Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Memorial Day Reflection: Ron Kovic’s Memory of War

VietnamWar Memorial, Statues of Vietnam War soldiers
By Angelskiss31,  Flickr 
A majority of young Americans have never served in the Armed Forces. Their understanding of military service and war comes from how the news media reports our wars. Television, movies, and the playing of video war games further distort their view of war. Unlike previous wars, restrictions on publishing certain images of war and inadequate media coverage sanitize war in a way that creates ignorance of the horrors of war, and what face combat veterans when they return home.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Greatest Casualty of War Is Our future

Memorial Day serves as a reminder that “beneath the beauty of the lilies lies the ugliness of war.” This James Carroll metaphor perfectly captures the most profound meaning of war, and of all the things lost because of it.

June 8th, 2007, was a beautiful sunny Friday morning. Yellow ribbons and the “Red, White, and Blue” adorned buildings, tree trunks, poles, and the hands and clothing of men, women, and children. Families and friends, members of the U.S. Military, the Patriot Guard Riders, and politicians lined the streets for as far as one could see waiting for the hearse carrying Matthew Bean to his final resting place.

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Future without Work and Money


“Automated – Autonomous World is a series of articles 
about the current state of “Automated and Autonomous technology
 to try to demonstrate how The Venus Project concepts 
can be feasible even with today’s technology.”
Credit: Tio, TVP Magazine
Automated and autonomous systems are becoming more prevalent and capable of doing more things. These systems have and will continue to change the way we produce products, how we provide services, and how they are distributed.


 Automation also has the potential of creating a workless society. In a world of automation, complete with robots with artificial intelligence, no one will have a job to earn the money to pay for products/services, even professional occupations, CEOs, and those who own corporations and small businesses will be out of work. 

This means there’s a need to begin transforming society to be ready to accept a world absent of work, wealth, and other norms that today we associate with life. Transformation unavoidably will lead to a moneyless economy that will solve the problem of unemployment and most, if not all, of our world’s problems.

No one should take the position that it’s not possible. In light of technological advances in automation, it should be evident that eventually automated and autonomous systems one day will force everyone out of work.

An article in TVP magazine (page 66) clearly shows how a workless society can potentially meet its needs for products, services, and all those other things we have been accustom to with money as a means of acquiring them.



Copyright © 2015 Horatio Green

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Chicago Got Their Comeuppance — the First Time a U.S. City Found Culpable Of Police Torture

Jonathan Jackson (center left) stands with Atty. G. Flynt Taylor (center right) during a press conference on torture and wrongful convictions outside the Chicago federal courthouse where former Chicago Police Department Lt. Cmdr. Jon Burge was indicted in 2008. Burge was later convicted of torturing suspects in his custody.
Chicago’s City Council approved “an unprecedented reparations package [last] Wednesday that will pay $5.5 million and provide other benefits to torture victims of notorious former police commander Jon Burge.”

Thursday, May 14, 2015

If The System Will Not Change the Rules, We Are Going To Have To Change the System


Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources.With this system, a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience, and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level. That's the way the system works. And since we know that the system will not change the rules, we are going to have to change the system.


Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Protect Yourself from Tick Bites — Borrelia miyamotoi and Powassan Viruses are New Tick-Borne Threats

Photographed at Watchung Reservation,
Union County, New Jersery
Image by James L. Occi
Heavy snow in the Northeast is of particular concern this year. Its been the snowiest ever for Boston, which received 108.6 inches. Snow insulates, so deep snow cover may have provided protection for blacklegged ticks, the deer ticks that are responsible for Lyme disease infections, from freezing. It may mean a greater number of ticks this May, June, and July.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Senator Elbert Guillory Promotes Republicans as What’s Best for Black People

Graphic originally posted on Republican Thinker
and shared by Guilorry on his FB page.
Elbert Guillory is a Louisiana State Senator. He began his political career as a Republican, became a Democrat, and became a Republican again. He received national attention by doing all he can to convince blacks to vote Republican. He claims it’s what’s best for black people.

It’s nonsense, and nothing could be further from the truth.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Dismal Fact Is the United States Hates Its Poor

On February 9, the Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings hosted Senator Sanders, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, to discuss his economic policy ideas to spur growth and rebuild America’s middle class. ©Paul Morigi Photography

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Reason Why Republicans Reject Peace and Hope Negotiating with Iran Will Fail

From left, Head of Mission of People's Republic of China to the European Union Hailong Wu, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarifat, an unidentified Russian official, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland on April 2, 2015. 
It’s hard to fathom why anyone of good conscious would find the framework agreement reached between Iran, Russia, China, France, Germany, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States, over Iran’s nuclear program and their alleged quest for nuclear weapons, not to be in our best interest and in the best interest of Israel and the Middle East.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Changing Citizen-Police Attitudes in a Police State Requires New Sets of Values and Expectations

The increasing problem with police-citizen interactions is not solved by speaking truth to power but by changing the cultural and social norms that support violence

Boston police facing activists 
during an anti-war demonstration
 at the 2004 Democratic National Convention
by Brian Corr
The Only Truly Compliant, Submissive Citizen in a Police State Is a Dead One, says Rutherford Institute’s John Whitehead. Providing anecdotal evidence of victims of police violence who were compliant and still ended up being injured or killed, Whitehead concludes that being compliant with a police directive doesn’t necessarily mean someone will come out of an interaction with a police officer unscathed.

The solution to the problem, he suggests, is to “adopt a different mindset and follow a different path if we are to alter the outcome of interactions with police.” He says, “... history shows us a different path, one that involves standing up and speaking truth to power.”