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When Drones and Guns Collide

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When Drones and Guns Collide Watching a video of a British RAF drone, operated from a computer in Lincolnshire and blowing people up in Afghanistan gives the lie to the voyeuristic detachment we inevitably adopt when watching traditional battlefield footage. Normally, troops taking and dispensing fire are immersed in a life and death reality vastly different from that of the viewer of battle footage, who has the luxury of being simultaneously […]

The Insidious, Clueless, Cynical Defense of Data Surveillance

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It may be simplistic to accuse President Obama, the NSA, a collaborative Congress, and the government as a whole of seeking police state powers via the recently revealed surveillance of millions of phone customers and Internet users. After all, none of us have been dragged out of our beds and arrested because we were overheard complaining that Obama hasn’t been any better than Bush when it comes to civil liberties. […]

The Vaudevillian Rhetoric of Friedman and Brooks

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The Vaudevillian Rhetoric of Friedman and Brooks Posted: 06/12/2013 4:26 pm at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barton-kunstler-phd/the-vaudeville-rhetoric-o_b_3430179.html New York Times columnists David Brooks and Thomas Friedman’s columns highly critical of whistleblower Edward Snowden share the same deceptive rhetorical tricks intended to muddle our understanding of the issues involved. (See Brooks and Friedman here). Friedman begins by proclaiming how glad he is to live in a country where people are “vigilant in defending civil liberties.” In effect, he’s providing assurance that […]

Proud to be an American: We Won't Torture Edward Snowden!

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Nationofchange.org at http://www.nationofchange.org/proud-be-american-we-won-t-torture-edward-snowden-1375107191 Published: Monday 29 July 2013 Never have I been prouder to be an American, a citizen of the country that virtually invented freedom of speech, press, and the sanctity of one’s home. Eric Holder, our erstwhile Attorney General, has assured Russia that if Edward Snowden returns to the U.S., he won’t be given the death penalty or be tortured! I am sure our Great Leader, The Rising […]

Time to Get Serious

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hello out there have you thought about: the oceans are all dying the economy’s in the tank wars start with the government lying and generals and arms dealers to thank. the air gives our kids asthma the weather’s gone beserk there’s toxins in our plasma and millions out of work. supergerms collect in pools behind every hospital door there’s no money for our schools still the army cries for more. the cities will be flooded […]

Support Deportee Reprieve and Banished Veterans

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I first published this article in the Huffington Post three years ago (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barton-kunstler-phd/veterans-banished-and-bet_b_421828.html). I am re-posting it because the new immigration bill before Congress offers a “deportee reprieve” that would allow some deported, formerly illegal, immigrants to return to the United States http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/us/politics/in-immigration-bill-deportees-see-hope-for-second-chance.html?hp&_r=0. While opponents of the reprieve try to strip it from the immigration bill, it is so important the reprieve become law. If you doubt this, read the following […]

BU Level-4 Biolab Update

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On April 11, attorneys representing opponents of Boston University’s (BU) Level IV Biolab (highest level pathogens), which has been built in the middle of Boston’s populous South End, argued against the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) risk assessment of the lab (Allen v. NIH). BU has long argued that the intensive review, redundancies, security-based simulations, construction, and security protocols make the lab virtually error- and terror-proof. Opponents have responded by pointing to […]

Activist Energizing Important Offputting Updates—AEIOU—4/26/2013

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Over 300 dead in Bangladesh factory collapse. Cracks had been found in the Rana Plaza building on Tuesday, but on Wednesday, workers were forced to go into the factory to work. Last November 24th, the Tazreen factory fire killed 112 Bangladeshis. Wal-mart, which sells many products produced there, refuses to compensate victims’ families, unlike European brands C&A, KiK, and El Corte Inglés which just committed 5.7 million dollars to the fund. […]

A Level-4 Biolab Grows in Boston: Pathogens Welcome

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Boston’s populous South End will soon be welcoming a host of new residents: ebola, anthrax, smallpox, bubonic plague, and various “recombinant” viruses and bacteria, courtesy of a new federal Level 4 BioSafety Lab (BSL-4) run by Boston University and the National Institute of Health. BSL-4s are devoted to researching, storing, and cultivating the most toxic biological substances on earth. Needless to say, Boston’s residents have misgivings about their new neighbors. […]

Boston Marathon: End all the damn blasts

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Heartsick. Horrified. Violated. And of course, senseless. Columbine and Tucson segue into Newtown which yields to the Marathon in our endless sequence of one and two-word catastrophes. Yet we don’t get numbed to it, which is a sign of our continuing humanity amidst the madness. Because it is madness. Whatever the political or psychological forces that drive people to do these things, such people are deep into madness and, if […]