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America loves war

I am reading James Risen’s latest book on how the military-industrial complex has morphed into the military-homeland security-intelligence complex. Risen is a New York Times reporter and has been interviewing primary sources involved with America’s “war on terror” starting with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. You have all heard about the cargo planes loaded…

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When politicians dictate how the music should sound: Lessons from Shostakovich

There was a saying popular among anti-war protestors of the 1960s. Just because you’re paranoid, don’t think they’re not out to get you. We have even more reason to wonder about who is spying on our personal conversations today because technology can practically read our minds. For those of us exposed to the futuristic novels…

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Dereliction of environmental duty

Three events in the last two days have helped me better understand why citizens are helpless against purposeful polluters and the damage they cause to our health. At a town hall meeting in Pacific, Missouri on local environmental issues, the former director of the Missouri Dept of Natural Resources explained how the department has been decimated…

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