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Ecovillages and Diversity in the 21st Century
Thursday, 02/06/2014
FREE FORUM: 7PM, Joan B. Kroc Institute, Peace & Justice Theatre -In a world of dwindling natural resources and mounting environmental crisis, who is devising ways of living that will work for the long haul? And how can we, as individuals, make a difference? -- To answer these fundamental questions, Professor Karen Litfin embarked upon a journey to many of the world’s ecovillages – intentional communities at the cutting-edge of sustainable living. From rural to urban, high tech to low tech, spiritual to secular, she discovered an under-the-radar global movement making positive and radical changes from the ground up.

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I'm not disturbing the peace. I'm disturbing the war.
- Ammon Hennacy, US Labor leader

There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.
- A.J. Muste

In separateness lies the world's great misery; in compassion lies the world's true strength.
- Buddha

It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
- Alfred Adler

There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the establishment and nothing more corrupting.
- Unknown

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids both rich and poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
- Anatole France

Warmaking doesn't stop warmaking. If it did, our problems would have stopped millennia ago.
- Colman McCarthy

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.
- Jane Addams

A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own.
- H.G. Wells

Accurst be he that first invented war.
- Christopher Marlowe (Tamburlaine)

Whenever you are in doubt or when the self becomes too much with you, try the following experiment: Recall the face of the poorest and most helpless person you have ever seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be for any use to him or to her . . . Then you will find your doubts and your self melting away.
- Mohandas Gandhi

The dark night is over and dawn has begun. Rise, hope of the ages, arise like the sun! All speech, flow to music; all hearts, beat as one.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record that we have ever known.
- General of the Army George C. Marshall, 1945

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
- Albert Einstein

The miracle of the wicked is reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous.
- Winston Churchill

The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.
- Frank Kent

There is no such thing as defeat in non-violence.
- Cesar Chavez

Nonviolence doesn't always work -- but violence never does.
- Madge Michaels-Cyrus

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

Let all bear in mind that a society is judged not so much by the standards attained by its more affluent and privileged members as by the quality of life which it is able to assure for its weakest members.
- H.E. Javier Perez de Cuellar, Secretary General of the United Nations

Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought.
- Graham Greene, 1981

People have power when other people think they have power.
- Wyche Fowler

Peace is an environment where conflicts are resolved without violence, where people are free, not exploited, living so they can grow to their full potential.
- Gerard Vanderhaar

Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
- Mahatma Gandhi

The master's tools will never destroy the master's house.
- Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider

Gandhi once declared that it was his wife who unwittingly taught him the effectiveness of nonviolence. Who better than women should know that battles can be won without resort to physical strength? Who better than we should know all the power that resides in noncooperation?
- Barbara Deming

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door.
- Publius Syrus

If we just worry about the big picture, we are powerless. So my secret is to start right away doing whatever little work I can do. I try to give joy to one person in the morning, and remove the suffering of one person in the afternoon. If you and your friends do not despise the small work, a million people will remove a lot of suffering. That is the secret. Start right now.
- Sister Chän Khöng

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Hitler and Mussolini were only the primary spokesmen for the attitude of domination and craving for power that are in the heart of almost everyone. Until the source is cleared, there will always be confusion and hate, wars and class antagonisms.
- J. Krishnamurti

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.
- Septima Poinsette Clark

He who can control his rising anger as a coachman controls his carriage at full speed, this man I call a good driver; others merely hold the reins.
- Gautama Buddha

Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict -- alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.
- Dorothy Thompson

For it isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

People who are willing to give up freedom for the sake of short term security, deserve neither freedom nor security.
- Benjamin Franklin

The destiny of humans cannot be separated from the destiny of earth.
- Thomas Berry

We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate --- thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising.
- Maya Angelou

Only the poor knew the meaning of life; the rich and the safe had to guess.
- Charles Bukowsky

If you oppress poor people, you insult the God who makes them; but kindness shown to the poor is an act of worship.
- Proverbs 14:31

When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

As long as ever you can.
- John Wesley

The pacifist's task today is to find a method of helping and healing which provides a revolutionary constructive substitute for war.
- Vera Brittain, 1964

They make a desert and call it peace.
- Tactitus

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely an absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

When the rich make war it's the poor that die.
- Jean Paul Sartre

If you see good in people, you radiate a harmonious loving energy which uplifts those who are around you. If you can maintain this habit, this energy will turn into a steady flow of love.
- Annamalai Swami

A spiritual person tries less to be godly than to be deeply human.
- Rev. William Sloan Coffin, Jr.

Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is--whether its victim is human or animal--we cannot expect things to be much better in this world... We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.
- Rachel Carson

Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread.
- Pablo Neruda, Memoirs (Confieso Que He Vivido: Memorias) (1974)

In order to find the edge, you must risk going over the edge.
- Dennis Dugan

In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
- George Orwell

War stirs in men's hearts the mud of their worst instincts. It puts a premium on violence, nourishes hatred, and gives free rein to cupidity. It crushes the weak, exalts the unworthy, and bolsters tyranny .. .Time and time again it has destroyed all ordered living, devastated hope, and put the prophets to death.
- Charles DeGaulle

The question is not, do we go to church; the question is, have we been converted. The crux of Christianity is not whether or not we give donations to popular charities but whether or not we are really committed to the poor.
- Joan Chittester, OSB

The finger pulls the trigger, but the trigger may also be pulling the finger.
- Dr. Leonard Berkowitz

Peace we want because there is another war to fight against poverty, disease and ignorance.
- Indira Gandhi, 1966

To resort to power one need not be violent, and to speak to conscience one need not be meek. The most effective action both resorts to power and engages conscience. Nonviolent actions does not have to get others to be nice. It can in effect force them to consult their consciences. Nor does it have to petition those in power to do something about a situation. It can face the authorities with a new fact and say: Accept this new situation which we have created.
- Barbara Deming

Dust turned to hope.
- Elie Weisel

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted
- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Activism pays the rent on being alive and being here on the planet.
- Alice Walker

In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
- Orson Welles

Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace. It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
- Buddha

We must have research for peace ... It would embrace the outstanding problems of morality. The time has come for man's intellect, his scientific method, to win over the immoral brutality and irrationality of war and militarism ... Now we are forced to eliminate from the world forever this vestige of prehistoric barbarism, this curse to the human race.
- Linus Pauling

A Rattlesnake, if Cornered will become so angry it will bite itself. That is exactly what the harboring of hate and resentment against others is -- a biting of oneself. We think we are harming others in holding these spites and hates, but the deeper harm is to ourselves.
- E. Stanley Jones

A large group of us were crowded into the Gestapo hall, and at that moment the circumstances of all our lives were the same. All of us occupied the same space, the men behind the desk no less than those about to be questioned. What distinguished each of us was only our inner attitude.
- Etty Hillesum (concentration camp victim)

Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.
- Leon Bloy

By doing service, heart and mind are purified -- be convinced of this! To engage in service is a very powerful sadhana (spiritual discipline); do not become impatient. Rather serve your people with the utmost calm and have a kind word for everyone.
- Sri Anandamayee Ma

The peace process we all aim for will not necessarily be a result of the mere signing of a treaty or agreement. It must become a matter of our everyday lives, so that peace settles and lasts and becomes supported by everybody. We therefore have to give peace all the required care and preserve it and promote it.
- King Hassan II of Morocco (1929-1999)

Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.
- Leonardo Da Vinci

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.
- Buddha

We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.
- General Omar Bradley

The first casualty when war comes is truth.
- Senator Hiram Johnson, 1917

War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice.
- Norman Cousins

We do not inherit the earth from our fathers. We borrow it from our children.
- David Bower

Articles & News:

K-XL Pipeline much more disasterous than reported
By Robert Redford: "The more people learn about the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the less they like it. Despite what we might be hearing in industry spin, the environmental report released by the State Department Friday confirms that tar sands crude means a dirtier, more dangerous future for our children all so that the oil industry can reach the higher prices of overseas markets. That's right, overseas markets, which is where the majority of this processed oil will end up. This dirty energy project is all risk and no reward for the American people."

Gay men, lesbians may not be excluded from juries
Sexual Orientation Is No Basis for Jury Exclusion, 9th Federal Appeals Court in San Francisco rules. "Gays and lesbians have been systematically excluded from the most important institutions of self-governance," Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt wrote for a unanimous three-judge panel. "Strikes exercised on the basis of sexual orientation continue this deplorable tradition of treating gays and lesbians as undeserving of participation in our nation’s most cherished rites and rituals." --(New York Times

Obama very cozy with oil and gas industry
Keystone XL Decision Highlights Coziness Between Oil and Gas Industry, Obama Administration -- The industry's influence over Obama’s administration on Keystone XL has at times been downright scandalous. Obama's State Department hired an API member, Environmental Resources Management, Inc. (ERM), to evaluate the Keystone XL pipeline's potential environmental impact. -- The pipeline will carry up to 830,000 barrels of tar sands oil per day. Opening Keystone would emit as much CO2 into the atmosphere as opening six new coal-fired power plants, the Pembina Institute estimated. By Sharon Kelly

Trans-Pacific Partnership an assault on democracy
Noam Chomsky said the TransPacific Partnership is a joke. These are extreme, highly protectionist measures designed to undermine freedom of trade. In fact, much of what's leaked about the TPP indicates that it's not about trade at all, it's about investor rights." The MIT professor also slammed the veil of secrecy that has surrounded TPP negotiations.

Prelude to impending new Wall Street market crash
Wall Steet's newest and bigger still Bubble is soon to burst. Investors have not learned: They have borrowed vast sums of cheap Fed money to make make down-payments ("margin debt") on overvalued stocks. This is the 'bigger bubble'. Many call it a Ponzi scheme. History teaches there is no way to unwind a Panzi scheme except with a crash in which dupes get taken to the cleaners where they lose the shirts off their back. This bubble will crash for sure, and it will be worse than the last one in 2007-08. A very convincing and alarming op-ed by Mike Whitney

S.F. billionaire tags unwealthy critics as Nazis
The latest rich dude to compare critiques of inequality to violent National Socialism is venture capitalist Tom Perkins -- he of the $150 million yacht and the 5,500 square foot San Francisco penthouse. Silicon Valley billionaire Perkins wrote a letter to the Wall Street Journal editor bewailed supposed "parallels" between "fascist Nazi Germany's war on its 'one percent.'" He depicts the super-rich 1% as a persecuted minority assailed by Nazi style Occupiers.

89 Dems Voted to Cut $8.7 Billion from Food Stamps
Disgustingly, Susan Davis of San Diego was one of them - as was Nancy Pelosi also. Weren't Democrats supposed to be focusing on inequality now? Somehow the party leadership didn't get the message. Of course we expected the richest person in Congress, Darrell Issa, to cut off feeding the poor and needy. "Compassionate conservative" this man! Article from DailyKos

Greenwald: "Dianne Feinstein is Outright Lying"

Greenwald says: "Dianne Feinstein is outright lying when she says that she doesn't know of any instances of abuse at the National Security Agency. Leaving aside the fact that there have been several different reports by ABC News, by The New York Times, of the NSA abusing its eavesdropping powers over the last four years, there is a 2011 opinion, 80 pages long, from the FISA court, the secret court that oversees the NSA. And what it ruled, although the court—the opinion is top-secret and hasn't been publicly released. What it ruled is that the way in which the NSA is spying on American citizens is in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, as well as in excess of the limitations imposed by the statute, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. In other words, what the NSA is doing is both unconstitutional and illegal. [From DEMOCRACY NOW

3 Big events coming to San Diego in 2014
The Veterans for Peace National Convention is coming to San Diego the summer of 2015, which is also the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, and the 150th anniversary of the Panama Exposition in San Diego, with huge crowds anticipated. Opportunities abound. Join us! -- Jim Summers, President, San Diego Veterans for Peace, Chapter 91 (The Hugh Thompson Memorial Chapter).

Legendary folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies
The legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died Monday at the age of 94. For nearly seven decades, Seeger was a musical and political icon who helped create the modern American folk music movement. We air highlights of two appearances by Seeger on Democracy Now!, including one of his last television interviews recorded just four months ago. -- In the 1950s, he was blacklisted after he opposed Senator Joseph McCarthy's political witch hunt and was almost jailed for refusing to answer questions before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Seeger became a prominent civil rights activist and helped popularize the anthem "We Shall Overcome." In the 1960s, he was a vocal critic of the Vietnam War and inspired generations of protest singers. He was later at the center of the environmental and anti-nuclear movements.

Issa, Hunter vote to prohibit funds for abortion
On Tuesday, House members passed a bill that would permanently prohibit the use of federal funds, facilities, or staff to provide abortion services, except in cases of rape or incest and for saving the life of the mother. The District of Columbia would also be prohibited from using local funds for covering abortion procedures. -- Rep. Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter both voted YES to defund,

Elizabeth is madder than Hell

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is creating a new kind of progressive politics that will have a major impact on American politics for years to come. Warren gave an incredibly powerful and passionate speech, focused on the progressive movement and helping middle and low income Americans who are getting squeezed economically by the powers that be. She begins by talking about winning our battles together by building a movement, and she ends by showing her commitment to the issues and for struggling working families that gets the crowd on their feet in response. In her incredibly powerful closing, Elizabeth shows as much emotion as I have ever seen her show in a public speech, as she talks about how much it hurts her to think and talk about the people she has met who are being crushed by the economic forces they are facing. But, she says, it also "makes me madder than hell". And then she talks about how "our time has come" and "we have found our voice". It is powerful stuff.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks at a fundraiser for American Family Voices in New York City on Thurs., Jan. 23, 2014.

Gay marriage in Virginia expected very soon
The incomparable Ted Olson and David Boies was back in federal court today. They made a forceful case in Norfolk, Virginia that all Americans are guaranteed the freedom to marry the person they love, and how the harm caused by denying gay and lesbian couples this right is unjustified and indefensible. Federal District Court Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen could issue a ruling quickly. "You'll be hearing from me soon," she said at the conclusion of the nearly two-hour hearing.

U.S. Turning the Tools of War on Its own Citizens
A front-page article in the Washington Post confirms that wartime surveillance blimps– aerostats– used in Iraq and Afghanistan will now monitor most of the Northeast United States. The aerostats will be able to track individual cars and trucks as they move about their business. Even drones have to land sometime, but a blimp can stay aloft 24/7/forever. Blimps are cheaper and do not require skilled pilots. Blimps can carry literally tons of equipment, significantly more than a drone. By summer 2014 at least two of these aerostats will be permanently over the Washington DC area.

$12 M drone sacrifice-crashed off San Diego coast
The United States Customs and Border Protection has grounded an entire fleet of drones, the agency admitted on Tuesday, after a mechanical function the night before forced a crew to crash an unmanned aircraft valued at $12 million, off the coast of San Diego. -- A spokesperson for the CBP said in a statement Tuesday that the drone, a maritime variant of the Predator B, was deliberately crashed into the Pacific Ocean near San Diego, California after it encountered problems shortly after 11 p.m. local time late Monday.

Greenwald smashes superficial talk show host

MSNBC host Mica takes bashing from super reporter Glenn Greenwald. She argues for the superiority of the law. Greenwald argues for the superiority of morality and the Constitution. -- One thing that gets lost in this type of argument is the morality of law. She's asking if the law is being broken. He is explaining, quite reasonably, that the issue is the law in question defies the Constitution of the U.S.A.. Not all moral things are legal. Not all legal things are moral. Extraordinary debate.[From the 'Morning Joe' show]

Millionaire TV show host comtemptuous of the poor

What this Millionaire Thinks of Poverty Will Make Your Blood Boil. Abby Martin calls out TV show host Kevin O'Leary, for his callous celebration of the latest Oxfam statistics on the widening gap between the world's rich and poor.

'Lying' James Clapper Did More Damage Than Snowden

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's "lying" to Congress about the scope of government surveillance did more damage than fugitive contractor Edward Snowden's leaks, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Wednesday. "I find that really, that Clapper lying to Congress is probably more injurious to our intelligence capabilities than anything Snowden did because Clapper has damaged the credibility of the entire intelligence apparatus, and I'm not sure what to believe anymore when it comes to Congress," Paul said on CNN's "The Situation Room." In March, Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the NSA does not collect intelligence on Americans in bulk, at least "not wittingly." The intelligence director later apologized in writing and said that characterization was "clearly erroneous." Judge for yourself from this video: SOURCE: TalkingPoints Memo

Why nobody believes Pres. Obama any more ...

Obama: 'Nobody Is Listening to Your Phone Calls'. June 7, 2013. Either Mr. Obama is terribly deluded, or terribly dumb, but we all know the spooks are listening to our phone calls -- reading our email -- and manipulating the markets and stealing our money. (very short video)

Volkswagen way to better labor-mgmt relations
A rational, pragmatic new approach to Labor-Management relations imported from Germany. OP-ED from LOS ANGELES TIMES -- "Works councils — elected bodies representing all workers in a plant, both blue and white collar — are acclaimed as one of the best, most innovative features of Germany's labor relations system. They have been shown to enhance efficiency, adaptability and cooperation. By supporting the use of work sharing (agreeing to reduce everyone's hours rather than laying some people off), for example, these councils helped Germany experience less unemployment during the Great Recession and a faster, more robust recovery since then."

Cartoons of the Week

Right wing approach to Science

Marijuana - the Killer Weed !

Christie's roadblock !!

Obama's out of control pooch

Republican traffic cones

"I am NOT a Bully !"

Christie's bridge to nowhere:

Maybe they deserve to keep their old health plan

Dr. Strangelove takes a dangerous ride

GOP ethics: Rob them of clothing, take their food

Pope Francis and the War on Christmas


Latinos' love for Arizona!

Obama, the negotiator

TEA Party Loonies

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

Tar sands mining pollution far worse than reported
From COMMON DREAMS.org - Report: Canadian Tar Sands Mining Pollution Far Worse Than Industry Reports. Scientists factoring in 'indirect pathways' of pollution discover significantly higher emission of carcinogens. The amount of pollutants being emitted from tar sands extraction sites in Alberta is far higher than industry-reported estimates, according to research published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Sen. Warren sponsors Equal Employment Act

Senator Warren's interview on MSNBC's "All in with Chris Hayes" about the Equal Employment for All Act. The legislation would prohibit employers from requiring potential employees to disclose their credit history as part of the job application process. It was previously thought that credit history may provide insight into an individual's character, but research has shown that an individual's credit rating has little to no correlation with his or her ability to be successful in the workplace. -- "A bad credit rating is far more often the result of unexpected medical costs, unemployment, economic downturns, or other bad breaks than it is a reflection on an individual's character or abilities," Senator Warren said.

SHOCKING: Fullerton police murderers acquitted

Last week, a jury acquitted two Fullerton police officers accused in the beating and death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man with schizophrenia. That the the jury reached a "not guilty" verdict despite viewing video, audio, and images of the incident shocked many observers and sparked protests in the streets of Fullerton. WARNING: The level of police violence in this video is shocking. Thomas' death is a case study of how ubiquitous phones with cameras and the Internet are transferring power from the government, police, and the media to the masses. Images and word of the beating spread not because of official communications but by viral cell phone video of the incident and a horrific hospital photo taken by his father of Thomas in a coma.

Why nobody believes Pres. Obama any more ...

Obama: 'Nobody Is Listening to Your Phone Calls'. June 7, 2013. Either Mr. Obama is terribly deluded, or terribly dumb, but we all know the spooks are listening to our phone calls -- reading our email -- and manipulating the markets and stealing our money. (very short video)

Manning Video:American troops slaughter civilians

Video depicts a US Apache attack helicopter killing 12 civilians and wounding two children on the ground in Baghdad in 2007. The helicopter then fired on and killed the people trying to rescue the wounded. Finally, a US tank drove over one of the bodies, cutting the man in half. These acts constitute three separate war crimes. All with calloused video-game contempt for human life. - Manning fulfilled his legal duty to report war crimes. He complied with his legal duty to obey lawful orders but also his legal duty to disobey unlawful orders. -- The Army covered up the evidence and declared the war crime "justified". Now they say that exposing the massacre is criminal.


'Lying' James Clapper Did More Damage Than Snowden

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's "lying" to Congress about the scope of government surveillance did more damage than fugitive contractor Edward Snowden's leaks, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Wednesday. "I find that really, that Clapper lying to Congress is probably more injurious to our intelligence capabilities than anything Snowden did because Clapper has damaged the credibility of the entire intelligence apparatus, and I'm not sure what to believe anymore when it comes to Congress," Paul said on CNN's "The Situation Room." In March, Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the NSA does not collect intelligence on Americans in bulk, at least "not wittingly." The intelligence director later apologized in writing and said that characterization was "clearly erroneous." Judge for yourself from this video: SOURCE: TalkingPoints Memo

UC Davis Protestors Pepper Sprayed (raw footage)

You must not ever forget this incident at U.C. Davis: Police pepper spraying and arresting students at UC Davis. The militarization of our local police, the War on our Youth, the fascist oppression of peaceful assembly, protest and free speech in America. During peacefully Occupy Movement,(Nov. 2011) police came in to tear down tents and proceeded to arrest students who stood in their way. Once students peacefully demanded the release of the arrested, a police officer unnecessarily pepper sprays the students to open a path for the rest of the officers. -- The officer who sprayed the students was UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike. -- Notice all the other police just standing around watching, as if nothing abnormal or outrageous is happening. This is a day that will forever live in ignominy in America.

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