31 Dec 2011

Gender Identity Bill is a Legislative Priority for Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley

With the start of a new legislative session in Maryland right around the corner, this report from Sharon Brackett, Board Chair for Gender Rights Maryland, is welcome news indeed.

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31 Dec 2011

New Year’s Eve News Dump: Obama Signs Defense Authorization Bill

The President signed the defense authorization bill today, appending a signing statement expressing concerns with the detainee measures in the bill. The White House had earlier stated they would not veto the bill, so this was no surprise. “I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions

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31 Dec 2011

Wisconsin Prosecutor Formally Requests Re-Opening of Lawsuit Against Anti-Union Law

Last week we heard that Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne was considering asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to re-hear a case against violations of the open meeting requirements in the state’s anti-union law. The case, which the state Supreme Court threw out in a 4-3 ruling, included the participation

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31 Dec 2011

VIDEO:Glenn Greenwald Explaining Ron Paul to Progressives

this video is about Glenn Greenwald explaining the importance of Ron Paul to the masses. Have always liked Greenwald. http://www.salon.com/2011/12/31/progressives_and_the_ron_paul_fallacies/singleton/ Glenn Greenwald “(Paulwho advocates policy views on issues that liberals and progressives have long flamboyantly claimed are both compelling and crucial.” He then quotes: “the anger [Paul] inspires comes not

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31 Dec 2011

Occupy Houston Update.

Occupy Houston Update. I delivered the most recent box of Occupy Supply goodies on Christmas Day but far more timely was the hot meal. It had been raining hard for much of the previous 48 hours and our Occupiers were wet and cold. Someone had brought in an elevated fire

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31 Dec 2011

Regulation Is the Tool That Democracy Uses To Allow Capitalism to Exist Within a Democratic Society

Democracy and capitalism are in direct opposition to each other philosophically. Democracy will, by majority rule, create a government that works for the majority. Capitalism, left to its own devices creates financial serfdom. Regulation is the tool that democracy uses to allow capitalism to exist within a democratic society. When

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31 Dec 2011

The Dissenter’s Top Films of 2011

For the past six months, I have reported on the Occupy movement and regularly covered WikiLeaks. I covered Pfc. Bradley Manning’s pre-trial hearing with great detail just over a week ago. But, now, I would like to take a moment to share with you some of the films I most

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31 Dec 2011

Economists’ Stories Say More about Economists than Real Life

The good life: a foreign land to economists.

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31 Dec 2011

Jerusalem on Edge of War on New Year

Jerusalem – Sectarian tensions rose yesterday as the UN International Dateline Commission convened its 2012 session. At issue was determining how to move the tiny Pacific Island nations of Samoa and Tokelau to the opposite side of the International Dateline. Minor skirmishes broke out when Christian, Jewish, and Muslim supporters

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31 Dec 2011

The Dissenter’s Top Films of 2011

Why is The Dissenter posting a top ten list (in no particular order) of films?

I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Film/Video degree. I enjoy writing about film. I especially enjoy writing about films that help call attention to important political or social issues in society (see my review of The Whistleblower this year, which happens to be on the list below). I am by no means a professional movie critic, but I do like to use film to interrogate the world and I also appreciate directors/producers/screenwriters, etc, that dare to interrogate the world or provoke thought in society through film.

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