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The Arsenal of Kleptocracy
By : Daveparts - Monday January 25, 2010
By David Glenn Cox History moves in fits and starts, traveling stealthily until suddenly it erupts like a volcano and something new is born. Like the pangs of birth, we can see it coming and even more we can feel its presence. After the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Bush vs. Gore, I thought that never in my life I would ever live to see a worse decision than the Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday. The way in which the media has handled the news of this latest decision is case in (...)
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My Plastic Penis
By : Daveparts - Tuesday January 5, 2010
By David Glenn Cox I spent the New Year’s weekend apartment sitting. Ahh, hot showers and central heat. All the comforts of home, except for a computer. Well, it is only forty-eight hours; I can take it. The two dogs in the apartment, a Chihuahua and a Chihuahua mix, viewed me with great suspicion. They are one-person dogs and I wasn’t him, so they stayed in the bedroom and I in the living room. My one source of entertainment was a television with plenty of college football. I (...)
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The Dissolution
By : Daveparts - Saturday December 26, 2009
By David Glenn Cox “Fascism is a political ideology that seeks to combine radical and authoritarian nationalism with a corporatist economic system, and which is usually considered to be on the far right of the traditional left – right political spectrum. "Fascists advocate the creation of a single party state, with the belief that the majority is unsuited to govern itself through democracy and by reaffirming the benefits of inequality. Fascist governments forbid and suppress (...)
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Failure Is Not an Option, But It Is a Possibility
By : Daveparts - Saturday December 19, 2009
By David Glenn Cox These are dark days to be a Democrat and dark days to be a Republican and even darker days still to believe in democracy. When you state publicly that we live in a corporate oligarchy you are dismissed as naive, denigrated as cynical, or dissed and told, “Well, welcome to the real world.” As I’ve watched the health care debate roll through Congress I‘ve carried a secret fear of a corporate bait and switch. One good thing added, one bad thing (...)
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Once More Through the Slaughter House
By : Daveparts - Monday December 14, 2009
By David Glenn Cox There is an expression that says the quickest path to vegetarianism is through the slaughterhouse. It is true that many times we are complacent with things as they are until reality chomps its teeth firmly into our ass. I feel certain that the thousands of mid-level GM and Chrysler executives recently put out to permanent pasture due to the restructuring were strong proponents of outsourcing. “Why, boss, we can save $1.75 per car by having this part made in (...)
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Is the President Overworked?
By : David Glenn Cox - Tuesday December 8, 2009
By David Glenn Cox There is an old Firesign Theatre comedy piece, a parody of “The Price is Right,” where a woman contestant is asked, “Do you want what’s behind the door or what’s in the bag?” She blurts out, “I’ll take the bag! Why… why this is a bag of shit!” “Yes” the announcer answers, “but it’s really great shit!” Two years ago CNBC, America’s first name in fascism, sent cutie pie Erin (...)
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2012, Agree to Agree
By : Daveparts - Monday November 16, 2009
By David Glenn Cox Much has been made of the Mayan calendar ending in 2012, the next Y2K. Anyone remember what happened on Y1K? Christians and just plain Joes gathered on hilltops with their arms raised and swaying in a religious rapture waiting for Jesus to come and save them. For those of you who missed it, he didn’t show. No one bothered to tell these people that the dates on calendars are somewhat arbitrary affairs. The year one thousand had no relevance to the Jewish calendar, (...)
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No Ordinary Utensil
By : Daveparts - Saturday November 14, 2009
By David Glenn Cox I don’t think that there is any spectacle quite so moving or so sad than to see someone’s possessions stacked in the yard in front of what used to be their home. It is odd, not just our own connection with our belongings, but our belongings’ connections to us as well. What once was a living room chair or kitchen chair, where we relaxed and contemplated life or ate our meals, then becomes lawn debris left over from a silent, slow-moving, invisible storm (...)
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The Next Lost War
By : Daveparts - Sunday October 18, 2009
By David Glenn Cox Never has Colin Powell’s Pottery Barn analogy been more apt than in the next lost war, Pakistan. In our quest to strike down radical Islam, we have done so like an angry housewife chasing a mouse with a broom, and in the process done more damage with the broom than the mouse ever could. I recently listened to Ray McGovern speak about Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the third rail of American foreign policy, Israel. McGovern, a life long security analyst for (...)
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Death by Work
By : Daveparts - Thursday October 15, 2009
By David Glenn Cox The Bible observes that the wages of sin are death, but what then are the wages of virtue? What are the wages of work? As average Americans’ wages fall and our economy collapses in on itself, Wall Street flourishes as foreign investors move in to take advantage of the weak dollar. It was Mark Twain who noted that “God knows when even the sparrow falls. That’s wonderful that he knows that, but what does that matter if the sparrow still falls.” In (...)
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One Big Circle
By : Daveparts - Sunday October 11, 2009
By David Glenn Cox As the late Jim Croce once said, “Gonna tell you a story that you won’t believe.” The other day I read a news story about NASA’s measurements of the growing ocean acidity in the Arctic Ocean. The acidity of the water was making the ocean warmer because it was holding more heat and removing less carbon dioxide from the air. Then fortunately, or unfortunately, I was sidetracked by the next big Tea Bagger movement. The Google ad at the bottom of the (...)
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Stuck on Stupid
By : Daveparts - Sunday October 4, 2009
By David Glenn Cox Hello, everyone. My name is Dave and I’m a news junkie. "Hi, Dave," the room answers. I come from a family of addicts. Even as a child my parents gave me books and magazines, and even a dictionary. So at this stage in my life I feel I’m too far gone for help. It started innocently enough, sports trivia, but before I knew it I was hooked on facts. I read encyclopedias in the dark under my blanket with a flashlight, and when I found a name that I’d (...)
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The Last Republican
By : Daveparts - Monday September 21, 2009
By David Glenn Cox As a survivor of the Republican revolution, which began when Ronald Reagan took office, I have seen the world turned upside down like a sort of Mad Hatter’s tea party. You see, the Republicans were going to get the boot heel of the federal government off your back. They began by privatizing the student loan program. No more would students apply by mail and receive checks from some faceless bureaucrat at the Treasury Department at the prime interest rate. Now with (...)
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The Lost Children
By : Daveparts - Saturday September 19, 2009
By David Glenn Cox It is human nature that impels the majority of us to be followers. Normal people, after five or six years of wandering in the desert, will begin to ask questions of their leadership. But a faith-based leadership leans heavily on the desire not to be wrong. No one likes being wrong, and many, if not most of us, will jump through hoops to prove that we are not wrong. This defines our political landscape today. The Republican party is aimless and wandering; they have lost (...)
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Falling into the Trap
By : Daveparts - Monday September 7, 2009
By David Glenn Cox KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A U.S. warplane summoned by German troops fired on hijacked fuel trucks in Afghanistan before dawn on Friday, killing as many as 90 people in an incident that could trigger a backlash against NATO. A friend of mine was a Vietnam vet and had told me his story of a young Vietnamese child who had run towards the lead armored personnel carrier in the column directly ahead of his own. The boy was perhaps nine or ten, and as he ran towards the (...)
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Losing Touch with A Good Friend
By : Daveparts - Saturday August 29, 2009
By David Glenn Cox I recently came across an interview where Ben Stiller interviewed the eighty-eight-year-old actor Mickey Rooney. Stiller was trying to teach Rooney about Twitter and how to tweet. He explained to Rooney how with Twitter he had immediate access to the Internet and messaging. Rooney smiled and listened attentively as Stiller showed him a message on his twitter. “Oldest daughter shaved her legs for the first time today.” Rooney, still smiling, asked, (...)
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A Time When All Good Men are Gone
By : Daveparts - Friday August 28, 2009
By David Glenn Cox The Native Americans warned of a time when all good men are gone, and with the death of Edward Kennedy this prophecy seems to be coming closer to fulfillment. Who now will stand with Kennedy’s principles? Who will stand and vote no to war as Kennedy did in 2003, when popular opinion cries out that we must? Kennedy was fortunate to have lived in a safe state, a state that he loved and a state that loved him back. He had the burden and good fortune to be born into a (...)
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Into the Hut of Baba Yaga
By : Daveparts - Tuesday August 25, 2009
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By David Glenn Cox The river of time cuts deeply into the banks, dictating course over current. What is today fresh, muddy ground, becomes tomorrow bedrock. When Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon after the Watergate scandal he said that he did so to end our long national nightmare. The nightmare was not ours but Richard Nixon’s. We, as Americans, had just witnessed our Constitution work as its founders had intended. So what if a sick, old, politically disgraced man was allowed to (...)
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Who Are These Democrats ?
By : Daveparts - Friday August 21, 2009
By David Glenn Cox Times change and political definitions change as well. The Republican Party was born of an anti-slavery plank in the days of Abraham Lincoln. The Republicans were the party of reform and were, dare I say it, liberals. The Democrats were the party of the status quo, supporting slavery and big business. In my childhood I was raised with John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon Johnson, and all of them basking in the light of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry (...)
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Permanently Unemployed
By : Daveparts - Friday August 14, 2009
By David Glenn Cox I have come to the conclusion that I am permanently unemployed; after almost two years of non-stop hunting I don’t admit defeat but only the inevitable. Meanwhile, the mainstream media are doing all that they can do to convince you that the economy is doing much better and that prosperity is just around the corner. They proudly boast, “First time jobless claims down lowest since April!” Down from 558,000 first-time claims last week to 554,000 (...)
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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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