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Design
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We are all connected
We're all rich in potential. We've much in common. Nobody is a zero. We are all connected.
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We're all living downstream
All the unhelpful consequences we create for this world will,
in time, arrive back in our laps.
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The death of Quality
Why, when commentators continually tell us how 'robust' things are, are so few things built to last?

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Drugs
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How drugs for depression profit from loss
The last 150 years of prescriptions for depression is a catalogue of treatments with withdrawal symptoms so unpleasant the patients became hooked.

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City of London money-laundering unlimited
How far has the market’s love of inward investment allowed the UK to become the international criminal’s ‘laundry of choice’?
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What are illegal drugs, except another commodity to be traded?

Either our drugs policy is stupid or crafty. I suspect the latter.
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Letter to Mark Lancaster, MP
With respect to the control of drug production and trafficking, what useful purpose do you believe our troops are serving in Afghanistan?
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Energy
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Electric shock therapy vs boiling the frog
Capitalism's need for constant 'creative destruction' has steam-rollered through another decade, punctuated by a series of nasty jolts and shocks.
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Preparing for Transition?
As more and more energy is required to extract oil, less will be available to feed economic growth. The low price oil we've enjoyed for decades appears to be history.
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Bush: Before and After
Before we enjoyed his cheeky grin, his straight-forwardness, his comical abuse of the queen's English. 7 years later, with energy prices at an all time high, liking the President is hard.
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What's spooked the fat controller?
It's easy for those under our sphere of influence to forget just how unpleasant life could be without our protection. Sometimes the protected need reminding.
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Iran attack: why it's in the pipeline
We’ve been here before. In the early 1950s the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company AIOC, later renamed British Petroleum, was in control of Iran's primary source of income: oil.
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Oil leaks, fires & explosions
Leaks, fires & explosions, cataclysmic system failures. Suddenly our oil and energy facilities built in the 60s and 70s are starting to look highly vulnerable.
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Oil price rises break market rules
Would you bet on the price going up if you felt that pumping more Iraqi oil would solve the shortage of supply?
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Nuclear is no substitute for cheap oil and gas
What we're running out of very fast is cheap oil (currently $70 a barrel, up from around $25 in 2000.
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Nuclear Power's Limitations
I think we have to be honest about nuclear's limitations.
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Working out how to profit from sunshine
The potential for greater use of the sun's energy as it hits the earth is clearly there, and the time to put it in place is NOW
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Health
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Making a good crisis of a nervous breakdown
If you are stuck on red alert, all you'll want back is your 'normal'. Be patient, you'll come through this.

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Your stink, pong, whiffy, fresh in a jiffy!

Google reports 1,830,000 individuals searching on 'stink' every month. Sometimes just washing isnt' enough.
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Smelly hair stinky head simple solution
Long hair? Smelly head? Nothing shifting that rotten smell hovering round your head like a damp rag? The solution...
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Drugs for depression profit from loss
The last 150 years of prescriptions for fear and worry is a catalogue of treatments with withdrawal symptoms so unpleasant the patients became hooked.

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Media
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We're history's actors... you'll be left to study what we do
What did the aide to President Bush have in mind when he said these words to a journalist in 2004?
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Was 9/11 the ultimate pseudo-event?
Artful people create 'pseudo-events'. Western consumers demand them. They fulfil a purpose. They satisfy our 'extravagant expectations'.
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Who is interested in Zimbabwe?
Before we point our accusatory finger rigid, consider this..
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Banned by Google

Is this censorship of selective amnesia on the part of Google?

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An Inconvenient Truth - the perfect antidote to media spin
928 peer-reviewed papers say global warming is fact, yet most commentators have preferred to present fact as 'theory'.
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Growing the propaganda model
'Flak' is definitely there, but I think 'partial pictures' and 'double-talk' and 'pre-emption' are also areas you might consider from my own notion of the propaganda model.
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Reporters report. Detectives investigate
Career journalists quickly learn the rules, discover the boundaries and grasp the acceptable boundaries within which a debate or story may unfold.
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Why comment is never free
I am coming round to the idea that The Guardian's Comment Is Free website is tolerated, neigh encouraged, to allow a lot a very angry people like us to let off steam safely. In short, it is a substitute for action.
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BBC4's John Humphrys beats Blair's war drum
Listeners can not have failed to be sickened by John Humphrys bellicose attitude to the Christian Peacemakers (BBC Today Programme, 25 Mar).
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9/11: nobody dares go there - the extra journalistic mile
Our reality is being made and shaped as we sleepwalk, ruminate, debate semantics...
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Politics
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Children of Thatcher, Cuts and Central Bankers

If Hague, Osbourne, Cameron and other self-proclaimed Children of Thatcher wrote a fanzine what would it be called? Eton Rifles? The Privateer? How ironic if it were called The Public Servant.
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Chavez is a good action man
Did you know that you can buy an Action Man made in Chavez's likeness which makes long speaches from a speaker sited somewhere near its arse?
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When Katrina hit Cuba

When Katrina hit Cuba it killed 2 people. When it hit the states 1,577 died in Louisiana alone.
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Hands Off Cuba!
Cuba is far from perfect, but far more perfect than numerous latin american countries the US has 'helped democratise'.
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Voted for Labour. Got a Tory
How many fewer than 3 in every 10 eligible voters have to vote before it is recognised that UK politicians increasingly govern without popular consent?
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Galloway and Respect
Galloway beat the Telegraph newspaper in court, he squared with a US senate committee and exposed them as dunces, and this morning I heard him calling Blair and Brown the two cheeks of the same arse. In short the man is CHAMPION!
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Coin flipping to decide elections
Rennie's idea of everyone coin-flipping (a random result) in a multi-party election is an entertaining proposition and might make for some very positive change
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Property
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How should I invest my money in 2009 | 2010?
If today's financial crisis teaches us anything, it is that the mass media won't help us invest wisely.
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Reflections on the Great Depression of 2010
The financiers were certainly not preparing to queue at the fuel pump. Ideas were floated. Depopulation? WWIII? Penury? They had already decided which they preferred.
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UK financial crisis 2007 | 2008. Where to next?
The UK is experiencing a downturn as the various wheels of fortune which have kept the credit boom going grind to a halt.
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Sharing could be the answer
Can any of damaging trends affecting the world today be reversed by other nations adopting our western way of life?
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UK house price crash - quiet before the fall (2007)
There is an uncomfortable quiet right now. Like in the film Zulu, it is the quiet just before the embattled British soldiers catch sight of a massed army rising up across the horizon....
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UN vote to end private land ownership
Today the United Nations, in defiance of powerful vested interests, voted unanimously to return all land, worldwide, back into public ownership.
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It’s growing: the gap between rich and poor in the UK
Few high powered execs step up to the podium to brag that their profit-making talent is actually dependent on less privileged workers being paid as little as 11 cents per hour.
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Too much money (UK 2006)
We used to invest for the benefit of current and future generations. Now we are addicted to laying bets in a game of bluff - sometimes called casino capitalism.
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Boom Bust - UK housing bubble set to burst
The last time house market crashed in the UK was 1989. 17 years on, the prognosis does not look good.
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Religion
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Muslim parents and terrorists ignored
Blaming muslims collectively for an act of terrorism is plain silly. Blaming parents collectively is even sillier.
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Muslims are rapists - Fact or Fiction?
American author Mark Twain made the observation that there are three types of commonly recognised untruth: "Lies, damn lies and statistics."
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War
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Israeli policy makes Israelis unpopular
Misguided policy risks pushing Israel into firing the opening offensive salvo of WWIII.
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When is a truck bomber not a truck bomber?
Is the much hyped 'sectarian' violence in Iraq being stoked and orchestrated?
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is recruiting Management Trainees. Full training provided.

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Iraq: what's it worth?
Any advances on a pile of dollars 95 miles high?
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During foot and mouth, we counted the corpses
Persecution by Saddam's secret police, punishing UN sanctions, domination by foreign troops. Now the dehumanisation of Iraq's resistance is complete.
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Knocking back progress: pacifying the tribes
Israel's army chief of staff put it bluntly to Hezbollah - our military will "turn back the clock in Lebanon by 20 years".
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Force, pre-emptive attack, deception, whatever is necessary
Tony Blair's foreign policy advisor's recommendations to Tony Blair sound like nostalgia for colonialism
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We are right to be sceptical about Iraq
You know the going is getting tough when, with impeccable timing, Zarqawi or Bin Laden are wheeled out of retirement.
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Suicide bombers may be misunderstood
Do you know the 'Legend of the Yumiri' - native Indians of Cuba?
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Terrorists hate our interference, not our way of life
Leaders of western democracies won't accept that the hateful cancer which struck in Madrid last week may be the result of their own bad behaviour.
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