July 30, 2014

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War in Our Collective Imagination

arabwomenresistanceRemarks at Veterans For Peace Convention, Asheville, NC, July 27, 2014.

I started seeing graphics pop up on social media sites this past week that said about Gaza: “It’s not war. It’s murder.”  So I started asking people what exactly they think war is if it’s distinct from murder.  Well, war, some of them told me, takes place between armies.  So I asked for anyone to name a war during the past century (that is, after World War I) where all or even most or even a majority of the dying was done by members of armies.  There may have been such a war.  There are enough scholars here today that somebody probably knows of one.  But if so, it isn’t the norm, and these people I was chatting with through social media couldn’t think of any such war and yet insisted that that’s just what war is.  So, is war then over and nobody told us?

For whatever reasons, I then very soon began seeing a graphic sent around that said about Gaza: “It’s not war. It’s genocide.”  And the typical explanation I got when I questioned this one was that the wagers of war and the wagers of genocide have different attitudes.  Are we sure about that? I’ve spoken to advocates for recent U.S. wars who wanted all or part of a population wiped out.  Plenty of supporters of the latest attacks on Gaza see them as counter-terrorism.  In wars between advanced militaries and poor peoples most of the death and injury is on one side and most of it — by anyone’s definition — civilian.  This is as true in Afghanistan, where war rolls on largely unchallenged, as in Gaza, about which we are newly outraged.

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The Concept of the Critical Society

This has been part of me since forever and it probably accounts for much of why I tend to see the world as I do.

I just never knew it had a name…

A critical society is a community of people who value critical thinking and value those who practice it. Its most distinguishing characteristic is its emphasis on thinking as the key to the emancipation of the mind. Unfortunately, there are no critical societies in the world, nor have there ever been.

The idea represents an ideal not yet achieved, a possibility not yet actualized. There is no culture on Earth where critical thought is characteristic of everyday personal and social life. On the contrary, the world is filled with superficiality, prejudice, bias, distortions, lies, deception, manipulation, shortsightedness, close-mindedness, righteousness, hypocrisy, on and on, in every culture in every country throughout the world …

Imagine a world which protects maximum freedoms and liberties, a world in which people work to understand the viewpoints of others, especially those with whom they disagree. Imagine a world in which people are encouraged to think for themselves, rather than mindlessly conform.

There has never before been a more important time to foster and develop critical societies. …

In short, because the human mind is naturally riddled with problems, the creation of critical societies depends upon people within the societies taking thinking seriously, studying its problems, its tricks and stratagems, its weaknesses and strengths, its native tendencies, its rational capacities…

Fact Check Time:

Russia did not plow billions of dollars into Ukrainian politics over the past 10 years. The US did.

Russian Intelligence did not invade Ukraine under the cover of “humanitarian NGO’s”. The US did.

Russia did not orchestrate the violent overthrow of a democratically elected President in Kiev. The US did.

Russia did not hand pick the new leaders of the Kiev puppet state. The US did.

Russia is not bombing civilian neighborhoods. The US (via its Kiev puppets) is.

 

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Vicious Zionists Resume Genocide: Bomb Hospitals and Playground

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday bombed a park near the beach in Gaza City as well as al-Shifa hospital, killing at least 10 children on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, medics said.

The strike on the park hit a playground beside the al-Shati refugee camp, while the other strike hit the outpatient clinic of al-Shifa Hospital, which is the main hospital in the besieged coastal enclave.

The strike on the park — which reports suggested was a drone strike — hit the playground, killing 10 children as they played with their families while wearing holiday clothes they had been given to celebrate the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

Eyewitnesses said that 40 were also injured in the strike, which some were calling an “Eid massacre.”

Israeli Shells UN Protected Evacuee School in Gaza, Killing at Least 20

The strikes came in rapid succession. At around 5 a.m. Wednesday at a United Nations school at the Jabaliya refugee camp, where 3,300 Palestinians had taken refuge from the fierce fighting in their Gaza neighborhoods, what appeared to be four Israeli artillery shells hit the compound.

One hit the street in front of the entrance, according to several witnesses. Two others hit classrooms where people were sleeping.

Palestinian health officials said at least 20 people were killed by what witnesses and United Nations officials said was the latest in a series of strikes on United Nations facilities that are supposed to be safe zones in the 23-day-old battle against Hamas and other militants.

“My house was burned and death followed us here,” said Ahmed Mousa, 50, who was in the school courtyard when the shells hit. “Where am I supposed to go?”

Israelis Chant: “There’s No School Tomorrow, There’s No Children Left in Gaza! Oleh!”

Only U.S. Votes Against Resolution to Investigate Latest Round of Israeli Atrocities

 

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Kiev Fires Ballistic Missiles into Eastern Ukraine

Pentagon intentionally withholds information on Kiev’s indiscriminate use of ballistic missiles in populated areas.
CNN has reported that the regime in Kiev launched several short-range ballistic missiles into eastern Ukraine – each missile containing warheads of up to 1,000 lbs (450 kg). The missiles fired were OTR-21 Tochka also known by their NATO reporting name as SS-21 Scarabs and are considered far from “precision” weapons.

While smaller than the infamous “Scud” missile, SS-21s are similarly inaccurate and their use in combat against an enemy entrenched in populated areas is almost guaranteed to cause indiscriminate mass casualties.

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“Everything is backwards; everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information, and religions destroy spirituality.” ~ Michael Ellner

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Why are massive numbers of sea creatures dying along the west coast right now…can you say Fukushima and Methane Gas Releases that are warming and acidifying the Oceans?

Never before have we seen so much death along the west coast of North America.  Massive numbers of sea stars, bluefin tuna, sardines, anchovies, herring, oysters, salmon, marine mammals and marine birds are dying, and experts are puzzled.  We are being told that we could even see “local extinctions” of some of these sea creatures.  So are all of these deaths related?  If so, what in the world could be causing this to happen?  What has changed so dramatically that it would cause massive numbers of sea creatures to die along the west coast?

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ET Bases on the Moon & Mars

(Verner Von Bruen, came from Nazi Germany directly after WWII and ran NASA’s Space Program for 20 Years!)

Many people believe that NASA is a civilian organization, but they’re wrong, it’s a 100% pure government operation, and as such has always had a policy of keeping the whole extraterrestrial subject under wraps.  This tight lipped secrecy about what they found in space and on the moon has many of us believing their name stands for Never A Straight Answer!  Despite decades of censorship; a wealth of radio, photographic & video evidence exists in data available to the media, to verify such encounters repeatedly over the years.

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Did Nikola Tesla Unintentionally Detect Signals From Another Civilization?

 

In Collier’s Weekly dated February 9, 1901, Tesla wrote in “Talking with the Planets” as follows:

 

“I can readily demonstrate that, with an expenditure not exceeding two thousand horse-power, signals can be transmitted to a planet such as Mars with as much exactness and certitude as we now send messages by wire from New York to Philadelphia. These means are the result of long-continued experiment and gradual improvement…”

 

He claimed he had detected an artificial signal from Mars, or possibly Venus, using high-voltage equipment he had set up at Colorado Springs, Colorado. He also predicted that interplanetary communication would “become the dominating idea of the century that has just begun.”

 

After informing the world of these signals, he would neither discuss the devices he used nor the signals any further. However, the issue was further researched, according to a report entitled “A Historic Report on Life in Space: Tesla, Marconi, Todd.” mentioned by Stanton T. Friedman, a nuclear physicist and the best-known scientific ufologist in North America and probably the world, in his book Captured!: The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience”.

 

The purpose of the paper was to examine the original data of Tesla, Marconi and Todd to determine whether or not current science was duplicating the effort made by these men to detect radio frequency communication from extraterrestrial life forms on some distant planet.

 

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Scahill: Leaked Terror Watchlist Rules Reveal “Global Stop and Frisk Program” by the “Most Transparent President Ever”

The Obama administration has expanded the national terrorist watchlist system by approving broad guidelines over who can be targeted. A leaked copy of the secret government guidebook reveals that to be a deemed a “terrorist” target, “irrefutable evidence or concrete facts are not necessary.” Both “known” and “suspected” suspects are tracked, and terrorism is so broadly defined that it includes people accused of damaging property belonging to the government or financial institutions. Jeremy Scahill calls it a global stop and frisk program.

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More Evidence for the Chilling Effects of NSA Surveillance

Human Rights Watch and the ACLU today published a terrific report documenting the chilling effect on journalists and lawyers from the NSA’s surveillance programs entitled: “With Liberty to Monitor All: How Large-Scale US Surveillance is Harming Journalism, Law and American Democracy.” The report, which is chock full of evidence about the very real harms caused by the NSA’s surveillance programs, is the result of interviews of 92 lawyers and journalists, plus several senior government officials.

This report adds to the growing body of evidence that the NSA’s surveillance programs are causing real harm. It also links these harms to key parts of both U.S. constitutional and international law, including the right to counsel, the right of access to information, the right of association and the free press. It is a welcome addition to the PEN report detailing the effects on authors, called Chilling Effects: How NSA Surveillance Drives US Writers to Self-Censor and the declarations of 22 of EFF’s clients in our First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles v. NSA case.

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‘Big Brother’ airport installs world’s first real-time passenger tracking system

All mobile phones logged into the Wi-Fi network at Helsinki Airport will be monitored by an in-house tracking system that identifies passengers’ real-time movements. The technology has been criticised by privacy advocate groups, but is said to be aimed at monitoring crowds and preventing bottlenecking at the airport, which sees around 15 million passengers a year, Bloomberg reports.

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Debt R US; 35 Percent in U.S. Facing Debt Collectors

More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

The study found that 35.1 percent of people with credit records had been reported to collections for debt that averaged $5,178, based on September 2013 records. The study points to a disturbing trend: The share of Americans in collections has remained relatively constant, even as the country as a whole has whittled down the size of its credit card debt since the official end of the Great Recession in the middle of 2009. The delinquent debt is overwhelmingly concentrated in Southern and Western states.

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Home Prices Tumble Most Since Dec 2011, Miss 2nd Month In A Row

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Worldwide Water Shortage By 2040

Three years of research show that by the year 2040 there will not be enough water in the world to quench the thirst of the world population and keep the current energy and power solutions going if we continue doing what we are doing today.

BP Oil Spill Of 2010 Is Much Worse Than People Think

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If you are seriously thinking of moving out of the city I suggest you do so now, whilst moving is still an option. If you wait too long your window of opportunity could slam closed, trapping you where you are. Look around you:

  • Could you survive in your current location without a mains water supply?
  • Is your garden big enough to grow even half of the food you and yours would need to survive in a crisis?
  • How long without power would it be before the riots started?
  • Do you feel at ease moving around your neighbourhood alone at night?
  • How many violent crimes have there been within three miles of your front door this year?

Think about it long and hard, because when it happens, it will happen fast, and then it will be too late.

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You’ve Got Mail: Judge Grants Feds Unrestricted Access To Gmail Account

Privacy advocates were dealt a major blow on July 18, when a federal judge in New York ruled that law enforcement has the legal authority to search the entire email account of an unnamed individual who police believe was involved in a money laundering scheme.

PENTAGON LOST TRACK OF MORE THAN 40% OF THE WEAPONS SENT TO AFGHANISTAN

A government oversight agency says the Pentagon has lost track of more than 40 percent of the $626 million in firearms it has provided to Afghanistan’s security forces, prompting officials to contemplate a “carrot and stick” approach to arming the fledgling military.

Upgrade Your Brain: Liquid Hard Drive Implants Could Increase Intellect

Storing photos, documents and other files in brain-implantable liquid could one day be a reality after researchers discovered a new method of storing data in microscopic particles suspended in a solution.

Company In Which Joe Biden’s Son Is Director Prepares To Drill Shale Gas In East Ukraine

Ukraine (or rather its puppetmasters) has decided to let no crisis (staged or otherwise) or rather civil war, go to waste..
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America’s Lost Decade: Typical Household Wealth Has Plunged 36% Since 2003

Does it feel like you’re poorer? There is a simple reason why – you are! According to a new study by the Russell Sage Foundation, the inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36% decline… Welcome to America’s Lost Decade.

Britain: Government Accused of Hiding Truth Over GM Babies

The Government has been accused of misleading the public over the introduction of a new in vitro fertilisation (IVF) technique that some experts believe will result in the birth of “genetically modified babies”.
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‘Pocket drones’: U.S. Army developing tiny surveillance tools for the next big war

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