Department of War
War and conflicts, and all things related to them.
Condemns "media hype." These are just "modest encroachments on privacy." "Nobody listens to your phone calls." You can't have "100% privacy." One has to make "reasonable" conmpromises. Plus, everybody in Congress has known and approved and we have implemented safeguards. The program is run by "professionals." And ominously: "I don't take kindly to leaks." [paraphrased, but only minimally.]
http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-nsa-prism-spy-programs-phone-tap-ve... Read more about Obama Arrogant Defense of PRISM and Tirade Against Press
Stephen M. Walt writes in “What is the U.S. REALLY Doing in Syria?”:
1. The Syrian conflict has become a proxy fight between the opposition and its various allies (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Turkey, etc.) and Bashar al-Assad's regime and its various outsider supporters (Iran, Russia, Hezbollah).
Lesley Docksey’s article “‘Fit for Purpose’ Cannon Fodder” in Dissident Voice is chilling and moving.
Its British context is easily relatable for Americans of conscience concerned about the recruitment and exploitation of our young people, particularly our most vulnerable, economically disadvantaged young people, to risk their lives for highly questionable and dangerous military operations -- as front line “cannon fodder.” Read more about Disadvantaged Youth as Military Cannon Fodder
Chris Hedges’ eloquent, heart-breaking account entitled “The Crucifixion of Tomas Young” is worth a full reading.
Hedges recently traveled to Kansas City to visit the disabled 33-year old Army veteran, Tomas Young, who had been the subject of a movie documentary entitled “Body of War” and whose paraplegic body since then has deteriorated to such a degree Young has decided to put an end to its horrifying regression.
Retiring Congressman Ron Paul, former candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, comes done on the same side as many progressives on the Israeli occupation of Palestine. A recent post on his website, reiterates comments he made when was president about Gaza being nothing but a vast concentration camp.
It has never mattered to Paul which party was in power. His greatest appeal, especially among young supporters, is his ability to tell the unvarnished truth. He puts the blame for Gazan atrocities squarely where it belongs: with the US government, which is the main supplier of planes and bombs Israel uses to attack Palestinians. Read more about Ron Paul on Ending the Tragedy in Gaza
(cross-posted from PaxLupo.com)
First, let’s dispense with the comforting bedtime story of energy independence. Regardless of all the campaign rhetoric, neither Romney’s “Drill Everywhere” nor Obama’s “All of the Above” energy strategies do anything for energy independence. Regardless of how much oil, gas and even alternative energy is produced by commercial operations in this country (or Canada), unless the government is prepared to either nationalize the industry or commandeer the product, companies are free to sell their goods wherever and to whomever they like. It can safely be said that neither candidate favors energy industry nationalization. The question will still remain; independent from whom? Read more about Is there an Energy Shock Doctrine?
"Not long after the start of the 21st Century, we like to tell ourselves an uplifting story in which freedom expands whenever tyranny is overthrown.
We believe that freedom and democracy are inseparable, so that when a dictator is toppled the result is not only a more accountable type of government but also greater liberty throughout society. "
Obviously, such a point of view is fallacious as can be easily evidenced just by looking at the results of such a perspective in the actions of nations. And what's sad is that the meme is NOT one that those in positions of power actually believe. Read more about Freedom does not equate to democracy
Okay, let’s get to the heart of things which any even remotely-corporate media can’t begin to.
Chris Marsden writes:
The international media is conspiring to conceal the real aims and intentions of the United States and other major powers towards Syria.
The result is that in this democratic nation, presidents behave like dictators, doing whatever they like, and an uninformed citizenry is in no position to stop them. If our newspapers are nothing more than propaganda sheets, there is little reason to pay attention to them beyond predicting when they will allow a president to begin carrying out bad deeds.
I'm in Chicago, staying at the apartment of an old comrade, across the table from each other on laptops. He has a hotmail account, I have a GoDaddy webmail account. He says he sent me two emails earlier today, but I can only find one. Can't figure that out, so he re-sends it, but after several minutes, nothing appears. He checks the address, and it's correct. He re-sends a second time, to no avail. Read more about Are GMAIL and GoDaddy webmail blocking inbound emails with "occupy" in the subject line?
I really don't see how anyone could support Obama after this. Read more about Obama OK with child soldiers
For the past three years, Noor Behram has hurried to the site of drone strikes in his native Waziristan. His purpose: to photograph and document the impact of missiles controlled by a joystick thousands of miles away, on US air force bases in Nevada and elsewhere. The drones are America's only weapon for hunting al-Qaida and the Taliban in what is supposed to be the most dangerous place in the world.
ANGRY US MAYORS: “That we would build bridges in Baghdad & Kandahar & not Baltimore & Kansas City boggles the mind!”
The following email came from NY Green Party’s Howie Hawkins:
Green Alert: Tell Congress to Vote No on Military Budget
The US conference of Mayors is expected to pass a resolution today calling on Congress to cut $127 billion from the Defense Budget by ending the wars in the Middle East and redirecting the funding towards Domestic Needs.
Unfortunately, Congress is headed in the other direction. The Obama administration has proposed the largest defense budget ever, over $700 billion, as much as the rest of the world combined and double the military budget of a decade ago.
The Guardian's editors seem to have a pro-police bias, but these pictures of the demos in Athens against the Euro-financial elites and their IMF buddies still inspire me. Not everyone cares to go quietly to the economic slaughterhouse even when the goons pull out the clubs, the gas and the guns. (And not all the dogs are on the goon's side.)
UPDATE Lambert adds:
Mother's Day was originally started after the Civil War, as a protest to the carnage of that war, by women who had lost their sons. Here is the original Mother's Day Proclamation from 1870, followed by a bit of history (or should I say "herstory"):
The proclamation is from Julia Ward Howe: Read more about In honor of Mother's Day: