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Armaments, universal debt, and planned obsolescence - those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. If war, waste, and moneylenders were abolished, you'd collapse. And while you people are overconsuming the rest of the world sinks more and more deeply into chronic disaster.

Aldous Huxley

 

Procesados en Chile siete exmilitares por el asesinato del cantautor Víctor Jara

28 DIC 2012, © El País

Un juez chileno procesó hoy a siete exoficiales del Ejército como responsables del asesinato del cantautor Víctor Jara, ocurrido el 16 de septiembre de 1973 tras el golpe de Estado que encabezó Augusto Pinochet, informaron fuentes judiciales.  full article>

 

Journalism, spooked by rumors of its own obsolescence, has stopped believing in itself. Groans of doom alternate with panicked happy talk.

Maureen Dowd

 

Greg Palast on US Election Fraud and Neoliberalism Gone Amok in Latin America and Greece

By Michael Nevradakis

Monday, 27 June 2016, © Truthout

Bestselling author and investigative journalist Greg Palast is no stranger to electoral shenanigans. Through an extensive investigation of the elimination of tens of thousands of largely low-income and voters of color from the electoral rolls in Florida prior to the 2000 presidential elections, Palast uncovered the ways in which electoral outcomes -- and democracy itself -- are increasingly manipulated by powerful interests in the United States.  full article>

 

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

George Orwell

 

Gaza's plight matters to the world

By Elizabeth Kucinich

June 23, 2016, © The Hill

This month, U.S. congressmen, including Reps. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), were refused entry into the Gaza Strip at the Erez crossing while on a fact-finding mission in Israel-Palestine. Israeli authorities, without elaboration, claimed that their application had not met the criteria necessary to enter. Apparently elected U.S. congressmen inspecting American taxpayer-funded projects and reviewing U.S. aid to Palestinians in Gaza is not worthy criteria.  full article>

 

In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell

 

Congress Seeks to Expand Warrantless Surveillance Under the Patriot Act

June 22, 2016, © ACLU.org

How would you feel if the Federal Bureau of Investigation could get information about websites you visited or emails you sent – without ever getting permission from a judge? Would you begin to self-censor the websites you visited — maybe avoiding revealing sites? Or, avoid emailing your pastor, therapist, or lawyer? These scenarios may soon no longer be hypothetical.  full article>

 

There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.

George Orwell

 

Why Can't We Do Anything About Guns?

Frank Smyth

June 21, 2016,© The Progressive

Once again, in the wake of a horrific mass shooting, Congress has failed to pass even any token gun reform legislation. This time, legislative inaction took a little more than eight days.

Why can't we do anything about massacres with semi-automatic, high-capacity guns that have helped make ours the most violent advanced nation on earth? Because we have allowed a minority of extremists to control the gun debate.  full article>

 

We become strong, I feel, when we have no friends upon whom to lean, or to look to for moral guidance.

Benito Mussolini

 

 

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw

 

Goodbye to All That: Why the UK Left the EU

by Pepe Escobar

June 24, 2016, © Counterpunch

So what started as a gamble by David Cameron on an outlet for domestic British discontent, to be used as a lever to bargain with Brussels for a few more favors, has metastasized into an astonishing political earthquake about the dis-integration of the European Union.

The irrepressibly mediocre Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, posing as a "historian", had warned that Brexit, "could be the beginning of the destruction of not only the EU but Western political civilization in its entirety".  full article>

 

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

Lao Tzu

 

 

I don't regret anything.

Amy Winehouse

 

How NRA Dark Money Impedes Gun Control Reform

By Thom Hartmann

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, © truthout

In just five short months, voters across the country will head to their local polling place to vote for local, state and federal offices to pretend we have a functioning democracy. But the truth is, our democracy is broken.

We make it difficult for whole groups of people to participate, like people of color, seniors, college students and low-income Americans. We cast our ballots on privately owned machines, but we have no way of telling whether they're counted correctly.

Our elections are primarily funded by corporate elite and billionaires who funnel their donations through dark money organizations. As former President Jimmy Carter pointed out on my radio program last year, the flood of money into our politics has effectively undermined US democracy and left us with American oligarchy. But the corrupting influence of money in politics hasn't just compromised our democracy; it's costing American lives.  full article>

 

To sum it all up, I must say that I regret nothing.

Adolf Eichmann

 

 

 

Messi. No necesita hablar de cuidar la pelota o de no mancharla. Pasa la pelota mejor que nadie, la acaricia, la castiga, la ve, la sigue, la ama como nadie. Maradona tuvo una extraordinaria visión y una magia parecida, pero nunca fue tan consistente como Messi. Lo mismo Cruyff. Pelé no tuvo que jugar contra tantos buenos equipos y contra tantos defensores fuertes y rápidos como Messi lo ha hecho año tras año. Es un jugador total. Lo más notable de todo es que nunca ha habido un gran goleador tan generoso. Hoy pudo marcar 3 o 4 goles, pero prefirió pasarle la pelota a Higuaín, a Lavezzi, hasta a Mascherano intento regalarle un gol. Cuando le preguntaron después del partido sobre lo de haber batido el récord de Gabriel Batistuta con ese tiro libre infernal, dijo "...es gracias a mis compañeros". Alucino. Me hace tan feliz verlo jugar, ver como se mueve en la cancha. Es obvio que es el mejor jugador del mundo y que es un enamorado del fútbol. Los madridistas, brasileños, argentinos amargados y otros ciegos que se niegan a reconocerlo dan pena. El comentarista norteamericano en la tele de acá, Alexi Lalas, que fue un buen defensor (y también fue parte del equipo USA que le ganó a Argentina 3-0 en la Copa América de 1995) le tiene tanta manía a Messi que sigue insistiendo que Cristiano Ronaldo es mejor jugador. Penoso lo de este burro. Los celos son muy feos. Me sigue preocupando que a la Pulga no le devuelvan los favores sus compañeros. Lamela no se la devolvió en el área, aunque Messi se la pidió, por ejemplo. Quizá no le funcione tan rápido el cerebro a ese pibe como para darse cuenta que lo lógico para el bien del equipo era pasarle la pelota al genio en vez de hacerse el morfón. No importa. Messi seguirá ayudando a la Selección, como la hace con el Barcelona, de cualquiera manera posible para que su equipo triunfe. Ya debería tener un Mundial y una Copa América. Si fueran la mitad de generosos sus compañeros, ya las hubiera ganado. Espero que el domingo pueda alzar la Copa. Se la merece este artista inigualable, este canto celestial al fútbol. Que sigan hablando mal de él Cristiano y Maradona. Da igual. Messi no necesita autoproclamarse ni menospreciar a sus rivales. Él tiene su camino, y los mortales tienen los suyos.

—V.M

 

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

Marcus Aurelius

 

"Podemos aprendió de los procesos latinoamericanos"

Por Ignacio Kostzer

Martes, 21 de junio de 2016, © Página/12

A menos de una semana de las elecciones, la últimas encuestas ubican en ascenso a la alianza entre Podemos e Izquierda Unida, consolidada en el segundo lugar a apenas tres puntos del Partido Popular de Rajoy. Si se confirma en las urnas, el desplazamiento del PSOE significaría una verdadera reconfiguración de la izquierda española. El psicoanalista y politólogo Jorge Alemán, hasta hace pocos meses agregado cultural de la embajada argentina en España, acompañó el surgimiento y evolución de esa organización y ahora la analiza como expresión del cambio en la cultura política española.  full article>

 

Rapid urban growth in the context of structural adjustment, currency devaluation, and state retrenchment has been an inevitable recipe for the mass production of slums.

Mike Davis

 

Bernie's Capitulation and Hillary's Syrian War to Come

by Gary Leupp

June 21, 2016, © Counterpunch

In his quasi-concession speech last Thursday, broadcast without a live audience (probably due to the fear of loud boos), Bernie Sanders began with the observation, "Election days come and go. But political and social revolutions that attempt to transform our society never end."  full article>

 

How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?

Howard Zinn

 

Trump, Reagan and Fascism: Frank Rich and the Pitfalls of Historical Analogy

By Mike Lofgren

Friday, 17 June 2016, © Truthout

Analogies are one of the most seductive and misleading of all expeditions into historical interpretation. Analogies can be an imaginative form of reasoning, as they enrich insight by connecting seemingly disconnected topics. But they can also be deceptive. For a certain type of American political commentator, every minor vicissitude in foreign relations is another Munich, and every blow up in the Balkans a replay of the Guns of August, with dire consequences for us all. Pathetic third-world caudillos always represent a new Adolf Hitler, and Western statesmen who warn against them are hailed as another Winston Churchill.  full article>

 

Capitalism works better from every perspective when the economic decision makers are forced to share power with those who will be affected by those decisions.

Barney Frank

 

90-year-old Idaho Democratic delegate hasn't given up hope for Bernie Sanders

By Jonathan Brunt

THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2016, © The Spokesman-Review

BONNERS FERRY, Idaho - On one side of her jean jacket, Faye Morris wears a "Bernie" button. On the other, a button says "wage peace."

In the months before Idaho's Democratic presidential caucus in March, Morris would stop people on the sidewalks of Bonners Ferry.  full article>

 

From my perspective, I absolutely believe in a greater spiritual power, far greater than I am, from which I have derived strength in moments of sadness or fear. That's what I believe, and it was very, very strong in the forest.

Jane Goodall

 

True Fraud: The New Battle Over Voting Rights, State By State

Tanner Jean-Louis

June 15, 2016, © The Progressive

With the primary season over, and Clinton and Trump having almost certainly secured their respective party's nominations, attention is turning to the election in November.

Though Trump managed to cruise through the primaries, his campaign now faces a much rockier road. Demographic changes and geographic challenges pose serious barriers to any Republican presidential candidate in 2016, especially one as staggeringly unpopular as the party's presumptive nominee.  full article>

 

Although it costs taxpayers more than twice as much to send an 18-year-old to prison as to university, politicians reap greater rewards from lobbyists and conservative voters for building cells than for building classrooms.

Mike Davis

 

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

Isaac Asimov

 

Samantha Power, Henry Kissinger & Imperial Delusions

by Daniel Kovalik

June 16, 2016, © Counterpunch

Quite revealingly, the self-proclaimed crusader against genocide, Samantha Power, was awarded the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize in Berlin. That Power would be awarded a prize named after one of the world's great génocidaires, and that she would happily accept it, proves what many of us have believed all along – that she is more the clever apologist for U.S. crimes than a bona fide human rights advocate.  full article>

 

The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence.

Joan Baez

 

Samantha Bee Doesn't Want Your Prayers, Politicians

"Is it okay if instead of making jokes, I just scream for seven minutes?"

Grace Wilson

Jun. 14, 2016, © MotherJones

In the wake of the tragedy in Orlando, Samantha Bee opened Full Frontal Monday night without the usual music and applause. She began her show by saying that although protocol after a mass shooting is usually to offer well-meaning words of support, she was too angry.  full article>

 

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!

Albert Einstein

 

CIA Releases New and Gruesome Details on Its Torture Program

By Dror Ladin

June 15, 2016, © ACLU

The CIA released 50 new documents yesterday relating to its post-9/11 torture and rendition program. Despite the many disclosures that have come in the course of our decade-long fight to reveal the details of the program, the new revelations still have the capacity to shock.  full article>

 

Power is not sufficient evidence of truth.

Samuel Johnson

 

Big Money's Conquest of Democratic Party

June 8, 2016, © Consortiumnews.com

Return with us now to the saga of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the soul of the Democratic Party. First, a quick recap: Rep. Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, chair of the Democratic National Committee, also has been an advocate for the payday loan industry. The website Think Progress even described her as the "top Democratic ally" of "predatory payday lenders." You know — the bottom-feeding bloodsuckers of the working poor. Yes, them.  full article>

 

In order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning and cruelty.

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

 

Enduring Syria's War While Also Treating Its Victims

June 02, 2016, © Doctors without Borders

Yahya Jarad is a nursing supervisor at MSF's Al Salamah hospital, and a 2007 nursing graduate from Aleppo University. Last Friday, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)had to evacuate the patients of Al Salamah hospital and close the facility as front lines drew too close. An estimated 100,000 people are trapped in northern Syria's Azaz district with battle lines approaching.  full article>

 

Righteousness acts never in its own interest, but in the interest of fellow men.

Thaddeus of Vitovnica

 

Política, manual de instrucciones

"Política, manual de instrucciones" adentra al espectador en los debates internos de Podemos, el partido que lidera Pablo Iglesias, en los momentos claves en su constitución y diseño de su estructura orgánica, "reflejando los tropiezos, los éxitos, las contradicciones, los buenos momentos y las crisis". Para ello, Aranoa ha recopilado 500 horas de filmación durante 15 meses, los que separan el nacimiento de Podemos de su llegada al Congreso. (FILMAFFINITY)

 

 

The United States of America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln

 

PZP vaccine is best way to stave off BLM's pending "billion-dollar" fiscal crisis

June 2nd, 2016, © Return to Freedom

38 wild horse advocacy groups press BLM for increased use of humane fertility control as alternative to costly roundups

Santa Barbara, CA (June 1, 2016) ...Today, Return to Freedom joined with 38 wild horse advocacy, rescue and humane organizations representing more than 10 million citizens, stand united in calling on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to make greater use of the humane fertility control vaccine PZP as a way to stave off its "billion-dollar" fiscal crisis caused by wild horse roundups in the American West.  full article>

 

Poverty wants some, luxury many, and avarice all things.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

 

Hillary Comes Out as the War Party Candidate

by Diana Johnstone

June 3, 2016, © Counterpunch.org

On June 2, a few days before the California primary, Hillary Clinton gave up trying to compete with Bernie Sanders on domestic policy. Instead, she zeroed in on the soft target of Donald Trump's most "bizarre rants" in order to present herself as experienced and reasonable. Evidently taking her Democratic Party nomination for granted, she is positioning herself as the perfect candidate for hawkish Republicans.  full article>

 

The lust of avarice as so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth.

Pliny the Elder

 

Blatter, Valcke and Kattner awarded themselves £55m, say Fifa lawyers

Luke Harding

Friday 3 June 2016, © The Guardian

The spectacular scale of greed at the top of Fifa was revealed on Friday when lawyers said that three high-ranking former officials – Sepp Blatter, Jérôme Valcke and Markus Kattner – had secretly given themselves pay rises and massive World Cup bonuses totalling 79m Swiss francs (£55m).  full article>

 

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us - avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.

Petrarch

 

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, America's Sinkhole Wars

Posted by Andrew Bacevich

May 31, 2016, © TomDispatch

Here's last week's good news on America's war fronts: finally, there's light at the end of the tunnel!

From one end of the Greater Middle East to the other, things are looking up for Washington. A U.S. Air Force drone struck for the first time in Baluchistan province and took out the leader of the Taliban with two Hellfire missiles (whereupon the Pakistani government denounced Washington for violating the country's sovereignty). The action was taken, President Obama later announced, as part of "our longstanding effort to bring peace and prosperity to Afghanistan." (Admittedly, you may not have heard much about such peace and prosperity recently with fierce fighting raging on Afghan battlefields, the Taliban gaining ground, the government in its usual pit of corruption, and the country maintaining its proud position as the uncontested global leader in the production and sale of opium.)  full article>

 

There is no bad time for good news.

Stephen King

 

París se rinde a Garbiñe Muguruza

Joan Solsona

04/06/2016, © Marca.com

La tierra de Roland Garros es sinónimo de éxitos para el tenis español. Primero fue Manolo Santana, después vinieron otros como Andrés Gimeno, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Sergi Bruguera, Carlos Moyá, Albert Costa y Juan Carlos Ferrero, hasta llegar a Rafael Nadal.  full article>

 

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!

Anne Frank

 

Tribute: Muhammad Ali, What Made Him the Greatest (1942—2016)

Thomas Curwen and J. Michael Kennedy

Jun 4, 2016, © Good News Network - Los Angeles Times

After defeating Sonny Liston in 1964, an ecstatic Muhammad Ali declared: "I shocked the world."

Thrusting his arms into the air, he treated the victory as if it had been a knockout. Never mind that Liston denied him that honor by refusing to step into the ring for a seventh round. Ali's win gave America a first glimpse of the young man who for the next 50 years would never stop shocking the world.  full article>

 

Hear me, people: We have now to deal with another race- small and feeble when our fathers first met them, but now great and overbearing. Strangely enough they have a mind to till the soil and the love of possession is a disease with them. These people have made many rules that the rich may break but the poor may not. They take their tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich and those who rule.

Sitting Bull

 

OAS Threatens to Suspend Venezuela While Ignoring Recent Ouster of Brazil's Dilma Rousseff

June 01, 2016, © Democracy Now

 

American imperialism is often traced to the takeover of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii in 1898.

Noam Chomsky

 

The National-Security Exposé So Secret Even Edward Snowden Didn't Know About It

By Mark Hertsgaard

June 1, 2016, © The Nation

Three years after Edward Snowden's revelations regarding the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program, Eric Holder has decided that Snowden may have done the right thing after all. His whistleblowing was "a public service," the Obama administration's former attorney general said on a podcast released May 30. Snowden should still be prosecuted, Holder added—leaking top-secret documents is illegal, after all—but his disclosures helped in "raising the debate."  full article>

 

What I fear most is power with impunity. I fear abuse of power, and the power to abuse.

Isabel Allende

 

From U.S. Ally to Convicted War Criminal: Inside Chad's Hissène Habré's Close Ties to Reagan Admin

May 31, 2016, © Democracy Now

 

 

The truly powerful feed ideology to the masses like fast food while they dine on the most rarified delicacy of all: impunity.

Naomi Klein

 

Forgetting the Crimes of War

By Gary G. Kohls

May 30, 2016, © Consortiumnews.com

One of the many heroes of the peace movement who came out of the Vietnam War was Vietnam veteran S. Brian Willson. Just like millions of other draft-age Americans, law student Willson had been drafted into that illegal and genocidal war – against his will – and came back disturbed and angry.  full article>

 

There are very few people who are going to look into the mirror and say, 'That person I see is a savage monster;' instead, they make up some construction that justifies what they do.

Noam Chomsky

 

Welcome to the Jungle: The Shocking Story of Another Animal Planet Reality Show

James West

Mar. 18, 2016, © MotherJones

A popular Animal Planet reality show about a family-run zoo is going off the air, after Mother Jones presented the network with evidence of animal welfare violations dating back nearly 20 years—a decision the show's creators said was connected to "new programming directions at the network."

Yankee Jungle stars Bob and Julie Miner, a loveable, down-to-earth couple tending to 200-plus animals at DEW Haven, a roadside zoo outside Mount Vernon, Maine. "At this sanctuary, the animals are family," the show's tagline reads. But what audiences of the series—whose first season averaged 900,000 viewers—didn't hear about was the zoo's long record of animal welfare problems, conditions a state investigator once described as "deplorable" and "untenable."  full article>

 

All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.

George Orwell

 

New Nukes for a New Cold War

By Chuck Spinney

May 28, 2016, © Consortiumnews.com

With the passage of time, the decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima (a uranium bomb) and Nagasaki (a plutonium bomb) in August of 1945 has become more controversial among historians but not in the public mind. Was the destruction of these two low priority targets necessary to end the war with the Japan?

In 1945 and thereafter, beginning with the Truman Administration, politicians and milcrats convinced the public that bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended the war quickly and thereby saved American and Japanese lives. Against the background of the brutality and racism of the Pacific War — and especially the just completed battles of Okinawa and Iwo Jima, and the overwhelming psychological effects of the Kamikazes — this justification was easy to believe by those troops designated for the invasion of Japan as well as by a public anxious to end the war.  full article>

 

We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.

Howard Zinn

 

Tony Blair Admits Mistake of Invading Iraq, Wants to Do It Again Anyway

May 26, 2016, © AntiMedia

(ANTIMEDIA) United Kingdom — Weeks before the long-awaited Chilcot investigation into the Iraq war is published, the brains behind Britain's role in it, Tony Blair, is calling for ground war again — this time against the Islamic State. Speaking at an event sponsored by Prospect Magazine in Westminster, Blair said his understanding of the Middle East is much deeper now than it was when he was Prime Minister. At the same time — in what could be the understatement of the century — the former Prime Minister admitted he "profoundly underestimated" the problems in Iraq after the United States toppled Saddam Hussein.  full article>

 

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

Bob Dylan

 

Hillary, Honduras, and the Murder of My Friend Berta

by Porfirio Quintano

May 30, 2016, © Counterpunch.org

Just one year ago, I had a joyous reunion in San Francisco with a high school classmate from my native Honduras. Social justice campaigner Berta Caceres came to the Bay Area to receive the prestigious Golden Environmental Prize for her leadership among indigenous people opposed to mining and the construction of hydro-electric dams that would destroy their communities.  full article>

 

Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.

Joseph Campbell

 

Pentagon Whistleblower's Disclosures Put a Lie to Obama, Clinton Claims About Snowden

May 23, 2016, © Democracy Now

 

 

I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.

John D. Rockefeller

 

Obama in Hiroshima: A Case Study in Hypocrisy

by Eric Draitser

May 25, 2016, © Counterpunch

President Obama heads to Japan this week for an historic visit to Hiroshima, site of the world's first use of a nuclear weapon, and one of the United States' most enduring shameful acts. The corporate media has hailed the visit as an important step in strengthening bilateral relations between the US and Japan. Indeed, it certainly is that as the US seeks to reassert its hegemony in an Asia-Pacific region increasingly being seen as the sphere of influence of China.  full article>

 

Fidelity purchased with money, money can destroy.

Seneca

 

Labor's Sell-Out and the Sanders Campaign

by Paul Buhle

May 23, 2016, © Counterpunch

Early last Fall, I received a surprising circular email from a high union officer and erstwhile leader of SDS, way back in the early 1960s. It contained an urgent appeal: get behind Hillary, because this is an era for defensive struggles. The letter-writer had also been an early and articulate opponent of the US invasion of Vietnam. I puzzled at his conversion to the War Candidate. I winced, some months later, as his union staffers crossed the border from my own Wisconsin to work feverishly in Iowa against....the labor candidate, Bernie Sanders, who lost by a hair (perhaps a hair that did not exist!). And again back in Wisconsin, where the best or worst efforts of his union, joined to the purported idealists of the labor movement, SEIU, failed somehow to keep the state in line for Hillary. They could not carry the working class vote.  full article>

 

The inside operation of Congress - the deals, the compromises, the selling out, the co-opting, the unprincipled manipulating, the self-serving career-building - is a story of such monumental decadence that I believe if people find out about it they will demand an end to it.

Bella Abzug

 

Chomsky: Today's GOP is a Candidate for Most Dangerous Organization in Human History—Part 2

May 16, 2016, © Democracy Now

 

 

I think that there's something in the American psyche, it's almost this kind of right or privilege, this sense of entitlement, to resolve our conflicts with violence. There's an arrogance to that concept if you think about it. To actually have to sit down and talk, to listen, to compromise, that's hard work.

Michael Moore

 

Noam Chomsky: Climate Change & Nuclear Proliferation Pose the Worst Threat Ever Faced by Humans

May 16, 2016, © Democracy Now

 

 

Fascism is capitalism plus murder.

Upton Sinclair

 

Naomi Klein criticises lack of global action on climate change after Sydney Peace prize win

Paul Karp

Sunday 15 May 2016, © The Guardian

The Canadian author and social activist Naomi Klein has criticised Australia's climate change policies after winning the Sydney Peace prize for her work exposing the structural causes of the planet's climate crisis.  full article>

 

Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.

Al Capone

 

NYT's Glass Is Half Full of Half-Truths

By Jim Naureckas

May 13 2016, © FAIR

"When Did Optimism Become Uncool?" wonders a New York Times Sunday Review piece (5/12/16) by Gregg Easterbrook. "The country is, on the whole, in the best shape it's ever been in," Easterbrook writes. "So what explains all the bad vibes?"   full article>

 

The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion.

Bodhidharma

 

The Great Leap Backward: America's Illegal Wars on the World

by Luciana Bohne

May 13, 2016, © Counterpunch.org

Can we face it in this election season? America is a weapons factory, the White House a war room, and the president the manager of the neoliberal conspiracy to recolonize the planet. It exports war and mass poverty. On the economic front, usurious neoliberalism; on the military front, illegal wars. These are the trenches of America's battle for world domination in the 21st century.  full article>

 

Let us wage a moral and political war against the billionaires and corporate leaders, on Wall Street and elsewhere, whose policies and greed are destroying the middle class of America.

Bernie Sanders

 

None of the Bankers Think Hillary Clinton Believes Her Populism, a Financial Journalist Wrote

By Thomas Frank, Book Excerpt

Thursday, 12 May 2016, © Truthout

As Hillary Clinton has no doubt noticed, the circumstances of 2016 present a striking similarity to the ones that put her husband in the White House in 1992. Again Americans are outraged at the way the middle class is falling to pieces and at the greed of the people on top. The best-seller lists are once again filled with books about in equality. Today Americans are working even harder for even less than when Bill Clinton made "working harder for less" his campaign catchphrase. Hillary Clinton -- the way any Democrat -- will play such a situation is extremely easy to guess.  full article>

 

Being an artist means ceasing to take seriously that very serious person we are when we are not an artist.

José Ortega y Gasset

 

 

 

 

What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.

Ellen Burstyn

 

"Durante 15 meses sufrimos todo tipo de sabotaje"

Por Darío Pignotti

Sábado, 14 de mayo de 2016, © Página/12

Dilma está apostada en una trinchera de cristal. Pasaron sólo 26 horas desde que fue notificada que debía apartarse interinamente de la presidencia cuando conversó con un reducido grupo de corresponsales extranjeros, incluído Página/12. El encuentro tuvo lugar en el Palacio de Alvorada, con sus columnas delgadas como cuellos de garzas y altísimas paredes de vidrio. Rouseff acusó de sabotaje a los políticos que impulsaron su salida del poder, empezando por los legisladores que bloqueron sus iniciativas económicas en el Congreso y luego votaron en favor de hacerle un juicio político. "Durante 15 meses sufrimos todo tipo de sabotaje para impedirnos gobernar. Primero cuestionaron que los votos fueron mal contados, cuando se demostró que estaban bien contados pidieron que se verificara si las urnas eran adecuadas. Fue creado un ambiente de inestabilidad. . . para después llegar indirectamente a la presidencia, ellos no tienen condiciones de llegar al gobierno por el voto directo. . ." comenta la presidenta suspendida en obvia alusión al mandatario interino Michel Temer, a quien las encuestas le otorgan dos por ciento de aprobación.. Partidos y personalidades progresistas de varios países criticaron el putch parlamentario perpetrado el miércoles pasado en el que se abrió un juicio político que la obligó a licenciarse del cargo por hasta seis meses.  full article>

 

The best apology against false accusers is silence and sufferance, and honest deeds set against dishonest words.

John Milton

 

DESA Employees Arrested In Honduras For Murder Of Activist Berta Cáceres

by Pratap Chatterjee

May 2nd, 2016, © CorpWatch

Two employees of Desarrollos Energéticos SA (DESA) have been arrested and charged with the murder of Berta Cáceres, an activist who was fighting the Agua Zarca dam on the territory of the indigenous Lenca people in Honduras. DESA was awarded a permit to build the 22 megawatt dam in 2011.  full article>

 

True friends stab you in the front.

Oscar Wilde

 

Hillary Clinton, the Conveniently Negligent Queen

by Pepe Escobar

May 12, 2016, © Counterpunch.org

As a bewildered, polarized nation awaits, may Attorney General Loretta Lynch lay down the law – sort of; "We do all our reviews, investigations of any matter carefully, thoroughly, and efficiently. And when the matter is ready for resolution, a recommendation will be made and we'll come to a decision at that time and I'm not able to give you a prediction. Sorry."

Sorry indeed. Spare a thought for the army immersed in the Hillary Clinton subterranean server FBI saga, dissecting a web of tens of thousands of cyberspace "transactions". Yet the True Detective-style plot boils down to two investigative highways: mishandling of classified information; and those eyebrow-raising sums – tens of millions of dollars – feeding the Clinton Foundation's piggy bank while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, a phenomenon Clintonistas would arguably define as a "grey area".  full article>

 

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.

Euripides

 

John Doe's "Psychadelic Soul Record" From the Desert

By Jon Young

May 9, 2016, © MotherJones

First heard almost 40 years (!) ago as a member of the great LA punk group X, John Doe never fit the clichés of the genre, intertwining his voice with bandmate Exene Cervenka's in wailing harmonies that sounded more like hillbilly laments than nihilist diatribes. As a solo artist, he's compiled a striking body of work that spans the 57 varieties of roots music. Dedicated to his late friend Michael Blake (author of Dances with Wolves), The Westerner is billed by Doe as his "psychedelic, soul record from the Arizona desert," which is another way of saying he's delivered a dusty, sure-handed set of vibrant down-home rock'n'folk full of longing, sympathy, and hope. Joined by guest vocalists Debbie Harry of Blondie and Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power), Doe remains a stirring singer who embodies weary determination and impassioned grace on the heart-tugging ballad "Sunlight" and the greasy foot-stomper "Go Baby Go." Tough and tender and once, The Westerner is a genuine old-school treasure.  full article>

 

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Israel brings fresh charges against nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu

Sunday 8 May 2016, © The Guardian

Israeli prosecutors charged nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu on Sunday with violating the terms of his release, more than a decade after he completed an 18-year jail term.

Upon his release in 2004, Vanunu was slapped with a series of restraining orders, some of which he has violated in recent years, the justice ministry said.  full article>

 

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.

Cesare Pavese

 

Les Etats-Unis sont fatigués du monde

par Benoît Bréville

Mai 2016, © Le Monde Diplomatique

Le candidat républicain à l'élection présidentielle américaine de novembre 2016 sera vraisemblablement moins favorable aux interventions militaires que son adversaire démocrate — une situation inédite depuis la seconde guerre mondiale. Mais la tentation du repli, qui hante la politique étrangère de M. Barack Obama depuis 2009, concerne désormais les deux grands partis.   full article>

 

It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.

Molière

 

When Liberals Run Out of Patience: the Impolite Exile of Seymour Hersh

by Dave Wagner

May 6, 2016, © Counterpunch.org

Seymour Hersh's The Killing of Osama bin Laden a pocket-size collection of stories written for the London Review and printed during the second Obama administration arrives at an awkward moment for the expatriate journalist who not so long ago was esteemed as the finest investigative reporter in the United States. Hersh now publishes abroad because his talent, though undiminished, no longer fits into the publication plans of the nation's newspaper and magazine publishers. He has, it appears, failed to adapt to the times. His revelations about deceit and brute force in the conduct of foreign affairs that delighted his editors when he raised a torch over Dick Cheney lost its shine when he reported on President's Obama's not-so-different Cold War liberalism.  full article>

 

The term propaganda rings melodramatic and exaggerated, but a press that—whether from fear, careerism, or conviction—uncritically recites false government claims and reports them as fact, or treats elected officials with a reverence reserved for royalty, cannot be accurately described as engaged in any other function.

Glenn Greenwald

 

Senate Republicans Are Breaking Records for Judicial Obstruction

By Patrick Caldwell

May 6, 2016, © MotherJones

There's a growing judicial crisis created by Senate Republicans, and it's not the one that's been making headlines. While Democrats have publicly hammered the GOP's refusal to consider Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court, Republicans have mounted an equally important, if quieter, effort to block President Barack Obama's nominees to other federal courts, creating widespread vacancies in courts across the country.  full article>

 

One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible.

Daniel Berrigan

 

Edward Snowden's introduction to The Assasination Complex:

 

'I've been waiting 40 years for someone like you." Those were the first words Daniel Ellsberg spoke to me when we met last year. Dan and I felt an immediate kinship; we both knew what it meant to risk so much – and to be irrevocably changed – by revealing secret truths.

 

One of the challenges of being a whistleblower is living with the knowledge that people continue to sit, just as you did, at those desks, in that unit, throughout the agency; who see what you saw and comply in silence, without resistance or complaint. They learn to live not just with untruths but with unnecessary untruths, dangerous untruths, corrosive untruths. It is a double tragedy: what begins as a survival strategy ends with the compromise of the human being it sought to preserve and the diminishing of the democracy meant to justify the sacrifice.

 

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But unlike Dan Ellsberg, I didn't have to wait 40 years to witness other citizens breaking that silence with documents. Ellsberg gave the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times and other newspapers in 1971; Chelsea Manning provided the Iraq and Afghan war logs and the Cablegate materials to WikiLeaks in 2010. I came forward in 2013. Now another person of courage and conscience has made available the extraordinary set of documents published in The Assassination Complex, the new book by Jeremy Scahill and the staff of the Intercept.

 

We are witnessing a compression of the timeframe in which unconstitutional activities can continue before they are exposed by acts of conscience. And this permits the American people to learn about critical government actions, not as part of the historical record but in a way that allows direct action through voting – in other words, in a way that empowers an informed citizenry to defend the democracy that "state secrets" are nominally intended to support.

 

When I see individuals who are able to bring information forward, it gives me hope that we won't always be required to curtail the illegal activities of our government as if it were a constant task, to uproot official lawbreaking as routinely as we mow the grass. (Interestingly enough, that is how some have begun to describe remote killing operations, as "cutting the grass".)

 

A single act of whistleblowing doesn't change the reality that there are significant portions of the government that operate below the waterline, beneath the visibility of the public. Those secret activities will continue, despite reforms. But those who perform these actions now have to live with the fear that if they engage in activities contrary to the spirit of society – if even a single citizen is catalysed to halt the machinery of that injustice – they might still be held to account. The thread by which good governance hangs is this equality before the law, for the only fear of the man who turns the gears is that he may find himself upon them.

 

Hope lies beyond, when we move from extraordinary acts of revelation to a collective culture of accountability within the intelligence community. Here we will have taken a meaningful step towards solving a problem that has existed for as long as our government.

 

Not all leaks are alike, nor are their makers. David Petraeus, for instance, provided his illicit lover and favourable biographer information so secret it defied classification, including the names of covert operatives and the president's private thoughts on matters of strategic concern. Petraeus was not charged with a felony, as the Justice Department had initially recommended, but was instead permitted to plead guilty to a misdemeanour. Had an enlisted soldier of modest rank pulled out a stack of highly classified notebooks and handed them to his girlfriend to secure so much as a smile, he would be looking at many decades in prison, not a pile of character references from a Who's Who of the Deep State.

 

There are authorised leaks and also permitted disclosures. It is rare for senior administration officials to explicitly ask a subordinate to leak a CIA officer's name to retaliate against her husband, as appears to have been the case with Valerie Plame. It is equally rare for a month to go by in which some senior official does not disclose some protected information that is beneficial to the political efforts of the parties but clearly "damaging to national security" under the definitions of our law.

 

This dynamic can be seen quite clearly in the al-Qaida "conference call of doom" story, in which intelligence officials, likely seeking to inflate the threat of terrorism and deflect criticism of mass surveillance, revealed to a neoconservative website extraordinarily detailed accounts of specific communications they had intercepted, including locations of the participating parties and the precise contents of the discussions. If the officials' claims were to be believed, they irrevocably burned an extraordinary means of learning the precise plans and intentions of terrorist leadership for the sake of a short-lived political advantage in a news cycle. Not a single person seems to have been so much as disciplined as a result of the story that cost us the ability to listen to the alleged al-Qaida hotline.

 

If harmfulness and authorisation make no difference, what explains the distinction between the permissible and the impermissible disclosure?

 

The answer is control. A leak is acceptable if it is not seen as a threat, as a challenge to the prerogatives of the institution. But if all the disparate components of the institution – not just its head but its hands and feet, every part of its body – must be assumed to have the same power to discuss matters of concern, that is an existential threat to the modern political monopoly of information control, particularly if we're talking about disclosures of serious wrongdoing, fraudulent activity, unlawful activities. If you can't guarantee that you alone can exploit the flow of controlled information, then the aggregation of all the world's unmentionables – including your own – begins to look more like a liability than an asset.

 

Truly unauthorised disclosures are necessarily an act of resistance – that is, if they're not done simply for press consumption, to fluff up the public appearance or reputation of an institution. However, that doesn't mean they all come from the lowest working level. Sometimes the individuals who step forward happen to be near the pinnacle of power. Ellsberg was in the top tier; he was briefing the secretary of defense. You can't get much higher, unless you are the secretary of defense, and the incentives simply aren't there for such a high-ranking official to be involved in public interest disclosures because that person already wields the influence to change the policy directly.

 

At the other end of the spectrum is Chelsea Manning, a junior enlisted soldier, who was much nearer to the bottom of the hierarchy. I was midway in the professional career path. I sat down at the table with the chief information officer of the CIA, and I was briefing him and his chief technology officer when they were publicly making statements such as: "We try to collect everything and hang on to it for ever," and everybody still thought that was a cute business slogan. Meanwhile, I was designing the systems they would use to do precisely that. I wasn't briefing the policy side, the secretary of defense, but I was briefing the operations side, the National Security Agency's director of technology. Official wrongdoing can catalyse all levels of insiders to reveal information, even at great risk to themselves, so long as they can be convinced that it is necessary to do so.

 

Reaching those individuals, helping them realise that their first allegiance as a public servant is to the public rather than to the government, is the challenge. That is a significant shift in cultural thinking for a government worker today.

 

I've argued that whistleblowers are elected by circumstance. It's not a virtue of who you are or your background. It's a question of what you are exposed to, what you witness. At that point, the question becomes: "Do you honestly believe that you have the capability to remediate the problem, to influence policy?" I would not encourage individuals to reveal information, even about wrongdoing, if they do not believe they can be effective in doing so, because the right moment can be as rare as the will to act.

 

This is simply a pragmatic, strategic consideration. Whistleblowers are outliers of probability, and if they are to be effective as a political force, it is critical that they maximise the amount of public good produced from scarce seed. When I was making my decision, I came to understand how one strategic consideration, such as waiting until the month before a domestic election, could become overwhelmed by another, such as the moral imperative to provide an opportunity to arrest a global trend that had already gone too far. I was focused on what I saw and on my sense of overwhelming disenfranchisement that the government, in which I had believed for my entire life, was engaged in such an extraordinary act of deception.

 

At the heart of this evolution is that whistleblowing is a radicalising event – and by "radical" I don't mean "extreme"; I mean it in the traditional sense of "radix", the root of the issue. At some point, you recognise that you can't just move a few letters around on a page and hope for the best. You can't simply report this problem to your supervisor, as I tried to do, because inevitably supervisors get nervous. They think about the structural risk to their career. They are concerned about rocking the boat and "getting a reputation". The incentives aren't there to produce meaningful reform. Fundamentally, in an open society, change has to flow from the bottom to the top.

 

As someone who works in the intelligence community, you've given up a lot to do this work. You've happily committed yourself to tyrannical restrictions. You voluntarily undergo polygraphs; you tell the government everything about your life. You waive a lot of rights because you believe the fundamental goodness of your mission justifies the sacrifice of even the sacred. It's a just cause.

 

And when you're confronted with evidence – not in an edge case, not in a peculiarity, but as a core consequence of the programme – that the government is subverting the constitution and violating the ideals you so fervently believe in, you have to make a decision. When you see that the programme or policy is inconsistent with the oaths and obligations that you've sworn to your society and yourself, then that oath and that obligation cannot be reconciled with the programme. To which do you owe a greater loyalty?

 

One of the extraordinary things about the revelations of the past several years, and their accelerating pace, is that they have occurred in the context of the United States as the "uncontested hyperpower".

 

We now have the largest unchallenged military machine in the history of the world, and it is backed by a political system that is increasingly willing to authorise any use of force in response to practically any justification. In today's context that justification is terrorism, but not necessarily because our leaders are particularly concerned about terrorism in itself or because they think it is an existential threat to society. They recognise that even if we had a 9/11 attack every year, we would still be losing more people to car accidents and heart disease, and we don't see the same expenditure of resources to respond to those more significant threats.

 

What it really comes down to is the reality that we have a political class that feels it must inoculate itself against allegations of weakness. Our politicians are more fearful of the politics of terrorism – of the charge that they do not take terrorism seriously – than they are of the crime itself.

 

As a result, we have arrived at this unmatched capability, unrestrained by policy. We have become reliant upon what was intended to be the limitation of last resort: the courts. Judges, realising that their decisions are suddenly charged with much greater political importance and impact than was originally intended, have gone to great lengths in the post-9/11 period to avoid reviewing the laws or the operations of the executive in the national security context and setting restrictive precedents that, even if entirely proper, would impose limits on government for decades or more. That means the most powerful institution that humanity has ever witnessed has also become the least restrained. Yet that same institution was never designed to operate in such a manner, having instead been explicitly founded on the principle of checks and balances. Our founding impulse was to say: "Though we are mighty, we are voluntarily restrained."

 

When you first go on duty at CIA headquarters, you raise your hand and swear an oath – not to government, not to the agency, not to secrecy. You swear an oath to the constitution. So there is this friction, this emerging contest between the obligations and values that the government asks you to uphold, and the actual activities that you are asked to participate in.

 

These disclosures about the Obama administration's killing programme reveal that there is a part of the American character that is deeply concerned with the unrestrained, unchecked exercise of power. And there is no greater or clearer manifestation of unchecked power than assuming for yourself the authority to execute an individual outside a battlefield context and without the involvement of any sort of judicial process.

 

Traditionally, in the context of military affairs, we have always understood that lethal force in battle could not be subjected to ex ante judicial constraints. When armies are shooting at each other, there is no room for a judge on that battlefield. But now the government has decided – without the public's participation, without our knowledge and consent – that the battlefield is everywhere. Individuals who don't represent an imminent threat in any meaningful sense of those words are redefined, through the subversion of language, to meet that definition.

 

Inevitably, that conceptual subversion finds its way home, along with the technology that enables officials to promote comfortable illusions about surgical killing and nonintrusive surveillance. Take, for instance, the holy grail of drone persistence, a capability that the US has been pursuing forever. The goal is to deploy solar-powered drones that can loiter in the air for weeks without coming down. Once you can do that, and you put any typical signals-collection device on the bottom of it to monitor, unblinkingly, the emanations of, for example, the different network addresses of every laptop, phone and iPod, you know not just where a particular device is in what city, but you know what apartment each device lives in, where it goes at any particular time, and by what route.

 

Once you know the devices, you know their owners. When you start doing this over several cities, you are tracking the movements not just of individuals but of whole populations.

 

By preying on the modern necessity to stay connected, governments can reduce our dignity to something like that of tagged animals, the primary difference being that we paid for the tags and they are in our pockets. It sounds like fantasist paranoia, but on the technical level it is so trivial to implement that I cannot imagine a future in which it won't be attempted. It will be limited to the war zones at first, in accordance with our customs, but surveillance technology has a tendency to follow us home.

 

Here we see the double edge of our uniquely American brand of nationalism. We are raised to be exceptionalists, to think we are the better nation with the manifest destiny to rule. The danger is that some people will actually believe this claim, and some of those will expect the manifestation of our national identity, that is, our government, to comport itself accordingly.

 

Unrestrained power may be many things, but it is not American.

 

It is in this sense that the act of whistleblowing increasingly has become an act of political resistance. The whistleblower raises the alarm and lifts the lamp, inheriting the legacy of a line of Americans that begins with Paul Revere.

 

The individuals who make these disclosures feel so strongly about what they have seen that they are willing to risk their lives and their freedom. They know that we, the people, are ultimately the strongest and most reliable check on the power of government.

 

The insiders at the highest levels of government have extraordinary capability, extraordinary resources, tremendous access to influence and a monopoly on violence, but in the final calculus there is but one figure that matters: the individual citizen.

 

And there are more of us than there are of them.

 

(The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program by Jeremy Scahill and the staff of the Intercept, with a foreword by Edward Snowden and afterword by Glenn Greenwald.)

 

 

The arms race is worse than it ever was, the dumping of creation down a military rat hole is worse than it ever was, the wars across the earth are worse than they ever were.

Daniel Berrigan

 

The free expression of the hopes and aspirations of a people is the greatest and only safety in a sane society.

Emma Goldman

 

WATCH: Tavis Smiley Interviews Amy Goodman About Her New Book & 20 Years of Democracy Now!

April 13, 2016, © Democracy Now

On Tuesday, Amy Goodman appeared on the PBS show 'Tavis Smiley' to talk about her new book, "Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America."  full article>

 

Today it is becoming harder to speak out, with the inception of the Patriot Act, the president has legislated free speech to be a crime.

Frank Serpico

 

Hiding the Indonesia Massacre Files

By Jonathan Marshall

April 29, 2016, © Consortiumnews.com

Now that the Indonesian government has officially opened a probe into what the CIA called "one of the worst mass murders of the 20th century," it's time for the U.S. government to come clean about its own involvement in the orchestrated killing of hundreds of thousands of Communists, ethnic Chinese, intellectuals, union activists and other victims during the mid-1960s.  full article>

 

To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.

Frederick Douglass

 

Why Bernie will, should, and must stay in the race

Thursday, April 28, 2016, © Jim Hightower

Surprisingly, this week's prize for Stupidest Political Comment in the presidential race doesn't go to Donnie Trump or Ted Cruz.

Rather, that honor goes to the clueless cognoscenti of conventional political wisdom. They've made a unilateral decision that Bernie Sanders must now quit the race for the Democratic nomination. Why? Because, they say: "He Can't Win."  full article>

 

All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.

Tacitus

 

Hillary: Wall Street's Golden Girl

by Pepe Escobar

April 27, 2016, © Counterpunch

So it's a go for Zeus to launch the thunderbolt. Neo-Athena – minus the wisdom – Hillary Clinton, Queen of Chaos, Goddess of War, Empress of the Perma-Smirk, will finally have her shot at the U.S. presidency. After the Battle of New York, she's on top on number of votes; number of states; number of pledged delegates; number of superdelegates.  full article>

 

At the present moment, with little or no detail to hand, it is difficult for me to make any comment, beyond the expression of horror at the shameless haste with which the government appears to be pressing for our liquidation.

Ethel Rosenberg

 

Trampling Science to Boost Nuclear Power

By Jim Naureckas

Apr 21 2016, © FAIR

When the Washington Post and New York Times are making the same corporate-friendly point, it's safe to assume that some PR agency somewhere is earning its substantial fees.

In this case, the subject is the need for nuclear power—and, for the Post editorial board (4/18/16), for fracking as well. Standing in the way of this in the Post's version is favorite target Bernie Sanders, while the Times business columnist Eduardo Porter (4/19/16) blames the "scientific phobias and taboos" of "progressive environmentalists."  full article>

 

It is a rare mind indeed that can render the hitherto non-existent blindingly obvious. The cry 'I could have thought of that' is a very popular and misleading one, for the fact is that they didn't, and a very significant and revealing fact it is too.

Douglas Adams

 

How CBS News Aided the JFK Cover-up

By James DiEugenio

April 22, 2016, © Consortiumnews.com

In the mid-1960s, amid growing skepticism about the Warren Commission's lone-gunman findings on John F. Kennedy's assassination, there was a struggle inside CBS News about whether to allow the critics a fair public hearing at the then-dominant news network. Some CBS producers pushed for a debate between believers and doubters and one even submitted a proposal to put the Warren Report "on trial," according to internal CBS documents.  full article>

 

The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects, is nothing more than a product of history and given social relations removes all barriers to coercion and manipulation by the powerful.

Noam Chomsky

 

Stop war drills and we'll stop nuclear tests, North Korea tells US after missile launch

Sunday 24 April 2016, © The Guardian

North Korea will halt its nuclear tests if the US ceases its annual military exercises with South Korea, Kim Jong-un's foreign minister has said in a rare interview with western media.  full article>

 

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

Aeschylus

 

Marinos offshore

Por Alejandra Dandan

Domingo, 24 de abril de 2016, © Página/12

Las investigaciones sobre los Panama Papers reactivaron un capítulo del botín saqueado a los desaparecidos de la Escuela Mecánica de la Armada. Los archivos de acceso público consultados por este diario muestran sociedades offshore aún activas a nombre de integrantes del Grupo de Tareas de la ESMA, hermanos de ellos y civiles asociados a las Armada. Hay registros en Panama, Miami y Sudáfrica a nombre de Ricardo Miguel Cavallo y de Norma Radice, hermana de Jorge Radice, el marino contador de ESMA, investigada por el robo de bienes en Argentina. También aparecen sociedades a nombre de uno de sus viejos socios: Miguel Angel Egea. En 2014, la Unidad de Información Financiera (UIF) logró probar que una serie de empresas radicadas en paraísos fiscales del exterior "inyectan" dinero a empresas argentinas vinculadas a los marinos: entre 2001 y 2013 fueron 20 millones de pesos. Al entender que podía tratarse de lavado de dinero del robo de bienes a los desaparecidos, pidieron información a los organismos financieros de esos países y a la Justicia que avanzara en una investigación.  full article>

 

One wanders to the left, another to the right. Both are equally in error, but, are seduced by different delusions.

Horace

 

One Small Step for Bernie, One Giant Leap for Humankind

by Andrew Levine

April 22, 2016, © Counterpunch

It used to be taken for granted that Social Security was "the third rail" of American politics. This was before Reaganites, and then Clintonites, set out to privatize some or all of it.

Hillary Clinton now finds it expedient to present herself as a defender of Social Security, distancing herself from her husband's administration and from "the nineties."  full article>

 

The Iraq War was the biggest issue for people of my generation in the West. It was also the clearest case, in my living memory, of media manipulation and the creation of a war through ignorance.

Julian Assange

 

Stars hide your fires; let not light see my black and deep desires: The eyes wink at the hand; yet let that be which the eye fears, when it is done, to see

William Shakespeare (Macbeth)

 

Nothing About the 1994 Crime Bill Was Unintentional
In the '90s, Bill Clinton exploited fears about crime in the same way that Donald Trump uses immigration today.

By Bruce Shapiro

4/12/2016, © The Nation

"I know those young people were just trying to get good television," said Hillary Clinton's husband as he reflected on his earlier decision to go horns-first after Black Lives Matter protesters. Imagine, for a moment, if George W. Bush had said those words after being confronted by angry Iraq War veterans. Instead, the ex-president is Bill Clinton, and the protesters were young African Americans whose parents, siblings, friends, and neighbors still endure the consequences of his 1994 Violent Crime Control and Enforcement Act.  full article>

 

There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour.

Benjamin Disraeli

 

Meet the Panama Papers Editor Who Handled 376 Reporters in 80 Countries

by Eric Umansky

April 11, 2016, © ProPublica

As the Panama Papers continue to embarrass leaders across continents, one thought has kept occurring to me: How the hell did the organizers pull it off? I mean, how did they corral hundreds of reporters? How did they make sense of so many documents? And, most importantly, how did they stay sane during it all?  full article>

 

I lay it down as a fact that if all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.

Blaise Pascal

 

Bernie Sanders Smacks Down Man Who Doesn't Seem To Like Jews Very Much

4/11/16, © Crooks and Liars

A Bernie Sanders event in Harlem turned into an ugly moment Saturday after a man shouted questions about the Democratic candidate's religion.

"As you know, the Zionist Jews – and I don't mean to offend anybody – they run the Federal Reserve, they run Wall Street, they run every campaign," the man said, according to The Hill.  full article>

 

A traitor may betray himself and do good he does not intend.

J.R.R. Tolkien (The Return of the King)

 

Más de 200 refugiados heridos por gases lacrimógenos en Idomeni

María Antonia Sánchez-Vallejo

10 ABR 2016, © El País

El campamento de Idomeni ha vivido este domingo una situación límite. El último intento de centenares de refugiados de atravesar la frontera entre Grecia y la Antigua República Yugoslava de Macedonia (FYROM, en sus siglas inglesas) ha estado a punto de provocar una tragedia cuando la lluvia de gases lacrimógenos y balas de goma de la policía macedonia para dispersarlos ha provocado escenas de pavor entre la multitud, infinidad de niños incluidos, y dejado un reguero de heridos. Médicos sin Fronteras ha atendido a casi 300 refugiados, 200 de ellos por exposición a los gases y 30 por el impacto de balas de goma. Entre los heridos había tres niños menores de 10 años con heridas de estos proyectiles en la cabeza, según la ONG.  full article>

 

So here we have it. The equivocating distinction between civilisation and savagery, between the "massacre of innocent people" or, if you like, "a clash of civilisations" and "collateral damage". The sophistry and fastidious algebra of infinite justice.

Arundhati Roy

 

The One Piece of Writing Every Hillary Supporter Should Read

Apr 1, 2016, © Memo Salazar

You keep hearing the same refrain from several of your friends: Bernie Sanders is America's savior. The Facebook posts are everywhere, the tweets, the memes. You've heard his impassioned speeches, and, yes, they are definitely fiery and exciting. The young liberal inside you applauds when you hear him speak out for justice, and if you were twenty years old right now, perhaps you'd even be convinced. But you're not twenty years old anymore, and you've seen enough in this world to know that the idealism of youth falls short when dealing with the messy reality of human beings- especially in the world of American Politics.  full article>

 

There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.

Charles de Montesquieu

 

There's Never Been a Drug Law That Wasn't Tied to Race

By Janine Jackson

Apr 6 2016, © FAIR

Janine Jackson: Here is the quote, if you haven't heard it, attributed by a recent story in Harper's to John Ehrlichman, domestic policy advisor to Richard Nixon, referring to Nixon's declaration of a war on drugs:

You want to know what this was really all about? The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies, the anti-war left and black people. You understand what I'm saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.  full article>

 

Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.

Pope Francis

 

Wife Imagines Future With Husband Who Stays Put

Apr 04, 2016, © uexpress.com

by Abigail Van Buren

DEAR ABBY: My husband is in poor health, and when his time comes, I would like to have him stuffed. It would be comforting to see him sitting in his favorite chair in the living room. That way I'd always know where he is, plus he wouldn't be asking me for another beer all the time. My kids don't like the idea. What about you, Abby? -- DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CALIF.

DEAR D.H.S.: Grief makes people do strange things. I'm not sure you are thinking this through. Once you are finished grieving, you may meet someone you want to watch a game with and need that chair.  full article>

 

To die, to sleep -
To sleep, perchance to dream - ay, there's the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come...

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

 

Hightower introduces Bernie Sanders after the Wisconsin primary win

Wednesday, April 6, 2016, © Jim Hightower

We thought you'd like to hear the rousing speech that Hightower gave in Laramie, WY last night (4/5/2016) after Bernie won the Wisconsin primary. Enjoy!   full article>

 

To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest of evils.

Socrates

 

Trump's Big Mouth Reveals What Abortion Foes Prefer to Hide

Mrill Ingram

April 5, 2016, © The Progressive

People may have finally had enough of Donald Trump's big mouth—especially women. Seven in ten women voters have an unfavorable opinion of the Presidential candidate, according to a recent Gallup poll. Trump dug himself even deeper into the gender gap when he declared that women should be "punished" for having abortions. (He later walked back that statement.)  full article>

 

As a tactic, violence is absurd. No one can compete with the Government in violence, and the resort to violence, which will surely fail, will simply frighten and alienate some who can be reached, and will further encourage the ideologists and administrators of forceful repression.

Noam Chomsky

 

Cuanto mayor es la dificultad, mayor es la gloria.

Cicerón

 

 

       FCB 1 - RMCF 2

 

 

Some people are filled by compassion and a desire to do good, and some simply don't think anything's going to make a difference.

Meryl Streep

 

Human Rights Advocates: U.S.-Backed Saudi Offensive in Yemen a "Dark Mark" on Obama's Presidency

Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in Yemen this week to protest the first anniversary of the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led offensive against Houthi rebels. The protests were said to be the largest in Yemen since demonstrations in 2011 forced the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Since last March, more than 6,000 people have been killed in Yemen, about half of them civilians. "Yemenis are asking me, 'Why is there no global outrage when our schools, our universities, our hospitals, our clinics, when football fields, when playgrounds are bombed with U.S. bombs?" says Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa Division.  full article>

 

 

The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being.

Emma Goldman

 

Jordan: MSF Opens new Clinic to treat Chronic Diseases near Syrian Border

March 31, 2016, © Doctors without Borders

New York/Amman, March 31, 2016—Doctors Without Borders/Mèdecins Sans Frontières (MSF) officially opened a new health center in the northern Jordanian town of Al Ramtha on Thursday, to meet some of the chronic health needs of Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians in the town.  full article>

 

The more you learn about the dignity of the gorilla, the more you want to avoid people.

Dian Fossey

 

New York Top Court Revives Suit Against Hospital That Let Man's Death Be Filmed

by Charles Ornstein

April 1, 2016, © ProPublica

New York's highest court on Thursday revived a lawsuit filed by the family of a man whose death was filmed without permission and then broadcast on a popular medical show. The case raises fundamental questions about whether hospitals and doctors can and should allow TV crews to film their patients before consent has been given.  full article>

 

Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.

Hubert H. Humphrey

 

108 AÑOS

 

¡FELÍZ CUMPLEAÑOS!
1 DE ABRIL, 2016

 

 

People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.

Bob Dylan

 

Here's The New Research That Finally Tells the Truth about the War on Drugs

Mar 31, 2016, © disinfo.com

A crucial new study says the ubiquitous and dubious war on drugs has, in actuality, been detrimental to public health - and should be laid to rest in favor of decriminalization.

Laws and policies criminalizing drugs have had "no measurable impact on supply or use," according to the study as noted by the Independent, and serve no purpose either scientifically or in terms of public health.  full article>

 

The horizon of many people is a circle with zero radius which they call their point of view.

Albert Einstein

 

Selling Out Palestinian Rights

By Lawrence Davidson

March 30, 2016, © Consortiumnews.com

In early March, Professor Richard Falk, former United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Occupied Palestinian Territories, wrote an essay explaining that American foreign policy generated by Democratic Party presidents has been much to blame for the disastrous fate of the Palestinians.  full article>

 

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.

Thomas Jefferson

 

Bernie Sanders as Commander-in-Chief

By Robert Parry

March 28, 2016, © Consortiumnews.com

Sen. Bernie Sanders's landslide victories in Washington State, Alaska and Hawaii on Saturday coincided with a long-awaited signal that he may finally be ready to challenge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the "Commander-in-Chief" question, which has been regarded as one of her key strengths.  full article>

 

If the goal of health-care reform is to provide comprehensive, universal health care in a cost-effective way, the only honest approach is a single-payer approach.

Bernie Sanders

 

Islamic Extremism is a Product of Western Imperialism

by Garry Leech

March 30, 2016, © Counterpunch

As we struggle to come to terms with the latest terrorist attacks in Brussels, it is important that we understand the causes of such extremism. After all, Islamic extremism was virtually unknown fifty years ago and suicide bombings were inconceivable. And yet today it seems that we are confronted with both on a daily basis. So what happened to bring Islamic fundamentalism to the forefront of global politics? While there are many factors involved, undoubtedly one of the primary causes is Western imperialism. Western intervention in the Middle East over the past century to secure access to the region's oil reserves established a perfect environment in which Islamic fundamentalists could exploit growing anti-Western sentiment throughout the Islamic world with some establishing violent extremist groups. The most recent consequence of this process is the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, which emerged out of the chaos caused by the US invasion of Iraq.  full article>

 

What do I care about law? Ain't I got the power?

Cornelius Vanderbilt

 

Agua que cambia la vida

Chema Caballero

29 MAR 2016, © El País

Lpetpet está en medio de una gran explanada desierta. Hacia el horizonte se divisan las colinas y algún árbol. A veces una manada de cebras o varias gacelas atraviesan la pista que hace las veces de carretera una vez que se deja atrás Kisima. Ese pequeño pueblo que constituye el punto de referencia de esta aislada zona en el distrito Samburu, en el noroeste de Kenia.  full article>

 

Forgiveness is not an occasional act: it is an attitude.

Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

JULY 2016

$4 MONTHLY SPECIAL

In our effort to publish and distribute texts that otherwise might not be presented we are offering a monthly book selection available for $4.

This month the selection is:

 

 

A series that documents and abstracts the urban backyard swimming pool as monument.

In Other Words

 

Nothing in life is to be feared.

It is only to be understood.

—MARIE CURIE

 

Nothing is easier than to

denounce the evildoer;

nothing is more difficult

than to understand him.

—FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY

 

I do not study in order to know more, rather to be less ignorant.

—SOR JUANA INÉS DE LA CRUZ

 

We must make haste then,

not only because we are daily

nearer to death, but also

because the conception of

things and the understanding

of them cease first.

—MARCUS AURELIUS

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come.

Words

 

Words are like days:

coloring books or pickpockets,

signposts or scratching posts,

fakirs over hot coals.

 

Certain words must be earned

just as emotions are suffered

before they can be uttered

- clean as a kept promise.

 

Words as witnesses

testifying their truths

squalid or rarefied

inevitable, irrefutable.

 

But, words must not carry

more than they can

it's not good for their backs

or their reputations.

 

For, whether they dance alone

or with an invisible partner,

every word is a cosmos

dissolving the inarticulate

 

Yahia Lababidi

Hijos de la Selva

Perceval Press is pleased to announce the release of HIJOS DE LA SELVA/SONS OF THE FOREST. The book outlines the story of German Ethnographer and explorer Max Schmidt, and includes many of the remarkable photographs that he made in the field while studying the cultures of the Mato Grosso region of Brazil and remote areas of Paraguay between 1900 and 1935.

Conquered people tend to

be witty.

Saul Bellow

© PERCEVAL PRESS