War Is Not Glamorous

I was saddened when I recently read in the San Diego Union Tribune the following headline: US Soldier Kills 16 Afghan Civilians. Isn’t it ironic that a few days ago (March 16th) marked the 44th anniversary of the My Lai massacre? On that infamous day, a group of American soldiers systematically killed 500 innocent, Vietnamese women, children and infants in ... Read More »

Terrifying Crowd Control Weapon

We here have covered the issue of so-called nonlethal weapons since the first LRAD arrived in NYC this past fall. Most of these weapons were developed to control crowds in occupied countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. Inevitably, like the infamous LRAD, which was deployed in the Pittsburgh G20  protests in 2009 and then seen brandished this fall in Zuccoti (Liberty) Park, these weapons ... Read More »

Dehumanization Eliminates the Guilt

So the cat is out of the bag… Soldiers kill people. Now what are we going to do about it? And the big one at the moment is the case of Robert Bales. It’s the major issue that has spearheaded this sudden distaste for the ravages of war — the issue of the American soldier that killed 16 civilians in ... Read More »

I am a Homeless Veteran

This essay was sent to us by Roger Whitefeather Roberts of Occupy Tampa via facebook and it touched us so much that we found it necessary to feature it here. I am a homeless veteran.  I first arrived at Occupy Tampa on November 10th, 2011.  At that point in time the Occupation was attempting to officially establish in Curtis Hixon ... Read More »

Stem Cell Farming

Image: Tom Curtis / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Dolly the sheep was the first public exposure to genetic manipulation and a slew of dialogue ensued. This article was written in 2006 when George W. Bush was still president. Stem-cell research had center stage for a while, before it lost the public’s interest. The main two things that have changed in this debate since then are funding sources ... Read More »

Motivation Monday XII

photo “09/11/11 at memorial” by:  Karol Olesiak On this President’s Day, we can say with some certainty what we should be commemorating is future lack of dependence of representative leadership. It is a strange idea to have a holiday monumentalizing the future, but it might be necessary as the present seems more and more obsolete. Perhaps, one day a maximized citizenship ... Read More »

Occupy Love: Salute to LGBT Veterans

[Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, left, kisses her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell in the first time a same-sex couple was chosen for Navy’s traditional homecoming kiss] On this Valentine’s Day we must acknowledge how love has changed in the modern day. Whether you agree with gay marriage or not, the issue has landed ... Read More »

Motivation Monday XI

Image: A can of tear gas lands near Loukanikos and protesters, February 2011. GIORGOS MOUTAFIS / ANZENBERGER Motivation Monday XI, along with our wishes for prosperity, goes out to the Greeks in the street. In July of last year an unlikely symbol of the Greek riots emerged. It is astonishing how something like a loyal dog can reaffirm that all ... 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 »

Watch Andrew Breitbart Flip Out On Occupiers

Emily Crockett (@emilycrockett) of Campus Progress posted a video of right-wing commentator Andrew Breitbart flipping out on occupiers at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday, February 10, 2012:   From Campus Progress: “Conservative blogger-star Andrew Breitbart lashed out at Occupy protesters outside of CPAC, the mass annual gathering of conservatives, in Washington, DC on Friday night. Campus ... Read More »

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