Articles by: Philip A Farruggio

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