Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I Have Never Been to Missouri…. but as Former Devotee of Agitation Propaganda [AgitProp],  I Know Ferguson, MO. Very Well!
Just as we saw the possible denouement of the Israel-Gaza conflict as well as the Ukrainian Borsht disaster, we are now privy to a minute-to-minute indepth report on past, present and potential riots in Ferguson,  Missouri.  By now everyone but the local police chief knows what has been happening in Ferguson, MO.  So I will not belabor the details of the ongoing tragedy that consumes every element of the dysfunctional Missouri state government.
I would, however, like to use this propitious occasion to illustrate some of the basic points that we former Agit Prop devotees have utilized in creating overseas havoc in various different unnamed countries:

[1] Make certain that the indigenous population is never adequately represented by the ruling security forces. White domination over blacks works; as does, black on black; or,  black on white.  The key element here is to pick a place where disproportionate representation of the ruling power must be in a minority position.
[2] Make certain that there is always a peaceful demonstration covering a ‘more lethal, nefarious’ force of ‘chaos’.  Be certain to sacrifice the innocent, well-intentioned protesters to the vitriolic needs of the riot-makers.
[3] Escalate the violence against the ruling party as quickly as possible.  Make certain that in a New York minute,  the agitation can escalate to the point of totally tying down the local, county and then state police.  With some perseverance and Molotov cocktails, stones, rocks, even sporadic gunshots—force the National Guard and, if you are really lucky, bring in the FBI and the Homeland Security Folks.
[4] Divide and Conquer the Bouillabaisse of conflicting security jurisdictions,  pitting local police forces against federal representatives.  Then with some tact, force the civilian police to fight with Military representatives and then pit that entire mess against the FBI,
[5] The more chefs brewing the mess called, ‘peace and order’, the greater the chances that there will be a break down of authority, command-and-control and  security.

[6] Last, but not least, always make certain to invite the major media representatives like Anderson Cooper,  Bill O’Reilly,  NY Times, Washington Post, et. al. If possible, try to have one of the media representatives arrested for whatever reason.  Nothing stirs the pot like a self-righteous representative of the media who has nothing more to do than wait around Ferguson,  hoping for more trouble to be precipitated.
[7] Always make certain that whatever messages are transmitted to the protestors are at best confusing if not completely distorted and mixed.  There should be no clarity of purpose or intention by any police officers to either the protestors or the security forces. Nothing beats the spontaneity of incompetence and lack of disciplined experience.
If you are thinking of entering a new profession like Agitation Propaganda,  please study the ten day coverage of the most deleteriously conducted police operation in the recent history of America.  Ferguson will no longer designate the name of a town…. It will mean a new kind of police mess.
When you create a ‘Ferguson’ that will mean that you should no longer be in Law Enforcement.  Please don’t go all-Ferguson on me for telling it like I see it!
Adios Americanos-- Policias!! 

Here is an interesting interactive map courtesy of NYTimes,  just click on your county to see what your police department has received from the fed gov't paid for by your tax dollars.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Incredible Americans:  Candidates Running for the Local County Commissions; Tax Collector’s Offices; State Senate; and School Boards.
Finally my faith in American democracy has been reaffirmed and even strengthened after having attended a local town meeting of prospective candidates running for different offices.  While it may be chic to discuss world events and the plight of the moribund US Congress,  nothing is more exhilarating to me than to watch a new generation of farmers, school teachers, CPAs, and small business men/women run for local offices in my town in northern Florida.
For decades I have held a spoken as well as an unspoken belief in one basic Sam Rayburn principle:
“All American politics is local.”
Last night I went to the city hall which was nothing more than a converted antique church and sat on a hard wooden bench to listen to more than a dozen different candidates---men, women, old, young, Hispanic, African American talk about one thing only:
How each and every one of them wanted to do the heavy lifting and take the risk of trying to represent me and the other hundreds of other citizens in our farming community.  There was no evidence of the well-known braggadocio or narcissism so typical of our national candidates,  instead I heard a very tempered series of presentations which began by explaining who they were; why they were running and what made them qualified for a particular job.  Most of the candidates stated that they were ‘christian’ but did not elaborate on their beliefs, simply stating that they believed in the ‘Christian tradition’ of helping others and being part of a community.  Many explained how they were born in the area and were extremely proud of the fact that their ancestors had been living there,  not one generation but for two to six generations.
Clearly for a refugee like myself that was very much of a pleasant surprise to realize that for the most part, throughout the world’s wars, famines, and troubles, most of the candidates were born in our area;  grew up in the area ; and when they served in the military or even went to graduate school, they came back to their roots. This was America at it’s finest.
The former teachers who wanted to run as a member of the school board did not boast about her/his achievements, but simply enumerated the numbers of years they had been teaching in different levels of the school systems and how they had learned the hard way to understand and deal with the inveterate problems of local public education. For the most part,  each of the candidates reiterated one promising theme—take charge of our local community needs; and don’t let Tallahassee, the state capital,  dictate the outcomes of the community.  The sad part was the fact that the hall was populated by more candidates than citizens of my local unincorporated town. What that said to me was that our candidates at the local level were more interested in building a civil society along the principles of decency,  equity,  progress and efficiency.
  As for the citizens of my town,  they will reap what they sow: indifference and stagnation.  That is AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY [Theodore Dreiser]!  As for me,  I became so exhilarated that I literally could not sleep that evening. But to have insomnia for an American Dream that to me is a great testimony to these INCREDIBLE AMERICANS. 
God Bless them and this local democracy that blossoms at a time when cynicism, selfies, and twitter diminish the commitment to hard working volunteers who have nothing to lose but their time,  effort and dreams.  In the long run,  local democracies will trump Washington DC and community involvement will supersede indifference and ennui.  I urge you all to get involved at the local level: in education/job training,  taxes,  future development and water usage.

I along with lots of others love John Oliver,  watch his take on Ferguson.

Thank you BIN!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Putin Advancing into Ukraine While His Strategic Flanks and Rear are Completely Vulnerable!
Siberia is in the Process of Separating from the Russian Federation!!
For some time now,  we have known that Putin was a former KGB operative who operated like most intelligence officers—tactically and myopically.  While Putin has huffed and puffed his way into the Ukraine’s Little Red House,  he has forgotten that his most valuable asset: SIBERIA which has suddenly ignited with the separatist spirit.
Ironically while Putin was initiating a separatist movement in EASTERN UKRAINE  he inadvertently initiated a similar separatist desire admits the millions of Russians living in Siberia.

For most of us,  Siberia was known to the west as the basic barren landscape of the infamous Gulags where millions of political dissidents were imprisoned and tortured during the Stalin and post-Stalin eras.  However,  since the downfall of the Soviet Union,  Siberia has transformed into a Texas-style basin of Russian Oil and Gas. Without Siberia folded into Putin’s direct security control,  a newly independent or “Federalized Siberia” would have its own constitution, government and institutions.  Clearly, a Federalized Siberia would not be in the interests of Putin nor his Ex-KGB corrupt political cronies.
Almost all the major gas companies –Gazprom et. al. – derive their natural gas from Siberia. Unlike the Siberia of yesteryear,  today’s Siberia is quite progressive and modern.  It is so advanced in development that the indigenous leaders who have been calling for an Independent Siberia since the 1990’s  have initiated a very sophisticated internet/political campaign which has led to constant protest marches in Moscow.
One can easily imagine that Putin has done everything he can to repress these marches a la the American Ferguson MO police department method utilizing tear gas, suppression and unwarranted arrests.  Unfortunately, as I have repeatedly reiterated for the past ten or more years,  Putin has no strategic sense, unlike his illustrious nefarious mentors—Marcus Wolfe and Stalin.
In reality,  Putin is a sprinter who will exhaust himself and the Russian people in erratic tactical advances that garner much sound and fury but signify very little.  While he saps the patience and resources of the Russian people and country, he will find himself at the end of a rope from which he can literally hang himself or cut it.  That decision is his to make.
Given his intractable, ‘malignant narcissism’, and his need to prove himself in some imaginary world of combatants,  he will most probably lead Russia into a quagmire of such economic and social pain that his own past constructive legacy will have been completely destroyed with one more pathetic incursion into Ukraine, Georgia, or whatever contiguous country he deems to be a strategic threat.

In fact the real threat to Russia has now become Putin’s unrelenting ambitions to ape the past successes of his historical predecessors.  He might want to emulate Catherine the Great who had done more for the Slavs than any other subsequent Russian leaders or Czar.   However, Putin whose understanding of Russian history and culture is limited to the confines of a muzhik has forgotten that Catherine The Great was in fact not Russian but Prussian  … or what would be considered in today’s times: GERMAN!!!
Putin would be wise to understand that present day Germany under the indomitable Angela Merkel is not with Putin but with the Russian people against Putin.
Let me end this blog with the poetess,  Elizabeth Barrett Browning:


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