Views for 2011-08-30

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Sam Pizzigati
Remembering the Moment Our CEOs Dug In
Forty years ago, U.S. corporate honchos saw their power ebbing away - to a ragtag mob of long-hairs and loony social reformers. So they did what corporate honchos always do. They asked for a memo.
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Thomas S. Harrington
The Doctrine of “Reasonable Doubt”: Universal Principle or Perk of the Powerful?
In Sunday’s New York Times, novelist and lawyer Scott Turow does what all too few commentators on public affairs are willing or--perhaps more accurately and sadly--able to do these days. He looks at...
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Beth Buczynski
Equal Energy For All: Can We Democratize the Grid?
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) recently published an e-book (PDF) advocating complete democratization of the electric grid by abandoning a system that is dominated by large, centralized...
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Matthew Rothschild
Libya No Model
With Qaddafi on the run, we’re now hearing about Libya being a model for future U.S. interventions. The New York Times today reports that Administration officials say the Libyan intervention “may, in...
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Brandy Doyle
Community Radio: People-Powered Media
After their state passed universal healthcare legislation this spring, Vermonters were surprised by a gaping omission in national news coverage: they weren't in it.
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Danny Schechter
Oh, The Pain of The Believer: Barack’s Betrayals Offer Lessons We Can’t Deny
Journalists are not supposed to have political opinions, and yet we all do. Our “biases” are usually disguised, not blatant or overtly partisan, and can be divined in what stories we cover and how we...
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Martin Schönfeld
Where Are We Heading?
The events this summer make old warnings by the naturalist Lester Brown ring with meaning. The foreword of his 1996 State of the World report begins as follows: “As we complete the 13th State of the...
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Betsy Hartmann
The Great Distraction: ‘Overpopulation’ Is Back in Town
What’s next to hit New York after Hurricane Irene? If you’re in the heart of Times Square during the month of September, you’ll get the chance to see a scary video about overpopulation playing every...
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Brian Morton
Falser Words Were Never Spoken
BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- In a coffee shop not long ago, I saw a mug with an inscription from Henry David Thoreau: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”
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Ralph Nader
Sun and Sanity
This is the second week of protests, led by Bill McKibben, in front of the White House demanding that President Barack Obama reject a proposed 1700 mile pipeline transporting the dirtiest oil from...
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