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Posted at Buzzflash on Oct. 28, 2006

Food of the Gods, Terence McKenna

I took some drugs today to help me write this review. Specifically, a xanthine-family drug called caffeine that appears in the berries of a largely equatorial bush, along with a few weaker xanthine-family alkaloids that aren't as well known but are also present in the coffee bean.
Posted at Buzzflash on Oct. 27, 2006

The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, with a Preface by Cass R. Sunstein

Most Americans have never read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution in their entirety, even though the process would take the average reader less than an hour. There are several small pocket editions of the two documents, but this one is unique in that it contains an excellent introduction by Cass R. Sunstein, and that it contains Thomas Jefferson's brilliant 1777 "Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom in Virginia."
Posted at Buzzflash on Oct. 21, 2006

Messages To The World, by Osama bin Laden

In the Fifth Century BCE, in his "Art Of War," Sun Tzu wrote: "I say: Know your enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be defeated. When you are ignorant of the enemy but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant both of your enemy and of yourself, you are sure to be defeated in every battle."
Posted at Buzzflash on Oct. 19, 2006

Hidden Power - What You Need to Know to Save Our Democracy, by Charles Derber

Why would it be that when the vast majority (78 percent, according to a 24 September 2006 Gallup poll) of registered Democratic voters favor a gradual or immediate withdrawal from Iraq, only about a third (36 percent, as noted by John Walsh in a brilliant article at Counterpunch) of the Democratic candidates in the tightest House races this fall share that view?
Posted at Buzzflash on Aug. 3, 2006

TABOR and Direct Democracy: An Essay on the End of the Republic, by Michelle Goldberg

There is a group of people -- who often refer to themselves as "conservatives" -- who are not only committed to the destruction of our republic, but actively (and successfully) crippling governments all over this nation. Their main weapon is "direct democracy" -- the initiative system by which citizens can get measures on a ballot and bypass legislators -- and a series of seemingly commonsense citizen-promoted limitations on the growth of government.
Posted at Buzzflash on Jul. 10, 2006

Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, by Michelle Goldberg

As a resurgent Taliban takes over large swatches of Afghanistan, changing that nation's social mores, educational curriculum, and legal system, many Americans would be shocked to discover how massive and powerful the new American Christian Taliban has become. So powerful, in fact, that it could be argued it's taken over large portions of the federal government, several state governments, and thousands of county and municipal governments.
Posted at Buzzflash on Jun. 11, 2006

The Conservative Nanny State, by Dean Baker

It would be difficult to exaggerate the importance of "The Conservative Nanny State" by Dean Baker, a macroeconomist with a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC.
Posted at Buzzflash on May. 15, 2006

Let Every Nation Know: John F. Kennedy in His Own Words, by Robert Dallek, Terry Golway

On November 22, 1963, the day he was assassinated in Dallas, John F. Kennedy was scheduled to give a speech in which he would have said:"We in this country, in this generation, are - by destiny rather than choice - the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of 'peace on earth, goodwill toward men.' That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago, 'except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.'"
Posted at Buzzflash on Apr. 18, 2006

"The Second Bill of Rights: FDR's Unfinished Revolution and Why We Need It More Than Ever" by Cass R. Sunstein. Thom Hartmann's "Independent Thinker" Book of the Month Review

In his recent book, The Shield and the Cloak, Gary Hart notes that "When every child in America is secure, then America will be secure." He frames social and economic security as not only equal to national military security, but as the foundation of national security. Hart is right. But he is not the first to have suggested this concept.

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