Links November 2017

November 1, 2017

A lean and hastily compiled post with one central point: Being kind, doing good seems a good choice if one looks for life’s purpose. Explanations and examples are at the end.

Feline news:

Environmental news:
http://news.trust.org/item/20171012020328-3h1n4/ About drought in Algeria. Another chance for regime change and for eliminating one of the few remaining secular governments in MENA?
https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-10-19-the-global-ecosystem-is-collapsing-insect-biomass-decline-decimation-pollinators-scientists.html Less mosquitoes, less flies, less fleas and ticks — good times ahead.
http://e360.yale.edu/features/how-africas-big-water-projects-helped-trigger-the-migrant-crisis Making things worse with “development projects.”

Economic news:
http://triplecrisis.com/the-de-digitisation-of-india/ Demonetization in India has failed and the “cashless society,” completely surveilled and controlled, is still a dream of the ruling class. When everybody has a cellphone, switched on all the time, thereby allowing instant transactions between all cellphone users, cash will be obsolete. Therefore: switch off you cellphone, cancel your wireless contract, go offline!
https://preview.thenewsmarket.com/Previews/PWC/DocumentAssets/488926.pdf Billionaire wealth rose 17 percent in 2016, they own now 6 trillion US$. There are 1,542 billionaires, 563 of them in the USA alone.
Inequality grows, while governments around the world slash taxes for corporations and the superrich.
http://evonomics.com/america-hates-socialism-without-knowing/ About social trust.
http://www.21global.ucsb.edu/global-e/september-2017/re-imagining-politics-through-lens-commons The commons again. Strongly recommended reading.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/10/30/bezo-o30.html Jeff Bezos showed you, how to do it, now come on, try it yourself!

Media and technology news:
Commentators, pundits, editors of establishment media and web portals are in a heated creativity contest to invent the most appealing and calming euphemisms for the word “censorship,” while measures to curb free speech get more stringent and all-encompassing by the day.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/10/20/goog-o20.html Use Yandex.com.
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-10-18/software-hasn-t-come-close-to-eating-the-world From my own experience: Apple’s operating system is getting crappier with each new update and has now finally reached “Windows quality.” I held on to MacOS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) as long as possible, because it worked quite well (though not flawlessly). Only after more and more websites demanded that I should update my browser and software (with all the advanced features which allow to spy on me and track my moves) I switched to MacOS 10.12 Sierra. The new OS has lost much of its functionality, it is buggy as hell, a CPU hog, and not intuitive anymore. I’m not the only one who is dissatisfied, Apple had to remove the review section on its website because of the overwhelmingly negative response. Yet, Apple doesn’t care, because as everybody offers crap, and most other software is even worse, people have no alternative.

Imperial news:
With the indictments against Trump campaign aides handed down by Special Counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the war between Trump and the deep state has significantly intensified. Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Manafort’s longtime assistant Richard Gates, who also served on the Trump campaign team, were indicted on 12 counts of money laundering, conspiracy, filing false reports and failing to register as representatives of a foreign power.
The latter charge was connected to their work as lobbyists for the former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, and his Party of Regions. Yanukovych and the Party of Regions are now called Pro-Russian, which is false, because Yanukowych was an opportunist who just tried to get the best deal by negotiating with all sides and the Party of Regions was a populist block without any ideology.
Perhaps even more threatening to Trump is the guilty plea entered by a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos. He was arrested in July and has been cooperating with the Mueller investigation since then. He entered into a plea bargain on October 5, admitting to having lied to FBI agents, but Mueller kept the charges against him and the plea deal secret until Monday.
Papadopoulos told Mueller’s prosecutors that he met with several Russians in 2016 who claimed to have ties to the Kremlin and who offered to provide the Trump campaign with “dirt” on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The court papers cite Papadopoulos’s discussions with high-level Trump campaign officials, one of whom has been identified in the press as Manafort, on pursuing the Russian contacts.
At the moment machinations of the Clinton Foundation (Uranium One) and Podesta lobbying are downplayed by the “liberal press,”  but there will be for sure a solid campaign spearheaded by Murdoch (Fox, WSJ) and Bannon (Breitbart).
The US administration is paralyzed, but environmental protections and regulations of Wall Street are nevertheless systematically removed. The imperial wars run on autopilot, painful still, but less damaging because there is no clear long-term strategy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-DDQhFyW5Y Cindy Sheehan podcast.

Imperial conquest news:
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/10/19/econ-o19.html Military industry stocks soar as the preparations for WWIII gather steam.
http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/2017/10/delaying-chinese-global-dominance.html Stating the obvious, though: The impending and unavoidable (because of human ignorance) environmental catastrophes will make predictions and geopolitical strategies of all sides irrelevant.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-tunnel/tunnel-collapse-may-have-killed-200-after-north-korea-nuclear-test-japanese-broadcaster-idUSKBN1D018L Developing nuclear weapons is never justified, not even by the necessity to deter an aggressive empire. If North Korea wound have sought cover under the Chinese military umbrella, it would not have needed the nuclear deterrent. But they wanted to be independent, fearing that they would be assimilated, colonized, swallowed by the Chinese behemoth.
https://sputniknews.com/world/201710181058347137-george-soros-empire-exposed/ Using dirty money of a currency speculator to destabilize governments who don’t surrender to the global capitalist empire is despicable, but OSF (Open Society Foundation) is sugarcoating destabilization campaigns (color revolutions) with just social causes (gender equality, freedom of expression, tolerance against LGBT and other social minorities). Conservative groups subsequently hijack the discussion to promote the traditional family values and conservative norms of a patriarchal and repressive society.
Not being misunderstood, keeping ones integrity, and coming out unharmed from this battle is not easy.

Uncategorized news:
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/10/14/suic-o14.html Suicide rates of students rise.

News from cat land:

The little paradise is in temporary trouble. Falling autumn leaves leave moods clouded, less sun means less fun. We will go through this huddled together, dreaming of a beautiful, joyful spring.

Not everybody will make it till next spring. Miss Marple’s skin cancer on her right ear and her nose suddenly started growing fast, it seemingly hurts and she is scratching, leaving bleeding wounds. She is getting deposit drug injections, mainly cortisone and antibiotics. Cortisone helps indeed, and for most of the time Miss Marple feels fine, purring constantly and snuggling against my hand and arm.

Cortisone has nasty physical and psychical side effects. Remember how Hugo Chavez looked shortly before he died? Maybe the CIA got him, like they did get Jack Ruby. Chavez should not have gone to New York in 2006, he should not have given them a chance to kill him.

His speech at the UN was great and well received by the anti-imperialist nations. He coined the phrase that will forever be etched into UN history as one of the most colorful criticisms leveled at a US president (Bush) from his own turf: “This is another abuse and another abuse of power on the part of the devil. It smells of sulphur here, but God is with us and I embrace you all.”

Chavez complained that his personal doctor and head of security had been prevented from disembarking at New York airport by the US authorities. He should not have gone to New York, exposing him to the dark powers of the devil. He thought that he was strong and invulnerable because he was on the right side of history. He could not imagine the depravity and pure evil of the devil.

I know, this is all conspiracy theories, fake news, Russian propaganda, and paragraphs like the ones before are the reason this blog never will show up in a Google search.

We have to do what we have to do, damn it! What sense does it make to publish just another trivial, boring, self-indulgent post, adding to the millions of existing trivial and boring texts on the Internet. This is the blog “for the critical thinking cat lover,” and that includes presenting ideas, explanations, analyses which mainstream sources don’t offer.

Miss Marple looks now like Chavez before his death. She was never a slender cat, but now she is clearly overweight. Yet, she shall have a good time, and if she demands her piece of camembert cheese, she will get it. She will get even a second piece.

Huge Chavez didn’t go easily. He wanted to live, to continue the “Bolivarian Revolution,” to help the people of the world overcome colonial exploitation and debt serfdom. “Please don’t let me die” were reportedly his last words.

I hope, that Miss Marple will go easier. She doesn’t have such lofty goals as saving the world from the imperial menace. She just want to eat tasty food and sit beside me on the windowsill, to be touched and stroked and talked to occasionally. She likes to listen to my voice — hearing me implies, that everything is all right. I’m her best friend and probably the only friend she ever had.

I’m not ashamed to hug and kiss my cat friends.

Miss Marple’s last years were easy, effortless, quiet. They were her golden years indeed. She had problems with a recurring constipation, but that was manageable. Constipation has become a big problem now, she often sits in the litter box and tries and cries. At 2 am I rush down from the bedroom to comfort her. I go to bed only to be woken up at 4 am again. The veterinarian says that she has no constipation — I think we will have to make an X-ray.

Aunt Rosy’s cold is incurable and has become chronic. There is a danger that here closest cat friends, her great-nephew Gandhi Jr. and Princess Min Ki will be infected too, so they all have to get prophylactic medication. We have to face it, as the cat family gets older, various minor or even serious ailments will arise. The years when a yearly vaccination and anti-worming pills were the only things needed to keep the cats healthy are over.

Sorry to tell all these unpleasant news. Is there any message I want to subconsciously convey with my story? That life inevitably ends with death? We knew that before. That we have to embrace and enjoy life no matter what? Sure! That love is the greatest healer, but it only goes that far?

Love is the greatest healer, and even if it can’t cure a terminal disease, it is nevertheless the greatest tool of palliative care.

So… If one has not found a purpose in ones life yet, how about making friends, loving people, animals, plants, working tirelessly to ease the days of fellow living beings, integrating harmoniously into the natural world?

Thank you for reading this!


  1. Oh, much love for Miss Marple, the other cats, you and all the cats’ friends, caregivers, and companions.

    Thank you for providing these links and your perspective. In my highly selective news-diet, your blog provides much of the vitamins and minerals I need.

    I’m really sad about insects. I’ve noticed such decline in the insect population of residents and visitors in my garden. Fewer migrating songbirds, too, alas. But it is butterfly paradise at present, and every moment is for relishing!

    Thank you again for your good work that makes a difference!

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  2. Blessings, Mato. :-)


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