The Skinny on Hillary

In March 2011, Clinton supported the NATO attacks on Libya to aid rebels in their attempts to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi, which … led to Libya becoming the failed state that it is today. After becoming Secretary of State in 2009, Clinton supported Obama’s decision to send an additional 21,000 troops into Afghanistan. The secretary then supported greater contact with Free Syrian Army rebels in Syria and wanted to arm them. Clinton supported Israel’s attacks on Gaza last summer, which killed over 2,300 people and left almost 500,000 displaced. ~Hillary ignored human rights in favor of corporate hegemony.

Hillary’s Hawkish War Stance Leaves Voters Wondering If Change Will Ever Come
Taking a look at Hillary Clinton’s record of supporting U.S. military intervention abroad and war profiteering, it’s clear that change may not be just around the corner.

By | Hillary Rodham Clinton is seen in New York. Hillary Rodham Clinton has so far kept a low profile this year, something that’s starting to change as she heads toward her expected 2016 campaign for president.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is seen in New York. Hillary Rodham Clinton has so far kept a low profile this year, something that’s starting to change as she heads toward her expected 2016 campaign for president.


WASHINGTON — No matter how much Hillary Rodham Clinton may seem to be a shoo-in for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 2016, her hawkish war stance may keep voters away.

In a climate in which war-weary Americans are making their opposition to U.S. intervention and war profiteering heard, Clinton, who served in the U.S. Senate from 2001 to 2009 and as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, has supported every major recent U.S. war and intervention.

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  • During her time as a senator from New York, Clinton voted in favor of the Patriot Act, a controversial piece of legislation due to concerns about civil liberty violations, including the indefinite detention of immigrants, and the expansion of law enforcement’s power to search homes, businesses, and electronic communications — often without a court order. Much like every other candidate, Clinton supports the United States’ traditional allies in the Middle East as well, like Saudi Arabia and Israel. She has also penned an opinion piece for the Washington Post, where she expressed her strong admiration for Henry Kissinger.
  • Clinton, along with the majority of the U.S. Senate, supported the post-9/11 invasion of Afghanistan.
  • cropped-visions4.jpgThe New York senator voted in favor of the 2002 Iraq War Resolution. This sent U.S. troops into Iraq, destroyed the country and created the chaos in the region today.
  • Clinton introduced legislation in 2005 to increase the size of the U.S. Army by 80,000 soldiers due to difficulties the troop force was facing in Iraq.
  • That same year, she helped to ensure that Manuel Zelaya, the democratically-elected president of Honduras, who was overthrown in a military coup in 2009, would not return to office. …
  • In March 2011, Clinton supported the NATO attacks on Libya to aid rebels in their attempts to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi, which … led to Libya becoming the failed state that it is today.
  • After becoming Secretary of State in 2009, Clinton supported Obama’s decision to send an additional 21,000 troops into Afghanistan.
  • resistThe secretary then supported greater contact with Free Syrian Army rebels in Syria and wanted to arm them.
  • Clinton supported Israel’s attacks on Gaza last summer, which killed
    over 2,300 people and left almost 500,000 displaced.

What About the “Afterlife?”

“Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you
is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.”
― W. Somerset Maugham

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Here are selected opinions about great mysteries which elude scientific confirmation and hover over us all.

An even dozen people… to address the question of an afterlife.

Opinions vary.  There is nothing I would like more than for there to be an afterlife where people I have loved could be. I miss quite a few, but this seems far-fetched.

We have five senses and our imagination. From what we know: when the brain stops, life ends. I can pretty much live with that. And as much as I savor each moment, as we move from past to future we barely surface in the present before it’s gone.

We are painfully finite creatures in an infinite universe and there are certain things which remain beyond our ken. So we embrace the mystery.

Here are ideas about life after death:

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“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death–ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible for life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.”
James Baldwin


Louise-Erdrich-Portrait-Session-4-“You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness.  Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
Louise Erdrich


 

sagan“The world is so exquisite with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there’s little good evidence. Far better it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides.”
Carl Sagan



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“I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings.  I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels.”
Pearl S. Buck

 


“I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own — a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms.

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…Basic scientific observation has determined that the physical part of the brain causes consciousness. We have five senses and our individual brains interpret these sensations. This is what we call consciousness.

…The hypothesis that the brain creates consciousness… has vastly more evidence for it than the hypothesis Einstein
that consciousness creates the brain.

… Thousands of experiments confirm the hypothesis that neurochemical processes produce subjective experiences. …Because we know for a fact that measurable consciousness dies when the brain dies, until proved otherwise, the default hypotheses must be that brains cause consciousness.

I am, therefore I think.


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…Everything that the human race has done and thought is concerned with the satisfaction of deeply felt needs and the assuagement of pain.  One has to keep this constantly in mind if one wishes to understand spiritual movements and their development.


Feeling and longing are the motive force behind all human endeavor and human creation, in however exalted a guise the latter may present themselves to us.”
~ Albert Einstein


“Regardless of the staggering 150121154922-simone-de-beavoiur-exlarge-169dimensions of the world about us, the density of our ignorance, the risks of catastrophes to come, and our individual weakness within the immense collectivity, the fact remains that we are absolutely free today if we choose to will our existence in its finiteness, a finiteness which is open on the infinite.”
Simone de Beauvoir


esq-nora-ephron-062612-lg“Everybody dies. There’s nothing you can do about it. Whether or not you eat six almonds a day. Whether or not you believe in God. (Although there’s no question a belief in God would come in handy. It would be great to think there’s a plan, and that everything happens for a reason. I don’t happen to believe that. And every time one of my friends says to me, “Everything happens for a reason,” I would like to smack her.)”
Nora Ephron, I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections


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“Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you
is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.”
W. Somerset Maugham

 


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“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night


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“The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmicmeasures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.”
Rabindranath Tagore

 


Like the most of you, I was raised among people who knew – who were certain. They did not reason or investigate. They had no doubts…

ngersollWe can be as honest as we are ignorant. If we are, when asked what is beyond the horizon of the known, we must say that we do not know. We can tell the truth, and we can enjoy the blessed freedom that the brave have won. We can destroy the monsters of superstition, the hissing snakes of ignorance and fear. We can drive from our minds the frightful things that tear and wound with beak and fang. We can civilize our fellow-men. We can fill our lives with generous deeds, with loving words, with art and song, and all the ecstasies of love. We can flood our years with sunshine — with the divine climate of kindness, and we can drain to the last drop the golden cup of joy.”
Robert G. Ingersoll


~The poem below, I first heard in 1962 in a coffeehouse called The Exit, located in the basement of an old Victorian-style house on Gaslight Square in St. Louis, Missouri


 

Life is Fine

I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn’t,
So I jumped in and sank.langston-hughes

I came up once and hollered!
I came up twice and cried!
If that water hadn’t a-been so cold
I might’ve sunk and died.

But it was Cold in that water! It was cold!

I took the elevator
Sixteen floors above the ground.
I thought about my baby
And thought I would jump down.

I stood there and I hollered!

langsI stood there and I cried!
If it hadn’t a-been so high
I might’ve jumped and died.

But it was High up there! It was high!

So since I’m still here livin’,
I guess I will live on.
I could’ve died for love—
But for livin’ I was born

Though you may hear me holler,
And you may see me cry—
I’ll be dogged, sweet baby,
If you gonna see me die.

Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!

by Langston Hughes, 1902 – 1967

 


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Mystery, Imagination and Small Wisdom…

“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.”

Oscar Wilde

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So much of our world remains shrouded in mystery.  We rely on five senses to interpret the universe.  And with a vast array of modern interconnected technology, we see great distances and hear sounds earlier generations could never have imagined.  We are always and forever smelling, tasting and touching evidence which surrounds. But our individual and collective impressions remain subjective, variable and eccentric. No more than illusions which may or may not resemble objective reality.


Many assumed truths could easily be lies.
The human propensity for creative synthesis,cropped-rainy-day-reading.jpg
imaginative conjecture and blind faith seems
unbound.  So when people find no rational
explanations or scientific evidence, we indulge
in myths, magic and miracles to evaporate
mysteries in a search for meaning.

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db646687-cab3-4037-959d-fd3dfe82f0b7-620x372“The true mystery of the world    is the visible, not the invisible.”

   Oscar Wilde


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Man lives in a world of surmise, of mystery, of uncertainties.”

John Dewey

“I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.”

Harry Emerson Fosdick


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“Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether.”

Luis Bunuel


J.G. Ballard

“I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen.”
J.G. Ballard


Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau


Vladimir Nabokov

“Some might think that the creativity, imagination, and flights of fancy that give my life meaning are insanity.”
Vladimir Nabokov


Ursula K. Le Guin

“Truth is a matter of the imagination.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

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Henry David Thoreau
We need the Jimi-Hendrix-Rare-Photos-091tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens”
Jimi Hendrix


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Hillary Hawk Hell? No Thanks and Good Riddance.

“Hillary supports unending wars of choice and would continue the Bush-Obama-Clinton agenda. More war, munitions, bodies, and coffins… from across the globe, for the corporate bottom line and on our dime.”

hillaryhawkThere is no question that a vote for Hillary is not possible.
If there are evils running in 2016, hers is the greater evil.
I could not support her as a greater, lesser or middling evil.

Some people are so afraid they cannot find the courage to debunk the junk and face facts.  And increasing numbers don’t want to know truths which have become too terrible to bear.
~tmf

When asked about moral scruples, Hillary the hawk’s response was:
“What difference, at this point, does it make?”


“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
― Aldous Huxley

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Hillary supports unending wars of choice and would continue the Bush-Obama-Clinton agenda. More war, munitions, bodies, and coffins… from across the globe, for the corporate bottom line and on our dime. If Democrats want to stand for and support American aggression against innocents, Wall St. bonus bailouts, a failed “drug war” and asset forfeitures by innocents only charged with a crime, then vote for Hillary the hawk.


resistHillary stands for three strikes and more jail time while we have more people in for-profit prisons than anytime in our history. And she is in favor of murdering prisoners who pose no threat, including both the innocent and the guilty. 

Under Hillary, the TSA (Transportation Security Agency)
[ http://observer.com/…/the-tsa-has-fallen-so-far-it…/ ] will continue suspending the 4th Amendment and grabbing your crotch against your will, while the NSA (National Security Agency) will increase tracking the calls of hundreds of millions of innocent Americans and spying on a vast but unknown number of Americans’ international calls, text messages, and emails.
[ https://www.aclu.org/…/privacy-and…/nsa-surveillance ]


If these intrusions were not enough, the HSA., (Homeland Security Administration), will be encouraged to persist in child abuse: “One in four children included in this complaint reported some form of physical abuse, including sexual assault, beatings, and the use of stress positions by CBP officials,” the report said. “More than half of these children reported various forms of verbal abuse and denial of medical care, including two young mothers whose infant children came back sick while detained in freezing temperatures.”
[ https://tv.azpm.org/…/20341-az-aclu-alleges-children…/ ]
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We will send even more illegal drones to kill an average of fifty innocents per strike, and militarized police forces will continue to beat, torture and kill innocent and unarmed citizens at will.

~No thinking person can support these policies no matter how they are packaged, marketed or presented as any sort of “lesser evil.”  In a free county, the Bush-Obama-Hillary agenda of preemptive destabilitzation, attack, occupation and exploitation would stop.
And habeas corpus, civil-rights, constitutional integrity and something resembling liberty would be restored.


No amount of false-choice distraction techniques can paint Hillary as pro-peace and compassionate, when she is “as hawkish as any Neo-con on a bad day.”  9iiiisssiiiHer record of extra-legal and anti-constitutional tactics speaks for itself and violates the beliefs and values of liberals, conservatives, progressives, constitutionalists and everyday people from left to right.  We do not have to take it anymore. The time has come to vote values and demand results. The corporate con Bush-Obama-Clinton agenda is the biggest adversary we, the people, face.


We can have no more fear, compromise and surrender. Trump and the Republicans work for the Fortune 500 and brag about it. Hillary and the Democrats work for the Fortune 500 and lie about it. Blind faith voting has already cost trillions of dollars and millions of lives.

“A child of five would understand this.  Send someone to fetch a child of five.”
~Groucho Marx

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
― Anaïs Nin

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We Can’t Breathe!

From New York to Greece, we must revolt against the police. As the great Franz Fanon so astutely put it, “when we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.”
~Jerome Roos

cropped-visions4.jpgBreathing is a human right.

But too many police officers disagree

 

And we let them get away with murder.

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resist“We can’t breathe faced with this injustice. We can’t breathe because we are seething with rage. We must revolt — for a breath of freedom and justice.”

“Some things are so basic, so elementary, so simple and straightforward that they simply cannot stand: not in the US, not in Mexico, not in Greece, not in Palestine, not in France, not in Hong Kong, not in Brazil, not in South Africa, not in Kurdistan, nowhere.

blmBecause like this we cannot breathe — and in the universal sense of suffocation we feel at the hands of the capitalist state and its forces of order, we are one. Some of us are greatly privileged, to be sure, but our enemy is one and the same.

From New York to Greece, we must revolt against the police. As the great Franz Fanon so astutely put it, “when we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.”
~Jerome Roos
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CLEVELAND, OHIO
— Four years ago, few seemed to care when Rodney Brown uttered, “I can’t breathe” after being tased 11 times by Cleveland police officers during a New Year’s Eve traffic stop – at least that’s how his family felt.  Brown was dead less than an hour after a confrontation with police over a relatively minor infraction.
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STANTON ISLAND, NEW YORK
Eric Garner could not breathe when being choked to death…
He said so eleven times…
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heartlessLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
From the moment Los Angeles police handcuffed him, Jorge Azucena told officers he needed help.

“I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe,” he pleaded.
“I have asthma, I have asthma.”

In the half-hour or so after his arrest late one night last September, Azucena said over and over that he was struggling for breath. Numerous LAPD officers and sergeants heard his pleas for medical attention but ignored them even as his condition visibly worsened.

“You can breathe just fine,” one sergeant told him. “You can talk, so you can breathe.”

Azucena could not walk or stand by the time officers brought him to a South Los Angeles police station for booking. So they carried him into a cell, leaving him lying face-down on the floor. He was soon unconscious. When paramedics arrived shortly after, Azucena’s heart had stopped.

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Anthony D. Clark Reed, 24, took his last breath two blocks from his father Pastor Kevin Clark’s Springwells Avenue Baptist Church, after Detroit police officers stopped him on Vernor on the city’s southwest side March 30, allegedly because his car had tinted windows. But he had broken no laws.


COCONUT BEACH, FLORIDA

Calvon Reid died in police custody in Cocunut Creek, Florida. He explained to officers that he just wanted to be left alone. But officers said this was not an option for him. They threatened him, cursed at him, and finally attacked him.

He explained that he couldn’t breathe. But that cry fell on deaf ears. Officers tasered him and he eventually died in police custody. Since then, the Coconut Creek Police Department has been trying to cover up the killing. Now the community is demanding answers.
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rainy4SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA
…At one point he heard (Kelly) Thomas say “I can’t breathe”
and that that didn’t give him concern that officers should get up
because Thomas was fighting and able to talk. He said the fact
that Thomas said he couldn’t breathe wasn’t cause enough to
instruct officers to get off of Thomas. The Orange County
Coroner’s Office ruled Kelly Thomas died July 10, 2011, from
a lack of oxygen to the brain brought on by compression to the
chest and by head and facial injuries.

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TULSA, OKLAHOMA
Eric Harris: ‘I’m losing my breath.’ Second officer: ‘Fuck your breath’



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Pussy Riot honors Eric Garner in ‘I Can’t Breathe’ song …

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                                                 We need to rethink TASERS!  tmf

“634 Taser-Related Deaths in the United States Since 2001”

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“The Age of Austerity” by Jeff Nguyen

Historically, as the full weight of austerity measures are applied, the public eventually reaches a tipping point where it mobilizes towards resistance, thereby, necessitating the need for the militarized, police state to step in to suppress dissent.

The Age of Austerity©

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The parties with the most to gain never show up on the battlefield.

-Naomi Klein

It is springtime in the land of homogenized milk and processed honey. The birds are birding, the bees are beeing and the ruling class in America is doing what it does best…ruling. The days of Kings and Queens may seem like an antiquated notion in 2015 but make no mistake, as George Carlin wryly observed about the American nobility, “It’s a big club and you ain’t in it.

Since the 2008 financial collapse that saw not one high ranking Wall Street executive cuffed and stuffed, the American peasants have naomi-klein-4264-kourosh-keshiri-cropendured the indignity of roboforeclosures, dozens of states refusing to provide health coverage to their poorest residents, and the encroachment of the private, corporate sector into the hallways of the nations’ public schools. The American people have been repeatedly taken to the breathless brink by the corporate media who tell us that the government will shut down if more social services aren’t slashed and burned. Yet, somehow, there is always enough money for the U.S. military to conduct unending wars in mostly brown and black lands while domestic law enforcement keeps the homeland secure from it’s own (mostly brown and black) huddled masses.

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What we have been living for three decades is frontier capitalism, with the frontier constantly shifting location from crisis to crisis, moving on as soon as the law catches up.”

-Naomi Klein

Our future lies in examining the lessons of the past and present. Naomi Klein has documented the origins of what is now known as disaster capitalism or the shock doctrine. The premise being that citizens in shock from a natural or manmade crisis are more susceptible to sweeping societal changes. In New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina was used as cover to dismantle public education and housing. From Latin America in the 1970’s to Europe in the 2000’s, the neoliberal policies of austerity have been characterized by deregulation, privatization and deep cuts in social spending. Free trade agreements such as NAFTA and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership act as naked power grabs for corporate interests to be placed on par with the interests of the state. Here, fascism and feudalism intersect to meet the self-serving needs of the elite, where the public good is not even a consideration. Countries who find themselves in debt are given offers they can’t refuse by means of crippling, IMF-backed bailout packages that serve to introduce austerity to the people. Historically, as the full weight of austerity measures are applied, the public eventually reaches a tipping point where it mobilizes towards resistance, thereby, necessitating the need for the militarized, police state to step in to suppress dissent.

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Unquestionably, however, something else is at work, something that cuts deeper into the American psyche. We have a profound hatred of the weak and the poor, and a corresponding groveling terror before the rich and successful, and we’re building a bureaucracy to match those feelings.”

-Matt Taibbi

Austerity as economic theory conveniently masks the true ideology behind it’s cruel countenance. In America, the resistance to austerity repackaged as “The Sequester” has been minimal because we have been conditioned from the cradle to the grave to esteem the wealthy, rugged, “self-made” man and envy the lifestyle of the rich and famous. As long as our faces are turned in veneration to the rich, by necessity, our backs must be turned in contempt to the poor. Thus, the pot of orwellwater starts to boil for the middle class frogs who might have been warned to jump by the rapidly boiling pot of lower class frogs. So long as we tolerate austerity, or the severe life, for our prisoners, our black and brown citizens, our homeless, our mentally ill, our drug addicted, our migrant workers, our abused women, there won’t be anyone left to speak out when they finally come for the rest of us. For there to be hope, much less change, it will take a monumental shift in the way we value the dignity of each and every human life in this country. To be compassionate means to be a co-sufferer in another’s suffering, to turn our eyes to their struggle. After all, a watched pot never boils.
see more at: http://deconstructingmyths.com/2015/04/11/the-age-of-austerity/

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So What About Elizabeth Warren support for bombing hospitals and schools?

” Warren defended her vote to send more defense funding to Israel in the middle of its offensive
War on Gaza, saying that she thinks that civilian casualties are the “last thing Israel wants.” …
attacks on hospitals are prohibited by the Geneva Convention.”

Elizabeth Warren Defends Israeli Attacks on Gaza Schools and Hospitals

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One might think that Elizabeth Warren’s 3.125% Native American background might make her sympathetic to the plights of indigenous peoples. But though Warren has long been a liberal darling, she is proving she can be just as hawkish as any Neo-Conservative when it comes to Israel.

gaza1 Israel, she recently explained, has the right to shell Gazan hospitals and schools.
Why? “Self defense.”

Warren has helped to perpetuate the Israeli Defense Forces talking point which states that Hamas stores rocket launchers next to active hospitals and schools, something which both BBC reporters and the UN have refuted time and time again.

Furthermore, Warren defended her recent vote to send more defense funding to Israel in the middle of its recent offensive War on Gaza, saying that she thinks that civilian casualties are the “last thing Israel wants,” according to the Cape Cod Times.

defendingisraelWarren may not realize this, but attacks on hospitals are prohibited by the Geneva Convention’s Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War “unless they are used to commit, outside their humanitarian duties, acts harmful to the enemy.” Even then, if this were documented (which it is not, according to the UN) civilian hospitals can only be targeted “after due warning has been given, naming, in all appropriate cases, a reasonable time limit and after such warning has remained unheeded.”

So much for “the right to defend itself,” since nothing even remotely like this has been the practice of the IDF when bombing such civilian targets.

gaza4Warren further emphasized America’s “very special relationship with Israel.”

“Israel lives in a very dangerous part of the world, and a part of the world where there aren’t many liberal democracies and democracies that are controlled by the rule of law,” she said. “And we very much need an ally in that part of the world.”

Over 17,000 civilian homes in Gaza were destroyed or damaged beyond repair during this aggression on Gaza.

TOON2Nearly 100,000 Gazans are homeless as a result of the offensive, and a senior UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official said that 373,000 Gazan children are in need of “immediate psychosocial first aid” due to the Israeli strikes.

“The impact has truly been vast, both at a very physical level, in terms of casualties, injuries, the infrastructure that’s been damaged, but also importantly, emotionally and psychologically in terms of the destabilizing impact that not knowing, not truly feeling like there is anywhere safe place to go in Gaza,” Pernilla Ironside said last week.

peace-justiceUNICEF added that at least 219 schools were damaged by Israeli airstrikes, with 22 being completely destroyed. When Elizabeth Warren asks for your vote, remember that she supports that.

About the author: M.B. David is the author of several scholarly works on Middle Eastern politics, history and religion, such as People of the Book: What the Religions Named in the Qur’an Can Tell Us About the Earliest Understanding of “Islam” as well as the recently published Sci-Fi novel Sleeper Cell 2240: Memoires of the 21st Century Interplanetary Revolution. He is currently working on his doctorate, writing a dissertation focused on the non-profit Hashlamah Project Foundation and associated global study circles.


 

rainy-day-readingIsa Abu Jamal, Eli Khalil and Ari Simeon contributed to this report.

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originally published
in CounterCurrentNews.com 


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The Wordsmith Collection: Writing & Creative Arts imagination

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