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In Defense of Hippies & Others Who Live Outside the System

from OnTheCommons.org:

In Defense of Hippies & Others Who Live Outside the System
It's the clean cut Wall Street types who swindled America

By Carolyn Elliott

The soul of this country has always been nurtured by people more interested in freedom than in regular baths: revolutionaries, pioneers, cowboys, Henry Thoreau and Walt Whitman all lived in sweat and dirt.

Yet in mainstream media I see a sentiment expressed time and time again: the Occupy movement would be great if it wasn’t just a bunch of dirty hippies. The implied notion is that to be dirty (presumably to be relatively unwashed- clothes muddied, hair greasy) and to be a hippy (someone committed to ideals of peace, equality, justice— someone more interested in love than in profit) are cardinal, unforgivable sins.


Work is important. Work is tremendously valuable. Work is labor directed in such a way that the whole community benefits. That’s the kind of work that even the Puritans valued: work that kept the village alive and prospering. Labor done in the service of a gigantic corporation is not work in this sense. It doesn’t put value into the community so much as it extracts it. All those laboring in these kids of jobs are left feeling depleted, drained, purposeless. Their work has no obvious benefit to their community aside from the pay check it brings, and that is ever-shrinking. The value of their work floats off into the hands of their corporate overlords rather than extending to their children, their friends, their neighbors.

So then what happens? People become filled with ennui. They turn to pornography, drugs (both psychiatric and recreational — the distinction is perhaps not that substantial), alcohol, over-eating (witness the obesity epidemic), inane television. Anything to numb the pain of not being free, of not being allowed to live as their souls dictate. D.H. Lawrence said that people think freedom means being able to do whatever you want— but it doesn’t really mean that. Freedom means the ability to obey your own soul rather than an external authority, and it’s an ability that can be cultivated and exercised even in the most adverse conditions, even in conditions that mean it might be hard for you to wash your clothes and get a bath if you chose to obey your soul. .............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://onthecommons.org/defense-hippies-others-who-live-outside-system

Tricky Ricky signs law lifting limits on charter schools

from the Freep:

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation today removing the cap on the number of charter schools allowed to operate in Michigan, ending a debate that began soon after the independent, public schools were first authorized in 1994.

The legislation lifts the cap on schools authorized by universities, the primary charter school authorizer in Michigan, from its current 150 to 300 in 2012 and 500 in 2014, after which it will be removed entirely.

Snyder said the changes will give students and parents “good choices,” and result in “a program of quality.” The legislation also provides new reporting and accountability standards for charters, which receive per pupil state aid but operate independently of traditional public schools. ............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.freep.com/article/20111220/NEWS06/111220043/Michigan-Gov-Rick-Snyder-signs-law-lifting-charter-school-limits?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

House won't criticize Nazi remarks by GOP lawmaker

WASHINGTON — The House has defeated a resolution to criticize a Florida Republican who compared Democrats' political messaging to the work of Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels (GUR'-buhls).

Maryland Democrat Donna Edwards introduced the resolution to disapprove the remarks of Rep. Allen West. A Republican motion to kill the resolution was approved Tuesday on a nearly party-line, 231-188, vote.

West made the reference earlier this month when asked about Congress' low approval ratings and blame that has been directed toward Republicans.

The freshman Republican was quoted as saying, "If Joseph Goebbels was around, he'd be very proud of the Democrat Party because they have an incredible propaganda machine." ...........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20111220/us-congressman-nazi-comment/

Spreading Santorum: Slick Rick is a big fan of income inequality

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Tuesday that he was "for" income inequality, but also wanted "equality of opportunity."

"The reason you see some sympathy among the American public for them is the grave concern -- and it's a legitimate one -- that blue-collar workers, lower-income workers, are having a harder and harder time rising," said the former Pennsylvania senator at a campaign stop in Pella, Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register.

"They talk about income inequality. I'm for income inequality. I think some people should make more than other people, because some people work harder and have better ideas and take more risk, and they should be rewarded for it. I have no problem with income inequality."

He then launched an attack at President Barack Obama. "President Obama is for income equality. That's socialism. It's worse yet, it's Marxism. ... I'm not for income equality. I'm not for equality of result -- I'm for equality of opportunity." ................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/20/rick-santorum-iowa-caucus-2012-income-inequality_n_1161061.html

Nevada still has tickets available for the Hawaii Bowl. Lots and lots of tickets.

Nevada still has tickets available for the Hawaii Bowl. Lots and lots of tickets.
By Graham Watson

Nevada still has tickets available for the Hawaii Bowl. Lots and lots of tickets.Nevada isn't sure how many of its fans plan to show up for the Hawaii Bowl, but if the phone sales are any indication, it's not many: As of Sunday evening, the Wolf Pack had sold just 10 tickets through phone sales. Yeah, 10. And Virginia Tech was getting a ribbing for its lack of ticket sales.

Of course, about 600 people are on the pass list, which is usually reserved for family and friends of players, coaches and staff and Nevada is unsure how many fans have purchased tickets online because those sales go through the Hawaii Bowl website.

This isn't that big of a surprise. The Hawaii Bowl is always a tough sell because it's far, expensive and played on Christmas Eve. When the Wolf Pack played in the game in 2009, only about 150-250 people showed up. ...................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/blog/dr_saturday/post/Nevada-still-has-tickets-available-for-the-Hawai?urn=ncaaf-wp11713

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Britain Refuses to Boost IMF Aid for Euro Crisis

from Der Spiegel:

EU finance ministers wanted to raise 200 billion euros to boost the International Monetary Fund's firepower in the euro crisis, but they only raised 150 billion on Monday, largely due to resistance from Britain. Germany, meanwhile, will have to rework its 2012 budget to help finance the new permanent euro rescue fund.

European Union leaders had decided at their Dec. 8-9 summit to boost the resources of the International Monetary Fund by €200 billion ($260 billion) to help it tackle the euro debt crisis. But in talks on Monday, EU finance ministers only managed to raise €150 billion because the United Kingdom refused, at least for the time being, to contribute its share of around €25 billion.

Following a conference call, the ministers said in a statement that the Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland and Sweden, which are in the EU but not in the euro zone, would also grant loans to the International Monetary Fund to help rescue the currency. But the EU said those countries must first win parliamentary approval.

"Euro area member states will provide €150 billion of additional resources through bilateral loans to the fund's general resources account," the EU statement said. "The EU would welcome G-20 members and other financially strong IMF members to support the efforts to safeguard global financial stability by contributing to the increase in IMF resources." .................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,804814,00.html

WaPo: Has John Boehner lost control?

Has John Boehner lost control?
By Greg Sargent

In order to increase pressure on House Republicans to pass the Senate compromise on the two-month payroll tax cut extension, Dems are pointing out that John Boehner seemed to previously indicate that the House GOP would support it — before getting an earful from his caucus and nixing his backing of the plan.

The idea Dems are pushing is that Boehner has lost control of the volatile Tea Party wing of his caucus and is unable to muster unity among House Republicans behind a proposal that passed the Senate by 89 votes. Dems are casting the House vote on the Senate compromise as a key test of his leadership, arguing that a No vote will show Boehner las lost control — a storyline Republicans reject.

Democrats are still hoping that by increasing the pressure on Republicans, the Senate extension could pass the House today. House Dem leaders have now sent a letter to Dem members urging them to vote for the measure in “overwhelming” numbers, a Dem aide tells me. If the vast majority of Dems support it, only around two dozen Republicans would have to vote Yes in order for it to pass. Nancy Pelosi has denounced the House GOP’s latest maneuver as a “made up crisis.”

Speaking to reporters today, Boehner insisted that the Senate compromise would not pass the House and that he had never supported it. “I raised concerns about the two-month process from the moment that I heard about it,” Boehner said. ...........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/has-john-boehner-lost-control/2011/12/19/gIQAW0Gc4O_blog.html?hpid=z1

Mississippi "family values" Repug outed by a receipt from a sex shop in Toronto's gay village

from the Toronto Star:

A purchase made at a gay sex shop in Toronto then billed to taxpayers as a work expense has prompted a Republican politician in the United States to reveal he is gay.

Greg Davis, the mayor of Southaven, Mississippi, is at the centre of a spending scandal after a local newspaper revealed the politician had billed taxpayers for an estimated $170,000, including expensive dinners, a pricey family vacation and purchases at local liquor stores.

But it’s the $67 for unnamed merchandise from Priape, a gay sex shop near the intersection of Church and Wellesley Sts., that has caused the biggest stir for Davis, who has previously run for office on a conservative, family-values platform.

When asked about the purchase last week, Davis told the Memphis, Tennessee-based newspaper The Commercial Appeal, that he is gay and can no longer maintain a separation between his personal and public life. ..............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1104439--sex-shop-purchase-in-toronto-outs-republican-mayor

Stephen Harper's banana battle

from the Toronto Star:

The public relations battle over Canada’s oilsands has reached new heights with the Harper government setting its sights on an unlikely foe: Chiquita bananas.

Several high-profile government MPs, including Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose, have urged Canadians not to buy bananas distributed by Chiquita Brands International after the Ohio-based company said it would avoid using fuel for its trucks derived from Alberta’s oilsands.

And now the pro-oilsands group EhticalOil.org is taking the fight to the airwaves with the launch of a new radio ad this week urging consumers to stop buying bananas or premade salads from Chiquita, a company the group calls a “foreign bully.”

“The Chiquita banana company says it’s boycotting oil from Canada’s oilsands. Apparently they like oil from OPEC dictatorships better,” an announcer’s voice says over orchestra music. “While they boycott Canada’s oilsands, you can boycott them. Don’t buy Chiquita bananas or Fresh Express salads at your grocery store.” .................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1104496--oilsands-pr-battle-goes-after-chiquita-bananas?bn=1

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