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FTR #995 Miscellaneous Articles and Updates

In FTR #967, we highlighted the Nazi group Atomwaffen, one of whose members was plotting an attack on a nuclear power plant. (The would be nuke  terrorist was Brandon Russell, a Florida National Guardsman.)

New articles on the group disclose that they have been responsible for a number of recent murders around the country.  More murders should be expected because Atomwaffen produces ISIS-style videos promoting mass neo-Nazi violence designed to sabotage and implode society.

FTR #888 details the work of Glenn Greenwald in running legal interference for the leaderless strategy advocated by the likes of James Mason and the National Alliance. Specifically, Citizen Greenwald freed up the likes of Atomwaffen et al from civil liability for their ISIS-style YouTube exhortations to violence and murder.

In FTR #437, we highlighted counter-culture fascism and the penchant of some to promote fascist outcroppings like the Charles Manson cultists to bohemians. Atomwaffen idolize both James Mason and his Siege newsletter and book, as well as one of Mason’s idols–Charles Manson.

Mason expressed support for the Nazi eugenics and euthanasia program. (We have discussed eugenics and euthanasia in numerous programs, including Miscellaneous Archive Shows M12 and M60, as well as FTR #’s 117, 124, 140, 141, 534, 664, 908, and 909.)

He has company:

University College London (UCL) recently discovered that there’s been a secret eugenics conference hosted in its campus since 2014.

One prominent attendee to these conferences is Toby Young, the head of the New Schools Network – a network of “Free schools” — non-profit independent schools funded by the state. Another is Richard Lynn, the ‘academic’ who sits on the board of the Pioneer Fund and who provided the bulk of the work in The Bell Curve purporting to show racial difference in intelligence.

Attendees at the invite-only conference were told about the location at the last minute and asked not to mention it to anyone.

We conclude with a very important op-ed column in The New York Times underscoring the continuity between American and German eugenics, the Nazi T-4 program and GOP “austerity.” The Republicans and like-minded individuals like Princeton faculty member Peter Singer are advocating against the disabled is being “cost ineffective.”

” . . . . We often say what happened in Nazi Germany couldn’t happen here. But some of it, like the mistreatment and sterilization of the disabled, did happen here.

A reading of Hoche and Binding’s ‘Permitting the Destruction of Unworthy Life’ [a bedrock intellectual element of the 1920’s German eugenics movement–D.E.] shows the similarity between what they said and what exponents of practical ethics, such as Peter Singer, say about the disabled today. As recently as 2015, Singer, talking with the radio host Aaron Klein on his show, said, ‘I don’t want my health insurance premiums to be higher so that infants who can experience zero quality of life can have expensive treatments.’

These philosophers talk about the drain on ‘resources’ caused by lives lived with a disability, which eerily echoes what Hoche and Binding wrote about the ‘financial and moral burden’ on ‘a person’s family, hospital, and state’ caused by what they deem lives ‘unworthy of living.’ Experts point out the recent Republican health care proposals would strip Medicaid funding that helps the elderly, the poor and the disabled live healthier and more dignified lives.

A recent New York Times article quoted the Rev. Susan Flanders, a retired Episcopal priest, as saying: ‘What we’re paying for is something that many people wouldn’t want if they had a choice. It’s hundreds of dollars each day that could go towards their grandchildren’s education or care for the people who could get well.’ In the article, Flanders, whose father had Alzheimer’s, is described as ‘utterly unafraid to mix money into the conversation about the meaning of life when the mind deteriorates.’ Practical ethicists are similarly unafraid to do this. As were the Nazis. . . .”

With the Trump administration’s deregulation of agencies like the EPA and the Food and Drug Administration, the American people are going to be exposed to carcinogens, mutagens and unsafe food and pharmaceutical products. Years from now, the country is going to experience a big upswing in the incidence of cancer and other degenerative diseases, as well as birth deformities.

The strong possibility that this tsunami of degenerative disease and birth defects could overwhelm the health care system and lead to the implementation of an American T-4 program is one to be taken very seriously.

Program Highlights Include:

1.-The confluence of Manson/Nazi cultists with esoteric Nazism, highlighted in, among other programs, FTR #’s 991 and 992.
2.-Review of Manson victim Sharon Tate in the Los Angeles area campaign of Robert F. Kennedy.
3.-Review of Robert Kennedy’s statement to Tate and her husband Roman Polanski (as well as others) that he would re-open the investigation into his brother’s murder after getting to the White House.
4.-Review of Ed Butler’s attribution of the Tate/La Bianca killings to the Black Panthers or other “black militants.”
5.-Review of the probable Manson family authorship of the murder of Marina Habe, daughter of anti-fascist writer Hans Habe.
6.-Review of the affinity between the brilliant Nazi hacker Andrew Auerenheimer aka  “Weev” and the Atomwaffen.
7.-Review of Weev’s participation in Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras’ party celebrating their receipt of the prestigious Polk award.


The US Falls Down the GOP’s Tax Scam Memory Hole. Again.

When is a tax cut more than just a tax cut? When it’s a GOP tax cut. Because when the GOP cuts taxes, it’s never just an attempt to cut taxes because tax cuts are just one element of the GOP’s much larger agenda of creating a society run by and for the super-rich. And massive amounts of propaganda and deception are part of the tax cut package too. It’s why GOP tax cuts tend to be so much more than just tax cuts for the rich. They’re Big Lies designed to fool society into dismantling itself. So it should come as a surprise to no one that the current GOP tax cut plans are horrible abomination being sold to the public by a web of lies. But what is genuinely surprising about the current GOP tax push is just how shoddy that web of lies is turning out to be this time. As we’re going to see, it’s almost as if the failure to pass Trumpcare only increased the resolve of America’s right-wing oligarchs to finally pass legislation that’s even more politically awful than Trumpcare. But as we’re also going to see, even if the tax cuts turn into a political disaster for the GOP that will still be fine for the GOP as long as the public forgets to remember that we’ve been here before.


Guess What? Grandma is Moving In. She’s Got Medical Bills. Maybe to Share. It’s Medicaid Brought to You by Kochcare.

Is kicking senior citizens out of nursing homes good politics? That’s a question GOP asking itself these days. One of many questions related to the politics of health care. Although not many are asking it since the public largely has no idea the question is being asked at all as recent polls show. With the Senate’s version of ‘Trumpcare’ finally released to the public, we’re now learning that, yes, the GOP appears to think kicking seniors out their nursing homes is good politics. Because transferring Medicaid costs to states and individuals has been a key GOP goal of Trumpcare’s congressional authors the entire time and nursing homes are paid for by Medicaid for the vast majority of people. So in addition to the many profound moral questions raised by the GOP’s health care ‘reform’ plans, a growing number of profound political questions are being raised the more we learn about Trumpcare as it takes form. Including whether or not putting nursing home coverage on a fiscal death spiral makes for good politics. Granny would probably say ‘no’, but she’s got competition.


Trumplandian Feudalism: Employ the Unemployed While Still Starving Them

Did Trump suddenly drop his oft-repeated criticism of tradition unemployment reporting and assertions that in reality its 42 percent and 94 million American adults are out of work? Well, as we’re going to see, probably not because his administration is still planning on redefining the “official” unemployment rate to be much “looser” and his claims that 42 percent if American adults are out of work are necessary to achieve a long-held GOP goal championed by House Speaker Paul Ryan: converting the US safety-net – including Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security – into a “work for a pittance to get a pittance of government support”-net that traps the poor in system where if you have to find full time work to get any help at all. Maybe even for the elderly. And the help you get in return for that work-requirement will keep shrinking year after year. It’s a plan that can’t happen unless almost all non-working adults are defined as “unemployed”. So, no, Trump didn’t change his mind. He just still thinks we’re all stupid (maybe).