A Lesson in Soft Power: The Kaepernick Affair


After having a conversation with a fellow NFL player who just happens to be an ex-Green Beret, Colin Kaepernick has decided that rather than sitting down for the national anthem, that he would instead take a knee (or genuflect as religious folks might call it). This was a terrible mistake and is a result of what might turn out to be a devastating propaganda / co-optation counterattack. This posture can be construed as an act of religious devotion, submission to an authority figure, and even a militaristic combat pose.


A soldier genuflects to a battle cross memorial of a fallen comrade; a ritual display of the American warrior cult – very creepy. This position is also a standard combat pose which makes the soldier a smaller target while enabling a more stable and accurate shot as well as mobility.


A woman shows reverence for her invisible friend by genuflecting at church.

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Clearing the Way?


I like this cartoon. I’ve actually thought of using curling myself as a metaphor for how the CIA, for instance, operates covertly. They use various means to influence indirectly or from the sidelines in order to hide their involvement and maintain plausible deniability. – PC

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If the troops were really fighting for our freedom, this is what it would look like!


And another version on the same theme:


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Freedom or Empire?


Other patches on the uniform could include Google, Macy’s, Amazon, Wal-Mart, whatever; no need to just fixate on the oil companies. – PC

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More on the China-Russia joint naval exercises, and the USA as a world troublemaker

China and Russia must be much more aggressive and go on the offensive in a cautious, calculated hybrid effort to facilitate the crumbling and eventual collapse of the U.S. Empire.


More reports on the People’s Daily and Xinhua News on the China-Russia joint naval exercises in the South China Sea.


And a series of articles in the People’s Daily analyse the USA as a ‘source of turmoil in the world’. It is keen both to make a mess and to brainwash the elites in some non-Western countries. To a large degree, this is ‘a reflection of a twisted mentality of an empire moving downhill’.

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