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December 1, 2015

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Dear Friends:

          In this newsletter is:

1. NOON VIGIL FOR PEACE: THIS WEEK, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015
2. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)
          a) Slouching Further toward World War III
          b) Thousands Defy French Protest Ban
          c) The End Of Sanity

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1. NOON VIGIL FOR PEACE: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015

We vigil for peace in front of the Rolla Post Office THIS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015, (and all subsequent Thursdays until peace is established) from Noon to 1:00 PM. Please try to join us. The temperature is predicted to be in the 40s. If you do not feel comfortable standing with us in front of the Post Office, please consider driving by and showing your support for our message by honking your horn and flashing a peace sign.

2. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)
          a) Slouching Further toward World War III
          b) Thousands Defy French Protest Ban
          c) The End Of Sanity

SLOUCHING FURTHER TOWARD WORLD WAR III

I am happy to be able to write this column today. Last week, when NATO member, Turkey, shot down a Russian airplane that might have briefly strayed over the Syrian border into Turkey, I thought that perhaps I had written my final column.

The Middle East War (likely to soon expand into World War III) spirals further out of control. Little wars morph into big wars. Putin has called the downing of the Russian plane “a stab in the back, carried out by the accomplices of terrorists,” referring to Turkey's not so secret support of the Islamic State whom NATO and Russia are presumable allied against.

NATO is supporting Turkey in this act of war against Russia. Russia is moving anti-aircraft missiles into Syria. Obama brags an anti-Islamic State coalition of 65 countries, to Russia's tiny coalition, failing to mentioning that his coalition gave rise to the Islamic State and has totally failed to contain it, while Russia boasts some recent successes.

One might surmise that Russia will respond to this act of provocation in its own way and at a time of its own choosing.

NATO members: United States, United Kingdom and France are nuclear armed; so is Russia.

THOUSANDS DEFY FRENCH PROTEST BAN

Demonstrating again who their real enemy is, French authorities place 24 climate activists under house arrest for the duration of the COP21 climate conference, citing again “security concerns” over the Friday the 13th attacks that killed 130 in Paris. Meanwhile, the French bombing of civilians in Syria has become ever more vicious, although that hardly addressed the fact that the perpetrators of the Friday the 13th attacks appear to be almost entirely European citizens.

By now, it is no secret that Western allies, particularly Turkey and Saudi Arabia, with the blessings of the United States, Europe and Israel, have been supporting the Islamic State for some time and continue to support it. US arms destined for a non-existent army of “moderates” end up in the hands of Islamic State fighters, yet the United States continues to support this non-existent force of “moderates.” As Robert Fisk quipped facetiously, “Whos ever heard before of a ‘moderate’ with a Kalashnikov?”

In spite of the “ban” on climate demonstrations, climate activists have found novel ways to demonstrate for real action at COP21 to protect the Earth from further climate degradation. Thousands of pairs of shoes appeared on the streets Sunday, where an estimated 200,000 climate activists were to have marched. Monday, thousands linked hands in a human chain and later in the day, demonstrators were met with tear gas and arrests.

As Tim DeChristopher has sagely pointed out, “an unwanted protest is far more powerful than a sanctioned one.” How true. Sadly, many “leaders” of the climate movement continue to distance themselves from those who ignore the protest ban.

Steffen Bhm points out that COP21 is already a failure. Even if it were miraculously to achieve its stated goals, it would still be woefully inadequate. This article is a MUST READ.

THE END OF SANITY

Ramzy Baroud let's it all hang out — everything the United States with its European and Israeli allies have done to the Middle East over the past 25 years, from Gulf War I to Syria. Baroud writes, “we were crushed; pulverized; imprisoned, burnt, beaten and raped and, once more, told that we are not yet ready for democracy; not ready to be free, to breathe, to exist with even a speck of dignity.”

Now, it appears that the chickens may be coming home to roost (see snippets above). Baroud end his article:

“The crux of the matter: we either live in dignity together or continue to perish alone, warring tribes and grief-stricken nations. This is not just about indiscriminate bombing - our humanity, in fact, the future of the human race is at stake.”

How true!

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Wage peace,

Helen
helenm (at) fidnet.com

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