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Tag Archives: war

The Paradigm Shift–U.S. Empire

We have an obligation to every last victim of this illegal aggression because all of this carnage has been done in our name.

Killing Ragheads for Jesus

The people who enjoyed American Sniper will not be able to finish reading Killing Ragheads for Jesus because the mirror Hedges hold up for them shows a horrific violent sentimentality that will be denied. Those who suspected American Sniper was a propaganda film to feed the unthinking hatred by Americans will be vindicated.

“American Sniper” lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society—the gun culture, the blind adoration of the military, the belief that we have an innate right as a “Christian” nation to exterminate the “lesser breeds” of the earth, a grotesque hypermasculinity that banishes compassion and pity, a denial of inconvenient facts and historical truth, and a belittling of critical thinking and artistic expression. Many Americans, especially white Americans trapped in a stagnant economy and a dysfunctional political system, yearn for the supposed moral renewal and rigid, militarized control the movie venerates. These passions, if realized, will extinguish what is left of our now-anemic open society.~ Chris Hedges, American journalist, activist, author, Presbyterian minister and humanitarian

The war on terrorism is…idiotic

Heavy cost to Americans to pay for Israel’s War

US spends MORE on “defense” than the next top 9 countries in the world

“American taxpayers have shelled out roughly $1.6 trillion on war spending since 9/11, according to a new report from Congress’ nonpartisan research arm. That’s roughly $337 million a day — or nearly a quarter million dollars a minute — every single day for 13 years.” ~ David Sirota, $14 Million An Hour: War Costs Top $1.6 Trillion Since 9/11, Say Congressional Researchers, International Business Times

chart-of-military-spending

FILMS & DOCUMENTARIES

Here are a bunch of documentaries that are worth watching.

500 Nations (5 disks)  (thorough history of the indigenous people of this continent)

After the Collapse (peak oil, collapse of our economy)

Avatar (the struggle by indigenous population to save  their land, their resources & their lives from the corporate/military machine)

Blue Gold (water wars)

Capitalism, a Love Story  (our cultural marriage to capitalism that has destroyed our democracy and the American dream)  **

Coal Country (what has happened and who is responsible and what people are trying to do about coal)

Crude Impact  (peak oil)

Escape from Suburbia  (peak oil)

Food Inc  (Big Food is not telling us the real story)  **

Frontline: sick around the world  (people around the world with  access to single payer universal health care systems)

Iraq for Sale  (those pesky contractors)

King Corn (industrial food)

Matrix (struggle to learn  the truth and become free, 1999)

Money as Debt; Money as Debt II

Occupation 101  (clear explanation of the siege on Palestine by Zionists)

Ralph Nader, an Unreasonable Man  (He’s my hero)

Rethinking Afghanistan  (the sobering facts about why we should leave that country alone)  **

Supersize Me  (how one man’s health was  adversely affected by eating McDonalds high fat, high calorie junk food)

The End of Suburbia  (about peak oil and what it means to people living in suburbs)

The Ground Truth  (Iraq as told by soldiers)

What a Way to Go  (peak oil)  **

Where in the World is Osama bin Laden  (from the same director as Supersize Me; watch it for the MC Hammer dance tune) **

Why We Fight  (military/industrial/congressional complex)