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Note from the Editors

This weekend's commemoration of the Civil Rights march on Washington, D.C., and the remarkable speech by Dr. Martin Luther King may boast a different demographic, showing how far we've evolved, but the cry for jobs and freedom has not been satisfactorily answered in the past fifty years. At the same time, across the Middle East Syrians and Egyptians too are marching, though it's not exactly in the name of "democracy," as characterized by the Establishment leaders and their media. It's much more basic than that -- food, water, fuel, and jobs as well -- as Gilles d'Aymery explains, along with some thoughts on Chelsea (Bradley) Manning, and more. The Establishment's plethora of resources seems to blind them to the realities of the vast majority, no matter the country. Except, that is, in Scandinavia. Joel Hirschhorn took a trip to see with his own eyes why Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland rank at the top of every economic and social index. Answer: they actually care about their citizens' well being. In contrast, Glenn Reed tells the story of a man called Fuzzy, who fell on hard times and joined the group of castaways our society is so adept at dumping. Meanwhile, with all the tough talk about our military options in Syria, it's worth reading Randolph Bourne's unfinished 1918 essay, "War is the Health of the State." And as for health and the state, Linus Pauling meets John Birch in Michael Barker's article on vitamin crusaders.

It's time for some much-needed dialogue, and in that of Peter Byrne, conversations cross paths at the breakfast table from her dream to his indifference. Raju Peddada's random conversation explores men's insecurity and religious views on women and sexuality, and in contrast, John Marshall's poem brings two souls together beautifully in eternal, ethereal light. More poetry from David Francis in a cloudland of the segregated south, and Guido Monte's fragments of conversation from his mind and from the street. We close with your letter regarding Manuel García on Frank Rich and Edward Snowden, and Jan Baughman's reaction to Joel Hirschhorn's illuminating article on Scandinavia.

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Tidbits Flying Across the Martian Desk

Gilles d'Aymery:  Blips #138

A few selected issues that landed on the Editor's desk, from the reality of resource shortages behind the "Arab Spring" that you don't find in the Establishment press; the reality of the Establishment's plethora of resources; to the unfortunate, unfolding Chelsea (Bradley) Manning saga, and more.   More...


Patterns Which Connect

Joel S. Hirschhorn:  The Greatest Nation Fantasy: Replace U.S. With Scandinavia

The author travelled to Scandanavia to see first-hand how Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland outrank the U.S. on every level.   More...


Glenn Reed:  So Fuzzy's Dead...

Sometimes our capitalist society makes from strange bedfellows among the outcast.   More...


Randolph Bourne:  The State (1918)

First part of Randolph Bourne's unfinished essay, also known as "War is the Health of the State."   More...


Michael Barker:  Alternative Medicine? Vitamin Crusaders For Cancer And More (Part III of III)

Linus Pauling meets the John Birch Society.   More...



Peter Byrne:  Breakfast Menu

Conversations cross paths at the breakfast table from her dream to his indifference.  More...


Raju Peddada:  Why Are Men So Insecure? - Part I

Part I of a random conversation about religious views on women and sexuality.   More...



John M. Marshall:  Rain

Two souls brought together in eternal, ethereal light.   More...


David Francis:  Cloudland

Poetry from the cloudland of the segregated South.   More...


Multilingual Poetry

Guido Monte:  Fragments from silence

Guido Monte describes fragments of conversation 'stolen' on the street, or that used to resonate in his mind.   More...


Letters to the Editor


Agreement with Manuel García on Frank Rich and Edward Snowden, and reaction to Joel Hirschhorn's illuminating trip to Scandinavia to see why it outranks the U.S. on everything but the instruments of death.   More...


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