No More Deployment! Say the US Military

A reflection on the United States of America foreign policies and military action by Michael Prysner an Iraq war veteran.

Michael Prysner is an American political activist.He is the co-founder of March Forward!, an organization of active-duty members of the US military and veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflict that encourages current active duty service personnel to resist deployment. Michael was arrested in Occupy Los Angeles in November 2011. He was released after posting bail. (source: wikipedia)

“We came to conclude that we had more to do with the Iraqi people than with the billionaires who sent us to war…”


A Urban Food Forest Oasis Within Seattle

“Forget meadows. The city’s new park will be filled with edible plants, and everything from pears to herbs will be free for the taking.

Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest”

The concept is as new as it is bold. It brings so many benefits in so many fields that is becomes difficult to write them all down, from providing food free-of-charge to bringing green areas into our cities, to educating our children about the importance of Nature and valuing Earth as the ultimate provider, to making our cities self-sustainable and ascertaining that man and nature can co-exist in harmony. There is a lot of good things coming from this project, but the best would be, in my opinion, to create a new place, an Oasis aside from the consumerist life-style that dwells in our societies today, showing that if we act together as the family we are and learn to share, maybe, just maybe, all this capitalist ideology that is destroying our world with every passing day becomes something that we can just put aside, like an old, muddy pair of shoes that have been used for far too long.

It’s Not a Fairytale - Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest - Beacon Food Forest Schematic Site Plan

“So just who gets to harvest all that low-hanging fruit when the time comes?

“Anyone and everyone”, says Margarett Harrison,  lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest project. “There was major discussion about it. People worried, ‘What if someone comes and takes all the blueberries?’ That could very well happen, but maybe someone needed those blueberries. We look at it this way—if we have none at the end of blueberry season, then it means we’re successful.”

(Read original article here.)

CISPA – Global Unlimited Censorship

CISPA, standing for Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, has passed the House of Representatives with a few amendments since it’s last edition. Although this is a United States internal issue, it’s a privacy issue that will ultimately affect the whole word and the whole internet.

The whole deal about what CISPA actually is, what powers it triggers to private companies and how it affects internet security can be found here, so I will just lay some highlights on the topic for your consideration.

“Under CISPA, what can I do if a company improperly hands over private information to the government?

Almost nothing. Even if the company violates your privacy beyond what CISPA would permit, the government does not have to notify the user whose information was improperly handed over—the government only notifies the company.[…]”

Meaning there are no longer legal boundaries for personal privacy. All your personal information will be put out there for whatever use companies see fit. CISPA actually will provide legal immunity to companies as they use your personal information.

“[CISPA] It is written so broadly that it allows companies to hand over large swaths of personal information to the government with no judicial oversight—effectively creating a “cybersecurity” loophole in all existing privacy laws.”

CISPA is not for the people, it is, in fact, against the people and the global free speech community that is the internet. It was created to bridge over the laws that were first written by our past leaders for our protection.

“What government agencies can look at my private information?

Under CISPA, companies can hand “cyber threat information” to any government agency with or without limitations on what agency can receive the information.”

Unlimited, unsupervised, global censorship. The end of the freedom of speech. And that may just be the beginning.

CISPA may be the first attempt at a world very much the same as the one depicted in the book “1984” by George Orwell. A world censored and oppressed by a small elite who manipulates and unscrupulously enslaves the masses without any regards to human rights or personal freedom. Note that this is already happening in the big media. Internet is our only source of global communication and freedom. Protect the Internet at all cost.

If you live in the United States and want to campaign against CISPA, use this link.

Wealth Distribution in the United States of America

A short infographic portrait of the wealth distribution in the United States divided into 3 different outlooks, the ideal, the perceived and the real distribution, showing that the reality is not always what it seems. This 6 minute documentary depicts the huge inequalities in the distribution of wealth as 1% of the population owns 40% of the total wealth of the country, as opposed to 80% of the population that owns merely 7%. This reflects, of course, the poverty and scarcity for a large percentage of the population.

Wealth Inequality in America The actual distributions of money in the US in a video infographic

Deaths by Suicide Outnumber Battle Deaths in the US Armed Services

It is an odd and startling statistic, but nonetheless true. In this stirring article, author S. E. Smith. sheds some light on the wounds that are suffered on the other side of the gun and criticizes the United States’ Department of Defense (DOD) in its inadequacy to deal with this issue. As she explains, the numbers are very explicit:

Approximately every 80 minutes, a US military veteran commits suicide in the United States; for Iraq and Afghanistan, the numbers of veterans lost to suicide now outstrips casualty lists of those killed in action. The suicide rate for active duty personnel isn’t so shockingly high, but it’s still significant; in the first half of 2012, almost one soldier a day took his or her own life. Both veterans and combat personnel have experienced a steep rise in suicide rates since 2005, which notably marked a sharp increase in the intensity of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Although the DOD focus its critics on the privately-owned weapons situation as the cause for this problem it’s easy to understand that the root of the problem lies way deeper:

While on duty, soldiers deal with high stress on a constant basis, with limited opportunities for decompression and processing. While counseling services are available and mechanisms are in place to flag soldiers as “high-risk,” such systems come with significant stigma, which can make people reluctant to report suicidal thoughts and other signs and symptoms of severe depression. They can risk losing their clearances, being discharged or being taken away from their units, which can serve to increase feelings of isolation and depression.

Men was made to create, not destroy. Love, not kill. To go against our own nature will not only drain our energy, it will, in time, make us feel useless, depress and unaccomplished. The times for glory in the battlefield have dissipated with our evolution from the earlier states of society and primitive social mindsets. A developed being cannot find comfort in war when he understands that the dead of another human being makes less of him and the world. At a time that urges for global unity and cooperation, the blast from a gunshot might echo for a whole life.

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