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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Mohammed Omer: "Gazans react to IS threat to take over Strip" (MIDDLE EAST EYE)

Mohammed Omer: "Gazans react to IS threat to take over Strip" (MIDDLE EAST EYE)

 
The world is accustomed to worrying about the activities of the Islamic State in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.
 
In the article for which a link is transmitted below, my friend and distinguished recipient Mohammed Omer looks at the growing threat posed by the Islamic State to Gaza.
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/analysis-gazans-react-threat-take-over-strip-102870302

Not Learning from Mideast Mistakes



Not Learning from Mideast Mistakes

July 3, 2015

Exclusive: The neocon strategy of “regime change” has proved financially costly and strategically disastrous – setting almost the entire Middle East on fire – but almost no lessons have been learned, no accountability assessed, and no relevant questions asked, writes ex-U.S. diplomat William R. Polk.
By William R. Polkhttps://consortiumnews.com/2015/07/03/not-learning-from-mideast-mistakes/

The IQ Gap Is No Longer a Black and White Issue

The IQ Gap Is No Longer a Black and White Issue

http://www.unz.com/article/the-iq-gap-is-no-longer-a-black-and-white-issue/

USA: Coping with the Sense of Drift and Disorder in World Affairs, Part 1


USA: Coping with the Sense of Drift and Disorder in World Affairs, Part 1:

Crises/guerres Etats-Unis Hégémonie Ingérence Irak Iran Libye Syrie
http://arretsurinfo.ch/usa-coping-with-the-sense-of-drift-and-disorder-in-world-affairs-part-1/

Iraq’s Historic Choice: Fight Sectarianism and Terrorism, or Partition

Iraq’s Historic Choice: Fight Sectarianism and Terrorism, or Partition

The voice of the Emir of Kuwait in his comments after bombing a Shia mosque June 26 should echo all over the Middle East. “We do not have Sunnis and Shias. We have only Kuwaitis”, the Emir said in a warning to all who incite religious hatred in the region. And who knows, maybe Drs. Frankenstein, abundant in the region, will listen.

http://mebriefing.com/?p=1789&utm_source=MEB+VOL+-+II_+Issue+84_July+2nd+2015&utm_campaign=VOL+II+-+Issue+83&utm_medium=email

Friday, July 3, 2015

Think California’s Drought Is Bad? Try Palestine’s

Think California’s Drought Is Bad? Try Palestine’s

by Laith Shakir
California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in the state’s history, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to declare a water “state of emergency.”
Ordinary Californians are bearing the brunt of this disaster. While the governor has imposed restrictions to reduce residential water consumption, businesses in the fields of agriculture and hydraulic fracturing have been largely exempt. Brown’s unwillingness to take on these gargantuan corporate water-wasters lends a sharp political element to an otherwise natural disaster.
There’s another region in the world, however, where access to water isn’t just decided on the whims of politicians dealing with natural disasters. In fact, the very existence of water crises is official state policy for one country: Israel.
Dying of Thirst
Despite its location in a region thought to be perennially dry, the Holy Land actually has ample natural freshwater resources — namely in the form of underwater aquifers and the Jordan River. Palestinians in the West Bank and Israeli settlers live in roughly equal proximity to these resources, which theoretically would allow for equal consumption.
Israeli water policy, however, has made this prospect virtually impossible. In fact, there’s a shocking disparity.
A report from the United Nations found that the average Israeli settler consumes 300 liters of water per day — a figure surpassing even the average Californian’s 290. But thanks to Israeli military action and legal restrictions on access, the average Palestinian in the occupied West Bank only gets about 70. And for the tens of thousands of Palestinians who live off the water grid altogether, daily consumption hovers at around 30. That’s just 10 percent of the Israeli figure.
Both figures are well below the minimum 100 liters per day recommended by the World Health Organization. While Israelis are watering their lawns and swimming in Olympic-sized pools, Palestinians a few kilometers away are literally dying of thirst.
Weaponizing Water
This inequality has deep roots — and it’s no accident.
Almost immediately after the creation of Israel in 1948, the fledgling country took comprehensive action to secure control of the region’s water. These policies were ramped up again following the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, when Israel first assumed control of the Palestinian territories.
That year, the Israeli armed forces issued Military Order 92 — an initiative that put Palestinian water resources under Israel’s military jurisdiction. This was shortly followed by Military Order 158, which required Palestinians to obtain permits from the military in order to build new water infrastructure. If they built new wells, springs, or even rain-collecting containers without Israeli permission, soldiers would confiscate or destroy them, often without prior notification.
These orders, among others, remain on the books to this day. They form the basis for the administration of water access for nearly 4.4 million Palestinians. Although control of water resources is now officially the domain of Mekorot, Israel’s national water company, Israeli forces routinely perform operations with the explicit intent of destroying Palestinian water infrastructure.

June’s unemployment dip means more Americans leaving the workforce

June’s unemployment dip means more Americans leaving the workforce



http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/junes-job-report/

Why you can't believe the unemployment numbers

Why you can't believe the unemployment numbers



http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/7/3/economy/why-you-cant-believe-unemployment-numbers

Bill Clinton, Paid to Speak to Biotech Conference, Extolled $1000 Pill to Prevent “Liver Rot,” Despite Lack of Evidence that It Does

Bill Clinton, Paid to Speak to Biotech Conference, Extolled $1000 Pill to Prevent “Liver Rot,” Despite Lack of Evidence that It Does



http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2015/07/bill-clinton-paid-to-speak-to-biotech-conference-extolled-1000-pill-to-prevent-liver-rot-despite-lack-of-evidence-that-it-does.html

Proof that Fraud is the Biggest Business in America

Proof that Fraud is the Biggest Business in America



http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2015/07/proof-that-fraud-is-the-biggest-business-in-america.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism+%28naked+capitalism%29

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Islamic State and the Terrible Twos



The Islamic State and the Terrible Twos

by John Feffer
The Islamic State celebrated its one-year anniversary in customary fashion. Other organizations might sponsor parades and make speeches. ISIS spilled blood.
A beheading in France, the murder of 38 tourists at a resort in Tunisia, and a bomb blast at a mosque in Kuwait all reminded the world, if it had somehow forgotten, that ISIS isn’t merely interested in securing sovereignty over a particular stretch of territory. It has much grander ambitions.
At the moment, it doesn’t have the means to take on the world or take over even a single country. But that could change.
In a recent article in Foreign Policy, analyst Stephen Walt writes that the international community should basically learn to live with the Islamic State if it “becomes a real state and demonstrates real staying power.” Other brutal proto-states in history — colonial America, marauding Brits — eventually settled down and acted like more-or-less responsible international actors, he points out. The IRA in Northern Ireland and the ANC in South Africa have channeled their more violent tendencies into the more mundane tasks of statecraft. So, why not expect the Islamic State to do the same?
Walt, usually quite astute, is wrong on this occasion. ISIS isn’t like previous proto-states or liberation movements. It’s a fundamentally different creature. I share Walt’s skepticism about the U.S. ability to “degrade and destroy” the entity, as President Obama proposes. But devising an effective strategy for countering the Islamic State requires a clear-eyed understanding of why this apparently medieval phenomenon is in fact a very new and very dangerous development.http://www.lobelog.com/the-islamic-state-and-the-terrible-twos/#more-29906

The Superpower Conundrum The Rise and Fall of Just About Everything By Tom Engelhardt

The Superpower Conundrum
The Rise and Fall of Just About Everything
By Tom Engelhardt
The rise and fall of great powers and their imperial domains has been a central fact of history for centuries. It’s been a sensible, repeatedly validated framework for thinking about the fate of the planet. So it’s hardly surprising, when faced with a country once regularly labeled the “sole superpower,” “the last superpower,” or even the global “hyperpower” and now, curiously, called nothing whatsoever, that the “decline” question should come up. Is the U.S. or isn’t it? Might it or might it not now be on the downhill side of imperial greatness?
Take a slow train -- that is, any train -- anywhere in America, as I did recently in the northeast, and then take a high-speed train anywhere else on Earth, as I also did recently, and it’s not hard to imagine the U.S. in decline. The greatest power in history, the “unipolar power,” can’t build a single mile of high-speed rail? Really? And its Congress is now mired in an argument about whether funds can even be raised to keep America’s highways more or less pothole-free.
Sometimes, I imagine myself talking to my long-dead parents because I know how such things would have astonished two people who lived through the Great Depression, World War II, and a can-do post-war era in which the staggering wealth and power of this country were indisputable. What if I could tell them how the crucial infrastructure of such a still-wealthy nation -- bridges, pipelines, roads, and the like -- is now grossly underfunded, in an increasing state of disrepair, and beginning to crumble? That would definitely shock them.
And what would they think upon learning that, with the Soviet Union a quarter-century in the trash bin of history, the U.S., alone in triumph, has been incapable of applying its overwhelming military and economic power effectively? I’m sure they would be dumbstruck to discover that, since the moment the Soviet Union imploded, the U.S. has been at war continuously with another country (three conflicts and endless strife); that I was talking about, of all places, Iraq; and that the mission there was never faintly accomplished. How improbable is that? And what would they think if I mentioned that the other great conflicts of the post-Cold-War era were with Afghanistan (two wars with a decade off in-between) and the relatively small groups of non-state actors we now call terrorists? And how would they react on discovering that the results were: failure in Iraq, failure in Afghanistan, and the proliferation of terror groups across much of the Greater Middle East (including the establishment of an actual terror caliphate) and increasing parts of Africa?
They would, I think, conclude that the U.S. was over the hill and set on the sort of decline that, sooner or later, has been the fate of every great power. And what if I told them that, in this new century, not a single action of the military that U.S. presidents now call “the finest fighting force the world has ever known” has, in the end, been anything but a dismal failure? Or that presidents, presidential candidates, and politicians in Washington are required to insist on something no one would have had to say in their day: that the United States is both an “exceptional” and an “indispensible” nation? Or that they would also have to endlessly thank our troops (as would the citizenry) for... well... never success, but just being there and getting maimed, physically or mentally, or dying while we went about our lives? Or that those soldiers must always be referred to as “heroes.”
In their day, when the obligation to serve in a citizens' army was a given, none of this would have made much sense, while the endless defensive insistence on American greatness would have stood out like a sore thumb. Today, its repetitive presence marks the moment of doubt. Are we really so “exceptional”? Is this country truly “indispensible” to the rest of the planet and if so, in what way exactly? Are those troops genuinely our heroes and if so, just what was it they did that we’re so darn proud of?
Return my amazed parents to their graves, put all of this together, and you have the beginnings of a description of a uniquely great power in decline. It’s a classic vision, but one with a problem.
Click here to read more of this dispatch.http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176018/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_what_happened_to_war/#more

In Wake Of Supreme Court Ruling, This Gay Teacher Is Suing Catholic School For Discrimination

In Wake Of Supreme Court Ruling, This Gay Teacher Is Suing Catholic School For Discrimination

http://www.westernjournalism.com/in-wake-of-supreme-court-ruling-this-gay-teacher-is-suing-catholic-school-for-discrimination/

U.S.-Russia Relations: Critical and Unstable

http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/publications/articles_papers_reports/737

U.S.-Russia Relations: Critical and Unstable

David C. Speedie  |  U.S. Global Engagement  |  July 2, 2015
In October 2014, the Council posted an article titled "Needs Work: A Troubled U.S.-Russia Relationship," in which we noted somberly that "if there is one point of agreement between pundits in Moscow and Washington these days, it is that U.S.-Russia relations are at a post-Cold War nadir."
Eight months on, what was a troubled relationship is now on life support, and the deterioration has taken place in the most existentially perilous area of arms control, specifically nuclear weapons. "NATO reviews nuclear deterrent after Russian rhetoric hardens" was the headline in an article in the Financial Times of June 25. While denying that there are plans to place new nuclear weapons in Europe—a plan that would not find favor among many European members—NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is reportedly concerned that Russia is now "using nuclear rhetoric and more nuclear exercises as part of their defense posturing." U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter has joined the harsh condemnation, describing Russian President Vladimir Putin as "out of tune with the times and the way responsible leaders have conducted themselves [on the nuclear threat]." The reasons for concern include Russia's proposal to add some 40 intercontinetal ballistic missiles to its arsenal, increase flights of nuclear-capable bombers over NATO's eastern flank countries, and deploy missile launchers in Russia's westernmost enclave of Kaliningrad, with the potential to reach Baltic and Eastern European capitals.
Sobering stuff, indeed, but, as always, this is not the whole story. It takes two to ratchet up the pace of the lethal race, and from Moscow's point of view these are defensive measures necessitated by a strategic series of moves to virtually encircle Russia's western flank. These may be cataloged under a list of Strangelovian NATO maneuvers:
  • BALTOPS, an annual military exercise in the Baltic Sea, this year involving 5,600 troops, 50 warships, 60 aircraft and landing craft; and Exercise Saber Strike, with 7,000 troops conducting drills in Lithuania, Latvia, as well as Poland
  • In Eastern Europe, Exercise Noble Jump simulates a deployment of 1,500 troops from 11 countries
  • In the Black Sea, U.S., Canadian, and German ships comprising the Black Sea Rotational Force conduct war games with the navies of Bulgaria, Romania, and Turkey (An ironic footnote here is that in early May, Bulgarian Defense Minister Nicolai Nenchev observed that Bulgaria, while in NATO, was almost 100 percent dependent on Russia for its military equipment.)
These constitute a significant stepping-up of NATO force activity in the extended region over recent years. All in all, as the Financial Times reported on June 10:http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/publications/articles_papers_reports/737

Atef Abu Saif’s chilling, evocative stories of Gaza onslaught

https://electronicintifada.net/content/atef-abu-saifs-chilling-evocative-stories-gaza-onslaught/14557

Atef Abu Saif’s chilling, evocative stories of Gaza onslaught

Pam Bailey The Electronic Intifada 17 June 2015
The Drone Eats With Me: Diaries from a City Under Fire by Atef Abu Saif (Comma Press)
The 51-day Israeli war on Gaza may be old news to those who follow the Middle East. What news junkies know are the numbers — at least 2,205 Palestinians killed, including 538 children; 11,000 wounded; up to 500,000 residents displaced; more than 20,000 homes destroyed. What they don’t have are the intimate, granular insights that you get only by living through it — or, reading the diary of someone who has, and is also an eloquent, evocative writer.
For instance, do you know how to tell the difference between a missile from a ship, a tank, an F-16 or a drone, by their sound alone? How to prepare your windows when shelling is expected, and where it is safest to sleep? Or what happens to your sense of time in the midst of war?
The Drone Eats With Me: Diaries from a City Under Fire, by Atef Abu Saif, is just such a book.
(What does a drone sound like? In one passage, Abu Saif describes it, while also giving the book its title: “As the noise of the explosion subsides, it’s replaced by the inevitable whir of a drone, sounding so close it could be right beside us. It’s like it wants to join us for the evening, and has pulled up a chair.”)https://electronicintifada.net/content/atef-abu-saifs-chilling-evocative-stories-gaza-onslaught/14557

Speech to the U.S. House of Representatives on Foreign Policy (July 4, 1821) John Quincy Adams

Speech to the U.S. House of Representatives on Foreign Policy (July 4, 1821)

John Quincy Adams

While Secretary of State, Adams delivers a speech praising the virtues of America on Independence Day. He stresses that America has been devoted to the principles of freedom, independence and peace. This is an excerpt of the full speech. 

AND NOW, FRIENDS AND COUNTRYMEN, if the wise and learned philosophers of the elder world, the first observers of nutation and aberration, the discoverers of maddening ether and invisible planets, the inventors of Congreve rockets and Shrapnel shells, should find their hearts disposed to enquire what has America done for the benefit of mankind?
Let our answer be this: America, with the same voice which spoke herself into existence as a nation, proclaimed to mankind the inextinguishable rights of human nature, and the only lawful foundations of government. America, in the assembly of nations, since her admission among them, has invariably, though often fruitlessly, held forth to them the hand of honest friendship, of equal freedom, of generous reciprocity.
She has uniformly spoken among them, though often to heedless and often to disdainful ears, the language of equal liberty, of equal justice, and of equal rights.
She has, in the lapse of nearly half a century, without a single exception, respected the independence of other nations while asserting and maintaining her own.
She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when conflict has been for principles to which she clings, as to the last vital drop that visits the heart.
She has seen that probably for centuries to come, all the contests of that Aceldama the European world, will be contests of inveterate power, and emerging right.
Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be.
But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.
She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.
She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.
She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.
She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom.
The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force....
She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit....
[America's] glory is not dominion, but liberty. Her march is the march of the mind. She has a spear and a shield: but the motto upon her shield is, Freedom, Independence, Peace. This has been her Declaration: this has been, as far as her necessary intercourse with the rest of mankind would permit, her practice.

One thing missing from our national conversation about marriage

One thing missing from our national conversation about marriage

Posted on Jul 02, 2015 12:01 am

One thing missing from our national conversation about marriage
Christians have traditionally understood marriage as more than contract, partnership, or mutual agreement. Though it’s been buried under a million words about rights and equality, the church understands marriage to be a sacrament, a gift of God’s grace for the transformation of the recipients. Look for a moment ...

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http://blogs.ancientfaith.com/joeljmiller/sacrament-of-marriage/

Chicken in Vienna

The National Interest

Chicken in Vienna

June 30, 2015  |  http://nationalinterest.org/blog/paul-pillar/chicken-vienna-13229n | With the negotiations on Iran's nuclear program in its final days (and seven days of overtime having just been announced), a broken leg is not the most serious impairment to Secretary of State Kerry's ability to conclude an agreement that will ensure Iran remains a non-nuclear-weapons state and advances U.S. interests in other respects. The most serious impairment is the incessant urging by domestic critics that the U.S. administration should not show any of the flexibility that may be necessary to close the last few inches of the remaining gap between the parties and to avoid having the whole negotiating enterprise suffer a crashing failure.

Islamic State: Spreading its tentacles

Islamic State

Spreading its tentacles

Islamic State is making itself felt in ever more countries. But how much influence does it really have outside Syria and Iraq?



http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21656690-islamic-state-making-itself-felt-ever-more-countries-how-much-influence?fsrc=nlw|hig|2-07-2015|NA

Guest Post: The Characteristics of Corrupt Corporate Cultures

Guest Post: The Characteristics of Corrupt Corporate Cultures



http://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2015/07/02/guest-post-the-characteristics-of-corrupt-corporate-cultures/

My taxes go where? How countries spend your money

My taxes go where? How countries spend your money



http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20150216-my-taxes-go-where

Obama Just Made Israeli Settlement Boycotts Kosher

TPM Cafe: Opinion

Obama Just Made Israeli Settlement Boycotts Kosher

By Mitchell Plitnick
PublishedJuly 2, 2015 | http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/obama-israeli-settlements-trade-promotion-authority-bill

ISIS makes the British lion a declawed and shabby cat

Posted: 02 Jul 2015 07:37 AM PDT
The recent and rapid successes of the Islamic State (IS) in seizing Palmyra in Syria and Ramadi in Iraq, together with its three successful same-day strikes on 26 June 2015 in Kuwait, France, and Tunisia seem to have left British Prime Minister David Cameron rather panicky — like a twitchy kitten experiencing its first thunder-and [...]http://non-intervention.com/1668/isis-makes-the-british-lion-a-declawed-and-shabby-cat/

Strategy in Real Time: Dueling with an Enemy That Moves

Strategy in Real Time: Dueling with an Enemy That Moves



https://www.stratfor.com/weekly/strategy-real-time-dueling-enemy-moves?utm_source=freelist-f&utm_medium=email&utm_term=article&utm_campaign=20150702&mc_cid=36b3614898&mc_eid=52511177bc

Pelosi to Wall Street: irgnore Warren, Dems Still Love You

 Pelosi to Wall Street: Ignore Warren. Dems Still Love You
by Nadia Prupis
Pelosi's comments draw another line in the sand between so-called "corporate" and "progressive" Democrats. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/07/01/pelosi-wall-street-ignore-warren-dems-still-love-you

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bulk Phone Surveillance Lives Again, to Die in a More Orderly Fashion in Five Months

Bulk Phone Surveillance Lives Again, to Die in a More Orderly Fashion in Five Months


https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/06/30/bulk-phone-surveillance-lives-die-orderly-fashion-five-months/

US Intervention Will Only Make Middle Eastern Turmoil Worse

US Intervention Will Only Make Middle Eastern Turmoil Worse
http://original.antiwar.com/eland/2015/06/30/us-intervention-will-only-make-middle-eastern-turmoil-worse/

The 20 most expensive ZIP codes in America

The 20 most expensive ZIP codes in America



http://www.businessinsider.com/most-expensive-zip-codes-in-america-2015-7

Newsflash: Working Is the Best Antidote for Poverty

Newsflash: Working Is the Best Antidote for Poverty



http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/newsflash-working-the-best-antidote-poverty-13239

Pope Praying for Politics in July

Also Remembering Poor in Latin America Ahead of Trip to Continent


http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-praying-for-politics-in-july

Hillary Clinton received now-classified material through personal email Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/hillary-clinton-emails-release-118214.html#ixzz3efavbVAH

Hillary Clinton received now-classified material through personal email


http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/hillary-clinton-emails-release-118214.html

The future of the planet

The future of the planet


http://ncronline.org/blogs/just-catholic/future-planet

Top Mormon leaders sending letter to members, reaffirming God’s law against same-sex marriage

Top Mormon leaders sending letter to members, reaffirming God’s law against same-sex marriage


http://www.sltrib.com/home/2682018-155/top-mormon-leaders-sending-letter-to?fullpage=

Fighting for the ruins of Christian Iraq

Fighting for the ruins of Christian Iraq



http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/29/world/christian-iraq-doran/index.html

No “Je Suis Charleston”? The De-politicization of Black Oppression

No “Je Suis Charleston”?

The De-politicization of Black Oppression

http://dissidentvoice.org/2015/07/no-je-suis-charleston/

Hillary Clinton Emails From 2009 Released By The U.S. State Department

Hillary Clinton Emails From 2009 Released By The U.S. State Department



http://warnewsupdates.blogspot.com/2015/07/hillary-clinton-emails-from-2009.html

 More News On What U.S. Sec. of State Clinton's Emails Reveal

State Department Releases 3,000 Pages of Hillary Clinton's E-Mails -- Bloomberg
Clinton struggled to fit in with Obama's White House, emails show -- Reuters
New Hillary Clinton emails show expansive role of Sidney Blumenthal -- Politico
Hillary Clinton Emails: Domestic Politics, Image-Tending -- WSJ
Clinton can’t use a fax machine (and other lessons from State Dept. email dump) -- FOX News
Blumenthal gave diplomatic advice to Hillary Clinton as early as 2009, emails show -- FOX News
Proof: Despite Denials, White House Aides Knew about Hillary’s Private E-Mail Account -- NRO
CNN's Paul Begala asked the State Department for talking points on Hillary Clinton -- The Week
5 Strangely Interesting Things We Learned From Hillary Clinton's Emails -- People

An Inside Look at How Hillary Clinton Plays the Media

An Inside Look at How Hillary Clinton Plays the Media


http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/hillary-clinton-emails-greta-van-susteren-leslie-gelb

Hillary Clinton & DC's Culture of Duplicity

Hillary Clinton & DC's Culture of Duplicity



http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2015/07/01/hillary_clinton_amp_dc039s_culture_of_duplicity_360279.html

It turns out the NSA was collecting voice calls, photos, passwords, documents, and much more

It turns out the NSA was collecting voice calls, photos, passwords, documents, and much more



http://www.businessinsider.com/nsa-xkeyscore-surveillance-program-details-revealed-in-new-snowden-documents-2015-7

Affordable Housing Crisis Grows Across the Country as Apartment Rents Skyrocket

Affordable Housing Crisis Grows Across the Country as Apartment Rents Skyrocket


http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2015/07/affordable-housing-crisis-grows-across-the-country-as-apartment-rents-skyrocket.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism+%28naked+capitalism%29

Russia to Develop System to Block Satellite Signals, Shut Down Missiles

Russia to Develop System to Block Satellite Signals, Shut Down Missiles
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 01, 2015 - Russian engineers are working on a new signal suppression system that could block cruise missiles and communication of satellites, said Yuri Maevskiy, the Deputy Director of Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern. The new high-tech system will shut down cruise missiles and other high-precision weaponry, as well as jam the signals of foreign military satellites, Meavskiy said. The syst ... morehttp://www.spacewar.com/reports/Russia_to_Develop_System_to_Block_Satellite_Signals_Shut_Down_Missiles_999.html

America needs Russian rocket engines to fly to space

America needs Russian rocket engines to fly to space
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 01, 2015 - US space agencies need additional Russian-made RD-180 rocket engines until a domestically produced equivalent is ready for use, the head of US Space Command said June 26. "Without access to the RD-180... we severely limit our assured access [to space], undermine the competition we have worked so diligently to enable and will have traded one monopoly for another in the medium and intermedia ... morehttp://www.spacewar.com/reports/America_Needs_Russian_Rocket_Engines_to_Fly_to_Space_Wars_Space_Command_999.html

“Mutant fish” with giant tumor growing from head caught near Three Mile Island — Officials: “Unrecognizable pathogen” detected in species, “this is very, very serious”

CNN, May 6, 2015 (emphasis added): A smallmouth bass that was pulled out of the Susquehanna River… had a large cancerous tumor protruding from its jaw… an unusual and worrisome development. “Cancerous growths and tumors on fish are extremely rare in Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S…” the commission said.
FOX 43, May 5, 2015: This is the only documented case of this type of tumor being found on small mouth bass in Pennsylvania… biologists continue to find sores and lesions on young-of-year bass during late spring and early summer surveys at alarming rates.
FOX 43, May 5, 2015: The commission says it’s rare but anglers aren’t surprised. Jacob Myers and his family have been fishing [here] for decades. He joked about the abnormalities in the fish he’s caught over the years. “You know, we’re just waiting to catch one with 3 eyes”… [The bass] may look surprising to some, to anglers, unfortunately, it’s normal.
York Dispatch, May 9, 2015: [Experts say] the fish with the large, grotesque tumor bubbling out of its facewas very rare, and could be just a genetic anomaly… In 2011, experts raised concerns about the appearance of intersex smallmouth bass in the river. Many of the male fish’s testicles were found to contain immature eggs as well as sperm. [A USGS scientist] said about two-thirds of the male smallmouth bass in the river were showing signs of this.
Lancaster Online, May 5, 2015: Mutant Susquehanna River smallmouth bass with cancerous tumor caught by angler… Caught late last year by an angler fishing near Duncannon [see map].
John Arway, Fish & Boat Commission Executive Director, Dec 2012: A high percentage of fish in the river have sex signs of both male and female. That’s not natural. We’ve got a lot of things that show there is something going on with the fish. We don’t really know what’s causing it… We’ve got some photos from anglers that show green and white spots, which we haven’t seen on any other fish in the state.
Geoffrey Smith, Fish & Boat Commission biologist (pdf), 2010: Further analysis of YOY [young of the year] smallmouth bass confirmed the presence of… pathogens. One of these is an unrecognizable pathogen… Adult male smallmouth bass were determined to have very high rates of intersex: a condition in which female egg cells are found in the testes of males… It appears that yet unmeasured variables may be acting on the smallmouth bass population.
Reading Eagle, Jan 30, 2013: A disease [is] devastating the bass fishery in the Susquehanna… comparable to an epidemic in humans. The issue is “very, very serious,” [Arway] said.
Though no media outlets mentioned the fish was caught near the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, CNN’s report included footage of the river with TMI’s cooling towers in the background.
Watch the CNN broadcast here

America's Destiny in the Balance

America's Destiny in the Balance


http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/07/americas_destiny_in_the_balance.html#

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pope's Homily for Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul


Pope's Homily for Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

"Teach prayer by praying, announce the faith by believing; offer witness by living!"


http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-s-homily-for-feast-of-sts-peter-and-paul

3 Ways to Talk to Your Children About the Supreme Court Ruling on 'Gay Marriage'

3 Ways to Talk to Your Children About the Supreme Court Ruling on 'Gay Marriage'



http://www.charismamag.com/life/women/23685-3-ways-to-talk-to-your-children-about-the-supreme-court-ruling-on-gay-marriage

The Court Follows Its Heart and Completes the Secularization of America


The Court Follows Its Heart and Completes the Secularization of America

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/gay-marriage-ruling-completes-secularization-of-america

http://www.nationalreview.com/gay-marriage-ruling-completes-secularization-of-america

Can We Still Make the Case that Mothers and Fathers Matter?

Can We Still Make the Case that Mothers and Fathers Matter?

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/420561/gay-marriage-supreme-court-children

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/420561/gay-marriage-supreme-court-children

The Supreme Court Ratifies a New Civic Religion That Is Incompatible with Christianity

The Supreme Court Ratifies a New Civic Religion That Is Incompatible with Christianity

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/420376/marriage-christians-religion-love


http://www.nationalreview.com/article/420376/marriage-christians-religion-love

The Next Gay-Marriage Battle

The Next Gay-Marriage Battle

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/will-gay-marriage-ruling-bulldoze-religious-freedom


http://www.nationalreview.com/will-gay-marriage-ruling-bulldoze-religious-freedom

Let Greece Leave the Eurozone

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ivan-eland/let-greece-leave-the-euro_b_7697854.html

Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Peace & Liberty, The Independent Institute

Let Greece Leave the Eurozone

Posted: 06/30/2015
In withdrawing from negotiations with Greece's international creditors and holding a referendum on whether Greece should adopt the further austerity required by the lenders' financial aid package, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras figuratively pulled out a gun and threatened to blow a hole in the life raft that was given to his country in an attempt to get a nicer boat. The referendum may save his left-wing Syriza party but may cause Greece to default on its loans and exit the common Euro currency.
Greece has long been irresponsible financially -- originally having excessive pensions, early retirement ages, an over-regulated and corrupt economy, 20 percent of the workforce in the employ of a bloated government, and uneven tax collection. Although some progress on these categories was required by the international creditors to grant the two financial bailouts Greece has already received, more austerity and reform are needed to clear the still abundant deadwood out of the Greek economy so that it can resume normal economic growth. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ivan-eland/let-greece-leave-the-euro_b_7697854.html

The Sousse killings in context

| http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2820afb1fbae0c99e88fb6f52&id=9da4ecade2&e=672f0b89c4

The Sousse killings in context

Summary: British reaction to mass murder in Tunisia. Lessons to be learned about IS and about Tunisia.

Thirty-nine people including probably thirty British were killed on 26 June by an armed gunman at a holiday resort near Sousse on the Tunisian coast. The incident has pretty well dominated the British media, the Home Secretary has flown to Tunisia, and the Prime Minister told the BBC that IS posed "an existential threat" to the West and the UK must have a "full-spectrum response." His first phrase is an understandable exaggeration; IS does not, at present at least, pose a threat to the existence even of Tunisia, let alone UK or the West. His second phrase is helpful if it means that the response must take several forms including security at home, support for the Tunisian government, and a new look at the IS phenomenon both in Iraq/Syria and elsewhere with the determination to commit the necessary resources so that the UK can play its part in dealing with it. David Cameron reportedly said that the response would include continuing with airstrikes in Iraq; asked if British troops were needed on the ground, he added: "Our strategy is to build up local armies. It's much easier to just invade a country... it's easier and faster, but that has consequences."

The Tunisian incident was not of course the whole story. On the same day an attack on a Shi'ite mosque in Kuwait killed nearly thirty and there were incidents in Egypt and France which could have been as or more serious. Yesterday 29 June dozens were wounded in an attack on a Shi'ite mosque in Sana’a. All of these incidents have been plausibly claimed by IS, which has called for more action against enemies in Ramadan, although Ramadan is associated with peace rather than with war. It seems clear however that many or most of the perpetrators act more or less independently, not as agents of a quasi-state authority. That makes the problem of security more difficult.http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2820afb1fbae0c99e88fb6f52&id=9da4ecade2&e=672f0b89c4

Russia vs. China The Conflict in Washington Over Who Should Lead America’s Enemies List

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176017/ (excerpt)

Russia vs. China
The Conflict in Washington Over Who Should Lead America’s Enemies List
By Michael T. Klare
America’s grand strategy, its long-term blueprint for advancing national interests and countering major adversaries, is in total disarray. Top officials lurch from crisis to crisis, improvising strategies as they go, but rarely pursuing a consistent set of policies. Some blame this indecisiveness on a lack of resolve at the White House, but the real reason lies deeper. It lurks in a disagreement among foreign policy elites over whether Russia or China constitutes America’s principal great-power adversary.
Knowing one’s enemy is usually considered the essence of strategic planning. During the Cold War, enemy number one was, of course, unquestioned: it was the Soviet Union, and everything Washington did was aimed at diminishing Moscow’s reach and power. When the USSR imploded and disappeared, all that was left to challenge U.S. dominance were a few “rogue states.” In the wake of 9/11, however, President Bush declared a “global war on terror,” envisioning a decades-long campaign against Islamic extremists and their allies everywhere on the planet. From then on, with every country said to be either with us or against us, the chaos set in. Invasions, occupations, raids, drone wars ensued -- all of it, in the end, disastrous -- while China used its economic clout to gain new influence abroad and Russia began to menace its neighbors.
Among Obama administration policymakers and their Republican opponents, the disarray in strategic thinking is striking. There is general agreement on the need to crush the Islamic State (ISIS), deny Iran the bomb, and give Israel all the weapons it wants, but not much else. There is certainly no agreement on how to allocate America’s strategic resources, including its military ones, even in relation to ISIS and Iran. Most crucially, there is no agreement on the question of whether a resurgent Russia or an ever more self-assured China should head Washington’s enemies list. Lacking such a consensus, it has become increasingly difficult to forge long-term strategic plans. And yet, while it is easy to decry the current lack of consensus on this point, there is no reason to assume that the anointment of a common enemy -- a new Soviet Union -- will make this country and the world any safer than it is today.http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176017/

Global Health: Ebola Returns to Liberia;


Ebola Returns to Liberia;

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A Setback for Liberia
A Liberian teen died of Ebola, upsetting hopes that Liberia could hang onto its Ebola-free status declared May 9. Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said that contract tracing is underway.

The teenager was not tested for Ebola until after he died. Still, Nyenswah praised Liberia’s surveillance system for catching the case, and urged Liberians to avoid panicking and to go about normal business while the authorities investigate.

The authorities are working to determine how the teenager, who lived in Margibi County—far from Sierra Leone and Guinea—contracted the virus, and whether his case might be linked to travel.
Al Jazeera (http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/6/30/liberia-announces-first-ebola-death-since-country-declared-free-of-virus.html)


Survival Mission
While Ebola maintains its grip on West Africa, survivors could hold the key to knocking it down forever.

Researchers attempting to harness the immunity of survivors face almost unfathomable logistical challenges. This piece, by Ericka Check Hayden, describes the painstaking efforts of investigators like Lina Moses, an epidemiologist who collected samples and preserving the cells, and immunologists at Tulane University who are looking for effective ways to make antibody drugs from humans as opposed to mice.

The Tulane team hopes to unlock not only a new treatment for Ebola, but also a blueprint to make new treatments for any virus, from influenza to Lassa fever.
Wired (http://www.wired.com/2015/06/ebola-treatment/)

Related: Five Minutes With Alfred Paolo Conteh: "We Were Not Expecting Ebola to Return to Freetown" – Ebola Deeply (http://www.eboladeeply.org/articles/2015/06/8008/minutes-alfred-paolo-conteh-we-expecting-ebola-return-freetown/)

Related: Running A Business In West Africa After Ebola: A Lesson In Entrepreneurial Agility – Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/willyfoote/2015/06/29/running-a-business-in-west-africa-after-ebola-a-lesson-in-entrepreneurial-agility/)

Climate Change and the Pacific

Climate Change and the Pacific


Why the gay marriage debate was over in 1950

Why the gay marriage debate was over in 1950



http://blogs.ancientfaith.com/joeljmiller/why-the-gay-marriage-debate-was-over-in-1950/

Peter and Paul by Father Robert Barron

Peter and Paul

Cycle AOrdinary TimeWeek Sts. Peter and Paul


http://www.wordonfire.org/resources/homily/peter-and-paul/1033/

Beyond the Greek Impasse

Beyond the Greek Impasse


By George Friedman

The Greek situation — having perhaps outlived the term "crisis," now that it has taken so long to unfold — appears to have finally reached its terminal point. This is, of course, an illusion: It has been at its terminal point for a long time.
 

The terminal point is the juncture where neither the Greeks nor the Germans can make any more concessions. In Greece itself, the terminal point is long past. Unemployment is at 26 percent, and more than 50 percent of youths under 25 are unemployed. Slashed wages, particularly in the state sector, affecting professions including physicians and engineers, have led to massive underemployment. Meanwhile, most new economic activity is occurring in the untaxable illegal markets. The Greeks owe money to EU institutions and the International Monetary Fund, all of which acquired bad Greek debts from banks that initially lent funds to Greece in order to stabilize its banking sector. No one ever really thought the Greeks could pay back these loans.

The European creditors — specifically, the Germans, who have really been the ones controlling European negotiations with the Greeks — reached their own terminal point more recently. The Germans are powerful but fragile. They export about a quarter of their gross domestic product to the European free trade zone, and anything that threatens this trade threatens Germany's economy and social stability. Their goal has been to keep intact not only the euro, but also the free trade zone and Brussels' power over the European economy.

Germany has so far avoided an extreme crisis point by coming to an endless series of agreements with Greece that the Greeks couldn't keep and that no one expected them to keep, but which allowed Berlin to...

Read more »
  https://www.stratfor.com/weekly/beyond-greek-impasse?utm_source=freelist-f&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Gweekly&utm_campaign=20150630&utm_content=readmoretext&mc_cid=cb02e5b4b7&mc_eid=52511177bc

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Islamic State’s Strategy: Lasting and Expanding


The Islamic State’s Strategy: Lasting and Expanding

 



http://carnegie-mec.org/2015/06/29/islamic-state-s-strategy-lasting-and-expanding/ib5x?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRojs6vBZKXonjHpfsX57uQsW6Sg38431UFwdcjKPmjr1YYETsZ0aPyQAgobGp5I5FEIQ7XYTLB2t60MWA%3D%3D

The national government gives no dignity, but plenty of preference, tyranny, and death

 

The national government gives no dignity, but plenty of preference, tyranny, and death

http://non-intervention.com/1660/the-national-government-gives-no-dignity-but-plenty-of-preference-tyranny-and-death/

Cover Story: Eric Drooker’s “Rockaway Beach”

Cover Story: Eric Drooker’s “Rockaway Beach”


http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/cover-story-2015-07-06?mbid=nl_062915_DAILY2&CNDID=20985530&mbid=nl_062915_DAILY2&CNDID=20985530&spMailingID=7865132&spUserID=Nzk3OTExODQwMDIS1&spJobID=703430276&spReportId=NzAzNDMwMjc2S0

The War that Haunts Iran’s Negotiators

The War that Haunts Iran’s Negotiators



http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-war-that-haunts-irans-negotiators?mbid=nl_062915_DAILY2&CNDID=20985530&mbid=nl_062915_DAILY2&CNDID=20985530&spMailingID=7865132&spUserID=Nzk3OTExODQwMDIS1&spJobID=703430276&spReportId=NzAzNDMwMjc2S0

Issue Guide: Iran Nuclear Talks

Issue Guide: Iran Nuclear Talks


http://www.cfr.org/iran/issue-guide-iran-nuclear-talks/p36732?cid=nlc-dailybrief-daily_news_brief--link23-20150629&sp_mid=48985023&sp_rid=bWljaGVsZXRrZWFybmV5QGdtYWlsLmNvbQS2

China Welcomes Partner Nations for New Infrastructure Bank

China Welcomes Partner Nations for New Infrastructure Bank



http://www.voanews.com/content/china-welcomes-partner-nations-for-new-infrastructure-bank/2841200.html

How the NSA Started Investigating the New York Times’ Warrantless Wiretapping Story

How the NSA Started Investigating the New York Times’ Warrantless Wiretapping Story


https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/06/26/nsa-started-investigating-new-york-times-original-warrantless-wiretapping-story/

Public Mass Shooting a Persistent Threat (CRS)

Public Mass Shooting a Persistent Threat (CRS): Mass killings of the sort that took place yesterday in Charleston, South Carolina are a distressingly frequent occurrence. There were 78 public mass shootings in the United States between 1983 and 2013, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service. “According to CRS estimates, over the last three decades public mass shootings have claimed 547 lives and led to an additional 476 injured victims,” the report said.http://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2015/06/mass-shooting-crs/

Insider Threat Program Advances, Slowly


Insider Threat Program Advances, Slowly: The Department of Defense recently demonstrated the “Continuous Evaluation” of approximately 100,000 cleared military, civilian and contractor personnel, in order to validate their eligibility for access to classified information on an ongoing basis.According to a new quarterly report on the Insider Threat program, the Department of Defense is on track to expand its Continuous Evaluation capability to 225,000 persons by the end of 2015, to 500,000 persons by the end of 2016, and to 1 million persons during 2017. http://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2015/06/insider-2015-q2/

Stop the Knesset's avalanche of racism

Stop the Knesset's avalanche of racism

A new bill designed to broaden the range of reasons used to disqualify candidates wishing to run for parliament is yet another assault on Israel's embattled democracy.



http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.663322?utm_content=%2F1.663322&utm_medium=EMAIL&utm_source=SMARTFOCUS&utm_campaign=hdc+Opinions&utm_term=20150628-05%3A06

U.S. gay marriage ruling puts Orthodox Jews on collision course with American law

U.S. gay marriage ruling puts Orthodox Jews on collision course with American law

In Supreme Court's landmark decision, majority shockingly made no mention of the constitutional right to free exercise of religion - no wonder that religious Christian and Orthodox Jewish groups are worried.



http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.663357?utm_content=%2F1.663357&utm_medium=EMAIL&utm_source=SMARTFOCUS&utm_campaign=hdc+Opinions&utm_term=20150628-16%3A06

Isis: A Year of the Caliphate

Isis: A Year of the Caliphate
The seven wars in Muslim countries where 'Islamic State' is powerful or growing in strength
There are seven wars raging in Muslim countries between the borders of Pakistan in the east and Nigeria in the west. In all seven – Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and north-east Nigeria – local versions of Isis are either already powerful or are gaining in influence. Key to its explosive expansion in Iraq and Syria since 2011 is its capability as a fighting machine, which stems from a combination of religious fanaticism, military expertise and extreme violence. In addition, its successes have been possible because it is opposed by feeble, corrupt or non-existent governments and armies.
The reach of the “Islamic State” was hideously demonstrated last week by near simultaneous attacks in Tunisia, France, Kuwait and Kobani in Syria. The first three atrocities received blanket media coverage, but the fourth, and by far the biggest massacre, was at Kobani, where at least 220 Kurdish civilians, including women and children, were massacred last Thursday by Isis fighters.http://www.unz.com/pcockburn/isis-a-year-of-the-caliphate-2/

Saudi Arabia’s Quagmire

http://www.lobelog.com/saudi-arabias-quagmire/#more-29854

Saudi Arabia’s Quagmire

by Thomas W. Lippman
Three months after Saudi Arabia rounded up a few allies and began an intensive bombing campaign against the rebels known as Houthis across the border in Yemen, a conventional wisdom has developed. “It has not worked,” as The New York Times put it in a front-page article, and it probably can’t work because the strategic goals are too murky, the factions are too entrenched, the rivalries are too intense, and the conflict is too complicated to be resolved by a simplistic solution.http://www.lobelog.com/saudi-arabias-quagmire/#more-29854

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A World Without Work The Atlantic

A World Without Work The Atlantic
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/07/world-without-work/395294/

A World Without Work

For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?

Americans Are Delaying Major Life Events Because of Money Worries

Americans Are Delaying Major Life Events Because of Money Worries


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/27/your-money/americans-are-delaying-major-life-events-because-of-money-worries.html?ref=business

The dark side of America’s reluctant part-time workers Market Watch

The dark side of America’s reluctant part-time workers Market Watch The dark side of America’s reluctant part-time workers
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-dark-side-of-americas-reluctant-part-time-workers-2015-06-25

9 sobering facts about California’s groundwater problem Reveal News

9 sobering facts about California’s groundwater problem Reveal News
https://www.revealnews.org/article/9-sobering-facts-about-californias-groundwater-problem/?utm_source=reveal&utm_medium=social_media&utm_campaign=twitter

ISIS Flag in London Gay Pride Parade

American illiteracy encounters British humor.  Much ado about an ISIS flag in London's gay rights parade, with the usual sententious commentary on the national security implications of same.
Please look closely. It's a black flag covered in images of vibrators! 



Perhaps someone should teach our electronic media how to distinguish sex toys from Arabic script and humor from terrorism.

Those Chinese hackers got into FBI files too

Those Chinese hackers got into FBI files too




http://www.businessinsider.com/those-chinese-hackers-got-into-fbi-files-too-2015-6?utm_source=alerts&nr_email_referer=1

A Partnership with China to Avoid World War



A Partnership with China to Avoid World War

This article will appear in the July 9 issue of The New York Review.http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2015/jul/09/partnership-china-avoid-world-war/?pagination=false&printpage=true

Here's why Canada's oil is worse than America's

Here's why Canada's oil is worse than America's



http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-why-canadas-oil-is-worse-than-americas-2015-6?nr_email_referer=1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Business%20Insider%20Select&utm_campaign=BI%20Select%20Weekend%202015-06-28&utm_content=BISelect

America’s Got War

America’s Got War
Poverty, Drugs, Afghanistan, Iraq, Terror, or How to Make War on Everything
By William J. Astore
War on drugs. War on poverty. War in Afghanistan. War in Iraq. War on terror. The biggest mistake in American policy, foreign and domestic, is looking at everything as war. When a war mentality takes over, it chooses the weapons and tactics for you. It limits the terms of debate before you even begin. It answers questions before they’re even asked.
When you define something as war, it dictates the use of the military (or militarized police forces, prisons, and other forms of coercion) as the primary instruments of policy. Violence becomes the means of decision, total victory the goal. Anyone who suggests otherwise is labeled a dreamer, an appeaser, or even a traitor.
Click here to read more of this dispatch.
http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176016/tomgram%3A_william_astore%2C_%22hi%2C_i%27m_uncle_sam_and_i%27m_a_war-oholic%22/#more