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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

I Am A Marxist

Though Harpoism Works For Me Too

I'm not having good times these days. Few people I know are very far from the oppressive weight of (Today's) New Normal, soon to be replaced by (Even More New) Normal.

To paraphrase something: I believe with a perfect faith in all the history I remember, and I've been in some truly frightening places in life. But current events we're living through frighten me in a way I didn't think was possible.

At The Place 'O Witless Labor, I stumbled across an interview with my favorite Marxist, courtesy of TPM. (I am so old I remember seeing it on TeeVee when it was broadcast new, in that long-ago 1969, before that trip to long-ago Southeast Asia). I offer it as an antidote to everything currently occurring, and a protective screen to anything I might say afterwards:


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Each day, the American Right crawls further along a metamorphosis into an active Paranoid Raving Loon I Kill You! political movement.  One which could allow or sanction serious physical harm and imprisonment of not only minorities and the underclass, but anyone they declare an ideological "enemy".

Trump is an insane old man, a bully; a liar; a tormentor; one who exhorts others to do harm -- and the GOP is fully his party. Its candidates, representatives and organizers are taking his lead and saying that the Left is "evil". Just as he says the media (except Murdoch's media) is "the enemy of the people".

The political Right is saying that 'they' (meaning anyone who disagrees with or opposes Trump -- that is to say, everything perfect and right and good) are a "Mob".  The new strategy to incite 'The Base' around the midterms is to increase The Base's level of fear -- that they are personally "at war"... personally "in danger" of being attacked by a Leftist Mob.

Obligatory Cute Small Animal Photo
In Middle Of Blog Thing

Go and sample rhetoric captured by Media Matters. Fox in particular is pushing the line that anyone who is "a Trump supporter... an average citizen" is in danger -- that "anyone who's a Trump supporter [are] all targets". America is in danger from a mob that will act like "genocidal Hutus in Rawanda". The Murdoch machine is working overtime to spew that Party Line.

It's a lowest-common-denominator appeal. It is calculated to divide the country even further towards some bad fork in the road. If it doesn't sound like inciting behavior which can only culminate in violent acts, martial law; civil war; or just incredibly high levels of road rage and in-your-face responses over the most trivial events, I don't know what does.

The only thing that's missing is a(n overt, public) statement by Good Ol' megachurch leaders that the "evil" of the Left is also "in league with satan", "in rebellion against god". But I'm sure they'll come to that, in time.
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Okay; that's it, until something else happens. Fuck; I need another antidote. Enjoy.

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Oh, and, yeah; I am a member of the Cohen Front also.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day

Vergessen Sie Nicht

Mother In Aleppo, Syria, Tries To Comfort Her Children During Bombing, 2015
GENEVA, June 20, 2014 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency reported today on World Refugee Day that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people.
(via UNCHR.org)
Children, Orphaned Or Separated From Their Families; Uganda (UNHCR)
Officer :  You were never in combat.
Maurer :  To be there is to fight.
-- Decision Before Dawn, 1951
(Child Holocaust Survivor,
 Photographed As Part Of Effort To Reunite Children 
With Surviving Family Members; USHMM)
Deaths In Military Conflicts Since 9/17/1945
(Includes military and civilian deaths. Full List Here)

1946-49: Chinese civil war (1,200,000)
1946-49: Greek civil war (50,000)
1946-54: France-Vietnam war (600,000)
1947: Partition of India and Pakistan (1,000,000)
1947: Taiwan's uprising against the Kuomintang (30,000)
1948-1958: Colombian civil war (250,000)
1948-1973: Arab-Israeli wars (70,000)
1949-: Indian Muslims vs Hindus (20,000)
1949-50: Mainland China vs Tibet (1,200,000)
1950-53: Korean war (3,000,000)
1952-59: Kenya's Mau Mau insurrection (20,000)
1954-62: French-Algerian war (368,000)
1958-61: Mao's "Great Leap Forward" (38,000,000)
1960-90: South Africa vs Africa National Congress (??)
1960-96: Guatemala's civil war (200,000)
1961-98: Indonesia vs West Papua/Irian (100,000)
1961-2003: Kurds vs Iraq (180,000)
1962-75: Mozambique Frelimo vs Portugal (10,000)
1962-75: Angolan FNLA & MPLA vs Portugal (50,000)
1964-73: USA-Vietnam war (3,000,000)
1965: second India-Pakistan war over Kashmir
1965-66: Indonesian civil war (250,000)
1966-69: Mao's "Cultural Revolution" (11,000,000)
1966-: Colombia's civil war (31,000)
1967-70: Nigeria-Biafra civil war (800,000)
1968-80: Rhodesia's civil war (??)
1969- [Ongoing] : Philippines vs New People's Army (40,000)
1969-79: Idi Amin, Uganda (300,000)
1969-2002: IRA - Norther Ireland's civil war (3,000)
1969-79: Francisco Macias Nguema, Equatorial Guinea (50,000)
1971: Pakistan-Bangladesh civil war (500,000)
1972-2014: Philippines vs Muslim separatists (150,000)
1972: Burundi's civil war (300,000)
1972-79: Rhodesian/Zimbabwe's civil war (30,000)
1974-91: Ethiopian civil war (1,000,000)
1975-78: Menghitsu, Ethiopia (1,500,000)
1975-79: Khmer Rouge, Cambodia (1,700,000)
1975-89: Boat people, Vietnam (250,000)
1975-87: Civil war in Lebanon (130,000)
1975-87: Laotian civil war (184,000)
1975-2002: Angolan civil war (500,000)
1976-83: Argentina's military regime (20,000)
1976-93: Mozambique's civil war (900,000)
1976-98: Indonesia-East Timor civil war (600,000)
1976-2005: Indonesia-Aceh civil war (12,000)
1977-92: El Salvadorian civil war (75,000)
1979: Vietnam-China war (30,000) 

(Click On Image To Expand. Easy But Not Fun.)
1979-88: Soviet Union Invasion Of Afghanistan (1,300,000)
1980-88: Iraq-Iran war (435,000)
1980-92: Peruvian civil war (69,000)
1984- [Ongoing]: Kurds vs Turkey (35,000)
1981-90: Nicaragua vs Contras (60,000)
1982-90: Hissene Habre, Chad (40,000)
1983-2011: Sri Lanka's civil war (70,000)
1983-2002: Sudanese civil war (2,000,000)
1986-: Indian Kashmir's civil war (60,000)
1987-: Palestinian Intifada (4,500)
1988-2001: Afghanistan civil war (400,000)
1988-2004: Somalia's civil war (550,000)
1989-: Liberian civil war (220,000)
1989- [Ongoing]: Uganda vs Lord's Resistance Army (30,000)
1991: Gulf War - large coalition against Iraq to liberate Kuwait (85,000)
1991-97: Congo's civil war (800,000)
1991-2000: Sierra Leone's civil war (200,000)
1991-2009: Russia-Chechnya civil war (200,000)
1991-94: Armenia-Azerbaijan war (35,000)
1992-96: Tajikstan's civil war war (50,000)
1992-96: Yugoslavian wars (260,000)
1992-99: Algerian civil war (150,000)
1993-97: Congo Brazzaville's civil war (100,000)
1993-2005: Burundi civil war (200,000)
1994: Rwandan civil war (900,000)
1995- [Ongoing]: Pakistani Sunnis vs Shiites (1,300)
1995-
[Ongoing]: Maoist rebellion in Nepal (12,000)
1998-
[Ongoing]: Congo/Zaire; Rwanda, Uganda vs Zimbabwe, 
Angola, Namibia (3,800,000)
1998-2000: Ethiopia-Eritrea war (75,000)
1999: Kosovo - NATO vs Serbia (2,000)
2001-
[Ongoing]: Afghanistan War - USA & UK vs Taliban (40,000)
2001- [Ongoing]: Nigeria vs Boko Haram (16,000)
2002-
[Ongoing]: Cote d'Ivoire's civil war (1,000)
2003-11: Second Iraq-USA war - USA vs Shiite squads, Sunni extremists (160,000)
2003-09: Sudan vs JEM/Darfur (300,000)
2004-
[Ongoing]: Sudan vs SPLM & Eritrea (??)
2004-
[Ongoing]: Yemen vs Houthis (??)
2004-
[Ongoing]: Thailand vs Muslim separatists (3,700)
2007-
[Ongoing]: Pakistan vs Pakistani Taliban (38,000)
2011-
[Ongoing]: Iraq's civil war after the withdrawal of the USA (150,000)
2012-
[Ongoing]: Syria's civil war (200,000)
2013-
[Ongoing]: Islamic State, Sectarian War In Iraq, Syria (??)

2014- [Ongoing]: Ukraine's civil war (6,000)

(via UNHCR)