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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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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure. @BruceKGagnon

Saturday, September 03, 2022

Massive rally held in Prague to protest against government, EU, NATO


By Al Mayadeen English

The protesters demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Petr Fiala's coalition government over its reckless pro-Western and pro-NATO policies.

Civil unrest unfolded as nearly 70,000 people gathered in Prague's iconic Wenceslas Square on Saturday to demand change in several areas of government policy.

Protesters demanded the resignation of the center-right government of Prime Minister Petr Fiala's coalition due to it neglecting its citizens at the expense of war-ravaged Ukraine.

Clear outrage was expressed over the growing inflation, soaring energy prices, Covid-19 vaccination, and immigrants.

Organizers of the demonstration dubbed "Czech Republic in the first place" said the central European nation should be neutral militarily and ensure direct contracts with gas suppliers, including Russia.

"The goal of our protests is a call for change, we want the issue of energy prices, especially electricity and gas, to be resolved, because if it is not resolved, it will destroy our economy this fall," one of the organizers Jirži Havel told

"The best for Ukrainians and two sweaters for us," read a banner, a reference to concerns over winter heating bills.

Rallies previously took place this year during the month of May in Republic Square to protest the provision of military aid to Ukraine. 

See more here

EU is accomplice to U.S. plan to throw Europe into chaos



By Manlio Dinucci (Associazione per un Mondo senza Guerre, Italy)

Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, not only announced the suspension of visas for Russian tourists, dealing another blow to the Italian and European tourism sectors.  At a meeting of EU defense ministers, he said, "EU countries have been discussing the possibility of a training mission for Ukrainian forces since before the war: now is the time to act.” By sending weapons and training Kyiv's forces, the EU becomes a belligerent unity against Russia alongside NATO.

At the same time Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, reiterates that we must: "end our dependence on dirty Russian fossil fuels." She thus announces the EU's decision to continue on the path that is causing a devastating economic crisis in Europe, due to the price of gas which has risen from 15 euros to over 300 euros per megawatt hour.

The real cause is not the fact that Russia is no longer supplying us with gas, but that the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the one that decides the price of gas in Europe, belongs to a U.S. financial company, which determines the price based on speculative and political mechanisms.  ENI itself, while buying Russian gas at a low price, resells it at a high price according to the Amsterdam quotations. A real scam against Italians covered up by the Draghi government.

Europe is at the same time being increasingly endangered by the huge amount of arms NATO and the EU are sending to Ukraine. Washington has announced military supplies of another $3 billion, part of the $40 billion "assistance package" approved by Congress. Of these supplies (a U.S. CBS report shows) most end up in the clandestine arms market, in the hands of terrorist and criminal organizations.

A further serious danger is caused by the fact that Ukrainian forces - armed, trained, and in fact, commanded by NATO - are firing the guns and missiles supplied to them by NATO and the EU on the Zaparozhye nuclear power plant currently under Russian control, exposing Italy and Europe to the very serious risk of a new Chornobyl.  


In Italy (Naples), angry citizens are burning their electricity bills

Understanding U.S. empire: Classic conversation with Gore Vidal



Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was an American writer and public intellectual known for his epigrammatic wit, erudition, and patrician manner. He twice sought office—unsuccessfully—as a Democratic Party candidate, first in 1960 to the U.S. House of Representatives (for New York), and later in 1982 to the U.S. Senate (for California).

A grandson of a U.S. Senator, Vidal was born into an upper-class political family. As a political commentator and essayist, Vidal's primary focus was the history and society of the United States, especially how a militaristic foreign policy reduced the country to a decadent empire.

As a novelist, Vidal explored the nature of corruption in public and private life.

 In the 1960s, Vidal migrated to Italy, where he befriended the film director Federico Fellini, for whom he appeared in a cameo role in the film Roma (1972).

Vidal (one of the great public characters of our time) repeatedly calls himself an 'anti-imperialist' during this fascinating interview. He names the 'Eastern establishment' as the primary source of power in the US and expresses his contempt for the 'one-party' corporate control of the US government these days.

Boris: Get a new tea kettle to save energy


Parting words to the nation.

Now who said these rich fat cats were out of touch?

All the while the UK’s soaring energy bills may result in the closure of at least 60% of all factories in the country, a new survey has revealed.

Friday, September 02, 2022

Even in the midst of a war zone.....



Video by Graham Phillips covering the first day of school in the Donbass at the Lutugino Children's Home where more than 200 kids are cared for. 

Many of the children have lost their parents during the civil war that began in 2014 soon after the Washington orchestrated coup in Kiev.

I think this tells you something about the kind of people living in the Donbass. Even in the midst of war they make sure their precious children are loved and cared for.

That impresses the hell out of me.


Who will regulate space mining?



 Questions abound about unregulated space mining:

  •  Who monitors, regulates and reports to the public (via media) on a corporate-driven wild west gold rush in space?
  • What will be the impact of Obama's bill (U.S. Space Act of 2015) allowing American corporations and individuals to make land claims which further violates existing space laws like Outer Space and Moon Treaties that declare the celestial bodies to be the 'province of all humankind'?
  • Will there be nuclear-powered mining colonies? Who will regulate the fabrication, testing, launch, deployment and clean-up of these nuke mining devices?
  • Will there be growing international conflict as one rich person, ccorporation or nation claims ownership of various planetary bodies - again in violation of existing Outer Space and Moon Treaties? How will these conflicts be mediated?

It appears that before humans rush off into the heavens in a quest to extract wealth, that the institutions on Earth must be enabled and prepared to monitor and regulate the process.

If not done then we will be re-creating the current deadly 'global war system' in space.

Global Network links: 

Thursday, September 01, 2022

Electric cars: a few questions



California has decided to make purchase of electric cars mandatory in 2035.

This short video shows one long line at a electric car charging station in California.

But I have a few questions:

  • How long does it take to charge an electric car?
  • Will these charging stations be free? If not, how much does it cost to charge a vehicle?
  • What kind of power plants are these chargers hooked up to? What kind of fuel do these power plants use?
  • What are the environmental impacts of electric car battery production?
  • How does climate crisis impact electric auto charging in the future? Amid the extreme heat that began on Wednesday and is expected to last until early next week, Californian electricity consumers have been urged not to charge their electric vehicles during peak demand hours to help ease the strain on the state’s electricity grid.
  • Are the roads these cars drive on using oil-based asphalt?
  • What ever happened to dramatically expanding public mass transit that is more environmentally sound rather than continuing to support the car culture?  
  • How about building more bicycle lanes? 

What questions did I miss?


All washed up....



More than two out of three Americans – 67% – believe their country’s democracy is on the verge of collapse, according to a Quinnipiac University poll published on Wednesday. The number represents a nine-point increase since the question was previously asked in January.
Concern for the future of US democracy is something voters from both parties can agree upon, with 72% of registered Democrats and 70% of registered Republicans, as well as 69% of independents, reporting they were worried about its imminent demise. Meanwhile, over three quarters of women are concerned about the country’s future as a democracy, while just 58% of men are, and whites are more likely to fear collapse than blacks, if only by one percentage point (70% vs. 69%).

U.N. inspectors arrive at Zaporozhye nuclear power plant



Moon of Alabama

Over night the Ukrainian military, from positions in Vyshetarasovka, Nikopol and Marganets, again shelled the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant on the south side of the Kakhovka Dnieper reservoir.
This was fallowed by an early morning attempt by Ukrainian forces to land a sabotage group near the village north east of the ZNPP. Some seven boats, two self-motorized barges and some 60 soldiers were involved in the suicidal mission.   

Meanwhile 'western' media continue to quote the ludicrous Ukrainian claims that the Russia is shelling the power plant which is under its troops control since early March:

On Tuesday, Ukrainian officials accused Russia of shelling the path the IAEA inspectors will take to reach the plant to force the group to pass through Crimea instead. They did not provide evidence for their claims, and Russia did not directly respond to the allegation. On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, “Russia is doing everything or even more in order to make the mission … happen, be safe, and accomplish all of its tasks.”

“Every minute the Russian troops stay at the nuclear power plant is a risk of a global radiation disaster,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last week.

Ukrainian officials remain worried that the Kremlin’s forces will sanitize the plant ahead of the visit and intimidate workers into not telling the truth about Russian behavior, prompting the IAEA to bless the safety protocols at the plant. That would, in effect, legitimize Russia’s occupying presence, the Ukrainians fear.

“The worst-case scenario is when they come and say it’s best that the station is under Russian control [and] in general, nuclear safety protocols are followed,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told The Washington Post last week.

The nuclear inspectors were scheduled to spend the night at a hotel in Zaporizhzhia before visiting the plant first thing on Thursday morning, a spokesman for the plant said.

The U.S. military disagrees with the Ukrainian claim that Russia is shelling the ZNPP. On Monday a Pentagon background briefing touched the issue:

Q: [..] White House Strategic Communications Coordinator Kirby said earlier today that the U.S. does not have a way of -- of accounting the number of shells -- artillery shells fired around the Zaporizhzhia plant in Ukraine. I was wondering if you could give clarity on exactly what level of visibility the U.S. has on the military activity around the plant and which side is shelling at any given moment?

SENIOR MILITARY OFFICIAL: Yeah, I -- so what I know for sure is that the -- the Russians are firing from around the plant and, you know, I also know that there are rounds that have impacted near the plant. You know, the way that we're tracking the forces around the nuclear power plant -- it's not like there's a -- a constant -- it's hard to explain, I guess. It's not like there are forces in every square inch of the area around the plant. And so we also know that the Russians have fired in the vicinity of the plant.

And I don't want to say that the Ukrainians haven't fired in that vicinity either because I think there's probably a likelihood that they have, but in good -- in a number of cases, it's returning fire of the Russians who are firing from those locations.

... and in a number of other cases they target the power plant.



IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi and his team stayed at ZNPP nearly for 4 hours. He said to newsmen that he had got plenty of useful information.

A group of local residents asked him to accept a box with signatures of the local people with an appeal urging the Kiev regime to stop shelling their homes and ZNPP with heavy long-range weapons. The Grossi accepted the appeal signed by 10,500 local residents. 


The team went to Energodar. Some IAEA experts will stay at ZNPP. 

What is the story behind Myanmar?



The US government through one of its organizations, the US Institute of Peace, has recently called for more aid to opposition groups fighting the central government of Myanmar. What is the rest of the story and why has the US invested billions over decades to interfere in Myanmar's internal political affairs. 
Are we watching another case of US interference as part of a wider proxy war - this time instead of Russia, against China? 
This video is hosted by former US Marine Corp soldier Brian Berletic who lives in Thailand.
The New Atlas - Myanmar Playlist: 
US Backing Behind the "National Unity Government":

Hiding in the trenches



One Ukrainian soldier (likely a POW) describing the real world for the 'heroes' of the western bloc.

They themselves label it this way - 'We are being thrown to meat'.

Zelensky is so desperate for fighters he has opened the prisons, mental wards, is raiding villages and grabbing any available man 18-65 and sending them to the front in Donbass. It's the return of feudalism.

Why? Kiev knows they are getting beat badly. 

The US-EU tells them to keep fighting so Zelensky does what he is told.  He is being well paid for carrying out his ugly deeds. The man has no living soul.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

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Abby Martin's second feature film is an anti-imperialist environmental documentary. 

Join her on the journey, and help make it possible, at

Will Europe Go Down to Defeat Before Ukraine?


By Yves Smith

    Dominic Stone: So do you know what’s going to happen?

    Eric Finch: No, it was a feeling. But I can guess.

    – V for Vendetta (“Beginning of the End”)

During the runup to the financial crisis, your humble blogger pointed out that financial time moved faster than political time. Market players often had better and more comprehensive access to important information than officials did and had strong incentives to act on it.

By contrast, regulated entities were motivated to shuffle their feet and mumble until problems became undeniable…and then the regulators themselves would too often hope gunshot wounds would magically heal themselves, rather than risk having to answer embarrassing questions by going into emergency response mode.

Compounding these institutional and behavioral issues was the fact that decades of deregulation had produced a financial system that was tightly coupled. That means, in layperson-speak, that when a problem starts, it propagates thorough the system too quickly to be stopped. There aren’t enough natural or man-made firewalls to arrest the cascade.

With the Ukraine conflict, commentators have fixated on the timetable for prosecuting the war, trying to argue that the fact that Russia has not already “won” (whatever “won” means) implies Russia is losing, despite Russia and its allies having taken over 20% of Ukraine and continuing to gain ground with a mere peacetime expeditionary force. Russian officials have also made clear that they aren’t following a timetable. Some analysts have even argued that the seemingly slow pace is to Russia’s advantage. It does not merely allow them to continue the conflict without resorting to a general mobilization. It also appears to lead Ukraine to bring the war to the Russian front line, facilitating the destruction of the Ukraine army and equipment away from major cities, where civilian casualties would be greater. And the front line is not all that far from Russia, facilitating resupply.

However, there is also a big difference between when a war is won or lost versus when the vanquished is finally prostrated. For instance, Germany’s World War II fate was sealed in the Battle of Kursk, but it was nearly two full years more before Germany surrendered.

Some Western military experts have argued that Ukraine lost within weeks of the start of the Russian forces’ attack. For instance, Larry Johnson contended Ukraine was a goner as soon as Russia took out its radar, air force command and control, and most of its fixed wing aircraft. Ukraine could not mount a counter-offensive against a military using a combined arms operation when it lacked air support. Colonel Douglas Macgregor also stated publicly that Ukraine had lost a month into the conflict; the only open question to him was how long we kept the fighting going to try to weaken Russia.

In other words, while officials, armchair generals, and the press have been paying at least intermittent attention to the calendar for the military campaign, they’ve not paid much heed to the timeline for the economic war.

We will be so bold as to posit that not only has the sanctions war against Russia backfired spectacularly, but the damage to the West, most of all Europe, is accelerating rapidly. And this is not the result of Russia taking active measures2 but the costs of the loss or reduction of key Russian resources compounding over time.

So due to the intensity of the energy shock, the economic timetable is moving faster than the military. Unless Europe engages in a major course correction, and we don’t see how this can happen, the European economic crisis looks set to become devastating before Ukraine is formally defeated.

Now that European leaders are returning from summer holidays, it appears only now to be dawning on them that Europe is entering a severe and almost certainly protracted economic crisis.

Mind you, they were worried enough in late July to Do Something in the form of agreeing to 15% voluntary energy use cuts starting August 1. The lack of any planning or implementation time, even before getting to the “voluntary” uselessness, confirmed that this measure was a hand-wave.

Emmanuel Macron rattled pundits last week by telling France it faced the “end of abundance,” as in they need to accept a permanent reduction in their standard of living. As Agence France-Presse translated it:

    This overview that I’m giving – the end of abundance, the end of insouciance, the end of assumptions – it’s ultimately a tipping point that we are going through that can lead our citizens to feel a lot of anxiety.

    Faced with this, we have duties, the first of which is to speak frankly and very clearly without doom-mongering.

Frankly, more doom-mongering is in order. Despite spot market electricity prices sending a dire warning of the consequences of reduced supplies of Russian gas, and citizen and business desperation over recent and expected near-term energy price increases, Macron depicts that as something voters should accept because Ukraine. And that’s before getting to the other stressor that Macron mentioned, food price increases due to droughts and fires.

We’ll stick to the energy crisis for now. As we’ll explain, this shock will be so severe if nothing is done (and as we’ll explain, it’s hard to see anything meaningful enough being done), that the result will be not a recession, but a depression in Europe.

The 1970s oil embargo produced a rapid four-fold increase in US prices, which led to both a serious recession and inflation, the now-infamous stagflation. By contrast, at the end of last week, the one-year forward contacts for electricity in France and Germany were more than ten times higher than a year ago. And that was with the underlying inflation rate in EU countries already being high (9.8% year to year as of July for the European Union).

See the rest of this article here

Also see China Is Aggressively Reselling Russian Gas To Europe at ZeroHedge

Master of disaster - selling corporate BS



If you can believe it, ex-President George W. Bush has announced that he will be teaching a “MasterClass” in leadership that you and anyone else willing to pony up the money can take to learn what Bush has to say on the topic. Whether students will learn the ins and outs of committing war crimes, ignoring the suffering of hurricane victims and overseeing a torture program that continues to this day remains unclear. 

Jimmy Dore and comedian Kurt Metzger discuss the curious choice of a colossal f*ckup like George W. Bush to teach a class in leadership.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

This is in Italy!


Wow, this food line is in Italy! 

Sanctions on Russia are back-firing on the EU big time.

Are folks beginning to doubt the sanity and leadership of those running Washington-London-Brussels- Berlin-Paris?

Might be a good time to reassess your thinking just a bit if you still turn to western corporate media. 

One might say the food line in Milan should be a wake-up call....




  • I began writing this blog in 2005. Many years ago, while working with the black community in Orlando, Florida to help save their historic downtown neighborhood from redevelopment, I got on the mailing list of a national organization that specialized in local housing, jobs and poverty issues. One of the regular writers in their newsletter was an older activist who told lots of stories about his work over the years. It was a great source of learning. His writing inspired this blog.
  • I appreciate everyone who drops by here to take a look. I'd love if more people sent me links to live YouTube music videos that are meaningful and relevant to our current economic, political, environmental and cultural times. I'd like to post some of them here on my Sunday song.
  • In the last three months the hits to the blog came from the following countries (highest ranking first): France, U.S., Netherlands, Kenya, Germany, South Korea, Romania, Canada and Russia. I can tell when someone has shared something from the blog - hits in one particular nation jump. Thanks to all of you.
  • I am just kicking the last of my second bout with covid good-bye. (MB now over it too.) This one was  milder. I never got any jabs - don't trust big pharma nor did I trust Fauci - especially after reading RFK Jr.'s expose on the slime-ball. Fauci is nothing but a 2-bit backstreet crook and mafia operator. These are the people who run the US these days - that is why they 'love' Ukraine so much - fertile ground. They want to put themselves right on Russia's border for a long-long-long bloody war that will make them lot$ of cash. They are indeed sick.
  • Most of my friends got the shot. Some of them criticized others for not succumbing to the pressure. Now the vast majority of people I know who took the jab (and boosters) have caught covid - even multiple times. I figure I came out ahead on this one. I never put the toxic shots inside of me and still survived the virus infections. I used many alternative therapies suggested by the FLCCC
  • I read the Russian media daily - along with media from many other parts of the world. Maybe because I grew up living on military bases around the world (Germany and England) I was able to learn that Americans are not the smartest, best, brightest, and most qualified to dictate terms to the world. I've long considered myself an American patriot - in the truest sense. I am fighting for liberty, community, local democracy, peaceful relations with others and re-learning to live in harmony with our Mother Earth.
  • OMG though. Why does it have to be so damn hard? Why do these oligarchs in charge think they can do the evil they do? What they seem to have lost is the essence of being a human. And we let them just keep rolling along....
  • RT reported yesterday: 'Ukrainian drone downed over nuclear plant – Russia. The Defense Ministry has confirmed an unmanned aircraft was shot down as it tried to attack the Russian-controlled Zaporozhye facility'. What in god's name are the US-UK-NATO-Kiev lapdogs trying to do. Blow the fucking world up? Why are people around the globe not stomping their damn feet and screaming over this. Russia is not going to hand over this nuclear power plant to a Nazi-led army. I'm with Moscow on that one. This is really crazy.
  • Some (not all) of the western corporate media hysteria is now being aimed directly at China. I intend to use the blog to seek good information about China that does not get composed at the CIA and Hollywood. As you see below there are a couple posts that are offering the other side of the western portrayal of Beijing. This is what the US-UK-EU pirates do - they demonize a political leader, take them down, and then loot the country. All with moralistic pronouncements that they are bringing democracy, prosperity and enlightenment.
  • The tide is turning though and we are seeing more liberals begin to 'come home'. It's now beginning to get embarrassing having to apologize for Zelensky and Hunter & Joe Biden.  These liberals always follow the 'safe path'. That's why they are in such a constant rut.
  • We've spent our covid time watching two Netflix series that we'd eagerly recommend. One is called 'Mo' about a Palestinian family illegally living in Houston. Mo is a hoot and a heart breaker. The other is 'Extraordinary Attorney Woo' about a young attorney who is on the Autism Spectrum in South Korea. She is brilliant and we all love Woo. 
  • Fall is coming soon. Things will heat up on the streets across the west as sanctions blow-back hits home in chilling new ways. Keep paddling.
  • The artwork at the top was done by my long ago friend Bill Park. We worked together in Central Florida for many moons. He illustrated most of my work - newsletters, flyers, posters, etc. He passed away a few years ago but I miss him like a true brother. I loved that artist and human being. In the drawing above sadly who don't see the shaky high-heels 'Lady Liberty' is wearing. Really accentuates the piece. Bill Park Presente!


Monday, August 29, 2022

What's the real story?



Ben Norton lays it all out:

China is forgiving 23 interest-free loans for 17 African countries, after already cancelling $3.4 billion and restructuring $15 billion of debt from 2000-2019. This debunks the US government's propaganda myth of supposed Chinese "debt-trap diplomacy."

What do we really know about Hong Kong?



It’s now 25 years since #hongkong was returned to #china following 156 years under British rule. As you can imagine, the West are having a hard time coping with China’s celebrations, despite the fact that Hong Kong was initially taken by brute military force after Britain's illegal shipments of heroin to China were confiscated and destroyed by the Qing Dynasty. Here’s a quick history. 

By the 1800s, #britain had grown extremely fond of Chinese goods, mainly tea and china. British merchants were making a lot of money bringing Chinese goods back to Britain, but they encountered an issue: Britain didn’t have anything China wanted to buy back, so there was a huge trade imbalance. 

Britain decided to play dirty, growing opium, the key ingredient of heroin, in British India for shipment to China in the hope of making enough back in the illicit trade to fund their new addiction to tea. Don’t forget, heroin was illegal in China, but Britain was desperate to even out trade so who cares, right? Before too long, China had millions of heroin addicts which, rightfully so, worried the government who decided they had to act. 

In May of 1839, Britain’s Chief Superintendent of trade, a man named Charles Elliot, was forced to hand over more than 1,400 tons of the drug that was being stored in a warehouse in Canton for illegal distribution in China. It was then destroyed, which angered the British side and eventually led to the First Opium War, where the British smashed China militarily, culminating in the take over of Nanjing, which literally means Southern Capital, in late 1842. China was then forced to sign the Treaty of Nanjing, the first of the so-called “unequal treaties”, which ordered the Emperor to not only pay the British for the destroyed opium, but also to cover the cost of the war, open more ports to accept British heroin, and give up Hong Kong which would be used as a trading port to boost the drug trade. The British achieved a 99-year lease of Hong Kong in 1898. 

 The Treaty of Nanjing is seen as the beginning of China’s “Century of Humiliation,” a very important aspect influencing China’s foreign policy to this day. 

Fast forward to 1997, and Hong Kong was to be handed back to its rightful owner after what ended up being 156 years of British rule. What’s infuriating is that the British lie to this day about how Hong Kongers were treated during that time. Many people don’t realize that in more than 150 years of British rule, the island was lorded over undemocratically by white Governors installed by London, giving Hong Kong residents no say in how they were governed. 

It’s quite hilarious that Western media like CNN argue that China has waged an “idealogical war against the influence of Western values” in Hong Kong, including “democracy” and “press freedom”. Perhaps the staff should read more history. 

Britain always had a suspicion of Hong Kongers and often violently suppressed their calls for democracy on the island. In 1856, Britain’s Colonial Office rejected calls for more local representation, saying Chinese were had no respect for “the main principles upon which social order rests.” Racist much! 

Popular grassroots movements on the island were squashed, and the press was censored by Britain in order to stop such movements gaining momentum. So much for “press freedom”. 

It was only until Britain was getting ready to hand the island back to China in the 1990s that they started to rush in democratic reform, almost certainly as a way to spite China and cause issues they didn’t want to deal with themselves in their 156 years of rule. 

In what seems like a pure irony, Hong Kong rioters waved British flags as they demanded full democracy there, and many young locals seem blatantly unaware of how Britain treated the population while they were in control. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said recently that he won’t give up on Hong Kong, and argued that China had “disturbed” the foundations on which modern Hong Kong had been built. WHAT FOUNDATIONS?! YOU DIDN’T GIVE HONG KONG PEOPLE A SAY IN GOVERNANCE FOR 156 YEARS!!! 

Hong Kong people now have more say in their government that they have in nearly 200 years, and that is thanks to China. 

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Everybody needs a home




Homeless man living in the Freedom Tunnel - an Amtrak train tunnel under the west side highway in New York City. 
Stories of "mole people" have always intrigued me. Years ago I went urban exploring in search of these mole people living in the tunnels under New York City. I found some of them in the Freedom Tunnel, a train tunnel that runs under the West Side highway. 
This tunnel is well known for its graffiti, but is also the home to several homeless people. Two of these men were nice enough to invite me into their homes in the train tunnel. This video is a short interview with Walter, a homeless man who has lived in the Freedom Tunnel for over 20 years. 
Sadly Walter passed away about 9 years ago. The last I checked no one had taken up his old home - the exact location of which was edited in the video, so it wasn't revealed.

Sunday song