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Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown

Anyone who is not them is now equated with a disease:

“Among the projects awarded for the period 2014-2017 is a Cornell University-led study managed by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research which aims to develop an empirical model “of the dynamics of social movement mobilisation and contagions.”

It never avoids my attention that this most politically violent institution on the planet is consumed with this idea of addressing “political violence.”

“This project is not about terrorists, but about supporters of political violence.”

That would be the entire Congress and a good percentage of the country that cheers on the US military’s so-called “adventures” around the globe. The hypocrisy is visible from orbit. The US military is all about “political violence,” and it is the main purpose for its existence. It’s what it does, day in and day out, with about 1,000 bases around the globe arming, training and meddling in the politics of other nations, violently.

This cognitive chasm is of Orwellian dimensions.

“Minerva-funded social scientists tied to Pentagon counterinsurgency operations are involved in the “study of emotions in stoking or quelling ideologically driven movements,” he said, including how ‘to counteract grassroots movements.'”

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In this latest Orwellian revelation, the US military — one of the most active purveyors of “political violence” in the world, and much of it illegal Nuremberg violations — is now grouping together non-violent social movements with “terrorism.” But you already knew that, right? I mean, you should. It’s a longstanding pattern.

Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown

Pentagon officials said their priority was “to develop capabilities that are deliverable quickly” in the form of “models and tools that can be integrated with operations.”

 

 

Must say I was quite repulsed by this film when I first saw the trailers, but if Adam Quigley is right, we all underestimated the thing.

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Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick on Abby Martin’s show:

 

Be certain to catch my take on episode 1 and particularly the posting of BBC’s 1989 Sacrifice at Pearl Harbor.

 

 

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by Joe Giambrone

Finally caught the 3D and immersive Life of Pi.  Would that I could have caught the 2D showing, as I hate 3D, but Kronos tends to lean toward annoying me.  The “Real 3D” system is both obtrusive and image-degrading, as many have commented on.  What they usually don’t mention is that the audience is forced to view, through cheap 10 cent plastic, used lenses, an image captured on $30,000 state of the art glass optics.  Way to fuck up the delivery chain.

Be that as it may, I can’t fault Ang Lee who turned in a spectacular, deeply layered epic masterpiece, and one of the best films of 2012.  Lee is well known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as well as Hulk, which I avoided.  His has been a daring career of unconventional stories such as Lust, Caution, Taking Woodstock, The Ice Storm, and the completely unexpected Brokeback Mountain.

In Life of Pi we are caught up in the life of an Indian boy named Pi Patel who chose his own first name as a way of getting his classmates to stop calling him “Pisser.”  Pi comes upon the various religions of the world and decides to follow them all in a non-discriminatory fashion.  His is a quest to find God, one way or another.  His shipwreck story is presented to an author, so that it can become a book, although its veracity is in question.

Pi claims to have been shipwrecked in the Pacific on a lifeboat with several zoo animals.  His family had been transporting the animals across the ocean to sell in Canada.  The trip is harrowing, and his entire family is lost with the sinking of the cargo ship.  Pi is stranded with no hope for a rescue operation, set adrift in the middle of the world’s largest ocean.

In this context Pi truly faces both the prospect of meeting God as well as meeting his own true nature.  This is where the film excels and captivates, essentially transforming a simple story of a boy bobbing around on a lifeboat into a gripping, tense masterpiece that will be quite unforgettable and live on.

Any film which delves into the primal, base nature of humanity could be considered political.  Where morality breaks down, we devolve.  Extreme stress produces a stripping away of social constructs, the ideas which normally form our behavioral rules and mores.  How Pi handles this devolution and how he chooses to express these experiences are haunting, chilling, a sneak attack on one’s mental defenses.

The imagery of the film and its seamless, animated transitions from scene to scene flow like a dream.  Such remarkable cinematography, often the backgrounds are replaced with stunningly more beautiful glimpses of nature and living creatures who play their parts as in a choreographed ballet of life.

As one of our commenters, Sunni Evans said:

“The best movie I have ever seen! I’ll be thinking about the symbolism for years!”

I highly recommend Life of Pi and hope people will think about the concepts of the film for a long time afterward.

Fantastic independent film: ugly Americans, ugly America.  I swear this is a post 9/11 ass-ramming for a nation of bullies, patriarchal, abusive conquistadors drunk on their own “civilizing missions.”  This white man’s burden gets an unexpected take, when a wild, feral woman is found living like an animal in the woods.

The woman winds up stretched out in a torture position for most of the film, reminiscent of the torture of prisoners at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, as well as at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.  The man, Chris Cleek, who runs the show by capturing the woman, is a militaristic, unhinged authoritarian.  He acts out of a need for natural order and dominance by the white male in charge – himself.  His family lives in terror of his temper, and all are scared of crossing him, with good reason.

The acting is chilling to the bone, by the entire cast.  The terrorized family unit really brings the story to life, as it all unfolds in broad daylight.

The socio-political backdrop in The Woman is too obvious to ignore when Chris acts repeatedly out of his supposedly noble motives to tame the savage for her own good, while his own acts are equally as savage throughout.  This glaring hypocrisy adds to the tension, as Chris’ orders and his Manifest Destiny vision are similar themes to what passes for American politics on the larger scale out in the world.  The hypocrisy scales up too.

The Woman ends pretty savagely, so I wouldn’t consider this a kids’ movie.  Definitely earned its R rating with an old-school grindhouse bit of splatter at the opportune moments.