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The voters of Detroit and Michigan repealed a draconian and racist law that strips all public officials of power and authority in only Michigan’s Black cities and school districts. Yet, the law remains, and as an elected school board member, I receive decrees from the illegitimate emergency manager on a regular basis.
It has been said that it is no measure of health to be well adjusted in a profoundly sick society. And there is no war you can be awake and deny that we live in a profoundly sick society. So, are you well adjusted?
Under the Constitution, Congress is responsible for declaring war -- yet routinely it leaves the decision to the President. The terrible and widespread killing in Syria will become even more terrible and more widespread if the U.S. military (or a coalition of allies) launches an attack.
If you ever doubted the erosion of popular democracy in the U.S., the next few weeks should set you straight. The simple fact is that the voting population is the main "constituency" of politicians only at election time. Right now it is reported that approximately 60% of that constituency does not want the U.S. to attack Syria. However, it is not election time. In the post-election period, the politician's real constituency becomes special interests, some of which are rich enough and influential enough to substitute their own parochial interests for the interests of the nation. There are a bunch of them which are now anxious for an attack on Syria.
Labor Leader Calls on President Obama to Issue Executive Order That Honors Dr. King’s Legacy by Helping Low Wage Federal Contract WorkersBy Staff, CBTU | Press Release
Among the many fine remarks given by speakers at last Saturday's 50th Anniversary March on Washington, one in particular, we hope, might have caught President Obama's ear. In her brief tribute to the protesters and march organizers 50 years ago, Clayola Brown, president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute and first vice president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, linked their demand for civil rights and economic justice in 1963 to the plight of two million low wage workers who today are being brazenly exploited by private companies that make billions of dollars in contracts, concessions and property leases from the federal government.
An ant hill is a complicated construction, in which an equally complicated colony lives. But who rules the ant hill? No one does. Ants have no consciousness. They are biological mechanisms programmed from birth. The program specifies an algorithm while the ant's body merely obeys this algorithm. Ants never learn. They are born with inherent abilities. These abilities were formed a long time before, and when born an ant acquires them as a heritage of bygone processes, as an instant of momentum. An ant executes a built-in program when carrying pieces of wood or food, or attacking an enemy in accordance with its instructions, but it is never conscious of building an ant hill.
An ant is a biological machine in which an inherited momentum program is built. To see how it is with humans, first assume that free will really exists (philosophers, by the way, have not proven it yet). Thereafter, it is possible to consider to what extent it does. Ants have no free will while humans seem to have it.