‘Humanity’s present concepts are susceptible to being supplanted by greater truths’ (it was once true that the earth is flat)

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap230604.html

The End of American “Exceptionalism”? — Desultory Heroics

Failing banks, inflation, soaring interest rates and the flight from the petrodollar could become a disaster for ordinary Americans “Dollar” by Images_of_Money is licensed under CC BY 2.0. By Philip Giraldi Source: FreePress.org Watching a once great nation commit suicide is not pretty. President Joe Biden does not seem to understand that his role as elected leader of […]

The End of American “Exceptionalism”? — Desultory Heroics

On the aesthetic relation of art to reality

NGC 1333: Stellar Nursery in Perseus

‘Let art be content with its lofty, splendid mission of being a substitute for reality in case of its absence, and of being a textbook of life for man. Reality stands higher than dreams, and essential purpose stands higher than fantastic claims.’

N.G. Chernyshevsky, ‘The Aesthetic Relation of Art to Reality’, MA thesis, 1855, in Selected Philosophical Essays, Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow, 1953, 379

Australia’s masters speak their ‘truth’

‘Neither the United States of America nor the world community of nations can tolerate deliberate deception and offensive threats on the part of any nation, large or small.’ (Bush [supposedly] quoting Kennedy)

With thanks to Desultory Heroics: https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/16905958/posts/4659794241

Showdown in Ukraine — Desultory Heroics

Hobbled US Turns to War to Preserve its Waning Primacy By Mike Whitney Source: The Unz Review The future of humanity will be decided on a battlefield in Ukraine. That’s no exaggeration. The conflict between the United States and Russia will determine whether global economic integration will expand within an evolving multi-polar system or if the […]

Showdown in Ukraine — Desultory Heroics

War Certainly Is A Racket — Desultory Heroics

By Iain Davis Source: Off-Guardian In 1935, Major General Smedley Butler’s seminal book “War Is A Racket” warned of the dangers of the US military-industrial complex, more than 25 years before the outgoing US President Eisenhower implored the world to “guard against” the same thing. One of the most decorated soldiers in US military history, […]

War Certainly Is A Racket — Desultory Heroics

‘NATO’s mission’ leaves Ukraine destroyed — Desultory Heroics

“We are carrying out NATO’s mission.” As Ukraine’s defense minister acknowledges the proxy war, NATO proxy warriors disregard the toll. (Pierre Crom/Getty Images) By Aaron Maté Source: Aaron Maté Substack Unveiling its latest military assistance package to Ukraine – at $3.75 billion, the largest to date — the White House declared that US weapons are intended “to […]

‘NATO’s mission’ leaves Ukraine destroyed — Desultory Heroics

No, no, he’s not dead, he’s, he’s restin!

Moon Enhanced

Of all the countless images I have seen of the moon, none illustrate its inhospitality as much as this. To better appreciate it, I recommend locating the image on the NASA site and enlarging it.

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap230116.html

Why the CIA Attempted a ‘Maidan Uprising’ in Brazil — Desultory Heroics

By Pepe Escobar Source: The Unz Review A former US intelligence official has confirmed that the shambolic Maidan remix staged in Brasilia on 8 January was a CIA operation, and linked it to the recent attempts at color revolution in Iran. On Sunday, alleged supporters of former right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro stormed Brazil’s Congress, Supreme […]

Why the CIA Attempted a ‘Maidan Uprising’ in Brazil — Desultory Heroics

The war between the past to be and the future to be has begun in Ukraine.

The One Chart That Explains Everything — Desultory Heroics

Look at the chart above. The chart explains everything. By Mike Whitney Source: The Unz Review It explains why Washington is so worried about China’s explosive growth. It explains why the US continues to hector China on the issues of Taiwan and the South China Sea. It explains why Washington sends congressional delegations to Taiwan in […]

The One Chart That Explains Everything — Desultory Heroics