Strip Mall, Mist (2013)


Strip Mall, Misty night (2013)

Misty Night.

Misty Night.

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End of the day
The music squeezes
Happiness out
Resonance beyond now.

Accordianist at Night.

End of the day The music squeezes Happiness out Resonance beyond now.


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End of the day
The music squeezes
Happiness out
Resonance beyond now.

Accordianist at Night.

End of the day The music squeezes Happiness out Resonance beyond now.

A Visit to the Salt Mine


A Visit to the Salt Mine

I wake up every morning with a smile.

Not letting them sleep is okay with me.

Torture kept our country safe, for a while.

These are terrorists, mostly, they are vile

So we can treat them as we wish, you see?

I wake up every morning with a smile.

Stress positions were a reasonable style

Of persuasion, not unlike yoga, see?

Torture kept our country safe, for a while.

There was no need to…

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A Visit to the Salt Mine


A Visit to the Salt Mine

I wake up every morning with a smile.

Not letting them sleep is okay with me.

Torture kept our country safe, for a while.

These are terrorists, mostly, they are vile

So we can treat them as we wish, you see?

I wake up every morning with a smile.

Stress positions were a reasonable style

Of persuasion, not unlike yoga, see?

Torture kept our country safe, for a while.

There was no need to…

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A Visit to the Salt Pit.


I wake up every morning with a smile.

Not letting them sleep is okay with me.

Torture kept our country safe, for a while.

These are terrorists, mostly, they are vile

So we can treat them as we wish, you see?

I wake up every morning with a smile.

Stress positions were a reasonable style

Of persuasion, not unlike yoga, see?

Torture kept our country safe, for a while.

There was no need to offer them a trial

If they were innocent then they’d  be free.

I wake up every morning with a smile

Yes, rectal feeding was very worthwhile.

There was no real damage, if you ask me.

I wake up every morning with a smile.

Torture kept our country safe, for a while.

The FBI Just Completed its Facial Recognition System, and It’s Absolutely Terrifying


The FBI’s new Next Generation Identification system is up and running, and is expected to absorb some 52 million photos in its first year alone. In an announcement posted to their website, the FBI describes the project as an upgrade to its already-existing fingerprint database, which contains more than 100 million records:

Yipes

The FBI Just Completed its Facial Recognition System, and It’s Absolutely Terrifying

The FBI Just Completed its Facial Recognition System, and It’s Absolutely Terrifying


The FBI’s new Next Generation Identification system is up and running, and is expected to absorb some 52 million photos in its first year alone. In an announcement posted to their website, the FBI describes the project as an upgrade to its already-existing fingerprint database, which contains more than 100 million records:

Yipes

The FBI Just Completed its Facial Recognition System, and It’s Absolutely Terrifying

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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse deconstructs The Climate Denial Beast.

Great stuff.

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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse deconstructs The Climate Denial Beast.

Great stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=FDpcNUag7ZM&u=/watch?v=Iu4HLr4hIUk&feature=share

Snow Day.


It snowed a while ago.

Here are four photographs.

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National Christmas Tree, Washington D.C (2013)


Nothing says Christmas is here more than cutting down a massive tree, transporting it across the country and then displaying it on the National Mall for all to see.

Every year a tree is takenfrom one of the American states.and surrounded with lights and…

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National Christmas Tree, Washington D.C (2013)


Nothing says Christmas is here more than cutting down a massive tree, transporting it across the country and then displaying it on the National Mall for all to see.

Every year a tree is takenfrom one of the American states.and surrounded with lights and…

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National Christmas Tree, Washington D.C (2013)


Nothing says Christmas is here more than cutting down a massive tree, transporting it across the country and then displaying it on the National Mall for all to see. It is far more romantic than that previous sentence would have you believe, in that it is incredibly romantic. Take your lover – I highly recommend it.

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Creator of ‘The Wire’ says ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show.’ | The Raw Story


America is a country that is now utterly divided when it comes to its society, its economy, its politics. There are definitely two Americas. I live in one, on one block in Baltimore that is part of the viable America, the America that is connected to its own economy, where there is a plausible future for the people born into it. About 20 blocks away is another America entirely. It’s astonishing how little we have to do with each other, and yet we are living in such proximity.

Creator of ‘The Wire’ says ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show.’ | The Raw Story

Creator of ‘The Wire’ says ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show.’ | The Raw Story


America is a country that is now utterly divided when it comes to its society, its economy, its politics. There are definitely two Americas. I live in one, on one block in Baltimore that is part of the viable America, the America that is connected to its own economy, where there is a plausible future for the people born into it. About 20 blocks away is another America entirely. It’s astonishing how little we have to do with each other, and yet we are living in such proximity.

Creator of ‘The Wire’ says ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show.’ | The Raw Story

Unarmed woman shot dead after car chase from White House — MSNBC


Outside of the police and federal officers was there ever an active shooter?

So many questions.

Unarmed woman shot dead after car chase from White House — MSNBC

Unarmed woman shot dead after car chase from White House — MSNBC


Outside of the police and federal officers was there ever an active shooter?

So many questions.

Unarmed woman shot dead after car chase from White House — MSNBC

NSA gathers data on social connections of U.S. citizens


shortformblog:

This is merely old information, rehashed with new and official information through more revelations reported by the NYTimes. It’s essentially to wake people up – we all use social networks – and to show how the government and the NSA collects our information that we share on social media, creating extensive maps and graphs. 

The NSA just wants to be your friend.

Friend the NSA.

Follow the NSA.

The NSA is following you.

NSA gathers data on social connections of U.S. citizens

NSA gathers data on social connections of U.S. citizens


shortformblog:

This is merely old information, rehashed with new and official information through more revelations reported by the NYTimes. It’s essentially to wake people up – we all use social networks – and to show how the government and the NSA collects our information that we share on social media, creating extensive maps and graphs. 

The NSA just wants to be your friend.

Friend the NSA.

Follow the NSA.

The NSA is following you.

NSA gathers data on social connections of U.S. citizens

Who Rules America? Power, Politics, & Social Change


A handy guide

Who Rules America? Power, Politics, & Social Change

Who Rules America? Power, Politics, & Social Change


A handy guide

Who Rules America? Power, Politics, & Social Change

Pueblo of Acoma


There is a great difference of opinion as to the age of the Acoma Nation. While traditional Acoma oral history reflects on a time far beyond our imagination, a time of creation and emergence onto this world, the Acoma people have always known of a special place called “Haaku,” a spiritual homeland prepared for their eternal settlement. Recent excavations on Acoma Mesa tend to suggest that Acoma was inhabited before the time of Christ. Archaeologists agree that it has been continuously occupied from at least A.D 1200. Acomas claim always to have lived on their mesa, hospitably receiving wandering tribes to share their valley which, at one time, had plenty of water and was excellent for farming.

Oldest inhabited city in America.

Even the Europeans couldn’t fuck this up. Yet.

Pueblo of Acoma

Pueblo of Acoma


There is a great difference of opinion as to the age of the Acoma Nation. While traditional Acoma oral history reflects on a time far beyond our imagination, a time of creation and emergence onto this world, the Acoma people have always known of a special place called “Haaku,” a spiritual homeland prepared for their eternal settlement. Recent excavations on Acoma Mesa tend to suggest that Acoma was inhabited before the time of Christ. Archaeologists agree that it has been continuously occupied from at least A.D 1200. Acomas claim always to have lived on their mesa, hospitably receiving wandering tribes to share their valley which, at one time, had plenty of water and was excellent for farming.

Oldest inhabited city in America.

Even the Europeans couldn’t fuck this up. Yet.

Pueblo of Acoma

Study: Young Millionaires Doing The World A Solid


The cynic in me says that his is for tax reasons.

Then the researcher in me looks at this:

ONLY A THIRD OF CHARITABLE DONATIONS GO THE POOR

and the cynic in me gives the researcher in me a hug and says

“There, there, none of this is going to be okay but here’s a hug. It will make you forget, momentarily, how filthy and awful the world is.”

Study: Young Millionaires Doing The World A Solid

Study: Young Millionaires Doing The World A Solid


The cynic in me says that his is for tax reasons.

Then the researcher in me looks at this:

ONLY A THIRD OF CHARITABLE DONATIONS GO THE POOR

and the cynic in me gives the researcher in me a hug and says

“There, there, none of this is going to be okay but here’s a hug. It will make you forget, momentarily, how filthy and awful the world is.”

Study: Young Millionaires Doing The World A Solid

Media Lens – ‘Damning Evidence’ Becomes ‘No Clear Evidence’: Much-Delayed Report On Congenital Birth Defects In Iraq


In a 2010 alert, ‘Beyond Hiroshima – The Non-Reporting Of Fallujah’s Cancer Catastrophe’, we noted the almost non-existent media response to the publication of a new study that had found high rates of infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city. The dramatic increases in these rates exceeded even those found in survivors of the atomic bombs dropped by the United States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The Independent’s Patrick Cockburn was a lone exception in reporting these awful findings. 

The War Is Responsible – ‘No Other Explanation’

The new WHO/MOH report was originally due to be published in November 2012, but it was indefinitely postponed with no satisfactory reason given. Months passed. Meanwhile, in March 2013, the BBC included areport on its World News channel about birth defects and cancer in Iraq. BBC reporter Yalda Hakim interviewed Dr Mushin Sabbak at Basra Maternity Hospital. He told her that he believed that ‘mercury, lead, uranium’ from the war were responsible for a 60 per cent increase in birth defects there since 2003. ‘We have no other explanation than this,’ he added. (An edited version of the World News segment appearedhere on BBC News.)

Chemical weapons use. Let’s prosecute!

Oh wait a minute it seems that it may have been America and Britain…

*silence and tumbleweed*

It must be nice being The Good Guys. Can’t do any wrong.

Media Lens – ‘Damning Evidence’ Becomes ‘No Clear Evidence’: Much-Delayed Report On Congenital Birth Defects In Iraq

Media Lens – ‘Damning Evidence’ Becomes ‘No Clear Evidence’: Much-Delayed Report On Congenital Birth Defects In Iraq


In a 2010 alert, ‘Beyond Hiroshima – The Non-Reporting Of Fallujah’s Cancer Catastrophe’, we noted the almost non-existent media response to the publication of a new study that had found high rates of infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city. The dramatic increases in these rates exceeded even those found in survivors of the atomic bombs dropped by the United States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The Independent’s Patrick Cockburn was a lone exception in reporting these awful findings. 

The War Is Responsible – ‘No Other Explanation’

The new WHO/MOH report was originally due to be published in November 2012, but it was indefinitely postponed with no satisfactory reason given. Months passed. Meanwhile, in March 2013, the BBC included areport on its World News channel about birth defects and cancer in Iraq. BBC reporter Yalda Hakim interviewed Dr Mushin Sabbak at Basra Maternity Hospital. He told her that he believed that ‘mercury, lead, uranium’ from the war were responsible for a 60 per cent increase in birth defects there since 2003. ‘We have no other explanation than this,’ he added. (An edited version of the World News segment appearedhere on BBC News.)

Chemical weapons use. Let’s prosecute!

Oh wait a minute it seems that it may have been America and Britain…

*silence and tumbleweed*

It must be nice being The Good Guys. Can’t do any wrong.

Media Lens – ‘Damning Evidence’ Becomes ‘No Clear Evidence’: Much-Delayed Report On Congenital Birth Defects In Iraq

Why The NDAA Bill is Even Scarier Than You Thought


A reminder to everyone:

1. The Indefinite Detention Clause:The NDAA has become the most controversial element of President Obama’s foreign policy. Section 1021 of the NDAA bill of 2012 allowed for the “indefinite detention of American citizens without due process at the discretion of the President.” Section 1021 has been challenged as a violation of constitutional principles and the United States Bill of Rights. The indefinite detention clause has been broadly denounced nationally and internationally. It may very well be the only thing that has true bi-partisan support. The Act was strongly opposed by the ACLU, Amnesty International, Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch, and The Center for Constitutional Rights, the Cato Institute, Reason Magazine and The Council on American-Islamic Relations. It was criticized in editorials published in The New York Times,Al-Jazeera, and The Guardian. The ACLU said, "The statute is particularly dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield.“ This year’s bill contains amendments introduced in the Senate and the House to remove the indefinite detention clause. The House included sections 1031 through 1033, which affirms the right of habeas corpus and the Constitutional right of due process for American citizens. Senator Rand Paul (R–Ky.) a leading opponent of the clause pointed out, "the bill this year contained the amendment I supported which sharply limited the detention power, and eliminated it entirely for American citizens in the US.”

2. Intrusion Detection and Network Penetration for Defense Contractors:Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) has introduced an amendment to require defense contractors to disclose incidents of cyber intrusion. The amendment seeks to turn what is now a voluntary program of disclosure into a mandatory requirement. Politico quoted Levin, “it’s so obvious that if a defense contractor with classified information has their networks penetrated and attacked, then the government has to know about that.” Mark Jaycox, a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation told Mother Jones. DoD has been adamant about inserting a clause in contracts that mandates reporting of security breaches. The government can use this information to defend against threats. Cyber intrusion detection and reporting is a legitimate concern. In 2009, Chinese spies hacked the Pentagon’s $300 billion F-35 fighter jet project.  The Diplomat noted that in 2012 China introduced a stealth fighter that was “essentially an American stealth fighter with Chinese paintwork.”

In a complementary measure the Senate is also requesting that vendors submit the source code for their software for security testing and verification or follow a specific set of security verification guidelines. Writing for LawfareBlog.com, Paul Rosenzweig, an expert in homeland security, explained that, according to section 936 of the NDAA, “upon request, contractors would be required to give DoD access to ‘equipment or information’ to determine if any classified ‘information created by or for’ the DoD had been ‘successfully exfiltrated.’”

3. The Continuing Buildup of the Military-Industrial Complex Vis-à-Vis the Fiscal Cliff:Marine Corps Times reports the $650 billion bill contains “$88.5 billion more for ongoing wars” and “would add $60 billion to the Navy’s plans for the F-18 fighter program." The newsletter said, "the bill supports the Pentagon’s plans for the Air Force to spend $3.7 billion on the F-35 fighter program and the Navy to spend $3.2 billion, on what is the biggest weapon program in history.” Three billion was approved for the Army to enhance its ground services capabilities and to purchase Blackhawk helicopters. The Navy was approved for an additional $778 million for the “advance procurement for attack submarines.” The Marine Corps Times said, “the Armed Services Committee’s proposals on major weapon programs were left unscathed.” How’s that for the fiscal cliff, the sequestration process and tightening our belts?

Why The NDAA Bill is Even Scarier Than You Thought

Why The NDAA Bill is Even Scarier Than You Thought


A reminder to everyone:

1. The Indefinite Detention Clause:The NDAA has become the most controversial element of President Obama’s foreign policy. Section 1021 of the NDAA bill of 2012 allowed for the “indefinite detention of American citizens without due process at the discretion of the President.” Section 1021 has been challenged as a violation of constitutional principles and the United States Bill of Rights. The indefinite detention clause has been broadly denounced nationally and internationally. It may very well be the only thing that has true bi-partisan support. The Act was strongly opposed by the ACLU, Amnesty International, Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch, and The Center for Constitutional Rights, the Cato Institute, Reason Magazine and The Council on American-Islamic Relations. It was criticized in editorials published in The New York Times,Al-Jazeera, and The Guardian. The ACLU said, "The statute is particularly dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield.“ This year’s bill contains amendments introduced in the Senate and the House to remove the indefinite detention clause. The House included sections 1031 through 1033, which affirms the right of habeas corpus and the Constitutional right of due process for American citizens. Senator Rand Paul (R–Ky.) a leading opponent of the clause pointed out, "the bill this year contained the amendment I supported which sharply limited the detention power, and eliminated it entirely for American citizens in the US.”

2. Intrusion Detection and Network Penetration for Defense Contractors:Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) has introduced an amendment to require defense contractors to disclose incidents of cyber intrusion. The amendment seeks to turn what is now a voluntary program of disclosure into a mandatory requirement. Politico quoted Levin, “it’s so obvious that if a defense contractor with classified information has their networks penetrated and attacked, then the government has to know about that.” Mark Jaycox, a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation told Mother Jones. DoD has been adamant about inserting a clause in contracts that mandates reporting of security breaches. The government can use this information to defend against threats. Cyber intrusion detection and reporting is a legitimate concern. In 2009, Chinese spies hacked the Pentagon’s $300 billion F-35 fighter jet project.  The Diplomat noted that in 2012 China introduced a stealth fighter that was “essentially an American stealth fighter with Chinese paintwork.”

In a complementary measure the Senate is also requesting that vendors submit the source code for their software for security testing and verification or follow a specific set of security verification guidelines. Writing for LawfareBlog.com, Paul Rosenzweig, an expert in homeland security, explained that, according to section 936 of the NDAA, “upon request, contractors would be required to give DoD access to ‘equipment or information’ to determine if any classified ‘information created by or for’ the DoD had been ‘successfully exfiltrated.’”

3. The Continuing Buildup of the Military-Industrial Complex Vis-à-Vis the Fiscal Cliff:Marine Corps Times reports the $650 billion bill contains “$88.5 billion more for ongoing wars” and “would add $60 billion to the Navy’s plans for the F-18 fighter program." The newsletter said, "the bill supports the Pentagon’s plans for the Air Force to spend $3.7 billion on the F-35 fighter program and the Navy to spend $3.2 billion, on what is the biggest weapon program in history.” Three billion was approved for the Army to enhance its ground services capabilities and to purchase Blackhawk helicopters. The Navy was approved for an additional $778 million for the “advance procurement for attack submarines.” The Marine Corps Times said, “the Armed Services Committee’s proposals on major weapon programs were left unscathed.” How’s that for the fiscal cliff, the sequestration process and tightening our belts?

Why The NDAA Bill is Even Scarier Than You Thought

Eyes on Trade: Study: “Trade” Deal Would Mean a Pay Cut for 90% of U.S. Workers


90% huh? 

That sounds like quite a lot.

Eyes on Trade: Study: “Trade” Deal Would Mean a Pay Cut for 90% of U.S. Workers

Eyes on Trade: Study: “Trade” Deal Would Mean a Pay Cut for 90% of U.S. Workers


90% huh? 

That sounds like quite a lot.

Eyes on Trade: Study: “Trade” Deal Would Mean a Pay Cut for 90% of U.S. Workers

Cornel West and the Fight to Save the Black Prophetic Tradition: Chris Hedges


Cornel West and the Fight to Save the Black Prophetic Tradition: Chris Hedges

Cornel West and the Fight to Save the Black Prophetic Tradition: Chris Hedges


Cornel West and the Fight to Save the Black Prophetic Tradition: Chris Hedges

13 Infamous Massacres That the U.S. Did Nothing About


Let’s not forget the times that massacres were ignored in the 20th Century

13 Infamous Massacres That the U.S. Did Nothing About

13 Infamous Massacres That the U.S. Did Nothing About


Let’s not forget the times that massacres were ignored in the 20th Century

13 Infamous Massacres That the U.S. Did Nothing About

10 Chemical Weapons Attacks Washington Doesn’t Want You to Talk About


Same as the list I posted earlier but with one addition.

Here they all are in case you don’t want to click on the link –

1. The U.S. Military Dumped 20 Million Gallons of Chemicals on Vietnam from 1962 – 1971

2. Israel Attacked Palestinian Civilians with White Phosphorus in 2008 – 2009

3. Washington Attacked Iraqi Civilians with White Phosphorus in 2004

4. The CIA Helped Saddam Hussein Massacre Iranians and Kurds with Chemical Weapons in 1988

5. The Army Tested Chemicals on Residents of Poor, Black St. Louis Neighborhoods in The 1950s

6. Police Fired Tear Gas at Occupy Protesters in 2011

7. The FBI Attacked Men, Women, and Children With Tear Gas in Waco in 1993

8. The U.S. Military Littered Iraq with Toxic Depleted Uranium in 2003

9. The U.S. Military Killed Hundreds of Thousands of Japanese Civilians with Napalm from 1944 – 1945

10. The U.S. Government Dropped Nuclear Bombs on Two Japanese Cities in 1945

But then chemical weapons seem to be what the powerful say they are so I’m sure this list is in dispute…

10 Chemical Weapons Attacks Washington Doesn’t Want You to Talk About

10 Chemical Weapons Attacks Washington Doesn’t Want You to Talk About


Same as the list I posted earlier but with one addition.

Here they all are in case you don’t want to click on the link –

1. The U.S. Military Dumped 20 Million Gallons of Chemicals on Vietnam from 1962 – 1971

2. Israel Attacked Palestinian Civilians with White Phosphorus in 2008 – 2009

3. Washington Attacked Iraqi Civilians with White Phosphorus in 2004

4. The CIA Helped Saddam Hussein Massacre Iranians and Kurds with Chemical Weapons in 1988

5. The Army Tested Chemicals on Residents of Poor, Black St. Louis Neighborhoods in The 1950s

6. Police Fired Tear Gas at Occupy Protesters in 2011

7. The FBI Attacked Men, Women, and Children With Tear Gas in Waco in 1993

8. The U.S. Military Littered Iraq with Toxic Depleted Uranium in 2003

9. The U.S. Military Killed Hundreds of Thousands of Japanese Civilians with Napalm from 1944 – 1945

10. The U.S. Government Dropped Nuclear Bombs on Two Japanese Cities in 1945

But then chemical weapons seem to be what the powerful say they are so I’m sure this list is in dispute…

10 Chemical Weapons Attacks Washington Doesn’t Want You to Talk About

9 times US and partners used chemical weapons and WMDs —and got away with it


Let us hold to the highest moral standard those who use chemical weapons against others.

9 times US and partners used chemical weapons and WMDs —and got away with it

9 times US and partners used chemical weapons and WMDs —and got away with it


Let us hold to the highest moral standard those who use chemical weapons against others.

9 times US and partners used chemical weapons and WMDs —and got away with it


A Warning from History to John Kerry from Colin Powell Through the Medium of Sculpture.

A Warning from History to John Kerry from Colin Powell Through the Medium of Sculpture.

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A Warning from History to John Kerry from Colin Powell Through the Medium of Sculpture.

A Warning from History to John Kerry from Colin Powell Through the Medium of Sculpture.

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A Warning from History to John Kerry from Colin Powell Through the Medium of Sculpture.


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A Warning from History to John Kerry from Colin Powell Through the Medium of Sculpture.

Hurricane Katrina eight years later, a statistical snapshot of the New Orleans area


TODAY.

Hurricane Katrina eight years later, a statistical snapshot of the New Orleans area

Hurricane Katrina eight years later, a statistical snapshot of the New Orleans area


TODAY.

Hurricane Katrina eight years later, a statistical snapshot of the New Orleans area

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


It is the beginning of the year of our Lord 1963.

Why We Can’t Wait, Martin Luther King Jr. (1964)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


When my mother was pregnant with me, she told me later, a party of hooded Ku Klux Klan riders galloped up to our home in Omaha, Nebraska, one night.

The Autobiography of Malcom X As Told To Alex Haley, (1964)

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


When my mother was pregnant with me, she told me later, a party of hooded Ku Klux Klan riders galloped up to our home in Omaha, Nebraska, one night.

The Autobiography of Malcom X As Told To Alex Haley, (1964)

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


When my mother was pregnant with me, she told me later, a party of hooded Ku Klux Klan riders galloped up to our home in Omaha, Nebraska, one night.

The Autobiography of Malcom X As Told To Alex Haley, (1964)

The story bigots hate: Antoinette Tuff’s courage


This made me cry a little.

There is good in the world.

The story bigots hate: Antoinette Tuff’s courage

The story bigots hate: Antoinette Tuff’s courage


This made me cry a little.

There is good in the world.

The story bigots hate: Antoinette Tuff’s courage

US Filmmaker on the Trail of Soviet Black Americans


US Filmmaker on the Trail of Soviet Black Americans

US Filmmaker on the Trail of Soviet Black Americans


US Filmmaker on the Trail of Soviet Black Americans

Meet America’s emerging minority group — whites


Meet America’s emerging minority group — whites

Meet America’s emerging minority group — whites


Meet America’s emerging minority group — whites


Does anyone remember this?

I had never heard of it until I was reading about the death of cinema, tonight.

It seems to be an odd combination of reality television show and drama.

I’ll let you know what it’s like when I watch the whole thing.

Or you should just watch it yoursellf.

As I have said before: WAKE UP!


Does anyone remember this?

I had never heard of it until I was reading about the death of cinema, tonight.

It seems to be an odd combination of reality television show and drama.

I’ll let you know what it’s like when I watch the whole thing.

Or you should just watch it yoursellf.

As I have said before: WAKE UP!

The price Gina Gray paid for whistleblowing


So this is what happens when you follow the official channels as a whistleblower in the United States of America.

The price Gina Gray paid for whistleblowing

The price Gina Gray paid for whistleblowing


So this is what happens when you follow the official channels as a whistleblower in the United States of America.

The price Gina Gray paid for whistleblowing

Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.


He wakes up. He reads The Statement of Bradley Manning which looks like this:

The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.

I initially agreed with these methods and chose to volunteer to help defend my country. It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing. It was at this time I realized in our efforts to meet this risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity. We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians. Whenever we killed innocent civilians, instead of accepting responsibility for our conduct, we elected to hide behind the veil of national security and classified information in order to avoid any public accountability.

In our zeal to kill the enemy, we internally debated the definition of torture. We held individuals at Guantanamo for years without due process. We inexplicably turned a blind eye to torture and executions by the Iraqi government. And we stomached countless other acts in the name of our war on terror.

Patriotism is often the cry extolled when morally questionable acts are advocated by those in power. When these cries of patriotism drown our any logically based intentions [unclear], it is usually an American soldier that is ordered to carry out some ill-conceived mission.

Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy—the Trail of Tears, the Dred Scott decision, McCarthyism, the Japanese-American internment camps—to name a few. I am confident that many of our actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light.

As the late Howard Zinn once said, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

I understand that my actions violated the law, and I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States. It was never my intention to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people. When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.

If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society. I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal.

Then he goes to sleep.

‘Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society’


If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society.  I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal.

‘Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society’

‘Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society’


If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society.  I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal.

‘Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society’