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I started reading Arianna Huffington's new book, Third World America, which expresses serious concerns about America's future, particularly the future of the middle class. It's very well written by the way. More to come. Anyway, today we have an article by Jim Quinn,The Fourth Turning - Skies Darkening,that is apocalyptic. Things are at a point where we need to start thinking about stronger measures to bring about change. The Democratic victories failed to make anywhere close to the changes we need.
The other day, I referred to a locavore picnic I attended, based on relocalization ideas.
Last week I interviewed the authors of the book, Abundant Community, which explores returning from consumerism to community.
That's where we need to be heading. The idea of boosting production or increasing output or efficiency is mired in the old way of thinking-- about more is better. We need to end that approach and switch to the model Keith Farley describes, in his book TIME's UP, where he suggests that we need to start buying things that last, keeping them, fixing them buying used goods, with the goal of decreasing production. That idea challenges the consumer economic model. It challenges the idea that we maintain a healthy economy by maintaining production and consumption.
We need to develop new economic models based on decreasing demand and increasing sustainability. That means sourcing things locally, depending less upon massive, centralized systems to provide health or food or energy. Biological entities don't survive when they get too big. Humanity cannot going on building bigger and bigger corporations and systems to purportedly take care of us. They stop working to take care of we-the-people and start working to maintain their own existences and the power of those who run them.
I've written about the need for a war on big:Time To Declare War on BIG; America Needs Giant Killers. One way to do it is to eliminate the need for or interaction with big operations, companies and systems. That takes a change in lifestyle. Even if we do a 5% change, it can make a difference and be a start.
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By Jim Quinn
The Fourth Turning - Skies Darkening
Thus might the next Fourth Turning end in apocalypse --" or glory. The nation could be ruined, its democracy destroyed, and millions of people scattered or killed. Or America could enter a new golden age, triumphantly applying shared values to improve the human condition. The rhythms of history do not reveal the outcome of the coming Crisis; all they suggest is the timing and dimension.
By Kevin Gosztola
Obama Declares Combat Mission in Iraq Over: What Nation Will America "Liberate" and "Rebuild" Next?
President Obama appeared before the American people to formally declare the combat mission was officially over in Iraq. Obama discussed what Iraqis must do now that the U.S. has ended combat operations, re-affirmed America's commitment to the war in Afghanistan, and ended with a focus on the economy and restoring the middle class in America.
By Christopher Calder
Century of Starvation
Barack Obama's reckless food and fuel policies threaten to accelerate an almost inevitable collapse of the human food supply in this 21st century.
By Joseph J. Adamson
The Scourge of the Earth
There is a way that seems right to egocentric man, but leads to conflict, division, and ultimately to destruction. That is the way of the tyrant, of course. But, it is also the way of bigoted demagogues who claim to be, and may even think they are, divinely inspired.
By Bill Quigley
Another False Ending: Contracting Out the Iraq Occupation
In Iraq, while thousands of US troops are marching out, thousands of additional private military contractors (PMCs) are marching in. The number of armed security contractors in Iraq will more than double in the coming months.
By Stephen Lendman
Continuity of Government: Coup d'Etat Authority in America
America is on a fast track toward despotism
By Michael Collins
Things the President Left Out of His Big Speech
I just read the presidents big speech tonight and it struck me. There were some key lines left out of the speech. You may have had the same response. For the sake of clarity and fairness, I've tried to reconstruct the missing lines. I'm sure that the omissions were just an accident. Or maybe that Robert Gibbs may be up to his old tricks again.
By mike ferner
Veterans For Peace Responds to the "Rebranded Occupation" of Iraq
A pinch of reality dust added to the statement coming from the White House about "the end of combat operations in Iraq."
By Nathan Janes
"Eternal Vigilance" is the title of artist activist Nathan Janes' latest work symbolizing the overthrowing of the Establishment by the people. In an article written to accompany the painting, Janes explores how Americans have adapted to incremental changes over the last several years amounting to huge threats towards civil liberties, quality of life, and independent thought.
By Robert Fisher
Yoga Positions for Beginners
Yoga is the popular kind of physical exercise that appeals to a lot of people because of its healthy way of strengthening body and mind. Not only are yoga exercises best for physical health, but also address mental and emotional health, since balancing both types of health results in an individual's overall fitness.
By Robert Reich
Why A Civil Society Extends Unemployment Benefits
A record number of Americans are unemployed for a record length of time. This is a national tragedy. It is to the nation's credit that many are receiving unemployment benefits. This is good not only for them and their families but also for the economy as a whole, because it allows them to spend and thereby keep others in jobs.
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Joe Conason - Is Glenn Beck mobilizing the religious right for November?
If Glenn Beck's Washington extravaganza seemed strangely empty of political content, filled with vacuous pieties and fetishes rather than protest, then perhaps it should be seen as the opening act in a renewed campaign to assert the power of the religious right.
All Liberals Are Not Liberal: The Case for Affirmative Action
The author, Shirley J. Wilcher, addresses criticisms by Michael Lind, Senator James Webb and others about race-based affirmative action. Wilcher, a former Clinton Administration official, argues that affirmative action continues to be necessary to prevent discrimination and to foster diversity in education, employment and business.
By Mikhail Lyubansky
Should social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin collect information about users' race and ethnicity?
Facebook does not currently ask about race, but researchers have figured out how to reliably ascertain this information from other information in the profile. Should we be worried?
By Stanley Heller
Glenn Beck Hates Unions
Details of how Glenn Beck demonizes unions, how his worldview comes out of his alcoholism struggle and what labor should do about it.
By Media Matters
Right-wing "cannot wait" for gov't shutdown, "just like in '95 and '96"
Then-speaker Gingrich was criticized for orchestrating two government shutdowns in FY 1996, which cost the government at least $800 million. Gingrich "told a room full of reporters that he forced the shutdown because Clinton had rudely made him...sit at the back of Air Force One."
By paul craig roberts
Death By Globalism -- Economists Haven't a Clue
The no-think economics establishment has no policy response for economic armageddon, assuming they are even capable of recognizing it. Economists who have spent their professional lives rationalizing "globalism" as good for America have no idea of the disaster that they have wrought.
By Joyce McCloy
Voting News: Virginia State Election server still down. DC internet vote experiment delayed
13 candidates file for statewide contest for NC appeals court, to be tallied by IRV and counties don't yet have procedures...DC to delay internet voting experiment that uses overseas troops as guinea pigs. DC has advertised this pilot as "Digital Vote By Mail Service", but it still is internet voting, inherently insecure...NASS Designates September National Voter Registration Month...
By Rory OConnor
Obama's Tricky Battle with the Military-Media Complex
Given that Obama has delivered on his promise in Iraq, why should we doubt next year's pending pullouts from both Iraq and Afghanistan? Simple: high military officials and their accomplices in the media ardently oppose both -" and the president is either unwilling or simply unable to confront them.
By Stephen Pizzo
Reasoning? What Reasoning?
We gave them $1.6 trillion in tax cuts, and they were supposed to create jobs with it. Now they want to make those cuts permanent, "so they can create jobs with it." Really?
By Kevin Anthony Stoda
Taiwan also Has a High Rate of Boys to Girls
Shelly Huang wrote on Taiwans attempt to punish hospitals working against thee nation of Tawian's demographic interests. She notes, "The nation's relatively high average of 1.11 boys born for every girl puts Taiwan at No. 9 behind countries such as China, India and Vietnam that traditionally value male children more than female children, statistics by the department's Bureau of Health Promotion showed."
By Kevin Anthony Stoda
Which damages our children first? the media or fuzzy thinking in society????
Which damages our children first? the media or fuzzy thinking in society????
As many readers know, I became a father last spring, so I am gong to be increasingly concerned with the issue of media and family, child & home. My wife and I, for example, have decided to not have a TV at home for the first few years of our daughter's life. Are we overprotecting our child?
By Brennan Balestrieri
FOX NEWS Sucks. Noam Chomsky questions existence of Hipsters.
B. Balestrieri & Noam Chomsky discuss the hipster phenomenon, & the FOX NEWS meaning factory.
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David Corn: The Hardest Job in Washington
Jon Vogel is the man tasked with one of the toughest jobs in politics: stopping what appears to be a tidal wave heading toward Congress. A Gallup poll in April found that voters were split when asked if they would vote for a Republican or Democratic House candidate in November. Among "very enthusiastic" voters, 57% said they'd choose a Republican, while only 37% picked a Democrat. Polls like that are warning signs.
Kathleen Parker - My name is Glenn Beck, and I need help
Saturday's Beckapalooza was yet another step in Beck's own personal journey of recovery. His "Restoring Honor" gathering on the Mall was right out of the Alcoholics Anonymous playbook. He may as well have greeted the crowd of his fellow disaffected with: "Hi. My name is Glenn, and I'm messed up."
Obama Is Muslim: Proven (to Imbeciles)!
Proven to imbeciles, at least. I think this study does more to prove imbeciles are everywhere, people don't like to reflect or think, to analyze much of anything, and in general, to cast their minds into the gutter. Then again,I probably just prejudiced you with that lead in. But I still encourage to read these findings for yourself; if you're reading this, they are probably things you think about often.
Bush Years: 8 in 8 Minutes
Eight minutes of your time that is guaranteed to calm you down, make you feel better, feel you are in good hands, and consider going postal--since those hands would be your own!
To Bob, on Empire; by Diane V. McLoughlin
A guy named Bob didn't like my essay, 'Reactions to American Extremism'. He says the U.S.A. is the greatest in the WORLD. So I wrote this for Bob.
Former Wyoming Sen. Simpson Questions VA Payments
The system that automatically awards disability benefits to some veterans because of concerns about Agent Orange seems contrary to efforts to control federal spending, the Republican co-chairman of President Barack Obama's deficit commission said Tuesday.
Murkowski Concedes Senate Race in Alaska
Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska conceded late Tuesday in her Republican primary race to Joe Miller, a lawyer from Fairbanks backed by Tea Party activists, Sarah Palin and other conservatives.
Have pity on your dear neighbors!
A plea for help from your dear neighbors who deserve help.
Kaiser Workers to Vote on Replacing SEIU Union
More than 44,000 Kaiser Permanente employees are set to vote next month in what is expected to be the largest private-sector union election since the United Auto Workers organized Ford Motor Co. in 1941. The front man for NUHW is Rosselli, who headed SEIU-UHW until the international union ousted him in January 2009, accusing him of misusing funds.
Steve Benen: Poll Shows 10 Point GOP Lead -- But Is It Accurate?
I'd recommend caution when it comes to the Gallup numbers -- not because I'm discouraged by the results, but because the poll itself strikes me as dubious. The point is, erratic polls with bizarre swings are necessarily suspect. No other pollster is showing these wild fluctuations. Indeed, no other pollster shows Republicans with a double-digit lead.
Paul Krugman: After Saddam, America's Next Fake Enemy: Deficits
If the Iraq parallel is any guide, and deficits become intolerable for everyone, years from now, when the American economy is mired in a deflationary trap -- long after most people will have conceded that austerity was a mistake -- only those who went along with the mistake will be considered "serious," while those who argued strenuously against a disastrous course of action will still be considered flaky and unreliable.
U.S. expands sanctions on North Korea
Obama issued an executive order Monday giving broad new authority to impose financial sanctions on North Korean entities and individuals doing business with and for the secretive communist state.
Egg recall, food safety: Filthy conditions found at mega farms
Federal officials investigating conditions at the two Iowa mega-farms whose products have been at the center of the biggest egg recall in U.S. history found filthy conditions, including chickens and rodents crawling up massive manure piles and flies and maggots "too numerous to count."
Afghan authorities take over biggest bank to avoid meltdown
Afghanistan's Central Bank has taken control of Kabul Bank, a politically potent financial institution partly owned by President Hamid Karzai's brother, and ordered its chairman to hand over $160 million worth of luxury villas and other property purchased in Dubai for well-connected insiders.
Afghan attacks kill US troops
Five US soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, Nato says, as the number of Americans to die in the war in the past four days climbs to 22. Four soldiers were killed in eastern Afghanistan in a Taliban-style bomb attack, Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said on Tuesday. The fifth died in an attack in the south.
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