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We the Plutocracy: Remarks at the Lincoln Memorial, October 20, 2010

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Repression U.: The Homeland Security Campus

Repress U: How to Build a Homeland Security Campus in Seven Steps
by Michael Gould-Wartofsky
Free speech zones. Taser guns. Hidden cameras. Data mining. A new security curriculum. Private security contractors… Welcome to the new homeland security campus.
 
"Don't Tase me Bro!"

From Harvard to UCLA, the ivory tower is fast becoming the latest watchtower in Fortress America. The terror warriors, having turned their attention to "violent radicalization and homegrown terrorism" -- as it was recently dubbed in a House of Representatives bill of the same name -- have set out to reconquer that traditional hotbed of radicalization, the university.
 
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Voter ID Law Fraud

The Voter ID Fraud
by Garrett Epps
There's a war on across the country over who will be allowed to vote in 2008. One of the key battles in the election was fought on January 9 before the Supreme Court.

The case is called Crawford v. Marion County Election Board. It tests an Indiana statute, passed in 2005, requiring voters to present a government-issued ID before they can cast a ballot. The law is aimed at alleged fraudulent voting by unregistered or noncitizen voters. Republicans insist that these voters pose a major problem, despite the fact that every systematic study of the question has concluded that this kind of fraud--called "voter impersonation"--is all but unknown in the United States right now.
 
In fact, authorities in Indiana could not point to a single case of voter impersonation in the state's history.


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Spot the Nascent Nazi (and other party games)

Who goes Nazi?
by Dorothy Thompson (August 1941)
It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know.
 
I have gone through the experience many times–in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis.


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America: Standing for Justice

Take a Stand Against Injustice Today
by Scott Horton
It was January 10, and it was a day like this one. Cold, damp, brisk. An attorney was sitting in court, but in an unusual situation: he was the accused. He had been subjected to “highly coercive interrogation” to try to pry from him details of a conspiracy.
 
The process had left him crippled, unable to stand, hardly able to use his hands. But he was by all accounts a magnificent appearance that day in court, and indeed some of that shows through in one surviving photograph of that day, which is reproduced below.
 
 
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Church and State: President by God's Good Grace

Christianizing US History
by Chris Hedges
Here is an event I have no intention of honoring: American Religious History Week. OK, it's not official yet. But it is spelled out as Resolution 888 in the bowels of a House committee, sponsored by Republican Congressman Randy Forbes and backed by thirty-one other Representatives.
 
This is an insidious attempt by the radical Christian right to rewrite American history, to turn the founding fathers from deists into Christian fundamentalists, to proclaim us officially to be a Christian nation.
 
If you want to know why Mike Huckabee is dangerous, why his brand of right-wing Christian populism is so frightening, you should read this resolution.


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The Untied States of America

Most Likely to Secede
by Christopher Ketcham
Increasingly, I have no fealty to the U.S. government. This has nothing to do with George Bush, bogeyman of the Left, the war in Iraq, or Halliburton, and everything to do with the reasonable assessment that the United States is too big for its own good. Too big in its 300 million people to be represented by 550 mostly millionaire men (not women) in a far-off swamp called Washington, D.C. I therefore have stopped calling myself a U.S. citizen.

I prefer to be called a Brooklynite or a Moabite, after the two places I call home— Brooklyn, New York, and Moab, Utah—which to me are part of the same nation only in name and only by the force of outmoded institutions.
 
 
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Warrior on Drugs: War without Tears

Dead Souls: The Pentagon Plan to Create Remorseless "Warfighters"        
by Chris Floyd     
Penny Coleman at Alternet.com gives us a look at a new program designed to dull the moral sensibilities of American soldiers in combat on the imperial frontiers: Pentagon, Big Pharma: Drug Troops to Numb Them to Horrors of War.

But as we'll see below, this attempt to peddle magic pills to chase away the horrors of war is just one front in a long-term, wide-ranging "warfighter enhancement program" -- including the neurological and genetic re-engineering of soldiers' minds and bodies to create what the Pentagon calls "iron bodied and iron willed personnel": tireless, relentless, remorseless, unstoppable.


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University of British Columbia: Bringing Dark Matter to Light

New Map Lets Scientists 'See' Dark Matter: Researchers use Hubble Space Telescope to predict where dark matter is
by CBC News
A study headed by a University of British Columbia researcher is giving scientists a peek at dark matter's effects on distant galaxies.

Catherine Heymans, a post-doctoral fellow in the university's department of astronomy and physics, has generated the highest resolution map of dark matter ever captured.

Supercluster Abell 901/902 is seen in this photo compiled by astronomers. The magenta-tinted clumps represent a map of the dark matter in the cluster. (C. Heymans/M. Gray/M. Barden/C. Wolf/K. Meisenheimer/NASA)
 
  • "For the first time we are clearly detecting irregular clumps of dark matter in a supercluster," she said in a news release. "Previous studies were only able to detect fuzzy, circular clumps, but we’re able to resolve detailed shapes that match the distribution of galaxies."


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Kenya's Big Gamed Election

Kenya's Crisis
by Tavia Nyong'o
Imagine that George W. Bush had himself sworn in on day three of the 2000 Florida recount in a White House ceremony so hastily thrown together they forgot to play the national anthem. Then imagine he declared an immediate ban on any further political rallies or live television broadcasts contesting his coronation.
 
This scene should give Americans an approximation of what has happened in Kenya since December 29 and a sense of why the situation is so explosive. The roots of violence and chaos lie not in tribalism but in a bold power grab by a tight clique around the president.


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Candidate Paul and the Slime Machine

Hutchinson: Paul is a Racist, No Matter What He Says
by Kurt Nimmo
Let’s face it. Guys like Earl Ofari Hutchinson will not be placated until Ron Paul is prostrate and sacrifices himself on the altar of political correctness. Earl writes today for the Huffington Post:
 
"Ron Paul and his backers can sail through the ceiling, scream foul until their lungs burst, and say that it’s all a big conspiracy by mainstream media hit artists, a Paul hating and fearful political establishment, and on the make Republican and Democrats to smear and slander their hero as a racist. But the one that has done more to fan charges that Paul is a closet bigot is Paul himself in writings and sentiments that express racist views that purportedly carried Paul’s stamp on them."
 
Earl Ofari Hutchinson refuses to except Ron Paul’s explanation that he had nothing to do with the purportedly racist writings that appeared in a newsletter associated with the Texan Republican.

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Primary Smell: Vote Machine Scandal Brewing

The Winning Ticket: Hillary and Diebold in 2008      
by Mike Whitney
Something doesn't ring true about Hillary's “upset” victory in the New Hampshire primary. It just doesn't pass the smell test. All the exit polls showed Clinton trailing Obama by significant margins. In fact, in the Gallup Poll taken just days before the election, "Crocodile tears" Hillary was down by a whopping 13 points.
 
Her “turnaround” was not only unexpected, but downright shocking. The results for the rest of the candidates--excluding Clinton and Obama---were all within the margin of error. Clinton was the only anomaly. Surprise, surprise.


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