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When will direct action blossom?

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Anais Nin sez: "There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

I think of her words when I consider this question: How much more are we willing to tolerate before we take direct action? For those of you scoring at home, here is just a small taste of what we're already enduring without any serious fuss:

Epidemics of preventable diseases: cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.

Poisoning of our air, water, and food (including breast milk)

Global warming, climate change, disappearing honeybees, destruction of the rain forest, topsoil depletion, ocean acidification, overfishing, etc.

One-third of Americans are uninsured or underinsured in terms of health care

More than half of the world's top 100 economies are not nations; they're corporations

Presidential lies, electoral fraud, limited debates, etc.

The largest prison population on the planet

Corporate control of public land, public airwaves, and public pensions

Overt infringement of our civil liberties

Bloated defense budget, unilateral military interventions, war crimes committed in our name, legalization of torture, blah, blah, blah...

Before you know it, the US government will start spying on American citizens and detaining prisoners without charges while allowing corporations to ravage the earth in pursuit of profit, wiping out entire eco-systems in the process--oops, sorry"they're already doing all that with limited resistance.

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