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Ground to a Halt

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  • Paul Clemens' deeply reported book is both disheartening and eye-opening as it examines the quickening demise of U.S. industry through the dismantling of one Detroit auto plant, which is then packed up and shipped to Mexico.
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  • The dismantling of a Detroit plant - and the repercussions of its demise.
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Stephen J. Lyons, Special to the Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

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Punching Out by Paul Clemens

One of the more telling facts that author Paul Clemens unearths in the absorbing "Punching Out: One Year in a Closing Auto Plant" is that a worker taking apart a shuttered automobile plant can now earn more than a newly hired worker on the Jeep Cherokee assembly line. That detail sets the stage for a greater truth about our wounded economy: The halcyon days of manufacturing are giving way to service workers and information merchants.

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This dismal conclusion is hardly breaking news, but until "Punching Out" we have never read about the men who pick apart the industrial carcasses, package up the greasy leftovers and ship them off to emerging economies.

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Detroit East Side native Clemens ("Made in Detroit") has the street cred and old-school journalism chops to deliver a first-rate piece of deep reportage. He spent the better part of a year observing the piece-by-piece disassembly of the 1919 Budd Co. stamping plant, also on Detroit's East Side. The plant shut its doors in 2006 and was one of 44 manufacturing plants that ceased production that same week nationwide.

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The editor of "Plant Closing News" (yes, we have a publication that chronicles the death of U.S. manufacturing) said to Clemens, "People pick that stuff up and take it halfway around the world and reinstall it and put their people to work." The massive Budd press lines were cut apart and shipped to Aguascalientes, Mexico, where they were put to work in a plant that makes the Dodge Journey.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: "I have a dream...to go to war?!"

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  • A Pentagon official actually claimed that if King were alive today, he might support the war.
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  • The Misuse of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films

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The Pentagon sank to a new low this week(Jan 12-18) in their attempt to sell the Afghanistan War to the American people. At their Martin Luther King, Jr., Day observance, a Pentagon official actually claimed that if King were alive today, he might support the war.

This is simply not true. As shown in our new video, Dr. King could not have been more clear in his 1967 speech denouncing the Vietnam War:

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"A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war, "This way of settling differences is not just. …A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."

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More than 10,000 people died in the Afghanistan War last year alone. This year, the government plans to spend $107 billion on the war. We believe that if Dr. King were alive today, he would repeat his admonition to U.S. policymakers on their responsibility:

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“I speak as one who loves America...The great initiative in this war is ours; the initiative to stop it must be ours.”

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Martin Luther King, Jr., was a national hero who called on us to have the moral courage to stop another war that wasn’t making us safer and that wasn’t worth the cost. Help us fight the Pentagon lies. Spread the truth by sharing this video with your family and friends.

Sincerely,

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The Misuse of Martin Luther King, Jr., Mark Engler, Dissent Magazine

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  • First Glenn Beck tries to claim MLK; now the Pentagon?! This has gone too far.
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  • Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
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  • Approaching Spiritual Death
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The Misuse of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  • First Glenn Beck tries to claim MLK; now the Pentagon?! This has gone too far.
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  • Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
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  • Approaching Spiritual Death
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Mark Engler, Dissent Magazine

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You might remember Martin Luther King, Jr. as someone who railed against the triple evils of “racism, materialism, and militarism.” But according to Obama’s Department of Defense, “today’s wars are not out of line with the iconic Nobel Peace Prize winner’s teachings.”

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This contention is advanced in an article by the American Forces Press Service, which the Pentagon is distributing for republication. CommonDreams did republish it—as an example of government shamelessness, correctly noting that you “can’t make this stuff up.”

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Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, Rev. Martin Luther King

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Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City

Duty to Warn:  Approaching Spiritual Death, Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest
Is it Too Late to Mend America’s Dying Soul?
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/duty-warn-approaching-spiritual-death

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William Rivers Pitt | The Wrath of Fools: An Open Letter to the Far Right

This is not the end of the story, but is just the beginning. The good people of the United States of America, the true patriots, have finally seen you with your media-painted masks ripped off. They have seen what comes to pass when hate, venom, ignorance and violence goes unchecked and unanswered. You have been exposed, and the fact that it took such an unimaginably horrific act for that exposure to take place only increases the fierceness with which you will be answered. You will be repudiated, not with violence, but with the scorn and rejection you so richly deserve. Spin it as you will, scramble all you like. You are found out, and you have nowhere to hide.

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

To: Palin-lovers, Fox "News," the "mainstream" media, and the Far Right, et al.
From: William Rivers Pitt
Date: Monday 10 January 2011
Re: The blood on your hands

Dear “Patriots,”

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords isn't much older than I am. She served in the Arizona State House of Representatives, and the Arizona State Senate, before being elected to three successive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. She once described herself as a "former Republican," and is today considered a "Blue Dog" Democrat, meaning she holds a number of conservative political positions. This is not terribly surprising, given the generally conservative political bent of the state she has served for the last ten years. She was married four years ago to a space shuttle commander who had served as a Naval aviator, and who flew 39 combat missions in Desert Storm, before volunteering for astronaut training.

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