Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Chris Hedges' conversation with Bill Moyers--Tears cut two ways

 I've never cried at a "talking heads" show before watching this one. Now I have. My tears are of lament for the dead end into which we've wandered. But they were also tears of joy at hearing the truth proclaimed so clearly.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Top 6 Lies about the U.S.-Mexico Border

Charles Bowden is a modern day prophet who knows and tells the truth about Mexico. A long-term border resident, he is currently one of my favorite people on earth--someone I've only met in person once.

Listen to this presentation, given in May 2011 at Utah Valley University.

The lies?

1) Mexico is currently experiencing a drug cartel war.

but U.S. drug availability and price are unaffected?

2) The Mexican army under the Merida Initiative is fighting the drug organizations.

but can we topple this drug industry? do we even want to?

3) The Mexican government wants to wipe out the drug industry.

but it's really a war for drugs!

4) The U.S.-Mexico border wall is a matter of U.S. national security.

it can't cure poverty or corruption.

5) Violence spills across the U.S.-Mexico border.

but crime is steadily decreasing in U.S. border communities.

6) 90% of the guns seized in Mexico originate from the United States.

but the Mexican government hides much information regarding gun data. No one really knows.

Why the lies? They make life easy and don't require anything from us.