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My Hero, My Dad

2014 April 16
by Citizen Journalist Exchange

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By Mark P. Hughes

Life is very funny; it likes to surprise us once and a while. You could be having the perfect life. You could have a great family, the best wife, and the perfect job. Until one day you receive the news that will change your life for the rest of your life. I am not talking about the news that you want to hear but the news that you do not want to hear.

I remember coming home one weekend from college during my sophomore year to visit my family for the weekend and receiving some news that I did not expect. My parents told me that my father had Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which is also known as ALS. I did not know what to say or how to act. I had so many questions going through my head.

How long do you live? Is there a cure? Can my dad take medicine to stop this? From that moment on our family’s lives have changed. In time, I did find out the answers to my questions. This disease affects the whole body. This disease affects your speech; I remember when my father had to use a communication device to talk.

Then I remember my father losing the use of his legs. He had to have help getting up, getting dressed, and he also needed help walking down the stairs. Basically he needed help with everything.

There was a time where he could not use his arms. Just imagine not being able to do things on your own, imagine always having people doing things for you. My father was a hard working man and loved doing things on his own. He was not able to do these things anymore.

Here comes the big shocker; I did not expect this, but my father’s doctor told my father that he had only three to five years to live. Imagine a doctor telling you that you only had three to five years to live? I can not imagine it; I wonder how my father felt. How do you respond to that? What can you say to that? My doctor said that he can take medicine to prevent the disease from increasing. It will slow things down for my father, but it will not cure it. read more…

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Bundy Ranch – What You’re Not Being Told

2014 April 16
by Citizen Journalist Exchange

Picture 1From scgnews.com -StormCloudsGathering -There are some very powerful people who have done their best to cover up what really happened at the Bundy ranch in Clark County Nevada. Fortunately they failed.

In this we’re going to present you with evidence of blatant corruption and criminal activities that anyone, including law enforcement, can easily verify.

But before we go into the details, it’s important to acknowledge here, that the political left and the political right are watching this crisis through very different eyes. You on the left saw this old rancher defying the Federal government over cattle grazing fees, with right wing pundits pleading his case, and armed militia moving in to intervene… it probably gave you the impression of Tea Party temper tantrum… with guns. Given some of the personalities who were involved in the media circus surrounding this, that impression is perfectly understandable, but underneath the appearances there is something here that all Americans need to see, whether they consider themselves conservative, liberal or none of the above.

All I ask is that you suspend your preconceived notions of what this crisis was about, for five minutes.

First let’s eliminate some of the disinformation, speculation and conspiracy theories.

Here’s a story that a lot of people were spreading around without fact checking. It got 47,000 shares on Facebook alone. The author claims that the siege of the Bundy ranch was about was really about fracking leases. That’s a provocative narrative, one that I actually found very interesting. But just because something is plausible doesn’t mean it’s true. For evidence, the article links out to this page on the shalereporter.com, which does indeed talk about Bureau of Land Management (aka BLM) leasing out land in Nevada for Fracking. Trouble is, the author and 47,000 other people overlooked the blatantly obvious fact that the land in question is in north eastern Nevada. Clark county isn’t in North Eastern Nevada. That’s not a minor detail. Please, pretty please with a cherry on top, fact check before you spread information people. Always fact check.

Then there was this other line that kept getting spread around (and this is a direct quote):
“There are developers working for military contractors that want that land and water for mining weapons grade minerals for industry… they want to sell the land by the highway for real estate development because it’s close to I-15″. This claim wasn’t backed up by even so much as a link. It was pure hearsay. Furthermore it doesn’t even make sense. Military contractors (like Blackwater) want land for mining? And weapons grade minerals? To be perfectly honest I get the impression that this story was fabricated by some stoned college kid who thought it would be hilarious to send it to an alternative media outlet as a prank. You got to admit as prank that’s pretty epic, especially since it worked. A media figure with a fairly decent sized audience, and I’m not going to name names, blasted it out to the public as is without asking for evidence or even critically examining the claim. A lot of people took that report and started spreading it around, and pretty soon there were people just repeating the narrative not even knowing where it came from. That’s bad. Providing an echo chamber unfounded rumors and wild speculation is not journalism. The alternative media really needs to tighten their standards of evidence.

Alright, moving along, here we have this story that the showdown in Nevada was really about an underhanded business deal involving Senator Harry Reid, his son, the BLM and a 5 billion dollar solar energy plant. You probably saw a few people sharing links making these claims. Let’s fact check.

Claim number one: Senator Harry Reid’s son, Rory Reid (try saying that name ten times as fast as you can), is the primary representative for ENN energy group, a Chinese energy company involved in a $5 billion solar project planned for Clark County Nevada, on the on land where the Bundy ranch is located. First source: Reuters: Aug 31, 2012. Well this is interesting. It turns out that the conflicts of interest in this project were well documented, but Harry pushed it through anyway. He pushed it through in spite of the controversy that was stirred up when the land was sold to ENN for $4.5 million dollars even though separate appraisals valued the land at between $29.6 million and $38.6 million.

Claim number two: Reid put one of his former employees in charge of the Bureau of land management and thereby used his leverage in the agency to clear the Bundy’s off the land. What do they claim as their source: CBS Las Vegas. Hmmm… That’s interesting. Neil Kornze, the current BLM Chief is a former adviser for Harry Reid, and Harry Reid is the Senate Majority leader, and therefore was directly involved in his confirmation. That’s another serious conflict of interest there considering that the BLM is claiming jurisdiction over the land where Rory Reid’s company wants to build.

But do we have any evidence that Reid actually exercised that influence in the agency to get what he wanted? Well that brings us to claim number three: Supposedly the BLM had posted on their website that they needed to get the Bundy family off of the land to make room for the energy project, but the BLM has since removed the page. The website that made this claim posted a screen shot split into two files and a link to a text version of the page that someone had copied. This is pretty weak. Though it does seem to match the overall narrative here, this would never be admissible in court. But let’s dig a little deeper shall we. What if there is a version of the site cached somewhere on the web? Let’s try the way back machine on archive.org. Nope, no dice, the page was never cached on way back machine. Let’s try google’s cache… BINGO! Here it is folks. This is google’s record of what used to be on the site. Read more…

Global Funk; We’re all crawling desperately towards a mirage-like horizon of satiety.

2014 April 16
by Worldwide Hippies
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By , posted at Adbusters.org - As he hypnotized, analyzed and listened to his patients, Sigmund Freud stumbled upon the fossils of a forgotten and neglected creature that lives on in the heart of man—the animal self. Repressing our sexuality—individually and collectively—was making us crazy. Forgotten sexual traumas, unconscious and repressed sexual wishes and severe sexual frustration were at the root of most, if not all, of the hysteria Freud was treating in his early career.

But by 1929, with his masterwork Civilization and its Discontents, Freud came to see a larger perspective . . . he began to diagnose not just individuals . . . but culture. He saw that it was the modern world, civilization itself, which was making everyone neurotic. Influenced as he was by Nietzsche and Darwin before him, Freud evoked how a primal, wild self had been disavowed as we became civilized, modern human beings. This untamed creature within still cries out in hunger and frustration from deep inside of us . . . and we neglect this beast at our peril. Freud diagnosed the civilizing act as the root of all the “discontents” which develop in man’s psyche as he straddles the conflicting demands of biological urges and the cultural norms aimed at curbing these ancient instincts. Madness was no longer individual, to Freud, but a species-wide dilemma between our inner most nature and our culture’s most cherished morals and mores.  Read more…

Our Soldiers’ Trauma from U.S. Wars Has Endangered the American Public

2014 April 16
by Citizen Journalist Exchange

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Picture 4Our Soldiers’ Trauma from U.S. Wars Has Endangered the American Public

AlterNet / By CJ Werleman

 recipe for society: A privatized military means a hunger to profit from more wars, and the govt. wants to cut care for veterans.

Iraq veteran Army Spc. Ivan Lopez was dealing with depression and anxiety. On April 2, Lopez went to the 40th Transportation Battalion administrative office at Fort Hood, Texas, where he requested a leave form, so that he could attend to “family matters.” He was told he would have to return later to retrieve it, which then sparked a verbal altercation between him and Sgt. Jonathan Westbrook and Sgt. First Class Daniel Ferguson. Within minutes of the dispute, Lopez returned with a .45-caliber pistol. In a killing spree that would last 8 minutes, filled with more than 35 rounds, Westbrook, Ferguson and Sgt. Timothy Owens would lay slain, alongside 16 wounded, before Lopez ended his own life with a bullet to his head..

The shooting grabbed national headlines. The memorial for the dead was nationally televised with President Obama in attendance. The nationalistic pomp and ceremony of military memorials is not only orchestrated to purge the reality of war, but also to fool us into believing these tragic events are unique. They’re not. They’re all too familiar and now serve as reminder that the American empire is in rapid decline.

In small towns across America’s heartland, local newspapers contain headlines with similar stories. Colorado Springs: “Iraq War Vets Suspected in Two Slayings.” Lakewood, Washington: “Family Blames Iraq After Son Kills Wife.” Pierre, SD: “Soldier Charged With Murder Testifies About Postwar Stress.” Las Vegas: “Iraq Veteran Arrested in Killing.”

In 2008, the New York Times published a detailed report showing an explosion in the rate of military veterans who commit murder. The paper found Iraq and Afghanistan veterans had committed 121 instances of homicide on U.S. soil. Two years later, Current TV explored the link between post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans of the two recent wars and violence after returning home. The documentary found that the trend had continued with another 43 veterans charged with murder in the period 2008 to 2010.

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Caught on video – Gunmen terrorize Brazilian Indians

2014 April 15
by Citizen Journalist Exchange
New video footage shows gunmen driving past a Guarani community and firing shots at the Indians © Aty Guasu

New video footage shows gunmen driving past a Guarani community and firing shots at the Indians
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From survivalinternational.org -  violent gang of gunmen who have been terrorizing a community of Brazilian Indians since they returned to their ancestral land has been caught on video. The gang is believed to be employed by the rancher occupying the Guarani Indians’ land, which was seized from them in the 1970s, and cleared for ranching.

Last Monday one of the members of the community of Pyelito Kuê managed to film the gunmen driving past their village and firing shots at them in broad daylight.

Last month the Guarani of Pyelito Kuê returned to a small part of their ancestral land, forcing out the rancher who had taken over their land and blockaded their houses. But since they reoccupied their land, gunmen have continued to threaten them, surrounding the Indians, firing shots, and preventing medical workers from visiting. In the latest attack, one woman was injured and many others were forced to flee. read more…

Photos: Punk culture in Myanmar

2014 April 14
by Worldwide Hippies

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The punk counterculture in Myanmar, influenced by the 1970s British and US punk music scenes, exists on the fringes of the country’s once-closed off society where its members continue to rebel against political injustice, communal strife, and religious intolerance.

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