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United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (2017)

"A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted at the United Nations on Friday despite opposition from nuclear powers Britain, France and the United States which said it disregards the reality of dealing with international security threats such as North Korea. The treaty was adopted by a vote of 122 in favor with one country — NATO member The Netherlands — voting against, while Singapore abstained. None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons — the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel — took part in the negotiations or the vote. Even Japan — the only country to have suffered atomic attacks, in 1945 — boycotted the talks as did most NATO countries. Loud applause and cheers broke out in a UN conference hall following the vote that capped three weeks of negotiations on the text providing for a total ban on developing, stockpiling or threatening to use nuclear weapons. Within hours of its adoption, the United States, Britain and France rejected the treaty and said they have no intention of joining it."

Albert Einstein

The Russell-Einstein Manifesto (1955)

'Here, then, is the problem which we present to you, stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war? People will not face this alternative because it is so difficult to abolish war. The abolition of war will demand distasteful limitations of national sovereignty... We invite this Congress, and through it the scientists of the world and the general public, to subscribe to the following resolution:

“In view of the fact that in any future world war nuclear weapons will certainly be employed, and that such weapons threaten the continued existence of mankind, we urge the governments of the world to realize, and to acknowledge publicly, that their purpose cannot be furthered by a world war, and we urge them, consequently, to find peaceful means for the settlement of all matters of dispute between them.”

There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom. Shall we, instead, choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? We appeal as human beings to human beings: Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new Paradise; if you cannot, there lies before you the risk of universal death.'

King Bhumibol Adulyadej - Thailand

Rama IX: King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (1927-2016)

"His Majesty the King brought people from their hopelessness to their determination, security and courage to cope with obstacles. The reign was a period of comprehensive national development. His Majesty was the beloved King who was the spiritual centre of all Thai people. It was really a 70-year period of righteous reign for the benefit and happiness of Thai people. 13 October will be in the memory of Thai people for good. It was a 70-year period of limitless public benefit and now it is limitless sorrow for the people. The government will inform the National Legislative Assembly that His Majesty the King had appointed the heir in accordance with the royal law on 28 December 1972, and then the National Legislative Assembly will take the relevant action. Please take the opportunity to boost one another's morale. All of us share the same feelings because we have our common father of the nation. Please help protect national peace and do not let anyone trigger conflicts that would lead to turmoil. Thai people... His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX, has passed away. Long live the new king." - Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (2016)

Don Crump

#RNC CRUMP: "Make the Velveeta™ Ego Orange Rambo Again!" (2016)

'Friends, Delegates from #ICC Rome, and fellow Merc-y Pilgrims: Who would have believed that when we started this journey on 'The Apprentice' June 16th on NBC™ last year we – and I use the “Royal We” because we are a sports team of fellow believers in the same fairy tale VIP Hall of Fame - Cooperstown, Canton, Buckwheat-sthan, Agent Orange, Revlon™ – who would have believed the luck in our favor when Omarosa raised almost $14 million in donations this year on the show from contacts in the Fortune 500 for the #BlackLivesMatter movement in Ferguson, Missouri -one of the largest charitable donations to any political action committee in the history of the Reptilian Party since Abraham "the Vampire Killer" Lincoln and the NAACP in the civil war. Thanks and hallelujah to Dennis Rodman & Michael Gordon here, who put their NBA™ championship rings together for the "Put Mumia Abu-Jamal on the Supreme Court" movement that they launched from the grassroots of a small sales desk at the AstroTurf Benz™ Hut in Mississippi BlueStep™ river beta to take on the Chicago Machine™ in 'The Apprentice' - Season 11, Episode 9... Viva Arcata! -Big-up in Black Kali! Big Humbolt! al-Kansas, Chicago Machine™..."You're fired!"'

Banksy - Flying Copper

Count the Costs: Alternative World Drug Report (2016)

'The current global drug control system, administered and overseen by the UN, is predicated upon police and military enforcement against producers, suppliers and users – a “war on drugs” in popular discourse. But, as this report demonstrates, this approach is fatally undermining all of the “three pillars” that underpin the UN’s work – peace and security, development and human rights. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has acknowledged that current international drug policy is having a range of negative “unintended consequences”, including: the creation of a huge criminal market; the displacement of production and transit to new areas (the “balloon effect”); the diversion of resources from health to enforcement; the displacement of use to new drugs; and the stigmatisation and marginalisation of people who use drugs. However, despite acknowledging these problems, neither the UN nor its member states have sought to discover if the intended consequences of the current system outweigh the unintended consequences... This Alternative World Drug Report has been produced by the Count the Costs initiative to describe these enforcement related costs, and to start to fill the gap left by official government and UN evaluations.'

Crump Rodman 2016

#Saffron Wins Super Tuesday - Crump to Support H.R. 1976

'On the night of the Super Tuesday primary, where CNN™ is the most well known for its comprehensive coverage of who won what, why and "Where-for art Thou?', at what time, and with which flashy graphics, etc. the pundits in the Situation Room™ 2016 were constantly stalling for time to sell more advertising slots this year, and then parrying with open speculation from paid Nazi shills about what the hell will happen next with Obama at the UN and Crump in the White House. Moments of heated passionate exchange by these shills are always punctuated with a "man date, a man date," as Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper pose tough questions to the staff during inspection time with General Baden Powell on patrol. Yet, during the CNN™'s Super Tuesday coverage yesterday, such a moment of disaster and spin run-off-the-rails emerged when former Obama staffer Von Miller came over to take on the #Saffron "Black" Panther activist Jeffrey Lord one-on-one in a steel cage match with tanto knives and crack pipes in a heated debate about drag racing, NASCAR, the Democratic Party and the Ku Klux Klan casino. The trouble began when fellow New York Times and Chicago Tribune reporter/contributor Andy Capp, a conservative disinformation agent with ties to the Christ-y mob, accused Crump of making "circus crazy, bell-whistle policy proposals" launched on his Reality TV show as a joke in order to "curry flavor" with prejudiced casino voters.'

Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson

G.I. Gurdjieff: Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson (1924)

"It must be remarked that in spite of all this, quite a number of the works of Babylonian times did reach the beings of contemporary civilization, chiefly the beings breeding on the continent of Europe. But these beings, with-out suspecting the 'well of wisdom' concealed in these works—which were not 'originals' but only partially decayed copies made by their recent ancestors, who were not yet complete 'plagiarists'—and without taking the appropriate practical measures to safeguard them, simply stuffed them into what are called 'museums ' And there, little by little these works have been either totally destroyed or partially mutilated by frequent copyings with various corrosive and oxidizing compositions such as 'alabaster,' 'fish glue,' and so on, only in order that the copyists might swagger before their friends or fool their teachers, or achieve some other hasnamussian aim. It must in fairness be admitted that now and again certain beings of contemporary civilization have suspected that something was concealed in the works that chanced to reach them in their original form, specially created in Babylon by the members of the club... And it sometimes happened that certain of these inquiring beings of the European civilization, while searching very attentively, actually found in these works some fragment or other of this 'something' that had been intentionally hidden in them."

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi: "In Quest of Democracy" (1989)

'The Buddhist view of world history tells that when society fell from its original state of purity into moral and social chaos a king was elected to restore peace and justice. The ruler was known by three titles: Mahasammata, 'Unanimous Consent of the People'; Khattiya; 'Dominion over Agricultural Land'; and Raja, 'Affection through Observance of the Dhamma (Virtue, Justice, the Law)'. The agreement by which their first monarch undertakes to rule righteously in return for a portion of the rice crop represents the Buddhist version of government by social contract. The Mahasammata follows the general pattern of Indic kingship in South-east Asia. This has been criticized as antithetical to the idea of the modern state because it promotes a personalized form of monarchy lacking the continuity inherent in the Western abstraction of the King as possessed of both a body politic and a body natural... The Buddhist view of kingship does not invest the ruler with the divine right to govern the realm as he pleases. He is expected to observe the Ten Duties of Kings, the Seven Safeguards against Decline, the Four Assistances to the People, and to be guided by numerous other codes of conduct such as the Twelve Practices of Rulers, the Six Attributes of Leaders, the Eight Virtues of Kings and the Four Ways to Overcome Peril."

Thrill Me - Allen Jones

Objectification, Self-Objectification, & Societal Change

"This review focuses on the ways in which the objectification of individuals and groups of people, as well as the self-objectification that typically develops from such treatment, is implicated in positive and negative societal change. Four areas are reviewed: (a) objectification (including dehumanization, infra-humanization, dehumanized perception, sexualization, and colonialism), (b) self-objectification (including double consciousness, internalized oppression, and colonial mentality), (c) genocide and mass violence, and (c) collective action. After reviewing theories in each area, a set of underlying constructs is presented, organized under higher-order categories. Finally, connections between objectification and genocide perpetration, as well as between self-objectification and collective action, are described. It is concluded that the objectification of other people contributes to societal change that runs counter to principles of equality and respect for others, threatens civil rights, and ultimately can result in genocide or mass killings. Furthermore, self-objectification impairs the ability of oppressed groups to act collectively on their own behalf. In contrast, the process of decolonization supports collective action and positive societal change, in part because it liberates oppressed people from self-objectification."

Cynthia Enloe

Feminism & Cultural Militarization: "Bananas, Beaches & Bases"

'War, preparations for war, and the entire process of militarization are highly gendered activities. Ideas about masculinity and femininity are used to promote and sustain violence, including the centuries-old, well-entrenched, socially approved violence of armed conflict. At the root of war and violence of all types, is a mindset that values control and domination. These values are linked to a specific type of masculinity which researchers call hegemonic masculinity, in which the ideal man is physically strong, competitive, completely self-reliant, and exercises power over other men and all women. War glorifies this type of masculinity, while the military as an institution fosters and cultivates its practice. This notion of masculinity and the accompanying notion of femininity as subservient, passive and weak, is also reflected in the ways governments and politics are conceptualised and structured.'

Norman Morrison Anti-War Pentagon Protest

50 Year Anniversary of Norman Morrison Anti-War Pentagon Protest

"It was Nov. 2, 1965, and Bundt, now 80, had witnessed the self-immolation of Quaker antiwar pacifist Norman R. Morrison, who had just carried out one of the most horrific public protests of the era of the Vietnam War. Scarcely remembered now, Morrison’s suicide 50 years ago Monday was front-page news at the time, across a country that was increasingly torn by protests over the war. Morrison had set himself ablaze 40 feet from the Pentagon office window of then-Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara, one of the chief organizers of the U.S. involvement in the war... No photographs appear to exist of Morrison’s self-immolation, unlike the shocking images of Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc, who burned himself to death at a busy intersection in what was then Saigon, South Vietnam, in 1963. Morrison’s act was seen only by witnesses."

The First Thanksgiving

Unsettling Minnesota: Deconstructing the Colonial Mentality

'The most common mistake people make when they talk about racism is to think it is a collection of prejudices and individual acts of discrimination. They do not see that it is a system, a web of interlocking, reinforcing institutions: economic, military, legal, educational, religious, and cultural. As a system, racism affects every aspect of life in a country. By not seeing that racism is systemic, people often personalize or individualize racist acts. For example, they will reduce racist police behavior to “a few bad apples” who need to be removed, rather than seeing it exists in police departments all over the country and is basic to the society. This mistake has real consequences: refusing to see police brutality as part of a system, and that the system needs to be changed, means that the brutality will continue. The need to recognize racism as being systemic is one reason the term White Supremacy has been more useful than the term racism.'

Politicide

Politicide & the Cold War: Non-Violence & Civil Society

'The term genocide was coined by Raphael Lemkin (1944), defined as "a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves." Because the word became indelibly associated with the Nazi Holocaust, it promptly gained wide currency as the standard by which to judge human destructiveness... By excluding many of the worst abuses and crimes of the twentieth century, the requirement of a targeted cultural or ethnic group has arguably been the most controversial aspect of the concept of genocide. To help fill these crucial gaps, Barbara Harff and Ted R. Gurr have argued that the concept of politicide should supplement genocide. Politicide, as Harff and Gurr define it, refers to the killing of groups of people who are targeted not because of shared ethnic or communal traits, but because of "their hierarchical position or political opposition to the regime and dominant groups."'

Korean Comfort Women Monument

Pyeonghwa-bi: Peace Monument - Seoul, South Korea

'Every Wednesday, a group of South Koreans gather across the street from the Japanese Embassy in Seoul to voice their displeasure over how Japanese troops treated the so-called South Korean “comfort women” during World War II. They want the Japanese government to issue an official state apology and provide reparations to those forced into military prostitution. The protests are rather peaceful, as adults, children, nuns and even some of the women forced into sexual slavery, demand Japan to make amends. Protest organizers started their weekly protest Jan. 8, 1992, and have held more than 1,000 demonstrations since then. In 2011 — to mark the 1,000 gathering — organizers erected the Pyeonghwa-bi, Peace Monument, a statue of a teenaged Korean girl sitting on a chair facing the Japanese Embassy. The barefoot girl, with her hands resting in her lap, respresents all Korean comfort women. The small bird on her left shoulder is said to represent freedom and peace.'

Rick & Ryan Pitino

Solidarity with Martyr Trayvon Martin at a Minnesota Timber Mall game venue

Trick: "Right, the Wight Lite game... We were exposed to the Spanish Fire, but there was very little defense because just before we started, why, the Gatling guns just opened up at the bottom of the hill, and everybody was completely shredded. "The Gatlings! The Gatlings!" - the Texas Universe City crowd was going nuts and we ran away with the crown. The Gatlings just enchiladed the heads-off those bitches... We’d never have been able to take Kettle Hill if it hadn't been for Tony Parker's Gatling gun."
+ Bethesda Rough Riders vs. Harlem Globetrotters (Putos R&R)

Like a Sir

Time to Change the #Redskins Name - Time to #Abolish_War

"Agent Orange was manufactured for the U.S. Department of Defense primarily by the Monsanto Corporation and Dow Chemical, in the same manner that 'Zyklon B' (Cyclone B) was produced by the Deutsche Gold-und-Silber Scheideanstalt in the WWII era, i.e. as a touchdown pass, game-winning play call, knock-out punch, and management strategy combined with sales & marketing campaign.... The legal use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) by industrial oligarchs led by Agent Orange against innocent people for private profit, sport, trophy hunting, and self-enrichment is a key element of American fascism in the 21st century, sustained and driven by the plantation value systems of centuries of white settler colonialism, billionaire boy's club, and modern media brainwashing. The Redskins name represents the internal organization and corporate brand of the American genocide, the ethnic cleansing of a continent, and the near extinction of thousands of tribes of indigenous people, each with unique languages, religions, customs, and cultural traditions. The holocaust denial evident by the use of the Redskins logo in American history is directly related to the political forces or belief systems that extend the U.S. military in continued war crimes across the globe, which inevitably include the bigotry and forms of violence particular to the expression of American exceptionalism, including the fetishized trade of human body parts as trophies in Iraq, Buchenwald, Afghanistan, Majdanek, Vietnam, etc."

Columbia

The Columbus Myth: Settler Colonialism & Genocide

'The history of the United States is a history of settler colonialism—the founding of a state based on the ideology of white supremacy, the widespread practice of African slavery, and a policy of genocide and land theft. Euro-American colonialism, an aspect of the capitalist economic globalization, had from its beginnings a genocidal tendency... The Columbus myth suggests that from US independence onward, colonial settlers saw themselves as part of a world system of colonization. “Columbia,” the poetic, Latinate name was—and still is—represented by the image of a woman in sculptures and paintings, by institutions such as Columbia University, and by countless place names, including that of the national capital, the District of Columbia, and the Office of the Vice President. Columbus Day is still a U.S. Federal holiday in 2015.'

Dismaland - Banksy

"Dismaland" - Banksy (2015)

"Are you looking for an alternative to the soulless sugar-coated banality of the average family day out? Or just somewhere cheaper. Then this is the place for you—a chaotic new world where you can escape from mindless escapism. Instead of a burger stall, we have a museum. In place of a gift shop we have a library, well, we have a gift shop as well. Bring the whole family to come and enjoy the latest addition to our chronic leisure surplus—a bemusement park. A theme park whose big theme is: theme parks should have bigger themes… This event contains adult themes, distressing imagery, extended use of strobe lighting, smoke effects and swearing. The following items are strictly prohibited: knives, spraycans, illegal drugs, and lawyers from the Walt Disney corporation."

Zone of Peace - Nepal

U.S. & 130 Countries Support 'Zone of Peace' in Nepal

'Americans respect individuals of courage and conviction... Your Majesty, the highest mountain on our planet, Mount Everest, is in Nepal. So are 8 of the world's 10 highest peaks. And the character of your people, the sincerity of your convictions stand as tall and strong as your mountains. Any American who's visited Nepal returns home in awe, not only of the majestic beauty of your land but also of the religious strength of your people. There are countless religious shrines in Nepal -- outward symbols of your country's greatest strength. And, Your Majesty, this spiritual side which is so important to your nation speaks well of you and your countrymen. Today we had the opportunity to discuss a proposal of which you and your people can be rightfully proud. Through the Nepal Zone of Peace concept, you're seeking to ensure that your country's future will not be held back by using scarce resources for military purposes. We Americans support the objectives of Your Majesty's Zone of Peace proposal, and we endorse it. We would only hope that one day the world in its entirety will be a zone of peace.'

Snipergate

Snipergate: Occupy Houston & FOIA Documents

"Remember the Occupy Movement? The peaceful crowds that camped out in the center of a number of cities in the fall of 2011, calling for some recognition by local, state and federal authorities that our democratic system was out of whack, controlled by corporate interests, and in need of immediate repair? That movement swept the US beginning in mid-September 2011. When, in early October, the movement came to Houston, Texas, law enforcement officials and the city’s banking and oil industry executives freaked out  perhaps even more so than they did in some other cities. The push-back took the form of violent assaults by police on Occupy activists, federal and local surveillance of people seen as organizers, infiltration by police provocateurs—and, as crazy as it sounds, some kind of plot to assassinate the “leaders” of this non-violent and leaderless movement. But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what the document obtained from the Houston FBI, said.."

MLK - Memphis

Act of State: The Execution of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Martin King was killed because he had become intolerable. It's not just that he opposed the war and now was going to the bottom line of a number of the major corporations in the United States; those forces that effectively rule the world at this point in time, the transnational entities. But more importantly, I think the reason was because he was going to bring a mass of people to Washington in the spring of '68. And that was very troubling. He wanted to cap the numbers. But the military knew that once he started bringing the wretched of America to camp there in the shadow of the Washington Memorial, and go every day up to see their Senators and Congressman and try to get social program monies put back in that were taken out because of the war -- and once they did that, and they got rebuffed again and again they would increasingly get angry. It was the assessment of the Army that he would lose control of that group. And the more violent and radical amongst the forces would take control and they would have a revolution on their hands in the nation's capital. And they couldn't put down that revolution. They didn't have enough troops. Westmoreland wanted 200,000 for Vietnam. They didn't have those. They simply didn't have enough troops to put down what they thought was going to be the revolution that would result from that encampment. So because of that I think, more than anything else, Martin King was never going to be allowed to bring that mass of angry, disaffected humanity to Washington. He was never going to leave Memphis. And that was the reason for the elaborate preparations that they had..."

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