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Members of Repent Amarillo, the Grisham family, standing in front of a giant wooden cross on their front porch.

In a fine opinion piece, Chris Floyd points out that war is not a natural act. And he quotes some guy from the first century CE: All who draw the sword will die by the sword. – Yeshua Ha-Notsri, Palestinian dissident, c. 33 CE.

For over a year, a small group of fundamentalist Christian militants calling themselves Repent Amarillo have terrorized Amarillo’s gay bars, swingers, liberal churches, and the Wildcat Bluff Nature Center (the latter believed by Repent Amarillo to be “a Mecca for witches and pagans”), in violent and disruptive protests.

John Minto reckons that the privatization of  that “bastard offspring of the market”, Telecom, has “cannibalised the profitable parts of the economy and left us heavily in debt.” Meanwhile, in another dimension, the Obama State Department tells Venezuela that it must return to free market capitalism.

In “The Lure of The Animal: The Theoretical Question of the Nonhuman Animal” Critical Education 1.2 (2010), Abraham Paul DeLeon challenges the human/nonhuman binary.

And Noam Chomski speaks about Obama’s warmongering and the importance of dissent. Towards the end of the interview, he comes up with this wee gem: “When Obama is praised for opposing the war in Iraq because he thought it was a mistake, we should recognize that to be on a par with Nazi generals after Stalingrad who thought that the two-front war was a mistake. The issue isn’t was it a mistake; it’s whether it’s fundamentally wrong and immoral.”

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