Tag Archives: Revolution

Why Do Local Community Police Need Military Weapons?


Neighborhood Policing: The view from inside a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MWRAP) vehicle I have watched new policing methods since Mayberry RFD, to the adoption of bullet-proof vests to SWAT teams. The adoption of these new methods were reasonable. What is … Continue reading

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Crimea, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Ukraine, Historical Perspective


I think most people are confused about Ukraine, the horrible pogroms, Polish/Ukraine mutual ethnic cleansing and why Khrushchev amputated Crimea from the USSR only a few decades ago and why Putin is a little nervous at having the West move … Continue reading

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Was East Germany a Template for the NSA’s America?


I have long been a fan of Chris Hedges’ take on current politics.  I have commented elsewhere (http://tinyurl.com/mzw6ofv) on my reservations about government interest in data mining but I was beginning to feel Cassandra of Greek mythology.  Few seemed interested … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Wretched of the Earth


I am reminded of a book I read long, long ago:  Lanternari’s “The Religions of the Oppressed.”  (http://tinyurl.com/lqzrthu)  Throughout the world runs a theme of transcendence from oppression both spiritually and politically.  Society has always been led by the Big … Continue reading

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What are the Foundations of the Occupy Movement?


The Occupy movement now exists worldwide as a diaphanous web of people who have been united in their pain and seek change.  The issues vary from country to country but at the base is economic collapse and the tyranny of … Continue reading

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NSA Selects Utah for “Total Information Awareness” (TIA) Site


Long ago there was a program called “Total Information Awareness” supported by Adm John Poindexter.  Schematically it was conceived as the ultimate intelligence program that would unite all intelligence sources (telephone, video, wire transfer, fingerprint, income tax, and more) in … Continue reading

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Privacy: You, too, can become an Informer


I use an antivirus program because I don’t like nasty people infecting my computer.   I use Tor (a program that bounces my searches around among many other sites) to obscure my activities so other malefactors who might just nosy … Continue reading

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George Orwell, Noam Chomsky: What Is “Unhistory?”


The Viet Nam war in the rear view mirror.  As a patriotic American veteran of Viet Nam era, I can only shake my head at the cost and loss. Anniversaries From “Unhistory” Monday 6 February 2012 by: Noam Chomsky, Truthout … Continue reading

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The Conservative Mind From Burke to Palin


Not the final word on what societal/personal/psychological forces are the source of conservative thinking, but a window on the process. – Carlos The Truth About the Conservative Mind: Why Reactionaries from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin Have Fought Real Liberty … Continue reading

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Hungary Changes Constitution Through Supermajority


What happens when the tyranny of the minority succeeds in a western democracy?  When does a minority become a majority?  Could this happen elsewhere in Europe…or America?  Is this an objective of those who want to tear down existing institutions … Continue reading

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