Superheroes and Princesses

There is a disturbing trend in the United States that has been going on for some time now. That is for little boys to play at being superheroes (or sometimes pirates) and for little girls to pretend to be princesses. On Halloween night all the freaks will come out and the scariest ones, to me, will not be the ghouls, goblins, ghosts, witches, or vampires, but these goddamn comic book and Disney characters! Sometimes I wonder if I read too much into things, but I really feel that American society is what I like to call a “total system.” I would say totalitarian, but that word has way too many syllables and was invented specifically to demonize communism, so I don’t like it. Anyway, part of the total system involves the indoctrination of the young. When practically every little girl I know or have heard of is planning on dressing up as Elsa from the latest Disney film, I have to figure this is not an accident. This is no coincidence, it is a conspiracy. I also expect to see a dozen or so pint-sized Captain Americas, probably the most popular comic book character these days, followed by Spiderman, Batman and others.

What could be the reason for large corporations, and therefore the ruling class, to push this nonsense? Why are little boys encouraged to identify with and fetishize superheroes, and the same for little girls and princesses? Quite simply, I believe it has to do with perpetuating primitive traditions of gender roles and expectations. Little boys are expected to be macho and aggressive and potentially grow up to be good little soldiers. Jingoism is obviously a big part of this. For little girls, they are supposed to adhere to a twisted ideal of dainty, pampered and consumerist femininity. I feel like there is also a classist element to the whole princess obsession. The bourgeoisie always envied the nobility and just wanted to take their place. All that “liberty, fraternity and equality” talk was just rhetoric to stir up the masses to do their fighting for them. The divine right of kings mentality is what they’re really about. They now want to instill these “values” in children of all social classes. Children must be brought up to know their place and to fill their designated roles.

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Interesting Revelations of U.S. Imperialism and Covert Action: Excerpts from President Putin’s Valdai Club Speech

At meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club.

Covert Action & Islamic Extremism

They once sponsored Islamic extremist movements to fight the Soviet Union. Those groups got their battle experience in Afghanistan and later gave birth to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The West if not supported, at least closed its eyes, and, I would say, gave information, political and financial support to international terrorists’ invasion of Russia (we have not forgotten this) and the Central Asian region’s countries. Only after horrific terrorist attacks were committed on US soil itself did the United States wake up to the common threat of terrorism. Let me remind you that we were the first country to support the American people back then, the first to react as friends and partners to the terrible tragedy of September 11.

During my conversations with American and European leaders, I always spoke of the need to fight terrorism together, as a challenge on a global scale. We cannot resign ourselves to and accept this threat, cannot cut it into separate pieces using double standards. Our partners expressed agreement, but a little time passed and we ended up back where we started. First there was the military operation in Iraq, then in Libya, which got pushed to the brink of falling apart. Why was Libya pushed into this situation? Today it is a country in danger of breaking apart and has become a training ground for terrorists.

http://eng.news.kremlin.ru/news/23137#sel=32:1,33:105

Political Operations & Vassal States

What is happening in Europe? I will not name the country here, but I spoke with one of my former colleagues in Eastern Europe. He told me proudly, “Yesterday, I appointed a Chief of Staff.” I was very surprised. “Oh yeah? Why is this an achievement?” “What do you mean? It has been many years since we’ve appointed a Defence Minister or Chief of Staff without approval from the US ambassador.” I was so surprised that I said, “Wow. Why is that?” And he said, “That’s just how it is. They said that if we want to join the EU, we first need to join NATO. And this is what’s necessary to join NATO. We need to have military discipline.” I asked him, “Listen, why have you sold your sovereignty? What is the volume of investments into your nation?” I will not tell you the volume, because it will immediately become evident which nation I am talking about. It is minimal! I said, “Listen, are you crazy? Why did you do this?” He replied, “Well, that’s just how it’s turned out.”

But this cannot continue forever. Everyone must understand that, including our American friends and partners. It is impossible to keep humiliating one’s partners forever in such a way. That kind of relationship breaks down; I know this, I’ve been here a long time. You can draw them in now and force them to do some things, but this cannot continue forever, and certainly not in Asia – especially not in Asia. There are countries there that truly – there are few such nations in the world – that really command their sovereignty. They treasure it and won’t let anybody near it.

http://eng.news.kremlin.ru/news/23137#sel=248:1,249:98

Democracy Promotion

We are against having political activity within Russia financed from abroad. Are you trying to say this is permitted in the USA? They do not let observers even close to polling stations. The Prosecutor General threatens them with prison. They even chase away OSCE representatives, and you are telling me about democracy.

A former European leader told me, “What kind of democracy is it in the USA – you cannot even consider running in an elections if you don’t have a billion, or even several billion dollars!” What kind of democracy is that? Besides, you elect your president using a system of electoral delegates, while we have a direct democracy. Moreover, as I have said many times already, you know that the Constitution is designed in such a way that the number of electors voting for a given candidate may be greater, while the number of people they represent is smaller. Thus, the President can be elected by a minority of voters. Is this democracy? What is democracy? It is power of the people. Where is people’s power here? There is none. Meanwhile, you are trying to convince us that we don’t have it.

http://eng.news.kremlin.ru/news/23137#sel=293:1,294:142

 

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Washington’s Moderates— From Nazis to Violent Sunni Muslim Fundamentalists

Originally posted on what's left:

October 27, 2014

By Stephen Gowans

A story by Eric Lichtblau in The New York Times of October 26, 2014 (“In Cold War, U.S. spy agencies used 1,000 Nazis”) raises the question of how moderate the United States’ “moderate” allies–including the so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels–really are.

Lichtbau’s story concerns newly declassified documents showing that the CIA and FBI employed at least a thousand, and likely more, Nazis and Nazi-collaborators as spies and informants during the Cold War.

What’s striking about the story is the revelation that Allen Dulles, at the time head of the CIA, described Nazis on the US payroll as “moderates.”

It’s difficult to see how Nazis could be described as moderates. But maybe it depends on your politics. As Victor Kiernan pointed out in America: The New Imperialism, Dulles’ sister was so “overflowing with admiration for Nazism that she settled in Germany to bask…

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President of Russia Calls Out U.S. Imperialism

At meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club.

Respect to President Putin for explicitly calling out U.S. imperialism. Click here to read his speech given at the Valdai International Discussion Club plenary meeting a few days ago.

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Institutionalized US Spying: More Than NSA’s Involved

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By Stephen Lendman

Washington has 16 known US spy agencies. NSA and CIA are best known. Perhaps few Americans know much about the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

It calls itself “first in all-source defense intelligence to prevent strategic surprise and deliver a decision advantage to warfighters, defense planners, and policymakers.”

“DIA deploys globally alongside warfighters and interagency partners to defend America’s national security interests.”

Last December, the Washington Post headlined “DIA sending hundreds more spies overseas,” saying:

It’s “part of an ambitious plan to assemble an espionage network that rivals the CIA in size, US officials said.”

Perhaps it includes covert domestic spying. CIA’s charter prohibits it. According to the ACLU, it “didn’t stop the (agency) from spying on Americans.”

It’s done it for decades. Post-9/11, it’s more stepped up than ever. Information sharing among US spy agencies and local law enforcement nationwide is official US policy.

The pretext is fighting terrorism. It’s a ruse. It’s about control. It targets dissent. It’s about advancing America’s imperium. It wants threats challenging it eliminated.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) is tasked with coordinating and overseeing intelligence community operations.

DNI’s information sharing’s a platform for what’s becoming the largest/most expansive ever domestic intelligence operation.

Virtually anything considered suspicious is monitored. Numerous federal agencies are involved. So-called guidelines authorize intrusive powers.

In 2008, the National Academy of Sciences said data-mining for terrorism methodologically was scientifically “not feasible.” It’s likely to severely infringe on civil liberties and other privacy rights.

WaPo said DIA’s being transformed “into a spy service focused on emerging threats and more closely aligned with the CIA and elite military commando units.”

When expansion’s completed, it’s expected to have around 1,600 “collectors.” They’ll operate globally.

Numbers are “unprecedented for an agency whose presence abroad numbered in the triple digits in recent years.”

Operatives include military attaches and others not associated with “undercover” work. Washington plans “a new generation of clandestine operatives.”

CIA will provide training. The US Joint Special Operations Command’s involved. The Defense Department will decide assignments.

DIA director Lt. General Michael T. Flynn said:

“This is not a marginal adjustment for DIA.” It’s a “major adjustment for national security.”

It’s part of a far-reaching trend. It reflects “convergence of the military and intelligence agencies that has blurred their once -distinct missions, capabilities and even their leadership ranks.”

It’s what the Pentagon calls its Defense Clandestine Service (DCS). It’s the military’s “largest foray into secret intelligence work.”

DIA’s DCS combined with CIA, NSA, and other US intelligence agency growth “will create a spy network of unprecedented size.”

Doing so reflects Obama’s “affinity for espionage and covert action over conventional force.”

It’s about administration counterterrorism policies for sustained conflict. Pieces are being enhanced to do it.

General Flynn said realigning DIA won’t hamper congressional scrutiny. “We will have to keep congressional staffs and members in the loop,” he claimed.

Saying and meaning it are polar opposites. CIA does what it pleases. So do FBI and NSA. DIA’s no different. They’re rogue agencies. They do what they want.

According to US officials, transforming DIA’s “enabled by a rare syncing of personalities and interests among top officials at the Pentagon and CIA, many of whom switched from one organization to the other to take their current jobs.”

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a former senior Pentagon official said “(t)he stars have been aligning on this for a while.”

Top Pentagon intelligence official/CIA veteran Michael Vickers heads the project. Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta approved it. So did former CIA chief David Petraeus.

The Pentagon announced DCS months earlier. It’s highly classified. Details aren’t revealed.

DIA has about 500 “case officers.” Plans call for doubling their numbers by 2018. “Cover” arrangements for hundreds of new spies will be created.

They’ll operate from US embassies and other locations. Perhaps they’ll be in neighborhoods near you. They could be stationed anywhere.

DIA plans global operations. It includes hundreds of diplomatic posts and other operations. Overt “positions will represent a declining share amid the increase in undercover slots, officials said.”

“Placing operatives in conventional military units means finding an excuse for them to stay behind when the unit rotates out before the end of the spy’s job.”

“Having DIA operatives pose as academics or business executives requires painstaking work to create those false identities, and it means they won’t be protected by diplomatic immunity if caught.”

DIA is part of Washington’s global spying network. It’s growing. It’s increasingly menacing. It targets freedom for destruction.

A Final Comment

On August 15, the Huffington Post headlined “Exclusive: Edward Snowden Says Media Being Misled ‘About My Situation.’ ”

He wants the record set straight. He said his father, Lon, attorney Bruce Fein, nor his wife and spokeswoman, Mattie , “represent (him) in any way.”

Snowden wants correct information known about legal advice he’s getting. His full statement says:

“It has come to my attention that news organizations seeking information regarding my current situation have, due to the difficulty in contacting me directly, been misled by individuals associated with my father into printing false claims about my situation.”

“I would like to correct the record: I’ve been fortunate to have legal advice from an international team of some of the finest lawyers in the world, and to work with journalists whose integrity and courage are beyond question.”

“There is no conflict amongst myself and any of the individuals or organizations with whom I have been involved.”

“Neither my father, his lawyer Bruce Fein, nor his wife Mattie Fein represent me in any way. None of them have been or are involved in my current situation, and this will not change in the future.”

“I ask journalists to understand that they do not possess any special knowledge regarding my situation or future plans, and not to exploit the tragic vacuum of my father’s emotional compromise for the sake of tabloid news.”

Thank you.

The ACLU’s been in contact with Snowden for weeks. At his request, it’s “playing a coordinating role to ensure that he receives appropriate legal advice and representation.”

An ACLU statement said:

“(W)e believe that the information Mr. Snowden has disclosed about the nature, scope, and putative legal authorization of the NSA’s surveillance operations has generated a remarkable and long-overdue public debate about the legality and propriety of the government’s surveillance activities.”

“The ACLU has long held the view that leaks to the press in the public interest should not be prosecutable under the nation’s espionage laws.”

Exposing government wrongdoing is a fundamental duty. Whistleblowing reflects exemplary patriotism. [Personally, I wouldn't invoke patriotism here, but the opposite sentiment. - PC]

It’s a noble tradition. Doing the right thing is its own reward.

Source: Cyrano’s Journal Today

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