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Full Show: Climate Catastrophe Now + The Most Important Question About Obamacare {aTV 001}

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

Dennis talks with Dr. Jill Stein, President of the Green Shadow Cabinet about the recently published U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) fifth assessment on climate change. The findings, combined with the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community, paint a picture of humanity committing a collective genocide and ecocide. The end of civilization scenarios, once projected for your grandchildren’s grandchildren are now a reality for anyone ho plans to be alive in 2050.

Ukraine News - Apr 19, 2014

 

Pro-Russian militants continue occupations, PM Yatsenyuk says constitutional reform to decentralize power and protect Russian language - Washington Post


VIDEO: 'Not going anywhere' say Ukraine separatists - YouTube


VIDEO (Ukrainian): Statements of PM Yatsenyuk and President Turchynov on Ukraine Constitutional Reform - YouTube


Ukraine’s Tymoshenko in favor of a reform promoting local self-government, calls for giving ‘stronger status’ to Russian language - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine govt sets October 1 deadline for power decentralization debates - Interfax


Kiev Says Protest Crackdown in East Switches to ‘Inactive Phase’ - RIA Novosti

 

Luhansk Protesters in Talks with Acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov to Make Local Militia Legal - RIA Novosti

 

Protesters take control of Seversk in Donetsk region - ITAR-TASS

 

Anti-Government Protests Continue in Ukraine's Donetsk, Luhansk - RIA Novosti

 

People's Mayor, Assistants Reported Missing in Ukraine's Donetsk Region - RIA Novosti

 

Welcome to the People's Republic of Donetsk - foreignpolicy.com

 

VIDEO: Thousands flock to Party of Regions congress in Donetsk - YouTube

 

VIDEO: 'We Don't Need Russia's Help' - Donetsk Residents Rally For Sovereign United Ukraine - rferl.org

 

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Kiev should immediately and fully implement the Geneva agreements: Lavrov to Kerry on phone - The Voice of Russia


Ukraine should start implementing measures to overcome crisis in coming days: Kerry - The Voice of Russia


57-nation OSCE plays key Ukraine monitoring role - Yahoo News


OSCE Ukraine peacemakers say they need more help - theguardian.com


Pentagon mulls sending ground troops to Poland amid Ukraine crisis - Fox News

 

Response of EU President Barroso to President Putin’s letter - europa.eu

 

Need for Russian Gas Creates Eastern EU Split on Sanctions - Businessweek

 

Poland’s reverse supplies of gas to Ukraine currently limited to 1.5 billion cubic meters - ITAR-TASS

 

Ukraine’s Naftogaz Says Gazprom Controls Direction of Slovak Gas Flow - RIA Novosti

 

Ukraine must repay $9 billion of foreign debt this year: Ukraine Finance Minister - ITAR-TASS

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloversingle@gmail.com

"Russia with Love": Alaska Gas Scandal is Out-of-Country, Not Out-of-State

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

A legal controversy — critics would say scandal — has erupted in Alaska's statehouse over the future of its natural gas bounty.

It's not so much an issue of the gas itself, but who gets to decide how it gets to market and where he or she resides.

The question of who owns Alaska's natural gas and where they're from, at least for now, has been off the table. More on that later.

War Is Good for Us, Dumb New Book Claims

Ian Morris has stuck his dog's ear in his mouth, snapped a selfie, and proclaimed "Man Bites Dog." His new book War: What Is It Good For? Conflict and Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots is intended to prove that war is good for children and other living things.  It actually proves that defenders of war are growing desperate for arguments.

Morris maintains that the only way to make peace is to make large societies, and the only way to make large societies is through war. Ultimately, he believes, the only way to protect peace is through a single global policeman.  Once you've made peace, he believes, prosperity follows.  And from that prosperity flows happiness.  Therefore, war creates happiness.  But the one thing you must never stop engaging in if you hope to have peace, prosperity, and joy is -- you guessed it -- war.

This thesis becomes an excuse for hundreds of pages of a sort of Monty Python history of the technologies of war, not to mention the evolution of chimpanzees, and various even less relevant excursions.  These pages are packed with bad history and guesswork, and I'm greatly tempted to get caught up in the details.  But none of it has much impact on the book's conclusions.  All of Morris's history, accurate and otherwise, is put to mythological use.  He's telling a simplistic story about where safety and happiness originated, and advocating highly destructive misery-inducing behavior as a result.

When small, medium, and large societies have been and are peaceful, Morris ignores them.  There are lots of ways to define peaceful, but none of them put the leading war maker at the top, and none of them place at the top only nations that could be imagined to fall under a Pax Americana. 

When societies have been enlarged peacefully, as in the formation of the European Union, Morris applauds (he thinks the E.U. earned its peace prize, and no doubt all the more so for its extensive war making as deputy globocop) but he just skips over the fact that war wasn't used in the E.U.'s formation.  (He avoids the United Nations entirely.) 

When the globocop brings death and destruction and disorder to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, or Yemen, Morris sticks his fingers in his ears and hums.  "Interstate wars" he informs us (like most of his other claims, without any footnotes) have "almost disappeared."  Well isn't that great news?!  (Morris grotesquely minimizes Iraqi deaths from the recent [nonexistent?] war, and of course supplies no footnote.)

In a culture that has long waged wars, it has been possible to say that wars bring courage, wars bring heroism, wars bring slaves, wars bring cultural exchange. One could have asserted at various points that wars were the only way to a great many ends, not just large societies that reduce small-scale murders.  Barely a century ago William James was worried there was no way to build character without war, and defenders of war were advertising it as good for its participants in a much more direct way than Morris has been reduced to.  Has war been the means of building empires and nations? Sure, but that neither means that empires are the only way to peace, nor that war was the only nation-building tool available, nor that we must keep waging wars in an age in which we aren't forming empires or nations any longer.  That ancient pyramids may have been built by slaves hardly makes slavery the best or only way to preserve the pyramids.

Tying something good, such as ending slavery in the United States, to a war, such as the U.S. Civil War, doesn't make war the only way to end slavery.  In fact, most nations that ended slavery did so without a war.  Much less is continuing to wage wars the only possible way (or even a useful way at all) to hold off the restoration of slavery or to complete its eradication.  And, by the way, a great many societies that Morris credits with making progress through war also had slavery, monarchy, women-as-property, environmental destruction, and worship of religions now defunct.  Were those institutions also necessary for peace and prosperity, or are they irrelevant to it, or did we overcome some of them through peaceful means?  Morris, at one point, acknowledges that slavery (not just war) generated European wealth, later crediting the industrial revolution as well -- the godfather of which, in his mind, was no doubt peace created by war.  (What did you expect, the Spanish Inquisition?)

The tools of nonviolence that have achieved so much in the past century are never encountered in Morris' book, so no comparison with war is offered.  Nonviolent revolutions have tended to dismember empires or alter the leadership of a nation that remains the same size, so Morris must not view them as useful tools, even when they produce more free and prosperous societies.  But it's not clear Morris can recognize those when he sees them.  Morris claims that in the past 30 years "we" (he seems to mean in the United States, but could mean the world, it's not totally clear) have become "safer and richer than ever." 

Morris brags about U.S. murder rates falling, and yet dozens of nations from every continent have lower murder rates than the U.S.  Nor do larger nations tend to have lower murder rates than smaller nations.  Morris holds up Denmark as a model, but never looks at Denmark's society, its distribution of wealth, its social supports.  Morris claims the whole world is growing more equal in wealth. 

Back here in reality, historians of the Middle Ages say that our age has the greater disparities -- disparities that are growing within the United States in particular, but globally as well.  Oxfam reports that the richest 85 people in the world have more money than the poorest 3.5 billion.  That is the peace that Morris swears is not a wasteland.  The United States ranks third in average wealth but 27th in median wealth.  Yet, somehow Morris believes the United States can lead the way to "Denmark" and that Denmark itself can only be Denmark because of how many people the United States kills in "productive wars" (even though they have "almost disappeared").  Morris writes these scraps of wisdom from Silicon Valley, where he says he sees nothing but wealth, yet where people with nowhere to sleep but in a car may soon be banned from doing so.

We're also safer, Morris thinks, because he sees no climate emergency worth worrying about.  He's quite openly in favor of wars for oil, yet never notices oil's effects until the end of the book when he takes a moment to brush such concerns aside. 

We're also safer, Morris tells us, because there are no longer enough nukes in the world to kill us all.  Has he never heard of nuclear famine?  Does he not understand the growing risks of proliferating nuclear weapons and energy?  Two nations have thousands of nukes ready to launch in an instant, every one of them many times more powerful than the two nuclear bombs dropped thus far; and one of those nations is prodding the other one with a stick in Ukraine, resulting in more, not less, violence in the beneficiary of such expansionism.  Meanwhile the officials overseeing U.S. nukes keep getting caught cheating on tests or shipping nukes across the country unguarded, and generally view nuclear weapons oversight as the lowest most dead-end career track.  This makes us safer?

Morris hypes lies about Iran pursuing nuclear weapons.  He opens the book with a tale of a near nuclear holocaust (one of many he could have chosen). And yet, somehow disarmament isn't on the agenda, at least not with the priority given to maintaining or increasing war spending.  Not to worry, he assures us, "missile defense" actually works, or might someday, so that'll protect us -- although he parenthetically admits it won't.  The point is it's warlike, and war is good, because war spreads peace.  That's the role the U.S. must play for the good of all: policeman of the world.  Morris, while clearly a huge fan of Barack Obama, believes that all recent U.S. presidents should have a Nobel Peace Prize.  Never does Morris comment on the fact that the rest of the world sees the United States as the greatest threat to world peace.

Morris admits that the United States is encircling China with weapons, but he describes in sinister tones China's response of building weaponry that will only serve a function near China's own shores, not as defensive or unimperialistic, but at "asymmetrical" -- and we all know what that means: unfair!  China might make it hard for the globocop to wage war on and around China.  This Morris sees as the looming danger.  The solution, he thinks, is for the United States to keep its militaristic edge (never mind that its military makes China's look like a child's toy).  More drone killing is not only good but also (and this sort of nonsense always makes you wonder why its advocate bothers advocating) inevitable.  Of course, the United States won't start a war against China, says Morris, because launching wars hurts a nation's reputation so severely.  (You can see how badly the U.S. reputation has suffered in Morris' eyes following its latest string of wars.) 

And yet, what lies on the horizon, almost inevitably, Morris contends, is World War III.

There's nothing you can do about it.  Don't bother working for peace, Morris says.  But a solution may arrive nonetheless.  If we can go on dumping our money into wars for just one more century, or maybe more, proliferating weapons, destroying the environment, losing our liberties in the model land of the free, then -- if we're really lucky -- the computer programmers of Silicon Valley will save us, or some of us, or something, by . . . wait for it . . . hooking us up to computers so that our minds all meld together. 

Morris may be more confident than I that the result of this computerized rapture will be worldwide empathy rather than revulsion.  But then, he's had longer to get used to living with the way he thinks.

Ukraine News - Apr 18, 2014

 

Diplomats reach deal on defusing Ukraine crisis - The Washington Post


Joint Geneva Statement on Ukraine from April 17: The full text - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Kerry Says Parties Agree to De-Escalate in Ukraine - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Kerry and Ashton on April 17 Geneva deal on Ukraine - The Washington Post


Geneva talks urge all-Ukraine dialogue on constitutional reform: Russian FM Lavrov - The Voice of Russia


VIDEO: Lavrov: Russia, US, EU, Ukraine agree on de-escalation roadmap - YouTube


Ukraine crisis: Putin does not rule out sending in Russian troops - chicagotribune.com


NATO Commander Offers Evidence of Russian Troops in Ukraine - ABC News

 

Ukraine is holding about 10 suspected Russian intelligence agents: state security - Reuters

 

Kyiv: Russian Banks Fund Separatists - VOA

 

Putin admits Russian soliders sent to Crimea - Stuff.co.nz

 

Russian Defense Ministry Placed $140 Million Order at Crimean Shipyard: Putin - RIA Novosti

 

US to send 'non-lethal' military aid to Ukraine: Hagel - Yahoo News

 

EU agrees to Putin's call for gas security talks - Reuters

 

Pre-payment for gas to Ukraine if current bills not met: Putin - RT Business

 

Ukraine-EU free trade zone can start working from November 1: EU envoy - ITAR-TASS

 

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Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine not about to end sit-ins after international accord to defuse the crisis - GlobalPost


Anti-Kiev protest in east after Ukraine soldiers kill attackers - AFP


VIDEO: Tensions Rise in Eastern Ukraine after 3 Militants Killed in Mariupol - ABC News


VIDEO (Live footage): Three pro-Russian militants killed in Mariupol clashes - YouTube


Anti-govt activists take control of TV tower in Donetsk region - RT News


Thousands gather for peaceful demonstrations in at least four eastern cities to denounce Russia for its perceived meddling in Ukrainian affairs - The Washington Post

 

VIDEO: Students in Lugansk rally in support of Kiev government - YouTube

 

PHOTOS: Pro-Ukraine rally held in Donetsk - washingtonpost.com

 

Head of local administration elected by protesters kidnapped in Donetsk region - ITAR-TASS

 

Income Ministry: Donetsk region accounts for 9 percent of consolidated budget revenues - kyivpost.com

 

Party of Regions refuses to vote at Rada until its demands met - ITAR-TASS

 

VIDEO: OSCE in Lugansk for talks with pro-federalists - YouTube

 

Flier calling on Donetsk Jews to register now widely seen as fake - Haaretz

 

Translation of the flier ordering Jews to register or face forcible expulsion and the confiscation of property - interpretermag.com

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloversingle@gmail.com

Interview: "Big Men" Director Rachel Boynton on Oil, Ghana and Capitalism

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The subtitle of the newly released documentary film Big Men is "everyone wants to be big" and to say the film covers a "big" topic is to put it mildly.

Executive produced by Brad Pitt and directed by Rachel Boynton, the film cuts to the heart of how the oil and gas industry works and pushes film-watchers to think about why that's the case. Ghana's burgeoning offshore fields — in particular, the Jubilee Field discovered in 2007 by Kosmos Energy — serve as the film's case study.

More Pre-Check propaganda and more TSA fraud

Another bs article about the bs program that is Pre-Check. And, of course, a discussion thread full of comments by the Special People o-woe-is-me-ing their fate.

Ukraine News - Apr 17, 2014

 

Ukraine’s Offensive Falters as Elite Units Defect to Pro-Russia Side, Armored vehicles seen flying Russian flags and carrying defected troops - ABC News


Anti-govt protesters seize Ukrainian APCs, army units 'switch sides' (VIDEOS) - RT News


VIDEO: BBC witnesses "surrender” of Ukrainian soldiers in Sloviansk - BBC News


VIDEO: Crowd cheering Ukraine Armored Vehicles Carrying Defected troops - VOA


VIDEO: Donetsk mayor’s office seized by gunmen - euronews


VIDEO: Government building seized in Slaviansk - euronews


One dead, 12 injured as anti-govt protesters rally near Ukrainian military base in Mariupol: reports (VIDEO) - RT News


Federalization proponents push for referendum on Donetsk region status for May 11, to vote on whether be an independent state, remain part of Ukraine, or become part of Russia - The Voice of Russia

 

Protesters hoist Donetsk People's Republic's flag in Novoazovsk, Krasnoarmeisk - ITAR-TASS

 

Protesters control administrative offices in 8 cities of Donetsk Oblast - ITAR-TASS

 

Crucial railway in Ukraine’s Donetsk region blocked by unknown people - ITAR-TASS

 

Unknown People Capture 2 Ukrainian Servicemen In Luhansk Region - Ukranian News

 

Cable TV operators and providers in eastern Ukraine restore Russian TV channels broadcasts - ITAR-TASS

 

Right Sector weapons depot discovered in Odessa: local media - ITAR-TASS

 

Interview: Tymoshenko Calls For National Resistance Movement Against Russian 'War' (VIDEO) - rferl.org

 

A proposal made by Tymoshenko to establish public resistance headquarters might provoke further destabilization of the situation in Ukraine: presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko - ITAR-TASS

 

Overall wage arrears in Ukraine reach $70 mln - ITAR-TASS

 

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Obama: Russia doesn’t want ‘any kind of military confrontation with us’ - washingtonpost.com


VIDEO: Obama says Russia will face "consequences" over actions in Ukraine - CBS News


US Working on Non-Lethal Aid Package for Ukraine - ABC News


U.S. State Dept demands halt to Russian 'provocation' in Ukraine - Yahoo News


Russia blasts US assessment of events in Ukraine’s southeast - ITAR-TASS


Russia's Plans for Four-Party Talks on Ukraine Still on Agenda: Lavrov - RIA Novosti


Ukraine PM Says Russia Exports Terror as Offensive Stalls - Bloomberg

 

Ukraine submits proof of Russian covert action - EurActiv

 

Bank of Ukraine denies that Russian bank finances supporters of federalism in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS

 

Citing Russian Moves, NATO Plans New Deployments - NYTimes.com

 

Russian Economy Hit by Ukraine Turmoil, Sees Serious Capital Flight - ABC News

 

Russian gas high on agenda at Geneva summit - Anadolu Agency

 

Gazprom may use its right to switch Ukraine over to prepayment for May deliveries of gas - ITAR-TASS

 

Slovakia-Ukraine reverse gas flow deal still unsigned - The Slovak Spectator

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloversingle@gmail.com

The bigger threat is the National Security Agency: Despite Heart Bleed, the Internet’s Alive and Well!

By Alfredo Lopez


Some are calling it a "worst nightmare". There have been dire predictions that it represents the end of the Internet or that there is, in fact, no real Internet security or that Free and Open Source Software is dangerous to use.

One thing is sure. The week-old saga of the Heart Bleed flaw (or bug) and its potential exploits has shown more light on the Internet and its security issues than anything else in recent memory.

Video: Launch of Irish Stop Killer Robots Campaign

by AFRI (Action from Ireland)

 

 

The Loss of John Judge Hits Hard

Our society has lost a great activist today with the death of John Judge.  No one spoke more clearly, strongly, and informedly on political power, militarism, and activism for positive change.  While John lived nextdoor to Dennis Kucinich -- and with one of the best views and one of the best collections of political books and documents -- in Washington, D.C., it was as staff person for Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney that he advanced numerous causes of peace and justice and accountability for the powerful on Capitol Hill.  On impeaching Bush and Cheney he was there first.  John's expertise reached back into history and across continents.  From the Kennedy assassination to conscientious objection to how-a-bill-becomes-a-law, he was a person to turn to for information and wisdom who was never anything but helpful, friendly, cheerful, and energetic.  He could describe the hiring of Nazis in Operation Paperclip and the creation of the Cold War and then suggest that perhaps the Nazis actually won World War II.  He could explain the creation of standing armies in such a manner that you knew without a doubt that either our society was insane or you were.  He could get you thinking and get you active.  And always with complete humility and good will.  He will be missed.

I just opened this small selection of videos of John all at once, and it wasn't enough:

TSA anticipates matzo transportation spree

The Jewish holiday of Passover is here (April 14th-22nd). And rest assured: the crack teams of the TSA are ready for it. Since we all know how respectful the TSA is of people’s private belongingsdignity, and integrity, you can count on safe passage for your religious artifacts.  

Ukraine News - Apr 16, 2014

 

Ukraine President Says Anti-Terror Operation Under Way in Donetsk Region, It will be “conducted step by step, responsibly, cautiously” - FOX17online.com

 

VIDEO: Ukraine President Turchynov announces start of anti-terror operation in eastern Ukraine - YouTube


Ukraine Military secures Kramatorsk airport from attack (VIDEO) - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Ukrainian general came out of the Kramatorsk airbase to address the crowd and was roughed up by the demonstrators - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russian crowds confront troops - BBC News


VIDEO: Ukraine troops launch mission to retake Slavyansk from pro-Russian militants - YouTube

 

Ukrainian forces reportedly surround city of Slavyansk: Pro-Russian commander and acting mayor - ITAR-TASS

 

VIDEO: Slavyansk Crowd Chanting by Barricades - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Watch As Donetsk Locals Stop A Ukraine Tank - Zero Hedge

 

Ukraine Charges Pro-Federalization Presidential Candidate With Attack on Sovereignty - RIA Novosti

 

Ukraine pro-Russian presidential candidates attacked in Kiev (VIDEOS) - RT News

 

VIDEO (Ukrainian): Interview with pro-Russian presidential candidate Tsarov which was attacked in Kiev - YouTube

 

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US open to some military assistance to Ukraine while ruling out providing arms or other ‘‘lethal’’ aid at this time  - The Boston Globe


US sends specialists to Ukraine to coordinate activity of its state structures: source - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: White House Press Briefing: US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions - YouTube


Ukraine on Verge of Civil War: Russia’s Medvedev - RIA Novosti


'Criminal' use of force by Ukraine would imperil talks: Lavrov - Yahoo News


Lavrov: Yatsenyuk's statements Kiev is ready for talks with South-East correct but late - ITAR-TASS


Ukrainian Authorities: Russian Bank 'Paid Terrorists $3.75m ahead of Luhansk Building Occupation’ - ibtimes.co.uk

 

Ukrainian Intelligence Names Russian GRU Officer in Slavyansk - Institute for War and Peace Reporting

 

UN’s Geneva-based human rights office says no evidence of “widespread nor systemic” persecution of the nation’s ethnic Russian minority - bloomberg.com

 

REPORT: UN human rights report on Ukraine: Misinformation, propaganda and incitement to hatred need to be urgently countered - ohchr.org

 

Germany's RWE  to deliver reverse gas supplies to Ukraine via Poland - DW.DE

 

Slovakia offers way to send Ukraine some gas if Russia cuts supply - Reuters

 

Medvedev says Ukraine saved hundreds of billions of dollars on Russian gas discounts - ITAR-TASS

 

Ukraine's Economy Is Nearing Collapse - Forbes

 

CHARTS: Five charts that show just how bad Ukraine's economy really is: GDP growth, GDP per capita, Population, Unemployment, Debt repayments - managementtoday.co.uk

 

CHARTS: Ukraine’s financial crisis in six charts - Money Supply

 

Ukraine crisis could hit Russian GDP - BBC News

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloversingle@gmail.com

 

The Climate Is Invading the Earth!

If an alien invader with a face were attacking the earth, the difficulties that governments have getting populations to support wars on other humans would be multiplied a thousand fold.  The most common response to officials calling some petty foreign despot "a new Hitler" would shift from "yeah, right" to "who cares?" The people of the world would unite in common defense against the hostile alien.

If only it had a face.  And what's a face anyway?  Doctors can create faces now.  You'd still love your loved ones if they lost their faces.  And I hear there's a movie in which a guy falls in love with his faceless computer.

The point is that there is an alien invader attacking the earth.  Its name is climate change.  And Uncle Sam wants YOU to fight it, as does Uncle Boris and Aunt Hannah and Cousin Juan and Brother Feng.  The whole family is in agreement on this one, and we are a family now all of a sudden.

Climate change breathes fire on our land and roasts it, killing crops, drying up water supplies, breeding dangerous diseases and infestations.  Climate change circles over the oceans and blows tidal waves toward our coasts.  It melts the icebergs in its evil claws and sinks our beach resorts beneath the sea.

How do we fight back?  We organize quickly, as only humans can.  We grab the $2 trillion that we spend on wars among ourselves each year, plus a few trillion more from some multi-billionaires who suddenly realize they don't have another planet to spend it on.  We start coating the rooftops with solar panels, aimed right at the face of the monster.  We put up windmills that will turn his nasty breath against himself. 

And we hit him where it really hurts, we cut off his supplies with crippling sanctions: we stop buying and making and consuming and discarding such incredible piles of crap every day.  Consumerism becomes rapidly understood as planetary treason, support for the Evil One.  We put a stop to its worst excesses and begin reining it in systematically -- working together as we never have before.

Ah, but the dark lord of the heat is subtle.  He has cells of loyalists among us.  They push fossil fuels on us and tell us comforting lies.  No longer!  We will drag them before the House UnEarthly Activities Committee.  "Are you now or have you ever been a promoter of oil, gas, or coal consumption?"  They'll crumble under the pressure.

Imagine how we could unite for this battle, what wits and courage and self-sacrifice we could put into it, what inspiring acts of bravery, what stunning creations of intellect!

Ah, but climate change is not a person, so forget the whole thing.  Did you ever notice what a funny grin Vladimir Putin has?  It's beginning to get on my nerves.

Talk Nation Radio: Winslow Myers on Living Beyond War

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-winslow-myers-on-living-beyond-war

Winslow Myers is an artist and activist who lives in mid-Coast Maine. For ten years he coordinated events and activities for Beyond War in central Massachusetts and led many seminars on personal and social change. Later he served on the board of Beyond War while it was based in Portland OR. He has written over a hundred opinion-editorial pieces on the subject of the prevention of war and building a world beyond war, some of which have seen print in national newspapers like the Christian Science Monitor, the San Jose Mercury News, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and all of which have been published online. He is the author of Living Beyond War: A Citizen’s Guide. He serves on the Advisory Board of the War Prevention Initiative, and is active in WorldBeyondWar.org.  His website is WinslowMyers.com.

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Ukraine News - Apr 15, 2014

 

Separatists tighten grip on east Ukraine, No signs of military crackdown by the Kiev government - Reuters


Ukraine ultimatum to separatists fails to materialize after local police apparently refused to take part in the proclaimed "anti-terrorist operation" - latimes.com


Massive protests pass in 9 cities of eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region over past day - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO- Pro-Russian supporters attack a police HQ in Horlivka while hundreds of onlookers cheered them on - YouTube


VIDEO: Injuries reported in pro-Russia attack at Horlivka police HQ in east Ukraine - euronews


VIDEO: Pro Russian protesters seize Slovyansk airport - YouTube


Militia in Slavyansk gets weapons back, starts patrolling city streets: acting mayor - ITAR-TASS

 

Protesters in Luhansk demand that regional administration disobeys Kiev authorities - ITAR-TASS

 

Zaporozhye police release over 180 supporters of Ukraine federalization - ITAR-TASS

 

Ukraine President: We are not against holding a national referendum on federalization, but pro-Kremlin militias who have seized government buildings are demanding local referendums - AFP

 

Russia says east Ukraine must have say in preparing referendum - The Voice of Russia

 

Exclusive: U.N. Hints Russia and Its Allies Rigged Crimea's Referendum Vote - foreignpolicy.com

 

Ukraine Currency Continues to Slide - WSJ.com

 

Ukrainians start withdrawing money from banks: news portal - ITAR-TASS

 

VIDEO: Ukraine’s Economy Is in Free-Fall: Komileva - Businessweek

 

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Obama speaks to Putin about violence in Ukraine - usatoday.com


Remarks by US Ambassador Samantha Power at a UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine - usun.state.gov


Statement of Russia's Ambassador Vitalii Churkin to UNSC on Ukraine - Scoop News


CIA Denies Director Brennan’s Role in Protest Crackdown in Ukraine - RIA Novosti

 

Russian jet passes at close range over US warship in Black Sea - Fox News

 

Russian assets down sharply on Ukraine conflict fears - Reuters

 

Growing Tensions in Ukraine Push European Stocks Down - RIA Novosti

 

Europe speeds up gas storage to prepare for Russian cut - Reuters

 

Ukraine ready to pay $386 per 1,000 cubic metres of gas - ITAR-TASS

 

Ukrainian Supreme Court closes Tymoshenko’s ‘gas case’ - ITAR-TASS

 

To contact Bartolo email peaceloversingle@gmail.com

Rumsfeld Film Screening in Norfolk VA

Wednesday, April 30 at 7:15pm at Naro Cinema
THE UNKNOWN KNOWN Academy Award winning director Errol Morris (The Fog of War) offers a portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, and a larger-than-life character who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public. (103 mins)
 
"The film is a cat-and-mouse game in which each player thinks he's the cat, making it both thrilling and disconcerting to watch. It is also a nature documentary about behavior at the very top of the imperial food chain and a detective story about the search for a mystery that is hidden in plain sight." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
 
Post-Film Speaker and discussion:
David Swanson is an author, speaker, radio host, and activist. His books include War No More: The Case for Abolition, Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency, and When The World Outlawed War. He is founder of the organization and movement http://worldbeyondwar.org

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Your Doctors Are Worried

Your doctors are worried about your health―in fact, about your very survival.

No, they’re not necessarily your own personal physicians, but, rather, medical doctors around the world, represented by groups like International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).  As you might recall, that organization, composed of many thousands of medical professionals from all across the globe, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 for exposing the catastrophic effects of nuclear weapons.

Well, what seems to be the problem today?

Pay Your Taxes, Go to Gitmo?

Pay Your Taxes, Go to Gitmo?

Does Paying Taxes Violate the Law against Providing Aid and Support to a Terrorist Organization?

Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War (www.envirosagainstwar.org)

(April 13, 2014) -- With April 15 fast approaching, I have just finished mailing my 1040. This year, I didn't owe taxes and, boy, am I relieved. Not because I can't afford to cut a check, it's just that I don't want to spend the next six years in a federal prison for violating the provisions of US Code Title 18 -- Crimes and Criminal Procedures.

That's exactly what happened to Ahmed Taalil Mohamud, a cab driver in Anaheim, California, who was sentenced to six years in prison for, as the Associated Press put it, "funneling thousands of dollars to a terrorist organization" in Somalia.

Obama's A-Bomb Budget: Cutting Disarmament Programs to Pay for New Nukes

Obama's A-bomb Budget:

At The Hague, Obama Decries the Nuclear Threat;

At Home His New Budget Stokes the Atomic Furnace

Gar Smith

Torture is Mainstream Now

As Rebecca Gordon notes in her new book, Mainstreaming Torture, polls find greater support in the United States for torture now than when Bush was president.  And it's not hard to see why that would be the case.

Fifteen years ago, it was possible to pretend the U.S. government opposed torture.  Then it became widely known that the government tortured.  And it was believed (with whatever accuracy) that officials had tried to keep the torturing secret.  Next it became clear that nobody would be punished, that in fact top officials responsible for torture would be permitted to openly defend what they had done as good and noble. 

The idea was spread around that the torture was stopping, but the cynical could imagine it must be continuing in secret, the partisan could suppose the halt was only temporary, the trusting could assume torture would be brought back as needed, and the attentive could be and have been aware that the government has gone right on torturing to this day with no end in sight. 

Anyone who bases their morality on what their government does (or how Hollywood supports it) might be predicted to have moved in the direction of supporting torture.

Gordon's book, like most others, speaks of torture as being largely in the past -- even while admitting that it isn't really.  "Bush administration-era policies" are acknowledged to be ongoing, and yet somehow they retain the name "Bush administration-era policies," and discussion of their possible prosecution in a court of law does not consider the control that the current chief perpetrator has over law enforcement and his obvious preference not to see a predecessor prosecuted for something he's doing. 

President Elect Obama made clear in January 2009 that he would not allow torturers to be prosecuted and would be "looking forward" instead of (what all law enforcement outside of science fiction requires) backward.  By February 2009, reports were coming in that torture at Guantanamo was worsening rather than ceasing, and included: "beatings, the dislocation of limbs, spraying of pepper spray into closed cells, applying pepper spray to toilet paper and over-forcefeeding detainees who are on hunger strike."  In April 2009 a Guantanamo prisoner phoneda media outlet to report being tortured.  As time went by the reports kept coming, as the military's written policywould lead one to expect.

In May 2009, former vice president Dick Cheney forced into the news the fact that, even though Obama had "banned torture" by executive order (torture being a felony and a treaty violation before and after the "banning") Obama maintained the power to use torture as needed. Cheney saidthat Obama's continued claim of the power to torture vindicated his own (Cheney's) authorization of torture.  David Axelrod, White House Senior Advisor, refused repeatedly, to dispute Cheney's assertion -- also supported by Leon Panetta's confirmation hearing for CIA director, at which he said the president had the power to torture and noted that rendition would continue.  In fact, it did.  The New York Times quickly reportedthat the U.S. was now outsourcing more torture to other countries.  The Obama administration announced a new policy on renditions that kept them in place, and a new policy on lawless permanent imprisonment that kept it in place but formalized it, mainstreamed it.  Before long Obama-era rendition victims were alleging torture.

As the Obama White House continued and sought to extend the occupation of Iraq, torture continued to be an Iraqi policy, as it has post-occupation.  It has also remained a U.S. and Afghan policy in Afghanistan, with no end in sight.  The U.S. military has continued to use the same personnel as part of its torture infrastructure.  And secret CIA torture prisons have continued to pop into the news even though the CIA was falsely said to have abandoned that practice.  While the Obama administration has claimed unprecedented powers to block civil suits against torturers, it has also used, in court, testimony produced by torture, something that used to be illegal (and still is if you go by written laws). 

"Look at the current situation," Obama said in 2013, "where we are force-feeding detainees who are being held on a hunger strike . . . Is this who we are?"  Well, it is certainly who some of us have become, including Obama, the senior authority in charge of the soldiers doing the force-feeding, and a human chameleon able to express outrage at his own policies, a trick that is perhaps more central to the mainstreaming of vicious and sadistic practices than we always care to acknowledge. 

The mainstreaming of torture in U.S. policy and entertainment has stimulated a burst of torture use around the globe, even as the U.S. State Department has never stopped claiming to oppose torture when it's engaged in by anyone other than the U.S. government.  If "Bush-era policies" is taken to refer to public relations policies, then there really is something to discuss.  The U.S. government tortured before, during, and after Bush and Cheney ran the show.  But it was during those years that people talked about it, and it is with regard to those years that people still talk about it.

As Rebecca Gordon's book, Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States, recounts well, torture has been around.  Native Americans and enslaved African Americans were tortured.  The CIA has always tortured.  The School of the Americas has long trained torturers.  The war on Vietnam was a war of mass-murder and mass-torture.  Torture is standard practice in U.S. prisons, where the torture of Muslims began post-9-11, where some techniques originated and some prison guards came from via the National Guard who brought their torturing to an international set of victims for the Bush-Obama era.

One of Gordon's central points, and an important one, is that torture is not an isolated incident.  Rather it is an institution, a practice, a collective endeavor that requires planning and organization.  Defenders of torture often defend a widespread practice of purely vicious evil by reference to a single imaginary incident in which it would make sense to torture someone.  Imagine, they say, that you knew for certain (as of course you would not) that many people were about to be killed unless a particular person revealed something.  Imagine you were certain (as of course you would not be) that you had found that person.  Imagine that contrary to accumulated wisdom you believed the best way to elicit the information was through torture, and that you were sure (as of course you would not be) that the information would be revealed, that it would be accurate (nobody EVER lies under torture), and that it would prevent the greater tragedy (and not just delay it or move it), with no horrible side-effects or lasting results.  Then, in that impossible scenario, wouldn't you agree to torture the person?

And doesn't that fantasy justify having thousands of people prepared to engage in torture even though they'll inevitably torture in all sorts of other situations that actually exist, and even though many thousands of people will be driven to hate the nation responsible? And doesn't it justify training a whole culture to support the maintenance of an apparatus of torture, even though uses of torture outside the fantasized scenario will spread like wildfire through local police and individual vigilantes and allied governments?

Of course not.  And that's why I'm glad Gordon has tackled torture as a matter of ethics, although her book seems a bit weighed down by academic jargon.  I come at this as someone who got a master's degree in philosophy, focusing on ethics, back before 9-11, back when torture was used as an example of something evil in philosophy classes.  Even then, people sometimes referred to "recreational torture," although I never imagined they meant that any other type of torture was good, only that it was slightly less evil.  Even today, the polls that show rising -- still minority -- support for torture, show stronger -- majority -- support for murder, that is for a president going through a list of men, women, and children, picking which ones to have murdered, and having them murdered, usually with a missile from a drone -- as long as nobody tortures them. 

While many people would rather be tortured than killed, few people oppose the killing of others as strongly as they oppose torturing them.  In part this may be because of the difficulty of torturing for the torturers.  If foreigners or enemies are valued at little or nothing, and if killing them is easier than torturing them, then why not think of killing as "cleaner" just as the Obama administration does?  That's one ethical question I'd like to see taken up even more than that of torture alone.  Another is the question of whether we don't have a duty to put everything we have into opposing the evil of the whole -- that being the Nuremberg phrase for war, an institution that brings with it murder, imprisonment, torture, rape, injury, trauma, hatred, and deceit. 

If you are going to take on the ethics of torture alone, Mainstreaming Torture provides an excellent summary of how philosophy departments now talk about it.  First they try to decide whether to be consequentialist or deontological or virtue-based.  This is where the jargon takes over.  A consequentialist ethics is one that decides on the propriety of actions based on what their likely consequences will be.  A deontological ethics declares certain actions good or bad apart from their consequences.  And an ethics of virtues looks at the type of life created by someone who behaves in various ways, and whether that person is made more virtuous in terms of any of a long list of possible virtues. 

A competition between these types of ethics quickly becomes silly, while an appreciation of them as a collection of insights proves valuable.  A consequentialist or utilitarian ethics is easily parodied and denounced, in particular because supporters of torture volunteer such arguments.  Would you torture one person to save the lives of two people?  Say yes, and you're a simple-minded consequentialist with no soul.  But say no and you're demonstrably evil.  The correct answer is of course that it's a bad question.  You'll never face such a situation, and fantasizing about it is no guide to whether your government should fund an ongoing torture program the real aim and results of which are to generate war propaganda, scare people, and consolidate power. 

A careful consideration of all consequences, short- and long-term, structural and subtle, is harder to parody and tends to encompass much of what is imagined to lie outside the purview of the utilitarian simpleton (or corporate columnist).  The idea of an ethics that is not based on consequences appeals to people who want to base their ethics on obedience to a god or other such delusion, but the discussions of deontological ethicists are quite helpful nonetheless.  In identifying exactly how and why torture is as incredibly offensive as it is, these writers clarify the problem and move people against any support for torture.

The idea of an ethics based entirely on how actions impact the character of the actor is self-indulgent and arbitrary, and yet the discussion of virtues (and their opposite) is terrifically illuminating -- in particular as to the level of cowardice being promoted by the policy of employing torture and any other evil practice in hopes of being kept safe. 

I think these last two types of ethics, deontological and virtue -- that is, ongoing discussion in their terms -- have good consequences.  And I think that consequentialism and principled integrity are virtues, while engaging in consequentialism and virtue ethics lead to better deontological talk as well as fulfillment of the better imperatives declared by the deontologists.  So, the question should not be finding the proper ethical theory but finding the proper ethical behavior.  How do you get someone who opposes torturing Americans to oppose torturing human beings?  How do you get someone who wants desperately to believe that torture has in fact saved lives to look at the facts?  How do you get someone who believes that anyone who is tortured deserves it to consider the evidence, and to face the possibility that the torture is used in part to make us see certain people as evil, rather than their evilness actually preceding and justifying the torture?  How do you get Republicans loyal to Bush or Democrats loyal to Obama to put human rights above their loyalty?

As Gordon recounts, torture in reality has generated desired falsehoods to support wars, created lots of enemies rather than eliminating them, encouraged and directly trained more torturers, promoted cowardice rather than courage, degraded our ability to think of others as fully human,  perverted our ideas of justice, and trained us all to pretend not to know something is going on while silently supporting its continued practice.  None of that can help us much in any other ethical pursuit.

Ukraine News - Apr 14, 2014

 

Pro-federalization activists take over govt buildings across Eastern Ukraine, Berkut Special Forces side with Donetsk pro-Russians (VIDEOS) - RT News


Ukraine to deploy troops in “large-scale anti-terrorist operation” to resist attacks by armed pro-Russian forces: President Turchynov - Washington Post


VIDEO: Ukraine President Turchynov announces "anti terror operation" - BBC News 


Ukraine Forces and Pro-Russian Militants Battle Over Local Police Station in Slovyansk - NYTimes.com


VIDEO: Ukrainian Forces Launch 'Anti-Terrorist' Operation in Slavyansk, Part 1 - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukrainian Forces Launch 'Anti-Terrorist' Operation in Slavyansk, Part 2 - YouTube


VIDEO: Behind the scenes at anti-Maidan barricades in Slavyansk - YouTube


VIDEO: Pro Russian militants seize second building in Slavyansk - YouTube


VIDEO: Helicopters With Ukraine Special Force in Slavyansk - YouTube

 

VIDEO (Russian): Interview with pro-Russia armed protester in Slavyansk - YouTube

 

Pro-federalization protesters say one their activist and two members of the ultra-nationalist Right Sector group were killed in Ukraine's Slavyansk - The Voice of Russia

 

VIDEO: In the video posted on April 13, one man was wounded while another was apparently killed near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk. Cars with bullet holes sat nearby - rferl.org

 

Donetsk special-purpose police refuse to go to Slavyansk - ITAR-TASS

 

Uniformed men of Ukraine’s now-defunct riot police occupy Donetsk police HQ - The Washington Post

 

VIDEO: Uniformed men of Ukraine’s now-defunct riot police occupy Donetsk police HQ - The Washington Post

 

VIDEO: Pro-Russian protesters demonstrate at the Donetsk police HQ - euronews

 

Internal Ministry Donetsk Region Division Chief Pozhidayev Resigns Under Pressure Of Pro-Russian Activists, Their demands were supported by special force staff (former Berkut) - Ukranian News

 

Several dozen people form living shield to lock in police in Donetsk - ITAR-TASS

 

Unknown people get into Donetsk regional prosecutor's office overnight - ITAR-TASS

 

50 injured in clashes in Kharkov between pro-federalization activists and forces loyal to the government: Ukraine's Interior Ministry - The Voice of Russia

 

VIDEO: 50 wounded in violent Kharkiv clashes, In another eastern town, Zaporizhya, scuffles broke out between rival demonstrators - euronews

 

VIDEO: Pro Russia activists seize Kramatorsk Interior Ministry building - YouTube

 

PM Yatsenyuk: Ukraine’s new constitution to be sent to Venice Commission before presidential polls - ITAR-TASS

 

Executive power in Ukrainian regions should be appointed by the regions themselves: Timoshenko - ITAR-TASS

 

Ukraine's authorities 'crossed line' at eastern Ukraine protests: presidential candidate Tsarev - The Voice of Russia

 

Presidential Candidate Tigipko: situation in southeast of Ukraine cannot be resolved by force - ITAR-TASS

 

Ukraine’s far-right leader calls for Right Sector’s total mobilization - RT News

 

VIDEO: Appeal Of The Right Sector Leader Dmytro Yarosh To The People Of Ukraine - Euromaidan PR

 

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Biden to Head for Ukraine on Stabilization Mission, will assist on constitutional reform, decentralization, anti-corruption, and free elections - NBC News


Kiev’s use of force in south-eastern Ukraine will foil four-party meeting plan: Lavrov - ITAR-TASS


Lavrov: "Kiev’s constant threats to start storming the buildings occupied by protesters in Donetsk and Lugansk are unacceptable” - ITAR-TASS


Is satellite imagery revealing a Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s borders (PHOTOS)?

 

‘Only widens gap’: Outrage as 20+ Russian journalists barred from entering Ukraine (VIDEO) - RT News

 

Ukraine suspends gas payments to Russia until talks conclude - Reuters

 

Naftogaz of Ukraine CEO offers two solutions to gas problem with Russia - ITAR-TASS

 

Russia sets 4 conditions in return for aid to Ukraine - RT News

 

U.S.-Ukraine Economic and Finance Working Group - state.gov

 

Ukraine, Sweden extend contract on nuclear fuel supplies for Ukrainian NPP - ITAR-TASS

 

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Ukraine News - Apr 12, 2014

 

Kiev hands over autonomous powers to regional governments to defuse the crisis in pro-Russian east - Telegraph


PM Arseny Yatsenyuk pledged to push through a law allowing regional referendums in the country - RT


PM Yatseniuk: Constitutional reform aims to give more powers to the regions - nrcu.gov.ua


VIDEO (English): Ukrainian PM says government is ready for dialogue with eastern regions - theguardian.com


Yatsenyuk says he wants to have ‘good relations’ with Moscow - ITAR-TASS


Alfa anti-riot police refuses to storm protesters-occupied buildings in the east Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Luhansk: the local media  - ITAR-TASS

 

Pro-Russia miners take to Donetsk streets in uprising that mimics Kyiv protests - canada.com

 

VIDEO: Pro-Russia miners reinforce frontline in Donetsk - YouTube

 

VIDEO (English Subtitles): Woman’s desperate protest in Luhansk - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Protest Leader Brandishes AK-47 At Pro-Russian Rally In Luhansk - rferl.org

 

Clashes, disappearance mar Party of Regions presidential hopeful’s campaign in Odessa (VIDEOS) - RT News

 

VIDEO: Pro and anti-Russian protesters violently clash in Odessa after pro-EU demonstrators try to prevent a Party of Regions presidential candidate from leaving his hotel - YouTube

 

Pro-federalization rally continues in Kharkov - The Voice of Russia

 

Mystery Surrounds Death of Fiery Ukrainian Activist of the Nationalist Group Right Sector - NYTimes.com

 

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Four-way Ukraine talks between the United States, EU, Russia and Ukrainian government set for April 17 - AFP


Russia has no desire to take over eastern Ukraine, No soldiers or spies there: Lavrov - AFP


Russia supports keeping Ukraine's current borders: Lavrov - The Voice of Russia


Rising anti-Russia sentiment threatens Europe stability: Moscow - Yahoo News

 

Russia calls on US to persuade Ukraine authorities not to use force - Voice of Russia

 

Exclusive: Key General Splits With Obama Over Ukraine - The Daily Beast

 

US, French Warships Have Entered Black Sea - RIA Novosti

 

State Department Again Denies Presence of US Mercenaries in Ukraine - RIA Novosti

 

US sanctions Crimea's breakaway leaders - Sky News Australia

 

Lions, tigers could starve due to Ukraine-Russia conflict, Animals at a Crimean safari park face starvation as Ukrainian banks have blocked the park's accounts - The Washington Post

 

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Hints of possible deal on Ukraine gas emerge at G20 - Yahoo News


EU set to help Ukraine pay gas bills: Oettinger - Yahoo News


Putin: Russia guarantees gas commitments to European countries, will not stop gas to Ukraine but will have to switch to advance payments - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine pays too high price for Russian gas, State Department says - nrcu.gov.ua

 

Ukraine prepares to sue Gazprom in Stockholm arbitration - nrcu.gov.ua

 

Ukraine turns to Germany and France for gas - France 24

 

Ukraine Sees $7 Billion IMF Funding This Year - Bloomberg

 

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4-10-14 Public Hearing on Petraeus at CUNY

On April 3, 2014 CUNY students, faculty and staff, together with concerned individual and organizations (such as War Criminals Watch), came together to hold a public hearing to investigate charges that former General David Petraeus was responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity as Iraq/Afghanistan war commander and former CIA chief. The hearing discussed definitions of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and considered evidence regarding Petraeus’ actions.

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