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US troops redeploy to Mosul, Iraq. May they retake and return.

Now that US troops are committed to Iraq again, this song reminds me of how civilians have lost all decision
making power to the MIC.

Though produced after Vietnam, this song is one of a number of 'conscience' pieces that CSNY aren't so famous for, but which represent some of their best music. It also echoes my feeling over the murky, suspect uses of our military to prop up extraction contractors. It reminds me of information disadvantage we usually endure, if reports are true that there will be even more limited media access to what I can only think is an extraction war over in Mosul.

I know our troops know their jobs. That they want to serve. That I'm no military policy expert. But to take, train and retake?

(headphones recommended)


Behind a nation's blind salute
Behind "my country `tis of thee"
Behind the pain that won't compute
Erase the memory of Shadowland.

An open wound that never heals
A bone that never seems to set
A mind that thinks but never feels
The face we've never met from Shadowland.

They tell us time and time again
They only want a few good men
They lead us through the lion's den
To Shadowland.

The world would just as soon forget
And watch the wreckage drift ashore
Ten years reduced to one regret
The baggage of war from Shadowland.

Don't ask us how our names were lost
Our nation did a sleight of hand
We never saw the line we crossed
That took us into Shadowland.

They tell us time and time again
They only want a few good men
They lead us through the lion's den
To Shadowland.

The son will reap what fathers sow
But mothers have to hear the sound
Of the last breath of the boy next door
Whose life has ended.

Shadowland, Shadowland, Shadowland.


Highly recommended to spread around -- since most people on DU understand the history of white privilege in America -- and still well worth watching, as any internal racial divide needs closing, not widening.

Happy Thanksgiving, DU! You are a haven of big hearts.

Thank you for the cheer, kindness, humor, brilliance and solutions that you've shared over the years. I don't know how I'd get on without you. For this and all future Thanksgivings, may you know that you are loved and appreciated for how good you are, and for all the good you do for others.

I'm not a fan of country, but I like this Garth guy. For Ferguson, he's done the right thing.

Voting Day Music-Copeland's Fanfare For the Common Man. May Our Politics Be Like This Orchestra!

United, yet each playing our part toward the greatest good for the greatest number.

Helluva President! Obama speech for Mary Burke in Wisconsin, October 28.

We've got to GOTV! EARLY! A Big Thank You to RBinMaine for bringing this speech to DU's attention.

Tonight my own daughter broke my heart. On Facebook she announced that she is not voting.

I can't believe I'm reading such a public announcement from my 35 year-old, lifelong Democratic voting daughter!

My daughter:

I have been proud to engage in the electoral process since I was old enough to do so and have participated (in many actively and avidly) in every election I've ever been registered for. In the past two years (since I last voted) I have realized that EVERY political contender on the ballot has already been bought by "big $$$"...so why bother? Democrat or Republican identifiers (and the realization that the concepts of dichotomy and "zero-sum game" are effectively false) and "ideals" are NOT enough when, once in office, none actually represent "constituent" interests...only "big $$$" interests.

For the first time in my adult life, I refuse to vote. I will continue to refuse as long as dichotomous options are all that are available to vote for. Until then, I will believe this concept of American "democracy" is merely a false amelioration of the masses.

On the spur of the moment I felt that I had no choice but to make a public appeal to her, although talking about voting publicly with a family member is a pretty awkward thing to do on Facebook. Even her little brother popped up in support of "ground level progressivism."

I felt that I'd failed, and that she's become someone I can only be tolerant of and courteous toward, but can't respect. I don't want to feel that way, but dammit, I do.


You're right about the money, the reality. But there is a larger moral issue at stake. To disengage from a process others used to fight and die for a chance to do is regressive, not progressive.

Your reasoning is valid. It's just not sound. Vote because you can. Because Gramma Jean, you, I and all the women and girls we know, know how hard it's been for our half, and because G needs a good example of someone making effort for other voters, if not for moneyed interests or representation.

We know the deal. Even if your heart's not in it.
Vote anyway. Like every little thing has consequences we can't see, voting is a good thing that you do.

Questions: Could I have said or done something else? Has anybody else experienced this?

I hope this isn't a trend elsewhere. Maybe I'm just tired right now, but I'm also feeling like I'm losing my children to the disengaged youth stereotype. UGH.

"Inside the Ebola Wars" from The New Yorker, Oct. 27, 2014

This is a report from the Africa side of the Ebola world on the struggles of doctors and their treatment attempts. It details the epidemiological studies and genome mapping of Ebola.

The report names ZMapp as the medicine produced by Kentucky Map BioProcessing labs, as the first medicine that saved Dr. Brantley, whose blood has been since donated to help treat Ebola patients back in the USA.

The report also summarizes vaccines in development, from the National Institutes of Health's testing of a vaccine made by a division of GlaxoSmithKline and based on an adenovirus on twenty volunteers, to one called VSV-EBOV, developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and licensed to NewLink Genetics, which started human trials last week.

It's long and dramatic, but worth your time. Unlike the rest of media, this is the kind of information that shows us how awesome people in scientific fields are awesomely in the forefront and behind the scenes.

Did I mention that I love the New Yorker?


Through A Lens Darkly -- the real American family photo record.

The documentary "Through A Lens Darkly" -- willfully unseen -- unpacks the war of images within the American family album. It re-establishes that black people's representations of themselves ARE American history. It re-establishes that black people have the final word -- and image -- about who they are. American.

This film has been around awhile but PBS and theaters should give it far more exposure right now, as the current media portrayal war on a whole people continues. A powerful and important film that should be required viewing for all Americans. Fight the power.

The People's Climate March -- Will You Be There?

September 21 starts a eighteen month fight against climate disaster.

On May 21st, McKibben published an article on the website of Rolling Stone magazine (later appearing in the magazine's print issue of June 5th), entitled "A Call to Arms,"[4] which invited readers to a major climate march in New York City for the weekend of September 20–21.[note 1] In the article, McKibben calls climate change "the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced," and predicts that the march will be "the largest demonstration yet of human resolve in the face of climate change."[4]

After criticizing world leaders, including President Obama, for not moving fast enough or going far enough to combat climate change, McKibben cites increasing evidence of environmental deterioration, including the melting of Arctic and Antarctic ice, the acidification of the oceans, and violent weather and quotes one climate scientist as exclaiming "We're all sitting ducks." He blames this state of affairs primarily on the fossil-fuel industry, which “by virtue of being perhaps the richest enterprise in human history, has been able to delay effective action, almost to the point where it's too late.” Although he claims that local, small-scale activism is crucial, the global climate justice movement sometimes "needs to come together and show the world how big it's gotten," and to allow for "opening up space for change."

Writes McKibben: "A loud movement – one that gives our 'leaders' permission to actually lead, and then scares them into doing so – is the only hope of upending" the "prophecy" that it’s already too late to reverse the problem.[4]


Should Internet Misogyny Be Taken Seriously?

It's not surprising that Professor Mary Beard is told by Rod Little, an internet provocateur, to get over it, saying "why would it be worse for a woman than a man?"

My view is that a violent language climate leads to violent actions. Psychological assault is the warmup to physical assault. That women have to continue to walk psychological minefields is a psyop that saps their energy that costs this society and weakens our identity as civilized.

What Jon Stewart says about living with racism holds true of women living with misogyny: "If you are tired of hearing about it, imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it."

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