MelanieIglesias Melanie Iglesias
The Zero Sum President
It isn`t the posturing of any President that pose the greatest concerns in any evaluation of `progress`for the future.
I recall a long deceased friend describing how the classification of a British translation of a Russian text had crippled work on the Pine tree and DEW Line early warning systems. As far as I know, even today the instructions on building on permafrost are classified. Structures built without that hard won knowledge were rapidly destroyed by the environment.
Now relate that to practices classifying - making them secret - new inventions and making them unavailable to Americans. Who are most harmed by these - and by many copyright and patent laws stifling initiative, including those on seeds patenting nature
Will the US be saved by its military?
How do you judge a State of the Union speech that begins with a lie?
There was any number of anecdotes or stories with which President Obama could have begun his talk to the nation. But he decided to begin with the most overused trick in any leader's rhetorical arsenal - to celebrate the military.
"We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected around the world."
Did no one point out to him that the morning of his speech, the marine sergeant who led the 2005 assault on Haditha that killed 24 Iraqi civilians received no jail time for his action, same as the seven other American soldiers who were part of the raid? As the LA Times reported in the wake of the decision, "The lack of trial convictions in the Haditha case is likely to further inflame anti-US sentiment in Iraq, as well as fuel criticism by some legal analysts of the 6-year-long investigation and prosecution."
Egypt's young revolutionaries have risked arrest, torture and death to force the army "back to the barracks". But in the US, the uncritical celebration of the military is so strong that it clouds over its role in draining a huge share of the country's economic lifeblood away from areas where it's desperately needed or in fomenting precisely the kinds of wars and violence that have permanently eroded the view of the US around the world. How Egypt's generals must envy the ease with which their American comrades ensure their continued grip on a huge share of the country's power and wealth.
I live in a small military town in the US state of Alabama. Glorification of the US military is endemic in US culture, as the above article duly points out, and nowhere is that more true than in the conservative Bible belt where criticism of the US military's abhorrent human rights record is both anathema and non existent.
What seems to elude people even more than the violent history of the American military is the role it plays in the financial problems facing the US today. The economy is teetering on the verge of near bankrupcy in large part due to the senseless wars perpetrated by the neoconservative elites in Washington who send young, mostly working class Americans to fight rich men's wars while the military industrial complex rakes in huge profits from wars fought in the common man's name. The spectacle of the US spending billions, possibly trillions of dollars on wars overseas while millions of Americans suffer from a lack of health insurance, foreclosures and financial ruin are a sad reminder of the falsity of the notion of the military protecting American freedoms
"We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected around the world." RESPECTED AROUND THE WORLD????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!! Ok
*Abu Ghareb and the sick homosexual abuse of prisoners gained respect?
*The Collateral Murder video leaked by Manning showing brutal murder and enjoying murder
*Urinating on dead bodies by US marines gained you respect?
*Torching prisoners in Guantanamo gained you respect?
*Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich who murdered 24 people in Iraq most of whom were women and children
*US marines who shot a man off a motorcycle for fun
*Andrew Holmes accused of killing unarmed Afghan civilians in cold blood
*Kip Lynch, 22, was found guilty last summer of first degree murder in
the April 2010 shooting death of his 19-year-old wife Racquell and
second-degree murder of their 8-month old baby
*A South Korean court sentenced a U.S. soldier, Kevin Lee Flippin, to 10 years in prison for raping an 18-year-old South Korean girl
*Iraq war veteran, Itzcoatl Ocampo, accused of killing four homeless men
I SWEAR I CAN WRITE A BOOK WITH AN ENDLESS LIST OR MURDER
I don't know what respect these fools speak of
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Development of prejudice increases steadily at pre-school age and reaches its highest level between five and seven years of age. With increasing age this development is reversed and the prejudices decline. "This reflects normal cognitive development of children" Social ideas and prejudices are formed differently in children of social minorities. They do not have a negative attitude towards the majority to start with, more often it is even a positive one. The reason is the higher social status of the majority, which is being regarded as a role model. Only later, after having experienced discrimination, they develop prejudices, that then sticks with them much more persistently than with other children.
This link between the amygdala and fear -- especially a fear of others unlike us, has gone too far, not only in pop culture, but also in psychological science
With news that the U.S. honeybee population has been so devastated that some beekeepers will qualify for disaster relief dollars, comes a report from Purdue University that one of the causes of honeybee deaths is - as long suspected - neonicotinoids.' Jeanne Roberts, Celsias
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The GOP hopes also may hinge significantly on how determined some whites are to get the country's first black president out of the White House.' Robert Parry, Consortium News
Ron Paul’s campaign suffered a setback this week in its effort to identify who uploaded videos that appear to show the presidential candidate bashing a former rival’s ties to China.
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'Inside Job' provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in...
'Jesus of the Gospels was an outspoken, nonviolent leftist who tried to reform his authoritarian conservative, dogmatic church but also refused to shut up with his call for justice for the down-trodden - even when his superiors threatened him with serious consequences if he didn't. ' Consortium News
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Gitmo insider's book censored
A new global treaty could allow corporations to police what we do on the Internet. Last week we successfully pushed back the US censorship bills -- if we act now, we can get the EU Parliament to bury this new threat -- add your voice now!
Extremely cold weather in Warsaw was definitely not an excuse for demonstrators on Friday. Protests culminated a week of mass rallies in Poland. Thursday’s signing of the deal by Warsaw drew tens of thousands onto the streets across the country to protest internet censorship.
Top Illuminati Dynasties that run the NWO
Aneesh Chopra, US chief technology officer, is stepping down
A 58-year-old New Mexico man has been awarded $22 million in one of the largest ever federal civil rights settlements of its kind. For 22 months, Stephen Slevin was held in solitary confinement and never brought to trial.
Strange bedfellows on Capitol Hill, ranging from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.), are joining forces to change controversial detainee language that was signed into law by President Obama last month.' Joe Picard, Jeremy Herb, The Hill
OpEdNews - Article: Multiple Israel False Flag Ops and How Supporters of Palestinians Fall Into the.
Mark Perry goes beyond what he reported in his Foreign Policy article to discuss multiple Israeli False flag operations and how supporters of Palestinians fall into the languaging trap, using the words Jews and Jewish.
'French researchers have confirmed that childhood leukemia rates are shockingly elevated among children living near nuclear power reactors.' John LaForge, CounterPunch
Having considered the toughness of the rock-hidden Iranian nuclear facilities, America’s Nutcracker military command has decided to save jaw and develop a new conventional superbomb, since the US still plans to do the job in Iran without nukes.
Be careful what you consent to in the name of personal development -- from the National Post: Quebec police officers have completed their report into the
( Not that the Gulf of Mexico ever looks to be clear of oil in the foreseeable future
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