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    Even if NFL neocons' "obese profits" saw some slimming downs in time ahead, how much impact if any that would have on future freedom spread projects like Iraq, Benghazi, Syria, Founding Fathering of ISIS terrorist groups to create civil wars bloodshed/instability in mideast etc?

    How the NFL sells (and profits from) the inextricable link between football and war



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    • This NFL season’s first slate of Sunday games kicks off on a day of national mourning, but has the league capitalized on U.S. warfare?


    Shaun Scott
    Friday September 9th, 2016

    Fifteen years after the bloodiest day on American soil since the Civil War, we tend to remember Major League Baseball as the sport that did the most to heal the country in the aftermath of 9/11.
    After all, it was the New York Yankees who rode a wave of civic resilience to a World Series appearance in the city hit hardest by the terrorist attacks. When the Fall Classic between the Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks aired on the Fox Network, American Airlines and United Airlines seized the opportunity. They ran poignant ads to convince viewers that air travel was safe again.
    Arizona pitcher Curt Schilling’s belligerent editorial in USA Today captured the spirit of competition that spurred the Diamondbacks to deal the beleaguered city of New York a baseball defeat:
    “My thoughts [on 9/11] turned to revenge, retaliation, retribution,” wrote Schilling in seething tones; “I believe our president when he says redemption will be swift and total.”
    Our national pastime was most potent when America sought reprisal. Game 7 of the 2001 World Series remains the most watched — and arguably best played — professional baseball game of all time.
    [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9eE7fZSUt8​]
    But in the campaign for America’s hearts and minds in the post-9/11 period, baseball only won the battle. Football has won the, well, war. A second look at the 2000's — a “history of the present”, in the words of Michel Foucault — shows that football has been more than a sport these last 15 years; it’s been the medium to relay America’s military response to the trauma of terrorism.

    https://www.si.com/thecauldron/2016/...otball-warfare





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    o, the irony...

    On the other hand, take away the games and bread lines...
    Last edited by Raginfridus; 09-24-2017 at 02:11 PM.
    They fought the Wars
    They lost.
    They turned friends
    into enemies.
    Who became
    friends of our enemies.
    They stood alone, in splendid isolation,
    And said it was their only choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raginfridus View Post


    o, the irony...

    On the other hand, take away the games and bread lines...
    Give them circus? the govt is not really giving us anything, they just hitched their wagon to the circus that is natural to human society. This is because the circus will always go on with or without govt. Human societies has always engaged in some form of games, it is inherent in all human societies. Take all govt funding and programs away and some form of games will remain. It is feature of human society not a defect.
    You can maintain power over people, as long as you give them something. Rob a man of everything, and that man will no longer be in your power. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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    Trust principles; not people.
    My Che avatar is my unique way of giving a big middle finger to the, the neocons, the globalists, imperialists and most importantly to the left and right political establishment who hate his guts till this day. My admiration for him ends where his anti imperialist pro communism ideology starts.

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    Hitched their wagon, and who drives the wagon? Or this a horseless carriage?

    Don't be a tool.
    They fought the Wars
    They lost.
    They turned friends
    into enemies.
    Who became
    friends of our enemies.
    They stood alone, in splendid isolation,
    And said it was their only choice.

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    Noticed this for decades now and am urged to turn off any game, especially when without fail, the announcers continue to promote "bravery" and "duty" regarding soldiers after the national anthem is completed, as if given scripts directly by the warmongers running the deep state themselves. They have loved merging entertainment (football in this case) and the endorsement of war by our government, and it seems for some time, there has been a partnership between those two entities, whether a real or unspoken agreement was made.

    Your average joe football fanatic or sports fan, would often not put this together in their mind, or think anything more of it, but it's been there for awhile right in their faces, brought to you by the most popular sport in the US of the last 20 or so years. Other sports, no doubt, employ this link between sports and war, but it always seemed most evident with American football.

    Going to sit back and watch, grabbing a bag of popcorn or two, as this battle between Trump and the NFL commissioner, owners, and players continues to ramp up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raginfridus View Post


    o, the irony...

    On the other hand, take away the games and bread lines...
    Fed, entertained and allowed to exercise petty power over their fellow man.

    The infallible winning recipe for every empire and tyranny the world has ever known.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juleswin View Post
    Give them circus? the govt is not really giving us anything, they just hitched their wagon to the circus that is natural to human society. This is because the circus will always go on with or without govt. Human societies has always engaged in some form of games, it is inherent in all human societies. Take all govt funding and programs away and some form of games will remain. It is feature of human society not a defect.
    Ya think?

    That's the point, government uses that basic human instinct and twists it to it's advantage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raginfridus View Post


    o, the irony...

    On the other hand, take away the games and bread lines...
    Give them Xanax and TV and they will never revolt

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