Views for 2011-04-25

Monday, April 25, 2011
Mitch Anderson
Sewage Sludge, Celebrities and School Gardens
"Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees." -- David Letterman I have a strange little story to tell. It involves sewage sludge, celebrities...
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Pratap Chatterjee
How Guantánamo Bay Became Kafkas's Trial
Hundreds of prisoners were captured in Afghanistan and flown to Guantánamo Bay in early 2002, where they spent years in limbo unable to speak for themselves. Their situation can only be described as...
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Ted Rall
Thrifty Families and Other Lies
NEW YORK--During his State of the Union address President Obama repeated this ancient canard: "We have to confront the fact that our government spends more than it takes in," he said. "That is not...
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Lucinda Marshall
A Cup of Rancid Tea
In a country that has spent the last 10 years fighting wars that we can’t win and which have cost so much in every sense of the word, it is understandable that Greg Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea...
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Michael True
War Hawk or Deficit Hawk? You Cannot Be Both
“If voting made any difference, it would be illegal,” according the late Philip Berrigan. This satiric comment seems especially relevant during our present military and economic crisis President...
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David Michael Green
Trump Beats All
Every once in a while you get a development that nicely symbolizes the present state of American culture (or, perhaps, “culture”). Like Madonna, for example. Or Jersey Shore. Presently, it’s the rise...
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Dave Lindorff
Talking Revolution: The New Elderly Generation Can Provide the Spark for an American Rising
I am 62 and have just reached the age where I could apply for Social Security retirement benefits. Of course, I’d be crazy to do that and collect some $700 a month for the rest of my life, when I...
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Gary Younge
For Israelis and Palestinians, the Status Quo Is Neither Sustainable Nor Desirable
Back in 2008 a Florida couple running a small business that throws children's parties bought two costumes that looked like Tigger and Eeyore on eBay from a firm in Peru for $500. When Walt Disney saw...
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Allison Kilkenny
The Warped US Tax System: Taxpayers Subsidize Their Own Destruction
One of the more interesting battles being waged right now is between labor and Boeing, the aerospace and defense corporation. The National Labor Relations Board accuses the company of illegally...
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Wenonah Hauter
Squandering Our Tax Dollars and Ocean Resources
As concerns about the nation's widening deficit grow louder, it's not only important to understand the government's approach to hot-button issues like Medicare, military spending, and tax cuts for...
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Chris Hedges
The Corporate State Wins Again
When did our democracy die? When did it irrevocably transform itself into a lifeless farce and absurd political theater? When did the press, labor, universities and the Democratic Party—which once...
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Amanda Marcotte
The Authoritarian Agenda Behind Attacks on Contraception
In a recent piece for the American Prospect, Sarah Posner outlined how the fringe of the religious right increasingly dictates the larger conservative agenda, as evidenced by the bold Republican push...
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Alfred W. McCoy, Brett Reilly
Washington on the Rocks: An Empire of Autocrats, Aristocrats, and Uniformed Thugs Begins to Totter
In one of history’s lucky accidents, the juxtaposition of two extraordinary events has stripped the architecture of American global power bare for all to see. Last November, WikiLeaks splashed...
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