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  • Reply to: Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS   1 week 1 day ago
    Thank you, Phyllis, for your work! I will share it with my East Bay Peace Action colleagues.
  • Reply to: Fighting Bob Fest Is Back in Baraboo!   1 week 1 day ago
    glad to know it's still alive and well, though we can't attend this year. Getting old but no too old to read email and think about politics....good luck...sounds like a good lineup.
  • Reply to: ISIS's Brand of Islam Similar to U.S. Ally's   1 week 2 days ago
    This may be true but it does not get away from the fact of where money and support has come from. But this support has, people are beginning to realise, in terms of military training, come from the west also. All parties need to come clean and take some responsibility.
  • Reply to: Show Me the Money: Meet the Multimillionaire Squeezing Missouri's Schools   1 week 2 days ago
    Sinquefield is actually a sharp guy and I agree with him on pretty much everything. Getting rid of MO income tax, getting rid of tenure, the union, etc. all good things. The only thing I disagree with is the portion of amendment 3 where teachers are judged by test scores. Many kids do not give a crap about tests, and they get a lot of this from their home life. The current pay structure for teachers is also a joke. Just because you show up every year and get more education has nothing to do with being a good teacher. It should be judged by each principal just like the real world. Your boss decides if you get a raise.
  • Reply to: Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS   1 week 2 days ago
    Obama should be IMPEACHED if he continues to REFUSE TO OBTAIN CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION FOR IRAQ WAR III as well as UN SECURITY COUNCIL AUTHORIZATION for this and for his criminal REGIME CHANGE intervention in UKRAINE as well as for threatening Russia with B-2 Stealth Bombers LOADED with nuclear weapons now stationed in Eastern Europe
  • Reply to: Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS   1 week 2 days ago
    Excellent article-- would you allow me to reprint it, with credit, of course? Thanks! Matt
  • Reply to: Big AG's Big Gambit: Label GMO Opponents as 'Terrorists'   1 week 2 days ago
    I wanted to pass on a bit of essential strategy gleaned from a surprising source, a darkly, impossibly compromised source: the Republican Party in US. I hate them, but if the devil speaks true, I mean to benefit from it, and I hope you can, too. Here's the message: Get your language right, and get all your allies to use it in unison. They all said, "death panels," and everyone remembers that image better than anything else in Obamacare, better than science, better than economics, better than sincerity. Apply this for our purpose: Never say, "GMO." Always say, "GMO-contaminated." Always associate the word "contaminated" with our enemy; if enough people begin to do this, it will have more power than anything we've done in the US yet. Also, never expand the acronym "GM" to "genetically modified." Always say, "genetically manipulated." "Manipulated" is a sinister word, not so dark as what Monsanto is doing, but dark. At the same time, it isn't too dark to be adopted by "neutral" media, ie the news, print/TV journalists. Use the language, create the image and the abhorrence in public consciousness. Government will never help us; it will at best, be dull enough to fail at obstructing our success and will then follow along to take credit for it.
  • Reply to: Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS   1 week 2 days ago
    Hmm, so Ms. Bennis just decided that these 6 things would be sufficient to solve the ISIS problem, a problem we are ultimately responsible for, without even mentioning the number one determining factor--money. Remember, Ms. Bennis, that the U.S. is the worlds' biggest arms dealer and, you know darn well they will contribute heavily to any and all political parties that provide them with the opportunity to increase their profits. Do you honestly believe Mr, Obama is going to totally dismiss an opportunity to increase the available money to the DNC? Fat chance. Politics is politics no matter what side you're on, no matter how many innocents die.
  • Reply to: The Militarization of the Police Is a Threat to Democracy   1 week 3 days ago
    Karim: The thought has often crossed my mind. However, this is nothing new for poor communities here. Esp. Black, Latino and American Indians.
  • Reply to: Behind the Rise of ISIS   1 week 4 days ago
    Most wars have always been about religion. People are stupid and easily manipulated, which allow governments to trample on our rights. ALL GOVERNMENTS. Watch General Wesley Clark on youtube. The video is called 7 countries in 5 years. Nothing happens by accident. The crumbling middle east is the result of the u.s. war plan.

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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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