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Commentary :: Right Wing

Emergence

Welcome to the twenty-first century, welcome to social retrogression and the new barbarism – primitive theological values and barbarism have temporarily stolen the post-modern age. Quite an irony in today’s highly advanced society but the reality of barbarism and retrogression are undeniable. The world’s most advanced technological nation is a perfect example. America has succumbed to theological ideology and all the bigoted, avaricious, violent values associated with primitive religion and barbarism. A crusader, a mental deficient who fancies himself a ‘holy’ knight of the Middle Ages battling the forces of ‘evil’, leads the USA; a literal mental retard and social regressive leads the world’s ‘leading’ nation.

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News :: Labor & Class

Activists Pressure Smithfield Foods

Civil rights, union and religious leaders have organized locally to pressure Smithfield Foods Inc. to correct alleged worker abuses at a subsidiary's Tar Heel, N.C., pork plant.

Activists will visit Richmond-area supermarkets on Monday to ask them not to carry products from the mammoth processing plant, owned by Smithfield Packing Co. They also will talk to consumers about conditions at the plant and urge them not to buy products made there, organizers said.

"We are here because injustice cannot be ignored," the Rev. Alfred Reid of a Disputana Baptist church told roughly 50 people attending a prayer breakfast and organizing meeting yesterday at the Cedar Street Baptist Church on Church Hill. "We need to educate folks."

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News :: Media

The Web: 'Reality TV' online for World Cup

Capitalists sucker the masses by using the Internet as a way to access the World Cup.
CHICAGO, June 14 (UPI) -- From online "reality TV" to sporting blogs to fantasy soccer games, the Internet is emerging as the new way that FIFA World Cup 2006 fans are keeping in touch with the doings on -- and off -- the field this soccer season, sources are telling United Press International's The Web column.

Online portal, Lycos.com, like other sites, around the globe, including sporting content producers are giving fans an inside look at the culture that suffuses the world soccer championship series. Lycos has launched a behind the scenes, reality-TV style show, at worldcup.lycos.com, dedicated to the ongoing event. By Gene Koprowski

http://www.upi.com/Hi-Tech/view.php?StoryID=20060614-101747-6894r

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Commentary :: Globalization

Youth Suicide and Howard’s Australia

Thank you for your article (link below) on Howard and particularly for highlighting his disregard for Australian youth. I am appalled by his attitude to young Australians. Australia has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the developed world and little wonder; the short-term interests of corporate profit, crushing taxation laws and the introduction of ‘guest workers’ have stolen the future from the majority of our youth. Our youth now experience ever-increasing difficulty obtaining work skills needed for their survival.

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Commentary :: International Relations

Behind the Lies of the Australian Prime Minister

It’s not difficult to arrive at an accurate assessment of the present Oz leadership, the government of John Howard. Love Howard or not, he has the local population eating his lies like it was manna from heaven. Howard’s treasurer recently announced that the Oz government was out of debt, in view of a national foreign debt of $493 billion, the highest ever recorded by an astronomical ‘mile’, the announcement of no government debt becomes meaningless double-talk. But which figure does the public prefer to embrace? The lie of course, it’s far more comforting – the media’s emphasis on the treasurer’s remarks at the expense of the horrendous crippling debt is not unintentional.

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Commentary :: Theory and Information

The Suspension of Belief and the Implosion of Meaning

Existence in a post-modern world, or living in a world where text/image (signs) have imploded and offer no inherent meaning outside a consciousness that animates/endows signs which in turn deliver meaning/endowment back to the same consciousness that so desperately needs to invest in meaning! In other words, ‘reality’ is up for grabs; creating your own reality in a world of competing ‘realities’ has become the principal pursuit of modern humanity.

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News :: Indymedia : Media

Internet freedom dealt setback as COPE Act passes

Last night at just before 10 p.m. in Washington, the House of Representatives voted down Rep. Ed Markey’s (D-Mass.) amendment to the Communications Opprtunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act by a count of 269 to 152. Fifty-eight Democrats voted against Net Neutrality, 11 Republicans voted for it. The COPE Act, without the Net Neutrality provision, then passed by a wide margin. The Rules Committee allowed a mere 20 minutes of floor debate before the vote.

While it’s disappointing to see the House ignoring the massive public upswelling of support for Internet freedom, not all is lost. We still have the Senate.

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Commentary :: Indymedia : Media

No Tolls on The Internet

Congress is about to cast a historic vote on the future of the Internet. It will decide whether the Internet remains a free and open technology fostering innovation, economic growth and democratic communication, or instead becomes the property of cable and phone companies that can put toll booths at every on-ramp and exit on the information superhighway.

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