Margo Schulter

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  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: The FBI is Spinning its Own Conspiracy Theory by Omramzey.

    2014-04-22 23:00:42View | Delete

    Response to jane24 @ 22 The role of Gary Thomas Rowe, an FBI informant, in the murder of Viola Liuzzo after the famous Selma-Montgomery March for Voting Rights in 1965 is one example of how these agents may not merely observe and report but help to bring about deadly violence. My apologies if I get [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post The “Marxism is coming back” trope by cassiodorus.

    2014-04-21 19:01:19View | Delete

    Response to wendydavis @ 3 Maybe one lesson of this is that we need our own counter-Davos: “We hear you, and we’re ready to join you in a movement to Save Our Planet, Save Ourselves!” That was a concept that maybe Murray Bookchin helped get started in the 1970′s: given modern ecological realities and planetary limits, [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Individualism is the Opium of the Masses by Deena Stryker.

    2014-04-21 18:40:40View | Delete

    Personally I would say that it is socialism and economic as well as political democracy, not capitalism, which promotes true individualism. And individualism itself does not exist in isolation: it implies a cooperative community. What often get confused are individualism in the sense of individual development and self-determination (which imply economic security and interdependence), and [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: The FBI is Spinning its Own Conspiracy Theory by Omramzey.

    2014-04-20 22:48:58View | Delete

    Correction to comment @ 1 Since I can’t edit a posted comment, that should be in the last paragraph: “the ALI pretty much said is a fool’s errand” — my editorial license to use that expression, but maybe not such an exaggeration when we consider a famous quote of Einstein. The ALI basically did say [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: The FBI is Spinning its Own Conspiracy Theory by Omramzey.

    2014-04-20 22:44:59View | Delete

    Thank you, omramzey, for a post that raises lots of interesting questions. And if one concedes for the sake of the argument that the Government’s general account of the bombings is correct, then, as the defense has been urging, evidence of any violent or coercive behavior by TT would certainly be relevant in mitigation of DT’s [...]

  • While the events leading up to and including the Gulf of Tonkin “encounters” (the second known by the Johnson Administration at the time to be very likely a mistaken report having more to do with “the flying fish” than patrol boats of the DRV) certainly did not mark the beginnings of the post-1954 conflict in [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Secession in Ukraine Accelerates: Ukrainian Army Units Refuse Orders from Kiev by Ohio Barbarian.

    2014-04-19 14:31:21View | Delete

    Response to Ohio Barbarian @ 10 History offers various examples of events where troops refused orders to fire on civilians. One classical example was from the February Revolution in Russia, 1917, the day after soldiers armed with machine guns had fired into a crowd and killed a number of demonstrators. The next day — February [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Total Lunar Eclipse in Tomorrow’s Wee Small Hours, plus Blood Moon Prophecy by wendydavis.

    2014-04-15 21:37:15View | Delete

    Response to wendydavis @ 50

    The “Strawberry Creme Fields” is an allusion I can like, and it fits. :)

    What fascinates me also, juliania, is your impression #48 of the “shimmer,” a description that also nicely expresses the “halo-like” effect that I saw during totality.

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Total Lunar Eclipse in Tomorrow’s Wee Small Hours, plus Blood Moon Prophecy by wendydavis.

    2014-04-15 14:25:52View | Delete

    Here in Sacramento there was generally very good visibility, with light pollution not a significant factor with an object as bright as the Moon. While the penumbral eclipse started around 9:53 p.m. local time — a time when the clouds were a factor — it was maybe an hour before I noticed that the eclipse [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post MENA Mashup: The I/P Peace Farce, Iran, and Libya by CTuttle.

    2014-04-11 23:02:12View | Delete

    Response to ThingsComeUndone @ 32 As to who would want to live in Israel, one answer is the Palestinian Arabs who do live there despite 66 years of tenth-class citizenshp. Many were actually declared “present absentees” in 1950 under the Absentee Property Law — an Orwellian concept if there ever were one. Although grudgingly granted [...]

  • Response to wendydavis @ 1 The moral horror is that these people are getting income at this level while people are still involuntarily homeless, and while people are still dealing with a system of healthcare and health insurance for profit. Court jesters are a valuable social resource, with Colbert as one of the best. But [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Deir Yassin Massacre (1948) and the Peace of Jerusalem/al-Quds by Margo Schulter.

    2014-04-11 22:44:21View | Delete

    Response to wigwam @ 15 and @ 16 Mutual empathy, truth, and reconciliation as juliania has so beautifully expressed this real peace process means recognizing that “Never Again!” means the Palestinian Arabs (some of whom are Jews) as well as Israeli Jews or Jews generally, or else it means nothing. There’s a chilling passage in [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Deir Yassin Massacre (1948) and the Peace of Jerusalem/al-Quds by Margo Schulter.

    2014-04-11 13:26:24View | Delete

    Response to juliania @ 13

    Thank you for your very moving comment.

    You express so beautifully that it is a question of mutual empathy, of making past sufferings a reason for truth and reconciation.

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post MENA Mashup: The I/P Peace Farce, Iran, and Libya by CTuttle.

    2014-04-10 23:45:56View | Delete

    The Negev situation here is critical, CTuttle, and I warmly thank you for bringing it to our attention. In 2003, there were also house demolitions in Kfar Qasim, the site of the infamous 1956 massacre (October 29). But such destruction on the 66th anniversary of Deir Yassin warns us that the problem is not only [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Deir Yassin Massacre (1948) and the Peace of Jerusalem/al-Quds by Margo Schulter.

    2014-04-10 22:12:04View | Delete

    Response to caleb36 @ 11 We seem to agree that the Law of Return should be respected, and indeed its possible to envision various solutions meeting the “minimum requirement” of Israeli Jewish self-determination — quite generously defined — which do not require ethnic cleansing, past, present, or future, in any portion of post-1967 Israel. For [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Deir Yassin Massacre (1948) and the Peace of Jerusalem/al-Quds by Margo Schulter.

    2014-04-10 11:45:52View | Delete

    Response to wendydavis @ 5 Thank you for your comment, and I think that in this process of seeking peace, it’s very important to honor the spirit of people like your Czechoslovak Jewish godparents — and also my grandparents who left Minsk in the early years of the 20th century, and so escaped the horrors [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Deir Yassin Massacre (1948) and the Peace of Jerusalem/al-Quds by Margo Schulter.

    2014-04-10 11:25:03View | Delete

    Response to Synoia @ 3 and wigwam @ 4 South Africa is a good precedent for the proposition that granting democracy in a situation where a previously oppressed majority gains electoral equality does not mean that the former oppressors will become the oppressed. In fact, the main criticism of South Africa is that from an [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Deir Yassin Massacre (1948) and the Peace of Jerusalem/al-Quds by Margo Schulter.

    2014-04-10 00:12:35View | Delete

    Response to wigwam @ 1 We agree. As the Rabbi Judah L. Magnes, founder of Hubrew University, put it, to proclaim a “Jewish state” would be “to declare war on the Arab world.” One possible formula would be, “Israel is the state of the Israeli Jewish and Palestinian Arab peoples, and a state of all [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post William Blum: The Anti-Empire Report #127: Indoctrinating a New Generation by GREYDOG.

    2014-04-09 23:33:20View | Delete

    Indeed the whole purpose of the run-up to the bombing in 1999 in the name of saving the people of Kosovo was to present unacceptable conditions, because “they need some bombing.” The name of Chateau Rambouillet is very descriptive, and I reflected on the pun at the time. As for Castro, he made point back in [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post What’s Life Like in Your Town? by wendydavis.

    2014-04-09 23:16:54View | Delete

    Wendy and all, thank you for the opportunity to join in on this thread and share more impressions of the portion of the Nisenan (Southern Maidu) Nation known nowadays also as Sacramento, California. I should caution that I’m an immigrant, and speak a curious and rather fragmentary form of Nisenan, with curious idioms. For example, [...]

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