ROBERT HUNZIKER—Significantly, insects are the primary source for ecosystem creation and support. The world literally disintegrates without mischievous burrowing, forming new soil, aerating soil, pollinating food crops, etc. Nutrition for humans happens because insects pollinate. After all, 97% of the Animal Kingdom consists of invertebrates such as insects, crabs, lobsters, clams, octopuses, jellyfish, and worms.READ ON
CAITLIN JOHNSTONE—But there are things in the realm of the known which give me hope as well. Trust in the plutocrat-controlled mass media is at an all-time low while our ability to network and share information is at an all-time high, which means that a populist takeover of civilization’s dominant narratives is more possible than ever. Whoever is able to control the stories that the public is telling about themselves, their society and their world controls the public; if the public starts coming up with their own stories and elevating the ones that are most truthful and beneficial to them, the dominator class will necessarily lose control of the masses which vastly outnumber them.READ ON
KENNETH SURIN—Trump’s responses have zig-zagged like those of his Saudi pals.
Trump now says that Khashoggi’s murder “was carried out poorly, and the cover-up was one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups”.
The invertebrate Kushner is still saying that “we must wait and see what the investigation reveals”.
Trump’s stiffer line on the Saudis is difficult to take with a straight face. A couple of things could be going on.
One is that Trump’s handlers have warned the Saudis in advance that the Orange One had to take a harder rhetorical line because the midterm elections are coming up, and that in any event little else was likely to happen apart from this pre-election burst of hot air.READ ON
A wide-ranging and illuminating lecture by Michael Parenti on the foundational myths underlying American “democracy” and its claims to exceptionalism.READ ON