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The United States of America is actively facilitating genocide, as I type this. The United Kingdom, European Union, Canada, Australia and other assorted co-genocidists are scurrying around trying to ensure the smooth implementation of this mass slaughter and deliberate starvation. If we were not living in a dystopian, Orwellian society, all of the governments participating in this monstrous crime would been brought down by now, and every respectable media outlet would be reporting on sanctions against Israel and indictments at the International Criminal Court against Biden, Blinken, Sunak, Scholtz, Macron, Trudeau, Albanese and their accomplices for crimes against humanity. But none of that has happened, so it is fair and reasonable to conclude that we are living in a dystopian hell-hole in which most people have been programmed to believe that committing genocide and failing to stop genocide are normal and fine.

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When has the United States NOT contributed to, or facilitated genocide? this is not some new phenomenon, this is ( at least ) 4 decades of terrorism. American citizenry is based on being indoctrinated into slavery and complacence. That is the American nightmare.

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America was founded on genocide and we learned from the best we inherited it from the Europeans. Thank you very much.

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"That is the American nightmare." - unfortunately, for non-Americans it's all too real.

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Feb 15·edited Feb 15

Well said ... sadly.

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Yes, I wholeheartedly agree with you, Stephen W. It’s like this is some nightmare we’re all in, watching this genocide taking place. I have emailed and called my senators and representative numerous times through various channels. Of course I get no response from them. It’s almost as if this whole thing is an attempt to genocide more brown and black people. They did this to the indigenous peoples of my country, America(some of these perpetrators I’m sure we’re my ancestors), it was done to so many in different African nations by white colonizers, done to the Armenians by the Turks, done to the Jews and Roma and many others by the Nazis and now this despicable thing is being done to the Palestinians and has been for over 75 years. Where does it end?!😢

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👏👏👏👏👏🌷

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spain doesn't arm israel anymore, it upped aid to unrwa, also had some quarrels with israeli ambassador, the govt has been labeled as hamas-supporters :D Belgium, Ireland, some other countries too, i believe, are rather 'insubordinate' . the netherlands will not supply spare parts to israeli planes.

for germans it is extremely difficult to join anti-zionist avantgarde, they would be eaten alive, so cut them some slack.

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A question arises: What are the values, and their origins and sources (philosophically and geo-culturally), in relation to which your criticisms hold as valid?

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Empathy for each other should be enough to answer that question

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Get to know with critical thinkers like Caitlin how insidious western propaganda is.

Vladimir Putin said to Tucker Carlson that he couldn't speak about who sabotaged the Nord-stream pipe line because "the US owns the world media".

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Feb 15·edited Feb 15

Anyone who saw the media’s synchronised sudden obsession with “Spy balloons” and “UFOs” should have understood WHY it coincided with Seymour Hersh’s expose of the US destruction of the Nordstream piple.

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Seymore has

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Yup. I can't believe how much worse things have gotten over the past few decades. It's not normal and we could and should do much better.

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Thank you. It's a detail from one of my paintings.

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I've concluded that in the best traditions of brainwashed Catholicism, there must be a patron saint of all the word-salad bullshitters who drive the mainstream narratives in what passes for the centrality of Western “culture”. Santo Sanificare, Saint Sanitize, watches over it all, ensuring that none of the outliers sings a dissonant note that might be construed as too "jazzy", and is quickly pitch-corrected back into the allowed harmonies of the major chord specified in the public-private partnership (aka Fascist) hymnal.

Santo Sanificare, prega per noi. Amen.

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As I have deduced you may be a Catholic, I will put this petition here, as well as separately. There must be a permanent ceasefire in Gaza in order to comply with the ICJ ruling. Not with Palestinians suffering under oppressive conditions, but as a place where all live with peace and equality. It is time for Pope Francis to do more than talk. He must go to Gaza and make a stand for peace and freedom.

Please sign my petition and share widely.

https://chng.it/CRQ7qw4Gzn

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Ex-Catholic, my dear, but the imprint fades only slowly. Either way, thanks for the link. I signed and donated because the pope needs to get a pair and condemn mass murder, if nothing else. Maybe Santo Sanificare will throw a blessing onto those poor destitute folks in Gaza, but frankly, pacifist though I am, pragmatically, I'd rather he throw a large boulder down on Bibi's skull.

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thanks for posting this I did this. I posted it on my Facebook. I made a video as well. Who knows he’s probably not as courageous as Oscar Romero. He probably doesn’t want to get done gunned down while he’s saying mass or talking up at the POPE balcony in the POPE MOBILE.

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Thank you. We do what we can, and it all counts.

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"In reality, we are living in a profoundly sick dystopia that is built on a foundation of human corpses and fueled by an endless river of human blood. Our news media are propaganda services, our entertainment is brainwashing, and our mainstream culture is social engineering, all built to keep us turning the gears of a vast globe-dominating empire"... That's exactly how I feel! Is anyone out there feeling the same? How do you cope with it? I mean how do you rationalize it to stand up in the morning and go to work or to tell your children everything is OK and their future is radiant?

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Feb 15·edited Feb 15

I mean - hasn't this genocide of Palestinians spelled it all out in clear terms for us all? All we have is talk from the all these so-called leaders of the Free World (but no real action) - while there is a continuing - clear as day massacre taking place of unarmed civilians and children - their entire public infrastructure being destroyed ... How else can we call this other than an actual dystopia we're all witness too right now? And how revealing is the extent of these genocidal abusers who are in power right now - and are not answering to the values of a humanitarian "free" society, but rather, are psychopathic killers (and torturers) on a mass scale - and pretend they're doing it for world security - when what it's really about is to feed an out-of-control MIC and power hungry deep state - and their own psychopathic hegemonic control fantasies.

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I don't think I am doing very well at keeping going on. A friend came over the other day and neither of us could stop crying over Palestine and anger and frustration.

Just feel so depressed and helpless.

Never have felt so helpless as now.

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I'm not gonna "like" this, because I don't like what you are feeling right now. I see and feel very strongly about these same things, but it only makes me more determined than ever to stop them MF'ers. We need everyone who sees what's going on to be part of figuring out what is going work. Don't go letting them get you down (and out). That's working for them, not against them!

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Joy. I think you need to consider that SOME people (like me) at age 74/5 with a history of depression SIMPLY cannot cope.

I have been living in 4 different countries for at least 10/23yrs and each one I have tried to do what is right.

I really object ...this is an insult.

At present here in France we are boycotting all Israeli food. Hundreds of dead Avocado's.

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Feb 15·edited Feb 15

It wasn't meant as an insult, but as encouragement. Please forgive this old lady who is older than you. You are just a kid. (Just kidding.) We do need each other.

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f course we do. All is OK

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I am with you. I don't think I have ever felt this helpless since the Iraq war.

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Me, it was the Vietnamese war, after seeing the picture of the little girl with napalm on her back running down the road screaming. It was enlarged to nearly lifesize and displayed on 5th Ave by war protestors.

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I got kicked off a social media platform for showing that picture once to get people to stop advocating for more wars. That picture has haunted me my whole life as a kid when I first saw it. The dawning on me how people can be that cruel to start wars my innocence was destroyed ... And today it's been aviserated.

I am feeling as devastated. And hopeless.. And profoundly disgusted with my fellow man to the point of hoping we do go extinct.

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Yes, I know what you mean. I have seen so many little kids in Gaza(photos) with bleeding wounds and one I remember is a little girl with what looks to be bruises/scars around her eyes. It’s gut wrenching to see this. All of this could end with just one phone call from Genocide Joe to Butcher Bibi to say no more money, weapons to Israhell, NO MORE!!😢☮️🇵🇸

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Yes. It’s godawful what we have watched our government do. Not only bombing and torturing and burning but now starving— all in the name of FREEDOM, is just gutting. I get into despair too, wishing for the species to go extinct but then I look around at all the decent people, the ones demonstrating or sending money, the doctors and nurses working in Gaza, sometimes at the cost of their lives, the aide workers trying to get those trucks thru. The Houthis fighting back in their little rubber boats and rocking the economic world while they do it. Three of the “5 Eyes” finally finding a backbone and calling for ceasefire, and I’m amazed at how much good there is in the world. I used to think it was Pollyanna to look for the good but now I see it as my duty, in honor of the Gazans and all they’re suffering to take down the Great Satan and the mini-me Satan. And I send what I can to UNRWA. It ain’t much but it keeps me from letting my government steal my soul.

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Plus, Ireland just gave $21 million to UNRWA so there ARE decent people in the West. Plus Clare Daly, Ireland’s EU minister is singeing the backsides of the neo liberal countries ignoring Gaza with a moral conscience I wish we could generate here.

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Yes, the first I felt hopeless, sitting on school bleachers not going to class hearing student council members speak about what we could do to stop the war in middle school. The Iraq/Afghanistan war as an adult was brain-numbing that so few people could see through the lies. With the u.s. monster fighting to stay alive and relevant nothing that happens now will shock me.

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I know exactly how you feel Gpcus, since I feel it too and am grappling with the same questions that you are.

>>"How do you cope with it? I mean how do you rationalize it to stand up in the morning and go to work or to tell your children everything is OK and their future is radiant?"

What seems to be helping me (though I'm not totally sure):

(1) Anti-depressants

(2) No TV or MSM news sources

(3) Music (playing the piano for me)

(4) some physical exercise

Unfortunately, none of the above strategies have been enough to help me deal emotionally with the ongoing live-streamed Genocide taking place in Gaza. If you do find something that works for you, please do let me know as I seem to be in the same boat as you.

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We know it's way worse than we can even imagine. I avoid dwelling too long on some videos. I keep the sound off and don't even look at some. Instagram is my only video source. Still I have cried. I need to know what's really happening, but for my own sanity I can't spend too much time there. I post and repost about it all on Instagram. If enough people would do it, a national strike on work and buying might make a difference.

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Chang, I think you are playing with fire using antidepressants, which contain chemicals alien to human biology and genomes, and produce side effects which have their own side effects. If what’s going on somewhere else is wrecking you and your ability to work and father your children, perhaps you should turn off forums like this one as well? For your distress bleeds into your children, who have not yet being affected by the world as you have, they still are empaths, they pick up on, feel what is going on in you. Looking back from 81 years on this planet, I see lots of how I was that my children endured because I was wrapped up in my own dramas and agenda. I worry today for them and their children in a country, America, going to hell, I think. And unable to do lots of things I once did, some because I had to, some because I wanted to, I spend a lot of time online, which saves me from talking a lot more to myself than I already do. Your children need you a lot more now, than they will ten years from now.

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You forgot plastic smiles. The first thing I'm thinking when I see absent, moronic smiles void of any context - someone is "bigging" themselves up.

One thing good about covid was it wiped them off people's faces. Some continued doing it while masked and that looked even weirder.

You need a rest, "Sloan". I think I already mentioned that elsewhere.

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I've had a great deal of experience with adults who were severely abused in childhood, and it looks to me that Caitlin and most of her readers who comment under her Gaza posts were severely abused in childhood and are in denial about how abusive their parents were. They emotionally identify with the dead, wounded and oppressed, shellshocked, depressed, starving, displaced people of Gaza and are not able to see their parents and Hamas psychologically are one and the same, pretending love and caring but giving them just the opposite.

I give Hamas and Israel equal credit for the mayhem in Gaza. Hamas imbedded itself within and underneath civilians, making it certain that many civilians would be killed and wounded and displaced and experience diaspora if Israel came to Gaza to fight Hamas, and that the October 7, 2023 raid in Israel was clever bait Hamas hoped would provoke Israel to do precisely what then did in Gaza, which turned Israel into a pariah state likened to Nazi German, supported by America. Instead of defending the people of Gaza, Hamas did the opposite.

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"turned Israel into a pariah state likened to Nazi German, supported by America" - Israel was that all along and Hamas attack certainly brought it up to the surface so it's very difficult to no longer pay attention to.

That Israel is and has been a Nazi state from its inception - read history. I believe you've been provided with authors and books already.

Your analysis of Caitlin and her audience is weak, by the way. People who do psychological work like you said you did, often tend to subsequently overestimate their psychic powers.

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I have psychic abilities, but that is not what this is about. Hamas was supposed to protect the people of Gaza from Israel, in Gaza. Hamas did just the opposite by provoking Israel to attack Gaza and then fighting to defend Hamas. I think anyone who cannot see that needs counseling. I think anyone who sees it, but doesn’t acknowledge it, will be visited by Lady Karma sooner or later, antdthey may or may not connect the dots.

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I do chanting with Krishna Das on utube or Spotify!! it creates warmth and compassion as well as strength through self knowledge that helps in the struggle with the vast delusions of the ruling elites.

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This may piss you off but I heard in meditation this morning that I needed to pray for Israel. And yes, I’m like wha?!?!?! But on reflection, I can see that my feelings about Israel are only adding to the miasma of dis-grace that surrounds the Gaza crisis. That my lack of grace towards the “perpetrators” increases their negative energy and negative energy is what we need to stop. I KNOW it sounds too woo-woo for words but that’s what I heard in my thoughts and that’s what I’m going to do, even if I don’t mean it—until I do mean it. Can’t be any worse than being debilitated by grief as I am now. Sometimes I can hardly breathe.

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You're right - something like that would indeed piss me off. I pray for Zionism to not exist. I pray for Israel in its current incarnation to not exist. I would rather pray for a million other things. In fact, I think praying for the Palestinians and praying against the Israelis sounds pretty cathartic to me. (Then again, I am an athiest - and I don't think my athiest God is likely to listen to my prayers 😃)

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🤗. Ya. Exactly. And I’ve been wish/praying like you do for weeks now. But I do believe in dark matter and in dark energy, and they seem to represent principles of reality that I can’t even imagine. So I’m willing to allow as how the I Ching might have a point when it says “do not do evil the courtesy of fighting it blow for blow, for it only thinks of weapons. Instead, make energetic progress in the good.” It’s entirely possible in a universe so full of strange and confusing stuff, that GOOD is an energy that actually accomplishes what we want. Guess I’ll see when I croak! 😁😆

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Matthew 5:44-45 American Standard Version (ASV)

but I say unto you, Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you; that ye may be sons of your Father who is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust.

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Ya—this is the kind of crap that makes me NOT want to pray for Israel. This is Jehovah’s book. Jehovah, the god the Israelites made up, the guy who needed the sacrifice of his own son before he could accept humanity as being is no better than he made us, the guy who decided the Jews were special and “gave” them Israel. I wouldn’t anymore follow his advice than I’d fuck a duck.

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Ps—plus all the things you do. 🤗🙏

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That is, drugged too. Noted.

And blocked!

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I totally agree with you! These “ leaders” are deluded and insane and raise their young in their own madness - sometimes the only hope for the country is our compassion, understanding and prayers for their enlightenment. Also many Israelies are part of the left wing kibbutz movement and trying to live more socialist lives. They love the Palestinians , have many friends and try to change the dynamics of the state. Most Israelis do not support Neten Yalu or the other far right wing crazies and have been battling with them in demos and vigils in the streets! They as well as the crazies need all our strength and compassion to Wake Up!!!

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Well said!!! And really, when we pull heads out, blaming Israel is not the point. It’s AIPAC and all the goy in the US taking their money that is to blame. Israel couldn’t bomb for 10 minutes without us sending them the bombs and planes to do it with. But is there a single march on Washington about this? Does anyone pointing fingers here care to do a sit-in there? I wonder how many are even calling the Corpse in the White House? Mostly what I see here is “o I’m so confused, it’s so hard, it won’t do any good. So I’ll just blame Judaism.” Wake up indeed.

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maybe just try to live up to your ideals on your own personal scale? try to be the difference, even if it seems completely insignificant, maybe that will inspire someone around you or maybe it will sooth your conscience a bit therefore leaving you with a tiny bit more of strength not consumed by idle despair/that i totally understand and feel sometimes too/.

you can also watch nature.

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When I do watch nature I get a wave of melancholic sadness at how much we destroy it and are squandering our great potential as a species. And when I try and get people to see its their own deeper profoundly unhealthy psychology at the core of why that is, they attack me for it.

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Yep, I know what you mean. I’ve spent my life trying to spread a humane analysis— from Civil rights to anti-war to women’s rights and gay rights and Native Rights to the rights of Mother Earth to 911 was an inside job and Bush and Chaney war criminals, and most usually got back negative responses. Then I got sick and had to heal myself and found a way to do it that meant not so much changing others as looking at and changing myself and how I reject the Good. It’s there, I just have to search it out. It’s incredibly difficult but well worth it. homeopathics Homeopathy helped immensely. That and acupuncture and yoga. I’m only just now trying to do meditation—incredibly hard for my race brain. And knowing that there is a force for good in the universe and I need to cooperate with it.

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Feb 17·edited Feb 17

How about trying to understand people's reaction to your attempts on correcting them? Use your empathy. Don't you feel attacked when someone go against your views, your perspective? Don't you try to defend yourself? Why would they be so much different that you? No one likes to be criticized, criticism is perceived as an attack, it's that natural logos that tells you to automatically activate defense rather than examine yourself or validity of your claims/arguments/opinions.

Sure it is crucial to distinguish an honest question from an attempt to hurt and defeat the other. It's sad to see the world of human/and not only human/ social interaction as an ultimately pointless competition of pety egotistic interests that lead to universal war and destruction.

I guess all we have are these rare moments of happiness, that bliss which comes from being struck by the beauty or intricacy of life/nature. Antideps help, imo.

Surely it is better to work to change the awful circumstances of life than to simply desensitize oneself to these circumstances. It would be monstrous to imply that the solution to e.g. palestinians' suffering is to medicate them with some soma/?/ in order to make them just allright with their situation. Same as it would outrageous to suggest that all the auschwitz prisoners needed was prozac, paracetamol, a bit of coke and maybe some xanax so they could get some good sleep :D

If watching nature is just one more thing that brings you down, than maybe reading or watching some thought provoking stuff? I met some kindred souls among writers and that was and still often is, my last resort when i feel painfully alienated from society.

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The only time you can be insulted by a critique is if you resonate with its truth..If people lie about you there's no insult..the problem is you all want a "reputation" because that translates to survival in the group tribe or cult..

I get that humans can't exist in a vacume, that we all have to relie on each other for basic needs but the way people are and act now I rather not interact with them at all..drop the package off on the porch and fuck off.

I'm kidding ..I actual like people and like experiencing new personalities one on one,,.usually they are decent folk,,,but in groups they become tribal and ugly,,,more than a few people in a group and it all comes out. Rivalry and peacocking to strut around as king of some hill. You can wax away at your own Pollyanna visions as a means of head in the clouds ignorance like cancer devoid of its ability to recognize its host is dying all you want but that ignorance will be your own downfall.

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Does it translate into 'the only time you can feel attacked is if you resonate with it truth'?

And you attacked me! hey world come and see what a horrible person chaz is, he/she attacks me every single time I kindly try to help them', poor me, poor me poor me 😭😭😭😭😭

;)

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I also find it interesting that as soon as any of you feel slightly chalanged you go into fits of condecending behavior patterns and mocking. You took it personal not I...It's so easy for you people to feel slighted and triggered, so if I used the word we instead of you..maybe that would have been a safer space for you..my apologies

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The problem is you think your advice is help from some position of superiority ... Did you resonate with the critique too much? If it did not apply to you then why be upset? Triggered?

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If you feel attacked its on you...stop playing a victim

I meant it all in a general sense you took it personal

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And maybe, say two Pledges of Allegiances

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To who? Western Despots ?

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We are taught from childhood that the US is the best country in the world. Think of being raised on extremist nationalism from youth. Think of your education where you are constantly told the United States is altruistic. Then imagine being told to constantly compete against everyone instead of cooperation for the greater good. After that, picture the idea of dropping endless bombs on people is an effective means for liberating people...That's the United States in a nutshell, if a country could be a narcissist, the United States would be it.

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Hello Marquis, Your post reminds me of the time when I inquired from a US citizen ( feigning ignorance, on a visit to the US ) why most homes seem to have the flag flying on their lawns , he replied " life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". He didn't like my answer - ' at whose expense ?'.

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Hahahahahahaha. Fabulous!!!

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We have to escape the ghetto and see the larger world as it is .

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Every conflict is simplified to terms a 2 year old would understand. We’re the good guys, whomever we drop bombs on is evil. That’s it. Don’t question any of it. We stand for truth, justice, and the American way, end of story. Our foreign policy is written by 6 year olds.

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They dumb the public down on purpose then treat them like they're dumb and it works.

Look at society now? Raised on comic book hero's and ghetto granimal cloths like toddlers ... Video games and toys for adults .. All maturity striped out of the culture so they go to the colloseuns to celebrate the "games" emulating war.. How many military fly bys to the oohs and awws of the easily impressed neandertals?

The level of mind control they are under they are completly oblivious to. As long as they have bread and circus.

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Oh, yes. I just saw Rand Paul tell Tucker Carlson that he wants a "legislative" exchange with Russia, so that a young Russian legislator or two or three can visit the US and see how much better it is than Russia. He said this to Carlson - who has just posted that Moscow is more beautiful than any city he has seen in the US. But Rand Paul is convinced that a Russian who sees our entertainment and way of life, etc., will be eager to be the next Gorbachev. Rand Paul LOVED Gorbachev. Even Rand Paul is enamored of the US dystopia and believes other countries would be, too. WTF.

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The US has become so morally bankrupt that finger wagging at other countries laughable. A decaying, dying nation steered by corruption. The most simple, basic things can not be handled anymore. This the decaying cities and deteriorating infrastructure. Every industry is a grift, every politician is taking graft. Meanwhile is pleebs just try to make the best of it with what we got. Hopefully someday soon a real uprising will occur that allows some sort of reset. It can not continue on like this. Everything is a lie. And a society built on lies can not succeed.

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{...Everything is a lie...}

One of the CIA-heads once said: "When everything the American public takes for truth is a lie, only then our job will be finished".

Glad to see, there is hope in the near future ...🤞🤞

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Where is there a Free World? As an expression, that no longer connects with me. We've just spent the last 4 years being lied to by our govt.

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I think the Government has been lying for way more than 4 years.

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They’ve been lying for Decades at a minimum

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Have you ever lived for years outside the US and in a NON-Western-aligned country ?

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They won't let me leave,,I owe them money. Fees and fines..

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🤣🤣

No taxes ??? ...

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The US congress is already the most corrupt in the world, and Matt Taibbi’s over a decade ago warned that the US had become an oligarchy along the lines of Russia.

We dont need them exchanging anything. We need them to both change.

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I think that Russia has done a better job of dealing with its oligarchs than the US has, and don't forget the US role in developing many of those Russian oligarchs in the first place, via "privatization". I think Putin originally fell out of favor with the US when he transitioned from being Yeltsin's tool to actually resisting oligarchic influence in Russia. A number of them left the country. I'm trying to think of a US oligarch who has felt forced to leave the US because of opposition by the US government.

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Spot on...we still have to battle western propaganda mind control that has seeped into the brain steams of the average American numbty who got raised up on Hollywood drama depictions of the sacrosanct USA always fighting the Russian existential evil that they repeat warn out saying like the Russians are this opitamy of the "bad guy"

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You said it! I think some people I love dearly have really bought in to that crock bs western propaganda.🤣

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Sadly so many,,I had a near shouting match with a few friends over it . They are so stuck in that mental trap.

They won't hear people like me trying to break them out of the propaganda trance because they are all so emotionally invested in it.

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My sister-in-law was upset last year sometime when Putin went to visit the leader of North Korea(can’t spell his name), but it was just fine when Trump visited him(in her mind, I guess). And then she pressed me on why I admired/liked Russia so much(the Russia of today, of course) and started in on a lecture that the USA will beat Russia in any contest or as she put it, “kick Russia’s ass” and that I was being foolish to think Russia was”up here” and the USA is “down here”. All one has to do is look at the major cities in this country and see how they are not cared for b/c all or most of the money goes to fund these imperialistic, senseless wars the U.S. goes around instigating. Talk about still living in the Hollywood, propaganda world of such movies as “Red Dawn” and episodes of Homeland on HBO(which was a good series, btw, but still propaganda bullshit).

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If Marvel superhero movies were all that were needed, Russia would be a suburb of Burbank by now.

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It’s so insidious. I try to get others to see it and they think I’m an angry conspiracy theorist

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Yes. I ave had that one!

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Feb 15·edited Feb 15

*sigh* For most humans, most of the time, the fastest and surest way to wind up dead or seriously disadvantaged has been at the hands of fellow humans. At the same time, "our group", whether by faith, family, tribe, regiment, whatever, are the people we can trust to have our back.

Therefore, whatever else happens, whatever humans have to do, believe absurdities, blindly follow barking insane leaders, parrot obvious lies to our detriment, do or suffer terrible things, but please whatever you do, please don't kick us out of the group!

What this also means is that when humans are presented with incontrovertible proof that the group narrative is wrong or that the group leaders are mad or charlatans or worse, rather than change leaders or change beliefs or change groups, most people, most of the time will instead double down. Witness the behavior of cultists.

The process is called "cognitive dissonance" and it is abundantly documented. As alluded to elsewhere, there are entire religions organized around the principle.

Cognitive dissonance is not limited to stupid people. In fact, the intelligent are at least as prone, perhaps because they are better at rationalizing. In fact, much so-called "knowledge work" is basically learning symbol manipulation in order to rationalize something that your client wants rationalized.

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Art of persuasion always just seemed like lying to me..

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“ all built to keep us turning the gears of a vast globe-dominating empire”

Actually it is not an empire, as empires are made by the union of countries under one emperor, and I don’t see any emperors or empress here, calling it ”empire”, is like trying to put lipstick on a baboon or a pig and calling it a woman.

I would call it wannabe globe-dominating metastasis .

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Emperor, Empress? So 19th century.

Having your troops occupy a foreign country to steal its wealth is empire as far as I'm concerned. That's what's going on in Syria. Having vassal states like Germany and Japan, also very empire.

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No man, that is just robbery.

You can hider go and find the robbers, or keep on blaming the flying elephant.

No emperor no empire.

Empires are long gone, this is just plundering and looting.

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An empire is just organized crime on the largest of scales. It's robbery and extortion.

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No, an empire is at large, the voluntary joining of nations under one emperor, for their protection.

Stop romanticizing or sugarcoating thugs and thieves.

No emperor no empire.

They are a criminal cabal, not nobles and nobility.

Also it should be quite obvious to everyone by now.

All great wars and revolutions are the result of propaganda against the lawful intuition of the time.

What we are thought about emperors, empires and nobility in schools now days is all lies designed to glorified theft, demonizing our true history, and legalize the robberies and extortions of the money changers.

Calling it empire is like calling a drag queen a woman, it may be dressed, operated to resemble it and called with a female name, but in reality, it will never be one.

Think and choose well your words, or you end up promoting and helping those who you are opposing.

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You might be the one romantisising emperors though ,,,no?

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Exactly, they are PIRATES

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On a sinking ship!

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Yes, SS, a very malignant one.

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It is a [Zionist] Money Empire founded on [imaginary] money + powered by the confidence trick of usury & false 'debt'. The bashful but deeply cruel emperor-without-any-clothes currently hides with the formidable 'Stick & Carrot' money weapon under the dynastic stone marked with a red shield. It is cancer, it is malevolent/malignant, and it needs rooting out of the host without delay.

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No man, is no empire, it is just land, property and intellectual rights theft.

And they are all accountable for it too.

Perhaps what is needed, beside awareness, is class actions to take their paper castles down.

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Most people are taught to chase the same carrot on a string and worship the "empire" ..the term is a glorified one for thieves now as a modern interpretation of the term.

Theftocracy works too..what's in a name anyway I'm still being robbed by opulent psycopaths

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Words are weaponized to confuse and control the narrative.

Empire is one of those words which typically ends up glorifying the cabal and further demonize our true history.

I find to often modern history and re interpretation of words, to be constructs based on lies, carefully crafted to deflect the attention brainwash people to believe they know better than others, and often demonize or highjack entire concepts or narratives for the advantage of the deceivers.

People tend to repeat what they read or hear without thinking too much about it, in doing so though, they end up loosing the focus on the issue in hand and putting the blame on the flying elephant.

I mean, Empire, come on, is like saying, the devil did it.

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Do you hold yourself as the sol arbiter of the meaning of words?

There is that want to have power and control over others again...what is it about humans that they seem to only want their boots on everyone else's necks and get flustered when it's not theirs ?

I agree the manipulation of words is a big problem allowing propaganda to spread but why do you imagine any empire is good ?

Is that some sort of hiarchy fallacy built by zealiotry? You insinuate a religious concept mischarecterising my opinion as a zealiots point of view though?

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Nothing personal, I see what what I see and write what in my opinion may inspire others to use logic instead of beliefs.

Understanding words is key for to get out of the spell of ignorance and deception played out on humanity by the mass medias of propaganda and mind control.

To often people fall in the game of words, see how they changed the meaning of epidemic into pandemic and the effect it had on a humanity too sure to be aware of the meaning of words which in reality they did not understood.

Anyhow this is food for thoughts, do as you feel fit with it.

Sol.

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You are not the only one to have had this realization.

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For those coming from countries formerly of the eastern bloc it always was very obvious. Observing how constipated and thick the views and attitudes of the "free" westerners were has always been amusing, but also foreboding.

Glad some are waking up. How long until, or whether, some turn to many and then majority is another question.

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I see in the news the Israelis have deliberately targeted a hospital: the only operational hospital in Gaza. What a charming, delightful bunch of people the Israelis are. The US and the UK, plus Australia STILL unequivocally support Israel: absolutely staggering.

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Australia just came out with NZ and Canadia for a ceasefire. It’s gobsmacking what the Gazans have had to sacrifice to get the world to see Israel for what it is, and then to take action, even if it seems too little too late, but it IS working. Moreover, the martyrdom of these people seems to be taking down the great Satan—something no Arab country has been able to do ever.

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Its not staggering if you understand they and Israel are fingers of the same hand: European-orgin imperialism.

And they are not passively supporting. SAS from the British and Delta forces from the US have been operating in Israel alongside them in this genocide. And European countries like netherlsands and Germany and Norway all sending ammunition and weapons parts for weapons to israel.

No it’s not going to be on your newspaper front page or any pages. Because its the real face of “NATO”:

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Perfect. Keep shining a light on these atrocities.

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I will be reminding everyone what they did till im dead.

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The EU which refuses to sanction Israel and is in fact sending weapons to kill gazan civilians despite the ICJ judgement about genocide….today declares new saction. No…not against Israel but against Russia.

https://www.reuters.com/world/eu-takes-aim-chinese-firms-third-country-exports-tighten-russia-sanctions-2023-05-08/

Bear in mind we all know that the NATO-backed Ukrainian nazi nationalists in Ukraine have since 2014 been engaged in….genocide against the Russians ethnic groups in eastern Ukraine.

So the message from the EU and NATO is: genocide is good. And sanctions only on those who resist our genocidal actions.

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And yet, remember that the Russians are very grateful for the Sanctions Biden put on them—the effect it had on their country and economy was to kick it into a whole new dimension of independence and growth.

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The USrAel has a habit of shooting themselves in the feet...or their allies (pipe line destroying) throwing them under a bus economically abusing them while they still kiss the USrAel ass.

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I love how descriptive your words are, they capture what I know and see but don't have the skill to give to people around me. Reading them gives me awe in your verbal skill it also gives me solidarity in a world where so few understand what's going on and the scale of it. When I read your words I see that I'm not alone.

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A key step would be to impose sensible restrictions on Washington's politicians, including term limits, mandatory retirement age, prohibition of dual citizenship, and forcing AIPAC and its propaganda arm, ADL, to register as foreign agents on behalf of Israel. Lacking that, nothing will change. In fact, with AIPAC and geriatric sociopaths in permanent control, it will just get worse.

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I think you have not understood who the US oligarchy is that controls congress and senate and the white house and the supreme court. They are “Friends of the IDF” - people like Larry Ellison, Robert Kraft, Peter Thiel, among others:

https://medium.com/collapsenews/billionaire-larry-ellison-has-given-over-26-million-to-the-idf-and-the-illegal-settlements-in-0edf9e840c8d

https://boycott.thewitness.news/target/dell

https://www.mintpressnews.com/super-bowl-propaganda-patriots-robert-kraft-ties-israel-explained/286807/

And that isnt just a US problem either:

https://www.mintpressnews.com/pro-israel-oracle-larry-ellison-control-uk-sensitive-national-security-data/283555/

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Good information. Thanks for sharing. I know about those guys from having worked in the computer industry. But there's no easy way to corral them. A motivated public, however, has the Constitutionally-sanctioned means to manipulate Congress and the Senate.

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Conditioning in the west is an ambient institutional phenomenon. Every avenue where perception management is possible, it has been captured and molded by this insidious leviathan.

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It ain't just the West. It's part of being a human, I think.

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It is not an innate aspect of being human outside of our species being narrative driven as a story telling species, but I would agree with you that it is something that all humans must contend with in the modern world no matter where you live. Every modern nation uses the power of narrative control over its respective mass society to bring about its agenda. However, I think the west is far ahead than most as it has convinced its populace that this ambient phenomenon does not exist. They are "free". It is a tough world for anyone though. The war for the mind is real and it is not something that can be delegated. You either win it for yourself, or you do not ever realize you were in a war.

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Well said Hugh Mercer!

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Good luck trying to herd cats.

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Like a monkey Fkn a football.

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Yes, people like to be fooled, won’t tolerate a government that doesn’t fool them.

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"In reality, we are living in a profoundly sick dystopia that is built on a foundation of human corpses and fueled by an endless river of human blood."

Aside from that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?

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But are You not entertained by this bread and circus?

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More like being fascinated by an unfolding disaster. Like a very massive ship -- there are ships so heavy they can't navigate the English Channel because they can't turn so slowly -- running at full speed past the point of no return to its doom.

Perhaps I would be happier if I paid no attention.

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Exactly. We are willing participants. This madness couldn’t continue without our tacit consent.

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