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John Rachel has a B.A. in Philosophy, and has written eight novels and three political non-fiction books. His political articles have appeared at OpEdNews, Russia Insider, The Greanville Post, and other alternative media outlets. Since leaving the U.S. in 2006, he has lived in and explored 33 countries. He is now somewhat rooted in a traditional, rural Japanese community about an hour from Osaka, where he lives with his wife of five years. Daily he rides his bicycle through the soybean fields and rice paddies which sprawl across the surrounding landscape. As of the date of the release of his most recent book, "The Peace Dividend: The Most Controversial Proposal in the History of the World", he has a small but promising organic vegetable garden which begs his attention. You can follow his writing and the evolution of his world view at: http://jdrachel.com "Scribo ergo sum."

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Empire of Chaos World Map, From ImagesAttr
(134 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 17, 2018
Be Afraid ... Be Very Afraid! The sales pitch for military expansion and more astronomical defense spending has just reached a whole new level of hysteria. Washington DC is flabbergasted! Someone figured out we can't win a war against Russia or China. (Like we've won any wars since WWII but let's not be negative.) But there's a small detail left entirely out of this discussion. What kind of war are these peddlers of paranoia talking about?
James Clapper, From ImagesAttr
(28 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 29, 2015
Obama Surrounds Himself With Neocons and Other Hawkish Lunatics Obama's foreign policy is a box of chocolates, except you always know what you're going to get __ more war, more bombing, more drone assassinations, more illegal regime change, more chaos and destruction. It's the company he keeps. He is surrounded by bloodthirsty, arguably mad, imperialist warmongers, megalomaniacs who see themselves as saviors of the Universe, chosen by destiny and blessed with infallibility.
From ImagesAttr
(41 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 15, 2017
Trump's Gone Too Far This Time! Things just keep getting weirder with the current administration. In a surprising and highly controversial move, President Donald Trump by executive order today made Russian the official language of the United States of America.
Congress shall make no law .... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..., From ImagesAttr
(23 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 9, 2015
Freedom of the Press There is indeed freedom of the press in America. But it's not quite what I understood it to be. Now it's the freedom to keep Americans in the dark. It's the freedom cherry-pick from the vast array of newsworthy items and only publish those consistent with the preferred narrative of our government. It's the freedom to suppress anything which our government would find inconvenient or untimely.
Uncle Sam's True Demand, From ImagesAttr
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 3, 2015
Isn't it Time to Stop America's Ugly Game of Thrones Business? The U.S. has become the most prolific sponsor of coups in history but I see that soon coming to an end with one last epic regime change. This one will be the ouster of the imperial lunatics in the current administration, an epic game-changer that will be the mother of all coups and will put the rest of the world at ease, at least for the foreseeable future.
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(28 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 2, 2014
Ten Commandments For A New American Century These arrived without my consulting a burning bush, or even having to leave the comfort of my home. People like rules. So here is a fresh set of commandments, a divine path for putting America on the straight and true.
CFAR Candidates: The Real Deal, From YouTubeVideos
(189 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 15, 2017
CFAR Candidates: The Real Deal Yes, there's hope in the midst of the mass of toxic sludge clogging our electoral machinery. Along comes the grass-roots voter-based initiative called CFAR, Contract For American Renewal. It takes the guesswork out of voting by exposing the phonies and frauds. The CFAR is a populist uprising targeting the November 2018 election, introducing honesty, integrity, transparency, and accountability back into the electoral process.
Hair to the Chief by Ninian Reid (2016), From ImagesAttr
(139 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 28, 2017
A Cure For Mad Trump Disease Mad Trump Disease has not just infected the Oval Office. It's running rampant through the media and most of the political establishment. Insanity is the new normal. I don't want to blow the ending of this article, so I'll just say this: When the inmates have taken over the institution, it's still the person with the keys who decides who locks the doors at night.
Rock Concert, From ImagesAttr
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Politics is a Rock Concert, Not a Seminar. All we have now is war, morning, noon and night . . . 24/7/365. We need a new "anthem" that rocks this nation back to its senses. War and fear and militarization and national bankruptcy are over . . . if you want it.
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(45 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 28, 2016
Why Donald Trump is not as horrible as Hillary Clinton ... and why you should vote for Jill Stein. Vote for Jill Stein! If that ends up electing Donald Trump, so be it. He's a buffoon and will accomplish nothing. He doesn't know his way around Washington DC and will be totally isolated. If Hillary gets elected, we will end up in a major war. She is backed by Wall Street, big banks, the multinational corporations, the MIC, the neocon-infested government and media organizations. She'll deliver them their desired destruction!
Services and hours for the main post office in my hometown, Sasayama, Hyogo, here in Japan., From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 11, 2013
Going Postal We can deliver enough nuclear weapons to destroy the world 25 times over with 12,000 active ICBMs, and fleets of nuclear submarines and long range bombers. BUT WE CAN'T DELIVER THE MAIL ON SATURDAY!
This is unbelievable ... literally!, From ImagesAttr
(66 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 20, 2018
The Richest Sociopath in the World Jeff Bezos is referred to as 'The Richest Man in the World' and his personal fortune, while growing by $191,000 each minute, is currently estimated at $168 billion. We need to correct that labeling. He should henceforth be called 'The Richest Sociopath in the World.'
(91 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 6, 2018
U.S. Blames Northern Lights on Russia, Imposes Sanctions The State Department has accused Russia of hacking into the ionosphere causing excessive and annoying levels of Northern Lights activity, and is calling on the international community to impose a brutal new round of sanctions.
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(56 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 20, 2020
ASD: A Pandemic for an Empire in Decline Who is to stop our sociopathic leaders from destroying everything? After all, it would be such an awesome selfie!
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(42 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 20, 2016
The "I'll vote for Jill if you will" Pledge Campaign No more "lesser evil" voting or concerns about "throwing your vote away"! There's a way to establish a plurality victory for Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president. Why hold your nose and vote for either a sociopathic egomaniac or a psychopathic war criminal, when you can put a brilliant woman in the White House who will serve the needs of all Americans, not just the billionaire class?
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(62 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 16, 2020
COVID-19 Global Solidarity Manifesto We can no longer fool ourselves, as we have done so often before, into believing that the current regime of capitalism is sustainable or tolerable. Capitalism is a failed system. It's time to replace it and oust those from power who continue to prop up this exploitative and ruinous corpse. The Covid-19 Global Solidarity Coalition is leading the charge with a new manifesto that is gaining huge support.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 17, 2020
Il Manifesto (Italy): Movement For Democratizing The Work Place Putting all decisions related to the functioning of the majority of businesses democratically into the hands of their workers would at the level of the fundamental building blocks of our economy completely reconfigure that economy and create a replacement for capitalism as we know it.
Obama speaks at UN September 2015., From ImagesAttr
(67 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Oratory as a Weapon of Mass Deception You can pretty much tape a copy of Obama's speech at the U.N. this week to the wall, throw darts at it, and end up 9 times out of 10 hitting a half-truth, outright lie, or manipulative mangling of reality. I won't even try to cover everything which puts this in the all-time Top 10 for gross misuse of oratorical gifts and abuse of the powerful platform he is accorded as president.
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(36 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 29, 2017
Bird Dogging Bird dogging has nothing to do with dogs hunting birds or birds hunting dogs. It's basically in-person harassment, pursuit of an individual "with dogged determination", and is commonly used against politicians who are being outed by their opponents or the media, for dramatic effect.
Series: Effective Progressive Activism (9 Articles, 14418 views)
Whac-A-Mole CHAMP!!! Perfect., From YouTubeVideos
(65 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 5, 2017
Whack A Mole Activism The ruling class have us constantly scrambling, in a frenzy, panicked and overwhelmed, confronted by one crisis after another. The reaction by our end of the political spectrum has been short-sighted and fragmented. Disoriented by the sheer number of crises being created, we're never able to mount a unified, coherent counterattack. We work hard but our energies are scattered. We end up with what I call Whack A Mole activism.
Series: Effective Progressive Activism (9 Articles, 14418 views)
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(44 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Julian Assange: Could 50,000 People Provide a Human Corridor? Julian Assange should be getting a Nobel Prize, not being persecuted. What can we do to save this courageous, heroic man? Can we get 50,000 people to show up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to provide him a "human corridor" to escape to another embassy? They can't arrest or kill 50,000 people.
Taking stock of our current political leadership., From ImagesAttr
(186 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 21, 2017
Public Shaming If our current congressman can't step up to the plate and play their very best game for the home team, they should be shamed, booed, reviled, scorned, humiliated, burned in effigy! Let them stew in the cauldron of the bad publicity they heap on themselves, then rot in a big foul steaming pile of their own wickedness, after we haul the garbage to the dump! They have no shame of their own, so we'll to bring it to them ourselves.
Series: Effective Progressive Activism (9 Articles, 14418 views)
World War II Deaths, From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The Horror and the Shame The ongoing campaign of Russia hating and demonizing of Vladimir Putin is a product of grotesque callousness, double standards, horrifying miscalculations, ignorance of history, and delusions of world conquest by psychopaths embedded in our foreign policy institutions, including many highly respected Beltway think tanks. This idiocy has the potential to terminate human life on the planet.
Not a magic wand but a sledgehammer!, From WikimediaPhotos
(84 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 12, 2017
No Candidate Contract No Vote Our democracy is in the middle of an existential crisis. That hardly suggests we should turn to those who have been participating in, often instrumental in engineering the mess, to see what their latest bright ideas are. In fact, it demands some fresh blood, some fresh thinking, some fresh ideas! Thus we need to clean house in Washington DC. That's what the candidate contract is intended to do.
Series: Effective Progressive Activism (9 Articles, 14418 views)
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(76 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 2, 2021
We need a massive lockdown . . . NOW! We need a massive lockdown immediately! But this time let's get it right.
Peace !! wishful thinking !, From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 26, 2015
Give Peace A Chance America thinks it can bluster and bluff and use color revolutions to nudge Putin out of office and install some bloated puppet in his place like they did with Poroshenko in Ukraine. Russia is not Zimbabwe, Iraq, or Yemen. It's not Grenada or Haiti. Russia is not going to be intimidated by a schoolyard bully. America's aggression and infantile games can only end badly. Time for it to reverse course and cut its losses.
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(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Book Review: "The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela: How the US is Orchestrating a Coup for Oil" by Dan Kovalik The thought-provoking Plot to Overthrow Venezuela by Ron Kovalik is extremely well-written, with a clarity, accessibility, and erudition which puts it in a class with the best works of Noam Chomsky. The Foreword by Oliver Stone is a worthy and deserving way to get things started. It's a must-read to fully understand the crisis in Venezuela as one component of the U.S. strategy of creating chaos and division across the globe.
Joe Biden - Caricature, From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 28, 2015
Joe Biden Authorizes Russian Military Bases in Cuba Vice-President Joe Biden established a new global foreign policy precedent. He announced st the Brookings Institute that the U.S. would not recognize any nation having a sphere of influence. This has some interesting implications, to be sure.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Billionaire Club How much is a billion dollars? If you were to spend $10,000 a day, it would take 274 years to go through a billion dollars. There are more than 43 million Americans living below the poverty line. Wealth inequality as a vital issue seems to be being crowded out of the national conversation by the latest catastrophes du jour. Since it undermines the entire premise of our democracy, we must keep it in the forefront of public deba
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(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 22, 2014
"Throw the bums out!" Ultimately, the choice is ours. Either we rise up now in a bloodless coup at the polls or we rise up later in the streets. Revolution in the streets will not be bloodless and I suspect it won't end well. Kicking this can down the road is cowardly at best and suicidal at worst.
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(35 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 30, 2017
A Nation of Relentless Savagery We kill efficiently. We kill without remorse. We kill without hesitation. In 2016, the final year in office for our Nobel Peace Prize president, the U.S. dropped 26,171 bombs on seven countries, none of which have attacked America, none of which we are officially at war with. We as citizens pay for this killing. When you file your return on April 15th, recall that this is where a nice chunk of your tax dollars went last year.
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(55 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 7, 2017
Dealing With A Serial Liar Serial killers and career politicians are very similar. They both have us at their mercy. They both have the power of life and death over us. They don't play by the same rules as you and I. They are ruthlessly amoral. There is only one way to deal with a serial killer. There is only one way to deal with lying politicians. They must be taken out of circulation, so they can never inflict abuse and suffering on others ever again.
Series: Effective Progressive Activism (9 Articles, 14418 views)
Japanese Santa ... maybe a Buddhist?, From Uploaded
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 23, 2019
A Song for the New Year Here is my holiday greeting card to the world, a song I wrote five years ago, performed by my wife and me here in my home studio. May I wish the best year ever for you and those you love!
Should we be concerned?, From InText
(23 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 6, 2019
The Hands-Down Ultimate Super-Bowl of Showdowns! You know how on the last page of a book it says, 'The End'. Then you put the book down and life pretty much goes on like normal, except either you need to return the book to the library or take it down to a used book store and get a couple bucks for it. Well, this time we really mean it. So pay attention!
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 31, 2016
The Red White and Blue Color Revolution Let's install democracy in a country now truly desperate for real citizen empowerment and the vast saving graces of representative government, transparency, freedom of the press, respect for human rights -- you know the list, since its trumpeted 24/7 by our propaganda machinery, whether these inspiring and noble ideals have any basis in reality or not. Call it the Red White and Blue Color Revolution!
From ImagesAttr
(41 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 8, 2015
How Bernie Sanders Can Win and Turn America Around Here is a video of the announcement Bernie Sanders needs to make in order to win the presidency and turn the country around.
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(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 29, 2016
What? Are You Crazy? What was crazy last year sometimes becomes the new normal this year. That prospect is the source for hope that the citizens of the U.S. can get their country back on track to serve the interests of all Americans, not just the rich and powerful. Failure is guaranteed if we don't keep our minds open to new ideas and fresh narratives.
A limited nuclear war will go a long way towards brightening our future., From InText
(48 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 9, 2019
Global Warming Solved! Scientists have concluded that a modest nuclear war would most likely reverse the threat of global warming. What are we waiting for?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 3, 2015
Moonwalking Now that Michael Jackson is sadly no longer with us, his phenomenal mastery and performance of the moonwalk has been replaced by the U.S. economy. While it looks like it's going forward, it's actually going backwards.
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(28 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 8, 2020
Protest . . . But Make This Clear Reasonable Demand Here's an idea. A clear, unambiguous, non-negotiable demand should be put front and center from this point forward by the protesters. 1) Any cop abusing his position should be immediately taken out of circulation, ultimately replaced. 2) That officer's position on the police force would be turned over to a new type of law enforcement official called a Community Facilitator, an individual drawn right from the community.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 4, 2015
The Real Debt Ceiling THEY OWN! WE OWE! And that's how you get the worst wealth inequality in our history. Other than a handful of legislators __ Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren certainly are talking about it __ there is no one in public life who is serious about addressing this threat to our existence as a nation. No one! Just about everyone in elected office __ to a man, to a woman __ needs to be replaced. Target date November 2016!
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 29, 2012
CANDIDATE PLEDGES: RESTORING REAL DEMOCRACY TO NATIONAL ELECTIONS or NAILING THE S.O.B.s ONE-AT-A-TIME This outlines a hard-ball offensive against incumbents who ignore the American public and their constituents to either get them back on track or remove them from office. It employs a deft combination of petitions and pledges to force the hand of legislators who have become the puppets of the rich and powerful.
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(71 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 20, 2017
What's wrong with this picture? Want to make America safe? Want to make America loved and respected throughout the world? Halt the famine that is now developing in Africa and put a permanent end to world hunger. Our nation will no longer be looked at as the propagators of death and destruction but be heralded as saviors and saints.
Image created from image crediting, From ImagesAttr
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 9, 2017
Candidate Contracts: Why Populist Candidates Will Want to Sign the Contract This article is meant to clear any misconceptions and dispel related fears about the candidate contract strategy. I am addressing the populist-progressive candidates themselves -- the only ones worthy of the strategy, the only ones worthy in my opinion of holding public office.
Series: Effective Progressive Activism (9 Articles, 14418 views)
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 30, 2015
Bulging Waste Line What follows here is not an argument for reducing government. It is evidence that we need: Good government. Smart government. Honest government. Visionary government. Representative government. I am focusing here on profligate defense spending and pursuit of unnecessary war.
Trump, Clinton, Cruz, Sanders ... So What?, From ImagesAttr
(66 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Choose A Symptom, Ignore The Disease America is very, very sick. The disease which is destroying our nation feeds on: 1) Unchecked imperial ambitions. 2) Exceptionalist hubris and arrogance. 3) The crushing power of corporations. 4) The militarization of everything. 5) Plutocratic tyranny and greed. None of the presidential candidates will talk about the disease. Because none of them has a cure.
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(50 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 1, 2017
Dealing With A Serial Killer There's a serial killer on the loose. Eight to ten people a month have been murdered over the past several years. This has to stop! So we take out full-page ads in the newspaper, have street demonstrations. We sell t-shirts, have lots of expert discussion on TV, we send emails, mount a huge telephone campaign, have a town hall meeting, even organize a successful petition drive. The killing doesn't stop. Where did we go wrong?
Series: Effective Progressive Activism (9 Articles, 14418 views)
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The Bully Pulpit vs. American Idol With the promotion of Hillary Brand now in full swing, maybe it's time to revisit what we are again being subjected to. Will we ever learn? When presidential elections are run as beauty pageants, or talent-contest spectacles like American Idol, we can only expect a president who struts and works the audience, plays the judges, gives crowd-pleasing performances, and soaks up the all the love he or she can get.
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(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Making AMERICANS Great Again! America will become great again when Americans are great again. Americans will be great again when the impediments to individual potential are removed, and each person has the opportunity and resources available to them to participate and contribute as full and active citizens in an open, receptive, and appreciative society.
Covid-1984 Electron Microscopic Image, From Uploaded
(60 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 9, 2021
BREAKING NEWS! Horrifying New Strain of Coronavirus Discovered Scientists have just announced the discovery of the worst, scariest new strain of coronavirus. It's called Covid-1984, a new invisible variant that can't be detected by any known test. We may have been doomed before but now even our doom is doomed.
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(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 12, 2019
Along Came Joe Some criticize Vice-President Biden for his gaffs. His gaffs are trivial compared to the actual stands he has taken over the years on a wide variety of issues. Gaffs are for laughs. Sinister policies are not funny when a man is running for the highest office in the land.
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(29 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 5, 2018
Book Review: "The Russian Peace Threat: Pentagon on Alert" by Ron Ridenour Ron Ridenour's masterfully-written indictment of U.S. militarism and its take-all-prisoners imperial project is of such breathtaking scope and astonishing depth, it would be hard to exaggerate its value and timeliness,as the foreign policy of the Empire of Chaos now as never before in recorded history, steers the world toward apocalyptic confrontation and puts the survival of the entire human race at risk.
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(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 15, 2019
United? What does the 'united' in United States of America now stand for? What exactly during these contentious, deeply divisive, tragically troubled times does it mean? Were we ever united? Or is it just more boilerplate mythology that allows us to hide from the real truth? That being the 'us' (we the conquerors) vs. 'them' (slaves, Native Americans) world view, that was and still is the historical foundation for our national unity?
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 19, 2020
BOOK REVIEW: No More War by Daniel Kovalik In "No More War", Dan Kovalik exposes how the West violates international law by using 'humanitarian' intervention to advance economic and strategic interestes, and calls out the profound hypocrisy of the U.S. claiming to be standing up for human and political rights in other countries, as it ignores and violates within its own borders many of those same rights for its own citizens.
JFK on revolution., From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 22, 2016
Putting Boots (Birkenstocks) on the Ground: Part I A president is a lightning rod. But a president is not the lightning. We the people are the lightning. We the people are the energy, the force, the real movers-and-shakers behind fundamental change. We the people and only we the people can shape the future we want.
Series: Putting Boots (Birkenstocks) on the Ground (5 Articles, 5480 views)
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 1, 2018
Book Review: Healing the Land with Tao by Gary Lindorff Intentionally or not, with his new book "Healing the Land with Tao",Gary Lindorff has created a loosely structured operating manual for the soul. We'll all get different messages and meanings. We will benefit to differing degrees. But if I could choose only one book to help break the chains of my mental and spiritual incarceration, it would be this book.
Kelly Thomas was killed by police brutality., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 15, 2014
Militarizing The Police The police are not only being militarized with equipment but with a mentality that makes the average, peaceful, law-abiding citizen the enemy.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Candidate Pledges: A Strategy For Jettisoning The Scoundrels and Restoring Representative Democracy This presents a clear and powerful strategy for targeting incumbent legislators who regularly defy the American public and their constituents and vote as they are instructed by their big money campaign contributors.
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 22, 2017
Candidate Contracts: A Democratic Renewal Here is a video and text explaining how candidate contracts take the guesswork out of voting and set a whole, new standard for electoral integrity in our country. This will answer any questions on why this unprecedented approach is now necessary, and what the ethical and political basis is for making such a proposal.
Series: Effective Progressive Activism (9 Articles, 14418 views)
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(41 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 15, 2017
Mobilizaton Without Method Is Meaningless To mobilize people behind any cause, regardless of how worthy that cause is, regardless of how intrinsically appealing it may be to get folks marching, singing, chanting, shouting for that cause, if there is no clear outcome with a realistic, finely-tuned, effective strategy to achieve that outcome, then the mobilization is a waste of time. Disciplined, well-planned targeted activism goes much further than just making noise.
Series: Effective Progressive Activism (9 Articles, 14418 views)
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 9, 2016
Desperate Times (Putting Birkenstocks on the Ground: Part VII) Getting the truth out to the voting public on exactly where the candidates stand requires audacity, creativity, courage, some outside-the-box thinking. But it can be done. It should be done. It must be done! Voters don't need to see protest signs. They need to see honest and clear choices at the polls. Candidate contracts leave no room for error or misinterpretation. They are as straightforward and transparent as it gets.
Series: Putting Boots (Birkenstocks) on the Ground (5 Articles, 5480 views)
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(29 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 1, 2017
Candidate Contracts: Weaponizing Populist Electoral Campaigns A short time ago, I characterized the practical intent, the rubber-hits-the-road goal of the candidate contract strategy in these words: "The purpose of the candidate contract strategy is to get the good guys elected and throw the bad guys out of office." That sums it up as succinctly as I know how. Time to put the strategy to work. This article tells how we do it.
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(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 16, 2014
We Know How This Will End It's up to us to demand a true and honest commitment to peace, not the simpleminded, hollow, meaningless blather that we're being fed as the trigger-fingers of our war mongers tingle and twitch, just waiting for the right moment to churn up more carnage, destruction, and hatred in the rest of the world. We can start right now by demanding the administration start working with Russia to calm the situation in the Ukraine.
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(42 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 28, 2017
No Negotiating With Terrorists, Especially American Terrorists U.S. terrorism expresses itself internationally as wars, regime changes, special operations missions, economic manipulation and interference, cyber and propaganda warfare, and is implemented with the forward-basing of troops and often outright military occupation of 140 countries. Much of this is the work of the CIA. We now have little choice. The CIA and all traces of it must be eradicated. "No negotiating with terrorists!"
Bernie and the Big Bomb, From ImagesAttr
(39 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 23, 2016
What part of "Listen to me!" didn't you understand? It appears that there is one sane person running for president, and that person is to an impressive degree "listening" to the American public and willing to fight for a better life for all Americans, not just the privileged few. Unfortunately, Mr. Sanders doesn't understand that the policies he currently embraces on defense and international relations will sabotage his noble intentions.
(38 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 19, 2016
The BS Challenge To Democratic Candidates Cheer leading and hero-worship are the easy part. Revolution is hard work. So here's my challenge to all those people feeling the Bern. Are your hearts truly filled with the awe-inspiring message of Bernie Sanders? Are you ready to do some heavy-lifting? Or is Chris Hedges right? Is this just more BS along the historical road to disintegration and collapse? If you're serious, there's important work to be done.
Bill and Hillary Clinton, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 15, 2014
From Bill To Hillary With Love The NSA picked up a cell phone conversation between Bill and Hillary. It is both amusing and instructive. Let's keep our heads screwed on straight about this woman.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 2, 2018
Guillotine or Exile? How about a new law for the 1%? Pay your taxes or you're out of here. We'll give them a Certificate of Appreciation for their mansions and vacation homes, which will be turned into homeless shelters, alternative schools, hospices to provide care for people who are lacking proper health care, centers for peace studies.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Regime Change in Congress (Putting Birkenstocks on the Ground: Part V) It's all about people power. Not PACs and SuperPACS. Not big piles of money. Change still comes down to the choice each of us personally makes in the voting booth. Power resides in our aligning our individual choices, so that collectively -- as in tens of millions of us united in an unstoppable juggernaut of people power -- we get done what needs to get done. We must elect representatives who are guaranteed to represent us.
Series: Putting Boots (Birkenstocks) on the Ground (5 Articles, 5480 views)
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(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 4, 2016
Putting Boots (Birkenstocks) on the Ground: Part III Maybe everyday people won't talk politics. But once the floodgate is open, people will talk about what's hurting them, what's holding them back, how they are getting screwed by the system and those who run things, how they had wonderful dreams and hopes for their children which are being destroyed. So talk to them. And listen. Please! The future of our country depends on it.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 21, 2013
Real News Wonder what you may have missed for the three weeks that the soap opera of the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis monopolized the news? Here are some clues. This is only a start but hopefully offers some perspective.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 22, 2015
The Race To A Vanishing Point The U.S. plunges the world toward World War III while Americans play on their smart phones and watch bad TV.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 28, 2016
Putting Boots (Birkenstocks) on the Ground: Part II Americans actually agree on a lot of important things. Most things! But the astonishing and powerful consensuses get lost in the trivialization, marginalization, and other weapons of mass distraction and sheer propaganda we all endure just trying to find out and understand what's going on. We are teased, taunted, cajoled, manipulated, titillated, dazzled, and generally overwhelmed by the main stream media. Thus we lose focus.
Series: Putting Boots (Birkenstocks) on the Ground (5 Articles, 5480 views)
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 21, 2013
"The Right To Bear Nuclear Arms" Guns don't kill people. People kill people! Since this is irrefutable logic, I began to wonder why it has been applied so narrowly. The truth is, guns are just one form of lethal entertainment. Thanks to the amazing advances in science and technology, there is a cornucopia of devices which fit the legal definition of "arms" as referred to in our Constitution.
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 27, 2018
"What if?" - A Children's Story by Dr. Goose Reading stories to children is a beautiful way to expand their horizons and develop a meaningful, lasting bond with them. Here's one of my favorites, "What if?" by the renowned Dr. Goose.
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(40 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 12, 2021
The Numbers Don't Lie! As if the coronavirus pandemic were not bad enough, the latest report will truly frighten every single human being on the planet, signaling the need for drastic action. Fortunately, leadership at the highest levels are on top of this new crisis.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 2, 2013
"Take me to your leader!" I personally believe the President, and members of the House and Senate, both Democrat and Republican, fail on all counts to provide anything resembling strong, visionary, decisive leadership. They have proven time and time again to be weak, evasive, cowardly, unimaginative, sometimes simple-minded, at a time in our history that demands much more.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 25, 2016
People Power! (Putting Birkenstocks on the Ground: Part VI) When we identify candidates who are on our side -- the ones who willingly sign contracts for those specific things the vast majority of us want done -- we unite behind them, a huge voting bloc of citizens who are serious about having true representative government -- real democracy -- in America. Candidate contracts are the surefire way of determining what candidates are on our side.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 1, 2016
Deep-State Doppelgangers I now have proof that voting is a complete waste of time. Whoever is elected will immediately be disappeared by the Deep State security agencies and replaced with a robot which you and I will not be able to detect is a fake. Then this deep-state controlled doppelgänger will do and say what it is programmed to. You and I will never be the wiser. So November 8th, save yourself the trouble. Just stay home and watch television.
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(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 19, 2021
War is the answer! But what was the question? Without a genuine national conversation which at bare minimum focuses on reducing our military footprint and ending our wanton aggression, redefining the role of the military, promoting real peace, seeking genuine partnerships on a whole host of issues that require international cooperation, real dialogue based on mutual respect and shared values, our current trajectory will continue unabated.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Why do "they" blame Nader? There are so-called good reasons for blaming Nader for 2000. But they spell bad news for -- perhaps the destruction of -- American democracy.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Day That Changed The World The coming election will change nothing. The wars will go on. The plundering of our national wealth will continue. The waste of our valuable talents and energies through unemployment/underemployment will march forward. Social Security and Medicare will be chipped away until sometime in the future they are hollowed out. The rich will get richer and we will be grateful for the few scraps we get. But we can change the world.
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(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 14, 2015
Revolution? Did you say revolution? Will 'revolution' become the new 'LOL'? Will the profound need for radical transformation be trivialized and gutted of any substance by empty campaign rhetoric and fatuous sloganeering?
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Putting Boots (Birkenstocks) on the Ground: Part IV People must unite at a local level, not under party banners, but as a voting bloc around issues that are important to them. Party labels -- also very much the case with ideological labels -- muddy the waters, get people unfocused on what's truly consequential. We need to stay focused on the issues. Otherwise, clear thinking becomes difficult, constructive dialogue impossible.
Series: Putting Boots (Birkenstocks) on the Ground (5 Articles, 5480 views)
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Maybe Islamic protesters have good reason to complain. Let's be honest with ourselves: America is not welcome in much of the world.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 1, 2019
Exploding Hockey Pucks Intercepted at Canadian Border! Terrorism has reached new levels of sophistication. Yesterday, a huge shipment of exploding hockey pucks, some of them with the destructive capacity of nuclear weapons, was intercepted coming across the U.S.-Canadian border.
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Book Review of David Vine's "Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World" The U.S. has 800+ military bases allegedly to guarantee its security and protect its vital national interests. David Vine has created a powerful must-read indictment of this charade, this might-makes-right muscle flexing, the irresponsible and criminal bullying it embraces, the homicidal misadventures made possible by the rapidly accelerating, malignant and ultimately self-sabotaging amplification of U.S. military power.
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(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 15, 2020
FREE PRESS = FREE ASSANGE Webinar: Daniel Ellsberg, Marjorie Cohn, and Joe Lauria on the persecution of Julian Assange DANIEL ELLSBERG, MARJORIE COHN, and JOE LAURIA will discuss the UK extradition trial of Julian Assange, the 18 criminal offenses conjured by the U.S., and how the case impacts the 99%, in an important and thought-provoking webinar this Saturday, November 21st 20:00 EST.

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