The Thunderbolt 150917 Don’t Lose Hopium!

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1) Free Trade Hurts the Climate Public Forum

2) Special Climate Emphasis for Oly FOR Weekly Vigil

3) Film Screening: The Look of Silence

4) TC Pro Net’s 11th Annual Progressive Town Hall Potluck Picnic & Candidate Forum

5) Olympia Food CoOp 10th Harvest Party Potluck

6) Thurston Housing Task Force Meeting

7) Don’t Turn Olympic Peninsula Into War Zone

8) Bonus Tip of the Day


A detailed description of all events is located after the News and Commentary section

To go directly to an event description just type the index entry above into a search box




Don’t Lose Hopium!!!



Tragedy for Comedy

Hey Kids!

It is a sad day for comedians: A potential source for endless jokes and mockery has just removed himself from the range of our barbs insults affronts invectives abuses slurs and slights.

Rick Perry — an official recipient of the Thunderbolt Irony of the Week Award a couple of years ago for preaching about the ‘sanctity of life’ after having personally ordered the execution of over 200 people as the governor of Texas — Rick Perry has officially dropped out of the presidential race.

No longer will we have his precious gems of ignorance delivered to us straight from the asses mouth.

We can only weep at the lost potential.

Things like this almost make me wish that I drank alcohol.


Tragedy for Justice

Oklahoma is about to execute a man who is probably innocent. His name is Richard Glossip. Mr. Glossip has said he is willing to die if his death will prevent the future executions of innocent people.

The State of Oklahoma convicted Mr. Glossip for something he probably didn’t do the same way that the feds convicted me for something that I didn’t do: They prosecute people without any evidence of any kind other than the word of coerced and blackmailed felons who are provided with overwhelming incentive to say whatever they think the prosecutor wants to hear.

If we oxymoronically remove all human concerns from the death penalty issue, anti-death penalty activists should hope that Mr. Glossip gets his wish because yet another innocent man being murdered by a state is probably the best development that could come about as far as ending the death penalty is concerned.


Tragedy for Education

The teacher’s strike in Seattle is a BFD because this is the next step in fighting back the major push by the fascists to completely take over the educational system in the United States.   The demonization of teachers (of all people) was part of that. The demonization of labor unions in general and teacher’s unions in particular was part of that. The major push for the privatization of public schools is part of that. The primary reliance upon standardized tests and the defunding of ‘underperforming’ schools when those are the very schools that most need major boosts in funding is part of that.



Tragedy for the Economy

The money that Wall Street sucks out of our communities does not help build our country or much of anything else except massive bank accounts in the Cayman Islands.

The reason they can claim that the economy is ‘growing’ is because they count the tens of billions taken in every year by Goldman $achs and the $50 million bonuses that the executives at Goldman $achs pay themselves as an increase in our GDP. That is how they pull off the trick of saying our economy is ‘growing’.

That is technically true — our GDP is indeed growing — but the only beneficiaries of this economic ‘growth’ are the 1%. We aren’t getting jack. Wages are stagnant. Pension funds are broke. Wealth is steadily and surely being siphoned off from us to them.

The Prime Rate is near 0%. The only time the interest rate sits at 0% is when your economy is in deep doo doo. The rate has been 0% ever since the 2008 recession. The Fed has hinted several times they are going to raise it and many expected such a raise during the last Fed meeting — but it didn’t happen.

It didn’t happen because the Fed flunkies know full well that our ‘economy’ exists only on paper and if they tried to raise the interest rates they know that their house of cards would instantly collapse and our economic wheels would immediately come flying off yet once again.

There is no economic ‘recovery’. It isn’t happening and it isn’t going to happen as long as we continue to allow criminal gangs to own our government.


Iranian Mysteries

I really don’t like it when I can’t figure out what they’re doing and this whole Iran deal has me utterly baffled. According to everyone that is in a position to actually know, Iran does not have and has never had a nuclear weapons program. (After the whole ‘WMD’s in Iraq’ debacle, you’d think people would learn that nearly everything our leaders say is misleading at best and a Big Lie at worst, but they just keep falling for them…)

I am sure that our national leaders all know that Iran does not now and has never had a nuclear weapons program. Thus, this appears to be one of those Big Lies, wherein an outrageous lie is told over and over again by whoever is running the Media Meme. The Big Lie is told over and over with the underlying unquestioned assumption that the lie is actually true — and eventually everyone accepts it as fact even though it’s the opposite of fact.

This means that Obama just lifted sanctions on Iran and this whole circus extravaganza is all in return for Iran agreeing to not do something that they weren’t doing anyway.

I suspect that the Republicans honestly and truly hate this — especially since they can’t talk about what’s really going on — and so they continue hoisting themselves by their own petards with their consistently hateful mean-spirited ugly worldview.

What has me baffled is: Why? Why was this massive elaborate charade ever even fabricated in the first place?

I’ve heard speculation that Obama is trying to guild the lily of his legacy — but this is much too big and it required cooperation from too many other high-up people for this to be simply an Obama vanity project.

A deal with Iran is awesome on its face, but almost nothing these people do is good, and that is ESPECIALLY true of things that they go to great and elaborate lengths to carry out, so the fact that they’ve done this very intricate public song and dance — even going to the length of deploying the Big Lie in order to do so — this is a cause for deep concern on my part.

A major positive aspect to this outcome, though, is that the American Israeli Political Action Committee [AIPAC] flushed $30 million down the toilet trying to defeat this measure and they completely fell flat on their faces.

That’s $30 million they don’t have to do other nasty crap now.

American politicians openly defying the wishes of AIPAC is nearly unprecedented and the fact they have now done so is a VERY positive sign (though many may feel that they now owe Israel a big one and that they may soon make concessions in other areas…)

In an unmistakable sign of whose interests AIPAC actually represents, their stand flew in the face of the fact that the vast majority of American Jews favour diplomacy over war and thus supported Obama’s deal with Iran.

Israel and AIPAC represent the Zionists. They do NOT represent the Jewish people.


Operation Paper Clip: Nazis R Us

The Brothers Dulles’ careers lasted for many decades and even lightly brushing over everything that they did during those decades would require a lengthy book. Thus, when I did my major piece on the Brothers Dulles recently, for reasons of length I intentionally skipped over several major triumphs the Brothers Dulles achieved during their careers and I failed to mention several fields of endeavour in which the Brothers Dulles were quite active.

There is one aspect of their careers that I feel deserves special mention and an article of its very own, though, and so here we go:

All during the 1930’s, whilst working for the law firm Sullivan and Cromwell, the Brothers Dulles represented numerous German banking firms such as I.G. Farben and numerous German industrialists such as the Thyssen family.

Another Sullivan and Cromwell client, W.A. Harriman & Co. — formed in 1919 by Averell Harriman (son of railroad baron E.H. Harriman) and George Herbert Walker (maternal grandfather of our first President Bush and great grandfather of our second President Bush) — these men led the way in directing American money to German companies.  Mr. Harriman traveled to Europe and amongst the many contacts he established was with the powerful Thyssen family of steel magnates.

It was to be a long-lasting and fateful partnership.

When Nazi dollars began flooding the market the Americans came running. The Rockefeller family was prominent among these clients, and Standard Oil developed particularly close connections with the German chemical giant and future Hitler financiers I.G. Farben.

Allen Dulles would become the lawyer for I.G. Farben as well as the Thyssen’s Rotterdam bank, another criminal enterprise.

In 1926, W.A. Harriman was doing so well that Mr. Walker gave his son-in-law, Prescott Bush — father and grandfather of future presidents — the gift of making him a vice president at W.A. Harriman.

You may remember what was happening in Germany during the 1930’s? You may recall that a right-wing firebrand named Adolph Hitler had recently assumed the top political post? I.G. Farben and Thyssen’s Rotterdam Bank were major financiers for Mr. Hitler. The Rockefellers, the Harrimans, Standard Oil, and the Bush family were just a few of the many and enthusiastic Hitler supporters in the United States at this time.

Many of America’s most wealthy and powerful people wound up supporting a regime that would ultimately become their own nation’s enemy. They invested heavily in the very multi-national firms that would provide the core of Hitler’s military machine.

Most of these relationships were clandestinely continued even after war broke out.

Allen Dulles was right in the middle of all this.

In 1934, the Hamburg America Shipping Line — which Harriman and Walker had controlled since 1920 — was found by a congressional committee to be a front for I.G. Farben spying, propaganda, and bribery schemes directed against the United States on behalf of the German government. Rather than advising Harriman and Bush to divest from the Nazis, Prescott Bush instead hired Allen Dulles to conceal their activities.

In October of 1942, the Department of Justice charged Prescott Bush with running Nazi front groups and all shares of the Union Banking Corporation were seized.  The elaborate system of holding companies that Bush and Harriman had created in association with the bank started unraveling as well.  Things were looking very bad for the old gang — but good ole’ Allen Dulles stepped in and rescued the future First Father.

From 1945 until 1949, a joint UK-American interrogation team conducted one of the lengthiest interrogations of a Nazi war crimes suspect on the record: Fritz Thyssen son of founder August Thyssen, arms supplier for Hitler and the Nazis — and client of the law firm Sullivan and Cromwell. Mr. Thyssen had been one of Allen Dulles’ key contacts in Germany.   He was also the man whose steel combine compromised the cold heart of the Nazi war machine.

During his lengthy interrogation, Mr. Thyssen talked and talked and talked — but never actually said anything. For four long years, successive teams of inquisitors tried to break Thyssen’s simple claim to possess neither foreign bank accounts nor interests in foreign corporations, no assets that might lead to the missing billions in assets of the Third Reich. The inquisitors failed utterly.

Why? Because what the wily Thyssen deposed was true — in a sense.

What the Allied investigators never understood was that they were not asking Thyssen the right question. Thyssen did not need any foreign bank accounts because his family secretly owned an entire chain of banks. He did not have to transfer his Nazi assets at the end of World War II because all he had to do was transfer the ownership documents — stocks, bonds, deeds and trusts — from his bank in Berlin through his bank in Holland to his American friends in New York City — Prescott Bush and Herbert Walker.

Yes: The grandfather and father of American presidents laundered Nazi war profits after the war.

Allen Dulles orchestrated much of this.

This was far from the worst thing they did.

After the end of World War II, thousands of Nazis came into our country through a secret American government program called ‘Operation Paper Clip’.

Operation Paperclip was the name of the project that brought Nazi scientists into the United States by obscuring their histories and marginalizing efforts to bring their true stories to light. Although the program officially ended in September 1947, the Dulles Brothers et al secretly continued it until the mid-fifties in a conspiracy that bypassed both law and presidential directive. Neither Truman nor Eisenhower appeared to be aware of the fact that their instructions concerning Operation Paper Clip had been completely ignored.

Allen Dulles and Hitler’s Nazi spymaster Reinhardt Gehlen cooperatively oversaw this operation — and in fact, Gehlen’s huge spy organization (that had been directed at the Soviet Union during the war) was pretty much absorbed lock, stock, and barrel into the CIA.

As the insanity of World War II was reaching its fiery smoky end, both the Americans and the Soviets were running around all over Germany trying to find and hire all of Hitler’s rocket scientists and experimental doctors. Under the aegis of Operation Paper Clip, just over 1,600 Germans came into our country. At NASA, there are jokes about the German conquest of the moon since the American space program was built largely by ex-Nazis.

President Truman authorized Operation Paper Clip in 1946. However, Truman expressly forbade participation by any member of the Nazi Party or anyone that was ‘more than a nominal participant’ in Nazi activities or an active supporter of Nazism or militarism.

Background checks were conducted of the applicants to assure that no Nazis or Nazi sympathizers slipped through. In 1947 they reported that all of the scientists in the first batch of applicants were ‘ardent Nazis’.

No problem: Just have Allen Dulles and military intelligence rewrite the dossiers and eliminate mention of all Nazi connections before resubmitting them!

Not only scientists were hired under the aegis of Operation Paper Clip: There were former Nazi spies, most of them former SS, who were hired by the U.S. in post-war Germany to spy on — and torture — Soviets. Many of these Nazis came to the newly formed Central Intelligence Agency — under the leadership of Allen Dulles.

Do you get this? Allen Dulles spent a great deal of his energy and time before World War II helping the Nazis rise to power and then throughout World War II he spent a great deal of his energy and time covering up the connections between some of the wealthiest and most prominent Americans on the planet with some of the wealthiest and most prominent Nazis on the planet at a time when the Nazis were supposed to be our mortal enemies.

After the war he continued to work for a large number of them.

President Truman himself appears to have been utterly ignorant of all this — to his credit. (Since he was vital and enthusiastic participant in the launching of the Cold War, and since he was a vile war criminal, then he needs all the credit he can get.)

And this is not just ancient dusty history. The reverberations are largely responsible for the insane mess we currently find ourselves in. After so many of these former Nazis took prominent positions throughout our military, intelligence, political, and academic institutions, US foreign policy shifted in numerous and profoundly sick and suck manners. At the end of the war German chemical weapons were studied and further developed by the Americans.  George Merck — the ‘father of biological weapons’ — furthered Nazi experiments in this area and he both diagnosed biological weapons threats for the US military and then sold them the vaccines to handle them. It was Nazi rocket scientists who proposed placing nuclear bombs on rockets and began developing the intercontinental ballistic missile.  It was Nazi engineers who had designed Hitler’s bunker beneath Berlin who later designed the ‘secret underground fortresses’ for the US government in the Catoctin and Blue Ridge Mountains.  The US military employed known Nazi liars to draft classified intelligence briefs falsely hyping the Soviet menace in the interests of expanding the Cold War. Nazi scientists developed US chemical and biological weapons programs, bringing over their knowledge of tabun, sarin, and thalidomide. They also imported their eagerness for human experimentation, which the US military and the CIA eagerly followed through on in a massive scale.  MK Ultra — the ultra-secret decades-long CIA program to completely break people and then brainwash them — was the brainchild of ex-Nazis. There were also countless lesser-known programs such as MK Artichoke and Operation Midnight Climax, which conducted research and experiments that might make Dr. Mengele blush. (Actually, I doubt that — but it sure sounded sinister, eh?)

Regardless: This was Mad Scientists Go Wild. This was your worst nightmare and the most bizarre imaginable horrorshow movie plot not only made real but paid for by American taxpayers. This was a bunch of sociopathic eugenicists given nearly carte blanche and unlimited budgets to plan and carry out some of the nastiest and most abominable crap that it is possible to imagine and much more abominable crap that is simply impossible to imagine. Every bizarre and gruesome notion of how a person might be assassinated or an army eliminated was of interest to their research. Pathogens that target specific races were sought. New weapons were developed, including VX and Agent Orange.  A new drive to weaponize outer space was created.

This goes on and on and on and the details are endless. These details tie into all kinds of other nastiness like the Kennedy assassinations and Iran Contra and the October Surprise and BCCI and on and on and on.

War was business and business was going to be good for a long time to come.


Don’t Lose Hopium: The Arc Continues

The Arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice

                                    —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I want to end this week’s Thunderbolt on a positive note. (Not too positive, though! I wouldn’t want to ruin the Thunderbolt’s reputation!)

It is easy to lose hope. There is, in fact, a large group of organized people who offer emotional support for each other to help deal with the fact that humanity is about to become extinct — and I’m not convinced that they’re wrong. (By the way, I know some of them and I air their program on KOWA every Thursday at 10 pm. If you feel you feel the need such support I’ll be happy to introduce you.)

But we’re talking about ‘hope’ here. (‘Hopium’, if you’re one of those folks who are waiting for the end of the world.) (I did say that I didn’t want to be too positive!)

Anyway, to the vast majority of the public for the vast majority of recorded history, slavery was a perfectly acceptable institution. Anyone that denounced slavery was considered to be an off-the-charts radical. Women were basically considered to be the property of men. Religious persecution was the norm rather than the exception.

Humanity has been moving in the right direction. Yes, it seems glacially slow — because it is — but it has been steady and generally when the big breakthroughs do come through, they seem to come suddenly and unexpectedly. Look how quickly public opinion on gay rights turned around. Look at how quickly marijuana laws are changing now that that initial barrier has been broken through.

What it takes to change things is beating your head against a wall for decades or even centuries. Eventually cracks develop. Then — seemingly suddenly but actually after years of preparation — the dam breaks and people suddenly move en-masse in the right direction.

It looks really bad — but we may have time yet if we can get that damned dam to break sometime soon…

…don’t lose hopium yet!

It’s time to get to work…




The Thunderbolt Calendar

Week of September 17th thru September 23rd, 2015




1) Free Trade Hurts the Climate Public Forum

Thursday September 17th at 6:30 pm @ Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW

This message came from Gina:

Thurs Sept 17:  “Free Trade” hurts the climate!  There are many additional reasons to attend the “Public Forum on Free Trade:  The TPP and Beyond”  The Thurston County League of Women Voters will host this free public forum at 6:30 pm at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW.  Co-sponsors include Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation, South Sound Sierra Club, the Carnegie Group of Olympia, and others.  Congress narrowly approved “Fast Track” for trade deals, such as the pending TransPacific Partnership (TPP), so the TPP itself may face an up or down vote in the next few months, with only a simple majority (rather than the Senate’s usual filibuster-proof supermajority). Floor debate will be limited, and there will be no opportunity to amend the draft agreement, still largely kept secret from the American public.  Both of Washington’s senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, supported “Fast Track.”  What to “free trade” deals such as the TPP do to workers, consumers, human rights and the environment?  Why doesn’t Congress serve the broad public interest?  Speakers include:

  • Selden Prentice, lawyer, mediator, and climate activist with 350Seattle;
  • Lynn Dodson, Ph.D., Secretary-Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council (AFL-CIO);
  • Randy Mandell, a physician and climate activist with 350Seattle.

For more information contact Peggy Bruton, 866 7165,



2) Special Climate Emphasis for Oly FOR Weekly Vigil

Friday September 18th from 4:30 to 6 pm @ Percival Landing, Corner of 4th and Water Streets

Fri Sept 18:  Special climate emphasis for Olympia FOR’s weekly vigil at Percival Landing (near the Kissing Statue) 4:30-6:00 pm today and also Fri. Sept. 25 to bracket the days when Pope Francis addresses Congress and the UN about the climate crisis.  We will provide some signs.  Also, you may bring your own.  Info:  Bob Zeigler (360) 570-0848 or Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation (360) 491-9093 



3) Film Screening: The Look of Silence

Opens Friday, September 18th at 6:30 pm @ Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE

I reviewed a film called The Act of Killing sometime last year. I said it was one of the scariest movies that I had ever seen in my life because it featured a bunch of real life mass-murderers who — other than the fact they mass-murdered thousands of people for a living — otherwise seemed like perfectly ordinary guys.

The banality of evil writ large.

This is the follow up to that film. Joshua Oppenheimer is a genius and I strongly suggest attending this film during its run at the Capitol Theater even though I haven’t yet seen it myself.

This message is from the Olympia Film Society:

Produced by master filmmakers, Werner Herzog and Errol Morris, The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow-up to the Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing. In this powerfully moving film, survivors of the 1965 Indonesian genocide face the men responsible for incomprehensible atrocities. The focus is on Adi, a traveling optometrist, whose family was devastated by the past. While giving eye exams and fitting glasses, Adi uses the opportunity to confront the aging perpetrators, challenging them to accept responsibility for the horrific events that have not only affected his family, but crippled the spirit of an entire nation.

Dir: Joshua Oppenheimer / 2015 / Global / Indonesian, with English subtitles / 103 min / DCP

Post-film discussion with TESC professor Eric Stein on Sept 24 at 6:30pm. Sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation.

Other Screenings:

SAT 9/19 6:30, SUN 9/20 2:30 & 7:30, TUE 9/22 6:30, WED 9/23 9:00, THU 9/24 6:30
Tickets for this film screening can be purchased at the box office 1/2 hour before showtime.



4) TC Pro Net’s 11th Annual Progressive Town Hall Potluck Picnic & Candidate Forum

Sunday September 20th from Noon to 4 pm @ Thurston County Fairgrounds, Lacey

This is a candidate forum.

This message came from TC Pro Net:

Sun Sept 20:  TC Pro-Net’s 11th Annual Progressive Town Hall Potluck Picnic & Candidate Forum runs from 12 noon to 4 pm at the Thurston County Fairgrounds Expo Center.  (In Lacey, go south on Carpenter Road SE and look for the fairgrounds on your left.  The picnic is potluck, so bring some food to share.  The candidate forum will run from 1 to 3 pm.  Yes, the climate is a local issue, so here is your opportunity to talk with local candidates, as well as other local progressive folks.  Sponsored by the Thurston County Progressive Network,



5) Olympia Food CoOp 10th Harvest Party Potluck

Sunday September 20th from 1 to 5 pm @ Olympia Food CoOp, 921 Rogers St NW

This isn’t strictly a political event but I’m going to list it anyway. This is the CoOp family sponsoring a community event celebrating life in general and harvest season in particular. This is a potluck and you will find massive tables overflowing with a whole bunch of the most awesome food you’ve ever eaten — and a whole bunch of the most magic people you’ve ever known.

This came from the Olympia Food CoOp:

Join us Sunday September 20th for our Harvest Party Potluck!

2nd Annual

Zucchini Grow-Off

Zucchini Bake-Off

and Zuchini Derby!

Enjoy music from:



Citizen’s Band


And of course be prepared to bring your favorite foods to share!



6) Thurston Housing Task Force Meeting

Monday September 21st at Noon @ Olympian Community Room, 111 Bethel St NE

This is the city’s task force for ending homelessness.

This message came from Anna:

September Meeting

12 Noon – 2 pm

Monday September 21

The Olympian Community Room

111 Bethel St NE



12 -12:30              Community Check-in – brief reports from agencies

12:30 – 1 pm       PROGRAM:   TJ LaRocque – Overview on the proposed Community Care Center

1:00 – 2:00           Business:  Strengthening the new hybrid homeless housing hub:

Mission & Goals



Relationship to HOME Consortium & Thurston Thrives

Future meeting topics

  1. Anna Schlecht  / Housing Program Manager

City of Olympia Housing Program

City of Olympia / 601 4th Avenue East  /  Olympia WA 98501

(360) 753-8183  /

City of Olympia Website:



7) Don’t Turn Olympic Peninsula Into War Zone

Wednesday September 23rd at 3:15 pm @ USFS Headquarters, 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW

They are delivering a petition to the USFS headquarters in Olympia concerning war games on the Olympia Peninsula.

This message came to me from Wild Awakening Healing Arts:

Over 85,ooo concerned individuals from around the world have signed the Care2 Petition asking the United States Forest Service to deny the US Navy permission for War Games in the Olympic National Forest in Washington State. Have you signed it yet? Have you shared it?

On Wednesday, September 23rd, in our final effort to unite our voices before any public decision is announced, we will deliver the petition of signatures to the United States Forest Service Headquarters in Olympia, Washington.

We want you there! Bring your family members, neighbors, friends! Carpooling can be arranged at

We will meet at the USFS Headquarters designated visitor parking lot by 3:15 PM for delivery of the petition at 3:30 PM. The USFS Headquarters is located at 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia, WA 98512.

A detailed agenda will be available for download on our website and shared here the week of the gathering. This is a peaceful event and your participation is strongly encouraged!

Thank you for the months of commitment and dedication. Now is our time for action. We do not want to wonder if we could have done more so please join us in Olympia on the 23rd as we carry the voices of thousands who cherish this special region.

Together we will ensure the Olympic National Forest is free from War Games and preserved for generations to come.



8) Bonus Tip of the Day:

Find something to be hopeful about.




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