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WeAreChange.org: non-camping, Occupy-like movement in Europe ramps up to 100 cities, in over 2 months. Lawrence Lessig, take note!

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WeAreChange.org is the best thing to come out of the 911 movement, IMO, and they've continued their fearless (and occasionally foolish, IMO) work as 911 fades from our collective memory. Luke Rudkowski founded We Are Change, and I first became aware of this new movement about 2 days ago, as he was interviewed by Max Keiser on RT television. Read below the fold...

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Keywords to find the text of the 2005 Florida Law enacting "stand-your-ground"

The 2005 Florida Bill, signed in April 2005, broadened the meaning of (legitimate) self-defense in Florida. At least, that is how I can try to phrase it best. But you don't have to take my word.
The relevant keywords are these: Chapter 2005-27, Laws of Florida. Read below the fold...

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Don't Feed the Animals. Why People Who Don't Vote Could Be the Smart Ones and the Real Rebels

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(cross posted at The Montana Maven )
Or so Dimitri Orlov would like us to ponder. It's not a new idea, but it is an idea that doesn't get much play in the media and in our discussions with neighbors. We are told over and over that voting is the patriotic thing to do. People died for the right to vote. We get little flag stickers to put on our coats like the purple fingers of Iraqi voters. That the conventional wisdom. So why do so many Americans sit the elections out? And at the same time, if Americans do participate why do we hear over and over from pundits and comments on the blogs that those folks in Kansas and other reddish places just don't get it. "Why do they vote against their own self interests? " progressives ask. The wags note that these voters are like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders. But on the other hand, vast numbers of people including women and minorities vote for the blue team and get nothing substantial out of that too. So what's up? And yes, why do they even vote at all?

Orlov is a linguist and an engineer who has a blog called Club Orlov. He has also written several books, one of which, "Reinventing Collapse", I am reading for advice on how to survive such a collapse besides our two month's supply of Nalley's Chili and two generators. He emigrated to the U.S. in the mid-Seventies and made several trips back to Russia during the Soviet rule and then after the Soviet collapse. He believes that there are many lessons we in the U.S. can learn from the collapse of the other late 20th century super power. That there are more similarities than differences between the two super powers, as Orlov describes them, gave me pause. It's always interesting to look at a common question through a different set of glasses.

Both the U.S.S.R. and the U.S. derived their identities from being either capitalist or communist and the "extreme adherence to one or the other" as opposed to healthier countries that mix it up is what Orlov believes led to the doom of one and the coming doom of the other. Ideologies are all well and good, he says, if they actually work. But when it becomes clear that the average working citizen is not doing so well, the legitimacy of the rigid system begins to unravel and finally collapse. He points out that Albert Camus made the observation that the two superpowers were more alike than not back in the 1950s. Camus said that a specific failure of both systems was their inability "to provide creative, meaningful work." This Orlov says leads to mass depression. Read below the fold...

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Atheism in Personal Narrative: "Generation Atheism" by Dan Riley

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Given that the author was kind enough to send me a free copy, the least I can do is blog about his rather wonderful little book, which I can honestly say is compelling enough to have sucked me in for reading almost half of it upon opening. Generation Atheist is a brilliantly simple concept that will warm the cockles of nontheists everywhere. Read below the fold...

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Mark Ames debunks Libertarianism!

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http://www.nsfwcorp.com/dispatch/milton-...

Amazing! The whole thing really is as silly as it seems.

I really want to read Roofs or Ceilings now. Read below the fold...

"Them People"

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Conversation at the bar:

“Did you see those mass demonstrations in Madrid? And the cops were brutal. But the people kept coming. ” says the Anarchist Rancher Gal.

“Them people ought to accept austerity,” says Neighbor Guy.

“What is austerity?” ARG says.

Deer in headlights.

“Let me help you out. You work in the county clerk's office. It means telling you that you can’t retire, they are reducing your salary, and when you do retire, there will be no pension money for you. Meanwhile the wealthy (in this case, the Spanish wealthy) have enough money to pay back all the debt. They think the people in those Madrid streets are turds. (pause) Them people are you. “ Read below the fold...

A chicken or egg story

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"The reality is that representative democracy, at the core, has to be about people voting, has to be about people engaging in political parties, has to be about people having contact with elected representatives, and having faith and trust in elected representatives, as well as those representatives demonstrating they can exercise political power effectively and make decisions that tend to be approved of," said Wilks-Heeg." Read below the fold...

"On Wisconsin"

Thread title of the day

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At The Agonist appears a thread entitled Liberals Are Fapping. The specific thread subject doesn't really matter (something about how Republican dying demographics are killing the party, and how the same could just as easily happen to the Dems).

The specifics don't matter because liberals are always fapping. It's who they are, it's what they do. Read below the fold...

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Leaky Koch Disease

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So an insider has unceremoniously dumped a number of internal documents from the Heartland Institute, a Koch front group. And it's a doozy. People are making a fuss over the "controversy" based climate denialism, but that's so obvious, it's not what intrigued me. Read below the fold...

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That's Not All!

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After opposing the Job Guarantee proposal as part of the broader MMT policy program in service of the goals of public purpose, full employment with a living wage and price stability, and for many weeks now, combining with Mike Sankowski and Carlos Mucha to found “Monetary Realism” and also saying: Read below the fold...

Jill Stein Interview

I'm reading an interview of Jill Stein by Steve Horn at TruthOut, done in Madison, WI this past December 15th. Quite interesting and highly recommended. At one point in the interview, Ms. Stein says that she has had Ron Paul supporters say that if Paul is not the nominee, they are going to vote for her, because she is the only one talking about civil liberties. Take that, liberals!! Read below the fold...

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Arthur Silber on Evil

I don't read Arthur Silber too often - he speaks the truth and the truth hurts. But I thought his latest essay on evil speaks volumes about what is happening in this country. I encourage Correntians to read it, if they haven't already done so. Read below the fold...

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Great Interview with Green Candidate Jill Stein

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http://www.progressive.org/mp3/2012stein...

This was the first time I've heard a candidate speak and said to myself "This person gets it!"

Very cool. Read below the fold...

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