Time for a History Lesson? (Invoking Guernica)

by Joe Scarry

The review in The New York Times compared the installation “Labyrinth: I Dreamt I Was Taller Than Jonathan Borofsky,” in the new show by Jim Shaw, to Picasso’s Guernica. (See “Jim Shaw at the New Museum: A Kaleidoscope of Giddy Delirium” by Ken Johnson) Continue reading

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HOMELAND is … (fill in the blank)

by Joe Scarry

From NPR: “Artists say they took jobs painting graffiti on the set of Homeland
to leave subversive messages. They say this one reads, ‘Homeland is racist.'”

ITEM ONE: This past week it was disclosed that activists “hacked” the show Homeland by inserting Arabic graffiti saying “Homeland is racist” on one of the show’s sets, so that the message was seen by millions of viewers. (See “The latest twist in Homeland’s racist plot: the realistic graffiti episode” in The Guardian.)
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Christians, Please Stop Paying for War Crimes!

by Daniel Riehl

If you are angry about U.S. and NATO aircraft bombing and destroying a Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, I share your feelings. If you think President Barack Obama is guilty of war crimes, then include in that category many of our congressional representatives and Senators also. They vote for funding the Pentagon’s criminal “adventures” in multiple undeclared wars and aggression world-wide.

Also include in that list all the many U.S taxpayers (Christians included) who help pay for these atrocities without raising their voices against them. Why do we choose to remain silent in this age of universal deceit promoted by the mainstream media and paid for by corporate America? Why don’t we seek to influence these votes of our representatives in Congress?

In view of the fact that 45% of our federal income taxes are used by our government for war making and militarism (according to the War Resisters League, some estimates up to 54%) shouldn’t we taxpayers consider refusal to pay that portion of our income taxes that go to war?

Some ways in which we can exercise tax resistance is by purposely lowering our income, giving as much money as possible to charities, looking for ways to get tax credits such as buying an all electric car (you get a $7,500 tax credit). Also visit the National Campaign for A Peace Tax Fund as well as the 1040 for Peace website.

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War “Hero” John Kerry is an Ass

by jay janson

During the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate, earlier this week,  millions of simple-minded Americans listened to the now time worn touting of various candidates as heroes, for having “fought for their country in Vietnam.”

Here is what former Democratic candidate for President and present Secretary of State John Kerry testified about the American war in Vietnam before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971.

“I am here as one member of the group of 1,000 veterans … and were it possible for all of them to sit at this table, they would be here and have the same kind of testimony….

…several months ago… over 150 honorably discharged, and many very highly decorated veterans, testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia – not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command….

They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages … shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country….. there is nothing in South Vietnam, nothing which could happen that realistically threatens the United States of America. And to attempt to justify the loss of life in Vietnam, Cambodia, or Laos by linking such loss to the preservation of freedom, … is to us the height of criminal hypocrisy, Continue reading

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CLUELESS IN LAS VEGAS: Hillary’s Nuclear Doctrine

by Joe Scarry


Democratic debate: October 13, 2015
Anderson Cooper (moderator), Hillary Clinton

The text alert came in Tuesday night: “Hillary Clinton says the number one threat to the US is nuclear weapons.”

AT LAST! I thought. The presidential campaign is turning to this urgent issue . . . .

In fact, it had been just a few days previous that I had had the AHA! moment:

#ScareMeIn3Words #Trump #nuclear #football
(NOW can we dismantle the thermonuclear monarchy?)
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DRONE NATION: Putting the Killing Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

by Joe Scarry

Are we falling behind in our effort to resist the growing convergence of robotics and war?

Having been at it for about 3-1/2 years, No Drones Network campaigners are becoming more and more aware that the greatest challenge of drones is that they operate “out of sight” . . . and once they’re out of sight, they tend to be “out of mind.”

Drones operate “out there” somewhere, and the US citizenry is encouraged to ignore them and go on with their lives. Whatever you do, don’t think about drones. And certainly don’t think deeply . . . .

People have trouble focusing on the problem of drones.  And that’s just the way the government likes it. (See “Why focus on drone attacks?”)

The antidote is active and creative agitation: activism that encourages people to think.

What are the creative ways that people around the country and around the world are helping people think deeply about what is being done with drones?

I’ve added a few links below. Please expand this list by using the comments section.

Why GROUNDED Is Soaring: Putting Drone Dilemmas In Your Face
Level Up, Step Up, Grow Up, Man Up . . . Wake Up
“The Predator” in Chicago – Good Friday, 2013 – “A Passion Play for the Drones Era”
GOOD KILL: Struggling to Bring the Truth of Drone Killing Out of the Shadows
ROBOTIC KILLING: What could possibly go wrong? (Ask a kid)
A Modest Proposal: Debate the Drones

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Reflections on Indigenous Peoples Day 2015

by Joe Scarry

Today we observe Indigenous Peoples Day (heretofore “Columbus Day”).

I wish that today I could point to some full-blown writing and activism that I have already done about Indigenous Peoples.  The truth is that I have some thoughts that occur to me over and over, but I have struggled to figure out where to take them.

Well, at the least, I can dedicate this day to making some progress on that.

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