Saturday, November 14, 2015

America Needs To Get Rid Of Its Corrupt Government Leaders To End Terrorism

It amazes me how Americans always seem to look at these terror attacks without much or any context.  As horrific, shocking and wrong as the ISIL attacks in Paris were, or the nearly unknown attack in Beirut the day before, or in Baghdad the day before that, one should surely realize that this isn't happening in a vacuum. 

There is a cause and effect at play. Ask yourself, what motivates the terrorists to kill so indiscriminately and brutally knowing it will mean their own death in doing so? How could anyone become motivated to hate so much? Hint, it's not because of jealousy over our freedoms. But the prevalent reaction from most westerners seems to be, "We are just sitting here minding our own business, why would anyone have a reason to attack or want to kill us?" 

A good place to start is with the fact that America has been killing and bombing people all over the middle east for over a decade pretty much non stop. 

The truth is our so called political leaders in our name or their proxies have been killing and bombing lots of innocent people in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Gaza, to mention only a few places, for years. The U.S. and it despotic allies from religious hate spreading Saudi Arabia, or our war profiteering and mongering Zionist allies in Israel have been blowing up people, in fact whole families, and their relatives for as long as one wishes to go back in recent history.

Over 1 million civilians were killed during the illegal U.S. invasion of Iraq alone. So if it's going to be a 'tit for tat' you can easily see the terrorists have a ways to go to catch up, using this brand of revenge killing sprees and terror attacks.  I recommend you look at bombs as seeds; you drop them on people and more terrorists always seem to sprout up.

What would you feel like if it were your family member, or child, or relative who turned out to be the one being vaporized by a US smart bomb or drone? Talk about the brutality of beheading. What do you think happens to people when you drop high tech bombs on a house? The collateral destruction caused by these smart weapons is unimaginable for most Americans.

More importantly the question must be asked. Would it make you want to take revenge for what you see as a grave injustice or even murder?

I'm not advocating revenge as acceptable ever. I’m just asking the question. Are the lives of the people who happened to be born or live in the Middle East less valuable than yours? Add to this the US and it's allies destruction through war of what once represented civil society or and economy in these countries. There is no plausible way now that remains to make a living or feed, and house your family. You find yourself living in fear, in a hopeless war torn country led by incompetent US installed sectarian puppet leaders or some authoritarian despot.

You experience only, fear, hate, war, hopelessness and more brutality as a way of daily life.

The innocent people killed or injured in Paris, Beirut or Baghdad are only the latest to reap this whirlwind. Americans needs to realize that there is a direct cause and effect and there will be blow back to our propensity as a nation to try and bomb anyone that the Neocons, the Security State or Obama, disagrees with or thinks needs to be extra judicially kill that given day, in an undeclared war.  

Not much is likely to change until Americans find a way to rid themselves of the military industrial complex driven war profiteers and war making lobbies that now directly control the U.S. government. 

Peace comes through diplomacy, empathy, love, and a desire to truly help people, no matter what their circumstances.  Not through militarism, war making, jingoism and hate.

#EndWarCulture #EndWarProfiteering #RefugeesWelcome

Monday, May 13, 2013

Excellent Panel Discussion On Bradley Manning's Prosecution From London

Chaired by Richard Gizbert, presenter of The Listening Post on Al Jazeera English.

The panel: Naomi Colvin is a London-based writer and activist. In late 2010 she founded UK Friends of Bradley Manning, which successfully lobbied the UK government to recognise Bradley Manning's dual citizenship status.

Professor David Leigh was the Guardian's investigations editor until 2013 and is a professor of journalism at City University. He is one of Britain's leading investigative journalists, and winner of the 2007 Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism. He is co-author of WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy.

Chase Madar is a human rights attorney in New York, where he specializes in youth law, LGBT law and disability law. He reports and reviews for the London Review of Books, Le Monde diplomatique, CounterPunch, Al Jazeera, and the TLS. He is author of The Passion of Bradley Manning: The Story Behind the Wikileaks Whistleblower.


Monday, December 03, 2012

David Coombs Defense Attorney for Bradley Manning Discusses The Case In Public For The First Time

For the first time Bradley Manning's Attorney David Coombs discussed the case in public in Washington, DC on December 3rd.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hillbillies In States Who Want To Sucede From Union Should Probably Find Out Where Federal Taxes Are Raised And Spent

A redneck nation full of 'sour grapes'. This reminds me of the graffiti I saw scrawled on a wall  in Amsterdam in 1980, "USA out of north America".

Most of the people behind these petitions to the White House requesting they be allowed to sucede from the union probably don't realize that their state could loose a massive amount of federal tax dollars and infrastructure support if they became independent nations.

What would supposedly happen to the social security and medicare of residents of these states? Funny, it could be a great way to balance the federal budget if we just let them go. The end result of their succession would probably be a massive tax increase for them and a dramatic shredding of the social contract as they have known it. Never the less they are being 'egged on' by FoxNews and right wing internet blogs who love to continue to harp the mantra of bullshit in their conservative bubble of right wing misinformation.

Listed below are the twenty state so far who apparently want to sucede with a color indication of how they voted in the Presidential election. Seven of the states actually paid more in federal taxes then they got back versus 13 that did not. Next to each state is the amount in billions of dollars that each state received or paid in federal revenue for the period 1990 to 2009.

Alabama          received 290.6 
Arkansas          paid 17 
Colorado          paid 100.7
Florida             received 298.7
Georgia            paid 99.5
Indiana             received 10.2
Kentucky         received 207.5
Louisiana         received 203.5
Michigan          paid 196.8
Mississippi        received 239.9
Missouri           received 70.8
Montana           received 64.5

New Jersey       paid 705.7    
New York        paid 956.2
North Carolina received 17.8
North Dakota   received 48.7 
Oregon             paid 11.8
South Carolina received 198.4
Texas               paid 398.8
Tennessee        received 81.3   

Data via Census Bureau, IRS and The Economist Magazine 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Everything You Want To Know About Bradley Manning And WikiLeaks | An Interview With Alexa O'Brien

Alexa O'Brien, an activist and independent journalist, is quickly becoming one of the foremost authorities on WikiLeaks and the proceedings and prosecution of PFC Bradley Manning by the US Government. She has spend countless hours documenting information on the case, attending court proceedings and created a timeline about the prosecution of Manning.

The case of Bradley Manning is the largest criminal proceedings against an American whistleblower in history, yet it gets little or no coverage in the mainstream media. O'Brien has taken on the task of creating a public record of the case. She is also an activist who was the founder of one of the organizations, US Day Of Rage, that help created the Occupy Wall Street Movement. As if that were not enough she is one of the 'freedom 7' plaintiffs in the lawsuit to have certain provisions of the NDAA that allows the government to arrest and unlimitedly detain US Citizens with out hearing or trial declared unconstitutional.

The interview is from Manhattan Public Access Station show 'let them talk' of November 6th.