Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The ongoing call for nuclear abolition at Los Alamos



·         Campaign Nonviolence
The ongoing call for nuclear abolition at Los Alamos

Rev. John Dear August 5, 2019
    
This week, we drove back up the remote New Mexico mountains to the “atomic city” for our annual peace vigil, sit in and rally. This was our 16th year in a row. Every time I go to Los Alamos, I’m shocked all over again by its beauty, its normalcy–and its frightening, zombie-like culture of death.
For me, Los Alamos remains the world’s greatest terrorist camp, its most sinister place, the embodiment of evil. For while the people are good, and the surrounding cliffs, rocks, forests and mountains are stunning, the National Laboratories where we spend hundreds of billions to build nuclear weapons is the most evil place on earth. There we prepare for the end of the world like it was a perfectly normal thing to do. There our despair reaches its climax and we give in to our addiction to death and say, go ahead, blow the whole thing up.

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  But the drive up the mountain presents a gorgeous view. The two lane road takes you along sheer rocky cliffs on one side of a majestic canyon. Far down below you can see pine trees, junipers and sagebrush across the canyon floor. Across the way, stands the other side of the canyon wall—a wall of light brown, almost orange and white mysterious rock.
It’s a hot August day, but as usual massive white rain clouds tower overhead threatening rain, as they do this time of year. Oppenheimer picked this remote place precisely because no one would ever make the trek up here. Few still do.

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   When you reach the top, a large sign greets you: “Welcome to Los Alamos—where discoveries are made.” We gathered for our annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemoration at Ashley Pond Park, the exact place where long ago the Hiroshima bomb was built by Oppenheimer and his mad scientists. Now the streets honor that proud achievement with names like Oppenheimer Drive and Trinity Drive.
This year we noticed that the National Park Service has taken over Ashley Pond Park, and set up a little visitor’s center which celebrates the atomic bomb. You would never know it was ever detonated. No, there are no photos of the 200,000 sisters and brothers killed 74 years ago. No, there is no hint of regret or a commitment to make sure these atrocities never happen again. To me, it would be like visiting the Auschwitz museum and finding the museum approved what happen. I told the friendly park ranger that I found the whole thing quite disturbing, and that we were going outside to protest this mad rush to death. He laughed out loud.

   I step outside into the park and lightning strikes the surrounding hills. Dark clouds hover over head and thunder breaks the silence every few minutes. A light drizzle starts. We decide, at over 7000 feet above sea level, that it’s too dangerous to be walking around during these lightning strikes, so we cancel the walk, and gather near the stage area by Ashley Pond for our witness.

   We pick up a peace sign, put on sackcloth, and pour ashes on the nearby ground, and sit for thirty minutes of silent prayer to repent of the mortal sin of nuclear weapons, as the people of Ninevah did long ago according to the Book of Jonah. We beg the God of peace for the gift of nuclear disarmament. We look ridiculous, of course, but unbeknownst to passers-by, we have undertaken a symbolic spiritual/political act of protest–the oldest known form of protest in history.
Then we heard from our speakers. Jay Coghlan of Nukewatch New Mexico talked about the seriousness and stupidity of the Trump Administration’s decision last week to pull out of the Arms Control Treaty, a decision that has gotten lost in all the other bad news (see: www.nukewatch.org). Joni Arends of Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety New Mexico spoke of the latest shenanigans by the Labs, to bypass the legal oversight of its water purification system so that plutonium contaminated water can continue to poison the land (see: www.nuclearactive.org). Alicia from Nukewatch explained the latest progress with the U.N. treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons, organized by the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winning group, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (see: www.icanw.org).

  Since we were a small group of forty or so, we took turns sharing our reflections on this solemn occasion, from our experience of sitting at the place where the Original Bomb was built, to our personal efforts for peace. One friend spoke of the money spent by the city of Los Alamos to beautify the park. “I hate all this beauty,” she said through her tears, “because it covers up all the evil that happened here and continues to happen here.” Everyone nodded in agreement.

  Last year we started to hold regular organizing meetings to plan our events for next year, August 6-9, 2020, when we will mark the 75th anniversary of the Trinity test, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On August 6, and 9, 2020, we plan to walk around Ashley Pond Park, perhaps 500 of us or more, and then join hands in silence to mark the occasion, then hold a rally with speakers and music.
In between those days, we will hold the Campaign Nonviolence National Conference in Albuquerque with speakers including actor Martin Sheen, Civil Rights leader Dolores Huerta, religious leader Rev. Richard Rohr, social scientist Dr. Erica Chenoweth, Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the HipHop Caucus, myself and others.

  I invited Beatrice Finn, leader of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, to fly from Geneva next year to speak to us. She wrote me that the Mayor of Hiroshima had also invited her to speak, so she would be in Japan during that time. She recommended we invited Dr. Ira Helfand of ICAN to speak instead and he gladly accepted.

  But Beatrice Finn also said, in effect, that on August 6 and 9, 2020, there’s only two places to be on the planet—Hiroshima, Japan, or Los Alamos, New Mexico, calling for the total abolition of nuclear weapons.

   We encourage everyone not going to Japan next year to make places to join our national march and commemorations in Los Alamos, NM. (For details and to register, visit: www.paceebene.org/cnvconference2020). I hope every peace, justice and environmental group in the national can send a delegation.

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  Only later did we learn that while we were praying and speaking out for nuclear disarmament in Los Alamos through our public nonviolent witness and action, down the road on highway 25 south, just pass Las Cruces, NM, into El Paso, Texas, a gunman was opening fire on people at the local Walmart. It was a blatant racist, anti-immigrant, terrorist massacre, fueled by the hatred of the racist president and the racist Republican party. Like everyone, I grieve for all those killed and injured in El Paso, Dayton and elsewhere, and I see a direct connection between Los Alamos and El Paso and the insanity of our gun violence and nuclear violence.

   The sick people who prevent gun control and support AK47s are the same people who support the building and maintenance of nuclear weapons, which put millions of people at risk from some unimaginable massacre to come. The sickness of our widespread gun violence epidemic is connected to the sickness of the nuclear weapons industry, and the numbness and despair among us allow these lethal epidemics to threaten us all.

  We need to wake each other up, now more than ever, and speak out and resist violence in all its forms, and call for a new culture of nonviolence, where not only ban machine guns and nuclear weapons, we fund decent jobs, housing, education, healthcare, and dignity for all people everywhere—and nonviolent conflict resolution as the way forward.

  In September, CampaignNonviolence.org will organize over 3,000 marches, rallies, and public events across the U.S. during our national week of action (Sept. 14-22) against a wide array of issues—racism, war, poverty, nuclear weapons and environmental destruction—to call for a new culture of justice, peace and nonviolence. We want to keep the movement moving; connect the dots between the various struggles; put our nonviolence into practice; and build up the global grassroots movement of creative nonviolence. It’s the way change has always happened—when ordinary people take public action through bottom up people power grassroots movements. Join us! (www.campaignnonviolence.org)

   It’s strange, but later, driving back down the mountain, after a day of meetings, and now an afternoon of public witnessing for peace, I felt oddly consoled, grateful, even hopeful. One would not expect that after looking Hiroshima and Los Alamos in the eye.

   I recalled the words of my friend and teacher to me long ago–Fr. Daniel Berrigan: “If you want to be hopeful, you have to do hopeful things.”

  So we go forward, doing our small hopeful things, no matter what, hoping for the best, come what may. And we take heart once more.

This story was produced by Campaign Nonviolence
  

Rev. John Dear is an internationally known voice for peace and nonviolence and is on the staff at Campaign Nonviolence. A priest, peacemaker, organizer, lecturer, and retreat leader, he is the author or editor of 30 books, including his autobiography, “A Persistent Peace.”

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs



Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Baltimore Activist Alert -- August 21 - 22, 2019


38] Jobs & Community Resource Fair -- Aug. 21
39] Convergence: Toward a Common Goal - Annual Meeting -- Aug. 21
40] Impeachment Rally – Aug. 21
41] Terps for Bernie: Phonebank & Textbank -- Aug. 21 – 22
42] Volunteer at the Maryland Food Bank – Aug. 21
43] Town Hall with Senator Chris Coons – Aug. 21
44] Climate Crisis: Heading to Extinction – Aug. 21
45] Annual Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Forum – Aug. 22
46] Arab Women's Activism and Socio-Political Transformation – Aug. 22
47] End Violence Against Women – Aug. 22
48], Council President's Legislative Town Hall – Aug. 22
49] Wear Bernie Sanders gear at the Maryland State Fair – Aug. 22
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38] – On Wed., Aug. 21 from 10 AM to 2 PM, attend a Jobs & Community Resource Fair hosted by Project PLASE, Inc., 3601 Old Frederick Rd., Baltimore 21229.  Come for the Employment Opportunities, Veterans' Resource Corner, School Supply Giveaway, Health Resources, Community Resources, Legal Assistance, Food, Music, and Fun! Bring the kids, as everyone is welcome--this event is not just for veterans! See https://www.facebook.com/events/2146406588804437/.

39] – On Wed., Aug. 21 at noon through Fri., Aug. 23 at 1:30 PM, get over to Convergence: Toward a Common Goal - Annual Meeting, hosted by The Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc. at the Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Conference Center.  Tickets can be found at societyfordisastermedicineandpublichealthinc.wildapricot.org. There are many workshops, for example, Preparing Populations for Nuclear and Radiation Incidents, A Global Imperative: Common Core Curriculum for Health Professions Schools and Disaster Morbidity and Mortality: A Puerto Rico Perspective. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/2742673279079555/.

40] – There is an Impeachment rally on Wed., Aug. 21 at noon at Rep. Elijah Cumming's office, 1010 Park Ave., Baltimore. Claude has been fasting for impeachment in front of Rep. Sarbanes' office in Towson. She is ending her three-week fast at Rep. Cummings’ office.

Claude writes: "At the end of my third week of fasting, I invite all supporters of the impeachment investigation launched by the Judiciary Committee (on July 26, 2019), to join me on Wed, Aug. 21, at noon, on the plaza in front of Rep. Cummings' office (right behind the BSO).  Rep. Cummings is one of the 3 Democrats in Maryland still silent about impeachment proceedings.  Contact Bethany Gregg at <bethany.gregg@gmail.com>.   Claude's father and her grandfather were heroes of the French Resistance. There is a plaque on a street in Paris honoring her grandfather. "When I became an American citizen I took an oath to defend the Constitution," she wrote.

41] – Join the Terps for Bernie: Phonebank & Textbank! It is happening at 5:30 PM and 7 PM on Wed., Aug. 21 and at 7 PM on Thurs,, Aug. 22. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/416009585678263/?event_time_id=416009592344929.  This is happening at the University of Maryland in the McKeldin Library, Room 2100E.  College Park 20742.  Tickets are at airtable.com. Join the students of Terps for Bernie to call or text voters and ask them to join a historic campaign to defeat Trump and transform America. In addition to a cell phone, you will need a laptop or tablet to use the Bernie Dialer. If you don’t have a laptop, you can check out one at the McKeldin Library Equipment Loan desk on the 2nd floor. Sign up for this event here: https://airtable.com/shrTz0LycJt60kpFO. Find the location for this event here: ter.ps/berniersvp. Text (301) 458-0220 for location or if you get lost. There is visitor parking which includes street locations, surface lots, and campus garages, which are controlled by pay stations and credit card meters. All visitor parking is enforced seven days a week from 7 AM to midnight, unless otherwise noted on the meter. During these hours, guests must pay $3 per hour, with no daily rate. Many visitor parking zones allow for payment through the Parkmobile app.   

42] –  On Wed., Aug. 21 from 5:30 to 8 PM, the Towson University Alumni will volunteer at the Maryland Food Bank, 2200 Halethorpe Farms Rd., Lansdowne 21227.  Tickets are at alumni.towson.edu.  Make an impact alongside fellow TU alumni by volunteering your time with the Maryland Food Bank. Work in the food bank's warehouse, which can include sorting through and organizing donated food or creating meal kits. For safety reasons, all volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes. In addition, the temperature in the facility fluctuates, so the food bank suggests you bring a light jacket or sweatshirt. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/379129619625446/.

43] – On Wed., Aug. 21 from 7 to 8:30 PM, get with a Town Hall with Senator Chris Coons at the Carlisle Fire Company, 615 NW Front St., Milford, Delaware 19963.  To register, guests are asked to visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/town-hall-with-us-senator-chris-coons-milford-tickets-69218094183 or call (302) 573-6345 to register. Registered guests will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis. Seating capacity is limited.  Members of Sen. Coons’ constituent services team will be in attendance to assist Delawareans having difficulties with federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, the IRS, the State Department, and more.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/1157832301070300/.

44] On Wed., Aug. 21 from 7 to 8:30 PM, hear a talk by Karen Igou, Climate Crisis: Heading to Extinction and What To Do About It, at the Woodlawn Library, 2020 West 9th St., Wilmington 19805. Visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/xrdelaware/events/?ref=page_internal.

45] – On Thurs., Aug. 22 from 8:30 AM to 9 PM, get with the 6th Annual Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Forum, hosted by Leaders in Energy, 777 North Capitol St., WDC 20002.  Tickets can be had at leadersinenergy.org.  Looking to find a new job, or to transition into the new "green economy?" Then sign up and attend the upcoming jobs forum to meet with local businesses of the DC area seeking new recruits in many fields as well as educators and organizations providing career assistance. The Green Career and Networking Workshops are 8:30AM to 4:30PM.  Jobs for a Low Carbon Circular Economy will happen from 4:30 to 9PM.  We will also host workshops for those seeking to learn how to best position themselves for a new career.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/476905783111941/.

46] –  On Thurs., Aug. 22 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM, attend the Arab Women's Activism and Socio-Political Transformation, hosted by Arab Center Washington DC, 800 10th St. NW, Suite 650, WDC 20001.  Tickets are at arabcenterdc.org.  Join a conversation and book talk with Dr. Sahar Khamis on Arab women's activism. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/2549220745315442/.

47] – On Thurs., Aug. 22 from 6 to 9:30 PM, get over to End Violence Against Women, Act Now, hosted by Your Ethiopian Professionals Network – YEP at Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW, WDC 20001.  The most common kind of gender violence worldwide is domestic violence, which occurs in the home or within the family. It affects women regardless of age, education, or socioeconomic status. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness among members of the Ethiopian community on domestic violence particularly focusing on increasing numbers of acid attack and help gather preventive and responsive strategies. Email info@yepnetwork.org.  The Law Center Campus is not located on the undergraduate campus; however, there is a shuttle bus providing frequent service to and from both campuses. The Law Center is easily accessible by Metro.  Take the Red Line to Union Station and exit onto Massachusetts Avenue. Turn right on Massachusetts Avenue and walk two blocks to the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and New Jersey Avenue. Turn left on New Jersey Avenue. The Law Center will be on your right.  Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/452022915398710/.

48] – On Thurs., Aug. 22 from 6:30 to 8 PM, come to the Council President's Legislative Town Hall (LMCJ Charter School), hosted by Council President Brandon M. Scott at 2200 Sinclair Lane, Baltimore 21213-1328. RSVP at https://forms.gle/K5GGuRni7bLTR4VGA*.  On July 31, Council President Scott released a legislative and policy proposal for the Baltimore City Council to clean up city government, build safer and stronger neighborhoods, invest in youth, and bring an equity framework to governance. The Council President is taking that proposal out of City Hall and into neighborhoods across Baltimore.

The Council President wants your feedback on the City Council's priorities through 2020 and to hear your ideas. Your input will shape the policy proposal moving forward. You may also email CouncilPolicy@baltimorecity.gov with your feedback and ideas. You can view the Legislative & Policy Proposal at bit.ly/councilpolicy.  To view the other scheduled Legislative Town Hall events, visit https://www.facebook.com/CouncilPresBMS/events.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2751880711508554/.

49] –Want to have boatloads of fun while still helping Bernie and the political revolution? This is the event you've been dreaming of! Join Our Revolution at the Maryland State Fair, 2200 York Rd., Lutherville-Timonium 21093 on the evening of Aug. 22, wearing your favorite Bernie or Our Revolution gear. The idea is to get a big group of people wearing Bernie gear all over the fairgrounds. Hang out and ride the roller-coasters, maybe have some fair food. Who knows, there might even be some media coverage for it! Hope to see you all there! Email ormdbaltimore@gmail.com.

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

Monday, August 19, 2019

La Danse Mossad: Robert Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein


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La Danse Mossad: Robert Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein

Posted By Jennifer Matsui On August 16, 2019
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Media tycoon and former Labour MP Robert Maxwell (father of Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s partner in crime) was given a state funeral in Jerusalem after *accidentally* falling off his yacht – the unluckily named “Lady Ghislaine”. Later it was revealed Maxwell Sr was a Mossad asset who used his vast network of connections and publishing platforms to run editorial interference over his purchased assets to influence enemies and friends alike, ensuring their fealty to the foreign government that had enlisted him for its espionage work.
His tabloid empire was the urine-colored propaganda organ of the interests he served, overseeing its rapid growth and tentacled reach across the globe. More ominously, he was behind the spy agency’s successful attempt to install a trapdoor in software intended for government use, allowing the Israelis a direct pipeline into a vast network of computers installed with undectable malware.
At the time of his death, the disgraced magnate was under investigation for raiding his companies’ pension funds to cover the losses incurred from his multiple and reckless takeovers, and finance a luxury lifestyle he enjoyed sharing with high profile pals like Henry Kissinger and Barbara Walters. Curiously, many of these fossilized specimens from Robert Maxwell’s roster of friends from the Reagan era would circle around Epstein, most notably Donald Trump whose Mar-a-Lago resort would later become a recruiting center for employer Epstein’s underage “massage therapists”.
Fast forward a couple of decades since the days a casino mogul was gobbling down canapés with the old guard denizens of the ‘swamp’. Notice a similar, if not identical MO in both Maxwell and Epstein’s role in procuring technology for the Israelis, who in turn sold it with undisclosed add-ons, providing an open window into its users’ databases.
Like his predecessor, Epstein had a financial stake in a startup (headed by former Israeli Defense Minister and later Prime Minister Ehud Barak) connected to Israel’s defense industry that provides infrastructure for emergency services as a call handling platform. Considering the company’s connection to military intelligence, it wouldn’t be a stretch to speculate on some of this software’s other ‘special’ features. A variation of the early technology that Maxwell was able to procure for his Israeli bosses was later sold to the Saudis, who leveraged its sophisticated tracking features to assassinate Jamal Khashoggi.
Epstein, like Maxwell, was laying the groundwork for Israeli espionage activities through his interests in companies with a political agenda concealed in products intended for international export. If true, the playboy philanthropist feted and flattered his high profile friends to ensnare them as complicit partners in what amounts to the legal definition of treason. Epstein’s covert activities have undiminished real world consequences for anyone on Israel’s international radar, especially those challenging the status quo policies in place that prioritize “The Jewish State’s” political and financial objectives over actual justice and global stability.
If you have ever asked yourself why Israel’s war crimes and settlement expansion go unchallenged by US lawmakers, consider the career destroying consequences contained within those dossiers compiled by the braintrust behind Epstein’s ’suicide’. “We’ll trade you one US Embassy in Jerusalem for 10 minutes of hidden camera footage of you . . . let’s say ‘enjoying’ a rolled up Forbes magazine”.
Were the surveillance apparatuses installed throughout Epstein’s properties merely a voyeur’s tools, or did he use them to leverage the moral failings of his former friends for purposes that might have risked exposure of more than the nether regions of wealthy pedo-punters? Considering his connections to Israeli defense industries and his own Achilles penis that required, by his own admission, “three orgasms a day”, the answer points to an unslakable addiction that dovetailed conveniently with his state-sponsored sex crimes.
Did Epstein make the same mistake of Maxwell (who had asked for nearly half a billion dollar in “loans” from his Israeli backers to relieve him of his mounting debts) believing the dirt he had in his possession would prove radioactive if released? By this time, the corpulent tycoon was nicknamed the ‘Bouncing Czech’ a reference in most part to his worsening money woes. The implication of this request, if turned down, was the exposure of Israel’s state secrets. Epstein could have also attempted to collateralize the cache of damning evidence still in his possession to secure his freedom with the same fatal consequences.
Both Maxwell and Epstein somehow evaded the electronics that linked them to the outside world at the time of their deaths, even though the latter had reportedly made an attempt on his own life while in custody. Both men, facing ruination and serious prison time gave their executioners an alibi: They had nothing to left to live for. The establishment media is already trotting out ancient, ding-a-ling conspiracy theories from obscure right wing sources (attributed to Russia, of course) to highlight the absurdity and futility of questioning the official story of Epstein’s death. Verdict: Nothing to see here.
By now, it’s a given that the parasitic and preferred daughter of the deceased tycoon, made the fateful introduction between her new boyfriend and the Israeli operatives seeking an entry level plutocrat to carry out their blackmail operations after the untimely death of his predecessor. An impoverished socialite has to survive in pricey Manhattan somehow, and that somehow was re-establishing the shady connections to the espionage underworld that had recruited Maxwell Sr.
Ghislaine’s later role as Epstein’s Chief Procurement Officer (or pimp for short) gives more credence to the rumors that she is more than just a debased, barnacle-like appendage to a billionaire, desperate to please her platonic partner by “organizing his social life”, but a fully cognizant co-conspirator in an operation aimed at strengthening Israel’s hand in all matters pertaining to its national security interests, or more accurately, its overseas criminal enterprises.
The recent raid on Epstein’s Manhattan apartment was not the result of a so-called Justice Department righting the egregious wrong it committed by letting Epstein off with a slap on the wrist after his initial conviction that allowed him to serve his sentence largely outside the minimum-security facility with an open door policy for its billionaire guest. More likely, the reversal of Epstein’s “sweetheart” deal was a joint operation between the oligarch cabal informally known as the Mega-Group, and the state security apparatuses that do their bidding.
It’s seems likely that this sudden pivot towards justice from a Justice Department initially spooked into inaction by the spook in his custody, was motivated by the need to remove the most damning bits among Epstein’s vast trove of physical evidence against the pervy punters who visited his island getaway for unintended photo ops with underage girls.
Perhaps his own abuse of these minors was a perk he felt entitled to, and one that would be overlooked in the service of “national security”. It’s hard for most people to differentiate between the government he actually worked for and the ruling establishment on his home turf.
It’s possible that Epstein felt his serial transgressions were merely par for the plutocracy and justified in the service of a higher calling.
The ‘Israel First’ philanthropist shared an unyielding ideological justification for his own criminality as Robert Maxwell, whom the British Home Office had considered recruiting for its own intelligence gathering in the mid 1960’s. Having determined that the well-connected, multilingual, rising star politician was strictly “Zionist”, the spy agency withdrew his candidacy.
Epstein’s real crimes had little to do with raping children, despite the overturned plea deal that came about when a federal judge ruled that prosecutors had violated the victims’ rights by concealing the agreement from them. The one time teflon-coated “member of intelligence” who was “above the pay grade” of a powerful District Attorney (now a now scandal-tainted former Labor Secretary) was ultimately (and lethally) penalized for not destroying the contents of his secret-laden safes, leaving his handlers still vulnerable to their explosive contents.
Had the doomed financier divested himself of the toxic assets still in his possession, he might still be roaming the earth today, scouring it for new specimens to populate his underage petting zoo. As a result of the Justice Department’s decision to reverse the non-prosecution deal meant to bury the most incendiary facts of the case, lower-rung punters like former governor Bill Richardson and Senator George Mitchell are being publicly named for their part in the sordid scandal. Someone has to take the fall. (Rule number one of PR crisis management: Crucify the insignificant and let them hang out to dry until the public tires of watching the slow motion spectacle of their undoing.) Meanwhile, documented and/or photographic evidence against more powerful players like Bill Clinton and Donald Trump will have already been destroyed in the pursuit of selective justice.
The fallout of Epstein’s spectacular downfall predictably miss the mark as scandals involving the rich and powerful tend to do. Much of the controversy will dissolve into a Cheetoh dust maelstrom of disinformation, disseminated on Reddit and 4Chan by incel info-warriors before shooting up a shopping mall or playground.
Subsequent reporting of the case will overlook decades of the elite-driven state craft that elevated corrupt and ruthless entities like Epstein and Trump, both ring-kissing acolytes in their youth of influential mob fixer/politcal power broker Roy Cohn – himself a serial sexual predator who similarly caught the fancy of fellow deviants Joe McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover. Follow the money trail from Tel Aviv and you’ll discover an ancestral link between the corpse of Epstein and his ghostly godfathers waiting with his rewards in hell.
Along with the other disgraced and expendable patsies left in the wake of this ongoing scandal is Alan Dershowitz, Epstein’s octogenarian chief legal counsel and ‘wing man’ aboard the Lolita Express. The now unemployable cable news pundit will live out the remainder of his pointless life under a cloud of suspicion. Despite all the damning testimony against him, the statutory rape allegations never quite stick, but follow him around like a sneaky fart, forcing a distance between himself and the rest of humanity that will last until he is engulfed by the sulfurous fumes of his own making.
The former Harvard law professor’s lifelong service to Israel will go unrewarded – not as a result of victim testimony placing him at multiple crime scenes, but in consideration of his own inept self-defense strategy: ”I’m a scurvy rat aboard a sinking ship eating its own tail to stay alive. Pity me”! Dershowitz at this point will be lucky if he can achieve the same pay grade and social status of Lindsay Lohan. Ditto for Prince Andrew who can at least be relied on to expire slowly of gout in his time-out corner at Windsor Castle.
The moral of this story could be “Lie down with dogs and never wake up again with a prison-issued sheet around your neck”. A variation of the old “Lie down with dogs and wake up as fish food”.

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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs



Baltimore Activist Alert -- August 19 -- 22, 2019


23] Food Rescue Pop-Up – Aug. 19
24] Fall Volunteer Advocate Information Session CASA Prince George's – Aug. 19
25] Get Money Out of Maryland – Aug. 19  
26] National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day – Aug. 20 - 22
27] DC Statehood Phone Bank – Aug. 20
28] Food Rescue at YO! Baltimore West – Aug. 20
29] Peace vigil – Aug. 20
30] Say No to Drone Research at JHU – Aug. 20
31] Is There a More Equitable Way to Fund Development? – Aug. 20
32] EAT. DRINK. VEGAN. – Aug. 20
33] See film BLOCK BY BLOCK – Aug. 20
34] Meet the Moms for Coffee – Aug. 20
35] Council President's Legislative Town Hall – Aug. 20
36] Memorial for Amelia – Aug. 20
37] Get "Big Money" out of politics Aug. 20
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23] –On Mon., Aug. 19 from 3 to 4 PM, there is a Food Rescue Pop-Up at Flourish, 3418 Belair Road, Baltimore 21213-1233.  Bring a bag, and take home healthy, free food! View https://www.facebook.com/events/301851223848295/?event_time_id=301851250514959
This will continue into the future.

24] – On Mon., Aug. 19 from 6 to 7:30 PM, attend a Fall Volunteer Advocate Information Session CASA Prince George's, hosted by Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/ Prince George's County, 6811 Kenilworth Ave., # 402, Riverdale 20737.  Visit www.pgcasa.org or call 301-209-0491.

CASA is a volunteer-based organization that partners with the juvenile court to improve the lives of abused and neglected children living in foster care. CASA, Prince George's County trains and supervises volunteers from the community who advocate for the best interest of children, recognizing and respecting each child's individual needs. Our volunteers are both advocates, with the right to speak for the child’s best interest in court, and mentors, who guide their CASA youth through the system and problems they may be facing.

CASA volunteers serve as investigators, mentors, recorders, and ultimately advocates. CASA volunteers visit their youth at least 2 times per month, and their case supervisors once every 6 to 8 weeks. CASA volunteers advocate for specific needs of their individual youth including the need for safety and permanency within the Child Welfare system. You will be offered 4 weeks of training to become an advocate. You could help create and ensure better outcomes for a youth in need by being a part of his or her team.  Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/539816853215211/.
25] – Join the Get Money Out of Maryland Teleconference on Mon., Aug. 19 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM.  Call 605-475-6711, code 1136243#.  Work only on brainstorming ideas for participation in the upcoming General Election.

26] – From 7:30 AM to 8 PM, on Tues., Aug. 20, Wed., Aug. 21 and Thurs., Aug. 22, as part of National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, go to the Essex Middle River Veterinary Center, 1609 Eastern Blvd., Essex 21221.  We all know some cats don’t like to travel and are hard to get into a carrier. Because of this, many owners only take their cats to see a vet when they are sick. Like dogs, our feline fur kids should have yearly exams. Many ailments that affect our feline friends can easily be treated with early detection.

Thursday August 22nd is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day. For any client who has a cat that is overdue on vaccines and schedules a vaccine appointment on 8/22/19, get a 25% discount on the vaccines (a value of up to $18.17). Call 410-687-1111 to schedule an appointment. Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/783092658754145/?event_time_id=783092672087477.

27] –  Can you participate in a DC Statehood Phone Bank on Tues., Aug. 20 from 10 AM to 6 PM at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004 in room G-9. Join the Washington, DC Statehood Office for a DC Statehood Phone Bank. Call state legislatures across the US to raise awareness of DC residents' lack of full and equal voting representation in Congress.   Phones, scripts, materials, and light refreshments will be provided. The Phone Bank continues each Tuesday. See Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/673834763077915/?event_time_id=673834799744578.

28] – On Tues., Aug. 20 from noon to 1 PM, and continuing each Tuesday, come to a Food Rescue at YO! Baltimore West, 1510 W. Lafayette Ave., Baltimore 21217.  Enjoy fresh, delicious, and free food. Bring a bag. Bring a friend! Take what you want.  See https://www.facebook.com/events/403785397093000/?event_time_id=403785490426324.

29] –  Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq gathers at the Suburban Station, 16th St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine.  The next vigil is Aug. 20.  Call 215-426-0364.

30] – Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" near the entrance to Johns Hopkins at 34th & N. Charles Sts. on Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 5 to 6 PM. Contact Max at mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net or 410-323-1607. 

31] – On Tues., Aug. 20 from 6 to 9 PM, Real Talk Tho: Is There a More Equitable Way to Fund Development? This is hosted by The Real News Network and Ida B's Table, 231 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202.  Real Talk Tho is an opportunity for people to discuss and debate real solutions to our city's intractable problems. What would effective policy look like and how do we get it implemented?  Search for solutions, develop the editorial work of The Real News and eat some great modern soul food. 

  Encouraging development without big tax breaks to developers is possible in Baltimore. While Baltimore has used hefty tax subsidies for wealthy developers to fund development in the past, there are more equitable approaches to stimulating growth that do not exacerbate the inequities that plague our city and could repair decades of racial segregation and discrimination: community land trusts.

To understand how community land trusts promote equitable development, help communities grow inclusively, and play a role in reparations, restitution and achieving racial justice, hear from a panel of guests who are successfully using the idea to transform the city. Real Talk Tho takes place every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Ida B's Table. See https://www.facebook.com/events/366312210708672/.

32] – On Tues., Aug. 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, EAT. DRINK. VEGAN. Hosted by Golden West Café, 1105 W. 36th St., Baltimore 21211, get over to one of a kind vegan tasting experience. The first dinner in this series will showcase superb vegan cuisine, local produce, spirits, wines and hand crafted cheeses.  The cost is $60 per person + 20% gratuity. Seatings will take place at 6:30, 6:50, and 7:10 PM and may be communal based on the number of diners. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2397506830461795/.

33] – On Tues., Aug. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, catch “Block by Block," a Screening & Discussion with Shirikiana Gerima, hosted by Empower DC, 1256 Pleasant St. SE, WDC 20020-5714.  The documentary is by the co-founder of Sankofa Cafe, Shirikiana Gerima. "Block by Block" chronicles the fight against displacement in DC in the 1970s, while following along with residents of Seaton Street, who united to purchase their buildings.  Contact Daniel at 202-234-9119 x 101 or at daniel@empowerdc.org.  The Empower DC Action Hub is located behind Union Temple Baptist Church and is located a short walk from the Anacostia Metro. Parking is available in the Union Temple lot.  Look at https://www.facebook.com/events/690514534797864/.

34] – On Tues., Aug. 20 from 6:30 to 8 PM, Meet the Moms for Coffee, hosted by Moms Demand Action at Pikesville High School, 7621 Labyrinth Road, Pikesville 21208.  Learn what you can do to prevent gun violence and make Maryland a safer place.  RSVP at https://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/25027/.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2424429381136493/.

35] – On Tues., Aug. 20 from 6:30 to 8 PM, attend Council President Brandon M. Scott's Legislative Town Hall at Edgewood/ Lyndhurst Recreation Center, 835 Allendale St., Baltimore 21229. RSVP at https://forms.gle/K5GGuRni7bLTR4VGA*.  On July 31, Council President Scott released a legislative and policy proposal for the Baltimore City Council to clean up city government, build safer and stronger neighborhoods, invest in youth, and bring an equity framework to governance. The Council President is taking that proposal out of City Hall and into neighborhoods across Baltimore.

The Council President wants your feedback on the City Council's priorities through 2020 and to hear your ideas. Your input will shape the policy proposal moving forward. You may also email CouncilPolicy@baltimorecity.gov with your feedback and ideas.   You can view the Legislative & Policy Proposal here: bit.ly/councilpolicy. Look up https://www.facebook.com/events/2401398800133817/.

36] – On Tues., Aug. 20 from 7 to 9 PM, come to a Memorial for Amelia, hosted by Power Inside at 2435 Sherwood Ave., Baltimore 21218-5549. Amelia Brown, 48, died accidentally on August 6th after a long and courageous fight overcoming trauma. She was a daughter, mother, sister, friend, and longtime Power Insider. Amelia's larger-than-life personality will be remembered by many. She had great love for her children, sister, and family -- every goal focused on being with them as she reclaimed her life. Amelia joins her mother and her fiancé who she missed and died before her. As a Power Insider, Amelia first got involved as a volunteer in 2006. She contributed to police accountability work, supported the growth of an outreach program, and filled the space with her brilliance, creativity, intensity, and humor.

   At 8:25 PM (twilight's end), meet outside to light candles to send love and light into the night for Amelia, all those lost to the streets, and those grieving in darkness. Enter the church hall from Sherwood behind the church (where there is a maroon awning with "2312 Harford Rd.")  See https://www.facebook.com/events/2305668103077109/?notif_t=event_calendar_create&notif_id=1566146637295648.

37] – On Tues., Aug. 20 from 7 to 8:30 PM, there is an American Promise Delaware meeting, and its theme is working to get "Big Money" out of politics.  It is happening in Room 25 at First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, 730 Halstead Rd. Or join on-line via ZOOM at https://zoom.us/j/177263811.

To be continued.

Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.

"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs