The so-called “government shutdown” isn’t really a government shutdown at all. It’s a public services shutdown. Food aid to needy families will stop. Over one thousand food safety and inspection workers will not go to work. Veterans looking to apply for benefits will face serious delays. The IRS won’t answer the phone to help you prepare your taxes, and will stop processing returns. Depending on where you live, you might have a difficult time getting your passport renewed. Zoos and museums are closed effective immediately.But the government’s guns and surveillance state apparatus chug on without much of a blip at all.

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The NSA, fully funded and operational, won’t have any problem continuing to map our social and associational patterns. The FBI will still map ethnic communities and spy on peace and justice activists. The CIA will go on plotting and executing its extrajudicial drone killings in places like Pakistan and Yemen. The DEA will still use NSA intercepts to sneakily forward drug prosecutions while hiding from judges and defendants the intelligence that sparks investigations. Customs, Border Protection will go on harassing Muslims and immigrants at the border, humiliating citizens and visitors alike for no good reason. ICE will continue to deport and detain immigrants, tearing families asunder. The surveillance state will go on, ‘protecting’ a shell of a civilization. We might not be able to eat, but at least someone will be watching us starve.
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American soldiers teasing children for water in Afghanistan

Starship Troopers: One of the Most Misunderstood Movies Ever

When Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers hit theaters 16 years ago today, most American critics slammed it. In the New York Times, Janet Maslin panned the “crazed, lurid spectacle,” as featuring “raunchiness tailor-made for teen-age boys.” Jeff Vice, in the Deseret News, called it “a nonstop splatterfest so devoid of taste and logic that it makes even the most brainless summer blockbuster look intelligent.” Roger Ebert, who had praised the “pointed social satire” of Verhoeven’s Robocop, found the film “one-dimensional,” a trivial nothing “pitched at 11-year-old science-fiction fans.”

But those critics had missed the point. Starship Troopers is satire, a ruthlessly funny and keenly self-aware sendup of right-wing militarism. The fact that it was and continues to be taken at face value speaks to the very vapidity the movie skewers.

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The rest of the world, almost unanimously, looks at America as the No. 1 warmonger. That we revert to armed conflict almost at the drop of a hat — and quite often it’s not only desired by the leaders of our country, but it’s also supported by the people of America.

Action and Rally in response to the murder of Jennifer Laude

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
5 PM - 6 PM

Where: In front of the Philippine Consulate 
556 Fifth Avenue, New York (Between 45th and 46th st.)

We are outraged by the killing of Jennifer Laude, 26, a transgender Filipino woman who was murdered by a United States soldier in Olongapo City, Philippines. We are holding an action to call for a thorough investigation and demand to assert the country’s laws and have the suspect face Philippine court. We call for the immediate junking of the Visiting Forces Agreement which has been proven to not protect the rights of the Filipino People but are in favor of protecting the U.S troops and its imperialist power. 

Organized by: BAYAN Queer Caucus, GABRIELA New York, and Barangay New York- LGBTQ Pin@ys 

Endorsed by: Trans-Justice ( ALP ) of The Audre Lorde Project

Guest Speakers: Geena RoceroChelle LhuillierNoel E. BordadorTanya Asapansa WalkerArmani MK Teighlor, and other members and allies of the LGBTQ community. 

If you would like to endorsed this event please contact: Irma Bajar, irmabajar@gmail.com, 206-321-2931

#Justice4Jennifer
#translivesmatter
#JUNKVFA
#ScrapEDCA

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