Trump’s Twitter Trashtalk.

By Jerry Alatalo

re exclamation points (!) “presidential”? Do those exclamation points in shallow-minded, adolescent and immature Tweets substitute for serious, lengthy talks or debate necessary to adequately address the important issues facing humanity? The answer to both questions is “no”.

The unprecedented use of Twitter as a primary means for conveyance of messages to humanity by the president of the United States – generally perceived as the American elected because best suited to carry out the duties of the high office while adhering to the gold standards of statesmanship and diplomacy – is arguably, well … frankly pathetic.

Such a form of primitive communication practice, particularly when chosen by the elected leader of perhaps the most powerful nation on Earth, is regressive and debilitating from every conceivable perspective.

While giant global social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and others have taken steps designed to censor and/or silence voices critical of U.S. foreign policies, the “Tweeter-in-Chief” Donald Trump rolls on, unmolested and seemingly unstoppable as a loose cannon, with what those familiar with loud-mouthed rudeness, impoliteness and unsportsmanlike behavior on fields of athletics know as “trashtalk”.

We are unaware whether Donald Trump participated in organized team sports in his life or not, but if in his younger days he was a member of the baseball, football or basketball team(s) he forgot how “trash-talkers” are perceived by all other athletes as bad actors, those “hot dogs” whose actions contradict the reason people become involved in team sports to begin with. Players who talk trash are “buzzkills” who fail to understand, and rob others from achieving, the game’s best aspect – the simple enjoyment of friendly physical competition.

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Unfortunately, Donald Trump isn’t the trash-talking basketball player ruining the fun for everyone at the weekly local YMCA pick-up games, but the man holding the most powerful executive political position on Earth. In the former situation talking trash isn’t that big a deal besides the unenlightened, offensive rudeness and spoiling of others’ sporting enjoyment, and involves just a handful of 10 or more guys looking for some fun style of exercise.

However … trashtalk on a world level where millions of people’s lives hang in the balance is a far different, much more important and serious story.

One becomes both puzzled and disappointed that Trump’s circle hasn’t convinced him to suspend his utterly negative “trashtalk diplomacy” via Twitter, while others have expressed their serious opinion that Twitter’s user policy requires some initiatory disciplinary action occur, or even the closing of Donald Trump’s account, over “failure to meet our standards of conduct” or similarly categorized violations.

Mr. Trump unilaterally announced four weeks ago that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel (notable for the missing “West” before Jerusalem), in a move that is near impossible to interpret as other than an intentional provocation to violence. In the weeks subsequent to the announcement, Trump has declined to publish any Twitter postings sympathetic to Palestinians “…fighting for freedom!” or such, but jumped immediately on Twitter when Iranians held protests recently, writing “Time for a change!”

Now U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is reportedly ready to call for an emergency meeting of the Security Council over the protests in Iran, while choosing to ignore the legitimate protests of Palestinians. Mr. Trump and Ms. Haley’s feigned concern for the people of Iran suggests covert destabilization efforts (not conspiracy theory, but historically proven fact – see Iran 1953, etc.) may have become triggered to deflect attention away from the devastating-to-Trump United Nations General Assembly vote of 128-9 rejecting his Jerusalem decision, with the added envisaged “benefit” of manufacturing  a reason or pretext for scrapping the Iran-P5+1 nuclear agreement.

In the six days since protests began in Iran the number of those who’ve unfortunately perished is reportedly twenty-one. One wonders what Mr. Trump and Ms. Haley’s response would be if China, France, Russia or the United Kingdom (the other four permanent Security Council member states) were to call for an emergency meeting of the Council over the recent controversial events in Las Vegas, Nevada – where allegedly a mass-murdering lone gunman shot and killed more than fifty people and wounded over five hundred more.

The alleged gunman Stephen Paddock committed suicide, questions over the mass shooting about the possibility it was a false flag staged event remain unanswered, while mainstream media has abruptly stopped reporting altogether on the Las Vegas event. … But that’s another story for another day.

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s Twitter trashtalk becomes especially dangerous when it comes to nuclear-armed North Korea (DPRK), highlighted by his playground bully, back-and-forth messaging with DPRK leader Kim Jong-un. The juvenile nature of the exchange between the leaders of the two nations has devolved and descended to the point of focusing on who has the bigger nuclear button, or over “bragging rights” to possession of the more destructive nuclear arsenal.

Such a bizarre international relations phenomenon resembling a poorly produced TV reality show would be side-splitting laughable were it not in reality associated with an existential risk for millions living on the Korean peninsula and beyond.

Mr. Trump’s most recent Twitter “tirade” included trashtalk directed toward Pakistan, his threatening the cut-off of aid money, and alienating a country, like North Korea, armed with nuclear weapons. Pakistan government leaders and citizens of the nation have responded with strong criticism of Trump accusations that Pakistan is aiding terrorists.

The more Trump tweets the clearer it becomes his “Twitter strategy” as a marketing tool for “making America great again” is a bust, and makes obvious that continuance of offensive Twitter activity will only further dig a deepening hole of diminishing reputation for the Trump administration and, by extension, America’s 330 million people collectively.

Mr. Trump: You might want to stop digging, close your Twitter account and try returning to old-fashioned statesmanship, honest diplomacy and wise discretion. Surely, we realize Donald Trump will never heed this advice, and will continue offending others across the Earth on Twitter. Nobody can accuse us of not trying.

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In Chapter 16 of The Bhagavad Gita Sri Krishna tells Arjuna about “Divine and Demonic Tendencies”:

“A man who is born with tendencies toward the Divine is fearless and pure in heart. He perseveres in that path to union with Brahman which the scriptures and his teacher have taught him. He is charitable. He can control his passions. He studies the scriptures regularly, and obeys their directions. He practices spiritual disciplines. He is straightforward, truthful and of an even temper. He harms no one. He renounces the things of this world. He has a tranquil mind and an unmalicious tongue. He is compassionate toward all. He is not greedy. He is gentle and modest. He abstains from useless activity. He has faith in the strength of his higher nature. He can forgive and endure. He is clean is thought and act. He is free from hatred and pride. Such qualities are his birthright.”

“… In this world there are two kinds of beings: those whose nature tends toward the Divine, and those who have demonic tendencies. I have already described the divine nature to you in some detail. Now you shall learn more about the demonic nature.”

“Men of demonic nature know neither what they ought to do, nor what they should refrain from doing. There is no truth in them, or purity, or right conduct. They maintain that the scriptures are a lie, and that the universe is not based upon a moral law, but godless, conceived in lust and created by copulation, without any other cause. Because they believe this in the darkness of their little minds, these degraded creatures do horrible deeds, attempting to destroy the world. They are enemies of mankind.”

“Their lust can never be appeased. They are arrogant, and vain, and drunk with pride. They run blindly after what is evil. The ends they work for are unclean. They are sure that life has only one purpose: gratification of the senses. And so they are plagued by innumerable cares, from which death alone can release them. Anxiety binds them with a hundred chains, delivering them over to lust and wrath. They are ceaselessly busy, piling up dishonest gains to satisfy their cravings.”

“… They are addicts of sensual pleasure, made restless by their many desires, and caught in the net of delusion. They fall into the filthy hell of their own evil minds. Conceited, haughty, foolishly proud, and intoxicated by their wealth, they offer sacrifice to God in name only, for outward show, without following the sacred rituals. These malignant creatures are full of egoism, vanity, lust, wrath, and consciousness of power. They loathe me, and deny my presence both in themselves and in others. They are enemies of all men and of myself; cruel, despicable and vile. I cast them back, again and again, into the wombs of degraded parents, subjecting them to the wheel of birth and death. And so they are constantly reborn, in degradation and delusion. They do not reach me, but sink down to the lowest possible condition of the soul.”

“Hell has three doors; lust, rage and greed. These lead to man’s ruin. Therefore he must avoid them all. He who passes by these three dark doors has achieved his own salvation. He will reach the highest goal at last.”

“But he who flouts the commandments of the scriptures, and acts on the impulse of his desires, cannot reach perfection, or happiness, or the highest goal.”

“Let the scriptures be your guide, therefore, in deciding what you must do, and what you must abstain from. First learn the path of action, as the scriptures teach it. Then act accordingly.”

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Persons interested in reading a full text, modern prose version of “The Bhagavad Gita” can do so free of charge, by clicking the following link:

http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/gita/agsgita.htm

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2018: The Year Of Peace.

A Plea to Reinforce Peace: Calling for Activation of the International Criminal Court’s Exercise of Jurisdiction over the Crime of Aggression

(Cross-posted from Coalition for the International Criminal Court)

By Jutta F. Bertram-Nothnagel September 2017

The long-awaited decision by the Assembly of States Parties to enable the International Criminal Court’s exercise of jurisdiction over the crime of aggression is urgently needed and cannot happen soon enough. As spelled out with more detail by article 8 of the Rome Statute, the crime is committed by a person in a position effectively to control or to direct the political or military action of a State and requires the planning, preparation, initiation or execution of a State act of aggression which, by its gravity, character and scale, amounts to a manifest violation of the Charter of the United Nations: The armed force of a State is unleashed upon another State with no justification in sight. Not at all in the defense of a country, not at all in the defense of a people, but in the service of a crime that cries to heaven, soldiers are ordered to shoot and bomb a made-up ‘enemy’. Without good cause under the law of nations, they are misused as tools of the crime and turned into its cannon fodder.

Heroism and comradeship are exploited for hypocrisy and the expansion of power. The victim State is trampled, its territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence smashed into conceptual smithereens. Lives are ruined and families decimated. The human right to peace must not be recognized! Freedom is the freedom of the aggressor. Nightmares keep morphing into relentless reality, – See Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (last amended 2010), art. 15 bis (3), 15 ter (3); see also Resolution RC/Res.6 of the Review Conference of the Rome Statute, pp 6. “Nightmares keep morphing into relentless reality, – combatants returning in wheel chairs or body bags, sailors sunk in the oceans, pilots ripped from the skies, and civilians sacrificed and euphemized as ‘collateral damage’ ”.  Instead of laughter from fields and gardens, last prayers from ditches and rubble. All ‘normal’ war, – no war crimes necessary!

The degradation and slaughter of body and soul violate human dignity to its very core. The urgency for activating the Court’s authority over the crime can scarcely be exaggerated. Everything possible must be done, and must be done now, to prevent crimes of aggression. First, the world is faced with catastrophic threats to its environmental, social and economic sustainability, requiring global cooperation to address them. Each armed conflict disrupts such cooperation. Second, we are sitting on the most horrific powder keg of all times. Since the dawn of the age of nuclear weapons, the numbers of civilian deaths argued to be proportionate to military objectives and thus acceptable ‘collateral damage’ has crept up into the unfathomable. We are talking crimes against humanity that make the devil blush.

Continue reading “2018: The Year Of Peace.”

Nobel Peace Prize Address: Nuclear States Issued Historic Challenge.

(Transcript cross-posted from NobelPrize.org)

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) – Nobel Lecture

NORWAY – International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) leaders Setsuko Thurlow (center) and Beatrice Fihn (right) accept the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Lecture given by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2017, ICAN, delivered by Beatrice Fihn and Setsuko Thurlow, Oslo, 10 December 2017.

[Beatrice Fihn:]

Your Majesties,
Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee,
Esteemed guests,

Today, it is a great honor to accept the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of thousands of inspirational people who make up the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Together we have brought democracy to disarmament and are reshaping international law.
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We most humbly thank the Norwegian Nobel Committee for recognizing our work and giving momentum to our crucial cause.

We want to recognize those who have so generously donated their time and energy to this campaign.

We thank the courageous foreign ministers, diplomats, Red Cross and Red Crescent staff, UN officials, academics and experts with whom we have worked in partnership to advance our common goal.

And we thank all who are committed to ridding the world of this terrible threat.
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At dozens of locations around the world – in missile silos buried in our earth, on submarines navigating through our oceans, and aboard planes flying high in our sky – lie 15,000 objects of humankind’s destruction.

Perhaps it is the enormity of this fact, perhaps it is the unimaginable scale of the consequences, that leads many to simply accept this grim reality. To go about our daily lives with no thought to the instruments of insanity all around us.

For it is insanity to allow ourselves to be ruled by these weapons. Many critics of this movement suggest that we are the irrational ones, the idealists with no grounding in reality. That nuclear-armed states will never give up their weapons.

But we represent the only rational choice. We represent those who refuse to accept nuclear weapons as a fixture in our world, those who refuse to have their fates bound up in a few lines of launch code.

Ours is the only reality that is possible. The alternative is unthinkable.

The story of nuclear weapons will have an ending, and it is up to us what that ending will be.

Will it be the end of nuclear weapons, or will it be the end of us?

One of these things will happen.

The only rational course of action is to cease living under the conditions where our mutual destruction is only one impulsive tantrum away.
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Today I want to talk of three things: fear, freedom, and the future.

Continue reading “Nobel Peace Prize Address: Nuclear States Issued Historic Challenge.”

An Interview Of Joe Giambrone.

By Jerry Alatalo

r. Joe Giambrone, editor of Political Film Blog here on WordPress, has kindly agreed to participate in an interview after receiving our invitation. Thank you Joe for sharing your insights in the following words.

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Question 1: What was your primary motivation for entering the world of blogging?

The main force driving The Political Film Blog (PFB) is all that wholesale lying we get from corporate media and from politicians. It’s an anti-propaganda blog. The truth is out there, but not compiled into any sort of narrative that regular people can digest. You have to pull from numerous sources over a long time to get an accurate picture of the world, and the media is expert in doing the exact opposite. Thus, the population is uninformed or misinformed about the most important issues affecting humanity: war, environmental destruction, threats to health, and the utter illegitimacy of the political system.

I began Political Film Blog (https://politicalfilm.wordpress.com/) as a simple storage place for the many shocking news articles that are not propelled into the national news cycles, the facts that slip through the cracks. It has a great search feature, too, and over 6,000 posts spanning eight years. I tied in film reviews to attract more readers, as Counterpunch did with film and book reviews. I also invited other writers to post, as Counterpunch did. That was my model.

I remember a political argument with my wife’s family. My father-in-law said one of the most astounding things I’ve ever heard in a political discussion. He was an Orange County Republican, in the oil industry, and prone to fly around to oil fields globally. It was the midst of the political upheaval of 2000, the rise of the Green Party and Ralph Nader speaking truth to power. Here’s what my wife’s father said:

“Corruption is not a problem in America.”

My jaw may have hit the floor, how anyone could possibly believe such a thing when the entire system is literally legalized bribery, it is pay to play in Washington, arguably the most corrupt place on earth. They fly in from around the empire to “lobby” and bribe our politicians, the Saudis, Israelis, Turks, Stans, even the Russians, allegedly. US politicians are bribed every day of the year to betray their constituents and to act in the service of their paymasters.

While low-level bureaucrats are not openly taking bribes as in third world countries, those on television screens are only there because they take bribes to the tune of billions of dollars! Corruption is THE problem with America.

The PFB was intended to counter that sort of willful blindness. It provides easy recall of the news articles that refute such muddleheaded thinking. In the years since, I have used the blog as a research tool on numerous topics such as illegal NSA spying, the proxy wars against Syria and Ukraine, 9/11 and other hot-button controversies. The more a subject is flooded with disinformation and emotional baggage the more desperate is the need for clear verifiable facts at your fingertips. That’s why I continue to post entries.

Question 2: How would you describe yourself with regard to spirituality?

I have no imaginary friends. I’m agnostic on the question of the supernatural. It’s quite simple, to me. I can’t prove or disprove supernatural phenomena. Neither can today’s physicists. They have no absolute answers, merely more questions. That’s good enough for me. I’d prefer some sort of bonus prize for this life, but I’m not banking on it.

Question 3: What were some of the most memorable transforming points across the years (books, personal contacts, mystical experiences, etc.) in the developing of your current spiritual perspective?

In my 20s I got into psychology in an effort to heal my own mind. I noticed similarities between Zen meditation and Primal Therapy. These each end up giving adherents a more present-moment mindfulness. They calm the mind and channel attention into the current sights, sounds, tactile sensations.

In studying psychology I began to doubt the veracity of my previous religious delusions. Being introduced to religion in the 7th grade, I already had formed my own personality without a need to defer to some religious mumbojumbo in every new situation. Now a teenager, I found the Catholic religious instruction stifling, oppressive, creepy, and unnecessary. I did, however, buy into it eventually. Maturing stresses the brain, and we grasp for answers, particularly answers about death. It’s a powerful motivator to believe things that don’t have any basis in empirical research simply because everyone else is doing it. Religion is the worst peer-pressure offender.

Question 4: What is your greatest wish for readers as a consequence after reading/considering your writings?

Most of the time I’m simply a proponent of the truth, seeking to dispel lies and champion the facts. Unfortunately, Americans largely don’t care about facts. They care about propaganda that helps their cause and demonizes their opponents—and nothing more. I run into this every day.

The news has long been weaponized, and we have the “liberal” news and the “conservative” news. Neither of which is the news at all, but that’s what people want, the only thing they want.

I don’t play that game. I’ve said many times: Trump bad don’t make Clinton good. I have yet to meet a Democrat who could compute that statement. The US political system is a glaring sham, and I’ve got the thousands of articles tagged and bagged on the blog to prove it.

So, my wish at the blog is always to set the record straight and dispel the delusions that make up people’s warped imperial worldview. The blind nationalism is a huge component. They actually believe that America can bomb the world with impunity if only their team is in charge. This is a Nazi view. This is what World War Two was fought over. This is why we hung people at Nuremberg: Crimes Against the Peace. But in the imperial delusion, none of that, no history matters to them. They are the ones controlling the big military now, and as long as people like themselves push the buttons it’s perfectly acceptable for them to kill… Millions?

We are surrounded by immoral people in an immoral, rapacious military empire, and that’s not okay with me. It should not be okay with anyone.

Question 5: Can you offer any advice to people having a difficult time dealing with government and media lies, especially as it pertains to so many average citizens who hold erroneous perceptions on important events and situations around the Earth?

I remember the film compilation, “What I’ve Learned About US Foreign Policy.” (https://youtu.be/V8POmJ46jqk) This should be what children study in grammar school, what the US actually does around the world, today, the real world. That is not what is on the agenda, however. Americans don’t learn much relevant to our military empire at all. I find the average American completely ignorant of the most important events of the past fifty years. Current events are clouded by propaganda with foundations and paid henchmen spinning them endlessly for money and power. The CIA is also an interested player in giving a one-sided history of the world as things like Project Mockingbird and Udo Ulfkotte’s admissions revealed.

You can prove US corporate media censorship, unequivocally, with two words: Operation Gladio. You cannot find one investigation by any US corporate media entity regarding this forty-year long spree of false flag terrorism attacks across Europe! The US press is completely under the control of US intelligence, on certain topics. This happens to be the ugliest, and it was exposed by nation states and buttressed with major investigations, such as–surprisingly–by the BBC. So there is no counterargument to spin it away. The CIA blew up civilians across Europe to demonize European Leftists. That happened for four decades (at least)! But, no one in America, save for a handful of the types who read my blog, know anything whatsoever about it.

If the public knew that the CIA engaged in false flag terrorism regularly, as a matter of statecraft—they also did it in Iran in 1953 and elsewhere—would they be so quick to dismiss accusations of state-sponsored false flag terrorism today? Does anyone think the CIA and the true Deep State suddenly found morals? When did that happen exactly?

These are foundational concepts. The “Strategy of Tension” is how it is sold as a good thing, to keep the public in a state of “tension” so that they approve of new state measures, power grabs, to combat the terrorism that the state itself allows to occur. It’s so sick, and yet here we are. It’s why even though we’re in a purported “war on terror” the US government and its allies/arms customers can protect and help terrorists in Syria, Libya and elsewhere. It’s only “terror” if they kill an American. That’s their practical working definition.

The US tends to play both sides, or multiple sides in conflicts. That’s why it’s so difficult to decipher their policies. They bomb ISIS, for example, in some places, but not in others. They have repeatedly bombed the Syrian government forces who were fighting against ISIS at the time, thus helping those ISIS units. After a major research initiative in 2015, I began to make sense of their Syria policy. That one is here:

http://intpolicydigest.org/2015/11/29/why-isis-exists-the-double-game/

But getting back to the question: what advice?

Be suspicious of any breaking news stories, spread widely, which demonize one of America’s official enemies: Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Syria, Russia. When the news machine acts in unison they are being guided by the US Deep State. That is a certainty, and the contrary facts tend to emerge over the next several days or weeks. Take everything the media screams loudly about with a grain of salt.

I’ve seen it discredited over and over again, such as with Bashar Al Assad “gassing his own people.” Assad has never gassed his own people, not once in the entire war, and no credible evidence proves that he did. It was America’s proxy allies using the gas. Those revelations were not screamed about in the media, but instead censored out.

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Thank you again, Joe. Peace.