6 percent.

•Industrial stocks have lost 80 percent of their value since 1930.

•10,000 banks have failed since 1929, or 40 percent of the 1929 total.

•GNP has also fallen 31 percent since 1929.

•Over 13 million Americans have lost their jobs since 1929.

•International trade has fallen by two-thirds since 1929.
Congress passes the Federal Home Loan Bank Act and the Glass-Steagall Act of 1932.

Top tax rate is raised from 25 to 63 percent.  

•Popular opinion considers Hoover's measures too little too late. Franklin Roosevelt easily defeats Hoover in the fall election. Democrats win control of Congress.

1933

•Roosevelt inaugurated; begins 'First 100 Days'; of intensive legislative activity.

•A third banking panic occurs in March. Roosevelt declares a Bank Holiday; closes financial institutions to stop a run on banks.

•Alarmed by Roosevelt's plan to redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor, a group of millionaire businessmen, led by the Du Pont and J.P. Morgan empires, plans to overthrow Roosevelt with a military coup and install a fascist government modelled after Mussolini's regime in Italy. The businessmen try to recruit General Smedley Butler, promising him an army of 500,000, unlimited financial backing and generous media spin control. The plot is foiled when Butler reports it to Congress.

•Congress authorizes creation of the[ Agricultural Adjustment Administration, the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Farm Credit Administration, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, the National Recovery Administration, the Public Works Administration and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

•Congress passes the Emergency Banking Bill, the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, the Farm Credit Act, the National Industrial Recovery Act and the Truth-in-Securities Act.

•Roosevelt does much to redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor,
 but is concerned with a balanced budget. He later rejects Keynes' advice to begin heavy deficit spending.

•The free fall of the GNP is significantly slowed; it dips only 2.1 percent this year. Unemployment rises slightly, to 24.9 percent.

1934

•Congress authorizes creation of the Federal Communications Commission, the National Mediation Board and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

•The economy turns around: GNP rises 7.7 percent, and unemployment falls to 21.7 percent. A long road to recovery begins.

•Sweden becomes the first nation to recover fully from the Great Depression. It has followed a policy of Keynesian deficit spending.

1935

•The Supreme Court declares the National Recovery Administration to be unconstitutional.  >:(

•Congress authorizes creation of the Works Progress Administration, the National Labor Relations Board and the Rural Electrification Administration.

•Congress passes the Banking Act of 1935, the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and the Social Security Act.  (http://www.websmileys.com/sm/violent/sterb029.gif)


•Economic recovery continues: the GNP grows another 8.1 percent, and unemployment falls to 20.1 percent.

1936

•Top tax rate raised to 79 percent.  

•Economic recovery continues: GNP grows a record 14.1 percent; unemployment falls to 16.9 percent.

1937

•The Supreme Court declares the National Labor Relations Board to be unconstitutional. >:(

•Roosevelt seeks to enlarge and therefore liberalize the Supreme Court  ;D. This attempt not only fails, but outrages the public.   ???

•Economists attribute economic growth so far to heavy government spending that is somewhat deficit. Roosevelt, however, fears an unbalanced budget and cuts spending for 1937. That summer, the nation plunges into another recession. Despite this, the yearly GNP rises 5.0 percent, and unemployment falls to 14.3 percent.

1938

•No major New Deal legislation is passed after this date, due to Roosevelt's weakened political power.

•The year-long recession makes itself felt: the GNP falls 4.5 percent, and unemployment rises to 19.0 percent.

1939

•The United States will begin emerging from the Depression as it borrows and spends $1 billion to build its armed forces. From 1939 to 1941, when the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, U.S. manufacturing will have shot up a phenomenal 50 percent!

•The Depression is ending worldwide as nations prepare for the coming hostilities.

Roosevelt began relatively modest deficit spending that arrested the slide of the economy and resulted in some astonishing growth numbers. (Roosevelt's average growth of 5.2 percent during the Great Depression is even higher than Reagan's 3.7 percent growth during his so-called 'Seven Fat Years!') When 1936 saw a phenomenal record of 14 percent growth, Roosevelt eased back on the deficit spending, worried about balancing the budget. But this only caused the economy to slip back into a recession in 1938.

•World War II starts with Hitler's invasion of Poland.

1945

•Although the war is the largest tragedy in human history, the United States emerges as the world's only economic superpower. Deficit spending has resulted in a national debt 123 percent the size of the GDP. By contrast, in 1994, the $4.7 trillion national debt will be only 70 percent of the GDP!

The top tax rate is 91 percent. It will stay at least 88 percent until 1963, when it is lowered to 70 percent. During this time, America will experience the greatest economic boom it had ever known until that time.

The above timeline has been complied by Steve Kangas from the Resurgence Magazine.


http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/connections_n2/great_depression.html

See also cycle of past depressions (http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/connections_n2/depressions.html).
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on November 14, 2013, 11:19:46 pm
Key Historical Events; That you may have NEVER HEARD OF.

The Great Dissenter: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Ninety four years ago, on November 7, 1919, as federal agents launched a nationwide raid on the homes and meeting halls of Russian immigrants, three members of the United States Supreme Court visted Holmes at his home a few blocks from the White House. Unlike the agents sent by J. Edgar Hoover, the justices were not hunting for communists. They were there to call on their colleague Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Boston Brahmin, Civil War veteran, and sage of the common law. But their visit, unusual and unexpected, was linked to the larger mission being carried out that day, and, to the justices at least, it was every bit as important. 1

Holmes was a learned man with more than ten thousand volumes packed on his bookshelves. They included mostly law, philosophy, and history, but also the occasional detective story or racy French novel.1  Do you think he might have had a Sherlock HOLMES novel? The Hound of the Baskervilles  was published in 1901"hailed as "the greatest mystery novel of all time  and The Valley of Fear in 1914 (a fresh murder scene that leads Holmes to solve a long-forgotten mystery) so it is possible.

I would bet on it because of this little nugget of history I dug up:
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Originally, Doyle named his detective Sherrinford Holmes, after Oliver Wendell Holmes - and named Holmes's sidekick Ormand Sacker. But during the three weeks it took to write the story, Doyle renamed the characters Sherlock Holmes, after a cricket player he had once played against, and Thomas John H. Watson, after Patrick Watson, a colleague of Dr. Bell's.
Oliver Wendell Holmes was a famous doctor.2 He was the father of our Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.! (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113185047.png)  How about that! England had a fictional Holmes solving cases while the real Holmes' son was actually involved with law and order as a judge in the USA!

So why am I going on about something seemingly unrelated to the high court Dissents of Holmes in general and the one the three other high court judges just mentioned are "concerned" with? Because I have read Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle always attacked greedy people and unethical, predatory business practices in his writings through Holmes and Dr. Watson. Although it is speculative, I suspect some of that rubbed off Holmes. You DON'T have books of fiction, being a jurist, in your library just because the author gave Sherlock the "Holmes" handle to honor your daddy. A fictional book pushes a philosophy, not just a good story. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a Liberal (he had stood unsuccesfully as a Liberal Unionist parliamentary candidate in 1900 and 1906,).3 

I think Holmes, unlike many industrialists and fellow jurist stuffed shirts, saw though the self serving "conservative" view that the government's job was to let employers run ragged over the common man in order to exact a higher profit, regardless of the toll in human misery. Nevertheless, I believe this type of logical thinking was a work in progress for him throughout his life. He was NOT considered a sentimental person. 

Back to the 1919. That was a significant year in American History. That year Franklin D. Roosevelt was caught having an affair with a Miss Mercer by Eleanor. Eleanor offered to divorce him. Franklin's mother promised to cut him off from the family money if he divorced Eleanor. Franklin D saw "reason" and the rest is history. He was lucky he did. Imagine being married to his new wife a little over a year later when he was struck with polio. Do you think Lady Mercer had the stuffing to insert a glass tube in his **** and give him an enema EVERY DAY due to his paralysis?4 I doubt it.

But I continue to digress. Sorry, but I want you to get the picture of how things were in late 1919. World War I was over. A lot of people were dying from the Influenza Pandemic that came in three waves (1918 and throughout 1919). 5
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In 1918, life expectancy for men was only 53 years. Women’s life expectancy at 54 was only marginally better.6

Sure, there were people enjoying a better standard of living and moving around more in their Model T "Tin Lizzie" Fords but these were still the privileged few in American life. Most Americans had no toilet and ignorance of proper sanitary habits caused a lot of dysentery. Oliver Wendel Holmes Jr. had almost died of dystentery during the Civil War.1 I'm sure seeing all the sickness around moved him to be more sympathetic to the plight of the common people. He was, above all, a no nonsense, honest man.

The three justices explained the reason for their visit. The day before, Holmes had circulated a DISSENTING opinion in a case the Court had heard two weeks earlier. It was an important case testing the government’s power to punish the so-called anarchists and agitators who had spoken out against the recent war. For most members of the Court, elitist to the hilt, it was an easy case. The high court judges were members of an American elite that certainly did NOT consider the common man equal to them, or to the government, as far as rights of any sort. They automatically and unthinkingly accepted the right of the government to punish such "troublemakers". Freedom of speech was not absolute (to put it mildly), and if the defendants had intended to disrupt the war, that was tantamount to "criminal" (anti-establishment) activity so they deserved to be treated as criminals. 1 It's amazing how little has changed in 2013(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113183729.png)

The majority of the Court, and anyone who followed its decisions, might have expected Holmes to agree. After all, just nine months earlier he had written three opinions for the Court saying pretty much the same thing. One of those cases was an appeal by Eugene V. Debs, the leader of the Socialist Party and a frequent candidate for president, who had been sentenced to ten years in prison for a speech he had given in the summer of 1918.1

Even though he said nothing that explicitly urged interference with the war, he did praise party members who had opposed the draft. For Holmes, an old Civil War Soldier, that had been enough. In a short and dismissive opinion, he had accepted the jury’s verdict that Debs meant to illegally obstruct military recruiting and had affirmed his conviction.1 Holmes was doing his DUTY as a member of the US elite to defend the war effort, regardless of how the people felt about it. He was certainly not a pacifist.

So when the Court heard arguments in the anarchists’ case, few people expected Holmes to side with the defendants.

But something had changed. Instead of voting with the majority, Holmes said the convictions should be reversed.
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The defendants had no intent to undermine the fight against Germany,
he explained.
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They were merely upset with President Wilson’s decision to intervene in the Russian Revolution..
1 Check that word, "merely", in regard to the actions of a U.S. President! That's a rather significant adjective to me for a jurist that hitherto mostly towed the establishment "line".
Besides, he argued, their speech was protected by the First Amendment. 1To us in modern times, that sounds like a no-brainer bit of boiler plate. However, as you will see, it was a rather revolutionary statement.

Many of us on the internet have repeated over an over that the Constitution had a lot of fancy rhetoric that applied to such a narrow slice of the nation that, for all practical purposes, it was a propaganda tour de force. It looked great on paper but the common person didn't have any chance whatsoever to demand the rights clearly written on it. THAT was the reality in the USA.
The brief bit of jurisprudent sanity the Civil War produced with the 12th, 13th and 14th Constitutional Amendments was noble legislation. But it was quickly renedered as toothless as the rest of the Constitution for the average American in general (and freed slaves, for whom the Amendments were mainly written, in particular 7).(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113183729.png)

In spite of the high sounding Constitutional rhetoric about “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech” the First Amendment at that time was a nice piece of pretty wording (like "all men are created equal" STILL is). It was a toothless bit of inspiring rhetoric, nothing more. 1 And you thought that was a modern problem?

The High Court itself had never ruled in favor of a free speech claim, and lower courts had approved all manner of speech restrictions, including the censorship of books and films, the prohibition of street corner speeches, and assorted bans on labor protests, profanity, and commercial advertising. Even criticism of government officials could be punished, the courts had ruled, if it threatened public order and morality 1(and you know how the "threat" is in the eye of the cop or official that wants to jail you).

But now, with the country gripped by fear (i.e. scaremongering propaganda in the service of capitalism) of the communist threat, Holmes was proposing something radical: an interpretation (rather than the hitherto "interpretation"  ::) (http://www.opednews.com/populum/uploaded/wemeantwell-23439-20130307-234.jpg)  that basically ignored the wording) of the First Amendment that would protect all but the most immediately dangerous speech.

His opinion was passionate and powerful, especially the long concluding paragraph. The delivery was masterful. He actually began the opinion sounding like he was making the case against free speech, not for it:1

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Persecution for the expression of opinions seems to me perfectly logical. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/cowboypistol.gif) If you have no doubt of your premises or your power and want a certain result with all your heart you naturally express your wishes in law and sweep away all opposition. To allow opposition by speech seems to indicate that you think the speech impotent, as when a man says that he has squared the circle, or that you do not care whole heartedly for the result, or that you doubt either your power or your premises
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Up to now he sounds like a hard core elitist bigot (as in, By God I'm RIGHT and I will NOT ALLOW foolish and irrelevant dissent!). But that's not it at all. As you will see, his point is that there is a CLEAR DIFFERENCE between obstructionist speech uttered with the purpose of sowing discord and what he will now mention. In other words,  it's perfectly correct, logical and lawful to censor mendacious or duplicitous propaganda. HOWEVAH...

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But when men have realized that time has upset many fighting faiths, they may come to believe even more than they believe the very foundations of their own conduct that the ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas—that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon which their wishes safely can be carried out.

That at any rate is the theory of our Constitution. It is an experiment, as all life is an experiment. Every year if not every day we have to wager our salvation upon some prophecy based upon imperfect knowledge. While that experiment is part of our system I think that we should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe and believe to be fraught with death, unless they so imminently threaten immediate interference with the lawful and pressing purposes of the law that an immediate check is required to save the country.
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Agelbert NOTE: Unfortunately, some phrases in the above wisdom were subsequently hijacked and turned upside down for the benefit of predatory, consciense free capitalism:

1. "Free Trade" in ideas - There is no such thing when money rules the media by elite power over government regulation or the lack of it - e.g. selectve enforcement, etc.  >:(

2. "Accepted in the Competition of the Market" in regard to TRUTH is an idealistic bit of fantasy when there is NO free market competition of ideas or truth - i.e. a "level playing field" for publishing and media access that looks more like an alpine slope! - BECAUSE elite power controls who gets to operate with impunity and who gets crushed through selective enforcement.  >:(

IOW, in the USA we have a RIGGED market and a RIGGED media and, OF COURSE, those doing the RIGGING insist it is a FREE market and a FREE press. Cui Bono?  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-051113192052.png) )


Back to Holmes' Historical Dissent

Holmes understood exactly where the rhetorical rubber meets the road as far as freedom of speech. He was very much at home with the populist notion, though he was not much of populist, that unchecked government power meant tyranny.

It's clear to me that he had a problem with his fellow judges wanting to give government unrestrained power over the people in regard to freedom of speech.

The court he was on was an absolute travesty for the working man and a great friend of predatory capitalism's abominal working conditions including slave prison labor in mines (mostly blacks picked up in the South on "vagrancy" or other trumped up charges - Then it was dangerous to be black. Now it's still dangerous but being white and smoking pot has been added to the "business" model) and child labor abuses. We had the number one industrial accident rate in the WORLD while that court (and a few before it) presided over our "laws". 

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1908 bottle Factory. Note the child labor9

Recent race riots, labor strikes were making the elite nervous. And a bomb had exploded on the attorney general’s doorstep—the opening strike, the papers warned, in a grand Bolshevik plot.1 WE KNOW today those race riots and strikes were a cry for justice. We also know that our government officials in general, and Mr J. Edgar Hoover in particular, knew exactly how to get people stirred up by blaming a bomb on x, y or z scapegoat target in order to get more funding for his growing FBI empire.

I don't know who placed that bomb. But looking at it from today's revelations, I think it was an inside job. Like 9/11 today, they needed a pretext to crack down. If it didn't just happen, I'm sure J. Edgar was up to the task of rigging a bomb and blaming it on the commies, anarchists or whatever pejorative name the establishment had for people who wanted justice and weren't afraid to make their voices heard.

Now Holmes' dissent was serious feather ruffling for the elites. Was he now going to give "comfort to the enemy"?1

What did his fellow judges do? They pulled the old "National Security" trick on Holmes to "get him to see reason". The nation’s security was at stake!1(http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-scared005.gif), they told Holmes. He was urged to close ranks and set aside his personal views. They weren't belligerent. He was, after all, one of them and they respected him. Holmes listened thoughtfully. He had always respected the institution of the Court and more than once had suppressed his own beliefs for the sake of unanimity. 1

But this time he felt a duty to speak his mind. He told his colleagues he regretted he could not join them, and they left without pressing him further.1
Three days later, Holmes read his dissent in Abrams v. United States from the bench. As expected, it caused a sensation. Conservatives  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/nocomment.gif) denounced it as dangerous and extreme. (Another thing those CONS had in common with the ones in 2013 ). ][img width=3= height=30]http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113183729.png[/img]Progressives hailed it as a monument to liberty. 1(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)

Free speech stopped being a Constitutional rhetorical flourish to be used as an elite fig leaf to claim OUR elites were "different" from the elites in other countries (until 9/11, of course).

Agelbert NOTE: Admittedly, the Constitution DID do away with landed gentry and titles. Of course, humans being clever rascals, new forms of wealth hogging dynasty tricks accomplished the same thing without titles. But that's another story. 

The justices’ visit to Holmes isn't just a remarkable piece of Constitutional history. Going to a judge's house to disuade him from a dissenting opnion just wasn't done. :o1 That these judges were involved in such intrigue smacks of industrialists strong arming them to make sure the "rabble was kept in check". War profiteering magnates had already made fortunes on the war and they did not want anyhting upsetting theAmerican race to empire though profitable wars (The predators are always thinking ahead). ;)

There is no known High Court History of such a personal appeal to one justice by a group of his colleagues. That it took place in the privacy of Holmes’s study, in the presence of his wife (the justices sought her help with their appeal!) only heightens the intrigue.1

Second Half of OWH Jr. Article (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/geopolitics/key-historical-events-that-you-may-have-never-heard-of/msg335/#msg335)

Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on November 14, 2013, 11:51:58 pm
Key Historical Events; That you may have NEVER HEARD OF.
The Great Dissenter: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Second Half of Article

Holmes was a loyal member of the elite establishment. Prior to his dissent in Abrams he had done as much as any judge to render the First Amendment toothless. In one of the first Court opinions to address the topic, he had embraced the cramped English view that freedom of speech prohibits only prepublication censorship but places no limits on the government’s power to punish speakers after the fact.  He had even affirmed the conviction of an anarchist for **** sunbathing.1           (http://www.coh2.org/images/Smileys/huhsign.gif)  

As a judge on the Massachusetts Supreme Court he was no friend of free speech. When a policeman complained that he had been fired for expressing his political views, Holmes had famously responded,
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“The petitioner may have a constitutional right to talk politics, but he has no constitutional right to be a policeman.”
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Holmes once said that the law not being based on logic, but on experience! He was NOT a friend of the Constitutional Rights. Freedom of Speech was just one of those rights he sniffed at. 10   That's what makes his dissent here so special. He was a man who thought and learned throughout his life. He was also a supporter of the will of the people; something not usually associated with a high court judge UNLESS he is a progressive.

For his love of truth, I believe he became a thorn in the establishment side and, had not the Republican administrations of the 1920s and early 1930s not kept putting more fascist judges in the court, he would have left earlier. For more than a decade, until Louis D. Brandeis joined him on the Court, Holmes was often in dissent and often alone.While Brandeis joined him in many later dissents, it was Holmes's vision of the law expressed in those opposing views that made him "The Great Dissenter."10

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Hughs Supreme Court (1930-1932)

I recommend you research the pack of calloused, predatory capitalist supporting, child labor abuse ignoring bunch of criminals on this court that Holmes (Supreme Court 1902-1932) had to contend with. You will then understand why, except when Brandeis (Supreme Court 1916-1939), joined him in a dissent, he was alone in his dissents.

He became well known for his DISSENTS on a long line of cases involving progressive labor laws. The conservative (i.e. fascist) majority of the Court had repeatedly invalidated these laws, arguing that minimum-wage and maximum-hour regulations deprived businessmen and workers of their “liberty” (i.e. the ability ensure the "sanctity of contracts" for labor - just as long as the employer dictated the terms!) and thus violated the Fourteenth Amendment. 1Yes friends, THAT 14th Amendment originally written for the benefit of African American Slaves was now a totally Orwellian (long before Orwell!) document. What a massive private joke it must have been for the one percenters of those days.  >:(

These "conservative" (conserving cruelty, inhumane working conditions and predatory capitalist profts) , using the rhetorical fig leaf of "laissez faire", didn't really give a tinke'rs damn  about the “right” of employees to work fourteen hour days at rock bottom wages; they were really protecting the consciense free power of employers to get cheap labor.

But while Holmes’ dissents in these cases made him a hero to progressives, he was not motivated by any sympathy for the common workers. He once called them “thick-fingered clowns”. 1

Plainly speaking, he saw humans as cogs in a nation's wheels to be used as needed by the governemnt. I think he was a realist about what government REALLY is and didn't sugar coat it.
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“Every society rests on the death of men,” he liked to say. If a nation needs soldiers, it seizes young men and marches them off to war at the point of a bayonet. If an epidemic breaks out, it forces the public to get vaccinated.
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He knew government is a compromise where the citizenry gets certain benefits but the lion's share of those "benefits" will always be controlled by an elite establishment. I think he just didn't want the elite establishment to become a dicatorship. But, considering the goons that populated the high court then, he was a breath of fresh air. 

He believed, unlike most of his stuffed shirt peers, that VOX POPULI (the voice of the people) must be respected if a nation is to remain united.  As a judge he felt he had no business standing in the way of pro-labor legislation because the very same government that snatches people off to war has the right, through its elected representatives, to limit working hours and regulate conditions too.
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“If my fellow citizens want to go to Hell I will help them,” was another favorite saying. “It’s my job.”
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So why did he defend Freedom of Speech in his famous dissent? Why did a man who disdained liberal sentimentality his whole life write one of the canonical statements of American liberalism? Was his opinion somehow consistent with everything he had said and done throughout his life? Did he SEE the effects of industrialization? Did he vist a ghetto or watch children working in a factory? Arthur Conan Doyle, the writer of the Sherlock Holmes books was no friend of predatory capitalism.Was it something he read? Did he ponder what the original intent of the 14th Amendment was and how much it ahd been perversely twisted? I don't know.

But he gave progressives the boost they needed and an era of positive change resulted (until Reagan).

His dissent continues to influence our thinking about free speech more than any other single document.1

He hung on to be the longest serving Supreme Court Justice. He was named by Theodore Roosevelt and left the court in 1932, BEFORE FDR was elected, due to ill health (he was also 90 years old). 11

But an excellent replacement was made by Hoover, as strange as that sounds. Hoover replaced Holmes with Benjamin N. Cardozo, an honest and passionate liberal. Cardozo became known was a member of the Three Musketeers along with Brandeis and Stone, which was considered to be the liberal faction of the Supreme Court. This probably angered Justice James McReynolds  (a notorious anti-Semite) because Cardozo was a Jew. Cardozo more than made up for Oliver Wendell Holmes' absence with his contributions to the court, despite the fact that the majority of the stuffed shirts there were obstacles to freedom, democracy and human rights.11

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A BIGOT on the BENCH. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/2rzukw3.gif)
(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png) Another stuffed shirt you never heard of that did a LOT of damage to the cause of Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights in the USA. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113183729.png) Hitler must have admired this GOON.


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McReynolds would not accept "Jews, drinkers, blacks, women, smokers, married or engaged individuals as law clerks". A blatant anti-Semite, Time "called him 'Puritanical', 'intolerably rude', 'savagely sarcastic', 'incredibly reactionary', and 'anti-Semitic'". McReynolds refused to speak to Louis Brandeis, the first Jew on the Court, for three years following Brandeis's appointment and, when Brandeis retired in 1939, did not sign the customary dedicatory letter sent to justices on their retirement. He habitually left the conference room whenever Brandeis spoke. When Benjamin Cardozo's appointment was being pressed on President Herbert C. Hoover, McReynolds joined with fellow justices Pierce Butler  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/2rzukw3.gif) and Willis Van Devanter   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/www_MyEmoticons_com__burp.gif) in urging the White House not to "afflict the Court with another Jew".
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Back to Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

He made a clear differentiation between Freedom of Speech and using the "freedom of speech" fig leaf as a license to obstruct, delay and destroy the abilty to reach the truth through honest interchange of fact based opinions.

It's okay to have an agenda. It's not okay to pretend you don't. 

Everyone reading the above will agree with the CONCEPT that the "power of free and vigorous debate to change the course of history" is a good thing. The problem is in defining "vigorous" and defining "free". Obstructive tactics, ad hominem or/and fact free gratuitous insults are not, and should not EVER be considered "free Speech". 

Only when the goal of said free and vigorous debate is the TRUTH by both parties can the "course of history" be changed for the BETTER.

The human experience has been mostly the opposite no matter what Martin Luther King ( “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”) believed. I hope he is right but I am NOT encouraged by what I have experienced.  The "arc" looks too much like a ballistic trajectory and we passed the apex right around the time the industrial revolution began. God help us.  :(

If a person derails a thread or refuses to argue the merits but instead stoops to attacking the messenger, said person is practicinng obstructionism, NOT Free Speech and deserves to be censored, period. I believe Justice Oliver Wendell Homes Jr. would agree.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. was a man of his time. But I like that tough old bird. He had a great sense of humor. Here are some of his quotes for your enjoyment:
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A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.

The language of judicial decision is mainly the language of logic. And the logical method and form flatter that longing for certainty and for repose which is in every human mind. But certainty generally is illusion, and repose is not the destiny of man.

Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that were not so.

The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God.

A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.

Young man, the secret of my success is that an early age I discovered that I was not God.

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.

Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable.

Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our fathers have done them or our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a larger part than what we suspect of what we think.

The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.

We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.

To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.

It seems to me that at this time we need education in the obvious more than the investigation of the obscure.

Man's mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.

Men must turn square corners when they deal with the Government.

A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.

Any two philosophers can tell each other all they know in two hours.

The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power.

Beware how you take away hope from any human being.

Every event that a man would master must be mounted on the run, and no man ever caught the reins of a thought except as it galloped past him.

Don't be 'consistent,' but be simply true.

Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at the touch, nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.
SOURCE OF QUOTES:14

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. was a man of TRUTH.  We could use someone like that on the Supreme Court today.(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/128fs318181.gif)

1.  [img width=60 height=100] http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-131113204809.jpeg[img] http://us.macmillan.com/thegreatdissent/ThomasHealy

2.  http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/21/the-origin-of-sherlock-holmes/#!n7G0M

3.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_Unionist_Party

4.  http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/LadyEl&showFullAbstract=1

5.  http://www.flu.gov/pandemic/history/1918/

6.  http://www.flu.gov/pandemic/history/1918/life_in_1918/index.html

7.  http://library.thinkquest.org/J0112391/civil_war_amendments.htm

8.  Read Farwell v. Boston & Worcester Rail Road for an EXCELLENT example of 19th century US law on responsibility for workplace accidents (ALWAYS the worker). Follow the decision to the twisted logic the juidge used and you will find the BASIS of the so called "Sanctity of Contracts"(ONLY the ones employers demand you write). And it's worse than that. When there is NO written contract, the worker assumes ALL RESPONSIBILITY. No wonder so-called conservaives and libertarians want to take us back to the 19th century!  http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1399&context=fss_papers

9.  http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/hine-photos/

10. http://www.fofweb.com/History/MainPrintPage.asp?iPin=APL128&DataType=AmericanHistory&WinType=Free

11. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_N._Cardozo

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On August 19, 1914, Wilson appointed him to the Supreme Court, to a seat vacated by Horace H. Lurton. McReynolds was confirmed by the United States Senate and received his commission the same day, starting with the new term on October 12, 1914. However, it was also accepted that Wilson only appointed McReynolds to the Supreme Court because he did not want to work with him anymore.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Clark_McReynolds

13. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Clark_McReynolds

14. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/o/oliver_wendell_holmes_jr.html
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: Surly1 on November 15, 2013, 06:10:41 am
Thanks for researching and writing this. Upon reading this, what occurs is that we have some very quaint ideas about the law. The law is, after all, only what a judge says it is. The light you have shone upon the Supreme Court in Holmes' time showed me details I was not aware of as well.

In many ways apparently, the fix has always been in.

This was a rewarding read. thanks for strolling through some dusty archivds to dredge this one up.

Your correspondent,
A Thick-Fingered Clown
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on November 15, 2013, 02:41:50 pm
Surly,
Agreed.
You are welcome. If you could tack this on to FB to help give my forum some views, you will be helping another thick fingered clown.  ;D

Yes, I certainly qualify as an "anarchist" or "bleeding heart commie". WHY? Because I have the distinction of having organized a pilot's union (we got a national Labor Relations Board rep to come down and help us organize the official vote!) and promptly get fired for it! I was the ultimate "traitor" because I was Chief Pilot of that air taxi at the time. I'll blog that experience soon. It was quite an education in Nicole Foss's "real world" (the fake world that predatory, conscience free humans pretend is the real world). Voltaire wasn't far off the mark when he said that "Hell is other people."  >:(

By the way, wasn't that an eye opener about what Brandeis had to put up with from the McReynolds
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McReynolds refused to speak to Louis Brandeis, the first Jew on the Court, for three years following Brandeis's appointment and, when Brandeis retired in 1939, did not sign the customary dedicatory letter sent to justices on their retirement. He habitually left the conference room whenever Brandeis spoke.
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McReynolds claimed to be a Christian!  (http://www.smileyvault.com/albums/stock/thumb_smiley-sign0105.gif)

In Brandeis' shoes, I would have been hard pressed to not offer McReynolds a knuckle sandwich! >:(

And that part about President Wilson "kicking McReynolds upstairs to the Supreme Court" was priceless.  ;D 
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..it was also accepted that Wilson only appointed McReynolds to the Supreme Court because he did not want to work with him anymore.


Isn't it absolutely TRAJIC that several decades of potentially progressive American jurisprudence were through under a bus by a world class bigot just because a President didn't have the balls to FIRE that hate filled, intolerant piece of human fecal coliform?  :(

Wilson knew the score and was simply afraid to rock the boat in the cesspool of American power politics.
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Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States —in the fields of commerce and manufacturing—are afraid of somebody. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Woodrow_Wilson

Another bought and paid for COWARD with a big vocabulary. So it goes.(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113183729.png)
Title: Webster Tarpley Discusses American Disguised Coup De Tats
Post by: AGelbert on November 24, 2013, 07:24:25 pm
http://tarpley.net/world-crisis-radio/

Don't miss this November 23, 2013 audio program that discusses philosophical history. He analyses various recognized assassinations, assassination attempts that served to force presidents to tow the elite corrupt line and the death of FDR as, not a natural death, but the culmination of sevearal efforts to get him out of the White House by the elite.

As to Kennedy, he explains the dynamic of JFK's attempt to rebuild a strong, populist presidency as a threat to Wall Street. This was, according to Tarpley, what produced his assassination.

Many hard historical facts you may be unacquainted with behind the killing of Garfield, Lincoln and others. The bottom line is that the elite did not wish to allow the USA to ever become an actual democracy. They also DID NOT want an overly optimistic populace because that would breed intolerance for an oligarchic, financial elite. Yes, these evil oligarchs plan ahead. It seems they never let go of that post Civil War Calvinist message sent to the "Christian" preachers, "The people must be kept poor so they will remain obedient".

Kennedy was going to fire our head racist Nazi gestapo chief, J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover, as you know if you have read about his " commie/anarchist" chasing police state empire building moves from as far back as 1918, KNEW who his REAL boss was (The Wall Street Predatory Capitalist Oligarchy). I'm certain that Hoover knew he would be fired and eagerly joined with the CIA to "take care of business".

What I found significant about this talk is NOT more analysis of the Kennedy assassination; it's the CLEAR thread of covert action and reaction by the American Elite to Prevent Democracy in this country at least as far back as the 1840s!

Whatever you think of Webster Tarpley, he presents here a fascinating summary of the REASONS for the various elite funded and fostered Democracy inhibiting acts of Violence.

There were MULTIPILE assassination attempts on FDR from as early as 1933. I am NOT talking about the Coup that failed because of the Retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler the elite (Bush's relative among them) tried to buy.

During the 1960s, the very same general who proposed Operation Northwoods went on to be NATO head in Europe and un Operation Gladio. There are many other historical gems in this talk.

This is a keeper and will explain such strange behavior we saw from Clinton like the time he went to hit golf balls for several hours in the middle of the night in D.C. with the Secret Service in tow.

U.S. Presidents are groomed to the position. If they start forgetting the Wall Street "SCORE" they get a few reminders and if that doesn't work they are impeached with some trumped up scandal  or they get the "lone nut" treatment. Nothing has changed.

All that said, Webster Tarpley believes that democracy can be restored (restored?) to the USA with a flanking populist attack of grass roots communication and activism. I hope so.

Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on November 28, 2013, 05:02:05 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o69TvQqyGdg&feature=player_embedded

It’s Like Visually Delicious Stuffing For Your Brain: An Animated Thanksgiving History Lesson. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113185047.png)
 
A lot of (United States of) Americans view religious freedom as the pillar on which the U.S. was founded. But too much reality gets lost in our patriotic reverence and glorification, including the real reason for the earliest English colony (jump to 1:03); why the Pilgrims didn’t all die and why we celebrate Thanksgiving (jump to 6:32); or how far apart the practices of early colonies were from their godly ideals (jump to 9:51).(http://www.imgion.com/images/01/Angry-animated-smiley.jpg)

 
Maz Ali
http://www.upworthy.com/its-like-visually-delicious-stuffing-for-your-brain-an-animated-thanksgiving-history-lesson?c=upw1
Title: Video: America before and shortly after the Europeans arrived
Post by: AGelbert on November 28, 2013, 07:26:17 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E9WU9TGrec&feature=player_embedded
America before and shortly after the Europeans arrived

My favorite observation is the FACT that it is INCORRECT to believe that human civilization has advanced in a linear fashion from "primitive" to "advanced".  :o

Also, take note of the fact that , when studying the history of a clash of two cultures, if one culture had no written language, you will ALWAYS get a prejudiced, distorted, language owning culture's view of the historical events.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on December 25, 2013, 10:22:03 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rexKqvgPVuA&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on January 14, 2014, 04:08:34 pm
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Mission of discovery, led by ancient maps

By Mike Peters ( China Daily )Updated: 2014-01-12 13:59:21

Charlotte Harris Rees is the author of Did Ancient Chinese Explore America.

Charlotte Harris Rees understands that it's hard for many to believe that Chinese could have come to the Americas before Columbus.

She didn't believe her own father.

"For many years I was a skeptic," she says during a recent visit to Beijing. "It wasn't anything personal against my father - it was just that the idea seemed far-fetched and I was too busy with my own life to be bothered."

In 1972, Hendon Harris Jr, a third-generation Baptist missionary living in South Korea, found an ancient Asian world map in an antiques shop, and soon he found others. Stimulated to research what ancients knew about "imaginary" places beyond China, Japan and South Korea, he became entranced by the Shan Hai Jing (Classic of Mountains and Seas), which has been quoted as folklore in China for centuries. Henriette Mertz, a Chicago attorney, had earlier been similarly intrigued, and in 1953 wrote Pale Ink, a book contending that there were 4,000-year-old Chinese trails that could be traced in the Americas.

After the 2003 publication of Gavin Menzies' 1421, in which the retired submarine navigator makes the case for other Chinese exploration of what we now know as the Americas, Rees and her siblings got curious about the maps their late father had collected and the books he had written - which they'd stashed under a bed and largely forgotten.

Could Dad have been right after all?

In her retirement, Rees has been on a 10-year mission of discovery, hoping to find out. Her most recent book, Did Ancient Chinese Explore America?, is "my own journey through the Rocky Mountains to find answers", she says.

Sixty years ago, Mertz had relied on historical records to plot the inland journeys she believed early Chinese had made - without making those treks herself. "Taking the Shang Hai Jing and modern topographical maps," says Rees, "Mertz drew sketches of four separate journeys that she said the Chinese covered in North America. She claimed that the descriptions fit nowhere else on Earth." Both Mertz and Rees' father believed that such speculative trips would explain oddly specific details about the West coast of "Fu Sang," a land mass on ancient maps where North America sits on modern versions.


From among the four routes that Mertz outlined, Rees and her husband, Dave, chose the route along the Rockies because it was closest to their Virginia home and because "it is probably most like it was long ago", Rees says. "Much of that area is now national parks and nature conservancies. Some of the specified mountains are more than 14,000 feet high, and many wild and dangerous animals live there." Wary of the latter, the couple traveled in winter, specifically because rattlesnakes lie dormant in cold weather.

The Reeses' journey explained some things that had seemed inexplicable. A reference to "bamboo" growing in arid West Texas suddenly became plausible after discussion at a local museum. It could have been river cane, which grew near Chinati Peak - just as Mertz had described. References in Shan Hai Jing to gods with human bodies and dragon heads, the author now believes, could be explained by Native American rituals involving frightful masks or the anthropomorphic art - found both in China and the Americas - in which animals take on human characteristics.

"In addition to correctly telling how the rivers flowed, what the mountains looked like, and which minerals were in each location," Rees concludes, her "Shan Hai Jing journey" correctly placed a dozen plants and animals endemic North America, and two locations where plants of Chinese origin (white mulberry and ailanthus) are found.

During her recent lecture tour in China, she says, students at Peking University were amazed that Rees' 1,770-kilometer trip might validate the notion that the Shan Hai Jing was an actual journey.

But that's just the beginning of the story, Rees says: In those epic old stories, the Chinese explorers didn't stop at Fu Sang. They traveled all over the world.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/life/2014-01/12/content_17231055.htm
Title: Re: Key Historical Event? The CRASH OF SPEEDBIRD 911...IN 1966!
Post by: AGelbert on April 01, 2014, 03:09:39 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSB0T0At_F0&feature=player_embedded

It was an unusually clear and cloudless day in Tokyo on the afternoon of March 5, 1966. British Overseas Airways flight 911 was scheduled to leave Tokyo at 1:30pm for Hong Kong with Captain Bernard Dobson on the flight deck. In addition to the cabin crew, there were 124 people aboard the Boeing 707 that day.   


911 Falls in a Flat Spin (PICTURE AT LINK!) :o

Due to the clear weather, Dobson asked for an amendment to the scheduled flight plan, climbing visually via Mt. Fuji to allow his passengers a rare up-close view of the Japanese landmark. 911 left Tokyo at 1:58pm and began climbing southwest towards Mt. Fuji, reaching 17,000ft. Passing over Gotemba, the aircraft turned northwest and began a slow descent towards the 12,400ft mountain. Shortly afterwards, witnesses reported seeing the aircraft trailing white vapour. The aircraft was then seen to be shedding pieces and then a large puff of vapour came from the aircraft's tail. It pitched up and entered a flat spin, the tail assembly and engines seen to be missing and the starboard outer wing had failed. The forward fuselage then broke off and the aircraft continued in a flat spin until impacting the base of Mt. Fuji. All aboard 911 were killed.


911 Falls Near Mt. Fuji
 
 Clearly the aircraft suffered some sort of in-flight structural failure. The weather was clear at the time and no explosion was seen other than the puff of white vapour. The FDR was recovered, but was destroyed in the resulting ground fire. Reconstruction of the wreckage trajectory showed that the vertical fin and port tailplane failed first, followed by the failure of the starboard outer wing, resulting in the flat spin and forward fuselage failure. Metallurgical study showed that the wing had failed upward and the engines had all failed to the left, as had the tail surfaces. Paint markings on the port tailplane indicated that the vertical fin had smashed into the tailplane, causing it's failure. No structural defects or control system failures could be found. Boeing officials said that the fin must have failed due to a sudden extreme load imposed on the surface, but in testing, the fin only failed when a load greater than 110% it's design limit gust load was imposed. Investigators were able to locate an 8mm camera in the wreckage. The camera showed, from out the window, the aircraft's progress over Gotemba and continuing northwest towards Fuji when it suddenly skipped frames and then showed blurred images of the passenger cabin before ending. Obviously, the camera supported the idea that a sudden load had been imposed on the aircraft, but it gave no clue as to what the cause was. Study of the meteorological conditions at the time helped to unravel the mystery.
 
A strong pressure gradient lay over Japan at that time, causing strong west to northwest winds and clear visibility. At the time of the accident, a weather station at the base of Mt. Fuji was registering winds of 60-70kts. Winds of such velocity are very conducive to the formation of mountain waves. These waves are formed by smooth air flowing at a high velocity encountering and obstruction such as a mountain and "boiling over" or breaking up, resulting in turbulence and gusts. In moist conditions, these waves can be visualized by the formation of standing rotor or lenticular clouds, but in dry conditions, there may be no cloud formation. Study of satellite photos just prior to the accident showed the formation of both rotor and lenticular clouds in the mountains south of Mt. Fuji.


911 Impacted Nearly Vertical

Reports from other aircraft which had flown in the vicinity or Mt. Fuji showed that nearly all of them had encountered moderate to severe turbulence. A U.S. Navy aircraft dispatched to search for the wreckage of 911 encountered extreme turbulence near the same area the crash occurred. After landing, the aircraft's G-meter was found to have registered plus 9g to negative 4g during the flight. It was concluded that, while approaching Mt. Fuji's leeward side, flight 911 was violently impacted by a severe mountain wave which led to vertical fin failure and subsequent in-flight break-up, the white vapour being jet fuel flowing out of the aircraft after separation of the engines.

http://www.pilotfriend.com/disasters/crash/boac911.htm
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on May 06, 2014, 11:35:01 pm
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Top Secret Document From Einstein & Oppenheimer On UFOs and Aliens  :o

In June of 1947 Albert Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer together wrote a TOP SECRET six page document entitled "Relationships with Inhabitants of Celestial Bodies". It says the presence of unidentified spacecraft is accepted as de facto by the military.

It also deals with the subjects that you would expect competent scientists to deal with - i.e., where do they come from, what does the law say about it, what should we do in the event of colonization and/or integration of peoples, and why are they here?  ???

Finally, the document addresses the presence of celestial astroplanes in our atmosphere as a result of actions of military experiments with fission and fusion devices of warfare. When each page is shown just press your pause button to read the page at your leisure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpFjiYw0Zu0&feature=player_embedded

Agelbert NOTE: Some INTERESTING (to put it mildly) screen shots.
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Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on May 19, 2014, 10:33:57 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6N0fzISZ7io

WWI was the ROCK on which the most important movements for justice and equity in the USA were BROKEN APART and DESTROYED. To get us INTO WWI, guess WHO championed the  Orwellian, "people are moved by emotions, not reason"  (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TzWpwHzCvCI/T_sBEnhCCpI/AAAAAAAAME8/IsLpuU8HYxc/s1600/nooo-way-smiley.gif) propaganda BS? HELLO Freud, Bernays, Madison Avenue and Wall Street BANKERS and newspaper propagandist LIAR friends. - I.E. "Manufacturing" (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-devil19.gif) Consent ---> also known as how how to date **** drug democracy for Fascist Fun. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/www_MyEmoticons_com__burp.gif)

LONG INTERVIEW but filled with gems like this one about the ATHEIST'S RELIGION:  ;D 



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Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on May 20, 2014, 09:41:45 pm
Key Historical Events...That you may have NEVER HEARD OF: Taken for a RIDE: How GM SCREWED UP the USA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JQWRAoL0vk&feature=player_embedded
COPYRIGHT 1996 Notice the MO... Slowly destroy by underfunding, buying out and corruption. THEN claim your C R A P is more "cost effective" and "competitive" so your polluting poison is the "Consumer's" CHOICE! They've done it to ETHANOL, they did it to Chemurgy, they did it to Solar and Wind in the 1980s (and are trying desperately to do it again) and BEFORE all that they did it to the Native Americans and People of Color versus WASPS as to alleged (AND TOTALLY PHONEY) differences in intelligence, ingenuity, morality and willingness to work hard THAT BECAME REAL when they stuffed them in reservations, demoralized them when they weren't killing them outright, derided them with jokes and, for the other people of color, forced them to "live" in polluted inner cites that inhibited brain development. It WASN'T "just business", "jus' lookin' after yer' own" White Culture or what an APEX PREDATOR in a "Darwinian" universe is SUPPOSED to, and THEREFORE ENTITLED and OBLIGATED to, do as the "most"  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/ugly004.gif) "evolved" life form; It was, and STILL IS, EVIL = Homo Sap Suicide! (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png)

I REPEAT, it's the EXACT SAME MO OVER AND OVER.(http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-object-106.gif)Stop believing Propaganda lies for profit over planet not just in terms of technology, but racial prejudice as well!  (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/tuzki-bunnys/tuzki-bunny-emoticon-028.gif)

... It's 2014 and Big Oil NEVER STOPS THEIR STUPID, DESTRUCTIVE, MONOPOLISTIC BEHAVIOR while they undermine all our efforts at achieving a caring, decent, biosphere preserving civilization by encouraging us 24/7 to be greedy, wasteful, insensitive, conscience free,  predatory brutes. Respect all life. Don't believe any human subgroup or race is superior to any other. It's a divide and conquer ELITE, OLIGARCHIC lie! Support EVERYTHING ELECTRIC in transportation. Kill Big Oil before they Kill US!   >:(
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on August 07, 2014, 10:53:27 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcHRaxN-u5U&feature=player_embedded

How Historically accurate books that embarrass TPTB are ROUTINELY kept OUT of the public eye.
FIVE books discussed here may be known to many diners. However, MOST of them are UNKNOWN to the American Public.

Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on September 14, 2014, 05:26:29 pm
African American Inventors IGNORED BY Modern RACIST WHITEY


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Percy Julian came up with a soy protein concoction that put out gas and oil fires not extinguishable by water. This material, known as "bean soup" aboard U.S. Navy ships, saved the lives of countless sailors during World War II.

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Percy Julian (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)

That same man, Percy Julian, came up with a way to synthesize cortisone, a sterol that has eased the sufferings of millions. Prior to his work, sterols cost several hundreds of dollars per gram; his process brought that cost down to 20 cents per gram.


Do you like REFRIGERATED TRUCKS?
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 In 1935 Frederick McKinley Jones (of the portable air conditioning unit) invented the first refrigerated truck. He kept tinkering at his innovation, eventually developing a highly successful automatic refrigeration system for long-haul carriers. Prior to Jones' invention, many people were primarily limited to eating foods grown locally, because perishable goods could not be efficiently transported over longer distances.

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Frederick McKinley Jones (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)


How about Turn signals and the IMPROVED automatic gear shift that made automatic transmissions popular?
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Richard Spikes  Patent Engineering Drawing

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We have Richard Spikes, of the improved automatic gear shift, to thank for your car's turn signals. He invented automatic directional lights, which were first installed on a Pierce Arrow automobile in 1913.
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Richard Spikes   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)
of San Francisco, California patented or developed the following inventions:

•railroad semaphore (1906)
•automatic car washer (1913)
•automobile directional signals (1913) - manufactured by Pierce Arrow
•beer keg tap (1910) - purchased by Milwaukee Brewing Company.
•self-locking rack for billiard cues (1910)
•continuous contact trolley pole (1919) - used on on the famous San Francisco Key Line.
•combination milk bottle opener and cover (1926)
•method and apparatus for obtaining average samples and temperature of tank liquids (1931)
•improved automatic gear shift (1932) - licensed the patent for $100,000
•transmission and shifting thereof (1933)
•automatic shoe shine chair (1939)
•multiple barrel machine gun (1940)
•horizontally swinging barber chair (1950)
•automatic safety brake (1962) - year Richard Spikes died


http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bl_Richard_Spikes.htm (http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bl_Richard_Spikes.htm)

http://www.snopes.com/business/origins/blackinv.asp#Ixl7iu6QFfbGP5yJ.99 (http://www.snopes.com/business/origins/blackinv.asp#Ixl7iu6QFfbGP5yJ.99)

And ALL THESE INVENTORS COULD NOT live or drive their cars in MOST whitey neighborhoods while they were benefiting all of society with their inventive genius.

Of course the Mkings of this world will say the above inventors just didn't "sell themselves properly" and no RACISM OR PREJUDICE was involved at all! It's "water under the bridge", they'll say.(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TzWpwHzCvCI/T_sBEnhCCpI/AAAAAAAAME8/IsLpuU8HYxc/s1600/nooo-way-smiley.gif)

I say that anyone who ENJOYS (whether the admit it here or not!) the fact that these inventors were USED to make some Whiteys rich without a corresponding benefit of honoring said African Americans in history books (and EXPOSING the rampant racism in this country they were subjected to) are the worst kind of **** UP, PERVERTED, RACIST, GREEDBALL Opportunists that Homo SAP has ever been cursed with.

THEY are the ones DESTROYING THIS COUNTRY! 

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Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on September 14, 2014, 08:24:25 pm
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Dear reader, did you know that many of the ideas made infamous by Nazi Germany were being taught in Wilhelmine German academia in 1910? These included Lebensraum (‘living space’) and Rassenhygiene (racial hygiene) , and the idea that handicapped people were worth less than animals. War was just an aspect of Darwinian survival of the fittest. (http://i1.wp.com/gas2.org/files/2013/05/stupid.png)

And a few years before 1910 a TRUE BELIEVER in YOU KNOW WHAT applied Darwin to the Hereros of Africa.  The architect of this mass murder—65,000 of the 80,000 Hereros, Lieutenant-General Lothar von Trotha (1848–1920) was a virulent white supremacist who believed in ‘cleansing’ the allegedly less fit.

Because 80% of the Hereros were killed, this is regarded by historians as the worst genocide in the 20th century.  Yet, you've probably never heard of this "water under the bridge". GUESS WHY?  ;)

A lot that was later (in the NAZI Third Reich) done to the German "misfits" and later the Jews was PRACTICED first on the Hereros. Some were killed quickly and some SLOWLY with the "innovative" introduction of CONCENTRATION CAMPS and medical experimentation including shipping the skulls of starved to death Hereros to BIOLOGISTS AND ANTHROPOLOGISTS in Germany for " evolutionary study".  Anything for the advancement of science, eh?  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/gaah.gif)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n900e80R30&feature=player_embedded

The SECOND Reich's influence in creating the Third Reich.

Now I ask you, dear readers, do you think Mking and a few other Darwinian TRUE BELIEVERS here possess the identical world view of this famous fellow below? I do.
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NOW do you understand that the Mkings are the REALLY WILD EYED Crazies in our society?

Do you understand the DANGER to civilization that these people pose who openly state they DO NOT CRY for peoples and warriors that whitey tried to exterminate as they IGNORE REAL HISTORY and hem and haw about grand juries and trusting the police in a pretense of a "measured" approach to society's wrongs?

Do you understand WHY they eschew welfare and helping the poor and downtrodden in any way shape or form?

Do you FNALLY understand that the LINK to their RELIGION (Social Darwinism) is the COMMON THREAD in all their cruel and uncaring mindset presented as "prudent pragmatism"?

I feel sorry for you if you don't. These people are dangerous to themselves and society.

You have been warned. If you let Social Darwinism in your home, it will destroy it as it is destroying our country. Have a nice day.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on September 14, 2014, 08:39:38 pm
Darwinism and World War One

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The evolutionary ideas of Charles Darwin (1809–1882) destructively influenced many of the Western world’s leaders in the early 20th century. In particular, intellectuals in Germany were among the earliest to embrace Darwinism enthusiastically, and to apply its concept of the survival of the fittest to human society. That is, they applied the subtitle of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (1859). The most infamous result of this was the Holocaust,1 but social Darwinism was also a major influence in the events leading up to World War One.

In the decades leading up to World War One, intellectuals embraced Darwinism and its ethical implications as a welcome alternative to Christian belief and ethics. Ernst Haeckel (1834–1919), the most famous German Darwinist of the time, and notorious forger of embryo diagrams,2 believed that evolution would “bring forth a complete revolution in the entire world view of humanity.”3 He argued that Darwinism required the abandonment of Christian morals.

Until the advent of Darwinism, the sanctity of human life was taken for granted in European law and thought. But many German intellectuals began to argue that some had a greater right to life than others, namely, those who are deemed more valuable to society. This inequality was mainly based on race, but the Darwinists argued that there were inferior individuals within a race as well. For instance, zoologist and politician Karl Vogt (1817–1895) argued that a mentally handicapped child was closer in value to an ape than to his own parents.4 It should thus not be surprising that the world’s first eugenics5 society was founded in Germany, promoting the concept founded by Darwin’s cousin Francis Galton (1822–1911).6

While the belief in German superiority led the Nazis to exterminate ‘undesirable’ individuals, during WW1 German Darwinists used the same idea to justify war on states which they deemed inferior.

German social Darwinists were enamoured with the vision of the “master race”, which in their mind was the Nordic or Germanic race. Eugenicist Alfred Ploetz (1860–1940) coined the term “racial hygiene” (Rassenhygiene), and later welcomed the Nazis as the ones who would put this into practice. While the belief in German superiority led the Nazis to exterminate “undesirable” individuals, during WW1 German Darwinists used the same idea to justify war on states which they deemed inferior. They believed that the destiny of the master race was to dominate or eliminate “inferior” races, and the most obvious way to accomplish this was through war. In their view, all races and states were in competition for survival, and those who would not wage war would perish.7 In other words “war is inevitable and peace is merely an armistice in the continuous battle between races and groups for survival.”8

The concept of Lebensraum or “living space” was one of the justifications for the Germans in both World Wars to take over their neighbouring countries. While Germany was not actually overcrowded, they believed that since one side or the other was always advancing, “without war, inferior or decaying races would easily choke the growth of healthy budding elements, and a universal decadence would follow.”9 Max Weber emphasized this racial competition:

“Our descendants will not hold us responsible primarily for the kind of economic organization that we pass on to them, but rather for the extent of elbow-room [Ellbogenraum], that we obtain through struggle and leave behind”10

Because of the view of war as an evolutionary instrument, the German leaders regarded war as a desirable option, even though they could not be sure of a victory.

Interestingly, German Darwinists were divided about whether war was beneficial for the master race. Some were pacifists, including Haeckel, because they believed that war would kill off mainly the best members of the master race, but anthropologist Otto Ammon (1842–1916) believed that war was the only way to test which nation was stronger and to grant victory to the fittest opponent.11 Of course, there was the problem of undesirable individuals in the German population as well; Ploetz suggested sending them to the front lines so they would be killed before those who were deemed to be more fit.12

Because of this view of war as an evolutionary instrument, the German leaders regarded war as a desirable option, even though they could not be sure of a victory. There was also a fatalistic element; they believed that it was their destiny and that they were fulfilling their “preordained role in the development of the world.”13

Some argue that because Darwin did not directly apply the principles of social Darwinism, the term, and its connection to evolutionary thought, is invalid. But Darwin himself said that killing in the animal kingdom was a way for evolution to progress:

“It may be difficult, but we ought to admire the savage instinctive hatred of the queen-bee, which urges her to instantly destroy the young queens her daughters as soon as born, or to perish herself in the combat; for undoubtedly this is for the good of the community; and maternal love and maternal hatred, though the latter fortunately is most rare, is all the same to the inexorable principle of natural selection.”14

Darwin simply was reluctant to apply this principle to humans, but the German social Darwinists did not share his disinclination. While there were other factors that caused World War 1, the German leadership’s universal belief in social Darwinism and its anti-Christian ethical system justified their militarism and made it into a moral good
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Herero genocide
World War 1 centenary

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References and notes
1.Weikart, R., From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, USA, 2004; reviewed at creation.com/weikart. Dr Richard Weikart is professor of modern European history at California State University, Stanislaus. Return to text.
2.Grigg, R., Ernst Haeckel: Evangelist for evolution and apostle of deceit, Creation 18(2):33–36, 1996; creation.com/Haeckel; Fraud rediscovered, Creation 20(2):49–51, 1998; creation.com/fraud. Return to text.
3.Weikart, R., Darwinism and death: devaluing human life in Germany 1859–1920, Journal of the History of Ideas 63(2):323–344, 2002; p. 325. Return to text.
4.Weikart, ref. 3, p. 333. Return to text.
5.Greek: εὐ– (eu–) meaning “well” and γένος (genos) meaning “kind” or “offspring”. Return to text.
6.Grigg, R., Eugenics … death of the defenceless: The legacy of Darwin’s cousin Galton, Creation  28(1):18–22, 2005; creation.com/eugenics.  Return to text.
7.Hamilton, R. and Herwig, H., “World wars: definitions and causes”, in: Hamilton, R. and Herwig, H., eds., The Origins of World War One, p. 26, Cambridge University Press, 2003. Return to text.
8.Weikart, R., The origins of social Darwinism in Germany: 1859–1895, Journal of the History of Ideas 54(3): 469–489; p. 485. Return to text.
9.Evans, R., The Coming of the Third Reich, p. 35, Penguin, 2005. Return to text.
10.Weikart, ref. 8, p. 482. Return to text.
11.Weikart, ref. 8, p. 482. Return to text.
12.Evans, ref. 9, p. 35. Return to text.
13.Herwig, H., “Germany” in: The Origins of World War One, Ref. 7; p. 186. Return to text.
14.Quoted from Weikart, ref. 3, pp. 331–332. See also Muehlenberg, B., “Darwin and eugenics: Darwin was indeed a ‘Social Darwinist’”, creation.com/darwin-and-eugenics, 18 March 2009. Return to text.
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Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on September 15, 2014, 03:04:29 pm

African American Inventors IGNORED BY Modern RACIST WHITEY
Nice list... let me ask a loaded question, who invented the light bulb?  Not the first electric light, but the modern, screw-in bulb that dominated lighting for over a century.

JD,
Please define "nice list" for me. Does that mean you didn't know and have incorporated said knowledge in your memory banks so that you appreciate more the contribution of people of color to your comfort and will resolve to jump on any **** that wants to mock them as being deserving of their routine shafting by our sick society?

If not, and you feel you have always been objective about their unfortunate circumstances, then don't bother with trivia questions about who invented what. During the cold war, the Russians came up with a lot of "propaganda" saying most of the key inventions Americans assume were invented HERE were, in fact, NOT invented here OR by Americans (i.e. WHITEY European immigrants  ;D).

Of course our media mocked the Russians by saying THEY were claiming to have invented everything from the flush toilet to the airplane. It turns out that, over all, the Russians WERE TELLING THE TRUTH (For those who challenge that, school is out. As Mking  ;D  says, "feel free to engage in your fantasies if you wish").

WE were the ones being propagandized by clever fucks who write our history books and run our media. Sure, the truth is out there. But it 's So-o-o-o much more comfortable to GROUPTHINK all the S CUBED USA HYPE we were given since we were knee high to a grasshopper.

It's even campy to act huffy, arrogant and amused by any claim that the main export of the USA is S CUBED mendacity in the form of advertising, propaganda and doubletalk and bombs in the service of profit over planet and we are about as objective about people of color as we are on intelligence comparisons between our children and theirs. 

Our government is (and has been for a LONG TIME) a fossil fuel oligarchy. That is the reason our patent "laws" make any **** thing that challenges that hierarchy instantly and legally a SECRET patent the government will not allow available to the public. It's ALL ABOUT controlling the energy spigot AND who lives where. Our patent laws are JOKE. But they keep the evil fucks in power.

What does that have to do with Blacky and inventions? EVERYTHING! The Fossil Fuel Oligarchy is RUN by Racist profit over planet whitey! You never noticed? WHY do you think ALL the most polluted neighborhoods and "low cost real estate" areas of this country just HAPPEN to be downstream of toxic coal or chemical or whatever (insert whitey industry here  ;D)?

Do you think that's a COINCIDENCE? Do you think those minorites just don't know how to prudently pick the place they live? Do you think that, MAYBE, BEFORE those polluting facilities were put up next to browny and blacky, the power companies KNEW the **** they were going to be putting out and STRATEGICALLY made SURE to locate their power plants so the majority of WHITEYS would applaud all this ENERGY for our "advanced" industrial society and be willing to be MILKED 24/7 by the upper crust WHITEYS that laugh all the way to the bank?

Conspiracy theory or PRUDENT WHITEY PREDATORY CAPITALIST PREPLANNING? The later, of course. They just "Do what they DO".  :evil4:

And NOW poor and middle class whitey is FINALLY staring to GET IT on climate and pollution because the predatory capitalist SEWERS are backing up all over the planet. But Blacky and Browny has LONG experience with local **** UP POLLUTING CLIMATE CHANGE as a result of the profit over plant modus operandi. (http://www.websmileys.com/sm/violent/sterb050.gif)(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/minzdr.gif) (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/acigar.gif)

This is such a GIANT elephant in the PROPAGANDISED WHITEY room that it's hard to know where to begin. JD, I suggest you perform a cursory study of power plant siting by utilities in this country for the last 100 years or so.  While you are at it, study the patent "laws". And thirdly, ask yourself WHY minorities who had the same or greater knowledge of farming and animal husbandry after the Civil War were excluded from the Homestead Act; a PATTERN that repeated itself all the way up to the PRESENT with "race clauses" (or doubletalk that equates to the same **** thing!) on real estate purchases (Don't bother with the cops and our criminal "justice" system. They don't even hide how prejudiced they are any longer.).

If you want to have some REAL fun, check out the percentage of income that minorities pay in all forms of taxes versus whitey. Boring, I know.  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_6961.gif)(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/290.gif)

As to your original question of who invented the first light bulb, are you aware that the very question is a non sequitur? (http://www.coh2.org/images/Smileys/huhsign.gif)

The inventors that are ALLOWED to successfully patent an invention in our society RARELY make money off of it. It's TPTB that rake in the cash. And when the inventor happens to be the WRONG COLOR, they sorta get "missed" in the history books for whitey AND blacky and browny.

All inventions are FILTERED for the effects on the fossil fuel oligarchy BEFORE they are approved. The bullshitised history books are just the final step in this corrupt process that leaves minorities with the short end of the stick.

Motorized aircraft were invented in Brazil simultaneously (and without correspondence from the Wrong Brothers!) to the Wright brothers' successful effort at Kitty Hawk. Bill Gates did not invent windows software. He stole it. It's the American way.

Consider all the (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif) given to those who sacrificed for us in wars 24/7 in this country. NOW consider how racist whiteys ANYWHERE in our country (NOT just the South!) would have GREAT DIFFICULTY clinging to their racism when they are being educated on our history if they learned the TRUTH that their DADDY made it through WWII because a BLACK inventor came up with "bean soup" for fires that water could not extinguish.

I GUARANTEE YOU, JD, that if Henry Ford or Thomas Edison had invented BEAN SOUP, we would HEAR ABOUT IT AND READ ABOUT until it was drilled into our heads so we would NEVER FORGET such a great (whitey, of course!) LIFE SAVING INVENTION by a GENIUS INVENTOR.


But we don't. And all you can say is, "nice list".  Are we communicating, JD? We aren't? Hyperbole, you say? QUICK! WHO invented "Bean Soup"? NO FAIR LOOKING IT UP!  ;D

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Are we communicating, JD?
Title: The Darwin - Herero - Fischer - Mengele - hOLOCAUST "medical" CONNECTION
Post by: AGelbert on September 15, 2014, 08:44:48 pm
Herero genocide

by Marc Ambler

Like most visitors to Namibia,1 one of the memorable pictures I carried away was of the noble-looking Herero people.  Their women wear colourful, voluminous Victorian-style dresses and hats (see p. 55), and the men wear uniforms on ceremonial occasions.  How terribly sad it was to learn that 100 years ago, their great-grandparents had been the victims of the first genocide of the 20th century.

During the colonial land-grab of African countries by European nations after the 1884–85 Berlin Conference,2 Germany annexed Namibia, then known as South-West Africa.  German settlers quickly ran roughshod over the historical rights and claims of the Herero tribal inhabitants, and for the next 20 years plundered their lands, houses and livestock. 

Of this period, the Governor, Theodor Leutwein, wrote that the German settlers had an ‘inborn feeling of belonging to a superior race’.3  Thus racism was rife.  The Herero were regularly referred to as ‘baboons’; the men were commonly beaten to death for minor infringements, and the women were made sex slaves by the soldiers and settlers.


Uprising

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Lieutenant-General Lothar von Trotha

Lieutenant-General Lothar von Trotha’s beliefs of racial superiority led him to contemptuously state: ‘I wipe out rebellious tribes with streams of blood and streams of money. Only following this cleansing can something new emerge’. And ‘… I find it appropriate that the [Herero] nation perishes instead of infecting our soldiers’.

In these circumstances, it is hardly surprising that an uprising occurred.  On 12 January 1904, fighting broke out between Herero tribesmen and the settlers, in the town of Okahandja, where there was a German fort.

The response of the Berlin government to this insurrection by a colonized people who had dared to resist the might of the German nation was fast and ruthless.  Kaiser Wilhelm II dispatched 14,000 troops to the region under the command of Lieutenant-General Lothar von Trotha.  Von Trotha was renowned for the ruthless efficiency with which he had helped to suppress the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900, and to quash resistance to his nation’s occupation of German East Africa (today’s Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania).

Von Trotha’s written goal was: ‘I believe that the [Herero] nation as such should be exterminated.’4  He stated: ‘The exercise of violence and crass terrorism and even with gruesomeness was and is my policy.  I destroy the African tribes with streams of blood and streams of money.  Only following this cleansing can something new emerge, which will remain.’5

That the German settlers and a high-ranking officer like General von Trotha would hold to these ‘superior race’, ‘survival-of-the-fittest-through-“cleansing”-of-the-weakest’ views is hardly surprising.  Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (which is subtitled By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life) had been translated into German in 1875, and his evolutionary theories had for decades been avidly promoted to all and sundry by the popular books and theatrical presentations of Ernst Haeckel.6  The German nation had also been subjected for many years to the ‘God-is-dead’ atheism of Nietzsche.7


This, too, was a consequence of Darwin­ian thought. Nietzsche believed that Dar­win­ian evolution would eventually produce the Übermensch, ‘a superman whose distance from the ordinary man was greater than the distance between man and ape’.8  Then a ‘super-race’ of such beings would impose its will on the weak and the worthless. 

Decades later, Hitler would proclaim the same Darwinist superiority views to justify his own subjugation of the ‘lesser’ peoples of Europe.9

In the light of this attitude of racial superiority, it is interesting to compare probably the two most famous documents to come out of the Herero war.  In his infamous Vernichtungsbefehl (annihilation order), von Trotha stated: ‘[E]very Herero, with or without a gun, with or without cattle, will be shot.  I will no longer accept women and children, I will drive them back to their people or I will let them be shot at.’10

The response of the ‘lesser’ people

In contrast, a letter of Herero chief Samuel Maharero to his people shortly after the outbreak of war11 states that Englishmen, Boers, missionaries and people of other tribes were not to be harmed.12  History has shown that both instructions were diligently carried out. :emthup:

In a decisive battle at Hamakari, near Waterberg, on 11 August 1904, von Trotha’s troops surrounded the Herero tribespeople on three sides and brutally defeated them.  In a cynical ploy, he left open only the way into the Omaheke area of the Kalahari Desert. The battle plan was that those who escaped the German bullets should die of thirst.  Waterholes for 150 miles (240 km) around the desert were either patrolled or poisoned, and those Herero who came crawling out of the Omaheke, desperate for water, were bayoneted. This left the Herero ‘with but one option: to cross the desert into Botswana [then called Bechuanaland], in reality a march to death.  This, indeed, is how the majority of the Herero perished.’13

Due to missionary pressure and a growing shortage of labour in the colony, von Trotha’s extermination cam­paign was eventually stopped by Berlin, and the surviving Herero people were put into concentration camps.
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‘Put to slave labor, overworked, hungry, and exposed to diseases such as typhoid and smallpox, more Herero men perished in these camps.  Herero women, meanwhile, were turned into sex slaves.’14 

The result of this policy was that from 1904 to 1908 the Herero were reduced ‘from a tribe of 80,000 persons to 15,000 starving refugees.’15 

Following the war, all Herero persons over the age of seven were forced to wear a metal disc around their necks with their registration number, designating them as free labour. This was an ominous foretaste of the Jewish Holocaust star years later, when Hitler similarly enslaved those he considered to be members of inferior races.

Genocide and ‘race branding’

There are powerful links between the Herero genocide, the Holocaust 40 years later, and the Rwandan genocide of the 1990s.16


1.Francis Galton, the anti-Christian cousin of Charles Darwin, visited South-West Africa in the early 1850s. He went on to develop his theory of eugenics, a term he coined in 1883. This pseudo-science helped promote the racial superiority views which played such a major role in the fate of the Herero people years later.

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Herr Dok­tor Eugen Fischer hard at "evolutionary studies" work!

2.Making his rounds of the Herero concentration camps was Herr Dok­tor Eugen Fischer. It was here that Fischer did his first ‘medical’ experiments on race, genetics and eugenics, using as his guinea pigs both Herero full-bloods and the mulatto offspring of Herero women and German men. Under his supervision, the preserved bodies and severed heads of Herero who had been hanged were sent to Germany for dissection.4
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Anything for the advancement of EVOLUTIONARY science, eh?
 
Fischer went on to become the head of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Anthropology, Human Heredity and Eugenics.  He co-authored the book The Principles of Human Heredity and Race Hygiene,17 which became the standard textbook in Germany on this subject.  Hitler cited it in his Mein Kampf [My Struggle] , which became the basis for the destruction of millions of people in his own pursuit of ‘racial purity’.

Hitler appointed Fischer as rector of the University of Berlin in 1933, where he taught medicine to Nazi doctors.  Fischer is sometimes referred to as the father of modern genetics. One of his prominent pupils was Josef Mengele, the so-called ‘Angel of Death’, who went on to repeat his teacher’s cruel experiments on Jewish children, and directed the operation of the gas chambers at Auschwitz.


http://creation.com/herero-genocide

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Agelbert NOTE: Please observe the similarity in the above photograph with the one taken around 1908. That is, NAZI concentration camp victims in exactly the same circumstances as the Herero victims of "evolutionary" studies (1904-1908) in the (by the 1940s) PRACTICED Concentration Camp MEDICAL Modus Operandi  that Fischer HANDED OFF TO MENGELE.   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191329.bmp) Thank these hapless Jews for the Minimum Recommended Daily Allowances of Vitamins and Minerals. WE recovered them from the STUDIES in the Concentration Camps by the NAZIs!    (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191329.bmp)

To Darwinian Worshipers, we just need to apply EVOLUTION more "correctly" (I.E. Take healthy food AWAY, give processed crap food and Sterilize the "useless eaters" with pollution so no more "useless eaters" get a chance to be born!). TRUE BELIEVERS in "Survival of the Apex Predators" smile at the those clever Germans who got the Missionaries to make the Hereros believe in "Pie in the Sky"  ;) so they would not fight back! So for Darwinists, Christian Missionaries might help CLEANSE Homo SAP of the lesser SAPS! LOL!

Stupid is as EVIL and STUPID does. Have a nice evolutionary day.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on September 15, 2014, 09:39:43 pm
Lewis Latimer  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)
 


Top Inventors /by Gaius Chamberlain


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Lewis Latimer - blackinventor.com

Lewis Latimer is considered one of the 10 most important Black inventors of all time, not only for the sheer number of inventions created and patents secured but also for the magnitude of importance for his most famous discovery. Latimer was born on September 4, 1848 in Chelsea, Massachusetts. His parents were George and Rebecca Latimer, both runaway slaves who migrated to Massachusetts in 1842 from Virginia. George Latimer was captured by his slave owner, who was determined to take him back to Virginia. His situation gained great notoriety, even reaching the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Eventually George was purchased by abolition supporters who set him free.
 
Lewis served in the United States Navy for the Union during the Civil War, assigned to the U.S.S. Massasoit gunboat and received an honorable discharge on July 3, 1865. After his discharge he sought employment throughout Boston, Massachusetts and eventually gained a position as an office boy with a patent law firm, Crosby and Gould earning $3.00 each week. After observing Latimer’s ability to sketch patent drawings, he was eventually promoted to the position of head draftsman earning $20.00 a week. In addition to his newfound success, Latimer found additional happiness when he married Mary Wilson in November of 1873.
 
In 1874, along with W.C. Brown, Latimer co-invented an improved of a train water closet, a bathroom compartment for railroad trains. Two years later, Latimer would play a part in one of the world’s most important inventions.

In 1876, Latimer was sought out as a draftsman by a teacher for deaf children. The teacher had created a device and wanted Lewis to draft the drawing necessary for a patent application. The teacher was Alexander Graham Bell and the device was the telephone. Working late into the night, Latimer worked hard to finish the patent application, which was submitted on February 14, 1876, just hours before another application was submitted by Elisha Gray for a similar device.

In 1880, after moving to Bridgeport, Connecticut, Latimer was hired as the assistant manager and draftsman for U.S. Electric Lighting Company owned by Hiram Maxim. Maxim was the chief rival to Thomas Edison, the man who invented the electric light bulb. The light was composed of a glass bulb which surrounded a carbon wire filament, generally made of bamboo, paper or thread. When the filament was burned inside of the bulb (which contained almost no air), it became so hot that it actually glowed.

Thus by passing electricity into the bulb, Edison had been able to cause the glowing bright light to emanate within a room. Before this time most lighting was delivered either through candles or through gas lamps or kerosene lanterns. Maxim greatly desired to improve on Edison’s light bulb and focused on the main weakness of Edison’s bulb – their short life span (generally only a few days.) Latimer set out to make a longer lasting bulb.
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Latimer devised a way of encasing the filament within an cardboard envelope which prevented the carbon from breaking and thereby provided a much longer life to the bulb and hence made the bulbs less expensive and more efficient. This enabled electric lighting to be installed within homes and throughout streets.

Latimer’s abilities in electric lighting became well known and soon he was sought after to continue to improve on incandescent lighting as well as arc lighting. Eventually, as more major cities began wiring their streets for electric lighting, Latimer was dispatched to lead the planning team. He helped to install the first electric plants in Philadelphia, New York City and Montreal and oversaw the installation of lighting in railroad stations, government building and major thoroughfares in Canada, New England and London.
 
In 1890, Latimer, having been hired by Thomas Edison, began working in the legal department of Edison Electric Light Company, serving as the chief draftsman and patent expert. In this capacity he drafted drawings and documents related to Edison patents, inspected plants in search of infringers of Edison’s patents, conducted patent searches and testified in court proceeding on Edison’s behalf. Later that year wrote the worlds most thorough book on electric lighting, “Incandescent Electric Lighting: A Practical Description of the Edison System.” Lewis was named one of the charter members of the Edison pioneer, a distinguished group of people deemed responsible for creating the electrical industry. The Edison Electric Lighting would eventually evolve into what is now known as the General Electric Company.
 
Lewis Latimer - blackinventor.com

Latimer continued to display his creative talents over then next several years. In 1894 he created a safety elevator, a vast improvement on existing elevators. He next received a patent for Locking Racks for Hats, Coats, and Umbrellas. The device was used in restaurants, hotels and office buildings, holding items securely and allowing owners of items to keep the from getting misplaced or accidentally taken by others. He next created a improved version of a Book Supporter, used to keep books neatly arranged on shelves.

Latimer next devised a method of making rooms more sanitary and climate controlled. He termed his device an Apparatus for Cooling and Disinfecting. The device worked wonders in hospitals, preventing dust and particles from circulating within patient rooms and public areas.
 Throughout the rest of his life, Latimer continued to try to devise ways of improving everyday living for the public, eventually working in efforts to improve the civil rights of Black citizens within the United States. He also painted portraits and wrote poetry and music for friends and family. Lewis Latimer died on December 11, 1928 and left behind a legacy of achievement and leadership that much of the world owes thanks. (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0293.gif)

http://blackinventor.com/lewis-latimer/
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on September 25, 2014, 12:33:36 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ9ab_35dzA&feature=player_embedded
The Civil War was NOT about eliminating Racism in the USA.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on October 07, 2014, 09:12:29 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ_W3EAfp6I&feature=player_embedded
Einstein rescinded his German Citizenship when he was 17 so he could not be drafted.

In 1945 he wrote Roosevelt that there would be dire consequences for mankind if the atomic bomb was dropped. President Roosevelt died a few days later. The letter from Einstein was never opened. So it goes.  >:(


‘Dear Professor Einstein’ sheds new light on Cold War


Albert Einstein and eight other prominent scientists, including OSU alumnus Linus Pauling, formed a committee in 1946 to warn the public about the dangers of nuclear holocaust. Thousands of ordinary Americans responded to his fundraising appeals with cash donations and heartfelt letters expressing their concerns at the dawn of the Atomic Age. (Amanda Cowan | Corvallis Gazette-Times)
 
September 17, 2014 7:00 am  •  By Bennett Hall, Corvallis Gazette-Times

'Frankly, I am terrified'

Dear Dr. Einstein:

You can explore the “Dear Professor Einstein” exhibition online at bit.ly/1uzOxG2. It contains more than 3,000 letters and other documents related to the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists, organized by Albert Einstein in 1946 to combat the threat of nuclear war.
 
It can be hard for anyone born since the collapse of the Soviet Union to comprehend, but the threat of nuclear holocaust seemed very real during the Cold War, looming over the collective consciousness like a psychic mushroom cloud.

The possibility of global annihilation formed an ever-present backdrop to the entire post-World War II period, with the United States and the USSR staring each other down like a couple of Wild West gunslingers armed with ICBMs instead of six-shooters while the whole world waited to see who would flinch first.

In 1946, a year after the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended World War II and demonstrated the awesome power of the atom bomb, a group of distinguished American scientists led by Albert Einstein tried to rally public support to curb the danger of nuclear conflict.

Now the discovery of a cache of long-lost documents is shedding new light on this dimly remembered chapter of Cold War history.

“Dear Professor Einstein,” an online exhibition put together by the Special Collections and Archives Research Center at Oregon State University’s Valley Library, showcases thousands of letters from ordinary Americans to the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists. Many are written in a highly personal tone and addressed directly to Einstein in response to a widely distributed fundraising appeal bearing his signature.

“There are very poignant letters from people all over the United States talking about how scared they are to be living in this new atomic age,” said Anne Bahde, who curated the exhibition.

Bahde came across the letters — as well as meeting minutes, educational materials and other documents related to the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists — while combing through OSU’s extensive collection of Linus Pauling’s personal papers. Pauling, an Oregon State alumnus, was one of the committee’s original nine members, and some of the ECAS files passed to him after Einstein’s death in 1955.

Many of the letters came with cash contributions to help the committee spread the word about the dangers of atomic weapons. Some were as large as $10,000, but the vast majority were much smaller amounts — $10, $5, sometimes even less.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714194256.bmp)

“The really moving ones are the offers to help. These are people who do not have any money, and all they can offer is service,” Bahde said.

“One I just cried when I found,” she added. “It was (from) German Jewish refugees who were new to this country and said, ‘We have no money to give, but we’re happy to help in any way we can.’”   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714194256.bmp)


Others take a different tone, exhorting the famous scientist to do his best, advising him about possible solutions or taking him to task for his own contributions to nuclear weapons research.

The rediscovered documents represent a treasure trove for researchers, with potential applications in a number of fields, from history to sociology, political science and peace studies. To maximize that potential, OSU is asking the public to help digitize the collection.

Visitors to the online exhibition are invited to view images of the documents and transcribe their contents in a software program called Scripto. The transcriptions will be proofread and uploaded to a full-text database that can be analyzed by scholars using computer keyword searches to find related documents or identify trends.

Larry Landis, the director of the Special Collections and Archives Research Center, said this kind of public participation is a growing trend among cultural institutions, though it’s something OSU hasn’t tried before.

“It will be interesting to see for us how this public transcription crowdsourcing takes off,” he said.

“We don’t have the manpower to undertake something like this.”

The Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists disbanded in 1951, in part because some members recoiled against Einstein’s calls for a world government. But its anti-war message continued to resonate, and some of the group’s founders carried on the campaign against nuclear weapons.


For Pauling it became a lifelong crusade, and in 1962 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his anti-nuclear activism.

Jake Hamblin, an associate professor of history at OSU who specializes in the Cold War period, says “Dear Professor Einstein” provides a valuable refresher course on an episode from the nation’s past that is easily overlooked today.

“You get a really strong sense of the hopes and fears and the time period — it really jumps out at you,” he said.

“What’s interesting about that time is that Americans were looking to scientists not just for expertise but also for moral leadership.”

It’s also a valuable reminder that the possibility of nuclear conflict has never fully disappeared, with rogue states and terrorist organizations replacing the old Cold War superpowers as the most likely potential antagonists.

“We are still confronted with nuclear weapons today .... it’s an issue we still haven’t solved,” Hamblin said.

“We are still dealing with the fallout from the bomb.”  :(

http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/dear-professor-einstein-sheds-new-light-on-cold-war/article_1e9ebe9e-3ade-11e4-9313-7b33d45eb351.html
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on October 07, 2014, 10:02:15 pm
The FBI's secret war against Albert Einstein  >:(

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Einstein, on Hitler's hit list as a brilliant Jewish scientist and anti-Nazi, arrived in the US just 18 days before the Nazis seized power but he almost didn't make it as the State Department attempted to block his visa  :o based on allegations from a US far-right group that Einstein was a "communist". This was the first of many pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic "sources" which fed the FBI with invented tales of Einstein's "communism".

Fearing international ridicule for barring the Nobel Prize winner, the State Department relented but, along with the FBI, War Department and Immigration and Naturalization Service, continued to keep tabs on the draft-dodger and pacifist who lectured by day on relativity and in the evening urged civil disobedience against military service.

Hoover was soon on the case of this dangerous radical. Before the Nazis' threat as rival imperialists outweighed their status as useful anti-communists, the FBI and the Gestapo had worked together in the hunt for communists. Einstein's file grew with each German he sponsored for refugee status for whom the Gestapo had a "record" of "communist sympathies".

Einstein's support for the Lincoln Brigade, the US Communist Party-led American volunteer soldiers against the fascist Franco in the Spanish Civil War, was further "evidence" of Einstein's undesirablity to Hoover who had a deep empathy with the anti-Semitic and fascist off-shoots of the far-right.

@BODY TEXT SPA = When Einstein put aside his pacifism to support the Allied war effort against the fascist juggernaut and signed a letter in 1939 successfully urging President Franklin Roosevelt to commit the US to building an atomic bomb to counter Nazi Germany's nuclear bomb project, the FBI sprung into action.

Einstein was ruled off the US bomb project after US Army Counter-Intelligence Corps, using the FBI for background checks of scientists, red-inked Einstein's name.

Einstein was later to call his letter to the president his "one great mistake in my life" after the atomic bomb was used against Japan, a criminal act which Einstein saw as militarily unnecessary and politically motivated (to rush-end the Pacific war solely to intimidate the Soviet Union).

Einstein joined the anti-nuclear movement, heading the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists, which the FBI saw as a threat to America's nuclear monopoly and imperialist reach and thus a "communist front" with Einstein a "big name", "innocent" sponsor.

Einstein's anti-racism further inflamed Hoover. Twelve months after the end of the "war to save democracy", some 50 African Americans, most of them war veterans, were killed by the Ku Klux Klan and other racist vigilantes. Einstein, the Jewish victim of racism in Germany, reached out to the African-American victims of racism through articles, speeches and sponsorship of campaigns against racist violence and injustice. He accepted Paul Robeson's offer to co-chair the American Crusade to End Lynching.

Robeson was a trigger for more FBI salivating.   >:(

https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/26666

Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: Surly1 on October 08, 2014, 05:51:30 am
 AG,

These two Einstein articles are absolutely fascinating. I had no idea of this forgotten history, aside from Einstein's letter to Roosevelt.

 Great stuff.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on October 08, 2014, 10:07:59 pm
Than you, Surly.  ;D
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on October 18, 2014, 10:02:42 pm
Thomas Hobbes, The English Works of Thomas Hobbes, vol. 6 (Dialogue, Behemoth, Rhetoric) [1839]


A DIALOGUE between A PHILOSOPHER & A STUDENT of THE COMMON LAWS OF ENGLAND.

A DIALOGUE of THE COMMON LAW.


SNIPPET:   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)

P.
We have hitherto spoken of laws without considering anything of the nature and essence of a law; and now unless we define the word law, we can go no farther without ambiguity and fallacy, which will be but loss of time; whereas, on the contrary, the agreement upon our words will enlighten all we have to say hereafter.

L.
I do not remember the definition of law in any statute.  (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9HT4xZyDmh4/TOHhxzA0wLI/AAAAAAAAEUk/oeHDS2cfxWQ/s200/Smiley_Angel_Wings_Halo.jpg)

P.  (http://www.imgion.com/images/01/Angry-animated-smiley.jpg) 
I think so: for the statutes were made by authority, and not drawn from any other principles than the care of the safety of the people. Statutes are not philosophy, as is the common-law, and other disputable arts, but are commands or prohibitions, which ought to be obeyed, because assented to by submission made to the Conqueror here in England, and to whosoever had the sovereign power in other commonwealths; so that the positive laws of all places are statutes. The definition of law was therefore unnecessary for the makers of statutes, though very necessary to them whose work it is to teach the sense of the law.
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L.
There is an accurate definition of a law in Bracton, cited by Sir Edward Coke: Lex est sanctio justa, jubens honesta, et prohibens contraria.

P.
That is to say, law is a just statute, commanding those things which are honest, and forbidding the contrary. From whence it followeth, that in all cases it must be the honesty or dishonesty that makes the command a law; whereas you know that but for the law we could not, as saith St. Paul, have known what is sin. Therefore this definition is no ground at all for any farther discourse of law. Besides, you know the rule of honest and dishonest refers to honour, and that it is justice only, and injustice, that the law respecteth. But that which I most except against in this definition, is, that it supposes that a statute made by the sovereign power of a nation may be unjust. There may indeed in a statute-law, made by men, be found iniquity, but not injustice.  ;)

L.
This is somewhat subtile.  ;D  I pray deal plainly. What is the difference between injustice and iniquity?

P.
I pray you tell me first, what is the difference between a court of justice, and a court of equity?(http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_6869.gif)

L.
A court of justice is that which hath cognizance of such causes as are to be ended by the positive laws of the land; and a court of equity is that, to which belong such causes as are to be determined by equity; that is to say, by the law of reason.

P.
You see then that the difference between [26]injustice and iniquity is this; that injustice is the transgression of a statute-law,  ;) and iniquity the transgression of the law of reason  :emthup:.  But perhaps you mean by common-law, not the law itself, but the manner of proceeding in the law, as to matter of fact, by twelve men, freeholders; though those twelve men are no court of equity, nor of justice, because they determine not what is just or unjust, but only whether it be done or not done; and their judgment is nothing else but a confirmation of that which is properly the judgment of the witnesses. For to speak exactly, there cannot possibly be any judge of fact besides the witnesses.

L.
How would you have a law defined?


P.
Thus;  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif) a law is the command of him or them that have the sovereign power, given to those that be his or their subjects, declaring publicly and plainly what every of them may do, and what they must forbear to do.

L.
Seeing all judges in all courts ought to judge according to equity, which is the law of reason, a distinct court of equity seemeth to me to be unnecessary, and but a burthen to the people, (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/tissue.gif) since common-law and equity are the same law. (http://www.websmileys.com/sm/aliens/hae51.gif)

 P.   (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/tuzki-bunnys/tuzki-bunny-emoticon-026.gif) It were so indeed, if judges could not err; but since they may err, and that the King is not bound to any other law but that of equity, it belongs to him alone to give remedy to them that, by the ignorance or corruption of a judge, shall suffer damage.

L.
By your definition of a law, the King’s proclamation under the Great Seal of England is a [27]law; for it is a command, and public, and of the sovereign to his subjects.


P.    (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191258.bmp)
Why not, if he think it necessary for the good of his subjects? For this is a maxim at the common-law alleged by Sir Edward Coke himself, (i Inst. sect. 306), Quando lex aliquid concedit, concedere videtur et id per quod devenitur ad illud. And you know out of the same author, that divers Kings of England have often, to the petitions in Parliament which they granted, annexed such exceptions as these, unless there be necessity, saving our regality; which I think should be always understood, though they be not expressed; and are understood so by common lawyers, who agree that the King may recall any grant wherein he was deceived.

L.
Again, whereas you make it of the essence of a law to be publicly and plainly declared to the people, I see no necessity for that.  ;)(http://www.websmileys.com/sm/aliens/hae51.gif)  Are not all subjects bound to take notice of all acts of Parliament, when no act can pass without their consent? (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9HT4xZyDmh4/TOHhxzA0wLI/AAAAAAAAEUk/oeHDS2cfxWQ/s200/Smiley_Angel_Wings_Halo.jpg)


P.   (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/tuzki-bunnys/tuzki-bunny-emoticon-026.gif)
If you had said that no act could pass without their knowledge, then indeed they had been bound to take notice of them; but none can have knowledge of them but the members of the houses of Parliament; therefore the rest of the people are excused.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/128fs318181.gif) Or else the knights of the shire should be bound to furnish people with a sufficient number of copies, at the people’s charge, of the acts of Parliament, at their return into the country; that every man may resort to them, and by themselves, or friends, take notice of what they are obliged to. For otherwise it were impossible they should be [28]obeyed: and that no man is bound to do a thing impossible, is one of Sir Edward Coke’s maxims at the common-law.  
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Agelbert NOTE: Notice how the philosopher is cleverly taking the Lawyer to task for attempting to assume that, just because Parliament knows about a law it passed, the PEOPLE therefore KNOW about it too (and must obey it because they "know" about it. LOL!). You are WITNESSING the birth of the elite establishment through sophistic rhetoric. :o  :P

Despite the fact that the philosopher appears elitist by giving the King the "divine right to rule" prerogative, he is simply using CFS to smell an elite rat in the group of fine folks populating Parliament (and the Courts) in pretense of "ensuring justice for the people".  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/mocantina.gif)

THIS is HOW it all started;
a slow, steady elite SCAM to "represent" us but keep the lion's share of power and privilege for THEM after they had taken it away from the King through clever arguments about "representative" democracy.  (http://www.u.arizona.edu/~patricia/cute-collection/smileys/lying-smiley.gif)  It worked!  :evil4:


Here's the MONEY QUOTE that immediately follows in the paragraph above from the philosopher. :emthup:  I humbly apologize for breaking it into two parts. I just had to throw my two shillings in.    (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191258.bmp)
 

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P. (continued from above) I know that most of the statutes are printed; but it does not appear that every man is bound to buy the book of statutes, nor to search for them at Westminster or at the Tower, nor to understand the language wherein they are for the most part written.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-051113192052.png)


http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/770 (http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/770)
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on October 19, 2014, 01:29:12 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMKnH2BlkBA&feature=player_embedded
Hitler's AMERICAN business partners EVEN AFTER THE WAR STARTED!

Standard Oil was INSTRUMENTAL in providing petroleum products without which the NAZIs would NOT have been able to carry out the Blitzkrieg!

And an Opel factory in Germany OWNED BY GM and bombed to rubble by American bombers in 1944 was a LOSS for General Motors that the USA REIMBURSED with the money of WE-the-PEOPLE to the tune of 32 million dollars!

IBM was THERE too, big time. Their machines helped count slave labor and targeted Jews!

And wait until you read about Henry Ford!  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191329.bmp)  


(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/images/nazi4_113098ap.jpg)
Henry Ford being awarded THIS medal!  :o
(http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/attachments/orders-decorations-third-reich/113774d1276441144-grosskreuz-des-deutschen-adlerordens-grand-cross-order-german-eagle-w-o-swords-mm-900-21-a-dsc00324.jpg)

(http://mindcontrolblackassassins.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/obamawallstreet.gif)

NOW, notice the following Propaganda film. Notice that Krupp industries is blamed, correctly, for many NAZI horrors by the British while not one word is said about Standard Oil or any other allied WAR PROFITEER that played both sides before, during and after the war.(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Bzb-1rVB8pc/UfXxBekcYVI/AAAAAAAAEm4/hXUkGCzFIPg/s1600/giveafuckometer-gif.gif)
Fast forward to 2014, it seems the German people did learn the lessons the British (and the U.S., of course) sought to teach them. But WE did not.

The proof is the training of police officers in Germany post war. It states in the video that police officers are to be taught that they are the servants of the public, not the other way around. They learned it. We forgot. Gott mitt uns!  >:(  :(  :P
(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183404.bmp)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8XG-nbM3BE&feature=player_embedded
We are the fascists now.   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183404.bmp) God will NOT help fascists. You have seen what He does to Fascist regimes. Fasten your seat belt.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on October 19, 2014, 06:34:11 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDI_Els-myo&feature=player_embedded
Hitler's Mercedes
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on October 19, 2014, 07:40:34 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj9ENqq-lIg&feature=player_embedded
Soviet Top Secret Operation (Operation Myth) revealed.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on October 21, 2014, 07:51:30 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgcdRCWEt4Q&feature=player_embedded
MANY hidden nuggets of history.  :o

Did you know that FDR wanted to green the Sahara desert  (http://www.coh2.org/images/Smileys/huhsign.gif) and had a real world plan to do it but Churchill could not STAND the idea of ANY country in Africa (along with India!) being independent of British "interests" ("free" trade tyranny)?  :o

Churchill JUSTIFIED this predatory outlook by referring to the RACIST DARWINIAN concept, now totally debunked, of "superior" races ruling over "inferior" ones. LOL!

Churchill raged about how EMPIRE is what made the British GREAT and NOTHING must be allowed to interfere with the British EMPIRE. FDR proceed clean his clock verbally. FDR had many excellent post war plans. Wall Street had OTHER plans...

The Democratic party managed to replace FDR's GOOD Vice President Henry Wallace, the one who would have implemented FDR's policies,  with Truman. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/2z6in9g.gif) And so we went down the British RAT HOLE towards "free" trade fascism. along with the TOTALLY unnecessary cold war.   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201604.png)
 

A foiled assassination attempt BY THE BRITISH the day of Lincoln's first inauguration.
Why "free trade" is a British invention to keep countries poor and backward. Nothing has changed.

A planned Bering Straight railroad bridge between Russia and the USA, a north to south railway all the way from Alaska to the southern tip of South America and other huge railroad projects (Western Europe to India) threatened British sea power control of resources in countries all over the world  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/www_MyEmoticons_com__smokelots.gif) so they sabotaged the plans. McKinley, a Lincoln admirer and enemy of "free trade" Predatory Capitalism was killed for actively supporting this rail expansion.   >:(

Teddy Roosevelt was a WORSHIPPER of all things British (you will learn exactly why!  :o). With him all those great railroad plans ere deep sixed and SHIP commerce (see British "interests" ;)) got a HUGE boost with the Panama (a country INVENTED by Teddy for that specific purpose!) canal.  ;D)

Woodrow Wilson was an AVID supporter of the Klu Klux Klan.  >:( You remember "bring DEMOCRACY to Europe" Wilson, don't you?  ;D My how things have changed...(http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2932.gif)

Learn how The British started WWI by intrigue. Learn how all these monarchs were related with each other, giving opportunity for the British to divide and conquer. Learn how the goal of the British was to destabilize many countries through war and impoverish them in order to avoid a more unified world economy not controlled by British "free trade" tyranny through their mastery of the seas.

The British were losing the world property chess game, so the went all out to knock over the chess board.(http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-object-034.gif)  It worked.   :(

In fact, the British ensured the conditions after WWI were so ONEROUS on the Germans that they, for all practical purposes, were setting up another convenient (for the British    (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191329.bmp)) WAR.   (http://images.sodahead.com/polls/000370273/polls_Smiley_Angry_256x256_3451_356175_answer_4_xlarge.png)

Hear Franklin Roosevelt, when first nominated to the Presidency, describe Tickle Down Economics (1:14:00) as Tory Economics LONG before you heard it during the Reagan Baloney years. Learn how FDR defeated an attempt by the elite in HIS OWN PARTY to scuttle FDR's chances at the nomination through skullduggery, wedge politics and propaganda. They wanted to get a Wall Street PRO-Fascsit in power. FDR figured it out and was able to counter this intrigue. (http://www.runemasterstudios.com/graemlins/images/2thumbs.gif)

But the New Deal is DEAD now and it seems Wall Street Fascist "free trade" tyranny is the destructive force behind our war making and country destroying policies on behalf of the oligarchs. (http://www.freesmileys.org/emoticons/emoticon-object-034.gif)WE are the "British" ruthless  war profiteering, human misery ensuring "free trade"  empire now.   >:(  :(  :P    (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183404.bmp)
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on October 21, 2014, 10:06:27 pm
FDR 2 minute Video on Trickle Down "Economics" (in 1932!  :o).
http://viewrz.com/video/fdr-on-trickle-down-economics
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on October 22, 2014, 02:48:28 pm
The Japanese DID NOT surrender in WWII because the genocidal atomic bombs were dropped!
 (http://media.tumblr.com/c6492e4b47cfdbd50e74d285fde3c53e/tumblr_inline_mm3g4yCaZc1qz4rgp.gif)
It was the destruction of their forces in Manchuria by the Russians (who entered the war at that time) that convinced them. The rationale was that the Russians would kill the Emperor AND his family but the Americans wouldn't. General Curtis Lemay had been fire bombing Japanese cities for almost a YEAR. Destruction of entire cities and their populations had not caused the Japanese to surrender. What you have been taught about the atomic bombs "ending the war  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2932.gif) and saving American lives  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2932.gif)"  is pro-nuclear (genocidal) welfare queen  propaganda.  >:(  Details in the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVLYyvpIex4&feature=player_embedded
If Henry Wallace had been President instead of Truman, the following predatory Capitalist, War Profiteering, profit over planet PIGGERY would NOT have taken place.  Renewable energy, instead of being a tiny green sliver of token lip service, would be over HALF of the pie chart. Numerous wars would have been avoided. The planet would be healthier and the biosphere less trashed and hopelessly compromised than it is now. Thousands of species would not have gone extinct. We would be championing LIFE instead of aiding a few conscience free corporate villains to make fortunes from POLLUTION and DEATH.  >:(
(http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=1566)
 (http://media.tumblr.com/302d5f12cc0718fa860d4eb3560c6813/tumblr_inline_mr7yzosKkc1qz4rgp.gif)
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on October 22, 2014, 10:09:15 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za5WUumtL1I&feature=player_embedded
The coup that replaced Wallace with Truman.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on October 22, 2014, 10:26:38 pm
(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-221014222208.png)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75lNjOGkxAQ&feature=player_embedded
Meet Henry Wallace's grandson and learn what would have been if Henry Wallace had been President.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on November 01, 2014, 10:45:58 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNFAwvBt_Dg&feature=player_embedded
FULL LENGTH VIDEO of Dick Gregory speaking to Architects and Engineers for 911 and the America Too Few Know About.

Some fascinating gems of history you don't know about:


1) FDR had a drug habit.

2) After the Kennedy Assassination a Congressman claimed the government story was false. The New York Times claimed said Congressman was "mentally ill". The next time that Congressman flew. his plane disappeared. William Jefferson Clinton drove him to the airport.

3) The day of 9/11, after the first plane hit the WTC, the Sears Tower in Chicago was evacuated immediately. the Standard Oil skyscraper (almost as tall),  a FEW FEET from the Sears Tower WAS NOT evacuated.

4) Trayvon Martin's parents received 2 million dollars for winning an ex curia (out of court) wrongful death lawsuit. But the really strange part is that the AWARD was NOT considered a damages award!  I guess SOMEONE DID NOT want that to get around (only ONE newspaper, the Orlando Sentinal, put out a brief story on it - no front page stuff -  ;)). It turns out Trayvon was killed BEFORE the basketball game he was supposed to have watched and left at half time (when he allegedly got shot). The long and the REALLY short of it is that his parents collected the millions from a life insurance policy that became effective about a week AFTER Trayvon Martin was KILLED!  :o

5)Jean Dixon, the famous "psychic", was fed advanced information on the Kennedy Assassination (six months before!) by Hoover. Hoover, for DECADES before and after, had her on the payroll "preparing" the public for "things" that would happen.

Dick Gregory is not just a knowledgeable historian; he has PROOF of UNPUBLISHED American History confirming "how it works" in our so-called "representative democracy. He presents part of it to the Architects and Engineers for 911 in order to explain to them that the adversary is bad news BUT, they have to reveal the truth or this country is TOAST.  He thanks them profusely for their work and wishes them well in their fight.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on November 01, 2014, 10:56:51 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xEf8gm-r8M&feature=player_embedded
The Echo From Dealey Plaza: First Black Secret Service Agent, Abraham Bolden, Speaks Out On Being Framed & JFK Assassination.  :o   >:(
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on November 02, 2014, 12:57:03 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5O9bLdz1WY&feature=player_embedded
8 Historical Fact Filled minutes of Dick Gregory unchained!  (http://www.runemasterstudios.com/graemlins/images/2thumbs.gif)

King James (of the King James Bible fame) was a gay.
The English Palace was named for his lover, Lord Buckingham.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/237.gif) No, that is not a joke; that's a historical fact.   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)


 (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-291014182422.png) But really ;), when you PONDER that surname, it IS kinda suggestive, isn't it? ---->Hi O Bucking HAM (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/2gwb921.gif)  :P 

Dick Gregory would get a whippin' if he tried to convince his mother that Jesus Christ was NOT a Christian! Christianity as a formal religion took nearly a century after Jesus Christ's death and resurrection to become established.

There was a female POPE! She had faked being a man. When she declared she wasn't one, they killed her in the Vatican!  :(

Wait until you hear about the EYE of the NEEDLE that Christ talked about when He mentioned the difficulty of Rich Men in entering Heaven.  ;D
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on December 21, 2014, 07:10:03 pm

6 Formal Apologies from Government Officials  ::)

by s.e. smith
December 20, 2014
4:00 pm

This week brings news that, 150 years too late, Colorado’s governor has formally apologized for the Sand Creek Massacre. Almost 200 Native men, women, and children in a peaceful Colorado encampment were slaughtered by Colorado troops in 1864, when chiefs representing the Arapaho and Cheyenne people gathered for the explicit purpose of negotiating a treaty with the regional government. They were met with appalling violence that is remembered to this day at the site — but it took a long time for an official apology to reach the descendants of the massacre.

Formal apologies tend to be complicated, and it’s unusual for a high-level official like a governor or the president to apologize. Congress and regional legislatures are also reluctant to issue formal apologies. One complication is the risk of legal liability — while it seems cynical and coldhearted, government officials may be worried about exposing the government to lawsuits if they admit wrongdoing, even if it happened more than a century ago.

Another issue is the tendency to want to let bygones be bygones  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191329.bmp), refusing requests to acknowledge the problematic history of the United States
so it can be openly confronted and addressed. As civil rights issues become a growing subject, hopefully we’ll see many more apologies, like a nod to women who were denied the vote, a formal discussion of other crimes against Native American groups, and much, much more.  (http://www.emofaces.com/png/200/emoticons/fingerscrossed.png)


So what has the government apologized for?

The 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian government. 100 years after the United States took control of the formerly independent kingdom of Hawaii, President Clinton signed a formal apology for the nation’s actions — but the country has yet to endorse Hawaiian independence.   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191329.bmp) The apology noted that Hawaiians didn’t vote or endorse annexation, and that the United States failed to respect the nation’s sovereignty.

“…official depredations, ill-conceived policies, and the breaking of convenants” with Native Americans. Sneakily buried in an appropriations bill for 2010, this apology was intended to act as a blanket statement about the historic abuse of Native Americans by the government, but it rang hollow, considering the numerous acts of specific violence committed by colonizers, including not just Sand Creek but Wounded Knee, the Pamunkey Peace Talks, the Pound Ridge Massacre, the Hillabee Massacre, and many, many more. Colorado’s governor made a good start, but we have a long journey ahead.

The Tuskeegee Syphilis Study. President Clinton was awfully busy apologizing during his time in office. In 1997, he issued a formal Presidential Apology for this racist chapter in American history. The 40 year “study” involved leaving Black men with syphilis infections untreated to see what would happen, an appalling abuse of human subjects and a chilling example of medical racism.
Slavery. It took a while, but yes, the government finally got around to apologizing for slavery, though it said nothing about reparations. Notably, the apology came after the United States had elected its first Black president — perhaps Congress felt that the cognitive dissonance was too much to bear. The apology also covered segregation and Jim Crow laws.

Japanese internment. One of the little-known horrors of the Second World War was the mass internment of resident Japanese people and Japanese-American citizens in the United States. In addition to apologizing for the unjust and horrific incarceration of innocent civilians, the government also arranged reparations.


http://www.care2.com/causes/6-formal-apologies-from-government-officials.html#ixzz3MZfsDoFu

Agelbert NOTE:
Now some of you worthies will see no connection to the above article with the following video. Well, consider this FACT: AT LEAST 50%, as of recent estimates by serious, credentialed historian scholars, of U.S. Government documents detailing policy, actions, inactions (and so on) at every level of government are classified. No, FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) didn't do much to change the massive level of secrecy.

Historians DO NOT KNOW about 50% of American History because the U.S. Government does not permit it (Carter opened a brief window with the FOIA and Reagan QUICKLY closed it by putting all kinds of onerous bureaucratic hurdles to stifle FOIA requests). Nothing has changed as of 2014. Considering that secret government decisions are FAR more useful in determining the reasons for this or that action or inaction, U.S. History is a BLACK HOLE. We are taught the sanitized version, period.   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183312.bmp)


Besides presenting some eye opening photos and official U.S. Government documents that managed to slip out during the Carter Administration, the case is presented calmly, logically and dispassionately for a government that has not been democratic, in any way, shape or form, for at least since the 1930's.

He calmly states that all our our leaders are selected, not elected. He explains that as a consequence of a "breakaway civilization" of humans that have used, for their own profit, captured ET technology that has been reverse engineered.

Since these people are the very same ones that were (ARE) in charge of our fossil fuel government (from at least the 1930's onward) when the wiz bang transportation technology of the ET craft began to be reverse engineered, they kept a giant lid on it to this day to keep fossil fuel profits and the war profiteering scam going. Because this technology is handed out to corporations to reverse engineer (the RAND Corporation has been picking he corporations to do this), the effect after several decades it that corporations are a FAR more powerful coercive force in the USA than the government.  :P

His hypothesis fits. It explains the pretzel logic and laughably absurd bull**** we are presented to us as "news" and "history" in this country. The money is so good that anyone who talks is dead meat. So the secrecy is preserved through fear as well as privilege. It gets more comical by the day. Consequently, the speaker claims they are having increasing difficulties in keeping the lid on the secrecy.

He goes into a detailed discussion in which he sympathizes with the "plight" of these "overlord" humans. How do you tell a people you have lied to them for at least eight decades? How do you keep them from stringing you and greedy, elitist fascist friends and your flying saucers up for being traitors? So, the secrecy continues and gets more unwieldy.

Releasing this technology would be a huge bag of worms for the status quo. It would make a mockery of the scientific community not previously privy to this stuff that has always poo pooed it.

And the inferiority complex for human brainiacs that would accompany the knowledge that there are other intelligent species far ahead of us that are not going to let us "do our thing", as our top Wall Street Worshipping dogs have always claimed we could because we are the "APEX PREDATOR CROWN OF EVOLUTION".  (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TzWpwHzCvCI/T_sBEnhCCpI/AAAAAAAAME8/IsLpuU8HYxc/s1600/nooo-way-smiley.gif)

So, they release a little here and a little there with computers and other tech that doesn't rock the boat too much. If this is true, it blows a giant hole in the idea the WE invented all this stuff, explains the incredible (though tiny in comparison to what they've got secretly) advances in technology since the 1930's.

It's a long video. Most of you won't watch it. If even a tenth of what he says is true (I believe that he does NOT have all the answers but he has a lot of them and he asks some very pertinent questions followed by hard boiled logically plausible answers) Fascism has been the sine qua non condition of our government for a LONG time.   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183312.bmp)

Surly, call me a nut if you wish, but this is another dot for you to connect that supports my hypothesis that our politicians are SELECTED, not "elected".

If you do not watch the entire video, please do not argue with me. Just assume it's a science fiction scenario that makes a nice scary movie but could not possibly be true. Our leaders wouldn't do that to us, now would they? (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9HT4xZyDmh4/TOHhxzA0wLI/AAAAAAAAEUk/oeHDS2cfxWQ/s200/Smiley_Angel_Wings_Halo.jpg)

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Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) obtained documents

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcreNTPSclQ&feature=player_embedded
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Secret Space Program / Breakaway Civilization Conference - Richard Dolan 

Published on Sep 16, 2014

The Secret Space Program / Breakaway Civilization Conference - Richard Dolan - This conference is about a secret space program / breakaway civilization with Richard Dolan as the speaker. he will provide incredible evidence of the existence of UFOs and why it is being covered up deliberately in an attempt to block the worldwide release of exotic energy technology. This technology would end our reliance on fossil fuels and would enable many other great possibilities.

Dolan's first book, UFOs and the National Security State: Chronology of a Cover-up 1941-1973 was published in 2000 by Keyhole Publishing Company and republished by Hampton Roads Publishing Company in 2002. The preface is written by the noted scientist and author Jacques Vallée, Ph.D. Vallee's preface begins: "The important book you are about to read is the first comprehensive study of the U.S. government's response to the intrusion of UFO phenomena in American skies over the last fifty years." A follow-up book, titled UFOs and the National Security State: The Cover-Up Exposed, 1973-1991 was published in August, 2009. In November 2010, A.D. After Disclosure: The People’s Guide to Life After Contact, was published by Richard Dolan and Bryce Zabel



Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on July 16, 2015, 01:05:19 am
https://youtu.be/6ia0N-iQWNQ

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on July 20, 2015, 06:12:07 pm
How the racists of the South have ruled this nation from the very beginning

by Susan Grigsby for Daily Kos

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It all started with a Constitution that allowed slavery to continue unmolested in the Southern states, only limiting the importation of additional slaves after 1808. In addition to requiring the return of escaped slaves to the slave labor camps, it required them to be included in the census as three-fifths of a free person for taxation and representation.

Because seats in the House of Representatives are based on population, not on the number of registered voters or even on the number people eligible to vote, but of total population—including people held in slavery, even if each was only considered three-fifths of a man—the South received more that their fair share. And it was not just extra House seats that their slave population provided, but also additional muscle in the Electoral College that selects the president. According to Edward E. Baptist in The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism:



Historically accurate sordid details of how it was done along with graphics and pictures at link below. If you still think American Capitalism is a benign practice that produces prosperity, you are in Empathy Deficit Disordered Denial.  >:(


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/16/1344692/-How-the-racists-of-the-South-have-ruled-this-nation-from-the-very-beginning
 
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on August 25, 2015, 03:00:35 am
(http://media.economist.com/sites/default/files/cf_images/20071222/CXM977.jpg)
On June 10th wrote Sæmundur Magnusson Holm at the University of Copenhagen, falling ash coloured black the deck and sails of ships travelling to Denmark.

The 1783-84 Laki Eruption: A Catastrophic Volcanic Eruption that Changed the Course of Human History
  PART 1 of 3 PARTS

Most people are propagandized by the leaders of the societies they live in to believe that history is simply a collection of facts strung in chronological order. The truth is far more nuanced.

Historians interpret the importance of events as if they are the only ones qualified to do so, or just leave them out all together, for allegedly "objective" scholarly reasons. Nothing could be further from the truth.  Human history is rife with key pivotal events that don't make it into the flag waving, hero worshipping, designated bad guy demonizing, condensed narrative.

The fact that these key events are deemed "not credible" as key events by the academic community, despite the fact that said "scholars" (see lock step lackeys) accept that the event occurred, should be a red flag to anyone that still retains the ability to think critcally.

I have written about the Piri Reis maps in an article titled Evidence that Demands a Verdict: The Consensus Historical View that Piri Reis used South American Coastline maps made by Columbus (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/general-discussion/lost-cities-and-civilizations/msg2671/#msg2671). I have pointed out how they do not "fit" the world view of the "scholars" of history. But that is an extreme example of the capacity, willingness and bulheadedness of historians to engage in agnotology (i.e. culturally induced ignorance or doubt) to avoid admitting even the possibility that their narrative is, not just flawed due to innocent mistakes, but a product of status quo defending mens rea.

So what else is new? Humans lie to puff themselves up. We all know that, right? Or do we?

Here, on this forum, among highly educated, intelligent people. I occasionally run into assumptions about our history that are the product of agnotology propaganda. Individuals who are properly cynical of government motives for doing this, that, or the other in our time are blissfully accepting of all the mendacious double talk that infects our history books.

Conspiracy is the norm, not the exception, among powerful and influential humans now, is it not? WHAT makes you think it hasn't been the history twisting norm as long as we have been human?

I wish historians were more open to criticism of their interpretaton(s) of history. I wish they would NOT leave stuff out just because they decided a certain event was not key.

No, I'm not here to tell you that George Washingon's wooden false teeth were really made from Native American pelvic Indian "Ivory" (I'm kidding!) and he was a Sith Lord. It's true that walking sticks made from the femur bones of the "savages" were all the rage among the white well-to-do in our great and grand cities for over a century after the USA got started, but that's not what I want to discuss either.

What I am about to discuss is NOT, as the walking sticks and other bits of European empathy deficit disorderd cruelty, a conspiracy theory, as many claim (but I don't).

The events I will discuss have all been accepted by modern historians as factual. What they have not accepted is their cause and effect relationship.

The case I wish to make is for the tremendous effects, in subsequent history from 1783 to 1825, of the Laki Volcanic Eruption.

Natural historical events that coincide in time with human historical events are rarely given the importance they merit by the "scholars" that populate the academic institutions. Their convenient NON-interpretation of, or ignoring of, natural disasters as key causes of subsequent human historical events evidences a bias that exaggerates the power of human ideas and thought over the power of nature.

Our behavior as individuals and as a society is strongly influenced by any natural disaster that we happen to witness due to the massive pointless suffering and death involved. We are generally stunned by such events. This the way it is for most of us.

But for the elites of powerful, warlike countries, and conversely among the leaders of the downtrodden of said countries, natural disasters cause plans to do this or that to be postponed by the former, and conversely, accelerated by the latter.

Since the survivors of disasters and/or the victors of wars write the history books, this cause and effect sequence rarely makes it to the flag waving masses. 

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1755 Lisbon Earthquake and Tsunami

It's a side issue that I mention only briefly now, but Voltaire was deeply affected by the 1755 earthquake and tsunami which caused massive human suffering and death. He wrote some biting satire about the "Best of All Possible Worlds" did he not? TRY to find how that fits (and believe me, not the historians, it DOES!) in the historical narrative from that time period AND how that has affected human society and thinking to this day! You won't find it. Had the 1755 earthquake and tsunami not occurred, it is not a stretch to assume that no GIGANTIC society affecting satire would have been written.

QUOTE: The earthquake and its fallout strongly influenced the intelligentsia of the European Age of Enlightenment. The noted writer-philosopher Voltaire used the earthquake in Candide and in his Poème sur le désastre de Lisbonne ("Poem on the Lisbon disaster"). Voltaire's Candide attacks the notion that all is for the best in this, "the best of all possible worlds", a world closely supervised by a benevolent deity. UNQUOTE
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1755_Lisbon_earthquake

If Voltaire wasn't an atheist before that 1755, I would wager that the huge loss of life convinced him to eschew theism. I am not defending his decision. I don't agree with it. I simply understand where he was coming from. The corrupt church in those days wasn't exactly a source of inspiration for intellectuals, or anybody else.

As a Christian, I find it perfectly appropriate for a Just God to destroy all the churches in Lisbon, along with killing the Grand Inquisitor of the Catholic Church there, while sparing all the brothels. Lisbon's "pious" society, all of them claiming to be Christians, would gather routinely to cheer the burning at the stake of "heretics" and "those engaging in witchcraft".

Lisbon was one of the richest cities in Europe because of it's lucrative slave trade and it's lucrative influx of gold. That gold was mined in South America. That gold was obtained by cruel forced labor exploitation of South American natives and African slaves. A portion of that gold found its way into the spectacular amounts of gold gilding in Lisbon's churches. Lisbon's churches were the envy of Europe at the time because of their copious amounts of gold gliding. The Portuguese were Empathy Deficit Disordered human predators.

So, if God did it, why isn't He more consistent in His wrath? I don't know. However, what happened in Lisbon seems like a great example of Divine Justice visited on a particularly blatant example of egregious religious hypocrisy in the service of greed and rampant cruelty. People claiming to be Christians are, according to the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, far more likely to get Da Business from God than other humans. Google ""Judgement begins in the house of God"" for details.

But perhaps Voltaire, a product of his time, didn't see it that way. Voltaire's conclusion was that a Just God would not destroy Lisbon, so there must not be a God, period. The selective application of justice was not acceptable for God, according to Voltaire. That seems logical to me. ;D

However, for humans like Voltaire, selective application of "Enlightenment" justice, was, though hypocritical in the extreme, quite acceptable  :P.  As you will learn in the final part of this three part article, despite his atheist "Enlightenment" rhetoric, born of the suffering he observed in Lisbon (and later in France), Voltaire did not seem to believe his  ideas applied to African slaves.

If you think that earthquake did not change human history all the way TO THIS EMPATHY DEFICIT DISORDERED, ATHEISM DEFENDING DAY, you are wrong. But that's another, rather sore, subject.  I KNOW there are WAY TOO MANY cheerleaders for the "Enlightenment" (see Orwell) here for me to make a dent in their mechanistic reductionist, cause and effect comfort zones. The flexibility of those fine fellows in those matters is akin to that of one year old cured concrete.

So, for the moment, forget I mentioned Voltaire and implied that the "God is Dead" fun and games that begat Darwin and Empathy Deficit Disordered profit over planet began with an earthquake in 1755.
 
Travel with me back  in time to England in the year of our Lord 1783.

(http://www.modelships.de/Verkaufte_Schiffe/Unicorn,_Linienschiff_1/Unicorn_Vorschiff_von_STBgr.JPG)
English two-decker ship of the line

Ships are, compared with today, small. Even the majestic clipper ships of the late 19th century have not been invented yet. It takes over a month to cross the Atlantic from England to the American Colonies that just successfully revolted. It cost the crown a lot of money to move a fleet with weapons and soldiers from England to the American Colonies and prosecute the, now failed, war effort, thanks to the well timed arrival of a rather impressive French fleet.

Jamaica is still in the English fold, however. I mention it now because of the role it played in some Simon Bolivar history (mentioned in part 3 of this article). I also mention it now because, unlike the American Colonies, it continued to be exploited in order to provide commodities for the English Empire.

As of 1783, the commodities flow coming from the American Colonies has been severely curtailed for several years and the English are not happy campers.

England is a Maritime Empire. Testament to that is the fact that the English language is populated with sailing terms. Ships are the vessels through which the life blood of this warlike island nation flows. Ships need to know where they are when they are at sea. They navigate by compass, some pretty accurate clocks and sightings of the sun at noon and/or the 'moons of Jupiter positions' (ephemeris).

Moving ships from here to there profitably is a matter of life and death for the British Empire. Any interruption in profitable shipping activity hurts the empire. Warships are profitable only if they can secure rebellious colonies and protect the commodities flow from the colonies and the finished goods (the English colonial "business model") to them.


British America's most valuable exports in the early 1770s, in order of total value: sugar, tobacco, wheat, rice.

Value of annual British imports to the North American colonies in the 1770s: nearly £885,000.

http://www.shmoop.com/american-revolution/statistics.html


Let us compare "Now" (1783) to the British national debt about 19 years ago (about ten years before the American Colonies revolted):

British national debt in 1764: £129,586,789 (this was money that the British government borrowed from banks and investors, and it would be the equivalent of tens of trillions of dollars today).

http://www.shmoop.com/american-revolution/statistics.html

The war against the American colonies had finished only in 1782 during Rockingham's second ministry and the wars against most of the rest of Europe had been concluded by Shelburne's ministry in 1783.

http://www.historyhome.co.uk/c-eight/pitt/taxpitt.htm

Total British casualties from battle and disease in the Revolutionary War: around 24,000.

http://www.shmoop.com/american-revolution/statistics.html


The Rebellious American Colonies avoided the cost of sending a fleet across the Atlantic. They did a little better than the English in the war.

Total American battle casualties in the Revolutionary War: 6,824 (estimates range between this figure and 4,435; some 90% of them came from the Continental Army).

Total Americans wounded in the Revolutionary War: 8,445.

Total American deaths from disease in the Revolutionary War: 10,000 (approximation).

Total Americans who died in British prisons in the Revolutionary War: 8,500.

Total Americans captured in the Revolutionary War: 18,152.

http://www.shmoop.com/american-revolution/statistics.html


The  British forces under Cornwallis at Yorktown had surrendered in October of 1781. In March of 1782, the British Government authorised peace negotiations.

But before the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783  (formally ending the Revolutionary War), a very big volcanic eruption began in Iceland. The eruption immediately affected history by delaying the ratification of the treaty.


Official ratification of the peace accord was delayed for months by a mix of political logistics and persistent bad weather. The makeshift U.S. capital in Annapolis, Maryland, was snowbound, preventing assembly of congressional delegates to ratify the treaty, while storms and ice across the Atlantic slowed communications between the two governments. At last, on May 13, 1784, Benjamin Franklin, wrangling matters in Paris, was able to send the treaty, signed by King George himself, to the Congress.

http://press.princeton.edu/chapters/i10195.pdf



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June 8, 1783 the Laki Eruption began. It lasted EIGHT MONTHS. It killed about 22% of the human population of Iceland and sixty percent of their grazing animals.

The Laki eruptions had a staggering effect on Iceland itself, in large part due to the volcanic gases released in the eruption and not the lava flows themselves.

Sulfur dioxide released by the lava flows stayed close to the ground (within 5 km) in Iceland, creating acid rains that were strong enough to burn holes in leaves, kill trees and shrubs and irritate skin.

The eruption released 8 Mt of fluorine, so as that fluorine settled out and was incorporated into grasses, grazing livestock got fluorinosis. Sixty percent of all grazing livestock died due to the effects of the Laki eruptions. The “Haze Famine” as it is called in Iceland killed over 10,000 people (~22% of the population) from famine and disease.

http://www.wired.com/2013/06/local-and-global-impacts-1793-laki-eruption-iceland/

But that was only the beginning.

Continued in  PART 2  (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/geopolitics/key-historical-events-that-you-may-have-never-heard-of/msg3685/#msg3685)
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on August 31, 2015, 02:07:41 am
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The 1783-84 Laki Eruption: A Catastrophic Volcanic Eruption that Changed the Course of Human History

  PART 2 of 3 PARTS


Of the 122 Mt of sulfur dioxide released in the eruption, 95 Mt made it to the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere, so it entered the jet stream and was circulated around the entire northern hemisphere (see right). The haze quickly reached Europe and by July 1, 1783, the haze was noticed in China.

There are not many historical records from North America that mention the arrival of the Laki haze, but tree ring records from northern Alaska suggest that July and August 1783 were very cold. The mean temperature in northern Alaska is 11.3ºC, but the mean temperature recorded in May-August 1783 was only 7.2ºC. Russian traders in Alaska noted a population decrease in the years after the eruption while Inuit oral histories do refer to a “Summer that did not come” that could correlate with the Laki eruption as well.

Globally, those 95 Mt of sulfuric dioxide reacted with atmospheric water to form 200 Mt of sulfuric acid aerosols. Almost 90% of that sulfuric acid was removed in the form of acid rain or fogs, while 10% stayed aloft for over a year. This might explain why northern hemisphere temperatures were 1.3ºC below normal for 2-3 years after the eruption.

Thordarson and Self (2003) created an excellent figure to show how the sulfur aerosols were dispersed during the eruption (see below), where 80% was part of the explosive phase of the eruption and launched 10-15 km, producing distant haze across the world while 20% came directly from cooling lava flows, so it stayed close to the ground to produce the local haze in Iceland. The sulfuric acid was even damaging to crops in Europe, where noxious dews and frosts (sulfur precipitates) formed. Ash from the eruption was noted as far away as Venice, Italy and many places in between.
http://www.wired.com/2013/06/local-and-global-impacts-1793-laki-eruption-iceland/

Here's a graphic of the aerosol spread from the Laki Eruption:
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NOBODY outside of Iceland knew what was causing the haze which killed people, animals and crops and then made it real, real cold.


The Laki Eruption effects on England

"When an Icelandic volcano erupted in 1783, many feared it was the end of the world..."

By June 22 it was above Le Havre in Normandy, and a day later arrived in Britain.

Reports at the time stated that the fog was so thick boats stayed in port, unable to navigate. The skies became unrecognisable, with 'the sun at noon as blank as a clouded moon, but lurid and blood- coloured at rising and setting'.

According to an article in Gentleman's Magazine in July 1783, a visitor to Lincoln reported: 'A thick hot vapour had for several days before filled up the valley, so that both the Sun and Moon appeared like heated brick-bars.'

Another account, by Gilbert White in his Naturalist's Journal, spoke of: 'The peculiar haze or smoky fog that prevailed in this island and even beyond its limits was a most extraordinary appearance, unlike anything known within the memory of man.'

But it was perhaps the observations of the travelling evangelist and founder of Methodism, the Reverend John Wesley, which put the drama in its most illuminating context.

When he visited Witney in Oxfordshire in 1783 he witnessed a combination of summer thunderstorms and thick fog which left inhabitants convinced the end of the world was nigh.

Yet at the time, in the summer of 1783, no one knew why so many farm labourers and outdoor workers were succumbing to fever and dying. Nor could they explain the strange, nauseating fog that had descended on the island, or the peculiar pall it cast over the sun.

In fact the deadly cloud that shrouded Britain was a toxic mix of volcanic gases and particles sweeping south from the eruptions of the Laki Craters in southern Iceland.

The sulphur dioxide and sulphuric rain it contained was destroying the lungs of its human and animal victims. Just as devastatingly, crops withered and died leading to famine, corruption and ugly riots.
This week we have seen the crippling effects of another volcanic eruption in Iceland. But air-traffic chaos, stranded passengers and economic fallout pale into insignificance when compared with the catastrophic events of 1783.

The series of eruptions then - which were severe for five months and lasted eight months in total - were 100 times stronger than those we have seen this month (April 2010). They propelled 120 million tonnes of toxic gases into the atmosphere.

Without the benefits of modern science and accurate meteorological predictions our ancestors had no comprehension of what was happening to them.


In some parts of eastern and central England entire families of farm workers (and it was typically the rural workers who toiled each day outdoors, breathing in great lungfuls of polluted air) were virtually wiped out.

Families lost their father figures, their breadwinners and their fit young men, as the shortage of manpower left vast swathes of produce unpicked.

Farmers had not enough hands to gather their harvest as the sight of grown men being carried out of the field - many of whom would die where they were lain - became commonplace. Towns and villages used to burying only a handful of people each season, suddenly had to deal with four times the usual number of deaths.

As quickly as the grave- diggers could excavate the plots, men fell to fill them. Little wonder then that many assumed the apocalypse was fast approaching.

Describing the unrelenting thunder and lightning, he wrote that: 'Those that were asleep in the town were waked and many thought the day of judgment had come.'

Throughout the day the panic intensified. 'Men, women and children flocked out of their houses and kneeled down together in the streets.' At Sunday service Wesley reported a full church, 'a sight never seen before'.

Such was the mounting anxiety that many became afraid even to go to bed - convinced an earthquake or worse would befall them. Others begged their clergy to carry out exorcisms to rid the land of this evil.

The poet William Cowper told his friend the fog was wreaking havoc. 'We never see the sun but shorn of his beams, the trees are scarce discernable at a mile's distance, he sets with the face of a hot salamander and rises with the same complexion.'

And Gilbert White, who lived in the Hampshire village of Selborne, noted: 'There was reason for the most enlightened person to be apprehensive.' 
 
The effects of the choking ash cloud were compounded by the abnormally hot summer, combining to frighten even the most rational of inhabitants.

At some points the heat was so intense that butchers' meat was rendered inedible just a day after it had been killed and the flies it attracted irritated the horses, making them treacherous to ride.
As time wore on, the masking of the sun led to a severe drop in temperature and frost and ice were reported in many places in late summer. All vegetation was affected.

Leaves withered, crops failed, insects died in their millions, preventing the pollination of fruit and flowers. Fruit simply fell from the trees for lack of nourishment.

Then the effect spread to animals. The first impact was on their food supply, as reported in a Cambridge newspaper. 'The grazing land, which only the day before was full of juice and had upon it the most delightful verdure, did, immediately after this uncommon event, look as if it had dried up by the sun, and was to walk on like hay.

'The beans were turned to a whitish colour, the leaf and blade appearing as if dead.'
At the same time sores and bare patches began appearing on the skin of the livestock. Little wonder then that this rural chaos led to disruption of food supplies and prices.

By the autumn of 1783 shortages meant grain was being sold at 30 per cent more than its pre-fog price, sparking protests and riots.

At Halifax market, men gathered from the surrounding weaving villages and formed into a mob to force merchants to sell their wheat and oats at the old prices.

All across the country similar scenes were being played out, and at ports many even formed blockades to stop producers exporting grain in order to achieve higher prices.

At the same time the fog was continuing to claim thousands of human lives. Tragically, it was often the younger and fitter members of the community as they were typically the agricultural workers who spent most of their time outdoors in the fields, breathing in the deadly particles falling from the sky.

Recent analysis of climate detail and burial records shows eastern and central England saw their death tolls rise most. And even when the fog finally began to dissipate, the gases in the atmosphere continued to divert the sun's rays, precipitating a period of global cooling and the abnormally cold winter of 1783/4 which saw temperatures hit their lowest level for centuries.

Mercury levels were typically two degrees celsius below the norm and Selborne in Hampshire experienced 28 continuous days of frost.

For many, the twin catastrophes of the extremely hot then extremely cold weather coupled with the choking dry fog were attributed to God, but as this was the age of the European Enlightenment, other theories, not dependent on religion, began to emerge.

In the days before global communication and mass media, it was several months before word of the Laki explosions filtered through to the rest of the world.

Even with that knowledge no one could prove the connection (a feat achieved only relatively recently). Anyway, by that time the effects of the fog were beginning to decline and Britain had new worries to contend with.

The last quarter of the 18th century was dominated by the aftermath of American Independence and the looming French Revolution. Consumed by these events, historians lost interest in the dry fog.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/gen152.gif)

It is only now, as we once again face the cataclysmic effects of Mother Nature, that the true significance of those distant events can be put into perspective.

• Adapted from Britain's Rottenest Years by Derek Wilson, published by Short Books, £12.99. To order a copy at £11.70 (p&p free), call 0845 155 0720.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1268405/And-thought-THIS-eruption-nasty-When-Icelandic-volcano-erupted-1783-feared-end-world-.html#ixzz3jVNLiICD


Increase in Mortality in England directly caused by the Laki Eruption

Through analysis of monthly burial data we have revealedthat two periods of mortality crisis occurred in Englandduring the Laki Craters eruption. The first mortality crisis peak occurred in August and September 1783, nearly two months after the start of the eruption and the first reported appearance of haze in England, and the second peak occurred in January and February 1784, with mortality re-maining above normal in the following two months. If the parish data are assumed to be representative of England as a whole, then the peaks represent ~19,700 extra deaths in the country during this period.
http://www.academia.edu/3860865/Mortality_in_England_during_the_1783_4_Laki_Craters_eruption

Below please find an example of historical facts that completely ignore the deleterious effects of the Laki Eruption on British coffers. Nevertheless, anybody that can add and subtract, if they compare things as they ARE in 1784 to the way they were a mere 20 years earlier (British national debt in 1764: £129,586,789), understands that England was in no position to wage war for several years to come:

... Britain's economic condition in 1784 apparently bordered on catastrophe.

the National Debt stood at £250 million. That was twenty times the annual revenue of £12.5 million from taxes

the annual interest on government borrowing, which stood at about £8.3 million, automatically produced a deficit which was funded by further borrowing resulting in increased interest and an even greater deficit.

National bankruptcy was a strong possibility.

http://www.historyhome.co.uk/c-eight/pitt/taxpitt.htm


Profound effects of eight-month eruption in 1783 caused chaos from US to Egypt,

SNIPPET:

Then, as now, there were more wide-ranging impacts. In Norway, the Netherlands, the British Isles, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, in North America and even Egypt, the Laki eruption had its consequences, as the haze of dust and sulphur particles thrown up by the volcano was carried over much of the northern hemisphere.
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Ships moored up in many ports, effectively fogbound. Crops were affected as the fall-out from the continuing eruption coincided with an abnormally hot summer. A clergyman, the Rev Sir John Cullum, wrote to the Royal Society that barley crops "became brown and withered … as did the leaves of the oats; the rye had the appearance of being mildewed".

"The sun, at noon, looked as blank as a clouded moon, and shed a rust-coloured ferruginous light on the ground, and floors of rooms; but was particularly lurid and blood-coloured at rising and setting. At the same time the heat was so intense that butchers' meat could hardly be eaten on the day after it was killed; and the flies swarmed so in the lanes and hedges that they rendered the horses half frantic

… the country people began to look with a superstitious awe, at the red, louring aspect of the sun."
Across the Atlantic, Benjamin Franklin wrote of "a constant fog over all Europe, and a great part of North America".

The disruption to weather patterns meant the ensuing winter was unusually harsh, with consequent spring flooding claiming more lives. In America the Mississippi reportedly froze at New Orleans.  :o


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/apr/15/iceland-volcano-weather-french-revolution


The wretched state of the British economy kept the Brits licking their wounds while the Laki Eruption caused crop failures and famines in France that served as triggers for the French Revolution in 1789. 

As usual, the historians list all the social problems festering at the time as primary causes. I believe they contributed, but were not the primary causes. Despotism wasn't exactly a new fad in Europe, was it?  Historians also give a lot of credit to the "Enlightenment" for said Revolution. Of course, those factors are real. But without the crop failures and the famines, THAT Revolution would probably have occurred much later than 1789. 

The Haitians took a keen interest in the French Revolution.

Here's the "scholarly" Cliffs Notes type boilerplate for the French Revolution. NOTICE (i.e. LACK of bold font  ;)) how the lack of available food is low balled in comparison to the "Enlightenment" and the "American Revolution". LOL!
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HELLO? WHERE is the Laki Eruption that caused the crop failures that caused the famines that caused the high food prices and bread riots that were, ADMITTEDLY (by academia) a sine qua non factor in the French Revolution?

Richard Saul Wurman knows his history. And he is not happy about how we are not taught the historical cause and effect FACTS of history in general, and the MAIN cause of the French Revolution in particular.

He has been awarded several honorary doctorates, Graham Fellowships, a Guggenheim and numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Wurman has also been awarded the Annual Gold Medal from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, a Gold Medal from AIGA and will receive the Boston Science Museum’s 50th Annual Bradford Washburn Award in October, 2014. He is also a Fellow of the AIA and in the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame.

PLEASE, take 3 minutes of your time and watch this Richard Saul Wurman  video (start at the one minute mark):

The Volcano That Caused the French Revolution
https://youtu.be/71Jqaz6ex9I

TED founder Richard Saul Wurman believes knowledge of history is crucial to understanding our present and future. On today's EPIPHANY Wurman shares a now obscure story about a volcano that altered the course of history.

Conservative estimates are that 5 MILLION people died from the THREE YEAR EFFECTS (1783- 1786) of the Laki Eruption.


End of Part 2.


Part 3 of 3 Parts (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/geopolitics/key-historical-events-that-you-may-have-never-heard-of/msg3712/#msg3712)

Read Part 1  HERE. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/geopolitics/key-historical-events-that-you-may-have-never-heard-of/msg3654/#msg3654)
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on September 03, 2015, 08:13:21 pm
The 1783-84 Laki Eruption: A Catastrophic Volcanic Eruption that Changed the Course of Human History

  PART 3 of 3 PARTS

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21 Sept 1792 - In France, The Republic is declared, abolishing the monarchy. In January of the following year Louis XVI is beheaded.
Upheavals in France and Saint-Domingue 1792–1796 (http://library.brown.edu/haitihistory/7.html)

Ideas don't move people to Revolution if they are well fed. How is it possible that historians don't know that? Downtrodden people resist change (see long train of abuses) unless they lose all hope of a reasonable existence. Losing all hope is what famines do to people when the Empathy Deficit Disordered "Enlightened" elite that rule their country turn a blind eye to the starvation of the masses. "Enlightenment", my ass! Most of the people in France couldn't even read!

The ones sucking up Voltaire were part of the OPPRESSOR class. They loved all his pretty words about equality and justice, as long as the rabble never read them. Yeah, the church (that pretended to be Christian, while in truth it had eschewed all Christian ethics and embraced elite cruelty) was part of that same corrupt and cruel class too. But the very definition of ethical behavior was (and is) RELATIVE for the "enlightenment". You call THAT an improvement? Yeah, most readers here do.  :(

It really torques me that historians try to cast "Enlightenment" ideas as some sort of "hunger and thirst for justice" magic wand that produced the French Revolution.  Such stuffed shirt, idea glorifying arrogance is breathtaking! But, it is expected from insulated ivory tower types that have never missed a meal.

Or perhaps they know better and, in order to not miss any meals and retain their tenure job security, are just toeing the lock step line dictated to them by the history "sanitizing" propagandists.

Ashvin, a scholar and a lawyer, said the following hard truth that modern academics refuse to accept:
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Secular ideologies can be abused and cause just as much harm as religious ones, and if there was ever any doubt about this fact, they should have been stripped away by the events of the 20th century.
 

At any rate , for those who have their eyes open, you can SEE the results of the "Enlightenment" ALL AROUND YOU in the year 2015.  :P

But for now, we are in Haiti in 1790. The French Revolution is a green light for the ever opportunistic English to see what they can conquer in France. France has a dictator in the wings called Napoleon, who was working his way up the ranks at the time. I'm sure he had lots of enlightened ideas about equality, fraternity and so on...

Here's a timeline of all the "fun and games" going on back then:
Principal Dates and Time Line of the French Revolution (https://www.marxists.org/history/france/revolution/timeline.htm)

Any historian will acknowledge that the opportunistic English aggression against the French was directly connected with French weakness from the Revolution. But for some reason, they fail to make the SAME connection with the motivation of the slaves in Haiti to cast off the slavery yoke.

The French sent some dudes down to Haiti to tell them all about equality, fraternity and so on. The slave owners were nervous about that even though, of course, they knew that equality stuff (probably) did not apply to the slaves. Nevertheless, the slave plantation owners were not amused. The Haitians were.

Both groups thought it was happy talk propaganda. History has proven them right.

But at the time, the slaves decided to do a little liberty, equality and fraternity of their own.  Which brings us to August 22, 1791.


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How the French Revolution triggered the Revolution in Haiti

SNIPPET:


One must emphasize the struggles that had been occurring for decades prior to the 1791 outbreak of full-scale rebellion. Yet the French Revolution was also crucially important, for the conflicts between whites about what exactly its ideals meant triggered an opportunity for blacks.
http://scholar.library.miami.edu/slaves/san_domingo_revolution/revolution.html

In the following video, the historical importance of the Haitian Revolution in concert with the American Revolution and French Revolution is clearly established. It is a historically accurate video about Haiti.

Somehow Voltaire never managed to voice any defense of the Haitian Revolution.
Perhaps the FACT that Haiti provided two fifths of French overseas trade had something to do with that hypocrisy by Voltaire and his "enlightened" luminaries  ;).

Haiti was known as the Pearl of the Antilles. Haiti, little bigger than Maryland, was the richest colony in the new world, producing HALF of the word's sugar.

https://youtu.be/Sqh1h8SEcEc

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General Toussaint Louverture

February 1793 - Rebel leaders, including Toussaint Louverture, join Spanish forces to fight against the French. France declares war on England and Holland

Agelbert NOTE:
The forces of the North or the South, as referred to below, are in regard to Haitian geography.

Early June 1793
- Louverture offers to aid French General Laveaux, Chief Commander of the republican forces in the North. Louverture offers his support and 5,000-6,000 troops in exchange for full amnesty and general emancipation. Laveaux refuses and Louverture continues to aid the Spanish for another full year.

20 September 1793
- British troops sever ties between the North and South, isolating the provinces from each other as the Europeans, planters and rebels all fight for control. The British intend to restore order, make Saint-Domingue a British colony, and reinstate slavery.

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Benoit Joseph André Rigaud (1761 – 18 September 1811) was the leading mulatto military leader during the Haïtian Revolution. Among his protégés were Alexandre Pétion and Jean-Pierre Boyer, both future presidents of Haïti.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Rigaud

Land ownership in Saint-Domingue was a critical issue before, during, and after the Haitian Revolution. Land ownership granted access to power and prosperity and was sought after by all of the colony’s social classes.

During the build up to the revolution whites were increasingly threatened by the mulattoes and free blacks who were becoming powerful landowners. At the beginning of the revolution, one of the slaves’ central demands was to have small plots of land and an additional free day during the week to cultivate them. Later on, during Louverture’s reign, laborers objected to his adherence to a plantation-based economy which required blacks to work land that was not theirs.   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png)

Through the course of the revolution, and in the years following, former slaves felt owning land was critical in order to truly claim their freedom. (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0293.gif) To that end they fought for the colonists – and even their own leaders – for land rights, never giving up their goal to own the fields they worked in.

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29 August 1793
- Sonthonax issues a General Emancipation decree abolishing slavery in the North. More slaves in the colony have their freedom than ever before. Monsieur Artaud, one of the colony’s wealthiest planters with more than 1,000 slaves, tells Sonthonax that “only universal freedom could spare the whites from being totally annihilated.”

Agelbert NOTE: The "issue" of potential annihilation is often presented in historical narratives involving the decision by European whites to agree to reforms that provide African slaves with freedom. But, as you will see, these reforms are mostly on paper.

What you are seeing here is a precursor to a similar white reaction to freed slaves in the US in the South after the Civil war. And even before that, in the American Revolutionary war, both sides offered freedom to African slaves in return for becoming cannon fodder. As soon as the war was over, most of the promised freedoms were arrogantly discarded. It's all documented in "The Unsteady March", a truthful, hard hitting, thoroughly referenced, scholarly work on African American history from the first colonies in North America to the present.

Returning to Haiti in 1793:

Following decrees further restrict punishments and grant minimal pay to slaves – now called “laborers” – in the colony. Skilled laborers are legally allowed on administrative councils. However, the declarations of freedom are bound solely to theoretical property rights. Slaves are still regulated by the government, legally bound to the same plantations and masters. Their daily lives change little. In protest, many slaves go on strike, arriving to the fields late, leaving early, and doing little work. Disarmed, many former rebels turn to vagrancy as their main form of resistance. Notably, women demand that they are granted equal pay and rights as men. Under the current system women are held to the same rules and punishments but paid only two thirds of men's wages.
Upheavals in France and Saint-Domingue 1792–1796 (http://library.brown.edu/haitihistory/7.html)

CLEARLY, the African-Haitians wanted exactly the same things that American and French Revolutionaries wanted.
African-Haitians were not stupid, backward or unable to grasp. or take responsibility for, Liberty. Even the women were far more progressive than American, English or French women of that time period!

The Haitians, despite a brief period of working with France against the British and Spanish, decided to get rid of the "liberty, equality, fraternity " rhetoric spouting French once and for all. WHY? Because the Haitians discovered that the French had no intention of treating African-Haitians as anything but commodities to exploit, PERIOD.

For those who don't get that, a cursory look at  all the post French Revolution rhetoric coming from France (i.e. proclamations and laws about this, that and the other in regard to ending slavery and codifying freedom for the Haitian blacks) will reveal that Napoleon reversed ALL of it in short order.

The Haitians got the message. They sent their own message to the French troops. This was VERY expensive for France. Over fifty Thousand French soldiers had died by 1803. France, with its new emperor Napoleon, had tried to reinstate slavery. France lost many soldiers, ships and stopped getting sugar from the Pearl of the Antilles.
Casualty Facts Haitian Revolution (http://wars.findthedata.com/l/8/Haitian-Revolution)

Napoleon needed money to keep his war machine up to snuff. As you know, he had plans for expanding his "empire" to the east, as well as war with England. He had a racist friend in the USA (always happy to do anything he could to give England a hard time) named Thomas Jefferson who helped him get it.  It was called the Louisiana Purchase.

The back story to the Louisiana Purchase, not taught to most Americans, is that France only got "title" to that massive amount of land from Spain in 1800!

On October 1, 1800, Spain ceded the Louisiana Territory to France in the Treaty of San Ildefonso. The territory was equal in size to the entire United States at the time. Napoleon Bonaparte envisioned a Caribbean empire, with the Louisiana Territory providing the resources to support the center of the empire on the island of Santo Domingo (now Haiti). At the time the Treaty of San Ildefonso was signed, Santo Domingo was controlled by former slaves, under Toussaint L'Ouverture, who had driven their masters from the island. Napoleon dispatched the French army to regain control of the island, but the islanders met the troops with fierce resistance. Faced with this resistance, and many troops suffering from yellow fever, the French retreated in defeat. Napoleon gave up on his plan for a Caribbean empire.


By 1802, France had still not taken control of the Louisiana Territory, leaving it in the hands of the Spanish despite the fact that the land belonged to France. In October 1802, the Spanish colonial administrator in New Orleans prohibited American crops from being deposited at the port of New Orleans before being shipped to other nations. This severely constricted US commerce in the southwest, and many Americans believed, incorrectly, that the order had actually come from Napoleon. Fears of French control of the Louisiana Territory, and especially of New Orleans, loomed large. Jefferson began efforts to ingratiate himself to the British in preparation for enlisting their aid against the French.  (http://www.coh2.org/images/Smileys/huhsign.gif) (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2932.gif)

Jefferson sent James Monroe and Robert Livingston to France with the intention of negotiating the purchase of the port of New Orleans, in an attempt to end, at long last, American difficulties there.
He also instructed them to negotiate the purchase, if possible, of as much of Florida as possible. However, the envoy found Napoleon had given up on his plan for a Caribbean empire in order to focus on the war in Europe.
http://www.sparknotes.com/history/american/firstyears/section6.rhtml

You do not have to be a rocket scientist to understand why no French defeat in Haiti would have meant no Louisiana Purchase!


Napoleon figured if he could get a quick influx of money from a deal with the United States, he could curry some favor with his own people as he geared up for more war with  England. The $15 million deal was broken down as such:

The French received $2 million cash up front.

France received 60 million francs ($11.25 million) over the 20-year loan.

The French debt of 20 million francs ($3.75 million) to the United States was forgiven.
http://history.howstuffworks.com/revolutionary-war/louisiana-purchase2.htm


Napoleon was also already slugging it out with England when the Haitians kicked the French out.

1801 Battle of Aboukir 8 March – British-Turkish army under Sir Ralph Abernathy defeats French Army of Egypt under Jacques de Menou

1801 First Battle of Algeciras 6 July – English naval defeat by French

1802 Battle of Delhi 11 September – British forces under Gerard Lake defeat Maratha forces led by French officer Louis Bourquin Battle of Assaye

1802 18 November – Haitians defeat French in last battle of war of independence

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_battles_1801%E2%80%931900

The Englsh had gradually bounced back from the dark days in 1783 to a robust economy that could finance predatory capitalist wars.
 
Pitt the Younger became PM in December 1783 at the age of 22. The effects of Pitt's economic policies were a substantial increase in Britain's trade and an upturn in the economy. Confidence was restored in the £.  Worries, especially over the National Debt, ended and more people were prepared and able to lend to Government at guaranteed rates of interest.

Anglo-American trade quadrupled, providing an example of the effectiveness of free trade.
Pitt rebuilt the financial foundations of Britain, which later enabled him to subsidise European armies to fight France in the French wars.

As 1804 begins, Thomas Jefferson, having digested the news of the French defeat in Haiti, is in a panic (and high dungeon) over the very idea that African slaves are running their own country. ALL the despotic colonial powers were in full agreement to DO what they DO to "uppity" Africans. That is, if it was too hard to defeat them in combat, then white=civilized countries would agree to not give them loans of any sort, allow their ships to engage in commerce with "civilized" nations or buy their export commodities.  It is right and proper for "civilized" folks to treat "uncivilized" blacks in an uncivilized manner, right? Ah, the smell of Orwellian enlightenment in 1803.

Not much changed for well over a century. And when it did change, it was when American military forces INVADED Haiti and set up a puppet government to start the predatory capitalist "business model" shafting the Haitians all over again. Whitey just loves to have fun, don't he? THAT is why Haiti has not done better.
 
When France finally recognized Haiti in 1825, something Haiti sorely needed to trade internationally, the massive "reparations" Haiti was forced to pay kept the nation without working capital to improve its infrastructure and economy for OVER a century. The "debt" (with lots of usurious interest, of course) was not paid of until 1947! French Liberty, Equality, Fraternity and the "Enlightenment"? I don't think so. Hypocrisy and empty rhetoric is more like it.

But l digress. The English took note of the Louisiana Purchase. Tell me, dear readers, how do you think the English received the news that the "traitor" Jefferson was helping Napoleon spruce up his war machine? Napoleon wasn't going to use that money for spreading Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, was he?

I do believe the English Maritime Empire, now with a healthy economy, was thinking that:

1) France was weakened BY THE LOSS OF HAITI.

2) The Rebellious American Colonies were giving money to an enemy of England.

3) Said American Colonies could still count on French help as long as Napoleon was a threat to England.

4) When, not if, France was eliminated as a threat to England, the Rebellious American Colonies were in line for a good thrashing (and good, properly dictated, trade deals!).


SO, the British Empire, in 1803, continued to kick French ass whenever and wherever they could. The Americans would be dealt with by English maritime "policies" until France was out of the picture. Then a military visit  to the American Colonies would be in order.

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1803 British war song against the French

The amazing amount of hero worshipping glorification of Thomas Jefferson's OBVIOUS unconstitutional embrace of the Louisiana Purchase by historians is breathtaking, if not downright Orwellian.
 
They go to great lengths to call Jefferson a "strict constructionist" (because of all his high flying Constitutional rhetoric, still liberally quoted to this day). They want us to picture him as being involved in soul searching and hand wringing about whether to make the deal with Napoleon or not. They say he considered "making it legal"  by getting an Amendment to the Constitution passed that would authorize the purchase of FOREIGN lands.

He didn't need to bother. The US Congress, despite some hemming and hawing from Federalists, went for the Louisiana Purchase like bees to honey.

As usual in the USA, when expansion is in play, the Constitution is just a piece of paper to be amended at oligarchic will. The historians are then tasked with burying all the bodies and providing sainthood for the oligarchs. So it is with Jefferson. The historians even try to portray Jefferson as a big enemy of Napoleon. That too is Orwellian. Jefferson admired, then feared Napoleon.   

An objective analysis of history at that time shows that Jefferson's concern for English agression against the USA was his main worry. Historians today try to paint Jefferson as trying to "ingratiate" the USA with England. That is simply NOT TRUE. Jefferson understood England quite well. He KNEW they would be back to the the US mainland in high dungeon as soon as they could. The Brits, especially from the Revolution on up to 1806, were NOT the forgiving sort.

The American Revolution, followed by the Laki Eruption, almost destroyed England. Were in the hell do historians get the idea that the Brits were not extremely angry with the Rebellious Colonies all the way up to the War of 1812 and a few decades after? 

Moving right along, we now arrive at 1806. Napoleon rattles his saber at England.

A chain of cause and effect events, begun by the Laki Eruption, followed by the French Revolution, followed by the Revolution in Haiti, followed by the French defeat in Haiti, followed by Napoleon's new plan to focus on Europe instead of the Caribbean, followed by the Louisiana purchase, followed by Napoleon getting funds to build up his war machine, now brings about the conditions for the War of 1812.
   
In 1806 France prohibited all neutral trade with Great Britain and in 1807 Great Britain banned trade between France, her allies, and the Americas. The US Congress passed an embargo act in 1807 in retaliation, prohibiting U.S. vessels from trading with European nations, and later the Non-Intercourse Acts, aimed solely at France and Britain.

The embargo and non-intercourse act proved ineffective and in 1810 the United States reopened trade with France and Great Britain provided they ceased their blockades against neutral trading.

Great Britain continued to stop American merchant ships to search for Royal Navy deserters, to impress American seamen on the high seas into the Royal Navy, and to enforce its blockade of neutral commerce. Madison made the issue of impressment from ships under the American flag a matter of national sovereignty—even after the British agreed to end the practice   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-051113192052.png) —and asked Congress for a declaration of War on Great Britain on June 1, 1812. Many who supported the call to arms saw British and Spanish territory in North America as potential prizes to be won by battle or negotiations after a successful war.

Pro-British Federalists in Washington were outraged by what they considered Republican favoritism toward France. The leading Republican, Thomas Jefferson responded, that “the English being equally tyrannical at sea as he [Napoleon] is on land, and that tyranny bearing on us in every point of either honor or interest, I say ‘down with England.’”

The United States declared the war on Britain.
https://history.state.gov/milestones/1801-1829/war-of-1812

Agelbert NOTE: If you don't think the Brits, (as soon as they had a strong economy post 1803) weren't deliberately goading the USA to war, you are a history challenged historian. We learned that Modus Operandi from the Brits! It works every time!  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191329.bmp)

The Brits were giving France (and Argentina) a hard time and winning. The British Empire was on the move. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/pirates5B15D_th.gif)


1811 – Battle of Paraguarí 19 January - Revolutionary Argentinian forces are defeated by Royalist troops

Battle of Barrosa 5 March – Minor British victory during Peninsular War

Battle of Tacuarí 9 March - Revolutionary Argentinian forces are defeated by Royalist troops

Battle of Lissa 13 March – British fleet defeats French fleet


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_battles_1801%E2%80%931900

And then the WINDOW England had been waiting for to enable her to give the Rebellious Colonies a thrashing, opened up.

After Napoleon’s disastrous Russian campaign of 1812, the British concentrated on the American continent, enacting a crippling blockading of the east coast, attacking Washington and burning the White House and other Government buildings, and acquiring territory in Maine and the Great Lakes region. American forces, however, won important naval and military victories at sea, on Lake Champlain, and at Baltimore and Detroit. Canadians defeated an American invasion of Lower Canada. By 1814 neither side could claim a clear victory and both war weary combatants looked to a peaceful settlement.

Under the mediation of the Czar of Russia, Great Britain and the United States came together in the summer of 1814 to negotiate the terms of peace.
https://history.state.gov/milestones/1801-1829/war-of-1812

Meanwhile, Haiti was isolated and embargoed by all the maritime powers. Finally, France recognized Haiti in 1825 in return for onerous payments plus interest that keep that nation in dire straights. The "debt" was not paid until 1947. Consider what NAZI Germany did to the planet. THEIR DEBT was mosty reduced to peanuts within TEN YEARS of WWII!

But let us go back to the year 1815.

Haiti, unlike the European powers and the USA, actually tried to live up to the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity, at least for a while, until they were forced by cruel, racist embargoes into poverty, which opened the door to massive, foreign imposed, corruption.

In 1815, they were a shining beacon of hope for freedom for enslaved people in general and enslaved Africans in particular. That is why Thomas Jefferson hated them. That is why historians downplay the following event. If they gave it the importance it deserves, the European powers and the USA would look like the despotic, racist oligarchies that they were.

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Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios (known to gringos as Simon Bolivar  ;D)

Simon Bolivar is famous for leading a successful campaign to liberate a large part of South America from the Spanish. But he would have failed in this noble effort if Haiti had not granted him sanctuary at a crucial time. This is a key historical event of  incalcualble importance. Despite this key help by Haiti, Bolivar was a bit of ingrate.   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183337.bmp)

In 1815, after a number of political and military disputes with the government of Cartagena, Bolívar fled to Jamaica, where he was denied support and an attempt was made on his life,[14] after which he fled to Haiti, where he was granted sanctuary and protection. He befriended Alexandre Pétion, the leader of the newly independent country, and petitioned him for aid.[13]

In 1816, with Haitian soldiers and vital material support, Bolívar landed in Venezuela and fulfilled his promise to Alexandre Pétion to free Spanish America's slaves on 2 June 1816.[8]:186
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim%C3%B3n_Bol%C3%ADvar

Simón Bolívar received help from the Haitian goverment under Alexandre Pétion for his military campaigns. Pétion secretly supplied Bolívar with 4,000 muskets, 15,000 pounds of powder, flints, lead and a printing press and asked in return for South America’s slaves to be freed. (Heinl p. 158 – See also footnote 430 of The Struggle for the Recognition of Haiti…).


Bolívar left Haiti on April 10, 1816 for Venezuela, but returned in mid September of that year to Les Cayes after lost battles in South America. Resupplied by Pétion he sailed again from Haiti on December 28, 1816, this time to successfully conclude his struggle for South American liberation from colonialism. The Haitian help was given because he promised to free slaves, Bolívar landed in Venezuela and captured Angostura.

Despite the crucial logistical support from Haiti, Bolívar never recognized the independence of the former French colony Saint-Domingue.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183337.bmp)

Latin America’s Debt to Haiti: The Untold Story
https://thoughtmerchant.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/latin-americas-debt-to-haiti-the-untold-story/

As I told Surly before, in so many words, the people of this world, who actually WALK the "liberty, equality fratenity" TALK, owe Haiti a giant debt of gratitude for all they have done in the service of freedom.

Alas, Haiti has instead been treated with cruelty, disdain and 'blame the victim' vicious propaganda born of Racism and Empathy Deficit Disorder.

Human power structures are infested and dominated by aquisitive, opportunistic, aggressive, greedy, oligarchic, tyrannical but, oh so polished, educated and erudite humans that dress up Empathy Deficit Disordered behavior in laws, literature, religion and high flying rhetoric.

But historians need to eat, so they tell us nice fairy tales about our ancestors. (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9HT4xZyDmh4/TOHhxzA0wLI/AAAAAAAAEUk/oeHDS2cfxWQ/s200/Smiley_Angel_Wings_Halo.jpg)  Have a nice day.

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Computer graphics depiction of a ship cruising calmly in Lisbon harbor just before the 1755 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed Lisbon.

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"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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"The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." - Plato

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"Technical knowledge of Carrying Capacity will not save us; only a massive increase in Caring Capacity will." -- A. G. Gelbert

The 1783-84 Laki Eruption: A Catastrophic Volcanic Eruption that Changed the Course of Human History Part 1 of 3 Parts (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/geopolitics/key-historical-events-that-you-may-have-never-heard-of/msg3654/#msg3654)
The 1783-84 Laki Eruption: A Catastrophic Volcanic Eruption that Changed the Course of Human History Part 2 (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/geopolitics/key-historical-events-that-you-may-have-never-heard-of/msg3685/#msg3685)
The 1783-84 Laki Eruption: A Catastrophic Volcanic Eruption that Changed the Course of Human History Part 3 (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/geopolitics/key-historical-events-that-you-may-have-never-heard-of/msg3712/#msg3712)
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on September 07, 2015, 08:26:09 pm
Please watch this video on U-tube:
https://youtu.be/cc_dOEkw5Gs
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“Two centuries ago, a former European colony decided to catch up with Europe. It succeeded so well that the United States of America became a monster, in which the taints, the sickness and the inhumanity of Europe have grown to appalling dimensions”
― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

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This mythical narrative is disseminated in films, on television, by the press, in churches, in universities and by the state. It is a lie. But it is a lie that works.

And it works because it is what we want. It appeals to our fantasies about ourselves:
that we are a virtuous people,
that God has blessed us above others,
that we have the highest form of civilization,
that we have been anointed to police the world and make it safe,
that we are the most powerful and righteous nation on earth,
that we are always assured of victory,
that we have a right to kill in the name of nationalist values—values determined by our naked self-interest and that we conveniently define as universal. - Chris Hedges

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_real_enemy_is_within_20150906
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Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on September 13, 2015, 08:13:51 pm
This  series (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/geopolitics/key-historical-events-that-you-may-have-never-heard-of/msg3654/#msg3654) is a remarkable work and a great feat of historical investigation and research. You should write a book tying these threads together as you have in these posts.

I have greatly enjoyed reading this. Thanks for your exertions, AG.

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My wife says I should write a book too. I tell her that my lack of credentials guarantees I will be ridiculed, regardless of the facts presented. Maybe I'm just under confident. :(

But they do say that pessimists have a firmer grasp on reality than optimists.  ;)

There is a fellow that has done a great job of exposing the pap we were taught. He does have the credentials. And, yeah, the stuffed shirts in Academia have gone out of their way to poo pooh his thorough research.

Here's a small sample of his efforts:

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Lies My Teacher Told Me:
Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
by James W. Loewen. Simon & Schuster, 1995.

Note: The following are notes from the above book. I found the book seminal, eye-opening, life-changing. I recommend that you buy and read the entire book. Only by reading the entire book will you get the whole picture. The following quotes, I hope, will whet your appetite. --Colby Glass

"..the teaching of history, more than any other discipline, is dominated by textbooks... the books are boring... [they] exclude conflict or real suspense. They leave out anything that might reflect badly upon our national character" (13).
   

Helen Keller

"Keller.. never wavered in her belief that our society needed radical change.. she helped found the American Civil Liberties Union to fight for the free speech of others. She sent $100 to the NAACP with a letter of support... She supported Eugene V. Debs, the Socialist candidate, in each of his campaigns for the presidency..
 "One may not agree with Helen Keller's positions. her praise of the USSR now seems naive, embarrasing, to some even treasonous. But she was a radical--a fact few Americans know.." (22).
 
 

Woodrow Wilson


".. two antidemocratic policies that Wilson carried out: his racial segregation of the federal government and his military interventions in foreign countries" (23).

 "Under Wilson, the United States intervened in Latin America more often than at any other time in our history.. In 1917 Woodrow Wilson.. started sending secret monetary aid to the "White" side of the Russian civil war... This aggression fueled the suspicions that motivated the Soviets during the Cold War..." (23-4).

 "..Wilson's interventions in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Nicaragua set the stage for the dictators Batista, Trujillo, the Duvaliers, and the Somozas.." (24).

 "He was an outspoken white supremacist--his wife was even worse--and told "darky" stories in cabinet meetings" (27).

 "Spurred by Birth of a Nation, William Simmons of Georgia reestablished the Ku Klux Klan. The racism seeping down from the White House encouraged this klan.." (28).

 "Wilson was not only antiblack; he was also far and away our most nativist president, repeatedly questioning the loyalty of those he called "hyphenated Americans"" (29).

 "To oppose America's participation in World War I, or even to be pessimistic about it, was dangerous. The Creel Committee... After World War I, the Wilson administration's attacks on civil liberties increased, now with anticommunism as the excuse. Neither before nor since these campaigns has the United States come closer to being a police state" (30).

 "Because heroification prevents textbooks from showing Wilson's shortcomings, textbooks are hard pressed to explain the results of the 1920 election. James Cox, the Democratic candidate who was Wilson's would-be successor, was crushed by the nonentity Warren G. Harding, who never even campaigned. [It was] the biggest landslide in the history of American presidential politics" (31).
   


"Could it be that we don't want to think badly
of Woodrow Wilson... We don't want complicated icons.
"People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must
reach conclusions," Helen Keller pointed out.
"Conclusions are not always pleasant"" (35).


http://www.criticalthink.info/Phil1301/lieshist.htm (http://www.criticalthink.info/Phil1301/lieshist.htm)


Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on September 14, 2015, 02:56:48 pm
The 5 Times America Elected Donald Trump

Still think Trump is a long shot? History says otherwise.


—By Josh Harkinson| Sat Sep. 12, 2015 6:00 AM EDT

If you can't believe that Donald Trump is still the GOP front-runner, then consider this: America has elected the likes of The Donald before. There are, deep in our history, plenty of men who brazenly exploited nativist sentiments to win the White House or strengthen their grip on the office. Here are five US presidents who, if they lived today, might, in Trump's words, "make America great again."

John Adams


Adams was no Trump. America's "big deal" 18th century legal scholar and Founding Father would have been worth, in today's dollars, only $19 million. And he never even mastered the comb-over. But when it comes to making BOLD political moves while socking it to our enemies abroad, the second president puts Trump to shame. Determined to quash the immigrant vote, which mainly benefited Jeffersonian Republicans, Adams and his Federalist allies in Congress passed the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798. The bills lengthened the period of residency required for citizenship from 5 to 14 years and authorized the president to deport foreigners considered dangerous. One bill, the Alien Enemies Act, would later serve as the legal basis for detaining Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Theodore Roosevelt


Nativists weren't always the kind of people who attended tea party rallies and watched Fox News. In the early 1900s, some of the strongest opposition to immigration came from the labor unions that helped usher Theodore Roosevelt into the White House. In his first Congressional address, Roosevelt called for requiring immigrants to meet a "certain standard of economic fitness" and pass a literacy test—a measure that would effectively exclude many Southern and Eastern Europeans. After meeting stiff congressional resistance, Roosevelt brokered a compromise that established an immigrant head tax of $4 and created the Dillingham Commission, an investigative panel stacked with nativist legislators. Its reports accused Southern and Eastern European immigrants of displacing native workers, living in crowded and unclean housing, and performing poorly in school. Unlike Trump, however, Roosevelt never signed a GOP loyalty pledge. Instead, he left the Republican Party in 1912 and formed his own.

Woodrow Wilson


Woodrow Wilson never had the guts to accuse immigrants of being rapists, but he did call them low energy. His History of the American People, published in 1901, complained that most immigrants to the United States no longer came from "the sturdy stocks of the North of Europe," but rather from places like southern Italy, Hungary, and Poland, where "there was neither skill nor energy nor any initiative of quick intelligence." But when those comments became an issue during his 1912 presidential race, Wilson backpedaled and earnestly courted immigrant groups—or the European ones, anyway. Like most other national candidates at the time, he remained staunchly opposed to immigration from Japan and China. "We cannot make a homogenous population out of a people who do not blend with the Caucasian race," he said. "Oriental coolieism will give us another race problem to solve and surely we have had our lesson."

Warren Harding

Before "Make America Great Again," there was "America First!"—the slogan that in 1920 swept Harding and his fellow Republicans to power on a platform of curtailing a tide of immigrants from politically unstable parts of Europe. Harding signed the Emergency Immigration Act of 1921, effectively cutting in half the number of immigrants admitted into the United States. The act also favored immigrant groups from Northern European countries while steeply limiting immigration from other parts of the world. "I don't know much about Americanism," Harding later said, "but it's a damn good word with which to carry an election."

Herbert Hoover

Hoover proved that rich guys with no experience in elected office can become president and that America can be for Americans. At the dawn of the Great Depression, he issued an executive order calling for the "strict enforcement" of a clause of the Immigration Act that barred the admission of immigrants who were "likely to become a public charge." Turning away virtually all working-class immigrants, his administration slashed legal immigration from 242,000 people in 1931 to 36,000 the following year. And Hoover stepped up raids on the homes and workplaces of undocumented immigrants, causing more than 121,000 people, most of them from Mexico, to leave the United States. Hoover touted his record on immigration during the 1932 election, but it ultimately wasn't enough to keep him from getting thrown out of office by a bunch of LOSERS who had been FIRED.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/09/5-times-america-elected-donald-trump

Agelbert COMMENT 1:
Most Americans don't know, and deliberately are NOT TAUGHT, American history. Woodrow Wilson peddled EMPIRE, not Democracy, as we were taught.

QUOTE:
Woodrow Wilson".. two antidemocratic policies that Wilson carried out: his racial segregation of the federal government and his military interventions in foreign countries" (23).

 "Under Wilson, the United States intervened in Latin America more often than at any other time in our history.. In 1917 Woodrow Wilson.. started sending secret monetary aid to the "White" side of the Russian civil war... This aggression fueled the suspicions that motivated the Soviets during the Cold War..." (23-4).

 "..Wilson's interventions in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Nicaragua set the stage for the dictators Batista, Trujillo, the Duvaliers, and the Somozas.." (24).

 "He was an outspoken white supremacist--his wife was even worse--and told "darky" stories in cabinet meetings" (27).

 "Spurred by Birth of a Nation, William Simmons of Georgia reestablished the Ku Klux Klan. The racism seeping down from the White House encouraged this klan.." (28).

 "Wilson was not only antiblack; he was also far and away our most nativist president, repeatedly questioning the loyalty of those he called "hyphenated Americans"" (29).

 "To oppose America's participation in World War I, or even to be pessimistic about it, was dangerous. The Creel Committee... After World War I, the Wilson administration's attacks on civil liberties increased, now with anticommunism as the excuse. Neither before nor since these campaigns has the United States come closer to being a police state" (30).

 "Because heroification prevents textbooks from showing Wilson's shortcomings, textbooks are hard pressed to explain the results of the 1920 election. James Cox, the Democratic candidate who was Wilson's would-be successor, was crushed by the nonentity Warren G. Harding, who never even campaigned. [It was] the biggest landslide in the history of American presidential politics" (31).
 
  "Could it be that we don't want to think badly
of Woodrow Wilson... We don't want complicated icons.
"People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must
reach conclusions," Helen Keller pointed out.
"Conclusions are not always pleasant"" (35).

UNQUOTE

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen. Simon & Schuster, 1995 (http://www.criticalthink.info/Phil1301/lieshist.htm)


Agelbert COMMENT 2
Great article. However, it's just the tip of the history iceberg of those former presidents. The fact is, history has been "sanitized". While you can access how Empathy Deficit Disordered those tools for TPTB of their time were, you won't find it in the history books.

For example, Woodrow Wilson is a prime example of a fellow peddling the old "bringing democracy to the people of world" TRICK while actually doing exactly the opposite.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JN_h8NxU48
American History Textbooks' Lies: Everything Your Teacher Got Wrong - Myths, Education
 
Most people are propagandized by the leaders of the societies they live in to believe that history is simply a collection of facts strung in chronological order. The truth is far more nuanced.
 
Historians interpret the importance of events as if they are the only ones qualified to do so, or just leave them out all together, for allegedly "objective" scholarly reasons. Nothing could be further from the truth.  Human history is rife with key pivotal events that don't make it into the flag waving, hero worshipping, designated bad guy demonizing, condensed narrative.

The fact that these key events are deemed "not credible" as key events by the academic community, despite the fact that said "scholars" (see lock step lackeys) accept that the event occurred, should be a red flag to anyone that stills retains the ability to think critically.

 "The Anti-Democratic Elite Fix Was IN From The Very Start of the USA (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/geopolitics/the-anti-demcratic-elite-fix-was-in-from-the-very-start-of-the-usa/msg18/#msg18)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTTA_41UGUA
Inaccurate US History Lessons
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on May 30, 2016, 08:40:46 pm
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The USA seems to have picked up the technique of sanitizing history with happy talk selective (or downright Orwellian) interpretations of events  from the English.

47,000 claims were made by slave owners for COMPENSATION when slavery was abolished. Of the 47,000 claims, 3,000 (which received about HALF of the money total) were "absentee" slave owners living in ENGLAND.

They invested in railroads and other empire building techniques, which built many of the fortunes of the well off families of today.

The sanitizers of history want to bury that bit of two plus two equals 20 millions pounds raised by Rothschild's world class slave owner bailout.

THOSE WHITE PEOPLE became the nucleus of the a significant percentage of the PRESENT RULING CLASS, to the DETRIMENT of the slaves that were freed.

So every time anybody wants to crow about the abolishment of slavery by England, you can set them straight with this video where an excellent historian, armed with integrity and a zeal for historical truth, ( Truthdigger of the Week: History Professor Catherine Hall, Who Rejected Prize From Israel (http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/truthdigger_of_the_week_feminist_professor_catherine_hall_20160528)), explains exactly what the reality was, AND IS.

https://youtu.be/v6BvcfYtRHM
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on July 25, 2016, 10:40:26 pm
What are some examples that show how we inherit ideas blindly? ???

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BY Sol Quintanilla

45.5k Views

Throughout medieval times feasts were often turned into bloodbaths when men turned their sharp, pointed eating knives upon their enemies instead of their food.

The blunt tipped table knife wee see today is a remnant of an order given by king Louis XIV to blunt the table knives used during feasts to reduce bloodshed.

These dull knives are still produced today even though feasts no longer carry the same propensity to descend into violence. Though the point would be a useful addition to the common eating knife, it is too ingrained in the custom of cutlery manufacturers to make knives ending in a round tip instead of an acute point.

https://www.quora.com/ (https://www.quora.com/)
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Invented to keep people cutting up the food instead of each other.  ;D
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on October 03, 2016, 01:57:23 pm
A Most Convenient Relationship: The Rise of the Cat as a Valued Companion Animal   (http://robservations.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/happy-cat1.jpg)

September 27, 2016 By Medievalists.net

By John D. Blaisdell

Between The Species, Vol.9 (1993)

 
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three-medieval-cats


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Introduction: Of all the animals domesticated by humans the cat is one of the most unique. By nature a nocturnal animal most other domesticates are diurnal and socially solitary, cats appear to have been domesticated more for some metaphysical reason than for any practical advantage. But the feline’s ability to catch and kill rodents made them a valuable asset to medieval farmers whose distinction between adequate food supplies and famine was often related to how much grain the rats and mice ate.

By the beginning of the eighteenth century, though, a new attitude engulfed the relationship between the human and the domestic feline. The cat was no longer viewed strictly as a working animal but now was considered in some circles as a treasured companion. This attitude, reflected in epitaphs to these creatures from the period, suggest that cat may have been more beneficial as a support system than as a mouse catcher. While there is strong evidence that the cat was a favorite companion of the eighteenth-century intellectual elite, there is also good evidence that this creature was, along with the hunting dog, beginning to be accepted in a nonworking capacity by the middle class businessmen of the period. Finally, there is no question but that the move towards a new sensibility that was seen in the late eighteenth century proved highly beneficial to the well-being of this animal.

The cat was probably first domesticated in ancient Egypt. While some scholars believe the cat was domesticated as early as the old kingdom, circa 3100- 2300 B.C., there are no written or artistic records of this animal being a constant companion of humans before 2000 B.C. By the 16th century B.C. there are numerous artistic representations of the cat engaging in a close relationship with humans. By the fifth century B.C. when at least two Egyptian Gods: Bast and Sekmet, were portrayed as cats, this animal’s popularity was at an all time high. Hundreds of these creatures were mummified and placed in special coffins for the journey into the afterlife. There were strong reactions if these animals were killed; one classical scholar noted it was a capital crime to kill a cat and at least once, during the reign of a Ptolemaic king, a Roman that accidentally killed a cat was himself almost killed by an Egyptian mob.

Click  here (http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1860&context=bts) to read this article from California Polytechnic State.

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Smart Humans make friends with us.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on November 22, 2016, 02:40:31 pm
How the racists of the South have ruled this nation from the very beginning  >:(  :( 



By Susan Grigsby   

Sunday Nov 16, 2014 ·  5:45 PM EST

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/16/1344692/-How-the-racists-of-the-South-have-ruled-this-nation-from-the-very-beginning
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on December 09, 2016, 07:09:21 pm
https://youtu.be/biQwmm-w_pE

The Steady Course To Economic Oligarchy...

Thom talks about a speech from Franklin D. Roosevelt from September 23, 1932 at The Commonwealth Club and how FDR predicted our current state of corporate oligarchy.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on December 19, 2016, 04:38:30 pm
November 7, 2014

The Counter Revolution of 1776 and Race to Revolution

Gerald Horne talked about his two books, The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America and Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow.

In The Counter-Revolution of 1776, Professor Horne argues that the threat of abolition in England and its colonies helped spark the fight for independence in the United States.

In Race to Revolution, Professor Horne looks at the experiences of slaves and ex-slaves in the U.S. and Cuba. He spoke at Eso Won Books in Los Angeles, California.

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https://www.c-span.org/video/?322715-1/counter-revolution-1776-race-revolution
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on December 19, 2016, 04:51:46 pm
Prof. Gerald Horne (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)  -The Counter Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the USA 
https://youtu.be/-phooIF4y98
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on December 21, 2016, 07:14:48 pm
Professor Horne says these words are this enormous metaphor for the black condition in North America stretching back centuries, the suffocation, the cry of despair, the cry of horror.  (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2953.gif)


https://youtu.be/cbiycTP0APQ
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on December 25, 2016, 05:51:11 pm
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Five Part Video Series: TRNN interview with Gal Alperovitz on Corporate Capitalism's Damage to American Democracy


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11319
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on December 26, 2016, 06:48:08 pm
Published on Dec 17, 2016

The Twilight of Democracy by Tariq Ali


Tariq Ali discussion on the ideas outlined on his book The Extreme Centre: A Warning, during this years Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

What is the point of elections if result is always the same ??? : a victory for the extreme centre?

Since the end of the Cold War, politics in affluent Western democracies has become a contest to see who can better serve the needs of the market.

Rather than left and right parties representing genuinely different policies, they have converged to create a global economic order where deregulation, free trade, privatisation and market-driven solutions hold sway.

Whether voters agree or not, these things are a given, creating a massive disenchantment with government and a huge challenge to democracy.

Is this political wisdom or suicide?

Stan Grant (Chair)


https://youtu.be/Rw4zu_yGglg
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on December 28, 2016, 10:57:03 pm
Agelbert NOTE: It seems that human engineering began to cause the depletion of salmon stocks centuries before the industrial age.  :(  :P

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Historical rise of waterpower initiated the collapse of salmon stocks

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Palaeoecology
⦁   Received: 29 February 2016 Accepted: 15 June 2016 Published online: 20 July 2016



The collapse of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) stocks throughout North-Western Europe is generally ascribed to large-scale river regulation, water pollution and over-fishing in the 19th and 20th century.

However, other causes have rarely been quantified, especially those acting before the 19th century. By analysing historical fishery, market and tax statistics, independently confirmed by archaeozoological records, we demonstrate that populations declined by up to 90% during the transitional period between the Early Middle Ages (c. 450–900 AD) and Early Modern Times (c. 1600 AD).

These dramatic declines coincided with improvements in watermill technology and their geographical expansion across Europe
. Our extrapolations suggest that historical Atlantic salmon runs must have once been very abundant indeed.

The historical perspective presented here contributes to a better understanding of the primary factors that led to major declines in salmon populations. Such understanding provides an essential basis for the effective ecological rehabilitation of freshwater ecosystems.

Full article:
http://www.nature.com/articles/srep29269
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on January 31, 2017, 08:30:22 pm
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How Was Alexander Graham Bell Honored after His Death?

After creating the first transmission of speech by electrical wires in 1876, Scottish-born inventor Alexander Graham Bell established the Bell Telephone system only a year later. And only two years after that, Bell was able to step away from the company’s board of directors to devote his life to further invention and philanthropy. At age 32, he was rich and famous and able to pursue other interests, including optical telecommunications, hydrofoils, and aeronautics. When Bell died in Nova Scotia in 1922, aged 75, his incredible achievements were recognized across North America. All phone service in the United States and Canada was shut down for one minute at the exact time his funeral began.

A family familiar with deafness:

•Bell was named after his grandfather, Alexander Bell, but was called “Aleck” by his family and friends during his childhood.

•Both his father and grandfather were speech therapists, and both his mother and wife were deaf. As a young man, Alexander helped his father promote a phonetic alphabet known as Visible Speech.

Despite her deafness, Bell's mother was a proficient pianist. Her life and accomplishments taught Alexander Graham Bell how to look beyond people’s disadvantages and find ways to help them.

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-was-alexander-graham-bell-honored-after-his-death.htm
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on February 12, 2017, 03:51:14 pm
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Non-Electric Early Renewable Energy powered Car (Bennett Buggy).  ;D

Bennett buggy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A Bennett buggy was a term used in Canada during the Great Depression to describe a car which had its engine and windows taken out and was pulled by a horse. In the United States, such vehicles were known as Hoover carts, named after then-President Herbert Hoover.[1][2]

The Canadian term was named after Richard Bennett, the Prime Minister of Canada from 1930 to 1935, who was blamed for the nation's poverty.

Cars being pulled by horses became a common sight during the Depression. During the boom years of the 1920s, many Canadians had bought cheap vehicles for the first time, but during the depression, many found they did not have enough money to operate them. This was especially true in the hard-hit Prairie Provinces. The increased poverty played an important role, as farmers could not buy gasoline. The price of gas also increased. Gas taxes were also one of the best sources of revenue for the provincial governments. When these provinces went into a deficit, they increased these taxes, making gas even harder to buy.

In Saskatchewan, badly hit by the depression, similar vehicles with an additional seat over the front axle were dubbed "Anderson carts" after Premier James T. M. Anderson.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bennett_buggy

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Two Horse Power Hoover cart  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191258.bmp)


And finally, the Snazzy and Sporty Hoover Convertible! (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/4fvfcja.gif)

(http://www.creativethriftshop.com/Artist/Images_JeremyDean/Sculpture/BackToTheFuturama/REF_Hoover%20Carts/REF_BennettBuggy2.jpg)

Trump version coming soon...  (http://www.coh2.org/images/Smileys/huhsign.gif)  :o    (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-300714025456.bmp)

Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on February 13, 2017, 06:13:34 pm
Did Anne Frank’s Family Try to Leave Europe during WWII? ???

About a year before Anne Frank began writing in her diary in June 1942, her father was fervently writing to family and friends in the United States, asking for help. Otto Frank hoped that someone could help his family escape from their perilous plight in Nazi-occupied Holland. In 2007, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City released 65 documents -- typed letters, handwritten notes, and a telegram -- detailing Otto Frank's ultimately unsuccessful efforts to secure visas to the United States, and later, to Cuba. By June 1940, the U.S. Department of State had toughened its visa application process. Candidates had to show "a good reason" for seeking admittance, not just a desire to leave Europe.

A family desperate for somewhere to go:

•The State Department tightened regulations in order to reduce the number of immigrant visas being granted. In the early 1940s, there were national security concerns, a fear of foreigners, and, some have argued, anti-Semitism.

•Although he was unable to get visas for his family to travel to the United States, Otto Frank did receive a Cuban visa for himself on 1 December 1941. Ten days later, Germany declared war on the United States and the visa was canceled.

•The Frank family went into hiding in 1942. They were eventually discovered and sent to concentration camps, where Anne Frank and her sister, Margot, died of typhus and their mother, Edith, died of starvation. (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2955.gif) (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2953.gif)

http://www.wisegeek.com/did-anne-franks-family-try-to-leave-europe-during-wwii.htm

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Buchenwald NAZI Concentration Camp Victim Corpses (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-070814193155.png)

Human Inequity is directly proportional to the amount of human iniquity. - A. G. Gelbert

Don't think it can't happen here to ANY minority group. It can. And Trump, a fascist that promotes inequity BECAUSE of his iniquity, WANTS IT TO HAPPEN.

(http://www.trbimg.com/img-566ee3d4/turbine/bal-donald-trumps-fascist-inclinations-do-not-bother-his-fans-20151214)

Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on March 09, 2017, 02:09:23 pm
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Agelbert NOTE: This belongs here because Professor Hudson discusses the tremendously important economics tool called, "Debt Relief". It is as old as the Old Testament (see: Jubilee years) and has been the KEY to successful societies for thousands of years. When Capitalism completely eliminated the Debt Relief tool for all but the plutocratic elite, eventual massive inequality and unavoidable collapse was locked in. Simply put, societies are dysfunctional without periodic debt relief to level the economics playing field across the board.

Enjoy and learn about key historical events discussed here. Wall Street and business schools work overtime to make us think those events "never happened" with an entire doublethink vocabulary of economics sleight of hand terms.  >:(

Michael Hudson discusses "Junk Economics" at The Democracy Collaborative

https://youtu.be/QBMRbCtYNrU

Published on Feb 27, 2017

Renowned Economist Michael Hudson   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)joined us for lunch on February 22 to discuss his new book "J is for Junk Economics: A Guide to Reality in an Age of Deception." Hudson will be working with the Next System Project on a new initiative that revolves around money and banking. Be on the look out for more!

Hudson is a Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City as well as at Peking University. He is a prolific writer and author of many books, notably "Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy."

You can learn more about Michael Hudson here: http://michael-hudson.com/

Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on May 02, 2017, 06:44:40 pm
Thomas Jefferson was a wise, if flawed, man. He was quite perceptive about the future of this nation.

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He thought that his cherished federal union, the world’s first democratic experiment, would be destroyed by slavery. 
https://www.monticello.org/site/plantation-and-slavery/thomas-jefferson-and-slavery

He didn't really understand the economics of Capitalism. Mr. Jefferson did not realize that the model of economics that extracts profit (i.e. excess value from a given activity) from the labor of a human, be it under overt slavery or subsistence wage type disguised slavery, inexorably leads to a massive underclass that resents a privileged elite that never tires of extracting as much as "the rigged free market" will bear, with a total disregard for human dignity.

Eventually the resulting empathy deficit disordered plutocracy destroys a nation.

Jefferson was right about slavery eventually destroying this country. He was wrong to think it would be limited (except as a parasitic elite divide and conquer tactic  ;)  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png)) to those with excessive melanin syndrome.

Elite Capitalists aren't prejudiced; they'll screw anybody.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png)

Before Mr. Jefferson died, he wrote something that predicted the sad future of our time rather well:

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"The coincidence of a marked principle, moral and political, with a geographical line, once conceived, I feared would never more be obliterated from the mind; that it would be recurring on every occasion and renewing irritations, until it would kindle such mutual and mortal hatred, as to render separation preferable to eternal discord. I have been among the most sanguine in believing that our Union would be of long duration. I now doubt it much, and see the event at no great distance, and the direct consequence of this question; not by the line which has been so confidently counted on -- the laws of nature control this; but by the Potomac, Ohio and Missouri, or more probably, the Mississippi upwards to our northern boundary. My only comfort and confidence is, that I shall not live to see this; and I envy not the present generation the glory of throwing away the fruits of their fathers' sacrifices of life and fortune, and of rendering desperate the experiment which was to decide ultimately whether man is capable of self-government. This treason against human hope will signalize their epoch in future history as the counterpart of the medal of their predecessors." --Thomas Jefferson to William Short, 1820. ME 15:247

http://famguardian.org/subjects/politics/thomasjefferson/jeff1800.htm
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on May 02, 2017, 09:32:50 pm
Was Trump's Civil War Remark Racist or Clueless?

https://youtu.be/XY55MNa4O-g

Published on May 2, 2017

Big Picture Panel: Sam Sacks, The District Sentinel News Co-op & Bryan Pruitt, RedState. Trump gets Andrew Jackson and Civil War all wrong. Panel also looks at Trump’s strange behavior and the looming shutdown.

Agelbert NOTE: I agree with Thom that Andrew Jackson was a genocidal maniac who ignored the Supreme Court when he FORCED the Cherokees, loyal U.S. Citizens, out of Georgia at gun point (Trail of Tears). Perhaps that is why Trump admires Jackson so much.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on May 03, 2017, 02:08:11 pm
What Was the Subject of the World’s First Photographically-Illustrated Book? (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_1402.gif)

English botanist Anna Atkins was the first person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images, but she didn’t use a camera. In 1843, building upon the recent discovery of cyanotype photography, she produced detailed scientific images by placing objects on light-sensitized paper and exposing them to sunlight. Her main interest at the time was algae -- in particular, seaweed -- and she made hundreds of cyanotype photograms that were contact-printed for her self-published 1843 book Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c4/Anna_Atkins_algae_cyanotype.jpg/220px-Anna_Atkins_algae_cyanotype.jpg)(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/87/5e/7d/875e7dd0a2029e2db1ca31431b64494b.jpg)
Cyanotype photograms made by Atkins which were part of her 1843 book, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/46091596155850764/)


Seeing nature in a different light:

•Some call Atkins the world’s first female photographer, but others dispute that accolade because she didn’t actually use a camera.

•Sir John Herschel invented the cyanotype photographic printing process in 1842. Also known as "sun prints," the process involves exposing a mixture of ammonium iron citrate and potassium ferricyanide to ultraviolet light. The exposed paper turns Prussian blue, similar to a blueprint.

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Botanist Algae Scientist Anna Atkins  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif)

•Atkins produced three volumes of Photographs of British Algae between 1843 and 1853. Only 17 copies are known to still exist.

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-was-the-subject-of-the-worlds-first-photographically-illustrated-book.htm
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on May 25, 2017, 02:16:44 pm
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Agelbert NOTE: The FOX "NEWS" method is exposed here by Keith Olbermann way back in 2006 when O'Reilly flipped history on its head to DEMONIZE AMERICAN TROOPS IN WWII.  THIS is how the  FOX Republican Fascist Propaganda Network ended up suckering so many into voting for Trump. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png)

https://youtu.be/O2KU02lsfH8

Uploaded on Jun 2, 2006
Keith Olbermann Neuters Bill-O




Fox news Climate change coverage
A truthful image from the UCS about Media propaganda.
(http://cloudfront.mediamatters.org/static/images/item/ucsfox.jpg)

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Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on May 25, 2017, 03:13:10 pm
https://youtu.be/O2KU02lsfH8

Agelbert NOTE: The FOX "NEWS" method is exposed here by Keith Olbermann way back in 2006 when O'Reilly flipped history on its head to DEMONIZE AMERICAN TROOPS IN WWII.  THIS is how the FOX Republican Fascist Propaganda Network ended up suckering so many into voting for Trump. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png)

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Uploaded on Jun 2, 2006
Keith Olbermann Neuters Bill-O




Fox news Climate change coverage
A truthful image from the UCS about Media propaganda.
(http://cloudfront.mediamatters.org/static/images/item/ucsfox.jpg)

(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-070417182049.png)

I agree with this take on Fox News, which has done a great deal of harm. Imho though, it started with Rush, even earlier. The popularity of these horrible people and shows says a lot about how delusional most Americans really are.


Well said. When it started has been documented. It began shortly after the Powel memo was written. The Powell memo is the root of the Orwellian mindset that takes the responsibility of the government (see U.S. Constitution capitalized Welfare clause) to provide for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness the social programs that benefit the entire populace (SS, Medicare, Anti-Trust laws, unemployment compensation, maternity leave, sick leave, LIVABLE minimum wage, progressive taxation, collective bargaining rights, etc.) as an attack (rather than the actual and proven BENEFIT that all these improvements have brought to our nation) on "business", which they cleverly give the Orwellian label of "Free Enterprise". What these fascists wanted was a government they could control to control the workers (selective law enforcement) and allow monopolies to be formed and crush all competition in order to concentrate wealth in fewer and fewer hands AND make sure the elite crooks and liars doing this nefarious nation destroying and pulverizing of individual freedom and liberty of the people have TOTAL FREEDOM TO EXPLOIT WITHOUT CONSCIENSE THE PEOPLE AND THE  PLANET.

The Capitalist Oligarchs that planned this attack on we-the-people to rip away from us all of our freedoms have pretty much succeeded.      (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191329.bmp)
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Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on July 01, 2017, 07:43:48 pm
States named Sequoyah, Lincoln, Jefferson and Superior that might've been, but never came to be

In 1898, the Curtis Act (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/2z6in9g.gif) abolished tribal courts and governments in the Indian Territory of Oklahoma, affecting about 90 million acres of land that Native Americans had accumulated through treaties with the U.S. government.

In response, members of the so-called "Five Civilized Tribes" -- the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muscogee (Creek), Cherokee, and Seminole -- who had held sovereignty in the area joined forces, creating a constitution and taking steps to formally propose the creation of a state called Sequoyah to Congress.

That effort failed  :(, but at President Theodore Roosevelt’s  ;)  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/acigar.gif)(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png) urging, Congress  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-241013183046.jpeg) (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/pirates5B15D_th.gif) combined the Indian Territory with the Oklahoma Territory to create Oklahoma, America’s 46th state, in 1907.   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/mocantina.gif)


Other would-be U.S. states:

An 1845 joint resolution by the U.S. Congress permitted as many as four new states to be carved out of the original state of Texas :o , including what might have become the state of Lincoln, located between the Rio Grande and Texas’ Colorado River (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/cowboypistol.gif).

In the early 1940s, a state called Jefferson -- made up of land carved out between California and Oregon -- was proposed by secessionists :o seeking independence.

As early as 1858, residents in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula sought to establish the state of Superior at a constitutional convention in the village of Ontonagon. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/301.gif)

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-difficult-is-it-for-a-us-territory-to-achieve-statehood.htm (http://www.wisegeek.com/how-difficult-is-it-for-a-us-territory-to-achieve-statehood.htm)
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on July 17, 2017, 08:14:36 pm
Eugene Debs and the Kingdom of Evil

Posted on Jul 16, 2017

By Chris Hedges

SNIPPET:

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This was a period in U.S. history when many American Christians were socialists.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png) Walter Rauschenbusch, a Christian theologian, Baptist minister and leader of the Social Gospel movement, thundered against capitalism. He defined the six pillars of the “kingdom of evil” as “religious bigotry, the combination of graft and political power, the corruption of justice, the mob spirit (being ‘the social group gone mad’) and mob action, militarism[,] and class contempt.”

Debs turned to the Bible as often to Marx, arguing “Cain was the author of the competitive theory” and the “cross of Jesus stands as its eternal denial.” (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_0293.gif) Debs’ fiery speeches, replete with words like “sin” and “redemption,” were often thinly disguised sermons. He equated the crucified Christ with the abolitionist John Brown. He insisted that Jesus came “to destroy class rule and set up the common people as the sole and rightful inheritors of the earth.” “What is Socialism?” he once asked. “Merely Christianity in action.”  (http://cliparts.co/cliparts/Big/Egq/BigEgqBMT.png)  He was fond of quoting the poet James Russell Lowell, who writes:

He’s true to God who’s true to man;
Whenever wrong is done.
To the humblest and the weakest,
’neath the all-beholding sun.
That wrong is also done to us,
And they are slaves most base,
Whose love of right is for themselves
And not for all the race.

(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/reading.gif)

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/eugene_v_debs_and_the_kingdom_of_evil_20170716

A great comment:   

Jed Grover

In reading "The Secrets of the Federal Reserve by Mullins" it highlights how the powerful bankers targeted our system of laws long ago. As I read I could see strong correlations as to how we've been manipulated into our current Orwellian sick society. "Walter Rauschenbusch defined the six pillars of the “kingdom of evil” as “religious bigotry, the combination of graft and political power, the corruption of justice, the mob spirit (being ‘the social group gone mad’) and mob action, militarism[,] and class contempt.”

Excerpted from chapter 5 "Bauer Rothschild" was only thirty years of age when he invited twelve other wealthy and influential men to meet him in Frankfurt. His purpose was to convince them that if they agreed to pool their resources they could then finance and control the World Revolutionary Movement and use it as their Manual of Action to win ultimate control of the wealth, natural resources, and manpower of the entire world. This agreement reached, Mayer unfolded his revolutionary plan. The project would be backed by all the power that could be purchased with their pooled resources. By clever manipulation of their combined wealth it would be possible to create such adverse economic conditions that the masses would be reduced to a state bordering on starvation by unemployment... Their paid propagandists would arouse feelings of hatred and revenge against the ruling classes by exposing all real and alleged cases of extravagance, licentious conduct, injustice, oppression, and persecution. They would also invent infamies to bring into disrepute others who might, if left alone, interfere with their overall plans...

Rothschild turned to a manuscript and proceeded to read a carefully prepared plan of action. 1. He argued that LAW was FORCE only in disguise. He reasoned it was logical to conclude 'By the laws of nature right lies in force: 2. Political freedom is an idea, not a fact. In order to usurp political power all that was necessary was to preach 'Liberalism' so that the electorate, for the sake of an idea, would yield some of their power and prerogatives which the plotters could then gather into their own hands. 3. The speaker asserted that the Power of Gold had usurped the power of Liberal rulers .... He pointed out that it was immaterial to the success of his plan whether the established governments were destroyed by external or internal foes because the victor had to of necessity ask the aid of 'Capital' which 'Is entirely in our hands' 4. He argued that the use of any and all means to reach their final goal was justified on the grounds that the ruler who governed by the moral code was not a skilled politician because he left himself vulnerable and in an unstable position. 5. He asserted that 'Our right lies in force. The word RIGHT is an abstract thought and proves nothing. I find a new RIGHT... to attack by the Right of the Strong, to reconstruct all existing institutions, and to become the sovereign Lord of all those who left to us the Rights to their powers by laying them down to us in their liberalism. 6. The power of our resources must remain invisible until the very moment when it has gained such strength that no cunning or force can undermine it. He went on to outline twenty-five points. Number 8 dealt with the use of alcoholic liquors, drugs, moral corruption, and all vice to systematically corrupt youth of all nations. 9. They had the right to seize property by any means, and without hesitation, if by doing so they secured submission and sovereignty. 10. We were the first to put the slogans Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity into the mouths of the masses, which set up a new aristocracy. The qualification for this aristocracy is WEALTH which is dependent on us. 11. Wars should be directed so that the nations engaged on both sides should be further in our debt. 12. Candidates for public office should be servile and obedient to our commands, so that they may readily be used. 13. Propaganda-their combined wealth would control all outlets of public information. 14. Panics and financial depressions would ultimately result in World Government, a new order of one world government."

Interesting ..... is how this history is so well documented and how they've pulled it off right before our own eyes. Manufactured consent is an age old game. MSM sucks. I do hope that we can all unite because that is the only cure. Everyone. Sorry bout the length.
http://www.globalresearch.c...


agelbert > Jed Grover

Exactly. These evil bastards plan ahead. They rig the laws and then claim they are just following the laws that "the people" voted for. Like the polluters, these Capitalist Greed balls are estopped from absolutely any claim to innocence or good will (see below).

"There is a nice legal concept called estoppel. If you argue that you didn't kill the Major in the library with the Ming vase because you were in bed with his wife, you are estopped from pleading self-defence. In the same way, polluters are estopped from arguing that they were only complying with public policy as laid down in the law, because they spent tens of millions shaping those policies and laws to their advantage." James Wimberley

VERY soon the empathy deficit disordered oligarchs destroying lives and degrading the biosphere will reach the end of their ruthless people and nature trashing spree.
(https://collapseofindustrialcivilization.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/snap-2013-11-06-at-14-31-28.png)

Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on July 31, 2017, 07:11:11 pm
We Haven't Had a Legitimate Republican President Since Eisenhower in the 50s, Here's Why

https://youtu.be/35EUGtxpFY8

July 28, 2017

Thom talks about the past several republican presidents who have all essentially cheated to get into office. Also Thom covers some of the news stories of the day.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on August 05, 2017, 06:39:17 pm
How Did the Royal Navy Keep up Morale during Long Voyages? ??? (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/2.gif)

It’s said that Britain's Royal Navy instituted the practice of doling out a daily ration of rum as a way to fend off scurvy, a common ailment on ships because sailors didn’t have access to fresh produce and often lacked Vitamin C. However, it wasn’t the rum that helped, but the lime juice that was provided with the sailor’s daily “tot,” served every day around noon for more than two centuries. The daily rum ration finally came to an end on 31 July 1970, when the well-known call of “up spirits” could be heard during last call for the Royal Navy.

(http://www.funny-emoticons.com/files/funny-animals/blue-bird-emoticons/801-listen-up!.png) All hands on deck:

One of the reasons for ending the rum ration was that the Admiralty Board was concerned about the safety of its sailors, especially due to the introduction of technologically-advanced machinery and weaponry.

Back in 1740, concerned by the drunkenness of sailors who received half a pint of rum per day, Admiral Edward Vernon declared that the rum should be mixed with water.

In later years, sailors would check that their rum had not been watered down. They would pour some on gunpowder and light it :o   (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/4fvfcja.gif) -- a practice believed to have led to the term “proof” being used to rate liquor content.

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-did-the-royal-navy-keep-up-morale-during-long-voyages.htm
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on August 27, 2017, 06:10:06 pm
Have you ever spoken with Trump one on one behind closed doors?

Ron Wagner, USAF pilot in Presidential Wing at Andrews, airline pilot, aero engineer
Updated Jul 28
I was an Eastern Air Lines pilot who mostly flew the Washington-New York-Boston Shuttle.

On the way to bankruptcy they wanted to sell the famous Shuttle to Trump. Those pilots could go to the new Trump Shuttle. It seemed like my flying career would be saved by this visionary billionaire.

THEN I MET HIM

He met with some of us. It wasn't one-on-one, but it was behind closed doors, and in there he creeped me out. What that visionary saw in us suddenly seemed to me to be like what a boa constrictor sees when he spots prey in the jungle.

The beady eyes. The tiny mouth, which I could imagine being on unhinged jaws like a boa, that could swallow us whole.

I declined, Eastern shut down, and I never flew professionally again.

TWO YEARS TO BANKRUPTCY

The former Eastern employees who went were all friends. They got spiffy new uniforms. The planes got spiffy new interiors and Trump paint. He said he was “going to run the Shuttle like a diamond, like an absolute diamond.” I'll always remember those words shooting out of that little round mouth.

But within two years, that entire diamond was sunk, like Rose dropping hers in the Atlantic at the end of Titanic.

Well, not quite the entire diamond: Trump took the only life boat in the form of one Boeing 727 for his personal use. He also kept something like $10–12 million personally.

Everyone else went to the bottom.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-120716190938.png)

Have you ever spoken with Trump one on one behind closed doors?

FIVE PRESIDENTS IS ENOUGH FOR ME

I had been a USAF pilot in the Presidential Wing at Andrews AFB in DC. Before I met Trump I had met and flown five US Presidents. It's been a little badge of honor my whole life to be able to tell people that.

And now, when I meet people I could say I've met six US Presidents.

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NIXON THREW HIMSELF UNDER THE BUS

I’m sticking with five, even though one of those five was Nixon!

I flew him on his first official trip after his two-year exile. His eyes showed he was a beaten man. After that trip I always had some respect for him because—yes he made some serious mistakes—but when it came down to America or him, he took one for Team America and disappeared.

In 21st Century jargon, “Nixon threw himself under the bus.”

Trump is gladly throwing all 320 million of us under the bus as he boosts his ego and net worth. Well, not quite ALL 320 million. After all, there is that one percent of one percent that will profit from the tax cuts he wants.

https://www.quora.com/Have-you-ever-spoken-with-Trump-one-on-one-behind-closed-doors
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Post by: AGelbert on September 23, 2017, 06:37:02 pm
Inside North Korea Newest Documentary (2017)

https://youtu.be/madZhwKI2dA

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Fact Reality

Published on Apr 25, 2017

in this documentary you get to see how north korean people really live in one of the rarest documentaries ever recorded.

Trump's War Loving Modus Operandi represents a MUCH GREATER DANGER for the USA than Kim Jung-un does, or North Korea EVER did! (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200317173810.png)


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Post by: AGelbert on October 23, 2017, 10:52:39 pm
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October 23, 2017

US Didn't 'Stand By' Indonesia Bloodbath - It Helped

Newly published cables detail the critical US role in the Indonesian military's genocidal campaign against communists and dissidents in 1965. We speak to scholar Brad Simpson, who oversaw the documents' publication for the National Security Archive.

https://youtu.be/9Fm88scLQUI

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20282
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Post by: AGelbert on October 30, 2017, 02:10:08 pm
Inventing Saladin: The Role of the Saladin Legend in European Culture and Identity

OCTOBER 23, 2017 BY NATALIE ANDERSON

By Brian C. David
MA Thesis, James Madison University, 2017

Possible portrait of Saladin, from a manuscript copy of ‘Kitab fi ma’arifat al-hiyal al-handisaya’, written and illustrated A.D. 1354, Collection Freer Gallery of Art, Accession Number F1932.19 (at Thesis link)

Abstract: This thesis seeks to uncover and understand the strange historical journey of the Muslim Sultan Yusuf ibn Ayyub, known to the West as Saladin. The historic Saladin was a ruler famous for his successful campaigns against the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, his victory at the Battle of Hattin, and his holding action against the Third Crusade. Upon Saladin’s death in 1193, he became the subject of numerous legends, most of which describe him as a merciful, chivalric, and ideal leader of men. The epitome of what a thirteenth century European noble was supposed to be.

This thesis seek to explain how these legends helped form cultural identities, it will also show how the legends of Saladin evolved over time, through a direct comparison between the legend’s role in the thirteenth century and the twentieth century.

Further, this thesis will show how these legends, rather than being simple justifications for Saladin’s success and behavior, are in fact a vehicle which historians and writers can use to better understand English and French medieval culture, and how those two cultural groups defined themselves as societies. Despite vast cultural changes to England and France over those seven hundred years, the legends would again be used to help define the identity of those two nations.

Not only is this thesis trying to justify Saladin’s success and behavior, these later legends are deeply intertwined with justifications for imperialism and scientific racism. The unpacking of these legends will not only help the reader to better understand who Saladin truly was, but understand the culture of Europe as well.

SNIPPET:

The historians to be analyzed, such as Lane-Poole and Gibb, were heavily influenced not only by Scott, but by an imperialist worldview as well. So if there is a link between modern imperialism and romantic literature, what is imperialism?

Imperialism is defined as the extension of power and influence that one entity exerts on another.232 Modern imperialism, specifically deals with the domination of the world by European nations during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

While this domination most obviously done through military force, European imperialism employed multiple methods, from economic to social controls, to dominate huge sections of the world throughout the modern period. A major part of imperialism, and where the legends of Saladin become important, is the literature of imperialism. Literary imperialism is a grouping of ideals, attributed to Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that favor European conquest and domination of non-European nations and peoples.233

Specifically when talking about the history of modern imperialism in the Middle East, one can clearly see this domination as not just militarily and economically, but culturally as well. British and French imperialist had little respect for any of the cultures that dominated the Levant, and did not believe them incapable of governing themselves.

Thus during the 1920s, they had the League of Nations create the system of mandates, not only to draw up borders for the region, but established imperialists powers to govern those territories as well.234 This patronizing form of  domination was common, it was done in Africa and Southeast Asia as well, and shows how little imperial governments viewed the native peoples of the regions they dominated. It is in the writings of imperialists that one finds the justification for this conquest and domination, and this is the link between imperialism and literature.235 This act of justification (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9HT4xZyDmh4/TOHhxzA0wLI/AAAAAAAAEUk/oeHDS2cfxWQ/s200/Smiley_Angel_Wings_Halo.jpg)(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png) does not necessarily have to be a conscious one; rather it is the result of education and knowledge of the day reflected in the writings of those who lived in the empire.

This truth about imperialism is what Phillip Curtin discussed in his seminal work on the subject, Imperialism (1971): That imperialism was the means by which Europeans justified the empires they conquered through new industrialized technological means. Britain and France, the subject of this thesis, had the two largest empires during the zenith of modern imperialism, and thus both benefited the most from such writings.

Click here to read this thesis from James Madison University (http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1509&context=master201019)

Agelbert NOTE: European culture has, as you will learn by reading this thesis, a LONG history of pushing propaganda justifying the brutal and murderous subjugation of people who are not Europeans (that is, when said Europeans weren't busy trying to pillage each other) by the deliberate wide dissemination of lofty, high sounding rhetoric and clever claims that they are "doing God's will".

Pro-imperialst propaganda goes way back. It was composed almost exclusively of duplicitous double talk then, and continues to be every bit as bigoted, mendacious and self serving today.

Captalism is the logical socially destructive product of the imperialist world view in that, exactly like imperialsm, it justifies plunder, abuse, cruel subjugation and murder for naked self interest with lofty, high sounding baloney rhetoric about 'freedom' and 'liberty''. The difference is that, unlike under Imperialism, under Capitalism the plundering  of ANYBODY is 'justified' by greed.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-120716190938.png)
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Post by: AGelbert on November 27, 2017, 08:53:24 pm
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July 6, 2015

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt - Chris Hedges on RAI (1/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges discusses his new book with Paul Jay. In part one, they focus on the revolutionary significance of the life of Tom Paine, a man who understood the moral imperative of revolt and was willing to pay the price.

https://youtu.be/eTkgJvAjTIU


July 7, 2015

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt - Chris Hedges on RAI (2/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss Ferguson, Baltimore and the need to build a movement with candidates that targets white supremacy and corporate capitalism

https://youtu.be/2nECWBKw2Hs


July 8, 2015

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt - Chris Hedges on RAI (3/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss the Bernie Sanders campaign and the role of violence in revolution

https://youtu.be/QzsWyDFBdnE

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=74&jumival=1399
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Post by: AGelbert on December 04, 2017, 02:42:59 pm
December 4, 2017

Undoing New Deal: The 1944 Coup Against VP Henry Wallace

Historian Peter Kuznick and Paul Jay discuss the historical context of the fight between the Sanders' progressive wing against the oligarchy (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/pirates5B15D_th.gif) within the Democratic Party; the overthrow of Vice President Wallace by an alliance of party bosses and Southern racists was a turning point in the decades long process to roll back the New Deal (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/acigar.gif) (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/2z6in9g.gif)(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png)

https://youtu.be/5N60joKW174

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20577%27%20style=%27color:#000;

Agelbert NOTE: Henry Wallace knew what was coming and did his best to prevent it. That is why the Traitorous American Fascists took him down. The Fascist Representatives of Wall Street then began their march to total Fascism in the USA. We are there.  (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/mog.gif)

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Post by: AGelbert on December 09, 2017, 08:21:20 pm
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December 7, 2017

Undoing the New Deal: Truman's Cold War Buries Wallace and the Left

Historian Peter Kuznick says Truman bought into the Republican's post-WWII campaign against Russia and used the hysteria to purge the Democratic Party and defeat former VP Henry Wallace in the '48 Presidential election; with host Paul Jay

https://youtu.be/eObLP_TLRw4

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20636%27%20style=%27color:#000;
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Post by: AGelbert on December 10, 2017, 09:27:30 pm
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Undoing the New Deal: Roosevelt Created A Social Safety Net, Not Socialism (pt3)

https://youtu.be/2VXY4Q3ukrcz

TheRealNews

Published on Dec 9, 2017

Historian Peter Kuznick says the New Deal created necessary programs and regulations that mitigated the effects of the Great Depression, but he wouldn’t nationalize the banks or challenge private ownership.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on December 14, 2017, 09:32:10 pm
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December 14, 2017

Undoing the New Deal: Truman (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/gen152.gif) Embraces the Cold War (pt4)

Historian Peter Kuznick says that while Truman supported the New Deal, he paved the way for its undoing by fueling the anti-communist, anti-socialist fervor which played into the hands of the right; with host Paul Jay

https://youtu.be/xC5k-oGFpkM

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20700:Undoing-the-New-Deal:-Truman-Embraces-the-Cold-War-(pt4) (http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20700:Undoing-the-New-Deal:-Truman-Embraces-the-Cold-War-(pt4))
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on December 20, 2017, 08:30:33 pm
  December 18, 2017

Undoing the New Deal: African-Americans, Racism and the FDR/Johnson Reforms (Pt5)

Historian Gerald Horne says that to pass the New Deal legislation, FDR allowed discriminatory practices to appease the racist Dixiecrat section of the Democratic Party; the reforms of the 60's that responded to the upsurge of the civil rights movement helped Black Americans, but have been undone by Democratic and Repubican administratons since - with host Paul Jay

https://youtu.be/cIKRVK8sjL8

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20708:Undoing-the-New-Deal%3A-African-Americans%2C-Racism-and-the-FDRJohnson-Reforms-%28Pt5%29


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Post by: AGelbert on December 20, 2017, 09:12:35 pm
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December 20, 2017

Undoing the New Deal: Clinton Rolled Back the Deal, Obama Blew a FDR Moment (pt6)

Historian Gerald Horne says that President Clinton's "reforms" were a staggering blow to the social safety net; President Obama had a rare political moment where he could have created a modern New Deal, but he wouldn't do it

https://youtu.be/ntCG_ECjgB0

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20689

Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on December 29, 2017, 07:41:17 pm
Historian Peter Kuznick: Three False Myths Americans Believe

https://youtu.be/dSjTZ6uC0ZY

72,579 views

Regis Tremblay

Published on May 22, 2016

American University professor, Peter Kuznick, destroys the WWII myths that have underscored US foreign policy since 1945. Peter co-authored The Untold History of the United States with Oliver Stone. The book and a ten part film series are available from Amazon.
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Post by: AGelbert on January 05, 2018, 09:16:02 pm
The Truth Of The Wounded Knee Massacre Of December 29th 1890

https://youtu.be/hewci2KdBeU

Thom tells us the story of Wounded Knee on it's anniversary, what really happened over 126 years ago.

Thom Hartmann Dec. 29, 2017 3:00 pm
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on January 05, 2018, 10:52:30 pm
The Truth Of The Wounded Knee Massacre Of December 29th 1890

Interesting. In a parallel universe, I am re-reading Evan Connell's masterful "Son of the Morning Star," a biographer of Custer and many of his contemporaries, including Sitting Bull. The proximate cause of Little Bighorn was the discovery of gold in the Black Hills, so, of course, the Sioux had to go. As well as the buffalo, for the railroads. Reading excerpts from newspapers of that time calling for a war of extermination on "Lo" (as in "Lo, the noble savage...") is eerily familiar.
Remember how while Americans were horrified when Rap Brown said, "Violence is as American as cherry pie?"

I didn't know about the discovery of gold in the Black Hills triggering the Little Bighorn, but I am not surprised. Americans were, and still are, quite willing to wipe an entire people or culture out, if they are told said culture or people is in the way of "progress". Many will claim that is not so. They are deluding themselves.

Over the years I have tried to figure out how and when this happened, beyond the normal tendency of the average human being to engage in murder and mayhem if the the government backs it, of course. For example, Americans were quite willing to slaughter each other during the Civil War. Who were these people? They were mostly peaceful farmers who used rifles to to protect their property and to occasionally hunt.

After the Civil War, the NEXT big war changed the American soldier's character for good (i.e. for REALLY BAD!). The Spanish American War, though small and insignificant compared with WWI, played a singular role in brutalizing the averge male American far beyond the experience of warring Native Americans or fellow Americans in the Civil War.

In the Philippines, the concentration camp slow torture and deliberate selective murder of unarmed relatives (women and children) was perfected for the purpose of getting the "insurgents" to surrender, at which time they were double crossed and mostly killed too. The "patriotic" murder of people outside our country, who looked a little different, then became part of the mindset of the average male American. If the soldier wasn't racist before he went into the military, he became a racist while there.

By the time the really big wars came along, even the "Geneva Convention", that happened somewhere along the way to our present murdering madness, did little or nothing to stop routine massacres and torture and murder of unarmed prisoners just for the hell of it.

Remember the Special Forces soldiers in Afghanistan around 2003 that, after they had murdered women "accidentally", went through the "trouble" of extracting the bullets from the bodies so that American ordnance would not be found in the victims? You know, you have to have sunk to a completely monstrous level of empathy deficit disordered cold logic to even contemplate such a monstrous act. Yet these well trained elite American forces did it without batting an eye. I will never thank them for that "service".

Several generations of war and media approved racism of the "other" have made most American males into the most bellicose, morally depraved, unrepentant, history challenged, might is right believing killing machines in the history of the world. The rest of the nations of the world are well advised to fear us. Trump or no Trump, this country's soldiers are second only to Catastrophic Climate Change as an extinction threat to humanity.
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Post by: AGelbert on January 31, 2018, 08:20:59 pm
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January 29, 2018

Undoing the New Deal: Eisenhower Builds an Arsenal of Nuclear Weapons and a Cabinet of Millionaires 🐉 🦕 🦖 (pt7)

Historian Peter Kuznick says that in spite of his famous warning, Eisenhower can be called the father of the industrial-military complex; when he takes office, the U.S. has a 1,000 nuclear weapons, when he leaves, it's 22,000 - with host Paul Jay

https://youtu.be/Ro_M-awvmN4

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20753:Undoing-the-New-Deal%3A--Eisenhower-Builds-an-Arsenal-of-Nuclear-Weapons-and-a-%0D%0ACabinet-of-Millionair
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Post by: AGelbert on February 05, 2018, 12:00:54 am
FEB 03, 2018 TD ORIGINALS

American History for Truthdiggers: Original Sin

The swampy environs of Jamestown, Virginia, claim the life of another 17th-century English settler in this painting by National Park Service artist Sydney King. (National Park Service / Public Domain) (at artcile link)

Truthdig editor’s note: The past is prologue. The stories we tell about ourselves and our forebears inform the sort of country we think we are and help determine public policy. As our current president promises to “Make America great again,” this moment is an appropriate time to reconsider our past, look back at various eras of United States history and re-evaluate America’s origins. When, exactly, were we “great”?

The “American History for Truthdiggers” series, which begins with the installment below, is a pull-no-punches appraisal of our shared, if flawed, past. The author of the series, Danny Sjursen, an active-duty major in the U.S. Army, served military tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and taught the nation’s checkered, often inspiring past when he was an assistant professor of history at West Point. His wartime experiences, his scholarship, his skill as a writer and his patriotism illuminate these Truthdig posts.


American Slavery, American Freedom (Colonial Virginia 1607-1676)

Origins matter. Every nation-state has an origin myth, a comforting tale of trials, tribulations and triumphs that form the foundation of “imagined communities.” The United States of America—a self-proclaimed “indispensable nation”—is as prone to exaggerated origin myths as any society in human history. Most of us are familiar with the popular American origin story: Our forefathers, a collection of hardy, pious pioneers, escaped religious persecution in England and founded a “new world”—a shining beacon in a virgin land. Of course, that story, however flawed, refers to the Pilgrims, and Massachusetts, circa 1620. But that’s not the true starting point for English-speaking society in North America.

The first permanent colony was in Virginia, at Jamestown, beginning in 1607. Why, then, do our young students dress in black buckle-top hats and re-create Thanksgiving each year? Where is the commemoration of Jamestown and our earliest American forebears? The omission itself tells a story, that of a chosen, comforting narrative (the legend of the Pilgrims), and the whitewashing of a murkier past along the James River.

The truth is, the United States descends from both origins—Massachusetts and Virginia—and carries the legacy of each into the 21st century. So why do we focus on the Pilgrims and sideline Virginia? A fresh look may help explain.

The Age of ‘Discovery’

When it comes to history—like any story—the starting point is itself informative. I taught freshman history at West Point, a far more progressive and thoughtful school than many readers probably imagine. Nonetheless, with cadets required to take only one semester of U.S. history, we had just 40 lessons to illuminate the American past. So where to start? The official answer—as in so many standard history courses—was Jamestown, Virginia, 1607.

Read more:

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/american-history-truthdiggers-original-sin/
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Post by: AGelbert on February 19, 2018, 10:42:56 pm
Do you know who Judith Miller (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png) is? You should. She helped Bush steal 3 Trillion Dollars from we-the-people (US War Crime in Iraq) with daily LIES in the New York Times. Learn more about how you are being lied to for cruelty 🐉 and exploitation 🦖 for Empire 🦀 (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif) in this talk by Chris Hedges.

Shutdown Your Electronic Hallucinations, Chris Hedges Empire Of Illusion

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https://youtu.be/Az-lLyT9O9Q

MultiOmzz

Published on Nov 1, 2017
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Post by: AGelbert on February 20, 2018, 08:35:08 pm
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Peter Shev

Published on Nov 20, 2014

Journalist Chris Hedges interviews political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, who says democracy requires continuous opposition and vigilance by the citizenry.
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Post by: AGelbert on February 21, 2018, 06:43:35 pm
Learn about NRA Hypocrisy and also the REAL HISTORY of How and Why the Second Amendment was Added to the Constitution

Feb. 20, 2018 3:30 pm

By Thom Hartmann

https://youtu.be/5cYHu36NFj8
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Post by: AGelbert on February 22, 2018, 09:24:32 pm
Peter Kuznick: Three False Myths Americans (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/gen152.gif) Believe

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https://youtu.be/dSjTZ6uC0ZY

Regis Tremblay

Published on May 22, 2016

American University professor, Peter Kuznick, destroys the WWII myths that have underscored US foreign policy since 1945. Peter co-authored The Untold History of the United States with Oliver Stone. The book and a ten part film series are available from Amazon.
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Post by: AGelbert on February 25, 2018, 08:40:59 pm
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January 13, 2016

The History of the 2nd Amendment

TRNN Replay: Historian Gerald Horne tracks the evolution of the gun debate starting from slavery during the country's founding, the post-Civil War reconstruction in the south, and through today's era of mass incarceration

https://youtu.be/k34urIYTuXA

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=15410

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Post by: AGelbert on February 25, 2018, 08:54:50 pm
 
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February 23, 2018

Former CIA Director 🐲 Admits to US Foreign Meddling, Laughs (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png) About It  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-120716190938.png)

The U.S. government has overthrown dozens of governments and rigged numerous foreign elections, and former CIA Director James Woolsey finds this funny - Ben Norton reports

https://youtu.be/zjr3Jb8N1HM
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Post by: AGelbert on June 20, 2018, 08:39:30 pm
Communism wasn't a negative buzzword here before the war. It all changed in about '47.  The exact circumstances of how that changed are of interest to me. I think it was the deliberate work of people like the Dulles brothers and Wild Bill Donovan, the guys who gave us the real Deep State.

In spite of Palloy's assertions that the story is well understood in "other countries", I don't really think that's true, beyond the superficial stuff.

There was a conspiracy at the highest levels. It involved lots of people who probably went to their graves with secrets they never told. Now we'll never know.

I thought it was interesting that Trump backed off on declassifying all the JFK files. There are threads there that somebody might unravel.

Yeah the one group its okay for any American to hate is the communists. We learned that sh it. When the Soviet Union fell, it left a big gap in our "hated enemy" category. So lucky we found al Quaeda and ISIS  before it was too late.


I totally disagree that Communism was not a negative "buzzword" before WWII. You are right about the history after 1947. You are wrong about it before. I know that history well. Palloy's views have nothing to do with my extensive knowledge of American History, sir.

We had troops in Russia after the Communist Revolution. They were not there to provide good will. There is a lot more. If you want chapter and verse about Hoover's activities, I will dig them up. If you want to know what went down right around the the turn of the century (19th to 20th) that was RABIDLY anti-Socialist in this country, I'll dig it up. Remember the "anarchists"? They just wanted to get paid properly for their labor. Their polices were socialist to the core. They were demonized and crushed because they saw through the Capitalist bullshit. The "bombings" attributed to the anarchists was part of that demonization. The real violence was that of our government against them!

Hoover (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191329.bmp) was very busy in the early 20th century MANUFACTURING the First Red Scare on behalf Capitalists who DID NOT want to pay people fair wages. It's too long to quote here, but I learned much about Hoover's skullduggery from reading about Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., who is famous for all his principled dissents on the Child Labor and Capitalist Cruelty defending Supreme Court (1902-1932). That is NOT taught in American History courses, even in college. You've got to DIG to find the truth. And that truth is the US Government (spare me the FDR talk. He could just barely control the Capitalist Crazies) AND the police were, and still are, anti-Communist/Socialist to the core!

Here are some quotes that somewhat address the issue:

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The First Red Scare was a period during the early 20th-century history of the United States marked by a widespread fear of Bolshevism and anarchism, due to real and imagined events; real events included those such as the Russian Revolution and anarchist bombings. At its height in 1919–1920, concerns over the effects of radical political agitation in American society and the alleged spread of communism and anarchism in the American labor movement fueled a general sense of concern ;).

Now just WHO 💵 🎩do you think was "concerned", if not the Capitalist Business Community🐉🦕 🦖 that OWNED Hoover?

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Hoover and his investigators used espionage tactics of their own to locate potential communists, including wiretaps, surveillance, and infiltrating leftist organizations. The efficiency of the FBI ;) (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png) was critical in many high-profile cases.

The following exercise in US Propaganda happy talk totally conveniently misses the FACT that many Americans believed all this hysterical scaremongering because they were lied to about the "Communist threat" by our government, which manufactured it out of thin air.

There WAS NO Communist threat in regard to WAR. The REVERSE was true. Russia wanted to work with us avoid an arms race and nuclear proliferation. Truman knew that and did not give a rat's ass about it. Yeah, there was money to be made by our Capitalist MIC pretending Russia was gonna git us. But, that was just a BAU benefit of our mens rea modus operandi.

The actual rationale behind BOTH Red Scares was that Socialism threatens Greed Based Capiitalist BAU and therefore must be demonized, period. If you believe otherwise, I must vigorously disagree with you.

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Second Red Scare

The Second Red Scare (1947-1957) was a fear-driven phenomenon brought on by the growing power of communist countries in the wake of the Second World War, particularly the Soviet Union. Many (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png)in the U.S. feared that the Soviet Union and its allies were planning to forcefully spread communism around the globe, overthrowing both democratic and capitalist institutions as it went. With the Soviet Union occupying much of Eastern and Central Europe, many in the U.S. perceived their fears of communist expansionism as confirmed. The U.S. also feared that communist agents had infiltrated the federal government. A massive witch hunt to root out communist sympathizers ensued.(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png)

http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Second_Red_Scare (http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Second_Red_Scare)
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on June 20, 2018, 09:05:40 pm
Unions and the robber baron capitalists certainly had some major clashes. But the unions ultimately won a lot...for a while. My father walked the picket lines. I remember his union was on strike for months when I was about 10 years old. It was a tough time.  When I was young I was actually a shop steward in the plant where my Dad worked. I paid union dues. So long ago now, nearly 40 years. Seems like another life.

I'm not questioning your history knowledge. Don't be so touchy.

I'm not saying that the capitalists with their private cops and strike breakers weren't bad guys. I know about Joe Hill and Sacco and Vanzetti, and the IWW and all that. The Haymarket Riots. I took American History too, although none of that stuff was stressed in the curriculum where  I went to school, as you can imagine.

I even read some of Steinbeck's book In Dubious Battle, which is very dark and so sad it made me cry. I never could finish it.

But in the 30's it was cool to be communist if your were an intellectual in say, NYC. That's why the stupid McCarthy hearings were so damaging. There were plenty of people to accuse, and they were guilty, if going to a meeting once or twice made you guilty of something. There was a time during the Depression when socialism looked pretty good to a lot of out-of-work Americans.

But something did change materially around the time of Churchill's famous speech. From that time, there was an intense campaign by the Bernaysians to make sure every American hated communism. It certainly was intentional, and in my view, was the brainchild of someone. And that someone was probably more like one or more of the people Carroll Quigley wrote about. The powers behind the throne. And the guys who started the CIA and founded the USMIC.

If you can point me to a book that covers that part of it, I'd like to see it. I don't think the story has been told, but I could certainly be in error.

A very interesting character in the Red Scare was a well-known radio personality who grew up and lived here. His name was John Henry Falk. He's dead now. There isn't much left of his work, but there are a few bits. This utoob is him going off on Reagan in the late 80's.

He sued the House UnAmerican Activities Committee and finally won, although it was a pyrrhic victory. One of my heroes.


https://youtu.be/909rB30uwe8

Touchy" has nothing to do with the fact that you have an incorrect view of anti-communist activity in the USA before 1947. You are wrong about that. I have just posted the correct history to prove you are wrong. Yet, you want to discuss my "touchyness", followed by a lot of info that is frankly not relevent to the FIRST RED SCARE, which is the subject you do not want admit you were mistaken about.

Eddie, I know you. You will NOT back down.

I won't waste any more time explaining to you why you are wrong about the "fact" that anti-Communist/Socialist sentiment in the USA "only began after 1947".  Capitalism is the reason for ALL anti-Communist/Socialist sentiment in the USA, even before "Socialism" actually had a NAME! ANY attempt to defend the workers and give them a fair shake after the Industrial Revolution began was BRUTALLY CRUSHED by the Capitalists, period.

The Haymarket Affair is probably the first exposure of an in-your-face Capitalist attack on Socialists. The enmity of Capitalists for employee rights has never abated. I know you don't think so. Therefore, I respectfully must claim that you are wrong. Have a nice day.

I'll dig up some quotes from historical documents tomorrow. You are free to believe what you wish.

Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on June 21, 2018, 10:40:48 pm
Capitalist Demonization and Violent Abuse of Communists/Socialists/Anarchists in the US before 1947

Capitalist Demonization and Violent Abuse of Communists/Socialists/Anarchists in the US began in earnest, not after 1947, but in the 1880's. The post WWII Red Scare was a more polished repeat of past nefarious activities against labor for the purpose of destroying labor's ability to successfully demand decent wages and safe working conditions.   

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The US labor movement had emerged as a national force in 1877, the same year Reconstruction came to its anti-climactic end. That year, more than one hundred thousand workers went out on strike in the Great Uprising. Spurred by wage cuts for railroad workers, the wildcat strike announced the working class’ presence as a force in American society.

For capital, it brought flashbacks to the Paris Commune, which had briefly terrorized the entire Atlantic ruling class. In St. Louis, the uprising developed into a general strike that united black and white workers.

The wealthy moved quickly to protect 🦍 their privileges. Militias and private armies battled with strikers across the country, and eventually the National Guard was deployed to put down the strike city by city. Over one hundred workers ultimately died in the fighting, and the strike was crushed.

The Uprising of 1877 set the general pattern for American labor history for much of the rest of the century
. Compared with the rest of the capitalist world, the American union movement remained small and defensive, constantly subject to the threat of violence both legal and extralegal.
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/02/rise-and-fall-socialist-party-of-america


The other general pattern set from that crushed strike was the use of Capitalist owned newspapers to demonize Socialists. Xenophobia was stoked then, as it was in the Haymarket Affair and the First Red Scare and the Second Red Scare by demonizing "foreigner"Socialists/Anarchists/Reds/Communists. Before the infamous McCarthy (the post 1947 Anti-Socialist tool of J. Edgar Hoover) was even born, Anti-Socialst Newspaper Propaganda and the use of the police and the government to physically attack socialists was common.

The Haymarket Affair established the Capitalist PATTERN for the Red Scare, as an excuse to destroy the Socialist inspired labor movement that threatened Capitalist Routine Cruelty.

As the Industrial Revolution's horrendous working conditions and massive accident and death rate increased, labor fought harder to be treated with dignity.

The Capitalist elite in the USA already had the police harassing or even killing who they identified as leaders, but that was not effective enough. They needed a sort of "9/11" to demonize the Socialst movement. The Haymarket Affair began as a protest of the killing and wounding of several workers by the Chicago police the day before. The very LAST THING the workers wanted was to kill police! They were protesting wanton killing by the police!

The Capitalists saw this protest as an opportunity to demonize the Socialist protesters while portraying the police as "martyrs".

For those who think this is a conspiracy theory without merit, ask yourself HOW a person who HAD to have been known, either by the police or by the protesters in order be able to walk casually among them just before he threw the bomb, could NEVER be identified. TPTB DID NOT want that person to EVER be identified because he was an agent provocateur working FOR TPTB, PERIOD.

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U.S. LABOR IN THE 1800S

Strikes by industrial workers were increasingly common in the United States in the 1880s, a time when working conditions often were dismal and dangerous, and wages were low.

The American labor movement during this time also included a radical faction of socialists, communists and anarchists who believed the capitalist system should be dismantled because it exploited workers. A number of these labor radicals were immigrants, many of them from Germany.

HAYMARKET RIOT BEGINS

The May 4, 1886, rally at Haymarket Square was organized by labor radicals to protest the killing and wounding of several workers by the Chicago police during a strike the day before at the McCormick Reaper Works.


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Toward the end of the Haymarket Square rally, a group of policemen arrived to disperse the crowd. As the police advanced, an individual who was never identified threw a bomb 💣 at them. The police and possibly some members of the crowd opened fire and chaos ensued. Seven police officers and at least one civilian died as a result of the violence that day, and an untold number of other people were injured.

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AFTERMATH OF THE HAYMARKET RIOT

The Haymarket Riot set off a national wave of xenophobia, as scores of foreign-born radicals and labor organizers were rounded up by the police in Chicago and elsewhere. In August 1886, eight men, labeled as anarchists, were convicted in a sensational and controversial trial in which the jury was considered to be biased and no solid evidence was presented linking the defendants to the bombing.

Judge Joseph E. Gary imposed the death sentence on seven of the men, and the eighth was sentenced to 15 years in prison. On November 11, 1887, four of the men were hanged.

Of the additional three who were sentenced to death, one committed suicide on the eve of his execution and the other two had their death sentences commuted to life in prison by Illinois Governor Richard J. Oglesby. The governor was reacting to widespread public questioning of their guilt, which later led his successor, Governor John P. Altgeld, to pardon the three activists still living in 1893.

In the aftermath of the Haymarket Riot and subsequent trial and executions, public opinion was divided. For some people, the events led to a heightened anti-labor sentiment, while others (including labor organizers around the world) believed the men had been convicted unfairly and viewed them as martyrs.

https://www.history.com/topics/haymarket-riot


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The Contested Haymarket Affair: 130 Years Later

Chicago in the post-Civil War decades became a major railroad hub, center of industrial production and heartland engine of unrestrained capitalist development. That rapid expansion was built on the exploitation of a primarily immigrant working class subjected to incredibly long hours, poor pay, and horrific working and living conditions.

The city, through the mid-1870s, was convulsed by a severe economic depression resulting in mass unemployment and wage cuts, working class upheaval and attempts to organize that were met, in turn, with “industrial titan” countermeasures often involving violence and state repression.

By the early 1880s, a loose coalition of local labor organizations led by the reformist Knights of Labor but including the forerunner of the American Federation of Labor and more radical anarcho-communists joined in a call for a nationwide general strike on May 1, 1886 to demand an eight hour day.

Some 80,000 Chicago workers marched through the downtown that day and strikes continued afterward. On May 3rd, police fired upon strikers killing three at the city’s McCormick Reaper Plant. In response, local anarchist federation leaders called for the emergency protest at the Haymarket, at which the bombing occurred.

The “Haymarket Affair” — the bombing, subsequent repression, trial and execution of the “Haymarket martyrs” — had huge ramifications. It influenced the thinking of generations of labor and left activists of every persuasion, and directly shaped the contours of radical and reform strategy and tactics in regard to political action and labor organization for decades.

https://solidarity-us.org/atc/182/p4654/

Capitalism and socialism were sworn enemies WAY BEFORE the 20th century began. The newspapers were almost totally owned by the Capitalists, so they provided the demonizing propaganda against the "evil foreigner" Socialists/Anarchist/Communists. 

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The anti-Socialst attacks in England were based on exactly the same Capitalist ideology as they were, and still are, in the USA.

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The thesis, "Anti-Socialism in British Politics, 1900-1922," is an attempt to combine the approaches of intellectual and political history in explaining the development of Conservative Party politics at a crucial period of social and political change.

It pays particular attention to the relationship between political thought and action through the
medium of 'ideology.' It attempts to illuminate this process with an extended case-study of the ideological opposition to 'Socialism' between 1880s and 1920s; it then traces the impact of these ideas to the strategic calculations and policy programmes of the Conservative party.

It concludes by arguing that the ideological character of inter-war Conservatism can be best understood by reference to its resistance to Socialism, and it is through this doctrinal prism that the transformation of the Party into one dedicated to protecting the interests of industrialists and the middle-class, suburban salariat can be best understood.

The thesis examines the processes of ideological innovation and operationalisation by which these interests were appealed to, and also reveals the political constraints which prevented Conservatives making too overt an appeal to the propertyowning classes.

The first half of the thesis is concerned with various intellectual and ideological responses to 'Socialism'; the contents of these critiques are treated as interesting in their own right, but are also related to the demands of a wider political culture, particularly as they were constructed with political needs in mind.

The second half examines the political impact of Anti-Socialism in British politics at local and national level after 1906. It concludes by arguing that the relationship between Conservatism and the free market, limited government ideal of 'liberal' Individualism was closer than sometimes argued, that 'Anti-Socialism' brought the two creeds together, but in the end it was the 'common sense' Conservative modification of the Individualist creed which dominated political rhetoric and helped overcome many of the hidden tensions present in creating a Party for the 'property-owning democracy.

https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:9c80bc93-3fe6-4fa8-a43c-2536084f48f4/download_file?file_format=application/pdf&safe_filename=602325174.pdf&type_of_work=Thesis

Socialism was NEVER about "revolution". In fact, Marx himself claimed they did not have to DO anything to destroy Capitalism, because Capitalist was self-destructive. Marx made it clear (see video at the end of this post) that the actual Revolutionary Force was, and still is, Capitalism, which requires constant upheaval to profit from worker insecurity through unbridled exploitation. Most reading this, like myself, were brainwashed to think that Capitalism wants peace and Socialism/Communism wants war. The exact reverse is true.

The Capitalists Newspapers in the USA had to portray Socialists as evil bomb throwing, violence loving goons in order to successfully demonize them in the eyes of the American public. That massive propaganda effort, laced with Red Scares, began in the 1880's and has not stopped to this day.

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Socialism in the United States began with utopian communities in the early 19th century such as the Shakers, the activist visionary Josiah Warren and intentional communities inspired by Charles Fourier.

Labor activists—usually British, German, or Jewish immigrants—founded the Socialist Labor Party in 1877. The Socialist Party of America was established in 1901.

By that time, anarchism also established itself around the country while socialists of different tendencies were involved in early American labor organizations and struggles which reached a high point in the Haymarket affair in Chicago which started International Workers' Day as the main workers holiday around the world (except in the United States, which celebrates Labor Day on the first Monday of September) and making the 8-hour day a worldwide objective by workers organizations and socialist parties worldwide.[1]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_socialist_movement_in_the_United_States

Newspapers wasted no time jacking up their negative propaganda effots shortly after the 20th Century began.

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J. Edgar Hoover came into the picture after the turn of the century. He was actively fabricating trumped up charges against Socialists/Anarchists on behalf of Capitalists. J. Edgar Hoover's skills reached a fever pitch when Woodrow Wilson needed to demonize as "un-patriotic and treasonous" the principled Socialist resistance to the US entering WWI.

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This factoid misses the fact that Hoover was rabidly Anti-Socialist well over a decade before 1917.   

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Shaped by the anticommunist hysteria in the aftermath of the successful Russian Revolution of 1917, Hoover took part in the Palmer Raids against radicals and spent the rest of his life in the service of espionage and undermining suspected “subversives” of every sort.
http://www.isreview.org/issues/49/cointelpro.shtml

Hoover's carefullly developed malevolent plethora of tools to attack "subversives", which later provided the COINTELPRO mens rea modus operandi pattern had EVERYTHING to do with defending Capitalism and ZIP to do with his homosexuality and racism, despite the rather convenient historical narrative about Hoover's "motives".

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Contemporary histories tend to focus on Hoover's maniacal egotism and closeted homosexuality to explain his lifelong fixation on repressing minorities who fought discrimination and reds who challenged the status quo.
http://www.isreview.org/issues/49/cointelpro.shtml

The "status quo" Hoover was actually tasked to defend was the Capitalist System, PERIOD.

Hoover was up to his eyeballs in skullduggery for at least a decade before the First Red Scare in 1919. He was routinely fabricating evidence to bring trumped up charges against Anarchists and other Socialists during this period.

When the military draft was instituted by Woodrow wilson Hoover helped round up Pacifists, most of whom were Socialists or Anarchists who, true to Socialist ideology did NOT want war. The Capitalists WANTED the US to enter that war. Do you see how upside down the propagnda against socialists is? THEY are PACIFISTS by ideology. Capitalist are violent warmongers by ideology. Hoover continued to serve loyally the Capitalist System.

The common thread from the 1880's to the present running through ALL this brutallity and mendacious demonizing propaganda against workers who strike and/or are pacifists that did not want to go to war is the Capitalist PROFIT motive.

In 1919, Hoover officially begins practicing this (later called COINTELPRO) style of heinous skullduggery on "subversives", trotting out the First Red Scare for Woodrow Wilson.

What was REALLY behind this Red Scare was the fact that the business community DID NOT want to pay decent wages in the slow period after WWI. The workers weren't having any of that. So, the Capitalists had to divide and conquer them with some hysterical scaremongering pretext. Again, continuing the war against Socialst Ideology while keeping the workers harassed was killing two birds with one Hoover stone for the Capitalists 😈. They laughed all the way to the bank.

And you thought it was about the "Evil Red Russians", didn't you?

Here's one of these to remind you of what Capitalists think of you:
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J. Edgar Hoover engaged in Eavesdropping, Bogus mail, Black propaganda, Disinformation, Harassment arrests, Infiltrators or agent provocateurs, Bad-jacketing, Fabrication of evidence and Assassinations. Hoover was a career destroyer, jailer, and when he thought it expedient, a killer for Capitalism.

But Hoover's agenda was embraced by every president he served, including Democrats Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Here is the sanitized version of history:

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A special division of the Bureau of Investigation—precursor to the FBI—charged with collating all information on leftist radicals was created by Palmer in 1919 in response to the bombs.

J. Edgar Hoover, a Justice Department lawyer at the time, was put in charge of the group. Hoover coordinated intelligence from various sources to identify those radicals believed most prone to violence.

https://www.history.com/topics/palmer-raids

Hello? Socialists and Anarchists were, and still are, PACIFISTS! Hoover invented that "various sources to identify radicals believed most prone to violence" BULLSHIT out of thin air, with no legal grounds whatsoever!

The Capitalist owned newspapers, of course, did their, by now well polished, demonization of all things Communist/Socalist.

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FIRST RED SCARE (https://cahsredscare.weebly.com/cause--effect.html)

Those bombs were NOT the work of pacifists! Hoover was up to his eyeballs in that agent provocateur/fabrication of evidence for at least a decade BEFORE the 1919 Palmer "response" to the bombs.

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Are anarchists socialists?

Yes. All branches of anarchism are opposed to capitalism. This is because capitalism is based upon oppression and exploitation (see sections B and C). Anarchists reject the “notion that men cannot work together unless they have a driving-master to take a percentage of their product” and think that in an anarchist society “the real workmen will make their own regulations, decide when and where and how things shall be done.” By so doing workers would free themselves “from the terrible bondage of capitalism.” [Voltairine de Cleyre, “Anarchism”, Exquisite Rebel, p. 75 and p. 79]

(We must stress here that anarchists are opposed to all economic forms which are based on domination and exploitation, including feudalism, Soviet-style “socialism” — better called “state capitalism” — , slavery and so on. We concentrate on capitalism because that is what is dominating the world just now).

Individualists like Benjamin Tucker along with social anarchists like Proudhon and Bakunin proclaimed themselves “socialists.” They did so because, as Kropotkin put it in his classic essay “Modern Science and Anarchism,” “{s})o long as Socialism was understood in its wide, generic, and true sense — as an effort to abolish the exploitation of Labour by Capital — the Anarchists were marching hand-in-hands with the Socialists of that time.” [Evolution and Environment, p. 81] Or, in Tucker’s words, “the bottom claim of Socialism [is] that labour should be put in possession of its own,” a claim that both “the two schools of Socialistic thought . . . State Socialism and Anarchism” agreed upon. [The Anarchist Reader, p. 144] Hence the word “socialist” was originally defined to include “all those who believed in the individual’s right to possess what he or she produced.” [Lance Klafta, “Ayn Rand and the Perversion of Libertarianism,” in Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed, no. 34] This opposition to exploitation (or usury) is shared by all true anarchists and places them under the socialist banner.

For most socialists, “the only guarantee not to be robbed of the fruits of your labour is to possess the instruments of labour.” [Pyotr Kropotkin , The Conquest of Bread, p. 145] For this reason Proudhon, for example, supported workers’ co-operatives, where “every individual employed in the association . . . has an undivided share in the property of the company” because by “participation in losses and gains . . . the collective force [i.e. surplus] ceases to be a source of profits for a small number of managers: it becomes the property of all workers.” [General Idea of the Revolution, p. 222 and p. 223] Thus, in addition to desiring the end of exploitation of labour by capital, true socialists also desire a society within which the producers own and control the means of production (including, it should be stressed, those workplaces which supply services). The means by which the producers will do this is a moot point in anarchist and other socialist circles, but the desire remains a common one. Anarchists favour direct workers’ control and either ownership by workers’ associations or by the commune (see section A.3 on the different types of anarchists).

Moreover, anarchists also reject capitalism for being authoritarian as well as exploitative. Under capitalism, workers do not govern themselves during the production process nor have control over the product of their labour. Such a situation is hardly based on equal freedom for all, nor can it be non-exploitative, and is so opposed by anarchists. This perspective can best be found in the work of Proudhon’s (who inspired both Tucker and Bakunin) where he argues that anarchism would see “[c]apitalistic and proprietary exploitation stopped everywhere [and] the wage system abolished” for “either the workman. . . will be simply the employee of the proprietor-capitalist-promoter; or he will participate . . . In the first case the workman is subordinated, exploited: his permanent condition is one of obedience. . . In the second case he resumes his dignity as a man and citizen. . . he forms part of the producing organisation, of which he was before but the slave . . . we need not hesitate, for we have no choice. . . it is necessary to form an ASSOCIATION among workers . . . because without that, they would remain related as subordinates and superiors, and there would ensue two. . . castes of masters and wage-workers, which is repugnant to a free and democratic society.” [Op. Cit., p. 233 and pp. 215–216]

Therefore all anarchists are anti-capitalist (“If labour owned the wealth it produced, there would be no capitalism” [Alexander Berkman, What is Anarchism?, p. 44]). Benjamin Tucker, for example — the anarchist most influenced by liberalism (as we will discuss later) — called his ideas “Anarchistic-Socialism” and denounced capitalism as a system based upon “the usurer, the receiver of interest, rent and profit.” Tucker held that in an anarchist, non-capitalist, free-market society, capitalists will become redundant and exploitation of labour by capital would cease, since “labour. . . will. . . secure its natural wage, its entire product.” [The Individualist Anarchists, p. 82 and p. 85] Such an economy will be based on mutual banking and the free exchange of products between co-operatives, artisans and peasants. For Tucker, and other Individualist anarchists, capitalism is not a true free market, being marked by various laws and monopolies which ensure that capitalists have the advantage over working people, so ensuring the latter’s exploitation via profit, interest and rent (see section G for a fuller discussion). Even Max Stirner, the arch-egoist, had nothing but scorn for capitalist society and its various “spooks,” which for him meant ideas that are treated as sacred or religious, such as private property, competition, division of labour, and so forth.

https://medium.com/anarchist-faq/a-1-4-83ba7fe75e15

One must never forget that, as the 20th Century begins, the efforts of the Capitalists to keep Socialism weak and defeated intensify.

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The United States thus emerged as a world power with the dynamism of England, the most advanced capitalist power, and the labor relations of Russia, the historical laggard in the economic race.

This combination goes a long way to explaining the supine position of American labor. While theories of “American exceptionalism” often focus on the working class, a more profitable route is to look at the power of the US ruling class, and to look at labor’s various strategies as attempts to deal with it. In this light, the history of the American working class looks a good deal less exceptional.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/02/rise-and-fall-socialist-party-of-america

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Red Scare and Anti-Radical Violence

One important aftermath of the failed strike wave of 1919, however, was a powerful reaction by government and business against radicals in labor and politics.


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Ascribing the unions' postwar militancy to communist intrigue, Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer encouraged J. Edgar Hoover, an aggressive young agent of the Bureau of Investigation (today's FBI), to arrest thousands of radicals around the country.

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These police actions, combined with private vigilante attacks such as the deadly 1919 raid of American Legionnaires against the Industrial Workers of the World hall in Centralia, Washington, decimated America's radical groups and made the decade safe for free-market capitalism.

https://www.shmoop.com/1920s/economy.html

Socialists were being ACTIVELY and CONTINUOUSLY attacked by Capitalist Oligarchs at the turn of the 20th Century.

Marx put out his Communist Manifesto in 1848. The Capitalists began planning  their attack against all things Socialist in the USA (and England and France and Germany, etc) THEN. The appeal of Socialism is ethical, as Columbia University history professor Eric Foner makes clear in the Video at the end of this post.

Capitalists do not DO "ethical". The only "ethics" that Capitalists practice are "situational ethics", otherwise known as Orwellian ethics. An economic system based on ethical behavior is a threat to Capitalism, which is based on greed, euphemistically defined as "enlightened self interest"  (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418193910.gif). 

Consequently, Capitalists (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418203402.gif) have pulled every murderous dirty trick they could think of, from the start, to demonize Socialism. It has never stopped.

The so-called "friendly period" towards Communism and Socialism during the 1930's where many small Socialist and Communist newspapers did okay, though they never came close the New York Time level of circulation, was a lull caused by Capitalists having their Fascist hands full trying to keep FDR from exposing their dirty tricks. Capitalists cause "things to hapen" by BUYING people to commit crimes. Money was very tight during the 1930's, though they did manage to demonize Cannabis for the paper oligarchs and burn down a Chermurgy refinery that made all sorts of things from plant fiber, including plastics. The Big Oil Capitalists did their thing to crush that.

But yeah, the money was too tight go around jailing or shooting Socialists then. Socialists did have a sort of friend in the White House, after all. That probably made anti-Communist routine skullduggery less cost effective. However, it is just wrong to categorize the 1930's as a period "friendly" to Communism. A J. Edgar Hoover Bulldog on a leash might not bite you, but it is a stretch to claim that bulldog is friendly. And YES, friends, Hoover had his finger in every pie you can imagine DURING the 1930's. The Supreme Court loved that bastard.

Had a group of Socialists/Communists entered into a conspiracy to overthrow the US Government, as Campbell's Soup Capitalist Oligarch and a few others DID, said Socialists would have been shot on sight! NONE of those CAPITALIST TRAITORS even went to jail! Hoover didn't do ZIP about it BECAUSE he was ALWAYS a murderous TOOL of Capitalism, PERIOD.

The Depression temporarily weakened the brutal power of Capitalists to wreak havoc with working people who wanted a Socialist System, but Capitalists NEVER respected Communists/Socialists.

The Capitalists, and Hoover right there with them, bided their time to return to the Business as Usual of Demonizing Reds after FDR was out of the picture.

Durng the 1930's there was a LULL in Capitalist anti-Communist activity, NOT a "friendly to Communists/Socialists" activity. 

After WWII, a similar "few jobs and angry workers wanting decent pay" situation, like that which existed after WWI, materialized. So, the Busness Community remembered exactly what good old Hoover did for them back in 1919. It was rinse and repeat time. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png)

In 1947, with 100% approval from Truman, they turned Hoover loose to provide McCarthy with all the fabricated evidence he needed to, once again, keep labor at bay.

McCarthy was not stupid. He knew EXACTLY what he was doing and who (i.e. the business community) he was doing it for (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png). It's ALWAYS BEEN about protecting Capitalist Business profits by Hook AND by Crook.

The following video is innocuous and not inflammatory in the least. Nevertheless, the Erudite Prof says some important things that Brainwashed Capitalist Ideologues do not get about Socialism in general and Marx in particular.

Too bad they won't watch it. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183337.bmp)

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FEBRUARY 29, 2012

Socialism in Early 20th Century America

Columbia University history professor Eric Foner examines the rise of socialism in America in the early 20th century. He talks about the Socialist Party in New York City and Milwaukee, and looks at the Socialist Party of America presidential campaigns of Eugene Debs ( VIDEO).
https://www.c-span.org/video/?304569-1/discussion-socialism-early-20th-century-america

Have a nice day.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on June 23, 2018, 05:07:49 pm
Thank you agelbert for all that.  Tactics used by DHS are rooted in J Edgar's legacy.  I'm sure we only know a few of the dirty tricks that were pulled back then and that is too bad, because some of the despicable tricks from back then continue to be used and not enough people know.

The master of frame narration did no write this because it was a fairy tale he thought up.


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Something like the Boston Bombing was pulled off and he was writing about it.  Not directly related to American repressions but skulduggery was well developed back in the day.  Those repressing now are students of the past who fill the jobs created way back then.  They are getting paid to continue the project.  They turn a well worn crank.  Sometimes they activate a crank, or make a new one.

You are welcome, K-Dog. and thank you for your many posts with graphics that shed light on this and other issues people have been brainwashed to think wrongly about.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png)
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on June 23, 2018, 05:09:44 pm
Capitalist Demonization and Violent Abuse of Communists/Socialists/Anarchists in the US before 1947

A spectacular summary. What an amazing thing to find after a week away.

Thank you, Surly. I'm glad to be of service. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113185701.png)

The genesis of that post where I put my knowledge of this particular bit of American History together was a discussion between Eddie and I. Since you were gone for a while, here's the back and forth from a few days ago:

Communism wasn't a negative buzzword here before the war. It all changed in about '47.  The exact circumstances of how that changed are of interest to me. I think it was the deliberate work of people like the Dulles brothers and Wild Bill Donovan, the guys who gave us the real Deep State.

In spite of Palloy's assertions that the story is well understood in "other countries", I don't really think that's true, beyond the superficial stuff.

There was a conspiracy at the highest levels. It involved lots of people who probably went to their graves with secrets they never told. Now we'll never know.

I thought it was interesting that Trump backed off on declassifying all the JFK files. There are threads there that somebody might unravel.

Yeah the one group its okay for any American to hate is the communists. We learned that sh it. When the Soviet Union fell, it left a big gap in our "hated enemy" category. So lucky we found al Quaeda and ISIS  before it was too late.


I totally disagree that Communism was not a negative "buzzword" before WWII. You are right about the history after 1947. You are wrong about it before. I know that history well. Palloy's views have nothing to do with my extensive knowledge of American History, sir.

We had troops in Russia after the Communist Revolution. They were not there to provide good will. There is a lot more. If you want chapter and verse about Hoover's activities, I will dig them up. If you want to know what went down right around the the turn of the century (19th to 20th) that was RABIDLY anti-Socialist in this country, I'll dig it up. Remember the "anarchists"? They just wanted to get paid properly for their labor. Their polices were socialist to the core. They were demonized and crushed because they saw through the Capitalist bullshit. The "bombings" attributed to the anarchists was part of that demonization. The real violence was that of our government against them!


Hoover (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714191329.bmp) was very busy in the early 20th century MANUFACTURING the First Red Scare on behalf Capitalists who DID NOT want to pay people fair wages. It's too long to quote here, but I learned much about Hoover's skullduggery from reading about Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., who is famous for all his principled dissents on the Child Labor and Capitalist Cruelty defending Supreme Court (1902-1932). That is NOT taught in American History courses, even in college. You've got to DIG to find the truth. And that truth is the US Government (spare me the FDR talk. He could just barely control the Capitalist Crazies) AND the police were, and still are, anti-Communist/Socialist to the core!

Here are some quotes that somewhat address the issue:

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Capitalist Propaganda BEFORE Bernays! (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png)

The First Red Scare was a period during the early 20th-century history of the United States marked by a widespread fear of Bolshevism and anarchism, due to real and imagined events; real events included those such as the Russian Revolution and anarchist bombings. At its height in 1919–1920, concerns over the effects of radical political agitation in American society and the alleged spread of communism and anarchism in the American labor movement fueled a general sense of concern ;).

Now just WHO 💵 🎩do you think was "concerned", if not the Capitalist Business Community🐉🦕 🦖 that OWNED Hoover?

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J. Edgar Hoover, then director of the FBI, was an ardent anti-communist whose influence had perpetuated the first Red Scare.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png)
 
Hoover and his investigators used espionage tactics of their own to locate potential communists, including wiretaps, surveillance, and infiltrating leftist organizations. The efficiency of the FBI ;) (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png) was critical in many high-profile cases.

The following exercise in US Propaganda happy talk totally conveniently misses the FACT that many Americans believed all this hysterical scaremongering because they were lied to about the "Communist threat" by our government, which manufactured it out of thin air.

There WAS NO Communist threat in regard to WAR. The REVERSE was true. Russia wanted to work with us avoid an arms race and nuclear proliferation. Truman knew that and did not give a rat's ass about it. Yeah, there was money to be made by our Capitalist MIC pretending Russia was gonna git us. But, that was just a BAU benefit of our
mens rea modus operandi.

The actual rationale behind BOTH Red Scares was that Socialism threatens Greed Based Capiitalist BAU and therefore must be demonized, period. If you believe otherwise, I must vigorously disagree with you.

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Second Red Scare

The Second Red Scare (1947-1957) was a fear-driven phenomenon brought on by the growing power of communist countries in the wake of the Second World War, particularly the Soviet Union. Many (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png)in the U.S. feared that the Soviet Union and its allies were planning to forcefully spread communism around the globe, overthrowing both democratic and capitalist institutions as it went. With the Soviet Union occupying much of Eastern and Central Europe, many in the U.S. perceived their fears of communist expansionism as confirmed. The U.S. also feared that communist agents had infiltrated the federal government. A massive witch hunt to root out communist sympathizers ensued.(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png)

http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Second_Red_Scare (http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Second_Red_Scare)

Unions and the robber baron capitalists certainly had some major clashes. But the unions ultimately won a lot...for a while. My father walked the picket lines. I remember his union was on strike for months when I was about 10 years old. It was a tough time.  When I was young I was actually a shop steward in the plant where my Dad worked. I paid union dues. So long ago now, nearly 40 years. Seems like another life.

I'm not questioning your history knowledge. Don't be so touchy.

I'm not saying that the capitalists with their private cops and strike breakers weren't bad guys. I know about Joe Hill and Sacco and Vanzetti, and the IWW and all that. The Haymarket Riots. I took American History too, although none of that stuff was stressed in the curriculum where  I went to school, as you can imagine.

I even read some of Steinbeck's book In Dubious Battle, which is very dark and so sad it made me cry. I never could finish it.

But in the 30's it was cool to be communist if your were an intellectual in say, NYC. That's why the stupid McCarthy hearings were so damaging. There were plenty of people to accuse, and they were guilty, if going to a meeting once or twice made you guilty of something. There was a time during the Depression when socialism looked pretty good to a lot of out-of-work Americans.

But something did change materially around the time of Churchill's famous speech. From that time, there was an intense campaign by the Bernaysians to make sure every American hated communism. It certainly was intentional, and in my view, was the brainchild of someone. And that someone was probably more like one or more of the people Carroll Quigley wrote about. The powers behind the throne. And the guys who started the CIA and founded the USMIC.

If you can point me to a book that covers that part of it, I'd like to see it. I don't think the story has been told, but I could certainly be in error.

A very interesting character in the Red Scare was a well-known radio personality who grew up and lived here. His name was John Henry Falk. He's dead now. There isn't much left of his work, but there are a few bits. This utoob is him going off on Reagan in the late 80's.

He sued the House UnAmerican Activities Committee and finally won, although it was a pyrrhic victory. One of my heroes.


https://youtu.be/909rB30uwe8 (https://youtu.be/909rB30uwe8)

Touchy" has nothing to do with the fact that you have an incorrect view of anti-communist activity in the USA before 1947. You are wrong about that. I have just posted the correct history to prove you are wrong. Yet, you want to discuss my "touchyness", followed by a lot of info that is frankly not relevent to the FIRST RED SCARE, which is the subject you do not want admit you were mistaken about.

Eddie, I know you. You will NOT back down.

I won't waste any more time explaining to you why you are wrong about the "fact" that anti-Communist/Socialist sentiment in the USA "only began after 1947".  Capitalism is the reason for ALL anti-Communist/Socialist sentiment in the USA, even before "Socialism" actually had a NAME! ANY attempt to defend the workers and give them a fair shake after the Industrial Revolution began was BRUTALLY CRUSHED by the Capitalists, period.

The Haymarket Affair is probably the first exposure of an in-your-face Capitalist attack on Socialists. The enmity of Capitalists for employee rights has never abated. I know you don't think so. Therefore, I respectfully must claim that you are wrong. Have a nice day.

I'll dig up some quotes from historical documents tomorrow. You are free to believe what you wish.


Furthermore, the above discussion was an extension of the following discussion:

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I think capitalism is a very mixed bag (some very, very bad issues, I do admit) , but people should be allowed to be communist if they want to be. Including West Point cadets.

Including anybody.

What I find abhorrent is the lack of tolerance. Kicking this young man out over his political beliefs is very obviously a clear violation of his rights as guaranteed by the US Constitution. But who cares, right? He's a communist.



First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

------------ Martin Niemoller


Capitalism US Style 🦍 has always been totally intolerant of Communism and any of its Socialist iterations here and abroad. There never has been any freedom in this country to be a Communist/Socialist, unless you plan to live in poverty with your Socialist principles. That is NOT "freedom". Yeah, you are "free" to believe any old thing you want and embrace any "ism" you want, AS LONG AS YOU DON'T CRITICIZE DA PROFITS OF DA BIDNESS.
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The hysteria over the "Communist threat to our freedoms" goes all the way back to Hoover, even before that Capitalist Crook became he head of the FBI.

And even decades before that, the tyranny against the Socialists in Chicago (Haymarket arrests and Kangarro Court trials) evidenced the deep hatred and brutal intolerance for Socialism in this country by the business people who NEVER want to be on an equal footing with their employees in regard to pay, no matter how valuable the employee.

The Capitalist DISEASE forces people with high work skills to start their own business, thereby perpetrating the disease.(http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/forum/Smileys/dd1/ranting3.gif) It pits all against all in an insane race to see who pays their employees LESS, rather than motivate people to build a better, more caring society where people look to help each other, rather than stomp each other into the ground for profit.

The reason Italy did not go Socialist after WWII is because our CIA KILLED all the leaders of the movement there. Now Italy is going full fascist AGAIN, thanks to OUR Capitalist Skullduggery.

After WWII, the CIA sent a nice message to France, as well. France was leaning towards Socialst egalitarian policies and our CIA massively overdosed a WHOLE TOWN in France with LSD.
It wasn't to "try the drug out".
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There are around ten or more other countries where other anti-socialst murder and mayhem Capitalist skullduggery was practiced. It continues to this day.

The Black Panthers, a NON-VIOLENT (though the propaganda BULLSHIT claimed otherwise) Socialst group were ruthllessly gunned down in various cities in the USA.

The McCarthy era witch hunts against Socialsts/Communists has never really gone away for a Capitalist reason.

Equality of opportunity and payment for work done, the basic idea behind Socialism, is a threat to any greed based system in general, and Capitalism in particular.

Capitalists don't give a rats ass about anybody's "rights". All that lip service about "freedom" is fine and dandy as long as the Socialist doesn't try to unionize da bidness. It's okay in the USA for Socialists to be "noble = poor", but the moment they actively question the bankrupt ethics of Capitalists, they get
Capitalist Police State Crushed.

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THAT is the REAL history of Capitalism and Capitalists in the USA.  

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Donald Trump is, and always has been, a TRUE REPRESENTATIVE of what Capitalism (which is nothing but dressed up Fascism) is.
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Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on June 23, 2018, 05:12:00 pm
Its wrong to say Anarchists support socialism, just not soviet style. Capitalists are actually more supportive of Socialism than Anarchists. Anarchists do not want a govt at all, so they definitely don't want a govt to tax them to provide social services. Democratic Socialism actually depends on Capitalism. If they dont have capitalism to tax to provide healthcare, education and social security, it can only be done through communism, for a while. Theres a reason China didnt go down with the Soviet Union and Cuba is doing better without Castro calling the shots, pun intended. Pointing this out doesn't give me an affinity with Mitch Romny either.

Sir, you are splitting Socialist hairs. That part about Anarchists not agreeing to Soviet style Communism, which Anarchists NOW, AT PRESENT, label as "State Capitalism", is not relevant to Anarchist total solidarity with the Socialst movement in the USA, even before the 20th Century began. Had you watched the Columbia University video in my post, the  common ground between Anarchists and Socialists, due to the brutal, dangerous and deadly working conditions in the USA when the 20th Century began, would have been made clear to you.

Hoover was out to GIT the Anarchists BECAUSE they recognized, like the Communists/Socialists, the moral bankruptcy of Capitalism.

The attitude of Capitalists towards ANY economic sytem based on Liberty and Justice for ALL has always been negative, to put it mildly.

Your posts usually concentrate on the negative track record of Socialist/Communist governments while studiously ignoring the massive record of human rights abuse by Capitalist governments, especially our US Fascist Paradise Government. That is a sophistic debating technique. Yes, it is clever but it is fallacious.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113183729.png)

I suggest you try to be more even handed in your comparison of the two systems (yes, there are basically ONLY TWO systems in discussion here). All human run systems are flawed and it is easy to cherry pick the negative aspects of any one of them.

Nevertheless, it is incorrect to claim that Capitalism has the moral high ground over all things Socialist. The exact reverse is true. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418202709.png)

The two comments in the following graphic provide Prima Facie evidence that Capitalists=War Loving, Greed Inspired, Conscience Free Predators are the sworn enemies of all things Socialist AND that Capitalism is morally bankrupt.

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The only solution is to LEAVE NOW, before the next and final financial crash.

I have considered it. Being in the belly of the beast is no fun at all. But, as many have accurately posted here in regard to said Imperial Capitalist Beast, it's better to hide behnd the spear than to be target practice for it.

I am old. I am weak. My orthostatic hypotension is getting worse, despite the fact that I have a pacemaker for Bradycardia. Ive got to be careful when I lean over for any reason to straighten up slowly to avoid a dizzy spell.

All I can do is live frugally, as an example to others, and expose injustice and inequality based on profit over people and planet with posts here and on my forum while I still have the ability to do so. The Moral Bankruptcy of the Capitalist Powers That Be who presently Dominate the World Economy = Inevitable Collapse FOLLOWED BY a thousand years or so of an overheated planet that humans are NOT adapted to surviving in.
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I know, Palloy, it IS a tough world. But, there is no planet B.

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Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on June 23, 2018, 05:14:51 pm
FWIW, my reading of history agrees. Few people know and NONE are told we sent troops to Russia in 1919. I once did a documentary of Armand Hammer's art collection,  which he amassed during that time. The Russian government in the early 20s was being economically strangled (sound familiar?) and had no access to forex. Supposedly (this is what the curator told me) Hammer brought in shipments of food and medicine to Russia and took artwork as payment. Which was the start of a collection to which he added for the rest of his life.

A lot of nineteenth-century French art, with significant examples of different schools represented.  Plenty of portraiture and landscape. There are some surprises as well: Gustave Moreau’s  King David and evocative Salomé Dancing before Herod are really first rate and are two of the artist’s most renowned works, while masters like Rembrandt, van Gogh, degas, renoir, Durer,  Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, and Gilbert Stuart are also in the collection.

Sorry, took a trip down memory lane there.

The point of the reply was to affirm the historical antipathy that TPTB have had for ANY sort of collective action. And that screaming crimson line shrieks out from the pages of labor history, traced from Homestead to Haymarket to Ludlow to Blair Mountain. And it continues today, but just like colonial exploitation, it shows up in more civilized drag, for appearances' sake.


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Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on June 23, 2018, 05:21:53 pm

All this stuff about brainwashed capitalist ideologues believing this thing that's wrong or that thing....it's so obvious that you have this construct in your mind about what "other" people (like me in particular)  believe. I'll tell you just like I told Palloy. You really don't have much of a clue what I believe. And it's because you don't pay much attention to what I write here, since you have so many pre-conceived erroneous notions.

And you thought it was about the "Evil Red Russians", didn't you?

Uh, no. Actually, I didn't think that.

Durng the 1930's there was a LULL in Capitalist anti-Communist activity, NOT a "friendly to Communists/Socialists" activity. 


Actually, in the 1930's there were millions of people with no money, no food, and no prospects. This created a powerful impetus for change. Change did occur.

As recently as the 1920's we had people like Scott Nearing being fired from his faculty position at the Wharton School of Business because he wrote articles criticizing child labor in NYC sweat shops. We don't have sweat shops now, and that's because, between the labor unions and the New Deal, which instituted America's version of what you could call Social Democracy Lite, the plight of working people in this country improved a lot. My opinion is that the success of what real socialists would consider very minor improvements were enough keep working people from fomenting revolution.

POLITICS IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION
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Radical Alternatives to a Collapsing System
In retrospect, we know that during the Great Depression the American people never rose up en masse to demand the overhaul—much less overthrow—of their long-established system of democratic capitalism, even though that system largely failed to relieve the miseries of the Depression for more than a decade.

In retrospect, we know that most meaningful long-lasting reform that emerged from the crisis of the Great Depression came from Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, which permanently enlarged the role of the federal government in American society and tempered, for half a century, the volatility of the free market.

At the time, however, it wasn't at all clear that the New Deal marked the outer limit of possible sociopolitical change. The structural breakdown of the American system led many Americans to embrace much more radical alternatives to the status quo. And while none of those radical alternatives were ever fully realized (and many of them seem downright quixotic in hindsight), they did profoundly alter the boundaries of political possibility while influencing the direction of the New Deal.

American Communists: From Sectarianism to Popular Front
For communists, the Great Crash of 1929 and its bleak aftermath seemed definitive proof of Karl Marx's assertion that capitalism contained within itself the seeds of its own destruction. While communists hoped—and most everyone else feared—that the Great Depression would lead to a proletarian uprising, the revolution never materialized.

Always a tiny minority in American society, the communists weakened their position further through their own rigid adherence to counterproductive doctrine. Until 1935, the Communist Party U.S.A. (CPUSA), following the direction of the Communist International in Moscow, insisted that the greatest threat to worldwide workers' revolution came from the false promise of other liberal and left-wing groups. So, throughout the early years of the Depression, American communists devoted an inordinate amount of their time and resources to attacking New Dealers, socialists, Wobblies, American Federation of Labor trade unionists, Lovestonites, Musteites, and other obscure groups of non-communist left-wingers as "social fascists."

The average American worker—who surely couldn't distinguish a Musteite from a Muscovite if his life depended on it—found nothing appealing in the communists' extreme sectarianism. By 1934, despite the seemingly favorable circumstances for recruitment created by the Depression, the CPUSA still had fewer than 30,000 members nationwide.26

After 1935, however, international communist doctrine changed. Rather than denouncing non-communist liberals as "social fascists," communists would seek to make common cause with them under the banner of the "Popular Front." The new strategy freed American communists to work with New Dealers and trade unionists, which allowed the CPUSA to achieve the widest influence in its history. Communist activists took up leading roles in organizations defending civil rights and civil liberties, advocating friendship with the Soviet Union, representing the unemployed, and—especially—organizing the huge new unions of the CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations).

While the Communist Party never gained a mass following in the United States, and Americans never came anywhere close to a Red Revolution, the Popular Front did allow the communists to achieve a wider influence in American society than ever before or since.

"Bring Back Some of That Grub!"
In the 1930s, the communists were far from alone in advocating the redistribution of wealth from the haves to the have-nots. Bombastic Louisiana Democratic Senator Huey P. Long shot to national prominence by promising to "Share Our Wealth." Long sold his simple vision—which called for limiting wealthy individuals' fortunes to a few million dollars and redistributing the "excess" to the masses—with a uniquely folksy, if demagogic, personal style.

Long memorably likened the Depression-era economy to a Louisiana barbecue.

"How many men ever went to a barbecue and would let one man take off the table what's intended for nine-tenths of the people to eat? The only way you'll ever be able to feed the balance of the people is to make that man come back and bring back some of that grub that he ain't got no business with!

Now we got a barbecue. We have been praying to the Almighty to send us a feast. We have knelt on our knees morning and nighttime. The Lord has answered the prayer. He has called the barbecue. 'Come to my feast,' He said to 125 million American people. But Morgan and Rockefeller and Mellon and Baruch have walked up and took 85 percent of the victuals off the table!

Now, how are you going to feed the balance of the people? What's Morgan and Baruch and Rockefeller and Mellon going to do with all that grub? They can't eat it, they can't wear the clothes, they can't live in the houses... when they've got everything on God's loving earth that they can eat and they can wear and they can live in, and all that their children can live in and wear and eat, and all of their children's children can use, then we've got to call Mr. Morgan and Mr. Mellon and Mr. Rockefeller back and say, come back here, put that stuff back on this table here that you took away from here that you don't need. Leave something else for the American people to consume. And that's the program."27

The program, crude as it was, may have been entirely unrealistic, but that didn't stop it from becoming wildly popular. By 1935, Long claimed that more than 7.5 million Americans subscribed to the mailing lists of the 27,000 Share Our Wealth clubs scattered throughout the country.28

Long, who criticized the New Deal as too conservative, pondered an independent run for the White House in 1936—and Democratic polls indicated he might win as many as three or four million votes, potentially costing President Roosevelt his re-election. Some even feared that Huey Long's populism and personality cult made him a likely candidate to become an American fascist dictator; Roosevelt called him one of the two most dangerous men in the country.

Huey Long's left-populist challenge to Roosevelt ended on September 8th, 1935, when he was assassinated inside the Louisiana state capitol by the son-in-law of a local political enemy. A faint echo of Long's Share the Wealth program survived, however, in Roosevelt's "Wealth Tax" of 1935, which boosted the highest tax rate for the richest Americans to a nearly confiscatory 79%.

EPIC Threat In California

In 1934, the New Deal received another major challenge from the left—this time in California. Upton Sinclair—a writer remembered today mainly as the author of The Jungle, the classic 1906 muckraking exposé of the meatpacking industry—was a lifelong socialist who became frustrated with the New Deal's inability to end the Depression and founded EPIC (End Poverty in California) to pursue more radical solutions.

Rather than putting the unemployed on relief, Sinclair proposed to put them to work within a state-organized "production-for-use" economy totally independent from the capitalist marketplace. Under Sinclair's communitarian scheme, the state would take over idle farms and factories, allowing the jobless to grow their own food or produce their own clothing and other goods. Any surplus could be traded, through a system of barter, only for other goods produced within the system.

It was a shocking commentary on the state of the capitalist economy that Sinclair's scheme—which wasn't really much different from a pre-modern barter system—was seen by many Californians as a visionary solution to modern America's problems.

Registering as a Democrat, Sinclair ran for Governor on the EPIC platform in 1934, and pulled off a huge, surprising victory in the primary election. Considered the front-runner in the general election, Sinclair was subjected to intense attacks from both Republicans and Democrats who feared that his victory would effectively remove California from the capitalist orbit and pave the way for communism.

Meanwhile, Sinclair was also attacked by the communists themselves, who stuck to their sectarian policy by attacking EPIC as "social fascism.") Opponents of EPIC—including many New Dealers who reluctantly backed arch-conservative Republican Frank Merriam over the old muckraker—claimed that if Sinclair were elected, California would be overrun by millions of hoboes looking for a free lunch and that Sinclair "concealed the communistic wolf in the dried skin of the Democratic donkey."29

Sinclair lost the general election, drawing almost 880,000 votes to Merriam's 1.13 million. Still, considering the radicalism (and even utopianism) of the EPIC platform, Sinclair's vote tally was remarkably high; if 260,000 Californians had switched their votes in Sinclair's favor, California would have embarked upon a socio-economic experiment unlike anything in American history.

Pensioners to the Rescue: The Townsend Plan
California was also the origin of another radical scheme that swept the nation toward the latter end of President Roosevelt's first term: the Townsend Plan.

Francis Townsend, 66 years old, was a retired country doctor. Believing that the two fundamental problems underlying the Depression were too little consumer spending and too many workers seeking too few jobs, Townsend proposed a national sales tax to fund a $200 monthly pension for all Americans over age 60 who pledged not to work and to spend the full amount within the month. The scheme would remove the elderly from the work force, opening up jobs for younger workers, while the seniors' mandatory spending of $200 a month each would create the demand for consumer goods needed to get the economy going again.

Like Huey Long's Share the Wealth program, the Townsend Plan was politically appealing but economically preposterous. Funding Townsend's generous pensions for the aged would have absorbed fully half the national income.30

Still, like Share the Wealth, the Townsend movement attracted millions of boosters throughout the country. As many as 25 million Americans signed petitions demanding that their representatives pass the Townsend Plan as a federal law.

In the end, the Townsend Plan was pre-empted by FDR's own Social Security legislation, which passed in 1935 and provided federal pensions to the elderly, at least in part to head off Townsend's momentum. However, Social Security benefits initially were only about one-tenth of those called for by Dr. Townsend, and Townsend Clubs remained active in demanding more generous old-age pensions well into the 1950s.



https://www.shmoop.com/great-depression/politics.html (https://www.shmoop.com/great-depression/politics.html)


You're making me into some kind of cut-out enemy in your mind. It isn't your portrayal of the facts that I take issue with, it's your venomous anger at what you perceive as capitalism being the personification of evil, and the way you make it into this black and white issue, whereby anyone who questions your assumptions sends you off to write the definitive opus on the history of capitalism...in order to set me straight on the facts. Dude, I have some slight comprehension of the facts. I just don't agree with you completely.

I really don't find anything in this long rant that I didn't know, at least in general terms...or anything in your broader assessment that I even disagree with that much. But like all your posts on this subject, it's the product of a very narrow view, and it's the equivalent of a five minute book report on an epic novel. It's very much the Readers Digest condensed version for rabid socialists. There's a whole lot left out.


Since the 1930's, this country has been a very weak social democracy, no matter what you choose to call it. Marx was right. Pure capitalism did run into big problems. But it wasn't overthrown or eliminated. It was slightly modified, out of sheer necessity, at a time when the capitalists were running scared. This proved to be enough to keep the wheels from coming off.

Marx never anticipated the information age, nor did any other economic theorists. Just when capitalism started to hit the wall again, the age of computers changed everything again, providing a new economic engine from digital technology. At the same time, the shift of manufacturing to China started making consumer goods really comparatively cheap by historical standards.

Too many people got fat and happy, and the foxes took over the henhouse. There's more to it. At this same time Wall Street predators like Carl Icahn learned to destroy US companies for fun and profit.

Maybe blame some of what's happened to the successful Bernaysian brainwashing Palloy likes to talk about. I blame a lot of it on schools that dumb kids down instead of making them into critical thinkers.

But now, most people just can't connect the dots. It's beyond their limited ability to comprehend....it's a complex system with lots of nuances. Not one person in 1000 has the least clue what's going on.


The 1970's was a time of great hope. But the public got really complacent. The pendulum was allowed to swing very hard to the right in the 1980's, and it hasn't quite even started to swing back. It will, I believe. But I expect it will be a case of "too little too late".

I do agree with Palloy that media brainwashing played a roll in creating the public attitudes that brought us the Reagans and all that's followed. I just don't want him or you to think that my POV comes from a lifetime of Bernaysian programming. If I weren't capable of critical thinking, I probably wouldn't hang out on a site populated by folks waiting for the end of Life As We Know It.

As I've said before, and I will repeat one more time, I'm not a Reaganite or a Trumpite. I come from a working class background, and I've  never been any kind of apologist whatsoever for the evils of capitalism. I'm an armchair student of human social interactions, of which politics is a part. I'm just as much as perplexed and upset about the failures of human civilization as you are. I just don't worship socialism like you do. I'd be happy, though, with a more equitable arrangement than what we have now.

But we aren't headed for a successful socialist revolution. Even if we have one, it won't help much. Our birthright has already been spent, and we can't get it back. We are primed for a new socialist  movement. But it won't be driven by a sensible desire to share the wealth. It will be driven by the coming collapse, which will push the have-nots to insist that the state needs to save them from homelessness and starvation.

If resources were plentiful, something good might come of that. As it is, it will be a useless, last minute attempt to stop the Titanic from going down, and it won't work.

I take a critical view of most ideologies, including capitalism, but also socialism. My objections to socialism as a panacea have a lot to do with the nuts and bolts of how it works, and not the broader ideas.

We no longer have the same situation that we had in 1877 or even in 1919.

Taxation of workers, for instance. In 1900 there was no income tax and no sales tax. Now those two consume as much as half of what a worker makes.

Taxation is the engine that's supposed to provide the cash for the programs that a social democracy provides. I consider myself a worker. I derive my income from highly skilled labor. The investments I make come from the surplus I create. I don't steal it from anybody, RE's rants to the contrary not withstanding. This makes me fundamentally different from the people you refer to as capitalists, who really are CORPORATISTS.

If the transfer of wealth from overtaxation was passed through to give benefits for the truly needy that'd be one thing. Or if it went to good causes like university education. But the truth is that taxation is a way of bleeding the poor and he middle class, so that the rich can build these conduit schemes in the course of administering the benefits.....that accrues even more wealth to them and their infernal corporations.

And it creates the system for deficit financing for a permanent state of war, instead of creating the decent social programs we should be paying for.

We could fix all this pretty easily. But we don't. We haven't. I have to assume we will not.

So pardon me, but I object to wealth transfers that lead to massive wasted resources and misappropriations. Especially when it involves me writing six figure checks to the IRS, which I do every year.

If we could just:

Limit terms for politicians.

Limit the accumulation of massive intergenerational wealth.

Take corporate money out of the election process.

Three simple steps....this would change everything. But people ARE too programmed and/or too dumb to figure it out. So everybody loses. None of those obvious simple things can even be accomplished.

Your depiction of "capitalists" as if they were some nameless, faceless group of evil smokestack era industrialists who all eat dinner at the same club together and plot to keep the masses of working stiffs in line? That might have made sense in 1920. But it isn't an accurate depiction of where we are, and sadly, it can't be fixed by the few well-meaning, ethical politicians who are left. All three of them. (Maybe fewer, that's an optimistic estimate.) Bernie can't fix it. I'd vote for him if I could, but he still couldn't fix our predicament.

So all this sturm and drang about the Workers Struggle and the Evil Elites is just a lot of farting in the breeze now. It's all over......all but the part where the anvil lands on Wylie Coyote's head and squashes him flat.

I'm not sure, but I suspect you probably were one of the air traffic controllers that got **** over by Reagan, which was kind of a watershed event, whereby the capitalists were finally able to start taking things back off the table that workers of previous generations worked so hard to get.

I can understand that you might have a very personal reason to be invested in your personal POV, which I consider completely legitimate, btw. I'm not even arguing with you. I'm trying to make you understand my points, which often get ignored, as you folks with such strong belief systems want to put me in a box that isn't even my box.

I hated Reagan and the reactionaries who put him in charge. Believe me when I tell you that I view Ronald Reagan's presidency as The Beginning Of The End of America. I hated that prick and everything he stood for.

And just a couple more things. Just an aside, really. When I mentioned Hoover, I wasn't talking about J. Edgar Hoover. I know what a tool he was. I'm old enough to actually remember him.

I was talking about ex-president Herbert Hoover, who headed the Hoover Commission, the erroneous findings of which landed us in Viet Nam for all the wrong reasons (among other negative consequences).

And that part about all anarchists being socialists? Not sure if that was ever true, but it certainly is not true now. And they aren't all pacifists either. Not Ted K.

But this rant is over for me, and your follow-up, now doubt delivered in a tone even more shrill, must remain unanswered by me. I just don't care enough about what you believe to even waste my time.

The gentlleman Eddie doth protest too much!

Eddie said, after a long post where in which he assumes my post is directed exclusively at him. That's rather arrogant of you, Eddie.


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But this rant is over for me, and your follow-up, now doubt delivered in a tone even more shrill, must remain unanswered by me. I just don't care enough about what you believe to even waste my time.

Eddie, the reason I have engaged your erroneous view of Capitalism and American Anti-Socialist skullduggery before 1947 is not to actually convince you of anything. I just wanted to make it clear to everyone reading here that, as you said, you do not care. I wish you did care. Nevertheless it is refreshing to hear you admit you do not.

I had other reasons. Many here don't know the history and I wanted to help them understand it. Capitalism is morally bankrupt. It really bends you out of shape for me to say that and you take it personally while trying to frame me as the "touchy" hysteric. You shouldn't. You then ascribe all sorts of hatefilled hysteria to me. You shouldn't. I'm for peace, not hate. Capitalism is for hate, division, poverty and war for profit. If you don't believe that, you are wrong.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on June 23, 2018, 05:29:44 pm
Eddie, the reason I have engaged your erroneous view of Capitalism and american Anti-Socialist skullduggery before 1947 is not to actually convine you of anything. I just wanted to make it clear to everyone reading here that, as you said, you do not care. I wish you did care. Nevertheless it is refreshing to hear you admit you do not.

Once again you are trying to twist my words. (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TzWpwHzCvCI/T_sBEnhCCpI/AAAAAAAAME8/IsLpuU8HYxc/s1600/nooo-way-smiley.gif) I leave it to any readers who might have a shred of intelligence to figure that out. I expect there are some, but they probably can see that you're a crank too, and won't waste time responding.

That my view is or was erroneous is your take. And I have taken the time to try to explain why I disagree, which is way more than I should have done.

What I don't care about is what silly old cranks think, you included. I do care about the subject material, which should be obvious to anyone who took the time to read what I wrote. It's not hard to follow unless you have real tunnel vision.

That's Ad hom.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113183729.png)  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113183729.png) I thought you weren't going  to "waste your time". Have a nice day.

Oh, I'm ad hom now am I? 

What I am is tired of people putting words in my mouth. I don't suffer fools gladly. Your bullshit about my "erroneous" views is worse than ad hom. It's a deliberate attempt to misrepresent my POV, which you are never going to get away with.

Erroneous views....f u ck you, a s s h o l e.

Now THAT is ad hom. Just so you know.


Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on June 23, 2018, 05:36:31 pm
As I have previously posted, the historical narrative claims that Hoover used his COINTELPRO tools only AFTER 1947. That is a bold faced lie. Yes, they were more polished and high tech by the 1950's, but they were a rinse and repeat of what Hoover began doing as far back as the early 20th Century, when he fabricated evidence against Anarchists/Socialists/Communists, even before Hoover orchestrated the 1919 First Red Scare. By that time most, if not all of the following heinous tools of repression, were old hat for Hoover, who carefully developed ALL OF THEM.

Hoover (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif)was engaged in Eavesdropping, Bogus mail, Black propaganda, Disinformation, Harassment arrests, Infiltrators or agent provocateurs, Bad-jacketing, Fabrication of evidence and Assassinations.

Here's an explanation of each morally bankrupt technique plus some true US history NOT taught in the USA:

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The FBI, in close collaboration with local police units (sometimes called Red Squads (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png)), used a number of techniques in its efforts to disrupt and destroy leftist groups, the most important of which are enumerated here.5

Eavesdropping: This involved not only electronic surveillance, but also putting “tails” on people and breaking into offices and homes, as well as tampering with mail. The FBI's intention was not simply to gather intelligence, but, by making their presence known in various ways, create paranoia among activists.

Bogus mail: FBI agents would fabricate letters, ostensibly written by movement activists, which spread lies and disinformation. The Bureau sent many fake letters to American Indian Movement (AIM) and Black Panther Party (BPP) leaders and activists that were designed to sow confusion and division in the ranks. The Huey Newton and Eldridge Cleaver wings of the BPP, for example, were split after the FBI sent a number of manufactured letters from disgruntled party members to Cleaver, then in exile in Algeria, criticizing Huey Newton's leadership.

Black propaganda: The distribution of fabricated articles, leaflets, etc., that misrepresented the politics and objectives of an organization or leader, in order to discredit the group or individual and to pit people and organizations against each other.

Disinformation: The FBI often released false or misleading information to the press to discredit groups or individuals and to foster tension.

Harassment arrests: The police or FBI often arrested leaders and activists on trumped up charges in order to tie up activists in legal and court proceedings, drain their financial resources, and heighten their sense of fear and paranoia.

Infiltrators or agent provocateurs: The infiltration of organizations by police agents served two purposes. One was to gather intelligence on the group. Provocateurs were used to try and encourage individuals to engage in illegal activity that could then be attributed to the group as a whole; to disrupt the internal functioning of organizations; and to assist in spreading of disinformation inside and outside the group.

Bad-jacketing: This “refers to the practice of creating suspicion-through the spread of rumors, manufacture of evidence, etc.-that bonafide organizational members, usually in key positions, are FBI/police informers.”6 The technique was used to particularly deadly effect inside the American Indian Movement. Talented AIM activist Anna Mae Aquash, for example, who was murdered on Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota in February 1976, was first subject to a successful whispering campaign, initiated against her by FBI informant Doug Durham, who had joined the AIM chapter in Des Moines, Iowa. Durham's role in AIM also seems to have been to encourage AIM members to engage in “rash, inflammatory acts,” according to author Peter Mathiessen.7 Durham, for example, released “several unauthorized memos, disseminated on organizational letterhead, indicating that AIM was preparing to launch a campaign of 'systematic violence.'”8

Fabrication of evidence: FBI agents, police, and prosecutors routinely fabricated evidence in order to obtain convictions in criminal cases against activists. A number of AIM and BPP activists, including BPP leader Geronimo Pratt and AIM leader Leonard Peltier, who has been in prison for three decades for a crime he did not commit, were convicted on such trumped-up evidence.9

Assassinations: There is ample evidence that FBI and related agencies played a direct role in the assassination of a number of key radical leaders.

Who did COINTELPRO target?

While COINTELPRO was initiated against the Communist Party (CP) in 1956, the program expanded to include civil rights groups and the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party (SWP) by the time Kennedy became president in 1961 and his brother, Robert, served as attorney general. In fact, Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the 1963 March on Washington, months before Kennedy's assassination, won him the FBI designation as “the most dangerous Negro in the future of this Nation.”10 President Johnson, while expanding the war in Vietnam and rhetorically battling the war on poverty at home, used the Black inner-city rebellions of the mid-sixties from Watts to Detroit as a pretext to issue “'standing instructions' that the Bureau should bring the 'instigators' of such 'riots' to heel, by any means at its disposal.”11

Among the many targets of COINTELPRO, the most serious attention was paid to those movements that most threatened state interests. The most violent repression under COINTELPRO was used against the Black Panthers, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, the American Indian Movement, and the Puerto Rican independence movement. It was fueled by the state's need to preserve the near total political and economic disenfranchisement of people of color in the face of the first serious threats to the racial status quo since post-Civil War Reconstruction. The need of the American empire to keep Puerto Rico in its colonial orbit, while it was losing the war in Southeast Asia, drove the violent repression there and against Puerto Rican immigrants in the United States.


http://www.isreview.org/issues/49/cointelpro.shtml (http://www.isreview.org/issues/49/cointelpro.shtml)


https://youtu.be/hRBm5eiBQIs (https://youtu.be/hRBm5eiBQIs)


https://youtu.be/hRBm5eiBQIs

Read more: https://www.noi.org/cointelpro/ (https://www.noi.org/cointelpro/)

It is also germaine to this discussion of WHO gets marginalized and WHY in our Capitalist "Paradise" to remember that the "right" to VOTE for women, Native Americans. African Americans AND Puerto Ricans (1916 Jones Act made them citizens so they could be Cannon fodder for WWI), as long as they moved to the continental USA, if they moved to the USA was obtained until IT DID NOT MATTER. That is, the CORK on the maximum number of Representatives in Congress was (illegally -it was NEVER ratified by the required numberof States!) was rammed though in 1911. So, any semblance of a "Democratic" Republic that USA had disappeared into the Capitalist Boardrooms who buy our politiicians to make "laws" for them.

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In addition to setting the number of U.S. Representatives at 435 😈 💵 🎩 🍌[ img]http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418203402.gif[/img]  (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418193910.gif), the Apportionment Act of 1911 returned to the Webster method of apportionment of U.S. Representatives. Adopted in 1868, Section Two of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution had already removed the three-fifths method of counting slaves, and instead required "counting the whole number of all persons in each State."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apportionment_Act_of_1911 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apportionment_Act_of_1911)

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This is an old graphic. A Capitalist RAT has been replaced. But they are still a bunch Capitalist TOADY RATS!
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Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on June 23, 2018, 05:39:13 pm
The issue here is that "if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem".  As long as you maintain the position the "Capitalism has some good points, it was just corrupted by a few Evil Men at the top", you are part of the problem.  This is the group of people who now try to make a distinction between "capitalism" and "corporatism". Trying to throw whitewash over a really bad system which has impoverished billions for the profit of 1%.  It's not the "few bad apples" that make Capitalism bad, the system itself is rotten to the core.

Will Socialism fix all the ills of resource depletion and population overshoot we have now?  Of course not, but it would provide a more equitable distribution of wealth during the spin down.  All the wealth of the top 10% should be stripped and used to fund the rebuilding of public infrastructure.  All excess housing besides the dwelling a person actually lives in should be converted to housing for the Homeless.  All excess vehicles besides the one the person needs for daily tasks should be converted to a fleet for pbulicly available rental cars at affordable prices.  All wages should come within 1 Standard Deviation of the mean, in our current economy around $70K household income.  Essentially this means nobody over $150K, nobody under $35K.  Medical care should be public and supported by taxation on profits and excess income above the $150K threshhold.

Most industries should be converted to Worker Cooperatives, run by the workers.  The main conduits in particular, Energy, Food, Housing, Medicine, Communications and Transportation.  Managers should be selected by the workers, not by the share holders in a corporation.  Banking and Money Creation should be done by Goobermint, not by a private cartel of International Banksters.

Many other changes are necessary of course, but this would be a good start towards managing the spin down we have ahead here.  Capitalism and its Apologists are the Enemy, they gotta go.

RE

This is all so incredibly f u c k i n' silly.

It's ALL gonna go. Capitalist, socialist, monarchy, whatever.

What's a socialist country anyway?  Are there any in existence? Where?

I see some "social democracies". These are capitalist countries, because it's the capitalists paying the taxes that create the wealth to redistribute.

Sweden is the poster child.

Yesterday I got in trouble with Palloy because I said Russia was socialist, and he corrected me. They have rich oligarchs.

China has all kinds of rich oligarchs.

Viet Nam?

N Korea?

Cuba?

Are those your idea of a successful way to run a  country. No thanks. I'll pass. The Repressed Citizens of America are way better off than the people in any of those places. Even smack shootin' rednecks in the trailer park are better off. People in NK are HUNGRY. The poor people here are obese.

Do you mean some hypothetical socialist country where people in power DON'T feather their own nests because they can? Some perfect world socialist country. Yeah, I'll take that. But it'll only happen when flocks of flying monkeys erupt from my ass
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Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on June 23, 2018, 05:41:32 pm

Do you mean some hypothetical socialist country where people in power DON'T feather their own nests because they can? Some perfect world socialist country. Yeah, I'll take that. But it'll only happen when flocks of flying monkeys erupt from my ass.

LOL.  I never said such a country or Goobermint currently exists, or in fact has ever existed.  But then again, no truly "Capitalist" country ever existed either.

My main goal is to provide a roadmap to a Better Tomorrow.  That is the goal of the SUN project.  I know the current system in the FSoA is FUBAR and will collapse of it's own accord.  So I present ideas on how to improve on things as the spin down progresses in terms of equity in collapse.  It won't take monkeys flying out of your ass either.  It will just take empty shelves at Walmart.

If you don't like the new system, feel free to hop on a sailboat and go...somewhere else.

RE
(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-080515182559.png)  ;D
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on June 23, 2018, 05:44:25 pm

Among the many targets of COINTELPRO, the most serious attention was paid to those movements that most threatened state interests. The most violent repression under COINTELPRO was used against the Black Panthers, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, the American Indian Movement, and the Puerto Rican independence movement. It was fueled by the state's need to preserve the near total political and economic disenfranchisement of people of color in the face of the first serious threats to the racial status quo since post-Civil War Reconstruction. The need of the American empire to keep Puerto Rico in its colonial orbit, while it was losing the war in Southeast Asia, drove the violent repression there and against Puerto Rican immigrants in the United States.

http://www.isreview.org/issues/49/cointelpro.shtml (http://www.isreview.org/issues/49/cointelpro.shtml)

MLK, Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, Harry and Harriette Moore, and worst of all, the state-ordered execution of Fred Hampton and mark Clark  in 1969. Chicago police formed a "select group" but his assassination was demonstrated a conspiracy between local law enforcement and the FBI. The cops claimed, of course, that they were involved in  “shootout.” A bald-faced lie: the physical evidence definitively established that the raiders fired nearly 100 shots at the Panthers while they were sleeping, while only one shot could be linked to a Panther weapon. Because ballistics.

After the raid the Minister of Defense for the Black Panther Party, Bobby Rush, declared that J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI were responsible. But there was no hard proof. The first documentation that supported Rush’s claim came in 1971 when activists broke into an FBI office in Media, PA, and liberated a trove of FBI documents. These outlined the FBI’s COINTELPRO program and its focus in the 1960s on the Black liberation movement and its leaders. As noted above, Hoover directed all of the Bureau’s offices to “disrupt, misdirect, and otherwise neutralize” African American organizations and leaders including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Nation of Islam, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Stokely Carmichael and H. Rap Brown.

You know the rest. Thus the wages of "revolution" here in this capitalist paradise.


Exactly correct! (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418202709.png)
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on June 23, 2018, 05:46:47 pm
The issue here is that "if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem".  As long as you maintain the position the "Capitalism has some good points, it was just corrupted by a few Evil Men at the top", you are part of the problem.  This is the group of people who now try to make a distinction between "capitalism" and "corporatism". Trying to throw whitewash over a really bad system which has impoverished billions for the profit of 1%.  It's not the "few bad apples" that make Capitalism bad, the system itself is rotten to the core.

Will Socialism fix all the ills of resource depletion and population overshoot we have now?  Of course not, but it would provide a more equitable distribution of wealth during the spin down.  All the wealth of the top 10% should be stripped and used to fund the rebuilding of public infrastructure.  All excess housing besides the dwelling a person actually lives in should be converted to housing for the Homeless.  All excess vehicles besides the one the person needs for daily tasks should be converted to a fleet for pbulicly available rental cars at affordable prices.  All wages should come within 1 Standard Deviation of the mean, in our current economy around $70K household income.  Essentially this means nobody over $150K, nobody under $35K.  Medical care should be public and supported by taxation on profits and excess income above the $150K threshhold.

Most industries should be converted to Worker Cooperatives, run by the workers.  The main conduits in particular, Energy, Food, Housing, Medicine, Communications and Transportation.  Managers should be selected by the workers, not by the share holders in a corporation.  Banking and Money Creation should be done by Goobermint, not by a private cartel of International Banksters.

Many other changes are necessary of course, but this would be a good start towards managing the spin down we have ahead here.  Capitalism and its Apologists are the Enemy, they gotta go.
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There is one thing that virtually everyone is missing... that "golden age" of American capitalism, the 1950s and 1960s, the one when America was "great"?  Who owned the vast majority of corporate stocks back then?  Pension funds.  So, indirectly, the corporations, in being run for the shareholder's benefits, were being run for for the worker's benefit, when they retired, on their defined benefit plan.  But then, in the 1970s, the switch was made to defined contribution plans, and participation made optional, and ownership of corporations dwindled away from the workers.

Excellent, excellent point. The switch from defined benefit to defined contribution plans is a foundation stone of building a precariat, and impoverishing retirees.

True.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on June 23, 2018, 05:48:07 pm
Message to Eddie, who agrees I am a "good man" man as long as I don't call him out on his erroneous view of history, at which point he shows his coarse lack of compassion for me, an aged and infirm fellow American, by going partial, and then FULL Ad Hominem:

(http://i.imgur.com/WZv0w.png)
🕵️ ;D

This entire discussion began when YOU claimed that Communism wasn't a negative "buzzword" before 1947. While it is true that the expression, "negative buzzword", did not even exist in the English language back then  ;D, I jumped because Anti-Communist propaganda and skullduggery dates to the turn of the 20th Century and before. 

I showed you evidence that you were wrong about Communism not being a negative "buzzword" before 1947.

Also, I claimed that your view that the 1930's was a "friendly" period towards Communism was also wrong.

That got your Texas pride filled drawers in a bunch and you went on the attack, starting with trying to frame me as a "touchy", "Shrill", etc. you get the idea (SEE: attack the messenger fallacious debating technique). 

Let us assume for the moment that my attitude towards Capitalism is as pedestrianly uneducated as my "simplistic irrationally positive" view of Communism/Socialism/Anarchism.

How did you put it? I think this thoroughly demeaning quote of yours pretty much covers it (I know, after this post you will Texas double down on your insults by claiming that I ain't seen nuttin' yet  ;)):

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I really don't find anything in this long rant that I didn't know, at least in general terms...or anything in your broader assessment that I even disagree with that much. But like all your posts on this subject, it's the product of a very narrow view, and it's the equivalent of a five minute book report on an epic novel. It's very much the Readers Digest condensed version for rabid socialists. There's a whole lot left out.

The above quote is revealing. You do NOT, generally  ;), DISAGREE with my historical "rant", yet you are silent as death about the FACT that you previously erroneously claimed that Communism wasn't a negative "buzzword" before 1947.

Now, either you DID know that and you didn't want to talk about pre-1947 persecution of Communists, or you DIDN'T know about it. You cannot have it both ways. But, you are doing your best to do exactly that. ;D

As Eddie likes to say, "You are not going to get away with that attempt to question Eddie's vast knowledge and Eddie is not done by a Texas long shot" (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9HT4xZyDmh4/TOHhxzA0wLI/AAAAAAAAEUk/oeHDS2cfxWQ/s200/Smiley_Angel_Wings_Halo.jpg)(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418201112.png), RIGHT? 

So then, rather than admit your error, you procede to undermine the post that you (see your quote above) didn't seem to have issues with, by relegating it to the level of a five minute overly simplistic book report.

I wan't trying to right a comprehensive history, Tex. I was, as you KNOW, challenging your erroneous view that Communism wasn't a negative "buzzword" before 1947 (see the title of the post, please!).

OF COURSE there is a whole lot left out. And, it is clear that what was "left in" was, from your POV, suitable only for "rabid" Socialists.(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-220216203149.gif)

 I guess you consider Surly, a man with three times the historically accurate knowledge of American History that you and I have, PUT TOGETHER,  a "rabid" Soclialist. He is a man of integrity and respect. You were attacking him as well as me. NO, Eddie, I am NOT "putting words in your mouth! You made that post after Surly praised my post as an accurate summary of the history. Try as you may to twist Surly's respect for my knowledge of history, nobody who is objective here is going to buy it, Tex.

YOU (http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/forum/Smileys/dd1/cussing.gif) are the one going on a rampage of irrational insults and demeaning posts, trying to put words in MY mouth, making silly, childish, foolish, immature, shrill and thoroughly hateful broad statements about my accross the board "bullshit".

And, YEAH, I DO KNOW YOU! Unless there are TWO Eddies posting here where one Eddie, the mild mannered reporter from the Daily Planet who supports many Socialist programs in the US Government for the poor and disadvantaged, is the principled brother of his evil, uncaring twin who thinks the poor in America are just a bunch of lazy greedy riff raff waiting for the Loto to solve their economic problems. I certainly DO read and interpret correctly your point of view in regard to what you CARE about and what you DON'T CARE about.

The issues may be complex, but there is no justification for simultaneously holding two opposing views. 

As to the complexity of this issue of Communism versus Capitalism, yeah, it's VERY complex. I don't know WHO TF you are to think you are the only one that has come to that enlightened erudite conclusion, but the body of work in your posts, especially when you are in a good mood, evidences that you generally DO NOT DO NUANCE unless you are challenging somebody else's POV. Then you go into all sorts of, "not being sure of this or that" in regard to what the other poster stated, continually casting doubt on the validity of the post you are challenging.

However, when someone challenges YOUR overly simplistic acceptance of Capitalism as the "best system" despite it being a "mixed bag", the Texas Longhorn horns come out. What's good for Goose is SUPPOSED TO BE  good for the Gander, Tex! Holster your guns and start thinking with your mind instead of your pride! 

But let us assume for the moment that, as you have just repeatedly abused your Admin privilege to label me as such, I am just some "old crank/ass hole/rabid Socialist".

The fact remains that the following graphic (see upper right hand corner) has a DATE on it that proves your claims that "Communism wasn't a negative "buzzword" before 1947" AND that the 1930's was a "friendly"  period for Communists in the USA are both incorrect.

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(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-191017143841.jpeg) I am not the one speading inaccurate Historical narratives here, Tex.

YOU made a BROAD, OVERY SIMPLISTIC, HISTORICALLY INACCURATE STATEMENT when you claimed Communism wasn't a negative "buzzword" before 1947. So, for you to claim I am the one being overly simplistic in my subsequent posts is hypocritical in the extreme.

No matter how you try to spin it, Capitalism is morally bankrupt. As RE said, in so many words, if you cannot see that, you are wrong.

Go ahead Eddie, "fire up the drones". That's an old expression I heard often in the FAA, based on the exact same empathy deficit disordered "sense of humor". Back then it was from some "funny" Southern boys who thought it was great fun to say, "Fire up the Ovens" when discussing Jewish businesses.

Now, don't say I am calling you anti-Jew, I am certainly not doing that. I am NOT putting "words in your mouth".

What I am doing is making it crystal clear to you that your casual offhand coarse jokes and peculiar sense of humor offends all peace loving people, of whom you claim to be one.

If you wish to be given the benefit of the doubt about your allegedly objective views on Capitalism and Socialism, stop with the jokes about Capitalist murder and mayhem for Empire. Those coarse sarcastic jokes of yours are as funny as basket full of dead babies.

Yes, I am painfully aware of the fact that you don't care what I think. It appears, from the number of views I get, that you are in the minority in that respect. Also, you may wish to revise your post where you joined into the positive recognition of my contributions here after over a million views.

You need to be consistent if you want people to take you seriously. Now, if you don't care what anybody thinks, then, by all means, have a ball by continuing your Dr. Jekell and Mr. Hyde routine.

As for me, I will continue reading your posts when you are discussing medicine, technology and many other issues you are knowlegeable about and worthy to be listened to. Your biases on political issues and history don't interfere with your technical kowledge base.

However, though I will continue to vigorously disagree with your thoroughly biased view of American History, I will avoid discussing such with you because, quite frankly, you and I will never find common ground there.
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on June 23, 2018, 08:03:05 pm
Its wrong to say Anarchists support socialism, just not soviet style. Capitalists are actually more supportive of Socialism than Anarchists. Anarchists do not want a govt at all, so they definitely don't want a govt to tax them to provide social services. Democratic Socialism actually depends on Capitalism. If they dont have capitalism to tax to provide healthcare, education and social security, it can only be done through communism, for a while. Theres a reason China didnt go down with the Soviet Union and Cuba is doing better without Castro calling the shots, pun intended. Pointing this out doesn't give me an affinity with Mitch Romny either.

Sir, you are splitting Socialist hairs. That part about Anarchists not agreeing to Soviet style Communism, which Anarchists NOW, AT PRESENT, label as "State Capitalism", is not relevant to Anarchist total solidarity with the Socialst movement in the USA, even before the 20th Century began. Had you watched the Columbia University video in my post, the  common ground between Anarchists and Socialists, due to the brutal, dangerous and deadly working conditions in the USA when the 20th Century began, would have been made clear to you.

Hoover was out to GIT the Anarchists BECAUSE they recognized, like the Communists/Socialists, the moral bankruptcy of Capitalism.

The attitude of Capitalists towards ANY economic sytem based on Liberty and Justice for ALL has always been negative, to put it mildly.

Your posts usually concentrate on the negative track record of Socialist/Communist governments while studiously ignoring the massive record of human rights abuse by Capitalist governments, especially our US Fascist Paradise Government. That is a sophistic debating technique. Yes, it is clever but it is fallacious.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113183729.png)

I suggest you try to be more even handed in your comparison of the two systems (yes, there are basically ONLY TWO systems in discussion here). All human run systems are flawed and it is easy to cherry pick the negative aspects of any one of them.

Nevertheless, it is incorrect to claim that Capitalism has the moral high ground over all things Socialist. The exact reverse is true. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418202709.png)

The two comments in the following graphic provide Prima Facie evidence that Capitalists=War Loving, Greed Inspired, Conscience Free Predators are the sworn enemies of all things Socialist AND that Capitalism is morally bankrupt.

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Sorry Agelbert, but if communism is the point being debated, I am not required to compare it to capitalism in every particular as that is a much larger undertaking and would leave the critical points i wished to make lost. I had hoped that "I dont believe in using money at all", should suffice to excuse me from that onerous task, but did suspect that an either with us or against us attitude would ignore all that. The main point re communism I made was the death toll. 100m in the 20th Century, that puts it in first place ahead of Christianity in 2nd and Islam in 3rd by my calculation.

 Its ridiculous to say that Socialism is pacifism because Marx SAID you only need to wait for capitalism to destroy itself. They didn't wait, they violently overthrew the monarchies and killed everyone as an ongoing process. Then communism ended up dying on its own, not capitalism. I have said the ongoing death toll is required, because communists never make everyone equal as promised, so need to keep killing anyone who mentions this or even might mention it.

Ill watch the vid now as I had planned last night, but couldnt keep awake after getting home after dark as usual. Overtime pays well, but money puts most people in a gold barred prison, either of the mind through materialism, or just practical survival. Either way, the pre-occupation and associated agitation is debasement of human nature. I believe native peoples figured this out already over 100k years. The concept of "mine" is foreign to them. If you tell a fijian you like his shirt, he will give it to you and you must take it. If you try using something like a musical instrument or weapon "belonging" to a Maori and are better with it than they are, they give it to you. I learned this when i picked up a pair of those chrome chinese balls that are meant to be spun around in your palm. Even when I said its only easy for me because my glove size is 2XL so an unfair advantage, they were very serious in insisting I take the balls. That relates directly to my point before about capitalism or any FINANCIAL system, that the most crude measure of a mans worth being money is the most important. Obviously for the native people the value is in the ability insteadand the ability benefits everyone. In fact the great Aboriginal boxer, Lionel Rose, made a joke that "blackfelllas are the original communists" when all his winning money was distributed to everyone else.

There's no reason the same principle can't be applied today if the overall culture, corrupted by the use of money, were different. There would not be endless growth, expansion, critical GDP, because there are industries where workers need money all year round to survive, then if they have excess that creates new industries whose workers also need work all year round, including even arms dealers in a vicious cycle. All things could be produced as needed. If an individuals worth without money is measured in their ability, and that ability benefits everyone, nobody will object to being asked by someone else for resources such as crude oil or iron ore. Uranium might get asked some questions. The scenes in movies where American Indian chiefs have given long consideration to what gift can match some piece of technology they do not have, such as a rifle, shows the principle. The one asking for the resource feels diminished until they can return the compliment, such as shipping back some finished goods when needed. Call this real anarchy or socialism, because with money involved there is only the real world results and the back and forth blame game, when there is no black and white between socialism and capitalism. They are the same system, with a distinction of degrees not difference.

You aren't required to compare the two systems even handedly, but I insist that is the only way to rationally compare them. We will have to agree to disagree on that.

And no, it is not "ridiculous" to claim Communism/Socialism is a pacifist ideology. As I said before, the application in practice may not be pacifist, but the ideology is. Capitalist ideology, on the other hand, considers war another tool of routine national politics.

On the other hand, it really IS ridiculous to claim Capitalism is "more pacifist" that Socialism/Communism. Yeah, there was blood spilled by all groups. So? After the Russian Revolution, WTF did you expect the Russians to think when they were being attacked from all sides by various covert and overt Capitalist methods to strangle their economy? In that death count you ascribe to Communism/Socialism, are yoy including the deliberate attempts to starve Russia by Capitalist countries? Of course NOT! How convenient is that, eh?

And while we are on the subject of Russia, let's talk about all those millions that died from Russian Communism, shall we? Russian Communism, for anyone that understands Capitalist Corporate structure, PERFECTLY MIRRORS a monopoly, over EVERYTHING, Capitalist Corporation. That is why the Anarchists call it "State Capitalism".
Premier = CEO
Politburo = Board of Directors
"Communist" Party = Stock Holders
Russian Igor and Sofia vodka sixpack = employees


Communism, MY ASS!

The ideology was just Socialist lipstick on Capitalist pig.

Now you can jump in (I will studiously avoid answering any spurious bullshit thown in here by the gun tottin' Texan who manages to look in a mirror every day without flinching even though he claims he doesn't suffer fools easily) and say that  IF what I say is true, then WHY did the USA (and other Capitalist countries) try to destroy Russia by any means possible? I mean, weren't they all a bunch of fascist crooks fighing over world domination, as all good Capitalist ideologues are?

NOPE.

Socialism, even the fake kind the USSR practiced, was still an ideological threat to Capitalism. Any threat to Capitalism MUST BE ATTACKED.

Your claim that what Marx said about Capitalism self-destructing was basically happy talk no person living in the real world of rough and tumble dog eat dog took seriously is more applicable to those who push "democracy=peace" in the name of Capitalism than in regard to Socialism.

But, again, you do not want to line up the two systems side by side, so you point at all the monarchs overthrown and so on, as if the overthrow of monarchs was something that discredits any claim to pacifism by Socialist ideology.

There is a vacuum in every discussion I encounter on this subject about the 24/7 paranoia that is absolutely CENTRAL to Capitalism. That paranoia fuels much of the murder and mayhem in this world. Do you want to go there? NO, you don't.

I'll tell you why that subject is routinely disparaged as conspiracy tin foil stuff, though massive paranoia is routinely, and spuriously, ascribed to the "dysfunctional" Socialst Governments.

Capitalism is pitched as a system where everybody competes in a democratic fashion. If people really did that, they would not be routinely spying on their competitor or/and trying to sabotage the competitor's business in order to get the edge on the other business and eventually bankrupt it.

You KNOW that is how Capitalism works in practice. Now how in God's good Earth people feel justified in making the TOTALLY ERRONEOUS claim that a Government run by Capitalist True Beleivers is not going be composed of the worst kind of paranoid bastards constantly attacking by any means available any real or imagined threat to their monopoly exploitation gravy train, is NOT a mystery to me.

They DON'T want people to know that, so they propagandize the public to claim the Socialists are the ones guilty of doing what is SINE QUA NON for Capitalist ideology. It's all part of the morally bankrupt PROFIT MOTIVE.

The USA got into WWI to make money for Capitalists, PERIOD. How many of those deaths do YOU blame Capitalism for? ZIP!

After WWI, if France, England and the USA had treated Germany, another Capitalist country, fairly, there would not have BEEN a NAZI Germany. But the demand to rake Germany over the coals for PROFIT so angered the Germans that they helped the rabid Hitler gang come to power.

How many of those Germans who starved to death during the Weimar Republic are in your count of deaths caused by Capitalism? ZIP!

Even worse, the USA ended up going into WWII because OUR CAPITALISTS built up those NAZI bastards. How many of the MILLIONS of people killed by the NAZIs do you blame Capitalism for? ZIP!

The indictment of Capitalism is, as if the above history wasn't enough, multiplied by the FACT that, despite the USA OWING RUSSIA BIG TIME for the defeat of NAZI Germany, the Capitalists, true to form, weren't having any of that "Socialist disease" business. The post WWII crowd, in the USA in particular, saw massive profits in MAINTAINING A WAR ECONOMY. They needed an enemy. So, they invented one. That's how we got the MIC that is eating this planet alive for CAPITALIST profit.

During all this period, the Russians were struggling to survive economically BECAUSE of trade barriers hither and yon by their "competitors" (i.e. other countries with the Capitalist system, but without the socialist lipstick). While all the evil stuff by Lenin and Stalin is well publicized, and used repeatedly in every debate about Communism versus Capitalism, the MASSIVE advances in all forms of technology in Russia from 1905 on, where they went from a nearly totally agrarian society to an industrial powerhouse, WHICH DEFEATED THE NAZIs, is always sort of left out of the discussion. The USA became an industrial powerhouse gradually from around 1840 on up to our massive war machine in 1940. That is about 100 years. The Russians did that MUCH Faster.

Count the years. That State Capitalist Country (i.e. the USSR) exploited their people ruthlessly for what Lenin and Stalin claimed was their own good. I am not convinced of that. Their blah, blah, blah about Socialist this and Socialist that, despite it being mostly happy talk lipstick, was like waving a red flag (pun intented ;D) at the Capitalist BULL on Wall Street.

Get this, pal! WE did everything we could to destroy Russia until we needed them. We WANTED the NAZIs to crush them! When the NAZIs were eating our lunch, then we became TOKEN MR. Nice Guy with Russia. Is that part of your historical narrative? If it isn't, you have a flawed view of most of the 20th Century's history.

All that said, there are so many different definitions for Communism, as well as Capitalism, that it is an unreal rabbit whole to go down. So, I look at the historical cause and effect of systems that had the name. 

Claiming that socialism and capitalism are the same system is incorrect. Regardless of the varying definitions, one is based on a hierarchcal unequal non-egalitarian social structure (Cappitlism) and the other on an   egalitarian social structure (Socialism).

I will agree that, if the people are of good will, just about any system can work fairly well. It all depends on whether morality is integral to the system or not. I maintain that morality is anathema to Capitalism.

You said:
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money puts most people in a gold barred prison, either of the mind through materialism, or just practical survival. Either way, the pre-occupation and associated agitation is debasement of human nature. I believe native peoples figured this out already over 100k years.

Agreed. The problem we have today is that the overwhelming majority of humans now have too much of a Nietzche style Territorial Imperative, so to speak. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183337.bmp)
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on August 14, 2018, 12:33:00 pm
The Thom Hartmann Program (Full Show) - 8/14/18

https://youtu.be/EAnvJR-tezc

You've found the place where The Thom Hartmann Program is streamed live Monday-Friday,

Agelbert NOTE: In this show Thom discusses this excellent book filled with irrefutable historical truth:

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Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat by J. Sakai
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The authoritative attack on the idea that the American working class is primarily white, with Black, Asian and Indian labour being little more than special interest groups. This book presents US history from a working class, revolutionary and non-white perspective.

Paperback, 176 pages
Published 1989 by Morningstar Pres
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3184732-settlers

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Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on September 03, 2018, 05:49:14 pm
The near-sinking of the Mayflower and the first settler murderer

SNIPPET:

Some folks have an idealized vision of those people who first came to the New World on the Mayflower, and we tend to think of them as the devout sort who spent the journey alternately praying and being kind to their neighbors. That definitely wasn't the case for all of them. Let's talk about John Billington (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718205137.gif) and his family (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418203402.gif).

First off, his sons (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718205808.gif) (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718205808.gif) were kind of jerks. According to Mental Floss, the Billingtons were fleeing to the New World to escape some serious debts he'd run up in England, and thanks to the Billington kids, the ship almost didn't make it. At one point, one of the boys decided it was a brilliant idea to play with dad's gun and fire it below decks in a cabin full of people and barrels of gunpowder.

Once they landed, it became clear where they'd learned their manners from. John Billington not only refused the mandatory bit of military service but started spouting anti-establishment propaganda while plotting to overthrow the new colony's leaders. For whatever reason, he was allowed to continue his hate-talk, and it wasn't until 1630 he got into an argument with a new settler and shot him. As you do. The man, John Newcomen, died from infection and Billington had the dubious honor of being hanged as the first settler murderer.

The revenge of Hannah Duston

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Junius Brutus Stearns, US Public Domain

We'll tell the whole story here and let you make your own decisions about how heroic Hannah Duston was because 99% Invisible isn't sure. Duston lived in Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1697, and she had just given birth to a daughter when her little settlement was attacked by a group of Abenaki. Duston, her baby, and maid Mary Neff were taken and marched north. Historic Ipswich adds a horrifying but important detail: When the baby slowed them down, she was smashed against a tree and killed.

Everyone can agree no mother should ever have to go through something like this. It's no wonder Duston had some serious rage, and when the raiding party and their captives stopped for an overnight rest in New Hampshire, she got her revenge. Duston, Neff, and a boy named Samuel killed the entire group as they slept. Knowing no one would believe them without proof, they scalped them, too.

That included six children. Duston made it back home, and went on to tell her tale to the minister Cotton Mather. He ensured it was recorded for history, and it's been memorialized in weird ways. There's a nursing home named after her, bobbleheads in her likeness, and there's a statue to her in Boscawen, New Hampshire. Yes, her statue is holding scalps. Discuss.

Full accurate historical article: (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-120818184310-1635923.gif)

https://www.grunge.com/106746/messed-things-happened-colonial-times/sl/the-near-sinking-of-the-mayflower-and-the-first-settler-murderer
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on September 24, 2018, 05:57:34 pm
CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH? (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418202709.png) 

If you cannot, then do not watch this video. EVERYTHING Webster Tarpley says about various events in American History (including, but not limited to, heinous events you may have never heard of) is 100% ACCURATE.

If you CAN handle the truth, teach your children about it. It's time 👀 to stop pretending U.S. historical reality is the apple pie disneyworld version.

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Webster Tarpley on Who Killed Kennedy

| Nov 24, 2013 | 74,238 views | by ulaghchi

https://youtu.be/CPJKoaRXRoU


Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on September 26, 2018, 08:51:57 pm
Paul Manafort (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif) , Roger Stone 😈, and Me

By Tom Lewis | September 3, 2018 | Politics

SNIPPET:

I always blamed the nastification of the Republican Party largely on Lee Atwater, who later surfaced as a Reagan adviser, and who spent 1980 showing us how to do the new Republican fandango — getting a Congress-critter elected by calling his opponent a liberal, a communist, a (white) member of the NAACP, and a past recipient of electroshock therapy, which Atwater described as being hooked up to jumper cables. Sounds normal today, but it sure didn’t in 1980.

I heard about Atwater, of course, but what I did not know until recently was that also in 1980, a new consulting firm was founded in Washington to institutionalize the new pit-bull politics. The firm was called Black, Manafort and Stone, and it soon became renowned among Washington insiders for combining in one firm lobbying and political consulting, performed with a take-no-prisoners, scorched-earth, amoral style. They lobbied for a long list of the world’s nastiest dictators and companies (including Big Tobacco), and managed campaigns for some of the nation’s nastiest politicians. Lee Atwater soon joined Roger Stone and Paul Manafort as a senior partner of the firm.

The work of these savages drove me from the Republican Party. It was they, for example,  who ...

Must read full article: (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418200416.png)

http://www.dailyimpact.net/2018/09/03/paul-manafort-roger-stone-and-me/
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on September 29, 2018, 05:39:59 pm
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Please note due to a complaint that I did not properly attribute this NBC article, I do so here.  No harm intended. I felt this story should be shared as soon and as widely as possible and I apologize to NBC for apparently not attributing the story properly to them, although the heading above the story clearly (I thought) attributes the story to NBC. I also apologize to KOS for apparently exceeding the length of quoted text, and shall take this into consideration with any further diary.

This article is shared to you from NBC News at the following link:  www.nbcnews.com/
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David Brock on NBC:

“I used to know Brett Kavanaugh pretty well. And, when I think of Brett now, in the midst of his hearings for a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, all I can think of is the old "Aesop's Fables" adage: "A man is known by the company he keeps." And that's why I want to tell any senator who cares about our democracy: Vote no. Twenty years ago, when I was a conservative movement stalwart, I got to know Brett Kavanaugh both professionally and personally. Brett actually makes a cameo appearance in my memoir of my time in the GOP, "Blinded By The Right." I describe him at a party full of zealous young conservatives gathered to watch President Bill Clinton's 1998 State of the Union address — just weeks after the story of his affair with a White House intern had broken. When the TV camera panned to Hillary Clinton, I saw Brett — at the time a key lieutenant of Ken Starr, the independent counsel investigating various Clinton scandals — mouth the word "b i t c h."

But there's a lot more to know about Kavanaugh than just his Pavlovian response to Hillary's image. Brett and I were part of a close circle of cold, cynical and ambitious hard-right operatives being groomed by GOP elders for much bigger roles in politics, government and media. And it’s those controversial associations that should give members of the Senate and the American public serious pause.

Call it Kavanaugh's  (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif) cabal (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418203402.gif): There was his colleague on the Starr investigation, Alex Azar, now the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Mark Paoletta is now chief counsel to Vice President Mike Pence; House anti-Clinton gumshoe Barbara Comstock is now a Republican member of Congress. Future Fox News personalities Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson were there with Ann Coulter, now a best-selling author, and internet provocateur Matt Drudge.

At one time or another, each of them partied at my Georgetown townhouse amid much booze and a thick air of (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418193910.gif) cigar smoke.  In a rough division of labor, Kavanaugh played the role of lawyer — one of the sharp young minds recruited by the Federalist Society to infiltrate the federal judiciary with true believers. Through that network, Kavanaugh (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718205808.gif) was mentored by D.C. Appeals Court Judge Laurence Silberman (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718205137.gif), known among his colleagues for planting leaks in the press for partisan advantage.

When, as I came to know, Kavanaugh (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png) took on the role of designated leaker to the press of sensitive information from Starr's operation, we all laughed that Larry had taught him well. (Of course, that sort of political opportunism by a prosecutor is at best unethical, if not illegal.)

Another compatriot was George Conway (now Kellyanne's husband), who led a secretive group of right-wing lawyers — we called them "the elves" 😈 👹 — who worked behind the scenes directing the litigation team of Paula Jones, who had sued Clinton for sexual harassment. I knew then that information was flowing quietly from the Jones team via Conway to Starr's office — and also that Conway's go-to man was none other than Brett Kavanaugh.

That critical flow of inside information allowed Starr, in effect, to set a perjury trap for Clinton, laying the foundation for a crazed national political crisis and an unjust impeachment over a consensual affair.

But the cabal's godfather was Ted Olson (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png), the then-future solicitor general for George W. Bush 🦖 and now a sainted figure of the GOP establishment (and of some liberals for his role in legalizing same-sex marriage). Olson had a largely hidden role as a consigliere to the "Arkansas Project" — a multi-million dollar dirt-digging operation on the Clintons, funded by the eccentric right-wing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife and run through The American Spectator magazine, where I worked at the time.

Both Ted and Brett had what one could only be called an unhealthy obsession with the Clintons — especially Hillary. While Ted was pushing through the Arkansas Project conspiracy theories claiming that Clinton White House lawyer and Hillary friend Vincent Foster was murdered (he committed suicide), Brett was costing taxpayers millions by peddling the same garbage at Starr's office.

A detailed analysis of Kavanaugh's own notes from the Starr Investigation reveals he was cherry-picking random bits of information from the Starr investigation — as well as the multiple previous investigations — attempting vainly to legitimize wild right-wing conspiracies. For years he chased down each one of them without regard to the emotional cost to Foster’s family and friends, or even common decency.

Kavanaugh was not a dispassionate finder of fact but rather an engineer of a political smear campaign. And after decades of that, he expects people to believe he's changed his stripes.

Like millions of Americans this week, I tuned into Kavanaugh's hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee with great interest. In his opening statement and subsequent testimony, Kavanaugh presented himself as a "neutral and impartial arbiter" of the law. Judges, he said, were not players but akin to umpires — objectively calling balls and strikes. Again and again, he stressed his "independence" from partisan political influences.

But I don't need to see any documents to tell you who Kavanaugh is — because I've known him for years. And I'll leave it to all the lawyers to parse Kavanaugh's views on everything from privacy rights to gun rights.

But I can promise you that any pretense of simply being a fair arbiter of the constitutionality of any policy regardless of politics is simply a pretense. He made up his mind nearly a generation ago — and, if he's confirmed, he'll have nearly two generations to impose it upon the rest of us."

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/9/28/1799871/-MUST-READ-David-Brock-on-Brett-Kavanaugh

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Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on October 13, 2018, 09:20:10 pm
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Oligarchy 😈👹💵🎩🍌🏴‍🦍☠️: The Cancer of Human History

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Diocletian separated and enlarged the empire’s civil and military services and reorganized the empire’s provincial divisions, establishing the largest and most bureaucratic government in the history of the empire. (http://www.theguide.hr/diocletian-roman-emperor-born-in-roman-province-dalmatia/)

Webster Tarpley exposes the persistent Oligarchic Organized Evil behind the fact that the structure of the modern United Nations is nearly IDENTICAL to Diocletian's structure for the Roman Empire nearly 2000 years ago. 👀 😱

https://youtu.be/hzyq4BXTkhQ

W | Apr 10, 2013 | 73,297 views | by OaklandLYM

14 July 1994. Former member Webster Tarpley gives a class on 2000 years of rule by Oligarchy, both its headquarters, which has existed within the empires of ...
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on November 11, 2018, 01:24:17 pm
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President McKinley offering Uncle Sam different "dishes" (http://todayinsocialsciences.blogspot.com/2012/03/spanish-american-war-in-some-cartoons.html)
Source: http://ushistory.webnode.com/cartoon/

American (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-120818184306-16302042.png) History for Truthdiggers: Tragic Dawn of Overseas Imperialism 🦍

November 10, 2018 TD ORIGINALS

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Maj. Danny Sjursen is a U.S. Army officer and former history instructor at West Point. He served tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan...

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Editor’s note: The past is prologue. The stories we tell about ourselves and our forebears inform the sort of country we think we are and help determine public policy. As our current president promises to “make America great again,” this moment is an appropriate time to reconsider our past, look back at various eras of United States history and re-evaluate America’s origins. When, exactly, were we “great”? (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-120818180835-1625583.gif)

SNIPPET:

According to the old historical narrative, the U.S. has always been a democratic republic and only briefly dabbled (from 1898 to 1904) with outright imperialism. And, indeed, even in that era—in which the U.S. seized Puerto Rico, Guam, Hawaii and the Philippines—the U.S. saw itself as “liberating” the locals from Spanish despotism. This wasn’t real imperialism but rather, to use a term from the day, “benevolent (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718202127.gif) assimilation. (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9HT4xZyDmh4/TOHhxzA0wLI/AAAAAAAAEUk/oeHDS2cfxWQ/s200/Smiley_Angel_Wings_Halo.jpg)” (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-280515145049.png) (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-051113192052.png) Oh, what a gloriously American (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png) euphemism!

The truth, of course, is far more discomfiting. The U.S. was an empire before it had even gained its own independence. From the moment that Englishmen landed at Jamestown and Plymouth Rock, theirs was an imperial experiment. Native tribes were conquered and displaced westward, year in and year out, until there were no sovereign Indians left to fight. In 1848, the U.S. Army conquered northern Mexico and rechristened it the American Southwest. Yes, the U.S. was always an empire, what Thomas Jefferson self-consciously called an “Empire of Liberty.” Only the American Empire looked different from the British and Western European variety. Until 1898, the U.S. lacked the overseas possessions and expansive naval power that have come to define our contemporary image of empire. That was the British, French and Spanish model. No, the U.S. was a great land empire most similar (ironically) to that of Russia, but an empire nonetheless.

Still, there is something profound about 1898 and the years that followed.
For it was in this era that the American people—and their leaders—became sick with the disease of overseas imperialism. With no Indians left to fight and no Mexican lands worth conquering, Americans looked abroad for new monsters to destroy and new lands to occupy. Britain and France were far too powerful and were not to be trifled with; but Spain, the deteriorating Spanish Empire in the Caribbean and Pacific, proved a tempting target. And so it was, through a brief—“splendid,” as it was described—little war with Spain, that the United States would annex foreign territories and join the European race for colonies.

1898 is central to our understanding of the United States’ 🦍 contemporary role 🏴‍☠️💵🎩(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif) in the world, for it was at that moment that the peculiar exceptional millenarianism of American idealism merged with the Western mission of “civilization.”

The result was a more overt, distant and expansive version of American Empire. And, though the U.S. no longer officially “annexes” foreign territories, its neo-imperial foreign policy is alive and well, with U.S. military forces ensconced in some 800 bases in more than 80 countries—numbers that by far exceed those of other nations. Furthermore, the remnants of America’s first overseas conquests are with us today, as the people of Puerto Rico, Guam and Samoa are still only partial Americans—citizens, yes, but citizens without congressional representation or a vote in presidential elections. How ironic, indeed, that a nation founded in opposition to “taxation without representation” should, for more than 100 years now, hold so many of its people in a situation remarkably similar to that of the American colonists before the Revolutionary War.

In retrospect, then, 1898 represents both continuity with America’s imperial past and a bridge to its contemporary neo-imperial future. This era is key because it stands as a moment of no return: a pivot point at which the United States became a global empire.

One can hardly understand contemporary interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan without a clear account of 1898 and what followed. The Spanish-American War and the occupation of the Philippines are two of America’s fundamental sins, and their consequences resonate in our ever uncertain present.

The Closing of the Frontier (1890)

Full IRREFUTABLE historical truth filled article: (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418200416.png)

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/american-history-for-truthdiggers-tragic-dawn-of-overseas-imperialism/

Agelbert RANT:

From the above article:
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"...social Darwinism, the notion that “survival of the fittest” applied to man as well as beast, that certain races were scientifically superior to others. It was all snake oil, of course, but it was a predominant ideology..."

Social Darwinsim is, EVEN MORE SO TODAY,  the predominant CANCEROUS ideology destroying our biosphere. The Social Darwinsit cheerleaders 👹 for Profit Over People and Planet, BECAUSE THESE Empathy deficit disordered, might is right worshipping barbarians have NEVER been able to add and subtract in biosphere math, ARE the embodiment of the 'Perpetual Growth AND Greed is good' CANCER ☠️ destroying America. 😱

DEFINITION OF THE CANCER ☠️ destroying America AND most of the BIOSPHERE (that Human Civilization relies on to survive) ► Fervent Social Darwinsts ☠️ = CAPITALISTS ☠️ who believe that we must expand continually or "atrophy" from "non-manly = leftist, socialist, peaceful, environmentalist against polluting businesses, etc. you get the idea" behavior. 🤬

Religion is just the clever disingenuous 😇 😉 fig leaf these Consciense Free BASTARDS 😈 use. The CORE RELIGION of Social Darwinists is that MIGHT, no matter how irresponsible, no matter how unprincipled, no matter how unethical, no matter how destructive to the biosphere in general and fellow humans in particular, IS RIGHT. 🤬

 
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Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on December 01, 2018, 07:25:19 pm
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Noam Chomsky - History of US Rule 🦍😈👹🍌🏴‍☠️ in Latin America

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https://youtu.be/NKwJI9axblQ

207,946 views

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Published on Dec 19, 2009

History of US Rule in Latin America; Elections and Resistance to the Coup in Honduras - Professor Noam Chomsky PhD.

Filmed by Paul Hubbard at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on 12-15-09

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Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on December 03, 2018, 08:24:26 pm
SNIPPET:

In 1508 Emperor Maximilian I attempted to force his bankers to invest in bonds to support another of his wars. Fugger was furious at this, and wrote a letter back to the Emperor. Steinmetz explains:

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Fugger (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013200859.png) started with what he said was obvious. Companies like his benefitted every level of society, producing jobs and wealth for all. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718211017.gif) Business could only work its magic if the government left it alone. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-280515145049.png)(http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-051113192052.png) If politicians threw up roadblocks and killed the profit motive, business had no chance.(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-191017140758.jpeg) Merchants and bankers were good citizens, he argued. (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9HT4xZyDmh4/TOHhxzA0wLI/AAAAAAAAEUk/oeHDS2cfxWQ/s200/Smiley_Angel_Wings_Halo.jpg) They treated each other and their customers fairly. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718210558.gif) Sure, self-interest propelled them.  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png) But they knew better than to cheat customers. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718202127.gif) Reputation was everything and the need for credibility checked the urge to lie, gouge and steal. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817121829.png) Hinting at the allure of tax havens (the Swiss border was only sixty miles away), he declared that other countries show businessmen more respect.  (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418193910.gif) He blasted those who condemned commerce and enterprise. They failed to understand that “it is for the common good that honourable, brave and honest companies are in the realm. (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TzWpwHzCvCI/T_sBEnhCCpI/AAAAAAAAME8/IsLpuU8HYxc/s1600/nooo-way-smiley.gif) For it is not disreputable but rather it is wonderful jewel that such companies are in the kingdom.” 
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It is no surprise that when the German Peasants’ War broke out in 1524, that wealthy men like Jakob Fugger were accused by the people of corruption and stealing from the poor. At one point during that year Jakob had to flee his home in Augsburg because of the threats from protestors. Fugger did all that he could to support the nobles trying to put down the revolt, which would only end after 100,000 people were dead.

Read a LOT more and feast your eyes on some videos about the richest man (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif) that ever lived and his Castle with fountains, ovens and fireplaces in EVERY ROOM at a time whern most people NEVER got enough to eat in their ENTIRE LIVES. The influence 😈👹💵🎩🍌🏴‍☠️🚩 of this Oligarch and his CAPITALIST CHEERLEADING descendents to fund war and social repression continues to this day.


5 Things to Know about the Richest Person in History (http://www.medievalists.net/2018/12/richest-person-history/)

Great post !

I'd read about Fugger before.

The potantate's back in the day used to use court jesters & actors to form a barrier between "them" & the peasants, for this very reason. revolt or rage against the machine.

Fast fwd to today & the same practice is used. The Master's use politician's, actors & sports figures to keep the useless eaters busy while "they" do the fleecing of the sheep.

I LOVE websites like medievalists. Great stuff.

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Jakob Fugger the Elder was the next person to handle the family business, but when he died in 1469, control went to his wife, Barbara Basinger.

One wonders if Ms. Basinger might fairly have been called, "Mother Fugger."

I hadn't read about the Mother Fugger before. ;D It was long after his time, of course, that Capitalism began to demonize Socialism with, oh so clever baloney like, "The trouble with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money" (credited to Margaret Thatcher 😈, but considering she was every bit as dumb as she was greedy, Reagan was probably the one who passed that on to her from a note Saint Milton Chicago School Fascist Friedman 👹 gave to Reagan 🐒).

Then there's that one Reagan liked about, "I'm here from the Government. I'm here to help.", delivered in his most professional actor sarcasm.

Ya know, these bastards seem to have studied Owellian discourse before Orwell invented it!

As far back as 1508, it was crystal clear to the casual observer that, THE TROUBLE WITH CAPITALISM, IS  THAT YOU EVENTUALLY RUN OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY. At that point you have to kill off a bunch of angry peasants who are starving or start a war (which you make peasants fight, of course) to find new sources of asset stripping plunder to put a bandaid on the cratering economy you destroyed with CAPITALISM.

Eventually you run out of people to kill and sources of EVERYTHING out there on the PLANET, that is plunderable, to plunder.

It's hard to fit all that in a sound bite but ya get the idea.

As to Reagan's favorte bit of clever BULLSHIT, it applies now quite well to the FIRE sector.

I'm here from the F.I.R.E. (Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate) sector (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418203402.gif). I'm (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718205137.gif) here to help.

I just read this yesterday. It really gets to the heart of why people fall for all this Capitalist BULLSHIT. For the average person, it is hard to differentiate between socially beneficial freedoms and socially detrimental ones. The Capitalist CROOKS make sure to muddy the difference as much as possible with happy talk propaganda. This snippet from a recent Chris Hedges article pretty much exposes the CAPITALIST siren song CON.

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The economist Karl Polanyi understood that there are two kinds of freedoms. There are the bad freedoms to exploit those around us and extract huge profits without regard to the common good, including what is done to the ecosystem and democratic institutions.

These bad freedoms see corporations monopolize technologies and scientific advances to make huge profits, even when, as with the pharmaceutical industry, a monopoly means lives of those who cannot pay exorbitant prices are put in jeopardy.

The good freedoms—freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, freedom of meeting, freedom of association, freedom to choose one’s job—
are eventually snuffed out by the primacy of the bad freedoms. (https://www.truthdig.com/articles/neoliberalisms-dark-path-to-fascism/)
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on December 04, 2018, 08:48:06 pm
I Will Not Speak Kindly of the Dead. Bush (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif) Was Detestable. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418202709.png)

BY Michael I. Niman, Truthout

PUBLISHED December 4, 2018

SNIPPET:

We’re supposed to speak kindly of the dead. And we’re supposed to bury our dead presidents with the type of fanfare and reverence that the colonial forebearers of this nation’s white settlers reserved for royalty. Today, as we prepare to bury the nation’s 41st president, George H.W. Bush, the American press corps is carrying on this tradition, eulogizing him primarily by celebrating his polite demeanor and his successful self-representation of civility. Yes, the 41st president presented as a nicer person than the 45th, or his son, the 43rd. But for the people whose countries or lives were destroyed by his violent actions, he’ll always be a monster. Sanitizing his story amounts to historical revisionism.

Below are just eight of the many reasons why, beneath the civility, George H.W. Bush was a detestable president.

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https://truthout.org/articles/i-will-not-speak-kindly-of-the-dead-bush-was-detestable/
Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on December 18, 2018, 07:53:59 pm
TheRealNews

Wilkerson on Cheney 22,604 views

Hyper-nationalist Cheney (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif) got rich at Halliburton 🦖 then "Co-President" with Bush

https://youtu.be/hGNhbc3rgRY

Published on Jun 7, 2010

Wilkerson: Cheney and far right lead Republicans over cliff

8,510 views

https://youtu.be/MK-VJR-PIEE

Published on Jun 11, 2010

Wilkerson on Cheney Pt.4: The greatest shift of wealth from the middle class to the top 1 percent





Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on January 13, 2019, 05:46:13 pm
JAN 12, 2019 OPINION

By Maj. Danny Sjursen

Maj. Danny Sjursen is a U.S. Army officer and former history instructor at West Point. He served tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan...

From Isolationism to a 2nd World Conflagration (https://www.truthdig.com/articles/american-history-for-truthdiggers-from-isolationism-to-a-2nd-world-conflagration/)


Agelbert COMMENT:(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-240718213433-14592370.png) (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418202829.png)(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-111018132401-16881856.gif)  The author left out the AMERICAN FASCIST ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM represented partly by Prescott Bush and Henry Ford. The American business (and media SEE: NYT love affair with fascists from then until the PRESENT (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/who-can-you-trust/corruption-in-government/msg11539/#msg11539)) community LIKED HITLER AND MUSSOLINI AND FRANCO.

THAT is the reason the USA was "neutral" in Spain. THAT is the reason for the Munich debacle.

Last, but certainly not least, is the FACT that the American Industrialists that made HUGE FORTUNES from U.S. involvement in WWI were SALIVATING at the prospect of MORE WAR in Europe.

Let's be clear here, shall we? The American public did not have ANY SAY in whether the USA went into WWI or WWII, PERIOD. It was the CAPITALIST (i.e. FASCIST) Profit Over People And Planet OLIGARCHS that made those decisions BEFORE the media propagandists were tasked to sell that CRAP (see: Bernays) to the American Public.

SHAME on the author for leaving all the above out of the historical reality of that time. 👎 😠

Unless you view that particular time period of history in the proper context, you cannot begin to understand how political 'business as usual' 😈💵🎩🍌🏴‍☠️🚩 in the USA has studiously ignored the will of we-the-people EVER SINCE!

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Title: Re: Key Historical Events ...THAT YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Post by: AGelbert on January 13, 2019, 06:10:10 pm
JAN 11, 2019| BOOK REVIEW

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Paul Von Blum is Senior Lecturer in African American Studies and Communication Studies at UCLA. He has taught at the University of California since 1968...

Dubious History

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“Lies My Teacher Told Me,” new edition 2018

A book by James W. Loewen 👍👍👍

In the introduction to his magnificent critique of American historical education, James Loewen starts provocatively: “High school students hate history. When they list their favorite subjects, history always comes in last. They consider it ‘the most irrelevant’ of twenty-one school subjects commonly taught in high school. Bo-o-o-oring is the adjective most often applied.”

Since the initial publication of “Lies My Teacher Told Me” in 1995, I have regularly read this passage to my UCLA students in my course on the history of social protest. The overwhelming majority of my students have enthusiastically concurred with Loewen.

Many decades ago, I too sat in my high school history class, listening to Mr. Jones drearily reciting an unremittant litany of historical facts, mostly without context, intended to be memorized and regurgitated for future examinations. I also drifted off into my own world, thinking about things that teenage boys think about.

This book is subtitled “Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong.” In this third edition published last year, the text retains sociologist Loewen’s sharp critique of the 12 American history textbooks he surveyed in his first edition as well as the six books he examined for the second edition. He found, as he describes, “an embarrassing blend of bland optimism, blind nationalism, and plain misinformation, weighing in at an average of 888 pages and almost five pounds.” He showed persuasively how American history textbooks—these ponderous tomes—lied to millions of American students by sugarcoating historical events and persons, encouraging mindless patriotism and faith in unending American progress, and negated any serious critical thinking.

Most strikingly in his new preface, Loewen notes that more recent U.S. history texts merely promote the illusion of critical thinking. But they rarely encourage students to assemble real data to back up their opinions about historical controversies. Indeed, they actually promote the false notion that all historical opinions are somehow equal, and fully deserve respect.

Click here (https://books.google.com/books?id=gVZSDwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=lies+my+teacher+told+me&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjo7qiB8tffAhVhFTQIHUpnDiEQuwUILTAA#v=onepage&q=lies%20my%20teacher%20told%20me&f=false) to read long excerpts from “Lies My Teacher Told Me” at Google Books.

As Loewen perceptively observes, the absence of useful historical textbooks augments the challenges for young people in the Trump 🦀 era. He pointedly identifies President Donald Trump (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718205808.gif) and his pernicious White House minions (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418203402.gif) as purveyors of lies and falsehoods: the age of “alternative facts.”

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The preface shows the photographs of the inaugural crowds of President Barack Obama in 2009 and President Trump in 2017. Former press secretary Sean Spicer claimed that 2017 saw the largest audience to witness an inauguration. Kellyanne Conway defended this absurd assertion. The photographic evidence clearly revealed the falsehood of the claims. The insidious combination of inadequate and deceptive historical education and a national administration that denigrates the free press represents a grave threat to democracy.

Some of the chief things that American history textbooks get wrong are their lies by omission. As Loewen repeatedly shows throughout the book, the focus is on those men (rarely women) in American history who have represented the dominant power centers of social, economic, and political life. Rarely do these textbooks mention the people who have resisted power and spent their lives fighting for structural change. And even when a few are mentioned, it is often in highly sanitized form.

For several years in my social protest class, I have done a brief exercise at the outset by identifying some major American agitators and asking students if they have ever heard of them. I often start with Ida B. Wells because about half or more of the 150-plus students have heard of her. Then, I move to the other figures on my list. Emma Goldman. Joe Hill. Eugene Debs. A. Philip Randolph. Mother Jones. Saul Alinsky. Paul Robeson. Harry Hay. Fred Korematsu. JoAnne Robinson. E.D. Nixon. Dorothy Day. Fannie Lou Hamer. Stokely Carmichael. Reies Tijerina. Dolores Huerta. Several others.

The results are strikingly similar each academic year. Three or four students, or fewer, can identify these figures. The rest have no clue. I note that they are rarely mentioned in historical textbooks and, for the large part, many history teachers are likewise unfamiliar with them and their radical social and political work.

I then provide my class with a dramatic example from the first chapter of Loewen’s book. He writes about the case of Helen Keller, whom every student knows. They all know about the blind and deaf girl who overcame her handicaps. They know the story of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, who helped her to read, write and speak. Almost no one, however, knows what Loewen writes in his book: Helen Keller was a radical socialist, a supporter of the IWW, of the ACLU, of Eugene Debs, of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and so forth. Keller’s commitment to socialism emerged from her personal disabilities and from her deep sympathies with all handicapped and oppressed people. This is missing from the textbooks and from historical education. Instead, students get the same warm and fuzzy stories that network news provides for a few minutes each day at the end of their broadcasts.

This lack of knowledge about America’s radical past cripples today’s students by failing to inform them of the long historical tradition and record of resistance to injustice, racism, sexism, homophobia and capitalism itself. “Lies My Teacher Told Me” is replete with examples throughout its pages. The book highlights how students learn distortions and inaccuracies in their texts and throughout their “educational” experiences.

Take the case of John Brown. The radical abolitionist who led the raid at Harpers Ferry in 1859 and was executed for his role is regularly portrayed in history textbooks as a religious fanatic who was likely deranged. Yet among African-Americans of the era, including Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, John Brown was hardly thought of as crazy; rather, he was seen as a man of principle willing to go to the gallows for what he believed was morally right: eliminating the unspeakable evil of slavery. Loewen’s corrective about Brown is hugely important. Students should sympathize with Brown’s righteous fervor about racism instead of dismissing it as the ravings of a mad extremist.

Similarly, American history textbooks devote little if any space to the disgraceful persecution of civil rights figures, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by the Federal Bureau of Investigation under J. Edgar Hoover. “Lies My Teacher Told Me” touches on how history texts follow the Hollywood approach to civil rights. Loewen cites the dishonest film “Mississippi Burning” as the exemplar of highlighting white people as the heroes of civil rights advances and progress. This romanticized and misleading information about civil rights in the United States does a profound disservice to students, and retards efforts to redress the virulent racism that continues to pervade the nation’s institutions.

Loewen’s treatment of such events as imperialist adventures and invasions of Cuba, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and other Latin America countries, the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, the Iraq War and other dubious American historical events throws into relief the propensity of traditional textbooks to see no evil. This propensity is disastrous for students. Without a comprehensive understanding of history, they are simply unprepared for a life of active public citizenship. “Lies My Teacher Told Me” is powerful; indeed, it is an essential complement to Howard Zinn’s iconic “A People’s History of the United States.” Like that remarkable work, it serves as a crucial counter-textbook to provide a more realistic and critical narrative about the American past.

Textbook publishers are integral parts of the American capitalist industrial apparatus.  They exist to make profits; they are, to be sure, not entirely indifferent to the truth, but that principle always gives way to the bottom line. High school history textbooks in particular are designed for mass sales and must conform to the specific requirements of state textbook selection committees and commissions, many of which are dominated by conservative forces and personnel. Bland, noncontroversial, patriotic language is the safe approach because that leads to the highest probability for adoption and sales.

Loewen reveals another disconcerting truth: Textbooks appear to be authored by major academic authorities with strong, even stellar reputations as historical scholars. But they are not the real authors of the texts. Freelance writers are paid to ghostwrite many or all chapters with the dull, fact-heavy material that students must digest in their perennial quest for high grades. Publishers merely “rent” academic names to go on the cover (some of whom are actually dead or long retired). This essentially fraudulent practice underscores the basic thesis of Loewen’s entire book.

Moreover, teachers for the most part are perfectly content to continue using these tomes. Burdened with multiple responsibilities, they reflect the same inertia of all institutional settings. They have used these textbooks for years and they are generally familiar and comfortable with them. Changes requiring them to institute and teach true critical thinking skills would take serious effort, time and emotional energy. Regrettably, not enough high school history teachers want to move in that direction.

Inadequate history courses supported by misleading and deceptive textbooks lead to adult citizens unable to make critical judgments and decisions in a complex society beset with multiple social, economic and political problems. This is especially troublesome in the Trump 😈 era of alternative facts. George Orwell put it all too well in “1984”: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/dubious-history/

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