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All I could think of is running

All I could think of is running

by Patrick Devlin About five real people were there when he was describing the thin blue air. A normally perfect day, the kind of day you may see that a kid could have drawn with crayons in that universal.kid.artwork way. Puffy lines as clouds, a ball with radiant lines our sun, the normal trees gigantic in kid perspective to the family home drawn from memory and with love. They knew the sound they heard again, they were no longer alone. There is no need to speak its name. In fact, that’s really unspeakable anyway. And the 13 year old’s story […]

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Patriotism, marketism, exceptionalism – destinyism? : The prison of the isms

Patriotism, marketism, exceptionalism – destinyism? : The prison of the isms

by Patrick Devlin Columbus day can be a warm day or a cold day (and this year was spectacular autumn falling through cool sunshine) but it always provides an opportunity to reflect on the day as a holiday representing as it does a kind of anachronistic celebration of manifest destiny – and we know that we have grown beyond all that…shameful as it is as a part of our history. It had to be someone, and it was Columbus who ‘discovered America’ and, among other accomplishments, initiated the Euro-American human trafficking biz. We are reminded of both the inhuman brutality […]

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Troubled waters as Israeli newspaper
is accused of editorial dishonesty

Troubled waters as Israeli newspaper is accused of editorial dishonesty

The artist-activist Roger Waters has responded sharply to the editors of Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper who published an interview by Alon Hadar with the co-founder of the music group “Pink Floyd” on September 28. Waters said that the article was “littered with misinformation” and amounted to a “serious distortion of the actual interview” that he gave in Amsterdam in early September. Waters, in a letter to his Israeli fans that was released via social media, states that the editors of Yedioth Ahronoth did not misquote him, but they altered the questions that Waters was asked, making the exchange appear to […]

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Rahm divvies up the free market for pals

Rahm divvies up the free market for pals

In another in the long list of privatization schemes gone (not surprisingly) awry, Chicago, a blue city in a blue state of Democratic party bred leaders that appears by all accounts to be the nation’s laboratory for free.market.cronyist.payback.projects, is running the numbers on its ‘bike share’ program called “DIVVY” (which is really a bike rental scheme) to realize that they just are not adding up. The City of Chicago began its ‘public/private partnership’ bike share scheme earlier this year after seeking bids by companies interested in partnering with the city in 2012. While a local start-up, Bike Chicago, placed a […]

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Democratic credulity and the scientific religion of free marketism

Democratic credulity and the scientific religion of free marketism

by Patrick Devlin In case there is any lingering hope, that hasn’t yet changed to disbelief or rage, that Democrats have finally torn the gauzy film of free market scientific-theologism from their eyes, we now observe the spectacle of Mr. Obama (a real true Democrat) slathering praise on the lizard-like manipulator consigliore of profit privatization and debt socialization, Mr. Summers, asserting in broad daylight that Summers makes an “outstanding” candidate to head up the Federal Reserve. I really think that Obama believes that Mr. Summers would be a “terrific” head of the Federal Reserve. And whether he knows it or […]

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US shutters 21 embassies in the middle east and warns travelers of possible terror threat

US shutters 21 embassies in the middle east and warns travelers of possible terror threat

The US State Department has shuttered 21 embassies and consulate offices across the Middle East and North Africa including embassies in Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Yemen and consulates in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The State Department took the broad security measures due to it’s uncovering information that suggests that, “al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August.” The alert further warned that, “terrorists […]

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Mueller leaks confirmation of leak investigation

The head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said today that the Department of Justice has “an on-going investigation” into the disclosure of protected information regarding the spying activities of the National Security Administration. Information published last week by the Guardian UK revealed that the NSA has been collecting and storing billions of digital communications, from phone conversations and email communications to social networking postings and the records of private commercial transactions for at least ten years. Mueller told members of the House Judiciary Committee that the DOJ is “taking all necessary steps to hold the person responsible for these […]

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mayor slays bankster-gangster dragon with a single blow

mayor slays bankster-gangster dragon with a single blow

Standing in stark and courageous contrast to lawmakers and police authorities elsewhere, the mayor of a small Spanish town has, in the face of the worldwide economic depression and mafia style drug criminality, decided to grow marijuana to in order to eliminate his town’s crushing bank debt and, at the same time, reduce the violent crime associated with drug prohibition. Spain has an enlightened approach to marijuana use that allows citizens to cultivate cannabis for medical and recreational use but which strictly prohibits the sale and distribution of marijuana. Residents in the village of Rasquera, in Spain’s Catalan region, have […]

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previous president promotes the possibility of prohibiting prohibitionists

previous president promotes the possibility of prohibiting prohibitionists

The former president of Columbia harshly criticized the United States’ pursuit of the failed “drug war” in a recent interview on Spanish radio. Cesar Gaviria Trujillo, who was president of Columbia from 1990 to 1994 and subsequently served for ten years as the Secretary General of the Organization of American Sates, said that, while the US refuses to accept the reality that people use drugs, “We cannot be condemned to live in war because the Americans do not want to talk about it.” Trujillo was interviewed in advance of April’s Summit of the Americas, where Columbia’s current president has stipulated […]

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‘lazy’ teachers clock more hours than their critics

‘lazy’ teachers clock more hours than their critics

Public employees, particularly teachers, have come under attack recently by politicians who don’t want to raise taxes on wealthy supporters who assert that these workers cost too much, work too little and are generally expendable. A study released recently by Scholastic and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation refutes this characterization suggesting that, when it comes to teachers, taxpayers are getting a bargain. The study, Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on the Teaching Profession, found that America’s teachers work longer hours than most workers, averaging 53 hours per week. Many teachers work even longer hours if they supervise extracurricular activities. Teachers […]

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