"The United States spends over $87 billion conducting a war in Iraq while the United Nations estimates that for less than half that amount we could provide clean water, adequate diets, sanitations services and basic education to every person on the planet. And we wonder why terrorists attack us." - John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man|
How Sports, Military, Police and the Security Industry, Mixed with Trauma, Creates Modern Dangerous Macho Men American society doubles down on early socialization to create hyper masculinity.
Chris Hedges: Thou Shalt Not Kill The military in the United States portrays itself as endowed with the highest virtues—honor, duty, self-sacrifice, courage and patriotism. Politicians, entertainers, sports stars, the media, clerics and academics slavishly bow before the military machine, ignoring its colossal pillaging of state resources, the egregious war crimes it has normalized across the globe, its abject service not to democracy or freedom but corporate profit, and the blind, mind-numbing obedience it inculcates among its members. A lone soldier or Marine who rises up inside the system to denounce the hypermasculinity that glorifies violence and war, who exposes the false morality of the military, who refuses to kill in the service of imperial power, unmasks the military for what it is. And he or she, as Chelsea Manning has learned, swiftly pays a very, very heavy price.
Chris Hedges: “We Are In a Revolutionary Moment”: Chris Hedges Explains Why An Uprising Is Coming — And Soon The status quo is doomed but whether the future will be progressive or reactionary is uncertain, Hedges tells Salon
Tikkun Daily in Hebrew "tikkun olam" means to heal the world.
A Quaker Perspective"It's not just that a militarized approach to preventing extremism isn't working. It's that it can't work.
"But this militarized approach to problem-solving is evident even when US troops are not deployed. Since 9/11, the US has dramatically expanded its so-called security assistance programs, which provide training, support and weapons to armies and police forces around the world. Our country now provides military and police aid to more than 130 nations in an effort to combat violent extremism.
"This approach is not working. In 2013, "terrorist" attacks increased by 43 percent around the world over the previous year...
"...all too often the US is training the very forces that are fueling violent extremism.
"...it can't work. The fundamental problem of US security assistance -- as with other military tactics for carrying out foreign policy -- is that violence is not a solution to violence.
"This is as much of a practical position as it is a moral one. Violence does not address the reasons why people turn to violence in the first place, reasons such as economic injustice, scarcity of resources, political disenfranchisement, corruption and unemployment. Responding to violence with force may feel effective, but it does not create the conditions under which peace -- and true security -- can flourish" (FCNL [Friends' Council on National Legislation] Newsletter. June, 2015).
Everyone Has to Practice Nonviolence. Now. byRev. John Dear. The great lesson of history is that violence has failed, catastrophically. As Gandhi explained, an eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind. “You have heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,’” Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount. “But I say to you, offer no violent resistance to one who does evil.” Jesus inspired Gandhi to use active nonviolence on a national level toward revolutionary change. They can inspire us, too... We need to take to the streets and demand an end to war, poverty, racism, nuclear weapons, environmental destruction and systemic violence and at the same time demand a new culture of peace and nonviolence. And we need to do it now, altogether, at the same time, and regularly, from now on, in an organized, systematic, peaceful way.
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Could Veganism End World Hunger? The World Health Organization calls malnutrition "the silent emergency", and says it is a factor in at least half the 10.4 million child deaths which occur every year.
If you’re concerned about animal rights, water conservation, clean air and health then you may already be on the road to becoming vegan – so why not take five minutes and find out how veganism could end world hunger?
There is more than enough food being produced to feed everyone in the world twice over.
The problem is, our meat-based diet means that land, water, and other resources that could be used to grow food for human beings are being used to grow crops for farmed animals instead.
70% of U.S. grain production is fed to livestock.
One-third of the world's fish catch is fed directly to livestock.
In cycling our grain through livestock, we waste 90% of its protein and 96% of its calories.
An acre of cereal can produce five times more protein than an acre devoted to meat production. Legumes [beans] can produce ten times as much.
"Those who consume livestock products and fish are competing directly with those who need grain for food." (Lester Brown, president of Worldwatch)
The truth can no longer be dodged. Livestock farming gobbles up agricultural land, water and energy that could be far more efficiently devoted to growing food for people.
The cost of an 8 ounce steak will fill 45 to 50 bowls with cooked cereal grains.
Livestock now outnumber humans by almost three to one. In the last 40 years, the number of cattle has doubled and the fowl population has trebled.
The meat and dairy industry is also putting a huge strain on our water supply.. it is unsustainable.
"The American fast food diet and the meat-eating habits of the wealthy around the world support a world food system that diverts food resources from the hungry" [Dr. Waldo Bello].
It would take just 40 million tons of food to eliminate most world hunger, yet a staggering 760 million tons of grain will be used to feed farmed animals this year.
An individual can make a huge difference. They can stop supporting the meat, fish, egg and dairy industries. They can become vegan.
In the U.S., 64% of cropland produces feed for animals, while only 2% grows fruit and vegetables.
It takes about 300 gallons of water per day to produce food for a vegan, and more than 4,000 gallons of water per day to produce food for a meat-eater.
Fact: You save more water by not eating a pound of beef than you do by not showering for an entire year.
Veganism is about wanting something better.. for the future of our children and the world as a whole.
Veganism is about making the world we live in a better place for people and animals alike.
Diet and Global Warming If one takes the threat of global warming seriously, the most powerful personal step you can take may well be choosing a vegetarian diet.
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