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Monty Python State Department
Scene: A cafe. One table is occupied by a group of Vikings wearing horned helmets. .. Whenever the word "war" is repeated, they begin singing and/or chanting... A man and woman enter. The man is played by Eric Idle, the woman is played by Graham Chapman (in drag), and the Secretary of State is played by Terry Jones, also in drag...
Aug 29, 2014, 3:33pm

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Smart Social Policies in Finland, Dumb Ones in the US
Kuopio-- Finland can be a shock to a visitor from America. The cities are clean, the highways and byways are smoothly paved and pothole-free despite the punishing winter climate faced by a country that straddles the Arctic Circle, schools look shiny and new, and it's hard to see anyone who looks destitute... It's also incredibly hard to spot a police car or a police officer... It's not that Finland doesn't have its share of crimes, including violent crimes, but police are not swarming the streets, they don't carry semi-automatic rifles on patrol, and they are even polite when they make arrests... Visit Website ]
Aug 29, 2014, 3:10pm

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America's Corrupt Institutions - When the Law Goes, Everything Goes
Every public institution in the United States and most private ones are corrupt... Law is just one public institution, but it is a corner stone of society. When law goes, everything goes... Only about 4 percent of federal felony cases go to trial. Almost all, 96 percent, are settled by negotiated plea bargains... In fact, plea bargains are used by prosecutors to convict the innocent along with the guilty. Plea bargains eliminate juries and time-consuming trials... Visit Website ]
Aug 28, 2014, 4:27pm

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Descartes, Reality and Actuality
Martin LeFevre: Descartes was wrong. He should have said: I think, and therefore I am divided. Then perhaps the world would not be so divided between East and West, North and South, Christianity and Islam... Division, conflict, and war emanate from within people, not from economic or political structures. As much as economic and social structures contribute to the inequity and injustice of this world, they are not the source of these things...
Aug 27, 2014, 5:22pm

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A Warning - The Latin Americanization of U.S. Police Forces
Guatemala City. From our experience in half a century in Latin America I can tell you that, once the human rights of a minority are compromised, it is only a matter of time before they are compromised for an entire nation. From that same experience I can tell you it will take decades before they can be regained. Militarized police forces take on a life of their down, at the expense of the society's well-being... Visit Website ]
Aug 27, 2014, 10:32am

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What Do You Not Understand? Listen, White Conservatives
Charles R. Larson: "You don't believe in science or mathematics, you refuse to believe that climate patterns are changing, and you don't seem to understand why black people (and some white people) are upset about a young black man, named Michael Brown (who was unarmed), who was killed by a white policeman, and the subsequent riots and anger expressed by many of Ferguson, Missouri's citizens...
Aug 26, 2014, 3:04pm

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Profits come before patriotism
Sandy Boyer: "The world's richest corporations won't sacrifice a penny they don't have to for the "good of the nation." So why should working people... It's called "inversion," and it works something like this: A U.S. multinational buys a foreign company, moves its headquarters there and proclaims that it's no longer an American company. All of a sudden, it stops paying U.S. taxes and start saving billions of dollars. And it's perfectly legal...
Aug 25, 2014, 1:31pm

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What They Mean when They Say Peace
"Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said in Ferguson on Saturday, August 16, after a week of conflicts sparked by the police murder of teenager Michael Brown. "If we're going to achieve justice, we first must have and maintain peace.”... This is the same narrative we always hear from the authorities. First, we must submit to their control; then they will address our concerns. All the problems we face, they insist, are caused by our refusal to cooperate. ... His justice is whatever it takes to hoodwink us into accepting peace on those terms-petitions that go directly into the recycle bin... Visit Website ]
Aug 24, 2014, 11:15am

Meditations
Life and Death Is Good
Martin LeFevre: Sometimes what people call meditation is as far from my understanding of it as a jihadist’s idea of heaven. It sounds more like the continuity of hell to me. Central to meditation is communion with death as an ever-present actuality. For some Buddhists however, death is a detestable riddle....The insight that death is not just part of life but is the ground of life begins to address and dissolve our primal fear....
Aug 23, 2014, 3:08pm

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Corporate Capitalism Versus Human Happiness - Smiles are a Human Right
Graham Peebles: Happiness, or at least the search for it, is a human right. It is in America anyway, where at birth the founding fathers boldly stated in the Declaration of Independence that, "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"...Whilst it is not the responsibility of governments to 'make' people happy, it is their duty to abolish methods and reform systems that build obstacles to happiness and feed a climate of anxiety....
Aug 22, 2014, 2:01pm

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Retaking Public Space: Ciudad Juarez's Monument Cultural Bazaar
Kent Paterson: "Subsequently, and on their own initiative, Montalvo and friends decided to put the president's words into practice. "We retook the park four years ago. Calderon came and talked about retaking public space, so then we came to the park again," he recalls. "The downtown is stigmatized by violence, prostitution and disappeared women, and nobody wanted to come. But since we've been here, people come. It was the rescue of public space."...
Aug 22, 2014, 1:41pm

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Is Police Brutality Color-Blind?
"As anyone who regularly follows news pertaining to police brutality knows, the police are generally out of control across the country and the victims of their brutishness are not just African-Americans - but in fact, Latinos, Asians, and yes, even white people.... The national epidemic of police violence has even caught the attention of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, which earlier this year issued a scathing report raising serious concerns about human rights abuses in the United States, including police brutality.... Visit Website ]
Aug 22, 2014, 1:19pm

Commentary
Freedom Rider: American Terror Lives On
Margaret Kimberley: "Can America ever overcome its terrible history of conquest, genocide and enslavement? Those horrors are deeply embedded in the American psyche and legal system, and allow for repeated aggressions at home and abroad.... "The legacy can only be left behind if white Americans commit themselves to deep introspection and a pledge to leave supremacy behind."...
Aug 21, 2014, 2:22pm

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Beyond the Ugliness, Confusion and Fear
Martin LeFevre So-called mystical experiences are impossible to be certain of, yet without experiencing something beyond the human mind life becomes a barren desert. Communion with the numinous is the wellspring of insight, but it gives rise to more questions than answers. For example, does prophecy still exist, or is it merely an Old Testament set of stories?...
Aug 20, 2014, 4:04pm

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The US War Culture Has Come Home to Roost
"Police violence in the United States should not surprise anyone. In Ferguson, Missouri, we have witnessed the use against US citizens of Iraq-tested war technologies. On August 17, 2014, a police force using armored vehicles and military tactics fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at peaceful protesters who had been demanding justice against Darren Wilson, a killer cop who took the life of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.... Visit Website ]
Aug 20, 2014, 11:08am


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