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07.20 Giving 'Upper Hand to Corporate Polluters,' EPA Drops Surprise Inspections

07.20 With Petition to Congress, 100,000+ People Demand Green New Deal 'That Fixes Our Food System' [Realtime proactive response to reality—now and threatening—doesn't get attention in this greed focused administration]

07.19 Trump administration won't ban pesticide tied to childhood brain damage [There is no truth to the persistent rumor that chlorpyrifos pesticide was heavily used at Trump's childhood home in Queens]

07.19 'Unprecedented' Decline of Plants and Animals as Global 'Red List' Reveals Nearly One-Third of Assessed Species Under Threat

07.17 ‘Off-the-charts’ heat to affect millions in U.S. in coming decades

07.17 Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen forced out by board [Given that states have lost abortion rights on political grounds recently, Wen's philosophical approach to protect abortion rights based on ‘health care’ was smarter – therefore it was that smarter strategy that was killed at the secret meeting.]

07.17 Billions of air pollution particles found in hearts of city dwellers

07.17 What is happening in America's Cancertown is tragic, immoral and evil [Niggardly white government policies could change to produce better students, better jobs and net revenue instead of costs. But it seems they enjoy more cruelty—like Trump.]

07.16 US aid cuts to UN agency will hurt vulnerable women and children, critics say

07.16 Trump abortion restrictions in effect for taxpayer-funded clinics

07.15 The response to DRC’s Ebola crisis isn’t working. Here’s what we need to do

07.15 Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities [Non-corporate human animals make their annoying bleating sounds...]

07.14 A Glacier the Size of Florida Is Becoming Unstable. It Has Dire Implications for Global Sea Levels [The willfully ignorant needn't read more, Trump]

07.13 'Climate Despair' Is Making People Give Up on Life [Willfully ignorant governments—having fired many of their best scientists—have made themselves too stupid to despair]

07.13 Trump administration to approve pesticide that may harm bees [The worst government money can buy!]

07.12 These solar panels don’t just generate power—they produce drinking water

07.12 David Attenborough: polluting planet may become as reviled as slavery [1:34 video]

07.11 7,000+ Colleges and Universities Declare Climate Emergency and Unveil Three-Point Plan to Combat It [Fox News and Betsy DeVos never talk about this stuff so it must be Bull Shit, right?]

07.10 Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn't The Whole Story [Fixing our world begins by educating your consciousness with the best truth from trustworthy news sources—so you'll then insist truly bad things will get fixed. But if instead you are educated by untrustworthy news sources—then your consciousness could be warped to where you are hating and fighting with your best friends. Clue: untrustworthy news sources never seriously report news about the world's most critical emergency—Global warming.]

07.10 Molly Scott Cato: ‘It’s the wealthy who are causing climate change’

07.09 Judge reinstates Madrid's low emissions zone [Yeh!]

07.07 How Solar Panels Work (And Why They're Taking Over the World) [Hope they leave space between panels for wild flowers to grow so birds and butterflies can flourish!]

07.05 Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis

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07.20 Puerto Rico: top US politicians join chorus calling for governor's resignation

07.20 Fact check: Trump says Puerto Rico got $92 billion. They've seen only a fraction [If he opens his mouth, Trump's lying.]

07.20 "Trump Says Go Home, Ilhan's Community Says Welcome Home": Rep. Omar Greeted With Cheers of Love and Support in Return to Minnesota

07.20 WATCH: Amid Extreme Anti-Refugee Push, Trump Displays Neither Interest Nor Knowledge of Asylum Seekers' Plight in Oval Office Meeting

07.20 Trump Denies Being at North Carolina Rally [Not sure if Trump supporters 'get' satire, but here goes....]

07.19 Are progressives working on a climate plan for 2021? You bet.

07.19 House Democrats demand Hope Hicks clarify testimony after Cohen document dump

07.19 The 51 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump's repugnant North Carolina rally

07.19 The Real Meaning of ‘Send Her Back!’

07.18 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Breaking up Homeland Security

07.18 Deadly Delays in Jail Construction Cost Lives and Dollars Across California

07.18 Inside Trump's DC hotel, where allies and lobbyists flock to peddle their interests [Also, too much ignored by media, the $millions "donated" corrupting moderate Democrats and Republicans every election cycle must stop]

07.18 This Republican's Case for Medicare for All [A well-informed Republican is rare, so let's hold him in the light so others may learn]

07.18 Trump rally crowd chants 'send her back' after president attacks Ilhan Omar [1:03 video shows Trump pandering to his ignorant idolaters, and together they're making America a greater shit-hole country]

07.18 "Can't Change a Corrupt System by Taking Its Money": Sanders Urges All 2020 Democrats to Reject Insurance, Big Pharma Cash [49:02 video w/ lousy sound]

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07.19 DOJ Releases Strong Evidence of Trump’s Campaign Finance Violations But No Explanation of No Charges [The statement]

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07.19 Conscientious objectors of first world war – their untold tales [The record proves they were morally right by avoiding violent early deaths of their cousins and themselves]

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07.18 Corporate tax cuts blocked at least 15,000 affordable homes in California. Here’s how

07.15 China’s Economic Growth Hits 27-Year Low as Trade War Stings

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07.20 US to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia in face of 'credible' regional threats [Working with Osama bin Laden's godfathers, Trump wants to profit like Erik Prince (for-profit education secretary Betsy DeVos' brother) of Blackwater infamy (hurriedly renamed ‘Academi’), the U.S. taxpayer to pay inflated costs while Trump siphons off long-term emolument largesse]

07.20 Iran on 'dangerous path' with seizure of Stena Impero, says UK [Which is this, a tit or a tat?]

07.20 'Dark satanic mills': Tony Abbott continues his crusade against wind turbines [Too much CO2 air pollution makes you stupid, and turns your country into an “Idiocracy” (1:36 video clip)]

07.20 Bolsonaro declares 'the Amazon is ours' and calls deforestation data 'lies' [Lazy and willfully stupid whenever it serves his purpose, just like Trump. “And the rest of you can all go to hell.” Again, just like Trump. Has your country turned into an “Idiocracy”? (1:36 video clip)]

07.19 U.N.'s Bachelet says Congresswomen opposing Trump are 'fantastic'

07.19 Iran makes 'substantial' nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions [Was barbaric Saudi Arabia—whose citizens were more involved in the 9-11 attacks—the wrong ally all along?]

07.19 “The Task Ahead Is Enormous, and There Is Not Much Time” [Read this and learn. Or read Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) | Twitter and/or President Trump (@POTUS) | Twitter. Are you serious? Or are you in hideously criminal denial?]

07.18 Foreign purchases of American homes plunge 36% as Chinese buyers flee the market

07.18 There are 16 million slaves around the world making our stuff

07.18 ‘No rioters, only a tyrannical regime’: Thousands of Hong Kong seniors march in support of young extradition law protesters [Most people around the world have more in common with these Hong Kong Chinese protestors than with the ignorant people at Trump rallies]

07.18 Dozens Arrested as Over 1,000 Jewish Activists and Allies Shut Down Entrances to ICE Headquarters Demanding Closure of Trump Detention Camps [Obviously these are not the immoral and less educated right-wing jews who support Netanyahu, Trump and ICE, and who slowly exterminate Palestinians when no one is looking]

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  Israel's Gaza Atrocities Recall America's Atrocities in Vietnam
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COMMENTARY:

Israel's Gaza Atrocities Recall America's Atrocities in Vietnam

by Dave Lindorff
Sunday, 11 January 2009
As we hear the horrifying and sickening reports of the atrocities in Gaza by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), and as ardent Israel backers predictably justify each one or contest the facts, it’s worth reading a new book (The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth about US War Crimes), by a former Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington bureau investigative reporter of the LA Times named Deborah Nelson.

Nelson with the help of war historian Nick Turse, got hold of a 9000-page secret report by the Pentagon's own people, stored in the National Archive and dating to the Nixon era. Compiled in the wake of a flood of charges from returning GIs and Marines about US atrocities which began appearing following the expose of the My Lai massacre, it sought to investigate and repudiate those claims.

Nixon's people, following the My Lai scandal, had made an enormous effort to discredit those returned soldiers, like John Kerry of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, who came forward to report that the war was a massive series of atrocities against civilians. What this remarkable and well-documented book shows is that the Pentagon’s exhaustive investigation actually ended up concluding that most of the reports--which were often of massacres on the same scale as My Lai--were true. As a result it was labeled top secret and buried for thirty-plus years.

Nelson and Turse took this study, released following a Freedom of Information Act request, and proceeded to track down the actual soldiers who had filed the reports. They brought the complete investigative records to these guys and had them go over their own old stories in view of what evidence the investigators had found. The vets in question, now in their 50s and 60s, had had no idea that their protests had been secretly taken seriously or investigated, or that they had been found to be telling the truth. Many, at the time they came forward, had been spied on, called out as liars, and intimidated into silence.

The conclusion can only be that these atrocities--things like just herding 20 women and small children into a ditch and machine gunning them, and then calling them all VC "killed in action"--were really just the tip of the iceberg, and that many many more such incidents were simply never reported by anyone. In Vietnam, atrocities and massacres of civilians by American forces were not aberrations, they were part of the battle plan.

This should come as no surprise. My father, who was a marine in WWII, tells of how at boot camp at Camp LeJeune, he and his comrades were trained systematically to consider the "Japs" to be subhuman, and to be ready to kill at a moment's notice and without mercy. The same was done to the draftees being sent to Vietnam, and it is true of the troops trained to “liberate” Iraq in the 2003 invasion of that country.

Many in the IDF are as ready to blow away women and children in Gaza without a moment's remorse as Hamas rocketeers are happy to hit a kindergarten in Israel. That is what soldiers get conditioned to do. It is not even their fault. It is the fault of a leadership that wants this to happen.

The point is, Israel's IDF is no better or worse than America's military. Given the level of mutual hatred between Israeli and Palestinian, I have no doubt that while there may well be humanists among IDF draftees, who manage to maintain their humanity despite their situation, many in the IDF are as ready to blow away women and children in Gaza without a moment's remorse as Hamas rocketeers are happy to hit a kindergarten in Israel. That is what soldiers get conditioned to do. It is not even their fault. It is the fault of a leadership that wants this to happen.

Of course there are atrocities being committed in Gaza by the IDF. That is the point of the invasion, which is to terrorize the 1.5-million people of Gaza into turning against Hamas. It is the same policy as the American “pacification” program in Vietnam. It didn’t work there, and it won’t work in Gaza, but in the process, many, many innocent civilians, including little children, will die horrible deaths.

As of today, nearly 900 people are known to have been killed by Israeli forces. At least half of these are reported to be civilians, but since in fact only children and women are “known” to be civilians, what this really means is that the IDF has killed nearly 500 women and children. Undoubtedly, many of the other dead, who are adult males, are also civilians. And the actual number of dead is certainly much higher, because many bodies have not been recovered from the rubble. They cannot be because the IDF is shooting at anyone who attempts a rescue.

In all this, it is important for us in the US to remember that Israel is the number-one recipient of US foreign aid and military aid.

Without US support—-military, financial and diplomatic—-this war would not be happening. It is, in the final analysis, as much America’s fault as Israel’s.

The irony is that even as Israel pounds Gaza and slaughters the inhabitants of this modern-day Warsaw-like ghetto, it is gaining nothing. Year by year, Israel’s security situation worsens.

The irony is that even as Israel pounds Gaza and slaughters the inhabitants of this modern-day Warsaw-like ghetto, it is gaining nothing. Year by year, Israel’s security situation worsens.

In 1967 it fought a brilliant and decisive war against multiple attackers and triumphed. It won decisively again in 1973. Since then, however, it has had a harder and harder time winning its battles and in the last instance, against Hezbollah, the IDF arguably lost.

Now it is in a fight against a really pitiful opponent in Gaza--a bunch of poorly trained guys with guns and RPGs vs. one of the most modern and
heavily equipped military forces in the world--and yet there are many who say the IDF will fail, and will end up leaving Gaza in ruins but with Hamas still not only in control but more popular than ever for having "stood up" to the IDF.

Now the thing Israel and its backers need to bear in mind that the US itself is a power in the midst of a historic decline. The US military is weaker than at any time since the Vietnam era: over-extended, its equipment wrecked and top heavy with bureaucracy. And with the US economy in ruins after two decades of de-industrialization, and deliberate creation of economic bubbles designed to hide the general decline in Americans' incomes and keep the consumer spending frenzy going artificially, it is not coming back.

The "Ebay economy" of virtual wealth we Americans thought we had in our homes and our 401(k) funds will not bounce back in coming years, because it was all a fake. When this recession finally ends, we Americans will find that recovery will mean a much lower standard of living than we have become used to. (Just one example of the problem: The Fed has printed $2 trillion of new dollars over the last two months. When you do that, you inevitably debase the currency. We are doomed to see the dollar plummet in value over the next few years, and because the US doesn't make anything anymore, all the goods we need, including even the bulk of the things that go into making our cars, are imported and will soar in price. It will be even worse if, as is likely, oil producers stop pricing oil in dollars.)

It all points to a major pull-back, probably sooner rather than later, in America's role in the world.

There can be no restoration of the American economy, even marginally, without an end to this country's decades-long obsession with militarism.

There can be no restoration of the American economy, even marginally, without an end to this country's decades-long obsession with militarism. The US spends more on its military--a trillion dollars a year counting veterans benefits and interest on the borrowed money--than the rest of the world combined. That situation cannot continue, for objective reasons even aside from the moral ones.

When the public finally realizes this, the politicians will have to respond, and we will see a dramatic shrinking of the military budget and of America's militarism abroad.

At that point, Israel will have to face the music, and either settle with the Palestinians, or try to soldier on on its own (and good luck to that).

It would make much more sense for Israel, which still has solid, if shrinking, public US support, to work out a permanent solution through the creation of a genuinely viable Palestinian state, right now, than to wait until such a solution is forced on it when it is in a much weaker bargaining position.


Dave Lindorff in Washington

About the author: Philadelphia journalist Dave Lindorff is a 34-year veteran, an award-winning journalist, a former New York Times contributor, a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, a two-time Journalism Fulbright Scholar, and the co-author, with Barbara Olshansky, of a well-regarded book on impeachment, The Case for Impeachment. His work is available at www.thiscantbehappening.net.



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