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  • Reply to: Enough of the 9/11 Conspiracies, Already   1 day 4 hours ago
    all 911 conspiracy theorists miss the point ; the 911 commission hearings , from 3/ 31 / 2003 to 6/ 17/ 2004 /. prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that 911 is a "false flag " operation . Problem is , no one wants to look at it because i am not a Certified Expert ", just know more about these people , who are profiting from their arguments . belljp@rcn.com
  • Reply to: Scott Walker Vulnerable on Minimum Wage Stance   1 day 15 hours ago
    Governor Walker isn't saying that a the current minimum wage "is enough to sustain" anyone. He didn't say it brazenly either except in the opinion of the CWS. He said it doesn't serve a purpose. This article gives voice to that opinion of CWS and uses a fallacy to do so. Minimum wage laws have been around for 100 years and have not solved the matters of poverty or living standards. Those that don't work because of minimum wage laws don't gain experience that will help them progress in their capacities and therefore remain unemployable and uneducated as to how to work and create the life they want by progressing through experience.
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  • Reply to: War not ISIS is the Crisis   2 days 18 hours ago
    Maybe after wiping these IS douche bags off the face of the earth we could consider your suggestion.
  • Reply to: The Koch Brothers’ Latino Front   2 days 23 hours ago
    Liberal Latinos are satisfied with statistics in which Latinos find themselves in worse conditions than blacks. And the environment is issue numero 1 with Latinos? What a joke.
  • Reply to: Eric Holder's Five Crucial Failures   4 days 2 hours ago
    Holder was also, while Deputy AG in the Clinton admin, the first to articulate the concept of Too Big to Jail, in a memo issued just before leaving that office.
  • Reply to: Moral Mondays Come to Wisconsin   5 days 3 hours ago
    … And in Wisconsin
  • Reply to: Highlights from Fighting Bob Fest: Chris Hedges   6 days 25 min ago
    Yeesh, what a little Robespierre.
  • Reply to: Top Doc Says Ebola Shows Skewed Priorities   6 days 12 hours ago
    Thank you for mentioning single-payer health insurance, the preferred health care reform option of the Democrats and many progressives. I find that when I run into harsh critics of "Obamacare," I remind them that this was a compromise position that ended up implementing Mitt Romney's Republican style plan, that "Romneycare" has shifted the burden of paying for health care from employers to employees. (I have noticed that these critics don't have a come back position, and many have never heard of single-payer.) Let's keep up the drum beat and introduce legislation that supports reform in this direction, as well increases performance accountability when it comes to federal reimbursement, as advocated by Ms. DeMoro, in the article above.
  • Reply to: Top Doc Says Ebola Shows Skewed Priorities   6 days 13 hours ago
    Spot on.

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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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