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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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Robert Reich: The war on the poor and working class, in 2 min., 15 sec.

This is the best summary of the not-so-hidden agenda of the corporate class to weaken the tiny bit of power the working class still has.  Robert Reich explains in 2 min. 15 sec. what the rest of us have been writing whole essays about for years.  Until we get this story out, the majority of…

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Fear works

American workers are afraid of losing their jobs.  That’s obvious.  I have a step-granddaughter who worked part time at a gas station/convenience store in west St. Louis County while she was working on a two-year degree in early childhood education.  Fortunately, she was able to leave the gas station and the owner’s blatantly illegal demands…

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