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"Wild Theme" from Local Hero, Mark Knopfler. Go Scotland!!

Uh, drugs?


Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.


Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

Sept. 9th NY Dem Primary 4 Gov. If u fight for pub. ed. vote 4 #Teachout/Wu! It is the only choice 4 kids & pub. ed.

New York’s corrupt Governor Cuomo would shake hands with Yasser Arafat, who he hated, but he wouldn’t shake hands (video link) last Saturday with his Democratic primary opponent Zephyr Teachout. Asked New York mag:

Is the governor this petty, or just severely farsighted?…Were these powerful politicians simply reenacting a Mean Girls outtake? 

If you’re a New York Democrat please vote for Teachout and her running-mate for Lieutenant Governor, Tim Wu, who coined the term “net neutrality” and is endorsed by the New York Times.

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"Get Thee Behind Me, Satan," The Almanac Singers (1941), by Lee Hays, with Pete Hawes on lead vocals, Pete Seeger on banjo and great blues guitar by Josh White. If anyone should ask you your union to sell, just tell ‘em where to go, send ‘em back to hell!

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Natalie Merchant, “Which Side Are You On?” Happy Labor Day!


peace march in nyc, 1972 @ nycnostalgia

I went to this march! John and Yoko were surprise speakers at Bryant Park.

If you want a pick-me-up, watch this video. In occupied East Jerusalem, Israel sends around so-called skunk-trucks spraying toxic water that “smells like rotting corpses” to suppress Palestinian protest demonstrations. What a great democracy! 

Hope you like watching bad camerawork by adorable-sounding children, you can skip a little — but look for one of the skunk-trucks spraying water up to the left. Then at 1:08, oops!, the truck goes over a steep ravine and you hear huge cheers rise from the hillside, and the kids filming start screaming with delight!

You read about the Gaza Rubble Bucket Challenge? It came to the White House. (via @RachelMicheleG)

Problems with Matti Friedman’s Tablet essay

… titled An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth: A former AP correspondent explains how and why reporters get Israel so wrong, and why it matters

  1. Betrays bias with tone-deaf language and argument that the Gaza death toll is too small to matter. “When the hysteria abates, I believe the events in Gaza will not be remembered by the world as particularly important. People were killed, most of them Palestinians…” (he’s wrong, this war will be seen as a turning point, but that’s another discussion)
  2. The idea that coverage should mirror the death toll is highly simplistic. Many factors go into news judgment about what should be covered, from interest value to strategic importance to the US’s role in creating the problem and/or its ability to solve it. Was there too much coverage of 3000 deaths on 9/11?
  3. Therefore, blaming hatred of Jews or of Israel for the high volume of Gaza coverage is an obnoxious stance. In numerous ways the US media has reflected Israel’s somewhat flawed narrative (e.g., self-defense).
  4. And if you’re counting, the context is much larger anyway. 11 million Palestinians are either in exile (5m), under occupation, or “Israeli citizens” with rights severely curtailed (marriage, land and housing, employment, freedom of movement, immigration, army), subject to vast confiscation of property, frequent violence etc. That’s a large number of people, worth covering.
  5. His self-pitying drama of the 300 million Jew-hating Arabs surrounding 6 million brave Jewish democrats is pure propaganda. Israel’s problem is the 6 million Palestinians close at hand who it displaced and who it discriminates against, not massive opposition from the Arab world (many of whom, authoritarian regimes in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, are lining up to help Israel).
  6. His whining about nomenclature, who should be called Palestinians versus “Israeli Arabs” shows he is deeply embedded in the hasbara (Israeli p.r.) machine. It’s a longstanding and cruel Israeli tactic to undermine Palestinian identity and to divide Palestinians into as many small groups that can’t associate with each other and who have different rights (e.g.: residents of West Bank Areas A, B and C, Jerusalem, citizens of Israel who can vote but face 50 laws that discriminate, Gazans, and the diaspora; also, Muslims, Christians, Druze).
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"Feed The Birds," Garth Hudson

"I Love To Laugh," Ed Wynn ft. Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, from "Mary Poppins," released 50 years ago today.

Gaza celebrates the end of the war…now it’s time for Netanyahu and the other war criminals to face justice at the UN’s International Criminal Court in The Hague. (pic via @sabbah​)

In 1983, Barack Obama wrote a nice little article headlined “Breaking The War Mentality" for Columbia University’s weekly magazine Sundial about a couple of campus organizations including Students Against Militarism. I was one of the original SAM members who originally worked against Jimmy Carter’s draft registration law.

Can you believe Obama wrote this?

Generally, the narrow focus of the Freeze movement as well as academic discussions of first versus second strike capabilities, suit the military-industrial interests, as they continue playing with their billion dollar erector sets. When Peter Tosh sings that “everybody’s asking for peace, but nobody’s asking for justice,” one is forced to wonder whether disarmament or arms control issues, severed from economic and political issues, might be another instance of focusing on the symptoms of a problem instead of the disease itself.

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