Monthly Archives: March 2009

Star Trek and the ‘Prime Directive’ : We’re Still Meddling

Star Trek’s post-cold war, multi-ethnic, multi-gender and multi-specie crew: early imperialist warriors or noble seekers?Aboard the Imperial Star Ship Ameriprise…Heading for the Final Frontier By William Astore / March 27, 2009 I grew up in the 1970s on reruns of … finish reading Star Trek and the ‘Prime Directive’ : We’re Still Meddling

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Economic Crisis Yielding More Homelessness

An encampment of tents under an overpass in Fresno. Photo: Jim Wilson/The New York Times.Cities Deal With a Surge in ShantytownsBy Jesse McKinley / March 25, 2009 FRESNO, Calif. — As the operations manager of an outreach center for the … finish reading Economic Crisis Yielding More Homelessness

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Health Care and the Arrogant Republican Elite

Aristocrat 01 by Gabriel Dzieslaw / mixmedia on canvas, 2007. Also see, ‘Single-payer health reform bill introduced in Senate,’ Below. ‘…one watches the Republican Senate and House “leadership” posturing on television, in their Seville Row suits, sporting their salon or … finish reading Health Care and the Arrogant Republican Elite

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Amazon’s Kindle: A New Way to Burn Books?

“Empty Bookshelves.” (Library for the Faculty of Philology at the Free University Berlin, Germany. Architect: Norman Foster.) Photo by svenwerk.Kindle e-reader: A Trojan horse for free thought Amazon and other e-media aggregators know that digital text is the irrational exuberance … finish reading Amazon’s Kindle: A New Way to Burn Books?

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Counteracting the Backlash Against Clean Energy

What I think we miss is that probably less than a quarter of the population of the planet have heard of global warming, and of those left who have, at least half of them are in denial. And sadly, the … finish reading Counteracting the Backlash Against Clean Energy

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Sometimes People Know Better Than Governments

Palestinian children sing for Holocaust survivorsMarch 25, 2009 The Palestinian youths from a tough West Bank refugee camp stood facing the elderly Holocaust survivors on Wednesday, appearing somewhat defiant in a teenage sort of way. Then they began to sing. … finish reading Sometimes People Know Better Than Governments

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US Financial Institutions: Corrupt to the Core?

This graphic shows Bank of America’s loans to directors, executives and other insiders since 2001. Graphic by David Puckett, Research by Stella Hopkins.Secrecy shrouds insider loansBy Stella M.Hopkins / March 23, 2009 Experts see potential conflicts of interest in banks’ … finish reading US Financial Institutions: Corrupt to the Core?

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The War on Drugs: Humiliating 13-Year-Olds

Savana Redding, 19, was strip searched six years ago when teachers suspected she had brought prescription pills to school. Phtot: Chris Hinkle for The New York Times.Strip-Search of Girl Tests Limit of School PolicyBy Adam Liptak / March 23, 2009 … finish reading The War on Drugs: Humiliating 13-Year-Olds

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Stop Drug Violence? End Prohibition. Simple as That.

This is the most cogent argument against drug prohibition that I have read. And it couldn’t be more timely. The logic here is so clear that one wonders how so many have been so blind for so long. Or might … finish reading Stop Drug Violence? End Prohibition. Simple as That.

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Did Bush Administration Have ‘Executive Assassination Ring?’

Investigative reporter Sy Hersh dropped a bombshell at the University of Minnesota, March 11, 2009. The Bush administration held that, as commander in chief, the president could authorize almost anything. By Sherman DeBrosse / The Rag Blog / March 24, … finish reading Did Bush Administration Have ‘Executive Assassination Ring?’

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Oh Goody : Texas to Offer Masters Degree in Creationism?

Creationist Texas State Rep. Leo Berman has a bill for you! Berman is shown during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 3, 2008. Photo by AP. Oh goody doody gumdrops, I think I shall apply to open … finish reading Oh Goody : Texas to Offer Masters Degree in Creationism?

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Alice Embree : Remembering Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero

Mural at the National University of El Salvador depicting the late Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, assassinated in March 24, 1980. Photo by Alice Embree / The Rag Blog.Liberation theologian and advocate for the poor, El Salvador’s Romero was assassinated 30 … finish reading Alice Embree : Remembering Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero

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