email gleanings… And links to material for various chapters of the “Fat Masterpiece”…

http://www.sipri.org/ for the Dept. of Peace chapter…

"Though no viewer would know it from that night’s debate, all across the region — from Yemen to Syria to Iraq — U.S. arms are fueling conflicts and turning the living into the dead. Military spending in the Middle East reached almost $200 billion in 2014, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which tracks arms sales. That represents a jump of 57% since 2005. Some of the largest increases have been among U.S. allies buying big-ticket items from American weapons makers. That includes Iraq and Saudi Arabia ($90 billion in U.S. weapons deals from October 2010 to October 2014), which, by the way, haven’t fared so well against smaller, less well-armed opponents. Those countries have seen increases in their arms purchases of 286% and 112%, respectively, since 2005."

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176038/tomgram%3A_noam_chomsky%2C_rogue_states_and_nuclear_dangers/
Quoting Chomsky’s essay:

"Keep in mind that the Republicans long ago abandoned the pretense of functioning as a normal congressional party. They have, as respected conservative political commentator Norman Ornstein of the right-wing American Enterprise Institute observed, become a “radical insurgency” that scarcely seeks to participate in normal congressional politics. "

By me:

"While I see no harm in your call for calls- in fact it’s kind of sweet and cute- with all due respect we need something far stronger, more dramatic, difficult, and concrete: like a National organized Congressional district by congressional District movement advocating Constitutional Amendment level reform of not only the "Money in Politics" and Citizens United issues but also our deeply broken electioneering and anti Democratic two party (defacto one party) system. Our very Democracy is not "at risk" of being corrupted by the cynical manipulations of the few at the expense of the many it is at risk of getting past the point of no return before enough of us finally realize that it is, after all, "We the people…" who need to actually get up and stand up to what is being done- supposedly on our behalf and in our names. If not us, who… if not now… probably never. Kind of like the global warming and our industrial agriculture "issues". I’m just saying. "

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