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Individuals For Justice Blog
Sunday, 22 June 2014
The lust of power and wealth is a disease
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: Vote For Who?
Topic: WARS

Vote For Who?

 


 

 

Can you be a modern day democrat and call yourself a progressive? The answer is no, you belong to a political party that is corrupt. Can you be a modern day republican and call yourself a human being? The answer again is no, you belong to a political party that is corrupt and dying. We have a two party system in these United States, no we don’t.

I could list all the stupid things republicans have said over the years but most democrats know what they have said and republicans, along with fox news, just don’t care. The main difference between Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. Ted Cruz is in degrees, not policy. Sen. Boxer, Sen. Merkley, are people who have been around in our political system and vote time after time to keep this crap going, Sen. Teddy does the same but more often. That is why I say it is a matter of degrees and not policy. I want to say Sen. Boxer, or for that matter Sen. Feinstein are good and noble human beings but they are not. Sen. Feinstein is one of the richest members of the Senate; should that be held against her, yes. Sen. Merkley seems to be a man who has principles, he is not. We have a mess on our hands because people seem to think these politicians can help, yes they can but will they---no!

The system survives on the principle that each member of congress and the white house must take their turn in keeping the status quo going. Democrats can vote against issues of war and peace only if the power structure has enough votes to ensure their position, thus the duties of the two whips. The whip is the 3rd most powerful person in their parties, they ensure the status quo is in place and there is no exception to being told how to vote. That is why our congressman will vote for things like the continuation of the wars, yet was allowed to vote against the war itself.

On the surface it looks like a big inconsistency, but the reality is that it was not an issue during the original vote but the funding is always an issue. The parties fight over stupid issues and agree on the one basic issue, the mob does not count; the American people do not figure into the equation, anywhere. The lust of power and wealth is a disease that will consume this republic very soon.


To belong to the *republican or the *democratic party is to live a life of illusion; this coming from a 40+ year democrat who said, “enough” and left over 5 years ago.


You do have choices, maybe not good ones, but better than the two major criminal enterprises; you can vote third party. During any election there is always a representative of the Green Party or a local group that is taking on the establishment, vote for them. There is one simple rule if you cannot find the time to figure out our political system; do not vote for incumbents. Incumbents are people who hold the office and are asking to be reelected, do not vote for them.

There was a major move to put term limits on politicians but the *supreme court said no, you have to do it yourself. Do not vote for any politicians who have held the office more than-----, (You fill in the space). Some of my friends like certain politicians and will vote for them again. I can see one term more, to get something done they are involved in, but to keep people in office for 10-20-30-40 years; that is nuts.


I believe you must get out of the democratic and republican parties and become a citizen representative. You do not have to hold office, but go to the meetings, offer your views, write, and protest, let the politicians know you are watching what they do. I believe that a nervous politician is a good politician! After two terms maximum, look for another. Can you be a democrat and be a progressive, “The answer my friend is blowing in the wind.” Can you be a republican and be a human being, “The answer my friend is blowing in the wind.” Can a good priest be a member of the mafia?

*refuse to cap.
http://IndividualsForJustice.com


Posted by individuals4justice at 10:56 AM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 22 June 2014 12:19 PM PDT
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Thursday, 9 February 2012
Lone Vet: "We still are murdering civilians ..."
Mood:  crushed out
Now Playing: Reminder: we continue our war in Iraq with mercenaries
Topic: WARS

 

 

   IFJ

Individuals For Justice, supported by The Oregon Progressive Party will return to the Hawthorne Bridge on the West-side near 1st and Madison this Friday at 1530, (3:30 PM).

This is a protest to remind people going home for the weekend that we continue our war in Iraq with mercenaries, still murdering civilians in Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Somali, and any country we think will hurt us or Israel.  We are, along with NATO, dropping uranium laced bombs and missiles on small countries and telling the world we are saving them from evil leaders. 

President Obama decided HE can murder women and children at will without any meaningful debate in the Congress of the United States; an impeachable offense. 

Come and join us and take a ride on the Justice side.

                        My sign this week will read:

"NO WAR
SYRIA OR IRAN
EVER”


The warmongers are at it again, just listen to what they are telling us on the corporate news about Syria and Iran.  Are you going to believe that we must go to war to save the people of Syria from their government or are you going to say do everything possible to avert war.  We are not in eminent danger from either country!  We must start showing the people of the world we will only go to war with a country if they threaten us with real violence and will stop this preempted bullshit. 

It will rain so bring an umbrella and rain gear.  For those of you out of town, keep us in your hart.  This is a non-violent protest.       


For Justice,Peace and *Laughter,
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
Individuals for Justice  http://individualsforjustice.com
Proud member of Oregon Progressive Party,  http://progparty.org/

War is failure, occupation a disgrace!

“Funding these wars is killing our troops”
http://www.mfso.org/

* Why laughter??  Because without it I would have gone insane years ago.

Sen. ** harry reid must be replaced as Majority Leader, call me when you agree or just go away!

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Mohandas Gandhi

Thoreau may have also brooded over the reaction of Emerson, who criticized the imprisonment as pointless. According to some accounts, Emerson visited Thoreau in jail and asked, “Henry, what are you doing in there?” Thoreau replied, “Waldo, the question is what are you doing out there?”  

Molly Ivins, "It's like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong."

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth,
           and I am a citizen of the world."
               Eugene V. Debs  


Posted by individuals4justice at 2:51 PM PST
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Thursday, 8 December 2011
USA and our semi - secret DRONE program
Mood:  d'oh
Now Playing: Al Jazeera article on USA Drones: A deeply unsettling future
Topic: WARS

 
Drones: A deeply unsettling future
 
The rapid expansion of a drone arms race has emerged both domestically and abroad, leaving everyone vulnerable.
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At least 50 countries already have unmanned aerial fleets - and that number is rising every month [EPA]
Drones: A deeply unsettling future

Original Article was found here:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/12/201112774824829807.html

San Francisco, California - On Sunday, Iran claimed to have taken down a US drone in Iranian airspace - not by shooting it out the sky, but with its cyber warfare team.

Reports confirm that the US believes Iran is now in possession of "one of the more sensitive surveillance platforms in the CIA's fleet", but deny Iran's involvement. Of course, Iran’s claim of overtaking the drone with its cyber warfare team should be tempered with a serious dose of scepticism, as cyber security experts say the facts may not add up. But this is just the latest story in a series of incidents that raises worrying questions about security problems caused by drones. And given the coming proliferation of drone technology both domestically and abroad, this should be a concern to citizens all over the world.

Two years ago the Wall Street Journal reported Iran-funded militants in Iraq were able to hack into drones' live-video feeds with "$26 off-the-shelf software". In another unnerving incident, Wired reported in October that a fleet of the Air Force's drones was infected with a computer virus that captured all of drones' key strokes. Technicians continually deleted the virus to no avail. How did the drones get infected? The military is "not quite sure". Worse, the Air Force's cyber security team didn't even know about the virus until they read about it in Wired.

Wired reported in a separate story that an upcoming Congressional report will detail how hackers broke into the US satellite system. With one satellite, hackers "achieved all steps required to command" it, "but never actually exercised control".

Last summer, a drone caused a scene in the nation's capital, when, as New York Times wrote, "fighter jets were almost scrambled after a rogue Fire Scout drone, the size of a small helicopter, wandered into Washington's restricted airspace". A similar incident took place in Afghanistan where military planes had to shoot down a "runaway drone" when pilots lost control.

The US, of course, leads the world in drone use for both surveillance and combat missions. Attacks are carried out in Pakistan every four days on average. Many times, the US isn't even sure exactly who they are killing. Despite the fact that the location of vast majority of drone bases are classified, journalist Nick Turse pieced together a startling picture of the massive US fleet. He determined that the US has at least 60 drone bases operated by either the US military or the CIA around the world, and "most of these facilities have remained unnoted, uncounted, and remarkably anonymous - until now".

But drone use is not just relegated to US military. Drone manufacturers already command a $94bn market, according to some estimates, and the drone arms race is in full swing. As the Washington Post reported, the constant buzz of drones and threats of attack now dominates the lives of civilians in Gaza. And Turkey plans to have Predator drones in operation by June 2012.

Meanwhile, Chinese contractors unveiled 25 types of unmanned aircraft last year. In all, at least 50 countries now have some sort of unmanned aerial vehicles, and the New York Times reports that "the number is rising every month". That number also includes Iran, which is seeking to upgrade its fleet. Even the Libyan rebels had their own surveillance drone - provided to them by Canadian defence contractors - before they were in full control of their own country.

The technology itself is also developing at an alarmingly rapid pace. The New York Times reports that researchers in the US are working on "shrinking unmanned drones, the kind that fire missiles into Pakistan and spy on insurgents in Afghanistan, to the size of insects", along with oversized drones that can capture video of an entire city. There are birdlike drones, underwater drones, drones within drones, facial recognition drones, and perhaps most terrifying, completely autonomous drones - currently being tested in Georgia - which will require no human control at all.

As Micah Zenko, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, told me last month, "It's a very impressive and responsive tool that should be used sparingly. Even if we’re responsible now, we might not be forever."

But in the US, drones will become yet another way authorities can compromise the privacy of ordinary citizens, as the FAA plans to propose new rules for their domestic flight. As Newsweek reported, police forces and border patrols in the US are buying the technology from defence contractors, and one has already been spotted flying over Houston. Police departments are already using GPS and cell phone tracking without warrants, this will another powerful surveillance weapon in their arsenal. As privacy advocates warn, "drones can easily be equipped with facial recognition cameras, infrared cameras, or open Wi-Fi sniffers". And while these drones will be used for many surveillance purposes (a scary thought in and of itself), contractors admit they are equipped to carry weapons, such as Tasers.

Whether they are being used for surveillance or all-out combat, drones will soon pose serious risks for all of the world's citizens. They can offer governments, police departments, or private citizens unprecedented capabilities for spying, and given their security vulnerabilities, the potential consequences could be endless.

Trevor Timm is an activist and blogger at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He specialises in free speech issues and government transparency.

 

Follow Trevor Timm on Twitter: @WLLegal

The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera's editorial policy.


Posted by individuals4justice at 10:50 AM PST
Updated: Thursday, 8 December 2011 6:27 PM PST
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Monday, 19 September 2011
WAR: 1.5 million of the estimated 15 million Iraqi women are widows
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: Millions of Widows from this War
Topic: WARS

A Million Iraqis Widowed During War


A staggering number of wives in Iraq lost their husbands in the years of violence following the U.S. invasion in 2003, a study released Sunday showed.

The Los Angeles-based Relief International ...

 http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/1996/09/22/born-under-a-bad-sign.html 

... found that 1.5 million of the estimated 15 million Iraqi women are widows, and three out of every five of them were widowed during the war.

The study warned that ignoring their suffering could lead them to prostitution, drugs, and terrorism. "The Iraqi state has neglected the widows with their enormous problems, and the solutions lie in the establishing of bodies to take care of and solve the problems of these women," the report said.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2011/09/18/a-million-iraqis-widowed-during-war.html



Posted by individuals4justice at 4:23 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, 19 September 2011 4:30 PM PDT
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