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nicole Reply charles towne July 30, 2018 at 10:05 pm Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate These stories of birds in y’alls lives reminds me of how in some biblical stories, birds were even beneficial to humans. I think of Noah and the ark and the raven and the dove that let Noah and His family know when it was safe to come out of the ark. Another story I like is when God sent ravens ( kinda like big crows, huh?) to feed Elijah when he was in hiding from King Ahab. Scripture also promises, in the end time when God’s people will be hiding from those that will seek to kill them, that bread will be given them and their water shall be sure. I wonder if He will have ravens or some other bird feeding them. Jus sayin, Never thought of that before, but your stories made me think of that possibility. But of course, God’s ways are so far above ours and He has a thousand ways to take care of His children. As a child, I enjoyed “catching and releasing” baby killdeers not realizing how frantic I made the parent birds. I enjoyed the challenge and thought nothing of the poor parents. But I would never kill a bird. Maybe chase and scare them away like crows and blue jays that were annoying, but loved the song birds. Interesting how our upbringing can predispose us to certain unkind or unhealthy behaviors but as we mature hopefully we see things more clearly as y’all have pointed out so well. These stories of birds and other creatures have been very special. Thanks to all and you, and especially you unka Chuck for your reminiscings! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here August 1, 2018 at 7:34 pm Thank you for this insightful and powerful message. Our lives truly do have a ripple effect…one action impacts so many lives in so many different ways. Important to put this in perspective once in awhile. So, today I will think about how all good things I do will impact others…nice way to start a Sunday, right? Reply Dear CSG, In my life as a writer speaker and inquisitive wanderer I have learned that in most communication there is usually several facets of communication waiting to be explored. Take my mourning crow for instance. Crows talk a lot to each other and the world in general. There are some that believe crows have an extensive language with which they can and do express themselves quite well. That long ago experience reveals grieving. Grieving alone might not reveal much but combining it with the other emotions this marvelous bird is able to communicate should give us cause to reflect on its depth of intelligence and communication ability. If we could only see nature in its true sense we might be astounded at what we are missing. Chaz Kristin, isn’t it true that our decisions, great or small, can live on to haunt us? That experience, though it happened scores of years ago lives with me even yet, and now it is yours as well! Blessings dear one, Chaz NH Thanks for your inspiring reviews of my writings, Mr. Towne. You “read” all that, into that little true story of my first and last hunting experience? I had to look up your word, “pathos” that you used, as I didn’t know what that meant….if you say so, lol July 29, 2018 at 8:30 am Nicole, isn’t it the truth? Harmony my friend is a thing we humans must learn. Blessings on you and yours, Chaz Dear Mama Mia, You wrote, “So she shot a bunch of the birds and they fell down into the snow and bloodied the snow and we went over and picked them up and I practically cried.” Your few words are rich! In that brief sentence you exposed your true self. In that brief sentence, in 31 words, without trying, you expressed more feeling and emotion than many writers express in a lifetime. Chaz August 1, 2018 at 7:07 pm charles towne Dear Mama Mia, when you write about your childhood you express a delightful degree of humor as well as pathos. Keep writing, the bread bag shoe covers are wonderful, the refusal to shoot the sparrows touched my heart, God bless you, Chaz July 30, 2018 at 4:59 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Don Lindsey Beautiful article Chuck. Growing up in the Midwest I remember my brothers talking about hunting crow and such at my grandparents farm. Never thought much about it then but your column shines a different light on it for me now. Even the crow is God’s creature, relatable and deserving of respect. July 29, 2018 at 10:05 pm Reply 21 COMMENTS July 29, 2018 at 8:02 am Reply “Every creature is better alive than dead; men, moose and pine trees, and he that understands it aright would rather preserve it’s life than destroy it.” Henry David Thoreau Please enter your comment! July 30, 2018 at 10:52 am TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleThe king of comedyNext articleWendell Wilkie: A statesman for the ages Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR July 30, 2018 at 11:20 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here This is a heartwarming story of learning about the love and compassion that animals have for each other. And the love we can show them by honoring them whenever possible. It is such a rich world of creatures and it will be nice when we one day live in better harmony and understanding with each other. It is really up to us humans, though, eh? Dear Chuck…I never tire of your articles!! In most of them, at some point, I get a good laugh or at least a good chuckle. I love to see others’ responses, as well.This crow story had a lot of emotions rolled into it…humor, then sad, ending in thought provoking. I know crows can be quite annoying at times, even downright irritating. It made me wonder just how many times we are annoying or irritating to other people…even to the Lord, Himself!When we put ourselves and our own behavior into focus, the big picture takes on a whole new perspective. Thanks for the insight. God bless you richly. kristin Linda, we are so very fortunate to have all of nature. Your scripture illustrations are so appropriate to this article. Blessings to you and yours. Chaz Reply Reply Mama Mia Reply charles towne July 31, 2018 at 11:16 am Mama Mia Reply July 30, 2018 at 10:11 pm Reply CSG July 29, 2018 at 3:55 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear charles towne I had an incident with a crow, once upon a time. Coming home from work one day I saw a crow hopping alongside the road. When I went by the crow didn’t try to fly away. So, I stopped and backed up to take another look. It looked like the crow had been hit by a car and was injured. I decided to pick him up and see what I could do with him, when I got home. I put him on the floor of the right seat and he seemed OK with that. At home we checked him over and it looked like he had a broken wing. The two girls and my wife thought we should take him to our local vet, which we did. He said he had never tried to work on a crow before but said he would try, and told us to leave him until the next day. When we went back he had removed the wing and gave the crow some antibiotics. The girls decided his name was to be “blackie.” We fixed up a large platform on the outside of our living room picture window, and Blackie loved it! There was a big azalea bush under the platform and that was blackie’s home for weeks. The girls would go out to feed him and he would jump up on their arm or shoulder and ride around….like he owned the place! One day the girls came in crying and holding up two black feathers. Seems my mother’s cat was under the platform cleaning up what was left of blackie!I will say this about blackie, the crow; he was very smart and seemed to enjoy himself even though he could no longer fly. And, he seemed to enjoy it when the girls would take him for rides on their shoulders. Reply July 30, 2018 at 7:46 am I enjoyed this article you wrote Mr. Towne. I really like birds and have always been fascinated with them. I have had a lot of birds throughout the years, that I kept, as pets, but over the years, I am now down to just two white doves, and they are getting mighty old! I know their cooing sounds all too well, lol. I love to hear them, and they don’t bother me one little bit, as I am oblivious to their cooing sounds, and all my past dogs, and current dog, loved to sleep to their cooing. Sometimes they decide to get fairly repetitious, while lowering and raising their heads and continue on and on, making noises. They may have OCBP, like people have with the constant hand washing….lol. They also make really cool laughing noises too. They are beautiful and don’t bite, and I let mine out in my house to fly around, I just have to be sure the ceiling fan is off, stove burners aren’t on, plus my cat hasn’t slipped in. I used to have cockatiels, parakeets, and love birds. My mother used to come over, and I would set my cockatiel, Jethro, upon my mother’s shoulder, and he would take his beak and try his best to pull my Mama’s diamond out of her wedding rings. I told her, “Mama, Jethro’s trying to eat your diamond!” ….”You better watch him”….and she just laughed, saying he can’t get it. I said, “But what if he does eat it and swallow it!” and she would just laugh, and play with him. He would sit on my husband’s head and pull his hair and pull his beard. He was one character. He would whistle at me when I undressed and changed clothes. I swear, he did that. My husband thought it was funny and said he was a dirty bird. His mate was named Ellie May. Like on the Beverly Hillbillies………. Although, I have fished a lot in my life. Most of the time, if left up to me, I released the fish I caught. I didn’t want to keep them, but sometimes the people I fished with, insisted on keeping them. I really feel strongly about not killing mammals though, or birds. Pythons, that is a different story though, lol. Bring on the python hunters! Don, you are so right about them being smart. Ravens, crows and their relatives are all extremely intelligent. When I was a boy I was owned by several crows at various times and each of them was an incurable trickster. Keep in mind that my crows were in possession of both wings so they could fly very well. One of them, Joe by name loved to pull the clothes pins from the clothes on the clothes line and drop the clothes on the ground. My mother would run at him and he would fly away just out of her reach and laugh at her. Joe eventually had an affair with a cute lady crow of ill repute and she led him away to a life of crime. Thanks Don, Chaz July 30, 2018 at 4:27 pm charles towne Mama Mia O dear NH, i love it when folks think outside the box! Our every word, our every act, has what you have so perceptively called “a ripple effect.” “O Lord, let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart, (that is my very thoughts) be acceptable to you, my Lord, my strength and my redeemer!” Yeah, it is a good way not only to start a Sunday but to live our lives! I can hear the Father saying to you, “WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL FRIEND, ENTER IN TO THE JOY OF YOUR LORD!” Chaz Reply Reply Reply Mama Mia, I am proud of you for your stance on shooting the sparrows. What you wrote about the bread bag shoe covers, about the rabbits, fishing, and life in general is charming. God bless you dear lady, Chaz Reply Reply Reply July 31, 2018 at 1:36 pm Reply charles towne Mama Mia Don Young InspirationBy Charles Towne We have all heard of the mourning dove. Most of us recognize a dove when we see it and the cooing of this lovely bird is recognized by all as being somewhat poignant, even sad. But, have you ever heard of a mourning crow?As a boy growing up in the Illinois of the 1940’s, hunting, fishing, and trapping were unremarkable activities. I was shooting squirrels, rabbits, and pheasants when I was six or seven years old to contribute to the family’s larder.During that time of eminent domain, we practiced our own form of ethnic cleansing, for darned near every kind of animal or bird was considered vermin.It was nothing to drive down a country road and see where a farmer had hung 20, 30 or more owls and hawks on his fence as trophies attesting to his prowess. During that time hawks of all kinds were called, “chicken hawks” and when a hawk was sighted a regular cry went up, ‘There’s a chickenhawk, run, get the gun!’Of course what the farmers were doing was setting themselves up for a very real infestation of vermin such as rats and mice which proliferated to plague proportions without their natural regulators, the hawks, and owls.And if you think the hawks had it bad, baby, you didn’t want to be a crow. Crows were at the top of the list of the undesirable element and also at the top of every boy’s hit list. They were shot, poisoned, and dynamited at their roosts literally by the tens of thousands, and at government expense no less!At that time the Future Farmers of America encouraged hunting and trapping as proper land management, as did the Boy Scouts of America. We shot everything and anything that moved and bragged of the killing. Now I said that to say this… I considered it right and proper to shoot animals, but some things happen in our lives that have a profound impact, an effect that can be life-changing. Many years have passed since the occasion I am about to relate and yet I can see it still. A group of crows started showing up each day in my woods and I laid-in-wait for them with my twenty-two rifle.Within minutes I had a dead crow at my feet and as every crow hunter knows if you position a dead crow on top of a fence post it acts as a decoy to the rest of the flock and if you are clever and remain well concealed you can keep shooting and wipe out the entire group.I placed the crow on top of a post and took up my position, rifle at the ready.A single crow began calling and soon it flew down and landed near the dead crow. I took aim but something kept me from pulling the trigger. In retrospect, I know what that something was.The crow hopped closer to the fencepost where the dead bird sat still as death and then it flew up to a branch of a nearby tree. A distance of four or five feet separated the dead from the living.The visitor cocked its head and gazed at the inanimate bird as it began to cluck and croon. It flew near the dead bird several times as though attempting to drive it into flight but, sad to say, dead birds don’t fly.Eventually, I left and returned to the house but later I looked and the crow was still there, slouched, crouching there in its black mourning attire, crooning and whispering so sorrowfully.I believed then and believe now that the mourning crow was the dead crow’s mate.On the third day I went out and buried the crow that I had destroyed, only then did the mourning crow leaveOur actions and the results of those actions can impact us in profound ways. So it was with the mourning crow.That was the last crow I ever shot.AN OUTDOORSMAN’S PRAYER Dear God, how it must grieve you to see heartless behavior in your children, those you have created to watch over the animals. Yes, Lord, I want to please you in all things, in all ways. I want to glorify you by showing mercy toward all your creation. Lord, help me to have a spirit of protection, never destruction. Help me to recognize you as a merciful God, and to always practice mercy, love, and kindness. In Jesus’ most Holy name I ask this, AmenCharles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. There were a lot of times because both of my parents worked, and I was an only child, I had to stay with various people, especially if there were blizzards and snow storms, and my parents would stay at the hotel my father worked at, because the roads were too bad to drive on, going back and forth to work in the city. We lived out in the country at that time. I stayed with my neighbors about a mile down the road at the school bus stop, and my parents paid our neighbors to let me stay with them, during the bad weather, and they had two girls, one a lot older than me, and another girl a little younger than me. The older girl was a total tomboy, and hunted, and she was about 17 and I was about 10 years old. My parents didn’t know it, but she took me and her younger sister hunting out in the woods, along the frozen creek banks, and they had on boots, but I had only brought regular shoes, and so the older girl “made” me boots with a few Merita Bakery bread bags and rubber bands over my shoes for boots. It was extremely cold, and I came so close to getting frost bite on my feet and toes, and we were way down in the woods, and she handed me her rifle and told me how to aim and how to shoot and told me to shoot the sparrow birds. I didn’t want to. So I said I didn’t know how. So she shot a bunch of the birds, and they fell down into the snow, and bloodied the snow, and we went over and picked them up, and I practically cried. She said okay, now you shoot them. I looked at those poor little birds and refused, and said” No, I am not shooting any birds, no way! ” I knew right then and there, hunting was not for me! And I have never killed an animal like that, just for fun or for food, or any reason. It is not in my makeup. Her daddy was a hunter and had a bunch of Beagle dogs he kept behind their house in a kennel, and he hunted rabbits, deer, and quail. I also ate at their home, and once thought I was eating fried chicken pieces, and learned it was fried rabbit, which made me sick, when I learned that little fact, because I had a bunch of pet rabbits, that I used to get for Easter, as pets. July 30, 2018 at 12:43 pm charles towne Reply charles towne July 30, 2018 at 10:18 pm July 30, 2018 at 4:49 pm charles towne charles towne Reply Linda Scott Reply July 29, 2018 at 6:07 pm Reply July 30, 2018 at 9:54 pm August 2, 2018 at 10:19 pm This is an interesting story of how people used to do things, not realizing the consequences until later. Like how the indiscriminate shooting of all the birds created an overgrowth problem with the other vermins. We learn as we go, I suppose. Even better is how you listened to your inner guidance and didn’t shoot the second crow. And then you watched, waited and observed. That poor mourning crow! I’m so glad it touched your heart and made a difference to you.
CopyHouses•Belo Horizonte, Brazil ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/772758/valley-house-david-guerra Clipboard photographs: Jomar BragançaPhotographs: Jomar BragançaSave this picture!© Jomar BragançaRecommended ProductsSkylightsKalwall®Skyroofs® – Specialty Skyroof® ApplicationsDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceSkylightsVELUX CommercialLonglight 5-30° – Modular SkylightsText description provided by the architects. Located in Nova Lima – MG, on a site of approximately 1300m² in the Crystal Valley condominium, stands a house which looks out over the valley. The idea was to build a house that had all their social and intimate area on the same floor, and the leisure facilities, a laundry area and a garage on the stilts, one floor below. The stilts release the box volume that turns to the landscape with a definitive sight, since the adjacent land is a conservation área.Save this picture!© Jomar BragançaOn the entrance level are the hall, a half bath, the living room, dining area and home theater, forming a large open rectangular space that, beyond sight throughout its length, has a low-slope roof with steel structure and wooden lining, loose throughout its length by glass windows. It’s like a box whose lid opens beyond the landscape could have the sky around it. Next to the rooms, a comfortable eat-in kitchen with pantry, integrates with the other spaces. Opposite the kitchen, a balcony of contemplation runs the length of the room.Save this picture!Floor PlanNext to the home theater is the family area, with closet for linens, 3 great suites and a Master suite facing two views, with a walk-in closet and a comfortable bathroom. Downstairs, a garage for 8 cars integrates the recreation area and living which is also integrated into the gourmet kitchen, leisure area, sauna, pool and game room, plus a good wine cellar. On the same floor, are the maid’s área and a large storage.Save this picture!© Jomar BragançaProject gallerySee allShow lessNCARB Names 13 US Architecture Schools for Integrated Licensure InitiativeArchitecture NewsRobert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City / Pierre Christin and Olivier BalezPublications Share Architects: David Guerra Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Projects Valley House / David GuerraSave this projectSaveValley House / David Guerra ArchDaily Valley House / David Guerra Houses “COPY” Year: Area: 710 m² Area: 710 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Brazil Year: 2012 Photographs 2012 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/772758/valley-house-david-guerra Clipboard Save this picture!© Jomar Bragança+ 15 Share CopyAbout this officeDavid GuerraOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBelo HorizonteBrazilPublished on August 31, 2015Cite: “Valley House / David Guerra” 31 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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Manufacturers: CORTES & FilsCollaborator:Marion BattentierArchitect In Charge:Anthony PascualCity:NimesCountry:FranceMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Marie-Caroline LucatRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAText description provided by the architects. The family house « Maison 0.82 » is situated in the South of France, in the Scrubland near the roman town of Nîmes. The main architecture consists in horizontality. The constant connection between the inside and outside is created by the tall swinging windows in the living room.Save this picture!© Marie-Caroline LucatThis transparency allows a special lighting during all day, which reflects on the concrete underfloor decking. The gross materiality remains a will of the architect, which harmonizes the house with its close environment.Save this picture!© Marie-Caroline LucatSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Marie-Caroline LucatOn the covered terrace, a large circular direct lighting offers a comfortable and changing light shaft which enlightens the kitchen also during the winter period. Through his 0.82 House, the architect affirms lightness associated with gross materiality, linearity with circular forms and subtlety through its integration into the surrounding nature.Save this picture!© Marie-Caroline LucatProject gallerySee allShow lessWhen Ivory Towers Were Black: Sharon Sutton on the Dual Fronts of Gender and EthnicityArchitecture NewsTrio House / AXIS ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Photographs: Marie-Caroline Lucat Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” “COPY” Houses Save this picture!© Marie-Caroline Lucat+ 19 Share Projects Year: CopyHouses•Nimes, France France Architects: PASCUAL Architecte Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Maison 0.82 / PASCUAL ArchitecteSave this projectSaveMaison 0.82 / PASCUAL Architecte ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/867694/maison-2-pascual-architecte Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/867694/maison-2-pascual-architecte Clipboard ArchDaily Maison 0.82 / PASCUAL Architecte Area: 180 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2016 CopyAbout this officePASCUAL ArchitecteOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesNimesNîmesFrancePublished on March 23, 2017Cite: “Maison 0.82 / PASCUAL Architecte” 23 Mar 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Melanie May | 15 May 2020 | News Banksy creates artwork to support NHS charities 1,326 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Banksy has donated a new artwork depicting a child playing with a superhero nurse toy and painted during lockdown to support NHS charities.The picture shows the child playing with the nurse toy alongside Batman and Spiderman. It has been donated by Banksy to hang in a corridor at Southampton General, and is currently on view to staff and patients on level C of the hospital. Tagged with: arts COVID-19 1,325 total views, 2 views today Once lockdown is over, the painting will be put on public display and then auctioned, with all proceeds going to NHS charities.Paula Head, CEO of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said:“Here at Southampton, our hospital family has been directly impacted with the tragic loss of much loved and respected members of staff and friends. The fact that Banksy has chosen us to recognise the outstanding contribution everyone in and with the NHS is making, in unprecedented times, is a huge honour.“It will be really valued by everyone in the hospital, as people get a moment in their busy lives to pause, reflect and appreciate this piece of art. It will no doubt also be a massive boost to morale for everyone who works and is cared for at our hospital.”Along with the painting, the artist left a note for hospital workers saying:“Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white.”Again in support of charity, last year saw Banksy partner with social enterprise Love Welcomes to commission women in refugee camps to hand sew welcome mats using life vests found on Lesvos beaches, which were sold online. The mats had the word ‘welcome’ woven into them using the bright orange material, with proceeds from sales used locally to help refugees access key services.The artist’s Dismaland art project (main image) also helped good causes with all the building materials recycled into shelters for homeless migrants when it was dismantled in 2015. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
Documentos clasificados del Departamento de Defensa de Estados Unidos fueron publicados el 15 de octubre por un “denunciante muy valiente y con grandes principios” en el sistema guerrista de EUA. Los informes secretos destacaron la muerte y la destrucción causadas por el amplio uso de drones por EUA en Afganistán, Irak, Yemen, Somalia y otros lugares. (The Guardian) Los Documentos Drone, publicados en el sitio web The Intercept, revelaron que el ejército de EUA habitualmente clasifica a las personas no identificadas que mueren en los ataques dirigidos, como “enemigos muertos en acción”. Eso significa que todas las víctimas son llamadas “enemigos”, incluyendo miembros de una familia, amistades, vecinas/os y transeúntes anónimos. El informe afirma que este etiquetado es una estrategia deliberada para ocultar la muerte de civiles. Según los Documentos Drone, en un período de cinco meses, casi el 90 por ciento de las personas asesinadas por los drones murieron debido a su proximidad a los “objetivos”. El informe también pone seriamente en duda la exactitud y fiabilidad de los métodos estadounidenses utilizados para señalar a la gente como “enemigo legítimo”. El denunciante explica: “Es impresionante el número de casos cuando los selectores son erróneamente atribuidos a ciertas personas. Y no es sino hasta varios meses o años después que de repente nos damos cuenta de que cuando pensabas que ibas tras un objetivo muy importante, terminamos dándonos cuenta de que era el teléfono de su madre”. (Theintercept.com, 15 de octubre) Desarmar a EUA de drones Mientras los Documentos Drone eran publicados, un grupo de manifestantes llegaban al final de una jornada de 165 millas con la intención de organizar una resistencia al terror armado de los drones.El 19 y 20 de octubre manifestantes llegaron a la Estación de la Reserva Aérea en las Cataratas del Niágara después de comenzar su viaje el 7 de octubre en la Base Aérea de la Guardia Nacional Hancock en Syracuse-NY. La caminata fue organizada por la Coalición Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones. (upstatedroneaction.org) Los soldados en ambas bases operan los drones MQ-9 Reaper / Predator que lanzan bombas “Hellfire” en Afganistán y otros lugares. El cuerpo de ataque 174 de la Guardia Nacional Aérea de Nueva York está basado en Syracuse y el 107 está en las Cataratas del Niágara. Al declinar el capitalismo estadounidense, la clase gobernante se basa más y más en la expansión militar para dominar y controlar áreas del mercado global. Al mismo tiempo, EUA no puede contar con un reclutamiento militar para suplir soldados y mandarlos al frente para estas impopulares “guerras sin fin”. Esto significa que debe basarse más en las guerras de alta tecnología: como las bombas inteligentes, robots, sistemas de satélites, naves de misiles de alta tecnología y drones.Los contratos militares-industriales relacionados con el desarrollo de drones son un gran negocio en el centro y el norte de Nueva York y en todo EUA. El presupuesto del Departamento de Defensa de 2016 asigna $1.94 mil millones para la investigación, producción, mantenimiento y municiones para los drones MQ Reaper como los manejados en Syracuse y las Cataratas del Niágara. El presupuesto total para los drones es exponencialmente mayor porque el Departamento de Defensa intenta aumentar el uso de ellos en un 50 por ciento en los próximos cuatro años.Por ejemplo, la Fuerza Aérea de EUA planea construir una base de aviones a control remoto en Agadez, Nigeria, además de su base de drones actual en Niamey, Níger. Esto permitirá una extensa vigilancia y ataques por drones estadounidenses en el África oriental y septentrional. (dronecenter.bard.edu)Pero el uso de la guerra de alta tecnología también abre la posibilidad de nuevas formas de resistencia.Se necesitan muchas más personas en la cadena de mando para un arma de alta tecnología como el MQ Reaper/Predator – con más oportunidades para un rompimiento en esa cadena.Micah Zenko, un alto miembro del Consejo de Relaciones Exteriores, señala que para volar el MQ Reaper se necesitan más de 130 personas, la mayoría para mirar pantallas de video y analizar la recopilación de datos del drone.La Coalición Upstate to Ground the Drones ha corrido anuncios de televisión instando a los operadores de drones de la Reserva del Ejército a negarse a cometer crímenes de guerra piloteando remotamente los drones.Respondiendo a esa clase de llamado en las filas militar-industrial hay personas en la cadena de mando como el denunciante anónimo de Drone Papers, quien decidió que “ya basta” y liberó los datos críticos al uso de drones.Daniel Ellsberg, resistente de la guerra contra Vietnam, elogió la fuente de los documentos sobre los drones como parte de una cadena denunciante que incluye a Edward Snowden y Chelsea Manning, quienes filtraron documentos clasificados por EUA relacionados con las guerras recientes. Ellsberg publicó los Papeles del Pentágono clasificados en 1971 que ayudó a incitar una resistencia popular a la guerra de EUA en Vietnam.Ellsberg dijo sobre la larga cadena de mando vinculada a los crímenes de guerra de EUA: “Todo se reduce a esto. Cientos pudieron haber hecho lo que hice, literalmente. … [Snowden, Manning y la fuente de Drone] hicieron lo correcto. Los demás estaban equivocados en mantener esos secretos”. (The Guardian, 15 de octubre). FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this