August 23, 2018 (6 minutes)
“The Fierce Urgency of the Now” requires BOTH unbiased information AND well focused activism. Ann Wright & Ray cover the waterfront; discuss what Dr. King’s admonition means in today’s world.
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Here’s a tweet from early this morning — launching the new QT approach:
Amy Goodman is good on ICE fascists, but naive on CIA’s John Brennan. Why does her headline today parrot the frivolous lede in Washington Post? Fact that Brennan did all he could, legally & illegally, to elect Mrs. Clinton should subject him to close scrutiny, not give him a pass.
Miracle and Myth: We Have Not Yet Blown Up Our Planet = Miracle; Our Luck Will Hold Indefinitely = Myth
August 5, 2018 (talk is 49:30 minutes; Q and A runs from min. 50:45 to 1:32:00)
… and in the Q & A:
It is a myth that attacking Japanese cities with atomic bombs was needed to end WWII (though that’s what most of us were told in school). Six of the United States’ seven five-star officers who received their final star in World War II — Generals MacArthur, Eisenhower, and Arnold and Admirals Leahy, King, and Nimitz — rejected the idea that nuclear bombs were needed to end the war. Sadly, though, there is little evidence that they pressed their case strongly with then-President Truman before the fact.
So why did Truman do it? How much had to do with the fact that he and Secretary of State Jimmy Byrnes were incorrigible bigots? Does white supremacy still play a role today?
In his masterful book, The Doomsday Machine, Daniel Ellsberg offers this challenge: “Whether humans can eliminate the danger of near-term extinction [by nukes] remains to be seen. I choose to act as if that is still possible.”
It IS possible. All we need are dashes of hope, flashes of ingenuity, and renewed commitment to get our act together. Annie Dillard’s dictum is encouraging — if challenging: “There is only us; there never has been any other.”
And what an honor “being with those, whether in kayak or on shore, active in the shadow of the Tridents; with folks paying the same ‘rent’ as author/poet Alice Walker (a shipmate on the “US Boat to Gaza” in 2011). Alice famously wrote: “Activism is my rent for living on this planet.”
Thanks to the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action
Recorded on Aug 5, 2018; published on Aug 11, 2018
Ray was interviewed on August 13 for this story.
Inspecteur Clouseau may have opening for the right man.
A fellow named Duncan Campbell, who many years ago reported on UK officialdom, clearly has had too much free time lately. He has concluded that VIPS is working for the Russians — perhaps as useful idiots:
Inoculation from Campbell’s turgid prose can be found in two recent videos:
Bill Binney: It Was NOT a Russian Hack
Interview with Jason Ross
August 6, 2018 (10 minutes)
Yes, Everyone Is Lying About The DNC Server Scandal
Jimmy Dore with John Kiriakou
published on August 10, 2018 (10 minutes)
Other “investigators” are now spreading Campbell around like soup; none have had the courage to get in touch with Bill Binney or other VIPS — still less to challenge or debate.
VIPS are thick skinned, and take pride in being kicked by some of the same folks who are, as Julian Assange’s mother Christine put it in a recent tweet, “bravely kicking Assange while his hands and feet are tied behind his back.”. Their smear campaign is intrinsically invalid, and they should be told so at every opportunity. … [They] do not fight fairly or with honour. Their weapon of choice is smear. … What they fear more than anything else is an informed public!