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The myth of Thanksgiving


A digitally blurred reproduction of a painting, titled The First Thanksgiving 1621, by artist J.L.G Ferris.
Thanksgiving is the favorite holiday of many US Americans; unlike the rather boring or divisive holidays that honor Columbus, Presidents, Martin Luther King, Jr., Independence, veterans and war, the birth of a religion, and a new year, Thanksgiving is centered on sharing food with family and friends. Individuals and families travel long distances at great expense to be with one another. It might be surprising to learn that the cherished tradition of Thanksgiving is, in fact, the most nationalist of all holidays because it narrates the national origin myth. The traditional meal, as we know, consists of the foods cultivated by Indigenous farmers - corn, squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and turkey.

The US origin story of a covenant with God goes back to the Mayflower Compact, the first governing document of the Plymouth Colony. It is named for the ship that carried the hundred or so passengers, half of them religious dissidents, to what is now Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in November 1620. This compact marked the beginning of settler democracy, which from its inception sought the elimination of the Indigenous. Behind the black clothed and solemn "Pilgrims," was a corporation of shareholders, the Virginia Company, accompanied by armed and seasoned mercenaries on a colonizing project ordered by the English King James. If any local Natives were present at a colonizers' celebratory meal, they were surely there as servants, and the foods were confiscated, not offered as a gift.

Light Saber

Syngenta seed company sued for millions in losses - Indiana farmers mislead about marketability of crops

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Nearly 3,000 Indiana corn farmers claim in a lawsuit that the Swiss company Syngenta prematurely released a genetically modified seed to market, costing them millions in losses from plummeting corn prices and a Chinese import ban.

According to Keith Orebaugh, lead plaintiff who is seeking class-action status in the lawsuit, the price of corn has plummeted over the last two years since Syngenta introduced a genetically modified corn seed called Agrisure Viptera. Farmers claim the company sold the seed to US farmers and corporations without gaining approval from China, a key importer of US corn. The problems began when China banned US corn after it detected shipments containing the unapproved GMO trait, MIR 162.

Comment: Apparently all Syngenta cared about was selling its product, even if they had to lie to do it. Corporate psychoapthy in action


Russia bans tour operators from selling tours to Turkey

RosTurizm [Russian Tourism agency] has banned the sale of tours to Turkey


Poll shows huge majority of Saudis hate Daesh terrorists

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In the file photo, militants from the Takfiri Daesh group are seen in the town of Tell Abyad, in northern Syria.
An overwhelming majority of people in Saudi Arabia detest the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, a recent opinion poll shows.

The study, which was conducted by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in September, showed that 92 percent of Saudi people hate and reject the terror group, and it has "the worst reputation among the Saudi general public."

The pollster interviewed 1,000 adult Saudi nationals, half of them below 35 years of age, across the Persian Gulf Kingdom, including the major cities of Riyadh, Mecca, Jeddah, and Dammam.

"All areas and demographic segments of the country were sampled in proportion to their share of the total population," said David Pollock, a senior fellow of the American think-tank who conducted the research, adding that the Saudis who were polled described Daesh as one of the worst organizations in the world.

"This is almost the same result as in our poll conducted one year ago, leading to the important conclusion that despite sensational media claims by ISIS (Daesh) to represent Sunni Islam, the group still has almost no popular support in Saudi Arabia, a bastion of Sunni fundamentalism," Pollock went on to say.

Comment: Clearly the Suadi Royal ruling family isn't interested in what their people think. Do the Saudi people know their government supports the terrorists?


Rights groups: Saudi regime targeted Yemeni civilians with British cruise missiles

Saudi Arabia air strike in Yemen using UK weapons. Remnants of the UK-made PGM-500 missile from the site of a Saudi attack on a Yemeni factory near the capital city Sana’a on September 23, 2015 (Amnesty International)
Saudi Arabia used British-made cruise missiles during an attack on a civilian Yemeni factory, say Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

According to a report published by the human rights groups on Wednesday, remains of PGM-500 missiles, manufactured by the UK firm Marconi Dynamics, were found in the rubble of a factory that was targeted near the capital Sana'a in September.
"The attack on the factory in the Sana'a governorate, which appeared to be producing only civilian goods, killed one person, and was in apparent violation of international humanitarian law," read a Human Rights Watch statement.

Comment: There is no law, apparently humanitarian or otherwise. What is being protected?


Out of fear: Armed US vigilantes patrol borders to keep ISIL out

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Heavily armed US citizens are voluntarily patrolling the country's borders in an attempt to "keep ISIL out," led by a man who started such vigils after blaming Mexicans for him losing his job.

Tim "Nailer" Foley, 56, is simply terrified of immigrants. He leads a band of men (with nothing better to do?) who call themselves the Arizona Border Recon. They've been dressing up in military garb and playing Border Patrol to make sure nobody crosses the border from Mexico.

Foley lost his construction job several years ago, leading to a foreclosure on his home, and his situation was made worse by a divorce. He blamed Mexican immigrants for the loss of his job so he began patrolling the borders.

Comment: Here we have a disgruntled American taking out his anger on immigrants and using fear to justify his actions. Nothing good will be accomplished.

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Rampant, pervasive, violent Islamophobia rears its ugly head all over the place

Islamophobia around the globe has grown significantly since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York CIty, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Just one week after a terrorist attack in Paris killed at least 130 people and wounded over 350 others, a massacre which the Islamic State group has since claimed credit for, that trend shows no signs of slowing down.

Despite the fact that extremists willing to kill hundreds of innocent people do not speak for Islam any more than the Ku Klux Klan speaks for all Christians, a worrying spare of incidents in the West shows many are responding to the Paris incident with bigotry and fear towards innocent Muslims.

In the two days following the attack, the National Post reports 16 mosques across France were "attacked by firebombs, gunshots or pig heads — a major insult to Muslims who don't eat pork." U.S. politicians and commentators — many of whom insist they are not Islamophobic — have responded with a deluge of mean-spirited comments and calls for the U.S. to turn away Muslim refugees fleeing conflict zones in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Comment: And, sadly, we can only expect worse things to happen.

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US anthropological association backs boycott of Israel in landslide vote

Members of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) have overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution backing the Palestinian call for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

The measure passed at the association's annual meeting in Denver on Friday by 1,040 votes in favor to 136 against.

It must now be ratified in a referendum of the association's entire membership of 10,000 in April.

A second resolution condemning the Palestinian-led movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on Israel was crushed 1,173 to 196.

Comment: If the Israeli government and institutions weren't so Psychopathic and so far on the road to self-destruction, it would have been nice to see the world's voices of conscience compel Israel to change its ways. But those are, of course, very big ifs.


Culture of violence: Why American cops kill so many compared to those in Europe

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NYC police prepare for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, 2015. Andrew Kelly/REUTERS
Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first degree murder November 24 in the death of Laquan McDonald. A video released by police shows Van Dyke shooting the teenager 16 times.

Van Dyke is an extreme example of a pattern of unnecessary deadly force used by US police. American police kill a few people each day, making them far more deadly than police in Europe.

Historic rates of fatal police shootings in Europe suggest that American police in 2014 were 18 times more lethal than Danish police and 100 times more lethal than Finnish police, plus they killed significantly more frequently than police in France, Sweden and other European countries.

As a scholar of sociology and criminal justice, I recently set out to understand why rates of police lethality in the US are so much higher than rates in Europe.

Comment: One additional reason that American police are far more violent is that the entire culture has succumbed to the process of ponerization. The U.S. has a history of inflicting its brutality around the globe and the mindset of those in power who have promulgated this savagery has infected the entire 'justice' system.


Why did the Russians wait to acknowledge the destruction of Metrojet A321 was a terrorist action?

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Debris from the Russian Metroject A321 that crashed over the Sinai peninsula on Oct 31st, 2015
On October 31st, 2015, the Russian airplane of the Kogalymavia company disappeared over Sinai. The catastrophe killed about 224 people, almost all of them were Russian citizens. Without delay, the media announced that the most probable cause was a terrorist attack. The same day, an affiliated group of ISIS, Wilayat Sinai, took responsibility for the plane crash. This version of events had been denied by Russian authorities for two weeks. The main argument was that the investigation was incomplete, and therefore that it was too early to announce the causes of the incident. The fact that Dmitry Peskov, the press spokesman for the President of Russia, as well as other minor politicians, were charged with the task, while Putin kept silent on the causes of the event, added even more fuel in the fire. It is significant that the president himself (excluding written statements prepared by the Office) offered his condolences to the relatives of victims only on the third day after the explosion. There was a feeling that the Russian authorities clearly knew much more than they were able to say.

On November 6th, at the request of Alexander Bortnikov, the Director of the FSB, the President of Russia banned all flights to Egypt. During this time, the preliminary decoding results of the black boxes must be obtained, and the investigation of the wreckage must be performed. The decision is indirect evidence that the Russian authorities knew that the terrorist attack theory was the most likely one. But it would take almost two weeks for them to officially recognize it.

So, after the monstrous terrorist attack in Paris, and following the G20 summit on November 17th, the FSB officially recognized the cause of the crash as a terrorist attack. The Russian President promised to punish all involved parties, wherever they may be. Russia increased its bombing of terrorists in Syria using air force bombers and the Navy. What was the reason for such a long period of silence from Russia on the real cause of the crash? The subject demands more information.

Comment: Of course there is evidence of an alternative explanation as to how the plane was brought down, but being unable to reveal that cause it makes the most sense to go with the 'terrorist attack' narrative after Paris in order to create broader anti-ISIS sentiment.