The World War on Democracy - by John Pilger

Lisette Talate died the other day. I remember a wiry, fiercely intelligent woman who masked her grief with a determination that was a presence. She was the embodiment of people’s resistance to the war on democracy. I first glimpsed her in a 1950s Colonial Office film about the Chagos islanders, a tiny creole nation living midway between Africa and Asia in the Indian Ocean. The camera panned across thriving villages, a church, a school, a hospital, set in a phenomenon of natural beauty and peace. Lisette remembers the producer saying to her and her teenage friends, "Keep smiling girls!"

Sitting in her kitchen in Mauritius many years later, she said, "I didn’t have to be told to smile. I was a happy child, because my roots were deep in the islands, my paradise. My great-grandmother was born there; I made six children there. That’s why they couldn’t legally throw us out of our own homes; they had to terrify us into leaving or force us out. At first, they tried to starve us. The food ships stopped arriving [then] they spread rumours we would be bombed, then they turned on our dogs."

In the early 1960s, the Labour government of Harold Wilson secretly agreed to a demand from Washington that the Chagos archipelago, a British colony, be "swept" and "sanitised" of its 2,500 inhabitants so that a military base could be built on the principal island, Diego Garcia. "They knew we were inseparable from our pets," said Lisette, "When the American soldiers arrived to build the base, they backed their big trucks against the brick shed where we prepared the coconuts; hundreds of our dogs had been rounded up and imprisoned there. Then they gassed them through tubes from the trucks’ exhausts. You could hear them crying."

Lisette and her family and hundreds of islanders were forced on to a rusting steamer bound for Mauritius, a distance of 2,500 miles. They were made to sleep in the hold on a cargo of fertiliser: bird shit. The weather was rough; everyone was ill; two women miscarried. Dumped on the docks at Port Louis, Lizette’s youngest children, Jollice, and Regis, died within a week of each other. "They died of sadness," she said. "They had heard all the talk and seen the horror of what had happened to the dogs. They knew they were leaving their home forever. The doctor in Mauritius said he could not treat sadness."

This act of mass kidnapping was carried out in high secrecy. In one official file, under the heading, "Maintaining the fiction", the Foreign Office legal adviser exhorts his colleagues to cover their actions by "re-classifying" the population as "floating" and to "make up the rules as we go along". Article 7 of the statute of the International Criminal Court says the "deportation or forcible transfer of population" is a crime against humanity. That Britain had committed such a crime -- in exchange for a $14million discount off an American Polaris nuclear submarine -- was not on the agenda of a group of British "defence" correspondents flown to the Chagos by the Ministry of Defence when the US base was completed. "There is nothing in our files," said a ministry official, "about inhabitants or an evacuation."

Today, Diego Garcia is crucial to America’s and Britain’s war on democracy. The heaviest bombing of Iraq and Afghanistan was launched from its vast airstrips, beyond which the islanders’ abandoned cemetery and church stand like archaeological ruins. The terraced garden where Lisette laughed for the camera is now a fortress housing the "bunker-busting" bombs carried by bat-shaped B-2 aircraft to targets in two continents; an attack on Iran will start here. As if to complete the emblem of rampant, criminal power, the CIA added a Guantanamo-style prison for its "rendition" victims and called it Camp Justice.

What was done to Lisette’s paradise has an urgent and universal meaning, for it represents the violent, ruthless nature of a whole system behind its democratic façade, and the scale of our own indoctrination to its messianic assumptions, described by Harold Pinter as a "brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis." Longer and bloodier than any war since 1945, waged with demonic weapons and a gangsterism dressed as economic policy and sometimes known as globalisation, the war on democracy is unmentionable in western elite circles. As Pinter wrote, "it never happened even while it was happening". Last July, American historian William Blum published his "updated summary of the record of US foreign policy". Since the Second World War, the US has:

1. Attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, most of them democratically-elected.

2. Attempted to suppress a populist or national movement in 20 countries.

3. Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries.

4. Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries.

5. Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.

In total, the United States has carried out one or more of these actions in 69 countries. In almost all cases, Britain has been a collaborator. The "enemy" changes in name – from communism to Islamism -- but mostly it is the rise of democracy independent of western power or a society occupying strategically useful territory, deemed expendable, like the Chagos Islands.

The sheer scale of suffering, let alone criminality, is little known in the west, despite the presence of the world’s most advanced communications, nominally freest journalism and most admired academy. That the most numerous victims of terrorism – western terrorism – are Muslims is unsayable, if it is known. That half a million Iraqi infants died in the 1990s as a result of the embargo imposed by Britain and America is of no interest. That extreme jihadism, which led to 9/11, was nurtured as a weapon of western policy ("Operation Cyclone") is known to specialists but otherwise suppressed.

While popular culture in Britain and America immerses the Second World War in an ethical bath for the victors, the holocausts arising from Anglo-American dominance of resource-rich regions are consigned to oblivion. Under the Indonesian tyrant Suharto, anointed "our man" by Thatcher, more than a million people were slaughtered. Described by the CIA as "the worst mass murder of the second half of the 20th century", the estimate does not include a third of the population of East Timor who were starved or murdered with western connivance, British fighter-bombers and machine guns.

These true stories are told in declassified files in the Public Record Office, yet represent an entire dimension of politics and the exercise of power excluded from public consideration. This has been achieved by a regime of un-coercive information control, from the evangelical mantra of consumer advertising to sound-bites on BBC news and now the ephemera of social media.

It is as if writers as watchdogs are extinct, or in thrall to a sociopathic zeitgeist, convinced they are too clever to be duped. Witness the stampede of sycophants eager to deify Christopher Hitchens, a war lover who longed to be allowed to justify the crimes of rapacious power. "For almost the first time in two centuries", wrote Terry Eagleton, "there is no eminent British poet, playwright or novelist prepared to question the foundations of the western way of life". No Orwell warns that we do not need to live in a totalitarian society to be corrupted by totalitarianism. No Shelley speaks for the poor, no Blake proffers a vision, no Wilde reminds us that "disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue". And grievously no Pinter rages at the war machine, as in American Football:

Hallelujah.

Praise the Lord for all good things ...

We blew their balls into shards of dust,

Into shards of fucking dust …

Into shards of fucking dust go all the lives blown there by Barack Obama, the Hopey Changey of western violence. Whenever one of Obama’s drones wipes out an entire family in a faraway tribal region of Pakistan, or Somalia, or Yemen, the American controllers in front of their computer-game screens type in "Bugsplat". Obama likes drones and has joked about them with journalists. One of his first actions as president was to order a wave of Predator drone attacks on Pakistan that killed 74 people. He has since killed thousands, mostly civilians; drones fire Hellfire missiles that suck the air out of the lungs of children and leave body parts festooned across scrubland.

Remember the tear-stained headlines when Brand Obama was elected: "momentous, spine-tingling": the Guardian. "The American future," wrote Simon Schama, "is all vision, numinous, unformed, light-headed ..." The San Francisco Chronicle’s columnist saw a spiritual "lightworker [who can] usher in a new way of being on the planet". Beyond the drivel, as the great whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg had predicted, a military coup was taking place in Washington, and Obama was their man. Having seduced the anti-war movement into virtual silence, he has given America’s corrupt military officer class unprecedented powers of state and engagement. These include the prospect of wars in Africa and opportunities for provocations against China, America’s largest creditor and new "enemy" in Asia. Under Obama, the old source of official paranoia Russia, has been encircled with ballistic missiles and the Russian opposition infiltrated. Military and CIA assassination teams have been assigned to 120 countries; long planned attacks on Syria and Iran beckon a world war. Israel, the exemplar of US violence and lawlessness by proxy, has just received its annual pocket money of $3bn together with Obama’s permission to steal more Palestinian land.

Obama’s most "historic" achievement is to bring the war on democracy home to America. On New Year’s Eve, he signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a law that grants the Pentagon the legal right to kidnap both foreigners and US citizens and indefinitely detain, interrogate and torture, or even kill them. They need only "associate" with those "belligerent" to the United States. There will be no protection of law, no trial, no legal representation. This is the first explicit legislation to abolish habeus corpus (the right to due process of law) and effectively repeal the Bill of Rights of 1789.

On 5 January, in an extraordinary speech at the Pentagon, Obama said the military would not only be ready to "secure territory and populations" overseas but to fight in the "homeland" and provide "support to the civil authorities". In other words, US troops will be deployed on the streets of American cities when the inevitable civil unrest takes hold.

America is now a land of epidemic poverty and barbaric prisons: the consequence of a "market" extremism which, under Obama, has prompted the transfer of $14 trillion in public money to criminal enterprises in Wall Street. The victims are mostly young jobless, homeless, incarcerated African-Americans, betrayed by the first black president. The historic corollary of a perpetual war state, this is not fascism, not yet, but neither is it democracy in any recognisable form, regardless of the placebo politics that will consume the news until November. The presidential campaign, says the Washington Post, will "feature a clash of philosophies rooted in distinctly different views of the economy". This is patently false. The circumscribed task of journalism on both sides of the Atlantic is to create the pretence of political choice where there is none.

The same shadow is across Britain and much of Europe where social democracy, an article of faith two generations ago, has fallen to the central bank dictators. In David Cameron’s "big society", the theft of 84bn pounds in jobs and services even exceeds the amount of tax "legally" avoid by piratical corporations. Blame rests not with the far right, but a cowardly liberal political culture that has allowed this to happen, which, wrote Hywel Williams in the wake of the attacks on 9/11, "can itself be a form of self righteous fanaticism". Tony Blair is one such fanatic. In its managerial indifference to the freedoms that it claims to hold dear, bourgeois Blairite Britain has created a surveillance state with 3,000 new criminal offences and laws: more than for the whole of the previous century. The police clearly believe they have an impunity to kill. At the demand of the CIA, cases like that of Binyam Mohamed, an innocent British resident tortured and then held for five years in Guantanamo Bay, will be dealt with in secret courts in Britain "in order to protect the intelligence agencies" – the torturers.

This invisible state allowed the Blair government to fight the Chagos islanders as they rose from their despair in exile and demanded justice in the streets of Port Louis and London. "Only when you take direct action, face to face, even break laws, are you ever noticed," said Lisette. "And the smaller you are, the greater your example to others." Such an eloquent answer to those who still ask, "What can I do?"

I last saw Lisette’s tiny figure standing in driving rain alongside her comrades outside the Houses of Parliament. What struck me was the enduring courage of their resistance. It is this refusal to give up that rotten power fears, above all, knowing it is the seed beneath the snow.

For more information on John Pilger visit his website at www.johnpilger.com


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January 19, 2012

Well, the letter was written about "Traitor Joe's"

 

Somebody had posted the following press release from http://sumofus.org/

Trader Joe’s is refusing to sign the Fair Food Agreement which would guarantee farm workers get treated humanely and get paid approximately one penny more per pound of tomatoes they pick. Whole Foods, Burger King, and even McDonald’s have already signed the agreement.
‎Send a message to Trader Joe’s CEO Dan Bane telling him to pay a penny more per pound of tomatoes.
Romi, 
At Trader Joe’s, tomatoes cost you a couple of dollars a pound.  But how much of that goes to the farm workers who pick the tomatoes?

If you buy your tomatoes at Trader Joe’s, the answer could be as little as 1.5 cents for every pound. For the men and women who harvest them, that means working ten hours and picking 2.25 TONS of tomatoes every day in order to earn just $12,000 a year.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a group of farmworkers in Florida, are working to change this. They’ve already convinced McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Whole Foods, Subway, and more to join their Fair Food Agreement and pay for worker protections and a fair wage.  But Trader Joe’s is refusing -- even though it has built its brand around appealing to responsible consumers.

Send a message to Trader Joe’s CEO Dan Bane demanding that TJ’s sign the CIW’s Fair Food Agreement and pay tomato pickers a fair wage.

If Trader Joe’s signs the agreement, the difference for a tomato would be a penny or less in the checkout line -- but it could mean the difference between poverty and a fair wage for workers. Seriously, Trader Joe’s, this isn’t even close to a hard call. Just do it.

Kaytee, Taren, and Claiborne

 

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What is the Fair Food Agreement?
According to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers who are negotiating Fair Food Agreements with various corporations, “the agreements require those companies to demand more humane labor standards from their Florida tomato suppliers (including a zero tolerance policy for slavery), to pay a price premium for more fairly produced tomatoes, and to shift purchases to growers who meet those higher standards. Several Florida tomato growers have shown their early support for this effort by agreeing to pass along the pay premium to their tomato harvesters, and to abide by a code of conduct under which workers have a voice and slavery is not tolerated.”
Is slavery a reality for some tomato workers?
Farm labor bosses have repeatedly been brought to court for their treatment of workers, including most recently in 2008 for beating their workers who refused to work or tried to leave, holding their workers in debt, and chaining and locking workers inside U-Haul trucks as punishment. The U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the 2008 case called the situation “slavery, plain and simple.” If Trader Joe’s signed the Fair Food Agreement, they would be guaranteeing that none of their tomatoes come from growers who treat their workers as modern-day slaves, as well as agreeing to pay a fair price for the tomatoes they sell.
Who else signed the Agreement?
Fair Food Agreements have been reached between CIW and McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, and Yum Brands, as well as foodservice providers Compass Group, Aramark, Sodexo, and Bon Appetit Management Company, and grocery store chain Whole Foods.
Click here to encourage TJ’s to join other companies in signing the Agreement.
Why hasn’t Trader Joe’s signed?
On October 21, 2011, Trader Joe’s released a statement saying that they would not sign the Agreement, even though they agreed with it in principle and had implemented the basic requirements already. They said, essentially, “trust us, we’re doing it right”, but this is unverifiable. Without signing the agreement, Trader Joe’s has no way of knowing if the growers they’re purchasing from meet CIW’s standards; TJ’s would have to rely on the grower’s word alone, and what grower is going to volunteer the fact that they don’t treat their workers fairly or pay their workers a reasonable wage?
Why does this matter for Immokalee farm workers?
The Immokalee farm workers, a coalition of people who work on farms in the Immokalee region of Florida (where most of the tomatoes are grown in the US) are organizing because they are some of the lowest paid workers in the country, often making less than $12,000 a year. They work ten-hour days picking tomatoes in order to pick enough (2.25 tons) to make minimum wage. They have no rights to collective bargaining or overtime pay. Each penny a pound increase that they have won brings more people out of poverty, and each buyer requiring workplace protections ensures more people are treated fairly in their jobs and fewer farm workers are brought to this country as slave labor.
Click here to send a message to TJ’s CEO today.
 
 SumOfUs is a world-wide movement of people like you, working together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable path for our global economy. You can follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

 

There was a discussion on the list and then somebody else posted this:


 I'm sorry, but these "fair trade" schemes are mostly a benefit to the
 retailers and distributors. Thay have little to do with helping the front
 line workers.

 Labelling a product "Fair Trade" allows for substantially higher margins,
 often as much as a fifty percent increase.

 And offering the workers a penny extra is just grinding their faces in the
 dirt, while everyone else further up in the chain has a much higher
 multiplier.

 How do I know this? Because I have worked in the organic food and fair
 trade sector since 1970.

 A handful of operations do a little better for the workers, but that's it.

 Fair Trade products are marketed to higher income earners (along with
 organic).

 And what does Fair Trade even mean?

 A penny more a pound?

 As a farmer myself I can only say... Bah!

 NM

 

So I just wrote to People's co-op saying that I'm "confuselled" and asking if they've had anything about Fair Trade in their newsletter or would consider doing so.

I'm sure there is at least one co-op somewhere around there, but it might not be as close to you as Whole Foods and Traitor Joe's, turtle. That was the case here, where both those stores are much closer and the co-op is some distance from me. But I eventually learned that it is worth the trip.

Withdrawing from the capitalist imperialist system isn't easy and can't always be done, but we can try.  ;)

 

Thanks Folkie!

I am so glad you posted all this information.

So let me see if I have this straight...This group representing the Immokalee farm workers want a penny more per pound...but this other letter says that sometimes these groups set up "fronts" so to speak and the farm workers never see a penny of the increase if the demand is met.  Is this correct?  

So if McDonalds and Burger King and Whole Foods have signed on...does that mean they are lining their own corporate pockets or actually paying the workers more?

So, here I am...I want to help the farm worker.  I don't want to line the pocket of the corporate bosses...so do I sign on or not?  

This stuff gets so challenging to not only understand but also to trust which information is accurate and is what it says it is.  

Yeah...I need to find a co-op close by.  

Thanks for this information.

 

 

 

 

Glad I'm not the only one confuselled.

Fact is, unless we know the farmer, we don't know for sure.

Don't worry about close by. Just find a co-op, go there, no matter how far away it is, just make it a trip, and then, once you're there, decide for yourself if it is worth making the trip again or not.

That's what I did, and I ended up doing more and more of my shopping there--first once a month because it was such a long trip by bus, then every two weeks, and now at least once a week and sometimes twice a week. I just can't see buying stuff anywhere else when I can shop at the co-op. Not to mention that it is delightful to shop there because most of the people there are cool people. Uncool people don't seem to shop at co-ops. The least cool shop at big box stores, slightly cooler shop supermarkets, cooler than that shop Trader Joe's & Whole Foods, and the coolest buy from CSAs, farmers' markets, direct from the farmers, co-ops, or grow their own. So instead of being around a bunch of unhappy workers and stressed-out shoppers, you get to be around really smart, fun people. It's expensive, but think of all the money I save on therapy! ;)

Here's a list of Seattle co-ops on Yelp and they all have lots of reviews so you can read what people say about them, visit their websites, and decide before you make the trip:

http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=co-op+food+store&find_loc=Seattle%2C+WA

I don't eat enough to warrant buying from a CSA, and farmers' markets are only open once a week for a few hours, and then you have to be careful because not everything they sell is organic. And they don't have a huge selection of stuff like my co-op does. All the produce at People's is in bins that say where everything is grown. So if something is grown out of state, it will say so on the sign. And if it grown locally, the sign usually gives the name of the farm. Sometimes when I'm waiting for the bus home, I'll chat with people delivering stuff. Some are just delivering, but many are the actual farmers bringing in their own stuff. You can't do that at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods because both are multinational corporations and they buy stuff all over the world. I'm not a dedicated locavore, but it was very nice to know that the grapefruit I bought today was grown by an organic farmer in the San Diego area.

 

 

Yes, I have a friend like that.

 

My friend is a librarian who works two jobs, votes regularly, and thinks 9/11 Truth is a conspiracy theory. We went to lunch the other day and the topic came up, so Virginia said I could email some links. I sent about a dozen, David Ray Griffin, Loose Change, links to the Architects & Engineers and the Pilots for 9/11 Truth websites, Dr. Judy Wood's website, etc., and said there's more where that came from. Virginia trusts the government, so I don't know if I'll get any response. Perhaps eventually a response saying that it all makes sense but most people don't have time and aren't amenable to reason, so they have to believe the government, or something to that effect. The usual cop out.

Virginia joined the Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Cooperative when I did. It is a 30-year-old multimillion dollar business, the only difference being that it only sells organic foods, was started by hippies, and operates along cooperative principles, such as one member, one vote, and the workers having a say in everything. So their workers get enormous salaries compared to workers at chain supermarkets or big box stores, and also get full benefits. So when Virginia said that if we didn't have our government, what would happen, I said that there wouldn't be much change, but there would be a lot more anarchist collectives, and pointed out that Virginia is already a member of an anarchist collective, People's Co-Op, and that it isn't the least bit frightening--we've had lunch at their deli and Virginia was perfectly comfortable there. So it may be a lot cleaner than most stores, and the workers are more intelligent and attentive, but that's the only difference anyone might notice.

I don't have suggestions for a picture to go with the article, but I'm sure you'll find something appropriate.

 

Several Things

First...I love hearing about the food co-op that you go to Folkie.  I looked it up...here's the link. http://obpeoplesfood.coop/

Co-ops really are the way forward.  And such a great way to divest from the controlling oligarchical empire.  I hope Virginia comes around to viewing things differently.  I sure can remember  severeal years ago when I finally caught on.  For me, the transition was somewhat easier, because people were saying things about the current system that I had already figured out but had not been able to connect with finding the other folks who were thinking the same thing.  I am sure the fact that I as living in Texas had a lot to do with not finding like minded people...and I wasn't yet as computer literate as I am now.  

I love Jon Pilger.  I consider him a truth teller.  And I remember hearing the first time about Diego Garcia, and was in disbelief that an entire island could be forced into evacuating...what struck me also about the Diego Garcia story, was, these islanders had led such happy lives up until they were evacuated, and once they were removed from their home, many of them died of sadness.   Now THAT is the epitome of the EXACT opposite of the pursuit of happiness.  

I think it's a great idea to have this article a feature story on FUBAR, Rossi.  It's difficult to fathom not only the way the people of the island were relocated but also to fathom how their dogs were killed.  Incredible statistics/numbers are listed in this artcle, well, horrifying might be a better way to characterize  these numbers.

And saying this about these two words, incredible and horrifying, I believe that you, Rossi and you, Folkie, know that when I use the word incredible, because you know my position on many things, you two know that when I use this word in this paragraph, that I mean incredible as in horrible.  But maybe someone who is reading FUBAR for the first time, may not know this.  They could possible think when I use the word incredible that I mean terrific, wonderful.  And so this is why I clarified my use of the word.  And also why I did this, and in keeping with the purpose of the original post, John Pilger's article "The World War on Democracy", is to comment on what I thought about last night's State of The Union address by Obama, the leader of the supposed largest democracy leading the world to "democracy".  (Probably a good idea not to be eating supper, having food in my mouth, lest I choke on that last sentence...)

VAGUE.  Obama's speech was characteristically VAGUE, as it always is.  What the Vague-ness serves, is it allows the populace at large to read into it what they wish for it versus having Obama actually stating clearly his position on it.  people then "assume" his position as their wish versus the actuality of his actions, the people he appoints, the policies he makes. If I were to replay the speech in it's entirety and then write down each statement that he makes, I could EASILY insert both sides of the dilemma as his position, leaving the entire speech as empty as the promises he may or may not have made because of the way he speaks in those vague terms.  Obama's more articulated speech are his actions and what he demonstrated through his actual voting record when he was a Senator.  Certainly his speech articulates none of what he actually stands for.

I don't want to get too political today.  It's discouraging and frankly, our whole election farce belies the real meaning of democracy.  It's funny how many regulations there are to allow voting in a country where mass deregulation is tauted as a way forward.  And it's amazing how much money can be spent on a Diebold rigging-the-vote machine versus the "middle-class" and the never talked about completely impoverished under-class.  

It's maddening.  It's disgusting. 

I think for me, today, it is better to turn my attention to the co-ops, the CSA's, and the many ways to keep divesting from what is life-force draining.  John Pilger reminds us to keep doing this work.  His reports lets us remember what has happened and what will continue to happen if we do not really "change".   As John Pilger reports, we can listen, and then we can better direct our energy towards something better.  Thank goodness.

Yup, that's my co-op.

I was up there today. Got a beautiful grapefruit, some rice from the bulk bin, a few mushrooms, a green pepper, and a jalapeno pepper for stir fry, and there was a guy from Dr. Bronner's giving out free small samples of their liquid soaps and lotions and coupons that don't expire so I can buy their products whenever I wish. I didn't know Dr. Bronner's also has coconut oil suitable for cooking because they keep it in the body care section instead of in the grocery section, as it can also be used for the skin. About the same price as the other coconut oil the co-op carries, but I trust their Fair Trade policy more, so I'll probably switch over. I mentioned to the guy that someone on a mailing list I subscribe to said he'd been in the organic foods and Fair Trade business for decades and that not all Fair Trade policies can be trusted. The Dr. Bronner's guy told me that there are three different organizations in the US that accredit companies for Fair Trade policies and that they've gone their separate ways because they couldn't agree on anything. According to the letter to the mailing list, some companies really make sure that the growers are treated well and get paid the maximum possible for their produce, but others will just pay growers a penny a pound more, call it Fair Trade, and double or triple the price of their imported foods. One more think to be wary of. I'm going to email the co-op right now and ask if they've had an article about Fair Trade in their newsletter in the past (before I joined), or would consider having one now.

But the guy mentioned that the original Dr. Bronner was a Jewish rabbi and that his descendents own the business now, so I sure hope they're not Zionists. Always something else to worry about.  ;)

 

Love Dr Bonners

That is such good information about the Fair Trade practices.

I am almost certain that this is one of the disputes that what separates The Whole Food store go-ers from the Co-op, CSA go-ers, besides the fact that it is corporate based versus employee owned and/or co-operatively owned.

I do not, that I know of yet, have a co-op close by.  But I chose Trader Joes over Whole Foods hands down. 

US voters know this system can't be reformed.

Fascists don't just kill people, they also lie, and they don't just lie to others, they also lie to themselves. That's how they can think of themselves as good people while they vote to consent to the most evil system that ever existed on this planet, bar none.

 

That's a good title for ....

 ....a medium length article. If it were too short, intellectuals will find fancy in dissecting it. They tire easily, so make it long enough but not too long. Modern man doesn't read more than the title and if the title is good, the first 100 words. Put the message there and elaborate on it a bit to keep the wolves entertained. I'd like that.

This is another must read article btw. I want to paste it to the main pages here on fubar - as a reference. I'll need an image to go with it. One fit for the left side. An icon would work too. Thanks again for posting another cut throat truth filled article, a must read and spread. And you're onto something with your idea of voters knowing that what they're doing is not going to bring changy wangy in their lifetimes, that of their children and their children and so on. I think the thing people are not getting straight is how energizing it can be when you turn around and pull in a 180° direction for a while. I mean it's basic nature but we're creatures of habit. People don't walk around thinking "hey, maybe the 9/11 truthers are right and I'm an ass because I didn't give all this enough thought and effort" (reading & comprehension capabilities prerequisite ;-)) People make decisions or let them be made for them because they don't have the time to make their own...and I'm sure glad our mulitary is there ta protect us from dem terraists! Just doin' my duty, vote every election bla bla. And all too comfortable.

I like the icon you designed, rossi.

 

Telling the sort of people who might read Fubar, " Do not read this," is a sure way to get more readers. ;)

glad you like it but

....you know me better than that....

I grabbed it from some other site.

Here's a great accompaniment to this article.

A list of people in the US government who are connected to the top five defense contractors:

http://mapper.nndb.com/maps/593/000016545/

In chart format with their corporate positions:

http://mapper.nndb.com/start/?map=16545

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