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Happy MLK Day

by on Jan.16, 2017, under Politics, The Truth Is In Here

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“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” Vanity asks the question, “Is it popular?” But, conscience asks the question, “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right.”

– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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Still Tricky After All These Years

by on Jan.12, 2017, under Politics, The Press, The Truth Is In Here

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NY Times, 9/15/79

Does anyone remember Hollywood actress Jean Seberg? She made the mistake of supporting the Black Panthers and going against the FBI. Here’s what they did to her, straight from the NY Times, 1979. The lie caused her to miscarry and commit suicide.

 

“WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 — The Federal Bureau of Investigation acknowledged today that its agents plotted in 1970 to besmirch the reputation of Jean Seberg, the actress who committed suicide last week, by planting a rumor with news organizations that she was pregnant by high‐ranking member of the Black Panther Party.

The action against Miss Seberg, part of the F.B.I.’s counterintelligence program COINTELPRO, was intended to discredit her support of the black nationalist movement.

According to a document dated April 27, 1970, the Los Angeles office of the F.B.I. requested permission from J. Edgar Hoover, then Director of the bureau, to publicize Miss Seberg’s pregnancy, saying it was “felt the possible publication of Seberg’s plight could cause her embarrassment and serve to cheapen her image with the general public.”

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Romain Gary, the prominent French author and diplomat who was Miss Seberg’s husband in 1970, said at a news conference in Paris last week that the baby was his and that the F.B.I. had destroyed the actress’s life. (continue reading…)

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An Icon Comes Home

by on Sep.25, 2016, under NYC, On the Road, The Truth Is In Here

How a Bogle, St. Mary and their Mysterious Human Operative Saved the Day

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Yesterday morning I hop off the train from Philly at NY Penn and head toward the A train to zoom down to NYU to teach when I realize my wallet is gone. Had I been pickpocketed or had it fallen out in my train seat? Argh! I make a mad dash back but then realize in the packed rush hour station that I have absolutely no clue which of the 21 tracks we’ve just come up from onto the main floor. Who pays attention to what track number they came in on? Besides, all of the escalators leading down to the platforms are still set to “up” so I have no immediate way down to any newly arrived train.

I run and find a uniformed employee hanging around a back corridor who tells me I have to check with customer service, on the far end of the building, naturally, and that they can tell me exactly which track my train had come in on. By that time my train and my wallet would be long gone anyway but I have no choice.

So I sprint through a million wrong turns and find the customer service office. They’re helpful but can only tell me they’re “pretty sure” my train would have arrived on track 1. I run down to track 1 and a train (my train?) is still sitting there but — Murphy’s Law — it’s locked. Coincidentally a motorman comes along at that time and unlocks the train. I hop on, explain my situation and he tells me to have a blast and look all I want because the train isn’t leaving anytime soon. I walk through the entire train to be safe, looking in the seats, under the seats, in the aisles, nothing. I have to face the fact that my wallet is gone. (continue reading…)

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Don’t be a Wallflower. All the Brave Kids are Partying With Jill Stein.

by on Aug.11, 2016, under Politics, The Truth Is In Here

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Grass roots activist YahNe Ndgo

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Julian Assange

 

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Martina Salinas, Green Party candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner

“It’s not a revolution to watch a president drop a mic then drop a bunch of bombs on people.”

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Scholar and activist Dr. Cornel West

“Look past this moment. Build pressure. [That] checks the abuses of government.”

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“A vote is only wasted when you vote against your conscience.”

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Indigenous Rights Activist Rodolfo Muñoz, Green Party candidate for Texas Supreme Court

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“We understand the difference between a neofascist catastrophe and a neoliberal disaster.  But we reject both.”

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“The system is rigged. My people have known that for a long time.”

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Vice Presidential Candidate Ajamu Baraka

 

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“I’ve been committed to independent politics all my life. The electoral process is a way that we build power for the people.”

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Brexit Shmexit

by on Jun.25, 2016, under Politics, The Press, The Truth Is In Here

I know that not everyone here will agree with me. I’m speaking especially to my fellow liberal Democrats, esp those of us who support Bernie who are now, ironically, up in arms about England leaving the EU. All I’ve been hearing in preceding months, and I fully agree with this, is how corporations and billionaires are controlling politics, controlling global business, ignoring global warming, supporting TPP, enslaving the poor in the poorest of countries so we can have our geegaws and cheap clothes, and how they also control the mainstream media.

And now England, which has been around for many centuries longer than anything called the “EU,” and which will surely be around for many more, has opted, just barely, to leave this so-called EU which destroyed Greece and Spain’s economies. All anyone can come up with to complain about the Brexit, at least in the aforementioned billionaire-controlled media over the past 24 hours, is “See? The stock market plummeted!” and “See? Cameron’s resigning!” as though these are signs of the apocalypse. The stock market plummets all the freaking time. A Saudi prince can break wind and “the stock market plummets.” A conference on global warming can be held and “the stock market plummets.” Obama can sneeze and “the stock market plummets.” New fracking legislation can be passed and “the stock market plummets.”

And now the billionaires are using this very tactic to criticize the British populace, and so many of my liberal friends are…falling for it? And as for Cameron’s resigning, big deal. A few weeks ago many of you were, like me, excoriating him right along with ClintBama for being a corporate-owned shill. So what happened? Don’t stop using your brain and your anger just yet. The truth is we don’t yet know what the end result will be, and we probably won’t for 5 or 10 years. Until then don’t believe the hype. It might turn out to be bad but it isn’t *necessarily* bad, and the EU is already in bad shape. Would you want to be financially linked to it right now if you could opt out?

What IS disturbing to me is the reasoning that 50% of the Brits have for wanting the split–xenophobia, racism, and complete denial that the European refugee crisis has been caused in large part by their and our own leaders’ disastrous, mass-murdering foreign policy. The fact that Cameron’s running away to make someone else clean up this mess is infuriating to me.

But if the Brexit had been voted in by left-leaning social democrats would we still be this upset about it? I think not, even though the result would be the same. Instead we’d all be cheering Britain on for sticking it to the man.

I’m just suggesting let’s all step back and take a breather on this and not be so worried about whether Britain is or is not a part of a loose conglomeration of countries with a weak central government. It’s way too soon to start conjuring up ghosts of WW I and II (or III). Economically speaking it might turn out to be the smartest move Britain ever made.

Our first and foremost concern should be the ongoing refugee crisis.

If you think I’m missing something here please let me know.

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#foreignpolicydebacle

by on Apr.04, 2016, under Politics, The Truth Is In Here

Dang, Russia-Syria just took out one of our best Islamic fundamentalist leaders. The US isn’t going to be happy about this. Al-Nusra are our boys. Obama airdrops weapons to them because they’re “moderate” Al Qaeda terrorists even as we continue risking American lives fighting against their parent organization in Afghanistan.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/04/middleeast/syria-al-nusra/index.html

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Black Bill v. White Bill

by on Jan.04, 2016, under Politics, The Press, The Truth Is In Here

I am troubled by the double standard (on several levels) at work in the media’s depiction of a black wife standing up for her allegedly rapey husband and a white wife doing the same. I’m talking of course about the two Bills. I’ve heard lots of dismissive and insulting words used to describe Camille Cosby (she’s a sheep, a fool, when is she going to wake up?, etc.) whereas Hillary Clinton is “classy” for “shutting down” a “heckler” simply because the so-called heckler, Katherine Prudhomme O’Brien, a state representative, is a Republican rape victim.

I was appalled seeing Hillary’s women supporters booing this woman and shouting her down during Hilary’s recent town hall in New Hampshire. If this had a been a Trump town hall we  all be up in arms (by “we” I mean liberal Democrats and liberal Independents). Don’t know if you saw the clip of the so-called heckler afterward but if not I urge you to see this cnn.com link. She’s clearly visibly shaken and tearful as she describes herself as a rape victim standing up for other rape victims and as yet I have no reason to doubt her, I don’t care what party she’s from.

“I asked her how in the world she can say that Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey are lying when she has no idea who Juanita Broaddrick is…She told me this summer she doesn’t know who she is and doesn’t want to know who she is. How can she assess that they are lying?…She says that rape victims should be believed. I agree with her, that is true, they should be believed and we should assess what they are saying, she doesn’t even what to assess it.”

“I would say that everyone should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence,” Clinton said calmly before moving onto other questions. [SHE SOUNDS LIKE BILL COSBY'S LAWYER!]

Meanwhile, Camille’s being forced to publicly give testimony against her husband…

 

Bill Cosby’s wife Camille ordered to give deposition

Camille Cosby will have to testify in a defamation suit brought against her husband Bill Cosby after a court denied her motion to quash her deposition order.
CNN.COM|BY EUAN MCKIRDY, CNN

 

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A Syrian War Math Problem

by on Nov.20, 2015, under Politics, The Press, The Truth Is In Here

Let’s do a math problem.  Of Syria’s 300,000 (and counting daily) dead civilians,

percent killed by Assad:  85%

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percent killed by the US:  X%
(it’s classified thanks to the most obstructionist, secretive president in US history; gee, I wonder why, but see some hints below)

 

percent killed by ISIS:  5%

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s solve for X.  If 90% of the deaths are an Assad/ISIS combo, that leaves 10%, which is twice the amount killed by ISIS.

Despite the White House’s extreme secrecy on this figure, it’s now known that our illegal drone campaign has killed at least 450 civilians so far, and that’s an extremely modest estimate.  Still, we have officially only acknowledged two civilian deaths from our illegal drone strikes, which would be a hilarious discrepancy if it weren’t so horrific.  All the while ISIS has grown exponentially stronger.

Our coalition’s commander, Lt. General John Hesterman, has called our illegal drone campaign “the most precise and disciplined in the history of aerial warfare.”  Except that it isn’t. He’s lying.  The fact is, nearly  90 percent of the people killed in our drone strikes were not the intended targets.  The US military hides this from us by labeling these unknown victims, including children, as “enemies killed in action.” In short, we are helping Assad massacre his own civilians and having almost no impact on ISIS.

Even those who acknowledge that they’re being lied to by the White House about the so-called surgical precision and humaneness of drone strikes will all too often try to justify the barbarism. They play a game with themselves that some civilians’ lives, i.e., brown strangers, are less important than other civilians’ lives.  129 dead white Parisians is an act of war whereas 450 dead Syrians is merely unfortunate. Are you really going to play the #whitelivesmattermore game?

And even if you let yourself fall into that propaganda hypnosis and go along with it, there is a practical price to pay with the illegal drone program.  When suspected terrorists are assassinated outright rather than being captured and interrogated as POWs we deprive ourselves of a chance to extract potentially valuable intelligence. Also, the friends and relatives of the civilians we kill become enraged and want to kill, kill, kill Americans in retaliation. Remember how we felt after 9/11?  The French now feel the same way, so why wouldn’t Syrian civilians, who’ve lost their families in US-led airstrikes and then had the US cover up the deaths by hiding them from the media, feel the same way? According to Parisian survivors, the gunmen at the Bataclan Theater yelled out, “This is for Syria!” as they opened fire.

My point:  the indiscriminate nature of our illegal drone program is exacerbating the very threat the U.S. pretends it wants to eliminate in Syria.   We are making ISIS stronger. We cannot defeat ISIS by being ISIS On Steroids and killing twice as many Syrian civilians as they do.  “The military is easily capable of adapting to change, but they don’t like to stop anything they feel is making their lives easier, or is to their benefit. And this certainly is, in their eyes, a very quick, clean way of doing things. It’s a very slick, efficient way to conduct the war,” said the anonymous whistle blower who recently leaked the classified Drone Papers to the media.  Clean for the US, that is; not so clean for the Syrian populace.

In response to the recent Paris attacks, President Obama has said, “The Syrian refugees that have captivated so much attention are fleeing precisely the type of senseless slaughter that occurred in Paris.”  So how about if we ease up on the senseless slaughter, eh?

And this is only regarding Syria. Just across the border in Iraq the total number of deaths over the past 14 years of our illegal occupation has reached 500,000.  Please let that number sink in. These aren’t just digits. They were people. And I ask you: would you rather live in Iraq under Saddam Hussein, or in Iraq as we have left it today?  I’m guessing you’d pick Saddam, who, just a reminder, had nothing to do with 9/11.  We’re now sending Syria in the same direction as Iraq and Libya.

Our Middle East foreign policy is either a nightmarish debacle, or it’s an intentional, equally nightmarish plan to permanently destabilize the Middle East by carpet-bombing it back into the stone age, wantonly killing civilians, and taking turns arming one local militia against another to help speed along the mass slaughter and destabilization.  In that case, our foreign policy must secretly be considered a resounding success by the White House.  It needs to stop. Even in the most selfish sense it’s not helping Americans. It’s making us all less safe.

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Now for the Syrian refugees.   You’re worried about Muslims?  Please, Republicans, Democrats, far left socialists and far right Tea Party conservatives,  stop being sheep and following CNN and Fox News’ command that you cower in fear of refugees. If you want to try and stop a Paris-style mass shooting please focus your attention on profiling gun-toting Christian white men.

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Texan Mike Rawlings agrees with me (see Dallas Mayor Says He Fears White Mass Shooters More Than Syrian Refugees).  Stand up to the NRA and vet the white men in order to weed out our next Timothy McVeighs, our Unabombers, our Dylan Roofs, Jared Loughners, James Holmes, etc., etc. (see A Paris Every Day).

The chickens have come home to roost and we need to let them in. Please wake up, take just a little responsibility for the Syrian refugee crisis and offer a hand to these poor, desperate victims of our incessant oil wars. We claim we’re over there in Syria helping them, right? Now they’re at our doorstep begging for shelter and we’re going to turn them away and order them back to the hell we helped create in their homeland?  Not on my watch.

Obama helped create the Syrian refugee disaster and will never own up to it, but at least he’s pushing to admit destroyed families he helped spawn. For that I applaud him.

My Sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/islamic-state-has-killed-many-syrians-but-assads-forces-have-killed-even-more/2015/09/05/b8150d0c-4d85-11e5-80c2-106ea7fb80d4_story.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/03/us-led-air-strikes-on-isis-targets-killed-more-than-450-civilians-report

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/drone-papers_561ed361e4b0c5a1ce61f463

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/iraq-death-toll_n_4102855.html

http://www.patheos.com/Galleries/ISIS?slidecount=0

AND THIS JUST IN:  Four former Air Force servicemembers, including three drone operators and one drone technician, have issued a letter to President Obama warning the U.S. drone program is one of the most devastating driving forces for terrorism. The whistleblowers risk prosecution by speaking out.  “We witnessed gross waste, mismanagement, abuses of power, and our country’s leaders lying publicly about the effectiveness of the drone program. We cannot sit silently by and witness tragedies like the attacks in Paris, knowing the devastating effects the drone program has overseas and at home.”  More at http://www.democracynow.org/2015/11/20/exclusive_air_force_whistleblowers_risk_prosecution

 

 

 

 

 

 

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