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Commentary :: Politics
The line between useful and puritanical
25 May 2006
The voluntary simplicity movement might be personally beneficial for individuals to relearn how to enjoy life without being completely sucked into the consumerist culture, it’s no substitute for effective change. It’s far too limited in scope to make much difference, in no small part because of the class privilege of people involved in it. She argues that it should be seen for what it is, an exercise in improving your own personal life, and should in no way make the people doing it feel self-satisfied about doing their part when what really needs to happen is massive social change to halt the degradation of our environment.

In other words, it’s not a movement. It’s a lifestyle choice.

Then I read these other two posts by Ezra and Echidne about the relationship between prevention and pleasure, or the strain between the two, particularly pronounced in American culture. Ezra points out that a lot of preventive care is downright pleasant now, and while he’s somewhat right, it does well to remember a lot of the examples he selects are weighted down with class privilege. By the standards of American puritanism, the well-off have proven they are deserving of minor pleasures, so it’s within our puritanical attitudes to allow the privileged to have Whole Foods
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News :: Education : Globalization : International : Labor
vast business opportunities from China
25 May 2006
More than half million foreign companies are operating in China. Learn all the opportunities from this timely book.
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Commentary :: Globalization
Bush's limiting SEC Scrunity reveals Gross Coverup of Corruption
25 May 2006
President Bush claims National Security for corporations involved in Defense industries. This is revealing the true corruption in our government.
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LOCAL News :: Race
Israeli holiday protest at Boston Public Library- 2 Arrests
25 May 2006
2 anti racist pro Palestine activists were arrested on the side walk in front of the boston public library tonight. Both were charged with disturbing the peace, tresspassing, and resisting arrest. Minutes before the arrests both activists were forced out of the public library by no less then 5 boston cops.
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Announcement :: Organizing
Formal Consensus Training June 24-27
24 May 2006
Formal Consensus training with C.T. Butler

Saturday, June 24th to Tuesday, June 27th 2006
Blairstown, NJ
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News :: Politics
Irish 9/11 Truth Candidate Stands for Dáil Éireann Elections
24 May 2006
...from IrishElection.com:
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Commentary :: Politics
Bush Must Go !!
24 May 2006
Why Bush Must Go
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News :: Politics
Gerry Adams and Co. Turn Backs on The Hunger Strikers
24 May 2006
Sitting in Stormont a denial of the H-Block hunger strikers - Ó Brádaigh
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Announcement :: Human Rights
FBI stages unprecedented raid on congressman’s office
24 May 2006
The FBI conducted a search of the office of Louisiana Representative William Jefferson over the weekend in what is the first such intrusion by an agency of the executive branch into the office of a sitting congressman in US history. In a press conference on Monday, Jefferson, a Democrat, denounced the raid as an “outrageous intrusion into the separation of powers.”
The raid on Jefferson’s office in the Rayburn House Office Building on Saturday night was a politically motivated breach of constitutional boundaries aimed at asserting the power of the executive branch over the legislative. It is yet another political marker in the government’s moves towards dictatorial forms of rule.
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Commentary :: Human Rights : Politics : Technology
Gen. Hayden: A Yes-Man for All Seasons
24 May 2006
The general, like all officers in the military, took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, not to mindlessly follow the orders of the president. He should be getting court-martialed, not appointed CIA director.
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