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11.Oct.2012 - PART 2: Empire and its Consequences, California's Proposition 37, Israel Expiration Date, Shooting Bankers, Hundreds of Pastors Defy Tax Rules, U.S. Jobless Claims Drop, Republican Destruction of Rights, Birthplace of Atomic Bomb

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Empire and Its Consequences

At the human level, the immorality of murder is fundamental, and most people understand the insanity of armed hatred. Keeping these dark forces under wraps is essential to the existence of human society. So why is it, then, that at the abstract level of nationalism, those forces are honored, worshiped, saluted, extolled as glorious, and given command of an enormous budget?

Why California’s Proposition 37 Should Matter to Anyone Who Cares About Food

Clearly there is growing sentiment in favor of reforming American agriculture and interest in questions about where our food comes from and how it was produced. And certainly we can see an alternative food economy rising around us: local and organic agriculture is growing far faster than the food market as a whole. But a market and a sentiment are not quite the same thing as a political movement — something capable of frightening politicians and propelling its concerns onto the national agenda.

Percentage of Protestant Americans Is in Steep Decline, Study Finds

For the first time since researchers began tracking the religious identity of Americans, fewer than half said they were Protestants, a steep decline from 40 years ago when Protestant churches claimed the loyalty of more than two-thirds of the population.

Israel: Has Our Expiration Date Arrived?
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said not long ago that in 10 years there would be no more Israel. What foolishness, right? Clearly, Israel will survive forever. First of all, because that is what our leaders say. Second, we have a fine army, smart bombs, a stable economy and high tech, too. And third, because God is with us. These are facts. 

I Vote For Shooting Bankers
Not content with focusing public ire on those social spongers who have the temerity to be unemployed or disabled, government has scored a great populist coup, and caused great rejoicing in the land of the tabloids, by decreeing that it is quite acceptable to kill burglars with machine guns, rocket propelled grenade launchers, tactical nuclear weapons or any of the other items the British householder keeps by them for such an emergency.

A Parasites’ Paradise 
(Or the Best Criminal Sanctuary Money Can Buy)

Hundreds of pastors back political candidates, defy tax rules
Pastor Mark Harris of First Baptist Church stands for a portrait in the sanctuary prior to giving his sermon during the fifth and largest "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" in Charlotte, North Carolina October 7, 2012. More than 1,300 pastors across the country climbed to the lectern just weeks before the U.S. presidential and congressional elections, to urge people to vote for or against particular candidates. Such pulpit pleading could endanger a church’s tax-exempt status by violating IRS rules. A charity can take a position on policy issues but cannot act "on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office." REUTERS/John AdkissonBy publicly backing candidates for political office from the pulpit, Harris and nearly 1,500 other preachers at services across the United States were flouting a law they see as an incursion on freedom of religion and speech. Under the U.S. tax code, non-profit organizations such as churches may express views on any issue, but they jeopardize their favorable tax-exempt status if they speak for or against any political candidate.

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop to 339,000
The number of U.S. workers filing applications for jobless benefits fell last week but the figure can be attributed largely to an unexpected shift in seasonal reporting by one state rather than an indication of a stronger job market.

Ex-CIA man accused of leaks seeks classified data in his defense, also wants reporters deposed

Lawyers for a former CIA officer accused of leaking the names of covert operatives have told a judge that they will need to expose a wide array of government secrets to provide an adequate defense for their client at trial.

The Debate Subject for Humanity -- Will We Destroy Ourselves, or Change the Way We Live

Climate change isn’t either a domestic or a foreign policy issue. It’s the whole ball of wax. The total thing.

Strikes at Walmart Stores, Warehouses Spread to 12 States: Is the Retail Giant in Trouble?

Wal-Mart workers are not unionized and have long complained of poor working conditions and inadequate wages. Now they're standing up and fighting back.

Ever Wonder Where the Extreme Right's Conspiracy Theories and Paranoid Rumors Get Started? Meet WorldNetDaily

"News company" WorldNetDaily has pumped out staggering volumes of froth and nonsense, which then spreads to the rest of the Right's media echo chamber.

AT&TUS supreme court finalizes gift of immunity to the telecom giants

Yet again, the Congress, courts, executive branch and the establishment media work together to protect the nation's most powerful actors 

Republican Targets of Destruction: Voter Rights Act First, Civil Rights Act Next...

Heed this warning, please, all of you naive proponents of the Voter Rights Act!   The conservatives on the Supreme Court will not hesitate to repeal as much of the act as possible!   The lack of understanding endemic in the ranks of liberals, from my beloved Bernie Sanders to the left wing of the Supreme Court, may end up destroying the the very essence of the voter franchise.   The valiant attempt by Senators McCain and Feingold to protect the system from mega corporate control was, like much of our civil rights legislation, slightly flawed from the start.   It was no accident that the ACLU, for example, was reluctantly drawn into the controversy of the Citizens United case.

Why We Must Label GMO Foods

Genetically altered foods are a real and present danger to humanity. They are labeled now in 49 other countries, where sales aren't so impressive, and for good reasons.  Genetically Engineered foods are pervasive and invasive, and have never, ever been proven to be safe to ingest.  Quite the contrary, numerous studies prove that they are harmful to internal organs and reproductive systems, and their pollens contaminate organic farms too.  

US Biofuel Is Consuming Corn While The World Is Facing Food Crisis
The global food crisis is looming while the US ethanol program is pushing up corn prices by up to 21 percent as it is expanded to consume 40 percent of the harvest. The poor countries and the poor are paying the price. Biofuel is increasing hunger. Now is the time to call: “put food before fuel and people before cars.”

Don’t Ask And Don’t Tell
Six Critical Foreign Policy Questions That Won’t Be Raised in the Presidential Debates

Bill McKibben Takes on Conservatives Over Climate Change

Birthplace of Atomic Bomb, New Mexico Remains Center of Massive U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

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