Let Our Farmers Grow… Hemp by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Oct. 19, 2011

Me in a hemp field

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Congressman Ron Paul introduced H.R. 1831, the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011” on May 11th of this year. It is a simple bill at just two pages in length, and it would legalize the growing of industrial hemp in the United States.

Currently farmers can grow industrial hemp only if they have received a permit from the DEA – a prospect that the agency has made all but impossible for decades. Otherwise, it is illegal to grow.

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For a Kantian public role: Go Project and OWS by Konstantin Kaminskiy

playing with blocks

by Konstantin Kaminskiy
Guest Writer
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Questions of Political Economy in Modernity
Oct. 22, 2011

Kant, in his “What is Enlightenment?” will give you two roles. In your private role you are a cog in some machine. In this case I a cog in the Go Project machine. Every Saturday I help a teacher teach a class of first-graders. This is frontline duty, as I think of it. The teacher directs, we the volunteers implement. Most of the time I find myself working with individual students. The goal is to help the students, both academically and socially. They have been selected for this by social workers at different local schools. In the private role I am bound to do as the machine tells me to do – if I disagree on a fundamental it is only right that I resign.

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Occupy Wall Street: Problems of the dialectics of diversity, uniformity, and unity by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.
Guest Writer
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October 21, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Day 20

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A brief note on the origins of the protests

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and the related protests have been centered around the rage of the unemployed, poor, those burdened with exorbitant amounts of student loans in the most expensive higher education system in the world-the total amount of student loans in the US has now exceeded $1 trillion!-, and other victims of the rapidly disintegrating capitalist-imperialist politico-economic system, in the worst all-round structural crisis of its history, against the insatiable corporate greed and corruption, which have always been there, but, at this stage, are eliciting larger rage and revulsion, because of the much larger numbers of people suffering the deprivations for a prolonged time, with no end in sight and no effective solutions. Continue reading

Capitalism: what a load of rubbish! By William Bowles

by William Bowles
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williambowles.info
Oct. 18, 2011

Something has to be done about a world rapidly filling up with the (often poisonous) rubbish that capitalism produces in vast abundance. Rubbish that will be with us for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Even the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is carpeted with the stuff, mostly plastic waste of all kinds. Even the remotest corners of our once, largely pristine planet are now poisoned with the excreta of capitalism’s insane and so far, unstoppable and largely arbitrary productive capacity.

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Travels of a New Gulliver: Chapter 4 by Joseph Natoli

by Joseph Natoli
Guest Writer
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Oct. 19, 2011

Dark Forest

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Chapter IV

The Author finds himself in a Dark Wood

My dear Reader, I feared traveling during the day when I could be easily seen from above, from that floating Isle which could, I knew, espy, like a hawk, anything below and swoop down upon it instantly.

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Rick Rozoff: Libya: A Brutal, Gratuitous Slaying, the New World Order in All Its Transparent Barbarism

by Rick Rozoff
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Stop NATO
Stop NATO-Opposition to global militarism
October 22, 2011

Voice of Russia
October 22, 2011

“A brutal, gratuitous slaying”
John Robles

Interview with Rick Rozoff, the manager of the Stop NATO website and mailing list and contributing writer to www.globalresearch.ca.

How are you today, Mr. Rozoff?

Rather distressed by the news of this morning. Or yesterday morning in your case.

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The Granny Peace Brigade Stands Their Ground by Jill Dalton

by Jill Dalton
Guest Writer
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Oct. 21, 2011

On Tuesday I found this information on the Occupy Wall Street website and was intrigued. Trust me these dames have been around the block more than once and good for them.

“Six years ago, 18 women attempted to enlist in the U.S. Military at the Recruitment Center in Times Square. Not only were we not welcomed, Continue reading

Roger Doiron: A Subversive Plot: How to Grow a Revolution in Your Own Backyard

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Yummy! Fresh Veggies From the Garden

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on Oct 22, 2011

Roger Doiron is founding director of Kitchen Gardeners International, a network of people taking a hands-on approach to re-localizing the global food supply. Doiron is an advocate for new policies, technologies, investments, and fresh thinking about the role of gardens. His successful petition to replant a kitchen garden at the White House attracted broad international recognition. He is also a writer, photographer, and public speaker.

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Simon Patten on Public Infrastructure and Economic Rent Capture by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
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http://michael-hudson.com
October 17, 2011

As published in American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Vol. 70, No. 4 (October, 2011).
*The author acknowledges funding from Prosper Australia in support of this article.

ABSTRACT. Reflecting the Progressive Era’s reform agenda Simon Patten (1852–1922) argued that freeing markets from one source of economic rent (by taxing land rent) would merely leave the surplus to be taken by other monopolists and rent extractors (railroads, Wall Street trusts, and basic privatized utilities). Continue reading

How to Stop a Multinational

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on Oct 12, 2011

Three Argentinians put themselves in harm’s way as they try to stop a gold mining company destroying their environment.

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Occupy Wall Street Visited by Joel S. Hirschhorn

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
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www.foavc.org
October 18, 2011

Last Saturday while in New York City I went downtown to visit the Occupy Wall Street group and also ended up walking in their protest march around big bank buildings. A terrific experience with a huge group chanting things like “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!”

My first impression was absolute amazement at how many police surrounded Zuccotti Park, as massive a police presence as any I had ever seen in countless news accounts of protests in other countries, including those trying to overturn awful regimes. No wonder that New York City has spent over $3 million so far on policing the Occupy events.

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Noam Chomsky on Israel-Palestine Prisoner Exchange, U.S. Assassination Campaign in Yemen

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Noam Chomsky at the World Social Forum in 2003...

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on Oct 18, 2011

MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky, the world renewed linguist and political dissident, spoke Monday night at Barnard College in New York City about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, just hours before Israel and Hamas completed a historic prisoner exchange. Democracy Now! airs an excerpt of his address.

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The toppling of the corporate state by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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What Jesus Said About Who He Is, Life and Following Him

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What Jesus Said About Who He Is

Travel with Mart De Haan to the northern region of Israel. Hear from scholars and authorities in the field of New Testament studies as they consider the evidence for and against what Jesus said about Himself. Gain insights from the historical and rational perspectives that distinguish Jesus from other founders of world religions. Explore Jesus’ claim, test what He said, and decide for yourself whether or not you have reason to believe.

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Noam Chomsky Addresses Occupy Boston Protesters

Occupy COMO

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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

on Oct 22, 2011

This is a full video coverage of Noam Chomsky’s address to Occupy Boston protesters on Oct 22, 2011 by a NewsParticipaton.com citizen reporter.

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