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  Political practice in the US often seems to centre around everything but the facts of any given issue.  The pandemic being one of the most obvious examples.

So, we ignore the real-world material evidence of what Denmark is doing with their Corona Pass and continue to prevaricate in our approved left/right ideological ways.

Can we just be pragmatic for once with a touch of utilitarian goodness on the side?  Wouldn’t that be nice?

David Rovics writing for Counterpunch describes the pandemic angle of the left/right folly that is occurring in the US and to a certain extent, Canada.

“So when it comes to public health measures necessary to get a pandemic under control, much of the public is skeptical. They may be described as skeptical about vaccines, but I’d say it’s a skepticism, if that’s the right word, that far transcends any particular thing like that. It’s more a generalized skepticism of anything the government — any government, or particular ones, depending — might propose.

The far right is horrified by the idea of what in Denmark is known as a Corona Pass — a form of ID that verifies you have been vaccinated and have tested negative, in order to be allowed to do things like fly in a plane with other people, sit down in a cafe, attend a festival, etc. Through widespread vaccination and the use of the Corona Pass system, Denmark has thus far avoided the fourth wave of the pandemic that is killing so many people, especially in countries like the US, India, and Brazil.

But we can’t do that kind of thing, we hear from voices on the right, because maybe the virus doesn’t exist, or maybe the vaccine causes more sickness than the virus does, or even if the virus does exist and vaccines are good generally, these vaccines haven’t been tested enough, and if they have, people shouldn’t be required to take them, because that’s an infringement on their God-given individual rights. Their freedom to live free means they might have to die free, which is better than obeying a government mandate. And then add to the mix the fact that the only government mandates in the US that exist with regards to this pandemic so far are completely piecemeal, local, and therefore ineffective.

And then from the corners of the left we hear that having information like our vaccination status publicly available to the relevant authorities is the next step towards total control of everything by Big Brother, and as soon as we all have submitted to the magnetic strips on our ID cards, the next step are those FEMA concentration camps that the Spectrum always agree are waiting for all of the dissidents. Which dissidents will end up in those camps would be the main point of contention on the Spectrum.”

  Noam Chomsky is 92 years old, yet his grasp of world and US politics remains a force to be reckoned with.

 

“The U.S. always portrays itself as the greatest force on the planet for peace, justice, human rights, racial equality, etc. Polls tell us that most other nations actually regard the U.S. as the greatest threat to stability. What in your view is the truth here?

Even during the Obama years, international polls showed that world opinion regarded the US as the greatest threat to world peace, no other country even close. Americans were protected from the news, though one could learn about it from foreign media and dissident sources.  Sometimes illustrations are reported.  Thus there has been some mention of the recent UN vote condemning the savage Cuba sanctions, virtually a blockade: 180-2 (US-Israel).  The NY Times dismissed it as a chance for critics of the US to blow off steam.  That’s quite normal.  When there are reports of how the world is out of step, the usual framework is curiosity about the psychic maladies that lead to such pathological failure to recognize our nobility.

There’s nothing new about that stance.  It’s typical of imperial cultures.  Even such an outstanding figure as John Stuart Mill wondered about the world’s failure to comprehend that Britain was an angelic power, sacrificing itself for the benefit of the world – at a moment when Britain was carrying out some of its most horrifying crimes, as he knew very well.”

William Astore, former American Military, dares the public and the American industry of defense to think outside the box.  He reimagines the role of the US military as primarily for the defense of the American republic.  It is a bold and necessary move as the role of ‘policeman of the world’\imperial power is simply to costly for a nation to fund and take care of its citizens in a reasonable matter. Some inside the the military would be unhappy, yet I think the operational clarity that is concomitant with defending the physical territory of the United States and not spending blood and treasure on imperial ventures would eventually win the day.

Elite opinion might be a more negative however as they current system does much to support their unsustainable way of life.

“Here, then, are just 10 ways America’s military could change under a vision that would put the defense of America first and free up some genuine funds for domestic needs as well:

  1. No more new nuclear weapons.  It’s time to stop “modernizing” that arsenal to the tune of possibly $1.7 trillion over the next three decades.  Land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles like the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, expected to cost more than $264 billion during its lifetime, and “strategic” (nuclear) bombers like the Air Force’s proposed B-21 Raider should be eliminated.  The Trident submarine force should also be made smaller, with limited modernization to improve its survivability.
  2. All Army divisions should be reduced to cadres (smaller units capable of expansion in times of war), except the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and the 10th Mountain Division.
  3. The Navy should largely be redeployed to our hemisphere, while aircraft carriers and related major surface ships are significantly reduced in number.
  4. The Air Force should be redesigned around the defense of America’s air space, rather than attacking others across the planet at any time.  Meanwhile, costly offensive fighter-bombers like the F-35, itself a potential $1.7 trillion boondoggle, should simply be eliminated and the habit of committing drone assassinations across the planet ended. Similarly, the separate space force created by President Trump should be folded back into a much-reduced Air Force.
  5. The training of foreign militaries and police forces in places like Iraq and Afghanistan should be stopped.  The utter collapse of the U.S.-trained forces in Iraq in the face of the Islamic State in 2014 and the ongoing collapse of the U.S.-trained Afghan military today have made a mockery of this whole process.
  6. Military missions launched by intelligence agencies like the CIA, including those drone assassination programs overseas, should be halted and the urge to intervene secretly in the political and military lives of so many other countries finally brought under some kind of control.
  7. The “industrial” part of the military-industrial complex should also be brought under control, so that taxpayer dollars don’t go to fabulously expensive, largely useless weaponry. At the same time, the U.S. government should stop promoting the products of our major weapons makers around the planet.
  8. Above all, in a democracy like ours, a future defensive military should only fight in a war when Congress, as the Constitution demands, formally declares one.
  9. The military draft should be restored.  With a far smaller force, such a draft should have a limited impact, but it would ensure that the working classes of America, which have historically shouldered a heavy burden in military service, will no longer do so alone. In the future America of my military dreams, a draft would take the eligible sons and daughters of our politicians first, followed by all eligible students enrolled in elite prep schools and private colleges and universities, beginning with the Ivy League.  After all, America’s best and brightest will surely want to serve in a military devoted to defending their way of life.
  10. Finally, there should be only one four-star general or admiral in each of the three services. Currently, believe it or not, there are an astonishing 44 four-star generals and admirals in America’s imperial forces. There are also hundreds of one-star, two-star, and three-star officers.  This top-heavy structure inhibits reform even as the highest-ranking officers never take responsibility for America’s lost wars.

Pivoting to America

Perhaps you’ve heard of the “pivot to Asia” under the Obama administration — the idea of redeploying U.S. military forces from the Greater Middle East and elsewhere in response to perceived threats from China.  As it happened, it took the new Biden administration to begin to pull off that particular pivot, but America’s imperial military regularly seems to be pivoting somewhere or other.  It’s time to pivot to this country instead.

Echoing the words of George McGovern, a highly decorated World War II bomber pilot who unsuccessfully ran for president against Richard Nixon in 1972, “Come home, America.” Close all those foreign military bases.  Redirect resources from wars and weapons to peace and prosperity.  Focus on restoring the republic.  That’s how Americans working together could truly defend ourselves, not only from our “enemies” overseas, almost always much exaggerated, but from ourselves, the military-industrial-congressional complex, and all our fears.”

This letter published in the Scottish newspaper The National.

It is a letter that would likely not see the light of day here in Canada where we seem to be beholden to a small subset of society that demands we disbelieve our eyes and perceptions to order to ‘be kind’ and validate their delusions of gender.  I’m tired.  Very ducking tired of expending energy dealing with entitled queer males who masquerade as women all the while pleading they are the most oppressed people(?) in society.  It’s horseshit from stem to stern.  And dangerous horseshit at that, as the lunacy extends to putting predatory males in female prisons and defunding rape crisis centres because they have the audacity to maintain a female only service.  Women (adult human females) in Canada have to fight for their rights to spaces, boundaries, and services *again* against this latest queered delusional assault by men.  It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so detrimental to female rights in society.

This letter highlight illustrates the disconnect from reality that is central to queer theory and identity politics.  The corrosive politics of the personal (identity) can only survive in a society that has reality based rights, protections, and safeguards for its citizens.  Women in Afghanistan can not identify out what is happening to them.  Like all of fucking history if you are born female you are automatically second class in society and no amount of queer pandering to the identity gods will ever change that.

But enough of me, let us get to the letter, which is brilliant.

 

“In recent years it has become fashionable in predominantly English-speaking “progressive” circles and establishments to feign bewilderment at basic evolutionary facts related to our species. Often, this bewilderment is specifically reserved for only one half of the population. Despite millions of years of mammalian ancestry preceding us, it is only now that the female homo sapiens is apparently a convoluted, nonsensical entity.

A cherished argument to prop up this convoluted, nonsensical entity is that female people everywhere at any point in time do not share exactly the same experiences, therefore a “woman” can encompass any male who lays claim to the label.

It is true that women come from all kinds of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, and as a result they will have been shaped as individuals by various experiences over the course of their lives. Women differ in our beliefs, political values, personalities and ethics.

Yet, looking at events unfolding in Afghanistan in recent days, many women around the world feel a shared sense of dread and heartache for the women trapped in such intolerable circumstances. The sickening, sinking feeling is an instinctive one that bypasses all pseudo-intellectualism. Strip away the relatively superficial differences between women and that sickening, sinking feeling is an instinctive one precisely because there are some experiences that only female humans can be subjected to. For better or worse, there is a common reality that no convoluted, nonsensical definition can erase.

Looking an Afghan woman in the eyes, what connects her suffering with our struggles here in Scotland? The embodied reality of womanhood that transcends time, distance and cultures. She is me and I am her. It is a visceral bond that no male can ever identify into and no female can ever identify out of.

It is only by an accident of fate that I live in the UK. I am one of the rare winners in the grotesque lottery of life. Life for women in the UK has been shaped by its own cultural and religious heritage. Its historical trajectory enabled British women to organise and win incredible gains for their daughters in a way that women from many other countries can only dream of doing.

The plight of Afghan women is a stark reminder of the iron fist of oppression that men can wield against women on the basis of our sex. It is an uncomfortable truth that without the majority of men on our side, women truly are at the mercy of the vicious whims and savage violence of men. My heart breaks for the women of Afghanistan – so many of them had a taste of freedom, opportunity and being a person in their own right, and now it has evaporated almost overnight. I know what is happening to them could happen to me too, if circumstances enabled it. The incel attack in Plymouth reveals the deep hatred and desires of subjugation that some men harbour for women.

Far too many women in the UK take their precious freedoms for granted. Yes, there’s much that can be better, but it’s important to realise just how rare it is to live in a time and place where women have so many rights and protections within a stable, wealthy society and where most men view us as worthy of full personhood.

Some women are so intoxicated by these freedoms – freedoms they themselves did not win – that they think it’s great fun to indulge in all kinds of outlandish luxury beliefs, such as biological sex being a social construct, women are not oppressed on the basis of sex, and that being a woman is nothing but a feeling and set of sexist stereotypes. They have feasted at the table of liberty for so long that they think they can ignore reality by chanting mantras and “queering” words.

Bloated by their gluttony, they cheer the erosion of the same rights and protections that enabled their arrogance and ignorance. Their fingers and mouths greasy with the remnants of the fruits of labour of the women that came before them, they sneer at those who understand the precarious nature of our rights and personhood and seek to protect it. They might belch out insults and smears in between mouthfuls, but deep in their hearts they know they would never willingly trade places with Afghan women, because all the queer theory in the world won’t save them from the slaughterhouse.

Mel T

Did you need to see an example of extreme gender ideological bias in the Canadian News Media? Check out “Rights aren’t a Competition” over at CTV news.  Yikes.  Anyways, here is my letter to the producers and CTV news regarding the atrocity that is that article.

 

“To the producers of the “Rise of Anti-Trans Hate”.

Were any professional journalists involved in writing this piece? What I see represented in this article is a biased interpretation of the struggle for female rights, boundaries, and safety in Canada.

Journalism should be about presenting issues for public consumption that allow people to see the complexity and nuance of said issue and then make an informed decision. The opposing side – Women aka adult human females – are not given a voice, nor is their position charitably disclosed.

(from the article)

Adrienne Smith, a trans non-binary social justice lawyer in Vancouver, said there is no threat to women’s groups by including trans, two-spirit, non-binary and gender non-conforming people.”

You know who might have an opinion about this? – Women. The Vancouver Women’s Rape Relief Shelter (https://rapereliefshelter.bc.ca/) might be a place to start, as they are on the front-line of this conflict of rights having been defunded by the city of Vancouver (at the behest of similar transgender ideologues) because they do not allow MEN into a women’s rape shelter.

Of course there are ‘no threats’ to women and women’s groups if you don’t look. If doing proper journalism one might have the expectation of doing the smallest of amount of due diligence in getting the other side of the story.

“The ideas aren’t necessarily new, but the difference is, I think a lot of TERFs […]”

Did you know that Terf is slur used to shame and silence women attempt to defend their rights, boundaries, and safety? Again, this article makes no attempt to charitably examine the position of the women defending their sex based rights as defined in the Canadian Charter of rights.

One Canadian group claims that accepting trans people in “sex-segregated” spaces would be dangerous. For TERFs, this means not allowing trans people to use bathrooms and change rooms that align with their gender, not allowing them to access shelters based on their gender for unfounded fear that they will prey on women and girls using these spaces. “

You mean unfounded fears like males, while in female prisons, sexually assaulting female prisoners?

“CA — Kitchener, Ontario. On August 19, 2020, Heather Mason, former Canadian federal prisoner and advocate for women in prison, posted on Facebook that a trans prisoner called Sam had been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at Grand Valley Institute (GVI) for Women.” –

Now rapists are pretending to be women to go to women’s jail. Rapists are inside our women’s jail raping our women. Men are using this loophole to access already vulnerable women who have no voice or platform to speak from. Our government is setting up women to be sexually assaulted by these male rapists…Men are raping women inside our prisons right now. I know this. Allowing these goof men inside our prison for women concerns me. But you are all concerned that these men’s feelings are being hurt when we all say they are not a real woman. We are not the same.”

Transgender Inmate Charged with Sexual Assault at a Women’s Prison

So, I think reasonable people would agree that “unfounded fears[s]” is a factually incorrect statement, one that should not be in the public record, as it serves the function of erasing female concerns about their rights and safety in Canadian society.

The article deserves a full Fisking because how unprofessional it is. The blatant disregard for reporting the most basic of relevant facts, the omnipresent gender ideological prism, and the utter lack of charitable treatment for the women (and women’s groups) holding positions contrary to gender ideology.

A correction, a retraction, or a rebuttal piece is required at this point in time to apologize for and correct the dire example of the journalism on display.”

Who doesn’t support rights for everyone? I most certainly do.

But what happens behind the sloganeering? Gender ideology and transactivism suffer from intentional definitional opacity because with scrutiny it can be observed that their tenets are neither logical or even coherent. For example –

This is only tip of the iceberg stuff. :/

Deception is key to much of the fringe gender/trans-activist platform. Certainly no lawful person should be deprived of their rights, but when the conception of rights goes on to infringe on the rights and boundaries of others, then it is most certainly a problem.

Unfortunately, the real thrust of these activists is only now being discovered by wider society. Many people are still think that this is a somehow a courageous operation akin to the Gay Rights movement.

It isn’t.

Gender ideologues will ruthlessly co-opt and parasitize any movement to forward it’s anti-female agenda. See liberal feminism, BLM, and Antifa.

So, the challenge when you hear the term ‘trans-rghts’ is this – which rights currently do they not possess, and which rights are they actually campaigning for. If the results look like what Ms.Harris is describing, you should seriously consider withholding your support for what is most decidedly an infringement of female rights and boundaries.

I mean, the short answer is that identity politics are useless.  But the long detailed answer is good too.

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