Gao-Yu — 71 years old and still fighting the Chinese government. she gives me goosebumps.

This woman will not give up. She is a journalist fighting for what she believes in until the day she dies. And I have to give her the utmost respect for that.

A portrait of Chinese journalist Gao Yu is displayed by a protester in front of the national emblem of China during a demonstration calling for the release of Gao, Hong Kong publisher Yao Wentian and Chinese lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong May 11, 2014. The Chinese government has stepped up pressure on the human rights community ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, detaining several leading dissidents and activists, including Pu and Gao. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: MEDIA CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTR3OMRN

A portrait of Chinese journalist Gao Yu is displayed by a protester in front of the national emblem of China during a demonstration calling for the release of Gao, Hong Kong publisher Yao Wentian and Chinese lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong May 11, 2014. The Chinese government has stepped up pressure on the human rights community ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, detaining several leading dissidents and activists, including Pu and Gao. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA – Tags: MEDIA CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) – RTR3OMRN

https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/04/15/dispatches-silencing-veteran-chinese-journalist

http://www.hrw.org/news/2015/06/02/china-end-denial-about-tiananmen-massacre

Rothschild Part 1

I know it’s the holiday season, and you have more pleasant things to do than listen to this shit. So I’ll try to keep it short & sweet.

This documentary is very informative. I highly recommend you watching it, even if you have to break it up into parts. Anyway, I have included a few things I found interesting.

1815– Nathan Rothschild used his insider information regarding the defeat of Napoleon at The Battle of Waterloo to start a panic by informing his workers to start selling British bonds. This led led other traders to believe Britain had lost. When the panic culminated, he bought BACK the bonds at a fraction of the price.

By the mid 1800’s the Rothschilds were indisputably the wealthiest family in Europe

“Revolutions are generally triggered of by deficiency of money. By preventing such deficiencies, the Rothschild sustem may serve to preserve peace in Europe.”

“This system or rather Nathan Rothschild, its inventor still providing firm foundations for such peace. It does not inhibit one state from making war on another exactly as before, but it does make it difficult for the people to overthrow established authority.”

“Religions is no longer able to guarantee the governments that the people will remain peaceful. The Rothschild system of loans can perform the task much better…It possesses the moral force or power which religion has lost. It can act as a surrogate for religion.”

“Indeed it IS a new religion and when the old religion finally goes under, it will provide substitutes for its practical blessings. Strangely it is once again the Jews who invented this new religion.”

–  Heinrich Hein.  German Poet

Prevailing Peace Even In a Time of War: The Christmas Truce of 1914

Milam's Musings

Well, for reportedly two weeks starting on Christmas, during one of the bloodiest wars in human history: the trench warfare of WWI. British and German soldiers stopped fighting and had peace. “Never … was I so keenly aware of the insanity of war.” Indeed. It’s one of my favorite stories ever, so I thought I had to make a blog post on it. Check it, British and German troops:

whoa

From Reason, if you’re unfamiliar with this event from almost exactly 100 years ago:

The truce was a series of unofficial and widespread cease-fires that extended over two weeks. The truce between mostly British and German troops centered on the Western Front, defined by lines of trenches that stretched across France from the North Sea to the border of Switzerland. The trenches were often close enough for the combatants to exchange shouted words and to smell food their adversaries were cooking.

Life in…

View original post 531 more words

What exactly IS Terrorism? And do we do it?

Themis statue

“In the endeavor to meet that vow, I pledge you every effort this Nation possesses. I pledge you that we shall neither commit nor provoke aggression, that we shall neither flee nor invoke the threat of force, that we shall never negotiate out of fear, we shall never fear to negotiate.

Terror is not a new weapon. Throughout history it has been used by those who could not prevail, either by persuasion or example. But inevitably they fail, either because men are not afraid to die for a life worth living, or because the terrorists themselves came to realize that free men cannot be frightened by threats, and that aggression would meet its own response. And it is in the light of that history that every nation today should know, be he friend or foe, that the United States has both the will and the weapons to join free men in standing up to their responsibilities.”

John F. Kennedy’s Address to the U.N General Assembly

September 25,1961

Link to Full Address

U.S Army Definition of Terrorism

Calculated use of violence or threat of violence to attain goals that are political, religious or ideological in nature. This is done through intimidation coercion or instilling fear.


It’s definitely debatable if we are not “provoking aggression”, or “invoking the threat of force”. According to the government’s definition terrorism might be a tactic it regularly employs as well. The waters of war are murky, and what I would suppose would be the legitimization of these actions is the grade school excuse “they did it first”. “Fight fire with fire”. Whether you are a pacifist or a militant, or like most of us something in between, the choice between visceral duress or peaceful valor is a difficult one, if not in theory, then in practice. But there is, at the very least, the need to call it like it is.The truth, as I see it, is we are willing to do whatever it takes to become a stronger world power. If we can all come to accept this reality we can catalyze the debate needed to determine if we agree or disagree with this approach.

 I do not expect contrition from our rulers, but I do expect  transparency.

Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.