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Bill Nye warns: Creation views threaten US science

  • The man known to a generation of Americans as "The Science Guy" is condemning efforts by some Christian groups to cast doubts on evolution and lawmakers who want to bring the Bible into science classrooms.
  • The 'Christian' Dogma Pushed by Religious Schools That Are Supported by Your Tax Dollars

Dylan Lovan, Associated Press / Seattle (WA) Times

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In this Feb. 7, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama shakes hands with Bill Nye during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Nye, a mechanical engineer and star of the popular 1990s Television show “Bill Nye The Science Guy,” recently waded into the evolution debate with an online video urging parents not to pass their religious-based doubts about evolution on to their children. (AP Photo - Susan Walsh)

September 24, 2012 | The man known to a generation of Americans as "The Science Guy" is condemning efforts by some Christian groups to cast doubts on evolution and lawmakers who want to bring the Bible into science classrooms.

Bill Nye, a mechanical engineer and star of the popular 1990s TV show "Bill Nye The Science Guy," has waded into the evolution debate with an online video that urges parents not to pass their religious-based doubts about evolution on to their children.

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The 'Christian' Dogma Pushed by Religious Schools That Are Supported by Your Tax Dollars, Rachel Tabachnick, AlterNet
If you live in a state with a voucher or corporate tax credit program funding "school choice," your state's tax dollars are funding the teaching of religious supremacism.

 

Yes, I’m Voting Third Party. No I’m Not Wasting My Vote.

  • Voting for Obama or Romney and knowing that both of them don’t care about average Americans will only continue pushing the pendulum that is American politics, to either the Republicans or the Democrats, with there being no substantial change in how the system itself works and who is benefits and oppresses.
  • 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?

Devon DB, Global Research

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September 22, 2012 | Yes, I would like to admit that this November, I will be voting third party. However, contrary to what many do or would like to believe, I am notwasting my vote.

When stating that you are going to vote third party, one is usually met with the typical dismissals that “you’re wasting your vote” and “there’s no chance in hell that they will win.” While my party of choice may not win, I realize that there is little difference between either candidate and that both will only make this country worse.Obama has made a number of policy decisions during his first term that have strengthened the police state, expanded US militarism abroad, and aided the very bankers that have pillaged the country.Concerning the police state, during his presidency, Obama has created a legal precedent that allows him (and future presidents) to assassinate US citizens as can be seen in the case of Anwar al-Awlaki.

While Obama supporters will argue that al-Awlaki was a terrorist, the fact of the matter is that he had never actually committed a terrorist act. ABC News reported that “al-Awlaki was not the trigger-man in any of the 19 terror operations to which he is linked even though he did “[push] the attackers over the violent edge or [personally guided] them through operations.” Even if one may argue that pushing attackers over the edge or guiding them is being an accomplice, it still does not erase the fact that he was, legally speaking, still a US citizen at the time he was killed and that he his Sixth Amendment right was violated as he was not given a fair trial in a court of law.

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12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils" Debra Sweet, OpEdNews

  • If somebody you love is addicted to the "lesser" of two evils, please refer them to the following 12 step program.
  • Step 12: As a result of these steps, you can now carry the message to those who still suffer from an addiction to the Democratic Party. Nothing is as liberating as resisting an evil when you know it's wrong.
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?

The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction, Chris Hedges, Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer
Clearly the left has lost its nerve and its direction. If the left wants to regain influence in (this nation’s) political life, it must be willing to walk away from the Democratic Party … and back progressive, third-party (officials) until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we (continue to be) slaves.

The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?  Jack A. Smith, Countercurrents.org

  • In today's society — based on gross economic inequality facilitated by a two-party political system spanning center right to far right and where big money is the decisive factor in the electoral process — an ostensibly democratic election can hardly mitigate the worst of abuses afflicting working people and their families much less bring about substantial reform.
  • The Only Winner in November Will Be The Status Quo
  • Special Project | Campaign 2012: Week of  August 19, 2012
     

Regulations, Jobs, and Quality of Life

 

  • While there are no doubt many useless regulations on the books, and some that deserve to be gotten rid of, it does not follow that regulations are necessarily a drag on the economy, that they are invariably "onerous," nor that they are without exception "job-killers." And the constant assertion of—and resulting widespread belief in—the idea that regulations are always and everywhere a social evil is not simply a curious misunderstanding of the facts.
  • Bill Moyers | Chris Hedges on Capitalism's 'Sacrifice Zones'

Jeff Nygaard, Nygaard Notes

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August 22, 2012 | On the Think Progress website this past April appeared an article that began with these words: "Between 2007 and 2011, use of the phrase 'job-killing regulations' in U.S. newspapers increased by 17,550%." This prompted the article's author, Michael A. Livermore, to add, "Claims that regulations have a significant impact on American employment call for careful scrutiny." Ya think?

Just looking at some news articles over the past few months, here are some quotations on this subject from various people in positions of power and influence:

Full story...Go to NygaardNotes.org, then scroll down to Nygaard Notes #512, August 22, 2012.

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Bill Moyers | Chris Hedges on Capitalism's 'Sacrifice Zones' Bill Moyers, Moyers and Company

  • There are forgotten corners of this country where Americans are trapped in endless cycles of poverty, powerlessness, and despair as a direct result of capitalistic greed.
  • Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco: drawing America's invisible poor
  • Mitt Romney on "Freeloaders," Mideast, and Why He's Scared of the Women on 'the View"
  • Obama’s Vision versus Economic Reality
     

The Mismeasure of All Things

  • We're all familiar with Gross Domestic Product, the measure of national income, as a way of framing the success of a nation and its individuals. But Steven Stoll argues that there are better ways to measure--ways that value society's connectedness to nature, instead of asking, "What has this salt marsh done for me lately?"
  • How GDP distorts economic reality
  • Bill Moyers | Chris Hedges on Capitalism's 'Sacrifice Zones'
  • The Collapsing US Economy And The End Of The World

Steven Stoll, Orion

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Published in the September/October 2012 issue of Orion magazine

On a road not far from Morgantown, West Virginia, my guide pulled over to show me the peculiar color of a certain river. It was orange. The rocks and creek bed were a hue somewhat brighter than rust but duskier than the reflective vests worn by utility crews. Years of drainage from coal mining tailings, high in the acid produced during the washing of the coal, had killed everything in the watercourse, rendering the water a moving hazard and contributing to the economic decline of the area. Coal had also sickened the bodies of miners, as well as the atmosphere.

Yet the years when rivers like the one I saw became industrial sewers were some of the most prosperous in the history of the state of West Virginia, when men and women were relatively well employed, cashing their paychecks to pay for groceries and rent, televisions and cars, medicine and property taxes. Every conventional accounting of the economic significance of the coal industry includes the wages paid, the small businesses sustained, and the quarterly profits of corporations, but not the rotted lungs, or the polluted waters, or the rising oceans that inundate low-lying slums in Bangladesh. These other effects, equally direct, receive no valuation when coal’s contribution to economic growth is tallied. They are invisible to the gross product of West Virginia or the United States.

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Bill Moyers | Chris Hedges on Capitalism's 'Sacrifice Zones' Bill Moyers, Moyers and Company

  • There are forgotten corners of this country where Americans are trapped in endless cycles of poverty, powerlessness, and despair as a direct result of capitalistic greed.
  • Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco: drawing America's invisible poor
  • Mitt Romney on "Freeloaders," Mideast, and Why He's Scared of the Women on 'the View"
  • Obama’s Vision versus Economic Reality

The Collapsing US Economy And The End Of The World, Paul Craig Roberts, VDare.com
Washington is becoming an isolated and despised element of the world community. Sentiment is turning against the rising Gestapo state that has shown itself to be lawless, ruthless, and indifferent, even hostile, to human life and human rights.

 

Watch the ad that exposes false science throughout history: Tobacco, DDT, GMOs

In a new television ad, the Yes on 37 campaign to mandate GMO labeling on foods sold in California exposes the dirty history of deceptive chemical marketing in America.

Jonathan Benson, Natural News

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September 20, 2012 |  There was a time when manufacturers of the infamous pesticide chemical DDT and the herbicide chemical weapon "Agent Orange" actually tried to claim that these two toxins were completely safe for human exposure, a contention that the world now knows is completely false. And today, these same companies are trying to claim that genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are also safe, and that there is no need to publicly disclose their presence in the food supply.

In a new television ad, the Yes on 37 campaign to mandate GMO labeling on foods sold in California exposes the dirty history of deceptive chemical marketing in America, which includes a clip from a 1940s commercial that promotes Camel cigarettes as the cigarette of choice among doctors. The ad also shows clips from misleading commercials promoting both DDT and Agent Orange as safe household items.

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