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Issue No. 36: December '01-January '02

things within

This issue hit the streets December 7. This is some of it. Enjoy.
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Beyond the Bombs: Winning the "War" on Terrorism
by Morris Sullivan
After only a few weeks of bombing, victory in Afghanistan seems assured. To truly "win," however -- to build a lasting peace in the Middle East -- will require us to defeat much bigger demons than Osama bin Laden and the Taliban, including many of our own making.

From the Editor: by Craig Mazer
It's Time to End the War Against Marijuana -- While Canada and countries in Europe liberalize or contemplate liberalizing laws against marijuana, 735,000 people in the U.S. were arrested for marijuana violations in 2000. It's time this country seriously considered abandoning its losing battle against a drug that has proven less harmful to users than alcohol or tobacco.

Notes From the Cultural Wasteland by Morris Sullivan
Putting a flag on our cars might make us feel better about America, but it doesn't necessarily make America any better.

Comic Relief: The K Chronicles by Keith Knight
"What a Difference a Day Makes": America before and after Sept. 11.

Over-Priced Musings by Don Pflaster
Where Are YOUR Papers: A national I.D. card is up for debate with potentially frightening results. The worst part is, the American public might actually support it.

Endangered Species: Now or Never
by Jill Bielawski and Nicole Rosmarino
The removal or disappearance of just one or several species can irreversibly damage ecosystems and lead to their collapse. In comes the Endangered Species Act to the rescue ... or not.

Homeland Headache
by Matthew J. Peters
Step inside the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this time from the rarely represented Palestinian perspective. From either angle, the situation is troubling.

Comic Relief: The Muddlemarch by Neal Skorpen
Debating war and peace and a look at marketing manipulation
Choose: Debating War and Peace | Marketing Manipulation

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:

"The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions."

--Lep Tolstoy, Russian writer and philosopher

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."
--Susan Brownell Anthony, American feminist leader and suffragist

"What is the use of a House if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?"
--Henry David Thoreau