Friday, April 18, 2014

 

A Crazy Time

In 1970, the year I graduated from high school, the anti-war movement in the United States was practically all we talked about. Reading Betty Medsger's book The Burglary, I am reminded of what a crazy time it was.

In March, California governor Ronald Reagan called for a bloodbath to silence anti-war protestors.

In April, President Nixon announced the massive bombing of Vietnam would be expanded to Cambodia.

In May, Ohio governor James Rhodes declared martial law at Kent State University, resulting in four students killed and nine injured by National Guard gunfire as students assembled in peaceful protest. Ten days after the Kent State massacre, local and state police in Mississippi fired 460 rounds at a student dormitory on the Jackson State University campus, killing two, wounding twelve.

The Friday after the Kent State shootings, as they sang at a peaceful noon vigil called for by Mayor John Lindsay to honor the slain Kent State students, scores of students in New York City were bludgeoned with crow bars by construction workers. Twenty-two of the workers who beat the students were honored weeks later by President Nixon at the White House.


Friday, March 28, 2014

 

Incubators of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria comes to Florida.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

 

Amnesty International Wrong Again

Amnesty International gets it wrong again. First AI supported NATO and US wars of aggression under the guise of humanitarian intervention, now they support transnational organized crime under the guise of sex work. Small minds, or crooked hearts?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

 

Just Passing Through

As we enter a new age of social panic and religious hysteria, it might be good to step back and look at our common journey as humans. After all, we've had a pretty good run for a couple million years, and although the last couple thousand have been a bit problematic, the next couple hundred will likely sort things out.

While things like climate change, disease and starvation are understandably unsettling, the evolution of untreatable bacteria now well-underway will resolve things like overpopulation and carbon consumption in short order. Like other species before us, and many now on the verge of extinction, our exit won't matter much to those that survive or are yet to come.

Like they say, we're just passing through.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

 

Fascism in the United States

Fascism rationalizes theft in varying ways. The victims of fascism range from class to religious to racial to ethnic minorities. Under neoliberal fascism, no one is immune to oligarchical theft, although some whites seek to side with oligarchs by rationalizing its imposition on religious, racial or ethnic minorities. Witness the Tea Party.

Fascism has a long history in the United States. Theft of other peoples' property, labor and lives is what made the American oligarchy possible. More so in the South, but in reality, everywhere there was a minority community, poor whites or an Indian tribe.

Fascism today plays out in many ways, but the anti-Indian movement is one of the ugliest. As American Indian tribes assert legal jurisdiction over their reservations and resources, their children enrolled in public schools bear the brunt of fascism based on race. Wherever resource extraction conflicts with tribal treaties, Indian kids will be targets.

Fascism as an institution depends in large part on political control. Depriving Indians and Blacks of equal access to voting is one example. Corruption of elections using stolen wealth is another.

Fascism as a social movement, however, depends mostly on ignorance. Ignorance combined with bigotry is what makes institutionalizing fascism possible.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

 

The CERE$ Network

In Climate Wealth Opportunists, Cory Morningstar presents part two of her investigative report on the non-profit industrial complex, and on the oligarchs that own it. In this part of the series, Morningstar examines CERES, "the clearinghouse for the institutionalization of private governance."

Creating complacency in a populace that embraces environmental protection required corporate investment in marketing a caring corporate image. As Morningstar observes, through corporate underwriting of mega NGO campaigns, "Ceres successfully lays the groundwork for corporate takeover of goods, services and now ecosystems."

Thus perpetuating the commodity culture that is currently devastating the planet and indigenous peoples worldwide, the corporate-financed crusades co-opt the innocent and corrupt the opportunists. What Wall Street masterminds might call a win-win situation.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

 

Boondoggle

boondoggle n. 1 nuclear waste management

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