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"Ebola and NATO"
In a world that is increasingly more densely interconnected, and, theoretically, more informed, one can easily observe how misinformation/disinformation is easily spread around. It is also easy to observe that those who have the most to win from any given development shall resort to anything in order to ensure their own victory. In this kind of situation, sometimes described as a “crisis”, uncomfortable questions will tend not to be asked, and when asked the dominant profiteering mindset, centuries in the making, will likely lead to silencing any uncomfortable questions that might arise, and, naturally, the even more uncomfortable answers. To examine some of the origins and ramifications of this mindset would require much more space and time than this brief essay.
In order to understand the logic and reasoning coming out of an institution like NATO, one should understand how its rise is intimately connected to the history of how the United States was settled. In both cases, the central element is the conquest and shaping of power through military means. This process has led to an understanding and practice of justice, in the US and beyond its borders, determined by violence. Beyond its borders, NATO has become the most powerful instrument in the US military arsenal to impose its view of humanity, its understanding of justice. NATO has allowed the US and its allies to impose its own understanding and practice of justice by any means necessary, including circumventing the UN. The institutionalization of violence (through NATO) to achieve complete and total control over all segments of humanity has gone so far that the deep and wide historical interconnections between the expansion of NATO and the expansion of Ebola tend to be seen as having nothing to do with each other. The logic and reasoning operating in the mindsets of those who are in charge of NATO is no different from the logic and reasoning operating in the mindsets of any rapist anywhere in the world. In the process, collectively and individually, they tell themselves “nothing will happen to me”.
A Post-Capitalist Farming Experiment
Potentials, Problems and Perspectives
Since one and a half years around 70 people are involved in a post-capitalist farming experiment. Situated in the middle of Germany a collective of 5 growers is feeding around 65 supporters, year-round with a full supply of vegetables. The production is organised along the needs and abilities of the community.
Internally the growers collective evaluates the needs of each "worker". Both in financial terms ("wage") and concrete needs (e.g. a place to live). Those needs have to be met in order to enable the individuals to sustainably organise within the project. This happens independently from the evaluation of the amount of time that each grower is willing to commit to the project ("working hours"). If both of this results in a feeling of enough resources to start growing, a budget is calculated summing up all production costs (including "wages") and running investments of a one-year production.
Reproductive Justice: From Birthing Behind Bars to Breaking Down Barriers
3-5 pm, October 19, 2013
131 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Join us for a discussion on reproductive justice with organizers who are reframing reproductive rights within a social justice context. Reproductive justice reflects a shift away from the focus on legal access to abortion and individual “choice”, to address the ways that systemic inequalities and oppression affects people’s ability to control their own bodies and lives.
Mobilization for Health Care for All Goes National
, from Healthcare-NOW!
In just two more days, the Mobilization for Health Care for All goes national.
When we launched this campaign we envisioned about 100 people signing up to sit in in the first weeks of the campaign – but with over 700 already, we’re now well on our way to 1000 pledges. And we originally talked about sit-ins happening in 3 or 4 cities on October 15th – today we’re proud to announce that “Patients Not Profit” sit-ins will be happening in at least 9 cities across the country this Thursday!
Below you’ll find a list with each city, the details for the action, and a contact. If you’re close enough to attend one of these actions and you’re not plugged in yet – please contact the local coordinator, join in, show up. Local leaders in these cities have worked tremendously hard to pull these actions together with very little time and we need to do everything we can to support them and make each one as big and strong as possible.
19 Arrested at Aetna's NYC Office Single-Payer Sit-In
Nineteen people have been arrested at Aetna office in New York City during a sit-in to end insurance abuse and to win health care for all!
Video of the event is available here: http://bit.ly/XRg6j
Donald Watson, Founder of Veganism, 1910–2005
September 2, 1910 – November 16, 2005
Founder of veganism whose dietary crusade grew to attract a quarter of a million adherents in Britain today
Donald Watson survived to the age of 95; good propaganda in his campaign to convince the world that there is nothing inherently lethal about a vegan diet. He always regarded himself as a propagandist, in the term’s non-pejorative sense. When interviewed at 92 he was pleased to report that he had lived thus far without resort to medication “either orthodox or fringe”, and with hardly a day’s illness.