Once again, Cindy still ♥s the Pacifica Network and will begin uploading her new half-hour format interview show to the Pacifica affiliate, starting with Venezuela’s Hugo Chaves on March 14th. However, today Cindy hosts famous and prolific Australian journalist John Pilger. John has a highly relevant and informative blog at www.johnpilger.com. Cindy and John have a deep and particularly insightful conversation, touching on Barack Obama’s actual rightwing orientation (contrasted with his characterization by the corporate media as a “socialist”), to the suppression of “forbidden” un-authorized viewpoints. Ya gotta hear this to get it.
Don’t Shoot the Messenger!
Back in the day, during time of war, messages were delivered by a person to the opposing camp. What a job to have, huh? Many times the messenger was killed after the message was delivered out of rage, revenge, or just because.
“The very word ‘war’, therefore, has become misleading. It would probably be accurate to say that by becoming continuous war has ceased to exist. … War is Peace.” — George Orwell, 1984
If I forget everything else in my life, I will never forget the night I walked in my front door with my dogs, Buster and Chewy, and saw the three military officers standing in my living room.
I knew the moment I saw them that Casey was dead. It doesn’t take a genius to put that equation together. On one side of the equal sign is your recently deployed soldier-son, and on the other side are three Army officers standing in your house looking like they would rather be just about anywhere else.
“You must not kill your neighbor, whom perhaps you genuinely hate, but by a little propaganda this hate can be transferred to some foreign nation, against whom all your murderous impulses become patriotic heroism.” — Bertrand Russell
In the movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, at the end of a filibuster, idealistic freshman U.S. Senator, Jeff Smith (played by Jimmy Stewart) gives an inspiring speech where he says, “Lost causes are the only causes worth fighting for.” Before he collapses on the Senate Floor, he croaks out, “you fight for the lost causes even harder than the others—you even die for them.”
“Love thy neighbor,” is the reason that Senator Smith (everyman) gives for fighting for “lost causes” the hardest. Whether one believes in this Christian command or not, it is the best reason to fight for lost causes.
Since it was the Holy Day of Obligation for our national religion of Football, I headed for my health club because I have always been a heretic. I arrived there a little before kick off, so the club was still occupied, but after kick-off it was deserted.
I don’t want this column to be seen as bashing the US. However, there is much to validly criticize about the current model in the US and much to dissent from, also.
There is little that comes from above that I agree with here in my accidental country of birth—I didn’t agree with it when Bush was president—and I still oppose the policies with all my might now that there is a new Emperor.
During the Nuremberg trials, the chief prosecutor for the US, Supreme Court Justice, Robert H. Jackson, made the distinction between the actions of the Third Reich and the German people. While “just following orders” could not be used as a defense, merely living in a country that was committing atrocities could not be turned against a “regular” German citizen in a court of law.
Our request to interview President Hugo Chavez of VZ has finally been granted.
Cindy and a film crew will be heading down to VZ on February 25th not only to interview Chavez (which will also air on the audio and video Soapbox), but to film in communities and interview Venezuelans about the state of affairs there and to be witness to what a grassroots revolution looks like.
To top the entire trip off, Cindy and Crew will be heading down to Uruguay with President Chavez to attend Jose Alberto (El Pepe) Mujica’s inauguration.
This entire trip will be captured on film and edited into a documentary about the populist (anti-Empire) uprising in South America to help foster a pan-Americanism that is needed for Peace on our continent.
Twenty-Ten is a midterm election year, the Dems are hurting very badly—Obama needed to pull some propaganda out of his bag of tricks and he needed to be able to pronounce every word correctly so he base can say: “At least he’s articulate.”
I can just envision the weeks leading up to this: “Joe, you wear the blue-striped tie—Barry, you wear the red-striped tie—and Nancy, you get a botox shot, but make sure you can move your face a little before the speech.”
I was born a subject of the world’s most lethal Empire.
When did the U.S. become an Empire? Ask our indigenous people that question.
I was also born in a Myth-ocracy, where we are propagandized from Day One about how we live in the “Greatest Nation in History” and that our neighbors in Latin America are lucky to have the U.S. so close in proximity so we can “save” the people from their “dictators.” Also, here in The Empire, many people believe that the “commons” that exist in Latin America are not really for the people in that region, but for the U.S.—and we will be happy to “liberate” the resources and land from our poorer and less intelligent Latin brothers and sisters. These myths need to be dispelled—and very quickly.
Myth America II: 20 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution
Since Myth America: 10 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution was published, our situation has not improved. In Myth America II, I detail these fresh assaults on Peace, Justice and the Environment and (even more importantly) give fresh solutions on what we can and must to do survive the crimes of the Robber Class!
If you pre-ordered Myth America II online or at an event, you should have the book in your inbox today–if you don’t, check your spam filter, and if you still didn’t receive it, please email me at: CindysSoapbox@gmail.com–we are on the honor system here, so I will take your word for it!
I have become increasingly distressed about the expanded use of drones in the USA’s War OF Terror—as I oppose “manned aerial vehicles” that target and kill civilians–I find “unmanned aerial vehicles” particularly morally reprehensible. Continue reading →
I love taking the train. The seats are comfortable and I ride in the quiet car. They have electricity so I can plug my laptop in and read my emails and answer them for mailing once I hit the next wireless hotspot.
I spent my two nights in Washington DC at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House where I usually stay during such trips. Longtime friend Art Laffin has lived there for years and when I was organizing big space center protests in Florida he would come and help coordinate our nonviolent civil disobedience actions. Art is a tall guy who played small college basketball and excitedly told me about how his adopted three-year-old son can now dribble the basketball without looking at it. I told Art that on my next trip I hoped Carlos would be the point guard for my hapless Washington Wizard NBA team. (The team’s current star has been in the news recently for taking five handguns into the locker room. He is now facing sentencing after pleading guilty to a felony charge.)