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PARALLEL UNIVERSES
By : peter fredsib - Sunday March 12, 2006
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PARALLEL UNIVERSES By Peter Fredson March 12, 2006 Long ago I was sent as a First Sergeant with my small unit into Normandy, France. I spent several weeks living in fox-holes, tents and Nissen huts. Then the Allies broke through at St. Lo. Large German army units surrendered intact. A colonel called me to his portable headquarters and said: “I understand you speak German.” “Yes, sir”. “Do you know army regulations?” “Yes, sir, I’m a chief (...)
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DOES GEORGE BUSH BOTHER YOU?
By : peter fredsib - Saturday March 11, 2006
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Does George Bush Bother You? By Peter Fredson March 11, 2006 I don’t care how much brush George cuts down on that ex-pig farm that he calls a ranch. I don’t care how many barbecues he has there, or if he strums a guitar, eats cake, watches TV, eats pretzels, rides bicycles, or gets on with his life in Crawford, Texas. He can spend his entire life strutting, swaggering, and smirking there. In fact, he can do anything the Texas Rangers will not stop. That doesn’t bother (...)
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LAUGHING JACKASS AND SINISTER SECRETARY
By : peter fredsib - Friday March 10, 2006
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LAUGHING JACKASS AND SINISTER SECRETARY By Peter Fredson March 10, 2006 Looking at the TV news yesterday I was struck by two separate views. One was of George Bush signing a document. He had a big grin on his face, and was obviously ecstatic with his success, badly needed after several months of falling polls. Why did that puzzle me? First the Republican Senators gave Bush the ability to commit the most outrageous attack on civil rights ever perpetrated in this country against our own (...)
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USEFUL TRAITS FOR A PRESIDENT
By : peter fredsib - Thursday March 9, 2006
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USEFUL TRAITS FOR A PRESIDENT By Peter Fredson March 9, 2006 It is difficult to find exactly what presidents do. They interact with other humans constantly, using speech as their main tool, attempting to solve social and economic problems by getting other people to do the actual physical or social tasks they recommend, with a reputation based mainly on success in their endeavors. Some are rewarded handsomely with lavish living arrangements, social rituals, servants, and certain (...)
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MAINTAINING OUR VALUES
By : MAINTAINING OUR VALUES - Monday March 6, 2006
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MAINTAINING OUR VALUES By Peter Fredson March 6, 2006 The give-away of our Port Maintenance by G.W.Bush has threatened the jobs of many thousands of port workers by giving them to foreigners. We understand this is part of his neocon strategy for world dominance through globalization, in which individuals are pawns in his plutocrat empire. Our objection is about his denigration of American labor, genius, energy, and industry for purposes of gaining power and wealth. Once Bush becomes (...)
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HOW BUSH DEALS WITH PROBLEMS
By : peter fredsib - Sunday March 5, 2006
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HOW BUSH HANDLES PROBLEMS By Peter Fredson March 5, 2006 Bush-watchers over the past 5 years have noticed that he has standard responses to criticism, ways of avoiding responsibility, ways of shuffling off blame, ways of keeping the Buck from stopping at his desk and that Bush does it without blinking or hanging his head, but yet remains smug, smirking and smiling. Denial is his first line of defense. Every statement of his is uttered with advice from his handlers for maximum (...)
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ANY PORT IN A STORM?
By : peter fredsib - Friday March 3, 2006
ANY PORT IN A STORM By Peter Fredson March 3, 2006 The Bush cronies and sycophants have falsified the ports problem. For Bush this is part of his world domination strategy, in which globalization presents magnificent profits for billionaires and leave bread crumbs for everyone else. Bush never hesitates to outsource the genius, talent, energy, industry, and resources of his America, ( which was presented to him lock, stock, and barrel by hanging chads and a partisan Supreme Court) when (...)
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Bush corporatizing your jobs
By : peter fredsib - Sunday February 26, 2006
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Bush Corporatizing the Private World By Peter Fredson February 26, 2006 We have seen it all before .... Many times! We have listened to dastardly lies from his entire cabinet. We have actually heard him say “9/11” hundreds of times to scare the public into doing his will. We have watched him surround Osama bin Laden on several occasions and then outsource or fail to capture him after spending millions of dollars on missiles, spies, allies. We have watched little black Condi (...)
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SCARING PEOPLE SILLY
By : peter fredsib - Wednesday February 22, 2006
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SCARING PEOPLE SILLY By Peter Fredson February 22, 2006 People wearing bed sheets, Frankenstein masks, triangular black hats, try to scare people on Halloween. They say “Trick or Treat” hoping to get candy. When I was young if you didn’t get candy, or sometimes just for the hell of it, some rowdy young people would toilet-paper the yard, empty garbage cans on the porch, and in the countryside they would turn over an outhouse. But, except for some fundamentalists (...)
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BUSH OUTSOURCES OUR NATION
By : peter fredson - Tuesday February 21, 2006
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BUSH OUTSOURCES OUR NATION By Peter Fredson February 21, 2006 I have watched the disastrous regime of George W. Bush since his brother Jeb gave him the election in Florida by the hanging chads. I followed him through the partisan Supreme Court handing him the presidency. I watched Bush before the after the Twin Towers disaster, and saw nothing to admire. He made some speeches and put his arm around a fireman and his entire propaganda team went wild with enthusiasm. Since that time he has (...)
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HANGING BY A THREAD
By : peter fredsib - Friday February 17, 2006
HANGING BY A THREAD By Peter Fredson February 17, 2006 Yesterday I wrote a blog about the possibility of administration printing presses “counterfeiting” money. What happens when a nation keeps printing paper money without a backing in gold, silver or platinum reserves? I pointed out that Germany once printed postage stamps which sold for thousands or hundreds of thousands of Deutschmarks, and that people to buy bread would take a wheelbarrow full of paper money to the (...)
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DEATH TO COUNTERFEITERS
By : peter fredson - Thursday February 16, 2006
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DEATH TO COUNTERFEITERS By Peter Fredson February 16, 2006 Once I owned a small, gray, coarse paper bill, issued in Revolutionary days of the U.S. It was crudely hand-etched and printed on a small hand press. On it were the words: DEATH TO COUNTERFEITERS. Counterfeiters would have had an easy time printing any denomination of bill for the technical skill was minimal. The temptation to print money in those days of poverty and tumult must have been enormous, hence the penalty of Death. (...)
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WAR-MONGERING QUAIL HUNTER
By : peter fredson - Tuesday February 14, 2006
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But He Didn’t Shoot the Deputy By Peter Fredson February 14, 2006 I just finished my daily review of news and blogs, and paid special attention to the Dick Cheney shotgun blast incident. Actually there is a ton of news, joking, and commentary on this topic, so I will limit my comments to something I saw which may not have been reported. At least I didn’t see any comments. Yesterday, when eating supper and watching TV, I saw a report on the Cheney shooting. On the screen (...)
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BUSH CREDIBILITY
By : peterfredson - Saturday February 11, 2006
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Bush Credibility (An Oxymoron) By Peter Fredson February 11, 2006 Credibility, trustworthiness, reliability, integrity, are for most humans words which give us a certain feeling that, whatever the occasion, there is a solid basis underlying the fitness of things. They imply that some care and attention will be given to the daily routine, that human relationships can be rewarding, and that ordinarily we can get though the day after depending on other people. It is therefore with regret (...)
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IS IT WARTIME YET?
By : peter fredson - Friday February 10, 2006
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IS IT WAR TIME YET? By Peter Fredson February 10, 2006 Please, someone enlighten me. For the past 5 years I have been informed by Bush or some cabinet member that this is War time, that we are IN a War, we are AT War, we have a Wartime President, and we are preparing War against Iran and Syria, etc. Bush talks constantly of a War against terrorists. I’d like to know with what country are we at War? Are we at War with specific countries, with a single person in a country, or (...)
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CONNECTING THE DOTS
By : peter fredson - Thursday February 9, 2006
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CONNECTING THE DOTS By Peter Fredson February 9, 2006 The man hitting himself on the head with a hammer was asked why he was doing it. He replied: “Because it feels so good when I stop.” This country is hitting itself on the head but can’t seem to stop. Yesterday evening I accidentally tuned in to Larry King who was conducting a live TV report. It showed a number of people in an underground garage milling about, some looking bored, others anxious. They had been (...)
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WHO JUDGES THE JUDICIARY?
By : peter fredson - Wednesday February 8, 2006
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WHO JUDGES THE JUDICIARY? By Peter Fredson February 7, 2006 When I heard that the Senate Judiciary Committee was going to “investigate” President Bush’s arrogant claims of being above the law, and signing statements that he could pick and choose which laws he might observe, I worried about the partisanship of the committee. On previous occasions all the Republican Senators tried their best to hamper, trivialize, distract, and obfuscate any attempts to implicate the (...)
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PRAISE BE TO EXECUTIVE ACTION
By : peter fredson - Tuesday February 7, 2006
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PRAISE BE By Peter Fredson February 7, 2006 We are at War. Terror is lurking in every corner to destroy American cities, factories, and people. It is those crazy fanatical Muslims that are to blame. They hate democracy, liberty and Americans. We don’t know why they hate us so much. Our President is doing his courageous best to cope with this terrible danger for everybody. Yet he has critics with niggling objections to his determined strategy of fighting Muslims where they live (...)
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THE CARBON COPY PRESIDENT
By : peter fredson - Sunday February 5, 2006
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THE CARBON-COPY PRESIDENT By Peter Fredson February 5, 2006 Remember when George W. Bush was a promising Governor of Texas? Like many politicians before him he was glib in making a host of promises concerning most of the issues affecting voters. And like many politicians before him he was adept at wriggling out of his promises. He still continues this dual approach: Promise and wriggle out. He is certainly consistent, still using some of the very same promises he made in those days (...)
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SOTU 2006 REVISITED
By : peter fredsib - Saturday February 4, 2006
SOTU 2006 REVISITED By Peter Fredson February 3, 2006 I have looked at over 100 blogs on the SOTU 2006 of Bush, all varieties. The Right-Wing responses made me rub my eyes in disbelief of the huge gap between their assessment and mine. “Noble solutions”, “Brilliant Recovery”, “Visionary”, “Strong and Determined”, “Regaining Initiative”, and “Great Speech” were some of the adulatory sycophant applause. "Bush’s (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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