...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



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Evidently I've been banned from Crooked Timber. Or at least parts of it.
The irony of Cory Robin disemvowelling a different comment, as he did, on another thread, to the satisfaction of the pigs monitoring his excited championing of Steven Salaita's public disciplining, because I took Salaita's outrage two clicks further toward the truth, is likely unavailable to the wimps of academic progressive liberal whatever that shit is. Free speech, unless it bothers us.
Fuck Jews who have no courage. And don't give me that idiocy that Robin's doing anything even mildly valiant. He's protecting far more than he threatens. He's ultimately an athletic coward.

This comment is a response to the philo-Semitic wound-licking of the thread. Like most public displays of Jewish woundedness these days the tone and assumptions in many of the comments are hypocritical and historical dishonest.
It is an incoherence to speak of Jewish villainy in a context of Jewish victimhood. As though both aspects of character can't be displayed in the same people.
It is a form of Holocaust denial to imply the Nazis were after the Jews exclusively. They were racial supremacists, just like Israel is, and they were removing racial impurities from their expanding territories, just like Israel is.
They operated to a vision of racial superiority, just as Israel does, just as many non-Israeli Jews do, however publicly restrained that racial arrogance is.
Israel is acting for something much larger than the tiny population of that tiny country - this is not a controversial statement.
Robin and his affinity group are acting for that same thing, under a different flag.
Jewish chauvinism at a time like this is loathesome.

The comment:

An American veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes, because of the soul-damage of the conflicts they're being sent into, the things they've seen and done, for reasons they've found to be lies, and the failure of the ineffectual and incompetent "support" they receive when they return from those conflicts.
American police kill someone every day, a hugely disproportionate number of those deaths are black and brown and poor.
Conditions in some Central American countries are so dystopic now, children travel at great risk 1000's of miles just to chance the border. In places like Honduras those dystopic conditions are a direct result of the simultaneous War on Drugs and narco-trafficking enabling of American agencies.
The environmental destruction that's looming just ahead of us is being caused by corporations and policies that have in many instances a primarily American origin.

Those are just a few seriously wrong things that are happening right now, and the ambiguous nature of knowledge and culpability in the American public, the control of information and attitude, means most citizens can legitimately claim not to know, and can still claim to be basically decent people, because most of them really "don't know".
More germane to the thread, one feature of the cathartic post-war Nuremberg Trials was the "Doctors' Trial" where the medical enablers of the Nazi death camps were tried for, among other things, human experimentation. I believe nine of the 20 plus doctors on trial were executed.
At the same time as those trials, and throughout the 20th century, human experiments were being conducted in America, often on the captive institutionalized, often glossed with deceptive legalisms and dubiously gained "consent". These were not heartless Aryan scientists doing these things. The famous Salk vaccine for polio was developed in part through human experiments that were far from above-board.
But you didn't know that. You didn't see it.


to give people permission to give up hope:

I don’t think we need hope. I think we need imagination. We need to imagine a future which can’t be planned for and can’t be controlled. I find that people who talk about hope are often really talking about control. They hope desperately that they can keep control of the way things are panning out. Keep the lights on, keep the emails flowing, keep the nice bits of civilisation and lose the nasty ones; keep control of their narrative, the world they understand. Giving up hope, to me, means giving up the illusion of control and accepting that the future is going to be improvised, messy, difficult.

The Tim DeChristopher quote which you use approvingly is something which divides us. I admire anyone who can go to prison for their beliefs (well, not anyone, it rather depends what those beliefs are) but I’m of the opinion that the last thing the world needs right now is more “humanitarians.” What the world needs right now is human beings who are able to see outside the human bubble, and understand that all this talk about collapse, decline, and crisis is not just a human concern. When I look to the future, the thing that frightens me most is not climate change, or the possibility of the lights going out in the lit-up parts of the world, it’s that we may keep this ecocidal civilization going long enough to take everything down with it.
Paul Kingsnorth /grist interview w/Wen Stephenson


This exchange was produced by the same technological manipulation and deceit, by essentially the same people, and for essentially the same reason.
Where the facebook deception is covered by a kind of generalized "Oh we're just learning things!" that exchange, rather the information at its core, was the application of a treacherous gathering of knowledge.
The tools of the craven, the weapons of cowardice.
It's time people wake up to the fact that entrapment is a Satanic strategy.
It begins in superior knowing, uses the predictable, or predicted, behavior of the mark, and relies on human weakness to work. It exploits the incomplete nature of us all.
At its heart is a conversation between evil and God.
"We didn't make them do it! They did it on their own, because they're weak."
There's no virtuous application for the knowledge gained by the facebook experiment. It's only use is for deceit and manipulation. The perversion of the news, which is a perversion of the communal need for shared information.
It's animal experimentation's inevitable evolution.
People on facebook don't feel pain like we do.
Besides they hate us.


"The first task of the American revolutionary is not to think him or herself mad."


obscured by political and financial treason:

"I see five major overlapping threats on the immediate horizon," he continues. "They are all related: the collapse of complex societies, the acceleration of the Earth's demise with changes that used to take 10,000 years now taking three or less, predatory or shock capitalism and financial crime out of the City of London and Wall Street, and political corruption at scale, to include the west supporting 42 of 44 dictators. We are close to multiple mass catastrophes."

What about the claim that the US is on the brink of revolution?
"Revolution is overthrow – the complete reversal of the status quo ante. We are at the end of centuries of what Lionel Tiger calls 'The Manufacture of Evil,' in which merchant banks led by the City of London have conspired with captive governments to concentrate wealth and commoditise everything including humans. What revolution means in practical terms is that balance has been lost and the status quo ante is unsustainable. There are two 'stops' on greed to the nth degree: the first is the carrying capacity of Earth, and the second is human sensibility. We are now at a point where both stops are activating."
Robert David Steele/Nafeez Ahmed/GuardianUK


                                                                                       Eretz Sheol


The first second Iraq War was for the oil.

Zimmer-frame capitalism


They know what’s going on. They cannot find the words to speak.


no middle ground:

In 1999, ex-CIA agent Charles Schlund III went public with the information about the government’s Vietnam-era radio blacklists “to suppress rock music because of its role in the Vietnam War.” It was also around this time that Sainte-Marie learned that the government had tapped her phone and that the FBI had accrued a 31-page file on her. Stonechild scrupulously pieces together the facts of this injustice, and it's sure to stir up some fresh countercultural rage in every Sainte-Marie fan who comes across a copy of It's My Way. But is it too little too late; is his book preaching to an unfortunately small choir? As she muses in the 2006 documentary Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life, “They only have to hold you underwater for about four minutes and you’re dead for a long time, when it comes to radio airplay.”
Lindsay Zoladz/LARB



Searching for Kalpana Chakma

Because everyone deserves the chance to live healthy productive lives:

Few bothered to look closely at the study's fine print, which revealed that the trials resulted in 151 deaths and caused “serious adverse effects” (e.g., paralysis, seizures, febrile convulsions) in 1048 of 5949 children aged 5-17 months. Similar stories emerged in the wake of the Gates-funded MenAfriVac campaign in Chad, where unconfirmed reports alleged that 50 of 500 children forcibly vaccinated for meningitis later developed paralysis. Citing additional abuses, a South African newspaper declared: “We are guinea pigs for the drugmakers.”

It was in India, however, that the implications of BMGF’s collaboration with Big Pharma first rose to widespread public attention. In 2010 seven adolescent tribal girls in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh died after receiving injections of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccines as part of a large-scale “demonstrational study” funded by the Gates Foundation and administered by PATH. The vaccines, developed by GSK and Merck, were given to approximately 23,000 girls between 10 and 14 years of age, ostensibly to guard against cervical cancers they might develop in old age.

Extrapolating from trial data, Indian physicians later estimated that at least 1,200 girls experienced severe side effects or developed auto-immune disorders as a result of the injections. No follow-up examinations or medical care were offered to the victims. Further investigations revealed pervasive violations of ethical norms: vulnerable village girls were virtually press-ganged into the trials, their parents bullied into signing consent forms they could not read by PATH representatives who made false claims about the safety and efficacy of the drugs. In many cases signatures were simply forged
Research Unit for Political Economy


                                                  Houston, you have a problem


"The evolution of resistance and virulence in structured populations"

"antibiotic winter"

Adieu Henri Bureau and thanks for the metaphor


Pablo De Llano translated by Dyane Jean François
weird-ass funeral in Mexico City
hot shit journalism in El País


I don't give a shit that you feel sorry for me. Get to work and do something:
                                                  Some Notes on Isla Vista

Richard Martinez (father of kid killed in conv. store by E Rodger, half-breed sociopath) thinks he, Martinez, doesn't have a gun, and he doesn't want one. Also he doesn't want his fellow citizens having guns either, evidently.
But he does have one.
His gun is called "Police" it's called "Sheriff" it's called "FBI", "Secret Service", "USArmy".
Take away those guns and Mr. Martinez will want one of his very own to have and to hold real quick.
Or he won't be here.
The mythic levels of sadistic violence in south of the border drug gang murder show the descent to atrocity that's inevitable w/o some kind of stable social context and a forceful authority to maintain it.
There are hideously bad people in the world.
How many and how active they are seems to depend on a lot of things.
One that only gets press in the religious/hippy area is how much kindness is available at any given moment. How much saturation kindness has in the main.
The public index of compassion.
Compassion is an emotional state of being and a way of acting that's antithetical to free-market capitalism.
Don't give me that shit about gazillionaires being all philanthropic once they wise up. That's after they've made their money in the shark tank.

Also the ability to see things coming. To predict, forecast, prophesy.
To stop bad things from happening by seeing them coming before they happen.
The glitch in that is that any predictions, any predictors that call for immediate resolve, something needs done, if they rock the big ark too much, will be thrown over the side.
This is the same template of opposition that calls for social justice run into.
Want to eliminate street crime? Get rid of the unconscionable degree of human misery at the bottom.
But that would mean your greedhead ship would have to change its course.

The solution at the top is protected compounds, invisibility and controlled access.
But the kids won't stay inside all day and night, not until we breed up a bunch of human mushrooms or something.
So they go out into the streets mommy and daddy's plutophilic greed-syndrome have made unsafe.
Surveillance I hear you say.
Put the niggers and white trash on camera 24/7 and let em know you're watching.
Profile the berserkers and render them before they explode, I hear you say.
Only your track record on solutions to serious problems is let's say negligible at best.
And anyway what you're dong there is mostly just creating a bigger more powerful distributed gun, with an invisible silencer on it.
And as we see, guns can be turned on decent people.

We can't devalue human life and expect human lives to not become more expendable.
We can't throw an exponentiating population into permanent, and permanently increasing, anxiety and not expect people to look around for who to get rid of.

My heart says stop writing and work on the deeper part, the part about death not being our enemy.
So that's what I'm going to do now.

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