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December 12, 2019

The American Geophysical Union convention: 27,000 nerds — and me

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 12:32 am

 

How far am I actually willing to go in order to score free chocolate chip cookies? Good question. Exactly how much torture am I willing to endure? Math has always been torture for me. STEM is my worst nightmare. And yet here I am, in San Francisco, actually surrounded by whole regiments of science freaks! And yet, here’s me — actually having a good time.

Even though the event is mostly sponsored by Google, Lockheed-Martin, Amazon and Chevron.

But still and all, I’m learning some really interesting stuff. And they feed us here for free too. Clam chowder, Vietnamese salad and beer. “Gots any wine?” I asked. Uh, no. Most of these 27,000 nerds are basically grad students and twenty-something STEMers, apparently hoping to land their first (or next) job. Tired of working for Uber. Definitely not a wine-drinking crowd. But they are so cute — with their pocket protectors, electronic gadgets and nerdware. Gotta love them.

However, a lot of these 27,000 nerds are going to invent things someday — really important things, things that will hopefully save our lives and our planet within the next ten years.

The first seminar I went to here talked about how Jules Verne had influenced the space race. Who knew.

The next seminar was given by panel members who talked about the various ways that the federal government has tried to discourage and intimidate any discussion by them regarding our current climate crisis — but how, heroes that they all are, they risked their jobs and their future to try to make Congress aware that corporate America is playing with fire. “The fire next time”. Literally.

Did you know that 97% of our climate crisis is caused by human activity? That climate change in our national parks has doubled the temperatures there as compared to the rest of the country? That wildfires have also doubled? That carbon dioxide is now at the highest level it has ever been since the dinosaurs went extinct? That American Natives are ten times more likely than the rest of us to have an oil pipeline forced onto their land? Hell, even I can do that kind of math.

Afterward I talked with one American Native presenter who had a PhD. “How did that happen?” I asked him.

“For over a hundred and fifty years, our tribe has valued education above all,” he replied, “as a way to get out of our rut of defenselessness and poverty.” Ah. Like how Palestinians also value education — and why their universities are constantly under attack, sometimes literally. And, as another presenter mentioned, why America has now become a diseased combination of First and Third worlds.

“Americans are either wealthy conspicuous consumers who think nothing of dropping half-a-million dollars in order to fly out into space with Elon Musk, Jeff Besos or Richard Branson — or else they are just America’s existential field hands.”

Up next at the convention? After lunch, Michael Bloomberg is gonna try to explain to us how and why he suddenly became a Democrat and Man of the People. Good luck with that one, Mike.

PS: Getting a press pass to the AGU convention was extremely hard. The press liaison kept asking me, “But do you work for a major publication?” Who me? Definitely not. If you are a reporter for the New York Times, say, then you gotta tow the corporate line, right? Sorry, guys, but they don’t want me — and I don’t want them either. However. Will still work for chocolate chip cookies! https://sana.sy/en/?p=180156

December 6, 2019

November in retrospect: Neo-cons giving thanks & my six (6) Thanksgiving dinners

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 6:53 pm

 

What the freak is a neo-con, actually? We’re about to find out. “Any person or persons who try to conquer the world at the expense of everyone else in it.” If you plan to turn the world into your own little fiefdom and put everyone else to work as your field hands and maids then you are probably a neo-con. Neo-cons just wanna have fun — at our expense. “What’s mine is mine — and what’s yours is mine too.” https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2019/11/24/ukraine-trump-biden-the-real-story-behind-ukrainegate-part-2/

And this year neo-cons are really having Big Fun — especially in places like Chile, Palestine, Yemen, Bolivia, Iran, Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Flint, Michigan. “But mostly we are happy, thankful and grateful that we have taken control of and completely colonized Washington DC.” https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/12/06/bolivias-coup-government-a-far-right-horror-show/

But enough about them. America gets what it deserves. Let’s talk about me.

For many of America’s jobless and/or homeless and/or overworked and/or underpaid and/or bankrupt and/or educationally deprived and/or food insecure and/or medically uninsured citizens, there hasn’t been much to be thankful for this past November. Sorry about that. But as for me? Best Thanksgiving ev-ah!

On November 26, the Golden State Warriors, the Oakland Athletics and City of Oakland sponsored a spectacular Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for 1,500 low-income residents and seniors. Seated at my table were two blue-collar workers, four kindly Chinese grandmothers, a homeless man, a handicapped man, a young woman down on her luck — and me. Instant family! We didn’t fight about one single thing! Lovely.

On November 27, my doctor’s office sponsored a buffet table for all of us patients. Guacamole, potato salad and Korean barbecue. Not exactly traditional but it worked. More instant family. More gratitude.

And even more special was a very very special family un-Thanksgiving dinner celebrated by the American Indian Movement over in San Francisco that night. An elder from a tribe of American Natives spoke — telling us all about how Trump’s border wall had forced the separation of half his tribe into Sonora, Mexico and the other half into Arizona, a tribal family split apart by politics after having been together for thousands of years.

“What we all need to know are two things,” he told us over green beans, dark meat, white meat and corn-bread stuffing. “We need to know where do we want to go, and also what do we want to do.” Where to go and how to get there.

He also said that our government is currently building Zionist-designed 100-foot-high spy towers on his tribal land in order to keep his family separated forever — not just at each yearly un-Thanksgiving. Neo-cons are gonna be grateful as hell for that! https://www.newyorker.com/books/second-read/how-dreams-change-under-authoritarianism

The next morning, everyone who had been at the un-Thanksgiving dinner sailed over to Alcatraz Island to celebrate the 50th year of the A.I.M. take-over there back in 1969. Colin Kaepernick spoke. Damn, I wish I hadn’t overslept. Colin K. is my hero. https://www.thefader.com/2017/11/24/colin-kaepernick-unthanksgiving-alcatraz

On November 28, an employee of our neighborhood CDB store stopped me on the street and gave me a to-go plate of gourmet turkey, cranberry sauce, candied yams, stuffing, green beans and asparagus. Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about!

Then my friend down the street had me over for a huge family gathering for her friends and their children. Cute little toddlers running around in party dresses! I felt like I was in the very bosom of the wonderful happy family that I had always wished that I had.

But, wait! Thanksgiving wasn’t over quite yet! My friends Hayley and David took me down to the Long Haul community center and we celebrated even more as they served us yet another Thanksgiving dinner, this time consisting of tofu turkey with brown rice stuffing and umeboshi dressing. Hey, I was totally grateful even though tofu turkey might not have been my first choice — grateful as hell that there were still some Berkeley types still left in Berkeley.

Then Hayley, David and I wandered home in the moonlight, drinking eggnog as we went and eating pumpkin pie when we got home. Neo-cons may yet conquer the world and enslave us all if we aren’t constantly watchful — but in the meantime there is moonlight and friendship and pumpkin pie and eggnog that they haven’t snatched away from us quite yet.

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November 27, 2019

Bush’s Presidential Library: What, no “Mission Accomplished” photo on display?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 1:13 pm

 

“I absolutely must go see GWB’s new presidential library while I’m here in Dallas,” I told the friend that I was staying with.

“Why in the world would you want to do that?” she replied. I just shrugged. Is it going to make me feel any better knowing that the traitorous scoundrel who stole two (2) presidential elections, unleashed a whole new level of corruption on America, failed to stop the 9-11 madness and murdered a million Iraqis, is not rotting away in jail?

“Perhaps I could just flip him the bird?” That probably won’t happen either. Still and all, I was determined to go see just how bad that Bush Junior’s presidential library actually was. But it was even far worse than even I had expected. I was totally shocked.

First there was the 9-11 exhibit, making GWB appear to be the hero of 9-11 instead of the cause of it. If only George had read his NSA briefings instead of going out for a beer with the boys. But he did not.

Next our George shamelessly took credit for being the hero of Hurricane Katrina, even strongly hinting that it was those uppity Blacks who caused that disaster. “It was them not me, honest!” Say what?

Moving on to the exhibits praising George Jr’s glorious triumphs in Afghanistan and Iraq. Might he be referring to those so-called wars that Americans are still fighting almost twenty years later? That cost American taxpayers over seven trillion dollars? Those glorious triumphs? Gag me with a spoon.

But wait, there’s even more. Dubya was also the hero of the environment. And then he actually had the gall to take credit for saving our nation from financial ruin in 2008. Shameless.

But I got my revenge — well, sort of. I approached almost every employee in the museum and sweetly asked, “But where is the famous ‘Mission Accomplished’ photo?” Some of the employees actually had the good grace to blush.

My advice to any of you wannabe tourists in Dallas? Don’t never plan to go to the Bush Presidential Library unless you bring your own barf bag. All those lies could make you actually physically sick.

PS: What also makes me sick at heart is that Leonard Peltier, a true American Native hero and leader, has been languishing away in various maximum-security prisons, lock-downs and solitary confinements for the last 50-odd years for a crime that he didn’t commit — while that lying bastard GWB is having a good old time living the good life in Dallas’s ultra-rich Highland Park part of town.

If there was any fear of the wrath of God in America at all or any Christians left in this god-forsaken land, their situations would be totally reversed. https://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/

PPS: When I was an embedded reporter in Iraq and also blogging everywhere from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, I never even imagined that America could ever manage to have a worse person in the White House than GWB….

 

 

 

 

 

November 15, 2019

To paraphrase Joe Biden, “Gaza has a right to defend itself”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 3:55 pm

When you were a little kid, did the schoolyard bully try to steal your lunch money?

When Hitler invaded Poland, did the Poles have a right to fight back?

When terrorists bombed the Twin Towers on 9-11, Americans felt violated, naked, afraid — and pissed off.

When I was attacked by a wannabe rapist with a knife to my throat and he told me, “Don’t scream,” guess what I did?

This week, impeachment proceedings in Congress have taken up much of our news cycle. But somewhere in the deep recesses of FaceBook there are sad photos of babies in Gaza being blown up by Zionists wielding huge missiles and bombs. https://www.facebook.com/alsheikh.fawaz/videos/168358650893188/UzpfSTEwMDAwMDU1NTczNzY0NDoyOTc5NTg3NTE1NDAzMDc3/?fref=hovercard&hc_location=none

Doesn’t Gaza have a right to defend itself too?

Don’t the West Bank, Palestine and even Syria and Yemen also have a right to defend themselves? https://mondoweiss.net/2019/11/joe-biden-declares-that-israel-has-a-right-to-defend-itself-after-its-military-kills-multiple-palestinians-with-missile-attacks/

Let’s stop paying these vicious Zionist schoolyard bullies the blood money that they use to attack and metaphorically rape the defenseless people of Gaza again and again.

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November 13, 2019

Homelessness in Dallas: Dangerous symptom of a deadly national epidemic

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 5:15 pm

 

I arrived in downtown Dallas on a furiously cold windy wet rain-soaked night, so cold that teardrops almost froze to my face as I desperately searched for the bus stop that would take me to my friend’s warm cozy nest in Oak Cliff. I asked everyone that I met on the street, “Where can I catch the #21 bus?”

And every single person I met that night was homeless. Soon the #21 bus arrived and I gratefully climbed aboard, into the light and the warmth. But for the homeless people I left behind me? They were faced with the sole option of spending an entire night in this frozen gunk.

I had just flown in from Berkeley, CA, where homelessness is a real problem. We have numerous tent cities, homeless encampments and homeless shelters there. But now I’m here in Dallas and things here are even worse.

It then became instantly clear to me that homelessness isn’t just some low-level outbreak in just a few cities. It’s a freaking national epidemic. It’s everywhere in America. And it’s highly contagious. Far worse than the so-called measles epidemic, where perhaps four (4) people died last year. Even worse than the horrific AIDS epidemic, where 15,807 people died. 1,047 homeless people died last year — in Los Angeles County alone. Even despite all that California sunshine. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/30/homeless-deaths-los-angeles-county

A lot of the homeless people I met here in Dallas were older Black men, intentional products of America’s endless conveyor belt of racism and discrimination. But a lot of them looked just like you and me — only with a shopping cart and shabby clothes instead of haute couture from Macy’s or Target. Homelessness is highly contagious here in America today. You and I could catch it too.

We could catch it from our bosses, from our government, from the billionaires who exploit us, from banksters, from student-loan sharks, from our children’s lack of education and even from our freaking healthcare medical plans.

In America, no place is safe from the homelessness germ.

But the truly sad part of this story is that the our Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is doing nothing to prevent this terrible contagion from spreading! In a country gone mad with its addiction to vaccinations, how come there is absolutely no vaccine against being homeless? No vaccine against a disease far more deadly than measles and HIV combined? Don’t tell me that there are no homeless people in Atlanta. We all know better than that. https://prepareforchange.net/2019/02/03/vaxxed-ii-the-peoples-truth-coming-in-2019/

Victims of this deadly plague in Berkeley, Dallas and even Atlanta are not just lone samples in a petri dish somewhere in a medical lab. They are the canaries in the coal mine. You and me could easily be next.

C’mon, CDC, show us some grit. Build houses. Provide shelters. Give out weighted blankets and front door keys and central heating and bathtubs. Bring all those trillions of American dollars back from Israel and Iraq. Let Afghanistan and Syria sort out their own problems. Give that money to Berkeley and Dallas.

PS: Have you ever heard of Dallas’s Silicon Prairie? It’s a totally weird place. I was taking public transit in from the airport and suddenly right out in the middle of nowhere there were about 10,000 new high-end townhouses and condos, sprung up like mushrooms. Get my point? Housing can be easily provided. In a hurry. Even for the homeless. In a prefect world. “I want a Perfect World so bad!” cried Jesus.

PPS: From the top of Dallas’s high-rise Reunion Tower, I looked out over all of Dallas’s sprawling urban metroplex, floating far down beneath my feet. And what did I see? Freeways. Lots and lots of freeways. It looked as if at least one third of Dallas’s former housing stock had been horribly disfigured and decimated in order to put in this bloodless and useless freeway octopus. Let’s tear it all down and build housing instead. Let’s stop this deadly epidemic in its tracks.

Let’s get our priorities straight.

PPS: How can Americans keep swallowing that bare-faced lie that President Assad of Syria is an evil dictator? At least in Syria, people aren’t systematically made homeless like they are here in the U.S.A. under our current government-by-oligarchs as our jobs melt away to Haiti and Bangladesh. In fact, the only way that a person in Syria can end up homeless is after we Americans and our partners in crime ISIS, the Zionists and the Saudis have bombed the shite out of his or her home. https://www.globalresearch.ca/america-created-al-qaeda-and-the-isis-terror-group/5402881


November 8, 2019

My trip to Dallas: Lee Harvey Oswald’s big mistake was crying “Patsy” in a crowded theater!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 3:25 pm

 

Dallas TX is actually a far more complex, diverse, interesting and rewarding city than just merely the location where President Kennedy got shot. But. Here in Dallas I seem to be constantly running into reminders of that tragic and fateful day back in November of 1963. Even my first introduction to Dallas involved driving past Parkland Hospital while taking public transit in from the airport.

“Have you gone to the top of the Reunion Tower yet,” suggested one long-time Dallas native. Okay. I’ll do that. But, sure enough, 40 stories above the Dallas skyline there was an exhibit about the brutal murder of JFK including photos of his motorcade right before he was shot — showing the empty back bumper where his Secret Service agents were spozed to have stood but didn’t. Shame on them.

“Did you go see the Old Red Museum?” It was nice. But right next to it was the Kennedy Memorial. I stood inside it and cried while a group of millennials next to me happily snapped photos for their Instagram pages, never really understanding the dark truth of the place — that Camelot had been stolen from them as well as from me. Never realizing that since that time, our White House, the very symbol of America itself, has been mostly occupied by a sorry bunch of bottom-feeders such as a depressed egomaniac, a lying crook, a B-list actor with Alzheimers, two war-mongering Bush-league types, a couple of hypocrites and a reality-show host.

I cried for the millennials. I cried for America. I cried for my grandchildren. I cried for me.

Moving on. I’m currently staying in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, famous for its Jefferson District, home to all sorts of delicious-looking Mexican restaurants. I’ve been eating lots of tamales and street tacos and menudo and elotes. Heavenly. And four blocks away from me is the Texas Theater — where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. And I have the souvenir T-shirt to prove it too.

“Have you been to the Bishop Arts District?” It turns out to be within walking distance of Oswald’s former rooming house, now a museum. But the owner wanted $40 a pop for a tour so I only took photos from outside. And last night a Dallas TV channel showed “Jackie”. Who wouldn’t cry after watching Natalie Portman desperately trying to push JFK’s brains back into his head.

“Have you visited the Bush Presidential Library?” Don’t even remind me of how far we have fallen since Jack and Jackie made the White House stand for America’s best self. America has never been that great again since — and it’s certainly far from great now.

So. Did Lee Harvey Oswald actually fire the actual bullet that murdered Camelot? Probably not. But he should have kept his mouth shut. He should never have shouted “Patsy” — thus causing the CIA, the FBI and various presidential wannabes to panic and stampede toward the exits, dragging Jacob Rubenstein along with them. http://www.supersummary.com/libra/summary/

PS: At the wonderful BoucherCon book conference I’m attending here in Dallas, I also met author Christopher Brown and he supplied me with the perfect Orwellian word for what is happening in America both at this time and in the near future. “Dystopia”. To quote the Lone Star Literary’s review of his latest book, Rule of Capture, “Brown has taken all the dissonant noise [that is America today] and distilled it, then extrapolated to a possible logical [but horrifying] endpoint.” https://christopherbrown.com/rule-of-capture/

And the roots of America’s dystopian tree started to grow even more robustly on the day that Kennedy was murdered. And these roots have been growing stronger and stronger ever since as more and more oligarchs in Washington clearly realize that they can do almost anything and get away with it — as long has they can generate “plausible deniability” like they did in Dallas.

Isn’t it time that we Americans cut that dystopian tree off at its roots?

October 27, 2019

America claims Syria’s oil. Can Syria now claim America’s oil too?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 5:05 pm

 

I’m off to Texas tomorrow. Going to stay with a friend in Dallas for a few days, and also try to pitch my latest murder mystery at a book conference as well. And I’m also going to find myself in the heart of the American oil industry, in that great state that gave us Texaco, James Dean in Giant, fourteen major Houston oil refineries and two of the most corrupt and mendacious presidents we’ve ever had — George Bush and George Bush.

Ah, Texas.

And then there’s the northeastern state of Deir Ezzor, located in Syria. It’s got oil too. And President Trump has just announced that Deir Ezzor’s oil is actually America’s oil. Who knew? https://thegrayzone.com/2019/10/23/us-troops-staying-syria-oil/

But does this mean that all the oil in Texas now belongs to President Assad? Is there a quid pro quo at work here too? I’m about to go to Dallas and find out. https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/10/25/we-want-to-keep-the-oil/

PS: Syria also owns a whole bunch of UNESCO world heritage sites as well as a whole bunch of oil. Isn’t it time that the United Nations made a new rule about antiquities (as well as a new rule about oil too?) “If you invade a country that has an official UNESCO world heritage site, then you get thrown out of the UN.” That makes perfect sense.

The Saudis would get thrown out of the UN for trying to destroy Saana, right? And America would get thrown out of the UN for engineering, planning, financing and/or staging invasions of Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, etc.

Hell, America should have been kicked out of the UN way back when Kissinger invaded Cambodia! Remember Angkor Watt?

But America doesn’t ever have to worry about a quid pro quo with Syria with regard to antiquities. Why? Because America doesn’t even have any UNESCO world heritage sites built in the post-colonial era — unless you count Las Vegas of course. And the Statue of Liberty. But Americans mostly ignore the Statue of Liberty these days. Maybe the Syrians might be more entitled to it than us right now. At least they are willing to fight for their freedom.

Maybe “Remember the Alamo” should be Syria’s motto too. Or at least “Remember Deir Ezzor!”
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October 25, 2019

A tourist in Syria — and Dallas…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 1:31 pm

 

What’s on my bucket list right now? To die in Tibet. To visit the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria. To find out who really shot JFK. Murder mysteries? Tourism? I’ve got a lot to say about that! Give me a second here to organize my thoughts.

1. The same people who murdered President Kennedy are the same people who tried to murder President Assad of Syria — and who also murdered Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi. And the same people who will eventually murder you and me too. No mystery there. http://www.radio4all.net/files/anonymous@radio4all.net/16-1-MeetingAssad.mp3

2. I’m currently reading one of Eliot Pattison’s excellent murder mysteries that take place in Tibet, and he makes that rugged land and those rugged people so appealing that all I want to do is move there for the rest of my life. https://eliotpattison.com/bone-mountain/

3. I just finished writing my own murder mystery — and it takes place in Tibet too. It’s not as good as Pattison’s books but writing it was totally fun. Traveling Well is the Best Revenge. Buy it and see! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1081152508/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

4. Ah, Syria! I miss it already. All those fabulous historical sites. Did you know that before Syria was ruthlessly invaded by America and its allies al Qaeda and ISIS, the tourist industry in Syria scored at least eight-point-four billion dollars in income per year. But.

Now that Syria is back to belonging to its own residents again and its torrid home-invasion tragedy is finally almost over, my true bucket-list dream is to go buy a suitcase, Hawaiian shirt and tacky sunglasses, fly off to Damascus and put the Syrian tourist route back on the map! Ancient Aleppo! Palmyra! The Roman amphitheater at Bosra! “The Krak de Chevaliers is a Crusader castle dating back to the 10th century.” There are currently six (6) UNESCO sites in Syria right now and six more being vetted. I wanna go there! Put me in charge of Syrian tourism! Please. https://news.artnet.com/art-world/syria-isis-palmyra-restoration-1338257

5. And as for Dallas, I’ll be going there next week — to attend BoucherCon, a famous gathering of murder-mystery readers and writers from all over the world. If anyone can name names and point fingers at who specifically murdered JFK in Dallas, it would be us. But there’s certainly no mystery regarding who caused that fierce tornado in North Dallas recently — the same people who murdered President Kennedy and tried to murder President Assad. The same people who are bringing us the climate catastrophe. Those war-mongering petroleum whores. To be blunt. https://www.bouchercon2019.com/

What’s on your bucket list?

 

October 21, 2019

The real basis for impeachment? Not phone calls but murder…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 6:33 pm

For the past eight years, our mainstream media has been constantly screaming its talking head off at us about the hysterical importance of staging a bloody and wasteful “regime change” in Syria. But, instead, shouldn’t the MSM actually be telling us the unvarnished truth — that “regime-change” here at home is a much better idea.

Those grifters in Washington have been short-sheeting us Americans for decades now. Definitely time for a change.

And as for impeachment? If America was truly the Christian nation that everyone is always pretending it is and not just the Attila-the-Hun wannabe that it actually is, then Trump would have been impeached way back in 2017 for perpetrating his brutal un-Christ-like butchery in Syria almost the moment he took office. https://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/59017-civilian-deaths-in-us-wars-are-skyrocketing-under-trump-it-may-not-be-impeachable-but-its-a-crime

And as for Trump’s recent withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria? That too is a lie on so many levels. We’ve been fed a whole stomach-full of lies about Syria in the first place and now we’re being fed fantasies about the Kurds too. Non-Syrian Kurds have Syrian blood on their hands as well. And America has been generously bankrolling the Kurds, ISIS and even Turkey for years now — anything to create chaos in the Middle East. And to sell weapons. https://www.globalresearch.ca/syrian-debacle-well-planned-chaos/5692332

U.S. kill-squads need to get out of Syria immediately, sure, but Turkish, ISIS, Zionist, Saudi and non-Syrian Kurdish berserkers need to get out as well. What all these gangstas are really fighting over are eastern Syria’s oil fields.

Trump may or may not be withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria where they never belonged in the first place — but he is also sending them back into Iraq as well. Been there. Done that. Wrote a book about it. Bring Your Own Flak Jacket: Helpful Tips for Touring Today’s Middle East

Trump and friends, however, are clearly not alone in their blood-lust for slaughtering innocent women and children in faraway places. A whole bunch of other U.S. presidents shoulda been impeached for piracy and mayhem as well — if not actually sent to jail where they belong (that is, if America actually was a real Christian nation).

For instance, President Truman should have been impeached for ordering that horrid flesh-dissolving nuclear weapon to be so callously dropped on the women and children of Hiroshima even after the Japanese tried to surrender — and then Truman should have been jailed for ordering that other dreaded nuclear device to be dropped on a Christian cathedral in Nagasaki, destroying thousands of pious parishioners on a holy Sunday morning while they were praying to Christ. https://www.mintpressnews.com/author/dr-gary-kohls/

And Truman should also have been impeached for starting that blasphemous Korean war in 1953, justified by trumped-up lies and resulting in the violent deaths of 33,686 American soldiers and the wounding of 100,000 others — not to mention the three million Koreans who were slaughtered or starved to death as well.

And President Eisenhower should have been impeached for ordering the bloody torture and assassination of Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, thus generating a decades-long snowball effect still continuing to this day and resulting in the violent deaths of approximately three million men, women and children in the Congo. So far.

Jesus is probably up there in Heaven, just sadly shaking his head.

And impeachment proceeding should have started immediately after Eisenhower gave his infamous order to overthrow the democratically-elected president of Iran as well, a nightmare that Americans still blame Iran for creating. Ha. It was the bloodthirsty Eisenhower who done it.

And Presidents Johnson and Nixon should have been impeached for using trumped-up lies to murder 50,000 American servicemen (and women) and to butcher over a million Vietnamese and Cambodian farmers as well — not to mention an uncounted number of water buffalo.

President Reagan should have been impeached for his heartless disembowelment of Central America and for his trumped-up lies about the Iran-Contra scandal. How un-Christain is that! And America is still paying the price for that at our southern border. Thank you, Ronnie Popular — with a little help from his friend Hillary Clinton.

President George H.W. Bush lied through his teeth in order to start the infamous Gulf War wherein 250,000 American soldiers fell victim to Gulf War Syndrome, causing approximately 25,000 premature deaths.

President Clinton should have been impeached for his ruthless slaughter of Yugoslavia, including setting all those murderous post-Afghan mujahedin loose on Serbia. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/588695/the-management-of-savagery-by-max-blumenthal/9781788732291

Of course George W. Bush should have never even been allowed through the White House front door. We shoulda jailed him for election theft alone. But he was given the keys to the Oval Office instead. Yikes!

But once Bush was actually asleep in the Lincoln bedroom, we should have impeached him for all his cold-blooded butchery in Afghanistan and Iraq. Almost ten thousand American soldiers have been murdered due to his shameless and scurrilous lies — and countless young American amputees are now moving through their lives without arms or legs because of his WMD lie. And let’s not even think about the million or more West Asia civilians who lost their lives because of his lies too.

President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton both should have been impeached for their blood-thirsty massacre of Libya, setting foxes loose in the Honduran hen house and orchestrating the nightmare of releasing their ISIS fiends in Syria.

And all of these presidents should have been impeached for the Hell on Earth that they helped create in Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

“But, Jane,” you might say, “these presidents kept us safe.”  Seriously?  Between the financial crisis, the terror threats, the homelessness disaster, the climate crisis, the border mess, the job outsourcing, the education crisis, a secret surveillance state that includes the NSA, TSA, FBI, CIA, ICE and Homeland Security, cuddling up to the blood-thirsty Zionists and Saudis, gross voter suppression, tax cuts for the wealthy, Endless War, Citizens United deals, Big Pharma price gouging, corporatism instead of democracy, the active-shooter crisis, the infrastructure failures and all those healthcare deaths, I’ve never felt less safe in my life.

And another truly sad thing about all of these horrible homicides committed by our American presidents is that instead of using America’s boundless wealth to create a heaven on earth for all of humanity like Jesus would have done, America’s greedy corporatists and all those other made-in-the-USA Nazi wannabes in DC as well as their pond-scum allies the Zionists and Saudis have taken (stolen) our planet’s immense wealth and ruthlessly squandered it away on foreign misadventures and bloody slaughter.

Instead of creating a sparkling new human paradise here, happily based on new technology and the Golden Rule, these reckless predators have scammed us into creating a whole new version of the “war” on Vietnam — only now Vietnam 2.0 is in the Middle East and West Asia.

The only real difference between the Vietnam slaughterhouse and the Middle East slaughterhouse seems to be that instead of being forced to listen to Johnson, Kissinger and Nixon’s old lies about Vietnam, we now have all new lies shoved down our throats about why America is now butchering millions of men, women and children in Libya, Palestine, Iran, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq and Syria. https://www.sana.sy/en/?p=176401

And the old truth that America lost its ghoulish “war” on Vietnam is now being replaced by the new truth that America is losing its ghoulish “war” on West Asia — just in time for Halloween.

Isn’t it time that we start impeaching all these blood-thirsty serial-killer presidents — past, present and even any sitting US president who tries to get blood on his or her hands in the future? And throwing them all in jail too? And creating a genuine “peace bonus” to spend on ourselves instead? Tulsi Gabbard: Hillary Clinton Attacking Me For Opposing Regime Change Wars, She Has Blood On Her Hands

PS: Vice President Pence is currently combining the Lee Harvey Oswald defense with the Richard Nixon defense in order to avoid impeachment. “I am not a patsy!” Sorry, Mike. That’s not going to save you either. http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/10/pence-i-participated-in-ukraine-plot-but-only-as-a-patsy.html

October 14, 2019

Ecuador’s revolting situation: Why that can’t happen here

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 1:54 pm

 

Thank goodness for FaceTime. Thank goodness for Skype. And even Twitter, YouTube and Instagram aren’t really all that bad if you want to get the real news about what is really going on in this world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxPepA-Jwr8

My friend Gabriella just Skyped me from Quito, Ecuador. “What the freak is going on down there,” I asked her. Ecuadorians have staged massive protests there for the last 14 days.

“People here in my country are just sick and tired of being ripped off by international bankers, corrupt presidents and global corporations out to make a huge profit at our expense.” Hmmm. Sounds like what is happening here in the USA too — only with one big exception. Salt-of-the-earth Americans never seem to mind getting ripped off.

All you gotta do here in my country is tell the American “common man” that he’s just a victimized down-trodden victim of “latte-drinking liberals” and they will instantly allow you to commit any economic horror on them that you can think of — fleece their paychecks, rob them blind, steal their homes and even turn their children into mindless numb robots and set their grandmothers afloat on icebergs.

Yet nobody here in America even seems to notice that they are being screwed royally by the neo-con country-club set — let alone actually protest. Not only that but America spends billions, trillions of dollars trying to defeat countries that oppose its shoddy American empire — yet won’t spend hardly a penny to help those truly in need such as women without access to healthcare in Alabama or victims of home repossession in Ohio or hurricane victims in Florida and Puerto Rico. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29058214-the-dirty-war-on-syria-washington-regime-change-and-resistance

“No one in Ecuador,” said my friend, “ever trusts the local news — which lies through its teeth, falsely reporting that all us thousands of protestors are taking to the streets in support of the corrupt president, the bankers and the IMF, not against them.”

Boy does that sound familiar. Didn’t something similar to that just happen in our own mainstream media with regard to protests in Venezuela, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Palestine, et cetera? Where protestors in these countries all support the working class but the press here in America reports that the protesters are supporting banksters instead? Or that banksters and crass invaders are actually the good guys? https://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/2019/10/union-maid-my-wonderful-visit-with.html

But, trust me, something like the current Ecuadorian protest won’t ever happen here. There will never be any mass protests by working-class heroes against corrupt banksters here. Sometimes I think that America’s working class is totally composed of masochists.

“They are shooting rubber bullets at protestors,” continued my friend, “aiming straight for their eyes. The indigenous people are suffering the brunt of these attacks. But still we keep protesting despite the danger because all of the people down here are really pissed off. Correa was an exception, but now Moreno is trying to side with the IMF, choosing money over country. We’ve seen far too many of our presidents just take the money and run.” http://syriangirlpartisan.blogspot.com/

That happens here too. George Bush for instance. But nobody here in America never seems to remember or even to mind that we Americans are constantly being victimized and scalped by shady politicians, war-profiteers and banksters. The Average Joe here just wants to have a beer with Bush or shake hands with Clinton or go to a Trump rally or fondly reminisce about Reagan or Obama. Or even about Nixon! Although nobody ever wanted to have a beer with Nixon.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=208&v=lKZqu61IbFI

“We are stockpiling food here,” said my new on-the-ground citizen-reporter in Quito. “I have enough food for three days.” That sounds just like what recently happened in northern California when PG&E cut off electricity to 3,000,000 people — and once again, even in NorCal, nobody seemed to object or to even mind. https://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/2019/10/powering-off-pg-just-shot-itself-in.html

“What do you expect the results of all this will be?” I asked my friend.

“There are negotiations going on now. We’re getting the ‘austerity measures’ ended. All these protests are actually working!” Good. People power saves the day! Banksters, carpetbaggers and grifters of Equator, be gone before someone drops a casa on you as well! https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/14/ecuador-protests-end-after-deal-struck-with-indigenous-leaders

Ah, if only we had that kind of people power here in the United States too….

Every single working man and woman in all 50 of our so-called united states should be out on the picket lines supporting General Motors strikers. But they are not. Let’s do something about that! https://solidaritycenter.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/mailing/view?reset=1&id=160

October 11, 2019

Syria: Eating the Kurds — and why

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 1:07 pm

 

What’s with Donald Trump? Is he really all that stupid? Or just playing with us like a fox in the hen house?

I recently went to a guest lecture at the University of Damascus, given by visiting Australian professor Tim Anderson. There were approximately 600 students in attendance — not counting the balcony seats.

Professor Anderson is an acknowledged expert on Syria. “But I couldn’t even get my books published in Australia.” Sounds typical. Tell the truth and shame the media? Never a safe idea. Just ask Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

“I don’t believe that Trump is a stupid man,” said the professor, “but the system is making him stupid. There is a great deal of cynicism in Washington. They say one thing and do another. For instance, America funded and weaponized ISIS. It’s all documented.” https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29058214-the-dirty-war-on-syria-washington-regime-change-and-resistance

After the lecture, I found a tiny little ice cream shop in the Old Damascus souk and thought about what the professor had said — in view of this latest Turkish invasion against Syrian Kurds.

No, Trump isn’t stupid. While on the surface he appears to finally be doing the Christian thing and pulling American troops out of Syria where they never belonged in the first place.

But Trump is acting stupidly — like a fox, a fox in the hen house. Not Christian at all. And the Syrian Kurds are his chickens. They were told that they weren’t but they are.

And Trump has just left the Kurdish hen house unlocked.

And yet…. And yet Americans seem to actually hate Trump for endangering the Kurdish chickens, right? But. When your goal is to turn all of independent wonderful Syria into Kentucky Fried Chicken, then leaving the Kurdish hen house unlocked is the wily thing to do. A Kurd is a Kurd, sure, but the bottom line is that a Syrian Kurd is still a Syrian.

And Trump the Fox is set on having President Assad for his Sunday dinner. How ironic. Right after he and Melania get back from church.

President Assad is a good guy who has been lied about and maligned by American media — both Left and Right. But it’s hard for most Americans to see the president of Syria as a good guy when Trump’s swamp in Washington can only see him as dinner.

To paraphrase what else Professor Anderson said in his lecture, “If chickens ever want to stay safe, they need to stick together.” For Christ’s sake, yes!

PS: At the university president’s reception, I was amazed and pleased when they served us Ferrero Rocher chocolates. See? The Syrian chickens have more in common with us American chickens than you would think.


Powering off: PG&E just shot itself in the foot

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 1:03 pm

“But what am I going to do with all this spoiled chicken in my refrigerator — and how in the freak can I watch TV?” 3,000,000 Californians are probably asking themselves this very question right now. Ha. Just get used to playing your own game of “Survivor”. Outwit, out play, outlast.

And don’t be surprised if a whole new bunch of babies are born nine months from now — as people run out of things to do without their iPhones.

But mainly, by playing Island of the Idols with 3,000,000 people’s lives (probably as payback for when Californians accused PG&E of starting some of those deadly wildfires last year), PG&E has made it abundantly clear to the world that now would be a really excellent time to have solar power instead.

To paraphrase the Pussycat Dolls, “Dontcha just wish you had solar power like me!?!”

October 6, 2019

Union Maid: My wonderful visit with President Assad

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 1:49 pm

The phone rang in my hotel room in Damascus the other day. “Get yourself down to the lobby ASAP!” said someone, not sure who. I dashed out the door, flew to the elevator, ran to the buffet table, grabbed up some tomatoes, feta cheese, hummus and tea. I was ready for anything!

And guess what I was ready for? Get outta town! Apparently President Assad himself was going to meet with us today — trade-union representatives from all over the world. Holy cow! This is some heavy-duty shite.

“He will shake your hand,” said the person next to me. “There will be high levels of security involved. In fact, an Israeli drone could even blow us all up!” What a hot story that would be for my blog — except that it won’t happen because a fortune-teller told me years ago that I’m not spozed to die for another nine years.

I just hope that I don’t blubber and drool.

And then suddenly we were all on the move. Out the front door of the conference center. Herded through security screening. Boarded onto a bus. Driven down the mountainside to downtown Damascus. Dropped off in front of Syria’s answer to the White House West Wing. Nice carpet. “There he is!”

And then here’s me, actually shaking hands with President Assad. “Thank you for saving Syria!” I exuded like some star-struck school-girl Beatles fan. And then the President of Syria spoke to our group.

“The conflicts here are unreal,” he said. “Not that they don’t exist but they are unreal in that they don’t express the real interests of the working people of the world’s countries. We here in Syria try to express the real interests of working people. That’s why I’m happy to meet with you today — because skilled workers represent the veins and the arteries of every society. If the working class is okay, the society is okay.” Except of course in America where they are treated like disposable peons and peasants. https://www.tcfrank.com/books/whats-the-matter-with-kansas/

“War is the most important challenge for us now. We’re trying to express the interests of the Syrian people — and for this we are paying a great price. And all through the rest of the world as well, even including conflicts in Ukraine and the South China Sea, the same foundation is represented — the conflict between workers and the wealthy. All the wars are linked to this conflict. All are interconnected.”

Sad but true. From Vietnam in the 1960s to Iraq, Ferguson, Venezuela, Yemen, Afghanistan, Palestine, Detroit, Flint and Honduras today, working people are getting screwed by the wealthy. Woodie Guthrie was right. https://greatsong.net/PAROLES-WOODY-GUTHRIE,PRETTY-BOY-FLOYD,109236733.html

“State presidents have become more like CEOs, working for corporations. And if they don’t pay the corporations, they will no longer be president. In one night alone, 250 million dollars of weaponry was fired on Syria.” Who profited from that? Trump had his marching orders for sure.

“And regarding France’s President Macon? The same thing happened. He gave the order to attack Syria and suddenly he is a hero! Elections are focused on financial interests alone. In countries across the world, there have been campaigns to weaken trade unions — so that the only ideology that remains is brutal globalization.” President Assad has been badly maligned by the Western media — solely because he refused to go along with this program. https://www.claritypress.com/product/axis-of-resistance-towards-an-independent-middle-east-2/

“For every ten dollars in profit, one study said that eight dollars goes to the world’s wealthy. This is a great failure because workers are not partners. CEOs get millions, hundreds of millions of dollars at the end of the year. The gap between producers and owners has widened.” No one in their right mind can deny this. https://www.alternet.org/2019/06/eye-popping-analysis-shows-top-one-percent-gained-21-trillion-in-wealth-since-1989-while-bottom-half-lost-900-billion/

“In the 1970s, the workers’ role in politics widened and they played a major role here in Syria. And then we got sanctioned and blockaded. We here in Syria have never been extremists. But everybody else was going toward privatization throughout the world and conditions for workers elsewhere got worse and worse.”

1970s? That reminds me. I owe President Assad an apology. I had believed that his father was a tyrant — but here in Syria I’ve been schooled with the truth. America hated Assad’s father because Hafez Assad also supported the working class. WTF? Even I had fallen for that cheesy American propaganda. Sorry about that.

“We currently have a vibrant private sector here in Syria but the workers also have a big role. We no longer have tourists or exports [due to America's proxy dirty "war" on Syria] but you can see that employees still get salaries. Education is free here, and so is healthcare.” Wow! I coulda had a free root canal on my sore tooth!

“People die for their country here because they are partners in this country — but we don’t think this [proxy invasion] will end any time soon, however, due to globalization processes.” If some strong-arm entity invaded America, would Americans drop all their petty differences, unite together and fight against the invader? Hard to say. We’ve already let global corporations invade us — gave up without a fight. But the Syrian people obviously have all joined forces and fought back. Good for them.

“When workers become real partners in governing, then our work is done. There are no conflicting interests when public interests become everyone’s interests. Terrorists and proxy terrorists will no longer exist.”

Then President Assad thanked us for visiting Syria during these difficult times. “Any questions? Please feel safe to speak freely.” What an opportunity! But then a lot of trade-union reps blew it by not asking actual questions but just describing themselves or making pretty speeches using diplomatic protocol. C’mon, guys! Ask a freaking question! President Assad is knowledgeable, friendly, amiable and approachable. Don’t pass up this magical chance! Don’t make me stand up and ask those questions myself!

Finally the union rep from Germany asked a question. “What about the international banking system? How does Syria find a role outside of that? Perhaps with the many other countries now being sanctioned?” Good question, German guy.

“We’re working on it. The United States is now also blockading itself.” Yep, that’s us — happily shooting ourselves in the foot by declaring economic war on so many other countries, spreading ourselves too thin by declaring yet another stupid “war” that, even though it is harming Syrians now, will in the long run hurt America more. In the future, nobody on the entire planet is gonna want to “friend” America.

“Most of the products we used to import from America, we now import from other countries. 20 years ago we would have been in trouble — but not now. It is a whole different world. A network of new relations and new systems. Russia is working on a new banking system for instance. With every country we trade with there is a different agreement with credit lines.”

I’ve run worn out at least two ballpoint pens in the past 24 hours alone. This is interesting stuff.

More union reps spoke. No more questions, however. Mostly just rhetorical stuff. But then Max Blumenthal stepped up to the plate. Oooh, this is gonna be good. “Why has the Syrian military not hit back after all the Israeli attacks?” Wow. He actually went there.

“There is a plan — America, France, Israel, etc. have cost us almost 50% of our army. We have done much but we still have significant steps. We need more deterrent capabilities. We did not have significant capabilities. They had material and capabilities but we have a long-range plan.” Yeah what! The American bullies picked on Syria just because they could — but at great cost Syria has actually fought back. American schoolyard bullies and their ISIS proxies weren’t expecting that. Humph.

And an Iranian union rep finally came up with a good question too. “What’s happening in Idlib and what about sanctions? How do you face sanctions?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz_7ZUmmTzQ&t=5s

“We will liberate every part of Syria,” the president answered. “The stages of our plan will continue to liberate us all. As for the U.S. airstrikes, they said that they attacked al Qaeda but they actually made attacks against us. Some Syrians have acted against their own country but most are highly patriotic. We can talk about a real victory, however, only when we can make independent decisions — but at this point the American financial powers are greater than in Europe so America is still the policy decider. As for sanctions, the U.S. still has a monopoly on technology. 10% of Air Bus parts are American.”

Syrians clearly love Syria under President Assad. For instance, over 390,000 Syrian refugees and some 1.3 million internally displaced persons have returned back home just since last year. They don’t want to hang out in Europe or Jordan or even Lebanon. They want to be safely back home with President Assad. They vote with their feet. https://thinkprogress.org/17-million-americans-purged-from-voter-rolls-between-2016-and-2018-new-report-finds-38c2c5c3124b/

“The next step should be restoring Syria’s infrastructure. We have a common vision. We can’t wait, can’t change anything by criticism….” I missed what President Assad said next because my translation transmitter just turned off. New transmitter. Problem solved.

“Workers’ unions are very active in Syria. They act as advocates. They are financially organized and cover all of the country even to the remotest village. They have excellent pension plans and give workers vacations and healthcare.”

In fact, before being cruelly invaded by American, Zionist and Saudi proxies, Syria was well on its way to being one of the most advanced countries in the world. I read somewhere that before America and its terrorist proxies invaded it, Syria was ranked number ten worldwide in something or other. Healthcare? Education? Good stuff like that.

Hell, the main reason that America demanded “regime change” in Syria seems to be that all those green-eyed monsters in DC simply got too jealous for their own good. “What’s mine is mine — and what’s yours is mine too.” It’s okay for toddlers think like that — but shouldn’t we expect more from our national leaders? Right now, President Assad is looking more and more like the kind of guy that we would like to have as a president. Not an “evil dictator” at all, President Assad actually is the working-class hero that Trump pretends to be.

And in another comparison, the U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering impeaching Donald Trump for some dumb-arse thing that he said in a phone call. But what about all the horrible and barbaric murders he committed in Syria? Or even his many deplorable crimes against America workers? How come no one is impeaching him for that? https://theintercept.com/2019/10/02/trump-impeachment-civilian-casualties-war/

PS: While I was shaking hands with the honestly-elected President of Syria, someone took a photo of us. So. If anyone has a copy of said photo, pleeze let me know. Gotta hang it on my wall. Gotta put it on my FaceBook page!
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September 29, 2019

My field trip to ancient Maaloula: Saint Martha vs. America, Zionists, Saudis & ISIS

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 2:26 pm

In his latest book, The Management of Savagery, Max Blumenthal gently reminds us of the obvious — that savagery can never be managed. Once you let the monster out of the bag, it can never be put back inside again. https://thegrayzone.com/2019/06/14/syrian-network-for-human-rights-opposition-snhr/

This truism is clearly obvious to even the dimmest bulbs on the porch — unless of course you are either delusional or in charge of America’s foreign policy. “They may be monsters but they are our monsters.” I forget who said that. Perhaps Osama bin Ladin’s first American handler back in the good old mujaheddin days?
http://syria.trendolizer.com/2019/09/visit-to-syria-the-reality-our-media-wants-hidden.html

“I want to go to Douma and Yarmouk today,” I said to the desk clerk at my hotel in Damascus. “How can I get there? Take a taxi?”

“You could — but it would be expensive and take you over an hour each way. But why would you even want to go there?”

“To see the very place where the American media made up all those lies about President Assad using chemical weapons of course,” I replied. https://www.claritypress.com/product/axis-of-resistance-towards-an-independent-middle-east-2/

“We have a tour bus leaving for Maaloula in a half-hour. If you are desiring to see some war-torn ruins, that would be a good place to start.” Plus the tour bus was free. Sure. Sign me up. I got onto the bus.

“Maaloula is a rocky cliff-side town famous for its ancient Christian monasteries,” said our tour’s organizer. “Legend has it that St. Martha herself retired there in 40 A.D. Residents of Maaloula still speak Aramaic.” Geez Louise, this town is out in the middle of nowhere. How did Saint Martha even manage to find the place?

“During the proxy invasion of Syria, the Saudis, Americans and Zionists supported a gang of al-Qaeda-slash-ISIS ‘rebels’ who terrorized this town. See that arched gate over there? An ISIS suicide bomber blew it up first, and then ISIS berserkers rampaged throughout the city.” https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-eastern-syria-relies-isis/5672489

Don’t you just hate hypocrisy? When elected officials in Washington constantly claim ad nausea to be morally holier-than-us just because they name-drop the God-word on TV all the time — all the while secretly supporting al Qaeda and ISIS on the down-low? That’s totally un-Christian behavior.

But if Jesus ever had to make a choice between siding with Saint Martha and the Arab Christians of Maaloula or else siding with the heinous American, Saudi and Zionist criminals who support ISIS? It’s clearly a no-brainer who he would choose! And all those phony American “Christians” who always continue to elect and re-elect butchers like Reagan, Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump? They ought to be ashamed of themselves. And Jesus is clearly ashamed of them too. https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-relationship-between-washington-and-isis-the-evidence/5435405

But I digress.

As our brave little bus slowly drove up the steep narrow winding streets of Maaloula, we could still see what was left of various bombed-out homes, shops and holy places, still clinging precariously to the cliff walls.

“Al Qaeda forces then asked their Saudi handlers what to do with the residents of Maaloula. ‘Kill them all,’ came the reply.” Even the U.S. media had a hard time pretending that these butchers were “rebels” and “freedom fighters” — but even the New York Times managed to pull it off. And NPR actually had the nerve to insinuate that these al-Qaeda-slash-ISIS “rebels” were actually saving some brutally kidnapped nuns, not holding them hostage. https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2013/12/19/255548730/rebel-leader-nuns-were-led-to-safety-not-seized-in-syria

Our tour bus continued to wind its way up the steep hillside streets of Maaloula until we finally came to yet another bombed-out building on the mountaintop. “This used to be a nice hotel for pilgrims,” said our guide.

The bombed-out hotel was made even sadder by the sight of the twisted steel of partially-destroyed playground equipment in front of it. A mangled slide. A broken teeter-totter. Some metal springs that used to hold up bouncy plastic animals for kids to ride on — you’ve seen stuff like that in almost every park in America.

“I came here two years ago,” said one of the tourists in our group. “Much government-sponsored restoration work has been done on the monasteries and churches since then.”

And the pilgrims have also returned as well. I counted eleven huge tour buses parked outside the Melkite church and another eight tour buses parked outside St. Martha’s former monastery. “If you rebuild it, they will come.”

But wait! It’s hot outside. Is anyone selling ice cream in Maaloula? Yes?

Like Jesus resurrecting from the grave, this wonderful town is in the process of restoring itself. Thank goodness that ISIS is gone! The Saudis would never have let me eat ice cream. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29058214-the-dirty-war-on-syria-washington-regime-change-and-resistance

Managing savagery is an impossible task. Americans need to finally realize that and stop arming and training all of their barbaric al-Qaeda-slash-ISIS savages. But first things first. How do you say “ice cream” in Aramaic?

PS: I can never really take any of my fellow Americans’ petty complaints about their lives seriously any more — not after having seen all the pain and suffering that America’s dirty proxy “war” on Syria has brought to Maaloula.

September 21, 2019

Springsteen, Baez, Robeson & me: My five minutes of fame in Damascus

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 11:00 pm

The conference I’m attending in Damascus has been going on for over seven hours already. Approximately 200 trade-union delegates from all over the world had arrived here in order to express solidarity with their fellow trade unions in Syria.

However, unlike in America where corporate CEOs are the top guns and only teachers and nurses have enough cajones to go out on strike, workers’ unions in Syria are totally helpful and alive. For example, all of us delegates are staying in a massive four-star hotel whose usual purpose is to give hundreds of Syrian workers and their families a week-long all-expense-paid vacation destination.

Can you even imagine Walmart doing anything like that for its workers? Or Jeff Bezos? Ha.

I arrived at the conference hall early and grabbed a front row seat so I could see all the action. “You can’t sit there!” said another delegate who had also arrived early. “You’re not in a union!”

“The hell I’m not!” I exclaimed. SAG-AFTRA, bitches. Union Maid through and through.
But then a nice Korean union representative said I could have a seat next to him, a nice South African union rep also volunteered a seat for me and a nice union rep from Belfast patted my hand. Union solidarity forever! http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/09/democracy-dies-when-labor-unions-do.html

Seven hours of speeches later? The conference hall was starting to empty out. Only 50 or so delegates were left. “It’s time for you to make a speech, Jane.” Me? Oh, okay. I can do this! Slouching hesitantly up to the podium and bravely looking the last remaining 30-odd delegates in the eye, I began to do my best — and hoped that somehow it might be good enough.

“I had some other kinda cheesy speech prepared to give here today about my own wonderful union,” sez me, “but after seeing Damascus and talking with dozens of Syrians, I’ve changed my mind. I want to talk about America instead — and what, exactly, the Syrian people are actually up against. And how heroic you all are to take an almost-hopeless stand against the American killing machine.”

So far so good. No one has thrown me off the podium yet. No rotten tomatoes. I slogged on.

“21 trillion dollars. That’s how much debt the American government is in right now. It’s as if you went out to buy a car. A fancy car. A Maserati, let us say. And then you were told that no matter how much money you spend on this car, it doesn’t matter. Your credit card will never be maxed out. Your Visa card will always be good.”

At that point some of the delegates had actually stopped leaving. I cleared my throat and muscled on.

“This is what the Syrian people are up against. Bottomless wealth. But. It is a false wealth. It is an illusion, a fantasy. And yet the American people still cling to this unrealistic dreamland. But. America can’t be a global invader, an international empire, the world’s only superpower — not based solely on play money and plastic. America is just a house of cards.”

This speech is going on far too long. I expect Vanna White to suddenly come across the stage and cut me off at any moment — or Steve Harvey to slap his buzzer. But Chris Harrison didn’t come out to lead me tearfully away from the rose ceremony and so I continued.

“Making your average American aware of the fact that he or she is standing on an economic cliff, about to tumble over? That is the hard part for honest American journalists. No one ever wants to be told that they are about to commit economic suicide. But the bottom line here is that while economic sanctions do hurt Syria badly, please be aware that America is also sanctioning itself. 21 trillion dollars worth of sanctions. For which America may never recover.”

Is this speech ever going to end? Have I reached the five-minute mark yet? What the freak am I going to say next? And, even more important, am I going to get shot for treason when I get home — for pointing out that our American emperors have no clothes?

“We Americans here in Damascus must return to the Belly of the Beast itself and try to make Americans there aware of this false illusion. That has to be our next job. And one thing that seems to work well in fighting fake news and false propaganda is to pick just one talking point and stick with it. Such as ‘President Assad has kept Syria from becoming another Libya’. Sooner or later you will get your point across.” Or finally just give up. But hopefully not.

“Another technique that historic labor unions have used in the past to gain support for their cause has been to compose heart-wrenching songs such as The Ballad of Joe Hill. When you get a chance later, please google Joan Baez, Paul Robeson or ever Bruce Springsteen’s version of this song. And here’s my own version of it — sorry in advance for singing off-key.”

And then it was time for my big finale. Good grief, was I actually going to do this? Make a fool of myself in front of the remaining 30-odd delegates? The Korean guy had already left but the South African guy was still hanging in there. Here goes nothing. Break a leg! And why not. Syria has excellent free healthcare.

“I dreamed I saw the SAA [Syrian Arab Army] last night,
Alive as you or me. Says I ‘But guys you’re eight years dead.’
“We never died, said they.
“We never died,” said they.

“From Damascus in the south
To Iblib and Latak-e-aaa
Wherever workers organize
It’s there you’ll find the martyrs of the SAA
The martyrs of the SAA!”

Ye cats! People actually applauded! “And the Oscar goes to….” Oops, wrong dream. I just hope that Joe Hill and The Boss might be proud.

PS: I’m saving you the trouble of googling “Joe Hill”. Here are three different versions. You can thank me later.

Joan Baez: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f2J4ceCikI

Paul Robeson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8Kxq9uFDes

The Boss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2UF8yw89yE

PPS:  Did you know that Dubai is currently going all out, no holds barred, spending billions and billions of dollars on its fabulous new “Dubai World Expo 2020″ which starts this October — and yet the UAE just voluntarily allied itself with America’s rabid war-mongering regarding attacking Iran (always a bad idea — just ask the Iraqis).   https://www.expo2020dubai.com

     How can Dubai possibly expect to lure people into visiting its Expo 2020 when the UAE seems determined to hold it in the middle of a freaking war zone???  It makes no sense at all — but then nothing else that America, the Saudis, various European colonialists and/or the Zionists have done in the Middle East during the last 100-odd years has made any sense either.  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mike-pompeo-on-face-the-nation-secretary-of-state-says-attack-on-saudi-oil-plant-was-act-of-war-by-iran/

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September 15, 2019

Live from Damascus: Celebration time!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jane Stillwater @ 4:53 pm

After arriving at the Beirut airport on my way to Damascus for a conference of union representatives, I myself personally experienced just how much the Lebanese people totally hate and resent the presence of those pesky Zionists hovering around their southern border, always up to no good. https://syrianobserver.com/EN/news/28951/international_trade_union_conference_kicks_in_damascus.html

“We’ve beaten them twice already — and we can do it again,” said the Lebanese guy standing behind me in line while we waited to go through passport control. “They want to attack Iran? Ha! They can’t even beat Lebanon!” And that is so true.

After the Zionists sent a suicide drone to bomb Beirut recently, the Lebanese immediately did that eye-for-an-eye thing and returned fire on an Israeli military base. “But the Israeli soldiers had all run away in fear!” But I digress. Let’s get back to my passport-control story.

“You’ve got an Israeli stamp in your passport!” the Lebanese TSA guy exclaimed — and then started looking at me like I was some sort of Mossad agent.

“No, wait,” I replied. “It says ‘entry denied’ on top of that first stamp. See that second stamp? I was banned from entering ZionistLand. Honest!” http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/2017/09/grilled-my-experience-at-israeli-border.html

“But you are an American citizen. They are required by law to let you in.” One would think so — after all the billions of dollars that American taxpayers donate to the Israeli killing machine very year. But, no. Didn’t happen. They’d stopped me at the border on my way to Bethlehem. Rumor has it that Jesus had not been pleased.

Then the TSA guy’s supervisor examined my passport. And then his supervisor’s supervisor examined it too. Multiple photocopies were made. Tears were almost shed. Finally I was let through. Whew.

After that, we drove off to Damascus and got stored in a four-star hotel until the conference here began. And the next day I toured Old Damascus. Narrow streets, friendly people, families out for a stroll in the warm night air — eating pizza by the slice.

And then I went off to a huge exhibition at the Damascus fairgrounds, attended by thousands of Syrians. A grand affair. Families and teenagers and cute little babies. Bouncy houses. Carnival rides. Exhibits. Even horses. I entered a dance-off competition — and almost won! If I do say so myself, I can do a mean twerk. But then some hip-hop dude beat me. Humph.

What’s my point here? It’s as if all of Syria had been holding its breath for eight long miserable years. Would President Assad protect them from the al Qaeda/ISIS “rebel” hordes? Or would America’s “humanitarian” coalition turn Syria into yet another sci-fi wasteland like Libya?

But here in Damascus, on this wonderfully warm late-summer night, it was as if all of Syria was friendly and happy and celebrating with joy that Syrians were now safe to walk in the street at night and go to school and hold down jobs and just be normal again. “Good job, President Assad.”

PS: The high cost of the American-slash-Zionist-slash-Saudi illegal invasion was brought graphically home to me at a border station between Lebanon and Syria. A middle-class-looking couple entered the building, looking to get their passports stamped so they could finally return safely to their home in Syria. A mother, a father, a nine-year-old daughter and a cute little six-month old baby. Perfectly normal, right? Wrong.

The nine-year-old held her baby sister and looked down at the baby with a loving look on her face — what was left of her face that is. A lot of her face had been chewed off by napalm or white phosphorus, including most of her nose.

And which countries that we know of routinely go around bombing children with white phosphorus? Suddenly I was ashamed to be an American. You would be too.

This young girl, almost my own granddaughter’s age, was trying very hard to be normal, a struggle that she would have for the rest of her life. America, is creating all this horror really worth it? Is oil all that important to the powers-that-be who now own our country? Obama? Bush? Trump? What if that had been one of your daughters instead?

PPS: Geez Louise, how did all this horrible murder and slaughter happen to Syria the first place? To the point where America actually hired al Qaeda and ISIS to bring “Democracy” to the Middle East? Let me tell you. In a word. Propaganda. We have all been seriously duped. https://www.claritypress.com/product/axis-of-resistance-towards-an-independent-middle-east-2/

Case in point? The Economist. Revered source of intellectual provenance, right? The Economist would never lie to us, right? And yet here is just one more torrid example of yellow journalism, taken straight from their website: “True to his slogan, [President Assad] destroyed whole cities and gassed and starved his own people. What rebels remain are holed up in Idlib province. It, too, will soon fall. Against all the odds, the monster has won.”

Uh, no. President Assad didn’t gas or starve anybody. Americans, Zionists, Saudis and their proxy “rebels” aka ISIS and al Qaeda did all that. Monster? Tell that to the hundreds of Syrians I just walked among as they celebrated life at a wonderful family fair in Damascus. The Economist would have a really hard time telling these Syrian front-row eye-witnesses that their president is a monster.

Hell, these happy families probably wouldn’t even be alive right now if America had actually conquered Syria.


 

 

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