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“A little help from my friends”…before I piss some of you off?

I understood the outrage against Bush (I was there…), and I understand the same now against Trump. But I still cannot understand how those same people supported Obama (much less HRC)? Someone in this equation is suffering from a huge

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Reflection on 9/11

Fifteen years ago I woke in Delta Junction, Alaska, to witness the horror unfolding on the television.   I didn’t buy the story then, and I don’t now.   Three months later for various reasons I ended up in Eugene,

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The lesser evil?

  So my friends, when our country’s a smoldering nuclear wasteland and we’re all existing wherever it is we go after this brief time on planet, how’s it going to feel knowing that you, one of those privileged US citizens,

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People do not Understand how Dangerous the Situation Really Is”

Don’t let the election games distract you too far…the more important issues are not being discussed. Good article on provoking Russia here.    

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Making Force Synonymous with Violence

One of the mistakes people make about nonviolent conflict is confusing it with passive resistance. Where the latter is an approach to life that shuns the use of force in any form, the former attempts to win a conflict by

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Posted in Democracy, Freedom of speech, Social justice, U. S. Empire

It’s not ALL about an informed public

What happens when most people prefer the lie? Or the system has been structured so they have no time or energy left to question what they’ve been told after meeting their family’s survival needs? Or the academy tasked with providing

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Posted in Corporate media, Democracy, Freedom of speech, U. S. Empire

Time to end the war on drugs

The war on drugs and for-profit prisons are two primary reasons the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Decriminalize and treat drug abuse as a social issue, not criminal offence. Greenwald: What Portugal Can Teach Us About

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The terrorist label and academic cowardice

I returned to college spring of 2002, six months after 9/11. I considered the opportunity, at my age and with my background, a miracle. The honor and gratitude I felt fueled an almost maniacal effort to excel in every class.

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Now over 500 killed by cops in 2015!

From, The Boétie Legacy, and a World in Peril: “The police are supposed to be public servants whose most important duty is to protect the safety of the citizens, even at risk of injury or death to themselves. But today

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Land of the free?

Below are two articles on the prison system in the U.S. We are not only the incarceration capital of the world, but now evidence seems to show that privatizing the prison system is resulting in longer terms. And, like, we

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People Power, Civil Resistance, and Social Transformation: An Introduction to Nonviolent Conflict
The Boétie Legacy, and a World in Peril
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