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The 25th Hour

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  • Still Living With Jack Bauer in a Terrified New American World 
  • A nation of cowards
  • Chomsky: Obama ‘Determined To Demolish The Foundations Of Our Civil Liberties

Rebecca Gordon, Tom Dispatch

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9780199336432.jpgJuly 10, 2014 | Once upon a time, if a character on TV or in a movie tortured someone, it was a sure sign that he was a bad guy. Now, the torturers are the all-American heroes. From 24 to Zero Dark Thirty, it’s been the good guys who wielded the pliers and the waterboards. We’re not only living in a post-9/11 world, we’re stuck with Jack Bauer in the 25th hour.

In 2002, Cofer Black, the former Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, told a Senate committee, “All I want to say is that there was ‘before’ 9/11 and ‘after’ 9/11. After 9/11 the gloves come off.” He wanted them to understand that Americans now live in a changed world, where, from the point of view of the national security state, anything goes. It was, as he and various top officials in the Bush administration saw it, a dangerous place in which terrorists might be lurking in any airport security line and who knew where else.

one-nation-under-surveillance.jpgRebecca Gordon is the author of Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States (Oxford University Press). She teaches in the philosophy department at the University of San Francisco. She has also spent several decades working in a variety of national and international movements for peace and justice, and is a member of the War Times/Tiempo de Guerras collective.

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Chomsky: Obama ‘Determined To Demolish The Foundations Of Our Civil Liberties, Noam Chomsky, Daily Caller

  • “It is of no slight import that the project is being executed in one of the freest countries in the world, and in radical violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, which protects citizens from ‘unreasonable searches and seizures,’ and guarantees the privacy of their persons, houses, papers and effects,” Chomsky said.
  • NSA Spying

 

Why America Hates And Despises Victims

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  • So, this is why all those people we’re bombing in Ukraine receive absolutely no sympathy from America’s “news” media: those people we are bombing are victims. And those “news” people are paid by the people who are behind those bombings. After all, if it weren’t so, you’d already have known about the U.S.-sponsored ethnic cleansing campaign throughout southeastern Ukraine. And that’s why you probably haven’t read, or seen on TV, lots and lots about it. Or, maybe, anything about it.
  • Ukraine, U.S., and big bad Putin: Who's the bully?
  • The United States of Cruelty
  • Noam Chomsky | America's Real Foreign Policy

Eric Zuesse, Countercurrents.org

27303223/1498480/1498480_900.jpg 05 July, 2014 | Here are photos of residents in southeastern Ukraine and of their homes that we bombed yesterday, and you see the corpses, and the grieving survivors.

But Americans call them "terrorists," even though these people never were that, and even though America is funding the terrorism against all the residents in southeastern Ukraine, to force them to either die or else flee, so that they won't be able to vote in future Ukrainian elections, and so that the government we installed in a February coup in Kiev will stay installed, even if Ukraine becomes again a democracy. The residents in that region had voted overwhelmingly for the President whom we overthrew on February 22nd. The mock-election that we held in Ukraine on May 25th had excluded any candidate that our government didn't first approve of, but President Obama wants Ukraine to be a democratic base for NATO missiles against Russia, not just a fascist dictatorship like we installed on February 22nd. Democracies are much more stable than dictatorships, and Obama wants the Ukrainian public to approve of the nuclear missiles that he’s planning to install there. Obama wants anyone in Ukraine who doesn't like the idea of Ukraine joining NATO to either die or else leave Ukraine, and that's why we're bombing the people there -- to just get rid of them, so we'll have the kind of democracy we want there: a NATO democracy – a Russia-hating democracy.

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of Christ's Ventriloquists: The Event that Created Christianity.

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27303223/1495632/1495632_900.jpg Ukraine, U.S., and big bad Putin: Who's the bully? Sam Webb, People's World

  • Right now, it is imperative that peace- and justice-minded people tell the Obama administration to turn away from its confrontation with Russia - stop the punishing and isolating moves as well as rein in an even more bellicose Senate and House. Instead, here are the paths the U.S. needs to pursue.
  • “False Flag Terrorism” to Sustain America’s “Humanitarian” Agenda

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The United States of Cruelty, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

  • We are cheap. We are suspicious. We will shoot first. It does not have to be this way. Like Lincoln before us, it is time to do something about it.
  • GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness

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Noam Chomsky | America's Real Foreign Policy, Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch

  • How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector 
  • Howard Zinn’s July 4 Wisdom: Put Away Your Flags

 

The Crash of 2016 Gets Closer Every Day

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  • How our corporate overlords are setting us up to fail (again)
  • While profits soar, wages continue to stagnate and anti-tax zealots gut the safety net — a recipe for disaster.
  • America's Economic Crisis, June 30, 2014

Thom Hartmann, OpEdNews

http://media.salon.com/2014/01/wolf_wall_street4-620x412.jpg Leonardo Dicaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street" 

Friday, Jul 4, 2014 | The denial of fundamental economic principles is setting the world up for another Great Crash.

Although wages have been flat or declining since the West started following Thatchernomics and Reaganomics in the late ’70s and early 1980s, the stock market has risen to all-time highs. Billions—hundreds of billions—have been made by individuals on Wall Street.

Thom Hartmann is an American radio host, author, former psychotherapist, entrepreneur, and liberal political commentator. He is the #1 progressive radio talk show host in the US and a New York Times bestselling author, including 4 Project Censored awards.

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America's Economic Crisis, June 30, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • “…it seems that our remedies are instinctively those which aggravate the sickness: the remedies are expressions of the sickness itself“. --Thomas Merton
  • Part 1: US Economic Output  Tumbled By 2.9 Percent In The First Quarter 
  • Part 2: A New Recession And A New World Devoid Of Washington’s Arrogance?

 

Celebrating Pops' birthday on the Fourth of July

We kicked this off last year, in July 4th Louis 'Pops' Armstrong birthday celebration, and I hope we can make it a tradition.

Denise Oliver Velez, Daily Kos

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Portrait.jpg?1372763698July 4, 2014 | Louis Armstrong, the world's best-known jazz musician, was born in New Orleans Louisiana, in 1901. He says he was born on July Fourth, and no matter what later historians say, I'm stickin' to the day Pops celebrated until he passed on July 6, in 1971.

So, like I do every year, I'm celebrating with Pops. I have the grill (and my laptop) out on the back porch, and the sound of a trumpet is blasting.  

Feeling good, and like Pop's said, "It's a wonderful world," in spite of all that confronts us.

Denise Oliver Velez: applied cultural anthropologist, writer and revolutionary -- is currently an adjunct Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies at SUNY New Paltz.

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Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary

  • Thomas Paine is America’s one great revolutionary theorist. Paine’s brilliance as a writer—his essay “Common Sense” is one of the finest pieces of rhetorical writing in the English language—is matched by his clear and unsentimental understanding of British imperial power. No revolutionist can challenge power if he or she does not grasp how power works.
  • Chris Hedges | The Rules of Revolt

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

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640px-Thomas_Paine_590.jpg?itok=THFOYMQaPortrait of Thomas Paine by Auguste Millière (1880). Truthdig

May 25, 2014 | Cornel West, Richard D. Wolff and I, along with moderator Laura Flanders, next Sunday will inaugurate “The Anatomy of Revolution,” a series of panel discussions focusing on modern revolutionary theorists. This first event will be part of a two-day conference in New York City sponsored by the Left Forum, and nine other discussions by West, Wolff and me will follow in other venues later this year.

Sunday’s event will be about Thomas Paine, the author of “Common Sense,” “The Rights of Man” and “The Age of Reason”—the most widely read political essays of the 18th century, works that established the standards by which rebellion is morally and legally permissible. We will ask whether the conditions for revolt set by Paine have been met with the rise of the corporate state. Should Paine’s call for the overthrow of British tyranny inspire our own call for revolution? And if it should, to echo Vladimir Lenin, what must be done?

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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Chris Hedges | The Rules of Revolt, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • A nonviolent movement that disrupts the machinery of state and speaks a truth a state hopes to suppress has the force to terrify authority and create deep fissures within the power structure.
  • ‘We Are Either Gonna Step Off the Board or They’re Gonna Kill Us’

 

Howard Zinn’s July 4 Wisdom: Put Away Your Flags

  • In a nation like ours -- huge, possessing thousands of weapons of mass destruction -- what might have been harmless pride becomes an arrogant nationalism dangerous to others and to ourselves. 
  • Trying to Feel Patriotic on the Fourth of July
  • Noam Chomsky | America's Real Foreign Policy

Howard Zinn, The Progressive

Howard%20Zinn%20bandw.png?itok=ImZodnZVJuly 03, 2014 | The Progressive Editor’s Note: Historian and activist Howard Zinn, a World War II bombardier, was the author of the best-selling "A People's History of the United States.” This piece was distributed by the Progressive Media Project in 2006.

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

Is not nationalism -- that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder -- one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?

Howard Zinn: historian, activist, writer and speaker

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Trying to Feel Patriotic on the Fourth of July, Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn, Evergreene Digest

Anyone who honestly reads Howard Zinn, Martin Luther King, Noam Chomsky, and  Chris Hedges can’t help but become disillusioned with America’s history and the massive propaganda by which the vast majority of us Americans have been duped into sometimes very sincerely believing that the US is the new shining light of the world, working courageously and endlessly for justice and peace.

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Noam Chomsky | America's Real Foreign Policy, Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch

How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector 

 

 

 

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