1 Apr 2017

TWO BLUE LINES

New Palestine Film 25 Years In The Making
"Being in the States is like being dipped in a bath of bullshit. ...Cowardice is an essential nutrient for the Israel lobby. ...The film [TWO BLUE LINES] feeds the Zionist snake it's own little tail." Tom Hayes.

At Last, After Years Of Feminist Struggle, There’s A Female Traffic Light So Women Can Finally Cross The Road...

...In Melbourne, Australia, anyway.
By Roisin Lanigan: Any news on the gender pay gap or right to choose? Nah? OK sweet
If you had to guess, like, Mastermind scenario, if you had to answer ‘what’s the biggest struggle modern women have faced that feminism has yet to address’ what would you say?
No no mate none of that – don’t be silly. It’s obviously the fact that women in Australia can’t cross the road without being advised by traffic lights in general. Previously, for years now, they’ve been restricted to the pavements, gazing wistfully at the men who cross to the other side, hoping that one day that freedom would belong to them. And now, hurrah, it does!

Pension Crisis

Max and Stacy discuss the pension crisis too big to ignore and the taxpayers on the hook for it all. In the second half, Max interviews general practitioner, Dr. Bob Gill, about his new crowdfunded documentary, The Great NHS Heist, and why Obamacare is definitely not universal healthcare as any European would recognize it.

On Religious Freedom In The West

By Negar Azizmoradi: A couple of months ago I started working as a barista for coffee company; a small but expanding business owned by two wonderful brothers which works under a hospital.
Living the American Dream...
A couple of weeks ago, a customer asked me about my necklace emblem; the Raelian Symbol which contains, namely, the Star of David and a misinterpreted ancient Swastika. Both of these symbols can be found in the background of all nations across the globe and even some other religions being practiced today such as Hinduism, as a sacred sign. His main focus was the connecting Swastika in the middle; a concern that in addition to the later stereotypical sequences led me to identify him as a Jew.  Interestingly, he was well-informed about Raelians and the origin and true meaning of the Swastika.  However, it didn't stop him from returning back to me on the corner of the register while I had a line of customers to take care of, with a simple but meaningful question in mind.  “Don't you think wearing such a symbol in public might offend some people?",  he asked.  I answered with a smile out of respect, though with raised eyebrows, "well, I prefer to educate the people who don't know about the origin of the symbol.”
Then, regardless of my answer, he continued by repeating the same question adding a "still..." to the beginning.

I replied in the same manner, "first of all symbols do not harm, people do and secondly, I am just being myself!"  After I apologetically pointed to the line of customers waiting for me, he finally decided to leave.

Rapping Amid Palestine’s Ruins


By Nora Barrows-Friedman: Kareem, the protagonist of a new feature film about a Palestinian hip-hop artist, embodies “the sequel to what happened in the Nakba,” said Tamer Nafar, who co-wrote and stars in Junction 48.
The character Kareem, Nafar told The Electronic Intifada, was inspired by his own life. Nafar is an emcee in the hip-hop trio DAM.
Like Nafar, Kareem is a rising star living in Lydd, a city near Tel Aviv in present-day Israel.
Lydd was the site of one of the worst episodes in the Nakba, the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

"Is Putin The 'Preeminent Statesman' Of Our Times?"

“If we were to use traditional measures for understanding leaders, which involve the defense of borders and national flourishing, Putin would count as the preeminent statesman of our time. “On the world stage, who could vie with him?”
What elevates Putin above all other 21st-century leaders?
When Putin took power in the winter of 1999-2000, his country was defenseless. It was bankrupt. It was being carved up by its new kleptocratic elites, in collusion with its old imperial rivals, the Americans. Putin changed that.

“In the first decade of this century, he did what Kemal Ataturk had done in Turkey in the 1920s. Out of a crumbling empire, he resurrected a national-state, and gave it coherence and purpose. He disciplined his country’s plutocrats. He restored its military strength. And he refused, with ever blunter rhetoric, to accept for Russia a subservient role in an American-run world system drawn up by foreign politicians and business leaders. His voters credit him with having saved his country.”

Russia Justifiably Fears Possible Preemptive US Nuclear Attack

By Stephen Lendman:  America’s rage for endless wars is the greatest threat to world peace, stability and security. Russia fears a possible preemptive US nuclear attack on its territory. 

According to Russia’s General Staff deputy head of operations Gen. Viktor Poznikhir, “(t)he presence of American ABM sites in Europe and ABM-capable ships in the seas and oceans close to Russia’s territory creates a powerful clandestine potential for delivering a surprise nuclear missile strike against Russia.”

“The presence of the global ABM system lowers the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons, because it gives the US the illusion of impunity for using strategic offensive weapons from under the protection of the ABM ‘umbrella.’”

Equal Pay For Women In 1946

6oodfella: Back when women were women, and men were men. What happened?