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Chomsky - July 2017: The Emerging World Order

https://youtu.be/lL4J0T7pQkQ

 

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How To Fight the Establishment Propaganda Machine and Win

https://t.co/8sy9D8dLJX

"The simple best way to take down the oligarchy is by aggressively and relentlessly attacking its propaganda engine. The elite who manipulate your government are more vulnerable now than ever before and they know it...."

bekayne

NDPP wrote:

How To Fight the Establishment Propaganda Machine and Win

https://t.co/8sy9D8dLJX

"The simple best way to take down the oligarchy is by aggressively and relentlessly attacking its propaganda engine. The elite who manipulate your government are more vulnerable now than ever before and they know it...."

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/07/11/the-green-party-marks-in-a-media...

 

NDPP

Why We're Underestimating American Collapse

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48807.htm

"America has had 11 school shootings in the last 23 days...The strange new pathologies of the world's first rich failed state."

josh

Trump has the blood of the school children on his hands.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/15/politics/trump-gun-legislation-mental-health/index.html

NDPP

Florida Gov Rick Scott: 'The FBI Director Needs To Resign' After Botched Florida Shooter Investigation

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/florida-gov-rick-scott-the-fbi-directo...

Too busy chasing Russian phantoms...

josh

I guess the indictments didn’t take place yesterday.

Scott is the one who needs to reign.  Pulse, Parkland, dead elderly in nursing homes.  Impressive record.

voice of the damned

NDPP wrote:

Florida Gov Rick Scott: 'The FBI Director Needs To Resign' After Botched Florida Shooter Investigation

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/florida-gov-rick-scott-the-fbi-directo...

Too busy chasing Russian phantoms...

Given what I am sure is Governor Scott's long-standing commitment to enhanced gun-control, I can imagine he was upset at not getting more support from the FBI to stop school shootings.

bekayne

NDPP wrote:

Florida Gov Rick Scott: 'The FBI Director Needs To Resign' After Botched Florida Shooter Investigation

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/florida-gov-rick-scott-the-fbi-directo...

Too busy chasing Russian phantoms...

It's like our very own little Sean Hannity.

josh

Yep.

NDPP

'America, the Farewell Tour'

https://youtu.be/5NMLhMKG4aw

"Chris Hedges speaking about America and his new book 'America, the Farewell Tour.'

NDPP

American Monsters Family Portrait

http://twitter.com/timand2037/status/1037262354600407040

"Did you really think they were any different?"

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Since NDPP has bumped this thread, it seems like a good place to put Ruben Bolling's latest.

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Who Will Save Us From America?    -    by John Wight

https://t.co/t2Bje3hfKy?amp=1

"A short discourse on the American nightmare..."

NDPP

Trump an 'Imperialist' Who Believes in 'Perpetual War': Analyst Daniel Patrick Welch 

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/09/18/574478/Trump-an-imperialist-wh...

"The imperialist ruling class in the US is pushing to keep the country in a state of 'perpetual war' to maximize profits..."

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..from democracy now headlines

Senate Passes $674 Billion Military Spending Bill

In news from Capitol Hill, the Senate has voted 93 to 7 to approve a $674 billion military spending bill. Every Democratic senator supported the bill. Six Republicans and independent Senator Bernie Sanders opposed it.

NDPP

epaulo13 wrote:

..from democracy now headlines

Senate Passes $674 Billion Military Spending Bill

In news from Capitol Hill, the Senate has voted 93 to 7 to approve a $674 billion military spending bill. Every Democratic senator supported the bill. Six Republicans and independent Senator Bernie Sanders opposed it.

NDPP wrote:

From above: Every democratic senator supported the bill...  

They're ALL on the same team:

https://twitter.com/asadabukalil/status/988067284068401152

NDPP

Macleans interviews Chris Hedges:

Why the American Empire Has Lost Control  And Its Failure is Imminent

https://www.macleans.ca/politics/worldpolitics/why-the-american-empire-h...

"Hedges talks to the most oppressed and dispossessed citizens of an empire he thinks has not much more than a decade of life left..

'Put it this way: nations have lost control of their own economies, in essence. So it doesn't  matter what people want. There is no way to vote against the global interests of Goldman Sachs or Exxon Mobil. You can't do it..."

NDPP

America: The Farewell Tour (and vid)

Part I:  https://www.rt.com/shows/on-contact/438556-america-book-conversation-eco...

Part II:  https://www.rt.com/shows/on-contact/439149-hamilton-christian-right-goal/

"Chris Hedges tells journalist Hugh Hamilton that institutions and practices rooted in a capitalist economic system in the US are unraveling, while also making a call for action. Two part interview."

NDPP

Scientists Raise Alarm Over US Bio-Weapons Programs

https://t.co/uPbV45PYAs

"Recent evidence about deadly tests and biological substances in Tbilisi, Georgia raised alarms about US biological weapons research in foreign countries. The US is running biological weapons research accross the globe..."

NDPP

Bipartisan Panel: US Must Prepare For 'Horrendous', 'Devastating' War With Russia & China

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/11/16/mili-n16.html

"A bipartisan commission appointed by Congress issued a lengthy report Tuesday backing the Pentagon's plans to prepare for a 'great power' war against Russia, China or both, making clear that the Trump administration's belligerent policies are shared by the Democratic Party..."

voice of the damned

^ I'd like to read more of the report itself. The WSWS article mixes a few quotes with its own paraphrasing, possibly to give a more sensationalist account.

The findings of the panel, published as a report titled “Providing for the Common Defense,” can be summarized as follows: The US military is entirely correct to prepare for war with Russia and China. But the Pentagon, which spends more each year than the next eight largest national military forces combined, requires a massive expansion in military spending, to be paid for with cuts to bedrock social programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

Does the "as follows" include everything that comes after it in the paragraph? IOW, did the report actually demand cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and social security? And if we are to assume it did, are we also to assume that the report made the observation that  the US spends more on its military than the next eight largest powers combined? In my experience, that last point is usually made by people who want a DECREASE in military spending, not an increase.

 

 

NDPP

America's Permanent War Complex

https://twitter.com/GarethPorter/status/1063536588355977216

"My latest piece explains how the original 'Military Industrial Complex' has morphed into something much more frightening -- a Permanent War State in which the political power of a drone contractor is a crucial factor..."

NDPP

Christopher Hedges: Farewell America (and audio)

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/christopher-hedges-farewell-america-1.491...

"Christopher Hedges believes that the American empire is ending. As a foreign correspondent who witnessed the depravities of war, Hedges is seeing the unraveling of the American state much as he has seen other states unravel. For him, resistance is the only moral act remaining..."

NDPP

Criminal Behavior: US May Be Developing Biological Weapons

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/21/criminal-behavior-us-may-be-deve...

"The US has great tolerance for wholesale killing. Think Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Think civilians killed in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq - in US wars. Think biological weapons. 'The US Army regularly produces deadly viruses, bacteria and toxins in direct violation of the UN Convention on the Prohibition of Biological Weapons..."

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Costs of War: 17 Years After 9/11, Nearly Half a Million People Have Died in Global “War on Terror”

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NETA CRAWFORD: Well, we found that after 17 years, these wars are at stalemate, and we have plans to keep going. We’re going to spend probably another $100 billion over the next five years. That is in addition to the nearly $6 trillion that we’ve already spent and obligated.

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NETA CRAWFORD: Well, we wanted to highlight both the cost to Americans in terms of U.S. soldiers and sailors who have lost their lives—about 7,000 people—but, in addition, remind us all that contractors—more contractors, in fact, have died because of their involvement in these wars than soldiers and sailors—and that, of course, many thousands of civilians have been killed, wounded and displaced. Many millions have been killed, wounded and displaced.

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NETA CRAWFORD: Right. A lot of these wars is now sort of externalized or displaced. So, think about the contractors. As you’ve said, they’re from other places, but they work for and are paid for by U.S. corporations. But other things are externalized. So, for instance, the healthcare costs of the veterans. Yes, billions are paid for the veterans in a hundred—I’m sorry, the 3 million U.S. veterans that are home now, some of them are on disability. That’s being paid for by the U.S. government, but some of those costs are actually borne by the families of veterans. So, much of what is spent, we actually can’t account for, because it’s—these costs are borne by other people. So, when people are injured or killed in war zones, yes, we hear about it, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg, I think, in terms of direct and indirect death.

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NETA CRAWFORD: Yeah, these wars are actually leaving the war zones in rubble. And you haven’t mentioned Pakistan yet, but the United States has also been, through drone strikes and other action, fighting in Pakistan since 2002 in order to chase and defeat Taliban, al-Qaeda and now ISIS. So, the war zones are actually expanded from what we thought they would be in 2001, 2002, 2003. Now the U.S. forces are operating between 80 to 90 countries all over the world.

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AMY GOODMAN: And the relation between war and climate change? You say the Pentagon is the single largest user of petroleum?

NETA CRAWFORD: That’s right. Between 2010 and 2015, the Pentagon used about 105 billion barrels of oil, on average, each year. They’ve tried to economize, because, obviously, that’s expensive, but it is the single largest producer of greenhouse gases in the United States and abroad.

NDPP

Half a million sounds like a serious underestimation of the total casualties I believe.

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..1/2 million was the headline but in the 2nd quote crawford is saying many millions.

NDPP

Thanks epaulo I noted both. A curious discrepancy, no?

Have Millions of Deaths From America's 'War on Terror' Been Concealed?

https://www.counterpunch.org/2015/06/30/have-millions-of-deaths-from-ame...

Yes.

US Afghanistan Invasion 10th Anniversary: 5.6 Million War Related Deaths

https://www.countercurrents.org/polya101011.htm

From 2011.

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..the displacement numbers from the report are 21 million. they are probably higher.

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NETA CRAWFORD: Right. Well, things have gotten harder. For example, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, who investigates U.S. operations, looking for waste, fraud and abuse, has not been able to release to the American public figures that were previously known about the number of Afghan soldiers and police killed in these wars. So the Afghan people know that their soldiers are paying a high price in death and injury, but the American people don’t know that. And we don’t know how large even the Afghan military is. There are other pieces of information that were previously available which have essentially disappeared down a memory hole or been sort of given to us in a barrage of information, sort of a firehose of information, so we can’t pick out the relevant details. So, in a sense, it has become harder to do these reports because there’s more information withheld.

NDPP

"We don't count enemy dead." - US Dept of Defense spokesperson.

No wonder.

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..yes. exactly.

NDPP

America's Permanent War Complex (and audio)

https://sputniknews.com/radio-loud-and-clear/201811211069983963-america-...

"On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Gareth Porter, a historian, investigative journalist, analyst specializing in US national security policy and a prolific author whose most recent piece, 'America's Permanent War Complex' is the subject of today's interview..."

NDPP

America's Post-9/11 Wars Have Cost $5.9 Trillion

https://www.thenation.com/article/pentagon-military-madness/

"...In its solution, the commission calls for an increase in Pentagon spending of 3 to 5 percent above inflation for at least the next five years...The high end of this range would mean an annual Pentagon budget of an astonishing $972 billion by 2024 - a potential boon for Lockheed Martin and its fellow weapons-makers, but a disaster for US taxpayers. 

The US spends more on its military than the next seven countries in the world combined (five of which are US allies). The increase in Pentagon spending in the past two years alone is greater than the entire military budget of Russia.  And that's before the massive increases proposed by the strategy commission..."

NDPP

Michelle Obama Reflects on 'The Beauty of George Bush'

https://twitter.com/Underground_RT/status/1075183117286170625

"What does she find the most attractive feature? The approximately one million dead Iraqis because of a war based on manufactured fake news...Or torture programs and extraordinary rendition?"

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