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Muslim Leaders Issue Fatwah against Critter Killers

Muslim Leaders Issue Fatwah against Critter Killers

by Patrick Devlin The Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI), Indonesia’s highest Islamic clerical body, has issued a fatwah (a religious decree) outlawing the illegal poaching and trafficking of the country’s endangered wildlife species and the wanton decimation of wildlife habitats in the island nation. The religious council deemed illegal hunting of threatened wildlife to be “unethical, immoral and sinful.” Over the course of the past 20 years vast swaths of Indonesian forests have been leveled by lumber interests to make room for palm oil plantations and other agricultural development. The destruction of the nation’s forests has threated the habitat of […]

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verbatim 38.4

verbatim 38.4

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the demise update : tax hike scare goes up in thin air

the demise update : tax hike scare goes up in thin air

previously posted in March, 2013 An acedemic study released by an economist from the University of Massachusetts found that one of the scare tactics used by both federal and state lawmakers for not raising taxes and instead cutting back funding of public works and social services is based on a falsity. A review of recent research performed by economist Jeffrey Thompson found that there is no evidence to support the often-employed claim that the wealthy will flee states that raise taxes to pay for public services. The study actually found that the most wealthy tax payers were less effected by […]

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Bipartisan odor wafting from DC

Bipartisan odor wafting from DC

by Patrick Devlin As both Democratic and Republican politicians are getting ready to roll up their sleeves and start governing now that the closed for business government has been re-opened for business, a small group of political leaders from both parties are working together to brainstorm solutions that are practical, make good sense and appeal to the mindsets and meet the requirements of politicians from both parties. While the consensus of TV’s shouty partisan teletubbies is that our diametrically opposed political parties can’t possibly agree on anything (and we therefore can’t do anything other than continue fighting imperial wars and […]

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Presidental proffer of ‘protection’ to pilfer pensioner’s pocketbooks is pathetic

Presidental proffer of ‘protection’ to pilfer pensioner’s pocketbooks is pathetic

As part of the agreed to by all parties ‘government shut down’ congress is contemplating resurrecting elements of President Obama’s so-called ‘grand bargain’. One of the president’s proposals, lifted as many of his ‘ideas’ are from the wish-list of fiscal conservatives intent on ‘ending social security as we know it’ including the Heritage Foundation, would require that social security recipients receive reduced cost of living increases, decreases that compound over time. Meaning, the longer a Parkinson’s patient is sick and relies upon government benefits, the more her social security will diminish. The change to social security that President Obama (D-IL) […]

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Faith in humanity restored : realization that politicians are not humans reiterated

Faith in humanity restored : realization that politicians are not humans reiterated

by Patrick Devlin When I stumbled into the piercing daylight of an early September afternoon on the blasted plains of the Midwest, spun through the automated revolving door of a privately run Lutheran hospital, I landed back in America, the only industrialized country that does not consider health care to be a human right, where handcuffing health care to employment is the law and massive unemployment is the norm. I was held as a patient for 5 days. I am a worker with health insurance, my brother is a worker (who works harder than me) who does not have insurance. […]

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The profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives

The profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives

by Patrick Devlin “War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives…” -Major General Smedley Butler, War is a Racket pamphlet, 1935 Herman Göring, Founder of the Gestapo in Nazi Germany : “Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can […]

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links 03.03.13

links 03.03.13

Report: Poor U.S. Students Receive Developing-World Educations : Next City Why Isn’t Closing 129 Chicago Public Schools National News? : Black Agenda Report Lords of Disorder: Billions for Wall Street, Sacrifice for Everyone Else : Truth Out 13 arrested as 200 march on Wells Fargo demanding fair banking practices : Occupy Homes MN New Cars Increasingly Out of Reach for Many Americans : Yahoo News Lobby To Get Israel Exempted From Sequestration : MJ Rosenberg UFree: Israel Tortures A Palestinian Detainee To Death : Scoop NZ

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BOA continues to play the USA

BOA continues to play the USA

According to the government appointed overseer of the widely publicized agreement between the US Justice Department, 49 state Attorneys General and five of the nation’s largest banks that released those banks from liabilities arising from their submitting forged documents to the courts in their effort to foreclose on the homes of millions of Americans (a crime referred to as “robo-signing”) the Bank of America has failed to modify a single mortgage for its customers, a requirement under the terms of the agreement, since the day the settlement was signed. Bank of America was required under the settlement to provide the […]

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