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War Tax:

The Economic Costs of an Unjust War


Miriam Pemberton, Foreign Policy in Focus:

“From massive budget deficits to skyrocketing oil prices, the proposed attack on Iraq will have a devastating effect on the lagging U.S. economy.”

Costs of Imperial Adventurism


Geov Parrish, WorkingForChange.com:

‘The Iraqis may have agreed to weapon inspections, but the campaign for “regime change” in Baghdad continues. And most other nations will go along — for a price.’ AlterNet

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And now for a public service announcement:

Katha Pollitt, author of Reasonable

Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism
: Join the EC E-mail Campaign: “America’s rate of unwanted pregnancy is a huge public health scandal, but five years after being approved by the FDA, emergency contraception–the use of normal birth control pills to block pregnancy within seventy-two hours of unprotected sex–has yet to fulfill its potential. Part of the problem has to do with the difficulty of getting EC in time; many doctors don’t want the hassle of dealing with walk-in patients, many clinics are closed on weekends and holidays (times of peak demand) and some pharmacies, like Wal-Mart’s, refuse to stock it. That anti-choicers falsely liken EC to abortion and tar it as a dangerous drug doesn’t help.

The main barrier to EC use, though, is that most women don’t know what it is. To spread the word, Jennifer Baumgardner and I have written an open letter explaining how EC works, how to get it and why women should even consider acquiring it in advance. If every Nation reader with access to the Internet forwards it to ten people and one list…” The Nation

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‘The Center Cannot Hold’

Black-Jew Rift Widens After Southern Primaries:

“Participants in this month’s Congressional Black Caucus conference say the defeat of two black House members in bitter primaries not only suggests a widening rift with Jewish Democrats, but trouble within the Democratic Party itself…

The anger is emanating from reports that several outside Jewish special interest groups took a particular interest in defeating Reps. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., and Earl Hilliard, D-Ala., by fueling the campaigns of their respective Democratic primary opponents with thousands of dollars and an interest in seeing the incumbents defeated for their long-standing support of Palestinians.” Fox

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Rogue E-mail

From John Robb’s Radio Weblog: “As I mentioned I would do earlier today: I deleted this story before it got into Google’s cache.

The reason I posted it was that I thought it was really is amazing how quickly people can amplify someone’s stupid mistake via e-mail. This is the dark side of the Internet: mob consciousness facilitated by e-mail.

BTW: I am also deleting the e-mail message from my hard drive. Don’t ask for forwards or reprints. Regardless, given the wide distribution on this e-mail, you will probably see it in your inbox soon: it is going global.” [via blogdex]

Sounds interesting; does anyone have a copy saved that you wouldn’t mind forwarding to me? Thanks in advance…

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Recipes for Death:

Nicholas Kristof: “We have a window now, while terrorists still have difficulty obtaining reliable recipes for bio- and chemical weapons. If we continue to allow these cookbooks to improve, buttressed by helpful articles in professional journals, then over the next 10 years we may empower terrorists to kill us on an unimaginable scale.” NY Times op-ed