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Binary Star Metaphor

I’ve been looking for an analogy or metaphor–because analogy and metaphor give substance to solid things–that would express the at-times insoluble gap between reaching out to people who have worked hard to see the world in flexible, hopeful and real terms, and to also live in a way that reflects my belief that the stone that was rejected will become the cornerstone no matter who it is that has been rejected. Of equal frustration is the split between what I want to accomplish, and the stuff I have to do everyday. This is true for myself and billions of other people. I read

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10 companies that make money but pay no taxes

Any time that the system to rigged that you can make millions, and and some cases billions, of dollars in profits yet pay no US taxes, there is a problem. We have to fix this problem. From Mother Jones: Between 2008 and 2011, 26 major American corporations paid no net federal income taxes despite bringing in billions in profits, according to a new report (PDF) from the nonprofit research group Citizens for Tax Justice. CTJ calculates that if the companies had paid the full 35 percent corporate tax rate, they would have put more than $78 billion into government coffers. Here’s a look at

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Breaking News: Auto Talks Break Down

CNN is reporting that the auto negotiations in the Senate have just broken down and the bailout bill appears to be dead. We can throw billions at Wall Street but cannot save the auto industry. How sad. You know, it isn’t the fact that the Senate Republicans have killed this bill that really bothers me. It’s that these guys will not stand up and tell the American public that the middle class simply doesn’t matter anymore. They don’t care if you to have a good job for a good wage. They want you to work at McD’s and Wal-Mart and feel

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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