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The number one error, engaged in by the majority of people, is failing to be an activist. The world’s going to hell, countless situations can be easily improved, lives can be saved, and most people just sit there and do nothing. Others actively work to make matters worse. So, if you’re working for peace and justice, you’re among the tiny minority that’s pretty much got the big stuff right. If constructive criticism drives you into despair, please stop reading this article right now and just continue what you’re doing with your life. You have my gratitude.

If you’re open to hearing some suggestions, for whatever they may be worth (and yes, of course, this list of errors will exclude those that I am myself guilty and unaware of), read on:

1. ELECTIONISM. We need elections but do not now have them in the United States, not at the federal level. Working for election reforms is one of the most important things anyone can do. But taking time off from activism to focus on elections is the biggest waste of resources we engage in. Election reform will come through creative nonviolent activism, education, organizing, media, disruption, resistance, and protest. It won’t come through elections. Registering voters is not activism. Creating automatic registration, as just done in Oregon, is activism. Please stifle your compulsion to ask me who I’m voting for. You don’t ask me if I want to win the lottery. (I do, but I will not buy a ticket or devote my life to staring at one.)

2. OBAMANISM. As bad as taking a break from activism every election cycle, is thinking and acting like a voter and a campaigner rather than an activist every day of every year, cheerleading for a team of corrupt officials rather than for policies, reforms, and actions that you support. “The nationalist,” said Orwell, “not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.” Nationalism is a huge problem, and its language, which has peace activists using the word “we” in saying “We are bombing Afghanistan,” may contribute to identification with crimes. But the problem of managing not to even hear about them applies to partisanship as well. If a Republican were picking men, women, and children to murder on Tuesdays, you’d see protests.

3. TOKENISM. “Black people are dumb.” “Muslims are violent.” These are understood to be ignorant hate speech. But “Women make better presidents” is not frowned on quite so much, despite its exactly equal idiocy. The problem is not the demographic characteristics of the president. The problem is having a single individual with the powers of a god, in debt to sociopathic billionaires, in a system dominated by militarism and corruption. We won’t change it with a female or gay or Latina corporatist warmonger.

4. STRATEGISM. Winning a first and a second and a third step down a path to peace or justice is not best achieved through the means that many activists think of as “strategic.” If you tell someone that they should halt one war so that the military can be better prepared for other wars, you weaken your argument against the one war, and you provide an argument for future wars. If you oppose the weapons that don’t work, you give legitimacy to the far worse weapons that do work. If you object to a gimmick that boosts weapons spending over a mandated limit by transferring funds from a war budget, you shouldn’t do so in a way that suggests either budget is acceptable at all, or in a way that suggests war spending is preferable to non-war-spending or budget trickery. Pre-compromising doesn’t get you a compromise result; it gets you incoherence and lack of believability. A young woman pointing out to Jeb Bush that his brother (and Hillary and a few hundred others) created ISIS does a lot more to move people against war than do the strategies coming out of DC peace groups. War is counterproductive on its own terms, immoral, illegal, and catastrophic. Its funding should be eliminated. Our job is to demand that. A small reduction is a first step toward our goal.

5. IMPOTENTISM. The most pervasive and powerful propaganda is that of powerlessness. Telling yourself and each other that you are powerless is no different than Judith Miller repeating CIA lies about WMDs. It’s exactly as ridiculous and exactly as damaging. We are not powerless. We quite easily have an impact frequently and could quite easily have a much bigger one. Expecting fairness won’t help. We have to work uphill, but it’s perfectly doable. Being impatient won’t help. We have to keep working however long it takes and however few help out. Self-flagellation won’t help. The money is against you and money is powerful. It’s not your fault you haven’t saved the world, but it might be thanks to you that your grandchildren save it.

6. PAROCHIALISM. We have to form uncomfortably large coalitions, and we really don’t want to. I’m not advocating what I critiqued above as strategism. Don’t sell your soul. Don’t promote destructive ideologies for short-term gain. But don’t be scared of guilt-by-association. Be willing to stand with people on an issue whose views and actions you deeply oppose on other issues.

7. LOCALISM. It’s far more satisfying to find peace in your heart or sustainability in your backyard than to take on the military industrial complex. But if the earth dies, so will you. There are local and hyper-local angles that contribute to the greater cause. Cities and states can change nations. But individual action alone is not enough. Even small group action aimed too near is not enough. If everybody with solar panels on their roofs had put half the money into a movement to create public solar arrays, we’d have them.

8. FREUDISM. In a popular, simplistic notion of nonviolent communication, one never persuades anyone through rational argument. This is a claim, by the way, that comes out of an ideology supposedly dedicated to respecting people and their “needs.” Apparently among those needs is not the need for a good reason to believe something. It would of course be equally simplistic to assert that all one ever needs are facts, or to ignore the age-old wisdom that it is hard to get someone to believe something they are paid not to. But when I tell people that college is free in other countries, their jaws drop, and it’s not 30 seconds before they’re saying it should be that way in the U.S. When I talk to non-self-selected groups about ending war, the majority say at the end that they have been moved toward believing that war can and should be ended. Facts are not enough, but they are one of the main things the corporate media deprives us of, and one of the key components of activism. They do nothing to help us see another’s point of view if we’re unwilling to look. They do nothing to alleviate high levels of fear. But it would be a mistake for us to become inversions of Edward Bernays working to manipulate people in a kinder, gentler manner.

9. FETISHISM. Here’s a little secret. The people who speak the viewpoints that serve big money are not smarter, wittier, pithier, or better at framing a topic. They’re on the air because they speak the viewpoints that serve big money. They may be more eloquent than you. They may be less so. But trying to think and sound like them in general is a quite risky proposition and completely unnecessary. There is nothing we need more than better media and better use of existing media by its readers, listeners, and viewers. There is no smarter place to invest as activists. But what we lack is not spokespeople. What we lack is microphones.

10. PINKERISM. “But haven’t you heard? War is going away on its own? I heard it from someone who read a review of a book by Steven Pinker.” War is not going to go away on its own. It is not even going away with our help. But it could go away if we really get our act together.

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‘Singer and U.N. global ambassador Dionne Warwick recently released an interesting if puzzling statement asserting that she would, and I quote, “never fall victim to the hard pressures of Roger Waters, from Pink Floyd, or other political people who have their views on politics in Israel.”

“Waters’ political views are of no concern,” I assume she means to her, the statement read. “Art,” she added, “has no boundaries.”

Until today, I have not publicly commented on Ms. Warwick’s Tel Aviv concert or reached out to her privately. But given her implicit invitation, I will comment now.’

Read more: Roger Waters to Dionne Warwick: ‘You are showing yourself to be profoundly ignorant of what has happened in Palestine since 1947′

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This Video will be Attacked by ADL so please share it before they remove it
Ariel Sharon: “We, the Jewish People, Control America, and The Americans Know it”!
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA)dvisory board includes such notable figures as Michael Ledeen, Richard Perle, and R. James Woolsey, while Vice President Dick Cheney, former U.S. Representative to the United Nations John Bolton, and former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith were all on JINSA’s Board of Advisors before they entered the Bush administration
Jason Vest, writing in The Nation,alleges that JINSA, along with Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy, are “underwritten by far-right American Zionists” and both believe strongly that “‘regime change’ by any means necessary in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority is an urgent imperative.”

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TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=14714

Timothy McVeigh. We’ve been told so much about him, the Oklahoma City bombing, and what it meant for America. But what if it’s all a lie? Join us today for this special Corbett Report podcastumentary as we examine the multiple trucks, multiple bombs, government informants, faked executions and other pieces of information suggesting that McVeigh was not a “lone wolf bomber” at all but a sheepdipped special forces operative working for the government, exactly as he claimed.

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The elites have been at war with America all my life. I can remember in high school reading a Foundation study saying we needed to cut world population to a billion or so people. There have been hundreds of studies since which also concluded billions of people like you and me should stop breathing.I think I am justified to conclude that anyone who wants to kill 6 billion people  has declared war against us.

I have decided to write this essay based on an article by Brandon Smith which appeared at Zero Hedge. It included a talk given by Max Boot on insurgencies. It seems the rich and powerful are worried that the 5 or 6 billion who are supposed to die to benefit the Uber Rich might object to decisions made concerning their early demise.

Smith specifically mentioned the US Army exercise Jade Helm which is using resources from the FBI and the DEA. This is clearly not an exercise designed to train US troops for battle in Iraq or Iran. He thinks the billionaires are preparing to defend their position because they know we are near an economic collapse.

I have said that the Mossad has put forward two publicity campaigns to explain to American Christians that an economic collapse in September of 2015 and even a war were the Will of God and not caused either by the gross criminality of Bankers or by Israeli Warhawks.

China has decided to apply to the IMF to add the yuan to the SDR basket of currencies. America depends on its ability to print the world’s reserve currency to feed itself. Wall Street has stolen everything so when we lose our reserve currency status 80% of Americans will be reduced to abject poverty. That is unless we reform the system.

There is so much corruption in our government that Bankers have been allowed to steal money by the tens of trillions of dollars and yet not one man from Wall Street has seen the inside of a jail. But then the Chinese are doing the same. The wealthy of China created nearly a trillion a year in false invoices to get money out of the country. They do have $4 trillion in British banks in the Caribbean. Asia Times magazine says the Banks launder at least $200 billion a year in bribes for Chinese officials.

My previous essay explored that relationship between the elite in America and China. I concluded that a threatened Thermonuclear involving the US, China and Russia could be used to keep the exploited citizens of those nations in line after their economies collapse more devastatingly than during the Great Depression.

Max Boot is an adviser to the Defense Department on insurgencies. His advice is well heeded by the elite. They need to control the flow of information to prevent Americans from resisting. Boot thinks American won the Revolutionary war because British public opinion turned against the war and its costs. Americans did make more money than did British workmen. But he thinks that the British could have won if they had waged war like the Romans did against Spartacus. Crucify a few thousand rebels. Only a minority of the colonials supported the revolt anyway.

Max Boot does not understand America. He was born in Moscow. He was raised in Los Angeles in a Jewish family and attended America’s best universities. But he actually thinks crucifying Americans could work. American Christians would seriously object to crucifixion. If he tried that today, he would not be able to count the number of bullets in the bodies of the men who followed his orders. American cops fired 137 bullets into the bodies of one unarmed couple in a car.

Boot thinks torturing resistance leaders is fine as long as the general public does not get wind of it. He likes the British Malay model. Put the people in concentration camps and cut off their contact with the rebels.

He can monitor us 24/7 with NSA snooping. But that is only good in the initial stages. It intimidates the timid. It also identifies the opposition. The government knows who does not like them. During the Bush administration, they compiled a list of 8 million people to be ‘Disappeared’ in case of national emergency. There are by now probably many more than that on their ‘To Be Disappeared List’. The problem is that Wall Street’s Minions in DC cannot go into full combat mode against 8 to 10 million people. If they want to ‘Disappear’ 10 million Americans, 20 or 30 million will think they are coming for them because there is no way to know you are not on the ‘Kill list.’ Millions of Americans will grab their guns and shoot the men seeking to do them harm. On Day 2 they will seek vengeance against those who gave the orders. The Resistance will probably cut all electricity going into Washington DC before Day 3 is over. It will not be a pretty sight.

Boot said they should use Special Forces to target specific men in the armed rebellion as the British did in Malay in the 1950s. The US has 25,000 Special Ops soldier. One problem is that even if he can get 50,000 soldiers to go out and grab 10,000 Americans a day, how many days would it take to grab 10 million people? And how many men would come back alive after Day One and then Day Two and Three.

Another problem is that Boot currently has no armed rebellion so what will he do? He could blow something up like the Israelis and the US government did on 911 at the World Trade Center and at the Pentagon. But people are already having trouble believing the lies they are told.

Boot also said the British succeeded by making promises of independence and reform to the people of Malay. That definitely can’t happen here. The Bankers control the government and stole money from us by the tens of trillions. They will not voluntarily go to jail and surrender the tens of trillions of dollars they stole from us. Nor will they surrender the right to charge us interest on the money they created out of nothing. And they cannot stop their attacks against the Bill of Rights.

Max Boot, Wall Street and Israel can never offer reform.

More: https://vidrebel.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/the-elite-declared-war-against-us-they-expect-resistance/

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Perhaps few people know that Pietro Beretta arms factory Ltd. (the largest arms industry in the world) and is controlled by the Holding SpA Beretta and the majority shareholder of the Beretta Holding SpA after Gussalli Ugo Beretta, is the IOR (Institute for Works of Religion [commonly known as the Vatican Bank]) private institution founded in 1942 by Pope Pius XII and headquartered in Vatican City.

The story is this, behind this is as follows: https://usahitman.com/vbmsipb/

 

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Egypt’s Minister of Health Adel Adawy announced on Sunday that 92 percent of married Egyptian women have experienced female genital mutilation.
The latest results were announced at a conference held to reveal the results of the 2014 Egypt Demographic and Health Survey (EDHS).
According to the Minister, 92 percent of women aged between 15 and 49 who are or have been married suffer from genital mutilation.
The majority of females undergo genital mutilation between the ages of nine and 12, with only 31 percent of the operations run by doctors, said the Minister of Health.
The Minister of Health added that FGM in rural areas is as high as 95 percent, compared to up to 39.2 percent in urban cities.
The 2014 EDHS further found that more than 50 percent of married women in Egypt favor female genital mutilation and is in accordance with religious teachings, while 30 percent believe it should be banned. FGM is normally carried out by traditional midwives and ‘health barbers’.
Despite a large number of women surveyed believing that FGM is condoned by Islam, Egypt’s top Islamic authority has condemned the act as ‘un-Islamic’ and ‘barbaric’.
Moreover, Egypt banned female genital mutilation in 2008. Article 242 of Egypt’s Penal Code criminalizes the circumcision of girls The punishment for performing FGM is a prison sentence ranging from three months to two years or a fine of 5,000 Egyptian pounds.
In January 2015, an Egyptian court imprisoned the first doctor ever brought to trial in Egypt on FGM charges that resulted in the death of 13-year-old Sohair al-Bata’a.
The doctor was sentenced to two years in prison with hard labour for manslaughter and three months for performing the banned practice. The doctor also received a fine of EGP 500 ($US 68).
The father of Sohair was also sentenced to three months in prison for FGM.

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‘A man was caught eating the face off another, both stark naked; another was selling powdered babies, another was carrying roasted human foetuses because he was selling them as a source of dark power. Some say it is the zombie apocalypse. I say it is plain demonic evil.

What is wrong with the human race? We have governments nowadays arming terrorists, sending terrorists into civilian areas to run amok, to cut people into pieces, set fire to them, cut their lips off, rape them, impale them with iron bars, steal, loot, torture (the FUKUS Axis in Libya). We have governments spreading lies to create the conditions for public opinion to give the go-ahead for invasions and acts of slaughter.’

Read more: Has the human race become demonic?

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Quite rightfully, there appears to be an increasing amount of debate around the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  Ah yes ‘free trade’.  If I had a nickel for every time I got into a free trade debate I’d be a very rich man.  This is one of those great topics for which both sides can make a very strong academic case and so everyone walks away from the discussion feeling they won.  This is why it’s such a popular debate amongst academics.  But this particular free trade discussion needs to address not so much the deal itself but the delivery process.  Allow me to explain.

The thing about free trade is that it really has nothing to do with free trade.  It’s a regulatory maneuver pure and simple.  We know the champions of free trade are corporations because they are the profiteers of reallocating working capital out of heavy US regulatory environments and into much lighter emerging market regulatory environments.  This is very much a distinction that needs to be made.

What supporters of free trade argue is that it allows a free flow of trade to regions with competitive advantages and thus putting capital to use in the most efficient ways (if they don’t, that is the argument they should be using).  However, the stark reality is emerging markets rarely have competitive advantages in any realm over developed industrial nations.  For instance, the Chinese workers are less productive than American workers and so the cost advantage from labour is not due to higher productivity in China but to much softer wage regulations.

The result is that Americans are losing out on critical manufacturing sector jobs, which is where the American middle class was built.  The free trade champions will argue that because we no longer have a competitive advantage in that type of work we should retrain workers into areas we still have that advantage.  But again, this has nothing to do with competitive advantage.  It’s a convenient argument because it sounds logical if the facts are true.  But the fact that we don’t have a competitive advantage in manufacturing is just not true.  What we have are large dislocations in regulation.  For better or worse, American regulation require corporations to provide a much higher level of overall compensation for domestic employees than regulation does for foreign employees.  And the free trade deals very clearly provide a mechanism by which US corporations can swap heavy i.e. costly US regulation for very light foreign regulation.

Now that’s a fairly standard style free trade debate but the current debate over TPP is more about the legality of the executive branch request to fast track this free trade deal hidden behind a wall of secrecy, i.e. the details are classified.  I’m really at a loss on this one.  If you read my work regularly you are familiar with my angst on American apathy toward our Constitutional rights.  Every week another slew of Constitutional rights are being creatively and quietly withdrawn.  This has been ongoing for decades but at an extraordinary pace over the past 15 years.

The fact that Americans have been so willing to part with their guaranteed Constitutional rights has really emboldened our legislature and executive branches of government to go full bore against the Constitution.   We allow them to spy on us, to imprison us without due process and now to remove us completely from the legislative process.  So in effect we are no longer a self-governed democracy in any way, shape or form.  Somebody somewhere explain to me why that proposition is untrue.  And please do not go down the road of well we vote for a representative and that is how we impose our will on the legislative process.  Save that for whatever dumbshit, drunkass moron it worked on last night at the bar because that doesn’t meet the required standard of debate here sir.

In short we have yet another example of blatant disrespect and disregard for the very process that defines our nation as a self-governed democracy.  Each time we allow the President or legislature to circumvent the will of the people without prosecuting them we place another set of chains around our necks.  This nation has imprisoned millions of men and women for smoking marijuana, an activity that will be legal in all 50 states at some point in the near future.  At the same time, we have not prosecuted one president, policymaker or legislator for breaking Constitutional laws that have now resulted in the unjustified deaths of tens of thousands of American soldiers and innocent civilians and the immeasurable destruction of the very system promised us by those that created this once great nation.

That is heavy heavy stuff.  Yet for some reason we apparently feel much more threatened by a guy smoking a joint in his house than we do by the most powerful men in the world tacitly rendering our Constitution a paper tiger.

Is it that we don’t care?  Is it that we don’t see it?  Is it that we are masochists? What is it about us that makes us so apathetic to the atrocities against our Constitutional rights?  They are there for our protection and so, to we the people, they are assets that require maintenance but we are leaving them to be destroyed by the political elements.  I am really at a loss on this one.  It seems to go in the face of the basic instinct for self survival.

Now I get that inner cities are being supported by government hand outs and so they will be hesitant to rock the boat.  Although that is becoming less and less the case isn’t it.  But I mean even amongst well versed, well educated and very interested Americans there seems to be very little concern, judging by reaction, to the fact that our Constitutional rights are quite blatantly at this point, being taken away from us.  Why is that not creating more of an agitated response??

This is the discussion, this is the debate that needs to happen over TPP.  Corporations will always push for higher profits, that we know, but why does our government feel confident enough to blatantly negate our Constitutional rights so openly in America now?  That is with certainty, the most imminent and paramount question we need to be working on as a free society today or soon we won’t have the right to discuss such things.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-10/most-imminent-and-paramount-question-americans-today

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CIA ‘mission accomplished’ in Afghanistan: Afghan poppy farmers say new seeds will boost opium output

–Production hit a record high in 2014, up 17 percent compared to the year before

| 05 May 2015 | This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin. The plants grow bigger, faster, use less water than seeds they’ve used before, and give up to double the amount of opium, they say. Afghanistan’s poppy harvest, which accounts for most of the world’s heroin, is worth an estimated $3 billion a year, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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Good and Bad News

Today, we have bad news and good news. The good news is that there will be no 25-year recession. Nor will there be a depression that will last the rest of our lifetimes.

The bad news: It will be much worse than that. On Monday, the Dow rose another 43 points. Gold seems to be working its way back to the $1,200 level, where it feels most comfortable.

“A long depression” has been much discussed in the financial press. Several economists are predicting many years of sluggish or negative growth. It is the obvious consequence of several overlapping trends and existing conditions.

 

Brooklyn Daily Eagle Front PageNewspaper from October 24 1929, a.k.a. “Black Thursday” – at this point, the panic had just begun with the market losing 11% in one day. On the next two trading days (Friday and Saturday – at the time, the market was open on Saturdays) the market rebounded slightly, then came “Black Monday” and “Black Tuesday”, which erased all doubt about the seriousness of the situation

 

Old People Are Dead Wood

First, people are getting older. Especially in Europe and Japan, but also in China, Russia and the US. As we’ve described many times, as people get older, they change. They stop producing and begin consuming.

They are no longer the dynamic innovators and eager early adopters of their youth; they become the old dogs who won’t learn new tricks.

Nor are they the green and growing timber of a healthy economy; instead, they become dead wood. There’s nothing wrong with growing old.

There’s nothing wrong with dying either, at least from a philosophical point of view. But it’s not going to increase auto sales or boost incomes – except for the undertakers.

 

undertakers-horseMr. Hislop is looking forward to booming business

Photo credit: State Library of Queensland

 

The Cure for Debt? More Debt!

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In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the winter of our discontent as neoliberal policies and relentless fraud by banks results in never-ending Baltimores. In the second half, Max interviews Satyajit Das, author of Extreme Money, about how this debt addicted world could go the way of the Mayans.

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The U.S. Has Only Been At Peace For 21 Years Total Since Its Birth

Year-by-year timeline of America’s wars, which reveals something quite interesting: since the United States was founded in 1776, she has been at war during 214 out of her 235 calendar years of existence.  In other words, there were only 21 calendar years in which the U.S. did not wage any wars.
To put this in perspective:
* Pick any year since 1776 and there is about a 91% chance that America was involved in some war during that calendar year.
* No U.S. president truly qualifies as a peacetime president.  Instead, all U.S. presidents can technically be considered “war presidents.”
* The U.S. has never gone a decade without war.
* The only time the U.S. went five years without war (1935-40) was during the isolationist period of the Great Depression.
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Here is a graphic depiction of U.S. wars:
And here is the year-by-year timeline of America’s major wars:
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Year-by-year Timeline of America’s Major Wars (1776-2015)

Here: http://refreshingnews99.blogspot.com/2015/04/america-has-been-at-war-93-of-time-222.html

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