Soon to Come in United States Hypocrisy – updates (plus: James Baldwin & Dick Gregory, ‘signature drone strike investigation’ video, and more)

It’s been a few weeks since my last post, but that certainly isn’t due to a dearth of subjects to write about. If anything there’s been so much to write about in so little time. That’s all set to change in the weeks ahead with three major articles set to appear later this month. In addition to the new materiel, as a way of marking this blog’s one year anniversary on January 8, 2014, some of‘s very first blog posts are going to be revamped and in some cases rewritten with new images accompanying them. In the meantime, take a look at the videos attached to the end of this post. And check out the suggested links for updates on some incredibly disturbing incidences of police brutality, which quite frankly have become so frequent and so numerous that it’s impossible to keep track of them all.

Coming up:

      • Who Really Killed President John F. Kennedy and Why: JFK vs. the military industrial complex

        kennedtsFrom the earliest days of the his presidency, president John F. Kennedy bumped heads with the staunchest proponents of the military industrial complex. In the fifty years since his November 22, 1963 assassination, the United States has been plunging itself headfirst into one war after the next, beginning with one it never had much of a serious chance of winning in the first place, the War in Vietnam. Decades later the country would top that by launching ill-conceived military occupations of both Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as financing and providing dangerous weapons to violent insurrectionists in Kosovo, Libya and most recently Syria. It was only through JFK’s death and the ascendancy of Lyndon B. Johnson to the presidency that the War profiteers were able to fully gain the necessary means to expand their industry in such a massive way. Was it a lone assassin who fired the shot that forever changed the course of history, or was it part of a preconceived plot?

      • Nat Turner’s Rebellion: 182 years later

        mapnaIn the early morning hours of August 21, 1831, when a group of 6 slaves led by Nathaniel “Nat” Turner killed a family of wealthy white plantation owners, it was a potential turning point in Black-white relationships in the United States of America. For the first time in the almost three centuries of residing on the continent together, white people were getting a little taste of their own medicine, and they didn’t like it one bit. As exaggerated reports claiming that a group of “1,000 armed Negroes” was making its way from Jerusalem, Virginia with the intent of seeking vengeance on every white citizen who crossed their path, white communities went into panic nationwide (In reality the revolt never exceeded 60-70 participants, far less than the one thousand reported). But the lesson they took from their fright was not to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Instead, they would take the complete opposite course by doubling down on their tactics of brutal suppression. 182 years after Turner’s subsequent trial and execution, we’ll examine what effect this had on the course of history.

FROM AROUND THE WEBnew cases of police brutality and more evidence of the racist nature of the system police are sworn to ‘protect and serve’:

Must-see VIDEOS 

  • Writer James Baldwin and comedian Dick Gregory take part in a very entertaining question-and-answer session with a London audience in 1969:
  • Glenn Greenwald’s Brave New Foundation goes where most organizations are afraid to go by interviewing the actual victim’s whose lives have been most impacted by the United States’ use of ‘Signature drone strikes’:

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