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Dissident Voice - 2013-11-22 - Original post - cached version

This is not merely a fight between Israel and the US. Nor is it only a fight between the White House and Congress. It is also a battle between intellectual titans.

On the one side there are the two renowned professors, Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer. On the other, the towering...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-22 - Original post - cached version

SANTA ROSA, CA — A new, powerful coalition of Latino, social justice, green, progressive Democrats, student, civil liberties, peace, and other groups has emerged in Sonoma County, California. The killing of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by sheriff’s deputy Erick Gelhaus on October 22 unites them.

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Dissident Voice - 2013-11-22 - Original post - cached version

Dear America:

Costly complexity is baked into Obamacare. No health insurance system is without problems but Canadian style single-payer full Medicare for all is simple, affordable, comprehensive and universal.

In the early 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson enrolled 20 million elderly...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-22 - Original post - cached version

November 22, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The true story of JFK’s murder has never been officially admitted, although the conclusion that JFK was murdered by a plot involving the Secret Service, the CIA, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff has been...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-22 - Original post - cached version

Friday midtown.  Friday payday.

“CEO Tobacconists.” Quality, overpriced cigars. Walk-in humidor. Air-conditioned smoking room. Customers relax. Smoke.  Watch wide-screen TV.  Recite the Smoker’s Ode:

green gone
brown dead
resurrection fire
leaf life
tumors bloom...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-22 - Original post - cached version

Daddy Warbucks: May I have the first word?

Brother Pax: If I may have the last one.

DW: I’m sure you will, and you had the first one too. Before the drones came on the scene, you called them forth. You said “War costs too much money.” You said “War kills too many soldiers.” Well,...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-22 - Original post - cached version

Nuclear-armed states don’t want Iran in their club

Over the weekend of November 9, the progress of multi-national talks with Iran abruptly paused after France surprised the other participants by raising public  objections to a treaty text that remains secret. So now we have a possibly...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-22 - Original post - cached version

The 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) is now underway in Warsaw, Poland, where thousands have gathered in the streets calling upon UN delegates to agree to drastic reductions in carbon emissions in order to stave off the harshest results of climate change and preserve human life on this...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-22 - Original post - cached version

The world today is in the midst of the most monumental social, political and economic upheavals in human history – a state of continual protests, uprisings and what may be considered inevitable revolution on a global scale. Power that had been centralized for roughly 500 years among the Atlantic...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-21 - Original post - cached version

Television night with Music and BEING. Apartment strewn with clothes, bottles, ash-trays over-flowing, cake and candy wrappers, coffee cups and cartons emptied of fast-food, junk-food, food-flavored processed food product.

Colorful slaughter on the big TV.  BEING and Music deep in the...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-21 - Original post - cached version

Episode 519 of the Max Keiser show was aired on British TV screens on 5th November. Mr Keiser’s background and experience is in economics in general and financial services in particular. The first half of his show is invariably given over to kicking banksters and their political enablers with...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Digging ever deeper into the facts about the badger culls, the more I come across evidence showing they are being carried out on the basis of false figures, manipulated evidence and a lot of, to quote Hillary Clinton, “mistelling of the truth”.  The more I discover, the more senseless and cruel...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Coursing through the trackless wastes between Toronto and Winnipeg, our intrepid reporter Rap (short for “rapporteur,” just to add a touch of class), taking a leaf from Stephen Colbert (Col-bear) and his Report (pronouced Re-poor), checked in recently. In fact the paper trail of his expense...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-20 - Original post - cached version

With the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination just around the corner, we can expect the media to be inundated with solemn remembrances, first-person recollections, and extravagant revisionism.  Alas, every heavy-duty plot and whacked-out account of the Kennedy administration will demand...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-20 - Original post - cached version

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “the world’s most influential Jew”, Bernard Henri Levy is number 45, according to an article published in the Israeli rightwing newspaper, the Jerusalem Post, on May 21, 2010.

Levy, per the Post’s standards, came only two spots behind...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Monthly visit to The City Haven for Adults, see Uncle Joe.

Former salesman, private detective, writer of detective novels, screenplays. Uncle Joe had money stashed. Or so I’d been told. Also told he’d gambled it away. Then again, who was paying for The Haven? Senescence ain’t cheap,...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Dear MoveOn,

It is with great sadness that I watch you making last-gasp desperate attempts to save Obamacare and Obama’s reputation. You look foolish when you say that “Of course, it’s a good law” at the same time as your constituents see through the Obamacare illusion.  The law is...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Hypocrisy, the most protected of vices.
— Moliere, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, 1622-1673

Last week a little more was learned as to the circumventions in Whitehall and Washington delaying the publication of the findings of Sir John Chilcot’s marathon Inquiry...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Never have I urged impeachment of Supreme Court justices.  I do so now, for the sake of ending the Supreme Court’s corporate-judicial dictatorship that is not accountableunder our system of checks and balance in any other way.

— Ralph Nader1

Lady Justice...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Just what are we teaching young people, society at large,  in and out of school? Just what is it to be an American today, awash in consumer madness? The Last One with the Most Toys Wins bumper sticker,  or is it this little chant:  You’ll have to peel this i-thing Apple appendage from my cold...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-19 - Original post - cached version

Staff meeting. Topiary Techniques Auditorium. Horticultural Technicians, green-and-yellow t-shirts. Back row, Friday evening, work day done, go home.  Now.  Run.

Victor commandeered the small stage. Stack of papers width of several phone books dramatically dropped loud. Thud. Heads up....

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-19 - Original post - cached version

I lived a couple of years in Aqaba — a tranquil, conservative desert town in Jordan where the falafels were delicious and the diving was superb. Islam was predominant, but only minor friction was expressed between Shi’a and Sunnis or between Palestinians and Bedouins. The small Christian society...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-19 - Original post - cached version

The ‘Defeat of M23’ is perhaps orchestrated. The group is returning home to Rwanda only because it is most likely needed there.

Congolese soldiers guard suspected M23 rebel fighters who surrendered in Chanzo village in the Rutshuru territory near the eastern town of Goma, November 5, 2013 (...
Dissident Voice - 2013-11-19 - Original post - cached version

“They just don’t get it.” Yes, the phrase is overused, yet, all too appropriate when addressing the continuing critiques, from both the left and the right, of Bill Ayers. The recent publication of the second phase of his memoir, Public Enemy: Confessions of An American Dissident (Beacon, 2013),...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-19 - Original post - cached version

“Come on, old Badger!” shouted the Rat.  The Badger trotted forward a pace or two: then grunted, “H’m! Company,” and turned his back and disappeared from view.

— Kenneth Graham, Wind in the Willows

It became clear during October just how badly planned...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-19 - Original post - cached version

Edward Snowden’s recent revelations about American intelligence agencies’ wiretapping of European leaders, as well as their collection of the personal data of European citizens, will apparently have far-reaching implications which go beyond a simple diplomatic scandal.

This was...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-19 - Original post - cached version

In the giant retailer’s tiny training
room a select group of serfs, I mean
new hires, watched videos designed
to inspire and teach them the exciting

ways of up-selling modern fashion
to the well heeled, smart set still
prowling the aisles for deals on
...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-19 - Original post - cached version

Will Supertyphoon Haiyan serve as a wake-up call for Canadians? Will people connect the dots between Harper’s climate crimes and the death and destruction caused by the most powerful storm ever recorded?

In response to the thousands who have died and hundreds of thousands who have been...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-19 - Original post - cached version

The following is a little teaser to some of the ideas, approach and perspective being pursued through the research and writing of the first volume of The People’s Book Project, The Empire of Poverty.

It’s important to try to understand the global economic and financial system – the banks...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-19 - Original post - cached version

Americana dream a step away from flesh-candy; shocked me from sleep, naked, shivering with touch of mortal, sensitive to the slightest things: unable to bear even routine decay; no longer firm, nor young, nor fit to profit from exchange.

The bah-sheep shorn again, poor fleeced multitudes...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-19 - Original post - cached version

Historic conflict remains a dangerous source of tension between nuclear armed neighbors India and Pakistan.

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-18 - Original post - cached version

At the time New Jersey established a ban on fracking, it seemed symbolic, much like the moratorium in Vermont, which has no economically recoverable natural gas; the Marcellus Shale, primarily in New York and Pennsylvania, doesn’t extend into New Jersey. New York has a moratorium on fracking...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-18 - Original post - cached version

I was in federal court here Friday for the sentencing of Jeremy Hammond to 10 years in prison for hacking into the computers of a private security firm that works on behalf of the government, including the Department of Homeland Security, and corporations such as Dow Chemical. In 2011 Hammond,...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-18 - Original post - cached version

Israel is again at the centre of moves to challenge key agencies at the United Nations, as it lobbies to prevent the Palestinian leadership from gaining more of a foothold in global forums.

Israel ended a 20-month boycott of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last month, under...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-18 - Original post - cached version

In the thirty six-years I have been a lawyer, I have seen many people take brave moral actions.  I have represented hundreds in Louisiana and across our country who have been arrested for protesting for peace, civil rights, economic justice, and human rights for all. It is amazing to see people...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-18 - Original post - cached version

Recently, one of the most worthless legislative bodies, the US Senate, passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the civil rights bill of our day, which prohibits gender ID and sexual orientation in the workplace.  Amnesty International, ACLU, one of the biggest business unions in the...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-18 - Original post - cached version

Today I’m lazing at Sedona in Mandalay enjoying the fast Internet (for Myanmar) and a perfect coffee for the afternoon buzz. I’ve been in Burma since March 2009 with a few earlier visits and some brief living on the border near the town of Mae Sot in Thailand.

When I think back, I became...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-18 - Original post - cached version

I’m used to feelings of rage and nausea whenever I open a “news” paper – which is something I usually do only once a week; and I only do it then because The Times’ Saturday edition has a good puzzles page, and it also provides the TV listings for the following week. I most certainly do not do it...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-18 - Original post - cached version

Erica Chenoweth, author of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict, explains how to overthrow U.S. crony capitalism: “In raw numbers, movements generally achieve systematic change (i.e., in the +80% likelihood category) when they mobilize over 5 percent of the...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-18 - Original post - cached version

Bartleby at The Accounting Firm murdered a ficus.  Stems, leaves, dirt mashed into the carpet of his office. Two jagged branches lay like antlers on his desk.

“I can’t replace this,” I said firmly. “It’s not in the contract.”

“They’re fake,” he said. “You’ve been in here fifty,...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-18 - Original post - cached version

On Friday, November 15, 2013, extreme violence with malicious intent was meted out by Federal District Court Judge Loretta Preska in the sentencing phase of 28 year old hacktivist Jeremy Hammond before a chamber packed with friends, family, supporters and others on the 9th floor of the Daniel...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-18 - Original post - cached version

On November 15, 28-year-old political activist Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release at the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. This was the maximum sentence he could receive after his non-cooperating plea...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-18 - Original post - cached version

Give us all the store clerks n all the traffic cops
We’ll take all the bartenders n janitors with mops
All ex-husband truck mechanics paying child support
Every peaceful ex-offender headed back into court.

Give us all the school teachers n the merchant marines
We’...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-17 - Original post - cached version

What is a girl’s desire in the world of men?

The Office Women, the “Datists,” convert raw numeric to “actionable” info.

Datists sit smartly at squat machines. Squarish, sleek machines. Explosion of words, images, connections; algorithms of deception; comedy of ease—click clack...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-17 - Original post - cached version

Revelations about the long-term global, intrusive spying by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and other allied intelligence apparatuses have provoked widespread protests and indignation and threatened ties between erstwhile imperial allies.

Allied regimes have uniformly...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-17 - Original post - cached version

I recently watched Joseph Losey’s film version of Bertolt Brecht’s play The Life of Galileo. First performed in 1943, and revised in 1955, Losey’s production was filmed in 1975. One of Brecht’s best-known dramas, The Life of Galileo addresses the oppressive nature of religion both in terms of...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-16 - Original post - cached version

The Company Gym. Buff bodies.  Faces taut with grim determination.  Diets optimized by scientific know-it-all know-how proven computer-charted-and-corrected scientific method.  Belief systems built on strong foundations of clinical experimentation repeated for accuracy under stress-increased...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-16 - Original post - cached version

Faisal bin Ali Gaber is a soft-spoken engineer from Yemen. After he lost his cousin and brother-in-law in a drone strike in August 2012, he published an open letter to President Obama and Yemeni President Hadi. He said his brother-in-law was an imam who had strongly and publicly opposed al-Qaeda...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-15 - Original post - cached version

IPS — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed a crucial detail Thursday about last week’s nuclear talks with Iran in Geneva that explains much more clearly than previous reports why the meeting broke up without agreement.

Lavrov said the United States circulated a draft that had...

Dissident Voice - 2013-11-15 - Original post - cached version

1. College Degree Required

Bright  April Fools noon, months ago.  Drunk. Barely stand.  Advertisement for horticultural technician read:  “Topiary Techniques seeks. Indoor Landscaper. Work with plants. College degree required. College degree a must.  Will train.”

Clean office...

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