War On Cameras

Found on Reason.tv


"War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.

I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.

There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its "finger men" to point out enemies, its "muscle men" to destroy enemies, its "brain men" to plan war preparations, and a "Big Boss" Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.

It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents. "

- Major General Smedley Darlington Butler of the U.S. Marine Corps (1940), the most decorated Marine in U.S. history at the time of his death.


Living in a van...

...ain't as bad as you think.

Vast Active Living Intelligence System

Phillip K. Dick is considered one of the greats of science fiction but had a life that was almost as strange as his stories. Here is a link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afam25BJMeU, to a very good documentary on his life told by ex-wifes and old friends. Read Valis if you would like to learn more about the clip above.

Living on the Fringes of Society


Ever thought about packing it up and moving into the wilderness like Henry David Thoreau in his classic book entitled Walden's Pond? Take a trip with Alec Soth as he documents people who have disappeared in America...

"Laure flammarion and Arnaud Uyttenhove, two young European filmmakers followed, the American photographer Alec Soth all over America during winter 2008, summer 2008 and spring 2009. Riding in the back of the artist's van, they drove more than 20 000 miles together going from one state to another, and from one season to another. The result is a 57 minutes movie about the photographer and his project, which was called 'How to disappear in America', about people who decided to withdraw themselves from society. The road trip offers a series of incredible meetings but it also tells the story of an introspective journey."

Check out Alex Soth's website

Found on Quality Peoples

Quote of the Week

This weeks quote comes from the father of the environmental movement - Edward Abbey. Abbey's dedication to the preservation of the wilderness was almost unparalleled. Also known as the desert anarchist, Abbey condoned the use of radical tactics to wake people the fuck up while presenting the unpopular truths concerning the destruction of the environment. If you yahoos have still not read one of his books I suggest you pick one up using the old five finger discount..

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

"My God! I'm thinking, what incredible shit we put up with most of our lives - the domestic routine (same old wife every night), the stupid and useless and degrading jobs, the insufferable arrogance of elected officials, the crafty cheating and the slimy advertising of the businessmen, the tedious wars in which we kill our buddies instead of our real enemies back home in the capital, the foul, diseased and hideous cities and towns we live in, the constant petty tyranny of automatic washers and automobiles and TV machines and telephones-! ah Christ!, I'm thinking, at the same time that I'm waving goodby to that hollering idiot on the shore, what intolerable garbage and what utterly useless crap we bury ourselves in day to day,  while patiently enduring at the same time the creeping strangulation of the clean white collar and the rich but modest four-in-hand garrote!"

Also of note are his speeches where he calls out corrupt and lazy politicians with no regard for his reputation...
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3


2011 Tampa Pro Contest winner Dennis Busenitz.

A Must See.

If you like Adam Curtis documentaries (A Century Of The Self, The Power Of Nightmares) then you might want to put this one on your list, All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace. I know I am.

The Enemy Is Inside You!

Don't let them turn you against yourself. If you board the runaway train, just remember, you will have to jump to get off.

Winning, Tiger Blood, Adonis DNA

before and after http://youtu.be/h5aSa4tmVNM this guys the shit.

Freak of the Week

How many times would you hit that?


subMedia presents END:CIV
What are you doing to force change?

The 76 minute film examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations. Based in part on Endgame, the best-selling book by Derrick Jensen, END:CIV asks: “If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?”

Backed by Jensen’s narrative, the film calls on us to act as if we truly love this land, moving along at a brisk pace, using music, archival footage, motion graphics, animation, slapstick and satire to deconstruct the global economic system, even as it implodes around us. Featuring interviews with Paul Watson, Waziyatawin, Gord Hill, Michael Becker, Peter Gelderloos, Lierre Keith, James Howard Kunstler, Stephanie McMillan, Qwatsinas, Rod Coronado, John Zerzan and more.

Found on Crimethinc