Monday, May 31, 2010

Russia Today News channel

I've gotten in the habit of watching Russia Today, especially in the late afternoon, because it interviews all sorts of American activists with critical opinions of U.S. policies. The news anchors tend to be some sort of liberal statists, but they do interview libertarians, peaceniks, 9/11 theorists, etc. you won't see on the mainstream cable stations. Sure, it's all ex-commie propaganda, but it balances the CNN/FOX propaganda I otherwise get. (I can't watch MSNBC during a Democratic administration, just like I can't watch FOX during a Republican one!) Some interesting interviews below:

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Sunspots erupt - and so does Greece

The Black Bloc and government provacateur rioters who killed this woman in a Greek bank today must be very proud of themselves. See video. See my article "The Return of Street Fighting Man." Unfortunately some people come to peaceful protests for the fun of rioting and burning things. (Or to create chaos that will allow their faction to take over.)

As soon as I heard about the riots in Greece I decided to take a quick look at where the sunspots have been the last few days. Ooops! They suddenly rose from zero to 70! That much more impetus for a peaceful protest turned into a riot. All the negative ionization shooting out to excite to action people already ticked off about - whatever.

And the Greeks are pretty ticked off. They've been ripped off by international bankers protected by big governments worldwide so they can't afford the delusion that their big welfare state is sustainable. Ouch. Reality hurts. And of course the US is well on the road in the same direction - with welfare spending suddenly ballooning even more than warfare spending. (At least til NetanyahuObama attack Iran.)

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

War Tax Resistance movie trailer

Better late than never, trailer for new "Death and Taxes" movie about war tax resistance. Meet 28 people who offer their motivations for and methods of resisting the war machine with their tax money. The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee produced this tightly paced 30-minute film, which introduces viewers to war tax refusal and redirecting tax dollars to peace, with music by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Antibalas, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, and First Strike Theatres version of Dont Pay Taxes by Charlie King. Trailer shows the opening couple minutes of the film with footage of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings filmed by Freedom Fries Productions at the Knitting Factor in New York City (used with permission). "Death and Taxes" was edited by Carlos Steward and co-produced by Steev Hise.

Carol Speaks at Tax Day Protest

On April 15, 2010 I dropped by the Tea Party rally at Freedom Plaza in DC for a half hour before going over Internal Revenue Service Headquarters on Constitution Avenue to join the War Tax Resisters and the Campaign to End the Occupation (of Palestinian lands) to protest war and financial and military aid to Israel. That's me about four minutes in. Cut off is part of my saying "I have NOT paid income tax since 1976." I'll probably make a video of my own version with the theme: Palestinians should adopt the Don't Tread on Me flag!

UPDATE: I made my own video of the two events.

Obama threatens to nuke Iran

Got the blogging blahs, but just to be fair to Joel Leyden in posting below, I should note that President Barak Obama who actually has thousands of nukes at his personal disposal, recently issued a declaration in its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) that it is reserving the right to use nuclear weapons against Iran. Gareth Porter writes on that represents a new element in a strategy of persuading Tehran that an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites is a serious possibility if Iran does not bow to the demand that it cease uranium enrichment. Although administration officials have carefully refrained from drawing any direct connection between the new nuclear option and the Israeli threat, the NPR broadens the range of contingencies in which nuclear weapons might play a role so as to include an Iranian military response to an Israeli attack.

Meanwhile the Washington Times reports that at the review conference for the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "will try this week at the United Nations to keep the worst-kept secret in the Middle East: Israel's status as a nuclear power."

And of course we have Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the
same day (May 3rd) criticizing Israel and the United States for threatening to attack it with nuclear weapons and calling for them to punished for making the threats. It’s pretty sad when the leader of an oppressive regime whose election is questioned by large majorities is more accurate in his analysis than leaders of two “democracies” whose elections are less strongly contested, i.e., the United States and Israel. Ahmadinejad also denied Iran intends to create nuclear weapons. The United States had a very diplomatic and mature response - it walked out on his speech. Gee, isn't that what Bush representatives did? You know, Bush and his boys, the ones who lied about all those Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, leading to a trillion dollar war that has cost as many as a million lives? Obama, you and your administration are warmongers!

Yup, it's the same old same old in the world of STATISM - leaders threatening death against millions of civilians in order to maintain the power and position of their race, religion, class or nation state. OI!!

So excuse me if my focus in life for a while is tending the garden and playing with our new dog. And recording a couple dozen of my best spiritual and political songs and putting them on youtube in order to help raise the level of human consciousness - or at least help connect the more conscious of us who remain disgusted at these displays.