Is This True? (see pic)

I shared the following on social media, and a friend asked if it was true. Below is the original image and my answer.

The full book can be found here:

It is a quote from the book, that is true and accurate.

As for the things he’s saying in the quote, what I imagine you’re really asking about, I mean history is complicated. And my mans here is using absolute language (every, not one, etc) so maybe you could catch him on a technicality. Just off the top of my head, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea could be said to be a socialist/communist experiment that has not been all the way crushed, despite the best efforts of America and allies in the Korean War and in wielding soft power (sanctions etc) afterward. The Soviet Union was not directly crushed, but so many wars were carried out on smaller communist states trying to get their thing going and they were collabing with USSR. Of course USSR also had massive internal problems, especially by the 1980s.

You could say, for almost any gov’t, that they have internal problems. When a gov’t fails, there’s surely many contributing factors (history is mad complicated). I’m not saying this to hedge the claims here, just to put them in perspective, so we are clear that we’re not saying anything so myopic as “US intervention is the *only* reason” for this or that gov’t falling.
As for the examples we see in the quote, Russian rev, Nicaragua, China, Salvador, the ones I’m not as familiar with are China and Salvador. By Russian revolution I think he means 1917 and the entire run of the USSR, including the Cold War. Nicaragua/Sandinistas, I was alive during those events (lol like that means I know anything about them) but I’ve done some learning since then, the CIA book Ghosts of Langley touches on that.
The Korean and Vietnam Wars were both attempts to stop communist governments from forming/thriving. And the US was unimaginably brutal in both. They dropped more conventional bombs on Korea than the entire Pacific theater of WWII.

Speaking of WWII, look up Operation Gladio. Stay-behind forces making sure that the locals in various European countries did not meander over to socialist/communist styles of government.

Iran 1953. Chile 1973. Venezuela 2003-ish(?) and 2019-20, they attempted to do a coup on Chavez and now Maduro. Cuba, Bay of Pigs and numerous assassination attempts on Castro. These are all in the public record, admitted acts of fuckery by the CIA. There’s a new book called The Jakarta Method, haven’t read it but I’ve been hearing a lot. It talks about the Indonesian genocide and how that became the blueprint for running coups all throughout South America.

To sum up, I’d say, in general, yeah, he’s saying true things. Also I found a pdf of the whole book, check it out. Thanks for the question bud 💗

Sharknado Is A Misunderstood Masterpiece

I think a lot of people view Sharknado through the lens of this obviously over the top premise, but in my view they’re missing the real heart of the film. A careful viewing of the piece reveals a subtle meditation on the unfulfilled dreams of the Post WWII period, the so-called “Belle Epoque” and how it was a thematic echo of Reconstruction.

Fin’s name is a reference to shark anatomy, sure, but notice that it’s also the name of Mark Twain’s most timeless character, Huckleberry Finn. No chance this is a coincidence, as we see Fin at the beginning of the film in almost identical circumstances as Huck at the end of his story – disillusioned at having seen the dark underbelly brought on by the economic conditions of their time. In Huck’s case it was the carpetbaggers and swindlers, particularly the “performers” he briefly linked up with, while in Finn’s case, it was the dot-com promises and Bernie Madoffs of the early and mid aughts, culminating in the Housing Crisis. The Belle Epoque was not without similar shenanigans. Suburban housing developers made a mint on the booming suburbs, while the inner cities suffered from redlining, gentrification, and other dishonest housing practices whose effects we are still reeling from today. The crumbling inner cities are featured throughout the film as Fin and friends fight for their lives, reflecting the struggle faced by those residents in real life.

Notice the use of weather as metaphor for socioeconomic concerns. Fin’s bar is going under financially, then literally as the deluge takes it. The loss of his bar echoes the sentiment of the female workforce, who arguably were a deciding factor in winning WWII, being collectively told that the men were back and they were no longer needed. The malaise created by this rejection percolated and contributed greatly to the Counterculture of the 60s and 2nd and 3rd Wave Feminism. In this exquisite work of cinema, April embodies this spirit best of all, her very name being associated with Spring, the time of year when those thought dead or dying rise again and bloom. Even the career arc of actor Tara Reid has had a similar rebirth, in a case of life imitating art.

In the film’s climactic scene, April’s place as the Sacred Mother archetype is never more clear than when she stands by as Fin cuts first himself, then his daughter out of the belly of the shark. Like Ethausva, Etruscan Goddess of Childbirth and Midwives, she is essentially the Midwife here. In fact, it’s an act of rebirth, another reference to Spring.

The weather metaphors continue. The currents of the ocean, which are the proximate cause of hurricanes and other big storms, reflect socioeconomic currents in society. The various movements that have shaped and continue to shape our civilization are ever changing and can be deadly, much like the weather phenomenon used in this masterpiece of film making.

Fin-ally, I want to point attention to the phenomenon of echoing, which this amazing work is rife with. The ocean, with its properties of being mostly cold and salty liquid, is the most extraordinary conductor of sound that we know of in the Solar System. Sound waves in the ocean can echo for decades before their amplitude diminishes. It’s only natural that a magnificent work of art such as this, about a Great Evil that Comes From The Ocean, is permeated with echoes of commentary on the past and current states of society. History is formed by echoes of the populations that preceded, that came before, and it continues, iteration upon iteration. In the same exact way, we’ve gotten, to date, four additional Sharknado films, each more cogent and impactful than the last, but also equally so.

It is truly the best time to be alive to see the creation of these masterworks. Endless meaning summed up in 90 minutes a pop. Godlike use of camera, lighting, sound, effects, and acting, yet also unmistakably human. The first time I saw the first installment of what will be known in the future as Man’s Greatest Achievement, I was basically Jodie Foster in Contact when she sees the celestial event. I had no idea such a thing could exist.