Thursday, December 06, 2018

Burning Bush

The family of former US President George HW Bush mourns a great loss, joined by many Americans and others around the world.

Bush's responsibilities as US president (and CIA Director, and Vice-President under Reagan) required he make tough choices. Bush surely did some wonderful things with his life. But he also caused much death & destruction - we still must deal with the ripple effects of his grave errors.

Is there an afterlife dispensing Divine Justice? Leaving aside his divisive Willie Horton strategy, and his "Read My Lips" bullshit, if there is judgement, here are two reasons Bush now burns in Hell:

1) The USA has funded & encouraged development in Central & South America by wealthy oligarchs and multinationals at the expense of local populations. Right-wing governments were assisted in repressing dissent. We supported the leaders of repressive regimes, we trained & funded paramilitary, and we were ultimately responsible for death squads and tyrannical military that killed tens of thousands across Central America during the years 1980 to 1992. Many communities lost teachers, labor organizers, religious leaders, medical staff, etc. to brutal murders we lay at the feet of Bush. The violence continues today, with refugees and asylum seekers from the region now troubling US President Trump.

2)  Iraqi forces retreating from Kuwait in late Feb / early March 1991 were massacred along major highways inside Iraq. Civilians were also killed indiscriminately on these Highways of Death. Many of the soldiers were conscripts, who'd caused no violence themselves; some were killed when surrendering. The families of these thousands of dead and wounded were thus given good reason to dislike the USA. Some turned to extreme fundamentalism, and probably rejoiced when Bush croaked. We must deal with the aftermath of Bush's foolish massacres. The Iraq errors of Bush-the-elder were compounded by the infernal mistakes of Pres. George W. Bush, his rotten son.

Satan Says:  Read My Lips




Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Japanese Justice? Another Japanese Auto Scandal

Another Japanese Auto Scandal? ... or nationalist purge?

Japan's top foreign businessman Carlos Ghosn now suffers discredit in Tokyo Detention House, under arrest by Japanese prosecutors. The former Nissan Motor Chairman (along with Nissan's only American boardmember Greg Kelly) suffer extraordinarily -- perhaps for being devilish gaijin interlopers?

The arrests & orchestrated disgrace send Japan's unwelcome message to the world. Two foreign businessmen are accused of financial reporting crimes, though clearly neither could file such complex paperwork on their own in Japanese.
Some dimensions to this scandal explained:
http://japantimes.co.jp/community/2018/12/01/issues/carlos-ghosns-arrest-japanese-criminal-justice-corporate-governance

Avoid Nissan & Mitsubishi Motors!

Many quiet voices discuss what is happening -- but we remember the nail which sticks up gets pounded down "出る釘は打たれる"

 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Paramilitary Play: Soiled Balls

Annually after Halloween, the NFL dresses-up for paramilitary "salute to service" in cooperation with the American armed forces.

Desensitized America's already too militarized.

Bring the troops home for Christmas instead!


Read stinging commentary:
https://deadspin.com/the-nfls-salute-to-service-is-horseshit-1464308797







Monday, November 26, 2018

England Dismisses Europe

As the UK withdraws from the European Union, typical folk suffer new costs.

EU university fees, if any, are now equal to all from the EU as if domestic. Sweden has free tuition for EU students; Brits will soon lose this subsidy. Surely the thousands of UK young people studying in Europe help UK trade after graduation.

A brighter future requires better relations & understanding. Arrogant fortress Britain is the darker future.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Same Old, Same Old

Two Democratic Party leaders best described as "venerable" are Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Sadly, each is far more concerned with their personal positioning at the peak of power than with developing progressive policies. Each worked with Bush-Cheney to attack Iraq (at huge cost), magnifying our enemies, building the US federal security state, and starving American communities of funds -- wasting many lives at home & abroad.

Here's a well-written criticism:
https://www.thenation.com/article/dianne-feinstein-isnt-too-old-but-she-is-too-out-of-touch

I'm wholly dissatisfied with the corporatist Democratic machine; these two spiders control large sticky webs. And Big Money Democratic politico Steny Hoyer is even worse. The corruption of US politics in both major parties runs very deep. To progress we must confront these rigid oldsters: "Thank You for your service. Now git!"




Thursday, November 15, 2018

Puʻuloa: Hawaiians Remember invasion


50 years before Pearl Harbor?

Americans remember the 7 December 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. But 50 years prior, the USA was just one of many major nations enjoying treaties of friendship & commerce with the militarily-neutral Hawaiian Kingdom.

US support for violent overthrow, aggressive colonization, and property confiscation (esp. lands taken for the US military) makes very many Hawaiians unhappy.   Today.


Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Brintegrate?

One driver to Brexit are British people raised to believe they are inherently better than European neighbors.

Such people, however few, represent deep educational failure, and shortsightedness in building future foundations for peace & security.

Farage, ultranationalists, and the National Front can only "win" through taking away our mutual security and hard-fought peace.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Funding America's Colonies

America's military bootprint includes Saipan, Guam & other colonial outposts now suffering horrible storm devastation from Typhoon Yutu which hit this week.

Washington DC rules these lands. Boss Yankee should mobilize cleanup & reconstruction. Please! 

46 photos show devastation in the Northern Mariana Islands after Super Typhoon Yutu

 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

United Nations Day

UN Day, 24 Oct 2018:
Maintaining Peace is inexpensive compared to a World at War.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Hawaiian Reconciliation


Since 1893 the USA admitted multiple times to illegal aggression in Hawai'i. But Hawaiian lands are still occupied. The intruders fabricated at least seven military golf courses on O'ahu! Native Hawaiians suffer everyday as our inheritance remains stolen & misused. 

Today's diverse communities, built on Hawaiian culture, will strengthen when indigenous inheritance is properly addressed or compensated. Surely all in Hawai'i are challenged to reconcile.


Unreconciled gaps exist between intruder communities & descendants of The People of Old. We've sovereignty issues. Hawaiian communal land tenure exists alongside fee simple ownership. As for population, the repeat tourist, the fourth-generation immigrant, the native Kimo of no fixed address - who is Hawaiian? 

We must decide - and not look away to fuckin' Washington DC for guidance or revenge.

All can benefit to be more inclusive, legally & peacefully acknowledging inheritance of properties and compensation for indigenous people and their families.