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Mark McCann
Posted over 2 years ago
Colin Powell: Kids need structure
Powell's history is an open book. What he has done and said is well known. You can support him and his actions if you want, but let's not pretend that the past didn't happen. Let's also not pretend that the past or the context does not matter. If a man is going to promote a particular ideology or a particular method of education and he is a product of the very system he proposes, it is a natural and logical step to look at what that system has produced. In this particular case, the system produces people like general Powell. If you want this, great,....have your own way, but there are many of us who do not think that this is wise for our children.
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Mark McCann
Posted over 2 years ago
Colin Powell: Kids need structure
Excellent points. This particular talk is a great puzzlement to me. Normally, the folks on TED are reasonably insightful; and are able to offer a broader view of a given topic. However, on this particular topic, that doesn't seem to be the case. There are several posts, including some that are almost snippy, that are seemingly defending a "structure" that is very off topic from the structure that Powell is talking about. The subject of this talking a military type structure design to produce conformity and obedience. He uses several examples to make this point. In one case he takes great delight in treating a student like a drill sergeant would treat a new recruit and shows a picture of it. In another ( and frankly unbelievable to me) statement, he talks about using this tactic of intimidation on children as young as seven years old. I am simply stunned that there are people who are part of TED who support this behavior. I am also surprised that more than a few are very defensive of his career and history and go to great pains to ignore and suppress any discussion of the agenda general Powell obviously has in making this presentation. In virtually every other talk on TED the background and history of a particular speaker are routinely discussed. However, in the case of Powell, any discussion of context is put off limits. Powell is making the case for a military style intimidation based educational system. This is an extraordinarily bad idea.
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Mark McCann
Posted over 2 years ago
Ronny Edry: Israel and Iran: A love story?
Ronny Edry may very well be a lone voice of reason and sanity in Israel. However, he is a small minority. The vast majority in Israel support apartheid, the continuing oppression of the Palestinians and outward aggression. The election of Jan 22 proved this. Israel voted for hate, racism, war and oppression. Don't get mad at me. I am merely the conduit. You can read the party platforms of their political parties and look at the history yourself. You can read their raciest laws and the words of their religious leaders in their own words. I don't have to say a thing. They damn themselves. The amazing thing to me is that despite all the evidence, that there are still those that would defend racism, oppression, hate, war and fear. The only denial is the shame Israel dodges and the truth.
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Mark McCann
Posted over 2 years ago
Ronny Edry: Israel and Iran: A love story?
Sorry you find the truth disgusting. Perhaps you are more comfortable in an environment discussing fiction. Ronny Edry is presenting a fantasy world in which the nation of Israel love those around it. This is untrue. Israel has apartheid, race based laws that discriminate against another racial and cultural group, the Palestinians. Moreover, this discrimination is supported by the national religion of Israel, Judaism. This same nation has been seizing the land of these people as part of a national policy for more than 60 years. Israel is now engaged as of 2 days ago in bombing one of its neighbors(again). This same nation has assassinated Iranian scientists and is actively engaged in creating a case for the United States to wage its war with Iran on their behalf. These are both acts of war. Israel just held an election. They collectively elected a racist, Zionist right wing government that will extend the oppression within Israel and will seek to continue outward aggression. Israel is not a country of peace or love based on its actions. Once you understand this, you see efforts like Edry's as little more than propaganda or publicity stunts. I know these people by their fruits and their actions, not by their words.
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Mark McCann
Posted over 2 years ago
Is Powell a war criminal?
The definition of war criminal both individually and as this definition applies to a nation is crystal clear. By this definition, Powell is a war criminal many times over and according to numerous provisions. The same is true of Obama, Bush2, Clinton, Bush1, and on back many more. The United States is as well under the definition of "war of aggression" and its policies of torture and legal process. This also includes several of our allies including much of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. This also extends to the nations to which we export our torture. It is not surprising that Powell would support Obama. Obama is not a man of peace, he is a man of exploitation and personal gain, just like Powell. Birds of a feather and all that... Perhaps the most troubling aspect of this is that if you sat 100 people down at random in the US and attempted this same discussion, it would likely turn instantly into an ideological brawl with shouting and flag waving on one side and utter apathy on the other. I blame much of this on the mind numbing educational system and the wholesale indoctrination of the media culture. The question you asked was "Are these people war criminals"? Perhaps another question would be "Is the definition correct?" or "Does it matter?".
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Mark McCann
Posted over 2 years ago
Family Corp
I am having a difficult time determining if this discussion was meant to be serious or whether it was meant to be ironic. I'm going to assume serious. This is a disastrous idea at every level and in every way. Most of the serious problems in the society right now were created by government. The idea of inviting them into peoples homes would lay waste to the family. We need exactly the opposite. We need less of the wrong kind of structure and we need to government to get out of things.
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Mark McCann
Posted over 2 years ago
Colin Powell: Kids need structure
(continued) an Iraqi becomes a "Hadji", an Iranian becomes a "raghead", and a Palestinian becomes a a "Pali". 2) "never experienced combat": You know nothing about me. I speak about this subject with authority for a reason. In these videos and in real life you are seeing people who have had a huge disconnect in their lives. They are in a situation that they don't really understand doing things that are unnatural because they are being used by a system as tools and pawns. If any of these men ever actually analyzed the situation they would realize that the Iraqi don't and never did pose the slightest threat to the United States and that they were killing predominantly women and children. This would make them monsters in their own eyes. However, they want to believe that they are "heros" defending "freedom" when, in fact, this is a lie. 3) "suffering" : They are sent because the educational system in the United States does not develop people to think either clearly or for themselves. You cannot fight a war without fools willing to directly fight or without a majority dull enough to allow it. Note please that the people smart enough to use both these groups never set foot on the battlefield. 4) "Need to Know": You are correct. The military and many other institutions rely on "need to know.". This is precisely because if a thinking, free-willed person was ever in full possession of the facts they would never do what they were doing. The use of others on a grand scale requires sheep-like people who cannot or will not think independently, who obey on command, who's morals have been compromised and who's world view has been distorted. 5) "Must Go": When done effectively, the subject completely internalizes the programming and this programming becomes self-sustaining. This is precisely what Powell is after. That this has happened to you is a tragedy. That some, like Powell, want to expand this is a looming disaster.