Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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With a new administration in Washington it will be a challenge to get the 'liberals' to hold Biden-Harris to the few 'progressive promises' they made during their campaign. Biden is bringing back many of Bush & Obama's neo-cons to head his foreign policy. I'll be on this case without hesitation.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Mixed bag of worldly highlights

 


  • I just had my semi-annual physical by phone with one of my two doctors.  I have to go to the hospital to get my blood work done but the rest was quite different from the past.  One can't help but wonder if things ever do return to 'normal' - whatever that was. He tried to get me to take the virus jab but I declined.  I've been studying the issues around the vaccines - corporate profits, still in the 'test phase', the corporations that so hastily made the vaccines are given legal exemption from any liabilities.  All that is enough to make me skeptical.
  • The next issue of Space Alert (newsletter of the Global Network) is now with our layout person and I should be seeing the first draft of that any day.  This upcoming issue will feature quite a few reports from around the world about growing attempts to get more spaceports built as the aerospace industry hopes to launch tens of thousands of mini-satellites (sats) in the coming years.  We are told they will be civilian but almost all sats in orbit now have 'dual use' functions - they serve two masters - big tech corporations and the Pentagon.  With all the launches there is growing negative impact on the ozone layer (helping to accelerate climate crisis) and overly crowded orbits. Soon enough the 'cars in the parking lot' are going to start bumping into each other.  When that happens things are going to get tense down here on Earth as most of what 'modern snivilization' does is hooked up to sats - cell phone, banking, TV, GPS, weather prediction, etc.

 

  • The sun is out today but it is cold - 34 degrees. This past summer in Maine was the warmest in history. I saw an article in the paper the other day about a local business that rents shacks on the frozen river for ice fishing shelter.  This year, the first time in the life of this business, the river has not iced over. It should have happened at least a month ago. No mention of 'global warming' in the article. We've not had one night below zero this winter as far as I can recall.
  • So far Biden's picks for most posts give us clear indication that no big changes are expected in US foreign and domestic policy. The rhetoric will change and White House tweets will be boring to a fault. Expect lots more Washington pressure on Russia and China.  The demonization of both those nations will increase. A story was circulating widely yesterday in mainstream American media that a laptop had been stolen on January 6 from Nancy Pelosi's office at the besieged capital building and the woman who allegedly took it wanted to 'sell it to Russian security services'.  They just make this shit up. There can be no doubt that the CIA is firmly in charge of running this country.  CIA and Wall Street are basically the Deep State.
  • I've been to Okinawa a couple of times with VFP and Nipponzan Myohoji (Buddhist) delegations. We always joined the protests at Camp Schwab where a runway for the US Marine base is being built on top of pristine Oura Bay which is filled with amazing coral reefs and the endangered Dugong. They are dredging the bay now and need lots of fill-dirt to build the runways above water level.  So the US came up with a sickening idea which appears to be moving forward. A new plan has been released that says the earth and sand containing the remains of victims of the WW II (Battle of Okinawa) will be used to construct the new airfield. At least 150,000 civilians were killed in that 1945 US against Japan battle. They were buried in mass graves. There is no need to explain why Okinawan people oppose this plan. Please sign the petition opposing this here.

                     


  • My primary distraction from the current 'madness of the world' is basketball and baseball.  My favorite basketball team now has half their squad out after testing positive for covid and their last four games were cancelled. The team is the Washington Wizards and they have come up with a chilling new logo that reads 'DC Above All'.  Wow, reminds of Deutschland ├╝ber alles. I wonder if there is something more to this than meets the eye.  The Wizards are actually a chronically bad team and management keeps signing players from other countries, and not always the best players available for the same money. So currently they have players from Israel, Germany (2), Latvia, Spain, Japan, Ukraine and the US. Recently they also had players from Poland and the Czech Republic (2). Management has said they want to be a 'global team' and my guess is that ownership is tied in some way to US foreign policy making.  The Wizards are to become one more piece of 'American culture' that gets used to promote the image of American 'exceptionalism'. Something like 'We love and embrace the world!'  Oh boy....

Bruce

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