verbatim 39.3

verbatim 39.3

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v2 09.06.14

v2 09.06.14

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verbatim 39.2

verbatim 39.2

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Worker Solidarity, Eugene Debs and Why Labor Day isn’t International Workers’ Day

Worker Solidarity, Eugene Debs and Why Labor Day isn’t International Workers’ Day

A salute to working women and men in America on Labor Day! Even after 50 years of stagnant wages, union-busting, job outsourcing, and the appalling lapdoggery of politicians in both legacy parties who serve the interests of the modern oligarchs – we are obliged to stand with our fellow workers and acknowledge that our work makes our land. And, remember also that it is not to enrich the selfish wealthy that we work…at least that is what Eugene Debs believed. “I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is …

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verbatim 39.1

verbatim 39.1

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v2 08.16.14

v2 08.16.14

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Colbert Swallows the Hill-Pill

Colbert Swallows the Hill-Pill

After a long day of anti-comedy at work I sat down determined to be info-tained by watching the comedy news. The Daily Show had ended but I consoled myself that I was not too late for the Clobert Report (better show, anyhow). I turned on the TV as Colbert was introducing the show and, not yet paying full attention – I thought I heard that his interview guest was going to be Hillary Clinton, and I said to myself, “shit, don’t really need that”. I did decide to stay for the pre-interview skits and turn the channel when Clinton came …

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Beautiful, delicious summer

Beautiful, delicious summer

Been thinking of having a summertime picnic – and as it always is with a picnic, trying to determine what yummy summertime portable food to bring, what other equipment to pack – and most importantly : the setting. I’ve picnicked on the banks of Amphitheater Lake on the top of Wyoming’s Grand Teton, on the iron-stone shores of Lake Superior, in the springtime groves of the Hudson River Valley’s fragrant blooming apple orchards, on the banks of the Flathead River in the Great Bear Wilderness, watching the sun sink below Midwestern farm fields and the Mississippi River, on the beach …

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New Zealand Church Can’t Find Advertising Regulations in King James’ Edition

New Zealand Church Can’t Find Advertising Regulations in King James’ Edition

In America, where Christians have the hobby of lobbying the courts and their legislators for all kinds of special treatment, the faithful, with little green papers stamped with the words “in god we trust” in their pockets, listen to all sorts of self-appointed (and often finely appointed) ministers who advise the poor and sick that god really wants them to be wealthy and healthy, and who promise they can be all helpy – while separating the faithful from their dollars in a manner that’s stealthy. In New Zealand, where the government attempts to encourage even those who claim spiritual motivation …

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Supreme Court Unanimously Stands with the Fourth Amendment on Citizens’ Cell Phones

Supreme Court Unanimously Stands with the Fourth Amendment on Citizens’ Cell Phones

In a truly landmark ruling that challenges the assumptions of law enforcement officials and prosecutors across America regarding the ephemeral notion of personal privacy, which has been under an aggressive unison attack by both local law enforcers and national security state enlargers who have suggested that Americans should have absolutely no expectation of the right of personal privacy, the US Supreme Court agreed in a unanimous decision that police are required to obtain a court order before searching the contents of a citizen’s cell phone or smart phone. The ruling resolved two cases where suspects were convicted after police accessed …

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