Twitter Digest: July 15, 2011

  1. Twitter Digest: July 5, 2011 July 5, 2011 @ 09:13

  2. ...double standards are clear. They judge Muslims on rumours and fabrications and allow Israeli war criminals to enter. July 6, 2011 @ 02:59

  3. I liked a @YouTube video Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land: Israel & Palestine July 14, 2011 @ 05:18

  4. If you steal $100 billion and pay a $100 million fine, you've made off like the bandit you are, Wall Street. July 14, 2011 @ 06:24

  5. While fighting to block SEC investigation of Goldman Sachs (GS), Rep Darrell Issa reportedly bought $600,000 in GS bonds July 14, 2011 @ 07:12

  6. Excellent article on why so many beaches are contaminated: July 14, 2011 @ 07:33

  7. Do Christians of any stripe have the right to vote Jeffersonian democracy out of existence? Disclosure: I don't vote in secular elections. July 15, 2011 @ 06:25

  8. What can atheism offer me? Nothing. I've had direct, personal confirmation of God's existence. July 15, 2011 @ 06:55

  9. "Helicopter scouts Puget Sound for radiation after nuclear disaster" It went right over my home last night. July 15, 2011 @ 07:05

  10. The USA is militarizing its police forces and the Mexican drug cartels at the same time. What's America's plan? Isn't it obvious? July 15, 2011 @ 07:41

  11. Great deal of truth in this editorial: "Murdoch is the Orwellian Vision of Our Time...." . July 15, 2011 @ 08:21

  12. "...the top 10 hedge fund elites make on average nearly $1 million an HOUR...." — Les Leopold July 15, 2011 @ 08:50

  13. "The...right...has campaigned...against "big government," ...not noticing...the military is a sizable chunk...." — Barbara Ehrenreich July 15, 2011 @ 09:47

  14. There's nothing discredited or damaging about people stopping being sexually attracted to what used to attract them. That includes homosex. July 15, 2011 @ 10:25

  15. "Hawk Nation: A Guide to the Catastrophic Debt Ceiling Debate," by James K. Galbraith. New Deal 2.0. July 15, 2011 @ 10:53

  16. Bachmann's Aide Hides $10M Secret - Marcos-Reagan payoffs July 15, 2011 @ 12:08

  17. Koch Brothers' Publicopoly Exposed — In These Times: July 15, 2011 @ 12:42


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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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