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Obama's Kill List Reveals Gangsta Mentality in the Oval Office

  • Obama has mindfully charged well to the right of the homicidal idiot from Texas whom we all thought was as bad as it could get.
  • Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of Obama’s Principles and Will

Dennis Trainor, Jr.,

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Kevin Zeese

President Obama in the Oval Office with Thomas E. Donilon, left, the national security adviser, and John O. Brennan, his top counterterrorism adviser.

If President McCain was looking at photos and bios and deciding who to kill next, people would say he is a deranged killer. With Obama as the killer-in-chief 80% of Americans support drone strikes. Filmmaker Dennis Trainor, Jr. says it well in this video.

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Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of Obama’s Principles and Will, Jo Becker and Scott Shane, New York (NY) Times
This was the enemy, served up in the latest chart from the intelligence agencies: 15 Qaeda suspects in Yemen with Western ties. The mug shots and brief biographies resembled a high school yearbook layout. Several were Americans. Two were teenagers, including a girl who looked even younger than her 17 years.

America's murderous drone campaign is fuelling terror, Seumas Milne, Guardian UK

  • Obama's escalation of a war that's already caused thousands of deaths will only destabilise his own allies and bolster al-Qaida
  • Obama's Kill List Reveals Gangsta Mentality in the Oval Office
  • Drone Warfare ~ Madea Benjamin
     

Reform of the US Monetary System: Message of 12 Year Old Victoria Grant

  • Out of the Mouths of Babes: The government can borrow money that ultimately comes from private banks, which admittedly create it out of thin air, and soak the taxpayers for a whopping interest bill; or it can borrow from its own bank, which also creates the money out of thin air, and avoid the interest.
  • Support a public bank for YOUR state.
  • How the Bailout Killed Local Lending

Ellen Brown, Global Research

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The youtube video of 12 year old Victoria Grant speaking at the Public Banking in America conference last month has gone viral, topping a million views on various websites.

Monetary reform—the contention that governments, not banks, should create and lend a nation’s money—has rarely even made the news, so this is a first.  Either the times they are a-changin’, or Victoria managed to frame the message in a way that was so simple and clear that even a child could understand it.

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How the Bailout Killed Local Lending -- And How Some States Hope to Bring It Back, Ellen Brown, OpEdNews.com

  • "Wall Street banks have cut back on small business lending... [by] more than double the cutback in overall lending.... [Small business] options just keep disappearing." -Elizabeth Warren, Chair of the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel
  • The Bailout that Missed Main Street
     
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How the Corporate Right Hijacked America's Courts to Enrich the Top 1 Percent

America's political-economy is caught in a vicious cycle, with concentrated wealth at the top leading to outsized political power.

Joshua Holland, AlterNet

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image: Occupy Wall Street

For a generation, America's political-economy has been gripped in a vicious cycle. Those at the top of the economic pile have taken an ever-growing share of the nation's income, and then leveraged that haul into ever-greater political power, which they have in turn used to rewrite the rules of "the market" in their favor. Wash, rinse and repeat.

It's the result of years of institutional investments by the corporate Right to advance a reactionary legal regime in America's courts. In the process, the richest Americans now have their hands in both our legislative and judicial branches, while working America has become a voiceless stepping stone.

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Live Coverage: Occupy Worldwide, June 3

  • The seed planted on September 17th in New York City has grown into a national and international movement. Occupy Wall Street has branched out with hundreds of groups organizing Occupy protests in their own communities. Reader Supported News highlights some of the more significant actions from around the country here. Share this page with your friends and associates and check back often for the latest developments.
  • 7 new items including:
    • Great-Grandma: Ready to 'Lose' My Life Protesting
    • Has the FBI Launched a War of Entrapment Against the Occupy Movement?
    • An Open Letter to the Mainstream English Media, From Montreal
    • Police: 5 Arrested for Occupying S. Minneapolis Home
    • Occupy Wall Street Sues NYC Over Confiscated Books
    • Occupy Frankfurt. German Police Take Off Helmets and March With Protest Clearing the Way For Them
    • Live Events: Protests On Day 100 of the Quebec Student Conflict
    • A nation-by-nation look at Arab Spring's progress

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Highlights Week of June 3

Has the FBI Launched a War of Entrapment Against the Occupy Movement?, Arun Gupta, AlterNet
Is the government unleashing the same methods of entrapment against OWS that it has used against left movements and Muslim-Americans?

An Open Letter to the Mainstream English Media, From Montreal, Translating the printemps érable, OccupyWallSt.org
Thank you; you are a little late to the party, and you are still missing the mark a lot of the time, but in the past few days, you have published some not entirely terrible articles and op-eds about what's happening in Quebec right now. Welcome to our movement.

Occupy Frankfurt. German Police Take Off Helmets and March With Protest Clearing the Way For Them. Democratic Underground
How about this! From Occupy Frankfurt. May 19, 2012. The German police took off their helmets and marched with the protesters- clearing the way for them.

Police: 5 Arrested for Occupying S. Minneapolis Home, WCCO-TV / CBS News
Police arrested five Occupy Homes MN protesters early Friday (May 25) morning after they chained themselves together in a "sleeping dragon" device inside a south house that officers were attempting to evict.

Occupy Wall Street Sues NYC Over Confiscated Books, Joseph Ax, Reuters / Chicago (IL) Tribune
Occupy Wall Street filed a federal lawsuit Thursday (May 24) against New York City, claiming authorities destroyed $47,000 worth of books, computers and other equipment confiscated from the protesters' encampment in lower Manhattan last fall.

Live Events: Protests On Day 100 of the Quebec Student Conflict, Carl Gibson, Montreal (Quebec) Gazette
Students take to the streets again in large numbers to mark the 100th day of their fight against tuition hikes and Bill 78. Announced after the tentative deal with the province fell apart, demonstrators bussed in from all over the province and were joined by supporters like teachers, professors, parents, unions and other social movements who have rallied around their cause to express a larger social malaise. Now, with a special law attempting to impose an end to the 15-week strike, tensions are at an all-time high. Two months after a huge and peaceful demonstration brought as many as 200,000 into the streets, another massive protest makes its way through downtown Montreal. The Gazette brings you the day’s events live as they unfold.

Great-Grandma: Ready to 'Lose' My Life Protesting, Miranda Leitsinger, msnbc.com

  • Nan Wigmore brought her walker and packed her sign, "Grateful Great Grandmas Circle The Wagons, Support Occupy," and rode on a bus for some three days, sleeping in the same clothes, to make it to the NATO protests in Chicago.
  • The 75-year-old from Portland, Ore., says she couldn't imagine being anywhere else despite the discomfort of her journey.

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A nation-by-nation look at Arab Spring's progress, Associated Press / Seattle (WA) Times
Here's where things stand.

 

How Memorial Day Glosses Over the Real Horrors of War

It's likely that few Americans have spent time thinking about what the “memorial” in Memorial Day is about.

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com

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Photo Credit: AFP

It’s the saddest reading around: the little announcements that dribble out of the Pentagon every day or two -- those terse, relatively uninformative death notices: rank; name; age; small town, suburb, or second-level city of origin; means of death (“small arms fire,” “improvised explosive device,” “the result of gunshot wounds inflicted by an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform,” or sometimes something vaguer like “while conducting combat operations,” “supporting Operation Enduring Freedom,” or simply no explanation at all); and the unit the dead soldier belonged to.  They are seldom 100 words, even with the usual opening line: “The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.” Sometimes they include more than one death.

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Memorial Day 2012, Chante Wolf, Evergreene Digest

  • If war really worked, then why do we still conduct them, build more memorials and study about it so much in schools? Isn’t it time to build shrines for the peacekeepers and study good communication instead?
  • How Memorial Day Glosses Over the Real Horrors of War
  • Americans Love a Good Killer
     

Bill Moyers | On Memorial Day Weekend, America Reckons With Torture

  • If we really want to honor the Americans in uniform who gave their lives fighting for their country, we'll redouble our efforts to make sure we're worthy of their sacrifice; we'll renew our commitment to the rule of law, for the rule of law is essential to any civilization worth dying for.
  • Memorial Day Thoughts on National Defense

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Huffington Post

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Facing the truth is hard to do, especially the truth about ourselves. So Americans have been sorely pressed to come to terms with the fact that after 9/11 our government began to torture people, and did so in defiance of domestic and international law. Most of us haven't come to terms with what that meant, or means today, but we must reckon with torture, the torture done in our name, allegedly for our safety.

It's no secret such cruelty occurred; it's just the truth we'd rather not think about. But Memorial Day is a good time to make the effort. Because if we really want to honor the Americans in uniform who gave their lives fighting for their country, we'll redouble our efforts to make sure we're worthy of their sacrifice; we'll renew our commitment to the rule of law, for the rule of law is essential to any civilization worth dying for.

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Memorial Day Thoughts on National Defense, Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

  • We can best honor those who have given their lives for this nation in combat by making sure our military might is proportional to what America needs.
  • Beyond Outrage



 

Memorial Day Thoughts on National Defense

  • We can best honor those who have given their lives for this nation in combat by making sure our military might is proportional to what America needs.
  • Beyond Outrage
  • Bill Moyers | On Memorial Day Weekend, America Reckons With Torture

Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

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We can best honor those who have given their lives for this nation in combat by making sure our military might is proportional to what America needs.

The United States spends more on our military than do China, Russia, Britain, France, Japan, and Germany put together. 

With the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the cost of fighting wars is projected to drop – but the “base” defense budget (the annual cost of paying troops and buying planes, ships, and tanks – not including the costs of actually fighting wars) is scheduled to rise. The base budget is already about 25 percent higher than it was a decade ago, adjusted for inflation.

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Beyond Ourage ~ Robert Reich, Described in Robert Reich's Blog
What has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy and how to fix it.

Bill Moyers | On Memorial Day Weekend, America Reckons With Torture, Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Huffington Post

  • If we really want to honor the Americans in uniform who gave their lives fighting for their country, we'll redouble our efforts to make sure we're worthy of their sacrifice; we'll renew our commitment to the rule of law, for the rule of law is essential to any civilization worth dying for.
  • Memorial Day Thoughts on National Defense
     

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