The Breakfast Club 8-8-2014

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Peace and the Antiwar Movement

Peace on Earth. How many times has that been said. We want peace on earth. Ya, most people do. More than most, probably a "vast" majority. But make no mistake, there are plenty of humans who don't want peace for various reasons, or believe that peace is unattainable, that it's just the way it is. So you know, it's not unanimous.

Many on the left and right/libertarians have complained over the last decade about the lack of an antiwar movement. The last significant protest movement against war was in 2002/2003 with the Iraq war. Many organizations and groups were created during the Bush wars but then came Obama. His rhetoric and promises (lies) and the fact that he was black and a democrat seemingly pacified an already weakening antiwar movement

In my opinion we need one now in a big way, and quick.

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A Lead Technology Story: The Biggest Lie About Net Neutrality, By Timothy Karr at Huff&Puff&Post Tech

Or click on the headline to go to the embedded paper here at the Voices on the Square site. Note that the embed is not compatible with all devices.

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IMF Leading the Way on Climate Change

Fantastic news. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), that benevolent lender of money to the downtrodden and disrespected, is leading the charge in fighting climate change.

Believe me, this news combined with the Pentagon and Military Industrial Complex's plans to lead the way against war, imperialism and militarism should be taken as a sign of optimism for us all.

"For the first time, the IMF laid out exactly what it views as appropriate taxes on coal, natural gas, gasoline and diesel in 156 countries to factor in the fuels' overall costs, which include carbon dioxide emissions, air pollution, congestion and traffic accidents.

I won't bother with the details, it's all in a new IMF book. This book should be in every environmentalist's back pocket as they spread the good news to the happy people.

We should all be grateful that our leaders are so intent on protecting us and our beloved planet.

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The Breakfast Club (Canção do Mar)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

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Doing the right thing

crossposted from: Humanitarian Left

By OPOL
from Humanitarian Left, 24 June, 2014

* Originally posted at Daily Kos

We have rules in society, and for the most part, generally speaking and at their most basic level, they are good ones: don't rob, steal, kill, set your neighbor's house on fire, etc. But not all rules are equal, and while playing by them is usually good and the right thing to do – that's not always true.

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“If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.”

Henry David Thoreau

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The Breakfast Club: 8-6-2014

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Everyone's welcome here, no special handshake required. Just check your meta at the door.

Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

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Beware of Human Rights Watch Propaganda

Here's a good two part article from New Eastern Outlook regarding the role Human Rights Watch (HRW) plays in creating and emphasizing the narratives of western imperialists. This is not new, it;s been well known in the alternative blogosphere that HRW was part of the Empire, the establishment. It exists to obscure the reality of war zones serving as an intermediary to the facts on the ground and the public while serving the Empire. Recently in particular regarding what is happening in Ukraine, Venezuela, Libya, and Syria.;

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Flight MH17 and Obama

Investigative reporter Eric Zuesse has analyzed available information concerning the crash of flight MH17 in Ukraine and has come to what he says is a definitive conclusion that the plane was brought down by an attack by Ukraine military fighter jets. He's published a good number of articles since the incident.

I can't argue with his conclusion based on available information. I certainly don't believe the non-evidence, i.e., lies, provided by my own government. Again.

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Gender Prison: Why are some people transgender?

That's a question I have been asked dozens of times.

It causes other questions pop into my head. Why is water wet? Why are blueberries purple? I spend about as much time considering each of those queries.

I've written about this in the past: Layers of Why.

After extensive introspection I basically came up with this:

If I had to pick a single step in my growth process as a human being, it would be the moment when it occurred to me that it didn’t matter why I was the way I was. What mattered was that I existed, that I was a human being and I was living my life the best way I knew how.

Bu that is not good enough for some people. That set would especially contain those who exhibit little respect for science, but still demand a scientific explanation for the existence of transpeople...which still probably wouldn't be good enough, because, you know, God.

Recently Sabrina Rubin Erdely of Rolling Stone took a stab at the science.

Once upon a time, the thought was that transgender was caused by childhood trauma of some sort. Our families were dysfunctional or we were sexually abused as children. But while our families may or may not have been dysfunctional, that is not how we came to be who we are.

That is absolutely not true at all. But I still get people in my clinic who are trying to unravel what the traumatic incident was, that caused their kid to be trans.

--Dr. Johanna Olson, medical director of the Transgender Clinic at Children's Hospital Los Angeles

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