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Thursday, September 21, 2017

No surprises from dangerous rants of a brutish buffoon—Donald Trump—as he lays out his vision for the UN and his empire

President (and Emperor) Donald Trump laid out his world view in his latest speech to the United Nations and there was little in it that surprised me. Trump is a brutish buffoon who should have never been given the job of President of the United States. This country is seriously broken when an unprofessional amateur can manipulate the system, the electoral college, and win without the majority of his people's votes. His speech reflected his amateurish, uncouth, authoritarian views.

Yesterday a pundit on NPR read a few lines of a speech that former President Barack Obama gave the to UN when he was running things. There were surprisingly many similarities. So the speech was far less of a difference on policies and substance, but a difference of bad language and brutish and irresponsible threats.
That came to light over what he said about Democratic People's Republic (North) Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, calling him "Rocket Man.Trump said:

"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime."

Rocket Man is not really that strong of an insult. Most of those who were at the UN seemed to believe it was just unprofessional. Much worse was his threat to "totally destroy North Korea."  That is not because the country has a lot of supporters among leaders of the UN, in fact North Korea may not have any supporters at all. Supposedly China is their ally, but China has done little if anything to help out their supposed ally.
As stated above, Obama made anti-North Korean remarks somewhat similar to that of trump's when he was the president:

"North Korea tests a bomb that endangers all of us. And any country that breaks this basic bargain must face consequences.

So calling out North Korea is nothing new to US politics. What is different is the stark language—an outright threat to wipe North Korea off the map. And also, just as in the past, this US president did not say he would attack if North Korea does. He said that North Korea was being aggressive just by having nuclear missiles. It doesn't seem to matter if Kim uses the missiles, just having them is considered an "aggression."
We have to wonder if Trump is so unstable that he would actually start a war with North Korea. There is no doubt who would win. The US has way more weapons and people to destroy that country. That could be done without any help from any other UN ally or country. The problem is it could end up killing a lot of people, maybe even in the millions. Even a few nuclear weapons from the north could wipe out the city of 
Seoul, South Korea's capital, which is just about 35 miles south of the border. Cities in Japan, South Korea and cities in US controlled colonies, such as Guam, could be destroyed. Any use of a nuclear missile could leave an area poisoned and useless for years. The US has wanted to take over North Korea ever since the war ended in July 1953. That real estate is part of the US Empire's global desires. North Korea stands alone on a peninsula that is covered in US allies. North Korea is the one nation that stands in the US Empire's way. 
Trump urged the UN to join together in order to curtail North Korea's nuclear efforts.
"We meet at a time of both immense promise and great peril," 
Trump said.
He also declared he would always put America first:
"As president of the United States, I will always put America first," he said. 
But what did he mean? Did he mean the country, the government, the people? He couldn't mean the American people. Only a minority of people actually voted for him. And it is likely 
his support has actually gone down since the election. And he only represent wealthy Americans. His latest efforts to repeal Obama Care (Affordable Care Act or ACA) will leave many poor Americans to die from lack of health care. So Trump's "America" has no concern or respect for its less wealthy citizens. 
Trump urged other leaders to do 
likewise and always "put your countries first." 
"The potential of the U.N. is unlimited," he said.
Acknowledging that he's been a "critic" of the organization in the past, Trump praised its future, saying "there can be no better forum." 
He may have praised the UN in his present day speech but he has been very 
critical of the UN in the past. In the past he called the UN anti-American. Trump left the Paris Climate Accord because he lamented it was unfair to U.S. workers. He's railed against multilateral trade deals, like NAFTA and the Trans Pacific Partnership, that he feels don't benefit the U.S.
Today we live in a Unipolar world. Since the fall of the USSR[1] there has been no other superpower to rival the US. Countries, such as North Korea, that oppose the US imperialist order can't put up any real military threat the way the USSR did. Russia today is imperialist, but they have the same ideology as the US. There are small imperialist countries, like Iran,[2] but they aren't able to put up any real challenge to the US militarily. Most of Europe's industrialized nations act as an ally to the US, taking their own share of the US Empire's spoils. Smaller 
weaker third world countries are completely under control of the US. Because of this, the entire UN body supports almost all of the US's actions and intentions. When Trump asked for sanctions against 
North Korea, no country got up and tried to oppose it.
Capitalism is also not opposed in the UN anymore. There are a few left leaning countries, such as Venezuela. The PKK, Kurdistan Workers Party leans to the left and is one of the only major guerrilla movements in the Middle East that does not have an ideology based on Muslim theocracy. There are other Marxist groups in the Middle East, but they are small and barely noticeable. There are the Bolivarian Revolutions taking place in various Latin American countries. But there are no Marxist Revolutions, except in Cuba and there are no Maoist revolutions, although the Communist Party of India (Maoist) Shows some promise for the future.
The US has gotten complete support on the other rogue nations it has condemned, Iran and Venezuela. Except for Climate Change Trump has gotten everything he wants from the UN. With the exception of the nations of Europe, the US is full of yes-men and Imperialist lackeys. So Trump's accusations of UN anti-Americanism just doesn't make any sense.
The only country that opposed Trump's anti-Iran rant was Iran:

“Trump’s shameless and ignorant remarks, in which he ignored Iran’s fight against terrorism, display his lack of knowledge and unawareness,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, according to the official Fars news agency.
Trump called Iran a “depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos,” saying that it funds “terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors” and uses its oil wealth to “shore up Bashar al-Assad's dictatorship, fuel Yemen's civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East.”
In turn, Zarif accused Washington of supporting “tyrannical regimes” in the region, and “the criminal Zionist state.”

And while the other countries also oppose Iran, Trump's attacks on the agreement that Obama hammered out before he left office where not so welcome. Destroying that agreement comes across as reckless by the other countries. From Vox:

All of this raises a pair of questions: Is Trump making a valid argument when he says Iran is breaking the deal? And if not, what’s his actual problems with the agreement?
The answer to the first question is pretty clearly no. The International Atomic Energy Agency, which is in charge of monitoring the deal, has repeatedly certified that Tehran is complying with the limits on its nuclear program. The Trump administration has yet to produce any evidence to the contrary.
It seems instead that Trump’s case against the deal is more political and strategic: His team believes that Iran is an enemy of the United States, one that frustrates US objectives in places like Iraq and Yemen, and that the nuclear deal hasn’t done much to solve the problem.

Over all we see the rumblings of an arrogant and ruthless-inexperienced politician who can make or break anyone else's country. He inflicts fear on a lot of leaders. He can carry out any of the threats he has made in his UN speech. There is nothing any of the UN leaders can do to stop him or even slow him down. He is a dangerous man. That the US is an empire and today's supreme source of military and political power in the world is obvious and just about any US president would fit in with that assessment. The real difference between Trump and his predecessors is that he is way more reckless and dangerous.
As long as Trump is the president there is little we can do about his foreign policies. We can try and pressure members of congress, but there are very few members willing to stand up against him. There are a few, such as Bernie Sanders, who oppose at least some of his policies. Let's do what we can.



[1]
 Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or CCCP.
[2] Iran has some proxy troops in the Middle East. It rivals such US allies as Saudi Arabia or Turkey.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Chile- Combative March for Manuel Gutiérrez

We, DEM VOLKE DIENEN, publish this inofficial translation of a report of the chilean newspaper el pueblo and additional an inofficial translation of a declaration of the FERP:

On the 25th of August, 6 years after the death of Manuel Gutiérrez, secondary student assassinated by a cop who was shot with his submachine UZI to dissuade the massive protests that occurred in the population Jaime Eyzaguirre of the commune of Macul, Santiago, in the context of a two-day national strike, 25th and 26th August 2011, convened by workers and students, for the right to education.

The old state, desperate by the great rise of the class struggle that occurred from the days following 4th of August, gave the order to water the streets with popular blood to stop the growing popular rebellion.

Six years after the event, numerous commemorations, acts and protests were held, among them, an event convened at Cerro Santa Lucía by the Group of Victims of Police Violence, an organization born from this fact, and the traditional march convened by The Frente de Estudiantes Revolucionario y Popular, from Posta 4 (where Manuel died), to the Pedagógico.

The latter developed with great revolutionary imprint, beginning with a harangue by the conveners of the FERP and members of the People's Advocates, an organization of lawyers that supports the Victims' Association, that then gave way to musical performances by the masses and the "Comparsa Sin Cabeza" which prepared a routine of dance and music for the occasion.

At the beginning, the whole mass was determined to take to the streets, despite the strong police contingent waiting at every corner of Avenida Grecia, hoping to suppress the protest and to quell this popular cry.

Moving forward, the column of about 100 students and youths, some hooded and prepared to attack repression to defend the right to protest, were shouting "MANUEL, BROTHER, YOUR DEATH WAS NOT IN VAIN, THE PEOPLE ORGANIZE AGAINST THE OLD STATE", " SERVING THE PEOPLE WITH ALL HEART, SHOCK TROOPS OF THE REVOLUTION " and "WE ARE STUDENTS, WE ARE NO PACIFIST, LONG LIVE THE ANTI-IMPERIALIST FIGHT". Thus, opposing an iron organization, the Special Forces of Carabineros did not dare to repress.

Later, when walking through the passages bordering the Pedagógico, the neighbors came out to look impressed by the mobilization. Upon arriving at this, the combative column made its way by keeping the gates open, to go to the University's central lawn to make a musical act and give new harangues.

Then they called to arm themselves to go out into the street, cut Avenida Macul and attacked the repression immediately, the masses faced the Repression with Molotov bombs, stones, slings and wetruwes, fighting for about an hour and a half.

At the end, a group of comrades made a conclusion of the action and called to continue organizing and work for the Electoral Boycott

We share the images of the march organized by FERP:


Friday, September 15, 2017

Communiqué of the PCI (M) denouncing the murder of the journalist Gauri Lankesh at the hands of the Hindu fascist terror


The Communist Blogs Network echoes the statement by the spokesman of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), Abhay, rejecting attempts by the Modi government to wash their hands of the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, attempting to accuse Maoists of crime, and denouncing their real murderers, Hindu fascist terror, and asking them to take to the streets to confront it.
The news is taken from the newspaper Avani-News , published by the blog comrade Dazibao Rojo , which has been translated into English:

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The Communist Party of India (Maoist) has responded to the "propaganda of the Indian fascist forces" that try to make believe that the journalist of the Kannada people, Gauri Lankesh, was assassinated by the Maoists. In this sense, he has denounced that the Sangh Parivar (Indian fascist organization) has executed Lankesh to try to silence the voices of the popular forces.

In a statement signed by Abhay, a spokesperson for the Central Committee of the PCI (Maoist), it is stated that " the party strongly condemns the murder of the leftist, popular, progressive and democratic journalist Gauri Lankesh at the hands of fascist thugs, Brahmins of the Sangh Parivar protected by the Indian People's Party (BJP) in government, the party of Modi . " In the communiqué, the PCI (M) appeals to all the related forces to take to the streets to carry out a determined fight against the forces that assassinated to Lankesh. Recalling that Lankesh campaigned without fear for the oppressed and marginalized against the atrocities of Hindu forces and corrupt governments, the party has stated that "

Lankesh had become a danger to Hindutva's forces, especially since he had translated the book '  Gujarat Files' by journalist Rana Ayyub, publicizing the involvement of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah in the 2002 Muslim carnage in that state of India, Gujarat. She had published her complaint in her Kannada language publication, Langesh Patrike . Hindutva's fascist hand was betrayed by the fact that a BJP leader, DN Yuvraj, has stated that the journalist would still be alive had he not celebrated the death of the people of the RSS "( Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh - National Volunteers Association -, a Hindu paramilitary organization).

The PCI (Maoist) also accused Modi of his complicit silence on execution, which is yet another sign of "Hindutva's leading role in his assassination." " It is a dirty and dirty act of putting pressure on and insinuating the possibility that the Maoists have something to do with the crime, " the statement said. The party has dismantled the alleged evidence of the accusations against the Maoists launched after the Lankesh assassination, stating that "

when the rulers themselves are accomplices, everyone knows what the outcome of such an investigation will be. That is why, so far, there has been no progress in investigating the assassinations of the rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, the leftist thinker Govind Pansare or the progressive writer MM Kalburgi. "

The party has called all progressive and democratic forces to intensify the struggle against the "fascist forces of the Hindutva," taking a step beyond mere symbolic protest, "urgently," "now or never," in determined struggle.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Maoism - On Marxism-Leninism-Maoism as opposed to just plain Marxist-Leninism


25 Years since Arrest of Chairman Gonzalo


This blog supports both Marxist-Leninist-Maoism and it also supports Chairman Gonzalo. -  សតិវ អតុ
The following article comes from Democracy and Class Struggle:

Democracy and Class Struggle says Chairman Gonzalo's immortal contribution is a summation of Mao Zedong's contribution - it was not merely local Mao Zedong Thought but universal Marxism Leninism Maoism an idea that cannot be imprisoned that is rapidly developing in the real world in the last 25 years - that was summarized by Chairman Gonzalo.

Our Critics usually confound Mao Zedong Thought and Marxism Leninism Maoism - ignorance being the hallmark of revisionism they do not study the concrete conditions and reality but parrot a Marxism Leninism from a bygone age that has long been superceded thanks to the work of Chairman Gonzalo.

Free Chairman Gonzalo Now !

I. ON MARXISM-LENINISM-MAOISM

In the furnace of class struggle, the ideology of the international proletariat emerged as Marxism, afterwards developed into Marxism-Leninism and later Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. Therefore, the scientific ideology of the proletariat, all-powerful because it is true, has three stages or landmarks in its dialectical process of development: 1) Marxism, 2) Leninism, and 3) Maoism. These three stages are part of the same unity which began with the Communist Manifesto one hundred and forty years ago, with the heroic epic of the class struggle, in fierce and fruitful two-line struggles within the communist parties themselves and in the titanic work of thought and action that only the working class could generate. Today, three unfading lights are outstanding: Marx (Karl Marx), VI Lenin (Владимир Ленин), Mao Tse-tung (毛泽东) who, through three grand leaps have armed us with the invincible ideology of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, which today is principally Maoism (毛派).

Nevertheless, while Marxism-Leninism has obtained an acknowledgment of its universal validity, Maoism is not completely acknowledged as the third stage. Some simply deny its condition as such, while others only accept it as “Mao Tse-tung Thought.” In essence, both positions, with the obvious differences between them, deny the general development of Marxism made by Chairman Mao Tse-tung. The denial of the “ism” character of Maoism denies its universal validity and, consequently, its condition as the third, new, and superior stage of the ideology of the international proletariat: Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism, that we uphold, defend, and apply.
As an INTRODUCTION, in order to better understand Maoism and the necessity to struggle for it, let us remember Lenin. He taught us that as the revolution advanced to the East it expressed specific conditions that, while they did not negate principles or laws, were new situations that Marxism could not ignore, upon the risk of putting the revolution in danger of a defeat. Notwithstanding the uproar against what is new by pedantic and bookish intellectuals, who are stuffed with liberalism and false Marxism, the only just and correct thing to do is to apply Marxism to the concrete conditions and to solve the new situations and problems that every revolution necessarily faces. In the face of the horrified and pharisaic “defenses of the ideology, the class, and of the people” that revisionists, opportunists and renegades proclaim, or the furious attacks against Marxism by brutalized academicians and hacks of the old order who are debased by the rotten bourgeois ideology and blindly defend the old society on which they are parasites. Lenin also said clearly that the revolution in the East would present new and great surprises to the greater amazement of the worshipers of following only the well-trodden paths who are incapable of seeing the new; and, as we all know, he trusted the Eastern comrades to resolve the problems that Marxism had not yet resolved.

Furthermore, we must keep well in mind that when Comrade Stalin justly and correctly stated that we had entered the stage of Leninism as the development of Marxism, there was also opposition by those who rend their garments in a supposed defense of Marxism. There were also those who said that Leninism was only applicable to the backward countries. But, in the midst of struggle, practice has consecrated Leninism as a great development of Marxism, and thus the proletarian ideology shone victoriously in the face of the world as Marxism-Leninism.

Today, Maoism faces similar situations. All new things, like Marxism, have always advanced through struggle, and similarly, Maoism will impose itself and be acknowledged.

As for the CONTEXT in which Chairman Mao Tse-tung developed and Maoism was forged, on an international level it was on the basis of imperialism, world wars, the international proletarian movement, the national liberation movement, the struggle between Marxism and revisionism, and the restoration of capitalism in the USSR. Three big historical landmarks must be emphasized in the present century: first, the October Revolution of 1917, which opened the era of the world proletarian revolution; second, the triumph of the Chinese Revolution, in 1949, which changed the correlation of forces in favor of socialism; and third, the great proletarian cultural revolution, which began in 1966 as the continuation of the revolution under the proletarian dictatorship in order to maintain the revolutionary course towards Communism. It is enough to emphasize that Chairman Mao led two of these glorious historical feats.

In China, as the center of world revolution, Maoism was concretely expressed within the most complex convergence of contradictions, and the intense and ruthless class struggle which was marked by the pretensions of the imperialist powers of tearing and dividing up China after the collapse of the Manchurian Empire (1911), the anti-imperialist movement of 1919, the revolts of the great peasant masses, the twenty-two years of armed struggle of the democratic revolution, the great contest for the building and development of socialism and the ten years of revolutionary storms for carrying forward the Cultural Revolution, as well as the sharpest two-line struggle within the Communist Party of China, especially against revisionism. All this was framed within the international situation described above. It is out of this aggregate of historical deeds that we have to extract four events of extraordinary importance: The founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1921; the Autumn Harvest uprising which initiated the path from the countryside to the city, in 1925; the founding of the People’s Republic, 1949; and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (GPCR), from 1966-1976; in all of which Chairman Mao was a protagonist and the acknowledged leader of the Chinese Revolution.

We can say from Chairman Mao Tse-tung’s biography that he was born on December 26th 1893, opening his eyes to an agitated world scorched by the flames of war; son of peasants, he was seven years old when “Boxer Rebellions” began; a student at a Teachers’ Training College, he was in his eighteenth year when the empire collapsed and he enlisted himself as a soldier, later to become a great organizer of peasants and of the youth in Hunan, his native province. Founder of the Communist Party and of the Red Army of workers and peasants, he established the path of surrounding the cities from the countryside developing People’s War as the military theory of the proletariat. He was the theoretician of New Democracy and founder of the People’s Republic; a promoter of the Great Leap Forward and of the development of socialism; the leader of the struggle against the contemporary revisionism of Khrushchev and his henchmen, leader and head of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. These are landmarks of a life devoted thoroughly and solely to the revolution. The proletariat has seen three gigantic triumphs in this century: Two of them belong to Chairman Mao, and if one is glory enough, two are even more.

On the CONTENT of Maoism, of its substance, we must point out the following basic issues:

1. Theory. Marxism has three parts: Marxist philosophy, Marxist political economy, and scientific socialism. The development of all these three components gives rise to a great qualitative leap of Marxism as a whole, as a unity on a superior level, which implies a new stage. Consequently, the essential thing is to show that Chairman Mao, as can be seen in theory and practice, has generated such a great qualitative leap. Let us highlight this with the following points:

In Marxist philosophy he developed the essence of dialectics, the law of contradiction, establishing it as the only fundamental law; and besides his profound dialectical understanding of the theory of knowledge, whose center are the two leaps that make up its law (from practice to knowledge and vice versa, but with knowledge to practice being the main one). We emphasize that he masterfully applied the law of contradiction in politics; and moreover he brought philosophy to the masses of people, fulfilling the task that Marx left.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

US- Those in pain did not create the “opioid epidemic”

I can remember the bad old days. I remember going to get a cyst removed from my chest and the doctor gave me no pain medicine even though it did hurt. He just kept telling me to use aspirin and Tylenol. I found out later that he was against using any pain killers for any reason. When I was a kid the dentist used to drill my cavities without pain killers because they didn’t think pain medicine was good for kids—and those visits hurt like hell!
For many of my early years doctors and dentists had been chintzy with their pain medicines. For many years there was a stigma of using pain medicine. After all there were people who used to use those medicines to get high. That was true then as it is now. But for the last 20 years the medical community learned to ease up and give pain medicine. They learned that people heal better without having a lot of pain. Today doctors give us the pain medicine we need to be comfortable when they treat us. But that may be changing—thank to the so called “Opioid epidemic” and the mainstream news media that have fueled the hype over it. Once again the mainstream media has the country whipped into a frenzy over the so called “over prescribing of opioid drugs.” It always leads politicians into giving in to those pundits who say, “for God sakes do something!” And they mean anything and everything and that usually means doing the wrong thing. In this case we are now being told by so called “experts” that we must now endure pain when we go to the doctor or dentist. According to an NPR piece called “Dental Schools Add An Urgent Lesson: Think Twice About Prescribing Opioids:”


“Now, after decades of criticizing health care providers for undertreating pain and not prescribing enough pain medication, the pendulum is swinging back. Some dentists are getting back up to speed about alternatives to opioids.
"For most dental pains, the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) —that's Advil, Aleve, Naproxen — those agents are every bit as effective as one Vicodin or one Percocet," …. (Kellie Moore, a fourth-year dental student at Harvard.)…. "That's been shown over and over and over again."


Even if the pendulum has swung too far one way, that does not automatically mean it needs to swing all the way back. Going back to the days when a doctor’s or dentist’s visit was a painful experience that we all dreaded is what these new “experts in opioid addiction” are suggesting. Again from NPR:

"On a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the worst, if we can get you to a 4 or 5, could you live with that and still function daily?" says Sam Lee, a fourth-year dental student. "If the answer is yes, then I think it's important to the patient understand that that's what we're going to try to maintain as the new normal for them."
David Keith, an oral surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, agrees.
"I think it does us a disservice, making us and the patients assume that we should a total smiley face and a zero level of pain," he said. "That's not the real world. So we take a tooth out. We do a dental implant. You're going to be sore for a few days, but that doesn't mean you can't go to work."

On a scale of one to 10, pain that qualifies for 4 or 5 is a lot. A score of 10 means that 10 is the pain that causes screaming and is nearly intolerable. Even if the pain is not a lot as the patient leaves, that small amount of pain can build up over a period of 24 or more hours. The pain grinds away until the patient is overwhelmed. I’ve experienced that before myself. That much pain is a lot to ask of a patient.
So we are being told now to expect some pain from our dentist appointments and the reason for that is the hand full of opioid addicts that have created this so called “epidemic.”
And the bottom line to all of this is that we are being asked to tolerate more pain for the benefit of some Americans who can’t control the use of their own medication. Those of us who can control our pain medicine are being told we are going to have to pay for other people’s abuse. There are also some people who simply won’t go to a dentist if they expect pain. A lot of dentist know this and they are reasonably concerned about this issue.
It is already a stressful experience to go to the doctor or dentist. Those trips are often painful and agonizing. The fact is that we have pain killers and there really is no evidence that we heal better because we can put up with a lot of pain. We are being asked to put up with this pain to placate the moral prejudices of dentists and doctors who are wrongfully denying pain medication to people who need and deserve it. And this is all being done to control a hand full of people who can’t control their own impulses.  
Despite all the thousands of over dose deaths and other alarming statistics the media throws at us, less than 5% of legitimate pain patients become addicted.
Other statistics also need to be looked at. According to the large, annually repeated and representative National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 75 percent of all opioid misuse starts with people using medication that WASN’T prescribed for them—obtained from a friend, family member or dealer. Along with these statistics: 90 percent of all addictions—no matter what the drug—start in the adolescent and young adult years. Typically, young people who misuse prescription opioids are heavy users of alcohol and other drugs. This type of drug use, not medical treatment with opioids, is by far the greatest risk factor for opioid addiction, according to a study by Richard Miech of the University of Michigan and his colleagues. 
The evidence shows that over 90% of so-called opioid overdose deaths are the result of polydrug poisoning. It is relatively difficult to overdose on heroin alone or painkillers alone, although it can be done if you are determined enough. However, mixing heroin with another drug such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, cocaine, or opioid painkillers is extremely deadly.
According to CNN a new study finds that the number of Americans being diagnosed with opioid addiction continues to skyrocket, but still very few receive any treatment. Once again we need to be looking at treatment for all—on demand, not punishment and inconvenience for everyone else.
One thing the mainstream media does not need to do is to scare doctors away from prescribing needed pain killers. I have had experiences were doctors performed operations on me but they did not use enough pain killers. I had a colonoscopy once where they did not use enough pain killer and the pain was excruciating. Putting us through that is unnecessary and we should all refuse to be treated that way. Let those who have problems with pain killers deal with that epidemic.

 

Little Shop of Horrors I'm a Dentist 




Pix by Emaze.

It is 9/11 Day in the US once again!



Once again it is 9/11 that horrible holiday that reminds us that we can die at anytime due to terrorist attacks. After 15 years we are not any safer than we were in 2001. We can pretend that all of the efforts our government takes to prevent such attacks are working. In reality those determined to find ways to attack us will at some time succeed.

This is an imperialist country that is heavily involved in shaping the lives and future of others. That task is impossible without someone getting upset and trying to kill us from time to time.

I remember the day the planes hit the twin towers in New York. I was just getting out of bed. I was not working that day. I turned on the TV as the events began to unfold. I was watching when the second tower got hit. Then they began to crumble and New York City looked like the aftermath of a volcano eruption.

As bad as it is to see almost 3,000 die in one disaster, what happened after that was just as bad. Every wing-nut in the country was out waving flags and promoting war with just about any country or group who ever had a tiff with the US. There were flags everywhere and on everything.

Today we have a few tributes on TV, a few flags raised and we're done with it for a year.

Since 9/11 we as a nation now occupy Iraq and Afghanistan. We aren't finished with these countries yet. With the use of drones we kill innocent people along with alleged terrorists who have never been on trial. This country can do a lot better than that.

One other interesting thing about 9/11 is it just happens to be the date of the military coup in Chile that brought about the end of Democracy, under the gleeful eye of our then President Richard M. Nixon. Salvador Allende, the elected president of Chile was overthrown by the military. General Augusto Pinochet took control of the country, set up military rule and banned all political parties.Democracy in Chile was illegal for the next 10 or more years.


Santiago de Chile, 11 September 1973, 9:10 A.M.
This will surely be my last opportunity to address you. The Air Force has bombed the antennas of Radio Magallanes. My words have neither bitterness nor deception. They should stand as a moral castigation of those who have been traitors to their oaths: Chilean soldiers, titular commanders-in-chief, Admiral Merino, who has designated himself commander of the Navy, even more señor Mendoza, the cringing general who only yesterday manifested his fidelity and loyalty to the Government, and who also has named himself Director General of the Carabineros. In the face of these deeds it only falls to me to say to the workers: I shall not resign!
Standing at a historic point, I will repay with my life the loyalty of the people. And I say to you that I am certain that the seed we have surrendered into the worthy conscience of thousands and thousands of Chileans, will not be able to be reaped at one stroke. They have the power, they can make us their vassals, but not stop the social processes, neither by crime nor by force. History is ours and is made by the people.
Workers of my Nation: I want to thank you for the loyalty you have always had, the confidence you placed in a man who only was the interperter of great yearnings for justice, who pledged his word to respect the Constitution and the law, and who did so. In this final moment, the last in which I will be able to address myself to you, I want you to take advantage of the lesson: foreign capital, imperialism, united with reaction, created the climate for the Armed Forces to break their tradition, that which they were taught by general Schneider which was reaffirmed by commander Araya, victims of the same social sector that today will be be expecting with an alien hand to reconquer the power to continue defending their profits and their privileges.
I address myself to you, above all to the modest woman of our land, to the campesina who believed in us, the mother who knew of our concern for the children. I address myself to the professionals of the Nation, to the patriotic professionals who continued working against the sedition overseen by their professional academies, classist academies that also defended the advantages of a capitalist society.
I address myself to the youth, to those who sang and who brought their happiness and their spirit to the fight. I address myself to the man of Chile, to the worker, to the campesino, to the intellectual, to those who will be percecuted, because in our country fascism has now been present for several hours; in the terrorist assassinations, blowing up the bridges, cutting the railways, destroying the oil and gas pipelines, in the face of the silence of those who had the obligation to behave.
They are in jeopardy. History will judge them.
Radio Magallanes will surely be silenced and the tranquil metal of my voice will no longer reach you. It is not important. You will continue to hear it. I will always be together with you. At least my memory will be that of an upright man who was loyal to the Nation.
The people ought to defend themselves, but not sacrifice themselves. The people ought not let themselves be subdued or persecuted, but neither should they humble themselves.
Workers of my Nation, I have faith in Chile and its destiny. Other men will go beyond this gray and bitter moment when treason tries to impose itself upon us. Continue to know that, much sooner than later, we will reopen the great promenades down which free men pass, to construct a better society.
Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers!
These are my last words and I have certainty that my sacrifice will not be in vain, I have certainty that, at the least, I will be a moral lesson to castigate felony, cowardice, and treason.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

President Gonzalo continues his fight from the dungeons of the Peruvian state

Translated from Google and  សតិវ អតុ.

Hearing of the 27 of June.
Brief intervention by Dr. Abimael Guzmán:
"Mr. Director of debates, gentlemen. I have nothing to declare. For what reason? Because I have nothing to do with Tarata. When will you understand? Prove that I have done Tarata! Test yourself and I will believe you!

That is a complete farce! I have nothing to do with that! The Central Committee does not agree on specific facts. They do not understand what armed struggle is, how are they going to judge us? Look for a soldier who knows and can advise them as they do in other cases.
In the second fact, the problem of TID.
In my life, sir, I have never touched a blessed substance of drugs because they have formed me like this. I have a head, I do not need to get drunk to think, less debase. And that I have participated in that, never! Why? I am not one of those who poison, I am of those who fight for humanity. That is what I have tasted sir! Poisoners others who fill their pockets and are sending in Peru. Those are the culprits. Then I do not know what I'm going to talk about, sir. What do you want me to say? What do not I know? See the minutesof the Congress and there they will see the furious criticism that we made against this action of Tarata. And I'm going to give you a political reason sir. We arrived at a moment, 91, that we had to win the national bourgeoisie, how we were going to strike a blow? How then? There is no political sense, sir. It was a monstrous mistake of those who committed it. It is a political reason, show the opposite, we are politicians, we are not ganapanes nor adventurers who pay us, we are not that, we are communist fighters sir. So? What am I talking about? Neither has anything to do with me. That's all sir. "
Below you can see a video of the trial held on June 27, 2017 on the Tarata case. A circus mounted by the government of Peru that seeks to stigmatize and humiliate the Communist Party of Peru and the figure of its leader, Abimael Guzmán Reynoso better known as President Gonzalo. Imperialism falsely accuses the revolutionary narco-terrorist positions to deny that there has been a people's war.
This video is of special interest because it denounces the persecution, harassment and torture of political prisoners, as well as their defense lawyers and relatives. It should be noted that political prisoners are isolated on a long-term basis, in breach of international regulations, and cameras are placed in their cells so that there is no privacy and can be controlled at all times.
In practice the right of defense is severely hit. Since confidentiality between the defense lawyer and the accused is not respected, free meeting spaces are not offered. Peruvian state prosecutors, far from being impartial, show great cynicism and hypocrisy by referring to the defendants as "free prisoners" as if they really enjoyed the best conditions to face the trial. One more of the jokes to the intelligence that they have us accustomed.
The Peruvian state does not want to recognize that there was a people's war and therefore creates false judgments in order to sell the idea of ​​narcoterrorism. Leaving aside the economic, political and social causes that generated the conflict and obviating that the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Peru can not have any responsibility in the realization of a concrete and punctual.
Freedom for President Gonzalo and political prisoners!
                                                  Long live the People's War of Peru!
  ! Long live the Communist Party of Peru!

Saturday, September 09, 2017

PERU: Guerrilla ambush leaves four policemen dead in Vraem

From DAZIBAO ROJO:

Correovemello-news
Lima, 07.09.17
Press reports on an ambush, attributed to the communist guerrillas operating in the VRAEM area, in which four police officers were killed.
The attack on two police vehicles occurred on the Tucuccasa - Huachuapampa highway, in Huancavelica, about 6 pm a few days ago.
A large fire of the automatic weapons of the guerrillas caused the fire and destruction of the all-terrain vehicles and their occupants. Although there is confusion about the events it seems that the attackers captured the armament of the dead agents.


Wednesday, September 06, 2017

India- 50 years of Naxalbari: a path to alternative development

From Communist Blogs Network (RBC), and translated  by Google and សតិវ អតុ:

By Purnendu Sekhar Mukherjee, a former member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), and former political prisoner
 in which, as part of the 50th Anniversary of Naxalbari, explains:
"50 years of Naxalbari represent 50 years of the dream of building a new India", describing the policies applied by the Naxalites in these five decades.


Despite the propaganda of the government and the propaganda media of the large multinational corporations and of the local big bourgeoisie, the author states that "Naxalite politics not only involves taking state power through armed struggle, but also the construction of an alternative socioeconomic model by the people themselves, based on local needs and the collective decisions of the local population, not on the demands of international financial capital. " 

This document on Janatana Sarkar's policy outlines the fundamental lines of the future popular democratic government, underscoring the unbroken continuity with the path that Naxalbari showed in 1967, "in which guerrilla groups were formed by snatching arms from mercenary forces of landlords, in which people's courts were established to try the exploiters-oppressors, who proclaimed collective ownership of land and crops in the full struggle against the armies of the owners, who created cooperatives to store the grain. "

The main issue that arose in Naxalbari 50 years ago and which continues today with the Naxalita Revolution, led by the Communist Party of India (Maoist), and implemented by the policies of the Janatana Sarkar (local popular governments) in the zones controlled by the guerrilla, is that of the future society, the popular alternative model, even if exploitative capitalists try to emphasize violence as the main feature of Maoists. "know that if the people have the opportunity to experience the alternative model, it will be impossible for multinational financial capital to plunder the country's human and natural resources."

All this is described in this illustrative article by Purnendu Sekhar Mukherjee, of enormous interest for the knowledge of that still great unknown, the Naxalita Revolution, which was born 50 years ago in a recondite region of India, and that today has become a guide and model for the revolutionary popular struggle against imperialist capitalism all over the world.

The author of this article Purnendu Sekhar Mukherjee, former member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and former political prisoner.

For more on this click here. (This will be in Spanish and need translating for English speakers, or go to Sanhati India for an English version of 50 Years of Naxalbari: A Path for Alternative Development).

Monday, September 04, 2017

US- Labor day and some Union Songs...

Today is fake Labor Day...that holiday the US Government came up with to lure workers away from the real Labor Day on May 1. Here are some fun union songs to sing today and an exlplanation of lobor day from Wikipedia:

Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. The holiday is also a federal holiday.
Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. "Labor Day" was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U.S. statesofficially celebrated Labor Day.[1]
Canada's Labour Day is also celebrated on the first Monday of September. More than 80 countries celebrate International Workers' Day on May 1 – the ancient European holiday of May Day – and several countries have chosen their own dates for Labour Day.

You Gotta Go Down And Join The Union


Woody Guthrie - Union Burying Ground


Joan Baez- Bread and roses