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Exclusive: Christmas and the Gospel according to Jimmy Carter by Rocket Kirchner

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by Rocket Kirchner
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December 15, 2009

If there ever was a time of the year when the concept of giving to the least fortunate should be celebrated and practiced, it is Christmas. Jimmy Carter’s entire life, especially his post presidency has been to devoted to that. If there ever was a time when the concept of giving has been grossly over commercialized and abused to the max it’s Christmas. Jimmy Carter’s life has always been opposed to that. The true spirit of Christmas can be found as much in the life of Jimmy Carter as it can when old Scrooge danced with joy on Christmas day, after turning over a new leaf. Carter is the world’s George Bailey, and has made a wonderful life out of what was a miserable life for many.

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Unbearable Lightness of Obama: The Audacity of Retrenchment by Robert S. Becker

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[Note: retitled]

By Robert S. Becker
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Dec. 15, 2009

Riddle of the week, month, or past year. Policy overlaps aside, how does a well-versed, savvy campaigner who glories in knowledge merge increasingly into his most uncurious, uninformed predecessor, who gloried what he didn’t know? How did this high-risk candidate, taking on his entire party establishment, turn adverse to risk even before he stumbled?

How can the Barack Obama who won the election, and the Nobel Peace Prize, by being not-Bush, match Dubya’s impulse to detach, delegate and default? And the final puzzle: how did a dense, inarticulate bully command his bully pulpit while the infinitely more articulate, tolerant newcomer fails to frame, let alone command key debates?

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Apathy, Conspiracy’s Best Friend by Rand Clifford

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December 15, 2009

Imagine saying to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, “My, you’re very tall.”

Imagine denigrating anything not hailed as truth by institutions such as government, or mainstream media, as “conspiracy theory.”

What’s the connection? Much deeper than at first it might seem, much deeper than the absence of critical thinking—it’s a pattern of apathy. Both instances lack wit and subtlety…no thinking, whether stating the obvious, or scoffing at any truth not “official.” So why has conspiracy theory become such a knee-jerk label? First, let’s look at what “conspiracy theory” means, institutionally and officially.

Conspiracy theory is most often used to identify secret military, banking, or political actions aimed at stealing power, money, or freedom from the people. “Wikipedia” even adds the zest, or invitation for the absurd (more on this in a moment), of secret plots by conspirators of “…almost superhuman power and cunning.”

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4 presidential candidates join Afghan war protest

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Following Obama Nobel speech, Ralph Nader, Dennis Kucinich, Cynthia McKinney speak out against the wars [and Mike Gravel, too]

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American fascism: by political definition the US is now fascist, not a constitutional republic By Carl Herman

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By Carl Herman
ICH – December 15, 2009
Examiner – December 14, 2009

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Look in any textbook or encyclopedia and compare US policy (not rhetoric) to the definitions of fascism and constitutional republic. I’ll explain it here, but check my work. If at the end of your consideration, you agree that the United States of America is now a fascist state, please speak-up about it. Also, consider the policy requests at the end of the article.

Please read this article like a prima facie legal argument; that means unless you can refute the facts, they stand as our best understanding of the issue. Here, if you can’t refute the evidence that the US is now a fascist state, then accept this as your best understanding. As time passes, if evidence is brought forward to further the case for fascism or refute it, your comprehensive understanding improves. Here we go:

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Loretta Napoleoni: The intricate economics of terrorism

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December 14, 2009

http://www.ted.com Loretta Napoleoni details her rare opportunity to talk to the secretive Italian Red Brigades — an experience that sparked a lifelong interest in terrorism. She gives a behind-the-scenes look at its complex economics, revealing a surprising connection between money laundering and the US Patriot Act.

more about “Loretta Napoleoni: The intricate econ…“, posted with vodpod

from the archives:

European, Asian Markets Plunge as Recession Fears Spread Worldwide

“In the beginning, there was Alan Greenspan…” + Palast video