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'I Have a Dream' - Martin Luther King Jr. (audio only)

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theknopfknows Avatar
Posted: 08.23.11, 06:57 PM
I miss martin i`m in tears every time i hear his voice! My heart aches " i stand here and can say no more." "god help me amen" first luther! The king luther said this "free at last! Free at last! Thank god almighty; we are free at last!"
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Posted: 08.23.11, 06:38 PM
Karuna Avatar
Posted: 01.18.10, 01:01 PM
this is a response i wrote to "the wausau daily herald" yesterday after i read an article about "what would mlk say toda?" -- it’s the paper for a little city i live next to. US SPACE SUPERIORITY and FULL-SPECTRUM DOMINANCE: "We must establish and maintain space superiority." -General Lance W. Lord, head of Space Command Space superiority means "the ability to fight from space, through space and in space." -Tim Weiner, Business reporter for The New York Times "Now if the argument is whether or not the United States should be the hegemon is on the table, well, that’s a different argument. The fact is, the United States is the hegemon, and putting weapons in space will extend that period of hegemony into the foreseeable future." "A hegemonic power, a strong power, willing to use its police capacity--and this is a POLICE FORCE, a space cop type of idea--can make the global heavens an exploitable resource for all, whereas right now there is no guarantee even that if a corporation or a nation should go into space and find wealth there that it could keep it or have a reasonable share of keeping it." -Everett Dolman, professor at the Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama ["I call on the young men of America who must make a choice today to take a stand on this issue. Tomorrow may be too late. The book may close. And don’t let anybody make you think that God chose America as his divine, messianic force to be a sort of POLICEMAN of the whole world. God has a way of standing before the nations with judgment, and it seems that I can hear God saying to America, "You’re too arrogant! And if you don’t change your ways, I will rise up and break the backbone of your power, and I’ll place it in the hands of a nation that doesn’t even know my name. Be still and know that I’m God." -Rev. & Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.] “CONAN: And, Tim--I didn’t mean to cut you off. I did want to ask Tim Weiner, though, one of the Air Force projects that you talked about was the so-called ..rods from God.’ That... Mr. WEINER: That’s a kinetic weapon. That’s just an object hurled from space. CONAN: Yet it would hit with the explosive force of a small nuclear weapon. Mr. WEINER: In theory. In theory it would explode... Prof. GABRYNOWICZ: You know... Mr. WEINER: ...with the force of tons of TNT, but it’s not a nuclear weapon.” “CONAN: Let’s get some listeners involved in the conversations. Your questions are probably at least as good as mine. Let’s begin with John. John’s with us from Sacramento, California.” MILITARISM: "The United States controls 95 percent of all military satellites and dominates two-thirds of the commercial space industry." -Center for Defense (although spending on U.S. spy satellites is classified, it is widely assumed that current national security space spending hovers at around $50 billion annually). (p.13) -Teresa Hitchens, Center for Defense Information (CDI) director The European Space Agency’s budget for 2006-2010 was set at 8.26 billion Euros ($10.7 billion). Total European spending on military space in 2006 is estimated at 1 billion Euros ($1.30 billion). Indeed, the US spends six times more than Europe on space in total, and 30 times more on military space. In 2001 this military behemoth included (Kelly, 2001; Korb, 2001; Langewiesche, 2001; Zuckerman, 2001): -An active duty military force of 1.4 million, including 260, 000 troops deployed overseas in military bases in thirty-five foreign countries. There are 1.3 million members of the National Guard and reserves, and 672, 000 civilians who are directly on the military payroll. -A worldwide satellite network providing constant intelligence and surveillance. -A vast array of equipment including 250, 000 ground vehicles, 15, 000 aircraft, about 150 satellites, and more than 1, 000 oceangoing vessels. -A navy with a fleet larger in total tonnage and firepower than all the other navies of the world combined, consisting of missile cruisers, nuclear submarines, nuclear aircraft carriers, destroyers, and spy ships that sail every ocean and make port on every continent. -An air force that controls the skies. U.S. bomber squadrons and long-range missiles can reach any target, carrying enough explosive force to destroy entire countries. -A nuclear arsenal of 5, 400 warheads loaded on intercontinental ballistic missiles at land and sea; 1, 750 nuclear bombs and cruise missiles that can be launched from the B-2 and b-52 bombers; and 1, 670 “tactical” nuclear weapons (Barry and Thomas, 2001). In contrast to the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Russia has 6, 400 deployed warheads, China 300, Israel 200, India 50, and Pakistan 25 (Time, 2001a). -U.S. rapid deployment forces have a firepower in conventional weaponry vastly superior to any other nation’s. (p.532-3) The United States, the most powerful nation on Earth, outspends all other nations on defense. In fact, the United States spends more than the combined total of the next seven military powers (Zuckerman, 2001). The United States alone accounts for 36 percent of the world’s military expenditures…The United States and its allies account for 65 percent of the world’s total military expenditures. The total combined defense expenditures in 1999 of potential enemies (Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Cuba, and Syria) was $13.8 billion, or about 4 percent of the U.S. defense budget (Korb, 2001). (p.553) In 1985, at the height of the Reagan [military] build-up, the United States and the Soviet Union spent equal amounts on defense; now Russia spends only one-sixth of what the United States spends. If one adds in the spending of U.S. allies, the picture becomes even more favorable to the United States. Our NATO allies spend three times more on defense than Russia. Israel spends as much on defense than North Korea. And Japan spends more on defense than China (Korb, 20 01:10 ). (p.553) -Eitzen, Stanley D. and Maxine Baca Zinn. "Social Problems 9th Edition." Boston: Pearson Education Inc. 2004. [“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” -King, Jr.] Virtually all nations have gone on record year after year since 1981 as favoring PAROS [Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space]. The most recent UN General Assembly vote was December 2, 2008. One hundred and seventy-seven nations voted in favor of the treaty resolution The United States offered the only "no" vote. (Israel, as has been its custom, abstained.) -The Carnegie Council NAZISM: And who are we supporting in Vietnam today? It’s a man by the name of general Ky [Air Vice Marshal Nguyen Cao Ky] who fought with the French against his own people, and who said on one occasion that the greatest hero of his life is Hitler. This is who we are supporting in Vietnam today. Oh, our government and the press generally won’t tell us these things, but God told me to tell you this morning. The truth must be told." -Rev. & Dr. King, Jr. King, Jr. didn’t know about the CIA hiring over 4000 Nazis after WWII (1)(2), nor did he know about them teaching SAVAK Nazi torture techniques, according to Chief CIA Iran Analyst Jesse Leaf (3)(4). Klaus Barbie, known as “the butcher of Lyon” for sentencing 44 Jewish orphans to Auschwitz, was France’s number one wanted war criminal responsible for over ten thousand deaths. The CIA let him escape justice and retire to Bolivia, where he lived for 30 years before he was discovered by a French Nazi hunter. He helped train torture techniques to the same US-backed Bolivian regime that killed Che Guevera (5). Arthur Rudolph, deemed 100% Nazi, sent 20, 000 men to their death in a hell hole, literally in the ground, to help assemble V-2 rockets. He later would be a key player in the Saturn V moon rocket that helped us land on the moon. The Shah of Iran’s secret police, SAVAK, poured boiling water and inserted broken glass into people’s rectums, tied weights to the testicles, extracted teeth and nails, beat, whipped, shocked (6)(7)and preformed psychological torture on their victims like putting a metal canister over one’s head and then proceeding to beat the bottoms of the feet so as to make the person’s screams echo and ring in their ears. The panopticon design of the ministry’s prison, in itself, is psychologically torturing. A U.S. informant, code name SDJanus/38, has reported that he helped Gen. Ghasem Parvianfar, director general of Tehran SAVAK, escape to Turkey (8). [All this makes water boarding, stress positions, sleep deprivation, dog leases, nudity, humiliation, threatening to kill and rape detainee’s family members, threatening people with drill guns and staging a mock execution with a handgun look like Disney Land, I say this even considering that we did actually torture some detainees to death.] "LYON, France--In 1944, when she was 13, Simone Lagrange testified yesterday, Klaus Barbie gave her a smile as thin as a knife blade, then hit her in the face as he cuddled a cat at the Gestapo headquarters in Lyon. Lise Lesevre, 86, said Barbie tortured her for nine days in 1944, beating her, nearly drowning her in a bathtub and finally breaking one of her vertebrae with a spiked ball. Ennat Leger, now 92, said Barbie "had the eyes of a monster. He was savage. My God, he was savage! It was unimaginable. He broke my teeth, he pulled my hair back. He put a bottle in my mouth and pushed it until the lips split from the pressure." The three women were among seven people who took the witness stand yesterday to testify against Barbie, the former head of the Gestapo in [Paris] during the Nazi occupation of France in World War II." ["The attempt to put Baathist Iraq on par with Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia is ludicrous."] (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) http://www.holocaustresearchproject....on/barbie.html Could you imagine if he knew about our use of depleted uranium and white phosphorus? We have committed war crimes, these are mutagens there can be no argument--even the UN and the world’s leading expert Dr. Douglas Rokke says so. I have also heard that the term "enhanced interrogation techniques" was used by the Nazis and that the killing of the East Timorese was the largest proportional genocide since the Holocaust. To this day we are still backing Suharto’s Kopassus in Indonesia. To put it blatantly, King, Jr. would say either you take a stand on these issues or your going to the deepest corners of hell. "Now, I’ve chosen to preach about the war in Vietnam because I agree with Dante, that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality. There comes a time when silence becomes betrayal." "I call on the young men of America who must make a choice today to take a stand on this issue. Tomorrow may be too late. The book may close." “And I oppose the war in Vietnam because I love America. I speak out against it, not in anger but with anxiety and sorrow in my heart and above all with a passionate desire to see our beloved country stand as the moral example of the world. I speak out against this war because I am disappointed with America. There can be no great disappointment where there is no great love.” “And even those millions who do support the war [are] half-hearted, confused, and doubt-ridden. This reveals that millions have chosen to move beyond the prophesying of smooth patriotism, to the high grounds of firm dissent, based upon the mandates of conscience and the reading of history. Now, of course, one of the difficulties in speaking out today grows the fact that there are those who are seeking to equate dissent with disloyalty. It’s a dark day in our nation when high-level authorities will seek to use every method to silence dissent. But something is happening, and people are not going to be silenced. The truth must be told, and I say that those who are seeking to make it appear that anyone who opposes the war in Vietnam is a fool or a traitor or an enemy of our soldiers is a person that has taken a stand against the best in our tradition.” Kopassus: Indonesia launched its 1975 invasion of East Timor hours after Indonesian dictator Suharto and US president Ford and US secretary of state Henry Kissinger met. The US doubled Indonesian’s military aid following the meeting. . The US also blocked the United Nations from taking any action in support of East Timorese independence. During the peak of genocide in the late 1970’s the US provided Indonesia with equipment. Mr. Suharto — who like many Indonesians used only one name — stepped down on May 21, 1998, just two months after arranging to have himself elected to a seventh five-year term. He departed with an apology to the nation. “I am sorry for my mistakes, ” he said. But his quiet statement came only after the deaths of 500 student protesters, an event that shocked the people into a consensus that the president must go. His precise role in the violence is not clear; he managed to keep his name from being directly attached to it. What is clear is that in many areas the army, which he controlled, supplied weapons to and whipped up a tense population to mutilate and murder people suspected of being Communists, many of them of Chinese ancestry. Estimates of the number of dead have ranged from 500, 000 to as many as one million. Whether it was those forces or his timing, good fortune came to him. Just as the United States was becoming embroiled in Vietnam, he stood as a bulwark against Communism in Asia. The United States rewarded him with a foreign aid program that eventually amounted to more than $4 billion a year. In addition, a consortium of Western countries and Japan established an aid program that in 1994 alone totaled almost $5 billion. THE Indonesian military used starvation as a weapon to exterminate the East Timorese, according to a UN report documenting the deaths of as many as 180, 000 civilians at the hands of the occupying forces. Napalm and chemical weapons, which poisoned the food and water supply, were used by Indonesian soldiers against the East Timorese in the brutal invasion and annexation of the half-island to Australia’s north, according to the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation report. It documents a litany of massacres, thousands of summary executions of civilians and the torture of 8500 East Timorese - with horrific details of public beheadings, the mutilation of genitalia, the burying and burning alive of victims, use of cigarettes to burn victims, and ears and genitals being lopped off to display to families. Thousands of East Timorese women were raped and sexually assaulted during the occupation and the report concludes that rape was also used by the Indonesian military as a weapon of war. It recommends reparations from Indonesia and the members of the UN Security Council, including Britain and the US, who gave military backing to Indonesia between 1974 and 1999, as well as those nations that provided military assistance to Jakarta during the occupation, including Australia. "Democracy Now" video clips: Bill Clinton in East Timor: Obama applauds Dennis Blair: IT IS THE MEDIA’S JOB TO REPORT THESE THINGS TO US. STOP GIVING OUT THE FARCE THAT WE’RE RECEIVING THE INFORMATION WE NEED TO SURVIVE. OUR SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES AUGHT ALSO BE ASHAMED. Please report the truth about our military’s agenda for weaponizing space and about their continued use of depleted uranium and white phosphorus. How come we hear nothing about King, Jr.’s last couple years or his Poor People’s Bill? This stuff isn’t up for debate, our military states they will weaponize space and that they use depleted uranium. They downplay it’s hazards just like tobacco industry or any other corporation. This was probably not read, but Thanks & Peace anyway, Jacob Griesmer, UWSP Religious Studies Major
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flash dave
Posted: 01.18.10, 11:49 AM
Awesome speech!

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