General Milley [R] ready to leave the stink of Trump politics
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and other top military officials feared that President Donald Trump was planning a coup after his defeat in the 2020 election and discussed resigning if they were given illegal or dangerous orders, according to a new book…
According to the excerpts, Milley discussed the possibility of a coup with lawmakers, friends and top officials…”They may try, but they’re not going to f—ing succeed,” Milley told his deputies, according to the authors. “You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with the guns.”
It was not clear when Milley’s discussion with the officials took place, but according to the book, a focus of their concern was Trump’s decision to replace top officials at the Departments of Defense and Justice, including then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper, with hard-line loyalists…
According to the book, Milley grew increasingly concerned by Trump’s behavior ahead of January 6, believing that Trump was deliberately seeking to stir unrest with his bogus election-fraud claims to invoke the Insurrection Act and summon the military.
Think about the state of affairs. Reflect upon the fact that not only were a number of opportunist political hacks ready to follow Trump into a Nazi-style takeover…his loyal followers in the Republican Party rank-and-file don’t care a rats ass about what’s legal and what isn’t. Power dispensed by a homegrown version of Hitler or Mussolini would have satisfied their desire for absolute control of our government. The “law-and-order” crowd is always ready to crap on our Bill of Rights if they get to give the orders.
Billie Holiday’s 1939 song about racist lynchings stunned audiences and redefined popular music. In an extract from 33 Revolutions Per Minute, his history of protest songs, Dorian Lynskey explores the chilling power of Strange Fruit…
Written by a Jewish communist called Abel Meeropol, Strange Fruit was not by any means the first protest song, but it was the first to shoulder an explicit political message into the arena of entertainment. Unlike the robust workers’ anthems of the union movement, it did not stir the blood; it chilled it. “That is about the ugliest song I have ever heard,” Nina Simone would later marvel. “Ugly in the sense that it is violent and tears at the guts of what white people have done to my people in this country.” For all these reasons, it was something entirely new. Up to this point, protest songs functioned as propaganda, but Strange Fruit proved they could be art.
Been an important song in my life for decades. I threaten to get back to singing some day; but, honestly, that’s not likely. I spent a number of years singing pretty much full time. Years when I was also pretty much full time in the Movement. That was enough to say, back then. I’ll leave it at that.
This Blue Marble in the Milky Way has finite resources
According to a new peer-reviewed scientific report, industrial civilisation is likely to deplete its low-cost mineral resources within the next century, with debilitating impacts for the global economy and key infrastructures within the coming decade.
The study, the 33rd report to the Club of Rome, is authored by Prof Ugo Bardi of the University of Florence’s Earth Sciences Department, and includes contributions from a wide range of senior scientists across relevant disciplines.
Its first report in 1972, The Limits to Growth, was conducted by a scientific team at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT), and warned that limited availability of natural resources relative to rising costs would undermine continued economic growth by around the second decade of the 21st century…
Although widely ridiculed, recent scientific reviews confirm that the original report’s projections in its ‘base scenario’ remain robust. In 2008, Australia’s federal government scientific research agency CSIRO concluded that The Limits to Growth forecast of potential “global ecological and economic collapse coming up in the middle of the 21st Century” due to convergence of “peak oil, climate change, and food and water security”, is “on-track.” Actual current trends in these areas “resonate strongly with the overshoot and collapse displayed in the book’s ‘business-as-usual scenario.'”
RTFA for more depth to this confirmation. There are multiple sources, newer, more advanced methods available. Not exactly cheerful news from modern economics.
Thanks, Ray Koenig