On the immoral abandonment of Pakistan

By Henry McRandall WRISEUP.COM In the months since catastrophe first struck beleaguered Pakistan, one thing has become painfully clear: that the U.S.-led western industrial “democracies” are fully prepared to crassly ignore the desperate pleas of the Pakistani people. When disaster struck Haiti at the beginning of this year, every country that could afford to generously…

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Whatever happened to the heart and soul of good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll?

Neil Young's among the few who have stayed true.By Henry McRandall
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There was a time – circa the Sexy Sixties – when rock ‘n’ roll music stood for something.
It spoke to the deepest cares and emotions of its listeners. It stood up for the well-being of the masses – the poor, the working class and the middle class. It addressed the burning issues of the day.
But with very few exceptions, that day has now come and gone.
A rocker’s every success depends totally on the admiration, adulation and entertainment dollars of the masses. Every rocker today owes it to his or her fans to at least vocally support the progressive/leftist/populist policies that would most benefit those same masses.

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Guerrilla gardening grows organically

Rooftop gardens could prove key to urban nutrition.By Henry McRandall
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For years now, inner-city residents in the U.S. – to a lesser extent in Canada – have experience an increasingly hard time finding fresh fruits and vegetables in their local grocery stores.
Even in the tony suburbs, where supermarkets stock abundant quantities of produce, the safety and nutritional value of the offerings has come into question.
Far too many of the products are either GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) or other hazardous hybrids.
More and more, however, inner-city residents and even suburbanites have taken to solving their individual and collective problems through guerrilla gardening.
Guerrilla gardening consists of planting home or community gardens on urban rooftops or on abandoned properties in declining ghettoes using almost exclusively organic seeds..

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The inalienable rights of prostitutes

No one should control anyone else's body -- or mind.
No one should control anyone else's body -- or mind.
By Henry McRandall
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It is often said that prostitution is the oldest profession known to mankind. Whether or not that is true, it is certainly true that sex-trade workers have the longest history of professional persecution – and not just by the law.
Most prostitutes have routinely experienced persecution at the hands of the law,
their “tricks” or “johns” and, perhaps most tragically their pimps or “managers.”
Quite recently, an Ontario court struck down many parts of the federal prostitution-related laws and Ottawa is preparing an appeal.
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Will North Americans just accept austerity?

Will North American masses have the courage and solidarity to stand up for themselves?By Henry McRandall
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In recent weeks we have seen a great upsurge in mass protests across much of Europe as its citizens are being asked to accept drastic government “austerity” to pay for the massive bailouts over the last couple of years of global banks, financial institutions and corporations and the billionaires and mega-millionaires who control them.
In effect, middle-class, working-class and poor Europeans are being asked to tighten their belts – several notches – for many years to come and those European masses are beginning to reply with a measure of defiance.
The likely upshot of the public resistance to government austerity will be some sort of compromise that will lighten the burden on the masses.

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America says ‘Sorry!’ to Guatemala

Lives were toyed with in the wartime penicillin experiments.
Lives were toyed with in the wartime penicillin experiments.
By Henry McRandall
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The troubled Central American state of Guatemala has just received an abject apology from the highest levels of the U.S. government for America’s recently-exposed 1940s policy of infecting Guatemalans with STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) in order to test the newly-developed drug penicillin.
That the U.S. would only now be apologizing – and only after it was exposed – for a seven-decades-old crime against humanity is in and of itself appalling.
But what is more appalling is that this most-recently-disclosed transgression against mankind is just the tip of the iceberg in what seems to be a policy that transcends the lifetime of the American Republic of perpetually inflicting as much damage upon the human species as possible.
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How low would the Vatican dare to stoop?

After centuries of unbridled corruption, the Vatican has become a veritable den of iniquity.By Henry McRandall
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As if the worldwide priestly child-abuse scandal weren’t enough, the Roman Catholic Church appears to be stooping to another new low as the Vatican Bank and its top executives come under investigation in Italy for money laundering.
That the Vatican bank should choose to get involved in money laundering should come as no surprise however.
In fact, it is merely a further extension of the church’s centuries-old practice of peddling “indulgences.” With these so-called “indulgences,” the church was in fact encouraging sin and criminality by the wealthy by implicitly advising them that they could be as evil as they wanted in their day-to-day lives and still buy themselves a seat in heaven by giving money to the church.

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The Tea Party may yet save the Democrats

Bimbo Sarah Palin may have inadvertently turned the Tea Party into the Democrats' best friend.
Bimbo Sarah Palin may have inadvertently turned the Tea Party into the Democrats' best friend.
By Henry McRandall
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A funny thing happened to the Democrats on their way to a near-certain humilitation in November’s mid-term U.S. elections: they got waylaid by the Tea Party.
Until now it has appeared that the Democrats would lose control of either the U.S. Senate or the House of Representatives or – more likely – both.
After all, American voters gave America’s so-called “liberal” party a smashing victory in November, 2008, on the party’s promise of “Change We Need” and “Change We Can Depend On,” a socioeconomic transformation that the Republican presidential ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin took great pains to characterize as a progressive redistribution of wealth.
The Democrats won the White House, a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and a vast majority in the House of Representatives. Clearly, America’s voters were saying a resounding “YES!” to a massive downward redistribution of wealth from the top five percent of the population to the bottom 75 percent.
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The Pope ‘feels’ the Belgian victims’ pain

Does Benedict have the balls to bite the bullet on female ordination, the vow of celibacy and sexual orientation?
Does Benedict have the balls to bite the bullet on female ordination, the vow of celibacy and sexual orientation?
By Henry McRandall
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How apt it is that numerous groups plan to protest when Pope Benedict arrives tomorrow for a visit to Jolly Olde England.
In recent days, news squibs have crawled across the bottom of my screen on various all-news channels reporting first that Belgian authorities are currently dealing with more than 300 cases of alleged child sexual abuse at the hands of Roman Catholic priests and second that Pope Benedict has stated that he “feels the victims’ pain.”
It is only the latest in a string of instances over the past couple of years when the pope has had to “feel the pain” of victims of clerical child abuse suffered just about all over the world. In fact, he must be feeling the pain of so many people right now that one might think he is carrying the weight of the whole world on his shoulders.
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It’s time to give Ireland back to the Irish

Could Belfast soon be part of a reunited Ireland?
Could Belfast soon be part of a reunited Ireland?
By Henry McRandall
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The time has come for Great Britain to implement a final solution to the Irish-English problem by giving Ulster or Northern Ireland – the six counties on the northeast of the Irish island that are now part of the United Kingdom – back to the Republic of Ireland.
Although Ulster or Northern Ireland has been largely at peace with itself – and with both Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland – for a number of years now, for many who have suffered under the legacy of 800 years of English-Irish “troubles,” the wounds still fester.
My own process in arriving at this conclusion a good many years ago was very difficult and required an enormous amount of meditation.
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