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Issue No. 48: December '03-January '04

things within

This issue hit the streets Dec. 12. This is some of it. Enjoy.
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The Democrats Are Coming, The Democrats Are Coming
by Morris Sullivan
In the next 12 months, America will decide who will lead us for the next four years. In this first-in-a-series of election-year analyses, IMPACT tries to make sense of the competition and wonders: Are any of the mainstream alternatives really better than Bush?

From the Editor: by Craig Mazer
Don't Be a Litter Butt–"The worst litterers ... are smokers. ... Smokers have, for far too long, felt that the Earth is their trashcan."

Overpriced Musings by Don Pflaster
Is There Anyone Out There Who Will Work For Free?– Though the legality of it is not in question, the moral implications of outsourcing labor is akin to the largescale duplication of copyrighted digital media by the Chinese.

Stolen Lives: Fighting Against the Nightstick
by Kari Lydersen
Police brutality remains a major problem in the U.S., but rarely do we hear from those who have been so directly affected, the families of victims of law enforcement abuse and murder.

Cruelty in Iams Contract Labs
by Heather Moore and Peter Wood
Iams pet food company may put forth a wholesome animal-loving image but it pays contract laboratories to conduct nutritional tests on animals for research and product development.

Comic Relief: The Muddlemarch by Neal Skorpen
Choose: Free Speech Zone | 'Cause Li'l Bush Says So

Crossing the Thames Into America's Heartland
by Adam Finley
Do you really know where the United States is on a world map? Sadly, neither does anyone in Oklahoma.

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:

"Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one's government is not necessarily to secure freedom."

Friedrich Hayek

"It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind."
Albert Einstein

"Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it's something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles."
Abbie Hoffman