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Wed Aug 26, 2009 at 06:49 PM PDT

Liberals Tend to Make Better Parents

by daw13

Hitting Doesn't Make Kids Better or Stronger  Unfortunately, many people, much more likely on the Right than on the Left, still hold that converting naturally unruly children into socialized adults requires a certain amount of parental abuse.

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Sat Jun 27, 2009 at 01:22 PM PDT

Should Sarkosy Ban Burquas

by daw13

This was brought up in my summer school class by a Pakistani student.

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Sun May 31, 2009 at 09:10 AM PDT

Does Imperial Torture Work?

by daw13

What is missing from the current discourse about torture as an instrument of imperialism is serious examination of the question "Does it work?" Not just torture, but imperialism in general.

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Mon Apr 27, 2009 at 06:17 PM PDT

Are we creating a global death culture?

by daw13

In the May, 2009 issue of  Scientific American  appears the article, "Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilization," by Lester R. Brown.  He describes the causes and likely consequences of these shortages given current political trends.

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Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 03:48 PM PDT

Fascism’s Appeal Must be Addressed

by daw13

I posted the following comment to an article on Alternet and got only one comment in response.

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Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 03:25 PM PDT

What Racism does to White People

by daw13

Racism in the United States no longer involves fat sheriffs spewing prejudice at young black people trying to enter college, black maids sitting in the wrong places on buses, or black workers attempting to eat at white-only lunch counters. Today, it goes about its business quietly and in the shadows. Racism continues to damage communities of color but it damages the dominant white community as well.  It renders our society more vulnerable to fascism

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Sun Apr 06, 2008 at 06:43 AM PDT

The bigger lie

by daw13

The biggest lie about Iraq is that it was somehow the incumbent's unilateral decision.  Him and his bunch, anyhow.

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Sun Sep 30, 2007 at 11:37 AM PDT

Reading Howard Zinn

by daw13

When friends’ children graduate from High School, my gift is a copy of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.  Every time I read it a different facet of U.S. political nuance strikes me with special significance. This time it was in chapter 20, where Zinn focuses on Nixon’s fall from grace and power following the Watergate scandal.  How officialdom carefully managed the fallout through a program of designed disclosure.  Media revealed Nixon’s failings as sins of the individual, carefully disguising how systemic they were.

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Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 01:49 PM PDT

A new kind of leadership

by daw13

In "Choking on Growth" in the August 26 New York Times, Joseph Kahn and Jim Yardley tell us that China’s tendency to destroy the environment may be out of control and potentially earth shattering.

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Sun Aug 26, 2007 at 10:16 AM PDT

Education for Survival

by daw13

We can't save the world with hype and hyperbole -- religious,
ethical, political or otherwise.  We can only save the world through
education.  Here's why.

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Thu Jul 19, 2007 at 10:08 AM PDT

Liberals must be honest

by daw13

There is no question that Liberals are different from Conservatives, but unfortunately not different enough in one crucial way.

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Mon Jul 16, 2007 at 06:46 AM PDT

Sicko Is too Revealing

by daw13

As much as I'd I looked forward to seeing Sicko, I didn't expect it to bowl me over as much as it did. Moore really captures a sense of how sick we are as a nation compared to others, raising the question

Why?

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