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Day of Action Against Poverty – and the Assault Against the Poor

The #TalkPoverty campaign encourages President Obama and our allies in Congress to defend the principle that we have a shared responsibility to ensure every American has the opportunity to live in dignity and to succeed.

Isaiah J. Poole, Nation of Change

 

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Wednesday 30 January 2013 | An effort to move the fight against poverty to the top of the national agenda begins today, led by the Half in 10 campaign and the Coalition for Human Needs. The major campaign goal is to persuade President Obama to talk about poverty and its solutions in his State of the Union address February 12. It is also an opportunity to tell conservatives in Congress and the states to focus on fighting poverty and stop fighting the poor.

 

The heart of the #TalkPoverty campaign is a social media campaign that is designed to build public demand for paying more attention to the needs of the nearly 50 million people living in poverty in the United States. These are the people whose struggle to support themselves will be directly affected by the federal budget sequester that is scheduled to go into effect March 1 unless Congress and the Obama administration agrees on a budget. The sequester will force an average 5 percent cut in most federal spending programs.

 

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PBS Drone Coverage Brought to You by Drone Makers

  • Lockheed's Nova sponsorship violates underwriting rules <http://fair.org>
  • Ask PBS ombud Michael Getler to investigate whether Nova's "Rise of the Drones" violates PBS underwriting guidelines.
  • Rise of The Drones
  • Drone Warfare ~ Madea Benjamin

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller 

 

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January 28, 2013 | The PBS Nova broadcast "Rise of the Drones" was sponsored by drone manufacturer Lockheed Martin--a clear violation of PBS's underwriting guidelines.

 

As Kevin Gosztola reported (FireDogLake, 1/24/13), the January 23 broadcast was a mostly upbeat look at surveillance and weaponized drones. "Discover the cutting edge technologies that are propelling us toward a new chapter in aviation history," PBS urged, promising to reveal "the amazing technologies that make drones so powerful."

 

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Rise of The Drones, Nova, PBS 

  • Meet a new breed of flying robots, from tiny swarming vehicles to giant unmanned planes.
  • List of children killed by drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen

Drone Warfare ~ Madea Benjamin, Described in OR Books<>

  • Killing by Remote Control
  • Foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Scahill | Obama still relying on the blank check the Bush administration gave him for endless wa

 

 

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The Force: How Much Military Is Enough?

Jill Lepore, New Yorker

 

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The U.S. once regarded a standing army as a form of tyranny. Now it spends more on defense than all other nations combined. Photograph by Grant Cornett.

 

January 28, 2013 | Sixty-two legislators sit on the House Armed Services Committee, the largest committee in Congress. Since January, 2011, when Republicans took control of the House, the committee has been chaired by Howard P. McKeon, who goes by Buck. He has never served in the military, but this month he begins his third decade representing California’s Twenty-fifth Congressional District, the home of a naval weapons station, an Army fort, an Air Force base, and, for the Marines, a place to train for mountain warfare. McKeon believes that it’s his job to protect the Pentagon from budget cuts. On New Year’s Day, after a thirteenth-hour deal was sealed with spit in the Senate, McKeon issued a press statement lamenting that the compromise had failed to “shield a wartime military from further reductions.”

 

The debate about taxes is over, which is one of the few good things that can be said for it. The debate about spending, which has already proved narrow and grubby, is pending.

 

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American Wars: Illusions and Realities ~  Paul Bucheit, Described in Barnes & Noble

Have we really learned the lessons of Vietnam?, Nick Turse, Tom Dispatch / Salon

  • The media rarely discusses it, but civilian suffering has defined the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Those Who Say "I Support the Troops" Should Just Stop, Out of Respect for the Troops
  • Who's Sharing the Sacrifice?
 

Gun industry targets children for sales pitch

Mike McIntire, New York (NY) Times

 

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A junior shooter receiving tips on a military rifle last fall from an Army marksmanship instructor at a clinic at Fort Benning, Ga. Youth shooting clinics and competitions often receive financial support or supplies from firearms-related businesses. Michael Molinaro/United States Army Marksmanship Unit

 

January 26, 2013 | Threatened by long-term declining participation in shooting sports, the firearms industry has poured millions of dollars into a campaign to ensure its future by getting guns into the hands of more, and younger, children.

 

The industry's strategies include giving firearms, ammunition and cash to youth groups; weakening state restrictions on hunting by young children; marketing an affordable military-style rifle for "junior shooters" and sponsoring semiautomatic-handgun competitions for youths; and developing a target-shooting video game that promotes brand-name weapons, with links to the websites of their makers.

 

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The Hitler gun control lie, Alex Seiz-Wald, Salon <>

  • Gun rights activists who cite the dictator as a reason against gun control have their history dangerously wrong
  • Tell ALEC's corporate funders to stop sanctioning profit-driven gun violence
  • Watch: Hyper-Pro-Gun Activist's Argument Gets Destroyed By Smart Lady's Calm Decency

 

 

 

MLK's vehement condemnations of US militarism are more relevant than ever

  • His vital April 4, 1967 speech is a direct repudiation of the sophistry now used to defend US violence and aggression.
  • List of children killed by drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen
  • Two Nobel Peace Laureates, “Drones Apart”

Glenn Greenwald, Guardian UK

 

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Martin Luther King at Washington DC's Lincoln Memorial in 1968. Barack Obama used the day before his inauguration to honour the spirit of King. Photograph: Francis Miller/Getty

 

January 21, 2013 | The civil right achievements of Martin Luther King are quite justly the focus of the annual birthday commemoration of his legacy. But it is remarkable, as I've noted before on this holiday, how completely his vehement anti-war advocacy is ignored when commemorating his life (just as his economic views are). By King's own description, his work against US violence and militarism, not only in Vietnam but generally, was central - indispensable - to his worldview and activism, yet it has been almost completely erased from how he is remembered.

 

King argued for the centrality of his anti-militarism advocacy most eloquently on April 4, 1967, at Riverside Church in New York City - exactly one year before the day he was murdered. That extraordinary speech was devoted to answering his critics who had been complaining that his anti-war activism was distracting from his civil rights work ("Peace and civil rights don't mix, they say. Aren't you hurting the cause of your people, they ask?"). King, citing seven independent reasons, was adamant that ending US militarism and imperialism was not merely a moral imperative in its own right, but a prerequisite to achieving any meaningful reforms in American domestic life.

 

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List of children killed by drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, Compiled from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports, Drones Watch

  • Drone Warfare ~ Madea Benjamin
  • Rise of The Drones
  • John Brennan vs. a Sixteen-Year-Old Boy
  • How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?

Two Nobel Peace Laureates, “Drones Apart” Felicity Arbuthnot, Global Research

  • Martin Luther King: “From Every Mountainside, Let Freedom Ring.”

One day …

Children at school will ask:

What is war?

You will answer them.

You will tell them:

Those words are not used any more.

Like stagecoaches, galleys or slavery.

Words no longer meaningful …

(Martin Luther King,15th January 1929-4th April 1968.)

  • Why Obama's 2nd Term Should Be All About Taking on MLK's Anti-Poverty Crusade

 

List of children killed by drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen

  • Drone Warfare ~ Madea Benjamin
  • Rise of The Drones
  • John Brennan vs. a Sixteen-Year-Old Boy
  • How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?

Compiled from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports / Drones Watch

 

Pakistan

Name | Age | Gender

97 names

 

Yemen

Name | Age | Gender

25 names

 

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Drone Warfare ~ Madea Benjamin, Described in OR Books

  • Killing by Remote Control
  • Foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Scahill | Obama still relying on the blank check the Bush administration gave him for endless war

Rise of The Drones,  Nova, PBS

  • Meet a new breed of flying robots, from tiny swarming vehicles to giant unmanned planes.
  • List of children killed by drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen

John Brennan vs. a Sixteen-Year-Old Boy, Medea Benjamin, Common Dreams

  • If Obama thinks John Brennan is a good choice to head the CIA and secure America, he should contemplate the tragic deaths of victims like 16-year-old Tariq Aziz, and think again.
  • Drone Warfare ~ Madea Benjamin
  • Jimmy Carter savages US foreign policy over drone strikes

How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown? Chris Kirk & Dan Kois, Slate Magazine

Since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, we have been wondering how many people are dying from guns in America. The current answer is 306.

Slate partners with @GunDeaths for an interactive, crowdsourced tally of the toll firearms have taken since Dec. 14.

 

 

Two Nobel Peace Laureates, “Drones Apart”

  • Martin Luther King: “From Every Mountainside, Let Freedom Ring.”

One day …

Children at school will ask:

What is war?

You will answer them.

You will tell them:

Those words are not used any more.

Like stagecoaches, galleys or slavery.

Words no longer meaningful …

(Martin Luther King,15th January 1929-4th April 1968.)

  • Why Obama's 2nd Term Should Be All About Taking on MLK's Anti-Poverty Crusade

Felicity Arbuthnot, Global Research

 

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January 21, 2013 | Oh the cynicism. The man whose words have rung down over four decades, encapsulating a non-violent demand for peace, equality and fairness: “I have a dream”, has again been resurrected as President Obama’s philosophical icon.

 

In the most blatant act of symbolism, as Africa is now threatened by a President who touted the importance of his African roots four years ago, Obama reaffirmed his Presidential oath today on both Abraham Lincoln’s Bible – and that of Martin Luther King – on the day dedicated to Martin Luther King.

 

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Why Obama's 2nd Term Should Be All About Taking on MLK's Anti-Poverty Crusade, Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!

  • Tavis Smiley offers a roadmap for Obama... to follow in Martin Luther King's footsteps.
  • Excerpts from the Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

 

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