The above article is about the suffering going on in Gaza, about Israel’s morally bankrupt policy there, and about how AiPAC has used its influence in America to paralyze us and prevent us from doing anything. We give Israel $3 Billion dollars in direct foreign aid every year and another $12-17 billion in indirect aid. If you remember I also posted a link to a blog sometime back, from Andrew Sullivan, which talked about how 23 Palestinians die for every one Israeli. There is outrageous injustice going on in that part of the world and we are helping to fund it.
It’s a queer world, God knows, but the best we have to be going on with. – Brendan Behan
If you read the headlines enough they become like a tickertape of the absurd. I go to Huffington Post once or twice a day as it is usually a good place to see what the country is talking about. I don’t really read many of their articles, there are way better places to get in depth knowledge, but it’s a good place to get the pulse of what is going on. Just today they had a morning headline about how the Iraq War architects were being brought back into the fold by the media as if they had any credibility left. They should be in shackles for all the poor men and women they sent to their deaths, not on TV voicing their opinions. Then tonight I see the headline is that our country is going to execute three convicts within 24 hours starting tonight. It’s like that scene in David Lynch’s Wild at Heart where the characters of Sailor and Lula ride through the desert flipping through the radio. Every station features news darker and more degrading than the last, until they finally can’t stand it and decide to crank heavy metal music.
However, there are reasons to be hopeful. President Obama finally made the speech that he needed to on climate change. It obviously remains to be scene what he can actually accomplish, but it was a strong speech that no other President has dared to make. It also looks that despite the media giving some voice to the insane warmongers who got us into Iraq, that there is also some genuine pushback to stay out of the Middle East for once. I am no Thomas Friedman fan, but in the Sunday Times he mentioned that the two countries that are doing best in the Middle East, Tunisia and Kurdistan, are also the countries that we have largely stayed out of. Hopefully some of those in power understand this.
I just recently started a part time job canvassing for a political organization. I thought it would be a good way to make a little extra cash and do something positive in my community on days I don’t have shows. Going door to door I have found most people to be polite and kind. Flipping though mainstream TV and paying attention to the headlines is an easy way to find oneself depressed. However, there is good in this world and it is worth remembering that all hope is not lost. You might have to dig for it sometimes, but it is there. Don’t let the bastards get you down…
This is a good piece over at Huffington Post by Tom Hayden about what is going on in Iraq now and why we need to stay out. The predictions of those that took us there have now been proven wrong a billion times over. There has been so much death and destruction for no reason. It might be easy in hindsight to say that we simply got it wrong, but many of us knew Iraq was a mistake and didn’t think we should go into that country in the first place. My parents were part of a peace march BEFORE the initial invasion.
Often when people have racist or ignorant views in the past it is typical for someone to say that they shouldn’t be blamed because they were just holding views “of their time”. However, when one looks deeper into history you will often see that many people knew better and that this argument doesn’t usually hold water. Don’t let anyone tell you that we didn’t know better before we went into Iraq. That was a war of choice, plain and simple.
The above article is a Huffington Post article that talks about how the DEA has purposely prevented research being done on marijuana. This is depressing not only because it stands in the way of common sense and scientific knowledge, but because of all of the lives that have been ruined in our ridiculous drug war. I’d like to say more, but you get the general idea…
The above link is to a Huffington Post article about how our policed forces are becoming more militarized. In fact the article says that a lot of the weapons from our recent wars are making their way home. The militarization of our police has been going on for awhile now, so this article doesn’t surprise me. If you read Matt Taibbi’s eye opening The Divide, about the injustice of our justice system, you will see how our society is slowly becoming a dystopia. It starts at the law enforcement level and goes the whole way up the chain. That’s not to say there aren’t still good people at every level, just that the system itself is flawed.
A new study came out that suggests that people learn more from watching Stephen Colbert than they do the real news. The only thing I have to add to this is: NO SHIT!
The above link is to a Huffpo article about an upcoming book about the Koch brothers. It is by Daniel Schulman and it is called Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty. Apparently the Koch brothers, who are doing their best to ruin American democracy, are also complete emotional mutants as well. No surprise there. Why do we let such animals have so much power? Here is an excerpt where their dad has them fight each other growing up:
In private, Fred Koch “ruled the house with an iron fist” and faith in social Darwinism. Schulman recounts how the former boxer encouraged his sons to fight each other, sometimes with horrifying results. “During one bout, Bill bashed his twin over the head with a polo mallet,” Schulman writes. And “David still bears a scar from the time Bill pierced him in the back with a ceremonial sword.” Those early lessons left a deep imprint on the brothers.
They also like to blackmail each other:
Schulman describes how Charles, unable to convince brother Frederick to sell his stake in Koch Industries, allegedly resorted to “a homosexual blackmail attempt to force Frederick to sell his shares.” And when the youngest twin, Bill, launched a bid to wrest control of Koch Industries from his older brothers, Charles’ legal team responded by releasing a dossier of opposition research on Bill, filled with sordid details of his personal life.
Who needs the fantasy of the Walking Dead when you have these freaks running amuck through our land. Anyone that blackmails their brother or pierces someone with a ceremonial sword should be locked up. Instead, they are running our country!
P.S. If poor people acted like that they would crucify them!
The above article is from Huffington Post and it is about how Military leaders are acknowledging the threat that climate change poses to our national security. The idea that climate change will cause instability around the world is nothing new, but this report is just one more reason that we need to get serious about this subject.
A sad but sobering column from Robert Reich. It’s about how mortality rates are rising for pregnant women in the U.S. Poverty plays a large factor with black women three times as likely to die as a result of childbirth and pregnancy as white women.
I completely understand the empathy for the girls that were kidnapped in Nigeria. But I don’t understand why the media isn’t flipping out to protect our women here at home. Maybe poor women dying of (un)natural causes isn’t as sexy as women being kidnapped?
The lead article over at Huffpo right now is that Mark Rubio has decided to take a strong climate change denial stance. You can read the article here:
But the article that you really should be reading is the Rolling Stone piece from awhile back about how Miami is going to end up under water if we do nothing about climate change:
Rubio is either a cynical political operative trying to stir up the base or a complete idiot. Neither option bodes well for Floridians. We might never find Atlantis, but we can sure create one! We as Americans can do anything if we put our minds to it. USA, USA!!!