Wednesday, January 17, 2018

US Beefs Up Nuclear Threats

Thomas Riggins
This article reveals a blueprint for future use of nuclear weapons by the US as it pursues its aggressive prowar foreign policy of intimidation and the stoking of military conflicts around the globe. The fact is that as long as the US invokes a "first strike" nuclear policy other nations will seek to defend themselves openly and covertly with nuclear weapons of their own. The justification dragged out, as usual, for US belligerence is the so-called "Russian threat" which the US must counter (although we can mutually destroy ourselves and the world many times over already.) The three major allegations are 1) we must counter worldwide (!) Russian aggressive actions ( yet every example of a Russian "aggression" is a Russian reaction to a previous US action initiated against Russian allies or interests -- the Russian bear reacted to being poked: 2) Russia has threatened our allies with nuclear weapons (this is just a US lie as it is the US threatening the use of nuclear weapons not the Russians --unless attacked): 3) a mythical super nuclear torpedo has been created by the Russians which we must counter (this mythical torpedo is much discussed by weapons experts as to whether it actually exists, would work, or would have any effect on the balance of power if it did exist. The US simply asserts it's real so it is as far as the NYT is concerned.) This is just another US hoax to cover up the spending of trillions of dollars for the war profiteers and their weapons industry and reveals that the US system is the greatest threat to humanity since the deity told Noah to build his ark.

President Trump has not yet approved a draft strategy that would expand “extreme circumstances” for nuclear retaliation to include a crippling cyberattack.
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Monday, January 15, 2018

The Coming War?

Thomas Riggins
And the last shall be first: "At a wide-ranging meeting at his headquarters on Jan. 2, Gen. Tony Thomas, the head of the Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., warned the 200 civilians and service members in the audience that more Special Forces personnel might have to shift to the Korea theater from the Middle East in May or June, if tensions escalate on the peninsula."
The trail balloons are starting to be released: you can be sure the US will do what it can to escalate...
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It’s normal for American commanders to draw up combat plans. But recent exercises signal that the military wants to be ready for options on the Korean Peninsula.
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Friday, January 12, 2018

Facts or Fabrications: The FBI and Russiagate

Thomas Riggins

Well, here's the evidence that has so far been made public, with more to come, that the Putin/Russiagate scandal was cooked up by elements of the Obama administration's intelligence services to help Clinton win: it was our own government not the Russian government that tried to manipulate the election and sabotage our democracy. The corruption of the top leaders of both parties, but with respect to the Russiagate hoax, especially the Democrats, may have really bad consequences for them in the midterms. Those on the left who mindlessly went along with the hoax, even when there was no real evidence to back up the charges, and still promote and defend Hillary, have only themselves to blame for the aid and comfort this scandal will give the ultra-right. Let's hope they will learn from their mistakes and end their rightward drift and return to the progressive left camp, but if the past is prelude, they, as did the Bourbons, will have learned nothing and forgotten nothing.

Special Report: In the Watergate era, liberals warned about U.S. intelligence agencies manipulating U.S. politics, but now Trump-hatred has blinded many of them to this danger becoming real, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern notes. By Ray McGovern…
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Koreans Must Solve Their Own Problems

Thomas Riggins
The Korean people have to work out solutions to their problems themselves. The U.S. should back off and let North and South Korea come to a mutual understanding on how to live together or on how to unify into one country. All their problems stem from this perpetual armistice and the two sides need to work out a peace treaty that ends the war and allows both sides to live in peace. The U.S. with its warmongering economy and military is the last country to look to for a peaceful constructive solution.
North Korea’s surprising call for dialogue with the South may undercut the Trump administration’s tough approach.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Brain Lesions and Criminal Behavior

Thomas Riggins
Well, if brain lesions are causing criminal behavior then this class of behavior, as opposed to criminal behavior sans lesions, should not fall under the jurisdiction of the criminal justice system. Those charged or found guilty or presently in prison re serious crimes should be given MRI and/or CT scans and if lesions are present they should be sent to a special medical justice system where their lesions can be treated. They cannot be held responsible for behavior that is caused by a diseased brain and should be able to return to society without a criminal record if and when they are cured.
When brain lesions occur within the brain network responsible for morality and value-based decision-making, they can predispose a person toward criminal behavior,…
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Monday, December 11, 2017

U.S. Responsible for Destruction in Syria

US covert support of Al Qaeda is responsible for all the death and destruction in Syria. This article gives us the background but fails to mention that only Putin, of the major world leaders, stood up to US imperialism's terrorism against the Syrian people and thwarted US plans to overthrow the governments of seven third world countries in the middle east and Africa ( the only real US "success" has been in Libya and the result is chaos). Coincidentally it's the real reason behind Russiagate and the demonization of Putin as a "dictator" (he actually won his election and has more popular support than Trump) but that's another story.
Exclusive: Official Washington helped unleash hell on Syria and across the Mideast behind the naïve belief that jihadist proxies could be used to transform the region for the better, explains Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare When a Department of…
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Religion and Violence

RELIGION AND VIOLENCE
The Old Testament shows that Israel was established by the sword --setting a bad example for Islam and Christianity both of which resorted to the sword to maintain themselves and take over various parts of the world. The Buddhists seemed a little different but they too have used the sword when they had state power. Today in Burma we seem them committing genocide against the Islamic minority in that country. Hinduism and its caste system was also the result of conquest and the sword. Religions are, of course, the expression of the unconscious spirit of humanity objectifying itself in different cultural milieux and when unchecked by reason and science they allow our original animal nature too many opportunities to express itself -- all acts of violence, war, capital punishment, all killing of man or beast are demonstrations of the beast within which none of the great religions have been able to tame. Philosophy and science, as higher expressions of the spirit, have also been unable to accomplish that goal but what other way is there? Religious belief is a step backward as would be expecting our aesthetic creations to accomplish this task as both are imaginative not rational expressions of our nature -- tr.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Why People Believe in Religions

Thomas Riggins
Science shows that religious belief is perpetuated from generation to generation by means of culture -- superstitious parents pass on these beliefs to their innocent and unsuspecting children and corrupt their developing mental life the same way as children's bodies can be corrupted by parents passing along congenital syphilis (religious beliefs being a form congenital mental syphilis). The state has a duty to protect children from these kinds of beliefs and a failure to do so indicates an exploitative state that is a menace to its citizens and one that must be replaced.

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Bernie, the Unity Reform Commission and the Democratic Party

Thomas Riggins
The FIVE REFORMS put forth by Sanders will go a long way towards transforming the Democratic Party into a progressive populist party that can be used to move forward with a left working class agenda and decisively defeat Trump and the reactionary Republican Party. It will allow the socialist message to also reach a wider audience and lay the foundations for a mass political movement that can eventually move beyond the politics of capitalism that will still find expression within a reformed party. The coming meeting of the Unity Reform Commission (set up by Sanders AND Clinton) in which the two wings of the party will meet to discuss the best why to defeat Trump will be the test of the future viability of the party. Each of the 5 reforms represents the will of the mass of the party base and opposition to the reforms comes from a small neoliberal Wall Street based faction of the leadership. If this minority camarilla insists on remaining in control of the party and its finances and succeeds in blocking these reforms it is the Trump forces and their allies in civil society who will be the winners. This is the last chance that Clinton has to show she is a pro people Democrat and not an opportunistic tool of the 1%. I know that a leopard cannot change its spots nor a tiger its stripes but human beings can atone for the past and redeem themselves.
It’s time we come together to enact real reform—only then can we defeat Donald Trump and retake the country.
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Stopping Trumpism Without Trump

Thomas Riggins
“He’s closed an enthusiasm gap by rallying around the Trump agenda,” said Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s former strategist. “And I think the big lesson for Tuesday is that, in Gillespie’s case, Trumpism without Trump can show the way forward. If that’s the case, Democrats better be very, very worried.”
The perfect shouldn't be the enemy of the good and defeating Ed Gillespie, who is running an openly racist campaign, would be an unqualified good. Voting for the Democratic candidate in this case is the only way to halt Trumpism without Trump which is more dangerous than Trump himself. The recent increase in Gillespie's support indicates that American racism is deeper and more widespread than many on the left have imagined. We cannot allow this budding fascist Trumpist ideology to gather strength and unleash more violence, persecution, disenfranchisement, and rejection of civil liberties and equal treatment under the law against the minority communities in our country both citizens and non citizens. It's not only Democrats who should be "very, very, worried" but everyone and anyone concerned with human rights, the defense of democracy, and struggle for decent wages and political representation for the working people and the 99% and all those who want to make this a better world for all of us from the protection of the environment to the elimination of militarism and war. Let's not let the stench that began emanating from the Munich beer hall 94 years ago this month befoul our land.
A racially tinged campaign by the Republican nominee for governor, Ed Gillespie, has tightened the race and, perhaps, presented a template for how to run in the Trump…
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