2006 Archives

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 Huffpost on Oct. 26, 2006

There's Nothing "Normal" About A Middle Class

“That liberty [is pure] which is to go to all, and not to the few or the rich alone.” —Thomas Jefferson to Horatio Gates, 1798. There is nothing “normal” about a nation having a middle class, even though it is vital to the survival of democracy.
Posted at Thom Hartmann on Oct. 24, 2006

Republicans Give In To Bush, Betray America

Senators John McCain, John Warner, and Lindsey Graham were presented with an opportunity to uphold the fundamental human right known as habeas corpus, or flinch and write a law that would retroactively make sure that George W. Bush could not be prosecuted for violations of habeas corpus in our overseas concentration camps and prisons.
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?