Gaslight by the Ruling Class

by Chris Hedges edited by O Society June 17, 2020 Police take the knee. NASCAR and the U.S. Marine Corps ban the display of the Confederate flag. Nancy Pelosi uses a kente scarf as a political prop. Joe Biden, one of the driving forces behind militarized police, the massive expansion of mass incarceration and the doubling … Continue reading Gaslight by the Ruling Class

Military officials have a choice: Obey the orders of your commander in chief or your Oath to the Constitution.

Trump Deploys Troops Against Americans and Military Leaders Abet Him by Andrew Bacevich edited by O Society June 8, 2020 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images) I imagine these are difficult days to be a professional soldier serving in the armed forces of the United States. As … Continue reading Military officials have a choice: Obey the orders of your commander in chief or your Oath to the Constitution.

Militarization of the Police Fosters a Culture of Protesting Americans as ‘The Enemy’

Thanks primarily to the Pentagon's 1033 program, which allows law enforcement agencies to get their hands on Department of Defense technology and the Bush-era War on Terror, American police received a startling amount of heavy-duty, military-grade hardware. Between 1998 and 2014, the dollar value of military hardware sent to police departments skyrocketed from $9.4 million to $796.8 … Continue reading Militarization of the Police Fosters a Culture of Protesting Americans as ‘The Enemy’

Riots or Civil Disobedience? How media frame protest shapes the public’s view of uprisings

by Danielle Kilgo edited by O Society June 4, 2020 A teenager held her phone steady enough to capture the final moments of George Perry Floyd’s life as he apparently suffocated under the weight of a Minneapolis police officer’s knee on his neck. The video went viral. What happened next has played out time and again in American cities after high-profile cases … Continue reading Riots or Civil Disobedience? How media frame protest shapes the public’s view of uprisings

Meditations On Whiteness

by Caitlin Johnstone edited by O Society May 28, 2020 You’ve probably seen the footage of a white police officer named Derek Chauvin cheerfully suffocating a black man named George Floyd to death with his knee while Floyd pleaded for his life. This went viral around the same time as another viral video where a white woman in … Continue reading Meditations On Whiteness

Alabama Governor quietly signs law allowing Briarwood Presbyterian Mega-Church to have its own police force

What could possibly go wrong? by Leonardo Blair Christian Post edited by O Society June 22, 2019 After several years of seeking to establish a private police force to protect its church and school campuses, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation allowing the Briarwood Presbyterian Church to do just that despite objections from critics. The Associated Press reported Ivey … Continue reading Alabama Governor quietly signs law allowing Briarwood Presbyterian Mega-Church to have its own police force

Willie Dixon Refused to Serve Anything but the Blues: Musical Interlude

by Jeffrey St Clair CounterPunch edited by O Society May 3, 2019 https://youtu.be/MwL_wohIEMw His momma was weeping by now and Willie knew it. That’s why he couldn’t tell her, couldn’t look Miss Daisy in the eye and let her know he was leaving for Chicago. It would hurt too much—him more than her, maybe. So … Continue reading Willie Dixon Refused to Serve Anything but the Blues: Musical Interlude

Americans Celebrate Needing “Guns, Lots of Guns” as We Kill Each Other, Again

by O Society May 1, 2019 https://youtu.be/d6QwoY6r7rU We give Keanu Reeves $14 million to say I need "Guns, lots of guns." over and over and over. His "John Holmes-length magazine extension" really does it for us, doesn't it? Keanu Reeves' Guns Lots of Guns has our panties so wet, John really dips his wick, don't he? Did … Continue reading Americans Celebrate Needing “Guns, Lots of Guns” as We Kill Each Other, Again

Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse

  No one is coming to save us. Mass civil disobedience is essential to force a political response ‘Catastrophe afflicts people now and, unlike those in the rich world who can still afford to wallow in despair, they are forced to respond in practical ways.’ Photograph: Guillem Sartorio/AFP/Getty Images by George Monbiot Guardian edited by … Continue reading Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse

Extinction Rebellion

The word of the day is procrastibation. procrastibation: 1 masturbation (mental or physical) to kill time when you should be doing something else. 2 a brief masturbatory interlude separating a lengthy period of idle procrastination and a period of productive intellectual functioning. "I engaged in an epic procrastibation spree when I should have been writing a … Continue reading Extinction Rebellion