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Greg Guma: System Failure: Cyber Threats & Corporate Denial

In August 2010, when Foreign Policy posted an article citing credible research and directly warning oil companies worldwide that their offshore oil rigs were highly vulnerable to hacking, few people took notice. “Computer commands can derail a train or cause a gas pipeline to burst,” warned former Bush administration counter-terrorism chief Richard Clarke in Cyber War, Read more…

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Greg Guma: Armed and Dangerous: The Gun Debate

Twenty years ago, in a letter to The Washington Post, Gun Owners of America Director Larry Pratt made the argument that the only thing separating Americans from the oppressed peoples of China and the Baltic States was their access to weapons. “When the police have all the guns,” he wrote, “brutal attacks against defenseless citizens will Read more…

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Greg Guma: Vermont Pols Push to End Corporate Personhood

Over the last decade more than a hundred cities and towns across the country have passed ordinances putting citizens' rights ahead of corporate interests. They have banned businesses from dumping toxic sludge, building factory farms, mining, and extracting water for bottling.   Some have also refused to recognize corporations as people.   On Jan. 21, Read more…

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Greg Guma: How Vermont Was Born

Long before Europeans set foot in Vermont there were Native Americans of several tribes living along the waters later named Lake Champlain and the Connecticut River. Early villages were established near the areas today known as Newport and Swanton, while Barton Landing was often used as a stopping point for river travel.   Central Vermont Read more…

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Greg Guma: What Makes Bernie Speak?

Listening to Senator Bernie Sanders “mini-filibuster” on December 10 it was easy to compare the moment to Jimmy Stewart’s last stand in Frank Capra’s Mister Smith Goes to Washington. But there’s a big difference. For the movie hero, a naïve freshman, it was a desperate expression of frustration that led to a storybook ending. For Bernie, Read more…

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Greg Guma: Obama Myths & Realities

It was a fairy tale premise: Once upon a time a charismatic prince appeared magically and gave an inspiring, instantly famous speech. Four years later he was leading the most powerful kingdom in the world from the brink of disaster.   Believable, isn’t it? But, as Ken Silverstein revealed in Harpers long before the 2008 Read more…

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Greg Guma: Allawi’s Mean Streak

Those in the US who consider the current president a dictator might want to consider how a real “strongman” operates. To do so, they need go no further than the “fragile” democracy installed in Iraq since the US invasion and take a good look at Ayad Allawi, slated to become the country’s next prime minister. Read more…

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Greg Guma: MLK’s Death & Other Uncomfortable Truths

Forty two-years ago, on April 4, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of a Memphis motel as he prepared to support striking Black sanitation workers there. Although James Earl Ray initially confessed to the crime – he later recanted – doubts about what happened persist. In the late 1990s, former FBI agent Read more…

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Greg Guma: The Urge to Secede: A Rebellion in Progress

At least 16 secession organizations are currently organizing throughout the United States and almost a dozen states have active movements. Even more state legislatures are debating laws that could “nullify” federal actions in areas from gun control and health care reform to marijuana possession and overseas troop deployments.   In Alaska, the secessionist Independence Party Read more…

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Greg Guma: Media and Democracy in the Post-Modern Age

In the Watergate era, journalists were often seen as heroes. Even commercial TV and radio news outlets, although on the way to becoming showcases for infotainment, were considered by many to be potential parts of the solution. By the end of the 20th Century, however, most people didn’t trust reporters any more than politicians, and Read more…

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