Archive for the 'Everwar' Category

TREVOR AARONSON, JABAR ALI REFAIE & THE FBI…

October 11th, 2017

Trevor Aaronson, writing in “You Have the Way Out” —Recordings Capture Brutal FBI Tactics to Recruit a Potential Informant for The Intercept, offers a master class in protecting yourself from the Federal Bureau of Investigation: Refaie and I had been in contact for a few months, starting well before his arrest. I had initially suspected […]

WE’RE THE POLICE AND WE DECIDE LEGALITY…

September 2nd, 2017

Of course, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III just made the situation much worse. Via Mano Singham: We all know why this happened: Police rage.

ON THE BRINK OF OUR FIRST GENERATIONAL WAR…

August 15th, 2017

There are, in the United States of America, at this very moment, high school students who may, after their graduation, chose to enlist and serve in our nation’s armed forces and become the first generational combatants we have ever raised. This is the legacy of our longest war. Ralph Nader, in The 16 Year War […]

FORGET CONQUEST, WAR, FAMINE AND DEATH…

July 27th, 2017

So, if your week hasn’t been gloomy enough with all the brinkmanship in the senate, Ralph Nader serves up four more existential threats. Answering his own rhetorical question in Can the World Defend Itself from Omnicide? Nader writes: Notice how more frequently we hear scientists tell us that we’re “wholly unprepared” for this peril or […]

WHAT SEYMOUR HERSH KNOWS…

July 5th, 2017

I continue to be troubled by the silence following the publication of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh’s Trump’s Red Line on 25 June. In an interview with The Real News Hersh is very careful to not speculate or share what he thinks happen. Midway through the interview, however, Hersh emphatically says what he does […]

IS TRUMP CREATING HIS OWN GULF OF TONKIN…?

June 27th, 2017

In 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson ramped up our country’s involvement in South East Asia in response to an attack by North Vietnamese naval forces on two American destroyers steaming in the international waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. The attack was pure fiction. This afternoon, on the heels of Seymour Hersh’ in-depth revelation, in […]

SO, I MEAN, WE’LL KEEP TALKING ABOUT IT…

June 21st, 2017

This is one of what Trevor Noah calls his Between The Scenes segments where he talks to the audience during the commercial breaks. As good as Noah is in his scripted bits, I’m finding the honesty and transparency in these segments actually better. As Noah points out, Philando Castile was a legal gun owner with […]

WHY WE CAN NEVER WIN IN THE MIDDLE EAST…

May 13th, 2017

Leslie Neilson, of all people, in his television role as American Revolutionary war hero Francis Marion make the precise case why no foreign power—from Alexander The Great to the Soviet Union—has ever come out out a winner in Afghanistan. Any leader is insane to believe that this time will be different. Ralph Nader, in The […]

BERNIE AND JIMMY HAVE A CHAT…

May 10th, 2017

Part II Zaid Jilani, reporting in Jimmy Carter and Bernie Sanders Explain How Inequality Breeds Authoritarianism for The Intercept, writes: On Monday night, one day after the far-right Marine Le Pen lost France’s presidential election but garnered a record number of votes for her political party, Bernie Sanders and Jimmy Carter sat down together to […]

CRUISE MISSILES STRIKE SYRIAN AIRFIELD…

April 7th, 2017

What we know, live… The question for We The People, President Donald John Trump and indeed the World must be: Does the manner of murder of children matter, or are the murders of all children equal?

CHELSEA MANNING TO WALK FREE IN 120 DAYS…

January 18th, 2017

On 17 May will walk free from the United States military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Ed Pilkington, writing in Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama for The Guardian ledes: Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the nature of […]

DON’T MISTAKE THE DEEP STATE FOR A FRIEND…

January 12th, 2017

[Update @ 0610: The Guardian identifies the anonymous behind the story in Trump dossier: Christopher Steele, ex-MI6 officer, named as author ] [Update @ 0532: I would also like to add a note on the perverted sex acts alleged in the Trump Dossier. The use of the word perverted is a dangerous word because once […]

BOMBING FOR PEACE, ONE AT NATION AT A TIME…

December 25th, 2016

This Ralph Nader essay was originally written on 30 September but I’ve allowed my email inbox to explode and the piece was lost in the crush. Nader, in The Jolting Graphic Novel of Our Times, writes: If there is one glaring omission among the daily declarations of both empty suit Donald Trump and hawkish Hillary […]

AT 11 A.M., STOP, THINK AND REMEMBER…

November 11th, 2016

In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place: and in the sky The larks still bravely singing fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead: Short days ago, We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved […]

REPUBLICANS USE POLICE TO SUPPRESS VOTERS…

October 5th, 2016

Republicans understand that their worst enemy is high voter participation. Here in Ohio our Secretary of State Jon Husted got smacked down for attempting to prevent pesky voters from, well, voting. To our immediate west, Indiana’s Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson, is following Husted’s lead by shutting down the local manifestation of Patriot Majority’s […]

DARREN SEALS MURDERED IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI…

September 9th, 2016

Lois Beckett, writing from New York in Ferguson protest leader Darren Seals shot and found dead in a burning car for The Guardian, reports: Ferguson protest leader Darren Seals was found dead early Tuesday morning in a car that had been set on fire. Seals had been shot, and St Louis County police said they […]

DID CLEVELAND BUY THESE FOR THE RNC SHOW…?

September 3rd, 2016

For hosting the Republican National Convention, Cleveland received $50 million (as did Philadelphia for hosting the Democratic National Convention) from the federal coffers for the purposes of providing security during the convention. Setting aside why $100 million in tax payer dollars went to funding two private freak shows parties we have to ask where all […]

I’M ONE OF THE #VETERANSFORKAEPERNICK…

September 1st, 2016

On Monday, in MEET THE NOT SO STAR-SPANGLED, MERIKINS…, I wrote: So, I am reminded, once again, of my woeful ignorance of the world around me. This morning I began reading about Colin Kaepernick refusal to rise and sing The Star Spangled Banner. Kaepernick said: I am not going to stand up to show pride […]

SEVENTY YEARS AGO TODAY…

August 31st, 2016

In August 1945, humanity generally, and particularly The United States stepped and Japan was dragged, across a line that miraculously, we were able to recross and stay safely, so far, on the other side of. On 6 August, the bombardier of an American B-29 dropped the world’s second atomic bomb (the first, a test weapon, […]

WHEN HACKERS HACK THE NSA, THEN WHAT…?

August 20th, 2016

Way back on 7 January 2005 (ARMOR CAN NO LONGER BE AN ISSUE…) I wrote a story about reports that insurgents in Iraq had successfully destroyed a heavily armored M2 Bradley fighting vehicle with an improvised explosive device. This, for me, was the turning point in the Iraq war. When irregulars can take out the […]

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