Boomerang Thugs TV in New Mexico: Creeping Toward a Fascist Society

Currently, New Mexico politicians and right-wing media are running a “Boomerang Thugs” campaign to get lawmakers to pass laws that incarcerate large numbers of New Mexicans for much longer periods of time, even for petty crimes. One television station in particular is especially offensive and unprofessional: They campaign extremely hard, leading off their nightly news casts with a parade of mugshots on a frequent basis.

What would cause the major media to take it upon itself to act so harshly and inhumanely for the purpose of locking as many people up as possible? Money, in the form of campaign donations to Republican politicians, multi-millions in salaries to the private prison industry execs, and slave labor by farming out prisoners to work extremely cheap for local industries. All generously paid for with our tax dollars. These media amateurs are so unprofessional and obsessed with the campaign that they forget the number one rule of good journalism: get the other side of the story, too. There are lots of community organizers, researchers, and academics who would be happy to tell them — on the air — how the private prison industry is big business with fascist tendencies, wanting to pressure government to incarcerate young people for small amounts of marijuana and to include shoplifting even just a $20 food item as a third strike that requires a life sentence.   The greed, ostracizing, and punishment mentality that they wish for all of us to have only ruins the lives of many young people who enter the system on petty offenses.  Once in the system, many — as a result of this automatic, extended, and continuous punishment —  are ruined, and may never be able to experience the rewards of a job, for the rest of their lives.

And while the state is nationally in the gutter in education ratings and child welfare, we don’t see them rallying for boosting the budgets of our schools and community service organizations, the systems that help our young people to avoid risk behaviors in the first place.   These prison pushers really make us sick.

For more information, we’d suggest the following articles:

New Mexico Grows Its Prison Industry | Jemez Daily Post

The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery?

New Mexico Has Little-Known For-Profit Prison for Immigrants; ACLU Investigation of Such Prisons Reveals Abuse, Inhumane Conditions

24 Astounding Facts About the Private Prison Industry

Let’s say NO to bad journalism that promotes mass incarceration of our citizens, especially our youth.  Enough is enough.

The 62 Richest People On Earth Now Hold As Much Wealth As The Poorest 3.5 Billion

All the money in the world is growing ever more concentrated in the hands of just a few people, a report released Sunday night makes clear.

Just 62 ultra-rich individuals — a list that is primarily made up of men and includes Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, the Koch Brothers and the Walmart heirs — have as much wealth as the bottom half of humanity. Five years ago, it took 388 rich guys to achieve that status.


Who’s bombing Syria?

Istanbul (CNN).  Tensions in the Middle East ratcheted up dangerously Wednesday, a day after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane, with the Turkish President accusing Russia of deceit and Russia announcing it would deploy anti-aircraft missiles to Syria.

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The Age of Despair: Reaping the Whirlwind of Western Support for Extremist Violence

We, the West, overthrew Saddam by violence. We overthrew Gaddafi by violence. We are trying to overthrow Assad by violence. Harsh regimes all — but far less draconian than our Saudi allies, and other tyrannies around the world. What has been the result of these interventions? A hell on earth, one that grows wider and more virulent year after year.

Without the American crime of aggressive war against Iraq — which, by the measurements used by Western governments themselves, left more than a million innocent people dead — there would be no ISIS, no “Al Qaeda in Iraq.” Without the Saudi and Western funding and arming of an amalgam of extremist Sunni groups across the Middle East, used as proxies to strike at Iran and its allies, there would be no ISIS. Let’s go back further. Without the direct, extensive and deliberate creation by the United States and its Saudi ally of a world-wide movement of armed Sunni extremists during the Carter and Reagan administrations, there would have been no “War on Terror” — and no terrorist attacks in Paris tonight.

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Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves –

We must mourn all victims. But until we look honestly at the violence we export, nothing will ever change

Source: Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves –

Any time there is an attack on civilians in the post-9/11 West, demagogues immediately blame it on Muslims. They frequently lack evidence, but depend on the blunt force of anti-Muslim bigotry to bolster their accusations.

Actual evidence, on the other hand, shows that less than 2 percent of terrorist attacks from 2009 to 2013 in the E.U. were religiously motivated. In 2013, just one percent of the 152 terrorist attacks were religious in nature; in 2012, less than 3 percent of the 219 terrorist attacks were inspired by religion.

The vast majority of terrorist attacks in these years were motivated by ethno-nationalism or separatism.

Greece wants Germany to repay €279bn it was forced to loan the Nazi authorities during WWII – Europe – World

The Greek government has demanded that Germany pays it back €279bn (£205bn) in loans Greece was forced to give the Nazi authorities who occupied the country during World War Two.

Greece has long demanded reparations from Germany but in a statement on Monday Greece’s deputy finance minister Dmitris Mardas put an exact figure on the amount the country says it is owed for the first time.

Mr Mardas was speaking at a committee set up by the country’s left-wing Syriza government to calculate how much money Germany owed Greece.

The Greek government has demanded that Germany pays it back €279bn (£205bn) in loans Greece was forced to give the Nazi authorities who occupied the country during World War Two.

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Have Millions of Deaths from America’s ‘War on Terror’ Been Concealed?

Evil Cover Up

The mass media in the US have covered up the most important fact in America’s ongoing wars: the number of people slaughtered. Even before the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, the mainstream media served as cheerleaders for the bloodshed, spreading the major lies that led us to war.

As a combat vet still shocked by what I saw almost 50 years ago in Vietnam, where we earlier slaughtered millions in another war based on lies, I decided to look into what is happening in the current wars. I discovered that as many as seven million innocents may have been slaughtered in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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The Refugee Crisis in Context

CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

A report issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) last week provided a jarring statistical glimpse at the unprecedented crisis facing 59.5 million people who are currently displaced.[1] With ongoing wars and sectarian conflicts raging in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, South Sudan and Somalia, and record numbers moving in search of economic betterment, an additional 8.1 million people were uprooted in 2014. If all of the world’s refugees were to form one independent country, it would be the 24th largest, just behind Italy and ahead of South Africa. This country would contain .8% of the global population, which means that if it were instead composed of the world’s richest people, it would possess nearly half of the planet’s wealth.[2]

What’s more, these two hypothetical countries would represent opposite sides of the same coin. It is no accident that the concentration of global wealth is accelerating alongside the numbers of the dispossessed. It is the very predictable result of a US-led system of economic and military hegemony that values the mobility of labor and capital, but not of people, and that reflexively destabilizes any regime it views as being inadequately obsequious. Meanwhile, the market fundamentalism it espouses effectively turns farms into agribusinesses and cities into slums. It displaces as a matter of course. This is the part that the UNHCR report missed: the refugee is neoliberalism’s refuse.



Weapons Manufacturers Can’t Call Themselves Christian, Says Pope Francis

World | Reuters |

Turin, Italy:  People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin.

“If you trust only men you have lost,” he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after putting aside his prepared address.
“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?” he said to applause.

He also criticised those who invest in weapons industries, saying “duplicity is the currency of today … they say one thing and do another.”

Francis also built on comments he has made in the past about events during the first and second world wars.

He spoke of the “tragedy of the Shoah,” using the Hebrew term for the Holocaust.

“The great powers had the pictures of the railway lines that brought the trains to the concentration camps like Auschwitz to kill Jews, Christians, homosexuals, everybody. Why didn’t they bomb (the railway lines)?”