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Will NorthCom take over in Swine Flu Outbreak?

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By Matthew Rothschild, in The Progressive The swine flu outbreak raises a lot of fears. Here’s one you might not have thought of yet: The Pentagon may be taking over more and more of our civil society in this crisis. Back in 2002, President Bush created NorthCom, the Pentagon’s Northern Command, which has jurisdiction over the United States. And NorthCom has been running preparedness drills in the event of a flu pandemic for at least the past three years. Making things more alarming, NorthCom got assigned its own fighting unit…read more

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Survey: Support for terror suspect torture differs among the faithful

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new survey. The Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture rallied on Capitol Hill in March 2008. More than half of people who attend services at least once a week — 54 percent — said the use of torture against suspected terrorists is “often” or “sometimes” justified. Only 42 percent of people who “seldom or never” go to services agreed, according to the analysis released Wednesday…read more

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Beyond Afghanistan: Choosing Nonviolence, WRL

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A Statement from the War Resister’s League Martin Luther King, Jr. (via last.fm) As we approach the April 4 anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s great 1967 “Beyond Vietnam” [audio] speech in New York City’s Riverside Church, the War Resisters League reiterates King’s urgent cry for nonviolence—and nonviolent resistance. The parallels between the war in Afghanistan and the U.S. war against Vietnam fill us with foreboding. While we adamantly oppose continued U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan and Pakistan, we also call upon people of conscience to think beyond Afghanistan…read more

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HR 875 – The Death of Farmers Markets, CSAs and Local Food

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From: The Nourished Kitchen HR 875, also known as the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, was introduced by Rosa Delauro – a democratic party member of the United States House of Representatives from Connecticut – in February of 2009.  The title of HR 875, The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, sounds innocuous enough – even comforting, but its implications yield a much, much different story. HR 875 as it is written today, could very well mean the end of the vibrant and growing local foods movement.  Yes –…read more

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