• David Swanson wrote a new diary post: War Is Good for Us, Dumb New Book Claims

    2014-04-18 11:36:05View | Delete

    ThumbnailIan Morris has stuck his dog’s ear in his mouth, snapped a selfie, and proclaimed “Man Bites Dog.” His new book War: What Is It Good For? Conflict and Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots is intended to prove that war is good for children and other living things.  It actually proves that defenders of war [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post The Climate Is Invading the Earth by David Swanson.

    2014-04-15 18:59:51View | Delete

    of course i’ll miss humans and a lot of other species that are dying too

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: The Climate Is Invading the Earth

    2014-04-15 12:06:36View | Delete

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    If an alien invader with a face were attacking the earth, the difficulties that governments have getting populations to support wars on other humans would be multiplied a thousand fold. The most common response to officials calling some petty foreign despot “a new Hitler” would shift from “yeah, right” to “who cares?” The people of [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Torture Is Mainstream Now

    2014-04-13 20:12:56View | Delete

    ThumbnailAs Rebecca Gordon notes in her new book, Mainstreaming Torture, polls find greater support in the United States for torture now than when Bush was president. And it’s not hard to see why that would be the case. A new book examines the ethics of modern American torture. Fifteen years ago, it was possible to pretend the [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post Rumsfeld Personifies Our Society by David Swanson.

    2014-04-12 17:28:25View | Delete

    But this film allows Rumsfeld fans to remain that and his detractors to remain that. People see what they want unless something else is extremely clear.

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Rumsfeld Personifies Our Society

    2014-04-11 07:32:55View | Delete

      More from  Firedoglake: The Unknown Known: Rumsfeld Documentary on Screens Now ” When Donald Rumsfeld used to hold press conferences about the Iraq war, the press corps would giggle at the clever ways in which he refused to actually say anything or answer any questions. In a new film about Rumsfeld called The Unknown Knowns , the aging criminal is [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post War for Dummies by David Swanson.

    2014-04-11 05:49:57View | Delete

    I write articles all the time in which I fail to mention everything possibly related; it’s a flaw of mine. :-) Yes, most people who don’t know where countries are still don’t want to bomb them. But watch the Canadian video “Talking to Americans” and see lots of Americans willing to bomb made-up countries they [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post War for Dummies by David Swanson.

    2014-04-11 05:47:18View | Delete

    You’re right
    I wasn’t distinguishing them from the military complex

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: War for Dummies

    2014-04-09 20:09:28View | Delete

    Thumbnail A stylish hat favored by warmongers. Sorry for the headline if it got you hoping for a quick 1-step guide on how to bomb a country without breaking a sweat. I didn’t actually mean that I could teach a dummy to wage a war. I meant that only dummies want to wage wars. Need proof? [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: One Nation the U.S. Actually Should Liberate

    2014-04-08 10:33:52View | Delete

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    Secretary Kerry? It’s Ukraine on the phone asking about liberation again. Have you been able to get them a reference letter yet from Libya or Iraq or Afghanistan? How about Vietnam? Panama? Grenada? Kosovo maybe? Ukraine says Syria says you have a reference letter in the works from Kosovo. No? Huh. They said they’d accept one [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post DC Has Two Team Names to Change by David Swanson.

    2014-04-06 06:23:51View | Delete

    Which members of the military are not part of the military? Please explain.

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: DC Has Two Team Names to Change

    2014-04-05 03:42:44View | Delete
    Two professional sports teams in Washington, D.C., have intolerable names: the Redskins and the Nationals. The Redskins name is disgusting racism that recalls the nation’s original genocidal sin, a crime that carries over to today’s naming of weapons and operations after various Native Americans and treating other groups of people as valueless. But I for [...]
  • David Swanson commented on the diary post NATO’s 15-Year Murder Spree by David Swanson.

    2014-04-03 18:31:47View | Delete

    nice

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post NATO’s 15-Year Murder Spree by David Swanson.

    2014-04-03 18:25:43View | Delete

    also winning the election didn’t matter

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: NATO’s 15-Year Murder Spree

    2014-04-03 00:27:02View | Delete

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    The notion of a ‘humanitarian war’ would have rang in the ears of the drafters of the UN Charter as nothing short of Hitlerian, because it was precisely the justification used by Hitler himself for the invasion of Poland just six years earlier.  —Michael Mandel

    NATO justified the deadly Kosovo bombing campaign with lies, exaggeration and fabrication. [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: AP Re-Used Three-Year-Old Article on Torture Report

    2014-03-31 21:39:34View | Delete

    The Associated Press is denying claims by two of its writers that cost-savings was a motivation.  Rather, says editor Richard Giardino, an error resulted in the accidental re-publication last week of an article on a Senate committee report on torture, an article that had originally been published in 2011. In defense of the wire service, [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Lies About Rwanda Mean More Wars If Not Corrected

    2014-03-28 10:30:36View | Delete

    Urge the ending of war these days and you’ll very quickly hear two words: “Hitler” and “Rwanda.”  While World War II killed some 70 million people, it’s the killing of some 6 to 10 million (depending on who’s included) that carries the name Holocaust. Never mind that the United States and its allies refused to [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Here Comes Ukrainian Hemp

    2014-03-27 13:36:14View | Delete

    ThumbnailSo the United States wants to buy hemp from the Ukraine. I suppose we should be happy. Anytime the U.S. government gives a country money that is not earmarked for weapons, we probably shouldn’t too closely examine the unelected neo-liberals and neo-Nazis handling the cash.  Nobody pays attention to the Saudi government or the oil, wars, [...]

  • ThumbnailAnyone who cares about our natural environment should be marking with great sadness the centenary of World War I. Beyond the incredible destruction in European battlefields, the intense harvesting of forests, and the new focus on the fossil fuels of the Middle East, the Great War was the Chemists’ War. Poison gas became a weapon — [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: There Is A Deeper Wave Than This

    2014-03-25 23:01:00View | Delete

    http://youtu.be/l5kjdK_Ibo0 A wave of action is coming on April 4th, the date they killed MLK, the date Cindy Sheehan lost her son, the date cherry blossoms and resisters to fascism begin to show after an endless winter of many, many years. Take a look at Wave Of Action . Electing a different president six years ago was [...]

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