Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I'm back to work for the Global Network. Will continue to help Lisa Savage for US Senate campaign on my free time. Trying to self-isolate as much as possible. Best wishes and good luck to you all.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Racism in America - "The good old days"



Just watched this documentary film called '13th' on Netflix.

Highly recommend it.  You will be changed after viewing this important film.

Timing couldn't be more perfect.

Bruce

Big revelations in this video - the plot thickens.....



As the protests widen to cities all over the nation, new video and information reveals that the cops who killed George Floyd knew him.

New video also shows that Floyd was not resisting arrest.

All four of the cops should be charged with murder.

This crime against Floyd is once again inspiring athletes in the sports world to speak out.   See video below.


We need to break away from the two mainstream political parties


Friday, May 29, 2020

How does RCV work?



We have Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in our November election in Maine.  No more spoilers - you get to vote for who ever you really, truly believe in.

Just what we all need!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

U.S tries to sneak 'missile defense' system into South Korean village under virus lockdown



Here is Soseong-ri, Seongju, main land of Korea.

Thousands of policemen are invading Soseong-ri for the resumption of THAAD base construction.

About 100 police bus are surrounding this small village of around 100 households.

Currently, residents and citizens are gathering for protest.

The Moon Jae-in government has prohibited rallies due to corona virus 19. Now the government is mobilizing policemen for illegal THAAD base construction.

The above news comes from the No THHAD situation room on the spot.

By Sung-Hee Choi 

Inside view from behind the war curtain



In a post-Memorial Day video Jimmy Dore interviews Major Danny Sjursen (Ret.) about his recent experiences in the US Army.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Where is the justice in America?





Police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, fired tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets at protesters demanding justice for George Floyd, a Black man who died this week after officers kneeled on his neck and killed him during an arrest on minor charges.

Breaking U.S. sanctions



The US sanctions against Venezuela and Iran (as well as many other nations that Washington wants to topple) have thrown them together.  Tehran and Caracas are working in solidarity in defiance of threats from the US.

China, Cuba and Russia have also been assisting Venezuela in many ways since Washington's attempted series of coup measures have been taking place in the last few years.

There is growing evidence that all the recipients of aggressive US policies around the globe are teaming up as they understand that if one nation falls to the imperial antics of Washington, then they all become weaker and have less chance to survive.

Washington's self-assured arrogant sense of 'entitlement and exceptionalism' is slowly but surely creating the conditions for the collapse of the US economic and military empire.

The days of the bully on the block are slipping away.  Nations wish to be left alone to decide their own future.  Democracy is supposed to be about the people deciding what kind of government they wish to have.  Washington has no right to interfere.

International law dictates that one nation may not interfere in the affairs of another sovereign nation.  International law is something that sadly the US does not honor or respect.

My first real experience with this reality of America exerting its power on another weaker nation was Vietnam while I was in the Air Force during the early 1970's.  Since then I've witnessed and worked against countless other cases of Washington's immoral and illegal actions to force regime change against countries it does not like.

The US (and its NATO) allies wish to control the entire world. Those days are over.

You can sign a petition opposing US sanctions here

Bruce 

Walking thru the radiated forest of Belarus during virus



Whilst wandering through a remote radiated forest in Belarus I saw an old gate post and then soon after stumbled into an abandoned cottage where the inhabitants had seemingly left in a hurry leaving their belongings behind.

Well I did what anyone would do; opened a bottle of Soviet champagne and took a look through the things I had found.

By Bald and Bankrupt

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Who is messing up the heavens?



Talking space issues yesterday with friend Regis Tremblay who moved a couple of months ago to beautiful Crimea.

Total number of operating military & civilian satellites: 2,666
United States: 1,327
Russia: 169
China: 363
Other: 807

Monday, May 25, 2020

Planning for war with China & Russia



I had a dream last night.  I was speaking to a good sized group and asked them if after nearly 20 years of US war and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq (with obviously no clear 'success') do they believe that the Pentagon could win a war with Russia and China?  I asked for a show of hands of those who thought the US could win such a war.  Most of the hands went into the air.  My dream turned into a nightmare.

The window is closing on US global dominance and Washington clearly understands this.  Our 'leaders' know that each passing day (with China and Russia working together to create a military alliance capable of effectively defending against US threats, provocations and attacks) the goal of returning to the role of undisputed king of the hill further slips away.

US is expanding its naval presence in the Asia-Pacific region in an attempt to restore dominance

“[This military shift into the Asia-Pacific] is consistent with the Mattis Nuclear Posture Review and other official statements since, which call for a shift of focus to confronting Russia and China,” Professor Noam Chomsky and public intellectual explained to MintPress.

“It’s also consistent with military policies, such as the NATO military exercises in Eastern Europe and in the Arctic, aimed at Russia, and with US efforts to prevent China’s technological development.” Chomsky added.

“And more generally, the Trump administration commitment to dismantle what remains of the arms control regime. Last August, it withdrew from the INF treaty and immediately tested missiles that violate it. It seems that the Open Skies Treaty and New Start are on the chopping block. These are among the reasons, I presume, why the Doomsday Clock was recently moved to 100 seconds to midnight, the closest it has ever been to termination.”


Independent journalist Sonja van den Ende (Netherlands) writes:

After careful review and planning between the U.S. Army Europe and the Polish Department of Defense, Exercise Allied Spirit, an exercise originally planned for May by DEFENDER-Europe 20, will take place on June 5, 2020, in the Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland training area. Other countries like Lithuania, Romania and North Macedonia will be the scene for the alleged “wargame“ [aimed at Russia], but also non-members like Sweden, Norway and Finland will be part of it too. 

While the US Democratic Party attempts to outdo the Republicans in anti-Russian hysteria, the war drive is nevertheless supported by both parties, which see it as essential to project American power around the world. On May 8, 2020, in a crude display of anti-Russian sentiment, US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to laud the United States and Great Britain for their “victory over the Nazis!” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denounced the statement on the 75th anniversary of Hitler’s defeat in Europe for failing to acknowledge the decisive role played in the event by the Soviet Union.
We all know that it's Germany who started by invading Poland in 1939 and conducted the extermination of the Jewish people, political opponents, prisoners of war, Poles, resistance fighters and gypsies once they occupied a country. Do we want another war? No, I hope mankind, especially Europe has learned from the lessons of WWII, but I am doubtful whether they learned anything at all!
The US strategy at this time appears to be one that excites the corporations that make massive profits off the domestic military production system.  The current Pentagon encirclement of Russia, China and Iran appears to be about containment and forcing those nations to spend their national wealth in order to respond to US moves.  Washington hopes for the 'easy way out' - similar to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

But quite surprisingly the US Congress does not appear to understand that it is in fact the US economy that is likely to collapse first.  With the current $1 trillion a year of Pentagon spending (to get the correct total one must add up all the various military pots of gold hidden away in other agencies budgets, like the Department of Energy which is in charge of all nuclear weapons production) and the growing avalanche of US national debt now at $25 trillion - it seems quite certain that it is the USA that will be the first to hit the skids.

The one question that next comes to mind - in its desperation to regain the illusion of dominance - will the US resort to a first-strike attack using nuclear weapons in a mad attempt to scramble back to the top of the heap?  Given the fact that Washington is the only nation on Earth to have actually used nuclear weapons during war time this concern must be given serious consideration.  The pirate crew now running the ship-of-state in Washington has repeatedly displayed the cold-blooded capability to do such a thing.

And it is a bi-partisan mental illness as well.  We can't forget that it was the Obama administration and his 'faithful party members' that pushed through the nuclear weapons modernization program costing $1 trillion over the next 20 years.

The US normally likes to pick on countries that can't really fight back.  During my lifetime the Pentagon has attacked weak nations like Dominican Republic,  Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Granada, Panama, Yugoslavia, Iraq (repeatedly), Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and more. But the thought of going after China, Russia and Iran boggles the mind.  They could actually hit back and deliver a loaded punch.  But trying to bring logic to the question of US foreign policy will only keep one up at night.  Nothing about Washington's decision making ever makes any sense.

In the end I see it as an addiction - like an alcoholic at the bar unable to stop drinking. Until the American people and their government come to grips with this mental illness I'm sad to say this careening madness will likely continue.  The US needs global intervention - Washington needs to be put in the timeout corner and ordered to enter a 12-step program.

Hello - my name is America and I am addicted to power, military spending and endless war.  I am a bully.

Bruce

Memorial Day message: No good war$



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Sunday, May 24, 2020

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