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In the historic blink of an eye, the founders of these companies have become some of the most powerful players in war and politics when they never set out for this role. Mark Zuckerberg writes software in his Harvard dorm room to allow fellow students to rate who is hot or not. Twitter is literally named after the term for short bursts of “inconsequential” information. And suddenly, they are setting the rules of everything from whether Russian disinformation campaigns should be allowed to whether Myanmar generals have the right to free speech so that they can spur mass killings.
But part of the problem is not just their understandable unpreparedness for such a role and less understandable early turning of a blind eye to the abuses on their networks, but also the very design of them. The networks are for-profit businesses that create an attention economy. Social media rewards not morality or veracity, but virality. Their design is a perfect engine for the fast and wide spread of information, which makes them so wonderful. But there is a catch: unlike the truth, lies can be engineered to take advantage of that design and move faster and wider.
In Cooperation with Codepink's Divest from the War Machine campaign, The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth contributes
Much of the contents of this Divestment Campaign Guide are borrowed with permission from the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY), National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy, Stop Recruiting Kids, and Save Civilian Civilian Education. We are extremely grateful to them for contributing their insight and experience to this movement. To learn more about NNOMY’s work, visit https://nnomy.org/en/. To Protect Student Privacy’s work, visit http://www.studentprivacy.org/. To learn more about Stop Recruiting Kids, visit: http://srkcampaign.org/. To learn more about Save Civilian Education’s work, visit http://savecivilianeducation.org/.
You can visit Codepink's Divest from the War Machine website at https://www.divestfromwarmachine.org/
In case anyone wants to think about political events that will be happening after today's election, regardless of who is elected:
The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service is continuing to work toward recommendations to Congress and the President on whether draft registration should be ended, extended to women, modified to include people with skills in special demand by the military (health care, foreign languages, tech, etc.), and/or replaced with a compulsory national service scheme with both military and civilian components.
More on the activities of the Commission including records of its closed-door meetings and invited briefings, released in response to my ongoing Freedom Of Information Act requests:
I will continue to post more Commission documents as I receive them.
The Commission completed its initial round of stage-managed public meetings in September 2018. The Commissioners are part-time federal
employees, generally meeting for a couple of days each month.
Following closed meetings in October, November, and December 2018, the
Commissioners plan to release an interim report in January 2019 laying out
several possible policy options with respect to the Selective Service System, to test public reaction and set the terms of public debate.
The likely extent of resistance to conscription and the feasibility of enforcement of expanded draft registration or compulsory service aren't likely to be considered in the interim report, since the Commission hasn't
done any research or invited any testimony on these issues.
At its closed meeting in October 2018, the Commission invited legal
scholars to discuss the Constitutionality of compulsory national service:
Just after this meeting, an op-ed was published in The Hill which appears
to be a trial balloon for at least some of the Commissioners who support a
compulsory national service program for all young people:
The Commission plans more formal hearings in 2019 with testimony by
invited experts on the issues the Commission things are important. Members of the public can still submit comments through the Commission's Web site or by e-mail, but it's not clear to what extent they will be considered.
The Commission is dragging its feet on releasing the comments it has
already received, saying it will take more than another year to process my
FOIA request for them. I assume the reason it doesn't want to disclose the
responses to its request for public comment is that they are
overwhelmingly opposed to military conscription or compulsory service.
(There are, of course, supporters of the draft and compulsory national
service, but I've been able to find no evidence that they mobilized to
submit comments to the Commission, as opponents of conscription did.)
The law which created the Commission, as amended earlier this year,
requires the Commission to issue a final report and recommendations
(including whether to end draft registration or extend it to women) by
The Commission is explicitly focused on "creating a national conversation"
about military conscription and national service. A major element of its
work is planning how to release its interim and final reports in such a
way as to shape and set the terms of public discussion. Our challenge will
be to make the resistance to conscription part of that discussion.
With the Commission meeting in secret in November and December to finalize its interim report, the next public development will be the release of the Commission's interim report, which is planned for January 2019, followed by formal hearings, probably in Washington, with invited expert witnesses.
Even if resisters aren't invited to testify, those hearings will be a
focus of public attention and discussion of the issue of the draft.
Draft Registration and Draft Resistance:
Health Care Workers and the Draft:
David Swanson - The suspect in today’s mass shooting (well, the biggest one I’ve heard of thus far this morning; the day is young) is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Another mass shooter in Florida last week just happens to have been in the military.
The man who killed with a van in Toronto this year had been briefly in the Canadian military and promoted his crime on Facebook beforehand as a military operation.
The mass-killing in a Florida High School earlier this year was also promoted by the killer as a military operation, in the sense that he wore his JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) shirt and killed in the same school where the U.S. Army had trained him to shoot and instructed him in war-supporting views of the world and its history.
Obviously having been a member of the U.S. military can’t have any causal connection to mass shootings, and that’s why it makes the most amazing coincidence over and over again that so many individuals who’ve been trained to kill lots of people bizarrely end up killing lots of people.
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Armed Forces Day, Uniform to Work Day, Camo Day, National Heroes Day - in the streets, on television, on the web, at sports events, in schools, advertising and fashion - the military presence in UK civilian life is increasing daily.
Veterans Day is celebrated in the U.S. every year on November 11. That's because World War I effectively ended on that day 100 years ago with the signing of an armistice calling for a ceasefire.
November 11 is known as "Armistice Day" in many European countries. And that's also what the U.S. called the holiday until 1954. But in the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Congress dropped "Armistice Day" and adopted "Veterans Day" instead to honor all American veterans.
Even if that name swap happened more than 60 years ago, some critics are still unhappy about it. One particular group that wants to "reclaim Armistice Day" is Veterans For Peace.
The non-profit wants Americans to remember that the holiday was originally meant to celebrate peace and not militarism. In order to do that, Veterans For Peace is organizing events and vigils around the country to encourage attendees to question the meaning of Veterans Day.
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