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The greatest crime of the twenty-first century so far was the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Not Behind Bars, Friends Still in Power, Iraq Destroyed
The Gloating of the Neocons
by GARY LEUPP

The greatest crime of the twenty-first century so far was the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. Broadly conceived by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney immediately after 9/11, it initially lacked a coherent justification . But as Condoleezza Rice noted at the time, the tragedy brought “opportunities.” (People in fear can be persuaded to support things policy-makers long wanted, but couldn’t quite sell to the public.)

First Bush and Cheney (and Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz and Rice) made the decision to go to war. Then they sat down and carefully invented the reasons for their war.
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/31/the-gloating-of-the-neocons/

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The bogus Israeli claims for territory based on the bible

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http://www.salon.com/2014/10/25/reza_aslans_atheism_problem_fundamentalist_atheists_arent_the_issue_apologists_for_religions_are/

What is find odd is the way the new atheists, including Jewish new atheists especially denounce the evils of religion, but exempt the case of modern Israel, where the abuses of a religion are gruesomely in evidence. Instead with Sam Harris we actually have some kind of jewish chauvinist.
If ever there as an example of ‘religion’ turning into a horror show it is modern Israel. And this situation is so grotesque secularization has only made it worse.

The case of Israel shows the way that covenental judaism suffers from a gruesome logic that contradicts the basic requirement of open inclusion. Any other stance leads to such hell for everyone that the result is social chaos.

Part of the problem is the bogus claims by jews for the land of Israel based on biblical right. Those myths have produced a nearly hopeless situation that is almost beyond resolution.

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Ebola: A Disease of Extraordinary Poverty (2/2)

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Link log 2014

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(This log goes back to mid 2013. The sidebar page/linklog goes back further: http://darwiniana.com/link-log-recent-posts/)
http://darwiniana.com/2014/10/30/the-big-if/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/10/30/armstrong-book/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/10/30/machiavellians-for-breakfast/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/10/30/israel-triumph-of-the-grotesque/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/10/29/the-coming-revolution-2/
Judeo-Xtianity
http://darwiniana.com/2014/10/29/israel-and-the-jewish-supremacist-question/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/10/28/revolution-non-violence-and-religion/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/10/28/isis-versus-the-american-monster/ [Read more →]

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Glenn Greenwald on the origins of the word ‘terrorism’

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RG mail
MSNBC 10/29/14
Glenn Greenwald on the origins of the word ‘terrorism’
Journalist Glenn Greenwald explains where the word “terrorism” comes from and why he thinks it should only be used to describe very specific circumstances.

http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/greenwald-on-the-origins-of-the-word-terrorism-349603395537

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Blocking the youth vote in the South

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http://www.southernstudies.org/2014/10/blocking-the-youth-vote-in-the-south.html

Facing South 10/29/2014

Blocking the youth vote in the South

By Evan Walker-Wells
First they were supposed to vote early — in a nightclub. Then students, employees, and faculty at North Carolina’s Appalachian State University were supposed to vote early a mile from the farthest edge of campus, in a county building that had little parking. Then, after students filed a lawsuit, a state judge intervened, saying that the county board of election’s decision to end early voting in the on-campus student union — after eight years of allowing it — could have no purpose but to disenfranchise students and was unconstitutional. That decision, however, was not the final word. It was put on hold by an appeals court, and then the North Carolina Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.

By that time, the Watauga County Board of Elections had decided

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NCSE newsletter : evolution and climate education update: October 31, 2014

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Dear friends of NCSE,

The latest from the state of Wyoming as well as the latest survey of
public opinion on evolution and climate change.

UPDATE FROM WYOMING

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle (October 26, 2014) reviewed the status of
the state’s science standards. As NCSE previously reported, a footnote
in Wyoming’s budget for 2014-2016 precluded the use of state funds
“for any review or adoption” of the Next Generation Science Standards,
in part owing to their treatment of climate change. The Wyoming state
board of education subsequently declined to develop a new set of
science standards independent of the NGSS.
[Read more →]

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Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying

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Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying – A TomDispatch Interview with Laura Poitras
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Citizenfour, Laura Poitras’s new film on Edward Snowden, with breaking news at film’s end: there is indeed at least one new, post-Snowden whistleblower who has come from somewhere inside the U.S. intelligence world with information about a watchlist (that includes Poitras) with “more than 1.2 million names” on it and on the American drone assassination program.
Laura Poitras and Tom Engelhardt
TomDispatch.com
October 19, 2014
– See more at: http://portside.org/2014-10-30/edward-snowden-and-golden-age-spying-tomdispatch-interview-laura-poitras#sthash.HjCaC9Rg.dpuf

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Is Google a Step Away from Developing a Computer that Can “Program Itself”?

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http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/10/is_google_a_ste090771.html

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Plausible model for the simplest self-replicator (SSR)?

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Plausible model for the simplest self-replicator (SSR)?
http://www.uncommondescent.com/origin-of-life/plausible-model-for-the-simplest-self-replicator-ssr/

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The real damage from yesterday’s rocket explosion

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https://richarddawkins.net/2014/10/the-real-damage-from-yesterdays-rocket-explosion/

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5 facts about evolution and religion

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http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/10/30/5-facts-about-evolution-and-religion/

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Running robots of future may learn from world’s best two-legged runners: Birds

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Running robots of future may learn from world’s best two-legged runners: Birds
Date:
October 29, 2014
Source:
Oregon State University
Summary:
With an eye toward making better running robots, researchers have made surprising new findings about some of nature’s most energy efficient bipeds — running birds. Their skills may have evolved from the time of the dinosaurs and they may now be superior to any other bipedal runners — including humans.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/10/141029204139.htm

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Twelve Ways Jim Crow is Winning in 2014

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Maintaining Our Balance
Twelve Ways Jim Crow is Winning in 2014
by HARVEY WASSERMAN and BOB FITRAKIS

Jim Crow is already the big winner in this year’s election.

The corporate elite needs him to gouge the planet, wage perpetual imperial war and rule the rest of us.

So the voting rights of millions of student, elderly, black, Hispanic and other citizens are being lynched.

Which may now decide control of the US Senate, many state legislatures…and the White House in 2016.
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/31/twelve-ways-jim-crow-is-winning-in-2014/

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ISIS: the Useful Enemy

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Kobani Kurds Expose the Hypocrisy of the Coalition Against ISIS
ISIS: the Useful Enemy
by ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH

The dark force of ISIS is apparently an invincible and unstoppable war juggernaut that is mercilessly killing and conquering in pursuit of establishing an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In reality, however, it is not as out of control as it appears. It is, indeed, carefully controlled and managed by its creators and supporters, that is, by the United States and its allies in the regions—those who now pretend to have established a coalition to fight it! The U.S., Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and other allies in the region do not really need to fight ISIS to (allegedly) destroy it; all they need to do to extinguish its hellish flames is stop supplying fuel for its fire, that is, stop supplying it with funds, mercenaries, military training and armaments.

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[Marxism] Fwd: How the Democrats Became The Party of Neoliberalism | Opinion | teleSUR

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But it’s time to rethink this notion that Democrats lack principles. They have a clear agenda and are actually more ideological than Republicans. Democrats like Obama are willing to lose power to carry out the neoliberal agenda. Since the Clinton era, Democrats have been the most effective architects of policies that increase the wealth and power of those on the top of the economic pyramid. Now, neoliberalism is often thought of as synonymous with privatization, deregulation, and trade and capital liberalization, but the state will discard these policies for corporate handouts the instant elites get into a self-inflicted mess, as with the Wall Street crash.

full: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/How-the-Democrats-Became-The-Party-of-Neoliberalism-20141031-0002.html

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Will There Be a Catholic Church Schism Under Pope Francis?

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http://www.alternet.org/will-there-be-catholic-church-schism-under-pope-francis

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New US War in Iraq and Syria Attracting Jihadists in Droves

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Published on
Friday, October 31, 2014
by
Common Dreams
UN Report: New US War in Iraq and Syria Attracting Jihadists in Droves
Analysis suggests “explosion of jihadist enthusiasm” has followed aggressive military action by US and its allies
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/31/un-report-new-us-war-iraq-and-syria-attracting-jihadists-droves

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Frittering away man’s future

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/75650151/LFM_press_release_selections.pdf

I think the strategy of putting LFM online has been a success: already close to half a million page views over six months, how many unique readers is unclear.
I think that the left has few other strategies than to streamline marxism (and change the name) without betraying it basic premise. But one catch with Marx/Engels is their confusing overall portrait: they changed their tactics after 1848 to pursue the labor party strategy, with some strong timeouts to proclaim revolution once more, as with the Commune. We need a new revolutionary strategy in potential, whatever the odds for and against.
Last and First Men is based on a ‘IF': capitalism is putting a whole planet at risk: if that is the case, the revolutionary option is ominously tabled without reservation.

Capitalism is unsustainable from an ecological perspective, and…constitutes a form of structural genocide against future generations…”
Garry Leech, Capitalism: A Structural Genocide

Capitalism was easy. Now comes the hard part. At a time of rising social crisis in the outcome of globalization, the place of capitalism is coming under intense scrutiny. It is ironic, and this has always been so, that at its moment of triumph, everything turns sour with the culture of markets, and its manic style. The defenses of capitalism, beside their mirror image in the debates over communism, have tended to seem irrefutable given the evidence of economic transformation, the mesmerizing ideology of laissez-faire. There the Hegelianized propaganda of the ‘end of history’ has created a powerful set of illusions. But now suddenly the prospect that we are all ‘dead by economy’ changes one’s view of the matter as the point of no return seems to have arrived in the form of the Faustian endgame in the accelerating destruction of the ecological base, and the dire scenarios of global warming. All at once the charge of utopianism, so often applied to the communist idea, flips to capitalism itself.
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Armstrong book …

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http://www.salon.com/2014/10/26/richard_dawkins_is_wrong_religion_is_not_inherently_violent/

A new book by Armstrong: will have to wait on a reading to comment: but here’s a nauseating tasks for Armstrong: fact-check David Duke’s book on Jewish Supremacism. A free gift, you can have my copy. There is something even worse than violence in the legacy of occult nightmares than haunt the religions of monotheism. And the thesis of jewish supremacism should be examined pronto in some form of historical examination in search of objectivity.

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Machiavellians for breakfast

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http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/american-machiavelli/ The study of Machiavelli by his scholarly fans, what to say of real world neocons, has produced a distorted view of politics that has realized itself as pcyhopatheocracy, government by psychopaths, and the many who while not psycopaths are pressed into the tide of oligarchic madness.

I think Kant was nearly the only philosopher able to stand up to all this and he better represents the future of government, if there is one. But that future is not approaching via the efforts of current political animals: the last decade (and a half) since 9/11 has shown the full-blown reign of ‘intelligent devils’ (Kant again) come to fruition. Did someone once declare that politicians shouldn’t lie?
In any case, even if we are powerless, we can still deprive the discussion of any idea of Machiavelli’s modernity: it is strictly modernity manque. Let”s face reality here: the democratic revolution presupposed the action of honest men who don’t lie, deceive or cheat. It assumed the legacy of religion had led humanity to a new threshold of bureaucracy 101 where men were honest enough to run governments, in a democratic context. But the drift into oblivion was not long coming in the wake of the rise of American imperialism. I still fail to grasp the exact sequence of what happened, but we can see the drift into evil starting at the Truman period, the onset of the CIA, and the rapid emergence of a hidden government. We can no longer say how our government works: danger point. The endgame follows. The minor classic, Three Days of the Condor, shows that horrid truth had reached Hollywood by the seventies. But forty years later the whole game has only gotten worse.

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Israel, triumph of the grotesque: the end of line in the Gaza facts on the ground

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http://darwiniana.com/2014/10/29/israel-and-the-jewish-supremacist-question/

I was, not surprisingly, unable to finish the whole of Duke’s book, but the success of this book globally requires the effort to review the data here. Denouncing antisemitism doesn’t work anymore. In fact the whole question of Judaism in world history needs a factual history that can help people get their bearings on the question of Judaism, Jewish history. Many jewish scholars are doing just that: Invention of the Jewish People. But no book on the left has ever looked at the data and issues promoted by figures such as Duke.
How about it?
Jews in the US confront a stark choice: the candy-coated false success of continuing jewish domination, with all its easy glamor, or a bland transition to a new form of assimilated culture, as for example of Genjus, as recommended here many times. The first option is highly attractive but in the end worse that a Faustian pact.
Here it is: there is no future to jewish cultural spirituality. It can be a formation in civil society, but its projected future as a jewish spiritual culture won’t work. We must defend the civil society option, and there the problem will solve itself, if there is anything left at the end. But a huge number of people are now determined to defy the odds here, now mixed with a neo-con brand of Nietzschean supremacism based on a kind of genetic superiority: the superman option. Please, don’t be that stupid. But it is important to see how this hidden set of options, here garbled or not, are in effect in the minds of many, and especially destructive in the minds of some of the most stupid people on the planet: chauvinist Israelis battling in the name of god for pieces bit by bit of Palestine. That level of stupidity is the endgame of jewish history.
The problem here is that things that aren’t supposed to happen, sometimes do: the Aryanization of Indic religion created the system of caste. A curse from which it can barely hope to escape. We must forestall the tactics of jewish chauvinism hoping to create a new form of caste. The outcome, however, can’t succeed here. As in Israel everything turns into a walpurgisnacht.

But, beside that question, Americans must without delay free themselves form the jewish domination of their politics. If they can’t do that, then the path of revolution is the only option.

The issue has a built-in failsafe: there is no triumph in the triumph of evil: in the end things fall apart, and reset to zero.
We can see that in Israel: the situation is becoming so grotesque that no future exists. And that situation has spread to the US.

It would be nice if someone could transfer what’s left of a book like Duke’s after fact checking to a more balanced view of the issues. It won’t happen because the facts will be suppressed all over again.

This is not funny. At the end game of the jewish lobby, the american system has to renew itself via revolution. Best of luck.

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Israeli security and Palestinians clash in East Jerusalem

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