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bastard.logic: “You can’t win a person’s heart and mind when you are pointing a rifle at his or her chest”

Afghanistan War veteran Paul Szoldra:

In Afghanistan, we patrolled in big, armored trucks. We wore uniforms that conveyed the message, “We are a military force, and we are in control right now.” Many Afghans saw us as occupiers.

And now we see some of our police officers in this same way. “The militarization of law enforcement is counter-productive to domestic policing and needs to stop,” tweeted Andrew Exum, a former Army infantry officer.

If there’s one thing I learned in Afghanistan, it’s this: You can’t win a person’s heart and mind when you are pointing a rifle at (Read more…)

bastard.logic: Afro-Punk (AKA The Story of My Life)

Pretty much sums up my adolescence/early adulthood/current state of existence (I’m so old I remember when being black and playing rock/punk/metal was a radical, disruptive act, etc):

Bonus: Interview w/ James Spooner, director of Afro-Punk: The Movie:

Also, too: Live performances (because AGGRO):

 

Filed under: music, Uncategorized Tagged: Afro-Punk, music, punk, race, racial issues, racism, US, video

bastard.logic: The Murder of #MichaelBrown And Why ‘Black Rage’ Is Entirely Justified

MSNBC, quoting Dorian Johnson, eyewitness to the shooting by Ferguson, MO police of Michael Brown:

“There are two crowds. An older crowd that wants justice but there’s anger. Then it’s the younger crowd that wants revenge but there’s anger there, too… . What do you expect when something is steadily occurring and its hurting the community and nobody is speaking out or doing anything about it. I feel their anger, I feel their disgust.”

Brittany Cooper:

Mike Brown is dead. He is dead for no reason. He is dead because a police officer saw a 6-foot-4, 300-plus-pound black kid, (Read more…)

Left Over: Telling It Like It Is……

When I served, the Israeli military was the most moral in the world. No more

Once there was widespread Israeli outrage over the bombing of homes in Gaza. Now there is just indifference

Yuli Novak, former Israeli air force officer The Guardian, Monday 28 July 2014 18.34 BST I have been waiting along time to read something like this..and of course, comments were closed by the time I found it..still, absolutely worth reading. Here is a woman who could, with a certain moral force, speak the opposite of what we read here, and be supported in (Read more…)

Left Over: Corporate Bullies, Then and Now……

ANALYSIS

Big box bullies: Discount pricing squeezes small suppliers: Dianne Buckner Selling to big chains like Target, Wal-Mart a mixed blessing when they demand a discount

By Dianne Buckner, CBC News Posted: Jul 25, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 25, 2014 5:00 AM ET

Nothing new here, folks…you can move on…

As a child, I was handed over to my father on weekends, like many others. One of the things that sometimes happened was that, on the way to his home, we would stop in at small machine shops that did contract work with the big aerospace companies (Read more…)

The Progressive Economics Forum: More People Chase Fewer Jobs

Further to Angella’s excellent analysis:

Statistics Canada reported today that unemployment jumped by 25,700 in June because of shrinking employment and a growing labour force. Canada’s labour force expanded because of population growth, even though the participation rate did not increase. The combination of less employment and a larger working-age population depressed the employment rate to 61.4% – its lowest level since January 2010.

The Harper government has long trumpeted having a stronger job market than the US. In June, the unemployment rate rose in Canada but fell in the US. Statistics Canada reports that it is now (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: John Pilger – A World War is Beckoning

I’m frightened for the wrong reasons.

 

If I listened and believed what I was supposed to believe I would be afraid that the Russians are provoking the West into military conflict in Ukraine. The problem is that I’m more of afraid of what We are doing to destabilize the situation. John Pilger is with me on this one.

“Washington’s role in Ukraine is ­different only in its implications for the rest of us. For the first time since the Reagan years, the US is ­threatening to take the world to war. With eastern Europe and the Balkans (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Tabacco Farming – Child Labour in the USA

The news: If you’re a 7-year-old in the U.S., you are by law too young to buy a cigarette at the counter — but you are old enough to work in the tobacco fields as a day laborer.

Human Rights Watched released a disturbing report Wednesday on child labor in America’s tobacco farms. The four states that grow 90% of U.S. tobacco — North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia — allow children as young as 7 to work in these farms for minimum wage. And it’s completely legal.

That’s right: Elementary school-age children are harvesting tobacco (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Is The US Trying to Kick The ‘Cold War’ Back Into Play?

Dead Wild Roses: Death Panels. Stupid Ideas Conservatives Dream Up.

Reactionary commentators are famous for making up bullshit ideas designed to scare ignorant people. The American right has the trademark on this particular ploy as they fight to remain the last industrialized country without Universal Health care.

I bet they have contests to see how many poor people they can bamboozle to fight against their own best interests…

This snippet gleaned from the Raw Story comment section illustrates what happens when someone calls conservative/reactionary commentators on their babblative bullshit.

“I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: You want to see a death panel, Mr. Halperin?

I’ll show you (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Death Panels. Stupid Ideas Conservatives Dream Up.

Reactionary commentators are famous for making up bullshit ideas designed to scare ignorant people. The American right has the trademark on this particular ploy as they fight to remain the last industrialized country without Universal Health care.

I bet they have contests to see how many poor people they can bamboozle to fight against their own best interests…

This snippet gleaned from the Raw Story comment section illustrates what happens when someone calls conservative/reactionary commentators on their babblative bullshit.

“I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: You want to see a death panel, Mr. Halperin?

I’ll show you (Read more…)

The Progressive Economics Forum: From pulp and paper to magazines to progessive politics

Harold Innis wrote the history of Canada around its succession of staple exports, first to Europe and then to the US. He then wrote the history of empires and civilizations around the succession of media of communications. One of the bridges between these two phases of his work was the study of newsprint as a Canadian staple which supplied the input for the American press, with its vast consequences for public opinion and human consciousness.

The best selling American historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has made a signal contribution to this way of thinking in her most recent book The Bully (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Massive turnout in Crimea: 96.77 vote for integration with Russia: jubilant crowds capture the mood

There was a massive turnout in the Crimea referendum, with 81.3 percent of eligible voters participating. When the final tally was in 96.77 percent voted “yes” to integration with the Russian Federation. The way it breaks down in terms of numbers is 1,233,002 votes for integration out of a total of 1,274,096 ballots cast.

The head of the monitors’ commission, Polish MP Mateusz Piskorski, told RT: “The referendum has been organized professionally, considering there was very little time for all the institutions to prepare, all the staff for polling stations, for electoral commission… So when it comes (Read more…)

drive-by planet: Crimea votes: ‘CrossTalk’ discussion with George Galloway, Michael Hughes and Dmitry Babich

drive-by planet: Double standards, threats and false claims in run-up to March 16 referendum in Crimea

The referendum in Crimea scheduled for March 16 has been declared invalid by US secretary of state John Kerry who also issued warnings of serious consequences if Russia “annexes” Crimea.  He promised that sanctions against Russia would “get ugly fast.” This was echoed by Germany’s Angela Merkel who has made dark references to “massive political and economic harm” to Russia. British PM Cameron got in on the act with warnings of “consequences.”

A UN resolution declaring the upcoming referendum in Crimea invalid has been vetoed by Russia. Vitaly Churkin, Russian envoy at the UN, said: “The philosophy (Read more…)

The Progressive Economics Forum: Did the US Take a Bite Out of Canada-Korea Trade?

On last night’s The National, Terry Milewski introduced the Canada-Korea trade deal as follows:

The truth is that Canada is a latecomer to free trade with South Korea. The European Union and the United States both got there first, and their free trade deals took a big bite out of Canada’s exports. So, the government really had to catch up.

It is true that trade deals with South Korea came into force in mid-2011 for the EU and in early 2012 for the US, but how did they affect Canadian exports?

In US dollars, Canada’s international exports edged up (Read more…)

cmkl: David Simon: ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’ | World news | The Observer

The creator of the Wire, the Corner, Generation Kill gave a speech, in Sydney, summarized in the London-based Guardian. David Simon: ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’ . And here I am, a Canadian mentioning it on my blog. In part because I find it remarkable that there seems to be no comparable […]

Left Over: Big US Brother will Contine to Watch You….

 

Canadian Banks To Be Compelled To Share Clients’ Info With U.S.

CBC | Posted: 11/25/2013 5:00 am EST

As a happily ex-Yank who gladly and gratefully accepted citizenship in this far superior (in every way) country, Canada, many decades ago, I would personally like to point out to the Yanks that Canada can’t even seem to chase after it’s own tax dodgers in the Caribbean, etc, never mind worry about those who you deem responsible for this act. Although I will never be accused of being rich enough to get chased down by anyone, threatening your biggest trading partner with (Read more…)

The Progressive Economics Forum: The NSA Scandal is all about Economics

Back in 1998, I wrote a lengthy investigative feature for The Financial Post about Canada’s signals intelligence agency, the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), and its post-Cold War role. You can read it here:

http://circ.jmellon.com/docs/pdf/trolling_for_secrets_economic_espionage.pdf

The CSE and its sister signals intelligence agency in the US, the National Security Agency (NSA), engage in espionage using solely electronic means. To this end, these agencies have built a vast network of supercomputers, satellites and datalinks to capture as much of the world’s traffic in phone, Internet and other electronic communication. The computers can search for particular words and voices, allowing (Read more…)

Left Over: The Revolution will Start, With or Without Me….

Russell Brand’s Epic Interview With BBC’s Jeremy Paxman Just Might Start A Revolution (VIDEO) The Huffington Post | By Ryan GrenoblePosted: 10/25/2013 4:11 pm EDT

Many have seen Russel Brand’s remarkable interview with Jeremy Paxman, either on TV or YouTube..if not please go to the HuffPo article cited here and see it..the best ten minutes you’ll have today, or the worst, depending on your point of view… Politicians ‘don’t lay a glove’ on Paxman, or bother trying, because they realize that, as ‘progressive’ as he is, he is entertainment and distraction..like our ‘ 22 Minutes,’ funny, and every (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Amnesty International calls US drone strikes in Pakistan “war crimes”

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says some of the unlawful killings executed by US drone strikes in Pakistan “could even amount to war crimes”.

The post Amnesty International calls US drone strikes in Pakistan “war crimes” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Disaffected Lib: Are We Going to Stand By as Our Kids’ Future is Stolen?

Jimmy Carter recently observed that today’s American middle class are coming to resemble America’s poor back in the pre-Reagan era.  That’s the bad news.  The worse news is that Americans aren’t alone.

Like much of Europe, Britain’s middle class is also being ravaged by chronic unemployment and mounting inequality.

The social mobility and child poverty commission, established by David Cameron, is expected to warn that government initiatives have all too often been aimed at the poorest 10%.   Yet the inability to get on in life is now a major and growing problenm for middle-class children and this group is (Read more…)

Left Over: Bitumen Off More Then They Can Chew…..

 

Northern Gateway pipeline to be running by 2018, says Enbridge Project will be approved in 2014 and moving oil by 2018, company says

The Canadian Press Posted: Oct 02, 2013 6:46 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 02, 2013 7:44 AM PT

Fascinating, isn’t it, how these oily creeps assume that they are winning the fight…the fight hasn’t even begun, though Harpo and his puppeteers might argue the opposite..

Here we are, some of us believing that the ‘talks’ are ongoing, that nothing has been truly decided, and here they go spouting their words of smug acceptance, as if the discussion were (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: America Urges Philippines to Combat Inequality

Yeah, I know, I know.  Me too.  Then again, the Philippines is a good long way away from Main Street, U.S.A.

American officials are urging the Phillipines to see to fair distribution of the country’s new found wealth.

Despite having Asia’s second highest growth in gross domestic product (GDP) last year, the Philippines still has a lot of catching up to make the growth felt and enjoyed by the rest of the country’s population.

“We all know that the Philippines has now outpaced all the countries in the region in terms of economic growth,” said Gloria (Read more…)

Left Over: I’ll See Your Bombs, and Raise You Climate Change….

 

Harper offers Obama climate plan to win Keystone approval Sources say PM willing to accept emissions reduction targets proposed by the U.S. By Chris Hall, National Editor, CBC News Posted: Sep 6, 2013 2:15 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 6, 2013 10:08 PM ET

 

First he pontificates (through his rough stuff, Baird, Harper’s own personal beard) about how ‘necessary’ it is to bomb Syria, and now this forelock-tugging re environmental levels being magically changed to favour the US ’vision’…whereas until five minutes ago, climate change was still being questioned by the Cons..then, miracle of miracles, Harper (Read more…)