news analyst, media critic, and philosopher
on Cuba, Latin America and the world
Since March 4, 2004
Unspinning Official Stories
28 April 2013: His finger WAS on the war button last Thursday, but some of Obama's slightly more sober advisors must have woke up and grabbed him and/or his allies hot-lined him that THEY weren't about to fall on their faces with him, so, as Friday came and went, Obama and all his front men and media, who'd all been eager to fight the day before, started pretending they'd just realized by golly (snapping their fingers) that their (probably CIA planted) evidence against Syria needed a bit more proving (or jury-rigging) before NATO could attack. Does anybody believe this stuff? Do you?
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Using 20/20 Brain VisionWhat's 20/20 brain vision? It's an essential bottom-line starting-point trait for honest truth seekers, which some people have and use or try to use and others may have but don't use. I don't mean "common sense," since (barring some kind of brain cataract surgery) it's not apparently common, though sensible truth should be as easy to memorize as official lies. I'm a compulsive truth teller not a crusader seeking allies, so I won't be diplomatic about this.
I think 20/20 brain vision is just the rare but normal perceptive capacity of a properly functioning, unflawed brain, maybe all I've got, but which (with my mastery of the English language and all my realistically focused real-world experience and travel and social, political, economic, ecological, and philosophical study and involvement) enables me to define and connect (NOT everything but) an effectively comprehensive set of key concepts that every aspiring realist should (but usually doesn't) understand.
Do you actively have or are you just suppressing a capacity for 20/20 brain vision? If you SEE the most basic reality, that what is is and what is not is not, maybe. But maybe not, if you can't tell the phrase what is from the phrase what seems to be or even from declarations of blind faith. Test yourself by carefully reading the definitions and notes) below and also these rap poems.
NEW RAP POEMS
MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT CUBA: For a review and dismissal of just a few common misconceptions about Cuba, click HERE.
FEB. '10: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE HAVANA TIMES - CLICK
JAN. '08: A FRIENDLY CRITIQUE OF PRESS FREEDOM IN CUBA - CLICK
ENERO '08: UNA CRITICA AMISTOSA SOBRE PRENSA LIBRE EN CUBA - CLICK
2007 UPDATES FROM CUBA: For a look at Cuba with Fidel on the bench posted from the island in January and February 2007, click HERE.
2005: BIRDS & BRUJAS IN ENCHANTED CATEMACO click HERE.
THREE APRIL '05 LETTERS FROM CUBA: Self-syndicated and offered
on the dates indicated to various U.S. media I knew wouldn't print them.
"Human Rights in Cuba, April 14 from Havana," click HERE.
"Viva y Habla Fidel!, April 22 from Cienfuegos," click HERE.
"Elections in Cuba, April 29 from Havana," click HERE.
2004: SOUTH AMERICA COMPARED TO CUBA: In the summer and fall of '04, the author toured eight South American countries to compare the "emerging western style free enterprise democracies" to Cuba, because, as members of the OAS and the UN, these countries are regularly arm-twisted into censuring Cuba as the only country in the hemisphere still not "free." In three extensive documents listed below, the author confirms that, logically, it should be Cuba that censures the other countries, since only Cuba is free of a significant list of oppressive attributes found everywhere else, as these documents attest.
"From Maracaibo," click HERE.
"From the Andes," click HERE.
"From the Cone" (includes South America Summary), click HERE.
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