Dirt! The Movie

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Jamie Simko

Summer 2009: Juliet Tomatoes

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DIRT! THE MOVIE is an astonishing, humorous and substantial look at the glorious and unappreciated ground beneath our feet. Dirt feeds us and gives us shelter. Dirt holds and cleans our water. Dirt heals us and makes us beautiful. Dirt regulates the earth’s climate. Why do we humans ignore, abuse, and destroy our most precious living natural resource? Consider the results of such behavior: mass starvation, drought, floods and global warming. Continue reading

Colonels in Mirrored Sunglasses by Greg Palast

by Greg Palast
Featured Writer
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www.gregpalast.com
September 6, 2012

Ballot Box, Broadway, Seattle, WA

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An excerpt from Greg Palast’s Billionaires & Ballot Bandits

Here are the facts, ma’am:

In the 2008 election, no less than:

  • 767,023 provisional ballots were cast and not counted;

  • 1,451,116 ballots were “spoiled,” not counted;

  • 488,136 absentee ballots were mailed in, but not counted.

Add it up: in the last presidential election, no less than 2,706,275 ballots were cast—and never counted. I have not included a quarter million (251,936) provisional ballots counted only in part (that is, for some offices).

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Quiz Time: Very Liberal, Very Conservative or Somewhere In-between? Dennis Kucinch Takes The Quiz

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Election 2012 button

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PBS

Take the Quiz

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Sep 5, 2012 by PBSNewsHour

For more coverage: http://to.pbs.org/RmuIv4

The NewsHour partnered with Pew Research Center for a quiz to determine where voters fall on the political spectrum. At the Democratic National Convention we’ve been asking people to take the quiz on camera. Outgoing Rep. Dennis Kucinich was our first. Watch his responses here and see how you rate on the quiz.

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Pink Shrouds Aimed to Draw Attention to Iran Military Site, Analysts Say by Gareth Porter

Chicago Anti-War Protest

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by Gareth Porter
Featured Writer
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crossposted at ISP
Sept. 7, 2012

Diplomats from an unidentified country and a Washington research organisation considered close to the International Atomic Energy Agency have alleged in recent weeks that Iran has covered two buildings at a military site to hide a clean-up of evidence of nuclear weapons related testing.

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The Liberal Way to Run the World: “Improve” or We’ll Kill You by John Pilger

Bush and Blair Wanted for War Crimes, Iraq Inquiry, London

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By John Pilger
Global Research
www.johnpilger.com
September 05, 2012

What is the world’s most powerful and violent “ism”? The question will summon the usual demons, such as Islamism, now that communism has left the stage. The answer, wrote Harold Pinter, is only “superficially recorded, let alone documented, let alone acknowledged,” because only one ideology claims to be non-ideological, neither left nor right, the supreme way. This is liberalism.

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Glen Ford vs. Michael Eric Dyson: Debate on Obama’s Presidency + Glen Ford: Obama is not the lesser evil

Obama in Oakland-14

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Updated: Sept. 9, 2012 added a video report

Sep 7, 2012 by democracynow

DemocracyNow.org – As President Obama accepts the Democratic nomination to seek four more years in the White House, we host a debate on his presidency with Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report and Michael Eric Dyson, professor at Georgetown University and author of numerous books. Ford calls Obama the “more effective evil” for embracing right-wing policies and neutralizing effective opposition, while Dyson argues Obama provides the best and obvious choice for progressive change within the confines of the U.S. political system.

Click here to watch the entire debate: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/7/effective_evil_or_progressives_best_hope

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Where’s the War on Lethal Super-bugs? by Ralph Nader

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Updated: May 21, 2014

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Sept. 5, 2012

Scanning electron microscopy of Staphylococcus epidermidis cluster embedded in exopolysaccharide matrix

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What if two thousand U.S. soldiers were losing their lives every week in Afghanistan? Would the peddlers of the electoral politics of trivia, distraction and avoidance take notice? Of course.

Every week, two thousand Americans, or about 100,000 men, women and children a year, die from mostly preventable hospital-borne infections in the United States. The toll may even be higher (Center for Disease Control updates its figures soon).

To put this deadly disaster in perspective, hospital-induced infections kill more Americans than the combined fatalities from motor vehicle collisions, AIDs, fire and homicides combined. Additional millions more survive infections. The pain and costs are enormous.

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The End of the Line

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Aquecimento Global - Global Warming

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Paramount College on Mar 14, 2018

As the world’s demand for fish and other seafood increases and the technology available to commercial fisherman becomes more sophisticated, the annual harvest from global seaports has grown tremendously in recent years. However, the rise of industrialized fishing has not come without consequences, and many environmentalists and oceanographers believe that the current demand for fish and the methods used to fulfill it are taking an irreparable toll on the world’s oceans, with some speculating that the seas could be literally fished-out by 2048 if current trends do not change.

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