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How Did Our Oil Get Under Their Sand? - 0 views

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    While we have the illusion of choice in our politics, the only real consistency in policy-making is Washington's commitment to war and oil, and increasingly often, war for oil. Libya was the oil dealer to Western Europe, but the market for oil is global. And oil is the prize, not democracy. This is …
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Obama bans war criminals, except our own - The Star Democrat: Opinion - 0 views

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    By executive order on Aug. 4, President Barack Obama refused entry to the United States of war criminals and human-rights violators (jurist.org, Aug. 4). He ignored, as he often does, the deeply documented factual evidence of war crimes committed by the Bush-Cheney administration along with grim proof that the Obama administration also violates our anti-torture laws and the U.N. Convention Against Torture we signed. Take, for example, right now under Obama, "The CIA Secret Sites in Somalia" (the nation.com, July 12).
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Has our bloated security budget made us safer? - National security - Salon.com - 0 views

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    The killing of Osama Bin Laden did not put cuts in national security spending on the table, but the debt-ceiling debate finally did. And mild as those projected cuts might have been, last week newly minted Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was already digging in his heels and decrying the modest potential cost-cutting plans as a "doomsday mechanism" for the military. Pentagon allies on Capitol Hill were similarly raising the alarm as they moved forward with this year's even larger military budget.

    None of this should surprise you. As with all addictions, once you're hooked on massive military spending, it's hard to think realistically or ask the obvious questions. So, at a moment when discussion about cutting military spending is actually on the rise for the first time in years, let me offer some little known basics about the spending spree this country has been on since September 11, 2001, and raise just a few simple questions about what all that money has actually bought Americans.

    Consider this my contribution to a future 12-step program for national security sobriety.

    Let's start with the three basic post-9/11 numbers that Washington's addicts need to know:
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14 Ways a 90 Percent Top Tax Rate Fixes Our Economy and Our Country | OurFuture.org - 0 views

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    A return to Eisenhower-era 90% top tax rates helps fix our economy in several ways:
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‪Walter Burien - CAFR1 Trailer of "The Only Game in Town" - The Way Our Gover... - 0 views

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    Walter Burien - CAFR1 10 minute Trailer of "The Only Game in Town" - The Way Our Government Can Be! 2010

    Don't lower taxation, END IT!

    It is time for a real change for the "Good" and here it is... Look and Learn!

    To view the complete documentary via a 48 hour viewing pass that you can share with your friends and family go to - http://CAFR1.com
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OneThing28: sustainably fit for our times « itsallonething - 0 views

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    Cascadia, Education, Environment, Pacific Northwest, paradigms, Sustainability, Systems thinking, systems thinking and education
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YouTube - Jon Kabat-Zinn: Coming to Our Senses - 0 views

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    Uploaded by UCtelevision on Feb 15, 2008
    Renowned mindfulness meditation teacher and best-selling author Jon Kabat-Zinn speaks at UCSD Medical Center on the topic of "Coming to Our Senses", which is also the name of his new book, subtitled "Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness". A pioneer in the application of ancient Buddhist practices to healing in modern medical settings, Kabat-Zinn expounds upon the value of "resting in awareness" not only to facilitate clarity in ourselves, but also as a means of relating to and healing the "dis-ease" in politics, society and the world. Series: "Health Sciences Journal" [11/1999] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 9375]
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What's Missing From Our 'Cognitive Toolkit'? - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    Thinkers explore whether there are workarounds for cognitive traits that may be holding back human progress.
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A Philosophical Orientation Toward Solving Our Collective Problems As a Species | Think... - 0 views

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    To know what the most important virtue of our age is we need to have at least a basic understanding of our age. Our era is becoming increasingly characterized by uncertainty. Fortunately or unfortunately, more than a cursory elucidation of our situation is beyond the scope of this essay. There are geopolitical, economic, technological and environmental trends worth mentioning. When the more philosophical portion of this  discourse arrives I will argue that the virtue of wisdom underlies the meaningfulness and efficacy of all other virtues, and this in broad strokes is primarily due to (1) the aforementioned instability in our surroundings ; (2) the relationship between the deontological and virtue; and (3) the nature of agency itself.  Whether uncertainty itself can provide an ethical foundation for us to elaborate on will be a separate question, and finally I speculate on where wisdom leads us in the context of a philosophy that is politically active and not doomed to irrelevance to and by the larger population.
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YouTube - Dan Ariely asks, Are we in control of our decisions? - 0 views

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    http://www.ted.com Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.
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Al Franken: The Most Important Free Speech Issue of Our Time - 0 views

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    This Tuesday is an important day in the fight to save the Internet. The FCC will meet to discuss its badly flawed proposal for net neutrality. If they approve it as is, I'll be outraged. And you should be, too.
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FT.com / Comment / Opinion - It is folly to place all our trust in the Fed - 0 views

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    I n certain circles, it has become fashionable to argue that monetary policy is a superior instrument to fiscal policy - more predictable, faster, without the adverse long-term consequences brought on by greater indebtedness. Indeed, some advocates wax so enthusiastic that they support recent drives for austerity in many European countries, arguing that if there are untoward effects they can be undone by monetary policy. Whatever the merits of this position in general, it is nonsense in current economic circumstances.
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They hate us for our occupations - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com - 0 views

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    A new study by a University of Chicago professor reveals the obvious about what actually causes Terrorism
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t r u t h o u t | Our Acute Case of Fiscal Madness - 0 views

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    In a flurry of blind panic and irrational exuberance, organizations from the European Central Bank to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development suddenly abandoned everything we had learned, at a bitter cost, about economics during recessions and decided that fiscal austerity was the way to go while the world was in the depths of a slump - indeed, many claimed that spending cuts would actually be expansionary.
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PETITION: STAND WITH ME TO SAVE NET NEUTRALITY AND STOP THE CORPORATE TAKEOVER OF OUR M... - 0 views

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    Join Senator Franken: Stand with me to save Net Neutrality and stop the Corporate Takeover of our Media
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