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Climate Change Raises Stakes Of Economic Inequality

The report notes that one of the major impacts of climate change has been and will continue to be extreme weather events. The report also points out that over 95% of deaths from natural disasters have taken place in “developing countries” – the poorer nations of the earth. [...]

Skeletal Social Media

Is social media dead… or is it changing its users into the living dead? [...]

Slavish Conservative Bootlicking: Let Government Do Anything to Keep 1 Person Safe

James Delingpole sarcastically takes the New York Times to task for telling the world about Bush’s secret, illegal and unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping program that spied on innocent people. His 296th Way to Drive a Liberal Crazy is:

296. Praise the Grey Lady for its principled decision in 2005 to expose President Bush’s Terrorist Surveillance wiretap [...]

You Didn’t Die In A Terrorist Attack Yesterday

Well, you didn’t. Nobody else in the USA did either, despite generous dollops of dire prediction. Loads of Americans died yesterday from other causes. Many of those deaths were preventable. No one read their names.

Smog Killer Dwarfs September 11 Terrorism

We don’t have the allow the month of the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2011 to be the month that we set the stage for another massacre. We could make this the occasion to take a stand against environmental terrorism by the fossil fuels corporations. More people are being killed by smog every year than were killed in the terrorist attack of September 11. Unfortunately, Barack Obama is standing with Big Oil, and not doing what it takes to defend the American people. [...]

Rearrange the Face of the FBI Crime Clock

The FBI Crime Clock brings a feeling of urgency to crime statistics by declaring that in 2009, there was “One murder every 34.5 minutes” in the United States. By not figuring in the size of the population in 2009 — some 307 million people — the FBI makes the nation seem to be a more [...]

Boston and Brown Universities team up to calculate Cost of War: $4 Trillion and 250000 Dead is just the beginning

On September 11 2011, 2996 people were killed and some buildings were destroyed in a series of terrorist attacks. These costs we know. What has been the cost of America’s reaction?

The Eisenhower Study Group made up of researchers at Brown and Boston Universities has released a new report entitled Costs of War in which [...]

Death Haiku

The pursuit of death is the scent that brings this bee hungry to the bloom.

Without Trial, Barack Obama Orders an American Citizen Killed For Talking Smack

Back during the oh-so repressive era of George W. Bush, Ben Metcalf was driven to write in Harper’s to ask whether, for having the audacity to declare “I would like to hunt down George W. Bush, the president of the United States, and kill him with my bare hands” he could be imprisoned.

Now, during [...]

The Other Shoe: Massive Surveillance Network in Manhattan

Somebody drove an SUV up slightly onto a curb in New York City over the weekend, tried to light it on fire, and failed.

Maybe the person doing this was trying to scare people (“terrorism” is our modern word for “trying to scare people”). Maybe he was deranged. Maybe he was a prankster. We don’t [...]

The Need to Feel Safe is a Bottomless Pit

A letter-writer responds to someone who suggests cutting the military budget to better satisfy “domestic needs”:

Personally, I have a domestic need, as most other people do, to feel safe within my own country, unafraid of attack from without – and filling that need is not without cost.

Too right that is. According to the [...]