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Male-Female Conflict–101…

I present this commentary in order to give my readership (blog, Facebook, wherever) a general reference to what I’m talking about when I address issues involving the myriad varieties of female repression throughout the world (50% of the human species). As a revolutionary socialist and a male feminist, I have an additional responsibility to employ my cultural “privileges” in a manner that best serves ALL of humanity (or wallow in denial, reactionary guilt and/or self-pity).

CarterWomen-001Any normal person would have to wonder, “Where does all this gender conflict come from? Why are women in general and in extremis repressed…and worse? Or, is there even a “source”?

Is it just natural to sexual dimorphism (the bio-natural differences between men and women) for males to dominate as misogynists and conservatives believe?
Personally, I think there are historical antecedents to this apparent struggle for and against equality over and above our obvious physical differences, but it’s certainly not a necessary consequence.

For a general overview, briefly, I believe that one needs to start with humanity’s Paleolithic beginnings, say, from some 100,000-to-10,000-yrs-ago.
As an avid historian—including anthropology and archaeology—I’ve followed research that early human habitation sites (home & hearth) document the presence primarily of females, children and old/inform males. In other words, women ruled the roost. Where were the healthy adult males?

These sites also document the preponderance of female fertility totems and a diet of some 90+% being local vegetation and small animals. One can include in this observation the fact that much of the early cave-art was also created by females (given finger-fluting evidence).
FingerFlutingOne might reasonably presume that the males bonded together in hunting, fighting and the pursuit of non-related females. (Yup, a scientific basis for the promiscuity of males-seeking sexual “variety.”)
Big game provided a very small part of the overall family diet according to middens and other “trash-mounds” evidence. In any event, healthy males were largely absent from home chores and responsibilities (as is often the case today).

The fly in the ointment came about some 10,000+yrs-ago when men were forced by socially-evolving circumstances back into home/family-based living.
The factors that dictated this change were probably increased populations, decreased open hunting grounds and large game animals, and threats from other population groups. This probably also coincided w/the development of agriculture, herding and other changes.
One of the major power-role relationships that women previously had pretty much to themselves included both the general rule of home-life (as well as the labor and responsibilities) and control over the spiritual life of the family.

This objective creation of generally monogamous families—males asserting and usurping property rights over females and their children—set up a perpetual conflict for power that echoes down through history to this very day. We witness the vast variety of its forms throughout human culture.
A significant aspect of that competition is manifested in human spiritual life. Males could hardly leave that power to females and still claim ultimate rule, so their own form of ancient, open hunt/sky male-ancestral myths and worship came to dominate the family, the tribe and the evolving state.

Relatives-1Interestingly, it seems to have assumed the exact opposite of female spirituality; an all-powerful male sky-daddy that rules over the entire cosmos.
In fact, as synthesized in its current form only some 4,000+yrs-ago by Abram from ancient Sumer, his supreme male deity does not even require the presence of a female partner.

He alone existed thru eternity, “created” man in his own image (as claimed, of course, by male authors), belatedly created a female helpmate from the man … ad absurdum.
The cultic partners derived from this religion (Christianity and Islam, today comprising over 55% of the Earth’s religions), carry on this tradition into even further male-focus absurdities (one being the “immaculate conception” of Jesus, another being either 72 virgins awaiting male heroes in heaven or a 72-yr-old virgin…I couldn’t quite translate which. Besides, I always wondered what the women get out of it?).

Gradually, female spirituality, deities and beliefs were repressed and, when necessary to male rule, literally burned at the stake.
Where does all this lead? In a nutshell, what we witness today on Earth is an ongoing partnership of these male religious beliefs serving the male predatory power struggle for total dominion of the human race increasingly concentrated to fewer and fewer; the logical consequence of socio-economic parasitism.

SuperNova-001In simple terms: Every struggle has its logical conclusion. Either these vanishingly fewer males will self-destruct, humanity will assume social consciousness and responsibility, or it will be the common ruination of the planet (at least for our species).
I suspect our alien comrades observing from other points throughout the Galactic Cosmos are taking bets on the latter… On the other hand, I’ve always wondered if at least some of those “supernovas” we witness out there aren’t in fact, localized evidence of cosmic justice over other similarly predatory species?

Dr. Publico (Nick Medvecky, PsyD), July 2015…

 

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By Way of Deception–Racist Nationalism…

The science of anthropology teaches us that there’s only one human race. There is no ethnic group on Earth that is naturally inferior or superior to any other. We’re all one species … one human family.
This is the first short-story that I’ve published on this blog site. It’s longer than my usual posts. If I were writing a prophetic near-futuristic political tale—fiction of course–it might go something like this … if only…

Hanging Gardens & the Tower of Babel...

Hanging Gardens & the Tower of Babel…

“By way of deception, thou shalt do war.” The motto of Israel’s secret service: MOSSAD (1949).

President Barack Hussein Obama, First Lady Michelle and the girls, Malia Ann and Natasha, stepped out of  Air Force One into the Negev sunshine just north of Eilat, the south-most city of Israel. The President’s retinue included Secretary of State John Kerry and his heiress-wife, Teresa Heinz. It was the Ides of March, 2016.
After a brief reception with Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, who soon returned to Jerusalem, the President’s group made the short hop to the resort city where they were greeted by receptions that included the nearby states of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Absent was any delegation of native Palestinians.

Eilat, Israel...

Eilat, Israel…

The First Lady and Teresa bonded quickly with Rania, the Palestinian Queen of Jordan and the Egyptian singer-actress, Yousra. All were internationally active in support for progressive causes. They were the delight of the women attached to the various delegations.
All was not sun & flowers. The President was well aware of tension between his Secret Service detail and Israel’s security forces. In one publicized instance described as a “drunken brawl” by the media, several American agents in a pre-visit security detail were involved in a rhubarb at a nightclub with their Mossad “hosts.” One was hospitalized.
As a result, the number of agents on the arriving presidential detail and the weapons they could carry were limited.
After two days in Eilat, the President and his entourage moved on to Jerusalem before traveling to Amman, Riyadh and Cairo on their way back home.
Obama, despite his usual compromising personality, asserted his intent to briefly visit a Palestinian delegation in East Jerusalem—the disputed capital of the proposed Palestinian State coming up for a vote in the UN General Assembly. Another point of friction with the Israeli gov’t.
The US had used its veto power in the United Nations more than forty-one times in shielding Israel from international protocols and sanctions. The President indicated his decision to “consider” the coming discussions.
US Ambassador to Israel, Daniel B. Shapiro, met the President at a residence in Talpiot, a suburb of Jerusalem. Obama was already irritated with his Ambassador. He didn’t appreciate Shapiro adding his voice to politic against any Palestinian consideration in the UN–“It’s purely an Israeli/Palestinian matter to negotiate, Mr. President.”–and for trying get the President to cancel his plans to visit that delegation in East Jerusalem.
Obama mentioned the penchant for the Israelis to lapse into Hebrew w/each other in their discussions with him, despite the fact that they clearly all spoke excellent English (“several as their first language“). “More than once they ‘lost’ my translator as we moved from one site to another,” Obama said.
Shapiro, who had been partly raised and educated in Israel, explained that he had never had that problem, but that he could therefore be an asset in their travels.
After further discussion with Shapiro regarding Israel’s denial of visas to select Americans traveling to Israel–namely those of Palestinian heritage or intent to travel to the Occupied Territories–while demanding open unlimited travel in the US for themselves, was met by the Ambassador again arguing on behalf of the Israelis of their need for security. “It’s not an equality issue, Mr. President, I assure you.”
The President advised the Secretary of State, John Kerry, Shapiro’s boss, that he didn’t require the services of the American Ambassador.
On the visit to East Jerusalem, Obama was surprised at the number of Jewish settlers walking the Palestinian streets strapped with pistols and automatic rifles. They were easily identified by their yarmulkes, peyot hair curls and/or fringed-shirt tzitzis. He was told that upwards of 25% of these settlers were in fact, dual-citizen Americans; many of the rest were from Europe.
The settlers studied the small caravan with open curiosity and some made obscene gestures. A few even called out, “Fuck you, Obama!” He was glad he left Michelle and the girls back at the Talpiot compound to shop for souvenirs.
Palestinians they passed barely glanced up as the caravan passed. He noticed that they walked into the street when passing groups of settlers. This was in stark contrast to the President’s visits to Arab nations where he witnessed the open and enthusiastic curiosity of the public.
Colonial SettlersAt one point, the caravan was held up when a group of teen settlers were taking kicks at an old Palestinian woman with a broken box of some sort around her neck and chasing her down the street. Nearby Israeli traffic police (security?) ignored the scene.
As they passed the group, Obama could see that her box had contained fresh figs she was apparently selling. The young settlers were stomping them.
The small 4-car US caravan, bracketed by Israeli security vehicles, soon pulled up to a 2-story building surrounded by high walls topped by broken glass embedded in cement. They were greeted at the front gate to the courtyard by a small delegation of Palestinian officials. The President saw no internal security other than his own. The Israelis remained outside. Kerry and Teresa accompanied the President.
Maria Teresa Thierstein Simões-Ferreira was born and raised in Mozambique to Portuguese parents, and attended school in South Africa where she engaged in anti-apartheid activism. She later became a UN translator and spoke fluent English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. No shrinking violet.
News of the American President’s visit to East Jerusalem spread quickly. The settlers were not shy. One of those present was Arthur Nisman from Philadelphia, where Netanyahu himself had lived as a youth and graduated from High School.
As many Jewish-American immigrants to Israel adopted Hebrew names, Nisman took the first name of Shlomo. It was short for Solomon, the ancient king of Israel. Nisman was a racist-nationalist who enthusiastically participated in settler raids on Palestinian farmers throughout the West Bank.
Shlomo believed that Palestinians are a stupid and stubborn people, not being cleansed fast enough from the holy land of ancient Israel.
Shlomo’s personal hero was Dr. Baruch Goldstein, a boyhood friend of Rabbi Meir Kahana, founder of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), an FBI-listed terrorist group.
Goldstein immigrated to Israel from Brooklyn in 1983 and became a settler in Hebron while also serving in the IDF as a medical officer. He gained notoriety for refusing to treat Arabs, even those Druze allies of Israel serving in the IDF.
In his own personal reenactment of the Purim story, February 25, 1994, Dr. Goldstein, Shlomo recalled, walked into a mosque in his IDF officer’s uniform at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and opened fire on the Palestinian parishioners.
He murdered 29 Palestinians, wounding 125. The Israeli Army then killed another 25 who protested in the following days. Goldstein would probably have been surprised to find that it was likely that those he killed had more Jewish DNA than he did. Not that he would have cared; pathological racism is immune to coherent logic.
At Goldstein’s funeral, Rabbi Yaakov Perrin claimed that even one million Arabs were “not worth a Jewish fingernail.” Celebrations were held across Israel, especially throughout the settlement territories.
As the American group was getting ready to return, Kerry and Teresa were escorted to a lead US vehicle first. Obama and his security detail started to walk to the third car, noting the settler crowd and waved, flashing his patent smile.
It all happened so fast that everyone was taken by surprise… Shlomo Nisman stepped forward and fired full-auto on the president and his detail. The crowd scattered while Secret Service agents drew their pistols firing back. Within a half-a-minute, the president and his party, along with Nisman, lay motionless. Two other settlers lay wounded in the street.
As the first two cars w/the Kerrys sped from the scene per protocol, Kerry heard two final shots, but w/Teresa they were pressed down on the seat under his Secret Service agent.
***

Settler occupiers...

Settler occupiers…

Within moments, the Prime Minister became aware of the basic facts. Ordering an alert of the reserves to secure the area, he soon learned that the two wounded settlers, dual American-Israeli citizens, had identified Shlomo Nisman as the assassin. He was advised that “in the confusion” a couple of his security agents had also fired on the President’s detail.
Netanyahu ordered the special forces unit of the Sayeret Matkal , his former military unit since elevated to state-security functions, to close off the entire site. This included securing the Palestinian compound and w/the IDF, expel all Palestinians within a 3-block area.
The Army, backed by volunteer settler reserves, carried out these orders with enthusiasm. The bodies of President Obama and his detail, along w/the settler wounded, were taken to an IDF medical center. Within several hours, they along w/his family, the Kerrys and surviving detail, were back on Air Force One and left Israel.
***
When Air Force One landed back at National Airport outside of Washington, DC, it was met by the newly sworn-in President, Joseph Robinette “Joe” Biden, Jr.
The Israeli Ambassador, Ron Dermer, was one of the first to meet w/the new President back at the White House, expressing Prime Minister Netanyahu’s condolences and that every effort was being made to get to the bottom of what had occurred.
Dermer reported preliminary results that a Palestinian from the compound just visited by the President was the assassin. In addition to the already known dead of the President’s detail, two American-Israeli settlers had also not survived their wounds.
Unfortunately, Dermer added, “There were no survivors in the compound after they violently resisted repeated peaceful attempts to question them.
“Per Israeli protocol in dealing with terrorists, the compound was in the process of being bulldozed and the area being turned into an Israeli-American Memorial Peace Park in honor of the former president.”
Dermer also forwarded the Prime Minister’s hope that “the special bond between Israel and America would continue under the new president, admired as a special friend to Israel.”
After the Ambassador left, Biden’s former communications director and senior adviser to President Obama, long-term journalist Shailagh Murray, now newly appointed as Chief-of-Staff, could clearly see that Biden was livid.
When the President asked, she replied, “Ron Dermer was born and raised in Miami Beach…what some Israelis refer to as ‘Tel Aviv West.’ Both his father and brother became mayors there.
“Dermer became a Republican, helped write Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America, and was later part of the mob-lawyer-crowd that shut down the vote-tally in Florida, arguably helping ‘select’ Bush for President in 2000 and again in 2004.
“Dermer got active in Israeli politics, moved there and became a dual citizen. When he was appointed to the Israeli embassy as an economic envoy, he had to give up his American citizenship.”
A summary was also compiled of raw info archived from a variety of sources on the history of Revisionist Zionism, the ruling force and leadership in Israeli politics, she handing the full report to the President.

USS Liberty, June 1967...

USS Liberty, June 1967…

“This includes a top-secret internal report by the US Joint Chiefs of Israel’s sustained attack on the USS Liberty during the Six-Day War in ’67 killing 34 American sailors and wounding 174 others. The military has never forgotten.
“There’s also a CIA compilation of their wars, practically all pre-emptive; attacks of attrition on the Palestinians since before 1948; the 22-yr occupation of Lebanon; their active collaboration in the massacre at the Shatila and Sabra refugee camps; and others.
“Sir,” she hesitated to emphasize its apparent critical importance, “there is also a sealed report—For POTUS Eyes Only—of the ‘suicide’ attacks on the US Marine compound, the Embassy and the French compounds in Beirut during the Israeli occupations.
“And a compilation of their spying on the US—including secret debriefings of Jonathan Pollard and others–theft of US atomic weapons intel, plutonium and acquisition of ballistic missiles and the subs to deliver them.”
***
East Jerusalem was out of control. The people who’ve been expelled from the blocks around the assassination attracted droves of settlers who soon looted and occupied their homes. This led to a growing mass exodus from the entire district, indeed, spreading throughout all of East Jerusalem.
Netanyahu expected the Palestinians to panic; he’d seen it before. How proud father would have been—a former leader in the ultra-right nationalist Revisionist Zionists, he thought. I couldn’t have asked for a better result had I planned it!

Remains of Allenby Bridge, 1967...

Remains of Allenby Bridge, 1967…

To the assembled group of his Intel and military cadre, “Let’s not have another ‘Allenby Bridge’ problem. I want all the checkpoints and the Jordan Bridge wide open for one-way travel…out!
“I want a full call-up of the reserves. This is a serious threat,” and opportunity, he thought. “Complete the readiness of the tank corps in the Golan, and have the Air Force update targets in Southern Lebanon and Syria.
“Also bring open targeting on northern Gaza as a counter to Hamas rockets.”
“Sir,” replied the liaison, “they’re all quiet on the southern front. No rockets are being fired.”
Netanyahu glared at the officer, “They will … or would you prefer to wait ‘til it’s too late?”
“Forget the ‘mowing the lawn’ strategy. We have the opportunity here, minimally, to rid ourselves of these Arabusim once and for all. I want the combined naval, army and air forces to start targeting Gaza exclusively on their north, district by district, driving the population south.
“Egypt will keep the Rafah Crossing into the Sinai desert open, so the general population can escape destruction. Let the UN provide for them.
IsraeliMascr-001“We need total destruction of each district as you drive the population south. This will prevent any return and clear the field for our own construction from Tel Aviv south all the way to the Egyptian-Sinai border once and for all.”
Netanyahu chose to ignore the growing massive involvement of many of the 500,000 settlers in attacks on Palestinian farms and towns throughout the West Bank.
He knew that at some point he might be politically sacrificed himself, as had numerous heroes before him. But he also knew that whoever assumed leadership would never retreat from most of the “facts” he was creating. So be it.
***
The senior Secret Service agent from the first car in the President’s caravan, after being debriefed, met w/the President. Notwithstanding his 27-yrs in the Service, he was in no mood to mince his words, “Mr. President, pardon my French. I wouldn’t believe a goddamn thing any of those motherfuckers say!” Biden was not offended.
Preliminary results of autopsies at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center revealed that apparently “examinations” had already been hastily conducted which destroyed any ability to configure entrance from exit wounds on the bodies. Further, all bullets or fragments were missing as well as part of President Obama’s skull and part of his brain. They doubted that they would ever come to any firm forensic conclusions.
***
President Barack Hussein Obama was hardly cold in the ground as events in the Middle East continued to spiral into further chaos. The president’s funeral, starkly reminiscent of JFK’s 53-yrs earlier–even Michelle’s stoic visage w/her children–occupied much of the world’s attention.
An estimated three million people lined the funeral procession from the Capitol, to the White House, to the Lincoln Memorial where a multi-denominational service was held, and then across the Potomac to Arlington National Cemetery. It was an unusually warm and sunny day.
The leaders of over 100 nations attended, many marching behind the new President and the former President’s family. Israel had sent its Ambassador, Ron Dermer, who had his security detail elbow him to the front of the dignitary’s procession.
Meanwhile, reports came in that Israel had launched increased air attacks against Iranian forces combating ISIS terror groups throughout Syria and Iraq. Sources reported that the Israelis and Saudis were actively arming select ISIS forces with modern, advanced weaponry.
***
President Biden was giving some thought beyond his remaining ten months in office. He and his PhD/teacher wife and chief political backer, Jill Tracy Jacobs, discussed the upcoming Democratic Convention the week of July 25th in Philadelphia.
While Hillary Clinton was assured the nomination, that was before these current events. He had four months to change the political landscape. They also discussed his uniquely free hand in that time to deal with the world’s most intractable problem…Israel.
“Besides,” they discussed, “in November I’ll be 74. Even if I get the nomination and win the election, would I really want to spend the next four or eight years pissing into the wind if I didn’t make an immediate course-correction while I have this singular opportunity?”
They discussed a number of the major problems—including the Republican Congress—and possible solutions…
***

Tehran, Iran...

Tehran, Iran…

Clearly, Israel was not wasting a moment. Before anyone could react—as the world was pausing for the funeral of the American President—they were redrawing the map of the Middle East, politically and physically.
The media was busy with news of the people in Gaza being driven into the Sinai; the city and the strip being methodically leveled block by block. Many areas of the West Bank population were also under attack, adding to the more than two million Palestinian refugees already in Jordan, as well as another 700,000 Syrian refugees.
Biden noted John Kerry in the Situation Room, his tie loose, sleeves rolled up … looking frazzled. Both Kerry and Teresa had already met at length with the President. Biden and Jill were grateful to have a first-hand account of the final hours in Jerusalem.
Turning to the ongoing news, Kerry said, “In Gaza the UN’s reporting a significant loss of personnel … journalists, social, educational and medical workers are reported being specifically targeted. Israeli snipers are targeting women and children apparently to panic them and ‘encourage’ them to leave.
“President Sisi in Egypt says he initially cooperated w/the Israelis, but he says he had no idea they intended to drive some 1.8 million people into his territory. This is a humanitarian disaster in the making.
“Netanyahu has put the entire nation on full alert, activating all the reserves and opening all fronts. The only reported defensive response has been limited rocket and mortar fire.
“King Hussein of Jordan has warned the Prime Minister that if he continues to attack or allow attacks on the West Bank population driving them across the Jordon River, he will recognize Palestinian resistance and provide them with defensive aid. He’s withdrawn his air attacks on ISIS in Syria and has placed his Air Force on full domestic alert.
“Israel threatened that if Jordan interferes in any way whatsoever; their military forces will be ‘annihilated,’ including their ‘political infrastructure’ … his precise words, Mr. President.”
Biden had a stunned look, at which Kerry passed him the hard-copies of the NSA messages, so arrogant in their tone; the ones to the Jordanian king were actually communicated in the clear … in English.
***
Netanyahu called together the leaders of his intelligence staff, which included Mossad, responsible for foreign intelligence collection and covert action; Shin Bet, internal state security; and Aman, military intelligence. Mossad traditionally reports directly to the Prime Minister.
Feeling comfortable with having replaced many of the former members and leaders with ultra-nationalist settler-recruits, he was freer to speak candidly.
PalIsrael-001“Gentlemen, I don’t know how long this opportunity will last, or how much we may have to eventually give back to secure these gains, but today we ‘make facts.’”
Netanyahu knew of the Faustian Bargains that his Zionist forbears had to make with Italian and German fascism and others before them and since in order to survive and advance the cause of Eretz Yisrael.
Now—under his watch and no small active manipulations—the growing war between the Sunni Saudis and Shi’a Iran—Arab vs. Aryan—with a host of others caught in the middle, are the perfect storm. “Now is the time to pull Iran’s teeth before they are even a shadow of a threat.”
They got down to discussing the immediate tactical problems of the conflict. Of course, some of the pieces on the board remained unspoken. The groundwork was laid for the next major gamble … it was now or never, at least in my lifetime, thought Netanyahu.
***
President Biden’s Chief-of-Staff walked into the Oval Office out-of-breath, informing him that there was a “red-alert” in the Situation Room. They hurried down to the basement of the West Wing.
President Hassan Rouhani’s aircraft, returning to Iran from the American funeral, was missing for some hours w/its last known position over the Southeastern Anatolia Mountains in Turkey. One of the media monitors displayed an area just north of the Syrian border in Turkey not far from the Iranian border.
Biden ordered Kerry and his relevant military commanders to offer the Turks whatever assistance they might request. Biden thought, He wouldn’t be that mad, would he? It was what they were all thinking.
All Biden could think of was how the moderate President of Iran was the key ingredient in maintaining the previous year’s nuclear peace deal, which was being upheld by all parties despite Israel’s incessant threats.
While he studied the scant available information, the rest of the monitors were full of NSA intel regarding Israel’s ongoing operations. There was nothing standing in the way of their relentless advance.
The following morning, there was a news flash on the CNN monitor that caught everyone’s attention. CNN had cut into a broadcast by the Al Arabiya news network in Turkey showing one of their correspondents confirming the downing, apparently by military action, of Iran Air flight, Airbus A-320 with all on board killed, an estimated 110 crew and passengers.

Abdallah Schleifer...

Abdallah Schleifer…

“The flight,” intoned correspondent Abdallah Schleifer with a mountainous backdrop, “is known to have been carrying Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and virtually his entire gov’t staff returning from President Barack Obama’s funeral.
“Indications from Turkish investigators and personal sources are that the aircraft appears to have been hit with a surface-to-air missile. There were no other aircraft reported in the area.”
Schleifer, thought Biden, that’s an unusual name for an Arab correspondent
As if on cue, one of the NSA personnel handed the President a file brief. Biden saw that it had Schleifer’s name. Scanning it, he saw that the correspondent was considered the Dean of the American press-corps in the Middle East.
Born Marc Schleifer (80) to a Jewish family on Long Island and a convert and scholar of Sufi Islam.  He’s a prominent Middle East expert, former NBC Cairo Bureau chief, and a professor emeritus of TV and print journalism at the American University in Cairo. The president passed the file to Kerry.
Under the circumstances, the President increased the alert status of all Embassy, military and Intel services in the region.
This news reinforced the President’s determination to establish a full executive and military command profile at this moment or lose the opportunity.
Win, lose or draw—regardless of the upcoming political circumstances–he had no intention of letting this play out of his control or allowing the reactive profile of the past 7-yrs of the Administration under Obama prevail on his watch … however long that might be.
***
President Biden returned to the Oval Office to meet his next guests, the leaders of the House and Senate, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.
The President decided to ride with his gut. Born in the autumn of ’42, at 73-yrs-old and 45-yrs in electoral politics, he was in no mood to continue the political game, at least not by the rules he’s inherited.
He had a brief conversation w/his chief-of-staff that included some pre-arrangements for the visit. She was surprised and not totally clear on his intent, but trusted his instincts. He told her, “Sometimes,  first you gotta get their attention.”
Boehner and McConnell, waiting in the Oval Office ante-room, were in high spirits. As far as they were concerned, the “house-nigger” was gone and his “lawn-jockey,” Biden, soon would be. The epithet they had adopted was referring to him as a “mindless union thug.” Biden, in fact, had that in mind…
Just before being shown into the Oval Office they were surprised to see the Attorney General and a group of Secret Service agents enter the ante-room, several armed in full combat gear. Boehner leaned over and snickered to McConnell, “Maybe they’re here to arrest Biden.” That drew a snort from Mitch.
When they entered the Oval Office, they hesitantly shook hands and took a seat on the couch opposite the President. Biden poured them a drink of Mitch’s home-state Kentucky Bourbon. His chief-of-staff stood nearby. Without much preamble, President Biden asked, “Do you guys know who Jonathan Pollard is?”
Surprised and looking at each other, Boehner put down his drink, cleared his throat and answered, “He’s an American Jewish patriot who helped Israel survive against the A-rabs.”
Leaning forward, the president smiled and said, “He’s a traitor.” Boehner reached for his drink, a wry smile creasing his face.
In a lightning move, Biden smacked the drink across the room; some of the bourbon splashing in Boehner’s crimson face. Their surprise could not be more complete. They were frozen. He had their complete attention.
Having served in the Senate for six terms and President of the Senate for another 7-yrs, Biden knew how it all worked … where all the bodies were buried, so to speak. Some of it was bluff, but most was certain knowledge.
The President continued in a clear, measured tone, “There’s plenty of evidence of criminal conduct to charge you with serious felonies … perhaps even treason.” The President’s pause was pregnant with physical threat.
“The Attorney General and other sources, including your Israeli contacts, have exposed your criminality. Sharing secret information with a foreign power and engaging in the sabotage of a variety of US gov’t projects and international negotiations is treason. Did they also pay you?” Biden knew he had at least half-guessed on the mark.
Sensing the change in their attitude and fear taking root, President Biden reached forward as Boehner flinched. Ms. Murray set another glass on the table and Biden poured more bourbon. “Drink,” he ordered.
“Fortunately for you, it’s not in the interest of the nation to fully reveal this perfidy…unless you force my hand. I’m going to give you the opportunity to serve your elective constituency and the Constitutional democracy you’ve sworn to defend … your choice.”
When they relaxed a bit with some liquid courage, Biden explained how they were going to negotiate the next few months. He later explained to Murray that their fear and hate was a distinct improvement over their contempt.
Biden wasn’t worried about them. They’re conservatives–sunshine patriots— when it comes to their own skins and losing their privileges of wealth and political power, they’re abject cowards.
***
As circumstances continued to unravel, the Secretary of State, military and Intel chiefs filed into and out of the Oval Office. Information disseminated, options heard, orders given. Jill Biden acted as a host between the kitchen alcove and outer office, and Shailagh Murray managed the parade of personnel and files comprising a seamless presentation for the President.
At one point the room was cleared for Kerry, the NSA and the CIA chiefs. “Mr. President,” said Kerry, “we have a fortunate development. We have what we believe is solid internal intelligence from Netanyahu’s inner circle. Major Chaim Lesoff. He came to us at the Embassy in Turkey when President Rouhani’s aircraft went down. We’ve confirmed his status and his information has proven out.”
Handing the President a file, Kerry continued to summarize it. “He’s a dual American-Israeli citizen, a major in the IDF and works in Shin Bet, their military intelligence. We’re flying him back on a military jet as we speak.”
Biden read the summary and glanced thru the brief. “And you believe this? He’s not a double?”
“Yes, Sir, we do… We didn’t bring this to you until we’re all agreed. The material is confirmed. Given your earlier instructions, we’ve positioned our Intel and reactive forces for your maximum execution.”
Pointing to the “Background” tab, Kerry continued, “His great uncle was an officer trained at the Betar Naval Academy, a Jewish naval training school established in Italy in 1934 by the Revisionist Zionist movement when they were allied with Benito Mussolini.

Dolphin“The Naval Academy trained Zionist cadets from all over Europe and produced a number of the future commanders of the Israeli Navy. Lesoff’s father was also one. Netanyahu is the son of the personal secretary to the leader of the Revisionist Zionists, Ze’ev Jabotinsky.
“Lesoff himself was born in Philadelphia where his father was a grad student at the University of Pennsylvania. When they moved back to Israel, the family lived on a kibbutz. More than merely serving the nation of Israel, Revisionists consider themselves to be the elite of the state … in fact, its creators.
“After school, Chaim joined the IDF as an officer and worked in the Arab Affairs Department of Shin Bet, responsible primarily for Palestinian-related counter-terrorism activities in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. Given his similar background with Netanyahu, he moved up the ladder to his inner circle.”
Anticipating the President’s query, Kerry added, “He also considers himself an American, Mr. President,” said Kerry. “He’s an idealist. Given his knowledge of Israel’s Revisionist—ultra-racial nationalist history–for him the last straw was the assassination of President Obama and subsequent events.”
At this point, with a gesture by Kerry, the CIA Director stepped forward and handed the President a brief simply labeled “The Assassination.”
“This is what we’ve preliminarily pieced together, Sir, from what little we know … so far,” said the Director. Reading it, Biden’s face grew crimson.
“There is one other matter, Sir,” said Kerry, “which goes to the Major’s credibility. Apparently he gave the information of the attack on President Rouhani’s aircraft to the Embassy before it was shot down.”
The President blinked and swallowed hard … “And…?”
“I’m afraid the Ambassador was still stateside, Sir, after the funeral. There was no senior official to act on it other than passing the info on to the State Department. By then, it was a done deed. The Israelis chose their timing well.”
“And the Iranians?”
“They have all of their forces on full call-up and alert, Mr. President. We can only guess on their intent…”
“And Israel … in addition to everything else they’re up to?”
On cue, the NSA chief handed the President a brief entitled “Iran: Israel’s Solution.”

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“Using the guidance info in part from Major Lesoff, we’re aware of the full status alert of the Israeli ballistic missiles carrying atomic warheads and they also have three of their nuclear-equipped submarines off the coast of Iran. All of these systems are targeted on Iran. Their other subs are off the coasts of Egypt and Turkey.
“The ranges of their missiles cover the entire Middle East and southern Europe. All this is well known in the military/Intel community.
“Major Lesoff advises that these systems will be initiated once a certain provocation is achieved. He assures us that it’s already in the works, but specifically what it is he doesn’t know.
“It will be provided by Israel’s security services or special contractors—even Palestinian informants they’ve recruited from their constant detainees and arrests–if it isn’t forthcoming from Iran.
“The hard targets in Iran—already set—will be all of their nuclear facilities and the ‘Command & Control’ centers of several major cities and naval ports.”
Taking all this in, the President asked, “What’re your best guesstiments on the schedule here?”
Kerry answered, “That’s dependent on this provocation situation. I’d guess, and Major Lesoff agrees, it’ll be some form of direct attack by Iran against an Israeli target, or one to appear so.”
“Mr. President, we have pretty clear intel as to what’s going on. There’s a group of ‘militia’ up in NE Syria that is now attributed as the source of the missile that shot down the Iranian Airbus. They’re quite mobile. When we targeted them—apparently they identify themselves as ISIS, that’s the flag they fly—both the Israelis and Saudis opposed the action w/out explanation.
“Kurdish intel says the group is receiving air-drops of various munitions from unidentified aircraft. The Turks, who straddle the area, deny the aircraft are theirs despite flying thru their territory, yet refuse any comment or knowledge of the situation.
***
Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer was shown into the Oval Office. He opted to bring an assistant whom he introduced as an economic envoy, but was known to be the senior security agent in the Israeli Embassy.
Dermer was surprised to see a number of others in the room, including the Secretary of State, Biden’s Chief of Staff, and the senior officials of the military and Intel agencies.
But most especially, Dermer noticed, was the presence of the Republican leaders of the House and Senate, Biden’s and Kerry’s wives, and Major Chaim Lesoff in full uniform who was instantly recognized by Dermer’s associate. He made a soto voce comment to Dermer in Hebrew.

As pre-planned, Kerry’s assistant stepped forward and replied in Hebrew, “Do you speak English?” When he answered in the affirmative, she added, again in Hebrew, “If you don’t have the common courtesy to speak English in front of the President, you can turn around and get your ass out of here. Understand?”
He did, and was all the more embarrassed that this metaphorical slap in the face came from an exceptionally beautiful, petite woman.
Having their attention, the President signaled his NSA Director. Glancing at a thick file in his hand, he summarized. “We have unimpeachable evidence and confirmation that the gov’t of Israel has lied about the assassination of our President and his security detail, has falsely accused the Palestinians and covered up the crime.
“Your gov’t has created hundreds of thousands of victims in your ongoing military aggression and attacked other sovereign nations without due cause; embarked upon a massive crime against humanity in the expulsion of Gaza and West Bank Palestinians from their homes and lands; conspired in the murders and downing of the Airbus with the Iranian President on board; and even now are conspiring to attack Iran itself with atomic weapons that you’ve acquired and amassed in violation of international law.”
Ambassador Dermer was beyond speech. Secretary of State John Kerry took a page being handed to him by the President’s Chief-of-Staff. Handing it to Dermer, he said, “This is an Executive Order signed by the President ‘declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Israel.’
“In addition to the elements just cited by the Director, we’re well aware of your own personal perfidy in relation to soliciting felonious and treasonous conduct by Americans against their gov’t. You’re forthwith ordered to leave the United States within eight hours and your diplomatic and visa credentials are revoked, permanently. Thereafter, an international arrest warrant will be issued.
“The American Ambassador in Tel Aviv and his staff have been recalled from Israel. Your own staff are herewith confined to the Israeli compound … until they can leave.
“Dual-citizenship between the US and Israel is suspended. Americans who remain in Israeli serving in the military and other forces of that state will be subject to being considered as ‘enemy combatants.’”
“At this point, President Biden stepped forward and handed Dermer a file folder. Accenting the contempt that Dermer often employed against the Obama Administration, Biden said, “MISTER Dermer, you will communicate to the gov’t you serve that they will stand down from all their offensive military actions; return to the 1967 lines that this nation and the United Nations of the world agreed upon in Resolution 242; and cease and withdraw all settlements currently occupying the Palestinian Territories.
“Should Israel engage in any further unprovoked attacks we will consider it an act of war and will take all necessary measures to neutralize such forces.
“Your missiles and submarines will stand down and return to base. All nuclear weapons will be decommissioned per international protocols and the current agreements between this nation, Europe, Russia and China.
“Until further review, all trade and economic relations between the US and Israel are suspended, as well as all funds by Israel in the US being frozen. Such funds, as well as those earmarked by Congress for Israel will be withheld pending the adjudication of American and international courts regarding all crimes and victim restitution. I’m sure you’re familiar with that process.
“Subject to further review, all organizations within the United States who currently send funds to Israel for any reason whatsoever will be considered agents of a foreign power and fully subject to the appropriate laws, including taxation, criminal prosecution and forfeiture of assets.
“And finally, Mr. Dermer, you may advise your gov’t that we consider them to be a criminal enterprise. As such, we urge the Prime Minister and his staff to resign and that President Rivlin consider setting a date for early democratic elections. Any questions?
Pausing but without waiting for a reply, President Biden concluded, “Good. Now get out of my office and out of the country that once nurtured you.”
Entering the ante-room didn’t end the nightmare for Dermer. They were escorted out of the building by Secret Service agents.
As if on cue, a formation of combat jets overflew the White House screaming at low altitude. They were escorted back to the Israeli Embassy by a phalanx of Homeland Security vehicles using their sirens. The phone and security lines were soon burning the airwaves between the Embassy and Jerusalem … and of course, the NSA was listening to every word of it.

Fifty-gallon oil drums burning files were busy in the back courtyard of the Embassy sending black plumes of smoke over the neighborhood.
***
Israeli security and military forces were soon made aware of a radically different picture off their coasts and in the air. There were a significant number of warships from the US, several European nations and Russia. Chinese and other nations had their ships and aircraft off the coasts of Iran searching for Israeli submarines.
Upon contacting the irregular forces they operated in Northern Syria, the Prime Minister found that US/coalition aircraft were amassing sorties searching for any sign of their operation. Egypt ordered the Israeli Embassy in Cairo closed and were on full alert in the Sinai. The Saudis also closed their Embassy and refused all over-flight permission for Israeli aircraft.
***
Benjamin Netanyahu was quite mad enough to order the final launch. Every ethnic group on Earth has such psychopathic predators. Usually, they don’t arise to such powers…
Izzy Dinur was the Katsa—case officer—for the paramilitary Mossad group secretly positioned in northeastern Syria. They had successfully shot down the Iranian Airbus w/a ground-to-air missile and now they were prepared to launch a ground-to-ground missile equipped w/a low-yield tactical nuke warhead.
While no one expected the Airbus shooting, the warnings from Center and simultaneous increased air surveillance, including Hellfire-equipped drones, was keeping everybody on super alert.
His men urged that they move closer to the Iraq border and thus closer to their target, Iran. The area that far away from the Syrian fighting had far less surveillance.
Quneitra-001What they didn’t know—only Izzy knew—was that the target wasn’t Iran, but the UN compound of Quneitra, on the border with Israel. He couldn’t change the launch site w/out drastic changes in targeting; he had no one with that skill.
They had planned that Quneitra would give Israel a plausible excuse for a retaliatory strike against Iran, assuming one wasn’t otherwise forthcoming. Izzy was hoping he got the chance to launch. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a significant part of history…even if they could never reveal their hand in the fact.
But this wasn’t going to be a walk in the park, thought Izzy. He would be glad to get back to his settlement home near Ramallah. From the news he was hearing, his growing family would be able to expand their holdings…the Palestinians were fleeing.
Izzy was only awaiting the final order…
***
Another hand-picked settler, the lead naval commander of the Dolphin-class Israeli three-sub task-force off Iran’s southern coast was also getting more nervous. While they were positioned in total silence awaiting the final order, they were also aware of the hunting attack-subs, ships and aircraft dropping listening gear.
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All war is Deception.” SUN TZU (500 BCE)

Dr. Publico (Nick Medvecky, PsyD) April 2015…

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Malcolm X: Revolutionary Legacy…

In 1965, I was a 22-yr-old prisoner at Nashville’s Davidson County Workhouse, at the time one of the South’s most notorious and brutal rock-quarry, chain-gangs.  In the eyes of the KKK post-Confederacy, as a NY-Yankee w/a “communist” (Slovak) name and being a Civil Rights activist, I had been bestowed with honorary “niggerfication.”

Fairly accurate; but we had full chains...hands, waist & feet...

Fairly accurate; but we had full chains…hands, waist & feet…

I was on my 4th incarceration of an original 4-month sentence for “Hi-Batry.” What some in the South refer to as “Snatching shit from a flying goose’s ass.” (In the North, we simply call it “Made up shit.”)
I had been held for extradition to TN in the Broward County Jail, FL, for 4-months (not counted), in the Nashville City jail for another 4-months (not counted), then the “real” 4-months at hard labor, all on a misdemeanor. (A felony charge would have required a trial w/ a lawyer and evidence of some crimethis was before “Miranda.”)
But then there was the matter of some $600 in “court fees.” In much of the South, after you do your original sentence,that’s worked off at $2/day, also at hard labor. So lord knows if or when I was gonna ever get out…as far as I knew.
(Later at WSU in Detroit, AmerGovt-101, I learned that “debtors prisons” was one of the items eliminated by the American Revolution. Obviously ain’t a damn one of those freshmen or the instructors ever actually lived in the Confederacy.)
Anyways… I recall February 21st very well. I learned that Malcolm X had been murdered in NYC. At the time I figured he had it coming because all I knew was what the state and it’s corp-media told me. I didn’t yet have a revolutionary socialist consciousness…
I identified w/Martin Luther King and non-violent, civil-disobedience. But that was starting to wear real thin. When I finally did get back north, after a whole lot more brutality that I somehow survived–and learned who Malcolm really was, what he really spoke to–well…I’ve tried real hard to never be fooled since.   -Nick Medvecky

Barry Sheppard

Barry Sheppard

The article below was sent to me by Barry Sheppard, a fellow comrade I served with in the Young Socialist Alliance and the Socialist Workers Party. It was published in the Saturday, March 7th, 2015 Green Left Weekly in Australia.

Barry knows a lot more than me about Malcolm than I do… I’m honored to re-publish it here w/edits for space.
February 21 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, one of the greatest leaders of the Black liberation movement of the 1960s.

Lenin once wrote, “During the lifetime of great revolutionaries, the oppressing classes constantly hounded them, received their theories with the most savage malice, the most furious hatred and the most unscrupulous campaigns of lies and slander.
“After their death, attempts are made to convert them into harmless icons, to canonize them, so to say, and to hallow their names to a certain extent for the consolation of the oppressed classes and with the object of duping the latter, while at the same time robbing the revolutionary theory of its substance, blunting its revolutionary edge and vulgarizing it.”

Malcolm X...

Malcolm X…

This can be seen in how the NY Times editorialized Malcolm X the day after the assassination: “He was a case history, as well as an extraordinary and twisted man, turning many true gifts to evil purpose ….” [In effect, they say] He was responsible for his own death.

But in the decades since, the Times and other ruling class voices have sought to “canonize” Malcolm. Roads and schools and other institutions have been named after him. The government even issued a postage stamp in his honor. All the while seeking to blunt and vulgarize his revolutionary message. Liberals, both Black and white, have sought to portray him as a mere pro-capitalist liberal like themselves.

Malcolm first rose to prominence as a leader of the Nation of Islam, popularly known as the Black Muslims. This was originally a relatively small religious cult, which Malcolm helped transform into a powerful organization.

It was [also] a movement that inspired a new generation in the 1950s and ‘60s with its message of militant Black Nationalism, which struck a chord especially in the ghettos of the North, while the civil rights movement was centered in the apartheid (legal segregation) South.

While Malcolm would break with the Nation at the end of 1963 and early ‘64, and chart a new course going way beyond his earlier teachings, key aspects of what he espoused while a leader of the Black Muslims he continued to hold until his death. These can be briefly partially summarized:

Birmingham, AL, May 1963.

Birmingham, AL, May 1963.

*Blacks cannot get their freedom except by fighting for it;
*The U.S. government is a racist government and is not going to grant freedom;
*Gradualism, the program of the liberals, white and Black, is not the road to equality;
*The Black mis-leaders must be exposed and opposed;
*Blacks must rely on themselves and control their own struggle;
*Blacks must determine their own strategy and tactics;
*Blacks must select their own leaders;
*Blacks have the right to armed self-defense against racist violence.

It was this last position that led the Times and liberals to slander Malcolm as an advocate of violence.

DixieJusticeShortly before the historic 1963 March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs, one of the high points of the Southern struggle was a march as big or bigger in Detroit, a center of Black Nationalism.

It was in this context that tensions arose in the Nation of Islam. By their militant stance, the Black Muslims helped push other black organizations to the left. This was their positive contribution. But they were on the sidelines of the struggle, not participants.
Among the younger members of the Nation, there were signs of a desire to get into the battle, to pass from propaganda to action. This is what led to Malcolm’s split with the Black Muslims.
The basic factor behind the split was the growth of militancy and mass action in the Black community, and the different ways in which the two main tendencies in the Black Muslims wanted to respond to the masses knocking on the doors of their mosques.

Malcolm X broke with the Nation’s leader, Elijah Muhammad, and turned his attention to the broad Black struggle. Malcolm would later say, “I feel like a man who has been asleep somewhat and under someone else’s control. I feel that what I am thinking and saying now is for myself. Before it was for and by the guidance of Elijah Muhammad. Now I think with my own mind.”

So began a new stage in Malcolm’s life, his all-too-brief last year that saw him grow [exponentially]. He traveled internationally that last year and met revolutionists from many countries and all races.
He also discovered that true Islam views all races alike. As a consequence, he threw overboard the whole Black Muslim mythology about superior and inferior races and its doctrine about inherent evil and degeneracy in a white skin.
Repudiating racism in all its forms, he resolved to judge people and movements on the basis of their deeds, not skin color. Deeds, not words.

Malcolm meeting Fidel...

Malcolm meeting Fidel…

Malcolm set about to build a new movement of Blacks on an entirely different basis than religion, while he himself remained a Muslim. It would welcome all Blacks [and others] who wanted to struggle, regardless of religion, philosophy or other differences.
This new organization was called the Organization of African American Unity (OAAU). The name was taken from the Organization of African Unity, reflecting his identification with the colonial revolution then in full swing in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

This identification with the struggle of all the oppressed was in his speeches while he was in the Nation, but became sharper in his last year, influenced by his international travels.
The gov’t was alarmed by this campaign to win support internationally in order to bring the US to trial in the UN for its racist oppression.
At the same time, his denunciation of US imperialism, which also began while he was a Black Muslim, became stronger. He was especially eloquent in his denunciation of the US record in the murder of Patrice Lumumba in the Congo, the war in Vietnam, the attacks against Cuba and Chinese revolutions, etc. He sought to position the struggle of US Blacks in the worldwide upsurge of the peoples of color.

One of a million confrontations...

One of a million confrontations…

Finally, there was Malcolm’s development throughout his last year towards anti-capitalism and socialism.
One thread of his thought was a result of his international travels. He began to emphasize that in the countries he visited which were recently freed from colonialism; it seemed they were turning against capitalism and toward socialism.
Another was his deepening relation to the Socialist Workers Party and Young Socialist Alliance.

The SWP, under the influence of the positions taken by the Communist International in Lenin’s time, recognized that Blacks in the US suffered under a form of national oppression.
That was reinforced in discussions with Leon Trotsky [former co-leader w/Lenin] during his final exile in Mexico. The SWP at its founding convention in 1938, adopted a resolution that recognized this national oppression and the progressive nature of Black Nationalism as a reaction to it.

The YSA/SWP embraced the new upsurge of Black nationalism in the early 1960s. In its 1963 convention, the SWP noted that Black Nationalism and socialism “are not only compatible but complimentary forces that should be welded closely in thought and action.”

We took note of the militant speeches by Malcolm X when he was still in the Nation. The SWP newspaper, The Militant, covered these speeches, often reprinting Malcolm’s own words, in a positive manner.
Malcolm took note of this and of the fact that The Militant defended the democratic rights of the Black Muslims when they were under gov’t attack. He would buy the paper when it was sold outside his meetings.

We perceived the importance of Malcolm’s break with the Nation, and his new course. Shortly after, in April 1964, Malcolm agreed to speak at a large meeting organized by the SWP’s Militant Labor Forum on the topic of “The Black Revolution.”
One aspect of this speech was his strong opposition to Blacks supporting the Democratic Party, a theme he developed throughout his last year. He repeatedly cautioned against falling for the ploy of supporting the “fox” – the Democrats – out of revulsion for the “wolf” — the Republicans.

He spoke again at the Forum in May, 1964, at a meeting organized to counter a scare about a “Harlem Hate Gang” – a thinly veiled attack on the OAAU organized by the capitalist press.

Militant Labor Forum, NYC, 1964...

Militant Labor Forum, NYC, 1964…

In this meeting he said of US capitalism, “It’s impossible for a chicken to produce a duck egg…it can only produce according to what it was constructed to produce. The system in this country cannot produce freedom for an Afro-American. It is impossible for this system, this economic system, this political system, this social system, this system period…. If ever a chicken did produce a duck egg, I’m quite sure you would say it was certainly a revolutionary chicken!

In January 1965 Malcolm again spoke at the Militant Labor Forum.  After that meeting, I asked Malcolm if he would agree to be interviewed for the Young Socialist newspaper, of which I was the editor. He agreed and did so shortly before his assassination.

One quote from that interview in answer to his view of the worldwide struggle between capitalism and socialism, was: “It is impossible for capitalism to survive … it is only a matter of time in my opinion before it will collapse completely.”
A Marxist might object that capitalism will not collapse by itself but must be overthrown. But Malcolm’s is certainly not a pro-capitalist statement.

King in Chicago, 1966...

King in Chicago, 1966…

A few years later, Martin Luther King began to come to the same anti-capitalist conclusions. From different starting points, these two giants began to converge. [King in turn was assassinated in April 1968.]

In addition to Barry Sheppard’s own The Party: The Socialist Workers Party 1960-1988, A Political Memoir, Volume 1: The Sixties, for excellent info about Malcolm X’s views, see these books published by Pathfinder Press:
Malcolm X Speaks; By any Means Necessary; Malcolm X Talks to Young People; Malcolm X on Afro-American History; Malcolm X: The Last Speeches; The Last Year Of Malcolm X; The Evolution of a Revolutionary; and The Assassination of Malcolm X.

Dr. Publico: As for the prematurely claimed post-racial society, I’m afraid the demise of Jim Crow has been greatly exaggerated… The Union won the military conflict in 1865; the South won the political victory in 1877.

A century later that battle was still being fought with Malcolm and Martin among a multitude paying the forever-debt. And today in 2015?

Where there used to be eleven Confederate States, today there are effectively 33…

Dr. Publico (Nick Medvecky, PsyD), March 2015…

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The Day Israel Attacked Detroit…

Sometimes Truth must be dressed in a manner that the observer can recognize
A political organization that is founded upon the belief that virtually everyone on the planet is a potential natural enemy out to destroy them, is ultimately capable of anything. Mix some religion into it and they even claim Gott ist mit uns

Gulag Gaza...

Gulag Gaza…

Thus today—after 120-yrs in existence–Zionists seek separation and total independent power as the most weaponized, renegade nuclear state on the planet.

Even Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) has no deterrence to such an insane belief system. In fact…one can assume it.
This reality turns all negotiations for peace and justice on its head. First of all, the express goal of Zionism obviates any “Palestine” on the same land, or even the inclusion of “others” in any democratic sense. “Making facts” is a strategy that replaces any meaningful “negotiations.”
Second, the most logical reason in current talks to prevent Iran from any ability to acquire nuclear weapons is not because of the threat it might pose to Israel, but the threat that Zionism poses to Iran…and the rest of us.

Where to start
When a chain of actions and reactions stretch far back, choosing where to start may seem arbitrary. In this report, the temporal chain is quite clear.

BibiButch-001On May 15th, 2014, two protesting Palestinian youths were murdered by the IDF and Border Police. Three days after the release of the autopsy findings on June 9th establishing their murder, three Israeli teenagers were abducted in apparent retaliation and murdered.
Despite evidence later found that Israeli intel knew the relative location of the youths and that they had been almost surely killed, Israel launched 369 attacks throughout the West Bank of Palestine, destroying homes, killing 11, wounding 51, and arresting between 350-and-600 “suspects.”
On the morning of July 2nd, a 16-year-old Palestinian youth was abducted by settlers walking home in Jerusalem, beaten and burned alive. Hamas, opened up w/a salvo of “rockets.” Out of a total of 4,564 rockets and mortars (according to Israeli stats) randomly fired at areas around them over 7-wks, 224 hit occupied areas resulting in a total of 6 civilian deaths, and 66 attacking IDF soldiers.

IsraeliMascr-001It started for real when the Israeli Army, Navy and Air Force surrounded Detroit, like Gaza, a city of just 140 square miles. The city is a semi-circle that borders on the waterfront and stretches to 8 Mile Road.

From time to time, the inmates get uppity and resist their oppressionThe Israelis laughingly refer to their military incursions as “mowing the lawn.” This “landscaping” is designed as a reprisal on the population that any and all resistance will be met with merciless collective punishment. Roughly, a thousand-fold response in Zionism’s calculus.

The top leadership of Israel cut their canines in the American education and business systems. A significant vanguard of the Israeli apartheid, colonial-settler drive to annex Palestinian territory are dual American-Israeli citizens (most of the rest are Euro-Israeli). Just as racism is endemic to conservative American politics, in Israel this concept openly holds that Palestinians (and Arabs in general) are nothing more than “sand-niggers.”

IsraelDet-001The first Israeli Air Force jets came screaming in out of the eastern sun dropping bombs and firing missiles leveling whole areas up the main drag, destroying buildings, infrastructure and vehicles to make open travel nearly impossible.

Along w/the Navy and Army, this opening blast has the universal psychological effect of creating a “war-zone” mentality for the aggressors and their corp-media. City Airport was already leveled and gov’t Caterpillars had scoured its runways.

Navy gunboats rocketed the waterfront, destroying all the port facilities and in at least one instance using children playing on the beach areas for “walking precision” rocket practice.

(An NBC reporter covered the event, but when the Israelis complained, the corp-media pulled him out and replaced him with one more pliable to “proper” reporting. Aggressors don’t really mind the knowledge getting to the public…in fact, they prefer it, it’s part of their terror-strategy.  They just don’t want it officially documented.)

Gaza "rocket" batteries...

Gaza “rocket” batteries…

Army tank artillery had their turn. Many of these events were witnessed by crowds of cheering settlers and others with beer, barbeque and lawn-chairs situated on surrounding hilltops.  Snipers and spotters surrounded the City. During the day, children on roof-tops were often a documented target. “Future terrorists.”

Establishing artillery-fire zeroed in on buildings and other stationary targets. Once zeroed-in, they wait for security and medical personnel to show up and hit it again. There were several instances, documented by journalists and UN personnel, where parents gather who came to pick up their children from the UN schools. Boom! A big score!

GazaFence-001The city is known as the largest outdoor prison ghetto-gulag in the world. With 1.7 million citizens, 2/3rds who are refugees housed in UN agency schools and encampments. The city is surrounded by a high concrete wall–far higher than the former Berlin Wall–with gun-towers and a deep free-fire kill-zone all the way around.
There are several crossing points, all controlled by the Israeli military. Any and all travel, food, medicine, construction materials, etc., is prohibited except by occasional gov’t whim. Several unarmed peace flotillas previously tried to travel there, but were turned back by the Israeli Navy…in at least one case attacked w/a number of activists killed.
All funds donated to the city are confiscated by the gov’t and doled out, if at all, as the Israelis see fit.  I could bore the reader be reciting the next seven weeks that the city was attacked and parts of it occupied by the Army. But a brief catalogue of the final stats should suffice…

GazaB+A-001For sure, there was some token resistance from the elected officials of the city. In fact, the gov’t had warned the population to not elect them or there would be consequences. These are the consequences.
No one questions the ability of the gov’t to utterly wipe the city and its population off the map, much as a previous aggressor did to the Warsaw Ghetto. But then that would be a bit too obvious and might invoke more criticism and opposition.

The gov’t specifically targeted this elected org (Hamas) and all of the city’s infrastructure, including the police, militia, engineers, teachers, medical workers and their vehicles.
The Israelis targeted and destroyed hospitals, schools, the water-works, the power facilities, factories, media centers (killing 17 journalists), stadiums, churches, over 7,000 homes (89,000 seriously damaged), apartment buildings, 237 municipal sites and 1,914 so-called Command & Control centers.
The UN cited stats that the Israeli Army fired a total of 16,507 artillery and tank shells (each of far greater yield than any of the “rockets and mortars” fired by city resistance), a total of 5,830 missiles in 4,028 Air Force sorties, and the Navy an additional 3,494 shells for a total of some 10,000 tons of ordinance.

A total of 520,000 citizens were “displaced” with 2,205 citizens killed of which 1,483 were civilians (513 children), over 10,000 wounded with many losing limbs, eyesight and more.

OH, WAIT A MO…MY BAD…Israel DIDN’T attack Detroit…it was only GAZA after all. But, not to worry…all the stats remain the same…

Gaza6Aug'14-001This story and its reality should be a warning to all of the capacity of all racist nationalisms–Zionism in this case–to delude itself and project its own mirror image on others to sanction hate and mass murder as an acceptable, socially responsible ideology.

Israel’s Zionists simply embodied Euro-American colonial lessons, as well as those from their fascist collaborations in World War-II, and gussied them up in different costumes. Come right down to it… Same old, same old…

Dr. Publico (Nick Medvecky, PsyD), February 2015…

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“Truckers” & the Counter-Culture…

Today, Sunday, January 25th, a reunion is being hosted in Detroit (Farmington Hills) marking some 47+yrs of the Truckers. This is the name that has evolved from a large group of counter-culturalists who at one time or another came together as Boone’s Farm, the Keep on Truckin’ Coop (KOTC) and Big Rapids Distribution Company (BRDC).  (HA! I just learned the Reunion was yesterday, the 24th!!)

While many experiences since 1968 have involved such associations, the format of this article cannot represent more than a brief overview. Nevertheless, I thought I’d post a few personal thoughts and remembrances on my blog site for those who may be interested…

Only a few truckers here '74, but the same vibe (click on image...)

Only a few truckers here ’74, but the same vibe (click on image…)

There’s always been a counter-culture in human society. America’s no exception. In fact, it’s axiomatic that those who opposed the mainstream during our colonial period led to the American Revolution.
One-third opposed as conservatives loyal to the British Crown and its licensed profiteers, and the remaining third did their best to stand on the sidelines. Of course, after the Revolution practically everyone was a Patriot all along.

It’s no accident of history that cultural revolutionists also opposed those crimes against humanity that drove colonialism: Indentured servitude, the theft of a “new” land, the genocide of the Native populations and African slavery.
Their opposition also led to the Civil War in order to complete the promise of the Revolution, freedom for all. But the Confederacy retained political power and has today spread their Jim Crow racist perfidy and predatory conservative rule from 11 to 33 states. Clearly, the Revolution is far from finished…

Examples of other Euro-American counter-cultures include Romanticism (1790–1840), Bohemianism (1850–1910), and the Beat Generation (1944–1964).

A few more, 1978.

A few more, 1978.

Even the earlier Salem Witch Trials (1692) can be perceived as a counter-revolt by Christian-male rule against counter-cultural women who were seeking equal status in society as business owners and operators, mid-wives, medical herbalists, and those who refused to “stay in their place.”

The propertied elite and financial manipulators assumed the helm of the Revolution and today continue their goals for total political and social power. At this moment, a mere 85 individuals on the planet own as much wealth as 3.5 billion others–half the planet. Some think that’s progress…
Rather ironic, since the Earth freely provides all natural resources and working class labor is what converts it into wealth. My opinion is much the same as many of the “Founding Fathers”: Who needs the (then-aristocratic) socio-political rule of worthless parasites? Does not the creative genius of producing humankind possess the attributes to rule itself?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARaised in Rhode Island, NYC and Long Island, at 17 I joined the Army (1959) and served stateside in the 101st Airborne Division. Married to a Nashville girl, I worked and was active in the Civil Rights Movement throughout the Old South. After a year on a chain-gang (and my wife having moved on), I moved North to Detroit in 1965.
I became a Quality Control specialist in the aerospace industry (Detroit’s UAW Local 212). That’s where my political education became refined by 1940’s union and military veteran activists.
I joined the YSA/SWP, was elected to the chairmanship of the DCEWV and co-founder of the Veterans Against the War. After 1967, when masses of vets started returning from the war in Vietnam, we helped in the creation of the VVAW.
In 1968 I was accepted to Wayne State University, which I attended on the GI Bill. (Over many years and other universities, I’ve completed a BS, a Masters and a Doctorate, all in Psychology [PsyD].  I had the potential opportunity to complete an internship thru WSU and the Detroit VA, but at my age and not seeking a clinical practice, I didn’t take it.)

David DennisSalineTo my knowledge, the beginning of the Truckers was in 1968/’69 when an ad was put in WSU’s student daily, the South End, calling for anyone interested in starting a Boone’s Farm Commune. This First Family moved into a house just east of the campus and later to the near west side.
In addition to an initial communal lifestyle and progressive political activism, it also evolved into a business distributing alternative comics, magazines and newspapers of the “underground press” and more. Buildings and trucks were eventually acquired and the business grew.
One of the central figures from the beginning in the ongoing developments of the Truckers was James Rowland Kennedy. Jim was always my main contact w/the Truckers.
Mass demonstrations in Detroit and across the nation brought together disparate elements and issues under the umbrella we all came together on: opposition to the war in Vietnam. This inter-association further radicalized our essential unity of purpose.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn addition to attending WSU, 1968 was also the year that I left the YSA/SWP and focused my politics with John Watson, Editor-in-Chief of the South End  and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. This was a period of great activity on a number of fronts, including the SDS and the formation of the Weathermen.

As Managing Editor of the South End, my January ’69 front-page editorial for secular democracy in Israel-Palestine, created a firestorm of political reaction by both the right and even many liberals. (Israel remains virtually sanctified by the historical usurpation of Judaism by political Zionism.)

That led to my traveling to the Middle East as a guest of the Jewish Agency in Israel and the Palestinian Liberation org, Al Fatah, in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. I also returned in 1970 and ’71 as a free-lance journalist for a variety of newspapers, including the Fifth Estate and the Detroit and London (Ontario) Free Press.

By then, the Truckers had a commune over on Avery and I lived around the corner on Commonwealth, a few blocks west of Wayne campus.
In May of 1970, after the murders of four students at Kent State during a protest of the US invasion of Cambodia, universities across the nation exploded, including WSU.

My sister Jennifer 16 + Les Camionneurs '84

My sister Jennifer 16 + Les Camionneurs ’84

A small group of us (students and faculty) called for a rally on Wayne campus and some 5,000 students and faculty responded. During the protest, an ultra-left group trashed the Engineering bldg and even stoned several classrooms at State Hall.
We called for a strike of the university and after a meet w/President Keast and campus security (and the very real potential for more violent reactions), we were given a free hand and organized our own security force, successfully keeping the provocation of campus and Detroit police off campus.
All of the local radicals, including Kennedy and the Truckers were active during those 10-days of protest. The campus, instead of being closed on strike, was open for classes (adding Viet Nam to their discussions) as the Indochina Institute. We had a democratic assembly, which met daily in DeRoy Auditorium. We fed some 5,000 activists daily on campus during those 10-days, and helped rally information and support at all of the local factories and high schools.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother commune around the corner from the Truckers, Open City, got the franchise to provide food and health services for the Goose Lake International Music Festival held August 7–9, 1970 in Leoni Township, MI. An estimated 200,000 attended. I worked w/Open City during that event.

In late 1970, after returning from a Middle East trip, I moved into the KOTC commune over on Avery. The only room available was a second-floor closet big enough to fit a single mattress, but it was cozy.

After some months I moved to an apartment over Yono’s Market at 3rd and Hancock on Wayne’s Campus. I was active in co-directing the League’s film division, Black Star Productions, w/my then partner, Linda Novenski, as well as securing, editing and distributing a number of Palestinian films we had secured from Italy and the Middle East.

We also worked w/the NY Newsreel crew that came into town to shoot the League’s “Finally Got the News” documentary. The NY Newsreel crew formed another commune on the campus’s near west side for a couple of years during that period.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor a period in the 1971-73 time-frame, I was also active in the development of the campus drug scene. From at least 1966 on, when I experienced reefer thru my contacts at work, the use of reefer, coke, LSD, etc., became part of the campus cultural scene.
Its distribution progressed from several pooling their money in order for one to purchase a lid from a contact, to whomever had the best contacts finding a lucrative enterprise in the business. By ’72 I was handling a hundred pounds or more at a time.
As w/a number of other “underground” enterprises, such fund-raising became a significant aspect of the campus, commune, political scene, but almost always handled discreetly by certain members of the groups. Since drugs were an endemic part of the campus political scene, it made perfect sense to keep the profits w/in that community.
Given the counter-culture/political nature of the groups, as we came into contact w/others from across the country (and internationally, for that matter), such operations were directed to those persons who enjoyed a certain “security” acumen.

This universality of illicit drugs and the resulting profits included right-wingers and gov’t security/intel ops in their own endeavors. Later, during the early ‘80s and Reagan’s Contra-War against Nicaragua, Congressional Iran-Contra Hearings and certain media exposed the CIA’s dealings w/illicit weapons and crack cocaine in order to fund the war that Congress had refused to finance.

CIA contractors imported cocaine into a number of urban black communities, which was then converted to crack for smoking and an instant high. Given this marketing ploy, coke became available to these poor communities as $5, $10 and $20 rocks.Crack was far more devastating to poor communities. Those of us on the left were politically required to cease that business after 1983.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn 1973, I was busy w/a number of political activities. Coleman Young was elected to political power in Detroit. I worked as a campaign coordinator for Attorney Sheldon Halpern’s run for a judgeship and thereafter worked for him as an investigator for much of the next 17-yrs.

My partner in the drug trade, Paul Gribling and I traveled to East Africa, Colombia and other locales. One of the NY Newsreel guys was busted in Canada for importing hashish from Afghanistan (of which my responsibility was getting it into Detroit), and we had to effect an op to rescue that comrade. (Abbie Hoffman was a help in that one.)

In that period, the KOTC had moved their commune to Big Rapids, MI, and became the BRDC. I never visited there myself. I was also somewhat active w/Jack Forrest and the White Panthers across the Lodge Freeway from my Hancock apt.

For a period in 1977-78 I worked as a Trucker out of the BRDC warehouse on the SW side and the riverfront in Detroit after they moved back to Detroit. By then, the core Trucker membership had evolved from a commune into a coop with each family having their own residence.
In ’77, after flying three of the Truckers to Chicago for meets w/the Levy alternative distribution group there, Kennedy introduced me to a friend of his who was active in the coke trade. He needed a pilot to make discreet runs to the Florida Keys and back. After a few of those runs, Bobby A. was attracted to the ease of flying, became a pilot himself and purchased a Piper Aztec.

I later dabbled again in the coke trade, but by ’83 with the CIA/DEA competition and the devastating impart on the Black and poor communities, I quit the drug trade altogether.

(Kind of ironic, given that by ’85 I was fully back into criminal defense investigation work, the feds indicted me for cocaine conspiracy in ’89 and I was given the choice of “cooperation” or trial. They wanted the names and history of my former activities. I chose the latter and got 25-yrs in prison.)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile the relative short format of this blog leaves out far more than I’ve put in, I hope the links provide anyone interested w/more info.  I currently live some 4-hrs north of Detroit in Grayling, MI, the Heart of the North Country.
Given this all-too-brief and tangential taste of Trucker lore, perhaps someone w/time, energy and real knowledge  (Michael? Lee Ann?) would like to pursue a far more complete history of the subject?

I would only add that any Truckers who wish to make corrections and/or additions to this article, by all means feel free to do so by contacting me. Updates are quite simple.

So, all-in-all, my time and association with and as a Trucker was quite an adventure.

Dr. Publico (Nick Medvecky, PsyD), January 2015…

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THE BURGLARY…

The discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI by Betty Medsger (2014, Alfred A. Knoph). The following is a guest-review by Raff Ellis:

Journalist/Author Betty Medsger

Journalist/Author Betty Medsger

On March 8, 1971, a small group of amateur burglars broke into the Media, PA, FBI office and emptied their file cabinets. The story of the perpetrators behind the burglary had remained hidden from public view for nearly 40 years.

Quite unexpectedly, two of the participants blurted out their involvement to author Betty Medsger during a routine social encounter. The couple who confessed to the crime hadn’t intended to make this admission for it was a secret they and their six cohorts had vowed to take to their graves. Medsger was shocked, and the revelation sent her on a mission to interview others who were involved, convince them to go public, and to tell their story in an engrossing book she titled, The Burglary.

Author Medsger uses the burglary as a springboard to discuss not only the excesses of the FBI, but also the CIA and NSA. Along the way she examines the lack of intelligence agency oversight by fawning presidents and a permissive Congress.

FBIburglary-001Her conclusion is that the Media heist became the sine qua non for all the ensuing investigations of the FBI—an unbridled, de facto “secret police” force.

The later demythologizing of Hoover and his gang has left a lingering aroma of suspicion surrounding any governmental sanctioned spying on its citizenry.

Although this concern waxes and wanes with a largely apathetic public, it was given a significant boost in attention by the recent Snowden disclosures.
The strength of the book lies in its compilation of a series of historical events in one volume so readers can see the linkages between them and how a complete lack of control left an unscrupulous J. Edgar Hoover free to become the unchallenged dictator of American law enforcement.

Hoover is shown not only to be a racist and a devious lawbreaking rationalizer, but also one dedicated to self-indulgent prejudices. His personal views mandated who would be investigated, continually spied upon, and/or have their homes broken into and personal possessions seized.

His predilection for seeing Communist inspiration in every protest movement–be it anti-war, civil rights, or freedom of speech–guided his activities long after such a “menace” had disappeared. At the end there were more FBI agents and informers posing as Commies than there were actual members of the party.
FBIemperor-002To most Americans the revelation of illegal secret activities would seem incredulous given the public’s innate trust of the government and its vaunted FBI. Faith in that institution had been cultivated and taken for granted for many years, aided and abetted by Hoover’s masterful PR campaign.

Surely the FBI, the premier arm of the American justice system, wouldn’t disregard or break the law, would they? Surely Hoover, the director of this feared and revered agency, wouldn’t disregard orders and twist interpretations of laws to allow him to continue illegal activities, would he?

Once the Media files began leaking to the public, first by the Washington Post—where author Medsger was then employed, Hoover went into full court press mode. He tried to intimidate newspaper publishers to not reveal any of the purloined FBI files by implying they would be violating the law and would therefore be prosecuted. He also employed his secret army of spies, many of whom actually worked at newspapers, to help plug the leaks.

The panicked director even went so far as suggesting to Congressional friends that a law be passed that would make it illegal to possess or make public these stolen documents. Washington Post Publisher, Katherine Graham, made the heroic decision to break the story despite the rest of the Fourth Estate’s initial timidity about taking on the FBI.

Prior to the break-in, whenever questions arose about his agency’s activities, Hoover would slyly let his superiors—and anyone else who had notions about investigating him or his fiefdom—know that other damning information in his possession would also have to be revealed. Hoover’s death a year after the Media break-in rendered this ploy ineffective. It is assumed that his blackmail files were destroyed by his secretary to protect her revered boss’ reputation.

But the real story is about the group of amateur burglars themselves who, regardless of the specter of serious prison time, chose to go ahead with their audacious mission in the hope they could prove that the FBI was illegally spying on their anti-war activities. Not only were they genuinely surprised at the contents of the burgled treasure trove but also in retrospect that the mighty FBI was never able to find out who they were.

Hoover with life-partner, Clyde Tolson.

Hoover with life-partner, Clyde Tolson.

For all its flaunted “always get their man” mantra, the agency was revealed most often to be an inefficient, bungling group of Inspector Clouseaus. Despite Hoover regularly dedicating 40% of his budget to domestic spying, the Bureau never was credited with uncovering any terrorism plots.

The most disheartening conclusions that one draws from this book is how, even after all the revelations, the FBI remains imbued with a culture that resists oversight and obfuscates investigations into their activities. Their actions seem aimed at not only protecting the legacy of its long-deceased director, but also to preserve its freedom to restrict the freedom of others.

The book also points out how the Obama administration has not only refused to dismantle or repeal any of the post 9-11 directives that permit First and Fourth Amendment violations of its citizenry, it has sought to increase them.

In fact the government has outright lied about the nature and depth of domestic spying and stepped up the prosecution of whistleblowers. It is doubly discouraging when one considers that Obama is the first president with a Constitutional Law background.

Criticisms of this book pertain to the organization and amount of repetition that one has to endure. The author seems to believe that if something is worth saying once, it is worth saying two or three times. Nonetheless, the material contained in this work is well worth the time needed to consume the nearly 600 pages it occupies.

Excerpts should definitely be used in civics classes at all levels of our educational system. It is sobering, and well worth remembering, that the revelations made two generations ago required a criminal act to bring a secretive, law-violating judicial arm of the government to heel.

Raff Ellis & Antar...

Raff Ellis & Antar…

It is important to continually reaffirm that unconstitutional governmental excesses and lawlessness remain a threat to our guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom from illegal search and seizure. These principles are more at risk in the current atmosphere of fear, which is accepted by much of the passive or frightened public.

The clear message of this book is, “Please wake up and don’t let this happen again.

The reviewer, Raff Ellis, can be found at www.raffellis.com. Raff is an acquaintance of several years and is himself the author of Kisses from a Distance (2007), Dam Foolishness (2011) and The Bishop’s Curse (2014).  He’s a former computer industry business executive and lives w/his family in Orlando, FL.

Dr. Publico (Nick Medvecky, PsyD) January 2015…

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Prison Cellmates & Jobs…

If and when I write a formal memoir—an autobiography—it would have to include the third of my life that I’ve spent in jails and prisons … some 25-yrs.  A significant aspect of those experiences would be cellmates and jobs… (But I’m kinda like Meyer Lansky; a full memoir? Not likely.)

Co-defendant Larry Genoa & Author, FCI McKean, PA, 1995

Co-defendant Larry Genoa & Author, FCI McKean, PA, 1995

Within a certain context, there is a freedom in prison of association. The First Law is that wardens, counselors, case managers and corrections officers—all being part of an institutional bureaucracy—spend most of their time making things easy for themselves. This includes writing and interpreting the rules to best suit their own situation.
The Second Law is that prisoners themselves are relatively free to associate (live, work, etc.) … within the context of the First Law, of course.

(The American Gulag is essentially a vast system of over 2.3 million prisoners housed in over 4,575 prisons; second-place Russia has 1,029.)

The only other preamble I would draw here is that there are a variety of  trial, sentence, age, security level, ethnic group and politics, in addition to crime factors, that enter into how prisoners associate w/each other.

(The American prison system tends to treat all prisoners the same w/out special privileges, dressing them in nondescript uniforms even as they proclaim that they seek to rehabilitate them for the “free world.” One might wonder how they really view that “free world.” A mass blend of twilight bland ruled by an elite few? They decry “communism,” yet create an institution that projects their pathological image of it.)

Wayne County Jail, Detroit, 1989

Wayne County Jail, Detroit, 1989

Prisoner association of generally equal group and “rank” is common. Either we’re assigned that way, or we seek each other out and are so assigned.

After 9-months in Detroit’s Wayne County Jail, my first prison cellmate at FCI Milan, MI, 1990, was a Colombian engineer who had worked for the US gov’t. He lived in Washington, DC, and had a wife and two young girls. He had an American “friend” who pestered him for a coke contact. (He either knew none or didn’t want to be involved.)
One afternoon while he was at work, this “friend” dropped off a package at his house, giving it to his wife. She left it on the dining room table for her husband. After he arrived home, the feds hit the house and busted them both (it was a kilo of sugar w/a smattering of coke. Under US law, that counts the full weight as coke).
Long story short: Unwilling or unable to produce a source for coke, the prosecutor offered him a plea-deal to 14-yrs or they would prosecute his wife. He took it. After his conviction they also pressed his Colombian wife for coke contacts. Not “cooperating,” they prosecuted her for the possession of a kilo of cocaine. She got 10-yrs. They had their two little girls sent to Spain to live w/relatives.

FCI Ray Brook, NY

FCI Ray Brook, NY

In 1991, I was transferred to FCI Ray Brook, Lake Placid, NY. It was originally the Athlete’s Village for the 1980 Winter Olympics. My first cellmate was a general contractor from Virginia. He scammed the banks out of several $million and got 10-yrs.
One day he showed me a state indictment from VA for scamming the sub-contractors as well and asked for my advice. I advised him to file for a speedy trial assuming there was a good chance that VA wouldn’t comply w/in the required time limit (70-days), and would otherwise tend to accept a plea for a consecutive sentence while serving his federal time. (He could always cop a plea down the line…)
He rebuked me as he had come to “accept Jesus as his savior” and would plead guilty and throw himself on the mercy of the court. I gave him Jesus’s advice: “Render onto Caesar…  To the Criminal Justice System, you’re just a coonskin on the wall.” When I saw him next, he had an additional 14-yrs to serve in Virginia after he completed his federal sentence.

Other cellmates at Ray Brook included a Lufthansa airline pilot w/a kilo of heroin under his flight seat; a Vietnamese ship’s captain, caught w/a load of Thai-stick off the coast of Hawaii; and a Cuban Brigade 2506 commander from the Bay of Pigs invasion, who was a chiropractor who defrauded Medicare.
My work assignment at Ray Brook was as an Account’s Payable clerk disbursing about a $250,000/month to vendor’s of the prison facility and UNICOR (Federal Prison Industries. Inc.). I determined the payments according to Treasury Dept guidelines, processed the computer billing, and passed it on to my supervisor. When I disqualified a $300,000 payment to local contractors for prison work, the fit hit the shan. (Of their $900,000 billing, I only approved $600,000).

(All UNICOR moneys, to and fro, are disbursed thru accounts w/the US Treasury Dept. I was merely following their own guidelines [granted, as a former criminal investigator, I could smell the contractor rip a mile away, but I didn’t take into account the “cozy” deal between certain prison personnel and the locals]. Taken from my cell early one morning soon thereafter, I was given a round of “diesel therapy” to another prison.)

Seamus Moley & Author, FCI Schuylkill, PA, 1993

Seamus Moley & Author, FCI Schuylkill, PA, 1993

FCI Schuylkill, PA, was new in 1992 and w/out a seasoned comptroller or experienced business staff, UNICOR hired me as Payroll Clerk. Among several cellmates over the next 3-yrs, my most memorable was Seamus Moley (shamus mooley), an IRA officer from Northern Ireland who had been busted for buying a Stinger Missile.

(We hit it off right away when he found out that my mother’s side was all-Irish, and that I could describe precisely the training camp he had attended in Syria … where I had been a journalist attached to the same PFLP-GC commandos.)

It was an entrapment scheme so blatant that the Miami federal court judge dismissed most of the indictments and only sentenced Seamus to 5-yrs for the one guilty verdict.
Unfortunately, the gov’t, being pissed off at the Miami judge, waited ‘til Seamus almost completed his sentence, then re-indicted him in another jurisdiction on the dismissed charges, which that judge allowed and gave him an additional 10-yrs.

Other cellmates at Schuylkill included a young dead-head (follower of the Grateful Dead) who was sentenced to 40-yrs for a 3rd-strike felony (#1 a lid of reefer; #2 a lid of reefer; #3 a sheet of LSD thru the mail); a smuggler pilot who’s airfield and aircraft were confiscated by the feds, which has since become Air America for the DEA/CIA; and a Replug PA state legislator busted for taking a 10-yr-old boy across the state line for a little diddly-time.

In 1994, w/the help of Congressman Sander Levin’s office, I was transferred to FCI McKean, PA (a lot closer to Detroit and family visits).  Well-known to federal prisoners as “Dream McKean.”

Peter MacDonald

Peter MacDonald

My most significant cellmate at FCI McKean was Peter MacDonald, former Chief of the Navajo Nation for 5-terms (20-yrs). Pete was given 14-yrs for “conspiring to overthrow the gov’t…” There was an election dispute on the res, it got violent, two Sheriff’s officers were “kidnapped” and two of Pete’s supporters were killed. Pete wasn’t even there at the time.

I learned a lot about Native American history from Pete. From the age of 7, he was raised in a gov’t-Christian missionary school (as was law for all Native Americans), forbidden to speak his language, wear Native garb or hair, and forbidden to practice their religion.
At 15 he joined the Marines (1944) and became a Navajo Code-Talker serving in the Pacific and China. After the war he got an electrical engineering degree from Oklahoma State on the GI Bill, and joined Hughes Aircraft as a Project Manager for the Polaris Submarine Missile Program. When he retired back to the res, he was elected to the Chairmanship (Chief).

(On Clinton’s last act as President, he commuted Pete’s sentence, after he had already served almost 10-yrs.)

While not a cellmate, I spent some time w/Gene Gotti (John’s brother) out on the track. I knew a number of the Detroit Family (working as an investigator to both criminal and civil plaintiff attorneys) and we spent time swapping stories.
At one point, Gene suggested that I distance myself from Novi Tocco, nephew to the Detroit Don (whom I knew from Detroit and often visited my cell). That was just before Novi went back to Detroit to strike a deal w/the feds in return for testifying against his own family (father and uncle). What a slimeball.

In 2001, I was transferred to FCI Jesup, GA. Around 11am on September 11th, I was unceremoniously thrown into the hole (Segregated Housing Unit) incommunicado. I learned the story of 9/11 over 50 days later when I was released and sent back to work and my housing unit. Just a little reminder of the essential political character of my conviction.

Scott Robin Roston

Scott Robin Roston

After that period they put me in a cell w/one of the weirdest characters I’ve ever met. Pretty much a doppelgänger for Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) or vice versa.  Scott Robin Roston is a stone OCD psychopath. Nine days into his honeymoon back in ’88 aboard a cruise ship he beat his bride unconscious and threw her off the ship to her death.

Witnesses said they argued at dinner over her eating sweets and using the wrong fork for her salad. Several days into my celling w/this freak I awoke in the night to his standing in front of the commode, whipping his willie w/one hand while he held his thumb up his ass w/the other.

I went ballistic. He apologized saying he didn’t think I’d mind, and it took me several months to get the f*ck outta there. My Case Manager said they’d move me asap “but it’s difficult to find any inmates who will bunk w/him.” They had to wait ’til some newbies were transferred in.  No shit!?! (P.S.: This sex predator is scheduled to get out July 8th, 2017. Be aware.)

In 2006, after one of one of my 6-month Program Review interviews, the Unit Manager took me aside and asked me if I knew that my file contained a Secret Service, FOIA-Exempt security section.
I told her that I did know (I already knew what was in it because an SIS lieutenant had privately allowed me to read it). She asked me that since I had at least 6-yrs remaining on my sentence (of 25-yrs, minus 15% Good Time), would I prefer to be in a prison camp (no fence, community privileges)? Yes, of course.
She advised me that she would get notice to the Secret Service that the BOP was misusing their information to bar me from a proper lower security status. (I knew that the file included a notice by the Secret Service to the BOP that I had been cleared of all threat allegations.)

Author w/Kaley at Auburn University Vet School Show, 2006

Author w/Kaley at Auburn University Vet School Show, 2006

She notified me a couple of months later that my status was changed and I would be sent to the first available camp. (My non-snitch and political quasi-status, often earned me the respect of both inmates and staff. Part of the prisoner hierarchy.)

I was soon sent to the camp at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, and was assigned as a dog-handler w/the freedom of the base and downtown Montgomery (in order to socialize the dog to the public for later advanced training). Quite a change after 16-yrs behind the walls, eh?

Before I got my dog Kaley (who lived w/me and went everywhere I did), one of my cellmates at Maxwell AFB was former Congressman Ed Mezvinski (D-IA). Before he was a Congressman, he was an investigator during the Watergate Hearings, of which we had many interesting discussions.

Marc Mezvinsky & Chelsea Clinton.

Marc Mezvinsky & Chelsea Clinton.

He was convicted of fraud and got 5-yrs. The camp PA-system confused our names all the time … we had to both respond to their calls. His son, Marc, married Chelsea Clinton. Small world, eh?

Two years later, I was transferred to the camp at the Pensacola Naval Air Station where I was sent to a Navy school for training as a haz-mat officer. When I completed training, I was assigned a 4-man crew, three haz-mat vehicles, and the security codes of all areas of the base (including the Blue Angels’ compound). What more could a federal prisoner ask for?

(What I found especially ironic was that two of my assigned crew were former pilots at Pensacola. One a Navy F-16 Falcon chief instructor, and the other an F-4 Phantom Marine fighter pilot w/73 combat missions over Viet Nam. They were convicted of tax evasion…)

Former Congressman, Ed Mezvinski (D-IA).

Former Congressman, Ed Mezvinski (D-IA).

After two more years, for a total of 20, I was selected for a 2-yr early out (to home arrest in Detroit). It was a Congressional Program for Elderly Offenders. Although clearly qualified, many were routinely refused (the BOP doesn’t like being told what to do). I was fortunate to have Congressman Charlie Rangel as a sponsor.

Over the years, my cellmates also included an Air Force general, police officers, CEOs, Mafia figures, Israelis, Palestinians, rock musicians and numerous pilots (being one myself) who flew choppers in ‘Nam, CIA-Contra traffickers, 3-different Colombian drug cartel pilots and more. Never a dull moment.

I had the opportunity to complete a 2-yr psych internship thru WSU and the VA (I have a fully accredited PsyD), but I figured going into clinical practice at the age of 70 would be a bit much.

My current (and last?) roommate up here in the Heart of the North Country (Grayling, MI) is Boo. Best pussy I’ve ever had. I got him at the shelter and he pretty much totally ignores me… Just the way I like it.

Dr. Publico (Nick Medvecky, PsyD), January 2015…

 

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A Few Thoughts for the New Year…

In 1963 I turned 21. I was living in Nashville and active in civil rights. Occasionally it was quite brutal, but never w/out a sense of our righteousness and eventual victory. I’m not sure I have that same sense today…

TrickleDown-001 (2)The average yearly income was $5,700. (That’s $44,000 in today’s money.) You could buy a new car for $3,000, and a new home for an average of $12,500. You could gas your car for $5 (27¢/gallon), and $20 would buy a family a week’s groceries.
The minimum wage was $1.25 ($9.65 today), and first-class postage or a Hershey bar for a nickel. One need not strain to see that when you factor the wage, price and inflationary elements, we have quite literally gone backwards in real wages and buying power.
The equity between the relative wealth of the ruling class and the rest of us was far more equal then than it is today. Whatever has been “lost” by the working class has been more than accumulated by the wealthy 1% … quite literally. And this is no accident of history.

The average ratio of income of CEO vs. worker in 1963 was about 20-to-1. Today it’s 354-to-1. In other words, CEO’s literally earn more today while standing at the urinal than workers make in a year. And they believe that’s still not enough…

Born in the summer of ’42, I grew up in the post-World War-II era. Millions returned home after the war to an economy converted to consumerism.
While the war years were a period of great sacrifice, the GI Bill and a variety of liberal (FDR/LBJ; Social Security, the War on Poverty, Medicare…) legislation aimed at a bottom-up approach helped guarantee jobs and significant assistance in a college education and the purchase of homes (including myself, after my military service). Today, that’s all being dismantled.

UnionMem...-001Union membership back in ‘63 was about 30% of the workforce, today it’s 11%. Scholars correctly assert that the rising income equality in the US is significantly attributable to the decline of the labor movement and union membership.

After the War and coming out of the Great Depression, a Jim Crow South (and North, for that matter), and a period of record growth for unionism, voter enfranchisement, more equality for women and greater equity between the classes, the nation entered the ‘60s w/the promise of a cultural and social revolution on the agenda.

But that’s the funny thing about democracy. The masses are free to organize themselves as they see fit and elect people they believe will represent them.
But the corporate and wealthy profiteers are free to buy those reps, have legislation enacted that serves precisely their interests, and abolish and deregulate controls, which are in direct contradiction to the interests of the masses.
Further, they are free to buy the media—today of which over 90% is owned and operated by six corporations.

DixieJusticeIf you’re a racist, a nativist, seeking the faux-lotto day-dream of ultra-wealth classism, a misogynist, an NRA militia type, a fundo-Christian, and/or a basic conservative bigot, you are probably a Republican … or worse.

While the majority of the masses are Democratic, the leadership of that Party is pro-capital; there is no major progressive alternative in America.

Since the post-Civil War period, the wealthy corporatist elite made a concerted drive to own and operate the Republican Party in toto. After Roosevelt (Teddy), they succeeded.
Even so, their numbers are not enough to win elections for them. But their political powers assert a vast variety of inter-connecting acts and controls that limit universal voter freedom, abetted by the sad fact that a significant number of the “masses” utterly fail to participate in their own electoral freedoms.

Many people have the peculiar belief that once they vote or enact a favorable piece of legislation, their role is accomplished. The parasitic predators know better, they never give up.
Since the early 1960s, conservative cadre have been extremely active. While many in the public pay attention to their top-end politics, these cadre have perfected a sleight-of-hand, bottom-up strategy to capture political power in America. Neo-liberal “opposition” is merely a weak-sister quasi-collaborator.
They now effectively control the governorships and/or legislatures of 33 states, the entire US Congress, and most judiciaries, including the US Supreme Court. In other words, factoring their “Southern Strategy” from the post LBJ period when the number of Confederate states was 11, today it’s a super-majority.

The military is a volunteer, proto-mercenary force primarily staffed by a low-wage, surplus-worker population w/corporatist contractors free to profiteer at will. The nation’s police have effectively been para-militarized and turned loose upon any and all resisting populations.
Those surplus workers who fail to survive tracking into a felony record reside in the largest prison gulag in the history of the planet … and are otherwise under the supervision of the criminal justice system. Those who do survive that process are welcome to advance into the police-state apparatus.

After the American “Reichstag Fire” opportunity (9/11) allowed/abetted by the Bush-Cheney Administration, the Patriot Act was enacted to secure a lawful apparatus to begin the process of creating a full-blown security-state.
Bush-Cheney created Homeland Security in order to establish centralized power over 187 federal agencies, both existing and new.

NoConst.-001The TSA was created to control public travel in the US w/a force of more than 47,000 agents. ICE was created for internal border controls w/15,000 agents, and the Border Patrol itself has since been beefed up to 21,000 agents.This includes a virtual Constitution-free zone around all US borders, which includes all of Michigan and 2/3rds of the US population.

One can witness today a carte blanche free-fire, kill-zone effectively created in the US. Those lumpen workers who are otherwise conservative (not yet liberalized by social maturity), of psycho-sociopathic low intelligence (high-intelligence testers are not welcome), and being felony-free, are encouraged to apply for these positions.
But all is not lost (to the ruling interests) even if one does have a felony record. There are a growing variety of “SA/Brown-Shirt” opportunities in the corp/NRA-sponsored Tea Party, KKK, Replug thuggery and militias ready to perform the front-line, dirty work of stand-by auxiliary terrorists.

(Their “anti-gov’t” naiveté will be forgiven when they’ve completed their national Kristallnacht expectations and they’ll eventually be folded into the state security apparatus … or executed if they fail to comply.)

If you think this is all a bit extreme in commentary–that America is essentially a democracy and will prevail thru these fascist-corporatist nightmares—well, it’s all been done before.

I recall when I was the Managing Editor of the South End newspaper at WSU, Detroit (1968-69), and we published the authority/obedience experiments by Stanley Milgram, a Yale psychologist.
He was initially studying why subject populations, such as the Germans, would accept the rule of fascism. He found that the American population was even more susceptible to such controls. And here we are…

My own researches as a forensic psych doctoral student (PsyD) into socio-moral development, led me to conclude that a central ideological feature of the national American culture is individualism. This is an advantage in terms of seeking personal goals and wealth, but a disadvantage in developing social consciousness and responsibility. Good for the 1%, growing impoverishment for the rest of us.
More and more we are seeing the gross pathology of this national-cultural trait. While the idea of total individual freedom is quite intoxicating, beyond a certain point it’s also quite idiopathic (existing w/out redeeming social connection).
A brief read into the Piaget-Kohlberg theorem/analyses of socio-moral maturation, will demonstrate how people normally progress thru life from infantilism, focused on individual needs, wants and desires, into progressively more mature phases … or not.
Some, because of early gross authority, trauma and other causes, become arrested in their development and cease to progress into higher levels of socio-moral maturity.

TSA 20% Scan...

TSA 20% Scan…

Conservatives (by definition, those on the low-end scale of undevelopment) naturally seek “positive” answers for their condition. Ayn Rand’s “rational selfishness” is one such rationale. It gives these individuals the faux-belief in an Übermensch ideology; that they are, in fact, at the highest state, not the lowest, that one can achieve.

Those of us of a certain age who have experienced an America, a world, that all too briefly lived somewhat more than just the illusion of Camelot, look upon the world today as a very dangerous place.
If somehow masses of people don’t come to actively participate in constitutional democracy and successful resistance to corporate power, things are going to get a lot more brutal and savage.

In 1865, the Union defeated the armies of the slavers. The South was occupied and the Freedman’s Bureau guaranteed equal rights. Then, carpetbaggers moved in and plundered what survived the war. Within a dozen years, by 1877, the Republican Party sold it all out and the South won the political war. The Black Codes and Jim Crow descended to bring about a condition Worse Than Slavery; a condition we still fight today.

In the 1940s the Allies prevented fascist rule of the planet. The planet has now entered a stage where there are no “Allied Powers” to come to the rescue of a world gone mad. It’s literally up to We, the People

Dr. Publico (Nick Medvecky, PsyD), January 2015…

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RELIGION: The Second Oldest Scam…

Maybe I’m wrong and 84% of the world that identifies as religious is correct… ¿Quien sabe?  It seems to me that the more advanced (or at least older) that the world gets, the crazier are its religions.  One would think that things would get more rational…

Religions-001Take the current World Axis of Evil for instance, the Judeo-Christian-Islamic mega-cult: If we believe their own writings, the originator some 4000-yrs-ago was Abram, the son of an Oracle Priest (or an idol-peddler) named Terah from the City of Ur in the ancient Sumerian Empire.
Terah, Abram, his half-sister/wife Sarai, and the rest of the extended family relocated to the Land of the Canaanites, Phoenicians and others. They changed their names to Abraham and Sarah, elected one of the Sumerian pantheon—the mountain storm god—as their personal tribal god, and made claim to all the lands of Canaan. Still do, in fact.
Lest anyone try to impose another god, Abraham claimed his god as the one and only supreme god of the entire universe. Further, he took the core of the ancient Sumerian Epics as his own story of Genesis after editing them considerably.

(After all, w/the rapid decline of Sumer who would ever know? Never realizing that some 3800-yrs later, the ancient sands would offer up cuneiform tablets from the Sumer archives.)

Abraham claimed that his god offered him and his chosen progeny exclusive rights to the land he intended to usurp.  “A land w/out a people, a people w/out a land,” indeed.
In furtherance of his own call and claims, he fathered a son by his Egyptian servant-girl, Hagar. But following the pharaonic practice of sister-love, he also had a son with his half-sister, Sarah, and his god then rejected the first kid, commanding the young man and his mother to wander the desert for eternity.

In his dotage, Abraham decided to slit the throat of his sister’s kid, Isaac, but got lucid at the last moment (Isaac later claimed all inheritance to himself) and that was the auspicious beginnings of Judaism. Oh yeah, after Sarah died, Abraham had six more sons with another women, Keturah, probably one of his concubines. He shipped all them off as well.

SumerCrescent-001Two millenia later, the self-messianic step-son of a $millionaire contractor, Yeshua (Jesus), took on the Romans and the Jewish establishment.

(His 12-yr-old mother, a Temple Virgin auctioned off to the contractor-widower, had got preggers when her betrothed was off w/his sons on a Roman job in Lebanon; all of them, that is, except the youngest, James, 17.)

Failing to establish a revolutionary vanguard cadre and winning over the masses, he was betrayed, arrested, convicted, tortured and executed.
However, there already actually existed a “Christian”/cross-based insurrectionist slave movement throughout Rome and the colonies; they simply lacked an appropriate figure-head martyr. Saul (Paul), a Jewish-Roman leader, failed to be accepted by the original cadre, so he extending his executed “messiah” (along w/a revolutionary-resurrection story) to the Gentiles and ran w/it. Modern Christianity was thus born.

Another 600-yrs-later, an Arabist leader, Mohammad, a merchantman, got the same idea, chose one of the jinni as his one and only true god—modeled after the Judaic-Christian one—and Islam was born. Lord, I can’t wait for the next one…

(Personally, as a secular humanist and a Forensic Psychologist (PsyD), I’m convinced that in terms of the actual behavior and actions of these individuals and groups, religion per se is merely a convenient excuse and faux-rationale for their inclination to do what they otherwise intend in any event.)

Various religious phases have apparently prevailed on Earth in regards to our relatively short tenure as a species (200,000±yrs) … much less our far shorter “civilized” development.

EarthMotherThe first one I deduce is the phase of female-inspiration fixed to fertility and animist spirituality—later vilified as paganism—eventually creating the general ancestral concept of a Mother Goddess and the planet as a living organism, Gaia (circa 30,000±yrs ago).
This occurred along w/the male hunter/free range ancestral concept of sky-based, daddy-gods ruling all below.
The most recent phenom—as I opened with above, circa 4,000-yrs-ago–was the creation of a monotheistic god creating and ruling the entire cosmos, but who curiously (?) retains its family/tribal preference of a “chosen” few (namely, those who invented it).
This conceptual god, as are all others, is clearly a direct reflection of its creators: Extremely jealous, vengeful, punitive, retributional, misogynistic and infantile.

(All in all, in fact, an accurate representation of the lack of socio-moral development as are 3-yr-olds and those older w/arrested developmental issues, in other words, conservatives.)

I start w/the first “religion” on Earth as the original spirituality expressed by female heads of families. Archaeo-anthropological sites have established rather definitively that females essentially ruled the home, hearth and family units.
This has been established by the stones and bones of ancient sites confirming the abiding presence of women, children and old and infirm males. One could presume that healthy males gathered outside of the home for the hunt, circle-jerks and ritualistic behaviors (not to mention getting out of mundane but critical family work).

Inanna, Sumerian Goddess of love, fertility, and warfare, ca. 4,000 BCE.

Inanna, Sumerian Goddess of love, fertility, and warfare, ca. 4,000 BCE.

Females may well have created more than their share of the arts as well. In addition to making home utensils, clothes, providing some 90+% of the diet of herbs and small snared and netted animals, they also largely created cave-art ascertained by the fact that most of the hand-flutings are apparently female. Also, the oldest family/tribal totems are universally female fertility objects.

I can imagine that males out on the range under the stars (females more generally focused on the Earth and what it can provide), telling each other tall tales and ancestral stories, thus creating a more detached embodiment of a supreme deity much along the lines of their fathers and their fathers ad infinitum.

At that earlier period, there would hardly be any cause for resentment or competition between these gender-based beliefs as they existed in quite disparate worlds.

However, there was apparently a second major development … a transition phase at some point from this free-range lifestyle and developing realities imposed by greater populations, lesser large game available nearby (always comprising a very small percentage of the home-family diet in any event) and a gathering of far larger, extended tribal groupings.

These conditions led to greater monogamous family relations (male ruled, the only way they know), albeit still communal in assemblage, and the development of socio-economic relations, specialization in production and the division of labor. Leaders of these relational developments further led to trade specialties and to those assuming leadership (and a cut) as their role in infrastructure management.
Along this latter track to “civilization,” the relative power between males and females came to the fore and remains so to this day. Religion is merely a reflection of that relationship, much the same as religion is a partner-reflection of all socio-political-economic relations in society.

PreyVultures-001Thru humanity’s brief and bloody social history—at least the past 10,000±yrs—we’ve witnessed a succession of brutalities that continue to this day. Religion shares the lead in that competition.

It’s always amused me—in an ironic sort of way—that religion can both serve and suppress. Both the slaver and the enslaved can find scripture to suit their situation. He who wishes to punish and oppress can find support in its writings, as well as those seeking salvation from the imbedded alternative belief-systems.

One of the default arguments I often run into is when the believer asks, “Where do you think all this came from?” (As if anyone could answer that.) His own answer of course is that it was all created by a God.

When I ask, Where did your god come from? The answer is invariably, “He always existed.”

Fine, I reply, there’s your answer: The universe itself always existed…by your own logic! Why keep inventing more turtles?

Oh yeah … the world’s Oldest Scam? The male-based “ideology” of predatory “economics.” Been runnin’ now for .. how long? Some 10,000±yrs?

Quant à moi? Je suis Charlie…

Dr. Publico (nick Medvecky, PsyD), January 2015…

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Afghanistan — 101…

As America’s longest war drags on in Afghanistan, we would do well to take a look at that nation’s history and our involvement. None of this occurred in a vacuum. But before the War for Fun & Profit crowd got deep into their parasitic personal quest for total wealth looting the resources of other peoples, the world used to be a lot more open and friendly place…

HippieTrail-001The first time I traveled to Istanbul, I discovered the great Beatnik-Hippie Trail. As a working journalist from 1969-thru-’73, I ran into literally thousands of youth traveling on the cheap everywhere I went.
Cultural icons of the day inspired a generation to hit the road on a journey of self-discovery. Jack Kerouac published “On the Road” in ’57; beat poet Allen Ginsberg moved to Varanasi, India, in ’62; the Beatles went to India w/the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi; and Cat Stevens — who would become Yusuf Islam — went to Kathmandu.

Unlike the usual American middle-class tourists and embassy, business and military personnel, these young people went everywhere and had far greater interaction with the locals. They were free-spirited and many smoked reefer and hashish. All along the Trail, inexpensive hostels and cafés catered to their free spirit and pocketbooks.
They backpacked, hitchhiked, took bikes, VWs and Datsuns…often hand-crafted into personal traveling homes. Special cheap transport, buses, trains and airways also catered to this trade. Icelandic Air was a usual source of affordable travel from the US to Europe. At one time, a train ticket from London to Delhi could be as inexpensive as $45.

Coca Museo, La Paz, Bolivia

Coca Museo, La Paz, Bolivia

Everywhere I traveled throughout my political and combat reportage in Europe; Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan in the Middle East; and Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa, these spirits were there. (Included were travels throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America.)

Stopping at any of their campsites for the night (light and clear roads not usually being parts of the infrastructure) was always an instant festival of sorts w/music, dancing and info-sharing around communal campfires w/hippies from America, Ireland, Britain, Germany, Japan—you name it. Most important was the info-sharing…areas to visit or problematic ones to avoid.
You want to know where a safe and welcome nude beach was? Welcoming natives? Best hash deals? What to avoid? Great markets? Places to stay? Not-to-miss events and sites? Stop at these nightly encampments all along the Hippie Trail

I recall later listening to how the CIA* complained after 9/11 that they did not have info/agents in radical orgs throughout these regions. Small wonder: They were forbidden to dress the fashions or act the culture… They never trusted anyone but themselves. Agents in the FBI, CIA, etc., could literally be fired–or shipped out to the boonies–for violations of the dress code or “proper” haircuts. At best, they were a joke, at worst, pure evil…

(*Joe Weisberg, former CIA op, and author of the current faux-Fox TV show, “The Americans” states: “It was all kind of BS. The intelligence they were providing wasn’t worth anything to the U.S. government. But what one did to collect that intelligence was ask people to really risk their lives — for a lot of nothing.”)

Going native...

Going native…

In fact, that’s what contributed to 9/11… When they came to power in January 2001, Bush & Cheney didn’t want to hear about “Clinton’s” network of Al Qaeda terrorists, etc., it wasn’t on their “political agenda.” (Besides, Bush Sr’s CIA recruited bin Laden in Saudi Arabia for their anti-Soviet Afghan war and the Saudi Binladen Group [SBG] are co-contractors with both the Bush’s oil interests and Cheney’s Halliburton.)
All of the intel from the field regarding pending terrorist ops (and there was plenty it turned out) remained ignored to the upper echelons as career-breaking to report. Small wonder that torture later became so popular among these types; it gave themselves the illusion of actually doing something; a career-comforting “we’re in it together” conspiratorial scenario.

Afghanistan is a land the size of Texas and sits on the crossroads between the former Soviet Union, Pakistan and Iran. It has a population of 31 million. The major ethnic group is Pashtun.
Habitation in the land goes back some 50,000-yrs. DNA and other methods trace the population as being mainly derived from the Caucasus in the north. Many early Aryans that didn’t migrate west into Europe, traveled south into the land of Ariana (the oldest civilization on Earth), which has since become Afghanistan, Iran (Persia), Pakistan and India.

Urban populations evolved around 3,000 BCE. Afghans became the victims of successive waves of invasions from Genghis Khan, Darius I, Alexander the Great and others. The process continued thru the Common Era with the Persians, Islamic empires and the Sikhs.

Afghan southern border (the Durand Line) thru the ctr of Pashtun territory...

Afghan southern border (the Durand Line) thru the ctr of Pashtun territory…

The first Anglo-Afghan War (Auckland’s Folly) was a British invasion in an effort to expand their colonial empire in 1839. It led to the massacre of 4,500 British and Indian soldiers, plus 12,000 of their camp followers by Afghan tribal fighters.

(The Khyber Pass between Afghanistan and Pakistan achieved further fame during this period. It was also known as an integral part of the Silk Road and from the late 1950s into the ‘70s as part of the Hippie Trail.)

The Brits returned in the 1870s and installed a satrap giving them significant power and influence. In 1893, per common colonial strategy, they imposed the Durand Line on the territory, thus creating a national division (the entire southern border) dividing the main Pashtun tribal territory in half between Afghanistan and India (later Pakistan). The population of Afghanistan is 42% Pashtun; in Pakistan, it’s 15%.

The northern border of Afghanistan was the Soviet Union. Socialist forces evolved in Afghanistan and the People’s Democratic Party won control in 1978. They instituted major reforms, including outlawing usury (excessive interest on loans) and gave women equal social and political freedom.
The ultra-religious Mujaheddin fought these “infidel” reforms. The gov’t sought and got aid from the Soviet Union (weapons and advisers), while the mujaheddin were supplied w/cash, weapons and cross-border support by Pakistan and the Saudis. The conflict soon became a proxy-war between the Soviet Union and the US.

(While the USSR followed much the same logistical path as had the US in Vietnam, one central difference is that the Soviet Union bordered Afghanistan. The US is 8,500 miles from Vietnam and over 7,400 miles from Afghanistan.)

As the West escalated its influence, the Soviet Union began to provide regular forces to the Afghan gov’t in 1979 at their request. The US increased its own participation by channeling $billions to the Mujaheddin thru Pakistan and the Saudis, as well as considerable modern weapons, including 2,000 FIM-92 Stinger missiles with a flight/altitude capacity of 14,000 feet.
The Soviet Union withdrew in 1989, and the Afghan gov’t was defeated in 1992. By 1996, a series of internal wars left the Taliban in complete control and they created the Islamic State of Afghanistan.

Enjoying a beer near the snowline on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania...

Enjoying a beer near the snowline on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania…

The Taliban were primarily emergent due to the fact that they were by far the largest Mujaheddin force (being the ultra-religious military org of the Pashtun tribe). They were supported by more than 28,000 Pakistani military, received the vast majority of cash and weapons thru the Saudis, and the CIA had specifically recruited, trained and armed thousands of bin Laden Saudis as an auxiliary military force (calling themselves Al Qaeda, “The Base”).

When the Taliban assumed power, they set about a brutal campaign to destroy their enemies and to re-enslave the women (the entire population of women were ordered under home arrest upon penalty of death). Mass public executions were held in stadiums for all sorts of reasons. The Taliban massacred an estimated 400,000 Afghans and displaced millions more by destroying “heretical” homes and villages.

After 9/11 and bin Laden’s Al Qaeda forces were blamed, the US invaded Afghanistan in October of 2001 when the Taliban gov’t continued to give sanctuary to Al Qaeda. It’s no irony that bin Laden was found 10-yrs later living in Pakistan. Both Pakistan and the Saudis have been supporters and allies of Salafist Islam from the beginning.

Meanwhile, the war we created rolls on…and so do we…  For all the rest, just turn on the news…

Dr. Publico (Nick Medvecky, PsyD), January 2015…