Endless war … endless despair. America’s military juggernaut continues to roll, crushing multitudes of soft, breathing human beings, creating more counter-violence at every turn, lumbering toward annihilation. We finally elect a leader who pledges to bring peace, and he morphs before our incredulous eyes into a war president, shifting the fighting onto mercenaries and local soldiers and claiming that’s peace. We’re still killing thousands of people, manipulating other nations, modernizing our nuclear weapons, forcing our financial will around the world, and jailing dissenters at home. Fortress America continues to expand globally as prison, sweatshop, and fire base. After all our years trying to change this country, how could we end up with this?
The phrase “brain drain” used to mean, in the 1950s and ‘60s, the flight of professionally-trained people from dictatorships to find opportunity in the U.S. and other Western countries. Now “brain drain” is used in American media to mean an active U.S. government policy to attract foreign entrepreneurs, scientists, physicians, nurses and other skilled laborers in short supply to the U.S.
Behind this push for a “great sucking sound” are companies like Intel, Google, Microsoft, and Pfizer, with their media cheerleaders like Tom Friedman of the New York Times, and members of Congress like Kansas Republican Congressman Jerry Moran and Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner.
“You fasten the triggers for others to fire,
Then you sit back and watch,
When the death count gets higher.
You hide in your mansion
As young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in mud.” (“Masters of War”, Bob Dylan, 1941- )
President Barack Obama and North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen met at the White House on May 9 to discuss the military bloc’s summit in Obama’s political home base of Chicago on May 20 and 21.
Earlier Rasmussen had paid visits to Germany, Britain, Italy and Spain for the same purpose. Presumably France wasn’t included because of the uncertainty of who the head of state would be after last month’s presidential election.
Roseanne Barr and Jill Stein Green Party Presidential Forum, discuss the issues as presented by Rose Aguilar from NPR affiliate KALW San Francisco. Jello Biafra, Green Party member and former lead singer for The Dead Kennedys also steps up to ask questions. EXCELLENT DISCUSSION. Intelligent Green thought. May 12 2012 Victoria Theater San Francisco California.
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2012 (IPS) – The U.S. Treasury Department’s claim of a “secret deal” between Iran and Al-Qaeda, which had become a key argument by right-wing activists who support war against Iran, has been discredited by former intelligence officials in the wake of publication of documents from Osama bin Laden’s files revealing a high level of antagonism between Al-Qaeda and Iran.
Three former intelligence officials with experience on Near East and South Asia told IPS they regard Treasury’s claim of a secret agreement between Iran and Al-Qaeda as false and misleading.
The slightly built six year old boy was running, actually stumbling through the brush. The blood seemed to be streaming from his forehead- such a little cut causing quite a panic. Yet, to him, this little boy, when his head hit that rock from the fall from the tree that he shouldn’t have been climbing, the blood gave credence to his fear. So, he ran for his mother! She wasn’t at their summer bungalow! He kept running, crying and breathing hard, until he heard the voices and found her. It seemed all the mothers from the bungalow colony were there, having their daily coffee klatch. Continue reading →
The Social Security program…represents our commitment as a society to the belief that workers should not live in dread that a disability, death, or old age could leave them or their families destitute. -– President Jimmy Carter, December 20, 1977.
[This law] assures the elderly that America will always keep the promises made in troubled times a half century ago… Continue reading →