Paradox
©
Fisana

Jump to content


Photo
* * * * * 1 votes

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.


  • Please log in to reply
34 replies to this topic

#1 August West

August West

    Mycotopiate

  • OG VIP
  • 3,216 posts

Awards Bar:

Posted 04 February 2017 - 01:38 AM

Well, with all the craziness surrounding this Presidential selection, I for one am glad to see a bit of bipartisanship on some issues. Even if it's death via flying robots.

 

Obama Killed 16 Year Old American In Yemen. Trump Just Killed His 8-Year-Old Sister

 

 


 


IN 2010, PRESIDENT Obama directed the CIA to assassinate an American citizen in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki, despite the fact that he had never been charged with (let alone convicted of) any crime, and the agency successfully carried out that order a year later with a September 2011 drone strike. While that assassination created widespread debate — the once-again-beloved ACLU sued Obama to restrain him from the assassination on the ground of due process and then, when that suit was dismissed, sued Obama again after the killing was carried out — another drone killing carried out shortly thereafter was perhaps even more significant yet generated relatively little attention.

Two weeks after the killing of Awlaki, a separate CIA drone strike in Yemen killed his 16-year-old American-born son, Abdulrahman, along with the boy’s 17-year-old cousin and several other innocent Yemenis. The U.S. eventually claimed that the boy was not their target but merely “collateral damage.” Abdulrahman’s grief-stricken grandfather, Nasser al-Awlaki, urged the Washington Post “to visit a Facebook memorial page for Abdulrahman,” which explained: “Look at his pictures, his friends, and his hobbies. His Facebook page shows a typical kid.”

 

 
Few events pulled the mask off Obama officials like this one. It highlighted how the Obama administration was ravaging Yemen, one of the world’s poorest countries: just weeks after he won the Nobel Prize, Obama used cluster bombs that killed 35 Yemeni women and children. Even Obama-supporting liberal comedians mocked the arguments of the Obama DOJ for why it had the right to execute Americans with no charges: “Due Process Just Means There’s A Process That You Do,” snarked Stephen Colbert. And a firestorm erupted when former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs offered a sociopathic justification for killing the Colorado-born teenager, apparently blaming him for his own killing by saying he should have “had a more responsible father.”

 

The U.S. assault on Yemeni civilians not only continued but radically escalated over the next five years through the end of the Obama presidency, as the U.S. and the U.K. armed, supported, and provide crucial assistance to their close ally Saudi Arabia as it devastated Yemen through a criminally reckless bombing campaign. Yemen now faces mass starvationseemingly exacerbated, deliberately, by the U.S.-U.K.-supported air attacks. Because of the West’s direct responsibility for these atrocities, they have received vanishingly little attention in the responsible countries.

In a hideous symbol of the bipartisan continuity of U.S. barbarism, Nasser al-Awlaki just lost another one of his young grandchildren to U.S. violence. On Sunday, the Navy’s SEAL Team 6, using armed Reaper drones for cover, carried out a commando raid on what it said was a compound harboring officials of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. A statement issued by President Trump lamented the death of an American service member and several others who were wounded, but made no mention of any civilian deaths. U.S. military officials initially denied any civilian deaths, and (therefore) the CNN report on the raid said nothing about any civilians being killed.

But reports from Yemen quickly surfaced that 30 people were killed, including 10 women and children. Among the dead: the 8-year-old granddaughter of Nasser al-Awlaki, Nawar, who was also the daughter of Anwar Awlaki.

As noted by my colleague Jeremy Scahill — who extensively interviewed the grandparents in Yemen for his book and film on Obama’s “Dirty Wars” —  the girl “was shot in the neck and killed,” bleeding to death over the course of two hours. “Why kill children?” the grandfather asked. “This is the new (U.S.) administration — it’s very sad, a big crime.”


 

 

The New York Times yesterday reported that military officials had been planning and debating the raid for months under the Obama administration, but Obama officials decided to leave the choice to Trump. The new president personally authorized the attack last week. They claim that the “main target” of the raid “was computer materials inside the house that could contain clues about future terrorist plots.” The paper cited a Yemeni official saying that “at least eight women and seven children, ages 3 to 13, had been killed in the raid,” and that the attack also “severely damaged a school, a health facility and a mosque.”

As my colleague Matthew Cole reported in great detail just weeks ago, Navy SEAL Team 6, for all its public glory, has a long history of “‘revenge ops,’ unjustified killings, mutilations, and other atrocities.” And Trump notoriously vowed during the campaign to target not only terrorists but also their families. All of that demands aggressive, independent inquiries into this operation.

Perhaps most tragic of all is that — just as was true in Iraq — al Qaeda had very little presence in Yemen before the Obama administration began bombing and droning it and killing civilians, thus driving people into the arms of the militant group. As the late, young Yemeni writer Ibrahim Mothana told Congress in 2013:

 

This is why it is crucial that — as urgent and valid protests erupt against Trump’s abuses — we not permit recent history to be whitewashed, or long-standing U.S. savagery to be deceitfully depicted as new Trumpian aberrations, or the war on terror framework engendering these new assaults to be forgotten. Some current abuses are unique to Trump, but — as I detailed on Saturday — some are the decades-old byproduct of a mindset and system of war and executive powers that all need uprooting. Obscuring these facts, or allowing those responsible to posture as opponents of all this, is not just misleading but counterproductive: Much of this resides on an odious continuum and did not just appear out of nowhere.

 

Drone strikes are causing more and more Yemenis to hate America and join radical militants. … Unfortunately, liberal voices in the United States are largely ignoring, if not condoning, civilian deaths and extrajudicial killings in Yemen.

During George W. Bush’s presidency, the rage would have been tremendous. But today there is little outcry, even though what is happening is in many ways an escalation of Mr. Bush’s policies. …

Defenders of human rights must speak out. America’s counterterrorism policy here is not only making Yemen less safe by strengthening support for AQAP [al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] but it could also ultimately endanger the United States and the entire world.

 


It’s genuinely inspiring to see pervasive rage over the banning of visa holders and refugees from countries like Yemen. But it’s also infuriating that the U.S. continues to massacre Yemeni civilians, both directly and through its tyrannical Saudi partners. That does not become less infuriating — Yemeni civilians are not less dead — because these policies and the war theories in which they are rooted began before the inauguration of Donald Trump. It’s not just Trump but this mentality and framework that need vehement opposition.

 


Edited by August West, 04 February 2017 - 01:39 AM.

  • Lakegal7 likes this

#2 Arathu

Arathu

    Dirtmaker

  • OG VIP
  • 5,115 posts

Awards Bar:

Posted 04 February 2017 - 08:54 AM

There is more than enough on this Earth for everyone and the potential to provide even more, food, shelter, clean water, LOVE, HOPE, and PEACE.....................................unfortunately it is quite obvious that there is no real interest in doing any of that ...........but anti depressant sales for this quarter are phenomenal with upward trending growth patterns...................and smart phones outrank paying attention while driving.........but in the good news you'll be able to exercise your suppressed violent tendencies in a surrogate manner via the Stupid Bowl this holy Sunday ........ I'm going back to my agar...........

 

 


  • Myc, Alder Logs, Seeker2be and 2 others like this

#3 Alder Logs

Alder Logs

    Shiitake Novice 206 Logs

  • OG VIP
  • 9,668 posts

Donator


Awards Bar:

Posted 04 February 2017 - 10:31 AM

What Ike said...


  • Arathu likes this

#4 Myc

Myc

    El Jardinero

  • App Administrator
  • 5,370 posts

Awards Bar:

Posted 04 February 2017 - 10:42 AM

I'm reminded of an old, tasteless joke regarding how to get rid of crab lice.

 

The instructions went like this:

 

Shave off half of the hair in the infested pubic region. 

Douse the remaining hair with lighter fluid and stab the individual lice with an ice-pick as they run for safety. 

 

I'm guessing this is now the model for american foreign policy. 


  • ChimX and shoomer like this

#5 fungi2bwith

fungi2bwith

    cat-monkey

  • OG VIP
  • 1,519 posts

Awards Bar:

Posted 04 February 2017 - 12:06 PM

yup, Trump's kickin ass and takin' names.....



#6 August West

August West

    Mycotopiate

  • OG VIP
  • 3,216 posts

Awards Bar:

Posted 04 February 2017 - 02:13 PM

You say potato, I say potahto. You say kickin ass and takin' names, I say murder with flying robots. Let's call the whole thing off.


  • Arathu and CatsAndBats like this

#7 Lakegal7

Lakegal7

    Mycotopiate

  • Free Member
  • 424 posts

Donator


Awards Bar:

Posted 07 February 2017 - 02:47 PM

August West, Thankyou for sharing the cold hard truth.

#8 CatsAndBats

CatsAndBats

    [^._.^]ノ彡 & /|\( ;,;)/|\

  • OG VIP
  • 8,109 posts

Awards Bar:

Posted 07 February 2017 - 03:06 PM

You say potato, I say potahto. You say kickin ass and takin' names, I say murder with flying robots. Let's call the whole thing off.

b1495c2055cddfca37dcc6bdf039b5e8.jpg


  • archersmark and Lakegal7 like this

#9 archersmark

archersmark

    Mycophage

  • Free Member
  • 138 posts

Posted 07 February 2017 - 03:21 PM

There is more than enough on this Earth for everyone and the potential to provide even more, food, shelter, clean water, LOVE, HOPE, and PEACE.....................................unfortunately it is quite obvious that there is no real interest in doing any of that ...........but anti depressant sales for this quarter are phenomenal with upward trending growth patterns...................and smart phones outrank paying attention while driving.........but in the good news you'll be able to exercise your suppressed violent tendencies in a surrogate manner via the Stupid Bowl this holy Sunday ........ I'm going back to my agar...........

 

 

Yeah it makes me wonder what it would take for humanity to begin working together to help each other out.  We definitely have enough resources, enough "means" just not the will or the societal structures to manage collaboration.   We definitely have the tribalistic, greed-centric approach figured out though


Edited by archersmark, 07 February 2017 - 03:22 PM.

  • Arathu and Lakegal7 like this

#10 Alder Logs

Alder Logs

    Shiitake Novice 206 Logs

  • OG VIP
  • 9,668 posts

Donator


Awards Bar:

Posted 07 February 2017 - 03:30 PM

 

...what it would take for humanity to begin working together to help each other out.

 

Humanity is one thing.  "Each other" is the illusion of personal identities.  

 

So, what would it take?


  • archersmark and Lakegal7 like this

#11 Arathu

Arathu

    Dirtmaker

  • OG VIP
  • 5,115 posts

Awards Bar:

Posted 07 February 2017 - 04:38 PM

Recent incidents.............. by no means isolated............... People must have forgotten what human BEINGS are.....................it saddens me and I wonder...........WHAT THE FUCK IS IT GOING TO TAKE???????!!!!!!!

 

Multiple local stories, with photographs and video, of parents dead from O.D.'s, children left orphaned, now scared and abandoned, and into the great loving system they go so they can be saved.......It spews forth from the damned TV's that are seemingly installed everywhere now.......I can't seem to get away from the shit..........

 

I'm trying to eat....... across the table where I'm eating my lunch, and at the next table over, I overhear the "upstanding, taxpaying, and righteous folk" talk about "good riddance" and "how can they do that", "serves them right" and other great open expressions of compassion and love......my heart aches................. I pay and leave..................

 

Another day, another couple O.D., in this case the child manages to get help, and the cops show up and fucking SAVE THEM with the shot, saved their lives.......................At the same tables are the same people as above, now angry at the news, fucking vile, hatred, because their tax dollars were used to save junkies.....you know, those deadbeat welfare freeloaders that need to get a job (I'll spare y'all from hearing the other lovely descriptions just as courtesy) ......meanwhile, I know for a fact that all of them are on anti depressants, a whole host of other legal DOPES, THE VERY SAME SUBSTANCES that the useless "junkies" die on, seriously to grossly obese, with replacement knees, new hips, and repeated facial rearrangements, completely self righteous and self centered.................BELIEVING THEY ARE JUSTIFIED in their holy stance............................I paid this time and let them know I'm not coming back............................. with my apologies.............   

 

 

It's gonna take a big fucking space rock to slam into this planet and spill the oceans over these lands. Which will wipe away this fucking iteration of the mess....................and still the new Cain will Slay Able for saving a junkie with his tax dollars...........

 

NEVER allow a human being to be reduced to a label....................lest you too come to the place that in your beliefs and delusions......their lives don't matter or aren't worth anything.............

 

 

I'm glad I'm home now..................

 

 

Hello family of human beings! I'm gonna just try LOVE...........

 

 

 

A


  • riseabovethought, Skywatcher, Juthro and 1 other like this

#12 Juthro

Juthro

    dope smoking hillbilly

  • OG VIP
  • 4,892 posts

Donator


Awards Bar:

Posted 07 February 2017 - 05:05 PM

Recent incidents.............. by no means isolated............... People must have forgotten what human BEINGS are.....................it saddens me and I wonder...........WHAT THE FUCK IS IT GOING TO TAKE???????!!!!!!!
 
Multiple local stories, with photographs and video, of parents dead from O.D.'s, children left orphaned, now scared and abandoned, and into the great loving system they go so they can be saved.......It spews forth from the damned TV's that are seemingly installed everywhere now.......I can't seem to get away from the shit..........
 
I'm trying to eat....... across the table where I'm eating my lunch, and at the next table over, I overhear the "upstanding, taxpaying, and righteous folk" talk about "good riddance" and "how can they do that", "serves them right" and other great open expressions of compassion and love......my heart aches................. I pay and leave..................


Forgive me for a distraction, but your words reminded me of one of my favorite performers, trying to express some similar feelings.

[Direct Link]


  • Myc, Arathu, ChimX and 1 other like this

#13 Arathu

Arathu

    Dirtmaker

  • OG VIP
  • 5,115 posts

Awards Bar:

Posted 07 February 2017 - 05:39 PM

Nothing to forgive..............thanks for the great distraction..................... I hope I can find my own humanity when the shit hits the fan...................


  • Juthro likes this

#14 Alder Logs

Alder Logs

    Shiitake Novice 206 Logs

  • OG VIP
  • 9,668 posts

Donator


Awards Bar:

Posted 07 February 2017 - 08:50 PM

Kris Kristofferson - Jesus Was A Capricorn (Owed To John Prine)

 

[Direct Link]


Edited by Alder Logs, 07 February 2017 - 08:51 PM.

  • Arathu and Juthro like this

#15 Arathu

Arathu

    Dirtmaker

  • OG VIP
  • 5,115 posts

Awards Bar:

Posted 07 February 2017 - 10:10 PM

When I first heard this......and this is actually a small chunk of the talk...........I got tribal European all kinda fired up...cause I remembered that I was connected to the Earth

 

Worth a listen IMHO............

 

John Trudell - What Happened to the Tribes of Europe

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=rbCar3aGadc

 

Earth Animated by Spirit .............. Human Animal Being


Edited by Arathu, 07 February 2017 - 10:13 PM.

  • Juthro likes this

#16 Alder Logs

Alder Logs

    Shiitake Novice 206 Logs

  • OG VIP
  • 9,668 posts

Donator


Awards Bar:

Posted 08 February 2017 - 12:58 AM

Don't Let The Bastards Get You Down - Kris Kristofferson

 

 

[Direct Link]



#17 oneeye1

oneeye1

    Mycotopiate

  • OG VIP
  • 304 posts

Donator

Posted 17 February 2017 - 08:42 PM

Life is the greatest saddest lovelyylist rubbishist brilliantist unfairist ride going

Would be great to to all love each other and provide for eachother but we are complex fucked up race

Johnny fucking depp spending $25 k s month on wine for some reason really pissed me off
  • Arathu, riseabovethought, Heirloom and 1 other like this

#18 Alder Logs

Alder Logs

    Shiitake Novice 206 Logs

  • OG VIP
  • 9,668 posts

Donator


Awards Bar:

Posted 17 February 2017 - 10:10 PM

I love life.   And my doctor took away my wine, even my coffee.   Wine is probably a better place to keep one's money right now than in money.  I really love me some Johnny Depp movies (that's "films" to all you limeys).

 

You could try doing service and see how that makes you feel.  If it feels as good to you as it feels to me, think of how you will be having it over on all the unhappy assholes who can't find anything better to do than fuck up the world.  Whatever you do, don't let on to them about it.  Just our secret, eh?


Edited by Alder Logs, 18 February 2017 - 02:15 AM.

  • Lakegal7 likes this

#19 Arathu

Arathu

    Dirtmaker

  • OG VIP
  • 5,115 posts

Awards Bar:

Posted 18 February 2017 - 12:31 AM

I fell in love with the whole crazy mess..............it's fucking great..........and when my body dies....Imma go somewhere else hopefully, or at least remember what I know now, my brother and I talked about that before he died, he said he was gonna try................til then I'm going to try to have way more good days than bad just for the hell of it.............

 


  • Heirloom and Lakegal7 like this

#20 oneeye1

oneeye1

    Mycotopiate

  • OG VIP
  • 304 posts

Donator

Posted 18 February 2017 - 11:27 AM

I love life. And my doctor took away my wine, even my coffee. Wine is probably a better place to keep one's money right now than in money. I really love me some Johnny Depp movies (that's "films" to all you limeys).

You could try doing service and see how that makes you feel. If it feels as good to you as it feels to me, think of how you will be having it over on all the unhappy assholes who can't find anything better to do than fuck up the world. Whatever you do, don't let on to them about it. Just our secret, eh?


Totally hear what you say but im mot sure if depo was investing in wine to be honest
If he was then fair dos
Just irked me




Like Mycotopia? Become a member today!