Views for 2011-12-22

Thursday, December 22, 2011
Jay Walljasper
How to Boost Biking and Walking Even Further in Your City
After being acclaimed as America’s best city for biking, what can you possibly do for an encore? Well, in the case of Minneapolis, you do even more bicycling—and more walking too.
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Eric Alterman
Governor Cuomo Is Still Governor One Percent
As 2011 slips into history, it appears a safe bet that despite tough competition, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has walked away with this year’s coveted award for “stupidest and most offensive...
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H. Samy Alim
What If We Occupied Language?
When I flew out from the San Francisco airport last October, we crossed above the ports that Occupy Oakland helped shut down, and arrived in Germany to be met by traffic caused by Occupy Berlin...
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Ralph Nader
Recommended Holiday Reading for the Caring, Agitated Mind
1. America Beyond Capitalism by Gar Alperovitz (Democracy Collaborative Press and Dollars and Sense, 2011). If you want to see how community economies are spreading to displace the sales and...
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Mark Engler
Why America’s 99% Have Rebelled
If you haven't seen it yet, you owe yourself a visit. If you're already familiar with it, go back to remind yourself why the #Occupy movement is so powerful.
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Bruce Friedrich
'Ag Gag': Why Whistleblower Suppression Laws Are A Bad Idea
Almost everyone opposes cruelty to animals. In fact, 97 percent of Americans (according to Gallup) say that animals should be protected from harm, and encouragingly, a poll by Ohio State researchers...
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Rebecca Solnit
Compassion Is Our New Currency: Notes on 2011’s Preoccupied Hearts and Minds
Usually at year’s end, we’re supposed to look back at events just passed -- and forward, in prediction mode, to the year to come. But just look around you! This moment is so extraordinary that it has...
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Michelle Chen
Oil Workers Rise Up in Kazakhstan, Face Brutal Crackdown
Every protest movement has its slogan: Tax the rich, we are the 99%. The striking oil workers in Kazakhstan, though, put it a bit more bluntly: “Don’t Shoot the People.” The statement of stark...
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Steve Fine
Time Magazine's 'The Protester': The Eyes Have It
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Japan Times Editorial
Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Far from Resolved
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Dec. 16 declared that the stricken reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have entered the state of "cold shutdown" and that it...
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Robert Scheer
Thomas Friedman: On to the Next ‘Bubble Fantasy’
Few journalists have greater influence on U.S. foreign policy, particularly regarding the Middle East, than New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. But his tortured obit of a column this week on...
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Randall Amster
Prism Break: Seeing Beyond the Shadows on the Walls Around Us
Social movements, when broadly construed and successfully applied, serve as something akin to elaborate filters. By holding a mirror up to society, a movement causes us to reconsider basic...
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