Saturday, January 9, 2016

Article: Does North Korea Need Nukes to Deter US Aggression? | OpEdNews

Article: Does North Korea Need Nukes to Deter US Aggression? | OpEdNewsHere's your U.S. foreign policy quiz for the day:

Question 1 -- How many governments has the United States overthrown or tried to overthrow since the Second World War?

Answer -- 57 (See William Blum.)

Question 2 -- How many of those governments had nuclear weapons?

Answer -- 0


Does that mean North Korea needs nuclear weapons to deter US aggression?

Yes and no. Yes, nuclear weapons are a credible deterrent but, no, that's not why North Korea set off a hydrogen bomb last Tuesday. The reason North Korea detonated the bomb was to force the Obama administration to sit up and take notice. That's what this is all about. North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, wants the US to realize that they're going to pay a heavy price for avoiding direct negotiations. In other words, Kim is trying to pressure Obama back to the bargaining table.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

“God has been good to us”: Justice Scalia walks all over First Amendment by claiming government can promote religion - Salon.com

“God has been good to us”: Justice Scalia walks all over First Amendment by claiming government can promote religion - Salon.comU.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gave a speech in Louisiana over the weekend in which he reaffirmed the suspicion that he doesn’t understand – or willfully ignores – the First Amendment of the Constitution. Speaking at a local Catholic high school, Scalia argued that there’s “no place” in our constitutional tradition for the principle that government ought to be neutral with respect to religion. “You can’t favor one denomination over another,” he conceded, but neither can you favor non-religion over religion. Well, yes, but the reverse is no less true.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Article: The American Empire: Murder Inc. | OpEdNews

Article: The American Empire: Murder Inc. | OpEdNewsTerror, intimidation and violence are the glue that holds empire together. Aerial bombardment, drone and missile attacks, artillery and mortar strikes, targeted assassinations, massacres, the detention of tens of thousands, death squad killings, torture, wholesale surveillance, extraordinary renditions, curfews, propaganda, a loss of civil liberties and pliant political puppets are the grist of our wars and proxy wars.

Countries we seek to dominate, from Indonesia and Guatemala to Iraq and Afghanistan, are intimately familiar with these brutal mechanisms of control. But the reality of empire rarely reaches the American public. The few atrocities that come to light are dismissed as isolated aberrations. The public is assured what has been uncovered will be investigated and will not take place again. The goals of empire, we are told by a subservient media and our ruling elites, are virtuous and noble. And the vast killing machine grinds forward, feeding, as it has always done, the swollen bank accounts of defense contractors and corporations that exploit natural resources and cheap labor around the globe.

I am the Fox News atheist: “Some call me a militant atheist. Others call me a dick. I am neither” - Salon.com

I am the Fox News atheist: “Some call me a militant atheist. Others call me a dick. I am neither” - Salon.com"An Atheist loves himself and his fellow man instead of a god. An Atheist thinks that heaven is something for which we should work for now—here on earth—for all men together to enjoy. An Atheist knows that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist knows that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanquished, war eliminated." —Madalyn Murray O’Hair

Religious delusions are destroying us: “Nothing more than man-made contrivances of domination and submission” - Salon.com

Religious delusions are destroying us: “Nothing more than man-made contrivances of domination and submission” - Salon.comAll religions are nothing more than man-made contrivances of domination and submission, exploited by humans for mundane ends, and accoutered with sundry superstitious rituals meant to ensure tribal loyalty and generate animosity toward outsiders. Long before we in the West knew of faith-sanctioned female genital mutilation or the hurling of gays from rooftops, Shakespeare declared, “What damned error but some sober brow/will bless it and approve it with a text/hiding the grossness with fair ornament.” And remember: the “damned errors” and “grossness” are all for naught. Religion is a lie, and those who profess it, dupes of the lie.