The Fiscal Cliff Is A Hoax

December 21, 2012

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poster art by: Art Hazelwood

A day of action by ArtStrike on December 19, produced lots of art, and reached 11 million people — including making it on to CNN.com!

The premise of ArtStrike, from their web page: “Our country isn’t broke – It’s being robbed. Stand up against cuts to vital programs and demand the wealthy pay their fair share.

“You’ve probably heard about the political game called “The Fiscal Cliff.” But, it’s actually a Fiscal Bluff — a self inflicted crisis designed to create urgency to make us believe our nation is broke and that we must cut vital programs. This is false and we won’t stand for it.”

It’s time for the “news” organizations to call this “crisis” what it really is — silliness created by Congress that has nothing to do with GDP. The real calamity is that Congress will pass a budget based on this hoax that will hurt the rest of us, and claim that they had no choice.

 


Peace On Earth

December 14, 2012

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Happy Holidays, everyone!


Did You Know Today Is Human Rights Day?

December 10, 2012

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 photo: courtesy of the UN

There’s just not as much hoopla around Human Rights Day as there is around, say, Black Friday. Even though one could argue that human rights are more in the spirit of the Holiday Season than standing in line outside Target all night to fight your fellow man for a good bargain at the crack of dawn. But I’m not here to argue! I’m here to give you a virtual hug, and hope that you are not being oppressed.

Today is the 64th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, enacted this day, December 10th, by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Article One states: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

There are 30 Articles in all, and it’s an inspirational read: freedom of expression, of religion, of assembly. Much like our own Bill of Rights. With this one exception that I must reproduce here given our current Congress, and what the leaders would like to do to the rest of us.

Article 25:

  • (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
  • (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Can I hear a “Right on!”


Bradley Manning’s Lawyer Puts the Military On Trial For Turture

December 3, 2012

As WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, says during an interview from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Bradley Manning’s trial is not about Bradley Manning (although it is) – it’s about what has happened to Bradley Manning since his arrest in Baghdad in 2010.

Manning’s lawyers are putting the military on trial for torture.

The seventeen minute segment above is a vivid description of Manning’s conditions during his 2 year imprisonment, mostly in solitary confinement in an 8 foot cell. Military psychiatry experts who evaluated Manning testified that they were frustrated that the military was not taking their advice in his treatment. Namely, that he was not a suicide risk, and that what they were doing to him was torture.

In a brilliant move, Manning’s lawyer drew in chalk the actual dimensions of his cell and had Manning get inside.

During Manning’s testimony, it was clear that the Army Private was not the mentally unstable loose cannon that the military was trying to portray him to be before the trial started.

Each authority in some way connected with Manning’s imprisonment is denying that he or she was in charge of orchestrating and enforcing the torture-like conditions. In other words, everyone was “just following orders,” but the orders were given by the tooth fairy.

Will they get away with it?

(Interestingly, the best sources for news about this trial are the Guardian Newspaper in Britain, and Democracy Now! an alternative news program that started in the US on public radio.)