All posts by Kanju

In the Closet of the Vatican-power, homosexuality, hypocrisy (Frédéric Martel):

Weather they are ‘practicing’, ‘homophile’, ‘initiates’, unstraights’, worldly, ‘versatile’, ‘questioning’, or simply ‘in the closet’, the world I am discovering, with it’s 50 shades of gay, is beyond comprehension. The intimate stories of these men who give an image of piety in public and lead quite a different life in private, so different from one another, present us with a complex intrigue to unravel. Never, perhaps, have the appearances of an institution been so deceptive; and equally deceptive are the pronouncements about celibacy and the vows of chastity that conceal a completely different reality.”

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Model-the ugly business of beautiful women (Michael Gross):

They dance with the silver-haired men, wondering which one, if any, will give them their big break. They see the menu but not the agenda.”Inches away, beginners and those who will never surface swim in murkier, more dangerous waters. It has been ever thus in the modelling world. The heights are incredibly bright and glamorous. The depths are equally dank and appalling. Only a few can reach the pyramid’s point. It is crowded around the bottom. Wannabe models, lacking the looks, the will and the sense to understand their precarious position, are junk food for modelings predators and bottom feeders. But rarely is anyone in this business of illusions what he or she appears to be. The good can be not so good. And the bad often do hold the keys to success – or at least know how to pick the locks.”

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Everything Trump Touches Dies – a Republican strategist gets real about the worst president ever (Rick Wilson):

Turd-Tard-Trash-Tramp.

“The degree to which this president has monetized the presidency for the direct benefit of himself, his soft-jawed offspring, and his far flung empire of bullshit makes the Teapot Dome scandal look like a warm-up act in the Corruption Olympics. Unlike every president in modern history, Trump did not place his assets in a blind trust.”

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They Will Have To Die Now-mosul and the fall of the caliphate (James Verini):

They Will Have To Die Now-mosul and the fall of the caliphate (James Verini):today Iraqi Sunnis worry the Islamic State will end as badly for them as Sicarri did for the Jews. In a 2012 Pew poll, half of muslims surveyed said they believed the end of the world is imminent. In my experience, rates are much higher in Iraq. Can you blame them? are they not, in sense, right already? What else to call forty years of wars and invasions, the death and displacement of millions, the atrocities, the massacres, the suicide bombings, the black flags fluttering across the landscape, if not portents of the Day of Judgement? Or, fucking hell, the day itself?

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All the President’s Women-Donald Trump and the making of a predator (Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy):

bad’ bad’ bad shit. If somehow by chance it escaped you by now, the incessant sexual abuser, rapist & incestuous grabber of pussies has left a considerable tangle of collateral. There are a lot of them, a lot! some more prominent/vocal than others, & with accounts that vary from low level vulgarity, to shocking, to out-and-out sick sexual criminality in the first degree. Trash’s response remains blanket –

“Nothing ever happened with any of these women. Totally made up nonsense to steal the election. Nobody has more respect for women than me.”

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Catastroika-privatization goes public (documentary):

Very’ very important documentary about the pulverizing of Greece under the annihilating austerity measures imposed by its European allies. It is an important reminder, during the fantastical wash of diseased fecal outpour churning forth from the US in its new found, Trump-infested, steroidal-surplus-shit-spray along with Brexit related frantic-self-wounding, – the European Union, as a political device, can also be the conduit or capacitator for immense societal harm & corporate/fiscal predation.

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Whitewash-the story of a weed killer, cancer, and the corruption of science (Carey Gillam):

Don Huber, professor emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University, believes that glyphosate may be even more toxic than DDT. “Future historians may look back on our time and write about us … how willing we were to sacrifice our children and jeopardize future generations based on false promises and flawed science just to benefit the bottom line of commercial enterprise.”

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Winners Take All-the elite charade of changing the world (Anand Giridharadas):

In our era that harm is the concentration of money and power among a small few, who reap from the concentration a near monopoly on the benefits of change. And do-gooding pursued by elites tends not only to leave this concentration untouched, but actually to shore it up. For when elites assume leadership of social change, they are able to reshape what social change is – above all, to present it as something that should never threaten winners. In an age defined by a chasm between those that have power and those that don’t, elites have spread the idea that people must be helped, but only in market- friendly ways that do not upset fundamental power equations. The society should be changed in ways that do not change the underlying economic system that has allowed the winners to win and fostered many of the problems they seek to solve.”

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Dark Heart-the shocking truth about hidden Britain (Nick Davies):

This is how the scale of the undiscovered country remains so hidden – because three quarters of the population look around them and see nothing but prosperity. There is a veil over the experience of the other quarter. When the then prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, told the House of Commons in 1988, ‘Everyone in the nation has benefited from increased prosperity – everyone’, she was drawing this veil deliberately across the truth, but for most people there is nothing cynical about it. For the most part, they simply do not see it”.

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