All Further Articles for 2010-08-18

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
A Mother's Advice
Today marks the 90th anniversary of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote - we still await the right to parity on the wage-earning dollar - after decades of struggle. At the end, the vote came down to Harry Burn's mother, Febb, a Tennessee farmer's widow who urged her legislator son to "be a good boy" and vote for suffrage.
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The Plastic Cycle of Life
A nice nature mockumentary from Heal the Bay tracks the migration of "the majestic plastic bag" from a grocery store parking lot to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Narrated by a straight-faced, fully emoting Jeremy Irons.
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The Very Vile and Very Vicious Enemy, Which By the Way Is Not Islam
Allen West, a GOP and Tea Party candidate in Florida, feels a big problem facing our nation is that "Coexist" bumper sticker urging us all to respect each other. It "absolutely incenses" him. We know the feeling. From where, one has to wonder, does such hate and fear spring - in a black guy yet, who surely must know something of discrimination? "That person (with the bumper sticker) represents something that would give away our country. Would give away who we are, our rights and freedoms and liberties."
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
"What They See 24/7"
The Israeli human rights group Breaking the Silence has posted more photos of IDF soldiers abusing or humiliating Palestinian prisoners to prove what many of us suspected - that similar pictures posted earlier on Facebook are the norm , not the exception. Israeli activists say such pictures reflect the inevitable dehumanization wrought by the Occupation. More "trophy" pictures here. Graphic. "It encapsulates precisely the feeling among soldiers serving in the territories. At some point, they stop seeing these handcuffed people as human beings." – Yehuda Shaul of Breaking the Silence.
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