Views for 2012-09-04

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
George Zornick
The Democratic Platform: The Good and the Bad
Last night, the Democratic Party released the platform that will presumably be approved at tonight’s convention. For the most part, it’s an unsurprising document that reprises many of the political...
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Mark Kastel
Thinking Outside the Processed Foods Box—Health and Safety Advantages of Organic Food
I have enjoyed a virtually exclusive organic diet for the past 30 years. But I was deeply unsettled by a September 4 New York Times article and a similar Associated Press story casting doubt on the...
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Robert Naiman
It Gets Better: The Day I Ran Away From Home
Some time ago, following press reports of suicides of gay teens who had been subjected to bullying, the sex advice columnist Dan Savage organized a series of videos addressed to gay teens on the...
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Nick Turse
Afghanistan’s Base Bonanza
Afghanistan may turn out to be one of the great misbegotten “stimulus packages” of the modern era, a construction boom in the middle of nowhere with materials largely shipped in at enormous expense...
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Amanda Marcotte
In 2012 Campaign Season, Anti-Choicers Show Their True Colors
Anti-choicers know that their official line is that they’re not in this because they have backwards views on gender or that they’re afraid of female sexuality. Sure, they do have these beliefs, but...
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Noam Chomsky
The US and Israel, Not Iran, Threaten Peace
It is not easy to escape from one’s skin, to see the world differently from the way it is presented to us day after day. But it is useful to try. Let’s take a few examples. The war drums are beating...
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George Monbiot
We're One Crucial Step Closer to Seeing Tony Blair at The Hague
For years it seems impregnable, then suddenly the citadel collapses. An ideology, a fact, a regime appears fixed, unshakeable, almost geological. Then an inch of mortar falls, and the stonework...
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Melanie Jae Martin
Permission to Pollute: A Green Light for the First Tar Sands Mine in the US?
A hillside is bleeding. The blood spills from wounded rock, from the pores of the earth, falling into black ponds that sit stark against the emerald grace of her body. A crow dips in a bit of meat...
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Jen Schradie
Wall Street South March on the DNC: Good Cop, Bad Cop
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Bruce Hay
Why We’re Still Fighting for Voters’ Rights
The story of American politics is, as much as anything else, a story of continuing struggle over the right to vote. After beginning as a system controlled by property-owning white men, the nation’s...
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Sam Pizzigati
Playing Patent Games -- And Cashing In Big
Why do CEOs make so much ? Do they just have more smarts than the rest of us?
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Dean Baker
David Brooks Tells Us That His Populist Agenda Won't Appeal to Moderates (or People Like Him)
David Brooks tells us that Obama has three choices for "big ideas." (Too bad he could only think of three, but that's another matter.) Anyhow, his choice number 2, fixing a broken capitalism, sounds...
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Daphne Wysham
The Six Stages of Climate Grief
Now that the hottest summer on record is drawing to a close, are we any closer to admitting that climate change is upon us? If not, why not?
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