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Collateral Damage

When America ends a war the president talks about patriotism, how committed the troops were to their mission and how some even gave their lives for the mission. However, I have never heard or read that a president talked about the innocent civilian life lost during that mission. We simply refer to the lost as “Collateral Damage”. The absence of ... Read More »

ZERO, The Case for Nuclear Weapons Abolition

In his remarkably readable and informative book on why abolishing nuclear weapons is an imperative for a safe and secure world, David Krieger points out there is a growing consensus among the peoples of the world that ZERO nuclear weapons is the only option. David Krieger, a founder of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, California and President ... Read More »

Hugh Thompson, An American Hero Revised

I would venture to say that most Americans have never heard of Hugh Thompson, but on March 16th, 1968 he put his life and his reputation on the line in order to save some innocent civilians from the ravages of war. The whole event has been shoved into the dustbin of history. It’s like it never happened. Our government and ... Read More »

9/11: Shattering the Spell of Mythical Realities

image: NYPD Snipers overlooking 9/11 memorial on 9/11/11– Leo Oblima by Gavin Phillips Have we been lied to about 9/11? What kind of world do you want your children to grow up in? By the end of this article you will have the answer to your first question. What you do with the answer will determine your answer to the ... Read More »

We Will Take No Prisoners

In February, Henry Benson III,  a former prison guard, was facing 20 years in prison for “recklessly” scalding a 3-year old Emilio Taylor who he was babysitting in 2009. While Roxanne Benson withdrew testimony of how working in the prison system had changed H. Benson. The prosecutor describes what Ms. Benson recanted as the treatment of her family as inmates by the defendant. Life ... Read More »

The Post 9/11 Metaphor

Before racial slavery was adopted by the Europeans, there existed the serf. The serf or peasant was a modified slave. The social contract between the serf and state gravitated, ideally, in protection for the serf from outlying forces. If you live in New York you can imagine what serfs felt like when seeing a castle on the skyline. For the ... Read More »

The Power of Nightmares

The BBC film series explores the origins in the 1940s and 50s of Islamic Fundamentalism in the Middle East, and Neoconservatism in America, parallels between these movements, and their effect on the world today. A fascinating and even handed look at the rise of neo-conservatism and Islamic fundamentalism. Published on Friday, 14 January, 2005, 12:07 GMT by BBC The Power of Nightmares: ... Read More »

Fireside Chats

FDR inherited an economy in which everyone was effected in some way. Where Hoover had failed FDR could not. In some cities the unemployment rate was over half while the national unemployment average teetered at a quarter. In his first one hundred days as president FDR hit the ground running making sweeping changes that would be called “new deal” and ... Read More »

Vietnam Propaganda Video

photo: Ho Chi Minh City during government meetings March 2006 by Ron Gluckman The following video comes from the National archive. “Vietnam Special” is a great example of how modern governments use propaganda. Low level propaganda is a waste of time for an industrialized country that needs its intellectual class to be something other then zombies. Tracking GDP growth since this ... Read More »

Motivation Monday VIII

Today’s Motivation Monday will only appeal to those who choose the path of love over the path of hate. To those who choose peace over violence. To those, like Martin Luther King believed, who believe that “love is a strong thing…that organizes itself…in direct action.” Today’s Motivation Monday features a debate between MLK and Malcolm X. Don’t judge Malcolm X ... Read More »

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