Something To Talk About

I just found something to talk about, but I think I will let Jim Kunstler do the talking for me.

We haven’t heard much at all in the news about Ukraine and what those nasty, interfering  Russians are doing there, and how NATO is standing ready to save the day, lately, have we?  There’s a good reason for that, and Jim Kunstler has expressed it quite admirably.

There is peril in building your story on lies, and that revolves around the truth eventually being brought to light.  Just as in the ‘Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction’ saga of falsehood which many rash western nations bought into a while ago.

By the way, the ‘barbarism’ part in the title of this fine Kunstler piece, in my opinion, is a reference to the work of ISIS/ISIL.  See the full version at (I have included just an extract here).  But the ‘stupidism’ in the title is pointedly and accurately directed at recent US foreign policy.

Jim Kunstler says: 

In my lifetime, the USA has not blundered into a more incoherent, feckless, and unfavorable foreign policy quandary than we see today.

The US-led campaign to tilt Ukraine to Euroland and NATO — and away from the Russian-led Eurasian Customs Union — turned an “intelligence” fiasco into a strategic humiliation for the Obama White House. Notice that the story has vamoosed utterly from the American media headlines, even when the Russian Engineers’ Union issued a report last week asserting that the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was most likely shot down by 30mm cannon fire from Ukrainian military aircraft. The USA State Department didn’t deign to refute it because doing so would have drawn attention to the fact that it was the only plausible explanation for what happened.

Likewise, the campaign to paint Vladimir Putin as Stalin-in-a-judo-robe never really reached take-off velocity, since by all appearances he was the most rational and cool-headed actor on the geopolitical stage, following logical and long-established national interests. If the West had just left Ukraine alone, and allowed it to join the Eurasian Customs Union, that basket-case nation would have been Russia’s economic ward. Now the US and the EU have to support it with billions in loans that will never be paid back. Meanwhile, our European allies have been snookered into a set of economic and financial sanctions against Russia that guarantees they’ll be starved for oil and gas supplies in the winter months ahead. Smooth move.

So, the reason that all this has vanished from the news media is that it’s game-over in Ukraine. We busted it up, and can do more with it, and pretty soon the rump Ukraine region run out of Kiev will go crawling back to Russia begging for a little heating fuel.           read more

I will just add this link to the Russian Engineers’ Union report as mentioned by Kunstler.  The Automatic Earth also linked to this report and included a useful extract of part of the summary if you don’t wish to download the complete document.

…No Particular Place To Go

I usually write here on the basis of some idea gleaned from something I have read elsewhere, or in order to link to someone else’s writing considered to be of value.

Today, I found myself so overwhelmed by the host of world events which are unfolding before us at this time, that I couldn’t pick a single one thing to focus on to the exclusion of everything else.  I have increasingly felt that way for some time now and even though I keep reading, watching, storing away in memory, all of the things that are happening, it all begins to seem like a moving blur across the vision screen of my mind.

I find myself with  …No Particular Place To Go…..

So, I decided to try to express that in a FaceBook status update, which I repeat unaltered, here:

I decided to write a sort of op-ed, without linking to anything in particular.

As usual, I have been scanning the world situation, not just or even not especially through the mainstream media (knowing that is not the arena to get a handle on what is going on), but including a range of less biased or ‘influenced’ sources.

I have concluded (actually just reminded myself) that the world (of man) is rapidly disintegrating into chaos. This is not a change of opinion, I stand behind everything that I have said heretofore on Facebook and elsewhere, but I can’t find any one thing among the many, many currently unfolding events and situations around the world and at home that I can focus on and talk about (at least right now) as being a major issue worthy of being singled out for discussion, thought, contemplation, whatever.

Yes, there is still beauty in the world. Yes, there is still good to be found in the world. Yes, there is still hope to dream and work for better times to come. But not in the near term. Maybe not in your, my, our, lifetime.

When you look around, if you take the time to look around, which is not an easy thing to do these days; When you look around, and see through all the hype and gloss, shadow and deception, that is imposed to render unclear our vision of reality, you begin to understand that, as insignificant and unimpressive as it is right now, this is the best it is going to get. Things can only go downhill from here, as they have gradually been doing for at least the past four decades or so. The world we know and love, or endure because it is all we have got and perhaps have ever known, is falling apart around us. The stage scenery which has provided the backdrop to our existence for so long, is fading, becoming worn out and increasingly is falling over to reveal glimpses of the emptiness of the world we have constructed for ourselves. No amount of paint jobs, patch-up work or new and flashy replacement boards hurried into place to cover up the gaps will be able to maintain the illusions we have been living under for much longer.

We need to see the ugliness of what we have created. We need to either turn our backs on it, starting afresh, with a clear vision of what is possible without the window dressing we are used to seeing and having, with the faint but enduring hope that we can rescue some form of viable and enjoyable future, or we have to choose to hang on to those things we see and for the time being possess, vainly clinging to the hope that this will last and eventually something good will happen to take us through to a brighter day.

Either way, the immediate future looks grim no matter which path we choose. For a little while longer, the choice, some choices at least, are still ours to make. We may be able to keep propping up the scenery for a while yet, but not for long.

I was going to say ‘don’t despair’ but on reflection I think it will probably be despair that finishes a large number of us off. I remember a quote, it may be from the Bible, which says ‘Without a vision, the people perish’. We need a goal or vision of a future that can sustain both us, our fellow creatures and a healthy, natural Planet. I wonder if we can at this stage even imagine such a future. If we get to that stage then the life we experience will be so different to the life we now know, as to be unrecognisable, looking back. But I expect we will be much, much happier, truly happier, more self-reliant, more satisfied with what we have, more like what we were meant to be, than we are now.

We, or just a viable remnant of us, need to be able to reach that point, if anything that has gone before is to have any meaning.

Er… that’s all folks.

The Final Days


Pleased to share this post The Final Days from Bealtaine Cottage.  Colette O’Neill uses many of the phrases I have used in the past, and I share her sentiments.

The Final Days?  Not the final days of the world. Not by any means.  But yes, the final days of Empire, the world made by Man.  The end of our attempted domination of the natural world.  The time when we, or those that remain (and I expect I shall not be among them, at least not for long), must learn to live in harmony with that world.  Or perish, utterly.




“The Shroud Of The Dark Side Has Fallen…”

“…Begun The ‘Assymetric Response’ War Has”


Tit for Tat.  Escalation for Escalation.  The Empire (US/EU Axis of Evil) driven by the Force of the Dark Side (Global Corporate Greed Inc.), has made its latest play (further sanctions against Russia) in its continued drive for Eastward expansion.  Kindling a new wave of Assymetric Response (non-cloned) warfare.

What action will the beleaguered Rebel (Russian) forces take to stem the advance of cruel tyranny in its onslaught on their Base?

RIA NovostiRussian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said energy, finance sanctions against Russia may provoke 'asymmetric response'Medvedev: Energy, Finance Sanctions Against Russia May Provoke ‘Asymmetric Response’

00:38 08/09/2014 New Sanctions against Russia in energy or finance sectors could trigger an asymmetric response from Moscow, such as closing its airspace, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told the Vedomosti newspaper in an interview released Monday.>>


…and where will it all end?

Note: This is nothing to do with Ukraine, other than that their land just happens to be centre stage. It is all about the Oil and Gas resources in the area.

Added after publication…

Note also: I do not claim that the Russians are entirely without fault in this or any other situation. All sides are just as bad as each other, but I feel that the Russians are unjustifiably copping a lot of flak from the West over the Ukraine affair.

At least, unlike the hypocritical Western powers, the Russians have never claimed to be the forces of light, truth, honesty, integrity, justice and goodness …and that has to count for something.

External Interference In Ukraine. Who, And Why?

External interference in Ukraine. Who, and why?

Russia often incorrectly and unjustifiably gets the blame for the ‘who’, but as I always say, it is always the US, sometimes overtly but mostly hiding behind one of their string puppet shows eg. the EU, and the ‘why’ is (almost) always about the oil.

I have just found two other reasons why, which are at least not directly related to oil but are indelibly the work of the US.

The first is an attempt to have Ukraine become an EU member state.  The US is puppeteer to the EU marionettes for this, but is in turn itself being manipulated by its own puppet master, the Corporate Elite.  The reason?  US Corporate Giants have so far failed to get a toehold in Europe for their evil and devastating Genetically Modified crop varieties. The EU will have none of that trash, but of course they are being blindsided through the thought of having a new partner (albeit a sick one) in Ukraine.  As part of the arrangement for Ukraine’s EU entry they will have to agree to being used as an experimental resource for GM crops.  Dirty, seedy, and devious actions all round.

The second is a further recent attempt (following a previous failure put down to inferior US product) to muscle in on Russia’s market in Ukraine for nuclear fuel supplies for their nuclear power stations.  Remember Chernobyl?  That’s a Ukraine city.  Want to see a repeat?  Read about the US skullduggery here and here.

Need I say more?  Draw your own conclusions.

I will be glad when this is all over and in the past.  If it ever is.  I am getting fed up with writing about this situation to present something a little closer to the truth than is generally heard, but I suppose I had better strap myself in for the long haul.



I Heard On The News Tonight…

Something Doesn’t Sound Quite Right…

Heard on the news tonight:  Russian President Putin and Ukraine President Poroshenko have agreed to a ceasefire in the Ukraine conflict.

My first thoughts were ‘Something doesn’t sound quite right here.’ and ‘If this is true then Chess Master Putin has made his first wrong move in this little game of thrones.”

Firstly, Russia cannot take part in a ceasefire there because Russia is not involved in any conflict in Ukraine.  So that doesn’t make any sense, unless…

Secondly, Putin has been playing masterfully so far and it would be uncharacteristic of him to blunder in that way (he is the only participant of which that can be said), unless…

…unless, in both cases, the news has as usual got it all wrong.

The truth dawned with the realisation that the report originated from Poroshenko in Kiev.  Poroshenko and his rabid Prime Minister Yatsenyuk have not uttered one word of truth so far this year and wouldn’t recognise a fact if it jumped out from behind a tree, waved it’s arms energetically and said ‘Boo’ to them.  Unless they had the opportunity to twist it out of all recognition first, of course.  So it is to be expected that reports of anything that they say, should be given no credence at all.

It is also to be expected that western media will fawn lovingly over anything they say and pass it on to their unsuspecting and, let’s face it , pretty dumb audiences, as truth.  I am surprised that just this once, the ABC (and it is probably a first for them in this affair) have reported it correctly.  Even though the ABC does tend to have a slightly more intelligent audience than any other news service in Australia, they have previously stuck to the party line.  Maybe this article somehow escaped the censor’s pen. 

The truth is, that no ceasefire will be made until Ukrainian forces have been driven out of the lands of the new Republic in the South East of Ukraine and its sovreignty and borders established and recognised.

The federalists, previously known as separatists and rather unkindly and untruthfully as rebels, criminals and terrorists, are managing to accomplish that state by themselves without Russian involvement.  Ukraine forces are simply disintegrating after being abandoned (and unpaid) by their government.

Close to a million Ukrainian civilians have crossed the border into Russia seeking, and being granted, refuge.  That doesn’t sound like the actions of an aggressor to me.

This will all be resolved of course, in time, but I fully expect Ukraine to end up rather smaller than it has been for some time.  Notwithstanding the huffing and puffing of the NATO leadership, who would be making a very big mistake if they thought they could take on the might of Russia as a means of regaining some legitimacy for their continued existence.  Many have tried in the past.  All have dragged their sorry arses home with tail between legs, licking their wounds, and wondering what just happened.