Dead Wild Roses: Spheres of Influence; Human Lives – Syria Teaches Us What is Important

The parochial attitude of North Americans is quite disturbing, and unjustified.  We have unparalleled access to information and news from across the globe and by this feature alone we should be attuned to the plight of others and the injustice in the world.   Yet, most of us are not.  As long as shit happens ...

Dead Wild Roses: “Cool Even Handed Statesmanship”

We’re playing with nuclear fire.  Hell, we’re doing a fire dance with twirling batons ablaze in a fireworks factory.  This all started after the US nuked Japan in 1945.  Since then, we’ve just been piling more fireworks around the fire dancers and giving the dancers bigger batons to twirl.  There is no logic to this ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Nuclear Posture Review and You.

I’m reassured with the knowledge that a small legion of smart people are actively planning the demise of civilization and the majority of human life here on Earth.  I’m thinking that these people need to be called the Fermi Corps because they are actively trying to prove Fermi’s Paradox and associated theory theory to be ...

Dead Wild Roses: Why Was Greece So Brutalized By Their ‘Bailout’?

The tortures that the Grecian people are being subjected to by the neo-liberal institutions of Europe (European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF) are unnecessarily brutal and threaten to unravel the fabric of their society. We can learn what is in store for other nations that dare to act against the ‘good prudence’ of the ...

Dead Wild Roses: A Disassociated Public Guarantees a Generational War

If democracy is to be a useful concept for our future generations one aspect that is necessarily going to have to change is the level of engagement people have toward their political system.  What is in play now is a plutocratic distortion of what representative government is supposed to look like.  When our political representatives ...

Dead Wild Roses: When The Earth is an Easy Bake Oven – A Few Words to Fry By…

Our actions are causing the earth to warm.   This is easy slam dunk science.  Yet somehow the leader of the free world didn’t get the memo.  Michael Klare writes:   “In energy terms, what does dominant mean in practice?  For President Trump and his cohorts, it means above all the “unleashing” of the country’s energy ...

Dead Wild Roses: 10 Seconds Could Save Many Lives…

I think, perhaps, the American public – so disassociated with what democracy actually is – has already begun the labourious task of wallpapering over the elephant in the room. http://appropriately-inappropriate.tumblr.com/post/170959554865/saphire-dance-my-kid-is-in-middle-school-and Is there a more obvious example of how undemocratic a supposedly democratic national is (hmm..18 years of being at war racking up trillions of dollars ...

Dead Wild Roses: Poverty is An Acceptable Outcome – Political Realities in the US.

An excerpt from Kennith Surin’s Essay, “Poverty American Style”. There are not many aspects and norms that are left to chance in society.  The norms we accept, the ‘common knowledge’ we are all expected to understand, and “the way things are” are all socially constructed choices.  The decision whether to have society work for the ...

Dead Wild Roses: Possible Paths to Solutions on the Korean Peninsula – By Rajan Menon

Menon’s arguments are quite rational, but with the current American Republican Administration having rational arguments doesn’t count for much.   “Here’s a prerequisite for avoiding war in Korea: stop believing in the North’s denuclearization, attractive and desirable as it might be (if achieved through diplomacy). It doesn’t follow, however, that war can’t be avoided.  Kim ...

Dead Wild Roses: Looking Back – Why Didn’t Obama Fix the System and Help the Working Class?

Now that we’re in the era of the 45th republican administration the battles we fight are more basic.  Defending basic rights of people and defending the societal institutions that promote equality in society.  That is where we are now.  But back in the first term of the Obama presidency he had it all, majorities in ...

Dead Wild Roses: What Happens When you Run Out of Quick to Cut? – The Republican Tax Cut to the Rich

   The adage that says ‘a capitalism will sell you the rope to hang him with’ comes to mind while reviewing the latest round of Feed the Rich that is going in in the United States.  It is frightening the pace at which the plutocrats are lining their pockets and fleecing the general population of ...

Dead Wild Roses: United Nations Rejects US Unilateralism on Jerusalem.

The United Nations is a marginalized entity, like the League of Nations, it was formed with the idea that humanity, as a species can do better than just sit within our imaginary borders and fling poo (sometimes thermonuclear) at each other. It’s a noble and nice idea. And that’s about it. Any sort of movement ...

Dead Wild Roses: US Actions in Israel – A Logical Extension Policy

The latest uproar from the Trumpian led Republican Administration down South:     ” -Washington (CNN)  President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday and announced plans to relocate the US Embassy there, a move expected to inflame tensions in the region and unsettle the prospects for peace.      “Today, we finally acknowledge the ...

Dead Wild Roses: Just A Friendly Reminder – Fight for Net Neutrality

The fight to maintain Net Neutrality has been raging.  You have not heard about it because it is not in the big companies interests for you to know about it.  Think it isn’t a big deal?   Please partake in the observed behaviour of said companies and remind yourself that these infractions happened during the time ...

Dead Wild Roses: Fundamentally Evil, but Hugely Profitable

As the cheery title of the post suggests we can see the one universal maxim that all of humanity can get behind in action – “greed is good”. “Trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery are big business generating profits estimated at $150 billion a year, the UN labour agency said Tuesday. The report by the International ...

Dead Wild Roses: Vietnam Tone Prose – Quiet Time by Marc Levy

Quiet Time, by Marc Levy.   “Imagine this: after a blistering hot day marching up and down mud slicked hills, or tramping wide open fields, or steamy jungle, imagine setting out booby traps on enemy trails, laying in wait, then ever so carefully, breaking them down. At dusk, after planting trips and claymores round the ...

Dead Wild Roses: The US military is a Toxic Convoluted Ouroboros

  William Astore writing for Tom’s Dispatch.            “I first came across the phrase “using a sledgehammer to kill gnats” while looking at the history of U.S. airpower during the Vietnam War.  B-52 “Arc Light” raids dropped record tons of bombs on parts of South Vietnam and Laos in largely failed efforts to ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Violence of Transactivists – Feminists Injured in Speakers Corner (Hyde Park UK)

This story courtesy of Meghan Murphy writing on The Feminist Current. This story highlights exactly the narrative of what the business end of transactivism is – male violence against women.  There is nothing ‘progressive’, ‘inclusive’, or any other lefty bullshit word appropriated by the transactivists that apply here. This is a story of violent men ...

Dead Wild Roses: When is Violence Acceptable in Society? – The Fascist/Antifa question.

    I am playing catch up with the recent dust-up around the choice of tactics used by Antifa in the United States in it’s struggle against the proto-fascist elements energized by the current Republican Administration led by Trump.  There are several sources in this brief overview, first from a academic journal to help with the ...

Dead Wild Roses: Cloak and Mirrors – Who are We Fighting?

CJ Hopkins writes a polemic about one of the themes that crops up in leftist literature.  The elite, who are our real enemies (of the common people) will employ just about any set of tactics to keep the populace engaged in harmless activity.  Bread and circuses if you will. Yet, the marriage of politics and ...

Dead Wild Roses: ‘Fire and Fury’ – The Korean Peninsula – Helpful Facts

Why looking at non-North American news feeds is important.  This little tidbit by Pepe Escobar cropped up on Counterpunch, but the article is all over the place in the Eastern media. “But this is extremely serious. A China-North Korea mutual defense treaty has been in effect since 1961. Under this framework, Beijing’s response to Trump’s ...

Dead Wild Roses: Malala Yousafzai – Demanding Your Rights While Female is Dangerous

https://sapphicvioletgarland.tumblr.com/post/163799898028 Filed under: Feminism, International Affairs Tagged: Female Heroine, Hero of the Day, Malala Yousafzai, Rights of Women

Dead Wild Roses: Cold War Latin America, The ‘Gulag’ of the United States – John W. Dower

The crimes humans commit against each other have numerous justifications and rationalizations, to most of us in North America, we hear more about the atrocities of our enemies, that we do of the ones we commit in our name.  John Dower examines the Cold War period in history and concludes that our hands were just ...

Dead Wild Roses: What is to be done? – The de-sovietization of America – William Astore

The conclusion of an essay written by William Astore featured on Tom’s Dispatch.  As a member of the minority left, one of the questions frequently asked of us is well then what is your solution to the problems – criticizing is one thing actually putting forward a plan is quite another.  What now you pinko-commie-leftard?   ...

Dead Wild Roses: Venezuela – In Political, Social, and Economic Crisis

  The situation in Venezuela is grim.  When conditions take a turn for the worse those on the bottom of the social hierarchy feel it the worse, and of course those are almost always females.  I read in the Globe and Mail about Carmen Tovar and her now deceased daughter Nakarid. “Carmen Tovar remembers the ...