• David Swanson commented on the diary post War Culture by David Swanson.

    2014-10-24 05:21:20View | Delete

    A shorter limb that some anthropologists try is this: a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle in a low-human-density area tends not to fight over possessions. But studies have actually found no correlation between population density or resource scarcity and bellicosity. The fact is that it comes down to a cultural choice. Costa Rica and Iceland have gun [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post War Culture by David Swanson.

    2014-10-24 05:10:11View | Delete

    Dinosaur denier! Seriously, war leaves its marks including on bones. We know that war goes back — in some places but not others — 10,000 years and no more, and not because of written records.

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: War Culture

    2014-10-23 08:52:03View | Delete

    ThumbnailCaunotaucariusAccording to a book by George Williston called This Tribe of Mine: A Story of Anglo Saxon Viking Culture in America, the United States wages eternal war because of its cultural roots in the Germanic tribes that invaded, conquered, ethnically cleansed, or — if you prefer — liberated England before moving on to the slaughter of the Native [...]

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     Here’s a fairly typical image of a sort that constantly clogs up my FaceBook page. I take it to be the full and open expression of someone or some group’s honest outlook. I don’t think they’d identify themselves at the bottom as “Jesus, Republicans & Other Bullshit” if they were self-censoring.

    And I certainly appreciate the [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Public Says No to Silencing Prisoners’ Speech

    2014-10-21 08:29:12View | Delete

    I would not have guessed that people cared so much and so well about U.S. prisoners. The Governor of Pennsylvania is expected to sign into law a dangerous precedent that we all need to speak out against and put a quick stop to. In the first day since posting the following petition, over 10,000 people [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post On Killing Trayvons by David Swanson.

    2014-10-20 19:51:46View | Delete

    Hundreds of these are indeed by police. The idea, which one must infer here, that we shouldn’t care because non-police kill even more is outrageous. In fact there is every reason to care in particular about police murdering people. For one thing, nobody who thinks the police might murder him is going to call the [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: On Killing Trayvons

    2014-10-20 14:15:16View | Delete

    ThumbnailThis Wednesday is a day of action that some are calling a national day of action against police brutality, with others adding “and mass incarceration,” and I’d like to add “and war” and make it global rather than national. This Tuesday, the Governor of Pennsylvania is expected to sign a bill that will silence prisoners’ speech, [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Shadow Facts About Shadow Government

    2014-10-19 01:46:43View | Delete

    ThumbnailTom Engelhardt keeps churning out great books by collecting his posts from TomDispatch.com. His latest book, Shadow Government, is essential reading. Of the ten essays included, eight are on basically the same topic, resulting in some repetition and even some contradiction. But when things that need repeating are repeated this well, one mostly wants other people to [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post A Different “War Is Good For Us” Argument by David Swanson.

    2014-10-17 19:44:06View | Delete

    Thanks for great comments

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post A Different “War Is Good For Us” Argument by David Swanson.

    2014-10-17 19:43:07View | Delete

    a partial list

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post A Different “War Is Good For Us” Argument by David Swanson.

    2014-10-17 19:42:06View | Delete

    4 million dead to 50,000 dead is a one-sided slaughter in Vnam

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: A Different “War Is Good For Us” Argument

    2014-10-16 12:51:25View | Delete

    ThumbnailWhat’s Up Is DownIt seems like we just got through dealing with the argument that war is good for us because it brings peace. And along comes a very different twist, combined with some interesting insights. Here’s a blog post by Joshua Holland on Bill Moyers’ website.

    “War has long been seen as an endeavor urged on by the [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post Is Opposing War Without Understanding the Truth, in Vain, or Worse? by Big Al .

    2014-10-14 13:48:11View | Delete

    Thanks for this.
    Trying to see through myths:
    http://www.worldbeyondwar.org/new-war-forever-war-world-beyond-war/

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Pranking the CIA: The New Get-Rich-Quick Story

    2014-10-14 11:16:41View | Delete

    Thumbnail James Risen When New York Times reporter James Risen published his previous book, State of War , the Times ended its delay of over a year and published his article on warrantless spying rather than be scooped by the book. The Times claimed it hadn’t wanted to influence the 2004 presidential election by informing the public of what the President was [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post Again the Peace Prize Not for Peace by David Swanson.

    2014-10-10 19:02:38View | Delete

    I hope so

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Again the Peace Prize Not for Peace

    2014-10-10 04:17:52View | Delete

    ThumbnailThe Nobel Peace Prize is required by Alfred Nobel’s will, which created it, to go to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” The Nobel Committee insists on awarding the [...]

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post Urgent: Right-Left Alliance Needed to Stop This War! by David Swanson.

    2014-10-08 12:47:25View | Delete

    She has a home somewhere with a yard, driveway, sidewalk, or street. Put the 1st Amendment on half the posters.

  • David Swanson commented on the diary post Urgent: Right-Left Alliance Needed to Stop This War! by David Swanson.

    2014-10-08 12:46:23View | Delete

    Polling on attacking Libya was the first time ever that African Americans supported a war MORE than white Americans. The majority of both groups were OPPOSED.

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Urgent: Right-Left Alliance Needed to Stop This War!

    2014-10-08 11:51:10View | Delete

    ThumbnailBy David Swanson, originally published by Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Take over your town hall meeting, political parties be damnedLast year, public pressure played a big role in stopping US missile strikes on Syria. The biggest difference between then and now was that televisions weren’t telling people that ISIS might be coming to their [...]

  • David Swanson wrote a new diary post: Thoughts of a Beheaded Head

    2014-10-07 21:18:37View | Delete
    Dostoievski once had a character imagine what a head would think if for some seconds it were aware of having been cut off by an executioner’s guillotine, or if somehow it were aware for a full minute, or even for five minutes. I should think such a head would think thoughts entirely dependent on the [...]
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