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Tom H. Hastings

Entries by Tom H. Hastings

Obama's Nobel Speech? C-minus.

(7) Comments | Posted December 14, 2009 | 10:23 AM

If, a week ago, one of my Intro to Peace Studies students had handed in the very speech given by President Obama in Norway, I would have given that student a C-.

What? He is charismatic, eloquent, measured, brilliant -- how can a peace studies professor be so cynical, so...

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We Can't Afford Health Care? You lie!

(9) Comments | Posted September 12, 2009 | 11:26 AM

We see the spectacle of the US Congress unable to manage decent health care reform that will actually enable the American citizenry to join the rest of the industrialized world in having health care for all. The problems, it is clear, come from those who are lying.

Death panels? That's...

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Nukes versus Humanity

(2) Comments | Posted September 7, 2009 | 10:58 AM

A number of nuclear weapons issues (renewing the non-proliferation treaty, curbing global proliferation, spending vast sums on making and maintaining nukes) are becoming hotter. We can't seem to escape their lethal embrace.

Why haven't we rid humankind of nuclear weapons? These are the weapons that can end the grand evolutionary...

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Recovering to Death

(4) Comments | Posted September 5, 2009 | 3:03 PM

Jumbo shrimp. Buy and save. Jobless recovery. Americans are on Full Oxymoron Alert these days, as we read and hear about this "jobless recovery." Recovery for whom?

The unemployment rate is high and growing higher, nearing an official 10 percent--which is always lower than the reality of impoverished underemployed and...

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