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Why Do Americans Hate Beheadings But Love Drone Killings?

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  • People … resent being told how they are constantly duped into this perpetual war that makes them less and less safe. But hopefully, more people will wise up to this psychological manipulation.
  • American warmongers’ fatal conceit: The massive insecurity behind their calls for blood

Coleen Rowley, Huffington Post

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n-PREDATOR-DRONE-large570.jpg 09/29/2014 | The answer lies in human psychology. And probably like the old observation about history, people who refuse to understand human psychology are doomed to be victims of psychological manipulation. How is it that even members of peace groups have now come to support US bombing? One lady framed the issue like this: "I request that we discuss and examine why the videotaped beheading of a human being is understood to be more egregious than the explosion (almost totally invisible to the public) of a human being by a missile or bomb fired from a drone."

There are at least four main reasons that explain why Americans care far more about the beheadings (thus far) of two Americans and one U.K citizen, than they care -- here's the polling -- about the thousands of foreign victims of US drone bombing. Here's how people are likely being manipulated into believing that more US bombing is the answer to such terroristic killings even when almost all military experts have admitted that it won't work and "there's no military solution".

Coleen Rowley: Former FBI Special Agent

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Related:

American warmongers’ fatal conceit: The massive insecurity behind their calls for blood, Elias Isquith, Salon

  • The neoconservative "do something" crowd are really "Know Nothings" -- and fatally misread the decade after 9/11
  • Forgetting Cheney’s Legacy of Lies

 

“The Terrorists R Us.”

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  • The Islamic State “Big Lie”
  • The Criminalization of the United Nations
  • What To Do About ISIS

Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

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saudi-isil-cartoon1-300x295.jpgSeptember 25, 2014 | Under the auspices of the United Nations Security Council,  with president Obama chairing the Council session, the United States has called upon the international community to adopt strong measures, at national and international levels, to curtail the recruitment of Islamic State fighters.

What is not mentioned in the media reports is that the heads of State and heads of government  who have endorsed America’s campaign against the Islamic State, advised by their respective secret services,  are fully aware that US intelligence is the unspoken architect of the Islamic State, which is part of a vast network of  US supported “jihadist” terrorist entities.  Countries are either coerced into supporting the US sponsored resolution or they are complicit in the US terror agenda.

Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal, and Editor of the Global Research  website. 

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What To Do About ISIS, David Swanson, World Beyond War

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  • The first thing to do differently going forward: stop bombing nations into ruins, and stop shipping weapons into the area you’ve left in chaos.  
  • Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed

 

The Fight for the American Dream, September 28, 2014

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  • "The top 1-percent have the best houses, the best educations, the best doctors, and the best lifestyles," Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz concludes, "but there is one thing that money doesn't seem to have bought: an understanding that their fate is bound up with how the other 99-percent live. Throughout history, this is something that the top 1-percent eventually do learn. Too late."
  • Part 1: “American dream” is now a myth: How bad policies and worse ideology ruined us.
  • Part 2: You call this a middle class? “I’m trying not to lose my house.”

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: “American dream” is now a myth: How bad policies and worse ideology ruined us

Once upon a time, Americans assumed they'd do better than their parents had. Here's why that's all gone away.

Heather Digby Parton, Salon

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Friday, Sep 26, 2014 | Over the past few years of economic torpor and social despair there’s been a lot of discussion about the death of the American dream. This shouldn’t be surprising. In a time when people feel they can’t keep up or are falling behind, it’s hard to have faith in the idea that everyone can achieve a base level of security and provide for their kids to do better than they did. That was always the deal for working-class Americans, immigrants and middle-class alike.

Generally, people agree that the lack of social and economic mobility we see today — necessities for the achievement of the American dream — is a result of the dramatic income inequality that’s grown dramatically over the last couple of decades. There’s even a name for this phenomenon called the Great Gatsby Curve, which simply shows that the more income inequality there is, the less social mobility there is. 

As Tim Noah of the New Republic explained:

Heather Digby Parton, also known as "Digby," is a contributing writer to Salon. She was the winner of the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.

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Part 2: You call this a middle class? “I’m trying not to lose my house”

  • Welcome to the new America where good people with honest jobs are losing money each month -- and scrambling to live.
  • America Keeps People Poor On Purpose

Edward McClellandSalon

Saturday, March 1, 2014 | It took less than two years for Kim Brown to go from middle class to minimum wage.

In the fall of 2011, Brown was a Web support technician for an electronics distributor in Chicago, helping customers navigate the company’s website. She had been in the job for 11 years, earning a $45,000 salary, plus benefits.

Edward McClelland is the author of "Nothin' But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland."

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America Keeps People Poor On Purpose, Yes! Magazine <> 

  • How four decades of lobbying and legislation gave corporations dominion over our economy—and eroded the American middle class.
  • A Timeline of Choices We've Made to Increase Inequality
  • Special Report | Homelessness and Poverty in America, Week Ending August 31, 2014

 

 

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Four Myths About Obama's War on ISIS

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  • A reluctant warrior intervenes against a threat to the homeland--or so we're told.
  • The media's role as an advertising outlet for the military-industrial-congressional complex exposed - for the zillionth time!

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

2014/09/ISIS-300x197.png NBC News' Brian Williams offered up some ISIS-related fearmongering as part of his commemoration of the September 11 attacks.

With Barack Obama's September 10 announcement of a military plan to launch strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), many pundits might be breathing a sigh of relief. The White House is finally taking the kind of military action they have been recommending for months.

But there are some serious questions that should be asked--about the threat posed by the Islamic State and about some of the assumptions guiding the debate.

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR): the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints. 

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The Media and War, June 27, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
  • Part 1: The Truth vs. DC's Propaganda Machine with Charles Lewis
  • Part 2: If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV
  • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight

Dennis Kucinich Blasts Congress For Lack Of War Vote

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  • 'We Have A Constitutional Crisis'
  • American warmongers’ fatal conceit: The massive insecurity behind their calls for blood
  • Who profits from our new war? 

Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post

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President Barack Obama had little trouble convincing Congress -- even Republicans who usually fight tooth and nail against his policies -- to go along with his plan to arm Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants. He has also encountered little resistance to his campaign of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, with leaders from both parties praising his course of action.

But some of the silence is due to the fact that in 2012, Congress lost its loudest anti-war voice: Dennis Kucinich. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Kucinich was incredulous that Congress would allow the president to essentially go to war without insisting on a vote to authorize it.

Amanda Terkel is a Senior Political Reporter and Politics Managing Editor at The Huffington Post. Previously, Amanda served as Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and the Managing Editor of ThinkProgress.org

Dennis Kucinich is a former Congressman & two-time presidential candidate. Strong advocate for  Constitutional rights, non interventionism, & monetary reform.

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Related:

American warmongers’ fatal conceit: The massive insecurity behind their calls for blood, Elias Isquith, Salon

  • The neoconservative "do something" crowd are really "Know Nothings" -- and fatally misread the decade after 9/11
  • Forgetting Cheney’s Legacy of Lies

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Who profits from our new war? Tim Shorrock, Salon

  • A massive war operation is being waged to track and kill ISIS -- and it's a lot more than cruise missiles
  • Inside NSA and private contractors’ secret plans
  • America Invents Enemies

 

 

 

Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 2: At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party

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  • If you're a leftie, the Democratic establishment doesn't care about your opinion. They certainly don't want your input. What they want is your vote -- in exchange for exactly nothing in return. They're political parasites, draining the enthusiasm and idealism of progressives, simultaneously neutering and exploiting mainline libs.
  • The Left Has Lost It’s Nerve and Direction

Ted Rall, AlterNet

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Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: To help our readers vote responsibly we are re-publishing as a stand-alone series those articles we think will help. These articles will appear frequently between now and the November 4 election. Watch for them in the Government & Politics section (and simultaneously in other sections) under the searchable title "2014 Mid-term Election Guide".

September 26, 2014 | At a certain point, if you have any relationship with dignity, you're supposed to get sick of being used and abused. Speaking of which: liberal Democrats.

Democratic politicians act like right-wingers. Liberals vote for them anyway.

The Democratic Party espouses right-wing policies. Self-described progressives give them cash.

Ted Rall is a syndicated cartoonist and freelance writer based in New York City. 

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Previously in the 2014 Mid-term Election Guide:

Part 1: The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction

 

Operation Enduring Clusterfuck

  • Non-stop since 1991...don't let them call this a new war. It's not. Its the same war, for the same reasons. Greed Kills. Let the Middle East solve their own problems. 
  • U.S. military out of everywhere!!!

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Ward Riley for this contribution.

 

Who profits from our new war?

  • A massive war operation is being waged to track and kill ISIS -- and it's a lot more than cruise missiles
  • Inside NSA and private contractors’ secret plans
  • America Invents Enemies

Tim Shorrock, Salon

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Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 | A massive, $7.2 billion Army intelligence contract signed just 10 days ago underscores the central role to be played by the National Security Agency and its army of private contractors in the unfolding air war being carried out by the United States and its Gulf States allies against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

That war was greatly expanded Monday night when U.S. forces launched a “mix of fighter, bomber, remotely-piloted aircraft and Tomahawk” cruise missiles against ISIS targets in Syria. The Central Command said the strikes were led by the United States with support from Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Tim Shorrock is the author of Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing.

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Related:

America Invents Enemies, The People's Voice

America invents enemies, then sends its soldiers to die fighting them.

 

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