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Don midwest
Don midwest

Foreign policy by a declining empire using military means to hold onto power

US was #1 for a while but the empire collapse is proceeding full speed ahead

well, it took 500 years for Roman Empire to collapse and the Ottoman empire lasted 600 years and half of that was the decline

so it may take the US a while

but with Gaia now ruling the roost, it could decline at a record pace like we have led the world in covid deaths

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Guess what – trying to boss Russia and China gets a response of go to hell

Russia and China Are Sending Biden a Message: Don’t Judge Us or Try to Change us. Those Days Are Over

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/03/russia-and-china-are-sending-biden-a-message-dont-judge-us-or-try-to-change-us-those-days-are-over.html

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and China and Iran is biggest mid east event in 1200 years (and US is jacking off with sanctions)

Biggest East Asian move into Mideast since the Mongol Empire: In Open Challenge to US, China inks 25-year, $400 bn Deal with Iran

https://www.juancole.com/2021/03/biggest-mideast-challenge.html

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and this very, very long article interviews an economist by Brazilian journalist

you already know the outline of what is going on, but the changes in global economics promise to be very messy and who knows how they will come out

In Quest of a Multi-Polar World
March 26, 2021
Michael Hudson and Pepe Escobar resume their conversation about a global monetary system that appears headed for divorce

https://consortiumnews.com/2021/03/26/in-quest-of-a-multi-polar-world/

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Tom Dispatch

Andrew Bacevich, Requiem for the American Century

and then the article by Bacevich

America’s Longest War Winds Down
No Bang, No Whimper, No Victory

https://tomdispatch.com/americas-longest-war-winds-down/#more

polarbear4

Thanks so much, Don! looking forward to reading these. Also, it’s so good to hear from Andrew Bacevich.

wi62

Take the time to read –good stuff

Torabs
Torabs

Excellent stuff here, thanks Don. Particularly enjoyed the Cole article and the Consortium News one.

Don midwest
Don midwest

I didn’t realize that Francis Fitzgerald was a woman. I recall in the distant past, probably during the 2 years at Berkeley 65-67, reading the excellent journalism about the war.

Three groundbreaking journalists saw the Vietnam War differently. It’s no coincidence they were women

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/media/vietnam-women-reporters-becker/2021/03/26/79477986-8e32-11eb-a730-1b4ed9656258_story.html

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Politics and Prose did an interview of Elizabeth Becker a few weeks ago. Very interesting.

Don midwest
Don midwest

thanks

excellent interview

Don midwest
Don midwest

shucks, I have been away from this site for so long that I forgot how to use the “link” option

well, I now remember

how about this for a dose of energy

Valarie Kaur – Breathe! Push! The Labor of Revolutionary Love | Bioneers
11,650 views•Nov 13, 2019

This is the first part of the speech which you might want to skip over when watching the video. There is a much shorter video below about love and I wanted to provide a background so that one would not dismiss her as a wishy washy new age mouthpiece.

Transcript
Introduction by Nina Simons, Bioneers co-founder and Chief Relationship Strategist.

NINA SIMONS:
I find our next speaker to be an astonishing woman. I have sought to bring her here for two years, and I am wowed by her for three reasons. The first is that for someone still relatively young, she has just about the most varied and extraordinary activist résumé I’ve ever seen. An attorney who, in her youth, clerked on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and served as a legal observer at Guantanamo Bay, she has worked as both a lawyer and an activist on complex civil rights cases, hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, gun violence, solitary confinement, marriage equality, and Internet freedom. An award-winning scholar and educator with multiple degrees from such schools as Harvard, Stanford, and Yale, including in law, international relations, media, and religious studies, she has become one of the most important voices to emerge from the American Sikh community, and a highly influential faith leader on the national stage, including as the founder of the Groundswell movement, which is considered America’s largest multi-faith online organizing network.

A film and media maker with deep expertise in building story-based campaigns to advance human rights movements, she founded the Yale Visual Law Project, where she taught students how to make films for social change, and co-founded Faithful Internet to build the movement for net neutrality. Her many films include Divided We Fall; Stigma, about the impact of police stop-and-frisk policies; Alien Nation, about immigration raids; The Worst of the Worst, about solitary confinement in prison; and Oak Creek: In Memoriam, about an infamous mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

Valarie’s personal story helps explain her drive to remedy wrongs. Born and raised in Clovis, California, where her family settled as Sikh farmers in 1913, she is someone with literally deep roots in the American earth, but when a close friend of hers was the first person killed in a hate crime after September 11th, 2001, she began to document hate crimes against Sikh and Muslim Americans, which resulted in her first film, the award-winning Divided We Fall, and helped launch her life of civic engagement.

The second thing that dazzles me about Valarie is that after spending much of her life combatting horrific injustice and intolerance, having been inside supermax prisons, at Guantanamo and at sites of hate crimes and mass shootings, she emerged not as an embittered cynic, but as an apostle of love as the ultimate source of social action. She founded the Revolution Love Project, a national initiative which uses a wide range of communication and mobilization tools to equip and inspire people to practice the ethic of love. I encourage you, if you are as moved by Valarie as I am, go visit RevolutionaryLove.net and sign up, because there’s a book coming.

Valarie had a revelation: to combat racism, nationalism and hate, we cannot succumb to rage ourselves or we have already lost. The greatest social reformers in history grounded entire movements in the ethic of love, and if we reclaim love through a feminist lens, she says, then love can be seen as a sort of birth labor – fierce, bloody, imperfect, but life giving.

The third thing that wows me about Valarie is as a woman I know how hard it is, and as a woman with all that education, to take a stand on behalf of love, which has been trivialized, feminized and sidelined in our—in conversations and strategy movements, strategic movements, for a long time. So the courage that Valarie embodies is incredibly inspiring to me.

Revolutionary Love is the choice to labor for others, for our opponents, for the Earth, and for ourselves. It’s a difficult path to walk in our highly polarized world, teetering on the edge of multiple existential tipping points, but if anyone can teach us how to make love the basis of our action in the world, it will be through the truly extraordinary dignity, eloquence, and strategic savvy of Valarie Kaur. Please join me in welcoming her. [APPLAUSE]

A short 4 min piece on presence. being in the now. being with the earth.

What Chardi Kala Means to Me – Activist Valarie Kaur

orlbucfan

After watching this country deteriorate for 40+ years, I’m afraid to get my hopes up. However, whether by accident or no, SoMoJoe has sent some positive signals regarding the labor and climate emergencies. As you Nesters know, I chose not to have kids. If I did, I would be bouncing off the walls freaking out over ecological issues. 🙄🐊🌴🍀🦋

wi62

Being the futurist i am i actually thought at the time we decided to have kids thier outlook would be better than it is now. Boy i was so wrong.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Wow. This video brought a tear. Thanks dmw. I’m going to watch it with my granddaughters and have a conversation with them.

polarbear4

Biden is all in on M4A !!!!!!!! woooo hooooo!

Benny

April Fools?

orlbucfan

😂 Good one. 😂

polarbear4

that may have been too serious of a subject to use. sry. i think.lol

jcitybone

Time for everyone to be a little foolish!

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polarbear4

😁😛🐻🤗🌈😜😂💚

wi62

As fast as WTF popped into my head, i then remembered the day it is

jcitybone

jcitybone

Erasure is one of my faves.

jcitybone

Go Aretha!

jcitybone

Doobie doobie doo

Benny

Benny

orlbucfan

Man, am I old but this is a great old classic tune. My uncle had the original 45 and I went nuts everytime I heard it. 🙂

jcitybone

Brazil is a hot mess

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/31/brazil-bolsonaro-impeachment-coup-military-crisis

Prominent leaders of Brazil’s opposition have called for president Jair Bolsonaro to be immediately removed from office to prevent his “coup-mongering, authoritarian delusions” becoming a reality.

“We cannot be bystanders to this barbarism,” congressman Marcelo Freixo said on Wednesday as parliamentarians demanded Bolsonaro’s impeachment for what they called his illegal attempt to co-opt the armed forces.

Bolsonaro’s decision to sack Brazil’s defence minister Gen Fernando Azevedo e Silva – and the subsequent departures of the heads of all three branches of the military – has sent political shockwaves through the world’s fourth-largest democracy.

“There is an attempt here by the president to arrange a coup – it is under way already – and that is why we are reacting,” claimed Alessandro Molon, the leader of the opposition in the lower house, as the impeachment request was presented to congress.

Gen Azevedo e Silva was relieved of his duties on Monday, with members of the military establishment pushing the idea that he was sacked for resisting Bolsonaro’s plans for a “coup-mongering adventure”. Hours later, on Tuesday morning, the heads of the army, air force and navy were reportedly dismissed during an ill-tempered meeting after Bolsonaro had discovered they were poised to resign in protest.

The sudden and dramatic fissure between Brazil’s far-right president and the military men who helped bring him to power in 2018 has yet to be fully explained. Some observers suspect senior members of the armed forces had decided to ditch Bolsonaro’s crisis-stricken administration – partly out of frustration at his calamitous handling of an uncontrolled coronavirus outbreak that has killed nearly 320,000 Brazilians.

Others believe military chiefs may genuinely have been trying to protect Brazilian democracy after Bolsonaro, a former army captain known for his admiration of dictators, attempted some kind of authoritarian move such as a self-coup, by which a democratically elected leader takes on dictatorial powers.

jcitybone

jcitybone

Speaking of fools. There’s a “major” one in Florida

jcitybone

Major might not have been the best name choice for the Bidens’ dog

jcitybone

The Roosevelts appeared to have bad luck with dogs

wi62

When you lose Tucker Carlson on Faux and get turned down by Faux for a job your in deep 💩

LieparDestin

LieparDestin

If all exposed so far is true To me it seems the ‘extortion’ was actually a cooky attempt attempt at a sort of public relations campaign designed to make Gaetz a ‘hero’ in the public eye who could then escape charges. Seems very roger stone-ish.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9425215/Gaetz-extorted-sex-orgy-underage-prostitutes-rescue-hostage-Iran.html

Benny

Benny

Benny

polarbear4

the old lie “funded by” these or those taxes. but yay for the help from their taxes, sure, and yay for the program.

Benny

One thing to note. I’m posting Coons’ tweets as he is Biden’s whisperer. Not because I agree.

Benny

Texas: Survey Finds That 61 Percent of Self-Identified Medical Cannabis Consumers Report Substituting It for Prescription Drugs

Over 60 percent of patients in Texas who self-identify as medical marijuana consumers report that they have used it to replace prescription medications, according to survey data compiled by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Nearly 2,900 people participated in the survey. Sixty-one percent said that they “replaced” prescription opioids and/or benzodiazepines with medical cannabis – a finding that is consistent with several other studies.

Also consistent with other studies, the majority of respondents reported using cannabis primarily to mitigate pain. Among those respondents who were veterans, just over half reported using cannabis to address symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Overall, four-in-ten respondents said that the use of cannabis “has improved their quality of life.”

Benny

NYCVG

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Cool. I want to see him in Harlem and S Bronx where I grew up.

NYCVG

duplicate—-sorry.