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A podcast in review: Moderate Rebels

By Joseph Ballin 9/29/2017 9:44 AM ES

A new podcast I recently discovered, Moderate Rebels. The name comes from the mythical “moderate rebels” the Obama and Trump admiration have supported in Syria, which are nothing more than ISIS and other terrorist organizations. It is a podcasted created by Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal, both reporters for AlterNet’s Grayzone Project. it is a new podcast created in 2017, so you better check it out if you haven’t. The podcast is almost exclusively about foreign policy. The music in the podcast is alike NPR, but more jazzy. I agree pretty much with 99.99% of the foreign policy positions of Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal. Like example, you go on other progressive podcasts you will find almost everyone advocating for YPG/Kurds. If you listen to the Moderate Rebels, you will realize that no side in the Syrian conflict is good per say, including the Kurds, who have committed horrific genocides and ethnic cleansing of Yazidis and Arabs in order to create a Greater Kurdistan. If you are anti-imperialist you cannot in good faith be against the stability of the state of Syria.

Another thing you will notice in this podcast is no carrying water for Democrats. This is not a Democratic or Republican podcast. Moderate Rebels will attack the Democrats for their hypocritical attacks on Russia for the fake Russiagate bullshit, when in 2012 Obama told Mitt Romney that it was ridiculous to say Russia is our number one enemy. You will learn a lot from this podcast, like for example I didn’t learn that in South Korea it is pretty much a military police state over there. You can be arrested at any time for anti-war or environmental protests by claiming you are “pro-North Korean”. It is a highly patriarchal society, and yet we demonize North Korea all the time, but hold up South Korea as a “bastion of democracy” when it’s anything but.

I would give this podcast a 10/10 because I am very knowledgeable about other countries and it is very rare for a podcast to teach me new things about other countries. Check out Moderate Rebels on iTunes or their patreon. Give it 5 stars and a review.

Links:

https://www.patreon.com/ModerateRebels/posts

Why I can no longer support Tulsi Gabbard

By Joseph Ballin 7/25/2017 8:12 PM EST

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As many of my readers know, I’ve been a staunch defender of Tulsi Gabbard in the past. I defended her from endless attacks from neocons attacking her for visiting Syria to try to bring peace to there. No politician is perfect of course, not even Tulsi or Bernie prior to this vote. However I am staunchly principled in my ideological beliefs. I will not carry water, There are a few issues that I view as unforgivable and pushing war with Iran, Russia, and North Korea. And Tulsi did the unforgivable. She voted for H.R. 3364: Countering America‚Äôs Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. She was not the only person to vote for it, every Democrat and every Republican, minus three, voted for the bill. 419-3 Funny how we always hear that bipartisanship in Congress is dead, but bills that matter like this pass with by veto proof votes. A similar bill to this (excluding North Korea sanctions) passed the US Senate, with only Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul voting against it.

When Trump signs this bill into law this week, and he will because it is veto proof, we could be looking at the unraveling of the world order the likes of which. It brings heavy sanctions on Iran, basically killing the Iran deal. Russia is getting hit hard, and so will the EU because they rely on Russian oil. North Korea is already sanctioned into oblivion, but this will hurt the peace talks South Korea is doing with North Korea. Sanctions are an act of war, that is a fact. The oil embargo FDR enacted on the Japanese over the invasion of French Indochina lead directly to Pearl Harbor.

The fact the DemoRAT Party voted in full support, without a single Democrat voting against it, shows their #resistance to Trump is nothing more than a show. After all they had approved his cabinet members. The Republicans and Democrats of the Congress are not opposing Trump, if they really opposed Trump they would have arrested him under charges of war crimes, corruption, the emolument clause, etc. Trump is simply the American empire taking the mask off, that’s why the so called “deep state” “hates” Trump. I expect the #resistance will soon make Jeff Sessions their new champion because Trump will probably fire him for not covering up his crimes well enough. Yet Democrats will ignore all of the awful stuff Sessions did as AG, from police to cannabis policies.

Readers note: I would still vote for Gabbard over MOST Democratic candidates in a presidential primary, but I don’t know if I could vote for her in the general after this vote.

Links:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/115-2017/h413

Dennis Rodman is trying to save the planet

 

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By Joseph Ballin 6/16/2017 5:00 PM EST

The one thing I can’t stand about liberals is how whenever North Korea is brought up their brains turn off. I cannot understand why. It reminds me alot of Saddam. Alot of liberals said they opposes the Iraq War cause Saddam didn’t have WMDs. So my question is, would you support the Iraq War if Saddam did have WMDs? So the hypocrisy from liberals on this issue is overwhelming. The reason I’m picking on liberals is because we expect better. I don’t expect anything good from Trump. Trump is a neanderthal who’s taking back to the 1950s, like announcing today to bring back the cold war on Cuba.

Anyway back to North Korea. Dennis Rodman, sponsored by Hempcoin, has landed in Pyongyang. Now this makes good late show comedy, but in a time when all out nuclear war could start at any second, we should be praising Rodman for doing this. Regardless of what you even think of North Korea or Kim Jong Un, we shouldn’t be pushing for more belligerency with them. Imagine if China had it’s navy do military drills right off our coast, meanwhile have thousands of troops in Canada. The US would fucking freak the fuck up and nuke the planet if that happened.

Back to liberals for one second. So whenever North Korea is brought up people always say “well North Korea is insane and not a rational actor, so we have to take them out.” My response is North Korea is a rational actor. Having nukes to protect their country from regime change is a rational action for the leadership of North Korea. They saw what happened in Libya, Iraq, and Syria for regimes without nuclear weapons. Nor would North Korea ever use those nuclear weapons in an offense manner, it would lead to the death of pretty much every living person in North Korea as a whole. Where is the rationality in that?

Dennis Rodman is going to North Korea, not because he’s this secretly working for the US government to help release Otto Warmbier. I think Rodman generally has a friendship with Kim Jong Un, despite the national differences between the two. And I think Kim Jong Un feels the same. That and I think Rodman is going over there to smug back a shit ton of weed from North Korea back to the US.