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What Was it All For? Veterans Have Finally Turned On America’s Endless Wars

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“So consider this a plea to Congress, to the corporate media establishment, and to all of youwhen even traditionally more conservative and martial military veterans raise the antiwar alarm – listen! And next time the American war drums beat, and they undoubtedly will, consider this article encouragement to do what Keith and I promised way back when.”

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(Antiwar) It is undoubtedly my favorite part of every wedding. That awkward, but strangely forthright moment when the preacher asks the crowd for any objections to the couple’s marriage. No one ever objects, of course, but it’s still a raw, if tense, moment. I just love it.

I suppose we had that ubiquitous ritual in mind back in 2007 when Keith – a close buddy and fellow officer – and I crafted our own plan of objection. The setting was Baghdad, Iraq, at the start of the “surge” and the climax of the bloody civil war the U.S. invasion had unleashed. Just twenty three years old and only eighteen months out of the academy, my clique of officers had already decided the war was a mess, shouldn’t have been fought, and couldn’t be won.

Me and Keith, though, were undoubtedly the most radical. We both just hated how our squadron’s colonel would hijack the memorial ceremonies held for dead troopers – including three of my own – and use the occasion of his inescapable speech to encourage we mourners to use the latest death as a reason to “rededicate ourselves to the mission and the people of Iraq.” The whole thing was as repulsive as it was repetitive. More

Teaching “sick” children to be international children of the future

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Gatto also states the “Third, the state was posited as the true parent of children” which equates to an agenda of breaking down the family and moral structure of the U.S. 

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Thoughts for this morning: The challenges to reasoning for ourselves

I was reflecting on a clip tilted:  Most Americans brainless and obedient

It may be hard to believe that the roots of our modern education was in addressing the problem of soldiers thinking for themselves on the battlefield, but this seems that is the case.

About 10 years ago I listened to a fascinating interview with John Gatto in which he described the circumstances that led up the ‘Prussian model of education’… 

The Prussian Army had lost a major battle to Napoleon and the generals were called on the carpet to answer to the Prussian aristocracy. 

The Generals blamed their defeat on the soldiers thinking for themselves on the battlefield. 

The solution proposed was to have the behavioral scientist and the military scientist get together and revise the education system to create a more obedient soldier. 

They came up with the idea that moving the youth between cubicles every hour, separated by bells – and the rewarding of students to memorize and regurgitate fragmented, isolated information (testing) – would solve the problem.   More

BLINDLY SUPPORT GOVERNMENT – RIGHT OR WRONG

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“War is not a gentlemanly dual between nobles, satiated with honor, it’s a license for the cowardly to commit a hundred million atrocities.”

WANNA LOSE YOUR SOUL? THEN BLINDLY SUPPORT GOVERNMENT – RIGHT OR WRONG

by: J. Speer-Williams 

“When we talk about compassion we talk in terms of being kind. But compassion is not so much being kind; it is being creative [enough] to wake a person up” ChogyamTrungpaRinpoch 1939-1987

A soul-less being has no empathy for others. Lose your empathy, and you’ve lost your soul.

My use of the word “empathy” here goes deeper than the concept of mere pity, as pity has a condescending connotation.

Empathizing with another does not, however, mean being a sucker; one can practice “tough-love” while being empathetic, as one would practice tough-love on onesself.

Empathy, according to my dictionary, is a complete understanding, so intimate that the feelings, thoughts, and motives of one are readily comprehended by another. I believe we are all connected at a spiritual level, but lose sight of that as we fall from spiritually by a loss of empathy; a spiritually we can regain with a growing empathy for others. More

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