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: Let’s Play War: How Militarism is Marketed to Children

My friend Loretta is hopping mad about the mail that her nine year old grandson is receiving. While military recruiters cannot ‘recruit’ children under seventeen years of age, there is nothing stopping them from waging a marketing campaign to win the hearts and minds of much younger children such as Loretta’s grandson. She tells me Read more…

: Child for Sale: The Corporate Takeover of Our Classrooms

Independent-Media.tv: It’s August and the stores are chalk/chock full of the latest notebooks, back-to-school clothes and all manner of ‘necessary’ electronics and locker accessories. Call me cynical, but I can’t help wondering if the reason so many schools start back in August instead of after Labor Day is to insure that retailers have something to Read more…

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Paul Street: Comon Sense Clairvoyance and Some Lessons of History

Scrambling to prepare some formal reflections on my original academic field, United States History, I recently found my notes from a 20th Century US History class I taught in the Fall of 1998. Here are my exact notes — talking points really — from the first class meeting, for what became my standard bit on Read more…

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David Peterson: Aggressive/Antisocial, Drug Addiction, Mental Illness

Have you at any time in the past been diagnosed with one or more forms of mental illness as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV)? How about an antisocial personality disorder? Aggressiveness, for example? Do you now exhibit, or have you ever exhibited, a recurring and even systematic Read more…

: Boycott the Republicans

Several days ago I received an email from a gentleman I’ve never heard of before, Dennis Baer. With his permission I am reprinting his missive here. What Mr. Baer is suggesting is to boycott those companies that support the coffers of the Republican Party. In particular he suggests boycotting General Electric because they are a Read more…

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Paul Street: THE VICTOR WOOD & DMX 9/11 CONSPIRACY POST

Notes from 9/11 conspiracy theorist Victor Wood and (perhaps) “Dmx” and (possibly) some of their fellow 9/11 conspiracy theorists: 1. “Why am I a Kook?” The following Victor comment was posted on the Street blog on April 21, 2007: Conspiracy theorists attempt to answer the Who Did It? and Why? questions. Good questions, many possible Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Lancet Study

It’s correct that the Lancet study, by far the most authoritative available, deliberately excluded Fallujah, because that would have raised the estimates much higher — recall that as in all scientific inquiries in related areas (technically, anywhere), this one is based on extrapolation from samples, and they wanted to err on the side of conservatism. Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Official 911 Story

The simple reason why I presume that the official story is probably true is that it seems to me by far the most credible one. I’ve explained why in earlier posts, and also why the whole matter is very far from high priority for me. Since there is such a flood of letters about this Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Turkey and the Tyranny of Business

In the US and elsewhere, the government is often the “tyrant” of business. That’s why business so bitterly opposes government regulation when it cannot control the system itself (as it sometimes but by no means always does). And there are many clear examples of the government simply ordering even the most powerful corporations to do Read more…

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Paul Street: Bush, China, Two Deficits, and the Ongoing Decline of U.S. Hegemony

How about that wild and wacky world capitalist system? The United States (U.S.) is clearly the world’s “hegemonic” military power. The U.S. government’s capacity for “forward global force projection” is stupendous and its imperial “defense” budget” matches the combined military expenditures of all potential enemy states many times over. Things are a little different in Read more…

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