Smokers Pay Tobacco Companies to Murder Them

Tobacco companies sell death and disease to the public. Smokers pay tobacco companies to murder them. Cigarettes are sticks of poison that wreak havoc on humans and the earth. If current trends continue, tobacco will cause up to one billion deaths in the 21st century....

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Publicity is Complicity: Don’t Grant Fame to Mass Killers

UPDATE (1/6/17): I wrote this in the aftermath of the Charleston massacre and updated it after subsequent mass shootings. Now we hear of a slaughter at Fort Lauderdale airport. The points I make below apply in each case. This is the age of fame for fame's sake, the...

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A Candid Revelation About Hillary Clinton’s Public Image

Everything you need to know about coverage of Hillary Clinton is contained in this short NYT quote: In recent weeks, Crossroads [brainchild of Karl Rove and other leading Republican strategists] has begun carving a niche for itself in attacking Hillary Rodham Clinton,...

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The Swiftboating of Hillary Clinton

In the early months of 2004, I sent an alert to the senior staff of John Kerry's presidential campaign. I was alarmed about a growing online movement questioning his Vietnam service. Sites like Winter Soldier, Free Republic, and others were buzzing with anti-Kerry...

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Ten Global Travesties

A list that shouldn't exist in the 21st century: Worldwide, women and girls ages 15 to 44 are more likely to be maimed or killed by men than by malaria, cancer, war or traffic accidents combined. One in seven people on earth goes to bed hungry each night while 25...

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Three Cornerstones of Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy

The consensus is that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign rollout has been a success. But that doesn’t really matter. What matters are the three cornerstones of her candidacy: Hillary Clinton is far and away the most qualified, experienced and prepared candidate among the...

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Dawn of The Hillary Man

Peter Daou and Tom Watson – writers, strategists, consultants, and long-time political collaborators – declare the dawn of the Hillary Man. PETER: America is embarking on a historic journey that should culminate in the election of our first woman president, Hillary...

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Pwning Hillary: Inside the Innerati’s Clinton Obsession

Hillary Clinton is indomitable. Famous. Funny. Fearless. The Euclidean center of political gravity. Because of who she is and what she is, because she is a woman in a world where women aren’t supposed to be Hillary Clinton, because she is the yardstick against which...

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Why violence is worse than other existential threats

"No more hurting people" - Martin Richard, 8, killed in Boston Marathon attack. Violence: "The intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high...

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The black curtain – on death, fear and hope

At the age of seven, my nephew composed a 13-word rhyme as simple and powerful as anything I've ever heard: Soon it comes to every person, see it happen in one black curtain. Years later, I'm still mystified that a child could conjure such a cogent description of...

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Ten self-destructive human habits

1. Our addiction to fossil fuels is cooking the only planet we'll ever have. Instead of dealing with the problem, many simply deny it. 2. Human males abuse, beat, rape, maim and murder their mothers, sisters and daughters - those who give them life and sustain them....

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The pervasive oppression of women and girls

The greatest travesty of human life: One out of every three women will be a victim of violence in her lifetime. In some parts of the world a girl is more likely to be raped than to learn how to read. Murder is a leading cause of death for pregnant women. The children...

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Threats to justice everywhere

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. – Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letter from Birmingham Jail” April 16,...

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Are we a moral society?

Can we be a moral society when we detain people indefinitely with no charges and no recourse then force-feed them when they protest; assassinate our citizens with no trial; slaughter babies with missiles from the sky aimed at ill-defined targets; place a dragnet on...

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Patton Oswalt and the Boston Marathon bombing

Patton Oswalt's beautiful and heartfelt Facebook post understandably struck a chord with a nation stunned by the carnage in Boston: This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One...

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The truth no one will tell about the Sandy Hook slaughter

As the father of a 4-year-old girl, I am heartsick and shattered over the Newtown carnage, as I know all Americans are. These unfathomable mass tragedies shake us out of ordinary reality and seem far more disturbing than the daily dose of suffering and injustice that...

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Is the progressive blogosphere dead?

UPDATE (10/29/13): The progressive community is abuzz about a pair of posts from Ian Welsh and Jerome Armstrong about the "Failure of the Netroots." My view is that Ian and Jerome are reflecting deep, often unspoken dismay among some progressives that the Obama...

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Climate change is here

If this clip depicting 131 years of global warming in 26 seconds doesn't jolt the world to action, it's hard to imagine what...

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The global war on women

The pervasive oppression of women and girls is humanity’s greatest travesty. Consider these facts: One out of every three women will be a victim of violence in her lifetime. Homicide is a leading cause of death for pregnant women. Women and girls ages 15 to 44 are...

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The silence of the left: Obama, Bush and extrajudicial killing

Salon's Glenn Greenwald has spent the duration of Obama's presidency asking a fundamental question of the left: Why are George W. Bush's transgressions, which elicited fury from Democrats and liberals, acceptable when President Obama adopts - and embraces - them? In a...

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Monsters

I'd really like to know what justice looks like for the monsters who do this: In a [Sierra Leone] rape treatment center, I met a 3-year-old patient named Jessica, who was cuddling a teddy bear. Jessica had seemed sick and was losing weight, but she wouldn’t say what...

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Witnessing history

Every age has its historic moments. Ours: The 9/11/01 attacks and brutal amputation of Manhattan's skyline One of the most destructive tsunamis ever recorded (Indian Ocean) One of the deadliest earthquakes ever recorded (Haiti) One of the worst environmental disasters...

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Climate change: our generation’s great failure

Future generations will look back with anger and disbelief at our recklessness. We've turned our planet into a garbage dump, while millions of Americans -- led by a radicalized Republican Party -- are reacting by denying the undeniable: car fumes, bus fumes, truck...

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GOP radicals and the end of American exceptionalism

Last November, Karen Tumulty wrote an interesting article titled American exceptionalism: an old idea and a new political battle: [T]he idea that the United States is inherently superior to the world's other nations has become the battle cry from a new front in the...

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As predicted, impeachment of Obama is on the table

The right's well-practiced technique of introducing radical ideas into the mainstream is as predictable as it is effective. Read this: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Monday that President Barack Obama “would be impeached” if the nation falls into default. ... King...

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Are rightwing bloggers to blame for the Norway massacre?

In an article titled Killings in Norway Spotlight Anti-Muslim Thought in U.S., the New York Times highlights the connection between Anders Behring Breivik and American bloggers: The man accused of the killing spree in Norway was deeply influenced by a small group of...

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No justice on earth until there is justice for women

Scan the headlines on any given day and you're sure to find dozens of stories about girls and women being abused, abducted, raped, beaten and killed. The pervasive oppression of women and girls is humanity's greatest travesty. Here are just a few links to illustrate...

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Axiom: When Republicans are elected, women pay the price

This New York Times editorial (When States Punish Women) gets it right: Just since April, six states — Indiana, Virginia, Nebraska, Idaho, Oklahoma and Kansas — have enacted laws banning insurance coverage of abortion in the health insurance exchanges created as part...

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Epic irony: Mideast moves forward while America moves backward

The contrast between events in the Middle East and the political reality here in America is striking: as the people of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and elsewhere rise by the millions to protest injustice, and as governments from Jordan to Syria see the writing on the wall,...

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We are not worthy of you, Zahra Baker

In a post titled The most important person in the world, I argued that we are only as strong, powerful and important as the weakest link in the human chain. When a little girl is gang-raped, when a child wastes away from preventable hunger, when a woman dies...

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Debunking the Reagan myth

Here are four essential pieces debunking the Reagan myth: WASHINGTON POST: Five myths about Ronald Reagan's legacy CBS: Ronald Reagan Myth Doesn't Square with Reality AOL: Ronald Reagan at 100: The Darker Legacy SALON: Ronald Reagan cared more about UFOs than AIDS...

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Obama and Egypt: clues and warnings in his 2009 Cairo speech

The Obama administration is in a tough spot - navigating the treacherous diplomatic and political waters of Egypt's uprising is no easy task. Supporting the Egyptian people without doing or saying something that could destabilize the region is a careful balancing act....

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Eliminationism: how hate breeds violence

Hate breeds violence. Anyone who listens to the relentless liberal-bashing on rightwing radio and other conservative outlets will quickly realize that the level of vitriol and derision directed at the left will inevitably provoke a few individuals to act out. And they...

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The most important person in the world

You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again. ~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Do some people matter more than others? In a tabloid culture, an...

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