Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Slave State


Libraries Closing - Save Net Neutrality

Mark Twain Branch Detroit Public Library


This photo above speaks to me for several reasons.   The most obvious is the lifetime of care put by authors into their works that were published and stored in libraries and bookshelves in our homes.  I think of the librarians who love books and love to share them with the public.  This library most surely was closed due to local budget cuts - the government deemed that libraries were not a top priority as their community collapsed along with the US automobile industry.

But why were the books just tossed aside - literally wasted? Why were they not stored or given to other communities who would have cherished the gift?  I can only conclude that this photo is one more very sad piece of evidence of the corporate oligarchies 'dumbing down' of the American people.

The public, especially working class and poor people, are superfluous - no longer needed as corporate investment and jobs moved overseas.  Trump said he was going to fix all this but so far the only thing he has done is request $54 billion more for the Pentagon budget in Fiscal Year 2018.

I've long written about the Pentagon's vision for America in the coming years under corporate globalization of the world economy - they call it 'security export'.  We won't make cars, TV's, cell phones, clothes, shoes and other products here anymore.

Obviously there was one other key reason for the shuttering of this library and many others like it across the nation.  It is the Internet.  Many people are not reading books and have become used to reading short bits of things online.  It's a hurry up, drive-up window world.... people want their fast food, fast news, and their social change right now.

So an additional strategy of Mr. Big, and his ringside click of corporate collaborators, is to reduce our access to the Internet.  Imagine the world today without a fully open world-wide web.  Take that away and many of us will be flying blind.

The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees.  Former Verizon lawyer-turned-FCC Chair Ajit Pai's is implementing just such a plan to kill net neutrality in its tracks.

Without net neutrality, the Internet will become more like Cable TV, where the content you see is what your provider puts in front of you at a steep price.

On July 12 an Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality is being organized. Major sites like Amazon, Netflix, Vimeo, Reddit, and Twitter are partnering with the Day of Action, it is anticipated that this will be one of the largest online protests in history.
 
If you want to support independence of free information, free thinking, a fair society that depends on the sharing of ideas then please help spread the word to your friends and family right now.  

You can learn more about the day of action here

Bruce

Friday, July 07, 2017

The Fog of Endless War & Global Domination


The US economy increasingly depends on war.  Our #1 industrial export product is weapons and the primary job opportunity for high school graduates these days is to join the Army and go kill on behalf of resource extraction corporations.  The Democratic Party Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel has just come out with a new policy saying that he won't hand out high school diplomas to graduates in their city unless the kid has been accepted into a college program, has a job, or is going to join the military. Guess which demographic this will impact the most?

The US fears Russian and Chinese unity and will do practically anything to torpedo that growing relationship. The alliance between China and Russia (along with others) is demanding that power be shared in a multi-polar world where no one nation dictates terms to vassals who surrender their resources and sovereignty to the US.  Washington (with its NATO appendage) understands it has a short period of time to destroy the growing power of China and Russia and thus we witness this current aggressive global confrontation and fake news about Russian hacking of the last US election.

The US is a drunken cowboy that bellies up to the bar at the Last Chance Saloon. America is addicted to violence, chaos and war.  The violence that used to be primarily manifested worldwide has now come home to roost with a ferocity unlike anything we've seen here since our own Civil War.

Donald Trump is not really in charge - the Deep State neo-con war mongers are pulling the strings in this puppet show.  Trump is performing his TV professional wrestling act - just days ago he tweeted that the US was going to have to put "a move" on North Korea - in the best tradition of those who do body slams, head butts, and pile drivers in the ring.

I saw one person write today, "The US does not talk, it shouts, with gun in hand."  A perfect description of Washington's foreign and military policy.

North Korea, Russia or China are not going to start a war.  If WW III begins it will because the drunken cowboy staggers out of the bar and demands a shoot out at the OK Corral at high noon.  The nuclear system of the US is all about first-strike - in fact the Pentagon now has a program called 'Prompt Global Strike'.  The nuclear systems of Russia, China and North Korea are retaliatory systems to be used only if attacked first.

We were in the car today and turned on the radio and NPR was talking about Russia.  I've been taking an informal survey of each instance when I switch the radio on to see what subject pops up over the air waves.  The vast majority of the time it is about Russia as the demonization is just like a fog that has descended on America and refuses to lift. 

The American people are brain washed, mind manipulated, and being led over a cliff into a war.  The US ruling oligarchies clearly see their hold on the global economy and total military control slipping from their fingers.  They know they have just a short time left to try to take back their global domination before the multi-polar world pushes ahead toward global leadership and stability.

This is what makes this moment the most dangerous in human history.  Despite the United Nations voting today to make nuclear weapons illegal the US won't dare give up its nukes.  The US's nukes are the double-barrelled shot guns that Mr. Big uses to put up to the heads of nations it wishes to bully into submission.  Coupled with the steroidal deployments of US 'missile defense' interceptors and radars around the globe this formidable offensive system, directed by military space satellites, gives the neo-con war mongers the feeling of swaggering unlimited power.  

Whether they will ultimately use these forces is an open question. The international peace community has the moral responsibility to make sure it does not happen.

Bruce

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Love It......


Wednesday, July 05, 2017

RT Interview about North Korea



Let's just call it like it is - the US is the biggest hypocrite on the planet.

The US tests ICBM's and so-called 'missile defense' interceptors all the time.  US 'friends' like the UK, France, India, and Israel routinely test nuclear weapons and missiles. No one says a peep.

Only the 'bad' guys can't have nukes or missiles.  But who is the biggest bad guy on Mother Earth - yes, of course it is Mr. Big and his minions!

I've had enough with the bullshit and the hypocrisy.  Call it like you see them - the US is off base on this one.  It needs to take the plank out of its own eyes before judging others.

Bruce

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Happy Birthday America (Or at least what is left of it....)


Monday, July 03, 2017

Tell Navy 'No War Games in Whale Habitat'


The Navy has opened public comments on their Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing (AFTT) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement.  Comments must be postmarked or received online by August 29, 2017 to ensure that your concerns are considered and addressed in the Final EIS/OEIS.

You can post your online comments at the Navy's EIS web site here

The Navy offers three choices for action that they ask those who submit comments to choose from.  I picked this one:

No Action Alternative – Under this alternative, the Navy would not conduct proposed training and testing activities, and a permit under the Marine Mammal Protection Act would not be issued.

The Navy is required by law to go through the EIS process before they can begin holding their new round of war games in the ocean including testing sonar in the southeast (Florida-Georgia coast)  which happens to be the prime breeding ground of the North Atlantic Right Whale - one of the most endangered whales of all.

This proposed 'Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing' program will lead to the deaths of much sea life.

If you'd like more information about this you can watch artist/activist Russell Wray from Maine (who painted the banner above).  You can see my recent public access TV interview with Russell here

Even though these EIS processes never really influence the Navy they are still a useful tool for educating the public about how these military war games impact sea life.  So please help spread the word and send in your comments ASAP - tell the Navy - No Action Alternative!

Bruce

Sunday, July 02, 2017

War is Sorrow and Tears



Compelling story by this woman who refuses to leave the war zone in eastern Ukraine as they are attacked by the Kiev government installed by the US in 2014.  Currently the US-NATO are arming and training the National Guard to attack their fellow Ukrainians who live near the border with Russia.

The US wants to destabilize Moscow and is using this proxy war and the western media demonization of Putin to build hatred against Russia.  The western bankers want to break Russia into smaller countries so the oil corporations can take control of the vast Russian border as the Arctic Sea melts.  The US also wants to interrupt the growing trading and political alignment between Russia and China.

The current puppet show in Washington is staged to distract our attention (and pit us against each other) as the great American experiment is taken apart one screw and bolt at a time and turned into the military arm of corporate globalization.

Wars R Us........ get on board or go hungry.  This is our future they say inside the Deep State.

Bruce

Working on Next Newsletter


I started in earnest yesterday working on the GN's next newsletter.  I always dread the job because there is so much information that I've saved since the last Space Alert was published.  But once I get rolling doing the 'Odds & Ends' section which are important short bits (what I call toilet reading) the energy cranks up.  I love going through various space related articles and picking out things I want others to know about - things that help give people a slight view of where the whole space industry is taking the people of our planet.  And just as important are the peaceniks around the world working on some angle of the space militarization issue - we always want to share their stories.  We need a global movement that connects all the dots.  It's happening and it is fun and rewarding to be part of that.  Great folks out there and they are what gives me 'hope'. 

You can't help but wonder what the agenda is? Is it all about profit or is there something to those that say extraterrestrials have infiltrated our world and are now working with the military, government, etc....?  How could we ever be the only 'intelligent' life in the universe?  A frightening thought.

I once was told by a leading physicist that when NASA began their moon missions they discovered some kind of structures on the dark side of the moon.  Why doesn't the government share that information with us?  Bases, buildings, space launch facilities?  Why can't we know the truth?

Some even maintain that our human species is ultimately cross-bred with those from another planet who came to mine the surface of the Earth.  When they needed workers they gave some apes enough intelligence to turn them into slaves.  (Basic medical experimentation, it's done all the time these days.) That theory might explain much of human history as exemplified by our current earthly battle against Mr. Big.  The global corporate plan is to turn us into slaves again.

I've got an inquisitive and fertile mind so this is like reading science fiction for me.  There are many capitalist and militarist forces on Earth that are trying to get humanity to fund the 'new space race'. 

There is alot of $$$ to be made building rockets, satellites and launch facilities around the country as communities are forced to bid against one another to bring the 'aerospace biz bacon' home to the local taxpayers - who often pay to build these same space facilities.  It's like a gas station on every corner - how did that whole oil thing work out for us? 

So I try to follow many theories and new space stories into the rabbit hole to see what I might find. Some wear thin and others lead to new caverns.  It makes for good reading while I'm watching baseball - the one sport that still is played in a 'ball park' with green grass, peanuts, beer and the amazing sounds like the crack of the bat, the ball hitting a mitt, and the cheers or sighs from the crowd.

This is my world.  But there is another one out there that some folks are dying to reach.  The call of the wild, maybe, or a beacon.  It's worth checking out.  Could be a real link to true human history - I would like to know the real story and I am certain that those at the top of the pyramid have worked to ensure that we stay in the dark while the Vatican holds us tight in its 'welcoming' arms.

Bruce 

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