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War Is A Lie: What Your Taxes Buy Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Remarks prepared for April 14 eventin Bellingham, Wash. I believe that people in the United States often tend to have a particular hatred for taxes for three reasons above all others, but that many are not entirely clear in their thinking about these reasons. They are: 1) Unlike in many other..

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Guinness Book of Warmongering Sunday, April 24th, 2016

My son left a 2015 Guinness Book of World Records lying around. It's largely a mix of athletic feats, extravagant spending, freakish body conditions and diseases, and people who do dumb stuff in order to get into the book. It also features two sections focused on mass-murder. One celebrates the..

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What’s the Truth Hidden by the “Super Predators” Lie? Friday, April 22nd, 2016

The desire to punish for the joy of punishing, for revenge, or for racist or sadistic domination has always had certain difficulties hiding behind the pretense of punishing for protection from danger. Creating fear of (young, black, male) "super predators" was a propaganda tactic for politicians..

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GC becomes “Super Lawyer” second year in row Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Purushottam Dhakal, Los Angles, USA: Khagendra GC, a prominent Nepali law practitioner based in New York, USA, has been decorated with the title “Super lawyer” for second year in row. Mr. GC is a celebrated lawyer known for his significant contribution in lobbying with Nepali government in an..

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Why Do Ethics Classes Fantasize About Murder So Much? Thursday, April 14th, 2016

At a post-screening discussion where I questioned the director of Eye in the Sky about the disconnect between his drone-kill movie and reality, he launched into a bunch of thought-experiment stuff of the sort I've tried to avoid since finishing my master's in philosophy. Mostly I've avoided hanging..

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American students building schools in rural area Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Bhimduttanagar: Students of Liberty High School of the United States are donating their kind labour to build a school in Jhalarpipladi municipality-8, Pillariphanta. Nine US students under 15 arrived in Pillariphanta with their guardians had toiled their efforts for the construction of a school..

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Wrong number? Trump’s TV telephone interviews in spotlight Saturday, March 26th, 2016

NEW YORK, (AP): In television news, a telephone interview is typically frowned upon. Donald Trump’s fondness for them is changing habits and causing consternation in newsrooms, while challenging political traditions. Two organisations are circulating petitions to encourage Sunday morning..

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Illegal immigration impacts Missouri, too Friday, March 25th, 2016

Donald Trump's campaign stump speeches are low on specifics and high on emotion. But for all he's getting wrong, there is one point on which he is correct. It was Trump who brought the issue of illegal immigration to the campaign debate and it is Trump who continues to beat that drum on a daily..

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Obama’s Seven Slaughters: It’s a Disease, Not a Doctrine Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Former Israeli prison guard Jeffrey Goldberg's "The Obama Doctrine" in The Atlantic presents President Barack Obama's view of his own foreign policy (with input from a few of his close subordinates). Obama views himself as a radical leader in military restraint, in brave resistance to war mongers,..

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Secession, Trump, and the Avoidability of Civil War Friday, March 18th, 2016

The Governor of California has joked about building a wall all the way around his state if Donald Trump becomes president of the other 49. Secession would not be a joke had it not been given an undeserved bad name. It would not have that bad name but for our universal acceptance of imperialism and..

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Trump wins big in Florida, knocks Rubio out of race Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

PALM BEACH, (REUTERS): US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump won a crucial nominating contest in Florida and knocked rival Marco Rubio out of the race on Tuesday, but lost Ohio to John Kasich in a mixed result that set the stage for a long contested race. Trump, a businessman who..

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Trump outside Chicago speaks to calmer crowd Sunday, March 13th, 2016

WASHINGTON, (AP): The Latest on the 2016 presidential race two days before critical contests in Florida, Ohio, Missouri, North Carolina and Illinois (all times Eastern Daylight Time): 12:54 p.m. Donald Trump is through one of three events Sunday, an airplane hangar event in Bloomington, Illinois,..

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The Killer Drone Lovers Have Their Movie Thursday, March 10th, 2016

If the recent spate of anti-drone movies and plays was making you feel warm thoughts about U.S. culture, you'll want to avoid seeing "Eye in the Sky," starring Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, and Aaron Paul. This is what "Zero Dark Thirty" was for torture lies. This is what "The Interview" was for..

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How Would Knowing the Truth Change U.S. Policy on ISIS? Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Scholars have documented the consistent pattern. What makes a country far more likely to be invaded, attacked, "intervened in," or in other words, bombed, is not its lack of democracy or its government's crimes and abuses, or the crimes and abuses of some non-governmental group, but its possession..

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The Congressional Progressive Caucus Believes in War Friday, March 4th, 2016

Each year the Congressional Progressive Caucus releases a weaker and weaker budget proposal. This year they asked for input first. I sent them this and communicated with them about it, so I know they read it. An excerpt: "Last year's Congressional Progressive Caucus budget proposed to cut military..

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Will China Confront a Revolution of Rising Expectations? Monday, November 11th, 2019

For over a decade, China has accounted for a quarter or more of global economic growth. With its economy currently navigating a rough patch, the question is whether this..