Views for 2010-08-26

Thursday, August 26, 2010
James Hansen
Am I an Activist for Caring About My Grandchildren's Future? I Guess I Am
"How did you become an activist?" I was surprised by the question. I never considered myself an activist. I am a slow-paced taciturn scientist from the Midwest US. Most of my relatives are pretty...
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Catherine Traywick
Immigrants Abused, Denied Social Services in Broken Immigration System
After decades of misguided policies and patchwork practices, the high human costs of our disordered immigration system are only starting to emerge. Stricter immigration policies and overcrowded...
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Dave Lindorff
Fighting Words on Social Security: Apply the FICA Tax to All Income Including Investment Income and Lower the Retirement Age
It's time for us progressives to stop playing defense on Social Security. We've watched the retirement system suffer years of attacks by conservatives and by class traitors in the Democratic Party...
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Andrew Bacevich
The Unmaking of a Company Man
Worldly ambition inhibits true learning. Ask me. I know. A young man in a hurry is nearly uneducable: He knows what he wants and where he's headed; when it comes to looking back or entertaining...
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Johann Hari
Violence Breeds Violence. The Only Thing Drug Gangs Fear Is Legalisation
To many people, the "war on drugs" sounds like a metaphor, like the "war on poverty". It is not. It is being fought with tanks and sub-machine guns and hand grenades, funded in part by your taxes,...
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Amy Goodman
Rotten Eggs and Our Broken Democracy
What do a half-billion eggs have to do with democracy? The massive recall of salmonella-infected eggs, the largest egg recall in U.S. history, opens a window on the power of large corporations over...
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Lorraine Berry
Ken Mehlman Asks for Something He Wasn't Able to Give Himself
Sometimes, those stereotypes turn out to be true. Namely, that the more homophobic a man is, the more likely he is to have his own conflicted sexuality. A secure man, the story says, doesn't care...
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Marwan Bishara
US Wars: People vs Generals
While the Obama administration continues to affirm its intention to withdraw US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, the US' military presence in the Muslim world is actually expanding and this is...
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Lucinda Marshall
Women's Inequality Day
August 26th is Women's Equality Day. If we were being honest, we would call it Women's Inequality Day. Yes, indeed, we did win the right to vote 90 years ago, but that does not equal equality. In...
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Ted Rall
Chase Bank and Obama's "Make Home Affordable" Scam
SOMEWHERE IN AFGHANISTAN--It isn't surprising, what with the world falling apart and all, that the world scarcely noticed that I lost my job as an editor in April 2009. Why should it? I was one of...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Next 500 Years
The participants in this unique dialogue may have been doing no less than opening the window on the next 500 years.
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