Credit Where Credit Is Due

Grieving in ParisYou have to hand it to them.

When it comes to sewing confusion, creating chaos, overwhelming the public with distraction and disinformation, they are masters of the game.

There is no attempt here to marginalize the grief that people feel when they view the carnage resulting from terrorist attacks, both that of the jihadists and that by the Western powers who created this whole mess in the first place.

But we must never lose sight of who caused all of it, why it serves their sick agenda, and exactly what must be done to stop them.

And that is the challenge. The human mind, no matter how capacious or driven by concern and noble intentions, can only handle so much. So much killing, so much terrorism, so much bombing, so much war, so much death and destruction, so much cruelty, so much evil, so much blame, so much political posturing, so much lying and propaganda, so much scapegoating.

It’s truly overwhelming.

Yes, they have got our number.

They know how to play on our fears and sympathies.

They know how to wear us down.

They know how to desensitize us, divide us, debilitate us, dissipate our energies, destroy our resolve.

But at the same time, we know exactly what they’re doing!

It is this understanding that is the foundation of our strength.

Sheldon Wolin’s “Democracy Incorporated”

We just added what we all agree is a landmark book, Sheldon S. Wolin’s Democracy Incorporated, to our recommended reading list.

This brilliant and prescient scholar sadly passed away October 21st at 93. Over his entire academic career, he offered original insights and made singularly significant contributions to the ongoing philosophical and political discussions of democracy, its history, variations, and of particular value its actual functioning in the governance of America.

City Lights – San Francisco

The folks over at the world-renowned and highly-acclaimed City Lights Book Store in San Francisco tuned into our recommended reading list, making particular note of our endorsement of two of Professor Henry Giroux’s excellent works, Against the Terror of Neoliberalism: Politics Beyond the Age of Greed and The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America‚Äôs Disimagination Machine.

These works, like everything we’ve listed, are extraordinary works. The analysis, writing, and exposition are all first order, but we believe it is Dr. Giroux’s unique and exceptional perspective — something which certainly shines through in all of his writing — which commends them so highly.

Thanks to City Lights for noticing. We continue to do what we can to broaden the public’s understanding of the complex challenges we face in these troubling times.

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Logo Design Contest Winner

The winner of the logo design contest has been chosen and she has been notified. Out of over six hundred entries, that of Zhang Yuanjun, a student at University of Illinois in Springfield was selected by our committee. The prize of $1000 has been forwarded to her, and a matching amount transferred in her name to our NEAR Foundation Educational Trust, for promoting peace and a renewed America.

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Affiliate Funding by the NEAR Foundation Educational Trust

The board has decided to earmark 36.7% of its operating budget to provide financial assistance to NEAR Foundation affiliates. This money will be deposited and held in reserve in the separate account of the NEAR Foundation Educational Trust.

The amount of funding to be allocated to each affiliate will be on a case-by-case basis. Affiliates are encouraged to apply for assistance by submitting their requests to Gladys Lafever by the first of the month. A decision will be made by the end of that same month and notification forwarded. We’re all family with common goals, so the requests can be informal. But they should include as many specifics as possible, as to how the requested funding will be applied, what urgent need it will address, what portion will go to operating expenses, and what portion will contribute to staff compensation.

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