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Activist Graduate School

Posted 2 weeks ago on Nov. 21, 2018, 1:38 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
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Activist Graduate School: the online university for protesters, movement creators & changemakers.

Our faculty and guest lecturers include distinguished activists such as the co-creator of Occupy Wall Street and the co-creator of Black Lives Matter. We film our courses with activists at universities including Bard College and UCLA.

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[-] 1 points by grapes (5223) 5 days ago

Bushies and Georgy Girls. I doubt very much that the U.S. could have fooled Saudi Arabia into believing that the Iraqis were poised on the brink of invading it. Saudi Arabia had and still has intelligence apparatus for verifying the Iraqi mobilization. Besides, Saudi Arabia is such a humongous place that a commercial satellite's inability to verify the U.S. claim of an imminent Iraqi invasion did not mean that there was no such buildup. The U.S. had and has many different sensor systems so corroboration and coordination amongst them were and are possible for better contextual understanding as well as focus. A single satellite is often very inadequate for monitoring a fixed area on Earth due to the extremely high velocity of any satellite and the nearly nonexistent ability to change its orbit because rockets need to be fired to do that and rocket fuel in space is a very expensive commodity. Also, good surveillance requires both wide field of view for understanding the context as well as narrow field of view for understanding exquisite details, thus requiring high resolutions. Then there is coordination between the two. Ground-based verification of a military buildup is often technically less challenging once one has the coordinates of the area being surveilled. I suppose that the Saudis could and should have done that before plunging into a war.

Spy satellites provided the basis on which arms control regimes had been built. Without the trust provided by their watchful eyes, we probably would have already fought nuclear wars to eliminate uncertainties. Why was Saddam Hussein's Iraq invaded leading to his eventual hanging by the Iraqis? He had started playing games with the weapons inspection regime agreed to at the end of the First Gulf War. The U.S. wanted to make sure so.. any WMD uncertainty was eliminated from Iraq. Saddam Hussein being executed was just a side effect. The bull ran into the china shop looking for Europa to be carried off on its back to be raptured.