Views for 2013-05-26

Sunday, May 26, 2013
Rachel Smolker
Genetically Engineered Trees and Glowing Synthetic Plants? No Thanks
This week in Asheville, N.C., the IUFRO "Tree Biotechnology" conference will meet. And the attendees will be met: by protests. Public opinion is unequivocally opposed to genetically engineered trees.
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John Miller
The Chained CPI Is Bad for Seniors and for Accuracy
The word “thuggish” comes to mind. “I’m not a number,” says the older man in a television ad funded by the seniors’ lobby AARP. ... “But I am a voter. So Washington, before you even think about...
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Alexa O'Brien
A Review of Alex Gibney's 'We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks'
They labeled me an enemy of the state, conducted character assassination, engaged in the politics of personal destruction. - Thomas Drake, NSA Whistleblower Interviewed twice, Drake was not in Gibney...
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Sam Pizzigati
Money Still Can’t Buy Happiness
What makes us happy? In America, we’ve been asking this question ever since 1776, the year we declared for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Back then, Americans seeking more happiness...
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Robert Jensen
Get Apocalyptic: Why Radical is the New Normal
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Frida Berrigan
Pomp and Circumspect
There are no caps and gowns at Hampshire College. At least not when I graduated 16 years ago. I wore a long red dress with blotches of other colors and a bright blue scarf around my head (it was the...
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Jack A. Smith
The World of Our Children
The front cover of the May edition of National Geographic has an intriguing headline. Just over a large photo of a baby of several months are the words: “THIS BABY WILL LIVE TO BE 120.” Wow. In...
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Russell Mokhiber
Collateral Consequences Weighed for Corporations, Not for Individuals
In case you had any doubt that federal prosecutors favor corporations over individuals, check out Mythili Raman’s testimony before a House hearing this week. Raman is the acting chief of the Criminal...
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