Monthly Archives: July 2012

Jay D. Jurie : Gotham and the Real World

Aurora, Colorado:Gotham and the real world Particularly when the economy is in decline and the political environment is in disarray, these suburbs lend themselves to what Thoreau called ‘lives of quiet desperation.’ By Jay D. Jurie | The Rag Blog … finish reading Jay D. Jurie : Gotham and the Real World

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Jack A. Smith : What’s Really Happening in Syria?

Free Syrian Army fighter near Idlib, Syria. Photo by Khalil Hamra / AP.What’s really happening in Syria? The principal Obama Administration target in this complex affair is Iran, not Syria. The Syrian government must fall because it is Iran’s main … finish reading Jack A. Smith : What’s Really Happening in Syria?

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RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Jim Turpin on the Myth of ‘American Exceptionalism’

Jim Turpin, center, with Rag Radio’s Tracey Schulz, left, and Thorne Dreyer in the KOOP studios, Austin, Texas, July 13, 2012.Rag Radio interview:Peace activist Jim Turpinon the myth of ‘American exceptionalism’ By Rag Radio / The Rag Blog / July … finish reading RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Jim Turpin on the Myth of ‘American Exceptionalism’

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John Perkins : Occupy the Dam

Three hundred indigenous people, small farmers, fisherfolk, and local residents occupied the Belo Monte Dam project at the Xingu River, Brazil, on June 15, 2012 Photo by Atossa Soltani / Amazon Watch / Spectral Q. Go here for photo essay. … finish reading John Perkins : Occupy the Dam

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Don Swift : Paranoid Politics and the Legitimacy Crisis

Graphic from Framing the Dialogue. Inset images below from NeoRepublica and Pushed to the Left.Paranoid politics:How the legitimacy crisis helps the Republicans The growing lack of confidence in government and democracy occurred most with white, blue-collar people. The extent to … finish reading Don Swift : Paranoid Politics and the Legitimacy Crisis

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Larry Ray : The Duchess of Romney and ‘You People’

The Duchess of Romney. Graphic by Larry Ray, with apologies to Quentin Matsys.Dispatch from the ‘uncanny valley’:The Duchess of Romney and ‘you people‘ Phony and snobby aloofness doesn’t play well with Americans. By Larry Ray | The Rag Blog | … finish reading Larry Ray : The Duchess of Romney and ‘You People’

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Kate Braun : Lammas is the First Harvest

Lammas: the First Harvest. Image from Cambridge Community Television.You can burn your regrets on Lammas, the First Harvest By Kate Braun | The Rag Blog | July 24, 2012 “The corn is as high as a elephant’s eye…” Tuesday, July … finish reading Kate Braun : Lammas is the First Harvest

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Harry Targ : Fairness in Hypocrisy Valley

Image from Occasional Links and Commentary.Fairness in Hypocrisy Valley Since elections, the public expression of political power, are significantly determined by millionaires, trustees at Hypocrisy Valley usually are the wealthy and powerful. By Harry Targ | The Rag Blog | … finish reading Harry Targ : Fairness in Hypocrisy Valley

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Philip L. Russell : Who Won the Mexican Election?

Protesters from Yosoy132 hold a mock funeral for “domocracia” during march in Mexico City, Saturday, July 14. Photo by Bernardo Montoya / Reuters.An observers’ manual:Who won the Mexican election? Charges of vote-buying and exceeding campaign spending limits notwithstanding, there are … finish reading Philip L. Russell : Who Won the Mexican Election?

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IDEAS / Bill Meacham : Intelligence

Image from A Blog for English Lovers.Intelligence Cognition is how we acquire knowledge. Intelligence is what we do with it. By Bill Meacham / The Rag Blog / July 19, 2012 Cognition, which I talked about last time, is how … finish reading IDEAS / Bill Meacham : Intelligence

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Harry Targ : Broad Opposition to Grotesque Military Spending

“Miss Corporate America” and the “Bloated Military Budget” at Tax Day action in Eugene, Oregon, 2008. Image from NWTRCC.Grotesque military spendingis broadly opposed Now is a good time for peace activists to expand education about the history of unchallenged military … finish reading Harry Targ : Broad Opposition to Grotesque Military Spending

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Jim Simons reflects on his life and times with former law partner, Cam Cunningham, who died earlier this month, and their work defending Movement activists, anti-war GIs, and others in the heady late ’60s and ’70s. In 1971, Jim remembers, … finish reading 

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