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225 Jewish Survivors and Descendents of Survivors of Nazi Genocide Condemn the Massacre of Palestinians

225 Jewish survivors and descendents of Jewish survivors of the Nazi genocide have signed on to this letter condemning Israel’s massacre on Gaza and calling for an end to the genocide of the Palestinian people. In the letter, they also speak out against the abuse of their histories to promote the dehumanization of Palestinians advanced by Elie Wiesel among others in his recent ads placed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the Guardian. 

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Israeli army uses Gaza children as human shields

 

 

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Swedish Dad Demonized for taking video-gamer kids to real war zone

I’d say he’s a hero.

“We went to a clinic where kids were being stitched up every single day because they had been hit in the head with the butt of a rifle,”Helgegren told the newspaper.

But Helgegren was thorough in his explanations; he tried to get across to his children that not all actions carried out by a soldier correspond with the thoughts and desires of a particular society, and that there are politics involved…

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Upon return home, his noble intentions bore fruit; Frank and Leo no longer wanted to play Call of Duty. In fact, they wanted to go back to the Middle East one day.

 

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Alien D-Day Meets Groundhog Day
4.5/5

I’m going to recommend this as a decent sci-fi action spectacular. The story is interesting enough to carry it through to the end, and they spared no expense to bring the world to life.

I zapped off a couple of points for repetitiveness and going over the top, but still if you like sci-fi this film is worth it.

Now the question of militarism comes up, the “glory” of battle, the idea of cowardice to demonize pacifists. This is a controversial point, and the film fulfills its militant premise. War is the only way to save mankind with an alien foe of such genocidal ferocity. To fight back is justified, and this requires outside-the-box thinking.

While the military itself is largely incompetent, rigidly inflexible and the antagonist for much of the film, the lone wolf military men and women, the risk takers, the supermen are presented as the salvation of humanity. This sprouts from very dangerous historical underpinnings, but I think the film is sufficiently contemplative to present these ideas and to explore them.

 

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There is heroic sacrifice, and this may be done to death at the multiplexes, but it’s seldom done well anymore. So you know the kind of movie you’re going to get. It’s going to be big. It’s going to have a twist or three, and heroism and combat are central.

With the time-displacement idea, resetting the day, it gets a bit video-gamey. I’m sure this was intended to appeal to hardcore video gamers who go on journeys much like Tom and company with the constantly-resetting experiments, dying and reincarnation, as the typical game embodies. That’s where it got a bit repetitive. But the jump cuts pushed it along so that we didn’t dwell after the initial setups.

Other than Groundhog Day, we may be seeing the so-called inspiration of that Source Code film. I was not a fan there, and Edge of Tomorrow pulls it off better. The story logic is slightly improved, if such a trick can ever fly. It takes some generosity of spirit on the viewer’s part.

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25 Recent Events in Ukraine the U.S. Wants You To Forget

Here are 25 recent events, or data points, that our rulers hope we forget when they blame the collapse of the old world order on Russia:

  1. US spent $5 billion to destabilize Ukraine, not to mention the millions NGOs spent on “opposition groups“. The State Department was even caught playing kingmaker in Ukraine in secret recordings during the takeover.
  2. November 21st, 2013 - Ukraine’s President abandons an agreement on closer trade ties with EU, instead seeking closer cooperation with Russia. Violent pro-EU protests begin to organize.
  3. December 17th, 2013 - Putin offers to buy $15bn of Ukrainian debt and discount the price of Russian gas by about a third.
  4. February 2014 – Violence of coup peaks on the 20th. On 22nd protesters took control of Kiev and Parliament votes to remove president from power.
  5. February 23rd – New interim government named, replaces head of Ukraine central bank.
  6. March 6th – Obama signs national emergency executive order to punish Ukrainians that ”undermine democratic processes and institutions” of the coup government in Ukraine. You can’t make this stuff up.
  7. March 16th – Crimea holds voter referendum to split from coup government in Kiev and ally with Russia, passes by over 95%.
  8. March 20th – Obama announces more unilateral sanctions on Russia

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Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine to fend off Putin-backed rebels

 

Fucking Nazis.  To help fucking Nazis.

Nazis.

Hey America – just on principle this has got to be a low point, historically speaking?

A team of Pentagon officials is heading to Ukraine to help the country rebuild its fractured military, a mission that lawmakers and analysts expect will result in recommendations for greater military assistance…

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Apparently Yatsenyuk threw a hissy fit in the parliament and resigned! Were they not Hitlerian enough for this motherfucker’s taste?  Or perhaps he stole enough US tax money and IMF loan cash so that it’s not worth the risk anymore?

 

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 Photos that Kiev Forces Deployed BUK Missiles In East Ukraine
  • RUSSIA HAS IMAGES OF UKRAINE DEPLOYING BUK ROCKETS IN EAST: IFX
  • RUSSIA: UKRAINE MOVED BUK NEAR REBELS IN DONETSK JULY 17: IFX
  • RUSSIA DETECTED UKRAINIAN FIGHTER JET PICK UP SPEED TOWARD MH17

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Russian Audio Analysis: Ukraine Intercepts a Fraud!

UPDATE

 

Russian Audio Analysis: Ukraine Intercepts a Fraud!

 

 


 

 

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Lugansk Aerial Bombing by Ukraine Air Force, June 4, 2014

 

New York Times has audio, allegedly from E. Ukraine (via the Nazi regime intelligence), where it appears to be a mistaken shoot down. The voices on the recording are unsure what was shot down, and try to piece together evidence from the crash:

Ukraine released what it said was audio from phone calls between rebels and Russian officers after the downing of Malaysia Airlines 17. In one call, a rebel says, “We have just shot down a plane.”

Note: “what it said.” There is zero evidence that the voices belong to any “Russian officers.”

Intercepted Audio of Ukraine Separatists

 

Note to airlines – don’t fly over war zones where people are being bombed from the air? I guess that would make too much sense.

 

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New upcoming sci-fi anti-war novel for YA readers.

 

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The Plot Thickens

 Times of Israel reported:

Pledging allegiance to ISIL, ‘Supporters of the Islamic State in Bayt al-Maqdis’ claims attacks in Hebron, Gaza

A new Palestinian jihadist group pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the killing of three Israeli teenagers last month in the West Bank, as well as other recent deadly attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians.

In a statement posted on jihadi websites Tuesday, the Supporters of the Islamic State in Bayt al-Maqdis said it was behind the capture and killing of “the three soldiers” in Hebron (actually, it was in the nearby Etzion bloc), sniper attacks in Hebron andTarqumia, and missile launches from Gaza into Israel a month and a half ago.

Let’s take a step back here and recap where this ISIL/ISIS got its start: the US/Saudi/Qatari/Turkish assault on Syria. These terror groups have been aided and abetted by the US empire, armed to the teeth and imported in to wreak havoc on Syria and now on Iraq. This has been a project of the United States with its key mideast allies. Now they are running amok across the middle east, including — apparently — recruiting soldiers in Gaza.

 

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A mixed bag of mutants.

Much feels familiar in this next installment, the fifth or so generally and the second with this semi-relaunched cast.

However, the secret weapon in Days fo Future Past is Mystique, the sexy blue mutating Jennifer Lawrence character. The story hangs on Mystique and her actions, set up with an incident from the distant past, 1973, and then hinging on a time travel plot to alter history. Time travel can be interesting or cheezy, and this one is both. Laughs are played, anachronisms, one-liners. It’s Wolverine who gets the call, as he’s the only mutant with the wear and tear to survive the brain mangling.

It’s lighthearted, but it’s also very, very talky. The first half borders on obligatory yawns with the amount of exposition coming out of the mouths of the mutants. We’ve got old Xavier and young Xavier, Magneto and the young one. And everyone constantly needs to be brought up to speed.

As they say, “show don’t tell;” it doesn’t seem to have hurt this production with $700M in box office so far to show. There’s a do as I say, not as I do, sensibility in Hollywood, which is filled with know-nothing smarmy know-it-alls.

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Back on track – the second half picks up. Actually the break-in to the Pentagon is a good adrenalin boost, with a unique scene involving a speedy mutant who’s a lot of fun to watch.

In the interest of avoiding spoilers, I won’t say much more, except for this. The film maintains a strong moral compass on the side of peace and non-violence. For that I was grateful (and surprised), and impressed. Much is made over the act of killing, killing one man. To kill one is to initiate a war. Killing and war are so closely related, and the mindset of a murderer is the mindset of a soldier. That was unexpected, and it had me by the end of the film hanging on the plot.

I’d rate the previous film First Class a tad higher than Days of Future Past. This owes to the scattered plot and diffused focus. The battle with giant robot drones was a letdown too, more sound and fury signifying not much.

On second thought, there is a theme involving power and weapons. The weapons have grown beyond the ability to control them. This makes sense in the 1973 world, but is less clear in the current one. The supposed modern timeline was a bit too reliant on special effects extravaganzas, and these distract. The blitzkrieg of CGI reduces the whole thing to video game sensibility, and the same barrage we see in every modern Hollywood FX movie.  The director here is a bit smarter than most, but relying on the same old big light show at the end was disappointing.

4/5

 

 

 


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