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Impeachments needed on corporate Supreme Court

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Five Supreme Court Justices — Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito and Kennedy — are entrenching, in a whirlwind of judicial dictates, judicial legislating and sheer ideological judgments, a mega-corporate supremacy over the rights and remedies of individuals.
The artificial entity called “the corporation” has no mention in our Constitution, whose preamble starts with “We the People,” not “We the Corporation.”

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America’s corporations are shifting tax burden to you

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The all-consuming Washington, D.C., wrangling over debts and deficits, spending and taxing is excluding a large reality of how these financial problems can sensibly and fairly be addressed. These blinders in Congress and the White House come from fact-starved ideologies — mostly from the Republicans — and fear-fed meekness — mostly from the Democrats. Both are furiously dialing for commercial campaign cash.

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Soulless sports

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Why do many serious readers of newspapers go first to the sports section? Maybe because they want to read stories about teams playing fun games, written by sports journalists and columnists, who have more freedom to use imaginative words and phrases than others in their craft.
The trouble is that ever-more organized and commercialized sports are squeezing the fun out of the games. I’m not just referring to struggles between multimillionaire players against billionaire owners — as in the current NFL lockout and the looming NBA imbroglio.

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When is a war a war?

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The meticulous Harvard Law Review editors should be rolling over in their footnotes. The recidivist violations of constitutional and statutory requirements by their celebrated predecessor at that journal – Barack Obama — has reached Orwellian dimensions in the war against Libya.

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Fighting for Freedom of Information

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The 45th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) next month should remind all who have used this wonderful citizen tool against government secrecy and cover-ups of FOIA’s towering champion Congressman John Moss (D-Calif.). Last year alone, using John Moss’ brainchild, there were 597,415 separate FOIA requests filed with federal departments and agencies.
As a legislator, John Moss was a wonder of integrity, diligence, strategic and populist follow-through. Although Moss was not a lawyer, he read more bills cover to cover than most lawyers who were members of Congress.

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Bacteria strain sends open letter to President Obama

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Dear President Obama:
My name is E.coli 0104:H4. I am being detained in a German laboratory in Baveria, charged with being “a highly virulent strain of bacteria.” Together with many others like me, the police have accused us of causing about 20 deaths and nearly 500 cases of kidney failure — so far. Massive publicity and panic all around.

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It’s time to start tearing up the contracts

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It is time to shine the light on the big, affluent corporate lawyers who anonymously create those non-competitive fine print contracts we all have to sign to purchase goods and services.
It’s time for an open letter to these Darth Vaders of business law who have destroyed our freedom of contract and built a new road to serfdom made of corporate cement.
Dear Attorneys for Contract Incarceration:

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Revitalizing the AFL-CIO

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When Harry Kelber, the 96-year-old relentless labor advocate and editor of The Labor Educator, speaks, the leadership of the AFL-CIO should listen. A vigorous champion for the rights of rank-and-file workers vis-à-vis their corporate employers and their labor union leaders, Kelber has recently completed a series of five articles titled “Reasons Why the AFL-CIO Is Broken; Let Us Start a Debate on How to Fix It” (www.laboreducator.org/broken.htm).
The reaction: Silence from union leaders, their union publications and at union gatherings.

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End land mines

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Every day around the world innocent people, many of them children, are killed or injured by millions of unexploded land mines and cluster bombs. Some of the cluster bomblets look like candy or a toy, which attract a child in a field, orchard, schoolyard or by the roadside.
Powerful aggressor nations are responsible for most of these anti-personal weapons being laid from land or by air. Most recently, Libya’s rulers laid mines on the outskirts of Ajdabiya as part of its battle against the resistance.

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From charity to justice: bigwigs meet in New York

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On the evening of May 4, a day before he was to join dozens of billionaires convened by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates in Phoenix, Ariz., to discuss how they might spend over half their wealth for “good works,” media entrepreneur, peace advocate and environmentalist Ted Turner joined another billionaire, Peter B. Lewis (chairman of Progressive Insurance) and me at the New York Public Library to discuss a similar topic. C-SPAN covered the event.

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