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Please Note: The material below was written between 1995 and 2005. ARTICLES OF PARTICULAR RELEVANCE TO THIS WEBSITE ARE LISTED IN CAPS. SNR refers to pieces published in The Sacramento News and Review. Although most of the articles below were published, the list includes several that were unpublished.

DEATH

D1-- "LIVING LIFE BY EMBRACING DEATH," THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, 12/16/01
Reviews of books by Studs Terkel and Virginia Morris, including the moving story of a woman who forgave her son’s killer.
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D2-- "ACCEPTING THE UNACCEPTABLE: DEATH CAN TAKE OUR BODIES. IT CANNOT CRUSH OUR SOULS, "  SALON,  8/5/96
Overview for special issue on death. We can only accept the unacceptable, i.e., we can only truly speak of “accepting” death if we also abhor it.
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D3-- "MY JOURNEY THROUGH DEATH: HORROR, DENIAL AND THE PATH TO MYSTERY”, SNR, 3/11/99
An account of a personal experience with death, written at the end of a course on death and dying at San Jose State University. The author connected with the process of life itself, taking little comfort from concepts like “meaning” and “hope”.
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D4-- JACKIE MCENTEE INTERVIEW, “WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAD A YEAR TO LIVE?,” ENLIGHTEN JOURNAL, 1/97
The remarkable story of Jackie McEntee, whose life was so transformed for the better following a terminal diagnosis that she says she would rather have lived the way she had since the diagnosis than have lived a far longer life as she had been living before.
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D5-- IRVIN YALOM INTERVIEW, “A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH”, SALON, 8/5/96
Interview with the author of Existential Psychotherapy. Asked what comfort he could offer someone agonized at the prospect of death for the next 5 billion years and beyond, he responded “Well, did the last 5 billion years bother you? I mean, it seems to me that what happens after we die is not really the problem. It is a kind of peace. The challenge for us is how we live between now and then, whether we have the courage to stop denying it and use our anxieties to live more authentic, meaning-filled and purposeful lives.”
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D6—“MY FATHER'S DEATH”
The story of the death of the author’s father, whose last words were “if you love me, put me out.” The horror and beauty of his father’s courageous death transported the author to a realm far beyond politics and his previous experience of life.
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D7—“GIFTS OF DEATH AWARENESS – OUTLINE”, A TALK BY FRED BRANFMAN, THE PSYCHIATRIC UNIT GRAND ROUNDS, SANTA BARBARA COTTAGE HOSPITAL, JANUARY 24, 2001, ORGANIZED BY: CARLOS SLUZKI, MD, DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR PSYCHIATRY AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE
An outline of a talk in which the author began, ” I feel a deep connection with each of you today, because I am focusing on the sad destiny that we all have in common - rather than the differences in appearance, age, race, gender, profession that might normally come to mind. When I feel this way, I feel happier - softer, kinder, more open, more alive. It is an example of what I will call "gifts of death awareness". The theme of this talk is that realizing such gifts of death awareness can not only improve but transform our lives.’
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D8-- "TO THE LIGHT OF LIFE THROUGH THE DARK OF DEATH", PAPER, WRITTEN 1995
A 76-page paper in which the author describes the concept of “Life-Affirming Death Awareness” for the first time. It includes the stories of a large number of people whose lives were transformed for the better by facing not denying death.
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D9-- Stephen Levine Interview, "Suicide Isn't Painless", Salon, 6/2/97
The death and dying expert explains why he favors assisted suicide laws, though he warns that the issue is very tricky and should be discouraged except in cases of extreme distress. He feels others have no right to deny assisted suicide on a blanket basis, saying “let's see how those people who judge suicide do when it's them laying in that sweaty bed, incontinent, unable to think or speak clearly, in enormous physical distress.”
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D10-- Harry Hendin interview, “Have We Been Seduced by Suicide?”, Salon, 6/2/97
The author of Seduced By Suicide makes the shocking charge that doctors in the Netherlands, where assisted suicide is legal, are killing patients without their consent. He opposes assisted-suicide laws, arguing that  modern medicine has meant that noone need be in pain at the end of life.
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SPIRITUALITY

S1-- "JOURNEY FOR TRUTH: FROM THE CAVE OF POLITICS TO THE SUNLIGHT OF SPIRIT: THE STORY OF A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY”, SNR, 5/15/97
The 61-page story of the author’s 1990-95 spiritual journey, following an intense encounter with death after which he abandoned overnight a 21 year career in politics. The journey included 5 months of silent meditation, 5 months in India including working at Mother Theresa and a year of study with Hungarian spiritual teacher Laszlo Honti.
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S2-- "OUR LEGACY: LOVE FOR THOSE WHOSE FACES WE WILL NEVER SEE AND WHOSE VOICES WE WILL NEVER HEAR”, CHAPTER FOR IMAGINE, EDITED BY MARIANNE WILLIAMSON, RODALE PRESS, 2000
Humanity faces its greatest challenge, as we are the first generation in all human history to pose the single greatest threat to our own descendants as a result of our destruction of the biosphere upon which they will depend for life. Edmund O. Wilson may well be right that humanity is suicidal, and only if we connect with our deep feelings for those who follow us will humanity be saved.
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S3-- "WILL I GO FOR THE DEEPER HAPPINESS IN THE FACE OF MY DEATH?", Tikkun, 3/02
At any given moment we know what we need to do, but we can only access this knowledge if we quiet down and pay attention to our inner knowing. Doing so is essential to attaining our deepest happiness, which is otherwise unknown to us because we are so conditioned by our past experiences and social expectations.
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S4-- "The New Cultural War," on Jean Houston and Hillary Clinton, SF Chronicle, 6/96
A defense of Jean Houston, following the attacks on her upon the publication of Bob Woodward’s book on the Clinton White House, in which Houston guided Ms. Clinton through a visualization of Eleanor Roosevelt.  A culture war between narrow, rigid and unfeeling Washington types and the nation’s 45 million “cultural creatives” is described.
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S5-- "The Thirst For The Sacred"
There is a vast thirst for sacred experience in America, evidenced by events as seemingly disparate as the Heavens Gate suicides and the sale of nights in the Lincoln Bedroom.
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S6-  “A Jew’s View: The Good In `The Passion Of The Christ’”
Although attacks on Mel Gibson’s movie for fanning anti-semitism may be warranted, critiques of his realistic depictions of violence are not. America regularly inflicts such violence in real life on real people, including its own soldiers and Iraqi civilians. If our nation is willing to kill real people, we have a responsibility to at least take an honest look at what we are doing rather than hide it from ourselves. Doing so might reduce violence in the world. It would certainly make us more honest and less hypocritical.
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PSYCHOLOGY

PS1-- ROBERT FIRESTONE INTERVIEW, “A COOLER HEAD PREVAILS: PSYCHOLOGIST ROBERT FIRESTONE REJECTS THE QUICK FIX FOR BAD MARRIAGE”, SALON11-16-99
 The author of Fear of Intimacy explains the deeper reasons why relationships fail, and why self-help and relationship formulas rarely succeed. “The fantasy bond is originally an imagined fusion formed by the infant with the mother or primary parenting figure. We imagine that we are fully protected from deprivation and death. It is highly effective as a defense because a human being's capacity for imagination provides partial gratification of needs and reduces tension. When we project this childhood fantasy bond onto our adult partner, and inevitably find they cannot meet our unconscious emotional hunger, we increasingly move away from loving operations and real affection and friendship.”
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PS2-- ROBERT FIRESTONE INTERVIEW, "IS THERAPY DEAD?", Salon, 1/5/03
Firestone laments the death of psychotherapy, and explains why it’s so important: “It's not fun doing hard work in therapy, particularly in the beginning. That's why there's resistance. But it's exciting too. You can't imagine how many doors it opens. You learn that emotional pain is bearable and you don't have to be so afraid anymore. You don't have to spend your life running away from or avoiding important issues.”
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PS3-- CLOE MADANES INTERVIEW, “THERAPY TODAY: PROMOTING REBELLION OR A BRAVE NEW WORLD?”, MAY 2000
The author of The Violence of Men explains why effective therapy requires concern for others and social action. She explains her recent speech, in which she called for therapy to be “a permanent corroder of power structures that would like to see people satisfied, contented and controlled." She also said that “managed care and pharmaceutical companies are the modern Stalinists and right wing dictators who, in their aspirations to expand their markets, have created a powerful industry of mind control and are turning us into a nation of drug addicts. The very stuff of therapy ?] fantasy, dreams and memory ?] is dangerously close to coming massively under the control of large corporations."
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PS4-- HOWARD SCHIFFER INTERVIEW, “RAGING HORMONES- IN A SCHIZOID WORLD OF COMPULSORY CHASTITY AND ONLINE ORGIES, HOW ARE TEENAGE BOYS SUPPOSED TO MAKE SENSE OF SEX?”,  SALON, 5/12/04
The author of “How To Be The Best Lover: A Guide for Teenage Boys” explains how he came to write a book designed to help teenagers have intimate relationships.  The author attempts to steer a middle course between abstinence, which he regards as unrealistic, and promiscuity, which he sees as unhealthy for all concerned.
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PS5-- Review, Momma And The Meaning of Life, by Irvin Yalom SNR
A review of Yalom’s latest book, in which he describes what goes on behind the closed door of the therapist’s office. “If even the great psychiatrist finds himself in his 60s still unable to fully separate from his mother - what about the rest of us? How many of us, too, still dream of our mothers, still live their dreams? And how can we be truly aware unless we are willing to explore and understand more about the meaning of our inner life?”
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PS6-- Dan Siegel Interview, "The Neurospsychology of the Playground: Psychiatrist Dan Siegel explains how understanding the complexities of your own brain chemistry can make you a better parent”, Salon, 6-24-03
One of the creators of the new field of “interpersonal neurospsychology” explains how a parents looks at or talks to a child has a physical impact on the child’s developing brain. The interview begins with a revealing description of how Dr. Siegel used his training to recover from a bad interaction with his son.
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PS7-“Why Is The Divorce Rate So Low?: Reinventing Marriage In Order To Save It”, SNR, 8/99
A call for admitting that marriage in its present form is not working for most people, and suggesting how it needs to be reinvented. The author suggests, for example, that we encourage people who might be ideal co-parents to have  and raisechildren together, even though they may not be having a  traditional relationship.
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THE BIOSPHERE

B1-- E.O. WILSON INTERVIEW, "LIVING IN SHIMMERING DISEQUILIBRIUM: THE PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR CALLS FOR SPIRITUALIZING THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT AS EARTH ENDURES THE GREATEST MASS EXTINCTION IN 65 MILLION YEARS”, SALON, 4-22-00
The great biologist is asked “it seems that unless the environmental movement can tap into people's largely unconscious feelings of spirituality, mystery, awe and reverence, and then tie it to concern for future generations, we're not going to save the environment”.  He responds, “The centerpiece of my new book is going to be what you just said. I think we've got to get moving on this”.  He explains that “the human species -- in achieving its independence from that universe, its ability to survive in good part by understanding how the universe works -- has achieved something truly magnificent. And what we need to offer in the way of reverence should be not to some imagined higher power, but to each other. And we need to dedicate ourselves to preserving the one home -- seemingly the only home -- that we're ever likely to have as a species.”
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B2-- A MORAL CALL ON GLOBAL WARMING & FUTURE GENERATIONS,  1998
Jimmy Carter, Elie Wiesel, Andrew Young, the heads of most of America's religious domination and dozens of others issued this appeal to save the biosphere on behalf of future generations.
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B3-- ”AN OPEN LETTER TO THE LEADERS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT: WHY YOU'RE LOSING THE WAR TO BUSH AND CHENEY”, SALON, 9/5/02
In the wake of the second Rio conference, it is time for the environmental movement to admit that it is losing the war to save the biosphere. One basic reason is that most people care more about their grandchildren than the wild animals and parks that  most environmentalists care more about. Only if they get more in touch with their own humanity, and focus on explaining why the wellbeing of our grandchildren depend on saving the biosphere, can they halt their present decline into irrelevance.
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B4-- STATE OF THE SPECIES, END OF THE MILLENIUM, SNR, 12/99
The problem is diagnosed as our lack of concern for future generations: “perhaps the greatest obstacle for feeling genuine concern for future generations is that it requires us to break through our denial of our own death. To really see and feel oneself as part of the great flow of generations is to confront the shortness of life, the inevitability of its loss, and the meaningless of many of the things to which we are most attached.” But the the fact that the baby-boom generation’s will soon be facing actual death may help us break through our denial: “the possibility exists that millions of us - including  77 million U.S. baby-boomers who are now facing the death of their parents and will soon enough confront their own - will find that awareness of our mortality spurs a growing concern for future generations for the most ‘selfish’ of reasons: because concern for their wellbeing is necessary for our lives to have meaning.”
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B5-- KYOTO, GLOBAL WARMING AND THE 21ST CENTURY, SNR, 1997
A report from the Kyoto Global Warming conference which gave some hope that the world would finally act on global warming despite the actions of irresponsible U.S. politicians like Senator Chuck Hagel, who denied the problem even existed.
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B6-- Mark Levine Interview, “Turning Up The Heat On Global Warming: Meet One Of The Scientists Who Got Clinton's -- And The World's -- Attention On The Greenhouse Effect”, Salon 10-24-97
A leading expert on global warming explains the problem and how it can be solved. Levine’s description of actions in China to curb global warming, where he consults, are particularly interesting.
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B7-- "Ratifying Kyoto for Our Children's Grandchildren", SNR, 1998 (with Ed Smeloff)
 A call for acting to save the biosphere on the basis of our own concerns for the wellbeing of future generations.
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LAOS AND INDOCHINA

LI1-- "MY EXPERIENCES WITH LAOS AND INDOCHINA",  2005
A 31-page account of the author’s experiences in discovering and exposing the U.S. secret bombing of Laos to the world. It begins, “In early September, 1969, at the age of 27, a moral abyss suddenly opened before me. I was shocked to the core of my being as I found myself interviewing Laotian peasants, among the most decent, human and kind people on earth, who described living underground for years on end, while they saw countless fellow villagers and family members burned alive by napalm, suffocated by 500 pound bombs, and shredded by anti-personnel bombs dropped by my country, the United States. Even more shocking was the realization that the bombing as continuing apace, and that a few hundred miles away Laotians alive today would be dead by the morrow …
It was a profound shock to realize that if (the Nuremberg) principles were applied to my own leaders that they would be executed, and that the judgment at Nuremberg did not leave me the moral option of saying that it was not my affair.”
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LI2-- "SOMETHING MISSING: A VISIT TO THE PLAIN OF JARS", 1994
A report on the author’s visit to the Plain of Jars in Laos in 1994, where he saw first-hand the evidence of the massive U.S. bombing that still haunted this 700 year old society. He reports standing in a cave atop a mound of dirt in which several hundreds innocent men, women and children had been entombed as a result of a U.S. “Sidewinder” missile fired into it. He reported reading on his flight to the Plain how President Clinton had opened the Holocaust Museum the day before, as America memorialized what the Germans did to the Jews 50 years earlier but still refused to take responsibility for its own mass murder of civilians in Indochina.
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LI3-- "MAKING AMENDS FOR INDOCHINA'S CALVARY", Alternet, 8/30/04
A description of the massive U.S. war crimes committed in Indochina, in response to the Swift Boat Veterans’ attack on John Kerry for exposing those crimes. “There are certain lies so monstrous, so odious, so malignant, and so significant, however, that they cry out to heaven for rectification. One of these is the claim of the "Swift Boat Veterans" in their latest ad: that John Kerry lied when he noted that the U.S. had committed widespread war crimes in Indochina as a matter of policy as well as individual wrongdoing. Those who shape opinion in this country have no higher duty than to research the facts of U.S. war crimes in Indochina, and to educate our nation and children about them.”
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LI4-- "KISSINGER: ENLIGHTENED STATESMAN OR ODIOUS SCHLUMPF?", 5/01
The original version of a piece published in Salon on Henry Kissinger’s commission of war crimes in Indochina. It begins with a quote from the London Observer on April 9, 1944: "It is the lack of (Albert Speer's) psychological and spiritual ballast and the ease with which he handles the terrifying technical and organizational machinery of our age which make this slight type go extremely far nowadays. This is their age; the Hitlers and Himmlers we may get rid of, but the Speers, whatever happens to this particular special man, will long be with us." It ends by declaring, “Henry Kissinger, through an unparalleled talent for bureaucratic intrigue and media manipulation, is the first of these types to demonstrate the ability to manage the Information Age "machinery" of our age. But he will not be the last. The Reagans, Nixons and George W. Bushes we will be rid of. But the Kissingers, whatever happens to this particular special man, will long be with us.”
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LI5-- "Wanted: If Henry Kissinger Isn't Guilty Of War Crimes, No One Is. A Vietnam War Whistleblower On Christopher Hitchens' Case Against The Former Secretary Of State”, Salon, May 18, 2001
“Several times a month, as I shave, I find myself looking deeply into my eyes -- and remembering theirs. It took a lot to create that haunted and broken look in the eyes of the peasants who had fled the Plain of Jars in northern Laos … They had names, these people: Thao, Bounphet, Khamphong, Loung. They had treasured wives and husbands, children and grandparents, buffaloes and homes, rice fields and temples. And they had dreams -- and as much right to these dreams as did any of the U.S. leaders who obliterated them … Nearly 4 million tons of bombs were dropped on the people of Southeast Asia while Kissinger orchestrated the war, over 1 million tons more than was dropped during the presidency of Lyndon Johnson and twice the tonnage dropped on all of Europe and the entire Pacific theater in World War II. More than 1 million Indochinese perished and 10 million were wounded and made homeless. Kissinger executed this massive aerial assault without any serious regard for the civilians below.”
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LI6--Dan Ellsberg Interview, The Man Who Leaked The Pentagon Papers Talks About Why Five American Presidents Lied About Vietnam -- And How To Get The Truth On Iraq”, Salon, 11/19/02
The author of Secrets, who has probably spent more time than any person alive trying to understand the political, geopolitical, economic and military motivations for  U.S. policy in Indochina, explains why he has concluded that the issues were psychological, that Americans leaders doubt their masculinity. “I would say that (Lyndon Johnson) consciously chose a policy that was riskier for him politically than the alternative. So how do we explain that? My best guess is that Lyndon Johnson psychologically did not want to be called weak on communism. As he put it to Doris Kearns, he said he would be called if he got out of Vietnam, an `unmanly man,’ a weakling, an appeaser. He preferred to risk office, and to lose office, as a tough guy, than to gain and retain office while facing some strident charges from politicians who were beaten that he was a weakling. And I believe that he was not alone in that. Many Americans have died in the last 50 years, and maybe 10 times as many Asians, because American politicians feared to be called unmanly.
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LI7-- "The Media, The War and 3.4 Million Ghosts: Reflections on The U.S. Press Corps in Indochina," SNR, 1998
A report on the author’s first-hand experiences with the U.S. media in Indochina. He explains how the media institutionally bore responsibility for the continuation of the killing,  though  some individual reporters  on some occasions showed courage and integrity.
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LI8-- "A New War Story," on healing the wounds of the war, Salon, 8/27/96
A report on Tom Hayden’s shaking hands with the son of Mayor Daley in Chicago, symbolizing the need for national reconciliation on the war in Indochina, by honestly acknowledging and teach our children what we did there rather than continuing to live in denial.
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LI9-- "A Soldier For Peace: The John Kerry I Knew During The Vietnam War Was Far From The Radical Portrayed By The Bush Campaign. He Was A Courageous Truth-Teller -- And, Caught In A New Inferno, The Country Could Use Him Again”, Salon, 4/13/04
A description of the author’s personal experience with John Kerry during the Indochina war, and why he believes that Kerry’s actions in opposing the war are a reason to vote for him.
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LI10-- Excerpts on Branfman From Backfire, by Roger Warner, Simon and Schuster
31 pages of excerpts from Backfire, which describe in chronological order Fred Branfman’s experiences in Laos, from his years as a volunteer to his discovering the U.S. Secret Air War, to his efforts to halt the bombing both in Laos and back in America.
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POLITICS

PL1-- "THE NEED TO DE-MYSTIFY THE PRESIDENCY," Tikkun, Fall, 2002
Written on the first-year anniversary of 9/11, it suggests that that 9/11’s major political result was to re-mystify the Presidency - as people turned to George Bush, “the most unlikely father figure in American history,” for protection against death. It suggests that people’s childish support for Bush, whose policies were actually threatening their wellbeing, would have grave consequences for America and the world.
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PL2-- "WHY BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE IN POLITICS: A VETERAN OF AMERICA'S POLITICAL TRENCHES EXPLAINS WHY PUBLIC SERVICE HAS BECOME A DIRTY TERM -- AND HOW WE CAN CLEAN UP THE SYSTEM", SALON, 5/20/96
A tongue-in-cheek but serious explanation, based on the author’s many years in electoral politics, on why politicians cannot be truthful, high-integrity, or decent human beings. The problem is not the politicians themselves, who usually start out relatively idealistically, though possessed of a relatively high need for public approval. The problem is a system that forces them to spend most of their time fund-raising from contributors who use them narcissistically, kissing up to a media that despises them, keeps them so busy that they cannot think, feel or focus, and which gives them real reason to be paranoid. To even begin to find a solution to this problem would require full public financing of all elections, general and primary.
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PL3-“WHAT WE REALLY CAN'T FORGIVE CLINTON FOR: HE GOT CAUGHT", SALON, 9-4-98
The reason Clinton retains his high standing in the polls despite Monicagate is not because the public is more sophisticated about sex. It is because people need to believe that the President is someone special who can protect them from death, and cannot handle the cognitive dissidence of  learning that he is a pathetic human being who cannot even handle his own carnal urges toward an insecure and unloved youngster. They instead tune out the information and regress to their childlike belief in the Presidency.
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PL4--"ADVICE TO KERRY: IT'S ALL ABOUT HEART: IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO BE SMARTER THAN GEORGE W. BUSH -- YOU'VE GOT TO SHOW SOME REAL FEELING", SALON, 3/12/04
If John Kerry is to beat George Bush he needs to get in touch with  the earlier deep core of feeling that propelled him on the national stage during the Vietnam war. It is not that he needs to be more liberal politically, but that he needs to abandon the calculating, aloof, intellectual persona he developed since Vietnam in order to reach his present position. It worked to reach state office and the Senate, but it will not succeed in making him President.
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PL5 -- “The Gene Is Out Of The Bottle: Get Ready For The Debate Of a Lifetime!”, Salon, 11/27/96
An early report on the issues involved in biotechnology, beginning with an argument between a gene scientist and a woman accusing him of exploiting women by suggesting that biotechnology offered cures for breast cancer that did not in fact exist.
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PL6-- "Earth To Gore: Concede Now To Fight Another Day", Salon, 11/30/00
A call for Al Gore to realize that he lost the 2000 election because he did not convey to the public real feeling about what he really cared about, the environment, and instead came across as a passionless and hypocritical technocrat. The author, who has deep respect for Gore, urges him to spend the next four years preparing a run for the Presidency by doing what he called for in his own book: making saving the biosphere the “organizing principle of civilization.”
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PL7-- Gary Hart interview, "Where The New Democrats Went Wrong", Salon, 8/15/00
Excerpt from interview suggests Clinton and company did not keep their principles in becoming “New Democrats”
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PL8-- "Why The Public Needs To Know If Bush Used Drugs: It’s About Character, Stupid" , Salon, 8/31/99
Why George Bush’s history with drugs Is relevant to his run for the Presidency.
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PL9-- Jerry Brown Interview, "Moving Toward The Abyss", Salon, 6/23/05
The former Governor explains why he thinks America is moving towards an abyss: “the politics of America today is about supporting the continuation of nuclear weaponry and testing, and genetic manipulation, the consequences of which we do not understand, and the continuing isolation of living, feeling human beings in inhuman structures, whether they be jobs or urban clusters. This is going to create an explosion.” But he also explains how he can be hopeful, despite this analysis: “I can't specify a rational basis for it, but I feel very hopeful. I can't explain why. I feel healthy. It's a beautiful day today. And I walked around Lake Merritt with some very nice people, so that disposes me to a more optimistic interpretation of reality. Maybe it's just hormonal balance. A religious person would call it "stirrings of the Holy Spirit". A materialist would call it "animal spirits."  .. I'm doing what I know how to do, and what I have the opportunity to do. It's part politician, part student, part activist, part seeker. I try to put all these parts together.
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PL10- “Just Do It, Bill: The president needs to get this off his chest", Salon, 8/06/98
A call for Clinton to tell the truth about Monicagate.
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PL11-- "Making History: What Clinton Needs To Do His 2nd Term”, Salon, 11/06/96
A call for Clinton to make history in his second term,  e.g., by reforming Medicare, confronting global warming, and seriously reducing poverty, rather than continuing the mediocre performance of his first term.
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PL12-- Pat Choate interview, "The Kingmaker Speaks", Salon, 11/11/99
Pat Choate, Ross Perot’s Vice-Presidential candidate in 1996, explains his support for Pat Buchanan in 2000.
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PL13“The Horny Dilemma: Do We Really Want A Sexually Frustrated President -- Or Is The Clinton Scandal An Opportunity To Redefine The Tyrannical Institution Of Marriage?”, Salon, 2/10/98
“Let's try a thought-experiment. Is it in the national interest to have a satisfied, relaxed, loose president making decisions as to whether and how to bomb Iraq? Or do we prefer a frustrated, irritable, snappish commander-in-chief determining who will live and who will die? Is our nation best served by a chief executive who regularly engages in towering fits that reduce his aides to cowering children because of sexually frustrating nights spent in the presidential boudoir? Or are we and the president's hard-pressed staff better off if the chief's sexual needs are better met, even if that means allowing him more sexual freedom than most of us who live lives of quiet desperation? It is curious how little examination has been given to the real issue underlying the Clinton sex scandal -- how to remain faithful to a loved spouse when it so often requires a lifetime of sexual frustration.”
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PL14- "To Die For The People: In a bold new proposal, the G.O.P. urges seniors to ‘Bite the Dust for the Budget’”, Salon, 4/1/96
A satire written after Newt Gingrich and House Republicans gained power in 1994, as they deliberate about a proposal to offer seniors tax credits to go to their descendants for committing suicide.
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PL15- "What Rudy Giuliani's Actions Can Teach Us", Alternet, 5/26/00
Rudy Giuliani’s press conference after he discovered he had prostate cancer illustrates how facing death can make us better people.
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PL16- Scenes From The State of The World Forum
A description of the contradictions at the State of the World Forum, as participants evidence genuine concern for the poor even as they hold forth in one of San Francisco’s most expensive hotels, spending more in 5 days than most Third World families spend in a year.
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PL 17- Should Ted Turner Give $1 Billion To The UN?
Mohammed Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank that gives microcredit to millions of the poorest fo the poor, suggests that Ted Turner would better spend his $1 billion by supporting grass-roots groups rather than the U.N. organization.
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IRAQ AND TERRORISM

IT1-- "BRIEFING FOR A DESCENT INTO HELL: A WIDE-EYED EXTRATERRESTRIAL IS INSTRUCTED ABOUT HOW A MAN NAMED BUSH BECAME THE MOST POWERFUL LEADER ON EARTH -- AND HOW HE LED THE PLANET INTO CHAOS”, SALON, 4/2/03
Using Doris Lessing’s framework in Briefing Before a Descent Into Hell, the article explains why Bush’s invasion of Iraq betrays American interests and is entirely irrational. It ends by describing the “Project for a New American Century,” the idelogues behind his “Bush Doctrine”: “Their irrationality is conveyed by the absurd title they chose for their group. It is obvious to all but this narrow band of zealots that the 21st century is not "the American century" -- a term originally coined by the founder of Time magazine to describe the 20th. This is the world century, in which the human species will preserve the biosphere it needs to survive, and avoid mass murder on a scale yet undreamed of, only if it learns to build a new, cooperative, multilateral world order. President Bush is presently committed to policies that will destroy the very cooperative world order we need to survive … (And)  President's Bush's irrational war-making is not even the planet's biggest problem. The more serious threat he poses to Earth's survival is his inexcusable refusal to seriously address the ongoing destruction of the biosphere from global warming, biodiversity loss, water aquifer depletion and a host of other systemic problems. The man in charge of monitoring Iraq's weapons programs, Hans Blix, properly declared on March 15 that "the question of the environment is more ominous than that of peace and war. We will have regional conflicts and use of force. But the environment, that is a creeping danger. I'm more worried about global warming than I am of any major military conflict."
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IT2-- "A GENERATION BETRAYED", early 2003
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IT3-- "President Bush is Endangering Our Lives: A Fact Sheet", 10/04
A fact sheet documenting how President Bush has neglected Homeland Security, thus endangering the lives of millions of Americans, while pursuing his war in Iraq which endangers Americans even more.
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IT4-- "A Time For Truth- Bush's Reelection Threatens You and Your Loved Ones", 10/04
The case that Democrats ought to make: that President Bush is not protecting the American people.
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IT5- "Secretary Rumsfeld Resigns After Kay Report, Citing Pledge To Grandson Jutting-Jaw Authority Figure Says Viewing Of `Liar, Liar’ Catalyzed Shocking Decision. ", Salon, 10/4/03
A satire explaining how Donald Rumsfeld resigned after  he was revealed to be an incompetent liar by the Kay report that there were no weapons of mass destruction  in Iraq. Rumsfeld resigns because he promised his grandson that he would stop lying for just one day, as in the movie “Liar, Liar”, and then realized that if he stopped lying for just one press conference he could no longer keep his position.
"The truth is that I have failed our nation in regard to fighting terrorism in the wake of Sept. 11. My miscalculations have vastly increased the probability that tens of thousands of Americans will die from terrorism in coming years. Personally, I cannot serve as secretary of defense knowing that when terrorists next kill innocent Americans that I and my administration will have some of their blood on our hands.,” Rumsfeld explains.
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IT6- “March Of Folly: How The `Bush Doctrine’ Weakens America”, 3/19/03
This 29-page article describes a 5-point anti-terrorism strategy that could effectively reduce terrorism, contrasting it with Bush’s invasion of Iraq and his “Bush Doctrine” which will increase terrorism and weaken America.
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