Monday, January 23, 2012

Turn off your televisions

Turn off your televisions. Ignore the Newt-Mitt-Rick-Barack reality show. It is as relevant to your life as the gossip on “Jersey Shore.” The real debate, the debate raised by the Occupy movement about inequality, corporate malfeasance, the destruction of the ecosystem, and the security and surveillance state, is the only debate that matters. You won’t hear it on the corporate-owned airwaves and cable networks, including MSNBC, which has become to the Democratic Party what Fox News is to the lunatic fringe of the Republican Party. You won’t hear it on NPR or PBS. You won’t read about it in our major newspapers. The issues that matter are being debated, however, on “Democracy Now!,” Link TV, The Real News, Occupy websites and Revolution Truth. They are being raised by journalists such as Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi. You can find genuine ideas in corners of the Internet or in books by political philosophers such as Sheldon Wolin. But you have to go looking for them. 

Voting will not alter the corporate systems of power. Voting is an act of political theater. Voting in the United States is as futile and sterile as in the elections I covered as a reporter in dictatorships like Syria, Iran and Iraq. There were always opposition candidates offered up by these dictatorships. Give the people the illusion of choice. Throw up the pretense of debate. Let the power elite hold public celebrations to exalt the triumph of popular will. We can vote for Romney or Obama, but Goldman Sachs and ExxonMobil and Bank of America and the defense contractors always win. There is little difference between our electoral charade and the ones endured by the Syrians and Iranians. Do we really believe that Obama has, or ever had, any intention to change the culture in Washington?

In this year’s presidential election I will vote for a third-party candidate, either the Green Party candidate or Rocky Anderson, assuming one of them makes it onto the ballot in New Jersey, but voting is nothing more than a brief chance to register our disgust with the corporate state. It will not alter the configurations of power. The campaign is not worth our emotional, physical or intellectual energy.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

This Shit is Fucked Up and Bullshit

Look, I understand that some people find the notion that we've become an oligarchy — with all that implies about class relations — disturbing. But that's the way it is.
Paul Krugman

McKenzie Wark (bio)

I'm a worker. I go to work every weekday. I get paid. Most of that money goes to support my family. There's a little left over for fun. There's some for small acts of generosity. This makes possible a pretty good life. Will my students get to have that life? Or my kids?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Occupy Boston College

Wipe terror tapes and close US archive, its authors urge

A CONTROVERSIAL US project which contains the testimonies of Troubles era terrorists should now be wound up, according to the men who founded it.

The three men involved in the oral history project have said Boston College’s decision to hand over material to the US authorities after requests from the PSNI has betrayed the trust of those involved.
Investigative journalist Ed Moloney is the former director of the project that aimed to document the conflict through the eyes of those involved. Dr Anthony McIntyre interviewed former IRA members, while Wilson McArthur spoke to former loyalist paramilitaries for the archive under promise of confidentiality until death.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Shadow Anniversary: 'Persistence of War' - Correctly predicts Obama's Afghan War lies

Shadow Anniversary: 'Persistence of War' - Correctly predicts Obama's Afghan War lies
Program Type: Daily Program
Featured Speakers/Commentators: Barack Obama; Fred Branfman; Jo Cumberford;
Freda Payne; Robert Knight
Contributor: Robert Knight [Contact Contributor]
Broadcast Advisory: No Advisories - program content screened and verified.

A "Five O'Clock Shadow" anniversary special on "The Persistence of War,"
compiled from The Shadow's premiere broadcast in late 2010, featuring:
President Barack Obama's then-most-recent 30,000 troop "surge" -- and his false "promise to withdraw them " in Afghanistan (committing a combined TWICE as many troops [70,000] as President George W. Bush before him), and his false "promise of withdrawal by... JULY, 2011;
Fred Bronfman, first reporter to reveal the secret US bombing of Laos during the Vietnam war, discussing current WikiLeaks revelations of clandestine US bombing in Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan;
Barack Obama's 2009 speech incresing US military presence in Afghanistan, with false commitment to withdrawal by July 2011;
Jo Cumberford, executive director of the National Priorities Project, discussing
federal spending alternatives and the cost of war in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan; and

Legendary singer Freda Payne, discussing her anti-Vietnam war background and the US military banning of her music, including her famous anti-war song "Bring the Boys Home"; and

Freda Payne - "Bring the Boys Home (Bring Them Back Alive)."
Anchor: Robert Knight
Producer: Kristin Prest
Engineering: Michael G. Haskins
Origin: WBAI/Pacifica
-Robert Knight
Senior National Correspondent
"Five O'Clock Shadow"

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