November 29, 2014
Story reported by Michael Troncale
The United Nations has just passed a resolution ordering all residents of Manhattan who are not related to the original inhabitants of the island to leave. Ownership of the island will be turned over to the descendants of the Native Americans (the Lenape people) that lived there before 1626.
“It is completely unacceptable what the Dutch did to the original inhabitants of Manhattan,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “They paid the Lenape 60 gilders worth of goods for the entire island, which is around a $1,000 in today’s currency. It’s downright theft, and we must correct this injustice.”
The nearly 1,500,000 people who live in Manhattan have three days to pack their belongings in preparation for relocation. Evacuee camps along the coasts of New Jersey and Long Island will provide living arrangements in the short-term. Eventually, these residents will be relocated to new arrangements in Staten Island, with the hope that someday they will have their own state within the US.
A bill currently pending in Congress would require the administration to come clean about the killings it is carrying out with drones around the world.
The bill — the HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act — stems from a letter issued by the leaders of the Progressive Caucus several months ago. The bill is authored by Rep. Adam Schiff, of California, and to date, ten (10) other progressive representatives have stepped up to co-sponsor the bill.
By Michael Troncale
“Every since he came around, people have died in his great name, long before that September, long before hijacking planes.”
–Lyrics from the song “Him” by Lily Allen
“I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes.”
–Winston Churchill, on his decision to use poison gas to help put down rebellion against British rule in Iraq not long after the country was “created”
“You are flying in the face of four millennia of history.”
–An American missionary’s reaction to the British decision to cram Mosul, Baghdad, and Basra into newly formed country of Iraq
“The British civil commissioner in Baghdad, Captain Arnold Wilson, warned that it [decision to draw artificial borders to create new country of Iraq] was a recipe for disaster because the enduring Shia-Sunni conflict would result in ‘the antithesis of democratic government.”
— History’s Worst Decisions and the People Who Made Them, Stephen Weir
Meaning of the Word “Iraq” – “Well-rooted country.”
by Clarence James
do you know why
only innocents cry
neither do i man
neither do i
then youll tell me
who let killers go free
its a mystery see
such a mystery
so at least wont you say
when the wise get their day
i hear that they may
because where will we go
and what will we do
thats the question
but the answer
by Jim Bovard
Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles deserves another Pulitzer Prize for this superb cartoon. Some people are singing hallelujahs over the Supreme Court’s recent decision that police cannot automatically search people’s cell phones. However, the Supreme Court has done nothing to negate the government’s prerogative to kill people based on secret memos, secret evidence, and utter bunk.
I started ragging on the U.S. government’s assassination policy long ago when Obama was a presidential candidate who pledged to obey the Constitution. A 2011 story I wrote for the Christian Science Monitor (“Assassination nation: Are there any limits on President Obama’s license to kill?”) evoked a torrent of testy online comments:
* “Hopefully there will soon be enough to add James Bovard to the [targeted killing] list.”
* “We need to send Bovard and the ACLU to Iran. You shoot traders and the ACLU are a bunch of traders.”
* “Now if we can only convince [Obama] to use this [assassination] authority on the media, who have done more harm than any single terror target could ever dream of…”
* “James bovard… We would all be better off if bigots like you stopped writing crap.”
* “You guys who are against killing these guys are going to be the death of all of us.”
By Joe Scarry, originally posted on Scarry Thoughts
I’m just back from a retrospective of the animations produced by John and Faith Hubley at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago.
I’m breathless over the short animation from 1964 called “The Hat.”
|“I … must … have … my … HAT!”
It’s a pitch-perfect antiwar tale — timeless. You can read about it on the Michael Sporn Animation blog, and watch it in two parts on Youtube. I don’t know what part of “The Hat” I like best: the totally convincing dialogue (spoken by Dizzy Gillespie and Dudley Moore)? the original soundtrack they created? the mythic arc of the story? the exquisite drawings?
“The Hat” – Part 1
“The Hat” – Part 2
Where are we going to get more of this kind of work to power the movement to abolish war?
By Joanna Perry-Folino
The loss of a child is perhaps the most devastating loss a human being can suffer. The short and long term effects of the pain which affects a parent after the death of a son or daughter are unfathomable. There are legendary stories in both fact and fiction depicting the shock, denial, rage and eventual coming to terms in some manner with the reality that a child, tenderly, lovingly raised from birth, has been removed from a parent’s world forever. Never again to be touched, held, listened to, conversed with, wrestled or engaged with in the here and now. Never again.
Read more at Huffington Post.