10 Reasons Why Talking About #Russiagate is Bad

1_l29LvThvYgDrXc09o3fONADecades after Letterman made Top Ten lists ubiquitous, I’m making my first!

Here are the Top 10 Reasons why your political “wokeness” is not tied to obsession over #Russiagate, an idea advanced in a National Public Radio piece critical of Lee Camp’s show Redacted Tonight on Russia Today: Continue reading

Belief in the Domino Theory Inadequate to Explain USA Military Intervention in SE Asia #VietnamWarPBS

I’ve written a few entries on Ken Burns’s Public Broadcasting Service series The Vietnam War. In this podcast, Gareth Porter discussed some aspects of the United States’s military intervention which the series did not address well. In particular, the USA military had by 1961 discounted the Domino Theory which was the public basis USA presidents used to convince the public that war was necessary. In addition, USA presidents may be ill-suited to oppose the wishes of a unified pro-war cabinet, military chiefs-of-staff and directors of intelligence agencies. So have a listen.

Gareth Porter wrote a book published in 2006 entitled Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam.

#coblackness Philadelphia Blacks Began Demanding Better Municipal Services as Solution to “Negro Crime Problem”

From The Condemnation of Blackness, by Khalil G Muhammad, pp. 187-8:

The [League of Civic and Political Reform (LCPR)] planned to alter the course of crime prevention among blacks nationwide, using the church as a source for recruitment and a sphere of influence. … [James] Stemons, [Charles Albert] Tindley, and their influential supporters used the rhetoric of criminality to build a black army against it. Although they could draw rhetorical and practical examples from the anticrime work of settlement houses, institutional churches, the Association for the Protection of Colored Women, and the Women’s Movement of the National Baptist Convention, there was no exact precedent for what they were attempting to do. They were not only engaging directly in crime prevention, but they were demanding better policing and by extension better accountability of municipal services as well. They were indirectly attacking the political support for mostly white-owned vice industries, such as speakeasies, brothels, and gambling dens. Most importantly, they were explicitly linking these battles to a broader war for economic and racial justice in the North.

For more content on this book, see the Twitter hashtag #coblackness.

Chris Hedges: Rebellion is Our Only Hope

This is an audio recording of  a Chris Hedges speech. You can temporarily download the .mp3 audio file directly, and I have created a torrent so that the file floats on the internet in perpetuity.

This talk was given on March 29, 2014 before the Connecticut American Civil Liberties Union.

The introductory text on YouTube is:

Chris Hedges speaks on 3/29/2014 at the “One Nation Under Surveillance” civil liberties conference at CCSU in CT. He’s introduced by Mongi Dhaouadi, Executive Director of CAIR-CT. Hedges was one of he plaintiffs in a suit against the government “indefinite detention” policy.

He’s a former Middle East bureau chief of the New York Times

He’s written “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt”, “What Every Person Should Know About War”, “War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning”, and other books. The Struggle #531

He’s a columnist at Truthdig.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedges_v… give some of the description of the lawsuit.

a few days later Snowden’s lawyer spoke here
http://youtu.be/yQtW4oc0H4A

Why do white southerners commit more personal conflict murders than other white Americans?

On September 9, 2014, GRU Professor Kim Davies is scheduled to talk about the higher incidence of personal conflict murders among whites in the U.S. south than whites in other regions of the country. Her talk is based on the book Culture Of Honor: The Psychology Of Violence In The South by Richard E. Nisbett and Dov Cohen, which I reviewed at Goodreads.com.