Showing posts from October, 2015

War of the Words. Invasion of the Mind Snatchers by Mickey Z.

Photo credit: Mickey Z. Mickey Z. -- World News Trust Oct. 26, 2015 A 2014 poll found 26 percent of Americans believe the sun revolves around the earth. Oct. 30 marks 77 years since a 23-year-old Orson Welles helped set off a nationwide panic over a fictional Martian invasion . The Sunday evening radio show began with this announcement: "The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater on the air in War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells."  But hey, who pays attention to such details?  What the listening public did focus on was "Professor Farrell” of the “Mount Jenning Observatory" talking about explosions detected on the planet Mars followed by reports of a large “meteor” crashing into a farmer's field in Grovers Mills, New Jersey. A 2014 poll found 42 percent of Americans believe God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago. Gathered rapt around their ra

Radical Feminism and Motherhood (SOAPBOX PODCAST 10/25/15)

CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX OCTOBER 25, 2015 RADFEM AND MOTHERHOOD Anita Stewart GUEST HOST : ANITA STEWART GUEST : MARYLOU SINGLETON MaryLou Singleton Once in awhile, Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox uniquely reflects the life and interests of Cindy Sheehan. This week, we welcome midwife and radical feminist MaryLou Singleton to talk about how "political correctness" is robbing motherhood of its inherent language and meaning. Cindy gave birth to her children at home with midwives in attendance and her strong motherhood is the very thing that gave her the strength and power to confront George Bush in the first place and to continue her battle against the Empire even to this day. RELEVANT LINKS: MARYLOU'S LINKS:


Cry Wolf Know your wolves. This is an excerpt from Wolf's bio on Wikipedia: Washington and Jerusalem In writing for several Israeli newspapers in Washington, Blitzer has used the names Zev Blitzer and Zev Barak. [9] Zev (זאב) is the Hebrew word for "wolf" and Barak (ברק) is the Hebrew word for "lightning" (which in German/Yiddish is Blitz). Blitzer began his career in journalism in the early 1970s in the Tel Aviv bureau of the Reuters news agency. In 1973 he caught the eye of Jerusalem Post editor Ari Rath , who hired Blitzer as a Washington correspondent for the English language Israeli newspaper. Blitzer remained with the Jerusalem Post until 1990, covering both American politics and developments in the Middle East. [10] In the mid-1970s, Blitzer also contributed to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) as the editor of their monthly publication, the Near East Report .

In the belly of the beast 31 Per Cent of World’s Mass Shootings Here by RAY LIGHT

  FROM NEWSLETTER #92   “The U.S. is home to 5% of the world’s population, but has had 31% of the public mass shootings worldwide between 1966 and 2012 …,” according to Adam Lankford, a University of Alabama criminal justice professor. (See “Why the U.S. Has 31% of the World’s Mass Shootings” by Tanya Basu, Time on-line, August 2015) Presenting his new study at a late August meeting of the American Sociological Association, Lankford stated that there were “292 public mass shooters who have killed a minimum of four people between 1966 and 2012. And when you narrow shootings down to just those that occur at school and work, American incidences account for 62% of global cases.” Lankford believes his study is the first to confirm that “there’s something strongly American about public mass shootings.” He and Time ’s writer Tanya Basu try to link this mainly to the number of firearms per capita in the USA which leads the world by far. But Lankford knows there is more to it. He p

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton's E-mails by GUEST BLOGGER, Muhsin Y

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton's E-mails by Muhsin Y. Sanders and Clinton: Clearly Enemies. For over a week now, the liberal left of the Democratic Party has been praising Bernie Sanders for his uncharismatic performance at the Democratic Party presidential debate with the other candidates of that party, of which he is apparently a member. Among the platitudes for which the senator from Vermont was held up as a shining example for what passes for a left in the United States was when party favourite Hillary Clinton was questioned about her e-mail scandal. Sanders, ever loyal to his “good friend” Ms. Clinton, rushed to her defence, stating that he was “sick and tired of hearing about [the] damn e-mails". Contrary to the empty partisan discourse in the United States, these e-mails do not merely constitute a cheap target for the other of the two unapologetically bourgeois parties which control the US government and dominate all political discourse.

War Control by Cindy Sheehan

Full disclosure: I hate guns; I always have—even before my oldest son was killed by a gun shot to the head in a foreign land that the US was/still is occupying. (By the way, Casey had a gun, armor, albeit inadequate, PLUS the First Cavalry, and he was still killed by a gun--interesting). However, with my increased knowledge of and dealings with the Empire of Death, my views have changed about the necessity of an armed citizenry. It frustrates me that anyone would think of giving up his/her human right to self defense to an entity that is mired in death and gore and has never exhibited any hesitation to commit murder on a massive scale.  After the recent mass shooting in Roseburg, OR, ( as Ray Light shared in Issue #92 of the ROL, USA newsletter, 31% of mass shootings worldwide happen here in the US ) the predictable blather became the recycled, boring, and ultimately useless “debate” about “gun control.” However, as profoundly devastating is that incident, I think the discussi

Clinton is NOT the Answer to the NeoCons by Anthony Freda

She is one! ·Don't let war criminals rewrite history and tell you how wonderful their crimes against humanity are.    Libya is a festering pit of radicalism, anarchy and death, epitomizing everything that can go wrong when Western intervention has no clear long-term purpose.  And a woman who believes she should be president of the United States maintains that what's going on in Libya is a success. The Republicans foolishly just gave Hillary an opportunity to do what she does best, rewriting history to present a self-serving narrative that conceals her responsibility for atrocities committed on her watch. By giving her hours of free air time during her campaign and attacking her they also did the seemingly impossible and turned her into someone people could feel sympathetic towards. Helluva job guys. 2015/10/23/hillary-clinton- owns-the-war-in-libya questions-they-s

Shut Down Rikers Island Action (SOAPBOX PODCAST 10/18/15)

CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX OCTOBER 18, 2015 GUESTS: Sunsara Taylor and Rev. Jerome McCorry TOPIC: Shutting Down Rikers Island Action SUNSARA TAYLOR   REV. MCCORRY  BACKGROUND:   Why I want to Shut Down Rikers Prison by Cindy Sheehan  MORE INFO ON #SHUTDOWNRIKERS

Why I Want to Shut Down Rikers by Cindy Sheehan

  “Your honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” Eugene V. Debs at his trial for sedition: September 14, 1918 Before my son was killed in Iraq, I wouldn’t say that I “respected” or “feared” authority—that’s never been in my nature. However, looking back, I think I was terrified of crossing the proverbial line. Relating my rude awakening and experiences since then, I know that the line is drawn by the violent empire and arbitrarily re-drawn whenever it suits the needs of the Police State. Since my son Casey was killed in another US imperial war based on lies and waged for profit and I have become an anti-Empire activist, I have now been arrested too many times to keep track: I stopped counting

Obama, Hillary, and All-Important 2076 Election | Mickey Z.

Mickey Z. -- World News Trust Oct. 15, 2015 Before we talk about the gradual, measured build-up to that all-important 2076 election, first things first: Hail Obama , our brilliant, articulate, and eloquent savior! All right, so maybe St. Barack has been a tad less progressive than we initially imagined but you can’t say he’s not brilliant, articulate, and eloquent! Right? Plus, c’mon, folks, he’s not even out of office yet. Give the poor guy a chance. You think it’s easy standing up to those nasty Republicans day-in and day-out? Incremental, remember? In-cre-men-tal. This final year, let’s really hold his feet to the fire and make some serious progressive progress. We’ll get permits to hold weekend protests and give voice to the voiceless (in our designated free speech zones, of course). President Obama will hear us, I’m certain of it. He’ll prove there’s a HUGE difference between the two parties! We just have to be more patient! For example, I’

If Americans Knew (About Israel) with Alison Weir (SOAPBOX PODCAST 10/11/15)

CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX OCTOBER 11, 2015 GUEST : Alison Weir TOPIC : Being against the policies Israel is not being anti-Semitic  Alison Weir   As a long time Palestinian rights advocate, Alison Weir was getting accustomed to being tarred with the slander of  "anti-Semitic." However, when prominent Palestinian solidarity groups also began to slander and libel Alison, she struck back! Please listen to this interesting conversation! If Americans Knew    Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel by Alison Weir

Shut Down Rikers! Oct 23, Non-Violent Direct Action as Part of #RiseUpOctober

--> Shut Down Rikers! Oct 23, Non-Violent Direct Action as part of #RiseUpOctober Just 300 yards from the runways at LaGuardia airport, just a few miles from a glistening city, an island sits dedicated to confinement, brutality, and torture of our youth and others.  Human beings languish for weeks, months, sometimes years awaiting trial. Many simply for lack of money for bail.  Many locked down for weeks and months in solitary confinement.  Guards inflict a culture of violence – fractured jaws, broken bones, denial of medical care, cover-ups and retaliation against those who report, and rampant sexual violence against the women and LGBT people as well as the men.  Rikers typifies and concentrates the immorality and illegitimacy of mass incarceration in the U.S. It is difficult to say which is a greater shock to the conscience: that this torture and brutality goes on day in and day out, or that millions go about their daily lives accepting this as nor