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Meat should be taxed like cigarettes

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Small World by Charles Kenny

Global Economics

The Economic Case for Taxing Meat

By  / BusinessWeek 

Shackled cows in assembly line.
Shackled cows in assembly line. How far are we prepared to go to make a dollar or satisfy our habit of eating meat? With the new substitutes that resemble meat fiber to a fault, and are in fact superior in terms of nutrients, the last excuse has been removed. The palate does not suffer and vegetarianism does not mean to be an eater of bark. But the inertia continues and the suffering goes on.

As tax season ramps up, we’re bound to hear proposals aimed at making the revenue system simpler and more efficient. A perennial is the “sin tax.” Rather than tax earnings—when we really want people to earn money—why not tax things we don’t want people to do? Add duties to cigarettes, alcohol, and carbon dioxide to slow people’s smoking, drinking, and polluting, and you’ll do them and the world a favor while raising revenue for schools, hospitals, and roads. But why stop there? It’s time to add one more sin to the list of habits that should be taxed: excessive meat consumption. Read more

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Once again, Australia is stealing its Indigenous children

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AboriginalChildBy John Pilger. Republished from JohnPilger.org.

[Editor's Note: The instruments of state have returned in the new "removal" of indigenous children. At root, it is the same twisted genocidal policy through the destruction of childrens' bonds to family and community. What a travesty this is... "almost 14,000 Aboriginal children had been "removed"."]

The tape is searing. There is the voice of an infant screaming as he is wrenched from his mother, who pleads, “There is nothing wrong with my baby. Why are you doing this to us? I would’ve been hung years ago, wouldn’t I? Because [as an Australian Aborigine] you’re guilty before you’re found innocent.” The child’s grandmother demands to know why “the stealing of our kids is happening all over again”. A welfare official says, “I’m gunna take him, mate.”

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Beyond Neoliberal Miseducation

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CoverGirouxNeoliberalismsWarBy Henry A. Giroux.

[This article draws from the concepts explored in Henry's newest book "Neoliberalism's War on Higher Education."]

As universities turn toward corporate management models, they increasingly use and exploit cheap faculty labor while expanding the ranks of their managerial class. Modeled after a savage neoliberal value system in which wealth and power are redistributed upward, a market-oriented class of managers largely has taken over the governing structures of most institutions of higher education in the United States. As Debra Leigh Scott points out, “administrators now outnumber faculty on every campus across the country.”1 There is more at stake here than metrics. Benjamin Ginsberg views this shift in governance as the rise of what he calls ominously the “the all administrative university,” noting that it does not bode well for any notion of higher education as a democratic public sphere.2

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Neoliberalism, Youth and Social Justice

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By Henry A. Giroux, Contributing Editor Cyrano’s Journal Today. Also published at TruthOut.

Below is a Taft Talk [How would you define neoliberalism?] by Henry followed by a related article on how neoliberalism links into the deep state and oppresses people such as youth, women, and sexual minorities.


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Police State Ukraine

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Ukraine protesters: still bathed in the glow of victory and naiveté.By Stephen Lendman

[Ukraine protesters: still bathed in the glow of victory and naiveté.]

What kind of government establishes itself by force? What kind does it extrajudicially?  What kind of legitimacy do ultranationalist, xenophobic, neo-Nazi, anti-Semites have? What kind substitutes unrestrained coercion for rule of law principles? What kind rules by intimidation? Read more

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Hypocritical, Decadent US Preaches “Freedom” to Our Dying World

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FreedomOfSpeechBy Gary Corseri

[Image courtesy The Failed Estate.]

It is the most misused, most misunderstood word in the American lexicon—“freedom.”

But, what is it?  Who has it?

Example: Just as the U.S and South Korea are about the embark on provocative military “exercises” on the divided Korean peninsula, our UN puppets declare the head of North Korea a “war criminal” on the same scale as a “Nazi” war criminal.  And, this comes as the young leader was making some effort to lessen tensions in that war-ravaged land. Read more

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Keith Olbermann reports on the Sochi dog strays nightmare

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SochiDogs-OlbermannPatrice Greanville, Publisher of Cyrano’s Journal Today. Editorial, from The Greanville Post.

[Keith Olbermann rightfully denouncing the cruel treatment accorded abandoned animals in the Sochi area.] 

The handling of strays in Sochi leaves much to be desired.  In fact, it’s a disgrace. It’s a stain on an event that is designed to elevate and unite humanity and cast the host nation in an admiring light. Read more

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