Articles by: Philip A Farruggio

Antebellum America Redux

Antebellum America Redux

Many Americans can see for their own eyes how people from low income areas speak, due to the overwhelming news coverage ( finally ) of police killings of unarmed blacks. When there are equally disturbing instances of murders within areas where low income whites and brown folks live, the public can get a view of how these folks speak. Unfortunately,[Read More…]

by April 30, 2021 World
Uniforms

Uniforms

As I view the new Frontline documentary American Insurrection I can see how terribly important ( in not a good sense ) the wearing of uniforms is. As a student of the Nazi Holocaust for much of my adult life I always remember how those brown SA uniforms ( Black for the SS ) were so vital. You take a[Read More…]

by April 18, 2021 World
Kapos of the American Empire

Kapos of the American Empire

Wikipedia defines Kapos , which originated from the German concentration camps, as the following:  Kapos were inmates of Nazi camps who were appointed as guards to oversee other prisoners in various tasks. There were three main types of Kapos : work supervisors, block elders, and camp administrators. Well, this American empire has its own Kapos. Since we are a Military[Read More…]

by April 15, 2021 Imperialism
White supremacists march through the University of Virginia campus the night before the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA. Photo by Karla Ann Coté.

The Donald’s Bastard Children

The most recent bastard child one of our presidents fathered was when Junior Bush, with whispers from his ‘ Handler’ Cheney, ordered the pre-emptive attack on Iraq on March 19th, 2003. The horrific overkill that trended into the terrible occupation still resonates with us. Of course, one year previous the same Cabal, always referenced through the war criminal Rumsfeld, orchestrated[Read More…]

by April 5, 2021 World
Lucifer’s Task

Lucifer’s Task

The two figures strolled in the most relaxed manner, until they came upon what many up there call ‘ The Edge of Heaven’.  They stood on the precipice and together peered down, below the ethers,  through the stratosphere and then the clouds, until they could view the Earth. Jesus- Well my friend, isn’t that majestic, your domain? Lucifer- Yes indeed,[Read More…]

by March 30, 2021 Life/Philosophy
The Farruggio Plan , Part A, for Saving our Economy

The Farruggio Plan , Part A, for Saving our Economy

After seeing what some Democrats in Congress wish to adopt by way of taxation of the Super Rich, let me weigh in. The plan put forth by Senator Warren, Rep. Jayapal and Rep. Boyle is to tax 2% of net worth  of $ 50 million to $ one billion per annum, and 3% of net worth over $ one billion[Read More…]

by March 28, 2021 World
Gimme Shelter…Land Lords Need not Apply!!

Gimme Shelter…Land Lords Need not Apply!!

For those who have read my previous work you know how I feel about landlords, especially absentee ones… and most especially corporate ones! In the mid 1990s my new wife and I ( each with one kid ) moved from Long Island, N.Y. to Indianapolis IN. Quite candidly, we were tired of renting apartments and could not afford the high[Read More…]

by March 23, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Kill a Jew, Kill a Nigger, Kill a Chink!!

Kill a Jew, Kill a Nigger, Kill a Chink!!

Cold blooded murder, as they call it, sucks! When it is pre-meditated it is even worse. In Nazi Germany, once Hitler and his gang were in power, ‘ No holds were barred!’ Jewish citizens were ‘ Fair game’. Imagine Goebbels stating on their state controlled radio and television after another Brown shirt killing of a defenseless Jewish person:’ How much[Read More…]

by March 19, 2021 World
NO MORE Sympathy for the Devil(s)

NO MORE Sympathy for the Devil(s)

   As our nation continues to be occupied by the greedy, the exploitive and the arrogant  Super Rich, we need to call them out for what and WHO they are. The Rolling Stones 1968 hit song ” Sympathy for the Devil” still resonates some 53 years later. At the end of my column please read carefully Mick Jagger’s account of[Read More…]

by March 17, 2021 World
The Fourth Reich

The Fourth Reich

Perhaps it was those bright red MAGA caps or the humongous banners they waved as they marched upon the Capitol building. Perhaps it was the torches carried, so conveniently at night, and the chants of ‘ Blood and Soil’ and ‘ Jews will not replace us’ by those mostly college age young men ( and some women) in Charlottesville Virginia[Read More…]

by March 10, 2021 World
Suckers for Fat Cat Sports!!

Suckers for Fat Cat Sports!!

This writer does love sports, especially football and baseball. I was raised as a baby boomer with literally a football, a bat and glove in my hands 24/7. The only time us kids tossed aside those items and scooted upstairs was when our Moms yelled out ‘ It’s Howdy Doody Time!’ Other than that, most of us were back on[Read More…]

by February 27, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Finding Israel On a Night Flight to Phoenix, 1988

Finding Israel On a Night Flight to Phoenix, 1988

This writer has been a student of the Holocaust since childhood, with my Poem/Plaque ” Never Again” in the Wiesenthal Holocaust museum in Los Angeles. I recently found out, through Ancestry, that I am 8% Jewish, but that should not matter at all. Basically, one’s sensitivity is either there or not. Another case in point regarding Israel and its treatment[Read More…]

by February 23, 2021 World
 The Democrats Just Helped the Greens!

 The Democrats Just Helped the Greens!

  Being a conspiracy theorist, except for some of the Q-Anon sidetracking, this writer sees clearer than most. For many, the choices around events can be defined as ‘ Glass being half full’ or ‘ Glass being half empty’. Perhaps the reality may be that there is NO glass with fluid, just the illusion. Well, my ‘ Not so favorite’[Read More…]

by February 17, 2021 World
The Phone Salesman

The Phone Salesman

He was pissed! Really pissed! How could that purchasing agent asshole do this!? What a way to start his week. As it was he hated Mondays, always! The new week brought the same anxieties all the time. You work on straight commission and this is the way it is. He remembered the Hyman Roth character from Godfather 2 saying to[Read More…]

by February 13, 2021 Life/Philosophy
The Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree

Let me tell you, divorce with kids is no fun. In most traditional divorces the dad goes off and the mom keeps the kids. Now, many will say that the mom then has it the worst, for she has to take care of them without a dad around to help. Everyone knows that it is the mom who has to[Read More…]

by February 6, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Good Germans

Good Germans

In Eric Kurlander’s 2017 book Hitler’s Monsters he sums up the whole ‘ Fuehrer Messiah Complex’ in a nutshell: ” In the Nazi version of history and politics, Hitler figured as a redeemer who would save the German nation and lead a godly realm to an ultimate victory over evil, light over darkness. By exploiting the supernatural imaginary, Hitler tied[Read More…]

by February 2, 2021 World
And Flowers Die

And Flowers Die

“Nothing ever seems to last promises made promises lost and pride is kept at any cost and flowers die and children cry and lonely people carry on.” She was tired, but not too tired to go to work. Matter of fact, she was lucky to be able to have a job. So many of her friends were still at home,[Read More…]

by January 28, 2021 Life/Philosophy
To Working Stiff Trump Supporters

To Working Stiff Trump Supporters

I too am a working stiff like you all. Unlike you I had no aspirations in regard to Donald Trump. I must say that I ditto that towards Joe Biden, yet I voted for him… biting my tongue. I would never have voted for Biden if not for who he was running against, a megalomaniac preaching this Proto Fascist agenda.[Read More…]

by January 22, 2021 World
Democracy USA? NO!!!

Democracy USA? NO!!!

You look at what they call  ‘ The Industrialized world’ and you can get a feel for how they run their democracies. Canada, France, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Scotland, to name a few, all have at least FIVE  viable political parties. Germany and Italy have SIX. The UK has SEVEN. Japan and Sweden have EIGHT.  Norway has NINE. [Read More…]

by January 20, 2021 World
Mr. MAGA Undone

Mr. MAGA Undone

The guys and gals at work always called him ‘ Mr. MAGA’ for several reasons. One, he always wore that red hat wherever he went. Two, he was ‘ In ‘ with Trump from 2015 when the guy first entered the presidential race. When he had a day off, or decided to take one, he always showed up at any[Read More…]

by January 17, 2021 World
‘ Trust Me… Obey Me!!

‘ Trust Me… Obey Me!!

Before I go on with my thoughts on the use of persuasion by demagogues like Donald Trump, we need to understand how powerful a system of obedience can be. There are two past studies that this writer recommends which get to the heart of the use of obedience to shape an individual’s behavior. The earliest one is the Milgram Experiment[Read More…]

by January 12, 2021 World
The Fault Dear Brutus Part 2

The Fault Dear Brutus Part 2

Lovers of real American history should recall the words uttered by the late, great newsman and newscaster Edward R. Murrow about Senator Joe McCarthy. During the height of the political witch hunts orchestrated and influenced by the late Senator (AKA McCarthyism) Murrow took on McCarthy with his show ‘ See It Now’. At the end of one discourse by Murrow,[Read More…]

by January 8, 2021 World
Amerikan Republic: Without the Banana!

Amerikan Republic: Without the Banana!

You tune into the great BOOB and channel surf the ( so called ) News and News Talk shows, and you hear this over and over: We are a DEMOCRACY. The Democratic Party leaning stations love to ram this continually down our throats. The right wing outlets seem to be SO far gone that they don’t even attempt to sell[Read More…]

by January 6, 2021 World
The Good

The Good

You always hear that ‘ Everyone has a little good in them’. Well, take Hitler. It is known that he really enjoyed little children and dogs. The truth is that they had to be German Shepherd dogs and the children couldn’t be Jewish. So much for that. The point is that yes, perhaps everyone does have a bit of good[Read More…]

by January 3, 2021 Life/Philosophy
 Humbug!!!

 Humbug!!!

Maybe Scrooge, for the wrong reasons, did have something in his use of ‘ Humbug’. It powerfully expressed the utter disdain he had. Sadly for Scrooge, it was the opposite of who and what he should have  had disdain for. However, it was that contemptuous snarl that this writer remembers in my mind’s eye. Of course, that look and that[Read More…]

by December 29, 2020 World
The Cleaning Lady

The Cleaning Lady

She works hard for her money, as the song relates. She’s the cleaning lady, the one who gets on her knees and scrubs your toilet of all the things that none of us would ever wish to look at, let alone touch. She mops and dusts and vacuums your house for $60 to $90 bucks, then hurries off to her[Read More…]

by December 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Stove

The Stove

Two weeks before Christmas and the darn stove broke. She had the ham butt in the fridge and was really looking forward for her first big dinner in the new place. Having just, six months earlier, relocated to Florida from Flat Broke Mississippi, she wanted to at least spend the holiday somewhat contented. A nice, down home roasted ham with[Read More…]

by December 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 The Christmas Gift

 The Christmas Gift

Bleak was something he could easily relate to, especially now. He didn’t know which bothered him more, the bitter Detroit December cold, or his jobless situation. When he was going strong, along with the economy, being a massage therapist was great. He made really good bucks and the hours were fine. Working in the mornings and again at night gave[Read More…]

by December 16, 2020 Life/Philosophy
(Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig)

My New 25% Solution

Please remember that in 1961 when JFK took office the top bracket for federal income tax was at 90%. Now, we all should know that no one in that top bracket actually paid at 90%. That is what a slew of deductions and bright accountants were for. When Reagan took office he was able to lower the top bracket down[Read More…]

by December 12, 2020 World
Working For The ‘Man’

Working For The ‘Man’

Spanning some 60 years of employment, this writer has some conclusions. Of course, these are from my own personal experiences. Yet, having spoken with a myriad of working stiffs over the years, perhaps this analysis is valid. During those 60 years of work, I think only twice , for a mere two weeks and then 5 months, did I work[Read More…]

by December 5, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Time for an Economic Transfusion!!

Time for an Economic Transfusion!!

Ok, you all should know about blood transfusions. Watch any of the hospital shows on the boob tube and see how, in dire emergencies, they rush to do blood transfusions. Well, guess what? The depression level financial crisis for us working stiffs is here. Now, many of you still do not feel it, and thank goodness for that. Others among[Read More…]

by December 1, 2020 Counter Solutions
 The Man in the Bathtub, December 1, 1940: History of a Young Italian Who Emigrated to America in the Early 1900s

 The Man in the Bathtub, December 1, 1940: History of a Young Italian Who Emigrated to America in the Early 1900s

He was born and raised in a little town just outside of Licata, Sicily. By the time he was 18, the young man was accepted into university in Tunisia, a far more scholastically advanced place than the Sicily of the early 1900s. Upon graduating, he decided to do what many young Italians chose to do, and he emigrated to the[Read More…]

by November 29, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Reagan/Trump Playbook

The Reagan/Trump Playbook

Go get Rick Perlstein’s great book Reaganland: America’s Right Turn, 1976-1980 and see how we got here from ‘ There’ , the turn to the right wing in the dawning of Reagan’s presidency. Even the slogan that Trump ‘ borrowed ‘ from the Reagan campaigns: Let’s Make America Great Again’  was bundled with all the other techniques that Ronnie’s handlers[Read More…]

by November 25, 2020 World
2020 Election: The Trojan Horse Vs. The Horse’s …..

2020 Election: The Trojan Horse Vs. The Horse’s …..

We were all taught in grade school of the story of the ‘ Trojan Horse’ . In it’s war with Troy the Greeks built a gift of a giant horse. They informed the Trojans that , after 10 years of war, they had had enough. Once inside of Troy, the Greek horse, filled with armed men, attacked the unknowing Trojans.[Read More…]

by November 23, 2020 World
Playing Politics with the Truth

Playing Politics with the Truth

The 1980 film Brubaker starring Robert Redford, based on a true story, had one scene that told it all.  Reform warden Henry Brubaker gets fired for seeking to uncover past corruption surrounding the penitentiary. As he is walking away down the hallway, his friend Lillian, who works for the governor and actually got him the job, runs after him. She[Read More…]

by November 18, 2020 World
 It Was NEVER About Biden!!

 It Was NEVER About Biden!!

I usually agree with most of what columnist Caitlin Johnstone offers. Yet, in her latest Op Ed she says that a vote for Biden was NOT against fascism, which will continue now that he is in office. Sorry Caitlin, I agree with Prof. Cornell West on this election. We both feel that this Proto Fascist/ Neo Nazi culture, emboldened by[Read More…]

by November 9, 2020 Uncategorized
” The Same Hypocrisy”

” The Same Hypocrisy”

In Francis Ford Coppola’s second Godfather film we see Michael Corleone, head of the most powerful Mafia family in the country, having a ‘ tete de tete’ with Nevada Senator Pat Geary. The Senator, as crooked as the Corleones, is attempting to shake down Don Corleone over a Las Vegas casino license. When Don Corleone balks, Senator Geary gives him[Read More…]

by October 24, 2020 World
Guddanti / Pixabay

” … They Know Not…”

  Our republic is being crucified by minions of evil portraying themselves as patriots. Yes, to all those like this writer who see through this Military Industrial Empire, regardless of which party runs it: The nails have been driven deeper than ever before! The far right push that began this Proto Fascist surge was baptized during the 1970s, culminated by[Read More…]

by October 18, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Forget the White Sheets…Put on Your Brown Shirts!!

 Forget the White Sheets…Put on Your Brown Shirts!!

The late, great Rod Serling narrated that famous intro of his television show The Twilight Zone: ” You are travelling through another dimension- a dimension of not only sight and sound but of mind… “. Well, dear children, we are arriving into this 21st Century ‘ Twilight Zone’ as prisoners of what our empire is capable of allowing… or perhaps[Read More…]

by October 9, 2020 World
Bizaarro Amerika

Bizaarro Amerika

How funny was the Seinfeld show’s episode on the Bizarro world? People who physically resembled the real Jerry and  his three friends in a cartoonish way, with their character traits being the opposite, was fantastic. If you recall, the Bizarro folks were into sharing and not self absorbed at all. They not only cared about each other more than even[Read More…]

by October 5, 2020 World
Amerika in Trumpland

Amerika in Trumpland

Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice in Wonderland ( 1865 ) sadly resonates so well today. This writer in November of 2016 emphasized with Alice as she fell down that rabbit hole. The unlikely co-conspirators in this 21st Century Amerikan novel were, as usual, the Democrats. All they had to do was nominate Donald Duck and they would have defeated Donald Trump…[Read More…]

by October 1, 2020 World
Termites

Termites

Think about this: You know how spiders look, ditto for bees, ants and other assorted bugs. Yet, when it comes to termites, few of us can even sketch how they look. Meanwhile, every homeowner and tenant has to be on guard for these creatures, who will destroy the very structures they inhabit. Termites do their dirty deed always in semi[Read More…]

by September 26, 2020 World
The Truth Hurts

The Truth Hurts

Well, to this writer, a student of the esoteric sciences, the great Indian Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda was correct: This must be a dream! So many friends and acquaintances over the years have discounted these beliefs as foolish for believing in fairies, demons and angels ( I do). Yet, to comprehend rationally that this current president and his crew are as[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 World
Sig Heil is Just Around the Corner

Sig Heil is Just Around the Corner

An exact replay of history is not likely, but while specific “failed” actors leave the stage, class forces survive to enact the same drama another day. In Joachim Fest’s fine biography of Adolf Hitler, aptly titled Hitler, we learn many things never before taught in our World History classes here. To delve into it now with the needed detail from[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 World
The Salt of the Earth

The Salt of the Earth

Over 50 years have transpired since the lyrics of this song, Salt of the Earth, resonated then, just as much as now: Let’s drink to the hard working people Let’s drink to the lowly of birth Raise your glass to the good and the evil Let’s drink to the salt of the earth Say a prayer for the common foot[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 World
It’s 9/12 And On That Counts

It’s 9/12 And On That Counts

As a student of both the Kennedy brothers’ assassinations and 9/11 this writer was able to interview very interesting researchers on these topics. Ed Curtin and James DeEugenio have been very astute as to the former. They joined my radio show in the past and shed important light on what really most likely went down in Dallas and in Los[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 World
For What It’s Worth…. 53 years Later!!

For What It’s Worth…. 53 years Later!!

The group, Buffalo Springfield, with both Neil Young and Stephen Stills as members, had a major hit song For What It’s Worth, in 1967. It was the lyrics that are almost frighteningly valid in today’s socio-political climate: For What It’s Worth Buffalo Springfield There’s something happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear There’s a man with a gun over[Read More…]

by September 10, 2020 World
My Last ( Electoral ) Dance

My Last ( Electoral ) Dance

Here I am stranded on this island called Dumarika. Being a baby boomer this writer can recall the days when this place was never as dumb as it is now. Don’t get me wrong, this was always home to many fitting the description of Dumb, but never such a preponderance. I mean, how dumb can the majority of us be[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 World
 Late Summer ’70

 Late Summer ’70

When you’re 20, full of piss and vinegar, you can open up to so much. That was the year, 1970, when dreams seemed so real. This writer had just returned from a brief summer in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This was but the second time I ever was away from my parents’ apartment, and for that matter, Brooklyn, NY, lauded as[Read More…]

by August 28, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Comfortably Numb

Comfortably Numb

Just a little pinprick There’ll be no more, ah But you may feel a little sick Can you stand up? I do believe it’s working, good That’ll keep you going through the show Come on it’s time to go There is no pain you are receding A distant ship, smoke on the horizon You are only coming through in waves[Read More…]

by August 25, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Old Lady in the Window

The Old Lady in the Window

There are so many diverse memories to a mind that has traveled through the decades like an endless wind. Being a ‘baby boomer’ who just cannot accept the utter surreal bad aftertaste of our current comic book empire, one desires to retreat into the distant past. This past of course had its own times of despair, but for a youth[Read More…]

by August 23, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Fault Dear Citizens….

The Fault Dear Citizens….

” … Is not in our stars but in ourselves”. Paraphrased right out of Shakespeare ( Julius Caesar) you have it in a nutshell, for all of you, like myself, who actually vote. It seems that during each and every major election cycle the masters of empire make sure to give you choices as if right out of those old[Read More…]

by August 21, 2020 World
D & D Amerika

D & D Amerika

Coming from Brooklyn, NYC, and having a dad who was both a longshoreman and bookmaker, this writer knows a ‘ thing or two about a thing or two’ concerning the mob. In colloquial terms when someone knows something about an illegal act and keeps his or her mouth shut, they call that D & D or ‘ Deaf and Dumb’.[Read More…]

by August 17, 2020 World
Blood and Soil!

Blood and Soil!

In the 1970 film Patton, we see a scene where two battle worn soldiers marching along the road are passed by a jeep carrying General Patton. One guy looks and then says ” There goes old ‘ Blood and guts.’ ” The other soldier smirks and answers ” Yeah, OUR blood and HIS guts!” So it is for the Super[Read More…]

by August 13, 2020 World
Something In the Air

Something In the Air

A 1969 song written and sung by John ‘ Speedy ‘ Keen of the group Thunderclap Newman fits too well today… much too well: Call out the instigators Because there’s something in the air We’ve got to get together sooner or later Because the revolution’s here and you know it’s right And you know that it’s right We’ve got to[Read More…]

by August 12, 2020 World
 Vaccinate This….But!!

 Vaccinate This….But!!

Anyone who was raised in Brooklyn, NYC, like this writer, knows how humongous and diverse this ‘ The Garden Spot of the World ‘  has always been. Each section of our over 3 million populated borough  ( a joke in itself to not have Brooklyn as its own city)  was filled with a unique myriad of ethnicities . Many times,[Read More…]

by August 8, 2020 World
The Power Elite Has Always Run Amerika

The Power Elite Has Always Run Amerika

Sociologist  C. Wright Mills wrote a book in 1956 that (sadly) still resonates today. In his book ‘ The Power Elite’ Mills focused on groups and individuals who help to control this Republic for countless generations: the “Metropolitan 400”: members of historically notable local families in the principal American cities, generally represented on the Social Register “Celebrities”: prominent entertainers and[Read More…]

by August 4, 2020 World
Does MY Jesus Really Support Trump?

Does MY Jesus Really Support Trump?

“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” Channel surfing this AM I caught a meeting of ‘ Evangelicals for Trump’ on C-Span. White[Read More…]

by July 28, 2020 World
It’s Futile…. We’re FEUDAL!!

It’s Futile…. We’re FEUDAL!!

As of a year ago Wal-Mart’s CEO pay was 1076 times that of their average worker worldwide ( 2.3 million employees). Those workers average $21,952 a year, with little or NO major benefits… sometimes NONE at all! The Nike CEO received 379 times the pay of his  MEDIAN  employees ( $ 29,955 a year), not even the lowest worker. Those[Read More…]

by July 26, 2020 World
That Damn Camouflage Again!!

That Damn Camouflage Again!!

If you watch old footage of WW2 US Army commanders, like Marshall, Eisenhower and even George Patton, they wore regular dress uniforms when not in the midst of combat. Camouflage was worn only in areas of combat, never back at the base or domestically. So, what happened that camouflage has become the ‘ In ‘ garment for this empire’s military?[Read More…]

by July 23, 2020 World
“Don’t Need A Weatherman…..

“Don’t Need A Weatherman…..

         “Don’t Need A Weatherman….. to know which way the wind blows.”  Yes, another snippet from Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues where Dylan, as only a few great lyricists can do, lays it all out so succinctly. As usual, Dylan’s assessment is right on! I don’t need to be an expert, or sometimes not even relying on experts, to[Read More…]

by July 21, 2020 World
We Have Met the Enemy….’

We Have Met the Enemy….’

And he be US!’ The late great cartoonist and political satirist Walt Kelly created his Pogo comic strip that ran from 1948 to 1975. Pogo was syndicated and seen by millions each day. One famous Pogo was the aforementioned ‘ We have met the enemy… and he be US!’ How true it has always been for us working stiffs. The[Read More…]

by July 16, 2020 World
The Dogs Of Empire!

The Dogs Of Empire!

All Americans of any persuasion need to search the archives of both the Nazi Holocaust and the 1950- 1960s Civil Rights movement. One will see, quite vividly, the use of trained, tough and violent dogs on unarmed civilians. In Germany it was Jews and political rivals ( Communists and Social Democrats) that were set upon by men with sticks and[Read More…]

by July 10, 2020 World
Finally: A Way Out of This Mess!!

Finally: A Way Out of This Mess!!

First off, this writer is simply a Socialist- not a Marxist or Trotskyite or Stalinist, Leninist or whatever flavor of left wing tastes there are. All of them are categorically better than what we here in Amerika ( and most of the industrialized world) live under. That being Corporate Capitalism On Steroids! Yes, what Adam Smith proselytized hundreds of years[Read More…]

by July 7, 2020 World
Co Dependence Day

Co Dependence Day

They’ll be shooting off the fireworks, eating and drinking like ‘ Ants at a picnic’ and sending ‘ Social Distancing’ out the window. Why not? It’s July 4th once again, a time to celebrate. Celebrate what? This pandemic is showing its teeth once again, the economy that Trump needs to be vibrant (for his biggest ‘ Deal’) going down the[Read More…]

by July 4, 2020 World
Smoke billows as Iraqi forces advance towards the centre of Kirkuk during an operation against Kurdish fighters on October 16, 2017. Iraqi forces seized the Kirkuk governor's office, key military sites and an oil field as they swept across the disputed province following soaring tensions over an independence referendum. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

The SIN Just Continues!

You  know, nations commit sins just as individuals do. Sometimes there is a marriage between individuals and nations that sin as one. This is the case of my dear country, the place of my birth and actually the only country I ever lived in. Being a baby boomer that is a lot of decades to sample the sins of empire…[Read More…]

by June 27, 2020 World
Low Budget Amerika!

Low Budget Amerika!

The great British rock group The Kinks, stars of the 60s ‘ British Invasion’ , outdid themselves in 1979 with ‘ Low Budget’. Check out these lyrics: Cheap is small and not too steep But best of all cheap is cheap Circumstance has forced my hand To be a cut price person in a low budget land Times are hard[Read More…]

by June 18, 2020 World
Comfortably Numb… On Jesus Radio!

Comfortably Numb… On Jesus Radio!

{As a preface to this column, this writer has been an adherent of the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. Thus, I believe wholeheartedly in the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, and that he was truly ‘ Anointed with the Christ spirit’.} This Sunday morning I decided to drive to the beach and take a walk along the shore. Using our very[Read More…]

by June 16, 2020 World
When the Chickens Come Home…

When the Chickens Come Home…

Malcolm X made some comments on December 1 1963, less than two weeks after the murder of JFK. It was instantly misrepresented by the mainstream media ( as they always seem to do, when dealing with any sort of perceived radical thinking) and he was terribly vilified. In a subsequent one on one interview, Malcolm  explained his statement this way:[Read More…]

by June 12, 2020 World
Niggas!!!

Niggas!!!

In Gary Pomerantz’s recent book on Bob Cousy, ” The Last Pass”, he relates a story about the Boston Celtics All Star as to race relations. This was from 1950, when most of our nation was even more segregated than we (still) are now. Cousy was a rookie that year and roomed with the team’s only black player, Chuck Cooper.[Read More…]

by June 9, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Too Much Bull Excrement!!

Too Much Bull Excrement!!

You might as well turn off that boob tube ASAP. The bull excrement is running wild! Where does one start? Well, let’s go to that sea of new human interest corporate commercials saying how they all ‘ Care about you during this pandemic’. All those nice and decent companies want to see you through this, of course IF you use[Read More…]

by June 5, 2020 World
I’m the Pied Piper

I’m the Pied Piper

In 1966 Crispian St. Peters wrote and sang the hit song ‘ The Pied Piper’. It resonates well in 2020 with this current Snake Oil Salesman: The Pied Piper Crispian St. Peters You With your masquerading, and you Always contemplating what to do In case heaven has found you Can’t you see That it’s all around you So follow me[Read More…]

by May 31, 2020 World
The Empire’s Executioners?

The Empire’s Executioners?

From a recent report by the Insider publication:  ” George Floyd and Officer Derek Chauvin actually worked for the same Minneapolis night club- Chauvin as a security guard for many years, and Floyd as a bouncer during 2019.” It begs the question of just how well these two may have known each other, or worse, if Chauvin had some sort[Read More…]

by May 29, 2020 World
When the War Was Close to Home

When the War Was Close to Home

Memories are like those fireflies that sparkle your vision on a deep hot summer night. They entice you with their sudden appearance and just as sudden departure. So it is with this baby boomer’s mind, transversed back so many decades until… 50 years appear as if it was today. This brings tears to your tired eyes within this pandemic hibernation.[Read More…]

by May 25, 2020 World
Ants at a Pandemic Picnic

Ants at a Pandemic Picnic

Remember when you were a kid, locked within that monster called a grade school, at dismissal time? You must recall how the seas just opened and the throng descended on the schoolyard… like , well… ants at a picnic. Thus, the expression becomes almost timeless. So it is with so many of our Amerikan public whenever the opportunity reveals itself[Read More…]

by May 23, 2020 World
Right Off the Right Wing Radar Screen!!

Right Off the Right Wing Radar Screen!!

Ok, let me be perfectly clear here. I know, from years of studying the real Amerikan history from writers like Parenti, Chomsky, Zinn, Chossuduvsky, even Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznik, that the fix has always been in. Meaning, that this Two Party/One Party political system has always done the bidding for the Uber Rich… Period! As a socialist I have[Read More…]

by May 19, 2020 World
The Sadness… Continues!!

The Sadness… Continues!!

For this writer there are events and incidents that transcend the usual causes of sadness for many of us. Yes, we all have a myriad of memories of sadness. Perhaps when a loved one or pet becomes ill or passes away. Perhaps when someone we love moves away from us, and we hurt from missing them. My earliest memory of[Read More…]

by May 12, 2020 World
Whatcha Gonna Do About Me- Episode Three

Whatcha Gonna Do About Me- Episode Three

You poisoned my sweet water. You cut down my green trees. The food you fed my children Was the cause of their disease. My world is slowly fallin’ down And the airs not good to breathe. And those of us who care enough, We have to do something……. (Chorus) Oh…….oh What you gonna do about me? Oh…….oh What you gonna[Read More…]

by May 8, 2020 Counter Solutions
The ‘ White Makes Right’ Continuance

The ‘ White Makes Right’ Continuance

In September of 1962 James Meredith, a 28 Year old Air Force veteran, and proud black man, enrolled in the segregated University of Mississippi. All hell literally broke loose. In David Talbot’s great look at the Kennedy years, aptly entitled Brothers ( 2007 ), we see how JFK and RFK had to deal with a revise of a Civil War[Read More…]

by May 4, 2020 World
Gods of the Sky

Gods of the Sky

An interesting film to watch is Gavin Hood’s 2015 Eye in the Sky. It captures the tremendous tension of a joint US/UK drone missile ‘ Kill ‘ mission in Kenya. The movie had to make the targeted terrorist cell look extremely dangerous. The two most dangerous ones were a British citizen working hand in hand with her Al Qaeda type[Read More…]

by April 30, 2020 World
It Can’t Happen Here? The Roots Run Deep!

It Can’t Happen Here? The Roots Run Deep!

Sinclair Lewis wrote an important novel in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here. In the fictitious book, based on the threats at the time of fascism taking root in the USA, we see how this virus spread. As with Philip Roth’s 2004 novel The Plot Against America we see how Charles Lindbergh’s leadership in the America First movement of the 1930s[Read More…]

by April 28, 2020 World
Four Dead in Ohio- Feeding the Beast

Four Dead in Ohio- Feeding the Beast

Singer/Songwriter Neil Young wrote the song ‘ Four Dead in Ohio’ for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: Four Dead In Ohio Lyrics Tin soldiers and Nixon’s comin’. We’re finally on our own. This summer I hear the drummin’. Four dead in Ohio. Gotta get down to it. Soldiers are gunning us down. Should have been done long ago. What if[Read More…]

by April 23, 2020 World
Working Class Heroes…. STIFFED!!

Working Class Heroes…. STIFFED!!

John Lennon, prolific as a writer as much as a performer, wrote this: Working Class Hero As soon as you’re born they make you feel small By giving you no time instead of it all Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all A working class hero is something to be A working class hero is something[Read More…]

by April 17, 2020 World
Time For UBI is NOW!!!

Time For UBI is NOW!!!

A man struggled in the desert heat with his mouth as parched as sandpaper. He was fading fast from lack of the basic essentials to exist, number one  being water. Someone hands him a giant bottle of water and he is so appreciative. He drinks the water, but hours later on his journey through the unforgiving sands, he realizes that[Read More…]

by April 13, 2020 World
 The Truth in the Garden

 The Truth in the Garden

The night was still… so very silent… ominous for that matter. It seemed at first, or rather smelled, the similar essence of any evening in Spring. The air had about it that perfumed scent of the garden, the trees and the flowers, now so awake and alive by the sun’s departure hours earlier. Night ruled the sky, with only freckles[Read More…]

by April 11, 2020 Life/Philosophy
The Four Horsemen of the ‘ New’ Apocalypse

The Four Horsemen of the ‘ New’ Apocalypse

From the ‘ Book of Revelations’ in the New Testament God sent forth the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ( White Horse, Black Horse, Red Horse and Pale Horse ) or as Ezekiel lists them: ” Sword , Famine, Wild Beasts and Plague”. Well, this NEW set of Four Horsemen are here to represent the utter personal and economic horror[Read More…]

by April 10, 2020 World
Crocodile Tears

Crocodile Tears

This writer is not one to always single out certain members of our Embedded in Empire mainstream media. To me, they are all sellouts. Why? Well, let’s look at what transpired just last evening on Anderson Cooper’s CNN news talk show. As a preface, we know that Anderson gives to lots of charities, and why shouldn’t this heir to the[Read More…]

by April 7, 2020 World
Good Karma, Bad Karma… Always Karma

Good Karma, Bad Karma… Always Karma

The old adage should say : Nothing is certain but death and taxes… and Karma. Karma is as real as it gets. The various holy books made sure to state that ‘ What ye sow so shall ye reap’ AKA ‘ What goes around comes around.’ Karma has many flavors, but the end result is always the same: What one[Read More…]

by April 3, 2020 World
Fool Me Once…..

Fool Me Once…..

Shame on YOU. Ok, one need not be a financial genius or economist to know that in 2008-09 Uncle Sam gave away the store to the failing Wall Street banks and investment corporations. We paid for it, you and me working stiff taxpayers, to the tune of well over one trillion US dollars. What did the so called ‘ bailout[Read More…]

by March 30, 2020 World
The ‘ DemonCrats’ Gift to Trump

The ‘ DemonCrats’ Gift to Trump

  Since we are the only major industrialized nation to have but two political parties with any clout, the corporate masters can control everything… and they do! You have the DemonCrats and of course the RepugnantCans, neither the ‘ Party of FDR’ or ‘ The Party of Lincoln’. Sadly, these two heavyweights ( heavy with plenty of billionaire money behind[Read More…]

by March 13, 2020 World
Two Other Pandemics: The Lemming and Apathy Viruses

Two Other Pandemics: The Lemming and Apathy Viruses

Of course, the worst pandemic of the 21st century is out and about us. Italy is now in a ‘lockdown’ state and throughout most of the world people are in a panic mode. And why not? Viruses like this Corona Virus can kill. Yet, in the world of politics there have been, for a long time now, those two other[Read More…]

by March 11, 2020 World
The Perpetual War Scam

The Perpetual War Scam

Years ago the late great historian and author Gore Vidal came up with that phrase ‘Perpetual War’. He knew, that even back to the early days of our republic, we are a nation predicated on Perpetual War. Whether it be war on Native Americans ( who were here way before the Mayflower landed), or war on different people of color[Read More…]

by February 18, 2020 Imperialism
Water Water Everywhere……

Water Water Everywhere……

I just interviewed former World Bank staff member and geopolitical analyst Peter Koenig via telephone at his home in Geneva. Koenig had just returned from South America , a place where he has travelled to many times . One of the issues that he is very passionate about is the agenda by ( so called ) world health and finance[Read More…]

by November 13, 2019 World
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Tim Aylen/AP/Shutterstock (10377590a)Strong wind from Hurricane Dorian blow the tops of trees while whisking up water from the surface of a canal in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, . Hurricane Dorian hovered over the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with a fearsome Category 4 assault that forced even rescue crews to take shelter until the onslaught passesTropical Weather, Freeport, Bahamas - 02 Sep 2019

Hurricane Wars

As we in Florida await in our ( hopefully) boarded up and sandbagged homes the arrival of but another deadly storm , one has time to sit and ponder things. This writer lived through a major hurricane assault, when Mathew trampled through Port Orange, Florida in October of 2016. We were lucky while being the unlucky neighbors in our 50[Read More…]

by September 4, 2019 World