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Battlefield Earth: All the Countries John McCain Has Wanted to Attack

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  • Syria, Iraq, Russia, North Korea, and nine other nations the Arizona senator has been eager to bomb, invade, or destabilize.
  • Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy

Tim Murphy and Tasneem Raja, Mother Jones

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10678706_859570157401331_5719755768082031200_n.jpg?oh=528917e34d33f4ebbb1e7c0e7b066002&oe=5533CEB4&__gda__=1428462860_57de76852829702637caba4ef72938b8Fri Sep. 6, 2013 | Even before he was caught playing poker on his iPhone at a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had already sent a message: Anything less than an extensive aerial assault on the Syrian regime by American forces would be an unacceptable approach to the conflict in the Middle East. This was hardly surprising. Over the last two decades, McCain has rarely missed an opportunity to call for the escalation of an international conflict. Since the mid-1990s, he's pushed for regime change in more than a half-dozen countries—occasionally with disastrous consequences.

Here's a quick review of McCain's eagerness for military action and foreign entanglements.

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Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • AIPAC becomes foreign agent dominating American foreign policy while disguised as domestic lobby.
  • Part 1: Bowing to AIPAC, Senate unanimously passes resolution supporting Israel
  • Part 2: Noam Chomsky vs. Al Franken 

 

Lessons from the Christmas Truce of 1914

  • “…the ones who call the shots won't be among the dead and lame; And on each end of the rifle we're the same” -- John McCutcheon
  • Tomgram | Adam Hochschild: Thank You for Making War!

Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

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Dec 9, 2014 | 100 years ago this month one of the most unusual aberrations in the bloody history of the organized mass slaughter that is war occurred – never to be repeated again. “Christian” Europe was in the fifth month of the world war that finally ground to a halt four years later, with all sides exhausted and most sides financially and morally bankrupted.

British, Scottish, French, Belgian, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, German, Austrian, Hungarian, Serbian and Russian church pulpits in those essentially Christian nations back home were doing their part in contributing to the un-Christ-like patriotic fervor that would result in a holocaust that destroyed four empires, killed upwards of 20 million soldiers and civilians and resulted in the psychological and physical decimation of an entire generation of young men in France, Britain, Germany and Russia.

Gary G. Kohls is a retired physician who writes about issues of war, peace, justice, mental health and nonviolence and feels it is important to mix religion and non-partisan politics. 

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Tomgram | Adam Hochschild: Thank You for Making War! Adam Hochschild, TomDispatch <http://www.TomDispatch.org>

Celebrating War Over and Over and Peace Once 

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Gun Ownership And Racist Attitudes Are Linked, Study Finds

  • The researchers found that "for each 1 point increase in symbolic racism there was a 50% increase in the odds of having a gun at home," as well as "a 28% increase in support for permits to carry concealed handguns."
  • The US Gun Culture, December 16, 2014

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6213-bible-gun-flag-032412.jpg11/06/2013 | Are you a white gun owner? You're more likely to be a racist than if you weren't packing heat.

That's what researchers found in a study published by the journal Plos One, which linked racial prejudice to firearm ownership in America.

A research team led by Dr. Kerry O’Brien, a professor of behavioral studies at Australia's Monash University, examined attitudes about gun control and race using data from the American National Election Study, a survey conducted before and after presidential elections.

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The US Gun Culture, December 16, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • America is living under the gun. America has lost its mind.
  • Part 1: Do Good Guys With Guns Stop Bad Guys? The Violence Policy Center Says No
  • Part 2: How A Gun Dealer Sees It
  • Seriously, people. This armed teacher thing really might not work out

Tomgram | Adam Hochschild: Thank You for Making War!

Celebrating War Over and Over and Peace Once 

Adam Hochschild, TomDispatch

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Adam%20Hochschild%20%7C%20To%20End%20All%20Wars.jpgDecember 9, 2014 | Often enough when something goes missing, it takes a while to realize that it’s gone.  An example that came to me recently is the once-commonplace word “peace.” It’s not just that, in a time of public dissatisfaction with America’s wars, there’s no mention of a “peace movement” or “peace signs,” but that in wartime Washington, when it comes to the world rather than the domestic realm, the very idea of “peace” has gone missing in action. Once upon a time, even in the midst of war, politicians still talked of peace -- of a future, that is, in which whatever war was underway had ended and some other way of existence was imaginable. But it turns out that there was a prerequisite for that: you had to believe that one day the state of war would indeed be over, that someone would win or “peace negotiations” would begin.

These days in Washington that turns out to be unimaginable. Think of it as part of a post-9/11 sea change. It didn’t take long after the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked for the top officials of the Bush administration (and their neocon cronies) to begin imagining a “wartime” that would never end. “World War IV” or “the Long War,” as they liked to call it, had begun. In fact, they road-tested a number of names meant to catch the spirit of the moment as they imagined it, though the only one that stuck was “the Global War on Terror.” From the beginning, it was seen as a multi-generational struggle stretching off into the fog of time.  In that light, the national security state was massively built up to offer Americans eternal safety from “terror” in a world in which danger would never be more than a hijacked plane away.  That structure has now reached monumental proportions, becoming embedded in Washington and in “the homeland” in a way that's undoubtedly beyond dislodging in any foreseeable future.

Adam Hochschild's most recent book, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. During the Vietnam era, he was a U.S. Army Reservist and a founder of the Reservists Committee to Stop the War.

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Wrong, NRA! Right-to-Carry Laws Actually Increase Gun Violence.

  • New study definitely debunks gun nuts' crazy theory that more guns make us safer.
  • Gun extremists’ ghastly new low: A fight over “open carry” turns vulgar and scary.

Joanna Rothkopf, Salon / AlterNet

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November 17, 2014  |  A new study from researchers at Stanford University debunks the oft-cited fact that  more guns leads to less crime. In fact, the researchers found, the opposite is the case: right-to-carry laws are associated with higher rates of aggravated assault, rape, robbery and murder.

The results of the study are imperfect. Lead author of the study and Stanford law professor  John J. Donohue III said, “Trying to estimate the impact of right-to-carry laws has been a vexing task over the last two decades.” While they specifically found that right-to-carry laws had yielded 8 percent more instances of aggravated assault, that number isn’t set in stone because of a number of confounding factors (such as various drug epidemics). Regardless, Donohue says that 8 percent is a low guess–the reality could be much higher.

Joanna Rothkopf is a New York-based writer and performer. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post, Salon, and Epicurious.com, among others.

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Gun extremists’ ghastly new low: A fight over “open carry” turns vulgar and scary, Amanda GaileySalon 

  • Nuts fighting to save their "rights" aren't just demonstrating or issuing propaganda. Now they're getting personal.
  • Seriously, people. This armed teacher thing really might not work out.

 

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