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A call to see the pain before us - to create cultural transformation - not public shaming

A call to see the pain before us, and create consequences and opportunities for cultural transformation — not public shaming:

...yes, let’s hold the NFL accountable for creating a consistent, clear, and influential policy about domestic violence (a scrappy, innovative young organization called Ultraviolet has taken the lead on this http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/NFL_victory_graphic/?source=uv_website ). Let’s push them, not just to create consequences for players who are violent, but also to offer them therapy, and to do so, even when the blinding light of public scrutiny is not shining. As the always-wise Brittney Cooper wrote at Salon:

“The fact that Rice received only a two-game suspension until this video surfaced suggests that the league is more concerned with the optics of Rice knocking Janay Palmer unconscious than addressing the ways that the hypermasculinity of sport perpetuates a culture of violence toward women.”

Let’s push the NFL to go beyond crisis communication or ass-covering policy. Let’s inspire them to think complexly and creatively about what it would look like if they were to leverage their outsized influence on American men to redefine masculinity to be about vulnerability and respect, not toughness and force. (For starters, they could engage organizations like Men Can Stop Rape, who create campaigns like this one aimed at college men.) http://feministing.com/2012/01/12/new-men-can-stop-rape-ads-rock/
So many NFL players, so many men, carry the festering wound of having been abused themselves. As has so often been said, hurt people hurt people. It’s not until we reveal those wounds, examine them, heal them, that we will actually see a shift in male-perpetrated violence of so many kinds.

No amount of humiliation can accomplish that, and in fact, any amount of humiliation will prevent it. People may make themselves feel better as they tweet away about what a monster Ray Rice is, but they are actually increasing injury in the process. A recent study by researchers at the University of Michigan revealed that “the same regions of the brain that become active in response to painful sensory experiences are activated during intense experiences of social rejection.” In other words, humiliation and isolation are experienced as intensely as physical pain. As has been widely documented by researchers, they aren’t emotions that motivate people to be better; they are emotions that make people feel backed into a corner.

much more:

The only threat to America is the threat being generated by Americans.

“I went to jail for 11 days for disturbing the peace; I was trying to disturb the war.”
-- Joan Baez

We are being propagandized to literal death

You've already given up everything from the privacy of your phone calls and emails to the ability to take some shampoo on the road. Don't get out the checkbook to buy more nonsense.

Please, people, root through your old VHS tapes and unearth your copy of Wargames. Now, fast forward to the end where you can hear the wisdom of a computer with the brain power of an old Atari cartridge: the only winning move, is not to play. Let the assholes feed on each other for a change.

The only threat to America is the threat being generated by Americans.

I'd very much like to think that the president will address the nation with the immortal phrase, "grow up." But no, that's not going to happen. Instead, we're going to act because, God help us all, the people demand action. The media demands action. And of of course Congress needs action so it knows what it's against.

Just a little thought: did anyone bother to ask the families of those journalists who were used as propaganda tools by the terrorists in order to generate just this reaction, if they think this is what either of those journalists would have wanted? If the families feel this is an appropriate memorial to the genuinely brave men who were lost?



Bill Maher: If Hillary gets the 2016 nomination, I’ll vote for Rand Paul

Comic and Real Time host Bill Maher said that his support of the Democratic Party does not extend to highly favored 2016 Democratic nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In fact, Maher told The Hill’s Judy Kurtz in an interview published on Wednesday that he is more intrigued by Libertarian Republican Sen. Rand Paul (KY), saying, “Rand Paul is an interesting candidate to me. Rand Paul could possibly get my vote.”

“As I always used to say about his father, I love half of him,” Maher went on. “I love the half of him that has the guts to say we should end the American empire, pull the troops home, stop getting involved in every foreign entanglement…He’s way less of a hawk than Hillary, and that appeals to me a lot because I’m not crazy about how warlike she is.”

Talking Points Memo noted that Maher donated a million dollar to President Barack Obama’s campaign in 2012, but Maher said he won’t be donating to Clinton.


These days, Maher said, he finds himself sympathizing more with the values espoused by Libertarianism, but not to extremes.


Here is a clue Bill:

"Don't want your nude selfies to leak, Ladies?

LOL: Ted Cruz: Citizen's United Amendment threatens SNL

Sen. Ted Cruz says the comedy of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is at risk and creator Lorne Michaels could be thrown in jail if a proposed Constitutional amendment on campaign finance is passed.

“Congress would have the power to make it a criminal offense, Lorne Michaels could be put in jail under this amendment for making fun of any politician. That is extraordinary. It is breathtaking and it is dangerous,” the Texas Republican argued on the Senate floor on Tuesday, with a board of stills from the late-night sketch show displayed behind him.


Michael Moore Slams Obama: HIstory Will Only Remember You Were a Black President ..

Michael Moore Slams Obama: HIstory Will Only Remember You Were a Black President

..."When the history is written of this era, this is how you'll be remembered: he was the first black president," Moore said during a discussion at The Hollywood Reporter's video lounge at the Toronto Film Festival.

"OK, not a bad accomplishment, but that's it," the director said. "That's it, Mr. Obama. 100 years from now, 'he was the first black American that got elected president' and that's it. Eight years of your life and that's what people are going to remember. Boy, I got a feeling, knowing you, that -- you'd probably wish you were remembered for a few other things, a few other things you could've done."

"So, it is, on that level, a big disappointment,"
Moore said...


Personally, I think he will be remembered for much more than "being black"
LGBT and ACA, to mention 2...AND, those are BIG DEALS.

peace, kp

Switzerland 'could grant Edward Snowden asylum if he testifies against NSA'

Switzerland would grant Edward Snowden asylum if he revealed the extent of espionage activities by the US government, recommendations by the Swiss Attorney General reportedly conclude.

According to Swiss newspaper Sonntags Zeitung, an official has said that Mr Snowden should be guaranteed safe entry and residency in the country, in return for his knowledge on America’s intelligence activities.


Mr Snowden’s participation could be part of criminal proceedings or as part of a parliamentary inquiry, Swiss paper Le Matin says, and that extradition would be rejected if the country thinks it is being sought on political grounds or if the former assistant at the CIA faces the death penalty at home.


About Dylan Introducing the Beatles to Pot

About Dylan Introducing the Beatles to Pot
ByJOSH MARSHALLPublishedSEPTEMBER 9, 2014, 6:40 PM EDT 3277 Views

This is a legendary part of rock arcana. But apparently it went down a bit differently than we've been told, accordingly to a new tell-all by Dylan's then road manager Victor Maymudes ...

From the summary in Rolling Stone ...

Maymudes provides one of the most complete accounts of the famous summit, at the Beatles' New York hotel on August 28th, 1964. "Bob tried to roll a joint and it fell to piece in his hands," Maymudes says, "scattering pot over a bowl of fruit sitting on the table." Victor took over and rolled the joints himself. That helped liven up the party, but Dylan, who'd been drinking, passed out on the floor within an hour. "The following morning, Paul came up to me and hugged me for 10 minutes," says Maymudes, 'and said, 'It was so great, and it's all your fault because I love this pot!'"

Maymudes version of Dylan's explanation of why he married Sara Lownds and not Joan Baez definitely has the ring of truth to it.


"No government admits anymore that it keeps an army to satisfy occasionally the desire for conquest"

The means to real peace.—

No government admits any more that it keeps an army to satisfy occasionally the desire for conquest. Rather the army is supposed to serve for defense, and one invokes the morality that approves of self-defense. But this implies one's own morality and the neighbor's immorality; for the neighbor must be thought of as eager to attack and conquer if our state must think of means of self-defense.

Moreover, the reasons we give for requiring an army imply that our neighbor, who denies the desire for conquest just as much as does our own state, and who, for his part, also keeps an army only for reasons of self-defense, is a hypocrite and a cunning criminal who would like nothing better than to overpower a harmless and awkward victim without any fight.

Thus all states are now ranged against each other: they presuppose their neighbor's bad disposition and their own good disposition. This presupposition, however, is inhumane, as bad as war and worse. At bottom, indeed, it is itself the challenge and the cause of wars, because, as I have said, it attributes immorality to the neighbor and thus provokes a hostile disposition and act.

We must abjure the doctrine of the army as a means of self-defense just as completely as the desire for conquests. And perhaps the great day will come when people, distinguished by wars and victories and by the highest development of a military order and intelligence, and accustomed to make the heaviest sacrifices for these things, will exclaim of its own free will, "We break the sword," and will smash its entire military establishment down to its lowest foundations.

Rendering oneself unarmed when one had been the best-armed, out of a height of feeling—that is the means to real peace, which must always rest on a peace of mind; whereas the so-called armed peace, as it now exists in all countries, is the absence of peace of mind. One trusts neither oneself nor one's neighbor and, half from hatred, half from fear, does not lay down arms.

Rather perish than hate and fear, and twice rather perish than make oneself hated and feared—this must someday become the highest maxim for every single commonwealth. Our liberal representatives, as is well known, lack the time for reflecting on the nature of man: else they would know that they work in vain when they work for a "gradual decrease of the military burden."

Rather, only when this kind of need has become greatest will the kind of god be nearest who alone can help here.

The tree of war-glory can only be destroyed all at once, by a stroke of lightning: but lightning, as indeed you know, comes from a cloud—and from up high.

Friedrich W Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow


Pat Robertson on Crack?: ‘Blessed are the fully armed’ in church, ‘theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven’

Pat Robertson: ‘Blessed are the fully armed’ in church, ‘theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven’



"What is the new Beatitude? Blessed are the fully armed for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven,” the CBN host laughed. “I really believe that if the bad guys understand that the citizenry are able to react against them then they won’t be as free to go into a crowded mall or a school or a church and start blowing people out.”

“I do believe that that if people are trained with firearms, and they’re able to protect themselves, I don’t think it will lead to more violence, it will lead to less,” he continued. “The idea of having citizens who are trained or to have off-duty police in your church is not a bad thing.”

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