Closing Thought–18Mar21

By now most everyone in this country has heard or read about the horrific shooting in Atlanta…..8 people dead 6 Asian-Americans……and good for the police the bastard has been arrested…..

The 21-year-old man accused of killing eight people Tuesday at three Atlanta-area massage parlors, most of them women of Asian descent, claims racism wasn’t the motive, police say. Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds says Robert Aaron Long indicated he has issues, “potentially sexual addiction,” and “may have frequented some of these places in the past,” NPR reports. He says Long denied there was any racial motive involved. Capt. Jay Baker of the sheriff’s office says Long, who was arrested after a manhunt Tuesday night, saw the spas as “a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate.” More:

  • He may have planned more attacks. Long was taken into custody around 150 miles south of Atlanta after police tracked his vehicle on the interstate. Police say he was on his way to Florida to attack “some type of porn industry,” the AP reports.
  • The timeline. Police believe Long bought the gun hours before the killings, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Investigators say the killing spree began at Youngs Asian Massage Parlor in Acworth in Cherokee County around 5pm. Three women and one man were shot dead at that location. An hour later, police in Atlanta found three women shot dead at Gold Spa. Another woman had been killed across the street at Aromatherapy Spa. Long was taken into custody around 8:30pm.
  • The victims. Police say six victims were of Asian descent and two, including the only man, were white, the New York Times reports. A Hispanic man was injured. The South Korean consulate in Atlanta says four of the victims were ethnic Koreans. The victims of the first shooting were identified Wednesday as Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33; Paul Andre Michels, 54; Xiaojie Yan, 49; and Daoyou Feng, 44.
  • Long’s family helped investigators. CNN reports that Long’s family contacted police after authorities shared a photo of a suspect from the scene of the first shooting. His relatives “are very distraught, and they were very helpful in this apprehension,” Reynolds says.
  • Mayor: “It has to stop.” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says the shootings were a tragedy whether investigators determine it to be a hate crime or not. “Whatever the motivation was for this guy, we know that the majority of the victims were Asian,” she said. “We also know that this is an issue that is happening across the country. It is unacceptable, it is hateful and it has to stop.” Georgia state Rep. Bee Nguyen said the shootings appeared to be at the “intersection of gender-based violence, misogyny, and xenophobia.”
  • “People in the Asian American community are scared.” Georgia state Sen. Michelle Au says that while she won’t jump to conclusions about the motive for Tuesday’s killing spree, “people in the Asian American community are scared” amid increasing violence and discrimination, the Washington Post reports. “It is taking place in a landscape where Asian Americans are increasingly terrified and fearful for their lives and their safety because of these escalating threats against our people,” she said.
  • Celebrities speak out. USA Today rounds up some of the reactions from celebrities. George Takei called the killings a “hate crime” and said Republican leaders should “stop fanning violence with anti-Asian rhetoric.” Daniel Dae Kim tweeted: “The race of the person committing the crime matters less than the simple fact that if you act with hate in your heart, you are part of the problem.”
  • Obama calls for new gun laws. “Even as we’ve battled the pandemic, we’ve continued to neglect the longer-lasting epidemic of gun violence in America,” the former president tweeted Wednesday. “Yesterday’s shootings are another tragic reminder that we have far more work to do to put in place commonsense gun safety laws and root out the pervasive patterns of hatred and violence in our society.”
  • Deadliest in years. The attack marks the sixth mass killing of 2021 in the US and is the deadliest since 9 people were killed in Dayton, Ohio, in August 2019, according to a database compiled by the AP, USA Today and Northeastern University.

Sex addiction?

Sounds like a page out of Tiger Woods playbook.

This dickwad is trying to find an excuse for his actions….or trying to set up a “diminshed capacity” defense.

(Sorry to be flippant here)  Like Son of Sam who took his prompts from his dog…this d/bag apparently wants us to believe that he took his prompts from is wanker.

Screw him!

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Defending White Privilege

NO I am not writing about defending white privilege….it is about the events that surrounded the breach of the Capitol on 06 January.

This is nothing new that appeared with the election of Trump….it has been with us for many many years….after decades even a century of slow simmer it has finally come to a violent boil on 06 January 2021.

A look at the slow simmer that erupts into the boil…..

As an outgrowth of the establishment of a regime of social control that attempted to incorporate all whites into a relatively privileged space vis-à-vis Native people and people of African descent, the politics of whiteness represent a long, albeit contested, institutional and ideological legacy. Whiteness, therefore, has a long history of being weaponized in order to terrorize and otherwise dominate racialized others in the United States and abroad. A review of some of those instances should underscore the point made by Kai Wright in his 2017 essay, “White Identity Politics and American Terrorism,” in The Nation: “There is no road forward for progressive politics without confronting white identity politics…(including) owning the legacy of white terrorism.”

The institutionalization of settler colonialism and racial capitalism in the colonial past appropriated resources and labor, allocating hierarchical value on the basis of social constructed racial categories. While the Indigenous suffered dispossession by white settler accumulation, Africans were possessed, increasingly through torture and rape, in order to accumulate profit. Hence, white settler expansion throughout the 18th and 19th centuries unleashed white supremacist terror against racialized others.

White Chickens, Coming Home to Roost

Look at these protesters….what is it that they want?

The US has given them just about everything they desired and yet they still want to destroy the very system that has provided them with benefits.

Why?

Just what is it that these morons want?

Is it about country and its people or just selfishness?

They claim to be law and order supporters…and are very vocal about the treatment of the police in other protests and yet there has been NO condemnation of the people that brought about the death of a police officer on 06 January….or the injuries their insurrection brought about on that day.

The political philosopher, John Locke, added to the notion of white supremacy…..

Locke’s influence went beyond serving as foundational for capitalism and the property regime. The Lockean notion of labor creating private property rights is intertwined with another equally deeply embedded Lockean legacy: the unequal racial access to property and liberty.

In this way, Locke’s liberalism was also of foundational importance when it came to racism, to white supremacy.

“In the beginning, all the world was America,” Locke famously wrote, imagining what he called the “state of nature” before the creation of political society. In advancing his theory that it was the mixing of one’s labor with land that created private property, Locke saw the Native Americans as creatures who could not be considered property owners since they merely inhabited the land and forests but did not cultivate the soil.

John Locke and the Roots of White Supremacy in the US

These days tumultuous days the debate on white supremacy and the sound of crickets is deafening.

This notion of white supremacy needs to die….there is NO time like the present.

But sadly the this sickness is on the rise….

 

White supremacist propaganda across the US reached the highest level in at least a decade last year, according to a report from the Anti-Defamation League. It describes 5,125 cases of hateful messages targeting people who are non-white, Black, Jewish, Muslim, or identify as LGBTQ, spread through physical materials, up from 2,724 cases in 2019. It adds the messaging, including phrases “Black Crimes Matter” and “White Lives Matter,” often appeared as “veiled white supremacist language with a patriotic slant,” per Reuters. Online propaganda cases likely number in the millions, the report adds. “As we try to understand and put in perspective the past four years, we will always have these bookends of Charlottesville and Capitol Hill” but “there’s a lot of things that happened in between those moments that set the stage,” CEO Jonathan Greenblatt says, per the AP.

Christian Picciolini, a former far-right extremist who founded deradicalization group Free Radicals Project, says “the pandemic, job loss, a heated election, protest over extrajudicial police killings of Black Americans, and a national reckoning sparked by our country’s long tradition of racism has created a perfect storm” for extremist recruiters, who “use the uncertainty and fear caused by crisis to win over new recruits to their ‘us vs. them’ narrative,” per the AP. The ADL traces the propaganda to at least 30 groups but says 92% of activity came from three: the New Jersey European Heritage Association, Patriot Front, and the Nationalist Social Club.

Just how much of this manure does this country and its people tolerate?

I say enough is enough!

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18 March

I know the day after St. Patrick’s Day….the cabbage has been eaten and the green beer is gone…..why not hurt your head with some history?

It is Women history month and since I do enjoy my history and today is the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune, 18 March 1871.

The Paris Commune was a popular-led democratic government that ruled Paris from March 18 to May 28, 1871. Inspired by the Marxist politics and revolutionary goals of the International Workingmen’s Organization (also known as the First International), workers of Paris united to overthrow the existing French regime which had failed to protect the city from Prussian siege, and formed the first truly democratic government in the city and in all of France. The elected council of the Commune passed socialist policies and oversaw city functions for just over two months, until the French army retook the city for the French government, slaughtering tens of thousands of working-class Parisians in order to do so.

The Paris Commune was formed on the heels of an armistice signed between the Third Republic of France and the Prussians, which had laid siege to the city of Paris from September 1870 through January 1871. The siege ended with the surrender of the French army to the Prussians and the signing of an armistice to end the fighting of the Franco-Prussian War.

At this period in time, Paris had a considerable population of workers—as many as half a million industrial workers and hundreds of thousands of others—who were economically and politically oppressed by the ruling government and the system of capitalist production, and economically disadvantaged by the war. Many of these workers served as soldiers of the National Guard, a volunteer army that worked to protect the city and its inhabitants during the siege.

More on the background of the uprising……https://www.thoughtco.com/paris-commune-4147849  and  https://www.counterfire.org/articles/history/21095-the-paris-commune-150-when-workers-ran-a-city

Among the leaders of this uprising were many women….among them was Louise Michel…..

During the Paris Commune, women organised as never before. There were women caring for the wounded, women bringing food to the fighters and women fighting – some doing both. Women’s organisations and meetings were set up to improve the role of women in society. But of all the many women who took part in these activities, including prominent political thinkers and organisers, such as Elizabeth Dmitrieff, Andre Leo, and Nathalie Lemel, the name which is remembered most in association with the Commune is that of Louise Michel.

This is probably because Michel, as her biographer, Edith Thomas, says, was everywhere at once: in the political clubs and on the battlefield, in the 61st Montmartre battalion (noted for fighting like devils, and for her energy in particular), on committees and in the ambulance stations she helped to organise. Soldier, ambulance nurse, orator, her courage and audacity meant she was at Clamart, Neuilly, and Issy Les Moulineaux, with a rifle in her hands. She also proposed going in person to Versailles to assassinate Thiers. When told she would not be able to get that far, she disguised herself and got within reach of Versailles.

https://www.counterfire.org/articles/history/22143-louise-michel-the-revolutionary-woman-who-led-the-paris-commune

These are events that you probably have never heard of or the women who were a vital part of this historic event…..and that is why I am here.

An interesting time and a fascinating historic event…..

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The “Quad”

What the Hell is the “Quad”?

The Quad – shorthand for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue – said in the first of five points in the statement that: “We bring diverse perspectives and are united in a shared vision for the free and open Indo-Pacific. We strive for a region that is free, open, inclusive, healthy, anchored by democratic values, and unconstrained by coercion.”

“We support the rule of law, freedom of navigation and overflight, peaceful resolution of disputes, democratic values, and territorial integrity,” the statement says later.

“We will continue to prioritise the role of international law in the maritime domain, particularly as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and facilitate collaboration, including in maritime security, to meet challenges to the rules-based maritime order in the East and South China Seas,” they added.

https://www.msn.com/en-xl/news/other/quad-summit-backs-democratic-indo-pacific-region-cites-chinese-aggression/ar-BB1ewCTX

Let’s be real….this is all about China….they cm add all the flowery words to the mission statement but in the end it is about confrontation with China.

The summit not only issued a formal statement. Unusually also, Biden and the prime ministers of India, Australia and Japan—Narendra Modi, Scott Morrison and Yoshihide Suga respectively—put their names to an opinion piece published prominently in the Washington Post on Sunday. The comment is replete with cynical motherhood statements about their advocacy of democracy, action on climate change and COVID-19 vaccines, and commitment to “an Indo-Pacific region that is free, open, secure and prosperous.”

However, while China is not mentioned, it dominated the discussion at the summit. The pledges by the four leaders to pursue regional co-operation, partnership and engagement do not, of course, extend to Beijing. Buried in the various public statements were thinly-veiled references to Chinese coercion—from the US that has routinely waged war and ousted governments to advance its imperialist interests—and the need to uphold “freedom of navigation”—that is, for the US Navy to provocatively intrude into waters around Chinese-controlled islets in the South China Sea.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/03/16/quad-m16.html

No matter how flowery and forward thinking the statement may sound….make no mistake that it is all about China and the confrontation of the PRC.

Same old song!  Nothing changes!

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