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David Swanson | Hiroshima-Nagasaki: 70-Year Nuclear Explosions Not Done Yet

  • In re-militarizing Japan, rather than demilitarizing itself, the United States is playing with fire.
  • The War Was Won Before Hiroshima—And the Generals Who Dropped the Bomb Knew It.
  • 10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism

David Swanson, Dandelion Salad

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August 6, 2015 | On Aug. 6 and 9, millions of people will mark the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in those cities and at events around the world. Some will celebrate the recent deal in which Iran committed not to pursue nuclear weapons and to comply with the Non-Proliferation Treaty with requirements not imposed on any other nation.

Yet, those nations that have nuclear weapons are either violating the NPT by failing to disarm or by building more (U.S., Russia, U.K., France, China, India), or they have refused to sign the treaty (Israel, Pakistan, North Korea). Meanwhile, new nations are acquiring nuclear energy despite possessing an abundance of oil and/or some of the best conditions for solar energy on earth (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE).

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

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The War Was Won Before Hiroshima—And the Generals Who Dropped the Bomb Knew It, Gar Alperovitz, the Nation

Seventy years after the bombing, will Americans face the brutal truth?

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10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism, Medea Benjamin, teleSUR

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US progressives are delighted to see the US administration making some progress on the diplomatic front with Cuba and Iran. We should now clearly define what a progressive foreign policy looks like, and push presidential candidates and other officials to move US foreign policy towards one based on respect, cooperation and diplomacy. 

The US Economy Continues Its Collapse

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  • Clearly, this is not an economy that has a future.
  • 35 soul-crushing facts about American income inequality

Paul Craig Roberts, Countercurrents.org

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2014092742.gif10 August, 2015 | Do you remember when real reporters existed? Those were the days before the Clinton regime concentrated the media into a few hands and turned the media into a Ministry of Propaganda, a tool of Big Brother. The false reality in which Americans live extends into economic life. Last Friday’s employment report was a continuation of a long string of bad news spun into good news. The media repeats two numbers as if they mean something—the monthly payroll jobs gains and the unemployment rate—and ignores the numbers that show the continuing multi-year decline in employment opportunities while the economy is allegedly recovering.

The so-called recovery is based on the U.3 measure of the unemployment rate. This measure does not include any unemployed person who has become discouraged from the inability to find a job and has not looked for a job in four weeks. The U.3 measure of unemployment only includes the still hopeful who think they will find a job.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate.

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35 soul-crushing facts about American income inequality, Larry SchwartzAlterNet / Salon

The money given out in Wall Street bonuses last year was twice the amount all minimum-wage workers earned combined

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Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery"

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  • Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an 'oligarchy' in which 'unlimited political bribery' has created 'a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.'
  • Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity

Jon Schwarz, The Intercept

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AP_120526123936-article-header.jpgJuly 30 2015 | Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.”

Carter was responding to a question from Hartmann about recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign financing like Citizens United.

Before joining First Look/Intercept, Jon Schwarz <>worked for Michael Moore’s Dog Eat Dog Films and was Research Producer for Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story.

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american_oligarchy.jpgBoth Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report <http://www.blackagendareport.com> 

  • The two corporate parties have collaborated in knocking off countries targeted for invasion and regime change. They have both nurtured the jihadist international network that was created under presidents Carter and Reagan. And presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama are complicit in the capital crime of genocide in the Congo, where six million people have died since 1996. The presidential nominee of either party must be a ghoul, a fiend, or a banshee.
  • Chris Hedges | America's Electoral Farce

This is What Happens When We Follow the Democrat Sheepdog. And What Can Happen If We Don't

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  • It's time for a realistic plan to lift left electoral choices out of the “lesser of two evils” dilemma. The tools and opportunity to escape this perennial trap are here, but only if activists turn their backs on the lure of sheepdog Bernie Sanders and his corporate shepherds Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.
  • Bernie Out of the Closet: Sanders’ Longstanding Deal with the Democrats

Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report 

hillarys-pocket.jpg?itok=-DYWaFaNWed, 06/03/2015 | Last month I called Bernie Sanders' Democratic party primary run “sheepdogging” my term for a move the national Democratic party seems to execute every presidential primary season when there's no incumbent White House Democrat. The job of the sheepdog candidate is to herd leftish voters and activists back into the Democratic party one more time by giving perhaps sincere but limited and ineffectual voice to some of their issues.

Of course every sheepdog candidate since Jesse Jackson in '84 and 88 always folds his tent at the end of primary season to support the main corporate stooge Democrat for the November election. The hopeful word is always that the defeated sheepdog remains firmly committed to pushing the Democratic nominee leftward, both on the campaign trail and even more hopefully in the White House. But this never happens either. Losing Democratic nominees Mondale, Dukakis, Gore and Kerry adopted none of the positions of their sheepdog primary opponents on peace or climate change or mass transit or housing or racial and economic justice, and Democratic winners Clinton and Obama ignored them in the White House as well.

Bruce A. Dixon is Managing Editor of Black Agenda Report. 

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Bernie Out of the Closet: Sanders’ Longstanding Deal with the Democrats, Paul Street, Counterpunch

  • The Democrats have been Sanders’ “closet party” (Miller) for the last fifteen years. He’s really just coming out of the closet now for the presidential race, in a Clinton-welcomed effort to help give the Democrats a much-needed fake-populist makeover for the 2016 elections. The great Socialist Party presidential candidate Eugene Debs (whose poster hangs in Sanders’ Senate office) would not be impressed.
  • Chris Hedges | America's Electoral Farce
  • Sanders’ dodge on Black Lives Matter

The War Was Won Before Hiroshima—And the Generals Who Dropped the Bomb Knew It

Seventy years after the bombing, will Americans face the brutal truth?

Gar Alperovitz, The Nation

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Hiroshima_Anniversary_rtr_img.jpgAugust 6, 2015 | Visitors to the National Air and Space Museum—America’s shrine to the technological leading edge of the military industrial complex—hear a familiar narrative from the tour guides in front of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped an atomic weapon on the civilians of Hiroshima 70 years ago today. The bomb was dropped, they say, to save the lives of thousands of Americans who would otherwise have been killed in an invasion of the Home Islands. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were largely destroyed and the lives of between 135,000 and 300,000 mostly Japanese women, children, and old people were sacrificed—most young men were away at war—as the result of a terrible but morally just calculus aimed at bringing an intractable war to a close.

This story may assuage the conscience of the air museum visitor, but it is largely myth, fashioned to buttress our memories of the “good” war. By and large, the top generals and admirals who managed World War II knew better. Consider the small and little-noticed plaque hanging in the National Museum of the US Navy that accompanies the replica of “Little Boy,” the weapon used against the people of Hiroshima: In its one paragraph, it makes clear that Truman’s “political advisors” overruled the military in determining the way in which the end of the war in Japan would be approached. Furthermore, contrary to the popular myths around the atomic bomb’s nearly magical power to end the war, the Navy Museum’s explication of the history clearly indicates that “the vast destruction wreaked by the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the loss of 135,000 people made little impact on the Japanese military.”

Gar Alperovitz, formerly Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, is the author of two major studies of the Hiroshima decision: Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam and The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb.

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Bernie Out of the Closet: Sanders’ Longstanding Deal with the Democrats

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  • The Democrats have been Sanders’ “closet party” (Miller) for the last fifteen years. He’s really just coming out of the closet now for the presidential race, in a Clinton-welcomed effort to help give the Democrats a much-needed fake-populist makeover for the 2016 elections. The great Socialist Party presidential candidate Eugene Debs (whose poster hangs in Sanders’ Senate office) would not be impressed.
  • Chris Hedges | America's Electoral Farce
  • Sanders’ dodge on Black Lives Matter

Paul Street, Counterpunch

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paulstreet.jpgJuly 21, 2015 | I am glad that the left intellectual and activist Chris Hedges does not support the Bernie Sanders campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. As Hedges explained in a recent interview on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour, Sanders’ candidacy lends undeserved credibility to the thoroughly corporatized Democratic Party. Sanders has pledged that he will support the corporatist military hawk Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general presidential election. Sanders stirs up legitimate progressive energy and popular anger and then “funnels it back into a dead political system,” Hedges observes. Sanders fails to confront the American Empire and military state, and, Hedges adds, has unforgivably “abandoned the Palestinians and given carte blanche to Israel.”

I agree on all scores. Hedges’ reasoning is consistent with my own recent writings on interviews on the Sanders presidential sensation. I do, however, want to raise one quibble with Hedges on Sanders’ history – a difference that makes Hedges’ case against Sanders even stronger. “I don’t understand,” Hedges told Nader: “He [Sanders] fought the Democratic establishment in Vermont his entire career. Now he has sold out to it.”

Paul Street is a leading Left author, social critic and political commentator. His latest book is They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy (Paradigm, 2014).

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american_oligarchy.jpg America's Electoral Farce, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • Every action we take now must be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state. This means refusing to co-operate. It means joining or building radical mass movements. It means carrying out sustained acts of civil disobedience,
  • Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics
  • The Sanders Trap

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Sanders’ dodge on Black Lives Matter, Socialist Worker / The Peace Resource

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Democratic Party presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has little to offer in the way of solutions to police brutality and racism.

 

Amazing Grace

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  • Church leaders in Baltimore, MD, and Decatur, GA, redeem themselves of cowardice and hypocrisy!
  • Part 1: This powerful footage of over 100 clergy arm-in-arm through Baltimore shows the power of community.
  • Part 2: Black Preacher absolutely unloads on church hypocrisy on LGBT and it's freaking awesome.

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Part 1: This powerful footage of over 100 clergy arm-in-arm through Baltimore shows the power of community.

See the powerful scene on the streets of Baltimore as over 100 clergy members marched right up to a row of cops.

Rebecca Eisenberg, Upworthy

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crowd2-37e677b1fe6ae444cee28d666d9f08c1.gifAs years of understandable pent-up frustration with the police boiled over in Baltimore last night, there was one scene that really stood out.

"Over 500 Pastors out here declaring God and Peace on North Ave, what sight. The people have joined in this army to reclaim our streets. We love our City, Bmore!!!" Posted by Antoine Burton on Monday, April 27, 2015

Hundreds of faith leaders marched down the streets of Baltimore, praying and singing loudly.

Watching the men and women walk down the street, their crowd growing by the minute, was a bit of stunningly powerful imagery when put up against scenes of violence that seem to be on a loop.

Rebecca Eisenberg: A list of words that describes me is nerd, feminist, pop culture nut, Hufflepuff, comedy fan, TV enthusiast, bad at bio-writing, good at list-making. I'm hoping to make the world a better place by blogging in my pajamas.

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Part 2: Black Preacher absolutely unloads on church hypocrisy on LGBT and it's freaking awesome.

  • Pastor E. Dewey Smith of the House of Hope, Greater Travelers Rest church in Decatur, GA, gave an impassioned sermon, posted to YouTube on Thursday, in which he slammed church leaders for judging gay people but “you change wives like we change underwear.”
  • Move all your breakable and flammable stuff out of the way and make the jump to the video.

Toking Points Memo, Daily Kos

Pastor%20Dewey%20Smith%20on%20Church%20LGBT%20Hypocrisy.jpgFri, Jul 24, 2015 | I have little positive regard for the Church and preachers usually. Finding issues with this group is shooting big fish in a small barrel.

That said,  you have to check this guy out. Man, oh Man: he attacks the Churches in general who have been demonizing the LGBT population and he goes off. You can light a fire with this sermon.

Toking Points Memo: Daily Kos Contributor

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