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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Reports from the Imperial Project

  • Great cartoon above - full of truth.  The Washington-based 'liberators' are now setting up a 'no-fly zone' in northern Syria where US troops have been deployed - uninvited by the legitimate Syrian government.  The US has 'warned' Syria and Russia (who was invited by Syrian government) that their planes had better stay away from the area or else.  Of course this just happens to be the area where most of Syria's oil is located (surprise, surprise) and the US intends to break this region off and put it in the hands of more compliant forces who will allow US-Israeli agents to make money off the sale of the Syrian oil.  A perfect scam - of course the American people are being told the US is there to defend the Syrian people against their brutal President Assad who they keep reelecting by wide margins.  But it doesn't really matter, in this case, what the Syrian people actually want.
  • I taped my new This Issue public access TV show today and the guest was Kyle Bailey talking about the November 8 referendum in Maine on the question of Ranked Choice Voting.  If it passes RCV would allow you to rank your choices in order of preference on future ballots.  A real good idea.  It's worked well in the last two Portland, Maine mayoral elections.
  • The US has proposed a second option to the South Korean government for deployment of the THAAD 'missile defense' system set to go into the melon farming community of Seongju.  Due to massive protests in Seongju, and solidarity protests across their country, the movement against THAAD has become a big deal in South Korea.  So with that in mind the Pentagon is now offering to move the deployment site 18-kilometers away to a golf course - maintaining that any worries about the radar system's electro-magnetic radiation would thus be resolved.  The people are not buying it but the 'head man' of Seongju county (and a group of South Korean veterans) met with the government on their own accord to listen to the offer.  When residents learned about this they were furious and made their continued opposition widely known.  Seems like it might be time for a new 'head man'.
  • This coming weekend Mary Beth and I will drive north along the coast for a couple days of mini-vacation since we've had little time together this summer.  On the way back down the coast we'll drive the route for the coming October 11-26 Maine Peace Walk - the theme this year will be Stop the War$ on Mother Earth.


Anonymous Brother Jonah said...

only thing missing on the picture is a pirate flag. Don't know where it would fit though.

National Lampoon did a "Revenge" issue in either 1980 or 78. Either just before I joined the Air Farts or just after I got my discharge.

Had on the cover a fist impacting the face of a stereotyped Arabic man. You can guess where it went from there. Those bad ol' middle east types daring to charge what they felt was a fair price for their national products, instead of what Wall Street dictated.

One of the suggestions was 'What if some of our naval captains err "mutinied" and ummm "stole" their ships? We wouldn't be responsible if these Bad Men became the terrors of the seven seas, now would we? and the notation (Queen Elizabeth the first did it to the Spanish all the time)

And a picture of a US warship with the jolly roger flying and the legend "yo-ho-ho and $2 a barrel for Arabian crude".

Then two years and some change ago, the US navy actually did hijack a "bootleg" tanker from Libya on the "non-liberated" side of the country. The Morning Glory. "liberated" it and gave it back to the puppet satrapy who are "legitimately" the government.

Like the time many decades before, when the U.S. (unofficially) sent colonists to what was then Mexico and had them start a revolution against all those bad old Mexican Native Americans and liberated Texas as a "free" republic and not, you know, a puppet government. They've had a lot of practice.

8/25/16, 9:29 AM  

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