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December 8, 2015

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Dear Friends:

          In this newsletter is:

1. NOON VIGIL FOR PEACE: THIS WEEK, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2015
2. WHY TRUMP IS DANGEROUS
3. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)
          a) Peace and Climate Justice
          b) I Want My Story To Be Heard
          c) Diplomacy Anyone?
          d) Oops, We Goofed
          e) Oops, Goofed Again
          f) A Tale of Four Self-Radicalized Mass Murderers

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1. NOON VIGIL FOR PEACE: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2015

We vigil for peace in front of the Rolla Post Office THIS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 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 60s! 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. WHY TRUMP IS DANGEROUS

A lot of people, me included, have made fun of Donald Trump's idiotic rantings, but we mustn't forget that a lot of people actually agree with him. Also, he was a cultural icon (of greed and conspicuous consumption) before he became a politician. As Glenn Greenwald states, Americans who pay no attention to politics (which is most of them) have at least heard of him. And they might vote for him for that very reason, having no knowledge of any of the other candidates. He could conceivably get elected, though I hope the people are not THAT stupid. The more clear and present danger is the encouragement and even inciting of hate speech and hate crimes against Muslims, blacks and Hispanics.

I like the petition being promoted by a Scottish activist, which seeks to ban Donald Trump from entering the UK “for his continued, unrepentant hate speech and unacceptable behavior (that) foments racial, religious and nationalistic intolerance.” Others in the UK are terrified that if Trump should become President, nuclear war becomes much more likely. I have to agree; the man has no thought for the big picture. He just reacts.

3. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)
          a) Peace and Climate Justice
          b) I Want My Story To Be Heard
          c) Diplomacy Anyone?
          d) Oops, We Goofed
          e) Oops, Goofed Again
          f) A Tale of Four Self-Radicalized Mass Murderers

PEACE AND CLIMATE JUSTICE

In this very important article, Vandana Shiva points out that “The same processes that contribute to climate change also contribute towards growing violence amongst people. Both are results of a war against the Earth.”

And I would add, a War Against God. What arrogant creatures we humans are to think that we can fight a War Against God!

I WANT MY STORY TO BE HEARD

Khalid Ahmad, a pharmacist who was seriously injured in the October 3rd US bombing attack on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan tells his own story. Im angry, says Khalid. The U.S. military is killing us just because they want to be the Empire of the world. ... God will hold them accountable.

DIPLOMACY ANYONE?

Diplomacy? Yes, says Obama, but not WITH the Islamic State — diplomacy to forge a broader coalition AGAINST the Islamic State (presumably on our terms).

Let me remind you, Mr. Obama, that as a result of your broad coalition against the Taliban, the Taliban has become stronger than ever.

Meanwhile, we've dropped so many bombs in the Middle East, we are running out of bombs. This apparently makes the weapons manufacturers extremely happy. Although not “winning the war,” they are making money hand over fist. Much of the Islamic State's arsenal has come from United States weapons manufacturers according to Amnesty International . How do you spell W-A-R P-R-O-F-I-T-E-E-R-I-N-G?

OOPS, WE GOOFED

Yet another military “expert” admits (12 years later) that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was a “huge mistake.” We seem to be making the same mistake again in Syria.

OOPS, GOOFED AGAIN

Held without charge under “harsh conditions” in Guantanamo since 2002, the Pentagon now believes that Mustafa Abd-al-Qawi Abd-al-Aziz al-Shamiri was held as a result of “mistaken identity.” His name sounded a lot like the name of some “suspected terrorist.” Well, don't all those A-rab names sound about the same.

A TALE OF FOUR SELF-RADICALIZED MASS MURDERERS

Juan Cole examines the cases of:

Dylann Roof, a white supremacist who shot up a black church because he apparently didn't like black people;

Robert Dear, a misogynist who shot up an abortion clinic because he apparently didn't like women;

and Syed Farooq and Tashfeen Malik who went “postal” and shot up a party at Malik's place of work for no apparent reason.

Roof and Dear are not “terrorists.” Farooq and Malik are. You figure it out.

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Helen
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