Saturday, November 30, 2013

Right Wing Conservatives Accuse Pope Francis of Being a "Marxist"



Right wing conservative Christians accuse the Roman Catholic church of promoting one world government and Marxism and possibly the so-called Homosexual agenda and other leftist/liberal causes.


Rush Limbaugh befuddled by spiritual religious leader who is anti-materialism. Religious leaders are ok in his book if they don't take their religious beliefs to heart. Limbaugh forgets that Jesus was a spiritual leader who was dismissive of the wealthy. The mere acquisition of wealth did not impress Jesus . Limbaugh just wants a feel good religion in which he may do as he pleases as long as he invokes the name of some deity and thereby be saved. So for him it is utter madness for a religious leader such as Pope Francis to speak out against social and economic or political injustice including "unfettered Capitalism".


Rush Limbaugh: The pope sounds like a Marxist by Elias Isquith, Salon.com, Wednesdat 27, 2013

"This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope"
Rush Limbaugh





Pope Francis: Capitalism is “a new tyranny”
"The culture of prosperity deadens us," the pope writes in a document laying out the platform for his papacy , KATIE MCDONOUGH, Salon.com, Nov. 26, 2013


Here's an excerpt of what the Pope said from above mentioned article at Salon.com

How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.

Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a “disposable” culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in which we live; those excluded are no longer society’s underside or its fringes or its disenfranchised – they are no longer even a part of it. The excluded are not the “exploited” but the outcast, the “leftovers”.

In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and na├»ve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase; and in the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us.




Conservative activist: Pope Francis exposed the ‘Marxist problem’ inside the Catholic Church by Eric W. Dolan, Raw Story.com, November 29, 2013

Cliff Kincaid on Pope Francis and Catholic Marxism

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Myths Versus Historical Truth of Native American Genocide



I learned that in 1637 the body of a white man was discovered dead in a boat. Armed settlers -- which we tell our children were God fearing, gentle, sharing, kind Pilgrims -- invaded a Pequot village. They also set the village, which included many children, on fire. Those who were lucky enough to escape the fire were systematically sought, hunted down and killed. While many, including historians, still debate what exactly happened this day, also known as the Pequot Massacre, it directly led to the creation of "Thanksgiving Day." This is what the governor of Bay Colony had to say days after the massacre, "A day of thanksgiving. Thanking God that they had eliminated over 700 men, women and children."


Quote from: " Happy National Genocide (Thanksgiving) Day!" by Nicole Breedlove, Huffington Post, November 25, 2013


In America the overarching myths about Thanksgiving overshadow the historical truth regarding the Genocide of Native Americans.

Whenever historical truths get in the way of America's Mythology the Myths are merely restated and reinstated as it were.
Americans in general are unwilling, unable or incapable of confronting their history which is steeped in violence and racism.
The genocidal assault on Native Americans competed with the assault on African Americans from the brutality and injustices of slavery to American Apartheid under Jim Crow to the present unequal and unjust treatment of Black and Hispanic Americans and other minorities.
America based upon its belief in its "exceptionalism", "Manifest destiny" and the idea that it is "God's City on the Hill" historically and currently continues its Imperialistic project of widening and deepening its hegemony around the Globe by any and all means at its disposal from spying that is gathering intelligence to targeted assassinations, kidnappings , renditions,torture, Drone strikes , massive bombings and invasion of other nations with no regard to international law or even notions of human decency .
The rendition, torturing and summary execution of America's so-called enemies is seen as justified.

Do Native Americans Celebrate Thanksgiving?
Video from Huffington Post


For most Americans, Thanksgiving commemorates a shared feast between Native Americans and European colonists, but the history that followed the feast is not a happy one. How do Native Americans approach the problematic national holiday?
Originally aired on November 26, 2013
Hosted by: Nancy Redd
Guests:
Chase Iron Eyes @lastrealindians (Bismarck, ND) Attorney, Founder of lastrealindians.com
Dennis Zotigh @NDN Culture (Washington, DC) Museum Cultural Specialist at the National Museum of the American Indian
Jacqueline Keeler @jfkeeler (Portland, OR) Native American Writer
Terra Trevor (Santa Barbara, CA) Writer




" Thanksgiving: Celebrating the Genocide of Native Americans" by Gilbert Mercier, News Junkie Post , November 25, 2013

The sad reality about the United States of America is that in a matter of a few hundreds years it managed to rewrite its own history into a mythological fantasy. The concepts of liberty, freedom and free enterprise in the “land of the free, home of the brave” are a mere spin. The US was founded and became prosperous based on two original sins: firstly, on the mass murder of Native Americans and theft of their land by European colonialists; secondly, on slavery. This grim reality is far removed from the fairytale version of a nation that views itself in its collective consciousness as a virtuous universal agent for good and progress. The most recent version of this mythology was expressed by Ronald Reagan when he said that “America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.”

In rewriting its own history about Thanksgiving, white America tells a Disney-like fairytale about the English pilgrims and their struggle to survive in a new and harsh environment. The pilgrims found help from the friendly Native-American tribe, the Wampanoag Indians, in 1621.

Unfortunately for Native Americans, the European settlers’ gratitude was short-lived. By 1637, Massachusetts governor John Winthrop ordered the massacre of thousands of Pequot Indian men, women and children. This event marked the start of a Native-American genocide that would take slightly more than 200 years to complete, and of course to achieve its ultimate goal, which was to take the land from Native Americans and systematically plunder their resources. The genocide begun in 1637 marks the beginning of the conquest of the entire continent until most Native Americans were exterminated, a few were assimilated into white society, and the rest were put in reservations to dwindle and die.

In an article at Huff Post Nicole Breedlove argues that we have been misled about the origins of "Thanksgiving" as it is celebrated in the USA. It was not celebrated to commemorate a feast attended by Native Americans and the Pilgrim immigrants but rather to celebrate the massacre of some 700 Pequot Native Americans including men, women and children.

" Happy National Genocide (Thanksgiving) Day!" by Nicole Breedlove, Huffington Post, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving has never been a celebratory holiday in my family. Whenever my family did cook we always gave thanks that all the Native Americans weren't wiped out when Columbus "discovered" America. I never understood why my family was so against Thanksgiving. In school we drew turkeys with our hands and it was a happy time. It meant a couple of days off from school. My teachers made it seem like Thanksgiving was a holiday to look forward to. The New York City public education system told me what Thanksgiving was all about. I was very careful to regurgitate what they taught me when tested so I wouldn't get a failing grade. When I was older though I was told the truth by my family.

My great, great, great, great grandfather was a part of a band of Black Indians in Florida, hence my unique and Native American-sounding last name. It seems I come from a long line of warriors and activists. I am a revolutionary not by choice but by lineage. When I did finally learn, there was no stopping me. Whenever someone asked what I was doing for Thanksgiving I proudly stated that I no longer celebrate it. Thanksgiving day should be known as National Land Theft and American Genocide Day.

I learned that in 1637 the body of a white man was discovered dead in a boat. Armed settlers -- which we tell our children were God fearing, gentle, sharing, kind Pilgrims -- invaded a Pequot village. They also set the village, which included many children, on fire. Those who were lucky enough to escape the fire were systematically sought, hunted down and killed. While many, including historians, still debate what exactly happened this day, also known as the Pequot Massacre, it directly led to the creation of "Thanksgiving Day." This is what the governor of Bay Colony had to say days after the massacre, "A day of thanksgiving. Thanking God that they had eliminated over 700 men, women and children."

William B. Newell, a Penobscot Indian and former chairman of the Anthropology Department at the University of Connecticut stated, "Gathered in this place of meeting, they were attacked by mercenaries and English and Dutch. The Indians were ordered from the building and as they came forth were shot down, The rest were burned alive in the building. The very next day the governor declared a Thanksgiving Day. For the next 100 years, every Thanksgiving Day ordained by a Governor was in honor of the bloody victory, thanking God that the battle had been won."

When I finally found out the origins of Thanksgiving it made me nauseous. Never again will I celebrate a holiday I know nothing about until I investigate its origins. I am very thankful, pun intended, that I learned about the origins of this holiday. It is a reminder that history can be rewritten and if told enough times eventually becomes the truth!

and so it goes,
GORD.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Obama's Perpetual War in Afghanistan Without Apologies or Restrictions???


So much for Obama's Peace in our time motif as he pursues perpetual war in Afghanistan without apologies or restrictions. American liberals will make more excuses up to defend Obama's indefensible pro-war policies.

Afghanistan War in 2024?
The Young Turks -November 22, 2013

Published on 22 Nov 2013
"Secretary of State John Kerry announced Wednesday that the United States and Afghanistan had finalized the wording of a bilateral security agreement that would allow for a lasting U.S. troop presence through 2024 and set the stage for billions of dollars of international assistance to keep flowing to the Kabul government. The deal, which now will be presented for approval by an Afghan grand council of elders starting today, came after days of brinkmanship by Afghan officials and two direct calls from Mr. Kerry to President Hamid Karzai, including one Wednesday before the announcement. Just the day before, a senior Karzai aide had said the Afghan leader would not approve an agreement unless President Barack Obama sent a letter acknowledging U.S. military mistakes during the 12-year war. But Mr. Kerry emphatically insisted Wednesday that a deal was reached with no U.S. apology forthcoming. "President Karzai didn't ask for an apology. There was no discussion of an apology," Mr. Kerry said. "I mean, it's just not even on the table." After a 12-year war that stands as the longest in U.S. history, the security accord defines a training and counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan lasting at least another 10 years and involving an estimated 8,000-12,000 troops, mostly American...".* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.




In Afghanistan, 'Security Deal' Means US Occupation Forever In addition to immunity, US demands right to enter Afghan homes in 'bi-lateral security agreement' - Sarah Lazare, staff writer, Common Dreams November 19, 2013

Days before the so-called bi-lateral security agreement heads to an Afghan council of elders and political leaders for a final decision, the U.S. is attempting to force through a stipulation that would allow U.S. troops to continue raiding Afghan homes, in addition to measures giving U.S. troops and contractors immunity from Afghan law and extending U.S. military presence far beyond Obama's 2014 pullout date.

Critics charge that the U.S. is giving itself the green light for open-ended occupation at the expense of the Afghan people. "Occupation is not defined by how many occupiers are policing someplace," said Kimber Heinz of the War Resisters League in an interview with Common Dreams. "If you reduce the amount of occupation forces but keep them there forever, then the occupation continues and the war on people's everyday lives is not actually over — no matter what the US government or mainstream media tells us."

The U.S. is pushing for the right to enter Afghan homes over the initial objection of Afghan negotiators. The New York Times reports that President Hamid Karzai's spokesperson, Aimal Faizi, announced Tuesday that Karzai would allow U.S. home raids in "extraordinary circumstances." He said this was in exchange for an agreement from President Obama to issue a letter apologizing for mistakes in Afghanistan.

This latest development follows attempts on the part of U.S. negotiators to ram through immunity for U.S. troops and independent contractors from Afghan law. According to The Washington Post, the U.S. appears to have succeeded in including this immunity in a previously-circulated draft of the agreement.

Meanwhile President Obama continues to defend the use of Drones . Most American citizens support the use of Drones mainly because it leads to fewer American casualties. Obama plays on this support while ignoring legal and ethical or moral questions concerning the use of Drones on civilian populations.


Blocking NATO to Stop Drones November 23, 2013 By Ashfaq Yusufzai, Inter Press Service via Truthout.org

Upping the ante against U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan, celebrated cricketer-turned-political leader Imran Khan has threatened to block NATO supplies to Afghanistan through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where his party leads a coalition government.

“We are holding the biggest ever anti-drone protest in Peshawar, where we could decide to block NATO supplies permanently,” Khan, who leads the Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI), told IPS ahead of massive protests planned by the party for Nov. 23.

“We don’t want to start a fight with the U.S. but we have every right to protest these illegal assaults which kill innocent people,” Khan said, calling the attacks a breach of international law and a violation of human rights.

His party is enraged over a U.S. drone strike at a madrassa or religious seminary that killed at least eight people in Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in northwestern Pakistan, on Nov. 20.


Also see newly released British report criticizing the UK government and military for the botched series of military interventions in iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria etc.

UK actions in Iraq and Afghanistan wars were incoherent, report says by Richard Norton-Taylor, Nov. 21, 2013, The guardian

Chatham House report challenges view that politicians, including Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, bear sole blame for failures

...The way Britain went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan was incoherent, inconsistent, and opaque, with political leaders failing to face up to military commanders, according to a study by a leading thinktank released on Thursday.

The report, published by Chatham House, challenges the view that politicians, notably Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, should bear the sole blame for Britain's military failures. Drawing on recent evidence, including from the Chilcot inquiry, it concludes that Britain suffered a wider failure of government, with politicians, senior military officers and civil servants all playing a part.

"The overall impression of British practice was of disorder and incoherence, informality and individuality", said James de Waal, the report's author. The British governmental machine was simply unsuited to the enormous challenges and pressures of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, he suggests.

There was no clear idea of the roles of ministers, senior military officers, and civil servants and how they should work together. "All interpreted their roles in different ways, with effectiveness depending on the quality of individuals and the personal relationships between them", says the report, titled "Depending on the Right People: British Political-Military Relations 2001-2010".

The bloody disaster of Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan is laid bare by Simon Jenkins ,The Guardian, Nov. 18, 2013

Bombs and militia violence make clear the folly of Britain's wars – the removal of law and order from a nation is devastating

...In each case – Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan – it was easy to see evil in the prevailing regime. These are bad guys that we need to go after, said the Americans. Yet the removal of law and order from a nation is devastating, however cruel that order may have been. Iraqis today repeat that, whatever the ills of Saddam Hussein, under his rule most ordinary citizens and their families could walk the streets at night without fear of murder or kidnap. Religious differences were tolerated. Iraq should have been an oil-rich modern state. Even the Kurds, scourged by Saddam in the past, enjoyed autonomy and relative peace.

In each of these cases Britain and its allies, chiefly America, intervened to overthrow the army, disband government, dismantle the judiciary and leave militias to run riot. Little or no attempt was made to replace anarchy with a new order. "Nation building" was a fiasco. The British bombs that flattened government buildings in Kabul, Baghdad and Tripoli did not replace them, or those who worked in them. Those who dropped them congratulated themselves on their work and went home.

It is hard to exaggerate the misery and chaos created by so-called "liberal interventionism". It is hard to think of a more immoral foreign policy, roaming the (chiefly Muslim) world, killing people and sowing anarchy. That is why the blood-stained consequence should be splashed across headlines. Those who seek political kudos by visiting violence on foreign peoples should never be allowed to forget their deeds.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Chocolate Factory to be converted for Marijuana Distribution And Obama's War Crimes



First some good news:

Chocolate Factory to be converted for Marijuana Distribution







Old Hershey’s Factory May Become Marijuana Plant
October 23, 2013 by Zoe Bain


The address 1 Hershey Drive in Smiths Falls, Ontario, was once the site of a booming chocolate factory. But now, if all goes according to plan, the building will be used to grow and manufacture hyrdoponic medical marijuana. The Ottawa Citizen reports that legal weed supplier Tweed Inc. Of Ottawa hopes to transform part of the former chocolate wonderland into a wonderland of a much different sort. Health Canada still needs to approve the plan, but the mayor of Smiths Falls, Dennis Staples, already approved the project. Health Canada has officially stopped accepting applications to allow people to grow their own marijuana for medical use, so now the 30,000 plus authorized users are turning to growers like Tweed.

If approved, the new tenants will be a whole lot different than those who inhabited the space during the Hershey era, which lasted from 1963 to 2008. There was once a museum, a huge gift shop, specialized tours, and of course the ever lingering smell of chocolate. However all of those things could make a comeback of a different variety if Tweed moves in — tourists, smell (of a much different variety), and all.

Canada chocolate factory may get new life as marijuana farm
BY JULIE GORDON Sep 26, 2013 Reuters



A Canadian start-up wants to turn an empty chocolate factory in eastern Ontario into a production facility for medical marijuana, a possible boost for a local economy that has been hurting since the landmark Hershey plant shut down in 2008.

The old factory, which for decades churned out Hershey chocolate bars, has been conditionally sold to a start-up called Tweed Inc, which plans to use about a third of the 470,000 square foot plant to grow medical marijuana.

"It's an exciting opportunity," said Mark Zekulin, Tweed's vice president of community engagement. "There is a demand and there's good opportunity in this market."

Tweed Inc has applied to Health Canada for a permit to grow medical marijuana at the factory in Smith Falls, Ontario, some 350 km (220 miles) from Toronto. It will distribute its product to patients across Canada who have permission to use the drug.

Canada legalized medical marijuana in 2001, authorizing an initial 500 people to grow and smoke the drug. That number has since ballooned to about 30,000, causing headaches for those who regulate and police marijuana use.

The government earlier this year responded with a plan to take legal production out of private homes and license private companies to produce medical marijuana for authorized patients.


also see Mom as the New Face of Anarchy? Police Terrorize Americans Who Object to Right Wing lunacy by using "Anarchist Label" by Barbara Parramore at Alternet.org, November 11, 2013

Barbara Parramore in her above mentioned article at Alternet.com discusses how her mother has become labeled by authorities as being an "anarchist" for daring to question those in authority and she is surprised and shocked but I am not.

Maybe its my age but for decades I have watched as the more rational people in our society are condemned as 'radicals' from Martin Luther King to Ralph Nader to Chris Hedges, or anyone who questions the the American Military and America's right to expand and defend its Empire.

Once it was enough to label someone a communist, commie a red etc. to marginalize and to silence critics now the government uses terms such as "Anarchist" , radicals, terrorists etc. In a recent action in New brunswick the government has labeled the anti-pipe line protesters as "radicals' which is one step away from "anarchists" and "terrorists" and the authorities are using these labels in order to shut down even peaceful protests because there is a chance some participants might be "radicals'-
For instance during the G20 so called riots in Toronto the police and the Harper government used such labels to allow for a brutal crack down on mostly peaceful protesters while most Canadians were duped into believing the government officials and their media lap dogs who are against any and all public protests it would seem.

Torture inquiry 'finds UK intelligence officers knew of mistreatment'
Gibson report, published next week, reportedly calls for further investigation of how far British ministers were responsible , The Guardian Nov. 14, 2013


More than likely little will come from such investigations . Besides neo-liberals and liberals tend to side with the government and the military and have become super-fans of the Perpetual war on terror .
Renditions, torture, drone attacks, targeted assassinations, black ops and designating anyone as a traitor who publishes supposedly sensitive intel on government operations. When every vocal and influential critic is deemed the enemy then the message from the government and the media and the liberal elite is for critics to remain silent since as they say loose lips sink ships -what a lot of bullocks but there you go-

Secrecy we are told is good for the nation and its people. What you are not told is none of your business but the government's.
So using torture on POWs and murdering innocent civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan is just good for the nation and any criticisms of these actions are by those who are unpatriotic who hate their own nation state and who hate all those who are part of the nation's military. Sadly even most so -called liberals agree as they bought into the over hyped "Cold War" now they buy inot the over hyped War on Terror.


UK use of drones in Afghanistan remains under wraps after disclosure campaign is thwarted, The Independent november 16, 2013


Campaigners have vowed to continue to fight the "culture of secrecy" surrounding Britain's use of drones after a protracted legal battle to force the Government to disclose details of deployments in Afghanistan failed, with the information tribunal backing the Ministry of Defence's refusal to reveal information on military operations.

The appeal to the Information Commissioner was filed in wake of numerous Freedom of Information requests that were refused by the MoD. But after a two-day closed hearing the information tribunal supported the MoD's position with soldier's lives being cited as the key reason for the lack of disclosure.

"The MOD referred to the disclosure of the requested information as involving 'risk to life and limb', the Commissioner used the phrase 'life and death'," the ruling stated.

"We do not consider either of these phrases to be over-dramatising the level of risk that could be caused to service men and women should the information be released and available to enemy forces in Afghanistan."



Barack Obama Lambasted By Cabinet Minister Ed Davey Over Drone Strikes In Pakistan ,The Huffington Post UK | By Paul Vale, November 14, 2013


A senior British government minister has lambasted Barack Obama's policy of using drone strikes against Taliban and al Qaida leaders in Pakistan, adding that current international law is unfit to handle the technological advances represented by the unmanned aircraft.

Liberal Democrat Ed Davey, who sits in the Cabinet as energy secretary, said that the use of drones to strike targets in Pakistan "transgressed the sovereignty" of the country, while accusing the US military of setting a "very dangerous precedent".

Speaking on the BBC’s Question Time, Davey said: "On drones I think there's a serious question we have got to face up to. Because I think if the Americans keep using drones in the way that they have been doing everyone is going to say this is setting a very, very dangerous precedent."

...recently published Ministry of Defence figures that show the UK’s unmanned fleet flew 892 missions in 2012, with the aircraft firing weapons on 10% of those sorties. The incidents in which missile were fired are believed to have been on missions in Afghanistan, with ministers insisting that British drones are not used to carry out operations in Pakistan.


Anti-Drone Movement Speaks: 'End the Secrecy, No to Kill List'
'After ten years of using drones it is about time that American citizens demand accountability from our government'
- Sarah Lazare, staff writer Common Dreams, November 15, 2013



Activists from across the globe kicked off the largest-ever anti-drone summit Friday with a boisterous White House rally then march to the headquarters of one of the most notorious weapons manufacturers in the world.

"After ten years of using drones it is about time that American citizens demand accountability from our government," said organizer Medea Benjamin of Code Pink in an interview with Common Dreams. "Our government has been getting away with a covert program killing innocent people in our names. It is high time we react and say no to killings, no to secrecy, and no to a kill list."

and also see in reference to Rememberance Day :

Once again another American citizen seems shocked that the US military and the Pentagon and CIA and Special Ops and its related government departments are not committed to defending the freedoms of American citizens but rather are out to expand and defend the American Empire in the name of George W. Bush or Barack Obama.
Obama if he meant what he said on the campaign trail would have curtailed the War on Terror and stopped using unethical and illegal tactics such as the use of Drones to murder innocent civilians and the use of torture, renditions, targeted assassinations or toppling in some cases legitimate governments inorder to gain access to natural resources or just to extend America's influence while defending brutal dictatorships such as those in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia etc. and he would have curbed the massive survelliance now taking place or maybe he could have investigated America's broken justice system or stopped the irrational War on Pot or stopped the militarization of local police forces or even stood up to police forces over cases of the use of unnecessary force instead he used his power to expand the War on Terror and to do all he could to crush the peaceful OCCUPY Movement to appease conservatives and Wall Street.

Stop Thanking the Troops For Me: No, They Don't Protect our Freedoms!", November 11, 2013, Altwernet.org

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Birth of the Living Dead - Official Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/v/pLMq1nxO_bk?autohide=1&version=3&autohide=1&feature=share&attribution_tag=-pHJ7GW-8t-s_WFjqz5u8A&showinfo=1&autoplay=1

Birth of the Living Dead

" In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed "Night of the Living Dead," a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars that continues to this day.

"Birth of the Living Dead," a new documentary, shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers — policemen, iron workers, teachers, ad-men, housewives and a roller-rink owner — to shoot, with a revolutionary guerrilla, run-and-gun style, his seminal film. During that process Romero and his team created an entirely new and horribly chilling monster -- one that was undead and feasted upon human flesh."

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Obama's Drone Wars 'Wounds of Waziristan'




'Wounds of Waziristan': Exclusive Broadcast of New Film on Pakistanis Haunted by U.S. Drone War Democracy Now , Nov. 4, 2013



or video link: Democracy Now Wounds of Waziristan

also see: http://woundsofwaziristan.com/ Wounds of Waziristan © MADIHA TAHIR AND PARERGON FILMS 2013

and All In With Chris Hayes at MSNBC " Drone Warfare Politics Change in Washington" April 24, 2013.

As the Senate Judiciary held a hearing on the use of drones, host Chris Hayes talks about the implications of drone strikes with author Joshua Foust, independent journalist Madiha and Open Zion's Ali Gharib.


Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
also see: OpEdNews 11/4/2013 Drones have come out of the shadows By Medea Benjamin OpedNews,Nov. 4, 2013
At each of the over 200 cities I've traveled to this past year with my book Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control , I ask the audience an easy question: Have they ever seen or heard from drone strike victims in the mainstream US press? Not one hand has ever gone up. This is an obvious indication that the media has failed to do its job of humanizing the civilian casualties that accompany President Obama's deadly drone program. This has started to change, with new films, reports and media coverage finally giving the American public a taste of the personal tragedies involved.
and check out US law makers lack of concern or interest in innocent blood being shed in the USA's Drone Wars;

  Congressional No-Show at 'Heart-Breaking' Drone Survivor Hearing In "historic" briefing, Rehman family gives heartbreaking account of drone killing of 65-year-old grandmother... to five lawmakers - Lauren McCauley at Common Dreams, Oct. 29, 2013
Despite being heralded as the first time in history that U.S. lawmakers would hear directly from the survivors of a U.S. drone strike, only five elected officials chose to attend the congressional briefing that took place Tuesday. ...According to journalist Anjali Kamat, who was present and tweeting live during the hearing, the only lawmakers to attend the briefing organized by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), were Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Min
also at ICH: The Moment I Realized Barack Obama Is Insane By Michel L. Ston, Nov. 4, 2013
...I remember the exact moment I realized Barack Obama was mad. I suspected it even before he took office, having been trained by Johnson and Nixon and Ford and Carter and Reagan and Bush and Clinton and Bush to pay attention to the signs. But the moment I knew it, the pundit-proof moment, came at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The supreme orator was in a jocular mood. One of the Jonas brothers (boy band singers) had been presuming to “date” one of Barack’s daughters, apparently, and the President of the United States, the most powerful man in the world outside the banking industry, wanted the young suitor to know that “I have two words for you: Predator Drone.” Bless me if the room didn’t break out in riotous laughter! Maybe some of it was nervous laughter, like when Dubya performed his skit pretending to look for WMDs in the Oval Office. (You could make a case that all you need to know about American foreign policy can be gleaned from one of the cheap seats at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner). Now I don’t insist that the Jonas boy is as innocent as Anwar Al-Awlacki’s 16-year-old son, but the image of even a boy band singer being vaporized or dismembered to preserve the virtue of the President’s issue failed to fill me with mirth. Rather, it was like a cold knife to the heart. It said everything about how Barack Obama views the mounting civilian dead in his terrorist war against the terrorists. It said too much.

Monday, November 04, 2013

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Greenwald on NSA Spying And War Criminal Dick Cheney Ironically Accuses Snowden of Being a Traitor

(Old news??? well I missed it while in hospital )

Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks Irony of War criminal and ethically challenged former VP Dick Cheney accusing whistleblower Edward Snowden of being a traitor for going public with data on NSA's massive spying program

Who's The 'Traitor' - Dick Cheney or Edward Snowden?

Published on 17 Jun 2013
"Former vice president Dick Cheney defended the NSA surveillance on Fox News, saying that it could have helped the United States prevent the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. "As everybody who's been associated with the program's said, if we had had this before 9/11, when there were two terrorists in San Diego—two hijackers—had been able to use that program, that capability, against that target, we might well have been able to prevent 9/11," Cheney said, according to NBC."*
Dick Cheney told Fox News that because Edward Snowden leaked classified information, he is a traitor.

But wait, wait, wait, Dick! Does a name like "Scooter Libby" ring any bells? Is it okay for Cheney to leak info for his own benefit but not okay for anyone to expose him? Cenk Uygur breaks it down



‘In the last four months, we've learned a lot about our government.
‘We've learned that the U.S. intelligence community secretly built a system of pervasive surveillance. Today, no telephone in America makes a call without leaving a record with the NSA. Today, no internet transaction enters or leaves America without passing through the NSA's hands. Our representatives in Congress tell us this is not surveillance. They're wrong.’


Above quote by Edward Snowden from article at
 Daily Mail:'No phone call, no Internet transaction, isn't recorded by the NSA': Edward Snowden fires back at U.S. government surveillance denials Senator Dianne Feinstein claimed that the NSA's phone-tracking is benign Whistle-blower Snowden said in a statement that it is pervasive in nature
By TED THORNHILL PUBLISHED: 13:49 GMT, 25 October 2013



Web Exclusive: Greenwald on NSA


Published on 3 Nov 2013
Glenn Greewnald on new NSA spying revelations and how they have been handled by the media.



Edward Snowden Says He Will Help German Investigation Into The NSA Spying Scandal





Senate NSA reform gives agency even more spying powers
Nov. 3, 2013 RT-Video



DOJ whistleblower meets with Snowden

Published on 2 Nov 2013
A former Justice Department official talks about her recent contact with Edward Snowden.





also see : Snowden Letter to Merkel: 'Speaking The Truth Is Not A Crime' Nov. 1, 2013, via Information Clearing House

"Though the outcome of my efforts has been demonstrably positive, my government continues to treat dissent as defection, and seeks to criminalize political speech with felony charges that provide no defense," Edward Snowden says in his letter.

and:

Time World :Greenwald on Snowden Leaks: The Worst Is Yet to Come By Vivienne Walt / Rio de Janeiro @vivwaltOct. 14, 2013

and:
Glenn Greenwald: Enemy of the State By Natasha Vargas-Cooper October 25, 2013 via "Information Clearing House