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Neoliberals' ideological agenda of forcing Americans into their impossible healthcare situation will cause massive, permanent damage to poorer Americans health and chances of future productivity, as well as accelerate health problems of aging

As I've been pointing out, one of the main reasons the US is trapped in private, for profit healthcare is the need to be able to argue IN SECRET TRADE NEGOTIATIONS, that "privatization (of all formerly public services) is the future", and point to the US healthcare system as an example of its "success" (perhaps in giving the people less and less and taking more and more.) no matter what the cost is in human suffering, Read below the fold...

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"People just hate us now because of this" - Reprieve's Clive Stafford Smith on Shaker Aamer's imprisonment at Gitmo

Clive Stafford Smith: Speaking as an American for a moment, one of the things that upsets me about this is around the world we’re destroying our own reputation no end bad. You know, we have a reputation, or we had a reputation around the world for standing up for human rights and being a leading beacon and all of that. And I’m afraid Guantanamo Bay in particular has just caused so many problems. I travel all over. I go to Pakistan, the Middle East and so forth, and I’m afraid people just hate us now because of this. Because they think we’re just hypocritical. And that’s not good for us. It’s not good for anyone.

Podcast here, transcript below the fold. Read below the fold...

Disadvantaged Youth as Military Cannon Fodder


Lesley Docksey’s article “‘Fit for Purpose’ Cannon Fodder” in Dissident Voice is chilling and moving.

Its British context is easily relatable for Americans of conscience concerned about the recruitment and exploitation of our young people, particularly our most vulnerable, economically disadvantaged young people, to risk their lives for highly questionable and dangerous military operations -- as front line “cannon fodder.” Read below the fold...

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"I couldn't stop crying" - Ethan McCord relives Collateral Murder video

Running with child

I've long been an admirer of Ethan McCord, the Army soldier who rescued the two children in the Collateral Murder video. Read below the fold...

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Petidote of the Day 2012-08-31

Dogs are helping veterans with PTSD heal more effectively than medication.

Veterans, of course, aren't the only people suffering from PTSD. Anyone who has experienced an event that was traumatic for that person -- very much a subjective definition -- can end up with PTSD, and it can be challenging to treat. Read below the fold...

Obama's New World 'Killing Fields' Order

RE-POST from 5-25-10

If you think the new world order Obama alluded to in his 5-22-10 9th-crop-of-cadets-as-MidEast-cannon fodder-for-the-new-world-order-(hegemony)-killing-fields speech at West Point this past Saturday has any remote benefits for those of us not in the top 1% of global income holders, there is an oil well in the Gulf I’d like to sell you. Read below the fold...

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