Local Food – By and For the People

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Yummy Juliet Tomatoes

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peakmoment
January 30, 2010

Peak Moment 161: What if the food system benefited local producers, nourished nearby people, and built a stronger community? Krishna Khalsa of Eugene, Oregon wants to turn the food system on its head. He wants it to be run by, and for the benefit of, ordinary people – not corporate profit. He’s exploring models of local cooperative, entrepreneurial organizations where people provide the labor, share and hire resources, caretake the land, use all of nature’s abundance, support farmers and food producers, distribute food so that no one goes hungry, and build strong social bonds. Empower people, not profits!

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The madness of Tony Blair, the futility of the Chilcot inquiry

by Andy Worthington
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30 January 2010

So will the Chilcot Inquiry into the illegal invasion of Iraq actually do anything when it finally reaches its conclusions? It seems unlikely. Over the last two months, we have had some fascinating moments: on November 26, for example, when Sir Christopher Meyer, Britain’s ambassador to the US, delivered testimony which, as I explained at the time, “demonstrated, without a shadow of a doubt, how ‘regime change’ in Iraq was agreed between George W. Bush and Tony Blair in April 2002, and how the rush to war by the US meant that furious attempts to justify the plan were doomed to fail, ‘because there was no smoking gun.’”

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There’s a Ford in the DLC’s Future by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

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by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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crossposted on Buzzflash.com
Jan. 30, 2010

As I pointed out in my Commentary No. 128, “President Obama and the Democratic Leadership Council,” although I was taken in by the rhetoric as of last spring, I was right the first time (back in late 2007) about Obama essentially being a DLCer (Democratic Leadership Council, or the Democratic Right).  That became even more apparent in his State of the Union Message.  Although there was an occasional jab at the Republicans in Congress, and even at the Republican Supreme Court (with New Jersey Sam Alito showing just how classless virtually all Republicans, even Supreme Court Justices, are these days), on the policy side he was very DLC, that is Republican-light.  Yes, we actually do have a coalition government: Right (DLC) and Far-Right (GOP) although the latter cannot for a moment admit such a thing because they are so desperate to get the whole kettle of fish back just for themselves.

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Max Keiser On the Edge: Thomas C. Mountain on AFRICOM

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Must-watch Parts 2 and 3.  Thomas C. Mountain is the guest.

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January 30, 2010

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NPR Finds Right-Wing Crank to Spit on Zinn’s Grave

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But remember, this power of the people on top depends on the obedience of the people below. When people stop obeying, they have no power. — Howard Zinn

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1/29/10

David Horowitz in ATC obituary with substance-free attack

When progressive historian Howard Zinn died on January 27, NPR’s All Things Considered (1/28/10) marked his passing with something you don’t often see in an obituary: a rebuttal.

After quoting Noam Chomsky and Julian Bond, NPR’s Allison Keyes turned to far-right activist David Horowitz to symbolically spit on Zinn’s grave. “There is absolutely nothing in Howard Zinn’s intellectual output that is worthy of any kind of respect,” Horowitz declared. “Zinn represents a fringe mentality which has unfortunately seduced millions of people at this point in time. So he did certainly alter the consciousness of millions of younger people for the worse.”

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Bill Moyers Journal: SCOTUS and Campaign Finance + State of the Unions + Remembering Howard Zinn

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Bill Moyers Journal
January 29, 2010

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Corporate Personhood

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The JOURNAL explores what the Supreme Court’s decision means for campaign finance reform and the future of our democracy with legal experts Monica Youn, of the Brennan Center for Law and Justice at NYU School of Law and Zephyr Teachout, of Fordham University’s School of Law.

via Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS

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Richard Trumka on the State of the Unions

AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka joins Bill Moyers on the JOURNAL to talk about why he thinks labor remains relevant, how labor has fared thus far under the Obama presidency, and the role he envisions for unions in the future

via Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS

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Remembering Howard Zinn

Bill Moyers remembers Howard Zinn.

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Chomskyan
January 30, 2010

Bill Moyers comments on Howard Zinn’s passing.

As post script I added a few words, a standing ovation, and a pic from the last time I spoke with him, back in Nov.

R.I.P Howard. We’ll keep fighting.

see

The Daily Show: Supreme Corp

Restore the Power to the People: Amend the Constitution! by William John Cox

Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction by Chris Hedges

Ralph Nader On the State of the Union

Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein Respond to Obama’s First State of the Union

Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address + transcript

Howard Zinn’s last advice to America – and to me by Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Remembering Howard Zinn: Legacy + Personal Philosophy + World Today

Howard Zinn: Obama’s first 100 days and more (2009)

Bill Moyers Journal: Howard Zinn + Turning anger into action + War, Peace and Landmines

Rick Rozoff on Russia Today: The United States extends military grasp

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30 January, 2010

RussiaToday
January 29, 2010

Rick Rozoff is interviewed by Lauren Lyster.  They discuss the United States stretching its military by expanding the number of bases in the world that it operates. He says the U.S. justifies it by claiming the United States is the only military super power. He also warns that Russia should be concerned with the United States expansion as they negotiate a new treaty.

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Inside Israeli land grabs + Ma’asara Village Demonstration + Israeli Occupation Forces Raid on the Village

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Inside Israeli land grabs

TheRealNews
January 29, 2010

The Real News investigates the mechanism by which Israeli settlements come about and expand in the OPT.

Over the weekend, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed the Israeli government’s support of the settlement movement by planting a tree in each one of the three biggest settlement blocks in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Despite the Israeli government’s support, funding, and approval of settlers, they are often presented in the media as in conflict with the state and the army. In this report, The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky looks at this claim through a recent lecture by Shir Hever, an economist with the Alternative Information Center. A perfect example of the methodology Hever describes can be seen in the settlement of Kedumim which lies adjacent to the Palestinian village of Kaft Qadum. The Real News spoke to the village council of the Palestinian village and the associate mayor of the settlement about how they’ve expanded and the impact this has had on their lives.

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