AFGHANISTAN, THE TALIBAN, AND CHRISTIANITY
In Afghanistan, the Taliban are reportedly targeting Christian aid workers for propagandizing for Christianity. They should read the Qur'an that says Jesus is a prophet and is coming back. What do they think Jesus thinks of people killing Christians?
U.N. AND BURMA
The U.N. is making zero headway in Burma against the military dictatorship of Than Shwe that takes its income from oil.
JAPAN'S RIGHTWING: BIG MISTAKE
The Japanese seem to still not understand that their pacifist post-WWII constitution was a beckon of light to the rest of the world and that they have been sliding back into the dark in the last several decades ever since the U.S. started calling upon them to remilitarize.
PAKISTAN'S FINANCIAL CRISIS AND WASTING MONEY ON WEAPONS
Pakistan is being forced to turn to the IMF for financing. Pakistan will have to do what it's told or it won't get the money. Do you think this sort of thing was foreseen by those who crashed the world economy? Pakistan has been talking about selling assets, but what you didn't hear about was Pakistan canceling buying billions of dollars in U.S. weapons. That's because they haven't. They're still going ahead with the purchases.
IRAN AND ALLEGED RELIGIOUS AND OTHER PERSECUTIONS
Baha'i believers in Iran say they are being persecuted in Iran. Iran officially denies it. It's difficult to get information about what's really going on in Iran, because there is so much disinformation and propaganda being spread around. Of course, Iran isn't perfect.
ECUADOR'S PROMOTION OF THE GENERAL WELFARE
Ecuador's new constitution guarantees Ecuadorians universal healthcare, free two-year college education, and "a dignified and adequate home, independent of one's social and economic situation." Now, that's not backwards from where they are coming. It's more enlightened than what is provided in the U.S.
FBI SHORTHANDED DUE TO BUSH POLITIZATION
The FBI is shorthanded in investigating corporate crime or what is also referred to as white-collar crime. The Bush administration pushed the FBI into becoming a domestic spy agency. That was a terrible idea and politically and ethnically motivated. The neocons have used the FBI as much as possible to target their enemies. Many in the FBI have resisted, but it hasn't been easy for them. Many were forced out.
Suicides are increasing. The current economic situation will make matters worse. The only way out is for the whole of society to renounce the selfish economic system to shift to the giving and sharing economy.
IRAQ WAR VETERANS KILLING AMERICANS IN AMERICA
Homicides by returning Iraq War veterans in the U.S. are up. There's no surprise there either. Train people to kill and to value life less, send them out killing people, mess up their minds, and then bring them home and expect them to be good to their family members and others is as dumb as dumb can be.
JUDITH MILLER'S REWARD FROM THE GREEDY AND SELFISH NEOCON FOX
Judith Miller, the former writer for The New York Times, who was a White House mouthpiece in the lead up to the Iraq War, has been hired by Fox News television. She repeated unsubstantiated statements by Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff at the time. Fox's vice president John Moody said, "She has a very impressive resume." "We've all had stories that didn't come out exactly as we had hoped. She has explained herself and she has nothing to apologize for." She sure does. Fox is unrepentant and will fall.
If you want to read more about and why she should be repentant and why it's no surprise that she's now working for the reactionary neocon outfit called Fox, see here:
Volume 51, Number 3 Â· February 26, 2004
Now They Tell Us
By Michael Massing
An article by Michael Massing from The New York Review of Books, February 26, 2004
McCain and the robo-calls (automated, computerized phone calls)
McCain is right that his robo-calls and George W. Bush's (Karl Rove's) robo-calls are not on the same low level. McCain is not a racist. He may be many things, but he is not a racist. On a purely mundane political level, he made a big mistake not switching over to the Democrats when his popularity with them was at a highpoint. He put himself in his current position of dealing with the Republican fringe, as he calls the Republican base. There is no doubt that Republicans are vastly more racist than McCain will admit. McCain is not George Wallace before Wallace's conversion. McCain though hasn't been able to play Teddy Roosevelt very well at all. He listened to Rove and the neocons. Roosevelt would not have.
"Hello, I'm calling for John McCain and the RNC, because you need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the US Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge's home, and killed Americans. And Democrats will enact an extreme leftist agenda if they take control of Washington. Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the judgment to lead our country. This call was paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee at 202-863-8500."
Now that's not saying Obama's a Muslim, but it's painting a ridiculous connection between Obama and Ayers while, as others have pointed out recently (David Letterman), McCain is a close friend of G. Gordon Liddy, the Watergate burglar and someone who has given instructions on how to shoot policemen. That's hypocrisy. This is not to say that Obama isn't hypocritical. He is also.
OBAMA NO MUSLIM OR SOCIALIST
So, Barack Obama is being accused of being a Muslim and a socialist. He is not a Muslim. He is even less a socialist. He's a capitalist with a mixed-economy mentality. The thing about it now though is that the superrich investment bankers and regular bankers and international financiers are being bailed out with taxpayer money. That's a socialist-type handout by non-socialists. It is public money being handed over to private interests. To be sure, many people who think Obama is a socialist are against the bailout of the bankers. Obama voted for it. If he hadn't, the plutocrats would have turned their support to McCain. Is that just smart politics on Obama's part? If you think politics is about winning rather than doing what's right it is. I know that real politics is what God wants though, and God doesn't want the superrich, as Jesus said. He wants them to convert.
BUSH FOR MORE KILLING OF MOUNTAINS AND STREAMS AND THE WHOLE EARTH REALLY
About clean coal, which doesn't exist, Bush wants to allow coal-mining companies to dump directly into streams and rivers. Well, they already do that, but Bush wants to make it legal. I hate that. I hate the spirit that destroys the Earth. Damn that spirit. I hope he turns from his evil thoughts and actions.
U.S. MILITARY LIES, RACISM, AND ETHNIC BIGOTRY
Racism within the military has long been an important tool to justify the destruction and occupation of another country. Without racism, soldiers would realize that they have more in common with the Iraqi people than they do with the billionaires who send us to war.
I threw families onto the street in Iraq, only to come home and ?nd families thrown onto the street in this country, in this tragic and unnecessary foreclosure crisis. Our enemies are not ?ve thousand miles away, they are right here at home, and if we organize and fight, we can stop this war, we can stop this government, and we can create a better world.
Source: Iraq Veterans Against the War
The RLCC calls for no violence or coercion. Use the truth.
SPYING ON KEYSTROKES: ANCIENT NEWS AS NEW
With an Antenna, Researchers Log Keystrokes From Afar
By Jeremy Kirk
October 20, 2008 - IDG News Service -
Computer keystrokes can be snooped from afar by detecting the slight electromagnetic radiation emitted when a key is pressed, according to new research previewed on Monday.
This is not new at all. I saw a demonstration on TV of intelligence services doing this from across the street (high rise-to-high rise) so many years ago that I can't even remember.
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And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)