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Women in Afghanistan


But the Opium production is up. Run tell that.

BBC: Pam O’Toole
An international women's rights group says guarantees given to Afghan women after the fall of the Taliban in 2001 have not translated into real change. Womankind Worldwide says millions of Afghan women and girls continue to face systematic discrimination and violence in their households and communities. The report admits that there have been some legal, civil and constitutional gains for Afghan women. But serious challenges remain and need to be addressed urgently, it states. These include challenges to women's safety, realization of civil and political rights and status. Womankind Worldwide sent a film crew to Afghanistan to investigate the situation of women there. They found a young Afghan woman crying in hospital who said she wanted to die. She was recovering after setting fire to herself. Womankind Worldwide says there has been a dramatic rise in cases of self-immolation by Afghan women since 2003.

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Contest EVERY Seat


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The chairman of Florida's House rules committee urged Rep. Ralph Arza, a fellow Republican, to resign over a racist message left on a colleague's voice mail and spare legislators a vote on whether to expel him.

Arza has admitted leaving the message on the voice mail of Republican Rep. Gus Barreiro earlier this month but said he was drunk and felt "deeply ashamed."

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All about Eve, etc.

People are writing books that claim there is no God. (via)

As I sit here in this hotel room, I wonder: "Where are the books telling you that there is a God?"

In lieu of such a resource, I hope this blog post will put you on the path to spiritual enlightenment... Read below the fold...

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It was Ike's fault then and it's W's now

And the moral? Don't blame George W. Bush: Chaos in U.S. foreign policy is nothing new. But pity those, whether the Hungarians in 1956, or the Shiites in 1991, who take our democracy rhetoric too literally: Sometimes we really mean it -- and sometimes we don't.

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Proposed Addition: "Department of Damn Gall"

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Horror Show


homecoming2Best Halloween viewing to commemorate the deaths of 103 Americans in Iraq during October 2006? Read below the fold...

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Housing market's busted, jobs are hard to get, insurance and benefits are so "pre-9-11-01 mindset", and the Internet's about to be a pay-for-play proposal. So tell me what some of your values are. Mine -- don't go into debt for shiny fancy stuff, do the best you can with what you've got, and be kind to your neighbor instead of steppin' on each other on your way to "the top" -- are all too obviously out of touch. Read below the fold...

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Great Moments in False Hope

Rush Limbaugh said that Michael J. Fox promotes "false hope" by suggesting that blastocyst stem cell research could hold a cure for millions of humans suffering from a wide range of maladies. Who else has offered false hope? Read below the fold...

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How Did James Webb Avoid Being Swiftboated?

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To earn a Navy Cross the act to be commended must be performed in the presence of great danger or at great personal risk and must be performed in such a manner as to render the individual highly conspicuous among others of equal grade, rate, experience, or position of responsibility. Read below the fold...

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GAO chief warns economic disaster looms - David Walker's Appeal

What they don't talk about is a dirty little secret everyone in Washington knows , or at least should. The vast majority of economists and budget analysts agree: The ship of state is on a disastrous course, and will founder on the reefs of economic disaster if nothing is done to correct it.

Yo! CD, what’s the skinny on this? Aside from we’re FUBAR. Where are the leverage points politically? How the hell do we conceive of politics at the bureaucratic level? None of these people are elected? This is starting to look a lot like the Donation of Constantine – the clerics are running the country. OK you were right. Read below the fold...

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Wow -- just how crazy are these people?

UPDATE I can't figure out how to embed this video (I pasted the text and everything!) but just follow the link I've provided to Roy Temple's blog to see the video. Sorry!

You've got to check out this "humorous" parody of the Michael J. Fox ad from the "comedian" at Scrappleface: Read below the fold...

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Democracy and Media – the looming impossibility of choice.

Given the nature of mass media in the USA is democracy possible in a Nash Equilibrium ?

In contrast to previous research, we find little evidence that citizens are mobilized by or learn from presidential advertisements, but strong evidence that they are persuaded by them. This research supports the contention that political communication is best conceived of as propaganda rather than a vehicle to enhance democratic accountability. We find that campaign advertisements are able to persuade voters to support one candidate over another.

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The Silently Shrill Kick Ass

Can you be shrill in sign language?

Shit yes. You can also organize, coordinate, stage a mass protest nonviolently, recruit allies, get media attention, and FUCKING WIN without ever saying a word. Out loud I mean.
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Trouble in Oaxaca

There has been a deafening silence over the situation in Oaxaca. The real question is how close are we? Maybe that fence ain’t such a bad idea. Read below the fold...


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