Democracy is already over
By its very nature the western democracies have become a playground for lobbyists, industry interests and conspiracies that have absolutely no interest in real democracy. The "democracy show" must go on nonetheless. Conveniently, the show consumes the energy of those that might otherwise become dangerous to the status quo. The show provides the necessary excuse when things go wrong and keeps up the illusion of participation.
Observer (London) | Jan 1, 2006 | by Oliver James
Americans and Britons have the highest rates of mental illness.
But why? An obsession with wealth has led to an 'Affluenza' epidemic
Within developed nations, there is a clear correlation
between high mental-illness rates and high disparities in income
distribution - characteristic of Americanised societies. Younger
generations are more afflicted than older ones, the young being
especially influenced by America's, Affluenza-promoting cultural
(C)hange (cannot occur) until we, in the west, look in the mirror and confront the true aims and narcissism of the power applied in our name: its extremes and terrorism....Looking in the mirror means understanding that a violent and undemocratic order is being imposed by those whose actions are little different from the actions of fascists. The difference used to be distance. Now they are bringing it home.
Take Notice, Gitxsan Indigenous people enjoy self-governance predicated on the fact of continuing, unextinguished inherent powers, for ease of reference collectively called, "sovereignty." It is because we have this that we are able to enter into treaty with Her Majesty. Treaty is the highest form of international law and they are the highest law of the land as between Her Majesty and us. In our treaty we affirm our constitution, who we are, and our right to be, solely within our own control. This cannot be lawfully or constitutionally infringed or interfered with by any level of Her Majesty's governments, including Her domestic courts.
As an American-born Jew who grew up in an East European immigrant, Left-liberal household, I'm very happy to say that democratic socialism has become the rising tide in South America...It's basically a peasants' revolt, only peaceful, electoral. The poor people want to take back the ownership of their countries' natural resources from the foreign corporations...There was a time, up to about 30 years ago, when I would have been part of a worldwide Jewish rooting section for the South American socialist upheaval...But world Jewry has changed, in Israel and everywhere else. Today its voice is the voice of wealth and power.The strongest Jewish reaction to what's happening in South America - to the extent that influential Jews know what's happening there - is alarm. Fear. Fear that this poor people's movement could spread to other parts of the world, and endanger the wealth and power of all the Jews whose attitude toward the poor is more or less the same as the Bush administration's.
It is an established fact that we can grow enough food on Earth to eliminate hunger. The issue is distribution of food, not the production of food. The issue of distribution is undermined by capitalism and political power struggles that play out in the economics of the daily life of the poor via food. I have recently begun to realize that I had a lot of food issues growing up as a kid, and also as an adult. From institutional food in protective custody, to foster families’ food, to being told to diet as a girl, to dry milk at the end of the month, free lunches and food stamps, I have begun to realize my relationship with food has been different than most American middle class folks based on class.
(T)he tip of the semantic iceberg...has crashed into American journalism in the Middle East. Illegal Jewish settlements for Jews and Jews only on Arab land are clearly "colonies," and we used to call them that...I can remember the moment around two years ago when the word "settlements" was replaced by "Jewish neighborhoods" - or even, in some cases, "outposts"...Similarly, "occupied" Palestinian land was softened in many American media reports into "disputed" Palestinian land...The semantic effect of this journalistic obfuscation is clear. If Palestinian land is not occupied but merely part of a legal dispute...then a Palestinian child who throws a stone at an Israeli soldier in this territory is clearly acting insanely (and)...(i)f a Jewish colony built illegally on Arab land is simply a nice friendly "neighborhood," then any Palestinian who attacks it must be carrying out a mindless terrorist act.
In addition to the bombast of fashionable neo-liberal intellectuals, and the scolding insistence of right-wing politicians, we would do well do recall that the deans of social democracy had also, by the 1990's to be sure, fallen in line to prostrate themselves before the market and justify the rule of capital. The Left, in power, at least in the form that Canada and Europe had known it as mass social democratic parties, has seemed all too willing to impose, or all too impotent to oppose, neo-liberal measures and legislation...In an era of rampant privatization, respectable social democracy has prostrated itself before the market as just another shade of liberalism.
Written and Compiled by Amardeep Kaur Gill, from Target: WTO
HONG KONG, (Dec 19, 2005) – As the WTO 6th Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong reached the 5th day of talks on Saturday December 17 of potential agreements and deals in global trade and agricultural opening, protesters from all around the world put up one of the strongest struggle against WTO polices.
"Just Say No No No to War," Claus Advises Children
DECEMBER 23, 2005 -- It appears that Santa Claus has had enough. Once again this year, the Canadian War Dept. and NORAD have declared, without consulting him, that they will track and escort Jolly St. Nick as he and his reindeer make their annual trip around the globe.
"...American priorities were specific, focused on individual nations, but they also set the United States the task of guiding or controlling the entire world--which is a very big place and has proven time and again to be far beyond American resources and imperial power. In most of those places in the Third World where the US massively employed its power directly it has lost, and its military might has been ineffective. The US's local proxies have been corrupt and venal in most nations where it has relied upon them. The cost, both in financial terms and in the eventual alienation of the American public, has been monumental."
The Black Eyed Peas are a pop music group with a hit song out right now called “My Hump.” The song, written by a black male, has a white woman with little clothing on, singing, “My hump, my hump, my lady lumps” as if it is a cute little anthem. Well, my lady lumps are FISTS. In a move of transparent patriarchy, the men in the group perform FULLY CLOTHED, in long sleeved shirts and long pants, while the woman with bare legs almost to her hips and bare mid-drift, writhes on the floor like their private prostitute, singing about her “lady lumps” for the men.
While not all of us agree with the opinions and actions of groups such as the Animal Liberation Front, Earth Liberation Front and Revolutionary Cells, the discussion of such groups actions and strategies is always worthy of respect as part of a healthy exchange of ideas and theories that is a hallmark of any legitimate movement endeavoring to keep pace with an ever increasing flood of animal abuse and environmental destruction.
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A Mall prank have just occurred:
Calling in the Bomb Squad, local media, police Swat teams and Mall security. Fake bomb(s) were placed inside a shopping Mall that cause the Alarm & immediate stampede- that brought down one of the finest KKKapitalist
Much has been written about Emma Goldman, the justly-revered and romanticized American radical and pioneering feminist. One does not need to venture far to hear her oft-quoted-radical-chic slogan: "If I can't dance I don't want to be in your revolution"...An important footnote to her life, however, can be found through any cursory perusal of her biographies which repeatedly turn up the name of Alexander Berkman, Goldman’s life-long comrade and confidant...It is not an exaggeration to label Berkman a "hero" of American radicalism, as did Howard Zinn in the forward to the latest edition of "Life of an Anarchist"....Straddling the labor strife of the late 19th Century and the drive to World Wars in the early 20th Century, Berkman’s life was as both a witness and active participant in some of the most important revolutionary struggles and upheavals of this tumultuous and incredibly repressive period of world history.