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The insanity of Bush’s 2007 budget proposal

The insanity of Bush’s 2007 budget proposal

| February 10, 2007 | 7 Replies

Here’s Robert Sheer’s take on the new budget: Ever since some lunatics, mostly citizens of our longtime ally Saudi Arabia, used $3 knives to hijack four planes on the same morning, President Bush has exploited our nation’s trauma as an opportunity to throw trillions of dollars at the military-industrial complex to build weaponry for a […]

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Don’t let the White House gut the budget of Public Broadcasting

Don’t let the White House gut the budget of Public Broadcasting

| February 10, 2007 | Reply

President Bush’s new budget proposal cuts more than $53 million money from the budget of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the agency that allocates federal money for NPR, PBS and other federally funded media.  This is a quarter of the CPB budget.  This same budget will drastically crank up military spending to support a […]

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How old will you be in X years if . . .

How old will you be in X years if . . .

| February 9, 2007 | 1 Reply

Fifteen years ago, when I was 35, a high school buddy told me that he was not satisfied working as an engineer and that he was thinking about going to medical school. He was concerned, however, because he was “older” and medical school would require many years of study. He told me of a conversation […]

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How are things going in Afghanistan?

How are things going in Afghanistan?

| February 9, 2007 | 3 Replies

Report from June 15, 2004: “President Bush on Tuesday claimed victory in the war on terrorism in Afghanistan.” Report from Feb 9, 2007 “[Defense Secretary] Gates said that after nearly five years at war with the Taliban, this spring will be critical because it could give the people of the country more hope.” — Afghanistan: […]

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ExxonMobil and the White House finally get it about global warming . . . NOT!

ExxonMobil and the White House finally get it about global warming . . . NOT!

| February 9, 2007 | 3 Replies

This Huffpo article by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. shows the extent to which ExxonMobil is not our wise old friend belatedly coming to our rescue on the issue of global warming: Last week the release of the IPCC Report by the world’s 2500 top climatologists closed the scientific debate on global warming once and for […]

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Stories to tell …

Stories to tell …

| February 8, 2007 | Reply

I’m such a sucker for a whimsical set of tragic photos. 

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How knowledgable are Americans?

How knowledgable are Americans?

| February 7, 2007 | 3 Replies

Click this link and watch all ten minutes.   Unbelievable stuff.   Hysterically sad.

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Real campaign finance reform: dilute the bad money with lots of good money

Real campaign finance reform: dilute the bad money with lots of good money

| February 7, 2007 | 4 Replies

In his recent article at Salon.com, “How to fix campaign financing forever for $50,” Farhad Manjoo explores what should be a national priority: campaign finance reform.  Why should it be a priority?  Because private money corrupts all political dialogue.  It makes us think that politicians are taking The People seriously, when they aren’t.  Our current system […]

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Whatever Became of Thorium?

Whatever Became of Thorium?

| February 6, 2007 | 2 Replies

And why should we care about this material rarely mentioned outside of science-fiction? Well, it involves recycling, our energy future, and a chance to de-proliferate nuclear weaponry and reduce the threat of “dirty” bombs. First, a brief bit of history: Back in the 1930’s, it was discovered that isotopes of 3 elements could sustain nuclear […]

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