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Monthly Archive: February 2011

Feb 28 2011

How the big corporations avoid paying any taxes

Susie Madrak points out how the biggest corporations are avoiding paying any taxes while the federal and state governments are demanding that ordinary people pay more. She also highlights the movement USUncut that highlights the tax inequities and is based on a successful UK model.

Feb 28 2011

Has atheism won already?

Some of you may be wondering what has happened to my series of essays on why atheism is winning. Do not fret, it has not been forgotten! It has just been displaced as the focus of the daily essay by the more immediate and timely issues of labor and the struggles in the Middle East. …

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Feb 28 2011

Inside Job Oscar acceptance speech

The producers of the documentary on the financial collapse point out the dirty open secret about the mess.

Feb 28 2011

A race of crocodiles

In Alexandre Dumas’s novel The Count of Monte Cristo there is a scene were two men are being taken out for a public execution for crimes committed independently of each other. At the last minute, a pardon is received for one of the men. The other man, who had been resigned to his fate, becomes …

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Feb 27 2011

Rolling Stone and Michael Hastings have another scoop

Hastings reports how the US military in Afghanistan wanted to use their Psy-Ops team on visiting US politicians to get them to support the war. The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in “psychological operations” to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has …

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Feb 27 2011

How to save time following the news: Tip #2

Stop reading the moment you come across the names Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen.

Feb 27 2011

A new planet in our Solar system?

I was stunned recently by this report that there may be a massive new planet that we did not know about in our very own Solar system. I thought this must be a hoax report but apparently it is being considered as a serious possibility. The hunt is on for a gas giant up to …

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Feb 26 2011

Asking the right questions of religious believers

Thanks to Machines Like Us I learned about a cable access call-in TV show in Austin, TX called The Atheist Experience. The hosts of this show take exactly the right approach. In this clip, a Christian caller gets stumped (as so many tend to do) when asked to explain why he believes in god and …

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Feb 26 2011

Government-business collusion in breaking the law

Stephen Colbert provides an excellent synopsis of how the government is colluding with Bank of America with big law firms and corporate hackers to attack WikiLeaks and Anonymous and Glenn Greenwald. Colbert also interviews Greenwald.

Feb 25 2011

Comedian Dara O’Briain on Catholicism

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