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Sunday, January 27, 2013

No Wonder--The Way To Catch A Thief Is To Follow The Money Trail.......................................

By Shiney Varghese, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
The food crisis and recent droughts have confirmed that controlling the source of food—the land and the water that flows under or by it—are equally or even more important. READ MORE»

Fake Protesters Offered $20 To Stand At Anti-Wind Energy RallyFake Protesters Offered $20 To Stand At Anti-Wind Energy Rally

  Written by Rebecca Leber

Most Americans like clean energy. So when conservatives wage campaigns against clean energy initiatives, they have typically resorted to fronting astroturf groups and paying fake protesters to generate noise.
Needing 100 anti-wind protesters by next week and apparently unable to find them, a mysterious firm advertised a “quick and easy $20″ on Craigslist. According to the ad, the only thing the “volunteers” would need to do for their pay is “stand next to or behind the speakers and elected officials/celebrities” at a rally against a wind turbine project in the UK.
View the screenshot (the ad was quickly pulled down after Grist made the catch):  

Best Dystopian Novel Ever, Exceptional;postID=88704824974282129Narration

Nancy J (Edmond, OK)
I am not a sci-fi fan, but I read this book when it first came out in the '80s, and it was chilling (from a woman's point of view, at least). Looking back on it from the 21st century, it seems even more frightening, since the premise of the dystopian society -- the overthrow of the US government by murdering the president and all of congress by an EXTREME right-wing supposedly Christian group -- seems not so far-fetched as it once did.

The USA has been changed to Gilead. Pockets of resistance are still fighting against the group which has established a society where women are completely subjugated.

Any woman who is still fertile (after most of the world has been so contaminated that fertility is rare) is forced to become a Hand Maiden, assigned to one married male at a time solely for the purpose of bearing children to be raised by the father and his wife. The Gilead society is so repressive, and so brutal, that the Hand Maidens and almost all women are forced to become silent and internalize all thought.

Offred (of-fred) reveals the minutiae and the indignities of her life in an almost anesthetized state. Claire Danes' narration fits the tone and atmosphere perfectly, detailing every day in an almost emotionless manner. This is an excellent book with exception narration. I recommend it to any and all readers, whether you are in sci-fi or not.

WOW!!!! I REALLY MUST EITHER LISTEN TO OR READ THIS BOOK!!!! BY Ms. Margaret Atwood, who wrote this book waaaay back in 1985, during President Reagan's hay day.  She saw what many of us would learn much later, the hard way, by experience; but she had the vision and the wisdom to warn us. Too bad, too many were as ignorant as myself, and failed to heed these warnings until it was too late. Too many fools such as myself had to learn various lessons the hard way, instead.

Is It Any Wonder The Current Reality Is>>>>>
Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet
As it became more unwilling to compromise over even minor gun controls, the NRA is now on the bad side of police. READ MORE»

Robert Parry, Consortium News
House Speaker Boehner warned his fellow GOPers that Obama may be preparing “to annihilate” the GOP, marking a stunning reversal of fortune. READ MORE»