WAR ON OUR WORLD

This is quite an inspiring feature length documentary using a collaboration of various material which examines war, imperialism and some of the causes and consequences of this, with a particular look at the Military-Industrial complex.

Although this film was made before 63 million misinformed & fear-stoked people voted for the most corrupt President in US history, the facts & arguments are still critically relevant.

Let’s hope that this film helps inspire peace through understanding.

Race, Economics and Reality by Michael Graham

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The experience of Black people in America has been distinctly economic. Our labor is the very foundation of the greatest economy in world history. Our presence has been used to depress the cost of labor across the country for centuries. Thereby, driving up profits for the elite class. From slavery to sharecropping to mass incarceration. Our pain has always meant a financial gain for others.
This represents the greatest irony of all when it comes to the racist sentiment among poor and working class Whites. Their racism and discrimination facilitated their own poverty and misery. It still does. My Mother says there is an axiom from her era growing up in central Alabama in the 40s and 50s:
“You want to keep me in the ditch;

you gotta stay down there with me.”

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Why We Should Love Our Enemies by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Why should we love our enemies? The first reason is fairly obvious. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.

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Affluence Without Abundance: What Moderns Might Learn from the Bushmen by David Bollier

 

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Khoisan teenage girl with her cheetah friend.

 

Where did things go wrong on the way to modern life, and what should we do instead? This question always seems to lurk in the background of our fascination with many indigenous cultures. The modern world of global commerce, technologies and countless things has not delivered on the leisure and personal satisfaction once promised.  Which may be why we moderns continue to look with fascination at those cultures that have persisted over millennia, who thrive on a different sense of time, connection with the Earth, and social relatedness.

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Michael Eric Dyson Spits Fire at a Conservative Blowhard

All I can say is Michael mopped the floor with this dude! It felt like I was listening to a ranting toddler & a disciplined adult. CNN must have set it up that way as Michael was miles ahead of this poor idiot. I surmise that this is CNN’s way of getting back at Trump for calling it “fake news”. Michael does present a great argument, regardless.

Why We Should Teach About the FBI’s War on the Civil Rights Movement by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

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March 2017 marks the 46th anniversary of a dramatic moment in U.S. history. On March 8, 1971—while Muhammad Ali was fighting Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden, and as millions sat glued to their TVs watching the bout unfold—a group of peace activists broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, and stole every document they could find.

Keith Forsyth, one of the people who broke in, explained on Democracy Now!:

I was spending as much time as I could with organizing against the war, but I had become very frustrated with legal protest. The war was escalating and not de-escalating. And I think what really pushed me over the edge was, shortly after the invasion of Cambodia, there were four students killed at Kent State and two more killed at Jackson State. And that really pushed me over the edge, that it was time to do more than just protest.

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Equifax Data Breach Impacts ‘Almost Every Adult in America’

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Equifax, the oldest credit reporting company in the United States, was hacked in July, compromising the personal information of 143 million people. Earlier this month, the multibillion-dollar organization announced the massive data breach to the public. The slow response to the stolen information has drawn criticism  from members of Congress, state attorneys general and everyday people. This is just pathetic. This country is becoming toast in more ways than you can imagine.

The Destruction So Far

 

Donald Trump tweets a hell of a lot! Many judge him to be unfit for office partially based on the the inaccuracies & child-like quality of his tweets. Behind this weird spectacle are things that fly under the radar. This dark soul is orchestrating the slow destruction of a nation. Here are a few things many people are not aware of:

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How To Spot a Liar

On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lies can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.

Try telling that to the insane clown posse in the White House!

Poet’s Nook: “Above Time” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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These roses under my window make no 
reference to former roses or to better ones; 
they are for what they are; 
they exist with God to-day. 

There is no time to them. 
There is simply the rose; it is perfect in 
every moment of its existence. 

Before a leaf-bud has burst, its whole life acts; 
in the full-blown flower, there is no more;
in the leafless root, there is no less. 

Its nature is satisfied, and it satisfies nature, 
in all moments alike. 
There is no time to it. 

But man postpones or remembers; 
he does not live in the present, but with 
reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of 
the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe 
to foresee the future. 

He cannot be happy and strong until he too 
lives with nature in the present, above time.

 
 ~~from Self-Reliance, an 1841 essay

The Great Flood by Chris Hedges

 

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How many times will we rebuild Florida’s cities, Houston, coastal New Jersey, New Orleans and other population centers ravaged by storms lethally intensified by global warming? At what point, surveying the devastation and knowing more is inevitable, will we walk away, leaving behind vast coastal dead zones? Will we retreat even further into magical thinking to cope with the fury we have unleashed from the natural world? Or will we respond rationally and radically alter our relationship to this earth that gives us life?

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