jfk on peace

 

What kind of peace do I mean and what kind of a peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war, not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace — the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living — and the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and build a better life for their children — not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women — not merely peace in our time but peace in all time.

I speak of peace, therefore, as the necessary rational end of rational men. I realize the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war — and frequently the words of the pursuers fall on deaf ears. But we have no more urgent task.

Examine our attitude towards peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it is unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable — that mankind is doomed — that we are gripped by forces we cannot control.

We need not accept that view. Our problems are man-made. Therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable — and we believe they can do it again.

For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s futures. And we are all mortal.

— President John F. Kennedy, American University, 10 June 1963

 

student loans

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The filthy rich bastards have us all right where they want us, fighting their profitable wars, serving them hamburgers, eating their poisonous food and buying their cheap ass Chinese Walmart junk. Heaven help you if you try and better yourself because if you do you will have to owe them for the rest of your life. Help by supporting the 28th Amendment and STAMP MONEY OUT OF POLITICS. We need some real people in our govt other than bought off carpet baggers.

Sen. Sanders asked students to tell him their college debt stories. Here is what they said: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/college-costs Tell him your story here: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/student-loans

Sen. Sanders asked students to tell him their college debt stories. Here is what they said: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/college-costs Tell him your story here: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/student-loans

  • Linda   The corporate argument is, “Nobody made you go and get a degree.” It’s just another scam to make money. It’s called the education industry. Feeding off of a desire for knowledge and learning. Capitalist crooks all sitting around in a strategy meeting identify a pot of money to be had and figure out a way to get their greedy paws on it. We all want our children to have an education and “be somebody”. We all voted as taxpayers to make a pot of money available to help each other educate our children and ourselves. Then the greedy capitalist pigs figured out a way to raise tuition and create an industry to funnel the money into their greedy guts.
    Chuck    It’s a huge scam!! Read my next article in Brevard Live Magazine. That’s what it’s about.
  • Roger     I guess I see what Kelly is saying, BUT did it occur to her to go to a state school or CC for a few years……134K is a pretty expensive 4 years of school…. She didnt do the math before hand? come on lets not make all of our decisions turn us into victims..
  • Jerry    the ironic part is that, since 2000, there has been a decline in demand for jobs requiring a college education. it has been shown that a college education these days mostly results in lower income people getting knocked into unemployment and college grads getting their jobs — and being “underemployed.” and yet a college education (and the concomitant loan) is still being marketed as a young person’s wisest career choice. and roger, our population is trained from birth to buy whatever is being sold via the media. yes, the individual is ultimately responsible for his or her poor choices — but does that relieve any of the responsibility that corporations have for pouring billions of dollars into advertising trying to persuade people to make decisions that are not in the best interest of themselves as consumers?
  • Jerry    let me ask that differently: yes, corporations, using advertising and manipulative persuasion, can convince a certain number of weak or gullible people into making decisions that benefit the corporations to the detriment of the “victims” who are ultimately responsible for their own actions: because the corporations CAN do it, SHOULD they? does the pursuit of profit justify anything and everything? is it RIGHT?
  • Roger    Big money behind Romney. Lost. Last week Brat with less than 200k goes against cantor with a war chest of 6 million. Cantor list. 2012 midterms dems pick up 2 senate seats n 13 house gm seats. They were heavily outspent ( except for 2 races) by GOP. Where is the effect of $ in politics here
  • Rich    Cruel to blame the student (i.e. “she didn’t do the math bla bla”) Students kinda don’t really “decide” what their loan amount will be. They are either accepted to the college they or their counselors apply to or not. Blaming her is to say “don’t bother trying, you’re a loser.” When they are accepted, they fill out forms and then the school determines their financial needs. They’ll get X amount of grants, X amounts of scholarships and the rest will be student loans, with all amounts to be determined by the curriculum required by the college. The student has no choice other than to bail. A 17 year old is not equipped to negotiate or even fully comprehend the process. Heck, PARENTS suffer trying to figure it out, all while time runs out for a chance at a good life for their beloved child. It’s cruel. It’s manipulative. It’s dishonest. And it’s a gross disservice to the next generation. All while the moneychangers get stupid rich preying on the hopes and dreams of eager young minds. It’s gotta stop.
  • Jerry   and then when they DO graduate, the labor market is tilted against them. the same people who have loaned them money to go to school have “off-shored” the better jobs to cheaper labor markets, at the same time lobbying congress to pass draconian measures against bankruptcy forgiveness of student loans. this ensures the next generation of labor is indentured to the banks. complex systems analysis revealed that of over 43,000 multinational corporations, 40% of them are under the direct control of only 147 entities, mostly banks (http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/1107/1107.5728v2.pdf). stupendous wealth concentrated in so few hands engenders unimaginable power…
  • Roger   Rich- NONSENSE…..Its easy FAFSFA tells you exactly what you are eligble for and how much you get every year… THEN YOU DO THE MATH and say x 4 years equals my loan . It aint real hard…. DID you really just say they dont really know how much their loan is??? really?????

the work myth

 

“We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.”

— Richard Buckminster Fuller

this is from a book by bucky  called “critical path” and he explains exactly how we can all live fulfilling lives without the drudgery of “9 to 5.” problem is, we live in a society manipulated by the corporate/state/media entity which creates a consensus reality that’s entirely arbitrary. in this arbitrary consensus reality everyone believes we all have to work to perpetuate our consumerist society. this benefits such a *very* few people. psychedelics were so dangerous because they showed that consensus reality really IS arbitrary and other realities are entirely possible. can’t have that! shut up! i can’t hear the TV!!