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How can we honor our vets on Memorial Day?

Summary: How should we honor the sacrifices made by our veterans, past and present.? After 150 years of frequent wars, as the last of our troops return from Afghanistan, as the military begins the long post-war downsizing, we need to up our game. Memorial Day is the day to begin.

This year the FM website has 3 posts to commemorate it…

(1) See our victory in WWII by what didn’t happen afterwards” by Martin van Creveld.

(2) On Memorial Day let’s admit what we’ve done to America & begin its reform.

(3) An for Memorial Day, here’s a post from the archives…

The price paid for our wars

The price of our wars

 

Contents

  1. Who started Memorial Day?
  2. Four ways to celebrate Memorial Day
  3. Another perspective on Memorial Day
  4. Something else to ponder on Memorial Day

 

(1) Origin of the Memorial Day holiday

The Grand Army of the Republic was a fraternal organization composed of veterans who served in the American Civil War. Here is their General Order No.11, issued on 5 May 1868:

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

For 16 years I led Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts on Memorial Day to plant flags on graves. That’s an appropriate thing for children to do. But the US has been at war much of the past 150 years, and that’s no longer sufficient for its citizens. The toll of the crippled and dead have grown too long. We should redefine our obligations to our veterans, living and dead.

Blue Star Moms

(2) Four ways to celebrate Memorial Day

(a) Support our troops

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Why all American should beware of the police

Many posts discussed police violence against the underclass and mentally ill. But in New America all Americans (except the rich) should be wary of the police. This post from the archives (updated and expanded) explains why. Read it. The life you save…

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Summary: Today’s post is a change of focus. Instead of discussing the evolution of the-America-that-once-was into New America (#NewAmerica), let’s talk about how to cope in it. For example, what should you do when questioned by the police? You have identified yourself, and now the questions begin…

Clombo, played by Peter Falk

Real police are not like Detective Colombo.

Contents

  1. Don’t talk without an attorney present.
  2. Fear police interrogations
  3. We’ve vulnerable because we’re all criminals.
  4. Fear the security services.
  5. A historical note.
  6. For More Information.
  7. Hollywood teaches us to love the security services.

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(1)  Don’t talk without an attorney present

The evolution of the-America-that-once-was into New America has changed almost every aspect of our society. But one aspect more than most. “Law enforcement” agencies have become the security services; less responsive to the public, serving shadowy masters, larger and better funded, more focused on political concerns than crime, far better armed, and more willing (even eager) to use force.

Here is some advice on dealing with them, a presentation by James Duane (professor at Regent Law School and former defense attorney) explaining why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police in a criminal matter without your attorney present (transcript here):

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Why do you read us? Here’s why we write.

Summary: Since November 2007 readers of the FM website have made 5.6 million page views on our 3,000+ posts, to which people have made 37,000 comments. The FM website has become an extensively cross-indexed machine on which one can find information and forecasts on a wide range of political and geopolitical subjects (see the right-side menu bar). It’s time to ask “why bother?”

Listening

The FM website contains a wide range of content. Much of this is journalism, in-depth investigation of topics lightly or poorly covered by the news media. That includes large subjects such as climate change, events such as this year’s Ebola and the 2009 Swine Flu epidemics, and narrow stories such as the 2010 Raymond Davis affair and last year’s fear of a super monster El Nino. We also do analysis of large-scale trends, such as our mad foreign empire — and its associated wars — and the 3rd industrial revolution now beginning.

But the FM website differs from other informational websites, which usually have a fixed political perspective but no obvious goal.

Consider Naked Capitalism. It provides a daily list of links to interesting stories plus articles giving long-form analysis. But what’s their goal? The About Page says N.C. is “an effort to promote critical thinking.” Since it provides a carefully filtered diet of information comfortable to Leftists, I doubt that it does so.

I’ve read N.C. daily for years (imo it’s a must-read). My best guess is that it provides entertainment for American’s version of the outer party, middle-rank functionaries in our corporate, government, non-profit, and academic bureaucracies. We read it and feel informed, giving us a feeling of vicarious participants. That’s an oxymoron, as we ‘re powerless participants. We have become subjects, not citizens.

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We’re looking good with a new template & publishing twice as much.

We have completed the transition to the new template (aka Theme) for the FM website. Thank you all for your tolerance during this rocky process. I have only a vague idea how to work this website, but the WordPress staff carried me though. This would not have happened without your donations.   {This is an intermission between today’s 2 posts.}

Also: today we passed a milestone — 5.5 million page views since starting in November 2007.

Welcome: Open For Business

Our faster pace

We’re publishing two posts each weekday, at roughly 5am and 5pm EST. Plus one or two posts on Saturday. The subjects of the morning posts vary across the full range of geopolitics (broadly defined). The afternoon post discusses some aspect of national security.

Some posts are quite technical, more so than you usually find in material written for a general audience. We’re trying to “lift the lid ” off stories in the news by having experts show you the often hidden complexity of most vital public policy issues.

We end the week with a little “culture”, a film or book review on Sunday.

The goal of the FM website remains the same. Not just to describe our situation or diagnose our problems, but to help awaken our spirits so that we act to regain control of America and institute reforms we all know are needed. Post your comments about how well we’re doing.

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A new format for the Fabius Maximus website!

Your donations have been put to use (see the tip jar to the right). The FM website now runs on a new “theme” (i.e.,  template), one working better with current technology. It appears better on tablets and phones, and has features used by the almost god-like search engines to locate useful answers to people’s requests. Behind the scenes it has more storage, and support from WordPress.

Internet lounge

UpdateIt’s a work in progress.  And thanks to crowd-sourcing (advice from someone who understands these things) I switched to a different theme.

What do you think? Better or worse? Crisp and clear, easy to read? Suitable for our content, or not? Rate it below, and post your review in the comments.

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For your New Year’s Eve festivities: an inspirational speech from a great leader

Our traditional New Year’s post:  As we start a new year we can gain courage by looking at the good aspects of our past and the glimmers of good fortune that lie in our future.  These things are conjured by our myths from the dry pages of history for our eyes to see. From the archives.
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Morpheus speaking to the people of Zion

From The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

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Believe me when I say that we have a difficult time ahead of us.
But if we are to be prepared for it, we must first shed our fear of it.
I stand before you now, truthfully, unafraid.
Because I believe something you do not?
No!
I stand here because I remember.
I remember that I am here not because the path that lies before me,
but because of the path that lies behind me.

What I believe

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As we start a New Year I find it useful to review my core beliefs. It is easy to lose sight of such things amidst the clatter of daily events:

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The 2014 report card for the FM website. What were the top hits?

On this last day of 2014 I’ll interrupt our usual service to thank all you for your support — our readers and authors — those who comment — the authors and periodicals who generously allow their work to be re-published here — and those whose donations support this website.

Scoreboard

Coming soon to the FM website: an electronic scoreboard and sponsors!

 

A report card for the FM website

We ended the year on a strong note, with aprox 106 thousand page views in December. In 2014 the FM website has 311 new posts, bringing the total to 2,917 since opening in November 2007 — over 5 million words.

WordPress doesn’t give the number of comments per year; there have been a total of 35,275 comments posted. Readers vote their opinion of posts by their comments and page views. What’s the score for 2014?

In 2014 I wrote some of my favorite and most popular posts. Number one in 2014, and a record high, was Explaining the season 6 finale of “Castle”, and what’s coming next (May) with 85 thousand hits. It had 66 comments, not even in the top 50. I suspect Castle fans were outraged at my prediction that Richard Castle faked his own death. Since that proved correct, this was also the most successful prediction ever on the FM website, proudly added to the list of “wins”.  We still don’t know why he did it, so that prediction remains open.

Second place with 35 thousand hits went to last week’s post of straight journalism: The FBI told their story about North Korea attacking Sony. Before we retaliate, read what they didn’t tell you. (as was #11, debunking alarmists hype about a super-monster El Nino in 2014).

My personal favorite was #3: The 1% won a counter-revolution while we played. We forgot that we are the crew of America, not passengers. (April), exploring the primary theme of the FM site.

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