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Nine Nobel Peace Laureates Call on NBC to Cancel "Stars Earn Stripes"


http://nobelwomensinitiative.org/2012/08/nine-nobel-peace-laureates-call-on-nbc-to-cancel-stars-earn-stripes/?ref=18

WAR ISN’T ENTERTAINMENT— AND SHOULDN’T BE TREATED LIKE IT IS

An Open Letter to Mr. Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, General Wesley Clark (ret.), Producer Mark Burnett and others involved in “Stars Earn Stripes”:

During the Olympics, touted as a time for comity and peace among nations, millions first learned that NBC would be premiering a new “reality” TV show.  The commercials announcing “Stars Earn Stripes” were shown seemingly endlessly throughout the athletic competition, noting that its premier would be Monday, August 13, following the end of the Olympic games.

That might seem innocuous since spectacular, high budget sporting events of all types are regular venues for airing new products, televisions shows and movies.  But “Stars Earn Stripes” is not just another reality show.  Hosted by retired four-star general Wesley Clark, the program pairs minor celebrities with US military personnel and puts them through simulated military training, including some live fire drills and helicopter drops.  The official NBC website for the show touts “the fast-paced competition” as “pay[ing] homage to the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces and our first-responder services.”

It is our belief that this program pays homage to no one anywhere and continues and expands on an inglorious tradition of glorifying war and armed violence.  Military training is not to be compared, subtly or otherwise, with athletic competition by showing commercials throughout the Olympics.  Preparing for war is neither amusing nor entertaining.

Real war is down in the dirt deadly.  People—military and civilians—die in ways that are anything but entertaining.  Communities and societies are ripped apart in armed conflict and the aftermath can be as deadly as the war itself as simmering animosities are unleashed in horrific spirals of violence.  War, whether relatively short-lived or going on for decades as in too many parts of the world, leaves deep scars that can take generations to overcome – if ever.

Trying to somehow sanitize war by likening it to an athletic competition further calls into question the morality and ethics of linking the military anywhere with the entertainment industry in barely veiled efforts to make war and its multitudinous costs more palatable to the public.

The long history of collaboration between militaries and civilian media and entertainment—and not just in the United States—appears to be getting murkier and in many ways more threatening to efforts to resolve our common problems through nonviolent means.  Active-duty soldiers already perform in Hollywood movies, “embedded” media ride with soldier in combat situations, and now NBC is working with the military to attempt to turn deadly military training into a sanitized “reality” TV show that reveals absolutely nothing of the reality of being a soldier in war or the consequences of war.  What is next?

As people who have seen too many faces of armed conflict and violence and who have worked for decades to try to stop the seemingly unending march toward the increased militarization of societies and the desensitization of people to the realities and consequences of war, we add our voices and our support to those protesting “Stars Earn Stripes.”  We too call upon NBC stop airing this program that pays homage to no one, and is a massive disservice to those who live and die in armed conflict and suffer its consequences long after the guns of war fall silent.

Sincerely,

Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize, 1997

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize, 1984

Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize, 1977

Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize, 2003

President José Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize, 1996

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Prize, 1980

President Oscar Arias Sanchez, Nobel Peace Prize, 1987

Rigoberta Menchú Tum, 1992

Betty Williams, Nobel Peace Prize, 1977

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DEMOCRATS, REPUPLICANS, MILITARY, POLITICAL OFFICIALS ARE PART OF THIS PARASITICAL, FASCIST SYSTEM AND APPEALING TO THEIR GOOD NATURE, WHICH DOESN'T EXIST, ONLY CLASS DEFORMED , PROTO FASCIST NATURE, IS REASON TO TAKE ON WESTERN FASCISM AND SAY GOOD RIDDANCE TO CLASS DELUSIONS, SELF ENSLAVEMENT, SUPPORT FOR THESE IDEOLOGICAL, MILITARY, THUGS.



Wikileaks Continues to Battle DDoS Attack


http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/08/13-2


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Whistleblowing organization Wikileaks says it continues to suffer a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.


The organization first reported the attack, which has expanded to include affiliated sites, on Aug. 3.  The groups says 10 gigabits of bogus traffic per second are flooding its site.


On Friday, Wikileaks gave this update on the attacks:



Today, through a series of tweets, WikiLeaks explained in detail the attack they are facing:


More information on the ongoing DDoS attack against WikiLeaks related sites and donation infrastructure follows:



  • The attack is well over 10Gbits/second sustained on the main WikiLeaks domains.

  • The bandwidth is used is so huge it is impossible to filter without specialized hardware, however...

  • the DDoS is not simple bulk UDP or ICMP packet flooding, so most hardware filters won't work either.

  • The rage of IPs used is huge. Whoever is running it controls thousands of machines or is able to simulate them.

  • We have even tried moving behind http://Cloudflare.com but Cloudflare has re-emptively banned WikiLeaks. Living in the wild wild west.

RT notes that the "attack coincided with WikiLeaks’ release of a new portion of emails allegedly acquired by the hacktivist group Anonymous from the server of consulting firm Stratfor. The batch concerns the supposed existence of a US-based system called TrapWire, which allegedly collects images from surveillance cameras across America and uses them to track people for possible threats."


 


 


SAY SIEG HEIL TO THE FASCIST OBAMA, STOP SUPPORTING THE WAR CRIMINAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND ALL OTHER FASCIST CLASS PARTIES.   WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE.....GLOBAL FASCISM IS HERE. EVERYONE WHO CHALLANGES FASCIST, PARASITICAL CLASS SYSTEMS, EMPIRE THUGS ARE NOW CALLED "MILITANTS", "TERRORISTS" TO JUSTIFY GLOBAL FASCISM.

Let History show that like the Fascist Republicans, who trashed 800 years of civil law and Habeus Corpus rights to innocents convicted and tortured, illegally, Obama has his kill list to murder innocent Muslims and Amerikans, without proving any criminal acts, or charges.  He even goes to court to promote FASCISM, DESPOTISM, POLICE STATE POWERS, to arrest, detain forever, even kill innocent people without due process.  A federal appeals court ruled all of this fascist , totalitarian, class deformed, Empire driven, criminal behavior, as UNCONSTITUIONAL, siding with the social activists, who do not trust the fascist democratic party, War criminal Obama, or any other fascist class party to uphold social justice.   Obama appealed the decision to JUSTIFY FASCISM, CLASS TYRANT HE IS, and then when the courts demanded that he proove that he has not taken fascist actions against citizens around the world, HE TOLD THE JUDGE AND JUDICIAL LAWS he IS ABOVE THE LAW, DICTATOR.


Don't worry, though, the Judicial branch, like the Congress, both its class parties and Presidents, have corrupted the constiution, international laws by SHOPPING FOR JUDICIAL NAZIS, OR FASCIST SUPREME COURT THUGS, who refuse to consider the HABEUS CORPUS rights of innocent people by NOT HEARING THEM.  OBAMA, THE DEMOCRATIC  PARTY WILL APPEAL TO HIGHER, FASCIST JUDICIAL THUGS, TO SANCTION THEIR FASCISM, WAR CRIMES AND DICTATORSHIP.  WHAT IDIOTS WOULD DEFEND THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR, EXCEPT STUPID, MINDLESS LIBERALS, FASCIST APPEASERS WHO ENABLE THEIR OWN ENSLAVEMENT.

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