Racists in the US military

A troubling story can be found at Salon about Neo-Nazis in the American army.

    Since the launch of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. military has struggled to recruit and reenlist troops. As the conflicts have dragged on, the military has loosened regulations, issuing “moral waivers” in many cases, allowing even those with criminal records to join up. Veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder have been ordered back to the Middle East for second and third tours of duty.

    The lax regulations have also opened the military’s doors to neo-Nazis, white supremacists and gang members — with drastic consequences. Some neo-Nazis have been charged with crimes inside the military, and others have been linked to recruitment efforts for the white right. A recent Department of Homeland Security report, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” stated: “The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned, or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today.” Many white supremacists join the Army to secure training for, as they see it, a future domestic race war. Others claim to be shooting Iraqis not to pursue the military’s strategic goals but because killing “hajjis” is their duty as white militants.

The problem is not a new one, but when racists were found in army since the 70s, they have been drummed out and rules introduced against recruiting them.

    In fact, since the movement’s inception, its leaders have encouraged members to enlist in the U.S. military as a way to receive state-of-the-art combat training, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer, in preparation for a domestic race war. The concept of a race war is central to extremist groups, whose adherents imagine an eruption of violence that pits races against each other and the government.

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STV loses in BC

The vote on STV in BC has failed very badly after the hopeful developments last time. Green supporters like me are obviously not happy.

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De Jong steps down

Chris Tindale is reporting that Frank De Jong is stepping down as leader of the Ontario party:

    After 16 years at the helm, Green Party of Ontario Leader Frank de Jong said yesterday that he is stepping down. De Jong made the announcement to party members during opening remarks at the party’s annual general meeting being held this weekend in Toronto.

    A leadership contest will be held to choose a successor, culminating in a leadership and policy convention November 13-15, 2009 in London Ontario. De Jong is the longest serving Green party leader in Canada (possibly the world) and has survived three separate leadership challenges.

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Cool new resources for keeping up with Green developments

A great service has been done for us all by Dave Bagler, who has made both an aggregrator (which I’ll try to figure out how to join someday) and a discussion forum. Follow all the most recent developments!

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Great sweet potato biscuits

An interesting recipe for Sweet Potato Biscuits: if you like cornmeal biscuits with your morning tea, you’ve got to try these.

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Mock turtle soup explained

Ever noticed the Mock Turtle in Alice in Wonderland and wondered what it was about? Go here for a fascinating article on the history of mock turtel soup!

    So from “The Orient” came Turtle Soup, which, as you might have by now inferred, was made from actual turtles. The sheer exoticity of the dish- combined with the scarcity of its essential ingredient on these shores- made it a status symbol at dinner parties across the land. However, the sheer price of said essential imported ingredient rendered it basically impossible for all but the most moneyed to produce the soup at dinner parties and therefore impress any guests.

    Thus was born the Mock Turtle Soup. Cooks were instructed to emulate the soup as much as possible, and for the newly emerging Middle Classes a signature dish was born. This soup did not of course use actual turtle but was based in beef stock that was given a somewhat fishy edge with added, well, fish.

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Favorite food blogs

Over at A Veggie Venture can be found scores of great vegetarian ideas. I’m not a veggie, as is known by regular readers, but the attitude I have is that one should trust the experts. Veggies know more about this stuff than anyone, right? Then if I add some great meat ideas — perfect!

Anyway, she’s got a great article on favorite food blogs:

    “On the surface, food blogs look much like other food sites, magazines and cookbooks. But look closer, they stand apart. Food blogs are extraordinarily personal, even when produced with knowledge and professionalism. They radiate curiosity, excitement and creativity. They often exude rich humor, sweet charm and unedited spontaneity.


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