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Issue No. 45: June-July '03

things within

This issue hit the streets June 6. This is some of it. Enjoy.
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Mean Greenies
by Heather Moore and Kathy Guillermo
Most people would never suspect Environmental Defense, the World Wildlife Fund or the Natural Resources Defense Council of greenwashing–a practice normally reserved for oil companies and ma jor corporations. But these three respected organizations have been directly involved in pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to require the poisoning of thousands–and in some cases, millions–of animals to test pesticides and other chemicals that are already known to be toxic.

From the Editor: by Craig Mazer
Are You An Environmentalist?–"Being an environmentalist is doing more than just having a 'Save The Whales' bumpersticker or a specialty license plate that goes towards protecting Florida's manatees. It involves action, not just financial support and catchy slogans."

Notes From the Cultural Wasteland by Morris Sullivan
As the war in the Middle East moves into its next phase, Americans have a choice: We can join hands and sing "God Bless the USA," or we can join forces to ensure this land belongs to you and me.

Over-Priced Musings: by Don Pflaster
Get In The Ring, Celebrities–With such immense popularity already at their disposal, why is it that more celebrities don't run for president?

Son Of PATRIOT ACT And The Revenge On Democracy
by Dr. Steven Best
The PATRIOT ACT set back the struggle for civil liberties by decades, but it was only the opening volley of the Bush administration as it launches another front in its war–the assault on democracy.

Comic Relief: The Muddlemarch by Neal Skorpen
Choose: He-Bush and The Masters of the Universe | What Is Terrorism?

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:

"Our ability to disagree, and our inherent right to question our leaders and criticize their actions define who we are. To allow those rights to be taken away out of fear, to punish people for their beliefs, to limit access in the news media to differing opinions is to acknowledge our democracy's defeat.

"These same people that tolerate the real violence of war don't want to see the result of it on the nightly news. Unlike the rest of the world, our news coverage of this war remains sanitized, without a glimpse of the blood and gore inflicted upon our soldiers or the women and children in Iraq. Violence as a concept, an abstraction – it's very strange."

--Tim Robbins, speech to the National Press Club, April 15, 2003