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Sunday, October 21

21.Oct.2012 - Why We Must BE Our Government, 20 Weirdest Religious Beliefs, New Form of Depression, Romney's Outdated View of Family, Israeli Government Controlling Palestinians' Food, Starvation Awaits, Right-Wing Sexual Hypocrisy, Stop Government Surveillance, Fracking Poisoning Families, Police Spy on Free Speech, Constitution Applies to Guantanamo, End of the New World Order, Obamneycare Profits, Green Energy Failure, Presidential Campaigns Don't Work, CIA's Drones' 80% Civilian Death Rate; + Enter the FREE BOOK contest!

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Why We Must BE Our Government, Rather than Fear It
For over a decade now, it has taken courage simply to follow events in the public sphere. One after another, the dikes we had built as limits to the harm the most powerful could inflict on ordinary people have been overtopped as if they were merely quaint, decorative borders.

Is Your Boss Going To "Mine" Your Vote? More Corporations Step Up Coercion
In recent weeks, a flurry of news coverage has focused on an undemocratic trend in workplaces around the country: employers telling their workers which politicians they should vote for. CEOs for Murray Energy, Koch Industries, ASG Software, and Westgate Resorts have pressured their employees to vote for particular political candidates, like Mitt Romney.

Bill Moyers: The Plutocracy Will Go to Extremes to Keep the 1% in Control
Moyers, Matt Taibbi and Chrystia Freeland explain how the plutocrats have willfully confused their self-interest with America’s interest.

The 20 Weirdest Religious Beliefs

Test your knowledge of which strange belief belongs to which religion.

5 Ways Companies Are Already Ruining the Holidays

Why do we have to start thinking about Christmas in freaking October?

A Scary New Form of Depression Is Emerging That Doctors Don't Know How to Treat ... And Its Causes Are Economic
Two decades of economic stagnation and rising insecurity have unleashed work-based "new-type depression" in Japan.

Neoconservative Jingoism Plus Mormon Delusion Equals Perpetual War

If he's elected let's pray Romney isn't a good Mormon! Let's hope he's faking it!

Is Romney's Outdated View of Family a Threat to Modern Society?

Mitt Romney's attack on unmarried people during this week's debate left me wondering: Are his outdated family values becoming a threat to ours?

Israeli Government Consciously Planned to Keep Palestinians "on a Diet", Controlling Their Food Supply, Damning Document Reveals

Israeli military forced to reveal that Israel calculated the amount of calories Palestinians would need to avoid malnutrition.

Kim Dotcom plans new cyberlocker service that feds can't reach

Italy high court finds causal link between mobile phones and cancer 
Photo source or descriptionThe Italian Supreme Court [official website, in Italian] ruled Thursday that a causal link exists between cell phone use and cancer, ordering that the appellant be compensated. The court found that the appellant developed a benign tumor on the left side of his face due to his job's requirement that he spend 5-6 hours a day on the phone.

If Extreme Weather Becomes the Norm, Starvation Awaits
 believe we might have made a mistake: a mistake whose consequences, if I am right, would be hard to overstate. I think the forecasts for world food production could be entirely wrong. Food prices are rising again, partly because of the damage done to crops in the northern hemisphere by ferocious weather. In the US, Russia and Ukraine, grain crops were clobbered by remarkable droughts. In parts of northern Europe, such as the UK, they were pummeled by endless rain.
The Fight to Stop Government Surveillance of Our Citizens
Portrait, author and activist Naomi Wolf, 10/19/11. (photo: Guardian UK)re you, a US citizen, calling cousin Ivor in Budapest, or reaching out to your old pen pal Yasmeen in Sydney? The National Security Agency (NSA) can listen in on your personal cellphone or read what you might be emailing him or her from your personal computer without telling you.

Why Does Sexual Hypocrisy Flourish on the Right?
orty years ago, conservatives awakened to the fact that their agenda was getting little traction in American public life. So they hatched a plan to turn things around. Pooling their considerable financial resources, they would invest in the marketplace of ideas and fund books, professors, journalists -- anything to promote, amplify, and disseminate their right-wing worldview. In short, they would buy the American mind.

Petraeus, CIA Seek to Expand Drone Fleethe CIA is urging the White House to approve a significant expansion of the agency's fleet of armed drones, a move that would extend the spy service's decade-long transformation into a paramilitary force, U.S. officials said.

Settlers Destroy More Than 7,500 Olive Trees
UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has revealed that the Jewish settlers continued their attacks against the Palestinian farmers in the occupied West Bank since the beginning of the year where they destroyed more than 7500 olive trees.

Rhetorically Speaking: US Elections And The Middle East
US elections are manifestly linked to the Middle East, at least rhetorically. In practical terms, however, US foreign policies in the region are compelled by the Middle East’s own dynamics and the US’ own political climate, economic woes, or ambitions. There is little historic evidence that US foreign policy in the Arab world has been guided by moral compulsion.
Amnesty International Denounces Torture in California Prisons
--An interview with Tessa Murphy

Fracking Poisoning Families at Alarming Rate: Report

Residents living near gas fracking sites suffer an increasingly high rate of health problems now linked to pollutants used in the gas extraction process, according to a new report released Thursday.

Chomsky Tells Israel from Gaza: "End the Blockade"

In his first visit to Gaza, American linguistic scholar Noam Chomsky on Thursday called on Israel to end a six-year blockade of the occupied territory.

When Police Spy on Free Speech, Democracy Suffers

According to this intelligence report," compiled by the Boston police under the heading "Criminal Act--Groups-Extremists," among them will be Cindy Sheehan and a "BU professor emeritus/activist" whose name is redacted--it was the late Howard Zinn.

Civil rights groups criticize police surveillance

A coalition of civil rights groups is calling on the Boston Police Department to stop what they're calling the agency's routine monitoring of political demonstrations and investigations of activists who aren't criminal suspects. Boston police officials said that isn't their practice, but admitted saving some intelligence reports unrelated to criminal activity for too long due to a computer glitch.

Judge in 9/11 case weighs whether Constitution applies at Guantanamo

The flag over a war crimes courtroom in Camp Justice at US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay in Cuba in this photo reviewed by the U.S. Department of Defense on October 17, 2012, day three of pre-trial hearings for the five Guantanamo prisoners accused of orchestrating the 9/11. REUTERS/Michelle Shephard/PoolThe Guantanamo tribunal judge should deal with constitutional challenges individually as they arise rather than make a blanket presumption the U.S. Constitution applies in the trial of five men accused of plotting the September 11 attacks, aU.S. prosecutor argued on Thursday.

The End of the New World Order
The upheavals of the early 21st century have changed our world. Now, in the aftermath of failed wars and economic disasters, pressure for a social alternative can only grow

Billboard Wars - The Savage vs. the Civilized
Back on 1 August 2012 I posted a piece entitled History on a Billboard.  It reported on the placement, in the northern suburbs of New York City, of informational billboards with  maps of Palestine showing the steady growth of Israeli confiscated territory and the corresponding shrinkage of territory available to the indigenous Palestinians.  It also told the observer that “4.7 million Palestinians are classified by the UN as Refugees.”  Although Zionists labelled the billboard as “anti-Semitic,”  it was nothing of the kind.  It was wholly informational, and completely accurate.

America: From Colony to Nation to Slave
As Americans fixate on the presidential campaign, they also should note the status of President Obama and Governor Romney. Yes, both are presidential candidates, but both are also men who — with their predecessors and the Congress — have willingly surrendered American sovereignty and independence to Israel and its U.S.-citizen advocates (Jewish and Evangelical), their organizations, and much of the media.

Obamneycare Converts Health Care Into Profits
In the guest section there is a new contribution by Dr. Robert S. Dotson. He points out that Obamneycare is two versions of the same thing. A person has to be gullible and uninformed to believe the claims of Obama and Romney that their replacements for Medicare will save money and improve care. What the schemes do is convert public monies into private profits.

Photovoltaic panels, Germany. Photograph by Bernd Sieker.Every Green Energy Failure Is News

USA Today (10/17/12) ran a story about a battery manufacturer filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. But the story might as well have been a press release from the Mitt Romney campaign.

Obama prepares protracted Afghanistan occupation

With the US presidential election little more than two weeks away, the Obama administration is quietly preparing to keep tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan. These preparations, little noted in the corporate media, are unfolding even as Obama and his running mate, Vice President Joseph Biden, tell voters that the 11-year-old war is to end in 2014.

‘Are We There Yet?’ Or Why Presidential Campaigns Don’t Work

We started off in feisty spirits, excited and ready for a good old American road trip. Headed out singing road songs together, enjoying the scenery; stopped for ice cream a couple of times along the way (primaries), had lunch at Arby’s (debate?), argued about what music to play on the iPod (another debate), ran off some steam at a nifty rest stop along the way (another debate); back in the car with a little less enthusiasm, which led to more tantrumming about two thirds of the way in (yet another debate). Some slapping and shoving was unavoidable, another stop was promised (last frikkin’ debate), by now all the snacks were gone, everyone’s cranky and tired, there is absolutely NOTHING left to talk about and still…a weary voice from the back queries, “Are we there yet?” Nope. Not yet.

Ron Paul on US Government Drug Trafficking
Recorded: August 26, 1988

CIA Demands Drones Despite 80% Civilian Death Rate


Ashindi Maxton: America's Founding Inequality and Citizens United

How we can solve the Palestinian-Israeli problem
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