Thanks for the Memories


I’m tempted, as usual this time of year, to write about the underlying  story that is never told around the groaning Thanksgiving table surrounded by family and friends. Fortunately this year, Joanne Barker has already done a good job in her Truthout article:

“Thanksgiving has nothing to do with Native American and Indigenous people. Its purpose is to serve the capitalism of empire.”

Source: No Thanks: How Thanksgiving Narratives Erase the Genocide of Native Peoples

If I did write about the legacy of the first Thanksgiving, I’d have to write about my memories of living in Indian Country in western Nebraska and South Dakota, on the border of the Pine Ridge Reservation.

There was little outright segregation against our indigenous brothers and sisters in 60s Nebraska. Several of my classmates’ families were from Pine Ridge, the Horse family, the Robedeauxs, the Man Afraids. I think there was awareness of their ethnic origins, but, at least among the friends I circled with, their was no animosity or negative feelings that I recall. Of course, I  sort of floated through those innocent days, unaware of much of the turmoil around me.

Yes, there were those who came into town with their GI cheese and peanut butter and traded them at the bar near the railroad tracks for cheap booze. And there were those who found shelter, food and someone else’s religion at the mission across from the bar.

And then there were those families I met on the Pine Ridge Reservation as I worked with folks from the local history museum buying furs and regalia for the collections. The old men would call me over to sit in the sun and talk to me, for as long as I would sit there, about the old ways and the return of the buffalo and the swan.

After I graduated from college and suffered through eight weeks of a mercifully short military experience, I worked as a photographer in northwestern Nebraska. One of my stops on the school packet circuit was Pine Ridge, South Dakota, where I photographed school kids from the first to the twelfth grades for the grand American tradition of school packet pictures and annual photographs. Just like the white folks 25 miles south, the kids from Pine Ridge lined up for the obligatory photographic experience.

I remember noticing that the kids up through junior high were just like kids everywhere, shy, giggling, playful, responsive… normal school kids.

Somewhere between junior high and high school that all changed. The high school kids were withdrawn, sullen, quiet, taciturn. They wouldn’t look me in the eye, wouldn’t respond to a smile and an affable demeanor, the tools of the children’s photography trade. They walked in, sat down, barely looked up, and after the flashes and the meaningless encouragement, they shambled out, head down, back to their real world.

I think in that transition between childhood and incipient adulthood, their plight had finally sunk in. They understood their Thanksgiving legacy. They had discovered what they had lost. They figured out the shallowness of their future.

It’s true that some of them persevered and found a place for themselves in the usurper society. Some others found their place in what was left of their traditional society and did well for themselves and their families.

But in so many of those children, the lights went out, never to be reignited.

It’s hard to ignore those memories of the other side of Thanksgiving.

Maybe we shouldn’t forget.

Media Fueling War Fervor, Xenophobia In 24/7 Cycle

‘Not since 2003 have I witnessed anything as supine and uncritical as the CIA-worshipping stenography that has been puked forward this week.’, bigotry, CNN, corporate monopoly, FOX News, Islamaphobia, mainstream media, xenophobia,

Source: Media Fueling War Fervor, Xenophobia In 24/7 Cycle

As if “If it bleeds, it leads” weren’t enough, network television once again beats the drums of war, xenophobia and jingoistic patriotism.

The tentacles of the Broadcast run far and deep. The illusion must be maintained in the minds of the people or the entire structure will collapse.

It’s not capitalism as much as control, of opinion, thought, politics and international economics. The Economy must be maintained at all costs, lest The Economists and their sugar-daddies lose out in the bid for Top Dog (apologies to canines).

How US Fueled The Rise Of The Islamic State

When overwhelming, emotional headlines sweep over us, such as the shocking attacks in Paris, it’s difficult to maintain a perspective on the forces behind the events. The attacks in Paris are not random events in the clickstream, they are part of a struggle among many players, including the United States government and its client states in the Middle East.

of the Guardian dug down to the core of the struggle between ISIS (aka Al Qaida) and Western governments seeking to break down indigenous opposition to continuing efforts by the United States Empire to consolidate control of this volatile area.

“What’s clear is that Isis and its monstrosities won’t be defeated by the same powers that brought it to Iraq and Syria in the first place, or whose open and covert war-making has fostered it in the years since. Endless western military interventions in the Middle East have brought only destruction and division. It’s the people of the region who can cure this disease – not those who incubated the virus.”

Source: How US Fueled The Rise Of The Islamic State | PopularResistance.Org

Meanwhile, here in the Homeland, The Broadcast continues to obfuscate the plans of the corporate oligarchy to stir the pot, poke at the hornets nest and manipulate the people, both domestically and internationally, to support the continued aspirations to empire.

A Few Thoughts on Anarchism

“This year, 2015, marks the 175th anniversary of the publication of Proudhon’s seminal ‘What is Property?’. While opponents had hurled the label “anarchist” at those more radical than themselves during both the English and French revolutions, Proudhon was the first to embrace the name and proclaim themselves an anarchist. Anarchism, like any significant theory, has evolved as society has evolved and a great many since Proudhon have proclaimed themselves – or been proclaimed by their enemies – an anarchist. What, then, does anarchism mean at the start of the 21st century?”

Source: A Few Thoughts on Anarchism | Anarchist Writers

Yes, anarchy has a bad name these days, thanks to a century or more of propaganda, lies and misinformation self-servingly promulgated by the elitist corporate oligarchy that controls the broadcast and access to information. We are constantly urged to not use the words anarchy or anarchism to avoid putting off the readers with images of bomb-throwing crazed maniacs.

If we are to reveal the broadcast and expose the underlying totalitarian message, it is necessary to use words for their meaning in order to talk about the processes that result in the culture in which we are immersed.

The above essay is long, and it is an excellent description of the history of anarchist thought and its place in the world today.

Environmental – Propagandists

Former EPA scientist David Lewis Ph.D. writes:

“The government hires scientists to support its policies; industry hires them to support its business; and universities hire them to bring in grants that are handed out to support government policies and industry practices. Organizations dealing with scientific integrity are designed only to weed out those who commit fraud behind the backs of the institutions where they work. The greatest threat of all is the purposeful corruption of the scientific enterprise by the institutions themselves. The science they create is often only an illusion, designed to deceive; and the scientists they destroy to protect that illusion are often our best…” Science for Sale (2014)

Source: Environmental – Propagandists

"Science" Writers For Hire

“Blissfully ignorant of the interconnected nature of the universe, not having science on their side, nor science education, … SCIENCE-writers-for-hire, … mostly Bachelor Degree holders – rely on the word “science” to reinforce each other’s delusions, and propaganda, peddling failed technologies to the most marginal farmers in the world – for corporate profit.”

Click HERE for the full article by Vandana Shiva