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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Watching Out

  Green Time TV: Watching Out   by Don Fitz   Things happen which make environmentalists keep their eyes open. December 2014 episodes of Green Time TV look at antibiotic resistance which can be traced to factory farming, social and environmental problems with cannabis prohibition, social environments of black children, and promises to reduce carbon Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: Defining the State

Through political science, philosophy and academia in general, there is always talk about “the state.”*  I not talking about sub-state entities, in countries such as the United States, which are referred to, confusingly enough, as “states.” This article aims to define what a state is, despite the fact that the definition itself is highly debated, Read more…

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jlc: NSA Listening Party – new CD from Brooklyn!

    a compilation CD & online release from Brooklyn For Peace & Charity Case featuring the new single we don’t want to live (in a surveillance state) Featuring Songs From charity case (ft. moki marz) chee malabar dave lippman gio safari hollands irka mateo joe phillips experience project john munnelly raram de ny raya Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Pakistani blasphemy laws and minorities

Nasir Khan, November 6, 2014 This unthinkable and horrifying news of the breaking of the legs of a working-class Christian couple and burning them alive by a large mob of Muslims in Pakistan shows the utmost inhuman acts in the name of religion in general and blasphemy laws of Pakistan in particular. (For details, see Read more…

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The Polemicist: Ripley Was Right: Ebola, Science, and the Precautionary Principle

In my previous post on the Ebola outbreak, I focused on how the treatment of Ebola patients highlights the shortcomings of private healthcare in the US, and the need for a comprehensive public system.  I also mentioned that American media coverage has been limited, as we might expect, to a spectrum running from Republican/Fox fear-mongering Read more…

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The Polemicist: A Joke In November

On the way home from his successful fund-raising meeting, a powerful US Senator, drives his car into a tree and dies. His soul arrives at the Pearly Gates, and is met by St. Peter. “Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you settle in, we have a special protocol for a person of your stature, Read more…

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Ira Woodward: The Sad Facts About Grief

This is an overly ambitious essay. I’m attempting to answer questions that have stumped philosophers and mystics forever– and inspired writers for so long that I’m probably going to recycle a lot more ideas than the one from the first part of this sentence I’m focusing here on the nature of grief. I’ve gained insight Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Violence in Pakistan and religion

Nasir Khan, November 3, 2014 Yesterday more than 60 people were killed in Pakistan and many were injured. Such killings of the innocent people have become a matter of routine that are repeated so often. Ordinary people are helpless; they can’t do anything. The government cannot control this pervasive violence because the causes of violence Read more…

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Mina Khanlarzadeh: Kurdish female fighters are not media-created fictions

                      After the mainstream media finally started covering Kurdish female fighters in Kobane, some critics began to take notice of them. For these media critics, the subaltern only comes into existence after becoming the subject of consideration for the mainstream media. Subsequently the critics take Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Food Charters in Context: Strengths and Weaknesses

(author’s note:  I’ll try to add footnotes later) I ran across posts about the Minnesota Food Charter on the COMFOOD list recently.  At the bottom of the web site were “links” to, for example, work on other food charters, including work in Iowa, Michigan, Oregon and West Virginia.  This blog very briefly raises questions of Read more…

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