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Building the Iron Wall

Building the Iron Wall

Chris Hedges

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, along with 18 members of the House of Representatives—15 Republicans and three Democrats—has sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanding that the Qatari-run Al-Jazeera television network register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The letter was issued after Al-Jazeera said it planned to air a documentary by a reporter who went undercover to look into the Israel lobby in the United States.


LOL at this. Does this mean Fox New will be taken off the air, too?

Yep, sounds like Fox News to me.


Sleepwalking toward a nightmare


Cruz and Sessions both in the opening sentence of this superb essay! Two of the most dangerous threats to our Constitution.

Hedges is obviously very concerned about this creeping censorship, as we all should be.

“The Iron Wall” is a good metaphor. It seems that we have entered an era of walls, both
literally and figuratively. Walls to keep people out. Walls to keep people in. Walls to keep out inconvenient truth. Walls to keep misinformation, lies and propaganda safe. Walls to keep us separated from each other. Walls to give us the illusion of safety. Walls to keep us
afraid. Our goal must be fewer walls not more of them.


It all ok. Sure they want to take away your Free Speech rights in the way of Censoring News so that you only read what the Government wants you to read, but guys like Cruz will protect your right to bear arms so you can defend your rights.


That hits close to home.

Then US was OK after the war. The vets had been and had seen and were welcomed home. Things were OK for awhile.

The came Dallas, then Martin and Bobby - Jimmy Carter was OK.

Then everything changed, and not only incrementally.

Even the music changed.

So it’s all true, what Chris says.

And consistent with the final stage of empire.

Maybe there’s hope elsewhere - but right now the fog is impenetrable.


Keep shouting. Against proxy wars without end, ending with wars upon their own peoples. Here, there and everywhere. Until they have to shoot us all down.


Consistent with the end of the republic, empire follows republic.


I just feel like talking -

Trying not to give in to pessimism.

We haven’t hit rock bottom yet, and I have a strange feeling that’s the only way out.

Maybe the climate crisis will save the day type thing, and all of the other crises that accompany it ?

There has never been seven plus billion people on the planet, armed with the Internet.

On the other hand - there are now donut proposals appearing in the prestigious journal ‘Nature’, just to bring one back to reality.

If ‘we’ are stupid enough to be where we are now - maybe we’re stupid enough to follow through on this plan linked to below ?

Geoengineer polar glaciers to slow sea-level rise Stalling the fastest flows of ice into the oceans would buy us a few centuries to deal with climate change and protect coasts, argue John C. Moore and colleagues.

  • Nature: COMMENT 14 MARCH 2018
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Splitting hairs I think.

My view - the US is just a continuation of the British empire - bigger, badder, more reach.

I too had hopes, especially when I was young, the Kennedy years,

So did JFK - so did his brother. They constituted real threats - you know the rest of the story, and here we are.

Not to say that a republic, something emergent from the Declaration, isn’t worth fighting for.

But right now we are losing badly, everywhere, and I have the ugly feeling this is just the beginning of the dark ages.

The Scientific Revolution followed the historical Dark Ages - and that is no coincidence. Just as the aftermath of WWII saw real men coming home - hardened and much much wiser than when they left, so the Scientific Revolution and later The Enlightenment were powered by the memory of the Dark Age.

We are soft - spoiled - or in the case of the volunteer military - disillusioned.

Not ready for what is right now - no backbone.

That will come, but only after a time - when we get tired of the boot on our neck.

We have a singer here in Alberta, Ian Tyson:

“Sometimes I think he’s like America - only see him in my dreams”


I think turnabout is fair play. They want Al-Jazeera registered as a foreign agent, I want AIPAC registered as a foreign lobby.


Carry on citizen troops for justice. I wish I had carried through on what I learned in 10th grade print shop, letterpress printing. A business that will print any message on a bumper sticker. Freedom of speech right

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For the moment, I would shift away from Google, which is obviously severely corrupt. I am for the moment getting straighter results from duckduckgo, though I have no way of verifying or guaranteeing in what ways these may or may not be representative.

I would also counsel archiving information that may be worth that. The odds are very good that this gets worse before it gets better. Archives should be hardware separated from the Net, and not on wifi-capable or bluetooth-capable hardware. There are already considerable bodies of data and text that I accessed before 2010 that can no longer be found, at least from where I usually am.

I found out not too long ago that my ISP out in the California desert actively censors my content–not for government purposes, for all I know, but certainly in response to corporate pressure.

There are a lot of people working to shut down information and communication. Governments (who would hide activities), companies (who would hide activities and work towards monopolies), media, and quasi-governmental actors. It’s a nasty list.


Ian Tyson…Ian and Sylvia…Four Strong Winds :-)))


Get out, leave, move, flee, this is no place for sane humans and other living things. If you have funds, please move away.

For me he is getting better, I am a brevity nut :slight_smile: But this time he was just right, like porridge :slight_smile: Oh Gawd how I need a good joke, the news is getting to me, think I’ll hide for a while. Peace Bro

Yes - same.

Here is the song the quote I used is from:

Ian Tyson …Jaquima To Freno

I am reading Lisa Randall’s “Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs” (2015). She is a theoretical particle physicist at Harvard who can write, and best of all she is a rock climber as well - so I can understand her.

Strangely, actually predictably, I just finished “The Telescope in the Ice”, by Mark Bowen, also a Ph.D. physicist, and a mountaineer to boot, about neutrino research at the South Pole.

Yes - I know, not having been born yesterday, that virtually all these bubble scientists are funded directly or indirectly by the Military Industrial Complex, but this does not diminish the quality of the research, or the profound insights into the world we all live in - a far cry from the Dark Age we so recently emerged from, and into which we are descending again.

Perhaps nature is testing us - and we are being made aware how tribal and humanistic we are, both at the same time?

You have recommended leaving the states repeatedly I’ve noticed, Ditton, and I’m wondering why?

People are just scared Dan.

I don’t know your background, but I’ve seen people scared all my life - most people - most of the time.

Chris Hedges is indeed a prophet, like the Apache ‘dreamers’, but we need a Geronimo, or better still, someone who can win.

Top of my head, Yanis Varoufakis in Europe.

On that note - here is one idea that has legs. The other is direct air capture of CO2. But first, here is where I think we are already going, and where we need to go:

Empty half the Earth of its humans. It’s the only way to save the planet Kim Stanley Robinson Kim Stanley Robinson

Thanks for rekindling my love of Ian Tyson’s music. I really needed that on this snowy first day of spring. Kind of tired of vacuuming the melt-water out of my shop these last three days instead of butchering some wood.