This paragraph jumped off the page while I was reading from Chomsky's new(ish) collection of essays.
"Elections are run by the public relations industry. It's primary task is commercial advertising, which is designed to undermine markets by creating uninformed consumers who will make irrational choices- the exact opposite of how markets are supposed to work, but certainly familiar to anyone who has watched television. "
Published this year, by City Lights.
Though Argentina Bolivia Cuba Ecuador Venezuela and Nicaragua condemned US wars and murderous exploitation during this year’s UN Gen. Debate, they as other delegates, lamented the current deplorable condition of today’s world of death and destruction, of poverty and starvation calling for everyone to work to rectify the situation. No delegate even once called for justice through prosecution. Gaddafi UN speech quoted.
At UN Syria Fails to Call for Nuremberg Prosecution of US and Allies Funding/Organizing Terrorist InvasionBy jay janson | Sun, October 04 2015
Years from now when the East resumes world leadership after five centuries of savage European racist domination and the UN is free of colonial powers control, people will look back in astonishment to UN debates in which nations bombed and invaded by the US and NATO were unable call for justice under the Nuremberg Principles of international law. Syria allowing the US to get away genocide in 2015 one example.
BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 1 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after reports that at least 13 people were killed in a shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon:
“The American people are horrified by these never-ending mass shootings. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the innocent victims. As a nation, we must do everything we can to put an end to this awful epidemic of senseless slaughter.
Article is in regard to the address of President Hassan Rouhani of Iran before the UN General Assembly during its 2015 General Debate, the general atmosphere of appeasement during the debate, and an unwillingness, even by delegates of nations bombed and invaded by US or NATO, to uphold the UN Charter that contains the Nuremberg Principles of international law. Part of a series of articles on the UN General Debate.
This article is in regard to the address of President Hassan Rouhani of Iran before the United Nations General Assembly during its 2015 General Debate (9/28/2015), the general atmosphere of appeasement during the debate, and an unwillingness, even by delegates of nations bombed and invaded by US or NATO, to uphold the UN Charter that contains the Nuremberg Principles of international law.
Pope’s visit, blown up to super large proportions, a media inculcated impression that God’s representative on planet Earth is blessing America as its investors in profitable use of US Armed Forces go on destroying nations and peoples. Article not intended merely to unmask the Pope we are being hyped about, but to show the Papacy has long been an instrument of the wealthy who brutally misrule most of humanity
Richard D. Wolff and Naomi Klein are both appearing in Mass next Tuesday, September 29th. (Wolff, Amherst @ 4pm & Klein, Mt. Holyoke @ 7pm)
It’s possible to see them both.
Anybody want to accompany me? 257-1829
A few people have noted that iBrattleboro commenting has dropped off a bit recently and wondered why. Usually, iBrattleboro follows the general trends in town, and Brattleboro as a whole has seen community participation dropping off for some time now.
Few people run for the selectboard or school boards, and town meeting struggles to find representatives. Public participation at selectboard and school board meetings is minimal. Few people commented publicly on major zoning changes being debated. Parents barely batted an eye when Common Core was implemented.
Food drives and non-profit fundraising efforts struggle to meet goals. Citizens haven’t been motivated to hold fundraising events for needed police and fire facilities. Skatepark fundraising efforts are quiet. And so on.
Bernie Sanders speaks to 12,000 students, faculty and administrators at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., a stronghold of political and religious conservatism:.
What If UNICEF's Djokovic-Novak Said Survivors of US Bombings Deserve Justice and the Guilty Punished?By jay janson | Tue, September 15 2015
What a bombshell it was when Martin Luther King called his government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world!" - large bold headlines in every newspaper all around the world. Now, nearly a half century later, and tens of millions of additional innocent human beings, a third of them children, slaughtered to protect the super wealthy's mostly white capitalism, as it continues profitable exploitation of all humanity, what If a few world famous celebrities listened to their conscience and spoke up as King did?