Chris Kyle fanatics chilling Abby Martin threats

Former Russia Today journalist, Abby Martin, who’s show Breaking the Set asked the questions most journalist would dream of, has faced a recent tirade of online abuse of the highest order for challenging the hero worship of American idol, Chris Kyle, the main protagonist in the recent movie American Sniper, by wearing a t-shirt that said ‘fuck Chris Kyle’.

Abby Martin

Fans, or rather fanatics, of Chris Kyle, have been posting messages on Facebook and Twitter calling for Abby Martin’s rape and murder, for daring to question the American war porn account of deceased soldier, Chris Kyle, in the movie American Sniper. The movie, starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood, made the case that Kyle was a hero that saved countless American soldiers lives at the barrel of the rifle he used during his four tours of Iraq. He is renowned for allegedly having the most confirmed kills of a US sniper. In tense scenes throughout the film, it justifies the killing of women and children for ‘the greater good’ in protecting the lives of US soldiers.

Chris Kyle

The response is chilling.

  

It’s amazing to think you call out a war porn movie like American Sniper for what it is, sick propaganda, and people respond like this. Where is the media and Hollywood outrage and denouncement of this? Justifying the murder of children ‘for the greater good’ is never right, we should have been asking ourselves the question of why we were there and why these children were radicalised in the first place? Perhaps they watched their mothers or brothers and sisters get blown up by drones or cluster bombs? Instead people want to rape and kill a journalist for asking the questions or challenging the narrative that 99% of the mainstream media wouldn’t dare to ask.

Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood

These online trolls accuse Martin of disgracing the memory of their idol, citing the fact that he died for her right to freedom of speech and to wear skirts, which is ironic but not because Abby Martin was exercising her freedom of speech, but because Chris Kyle was killed by a veteran with mental health issues on a shooting range in America, a year or so after he left the military. That’s not an issue of freedom of speech, but a serious issue surrounding mental health and the post traumatic stress of our armed forces peronnel subjected to endless tours of a horrific war zone that our political leaders created purely for business interests. Nothing to do with freedom. Anyone that wants to challenge that should listen to the impassioned words of Patrick Stewart.

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The threats are ironic as these right wing rantings would be from the same people that think it is appropriate for Pamela Geller to hold a cartoon exhibit of the Prophet Mohammad but not for Abby Martin to wear a t-shirt that besmirches their false god. The same people would, I am sure, also agree that the illustrators at Charlie Hebdo had the freedom to offend with their depictions of Mohammad, yet they do not see that this right extends to Abby Martin or others stands out as rank hypocrisy.

The freedom of speech extends to us all, including the freedom to disagree. No one has the right to threaten another for disagreeing with that speech. The challenge is to have a better a better answer to the thing you disagree with.

In the mean time, people like Abby Martin will have to face down these trolls, a problem becoming ever more prominent in the Internet age, particularly for women and young people, which says much about how far we have come, our misogynistic underbelly and how civilised we are in the year 2015. Social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter have much to do in combatting online abuse, though the former has a much better report feature than the latter, too much time goes between a report and action being taken.

With nationalism on the rise across the globe as media outlets continue to bombard us with patriotic babble and meaningless slogans such as ‘support the troops’, delusional behaviour like this will only increase. So much for the freedom of speech and the freedom to disagree.

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Newell News-round up, week 15 *sport distraction special*

It has been one of those great weeks of distraction. The NHS is under attack. Public services are under attack. Legal aid is gone but don’t worry, it is sunny, Wimbledon is on, the Lions are in Australia and history beckons.

Sport

What a weekend. The world is on fire, with countries such as Egpyt, Brazil, Turkey and little known Bulgaria rising up against corruption in government and here in the UK we are waiting to join in just as soon as the soaps have finished but before the X-factor starts, but then the football season kicks-off and it is world cup season too…. I am sure we will find some time to think about how badly the government are abusing democracy here. Sky News have been telling us the feel good index is up, the market s are booming and it is all to do with our confidence in the weather, Andy Murray and Warren Gatland.

The power of the social conditioning box to frame our opinions or what we think about should not be under estimated. At the same time as all this was kicking off Abu Qatada was being deported to Jordan and Theresa May and David Cameron were slapping each other on the back, again with Sky News asking the question whether or not this result after 12 years now means we need to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. They may not be telling you what to think by the media is telling you what to think about.

Politics

MP’s are about to receive a pay rise with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) stating it may be as much as 15%. This comes the week after Jeffery Osborne’s spending review speech when he slated the public sector calling for an end to automatic pay rises which have been non-existent for the majority of the people who provide our services in the first place.You could not make it up. Nick Clegg says he won’t take the money but the sideman will do as he is told.

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War criminal Tony Blair has been at it again, not content with calling for military intervention in Syria the week before he now throws in his blood thirsty views of Egypt into the arena, although he effectively called on the UK public to think about what had happened in Egypt if you don’t like what is happening. Unfortunately the soaps are on.

David Cameron took an opportunity to attack Labour and their trade union history at Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs) this week. It was a “Quick, look over there, do not look at what we are up to!” moment. The idea is that unions wield too much power over Labour and are their puppets. Is he joking? The Labour fall out with Unions being talked at length by propaganda machine is a distraction. The biggest back of Labour last time they were in power was not a union but the largest media empire going, News International, headed up by the jackal Rupert Murdoch, followed closely by Terry Leahy or Mr Tesco to you and I. The rise of Leahy and Tesco was intrinsic with the rise to power of Blair and Labour.

Between them they killed of the local shop and tens of thousands of brown women and children in Afghanistan and Iraq, not to mention several thousand of our service men and women, many more of which were given bullet proof vests, only to get arms and legs blown off. Terry Leahy got a knighthood and Tony ‘the war criminal’ Blair earns £2m a year from JPMorgan and is the middle east peace envoy. Not making it up. It’s all true.

In the mean time Ed Miliband has decided he has to “mend” the union link with Labour, effectively killing off any last flicker of hope for some that Labour would start to stand for the working people of this country again instead of cosying up to big business and the war machine.
Labour AND Conservatives suck on the nipple of corporations and business, they do not care about you. They do not care about us. We are a vessel for them to suck the life blood out of to keep them and their mates in the life style they have become accustom to and they get away with it because they know we will not do anything about it until the soaps and X-Factor have finished.

Health and Social care

The NHS is 65 and about to be retired, sold off to privateers to make profit from our misfortune. How will they make profit you might ask from providing a service to us? By making you pay through the nose for it. The potential for these vampires to make a few million pound out of us is why we face the unthinkable and despicable act of privatisation. In brief, before the NHS infant mortality, one in twenty children died before their first birthday and is one of the most efficient health services (in what we call the developed) world. If we do not offer a resistance to this then we are condemning our children and grandchildren to a world of pain.

The lows to which some will stoop to never fail to amaze me. In Liverpool this week it was reported that Atos, the SS department for the Department for Welfare and Pensions, called the police to stop experts in welfare giving advice to the sick and elderly being assessed. These people recently assessed a woman fresh from a double heart and lung bypass as being fit for work and she received a return to work letter , nine days later, the day she died in hospital. These people and this world is sick and backwards. There is no justice, there is just-us.

The papers this week have been telling you all about benefits scroungers again. This time it is a woman who has been given £500,000 house that you should be upset about, not the bankers bonuses (up 64% to £143 pound a week each on average) and certainly not the Royal Spawn, who’s bedroom had a £1m makeover. They tell you what to think about.

Finally the Ministry of Love has released a report confirming what you already knew from the constant bombardment of fear and hatred, that immigrants cause over crowding and fuel tensions. You just sit down and stay in fear of your neighbour and if you want to serve the Ministry of Love (#Miniluv) then you just be fearful and spy on them.

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World

The people of Egypt took to the streets and gave their president 48 hours to leave office or they were taking it back. He stood his ground and the people mobilised with the largest protests and mass assemblies perhaps ever witnessed in the history of mankind. The Egyptian army, America backed, took back the office a new interim leader is in post for the time being but violence on the streets is escalating as supporters of the ejected president Morsi fight back.

The President of Bolivia’s aeroplane was forced to land earlier this week. The rumour mill was that Edward Snowden was on board. Can you imagine Air Force One being called to land because they were harbouring war criminals? Imagine that!

Water wars! I haven’t mentioned anything about that for a while but now even the mainstream media is stoking up the fear. The world is looking at a threat to the food supply as our water wells dry up. We are over pumping our ground supplies and face peak water. I like the sound of water wars better because when we face up to it, other than the air we breath, water is the most important thing to the human species. Perhaps people might want to think twice about the process of hydraulic fracturing, contaminating water to extract gas or oil, with potentially devastating environmental consequences, or go back to Coca-Cola and ask them to stop using our water for their madness inducing syrup juice.

The U.S are honouring the religious observation of Ramadan at Guantanamo Bay by only force feeding its detainees at night. That’s alright then. Thanks Barack.

Also in America an airline passenger plane crashed in San Francisco and Barack Obama has once again applauded the actions of the first responders. Be careful if you are a first responder in Yemen or Pakistan, they will blow you up with their reaper drones because you are probably a terrorist.

The football world cup is next year and this week a referee was beheaded after he fatally stabbed a player. Where’s that ticket…

 

Entertainment

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Laurie Penny asked on Twitter this week what the next generation would be called, after a debate about what the present generation are called? The two point zero? Who knows, but the next generation will be called ‘The Unfortunates’. The Unfortunates because we let the corrupt take away legal aid, our freedom and liberties, social security, loading them up with £73,000 debt before they’re born, gorged ourselves on fossil fuels, ruined the environment with shale gas and gave them cancer with the way we grow and develop food and through the use of depleted uranium in our ammunition. Yes, the ‎#unfortunates . We are sorry, we had to wait for the soaps to finish but now X-Factor is on

The fire rises in Brentwood

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Today more than 50 firefighters from across the UK convened in Brentwood Essex, to tell the public they save people, not banks.

Concerned by the ideological austerity of this government and its effect on the public, they came with an assortment of props, from being dressed as elderly firefighters with inflatable zimmer frames and walking sticks to highlight the scandal surrounding the governments pensions proposal, to toy fire engines being pushed by people on their hands and knees with anti-cuts and privatisation slogans on them.

The message to the public being clear, that they are standing up for them in the face of these ideological cuts and austerity measures and that they are encouraging them to stand alongside them.

As one speaker put it at the end of the art performance: “The role and sole purpose of a firefighter is to serve the communities they live and work in, through prevention and education, but crucially through responding to emergency calls in their time of need. This lifetime of service to their communities also covers what we are doing today; standing up to the ideological austerity which affects us all, but even more so those people without a voice, those people with the least amongst us and those waiting to find their voice. It is about more than pensions and fire stations closures, it is about the very futures we encourage our children to have, being stolen away quite literally from under their noses.”

The firefighters started from one end of the high street in Brentwood, stopping briefly for some picture opportunities with members of the public at the nearby Sugar Hut, made famous by The Only Way is Essex, before bumping into Ricky Rayment from the same show. He stopped to talk to the firefighters and expressed his support for the movement and said: “They (the government) are taking the piss with austerity and pension attacks.”

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Brentwood did not happen by chance, it is the home of Communities and Local Government fat cat, Eric Pickles, the man referred to by George Osborne this week as being an excellent example of lean government, just days before the news broke that his department had been cooking the books and in fact had £200m over spend on their budget. No I am not making this up.

Eric Pickles was one of seven department heads to sign up early to George Osborne’s £11bn cuts program back in May 2013 without a second thought for the effect this will have on the services provided to the public but their way of life. So he (Pickles) features as one of the usual suspects in the movement that is accompanied by the slogan “we save people, not banks.”

As the firefighters made their way up and down the high street they turned in towards the Conservative Office where they were duly informed by another nervous aide that Pickles did not in fact use that office, raising the question of what the people of Brentwood are to do if they want to meet and discuss any issues in with their constituent representative? Unimpressed they left him a message and a souvenir.

Eric Pickles is left a souvenir
Eric Pickles is left a souvenir

These rank and file firefighters called for the public to stand with them shoulder to shoulder today and in the future and they responded with the crowd swelling. Throughout history change has been created by the collective actions of people united, not by individuals as much of recent history has tried to convince us.

These firefighters are standing up for those with the least amongst us, those without a voice and those waiting to find their voice. Their message? That they save people, not banks and their criminal practices that led to this global recession.

A fire has been started and the fire rises.

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