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A Truth More Powerful than an Army

Dear readers, for those of you who live near Appleton, Wisconsin, I will be reading from my book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 Philip Lane (just south of East Calumet Street), on Sunday, 2-13, at 6:30 p.m.

By Robert C. Koehler

It was just a routine murder.

Last June, police accosted a young man at an Internet café in the city of Alexandria.  He had just filmed their drug deal, or he simply refused to show them his ID.  Whatever the provocation — accounts vary — they slammed his head against the table, dragged him outside as he screamed, beat him viciously for 20 minutes.  That was that.  You can pick up the body later.

In a thug society, power is as power does. And in Egypt, power flowed from the top — from, indeed, beyond the top.  It flowed from the superpower that had been a cornucopia of military aid, nearly $2 billion a year, to President Hosni Mubarak for the last 30 years.  In return, Mubarak had to be a useful friend to that superpower: open his prisons for secret torture operations, acquiesce to Israel’s blockade of Gaza and, of course, keep the oil flowing from Saudi Arabia. Otherwise, his only obligation was to stay in power, and he did so with a simple and basic brutality.  Do what we say or we’ll kill you.

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Constitutionalist federal judge target of Loughner shooting

Alex Jones interviews Sheriff Richard Mack

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Felled by Pathocracy: Rachel Corrie, Palestinians and 20 newly dead humanitarians

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By Rady Ananda 

Yesterday, Israel added to its war crimes by attacking a Gaza humanitarian aid ship in international waters. Twenty people are reported dead, and the remaining 700 passengers abducted. Today, on Memorial Day, many of us pause to remember those who died in the cause of social justice, rather than imperial aims. One of those fallen heroes is Rachel Corrie (1979-2003), who has become an international icon for the horrific and ongoing genocide being perpetrated on Palestine by Israel. 

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What Will They Think of Next? DARPA’s “Malintent” Machines

This is why free people don't allow standing armies; they're always turned against the citizenry.

By Tom Burghardt 
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As America’s War On Terror morphs into an endless assault on civil and human rights, the technophilic fantasies of our masters, and the corporations whom they lovingly serve, even amidst the doom and gloom of capitalism’s global economic collapse, have taken extraordinary steps to ensure that the “state of exception” spawned by the 9/11 provocation remains a permanent feature of daily life here in the heimat.

And with moves by Barack Obama’s “change” regime to strip Americans of their Miranda rights, “delay” their appearance before a lawful court should they be accused of a national security crime, or even assassinate them if an arm of the secret state fingers them as terrorists (evidence optional), it’s a sure bet that as “ideas about security infect virtually all aspects of public policy,” as Stephen Graham avers in Cities Under Siege, new silver bullets will be needed to “keep us safe.”

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2010 US Spending Priorities: 58% to Military

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By Rady Ananda

Recently, Live Science published a chart showing the US spends about one-fifth of its budget on the military (aka ‘defense’).  But this view hides how Congress prioritizes spending, when you consider what is discretionary and voted upon each year. Perhaps a more salient view of these figures should segregate ‘discretionary’ spending from ‘mandatory’ spending. As we continue to suffer under rising unemployment, bankster bailouts, million dollar industry bonuses while the minimum wage remains below poverty, all amid a global financial crisis, how is today’s Congress prioritizing spending?

When it comes to discretionary spending, Congress gives 58% to the military.  Continue reading