Obama’s Pipeline Quagmire by Ralph Nader (updated)

Participants Arrested in Front of the White House

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Updated: Sept. 17, 2011; added Bill McKibben’s response and Ralph Nader’s response

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Sept 13, 2011

It was the most extraordinary citizen organizing feat in recent White House history. Over 1200 Americans from 50 states came to Washington and were arrested in front of the White House to demonstrate their opposition to a forthcoming Obama approval of the Keystone XL dirty oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada down to the Gulf Coast.

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Solving the Poor By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
Featured Writer
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September 13, 2011


He hoisted her a little higher on his back. …

If only Mother had followed Sister’s counsel about the pumice stone—or had allowed Sister to use the stone on her (and to trim her long toenails, as well!)—her calloused heels would not be chafing his ribs and hips through the thin fabric of his summer yukata.

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Noam Chomsky on Ron Paul’s 9/11 Theories: What He Said Is Completely Uncontroversial

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Note: replaced video number 2, Sept. 16, 2011

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The September 11 Orgie, by Michael Parenti

by Michael Parenti
Featured Writer
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Sept. 12, 2011

For more than a week–and extending into September 12 and probably continuing a while longer– the media have saturated the airwaves with 9/11 stories including sad tragic tales of friends of people who knew relatives who were lost or affected in some way by the terrible attacks of ten years ago. We kept hearing how we as a people and a nation “were never the same after 9/11.” (So might as well go bomb Afghanistan for ten years and destroy Iraq and now Libya.)

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“Dear USA: Your 9/11 is our 24/7” by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
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London, England
11 September 2011

Danger U.S. war crimes ahead

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Unending “9/11s”: “A Sad Kind of Freedom.”

“You love your country
as the nearest, most precious thing to you.
But one day, for example,
they may endorse it over to America,
and you, too, with your great freedom –
you have the freedom to become an air-base.”

From: “A Sad Kind Of Freedom”, by Nazim Hickmet (1902-1963) courtesy Rick Rozoff, Stop NATO*

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Travels of a New Gulliver: Chapter 3 by Joseph Natoli

by Joseph Natoli
Guest Writer
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Sept. 13, 2011

Talking Parrot

Chapter III

The Author is drawn up to the Floating Island of Babel

I spent a day and a night in a ditch, alternately shivering in the cold and scorched by the sun, which suddenly was eclipsed by a dark mass a hundred meters directly above my head. A grappling hook was lowered and I, too confused to fathom the event, was drawn up, rail, tar and feathers.

After several days I can report that I was again myself in body but my mind, having gone through a humiliating assault at the hands of the Trickle Down barbarians, was not as it had been on the day I had set out on my voyage. But as my own self-esteem was grounded as the blind Bard says on the just and right, I did not allow the injustices and lack of charity of others to abide with me for long.

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