Saturday, July 7, 2012
Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science: Incidentally, the automatic exemption of churches from tax is a disgrace. Nobody denies that some churches do charitable work. But that doesn’t mean that any organisation should automatically qualify for tax-free status simply by calling itself a church. Each church organisation separately should make the case that it does charitable work, just as anybody else has to when seeking tax exemption. Fat-cat evangelical pastors with tax-free mansions and private jets are an obscenity. Indefensible.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Why Europe's Laws On Vacations Are Better Than Your Wildest Dreams (and How Badly Americans Get Screwed) | | AlterNet
Why Europe's Laws On Vacations Are Better Than Your Wildest Dreams (and How Badly Americans Get Screwed) | | AlterNet: In the U.S. there is no legal obligation at all. If you get a paid vacation it’s either because the company “gave” it to you or because you achieved it through collective bargaining. Here’s a table comparing developed nations by statutory minimum annual leave and paid public holidays. Read ‘em and weep.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Monsanto's Roundup: Good or Bad?: An Illinois beekeeper whose bee hives were stolen and allegedly destroyed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture has stirred up a hornet's nest with his questions on why the state did this, and most importantly, what they did with his bees.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
OpEdNews - Article: Can Americans Escape the Deception?: Hot Air Day is upon us. On July 4, hot air will spew forth all over the country as dignitaries deliver homilies to our "freedom and democracy" and praise "our brave troops" who are protecting our freedom by "killing them over there before they come over here."
Monday, July 2, 2012
Heeding the Call: Rewriting History: US War On Vietnam : Information Clearing House: The first blow to the memory of our antiwar GI and veteran struggles in this revisionist farce was delivered by President Obama himself in his Memorial Day launch of the neutered sounding “Vietnam War Commemoration Project.” Obama’s myth-driven speech is a testament to his abysmal ignorance of this period of our history; or he was simply pandering to a selected audience of true-believer vets gathered at the Wall, who have succumbed to the pernicious view that the war they could never have defended in youth had become, with the salve of passing years, a noble cause.
Time for Regime Change in the USA : Information Clearing House: Indeed, the amazing thing is that the USA is completely failing to see what is going on. It was completely caught off balance by the Arab Spring so perhaps it is not surprising that it does not understand that it is hated more than it knows; that its traditional mixture of bullying, bribery and attack are not quite as impressive as it thinks; and that, in short, others are fed up with a short-sighted arrogance and even more short-sighted stupidity which is always prepared to go to war (even if that means that the USA is now virtually bankrupt because of its military spending).