Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Peace and the never-ending attack on the Russian Revolution

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Doesn't that say everything that needs to be said?

Ava and C.I.'s latest is "TV: R-e-s-p-o-n-s-i-b-i-l-i-t-y" and I'll highlight from it later this week but I want to drop back a week to the one they wrote before, "TV: A fairy tale they won't stop telling."  In that one, they take on the never-ending parade of films about the czar overthrown in Russia:

It starts to seem less like it has to do with the Romanovs and more like it has to do with the emergence of a revolution that a capitalist system really doesn't care for.  Isn't that really the point of this obsession with the Romanovs on the point of people who have no real stake or interest in it?  It's just more propaganda and hasn't this propaganda been going on since the start of the Bolshevik Revolution that took down the Romanovs to begin with?

Think about it, how many films or TV shows has the US made questioning what happened to those in the colonies loyal to England?

But we have had non-stop portrayals of those poor Romanovs.  Poor, poor Romanovs.

John Reed and Louise Bryant tried to report reality and were attacked by the US press and the US government -- so very often the same apparatus.

NETFLIX's THE LAST CZARS would be bad entertainment regardless of its focus.  It's entire format and execution would render it useless.  But as consumers, we also need to be critical about what they're putting in front of us.  The Russian Revolution was a historic thing.  But that's not the story they're telling, is it?  The story they're telling is that the revolution destroyed those wonderful Romanovs, those poor Romanovs.  Looking at how THE LAST CZARS fits into that body of work, we're seeing a non-stop effort to demonize the rights of the people while glorifying a few.  We don't see that with the French Revolution portrayals and we don't see it with the Revolutionary War portrayals.  So ask yourself why we see it always and forever with the Russian Revolution?

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Tuesday, July 16, 2019.  Joe Biden can't lead when he's always staring over his shoulder at the past.

Joe Biden continues to sink as he seeks the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.  With his past plagiarism well known and with it having led to his dropping out of a previous race for the nomination, you'd think he'd be more careful.  But you don't know Joe.

Joe Biden, plagiarizing Obamacare speech.

Of all things to plagiarize, he goes with the lie.  That was the promise before and it ended up not being true.  But Joe's repeating it again.  Oh, the things that come out of Joe's mouth.

Joe Biden once warned that without 'orderly integration,' his children would 'grow up in a racial jungle'. Democrats always accuse others of what they,Themselves believe.

From Kathryn Krawczyk (THE WEEK):

Yet he also "promoted nearly a dozen pieces of legislation" aimed at limiting federal busing programs, and despite his claims otherwise, outright said "I oppose busing" in 1975, the Times reports. And in 1977, Biden made a particularly questionable argument against using busing to achieve integration.
The quote comes from a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the "busing of schoolchildren," during which Biden vehemently argued for a bill that would remove a U.S. court's power to "issue school transportation orders based on race, color, or national origin," per a congressional summary. Biden said part of the bill's goal was to ensure "orderly integration" with agreement between Congress and federal courts.

"A racial jungle"?  Oh, Joe.

There is some good news though.  Joe has finally found someone he's against.  This is the Joe Biden who gave Bully Boy Bush a prize last year, this is the Joe Biden who spoke warmly of his segregationist pals.  But he's finally found someone he doesn't want to work with, someone he draws a line on.  And who is that group?

Joe Biden draws line against progressives on health care

Yes, Joe's trying to sucker punch progressives.  That's who he decides to battle.  And doesn't that just say it all?

Who will be the most active in getting people to vote?  The progressives.  And Joe wants to attack them.  He's running a campaign of stupidity.

And the press is certainly letting him get away with a lot.  Take Saturday's announcement.

Joe Biden on his vote for the Iraq war: The "mistake I made was trusting" former President George W. Bush

He never takes accountability.  He blames everyone else.  And using "The village idiot tricked me" as an excuse really doesn't speak to your character or intelligence.

He comes off like Ross, "I got tricked into all those things."

But if Bully Boy Bush tricked you into making a mistake, why in the world would you present him with an award and gush that you've "always respected" him?  This was not years ago, this was November of last year, eight months ago.

Someone lies and tricks you, that's how you stand up to them?

He's a weak ass.  And he needs to be called out on this but the press is just going along with it.

His attacks on Medicare For All should send him packing.

  • Biden basically deploys Trump’s “Medicare for none” attack on M4All
    First part of this was literally a Paul Ryan talking point in 2018
  • Biden’s 2020 strategy is shaping up to be “cynically lie to old people, repeatedly, using rightwing talking points”
  • The weird part about this messaging is that Obama said last fall that M4All was a “good” idea. “Democrats aren't just running on good, old ideas like a higher minimum wage. They're running on good, new ideas like Medicare for all”
    What if you get fired
    “More than three-quarters of Democratic-leaning adults — 77 percent — said they favored a universal program, and 66 percent supported this option even if no private insurance were available, according to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll.”
    At the end of the day, you’ve either got to be on the side of the people or the side of the health insurance companies. I know which side I’m on.

    That really should be the last straw.  He's refusing to provide a basic need.

    While Joe's living in the past, Bernie's fighting today.

    BernieSanders: Let me be as clear as I can be. The possible shutdown of Hahnemann Hospital has nothing to do with health care, and everything to do with greed.
    Pictures from Bernie Sanders rally at Hahnemann Hospital

    Sen. Bernie Sanders: "I will be very soon introducing legislation in the Senate to establish a $20 billion emergency trust fund to help states and local communities purchase hospitals that are in financial distress."

    Bernie has plans, Joe's just got the past.  Along with Senator Bernie Sanders, US House Rep Tulsi Gabbard is also seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

    As president, I’ll invest the $30 billion/year given to Big Oil into developing renewable energy. I'll always put your interests, our planet, & our national security first—not the interests of powerful corporations, war profiteers, and foreign governments.
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