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Written by milansova on Apr 16, 2009

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Thank you Ron Paul. Here is a clip with Ron Paul debating with Steven Baldwin about the legalization of drugs. Each statement Baldwin makes is pretty much the age-old argument against drug legalization, and for each statement I also have a response.

Baldwin says that marijuana is a gateway drug:

In a study at the University of Pittsburgh they found that smoking marijuana is not the “gateway drug” which leads to more drug abuse , but rather the social situation that one is in leads to different types of drug use. Alcohol and tobacco are just as, if not more, commonly than marijuana.

“There isn’t enough research”

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Written by nicoleszucs on Apr 15, 2009

 

Where do your taxes go to? Many people are just used to pay taxes without even wondering where do they go to. Today many people  in the US are participating in the War tax resistance to avoid giving part of their income to sustain the wars going on. Acording to warresisters.org 54% of the federal taxes ( $1,449billion ) goes to military expending. Democracynow reports that " A new study from the National Priorities Project says that more than thirty-seven cents of every income tax dollar goes to military spending. By contrast, environment, energy and science spending projects split 2.8 cents of every tax dollar, while housing, community and food programs split 3.8 cents".

The ...

Written by JakeDexter on Apr 14, 2009

On March 30 Dr. Ronnie Olesker gave a presentation on the two-state solution in Israel/Palestine. It began with an informative historical introduction, but focused primarily on the situation for those Arabs, whom she referred to as minorities, within Israel. I left the presentation upon coming to some conclusions, and some questions.

After a brief historical introduction, Dr. Olesker provided themes to the conflict. The first, "victimhood"  accounted for the holocaust in the mind of the Jews and for the Palestinians, their removal from their homeland. This was referred to as the original sin of the Israeli state. The original sin was followed by a lack of policy regarding the status of those Arabs living within the newly formed Israeli state and a distinct "curtailment" or rights as well.

The majority of Jews emigrated to what was Palestine in the years following...

Written by Keilly on Apr 14, 2009

I am currently working on a research project in my Cultural Theory class on intellectual property rights and the ways in which television programs have been constructed and received around them.

 I was inspired by my good friend Lucia Bonsack and her research regarding the contentious issue of copy write laws in the music industry. She questions whether or not the ownership over what can be reproduced and altered to make new forms of music is legitimate considering the end-products can be altered so much that they may not even resemble the "original".

 Through discussions with her I became interested in this question of whether or not knowledge (in many forms including music, television, literature, websites etc.) can and should be owned and sold. Given the increased use of the internet and...

Written by milansova on Apr 13, 2009

After discussing the ridiculous nature of the coverage that the pirate situation in Somalia is getting I decided to browse around and see what non-US papers were writing. I was surprised to find that on the front page for BBC's website there was an article about Congressman Donald Payne's plane being targeted by mortars as he flew out so Somalia where he had been meeting with officials about the hostage situation. I didn't find anything about this on the front web pages of NY Times or LA Times. The Washington Post has...

Written by Keilly on Apr 8, 2009

Watch the whole thing.

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Written by milansova on Apr 8, 2009

Mexico is on the back of everyone’s mind. The death rate in Tijuana was higher than in Baghdad just a couple months ago, but with the involvement of Mexican troops sent to stop the violence, rates seem to be going down. Recently President Calderon said that the amount of drugs crossing the border would not be possible with out government corruption on both sides of the border. It is also important for the flow of guns to stop coming out of the U.S. and into Mexico (same with arms shipments to Israel). Anyhow the point that is most important is that we cannot assume that the ‘drug war’ is one that only deals with law enforcement and drug dealers, it is involved government officials as well. The rhetoric surrounding drug smuggling from...

Written by nicoleszucs on Apr 7, 2009

With the economic crisis in place, it seemed that everything was just about money. I wondered where the environment fits in all this, when few of the major newspapers provided an analysis of how to solve the economic crisis without forgetting the environment. Even fewer talked about how to tackle the environmental crisis that has been increasing for decades. However, with the lack of consideration of the environmental crisis by the G-20, major newspapers and independent media started concerning and analysing  the forgotten crisis.  

Today in the BBC they mentioned the Ecological- debt we are all subject to. As the report says "the ecological debt crisis, which threatens much more than pension funds and car manufacturers, is left to languish". The G-20 tackled...

Written by JakeDexter on Apr 3, 2009

19,ooo seals have been killed during the first part of Canada's annual hunt. Last week marked the beginning of a Canadian "tradition" that will only conclude upon the slaughtering of approximately 350,000 hooded , harp , and gray seals. I guess I was wrong to think Canada had an untarnished environmental record.

The Canadians say that the hunt is profitable for isolated communities in the northern regions of the country. According to the article on the Huffington Post "Fishermen sell seal pelts mostly for the...