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Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action

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One Big Thing: Student Protests * Gun control walkout: Teens protest around the country by leaving schools * Right wing pundits attack student survivors of mass shooting, and Donald Trump Jr approves; * America's youth is sick of shootings. It's time to let them lead the way. * Marco Rubio almost got away with his routine. Then he met Cameron Kasky

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February 22, 2018 |

One Big Thing: Student Protests, Countable 

2/21/2018 | Students around the country are walking out of school in response to an online call to mobilize for gun control. Hundreds of students in Broward County, FL, the location of the Parkland shooting, took to the streets, while others marched on the Florida state capitol. Large groups of students in Maryland marched towards the U.S. Capitol. At the same time, some students in Texas were told they'd be suspended if they left school. Read about the various protests and see footage of the marches.

Gun control walkout: Teens protest around the country by leaving schools, Nicole Karlis, Salon
02.21.2018From Florida to Maryland, students are rallying together in solidarity with Marjory Stoneman Douglas survivors

Right wing pundits attack student survivors of mass shooting, and Donald Trump Jr approves, Mark Sumner, Daily Kos
Tuesday Feb 20, 2018 | The students of  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have proven to be compelling when they tell the story of the mass slaughter at their school, articulate when they voice their frustration at how this problem has only gotten worse over their lifetimes, forceful in refusing to be silenced by those supposedly more powerful, and determined that those who died at their school are not going to have fallen in vain. So naturally, they’re under attack from the right.

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Therese Gachnauer, center, a 18 year old senior from Chiles High School and Kwane Gatlin, right, a 19 year old senior from Lincoln High School, join fellow students protesting gun violence on the steps of the old Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018.(Credit: AP/Mark Wallheiser)

America's youth is sick of shootings. It's time to let them lead the way, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Guardian
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | Since Columbine, more than 150,000 primary or secondary school students have experienced a school shooting. Enough is enough.

 

Marco Rubio almost got away with his routine. Then he met Cameron Kasky, Richard Wolffe, The Guardian
Thursday, February 22, 2018 | The Florida senator is a talented politician, but he met his match in a 17-year-old who called him out over NRA cash

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Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives," Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest.

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  • Part 1: Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives’.
  • “This is about us begging for our lives.”
  • Part 2: Parkland Students Go After Rick Scott, Rubio, Paul Ryan As NRA Enablers.
  • (Parkland Students') rage is so … raw it might even effect change in this sick culture.

 

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Cold War Then. Cold War Now.

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  • In 2015 in Brussels, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) formally voted to accept the District of Columbia as a new member. UNPO is an international democratic organization whose members are indigenous peoples, minorities and unrecognized or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.
  • Related: Bernie Keeps Promoting The New Cold War and the U.S. ‘Forever Wars’, and Yes, We Need To Talk About It

William Blum, Dandelion Salad

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September 26, 2017 | The anti-Russian/anti-Soviet bias in the American media appears to have no limit. You would think that they would have enough self-awareness and enough journalistic integrity -– just enough -– to be concerned about their image. But it keeps on coming, piled higher and deeper.

One of the latest cases in point is a review of a new biography of Mikhail Gorbachev in the New York Times Book Review (September 10). The review says that Gorbachev “was no hero to his own people” because he was “the destroyer of their empire”. This is how the New York Times avoids having to say anything positive about life in the Soviet Union or about socialism. They would have readers believe that it was the loss of the likes of Czechoslovakia or Hungary et al. that upset the Russian people, not the loss, under Gorbachev’s perestroika, of a decent standard of living for all, a loss affecting people’s rent, employment, vacations, medical care, education, and many other aspects of the Soviet welfare state.

William Blum, Writer, Dandelion Salad, is the author of: America’s Deadliest Export – Democracy: The Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else; Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War 2; Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower; West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir; and Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire.

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Bernie Keeps Promoting The New Cold War and the U.S. ‘Forever Wars’, and Yes, We Need To Talk About It, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Bernie Keeps Promoting The New Cold War, And Yes, We Need To Talk About It
    • New McCarthyism Could Literally Kill Us All
  • Part 2: Vietnam and the U.S. ‘Forever Wars’
    • Military planners have learned the wrong lessons from the Vietnam War, focusing on war’s “winnability” rather than questioning whether to engage in it all.

 

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Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives’; Go After Rick Scott, Rubio, Paul Ryan As NRA Enablers.

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  • Part 1: Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives’.
    • “This is about us begging for our lives.”
  • Part 2: Parkland Students Go After Rick Scott, Rubio, Paul Ryan As NRA Enablers.
    • (Parkland students') rage is so … raw it might even effect change in this sick culture.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives’.

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“This is about us begging for our lives,” Cameron Kasky, a junior at Stoneman Douglas, continued. “This isn’t about the GOP. This isn’t about the Democrats. This is about us creating a badge of shame for any politicians who are accepting money from the NRA and using us as collateral.”

Matt Shuham, Talking Points Memo (TPM)

February 18, 2018 | A group survivors of Wednesday’s mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida appeared on several nationally-broadcast talk shows Sunday with a message for lawmakers: “You’re either with us or against us.”

Those were the words of Cameron Kasky, a junior at Stoneman Douglas who told CNN’s Dana Bash (and several other anchors) that students nationwide would participant in a “March For Our Lives” on March 24th, with a goal of preventing mass shootings and placing a “badge of shame” on lawmakers who accept money from the National Rifle Association.

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Part 2: Parkland Students Go After Rick Scott, Rubio, Paul Ryan As NRA Enablers.

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Some of the Parkland students have been unusually vocal and blunt in their assessment of who's to blame for school massacres: Republicans who take money from and are enablers for the National Rifle Association. Their rage is so strong, so raw it might even effect change in this sick culture. Here they are this morning on CNN.

Scarce, Crooks and Liars

2/17/18 | Sitting down with CNN host Victor Blackwell, the five students who have started up a project called “Never Again MSD,” went right after GOP officials by name.

“Wednesday’s high school shooting has renewed the national conversation about gun control,” Blackwell began. “Now the president says he’s working with Congress on many fronts on this issue. In the meantime, some students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School say they feel abandoned and have a message for D.C.. You said that the governor and Senator Rubio murdered 17 people — why?”

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US Military and Intelligence Agencies Have Turned Over 1,800 Movies and TV Shows Into Pro-War Propaganda.

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  • Part 1: “I Paid To See A Movie About Singing. I Got Ninety Minutes Of Pentagon Propaganda.”
    • It's a wonder we don't have to stand for the National Anthem before movies.
  • Part 2: Documents Expose How Hollywood Promotes War On Behalf Of The Pentagon, CIA, & NSA
    • US military intelligence agencies have influenced over 1,800 movies and TV shows.

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Part 1: “I Paid To See A Movie About Singing. I Got Ninety Minutes Of Pentagon Propaganda.”

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It's a wonder we don't have to stand for the National Anthem before movies.

Caitlin Johnstone, medium.com / Straight Line Logic

January 15, 2018 | To cap off a long, strange day, my husband and I took the kids out last night to see Pitch Perfect 3. The first Pitch Perfect is a firm favorite in our household, the kind of movie we end up watching when we can’t agree on what to watch. We’d been waiting til we all had a night to see the latest one together, so we made a night of it and went out for some dinner, too. I even had a Coke. The sugary kind. This was a big night, people! So we were all in high spirits and I entered the theater excited to see some good music and have a good time.

I wasn’t expecting a masterpiece, but I also wasn’t expecting to be blasted in the face with ninety minutes of blatant war propaganda from the United States Department of Defense.

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Part 2: Documents Expose How Hollywood Promotes War On Behalf Of The Pentagon, CIA, & NSA

US military intelligence agencies have influenced over 1,800 movies and TV shows.

Tom Secker and Matthew Alford, medium.com

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The documents reveal for the first time the vast scale of US government control in Hollywood, including the ability to manipulate scripts or even prevent films too critical of the Pentagon from being made — not to mention influencing some of the most popular film franchises in recent years.

Tom Secker and Matthew Alford are co-authors of the new book, National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood.

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Bernie Keeps Promoting The New Cold War and the U.S. ‘Forever Wars’, and Yes, We Need To Talk About It

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  • Part 1: Bernie Keeps Promoting The New Cold War, And Yes, We Need To Talk About It
    • New McCarthyism Could Literally Kill Us All
  • Part 2: Vietnam and the U.S. ‘Forever Wars’
    • Military planners have learned the wrong lessons from the Vietnam War, focusing on war’s “winnability” rather than questioning whether to engage in it all.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Bernie Keeps Promoting The New Cold War, And Yes, We Need To Talk About It

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New McCarthyism Could Literally Kill Us All

Caitlin Johnstone‬, Medium

Jan 31, 2018 | In an otherwise fine video response to the last night’s vapid, flag-waving State of the Union address, Bernie Sanders once again promoted the neocon think tank-generated and unproven claim that Russia interfered in America’s 2016 elections via “cyberwarfare”, and repeated the completely baseless insinuation that they colluded with Trump to do so.

“How can he not talk about the reality that Russia, through cyberwarfare, interfered in our election in 2016, is interfering in democratic elections all over the world, and according to his own CIA director will likely interfere in the 2018 midterm elections that we will be holding?” asked the Vermont Senator. “How do you not talk about that unless you have a very special relationship with Mr. Putin?”

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Part 2: Vietnam and the U.S. ‘Forever Wars’

Military planners have learned the wrong lessons from the Vietnam War, focusing on war’s “winnability” rather than questioning whether to engage in it all.

Alastair Crooke, Consortiumnews.com

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February 2, 2018 | Setting aside for the moment President Donald Trump’s animus to Barack Obama and all his works (notably the JCPOA, AKA the Iran nuclear deal), and his close attachment to Benjamin Netanyahu, much of this administration’s foreign policy seems to Beltway outsiders as one that is strategically incoherent: increasing U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan (after 16 years of war); a militarized ‘statelet’ to be constructed in northeastern Syria; a ploy to divide Lebanon; operational collaboration with Saudi’s Yemen war; and ‘taking Jerusalem off the table.’

These policies all seem to be conceived with a puzzling indifference to the likelihood for U.S. failure and humiliation.

Alastair Crooke is a former British diplomat who was a senior figure in British intelligence and in European Union diplomacy. He is the founder and director of the Conflicts Forum.

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Pentagon officials fears White House pushing for war with North Korea as 'major event' to unify country.

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  • Part 1: Pentagon officials fears White House pushing for war with North Korea: report
    • A New York Times bombshell alleges the Pentagon fears Trump is trigger-happy.
  • Part 2: Trump says it will be hard to unify country without a ‘major event’.
    • “I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity,” Trump said.

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Part 1: Pentagon officials fears White House pushing for war with North Korea: report

A New York Times bombshell alleges the Pentagon fears Trump is trigger-happy.

Nicole Karlis, Salon

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According to officials who spoke to the New York Times, the White House has become irritated at the Pentagon for being reluctant to give the White House military options on how to address  Kim Jong-un’s regime. Giving Trump “too many options” might “increase the odds that he will act," the report states.

Nicole Karlis is a news writer at Salon. She covers health, science, tech and gender politics.

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Part 2: Trump says it will be hard to unify country without a ‘major event’

“I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity,” Trump said. “Without a major event where people pull together, that’s hard to do. But I would like to do it without that major event because usually that major event is not a good thing.”

Yamiche Alcindor, PBS

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Trump spoke about creating a more united country during a lunch with a number of television news anchors. Trump said the United States has long been divided, including during the impeachment of former president Bill Clinton. Trump also said that Americans usually come together during times of suffering.

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F-35 Problems: Late IOTE, F-35A Gun Inaccurate, F-35B Tires, Threat Data, Cyber…

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Perhaps the most damning thing a director of Operational Test and Evaluation can say about a weapon is that it is not “operationally suitable.”

Colin Clark, Breaking Defense 

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January 26, 2018 | Perhaps the most damning thing a director of Operational Test and Evaluation can say about a weapon is that it is not “operationally suitable.”

Here’s what the new DOTE, Robert Behler, says about the F-35 Joint Strike fighter in his office’s latest annual report:

Colin Clark was the founding editor of DoDBuzz.com. Previously, he covered Congress, intelligence and regulatory affairs for Space News; founded and edited the Washington Aerospace Briefing, a newsletter for space industry professionals; covered national security issues for Congressional Quarterly; and was editor of Defense News.

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