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14 Aug

War Is Not A Game!

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Shame! Shame! War is not a
game!



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NBC’s
“reality show” war competition “Stars Earn Stripes” debuted Monday as
activists protested at NBC headquarters and delivered the petition that already
18,000
of us have signed
.

Can you please sign
it
and forward this to all your friends?

And scroll down
on the webpage for an amazing new video by Lee Camp called “Why
Can’t War Be Fun for the Whole Family?”

Nine Nobel Peace Prize
laureates have called for the show’s cancelation, writing:

“Real war
is down in the dirt deadly.  People — military and civilians — die in ways
that are anything but entertaining.”

Our wars kill huge numbers of
people, primarily civilians, and often children and the elderly.  NBC is not
showing this reality on its war-o-tainment show any more than on its news
programs.  Other nations’ media show the face of war, giving people a very
different view of war-making.

In the United States, our tax dollars
are spent by the billions each year marketing the idea that war is a sport and
associating the military with sporting events.  Media companies like NBC are
complicit in the propaganda.

While 57% of federal discretionary spending
goes to the military, weapons makers can’t seem to get enough of our tax
dollars.  In the spirit of transferring veterans’ care to the realm of private
charity, “Stars Earn Stripes” will give prize money each week to
“military-based charities” in order to “send a message.” 

We
have our own message that we will be delivering to NBC: Dont lie to
us.

One of NBC’s corporate parents, General Electric, takes war
very seriously, but not as human tragedy — rather, as financial profit.  (GE is
a big weapons manufacturer.) A retired general hosting a war-o-tainment show is
another step in the normalization of permanent war.

Please
sign a short petition to NBC.

Please forward this email widely to
like-minded friends.

–The RootsAction team

P.S. RootsAction is an
independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel
West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura
Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, and many
others.

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