Elegy for 2020

Elegy for 2020

Deep Freeze

It’s been a cold hell of a year
Fight, flight and frozen in fear
Plague, poverty and white people’s tears
Bearing uncertainty with desperate cheer.

Conspiracies bloom on glacial ground
Trumpolini clings to his imperial crown
The old white bois club still runs the town
Profits gush upward, never down.

The new normal is just surviving the vice
Clamping the heart, pounding in ice
In isolation, writing poems suffice
The mental equivalent of lentils and rice.

Empire’s targets are used to this stuff
Not knowing if US threats are a bluff
The club must fall, enough is enough
Never give in, never give up.

Jinjirrie, November 2020

White Supremacy, Short Memories

Imperial doctrine

For a twenty four hour news cycle
After the killings black lives matter
The US is exposed for what it has always done
Hundreds of years of torture and slavery
Then white people go back to caring for kittens
and having Obama’s back.

Jinjirrie, December 2014

While US liberals and other chest-beating apologists for empire circle the wagons, wail and pontificate duplicitously about “blowback”, “context”, “fear after 9/11” and “torture tactics imported from Israel” when torture aimed at terrorising the innocent is what the settler colonial US has always done, more evidence from Udall indicates the empire is covering up the scale of its abominable torture practices.

As the top-down rhetoric shifts, the complicity of US administrations is downplayed – the CIA is being treated now as though it was an independent loose cannon, instead of overseen and applauded by US politicians, its torture practices long given the legal tick by the likes of Holder. Cheney would do it all over again. The impunity of the holey empire and its plutocrats must be sanctified. And so the criminal imperial juggernaut lumbers on, protecting its elite, sacrificing its knights. Shrouded by nationalist magical thinking, the empire’s white patriarchal capitalist culture of oppression remains intact.

Once again the bar for “permissible violence” by empire has been lifted, a triumphalist US public desensitized, and the likelihood of increased brutal oppression within the US of minorities and abroad against non-imperials more certain.

Related Links

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US historical culture of torture – in the Phillippines 1901 – concentration camps, torture, atrocities
Operation Paperclip
Prosecute John Yoo, Says Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
Dr. Nafeez Ahmed: “What we are seeing now is not the Obama administration putting an end to torture, but rather putting an end to the open acknowledgement of the use of torture as a routine intelligence practice.”

Slavoj Zizek : Are We Living in the End Times?

Slavoj Zizek, expounds on apocalypse via capitalist degeneracy.

The downside about being declared the messiah is that they generally come to a sticky end

‘CIA response to Assange assassination FOI on Scribd.com:

This is a final response to your 11 October FOI Act request for all copies of all records current or previous plans to assassinate Julian Assange. The CIA can neither confirm nor deny the existence or non-existence of records responsive to your request. The fact of the existence or non-existence of requested records is currently and properly classified and is protected from disclosure. Therefore your request is denied.’

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Good Manners in the Age of WikiLeaks

Palestine / Israel Links

Ask your government to speak up against Adnan’s expulsion from the only home he has and against the demolitions in Silwan.
Statement in Support of Targeted Activists : Al Shabaka
Hamas leader expects more aid convoys to come to Gaza
Guest Media Alert – Tilting Towards Israel – Journalist Jonathan Cook Reveals The Bias In ‘Balance’ On Israel-Palestine
PLO Report Documents Palestinian Deaths, Home Demolitions and Settlement Expansion in 2010
Shin Bet: Disclosing number of detainees who haven’t seen lawyer compromises security
Israeli forces raid Madaa during children’s classes, director Jawad Siyam arrested
Two Israeli airstrikes target Gaza
Gaza Youth : Don’t distort our speech!
Another activist arrested; intimidation of leftists on the rise
Leftists: Probe against us ‘McCarthyism’ : Yisrael Beiteinu’s motion to probe funding of left-wing rights groups expected to pass Wednesday.
WikiLeaks: Israel aimed to keep Gaza economy on brink of collapse
The Director of Silwan Community Center, Jawad Siyam, arrested

Wikileaks Links

Anonymous starts declaring war on countries
WikiLeaks’ Most Terrifying Revelation: Just How Much Our Government Lies to Us
Why Journalists Aren’t Standing Up for WikiLeaks
Blogging WikiLeaks News & Views, for Day 38

US memo: Iranian hard-liners blocked nuke deal
Clucky business: Wikileaks : Argentinian CG thanks KFC for addicting Chinese to chicken wings 09SHANGHAI170
Is Wikileaks more dangerous than the alternative?
Proof the Wikileaks University of Melbourne Post Office Box is operational

Other Links

How the Kremlin Harnesses the Internet
No Value in Any Influenza Vaccine: Cochrane Collaboration Study
Business: your handy guide to railing against the internet
44 Journalists Killed in 2010/Motive Confirmed