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Ash writes: "The situation in North Dakota at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline has degenerated into what can now only fairly be described as a war zone. The escalating assaults on unarmed protesters by heavily armed, fully militarized police units have transformed the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site into a battlefield."

A water defender stands in defiance of a fully militarized North Dakota law enforcement battalion at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction project. (photo: COUNTERCURRENTNEWS)
A water defender stands in defiance of a fully militarized North Dakota law enforcement battalion at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction project. (photo: COUNTERCURRENTNEWS)


War Has Broken Out in North Dakota

By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News

23 November 16

 

he situation in North Dakota at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline has degenerated into what can now only fairly be described as a war zone.

The escalating assaults on unarmed protesters by heavily armed, fully militarized police units have transformed the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site into a battlefield.

Scores of people have been injured and medics are struggling to evacuate the injured to area medical facilities for treatment. The scene is one of constant clashes and assaults by North Dakota military police attempting to drive Native American protesters away from the pipeline construction site.

A flashpoint on the Backwater Bridge was the scene of an intense six-hour engagement between “Water Defender” protesters and Morton County, North Dakota, sheriff’s personnel.

Using military tactics, law enforcement unleashed barrage after barrage of military grade tear gas, rubber bullets, water sprayed from high-pressure hoses in below freezing temperatures, and concussion grenades. According to the ACLU, “News reports confirm more than 300 people have been injured.”

The worst injury reported occurred as a result of a concussion grenade thrown by police directly striking a 21-year-old protester from New York. Sophia Wilansky suffered severe damage to her arm when the grenade detonated in close proximity. The injury caused a compound fracture and extensive damage to muscle, nerve and bone, resulting certainly in a lifelong disability. Details of the Wilansky incident have gone viral on Twitter.

With hostilities and injuries mounting, President Obama is taking a disturbingly hands-off approach. In an interview with NowThis News on November 2nd, Obama appeared detached from the severity of the conflict playing out in North Dakota, saying at the time, “We’re going to let it play out for several more weeks.”

Indeed, in several more weeks he will no longer be president. So it is entirely possible that he intends to take no further action and hand the situation off to President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Leaving behind a raging conflict and … a fitting legacy to his indefensible and disaster-prone energy policy.

It’s not clear what Obama’s interest in seeing this pipeline built is, or what kind of commitments he has made regarding its completion, but as a brutal conflict unfolds on American soil he remains eerily silent.

What deepens the concern in this conflict is that it hearkens back to the darkest days of America’s past. The sight of white men with weapons attacking Native Americans defending sacred lands is a return to America’s genocide, and Native America’s holocaust.

The oil wars are not “over there” any longer. They are here, and the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation is the first great battlefield. It is that and a resumption of America’s Indian wars.


Marc Ash is the founder and former Executive Director of Truthout, and is now founder and Editor of Reader Supported News.

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+91 # Woratnac 2016-11-23 10:15
Spot on, Marc. This is the response of the most powerful corporate juggernaut in history. But right in the tradition of the Ludlow massacre. I don't think this is only a hearkback to the "Indian wars."
 
 
+47 # Ted 2016-11-23 15:43
The proud and heart-breaking fight for basic civil rights by generations of African-America ns will forever be marred by the legacy of our first African-America n PRESIDENT who sat back and did NOTHING in the face of brutal civil rights violations happening right in front of him, on HIS watch.

I only hope his daughters never fully understand the depth of his betrayal to all of us.
 
 
+26 # John S. Browne 2016-11-23 17:17
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No, you should be hoping that "Odrona's" daughters DO come to fully understand the depth of his betrayal of all of us, and choose to only be on the side of right, as all should choose to be, no matter what, or they will just become minions of evil too, as their father obviously is.

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+18 # Ted 2016-11-23 19:30
Point taken.
 
 
+1 # exomike 2016-11-27 17:26
I hope they do.
 
 
+5 # Radscal 2016-11-24 01:22
How to help the Water Protectors:

Supplies needed:
http://sacredstonecamp.org/supply-list/

Officials to contact and Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council contact info:

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/38466-don-t-be-passive-observers-of-last-night-s-terrorization-in-standing-rock-here-s-what-you-can-do
 
 
+7 # Vardoz 2016-11-24 21:28
I cannot praise those who have stood up to this raging, violent, abuse that is taking place against our citizens on American soil for the benefit of an illegal oil agenda. These are the bravest of the brave who are fighting against a monster that destroys without care or compassion, who have no regard for the rule of law and have abandon all morality. Human rights and our lives are being trampled on for profits and we should expect much more abuse of our rights and liberties in the years to come as we are taken down the road to extinction for the short -term benefit of a few. We must be brave if we are to survive the ravages of the corporate police state!!!
 
 
+65 # Floe 2016-11-23 10:21
Questioning the invertebrate, the journalist didn't even call him on the gear "law enforcement" used going into the Standing Rock zone. The water protectors are peaceful, they are praying and communing together to protect the resource, water especially that belong to everyone, the goons attacking them as well. What are the goons going to say to their children? The "journalist" didn't ask whether peacefulness goes for his goons as well as the "protesters". Going in there geared up for war - surely that shows gross ill will on the side of the goons?
 
 
+63 # RnR 2016-11-23 10:57
Energy Transfer must have yet again expanded their "portfolio" now to include public beat downs of people concerned with what they have left of the environment.

The absolute stupidity, ignorance and arrogance of those "law enforcement" cretins involved in this military action (on US soil) is beyond comprehension.

Well, Obama, here's an indication as to why we have the dictator-elect we have.
 
 
+24 # lorenbliss 2016-11-23 14:59
@RnR: Wrong invective -- the USian Left's greatest failing. NOT stupid, no more than Adolf Eichmann was stupid. Instead it's GLEEFULLY SADISTIC, DELIBERATELY GENOCIDAL, MALICIOUSLY RACIST and above all else INTENTIONALLY TERRIFYING -- intended to send one message of state terrorism to all of us no matter our race or locale: "This is what happens to any who dare protest capitalist governance (and if you think this is bad, wait until we start shooting to kill").

Moreover, the orders are obviously coming from the proto-Nazi emperor himself, and will only become infinitely more deadly when the real Nazi takes over on 20 January 2017.
 
 
+15 # John S. Browne 2016-11-23 16:27
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They are both REAL Nazis, Loren. A pretty face was simply put on "Odrona", as is always done with the "DemoCONS". Then the less-pretty, or outright "ugly", face of the "Rethugli- CONS" is the lipstick put on the pig. But they are both pigs, and both ugly. They are both corporate-fasci sts, so they are both Nazis. Don't be fooled that the "less-ugly" face is any less truly ugly, and mass-murderousl y repressive, under the mask. Each and every one of them is a step in the cogs of the steamrolling, crushing wheel bringing about global enslave- ment and mass-genocide (aka, eugenics and/or "eugenocide"). They are all totally complicit.

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+11 # lorenbliss 2016-11-23 19:05
@John S. Browne: I stand corrected. Thank you.
 
 
+9 # RnR 2016-11-24 06:59
Agreed :) But I do think the "law enforcement goons" involved in this are stupid...stupid for playing into the program, ignorant for not seeing it for what it is and arrogant.
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2016-11-28 11:12
Quoting RnR:
Agreed :) But I do think the "law enforcement goons" involved in this are stupid...stupid for playing into the program, ignorant for not seeing it for what it is and arrogant.

Oh? like the SS, like the STASI?, like the Pinkertons? There is a long history of goons and lackeys supporting fascistic oligarchy, under the guise of patriotic law and order!
 
 
+65 # DogSoldier 2016-11-23 11:05
Obomber's always been a pussy. Confrontations seem to frighten and intimidate him. The other reason is political. Democrats are afraid to bite the hand that feeds them.

"The Dakota Access Pipeline is being funded by some of the most prolific donors to the Democratic Party. Sunoco Logistics Partners is set to acquire Energy Transfer Partners, the company constructing the pipeline, while Sunoco will oversee its operation. The owners of the company primarily consist of Wall Street firms, including Goldman Sachs."

It's like everything else in America, the .01% get everything they want, and everybody else gets screwed. If they protest, violence is inflicted on them. America no longer cares about appearances, it just let's it's fascist ideology hang out into the open and dares you to defy it.
 
 
-4 # ptalady 2016-11-24 13:50
Please find another way to express your valid outrage, rather than following the "minority president elect"'s misogynistic example.
 
 
+28 # HowardMH 2016-11-23 11:06
With hostilities and injuries mounting, President Obama is taking a disturbingly hands-off approach. In an interview with NowThis News on November 2nd, Obama appeared detached from the severity of the conflict playing out in North Dakota, saying at the time, “We’re going to let it play out for several more weeks.”

Indeed, in several more weeks he will no longer be president. So it is entirely possible that he intends to take no further action and hand the situation off to President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Leaving behind a raging conflict and … a fitting legacy to his indefensible and disaster-prone energy policy.

I rest my case -- Obama the Wimp, Obama the Wimp, Obama the Wimp, Obama the Wimp
 
 
+11 # reiverpacific 2016-11-23 11:34
Quoting HowardMH:
With hostilities and injuries mounting, President Obama is taking a disturbingly hands-off approach. In an interview with NowThis News on November 2nd, Obama appeared detached from the severity of the conflict playing out in North Dakota, saying at the time, “We’re going to let it play out for several more weeks.”

Indeed, in several more weeks he will no longer be president. So it is entirely possible that he intends to take no further action and hand the situation off to President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Leaving behind a raging conflict and … a fitting legacy to his indefensible and disaster-prone energy policy.

I rest my case -- Obama the Wimp, Obama the Wimp, Obama the Wimp, Obama the Wimp


Your case rested some time ago, out of exhaustion probably!
 
 
+14 # indian weaver 2016-11-23 11:51
Obama the lying cowardly baby boy toy genocidal maniac, you mean that one?
 
 
+11 # HowardMH 2016-11-23 14:25
Yes Indian weaver that one.
 
 
+15 # John S. Browne 2016-11-23 16:42
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No, NOT "Obama the Wimp"; "Odrona" the completely brainwashed, entirely "Manchurianiz- ed", totally willing puppet of globalism and corporate-fasci sm. He's no wimp in the sense you and others mean it, he's just doing what he's expected to do by his corporate-fasci st, globalist masters and puppeteers. He doesn't dare deviate from that, or he knows he's dead (not that I'm AT ALL excusing him WHATSOEVER). Yes, he's a coward, like all global imperialists and corporate-fasci sts are, but he's not a wimp when it comes to doing their bidding. He's an entirely brainwashed willing participant who totally believes in what they are doing subjugating and enslaving the entire world, and bringing about their eventual goal of their "final, 'final solution'", mass-exterminat ion of most of humankind as the Nazis that they are, are wont to do.

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+7 # ptalady 2016-11-24 13:57
Yes. It would be interesting to know more fully the nature and methods of exerting control over him. For some reason I still believe he knows this pipeline is the wrong thing to do. For instance he vetoed the keystone pipeline. He made some efforts to stop this one. But is allowing this massacre to ensue. By what method is he cowed? I wonder.
 
 
0 # John S. Browne 2016-11-24 18:15
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I answered that: "Manchurianizat ion". I'm not necessarily saying it was exactly like in the book and the movie(s), but he has been completely brainwashed. They didn't necessarily have to literally, physically operate on his brain as in the Manchurian Candidate, because he was raised in an "al CIAduh(!)" family, and was indoctrinated in it and globalism, etc., for his entire life. Then he was groomed, prepared and installed in the presidency. Thus, not only through him obviously, but the U.S. is now run by the globalist "Fourth Reich" corporate fascists and "al CIAduh(!)".

Watch the movie, "The 'Good' Shepherd", with completely open, discerning eyes [but be very careful, because it is "al CIAduh(!)" false-propagand a designed to get us to believe it's all "benign" and "a 'good' thing" for the U.S., the world and all of us---which, clearly, IT ISN'T---and that all the evils they perpetrate in the process, are "perfectly 'okay', and to get most of us, quite successfully, to accept it and even support it; e.g., throwing people out of airplanes, etc.].

As I said elsewhere, "Odrona" is completely on-board with the "Fourth Reich" globalist agenda; so, he doesn't have to be continuously "cowed" and/or have control exerted over him. He was completely cowed a very long time ago. I hesitate to say what may have also been systematically done to him in order to completely brainwash him, but it is not far-fetched or unlikely at all, though I don't dare express it here.

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0 # Caliban 2016-11-26 03:12
The phrase "corporate-fasc ist, globalist masters and puppeteers" is well-crafted and powerful, John S. Browne, but it is also pretty vague.

Would you be more specific about whom you actually mean? Like people, entities, agencies, etc.
 
 
0 # John S. Browne 2016-11-27 17:33
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If you don't already know who they are, you are probably not going to accept that they are who and what they are, and/or you are still brainwashed that they're "benign" and "philanthropist s", etc. Look at the attendees of the Bilderberg Group meetings, especially the primary attendees, who select U.S. and Western presidents, and then get them into office. Hint, they're all globalists, eugenicists, responsible for mass-murder, run or used to run "al CIAduh(!)", run the biggest multinational corporations, run the mainstream media that propagandizes and indoctrinates, conditions, programs and brainwashes us constantly, run the military-indust rial complex, run the weapons manufacturers, run the private military and mercenary contractors, run the NSA that spies on us all and the entire world, have nothing but contempt for human rights and the U.S. Constitution, etc.

Specific enough for you? What willfully-ignor ant, tripe response do you have for this specificity now? Wake up completely and get totally knowledgeable about what's really going on and who's behind it; that, again, you should already know so you wouldn't feel the need to ask me such willfully-inept questions. It is long overdue for you to take the "red pill" and come entirely out of the "matrix" fantasy world, fake reality that you're in.

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+62 # David Starr 2016-11-23 11:12
Unreal. We have a creeping fascism on the rise and "law enforcement" attacks peaceful protesters.
 
 
+33 # danireland46 2016-11-23 11:31
David, it appears you're suggesting that "law enforcement" confront fascism rather than environmentalis ts. You don't seem to realize that unfortunately enforcers of the law work for the Fascist Plutocrats that are soon to rule our nation.
 
 
+14 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2016-11-23 13:48
Quoting danireland46:
David, it appears you're suggesting that "law enforcement" confront fascism rather than environmentalists. You don't seem to realize that unfortunately enforcers of the law work for the Fascist Plutocrats that are soon to rule our nation.
Yes, but members of law enforcement are individual people who go home after work. A blown up car here, a burnt out shed there. Money can't buy happiness and it sure can't buy safety for the little minions either.
 
 
+32 # uuzul 2016-11-23 13:33
Fascism is not CREEPING up on us. It has arrived in our country, where it began very probably as an invasion right after WWII with Paperclip. It has been setting up shop. Like any aggressive cancer, it spread to the most vulnerable areas of the world-wide ecosystem first. We are now seeing in our own country, starting where the people and ecosystems are most vulnerable, what horror it has perpetrated in other resource rich countries such as Ecuador, Brazil, the Congo, Indonesia (a list which would use up all the symbols left). This fascist cartel skillfully uses all the techniques of popular uprising massacre. PLUS murder. It would not surprise me in the least that, as in the Amazon regions, leaders of the eco-revolution in our own country are quietly, in the night, assassinated.
If you still do not believe me, look at the men being given positions of power around a charismatic leader put in place by a small, deluded minority of our citizenry. Sounds almost like.... the Nazis.
 
 
+27 # DogSoldier 2016-11-23 14:25
Quoting David Starr:
Unreal. We have a creeping fascism on the rise and "law enforcement" attacks peaceful protesters.


Creeping hell, it's freaking galloping!
 
 
+4 # Ted 2016-11-23 17:22
Yep, and all this time we've just let it keep coming.

Hopefully(!) this current crisis will snap us out of our apathy and we'll begin to take our responsibilitie s as citizens of a Democracy seriously, if it isn't too late.
 
 
+11 # John S. Browne 2016-11-23 18:58
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Not likely at all. Did the BushCON crisis snap most "Amerikans" out of their apathy? No, it didn't. Most of them, including most "DemoCONS", don't even know, or recall anyway, the specifics of what horrific things the BushCONS (which "Odrona" is just a so-called "liberal" extension of) did. Oh, perhaps they remember at least one, or some of the, salient point(s), such as the 2003 Iraq war; but most of them, and most "Amerikans" as a whole for that matter, don't know to this day that the hugest protests in the history of the world occurred against the coming Iraq illegal war of aggression, in January and February of 2003, with over a million people worldwide dissenting against attacking, invading and occupying Iraq. Heck, most of them don't even know that wars of aggres- sion are "the supreme international crime" according to both international AND U.S. law(s). And one can't even tell most of them these facts, because they don't know what you're talking about, think you're talking "bullshit", "making stuff up", "believe false- hoods", and think you're "crazy", etc. So, most "Amerikans" are still not going to wake up and face the fascism, the totally-illegal endless wars of aggression, and to the U.S., the West and the world being transformed into a corporate-fasci st global(ist) totalitarian militarized police state, where all True Liberty(ies) and Freedom(s) are being eliminated and we're all being locked down under (evidently-unde clared) martial law and serfdom.

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+4 # ptalady 2016-11-24 12:27
That matches my experience too: even my progressive friends in my oh so progressive town still believe the system they learned about in their childhood educational fairy tales is working, and look askance at suggestions that the corruption of that system is practically complete. Almost everyone I know is too afraid of being called "a conspiracy theorist" to take a look deeper than NPR. Weirdly, it seems to me that in my daily social encounters, it is the Rush Limbaugh listeners who are most likely to admit the frightening depth of corruption in our country, despite the deeply odious, racist, bigotry spouted by that particular oaf.
 
 
-1 # Cassandra2012 2016-11-28 11:14
Quoting David Starr:
Unreal. We have a creeping fascism on the rise and "law enforcement" attacks peaceful protesters.

Alas, all too real!
 
 
+34 # FIRSTNORN1 2016-11-23 11:28
Right on, DogSoldier,
"It's like everything else in America, the .01% get everything they want, and everybody else gets screwed. If they protest violence is inflicted on them. America no longer cares about appearances, it just let's it's fascist ideology out into the open and dares you to defy it."

I think Obomber is probably saying prayers of thanks tomorrow that he is getting *the hell* out of the oval office before he has to declare Martial Law. This, as well as his refusal to pardon Edward Snowden (which I predict he will refuse to do) will be a large part of his *lasting legacy*. Just like HRC holding her political finger up in the wind and voting for the Iraq War, Obomber missing the opportunity to pardon Snowden will tell us a lot about his *true colors*. He's just been one more politician taking his marching orders from the .01%
 
 
-28 # Saberoff 2016-11-23 11:35
Too bad Hillary couldn't have become president! She would really have helped these good people.
 
 
+28 # kundrol 2016-11-23 11:48
I seriously doubt that.
 
 
+16 # Saberoff 2016-11-23 15:41
It's something called sarcasm... hello
 
 
+6 # Radscal 2016-11-24 00:40
Since I've read other posts of yours, I got your sarcasm, but clearly many did not. I recommend adding the
/s
symbol.
 
 
+1 # economagic 2016-11-24 20:02
Further evidence of the decline of rational discourse, which unfortunately requires extensive reading of sophisticated writing to master.
 
 
+12 # reiverpacific 2016-11-23 12:10
Quoting Saberoff:
Too bad Hillary couldn't have become president! She would really have helped these good people.


Well now; these "good people" have survived worse that HRC or Drumpf many times in the US invaders long, dirty history of attempted genocide.
 
 
+9 # jimallyn 2016-11-23 13:16
Quoting Saberoff:
Too bad Hillary couldn't have become president! She would really have helped these good people.

You're being facetious, I presume.
 
 
-11 # MidwesTom 2016-11-23 13:46
What makes protestors think that they can defy signed legal agreements with the Tribal Council and other landowners? We have a legal system in this country. If they want to stop this they need get those who signed the right-of-way agreements to recind their approval. This is a doable legal step that truly would stop the pipeline.
 
 
+11 # Kootenay Coyote 2016-11-23 20:31
'What makes protestors think that they can defy signed legal agreements...? We have a legal system in this country.'

& what makes powerful governments abrogate their treaty obligations? Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, & this one really needs saucing.
 
 
+3 # economagic 2016-11-24 20:08
Jeez, Tom, didn't I call you on your lack of knowledge of history a day or two ago? It could have been somebody else, but you really need to stay in more, and read significant stuff. I don't know precisely what "the Tribal Council" signed, but I'm pretty sure they did not agree to abrogate the specific rights and agreements that thousands of indigenous people from hundreds of tribes are fighting for. It's kind of a sore spot with them, y'see.
 
 
+6 # Saberoff 2016-11-23 15:43
jimallyn,

Very happy to learn there are those around this site with their eyes open. What a system of communication this wonderful (more sarcasm) technology affords us.
 
 
+2 # lfeuille 2016-11-23 19:04
Can I take that as sarcasm?
 
 
+28 # reiverpacific 2016-11-23 11:38
Not content with making preemptive wars all over the globe, the US Corporate Empire has to continue the oppression on the people who were here first and were true stewards of the land and its creatures of all kinds, encompassed by the expression "Metakuye Oyasin" -All my relations; everything is related.
 
 
+51 # Williams55 2016-11-23 11:40
It isn't a war when only one side has weapons, only one side is militarized, only one side is firing projectiles.
 
 
+30 # indian weaver 2016-11-23 11:53
NO, it's called a massacre, coming soon. Just one more genocidal police state action among 1000s waged against Native Americans, Native Peoples worldwide really when including all of Central and South America, Africa and Asia. Genocide is the name of Obama's game. That is his legacy.

And as for that so-called "legacy", here is one of many recently published articles describing his real legacy:

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/11/19/obama-zero-legacy.html.
 
 
+20 # reiverpacific 2016-11-23 12:11
Quoting Williams55:
It isn't a war when only one side has weapons, only one side is militarized, only one side is firing projectiles.


Well, it's not unlike earlier times when the US military had repeating rifles and Gatling guns against bows and arrows and the odd rifle pilfered from dead soldiers + failed attempts at assimilation by forced internment in church-run schools, cutting off their hair and forbidding them from speaking their own language.
 
 
+21 # tedrey 2016-11-23 13:34
Cheerful little jingoist ditty from the 19th century:

"Whatever happens, we have got
the Gatling gun, and they have not."

The munitions multiply, but the psychopathology remains.
 
 
+13 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2016-11-23 13:59
Quoting Williams55:
It isn't a war when only one side has weapons, only one side is militarized, only one side is firing projectiles.
That will change unless the aggressors stop. As a believer in reasonable gun control restrictions, I feel almost ashamed that I am glad there are millions of guns and billions of rounds in the hands of ordinary Americans. It is frightening and sad but crazy people with guns will be drawn to this conflict like moths to a flame, whether in ND or their own home towns. And I'm ashamed that I harbor hope things will escalate to the point where there will be no turning back - us against them.

We don't have the fire power, many on this website have moaned. Well consider this. An ant is very small compared to a human being. But pin that human down and then let half a million ants loose on him...
 
 
+10 # lorenbliss 2016-11-23 18:57
And -- note the lessons taught by the French Resistance and the Soviet Partizanski -- one can always use the lesser weapons to obtain greater ones.

(Wake up, people: the true purpose of the forcible civilian disarmament campaign -- funded by a coterie of obscenely wealthy plutocrats -- was to ensure that We the People had no defense against the long-planned imposition of overt Nazi tyranny.)

победа!
 
 
+28 # kundrol 2016-11-23 11:51
Right. It's a massacre.
 
 
+25 # angryspittle 2016-11-23 12:09
where the fuck is Obama?
 
 
+5 # DogSoldier 2016-11-23 14:26
Quoting angryspittle:
where the fuck is Obama?


Hiding behind Michele's skirt.
 
 
-3 # hipocampelo 2016-11-23 17:29
He's actually in the woodpile.
 
 
+6 # John S. Browne 2016-11-23 17:03
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In the globalist corporate-fasci st's pocket, completely sown up and "locked-in" (in other words, in complete support of it). He's an "al CIAduh(!)" dupe doing exactly, and all of, what is requir- ed of him, preparing for completely corralling, subjugating, enslaving and mass-murdering most of the masses, no True Freedom(s) and Liberty(ies) for them, whatsoever! Lock 'em all down, criminalize, over-criminaliz e, mass-imprison (open-air and/or indefinite detainment in literal prisons), and mass-exterminat e them in droves, as the today's globalist "Fourth Reich" is wont to do, and as they are doing, or increasingly working towards doing. If anyone thinks "Odrona" isn't totally "on-board" with it all, they're still part of the mass-insanity and a willing pawn in the "matrix", still taking the "blue pill" with abandon, preferring the fantasy world and artificial reality over coming out of it completely, being absolutely no part of it any longer, and being totally set free by the truth and true-reality, all of which "Odrona" has absolutely no desire whatsoever to do in any way(s)!

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-1 # Cassandra2012 2016-11-28 11:19
Quoting angryspittle:
where the fuck is Obama?


Probably trying to protect his daughters.
 
 
+9 # djnova50 2016-11-23 12:43
Marc, it's not a war until the Water Protectors start returning fire, even if it's just with the same type of weapons. Jordan Chariton of TYT Politics has been covering this in a way that much of the MSM has not. Here is a video from photojournalist August White that was uploaded two days ago to TYT Politics: https://youtu.be/ySe5zskfyKw
 
 
+5 # lorenbliss 2016-11-23 18:50
@djnova50: Wrong. The hundreds of thousands of "untermenschen" children massacred by the Germans and their allies c. 1938-1945 did not shoot back, but it was no less a war because of the victims' passivity.

Likewise those murdered by the USian Empire at Wounded Knee...or at Kent State University and Jackson State College.
 
 
+4 # djnova50 2016-11-24 18:58
Of course, you are right. I've just always thought of the killing of many unarmed people who can't or won't defend themselves as a massacre.
 
 
+14 # CTPatriot 2016-11-23 14:49
Marc ... thanks for this very thoughtful and informative piece. You do realize that Hillary, who you spent months shilling for, would have done the same thing as Obama, who you just condemned, right? Going to take you a lot more of these kind of commentaries to repair your and RSN's damaged credibility.
 
 
+15 # lorenbliss 2016-11-23 15:28
Quoth Marc Ash: "The sight of white men with weapons attacking Native Americans defending sacred lands is a return to America’s genocide, and Native America’s holocaust. The oil wars are not 'over there' any longer. They are here..."

Well said, Ms. Ash; very well said indeed. About which five points:

(1)-This -- the violent and ultimately murderous suppression of dissent -- is precisely the purpose for which the USian local police were federalized and militarized into a new Gestapo.

(2)-The grenade that nearly killed Sophia Wilansky was obviously a military grenade (not a crowd-control grenade) or it would not have inflicted the wound it did.

(3)- Ms. Wilansky would have died were she not given immediate aid by water-protector medics. In other words, the neo-Gestapo is already using lethal ammunition against the water protectors.

(4)-The horrors are just beginning. Mass murder -- including by air-strikes and artillery -- is not inconceivable.

(5))-Again too many on the Left are using the wrong invective. Barack the Betrayer is not a "wimp." He is a white-hearted closet Nazi in blackface whose primary assignment was to clear the way -- by nullifying the Bill of Rights -- for a publicly-avowed Nazi to become emperor, and precisely because of his monstrous, morally imbecilic intellect, he has succeeded beyond his One Percent masters' fondest dreams. Indeed the white supremacists are already Zieg-Heiling Trump as the first Führer of the Fourth Reich.
 
 
+14 # lorenbliss 2016-11-23 15:46
No one else seems to have made note of it, but Sophia ("Со́фья" in Russian), is the name of a Russian and Greek Orthodox saint -- no doubt a goddess in the pre-Christian centuries --who is the personification of wisdom.

Hence the poignant relevance of Ms. Wilansky's statement from her hospital bed, reported elsewhere: "please go out there and say it's not about me, it's about the indigenous peoples, what's happening to them."
 
 
-1 # ptalady 2016-11-24 13:36
Lost me at "nazi in blackface."
 
 
+10 # John S. Browne 2016-11-23 16:02
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Damn, I am disgusted. But it's not surprising at all. As the U.S., the West and the world become more of the oppressive and repressive totalitarian militarized corporate-fasci st state that they are rapidly being transformed into, we are going to see more and more of this kind of thing. It is all being done intentionally. The U.S., Western and global government(s) is and/or are purposely pushing the People to the breaking point as a pretext and/or "excuse" to "sick the dogs", and/or violent repression, on the People to a larger and larger extent, seeking to cow and subjugate them, get them to bow down and give up, and eventually imprison and/or mass-murder as many dissenters as possible, "getting rid of the problem", thus eventually completely subjugating the entire country, West and world. Everyone who resists the global corporate-fasci st totalitarian militarized police state will be destroyed, or indefinitely imprisoned for the rest of their lives.

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+10 # John S. Browne 2016-11-23 16:03
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This is why I've said over and over again that we ain't seen nothin' yet. The "NoDAPL" protests are a precursor to far worse government oppression and repression yet to come. As far as the powers-that-be (PTB) are concerned, we will all be subjugated, and not raise any fuss against it whatsoever, or we will be imprisoned or destroyed. That is the message we are being sent by the PTB with these precursors to the far worse that is coming down the pike if we don't totally submit and accept our complete enslavement under absolute domination and control, with no True Freedom and Liberty existent anymore at all. They want us, without any exception(s) whatsoever, to all accept our serfdom and/or involuntary servitude, aka enslavement, without complaint, "or else". We either accept our being totally locked down under a very much "1984- like" repression, or we will be imprisoned and/or die. They don't leave room for anything else.

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+8 # John S. Browne 2016-11-23 16:04
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That is why they are turning the U.S., the West and much of the world into an endless-war-OF- terrorism battlefield. We are to be made to feel that we have no hope against the totalitarian militarized corporate-fasci st police state, so we might as well just totally surrender and bow down, or we will be murdered or imprisoned until the neverending "end" of hostilities. The PTB want us all willing, and completely cowed, slaves who don't dissent in any way, or we will be crushed. That is the unmistakable message that they are now sending, and are increasingly sending: Be good little completely surrendered and subjugated slaves or be imprisoned and/or die, no ifs, ands or buts about it, no dissent tolerated at all.

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+9 # John S. Browne 2016-11-23 16:05
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This is what globalism(izati on) is really all about. It is not about saving humanity and the planet, but about subjugating and enslaving us all, and eventually exteriminating most of humankind. That is why it is all that much more important to not surrender to or bow down to this eradication of all of our True Liberty and Freedom in any way(s) whatsoever, and to stand up against it no matter what. Yes, that may be exactly what the PTB want us to do; but what other viable option(s) do we have? The only other alternative to standing up against this madness, is surrendering to and bowing down to it; but that is NOT an option. We have got to at least try to put a stop to this insanity, even if we have to die doing so, because the alternative is not acceptable in any way, shape, form or fashion at all. So, be courageous people, don't be cowards, and please stand up against all of this global(ist) totalitarian corporate-fasci st enslavement with all your non- violent might, and don't at all give up or give in, come what may, for all of our sakes.

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0 # Robbee 2016-11-23 16:55
occupy!
 
 
+5 # spercepolnes 2016-11-23 22:02
Yep - I think you guys can expect to see more of this sort of thing, and it ain't gonna be pretty! Maybe full on (un)Civil war within 5 - 10 yrs. People are soon going to have to make up their minds, exactly where they stand - for an Autocratic, psychopathic government and it's minions, or what's right!
 
 
+4 # John S. Browne 2016-11-23 23:29
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The problem is that most of the "Amerikan" people have been so effectively dumbed-down and brainwashed that most of them will support the tyrannical oppressors. Hell, they already do. Or, even those who don't trust government will be too cowardly to do anything but keep their heads low and leave it up to the minority to be mowed down and/or indefinitely imprisoned "for them", or "in their stead". How will that work out for them? It won't. Because the majority was needed to rise up to truly be successful. It's not all these peoples' fault. They have been so "chemically-lob otomized" and turned into the opposite of courageous, heroic Americans, that they don't know whether they're coming or going, or what is truly right. They've been turned into spineless cowards who rationalize everything that is the opposite of doing what is truly right, heroic and courageous. The powers-that-be have been much too successful at counter- acting and neutralizing the people, all by their design and implementation of multitudinous means, none of which are any accident, but were all systematically instituted for our detriment.

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+4 # ptalady 2016-11-24 13:05
Yes. Regarding chemical lobotomy: no doubt in my mind that the ever more aggressive campaigns of forced vaccinations are part of the lobotomy--eithe r directly with neurological/im munological damage, or secondarily through the intense distraction of caring for the neurologically/ immunologically injured.

In the past I have been rudely assailed at RSN for mentioning this. But in the spirit of trying to break through the silence, take the risk again.

Come on, folks, is it truly likely that this evil, entirely corrupt system of government has produced a thing of pristine unassailable beauty, and that one beautiful trustworthy thing comes to us through a legally immune chemical/pharma ceutical industry by way of a no-dissenters policy of government-enfo rced injections???? Really now, wake up people! Speaking of "paper clip" where did the leaders of the Nazi chemical industry wind up???? Don't you remember how prominently chemicals were used to kill? How gruesomely "medical" "experiments" were inflicted on the imprisoned???

Please at least allow a chink in the armor of righteousness, and become willing to at least entertain the notion that the same appalling and truly effed-up corruption might be afoot in the pharmaceutical & medical industries.
 
 
+1 # John S. Browne 2016-11-24 17:40
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I'm with you 100% on this. Most "Amerikans" are totally brainwashed about allopathic medicine, the pharmaceutical industry and vaccines; so, most of them will remain so, and will object in one way or another against all outing of the evils of these Maltheusian eugenics.

Heck, they won't even entertain the FACT that fluoride was used in the Jewish ghettos and the concentration camps to keep the people docile and passive, so they in most cases wouldn't fight back, and would, relatively peacefully, go to their internment and deaths, as they did, with little or no dissent. Thus, they of course also won't entertain the FACT that it is absolutely no accident that all across the U.S. and the Western world, and then some, the public water supplies consumed and bathed in by the vast majority of the population, are filled with fluoride.

So, it is also absolutely no accident that the powers-that-be want to force us all to be vaccinated, in violation of informed-consen t, with vaccines full of immune-destroyi ng live viruses and preservatives (and, even if the mercury was removed, which I'm not convinced of, there are several other immune-destroyi ng preservatives that are put in the vaccines).

Then, you add to that most of the pesticides, etc., that are in all of our foods, and it is very clear that we are being systematically, and intentionally, poisoned at every turn, to lower our immunity and make us much more prone to disease(s), and to cause us to develop cancer(s).

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-2 # ptalady 2016-11-24 13:17
I've been thinking. One thing that impedes arrival at consensus here is the combining of various ideas into a min-manufesto. For example, Loren-bliss's 5-point offering above: four of five points seem worthy. But #5 -- what?? I can't "thumbs up" a racist comment like that. So my support for 1-4 goes unvoted. Happens a lot with combination posts. Just a thought: maybe we could make more progress in our discussion by untangling our messaging.
 
 
+5 # Radscal 2016-11-24 15:00
I don't see it as racist to point out that Obama has presided as a white supremacist servant of the 0.01%. Coming up, blacks who acted like him were called Oreos.

But Obama's legacy is far worse than any of those blacks who simply seek white acceptance by adapting their racist memes. He has in fact taken away all of our rights to habeas corpus, provided more of the military weapons and equipment to police than any Presidents since Bill Clinton signed the 1033 Program, dramatically increased offshore oil drilling and onshore fracking for methane.

And of course, he's been bombing 7 or 8 countries, murdering untold numbers of non-whites.
 
 
-1 # ptalady 2016-11-24 16:06
Pretty sure the reason Oreo is not in use nowadays is that it is racist. "Nazi in blackface" appears to imply that it is worse for a black person to be a nazi than for a white person to be one. In other words white nazis are less bad than black nazis. That appears racist to me.

To be sure, many of obama's actions, and many US actions he has presided over have been severely disappointing. Because of being at odds with his campaign and other promises. But to the extent that particular expectations for his behavior in office were based on his race, that is the definition of racism.
 
 
+1 # John S. Browne 2016-11-24 21:26
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It's not racist if it's accurate. "Odrona" IS an Oreo cookie. If I say he is an "Uncle Tom", do you consider me to be a "racist"? Well, he's an Uncle Tom, too; the same thing as calling him the Oreo cookie that he is. If I defend the Palestinians, and speak the truth about the evils of Zionism and how wrong what the Israeli government and military are doing to the Palestinians is, am I supposedly "anti-Semitic" also?

You need to stop falling for the so-called "political correctness" meme. Falling for same is to falsely believe and respond the way(s) that the puppetmasters, false-propagand ists and controllers of the masses want us to believe and respond. It feeds right into their hands, and their manipulations and brainwashing of us.

We're allegedly not supposed to express unpopular and/or "offensive" speech because that's not "politically correct". But, on the contrary, we ARE supposed to freely express, and allow, such speech. Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444 (1969); freedom of speech includes freely expressing "offensive" and unpopular speech, and even nothing but verbal and/or written expressions of violence (as long as they are only spoken and/or written, and not acted on); otherwise, to disallow same is to violate freedom of speech.

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+2 # John S. Browne 2016-11-24 21:26
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So, obviously, even freely expressing actual racism, and/or racist remarks, is also included in that. Expressing violent and/or racist speech is NOT terrorism, and it isn't terrorism until the violence is perpetrated in actuality. Don't fall for "thought- criminalization ". That is what FASCISTS and totalitarian communists and/or socialists do, criminalize speech; but you're not either of those things, correct?

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-2 # ptalady 2016-11-25 04:06
Here is my free speech message: I consider your commentary to be racist, and I don't like it.
 
 
0 # lorenbliss 2016-11-25 14:14
@ptalady: And I consider your Moron Nation blindness -- whether due to the political correctness imposed by identity politics or the pathological denial that is symptomatic of the cult of obstructive optimism -- a classic example of the pseudo-Left stupidity that collaborated with the Ruling Class and thus helped lead us to the horror of Nazi USia.

Apropos political correctness, obviously you who damn me as a racist are too simple minded to understand it is one of the most effective Ruling Class weapons to obscure the reality of -- and necessity for -- class struggle.

Moreover, identity politics is the most effective barrier to Working Class solidarity our capitalist (i.e., Nazi) overlords have yet devised.

(By the way, this alleged racist you so maliciously denounce went to jail -- and by so doing sacrificed an extremely promising journalism career for the Civil Rights Movement. This was in Knoxville, Tenn., on 2 June 1963. Until that moment, my teachers, colleagues and employers believed I was destined for The New York Times, but the odium of the arrest's association with "known Communists" and so-called "outside agitators" ensured I would never in a 55-year career rise above relatively insignificant publications.

Hence to be insulted and condemned by the likes of you -- or by any zealot whose identity-politi cs fanaticism is one of the enablers of Nazism (and is thus in fact a collaborator with Nazism) -- is not something to which I will silently submit.
 
 
+1 # lorenbliss 2016-11-25 14:59
Just for you, ptalady, I'll say it again, and say it more succinctly:

Obama maliciously hid his Nazism behind (A) his African-America n racial identity and (B) behind the most viciously deceptive Big Lie -- "change we can believe in" -- in USian presidential history.

Campaigning as Obama the Orator, he shape-shifted into Barack the Betrayer literally days after his election.

Moreover, the manner in which he transformed proved it was planned years before the 2008 election: that he was raised a moral imbecile and thereafter carefully schooled in the deceptions essential for false-flag candidacy.

His legacy -- especially after our new Nazi overlords finish propagandizing it -- will be the destruction, forever, of all African-America n political aspirations.

Not only is the Betrayer therefore an archetypal Uncle Tom, an exemplary Oreo, he is a traitor to his race -- and given the ecocidal capitalist malignancy of his Nazi deceptiveness, he is therefore a traitor to our entire species.

Indeed, if there is any one person to be blamed for the fact that on 20 January we officially become a Nazi nation, it is Obama -- the Betrayer who made sure Trump would take office with all the powers formerly held by Adolf Hitler.

In this context the color of Obama's skin is pivotal -- precisely because it was the main prop he used to leverage his colossal deceptions.

(Yes, I was among the useful idiots who voted for him: triumphantly in 2008, by default in 2012.)
 
 
-1 # John S. Browne 2016-11-30 20:30
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"PTALady", me thinketh that youeth doth protesteth too mucheth; thus, youeth are probablyeth a racisteth yourselfeth. (Most "Amerikans" are racist, so it's likely a safe bet that you are, too; even though you so "loudly" claim that others (who aren't) allegedly "are", or especially BECAUSE of your doing so.)

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0 # Radscal 2016-11-24 22:42
"Oreo" was a term used by black people to describe other black people when I was growing up in Chicago. I don't recall ever hearing a white use the term. Whites called them "my black friend," or "one of the good ones."

I accept the concept that the term "racist" is valid only when there is a power differential. Therefore, I don't think blacks who call out other blacks for serving the will of the powerful "race" to the detriment of members of their own "race" are "racists."

Yes, for a member of an oppressed minority to deliberately do harm to other members of oppressed minorities can certainly be seen as worse. White males may be clueless. Not that that's an excuse, but I know a lot of clueless people.

Similarly, gay legislators who pass laws that discriminate against LGBTQ individuals can be seen as worse. Women who vote to take away other women's right to choose can be seen as worse. People who got away with smoking pot or "doing some blow" when they were younger who maintain keeping pot a Schedule I narcotic and enforce laws that punish rock cocaine users far more harsh than powder cocaine users can be seen as worse.

They all should know better, and likely do.
 
 
+3 # John S. Browne 2016-11-24 18:30
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On this one, I have to break with my promise to thumbs-down your comments, and thumbs-it-up, which I have done. That's how completely right-on it is. Cheers, Daniel!

[And, btw, "PTALady", though I agree with you on most things right now, you are wrong about Loren's #5 in his list, for it is TOTALLY right on the money (and, I am NOT a racist AT ALL, but am completely against racism and bigotry)! Loren is NOT being racist AT ALL in that part of his comment, anymore than the truth Daniel, aka "Radscal", expressed above is racist. You are so right-on yourself about many things, but you still hold onto memes that are false; and people crying "racism" all the time is one of them.]

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+2 # Radscal 2016-11-24 22:47
Well thank you, John.

I've avoided replying to your comments since that tiff, but have continued to up vote them as I continue to find almost all of them right on.

Cheers back atcha.
 
 
+1 # ptalady 2016-11-24 13:24
Another meta-comment: I refuse to endorse sexist posts deriding a legit bad-actor by comparison to female genitalia or femaleness in general. Please do not let rampant misogyny come to represent progressive "free-thinking. " Didn't we all just condemn the "minority president-elect " for his crude references to women and their body parts??? Let it not become a progressive norm.
 
 
+3 # economagic 2016-11-24 20:34
Can't tell what comment you meant to reply to, as this comment is a reply to the article. But if you are objecting to the use by lorenbliss of the word "wimp" as sexist, you are mistaken. I'm something of a wordsmith, so I looked it up. My "American Heritage" Collegiate 4/E says nothing of the sort.

If that was not your complaint, you might want to repost as a direct reply to the offender. There have been a lot of people taking a lot of offense to a lot of posts for a lot of weeks due to misunderstandin gs. Errors in communication are unavoidable, but exactly as you suggest, we cannot afford to alienate the people with whom we must collaborate most directly before we can make common cause with people with whom we have much more serious disagreements.
 
 
0 # Radscal 2016-11-24 22:49
And remarkably, your comment had a net negative vote when I read it.
 
 
+6 # chrissy9 2016-11-26 00:59
New Zealanders have been watching what is happening at Standing Rock with despair. Our Prime Minister John Key was sent here by the bankers to turn this country into a third world country which he has done. The people here have no input at all and have trade agreements forced upon us against our wishes. Police have been militarized and working for the National government. Clearly these fascist dictators are all over world doing their jobs of destroying nations, putting the people into debt from childhood, therefore enslaving them to their countries. Capitalism is rampant here with the people pushed to the wall, thrown out of their state houses to be sold. With such low wages many cannot afford to buy food so families live in poverty, going hungry. Homelessness is rife throughout the country now. National has flooded the country with a hundred thousand immigrants a year, many with no job skills, and undercutting our wages. They can become citizens very quickly so will then be able to vote and keep the National Party in power. All has been well planned by using hegemony to keep the people in line. Many kiwis now cannot be bothered voting which is having a terrible effect on elections. Throughout the world people are all suffering and what the Dakota Indians are going through is a travesty against humanity. Many of us are with you and you do not stand alone.
 
 
+2 # John S. Browne 2016-11-26 02:42
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Do you have electronic voting machines, Chrissy? Because, if you do, it doesn't matter if the people vote anyway, because their votes will often be "flipped" over to the opposite party who they didn't want to vote for. That's our primary dilemma here in the U.S., making it clear that it doesn't make any sense to vote when you can't trust that you're truly voting for who you intended to vote for, and probably often aren't, not to mention the fact that the primary two- party, really one-party, politicians are all evil, compromised and/or sold out. Most people who get into politics sell out today, if it wasn't always the case. I won't vote for evil, or take the chance that my vote(s) is and/or are flipped over to people I wouldn't vote for if my life depended on it.

Yes, N.Z., is on of the allied "Five-Eyes" countries, along with the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Australia; so, your country, along with all of those Western countries, are being transformed into totalitarian militarized fascist police states for global(ist) enslavement. All of our citizens, with the exception of the 1%, are intentionally being turned into serfs and systematically being herded, corralled and completely subjugated and made "powerless" to stand any real chance of fighting back, thus the government(s) and their enforcers are getting more and more brutal and merciless. It's all part of the globalist corporate-fasci st plans to subjugate and enslave the entire West, and then the entire world.

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0 # lorenbliss 2016-11-26 17:00
@JSB: I am no fan of Chinese Communism (which by comparison makes Stalinism look genuinely libertarian -- just ask the Vietnamese). Hence what a huge irony if China, in its quest for economic independence, becomes the savior of human liberty.
 
 
0 # John S. Browne 2016-11-27 17:12
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How are they going to do that? Shit, they are probably poisoning us with goods that they're producing and shipping here, especially with the increasing food items they're producing and shipping here; which, by the way, often taste awful [like they were canned so green and filled with chemicals (they probably use pesticides there that are banned in the U.S.)]. And many if not most of the packages from there are probably radioactive from being x-rayed going through customs, so we're probably going to get cancer(s) from handling the packages and products. No, China isn't going to save us from nothin'.

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-1 # exomike 2016-11-27 17:24
It is not a war if no one is shooting at the armed force. The terrain is made for long range rifles and unless actual armored helicopter gunships are used regular helicopters are also in danger. The National Guard has the helicopters. So, we may find out if the American Military will shoot rebelling American Citizens on American soil.
 

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