Appeals to Bruce Springsteen to honor cultural boycott of Israel

Bruce Springsteen is reportedly planning a concert tour in Tel Aviv this summer. They’ve been trying to snag him for a few years now since his music speaks to the dispossessed. It would be a feather in Israeli apartheid’s cap but it sure ain’t something justice can stand for. It’s educate Bruce Springsteen time.

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This is another FB wall where you can appeal to him because he needs to put playing for apartheid to rest, once & for all:


Trump vs. Sanders? Send in the clowns.

So Trump took the New Hampshire primary with 38,481 voters & Bernie Sanders with 63,000 plus compared to Clinton’s 43,000 plus. Something’s not adding up here since the population of NH is 1,330,608. In US politics, for years, the majority of eligible voters don’t bother to register; the majority of registered voters don’t bother to vote. So candidates are elected by a minority of eligible voters.

In the 1980s, in a speech Sanders gave in Boston, he discussed that phenomenon. He said on the one hand it reflected disdain of the electoral process & on the other hand, political passivity. It might have been the last time the guy had something politically cogent to say.

Whereas in Iowa, it was Democratic Party hacks, for the most part, who voted, in NH it appears it had a popular component. But just how “popular” is 63,000 plus votes in a population of 1,330,608? What the hell is going on here?

But I still maintain that this whole dog & pony show of caucus & primary elections is not so much for popular consumption as it is for the ruling elite to understand their electoral options–given that they clearly have a crisis of leadership. Trump versus Sanders? Send in the clowns.

Shalimar & lipstick: tools for senior subterfuge

Had to do a quick run to the post office today but was covered in dog stains & dog hair & smelled like a livestock pen from holding them. I didn’t want to make a big production & get all dolled up for a five-minute job, so I squirted on a little Shalimar, dabbed on some lipstick & took off.

This is the season when seniors from Canada & northern US states come here to winter. The post office was filled with them attired even more unfashionably than my get-up. And I was the only one that smelled hot. So exactly why have they let themselves go like that? I can blame the mutts. What’s their excuse!? For ten whole minutes I felt superior. Till I got home & saw myself in the mirror. I’m hiding out now.

The so-called creativity of capitalism


Re-posting this from one year ago–perhaps because I can never get over allowing human beings, including small children, to be the waste management system for modern societies. It shows the inefficiencies of capitalism at the same time as it shows disdain & contempt for human life.

Mary Scully's photo.


Capitalism is just an inexhaustible source of creativity. It puts feudalism to shame on that score. Here, for example, in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Under neoliberalism, the barbaric phase of capitalism, waste management is considered an unaffordable luxury for cities. So they transport tons of it to countries they’re trying to re-colonize to provide work for the legions of unemployed who earn a few bucks a day scavenging through animal poop, dirty diapers, rotting food, swill, to find plastic & other recyclables. Now isn’t that creative!? Such barbarism could only have been thought of under capitalism.

(Photo by Giles Clarke)

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau: a study in smarm

The US has Obama of the toothy grin to peddle barbaric wars & Israeli apartheid; Canadians have to put up with that Trudeau creep who just drips with smarm. Israel might want to think twice about letting him support them because when you watch his defense, the word puke comes to mind–referring to him & to your reaction.

Take a load of this video & retch:

Enough with the “nuanced” analyses! Nobody can figure out where justice is in all the evasions.

It’s been a while now since I’ve seen anyone calling for a “nuanced” analysis of a situation. Is social media reducing the level of intellectual pretensions or have they just been driven to Facebook hell through blocking? Some of us don’t do nuance very well. It smacks of evasion & equivocation, of attempts to complicate things so no one knows what the hell is going on. It’s a refusal to choose sides when the struggle for justice requires that. It doesn’t require demonizing but there’s no hope for social transformation if you won’t call a spade a spade.

Human beings who are being wronged, persecuted, vilified, oppressed need us to stand with them without any “nuance” getting in the way of things. Leave “complexities” to simple-minded apologists for the status quo.

Immigration is a human right. Open the damn borders.

Refugee in Greece (Georgos Moutafis) Feb 9 2016

This is a refugee in Greece whose name & nationality are not identified. Let him stand for the 60 million people now on the move all over this planet fleeing from war, bombing, plunder, & sweatshop economics.

All the scriptural exhortations in every holy book & all the high-flown political rhetoric & poetics like “Give me your tired, your poor…” mean nothing to governments whose modus operandi is neoliberalism, the barbaric phase of capitalism.

But to us, to working people, they are ours, they are brothers & sisters. They are fellow human beings & we demand solidarity with them by standing against the wars & plunder driving them & by demanding the borders be opened to all refugees & immigrants & every human hospitality & solidarity be offered them.

The historic imperative remains: rebuild the international antiwar movement–so we can begin to build a world suitable for human beings to live & love in.

(Photo by Giorgos Moutafis)