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Robert Koehler | Dancing with Fear

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Maybe it’s time to stop regarding every challenge, danger, obstacle, mystery and fear we encounter as a military operation, to be won or lost. We should at least be aware we have a choice in the matter.

Robert Koehler, LA Progressive / Rise Up Times 

August 2, 2017 | I knew there was a war on against cancer and, oh yeah, drugs, illiteracy, poverty, crime and, of course, terror, and that many arenas — sports, religion, business and politics, to name a few — are often portrayed as war without the body bags. But I was still surprised to read recently in the New York Times that we’ve opened up a fat front:

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“It is a scene being repeated across the country as schools deploy the blood-pumping video game Dance Dance Revolution as the latest weapon,” the Gray Lady informed us, “in the nation’s battle against the epidemic of childhood obesity.”

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What the Mainstream Media isn’t Telling You About How ‘Regime Change’ Wars Led to Korea Crisis

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  • Part 1: What the Media isn’t Telling You About North Korea’s Missile Tests

    • Bottom line: The North is ready to deal. They want negotiations. They want to end the war.

  • Part 2: How ‘Regime Change’ Wars Led to Korea Crisis

  • The U.S.-led aggressions against Iraq and Libya are two war crimes that keep on costing, with their grim examples of what happens to leaders who get rid of WMDs driving the scary showdown with North Korea.

 

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Part 1: What the Media isn’t Telling You About North Korea’s Missile Tests

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  • Bottom line: The North is ready to deal. They want negotiations. They want to end the war. They want to put this whole nightmare behind them and get on with their lives. But Washington won’t let them because Washington likes the status quo. Washington wants to be a permanent feature in South Korea so it can encircle Russia and China with lethal missile systems and expand its geopolitical grip bringing the world closer to nuclear Armageddon.
  • Here’s what the media isn’t telling you about North Korea’s recent missile tests.

 

Mike Whitney, Counterpunch

September 4, 2017 | Last Monday, the DPRK fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan’s Hokkaido Island. The missile landed in the waters beyond the island harming neither people nor property.

The media immediately condemned the test as a “bold and provocative act”  that showed the North’s defiance of UN resolutions and “contempt for its neighbors.” President Trump sharply criticized the missile test saying:

Mike Whitney lives in Washington State. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). 

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Part 2: How ‘Regime Change’ Wars Led to Korea Crisis

Consortium Exclusive: The U.S.-led aggressions against Iraq and Libya are two war crimes that keep on costing, with their grim examples of what happens to leaders who get rid of WMDs driving the scary showdown with North Korea.

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President George W. Bush in a flight suit after landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln to give his “Mission Accomplished” speech about the Iraq War on May 1, 2003.

September 4, 2017 | It is a popular meme in the U.S. media to say that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “crazy” as he undertakes to develop a nuclear bomb and a missile capacity to deliver it, but he is actually working from a cold logic dictated by the U.S. government’s aggressive wars and lack of integrity.

Indeed, the current North Korea crisis, which could end up killing millions of people, can be viewed as a follow-on disaster to President George W. Bush’s Iraq War and President Barack Obama’s Libyan intervention. Those wars came after the leaders of Iraq and Libya had dismantled their dangerous weapons programs, leaving their countries virtually powerless when the U.S. government chose to invade.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. His latest book is America’s Stolen Narrative.

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Ten Thoughts About Hurricanes, Climate Change, And The Deep State

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Wake humanity up to the deceptions they’re being fed, kill the establishment propaganda machine using our unprecedented ability to network and share information, get real humans acting in their own interests instead of the interests of a few sociopathic plutocrats, and take control of the destiny of our species.

Caitlin Johnstone, Medium

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Sep 5, 2017 | I suppose I may as well continue my daily tradition of alienating half my readership and challenge my right-leaning followers today. Don’t worry, I’m sure my lefty readers will be mad at me for whatever I write tomorrow.

As a Category 5 hurricane approaches the Caribbean on a possible collision course with Florida, I’d like to offer the following ten thoughts on climate change and the implications it has for our current political reality.

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Police Anarchy and Technology and Criminal Justice

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  • Part 1: Chris Hedges: The Collapse of the American Judicial System
    • Chris Hedges discusses restoring America’s justice system with legal scholar Edgar Cahn.
  • Part 2: Why Technology Will Not Solve Our Criminal Justice Problems
    • In the context of criminal justice, America’s faith in technological interventions is worse than misplaced; it is dangerous.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Part 1: Chris Hedges: The Collapse of the American Judicial System

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Aug 5, 2017 | On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses restoring America’s justice system with legal scholar Edgar Cahn. Cahn is a law professor, former counsel and speechwriter to Robert F. Kennedy, and co-founder of the Antioch School of Law which placed emphasis on serving the poor and trained prospective lawyers in social activism. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil examines the collapse of our legal system.

RT America broadcasts news reports, features and talk shows with a totally different perspective from the mainstream American television. We delve deep into the most important issues on the US agenda, report the other side of the story, and explore unanswered – and unasked – questions.

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Part 2: Why Technology Will Not Solve Our Criminal Justice Problems

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In the context of criminal justice, America’s faith in technological interventions is worse than misplaced; it is dangerous.

Jennifer L. Lieberman, Counterpunch / Rise Up Times

Auguist 2, 2017 | Technological and scientific interventions in criminal justice are not always newsworthy enough to draw our attention away from urgent and sensational issues on Capitol Hill. But when a jail in Tennessee promotes sterilization by offering reduced sentences to men who volunteer to have vasectomies, we have to pay attention. The problem is not that one jail implemented a terrible eugenicist policy; it is that stakeholders in the criminal justice system are consistently looking for scientific and technological solutions to social problems, forgetting that—as fivethirtyeight contributor Laura Hudson writes— “technology is biased too.”
In the context of criminal justice, America’s faith in technological interventions is worse than misplaced; it is dangerous.

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This Twitter Thread Satirizing How Men Talk About Women Is Too Good

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  • “I half wonder whether men should be allowed in labs. Could be a distraction to hard working women.”
  • "And they're so unstable. With all those mood swings, how can they concentrate on intellectual pursuits?"

    Carla Herreria, HuffPost 

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09/03/2017| What if we talked about male historical figures in the same way we talk about female historical figures?

Twitter user @manwhohasitall has thousands of people examining that alternative reality with one genius Twitter thread.

Man Who Has It All is a satirical Twitter account which highlights ridiculous gender stereotypes by tweeting about men’s lifestyle in the ridiculous ways some magazines would write about women. The account inspired a eponymous book published in 2016 titled “From Frazzled to Fabulous: How to Juggle a Successful Career, Fatherhood, ‘Me-Time’ and Looking Good.”

Carla Herreria, Reporter, The Huffington Post, is Hawaii-based. She hides in a cave near the beach, surfs and writes poems about literally everything.

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Nuclear Disarmament, NOT Willingness To Preemptively Nuke Other Nations (2)

  • Part 1: Chilling Survey Reveals Majority of Americans Willing To Preemptively Nuke Other Nations
    • An even larger percentage of Americans would approve of a conventional bombing attack designed to kill 100,000 Iranian civilians in the effort to intimidate Iran into surrendering.
  • Part 2: Nuclear Disarmament NOT Nuclear Threats
    • Setsuko Thurlow: "…remember those who died and express the hope of those who survived that no human being should ever have to experience the inhumanity and unspeakable suffering of nuclear weapons"
  • Ralph Nader | We Must End the Empire of Militarism and Bring Our Taxpayer Dollars Home

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Part 1: Chilling Survey Reveals Majority of Americans Willing To Preemptively Nuke Other Nations

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In addition to a majority of Americans’ willingness to use nuclear weapons on civilians, the survey found “an even larger percentage of Americans would approve of a conventional bombing attack designed to kill 100,000 Iranian civilians in the effort to intimidate Iran into surrendering.”

Darius Shahtahmasebi,  Anti-Media 

August 31, 2017 | A new survey published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests Americans are willing to make a first nuclear strike against Iran and kill millions of civilians in the process.

According to the report, entitled “Revisiting Hiroshima in Iran,” although the majority of Americans initially approved of President Harry S. Truman’s decision to drop the nuclear bomb in 1945 on two civilian populations in Japan, a poll conducted in 1998 showed the number of Americans who approved of the decision had dropped since the 1970s and 1980s. This trend carried on even until the early 2000s and arguably to the present day.

Darius Shahtahmasebi has completed a Double Degree in Law and Japanese from the University of Otago, with an interest in human rights, international law and journalism. He's a fully qualified lawyer in two separate jurisdictions, and writes about foreign policy for Anti-Media.

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Part 2: Nuclear Disarmament, NOT Nuclear Threats

https://i1.wp.com/www.unitedforpeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/TrumpKim.jpg?resize=480%2C319In the words of hibakusha Setsuko Thurlow, "…remember those who died and express the hope of those who survived that no human being should ever have to experience the inhumanity and unspeakable suffering of nuclear weapons"

Chris VinalesUnited for Peace & Justice 

August 16, 2017 | United for Peace and Justice objects in the strongest possible terms to President Donald Trump’s August 8 nuclear threat to "rain fire and fury like the world has never seen" on human beings. Trump doubled down on his alarming threat to North Korea two days later, saying: “Maybe it wasn’t tough enough.”

http://www.unitedforpeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ufpj-logo.png The world has seen the devastation caused by the “fire and fury” of nuclear weapons used by the United States on August 6 and 9, 1945, which indiscriminately incinerated tens of thousands of people in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. By the end of 1945 more than 210,000 people – mainly civilians – were dead, and the surviving
hibakusha, their children and grandchildren continue to suffer from physical, psychological and sociological effects.

United for Peace & Justice (UFPJ) continues to serve as  a network  of hundreds of peace and justice organizations around the US and world.  Together we are working to end war and oppression, shift resources toward human needs, protect the environment and promote sustainable alternatives.

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Ralph Nader | We Must End the Empire of Militarism and Bring Our Taxpayer Dollars Home, Ralph Nader, The Nader Page / Dandelion Salad 

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America must come home: we must end the Empire of Militarism and of playing the role of policeman of the planet. Both of these habitual roles are backfiring and depleting trillions of taxpayer dollars that could be better used toward rebuilding our country’s infrastructure, strengthening our catastrophe-response networks and preparing for the coming megastorms like Hurricane Harvey.

 

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Herr Donald, Sheriff Joe, Hurricane Harvey, and the Fate of the Republic

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Hurricane Harvey is yet another deadly reminder that Nature Bats Clean-Up and will not let homo sapiens off the hook for letting its capitalist “elite” drive global temperature to deadly extremes with excessive carbon emissions that are a direct consequence of modern capitalism’s lethal addiction to endless accumulation, commodification, and quantitative “growth.”

Paul Street, Counterpunch

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August 30, 2017 | Good Timing

Let history record that the leading climate change-denier and eco-exterminist, arch-authoritarian petro-capitalist United States President Donald Trump threatened to shut-down the federal government as the capitalogenically cooked waters in the Gulf of Mexico swirled on their path to an epic tropical storm that would epically flood Houston and much of southeast Texas in a matter of days.

The president’s moronic threat came at the peak of the hurricane season.  It was made at a white-nationalist campaign-style rally in Phoenix. There Trump heaped praise on a former and recently federally convicted county sheriff who tortured and murdered a moderate Mexican village’s worth of predominantly Latino jail inmates across a long reign of racist police-state terror in Arizona. At this noxious assembly, Trump strongly hinted that he would soon pardon the fascist sheriff.  The Racist Dog Whistler-in-Chief also doubled down on his sickening defense of the frenzied racists who oppose the tearing down of statues honoring “heroes” of the Southern Confederacy (1861-1865), which waged a war on Washington – a war that killed 750,000 Americans in order to defend the system of Black chattel slavery. Meanwhile. high-tech storm troopers charged, shooting rubber bullets and “pepper balls” at liberal and left protesters outside in the sweltering heat.

Paul Street's latest book is They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy (Paradigm, 2014)

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