Bulletin N° 685
Subject: Neo-liberal ambitions: "corn holing" the prof.
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
The Alice-in-Wonderland nightmare produced by neo-liberal Rhinoceroses is upon us. We have been living for some time in this surrealistic swirls of Lewis Carroll and Eugène Ionesco, where nothing appears as it really is, and all mental constructions are instrumentalist calculus, applied for an advance in no particular direction. This breakdown of our collective ‘moral compass’, accompanied by an insurgency of neo-liberal opportunism directed from above by authoritarian dependent-power-pyramid engineers (see CEIMSA Bulletin N° 388) speaks to a new and ephemeral social order founded on repression, on self-censorship and, above all, on Fear. Simple-minded obedience becomes a virtue under such conditions; for the delighted lapdogs, the rewards are of infinite variety; guiding values are an obstruction.
Such breakdowns have a long history and the wonton violence of the past is instructive: Napoleon Bonaparte, Louis-Napoleon, Marshal Pétain –these are moments in French history when authoritarian rule dominated illegitimate dependent power hierarchies propped up by slogans.
In this heady environment of ‘controlled opportunism’, clichés replace thought and historical facts are displaced by convenient fictions. Régis Debray, in his work Le Pouvoir intellectuel en France (1979, Eng. edition 1981) cites Nietzsche to illustrate the alienation of the intellectual elite: “‘One day, we are assaulted by what others think of us and realize that this is the strongest thing of all,’ said Nietzsche. But what can the assailants do against an empty fort?”(p.241)
In Grenoble’s history, for example, La journée des Tuiles is the much celebrated name given to an historical event that occurred a full year before the July 14, 1789 Bastille Day in Paris. In Grenoble, on 7 June 1788, « insurgents » ambushed royal troops, destroying their heads with roof tiles thrown from above as they marched through a narrow street on their way to evict the local aristocracy from their town palaces in a move to dissolve the local parliament which was resisting royal financial reforms. In fact, the attack on royal troops in Grenoble was mobilized by conservatives to defend the privileges of the rich against monarchist reforms. These so-called « insurgents » were recruited among “the ignorant, the inert, the superstitious, the ‘troglodytes’, the scum of society” as Marx is reputed to have described the supporters of Louis-Napoleon many decades later. (See Stanford University professor Gordon Wright’s book, France in Modern Times, Fifth edition, 1995.) What is there really to celebrate?
Several years ago, in CEIMSA Bulletin N°455, entitled “ON REFORM FROM THE BOTTOM-UP, AND REPRESSION/COOPTATION FROM THE TOP-DOWN,” we referred to the classic history of Toussaint l’Ouverture, the liberator of Haiti, by C.L.R. James. In his work, The Black Jacobins, James describes the wanton violence and cruel decadence of the French aristocracy who temporarily relocated to their Caribbean island plantations to invest in the sugar production for a few years before they moved back to France, bringing with them enormous sums of money to live comfortably the rest of their lives. During their sojourn on their Caribbean plantations, we are told, the owners re-invested little in the social infrastructure of the islands; all profits were to be taken back to France with them when they retired. This sad condition led quite naturally to the dismal abuse of slaves, who existed merely as the means for high private profits. They were often worked to death and easily replaced by new victims off the ships regularly arriving from Africa. Those slaves who did not die early became an added expense in their old age. A new sport was invented by the children of salve owners: “fire the nigger.” Old slaves, James recounts, who had lived beyond their most productive years, were taken by the children of white owners and bound on the ground by a rope in a crouched position, their heads pointing in one direction like the barrel of a canon. At the other end, the children placed gun powder up the victim’s rectum; then lit it. This ‘sport’, of course, was met with disapproval by parents, but nevertheless it was tolerated –the children were bored, and it was one less mouth to feed! Such was the entertainment for French boys and girls who were living on those miserable little plantation islands before the French Revolution.
Older CEIMSA readers might remember the 1970 allegory of the ‘foibles’ of western civilization, El Topo, directed by and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky. Here again we see the ‘neo-liberal’ urge for promotion (before the word) and in all its blinding glory . . . .
And finally, another more recent film recounts the life of Princeton University professor John Nash, a mathematical genius who overcame the political and psychological alienation of the Cold War era to achieve formal recognition as an exceptionally productive member of his intellectual community, after his mathematical theories were applied by neo-liberal economists many years later and were used in ways that ‘he had never envisioned.’
A Beautiful Mind
The 8 items below further illustrate the motor force of social change in the ‘wrong direction.’
Professor of American Studies
University of Grenoble-3
Director of Research
University of Paris-Nanterre
Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
From: "Mark Crispin Miller" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: “The crimes of Henry Kissinger are even worse---far worse---than Bernie Sanders said.”
February 21, 2016
Bernie's Broadsides Against Kissinger Weren't Even Half of It
by Medea Benjamin
Reprinted from Foreign Policy In Focus
From 1969 through 1973, it was Kissinger, along with President Nixon, who oversaw the slaughter in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos -- killing perhaps one million during this period. There could be another category of people who shouldn't solicit Kissinger's dangerous opinions: presidential candidates.
Medea Benjamin is the cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace
From: "Mark Crispin
Subject: Is Apple the new Phillip Morris? Malignant brain tumors are most common cause of cancer deaths in US adolescents, young adults.
Malignant brain tumors most common cause of cancer deaths in adolescents and young adults
Press Release, American Brain Tumor Association, Feb 24, 2016
Chicago, Ill., Feb. 24, 2016 - A new report published in the journal Neuro-Oncology and funded by the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) finds that malignant brain tumors are the most common cause of cancer-related deaths in adolescents and young adults aged 15-39 and the most common cancer occurring among 15-19 year olds.
The 50-page report, which utilized data from the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States (CBTRUS) from 2008-2012, is the first in-depth statistical analysis of brain and central nervous system (CNS) tumors in adolescents and young adults (AYA). Statistics are provided on tumor type, tumor location and age group (15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34 and 35-39) for both malignant and non-malignant brain and CNS tumors.
"When analyzing data in 5-year age increments, researchers discovered that the adolescent and young adult population is not one group but rather several distinct groups that are impacted by very different tumor types as they move into adulthood," said Elizabeth Wilson, president and CEO of the American Brain Tumor Association.
"For these individuals -- who are finishing school, pursuing their careers and starting and raising young families -- a brain tumor diagnosis is especially cruel and disruptive," added Wilson. "This report enables us for the first time to zero-in on the types of tumors occurring at key intervals over a 25-year time span to help guide critical research investments and strategies for living with a brain tumor that reflect the patient's unique needs."
Although brain and CNS tumors are the most common type of cancer among people aged 15-19, the report shows how other cancers become more common with age. By ages 34-39 years, brain and CNS tumors are the third most common cancer after breast and thyroid cancer.
"What's interesting is the wide variability in the types of brain tumors diagnosed within this age group which paints a much different picture than what we see in adults or in pediatric patients," explained the study's senior author Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, Ph.D., associate professor, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Scientific Principal Investigator for CBTRUS.
"For example, the most common tumor types observed in adults are meningiomas and glioblastomas, but there is much more diversity in the common tumor types observed in the adolescent and young adult population. You also clearly see a transition from predominantly non-malignant and low-grade tumors to predominantly high-grade tumors with increasing age," Barnholtz-Sloan said.
There are nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. living with brain and CNS tumors and approximately 15 percent of these tumors occurred in the AYA population during the 2008-2012 time frame analyzed in this report. Approximately 10,617 brain and CNS tumors are diagnosed among adolescents and young adults each year and are the cause of approximately 434 deaths annually.
"The American Brain Tumor Association's recognition of this understudied population, and their commitment to data and information sharing should be applauded," added Barnholtz-Sloan. "There are clearly unique characteristics of the 15-39 age group that we need to more comprehensively understand and the information in the ABTA report starts that important dialogue."
The full report is available at http://www.abta.org/about-us/news/brain-tumor-statistics/.
To learn more or access additional statistics, go to http://www.abta.org.
Brain Tumor Statistics
Brain tumors are the:
Brain Tumor Statistics:
Ostrom QT, Gittleman H, de Blank PM, Finlay JL, Gurney JG, McKean-Cowdin R, Stearns DS, Wolff JE, Liu M, Wolinsky Y, Kruchko C, Barnholtz-Sloan JS. American Brain Tumor Association Adolescent and Young Adult Primary Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors Diagnosed in the United States in 2008-2012. Neuro Oncol. 2016 Jan;18 Suppl 1:i1-i50. doi: 10.1093/neuonc/nov297.
Malignant brain and CNS are the 11th most common cancer and the 3rd most common cause of cancer death.
Approximately 10,600 brain and CNS tumors are diagnosed in AYA per year, and they are the cause of approximately 450 deaths annually in this age group.
Overall, the largest proportion of malignant tumors in those age 15-39 years occur in the frontal lobe (28.8%), followed by other brain (15.4%). Together, 50.2% of all malignant tumors occur in the frontal, temporal, parietal, and occipital lobes of the brain.
Tumors of the frontal lobe are the most common in persons age 20-39 years.
Overall, the largest proportion of non-malignant tumors occurs in the pituitary gland and craniopharyngeal duct (46.1%).
The incidence of tumors in the pituitary gland and craniopharyngeal duct decrease with age whereas incidence of those found in the meninges increase with age.
Overall, the incidence of primary brain and CNS tumors in females (12.24 per 100,000 population) is higher than those in males (8.64 per 100,000 population) in AYA.
Brain Cancers Both Common and Deadly Among Teens, Young Adults: Report
Robert Preidt, Healthday
News, Feb 24, 2016
Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director
Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
De: Newsletter Robin des Toits <email@example.com>
Objet: VIDEO : Colloque à l'assemblée nationale "Pour la
reconnaissance de l'électrosensibilité" -
26 février 2016
Michèle RIVASI et Laurence ABEILLE ont organisé le jeudi 11 Février 2016 un Colloque "Pour la reconnaissance de l'électro hypersensibilité" à l'Assemblée nationale à Paris.
of East Timor: "Sounds Like Fun"
by John Pilger
From: Tony Black
Subject: France extends its 'state of emergency'
The French "Patriot Act": Why is France Extending Its State of Emergency? From Pseudo-Democracy to Dictatorship Clamping Down on Freedom of Expression
by Guillaume Kress
President Francois Hollande, whose
legitimacy stems from nothing but a fraudulent multiparty electoral system, has
repeatedly abused his authority since taking office in 2012 by waging illegal
wars in foreign countries (i.e., Mali, Syria) without consulting his electors.
He recently failed to confer with them when his Socialist government responded to last year's terrorist attacks in Paris by adopting Orwellian domestic policies - policies that have allowed the Hollande administration to spy on citizens, block websites containing "terrorist related content", strip convicted "terrorists" of French citizenship, and criminalize activism against Israeli occupation.
These policies prevent the spread of information which may expose the government's criminal activities. We should note, here, that the state of emergency greatly facilitates political corruption. 
To put it briefly, the state of emergency law turns France into a totalitarian police state which can act for a maximum period of 12 days without requiring judicial oversight or search warrants. Given France'scompliance with Zionist interests, it is not surprising that Human Rights Watch recently exposed the French government's "abusive and discriminatory raids and house arrests against Muslims under its sweeping new state of emergency law." This discrimination is not coming to an end any time soon, for Hollande's administration just voted in favor of extending its state of emergency for three months.
Since the government can use its extraordinary powers to force journalists (via fear tactics like lawsuits and heavy fines) to comply with policies which emphasize security over freedom (i.e., censorship, spying), the state of emergency ironically prevents any independent investigation into the criminal activities that triggered the emergency in the first place.
The United States faced a similar scenario after the 9-11 attacks, during which the federal government not only failed to consult the American people on the Patriot Act, but also never formally investigated what happened on 9-11. Instead, a confluence of American-Israeli intelligence networks prevented the discovery of the facts by tightly controlling "investigation and access to evidence, media interpretation of the event, and related litigation." 
More than a decade later, something similar is taking place in France because, as Thierry Meyssan points out, the state of emergency is part of a global campaign to prevent conspiracies from surfacing on the internet:
"In 2008. the US government had decided to fund individuals, both at home and abroad, to disrupt the forum websites of conspiracy theorists and to create groups to contradict them.
This not having sufficed, France is called upon to take authoritarian measures. As in the past, the French elites, of which the Socialist Party forms the pseudo-left wing, have placed themselves under the orders of the main military power of the time, in this case, the US."
Sam Scheichner's recent blog post for The Wall Street Journal confirms France's intention of cooperating with America to clamp down on "terrorist content" on the internet:
"During his forthcoming visit [to the Silicon Valley in February 2016], Mr. Cazeneuve says he will meet with U.S. firms to 'update our level of cooperation,' and also get together with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to discuss their recent push to curb terrorist content on social media.
'The U.S. now also wants to work with operators to counteract terrorist content on the Internet,' Mr. Cazeneuve said. 'Our audacity has paid off, and now we're schooling others, and I'm very happy about that.'"
Cazeneuve's optimism conveniently hides the fact that the U.S has used the NSA to spy on France's last three presidents; that terrorism itself is an American-Israeli enterprise; that "terrorist content" can mean anything and therefore "to counteract terrorist content" might in the future imply a clampdown both on public information (i.e., conspiracy theories) and on encryption communications - a clampdown oninternet privacy as a whole, of which the state of emergency can facilitate.
So France is doing everything in (and now outside of) its powers today to prevent the spread of information which may expose its criminal activities alongside America and its Zionist allies.
More people realize that the internet is the only place where they can freely debate such issues because it is the only tool capable of horizontalizing the distribution of subversive information and creating a platform for community-building which cuts across class antagonisms during a banking crisis.
Since the people's access to public information on the internet is itself their best tool for independent thinking, their best defense against misjudgment and misinformation because they gain a more objective understanding of things (insofar as they are less liable to the influences of the government), Hollande's administration is now pressed to respond to this threat by extending the French state of emergency.
Francois Hollande is continuing his Republican predecessor's (Nicolas Sarkozy's) Zionist crusade against Libyaall the while extending the conflict to other regions like Syria. In this regard, the left and right wings of the political spectrum are identical.
The Latin American Herald Tribune reported on January 26 that "last year 283 websites were blocked to remove their content, considered illegal, thanks to the anti-terrorist legislation." At this pace, we should probably expect a transition from extrajudicial censorship to automatic censorship by 2017.
It amazes me how quickly France went from being against the War on Terror to one of its main exponents. France was opposed to the invasion of Iraq under the Chiraq government. But after Sarkozy's election in 2007, it engaged itself in the Zionist War on Terror . Thierry Meyssan adds that France became a terrorist state in 2011, when it invaded Libya.
Bollyn, Christopher. Solving 9-11: The Deception that Changed the World. 2012. p. 25
The original source of this article is Global Research
Copyright © Guillaume Kress, Global Research, 2016
From: Jim O'Brien <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [haw-info] Saudi Arabia conference; links to recent articles of interest
Reminder of Next Weekend's Saudi Arabia Conference. This is a reminder, especially for people living in the DC-Baltimore area, of the "2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia," organized by Code Pink and co-sponsored by many other antiwar organizations, including Historians Against the War. It will take place at the University of the District of Columbia law school, Saturday-Sunday March 5-6.
Information is at http://www.codepink.org/2016saudisummit.
By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted February 26
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"Black swans" is a metaphor for unexpected developments. The author is Mideast scholar and former staff member of the National Security Council.
By William Lambers, History News Network, posted February 23
By Alfred McCoy, TomDispatch.com, posted February 21
The author teaches history at the University of Wisconsin.
By Paul Pillar, The National Interest, posted February 21
The author, a 28-year veteran of the CIA, is a visiting professor at Georgetown University in security studies.
By Jeremy Kuzmarov, Huffington Post, posted February 19
The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa.
By Andrew J. Bacevich, New York Daily News, posted February 15
The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.
By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, posted February 7
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by Andre Vltchek
The Documentary the Koch Brothers Don't Want You to See
Investigative journalist Bruce Livesey's documentary was pulled days before it was set to air and he was fired from Global News. Watch the promo and see how you can help.
“The Kochs control two million acres of tar sands in Alberta, Canada, worth tens of billions of dollars. But climate scientists say up to 240 billion tons of carbon would be released into the atmosphere if the oil sands are developed. Meanwhile, the Kochs’ are waging relentless campaigns to deny climate change and using their wealth to get conservatives elected to office to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and further their corporate interests.”