Closing Thought–11Jun21

I have written many times about the educational system in this country and especially the crap they teach in the South…..and Georgia has proven my disgust once again….

Georgia’s state Board of Education this week became the latest government entity to take a firm stance against teaching about racism in schools, or at least against teaching anything that makes white Republicans uncomfortable. The Georgia Board of Ed adopted a resolution insisting that the USA and Georgia are definitely not racist places, while calling for limits on how public schools should be allowed to discuss and teach about racism.

The resolution itself — authored by National Review writer and professional culture warrior Stanley Kurtz, author of many serious works of scholarship like Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism — calls for supposedly colorblind educational practices that will not “indoctrinate students in social, or political, ideology or theory” or “promote one race or sex above another,” and how could anyone possibly object to that? Like, unless you apply those concepts very selectively and in bad faith, or are actively letting Stanley Kurtz decide what is “isms,” but only a cynic would suggest rightwing officials could be capable of such a thing.

Among other things (we have the full list below), the resolution says no element of public education should do terrible things like tell innocent schoolchildren that

any individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex;

or that

with respect to their relationship to American values, slavery and racism are anything other than deviations from, betrayals of, or failures to live up to, the authentic founding principles of the United States, which include liberty and equality
https://www.wonkette.com/georgia-schoolchildren-will-just-have-to-learn-all-history-from-confederate-statues

Another revisioni9st look at American history.

What are these a/holes afraid of?

They want to hide the truth in the hopes that it will go away…in doing so they feed suspicion and hate.

Pathetic and disgusting!

Turn The Page!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scibo”

Feeding Hate

We all are well aware that Donald the Orange fed the hate and bias of many Americans……basically he was so popular not because of the presidency but rather he punished those that he hated…..

This is why the country loved Trump…..

Atlantic columnist Adam Serwer writes that there’s a simple reason the GOP base still loves Trump despite being ousted from office after just one term: They saw him as a punishment for all the people in America whom they hate.

“Trump was not a successful president,” Serwer contends. “But as a form of punishment, he was everything conservatives dreamed of, and they loved him for it.

Serwer goes on to documents some of the ways conservatives relished seeing Trump punish their foes.

“Early in his administration, Trump banned travelers from several Muslim-majority countries, barred federal grants to so-called sanctuary cities, and sought to deport hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were in the U.S. on temporary protected status,” he writes. “Almost all of his accomplishments were punitive.”

https://www.rawstory.com/trump-failed/

Some say that this was a once in a lifetime event….not so.

The US has a long history of blaming minorities……the recent violence targeting Asian-Americans is a prime example of this……

The instinct to vilify minority groups, especially during times of crisis, has a long-standing history in the U.S., rooted in the country’s relationship to white supremacy or fear that white people might become less powerful, said Sherry Wang, a professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University. Wang explained that the U.S. has often promoted racist myths to portray different groups of people as either inferior, dirty or dangerous to white people. For Asian Americans in particular, she said, there’s the “Yellow Peril” stereotype, a fear that emerged in the late-19th century, after an increase in immigration to the U.S. from China — and after the West realized that Asians were strong enough as a political, economic and military threat to surpass the U.S. “When the West realized Asia was very big and could take over, they wanted to paint Asians, especially East Asians, as dangerous outsiders but not so threatening that they were superior,” she said. “They were seen as threatening to the white, Western way of life.”

The U.S. Has A Long-Standing History Of Vilifying Minority Groups During Times Of Crisis

The use of social media has made the feeding of hatred to become an art form….the spread of hatred flies around the globe at light speed.

After the insurrection of 06 January the hate groups are seemingly gain speed….

Some members have left extremist groups in the wake of the Jan. 6 violence. The members who remain, and the new members they are attracting, are increasing the radicalization of far-right groups. As the less committed members abandon these far-right groups, only the more devout remain. Such a shift is going to alter the subculture of these groups, driving them farther to the right. We expect this polarization will only accelerate the reactionary behaviors and extremist tendencies of these far-right groups.

https://www.juancole.com/2021/03/insurrection-americas-extreme.html

I foresee danger ahead!

This must cease….a way to counter the feeding of hatred especially with lies and misinformation needs to be found and a solution needs a home.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

NATO Vs Russia

For several years now the rhetoric around Russia and their attempts to re-establish the empire have been all the rage……to the point of the drums of war are beating with increased intensity.

The tool being used to beat those drums is NATO and Article 5 of the treaty …..

Article 5 of its North Atlantic Treaty of 1949, which in part reads:

“The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all….[If] if such an armed attack occurs, each of them… will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force….” That is, the bloc will collectively go to war against the alleged aggressor.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on June 7, a week ahead of the military bloc’s summit in Brussels. The trip that brings Biden to NATO headquarters will be his first one outside the U.S.

The Pentagon’s transcript of his meet with Austin provides a clear indication of what the impending summit will dwell on and which actions – and against which nation – the meeting will chart for the upcoming years. Stoltenberg’s comments included:

“The global balance of power is shifting. We see the rise of China, we see Russia continue to be responsible for aggressive actions against NATO Allies, and our neighbors, in cyberspace, through hybrid means, and also the way they have used military force against the Ukraine, Georgia and other countries in that region.”

(antiwar.com)

Right on cue…..warmongers like Biden will build-up forces to counter Russia…..

The U.S. is funding a $152-million construction project in Romania to transform the air base in Câmpia Turzii into a “new major hub for NATO aircraft in the Black Sea region,” in the words of a report from Balkan Insight of last month. The U.S. has deployed warplanes to the base since Romania became a NATO member in 2004. In fact, the following year the U.S. acquired access to several military bases in the country, including the Mihail Kogălniceanu International Airport (and several more in neighboring Bulgaria the next year).

In 2016 the U.S. installed a missile shield land-based Aegis SPY-1 radar and twelve missile tubes for the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB interceptor missile in Deveselu .

In 2019 the Pentagon began upgrading the Mihail Kogălniceanu base.

U.S. European Command maintains Black Sea Area Support Group (formerly Joint Task Force-East) troop deployments in Romania as well.

(antiwar.com)

And the M-IC dances with joy…..(cha-ching)

Finally Sec Austin is right there with the pro-war rhetoric…..

Two days ago President Joe Biden, a staunch war hawk and NATO champion for half a century (no one before has become head of state in any nation with a résumé remotely approximating his in those regards) and Raytheon’s favorite defense chief Lloyd Austin III met with Jens Stoltenberg, head of a global military alliance with thirty members and forty partners on six continents – NATO – to discuss the military bloc’s summit on June 14; one both Biden and Austin will attend. They’re not, say, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg and the defense minister of Montenegro. Their presence is indispensable to the gathering of history’s largest military organization. Or as the Pentagon article much of the following is extracted from phrases it, “the most successful alliance in history.” If waging war in three continents and spending $1 trillion a year on military outlays for global missions are the criteria, then indeed it is.

The Defense Department began its account of the above meeting and the impending summit by reminding readers of “the core of the Biden administration’s push to repair America’s greatest asymmetric advantage – its unparalleled network of allies and partners around the world.” Translated from Pentagonese to English, that means solidifying, through NATO overwhelmingly, a global military network – and more than global, reaching into space – to contain, confront and defeat any nations remaining outside that network; currently, in ranking order of being targeted first, Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.

Pentagon Chief: NATO Ready To Fight and Win if Deterrence Fails

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”