The Allure of Selling Out

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The ruler no longer says: You must think as I do or die. He says: You are free not to think as I do; your life, your property, everything shall remain yours, but from this day on you are a stranger among us.” Not to conform means to be rendered powerless, economically and therefore spiritually – to be “self-employed.” (133)

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Food or Gas? The Fight over Corn

With the the country in the throes of a drought hard decisions will have to made, fuel for the bellies or fuel for the cars.

US farmers urge Obama administration to suspend ethanol quota amid drought


The Obama administration was urged on Monday to stop diverting grain to gas amid warnings of an "imminent food crisis" caused by America's drought.



It seems the dilemma is now do we combat the inevitable rise in food prices by "earmarking" for food or industry? It's a bit of a Catch-22 actually but do we feed the people with actual food or do we feed those that work in the ethanol industry with money so they can afford the food? Well considering the deal being negotiated for the farm bill from both parties involves cuts to the food stamp program, does it really matter?

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A Few Links/Monday Morning Open Thread

In considering what to do and being lazy today I thought I might just share a few links from last week that might have been missed.
Gary Younge sat down with representative Barbara Lee and discussed her vote against the rush to war after 9/11 and other issues in Congresswoman Barbara Lee on her lone vote against the war in Afghanistan (video)

Walter G. Moss in "Hollywood Progressive" looks back on Mark Twains politics in Mark Twain’s Progressive and Prophetic Political Humor

Laurie Goodstein points out that U.S. Nuns are formulating a response to the Vatican telling them to quit caring about those poor people and gays and the rest of the riff-raff inNuns Weigh Response to Scathing Vatican Rebuke

And last but not least UPWORTHY has a video of Bill Moyers (one of our last journalists) discussing how the international banking industry affects us all in Bill Moyers Breaks Down The Biggest Financial Scandal You've Never Heard Of.

Down below there is a tune.

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Sunday Night Open Thread, NBC sucks edition

Just adding to the uninformed people they have "hosting" the Olympics, not showing the Opening Ceremony live, not showing the tribute to the 7/7 terror attack victims, just add this to their list of they suck

If you watched Ryan Lochte's gold medal-winning swim live, you were in the vast minority. Or you simply don't live in the U.S.

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Sunday Train: Rescuing the Exurb from its Design

Burning the Midnight Oil for Living Energy Independence

Back in April, Hope Yen was on the Huffington Post with Sprawling Suburbs Growth Falls To Historic Low Amid High Gas Prices

All across the U.S., residential exurbs that sprouted on the edge of metropolitan areas are seeing their growth fizzle, according to new 2011 census estimates released Thursday.

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"The heyday of exurbs may well be behind us," Yale University economist Robert J. Shiller said. Shiller, co-creator of a Standard & Poor's housing index, is perhaps best known for identifying the risks of a U.S. housing bubble before it actually burst in 2006-2007. Examining the current market, he believes America is now at a turning point, shifting away from faraway suburbs to cities amid persistently high gasoline prices.

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"Suburban housing prices may not recover in our lifetime," Shiller said, calling the development of suburbs since 1950 "unusual," enabled only by the rise of the automobile and the nation's highway system.

As it was originally designed, Outer Suburbia and Exurbia was designed to fail in an era where increasing energy efficiency will be a fundamental platform for ongoing growth. However, its possible to retrofit Outer Suburbia and Exurbia to a more sustainable design.

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Anti-Capitalist Meet Up: 0 Bread, + Circuses - London Under Occupation

People may be thinking that London under Occupation may be a little over the top to describe the situation for Londoners living under Olympic rule for the next 18 days, but that is in many way an understatement. Between the rights of corporate sponsorship, the occupation by security and armed forces, and a government that is hell-bent on prioritising the needs of sponsors and security concerns over the rights of citizens for freedom of speech and the right to live in peace, the term “under occupation” is an excellent description of the situation.

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Weaving Reality XV: The Brakeman had a bony countenance

The Storyteller remembered an ancient story, a story that came from many cultures on many worlds. Thanatos, the Angel of Death, Grimnir, la Morte, the Grim Reaper, Śmierć, यम, 閻魔王, Susan's grandfather...the list goes on and on. It was the story of Death, come to life.

As the Storyteller spun the tale, the Brakeman reached out of the cab. A bony finger grazed a strand of the tapestry.

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