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Rest in Peace, Sid (1934 – 2013)

August 24 2013
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Rest in Peace, Sid (1934 – 2013)

Fond of telling students, “the ungrammatical life is not worth living,” Dr. Sidney Gendin, Professor of Philosophy at Eastern Michigan University for 35 years, passed away unexpectedly in his home in Ann Arbor, Mich., on August 21, 2013. Born January 3, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York, he refused to abandon his Brooklyn accent. Sid graduated…

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The Grim Reaper

May 21 2013
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As the saying goes, today was a day like all other days — except even more so. 1. At least 91 killed by Oklahoma tornado. 2. Suicide bomber kills 14 in Afghanistan. 3. Car bombs kill at least 86 in Baghdad. 4. Oxbow wins Preakness, spoils Orb’s chances for Triple Crown.

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BOMBS AWAY!

April 5 2013
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KOREAN MISSILES Range Hwasong 5 – 300 KM (apx 186 miles). Cannot reach Japan. Hwasong 6 – 500 KM (about 310 miles) Musudan – 3000 KM (10 x Hwasong 5′s 186 miles range – you do the math.) Taepodong 1 – 2,500 KM Cannot reach Hawaii or Guam. Taepodong 2 – 6,700 KM Could threaten…

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Where Is This Going? – We’ve Heard This Song Before

April 4 2013
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While Arabs may not be smart enough to see that all these raids and counter-raids are hindering the peace process, Israelis ought to know better. It is very mystifying. **************************** From The Wall St. Journal- TEL AVIV—Israeli jets struck the Gaza Strip late Tuesday and early Wednesday for the first time since a week of…

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The American-Israeli Relationship

March 22 2013
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From THE ECONOMIST “MAKE no mistake about it,” said a senior Israeli official preparing for the arrival on March 20th of Barack Obama on a three-day visit. “Iran will be front and centre of the discussions between the president and Mr Netanyahu.” The dangers to the region from the bloody Syrian civil war and the…

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OUR FINEST

March 16 2013
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I can no longer remember a time when New York City’s police force was not informally referred to by NY politicians as “OUR FINEST.” Understandably, they never told us Finest What. Surely, they could not have meant NY’s finest citizens, thereby putting down the firefighters, emergency ambulance squads, and the people themselves. In truth, they…

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At The Oscars

February 26 2013
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If what you like is plenty of action, thrilling escapes sans verisimilitude, then ARGO is for you. It is a loosely based, highly contrived account of an incident in Iran that is not worth describing. You probably know what it is, anyway. Ben Affleck was in charge of falsities and he is entirely unapologetic. I…

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When The Left Hand Does Not Know What The Right Hand Is Doing

February 26 2013
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The Oscar Pistorius story has taken either a macabre or hilarious twist. You tell me. Hilton Botha, the chief investigator in the alleged murder of Reeva Steenkamp, the glamorous girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, is himself facing an attempted murder charge stemming from an incident in 2011. Apparently nobody informed the prosecutor in the Oscar case.…

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DESERT DRAMA – ISLAMISTS TAKE HOSTAGES IN ALGERIA

January 17 2013
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This article really puts all the nonsense about deficits, trade ceilings and other such garbage that dominate the TV news into perspective. ********************************** ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — In a desert standoff deep in the Sahara, the Algerian army ringed a natural gas complex where Islamist militants hunkered down with dozens of hostages Wednesday night after…

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WHAT HAPPENS TO THE OIL AFTER AN OIL SPILL?

January 17 2013
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This article is reproduced in its entirety from ForeignPolicy.com with its permission. A recovery effort is currently underway to clean up a massive oil slick caused by the explosion of the oil rig Deep Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico last week. The leaking well is gushing more than 1,000 barrels of oil a day…

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Today’s Doings in Mali

January 14 2013
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“Little” Mali is probably a little less than the size of Alaska and Texas put together so it is no wonder that few Americans know where it is or care to know. But in Africa they do know, and they care. This report is an excerpt from today’s Al Jazeera. *********************** Rebels have grabbed more…

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OBAMA’S LAW

January 4 2013
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Very quietly on December 30, the President reauthorized ‘Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012′, which provides a five-year extension of Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Big Brother will watch you. Worse yet, Obama has agreed to a provision preventing the construction of any new facility for transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo…

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GET OUT YOUR CALCULATORS!

January 2 2013
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http://www.usdebtclock.org/ Two of the GREATEST economists. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkRIbUT6u7Q

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THE BRADLEY MANNING CASE

December 23 2012
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Bradley Manning was arrested in Iraq under suspicion of being the source of the vast transfer of US state secrets to WikiLeaks, he is alleged to have entered into a web chat with the hacker Adrian Lamo using the handle bradass87. “I’m honestly scared,” the anonymous individual wrote. “I have no one I trust, I…

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UNHAPPY IN OKINAWA

December 21 2012
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This just in from The Japan Times *************************** Okinawa mood getting worse Crime, Osprey add to anger over pervasive U.S. military bases By YURI KAGEYAMA AP OKINAWA, Okinawa Pref. — For nearly 70 years, Okinawa has gotten more than its share of America’s military — more jets rattling homes, more crimes rattling nerves. It was…

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MASSACRE AS A WAY OF LIFE

December 20 2012
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While people living in Goma and sheltering in nearby camps continue to live in fear of new clashes between an armed group called the M23 and loyalist forces, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is witnessing increased violence in Masisi, some 80 kilometers (48 miles) to the northwest. In this isolated area of North Kivu,…

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BAD YEAR FOR GUN FANS

December 17 2012
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Gun advocates are in hiding for the time being, and rightly so. You cannot match reason against heart-felt emotions and visceral feelings. The entire nation is in mourning for the children who died in NewTown, Ct, cut down by a heavily armed madman. Consequently, this is a time for cries for a “national conversation,” and…

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BLOWHARDS, BLOW EARLY, BLOW OFTEN, BLOW LONG

December 7 2012
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Worries about chemical warfare that could be introduced by Syria have caused President Barack Obama to warn Syria that “[t]he use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable” — a comment echoed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, both of whom said that use of the arsenal…

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PSEUDONYMS

December 5 2012
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I don’t like pseudonyms. If you have signed up using a pseudonym, I now invite you to delete your name. But I also ask you to tell others of our existence, if you are staying on. If I have been neglecting topics, please let me know. Check the topics on the right. If you have…

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Downtown Gaza

November 20 2012
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The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also referred to as Congo-Kinshasa, is the eleventh largest country in the world by area (over 900,000 square miles) and the 19th largest by population with 71 million people. In 1998, 5.4 million people died in the deadliest conflict since WW II. It was once famously known as the…

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GAZA CONFLICT

November 16 2012
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Noam Chomsky describes Gaza as the world’s largest open-air prison, where some 1.5 million people on a roughly 140-square-mile strip of land are subject to random terror and arbitrary punishment, with no purpose other than to humiliate and degrade. Such cruelty is to ensure that Palestinian hopes for a decent future will be crushed, and…

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OBAMA’S VIGILANTE SQUAD

November 11 2012
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The U.S. Justice Department filed its opening brief on election night defending a controversial military detention provision that a trial judge in Manhattan declared unconstitutional earlier this year. The suit filed in Manhattan federal district court by a group of journalists and activists,challenges a section of the National Defense Authorization Act that DOJ lawyers said…

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AN EXCHANGE BETWEEN SIDNEY GENDIN AND NOAM CHOMSKY

September 30 2012
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August 24, 2007. SG: Is it true that Nasrallah and several other important Middle East persons maintain that Israel has no right to exist? Is this only a mischaracterization by pro-Israeli press? NC: No state claims a right to exist (except Israel). There is no such concept in international law. States are recognized, but not…

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THE TRIUMPH OF BLATHER

September 7 2012
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Last night brought an end to the grueling marathon that the Republicrats began in Tampa and wound up with in Charlotte. A grand time was had by all. The Democratic wing of the Republicrats once again pulled out all stops in their oleaginous wooing of a group of people they like to call “the middle…

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