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- 589 days ago -
There is no fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans. The terms left and right are meaningless. Most of Americas modern wars were started not by conservatives, but by liberal Democrats.


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Sheryl G (359)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 3:26 pm
Filming last year at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, I overheard a National Parks Service guide lecturing a school party of young teenagers. “Listen up,” he said. “We lost 58,000 young soldiers in Vietnam, and they died defending your freedom.”

At a stroke, the truth was inverted. No freedom was defended. Freedom was destroyed. A peasant country was invaded and millions of its people were killed, maimed, dispossessed, poisoned; 60,000 of the invaders took their own lives. Listen up, indeed.

A lobotomy is performed on each generation. Facts are removed. History is excised and replaced by what Time magazine calls “an eternal present.”

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 3:28 pm
When Obama left office, he presided over a record seven wars, including America’s longest war and an unprecedented campaign of extrajudicial killings – murder – by drones.

In his last year, according to a Council on Foreign Relations study, Obama, the “reluctant liberal warrior,” dropped 26,171 bombs – three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day. Having pledged to help “rid the world” of nuclear weapons, the Nobel Peace Laureate built more nuclear warheads than any president since the Cold War.

Trump is a wimp by comparison. It was Obama – with his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at his side – who destroyed Libya as a modern state and launched the human stampede to Europe. At home, immigration groups knew him as the “deporter-in-chief.”

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 3:30 pm
One of Obama’s last acts as president was to sign a bill that handed a record $618 billion to the Pentagon, reflecting the soaring ascendancy of fascist militarism in the governance of the United States. Trump has endorsed this.

Buried in the detail was the establishment of a “Center for Information Analysis and Response.” This is a ministry of truth. It is tasked with providing an “official narrative of facts” that will prepare us for the real possibility of nuclear war.

And few are paying attention........

Donna T (0)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 3:53 pm
thank you

Freya H (345)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 6:28 pm
I occasionally wonder if the United States has ever been a truly free and civilized nation. From studying history I feel that we came heart-achingly close in the 1970s. Then along came Ray-Gun and "trickle down" economics. Both Democreeps and Rethuglicans are totally messed up. We are headed for some very interesting times. Hold on tight and hope that you survive the ride.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 6:59 pm
It's best days were pre colonization - when the indigenous roamed Turtle Island.

Peggy B (43)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 7:22 pm
So true.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday August 7, 2017, 3:56 am
American Imperialism goes way back.

Winn Adams (179)
Monday August 7, 2017, 6:31 am

Animae C (507)
Monday August 7, 2017, 8:22 am
TY Dandi

Colleen L (3)
Monday August 7, 2017, 2:31 pm
Agree with Freya that I wonder about the term "free" when I comes to the USA. With what has been going on lately, including Trump going backwards to undo rights. I'm truly confused. Pray it starts going in a much more positive way. Thanks Dandelion,

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Monday August 7, 2017, 2:35 pm
I am so old.... I remember the movie "On the Beach." Things were so tense between our country and the Soviet Union, we felt the horrors of that movie were inevitable...

Then the Berlin Wall fell, relief, relief....only NATO was not disbanded and the arms race (now against no credible power) continued. General Curtis LeMay died soon after and there was no one urging us "to bomb 'em back into the stone age." Relief, relief.

Then "war hero," John McCain came to Washington to be a legislature man. He was a maverick who came straight out of the Arizona desert.........(a neoconservative lock step legislature man). He took a turn running for president and in one presidential debate, he sang "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran" to the tune "Barbara Ann."

John McCain gives you an idea of what neoconservatives (neocons) are all about. They can be either Dems or Repubs.....their share the same foreign policy goal.....war war war to generate profits for bankers and arms dealers...their whole good ole boy network. Current "big problem" there are only five members of the federal legislature who are not neocons.

The outgoing resident of the White House was a neocon to the turn of giving the Pentagon huge amounts of money....and as a final foreign policy statement, he placed NATO troops on the Russian border.

Now add that to the fact that the foreign policy talents of the current resident of the White House are bullying and blustering.....democratic and republican no longer matters and we are in a situation that could lead to the world going up in the smoke of mushroom clouds.

What can/must the people do?


Hartson Doak (39)
Monday August 7, 2017, 2:40 pm
This political system is moribund. This zombie government is dead and does not know it. We the People have to pull back into out state governments and get rid of these zombies.

Janet B (0)
Monday August 7, 2017, 5:23 pm

Sheryl G (359)
Monday August 7, 2017, 6:44 pm
I'm old enough to remember On The Beach as well. Chilling and I had nightmares for the longest time. Not that I ever stopped thinking about it, but somehow to move forward and function in the world one has to set those thoughts in the back of one's mind. Unfortunately the reality is still there.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday August 7, 2017, 10:55 pm
Shared news article over social media to raise and spread awareness.

Anne Haarhoff (52)
Tuesday August 8, 2017, 3:19 am
Thank you, Dandelion. I too remember the movie and the book but was too young to understand the implications then. It was merely a thriller, and fiction. But not anymore. It's all too real. People worldwide need a wake-up call. "And few are paying attention".

SylvieBusy A (190)
Tuesday August 8, 2017, 3:41 am
Thank you, Dandelion.

Danuta W (1251)
Tuesday August 8, 2017, 4:27 am

Marija M (25)
Tuesday August 8, 2017, 9:28 am
Imperialism...where are you going to....

TOM T (247)
Tuesday August 8, 2017, 2:09 pm

Jerome S (0)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 3:37 am
thanks for sharing.

Jerome S (0)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 3:38 am
thanks for sharing.

Jim Ven (0)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 4:04 am

Jim Ven (0)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 4:06 am

Miss You All Dearly (67)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 4:49 am
Would prefer to remember something a little bit more upbeat like this Dear Dandelion

The Asia Pacific area.......well what can I say......young Kim would rather take out the US Bases in Guam, Japan, S Korea and Australia rather than let the US drop an atomic bomb on his the US did on Japan........he knows his Country is why not strike first.......the big question is: What will Russia and China do?? that is probably the only thing that will stop the USofA......because they can't control the outcome......not that they have been able to for many decades....i.e. Vietnam, etc

Roberto MARINI (88)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 8:41 am
thank you Dandeliom, great post as always

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday August 9, 2017, 4:46 pm
I hear you Ros, but we have a big loudmouth that doesn't seem to give a crap also what happens. Just spouts off and everyone has to mop up afterwards and hope they can contain things. Is true nothing has gone well in the last decades but the same old tired playbook is used, doesn't matter if Democrats or Republicans are in. Is why I try to tell people, look at both Parties they have both been a dismal failure and the people need to take a stand and become more "active" in their Democracy; or what is left of it, torn to ribbons at the moment.

Good video choice........better days at the beach.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 12:30 am
In a properly functioning democracy, the power of the vote would be sufficient for all of us to get a fair crack at the whip. . . . however, we know this doesn't happen in the majority of cases, as vested interests such as Corporate Capitalists with their vast resources of wealth stack the dice well and truly against us.

So, our other course of action is protest, and the best tool to use that in currently is HERE, social media.

Miss You All Dearly (67)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 1:48 am
LOL true......and an obnoxious loud mouth to boot.....but as you pointed out.......there is little differences between the two Parties......Obama went quietly about his business....and increased the Warmachine.......well when I go to the "beach" these least I will be able to hear our Collins Class subs.. they are so noisey....when they leave or arrive back to their wonder the fishing is so bad...


Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 4:31 am

Sheila D (194)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 11:06 am
Trump may be a loudmouth, but he's only spouting what America's War Machine is telling him spew out...he's a figurehead with immense power. Congress won't stop him because he's doing, and getting the blame for doing, everything they have wanted to get done for decades now. We hate Trump, but what about all of those sitting safely in their glass towers, chugging on fat stogies and laughing it up at We, the People's expense.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday August 10, 2017, 5:54 pm
Very true Sheila.....he isn't the only one. He is just the one to point the finger at.

Miss You All Dearly (67)
Friday August 11, 2017, 5:45 am

Dandelion G (380)
Sunday August 6, 2017, 6:59 pm
It's best days were pre colonization - when the indigenous roamed Turtle Island. So true Dandelion......

And Australia lost one of it's Angel's this week:

PS We started the week acknowledging the death of one of Australia’s greatest ever musicians, singers and songwriters Dr G Yunupingu. His music touched the nation in a way that went far beyond words. Normally the song of the week is based on the politics of the week. This week it’s simply in honour of a man who we have lost, and whose music will live with us forever. His family have requested that his full name, voice and image not be used so instead this week I would like you to have a listen to a song from a wonderful young Australian artist who I’ve seen perform live a few times. He’s brilliant. Have a listen to Yirrmal performing Spirit of Place at Garma a few days ago.


Miss You All Dearly (67)
Friday August 11, 2017, 6:03 am
BTW the PS didn't come from was from one of our Politicians......I wonder if any Aussie can guess who that was???????? We have worked together on many campaigns....

Sheryl G (359)
Friday August 11, 2017, 9:38 am
Thanks for sharing the song of Yirrmal a new artist to my ears. Sorry for the loss of one of your Nations voices may he have a gentle journey to the Star Nation.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Saturday August 12, 2017, 11:58 am
Thank you

Miss You All Dearly (67)
Sunday August 13, 2017, 1:57 am
You're Welcome Dandelion......glad you this email.....a campaign I have been working for the last few years:

Recognise the need to change the Constitution - for meaningful recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and dealing with the racial discrimination in it.

Dear Ros,

You may have heard in today’s media that the RECOGNISE campaign is changing.

We wanted to let you know that we’re transitioning into our parent organisation Reconciliation Australia.

As you’re aware, the Referendum Council handed its final report to the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition at the end of June. This document is the result of extensive consultation and puts forward a recommendation for a referendum - a First Nations’ Voice to our country’s parliament.

I’m sure you’d agree that the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are critical to genuine reform and reconciliation. Participants in the consultation process have strongly favoured a “voice to parliament” as a form of recognition that they consider to be genuinely empowering.

As this national conversation unfolds and we enter the next phase of our reconciliation journey, the RECOGNISE campaign will transition into Reconciliation Australia to ensure this push for change can continue.

There is more work to be done to support the next steps and build on the strong public engagement achieved through RECOGNISE.

We will keep you informed as we make this transition in the coming weeks.

There is a great opportunity before us, let’s not lose momentum.

Let’s take this next step towards a truly reconciled nation, and get this job done.

Mark Yettica-Paulson
Joint Campaign Director

Couldn't concentrate on it this morning: The RAAF was scrambling it's planes for about 3 hours this morning it seems...will have to wait for the news to hear what is going on


Sheryl G (359)
Sunday August 13, 2017, 5:50 am
Seems like some positive direction on the continued progress Australia has been making towards it's First Nation people. Can't say so much over here, as you know from Standing Rock their rights as human beings were not even recognized as they protected their water source let alone any historical land recognition and treaty rights.

Meanwhile our minorities are being shot and economically terrorized along with their white allies who got out and stood alongside them. This just took place yesterday Charlottesville Rally Turns Deadly After One Dies Many Injured When Car Plows Into Crowd

Miss You All Dearly (67)
Monday August 14, 2017, 4:32 am
No not really Dandelion.......too much other stuff gets in the way......Like Wars......which is the topic of least all this "war talk" has drowned out the main topic of "Same Sex Marriage" I am all for it myself......but all these two debates put our First People on the back burner...yet again......

Do not want Australia to get involved with this probable "imminent" daughter has been in a same-sex relationship for five years......... just want to concentrate on our "First People'" they have been abused longer than most........along with your People........really think that all this is a distaction......trying to "pretend' that the "First People" didn't exist and if they did they were "savages" without a brain........well I think our Leaders for many decades are the one without brains......and they know it.......

Sheryl G (359)
Monday August 14, 2017, 9:46 am
Not only without brains without hearts too.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday August 14, 2017, 11:43 pm
Thanks so much and for the comments above.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday August 15, 2017, 2:13 am
Thanks again

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Tuesday August 15, 2017, 6:00 am
Noted, Thanks

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Tuesday August 15, 2017, 8:45 am
Noted, Thank you

Margie FOURIE (148)
Wednesday August 16, 2017, 12:34 am
Thanks again

Margie FOURIE (148)
Wednesday August 16, 2017, 11:53 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday August 26, 2017, 7:10 am
Thanks again

Margie FOURIE (148)
Sunday August 27, 2017, 2:04 am
Thanks again

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday August 28, 2017, 2:32 am
Thanks again
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