Thursday, June 21, 2018

US leaves 'hypocritical and self-serving' UN Human Rights Council

From RT:
Washington has decided to walk out of the UN Human Rights Council, accusing the body of hypocrisy. The US has long cited concerns about the body’s “anti-Israel bias.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley announced the decision at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
“The US is officially withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council,” Haley said, calling it a “hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.”
“American participation is the last shred of credibility the council has,” Haley argued. “That is precisely why we must leave.”

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Wichita now has to face its future, according to The Wichita Eagle, or dump its conservative ways

By SJ Otto
A recent article in The Wichita Eagle looks at the economic stagnation of Wichita and discusses what might be going wrong. Here is how the article starts off:

Amid an avalanche of sobering data that indicates Wichita's economy continues to flounder, one statement by analyst James Chung stuck with Fidelity Bank president Aaron Bastian.

"It was 'We’re starving our city,'" Bastian said. "That just hit me like a bucket of water."
Bastian and other community leaders left the analysis of Wichita's economy last week with a clear mission.
"We need to do more," Bastian said. "What we're doing is not enough."


"Among the numbers:
▪ While the gross domestic product for cities across the U.S. grew an average of 16 percent this decade, Wichita's dropped a percentage point.
▪ Every city in the central U.S. comparable to Wichita grew faster than the national average since 2010. Not Wichita.
▪ The U.S. labor force grew significantly over the past decade. Wichita's shrank."

One thing needs to be pointed out and that is that the economy doesn't really need growth to be successful. At some point the US and other countries needs to examine the idea of a "no growth" or "maintenance economy."
One thing we don't need is all the urban sprawl from the poorly organized development plans (or lack of) at the edges of Wichita. The present city leaders want to see a building on every piece of land at the edges of Wichita and that has created nothing but ugly clutter.
For years I have complained that voters in the city of Wichita have been unable to elect intelligent, progressive, forward thinking people who can move the city forward. Again, quoting the article:

Alex Pemberton tweeted that he wanted to see "a more-or-less wholesale change in leadership, in both the political and civic sectors."
"Get rid of all the leaders-in-title-only who care about their legacy or job security and replace them with real leaders, who will take bold action and engage in honest, critical conversations," said Pemberton, who two years ago founded the Yellowbrick Street Team, a grassroots movement known for drawing attention to urban-living issues until it went on hiatus early this year.

Conservatives and social conservatives have held Wichita back, with their supporters wanting social controls over such businesses as strip clubs and efforts to shut down Wichita's abortion clinics. The people elected tend to be political activists with no real leadership abilities. They have been conservative dolts who can't imagine how to move the city forward. Further in the article:

Others on social media voiced support for bringing better-paying jobs to the city and expanding Wichita's public transit system so it's easier for people to get to and from work in a cost-effective way.

The buss system in Wichita is a perfect example of people who should not run anything. They have a buss system that completely shuts down at 6pm. Many people have told me they would use the  buss to go to work if it didn't shut down so early. They could get to work, but the buss shuts down before they can use it to get home. Another need is for a bus to get people home from the bars and night clubs in Wichita's Old Town development. With all the emphasis on drunk driving, in the state and city, it would make so much sense to have a buss system people could use to get home after they have been drinking to avoid getting DUIs. For a city this size, not having a working bus system after 6pm demonstrates the small minded thinking of our small minded leaders.
Again in the article:

"(Mayor Jeff ) Longwell said the city is "working on a river corridor development that will be a game-changer," though he would not offer details.
"We shouldn’t lose sight that we’ve already planted the seeds of opportunity and we haven’t yet been able to harvest them," Longwell said."

That is an interesting comment considering that the last WaterWalk deal the City of Wichita made lost millions of dollars. According to a past The Wichita Eagle article:

"After 15 years and $41 million in taxpayer subsidies to the WaterWalk, the city of Wichita has gotten no money from a profit-sharing agreement attached to the development deal.
And it probably never will, the way the deal is structured."

In one of the worst rip-offs in the history of Wichita, the city council literally gave all that money away and the developers did absolutely nothing to justify that give-a-way. It was a disgrace. While conservatives wine about poor people getting welfare, a few developers got free money for doing nothing.
Longwell and any other council member who can't manage to do better than that should never be anywhere near a leadership position.
The Wichita Eagle earlier article mentioned one problem the city has and that is a fair and equitable system that pays men and women at the same pay:

One was business consultant Jill Miller, who was upset by research showing the pay gap for women is worse in Wichita than it is nationally.
"I knew that things were hard for women in business in Wichita, but that data smacked me in the face," Miller said. "The numbers are the numbers. It wasn't just a perception. It is the data."

While there are many solutions to Wichita's economic problems, the main one I see is getting rid of all the conservative dolts that keep holding the city back. As The Wichita Eagle articles says:

"Friends University political science professor Russell Fox says Wichita, with its conservative mindset, has "a 'no' mentality" that has limited what the city could have done.
"The truth of the matter is, Wichita is a city caught in the middle," Fox said. "It's a city that looks like it ought to be doing what other cities are doing but isn't."
Residents must ask themselves whether they want Wichita to remain a "steady state" city — not growing, not dying — or whether they want the city to reach the potential so many envision, Fox said.
Voters will say at the polls whether they want to keep things as they are, Fox said, or prefer a different future. To get that different future, he said, residents have to send the message to officials "they should be spending more, risking more, investing more."

And the main message I find useful is to vote out the dolts.

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The Neo-Liberal Plan To Bring Down Venezuela

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Here's Trump putting his hand in female reporter's face to quiet her

Earlier today, Donald Trump was fielding questions from reporters. Trump is standing by what looks like a row of golf carts, which … well, he probably is. 
Trump: We’re building a military so strong, nobody’s gonna mess with us; but you know what? I never want to have to use it.
Reporter: Can you tell us about the verification process—
It is at this point that others try to ask questions, specifically CBS News’ Weijia Jiang, who tries to break through the softball question-fest to ask Trump how and why he has declared the nuclear threat from North Korea “over.” Trump puts his hand up in her face, saying “Quiet!” He turns to someone else and exclaims:
Trump: She’s so obnoxious.
He proceeds to put his hand back in her face so he can talk about how he’s creating an amazing “verification” process that’s going to make other verification processes seem like small verification processes, or whatever dumb lie is about to come out of his mouth. Watch for yourself below.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The wonders of nature—and there are those who hate it

By SJ Otto
As I get older I do what I have always done to relax myself—No! Not going to the bar for beer—OK I do that also, but this is something else. I go out to a park in the country were I can be with nature. I like to swim in the Walnut River. And I've heard from a few friends and relatives: "You want to swim with fish poop?!"
The water in that river, and many other Kansas rivers, is fairly clear. I take into consideration that fish can't walk out of the water and use a porta potty. Pooping in the water is their only option. I personally enjoy watching the smaller fish swim around, as well as crayfish, cranes, ducks and other forms of water wildlife.
There is something about being one with nature that I really enjoy. After all, most fish don't have police or foremen to tell everyone what do and how to think. There are natural things all around and none had to be manufactured and paid for. It is all free. The fish and other animals seems to find food on their own and no one sells it to them.
I often get the felling that most people hate nature. Many people I know never venture out into a wooded area that doesn't have toilets and bottled water. Most people kill some kinds of animals, at least insects if nothing else. I kill some insects, such as mosquitoes and roaches, but I don't kill anything that leaves me alone.
Snakes are a real problem for people. I know a lot of people who say they "hate snakes." They don't usually say they hate lizards or turtles. We could assume that part of this is because some snakes are poisonous. But so are a few poison lizards. Maybe most people don't realize that the overwhelming majority of the snakes in this area, in this state, are not poisonous. After all it was a snake that tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, and I think that has a lot to do with people's fear of snakes, even for atheists.
And that brings to another reason people seem to hate nature. I constantly hear of men (mostly white guys) who always kill snakes when the find them. They often chop their heads off with a shovel. Maybe they think the woods is safer without snakes, but that just isn't so.
According to Dr. James Carpenter, professor of zoological medicine at Kansas State University,

"Several types of snakes live in the area. The only venomous types, copperheads and Massasauga rattlesnakes, are usually found around limestone outcropping and ledges and in fields when they are seeking food or trying to get some sun, he said, and most are just trying to get warm.
The water snakes in this area are not venomous."

And there is this:

“There are good things about snakes,” Charles Lee, extension wildlife specialist at K-State, said. “They are important in the ecology of our world. They do a little bit of feeding on critters like rodents or other small mammals that people may consider undesirable. All species have a value.”

I've noticed fewer snakes in the places I go in the last few years. I appreciate snakes. I like to see and watch them. It is too bad so many people kill them and kill them for no reason.
Snakes aren't the only problem. Many men I know won't swim in a muddy pond because of snapping turtles. Many women I know just won't swim in dirty water. But at least most of these people don't kill the turtles.
There are a lot of white rural men who enjoy going on a so called "coyote hunting." They don't eat these animals and the just want to see how many they can kill in one day. It really isn't hunting at all. It is mass slaughter. I listened the other day to an NPR story about coyote calling/hunting:

 " AL MORRIS: They don't want me to hunt. And I want to tell them to go to hell. The reality of it is we're good people. And whether you understand or not, I'm doing something legal. And I really don't care if you like it or not."

As CAMILLA FOX said, in that same article,
"It's gratuitous slaughter, and that's precisely what cockfighting and dogfighting were. And it was up until not too long ago that both those practices were still legal in the U.S."

My question is why are rural white people, or maybe white people in general so attracted to killing things with guns. I can understand hunting a deer and eating it. But for many of these white red-necks It is as if they want to go around killing anything that moves, that they can kill legally. I think many of these people follow a culture of death that goes right along with hating nature. If man doesn't control something, many people hate it.
I for one value my time in the forests. I don't need to kill the animals I find in order to enjoy myself. And I think it is a sickness that so many people are attracted to killing things. Living things and the places they like to live have a great beauty that does not need to be killed.  

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Thursday, June 07, 2018

WSU students and faculty fight back against backward conservatives

By SJ Otto
Just last week students and some staff persons put out a full page ad in The Wichita Eagle called; "Wichtia State University, It's Time To lift the shade."

The add asked a lot of questions, such as, "When the WSU Administration sold the idea of the YMCA Wellness Center on the Innovation Campus to the Student Government Association and did they explain how many years the student annual commitment of $5 million would apply?"
There were a lot of questions as to how the school administrators ran things and how they used student money. They questioned gifts from the Kochs and asked why they have so much authority to run parts of the university.
The ad questioned President John Bardo when he said creating “an elite little liberal arts college” at WSU “ain’t gonna work.”
“Do we wish we were an elite little liberal arts college?” Bardo said. “That’s not who we are."
The ad said; "failing to recognize that Liberal Arts and Sciences has provided the foundation for every educated student who as attended since 1895."
The main point of all of this is that the faculty and many students are not going to roll over and let a conservative clique destroy our educational system. They are fighting back.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Emily Glass is a victim of deceit

By SJ Otto
I realize that some people do bad things, such as murdering a child, but I doubt if any person deserves what Emily Glass is going through. She has been harangued by the press, by the police and by people interested in the case who follow her around.
Even when a person is bad, that does not entitle the police to lying, deceit and manipulation of a persons emotions.

That appears to be what was done to get Glass[1]
to tell a Private Investigator David Marshburn were Lucas Hernandez's body was. According to The Wichita Eagle:

"Marshburn told Grace the approach he took with Glass was to accuse her. He said he "basically went at her as, 'I know you did it. I'm here. I can help you. What can I do for you?'" He also told (Crime Stories with Nancy)Grace that Glass admitted to using methamphetamine while Lucas and her 1-year-old daughter were at home and that she let a homeless man spend the night at her house just before she reported Lucas missing to police."


"Marshburn describes Glass as "cold and callous"

Maybe he felt that way towards her. But manipulating her and pretending to befriend was not the way to go about it. The ends don't justify the means. We need to trust the police and those who do their bidding. Lying and deceiving us is not the way to earn that trust. They  may solve this case a little sooner, but they have lost my respect and the respect of others.

[1] For background information, Lucas was reported missing now for three months. His stop mother, Emily Glass has been in and out of jail and court for suspected child abuse. Lucas' body was found just a few days ago.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Nicaragua,Venezuela: One Enemy, One Fight For Democracy

This article proves that the US can't tolerate any country that does not follow the US "free-trade" policies of economics. It is simple economics and yet the US almost goes to war over it. And the US can't tolerate any country that respects its poor population. -SJ Otto
From Telesur:
By Tortilla Con Sal 
Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are all targets of the U.S. government because they challenge control of Latin America and the Caribbean by Western corporate elites and their local allies. By means of soft coups these interests have – at least for now – taken power in Brazil and Argentina, hijacked the government in Ecuador and derailed the peace process in Colombia. Currently, U.S. efforts at regime change focus most urgently on Venezuela and Nicaragua, while reverting to the failed policy of punitive sanctions against Cuba and biding their time for the moment in Bolivia.
Despite the relentless psychological warfare campaign to discredit them, the governments of Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela defend their peoples' fundamental democratic rights to peaceful economic development focused on human needs rather than corporate profit. This is especially important to understand in the case of Nicaragua. There, the government has democratized the economy to the point where the cooperative, associative and family-based small- and micro-business sectors generate 70 percent of employment, contributing over 50 percent of GDP. 

In their different ways, these four countries – all members of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA) – have developed viable economic models directly opposed to Western corporate monopoly finance capitalism. They all face illegal actions by the U.S. government and its allies aimed at destabilizing – and, if possible, overthrowing – their legitimate governments. They all promote diverse models of genuine political and economic democracy for their peoples. Theirs is a common struggle against the U.S. and European imperial elites, whose governments are desperate to brake their own accelerating decline relative to China, Russia and other majority world countries.
Nicaragua and Venezuela: Similarities

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All the signs are that – just as in Venezuela – people at the grassroots level in Nicaragua won

Monday, May 28, 2018

Another look at Memorial Day- "Whom Will We Honor Memorial Day?"

From Zin Education Project:
By Howard Zinn
Published on June 2, 1976 in the Boston Globe and republished in The Zinn Reader with the brief introduction below.
Memorial Day will be celebrated … by the usual betrayal of the dead, by the hypocritical patriotism of the politicians and contractors preparing for more wars, more graves to receive more flowers on future Memorial Days. The memory of the dead deserves a different dedication. To peace, to defiance of governments.
In 1974, I was invited by Tom Winship, the editor of the Boston Globe, who had been bold enough in 1971 to print part of the top secret Pentagon Papers on the history of the Vietnam War, to write a bi-weekly column for the op-ed page of the newspaper. I did that for about a year and a half. The column below appeared June 2, 1976, in connection with that year’s Memorial Day. After it appeared, my column was cancelled.
* * * * *
Memorial Day will be celebrated as usual, by high-speed collisions of automobiles and bodies strewn on highways and the sound of ambulance sirens throughout the land.
It will also be celebrated by the display of flags, the sound of bugles and drums, by parades and speeches and unthinking applause.
It will be celebrated by giant corporations, which make guns, bombs, fighter planes, aircraft carriers and an endless assortment of military junk and which await the $100 billion in contracts to be approved soon by Congress and the President.
There was a young woman in New Hampshire who refused to allow her husband, killed in Vietnam, to be given a military burial. She rejected the hollow ceremony ordered by those who sent him and 50,000 others to their deaths. Her courage should be cherished on Memorial Day. There were the B52 pilots who refused to fly those last vicious raids of Nixon’s and Kissinger’s war. Have any of the great universities, so quick to give honorary degrees to God-knows-whom, thought to honor those men at this Commencement time, on this Memorial Day?
No politician who voted funds for war, no business contractor for the military, no general who ordered young men into battle, no FBI man who spied on anti-war activities, should be invited to public ceremonies on this sacred day. Let the dead of past wars be honored. Let those who live pledge themselves never to embark on mass slaughter again.
“The shell had his number on it. The blood ran into the ground…Where his chest ought to have been they pinned the Congressional Medal, the DSC, the Medaille Militaire, the Belgian Croix de Guerre, the Italian gold medal, The Vitutea Militara sent by Queen Marie of Rumania. All the Washingtonians brought flowers .. Woodrow Wilson brought a bouquet of poppies.”
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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Memorial Day 2018—honoring those who fought for imperialism

By SJ Otto
It's this time every year that I post something about Memorial Day. And every year I hear on the TV that we should celebrate the lives given for our freedom. But the idea that people are giving their lives for freedom is the biggest lie this country ever produced. We have not had our freedom defended for many years. Most wars allow our empire to control smaller countries, so we can get the best of their resources, including oil.
We have colonized two countries, Iraq and Afghanistan. We have created in them puppet US style democracies. This country can't take care of its own citizens and yet claims to be able to "help out" our brothers in other countries. If this country really cared about democracy we would have pulled support for Saudi Arabia years ago.

That there are those of us who believe this country does not fight for democracy and freedom is the BIGGEST secret in the country today!

...So have your picnics, visit your cemeteries, and if you really care about freedom, honor some of the many peace activist who REALLY fought for your freedom.

The Dead Kennedys - Rambozo the Clown 

Friday, May 25, 2018

What’s Wrong With the United States?

Gina Haspel, a war criminal who took part in torture, is now the head of the US CIA. She said she no longer approves of torture and the spineless Democrats in Congress just gave in and confirmed her. This whole  thing is an abomination of any kind of morality. But the US right now, with the FULL COMPLACENCY of both parties, takes part in war on a grand scale. The CIA is a criminal organization designed to destroy any so called enemies of the US, and it doesn't matter how they do it. The goals justify the means. This article below looks at the fallacies of the US as a "bastion of freedom." _SJ Otto

Despite the myth perpetrated by United States spokespersons, the country is not, and never has been, a beacon of peace and freedom, the ‘land of the free and the home of the brave’, or a democracy that is the envy of the word. It is, and always has been, a racist, imperialist society, an oligarchy and, as the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.
Today it is living up to violent, bloody truths that comprise its existence. We will look at just a few of the circumstance today that embody that violence.
+ The U.S. has just violated an international treaty, by withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), an agreement also signed by Russia, China, England, France, Germany, the European Union and Iran. The purpose of this agreement was to regulate Iran’s nuclear ambitions (such as they are), in return for the lifting of sanctions imposed upon that country. The JCPOA was signed by the U.S under President Barack Obama, but it was not an agreement between him and the other nations; it was a binding agreement under international law. By violating it, the U.S. has send a strong message to the world that its word cannot be relied upon; has betrayed some of the country’s closest and oldest allies, and may even sanction them if they continue to do business with Iran, which each of the other signatories says they will do, since Iran is and has been in complete compliance with the agreement.
Additionally, the U.S., which has been at war for 225 years of its 242 year history, and which is currently bombing seven countries and supporting terrorist groups in Syria, accuses Iran, which has not invaded another country since 1798, of being the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism. This is Orwellianism at its best.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

DSA hears of the Kansas historical role of socialism

By SJ Otto
The Appeal to Reason newspaper in Girard, Kansas and other facts about Kansas socialist history was explained by Jim Phillips, this Saturday, at the Democratic Socialist of America (DSA) camp out, last Saturday.
"We inherited a long tradition here in Kansas," Phillips said. "Kansas was mostly socialist through the 1800s. In the West, the Indians had common ownership of land. Mexico also had some communal farms."
Phillips went way back in history to stories about peasant revolts in the middle ages. He talked about Karl Kautsky one of the earlier theoreticians behind  democrat socialists.
Phillips talked about the history of DSA. The group was formed in the early1970s when the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee(DSOC) merged with the New American Movement(NAM).
"Many people from the NAM had split off of the Communist Party (CPUSA)," Phillips said.
Phillips explained the long history of democratic socialism in the US with such figures as Eugene Debs.
"Debs had written for the Appeal to Reason," Phillips said.
The Appeal to Reason was a weekly left-wing political newspaper published in Girard, Kansas, from 1895 until 1922. The paper was known for its politics, lending support over the years to the Farmers' Alliance and People's Party before becoming a mainstay of the Socialist Party of America. In 1910, it had a weekly circulation of 550,000 and a subscription base of 450,000.
Phillips talked about the People's Party, which was a populist party in the Midwest. It was not so much socialist as it was anti-capitalist.
"In the 1880s, Kansas and Oklahoma were largely farmers," Phillips said. "They had trouble paying for their implements, rail roads priced gauged them. By 1896 they disappeared. The Socialist Labor Party (SLP) came together by 1901.
"The Appeal to Reason published without any problems until World War I," Phillips said.
"There was a socialist college, a working class college, in Fort Scott. 30 miles from Girard," Phillips said.
He added that such well known socialist writers as Emanuel Haldeman-Julius came to Girard.
He also discussed what he sees as the future of DSA.
"There has been a surge of new DSA members since the Bernie Sanders campaign," Phillips said. "We have a lot of young people getting involved with us for the fist time. The March for Our Lives movement is bringing a lot of young people into the political system and they will not settle for business as usual."
Phillips said that neoliberal (economic liberal policies) are making the Democratic Party useless. He added that we have a Republican Party that is solidly neoliberal and their is no way to change that.
"It is also known as corporatism," he said. "We need to fight against that in the Democrats."
Phillips also brought up the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) a historic document that was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at its third session on 10 December 1948 as Resolution 217. The resolution claims that all people on earth are entitle to adequate health care, housing and education. The document is non-binding.
"Both the Republicans and Democrats have rejected it," Phillips said. "They just want to let the free market fix those things. They market is supposed to fix everything."
Phillips also said he thought the radicals of the 1960s ignored bread and butter issues for the Vietnam War. There was as divide between socialist oriented students and American workers.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Police arrest 18 protesters after they occupy of Kobach's office

With some of the scum we have running for Kansas governor, it is plain discusting to think that Kris Kobach may win the up comming election and keep Kansas in the hell hold that it has been stuck in for the last 8 years. So thanks to these 18 people for bringing some notice to the people of Kansas just how bad Kobach is. -SJ Otto

Police arrested 18 people Monday after they occupied a room in Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office to protest his positions on voter identification and immigration.
The demonstrators were part of the Poor People’s Campaign, which has been protesting in Topeka over the past couple weeks.
“Kris Kobach is a lead architect of voter suppression, not only across Kansas, but our entire nation,” said Rachel Shivers, a spokeswoman for the group.
For the rest click here.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Speaking of combating anti-communism at the DSA camp out- part 1

By SJ Otto
This past weekend I had a great time at the Democratic Socialist of America (DSA) camp out. Along with enjoying the great outdoors, I got to sleep in a small but dry tent through a very rainy night, at Eisenhower State Park. I came in Friday night. I hung out with people from all over Kansas, Kansas City and Nebraska. We all had dinner, drank some beers and socialised. That is what most people do on a camp out.
Saturday afternoon we had four speakers and/or discussions.  After all, what is a DSA camp out without some discussions on politics? The group was small, about 25 people, but these are the dedicated folks who plan to take what they have learned back to their prospective cities and inspire others. It was also just a good way for DSA people to get together and talk about what we are doing in our prospective cities and states.

First speeker: Combating anti-communism

Phil Brown, Omaha, Nebraska, gave a speech on "Combating anti-communism."
"Anti-communism is part of the US ideology," Brown said. "At every level of our culture anti-communism is pervasive. It's Orthodox American ideology. Communism is featured as an evil force. A threat to the American way of life, to the American dream."
Brown explained how the US created this climate of anti-communism which was obvious during the red scare years, but also pushed in more subtle ways.
" Leftist Groups have distanced themselves from communism," Brown continued. "They stress they are not communist. None of those attempts worked. If you challenge the bourgeoisie they will label you a communist.  A democratic socialist runs for office, he is labelled a communist. Red baiting doesn't help us. "
Much of Brown's speech was about all the ways the corporate leaders of this country have associated any challenge to their authority as communism.
"Even Medicaid could be labelled communism," Brown added.
He pointed out some of the absurdities of anti-communism.
"Many Americans see themselves as millionaires who are temporarily removed from that class by the fact that they just don't have their money yet," he added.
All of this creates the kind of class confusion that has protected the wealthy classes from the working class. It has created a kind of hostility to working class ideas while not being hostile to the upper classes.
Brown said that  anti-communism is a form of intervention and some leftists take part in it.
" Intervention in Korea, Vietnam, Latin America, Central America, regardless of what we think of these other countries some progress is made," he added.
Brown pointed out that most of the countries that have been labelled as authoritarian, un-democratic and anti-freedom, (common catch phrases) may fall short of the progressive values we want to see, yet they  began as movements that people supported for legitimate reasons. He used the fall of the Soviet Union as an example of a cause that many leftist supported, but in the end that support worked against a lot of them.
" If we are pressing for social change it doesn't help us too be red baiting," Brown added. "It makes a liberal or progressive agenda easy to shoot down."

I only stayed Friday Night, while others stayed clear through Sunday. Besides drinking beer and sleeping under the stars (sort of) I swam in the lake. A lot of people were there from Wichita. Jim Phillips spoke on the history of DSA. That story will be in part 2 of this story.

To be continued=>

Friday, May 18, 2018

Over 1,000 years of idiot divine rights governments and we are still obsessed with royalty

It is ridiculous that Europeans put up with the divine rights theory for more than 1,000 years, and that took place after several centuries of republican and quasi democratic rule in Rome. And even today people in the US and Europe obsess over the royal family and their weddings. The royals get a lot of money and a job where all they really have to do is stand around, wave and allow the paparazzi to photograph them. And how did they get this important job? They were born into it. the idea was that a person is chosen by God to rule over a country based on their birth. Hundreds of years ago these people were bloody tyrants. They were cruel and got their wealth from taxing the poor peasants who they abused.  -SJ Otto

From the Huffington Post:

They grace our tabloid covers and drive page views for websites. The sartorial choices of the Duchess of Cambridge ― and now Meghan Markle ― are seemingly endless fashion blog fodder.
And then, of course, there are the big events. Nearly 23 million U.S. viewers watched the coverage of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding. An estimated 33.2 million people in the U.S. watched Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997, and around 17 million tuned in to see her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles.
“I think it’s fair to say that the American people are quite fond of the royal family,” then-President Barack Obama remarked during a 2015 Oval Office meeting with Prince Charles. “They like them much better than they like their own politicians.”
The interest extends all the way to Queen Elizabeth. Season two, episode one of Netflix’s “The Crown” attracted three million viewers in the U.S., according to Nielsen.
But why are Americans so fascinated with British monarchs and their relatives? We spoke to psychologists and royal family experts to find out.

A fascination from childhood
The first explanation may seem fairly obvious, but it’s meaningful: “We are fascinated and obsessed with fairy tales. They have been a part of our society’s fabric since childhood. They help us escape from the everyday mundane,” Dr. Sudeepta Varma, a psychiatrist and clinical assistant professor at NYU’s Langone Medical Center, told HuffPost.

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