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Before Voting, Watch This Video

It is estimated that 90 million eligible votes will sit out this election. While there are small handfuls that articulate principled stances against voting, the overwhelming majority is part of an epidemic of indifference or self-imposed impotence.

Why?

America's Deplorable Human Rights Record

 

America's Deplorable Human Rights Record

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Far and away, America's human rights record is the world's worst. No other nation approaches its unprincipled history. Earlier crimes against humanity were largely internal and regional. 

 

Netanyahu Says War is Peace

 

Netanyahu Says War is Peace

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

He sounds like Obama. He has delusions of Big Brother. He's turning Israel into Oceania. He believes freedom is slavery and ignorance is strength. Rogue leaders think and govern that way. 

 

Netanyahu's one of the worst. Reelect him and he may destroy the Middle East and Israel with it. In January, Israelis have their say. They can banish this menace and be done with him. 

Syria News - Nov 4

 

Plan takes shape for Syria opposition overhaul in Amman meeting of groups - AFP

More on the Amman meeting of the Syrian opposition - The Jordan Times

U.S. push to overhaul Syrian opposition gains pace, Included is the blueprint for the new opposition umbrella, the Syrian National Initiative to supplant the Syrian National Council - ArabSaga

Despite backlash for helping Assad regime, Hezbollah retains tight grip on Lebanon - Fox News

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Syrian rebels and govt forces clash over key northwestern airbase, Joining in the attack is Qaeda inspired al-Nusra  - RT

Syrian rebels attack regime air base with modern arsenal - The National

VIDEOS: Improving Syrian Oppositon Armaments Demonstrated During The Taftanaz Airbase Attack - Brown Moses Blog

Anti-Terror Authorities Question Where Money Goes From the Syrian Support Group, it was given a license to raise funds for the FSA - www.theblaze.com

Jihadist killing of captives widens the split among rebel fighters in Syria - The Observer

Syrian conflict: civilians are trying to impose law, not guns in rebel-held Aleppo, Main obstacle is extremists, who don't like the mixture of civil and Islamic law the court applies - Alaska Dispatch

VIDEO: FSA supporter burning the US flag during demonstration - LiveLeak.com 

VIDEO: Assad Regime forces cutting the ears of dead FSA fighters - YouTube

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Clashes Between Kurdish Militias and FSA Could Increase Support for the PYD - RUDAW

Kurdish woman militia leader’s death could derail talks between FSA and PYD, She was in mediation mission and killed “savagely" by the FSA - THE DAILY STAR

Armed group suspected of detonating Sayida Zainab's holy shrine in Syria captured - Iraq News

Syrian-Armenian released, fate of other 7 unknown - Armenian News | Tert.am

 

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Trick or Treat Jobs Report

 

Trick or Treat Jobs Report

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Friday's headline number belies dire economic reality. Main Street's in protracted Depression. Nearly 25 million Americans are jobless. 

 

Real unemployment approaches 23%. On November 6, Americans vote. Neither candidate proposed ways to create jobs. Obama's done more to destroy them than create them. More on that below.

Vote Independent or Stay Home

 

Vote Independent or Stay Home

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Voting for Obama or Romney is like choosing between death by hanging or firing squad. Either way you're dead.

 

The same goes for choosing Republicans or Democrats. Each party replicates the other. On issues mattering most, not a dime's worth of difference separates them.

 

Good News and Bad

 

Good News and Bad

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A personal note: As a writer and radio host, I'm often asked why I don't discuss good news. My answer is when I find some I will. Today I did, and here it is.

 

Two previous articles discussed suppressing free expression in Greece. Targeting dissent and media freedom continues. 

 

Open Letter To Michael Moore: Drop Obama & Vote For Jill Stein


 Dear Michael Moore,In your recently published blog post 90 Million Are Planning Not to Vote - Your Mission: Take Just One of Them to the Polls, you wisely ignore the myth of the undecided voter and aim for a voting block that can truly affect the outcome of this election when you write:

“I want youyes, YOU, the person reading this right nowto get ONE of your fellow Americans who would not otherwise vote to show up at the polls and support Obama.

Hurrican Sandy, Climate Change and a Protest Against Drone Strikes

By Debra Sweet, National Director World Can't Wait.                          Thanks to all who have messaged those of us in the northeast to check how we're doing. We know many of you have been affected, and are not even able to read this, or follow the news. The scale of the disaster in the US is unprecedented, and still remains to be grasped, as tens of millions are affected. A reminder, given how seriously people in NYC/NJ are affected... proportionately, the poor countries who got the storms brunt first, especially Haiti, suffered more loss. People in Haiti's slums who have nothing — a situation fostered by centuries of U.S. actions — were washed away, and survivors face cholera. This is an international problem, and we can't get all "Ah-MUR-i-can" as the politicians do.

Three ThisCantBeHappening! Collecive Members Weigh in on the Nov. 6 Election

 

TCBH! Election Issue, Part I:

I’m Voting Third Party This Year


By Dave Lindorff



I, for one, can’t do it. 


Swing State Pickup Lines

Hi. You're beautiful. And I don't give a damn who you're voting for.

Seriously?

Which part?

You don't give a damn who I'm voting for?

I swear on the Fourth Amendment.

We don't have that amendment anymore.

You know that?

Yes.  What's the catch?  Which hack are you hocking?

None of them.  I'm serious.

For real?  What planet are you from? Scratch that. Will you marry me and what planet are you from?

I'm not entirely sure.

Which part?

I'm not sure what planet I'm from, and of course I'll marry you.  Now I do want to ask you one thing.

I knew it!  I want a prenuptial agreement.

No. No. I want to tell you something about me and ask you if you can understand it.  I want to know if you can understand why I'm not voting for Obama.

But I don't care why.  

You don't?

OK, let me guess.  He's less evil than Romney but less evil is still evil, and you don't want to be evil, and you just haven't managed to grasp that the more evil candidate is even more evil?

Good guess, but … completely wrong.  You have to remember here that I'm not a blithering idiot.  I know it's hard, but try.  In fact, I'm willing to suggest that lesser evilism is a truism, requiring exactly zero cerebral exertion to comprehend.  The more evil candidate will do more evil.  Got it.  But I'm still not voting for the less evil one.

OK, I have another guess.

I'm listening.

You want the more evil candidate to win because you imagine it will create the sort of mass resistance that will turn the country completely around, whereas the less evil guy will just keep boiling us slowly like frogs.

Now that's slander.

How can it be slander when it's a guess?

Of the frogs, I mean.  If you heat a pot the frog jumps out, and if you drop him in an already boiling pot he cooks.  It's all backwards because frogs are just not as stupid as humans.  We like to imagine . . .

So you DO want to make Romney president!

No.  I do not want to make Romney president.  Not to create mass resistance.  Not to make it easier for President Hillary to put the final nail in our national coffin four years hence.  Not because I'm mad at Obama and he hurt my wittle feelings.  Not for any reason.

OK, I've got it.

You've got it?

Yeah, you're not going to vote at all because that way you're sending a message to the whole corrupt system that it sucks and you don't.

Um, we've got almost 100 million people trying that, and it hasn't sent anybody so much as a postcard yet.

All right.  Let me think.

By all means.  I'm not the thought police.

I'm thinking.

I can see that.

OK.  This is it.  You believe that Jill Stein or Rocky Anderson or some other hopeless candidate is our last true hope.  You think they can win, or could theoretically win, or might begin to build a party that could theoretically someday win, or something like that.

That's five guesses.

We don't waste time in swing states.

Well, they're all wrong.  They're so far off Diebold couldn't count them.  They're not in the same ballpark.  Those guesses are about as close to right as …

OK, so this isn't fair, because the answer is some crazy thing having to do with that other planet you're from or something.  It's not fair unless it's something I know about.

You know about it.

Yeah, well, I call.

Are we playing poker?

Yeah, and I call.  What have you got?

What are we playing for?

Beer.

Beer?  Are you, or are you not, better off than you were four beers ago?

I am.

All right.  Here's the deal.  

It's too late to deal.  I call.

All right.  All right.  You know how we're always supposed to vote for the lesser evil candidate, but then four years later they're both more evil?  

I guess.

You know how last time the lesser evil candidate was for taxing the rich and ending wars and fixing NAFTA and restoring the rule of law and protecting civil liberties and tackling climate change and passing the Employee Free Choice Act, and this time the lesser evil candidate is for cutting Social Security and Medicare and spying without warrants and letting the CIA and Special Forces kill people every day and expanding NAFTA to the whole damn world and establishing an assassination program for men women and children and imprisoning people forever without charge or trial and drilling more oil?

Well, yeah, when you put it that way.

No, I'm not putting it that way.  Remember, I'm agreeing that the more evil guy is more evil.  We've been there, done that, right?

Right, so … ?

OK, so if we vote for the lesser evil guy every time but then the two choices are both more evil, there must be something else we should be doing.  And I have an idea what it is.  And we can't do it if we're doing lesser evil voting.  So, I don't want Obama to win.  I don't want Romney to win.  I don't imagine that Stein or Anderson can win.  I don't think the outcome of the election can send a message.  I'm not interested in the outcome at all, because I'm more interested in whether the people of this country are doing this other thing I have in mind, and it just so happens that the only way they can do it is if they are the kind of people who vote for Stein or Anderson.

So, you want Jill Stein or Rocky Anderson?

No.  I voted for Stein.  Anderson is great too.  I don't give a rat's derriere whether they get 1% or 20%, except as a side effect.  I'm not interested in them, although I like them both.  I'm interested in the millions of people who are going to vote or not vote and in what kind of people they are.

Who cares what kind of people they are if Romney ruins their country.

He can't.  He can't do it if they're the kind of people I have in mind.  And either Obama or Romney will do it, perhaps at slightly different speeds, if people allow them to.

I don't understand.

OK, well, let me try to explain.  It's hard to put into a sound byte.  Change comes from broad-based popular movements that impact the entire culture.  This is how we got civil and political rights, how we got workplace rights and environmental protections -- such as they are.  Everything worth achieving has been achieved by educating, organizing, inspiring, and pressuring the government, and not by picking the right portion of the government to reelect, cheer for, and withhold all criticism from.  Now, you can say you want to vote for the lesser evil person while simultaneously protesting him, but it doesn't work that way.  Most people's minds and most popular organizations devote themselves to lesser evilism on a permanent basis, not just the week of an election.  Obama in 2009 told the big environmentalist groups not to talk about climate change, and most of them haven't mentioned it since, even in the midst of a hurricane.  One group mentioned it and declared that the tar sands pipeline would be Obama's test, but the price for failing the test is having that group and its members vote for Obama's reelection a little less cheerfully.  Obama told the unions and advocacy groups not to say "single-payer healthcare" and they obeyed, forbidding mention of it at their rallies, asking instead for a mysterious "public option" that was then of course denied them.  You'd think it would be hard for people to sell out this way, especially in non-election years, but they help themselves along by the art of selective information consumption.  Most -- not all, but most -- Obama voters have managed not to know about drone wars or kill lists or the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  And, of course, it's extra hard to engage in serious activism while unaware what's going on.  By activism I mean educating, organizing, rallying, marching, lobbying, reporting, editorializing, inspiring, blockading, boycotting, interrupting, mocking, replacing, and nonviolently resisting evil policies in the thousands and thousands of ways available to nonviolent activists.  Someone said to me yesterday: "But Martin Luther King Jr. didn't start a third party."  Of course he didn't.  Neither am I.  I wouldn't have wanted him to.  I wouldn't want you to.  But he also didn't sell out to an existing party.  He didn't endorse and campaign for candidates.  He didn't tell anyone that voting was the only tool available, because -- of course -- voting comes far down the list of tools that have proven effective through history.  And when the voting system is as corrupted as ours is now, the only way to render it even more useless is to promise half the candidates that you will strive to annoy them throughout their terms but never ever vote against them (unless it's in a non-swing-state and in small enough numbers not to matter), and if they'll let you come to meetings at the White House you'll see what you can do about not annoying them either.  Latinos threatened not to vote for Obama and won some immigration reforms.  Labor unions threatened to bend over, and Obama kicked their ass.  Is this beginning to make sense?

So, you think activism is more important than elections and you really mean it?  So when elections get in the way of activism you want people to change their electoral behavior in whatever way will make them better activists, regardless of what happens in the election?

Exactly!  Is that marriage thing still on the table?

Uh huh.  You know what I was thinking?

No.

Remember when the peace movement was big several years ago?  I mean, not super big, but big enough to be noticed?

Yeah.

And then the Democrats came into Congress and into the White House, and it dried up, right?

Yeah.

Well, what if it hadn't?  What if it had kept growing?  What if everything that went into electing Obama the first time had gone into the peace movement?  What if the Nobel Committee in its infinite wisdom had given a peace prize to the peace movement?  What if the peace movement had a billion dollars and a gazillion volunteer hours to work with?  Wouldn't that have been worth more than having Obama instead of McCain?  Wouldn't that have made both McCain and Obama better or replaced them with better people and led to a choice anyway of the lesser evil candidate who would have been even less evil?  Or if it didn't, but the movement continued to grow, wouldn't it stand a chance of turning things dramatically around in the coming years, unlike Dr. 47% or Captain Drone Warrior if left to their own devices?

You actually understand this!  Now I have to ask what planet you are from.

No, let me ask you something.

OK.

Did you call this "Swing State Pickup Lines" because "Why Can't You Morons Get This Stuff Through Your Thick Skulls" sounded less attractive?  

Maybe.

Caught in the Act

 

Caught in the Act

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Washington wages direct and proxy wars dirty. Favored allies are cold-blooded killers. Cutthroats are America's favorites. The more vicious the better. America's so-called responsibility to protect (R2P) is a license to brutalize and kill.

 

TSA agent arrested for rape of a child by Wendy Thomson

 

For those of you who follow this blog, it should come as no surprise that a TSA agent has been arrested for the rape of a boy he was mentoring as a volunteer Big Brother.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Abortion and War

I'd like to quote for you some of the very best bits of William Blum's new book, "America's Deadliest Export: Democracy," but I'd end up quoting most of the book and the entire chapter on capitalism.  So you're just going to have to get your own copy.

But let me quote one little section for you here.  Blum reviews state laws requiring that women considering abortions be told that they are about to end a human life.  Regardless of your view of such laws, Blum thinks it is worth noting that no such information is provided to women or men when they sign up to join the U.S. military.  So, he proposes requiring that each would-be recruit be read this statement:

"The United States is at war [this statement is always factually correct].  You will likely be sent to a battlefield where you will be expected to do your best to terminate the lives of whole, separate, unique, living human beings you know nothing about and who have never done you or your country any harm.  You may in the process lose an arm or a leg.  Or your life.  If you come home alive and with all your body parts intact, there's a good chance you will be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.  Do not expect the government to provide you particularly good care for that, or any care at all.  In any case, you may wind up physically abusing your spouse and children and/or others, killing various individuals, abusing drugs and/or alcohol, and having an increased risk of suicide ideation or suicide.  No matter how bad a condition you may be in, the government may send you back to the battlefield for another tour of duty.  They call this 'stop-loss.'  And don't ever ask any of your officers what we're fighting for.  Even the generals don't know.  In fact, the generals especially don't know.  They would never have reached their high position if they had been able to go beyond the propaganda we're all fed, the same propaganda that has influenced you to come to this office."

A while back I made a video along these same lines:


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Profile of a Police State

 

Profile of a Police State

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

For years, America has been on a fast track to tyranny. Duopoly power runs things repressively. Government of, by, and for the people never existed and doesn't now. 

 

Homeland repression is policy. Police state laws target resisters. Elections are farcical, rigged, and illegitimate. People have no say. Corporate controlled electronic voting machines decide for them. 

Greece Suppresses Free Expression

 

Greece Suppresses Free Expression

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Ordinary Greeks face deepening Depression conditions. At a time vital help is needed, force-fed austerity is policy. Corrupt governance mandates it. Severe repression targets resisters. Now they've got another woe. Press freedom isn't tolerated.

 

Predicting Protracted Hard Times

 

Predicting Protracted Hard Times

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It works the same way every time. Bad policies assure bad results. Prioritizing short-term profits jeopardizes long-term gains. 

 

Force-fed austerity when stimulus is needed is madness. So is harming economies, communities, and ordinary people to save banks. 

 

Killing peace in Syria: the U.S. role

http://www.alternet.org/world/armed-rebels-and-middle-eastern-power-plays-how-us-helping-kill-peace-syria?paging=off  As President Obama confirmed in an interview with theAtlantic on March 2, 2012, one of the strategic goals of U.S. policy in Syria has been to weaken and isolate Iran by removing or helping to remove its strongest Arab ally. Asked what the U.S.

Part II - Rigged Elections for Romney?

Michael Collins

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Part I of this series suggested that there may well have been massive vote flipping for candidate Mitt Romney in the Republican primaries (Rigged Elections for Romney (10/22/12)  The article and the initial research analysis were received broadly.  In addition, highly motivated citizens across the country and a team of high school students contacted the authors for help replicating the research in their states.  The researchers, Francois et al., point out that this can be done with their open source techniques.

The basic argument is straightforward.  If you look at precinct level voting data arranged from the smallest to the largest precincts, you will see Romney's gains increasing substantially as the cumulative vote increases.  For example, Ohio and Wisconsin show this clearly as do eleven other states presented here.  This extraordinary vote gain from smallest to largest precincts is so out of line, that the probability that this would happen by chance alone is often less than 1 out of a number represented by 1 preceded by 100 zeros and a decimal point, a value beneath the statistical package’s lower limits.  As a result, the researchers termed the suspected vote flipping for Romney the “amazing anomaly.” (The Amazing Statistical Anomaly)

Drone Wars

 

Drone Wars

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Perhaps one day they'll arrive over a neighborhood near you. Drones are becoming America's weapon of choice. Domestically so far, they're used only for eyes in the sky spying. 

 

Big Brother wants to watch everyone all the time. Don't bet against eyes not being weaponized one day to punish as well as spy. That's how rogue states operate. 

Beware Post-Elections

 

Beware Post-Elections

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Electoral priorities feature rhetoric, not new adventurism advocacy likely to rile voters. Post-election, anything goes.

 

The Middle East pot boils. Endless conflicts persists. Car bombings, other violence, and instability are daily Iraqi realities. Afghanistan is America's longest war. It was lost long ago. Nonetheless, it shows no signs of ending.

Syria News - Nov 1

 

Obama administration works to launch new Syrian opposition council - Foreign Policy

Clinton: SNC No Longer Leads Syrian Opposition, Urges to "strongly resist the efforts by the extremists to hijack the Syrian revolution" - VOA 

Syrian opposition reacts to US attempt to form an alternative opposition - todayszaman

SNC, FSA and other groups to form government in exile - Asharq Alawsat Newspaper (English)

Russia warns of more bloodshed if West insists on Assad ouster - NOW Lebanon

Why Romney Is the War Candidate (Cont'd) - The Atlantic

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Bomb attack near Shiite shrine kills 8 south of Damascus - NOW Lebanon

VIDEO: Terrorists Bomb Shiite Damascus Suburb of Sayyeda Zaynab Killing 8, Injuring 13 - LiveLeak.com 

Syria rebels form brigade to battle pro-Assad Palestinians - chicagotribune.com

Libyan leads brigade of Syrian and foreign fighters - The Long War Journal

Syrian rebels release abducted Lebanese journalist - Al Akhbar English

VIDEO: Syrian rebels destroy an Armenian church and burn the Holy Bible in Aleppo - YouTube

VIDEO: Terror in the Making as Reported by al-Jadeed TV - LiveLeak.com

VIDEO: Afghan Refugee kidnapped by rebels in Syria - YouTube

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VIDEO (article): Meet the YPG, the Kurdish Militia That Fought the FSA in Aleppo - VICE

FSA chief: Clashes between FSA and PYD the work of Assad regime - todayszaman

VIDEO: Insurgents Clash with Kurds North of Aleppo, Syria - YouTube

VIDEO (article): Turkey police crack down on Kurds - CNN

Turkish PM says issue of Syria no-fly zone, civilian safe areas is up to Security Council - The Washington Post

Syria rebels commute in Turkish ambulances, report says - PressTV

Turkey denies its ambulances targeted by Syrian army - todayszaman

VIDEO: Rebels say Iran supplies the Syrian government with drones - YouTube

Iran and Syria swap fuels as both aim to dodge sanctions - Reuters

 

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Respectable Murderers: An Open Letter to Dan Ellsberg

Dear Dan,

You and I are getting ready to tape a debate on the question of whether to vote for Obama (in "swing states"). It will air on Lila Garrett's "Connect the Dots" show on KPFK next Monday. I'm looking forward to it, if for no other reason, because I think our public discourse lacks much serious debate between people who respect each other's intentions. I have nothing but respect for you and believe you mean nothing but the best in advocating votes for Obama. You honestly believe I was catastrophically wrong to vote for Jill Stein in Virginia, as I've done, and I honestly believe you are horrendously misguided to be expending your valuable energy trying to get others to vote for Obama. And yet we'll be friends through this and regardless of whether one or both of us ever change our minds.

An hour debate will also be a refreshing change from the usual sound byte simplification of the media, and yet not necessarily sufficient. So, let me tell you a couple of stories.

Nov.2012 War Criminals Appearances/Protests

Here's our list of War Criminals appearances and protest for November. Let us know if you'd want to have a demonstration in your area and we'll aid you in planning and publicizing your event.

 Madeline Albright  11/12/12 - Naples FL

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