Tag Archives: disarmerment

03.29:top.10.reads

Violence is Not Tough, Love is.

Perry’s ‘Texanity’ Explained – OtherWords. “[Perry] is going to shrink government until it fits into a woman’s uterus.”

The End of Empire by David Korten — Agenda for a New Economy.

Civil Eats » Blog Archive » Texas College Converts Football Field Into Organic Farm.

Assault on Public Unions an Affront to Women’s Historic Gains | Common Dreams.

Who’s Bashing Teachers and Public Schools and What Can We Do About It?.

Sarah Palin and the Dozen Dwarfs – OtherWords.

Urban Graffiti Knitters Are the New, Cozier Christo and Jeanne-Claude | Fast Company.

A Texas-Sized Plan for Nuclear Waste | Mother Jones.  We already have a large radioactive dump site, its called Texas Tech University.

Freakonomics » Does “No Child Left Behind” Contribute to Obesity?.

03.28:top.10.reads

Chris Hedges: The Collapse of Globalization – Chris Hedges’ Columns – Truthdig.

E.J. Dionne, Jr.: The Surprising New Class Politics – Truthdig.

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of fatness | Grist.

Civil Eats » Blog Archive » The EPA: Cleaning Up Crappy Water Since 1970.

Civil Eats » Blog Archive » Cultivating City Blocks With Karrots.

President Obama’s face used on most recent anti-choice billboard campaign. aw. ful.

“Safe” Radiation is a Lethal Three Mile Island Lie | Common Dreams.

Capitol Offensive — In These Times.

In Celebrities We Trust: An Excerpt From ‘Back to Our Future’ — In These Times.

We trade in the responsibilities of democratic citizenship for the pleasure of a superfan’s enthusiasm by simply backing whatever is being pushed by the political Michael Jordan we like.

 

12.16:top.10.reads

Chris Hedges: Gravel’s Lament: Fighting Another Dumb War – Chris Hedges’ Columns – Truthdig.  I want to be Chris Hedges when I grow up.

‘Just War’ Is Just Words | CommonDreams.org.  Ralph Nader

The Land Mines Obama Won’t Touch | CommonDreams.org.  Bill Moyers

Now WE Must Earn Obama’s Nobel | CommonDreams.org.  Harvey Wasserman

[so far the top.10.reads has a lot of heavy hitting men…]

and speaking of heavy hitters:  Kucinich, Hedges, Nader Rally at the White House – Truthdig.

Now bring on the women:

t r u t h o u t | Naomi Klein | Memo to Danes: Even You Cannot Control This Summit.

Chloe Angyal: New Media Embraces Old Media’s Male-Centricity.

Why James Chartrand Wears Women’s Underpants | Copyblogger.

Does the US Owe a Climate Debt? | Mother Jones.

Female Depression – ELLE Investigates Why Women are Unhappy in Life.

t r u t h o u t | Argentina: Solar Villages Light Up the Andes.

11.20:top.10.reads

Truthdig – Reports – Who Are You and What Have You Done With the Community Organizer We Elected President?.

Comparing the Health Plans – Interactive Graphic – NYTimes.com.

Advice on Afghanistan | CommonDreams.org. By: Ralph Nader

The New (Green) Arms Race | CommonDreams.org.

Truthdig – Reports – Hungering for a True Thanksgiving. By: Amy Goodman

Truthdig – Reports – Lipstick on a Rogue.

An Inconvenient Solution. The Nation Bill McKibben

Regreening Africa. The Nation

t r u t h o u t | “So Let Us Begin Again”.

t r u t h o u t | Protests Don’t Stop UC Regents’ 32 Percent Fee Hike. So…qualifying for in-state tuition really won’t help out that much.

 

09.14:top.10.reads

Obama’s Big Silence: The Race Question//UK Guardian//Naomi Klein

Obama Red-Baiting is the New Black//In These Times

America’s Doomsday Machine//Truthdig

Stop Begging Obama to Be Obama and get Mad//Truthdig

Snapshots from The Tea Party//MotherJones

The Art of the Scare Ad//MotherJones

Bullshit like this is why we need a public option, in my opinion.

Role of Priveledged White Women in the Reproductive Justice Movement//Feministe

Even Kleenex’s are gendered now.

“The Women of Afghanistan are Empowered.”//Feministing

“You might hear there is war. People are killed. Acid poured into faces of girls. Every day there is bombing, rocket shelling, torturing. But the women of Afghanistan get up in the morning and say goodbye to their family and go to work and go to the learning center. They found out that this is the only way they can stop the problem. They must be educated. And they are learning. And they are not afraid.”

07.15:top.10.reads

The Associated Press: Sudanese women flogged for wearing trousers.

Bearing Witness 2.0: You Can’t Spin 10,000 Tweets and Camera Phone Uploads | CommonDreams.org.

Nuclear Power Isn’t Clean or Cheap | CommonDreams.org.

t r u t h o u t | Condensed Capitalism. book review.

t r u t h o u t | The CIA’s Secret Program. [main reason for posting…look at this creep-ass picture of Cheney that went with it!]

i want my empire back!

i want my empire back!

Truthdig – Arts and Culture – What’s With the Pinkface, Fellas?.

Truthdig – Reports – The Man in the Mirror.

In celebrity culture we destroy what we worship. The commercial exploitation of Michael Jackson’s death was orchestrated by the corporate forces that rendered Jackson insane. He could not disentangle his public and his private self. He became a commodity, a product, one to be sold, used and manipulated. He was infected by the moral nihilism and personal disintegration that are at the core of our corporate culture. And his fantasies of eternal youth, delusions of majesty, and desperate, disfiguring quests for physical transformation were expressions of our own yearning. He was a reflection of us in the extreme.

Granny Get Your Gun — In These Times. Is America on the verge of a geriatric crime wave?

Shades of Green. On the ACES.

White House Women paid less than White House Men: “But can they type?” – Feministing Community.

The Perfect Antidote to the Summer of Death: Jon Hamm Publicity Tour – Jon Hamm – Gawker.

15 Feminist Moments From Mad Men – Mad men feminism – Jezebel.

F-Bombs: Feminist Teen Blog Starts Strong Despite Adult Sniping – fbomb – Jezebel.

Opting Out: Working Women, Jack Welch & The Mommy Wars – Mommy wars jack welch – Jezebel.

From UTNE:

Eating Meat for the Environment.

How Does Your Writing Day Begin? Try Cuff Links.

Your Name Is Who You Are. [which includes the following photo]

Name-Tag

and more Cheney photos, hooray!

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07.08:top.10.reads

What Will the G8 Summit Accomplish: Feed the Hungry or Fuel Hunger? | CommonDreams.org.

Is Texas Harboring Torture Decider? | CommonDreams.org.

Editor’s Note: Prior to giving a series of talks in Texas later this week, the author offered the following op-ed to the Dallas Morning News and the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram. Both newspapers in George W. Bush’s home state turned it down.

Um, can I get a “no shit”?

t r u t h o u t | America’s Green Warriors.

A Show of Riveting, Diverse Photojournalism. From the UTNE reader

Water Negotiator Aaron Wolf Spreads Liquid Hope. For Sarah.

Forget Shorter Showers | Derrick Jensen | Orion Magazine. One of my favorite activist writers!

WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?

Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance. An Inconvenient Truth helped raise consciousness about global warming. But did you notice that all of the solutions presented had to do with personal consumption—changing light bulbs, inflating tires, driving half as much—and had nothing to do with shifting power away from corporations, or stopping the growth economy that is destroying the planet? Even if every person in the United States did everything the movie suggested, U.S. carbon emissions would fall by only 22 percent. Scientific consensus is that emissions must be reduced by at least 75 percent worldwide.

Obama makes nuclear compromise to pass clean energy bill | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

Dear Mr. President,

These are the things that upset me, they make me want to educate, organize, and fight against you and the people who will benefit from this decision.  Don’t make me do it, it’s not too late.  I’m still sitting down.  I’ll give you a few months.

Si Se Puede,

Amanda

Hope in the Dark – Feministing. Quotes from the book…pretty amazing:

War is easy to abhor, but it takes a serious passion to unravel the tangles of financial manipulations and to understand the pain of sweatshop workers or displaced farmers. And maybe this is what heroism looks like nowadays: occasionally high-profile heroism in public but mostly just painstaking mastery of arcane policy, stubborn perseverance year after year for a cause, empathy with those who remain unseen, and outrage channeled into dedication.What’s missing…is an ability to recognize a situation in which you are traveling and not arrived, in which you have cause both to celebrate and to fight, in which the world is always being made and is never finished.

A better world, yes; a perfect world, never.

Truthdig – Reports – So This Is What Victory Looks Like?.

Baghdad survives now as a city defined not by its thousands of years of history, but rather segregation brought on by policies of deliberate ethnic cleansing. The city is now a checkerboard of neighborhoods walled off from one another by giant concrete-block dividers installed by American troops in an effort to keep Iraqis from killing one another, a phenomenon born from ethnic and religious differences which have violently come to a head in the aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003. Once we get beyond the pageantry and spectacle of the deception that is taking place in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities “formerly” occupied by U.S. troops, the pretense of progress is difficult to sustain.

Sarah Palin Shout-Out:

Truthdig – Reports – Palin the Pretender.

Truthdig – Reports – Don’t Cry for Me, Alaska. What can you say about a public official who ridicules those who would take the “quitter’s way out”—as she faces reporters to announce that she’s quitting?

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