To The Last Drop: Will Illinois run out of Water over Fracking?

It would seem fundamental to any reasonable assessment from an industry requiring substantial amounts of a critical resource to first be certain that there is a supply chain for that resource, and what are the constraints in accessing or over-using that resource. In a media-driven culture framing everything in terms of marketplace dynamics, and which exalts the pre-eminent efficiency of private business over government inefficiency, it seems odd that the key component to an industry’s efficiency is ignored by the industry, or worse, simply assumed to be in adequate supply. Hardly fits the narrative of the pretense of the greater efficiency of private business. Sort of like invading a country without taking along fuel because it is assumed there will be enough when the army gets there.

The resource I refer to is water. For fracking companies the availability of the very substance they use to extract gas from the earth should be fundamental. It should be, but it is not. And that should inform the debate, but it hasn’t. And, at a minimum, it should call into question the poor state of planning by the fracking industry, though nobody seems to have pointed that out yet, until now.

In any industry data should drive the conversation, but the climate of debate is no longer about the quality of the data, but instead is about who controls the data and how it is controlled. From the start of the so-called debate on fracking in Illinois, truth or any semblance of truth has been sorely lacking both from the industry and from the Illinois State government.

So who owns the data on fracking in Illinois? Certainly it isn’t freely available to the people who might then construct reasonable and informed decisions. The activists and regular citizens concerned about their communities, their health and the health of their children are repeatedly denied Freedom of Information Act, FOIA, requests by the IDNR, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. That proves that the IDNR has become more than a public service organization that should transcend party politics and economic pressure, and is now a function of the industry itself. It is easier to acquire documents dealing with national security through FOIA requests to the federal government than it is to illuminate the basic facts about Illinois’ fracking policy. The only available data, ironically, as incomplete as it is, comes from the industry itself.

It is very easy to believe that the availability of water in Illinois represents a near infinite resource. We are blessed with access to Lake Michigan, the iconic Mississippi river, lakes, ponds and an average yearly precipitation amount of around 46 inches, bringing some 60 billion gallons of water to Illinois. That much precipitation seems at first a fantastic number, but that number is simply a starting point. Quickly that 60 billion gallons begins to reveal its finite and precious nature as a sizable portion is lost to evaporation almost immediately. Still more becomes locked into the soil and plants. Another substantial portion runs off to lakes and rivers and streams, and more replenishes the aquifers which are truly the life’s blood of our state. This says nothing of current human use. 60 billion gallons falling on the state does not mean 60 billion gallons of accessible or useable water.

The amount of waters locked up in aquifers is unimportant, because they must continuously be replenished. It is a balanced system, and disruptions to that balance must be weighed carefully to prevent a dangerous imbalance. No such research has taken place either by the industry or by the IDNR. The unguarded and unrestricted use of water creates potentially disastrous consequences. For the free marketplace people, it is like borrowing continuously against the principle. Eventually the principle evaporates. Pun intended.

Is this the future of Illinois? a rusting ship sits high and dry in the Ural Sea, the product of a blatant disregard of the environment.

Is this the future of Illinois? a rusting ship sits high and dry in the Ural Sea, the product of a blatant disregard of the environment.

Now, there are two key data points regarding the wells. The first is how many wells, and second where will they be concentrated? The 60 billion gallon number is an average statewide. The top 20% of the state is a bit wetter than the middle 30%. The heaviest rainfall, or roughly 50% of the overall rainfall falls in the southern half, or about 30 billion gallons. Again, this is an average. This year might be a bit higher, an aberration in a string of drier and hotter than normal years. For our logistics friends in the fracking camp, that is critical. They need that water to produce profits, right?

Why is that so important? The state of Illinois refuses to tell its citizens how many fracking wells there will be. All that we have to go on is an industry leak that says they intend to turn Illinois into a Midwest version of the Bakken fields of North Dakota, which would be somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-20 thousand wells and that they would be concentrated in the southern portion of the state. The average well uses between 2 and 6 million gallons of water; water incidentally that cannot be cleaned or recycled because of radioactivity and proprietary cancer causing chemicals, we must remove that waste water from future use and availability. That represents 20-40 billion gallons on the low side and 60-120 billion gallons of water on the high side used to frack those wells.

Even at the low end of the projected water requirements for the projected 10-20 thousand wells the region would already be at or beyond the amount of water falling on southern Illinois. Even if every single drop could be gathered and utilized for fracking, that would leave little or nothing for crops, communities and even replenishing favorite fishing holes. At the high end, it overburdens the entire region, imperils the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, creates a logistical and political nightmare over massive shipping of tens of billions of gallons of water, and eradicates whole communities; the very same communities the so-called fracking boom pledged to bring thousands of jobs to. Man, irony can be a bitch.

While this is only meant to be a simple assessment, it indicates a looming crisis over water availability throughout the state and across state lines. More than that, it reveals a near criminal lapse in planning, judgment and basic business sense in the lack of consideration for supply chain basics, a flagrant disregard for the environment, and the health and safety of the citizens of Illinois. But we expect that business may run blindly in pursuit of naked profits, which is why we have government. So when industry fails in any regard there arises the necessity for correction and justice rather than the complicity and conspiracy by the government running hand in hand with industry.

Now, in closing, and to be fair some frackers are proposing to supplement water with hydrofluoric acid, combustible propane or nitrogen pulverizing the earth beneath our feet, roads and homes. That would lesson a little the burden on our water supply, but trade up for a whole separate set of problems. What could go wrong? But then that’s another article…

WC Turck is the author of 4 books, including the critically acclaimed Bosnian War Memoir “Everything for Love,” and Broken: One soldier’s unexpected journey home, at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. Turck wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart: A Revolutionary Christmas Carol” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He can be heard weekdays from 9-11am, and 1-3pm on the Revolution and Beer show with partner and cohost BL Murray.

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A Robin Died in my Hands Today

72 degrees! My god, after better than 6 months of awful winter weather I couldn’t have wished for a more perfect day. And I love this time of year, when it warms enough to be comfortable outside, enjoying a meal on the patio of our small courtyard without being swarmed by insects. I took full advantage to put in a couple of basil and Mint plants, sweep out the leaves an organize our modest little garden.

The cats were outside, lounging strategically around the courtyard. Jinx, our black shelter cat was on one of the patios across the yard. Smudge, our ASPCA rescue kitty, who just turned 14 was sprawled across a lawn chair half in and half out of the shade. Oliver, our Maine Coon, was at the end of the yard beneath the hedges. Among the shadows and against a short brick wall Oliver’s thick coat of deep umber and wood-brown made him virtually invisible.

A neighbor, Mitchell, came over for a chat about the radio station. Mitchell is a conservative and doesn’t agree with a damn thing I say, but we’ve always been good and considerate. At heart Mitchell is a decent guy, who’d grown up an orphan during the depression, haunting the same Wicker Park corner as the writer Nelson Algren. Suddenly we hear a screeching from the back of the yard. Both of us turn to find Oliver trotting across the yard in our direction with this old Robin in his mouth.

Now the back story on that Robin is key. For more than a year now that Robin has teased and taunted Oliver in the courtyard. He would stalk it, all the while the bird was well aware of what that cat was up to. Oliver would lunge and the bird would launch at the last moment, landing a few yards away each time, at least until Oliver gave up. Just last week the wife and I were sitting on the patio watching this little game. It was plainly evident what the bird was up to. From the patio I would cajole Oliver with “Dude, you will never catch that bird.”

Three years ago I was sitting at my computer when I heard an ungodly screeching, only to look up. Sure enough Oliver had this giant black bird that had been stalking and diving on Oliver. Her was just about Two years old at the time. Standing in the patio door, Oliver had the blackbird between the wing and its body. Despite the squealing and flailing of the bird Oliver looked at me with his big golden eyes that screamed with a mixture of pride and victory.

Oliver released the bird the instant I reached down and took hold of the creature. In those moments, I’ve found, the birds become strangely docile. Seeming none the worse for wear after a cursory check of the creature I held him out the door, where he sprang from my hand and fly away.

So I was hoping for much the same as Oliver came trotting up to us with his prize gift today.

“Good boy, Oliver,” said in a firm voice reaching down to take the Robin from him. I never admonish the cats for doing what cats instinctively do, but instead affirm what they did was good, though I am always saddened for the bird. This way they always bring their catch to me to be for release or disposal. If that sounds like a contradiction, it has succeeded in saving a fair number of birds, and preventing something dead “perfuming” the courtyard or being discovered someplace in the house. And so Oliver let go just a moment before I could get hold of the bird. With that it flew half way across the yard, coming to rest in the grass, where a darting Oliver quickly cut him off.

It’s never good that a bird in that circumstance can’t take to full flight, but I was heartened with it actually became aggressive, raising its wings and charging towards Oliver for a moment. I picked up the bird, just as Oliver was poised to pounce on it once more, and felt the trickle of warm red blood aver my fingers.

“Oh, no,” I sighed, gentling turning the Robin over in my hands and cradling it there. Oliver had opened up a deep gash in the belly that I knew was fatal. The bird was now looking at me as I held it gently. Kneeling I let Oliver come beside me. The bird’s breaths were painfully deep and hard now, that final moment of defiance in the face of eternity. Then, within 8 or 10 breaths the Robin closed its eyes slowly and went limp in my hands…

WC Turck is the author of 4 books, including the critically acclaimed Bosnian War Memoir “Everything for Love,” and Broken: One soldier’s unexpected journey home, at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. Turck wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart: A Revolutionary Christmas Carol” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He can be heard weekdays from 9-11am, and 1-3pm on the Revolution and Beer show with partner and cohost BL Murray.

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Identifying America’s Real Terrorists.

WC Turck is the author of 4 books, including the critically acclaimed Bosnian War Memoir “Everything for Love,” and Broken: One soldier’s unexpected journey home, at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. Turck wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart: A Revolutionary Christmas Carol” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He can be heard weekdays from 9-11am, and 1-3pm on the Revolution and Beer show with partner and cohost BL Murray.

“Not all Muslims are terrorists, but almost all terrorists are Muslims,” goes the refrain. Folksy wisdom, but then so is, “not all white people are neo-nazis, but all neo-nazis are white.” Deposed former Republican legislator and loud mouth Joe Walsh stated on his hysterics-based show that 80-90% of terrorists are Muslims. In a verbal spasm over the disbanding of the NYPDs so-called “Demographics Unit,” an innocuous term for their Muslim surveillance unit also stated that the unit helped prevent the Times Square Bombing. Oh, Joe, if I had a nickel for every wrong and stupid thing bubbling from your mouth I’d be a wealthy man. And by the way, “Demographics Unit?” Remember that the Nazis called Dachau and Auschwitz “Labor Camps.” By the way, everybody missed the Times Square Bomber, who walked away expecting the vehicle to explode, which it might have if he wasn’t a screw up, no thanks to law enforcement spy cliques or the NSA.

But, as ole Joe went onto say, is it true that the only religion that beheads people, murders nonbelievers and goes “after people for speaking out against Mohammad are Muslims?” Well first, probably not a lot of Hindus are that sensitive about Mohammad, and second it depends upon your definition of terrorism. And last, what or who is the real threat to Americans regarding terrorism?

AJ Segneri, host of Out Front, weekdays on AM1680, www.que4.org in Chicago from 1-3pm weekdays observed that we never seem to get around to identifying crimes like the Kansas City murders by a White Supremacist at two Jewish centers as acts of terror. But what would you say if I could prove you are in far more danger from white Christians than Muslims? Would you scoff?

Since September 11th dozens and by some conservative estimates, as many as 100 Americans had been murdered by White Supremacists and Neo Nazis. In the last 10 years, Americans killed by Muslims as an act of domestic terrorism is ZERO. In fact, since the election of Barack Obama these groups has skyrocketed. Joe Walsh stood shoulder to shoulder with some of them while recently defending a scofflaw millionaire manager refusing to pay miniscule fees to run his for-profit cattle on tax-payer land. They advocate the violent overthrow of the government, murder innocent victims an public officials, threaten shoot and menace law enforcement, and run all sorts of crimes from bank robbery to drug dealing.

The Ugandan Army of God has murdered thousands in the name of Christianity. Rightwing media in this country routinely and systematically defended or explained away the summary executions and desecration of bodies of Muslims by US Soldiers. Serbs in the late 1990s slaughtered tens of thousands of secular Bosnian and Kosovar Muslims, Croatian Catholics slaughtered thousands of Muslims and the German government alone is looking into the murders of nearly 1000 Muslim and African immigrants by white power groups. In Greece, the Golden Dawn is implicated in dozens of deaths, and perhaps as many as 200 murdered immigrants. By contrast, the media in this country only talks about acts committed by Muslims overseas, reaffirming stereotypes and misinformation.

I have looked at all of the dictionary definitions of the word “terrorism” in the English language. Not one says it is a Muslim offense against white Americans. Not one says that Terrorism is an act committed by Muslims because they hate freedom. Therefore, being an adherent to the language, I must conclude that “terrorism” regards an act of terror. And since we all as human beings can experience terror, then drone strikes on weddings, a wall 3 times the size of the Berlin Wall and overhanded tactics by Israelis against Palestinians can also, under that true definition must be considered acts of terror.

So use this and the list below as a starting point in setting the record straight. That is that no group holds a monopoly over hate and terror and brutality. Indeed, I suspect that once the list is finally complete, what will emerge is not a religions pissing contest but a an intransigent human penchant for cruelty, and that we wield that cruelty by assigning arbitrary reasons to dehumanize and degrade others as a means of concealing our own ignorance, lack of humanity, a penchant to destroy and an inability to create and a fundamental disregard for the god(s) we claim to pray to.

THE LIST (Please add to the list)
1. Frazier Glenn Miller, also known as Frazier Glenn Cross murders 3 in Kansas City
2. Eric Millerberg spoke to the court about his conviction, enraging Alexis Rasmussen he is a member of the gang Silent Aryan Warriors
3. A Sacramento Superior Court jury convicted a reputed white supremacist of first-degree murder today in the shooting death of an African American motorist two years ago on a Foothill Farms street. Brian Keith Jones Jr., 25, did not appear in court as the verdict was read in his killing of Duane Lomax, who was fatally shot in the early morning of Dec. 8, 2012, on Predial Way Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/18/6248412/jury-convicts-reputed-white-supremacist.html#storylink=cpy
4. Joshua Dylan Petrin, 31, was arrested Friday morning at the Regina Remand Centre, where he was being held on first-degree murder charges in the death of Lorry Anne Santos. The 33-year-old mother of four was shot and killed after she opened her door to strangers in Saskatoon on Sept. 12. Police say the gunmen had gone to the wrong house. Petrin is charged with second-degree murder in the 2008 death of Mitchell Chambers, 23, and first-degree murder in the 2012 death of Bryan Gower, 35. Petrin also faces charges of conspiracy to commit murder of two other people.
5. Joseph P. Franklin, a white supremacist who killed at least eight people in a shooting spree from 1977 to 1980 and confessed to being the sniper who wounded the Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt and the lawyer and civil rights activist Vernon E. Jordan Jr., was executed on Wednesday, the Missouri Department of Public Safety said.
6. Two white supremacists are in custody and two more are being sought in the beating death in Tennessee of a volunteer firefighter who authorities say was affiliated with the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations.
At least one of the four suspects is reportedly a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, a prison-based, “whites-only” gang that is known as one of the most violent of its type in the country. In recent years, felons released from prison have increasingly continued to work for the Aryan Brotherhood, which frequently is involved in drug dealing, in the outside world.
John Corey Lanier, 26, and Todd E. Dalton, 39, both of Manchester, Tenn., are currently being held in jail in Franklin County, Tenn., on charges of first-degree murder, authorities say.
David Gordon Jenkins, 46, also of Manchester, and Coty Keith Holmes, 25, of Hillsboro, Tenn., also were charged with murder in grand jury indictments returned Monday. “They are still at large,” Franklin County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Guess told Hatewatch today. He said investigators aren’t certain if the two fugitives have left Tennessee, but warrants for their arrests have been entered into the national crime data system and they are identified as being armed and dangerous.
The four are charged in the death of Corey N. Matthews, 26, whose body was found March 24 on Jackson Cemetery Road in rural Franklin County. Guess said that Matthews, a volunteer for the Keith Springs Fire Department, died of blunt force trauma to the head and upper body, and most likely was killed on the evening of March 23.
7. A 27-year-old woman who joined her boyfriend in a 2011 murder spree to kill Jews and minorities has pleaded guilty in Portland, Ore., in a deal that calls for her to spend the rest of her life in federal prison without the possibility of parole.
Holly Ann Grigsby told Senior U.S. District Judge Ancer Haggerty Tuesday that she did not kill any of the victims, including the stepmother of her boyfriend, David “Joey” Pedersen, the The Oregonian reports in today’s editions.
After the pair were arrested in October 2011 and accused of a murderous crime spree in Washington, Oregon and California, Grigsby told a California newspaper reporter that she had killed DeeDee Pedersen because white supremacists believe that men should not murder women
8. A South Carolina white supremacist and his wife, self-styled vigilantes, say they murdered a couple because the man was a registered sex offender.
“You think I’m here to rob you. I’m not here to rob you. I’m here to kill you because you are a child molester,” Jeremy Moody, 30, said he told his victim before pulling the trigger.
Moody and his wife, Christine, 36, say they planned to kill another before getting arrested Wednesday. They were charged with two counts of murder but might face more indictments if Jeremy Moody’s claim of killing others turns out to be true.
“He indicated he was going on our website looking at sex offenders and randomly targeting individuals off that website,” Union County Sheriff David Taylor said.
Investigators say Moody — who has “Skinhead,””Made in America,” and “White Power” tattoos — admitted to shooting Charles Parker, 59, twice and Gretchen Parker, 51, once with a pistol at close range Sunday.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/white-supremacist-pair-targeted-sex-offender-double-murder-suspects-article-1.1408694#ixzz2z5wzm8yd
9. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A white supremacist accused of a Northwest crime spree that claimed four lives has accepted legal help less than two months after winning the right to represent himself at his upcoming trial, his lawyers said Monday.

Court-appointed attorneys Renee Manes and Richard Wolf confirmed in phone interviews that they are again representing David “Joey” Pedersen.

Pedersen, 32, and Holly Ann Grigsby, 28, are awaiting trial on federal charges of kidnapping, carjacking and murder. They are accused of killing a man on the Oregon coast and another in Northern California.

Pedersen previously pleaded guilty to murder in the slaying of his father and stepmother in Everett, Wash.

Prosecutors say the 2011 killing spree was part of a white supremacist campaign to purify and preserve the white race. Pedersen has a tattoo of a swastika on his chest and an image of Adolph Hitler on his stomach. The blue initials “SWP,” for Supreme White Power, are on his neck.
10. A U.S. District Court jury in Chicago has convicted white supremacist leader Matt Hale for soliciting the murder of a federal judge.
Hale, 32, leader and self-proclaimed “Pontifex Maximus” of the virulently racist and anti-Semitic Creativity Movement (formerly known as the World Church of the Creator), was found guilty on April 26, 2004, of one count of solicitation of murder and three counts of obstruction of justice. He was acquitted of a second count of solicitation of murder.
During the trial, jurors heard recorded conversations of Hale trying to persuade FBI informant Anthony Evola, who acted as Hale’s bodyguard, to kill Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow.
11. law enforcement investigates possible ties between the murders and a white supremacy group.
Mourners fill the First Baptist Church of Sunnyvale, outside Dallas, Texas this afternoon to remember Kaufman County district attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia. The couple was found shot to death inside their home over the weekend. Their murders came two months after the county’s assistant district attorney, Mark Hasse, was shot and killed
12. Amer¬i¬can white suprema¬cists marked the New Year with vio¬lence, open¬ing 2013 with a mur-der in Ken¬tucky and an alleged plot in Ohio. Sus¬pects in both inci¬dents have ties to neo-Nazi groups.
The murder occurred near the small town of Walton, Kentucky, south of Cincinnati, Ohio, on Jan¬u¬ary 9. About a week later, Boone County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men on kid¬nap-ping, mur¬der and abuse of a corpse charges, stating that the suspects had beaten the vic¬tim in two sep¬a¬rate locations and stabbed and strangled him to death at the sec¬ond loca¬tion, then dis¬membered his body and left parts of it in different places. The vic¬tim was a 19-year old drug addict who also allegedly sold heroin to support his own drug habit.
The suspects arrested were Anthony Baumgartner, 23; Jeffrey Allen, 21; and Stephen Harkness, 22. At least one of the suspects has ties to the white supremacist movement. Baumgartner, who has several white supremacist tattoos, was a relatively recent recruit to the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM), with the rank of “Stormtrooper First Class.”
13. Jury selection began today for a reputed white supremacist accused of killing a Colorado Springs woman during a bungled robbery.
Kandin Eric Wilson, 29, is charged with first-degree murder in the Sept. 27 shooting of Susana Pelayo-Perez in the parking lot of the Shannon Glen apartments at 260 N. Murray Blvd.
Pelayo-Perez, 35, was a passenger in a white Chevrolet SUV when a bullet shattered the left rear window of the car and hit her below the shoulder. She later died at Memorial Hospital.
Wilson and another suspect, Kyle Robert Gray, both of Colorado Springs, were arrested in December
Read more at http://gazette.com/white-supremacist-on-trial-for-murder-in-womans-killing/article/100581#cv1uB8q6ExSsV57s.99
14. James Byrd, Jr. (May 2, 1949 – June 7, 1998) was an African-American who was murdered by three men, of whom at least two were white supremacists, in Jasper, Texas, on June 7, 1998. Shawn Berry, Lawrence Russell Brewer, and John King dragged Byrd for three miles behind a pick-up truck along an asphalt road. Byrd, who remained conscious throughout most of the ordeal, was killed when his body hit the edge of a culvert, severing his right arm and head. The murderers drove on for another mile before dumping his torso in front of an African-American cemetery in Jasper.[1] Byrd’s lynching-by-dragging gave impetus to passage of a Texas hate crimes law.
15. On June 7, 1998, Byrd, age 49, accepted a ride from Shawn Berry (age 24), Lawrence Russell Brewer (age 31) and John King (age 23). Berry, who was driving, was acquainted with Byrd from around town. Instead of taking Byrd home, the three men took Byrd to a remote county road out of town, beat him severely, urinated on him and chained him by his ankles to their pickup truck before dragging him for approximately 1.5 miles. Brewer later claimed that Byrd’s throat had been slashed by Berry before he was dragged. However, forensic evidence suggests that Byrd had been attempting to keep his head up while being dragged, and an autopsy suggested that Byrd was alive during much of the dragging. Byrd died after his right arm and head were severed when his body hit a culvert.[10] Byrd’s brain and skull were found intact, further suggesting he maintained consciousness while being dragged.[11]
Berry, Brewer and King dumped the mutilated remains of the body in front of an African-American church on Huff Creek Road, then drove off to a barbecue.
16. ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – CBS4 has learned the man shot and killed Thursday night by Englewood Police was Jeremiah Barnum, a white supremacist leader who was convicted in 1999 of murdering a West African immigrant in Denver in a shocking hate crime.
“He went there to engage the officers. He wasn’t shopping at Walgreens,” said Englewood Police Chief John Collins of the Thursday shooting. “As soon as I heard it,
it rang true for me. This does not surprise me whatsoever. They’re all bad actors.”
17. SAN ANTONIO — A San Antonio man and a Jourdanton woman, allegedly members of a white supremacist prison gang, have been sentenced to prison for their involvement in the 2008 murder of a prospective member.
The body of Mark Davis Byrd Sr. was found May 4, 2008, in Atascosa County.
Shane Gail “Dirty” McNeil, 34, and Destiny Nicole Feathers, 24, pleaded guilty last August to accessory after the fact in connection with the case.
U.S. District Judge Sim Lake of the Southern District of Texas on Thursday sentenced McNeil to 10 years in prison and Feathers to 6.5 years in prison. Both also were sentenced to three years of supervised release
18. HOUSTON — The head of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood of Texas has pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy that included murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking

Read more: Head of US white supremacist gang pleads guilty | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/head-of-white-supremacist-gang-pleads-guilty/#ixzz2z656Iqzv
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19. Larry Max Bryan pleaded guilty Friday before US District Judge Sim Lake.
Under federal law, Bryan could be sentenced to up to life in prison. The plea agreement calls for prosecutors to recommend the 52-year-old be sentenced to no more than 25. Sentencing is set for Oct. 7.
Bryan was among nearly three dozen people allegedly affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood who were charged in a sweeping indictment unsealed in 2012.
Dozens of defendants have been convicted in an ongoing federal investigation of the military-style gang founded in Texas prisons in the 1980s to offer protection to white inmates.
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21. On March 9, 2012, Maricopa County authorities formally “arrested” Toby Ray Gas¬pard, a member of the Vinlanders Social Club (VSC), a violent racist skinhead group, for the 2005 murder of another racist skinhead, Cory Simpson. The arrest gave notice that detec¬tives had finally cracked a murder case nearly seven years old.
Simpson, 31 at the time of his murder, had been released from prison nearly a year earlier after serving four years on an armed robbery charge. He was one of the leaders of the Canyon State Skinheads (CSS), a local racist skinhead crew. The skinhead scene in Arizona in 2005 was complicated, thanks to the rise of the VSC and its growth through adopting members of local racist skinhead crews, including members of the Canyon State Skinheads.
On December 24, 2005, Simpson attended a party in Mesa for local racist skinheads, held at Gaspard’s home. Gaspard was also a high-ranking CSS member. The party turned ugly when other skinheads confronted Simpson. One of them repeatedly stabbed Simpson, leaving him bleed¬ing on his front lawn. Simpson’s wife and another racist skinhead, Christopher Gromberg, took Simpson to a hospital, but he had been fatally wounded
22. ARANSAS PASS – Two members of a white supremacist gang in the Aransas Pass area are now accused of threatening witnesses in a murder trial. Joshua Davis and John Johnson are charged with obstruction/retaliation.
Both men are being held on $250,000 bond.
Lawrence Mireles’ trial for the murder of 16-year-old Jenna Hernandez is coming up soon in Nueces County. Mireles is accused of shooting the teen and leaving her body on Stedman Island near Aransas Pass in June 2012.
23. COWAN, TN (WAFF) – 2013 Four Coffee County, Tennessee men have been indicted in connection with the murder of a Cowan, Tennessee man.
The body of Corey Matthews was found in a field next to Jackson Cemetery in Cowan on March 24. Investigators said it was a specific and targeted crime related to Matthew’s affiliation with a white supremacist organization.
Investigators said Matthews and all four suspects are members of Aryan Nation.
The Grand Jury returned indictments for first degree and felony murder against 39-year-old Todd Dalton, 26-year-old John Lanier, 46-year-old David Jenkins, and 25-year-old Coty Holmes.
24. 2007 GREENVILLE, N.C. — The investigation into two church arsons has uncovered a group of white supremacists involved in a murder conspiracy, police said Friday.

Two Jan. 13 fires destroyed Memorial Baptist Church and damaged Unity Free Will Baptist Church, both in Greenville. Authorities have determined both fires were deliberately set, but they haven’t yet charged anyone with either arson.

As authorities investigated the arsons, a tip led them to people tied to the Aryan Brotherhood, a self-proclaimed white-supremacist group. Police said the local group members were linked to illegal activities, and an early morning raid Friday on two area homes resulted in four arrests and the seizure of weapons, computers and paraphernalia covered with Nazi and Ku Klux Klan symbols.
25. German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that “the cold-blooded murders of nine immigrant shopkeepers by neo-Nazis is an “inconceivable” crime for Germany and a national disgrace.”[19]
In 2011, the term “Döner murders” (German: Döner-Morde) was named the German Un-Word of the Year by a jury of linguistic scholars, who considered its usage as inappropriate and inhuman.[20]
The Bosphorus serial murders[2] also known as Döner murders, the term often used by the media,[3] were a series of attacks that took place in Germany between 2000 and 2006, leaving ten people dead and one wounded. The attackers called themselves National Socialist Underground (NSU) (German: Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund). The primary targets were ethnic Turks, but one Greek and one German policewoman were also killed.
The victims were mostly small business owners, including doner kebab vendors and greengrocers. They were murdered in daylight with gunshots to the face at close range with a silenced CZ 83 pistol. According to the parents of a Turkish victim who worked in an internet café, the police originally suspected foreign organised criminals. A German policewoman, Michèle Kiesewetter, was also shot and killed and the police officer on patrol with her was critically wounded. Other crimes, including a bomb attack
26. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/04/germany-neo-nazi-killings_n_4383632.htmlThe 746 cases with no known suspects involved 849 victims and took place between 1990 and 2011. The period spans the time between German reunification and the discovery of a neo-Nazi cell suspected of committing 10 murders.

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Interview: Immigrants Have Big Problems with Immigration Reform

Ze Garcia, Moratorium on Deportations, and Stavroula Harissis, ISO, joined us for a very candid and in-depth conversation about immigration reform, xenophobia, and deportations. We also discussed unions, the Chicago Public Schools, and the CTU.

Catch the show live every Saturday, from 1-3pm CST on, que4.org, AM1680 Chicago.

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fLIGHT pLAN pART 4: A Revolution and Beer Novella

There were three hundred and fifty million souls on the planet at the end of the Black death in 1350. Humanity reached one billion as Charles Darwin was beginning his scientific journeys aboard the HMS Beagle, a time span of almost 500 years. It took one hundred and five years to reach two billion, and less than sixty to reach six billion. In 16 years humanity will add another two billion, on a planet that remains exactly the same size as it began.

The prescription for the future is control; control of population, power and resources, setting up a cataclysmic dichotomy. These pillars of control had underwritten the progress and upheavals in the greater narrative of humanity. throughout history civilizations had struggled and fallen over constraints and access to resources.

The Japanese and Nazi expansions of the 1930s and 40s had been over resources. Their opposition had been far less animated over the inhumanity and horror of those expansions than they were over threats to those resources. Capitalism and Communism competed under the banner and control structure of opposing ideologies. But the truth was that Soviet-style Communism did not accommodate the idea of conservation and instead quickly and so thoroughly exhausted its resources that it simply collapsed over its own short-sightedness.
After the collapse of the Soviet system the absence of viable global competition capitalism perverted itself into that same short-sighted mentality that had befallen its antagonist. Where communism had collapsed over short-term material gain, so too capitalism suicide itself over fast abstract financial gain. It betrayed its conservational roots and illusioned itself with the economics of the made up. The theory and practice od capitalism proved every bit as flawed and corruptible as its long dead competitor.

What was worse, those naked capitalists had forgotten, even mocked the simple reality that any economic system was in fact an engine. Recourses, labor and capital maintained the efficiency of that engine. But in just a few decades the pornographers of money had traded the long term efficiency for n orgy of excess and accumulation. the engine had become strained by the extraordinary and dangerous imbalance of unchecked greed. Resources and capital had been pilphered and siphoned, draining ninety percent of the fuel into less that one percent of the participants. Resources and capital pooled obscenely among that one percent, leveraged but not circulated, slowly were grinding the engine to a halt and the world’s economy to the brink of collapse.

On its own that was dangerous enough, but where once nations and empires might once have struggled with distance and time and technology, global trade and instant communication had facilitated the dismantling of the world and the exploitation of short term and disruptive fuel sources.

Populations are hungry, economies of a 21st century scale are ravenous against the finite and rapidly dwindling resources of a small planet. No longer could population and economy be defined on local or even national scales. For the first time the fate and future of an entire species, and indeed the planet hung precariously in the balance, with the ultimate control left exclusively to those plundering oligarchs. They held no regard but for their own aggrandizement and short term whims. they controlled the message to the masses, or brutalized those who questioned and dissented. That threatened as never before every positive advance mankind had ascended to from the beginning of time…

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fLIGHT pLAN pART 3: A Revolution and Beer Novella

A heavy March snow blanketed Washington DC, slowing traffic along East Capitol Street Avenue and obscuring the Washington Monument. The urgent whisper of the snow softened the hum of the city and roar of morning traffic to something more reverent. There was a weight to the snow, not only literally, but in what had proved a seemingly unending and brutal winter.

John Byars paused on the snow wetted marble steps to looked up over his shoulder at the towering pillars to the great dome of the neoclassical capitol building. A passionate servant to the nation he loved for better than four decades, Byars was ceaselessly awed by that auspicious and great building. He lit a cigarette before starting down the steps towards two black Chevy Suburbans waiting at the curb. Two security specialists, smart and a bit ominous in long black coats followed closely.

After 2 combat tours in Vietnam, and thirty-five years serving the agency in damn near ever war imaginable-and a few that weren’t-lesser men would have long ago retired. But Byars had settled comfortably into his new post as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. There were those old yearnings for the life and excitement of the field, but that was the domain of younger men and a new generation of operatives.

He still held the athletic intensity of that inexperienced kid who stepped off an LCT at Cam Ranh Bay in 1968. The innocence of that boy was gone from the first round that cracked the air near his head in the A Shau valley. Despite the years he now held a position in which his biggest complaint was not the threat of imminent death, but whether the air temperature in his office was comfortable. He still cut a powerful and compact figure, and still maintained that familiar and dutiful army haircut.

Sam Harper stepped from the lead vehicle as Byars approached. He was an intense man in his mid-40s, a handpicked deputy to John Byars who’d seen duty as a Navy seal in practically every dirt hole on the planet. A veteran of Mogadishu back in ’94 Harper had distinguished himself in conflicts no one would ever hear about, just as Byars had done. Sam Harper had been deployed as part of the embassy security team in Libya after the fall of Muamar Gaddafi. Harper had stepped into the post seamlessly, easier than a pleased Byars might have thought. Though neither man mentioned it, the post was both a hiding place and a reward for Ben Ghazi and the Libyan war for Harper.

With a smart nod to Byars Harper held the door to the Suburban open.

“Director,” he said.

Byars smiled matter of fact, “I’m a glutton for punishment, Sam.”

“Comes with the job, sir.”

“How are we looking today, pal?” As Byars climbed into the vehicle.

“Well, sir,” said Harper, entering behind his boss, “we’re watching a new Russian build up along Ukraine’s eastern border…”

“I’m a bit nervous about what’s coming out of the State Department. Putin knows we won’t go to war in Ukraine.”

“Home court for the Russians.”

“What else?” asked Byars. Even with a capitol police escort, the Suburbans were making little progress through the snow and morning traffic.

“Nothing of immediate…uh, a jetliner out of Kuala Lumpur is reported missing as of about ninety minutes ago.”

“Any indications it’s something we should be concerned about?”

“Out of that region?” Harper replied. “There is always a concern. Oh, and you have a two o’clock with Senators Washburn and Peele.”

“When did that come up?”

“Just came up this morning while you were briefing the Intelligence committee. There wasn’t anything in your calendar. I can reschedule, although they let on that there was a certain urgency.”

“That’s fine.”

Byars leaned back and rubbed his eyes. It was already becoming a long day. He dreaded the meeting. Washburn and Peele were hawks of the worst kind. Neither had served in the military. Their strategies and fears of foreign and domestic enemies had far less to do with true national priorities and had more to do with skewed, limited and ignorant intentions.

There was hardly a war that Byars had not become entangled with from Vietnam to Syria over the last half century. He understood and believed in the necessity of a robust military with the ability to compel intransigent world actors when diplomacy failed or wasn’t an option. Byars also understood that between nations that was a long and complex calculus. More than that, war was only too real to John Byars, bringing to mind men and women who’d died, at times in his own arms for abstracts that war hawks postured abstractly over. That simple understanding put him squarely at odds with men like Washburn and Peele.

Something had changed in American politics. Theater had become open warfare. Even as a soldier by trade Byars was keenly aware that a new generation of statists rather than statesmen had arisen to change the character of the national discourse. They turned political dialogue and respectable, even adamant debate from spirited disagreement to outright civil war. These ideologues and partisans, such as Senator’s Peele and Washburn , twisted by advocacy, corporatized and lawyered by media salesmen, turned opinion and perspective into bludgeons. And certainly that was nothing new. The collapse of faith and trust in sovereigns, empires and ideologies had marked the bloody upheavals throughout history. But America was supposed to be, as it was put so long ago, “the last best hope for mankind.” Instead it was proving itself deeply flawed and infinitely fallible. Byars could feel it. He could see it, and there wasn’t a damned thing he could do about it.

It was still snowing outside when Byars took a late morning conference call and briefing for security issues for the day. With his feet up on the desk and looking out at the snow he cradled a luke warm cup of coffee; a touch of cream and three sugars. There was a note pad and pencil on the desk, but the page was almost empty, with only the date and the word “briefing” scribbled at the top and underlined.

Much of it was the same. There was increased chatter by Al Qaeda affiliates in Iraq, which coincided with a wave of recent violence. Just ahead of the upcoming presidential elections in Afghanistan, a flimsy campaign had begun by the Taliban to affected the voting. More alarming was a sudden surge in acid attacks against women and girls, particularly in and around Kabul. Israeli and Palestinian security forces were in their usual tit for tat reprisals. Within that seemed an effort by the Israelis to draw in Iranian-backed Hezbollah from neighboring Lebanon as a means of exposing their networks. From the Asian desk, there were growing tensions between North and South Korea over a disputed island. As for the missing passenger jet out of Malaysia, there wasn’t any news, no claims of responsibility and no indication it was anything more than a tragic accident.

The biggest concern was a growing belligerence backed by Russia regarding the Ukrainian protests, which had taken on the imagery of the French Revolution in barricades and battles across the capitol, Kiev.

“We believe that Putin wants the Crimea,” said the woman who ran the Russian desk.

Byars scoffed. “He’s got a lease on the Sevastopol base. The Russians can come and go as they please. What does Moscow have to gain from a move that will clearly piss off the West and NATO?”

“The population there is predominantly Russian. I wouldn’t discount the abstract power of naked nationalism.”

“Recommendation?” asked Byars, taking a sip of his coffee.

“Well, we can’t not say something,” she replied. “If Russia takes Crimea that gives us leverage in several different directions.”

Byars thought for a moment and breathed heavily, “And the risk of civil war?”

“Letting Putin have Crimea lessons that possibility, but obviously there are quite a few wild cards here.”

“Yeah,” Byars nodded with a note of concern.

Wild cards indeed, but the world was about to take a serious turn for the wild. Indeed, it was about to take a turn for the bizarre, revealing a terrifying a hint at a future that endangered and threaten to bring down the very nation had fought, bled for and pledged his life to defend. It would lead him to the other side of the planet facing an enemy far more deadly, far more ruthless than any he’d ever encountered. Worst of all, unwittingly, it was an enemy he’d helped come to power.

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On the eve of Revolution: The Nevada Ranch War(Warning-Extremely honest language)

(An apology: the original article was written with the assistance of two glasses of Rebel Yell Kentucky Bourbon. When I awakened this morning and saw the reaction I thought it needed to be edited. And so I have. This version is far angrier. My sincere apologies, bourbon always mellows me out.)

Where were they? These were the right wing jerks that laughed or were silent when Occupy protesters were being beaten, maced and arrested over first amendment issues. Now they want the rest of us to feel sympathy or solidarity or be all agitated because these know nothing pieces of trash throw around fake words like revolution and patriotism or use banal and idiotic phrases like “the gov’ment cain’t do nuttin’ right,” or “I just wants the gov’ment tag it out of my way!” If the lights go on, water comes to your little shower and the toilet flushes when you expect it to, the government did something right. If your Social security check arrives on time each month…So shut up!imagesIZAKUW0V

“Git yer guns, boys, there’bout to be a war on!” or so comes the cry from losers headed to blindly defend a deadbeat rancher who stoked the flames of stupidity among the American Right because he refused to pay to use lands that weren’t his. In “AmerKa the gov’ment cain’t boss me. They ain’t the boss o’ me!” Freedom doesn’t begin and end with a gun. That’s called fascism. Freedom doesn’t even start with a gun, unless the bullies and fascists first put them to their own temple.
And FOX and a Right wing media…well I, get to that in a moment.

There are three culprits here. If you are a “freedom lovin’ gun-totin’, 4-wheel drivin’, Keystone beer chuggin’ patriot” who gets wood every lazy posers like Adam Kokesh or Alex Jones uses “armed,” “government” and “rebellion” in the same sentence, here’s a consciousness call! And for the chaos and extremist-stroking and market-creating so-called press or the egotistical douche bags in the government, over reaching and postering over the impotency of self-aggrandizing bullies intent of flaunting power that is given you by the people, listen the fuck up!blmranchers

Cuz freedom to the dumb as spackle vomitus we are inflicting upon the gene pool still think “git ‘er done” passes for homey philosophy. These fucks are bullies. That’s why they have the guns! That’s why 40 of these dicks showed up last year outside a Dallas Mexican restaurant with fucking AK-47s to terrify 4 moms who met over nachos to discuss gun control http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/11/moms-demand-action-open-carry-texas-guns-rifles/3497895/ Talk against guns in a free country? Kill those whores!

The guns don’t stand for liberty nor do they defend freedom. They only protect ignorance, shield racist trash and are dangerous in what is supposed to be a civil fucking society. The way they force their violence culture on the rest of us to better express their all too obvious manliness amounts to the Viagra of death. Bottom line, gun pussies, you are part of the reason the government has escaped our control. Your masturbatory lyricism illustrates the level of your intelligence and calamitous ignorance over reality, community, self responsibility and reason. And so you will take up guns for “THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM!” I only hope these weekend patriots, who think freedom -and keeping it- amounts to their internet porn, a big truck and plenty of power bumper stickers to plaster the bumper with and a gun. You’re being manipulated, which brings me to number two.

Ever curious why the news, like FOX or Alex Jones is provoking stories? And the rest of the corporate media is just as god damned guilty, either through condescension or a little wink and a nod so they can become the story too. Everybody pisses me off on this one. Why you ask does the media always insert itself into the story? They are the mouthpiece for corporate America, and the corporations thrive on chaos and an ineffectual government. I have seen it first hand in wars around the planet. Exploit, exploit, exploit! Buy the government enough so you can rally security so things don’t get too out of hand and the corporations are free to pillage and loot. The media is control, control of information and the message. They sow disunion, confusion and misinformation to manipulate you.

Don’t believe me? Rand Paul jumps on the media and they all carry the message that every pilot in America should be mandated to carry a gun. 617, 000 commercial pilots. Wow, the skies have never been safer. So where did that come from? Check out “Gun Sales are Plunging,” Feb. 14th 2014 from CNN Money, money.cnn.com/2014/02/14/news/companies/guns-ammo-sales. Thanks, Rand Paul, FOX, CNN, deposed Rep. Joe Walsh and MSNBC all whored this naked bit of gun marketing parading as security. At a modest average of $425 per pistol, not including ammunition and accoutrements, the gun industry is looking at better than a quarter billion in revenue. But can’t tell you nuttin’, American public, yer too smart.

Finally, our government, which sucks the appendage of corporations and wipes its ass with the constitution then shoves it in the face of the American people, shares its own share of the blame. You act more like zookeepers (notice I didn’t say occupiers. At least an occupation force is honest about its disrespect and disregard for the people), with a John Wayne Gacy-like grin, keeping us just stupid, entertained, distracted and fearful enough to roll over and play your prison sex toy. Yours is not the mandate for service, but instead the domain of population control, driven by a sick sort of egotism theater-ed by the costumes of assumed power and the patronage to those who shower your fraudulent campaigns with money and promises of privilege.Bk4vL8WCAAAsBNw

In my humble opinion, opining and asserting each day on a modest little radio station that doesn’t fellate corporate or government power bosses, all three of the above are to blame. So if “git ‘er done” just ain’t homey and wise enough fer ya, try this, while the rest of us work for rational and reasonable reform of our busted government and sinfully trashy corporate media, without engaging in this infantile “burn it all down” tantrum for the weak-minded- think of this bit of homey wisdom: put 3 assholes in a room-or on a ranch in Nevada-guaranteed they will burn down that house simply to prove which one is the biggest asshole of all!

And if there is violence, and the militiamen and Joe Wash, who already is back peddling from takin’his gun down ta git him a G-man radio bluster faster than a dyslexic biker on a downhill alpine incline, manages not to shit himself-and the 3 people beside him when the first rounds fly, let’s hope in a blinding fusillade the media, the right and the government all manage to mercifully rid themselves from the gene pool for the true betterment of Americans!

And for those of you thinking you’d like to get yer shooter and come after me, take a breath, read the piece again and ask yourself if and by whom you are being manipulated. I got shit for cash in the bank, so it sure and the hell ain’t me. And, after all that you still want to put a round in me, because this knee-jerk corporate run world is the kind of chaotic shithole you want to live in, then by all means. You’ll be doing me a fucking favor!

Listen to WC Turck, the “most dangerous voice on the Left,” weekdays from 9-11am on Chicago’s new home for real activism, Q4 radio, www.que4.org. Turck is the author of 3 novels and a War Memoir about his experiences during the Bosnian War, as well as 2 critically acclaimed Plays.

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On the eve of Revolution: The Nevada Ranch War(Warning-Extremely honest language)

(An apology: the original article was written with the assistance of two glasses of Rebel Yell Kentucky Bourbon. When I awakened this morning and saw the reaction I thought it needed to be edited. And so I have. This version is far angrier. My sincere apologies, bourbon always mellows me out.)

Where were they? These were the right wing jerks that laughed or were silent when Occupy protesters were being beaten, maced and arrested over first amendment issues. Now they want the rest of us to feel sympathy or solidarity or be all agitated because these know nothing pieces of trash throw around fake words like revolution and patriotism or use banal and idiotic phrases like “the gov’ment cain’t do nuttin’ right,” or “I just wants the gov’ment tag it out of my way!” If the lights go on, water comes to your little shower and the toilet flushes when you expect it to, the government did something right. If your Social security check arrives on time each month…So shut up!imagesIZAKUW0V

“Git yer guns, boys, there’bout to be a war on!” or so comes the cry from losers headed to blindly defend a deadbeat rancher who stoked the flames of stupidity among the American Right because he refused to pay to use lands that weren’t his. In “AmerKa the gov’ment cain’t boss me. They ain’t the boss o’ me!” Freedom doesn’t begin and end with a gun. That’s called fascism. Freedom doesn’t even start with a gun, unless the bullies and fascists first put them to their own temple.
And FOX and a Right wing media…well I, get to that in a moment.

There are three culprits here. If you are a “freedom lovin’ gun-totin’, 4-wheel drivin’, Keystone beer chuggin’ patriot” who gets wood every lazy posers like Adam Kokesh or Alex Jones uses “armed,” “government” and “rebellion” in the same sentence, here’s a consciousness call! And for the chaos and extremist-stroking and market-creating so-called press or the egotistical douche bags in the government, over reaching and postering over the impotency of self-aggrandizing bullies intent of flaunting power that is given you by the people, listen the fuck up!blmranchers

Cuz freedom to the dumb as spackle vomitus we are inflicting upon the gene pool still think “git ‘er done” passes for homey philosophy. These fucks are bullies. That’s why they have the guns! That’s why 40 of these dicks showed up last year outside a Dallas Mexican restraint with fucking AK-47s to terrify 4 moms who met over nachos to discuss gun control http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/11/moms-demand-action-open-carry-texas-guns-rifles/3497895/ Talk against guns in a free country? Kill those whores!

The guns don’t stand for liberty nor do they defend freedom. They only protect ignorance, shield racist trash and are dangerous in what is supposed to be a civil fucking society. The way they force their violence culture on the rest of us to better express their all too obvious manliness amounts to the Viagra of death. Bottom line, gun pussies, you are part of the reason the government has escaped our control. Your masturbatory lyricism illustrates the level of your intelligence and calamitous ignorance over reality, community, self responsibility and reason. And so you will take up guns for “THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM!” I only hope these weekend patriots, who think freedom -and keeping it- amounts to their internet porn, a big truck and plenty of power bumper stickers to plaster the bumper with and a gun. You’re being manipulated, which brings me to number two.

Ever curious why the news, like FOX or Alex Jones is provoking stories? And the rest of the corporate media is just as god damned guilty, either through condescension or a little wink and a nod so they can become the story too. Everybody pisses me off on this one. Why you ask does the media always insert itself into the story? They are the mouthpiece for corporate America, and the corporations thrive on chaos and an ineffectual government. I have seen it first hand in wars around the planet. Exploit, exploit, exploit! Buy the government enough so you can rally security so things don’t get too out of hand and the corporations are free to pillage and loot. The media is control, control of information and the message. They sow disunion, confusion and misinformation to manipulate you.

Don’t believe me? Rand Paul jumps on the media and they all carry the message that every pilot in America should be mandated to carry a gun. 617, 000 commercial pilots. Wow, the skies have never been safer. So where did that come from? Check out “Gun Sales are Plunging,” Feb. 14th 2014 from CNN Money, money.cnn.com/2014/02/14/news/companies/guns-ammo-sales. Thanks, Rand Paul, FOX, CNN, deposed Rep. Joe Walsh and MSNBC all whored this naked bit of gun marketing parading as security. At a modest average of $425 per pistol, not including ammunition and accoutrements, the gun industry is looking at better than a quarter billion in revenue. But can’t tell you nuttin’, American public, yer too smart.

Finally, our government, which sucks the appendage of corporations and wipes its ass with the constitution then shoves it in the face of the American people, shares its own share of the blame. You act more like zookeepers (notice I didn’t say occupiers. At least an occupation force is honest about its disrespect and disregard for the people), with a John Wayne Gacy-like grin, keeping us just stupid, entertained, distracted and fearful enough to roll over and play your prison sex toy. Yours is not the mandate for service, but instead the domain of population control, driven by a sick sort of egotism theater-ed by the costumes of assumed power and the patronage to those who shower your fraudulent campaigns with money and promises of privilege.Bk4vL8WCAAAsBNw

In my humble opinion, opining and asserting each day on a modest little radio station that doesn’t fellate corporate or government power bosses, all three of the above are to blame. So if “git ‘er done” just ain’t homey and wise enough fer ya, try this, while the rest of us work for rational and reasonable reform of our busted government and sinfully trashy corporate media, without engaging in this infantile “burn it all down” tantrum for the weak-minded- think of this bit of homey wisdom: put 3 assholes in a room-or on a ranch in Nevada-guaranteed they will burn down that house simply to prove which one is the biggest asshole of all!

And if there is violence, and the militiamen and Joe Wash, who already is back peddling from takin’his gun down ta git him a G-man radio bluster faster than a dyslexic biker on a downhill alpine incline, manages not to shit himself-and the 3 people beside him when the first rounds fly, let’s hope in a blinding fusillade the media, the right and the government all manage to mercifully rid themselves from the gene pool for the true betterment of Americans!

And for those of you thinking you’d like to get yer shooter and come after me, take a breath, read the piece again and ask yourself if and by whom you are being manipulated. I got shit for cash in the bank, so it sure and the hell ain’t me. And, after all that you still want to put a round in me, because this knee-jerk corporate run world is the kind of chaotic shithole you want to live in, then by all means. You’ll be doing me a fucking favor!

Listen to WC Turck, the “most dangerous voice on the Left,” weekdays from 9-11am on Chicago’s new home for real activism, Q4 radio, www.que4.org. Turck is the author of 3 novels and a War Memoir about his experiences during the Bosnian War, as well as 2 critically acclaimed Plays.

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Coming Up on Saturday’s Show: Xenophobia, Nationalism, & Deportation

We have a great show coming up this Saturday. We’ll be talking about deportations with Zé, from Moratorium on Deportations. We’ll also explore the reliance of fascist & nationalist parties on xenophobia with Stavroula Harissis of the Chicago ISO.

If you’re curious about how these all tie together into an inhumane and anti-democratic agenda, then listen in from 1-3pm CST on que4.org, AM1680 Chicago.

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What’s in a Face?

I undertook reading John Reader’s Africa: A Biography of the Continent. I’m a sucker for these sorts of comprehensive histories. I’ve read and reread Norman Davies’s 1363 page Europe:A History. Africa begins where it should, with mankind’s first furtive steps out of a valley in East Central Africa some 3 million years ago. What that moment must have been. I imagine those eyes taking in for the first time the unending horizon of a world yet to be explored. I wonder whether their fist thoughts were trepidatious, curious or mechanical?

I too was curious over those ancient kin. I wanted to look into their eyes and surmise that first moment in which there was the ultimate realization of something beyond that valley. That single characteristic may prove the greatest connection we still maintain to those ancestral curiosities. The pull of just what lies beyond that next hill around the far corner are the echoes of our awakening exploration.

Then something interesting happened. It was a moment of recognition that took me aback; natural phenomena called Pareidolia. Think of the so-called face on Mars, or the man in the moon, or a face in the clouds. The late Carl Sagan felt that the mandate to recognize faces is a survival instinct. There is scientific evidence supporting this. Like love, attraction between lovers more and more of those ethereal things once the domain of poets, romantics and religionists now are explained via biology.

But our penchant for the abstract and for believing that there resides a world that cannot be quantified through equations remains despite the persistence of science. We fall in love fully aware of bio chemical attractions, consequences of our unconscious past and instinctual imperatives. It becomes critical to our existence, if only in blissful illusion, to believe that ours is the fortune or curse of fate.africa_enhanced_physical_lg
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Perhaps that is why I could not help feeling that I had stumbled upon an amazing coincidence. Is it coincidence or something more that Africa, the continent from which mankind arose is shaped like the skull of those early ancestors? Is it at least odd that Lake Victoria is precisely placed where the eye would be? Wouldn’t it be amazing if it were true, even a little bit, as if something about us was foretold, or forewarned? Maybe we were pre-ordained or perhaps doomed from that start? Then again, what’s in a face, huh?

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