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The pastoral Pope

Tuesday, January 13, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Old songs occasionally need to be refreshed with updated verses – such as this: "Old McPope had a farm /E-I-E-I-O/ And on that farm he had a cow… a donkey… chickens… ostriches… rabbits… /E-I-E-I-O!"

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A corporate power grab is underway, so where's the media?

Monday, January 12, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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If you need a good, doable New Year's resolution, try this: "I resolve to do my part this year to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership."

The what? Most people never heard... [read more]

Cannabis: America's Common Sense Crop

Friday, January 9, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Until recent years, cannabis prohibitionists have been able to intimidate most reform-minded politicians by simply threatening to brand them as "soft on drugs." But finally, thanks to determined activists and broad support from the general... [read more]

Citigroup becomes its own self-serving lawmaker

Thursday, January 8, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Perhaps you recall from high school civics class that neat flow chart showing the beautiful democratic process for passing a law through Congress.

What a bunch of kidders those chart... [read more]

College bowl games become corporate money games

Wednesday, January 7, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Growing up in Texas, I learned that God and guns were important, but football – well, football was the real religion.

So I can understand the hyperbolic exuberance of a... [read more]

Populist proposals win in 2014

Tuesday, January 6, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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While last year's voters put a pack of reactionaries in charge of the new Congress, let's not forget that bigger majorities of the same electorate leapt at the chance to say “YES” to an array of... [read more]

The corporate hustle of college bowl games

Monday, January 5, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Are you bowled over yet? With college bowl games, I mean.

Through January 12, a record 39 football “classics” will have been televised, allowing bleary-eyed, beer-sedated gridiron fanatics to binge on... [read more]

America's ongoing rebellion for fairness and justice

Friday, January 2, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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The corporate Powers That Be keep thinking we'll stay hitched to their plow no matter how severely they lash us economically and kick us politically. But, to borrow one of George W's convoluted phrases, they're... [read more]

A curse, a blessing, and a good food movement

Thursday, January 1, 2015   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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In 1972, I was part of a nationwide campaign that came close to getting the US Senate to reject Earl Butz, Richard Nixon's choice for secretary of agriculture.

A coalition of... [read more]

Synthetic food: Our future doesn't taste good

Wednesday, December 31, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Armed with hefty grants from the Pentagon, squads of corporate and governmental food technologists are on a mission to supplant nature with a great leap forward in the Brave New World of synthetic foodstuffs.

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