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Issue No. 46: August-September '03

things within

This issue hit the streets Aug. 8. This is some of it. Enjoy.
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Barbarism in the Afternoon: Bullfighting, Violence & the Crisis In Human Identity
by Dr. Steven Best
Spain is one of the most beautiful yet barbarous nations on the planet. In thousands of festivals throughout the year, animal cruelty is the centerpiece of cultural traditions. Increasingly, however, these "traditions" are contested under the pressure of modernization and the growing influence of animal rights. If humanity is ever to heal from the cancer of violence, human identity must be separated from animal cruelty. Spain is a crucial litmus test of change.

From the Editor: by Craig Mazer
Corporate Criminals Buy Corrupt Politicians–"Politicians are greedy bastards who often make the most important decisions based on how it will pad their wallet or benefit their most giving corporate friends."

Notes From the Cultural Wasteland by Morris Sullivan
Reduced funding for social programs and government support for religion creates a damned-if-you-do/damned-if-you-don't situation.

Over-Priced Musings: by Don Pflaster
North Korea Won't Be Easy–With all of America's recent bravado about making the world free and secure from weapons of mass destruction, it is puzzling that our current administration continues to play off the North Korean threat as not being much of a big deal.

The Do-Nothing Strategy: An Exposé of Progressive Politics in America
by Karyn Strickler
This unfortunate "strategy" infects many contemporary national progressive organizations, allowing right-wing viewpoints, by default, to dominate public policy.

Comic Relief: The Muddlemarch by Neal Skorpen
Choose: Never in America | Ignorance Is ...War?

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 quote:

"This administration led this nation into war based on lies. I think that this Congress, and the American people, have a right to know what information this Administration had, and how they justify their public comments. Now is the time for truth-telling."

Congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, June 3, 2003

"The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's good-bye to the Bill of Rights."
H.L. Mencken