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Comment on Climate War on Planet Protested at U of Michigan 50 Yrs after 1st anti-Vietnam War Teach-in by Donald Rucknagel

April 1st, 2015 No comments

What we must do to save the planet. In the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So picture how this will effect you. Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia); institute a carbon tax; end our love affair with the automobile— promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit, walk and bike more; expand bike paths;, and have shareable (zip) cars, ban gasahol; turn off the air conditioner and dial the thermostat down in winter; rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war; ban night baseball; ban electric outdoor signs; shift from long distance truck to rail transport; ride more trains and buses, fewer planes; promote conference calls and web cams; promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide; many more people would become vegetarians or vegans; phase out the cattle industry; discontinue bottled water; discontinue aluminum cans with and without carbonation; maximize reusable bags and products; minimize or ban disposables (Pampers, Ikea furniture); limit endless gadgets; end yearly auto model changes; limit all the advertising, junk mail, most retail, etc.; eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food”; replace “fast fashion” with “slow fashion”; bring back mending, alterations and local tailors; completely redesign production of appliances, electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible; bring back appliance repairmen and such; design and build smaller housing to last for centuries and to be as energy efficient as possible, to be reconfigurable, and shareable; recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans; maximize solar and wind power; drive and accelerate more slowly; practice regenerative agriculture; reverse deforestation, plant more trees; climb more stairs; restrict spray cans;; eat and farm organic; use manual tools instead of power tools, use rakes rather than leaf blowers; push rather than power small mowers; replace lawns with vegetable gardens; compost as much as possible; more stairs, fewer elevators; promote subsidies for renewal energy

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Comment on Lynching Farkhunda: Birth of Gender Equality and Accountability in Afghanistan? by Nasir Sarwary

April 1st, 2015 No comments

This crazy criminal’s should know that human respect and human right in every society ,specially woman respect is fist of all then other responsibility . Unfortunately NON education is the most factor of brutal murder of( Shahid-
Farkhunda).I hope Unity government of Afghanistan should bring This criminals to Justice.

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Comment on War with Iran, by the Numbers by Jack

April 1st, 2015 No comments

spyguy, you make some good points about Iran supplying 10% of China’s energy. I think the neoconservatives also have China in their sights. What better way to limit China’s growing power than to restrict their energy. The neocons want to break down the Shanghai Cooperation Organization by regime changing Iran and Putin in Russia. Victoria Nuland and Ukraine are just on the back burner for now. Ditto for Obama’s pivot to Asia.

Remember before the Iraq war one neoconservative saying “We’re an EMPIRE now. We make our own reality.” These people never go away.

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Historical Photography in Iran

April 1st, 2015 No comments

At Reorient Magazine,  here’s an interesting illustrated piece by Sanaz Janloo on the history of photography in Iran from the Qajars to today: “Portrait of a Nation.”


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Comment on War with Iran, by the Numbers by Donald Paulus

March 31st, 2015 No comments

The NeoCons are drifting off to madness what with all this crazy talk of war. I fear it is the beginning of the end of the American civilization. The Republicans seek a course that is suicidal.

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Comment on War with Iran, by the Numbers by Kozmo

March 31st, 2015 No comments

Yes, it does often feel like only a thorough and crippling American defeat that affects ALL citizens and not just the mercenary military might be enough to wean the American public and its elected officials from their love of inflicting war on other people. Nothing cured the Europeans faster of their traditional martial fervor than the brutal realities of WWII devastating their nations.

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Another Round of Views on the Latest War

March 31st, 2015 No comments

 I had barely posted yesterday’s post with nine links, called “Many Voices on the Region’s Newest War,” when I discovered my Inbox, Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds, etc. were filling up again. (I haven’t posted links in Arabic because right now they’re running very biased.) I’m assembling the links, not endorsing the views:

I’m sure there will be more.
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Comment on Lynching Farkhunda: Birth of Gender Equality and Accountability in Afghanistan? by Don Utter

March 31st, 2015 No comments

Chris Hedges gave a speech at a conference on Extraction

The extraction industry and prostitution of women are both the results of global capitalism, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Chris Hedges said in a controversial speech on Friday.

Hedges delivered the keynote speech at Simon Fraser University’s State of Extraction conference in downtown Vancouver, Friday evening. In a packed room of more than 300 attendees, the former New York Times war correspondent spoke for 90 minutes, drawing parallelism between exploited sex workers and the exploitation of the the extraction industry.

“Prostitution fits perfectly into the paradigm of global capitalism,” Hedges said, explaining an experience where he lived with Bolivian tin miners, many who will die in middle age from silicosis.

“No one chooses to die of silicosis or black lung disease. No one chooses to sell his or her body on the street. You go into the mines, like you go into prostitution, because global capitalism does not offer you a choice.”

link to vancouverobserver.com

Here is a text from the speech. The title of the speech is No One Is Free Until All Are Free

link to truthdig.com

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Comment on Lynching Farkhunda: Birth of Gender Equality and Accountability in Afghanistan? by E’Manuel

March 31st, 2015 No comments

This is what is reaped in a democratic but religiously run country. It would have been better if all humans and nations learned a long time ago to separate church and state. Though it will never be 100% fulfilled we can at least try, can we not? we are human where are our human rights being enforced if we allow this to happen?

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Comment on War with Iran, by the Numbers by Lrobby99

March 31st, 2015 No comments

Not under Pres. Obama. And, as for after, US Democrats have a mission to inform each and every American voter of the costs of electing war hawk Republicans. Maybe this time, they will actually do it.

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