January 17, 2013

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Charles Bukowski

Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski; August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer.                                      

UAE paying men to marry women over 30

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The government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has decided to pay men to marry women who are over 30 and therefore considered too old to be single by UAE standards. The Gulf state is facing a serious demographic problem with over 60 per cent of single women being over the age of 30. The Federal National Council (FNC), the country’s consultative body, is extremely concerned. FNC member Said al-Kitbi said in an interview with Agence France Presse that: “this is very worrying, there are now more than 175,000 Emirati women who are over 30 and unmarried.” The real problem,…

Canadian Missing Women Inquiry plagued by scandals

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Dozens of Canadian women, mostly sex workers and aboriginals, started going missing in the early 70s. Then in the 90s, a new cluster of missing cases provoked friends and families to start asking questions about the lack of arrests. After many marches, vigils and protests, the Canadian government finally decided to open a public inquiry last October, called the Missing Women Inquiry. But earlier this month, 15 groups, announced their decision to boycott the policy forums next month of the flawed inquiry in an open letter to Commissioner Wally Oppal. Since it was set up, the commission has been beset…

Demand A Plan to End Gun Violence

This is the direct statement from the Demand A Plan website: A group of artists joined our effort to Demand A Plan and recorded a powerful, personal message. Please take a minute to watch the video and share it with your friends and family. It’s time. Join more than 750 mayors and 750,000 grassroots supporters to demand that President Obama and Congress step forward with a plan to end gun violence. Our efforts cannot bring back the 20 innocent children murdered in Newtown, CT — or the 34 people murdered with guns every day in America. But we can prevent…

America’s Bargained Democracy

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Alison Stanger wrote “knock on the door of the Federal Government in 2009, chances are that you will find nobody at home” in her recently published book One Nation Under Contract. The staggering scope of privatization of our government’s services and duties started by Eisenhower and accelerated with George W. Bush, has created a shadow government that in size has neverbefore been seen in the history of industrialized world. Federal contracting of every imaginable government service, from prisons to census to tallying up our taxes-and many more-engorged the outsourcing-industrial complex in a way that now Americans have virtually next to no…