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Chris Carlsson: Nowtopia + Transition Towns: Learning to build a good life together

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Interview with Chris Carlsson author of “Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-Lot Gardeners Are Inventing the Future Today!” recorded June 22, 2008 on Mind Over Matters KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle.

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Open The Books Save The Economy by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Wednesday, November 26. 2008

It has never been more clear how much corporations depend on We, the People for their very existence. Corporations are given the right to exist through a public charter. For public corporations, shareholders are bestowed with limited liability, and they benefit from a public system of securities regulation that gives investors confidence to invest. In the best of times, corporations benefit both from public goods (public roads and infrastructure, public investment in R&D) and targeted benefits (tax subsidies, loan guarantees, and much more). In the worst of times, as we now see, the largest corporations can expect massive public support. Bloomberg reports that the United States has already committed an amazing $7.76 trillion — more than half of U.S. GDP — in funds for bailouts, guarantees, share purchases, insurance programs, swaps and more.

Don’t We, the People have the right to expect something in return?

How about starting with public release of the income tax returns of all corporations above a certain size (say, $10 million in assets)?

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Mosaic News – 11/26/08 + Mumbai, India reels from gun attacks + Siege ends

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updated below



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-Night of Horror in Mumbai, India
-Kuwait Ruler Wants MPs, Cabinet to Resolve Crisis
-Iraq Struggles to Cope With Landmine Victims
-Gazans Turn to Wood Fire
-Settlers Attack Mosques in Hebron
-Jordanian Families Visit Loved Ones in Israeli Jails
-Bush Talking Turkey Again
Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.



Mumbai reels from gun attacks – 27 Nov 08


More than 100 people are dead after a series of attacks across Mumbai, India’s financial capital.

Parts of the city are under siege after the attackers stormed luxury hotels, a popular restaurant, a crowded train station and a hospital.

Scores of Westerners are being held by the attackers.

Al Jazeera’s Paul Allen reports.



Multiple attacks in India kill at least 78; Westerners targeted

McClatchy Washington Bureau


MUMBAI, India — Teams of heavily armed gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular tourist attraction and a crowded train station in at least seven attacks in India’s financial capital, killing at least 78 people and wounding at least 200, officials said Thursday.

The gunmen were specifically targeting Britons and Americans and a top police official said the gunmen are holding hostages at two luxury hotels, the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels.

A media report said a little-known group, the Deccan Mujahideen, has claimed responsibility for the Mumbai terrorist attacks. The Press Trust of India news agency said Thursday the group sent emails to several media outlets.

Read the full story at MiamiHerald.com.

via McClatchy Washington Bureau | 11/26/2008 | Multiple attacks in India kill at least 78; Westerners targeted



Teams of gunmen have spread terror in southern Mumbai, killing more than 100 people and taking hostages in several locations, including two luxury hotels. Indian police say most of the hostages have been freed from the Taj Mahal Hotel. Dozens of people, mostly westerners, were seen leaving.



Official says siege ends at Mumbai’s Taj hotel

McClatchy Washington Bureau


MUMBAI, India — A state official says the siege has ended Mumbai’s Taj Mahal hotel and the last three gunmen there have been killed.

An official with the Maharashtra state home department, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said there were no further details.

At least 119 people were killed and 288 injured when suspected Islamic militants attacked 10 sites in Mumbai.


via McClatchy Washington Bureau | 11/27/2008 | Official says siege ends at Mumbai’s Taj hotel

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Mosaic News – 11/25/08: World News from the Middle East

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“Iran Accuses 3 of Spying for Israel,” Al-Alam TV, Iran
“Kuwait in new crisis as cabinet quits,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Iran and Lebanon Rekindle Relations,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“Bush, Olmert leaving with no Mideast peace deal ,” IBA TV, Israel
“Karzai urges Afghan war timeline” Press TV, Iran
“Hamas rejects early elections,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Necessity is the mother of invention,” New TV, Lebanon
“Somali Pirates Hijack Yemeni Ship,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Egyptians Begin Pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia,” Nile TV, Egypt
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Back online – Happy Thanksgiving by Lo

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The Internet connection went out today, so called the company, he said maybe it was the modem, so went to the cable store and got a new modem.  Had trouble installing it, the box “detect new hardware” didn’t show up.  Took a break thinking that it was something else and not the modem.  Finally started all over and found a different way to upload the driver for the USB.  Had to call the company again but got the modem working and registered and ta-da back online.  Now to catch up on the news and postings.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate this holiday.