Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Kurt Cobain

I think WSWS did a masterful job looking back at April 8th and remembering Kurt Cobain:

On April 8, 1994, Nirvana’s lead singer Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle, Washington home, from a gunshot wound to the head. An electrician arrived at the house to install a security system and saw the body inside. He called police who broke into Cobain’s house and confirmed later that afternoon that it was Cobain, who had been in and out of touch with friends and family for weeks.
A month earlier, Cobain attempted suicide in Rome with painkillers and alcohol, spending five days in the hospital. Upon returning to the United States with his wife Courtney Love a few weeks later, he locked himself in a room with a gun. Love called police and informed them that Cobain was suicidal. They confiscated a bottle of pills. Love organized an intervention and Cobain agreed to undergo rehabilitation treatment for drug and alcohol abuse.
Cobain arrived at a rehab facility in Los Angeles on March 30. The next day he left the treatment center, flew back to Seattle and disappeared from both public and private life. Nirvana pulled out of an upcoming Lollapalooza show amid rumors in the media that the band was breaking up.
Cobain left a suicide note addressed to his childhood imaginary friend “Boddah,” in which he expressed his unhappiness and dissatisfaction with the music industry and life in general. “All the warnings from the punk rock 101 courses over the years, since my first introduction to the, shall we say, ethics involved with independence and the embracement of your community has proven to be very true. I haven’t felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music along with reading and writing for too many years now. I feel guilty beyond words about these things.”
“The worst crime I can think of would be to rip people off by faking it and pretending as if I’m having 100% fun,” the note continued. “Sometimes I feel as if I should have a punch-in time clock before I walk out on stage.”
Cobain’s tragic suicide was explained by the media as a mystery, rather than as a product of the exploitation of sensitive artists by the brutal music industry. The best popular music in the period in which Nirvana thrived was permeated with disillusionment, and, much of Cobain’s work, a savage attack on small town middle-class values.
In “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle,” from his last album, Cobain sang of the left-wing actress and Seattle native who was blacklisted and eventually institutionalized in the 1940s: “She’ll come back as fire, to burn all the liars, and leave a blanket of ash on the ground.”

Much of Nirvana’s music generated its power from such feelings, and from the gulf between official promises and expectations, on the one hand, and the increasing reality of low-paid jobs and dead-end lives, on the other, which so many of Cobain’s generation faced.

Again, that is solid.

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Wednesday:

Wednesday, April 10, 2019.  Remembering who launched fake news in the 21st century.

Why is Congress voting to make it harder & more expensive for Americans to do their taxes? Follow the money. Special interests, PACs, & corporations continue to purchase legislation like this. It's time to put people over PACs, country over corporations.

He is noting this article by Justin Elliott (PROPUBLICA) which opens:

Just in time for Tax Day, the for-profit tax preparation industry is about to realize one of its long-sought goals. Congressional Democrats and Republicans are moving to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic tax filing system.
Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee, led by Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass.passed the Taxpayer First Act, a wide-ranging bill making several administrative changes to the IRS that is sponsored by Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa.
In one of its provisions, the bill makes it illegal for the IRS to create its own online system of tax filing. Companies like Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, and H&R Block have lobbied for years to block the IRS from creating such a system. If the tax agency created its own program, which would be similar to programs other developed countries have, it would threaten the industry’s profits.

And we're opening with Beto again because of that hideous 'fact check' by Glenn Kessler (see yesterday's snapshot).

The US government has been at war with Iraq through several administrations.  Beto noting this had Glenn in a tizzy.  It was time to whore and Glenn whored big but did so in a way that should make clear that the task of fact checking is far beyond his abilities.

He confuses a drawdown with a withdrawal.  Having done so with regards to 2011, he then has Barack Obama sending troops back into Iraq in 2014.  Poor Glenn, as Nanci Griffith notes, it's a hard life wherever you go (first appears on her album STORMS).

Glenn, the 'fact' checker, says Barack sent US troops back in when?  2014.  Strange though, Tim Arango (NEW YORK TIMES) reported September 25, 2012:

Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with intelligence.        

Glenn whored big time.  On the Press Slut Meter (Glenn, a colleague of yours came up with that yesterday -- you should thank him), we'll give Glenn four dildos and a large, vibrating egg.

Glenn isn't up to the task of fact checking but he rushed in because Beto was talking truth, that the current, ongoing war is a part of a larger war with Iraq that has gone on throughout one administration after another.  And you can be sure the Iraqi people are aware of that.  Glenn manages to be not only dishonest but also xenophobic.  Quite the hat trick, Glenn.  He disgraces himself and, as we've seen many times before when the press disgraces itself on Iraq (see the disgraced Micheal Kinsey trying to downplay The Downing Street Memo), it's attempting to distract the American people from the reality of the war.

Grasp that the current wave of the war, which began with the 2003 invasion, could not have happened without the US press selling the Iraq War with one lie after another.  If you missed it War Whore Christiane Amanpour declared this month that journalism was being hurt by charges of fake news.  Whores like Christiane make those claims a lot -- they don't own up their Iraq War coverage -- which was nothing but fake news -- but they make those claims a lot.

War whore enough and you'll be employed by CNN, ABC and PBS.  And you can use your posts -- as she has -- to advocate for war -- as she has.

There was never any accountability for the lies the press told to start the Iraq War.  Judith Miller was made the sacrificial goat but she wasn't the only problem and, let's remember, Judith believed the lies herself.  Many who knew better repeated the lies.

There was no reckoning for those lies, for that press failure.

And Glenn shows up this week to lie about Iraq and will probably get away with it because that has been the pattern.  Hell, he'll probably be rewarded for it because that has been the pattern.  Lie about Iraq and you will have a long, long press career.

Beto is running for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination and talking truths about Iraq is resulting in some really ugly press.  (See March 30th's "Beto talks Iraq and Edward-Isaac Dover is in a tizzy.")  The truth must not be told on Iraq.  Were it to be told, the press whores might be held accountable.  Amanwhore couldn't hop on her high horse and blather on about how 'fake news' charges hurt her profession.  No, you stupid idiot, what hurts your profession is the whoring you've done.  And you deserve every criticism and more, people are dead because of your whoring.


The war’s financial and human costs have been astronomical. Brown University’s “Costs of War” project contends that the United States spent over $800 billion in direct war appropriations in Iraq through 2016, with billions more having been requested since. Nearly eight thousand U.S. servicemembers and Department of Defense contractors were killed, with another thirty-two thousand wounded. Several hundred more NATO troops have perished alongside U.S. forces, amid the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians and security personnel that were killed in combat and from war-related causes. In total, the death toll likely surpasses half a million.

In Iraq, the flooding remains an issue.

PM : We are monitoring closely developments in areas of Iraq affected by recent floods, and have mobilised resources to assist the communities impacted and help them recover. We are also acting to channel much of the flood waters to reservoirs.

  • PM holds his weekly press conference in Baghdad, briefs media on measures to support areas affected by recent floods, combating corruption and Iraq’s foreign relations.

    AFP reports:

    Iraq's water ministry sought on Tuesday to quell fears that dams could collapse, as the country's main water reservoirs reach or near capacity after a very wet winter.

    "We are in control of the dams and reservoir levels", said water ministry spokesman Aoun Diab.

    "We are not worried about their safety or stability," he told AFP.

    Weeks of rain — compounded by melting snowcaps in neighbouring Turkey and Iran — have almost filled Iraq's four central reservoirs and swelled its two main rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates.

    The Dukan reservoir in the northeast is holding more than its seven billion cubic metre capacity, with excess flowing out, Diab said.

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