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Not Senseless, Not Random: The Deadly Mix of Race, Guns & Madness

  • But none of (what we need to do) will be likely unless, in our grief and fear, we also muster up clarity and outrage. Right now - before the public debate is recaptured by questions of which politician said what to whom.
  • 60 Mass Shootings Since Tucson
  • Sikh temple shooting sheds light on world of 'hate rock’
  • Batman Shooter and His Psyche Drugs

Rinku Sen, ColorLines

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

(
August 6 2012) It could be terrorism, but we don't yet know. It could be someone who has a beef with Sikhs. It's too early to talk about gun control. These statements ran in a continuous loop through my head yesterday, even when I wasn't watching coverage of the mass shooting at an active gurdwara in a suburb of Milwaukee. Throughout the day, the hollowness in my solar plexus signaled grief and the tightness in my throat signaled panic, and I felt deep, deep resistance to the notion of saying anything about it. What is there to say that isn't a cliche?

Details are going to emerge in the coming days, but I already know what they'll amount to. A white man, in his 40's, nursing resentment over 9/11 for more than a decade, planned for a long time to kill some "enemies." The guns will turn out to be legally acquired, or if not, so accessible as to make the law meaningless. The man will turn out to be mad. In the debate, people will argue that the cause is racism...no, it's gun
control...no, it's mental health. It is impossible for us to navigate the deadly tangle of all three.

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60 Mass Shootings Since Tucson, Brady Campaign

  • There have been 60 mass shootings in the United States since the January 8, 2011 massacre in Tucson, Arizona.
  • Sign the Brady Campaign petition to President Obama and Governor Romney to provide solutions to gun violence.
  • Batman Shooter and His Psyche Drugs

Sikh temple shooting sheds light on world of 'hate rock’, Patrick Condon and Todd Richmond,  Associated Press / Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

  • The subculture acts as a money raiser and recruiting tool for white supremacists, insiders say.
  • Hollywood skirts blame in 'Dark Knight' shooting

Batman Shooter and His Psyche Drugs, Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn
The Taboo Question: What were the brain-altering psych drugs that the Batman Shooter might have been taking or withdrawing from?

 

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Chris Hedges | The science of genocide

  • Handmaidens to Barbarity
  • Noam Chomsky | In Hiroshima's Shadow

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

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J. Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves in September 1945 at remains of the Trinity test (site of the first detonation of a nuclear device). (Photo: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

(Aug 6, 2012) On this day in 1945 the United States demonstrated that it was as morally bankrupt as the Nazi machine it had recently vanquished and the Soviet regime with which it was allied. Over Hiroshima, and three days later over Nagasaki, it exploded an atomic device that was the most efficient weapon of genocide in human history. The blast killed tens of thousands of men, women and children. It was an act of mass annihilation that was strategically and militarily indefensible. The Japanese had been on the verge of surrender. Hiroshima and Nagasaki had no military significance. It was a war crime for which no one was ever tried. The explosions, which marked the culmination of three centuries of physics, signaled the ascendancy of the technician and scientist as our most potent agents of death.

"In World War II Auschwitz and Hiroshima showed that progress through technology has escalated man's destructive impulses into more precise and incredibly more devastating form," Bruno Bettelheim said. "The concentration camps with their gas chambers, the first atomic bomb ... confronted us with the stark reality of overwhelming death, not so much one's own—this each of us has to face sooner or later, and however uneasily, most of us manage not to be overpowered by our fear of it—but the unnecessary and untimely death of millions. ... Progress not only failed to preserve life but it deprived millions of their lives more effectively than had ever been possible before. Whether we choose to recognize it or not, after the second World War Auschwitz and Hiroshima became monuments to the incredible devastation man and technology together bring about."

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Noam Chomsky | In Hiroshima's Shadow, Noam Chomsky, Nation of Change

  • August 6, the anniversary of Hiroshima, should be a day of somber reflection, not only on the terrible events of that day in 1945, but also on what they revealed: that humans, in their dedicated quest to extend their capacities for destruction, had finally found a way to approach the ultimate limit.
  • Tomorrow (August 9) is the 66th anniversary of the incineration of Nagasaki Christianity
     

Syria | Shameful Performance of Western Media

  • There is no accountability and it is unlikely that someone is going to write a book on the shortcomings and failures of Western media. Western media also marketed the Libya story and they were never made accountable for the lies they peddled there.
  • These media have failed their readers on many levels. Their shortcomings can be summarized as follows:
  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
  • Nygaard Notes #511 | "The New American Way of War" in the Media
  • "Progressive" Journalism's Legacy of Deceit


As’ad AbuKhalil, Al Akhbar English

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(Aug 7, 2012) The performance of the Western media (American, British, French and others) regarding the Syrian conflict has been quite shameful. One does not expect much from American media. Ill-informed foreign editors and correspondents and political cowardice turn American media into tools of US foreign policy.

This is especially true when it comes to coverage of the Middle East, where extra political courage and uncharacteristic level of knowledge and expertise are rather rare, even though they are essential to challenging US foreign policy. But when it comes to Syria, British media – including the liberal Guardian which has often been brave in challenging Western foreign policies and wars – have been indistinguishable from American media.

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How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance, Richard Schiffman, OpEdNews

  • Norwegian sociologist, Johan Galtung, the winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize in 1987, believes that the media's institutional bias toward reporting "official sources" in the government and military means that we generally only hear from those with a vested interest in the use of force, rarely from the people on the ground who will pay for their decisions in blood. The arguments for military action are framed in abstract geopolitical terms and vague appeals to "the national interest" rather than focusing on the terrible human costs of organized state violence.
  • Iran: This Is What Propaganda Looks Like
  • PBS's Dishonest Iran Edit
  • How the Media Is Taking Us Toward War With Iran

Nygaard Notes #511 | "The New American Way of War" in the Media, Jeff Nygaard, Nygaard Notes

  • "The new American way of war" is but a new strategy in service to a very old goal, which is the maintenance of the global U.S. military hegemony that began after World War II and took on new life with the demise of its only perceived rival, the Soviet Union, 20 years ago.
  • Special Project | The Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, & Iran: Week of July 29

"Progressive" Journalism's Legacy of Deceit, James Tracy, Global Research

  • Given the backdrop of progressive-left journalists’ lengthy and ardent opposition to the Bush-Cheney policies of Nazi-like atrocities and plunder, venues such as Democracy Now are poised to serve as platforms for disseminating the necessary disinformation to make the Obama administration’s color revolutions and "humanitarian" policy of military interventions seem palatable to the very audiences whose sensibilities are most opposed to violence and imperialism.
  • When War Is in the Air on PBS
  • NATO's Presence Does Not Benefit Afghan Women
     
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Obama's Second Term Agenda: Cutting Social Security, Medicare, and/or Medicaid

The White House already tried cutting all three main entitlement programs last year (cuts to Medicaid are actually cuts to Obamacare, for what it’s worth, since an expansion of Medicaid was a key plank of the new health care law).

Matt Stoller, Naked Capitalism

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(August 4, 2012) This is probably the least important Presidential election since the 1950s. As an experienced political hand told me, the two candidates are speaking not to the voters, but to the big money. They hold the same views, pursue the same policies, and are backed by similar interests. Mitt Romney implemented Obamacare in Massachusetts, or Obama implemented Romneycare nationally. Both are pro-choice or anti-choice as political needs change, both tend to be hawkish on foreign policy, both favor tax cuts for businesses, and both believe deeply in a corrupt technocratic establishment.
 
So while the election lumbers on like the death rattles of the wounded animal known American democracy, no one on either side is asking what the plan is for the next term. For Obama, his team is going into rooms of donors and shouting “Supreme Court”, while mumbling something about bipartisanship and $4 trillion, or Simpson-Bowles. What this means is that term two of the Obama White House will be organized around cutting entitlements.

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Noam Chomsky | In Hiroshima's Shadow

  • August 6, the anniversary of Hiroshima, should be a day of somber reflection, not only on the terrible events of that day in 1945, but also on what they revealed: that humans, in their dedicated quest to extend their capacities for destruction, had finally found a way to approach the ultimate limit.
  • Tomorrow (August 9) is the 66th anniversary of the incineration of Nagasaki Christianity

Noam Chomsky, Nation of Change

(August 4, 2012) Aug. 6, the anniversary of Hiroshima, should be a day of somber reflection, not only on the terrible events of that day in 1945, but also on what they revealed: that humans, in their dedicated quest to extend their capacities for destruction, had finally found a way to approach the ultimate limit.

This year's Aug. 6 memorials have special significance. They take place shortly before the 50th anniversary of "the most dangerous moment in human history," in the words of the historian and John F. Kennedy adviser Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., referring to the Cuban missile crisis.

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Tomorrow (August 9) is the 66th anniversary of the incineration of Nagasaki Christianity, Gary G. Kohls, MD, Duty to Warn

  • “Why should veterans (who largely have abandoned the Christian faiths of their childhoods) embrace a religion that has blessed the wars that ruined their souls?”
  • The Bombing of Nagasaki August 9, 1945: Another Example of Christians Killing Christians in the Name of Christ
     

Extremism normalized

  • How Americans are efficiently trained to acquiesce to ideas once deemed so radical as to be unthinkable
  • How propaganda is used in the U.S. to control it citizens
  • Michele Bachmann's damaging innuendo
  • How to Think

Glenn Greenwald, Salon  

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, shakes hands with Vice President Dick Cheney after McCain introduced Cheney during a campaign stop, Friday, July 16, 2004, at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Mich. (Credit: AP Photo/Al Goldis)

(July 31, 2012) Remember when, in the wake of the 9/11 attack, the Patriot Act was controversial, held up as the symbolic face of Bush/Cheney radicalism and widely lamented as a threat to core American liberties and restraints on federal surveillance and detention powers? Yet now, the Patriot Act is quietly renewed every four years by overwhelming majorities in both parties (despite substantial evidence  of serious abuse), and almost nobody is bothered by it any longer. That’s how extremist powers become normalized: they just become such a fixture in our political culture that we are trained to take them for granted, to view the warped as normal. Here are several examples from the last couple of days illustrating that same dynamic; none seems overwhelmingly significant on its own, but that’s the point.

After Dick Cheney criticized John McCain this weekend for having chosen Sarah Palin as his running mate, this was McCain’s retort:

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How propaganda is used in the U.S. to control it citizens, Jack Finley, Veterans for Peace

  • This video can provide a one and one-half hour of a Marketing 101 class on how rulers govern.
  • The End of America? Naomi Wolf Thinks It Could Happen

Michele Bachmann's damaging innuendo, Eric Schwartz, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

  • If the casual use of public innuendo is not challenged at every turn, we will undermine our national security.
  • Michele Bachmann, have you no shame?
  • Remove Rep. Bachmann from the Intelligence Committee!
  • Beware of Radical Islam

How to Think, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • If universities think a Milton Friedman or a Friedrich Hayek is more important than a Virginia Woolf or an Anton Chekhov, then we become barbarians.
  • Chris Hedges on The Alyona Show
  • Special Report | The Dumbing Down of American Politics: Week of July 1
  • George Lakoff | How Right-Wingers Scam People Into Buying Their Toxic Philosophy
     

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