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Issue No. 50: April-May '04

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This issue hit the streets April 2. This is some of it. Enjoy.
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From Earth Day to Ecological Society
by Dr. Steven Best
Thirty-four years have passed since the U.S. celebrated its first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. While citizens honor the Earth one day a year, corporations and their state clients trash it every day, non-stop. As species vanish and ecosystems collapse before our eyes, it is clear that a new ethic and radical social change is required to forestall utter catastrophe.

From the Editor: by Craig Mazer
IMPACT at 50–"When I started the magazine in 1996, I never would have imagined it would still be alive and kicking after eight years–and now, 50 issues."

Notes From the Cultural Wasteland by Morris Sullivan
Janet Jackson appears at the Super Bowl, and Ecce Mamma! so does her right breast. Entire nations crumble in the aftermath, leaving Mel Gibson to fiddle while Jerusalem burns.

Born to Die by Heather Moore
Approximately three or four million cats and dogs are euthanized in animal shelters across the United States each year. Yet puppy mills and breeders continue to churn out animal after animal like tools on an assembly line.

Comic Relief: The Muddlemarch by Neal Skorpen
Choose: Tax-ing Incentives | Bloody Awful!

America: Home of the Hateful
by Jeff Nall
No better proof of the U.S.'s sorrowful reality exists than the recent outcry of opposition to gay marriage, as expressed by politicians and, in particular, the American people.

Quickies by various writers
A little bit on a whole heck of a hell of a lot of CDs.

Advertiser Index: The businesses that make this magazine possible; includes lots of cool music-label links.

This issue's quotes:

"Marriage has been undermined by divorce, so don't tell me about marriage. Don't blame the gay and lesbian, transgender and transsexual community."

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Feb. 19, 2004

"What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another."

"The most common way people give up power is by thinking they don't have any."
Alice Walker