Stop Smoking The Democrack

The U.S. government is toying with a war with nuclear Russia while already waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, having done severe damage to Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. Military spending is climbing ever higher. Presidential war powers are ever more extreme. The proliferation of nuclear technology is combining with the ease and secrecy of drone wars to raise the risk of a Dr. Strangelove finish to the human species. And, let’s face it, you had more time to give a damn when the president was a Republican.

The top means by which war kills is the diversion of unfathomable piles of money away from life-saving initiatives. That spending continues without pause. President Obama and most of Congress want it increased even more next year. The Congressional Progressive Caucus just put out a budget that made no mention of military spending but — if you searched through the numbers — was proposing to cut it by 1% ($13 billion of $1.3 trillion in spending across several departments). We’re talking about the single item that takes up over half of discretionary spending. One or two percent of it could make U.S. college education free, or end starvation on earth. A bigger slice could take on climate protection. Everyone across the inch-wide chasm of the political divide in Washington prefers to see the militarism continue. Of 100 senators, 100 favor sanctions on Iran. Bipartisanship is alive and well when it comes to war promotion…

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/04/01/stop-smoking-the-democrack/

 

Chris Hedges: Manufacturing Consent

Economic Collapse Getting Closer

We Have Yet To Have A Black President

Readers of this blog know that I don’t support the policies of Barack Obama. Neither do I consider him a Black man. I reject the “one drop of black blood” definition of Blackness, and instead embrace the definition of race provided by W.E.B. Du Bois.  Du Bois did not define race strictly in biological terms.  He said a race is a vast family of human beings, generally of common blood and language [patterns of language], always of common [perspective on] history and sharing “vividly conceived ideals of life” [philosophy].  Under the “one drop” theory, Obama is no more Black than Harding or Eisenhower, e.g.  He is certainly not Black according to the Du Bois perspective.  How could he be?  Where did he acquire the philosophy or the perspective on history?  In Indonesia?  At Columbia?  Harvard?  From his mother or grandparents, the CIA agents?  Dudes and dudesses, please.  Think about your misplaced support for this son of Nietzsche, and return to the quest for freedom,  justice and equality pursued by people like Garvey, Malcolm and MLK.  The nation and the world need progressive Blackness.

http://www.frenchcreoles.com/CreoleCulture/mulattoes,%20mixed%20race,%20creoles/Eisenhower%20mixed%20Race.html

Will Americans vote for a black president? If the notorious historian William Estabrook Chancellor was right, we already did. In the early 1920s, Chancellor helped assemble a controversial biographical portrait accusing President Warren Harding of covering up his family’s “colored” past. According to the family tree Chancellor created, Harding was actually the great-grandson of a black woman. Under the one-drop rule of American race relations, Chancellor claimed, the country had inadvertently elected its “first Negro president.”…

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/06/magazine/06wwln-essay-t.html

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Nothing sums up the warped foreign policy fantasy world in which Republicans live more than when House Speaker John Boehner recently called Obama an “anti-war president” under which America “is sitting on the sidelines” in the increasingly chaotic Middle East.

If Obama is an anti-war president, he’s the worst anti-war president in history. In the last six years, the Obama administration has bombed seven countries in the Middle East alone and armed countless more with tens of billions in dollars in weapons. But that’s apparently not enough for Republicans. As the Isis war continues to expand and Yemen descends into civil war, everyone is still demanding more: If only we bombed the region a little bit harder, then they’ll submit

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/30/obama-anti-war-presidency-detached-from-reality

These are reflections of Black philosophy???

Opium Business Is Booming

Business is booming! “Two years after the ousting of the Taliban regime, which had cracked down ruthlessly on the cultivation of opium, production of the substance last year hit 3,600 tones, up 6 per cent over the previous year, and surveys of farmers show a further increase is likely this year.”

This war against terrorists is great for the drug trade. See any pattern when troops are garrisoned? The protection racket just runs their traffic with more efficiency.

But wait, there is inevitably a proven solution. Just listen to Antonio Maria Costa, the UNODC executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). He is the man who set up the first counter-narcotics institutions and counter-narcotics laws. How well has he done! “We face critical decisions. If we don’t start translating counter-narcotics commitment into lower levels of production, we run the risk of the opium economy undermining all that has been achieved in creating a democratic new Afghanistan.”

Just maybe the international narco squad should hire experienced Taliban veterans, since they have the drill down . . . President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai says the opium-based drug trade is damaging the country’s economy, reputation and national security. He says: “his government has tried unsuccessfully to deal with the problem, and he made repeated pleas in his speech for greater international help.” How about explaining when all that foreign help is administered, the volume of drug shipments hit record levels?

What are the economics of a poppy crop? Ask a local for the answer. Ali managed to harvest seven kilograms of raw opium this year. At a price of about $300 a kilo, he earned almost $2100. In Europe 0.700 grams of pure heroin is worth €70,000 after it is refined from his seven kilograms of raw opium. What is the saying, value added, from your innovative middle man?…

http://www.activistpost.com/2015/03/alls-well-with-afghanistan-opium-trade.html