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"Our bravest agents of change put their bodies on the line in civil disobedience, and some are arrested, beaten or abused by the police. When that happens to an older person (like me) with white hair, Americans care about that. Age can be a big advantage. It gives you a tool you can put into play. They're not going to kill you, mostly. They're less likely to break your arm. So you have this advantage over young people -- There's a human instinct that says "Don't beat up babies and don't beat up old people. So if someone needs to lie down in front of these bombers, if someone needs to bear witness at the meetings where obscene violence is rationalized, it's us old people - we should do it!"

-- Ray McGovern is a veteran CIA officer who once gave Ronald Reagan his daily intelligence briefing, now turned whistleblower and political activist.

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I said this same thing over three years ago on this website.

No one agreed. I doubt McGovern will get any volunteers either.

To be effective, hundreds of thousands of us oldsters are needed. And plenty of TV cameras, including international broadcasts.

US exceptionalism at home should be seen.

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You said the same thing. Interesting. You and Josh are on to it. It has never occurred to me. I will keep it in mind if I ever have a chance to put my grey hair to good use.

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Of course though, the 78 year old Ray McGovern himself was tackled when protesting against Gina Haspal in her confirmation hearing. So I guess being old is not foolproof.

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I was in college in 1968. I remember a photo of Bertrand Russell being dragged from a Vietnam sit-in. Cops had his shoulders, and he was dragging his heels. He must have been 95 or 96.

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I just checked. You are right, he was born in 1872.


From your bio: Educated to be an astrophysicist, he has branched out from there to mathematical modeling in a variety of areas, including evolutionary ecology and economics.


Where did you do your studying?

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I dunno.

I have always agreed with pretty much everything Ray has to say, but here he may be putting too much faith in a sentiment that only true humanitarians possess.

Ray HAS been injured and abused by various groups and their security forces, that, when given the choice between respecting humanity and "doing their job" (following orders), always end up doing the latter.

In order for us to expect certain groups to respect humanity, they would have to first possess the necessary conscience. A conscience which is generally put on the shelf in favour of "duty".

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I thought about this when I joined the Wobbles. It may come to pass, who knows.

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Wobbles??

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I think Chuck might mean when he reached the age of being occasionally wobbly.

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Wobblies are Industrial Workers of the World, a socialist group from another era.

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The IWW is still around.

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I was thrown off by the spelling, so dreamed up my own guess. Yes, the Wobblies. Thanks.

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I know a bit about unions. I was in one for 22 years and my college thesis was titled, Teachers and Collective Bargaining. But I did not know about the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

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Really, David, I don't think your question was nonsense at all. We don't know how many times we live, or therefore, how many times we die. Nor do we know where all this living and dying takes place. We have old texts, many religions, hard-working scientists, and our own quirky minds...all filling us with far more questions than answers. Truly, at times, I envy those who believe they have the answers and are able to stick with it for a lifetime, unwavering. I'm just not made like that.


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I am still off the topic of this Daily Inspiration but I think I will post this since you brought up harps. Beautiful instruments. David is my pseudonym. There are only maybe four here at oen that know that. I got the name and my bio from a song.

This one is a cover of the song with a girl playing the harp:

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This is the original:

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Wow! Thanks for the music. I think you chose well, aka David Watts. Also true about harps.


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I expect the Women's March on the Pentagon in October will include a lot of participants over the age of 50, though it would be nice to see the young people come out as well.

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I hope that happens. That would be good.

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Yes indeed - surely McGovern is overflowing with #courage for so boldly asking some questions at that Congressional Hearing for Haspel.

However, showing an apparent "lack of courage" by our duly elected (Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Conyers/Boehner) and appointed officials (Holder) has permitted Bush(#torture "as a Matter of Official Policy"- scroll to Article XVIII) to remain above the reach of our laws and our justice systemin the United States #NurembergCrimes #TheCrimeOfAggression #Hitlers911 #Investigate911 - "preset explosives used at the WTC".

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