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Green. Socialist. Vegetarian. Mac nerd.

When Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico

When Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, a US colony, Trump & the Republican Congress let 1000s die & didn’t restore power for 11 MONTHS.

Now the same people are using a blackout to push Venezuelans toward civil war… while strangling them with sanctions! Incredible hypocrisy.

US media have spent two years warning about foreign enemies

US media have spent 2 years warning about how foreign enemies could sabotage our electric grid with cyberattacks. Yet when #Venezuela‘s gov’t, targeted for regime change, claimed its grid was sabotaged, US media immediately dismissed it as a conspiracy theory. See how that works?

After weeks of spreading Trump admin’s lies

After weeks of spreading Trump admin’s lies & propaganda, @nytimes finally says opposition, not Maduro, set trucks w/ “humanitarian aid” aid on fire. @maxbumenthal who was actually in Venezuela,1st reported this 2/24

Manning says she is resisting

Manning says she is resisting because she, like many other politically minded Americans, believes grand juries are an illegal instrument designed to aide prosecutors on fishing expeditions; a tool for stripping witnesses of their constitutional rights that has been historically used against peaceful political activists by men in power who would have them labelled “terrorists” and “enemies of the state.”

“By resisting this grand jury, Chelsea has made the same sacrifice as dozens of activists before her, who have opposed the grand jury system at the expense of their own freedom,” her support committee said in a statement. “Chelsea has already served prison time for standing up against government secrecy and revealing war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. We know, and so does the government, that she will not turn tail and allow this shadowy grand jury to eclipse her legacy of speaking truth to power.”

https://gizmodo.com/why-chelsea-manning-decided-to-go-to-jail-in-protest-1833164311

You Probably Read in High School

…you probably read in your high-school textbooks that these extinctions were the result of asteroids. In fact, all but the one that killed the dinosaurs were caused by climate change produced by greenhouse gas. The most notorious was 252 million years ago; it began when carbon warmed the planet by five degrees, accelerated when that warming triggered the release of methane in the Arctic, and ended with 97 percent of all life on Earth dead. We are currently adding carbon to the atmosphere at a considerably faster rate; by most estimates, at least ten times faster.

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans.html

The Greencast – March 11, 2019 – Peace Delegation to Venezuela

Show Notes:

On the show this week, several items covering the drumbeat to war in Venezuela, and some historical context – the coup in Chile against Allende, during the Nixon administration, where we see several key aspects of the Venezuelan coup originated. Greenpeace has a call for comment to stop drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge, Flint still has contaminated water, and I take a look at what might be behind Dianne Feinstein’s opposition to a real Green New Deal (as always, follow the money).

If you can, please send Chelsea Manning a letter of support:
Chelsea Elizabeth Manning
A0181426
William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center
2001 Mill Road, Alexandria VA 22314

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Theme Music: Passage, by Lee Rosevere
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

Venezuela

Four members of the 15 person peace delegation spoke at the UN press conference including
https://www.gp.org/peace_movement_goes_to_venezuela
http://no2nato2019.org
https://www.answercoalition.org/national_march_on_washington_hands_off_venezuela

US threatens ‘secondary sanctions’ against those who refuse to back its Venezuela coup
https://www.rt.com/news/453114-us-threatens-secondary-sanctions-venezuela/

Empire Files: The “International Community” Support for US Coup Leader Juan Guaido
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=625353071236890
https://youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ii5MlQgGXyk

Empire Files: The reality of US military attack on Venezuela is very real
https://mobile.twitter.com/EmpireFiles/status/1102392324879876096

Venezuela power outages
https://apnews.com/6ba2f69b77e2457da64593a7b8eced16

You would have to be crazy to rule out US as behind any major event in Venezuela, considering it’s in the middle of an active regime change op & will stop at nothing to see it through
https://twitter.com/abbymartin/status/1104090409527984128

Venezuela’s blackout is being used as new pretext for coup. Shortly before US overthrew Allende, there were also major blackouts coupled with widespread CIA sabotage to “make the economy scream”
https://twitter.com/abbymartin/status/1104100191861260288
https://www.nytimes.com/1973/08/14/archives/blackout-interrupts-address-by-allende.html
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_intervention_in_Chile

How bad does Guaido have to be to have his death squads stopped by Colombia, the paramilitary state…?
https://twitter.com/JSCCounterPunch/status/1103716265338626048
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-06/heavily-armed-soldiers-aborted-plan-to-enter-venezuela-by-force

“The ruling class comes up with a lie to manufacture American consent for its all-American war crimes, and that lie is then sprayed like laminate all over average American citizens.”
https://twitter.com/commondreams/status/1104074384996745217
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/03/08/we-are-being-lied-war-again

Thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets to march against interventionism in the country, as part of the celebrations of the national Bolivarian Anti-Imperialist Day.
https://twitter.com/telesurenglish/status/1104517218212110337

Steve Ellner draws the parallels between Trump and the Venezuelan opposition let by self-declared president, Juan Venezuela’s self-declared President Juan Guaido.
https://twitter.com/mintpressnews/status/1104750001958330368
https://www.mintpressnews.com/trump-venezuela-opposition-have-much-common/255992/

The imperialist sadists leading US policy on Venezuela are bragging about collectively punishing civilians with sanctions & economic warfare. Sociopath Rubio boasted, “Venezuela is going to enter a period of suffering no nation in our hemisphere has confronted in modern history”
https://twitter.com/benjaminnorton/status/1104860942800695302

DNC & Election

NY Times: A 2016 Review: Turnout Wasn’t the Driver of Clinton’s Defeat
Instead, it’s clear that large numbers of white, working-class voters shifted from the Democrats to Mr. Trump. Over all, almost one in four of President Obama’s 2012 white working-class supporters defected from the Democrats in 2016, either supporting Mr. Trump or voting for a third-party candidate.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/28/upshot/a-2016-review-turnout-wasnt-the-driver-of-clintons-defeat.html

I called this last November. The DNC is going to load up the field with candidates so that no one will be able to secure the majority required in the first round and then in comes the super delegates in the 2nd round and they pick the establishment candidate.
https://twitter.com/barbaralnewsome/status/1100909482635333632

That office was led by newly elected Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), who was serving as California’s Attorney General at the time. Criticisms of Mnuchin as a nominee provoked inquiries toward Harris as to why she refused to take any action given the evidence of violations her office uncovered.
https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/25/dem-senator-received-donations-before-and-after-failing-to-prosecute-trump-nominees-bank/

Green New Deal & Environment

Of all the consequential actions our government can take without our consent, namely wars and expanding oil drilling, Axelrod blames inaction on the voters. What a prick. Our government has horrible leadership.
https://twitter.com/happierer/status/1102974425740337152

Public comment period to stop drilling in ANWR: Greenpeace campaign.
https://engage.us.greenpeace.org/onlineactions/88s5g1q1i0mODgX-Gi9mMw2

Stratocumulus clouds could disappear in as little as a century, adding 8° globally:
https://twitter.com/OsitaNwanevu/status/1100076538811371520

Flint is still living with toxic water:
https://www.facebook.com/MS4GreenParty/posts/2234872936725661

Are fossil fuel investments and political contributions behind @SenFeinstein opposition to a Green New Deal?
https://twitter.com/gpny/status/1104081596649480198
http://inthesetimes.com/article/21784/dianne-feinstein-green-new-deal-ocasio-cortez-climate-change-sunrise

Chelsea Manning Arrest

There’s a grim irony, particularly in Manning’s case, that the purported purpose of a federal grand jury is to act as a safeguard from the improper motivations of government. We need not support Assange personally to understand that his prosecution for publishing Manning’s leaks would expose news organs who also published the documents — like the Guardian, The Washington Post, and The New York Times — to the same liability. The precedent that could be set for state repression of journalism is beyond troubling.
https://theintercept.com/2019/03/02/chelsea-manning-subpoena-grand-jury/

Please send a letter of support to Chelsea Manning, if you’re able.

Chelsea Elizabeth Manning
A0181426
William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center
2001 Mill Road, Alexandria VA 22314

 

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You Want to Pretend…

You want to pretend the UN Council on Human Rights is all just a buncha terrorist sympathizers, feel free, but your agenda is blatantly obvious, if you do.

Israeli snipers targeted medical aid personnel, disabled people and children, who, in no sane universe, presented any threat – and you know it. You’re just seeking to whitewash Israel’s long history of war crimes and human rights abuses.

But, of course, you’ve got anti-Hamas memes to argue your case, so with that kind of irrefutable evidence, I suppose we should all just pack up and go home.

From the report: The commission found that Israeli security forces used lethal force against children who did not pose an imminent threat of death or serious injury to its soldiers. Four of the children were shot as they walked or ran away from the fence.

Several children were recognizable as such when they were shot. The commission finds reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli snipers shot them intentionally, knowing that they were children.

On 14 May, Israeli forces killed Musa, who was wearing a high-visibility paramedic vest, with a shot to the chest approximately 300 m from the separation fence. Shortly beforehand, he had been treating wounded demonstrators near the Shuhada cemetery in North Gaza.

On 10 August, in Rafah, Israeli forces killed Abed, who was wearing a white paramedic jacket and carrying a red first-aid kit, with a shot to the chest as he was tending to a wounded demonstrator near the separation fence. He died that day.

Israeli forces also injured 40 health workers with live ammunition during the demonstrations. On 6 April, in Rafah, Israeli forces shot a paramedic in the back of the leg as he put a wounded demonstrator on a stretcher into the back of an ambulance…

(The report details various other incidents where snipers knowingly targeted non-protesters, including other medical aid personnel and journalists.)

Fadi, from Khan Younis, had had both legs amputated following an Israeli airstrike in 2008. On 14 May, Israeli snipers shot him in the chest at the Abasan Al-Jadida protest site, where he was sitting in his wheelchair with two friends approximately 300 m from the separation fence. He died immediately.

Ahmad, from the Jabaliya refugee camp, walked with crutches, having been injured by Israeli forces during a demonstration in 2017. On 20 April, Israeli forces shot him in the back of the head as he sat on a hill approximately 150 m from the separation fence. He died that day. (And again, the report details various other incidents where IDF knowingly targeted disabled protesters who posed no threat of violence or to the safety of IDF forces.)

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIOPT/Pages/Report2018OPT.aspx