"Even in the area of warfare, for which men had been paying price in terms of loss of life and limbs in thousands and millions since the dawn of civilization, they have smartened. They developed matured political system and technological advancements. Most differences of nations are now sorted out by diplomacy and political means. War machines have become precise and sophisticated to hit the enemy target with minimal harm to fighting force and causing little collateral damages."
"It goes without saying that his death was shocking, not only to those who knew and loved him, but to the Palestinians as a whole. Why anyone would ever want to harm a man like Vittorio is beyond comprehension but the awful truth is that someone did harm him in the worst possible way. And this is where the Palestinians, as a people, have more to mourn than just the death of our friend Vittorio."
"Higher education has been cut in twenty-eight states in the 2009-10 school year and further, even more drastic cuts, are likely in the years ahead. California State University (CSU) system is planning to reduce enrollments by 40,000 students in the fall of 2010. The CSU Trustees have imposed steep tuition hikes and forced faculty and staff to take non-paid furlough days equal to 10% of salaries...The students who are protesting tuition increases know they are being ripped off. They know that we are bailing out the rich with hundreds of billions dollars for Wall Street and massive budget cuts for the rest of us. The corporate media doesn’t explain to over-taxed working families how they are paying more while the rich sock it away."
"Americans have a great comfort level for living in debt. Their desire for conspicuous consumption means that Americans will fall for marketing ploys to "buy now -- pay later". Everything from household furniture to wars are financed in this manner from the lowest citizen to the President of the United States. Wars of conquest are fought on credit, presumably to be paid for by some future generation of Americans."
"With right-wing Republicans running the White House for 20 of the last 28 years, maybe the downplaying of the importance of the presidency has become a kind of coping mechanism for some progressives. Accustomed to a status quo that grows increasingly dire, we've settled into an uncomfortable "comfort zone" as familiar as it is macabre. At the same time, the cascading effects of right-wing control over most of the federal government have been cumulative and devastating."