Coffee, Tea Or Revolution?
With all the subtlety of Lou Dobbs taking on illegal immigration, the ad-hoc Tea Party movement will reach a climax tomorrow with a slurry of protests--2,007 at the time of writing--to decry the emergence of big government and rising taxes. But what are they protesting exactly?
Taxed Enough Already, one of the many online organizing arms of the movement, pays homage to the revolutionary America bringing Thomas Paine back from the dead to school listeners on the evils of taxation, federal largess, and the need for a "national discussion of values and principles." The guy playing Paine is not happy clearly and proposes a scrappy resistance movement to take on Uncle Sam.
Though reportedly non-partisan, tea parties have attracted a number of (living) conservative backers including Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, but the right-wing populist tone of the movement seems hardly substantiated in the GOP's overall health at the moment.
As one San Francisco Chronicle writer clarifies, "Conservatives lost. American voters elected a big spender and, one way or another, Americans will have to pay for his agenda. The Obama tax hikes on Americans earning more than $250,000 have yet to materialize - but when they do, they'll be taxation with representation."
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
- Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
- Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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