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Economic Freedom

Neoconservative newspeak vs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's straight talk

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/01/25/6612/

I'm more trusting of big business than the general public

Media executives order journalists to not report news, Hockenberry reports

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/01/02/6115/

Fairly certain this man does all he does from a wheelchair. I give GE/NBC even odds in a fight to the finish with John Hockenberry.

Pakistan and the US

# gyptian December 30th, 2007 9:31 pm

Musharrafs fate is actually unimportant. His successor , Kiyani, has already been groomed to take over from Musharraf. The ties between the U.S. and the Pakistani Military span 60 years. The only true solution to Pakistan is Democracy and the establishment of strong democratic institutions, but this actually runs counter to American interests as dealing with a democracy is messy and we may not be able to manipulate them the way we do the Military !

Hands Off the People of Iran

# No to imperialist war!
# No to the theocratic regime!
http://www.hopoi.org/

Oil corporations ripping us off, buying off politicians- Ralph Nader, voice of sanity

"ExxonMobil alone made $36 billion in profits last year. That’s one company profiting over seven times the amount of dollars needed for energy assistance"

Big Oil’s Profit and Plunder
by Ralph Nader
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/12/22/5958/

Receding gums

So I've got great teeth but bad gums. I assume there's a genetic component since Dad lost all his teeth, but here's everything I've found in five minutes of research that fits my situation and what to do.

Causes:

  • Weakened immune system: every time I'm sick, the gums recede a bit, almost without fail. Sometimes it's the first sign that I'm sick, that another sensitive part of the tooth has been exposed.
  • Gingivitis: maybe. When I'm a little sick and had garlic, I get garlic breath on steroids.

Proper response to UFO question: what Dennis Kucinich should have said

Proper response to the UFO question:

I'm glad you asked me that, Wolf, because it gives me a chance to ask: "What the hell is wrong with you?"

There's XX million people without health care, more than X million Iraqis have died due to the U.S. invasion,

it was sort of a cool experience. Twenty-five years ago.

Immigration and Failing Empires

Just trying to look to history to understand the current situation.

(Note that I certainly don't think immigration causes empires to fail, I'm just curious if immigration stops once they do, changes in a nation's economic basis for incorporating immigration, about the tendency for fear and hatred based politics to take over, etc.)

Online searches don't turn up much:

immigration failing empires
immigration declining empires

Immigration was a political issue in Britain in the 1960s -- no coloured people from the former colonies moving into our neighborhoods -- according to

Avoiding Complicity in Funding War Crimes: Avoiding Taxes

David Gross posted this to Common Dreams below Jodie Evan's article:

There must be fifteen ways to stop paying for the war…

1) Join the “Don’t Buy Bush’s War” campaign

Take the pledge to refuse to pay a portion of your income tax when 100,000 others pledge likewise.
Link -> http://www.dontbuybushswar.org/

2) Join the 2008 War Tax Boycott

Beat the rush and sign up now to start resisting your income tax right away.
Link -> http://wartaxboycott.org/

3) Get under the tax line

Opposing Centralizing Power

Capitalism [...] first expropriates the working people from the soil and their piece of land; then it appropriates their independent means of life and so creates the conditions in which it can also appropriate the products of their labour. The right of disposal over the fruits of labour, and hence over the producers themselves, falls into ever fewer hands.

Support the war. Send more soldiers to die.

Too enraging for people to accept the bitter sarcasm as conveying a bitterer truth, but we have to shock people into thinking, it seems, and this might work. Still, not right for a bumper sticker when most people do oppose the war but we don't do anything to stop it?

"Support the war. Send more soldiers to die."

Also it leaves out more than a million Iraqis killed due to the U.S. war and occupation.

Good Negotiator (comic idea)

Police Chief: "What?!?! You agreed I become a hostage with none of the hostages freed?"
Lieutenant: "He's a good negotiator."

A place for these to be listed and rated to PowerToExchange.

Citizen Science and Grid Computing

Distributed research and work, etc.
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/12/11/210246

Completely the kind of technology for PWGD to both use and develop.

Rich countries trying to make poor countries bear an unfair burden on stopping global warming

Joseph Stiglitz: global warming is too important to be held hostage to another attempt at squeezing the poor.

http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/joseph_stiglitz/2007/12/carbon_taxin...

Saying more by saying less: it's the PWGD way

http://www.slantsixcreative.com/2007/12/04/saying-more-by-saying-less/

Knowing when to let go is one key to effective communication.

Always let a fool have the last word.

PWGD democratic moderation solves this dilemma. Not many people have to listen to the fool.

No Lullabot for me: the terrible state of public transportation in the USA

Checking one month in advance, the best Amtrak can offer is $165 each way for a three-and-a-half day journey, each way!

46 hours from Chicago to Portland alone.

Maybe if meals were included...

Destabalizing Pro-Poor Governments 101

Regarding a memo allegedly from the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela to the CIA, obtained and publicized by the Venezuelan government (no sources or original documents were presented in the piece by James Petras, boy do I miss the NewStandard) –