The law, corporations and the gutter

Most normal, decent, people understand that the law (national legislation enforceable by the police) is not the limit against which they should set their behaviour. It is there to stop the worst abuses. Their own ethical or moral standards should be far higher.

Corporations however have a different approach. Corporations will do anything to make profits so long as they

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The Labour party leader contest

Jeremy Corbyn interviewed on RT.

Could he be the next leader of the Labour party? A candidate in a general election for Prime Minister? Someone who coolly says “public ownership of or participation in the banks is no bad thing”?

That would certainly mean that there was something to discuss at the election.

Free press in the West (15)

The “free press” in the West has numerous tactics to spin their narratives along. One might be called editorial inserts. Here a story is wrapped up in a coating added at editorial level. The claims are never established by facts and analysis. They just appear. A typical example is how many stories about Russia are now glossed with the line about “an increasingly aggressive Russia”. This apparent fact has never been established in a journalistic sense. For example; a serious discussion of the root causes of the recent conflicts in South Ossetia and Ukraine. The narrative line just appears and is taken for granted. In fact its source is not political and historical analysis but the narratives put out by corporate politicians to gloss their latest imperialist manoeuvres.

This is an example. The

Kick-off for the next anti-Russia media campaign

So. To spoil and detract from the Sochi Olympics the Western press ran spoiler after spoiler about Russia’s “anti-gay” laws. There aren’t any. But that didn’t stop them. (There is a law about propagandising non traditional relations to minors which is punishable by a small fine).

Now that the run-up to the 2018 football World Cup is getting under way the Western press is trying to decide what their spoiler is going to be this time. The obvious one is to link Russia to the US-led criminal probe into FIFA. Another one is “racism”. Russian football apparently has a problem with racism. E.g. black players get racially abused from the terraces. Well; to anyone who knows anything about English football that will sound familiar. But that won’t stop them using the issue to demonise Russia.

This video report by some lubricious Sky reporter is a case in point. He manages to allude to the FIFA corruption angle. How could he help himself? There is no discussion of problems with racism in Russian football in the piece. No reports. Nothing. (Except one reporter manages to shout out a question about “racism” to the back of the the FIFA President). This

Some analysis on Ukraine

CrossTalk from RT – on Ukraine and Western media silence.

(See also: http://www.rt.com/shows/crosstalk/310643-ukraine-chaos-western-media/)

Ok. There is an absence of questioning of the level of official Russian support for the militias in the East.

That said. All the Western media does is repeat:

1. Stories about Russian military interventions – usually based on evidence-free stories fed to the media via the Twitter feed of the US Ambassador to Ukraine and

2. Stories about how Russia exaggerates the threat from Ukrainian nationalists

While maintaining a near total news black-out on:

1. The history of Ukraine as a country which is both West facing and East facing. (In both world wars Ukrainians fought on both sides. And that is only going back to 1914).

2. The role of the EU in pushing so hard for the Association Agreement without taking account of 1. that they created a crisis. Having got a coup they then signed the political part of the agreement with the new regime even before the regime was partly legitimised by elections.

3. The role of the US is fostering the coup. Billions of dollars in difficult to trace aid to support American leaning civic groups, [1] followed by personal appearances by leading US officials during the violent riots (presented as peaceful demonstrations) that led to the coup.

4. The facts that support for EU integration and NATO membership is less than 20% in the East. [2] and that the people in the East lost their democratic representation when Yanukovych was chased out. [3] Essentially this means that 13 million people in Ukraine out of a total population of 44 million have simply been discounted in Victoria Nuland’s phantasy about “the Ukrainian people” yearning for “European democracy”. [1]

5. Kiev sending tanks against a civilian population. When Serbia sent tanks against independence rebels in Kosovo Milosovich was branded as beyond the pale and this was used by NATO countries to justify a war of terror on Serbia. The Western press helped by publishing pictures of the tanks. When the Western backed regime in Kiev sends tanks against rebels in the East this is not questioned by the Western press.

Taking the above into consideration if nothing else the process in Ukraine can be seen to be the antithesis of “democracy” and the Western media is fully complaisant.

Notes

1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/07/us-foreign-aid-ukraine_n_4914682.html

See also: youtube.com/watch?v=U2fYcHLouXY – The admission about USD 5 billion “invested” in manipulating Ukraine into the EU is at 7.45 into the video.

2. http://www.bbg.gov/wp-content/media/2014/06/Ukraine-slide-deck.pdf

3. http://thenewobserver.co.uk/estranged_from_reality/

Life is like piloting your ship

An analogy. Living your life is like piloting a ship. You have to learn to avoid the rocks. If you do get holed you have to learn how to patch the hole and carry on. You have to learn how to manage a mutinous crew who may well lead you astray through excesses (your “id” if you like theoretical super-models); or just your desires. If you don’t have a destination in mind you will go round in circles, which is a bit pointless. Sometimes you may get becalmed for a while. In which case you need to seek out a favourable wind. In general the course has difficulties. No one makes a perfect pilot from the outset. And anyway the weather and state of the sea you are sailing in is largely beyond your control. Therefore it won’t all be plain sailing. Learning how to deal with the difficulties is part of the challenge. It’s fun. (And at any time and sooner or later your ship and you will suffer an ultimate catastrophe and will sink leaving only a temporary ripple).

Therapy takes a different attitude to the difficulties. It is an ideology. If you find yourself becalmed it is because there is a problem in the boiler room. It you’ve hit the rocks it is because there is a problem in the boiler room. If you find yourself wondering which direction to sail in it is because there is a problem in the boiler room. The fix is that you have to take the boiler to pieces and put it back together again. Of course to do this you need an expert mechanic. (No surprises there). You cannot do it yourself. With therapy you stop looking over the prow of your ship at the wide ocean. And you stop learning from your mistakes. You bury yourself deep in the bowels of your ship and fiddle with the engine. Hoping that that will make the wind blow or will stop you running into the rocks again.

But. It won’t make the wind blow. And while you can possibly make adjustments to the hidden parts of the engine you could simply have learned to change course without getting grease all over your hands. It is interesting for the mechanic. It confirms his theories about how engines work. But don’t believe him when he tells you that you can’t sail well without taking your engine to bits and putting it back together again.

To put it another way. 99.9% of the time when you crash into the reefs and 99.9% of the time when you find yourself becalmed and 99.9% of the time when you find yourself lacking a direction it is not because there is a problem with the engine. These are just problems intrinsic to the business of sailing. Everyone has them to some degree or other. And, because they don’t result from a problem with your engine, there is nothing to be gained by taking it to bits and reassembling it. It is just a waste of time.