Apr 182014
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(A review of Paul Craig Roberts’ How America Was Lost: from 9/11 to the Police/Warfare State)

How America Was Lost- from 9:11 to the Police:Warfare State

By Gary Corseri

Americans need to understand that they have lost their country. The rest of the world needs to recognize that Washington is not merely the most complete police state since Stalinism, but also a threat to the entire world. The hubris and arrogance of Washington, combined with Washington’s huge supply of weapons of mass destruction, make Washington the greatest threat that has ever existed to all life on the planet. Washington is the enemy of all humanity.”—Paul Craig Roberts Continue reading »

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Apr 172014
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Holly Williams

Holly Williams

Most coverage of Ukraine events by American media is scandalously biased against Russia, rating a solid F. But from time to time glimmers of professionalism get through, as is the case with reports by Holly Williams (CBS News), who consistently gets C+ or better (see below). In her current work, which we are at a loss to explain how the big wigs in the home office do not censor, she seems to strive to present a more impartial picture of the developments in Eastern Europe (See below).  Williams, who previously produced for BBC and SkyNews, has reported from Africa, Egypt, Turkey and Beijing (she spent 12 years in China), among other venues.  [This is her official resume.] Considering how much is at stake, we can only hope that Williams will not succumb to careerist pressures and choose to comply more “loyally” with the official line. Continue reading »

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Apr 162014
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Excellent reportage. By a British expert, and notice the terms she uses, a refreshing departure that dissolves much of the US-inculcated propaganda about this and other issues.

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Apr 152014
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Years of Living Dangerously
(Image: ©Showtime)

Prelim note by the editor:
So we are to believe the media are finally taking their mission seriously when it comes to climate change?  But can cable specials that reach only a small segment of the audience do the job effectively while the political aspects, i.e., the stranglehold that the criminal oil industry has over the US government and other nations), are given scant attention? Still, we will not be complete spoilsports and pour cold water on these initiatives. Beggars can’t be choosers. We all know, however, in  the aware community, that a great deal still needs to be done. And that the media, in particular television, which continue to take the oil industry money (as they took cigarette money until such advertising was banned), and squander much of their programming hours on toxic escapism, say little about how the government provides no real leadership on this issue. As usual, money comes first.—PG Continue reading »

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Apr 132014
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Small World by Charles Kenny

Global Economics

The Economic Case for Taxing Meat

By  / BusinessWeek 

Shackled cows in assembly line.

Shackled cows in assembly line. How far are we prepared to go to make a dollar or satisfy our habit of eating meat? With the new substitutes that resemble meat fiber to a fault, and are in fact superior in terms of nutrients, the last excuse has been removed. The palate does not suffer and vegetarianism does not mean to be an eater of bark. But the inertia continues and the suffering goes on. 

As tax season ramps up, we’re bound to hear proposals aimed at making the revenue system simpler and more efficient. A perennial is the “sin tax.” Rather than tax earnings—when we really want people to earn money—why not tax things we don’t want people to do? Add duties to cigarettes, alcohol, and carbon dioxide to slow people’s smoking, drinking, and polluting, and you’ll do them and the world a favor while raising revenue for schools, hospitals, and roads. But why stop there? It’s time to add one more sin to the list of habits that should be taxed: excessive meat consumption. Continue reading »

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